Jetpac places

Google has been on a string of acquisitions, snapping up tech startups that have the potential to either gain traction or to contribute their intellectual property to the search giant’s own offerings. One of these tech startups is Jetpac, a platform that algorithmically scans Instagram photos to come up with city guides made up of photos from certain groups of people. For instance, you may get “10 Outdoor Activities in Hong Kong” or guides from groups like intellectuals, skateboarders or businesspeople. The effectiveness of the algorithm in getting you photos from your desired group of people may be debatable, although as…

oneplus one unboxing (14 of 29)

The smartphone market in India is becoming increasingly competitive, with major international brands and local ones alike vying for the interest among the populace, which is one of the bigger mobile device markets in the world. According to research by analysts at Mediacells, India is set to be the second largest smartphone market this year, overtaking the US, and just behind China. Meanwhile, Samsung already expects India to be the fifth largest mobile market in the world by 2020. OnePlus caught the interest of mobile users with its hyped-up marketing for the OnePlus One, which is supposedly a flagship-killer, but without the flagship price….

Cell Tower

Growing demand for mobile data connectivity has prompted device makers and networks to kick their speeds up a notch, especially with rich content like video conferencing and video streaming. However, even with increased bandwidth, there is still the problem of latency, which is mostly due to the lag in connectivity between the cell sites — radio towers that communicate with mobile devices — and the data centers that actually process and deliver the content. In the UK, mobile carrier Vodafone is experimenting with hosting small data centers directly at the cell sites, in a project done in collaboration with the…

Xposed Blur 2

The Xposed Framework has been a must-have set of tweaks for those who want to make the most out of their Android devices. For some, running Xposed tweaks on otherwise stock (but rooted) ROMs has become a good alternative to installing custom ROMs like Cyanogenmod, AOKP, Paranoid Android, Carbon and others, simply because many of the customizations that come with these can be done through Xposed. Many of the tweaks involve the user interface, which enhance usability and accessibility, while some are more of style and preference tweaks. One of these is the Blurred System Module UI, a new tweak…

swich mobile stand

Great technology is best with great design. This does not involve only aesthetics, but also usability, accessibility and functionality. When wireless charging technology came into fashion, for example, the intent was to enable untethered powering-up. However, design limitations resulted in some difficulty creating chargers that are both easy to use and well-designed. Case in point: While wireless charging gives you the convenience of just placing your device on a desk, mat or a car dashboard, you won’t be able to use it as easily as if the device were simply plugged in via wires. A Kickstarter project called Swich tries to…

Samsung Retina Scan

Mobile devices are increasingly becoming personal and ubiquitous — which means you’re probably carrying more personal information on your smartphone than your wallet. This comes with a host of security issues, of course. If you lose your smartphone or tablet, then whoever picks it up might be able to glean a lot of information about you, to the extent that your device can be a potential threat to the security of your identity. You lock your phone anyway, you say? But a Consumer Reports survey done earlier this year indicates that only a third of Americans bother to lock their…