It's been more than two years since the Chromecast was first announced and released. What started as a cheap gadget with a closed ecosystem has turned into an open platform that allows you to throw media from almost any app, service, and device to a bigger screen near you. Want to cast everything you're doing right now on your phone? Sure. How about those photos you took during the last holiday? Yes. And that funny cat YouTube video, your partner would sure love that? Aha. Some background music with a photo slideshow while you're working in the kitchen? Why not. That's the reason I bought a "dumb" TV and a Chromecast — I couldn't understand why I'd have to pay hundreds of dollars for some low-grade SmartTV system when I had all the possibilities available to me through an independent $35 dongle. Read More
Take a look at the image above. While it lacks some context, you may recognize the circular shape of that hunk of plastic and pogo pins as the rear cover of a smartwatch. A Huawei Watch, to be precise. And what's front-and-center in focus? Well, initially it just looks like... a big hunk of metal. Upon taking apart the watch, I immediately noticed it was highly magnetic and had been glued down to an area of the watch that corresponds with an unexplained opening on the case pictured below. Read More
The Nextbit Robin still has nearly two weeks to go on Kickstarter, but the cloud-centric phone already has more than $1 million. That's an impressive level of support for a company that hasn't made a phone before. Now even more people can get in on the pre-order bonanza. Nextbit will be launching a Verizon CDMA variant of the Robin tomorrow (September 18th). Read More
The Asus Zenfone 2 is one of the better mid-range unlocked phones out there thanks to the robust Intel Atom SoC lurking within. Now it looks like there's a new version of this device that ships with 16GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. It's selling for $229, which is a pretty good price for what you get. Read More
Google is keeping up its fast pace of updates to its office productivity apps, this time with meaningful improvements to both Slides and Sheets for Android. Building on existing presentation abilities, Slides gets notification forward/back toggles as well as an option to watch your audience while presenting to a Hangouts call. Sheets now gives Android users the option to easily edit charts, which were basically view-only previously.
Here's a before and after look at the lockscreen notification that Sheets displays while you present on a second screen/Hangouts call.
Without those toggles on the notification, you'll be forced to choose to either keep your phone unlocked while presenting or constantly enter your login password/fingerprint/etc. Read More
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.
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. Read More
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... Read More
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. Read More