smartphone

Rooting the Galaxy S6 unsurprisingly disables Samsung Pay

Rooting the Galaxy S6 unsurprisingly disables Samsung Pay

Rooting in the Android world is common place, even among less seasoned users. The reasons for this usually unauthorized process are myriad, but it all boils down to getting more control and sometimes removing the cruft left by OEMs and carriers. Normally, there are very little adverse side effects to rooting an Android device, but there are a few gotchas as well, especially when it comes to Samsung's devices. The latest word is that rooting your fresh new Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge will lead you to lose out on Samsung Pay.

Continue Reading

Disney Labs ‘acoustruments’ create smartphone buttons from sound

Disney Labs ‘acoustruments’ create smartphone buttons from sound

Disney is doing a lot more than 3D-printing fabric. Disney Research Labs have created smartphone accessories called "acoustruments" that can control your smartphone by playing the instrument-like accessories. These little ultrasonic instruments attach to the base of a smartphone and the manipulations of sound can be interpreted like toggles and switches for the smartphone, like pressing a camera shutter in the above photo. The idea is based on the principles of wind instruments like slide whistles and The Legend of Zelda's ocarina.

Continue Reading

LG takes another stab at a penabled phablet with the G Stylo

LG takes another stab at a penabled phablet with the G Stylo

With the probable renaissance of the digital pen, in part thanks to rumors of a certain iPad Pro, it seems that LG is willing to give another whack at a stylus-enabled smartphone. After the somewhat lackluster LG G3 Stylus, the Korean OEM is now coming up with a still disappointing LG G Stylo. While that might sound a bit too harsh for a new smartphone, especially considering it does improve on the G3 Stylus just a bit, it does fall short in others and is in no way fit to take on Samsung's Galaxy Note line.

Continue Reading

ASUS ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM switches through games with ease

ASUS ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM switches through games with ease

The advent of 64-bit processors on mobile was seen to herald support for more RAM inside smartphones and tablets. But to this day, you can probably count on the fingers of one hand the devices that come with even 4 GB of memory. The ASUS ZenFone 2 is one of those, bearing 4 GB of RAM inside. But what does that exactly mean in practice? YouTube user L BS provides a video demonstrating just that, swiftly and smoothly multi-tasking between one of the most resource intensive type of mobile apps: games.

Continue Reading

BlackBerry reveals plan to acquire WatchDox

BlackBerry reveals plan to acquire WatchDox

BlackBerry has revealed that it will be acquiring WatchDox, a California company offering enterprise users a secure file-sync and sharing solution, also known as EFSS. With this, users are able to work on and share documents across all of their devices securely. BlackBerry’s acquisition of the company is a bid to draw back in the government and similar customers that it enjoyed for so long, and, according to the Wall Street Journal at least, will also give it another way to expand its R&D efforts into Israel, where WatchDox has its own operations.

Continue Reading

Mobilegeddon isn’t just Google’s doing

Mobilegeddon isn’t just Google’s doing

Don't believe the hype. Today you'll see one massive amount of stories about how Google's newest update to Google Search will bury websites not prepared to be "mobile friendly." Barring the odd "old web" website or local government council site, the web is basically already there. Google wouldn't enact a sweeping set of changes if they suspected their business model would be drastically altered. And for those of you worried, Google has put together a handy guide to get you through this tough time, including a "Google Mobile-Friend Test" site.

Continue Reading

LG teases LG G4’s “DSLR level” camera

LG teases LG G4’s “DSLR level” camera

LG really loves teasing the public in bits and pieces about its upcoming G4 flagship bound for next week, but one thing it can't seem to get enough of is its camera. In fact, aside from the 5.5-inch QHD display and genuine leather rear, the smartphone's camera is one of LG's most teased feature. And to whet the appetite of mobile, and even maybe professional, photographers even more, it enlisted the help of professional photographer Colby Brown to explain why the G4 is his new camera and not just his new smartphone.

Continue Reading

Zero G smartphone case enables hands free selfies

Zero G smartphone case enables hands free selfies

There are hoards of people out there who take selfies all the time. The catch is that if you want to take selfies with a group, sometimes it can be hard to get everyone in the shot without resorting to something annoying like a selfie-stick. A new case called Zero G has debuted that promise to stick to surfaces without being sticky and eliminates the need for a selfie stick.

Continue Reading

No more invites, OnePlus One available to anyone, anytime

No more invites, OnePlus One available to anyone, anytime

To mark the one year anniversary of OnePlus, the OnePlus One Android smartphone is finally available without one of those hard-to-get invites. Thankfully, the open market for the phone isn't just for 24 hours on Tuesdays, anymore. Anyone can buy the smartphone any day of the week, although it is still only shipping to limited countries. It is also a bit more expensive in Europe due to the falling value of the Euro.

Continue Reading

Google’s Android Wear update nails skeptics’ flaw in Apple Watch plan

Google’s Android Wear update nails skeptics’ flaw in Apple Watch plan

Today Google has released a number of feature updates for Android Wear, and in turn, has uncovered a key flaw not only in the Apple Watch, but in ever smartwatch released so far. In the smartwatch, the market has created demand for a product that precedes its own usefulness. In the release, creation, and proliferation of the smartwatch, manufacturers are attempting to recapture the magical torch set alight by smartphones, attempting to make lightning strike again with a "smart" upgrade to a "dumb" device.

Continue Reading