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Verizon’s first sapphire display won’t be iPhone 6

This week leak with Kyocera’s name all over it has appeared with a sapphire-glass front. While we’ve reported the tips on the iPhone 6 having just such a front panel cover, the company known for going above-and-beyond in the strange phone components department appears to have done it again. Here’s the front glass panel that you won’t break.

Smartphones will work as Hilton hotel room keys in 2015

Hilton, spurred by growing competition, has announced that its hotels will allow customers to take self-check-ins one step further, using their iPhone or Android handset as a room key. The feature won’t start arriving until 2015, but when it does, it’ll arrive at six of the company’s hotel brands.

LG Tab Book: an Android hybrid tablet with an Intel Core i5

LG has taken the wraps off a new hybrid offering, an Android tablet packing some generous specifications alongside the promise of high usability for various needs. The device runs Android 4.2.2, and though we don’t yet know the price or availability of the slate, we do have a rundown of what it offers.

Motorola Nexus phone may be next, finally

Google makes plans for devices and software well in advance of publicly announcing business ventures. It’s not out of the question to assume that any Motorola Nexus device would have been planned months in advance of their business deal with Lenovo – complete with deals in place for the transfer and contracts for when the buy was to be made. … Continue reading

TouchPico thinks you need Android on a tiny projector

Remember pico-projectors? Startup TouchPico wants to bring them back with Android installed, and it has a clever digital pen system that it’s hoping will persuade the crowdfunding community to invest. We caught up with the prototype to see how it all works.

LG G Vista leak: disappointing specs, coming to AT&T too

Whatever hopes there were that the LG G Vista would be a rebranded G3 Beat or G3 S for the US, might be dashed by these two latest leaks. Although one good thing does come out of it is that instead of being a Verizon exclusive that it was rumored to be, this mid-range smartphone might be available from AT&T … Continue reading

Tablet & Phone Reviews

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Review

Having cut its teeth on the still-successful NVIDIA SHIELD and their first tablet, the Tegra Note, NVIDIA brings the culmination of years of research and implementation to fruition in the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. This device is being released this season with the NVIDIA SHIELD Wireless Controller and a magnetically-attaching SHIELD Cover, the whole collection of which we’re having a peek … Continue reading

AirFrame+ review: the car mount that can handle any phone

Android devices (and probably the iPhone, too) are getting larger, and that’s not a trend that will cease any time soon. Finding a mount for your car that can accommodate your girthy smartphone may not be easy. So many still cater to smaller phones, but an update to the popular Airframe changes that. The new Airframe+ will hang onto your … Continue reading

Amazon Fire Phone review: The shopper’s smartphone

When Amazon wades into a new segment, competitors take note, and few devices have been so nervously anticipated as the Fire Phone. Amazon’s first smartphone doesn’t just put Prime in your pocket, it also pushes the limits of UI, with its quartet of Dynamic Perspective cameras, and computational photography, with Firefly. Ambitious, then, but Jeff Bezos & Co. have seldom … Continue reading

Plantronics Backbeat FIT sports headset review

Plantronics is no strangers to Bluetooth headsets. Their lineup includes several wireless varieties, so the options within their offerings alone are impressive. Does their BackBeat FIT do the lineup justice, though? We go ears-on (on ears?) to find out whether or not this one is a winner or not.

LG G Watch Review: Android Wear goes square

LG is one of the first onboard with Android Wear, and the G Watch is its first gambit in Google’s new smartwatch segment. Unlike the flashier Samsung Gear Live, and the eye-catching – but not yet available – MOTO 360, the G Watch has taken a more discrete route to the wrist. I’ve comprehensively reviewed Android Wear separately, so this … Continue reading

Samsung Gear Live Review: Goodbye Tizen, hello Android Wear

Samsung isn’t short on smartwatches right now, but it couldn’t resist adding another to the roster with Android Wear, Google’s play for the wearable space. Launching alongside LG’s G Watch, the Samsung Gear Live borrows heavily from the Tizen-powered Gear 2 Neo, though with some Google Now sparkle thrown in too. I’ve reviewed Android Wear in full separately, so this … Continue reading

Android Apps

These apps let you share media in a whole new way

Editing media via mobile is getting much easier, but the small screen can make you clumsier than you might like. Apps like iMovie are pretty easy to use, but not always what you’re looking for. These two apps for iOS and Android will make editing your media into a polished, finished product much easier.

‘Facebook Home’ team reportedly dismantled

If you use Facebook Home, we really hope you like your experience, because it might not change much. A new report suggest Facebook has dismantled the Home team, and placed them elsewhere within the company. One move has already had an impact — but maybe not the one Facebook had hoped for.

Udacity launches for Android with four new courses

Udacity, the popular tool for learning all kinds of tech things you might not otherwise get to, has finally made its way to Android. The iOS app, launched about two months ago, has been reworked for Android, and the company has some new courses you can take to celebrate. Four new learning programs are available for Udacity, and they have … Continue reading

Play security flaw may affect all Android apps, running or not

A significant security issue has been discovered in the Play Store, where Developers have been leaving keys inside the software. Those keys can lead to data being compromised, and can affect us even when the app is not in use. Google is currently working with the researchers responsible for this discovery on a fix.

Keeper FastFill brings password autofill to Android

With the announcement that 1Password had re-dedicated themselves to Android, the excitement was palpable. A favorite iOS and OS X mainstay was finally making their way to Android in a big way. Rival service Keeper may have just one-upped them, though, with the introduction of FastFill.

Tired of Facebook? Try these three social apps instead

Are you tired of using social media channels like Facebook to share pics, or schedule a get-together? Sometimes, you just want to create your own little bubble, apart from the larger one that is social media. If you’ve been looking for a way to go “off the social grid”, here are three apps you and your friends can use to … Continue reading

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