Author Archives: John Hoff


Wireless charging the next frontier, mass production being explored

It’s not like the technology for wireless charging hasn’t been realized – it’s here. The issue is not so much inventing the technology as it is the means to actually mass produce products under a unified standard. We haven’t seen wireless charging technology roll out on a lot of products because of this. But an outfit called Freescale is trying to break that barrier.

Tonino Lamborghini releases high spec luxury phone

The one thing we have noticed about luxury phones is that while they may be impeccably classy in their physical and tangible elements, they usually lack the power in the “under the hood” department, where the specs are simply way below flagship phone levels. Lamborghini – the famed Italian luxury car brand – hopes this will not be the case with the Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri, a high-specced luxury Android smartphone.

Terraria gets massive update, over 1k new items in-game

Ever since Minecraft hit the big time, world-building games have been experiencing a renaissance not seen since the world builders in the original Warcraft and Starcraft games. Terraria is one take on the world-building genre, albeit with a side-scrolling approach. The game just recently received a massive update that should boost its playability.

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath arrives on Amazon Appstore [UPDATE]

The Oddworld franchise is a gamer’s treasure chest, and sadly, only people who have played the games can attest to that statement. Oddworld has never been a game that sold lots and lots of copies, but when it comes to uniqueness, the game truly delivers -- each game is different from the one before it, and each new game brings innovation to setting, story, aesthetics, and gameplay.

Install CyanogenMod apps even on non-CM ROMs

If you’ve used CM10 or CM11 before, there’s a big chance that you may have a soft spot for the apps that can only be found (and used) within the CyanogenMod environment. People who have gotten used to using these apps have no choice to download them individually and install them onto their devices – until now, of course. The CM App Installer brings all these apps under one downloader and allows you to get them, even for your non-CM operating system.

ADB Tools allows your device to connect with ADB over wifi

This is a constant issue for those who like to tweak their Android devices just so – the one where you need to connect your device to ADB (Android Debug Bridge) and you have to look for a spare USB cable to be able to do that. Well, not anymore, we guess. The good guys at the XDA forums just keep making our lives easier, this time with ADB Tools – an app that allows your device to connect to ADB over wifi.

Raccoon is a desktop downloader for Google Play Store apps

There are quite a few ways to run an Android app. We run it normally via our Android devices, but we can also sideload apps via a number of environments friendly to Android apps, such as the Chrome environment or a Bluestacks Android emulator. But the only way to download an app is through the Google Play Store, which is of course installed on an Android device. Not anymore – the Raccoon Google Play Desktop Client will allow you to do just that.

Flow Home: Re-imagining the Android home screen

It’s been done a couple of times before, but most people tend to go back to the old tap-your-icon-and-swipe-to move home screen. Flow Home is a different proposition altogether. It takes the things you usually want to check on your phone – Facebook feed, Twitter, Instagram, the weather – and puts it on your home screen in a timeline flow.
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