Author Archives: John Hoff


The Aria adds gesture control to your Android Wear smartwatch

Truth be told, there were a couple of things manufacturers – and even Android developers themselves – were willing to sacrifice just to have a microcomputer strapped on to your wrist. In situations where you are doing stuff where your hands are busy (don’t get any ideas) like eating, brushing your teeth, playing ping-pong, or anything that will stop you from swiping your smartwatch to see notifications – we were willing to gloss over that. But really, someone should have thought about it, and it’s about time “The Aria” came out – because someone did think about it.

LG gives official statement on G Watch R ‘no wifi’ issue

It has been kind of a roller coaster ride, a soap opera if you will, regarding the “no wifi” issue on the LG G Watch R smartwatch. The owners of the undoubtedly nice LG G Watch R were expecting that with the Android 5.1.1 update to Android Wear promising WiFi connectivity, their smartwatches would actually gain that feature. Much to their surprise and disappointment, this did not happen. We now get a clearer picture with the official LG statement.

Peek into new Microsoft apps, Office Now, Revolve, OneClip

If you haven’t heard yet, there’s an ongoing revolution in happening in Redmond, specifically in how Microsoft is trying to win back all the consumers it pissed off with Windows Vista and the diehard fans who stuck with them even after that, but gave up with Windows 8. A new boss, a new outlook (no pun intended), and here we have Microsoft probably having a new lease on life. We get a peek into some of the productivity apps they’re planning to put out soon.

LG offers free extra battery, microSD for G4 buyers in US

Looks like LG is trying to use whatever marketing leverage it can to push for the sales of its new flagship the LG G4. It’s offering something juicy to the prospective buyers of the new device in the US. LG US is offering an extra battery complete with separate charging cradle, and an extra microSD that will virtually double your storage.

DxOMark outs ratings for HTC One M9, mild improvement from M8

DxOMark is one of the industry leaders in providing hardware ratings for photo imaging and video for mobile devices. Basically, they test the heck out of the device and rate it according standards based on common attributes in cameras – including contrast quality, color capture, autofocus capabilities, texture, noise and artifacts in the images, among others. Their most recent target is the current HTC flagship, the HTC One M9.

Pac-Man franchise gets cool endless runner for 35th anniversary

The 35th anniversary of one of the coolest gaming franchises in history is coming up – we’re talking about Pac-Man, your dot-eating, ghost-chomping, yellow circular friend from the 80s. For this landmark anniversary, franchise owners Bandai Namco has tapped mobile gaming outfit Hipster Whale – creators of Crossy Road – to put their spin on the legendary game, and out came Pac-Man 256.

Notifidgets brings widgets back to Lollipop lockscreen, sort of

We love Android Lollipop, that much is true. But we have to deal with some downsides that come with the good looks and the better performance. For instance, since Lollipop allows you to see notifications on the lockscreen, there is no more space for widgets. That might not be a big deal for you (like us), but for some people who want a pretty personalized and streamlined Android user experience, that might be a bummer. Enter an app called Notifidgets – no prizes for guessing what it is.

ZTE Fanfare budget phone gets picked up by Cricket Wireless

As people are gushing over the Samsung Galaxy S6 over at the premium side of the smartphone spectrum, there is no question that there are also a lot of options over at the budget tier. And Cricket Wireless just added another sub-$100 phone to its lineup to appeal to those who just want a simple phone and no bells and whistles whatsoever – this is the ZTE Fanfare.