Posts From Daniel Moran

Daniel Moran
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While my primary efforts are now PC hardware, I will continue to offer coverage on mobile and other technology relevant to our audience. My goal is to help share insight and news on topics often beyond the mobile device coverage XDA is world renowned for. It's all part of the ecosystem that developers use to bring that goodness to you!

Qualcomm Announces VR SDK for Snapdragon 820

This year there is no doubt that virtual reality is a highlight of the Game Developers Conference -- so much that there is a separate VR track this year. Companies all over the spectrum such as AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus, Samsung and HTC are all planning announcements this week. Qualcomm, not to be left out of the party,...

Analysis: Play Games Enhancements Announced at GDC 2016

The Game Developers Conference is off to a roaring start today in San Francisco with today being Google's annual Developer Day. Since many are unable to attend in person Google has announced several changes both in person and through their developers' blog, specifically highlighting enhancements and developments coming to Google Play Games. Here's a look into...

VisionTek Waterproof Bluetooth Mini Keyboard: Mid-Size Keyboard To Go

The keyboard is indeed small - about 1.5 cm thick when it's folded and half that when it's open. It weighs less than a pound and is pretty straight-forward when operated. The side has a cover that opens up and reveals a MicroUSB charging port that then allows you to charge. And how long does...

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Brings Vulkan in its 3.0 Marshmallow Update

The million dollar question seems to be what caused the delay. While it's not definitive I figured I'd post a Twitter conversation here with a Product Manager for the SHIELD devices and let you judge for yourselves. I had to look this up and when thinking about it the timing makes sense. As covered last week...

Vulkan API Means More Control and Alternative to OpenGL [UPDATED]

Thankfully, the press release and materials on the Vulkan web site give us a wealth of information to start answering some of those basic questions that may be out there. First and foremost, Vulkan is not a replacement for OpenGL or OpenGL ES. It is an alternative approach to graphics development, one where much more of...

Robert Hallock: GPUOpen is AMD’s Long-Term Open Source Strategy

Last week AMD completed a major step in its initiative to open things up to the public under GPUOpen -- a collection of tools for graphics, high performance compute and heterogeneous computing - as open source under the MIT license model. So when a company does something out of the ordinary, especially one with a large indirect influence in...

More NVIDIA SHIELD Tablets get Marshmallow Updates (Updated – 4.0 OTA Halted)

The update follows most of the same notes that we saw with the K1 update in December. SHIELD tablet owners should take note of the new MicroSD card usage and recall that while they can use it for internal storage with the new update, all data on the card will be wiped if electing to...

Review: CHOETECH T513 Wireless Charger & G4 Wireless Charging Case

My Sprint LG G4 supports wireless charging but for some reason LG didn't decide to offer it in the standard backs that they provided.  I'm a bit perplexed why LG didn't after looking at the back - the pad where NFC is provided doesn't seem to be that different from the CHOETECH pad with the...

Security Policy, Root and Custom ROMs Balancing Do’s and Don’ts

For those of us that run our own business and understand those risks, we may have an easier case than the rest of us who must follow corporate policy. The challenge is that, for better or worse, things are getting more secure out of necessity. Larger corporations are chasing certifications such as ISO 27001 to...

NVIDIA Shield K1 Tablet Receives Marshmallow OTA Update (Updated)

12/21/15 10:30pm CT Update: The article has been updated to add a response from NVIDIA PR regarding the update for the original tablet model. When NVIDIA announced the reworked SHIELD K1 tablet last month with Lollipop, it noted at launch that the newest version of Android would be making its way to the device within a few months. To build up...

LG G4 Marshmallow (officially) Hits US with Sprint Update

In October we saw LG begin the release of Android 6.0, codenamed marshmallow, for its global version of the G4. Since then it was widely expected that a US release would come soon, despite  little being officially known. Two weeks ago we got a hint that it was coming when an anonymous donation of a 6.0 build...