Smartphone manufacturers are always looking for ways to differentiate their products from the competition, but this largely consists of UI skins and different build materials. Occasionally someone will stick on decent sound speakers or introduce a way to wake up a phone without using buttons, but much of the experimentation hardly stands out as something that makes one phone stand out against another to someone who doesn't follow phones as their passion.
Eventually someone says screw it—we're gonna kick it old school, and announces an Android-powered flip phone. Samsung has done it a time or two before, and now LG is taking a swing with the Wine Smart, a flip phone that runs Android 5.1.1. Read More
I didn't know this device existed before today, but now that I've seen it, I can't live without it. The gadget I'm talking about is the UNITEK 5V/24A 10-Port USB Desktop Charging Station. This beauty charges up to ten gadgets and simultaneously provides a cradle for each of your tech toys while they feast on electricity. Seriously, I think I'm in love.
Each of the ten USB ports on the UNITEK charging station puts out a maximum of 5V/2.4A. SmartIC technology automatically detects which type of device is connected to each port and administers the appropriate amount of power while also protecting against overheating and overcharging. Read More
I don't think any computer I have ever owned has had enough USB ports to satisfy my needs. Mics, headsets, keyboards, cameras, cell phones, and this thing all demand access to my ports and there are simply not enough to go around.
That's why I'm so glad that USB hubs exist — They increase the number of connections at your disposal and keep your gadgets from fighting gladiator style death matches to determine who will take the last computer port (actually, that would be kinda awesome).
Alright, enough small talk, here's the deal. The Unitech Six Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hub is on sale on Amazon for $19, down from its normal price of $31. Read More
We haven't heard a lot about Project Tango lately, but Google is still working with developers to advance this take on machine vision and sensing technology. As part of its ongoing efforts, the Tango development kit is finally being made available outside the US. It's out today in Canada and South Korea, and will come to ten more countries later this month. Read More
Back in late July, the Qualcomm Corporation - employer of over 30,000 individuals at the time - began the process of telling about 15% of those people (eg, over 4,000 gainfully-employed human beings) they were no longer needed. This was after already cutting another 1500 jobs in late 2014.
The company's stock is currently trading near 2-year lows, and while obviously still a very robust company, Qualcomm can't keep putting in these kinds of numbers if it's going to maintain its position at the tippy-top of the smartphone chipset market.
Qualcomm (QCOM - NASDAQ) stock is down over 10% year-to-date. It is down over 20% from its peak, reached in early 2014. Read More
Chris Lacy's Link Bubble floating browser was a cool idea right out of the gate, but you might notice that development has been slow. Today Lacy explains that his little indie dev company simply doesn't have the resources to do what needs to be done with the app, so he's sold Link Bubble (and TapPath) to an unnamed US startup. What does that mean to you? For starters there's a huge update today.
While European owners of HTC's One M9 got its most critical update bringing camera and battery life fixes in June, they've been waiting for the jump from Android 5.0 to 5.1 as unlocked and American carrier versions (except Verizon) have received it. The wait appears to be over, though, as users have begun reporting a fairly large OTA that promises a version increase to 5.1 along with quicker charging times.
The ROM version for the update is 2.10.401.1 and the download is a mighty 831.88 MB, so make sure to be connected to Wi-Fi before pulling the trigger. There are certainly a variety of other refinements beyond those mentioned in the OTA notification, not to mention important security fixes. Read More
Continuing the service's fairly rapid growth, Genius has released its own Android app. Once known as Rap Genius, they have since opened up to all music genres as well as texts from non-musical sources. More than just a place to read the words, Genius facilitates annotation and discussion of primary sources. The Android app allows users to sign in, search, browse, and read all annotations, but notably lacks the ability to add one's own comments.
In terms of design, the app does a nice job of implementing a native material interface while still preserving its distinctive look that should be familiar to users of Genius on the web. Read More