Those of us with a library card now have another means of easily accessing the local library’s free eBook and audiobook collection. OverDrive, a long-time manager of eBook collections for libraries, recently released their new Android app Libby.
For the uninitiated, a library card can get you a lot more than a dog-eared copy of The Girl on the Train these days. Most public libraries have long since entered the digital age and provide patrons with the convenience of eBooks and audiobooks at the same free price. It is worth noting, though, that not all library networks are the same, and many publishers place restrictions that can hinder use of some devices. Read More
After I thought the whole slew of new unlimited data plans from all the carriers had subsided, Sprint is back again with some more news. Like before, this seems like the best deal of the bunch on the surface (if Sprint's network coverage in your area is good). However, the pricing you'll see in the graphic below is a limited time promotional deal — meaning that the price climbs after a certain time. Oh, and it's only available to new customers. Read More
We of a certain age remember the days before WiFi was widespread. It sucked. Now, there's a wireless network on every corner bringing you all the wonders (and horrors) of the internet. They can also bring you something else: hacks. A researcher from Google's Project Zero security team has revealed an exploit for Broadcom WiFi chips that can allow an attacker to execute code on your device. They just have to be on the same WiFi network as you. Read More
JotterPad ranks high on my priority list of apps to install on any device I use and has been occupying that place for at least 3 years. It's an amazing text writer and editor that does everything I've wanted: .txt file synchronization with Dropbox or Google Drive to keep notes updated across multiple platforms, undo/redo, find, markdown support, Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts, night mode, and then some. Snapshots to go back to a previous version of a document, dictionary with a rhymes and thesaurus functionality, multiple fonts and preset looks, exporting in different file formats, and so on, JotterPad has it all. Read More
DIRECTV customers with an Android phone can now head over to the Play Store to grab a new remote app that lets them control their HD receivers from their smartphone. This is different from the DIRECTV app that lets you carry your subscription with you on-the-go to watch shows while away from your home. Instead, the remote app works when you're actively watching something on your TV and want to control playback. Maybe the remote is on the other couch or you lost it or your kid/parent is watching something terrible that you can't handle.
DIRECTV Remote can switch channels, pause and skip and rewind, and record shows. Read More
Christmas is here. Yes, I know it's April 6, but for developers and nerds, Christmas falls any day they can take the wraps off some code and look through every line and function to see how things are built. It's like finally being able to disassemble that remote controlled car after playing with it for weeks and seeing how the motor turns and triggers the wheels.
And Google does this every year: in December it releases the Santa Tracker, then a few months later, it open sources it for developers to put on their nerdy scuba masks and dive deep into what makes the magic real. Read More
LG's G6 has been getting a lot of praise since its announcement. It doesn't just fix the issues faced by many with the G5, it also ups the game with great build quality that survived the torture of master phone-wrecker JerryRigEverything and a balanced mix of features that impressed our resident cynical-reviewer David Ruddock.
After being available in South Korea for a couple of weeks, the G6 is ready for its global launch and that's happening starting today. The flagship will become available for purchase in "key countries in North America, Asia, Europe, Central and South America over the course of the next several weeks." That's pretty vague but it should mean that the wait is getting shorter if you live in a country where LG traditionally launches its devices quickly enough. Read More
Some notifications are plain annoying. Fitbit keeps bugging me with how many steps I have to walk to overcome someone in a Workweek Hustle or who has just surpassed me in a Daily Showdown. Ebay wants to tell me that a watchlist item is nearing its end date. And the order of pharmacists in Lebanon app sends dozens of repetitive notifications to remind me of a certain conference happening on the night.
Some notifications are important to read regardless of how late you are to spot them, others like the ones I mentioned above are pointless after a certain time. For those notifications - and the developers who are kind and empathic enough to care about their users - Android O has one awesome feature: timeout. Read More
Samsung promised that the S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Note 5 would be getting Nougat in the first half of 2017 and it's starting to fulfill its end of the deal now. Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ devices on Sprint are one of the first to benefit from an OTA update that takes their devices up to Android 7.0.
If you own one of these two late 2015 flagships on Sprint, check manually for an update as it might be waiting for you without having surfaced the notification. And regardless of which one of the two you have, you should expect the OTA to weigh around 1.3-1.4GB so you better be on a fast and unlimited connection to download it. Read More