As a phone reviewer, my life is an endless stream of cutting-edge devices. In fact I'm constantly juggling four or five mobile gadgets at any given time, many being the best mobile handsets money can buy. But even after living with a litany of fancy flagships from Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and Sony, it's the scrappy Nexus 5 upstart that has finally won my heart, at least for now. … Read more
It was after around the 14th or 15th time I'd seen "Game Over" flash across my iPhone screen in the last maybe seven minutes that I decided that the app Flappy Bird -- an experience so simultaneously simple and maddening that I could already picture it haunting my dreams -- was perhaps the worst smartphone game ever created.
I had hit a high score of 12 on my fifth attempt, finding myself secretly elated at the speedy proficiency of my mindless tapping timing. And then I proceeded to lose after earning a single point -- literally just one successful obstacle cleared -- about 10 times in a row. Before I knew it, I was sitting there at my desk, heat crawling up the back of my neck, ready to shake my phone in frustration like a '90s kid ready to dismantle his NES controller during the "Turbo Tunnel" level of Battletoads.… Read more
Google will be shutting down Schemer on February 7, 2014. After this date, all accounts and their associated data will be deleted. That means it's time to back up your schemes before they're wiped from existence.
You may have received an e-mail with a link to export your data. If you didn't, you can do the export at this link. You'll be directed to log-in to the Schemer Web site and request a copy of your schemes, which will be delivered by e-mail. Google says that the backup copy may take 24 hours … Read more
Update, March 5, 2014: Evernote rolled out the handwriting feature to the public today. To try it out, just make sure you have the latest version of the app from the Google Play Store. For more details on the update, check out Sarah Mitroff's Let your handwriting shine in Evernote's Android app.
If you've finally pinned down the best way to use Evernote (as in tagging, categorizing, etc.) to meet your needs, forget it. Evernote just added another tool for note-taking to their beta version: handwriting input.
To get access to the new feature, you'… Read more
Announced on Friday, the "Black Edition" of the handsets uses a dark black front and a faux leather rear cover that echoes the design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Just keep in mind that the changes are cosmetic only, and Samsung has left the phone's internals alone.
Best Buy is dangling a new promotion to lure in mobile phone buyers.
From Sunday, February 2, through Saturday, February 15, anyone who signs up to buy a new mobile phone will receive a $50 gift card. The terms seem a bit tricky at first glance, but here's how it all works:
You first register your mobile phone number and e-mail address at Best Buy's Gift Card Offer page. You must register sometime between February 2 and February 15.
You then must buy and activate a new mobile phone from Best Buy via a two year-agreement with AT&… Read more
When Lenovo entered the global PC market by acquiring IBM's PC business it instantly became a major player with PCs, building on the business-centric ThinkPad with the consumer-facing IdeaPad. Now, the company intends to do the same thing with smartphones.
Google unexpectedly announced on Wednesday that it's selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion. While it appears to be a fire sale, with Lenovo paying less than a quarter of what Google paid for the handset vendor just a couple of years ago, Lenovo's CEO Yuanqing Yang has high hopes for the … Read more
Speculation of a crimson-colored Google Nexus 5 have been floating around since last week, thanks to leaked images from a Vietnamese news site of a red variant, and a video that reportedly depicts several new color variations of the device.
Today, Android Central is reporting an alleged internal memo to Sprint employees outlining that a red Nexus 5 will come to the Google Play Store on February 4. The news site also posted a supposed photo of a red Nexus 5 box a few days earlier.
We've reached out to Sprint for an official response and were told that … Read more
Google late Wednesday made an unexpected announcement that it's selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion, or less than a quarter of what it paid for the handset vendor just a couple of years ago. During the years Google owned it, Motorola lost money and market share, and the relationship caused tension between Google and the other Android vendors, particularly Samsung. It also led those other phone makers to develop their own software and services, rather than push those from Google. That amplified Android's fragmentation … Read more
They're sticking with a winner, name-wise. pic.twitter.com/rJHMgbwMsK— @evleaks (@evleaks) January 30, 2014
Samsung will be going with the Galaxy S5 branding for its next flagship handset, @evleaks revealed in a screenshot on Twitter on Wednesday.
The revelation was one of a few posted by the often-accurate @evleaks.
In addition to confirming that the follow-up to the Galaxy S4 will be the Galaxy S5 -- a rumor that has been debated to some degree -- @evleaks also says that the device will come with a 2K-resolution display and a fingerprint scanner, reflecting earlier rumors surrounding the device.… Read more