Author Archives: John Hoff


NVIDIA plans for “Denver”, a 64-bit version of Tegra K1

With the relatively good feedback coming from the performance of the Tegra K1 chip, NVIDIA is not resting on its laurels and is moving forward with what looks to be the company’s bet for the near-future’s Android chip – the dual-core 64-bit version of the NVIDIA Tegra K1, codename “Denver”.

New CM11S 30O update for OnePlus One rolls out

Owners of the highly-acclaimed OnePlus One smartphone can expect a new version of their CyanogenMod 11 Android OS to roll out starting today, as OnePlus has announced that the new update has rolled out via OTA. This latest update brings the Android 4.4.4 KitKat to the One, including tweaks, fixes and updated apps and features – including a new camera feature called “Clear Image”.

HTC finally brings Desire 816, 610 to US shores

After months of teasing, HTC is finally bringing its mainstream midrange handsets to the US – the HTC Desire 816 and the Desire 610. HTC had pointed out that it was the lack of options from them for the midrange market that caused a downturn in the company’s 2013 performance, and these phones are now here to address that need, which were previously available only for the European and Asian markets.

NVIDIA Tegra K1 gives Acer Chromebook 13 hours of uptime

The Acer Chromebook 13 is probably the first Chromebook out there sporting NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chip, and it looks like it’s not too shabby at all. Both NVIDIA and Acer are harping on such qualities multi-tasking performance and the device’s mobile form factor. But at the top of the list is probably an industry first – 13 hours of battery time for the device.

Blackphone reportedly rooted, makers to patch vulnerabilities

The Android community already had an answer for those who wanted a phone with extreme security and privacy in mind – that is the Blackphone. This device is designed to prevent usual security vulnerabilities that normal people wouldn’t mind, so when a hacker announces via Twitter that he has found a way to root the Blackphone, the makers had to stand up and take notice.

High-end Meta M1 smartwatch now available for pre-order

Meta, the premium brand that spun off from watch retailers Fossil, is making a new high-end smartwatch that is described to be a “premium watch that just happens to be smart”. Of course, by smart, they mean that the Meta M1 watch can be interfaced with your smartphone. Let’s all take a look at the details of this glitzy new wearable.

Must download game: Skulls of the Shogun for Android

“Skulls of the Shogun”, a turn-based strategy game built by developers 17-Bit, has had gamers on PC and iOS glowing with all the nice things to say about this game. It’s about time that it’s made the jump to Android, and not surprisingly, it is still as amazing as they come.

New HTC mid-tier phone gets leaked, to feature 64bit SoC

A possible HTC mid-tier phone got leaked, code named the HTC A11, which from visible aesthetics and design would go well with the brand’s Desire line. HTC has been relatively quiet on new products these past few weeks, and so it’s good to see that it is not resting on its laurels on putting out what is arguably one of the best Android phones to date with the HTC One M8.

Samsung files trademark for ‘Galaxy Note Edge’, hints at new tech?

It is understood that South Korean smartphone giant Samsung has filed a number of new trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), these are for new names including the “Galaxy Note Edge”, “Alterna”, and “Audition”. Now, all of you Samsung fans calm the heck down – this is not tantamount to an announcement of a new Galaxy Note device yet. But it looks like Samsung is at least making the name available for them to use.

Android x86 releases stable version of 4.4 for your PC

There are a few ways to run Android on your PC that probably has an Intel or an AMD processor, but one of the most popular and worthwhile would be doing it with Android x86. This is a software that runs back to Android’s Linux roots, allowing it to be installed as an operating system for your PC. They have just recently released a stable version based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and all of you aficionados would probably want to check it out.