hp smartwatch 640x425When it comes to smartwatches these days, safe to say that most designs leave a lot to be desired, except for the Moto 360 which looks more like a fashion statement than a smartwatch. Well if you’re in the market for another stylish smartwatch, you might be interested to learn that American designer, Michael Bastian, has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to create a smartwatch that is expected to debut this fall.

While the full design of the watch remains unclear, the teaser image above does seem to hint at its stylishness. It would also mark HP’s entrance into the smartwatch game, although oddly enough it seems that the launch of the device will be exclusive to online retailer Gilt and it is unclear if it will eventually be sold in other channels. Read full post →HP Teams Up With Designer Michael Bastian For New Smartwatch

t mobile sony xperia z1s 09 640x360One of the cooler features of the Sony Xperia Z2 is the fact that it comes with front-facing stereo speakers, much like the HTC One M8, although we guess it’s not very obvious. However the fact remains that it is there and Xperia Z2 owners can probably appreciate the effect that it gives off when listening to music or watching videos on their phone without headphones.

This is a feature that is obviously lacking in the Sony Xperia Z1, or is it? Well thanks to XDA Developer dontbelieve, he has released a mod for the Sony Xperia Z1 that basically turns your earpiece into the second speaker for your phone. Combine this with the loudspeaker on the bottom and you’ve got yourself a set of stereo speakers! Read full post →Mod Turns Sony Xperia Z1′s Earpiece Into A Second Speaker

refugee ps2We know that there are probably still many gamers out there playing with the Sony PlayStation 3. After all developers are still releasing games for the PS3, which means that for now there isn’t really a compelling enough reason to switch to the PlayStation 4. However are there many gamers left who still own or play the PlayStation 2?

Well in some parts of the world where money is scarce and gaming consoles aren’t really a priority, having a PlayStation 2 is something of a luxury. It seems that over in Uganda, it has been reported (via Kotaku) that one particular refugee by the name of Mohammed Osman Ali has cobbled together a PlayStation 2 and somehow turned his place at the refugee camp into an “arcade”. Read full post →Ugandan Refugee Makes A Living By Renting Out His PlayStation 2

tmobile1It’s no secret that T-Mobile and Sprint’s planned merger is going to face a lot of opposition. Not just from competing carriers, but also the government who was less than enthused about the idea itself, let alone it being officially announced and proposed. That being said, it seems that there is a chance that the T-Mobile and Sprint merger might not happen.

According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, it seems that French carrier Iliad could be eyeing T-Mobile as well. The company has reportedly placed a bid for T-Mobile last week, although it is unclear if they will be able to raise enough money for it. Their current market cap is at $16 billion, while T-Mobile is sitting at $24 billion. Read full post →French Carrier Iliad Reportedly Eyeing T-Mobile

carplay chinaIt is said that patents and trademarks are part of an arsenal in any company that is worth building up a sizeable collection. It makes perfect sense after all – you would not want someone to take what you have done and make it as their own, would you? For those who have been following Apple’s trademark adventures from time to time, you would realize that the Trademark Office in Hong Kong China has already published a trademark application from Apple which touches on a new iOS icon. In fact, the latest trademark does point to Apple’s upcoming CarPlay.

Read full post →Apple Carplay Trademark Filed In China

slingshot facebookFacebook’s great when it comes to keeping in touch with family and friends all over, not to mention tracking down old acquaintances. In fact, you might be surprised at how you can make new friends through the fabled six degrees of separation idea. Having said that, it is also easy to comment on other peoples’ images and posts, and with Facebook’s Slingshot, it will introduce the ability to add ‘reactions-to-reactions’, where one can bypass reply to unlock.

Read full post →Slingshot On Facebook Lets You React To Reactions

BlackBerry LogoWhat about BlackBerry World and some of its latest developments? Apparently, this particular platform is well on its way to receiving an update, and this particular update will only cater to those devices that will run on BlackBerry 10.2 or higher. Heck, it does not even matter if your device is powered by leaked version, or even a developer version of 10.3, as those too, will see the update. In fact, it is said that this is in all probability the version of BlackBerry World that will be released alongside the much talked about BlackBerry Passport when that bad boy arrives, as well as with the BlackBerry Classic.

Read full post →BlackBerry World To Be Updated

oneplus 01 630x640It was just yesterday when we heard that OnePlus could very well be dropping CyanogenMod in place for its very own operating system on future OnePlus One smartphones. Well, that is on the international front, but what about folks who are living in China? OnePlus CEO Liu Zuohu shared that the company on the whole will be dropping the Oppo Color OS over in China, and instead, will be developing and using its very own OnePlus ROM before the second generation flagship smartphone arrives.

Read full post →OnePlus Ditches Color OS In China

yo app 640x363A couple of months ago, we brought you word on what could very well be the most simple messaging app out there in the market, where it is simply known as ‘Yo’. Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, you can be certain that there will be some sort of Yo clone making its rounds sooner or later. Apparently, the Yo clone in question here would come in the form of Yolo, which has been described by Yo founder Or Arbel to be “a complete fake copy of our Yo app.”

Read full post →Yo Not Happy With Yolo App

Xiaomi TW SorryIt was just yesterday when we brought you word that Xiaomi has been investigated by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) for a possible misleading of consumers due to the numbers of smartphones sold in a short matter of time. This has been termed to be “hunger marketing”, which is to create an impression that the particular device could be in short supply, and hence might just cause folks to hurry up and make a purchase on the spot. Well, the Taiwan FTC has issued a $20,000 fine on Xiaomi for doing so.

Xiaomi has quite an interesting sense of humor however, having introduced a rather cheeky apology via a poster that depicts a cute looking child over on its official Weibo account, which you can see on your right. In the apology, they were sorry to the Taiwanese authorities for not selling the exact number of units as advertised, which if looked from another angle, would still show the world that they have sold quite a large number of handsets in the first place. What do you think of Xiaomi’s sales tactics so far, which more often than not involves selling smartphones in batches, so that an opportunity might arise to make news out of how fast it “sold out”?

Apparently, Xiaomi sold “only” 9,339 devices in the first flash sale, moving 9,492 units in the second sale, and 7,389 in the third, instead of the 30,000 quoted.2