4 days ago

Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA links are starting to arrive — here they are!


As soon as a new Android update is announced, the hunt for OTA file links to the updates for Nexus devices begins — this time, it's Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Much to the annoyance of Nexus fans Google takes its time in rolling updates out slowly to devices, but once they're found these URLs give you a direct download of the update file that you can then sideload at your own pace. This time around, Google is also pushing out updates for various Android One devices as well, bringing them to the newest OS before other devices see their updates.

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4 days ago

Amazon's new 4K-capable Fire TV with Alexa voice actions now shipping


A handful of days after going up for initial pre-orders, Amazon's new and improved Fire TV set-top box is now available for purchase and immediate shipping. The new box, which carries the same design as the original but adds a faster processor, 4K video support and Echo-inspired "Alexa" voice actions, will set you back a smooth $99.

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4 days ago

Lightroom for Android gains total color control, new cropping tools and more


Lightroom for Android has been updated to version 1.3, bringing along with it a number of new features and controls. With this, you will have total color control, so you can refine all of the colors in your photo, you can adjust the vignette levels and much more.

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5 days ago

Verizon cancels plans to carry the Sony Xperia Z4v


Verizon has announced that it will no longer be launching the Xperia Z4v on its network. The smartphone was first introduced back in June with no information about its availability. After months of silence, Verizon has finally provided an update.

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5 days ago

Twitch updates Fire TV app with new profile pages and more


Twitch has announced an update to its app for Amazon's Fire TV, finally bringing the ability to login and follow your favorite broadcasters. In addition, there's a bit of chat support thrown in, along with new profile pages and more.

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5 days ago

On Nexus 6 Marshmallow factory images and Project Fi


The release of the Android 6 Marshmallow factory images for Nexus phones and tablets has a lot of people flashing and wiping and Marshmallow-ing today, but there are a few questions we're getting from folks using Project Fi.

The word is that there will be one unified software build for all models of the Nexus 6 — including the T-Mobile version and the Project Fi version — which have historically had separate builds for network operability. We're trying to verify this with Google, but for now we have to go with what the fine folks at Project Fi support have to say.

I spoke with John from the Fi support team, who tells me that if you have a Nexus 6 that is already Project Fi activated, you should be able to flash the new Marshmallow factory images and everything will work. If you haven't yet activated Project Fi on your Nexus 6, they can't guarantee that everything will go smoothly.

This sounds a bit like they are hedging in case things go wrong (which is understandable), but it also makes sense. We know there are changes coming to the Project Fi SIM card — with new Nexus 5X and 6P owners getting fresh cards — so changes to the activation process sound reasonable.

For what it's worth, I went ahead and flashed the new Android 6 image on my Project Fi Nexus 6. Everything seems to be working after a reboot to get the network connected, though I had a few hiccups sending SMS on Wifi while things were settling in.

Our advice right now is to hold off on your manual updating via factory image until we get an official word from the Nexus team. That is, unless you're comfortable with flashing and wiping and flashing again. It looks like things are working well, but looks can be deceiving.

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5 days ago

OnePlus finally begins selling its USB Type-C cable for just $5.49


Back at the end of July, OnePlus first announced that it would be selling its USB Type-C cable as a stand-alone purchase, but until now there was no way to actually buy it. OnePlus has finally listed the cable in its store, and at the price which it originally promised. Coming in two different sizes, 100 cm and 150 cm, pricing for the cables sits at $5.49 and $6.99 respectively.

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5 days ago

Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings revamped 'Flappy' Easter Egg game


Multiplayer options and refreshed Marshmallow graphics

With the arrival of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow system images for Nexus devices, we've got our first look at the new Easter Egg game for the latest version of the OS. Marshmallow continues the tradition of hiding fun stuff behind multiple taps of the Android version number under "Settings > About device", and this years is a refresh of Lollipop's ridiculously tricky Flappy Bird-style game.

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5 days ago

Gadgets of the week: Samsung Gear S2, Chromecast Audio and more!


Here's a peek at the week's latest and greatest.

It's been a busy week on all fronts, and there's a ton of new toys to recap. As usual, we're taking a look at connected accessories of all kinds to recently hit store shelves, including wearables, wireless audio, smarthome accessories, and anything else that plays nice with your Android phone or tablet. Samsung's Gear S2 is now available to order, offering a fully round screen and good fashion sense. Don't let the Tizen software turn you off though; the apps it's managed to include are quite impressive. We can't forget the new Chromecast stuff, either. The newest dongle is built for audio, allowing you to cast from your favorite music service on your phone out to your existing speakers with minimal fuss. Let's take a look at what else is new.

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5 days ago

Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images now available from Google


Google has just posted the first batch of Marshmallow factory images. The first release is available for a variety of smartphones, tablets and Android TV devices.

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5 days ago

Samsung Gear VR for Galaxy S6, S6 edge and Note 4 only $99 at Best Buy


If you've had your eyes on the Samsung Gear VR, but weren't completely sold on the $200 price point, this deal from Best Buy may excite you. The retailer has slashed the price of the VR headset by 50 percent, dropping it down to just $99.

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5 days ago

BBM gains Sticker Club, PayPal account integration and more


The latest BBM update for Android brings a number of new features to the cross platform messaging app. You will now be able to send BBM contacts money through a conversation by connecting your PayPal account. Additionally, BlackBerry is introducing a new BBM Sticker Club, which will gain you access to hundreds of sticker packs.

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5 days ago

Hands-on with the Bud-E Fridge


Let's talk about beer for a minute. Specifically, lets talk about beer on game day.

If you're the person who hosts the weekly game, there's usually a routine to be followed in preparation for the game. The TV is adjusted for optimal viewing from every seat in the room, plans are made for snacks or a meal, and if your group of friends drink during the game there's usually a plan for making sure you don't run out. That could be grabbing a case for the group or it could be everyone bringing a little something and piling it all in the fridge. This part of the routine is something Budweiser felt could use a little extra technology. Something that made it easier for you and your friends to quickly check and see how many beers were already there to be consumed, so you could plan around it.

That something is called the Bud-E Fridge, and we've been using one for a couple of weeks now. Lets take a look.

The first thing you'll notice about this beverage fridge is the branding. It's a bright blue box with Bud Light scrawled across the front. On the top left on the fridge door you've got a round display, with a row of buttons across the top of the fridge door for controlling the fridge. Opening the door reveals three shelves, each with six bottle or can-sized rows. The top two rows work well for holding bottles, while the bottom row is explicitly for smaller cans, but for the most part you can mix and match as you choose.

Each row has a blue spacer that sits behind the drinks you put in the fridge, which is important. Every time you put a beer in or take a beer out of this fridge, those blue spacers help the computer inside this fridge determine how many drinks are inside, and this information is then displayed on the front of the fridge. You can see at a glance how much is left, and there's even an empty to full gauge to help show you how much more the fridge can hold.

As a beverage fridge, it gets the job done. You can set the temperature from the buttons on the top, and it does a good job keeping everything that temperature, which is expected. Where the Bud-E Fridge gets interesting is the app you use to remotely access and control this pieced of connected home tech.

After you create an account in the app, a series of pulsing lights give instructions to the photo sensor on the top of the fridge, pairing it to your local Wifi network and connecting you to your fridge. You can now see how many drinks are in your fridge from anywhere, but you now also have some extra options to play with. There's a security feature that will ping you with a notification should anyone open the fridge while you are away, a countdown clock for when beer you just put in the fridge will be cold, and the ability to order more Bud Light from the app if you're running low. You can also tell your E-Fridge what your favorite Football team is, and it will remind you to stock up when your team is playing. True fans can even have their Bud-E Fridge cheer along with you when your team scores or wins.

Arguably the most interesting feature in the Bud E-Fridge arsenal is the ability to invite friends to your fridge through apps on their phones. This makes it possible for friends to check on your beer level before heading over, and through the Events section of the app you can make plans that only the group is privy to. There's also a chat service baked into the app, so everyone can communicate as a group with no problem. It's impressively social, as long as you don't think too hard about your social experience largely revolving around a beer fridge.

Overall, the Bud-E Fridge is a cool idea. The app could stand to improve a little, maybe allow for more than just NFL and NHL teams to be set as the teams to follow, but it's not hard to see why someone would want one of these. You have to either be really in to Bud Light or just not care at all about the branding to appreciate the full effect, but the underlying concepts are cool and it actually works. Budweiser currently has the full retail price of this fridge at $599, but is making it available on their website for a significantly more reasonable $299 for a limited time.

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5 days ago

Twitter names co-founder Jack Dorsey as new CEO, will remain as leader of Square


Twitter has found its new CEO, and it's a name from the past. The company's board of directors have named Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey to return as its permanent Chief Executive Officer. Dorsey was named as Twitter's interim CEO in June while the company searched for a replacement for its last leader Dick Costolo, who served as CEO from 2010 to July 2015.

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5 days ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: At the nexus of anticipation


A week of anticipation, resolved and pending.

The word of the week is 'anticipation'. We saw the resolution of that concept in Google's announcements of the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, along with a shiny new Pixel C tablet and updated Chromecast media streamers. But that's not all — we also saw the launch of the new OS X 10.11 El Capitan from Apple, bringing Macs around the world up to the latest and greatest

And while Apple and Google are busy resolving anticipation, it's only building for BlackBerry and Microsoft. BlackBerry's let loose a bit more about the BlackBerry Priv Android slider, but the week ahead is going to belong to Microsoft with an enormous New York City event where we expect to see not one, but two variants of the Lumia 950 as well as a Surface Pro 4 tablet and an even-bigger Surface XL tablet.

It was an exciting week, and it's going to be an exciting week. Let's dive in!

Android Central — All Nexus all the time!

It's entirely possible that we've never had a week as big as this one, having hit the West Coast for the Google's 2015 Nexus event, then the East Coast for an LG event with a big new phone, and a sneak peek at a new watch.

CrackBerry — It's Priv time

With all the Priv by BlackBerry and earnings call news that happened last week, this was a little slower paced by comparison but there was still plenty more Priv to talk about and show off.

iMore — El Capitan has landed!

Another week, another operating system from Apple! Joining iOS 9 and watchOS 2 we now have OS X 10.11 El Capitan and all new Mac mojo that comes with it! Of course, we're still in the midst of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch-mania, and Apple TV and iPad Pro are still to come. So. Much. Fall. Stuff!

Windows Central — Anticipation

This week was a rather good week if you are into leaked news, bad if you are Microsoft and looking to keep a secret. Indeed, we saw more information about the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL – expected to be announced this coming Tuesday – arrive in the form of new, high-resolution photos. That was after Microsoft accidently listed the phones on their website.

Likewise, the new budget Lumia 550 got some new renders and even Microsoft's new Treasure Tag accessory got peeked at via the FCC. At this point, Microsoft just needs to fill in the details like pricing and dates for their phones.

In other news, we compared those news Nexus phones from Google to the upcoming Lumias and even pitted the Google Pixel C against the similarly-priced Surface 3.

Kicked — The future is now: a hoverboard for real-life!

This week on Kicked Weekly we feature a high-tech hoverboard and a low-tech device to help you take selfies with your dog! We also looks at some other cool campaigns including a digital camera with a retro twist! You can probably guess Dan's favorite subject to shoot. Keep it tuned to Kicked as we've got some fun stuff coming up soon including another giveaway!

For the coolest crowd funding projects you need to know about (along with a few weekly antics) be sure to subscribe to the Kicked TV YouTube Channel and follow us on social media. We're active on Twitter, Facebook and of course Instagram.

Connectedly — For the connected life

This week on Connectedly, we learned that Amazon Dash buttons can be a lot of fun, with hacks that can control your Tesla and order you pizza. We also saw the release of a few new products, including the new TiVo Bolt home entertainment device, a new more "affordable" Red Raven 4K camera, Hero+ GoPro announced, and the Logi Circle home security camera. On the lighter side, we looked at tech products we can't believe actually exist, and tech struggles today's youth will never experience.

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