[Info] Android M Permissions – A Step Forward but a Step Backward

Even though Google’s recently announced granular permissions model in Android M is a welcome breath of fresh air, bringing it ‘nearly’ on-par with iOS, it still greatly lacking as a thorough privacy solution. There are, of course, a huge swath of improvements in Android M, but for the purposes of this article, I will be focusing only on the user-facing permissions control which was highlighted … Continue reading [Info] Android M Permissions – A Step Forward but a Step Backward

[Info] Privacy / Security Guides Updated

I’ve written up some straightforward checklists of settings and addons to protect privacy/security on Android, Firefox and Chromium. They can always ben accessed in future by visiting the /privacy link at the top of the page, and will be updated regularly. Be sure to check them out, suggestions welcomed. Read Android Privacy / Security Guide Read Firefox Privacy / Security Guide Read Chromium Privacy / Security … Continue reading [Info] Privacy / Security Guides Updated

[Info] Smartphone Sizes Investigated Part 2 – Bezel / Screen Efficiency Ratio

In the previous article, I investigate just how far smartphones have progressed in physical and screen dimensions. We know that we’re bumping up against the maximum physical size that humans are willing to carry, which appears to be around 120cm^2 of surface area (around a Note 4). It also appears that nearly all the flagship devices are tapering off towards this size, and the commercial … Continue reading [Info] Smartphone Sizes Investigated Part 2 – Bezel / Screen Efficiency Ratio

[Info] Smartphone Sizes Investigated Part 1 – How Much Is Too Much?

The other day, I ran across a discussion which piqued my interest – it was about the rumoured upcoming Nexus 6, and a supposedly leaked picture showed it placed next to an LG G3, dwarfing it’s size. The G3 is no small fry, having a 5.5″ screen and generous dimensions, but the mystery phone made it look positive miniscule. That got me thinking, we’ve come … Continue reading [Info] Smartphone Sizes Investigated Part 1 – How Much Is Too Much?

[Review] The No-Nonsense OnePlus One

Short version: Yes it’s good. It surprisingly trumps many other far more expensive devices and the codename for the phone is ‘bacon’. Even so, it’s not for everybody. There are many things that I see making technology headlines that I have absolutely no need to EVER use. Things like Vessyl, the Kickstarter-backed cup that tells you what you just poured in. How else could you … Continue reading [Review] The No-Nonsense OnePlus One

[Review] Google Nexus 7 (2013)

To understand why the Nexus 7 even exists, let me draw a borderline analogy with another favoured topic of mine. In the classic Starcraft 2 universe, facing the droll and imperialistic Terrans (that’s us), are the Zerg alien race. A hive-minded hellish swarm made up of every inconceivable form of mutated arthropods, all bound by a singular destructive purpose of assimilation, even at the cost … Continue reading [Review] Google Nexus 7 (2013)

[Info] Android Fragmentation – What the FUD?

You might have heard the term fragmentation being bandied about lately, usually in a flurry of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) from those who don’t entirely understand it. OpenSignal, a wifi-location company, recently published an Android fragmentation report based on information they’ve collected. At first glance, it looks daunting – there’s a ton of boxes and there’s alot of red. The number of different devices … Continue reading [Info] Android Fragmentation – What the FUD?