gear vr back

Gear VR, the only way to fly. I took two plane trips in the last 2 weeks and decided to see what level of utility the gear VR would be on a flight.  Not only was it great, it totally changed the flight experience. In this post I’m going to list my favorite VR apps for… Read More


google panda autono-cab car

Now there are exceptions to this of course, but when I tell people that in five years they will no longer need a new car, I get a look like I’m nuts.  But once I explain that you are getting a new(ish) car and its a ‘need’ not want, then they are a little less… Read More


samsung watch

Just to be clear, I still think the Apple watch is the best of a generation, that is, the first smart watch generation.  But I’m already looking to the next one and with the Samsung Gear S and LG Urbane, I think I already see it. First the Gear S.  I’ve been using it for 2 weeks… Read More


cortana-toy

Just read that in June Microsoft will release their voice assistant Cortana for Android and iOS.  This is great for those of us who want to try something new who use Android and Google Now search, which is very good, but sometimes you want something a little more conversational. For my friends who have been complaining about Siri not… Read More


I think its pretty much confirmed but I have not actually seen it, but Samsung is giving away a next gen Gear VR headset AND Galaxy S 6 phone!!   Holy cats!!!   If you know anything about basic Java programming, you need to get in on this.  Like I said in my last post,… Read More


Cute Pebble Smart Watch

So what does Pebble have up its sleeve.. and targeted for ours..  Based on the announcement it seems pretty clear some new platform upgrades.  But that about it.  Well, I have my wishlist handy.  I have an app for the Pebble called NewsSnacker.  Its not complicated but does what I want.  Lately I have been… Read More


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Not too impressed, but I cannot wait to see an actual game like in the Gear VR.  The quality could be a bit better, but still pretty good.  The NBA All Star video should be out in a few weeks so we are on standby.  REALLY looking forward to it though. There are two videos,… Read More


list of risky android devices

There are tonnes of really cheap android tablets out there you can get on Black Friday.  Most of them from manufacturers you have never heard of or at least not making Android tablets. This should be clue number one. In a post on bluebox.com,  Andrew Blaich writes that many of the cheap tablets they tested had minor… Read More


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As it has been reported, the battery life on the Moto360 is so poor you cannot even for a full day.  However, there is hope.  The most recent firmware update had improved the battery life significantly.  So much so that users are reporting more then a day usage.  This assumes you are not using ‘always’… Read More


Its been 24 hours since the Apple Watch debut.  Now that we have seen more pictures of the watch and learned a bit more about it, I think I can finally give my impressions.  This of course is tempered by the fact I have not seen it in person and there are still things we… Read More


That was quick!  As soon as the Moto 360 smart watch went on sale it sold out.  What does that tell us in the wearable world?  That looks matter!  I have been pounding on this point over and over again, and just yesterday when I wrote about the Samsung gear 2 s, looking better, but… Read More


I got the Google LG G watch after Google I/O to try out the new API and if I could implement a push service using my site newssnacker.com.  Simple enough idea, I want to write a protocol that will only send message to my watch when something big breaks.  However, after just 24 hours I… Read More


Last week at Google I/O, they sprang a cardboard phone holder that basically turn your smartphone into a VR HMD display device.  Its extremely  cleaver, and was quite the hit.  So much so, there is a strong demand for these guys even a week later.  Now we are hearing rumors that a plastic version of… Read More


Did anyone watch the Google IO conference broadcast, or better yet, was there?  Hope you are enjoying your watches.  But more importantly, are you enjoying your cardboard HMD?  I have to admit, that caught me by surprise, but very cool!  But the point of the VR glasses is to demonstrate Google’s VR Build Kit. I… Read More


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I have a Samsung III.  That means I cannot use a very simple but useful command that lets me load the last app used but not the current app.  However, there is a way around this. In fact, you can do something even cooler if you are willing to put in the time.  For this… Read More


pebble locker

This is a very cool app.  The way it works is very simple.  When the phone detects that it is near the watch (makes a bluetooth connection), it unlocks the phone.  When that connection is lost, it locks the phone up again.  Sweet!  Its called Pebble Locker and its not a Pebble app, but an… Read More


Their has been a jailbreak hack that has been around for awhile that speeds up or removes animations on iOS devices that make your older phone feel a bit faster.  Well turn out you can do this on Android as well without rooting or any other hacks.  Its pretty simple. First find the ‘developer options’… Read More


Although Google will not directly build the watch themselves, they are working with HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung.  A bit surprised Samsung is working with them given they have their own watch, but there you go.  I may have said this before, but I think watches running the Android wearable system will have a leg… Read More


Recently there has been rumors that Samsung will release the new gear and a new set of phones running on the little known Tizen OS.  Which seen a bit odd given the experience they had with Bada.  Remember Bada?  Do not blame you if you do not.  Bada was actually a good OS, and the… Read More


Funny thing, I have been using the iphone since day 1. I have been jailbreaking for almost as long.  However, once the iphone 5 and my first view of iOS7 surfaced, I started to question if I wanted to keep playing this cat and mouse game of jailbreaking, reinstalling everything, losing some functionally because the… Read More