Columns

Pokemon GO is kinda boring

Pokemon GO is kinda boring

I remember being about 12 when Pokemon became a thing in the U.S. One day all the neighborhood kids were talking about pocket monsters and assorted oddities which I, having been homeschooled at the time, knew nothing about. I was quick to pick up on their excitement, though, and soon came into possession of my first Pokemon item: a small Pikachu stapler I found lying in the grass at a nearby park. For a whole day, that little stapler was my prized possession.

Continue Reading

7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

The Galaxy Note 7 cat is finally out of the bag and, for whatever reason, you've set your heart and mind to get one as soon as they hit the shelves. Whether you're a new convert or a returning believer to the church of stylus, you will most likely be curious about the apps that will best utilize that oh so slim stylus. And there are quite a few out there but not all of them are created equal. To help break you in or re-orient you to the joys of the pointy stick, here are our top seven picks for your soon to be Galaxy Note 7.

Continue Reading

The Android PC – Revisiting mobile productivity

The Android PC – Revisiting mobile productivity

Last week we took the iPad Pro again for a spin, trying to verify, or refute, Apple's claims about the tablet being the ultimate PC replacement. And just in time, the company just released a video ad just few days ago that tries to make the same point again. But iOS is hardly the only game in town, especially on mobile. And while Google hasn't exactly made a similar claim for Android, others have spoken for it instead. But before go off on another crazy adventure, we first have to look at the few, of course unofficial, attempts at making Android the ultimate PC replacement, as far as OS is concerned at least. Yes, this is the so-called "Android PC".

Continue Reading

Galaxy S7 edge vs. Galaxy Note 7: Which one should you buy?

Galaxy S7 edge vs. Galaxy Note 7: Which one should you buy?

As far as this year's flagships are concerned, Samsung has already laid out all its cards. And like it or not, its cards look eerily alike. But the most striking similarities can be found in the newly announced Galaxy Note 7 and the slightly older Galaxy S7 edge. Given their near identical status, consumers will undoubtedly ask, "which one is which?" If you're in the market for a 2016 Samsung champion and feel a bit stumped choosing between its two curved models, this little guide can hopefully help narrow down the choice to a few factors.

Continue Reading

Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Samsung releases the Galaxy Note 7, a device that's traditionally come with features that favor the power user. This generation it would appear that Samsung is making clear that they're aiming directly for the features that make the most sales. As they should. They're going for profit, after all - why make another truck when a luxury race car sells so much better?

Continue Reading

Galaxy Note 7: compelling first device, disappointing upgrade

Galaxy Note 7: compelling first device, disappointing upgrade

Samsung has finally removed the covers off the Galaxy Note 7, perhaps one of this year's worst kept secrets. Unsurprisingly, the phablet is getting rather mixed reviews, with most of the negativity coming from those who have spent quality time with a Galaxy Note or two in the past. But why is this phablet, whose size and stylus has already been vindicated by Apple, failing to capture the hearts of even some of Samsung's stalwart fans? The reason is less about the specs, which are excellent in themselves, but more about a trend that has the stylus-faithful a tad worried.

Continue Reading

Niantic is the worst part of Pokemon GO

Niantic is the worst part of Pokemon GO

A team of developers called Niantic created Pokemon GO. They saw this April Fool's Joke just like everyone else in the world, and saw potential. Once they received the GO-ahead, they got to work, splitting their staff between working on their already-active game Ingress and the game that'd be built on the progress they'd already made: Pokemon GO. What went wrong?

Continue Reading

iPad Pro 9.7 revisited: making it work for work

iPad Pro 9.7 revisited: making it work for work

When Apple first unveiled the already much leaked iPad Pro, the 12.9-inch one, it made a very bold declaration. This iPad, which had a specially designed keyboard cover and worked with a specially designed stylus, is the ultimate PC replacement. It was, perhaps, the most controversial thing about the iPad Pro. Of course, like Microsoft's similar claim about the Surface Pros, the reality wasn't as rosy. We've already seen it in action, when Chris Davies took in on a trip just three months ago. But now we take another look at the iPad Pro, the same 9.7-inch model, to answer an equally burning question: how can it replace a PC, especially for some serious work.

Continue Reading

Ubuntu Touch takes a huge step towards Convergence in OTA-12

Ubuntu Touch takes a huge step towards Convergence in OTA-12

Ubuntu has a very ambitious goal with Ubuntu Touch. It proposed an operating system that could work equally on any capable device, a smartphone that can truly be your computer, no holds barred. That was the promise of Convergence, which we took for a spin with the Meizu PRO 5 smartphone and, before that, the bq Aquaris M10 tablet. The results back then where disappointing yet promising. Ubuntu Touch, as it was when we reviewed these devices, still lacked that punch that would make you truly go "wow!". But, unlike other operating systems, Ubuntu is fast evolving, and the latest OTA-12 brings much needed improvements to bring us closer to true Convergence.

Continue Reading

Why Nintendo deserves credit for Pokemon GO

Why Nintendo deserves credit for Pokemon GO

It should have been clear from the start that Nintendo did not create Pokemon GO. The Pokemon Company did that with Niantic, a company spun off from Google after creating the game Ingress, a game on whose engine Pokemon GO is built. I say Nintendo deserves credit not just because they helped Niantic spin off from Google, and not just because they own part of the Pokemon Company. I say Nintendo deserves credit because of their inevitable mega-growth in the very near future, due in a big way to the success of Pokemon GO.

Continue Reading

PlayStation Vue: the downsides

PlayStation Vue: the downsides

I've previously reviewed Sony's livestreaming television service PlayStation Vue, and as I said at the time, it's largely a great service. I still use Vue and still enjoy it, but as with all things in life, there are some aspects I'm not terribly fond of and they tend to surface over time. That's not to say any of them are deal breakers, not personally, anyway. But there are some downsides that may be more than an annoyance for some prospective subscribers, and it's best to know about them ahead of time.

Continue Reading

How Pokemon GO tips make cheats – and a plea for good

How Pokemon GO tips make cheats – and a plea for good

Pokemon GO cheaters have arisen. Hacks have been initiated, and spoofing of data has begun to be sent to Niantic. Not long after this revolutionary game has been put out into the world, users have taken advantage of its loopholes. With Niantic busy putting out server fires and keeping the game online as long and as constant as possible, there's ample space for exploits. What I'd like to do today is speak with both the cheaters and Niantic, and send a plea out into the world for some reasonable action.

UPDATE: Niantic has taken some big steps toward stopping cheaters! Have a peek at the most recent update report.

Continue Reading

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next