Author Archives: John Hoff


Epson puts out Moverio Pro BT-2000 smart AR glasses

Google wasn’t the first one to jump on the “smart eyewear” bandwagon, not by a long shot. Before Google Glass was there, Epson had already put out the Moverio BT-100. It upgraded that to the BT-200, making the pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses that we all wished Google Glass would become (we all wished in vain, of course). Now it’s adding another product to this line, not necessarily for the regular consumers – the Epson Moverio Pro BT-2000 has the industry professional firmly in mind.

OnePlus 2 will feature speedy USB Type C port

OnePlus continues with its part-by-part reveal of its upcoming flagship phone, building up to the unveiling of the OnePlus 2 sometime soon. They recently revealed that the new flagship will indeed be carrying the embattled Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, something that has caused them a bit of irritation. Today they reveal that the new smartphone will be sporting the backward-compatible but much speedier USB Type-C port as its main data connection and charging option.

Acer to launch first all-in-one Chromebase computer this month

Acer is set to expand its product line through industry first all-in-one computer devices running on Chrome OS. Acer is no stranger to the Chrome OS via its Chromebook offerings, but these two devices – a non-touchscreen all-in-one computer and a variant with touchscreen – will be a whole new product line for the Taiwan-based outfit, and the products are set to be available in the US market this month.

Zettaly launches Avy wireless speakers with touchscreen, KitKat

Zettaly initially offered the “Avy” portable wireless speakers through a crowdfunding effort via Kickstarter. That effort did not reach its funding goals, but it did not stop the company from moving forward with its design. What we have now is a unique portable wireless speaker with a 7-inch touchscreen interface, runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and can handle up to 40GB of data.

Leaked video, pictures of alleged Moto G 2015 out in the open

It’s usually in the summertime when Motorola plans its major launches of new devices. We’re at that time of the year again and so understandably, the air is rife with rumors of new Moto devices. This particular leak shows the alleged 2015 version of the bang-for-your-buck Moto G smartphone. Whether you believe or not is your own call, but the images do look convincing.

ASUS ZenFone 2 bootloader unlocked, customize to your heart’s content

The ASUS ZenFone 2 has been one of the major smartphone players in the “great deals” territory of the market. The phone represents a more than serviceable set of specs, especially with the Intel Atom multi-thread processors, at a price point that many will find very agreeable. A lot of the people who bought this phone will probably be happy to hear that there is now a way to safely unlock the bootloader of the device so you can start installing after-market software.

Intel launches Remote Keyboard app for NUC, Compute Stick

If you’ve been watching the mobile device landscape in the past year, you will see that chipmakers Intel have been more active than in the years before. This is an intentional move for Intel to break into the mobile space, primarily with their processors in mobile devices. The Intel NUC and Compute Stick products are also Intel platforms geared towards the mobile space, and Intel is launching a companion keyboard app just for both products.

Lollipop-based Amazon Fire OS 5 launched in developer preview

In terms of hardware, Amazon’s set of Android devices can actually compete, but they lag behind competitors primarily because of their approach to the software area of the devices. They use the heavily tweaked and proprietary Fire OS, a version of Android that does not allow for Google Play Store access. The software has continued to languish in KitKat land, but users should be relatively happy Amazon is now rolling out the Fire OS 5, albeit in a developer preview for now.