Are you ready to see the best mashup of 2015? It’s subtle, it’s brilliant and it’s one of those things that you’ll never get out of your head after you watch it. Kris Sundberg, a VFX artist who worked on films such as Divergent and Into the Storm, has remade the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer with Mario Kart visual effects, and I think I’ve watched it a dozen times already. More →
It’s always fun reading contrarian hot takes that tell us why certain major companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google are doomed to fail. The hottest take we’ve read this week comes to us from venture capitalist Ed Fernandez, who writes over at CNBC that the smartphone industry is essentially “over” and that Apple is in danger of going down in flames like BlackBerry did circa 2011. More →
Google’s recently launched MVNO wireless initiative sounds like an intriguing proposition for Nexus 6 owners, especially now that the company is sending out the first invites for it. However, many users who have asked for an invite might have to wait a longer time before they’ll be able to actually start using it. More →
On Wednesday, Spotify took the stage in NYC to unveil a host of additions that will soon be arriving on its service, including videos, podcasts and a surprisingly extensive list of content partners. We got a peek of the updated app during the presentation, but on Friday, 9to5Mac shared a heap of screenshots from the redesigned Spotify app on iOS. More →
Now this is a phone that should give you at least a full day’s charge… and very likely at least three. GizmoChina brings us word that Chinese manufacturer Innos has just released a new smartphone that features a huge 6,000mAh battery, which just happens to be the biggest battery we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. Innos says this will deliver power that lasts between three to five days per charge depending on use. More →
500 million Android devices at risk: Researchers find that factory reset doesn’t completely wipe data
One of the most important things to do before selling or giving away a used smartphone is to wipe the device clean. After all, the last thing anyone wants is for a complete stranger to have access to all of their personal data. Unfortunately for Android users, researchers from Cambridge University recently discovered that performing a data wipe on Android devices doesn’t clear the device as one would expect.
FastCompany directs us to a fascinating and somewhat obscure Apple video which features company co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak engaging in a bit of nostalgia as they discuss the early days of Apple and the impact that both the Apple I and the Apple II had on society and the state of computing.
The heart rate sensor on the back of the Apple Watch is very accurate, a recent report has shown, on par with some of the most accurate heart rate monitors that are currently available. Unfortunately, it looks like Apple may have inadvertently crippled the heart rate functionality with its most recent software update. More →
Earlier this week we told you about two great deals for smartphone shoppers who were more interested in saving money than having the latest and greatest gear. For these consumers, the prospect of a modern phone for $250 off contract or even an older handset for just $20 may be too good to pass up.
But there is another group of consumers that wasn’t addressed by these deals. These shoppers want the latest and greatest smartphones, but they don’t want to pay top dollar to get them.
Well, gadget fans, look no further. More →
We always try to keep up with assorted fan communities to get a sense of how they’re feeling about their favorite products. Reddit’s Android fan community is typically very smart and insightful, which is why we were interested to see what Android M features they’d most like to see Google unveil at its big Google I/O conference next week. Here are the six most popular responses as ranked by upvotes. More →
The Apple Watch really is an impressive device that hits so many notes earlier smartwatch offerings were unable to manage. The design is sleek, the build is solid and premium, the display is gorgeous, and the interface is smooth and beautiful. It’s certainly not perfect — in fact, some things about the Apple Watch are positively infuriating — but there’s no question that Apple has done an impressive job when it comes to bridging the gap between fashion and wearables.
How annoying is it when you buy something online or in a store only to find out that it went on sale a few days later? Many stores have policies that offer to refund shoppers when this happens, but by and large, consumers don’t know about these policies or don’t bother to keep track of sale prices in order to take advantage of them.
Now, however, there’s a free service that does the heavy lifting for you, promising to automatically get you a refund if there are coupons you missed or if the price on something you purchased drops after you buy it.
In short, you’re crazy if you don’t sign up for this service. More →
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