Author Archives: John Hoff


Samsung shutting down ChatOn in all markets except in the US

Maybe you own a Samsung smartphone device and you noticed one of the apps there that keeps getting updated but you’ve never used it (but you can’t delete it out of there as well) – it’s called ChatOn, and it was supposed to be Samsung’s competition for iMessage, a Samsung-only messaging tool. But it never really caught on, and after many denials that the South Korean gadget giant was killing the app, they finally officially announced that they were ditching ChatOn.

Leak shows an insanely powerful Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra

Of course, we can say right off the bat that as with all leaks, it will be difficult to verify if this is indeed true – that is the nature of all leaks. But the purported specs of the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra has just leaked and it’s showing us an insanely robust tablet, something that would blow away current competition. But is it in the “too good to be true” category?

Hyundai hands car dash to Android, Apple for device-based interface

Hyundai has made it known that Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay will be very much central to how they imagine their cars’ dashboards in the near future, particularly starting in 2015. A new entertainment hub/display will be coming to the Korean car manufacturer’s vehicles that will be ditching the current standard CD player and onboard navigation. The music and map apps on the owner’s Android or Apple device will take over that function.

Double Tap to Wake feature brought back to unrooted Nexus 6

A few weeks back, we talked about an app that brought back the “double tap to wake” feature to the Google Nexus 6 phone, a feature that was planned to be active on the phone but was nixed by Motorola and Google at the last minute. Said app only worked on rooted Nexus 6 phones, so it still presented quite a challenge for those who don’t like/want to root their phones. Enter XDA member “_qwerp” who now presents an alternate solution for bringing back the feature to non-rooted Nexus 6 units.

Telltale Games brings their own flavor of Borderlands to Android

The “Borderlands” series is a wonderfully quirky and hugely popular sci-fi FPS (first person shooter) that has been released mainly for consoles and PC, and is now waiting to release their third installment of the game. The beauty (or campiness) of Borderlands’ comic-based graphics will take a while before it can be translated to Android, or so we thought. Telltale Games – of “The Walking Dead” and “The Wolf Among Us” fame – is ready to give us a point-and-click rendition of the game ostensibly called “Tales from the Borderlands”.

The Blu Studio 7.0 is a budget-friendly 7-inch smartphone

Yeah, you can balk at the size all you want – you know we all did. There’s just something about a smartphone when it breaks the 6-inch barrier that makes it go from useful to weird – not quite a tablet, too big for a phone. But Florida-based outfit Blu wants to take that risk in putting out the Blu Studio 7.0, a huge 7-inch smartphone for the budget conscious.
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