padfone sBack in 2010, the first Samsung Galaxy Tab was announced and we’re sure many of us sniggered at users who actually used it to make voice calls. Even today we’re sure some of us think it’s ridiculous to put a giant phone to your ear since it doesn’t look very flattering, but apparently that is a trend that is catching on in Asia.

While many would consider it a tech faux pas to place tablets next to your ear to make phone calls, analysts at the IDC have found that the demand for tablets that can make phone calls are on the rise, with such devices commanding about 15% of the market in 2013, and rising to 25% in Q2 2014. Read full post →Tablets That Make Voice Calls Are On The Rise In Asia

intel signIt is no secret that Intel is currently facing some difficulty in trying to break into the mobile market. While Intel might have had some success with low-end handsets, there just aren’t that many high-end Intel-powered smartphones around at the moment. That scene is primarily dominated by the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung, and to a certain extent NVIDIA and MediaTek, just to name a few.

So what can Intel do to boost its mobile presence? Well according to RBC analyst Doug Freeman, he thinks that one way Intel can start making their presence felt in the mobile chipset market is by buying out the competition, namely MediaTek. Freeman suggests that this would be a faster and better way as opposed to letting Intel’s business to grow naturally, which might take a long time if at all. Read full post →Analyst: Intel Should Buy MediaTek To Secure Their Position In The Market

occulus vr dk2 001 640x359As many of you guys have heard by now, earlier this year Facebook acquired Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Now we know that Facebook is no stranger when it comes to paying bounties to users who find bugs in its services, and it looks like Facebook is now extending those bounties to the Oculus Rift as well.

The headset is far from ready for mass consumption and currently exists as a developer’s kit, meaning that there are probably some kinks that need to be worked out, and possibly even some modifications that need to be made before it can be released for end users. So with Facebook placing a bounty on bugs, hopefully this will help speed things along. Read full post →Facebook Extends Bug Bounty Program To The Oculus Rift

The Sony Xperia Z3 is expected to be Sony’s second flagship phone for 2014, following the Sony Xperia Z2 which was announced earlier this year. So far we’ve caught glimpses here and there, and now thanks to recent certification from China’s TENAA (which is basically the country’s equivalent to the FCC), additional images of the handset have surfaced.

Assuming that the leaks and benchmarks are accurate, we already know a fair bit about the handset. For instance recent measurements have revealed the handset to be an impressive 7.3mm, making it slightly thicker than the Gionee GN9005 which proclaims to be thinner at 5mm. The benchmarks have also revealed a 5.1-inch Full HD 1080p display, which is admittedly slightly disappointing as we’re sure many were hoping it would go QHD. Read full post →Sony Xperia Z3 Spotted At China’s TENAA

secret app 640x384We know that time from to time, companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft remove apps from their respective app stores for violating certain policies, but apart from removing it from the app store, could these companies also remotely delete these apps from the handsets that they have been installed on?

Well that’s what one Brazilian judge is asking companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft to do by asking them to not only remove apps like Secret and Cryptic from their app stores, but to remotely wipe them from handsets as well. The reason for the removal of the app is because they allow for anonymous postings, which according to public prosecutor, Marcelo Zenkner, is a violation of Brazil’s constitution. Read full post →Brazilian Judge Wants Apple, Google, Microsoft To Remotely Wipe Apps From Phones

Social media is a place where people can share all sorts of things, like photos, videos, articles and so on. However more often than not there are photos or articles shared which aren’t exactly kids friendly, which is why a group of Norway-based developers have come up with an app that they are calling Kuddle.

Kuddle is basically a social media app like Instagram, except that it has been designed specifically for children in mind. The idea for it was inspired by the co-founder’s children who both wanted to be on Instagram, but their father felt that they were a bit too young to do so. However with the creation of Kuddle, it will allow children to use an Instagram-like service in a more controlled and protected environment. Read full post →Kuddle Is Instagram For Kids

Where would the Ninja Turtles be without pizza? How about Italy’s economy if that dish were not part of their national menu? Having said that, if some of the zanier simulator games include those that involve goats and rocks, why not something else which we are more familiar with, such as pizza? This particular pizza simulator game will put you in the shoes of the person in the kitchen, making pizzas for the hungry masses.

Read full post →Pizza Simulator Game Looks Fun

evermindGetting the proper medical help and assistance can prove to be time consuming, not to mention expensive, in the long run, especially when a caregiver is concerned. Still, there are times in life when one is unable to move away from a current situation and drop everything within a moment’s notice just to attend a medical condition of a relative, and yet it also causes one to worry unnecessarily about the relative’s condition from afar. With the Evermind, perhaps it might be able to help you sleep better at night.

Read full post →Evermind Lets You Remotely Monitor An Ill Relative

swing coptersIt looks like the earlier report was correct – the creator of Angry Birds, Dong Nguyen, has come up with yet another game that might help you tear your hair out, simply because the game of Swing Copters will follow a simple premise that is not too different from that of Flappy Birds, except that this time around, you will step into the shoes of a pint sized guy with one of those fancy copter hats. Don’t ask about the physics of the hat that can actually generate enough lift, you have a hard enough time avoiding them swinging hammers as it is.

Read full post →Swing Copters Now Available On iOS And Android

led carWhen it comes to self-driving cars, I am quite sure that much more testing needs to be done, not to mention a whole lot of standardization being agreed upon before it is rolled out on a global scale. After all, machines are not 100% foolproof all the time, especially not when we hear about Google’s research team allowing their self-driving cars to actually break the legal speed limit. Driving around during the daytime on a bright and sunny day should not be a problem at all, but what happens when dusk falls? That gets a whole lot trickier, so is there something which can be done to help such vehicles out? Perhaps, and flashing LEDs could very well be the answer.

Read full post →Flashing LEDs Could Help Self-Driving Cars Navigate Better At Night