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Essential Phone could finally be close to shipping

Despite the estimated date of shipping having come and gone, the Essential Phone could soon be ready to ship after all. Andy Ruben publicly informed those who pre-ordered the device that the delay was due to certification of the device with carriers. It seems that this delay may have finally been sorted as a new […]

Samsung now only trails Apple in wearable market share, but it’s not close

A new report claims that Samsung has moved into second-place when it comes to global wearable market share for Q1 2017, displacing Fitbit but still trailing the likes of Apple.

Amazon is dangerously close to being the new king of messaging

With Alexa gaining the ability to make voice calls and Echo Show bolstering the living room, Amazon moves a step closer to messaging ubiquity.

It was about three or four years ago when my wife and I decided to finally get rid of our landline. We weren’t really using it anymore — it was mostly an emergency backup, and a great way for solicitors to bug us. (That it occasionally made phantom 911 calls in the middle of the  [Read More…]

MIUI is never going to be close to stock Android, and that’s a good thing

Don’t hold out for a MIUI build based on pure Android.

With over 200 million users, Xiaomi’s MIUI is one of the most popular manufacturer skins in the world. Its usage has skyrocketed in recent years as Xiaomi made its foray into the Indian market, where the company has set up an R&D unit to cater to localization needs.

MIUI has come a long way in the last three years, adding a host of new features that  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 review: Close to perfection

Quick take:

The Mi Note 2 is the first Xiaomi phone with global LTE bands, setting the stage for the company’s expansion in the future. With a dual curved display, excellent internal hardware, and high amount of customizability, the Mi Note 2 has a lot to offer for its $ 420 price tag.

The good Gorgeous design Excellent build quality High-end internals The bad Limited availability Average camera

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Full review

Xiaomi rolled out  [Read More…]

Blocky Cars Online – as close to Lego Racers as I can hope for (Review)

Overview: Blocky Cars Online is a multiplayer car battle game that allows you to build a car and compete against others online in a collection of modes, level up, and unlock rewards. Developer: Fahrenheit Lab Cost: Free (With ads and microtransactions) Impressions: Playing Blocky Cars Online immediately brought me back to 1999, where I’d be

Fitbit close to buying Pebble, Time 2 and Pebble Core could be killed off

Fitbit could scoop up Pebble for under $ 40 million.

Fitbit is reportedly getting ready to acquire Pebble’s software assets. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg notes that the deal is valued at under $ 40 million, and will include hiring Pebble’s software engineers as well as the company’s IP — its watch operating system, watch apps, and cloud services:

The purchase price is less than $ 40 million, and Pebble’s debt and other  [Read More…]

Cyanogen Inc. may close Seattle headquarters, more layoffs expected

Cyanogen Inc. could shutter headquarters before the end of the year

Cyanogen Inc. revealed last month that it would undertaking an executive reshuffle and change its strategy with Cyanogen OS. Instead of selling it as a standalone platform, Cyanogen rolled out what it called the “Cyanogen Modular OS program,” giving handset manufacturers the ability to selectively choose individual portions of the OS.

It now looks like the company is now preparing for another round of layoffs  [Read More…]

Securifi’s new Almond 3 router kit tries to add every feature imaginable, and comes close

Sometimes all-in-one is perfect. Other times you need to spread out a bit.

Despite how much work happens inside their soft plastic casings, few people look at routers as computers that can complete multiple tasks. These are boxes you plug in, set up once, and forget about until something goes wrong. It’s nice to know you can do that and have your internet behave itself most of the time, but there are a couple of companies  [Read More…]

Dead Zombie Land: Simple game that’s close to fun (Review)

Overview Sometimes you’re just bored and you don’t really want to think too hard, but you want to play a game. A couple questions you can ask yourself. Do you like tap style game? Do you like zombies? If you answered yes to both then, Dead Zombie Land may be for you. Developer: Cruel Bytes