I've had a love affair with high-tech watches for as long as I can remember. I still recall with fondness my beloved Casio Marlin W-300, which I cherished as a tot. I've also proudly worn some truly laughable devices out in public, much to my friends' annoyance and eventual entertainment. Remember the Pimp series from Tokyo Flash? On second thought, perhaps it's better that you don't. … Read more
Counting the elusive and highly exclusive HTC One plated in 18-karat gold, the smartphone maker has created six shades of its sleek, sophisticated, and marquee Android phone.
There's the white (OK, silver) shade, plus buttoned-up black, and not one, but two types of blue. Select global markets can get their hands on what HTC calls "Vivid Blue," while Best Buy stores in the US can get "Metallic Blue."
Rounding out the set is my personal favorite, a rich, vibrant red One that, stateside, you can pick up with Sprint.
We managed to corner four of … Read more
The modding community may want to stay away from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
A new discovery suggests that the handset maker has taken steps to deter users from rooting the Galaxy Note 3 and installing their own operating system by increasing the risk that they void their warranties.
In most Samsung smartphones, a process known as flashing ROMs, or installing a custom OS, has never been a problem. Doing so, however, triggers a flash counter that keeps a log of how many times a ROM was installed. Since Samsung doesn't honor warranties on phones that have been been … Read more
LG has given birth to a baby brother for its LG G Pro phablet.
Dubbed the G Pro Lite, the new device is outfitted with a 5.5-inch screen but otherwise lacks some of the more robust features found in the full Pro model. The display offers a resolution of just 960x540 pixels, compared with the 1,920x1,080 pixels offered in the Pro edition.
The G Pro Lite comes with a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. An 8-megapixel camera is on the rear, while a 1.3-megapixel shooter is on the … Read more
The Google Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat are less than a week away, according to new rumors. Word on the street is that the new phone and next Android update explode onto the scene together on October 15 -- next Tuesday.
That date comes from whispers around the campfire at Google Launchpad, a two week-long event run by the Big G for helping startups to develop their business. However, with no formal press event scheduled on 15th, it could just be the usual idle speculation that flows around every major phone launch.
At the event, developers have been … Read more
New York is lovable.
I have lived there, enjoyed affection there (briefly, of course), and witnessed kindnesses there beyond belief.
There is a side to New Yorkers, though, that is a touch self-centered and venal.
Perhaps there's some inner shame they fear, associated with failure or ridicule. But, at times, you fear that some New Yorkers' smiles are merely deflecting your eyes from their hands fiddling in your pockets.
From my own pocket, may I share a piece of research from which New Yorkers don't come out so well? In fact, in one mortifying area they come out … Read more
The attachment to one's cell phone seems sometimes pathological.
In the latest incident involving cell phones and trains, a man got on a train in Florida and, once the train had moved off, remembered he'd left his cell phone on a bench on the station platform.According to WPBF-TV, he decided to break the glass and pull the emergency cord to stop the train.… Read more
Motorola could be ready to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and other phablets with a 6.3-inch device of its own. According to a "trusted" Weibo source, the so-called Moto Xplay is in development with an estimated arrival in 2014.
That Motorola is working on such a device should come as no big surprise. Nearly every handset maker has gone beyond 5 inches for at least one model, with phones like the Sony Xperia Z Ultra hitting 6.4 inches.
Motorola, for its part, has done well with balancing larger displays with small(er) bodies. Take … Read more
Pantech, apparently not wanting to miss out on all of the phablet fun, appears ready to unveil one of its own. The Vega Note has a fair number of similarities to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, including the large screen and a stylus.
On paper, the Pantech Vega Note specs suggest the smartphone should be able to run with the pack of top Androids. While its rumored 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, and 3,100mAh battery are to be expected in today's flagship experience, the Vega Note could have an edge on the competition with that fingerprint sensor, … Read more
Both phones were first unveiled in August to hype and positive reviews, with at least one reporter traversing a continent and back in a day to get his hands on the Moto X.
But the price of Motorola's first phone fully conceived as a Google company started to fall just a few weeks after its release, and now Amazon has taken the cost (with a new two-year contract or upgrade on AT&T or Verizon) all the way down to $99.… Read more