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Google+ app now allows for more control, Drive photo sharing

In another “saw this one coming” moment, Google+ Messenger is going away, leaving us with Hangouts. The Google Talk refresh does all Messenger ever did, and then some.
by Nate SwannerAugust 14, 20132

Samsung Hennessy now available in China. The clamshell revolution will not be televised.

A clamshell phone is a very niche product, and could be part of a broader effort for Samsung in the emerging Chinese market.
by Nate SwannerAugust 14, 20137

The Nexus 7 sleeve is in stock, but the pricing is out of line

The sleeve sells for $29.99, which isn’t a bad price at all -- until you go to checkout. Currently, the Play Store is charging nearly $20 in shipping.
by Nate SwannerAugust 13, 20133

Liquipel ‘Skins’ provide impact resistance without the bulky case

Today, the company announces “Skins”, which is a durable coating for your device to absorb shock from bumps, falls, or whatever else you encounter in your day-to-day awkwardness. Unlike ...
by Nate SwannerAugust 13, 20135

Google’s new ‘gaze’ patent tracks your eye movement, gauges reaction

Google is now intent on actually knowing what you’re looking for -- or at. A new patent filed by the Mountain View company wishes to track your eyeball, a bit like Samsung’s new devices ...
by Nate SwannerAugust 13, 20131

Sound without speakers; Kyocera is changing how we hear each other

We’ve all read reviews that claim a phone’s call quality to be “tinny”, or otherwise less than adequate. Those little speakers don’t often help when it comes to relaying quality audio. ...
by Nate SwannerAugust 13, 201320

North Korea claims an Android phone is made in Pyongyang

While many are skeptical of the device’s origins, what is known is that its using Android. Much like the tablet we showed you a few weeks ago, this device is pretty locked down.
by Nate SwannerAugust 12, 201314

Sony lenses for mobile devices shown off, and they look real this time

Dubbed the DSC-QX10 and DCS QX100, the lenses won’t have and LCD viewfinder or normal camera controls of any kind. They will rely on your phone or tablet as a viewfinder, and to control ...
by Nate SwannerAugust 12, 201313

Play Store textbooks are here, but may not be the best option

Competitive pricing, however, remains elusive for the Play Store. From music to movies, the best deal for media is often elsewhere. Textbooks are no exception, as established ...
by Nate SwannerAugust 12, 20137

North Korea has a tablet. No, it’s not red (on the outside)

A 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and 1,024x768 7-inch screen all front Android 4.0.4. Nothing spectacular, but also not terrible. Purchased by a tourist who only wishes to be known as ...
by Nate SwannerAugust 2, 201314
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