Author Archives: John Hoff


The Smart Boy is the Nintendo smartphone we all deserve

We have long conceded that Japanese gaming giant Nintendo is not likely to get into the smartphone business. Heck, maybe even the company itself has conceded that their hardware business just isn't up to par – judging from the lack of effort to update the Wii and Nintendo DS mobile platforms. But we begin to think what could be, with this -- when asked to concoct a concept based on a classic gadget that could have a life as a smartphone, Bangkok-based designer Pierre Cerveau came up with this beauty: the Nintendo Smart Boy.

CM12.1 for HTC One M9 drops at XDA, still unofficial

So it’s not official, but it’s there and available just the same. For the lot of you who are totally done with the Sense UI on your HTC One M9 and want to switch to something more AOSP-like – say like, CM12 probably – then we’re happy to tell you that such a thing now exists over at XDA forums. Cue mass rejoicing from HTC One M9 owners.

ASUS PadFone S2 specs leaked, can anyone say Snapdragon 820?

If you remember the ASUS concept gadget of last year – that smartphone and tablet combo called the ASUS PadFone S – you would think it’s right about time to get a successor for that product. This ASUS concept product has received mild success and generally warm reviews, and it won’t be a surprise if we see PanFone S2 leaks soon, starting with this one.

Kemco releases ‘Tears Revolude’ RPG, interesting new gameplay, plot

From time to time, you do get the odd let’s-try-something-new game from Japanese game developers Kemco – and this new RPG called “Tears Revolude” will certainly fall under that category. We don’t get knights and dragons and fighters and wizards at the onset, we get a guy trying to find lost art. While that may not be to strange or even too common, it sure piques our interest as to what the game has in store for this “lost art” guy.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is now out on Android, finally

For a game to be in development since 2013, it must mean that the developers took a whole lot of time figuring the game out and making sure it’s fit for gaming time. HeroCraft are not slouches as developers, so you could mostly expect a good game out of “Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf” – the game finally launching via the Google Play Store.

Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge get security thumbs-up from UK group

The Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG) is part of the information security arm of the UK Government that make sure consumer products are up to par when it comes to data security, and Samsung’s flagships – the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, with their KNOX data encryption program – just got certification from CESG as certified secure products.

‘Real-life’ usage opinions on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 on YouTube

Damir Franc is a tech enthusiast and he has taken to YouTube to post his opinions of the much-maligned and embattled Qualcomm product, the Snapdragon 810, based on real-life usage. Arguably, it is your real-life experiences with your digital products that matter – all these tech pundits can probably just eat their words if compared to what users say they experience on a day-to-day basis.

Samsung outs new Galaxy Tab S2, 8-inch and 9.7-inch variants available

I’ve personally been waiting for this for a while now, as the market has been inundated with Samsung tablets that have generally been for the low-end and lower midrange market. That translates to low specs, barely HD displays, and mediocrity all around (but cheap and affordable though). Samsung just unveiled today the new Galaxy Tab S2 (running out of code numbers there, eh?) and it looks like we’re going to see a robust upper midrange tablet for a change.

Open Labs offers StageLight music creation software free for XDA members

If you’re into music creation and all that, and you’re looking to use the tech available around you to help you get to that Billboard Top 10 hit – ok, maybe an exaggeration, but you never know – you should seriously check out this offer from Open Labs. The developers are putting up their StageLight music creation app – around USD$10.00 value – free for members of the XDA forum.