Latest Entries »

Snapdragon 800, 801 differences are more complex than you might think

Newer silicon boosts GPU, ISP, memory speeds, among other improvements

At Mobile World Congress last month we met some of the first smartphones running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips, including new flagships from Sony and Samsung. The Xperia Z2 and Galaxy S5 both sport Snapdragon 801 processors, at 2.3 and 2.5GHz respectively. But what, besides CPU clock speed, separates the 801 from the earlier Snapdragon 800, which came in 2.2 and 2.3GHz flavors?

According to a writeup by  [Read More…]

Aussie leak seems to explain HTC One’s new ‘Duo Camera,’ outs Sense 6.0

Tap a sleeping HTC One twice to wake it, as well, it seems

A new leak out of Australia sheds more light on the upcoming version of the HTC One. (Aka the M8.)

First up, a 5-inch display appears to be confirmed. And the new version of Sense is bumped to Sense 6.0 — and will include an LG-like “Knock On” feature wherein you can double-tap the screen to turn the phone on, which should be a  [Read More…]

KitKat hits Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 in the UK

Over-the-air updates now pushing out

Samsung’s KitKat rollout for 2013 devices continues with the arrival of Android 4.4 for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in the UK. Updates are rolling out today for the unlocked UK GS4 and Note 3 (region code “BTU”), along with certain carrier variants. The OTA file size from 300-400MB, and brings these phones up to the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat, while adding some subtle visual tweaks, including  [Read More…]

Nest updates its app to support 18 Nest Protects — for those with meager homes

Nest today updated its Android application to allow you to add up to 18 Nest Protects — those are the $ 129 combination smoke and CO detectors — to a single home.

Again, that’s up to $ 2,300 worth of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in a single home. Just in case.

Also in the update: Bug fixes and enhancements.

    [Read More…]

Get a Google Play Music All Access 60-day trial if you have a Chromebook

If you haven’t used a previous trial, Google is giving 60 days of all-you-can-listen to Chromebook users

Google Play Music All Access is pretty sweet. You can add any album to your library, listen to ad-free Internet Radio based on genre or based on a particular song, artist or album, or even try the “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature and see what you get. We all use it here around the office, and if it’s available in  [Read More…]

Qi charging standard adds Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Microsoft to its board

Two big players join over 200 other companies in supporting the leading wireless charging standard

The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the group behind the Qi wireless charging standard, has added two more companies to its board today. Adding to a laundry list of the biggest names in technology, Samsung Electro-Mechanics (an internal tech subsidiary of Samsung) and Microsoft both join the efforts of dozens of other companies to be on the cutting edge of wireless charging  [Read More…]

BBM for Android getting update to address some issues

Update to roll out today via Google Play

BlackBerry has taken to Twitter and announced that we’ll be seeing an update for BBM sometime today. The update should address emoticons in status updates, problems with web links, and more.

We’re not sure what the “more” is about just yet, and not sure exactly when to expect the update, but it’s always good to fix issues and keep users happy. You can look for the update, or  [Read More…]

How to stop the flood of QuizUp notifications on your phone

Fear not, you can cut down on the number of QuizUp notifications without uninstalling the game altogether

The day has finally come when the folks on Android can get in on the QuizUp craze, and we’re quickly finding out that the game is both fun and extremely annoying with notifications. Being a social game, QuizUp strongly encourages the use of Facebook or Google+ login along with Google Play Games, which has the upside of getting you  [Read More…]

Pebble App Store goes live for Android

Pebble owners rejoice, since the Pebble App Store is now live on the Google Play Store and is packed full of great Apps for the smartwatch.

Key Features of the Pebble App Store (require Android 4.0 or newer): – Browse, find, and install watchapps and watchfaces for Pebble. – Discover new and most popular watchapps by category: notifications, fitness, daily use, tools & utilities, remotes, and games. – Watchapp locker: conveniently store your favorite Pebble watchapps when not in use.  [Read More…]

AMBER Alerts and Android — What you need to know

Emergency alerts on your Android smartphone are a good thing — even if they are a bit annoying

Every so often — or frequently, depending on your tolerance level — you get an AMBER alert on your phone. That horrible blaring of the emergency alert tone, the buzzing of your phone’s vibrating motor, and then the grim news. Someone’s missing. Or there’s a severe weather alert headed your way. Suddenly and without warning, your phone’s scaring the hell out  [Read More…]