Author Archives: Johnny
Switch view

12 million iPads now have Office installed

by 33 comments

It has only been a week since Microsoft launched its Office suite on the Apple iPad but it has already been downloaded more than 12 million times.

Microsoft seems really pleased by this so it went on Twitter to boast a little. Office offers free viewing Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. In order to edit and create, however, one would need to shell out $10 a month for Office 365 subscription. How many of those has Microsoft secured since the apps became available on the iPad isn’t disclosed. Read more »

Fingerprint scanner battle: Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s

by 170 comments

Apple didn’t introduce fingerprint-scanning technology in handhelds but it did make it hip again when it transformed the iconic iPhone home button into a Touch ID scanner in the iPhone 5s.

It must have generated the needed attention because other manufacturers were quick to add in their own fingerprint scanning tech. More recently, Samsung also made the leap with its Galaxy S5 flagship’s home button. But how do both technologies stack up? Read more »

Samsung details new Galaxy S5 display panel

by 77 comments

Display mate gave the Samsung Galaxy S5′s front 5.1″ panel an Excellent score, claiming its the best display they have seen. In turn Samsung display decided to elaborate how much better the flagship screen is compared to its predecessor’s.

The Galaxy S5 display has higher brightness, lower reflectivity, better viewing angles, improved contrast ratio and even better power consumption. Read more »

2.1 million Chromebooks were shipped last year

by 42 comments

Over the span of last year around 2.1 million Chromebooks have been shipped. The majority of those numbers come from North America – exactly 89% – giving the continent the highest demand in the world.

The numbers were calculated by ABI Research and the firm forecasts an increase to 11 million in 2019, but who can really say what can happen in five years (less than five years ago Symbian was top OS). Read more »

Mysterious Samsung SM-T800 slate passes FCC

by 10 comments

An unannounced Samsung slate that goes by the model name SM-T800 has passed the FCC. It looks to be the Wi-Fi-only variant of the SM-T801 and SM-T805, which got their evaluation last month.

The SM-T800 has been leaked before in a benchmark test which pointed to an Exynos 5 Octa chipset with four Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.9 GHz, 3 gigs of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, 8 MP and 2 MP cameras on the back and front. The slate runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 and could sport a 2560 x 1600 10.5″ AMOLED on the front. Read more »

Google+ now shows how many times your profile has been visited

by 10 comments

Google has added an option to check your profile and content views on its Google+ social network. The counter sits just under your profile picture, next to the follower count and accumulates the hits to your profile, pictures, posts, etc.

The feature has automatically rolled out to users and is on by default but can be turned off by unckecking the “show how many times your profile and content have been viewed.” field if you’re not completely sure about sharing the information. Read more »

Samsung Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit now available in the UK

by 16 comments

The Samsung Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches were expected to hit UK stores on April 11 alongside the Galaxy S5 upcoming flagship. However, if you can’t wait that long, we have some good news as at least one retailer has received their stock earlier.

The Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are in stock now over at UnlockedMobiles, costing £179.98 just as expected. Your only color option is black at this point, with the other colors expected to become available once the Galaxy S5 is launched on April 11. Read more »

Here’s what the OnePlus One’s CM11 looks like

by 34 comments

Two screenshots reportedly taken from the OnePlus One’s custom CyanogenMod OS were sent to Engadget by a “reliable tipster” and show a custom lockscreen and the About phone page. The latter is important as it shows the Model name One attached to the 4.4.2 Android version and the presence of on-screen navigation buttons.

The lockscreen features a cool split-screen mode showing a wallpaper on the top (perhaps a slightly blurred version of the homescreen wallpaper) and a big clock, notification, weather and battery details. The lockscreen doesn’t have anything in common with the stock or CyanogenMod lockscreen suggesting OnePlus may have deeper customizations planted in the otherwise closely-stock CyanogenMod OS. Read more »

LastPass can now autofill app log-ins on Android

by 15 comments

If there ever was a time to go for the $12 a year premium membership for LastPass it’s now. The form and password-filling service that’s so popular for web browsers has gotten a great new update for Android, allowing it to auto-fill your account log-ins on Android.

This means that aside from working to log you in hassle free in Chrome on Android LastPass will eradicate the need to remember app log-ins as well. Read more »

See how the HTC One (M8) handles a dip in the water, a drop and a hammer

by 26 comments

The HTC One (M8) went live yesterday with a bigger 5″ 1080p display, better Snapdragon 801 processor and Duo Camera but there wasn’t anything in there about water resistance.

Yet a curious YouTuber decided to put the One (M8) to the test and dip it in water for over an hour and a half. The result? Well, the One (M8) did better than an iPhone in the test. Find the video inside. Read more »

Some Surface Pro 2 units shipping with wrong chipset

by 38 comments

Microsoft announced its Surface Pro 2 tablet with a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-4200U processor but then decided that it will include a 1.9 GHz Intel Core i5-4300U processor instead two months later.

But now that the device is shipping to users who have bought it it turns out that some (if not all) of them are getting the Surface Pro 2 with the initially-announced chip. Read more »

Motorola updates its camera app with volume button shutter

by 3 comments

Motorola introduced a refreshed camera interface with the Moto X and later on released it as a standalone self-titled camera app in the Google Play store.

Now the app is getting an update which adds the option to take photos using the volume keys. The option has been standard in stock Android for some time now and most manufacturers have implemented it into their own camera apps, but it’s better late than never. Read more »

Intel shows octa-core Core i7 extreme, confirms Iris Pro graphics in upcoming fifth-gen Broadwell

by 66 comments

Over at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco Intel has shown its latest beast – the Core i7 Extreme Edition – dubbed Devil’s Canyon. It’s an 8-core 16-thread processor with unlocked cores (allowing easy overclocking), support for the latest DDR4 memory and a better thermal interface.

Intel has also confirmed that its next-generation processors, Broadwell, will feature Iris Pro graphics. Broadwell chipsets will have 14-nanometer processors and will come with unlocked cores. Read more »

Fly out to Hong Kong and be the first to touch the OnePlus One

by 11 comments

The guys over at OnePlus are nearing the launch of their One smartphone and are opening a contest that will allow one lucky participant to fly out to Hong Kong and be the first to touch the back of the phone.

In order to participate you’ll need to post one short video (15 seconds maximum) to Instagram or YouTube telling OnePlus how you feel about them. The most original entry will be selected and its author will win the prize. Read more »

Samsung teases design.Samsung.com service, coming March 27

by 30 comments

Samsung is teasing a website-slash-service, which will launch as design.samsung.com. The video teaser shows a lot of Samsung design ques like the nature inspired Galaxy S3 body, which we’re seeing molded from liquid polycarbonate.

The website will launch on March 27 and will have Samsung-inspired design sections by the looks of the video. “Make it meaningful” looks to be the title of the project. Read more »