Author Archives: John Hoff


Brazilian retailer comes out with new Moto X+1 listings

The website of Brazilian retailer Livraria Logos is becoming notorious for its Moto X+1 leaks, which – if you’ve been living without Internet for the past few months – is of course the code name for the new Motorola flagship device. The new Moto X listings are back on their website though, giving us at least decent info about the new device.

Samsung teases Galaxy Note 4 handwriting features

September 3 is the day, and we’re pretty sure all of you Samsung Galaxy Note fans have that permanently marked on your calendar already – it’s the day we get to see the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4. But here is a short video coming from the South Korean gadget giant teasing about what most people should like about the new Galaxy Note.

OPPO launches rapid charging powerbank, car-charger

There are some in the smartphone and electronics device industry that are of the opinion that it is not the processor that is the defining spec of the gadget – but rather the battery. And with a lot of manufacturers failing to balance out great specs with higher capacity batteries – the latest being the Samsung Galaxy Alpha – accessories like OPPO’s rapid charging VOOC powerbank and car charger become obvious necessities.

PAC-MAN Friends brings classic to Android, adds tilt control

There are only so many things you can do to a classic gaming franchise like Pac-Man, before the attempts to bring them to modern times become trite and tired. Lo and behold, we have another official Pac-game release called “PAC-MAN Friends” aimed specifically at the Android platform. What will fans of the classic think about this?

Sony launches expanded Xperia Care services

Sony wants to bring solid technical and customer support to their users, and has rolled out some additions to their customer care and after-purchase services. It stems from the company’s stated vision of bringing more personalized support for their Xperia devices.

Galaxy Note 4 to feature new ‘side touch’ for easier selfies

We’ve all been there – that point where we also want to be in the picture with a group of people, but are left holding the phone to be used for the picture. The solution is always to use the lower megapixel front-facing camera, but alas, it brings you to awkward hand-positioning and camera shutter-pressing conditions. Well, what we can tell you is that if you buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 when it finally comes out, this won’t be a problem anymore. And none of that mono-pod, stick holding thing as well.

Droid X gets a new lease on life via CM11

We’re not hating on the Droid X – we think nobody who knows his Android history would ever be able to do that to the phone which at its peak was the “for real” iPhone killer. But just four years after its release, it is already considered ancient – such is the pace of technology today. Lo and behold, XDA senior member “Aaahh” has given the old phone a fitting swan song, by successfully installing CyanogenMod’s Android KitKat-based OS on it.

LG reportedly outing a G Watch 2 at IFA 2014

It’s only been months since Google I/O in July, and only months since LG launched and gone to market with its wearable device, the LG G Watch. But what is this we’re hearing? LG wants to rectify the almost pedestrian design and aesthetic of the G Watch with a new version to come out at the IFA 2014 in Berlin? Most likely a good move for them.

YouTube Music Key tipped to be new music subscription service

What do you do if you have one of the world’s largest online database and repository of music – some under labels, some indie, some without labels – all searchable and viewable at the click of a button? Why, you think of ways to profit from it, of course. It honestly baffled me why it took this long for YouTube – and by extension Google – to think about this. But “YouTube Music Key” is coming soon.