Modified NFC tag can now detect gases wirelessly

Your smartphone will soon be able to detect gases and pollutants, thanks to a simple sensor recently developed by chemists in MIT. The sensor known as CARD can be used in many different ways. For example, the sensor can be installed in a special device that could detect food spoilage in warehouses and monitor public establishments. Other gases that can be detected by the sensor include cyclohexanone, hydrogen peroxide, and gaseous ammonia among others.

Samsung rumored to update Galaxy Note 4 with Snapdragon 810

If you’ve followed Samsung for a while, you know that they like to put out two variants of their flagship phones – one usually armed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which usually is the international version. The other would be the device armed with an Exynos chip, made from Samsung’s in-house chipmakers – this would be the brand released to the home market in South Korea, and usually has some bonus features that the international version doesn’t have. That was the case with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, until now when these rumors are coming out.

Google talks faster mobile search

When we search for things on mobile devices, we want the search to be complete as fast as possible. Google has announced that it has improved the speed of its mobile search, but you may not notice the increase. Google says mobile search is now 100-150 milliseconds faster.

Smartphone theft on the rise but isn’t totally hopeless

Consumer Reports' 2013 survey revealed a situation that many of those observing the mobile industry might already be well aware of. Cases of smartphone theft in the US alone has grown exponentially. To be precise, 3.1 million Americans have been forcibly removed from their smartphones, double the number in 2012. And even without the element of theft, there is still a staggering amount of smartphones that have been lost and remain lost, at least to their owners. This despite increasing awareness and technology about smartphone theft.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wins at display color accuracy test

DisplayMate’s Color Accuracy Shoot-Out has a couple of premises – first, that users have been used to mediocre color accuracy since day one, and secondly, that manufacturers do not calibrate their devices for display color accuracy from the factory. This results in devices not being equal in terms of color accuracy. So DisplayMate is on a mission to pick out which devices has the best “Absolute Color Accuracy” – and it turns out the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the winner.

Android Wear update makes quick actions quicker

The point of having a smartwatch, at least in theory, is that you can get to important notifications and actions faster than you would if you had to whip out your smartphone first. Of course, that becomes moot when you have to swipe through half a dozen screens just to get to the parts that you want or the settings that you need. Android Wear's latest update tries to address that by putting important or recent actions just a swipe or tap away from your current screen.

Ubisoft, DotEmu to bring Heroes of Might and Magic III to Android

Strategy games will always be in demand as long as the developers keep the gamers interested with new things. Another way to capture the geeks' attention is to bring old games to a mobile platform like Android. Recently, Ubisoft partnered with game porting specialist DotEmu to bring Heroes of Might and Magic III to Android. The new version will boast of HD graphics for a better viewing and gaming experience.