Author Archives: John Hoff


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.

Toshiba outs thinner, smaller 20MP CMOS image sensor

Japan-based electronics outfit Toshiba might have just launched a new CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) image sensor that could be the main element for the camera units of future high-end smartphones and phablets. Don’t be bummed out by the generic sounding naming convention, but the T4KA7 delivers 20-megapixel resolution at an optical height of 1/2.4 inch.

Possible new Motorola DROID seen in FCC, Verizon-bound

Fresh from the updraft of market love for its product launches at IFA 2014 – namely the Moto 360 and the new Moto X – a possible new Motorola device is headed towards US carrier Verizon, and could be a beast of a phone. The device was spotted in FCC documents with the code name “Quark” and from initial analysis of the docs could have wireless charging and turbo charging.

Mid-range LG G3 Vigor now carried by AT&T

AT&T customers can now opt for a more affordable version of the LG G3 flagship device. The new LG G3 Vigor, fresh from being launched by other US carriers as well, is a specced-down version of the G3 where the South Korean manufacturer is hoping to get a piece of the mid-range market.

Nexus 9 set to launch in October, folio keyboard leaked

You’ll have to jog your memory backwards a bit for the last time you saw one of the Google-approved Nexus devices being launched. But it looks like October is going to be the month for Nexus fans as HTC looks set to launch the Nexus 9 tablet device in the next few weeks.