Author: Andrew Grush

Mobiles
pantech-vega
Pantech Vega Joining the 1080p Smartphone Club

When HTC announced the J Butterfly for the Japanese market, a new chapter smartphone technology was revealed. The age of full HD displays on smartphones is now starting to heat up, with Sony and others all working on entries of their own. In China, there is also the Oppo Find 5, which is expected to arrive in the United States in unlocked form. And now Pantech is joining the club as well.

TABLETS
Kindle Fire HD
Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch 16GB Tablet for an Impressively Low $250, Today Only

Looking to get your hands on a Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch model this holiday season? Whether it is for you, or someone else, today is the day to buy. For the rest of the day you can get your hands on an 8.9-inch Kindle Fire 16GB version for just $250, which is $50 less than normal. In order to get the $50 off, you simply need to enter the promotional code “FIREHD89” at checkout.

HTC
HTC Butterfly
International HTC Deluxe to be Called HTC Butterfly Instead

Not too long ago, HTC brought its J Butterfly over the United States in the form of the HTC Droid DNA. Shortly after, we received word that the rest of the world would likely see the device under the name HTC Deluxe. Now it seems that they have officially confirmed the global name will simply be the HTC Butterfly.

Apple
apple-tv-a
Tim Cook Briefly Hints at Future Apple TV Efforts

When Apple TV originally came out, it was made clear that this was a hobby device and not a major focus for Apple. In January of last year Apple reaffirmed the Apple TV was still a hobby area as well. Now, it seems things are finally changing.

blackberry
BB10
Can Blackberry 10 Return RIM to Profitability?

Early next year, RIM will officially launch BB10 and help catapult Blackberry devices into a fresh and new future. There has been quite a bit of hype and positive talk surrounding the upcoming release, and RIM’s stock prices have went up recently as a direct result.

Social Media
ak
jOBS Movie to Debut at Sundance Festival

While not everyone loves Apple, most of us will agree that Steve Jobs was an important part of the success that happened to the company in recent years. Not surprisingly, his life story has since been picked up for a new movie, to be titled jOBS.

Xbox
Xbox 720
Rumor: Xbox 720 to Feature a 1.6GHz Processor?

There was a time when a gaming system was for something called “gaming”. Yes, those we strange times indeed. Today’s systems might be gaming devices, but they are also becoming robust multimedia systems that go way beyond shooters, RPGs and action gaming.

Apple
pod2g-jailbreak-no
The Stagnant State of the iPhone 5 Jailbreak

It has been a few months since the release of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, but still no tetherless jailbreak in sight. So when will we see a jailbreak solution that doesn’t require tethering to work? It’s hard to say for sure.

Android
Ouya
Ouya Developer Kits Ship Out December 28th

Remember the Ouya? It has been a little while since the last time we featured an article about the open-source Android console. The good news is that the little Android box is finally almost here, with developer kit versions of the Ouya shipping out on December 28th.

L.G
LG Nexus 4
User Reports His LG Nexus 4 Randomly Died and Refuses to Turn back On

We’ve already heard about some LG Nexus 4 owners reporting issues with random buzzing and distorted calls. Earlier today we also reported that some LG Nexus 4 handsets are ending up with cracks on the back of their screen. What could be worse than that? How about your new Nexus 4 completely dying out of the blue?

Apple
iphone5
Apple to Begin Selling Unlocked iPhone 5 Tonight

Looking to get your hands on an iPhone 5 totally unlocked? Tonight your first chance to get an unlocked iPhone 5 directly from Apple’s website. Pricing has yet to officially be unveiled but is expected to be around $649, $749 and $849 for the 16, 32 and 64GB versions, respectively.

L.G
LG Nexus 4
LG Nexus 4 Experiencing Cracking Problems Due to Glass Backing

The LG Nexus 4 is certainly a gorgeous looking handset, it doesn’t hurt that it also has excellent specs and a killer price tag. Unfortunately, gorgeous doesn’t always translate into durable. For the iPhone 5 its beautiful casing resulted in scuffs and dents, for the LG Nexus 4 it results in the back of the case potentially cracking.

Apple
Apple TV
Time Warner CEO wants Apple to release a television

Apple TV rumors have been floating around for years, and for good reason. The idea of an Apple TV is a tempting one, imagine a smart TV with Apple’s design aesthetic. Sure, not everyone loves Apple but there are plenty of Apple fans out there that would eat this thing up. Apparently, Time Warner’s CEO is one of these individuals.

Android
nexus-ipad
Android Tablets Might Dethrone the iPad as Early as Mid-2013, suggests ABI Research

The iPad might currently be on top when it comes to tablets, but things may be shifting quickly, according to a new ABI Research report. Back in 2011 Gartner had suggested that Android would hold a 38% share of the tablet market by 2015, but ABI says that things are now moving much quicker. The latest data suggests that Android accounted for an impressive 44 percent of all tablets shipped during the last quarter.

Android
lg-nexus-4
Future LG Nexus 4 Orders Now Limited To Max of Two Handsets per Order

When the very first shipment of LG Nexus 4 handsets hit Google Play, there was technically no order limit. While it’s hard to say how many some users grabbed the first time around, Google doesn’t want a bunch of us going out there and buying a bunch to sell at high-cost on Ebay any longer. The solution? A 2-handset cut-off.

microsoft phones
nokia-lumia-920
Nokia Lumia 920 Continues To Sell Strong So Far

Earlier today we mentioned that Microsoft seems to be preparing for the building of its own Surface phone, which will be put together by Foxconn, or so rumors suggest. Should the Windows Phone 8 competition be worried? Possibly, but so far it seems that the Nokia Lumia 920 is building enough of a reputation that it should be safe at least.

Android
android-4-2-1
Android 4.2.1 Update arrives for Nexus Users Today

While few handsets have even received the first taste of Jelly Bean with Android 4.1, the Nexus crowd not only has Android 4.2 but seems to be getting an update in the form of Android 4.2.1 today. The update is said to be arriving for Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 for sure, though there have been reports from Nexus 7 owners that they are getting the update as well.

microsoft
surface-phone-concept
Foxconn to Build the Microsoft Surface phone?

With Nokia Lumia 920 selling rather strong so far, it seems that Windows Phone 8 is already starting to look like an early success story. Of course it hasn’t all been perfect. There have also been reports of rebooting issues, battery life and heating problems. It isn’t just the Lumia 920, almost every Windows Phone 8 handset has had a few problems.

HTC
HTC Droid DNA vs Note 2
HTC Droid DNA versus Samsung Galaxy Note 2

With most smartphone owners looking for large screen devices, there have become quite a few great choices. In the 5-inch and higher category, the two most tempting devices on the market are likely going to be the HTC Droid DNA and Samsung Galaxy Note 2. So which should you get?