When Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 last month, it looked like every other Android smartphone vendor had missed the boat. After years of stagnation, the king of Android devices was returning with its sleekest, coolest, fastest smartphone ever, and other new phones paled in comparison.
I m not sure if there s still room in the market for more smart health and fitness trackers, but HTC thinks that one group of consumers is being woefully underserved by the current lineup. As HTC explained to me at a recent press event, most of the current products are for people who are trying to motivate themselves to get off the couch. People who are training for marathons or have a regimented workout routine don t need an app to tell them that they ve run 25 miles they need a device that will actually do something with that information. By partnering up with Under Armour, HTC believes that it can gain some credibility in the fitness world and offer something that no one else can. It all starts with the Grip, HTC s first wearable device.
After months of rumors and speculation, the HTC One M9 is finally here. Then again, you might not have realized it unless you were paying very close attention. HTC says that the design of the M9 is a mashup of the best aspects of the M7 and the M8, and although that may be the case, it has resulted in a phone so familiar that you might mistake it for last year s model.
Just a few short months after the release of the G2, LG is back with a brand-new flagship device. The G3 has been leaked more extensively than any other phone in recent memory, but the leaks don t distract from what might be the best oversized Android smartphone ever made.
Game of Thrones, the most pirated show of 2013, started its fourth season two weeks ago and it s already breaking records just two episodes in. TorrentFreak reports that The Lion and the Rose, the second of episode of the show s fourth season, garnered the largest torrent swarm ever recorded on Sunday night. Nearly 200,000 users were downloading the same exact torrent all at once, breaking the previous record of the season three finale, which raked in around 170,000 concurrent downloads.
The NSA has apparently known about Heartbleed for years, but the general public was only made aware of the devastating bug a few days ago. Many of us are at a loss for what to do, but smartphone security firm Lookout is living up to its name with a free app that will allow you to check and see if your Android device is vulnerable. Lookout s Heartbleed Detector app determines which of OpenSSL is running and then tells users whether or not their phones could have been affected by Heartbleed.
In what might be the most ingenious ad campaign for anti-virus software we ve ever seen, Kaspersky Lab has put has put together a terrifying, interactive infographic of sorts calling attention to malware threats in real-time. The Cyberthreat Real-Time Map visualizes our planet in relation to malware, displaying the infection rates in every country and ranking them based on which are the most infected.
The iPhone 5S might have been our pick for the best smartphone of 2013, but that doesn t mean there aren t a multitude of minor annoyances with the popular phone. One of the many features the iPhone 5s and its iOS brethren lack is the ability to change the font in any given text box. Although you re out of luck while typing within the the current system, one app will allow you to install your own custom fonts inside of apps that take advantage of the iOS font book.
It s been nearly a year since the anyone held the title Head of Xbox, but Microsoft is finally ready to announce the next chief. Phil Spencer, former VP of Microsoft Game Studios, has been appointed head of the division, filling a spot left open by Don Mattrick, who left last July to head Zynga. Spencer has been the de facto face of the Xbox One for some time now, answering dozens of questions from curious fans on Twitter week after week, and his first message to Xbox owners as head of the division is in line with outward facing strategy.
Apple may have Android beat when it comes to app security, but stability is another matter entirely. Crittercism released its Mobile Experience Benchmark report on Thursday, highlighting the surprising differences between apps on Apple and Android devices. Based on data gathered from over 1 billion mobile users, Crittercism has found that even though iOS 7.1 is Apple s most stable release for apps yet, the latest software still has a crash rate of 1.6 percent.