Author Archives: Robert Nelson


Samsung Galaxy S5 promo arrives without the Apple bashing

We've seen a handful of official Galaxy S5 videos from Samsung. Those earlier videos have included the official introduction and the official hands-on. The one that has arrived today is a television commercial and clocks in at 30-seconds in length. Samsung begins with mention of "meaningful innovation" and then goes on to highlight a few of the features.

Chromecast update bringing volume and stability improvements

One of the perks of the Chromecast is the ease of use. Going along with that is the lack of needing to worry about software updates. In fact, we suspect some Chromecast users never even pay attention to updates. Still, Google does push them. They also detail them on the Chrome Releases blog and this time around there was one item of particular importance.

ECS TA80TA1 tablet makes an FCC appearance showing Bay Trail

Elite Computer Systems was showing off an Android tablet during Mobile World Congress. For reference, they are an OEM company, which means this is more of a reference device that will be used by others. But while this specific model may not arrive in the hands of a user, a recently discovered FCC filing did show something interesting.

Google Glass testing begins with the US Air Force

Google Glass is currently in a test phase with the US Air Force. Details coming by way of Venture Beat mention the tests are being handled by the "BATMAN" research team at Wright Patterson Air Force Base which is located in Ohio. The BATMAN team is part of the 711th Human Performance Wing and made up of both military and civilian behavioral and technology scientists.

Pocket update adds new languages, Immersive Mode, more

The Pocket app has recently been updated. This latest update can already be found in the Play Store and it brings a few key additions. One of those should be especially welcomed by those with a device running Android 4.4. Kit Kat. Pocket now supports Immersive Mode, which means those using Kit Kat will be able to read in fullscreen mode and with less distraction.

Samsung Gear 2 iFixit teardown shows some potential for repair

We've seen a few device teardowns from iFixit in recent weeks. They provided a look inside the HTC One (M8) back in late-March, and then the Amazon Fire TV teardown arrived earlier this month. The latest, which is for the Samsung Gear 2 has recently been shared. We aren't sure how many people would be wiling to do any home repair on this particular wearable, but it seems this smartwatch is fairly easy to take apart.