A week in reviews: July 8 – July 13

From drones to tea with the vicar, the one thing you can’t call us is predictable. Another exciting week in reviews saw us look at Huawei’s likeable P2, a phone which replaces the P1, a handset we also liked. It’s not the sort of phone that will generate Samsung or Apple levels of hype, but Huawei certainly has the ability…

Google highlights its ‘Beautiful Design Summer 2013 Collection’ – that’s apps, not clothes

Whichever mobile platform you’re with, whether its iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, or whatever, you’re bound to have downloaded your fair share of dud apps, apps that promised so much in their description notes but disappointed once installed and opened. With the launch on Google Play this week of the Beautiful Design Summer 2013 Collection (sounds like a new line…

Google sends press invites to 24 July 'breakfast' event with Android head

Google on Wednesday sent out press invitations to an event in San Francisco scheduled for 24 July. The invitations specifically asked the press to join Sundar Puchai for breakfast. He’s the senior vice-president for Android and Chrome at Google. Many reports have therefore speculated that the mysterious event is somehow Android related, although the invitations do not specify this. It’s…

HTC One hands-on VIDEO: hardware and first impressions

Find more videos on our YouTube channel! The HTC One can do it. People have wondered what phone would pull HTC from its slump in the shadow of the Samsung Galaxy S, and the HTC One looks like it can definitely be that device. The question is: will there be an equally impressive marketing campaign to convince consumers that they…

Wordness, Scrabble meets Othello on Windows Phone 8

Wordness is an interesting Windows Phone 8 word game. It has a Scrabble feel to it in that you have to create words from a 5×5 tile board of letters. It has an Othello feel to it in that you compete for ownership of the letter tiles. You take possession of the tiles (or own them) when you use them…

Pearltrees launches Android app, makes leap into file management

Android users looking for a novel way to organize your information, look no further. Pearltrees announced that its app is finally launching to Android phones, and the platform is adding some Android-like functionality. From the get-go Pearltrees will support 2,500 Android devices and 98.3 percent of Android operating systems, which is commendable considering the varying assortment of screen sizes and…

App of the day: Icebreaker – A Viking Voyage HD review (iPad)

Rovio’s Angry Birds is one of the best selling, and probably most played games in the app store, but every time it tries to do something other than birds being catapulted through the skies it usually fails after the initial first-week excitement. This time though things are different. Icebreaker – A Viking Voyage isn’t a Rovio created game, but a…

Oh Clock, an alarming app with voice commands

Oh Clock is a Windows Phone app that has is a collection of time management tools that includes alarms, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer. To help make setting an alarm or starting the stopwatch/timer easier, you can use voice commands with the Windows Phone 8 version. Oh Clock doesn’t have many bells and whistle but does provide a user…

HTC One sells 5 million units despite shipping delays

Despite supply line issues that forced HTC to delay the release of the HTC One in some markets, the Taiwanese company has sold more than 5 million units of its 2013 flagship smartphone. In a story about the previously-covered exodus of executives at HTC, the Wall Street Journal has a tidbit that says HTC sold “around 5 million One smartphones”…

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