Author Archives: Chris Burns


Flappy Bird missing? Developer to delete game

"I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine." says the original developer of the massively popular game, "But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it." Speaking today about the attention he's gotten from the game and responding to the possibility that it's bringing his large stacks of cash, it would appear that this situation hasn't been all stars and roses. On the contrary - the developer announced today that he's so tired of the attention the app has gotten, he's taking it offline in the next 22 hours.

Spotify adds Led Zeppelin to streaming ranks

The one and only Led Zeppelin has been added to the extensive libraries of Spotify, allowing in a variety of albums over the next month. Starting today - December 11th, 2013, Led Zeppelin albums will begin to be ushered in with "Led Zeppelin" and "Led Zeppelin II", both from 1969. After that it's December 12th with the release of III and the untitled 4th album, these originally released in 1970 and 1971.

Moto G hands-on and first-impressions

Today we've been introduced to Motorola's national and international strategy for taking command of the growing mid-tier smartphone market with the smartphone called Moto G. This device is set to be priced at a cool $179 USD off-contract in the United States and comparable costs outside the states, making it a rather enticing proposal for prospective smartphone users both inside the USA and internationally. What we're doing today is having a peek at this machine as it prepares to launch in Brazil, then Europe, and eventually (by January) inside the USA as well.

Nexus 5 hands-on: photos, benchmarks, first impressions

In the Nexus 5 you'll find Google's biggest effort yet in their unique "pure" take on Android, both physically and metaphorically. You've got LG-made hardware here with a display that's the most massive Google has issued for a Nexus smartphone, appearing at 4.95-inches of LCD with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. That's 445 PPI, and beaten only by the HTC One's sharpness of 469 PPI due to it's smaller display at 4.7-inches with the same amount of pixels.

Moto Maker hands-on with Moto X: the customization begins

This week we've had the opportunity to create our own customized Motorola Moto X with the company's first edition - pre-release edition, that is - of Moto Maker. This is Motorola's customization engine for what may very well be a variety of devices in the future, but for now is centered on Moto X, a device which you can also see in full effect in our Moto X review. This process is simple - colors, letters, and specifications are but a click away, and the UI to back it all up is as simple as it is smooth.

Moto X Review

This week we're delivering an extended stay with the Moto X, a device presented by Motorola as the current sweet spot in the center of price, usability, and customizability. This device marks a point in the history of Android where what my colleague Chris Davies calls a "Context Ecosystem" has dawned, and in it an essential dismissal of winner-take-all hardware specifications in favor of an overall best-in-class user experience.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition Review

If you planned on picking up the Nexus 4 this summer but hesitated when you heard about Samsung's entry in to the newly minted "Google Play edition" lineup, you must have been thrown for a real loop when HTC brought the One on too. Here we've got not just one of the top hero machines on the market ready for "Nexus" glory, but two. Why would you choose one over the other? Let's have a peek.

HTC One Google Play edition Review

When you pick up a Google Play edition of the HTC One, you get all of the hardware features the original device is packed with, but backed up with an operating system that's almost entirely Google-made. This device is released alongside one other hero machine with a "Google Play edition" tag to make it unique, that being the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Here we have a peek at what it means to pay a premium (or a normal full price, depending on your perspective) for a machine that's already been one of Android Community's favorites this year, this time with a whole different experience on the inside.

Sony Xperia Z T-Mobile Review

It's the same device as it was before - with an ever-so-slight change here or there in the software suite, of course. The Sony Xperia Z still has a fully waterproof body, a 5-inch Full HD display, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. It's not the highest-power machine on the market - if you consider the Snapdragon 600 int he HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4, that is - but it does have a combination of processor and display panel that'll kick out the swiftness the likes of which you've never seen before (if you've not purchased a phone in 2013, of course). And it's all glass for class, too.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom hands-on

Here in London we've got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, the company's latest effort in crossover machines between the point-and-shoot camera and their hero smartphone, the Galaxy S 4. This device is certainly a considerable bit thicker than the smartphone already on the market, yet it's not quite as large as the original Samsung Galaxy Camera. It's there that this machine finds its half-way point.
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