Those little pictographic symbols on your keyboard are about to get much more expansive now that Unicode 7.0 has been released. Yes, the designers of emoji don't just come up with this stuff on their own – they are part of the text presentation standards that keeps letters consistent across platforms. Included in the new emoji are gems like a thermometer, a chipmunk, a middle finger, and a diesel locomotive... Read More
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Lo, and then the lord did tap the touchscreen interface and cause great mountains to rise up from the landscape. Then with a swipe and a tap, the lord did create all the creatures of the land. Following all that, the lord made the sky purple, just because, for this god is a confusing and temperamental god. This and so much more is what awaits you in Topia World Builder, which has just hit Android after a good long run on iOS. Read More
Oppo announced the Find 7 in two flavors a few months ago, but it only sold the lower end Find 7a until now. Preorders are finally live for the Oppo Find 7 with a better screen, more RAM, and more storage. It'll also cost you a little more money, but not as much as you might expect.
When it showed up at a cost of $50 a couple weeks ago, Motorola's new Moto Stream Bluetooth-to-analog icosahedron-shaped stereo adapter wasn't exactly priced to like. It does have some neat features like NFC, apt-X support, a battery, class 1 Bluetooth (greatly extended range), and an A2DP profile with support for up to 5 simultaneous Bluetooth connections, so it doesn't have to constantly re-pair. But, $50 is an awful lot when there are many cheaper products with similar (and in some ways superior) functionality on the market, so it might have made buyers a bit apprehensive. Read More
Update 3: Live on YouTube is back, more than two weeks after it debuted and almost immediately vanished. The description still says it's only for the Xperia Z2, but we have no way of confirming that, so your mileage may vary.
Update 2: ...aaaaaaand it's gone.
Update: Commenters who own the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Tablet Z2, as well as the previous-generation Z1, have said that their phones are listed as incompatible. Read More
Lynda.com likes to teach people things, and it prefers to do so using moving pictures. So like any video-centric Android app worth its salt, it's now introducing Chromecast support. This way viewers can take those course videos and toss them up onto a larger screen than the one resting on their laps.
It takes a certain amount of discipline to soldier through multiple course videos, so having the option to sit back and relax is a pretty big deal. Read More
Update: Earlier, it appeared this feature was plenty only in the Alpha version of the app, but it looks like it's live in the regular version, too, just under your device's built-in Daydream menu, as opposed to a setting shortcut inside the app. Our mistake!
If you're in the Twitter Alpha testing group for the Android client, you might have noticed recently that there was a new option in the settings menu: Twitter Daydream. Read More
No matter how many sets of wireless earbuds I've reviewed, there's always one glaring issue that we've all come to accept: wires. Somewhere on every set of 'buds is at least one cable – usually connecting one bud to the other. It's annoying, but it's something we've all learned to live with since Bluetooth buds became a thing.
The guys who created a new Kickstarter project called Earin, however, want to turn the Bluetooth bud biz on its head with these independently-operating speakers that are completely free of any and all wires. Read More
Huawei is making an effort to extend its reach into the US market by selling to consumers directly. Last week the company put the Ascend Mate 2 up for pre-order on its site priced at an affordable $299. Now the handset is available via Amazon Prime as well, and it's shipping right away.
For the price, the Ascend Mate 2 is a monster of a phone. You're looking at a 6.1-inch 720 by 1280 display, a 13MP rear-facing camera, and a massive 3900mAh battery. Read More