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Windows Phone 8.1 New Features (Video)

Windows Phone 8.1 has brought a bunch of new features to Microsoft’s Windows Phone that are getting them a lot of attention across the web. From huge functional changes like the “Action Center” (a notification center similar to iOS and Android) to creative aethstetic changes like the new background image that, instead of being behind your tiles on the home screen, takes over certain tiles’ background and adds a parallax effect as you scroll. Microsoft even has added their own virtual personal assistant called Cortana (named after the AI woman from the popular Halo series of games for the Xbox) …

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Nokia's Android Walkthrough

Nokia’s Android Complete Walkthrough (Video)

Nokia finally did it. They made an Android device (three in fact). But, they did manage to change Android quite a bit with their custom UI and even took out most (if not all) of Google’s presence in the device and replaced it with either their own software or a Microsoft equivalent. Because of this, I thought it might be interesting to check out Nokia’s version of Android on the Nokia X that I just received. Let’s go through all the things they took out, added, and the overall experience. Here goes. Nokia’s Android Features Lockscreen Simpler Version – No animations …

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Samsung TouchWiz Walkthrough

Samsung TouchWiz UX 3.0 Complete Walkthrough (Video)

Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 is getting plenty of attention (and sales apparently), but alongside the new device is a new version of Samsung’s custom user interface they put on top of Android called TouchWiz UX. If you are getting a new Samsung Galaxy S5 and coming from any other Android device, then it could be helpful to get familiar with the changes over stock Android that are present in version 3 of TouchWiz UX. Firstly, I, for one, am happy to say that Samsung has scaled back TouchWiz a little and it is a bit less intrusive than their last …

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Nokia X Unboxing

Nokia X Unboxing (Video)

Apparently, and further to my point about Nokia not creating the Nokia X for US buyers, I had a bit of trouble importing this device. After some shipping issues though, it’s finally here. If you are unfamiliar, the Nokia X is Nokia’s first attempt at making an Android device. It runs the open source version of Android (so sans Google apps like the Play Store, GMail, Google Maps, etc.) and has some serious customization done to the user interface that makes it a bit reminiscent of Windows Phone, but it is still a monumental device to see come out of …

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Unboxing

Samsung Galaxy S5 Unboxing (Video)

My Samsung Galaxy S5 finally has arrived (after a bit of trouble with the United States Postal Service) and, as I did with the HTC One M8, I figured the first thing to do is to do an unboxing video for anyone interested to see what it comes with. The Samsung Galaxy S5, if you are unfamiliar, is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S4 that released last year, and is one of a few flagship Android devices that everyone has their eyes on (along with the HTC One M8 for instance). Top of the line specs, tons of new …

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HTC One M8 Review

HTC One M8 Review (Video)

In an effort to stand out last year, HTC built one of the few all metal bodies for their flagship Android device; the HTC One. Even though it got a decent amount of praise across the internet, its sales numbers didn’t really impress anyone. 6.4 million units sold in 2013 to be precise, which may not sound like a small amount, but comparing that to the 43.3 million Galaxy S4’s sold by Samsung in a similar timeframe, well, it sounds a lot worse. This year HTC is on a mission to try and gain back (or at least stem) some …

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HTC One M8 Camera Walkthrough (Video)

In my overly thorough walkthrough of Sense 6.0, the latest version of HTC’s UI skin for Android that launched on the new HTC One M8, I left out one thing; the camera. There was a good reason though. The new HTC One M8’s camera setup is unlike anything we’ve seen on an Android device. In fact, it has some people pretty confused. Instead of just one high-megapixel camera on the back for taking pictures, there are two, modest, 4MP cameras. Add to that the inclusion of a higher, 5MP camera on the front of the device and you can see …

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HTC Sense 6.0 Complete Walkthrough (Video)

Along with the new flagship phone from HTC, the HTC One (M8), HTC also released a new version of their Android UI called Sense (Version 6.0). As with most manufacturers, HTC puts their own skin on top of Android to try and help differentiate their devices from others in the market. But, unlike the other manufacturers in the space (Samsung has TouchWiz UI and LG has Optimus UI), HTC’s latest version of their UI wasn’t necessarily about adding more to it, in fact, it seems as if version 6.0 of Sense, is less in your face than the previous version. …

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HTC One M8 Unboxing (Video)

My new M8 finally arrived and I figured it was appropriate to film the unboxing for anyone who might be interested. The HTC One M8 is the successor to the HTC One that was a big hit for HTC last year. In actuality, the official name of this new version is still the HTC One, but to differentiate between it and the old HTC One, people have gotten in the habit of throwing the device’s codename at the end of it (M8 for this year’s model and M7 for last year’s). Today, I’ll just be doing a quick unboxing and …

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Google Glass 2.0 Complete Walkthrough (Video)

A lot of people have asked me about Google Glass and, more specifically, how they work, what they do, etc. Figured I’d do a quick video walkthrough using the Screencast feature of the MyGlass app to show you the basic gist of how Glass works and it’s super simple UI. I. MyGlass App Before we discuss Glass, we need to first quickly explain the MyGlass app. This app is available for iOS and Android and is required for Glass to function properly. Glass uses this app via Bluetooth to connect to the internet, access various other things on your device …

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Blackberry Z10 Review: An Upgrade or Downgrade?

I try and be as unbiased as I can whenever a new device comes out. Be it iOS, Android, or even Windows Phone. So when RIM announced the new Blackberry Z10, I was optimistic, “Maybe this will get Blackberry back on the map.” If we’re honest though, that’s like saying, “Maybe this year, Jacksonville will win the Super Bowl.” I mean, it’s possible, but very, very unlikely. Either way, let’s take a look at this new Blackberry and see if it can, at least, win some people over. Pros: Blackberry Hub conveniently puts all your messaging, email, social interactions, phone calls, …

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Facebook Home Review

Before we get to judging Facebook’s new Home app that essentially takes over your Android device’s homescreen with Facebook goodies (and thanks to some developers, for better or for worse, it’s available on most Android devices instead of the select few available at the app’s launch), it’s probably best we walk you through the app it self and show you what it can (and can’t) do. Pros: Replaces your background with a stream of large photos from your Facebook friends status updates. Easy to like things on Facebook by double tapping an update. Easy to comment on Facebook updates by …

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Nike Fuelband Review and Overanalysis (Video)

While we wait for an Android app for the Nike fuel band to come out soon, I decided I’d go grab one and see what all the fuss was about. So here’s a quick video of my thoughts on the fuel band and how it works. Enjoy.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Walkthrough

I’ve had the pleasure to play with Android’s newest iteration Jelly Bean (4.1) for a few days now (thanks to XDA developers, of course) and figured I’d do our normal walkthrough when a new version of Android is released to showcase some of the new features of the OS compared to the last iteration (Android 4.0). In addition to some of the main features announced there’s also a few others that are worth mentioning. So here is the quick walkthrough of the new features in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Oh, and don’t worry, shouldn’t be as long as our 4.0 …

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Android 4.1 New Features

Jellybean is here! And with it comes a lot of enhancements to Google’s Android operating system. To save you from having to scroll through liveblogs all day to figure out what’s new, here are the key new features. New Features Much smoother, faster UI – Jellybean boosts the device CPU instantly when a touch is felt which makes responsiveness and reaction much more instant.   Respond and act via the notification shade – Now you can email, text, call, etc. directly from the notification shade to make things just that much quicker. Widgets now automatically move other icons/shortcuts out of …

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