Author Archives: Nate Swanner


KitKat bug may be affecting widgets on your handset

Have widgets been disappearing from your KitKat device? If so, you may not be alone, as HD Widgets is reporting what they believe is a widespread issue among Android handsets running 4.4. It’s causing quite a few headaches, and we’ve even noticed the issue ourselves.

New HTC device will challenge our sense of “luxury”

Images posted to HTC’s Weibo account hint at a new device, which promises to be fashionable. The handset is aesthetically reminiscent of the older One (which had several variants), but there is no information accompanying it to give hard details on what we’re getting.

Google Maps update works with Uber, has lane detection for driving

Google Maps is releasing an update, which is rolling out incrementally to users. This update provides us with a lot more utility than we’ve come to know with Maps, improving everything from navigation to offline maps. There are a lot of working parts to the update, but it should give all of us more reason than we already had for using it.

Google Now shows where to buy stuff you search for

Google is working hard to drive business to local retailers. A new feature in Now, their Search skin, should help to that end, as the service will now show you which local retailers have items you’ve recently searched for. It’s a bit of gamesmanship from Google, but also gets items to up quickly should we want to go pick them up.

More Google “Stars” details leak, show web interface

Google Stars, the leaked project aimed at cataloging your favorite Internet things, has another leak showing us a bit more about its utility. Simple in aim, Stars could be one of the more widespread Google utilities in use upon launch. We now see the extent of what Google is working on with Stars, and a bit more about how social it could be.

Play Music and All Access arrive in Canada

Canada, you’ve got music. Google has finally made Play Music available to Canadian users, bringing the streaming functionality much of the rest of the world has been enjoying for some time now. In addition, Canadians will get a special offer to try it out.

Qualcomm’s Toq with voice input is great, but limited

Talking to your wearable might be the best method for getting things done, which is why Qualcomm has tapped Nuance to help with their Toq smartwatch. The wearable will now allow you to respond to messages via your smartwatch, which is a neat trick — it just needs a bit of work.