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.
Portal, a classic of modern console gaming, has come to the SHIELD. NVIDIA’s groundbreaking gaming platform has seen a robust PC and Xbox title come to the small screen, showing the prowess of their device. We got the chance to go hands-on with it, and we must say — we’re impressed.
The Huawei Ascend P7 comes to the public with a set of specifications that suggest it’s readiness to fight the best on the market. With a 5-inch in-cell display with 1920 x 1080 pixels across it - that’s 445PPI. With Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box and Huawei’s own "Emotion UI" 2.3 and a camera with 13-megapixels of power across its back, there’s no reason - at first - to deny that it’s one of the best smartphones headed to market this season.
LG is rolling out their Chromebase today, an all-in-one desktop running Chrome OS. Saying it has “everything a home computer needs to suit a modern lifestyle”, LG is packing all we’ve come to like about Chrome device in a stylish desktop solution. Though it made an appearance at CES this year, the Chromebase is now available for consumers.
Google Maps is releasing an update, which is rolling out incrementally to users. This update provides us with a lot more utility than we’ve come to know with Maps, improving everything from navigation to offline maps. There are a lot of working parts to the update, but it should give all of us more reason than we already had for using it.
Google is working hard to drive business to local retailers. A new feature in Now, their Search skin, should help to that end, as the service will now show you which local retailers have items you’ve recently searched for. It’s a bit of gamesmanship from Google, but also gets items to up quickly should we want to go pick them up.
Google Stars, the leaked project aimed at cataloging your favorite Internet things, has another leak showing us a bit more about its utility. Simple in aim, Stars could be one of the more widespread Google utilities in use upon launch. We now see the extent of what Google is working on with Stars, and a bit more about how social it could be.
Who’s got the fastest mobile network? All kinds of studies are out there, but are typically a small sampling of carriers’ network strength. Android Community is partnering with PC Mag to help crowdsource some information on which network has the best speeds.
Worried about Sprint and T-Mobile merging? Sources tell the New York Post you shouldn’t be. According to them, the deal is “dead”. The FCC, who are outspoken about wanting four major US carriers, are said to be dead set against the merger.
Google Glass users have another update coming this week, and it seems this is one they will want to grab right away. This time around the update is dealing with images and video as well as answering incoming phone calls. In this case of phone calls -- it seems Glass is about to get a bit smarter.