I've grown jaded to the Bluetooth speaker market lately, but I always hop on the chance to review a new one in the admittedly futile hope that it will exceed my general expectations of the product segment. I get really excited when I'm pitched something that has a truly unique aspect to it — and no, I don't consider durability or weatherproof-ness to be unique anymore. But do you know what I really dislike? When something has a lot of promise, both in premise and presentation, but falls flat on its face, so to speak, in most areas.
This is the Divoom Timebox Mini, a little speaker/smart alarm clock that seriously excited me when I heard about it. Read More
Selling tablets isn't as easy as it was a few years ago, but Amazon has seen success with its low-cost, media-focused Fire tablets. The company didn't update the 10-inch Fire in the last generation, but today it's bringing the largest of its tablets into 2017 with a better display, more storage, and more color options. Read More
The ZTE Axon 7 fills a space in the current smartphone market that's changed quite a bit in the last couple of years. Let's call it the Nexus space. You've got a phone with mostly flagship internals, minus for a few trade-offs, for a much more wallet-friendly price. A phone like this from ZTE might not have made waves when you had Nexuses competing with OnePluses and so on, but right now it looks like a pretty good deal. Read More
While I may be more interested in the rather stunning-looking Zik wireless headphones, Parrot has also gained a reputation for making very good consumer drones, and the company has just announced an upgrade to its most premium model. The Bebop 2 Power can fly for longer than its predecessor, takes smarter photos, and now comes in a stealthy black paint job. Read More
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