Google and LG set out to build a pair of watches to launch Android Wear 2.0. What resulted were two wildly divergent products that make no attempt to hit the middle ground. Richard reviewed the Watch Style, which features a lithe frame but includes fewer features than almost any Wear-based smartwatch that came before it. I'm looking at the Watch Sport, an unapologetically huge device with a wide array of capabilities that allow it to be a serviceable stand-in when you leave your phone behind. LG held nothing back with this watch, but it's not right for everyone. Read More
Verizon has been making a lot of headlines with new wireless plans as of late, but they've all been in the realm of post-paid customers, those data-hungry hoity-toity bourgeoisie one percenters of the wireless world. The company hasn't forgotten the little guy, in so much as that little guy can afford a Verizon-compatible phone and some of the most expensive dollar-per-gig rates in the industry. Today they've announced a new 2GB prepaid option for $40, which is now the cheapest prepaid plan on the network. Read More
One tradition with Sony smartphones is that they are nearly always overpriced at launch. Sony's latest flagship, the 2016 Xperia XZ, was no exception - it started at a whopping $699. Although the official MSRP has been marked down to $649 since then, you can now get it from Amazon for just $449.99. Read More
Cloud storage is great. With it you can safely tuck away all your important photos, videos, documents, and other digital possessions in someone else's server and access them at any time. Any time you have an internet connection, that is. For people who fly often, have a limited data plan, slow internet, or a severe case of paranoia, local storage still reigns supreme. If you need a lot of it for a reasonable price then look no further. Today, you can grab a 256GB SanDisk Ultra MicroSD card for just $135 at Amazon. Read More
If you have purchased a Google Home or any of Amazon's products with Alexa on-board, chances are that you are itching to add more connected devices to your residence that can be controlled with your voice. If that's the case, then a smart thermostat, like the 3rd Gen Nest Learning Thermostat, should definitely be on your shopping list. Particularly since you can pick one up for 15 percent off at Target this week. Read More
There's a nifty feature lurking in the latest Chrome Beta (and dev, for that matter) version on Android. If you download a file and there happens to be a file of the same name already in your downloads directory, Chrome asks if you want to replace it. That's a kindness even desktop Chrome doesn't provide.
Your options are limited if you want a newer phone with a removable battery. The LG V20 is a match, but it's spendy. Carriers are asking $700-800, and the unlocked version on Amazon is not much cheaper. However, B&H has the US unlocked phone on discount today. You'll pay just $499.99, but the price goes back up tomorrow. Read More
Snap Inc., the company that owns Snapchat, unveiled the 'Spectacles' last year. The glasses, with a distinct toy-like design, can record 10-second clips that can be uploaded to Snapchat. Now you can actually order them online, instead of hunting down a kiosk or buying one second-hand from eBay.
We've seen several carriers update their HTC 10 models to Android 7.0 Nougat over the past few months, including T-Mobile and various European providers. Now Sprint has finally pushed the Nougat OTA to the HTC 10 on its network. Read More
Gather 'round folks, I have a Play Store discount for you and this is one you can all benefit from. Yes, for once, this deal isn't limited to a few European countries plus Mexico, Brazil, Australia, and maybe India. Nope, this deal is worldwide, or at least it appears to be valid in more than 25 countries that I checked going from Indonesia (IDR 1500) to Bulgaria (BGN 0.20), Switzerland (CHF 0.20), South Africa (ZAR 1.50), Lebanon (LBP 200), Canada (CAD 0.10), the United States (USD 0.10), and more.
The discount is hitting the Guns'n'Glory Premium game, a 4.5-rated strategy action title where you play the bad guys. Read More