The long-awaited update to 5.1.1 is finally available for the Nexus 9, bringing with it the many significant bug fixes everybody has been looking forward to. Surely, people are curious about what could possibly have delayed the update by so long, so we've generated a changelog of the commits to AOSP. Prepare to be underwhelmed, because it may be the shortest changelog we've ever seen.
The leap from 5.0.2 to 5.1.1 is not insignificant, so the Nexus 9 had quite a bit to gain from this upgrade. Read More
Livescribe released their newest smartpen, called Livescribe 3, about 18 months ago. Why review it now? Well, with Android’s native support of Bluetooth 4.0 LE and wider adoption of KitKat and Lollipop, the smartpen finally has software support for Android. We first caught wind of the Android app back in January, its preview was released just a couple weeks ago, and now I will walk you through how the hardware and app play together. Overall, I am walking away very impressed with the experience. With that said, there are several significant drawbacks with taking notes with the Livescribe 3 that you will want to know about before picking one up. Read More
Motorola has a mixed record when it comes to device updates. The first-gen Moto X made the jump from Jelly Bean to KitKat quite smoothly, but Lollipop has proven to be more of a challenge. Motorola recently announced the 2013 Moto X would go straight to Android 5.1, but when? Soon, according to Motorola's David Schuster.
One of the less glamorous improvements to Android 5.0 Lollipop is the move to updating WebView via the Play Store rather than only with system updates. WebView is the component that lets apps render web pages internally rather than kicking you over to a browser. A recent update to WebView was crashes left and right, but now Google thinks it has that all sorted out.
Swype, at its core, helps us be lazy. Want to type? Don't bother lifting up your thumb. Don't know how to spell? Just get close. Sure, these are only the byproducts of creating an input method that takes the pain out of using touchscreens, but the end result is the same. And things are only getting easier.
The latest update reduces the need to hold down keys with numbers as secondary characters or switch back and forth between alphabetical and numerical keyboards. If you peck away at letters with a number attached, Swype will include numerical values among its suggestions. So you can enter $650 by typing sytp or 2:30 by entering wjep. Read More
The current Humble Mobile Bundle has been live for a week and there's one week still to go. That means new games have been added to sweeten the deal. The already great selection of six games has been joined by Groundskeeper 2 and Highrise Word Heroes.
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Expense IQ - Expense Manager
This week's roundup is brought to you by Expense IQ - Expense Manager from Handy Apps. This amazingly complete expense tracking system has a solid and colorful UI, and just about every possible checkbook, alert, and tracking feature you could want. Read More
Google announced the Android 5.1.1 update for the Nexus 9 last Thursday, and said it was rolling out that very day. Clearly that didn't happen, but now it's here and we've got the OTA link to prove it (build LMY47X). Just keep in mind for future reference Google's definition of "today" is what the rest of us call "four days from now."
This is a deal alert that really lives up to the urgent nature of the term—you need to act fast to take advantage of this one. The RAVPower Element 10,400mAh battery pack is on sale for just $15.99, but only for the next few hours or until it's out of stock.
A few years have passed since we reviewed the V-MODA Crossfade M-80 headphones, so we understand if you're not familiar with the verdict. Tl;dr, they're good. These things were a compelling buy at over $200, and now you can get them for a more tantalizing price of $80 from Amazon and Best Buy.
We last saw the headphones crop up at this price just before Christmas, but it was a one-day Amazon sale. This time you can pick the goods up from more than one place. Amazon's there if you want fast shipping. Best Buy lets you pick up the headphones in-store and use PayPal if you're into that sort of thing. Read More