Author Archives: Chris Burns


Samsung’s Jay-Z Magna Carta record deal changes the industry

If you were watching Game 5 of the NBA finals last night on ABC and stuck around during halftime, you saw a 3-minute ad spot from Jay-Z and Samsung that might've had you confused. What exactly where the duo planning? A full-on record release: Jay-Z's 12th solo studio album, one that'd be sent out to the first 1-million users of the Samsung-only app for owners of the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4, and Galaxy Note II for free.

Verizon HTC One reality returns as DROID DNA offer pops up

Today Verizon has once again stoked the fires of possibility for an HTC One as they place the DROID DNA on a social sharing fire sale. This situation could go one of two ways - one, it's possible that the Verizon special event later this week will result in a new color option for the Samsung GALAXY S 4 before its final release in three days. Two - it could be that the DROID DNA is being essentially given away for free now allowing the carrier to make room for the fabled Verizon HTC One.

Google Subscription services for YouTube and Music: is the deal struck?

While it's not clear when Google Music and YouTube will be offering up per-month subscription costs for content above-and-beyond the fold, it appears that sources speaking freely on the matter have made it clear: Google media is on the brink of a big change. Google I/O 2013 spreads across this week starting tomorrow morning, there the first (and only) major keynote showing developers and the public alike what the company will be bringing the market in the near future. Could the YouTube Channel subscription service be ready for an initial announcement - or is it a Google Music streaming service that's ready for action?

HTC First Review

With the HTC First we've got what both HTC and Facebook are presenting as this year's Facebook Phone. While we've seen devices in the past with Facebook-centric bodies and with Facebook features added to their basic Android software experience, here with the HTC first we've got what both HTC and Facebook are very clearly saying is their hero environment for the mobile universe. This isn't just an HTC Salsa with a Facebook button attached - it's the first full embodiment of Facebook Home!

AT&T HTC One LTE Review

It's finally time to work with the HTC One here in the United States. Here with the AT&T version of the HTC One, we've got 4G LTE connectivity and a device build that's essentially identical to the original international edition of the device. What's changed is the radio inside and the software build - but only ever so slightly. Here you've got the addition of a few AT&T-specific apps so you're running right with big blue - otherwise it's all sweet!

Google Keep official: taking on Evernote as soon as possible

Today Google Keep has been revealed as the company's first attempt to create a fully-integrated note-taking system for all your smart devices. With Google Keep, you'll be able to quickly write down ideas on your Android smartphone, access them on-the-go with your smartphone or tablet, and grab them back at home with your desktop computer. Starting with voice transcription built-in (as it is with most Android devices and their apps these days), you'll find Google Keep working with Google Drive to keep all of your clippings, ideas, and bits and pieces safe wherever you go!

Jawbone UP joins the Android Community with official app

Today you'll be able to join the masses of health-conscious Jawbone UP device-wearers with your own Android-based app. This device in the past was only working with an iOS app for the iPhone and/or iPod touch, and today's push allows the Jawbone crew to team up with the millions of Android users out there in the wild - in the cold, dark wild. If you're not able to see the Jawbone UP app in the Google Play app store right this minute, you'll be able to see it soon - it's on the way!

GALAXY S 4 gets uniform “no” from top hack CyanogenMod

The most famous and widely-used customized user interface for Android devices - CyanogenMod - has been declared a no-go for the brand new Samsung GALAXY S 4. This will come as a relatively large blow for Samsung if they do seek the Android hacker bid - or dollar, rather - as such a lack of support for the device from the developer community (hacker community) will result in a distinct lack of fun for those that call hacking their home. In other words, this essentially means Samsung will be selling phones to those that are happy with the way the phone works out of the box.

HTC One Review (2013)

If you're in the market for a new smartphone in the next few weeks, the HTC One will be just one of several massively impressive hero devices released by major brands - and you'll have a really fun decision on your hands. Here at the tail end of Winter in the year 2013 we've entered an age of quad-core mobile processors, wireless connectivity so diverse it'll make your head spin, and cameras on smartphones made much more powerful than your average point-and-shoot. So here we've got the HTC One, the best new hope for the company to revive the once (and perhaps future) glory they've cultivated in the Android universe. The HTC One may very well be your ticket to today's greatest smartphone package of all.
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