I have a confession to make: I'm obsessed with wireless portable audio gear. Bluetooth earbuds, headphones, and portable speakers excite me more than they probably should. And I'm OK with that. My wife, however, gives me "the look" every time a new gadget arrives, rolling her eyes so far up her skull she could have easily become a soap opera star or an extra on The Walking Dead. She doesn't get it - she's not a geek who loves to get to the bottom of every feature, spot every miniscule detail, and figure out if we have something special on our hands.
Update: Oops! Looks like Google classified this one as dead just a bit too early – it's back for a thirtieth go in the Play Store. If you want one, you should probably buy it now before they really do disappear forever.
Shortly after slimming down the Play Store's selection of Nexus 7 cases, it looks like Google has brought out the axe again, this time aiming it at the Nexus 4 Bumper.
Nexus 4 bumper cases have been out of stock on the US Play Store for at least a month now, but today they've finally returned - same price, same place.
The official Nexus 4 bumper will run you $20 plus tax and shipping, which is indeed quite pricey for such a simple little item. While Google does seem to have stabilized Nexus 4 stock in the last month, it's more than a bit befuddling to me that they can't keep a cheap piece of plastic in stock to match the demand of the phone for which it is exclusively built.
You've been waiting for it - and now it's finally here. The official Nexus 7 Pogo pin dock is on the Play Store, shipping in 1-2 weeks, for the low, low price of $30 (25GBP in the UK, 30 Euros elsewhere).
The dock has a 3.5mm audio-out jack, is powered via microUSB, and charges using the Nexus 7's Pogo pins. This price is $10 lower than 3rd party retailers have been selling it for, so pick it up while it's still in stock!
We love a good portable charger deal, and when we stumbled on this SlickDeals post with a rebate code for the TekNmotion Powermotion 12000mAh charger, it was too good not to share. To take advantage of the deal, just enter the rebate code 'MLCY06RN' at checkout to take an additional $20 off, and you'll have yourself a 12000mAh portable charger for just $54.99 shipped (plus tax, if applicable).
So, why should you get this charger specifically?
I'm going to be up front: I want Glass. I'm thoroughly intrigued with the idea, I love the possibility of having an always-available camera that sees whatever I see, and completely hands-free Google sounds like a perfectly natural progression of the things like Google Now and voice actions. In the world where personal digital assistants seem commonplace, why should we not expect those things to be always accessible and visible?
Well, apparently there are a lot of reasons.
The long-awaited Nexus 4 wireless charging orb is finally up for grabs on the US Play Store, get it while you can - it's $59.99 and ships this week.
We'd previously seen the charging orb pop up on a number of online retailers, though few were actually taking orders. The device uses the Qi wireless charging standard, and weighs 130 grams... in case you were curious.
Since the Nexus 10's launch, users have been itching to make use of the device's pogo pins. No word has yet emerged from either Google or Samsung about the dock we spied last Christmas or the pogo charger many assumed was in the works, but in mid-December, a thread sprung up on XDA opened by a person who claimed to have the fabled pogo charging cable in the works and nearly ready for sale.
The Pebble sure wasn't the first smart watch, but it's been getting a lot of attention lately. In fact, wearable computing as an industry is seeing a bit of a resurgence in general. The trouble, at least as one company sees it, is that smart watches require you to already have an expensive phone. That's two batteries you have to keep charged! Craziness! That's where the Neptune Pine comes in.
The idea here is that your watch can have a micro-SIM of its own.