Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


Google Translate update for Android brings Word Lens

It can be difficult to visit a foreign land if you don't speak the language. Not only can you not talk to the locals to ask for directions, but you can’t read the street signs to figure out where you are and find where you are going. Google has updated the Translate app for Android users with a new feature called Word Lens.

SONICable promises to charge smartphones twice as fast

We all want faster charging for our smartphones and tablets. The faster they can charge, the better we are able to keep them powered and ready to use when we are on the go. A new charging cable has turned up called the SONICable that claims to be able to charge a smartphone twice as fast as using a normal cable.

McDonald’s in the UK to add 600 Qi wireless chargers to locations

McDonald's visitors in the UK will soon be able to wirelessly charge their smartphones while they hork down a large fry and Big Mac with the restaurants adding 600 Qi chargers to locations around the country. The announcement of the roll out of the wireless chargers came from Aircharge as part of an expanded partnership.

BBM for Android Wear smartwatches unveiled at CES 2015

As you can imagine Android was in full force at CES 2015 with lots of new products using the OS and designed to run on it. One of the things that turned up at the show that BBM fans might like is a new version of BBM that is designed to run on Android Wear smartwatches.

Vikaura wants to bring data from your phone into the world around you

One of the reasons that many people choose to use a smartwatch is so they can get data in the form of notifications from their smartphone without having to dig it out. A new product has debuted that will allow users to get data from their phone in their world and it's designed to hang on a wall or sit on a shelf. The product is called Vikaura.

Battery Percent Enabler App needs no root

Android users who would like to have a battery percentage rather than the less descriptive battery level on most Android devices may want to look at the new Battery Percent Enabler app. The app is designed to work with any Android 4.4 or higher device.

Samsung to discontinue Galaxy Alpha, focus on mid-range

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone found more than a few buyers who liked the design of the device despite the high-end price tag. A report has surfaced out of Korean that claims Samsung is discontinuing the Galaxy Alpha smartphone. Rather than selling high-end devices like the Alpha, the report claims Samsung will focus on mid-range devices.