Samsung Galaxy Alpha: a mediocre metal-bound oddity?

Finally, we see Samsung finally out a handset that packs a premium metal finish – but looking at a spec line that somehow fails to overwhelm, which shows in the relative lack of fanfare building up to the launch of the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy Alpha. The premise itself is interesting – a premium looking phone, with not-so-premium specs. Let’s take a closer look.

Verizon Moto S display protector leaked

Here’s more information on the “other” Motorola device coming out soon, called by some rumors by the code name “Shamu”. This device is also apparently a candidate for Google’s prestigious Nexus program – the next device on line as the Nexus 6.

Can your sweat power your phone in the future?

California researchers are on the brink of harnessing the power of human perspiration – yes, your sweat – to generate energy enough to power your electronic handheld devices. This is done, for now, through a temporary “tattoo” which has a sensor imprinted on it that could turn sweat into electrical power.

Amazon enters the mobile payment space with Local Register

As more aspects of our lives become even more digital, mobile payments might just become the next step for retail shops. Square has established itself as the leader in the market, but now online retail giant Amazon is trying to make its way to this segment by launching Amazon Local Register. The program provides a card reader and an app that will help merchants and retailers accept credit and debit card payments without having to shell out for a credit card terminal.

Popular photo editing app Afterlight now comes to Android

Afterlight is a very popular photo editing app for iPhone users, and now non-iOS users need not be envious anymore. Afterlight is finally available for Android smartphones and tablets so we can finally know what the fuss is all about. There are a gazillion photo apps out there, but it seems that this is one of the apps to beat as per those lists of “best apps for so-and-so” are concerned.

Freakbox is a set-top box that runs on Android 4.4

As long as the proliferation of media on the intarwebs continues, many companies will think that a standalone set-top digital media player is a viable market. The Freakbox continues in the tradition of Popcorn Hour and Roku, a set-top media player that can do just about anything an Android device can do.

Turbo Editor gives file editing a much needed boost

When it comes to writing text, most users would run to a word processor of some sort. Power users, system administrators, programmers, and web developers¸ on the other hand, will be flocking towards more powerful plain text editors. Surprisingly, there is no lack of such apps on the more touch-oriented Android platform, and Turbo Editor from XDA Senior Member Vlad Mihalachi is one of the latest contenders in that arena.

Digital Tattoos to have more non-Moto X functions soon

While the recently launched Digital Tattoos were really cool (and we’d like to have one, really), if you don’t have a Motorola Moto X, then it’s practically useless. But the makers of the semi-permanent tattoo, VivaLnk, have said that they are now looking into other ways that it can be used, other than just to unlock smartphones. They are set to release a new set of digital tattoos that can be reprogrammed for other functions.

Acer to give Iconia tablet new lease at life

Acer is putting out another player to mix it up with the budget tablet market as it gives its Iconia brand tablets another chance. The Iconia A3-A20 mixes entry level specs with a sleek new look to give the 10.1-inch tablet a fresh aesthetic. The question is really, will this strategy work?
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