Author Archives: John Hoff


Huawei P8 images leaked, extremely slim bezels shown

We have an interesting leak to share with you guys – here’s another product from the big guns of China that would probably not quite make it to MWC 2015 in Barcelona, but would have the potential to make an impact during the 2nd half of the year. Huawei will most likely come out with the rumored Huawei P8 at that time, and these images might be the first look at what you can expect.

Universal ADB Helper is an easy tweaking tool for newbies

Tweaking and modding your Android device usually starts out with the desire to personalize some bits and elements of your device’s Android operating system. Usually, gaining root access would be a gateway to this, usually done by connecting your device to a laptop or a PC. This is where Universal ADB Helper helps out newbies, as it has a fairly large number of tools to help out tweakers.

Need for Speed to charge users for gas, restricted playtime

Electronic Arts is set to roll out this week a new mobile version of the popular car racing franchise Need for Speed for Android users, but not surprisingly and quite like car racing in the real world, EA will start charging for gas. It's not a new thing for game apps to have in-app purchase systems -- developers have to eat, don't they? But it is quite new for a high profile racing game to restrict the driving itself with an in-game resource paid for by real-world money.

HTC Hima image ‘leaks’ possible decoys

It appears HTC has been fooling us all along: a source familiar with the ongoing development of the company’s upcoming take on its HTC One flagship device has reportedly said that images leaked earlier this week are no more than decoys meant to throw nosy snoops off the trail. This is not a weird thing to do in the secret world of device development, with Apple most (in)famous for their paranoia regarding leaks of their new devices.

Samsung Galaxy S6, S Edge confirmed by Vodafone Netherlands

Everybody is excited and prepping for the launch of Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and local carriers like Vodafone in Netherlands is no exception. Well, they’ve all but confirmed that they will be carrying the latest flagship phone – but a not-so-cursory look into the source code of the same website shows that they might also carry one “Samsung Galaxy S Edge”. Whatever might that be?

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 810 taking some heat

Pardon the pun in the title, will you? The Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's new standard flagship chip and arguably one of 2015’s hottest commodities, is the Android industry's answer for catching up with Apple on the 64-bit issue, as well as better performance via octa-core processing. This early, though, the Snapdragon 810 seems to be taking heat from gadget manufacturers and critics for all the wrong reasons.

Apple may have bitten off Nexus 6’s ‘missing’ fingerprint sensor

It turns out that Apple may have been responsible not just for the seeming current downturn in innovating its own products, but contributing to some "missing" parts in the competition as well. Notice that cute "dimple" behind Google's Nexus 6 -- manufactured by Motorola hence the dimple has Motorola's logo? Well, news has come out that it should have been a tappy fingerprint sensor. But circumstances have been so that Motorola wasn't able to include that in that final design.

DIY mod for hard-to-press Nexus 9 buttons now available

We’ll be honest: We love the HTC Nexus 9. We’ve raved about it before -- how sleek and elegant it looks, about its 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor with dual Denver cores running at 2.3GHz, and that vibrant 8.9-inch display (2048x1536 pixel resolution). Now if only those really iffy volume and power buttons would have an easy fix. It turns out, there might just be hope for us and the rest of the tablet world who use Google's premier tablet.

MakerBot app makes 3D printing even easier

The advent of 3D printing has brought a number of hardcore changes to the way we view manufacturing, and it's only going to get easier as time and technology moves forward. MakerBot, an outfit that specializes in 3D printing technology, has recently made life that much easier for 3D printing aficionados. They've rolled out an Android version of their mobile app so you can now interact with your 3D printer by simply using your Android tablet or smartphone.
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