It's only been a few days since we heard of the soak test, but it looks like it's been successful enough for Motorola and Verizon to fast track the latest Moto X 2014 update. Verizon announced the Android 5.1 over-the-air update in its usual way, so at least some users should see the update alert by the end of the day. The rest of you will be waiting for up to a week or more, unless you manage to track down the OTA ZIP file from a user forum.
If you're a fan of the super-popular top-down MOBA genre (think Dota, League of Legends, and Heroes of the Storm), you'll want to sit up and take notice of a little game called Vainglory. This mobile interpretation of the well-known formula has been built from the ground up for touchscreens, and the experience has been praised on iOS since its launch back in November. It's available for free today on the Play Store.
Vainglory doesn't make an attempt to hide its inspiration. If you're not familiar with the standard MOBA formula, it's basically a shorter and more action-packed version of a real-time strategy game where each player controls a single unit.
Are you going on a trip soon and need some extra power to both your phone and your tunes? Then make a pit stop at Amazon first. Today the ubiquitous retailer is offering a discounted combo to US customers: a "ruggedized" and semi-waterproof Omaker M4 Bluetooth speaker plus a 5200mAh Omaker external battery for $31.98. That's $20 off of the retail price for both of them combined - you're basically getting the charger for free, and the speaker at a tiny discount.
To get the discount add both items to your cart. Make sure that you select the orange version of the speaker and the slightly cheaper black version of the charger, not the black + grey or black + yellow one.
Facebook is free because it makes its money off ads, otherwise known as the attempts to sell you things based off all the personal information you and your friends pump into the social network. Well, those ads don't just pop up out of the nothingness of the web. Someone creates and pays for them. Now with Facebook's latest app, said someones can do that from their mobile devices.
The Facebook Ad Manager is aimed at small and medium business owners who want to reach out to the people in their areas. It provides the tools to see how many people an ad reaches and whether anyone clicked.
It's getting to be the time of year when Motorola announces its new smartphones, and the 2015 Moto G has been especially leaky. We've seen some blurry-cam shots and a dark video so far, but now the HD press renders have leaked courtesy of TechnoBuffalo.
If there's one thing I think we can all agree on, it's that when our phones are low on juice, we're willing to jump through a hoop or two to power back up. Be it an awkwardly placed public wall outlet, regularly carrying around external chargers, or buying a phone with a user-replaceable battery so that swapping in a spare is quick and easy.
We also all know somewhat instinctively that using our phones while they're on a charger will decrease the rate at which they charge - that's just common sense. Even if the phone is charging, using the device obviously consumes power, and that cancels out some of the net effect charging has.
Square batteries are fine for square things, but the latest craze is round watches, which means lots of wasted space on the inside. That's a bummer when we're already struggling to keep watches running for more than a day. However, LG Chem says it has leveraged new manufacturing techniques to produce hexagonal batteries that can cram as much as 25% more power into a watch.
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Photo Wall FX Live Wallpaper
Today's app roundup is sponsored by the Photo Wall FX live wallpaper by Handy Apps. The idea behind this wallpaper is simple: it uses the local photos on your phone or tablet to make a grid collage, dynamically selecting and cycling photos and sizing them so that there's no space left between them.
You can't turn around these days without spotting a mediocre Bluetooth accessory being cranked out in a white label electronics factory in Shenzhen. The Jaybird BlueBuds X, however, continue to be some of the best wireless earbuds available, but they're very pricey. You can get them for the lowest price yet today, but you'll have to wait a few weeks for Amazon to get them back in stock.