Let’s face it, when companies are interviewed at tech conferences, they talk about all kinds of crazy stuff that will never be launched – like the idea of wearing a digital tattoo to unlock your phone. Except this time, more than a year after first discussing the idea at the D11 conference last May, Motorola has actually done it and is showing it off in a new video … Read more
In April of this year, it was announced that JW Player would soon be adding support for the Chromecast, and today the feature finally went live for everyone. For those unfamiliar, the JW Player platform powers a variety of popular websites including ESPN and millions of others. With today’s release of JW Player 6.9, it just got a whole lot easier to view web video on your TV.
A report out today thanks to the Wall Street Journal says that Google tried to buy Spotify late last year. The person familiar with the matter says that talks fell through for a variety of reasons, but a big one was that the company was asking a very high price in order to be bought out. Also, the person says that Larry Page isn’t quite fond of subscription services in general, and it doesn’t seem that helped negotiations much.
Android Wear is still in its infancy, with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live the only devices on the market, but that hasn’t stopped developers from taking advantage of the new opportunities that the platform presents. SWIP3 is a new match-three puzzler that now holds the accomplishment of being the first game designed specifically for Android Wear. Read more
The eBay-owned app RedLaser — available for quite some time now on mobile platforms — has today landed on Google Glass. Using the well-known “OK Glass” voice command, you can use RedLaser to quickly price check products you see on the shelf in front of you. But the app doesn’t stop there, letting you also find products that are physically within your vicinity.
Google has expanded its catalog of online training courses offered in partnership with educational website Udacity with a new course called “Developing Scalable Apps,” teaching Java developers how to build apps using the Google App Engine. The course costs $150 per month to enroll, providing projects with ongoing feedback, guidance from coaches and verified certificates. Read more
Republic Wireless’ big pitch has been dumping your home phone and wireless plans in favor of its hybrid calling services that blends WiFi and on the go carrier calling powered by Sprint’s network. Now, the company is going after your local cable company, well sort of. Today, Republic Wireless announced a new promotion that bundles a Google Chromecast with the purchase of a new Moto X.
Yesterday, Evleaks posted a photo of an alleged T-Mobile exclusive phablet device made by hardware manufacture ZTE. No specs had been leaked other than the lone photo…until today. T-MoNews this afternoon was able to get their hands on a partial purported spec sheet. According to the report, the device is being dubbed the ‘Olympia’, with a model number of ‘Z970′. It features a 6″ inch display of an unknown resolution, and an 8MP rear-facing camera capable of shooting in full 1080P, with a measly 0.9MP front-facing counterpart. The device is said to be running stock Android 4.4.2 aside from a few T-Mobile apps preinstalled. Although initial photos of the device show it featuring a metal chassis, the report claims ZTE is pulling a Samsung, coating plastic in a metal looking paint.
The rest of the device’s specs, such as its processor, RAM and price remain unknown, but those can go either way. T-Mobile and ZTE might launch the Olympia as a high-end, Galaxy Note 4 competitor, or leave the Note 4 in a realm of its own, launching the Olympia is a mid-range option for those interested in treading into phablet territory without dropping bottom dollar.
There’s nothing worse than wanting something you can’t have. Unfortunately, that happens to be the case for the best Android smartphone on the market. Of course, “best” is completely subjective, but there are a lot of factors that make the OnePlus One my go-to Android smartphone and 2014′s “flagship killer.” It may not have everything for everyone, but it has everything I need and all for half the price of the current competition.
When the OnePlus One was introduced, it dropped jaws within the Android community. It’s powered by the latest and greatest specifications on the market and priced at just $299 for the 16GB model and $349 for the 64GB model. The catch is, you’ll need an invitation to buy it. Yup, that’s right an invitation, but we’ll talk about that more in a little bit…
Liberio, an online eBook publishing platform the based on Google Drive went from beta to official today. Designed to connect to Drive, this new tool lets you import just about any text-based document and convert it into an eBook that is compliant with industry standards, making it compatible with most major online stores like Amazon, Google Play Books or the iBooks Store.
Amazon has launched its first entry into the mobile wallet space with a new app called “Amazon Wallet,” now available in beta on the Amazon Appstore and the Play Store (via TechCrunch). Sadly, the app is oddly incapable in its current state, and doesn’t quite live up to the promise of being a true competitor to PayPal and Google Wallet — it can’t currently store credit cards or debit cards and is mostly geared at storing your gift cards and loyalty cards.