Author Archives: John Hoff


OnePlus may start accepting pre-orders in October

The OnePlus One smartphone is a great device, but because of business risk mitigation and the manufacturers wary of competition, it has become a niche market device, and something of an urban legend. Consumers are certainly divided on the company’s “invite only” policy, but signs are pointing to an improvement – a pre-order system might be online by October.

First ROMs for the NVIDIA Shield Tablet surface

We’re all big fans of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet – that gaming-centered Android tablet which at one point we were unsure if it would fulfill its potential or even wow its potential market. We were blown away on both counts. We love the quality and gamers and techno-geeks alike have been impressed with it – so much that in a little over a month, it’s been rooted, received a major OTA update, and now custom ROMs have come out for the device.

Greenify app gets update, boosts usage on non-rooted devices

If you haven’t discovered the Greenify app yet, then you still might be suffering from envy of those phones which never seem to lag or slow down, something that you think can’t be done on your Android phone. This article is probably good news for you then, as an introduction to Greenify and the new updates that come with it.

IR 2.0 turns your phone into a universal TV remote

We feel for TV remote controllers, you know. Apart from being one of the most misplaced house implements, it is one of those that take so much beating. How many times have you dropped your TV remote on the concrete floor? “A lot,” was our answer. Because of those drops, malfunctioning and totally destroyed TV remotes abound, leaving you without the ability to change channels from your couch – such a stressful thought! Well, not anymore. Welcome, the “IR 2.0” app.

Samsung partners with Nike for running app on Gear S

Coinciding with the unveiling of Samsung’s new Tizen wearablethe Samsung Gear S – is its partnership with global athletic apparel brand Nike for a collaborative version of the latter’s patented running app “Nike+ Running”. The two have come together to bring the app directly to the Gear S, a smart wearable device that can be worn untethered to a smartphone because of its own 3G connectivity.

ORA-1 is a potential Google Glass killer, runs on Android

As wearable technologies continue to find their time more and more in the spotlight, outfits like Optinvent find more and more reasons to be bullish about their products. This specific thingamabob is the ORA-1 wearable “smart glass” gadget, done in the tradition of what Google started with Google Glass – only, this one is more scalable as it runs mostly on Android OS.