twitter momentsIf you are new to Twitter, we reckon it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There are tweets, there are retweets, and then there are Twitter conversations going on that it’s hard to keep track of who said what and when, and to be lost in the flood of news. However it looks like Twitter wants to make your life easier and has since announced a new feature called Moments.

This is a feature designed for mobile apps and according to Twitter, “Moments helps you find the best of Twitter as easily as tapping an icon – regardless of who you follow. Just visit the new tab called Moments, where you will discover stories unfolding on Twitter.” If this sounds familiar, it is because earlier today Reddit announced Upvoted, a separate website which curates the best of Reddit, so in a way you could think of Moments as the Twitter version of it. Read full post →Twitter Launches Moments, Curates The Best Tweets

Samsung-Pay-03When it was announced that Samsung Pay would be launching in the US, Verizon was one of the carriers in the US that would not support the feature, or at the very least weren’t particularly committed to offering support for it. However it seems that Verizon might have had a change of heart.

In a tweet by the carrier, they have announced that they will be officially supporting Samsung Pay, albeit somewhat selective. According to Verizon, Samsung Pay will only be supported on selected compatible Verizon handsets, which includes the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Read full post →Verizon Confirms Samsung Pay Will Be Arriving On Select Handsets

ios 9 siriWhile it is easy to test a handful of prototypes, it becomes an entirely different ball game when millions of devices are manufactured, because then there are bound to be issues that can be missed during the testing phase. According to a report from 9to5Mac, it seems that one of these issues is a burning hot Touch ID button.

This is based on several user complaints which have since resulted in several postings on Apple’s support forums, in which users are complaining that the Touch ID button has become too hot to touch. We’re not talking about a button that feels warm, but rather a button that has been described as “burning hot” or “extremely hot”. Read full post →Some iPhone 6s Owners Reporting Hot Touch ID Buttons

gtranslate_tripadvisorImagine trying to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak English particularly well over messaging apps like WhatsApp; it can be difficult, right? Imagine if that conversation was peppered in sentences and phrases made in a foreign language, forcing you to copy and paste it into a translation app to figure out what it means.

The good news is that if you run an Android device, you won’t have to do that anymore. Google has recently announced an update to Google Translate. What this does is it allows developers to bake Google Translate into their apps with the text-selection behavior. What this means is that you will no longer have to leave your app in order to get certain words or sentences translated. Read full post →Google Translate Can Now Translate Directly Within Apps

synapticsWith the introduction of 3D Touch on the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, many have heralded it as the future of how we will interact with our phones. Now a company by the name of Synaptics has announced a new display controller called the ClearPad 3700, which the company hopes will make pressure sensitive screens on Android devices the norm in 2016.

Granted 3D Touch is still fairly new and we’ve yet to see how well-received the feature is and how developers can take advantage of it, but we suppose just like Touch ID, its uniqueness and functionality has a lot of potential to change the way we interact with our phones, which is why we are eager to see which OEMs will be adopting Synaptics’ ClearPad 3700 in 2016. Read full post →Synaptics Wants To Bring Pressure Sensitive Screens To Android

If you’re traveling and you need a device that can help charge your mobile devices, allow you to stream media content like music, videos, photos, and more, or store media from your phone, camera, or computer, you’re probably thinking that maybe you will need at least 2-3 different devices, right?

Not anymore. A new Kickstarter campaign for a device called the U+ has been launched. This is for a device that acts as a wireless storage gadget, a device that can stream media content, and a device that also doubles up as a 4,500mAh battery that you can use to charge your devices, all in one, pretty nifty, right? Read full post →U+: Wireless Streaming, Storage, And Battery All-In-One

oppo-r7s-dubaiOppo has churned out some rather impressive handsets in the past, and it does not look as though they are going to stop anytime soon. In fact, the Oppo R7s, a device that has yet to make its way to the market despite garnering its fair share of attention in the form of rumors, is all set to debut in Dubai later this month. First spotted at TENAA in September, the Oppo R7s will take over from its predecessor, the Oppo R7, as the curtains will be raised at this year’s edition of Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) that is set to happen from October 18 to 22 in Dubai.

Do expect the Oppo R7s to arrive with a bigger battery, a larger screen and double the storage space of the R7, all without compromising on build quality as it comes with a full-metal unibody chassis in addition to being able to capture some really, really great looking photos. Revealed hardware specifications to date include a Snapdragon 615 SoC with 1.5GHz CPU, a 5.5” Full HD AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, a 13MP shooter behind, an 8MP shooter in front, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop as the mobile operating system of choice.

Expect the Oppo R7s to be flanked by its siblings such as the R7 Plus, R7 Lite, Mirror 5, and the recently revealed R7 Plus FC Barcelona Edition, too.

aone-marhsmallowBetter late than never, or so the saying goes. Well, it seems that the long awaited rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates when it comes to the Nexus range of devices has kicked off slowly, albeit surely in the Over The Air (OTA) manner as of yesterday. While most of these Nexus devices happen to be high end models in their own right at the moment or in the past, this does not mean that Google has neglected the other handsets in their stable. Apparently, Google too, has plans for their Android One devices, and while nothing official has been announced just yet, the rollout to the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update has begun – nice!

Read full post →Android One Handsets Get Marshmallow Update

lollipop-distriIt was just in September that we heard how the Lollipop update of the Android mobile operating system has passed the 20% mark where Google’s Android distribution chart is concerned. In other words, from the beginning of September onward, 21% of all active Android devices had at least one of the two versions known as Lollipop up and running in their respective devices.

What happens when we fast forward time by a month? Well, it seems that the market share of Android 5.x Lollipop continues to be on the ascent, although it is not all that rapid or super impressive, it still does make some sort of headway. In the recently published chart for the beginning of October, Google has revealed to all and sundry that 23.5% of all active Android devices happen to run on Android 5.x Lollipop at the moment, now how about that for progress?

Since this happens to be a zero sum game, then KitKat would be the ‘victim’ here, dropping a wee bit to 38.9% from 39.2% in the previous last month. As for the trio of Jelly Bean iterations combined, they now hold a 30.2% market share, down from 31.8%. Ice Cream Sandwich will see a drop to 3.4% from 3.7%, while Gingerbread goes to 3.8% from 4.1%. Strangely enough, Froyo remains the same at 0.2% of installs.

bocco[CEATEC 2015] We might not live in a generation where our lifestyle is similar to that of the Jetsons, but this does not mean that we are lagging that far behind in terms of having robots serving in our homes. Bocco, for instance, is a cute little bugger that makes you want to go out and buy one immediately, if you remain unfazed by its 29,000 Yen price point exclusive of tax – which would see it retail in the region of $300 after conversion, of course. The Bocco robot has already started to ship in Japan this July, where it functions as a family robot.

Read full post →Bocco The Family Robot