Samsung's latest smart watch is hitting shelves today, but it's not Android Wear. Samsung is forging ahead with its Tizen-based Gear line with the Gear S2. This is Samsung's first round smart watch with a full circle display (none of that flat tire nonsense). Listings are still hard to come by, but expect the Gear S2 to pop up throughout the day. In addition the the US, the Gear S2 is launching in Germany, Singapore, and Korea. Read More
I am many years removed from middle and high school, but in the adult world at least, it seems now is a much safer time to be a card collecting geek. But undoubtedly there are still guys who are too intimidated to spend their time playing Netrunner or Yu-Gi-Oh. Instead, they cloak their collector's impulse and stat obsession in a thin layer of NBA fandom. They get their card-battling fix from the MyNBA2K companion app 2K Games releases every twelve months.
MyNBA2K16 has gone live in the Play Store, and this year's addition brings new cards to collect, more ways to customize them, specialty bonuses, and other tweaks that enhance the core mechanic. Read More
Around these parts, Synology is better known for its NAS boxes, which are storage drives that you access over the network and that come with a slew of optimized Android apps dedicated to accessing videos, photos, audio, documents, files, and notes from your mobile device. But it looks like Synology is casting a wider net with the release of the new RT1900ac router.
This new router has three antennas and 802.11ac support with a maximum speed of 1900Mbps. It promises easy setup and a friendly management interface that should alleviate the pains of other routers' daunting consoles and menus. With add-on packages, the RT1900ac can become a VPN server, media server, DNS server, and more. You can also plug in a 3G/LTE USB modem to create a hotspot for all of your devices on the go. Read More
Chromecast Audio is a very simple product, and that’s probably the best thing about it from a consumer’s standpoint. You plug it in to power and then into an audio output source like an A/V receiver or a powered speaker. The Chromecast Audio supports either standard stereo audio cables or optical via a mini-digital connector. From there, just open the Chromecast app and get the device set up on your Wi-Fi network. That’s it - you’re done.
Now, any cast-enabled device within a reasonable proximity of the Chromecast Audio can tell it to play audio, regardless of whether it is on your Wi-Fi network, just like Chromecast. Read More
Nest has announced that a communication protocol it's been using internally for its products is now being made available to all device makers. It's called Weave, and I know what you're thinking, but it's not the same as Google's Weave/Brillo platform (because that's not confusing at all). Nest Weave will allow devices around your home to communicate directly (and with the Nest app) rather than relying on the cloud. Read More
Many of us would be surprised just how many people still sign into Yahoo accounts. The tech giant may not compete at the same level of a certain other search engine, but millions of people continue to store their mail on its servers. A number of them will soon sign into the Android app and come across an updated interface. And it's a pretty one, so to speak. Read More
You can now stream Showtime to your Android device for $11 a month. You don't need a cable subscription. All you need is a credit card, a compatible device, and the newly-released app.
For years now, customers who wanted to stream the likes of Showtime or HBO over the Internet have only had the option to do so if they paid for access in addition to an expensive cable plan. Fortunately 2015 has seen a shift. The option to pay $15 a month to get HBO Now without dealing with all that other tomfoolery launched on iOS in Spring before coming to Android this summer. During those hot months, Showtime announced it would let you do the same for $11―just not on Android yet. Read More
Google announced Nexus Protect on Tuesday as a way to get a little more peace of mind with your new phone. Nexus Protect is a warranty program that offers two years of coverage for hardware failures and accidental damage. The claims website was just a placeholder before, but now it's alive. Not that you can do much with it. Read More
Companies generally hope to entice you to use their gadgets and networks to watch the likes of YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu. But Verizon Wireless isn't content to let you stream someone else's shows over its network using a phone it sold you. You should be watching its content. So to get you on board with the idea, it has released go90, a new video streaming app.
Go90, a reference to the way you rotate your phone when watching video, is an eclectic mix of TV shows and YouTube clips. Read More
Yesterday, NVIDIA announced GeForce Now, the company's new game streaming service. Today, that service is available on all SHIELD Android TV devices as part of a massive new OTA that's chock-full of stuff.
The star of the show is undoubtedly GeForce Now, which brings over 50 streaming PC games to SHIELD. The service is free for the first three months to all SHIELD owners, and after that it'll run $7.99 a month, which is an extremely reasonable price for all-you-can-eat gaming (at least in my opinion). Aside from Now, however, Update 2.0 also brings support for native Android games in 4K; here's a list of what will run in Ultra HD right out of the gate:
- Beach Buggy Racing
- Hardwood Solitaire IV
- Riptide GP 2
- Kosmik Revenge
- Video Poker Duel
- Leo's Fortune
- Never Alone
- Samurai II
- Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders
That's a relatively short list for now, but more developers should be adding 4K to their titles moving forward. Read More