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Chris Smith

Since 2014
Top Channel TECH
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Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

Kill Switch for Android and Windows Phone

Major new security feature coming in next Android and Windows Phone versions

June 20th, 2014

In addition to replacing Dalvik with ART, which should bring performance improvements and better battery life, the next Android version has apparently been confirmed to feature a new significant security feature that will help users better protect their data when losing their devices, and especially when having them stolen. The same feature is coming to …

Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update for Nexus

An even newer KitKat version is here, but don’t get too excited

June 20th, 2014

It was only a few days ago that Google released Android 4.4.3 KitKat for various Nexus devices, and not only, but it looks like the company is not finished issuing security fixes for its operating system. The company has rolled out a new KitKat version – Android 4.4.4 – which brings more improvements and fixes, …

Star Wars Scene Maker iPad App

Create your own amazing Star Wars movies with this Disney iPad app

June 19th, 2014

Star Wars fans who can’t wait for the latest movie in the saga to come out can test their own movie and story-telling skills with a new Disney app for iPad that lets users make their own Star Wars movies. Called Star Wars Scene Maker and available as a free download from the App Store, the …

Kickstarter PocketScan Portable Scanner

Meet PocketScan, an awesome little scanner with incredible powers

June 19th, 2014

Scanning documents and photos isn’t such a chore anymore, as mobile devices can now be turned into a portable scanners instantly with the help of a simple application. But people who want more from their scanners, and who happen to scan a lot of things on the go, should check out PocketScan, a new Kickstarter project …

iPhone and iPad Sapphire Glass

Apple now has two sapphire plants for the upcoming iPhone 6

June 19th, 2014

Apple’s partnership with GT Advanced Technologies isn’t a secret anymore, with the latter expected to provide sapphire crystal to Apple for various purposes related to the company’s iPhone, iPad and iWatch production. And now it looks like GT will have two plants growing sapphire glass for Apple.

OnePlus One Delay in Europe

The OnePlus One was delayed in one market for the worst possible reason

June 19th, 2014

The highly coveted OnePlus One Android handset is yet to reach buyers in Europe, Android World reveals, as the company apparently acknowledged a critical design error that lead to its One stock being halted at customs – and it’s apparently a rather silly error. This new delay follows another recent issue, when OnePlus was forced to …

How to Hide Internet Browser Pages

This awesome web browser trick will make you look smarter at work

June 19th, 2014

In case you’re constantly reading stuff online that you aren’t supposed to at work, or stuff you wouldn’t want others to know you’re actually interested in like articles on TMZ, then you have to check out a new Internet browser trick called Timesify that lets you hide what you’re actually doing in your browser.

THL 5000 Android Smartphone

Meet the beastly Android phone with a 5,000 mAh battery

June 19th, 2014

If there’s one reason to remember the Philips W6618 Android phone, it’s the amazing 5,300 mAh battery it packs under the hood — although the handset itself isn’t the 2014 flagship smartphone you’d like to buy. Instead, it’s an otherwise lackluster mid-range device. However, there’s now another Android beast that smartphone buyers should check out, and this one …

Android ART vs Dalvik

A hugely important new Android feature has been confirmed

June 19th, 2014

Google has yet to release its next-gen Android OS version, but it looks like one major feature of the new operating system has been confirmed. Xda-developers has discovered that commits made to the AOSP master branch on Wednesday night show that Dalvik will be replaced with ART as default. None of that will make sense to …