Remember back in December (and January) when Packt Publishing gave away a couple free ebooks focused on Android development? The one-a-day promotion has been going strong since, but the books haven't exactly been targeted at the OS on our phones. But great news: this whole week is dedicated to mobile development!
The current freebie is all about showing love to both sides of the phone war – it's Xamarin Cross-platform Application Development. But you better hurry over and claim it, this particular book will expire in just over 5 hours. (Sorry, we saw this one a little late).
While the free book is enough reason to drop by, there's something more interesting afoot in this promotion. Read More
So, do you remember the Samsung Galaxy View mega-tablet? It came out a few months ago in WiFi-only form, and the price dropped almost immediately because most people don't want a tablet that big. Now, Verizon is selling an LTE-enabled version that's more expensive. This is innovation. Read More
If you're one to always jump on the newest and best smartphones, the latest from Samsung is undoubtedly on your radar. And when a smaller, slightly more manageable handset is what you're looking for, the Galaxy S7 is probably your best bet — its 5.1-inch quad HD display keeps the device's overall footprint small while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM keeps everything snappy and responsive.
That's not all the GS7 has going for it, either — Samsung brought back the expandable storage option for this model, which is a pretty big deal to those who love to keep tons of stuff stored on their phones. Read More
Connected "smart" lighting is far from a new concept, but in late-2012, Philips released the first Hue lightbulb which became the blueprint for a new category in an old market. It was no longer enough for lights to turn on at a scheduled time or with a clunky wireless remote, they had to become smarter, more efficient, more flexible, and we wanted to control them with our smartphones. But a product of this type lends itself to variations, special features, and stylistic choices beyond those of the original innovation. This brings us to the Yeelight, a Bluetooth-enabled bedside lamp with a stylish look, simple controls, and a couple of clever features to go along with it. Read More
Let's not beat around the bush. You know what a MicroSD card is, you know which devices can use it and which ones can't, you know some new flagships support it but don't have adoptable storage, et cetera. What you came here to see is what this card is all about and the link to get it before stock runs out as fast as Scooby-Doo from a haunted house.
SanDisk makes great MicroSD cards. This model in particular has 200GB of storage which is the most you can get from the company now. It's more than six times the size of a modern flagship's 32GB internal memory. Read More
Ever looked at your smartwatch and wished there were real LEDs inside that lit up and turned off to tell you the time? Ever checked all those Android Wear watchfaces and wanted them to feel a little more vibrant and a little less dull? Well, here you go, you'll love Real LED Watchface.
The watchface's interface is based on 3D renders of LEDs and the developer says it achieves "photorealistic light, reflections, and shadows." I've been using it for half an hour and I tend to agree: it looks quite real and just as good as the screenshots. Aside from the lights, the face is very straightforward: the big LED is for the hours, the small one is for the minutes, and the super small LEDs in the center light up with the seconds. Read More
You know what I hate? Being at the airport or a café and trying to watch a few YouTube videos to pass the time only to be hit with a buffering animation and interminable amounts of waiting. Well, it doesn't really bother me now, because I haven't had time to travel or go chill in a café in years (you do realize I work two full-time jobs, simultaneously?!), but I suppose it would if I was the kind of person who did that. I'm just very sympathetic to everyone who's tried it and I have very good news for them: YouTube is about to make you wait less and watch more. Read More
Much like Chrome releases, Mozilla's updates for Firefox are rarely mindblowing. Instead, we get a constant stream of smaller changes that slowly but surely upgrade all aspects of the user experience. The latest beta release for Firefox, v46, falls right in line with this pattern. The highlight of the update is that the browser will display recently visited webpages even when you are offline, using data stored in cache.
You don't need to do anything in particular to get the offline webpage feature going; if Firefox has it cached, it will display instead of the typical error messages you get when trying to browse offline. Read More
If there's one area where Android mobile hotspot tethering has been lacking over the years, it's been in the inability to share your phone's Wi-Fi connection with other devices. Samsung has apparently realized this as well, and has included a nifty little feature on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge which allows you to do just that.
While the idea of re-broadcasting a Wi-Fi connection might seem pointless to some, there are actually some really good use cases for it, the most common and useful of which would probably be in hotels. These days, a lot of establishments may offer free Wi-Fi, but there are frequently paid tiers as well which give you much faster speed. Read More