Several weeks ago I took a look at the Creative SoundBlaster AXX 200 portable Bluetooth speaker and came away less than impressed. It's chockfull of neat features, but really falls on its face in the sound department. Creative has a new speaker out now, however: the SoundBlaster ROAR ($200). There's a lot to live up to right out of the box with a name like ROAR, so I had pretty high expectations from this one.
We've been talking about Handy Apps' Expense IQ app for the past couple of weeks in a series of giveaways sponsored by the company. Today, we want to discuss how EIQ can help you manage money both short and long-term with the app's handy reports feature. In a nutshell, this option allows you to track expenses, income, cash flow, and balances on daily, monthly, or yearly timelines. It gets pretty granular, so you'll know exactly where your money is going.
The all-you-can-eat subscription service is available for basically everything these days: movies, music, games...and thanks to Oyster, books. For those unfamiliar with Oyster, the gist is very simple – pay $10 a month, read as much as you like. While Oyster has been around since late last year, today marks the launch of the company's Android app.
The service offers a fairly massive 500,000+ book catalog right out of the gate, and subscribers have access to as many of those as they can consume for $10 a month.
No matter how many sets of wireless earbuds I've reviewed, there's always one glaring issue that we've all come to accept: wires. Somewhere on every set of 'buds is at least one cable – usually connecting one bud to the other. It's annoying, but it's something we've all learned to live with since Bluetooth buds became a thing.
The guys who created a new Kickstarter project called Earin, however, want to turn the Bluetooth bud biz on its head with these independently-operating speakers that are completely free of any and all wires.
We've all dealt with it before: you hand someone your phone to show them a photo, and the jackass swipes forward and/or backward to look at your other photos. That's a huge no-no, but unfortunately there are still people out there who didn't get the memo (or are just too damn rude to care). Fortunately, there's a way to keep this scenario from happening ever again.
It's a simple app called Focus, and it basically puts other photos under a PIN code, so when someone tries to swipe left or right, they're greeted with this message:
There are two versions of Focus: an ad-supported, free variant; and a paid version that costs a dollar.
If you chat it up on Facebook often (hey, it's OK, we're not passing judgment), then good news is afoot: you can now send videos over the messaging service. Only short videos need apply, however – you'll have to keep it under 15 seconds, much like Instagram. Users take videos directly from within Messenger's camera feature, which makes it easy to grab a quick vid.
And when you receive a video from your friends, you can show your enthusiasm and support with Messenger's other new feature: BIG LIKES.
Bicycles have been a fairly major part of society for the last couple hundred years, and a lot of technological advancements have made their way into the cycling world over time. What was once purpose-built for getting from A to B has become so much more – everything from racing on the streets to singletrack in the mud, there's a bike built for it. Of course, all around the globe there are millions of riders who hop on their commuter and head off to...wherever.
Game controllers for Android are a dime a dozen these days, and most of the newest ones do very little to inherently change anything. They're basically all the same Xbox or PlayStation-like designs that may or may not allow a phone to clip to them. The Phonejoy wants to change that with its controller, an interestingly designed unit that actually opens up and holds the device to replicate a PS Vita-type gadget.
Good news: if you've been holding out on buying the premium version of SwiftKey for some reason, it's now officially free. The former trial version is gone from the Play Store, leaving only the once-paid version of the keyboard for all to download and use.
SwiftKey told us that moving forward it's going to focus on having the release cycle halved, so oft-requested features will make it into finalized builds much faster.