Skip to content

Archive for


BlackBerry’s Android phone should include a ton of BB10 features

BlackBerry Venice

BlackBerry’s repeatedly leaked Venice slider may look like it’s running stock Android on the surface, but new leaks suggest that there’s a lot more going on underneath. Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) has posted both animations and file lists hinting that there could be a load of features borrowed from BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry Experience Suite. The centerpiece would be BlackBerry Hub that merges all your conversations, but you’d also get unified calendars and contacts, custom apps for basic features (such as notes and tasks) and BlackBerry mainstays like BBM. In essence, Venice shouldn’t just be an AOSP device with a few nods toward BlackBerry’s roots — it’d be a showcase for everything the company can do, and proof that much of the modern BlackBerry experience isn’t dependent on an in-house platform. While there’s a good chance that some of these features could change or disappear by launch, it won’t be shocking if they’re the big highlights for Venice whenever it arrives.

“Nothing else keeps you as productive as BlackBerry” cc:@blackberryninja

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 22, 2015

Filed under:
Cellphones, Mobile, Blackberry



Evan Blass (Twitter 1), (2)

Tags: android, blackberry, blackberry10, blackberryhub, mobilepostcross, smartphone, venice


Best camping apps [2015]


It goes without saying, camping is one of the most exciting and relaxing activities to take part of on any given weekend. There’s nothing like kicking back with a drink, barbecue, and good company around the fire just enjoying nature together.

And while it’s always best to unplug during these times, if you so happen to have your smartphone or tablet with you, there’s plenty of great apps in the Play Store to improve your camping experience.

Kampgrounds of America


The Kampgrounds of America (KOA) app is perfect for an impromptu camping trip almost anywhere in the United States. KOA has a massive selection of campgrounds all across the country, and its mobile applications allows you to easily find the quickest route to the nearest available campground.

Additionally, you can quickly reserve your spot within the app. And there’s no need to worry about getting lost without a cell connection since most of the KOA app’s functions are offline, including campground information, driving directions, and more.

Play Store Download Link

Google Keep


Going on a camping trip can be an insane adventure, especially in the planning stages. It can be difficult remembering everything that you need to take with you, whether that be food, extra blankets, matches for the fire, and so on. Google Keep is the perfect application to keep yourself organized.

Keep is a note-taking app that easily allows you to jot things down on the go. It makes it extremely easy to keep an organized list, set reminders, and even share notes with others, which can be especially useful if you’re taking friends and family with you.

Play Store Download Link

Audubon Birds Pro


If you’re a bit of a bird watcher, Audubon Birds is a must have on any trip. Featuring 821 species, Audubon Birds has over 3,200 images of birds, sounds for almost every bird on the list, and even some advanced mapping, helping you identify seasonal and migratory ranges.

While it’s the perfect app, bird watching isn’t for everyone. That said, Audubon has a whole list of different field guides for just about any interest out there–insects, wildlife, you name it.

Play Store Download Link



Normally when you’re out vacationing in the great outdoors, its best to unplug from the world by setting aside your smartphone, tablets, and etc. However, if you keep your phone with you, Compass is an excellent application to have in hand.

Compass says it’s one of the most accurate compass applications out there, and in testing, it truly is. As you might expect, it uses your network location and GPS coordinates for accuracy. Finally, Compass actually displays your GPS coordinates and magnetic field in the application.

While it’s a handy application, nothing beats having an actual physical compass on hand.

Play Store Download Link

Survival Tools


Survival Tools is great for those who plan on roughing it out in the woods without the comfort of an official campground. The app is loaded with nifty features to help you find your way and, in some cases, even stay safe.

It’s an all-in-one applications, meaning it has a compass included, a flashlight, Google Maps integration, the ability to share your location using latitude and longitude, an S.O.S flashlight, and more. It even features the U.S. Army Survival Guide, which will helpyou prepare and possibly even get out of any survival situation you come across.

Play Store Download Link



AllTrails is the single must have application for exploring the outdoors. It’s packed with guides for over 50,000 trails all across North America. These guides are complete with reviews, photos, and even tracks for all sorts of activities, whether it be something as strenuous as hiking to something as easy as a relaxing bike ride in the evening hours.

You can easily track your activities with AllTrails using your GPS, and if you’re on a trail not in the AllTrails database, you can easily add a new one for the next time you or someone else is on that trail.

AllTrails is most certainly a must have on any camping trip.

Play Store Download Link

Chimani National Parks


There are few things more enjoyable than having the privilege of seeing even just one of North America’s 59 national parks. The experience is like no other, and the Chimani National Parks app aims to give the latest news on the National Parks, photo galleries, audio tours, hiking trails, and more.

There’s even a way to keep track of each park you visit in addition to a feature that will assist you in visiting parks in the future. It comes with offline GPS navigation as well, so there’s no need to worry about a cell signal!

Play Store Download Link

Wrap Up

These are some of the best applications to enhance your camping experience. However, in most cases, it’s usually bet to turn your technology off and truly “unplug” from our digital world to enjoy a relaxing weekend away. But if you can’t, there are certainly some awesome applications out there to better your camping experience!

Despite there being lots of great apps for camping out there, there’s no doubt we missed a few. What are your favorite applications to use while experiencing the great outdoors?

Come comment on this article: Best camping apps [2015]


Android Authority this week – August 23rd


Evan Rapoport

With the Note 5 launch behind us, this week brought us official word of the final name for Android M, Marshmallow. Even more intriguing, Google jumped a whole number, dubbing the OS version 6.0. We were also treated to a number of leaks from the LG Nexus to the Moto 360 (2nd-gen), and even additional evidence that an Android-powered Blackberry may be on its way.

Inside AA HQ

You may have noticed that Senior Editor Bogdan Petrovan usually writes this weekly recap, but this week he is out on a very well deserved vacation. As for the week itself? While the announcement of Android Marshmallow took us by a bit of a surprise, most of this week’s news has been expected, such as the commercial launch of the Note 5 to all US carriers. There were also a ton of leaks that give us a hint at what is next in the Android Wear and Nexus worlds.

Personally, I found the launch of the ZUK Z1 to be one of the more intriguing bits of news this week, with the international version slated to arrive later this fall with Cyanogen, mid-to-high end specs, and a price tag that even undercuts the OnePlus One and 2. It has been said before that 2015 is an epic year for budget-conscientious consumers looking for a new device, and so the more devices that enter this camp — the merrier.

Turning to what’s next, IFA is creeping up on us and while it arguably won’t be quite as interesting this year with the absence of a big Samsung announcement, we’ll still be on the ground in Berlin from September 1st checking all the other announcements from Asus, Sony, Huawei, and others.

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Top news of the week

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is official




What’s next for Nexus


Note 5 and Edge+

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Unboxing-11

Android Wear update, new watch leaks, and more



Project Ara delayed to 2016

Project Ara crop

Hints at what’s to come at IFA 2015

ifa berlin logo James Cridland

Other cool news worth checking out

Sound off

We always want to hear your feedback. Whether it’s criticism or praise, feel free to tell us what you think about Android Authority’s content, design, and community. Comment here or get in touch with us on our social channels:

Happy Sunday!


LA Galaxy, StubHub Center name Alcatel OneTouch as official partner


A second Major League Soccer club has named Alcatel OneTouch as its official smartphone and tablet partner. The LA Galaxy announced that Alcatel OneTouch’s brand and products will be showcased throughout the season at the club’s home stadium, the StubHub Center, and online with social medis and digital campaigns. Alcatel OneTouch will partake in pre-game festivities and digital campaigns to engage fans of the club while also assisting with community events in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Then, starting in 2016, the multi-year agreement allows Alcatel OneTouch to have “promotional and experience rights” to one play on the LA Galaxy. What does that mean? We’re not too sure but it definitely sounds interesting.

Alcatel OneTouch is choosing to partner with MLS clubs because of the league’s youthful and active audience in North America.

Hit the break for the press release.


New multi-year partnership provides ALCATEL ONETOUCH with on-site and in-market fan engagement in the Los Angeles market

LOS ANGELES – August 23, 2015 – ALCATEL ONETOUCH, the fifth largest mobile phone manufacturer in North America*, today announced a new multi-year partnership with the five-time MLS Cup champions, LA Galaxy, and their home stadium, StubHub Center, becoming the Official Smartphone and Tablet Partner of both the team and the multiple-use sports stadium. Continuing on their commitment to growing the brand in North America, this new partnership expands on ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s strategic investment in MLS, focusing specifically on pre-game fan experiences, in-game fan engagement, social media and digital campaigns, in-game brand advertising, in-market promotions and community engagement. Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed.

“The opportunity to partner with the LA Galaxy – our home MLS club – with such a legendary history, is very exciting as we continue to strengthen and grow our brand here in North America,” said Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President & General Manager of North America for ALCATEL ONETOUCH. “By continuing our MLS investment, we’re not only able to tap into one of the youngest and most socially engaged audiences in North American professional sports, but are also able to work with the LA Galaxy to directly engage with our local community.”

Beginning with the upcoming August 23rd LA Galaxy game against the New York City FC, fans attending LA Galaxy home matches will have the opportunity to experience ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s technology hands-on, including the chance to win special prize packages through in-game and social media promotions. ALCATEL ONETOUCH has also pledged to be an engaged partner in LA Galaxy’s community engagement programs, which will include activities in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Additionally, as part of the multi-year deal, beginning in in 2016, ALCATEL ONETOUCH will have promotional and experience rights to one LA Galaxy player, details to be announced in 2016.

“We are excited to partner with ALCATEL ONETOUCH in an effort to further engage fans of the LA Galaxy and fans of soccer in North America,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “This strategic partnership allows for us to utilize ALCATEL ONETOUCH as we drive social and digital engagement across multiple platforms.“

The LA Galaxy is the first club in MLS history to win five MLS Cup trophies. This partnership with the LA Galaxy is the second MLS club partnership announced by ALCATEL ONETOUCH in 2015, and bears special significance as ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s North American headquarters are based in Irvine, Calif., just a short drive to StubHub Center.

To learn more about the ALCATEL ONETOUCH, please visit For more information on the LA Galaxy and their 2015 season, please visit

*IDC – WW Mobile Phone Tracker – Q2 2015


ALCATEL ONETOUCH is a brand within TCL Communication, an international multicultural company which designs, develops, and markets globally a growing range of mobile and Internet devices. TCL Communication is a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2618.HK) and part of TCL Corporation one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world.

For more information, please visit 

The LA Galaxy is an American professional soccer club, based in Los Angeles that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). It is one of the league’s most-decorated clubs, having won the MLS Cup a record five times (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014)—the Supporters’ Shield four times (1998, 2002, 2010, 2011), the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice (2001, 2005), and is one of just two MLS teams to win the  CONCACAF Champions’ Cup (2000). 

For additional information, visit

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world’s preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), StubHub Center (Carson, CA), Best Buy Theater (Times Square, New York), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Center and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England). Assets of AEG Sports include franchises such as the LA Kings, LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo and the Amgen Tour of California cycling stage race. Along with AEG Facilities, other global divisions include AEG Live, the world’s second largest concert promotion and touring companies comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions and AEG Global Partnerships, responsible for worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships, naming rights and other strategic partnerships.  In 2010, AEG launched its AEG 1EARTH environmental program featuring the industry’s first sustainability report while in 2011, AEG introduced AXS a comprehensive entertainment platform serving as the company’s primary consumer brand including AXS Ticketing which provides fans the opportunity to purchase tickets directly from their favorite venues via a user-friendly ticketing interface, and the AXS TV network. For additional information, visit

Come comment on this article: LA Galaxy, StubHub Center name Alcatel OneTouch as official partner


Life with the Dash button: good design for Amazon, bad for everyone else

On a sunny Saturday morning, seven Amazon Dash buttons arrived to my apartment. Dash is a decidedly Jetsonian future come to life. A Wi-Fi connected button for my every need! Push one in my toddler’s bedroom, and Huggies diapers would appear at my doorstep. Push another by my bathroom sink, and Gillette razors arrive to shave my beard away. With this $35 shipment, I’d be able to stick a Dash button in every room; I could order products like Glad trash bags right from my kitchen, or Kraft Easy Mac right at the dining room table.

courtesy of the author

But after actually living with Amazon’s Dash buttons, I realized that they are just the latest symptom of Amazon’s slowly spreading disease. The company is no longer designing their products and services with a customer experience that will woo us to be loyal, but for profit maximization now that we’re here. The Dash button is an unabashed attempt to disconnect customers from the amount of money we’re spending. And frankly, even that would be fine, if only Dash buttons provided the instant product gratification they promise.

The Core UI Doesn’t Actually Make Sense

Buttons are satisfying to press because they make things happen. Just watch two kids under the age of 12 fight for the privilege of pushing the elevator. Things light up! Doors swing open! Dings sometimes happen!

Dash buttons are just the latest symptom of Amazon’s slowly spreading disease.

Yet as I laid suffering from a deathly cold on my bed, looking on at the Gatorade Dash button I’d placed within arm’s reach on my nightstand—originally placed there as a joke, as if a marathon bout of lovemaking could leave me in such dire need of electrolytes that I’d slam the button for emergency hydration—I began to internalize the cognitive dissonance at the core of the Dash button’s design. I could press this button when I desperately wanted some sugary fluid to fight my cold, and I’d conveniently receive it . . . 48 hours from now. Would I want Gatorade in 48 hours? Would I still be sick, or still be alive to drink it in two days time?

Amazon has same day shipping on many products, and maybe if the Gatorade applied, I’d have actually pressed the button on that mucusy day. But the core gesture of pressing a button to receive gratification days later fundamentally feels less like convenience than illusion.

The Products Are Limited, And Generally Expensive

Of course, we’re not always ordering products on our potential deathbeds. The Dash button advertises products like razors, laundry pods, and diapers. These are things you might see that you’re running low on with a bit of notice. And when that happens, the button is waiting there at the bathroom sink or by the changing table to let you order more in perfect domestic context.

But Amazon severely limits what you can actually order. Not only are Dash buttons currently limited to a few brands—you can, for instance, acquire a button to buy Huggies but not Pampers, or Glad trash bags but not Hefty—when you actually set up each button for the first time, you learn that the sub-selections are further limited to a preselected list.

Web interface, left. Dash interface, right.

The Dash button makes you pay for its supposed convenience by removing potential discounts.

Take razors. I buy Mach3 razors. (Now you know.) Gillette’s button wants to sell me Fusions, or, at the very least, Mach3 Turbo razors. If I buy my Mach3s through Amazon’s actual website, not only can I spend less money on more razors, I can choose from seven pages worth of other Gillette razor options, full of different sized packs, disposables, bundles, clippable coupons, and more. Plus, on other items, the website allows me to see price per oz or per sheet. Amazon’s Dash button interface leaves these money-saving details behind along with Add-on Items and Subscribe & Save.

The Dash button narrows your options to what, at best, will be the stock Amazon price on what you wanted, and at worst, lack applicable discounts, optimally priced configurations, or even the option to buy the product that you loyally purchase through Amazon already. Why doesn’t Dash just offer the option to program a button with any product you want, or at least any product you want under a certain brand? The Dash button makes you pay for its supposed convenience by removing potential discounts. It’s not enough that you’re hanging advertisements in the nooks and crannies of your home. You need to cough up extra cash to use the Dash, too.

Amazon No Longer Designs For Us

Unfortunately, this extra bit of penny pinching defines many of Amazon’s worst designs. Consider that their Fire Phone had a dedicated button to scan and buy more Amazon goods. We’re talking about a tiny piece of industrial design where every sub-millimeter matters—one skinned with the Amazon brand so you never forget who sold it to you—and they had to take just a bit more of the hardware for themselves.

Or consider the frustrations of shopping for goods on Amazon today. The Prime options are disappearing for bulk “Pantry” boxes with large minimum orders and “Add-on Items” that require other purchases. Through their entire item taxonomy, Amazon’s store UX is no longer designed for your convenient shopping, it’s designed for their profitable selling.

This extra bit of penny pinching defines many of Amazon’s worst designs.

When Amazon puts the customer first, they’ve designed some of the best experiences of the modern era—and on a Walmart rather than Apple budget. The Kindle, through wireless, DRM-streamlined book buying and an e-ink screen that sips on battery power, brought e-reading the the masses in an era when smartphones were still nascent. Their Prime stick, a tiny dongle which sells for as little as $20, brings a decent streaming media UI to any TV. Even Prime memberships: For a flat, understandable rate, customers could buy expedited shipping on unlimited orders a year. Each of these moves wasn’t just good for shoppers; they benefited Amazon by adding another tether of customer loyalty in an era when we could all google ourselves a better deal. How deep do these loyalties go? Just consider that Apple released their iPad, the way most iPad users bought and read books wasn’t through iBooks, but through Amazon’s Kindle app.

But the Dash button isn’t a great product because it’s not made for you or me. It’s designed by balance sheet and wishful corporate thinking to make some middle managers very happy. Life with a home full of Dash buttons only served to remind me how unhappy I was with the modern Amazon.

[All Photos (unless otherwise noted): via Amazon]

Filed under:
Internet, Amazon


Tags: amazon, amazondash, dash, dashbutton, fastcompany, partner, syndicated


The After Math: A robot fights for funding, vaping’s vote of confidence

Welcome to the After Math. This week, vaping gets a vote of confidence, Samsung plans a sky full of internet satellites and plenty of other things with numbers that we don’t want to spoil. Everything’s better with pictures, non? Slideshow-313752

Filed under:
Portable Audio/Video, Science, Internet


Tags: aftermath, TheAfterMath


Inhabitat’s Week in Green: ‘Star Wars’ parks and solar sports cars

Inhabitat's Week in Green

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.

Last week Google unveiled a breakthrough project that could boost solar panel installations across the States. It’s called Project Sunroof, and it lets you instantly see your home’s potential for generating solar energy — including how much money you could save every year. Your roof isn’t the only part of your house that can generate energy — last week researchers debuted a revolutionary new SolarWindow that could produce 50 times more energy than conventional photovoltaics. In other energy news, India made headlines by unveiling the world’s first 100 percent solar-powered airport; scientists developed a new artificial leaf that uses sunlight and water to produce hydrogen fuel; and San Francisco broke ground on the world’s largest hydrogen station.

What is Apple cooking up next? It’s called Project Titan, and it isn’t an iPhone or laptop — newly released documents suggest that it’s a self-driving electric car. Meanwhile, Aston Martin is taking aim at Tesla with plans to launch an 800-horsepower rival to the Model S within two years. The Prius is the best-selling hybrid car of all time, but it hasn’t received a major redesign in almost seven years. That’s set to change, as Toyota is planning to unveil its next-gen Prius in just a few weeks. What if your car was entirely powered by solar energy? That’s the idea behind the Immortus, an electric sports car that could drive all day using the power of the sun. And a solar-powered autonomous research ship is set to cross the Atlantic by the year 2020.

Have you ever wanted to fly the Millennium Falcon or explore a cantina on an alien world? You’re in luck — because Disney just announced plans to build two epic new Star Wars parks that will make your dreams come true. (If you can’t wait that long, check out this amazing Star Wars speeder bike that the world’s best dad whipped up for his little Leia.) In other design news, we showcased plans for an incredible glass pool suspended 115 feet in the air that lets you swim through the sky. Architecture firm BIG launched a Kickstarter to build a steam ring generator atop the world’s cleanest power plant. And we love the Podzook — a tiny spherical office pod that fits into any backyard.

Filed under:
Household, Transportation, Science, Apple, Google


Tags: apple, Disney, eco-friendly, EV, google, inhabitat, InhabitatsWeekInGreen, Prius, solar, Star Wars, Tesla


Users observe that task killing on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ is pretty aggressive

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push();

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ are now starting to get into the hands of eager users, all of whom are undoubtedly excited to see for the first time what 4GB of RAM is capable of on a Samsung device. However, there appears to be a catch – the task killing on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ appears to be unusually aggressive, which is resulting in some pretty sub-optimal multitasking performance. Check out Android Police‘s video to get a better idea of exactly what this entails:

In case you don’t want to watch the video or want a quick summary, essentially the findings are that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+, despite having a faster processor and more RAM than the older Nexus 6, performs notably worse as apps are being reloaded almost from scratch when they are re-opened. It’s clear that Samsung is doing something in the background to keep these tasks from eating up battery life – and let’s face it, in the long run, it probably will save you some battery life. However, for the Android power user who often switches between apps quite quickly the additional waiting time during multitasking is decidedly undesirable, and kind of defeats the purpose of having 4GB RAM in the first place.

What do you think about the task killing on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Android Police

The post Users observe that task killing on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ is pretty aggressive appeared first on AndroidSPIN.


Your Android lock pattern could be as easy to predict as a bad password

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push();

We like to think that the Android lock pattern is a pretty secure, yet easy-to-use, method of securing our smart devices, however according to Marte Løge, recent graduate of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, a poorly chosen Android lock pattern is about as useful as using “password” as your password. Studying over 4,000 patterns as part of her master’s thesis, Løge discovered some unsettling results –  according to her research, 77% of participants start their Android lock pattern from one of the four corners and a massive 44% of those participants started from the top left.

Other notable observations from Løge’s thesis is that most Android lock patterns only use 4 nodes (of the possible 9) and 10% of participants use lock patterns that are derived from the alphabet. I guess the moral of the story is the same as always – your password is only as good as you make it, and it’s only good if it’s suitably complex. To this end, if you are concerned about making your lock pattern secure, Løge suggests that you choose a pattern that involves more nodes and utilizes “crossovers” so that the pattern is hard to trace. Now excuse me while I change my lock pattern.

What do you think about this research on the Android lock pattern? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: ArsTechnica via engadget

The post Your Android lock pattern could be as easy to predict as a bad password appeared first on AndroidSPIN.


‘Pac-Man’ embraces mobile with an endless running game

'Pac-Man 256'

Pac-Man is no stranger to the mobile world, but most of his games are just the classic maze runner scaled down to phone size. Wouldn’t it be nice if the yellow chomper got a game that’s actually meant for small screens? Bandai Namco agrees. It recently launched Pac-Man 256, an Android and iOS game that blends old-school gameplay with the endless runner format that you’ve seen in big-name smartphone titles like Temple Run. You still have to navigate twisty corridors and avoid ghosts, but this time you’re also outracing Pac-Man‘s infamous level 256 glitch — no power pellet will save you if you move too slowly. It’s an intriguing concept, although you’ll want to watch out for the ugly side of modernization… that is, in-app purchases. You can last quite a long time without paying a cent, but Bandai Namco is hoping that you’ll shell out anything from 99 cents to $8 to get a credit boost and keep your run going. So long as you don’t mind the occasional cash grab, though, this could be a good way to rekindle your nostalgia while you’re waiting for the bus.

Filed under:
Cellphones, Gaming, Tablets, Mobile


The Next Web

Bandai Namco, App Store, Google Play

Tags: bandainamco, endlessrunner, gaming, mobilepostcross, pac-man, pac-man256, pacman, video, videogames

%d bloggers like this: