Anker is running a decent little sale over on Amazon. Right now you can pick up a six-foot durable braided USB-C cable for just $10, a 20,000mAh battery for $41.99, a USB-C mini-dock with 2 USB, 4KHDMI, SD Card slot, and Ethernet for $62.99, and a tiny cubic Bluetooth speaker for $16.59.
It isn't quite Prime Day yet, but that isn't stopping ZeroLemon from starting the party early. The company just tossed up sales for a ton of items, including a smattering of batteries, battery cases, screen protectors, cables, and chargers. Some items are even up to 70% off, though most of the more attractive items are between 20-50%. Read More
USB Type-C cables can be expensive, especially if you're trying to find one that won't fry your gadgets. If you're short on them at the moment, we've got just the deal for you. One of Veckle's Type-C to Type-C cables is just $14 on Amazon ($3 off the usual price), once you apply a coupon code at checkout. Read More
The Play Movies & TV app is sporting a new look with the rollout of v3.22, and this one won't blow out any corneas in a dark room. The new look brings a dark theme to the app and makes a few tweaks to the layout to increase density in scrolling lists. Hidden inside the apk are some hints that Google is also preparing to integrate with TV providers and streaming services to give users a better viewing experience. Read More
The new Chromecast Audio is neat. But the box only comes with a 1/8th inch aux cable (AKA a headphone cable), so if you want to use that handy little streaming gadget with anything that doesn't have a standard headphone jack, you'll have to dive into your rat's nest of ancient cables and adapters. Or you could head for Radio Shack, realize that Radio Shack closed two years ago and you never noticed, then head to Best Buy, ask the guy in the blue shirt where the audio cables are, find him again and ask him where the audio cable that you actually want is, then leave the store in defeat when he admits he's out of stock, then finally go home and wait a week for a $5 cable to come in the mail from Amazon. Read More
About a month ago, Google engineer Benson Leung went on an Amazon crusade against companies claiming to sell USB Type-A to Type-C charging and data cables. As Benson found out from his extensive reviews, most of them were selling non-compliant cables with the wrong kind of resistor that could potentially damage your Type-C devices (like the new Nexus 5X, 6P, Chromebook Pixel). The list of correct cables was small and the braided
USB 3.1 USB 2.0 iOrange-E was among them. It also happened to be the cheapest back then at $14.99.
A month later, the situation has changed a little bit. Read More
Android TV and similar set-top boxes are incredibly popular with the cord-cutting crowd. But if you still subscribe to cable, the various networks included with your package are finally getting their respective acts together and creating decent online options for streaming shows and movies. EPIX, a channel that's mostly focused on playing older and second-run movies, has finally made its way to Android TV. The app went live back on June 9th, but for some reason the company is just announcing it now.
EPIX is one of several apps that was revealed in an NVIDIA blog post following the launch of the SHIELD. Read More
It wouldn't be controversial to say that the interfaces for cable boxes suck. With the possible exception of TiVo, I don't think I've ever seen one that was made for the purpose of being easy and/or efficient to use, especially since the newer ones are more interested in selling Pay-Per-View and on demand content than actually letting you watch TV. That has largely carried over to the remote apps for the fancy new cable boxes, which might help explain why the XFINITY remote app has a 3.2-star rating in the Play Store.
New above, old below.
Version 2.0 of the XFINITY TV Remote app is different. Read More
DISH Network has updated their official app with a variety of improvements and new features, making it better both as a streaming video player and as an account management console. Probably the best addition in this update is the ability to support multiple profiles for a single subscriber account, a la Netflix. Each profile will have its own favorites list and recommendations, making family sharing a lot smoother.
Also on the streaming side of things, DISH has tried to make following the NCAA men's basketball tournament simpler. While it already has its own sports section to help you separate that content from general TV, this update brings with it the ability to look through the tourney bracket to check on scores. Read More