Author Archives: John Hoff


Samsung phones vulnerable to keyboard app hack, 600M affected

If you bought a Samsung phone within the last 2 or 3 years, chances are you need Samsung to plug a vulnerability found within the pre-installed keyboard from 3rd party developer SwiftKey. With this pre-installed keyboard found in almost all Samsung devices produced between 2012 and now, the number of phones with this vulnerability is expected to be around 600 million units. Yes, it’s that bad.

Fairphone 2 is the modular phone you can get at sooner than Ara

What if you wanted to get your hands on a modular phone in a relatively shorter amount of time, rather than wait for Google’s Project Ara? Google did show a working prototype of its own modular smartphone project at Google I/O 2015, but the reality of the product going to market is still a ways off. Not so with the Fairphone 2. Not only is it modular (after a fashion), not only is it committed to non-“conflict” minerals, but you can actually get your hands on it soon.

Haier to peddle Android fridge in Asian markets

We still think somehow that the phrase the “Internet of things” is just a concept, not realizing that this concept is already in the here and now. Try explaining the concept to China-based consumer electronics outfit Haier and they’ll actually show you what the concept means – most probably through their new Haier AQUA smart refrigerator tentatively called the “DIGI Type 1”.

Humble Mobile Bundle brings 8 BulkyPix games

The guys at Humble Bundle are pretty committed to their cause, bringing gamers quality games at low costs and making oodles of money for charities as they do it. We see their commitment in the fact that there’s another Humble Mobile Bundle out, this time featuring at least eight games from game developer BulkyPix.

Two new upcoming games from EA, plus Torchlight for Android!

We’ve lined some upcoming games for you – two from EA and one hack-and-slash title that you should totally be excited for on Android. EA is coming up with “Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes” and “Minions Paradise”. The other title is Torchlight, that breakthrough RPG that brought hack-and-slash gaming to casual gamers.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 hybrid camera phone out in the US

The Lumix DMC-CM1 was announced at Photokina 2014, around September last year, and it surely turned a lot of heads. It’s a hybrid camera and phone – not what you’re thinking, because yes, we do admit that every high-end Android smartphone is essentially a hybrid. Panasonic's Lumix DMC-CM1 is more camera than phone – the camera part is not an afterthought.

Feed Me Oil 2 reaches Android shores, brings puzzle-mania

If you enjoyed the genre-defining puzzle game “Feed Me Oil” in 2012 – which entailed you as a player finding ways to put as much oil into the mouth of different mechanical creatures – then you will be happy to know that the sequel by gaming outfit Chillingo has finally arrived for Android. “Feed Me Oil 2” is now available via the Google Play Store.
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