After teasing the Material redesign of AllCast a couple of weeks ago, Koushik Dutta has finally made the updated 2.0 version available for everyone to install, enjoy, admire, and swoon over. And if you're wondering why it looks so good, it's because our own Liam Spradlin had a hand (mouse click?) in giving the app its fresh coat of paint and that is all you need to know. Article over. Nothing left to say. Read More
Remember the deal from yesterday where you could get a Samsung Galaxy S5 for $315 from eBay? Well, that 10% off coupon works for a whole lot more stuff now. You can apply it to anything eBay recognizes as "tech", including big ticket items like the Galaxy S6 for $599 post-discount and the One M8 for $243.
In case you missed the fine print, you have to spend at least $200 and the maximum discount is $50. This is why the S6 is $599 rather than $585. To use it, just apply the code CDTECH10 at checkout. Here's a selection of Android phone deals you may want to look at from this promotion:
Remember for the Moto X or any other cheaper phone you find on eBay, your total order will have to be $200 to use the discount. Read More
Fans of Mojang's incredibly popular game franchise, Minecraft, will soon have a better option for manipulating the Android version of the game. Mobile controller support will finally be added in an update that will be arriving "soon". This news comes via Twitter from Mojang developer Tommaso Checchi.
Mining, building, and fighting off zombies with precision should be much easier with an external controller than with touch screen controls. Other improvements to the game were also alluded to in Tommaso's tweet. Read More
There's a new streaming music service in town, and people seem excited about this one. The UK-based MixRadio has the customary umpteen million tracks available, but it tries to be more personal than services like Pandora. It also seems a little less restrictive in what you can do with the free streaming music.
You can spend a lot of money on a Bluetooth speaker if you want, or you can just wait for a sweet deal like this. The Aukey MUSE (SK-M2) Bluetooth speaker is available on Amazon for just $20 with a coupon code. That's down from $35.99 without the code.
We now have confirmation that Android Wear 5.1.1 has started to reach LG's G Watch and G Watch R today. Though most users are still being told they are up to date, a select few have been lucky enough to be chosen for the first hours of the rollout.
Thanks to tipster Kevin for the G Watch R screenshot and to Frank Barten for the G Watch image.
For those who are unfamiliar, OS updates tend to first go to a very small portion of users, around 1%, for a period that ranges from a few hours to a couple of days. Read More
A new report from Bloomberg claims that Google is in the final stages of prepping its new online photo tool, which has been rumored for months. Importantly, this tool would not be built into the Google+ website or app as the current Photos client is. Let's skip the part where we predict the downfall of Google+ and talk about what this really means. Read More
It's time to take a step back in time and enjoy some of the tunes gifted to future generations from the 20th century. Google's offering three jazz albums for free in the US. One, entitled Playlist: The Very Best Of Billie Holiday, contains fifteen tracks (though it somehow lacks Strange Fruit edit: see this enlightening comment for an explanation). Playlist: The Very Best Of Miles Davis provides ten tracks from, you guessed it, Miles Davis.
The third album is similar to the Play Classical album that went on sale earlier this month. Play: Jazz Pioneers offers more music from Billie Holiday and Miles Davis, along with other hits from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Paul Desmond. Read More
If you're still waiting for that Android Wear 5.1.1 update, don't worry! It's coming. Eventually. Probably. We hope. It might even be coming very soon now (really!), because Google's posted an update on its product forums officially announcing the update there. That post also contains the same list of Wear devices getting Wi-Fi support in the update that we'd seen previously, and it's unchanged. The Moto 360, Sony Smartwatch 3, and Samsung Gear Live will all get Wi-Fi. The Watch Urbane ships with the feature out of the box. Sony confirmed this a while back, as did Motorola. Samsung never issued a comment that I can locate. Read More