The 2014 FIFA World Cup is almost upon us, and the fever is starting to catch up with every football (or soccer, for y'all Americans) fan. Where I grew up, we take these competitions very seriously and passionately, to a point where it's a normal occurrence to see Italian flags attached to car windows, Brazilian flags draped over buildings, or German flags raised across the street. But we're not alone. For the next month, all around the world, this will be the number one topic in every conversation between adults, children, friends, coworkers, and even strangers.
Between a bevy of leaks and no small amount of official previews, LG won't have much to tell us at its press conference next week that we don't already know. The latest official glimpse at the upcoming G3 flagship is the video below, which shows off the "QuickCircle" case, the latest incarnation of a flip case with a touch-through preview window. The idea isn't new, but the shape is: the QuickCircle case uses a large radial display area for basic phone functions.
Android surpassed iOS in global smartphone marketshare ages ago, yet iOS still tends to get new apps and games before it. The easy critique is that bone-headed developers are still lovestruck with Apple. A more reasonable critic would acknowledge that developing software that can run on the countless Android devices out there is going to take more time and effort than supporting a single piece of hardware. Developer Game Oven Studios has posted a short vine clip that sums this up in just a glance.
It can be easy to forget that the Moto 360 isn't the only Android Wear device coming this summer. Although, its probably the one we know the most about, especially now that LG has posted a teaser video for it.
The G Watch retains the traditional square shape of past smartwatches, but LG promises a sleek, waterproof metal design.There are a lot of fly-in close-ups of the G Watch, which look neat, but don't really tell us anything new about the device.
While there is no shortage of puzzle and arcade games on the Android platform, it can be easy to get drawn into the mainstream hits like Angry Birds and Cut The Rope. The first time I stumbled onto a "darker" game, I had downloaded World Of Goo as part of a Humble Bundle, and was instantly mesmerized by its graphics and sounds. There was something hauntingly beautiful about it, and I ended up on the Play Store looking at the "Similar Apps" and "Users also installed" sections.
Have you ever happened upon an attractive, dog-having single person in your local park and attempted to strike up a conversation about the fact that you, too, have a Canis domesticus and a picture of said animal that you would like to show this attractive dog-having person, only to be rejected because your phone's small display does not adequately represent your canine companion's intense cuteness? Good news! AT&T will soon be stocking the Asus PadFone X, a Certified Dog Photo Presenting Device (CDPPD) that will ensure the only reason you'll ever be shot down is for any other reason aside from not having a big enough screen to show someone a picture of your dog on.
The original LG Lucid wasn't anything to write home about, but for some reason Verizon kept the name around for the much-improved mid-range sequel. Now the phone line is getting a third entry, as the Lucid 3 has appeared on Verizon's site after a candid leak last month. New Verizon customers can pick up the phone for free on-contract, and those who prefer to go without the ball and chain can pay a reasonable $299.99.
Sonos released a beta app a few weeks back that is much less... unattractive. The company isn't stopping with the looks, though. Sonos is getting official support for Google Play Music today, allowing you to stream tunes directly to your Sonos speakers from Google's cloud.
I don't know about you, but I always carry hammers in my pockets. So, clearly it's important I know how a smartphone will stand up to a hammer. Enter TechRax, who took it upon himself to do a hammer test on the Galaxy S5. The lesson we can all learn from this: don't hit high-density lithium-ion batteries with hammers. Just watch the very end... trust me.