It's getting to be the time of year that retailers pull out all the stops and try to make some cash. Amazon in particular needs to make up some ground after that Fire Phone fiasco. Well, you can reap the rewards now with some solid deals on phones from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. These are on-contract sales, but you can't get too upset about a $1 phone.
We're all sleeping less and sleeping worse. Our demanding life carries over from work or school to home and social gatherings, and noise pollution is everywhere disturbing us even when we do eventually fall asleep. That's the problem Hush aims to solve.
Foam earplugs are wearable, by default, but they're not smart. Hush adds electronic components into them, making them connect to your Android (or iOS) smartphone via Bluetooth and play some soothing sounds. Their goal is to help you fall asleep in noisy environments, whether there's an obnoxious kid on your flight, your partner's snoring could wake the dead, your neighbors are party animals, or you simply want to retreat deeper into your own bubble.
We asked this question over two years ago in a weekend poll, and now we're asking again: is your primary Android device rooted? We all probably have a vague idea what rooting is even if we don't root our phones or tablets, but those of you more familiar with customization probably have pretty specific reasons for doing it, and experience with the rooting process over the years.
Both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Google's latest phone and tablet, have already been rooted by Chainfire, and the process isn't especially difficult - in fact, you can do it automatically with a simple script.
YouTube user Craig Phillips has put up a video showing that the logo on the back of the phone can be easily removed using some kind of sharp object. In Phillips' case, he used a plastic fork. The logo appears to just be painted onto the back and is easily scratched off.
Update: Motorola has announced that all Nexus 6 devices should be able to be activated on Sprint now. People are reporting successful activation of Motorola-purchased devices, and I was personally able to activate my AT&T Nexus 6 on Sprint by simply calling Sprint, giving them the MEID (IMEI minus the last digit) and the SIM card number I wanted to use. The device shows up under my account as a Nexus 6 and appears to be working beautifully. We have no verification on phones purchased from T-Mobile, so I can't say 100% whether that will work or not. If any of you try and have success, let us know!
The LG G Watch R, which David thinks is the best Android Wear has to offer for now, is an interesting device - it's an Android Wear device that has a circular screen, one that's actually a circle, escaping the "flat tire" design choice Motorola had to make for the Moto 360. But it also has a big funky angled bezel with numbers on it (like some real watches). Still, it's a solid device for the burgeoning category, with a 1.3" POLED display and 410mAh battery.
If you'd been eyeing the GWAR but the $299.99 price tag felt a little hard to justify, T-Mobile has you covered - you can get the G Watch R from T-mo for $209.99 using a special promo code.
When it comes to interior design, there are three categories of people: those who will get any item and place it anywhere, those will do their best to make things look good without going to extremes, and those who will agonize over every angle, size, color, and texture. If you fall somewhere between the second and third category, you'll be happy to know that iOS-famous Home Design 3D is now available on Android.
Home Design 3D lets you draw floor plans for rooms of any size or shape in 2D and add walls, doors, and other joinery. You can then drag and drop over 800 furniture objects and textures into the design.
Showtime Anytime, the cable network's Android app, has just received an update that adds Chromecast support. Essentially, the only change you will see in the app is that cast button, which lets you send your current screen and video streams to the television. By definition, TV series belong on the TV, don't they? So now you can enjoy Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan's riveting performances in Masters Of Sex on the biggest screen in the house. There are many more shows there too, including Dexter, but we all know the series went downhill after the end of the fourth season.
As a gentle reminder, you'll need a Showtime subscription to be able to access the app, and hence the Chromecasting feature.
The Nexus 6 is a confounding beast. This big phone doesn't have tap to wake functionality, but it does have ambient screen mode. This way of displaying notifications as they come in might be the reason there's no LED notification functionality built in. There is, however, a physical LED.
If a smart sounding person has stepped onto a dimly lit stage and started to wax poetic about some seemingly lofty accomplishment or idea, you're probably in the midst of a TED talk. Don't panic. Stay calm, sit still, and listen. What you hear might just change the way you think.
Some people already thrive on a diet of regularly delivered mental floss, preferring to watch content that actually leaves them feeling better after binge watching a few clips. The latest version of the Android app will make this exercise easier to perform. Viewers can now cast talks to their TVs without having to search through YouTube thanks to new Chromecast support.