The Kwikset Kevo lets people unlock their doors with just a finger tap. But as cool as the spiffy Bluetooth-enabled lock sounds, it relies on companion software to make the magic happen. Fortunately the Android app has recently come out of beta. Now people with compatible devices can take advantage of all the features previously available only to iOS users.
The app requires Lollipop due to its reliance on Bluetooth Smart, which only the latest version of Android fully supports. Read More
Google is cancelling the upcoming iteration of Pwnium, the competition they have sponsored regularly over the past several years. Pwnium has been very useful for Google in protecting Chrome and Chrome OS, because the entire event is about finding holes in the Chromium project. Why did they cancel it, then? For the sake of security! Read More
Google's search indexing is kind of a big deal - having a high spot in relevant searches for the world's biggest search engine can literally make or break a business. So if you don't want your site to lose its spot, you'd better make sure your website looks good when accessed from a mobile browser. Starting on April 21st, Google's search algorithm will incorporate whether or not a site is "mobile-friendly" when ranking its appearance in search results. Google announced the change on its Webmaster Central blog:
Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal.
The developer who was forced to pull WhatsApp+ after receiving a cease and desist letter from the folks at WhatsApp (cough, Facebook) is at it again. Now that talent is going over to Telegram. The developer has decided to release an enhanced version of the instant messenger by the name of Telegram+.
Telegram is an instant messaging service that emphasizes speed and privacy. It encourages developers to create third party apps utilizing its open API and protocol. As proof, the Android app's source code happens to be available on GitHub.
Telegram+ provides a number of customisation options, such as the ability to change the color and size of various UI elements. Read More
Ever lose your wallet? Presumably it would be much harder to lose this one. Woolet is basically a wallet with a Bluetooth tether built in that can be paired with your phone. It has just been funded on Kickstarter with more than a month still to go.
Football is a distant memory of a blown call. Basketball is stuck in the middle part of the season with playoffs months away. And hockey is... I actually don't know what hockey is doing, because I don't care. What was I talking about? Oh, right, Major League Baseball starts next month! While the players train, the organization is dusting off its various digital properties. MLB.com At Bat, the streaming app for the league's paid online service, has been updated with some new bells and whistles.
The most obvious change is the Material Design interface which... you know what, it actually looks pretty great. Read More
Madfinger Games has a new first-person shooter in the works that's all about shooting zombies, and no, it isn't Dead Trigger 3. This game, due to come out this June, goes by the name of Unkilled.
It may seem weird for a company that already has released not one but two popular zombie-based first-person shooters to kick off another franchise that is also about mindless flesh eaters, but hey, maybe there's some creative way to utilize the undead that has yet to be explored. In Read More
Dead Trigger 3 Unkilled, players will get a firsthand look at what it's like to survive a zombie apocalypse in the middle of New York City— okay, no, we've done this before.
When it comes to portable Bluetooth speakers, the Ultimate Ears BOOM ($199) and MEGABOOM ($299) stand above the rest in my opinion. Each speaker has outstanding sound quality for its size, they're both incredibly robust, and Ultimate Ears backs them with an unprecedented two-year warranty.
They both also have a killer feature called Double Up that allows two speakers - either two BOOMs, two MEGABOOMs, or a combination of either - to be paired together for stereo sound using the Ultimate Ears apps. In my experience, this works very well and is super easy to set up. In the coming months, however, it looks like Ultimate Ears is going to allow 10, or perhaps even 20 speakers to be paired together in the same way that Double Up works, as reported by re/code. Read More
Baby's first steps, carrying the cake out on grandma's birthday, receiving your diploma at the graduation ceremony. These are great moments you want to show off, but who wants to sit through 20 minutes of dad coaching his toddler to stand on two legs? Life happens in short bursts, but we start recording everything early, just so we don't miss the good stuff. YouTube has finally enabled video-trimming in the Android app so we can shave off that excess footage and turn those slow home movies into quick clips our friends will actually want to watch.
Video trimming couldn't be more straight forward. Read More