Author Archives: John Hoff


Farming Simulator 16: Everyone will have to farm at some point

It’s interesting what happens when a gaming bug hits you. It’s both different and similar for all gamers – different in that it will be different genres at different times for most users, and similar because we all know what happens when it hits us – that is, we are inexplicably hooked to the game no matter how illogical it may seem. Take care, because that’s what might happen to you if you get hit by the farming sim bug. And probably the best farming app to waste your time on – Farming Simulator 16.

Remix OS now out for Nexus 9, Nexus 10 tablets, still Android 5.0.2

We talked about the Remix OS in conjunction with the campaign for the Remix Mini, which was asking for crowdfunding for a true Android PC-like experience. The Remix Mini hardware was really nothing to write home about, but it was the Remix OS that was the star of the show – giving people a true multi-window, multi-tasking environment that stock Android is not able to give. And the good news now? Remix OS is now available for the Nexus 9 and the Nexus 10 tablets.

OnePlus: over 2 million reservations in one week for the OnePlus 2

It must be a good time to be OnePlus right now, the China-based upstart now feeling the support of a public convinced that they’re going to be able to do the same trick with the OnePlus 2 what they did with its predecessor, heck maybe even do it better. That support comes in the shape of over 2 million reservations for the new flagship in the span of one week. Pretty nice, eh?

Gameloft’s March of Empires to give more substance to MMO strategy genre

Ever since Supercell hit the jackpot with its MMO strategy game “Clash of Clans”, every other developer out there aimed to get a piece of that action as well. Truth is, nothing as of yet has come to the level of Clans when we talk about numbers, but no one can say that Supercell’s peers have not tried. Here is a new effort from Gameloft called “March of Empires”, and it attempts to give a little bit of depth to the online multiplayer strategy game genre.

Algorithm now available to remove obstructions from digital images

Removing obstructions and unwanted elements from digital images and photographs is a problem as old as mobile photography itself, but a research team from Google and MIT might just have the algorithm to solve our problems. Ever wanted a good photo of something beyond a chain-link fence? Or maybe have a good photo ruined by your own reflection on the window pane you’re shooting through?

Garmin releases Forerunner 25 running watch, Android compatible

If you were ever in the market for a health-conscious wrist watch, you might have seen that Garmin’s range of options for you is pretty wide – you have 10 different sports or health oriented watches, and they’re adding one more to that line with the Garmin Forerunner 25. This new running watch slots neatly into the more budget-friendly part of Garmin’s products.

Sony Xperia Z3+/Z4 teardown video shows up

We don’t really know what happened to Sony with its Xperia Z4 (in Japan) – or Xperia Z3+ in other markets – and why they suddenly took a low profile when their past flagships, particularly the Xperia Z3, was deemed as one of, if not THE best smartphone around a year before. We hope Sony bounces back from this so-so effort this year. But in case you want to see the Sony Xperia Z4 being torn down in a video, this is the place to be.