Category Archives: Mobile

BlackBerry’s Android phone is coming to Verizon, too

You won't have to jump to AT&T or get an unlocked phone just to give the BlackBerry Priv a try in the States. Verizon has teased that BlackBerry's first Android smartphone is "coming soon," and it's taking sign-ups if you want to know just when…

Sony Xperia Z5 review: A decent phone overshadowed by the competition

At the start of 2015, Sony effectively gave up on making smartphones in the hope of recapturing former glories. Its mobile division now loses the company nearly $2 million per day even after being slimmed down to a fraction of its former size. The…

The Hexo drone is your flying selfie companion

Hiring a film crew to capture your action sport exploits can cost thousands of dollars an hour while trying to take selfies as you barrel full-tilt down the side of a mountain is a great way to wind up in traction. But with the HEXO+ UAV from Squ…

Google buys Fly Labs, Photos to get in-app video editing

The team at Fly Labs announced on Friday that Google had acquired their company and will be rolling their image-editing technology into Google Photos. "We'll be pouring the same passion into Google Photos that we poured into Clips, Fly, Tempo and C…

Weight loss apps no better at helping shed pounds than pamphlets

This a photograph of screens from one of the weight loss apps. (credit: Duke Medicine)

Relying on a smartphone-based strategy to lose weight may be the wrong call, a new study finds.

After a two-year trial, young adults (aged 18 to 35) who used one of two phone-centered methods to trim their waistlines fared no better at chucking the chub than a control group—who received three handouts on exercise and healthy eating. The findings, reported in the journal Obesity, cast doubt that popular weight loss apps will alone offer significant help in curbing health problems in this vulnerable age group, the authors concluded.

A little over a third of young adults are obese, the authors note. And weight gain in this age window can set people up for lifelong health battles, including a 20-fold higher risk of developing a metabolic syndrome, which can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Marshmallow debuts in less than one percent of Android devices

Google's latest version of Android, Marshmallow, only started rolling out last month. As such, it shouldn't come as surprise to see that the current adoption numbers for it are extremely low. According to Android's Platform Distribution rates for t…

Google Keep launches share extension on iPhones and iPads

Google has given its Keep app for iOS new features that might make you consider using it more often. It's now so much easier to save tidbits of whatever you're reading on your browser, after all: simply highlight the part you want to copy, go to Sh…

Google is reportedly planning to standardize Android chipsets

Google is trying to take more control of its Android ecosystem by designing its own chips, according to a report from The Information (subscription). The search giant reportedly spoke with chip manufacturers about building Android device processors…

School and nonprofit customers stop Sprint from shutting down WiMAX

Sprint announced back in 2014 that it will shut down its WiMAX data network today, November 6th, 2015. That's not going to happen now, though, because a Massachusetts court has put a stop to the carrier's plans, according to Recode. Judge Janet San…

BlackBerry Priv review: Android alone can’t save the company

Sports fans often say that their team could pull itself out of a losing streak if only it'd play that exciting but untested, kid who's usually consigned to the bench. Gadgets fans sing a similar hymn about BlackBerry, opining that it would have rem…