HP continues its silent assault on the Android market with a new device the company isn’t really making any fuss about. Simply called the HP 8, the new 7.85-inch Android tablet is an affordable device that’s already available for purchase on the company’s website – the HP 8 costs just $169.99 and ships immediately. For an additional $29.99, interested buyers can also purchase an HP 8 Blue Tablet Case that’s similar to an iPad Smart Case. More →
A new application plans to help out with all those restless nights when falling asleep seems to be next to impossible, provided that your sleep disorder is related in any way to caffeine intake. Jawbone’s new “Up Coffee” mobile application will tell you when you’ll finally be able to fall asleep, or at least when that should happen according to your coffee habits. More →
T-Mobile CEO John Legere loves to talk trash about his rivals’ networks but recent studies have indicated that T-Mobile has some work to do if it wants to match the network quality of Verizon and AT&T. Thankfully for Legere, he has a sugar daddy in the form of parent company Deutsche Telekom that for the time being is willing to lay down the cash necessary to back up Legere’s boasts. More →
Watch Dogs made a huge splash at E3, promising to be one of the stand-out launch window titles for the new consoles, but to our dismay, the game was delayed until spring just weeks before it was scheduled to release. Months later, Ubisoft is finally ready to share a new release date: May 27th on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. The game is still going to make it to the Wii U as well, but Ubisoft hasn’t set a date quite yet. Along with the date comes a new trailer, delving deeper into the story of Aiden Pearce, the hacker who plans to use the city of Chicago as a weapon against his foes. He looks really angry. Check out the new footage of Watch Dogs below. More →
Surprise, surprise: A lot of people are interested in buying Samsung’s Galaxy S5. SamMobile notices that T-Mobile senior product manager Desmond Smith has tweeted out that his company has now received 300,000 pre-registrations for the Galaxy S5, which is particularly impressive since it was just over a week ago that T-Mobile announced it had already received 100,000 pre-registrations. Pre-registrations aren’t the same as pre-orders, of course, since they aren’t commitments to buy a device and are only sign ups to be alerted it when it becomes available. Nonetheless, getting 300,000 pre-registers in just a week and a half is definitely indicative of high interest in the Galaxy S5, although it will have a tough act to follow since the Galaxy S4 last year became the fastest-selling Android phone of all-time with 10 million shipments in just one month.
What will Google’s robots have in common with Google+? Apparently they’ll be everywhere and you won’t be able to escape them. Bloomberg reports that Google chairman Eric Schmidt said this week that his company is experimenting with using robots to automate a lot of the more mundane tasks we do every day. In this way, says Schmidt, “robots will become omnipresent in our lives in a good way” because they’ll “replace a lot of the repetitive behavior in our lives.” More →
“Android SmartWatch” would be a very apropos name for Google’s own smartwatch, but that’s not going to happen, as such a product already exists. Sadly for Android fans, the Android SmartWatch doesn’t have anything to do with recent Nexus smart wristwatch rumors. Instead, it’s produced by Android Watches USA, and while it can be paired with Android devices, it doesn’t even run Google’s operating system, CNET reports. Instead it runs Android USA’s own software.
One of the best new RPG franchises of the last generation suffered from a disappointing sophomore slump, but BioWare wants to make reparations with Dragon Age: Inquisition, and if the latest trailer is any indication, they’ve built the best looking Dragon Age yet. Inquisition will draw more heavily from open-world RPGs like Skyrim and Kingdoms of Amalur than the previous entries, although many of the staple elements of the series will remain intact, including the third-person combat and the ability to form relationships with other characters. For now, revel in the beauty of the Frostbite 3 engine that will power the world of Dragon Age, and try not to think about how far away that fall 2014 release date really is. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. More →
Who doesn’t love making money while doing little to no actual work? The answer is, “No one.” However, some ways of making quick money are demonstrably more pleasant than others, as demonstrated by Airpnp, a new mobile app that lets you rent out your bathroom for complete strangers to use when they have to go in your neighborhood. The app acts as a sort of Craigslist for bathrooms that lets you advertise that your bathroom can be used and also sets your price at anywhere from $0 for less-than-appealing bathrooms to $10 for bathrooms that deliver the luxury treatment. More →
In one of the quickest transitions yet, over 50% of iOS device users have already committed to iOS 7.0.6 after reports began spreading that previous updates could be vulnerable to a security breach. According to Onswipe’s recent report based on mobile traffic from iOS devices, the adoption rate hit 50.06% on March 3rd, less than two weeks after the update originally became available. Although the threat of private information being hacked likely lit a fire under some iPhone and iPad owners, Apple has made updating easy to understand and nearly instantaneous over the past several years, meaning that most users with devices that can update will update. On the other side of the aisle, Google is still trying to figure out how corral its endless cavalcade of Android devices under a single OS banner. The chart from Onswipe can be seen below. More →
Do you want Google Fiber to come to your city? Well get in line: There are plenty of other cities that want it as well. However, DSLReports has done us the favor of posting a Google Fiber City Checklist that Google is handing out to prospective new Fiber locations so we can see all of the hoops that cities will have to jump through before Google will agree to bring its high-speed network to them. More →
T-Mobile has done a lot of terrific things ever since John Legere took over as CEO. The company’s early upgrade plans have set new standards in the wireless industry and have been a major boon for users who love having the latest and greatest gadgets. T-Mobile’s program to pay off new customers’ early termination fees is going a long way toward freeing customers from the burdens that come with switching carriers. However, there is simply no denying that the “Uncarrier’s” network still needs more work if it’s going to match the quality of Verizon and AT&T. More →
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