Software updates are a big deal. They deliver bug fixes, new features, refreshed interfaces, and a lot more. Sure, there might be that feature or two that gets discarded and breaks someone's workflow (relevant xkcd), but for the most part, newer means better. And if software updates are important for apps, that's especially true for operating systems.
Largely due to the proliferation of smartphones, we have come to take free and consistent OS updates for granted. Users assume that a new phone bought this year will still be running the latest OS in the next, and no one expects to have to pay for that software update.
The days of receiving somewhat flimsy feeling flagship handsets from Samsung, at least for now, appear to be over—but that just means this is a good time to grab the past devices for cheap. The Galaxy S5 is available right this moment on eBay for $300. Think of the S5 as the epitome of plastic phone hardware from Samsung.
Oh Japan, you never cease to impress and amaze and blow us away! But you've outdone yourself on this one. If you grew up in the eighties, you must have nostalgic memories of plugging your game console into the CRT TV, inserting a game cartridge, and starting a few rounds of Super Mario to blow off some steam after school or during the weekend. The age of smartphones has robbed us all of this satisfaction. Games are now downloaded or bought on silly round discs. Sure, there are emulators, but what about the sheer joy of taking a cassette and blowing into it before you insert it in the console?
The HTC One M9 may not have lived up to all our hopes, but it's still a good phone overall. I'd get an M9 before a great many other devices out there, if the price is right. Today, you can get your hands on an M9 for the reasonable price of $379.99 if you act fast.
Samsung might be giving lip service to the new Note 5, but it's clear that the company (and a considerable portion of buyers) sees the more swanky Galaxy S6 Edge+ as the flagship device. Now those who've paid the premium for the curvy phone can use the most popular custom recovery out there: Team Win Recovery Project. The developers have posted an official build of TWRP for the GS6E+ to the website.
The website lists this recovery for the GSM version of the phone, so presumably it will work with the standard international version and GSM carrier variants that don't lock down the bootloader (so...
Guys, when Amazon announces stuff, they announce the hell out of some stuff. Like, who cares about subtlety? Not the folks at Amazon - they'll just go crazy on a Thursday morning and announce like nine new products all at once. I like their zeal.
Not only did they take the wraps off of a few new Fire tablets, but they also announced the recently-rumored Fire TV with 4K playback for $99, a new "gaming edition" bundle of said Fire TV for $140, and an updated Fire TV Stick with voice controls for $50. That's a lot of stuff. Let's dig in.
It's official. Amazon is ready to sell you a tablet for just $50. Not only that, it will let you order six of them together for $250. The Internet retailer is making the task of filling a home with tablets as affordable as bringing home a Wii U.
João Dias, also known as joaomgcdon the Play Store, is one of those developers who are never, ever, content with the current capabilities of modern smartphones. He wants them to be more powerful, respond to more commands, allow more interactions, all from more interfaces. His AutoVoice app has been available for a while, allowing you to harness the OK Google interaction scheme to automate plenty of new actions and issue commands that Google's default algorithms don't yet understand.
Now AutoVoice is getting a lil' sister app, an AutoVoice Chrome extension for your Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Thanks to it, you can perform the same actions on your phone, but while sitting at your computer (or from another phone too), like taking screenshots, sending messages, hanging up on calls, and more. João has made a demo video to show you the possibilities.
You know what's better than a robot that looks like a thick frisbee and slides around your house? It's the one that cleans where it walks without hitting walls and furniture on its way, so that you can come home to less dirty floors as if a magical fairy passed by and did her deed. But what if you can have an even better version? Yes, better, because not only it's a robot, it's also WiFi-connected to an app on your smartphone, so you can control it from afar. That's the new iRobot Roomba 980.
iRobot knows its vacuums. This isn't the first Roomba it releases, so it has been learning from past products, improving and perfecting them.
Kids nowadays! They want their smartphones, their own Google accounts, and a way to purchase music and movies and books (well, hopefully) and magical coins for their new game because they can't try that stupid hard level again, they just want to skip it. If you're a parent, then you probably know the struggle between giving a child their financial independence to teach them how to manage their money, and keeping a close eye on their spendings to stop them from buying useless stuff or going over-budget.
Oink has been aiming to solve that issue by providing a middle ground: an app where parents can set their kids' allowance, check their funds, monitor their spendings, and freeze/unfreeze their accounts, and a debit card/wallet account that children can use to make their own online or in-store purchases and manage their money.