Sphero's tiny, motorized BB-8 droid (based on the company's well-known ball robot design) was the Star Wars toy to have when Episode VII hit theaters last year. It's become less of a hot commodity since then, but Sphero keeps adding new things to do with the toy, and now you can actually find it on store shelves. The miniature astromech was just a little past the impulse buy range at $150 retail, though it looks like most retailers have taken it down to $130 or so. Today Amazon has the toy for even less. Read More
I like managing local files. I like copying data over to flash drives and moving them around regardless of whether I have Internet access. I like knowing I can cram a stick of flash memory into my device and access files that wouldn't fit on internal storage.
But I don't like cables. They take up excess space, and they look like a mess. As much as I enjoy transferring files, plugging one device into another using a cable still strikes me as tedious.
A microUSB OTG flash drive is a nice workaround. Read More
Need a router? Maybe you've found yourself with renewed interest in the OnHub now that Google has added a modicum of home automation functionality with IFTTT. It's still hard to justify the $200 price, but it's a little cheaper on Amazon today. The OnHub virtually never goes on sale, but it's about $20 off currently. That brings the price to $179.87. Read More
Here's a bit of a blast from the past. A federal judge has decided that Amazon was in the wrong when it billed parents for in-app purchases made by their kids on its Appstore platform. Both Apple and Google settled this case with the Federal Trade Commission two years ago, but Amazon wanted its day in court. It didn't go so well. Read More
Ryan Whitwam called the Moto 360 Sport good on paper, but hard to recommend in practice. Maybe we can amend that to hard to recommend at full price.
Motorola usually wants $299.99 for the smartwatch, but right now the company is offering the athletic-oriented Android Wear device for $100 less. Read More
Pebble's unique smartwatch platform still has a few advantages over Android Wear and the like, particularly in battery life. And the latest version, the Pebble Time Round, is worth considering for anyone who was a fan of the original Pebble. It's considerably better-looking than the square Pebble Time (relatively large bezels notwithstanding), and the color screen and three-button interface are preserved. Today several of the Pebble Time models with leather straps have a generous discount over on Amazon.
Prospective buyers can pick up the black case + black strap model (20mm), black with red strap (20mm), or steel with tan strap (14mm) for $143.99, a $56 discount off of the retail price. Read More
The great thing about tablet holders is that they hold tablets. There is a tablet holder that you can buy for only three bucks on Amazon right now with coupon code 6GZKNB8B. It normally costs eight dollars, and three is less than eight, so that makes it a rather good price.
The stand is made of solid aluminum, which means it would have been worth a small fortune 200 years ago. Now it's $3. Poor aluminum, what a drag, it used to be right up there with gold in terms of value, now they make tablet stands out of it. Read More
The era of ubiquitous wireless charging isn't quite upon us. With metal bodies blocking the connection and fast charging reducing how much time we spend tethered to a wall, most of us don't expect to see all that many people (even those with high-end devices) dropping their phones on pads Read More
Amazon Fire tablets are not devices geared towards stock Android-loving enthusiasts with an unquenchable thirst for whatever they can get from Google Play. They're more casual devices aimed at people who enjoy a simpler experience and Amazon services. New models are also very cheap—buy six for $250 cheap. The 8GB 7-inch tablet starts at $49.99. Read More