Fitbit has announced three new fitness wearables today, the Charge, Charge HR, and Surge. All three devices will track your steps, sleep and more. The Charge is available today, while the Charge HR and Surge will both be available in early 2015.
Amazon has fired off a salvo against Google's Chromecast and the Roku Stick with the just announced Fire TV Stick. The HDMI streaming video dongle is now available for pre-order for $39, with shipments beginning on November 19. However, current and new members of Amazon Prime can get the Fire TV Stick for just $19 for the next two days.
After announcing plans to launch the OnePlus One via an e-commerce partner in the country later this year, OnePlus is now stating that the device in India will be initially sold through the invite-only system followed by other launch countries. The silver lining is that the invites will be specific to India, and that they will be "neither scarce nor impossible to come by."
Asus is targeting the entry-level market with its latest tablet in the MeMO Pad series, the awkwardly named MeMO Pad 10 Me103K. Set to retail for $199 in black or white color variants, the tablet offers a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and Android 4.4 KitKat.
Google acquired satellite startup Skybox earlier this year, and now the search giant has announced the Skybox for Good program, through which Google will provide non-profit organizations and projects access to real-time satellite imagery.
In a statement provided today, Xiaomi has outlined measures it is undertaking to allay user concerns after it was revealed that devices like the Redmi 1S were sending user data back to the vendor's servers in China.
Nice mix of apps to look at this week! Whether you want to be productive, stay organized, jam out or even have a little fun in your downtime, there's something on this weeks list you'll want to have a look at.
This is also a good week to think about how far mobile apps have come in such a short time. Looking back at some of the first apps from 2008, then comparing the user interface and feature set to today's great apps is a stunner. Google is getting better at delivering the right tools, and the developers are getting better and making beautiful things with them.
You can now order the Nexus Player Gamepad allowing you to play your Android games on a big screen HDTV at home with the $99 Google Nexus Player. The $40 Bluetooth 3.0 accessory is now available in the Play store and is said to ship in three to four weeks. For multiplayer gaming, you can connect up to four Gamepads together.
Flip cases aren't for everyone, but if you're going that route this is the one to get
Putting together a Samsung phone and an S-View case is like combining peanut butter and jelly — they're just meant to be together. If Samsung didn't make such a pretty penny selling these cases there'd probably be one in every phone box, because they really do work well in conjunction with Samsung's phones. The latest S-View case and the Galaxy Note 4 are no exception.
You get your choice of colors to spice up your Note 4, and in any case you get a little extra grip, complete screen protection and a few cool features if you're willing to put up with the extra bulk. Read along and check out our full review of the new S-View Flip Cover for the Galaxy Note 4.
Others seeing 'Shuan the Sheep' — also good, but with less outer space stuff
If you've been always meaning to watch the Oscar-winning "Gravity" but just never got around to it — or if you just weren't in a rush to spend money on wonky acts of physics — now might be your chance to catch the otherwise spectacular space flick for free. A number of folks this weekend are seeing "Gravity" appear in their Google Play Movies "Watch Now" queue for free, with Google saying "This one's on us."
You don't actually have to add it to your library if you don't want to (take note, Apple and U2). But it's a free movie, and a fun one at that. Give it a watch if you haven't already.
We've already seen much of what's to come in the Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo thanks to some marketing leaks (you can see the full Droid Turbo specs as we currently know them), but this weekend we're getting one of our best looks at the upcoming phone in proper physical form thanks to Motofirmware — and in its full retail duds at that.
Along with a great look at the phone itself, we get confirmation that it'll ship with the Motorola Turbo Charger, which quickly gets a dead phone to a partial charge.
Saturday mornings at my house (providing that I'm not on the road) usually go something like this: I wake up way too early for a weekend. I enjoy, oh, maybe an hour of quiet time with a cup of coffee, a bit of music (turned way the hell down) and some reading. Not Android. Not work. Just reading.
At some point a kid wakes up. Doesn't matter which one. And as soon as soon as that happens, Dad Mode has to kick in. (Lest we wake the sleeping Maternal Unit I left behind in the bedroom to grab whatever extra time she can after elbowing my snoring face all night. But that's another story.)
Much of Lollipop's accessibility features are unchanged from KitKat, but there are a few new bits inside
With Android 5.0 Lollipop comes a whole bunch of accessibility features for those who need to use them. While many have been carried across from previous versions of Android, there are some new things inside that will open things up to a new audience who perhaps struggled to use the platform before.
This is just the base of what's going to be on Android devices from Lollipop and up. Device makers can build upon this as they desire. But, read on to see an overview of what's what in Android 5.0.
"Ok Google... why didn't my alarm go off this morning?"
The latest Google Search update seems to have brought a new bug along with all the bug fixes and police cards, causing what once were hands-free commands for timers and alarms to now need an extra button press to set. Some users can still set them without needing to push the actual 'set timer' or 'set alarm' button while others have to press this extra button. The effect seems to be somewhat spotty, with an old Note 2 still puttering away hands-free while a few Moto X's have lost the touch-free aspect of this handy little command.
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