Alphabet has announced that the third-gen Nest smart thermostat is now readily available for purchase in the UK. The latest version of the connected home accessory was launched a few months ago and has already been made available in the US. You can now buy it here in the UK for £199.99.
Though Google and ASUS took the wraps off of their new little Chrome OS computer called the Chromebit back in March, the two companies are finally ready to release it into the wild — and they're doing it at a great price, just $85. For that money you're getting a tiny stick that contains a full computer, with a Rockchip ARM processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 802.11ac Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0 and even a USB port. The whole thing can plug directly into the HDMI port of your favorite monitor or TV and instantly turn that screen into a full-on computer.
If you're a frequent American Airlines flyer, the your mobile experience just got a little more pleasant. The airline has updated its Android app with an all new look, interactive terminal maps, and more.
Last week we asked if you'd run out to pick up the new BlackBerry Priv. As BlackBerry's first phone running Android, and with a slickly designed keyboard, this phone came out of nowhere to wow us. You told us they didn't wow you enough though, and most people said they weren't interested in this shiny new phone.
Google Maps uses content contributions from volunteers called Local Guides, and those users are now going to be rewarded for their efforts. The company has announced it has started a program that offers Local Guides some freebies based on their level of participation.
There are plenty of cute, and animated Watch Faces for Android Wear these days. Few however are quite as cute as walking around with an animated scooter telling the time on your wrist. Watch Face: Scooter on Android Wear is a great, simple watch face that gets you the details at a glance. It's currently free on the Google Play Store and great for anybody who wants a change of pace, without having to thumb through options to find a balance that's pleasing to the eye.
A whole lot of people who want to record video so it can be enjoyed in VR — meaning the ability to look around and see things around you, not YouTube's silly new VR mode — felt their wallets shrivel up and die when Google announced their Jump camera rig. It looks like an incredible way to capture VR, but it also means you need 16 GoPro cameras and a whole lot of additional equipment, which is pretty far from affordable for most folks. What makes Jump compelling is Google helping with the heavy lifting, the video stitching and preparing video for a VR experience, but at that price it's still something most folks won't be shelling out for.
Fortunately for everyone, the folks at LucidCam have been working on an alternative that makes capturing for VR as simple as using a single camera in your hand.
Sonos has brought back its 2-room Starter Kit, which saves you $50 on the purchase of two Play:1 speakers. The kit, which is priced at $349, is perfect for anyone. Whether you are looking to get started with Sonos in your home, or are looking to add a few more speakers to an existing set-up, you can save some money on doing so.
Lowes, the home improvement retailer, has announced its second-generation Iris Smart Home Solution package, which brings big improvements over the first. This time around, Lowes has updated the software and released a new mobile app, and when paired with the new hardware it brings some new functionality, along with faster performance. The mobile app makes it easier to navigate, as users can control devices with just a tap now.
Redesigned from the ground up for a more personalized, intuitive consumer experience and support the faster onboarding of a larger product ecosystem, Iris now works with more than 75 devices. By implementing a mobile-first philosophy that focuses on simplicity, speed and customization, Lowe's has reinvigorated the smart home. The next generation Iris mobile app and hardware more seamlessly blend the digital and physical worlds, giving users an intuitive interactive way to communicate with their home and make their lives easier.
You can buy the new Smart Home Solution as individual pieces, or as part of a kit. Starting at $22.99 for the contact sensor, the individual pieces can go as high as $59.99 each, which is the price of the hub itself. You can buy a smart plug for $34.99, motion sensor for $29.99, smart button or fob for $24.99 and finally the smart keypad for $39.99. As far as kits, Lowes is offering a Security Pack and a Home Automation Pack.
The Security pack includes two Iris contact sensors, a motion sensor and a smart keypad and is priced at $99. The Home Automation Pack includes two contact sensors, a motion sensor, a smart plug and a smart button for $129. The new kits from Iris are now available from their site.
The NVIDIA Shield Android TV set-top box is now an even better value thanks to the addition of a TV-style remote. The $49.99 accessory for the device has been available as a separate purchase, but it is now bundled with the Shield Android TV and its game controller without raising its current $199.99 price tag. Amazon is offering the package for $175.
The best alternative to unlimited data is a smarter network, and Google seems to get that.
I've been a Verizon Wireless customer for as long as I can remember. My parents had Verizon when I got my first phone, and while I've tried to go elsewhere for a cheaper service before I usually find myself back on Verizon shortly after. Recently, Big Red decided I needed to pay an additional $50 every month for my three unlimited data lines, and so I decided it was time to test the waters elsewhere once more. I've always told those who ask that unlimited data was important to me, not because of my usage but for the peace of mind associated with it. To never need to care about how much data I'm using, be it a month of heavy usage or one where I'm on WiFi nearly the whole month. One less thing to worry about, and at the rate I had been paying that peace of mind was worth the fee.
Now that prices are going up, I decided to dive headfirst into Project Fi and see what happened when I limited myself to 1GB of data and actually payed attention to what I was using. I ordered a SIM, transferred my Google Voice number over, and set my Verizon account aside for a month. Today I am back on Verizon Wireless, but I'm also paying very close attention to what Google does with Fi over the next couple of months.
Amazon is currently hosting a deal that saves you up to 60 percent on select PNY products. Included in this deal is incredible savings on microSD cards, USB flash drives, full sized SD cards, and even portable power banks to keep you charged on the go.
Actor Ashton Kutcher is helping to promote two of Motorola's newest smartphones, the Droid Turbo 2 and Moto X Pure Edition, in a new marketing campaign. It involves tricking people into participating in an "experience" to find out their relationship with their smartphones.
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