AT&T has just released a new app on the Play Store and this one is dedicated for its THANKS rewards program. Previously, Thanks was part of the myAT&T app, but now it's getting its own dedicated app, because AT&T can't settle for having just one icon in your app drawer. Gee, thanks!
Anyway, the new app lets you view available offers like Ticket Twosdays, presale on concert tickets, and free same-day delivery and setup of your shiny new devices. You can redeem any offer, track it, view a history of your rewards, and get notifications when new offers are available. Read More
File this under the quirky errors / wishful thinking category. The official android.com site has a list of devices including the Nexus 5X with detailed specs, but with one mistake: it lists it as having an AMOLED display instead of an IPS display.
The error was just brought to our attention by Redditor dbailyn, but it turns out it was spotted by another Redditor sekanato more than a year ago. As a matter of fact, a quick search shows a cache of the page from July 8, 2016 with the same AMOLED error.
It's not that the IPS display on the Nexus 5X is bad — I have one and always found it suitable for the price and usage — but it's still an error nonetheless. Read More
Back in the summer, Cody took an in-depth look at the latest update to Inbox by Gmail and found evidence for a new feature called Highlights. He found that Google was planning to introduce a section at the top of Inbox that would bring attention to priority emails right at the top of the app. Now, it looks like the feature has been turned on by Google, for some people at least. Read More
Google does a lot of things right, but sometimes, it's the most minute errors that we take notice of. Specifically, Google Assistant, Google Home, and Google Search seem to have some problems with rounding when converting from pounds/ounces to kilograms. And since Home actually speaks responses, it makes for one pretty funny video. Read More
Baby monitors are so old school now. You have smart cameras that are tailored for baby monitoring, and if you don't want to buy new gear you can use your phone that's several times more powerful than the regular speaker/microphone combo of a baby monitor. Apps that let you do this are all over the Play Store, but one of the best ones is now discounted to 10 cents. If you have a baby/toddler or you might soon have one, this deal is for you.
Baby Monitor 3G uses two devices (phones, tablets, desktop computers) connected over WiFi, 3G, or LTE, one as a baby station and the other as a parent station. Read More
You wouldn't know it, but you probably only use a small fraction of all the apps that Google has released for Android. Gmail, Chrome, Drive, Maps, Photos, these are only a sliver of Google's portfolio, which is now growing with the addition of one new app: Home service ads.
Like the name suggests, Home service ads is aimed at home professionals, like cleaners, locksmiths, plumbers, painters, and various repair and building businesses. It's under the AdWords Express umbrella and helps handymen and companies get listed and found through a Google search, but also lets them manage communications, quotes, and scheduling with their customers, while also receiving reviews for their work. Read More
Earlier this month, two entrepreneurs from Ottawa, Canada launched a crowdfunding campaign for the "frank." phone. The main premise was that smartphone are too expensive, and there needs to be a phone priced competitively that does everything you need it to. The project had a very edgy tone, using phrases like "It’s just another fucking phone but it’ll only cost you $180." and "It’s about time to disrupt the shit out of the North American smartphone industry."
Unfortunately for the Frank team (and anyone who wanted the phone), Indiegogo has now suspended the project's crowdfunding campaign and automatically refunded all contributions. The page now has this message at the top: Read More
When you tap on a link of a Play Store app listing on an Android device, you're supposed to be taken directly to the Play Store app. But occasionally Android doesn't properly redirect links to the respective app (or the browser you're using doesn't handle those actions), leaving you on the mobile site. Should this ever happen to you, you'll be happy to know that Google has added a button to the mobile site that will take you right to the app. Read More
Fossil announced two new Android Wear smartwatches a few months ago, but they weren't supposed to be out until September 24th. Pre-orders for the Q Venture and Q Explorist popped up last month, and now most of the models appear to be on sale a bit early. You can get the watches from Fossil or at eBags. Read More
Big readers on a small budget have always had a hard time. Library waiting lists can get pretty long, and sometimes titles aren't even available locally. But today Google added a new feature to its search that helps library patrons everywhere. Now the next time you search for a book title, you can see if the e-book is available to borrow from your library. Read More