Michael Faro-Tusino

Michael is currently based in Sydney, Australia and is a Senior Writer for UnleashThePhones. His passions are strongly centred in the mobile space, ranging from coding to blogging. Feel free to get in touch with him on Twitter and Google+.

Number of Entries : 59

Samsung Gear 2 Review

Samsung has been a big player in the smart watch game for the past 18 months, launching the Galaxy Gear last year, running Android and now Tizen thanks to a software update, and this year the Tizen-powered Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit and even the Gear Live (running Android Wear) that was announced last week. In for review though, is the Gear 2. The design language is definitely familiar, building upon last ...

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FitBit Flex Review

Wearables are the current trend in the tech space at the moment. Mainly, its been smart watches or Google Glass that garners all the attention. The first wearables though, have been around much longer, and come in the form of fitness trackers - think Nike+ Sportsband. The fitness category of wearables though hasn't gone anywhere. In fact, the game is just heating up. FitBit is at the forefront with its rang ...

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“Ok Google” on every screen [Video]

This week has seen an influx of Google updates and news. Today, we bring you coverage of the latest update to Google Search. We've had the ability to use voice search for some time, and last year we saw Google enable a user to say "Ok Google" and trigger voice commands. This was limited to the Google Now Launcher and on select devices, or within the Google Search app. With this week's Search update to Versi ...

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Jolla Launcher: Hands-On (Video)

Jolla is rolling out its Jolla Launcher to select testers today, and we've managed to get our hands on it. Initial impressions are thus far great! It is quick and responsive, and provides a great tutorial at the beginning for users who are unfamiliar with the User Experience Paradigm that is incorporated into Sailfish OS. This is still an alpha build, and there will be bugs, thus it has been targeted at Nex ...

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How To: Get Nokia’s Z Launcher Running on Rooted Devices

As CJ pointed out earlier today, Nokia released Z Launcher, a launcher for Android. I went to test it out on my Rooted Nexus 5 and was greeted with "sorry, we are currently not supporting rooted devices". This was a bit of a roadblock, until a few people (1,2) on twitter pointed out a work around. Obviously, if you're hitting this wall, you'll already be rooted. Head over here to download an app called Xpos ...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung's Galaxy S lineup is synonymous with Android, much like Nokia's Lumia devices with Windows Phone. As such, there is a sense of superiority of these devices over others on the platform. After a month's extensive use of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung's latest flagship device, here's the review. The S5 is easily the best Galaxy S device we've seen thus far. Boasting the high-end specs you'd expect for ...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Camera Samples

With our review nearly complete, I thought I'd post a few camera samples and give a summarised opinion of how the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S5 performs. While I'll go more in-depth in our review post, overall I think the camera is actually pretty good! The Galaxy S5 is equipped with a 16 MP camera with a large-ish 1 / 2.6” sensor, and an aperture of F2.2. That results in an individual pixel size of about ...

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HTC Posts HTC One E8 Online Ahead Of June 3rd Launch

HTC has taken to their Chinese page, to show off the new HTC One E8. It appears to be like a plastic mash up of the M7 and M8. The design is more the M7, though it boast specs comparable to the M8. The E8 will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip, clocked at 2.5 GHz, 5mp front-facing camera, Motion Launch Gestures, BoomSound and Extreme Power-Saving Mode. Unlike the M8 though, the E8 will be swapping out th ...

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Vodafone Australia Holding #TheVault Contest – 50 Samsung Galaxy S5s Up For Grabs

Last night, Vodafone and Samsung Australia launched a competition that kicks off on Monday 26th May. The competition is straight forward, Vodafone will release clues over the next few weeks, that, if used correctly, will provide you with a code that you can enter online and progress forward in the competition. There will be a grand final, where the top 5 crews will go head to head, and the winning crew gets ...

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HTC One Mini 2 Announced [ 4.5" HD Display, 13MP, 5MP FFC]

HTC has just announced the HTC One Mini 2, the follow up to last year's HTC One Mini, and the HTC One (M8)'s little brother. Design of the Mini 2 is almost identical to the M8, with a few differences, mainly based on size reduction and changes in features. The Mini 2 features a 4.5" HD display (weighing in at 720p), and, if you're into selfies, (or checking yourself out), it has a 5mp front-facing camera. U ...

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Nokia Treasure Tag Mini Goes Live

Just as the Nokia Treasure Tag gets local pricing and availability in India, there is already a smaller and cheaper variant on the way. Nokia has silently published product pages for the Treasure Tag Mini, or WS-10 if you're into product names. No pricing or availability has been given other than the Treasure Tag Mini will be "less expensive than you think." Let's hope that's true, as I felt its bigger brot ...

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Pebble Updated to 2.1; iOS & Android Apps Updated Too

Earlier this week, Pebble released updates to both the watch itself and their smartphone apps. Firmware on the Pebble (both Steel and Original) has been bumped to V2.1. The Android app is now sporting version number 2.0.51 and iOS has been pushed to 2.1.3. The updates should be on your respective app store. Just open the app, go to support and check for updates in order to update the software on your Pebble ...

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