Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


Pixel Battery Saver turns off pixels to save power

There are times when we all want more life from the battery in our smartphone or tablet. An app called Pixel Battery Saver claims to be able to turn off pixels on your screen to reduce power consumption and make your battery last longer by overlaying a black mesh on the screen. The developer of the app says that some AMOLED screens on smartphones don’t work with the app, so your mileage may vary.

MediaTek Labs debuts with LinkIt platform in tow

MediaTek has announced that it has launched a new global initiative to allow developers of varying skill levels to create Internet of Things devices and wearables. The new global initiative is called MediaTek Labs and the program will provide developers with SDKs, HDKs, and technical documents along with support.

Xperia Z3 and Z3 compact score two-day battery life in testing

One of the things that people clamor for with each new generation of smartphones is longer runtime. That can be accomplished with larger batteries and more power miserly hardware. With the new Android devices from Sony on the market, the Xperia Z3 and the Z3 Compact, record setting battery life is here for Android devices.

CyanogenMod 11 nightlies land for international Galaxy S4 Active

One of the coolest things about CyanogenMod for fans of the software is that it is updated very frequently for many devices. One of the drawbacks is that you need versions of the software specific to your device. If your device is an international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 active, nightlies are now available for your smartphone.

THAW transfers smartphone files to PC by screen contact

We have seen apps that allow you to transfer content between your smartphone and the PC in the past, these apps are nothing new. We have also seen methods for transferring contacts between smartphones initiated by bumping devices together. Researchers at MIT have created a combination of those two types of apps and ended up with THAW.

Tilt City updated for more ball sorting fun

Anyone who has ever played a game on Android that used tilt controls knows the frustration when the sensitivity of the tilt controls isn’t just right. If you played a game called Tilt City in the past, it has been updated recently with changes made to tilt sensitivity controls.

Automate creates automated tasks using flow charts

One of the cool things about Android is that there are apps out there for just about anything you might want to do with your device. For instance, if you want to create some sort of automated task for your phone to do, you can get an app like Automate. Automate is currently in beta form and it allows you to set up automation for all sorts of things using flow charts.