Author Archives: Eric Abent


Wine on Android demoed, development still in early stages

Linux and Unix users might be pleased to know that work on an Android port of Wine has started. Those who were attending the Free and Open Source Software Developers European Meeting (FOSDEM) in Brussels had the opportunity to see Wine on Android in action, despite the fact that the port is still in the very early stages of development. How early are we talking? To give you an idea, today we were shown Wine running on an emulated version of Android.

BLU unleashes Quattro series with NVIDIA Tegra 3

BLU has some big plans to shake up the smartphone space, today introducing a new line of smartphones that come complete with NVIDIA Tegra 3 processors. The new series is called Quattro, and though it may not sound like anything special, one of the big draws of the line will be that the phones are offered unlocked at a rather inexpensive price. There are three devices in all: the Quattro 4.5, Quattro 4.5 HD, and Quattro 5.7 HD.

Google Glass bone conduction technology referenced in FCC filing

As if Google Glass wasn't already cool enough, today we're finding out that it feature bone conduction technology. The glasses recently made an appearance at the FCC, and the filing for the project mentions "integral vibrating element that provides audio to the user via contact with the user's head." Of course, Google recently filed a patent for glasses that feature the tech, so it seems that bone conduction will definitely be a part of Project Glass.

Foursquare for Business goes live on Google Play Store

Business owners who use Foursquare will be pleased to know that they now have an app made specifically for them waiting on the Google Play Store. Foursquare for Business rolled out for Android this week, giving business owners an all new level of functionality. Now, you can push updates about your business from the phone, meaning you can update your company's page anywhere you can get a mobile data signal.

Sony begins sending out Xperia T Jelly Bean updates

Time to get excited, Xperia T owners, because it appears that Sony has started sending out Jelly Bean updates. Spotted by Xperia Blog, the Jelly Bean update was only certified for the Xperia T yesterday, so Sony hasn't wasted any time in pushing it out to consumers. Sony seems to be sending the update out in waves, so unfortunately, some consumers are going to have a longer wait than others.

HTC and PlayStation Mobile team up for free games through February

If you're been looking for some good free Android games and happen to own an HTC phone, then your search may be over. HTC and PlayStation Mobile have announced that they've teamed up to bring Android users a handful of free games throughout the month of February. There will be a new game to download every week, and the companies have chosen to make Cubixx free for the first week.

Star Trek: Into Darkness movie companion app hands-on

J.J. Abrams may be moving onto a different space franchise in 2015, but for now, all eyes are on his upcoming film Star Trek: Into Darkness. The movie doesn't hit theaters until May 17, but today Paramount Pictures has released the movie companion app. The Star Trek: Into Darkness app exists to get users excited for the movie, having them scan real-world images and trailers to unlock bonuses and earn points.

Evidence for new Vertu Android phone piles up

Earlier today, we heard a rumor that claimed a new Vertu phone is in the works. The rumor essentially said that two major things will be changing with this latest Vertu phone. First, the Vertu brand will drop Symbian in favor of Android, and second, this latest Vertu phone will be far less expensive that previous iterations (though it's still going to cost an arm and a leg). Fast forward to now, and we're hearing new details about the device.

T-Mobile beefs up 4G coverage in New Orleans ahead of Super Bowl

The Super Bowl, as any American football fan will excitedly tell you, is coming up this weekend in New Orleans. Tons of fans will be flocking to the city to watch the big game take place, many of them with smartphones in their pockets. Of course, it isn't everyday you get to go to the Super Bowl, so we imagine many of them will be using those smartphones for all sorts of things during the game. Luckily, T-Mobile is up to the challenge faced with thousands of football fans tweeting, sharing, and plusing, boosting its 4G network in New Orleans before kickoff.

Google Play Music, Google+ Android apps receive new updates

If you count yourself among the Google faithful, then get ready to dive in, because the company has just unleashed a pair of updates for its Google+ and Play Music Android apps. Both updates are relatively small in size, but both add features that regular users are bound to appreciate. More importantly, both updates are available right now, so you don't have to wait for these new features.
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