HTC has had a very bad time of it over the past year and it’s hoping it can turn things around with its 2016 flagship phone. A new rumor posted over at Android Headlines claims that HTC is going to wait a bit to unveil its new device until after rivals Samsung and LG have already shown off their 2016 flagship devices at Mobile World Congress. This means that we won’t see HTC’s newest phone until April 11th, according to Android Headlines. More →
We’ve seen lots of images of cosplayers dressed as their favorite video game characters in the past but how many of them have actually tried to live out the action inside the game? A viral video posted by YouTuber Base37 shows a group of friends who dress up as popular characters from Mario Kart and then actually race scooters through a shopping mall right as it’s opening. More →
HBO on Wednesday revealed that HBO Now, the standalone streaming service designed specifically for cord cutters, has only around 800,000 subscribers. This is obviously well below the number of subscribers that HBO has for its bundled cable TV channel and also well below the number of total Netflix subscribers. In all, this is seen as a disappointing start for HBO Now, which was unveiled a year ago as a game changer that could help bring about the end of pricey cable bundles.
The question is, why is HBO Now struggling? More →
Were you thrilled by Coldplay’s performance at the Super Bowl? Ha, ha, ha, of course you weren’t! The ultimate nice-guy band from the U.K. gave a less-than-pulse-pounding performance of some of their hits at Sunday’s big game before both Bruno Mars and Beyonce came onstage to steal the show. Fellow Brit John Oliver was as unimpressed with Coldplay’s performance as most Americans were and he positively nuked the band this week during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. More →
Tesla doesn’t quite have the same mystique that Apple does but it is still a company that inspires a lot of intrigue. An anonymous Reddit user claiming to be a former Tesla employee who worked at a retail location recently had an Ask Me Anything session over at /r/teslamotors and he offered an illuminating glimpse into what it’s really like to work for Tesla. The employee posted his original offer letter from Elon Musk as proof of his former employment, although he didn’t answer any questions on future products since he’s still under a nondisclosure agreement. More →
Google knows Android has a reputation for not being the most secure platform around, which may be why it decided this week to help out Android users by posting a list of four essential tips for making their devices more secure. While some of these tips may be obvious for power users, they nonetheless contain some very useful information that newcomers to the platform should know. More →
Every year smartphone owners beg companies to build phones with better batteries and every year these companies only give us lighter and thinner devices that still deliver mediocre battery life. Will this ever chance? If a fuel-cell developer called Intelligent Energy has any say, we could have smartphones whose batteries last up to a week within the next two years. More →
Even though last year’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were incredible phones, they nonetheless failed to reverse the overall decline in Samsung’s smartphone sales. What’s more, some Android users were annoyed that Samsung took away features like support for microSD cards that had been staples of its previous flagship devices.
If the recent leaks about the Galaxy S7 edge’s specs and features are right, however, then it seems that Samsung will have delivered a dream device for Android fans. More →
When Martin Shkreli, the rat-faced former executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, decided to pick a fight publicly with legendary Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah, you just knew hilarity would ensue. And sure enough, Ghostface Killah posted a video on Facebook today in which he absolutely tears Shkreli apart piece by piece. More →
Your phone and cable company could charge you a lot less than they do right now and still make a healthy profit. We know this because whenever you call up and threaten to cancel your service because it’s too expensive, they almost always offer you a better deal immediately. However, haggling with your phone or cable company for lower prices takes time and patience, which is why I was intrigued to see The New York Times’ new report on a company called BillFixers that does all the hard work for you in exchange for taking half of the yearly savings you get. More →
Apple has a software problem right now, as some of the world’s most popular Apple bloggers have ably documented. Over at The Los Angeles Times, Michael Hiltzik goes over the assorted complaints about Apple’s software and comes up with an unsettling theory: That the problems plaguing Apple’s own applications right now are the same ones that long plagued Microsoft’s Windows. More →
Solar power obviously isn’t the solution for every place on Earth, but for regions that largely consist of arid deserts it can deliver a lot of juice. Such is the case with the Noor Concentrated Solar Power that just switched on in Morocco and that is projected to produce enough power to meet the needs of 1.1 million people by 2018. More →
I know that there are plenty of people out there who love Superman. I have never been one of them, however.
When it comes to superhero stories, there’s something so much more compelling about the tortured soul of Bruce Wayne, who must rely on his intelligence and guile to save the day. Superman, on the other hand, is just way, way too powerful and his “mild-mannered” alter ego of Clark Kent has just never really done anything for me.
In The Atlantic, writer Asher Elbein argues that Superman is still a great character and he can be redeemed if used the right way. I remain skeptical of this argument but it’s very interesting nonetheless. More →