Yesterday, we discussed the second part of our tech giants coming to the west series with Huawei. What people may not know, however, is that Huawei owns a company by the name of HiSilicon. Hisilicon's processor department may not be the most popular in the west but their technology is impressive, with year on year improvements being easily seen. In the coming years, manufacturers such as Qualcomm may have to face the fact that there are other companies just as able...
Some Fun: Google Failed To Deliver Android-Controlled Lightbulbs
Back in May, at its annual Google I/O conference, the search giant apparently showed off a pretty cool initiative: dubbed Android@Home, it would provide a framework to automate home appliances and control them via an Android device. Say, a game changing the lighting to fit the mood, thermostats turning off the heater based on calendar appointments, but you could also manually control your oven, washing machine, alarm clock etc. using your Android smartphone or tablet from the sofa.
To get this thing started, Google originally announced that it had partenered with Lighting Science Group to bring an Android@Home LED lightbulb, the one pictured at the side, at the end of this year. Unless they meant the very end – that is, this December 31 – it seems like they haven’t kept their promise. There haven’t been any other announcements in this regard since the conference either.
Google also declined to comment when asked by TechCrunch on the current status of the lightbulbs, but considering the buzz Google drummed up for Android@Home, it seems unlikely that they’d abandon it – at least we hope so.
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There are many great Android handsets on the market today that are much cheaper than the flagships from the major players like Samsung and HTC. The OnePlus One and Nexus 5 are two great examples of high-end phones being offered at prices much cheaper than competitors. But there are phones in the mid-range that may offer even more bang for your buck. Let us know which smartphone deal you think has the best value.
TapDeck which has just entered beta, is a smart wallpaper app that allows you to change to a random wallpaper by simply double tapping your screen. After selecting images you like from a selection, your wallpapers will be chosen based on similar images from Flickr, Imgur, Reddit and Wikipedia. If you see one you like, simply swipe up and you will see information relevant to the image. After spending a day with this app it is clear that it is still...