Posts From Mathew Bloomer

Mathew Bloomer
Mathew Bloomer

He fell in love with Android after buying a T-mobile G1 in 2008 and hasn't looked back since. He firmly believes the future of technology lies within bio-hacking and is an NFC implantee.

Why Wearable Tech Won’t Last Long

Wearable technology as we know it will likely not long last unless it undergoes serious changes. At the moment: it's flawed, it is "Relentlessly Inessential" and it's still too basic to be economically viable for the majority of consumers. 4.6 million smart wearable bands were shipped in 2014, with those numbers expected to increase this year...

Making Your Lock Screen Work for You

Having the right lock screen is essential to how we experience our devices, as it is the first thing that we see when picking our phones up. We use lock screens for security purposes and for quick glances at notifications. But for something used so often, it is frequently overlooked. The Android lock screen is just as customizable as...

Xiaomi: The Tech Giant the Western World Never Sees

In 2014 Xiaomi (Pronounced Shao-Mi) sold 61.1 million smart phones, more than tripling on previous years. Now Xiaomi is the third largest smartphone vendor in the world. But oddly enough, if you approached the majority of people in the western world, they will never have heard of the company, or at the very least be...

Invoke Cerberus To Protect Your Phone From Thieves

Most of us have experienced that feeling at some point, you reach for your phone but it's not there. What follows is usually an increasingly rapid patting of all your pockets and a rising feeling of dread. Then you realize: the taxi, the restaurant, the man who bumped in to you earlier. Your phone could...

Snapchat Drains Excessive Amount of Background Data

On the 27th of January, Snapchat updated their application to include a "Discover" tab, this page displays icons from various sources such as: National Geographic, MTV and Cosmopolitan. Selecting one of these icons opens up a related news feed, featuring: videos, images and text. As with any major update to an app, reviews were very mixed...

Switcheroo: Control Any Device From Your Mobile

Meet the Switcheroo, developed by Amal Graafstra the founder of Dangerous Things. It is a small circuit board that once installed can control almost any device from your phone. Utilizing Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and either open or secure options as they put it "Anyone can control that toy, but only you can unlock your door." Amal, who you may...

Just Where Is Cyanogen Taking Us?

If you have rooted your phone or flashed a custom rom, chances are you have heard about CyanogenMod. The company has given users the chance to customize their devices greatly, remove bloatware and keep up with the latest OTA updates long after their device has been abandoned by their carriers. By developing a universal installer,...

Today Calendar Developer Deals With Pirates In A New Way

When Jack Underwood, developer of Today Calendar revealed that only 15% of users of the premium version had actually purchased the app, he also revealed his plans for dealing with the 85% of users that were pirating the application.When he first gave the figures above, Reddit users took it upon themselves to help his plight, offering a wide...

A Look At Samsung’s Z1

In October of 2008, HTC released the G1 (HTC Dream), which was the first handset to run Android. For many of us, it was a game changer and in the first 6 months over a million units were sold in the US, accounting for roughly two thirds of all 3G devices on T-Mobile's network. Just over six...