Author Archives: John Hoff


Instapaper app updated, now free to download with IAP

Instapaper is one of those apps that you really would appreciate in these modern, mobile-centric, fast-paced times – it allows you to store articles for reading, offline and formatted for easy reading. You know, those articles that litter your timeline on your social media platforms, those things that are interesting but you just don’t have enough time to go through at the moment. It used to be that Instapaper – for a fee – allowed you to store those for your downtime reading. An app update now brings Instapaper free, with in-app purchases.

Google’s App Indexing brings search engine power to locating apps

Remember those heady days of 1998 where a lot of us were so amazed at the way the Google search engine could find virtually anything on the intarwebs? That was a result of ground breaking search indexing algorithms that placed Google on top of the search engine pile. Fast forward to now, and Google is set to apply the same algorithms so that your apps will show up in related searches better. Sounds yummy, right?

BombSquad is an explosive party game to share with friends

How does a party game that allows Android devices to take part look like? What does it need to bring to the table to be fun and engaging? Pardon the obvious pun in the title, but we feel like BombSquad – a game designed by Eric Froemling – really hits the nail on the head as a cooperative party game that users will have no problem picking up from the get go.

Samsung targets Android enterprise integration with Knox

Android was designed with open-source, open-market viability in mind – so it was, by design, low in “private sandbox” security features. This is something that makes the platform a very risky one for those in enterprise security. Enclosed architectures like BlackBerry OS and iOS have legitimate advantages here in one sense, but Samsung is belatedly trying to join the party with its KNOX B2B (business-to-business) apps.

Anki Drive race gaming soon to support Android devices

Anki Drive is the new generation of remote control car racing. A lot of Gen X-ers grew up with remote control cars, helicopters and planes being top-of-the-line in toy technology, but we are a long ways into the future from those days. Enter Anki Drive, a race car gaming combo which brings together mobile gaming, bleeding edge wireless technology, and robotics into one awesome mashup. Even better, it’s coming to Android really soon.

Sony SmartEyeglass to enter tech eyewear market

Almost everybody who’s capable of producing tech eyewear is coming after Google Glass in a big way, and Japanese consumer electronics outfit Sony isn’t one to get left behind. It’s releasing the Sony SmartEyeglass (we guess people are running out of novel names for tech eyewear) to compete in this segment, although it doesn’t have software of its own as of now and is relying on third party developers to work with their SDK.

Interstellar is a surprisingly cool movie tie-in mobile game

We’ve had it up to here (points to forehead) with mediocre movie tie-in apps. If it’s not your badly concocted shooting game, then it’s an “easy out” endless runner – yes, we’re looking at you “Despicable Me”. And so when Paramount made noises about doing a tie-in game app for the upcoming Christopher Nolan nerd-fest Interstellar to drum up more hype, you can understand that we’re wary. But it seems we had nothing to worry about.

Android L to offer devices encryption as default out-of-the-box

Just to set things straight, encryption of personal data has been available to Android users since 2011. It was one of those features that users rarely talk about and never get around to using. But with the spate of high-profile leaks of personal data – videos, pictures, and the like – a lot more people are now looking to security features in devices to protect sensitive and personal data. Enter Google’s announcement that the next Android operating system release – presently known as Android L and set to be launched pretty soon – will have encryption turned on by default for devices which will carry the new OS.

Rumors say HTC Nexus 9 launch probably on October 16

If you remember, the Nexus 10 was not so much of a certified victory for Google. Cooperating with Samsung, Google wanted to put out what was supposed to be an Apple iPad killer. While it opened the eyes of tech consumers to just how great an Android tablet could be, it fell way short of its expectations. Now Google is on course to launch a new effort at a Nexus tablet with HTC – and the most recent rumors say that the new Nexus 9 tablet might drop on October 16.

Bose unveils ‘colorful’ Bluetooth speakers, on-ear headset

Bose, known worldwide as very competent audio device manufacturers, have been on a roll in terms of launching products lately. This time they took the wraps off the Soundlink Color speakers which seems to be their most affordable Bluetooth speaker yet. They are launching that together with the Soundlink On-ear Bluetooth headphones, their first try at on-ear Bluetooth headsets.