Google's latest flagship smartphone is a force to be reckoned with, and while it may not have all the bells and whistles as some of its competitors, CNET senior editor Brian Bennett just can't seem to put his down. The Nexus 5 is equipped with a beautiful 4.95-inch full HD 1080p display, a speedy 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and a capable 8-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization.
Battery status icons on Android devices aren't all that exciting and usually do just one thing -- as the battery drains, the battery meter goes down, possibly changing colors along the way. Some devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S4, also allow you to display the battery percentage next to the icon.
Energy Bar for Android provides a new way to visualize your Android device's battery status. Its battery meter is a thin bar that runs across the top of your screen. It's visible from within any app, including full-screen apps, and can be configured to change colors … Read more
Shopping for whiskey is hard. There's a lot of jargon and terms thrown around that often lead to intimidation and end in surrender. On the rare occasion I have ordered a whiskey drink, my typical response when questioned about the type of whiskey I want has been "whatever you recommend."
Thanks to a new iOS app I might actually start learning a thing or two about whiskey. The free app called Distiller not only wants to help the whiskey aficionados expand his collection, but it wants to help people like me, who know next to nothing about … Read more
One of the chief benefits of Android is its support for add-on storage, yet surprisingly few of the latest Android smartphones and tablets include a microSD slot. My new Moto X, for example -- no slot.
The good news is that the operating system can still access external storage (as well as various external devices like keyboards and game controllers). The bad news is that not all devices come with the necessary hardware and drivers for this USB On-The-Go (OTG) capability. So how can you determine if yours does?
The fastest and most effective solution by far is to install … Read more
A new app for iPhone users launched on Tuesday, giving RSS fans one of the better looking apps to stay up to date on the latest news.
Unread features the standards of RSS readers we've come to expect, including sharing with normal "read it later" services and social networks, along with background sync.
What's notable about Unread is the user-interface and gestures found in … Read more
Coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games is scheduled to begin on Thursday, February 6 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC with preliminary rounds of snowboarding, freestyle skiing, and figure skating. A day later, NBCUniversal, which paid a whopping $4.38 billion for U.S. broadcasting rights through 2020, will air the opening ceremony at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Daytime coverage will begin on Saturday, February 8 on NBC Sports Network, with additional coverage spread across the company's other properties: NBC, USA Network, MSNBC, and CNBC.
Sochi is nine hours ahead of the eastern time zone, which … Read more
Although there's growing evidence that Apple will introduce larger iPhones sometime this year, I'm keeping the promise I made last year. I need and want a phone with a larger screen -- now, not later -- and for me, that means an Android model. (No offense, Windows Phone fans: I simply don't like the hardware and especially don't like the OS.)
After a lot of testing and investigating, I decided the clear pick was the Republic Wireless Moto X, a steal at $299 for the phone and just $25 monthly for unlimited 3G service. (I can … Read more
Last week Facebook announced a new app called Paper. The app is designed to help users discover news through what it's calling "Sections." Sections contain articles posted by your friends or surfaced through Facebook's algorithms.
The first time you launch the app a video will walk you through some of the basics of Paper. After the initial tutorial, when you navigate to a screen for the first time, the same voice and overlays found … Read more
Google will be shutting down Schemer on February 7, 2014. After this date, all accounts and their associated data will be deleted. That means it's time to back up your schemes before they're wiped from existence.
You may have received an e-mail with a link to export your data. If you didn't, you can do the export at this link. You'll be directed to log-in to the Schemer Web site and request a copy of your schemes, which will be delivered by e-mail. Google says that the backup copy may take 24 hours … Read more
Update, March 5, 2014: Evernote rolled out the handwriting feature to the public today. To try it out, just make sure you have the latest version of the app from the Google Play Store. For more details on the update, check out Sarah Mitroff's Let your handwriting shine in Evernote's Android app.
If you've finally pinned down the best way to use Evernote (as in tagging, categorizing, etc.) to meet your needs, forget it. Evernote just added another tool for note-taking to their beta version: handwriting input.
To get access to the new feature, you'… Read more