Author Archives: John Hoff


Kodi/XBMC app now does auto updating, no need for sideloading

We’ve discussed the Kodi app before – it was named XBMC before that – so if you haven’t heard of it, read up here, here, and here. The app is one of the more robust media software suites out there, and it will run on almost any platform – Windows, Mac, Android, even on a Linux-based RaspberryPi. But the Android app has experienced slow progress until today, where it now gets an auto-update feature coming from the Google Play Store.

Avast announces two apps that will clean up, speed up your phone

Anybody who’s anybody in the smartphone and mobile device industry is at the MWC 2015 in Barcelona, including famed antivirus and security software experts Avast who have themselves just announced two new mobile apps that will aim to “clean up” our phones. “Avast GrimeFighter” is a no-nonsense clean up app, while “Avast Battery Saver” says it all in the name.

Kazam Tornado 552L stuffs robust midrange specs in 5.5mm body

Kazam is probably one of the outfits that have made the MWC 2015 in Barcelona its breakout party. Over the last few days, they have announced a number of budget phones, with specs getting better as they go. Today they announced the Kazam Tornado 552L – but hold up, this is no budget phone. The slim form factor and the metal accents may just betray an actually very serviceable midrange phone from Kazam.

Doom 3, Crysis will be coming to NVIDIA’s SHIELD Android TV

So NVIDIA’s big reveal at the MWC 2015 is an Android TV gaming hub – aptly named the NVIDIA SHIELD (yes, again). This device marks the third time this naming convention has been used for one of NVIDIA’s devices – first for what is now the SHIELD Portable, and then the SHIELD Tablet. But enough of the name, the exciting part is that you’re going to be able to run DOOM 3 and Crysis – yes, freaking Crysis – on the new NVIDIA SHIELD.

Mortal Kombat coming to Android in April

Some of the newer generation gamers do not understand what the big deal was with Mortal Kombat. The graphics were meh, the gameplay was nothing new – maybe it was the uber-gory fatalities that did the trick. But whatever it was, it made Mortal Kombat a gaming staple for generations (until Street Fighter took over its mantle). So, more nostalgia to come as Warner Bros. Interactive is set to bring Mortal Kombat to Android this April.

HTC to replace One M8 with One M8s, newer but slower proc

HTC is set to gently ease out last year’s flagship device, the HTC One M8 – with the advent of the HTC One M9 and still a lot of M8 hardware probably in stock. The solution is to sell an HTC One M8 replacement in the One M8s – with most of the hardware the same, but going for a newer but slightly slower processor.

Intel invades lower tier market with Atom x3, x5, x7 chipsets

If you thought Intel was going to rest on its laurels by simply stating that their Atom chipset solutions were performing better than their Cortex competitors, you would be wrong. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Intel has made its intention known that they will compete in the market for lower tier devices, providing Atom chipset solutions that are competitively priced but provide better performance.

Alcatel launches Hero 2+ phablet, Cyanogen OS inside

Still at the Mobile World Congress, Alcatel is hyping its new partnership with Cyanogen, Inc. with the launch of the Hero 2+ phablet, a 6-inch device that features Cyanogen’s version of the Android OS as the main software. The device will be targeted at the North American market and Alcatel will be selling the phablet off-contract and unlocked.
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