Erik Eggers(7 posts)




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Humble sand could one day triple the battery life of your smartphone

by: Erik EggersJuly 14, 2014
A new technology could potentially make smartphone batteries last three days, as opposed to one day in the case of the typical batteries of today. The secret is replacing the graphite anode typically used in Li-ion batteries with an anode made of silicon, manufactured through a novel method from common sand.
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China deems the iPhone a national security threat

by: Erik EggersJuly 12, 2014

On Friday, China’s state run China Central Television (CCTV)  deemed Apple’s iPhone a national security threat. The threat is due to Apple’s “Frequent Location” feature that is a part of Location Services on the iPhone. According to the Wall Street Journal, the fear is based around the information contained within this feature that would, in essence, enable anyone who had this information to know of China’s secrets.

Apple has not commented on the report, but according to their support page, the feature can be customized or turned off in the device settings. Apple also claims that the information collected is only kept on the device and it will not be sent to [...]

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Android L experience added to Nova Launcher

by: Erik EggersJuly 11, 2014

The Android L Developer Preview launched on June 26th and with any developer preview, there are possible bugs. The developer preview may not be stable enough to be a daily driver, but that doesn’t stop you from experiencing certain elements from Android L. After having the new features in beta, TeslaCoil Software has updated their popular Android launcher, Nova Launcher. The recent update for Nova has added new customization features to give you the ability to have an Android L look and feel.

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Following the TSA’s lead, uncharged devices also banned from UK flights

by: Erik EggersJuly 9, 2014
Following the TSA's example, the UK is now banning uncharged electronic devices from certain flight routes.
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Hollywood’s nightmare, Popcorn Time, aims for Chromecast

by: Erik EggersJuly 9, 2014

Popcorn Time has grown in popularity due to it’s ease of use and Netflix like experience. Oh, did I mention that it is free? The open source software streams Bittorrents of movies or TV shows while the viewer watches. Whether or not Popcorn Time is illegal, is not very clear. Even the Popcorn Time website admits the uncertainty. That hasn’t stopped the new team of developers, Time4Popcorn, who took over after the original developers decided to no longer contribute to the project. Popcorn Time has since expanded their supported devices and added many new features, including VPN support.

When it was first developed, Popcorn Time was limited to just computers. Recently, [...]

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3 and HTC One (M7) dropped from Play Store

by: Erik EggersJuly 8, 2014

Google has dropped the amount of Google Play Edition devices down to three from five. Until today’s change, Google had the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3 and HTC One (M7) listed on the Play Store. All three devices were shown as out of inventory for some time before they were removed.

It is currently unknown whether or not we will see new Google Play Edition devices, especially with the rumors of Android Silver. Android Silver was expected to replace the Nexus line however, Dave Burke stated that the Nexus line of devices is essential for Google displaying how they believe Android should run.

“You can’t build a platform in the abstract, you have to build a [...]

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Samsung factory robbed, $36 million in electronics stolen

by: Erik EggersJuly 7, 2014

On Monday, a Samsung factory located in the city of Campinas, in São Paulo, Brazil, was robbed and held at gunpoint. According to ZDNet, around 20 men disguised as factory workers snuck in during the night shift. A little after midnight, the criminals held a few Samsung employees hostage and began their raid of the factory. The employees who were not being held hostage continued to work, but had the batteries taken out of their cell phones. The criminals made off with seven trucks filled with Samsung electronics. The robbers stole an estimated amount of $36 million worth in laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Thankfully, during the three hour heist, no one was hurt and [...]

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