Author Archives: John Hoff


Kabam releases a developers’ diary video for Star Wars Uprising

At the E3 2015 gaming conference, Kabam announced that it was going to be releasing a new Star Wars game that will be directly connected to the build-up for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens which will hit theaters in December. The new game will be called Star Wars: Uprising, and it will be a top down isometric RPG of galactic proportions. What we have now is Kabam teasing us some more, with some behind-the-scenes work in this video.

Razer’s Serval game controller now in the Google Play Store

If you’re a big time gamer on mobile or Android TV and you’re looking for a gaming controller to give you better accuracy, timing and jumps on those pesky fighting games, shooters, and endless runners, you better invest in a good one. We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of Razer, such a hip and cool name in all things gaming, and their great new Android gaming controller – the Razer Serval – is now available via the Google Play Store.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5, as clear as you can see it before launch

This is probably the ultimate device leak, when someone makes public your device image renders to be used for official marketing materials. Or at least makes a better job of doing high quality renders. This looks to be what happened here with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5. If you were disappointed at the quality of the leaked images that came before, well, this is your lucky day, it seems.

Farming Simulator 16 makes all your farming dreams possible, sort of

Have you heard of Farming Simulator 14? No? How about Farming PRO 15? Well, that’s just too bad, because a new and improved farm simulator game is coming right at you and it’s not Farmville, no. You have to understand that a lot of people geek out to different kinds of things. Some geek out to crops, weather patterns, fertilizers, and monster tractors and harvesters, and how best to earn a profit in which season. For these kinds of people, there’s Farming Simulator 16 – coming to Android soon.

Razer promises to pay OUYA’s debt to game developers

Gaming outfit Razer has recently acquired OUYA – more specifically, its technical and developer relations arms. OUYA, after a blockbuster Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its microconsole, slowly spiraled down as it struggled to find its place in a console market dominated still by Sony and Microsoft. Razer has swooped in to acquire – not including the hardware business, mind you – but was not aware that OUYA had debts to game developers in excess of USD$600,000.

New Qualcomm tech now allows wireless charging on metal phones

For the short time that wireless charging standards and technology have been with us, there have been a number of breakthroughs to keep the technology moving forward. Sadly, wireless charging is still not at that point where it is a standard for almost everyone. So maybe this new technology from Qualcomm will help move it towards that goal – the company now has a solution for allowing wireless charging even on metal-clad phones.

What the OnePlus 2 DOESN’T have, and why that matters

Ok, so the cat’s out of the bag, so to speak. The OnePlus 2 – made by the same guys who made the OnePlus One (haha) – is out in the open, the pricing is out in the open as well, and we had a short time to go hands on with it. It is by far, the most ridiculous piece of smartphone hardware you can get for a price range that starts at around USD$329. But that for that price, you will have to let go of some creature comforts – like NFC, a fast charging feature, and a wireless charging feature. Is that going to be ok for you?

Moto G 3rd Gen, Moto X Play, Moto X Style: which one is for you?

So we finally see what Motorola is up to, at least in the mainstream smartphone segment of the market. Their strategy lies in three handsets which look very visibly similar to each other – there is the 3rd generation Moto G, then the Moto X Play, and the Moto X Style. So how does one know which one is the right fit for your own budget and usage? Well, put them side by side and compare. We got you covered.

3DMark benchmark app gets updated with new Sling Shot tool

GPU (graphics processing unit) benchmarks usually exist to make you feel bad about your current hardware, whether in desktops or in mobile. In desktops, you have some sort of hope because there are times when you can upgrade your GPU. In mobiles, GPU benchmarks like 3DMark spit on your device until you feel bad. Here’s more reasons to feel bad, 3DMark has been updated to include the new Sling Shot test tool to see if your Android device’s GPU performance is up to scratch with the times.