Author Archives: John Hoff


Samsung to come out with ‘all metal’ mid-range phone?

If people have one complaint about Samsung’s phones, it’s that they’re too “plasticky” to be considered as real premium gadgets. And then they go ahead and buy them anyways. Well, Samsung may be saying “Enough of the plastic complaint already!” – if the recent launch of the Galaxy Alpha (with the metal side binding) was to be any indication. The next phone in the Alpha series is rumored to be an all-metal affair, with the name code SM-A500.

PS4 Remote Play port now allows feature on all Xperia devices

One of the big things about the Xperia Z3 family that Sony announced at IFA 2014 – that is the Xperia Z3 flagship device, the Xperia Z3 Compact, and the Xperia Z3 Tablet – is the PS4 Remote Play feature. Short version is that the feature allows you to play your registered PS4 games using your Xperia device as the screen – provided that everything is connected to very reliable internet connections.

Moto E, Moto G can now enjoy multiboot goodness

Multiboot refers to an Android device’s capability housing multiple operating systems and being able to boot to whichever you choose or that one that fits your current fancy. This is a very cool capability – although not featured in most devices for practical and business reasons – and one of the tools you can use for this is MultiROM, made by XDA developer “Tassadar”. This cool capability has now been tested on Motorola’s budget device the Moto E, as well as the older version of the Moto G (not the one recently announced at IFA 2014).

Daqri’s Android-powered hardhat leverages AR features

Daqri, a California-based startup, is putting a lot of the company’s efforts onto producing a very unique hard hat. A very different kind of an Android wearable device, Daqri’s hard hat is a re-imagining of what is usually an ordinary construction safety tool into a very helpful and information-rich device.

Chrome demo includes debut of password generator

If you’re the type who keeps Chrome to the newest experimental build of the browser then you’re in for a nice surprise if you check out the latest version. Included in the build is a password generator that should give third party software like LastPass and 1Password a run for its money.

New features might trickle down to old Moto X, G users

Motorola’s Vice President of Product Management Punit Soni may have just given a lifeline to those who own last year’s variant of the Moto X and the Moto G. With the launch of the new Moto X at IFA 2014, we’re seeing a lot of new features to the brand spanking new upgrade – but there is hope for the old Moto X (and possibly Moto G) yet.