Posts From Daniel Moran

Daniel Moran
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Contributing editor covering Android, VR and related tech topics on XDA. My goal is to help share insight and news on topics often beyond the devices themselves. Have a news tip or suggestion? Let us know!

XDA Takes on Ryzen: In-Depth Look of AMD’s New Processors On the Linux Side

 The article has been updated from its original content as follows: 4/25/2017 12:30 am CDT - Adding updated information regarding the Gigabyte/Ubuntu issue and workaround. Index Background Unboxing Gigabyte AM4 and Linux Photos Test Setup and Methodolgy Benchmarks Build/Graphics Benchmarks AMD PSP and Open Source/CoreBoot Final Thoughts For some time we had been told by AMD that...

The VisionTek BTi65 Speaker: Impressive Sound at an Impressive Price

A few months ago VisionTek Products shared word that they were coming out with a new Bluetooth speaker. The BTi65 was IP65 waterproof rated, could remain connected up to 30 feet and play for 10 hours. Over several months I have tested this, thinking I may have missed a problem with it. But what originally turned to suspicion...

Samsung Spokesperson: U.S. Galaxy Note 7 Solutions Will Be Through CPSC; No Charge-Limit OTA Yet

Earlier today we shared news from The Korea Times about an upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7 update in Korea that will limit the maximum charge it is able to hold. Given that several of us own a Note 7 as well we are naturally concerned about this and the possible implications for U.S. carriers. Thankfully a Samsung spokesperson was...

Editorial: Smartphone Reviews Are Only the Beginning of a Larger Conversation

Note: This article is a revision of an opinion shared on the first site I wrote for. While the site is currently not up the original is cached and available. I hope you'll give the original a read. Well before a site called Fatal Hero launched in 2014, the staff struggled with the “right” way to handle game reviews. We...

Mobvoi’s Journey from China to a Global Ticwatch 2

Article Updated: 7/14 11:30am CT It's no mystery that Google has faced its own challenges in China; but an alternative to their apps was bound to happen. Mobvoi was founded by a former Google employee in 2012 to bring some of the solutions available outside of China into the country. First it worked on a voice search engine...

Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary: XDA & #WeWantWorf Campaign Giveaway

Star Trek celebrates it's 50th anniversary this year - for anyone that has followed along the journey it's been an incredible one. In the past 50 years Star Trek has helped break racial and gender barriers. It has contributed in many ways to our popular culture, and fought an uphill battle to bring the series back...

Sprint Hinting at Deals Tomorrow – Here Are the Details!

https://twitter.com/sprint/status/746447815249887233 It's clear that as part of that #SprintSaysThanks campaign they intend to do something big. And thanks to David Vaughan, the corporate account manager for the day job, we were clued into a few special deals tomorrow as what is being internally called a "Blow The Roof Off" campaign. We were also told that these...

You Asked, We Answer – AOSP Build Times on AMD Processors

A few months ago I kicked off a series of articles aimed at examining what affects build times when building an Android ROM from open source options such as CyanogenMod or OMNIRom. You showed us you were very interested and then did something else -- started to ask questions. Does Intel or AMD make a difference?...

[INTERVIEW] AMD’s Daryl Sartain: Virtual Reality Just Getting Started

(Article has been updated with a link to an interview that relates to comments made during this interview.) In late April AMD Director of VR and chairman of the Virutal Reality Advisory Council Daryl Sartain came to Chicago for a speaking engagement. I was able to speak with him shortly after his arrival about Virtual Reality,...

NVIDIA Bringing Plex Media Server to SHIELD Android TV with 3.2 Update in June

During Google I/O 2016, NVIDIA shared some great news about things coming to the SHIELD Android TV, and we covered a good part of it back then. We were also told of more things to come, which gave us something to look forward to. During that time, one of our editors picked up a SHIELD...

Celebrate the Start of Summer with a Giveaway! NVIDIA SHIELD Pro, Jetson TX1 Dev Kit, and More! (North America)

The coming holiday weekend in the United States means the ushering in of the unofficial start to summer. This means barbecues firing up, pools and beaches opening - and in the case of XDA it's only fitting to arm someone with some fun goodies too! NVIDIA pulled out all the stops with this one and is...

I/O 2016: NVIDIA, Google Boost SHIELD Android TV Rule of Living Room

Media Embraces Android TV After the keynote we were treated to news that media giants Viacom, Disney and CNN are all jumping on board the Android TV train. Disney is soon releasing support for the platform to its WatchESPN, Watch ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ABC News and Freeform apps in Google Play. Viacom is also joining in by...