BLOCKS, the company behind an upcoming modular smartwatch which is currently near the end of its Kickstarter, has announced that it will collaborate with AT&T for cellular connectivity in the US. The smartwatch will also have a number of new modules, including a heart rate monitor, a fingerprint reader, and customizable and removable covers.
If you've ever wanted to share photos between Android and Apple phones, you'll know how inconvenient it can be. Sure, you can text or email photos between one another, but it's not the most elegant solution. This is where FotoSwipe comes to the rescue. With a simple drag-and-drop, FotoSwipe allows you to share images between Android and iOS devices. All you need to make the magic happen is the FotoSwipe app on each device!
It's super easy - and I can attest to this myself - as I had the pleasure of testing the FotoSwipe app along with many of our most awesome members earlier this year. Thanks to our feedback, FotoSwipe is locked, loaded, and ready to download for free in the App Store and Google Play!
I encourage you to check it out yourself - download links are below. For more information you can also check out the video & press release below or visit www.fotoswipe.com.
The Snapdragon 820 comes equipped with new modems, enabling X12 LTE, with Cat 12 downlink speeds of up to 600 Mbps and support of 3x20 MHz Carrier Aggregation, and Cat 13 uplink speed of up to 150 Mbps via support for 64-QAM, or Quadrature Amplitude Modulation. In addition, the 820 supports camera configurations and sensors up to 28MP, 4K Ultra HD capture and playback, as well as 4K display support. The processor feautres a Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU along with its revamped attempt at 64-bit computing through the Kryo CPU.
Additionally, the Snapdragon 820 will support Quick Charge 3.0, USB 3.0, and much more. For a full list of specifications on the new CPU, be sure to head to the link below. While Qualcomm has made the CPU official at this time, we are still a ways away from seeing this popping up in new smartphones, but there is certainly a lot to like about this update. We will continue to update with more as it becomes available.
The Amazon Echo connected speaker will soon be available to purchase at many more retail store locations in the US. Amazon revealed today that the Echo will be sold at select locations from The Home Depot, Staples, Sears, Brookstone, RadioShack, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son, and more stores.
EA has released the official Star Wars Battlefront companion app for Android, which enables those in a galaxy far, far away to prepare for battle in the upcoming title. The app itself features a strategic card game called Base Command, and allows you to earn in-game credits that can be used to unlock Star Cards and more in the full title.
In late August, Amazon replaced its free App of the Day program with its Amazon Underground app, which offered access to over $10,000 worth of Android apps and in-app content for free. Now the company has announced that the amount of apps and in-app purchase available from Amazon Underground has tripled since its launch.
Google has finally starting the roll out of offline navigation and search to Google Maps, allowing you to save a geographic area to navigate without the need for a connection. This feature was first previewed back at Google I/O, and it is just now beginning to roll out to users.
Samsung's Gear VR headset is now up for pre-order at Best Buy. Initially available in the US (just in time for Black Friday), the new version of Samsung's virtual reality headgear, which was announced at the Oculus Connect developer conference, will set you back by $99.
Amazon is currently hosting a deal which saves you up to 60 percent on various Sony memory products. Included in this one-day deal are savings on SD cards, microSD cards, and USB Flash Drives in various capacities. Whether you are looking for a new card for your camera, wanting to add storage to your cell phone, or need a way to keep important files with you at all times, you won't want to miss out on these deals.
The manufacturer is running a promotion for today only that sees up to 30% taken off products available on the HTC store. You'll be able to save almost a third off listed prices should you fork out at least $650, which covers the HTC One M9. The brand new HTC One A9 is also included in the promotion, alongside the catalog of products.
Last week we asked which new Motorola phone was the phone for you. With established contenders like The Moto X Pure Edition, Moto X Play, Droid Maxx 2 and the Droid Turbo 2 all going head to head. Despite a shiny, new and unbreakable new Droid Turbo 2, The Moto X Pure Edition came out on top. There were also plenty of people who weren't interested in any of the phones that Motorola has to offer.
The BlackBerry Priv is going to introduce a good many people to Android, and we're here to help guide you along the way. You'll eventually see talk online about things you can set in the developer options on your new Priv, so here's a handy guide to enabling them.
Lots of people have switched away from BlackBerry, but now there's a real reason to consider switching back.
The reasons may have been personal, professional, or both, but there are a lot of iPhone users out there today that used to be BlackBerry users. These are people who used BlackBerry for work, or just wanted something to better deal with email in the early days of smartphones, and when the iPhone started to get really good when it came to things like camera quality and third-party apps that did just about everything under the sun, those users started making the switch.
Even with the launch of BB10, there hasn't been a compelling reason for these former BlackBerry users to seriously consider switching back to BlackBerry over the last couple of years. With the release of the Android-powered BlackBerry Priv, things have changed a bit. Looking at the experiences offered by the new BlackBerry Priv and the iPhone 6s Plus, there's some compelling reasons to give switching back to BlackBerry a serious thought.
If there's one thing you can say about the design of the BlackBerry Priv and the iPhone 6s Plus, it's that they are undeniably BlackBerry and Apple. Anyone who has ever used a BlackBerry will see a Priv sitting on a table and immediately know it is a BlackBerry, and the iPhone design has become so infamous we can't go more than a couple of weeks without someone accusing another company of ripping off Apple's design language. These are icons in their own right, and not because both companies love plastering their logo on the back so it can be seen from across the room.
Naturally, the main event when looking at the BlackBerry Priv is its keyboard.
A big part of the BlackBerry Priv design is taking parts that any other manufacturer would have used to create a big fat brick and making it something you can actually hold with one hand and enjoy using. The curved display and soft-touch plastic come together to encourage one-handed use, which is something even Apple's super thin 6s Plus can't say in many situations due to the slippery aluminum uses to make up it's overly tall body. Despite their only being just over half an inch difference in screen size between these two phones, the top and bottom bezel on the iPhone make it significantly taller than the BlackBerry Priv, which has a noticeably effect on how you hold and use the phone. While the added bezel means using the 6s Plus in landscape for games and movies is great, the booming front facing speaker on the Priv offers a significantly more compelling entertainment experience.
Naturally, the main event when looking at the BlackBerry Priv is its keyboard. This phone is a vertical slider, which means you push up between the screen and the speaker and out comes a four-row QWERTY keyboard to play. It's exactly what you'd expect from a BlackBerry keyboard, which is to say typing on it is a dream. Outside of this, the keyboard is also a trackpad for navigating the interface without having to reach up to your display, which is now much taller than the iPhone 6s Plus.
Being able to navigate without leaving the keyboard, or being able to swipe up to insert word corrections, makes this keyboard a real treat to use, but the main event for constant typers is what happens with you double-tap the panel in a text block. Similar to the Force Touch function in Apple's updated keyboard, you can quickly scroll through words in a text block to make simple edits, instead of tapping around on the block itself to get where you need to go. It's a great experience, one that makes long-form typing much more comfortable than typing on a screen.
While it may be premature to say BB10 is on its way out, BlackBerry's decision to use Android for the Priv is an interesting decision. The biggest reason this decision is interesting has everything to do with the experience BlackBerry has built with this software. While BlackBerry could have created an experience that was all BlackBerry all the time and forced BlackBerry UI and UX onto the Android OS, the company opted for a setup that lets the user choose which BlackBerry experiences they want and which Android experiences they want, which winds up creating a great situation for anyone interested in this phone. The attention to detail, and the clear evidence that BlackBerry has been paying attention to the ecosystem ears the company huge points, especially if they continue to impress with software updates.
In the end, the BlackBerry Priv is a great phone for anyone, but it's a clear sign to BlackBerry users who has switched to other phones that this company isn't going anywhere and it's time to consider switching back to see how things have changed and improved over the years. At the very least, it's a sign that Android phones are going to continue being all about choosing the experience you want, and BlackBerry being a part of that now is good for everyone.
It's small enough to easily travel with and includes basic buttons for quick adjustments, but does the Anker Classic Speaker keep up with higher volumes? Not so much.
The box design of the Anker A7908 Classic Speaker looks compact and feels nice, making it perfect for portability. Its long-lasting battery inside definitely gives other Bluetooth Speakers in its price range a run for their money. Everything seems to be on point with the exception of its sound quality at higher levels. Let's take a closer look.
Motorola's offerings this year seem more diverse than they actually are, which is mostly a good thing.
It seems like Motorola has had a busy year as a Lenovo company, and a big part of that has been the sheer number of phones released. At first glance, it looks like Motorola has released a ton of phones all over the world, when in reality it's been a branding effort to distinguish hardware released in different markets. For example, the Moto X Pure Edition and the Moto X Style are basically identical, and the same can be said for the Droid Maxx 2 and the Moto X Play as well as the Droid Turbo 2 and the Moto X Force. It's confusing, no matter how you look at it, especially if you're trying to choose between them as your next phone.
If you're currently look at a phone on Verizon Wireless, we've got a quick comparison of the hardware available to you right here.
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