DrinkMate Is A Tiny, Plug-In Breathalyzer For Android Devices

DrinkMate Devices that plug into smartphones to augment the built-in sensors with additional smarts are continuing to make their way to market, many fueled by crowdfunding. Here’s another contender aiming to extend the capability of Android smartphones: a teeny breathalyzer called DrinkMate, currently seeking $40,000 on Kickstarter to make it to market by December. Read More

The Firefox OS Flame Developer Reference Phone Starts Shipping

firefox-flame Firefox OS is a would-be competitor to Android and iOS, the two major mobile platforms out there, with all the challenges that entails, but the process of getting things going has been slow. Today, however, Mozilla has shipped the Flame Developer reference phone to developers who created apps for the platform or pre-ordered the device, and they’re providing video tutorials for new… Read More

Your Lost Android Phone Can Now Call You

plz Did you know that Android has a built-in mechanism for locating or locking your lost phone? Google hasn’t done the best job marketing it, but it’s actually been baked right in since Android 4.4*. Today that feature gets even better, with the addition of a trick that seems so obviously great in hindsight: your lost phone can be set to call you — and only you — as soon… Read More

Google Launches A Preview SDK For Its Fitness And Health Tracking Service

2014-08-07_1016 Earlier this year, at its IO developer conference, Google announced Fit, its service for bringing health and fitness tracking to the Android ecosystem. It’s essentially Google’s version of Apple’s HealthKit service and will launch with the release of Android L later this year. Today, however, the company announced the Preview SDK for Fit so that developers can now start… Read More

Microsoft, Samsung, And Expensive Free Software

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.37.46 PM In a world where Windows is cheaper than free software, things get weird.
Microsoft and Samsung are currently locked in a public pissing match over royalties. Samsung agreed to pay Microsoft for use of the software company’s intellectual property relating to the South Korean firm’s sale of Android-based devices. Read More