At a press conference in Los Angeles this morning, LeEco announced that it was acquiring the entirety of Vizio's hardware and software businesses for $2 billion. The acquisition, or at least an investment, had been rumored recently, but today it's official. Vizio will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of LeEco, meaning we can expect the Vizio brand to live on in the future, especially here in the US where Vizio is based.
Vizio's current executive management will remain in place at the company, which will continue to operate via its headquarters in Irvine, CA. Vizio's data business, Inscape, will be spun off as part of the acquisition, to become a separately, private-owned firm, run by Vizio's founder and CEO William Wong (LeEco will own a 49% stake in this business, with Wong owning 51%). Read More
Apparently, Artem has an LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, or as we lovingly call it LGGPGPE, sitting somewhere on a desk or a drawer. I'm not sure what he uses it for, but I know that he keeps receiving updates for the monthly security patches on it.
So how old is the LGGPGPE? It was released in December of 2013, so it's technically not 3 years old just yet. But it had a short-lived stay on the Play Store: it was removed in June of 2014, which means that it's been out of the Store for more than 2 years now. Read More
Titanium Backup still looks like it was stuffed in a time capsule in 2011 and never gotten out of it, but who cares. The app provides backup and restore features that make the lives of every root and custom ROM user several folds easier, and that's just the tip of the iceberg of its capabilities. And it's not like it's been abandoned: the developers keep updating it and today it's reached version 7.5.
With this release, Titanium Backup is adding Android N support so you can finally use the app if you're running the latest dev preview. But it's also introducing a new feature: MyTi.cloud backups. Read More
BlackBerry is sticking with this Android thing despite sales for its first phone not being particularly stellar. Now, there's a second BlackBerry Android phone, the DTEK50. Unlike the PRIV, this one is mid-range and costs just $299. Also unlike the PRIV, it doesn't look like BlackBerry designed or built this one. The DTEK50 is a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4. Read More
Do you want a Moto X Pure Edition? Were you waiting for a great deal to grab it? Now is the time and you better act fast. B&H is discounting the 32GB Moto X Pure by $150 from $399.99 to $249.99 and adding a couple of freebies to boot. You get a Bluetooth selfie stick, which you can always give to someone as a gift if you don't need it, and a 32GB MicroSD card, which is a nice addition on top of the 32GB of internal memory. The X Pure supports adoptable storage, so this doubles your phone's capacity.
If you're wondering how good of a deal this is, I can say that the 16GB was down to $239.99 last month and we thought that was a nice discount, and two months ago the 32GB was discounted to 349.99 which we also liked. Read More
Motorola is trying something new—it's like a whole new company with new owners, new phones, and a new approach to making money on said phones. The Moto Z and Z Force (currently only available as Verizon exclusives) are "modular" phones with a series of snap-on rear panel accessories. They're also very thin and lacking a headphone jack. There are certainly reasons to be skeptical of these devices, but they're also very interesting in an industry that has had trouble innovating beyond the standard black slab. Read More
New Nexus phones are right around the corner... which means it's a pretty great time to pick up the current models with a sweet discount. B&H Photo, Best Buy, and Newegg are all offering dramatic price cuts on the LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P. Here's a breakdown of this weekend's deals: Read More
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Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar & Widgets from Digibites. DigiCal is the full-featured calendar app that offers a ton of features that aren't available in Google Calendar, like seven different calendar views, light and dark themes, multiple widgets, integrated weather forecasts, an invitation management system, and over fifty thousand public calendars for integration with personal or corporate planning. Read More