We enjoy putting phones through their paces in our office, but as a manufacturer, Samsung too subjects its phones to a host of reliability tests before launching them on the market. And it’s a different type of tests, mind you. A Samsung made video gives you a rare glimpse behind the curtains of their test facilities.
It’s a video ad, that’s alright, but none of these tests seems staged. I’m sure most (if not all) Samsung phones go through stringent testing procedures like these (even employing the help of “I sat on my phone” buttocks dummy). Key press tests, USB socket rigidness, twisting and flexing, abrasive action by vibrating foreign objects, and even rain – it’s all there. Read more »
Singer and musician Will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas) is getting ready to release its own line of iPhone accessories. But these are not your run-of-the-mill accessories, we’re talking serious stuff. His lineup will be called i.am+ and the first accessory will be shell, which adds a real 14MP camera to the smartphone.
“We have our own sensor and a better flash. You dock you phone into our device and it turns you smartphone into a genius-phone. We take over the camera.” – says Will.i.am. Read more »
After telling you all about the greatest deals we could find in the Google Play store yesterday, today we thought it’s high time to scour the Apple iOS AppStore and bring you the best deals this week. I have the honor of taking you through the titles that had their prices slashed today or a day or two ago.
The links I’ve prepared point to the online version of the US AppStore, but usually you can find the same app in your own regional stores at (relatively) the same discount. Ok, let’s not waste any more time and get to the lists. Read more »
As expected, Apple Stores throughout the world now offer a special sale on many items and it’s valid only today. Some of the stores were down last time I checked, but I’m sure patience will be rewarded.
Currently some of the most popular Apple devices cost roughly 8% off. That means you can get the latest iPad for about 40 US dollars/euro less than the regular price.
The latest iPod Touch can be had for around 30 US dollars/euro less and finally, most of the MacBooks are down by 100 US dollars/euro as well. Read more »
Today, we welcome the third installment in this series of Nokia Lumia 920 torture tests. This time around, it finally meets its proverbial maker.
Not long ago, we saw the Nokia Lumia 920 star in a video where its build quality was tested by a key, a knife and a hammer, after it was subjected to a drop test. Read more »
Samsung is finally reseeding the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 didn’t gain much traction though I have always considered this screen size to provide the best combination of portability and big-screen user experience.
Back in July, Samsung started seeding an Ice Cream Sandwich update to most of its tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 was on the list but the update for it was stopped in its tracks due to some pending issues.
Now, we hear, the updates are seeding again. But seriously? An Ice Cream Sandwich update in the end of December? Read more »
A while back Google unveiled indoor plans for Google Maps on Android smartphones. As of today, the service is also available on the desktop web version, which you probably use on your computer.
Not only that, but the map data is no longer limited to places in France, but has now been expanded to include select locations and places of interest in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Japan, the UK, the US, Sweden, and Switzerland. Read more »
Yes, it’s this time of the year again and most of you living up there in the States are probably looking around for a good deal on something you’ve already planned on buying. Well, in case you were up for a new cellphone or an iPad, here are some nice online deals to get you started.
Unfortunately, here in Europe we don’t have our own version of Black Friday deals, so all listed deals concern US prices and availability. By all means, this is not meant to be a complete list. If you know some more deals, share them in the comments. Read more »
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Firefox for Android update, today we see the proper desktop version of Firefox get updated to ver. 17. The version spent about a month at beta stage, available to everyone interested for testing, so today’s release is a final, stable thing.
The new version of Firefox doesn’t have that many new end-user features. One change is the way it handles older versions of plugins such as Flash, Silverlight, or Adobe Reader. If you have an older version of these (perhaps because you don’t have enough user rights to update them), they will be temporarily disabled until you explicitly allow them to run for particular elements on the page via the so-called Click-to-play interface. But there’s even more. Read more »
Even though for most Android users the Google’s Play Store is the go-to place for downloading new apps, the Amazon Appstore has its share of steady followers too. There may be many reasons for this, but among the most important ones (besides owning a Kindle Fire), is its daily paid-app-for-free promo.
Anyway, if you are already using it, you’d be happy to know that Amazon has just updated their app, fixing a bug under Android 4.2 and bringing a handful of other noteworthy changes. Read more »
Hot on the heels of Facebook’s mobile app update, Twitter updated its native mobile apps for iOS and Android, too. The changes concern mostly search and Discover on the mobile platforms.
Discover is Twitter’s auto-generated stream of tweets, suited to your interests and generally coming from outside your regular network. The latest developments to Discover are now available to the mobile apps with “a completely re-done the back-end and user interface”. Read more »
We’ve all heard the rumors that Google is working on a native third-party version of Google Maps for iOS 6.x devices. It seems there has been lots of substance to these rumors, as reportedly, the app has already been distributed for testing to interested parties outside Google’s labs.
According to “a person with direct knowledge of the matter”, who spoke to Wall Street Journal, Google is already putting the finishing touches on the app and should be ready to submit it for approval to the Apple’s AppStore sooner rather than later. Read more »
Hot on the heels of the mobile Facebook website update, the latest new features arrive to the native Facebook apps for iOS and Android. The two biggest new changes include the option to re-share stories from your news feed and the ability to tag people in status updates, comments and photos.
Of course, there is also the addition of smileys, hearts and other emoji in messages and you can now sort the articles in your News Feed just as on the main website. Unfortunately, there are still some silly limitations. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been enjoying Jelly Bean for some time now. But a handful of features that we first saw on the Galaxy Note 2 have been out of reach so far.
The split-screen view mode, for instance, allows big-screen smartphones with plenty of oomph to display too apps at the same time. Today’s good news is that you can now get this and other new features on your Galaxy S3 via a pre-release official firmware.
Rumors suggest these enhancements are to arrive officially to S3 owners this December as a sort of a Christmas present. But obviously presents will come early this year. Well, sort of, this one’s more like a teaser. Read more »
An official ROM from a hackers community such as the XDA? I know, it doesn’t make much sense on first sight, but bear with me. Think of this ROM as a leaked release of the official Samsung-made XXLS2 firmware.
We’ve all known for some time that Samsung is cooking a delicious Jelly bean serving for the original Galaxy Note owners, but the company is yet to release that.
So if you cannot bear to wait any longer, here’s your chance of getting some new tricks running on your smartphone. What better thing to do over the weekend with all this bad weather coming up across Europe. Read more »