Galaxy Note 6 may be called the Galaxy Note 7 instead
Samsung has done well so far with its Galaxy S7 family of smartphones. Sales have been robust and a new rumor is making the rounds that Samsung might change its naming convention typically used for the Galaxy Note line to capitalize on the success of the S7. According to a new rumor making the rounds, Samsung will skip the Galaxy … Continue reading...
Oppo folding smartphone prototype is a modernized flip phone
Back in the '90s before the smartphone craze kicked off and the design that everyone wanted for their mobile phone was the iPhone-style candy bar device, everyone wanted a flip phone. Flip phones were long enough to resemble the normal phones that people were used to in their homes, but compact enough when folded to fit easily into a pocket … Continue reading...
AT&T raises prepaid GoPhone data caps by 1 GB
While postpaid subscriptions still remain the most popular and most used way people acquire mobile devices in the US, prepaid has also started to take root in the consciousness of buyers. To make its own prepaid offers a little bit sweeter, AT&T is raising data caps for its GoPhone subscription across the board, giving subscribers an additional 1 GB per … Continue reading...
LG X5 trademark, omens of less premium G5 sighted
Just when you though OEMs were already settled in their own, single-letter kingdoms, they kick up the dust once again. Sony drops the Z for the X and Lenovo/Motorola drops the X for the Z. While LG has more or less been happy with its G, it has also recently put out an X screen and an X cam. Now … Continue reading...
Skylanders Battlecast puts a new spin on “toys to life”
Disney has practically quit the so-called "toys to life" market, a niche practically occupied by Disney's Infinity, Nintendo's Amiibo, and Activition's Skylanders. While Activision isn't throwing in the towel just yet, and Nintendo being its usual quiet self, the game publisher is trying out a new way to bridge digital and physical toys together, sprinkling a dash of augmented reality … Continue reading...
Huawei sues Samsung in the US over 4G smartphone patents
Samsung is definitely no stranger to patent lawsuits. It has been sued left and right by different parties, ranging from your usual patent trolls to Apple, in its most high-profile patent court battle. Now, however, Samsung is facing an attack from an unexpected new foe. Chinese OEM Huawei has filed a lawsuit against Samsung in the US, alleging that the … Continue reading...
Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy
 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.” Read More ...
Comixology Unlimited: now there’s a “Netflix for Comics” too
It's been a while since we've heard anything major from Comixology, the industry's biggest distributor of digital comics, after it got swept up by Amazon. Sure, business is booming these days, especially thanks to non-stop servings of live action film adaptations of comic book titles and events. Today, however, Comixology has launched something major indeed. Taking a cue from Netflix, … Continue reading...
LG G5 “Friends” now available in the US, sans B&O Hi-Fi DAC
It's been more than a month since the LG G5 officially launched in the US, but it is only today that LG finally released the "Friends" that actually made the LG G5 truly special. After all, the smartphone's modular doesn't really serve any purpose if it doesn't have modules to use. In any case, fans and would be buyers can … Continue reading...
Toyota recalls 1.6m more cars with Takata airbag inflators
Yesterday, Toyota announced that it will recall another 1.6 million cars in the U.S. over the Takata air bag inflators located within. As with other faulty Takata air bag inflators, the ones located in these newly recalled vehicles are prone to deploying with too much force if first exposed to excessive levels of humidity. The new recall affects several Toyota … Continue reading...
E Ink brings rich color to ePaper, but not to e-readers
 E Ink, maker of the ePaper displays found in many e-readers (maddening to have three different e prefixes in one sentence, but it’s unavoidable), announced a brand new type of reflective display that can show a huge range of colors — but the tech is only going to be deployed as signage for now. Read More ...
R2-D2 lawn ornament is a droid for your flower bed
The snow is gone, the flowers have bloomed, and your lawn is probably looking pretty open and bare right about now. What better way to fill the void than with a tasteful monochromatic R2-D2 lawn ornament? ThinkGeek has a new one in its catalog, joining the seemingly endless array of other R2-D2 and Star Wars products. Though it is made … Continue reading...
R2-D2 lawn ornament is a droid for your flower bed
The snow is gone, the flowers have bloomed, and your lawn is probably looking pretty open and bare right about now. What better way to fill the void than with a tasteful monochromatic R2-D2 lawn ornament? ThinkGeek has a new one in its catalog, joining the seemingly endless array of other R2-D2 and Star Wars products. Though it is made … Continue reading...
Toyota tests the waters with a small investment in Uber car leasing
Toyota has made a small, easy-to-escape-from investment into ridesharing company Uber, according to a new report, and the investment will in some way see Uber expanding its auto leasing program in collaboration with Toyota. Details are sparse at this point, as both companies have declined stating how much of an investment the auto maker has made. One Toyota spokesperson, however, … Continue reading...
Apple prepping Siri SDK and Echo-like home assistant gadget
 Apple is preparing an SDK that would allow developers much greater access to Siri — and the improved assistant will power a stationary hub device like Amazon’s Echo. A report from The Information tallies with what we’ve heard over the last few weeks; expect an announcement, if not the device itself, at WWDC in June. Read More ...
Apple tipped to be making its own Echo competitor
Amazon's Echo may be facing yet another competitor, with word surfacing that Apple is going to make its own similar device with Siri at the core. Google recently unveiled its own Echo competitor following weeks of rumor and speculation; in Apple’s case, the company's device will reportedly let users issue voice commands for doing things like setting a timer or … Continue reading...
Robomow robotic mowers are like a Roomba for your lawn
Summer is finally here, and that means mowing the lawn, and that means griping about mowing the lawn and contemplating yet again about replacing the sod with mulch. If mowing really isn't your thing, Robomow wants you to consider its alternatives: robotic law mowers that are basically big Roombas with blades on the bottom. Robomow lawn mowers are smaller than … Continue reading...
Wooting One analog keyboard hits Kickstarter
A few months ago, I wrote about an interesting new keyboard that was being worked on. Usually when a keyboard has a new feature, it's related to lighting, or displaying some sort of additional information. However, the Wooting One promises to do something that no other keyboard on the market can do. Every keyboard you've ever used uses digital switches. … Continue reading...
Gululu revives that Tamagotchi life in a smart water bottle
There's a virtual pet living inside the water bottle we've been using over the past week. Made for children, they say, and "playful adults", Gululu contains your water and encourages you to drink said water. You'll interact with a digital cartoon pet via two touch-sensitive strips on the bottle's sides while the bottle reports how much water is being consumed … Continue reading...
Gulülu turns drinking water into a game for kids
 Through the power of smart sensors and the magic of the cloud, parched children is on its way to become a thing of the past — at least, if the Gulülu team have anything to say in the matter. The company’s bottle, launching on Kickstarter today, is the newest, most high-tech weapon in the battle to get their kids to imbibe enough liquids throughout the day. Read More ...