Runtastic Orbit 630 wideThere are plenty of fitness trackers in the market at the moment from manufacturers such as Fitbit, Jawbone, and Samsung, but if you’re looking for another option that you add to your shopping list, perhaps Runtastic’s Orbit could be worth taking a look at. For those unfamiliar with Runtastic, they are a company who has made apps designed for fitness.

These apps includes running apps that can track your distance, pace, and etc., and they have also dabbled in wearables such as GPS watches, armbands, heart rate monitors, and so on. However if you wanted something sleeker and more compact, the Orbit might just do the trick for you. Read full post →Runtastic’s Orbit Fitness Band Announced For $119

oneplus 01 630x640One of the unique features of the OnePlus One handset is that it comes with CyanogenMod preinstalled. While CyanogenMod has been around for a while, there are only a handful of phones in the world that actually comes with the ROM preinstalled, and given what a huge fanbase the ROM has, safe to say that many flocked to the OnePlus One upon its release.

However according to a report from Sina Tech (via Tech In Asia), it seems that OnePlus is thinking about dropping the use of CyanogenMod and could be thinking about replacing it with their own Android ROM instead. According to the folks at Tech In Asia, they reached out to OnePlus to confirm the rumor. Read full post →OnePlus Rumored To Ditch CyanogenMod For Their Own ROM

Earlier this year, Sony announced PlayStation Now. For those unfamiliar, PlayStation Now is a game streaming service in which gamers will be able to stream and play games on their Sony PlayStation 4. Well the good news is that if this is a feature you’ve been looking forward to, you’re in luck because Sony has recently announced that PlayStation Now has entered into open beta.

Unfortunately it seems that for now, the open beta will be limited to those living in the US and Canada, so if you’re from a different side of the world, we guess you’ll just have to wait until Sony brings the service over to your shores. Alternatively you could always fire up a VPN and try to get into the beta, although your experience might vary. Read full post →Sony PlayStation Now Launches Into Open Beta

vivo sapphire 1Will the iPhone 6 sport a sapphire display? Well the latest rumor seems to suggest otherwise and assuming that the report is true, it seems that Vivo could be beating Apple to the market with a sapphire smartphone of their own. According to a recent report from the Chinese media, word has it that Vivo is looking to launch a new smartphone that will sport a sapphire display.

The smartphone is said to feature a 5-inch display made from sapphire and will feature an all-metal frame, giving the handset a somewhat premium feel. The phone is also said to be priced at 3,998 yuan which is about $650 when converted which sounds about right for a high-end smartphone. Read full post →Vivo Rumored To Be Working On A Smartphone With A Sapphire Display

samsunglogoAn earlier report had suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Alpha could be pegged for a launch on the 4th of August, but according to a report from AllAboutSamsung, they claim that the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will instead be launched on the 13th of August which will be a Wednesday two weeks from now.

This also puts the launch of the handset about 3 weeks away from IFA 2014, so perhaps Samsung will have the device on hand with them at the event for people to try out. Of course it remains to be seen if the rumors are true, but we will be keeping our eyes peeled for both the 4th of August and 13th of August just to be sure. Read full post →Samsung Galaxy Alpha Could See 13th August Launch Instead [Rumor]

facebook audience networkWhile this has apparently been in effect for a while now, it has recently been brought to our attention that the notification icon in Facebook’s website actually differs from country to country! Now most people probably won’t notice the icon because of its color which kind of helps it blend into the background, that and the fact that we probably don’t look at it unless we have a notification.

However according to reports, it seems that the icon will look different depending on which part of the world you are in. For example the folks at TheNextWeb tested it out by accessing Facebook from the US and from Latin America via VPN, and they found that the icon actually does change! Read full post →Facebook Notification Icon Changes Depending On Your Location

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3According to an earlier report, it had been revealed that the Xiaomi Redmi Note had been sending user data back to China. Naturally this was a huge cause of worry for users as no one likes having their user data being shared without their permission, right? Well Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra (formerly of Google) has since come forward to answer some questions.

According to Barra, he claims that Xiaomi’s handsets (via the MIUI launcher) requests public data from Xiaomi’s servers from time to time. This data includes “thousands of jokes, holiday greetings and poems” and does not constitute the secret uploading of photos and text messages to Xiaomi’s servers. Read full post →Hugo Barra Clears Up Xiaomi Redmi Note Data Collection Allegations

samsung logo 640x480If there is one criticism that is constantly being lobbed at Samsung it is the fact that the majority, if not all, of Samsung’s smartphones use plastic in their builds. This by no means affects the handset’s performance, but in terms of looks and feel, well it obviously does not have the same wow factor as the HTC One M8 or the iPhone 5s.

However it seems that Samsung has plans to change that. The South Korean tech giant has recently confirmed during an earnings call in which the company’s SVP of mobile confirmed that Samsung would be releasing a handset made from new materials. This is in response to the company’s falling net profit. Read full post →Samsung Promises Smartphone Made With New Materials

kyocera brigadier1 640x371Earlier we reported that Verizon had launched the LG G Vista, and it looks like the LG G Vista isn’t the only handset that Verizon is announcing today. Alongside the LG device, Verizon has also launched the Kyocera Brigadier, a handset which was rumored about a couple of days ago. The Kyocera Brigadier, just like the LG G Vista, is priced at $99.99 on a new two-year contract, or it can be bought outright for $399.99. Read full post →Kyocera Brigadier With Sapphire Shield Arrives On Verizon

htc j butterflyIt seems that over in Japan, Japanese carrier KDDI has announced a new HTC smartphone that they will be adding to their portfolio in the form of the HTC J Butterfly. The handset will feature specs similar to that of the HTC One M8, but with a couple of differences which guess could be good or bad depending on how you look at it.

Most obvious would be the fact that the HTC J Butterfly will sport a plastic build, versus the metal build from on the HTC One M8. However at the same time, the HTC J Butterfly will offer up IPX7 protection, meaning that it will be able to withstand immersions underwater, a feature that is lacking on the current HTC One M8. Read full post →HTC J Butterfly Announced In Japan