Sonos announced several weeks back that they were going to have a new version of their Controller app coming, and though they've had users beta testing it for a while, today we're getting our first glimpse at how it looks. And it looks good. The above video shows off the app on an iPhone and iPad, though you can expect a similar look and experience on the Android release as well.
You'll have to manage ergonomic issues and a big price, but this bumper sure looks nice.
If there's one recurring complaint of Samsung's devices, even with the updated design of the Galaxy S5, it's the use of plastic for the entire external build. Plastic is less expensive, easier to mold into a variety of shapes, colors and designs and offers many advantages when it comes to making devices that have various radios inside. That doesn't really matter, though, as most people would prefer that Samsung would step up their game in the materials department regardless.
Draco Design makes several beautiful cases for a variety of devices, and the latest Supernova aluminum bumper for the Galaxy S5 may be just what the doctor ordered for those who just can't stand the look and feel of a plastic smartphone.
When it comes to shopping for the best case for your HTC One (M8), you want to be sure you're not only getting the best choice for your specific needs but also the best bang for your buck. That's where we come in.
We've hand-selected our favorite HTC One (M8) cases from ShopAndroid.com and laid them out in this brief guide to help you along with deciding which skin, hybrid, flip case or screen protector may suit you and your HTC One (M8) best. Jump past the break for the full scoop.
And here we have the QMadix S Series Cover for the HTC One M8. This is a hard plastic shell case that definitely beefs up how much abuse your M8 will be able to tolerate — from the back at least. It also adds a few millimeters of thickness to the phone, but we'd argue that's excusable given that it makes the phone easier to hold overall. You can thank the front RIM for that. It gives you a little extra grip, provides a little contrast in design, and also recesses the display a little bit, so you can place the phone face-down without worrying about scratching anything.
The back of the case is a smooth, semi-gloss finish. The black version we have tends to show off the oil from fingers pretty well, so you'll be wanting to wipe this guy off. (Or not. Your call.) The camera lenses also will be recessed a bit, so they'll be a little protected as well.
Available in black and white models, Samsung Level headphones and speakers ship in mid-May
Samsung has just announced Level, their new line of premium mobile audio products. The Level line includes the Level Over (over-the-ear headphones), Level On (on-ear headphones), Level In (in-ear headphones), and Level Box (Bluetooth Speaker). They'll be available for sale at retail and online by mid-May in most of the world. Here's what JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics, had to say about Level:
Last year we reviewed the MiniSuit Keyboard Case for Nexus 7, a well-designed tablet-specific Bluetooth keyboard. As it turns out, MiniSuit has more keyboard offerings for Android users. The cream of the crop is the MiniSuit BluBoard, a universal Bluetooth keyboard that works with Android, iOS, and Windows devices.
The BluBoard is designed for tablets up to 10-inches in size, making it quite a practical way to get typing work done on larger tablets. But it can also hold smaller tablets like my Tegra Note 7, as pictured. If you’re looking for a full-sized keyboard for your Android and other mobile devices, this might be the one for you. Head past the break for a closer look at the BluBoard.
If you're looking for an easy way to cover your HTC One M8, keep it from getting bumped and scratched, or just make it a bit easier to hold here's a little winner for you. The Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit case is an unassuming and inexpensive TPU case that will wrap your M8 up and keep it safe from most of what life throws at it.
Update: Aaaaaaand it's gone. Google's store is now marked as out of stock. TechCrunch got details.
Last week Google Glass ditched the invites and went on sale to anyone and everyone for just one day. That meant that whoever wanted to snag Glass could do so without any caveats, like having to sign up for the Explorer program or wait on an invite. While the Glass page is currently showing the program as closed once again, it appears that Glass may still be available for purchase directly from Google.
Get Comedy Central, NBC, ABC, and more on your Chromecast
The popular media server PlayOn has announced today that their PlayOn and PlayLater services now offer support for Chromecast. PlayOn users will now be able to beam content from over 100 channels to Chromecast including NBC, ABC, Comedy Central, Hulu and more. Using the PlayOn mobile app, users can browse content on a mobile device and also access the PlayLater option to record videos for viewing at a later time.
To access these features, users will need to install the PlayOn app both on a mobile device and PC. PlayOn is available as an annual subscription for $29.99/year or lifetime for $59.99. In addition to Chromecast, PlayOn can also stream to Xbox, Xbox 360 and Roku devices.
If you work hard or play hard, you need a case that allows your HTC One M8 take an extra bump or two. Whether you are working out in the field with mother nature, in the shop with the dust and equipment everywhere, in a squad vehicle looking out for the public or anywhere where your phone is going to take some extra abuse, the Body Gloce ShockSuit case is going to keep your M8 safer. The case isn't waterproof (though it is MIL-STD-810G rated), but when facing the mud, or sparks from a welder, or the door frame on your service vehicle the ShockSuit case will save your M8 from a world of hate.
Like most other rugged cases, the ShockSuit is a two-piece design. You put your M8 into the front polycarbonate outer shell — be sure to read the supplied instructions to make this easier — which also has a thick plastic screen protector that fared well against my keys. Once the front is on, you slip the assembly into the thick rubber outer housing. Then, your M8 is ready when things get a little tough. The trade off is that it's not the easiest case in the world to put on or take off — but you knew that going in when you bought a rugged case. The screen is still responsive even with the protective cover, but you will lose that incredible sensitivity that the M8 seems to posses in it's touch sensor. But it's not bad. Again, a tradeoff for ruggedness.
Start with the layer of shock-absorbing silicone — rubber, really — that fits around your phone. Presumably it'll help against dust and moisture, too, though the Galaxy S5 is already pretty good at that on its own thanks to its IP68 rating. On top of that rubber skin goes a hard plastic shell — let's just call it an exoskeleton, 'cause it sounds cooler — that not provides even more protection. Some of the rubber skin is exposed, giving you some nice grip points.
Motorola Solutions invests in heads-up glasses start up Recon Instruments
Motorola Solutions (no, not that Motorola — the other one) has given a bag of cash to heads-up glasses maker Recon Instruments. Recon, whose Recon Jet HUD glasses we've been looking forward to for some time, didn't disclose the amount of the investment, but that it was enough to warrant a press release tells us it was at least marginally substantial to their bottom line. The investment will be "used to accelerate product development and to ramp up global marketing and distribution."
OK, OK. Wireless charging isn't really wireless charging. At some point you have to actually plug it into something. We get that. And the Zens Qi USB wireless charger — as you might have guessed — does things just a little differently. It's powered by a USB port.
How can you not love the Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5? Take one part simple TPU case — great for taking the brunt of the occasional bump and fall, as well as standing between your phone and anything that's trying to scratch it — and one part awesome Bugdroid graphics, and that's what you've got here. Just simple, easy protection for your Galaxy S5.
There's not much more to it than that. There are cutouts for all the places you need access to — the camera and heart-rate sensor, speaker, buttons, microphones and the like. You get a little bit of extra grip thanks to the fit and finish of the case. It's easy to put on, but not so easy that you have to worry about it falling off or anything.
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