Author Archives: John Hoff


Possible new Motorola Droid leaked

It’s right about time for us to be talking about what Motorola has up its sleeve, after all the big boys have shown their cards. Right about now, people are probably talking about what this new leaked image by Hong Kong-based Moto fan page “Hellomotohk” is. Will this be the new Droid coming out? Motorola has been relatively successful with its Droid line recently, so people are getting excited to know what the next one in line will be like.

SNK Playmore to remove ‘The Rhythm of Fighters’ game from Play Store

The premise of “The Rhythm of Fighters” as a game was a bit odd to begin with. You take your normal rhythm and timing-based musical game – where you hit buttons based on the timing of the music and the patterns on the screen – and mash it up with a standard player vs. player fighting game, and that’s the pairing that you get in this odd game. Strangely enough, SNK Playmore is withdrawing support for the game and will be taking it down from the Google Play Store soon.

Cyanogenmod’s CM11 now ported for the Amazon Fire Phone

I’ve heard lots of people talk about the Amazon Fire Phone as a “pretty good phone if you consider the hardware”. And that it is – you can’t look at the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (front and back) and say the hardware sucks – it most definitely does not. But everybody, and I mean everybody, will reach that point where Amazon’s proprietary Fire OS will trip them up. It’s simply that much far behind the stock Android experience that it renders itself pretty much as a bad experience. To counter that, the guys at XDA have ported CM11 for the Fire Phone.

We got the specs of the upcoming 2015 Moto G

There is no argument whatsoever that the 2014 version of the Moto G was one of – if not THE top budget phone in the market last year, and that is all to Motorola’s credit. It had to be better than the 2013 version of the Moto G, already reigning at that point as Motorola’s best-selling phone and one of the most popular smartphones ever made. But the 2014 Moto G was all of that – with a larger screen (and HD 720p at that), better camera, a snappy Android 4.4.4 Kitkat UI and the USD$180 price point, users and industry pundits alike were still claiming that this was the best smartphone you could buy under USD$200. The question now is, can this year’s version hold that trend?

Nokia might be back in smartphones after Q4 2016

There are a number of things to consider when talking about Nokia and the smartphone industry. Arguably, they were the ones that started it all, and the name still commands a certain respect in markets and in the industry. But practically, they are out of the mobile handset game, selling that part of their business to Microsoft. The rumors that they will come out with another smartphone just will not seem to die down though, so Nokia has seen it fit to clear up the issue.

Toram Online MMORPG is now out of beta, available via Play Store

Toram Online is a new MMORPG for all of you gamers out there to sink your gaming teeth into. The game is a continuation and/or expansion of sorts from Iruna Online – if some of you are familiar with that MMORPG. The game has been in beta for quite a bit, so it’s good to finally see the wraps off and the game now available to most people.

Nanowires can be solution to power limitations in wearables

A research team at the famed MIT have developed a new use for flexible nanowires to create a better supercapacitor that should exceed the current graphene-based supercapacitor technology in performance. This new discovery could greatly enhance energy sources for the next generation of fitness trackers and wearable devices. Kinda neat new tech, really.

Lenovo Vibe P1 gets TENAA certified

We got wind of the Lenovo Vibe P1 early this year, among the numerous Lenovo gadgets that were supposed to be launched at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. Well that didn’t happen, but no worries, the Lenovo Vibe P1 is apparently nearing launch – this is usually what is signaled when a phone is certified by China’s TENAA.

Geeksphone calls it quits, Spanish manufacturer out of smartphone biz

After six years and six separate smartphone models, Geeksphone has announced that it is getting out of the smartphone business. The Spanish smartphone manufacturer is one of the few Europe-based mobile makers – jumping into the business as a startup that built handsets for an active enthusiast community (hence the name). But all of that has come to an end.

New 7-inch, 8-inch ASUS ZenPad tablets now on sale via Best Buy

We gave you a heads-up around a month ago that ASUS was planning to bring out a refresh of the ASUS ZenPad tablet line, and it looks like the first of those are out via Best Buy’s online store. We’re happy to tell you that if you need a tablet upgrade, these new ASUS tablets – a variant of the ZenPad S 8.0 and another of the ZenPad 7.0 – are now available for purchase online.
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