Author Archives: Nate Swanner


Apple buys Beats for $3 billion; will Android get iTunes?

Apple’s Beats deal has been confirmed, with the Cupertino firm snapping up the flashy headset maker for $3 billion. In the deal, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will get seats on the Apple board, and Beats CEO Ian Rogers will report to Apple’s Eddy Cue. The deal will keep Beats operating separately from Apple, which could be big for Android users.

LG G3 benchmarked in US on AT&T LTE

Now that we’re stateside, it’s time to benchmark the LG G3. The device may be an international version, but it does work with AT&T’s global GSM bands. Here in Charlotte, NC, we ran the device through a quick AnTuTu test while on LTE to see how it stood up to the rest of the field.

LG G3 camera: quick tests show laudable results

LG’s new G3 flagship has some great features, and their camera has drawn our interest. The laser focussing aims to make quick snaps a breeze, and the 13MP shooter is one we’ve liked since their G2 last year. LG also thinks they can improve selfies with a new lighting scheme. We’ve ran it through some quick testing to give you a good idea of just how it’s working out.

LG G3 hands-on by SlashGear

LG’s latest flagship, the G3, is ready for prying eyes and fumbling thumbs. SlashGear has gone hands-on with the device in London, and offers up a glimpse at just what makes the device so good. A big, beautiful screen and impressive camera are just a few of the options we’ve seen today, while the Snapdragon 801 and 3GB RAM keeps things humming along.

LG G3 specs are now official

The LG G3 is out, and it’s a hardware fans dream come true. Metal, lasers, and a stunning screen make for a well-rounded flagship from LG. Though the spec sheet for flagships is starting to level out a touch, LG’s offering is nothing to scoff at. A top-end Snapdragon SoC and standard memory options, along with an extended RAM option, will keep your device humming along.

1Password 4 for Android coming June 10

Having been in use on iOS and OS X for quite some time, 1Password 4 is coming to Android. Involved in a beta program since late last year, the team at Agile Bits are preparing to let the app loose. In true Android fashion, they’re also making it ‘freemium’, so you can give it a shot before making a full investment.

Report: Samsung’s new Tizen smartwatch will make calls

A new report suggest Samsung’s wearable ambitions are riding high, and aim to encroach on their robust smartphone business. Rather than release another notification center on your wrist or fitness wearable, Samsung wants to let you make calls with their new smartwatch. A smartwatch with a cellular signal sounds great, but for Android enthusiasts — it may not be.

T-Mobile lights up VoLTE in Seattle

T-Mobile, the carrier who is disrupting an entire industry, is at it again. VoLTE, once thought to be left to big players like Verizon and AT&T, is coming to T-Mobile as well. Not only will they start offering VoLTE, they’ve got three devices capable of handling the emerging technology.

Google+ takes a step back in latest update

With today’s update to Google+, there are some new features that count on how you interact to gain your affection. Stories wants to bring you a kind-of “autoawesome” movie of your pics, while Motion and Mix hope to make you GIF-y. It’s a bit more of the same from Google+, and along with their UI tweak, could signal additional changes afoot.
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