Nokia's Lumia 2520 tablet has one of the best screens tested to date, while Microsoft's Surface 2 counterpart falls into the also-ran category, according to a testing firm that evaluated the two Surface RT devices.
"With virtually identical functionality and OS software...The display on the Nokia Lumia 2520 is impressive while the Microsoft Surface 2 is mediocre and a disappointment," DisplayMate Technologies' Raymond said in a research note published Tuesday.
The display on the Nokia Lumia 2520 has the "best high ambient light performance and screen readability, with by far the brightest mobile display … Read more
Temple Run 2 players can add a bit of Christmas spirit to their gameplay.
Released this week for iOS and Android, a holiday update to the death-defying running game brings Santa Claus down the chimney. You now can play the role of Jolly Old Saint Nick as you try to escape the giant ape, dodge and weave your way past obstacles, and collect gems and other treasures to build up your score.
Other surprises await. You can wend your way down a waterslide as you try to avoid fallen trees and other hazards. The game also promises Christmas artifacts that … Read more
Google's official update to Android 4.4.1 didn't have a particularly long shelf life, as the company began deploying Android 4.4.2 late on Sunday.
A Sprint changelog revealed the improvements, reported the blog GottaBeMobile. The update will be arriving on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 phones, and the Nexus 7 tablet over the coming week. It's likely that the Nexus 10 tablet and other "Google edition"-branded devices will receive the update soon, as well, including the Moto X.
Sprint's listed changes involve what amount to minor fixes to improve … Read more
The very first Zu speaker I ever heard was a Druid IV, and it bowled me over! There was a rare vitality to the sound. That was back in 2007, and every Zu speaker I've tested since then has been remarkable. The Druid V is not only a significant advance over any Zu I've tested, it's the best speaker I've heard at home this year.
The Druid V is a 50-inch-tall floor-standing loudspeaker, and it's bolted to an immaculately finished, machined aluminum base. The speaker sports the latest version of Zu's 10.3-inch full-range … Read more
Uh oh. Is this Bubble 2.0?
One might be forgiven for thinking so, in light of recent developments in the tech-blog realm.
For on Friday, you see, TechCrunch posted a lament about the glut of knockoff messaging apps that are hoping to be the next Snapchat.
And then -- bam -- Saturday morning The New York Times' Bits blog posted a lament about the glut of knockoff startups that are hoping to be the next Uber or Airbnb (or Uber-meets-Airbnb).
And then -- wham -- Saturday afternoon yours truly knocked off this lament about the glut of laments about … Read more
The way I see it, high-end audio is all about the pursuit of excellence, and Audeze headphones exemplify that philosophy. Now sure, most headphone manufacturers try to make the best products they can, but mass-market brands have to satisfy a broad range of tastes, load on features like Bluetooth and phone controls that don't enhance sound quality, and design their products within real-world price constraints. Audeze engineers focus on doing whatever it takes to make the world's best-sounding headphones, and the results speak for themselves.
Most cheap turntables sound cheap -- they're rumbly, thin and distorted -- but the U-Turn Orbit Basic suffers no such faults. Before the $179 Orbit's debut, audiophile turntable prices started at around $400. And while used turntables might be a way to get into vinyl for less, turntables are rather delicate devices, so used buys can be risky. If you're ready to take the plunge and explore new vinyl frontiers, you need a decent turntable to hear what the fuss is all about. The Orbit Basic will take you there.
I first heard about the Orbit when … Read more
Geared toward emerging markets where access to the Internet on entry-level mobile phones is a rarity, Singapore-based startup U2opia Mobile plans to bring a text-only Twitter experience to its users without the need for a data plan, Reuters reported Thursday.
Using the USSD, or Unstructured Supplementary Service Data, protocol that allows mobile phones to communicate with a service provider's computers, U2opia will be able to serve local trending topics to users who dial in a code thanks to a partnership with the social network. USSD does not allow the display of images or video.
With a service called Fonetwish, … Read more
Audi's quite a greedy company when you think about it. Not only has it cornered the market on four-wheel-drive fun, but it's also got the whole "subtle brutality" thing down as well. The new RS 4 is a perfect combination of both.
Audi's got form when it comes to fast estates -- 1994's RS 2 was the firm's first, and it was pretty cool. Developed with Porsche, it could hit 30 mph faster than a McLaren F1.
That's quite something, isn't it?
From then on Audi's portfolio of RS cars … Read more