red ringGamers who have been playing consoles long enough might recall the unfortunate incident with the Xbox 360’s red ring of death from many years ago. Basically this resulted in the console “dying” and sending it back to Microsoft to get it fixed was pretty much the only thing gamers could do.

Unsurprisingly this cost Microsoft a lot of money and according to a recent interview on IGN (transcribed by Eurogamer) during their podcast, EA exec Peter Moore (who used to lead the Xbox team) recounted how had Microsoft’s then-CEO Steve Ballmer simply looked at the numbers as to how much it would cost Microsoft to fix the issue, the Xbox brand might not be what it is today. Read full post →EA Exec Peter Moore Credits Steve Ballmer For Saving The Xbox

galaxy-note-3-review-01One of the ways smartphone OEMs such as Samsung and Oppo set themselves apart from other Android OEMs, besides the design of their phones, is with differentiating software features. Maybe these companies had the best intentions when creating these apps for consumers, although in reality most customers regard these apps as bloatware.

However it seems that over in China, customers have gotten so fed up with these preinstalled apps that they have taken Samsung and Oppo to court. According to the lawsuit, two smartphones in particular are being targeted – the Oppo Find 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, both of which consumers claim comes with apps that cannot be uninstalled. Read full post →Samsung & Oppo Sued In China Over Bloatware

iphone-gun-caseSmartphone cases come in many shapes and forms. Some are designed to protect, some are just for design and looks, while some are created just out of pure novelty, like a smartphone case shaped to look like a gun. It seems “clever” but this is a problem that police departments in the US are taking issue with.

Recently there have been warnings put out by the likes of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and by the NYPD’s 112th Precinct, telling people out there that equipping your smartphones in cases that looks like a gun is probably not the smartest thing to do. “Please folks – this cell phone case is not a cool product or a good idea. A police officers job is hard enough, without having to make a split second decision in the dark of night when someone decides without thinking to pull this out while stopped for a motor vehicle violation. What do you think?” Read full post →US Police Warns Against Using Gun-Shaped Smartphone Cases

microsoft__logoEarlier this year, Microsoft hit Japanese phone maker Kyocera with a patent infringing lawsuit. According to Microsoft, Kyocera had not paid Microsoft to license the necessary technologies needed to in order to make their Android handset, something that a lot of other Android OEMs including Samsung have been paying.

That was about four months ago and it looks like the legal eagles hired by Microsoft have managed to work their magic again, allowing both companies to resolve this issue peacefully. In a statement issued by Microsoft, “Today Kyocera Corporation and Microsoft Corp. announced they have signed an agreement expanding on a prior patent licensing arrangement. The new agreement enables the companies to use a broader range of each other’s technologies in their respective products through a patent cross license.” Read full post →Microsoft & Kyocera Agree To End Legal Battle

apple-maps-ios-7-navigationWhenever a software update is released, the skeptical part of me is just waiting to see what kind of bugs and issues that might be a result of said update. Well it looks like iOS 8.4 did not disappoint. According to a handful of user reports, it seems that the latest update to iOS has caused GPS issues for some users.

The reports claim that once mobile devices were updated to iOS 8.4, GPS failed on apps that relied on it, such as Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze, and more. Given that many of these apps rely on having accurate GPS in order to guide the user around while driving or walking, safe to say that this is a pretty big deal. Read full post →iOS 8.4 Reportedly Causing GPS Issues For Some Users

plexIf you use movie streaming service Plex and have posted on its forums before, or maybe you’re just really active on its forums, you might want to change your passwords. The service has recently confirmed that its forums have been hacked and it seems that the hacker(s) is demanding ransom.

According to Plex, “At approximately 1pm PDT yesterday (July 1st) we learned that the server which hosts our forums and blog was compromised. The attacker was able to gain access to some personal information, such as IP addresses, forum private messages, email addresses, and encrypted (hashed and salted) passwords for our forum users.” Read full post →Plex Forums Hacked, Hacker Demanding Ransom Or Else

oneplus-two-rendersLater this month, OnePlus is expected to officially announce the OnePlus Two. Now we’re sure many are curious as to what the handset will look like. In fact a recent report even suggested that the company could be turning to the use of metal for its next phone and now thanks to a leaked render, it seems to confirm that.

As you can see in the image to the right, it is the alleged render of the upcoming OnePlus Two. Upon first glance we have to admit that it looks a bit like the HTC One M9 but given that HTC typically makes pretty phones, that’s not a bad thing. However we should point out that the render looks nothing like the leaked photos we saw the other day. Read full post →Alleged OnePlus Two Render Surfaces

passport androidAccording to an earlier report, it was suggested that the BlackBerry Venice handset could be headed for AT&T. The Venice, from what we know about it so far, is a slider phone that supposedly runs on Android. However it seems that it might not be the only Android phone that BlackBerry has planned.

A new tweet by @evleaks has revealed a render of what appears to be the BlackBerry Passport with Android running on top of it. Now we are only assuming that it is the Passport based on its keyboard design, but there is a chance that it could be another phone that mimics the Passport’s design. It is also possible that image of Android on the phone might be from an Android app ported onto BlackBerry. Read full post →BlackBerry Passport-like Device Spotted Running Android

If you haven’t done so already, you should update your World of Warcraft to patch 6.2 which was released last week. Along with the patch is the latest raid that Blizzard will be introducing to the game and that is the Hellfire Citadel. However it should also be noted that it seems that Hellfire Citadel will be the last raid for the expansion.

This was confirmed in a recently interview with Cory Stockton, the lead game designer for World of Warcraft which you can check out for yourself in the video above. According to Stockton, the raid is planned to be the last raid for the expansion and it is expected to wrap up the story, as far as Warlords of Draenor is concerned. Read full post →Blizzard: Hellfire Citadel Is The Last Raid For Warlords Of Draenor

lg-logo-001-640x480Milestones such as birthdays are meant to be celebrated – and done so on a wide scale, too. Having said that, when it comes to hardware, there are also milestones that can be achieved, such as a number of devices sold within the shortest time possible, or crossing a really high mark that is impressive for a device in its class. LG Electronics of South Korea has just announced that they have managed to sell its 10 millionth LG TONE Series Bluetooth headset around the world ever since the range was introduced in October close to half a decade back.

Read full post →LG Bluetooth Headset Hits 10 Million Mark…And Counting