Android

You can have your pie app and eat it too with Pie Control

App launchers are extremely important, particularly when you have a gazillion apps in your smartphone or tablet. But there are also a gazillion (okay, maybe not that many) app launchers out there, so how do you choose which one best suits your needs? Pie Control is not just an app launcher per se, but it also gives you easy access to the most important things you need in your device. Oh, and it is shaped like a pie (or at least half of it), if you didn’t get it from the name itself.

Notion home intelligence system makes home alarms smarter

Home alarm systems have been around for a very long time. They are typically able to alert owners and law enforcement officers when something is going wrong in the home such as glass breakage or door opening. Notion is a new home intelligence system that makes home alarms much smarter.

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.

Google Play Music now available in Brazil, Uruguay

Google Play Music is now accessible in Uruguay and Brazil. The two have been added to the long list of countries getting the service. This means audiophiles who live in the south of Equator can now back up their music album to Google’s servers and access them from any mobile device or web browser.

Polaroid Cube Review: big fun, tiny package

Can a tiny camera with no viewfinder or screen make you want to snap pics? If it’s the Polaroid Cube, the answer is probably “yes”. the small wonder sat behind plexiglass when we first saw it at CES this year, but now we’ve got our hands on it. It’s review time!

Rackspace wins rotation patent case against Rotatable Technologies

Rackspace has declared that we are all now free to rotate our smartphones. They announced that they have won their Inter Partes Review (IPR) challenge against "patent troll" Rotatable Technologies over the rotating technology that they were trying to have patented with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Rotatable had previously sued Rackspace over the screen rotation technology, which the former claims they own the patent to.
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