Author Archives: Nate Swanner


Flappy Bird is returning, and it’s all your fault

Flappy Bird, which took the world by storm and caused most to rejoice when it was eventually pulled from circulation, is coming back. The game’s creator has vowed it will return at some point in the near future, replete with a multiplayer mode.

Extreme Power Saving mode comes to AT&T’s One (M8)

The HTC One (M8) is one of the better Android devices we’ve seen in a long time, but it was missing one key feature. The Extreme Power Saving mode, bragged-up on launch, was absent from US variants of the device. Promising to include it shortly, HTC has made good on their word, and those with an AT&T HTC One (M8) are starting to see it via an update.

Samsung “Gear Glass” wearable rumored for Fall appearance

Google still has Glass in beta, but Samsung may be nipping at their heels. A new report suggests Samsung is working on a Google Glass competitor, and readying it for release later this year. The heads-up wearable is said to be called “Gear Glass”, suggesting it’s may be the one-sided wearable we’ve heard about previously. [caption id="attachment_183517" align="alignnone" width="600"] Picture from Samsung heads-up wearable patent[/caption]

Nexus 6 and 8 mentioned in Chromium code

Chromium is often a source for leaked info on new Google hardware, and we often find mentions of Nexus devices therein. This time we get an actual expression for the Nexus 6, without a codename or other mysterious moniker. There is also mention of the Nexus 8, so it seems as though we’re getting two new handhelds from Google.

Verizon Galaxy Note 3 finally gets KitKat update

If you’ve got a Galaxy Note 3 for Verizon, plug it in! An update is available for you, but won’t be pushed to your handset over the air as usual. This one seems to come solely via a wired connection, but doesn’t take long and brings you the joy of KitKat with TouchWiz.

Archos ArcBook gives Android fans a budget notebook

Archos is revealing a touchscreen notebook, powered by Android. The ArcBook is a 10.1-inch notebook computer operating with Android 4.2, and has a full keyboard and trackpad aimed at “students and mobile professionals”. The price is right, but is the form factor?

The Google v. Oracle appeal ruling: why it’s important

Earlier today, a Federal Judge ruled that certain aspects of JAVA language could be protected. This is adjunct to a prior ruling in the ongoing Google-Oracle legal squabble, which found that Java, the language Android is written in, is free to use. While this new ruling doesn’t necessarily overrule that one, it sets a very dangerous precedent moving forward.

Five tablets Mom will love this Mother’s Day

Moms love to game, they love to read, and they love to browse the web. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be doing that just like we do, via a tablet or smartphone. If the Mother in your life sounds like one who could use a tablet, we’ve got a few suggestions. No matter what kind of Mom yours is, there’s a tablet out there for her.

Moto E spotted in new leaked image, could have front-facing speakers

The Moto E, a possibly lower-cost cousin to the already attractively priced Moto G, has allegedly been spotted. Via Motorola’s Facebook page in Mexico, some enterprising soul caught a pic of what could be the new handset next to a Moto G. A bit more squat and a lot more interesting, the tiny “E” might make a big splash.

Five great phones for that special Mom in your life

Ready to get Mom something great for Mother’s Day? If you’re still shopping, and want to get her a smartphone to let her know how great she is, we’ve got a few for you to consider. Whatever your budget, and whatever Mom likes, we’ve got you covered.