PSA Stories February 2, 2016

PSA: ZenFone Zoom is now available for $399

It wasn’t until just recently that the ZenFone Zoom, which ASUS showed off at CES more than a year ago, finally went up for pre-order. Now, you can buy the phone outright in all its leather-backed glory over at B&H for $399 shipped. The main feature that sets this phone apart is its camera with optical zoom, allowing the lenses within to actually move forward and backward physically to offer up to 3x zoom without losing any image quality.

PSA Stories January 21, 2016

YouTube now lets you enable playback looping with just a couple clicks

YouTube now lets you click a convenient button to enable endless looping of videos. It’s not a feature that has been impossible to add without the help of a quick Chrome extension install, but now it’s accessible on YouTube’s site without needing to install any third-party software at all. Just right-click the YouTube viewer and click “Loop”…

Perhaps you just love that new Coldplay single, or you want to watch a funny 10 second clip on repeat. We’ve all had at least one moment that this feature would have come in handy, and now it’s here. Maybe you could head over to our YouTube channel and turn the feature on for a while? Or just watch our videos. Yeah, that would be great. Here’s a quick link.

PSA Stories January 19, 2016

PSA: ASUS just pushed Android for Work support, bug fixes to the ZenFone 2

ASUS just pushed a maintenance release to the ZenFone 2, according to a thread posted by the company on its ZenTalk forum. The update fixes several issues as you can see below, as well as adds support for Android for Work and a new “Screenshot sound settings” menu.

Here’s the full change log:

1.Fixed video sound issue. 2.Fixed google play stop service . 3.Fixed SD cards issue. 4.Fixed SmartBox not read the phone issue. 5.Fixed can not control the volume of YouTube when using miracast. 6.Fixed the issue of displaying wrong operator name when roaming and searching network. 7.Fixed phone hang-up issue in Russia 8.Fixed PosteMobile NFC issue (ZE551ML only) 9.Support Android for Work 10.Improve ASUS ZenUI Launcher stability 11.Improve Cell Broadcast stability 12.Fix the failure to share Photo Collage picture via Email 13.Several Apps update 14.Improve power usage of Email App

#        New Features 1.Add Screenshot sound settings

As far as we can tell, the update is still Lollipop, and is only going out to the standard ZenFone 2 at the moment. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you’re already seeing the update—my handy ZenFone 2 is still update-less.

PSA Stories October 7, 2015

PSA: First Android for Work online conference happening November 4th

Google isn’t just building Android for mainstream consumers — the company also wants to tackle the business sector. And to educate business owners on why they might want to take advantage of what Google has to offer, the Mountain View company is holding its first Android for Work online conference, dubbed Android for Work Live, on November 4th.

At Android for Work Live, you’ll:

  • Hear from Andrew Toy, product management director for Android for Work, who’ll discuss the broad vision of Android in the workplace and how businesses can mobilize every worker and workflow.
  • Learn how Android’s vast selection of devices – from affordable phones to locked-down hardware and customized devices – creates choice and agility for BYOD, corporate deployments and single-purpose scenarios.
  • Get an in-depth look at how companies can rely on Android’s built-in multi-layered protections to keep business data secure and managed across all devices in an overview from Adrian Ludwig, technical lead for Android security.
  • Hear insights from Android customers, including Guardian Life Insurance Company.

If this sounds interesting to you, Google says you can register for the event over at the Google for Work website.

PSA Stories September 17, 2015

PSA: ASUS now offers a 16 GB ZenFone 2 variant w/ 4 GB of RAM for $229

We got our first look at the ZenFone 2 all the way back at CES 2015 (and we recently gave the ZenFone 2E the review treatment), but now it appears (via Lilliputing), that ASUS is offering yet another model of the phone. While its hefty 4 GB of RAM was previously restricted to the higher-capacity models, ASUS is now offering a 16 GB model with the larger memory option for $229.

If you’re in the market to add a ZenFone to your Android arsenal, but you don’t want to pitch the extra cost for the 64 GB model, this is your handset of choice. Previously, the 16 GB model — which started at just $200 — was offered only with 2 GB of RAM, but now you can double the RAM for $30 more. It’s a no brainer, especially considering 2 GB of RAM is a little on the low side for 2015.

You can grab the new variant — in black, silver, gold, or red — on Amazon for $229 shipped.

 

 

PSA Stories June 23, 2015

PSA: You can now tweak which apps & services show up in Google notifications

Google has lately been shuffling around its notification menu, most recently adding separate Google Photos notifications that tell you when the newly-launched “Assistant” has made a collage, video, or GIF from your library. But there might be some people who don’t want to see their Google Photos notifications (or perhaps more likely, those who don’t want to see their Google+ notifications), and Google has today launched an accommodation for those circumstances. There’s now a familiar gear icon in the notification drop-down that lets you access a new “Settings” page for toggling which notifications you want to receive…

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