Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Amazon Echo Dot gen 2

Echo Dot packaging
BLUF:  It's smaller than gen 1 but functions exactly the same with more buttons and less dials.

Friday, July 15, 2016

2017 Honda Accord EX-L Hybrid Overview

I wanted to call this a review but I didn't really comment on how much I liked or didn't like anything about the car so, here's the 2017 Honda Accord EX-L Hybrid overview.

Psst, don't get the touring edition unless you're just a huge fan of cool headlights.  You can get full navigation using Android Auto or Apple CarPlay for free and save $3,000.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Full list of Chromebooks that will support the Google Play App Store


As I mentioned yesterday, Android Apps are coming to Chromebooks in the very near future.  Here's the full list of Chromebooks that will support the Google Play store in June and in the fall as well.

Source: Google

ManufacturerDevice
AcerChromebook 11 C740
Chromebase 24
Chromebook 11 CB3-111 / C730 / CB3-131
Chromebook 15 CB5-571 / C910
Chromebook 15 CB3-531
Chromebox CXI2
Chromebook R11 C738T
Chromebook 14 CB3-431
Chromebook 14 for Work
AsusChromebook C200
Chromebook C201
Chromebook C202SA
Chromebook C300SA
Chromebook C300
Chromebook Flip C100PA
Chromebox CN62
Chromebit CS10
AOpenChromebox Commercial
Chromebase Commercial 22"
BobicusChromebook 11
CDIeduGear Chromebook M Series
eduGear Chromebook K Series
CTLChromebook J2 / J4
N6 Education Chromebook
J5 Convertible Chromebook
DellChromebook 11 3120
Chromebook 13 7310
EdxisChromebook
Education Chromebook
GoogleChromebook Pixel (2015)
HaierChromebook 11
Chromebook 11e
Chromebook 11 G2
HexaChromebook Pi
HiSenseChromebook 11
LavaXolo Chromebook
HPChromebook 11 G3 / G4 / G4 EE
Chromebook 14 G4
Chromebook 13
Lenovo100S Chromebook
N20 / N20P Chromebook
N21 Chromebook
ThinkCentre Chromebox
ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
N22 Chromebook
Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
Thinkpad 11e Chromebook Gen 2
MedionAkoya S2013
Chromebook S2015
M&AChromebook
NComputingChromebook CX100
NexianChromebook 11.6"
PCMergeChromebook PCM-116E
Poin2Chromebook 11
SamsungChromebook 2 11" - XE500C12
Chromebook 3
Sector 5E1 Rugged Chromebook
SenkatelC1101 Chromebook
ToshibaChromebook 2
Chromebook 2 (2015)
True IDCChromebook 11
ViglenChromebook 11

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Android apps are officially coming to Chromebooks

Source: Google

This has be a solid rumor for over a month, but now it's official.  The Google Play Store is coming to Chromebooks giving you a million reasons to buy a Chromebook this fall.

Pre-Register for your Allo and Duo apps from Google


Allo, the messaging app, and Duo, the video calling app can be added to your wishlist on Google Play.  This will give you an alert with the official Google apps are available for download in a few months.

Sign up for Allo here
Sign up for Duo here

These are the two official Google apps so you don't have to worry about fake apps popping up claiming they are the official Google apps.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Google I/O announcements day 1

Source: Google

Google's annual 3 day tech conference called Google I/O started today and here are some things of note from day 1.

Google wants your help naming Android N


At  Google I/O conference today, one of the presenters expressed how difficult it was to continually come up with dessert names for their Android operating system.  Well, now they asked for your input. If you head over to android.com/n you will be able to provide your suggestions for the official name of Android N.

Past names have been sweet treats like Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop and Marshmallow so think of something sweet and you might have a chance.

Nachos, Nougat, Nerds, Nestle, Nuts, something along those lines might work.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Snapchat live emojis


Snapchat recently updated their Android app with live emojis that can follow a moving object in a video.  The update isn't out for iOS yet but it'll be on the way in a few weeks.

Here's how it works.....

Thursday, April 14, 2016

New Kindle Oasis E-reader announced

Source: Amazon


Amazon unveiled the latest edition of their Kindle line up called the Oasis bringing their E-reader lineup to 5 total devices.  With the Oasis you'll have a Kindle with the longest battery life that's further supported with a leather cover that also hold a battery and charges the Oasis while connected.

Dope Nexus 5X and 6P cases!

The video from MKBHD says it all. If you own a Nexus 5X or 6P, you need to order one of these $35 cases.




Order them here: Live Case Studio




Thursday, March 31, 2016

Amazon dash buttons for EVERYTHING!


Amazon has been testing out its dash buttons for almost a year and now they have opened the program up to almost every home use item possible.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Why you shouldn't buy the $400 iPhone SE


Apple recently announced the 4" iPhone SE and Apple finally has a phone that can be bought for a reasonable price.  At $400 the 16GB iPhone SE is in direct competition with the Nexus phones from Google, the Moto X, and the OnePlus phones.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Apple announces the 9.7" iPad Pro and iPhone SE

Apple held an event today to "Loop you in" on the iPhone SE and iPad Pro announcements. After about 30 minutes of talking about how Apple in innovating and implementing the "Reuse and Renew" theme to recycle old parts of their devices, they got to the announcements.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Android N is released to developers and the Pixel C is 25% off

Source: TechnoBuffalo

In somewhat surprising news Google released the developer version of Android N well before Google I/O which is scheduled to May.  In addition to releasing Android N, Google allows people to registers as developers and get 25% off on the Pixel C so you can test your apps.

You can get instructions how to dowload Android N for a supported device here.

You can Register for your Developer 25% discount here.

You can buy the Pixel C here.

With the discount you can get a Pixel C with keyboard for around $540 depending on taxes.  Previously the same combination would have cost you almost $700.

Google's Project Fi is now invite free

A while back I told you how Google was changing the MVNO game with a service called Project Fi.  Fi is an MVNO which is a mobile carrier that uses another carrier's network.  

MVNO's tend to be cheaper because they use the network infrastructure of the big 4 (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) have built and maintain.  This reduces costs and those savings are passed on to customers.

Signing up for Project Fi used to be by invite only (it required you to sign up on the Fi website and wait a week or two to get approved) but now the invite part is gone.  

Friday, March 4, 2016

Introducing the Amazon Tap

Amazon introduced the Tap which is essentially a portable Amazon Echo.  It has all of the same voice command features of the Echo, but has a 9 hour battery life.  

Meet the Amazon echo dot


Amazon came out with the connected Echo speaker last year and it's meant to be a hub for your home similar to asking Siri or OK Google on your phone.  You can ask it for your schedule, the weather, turn off or on lights or even to play some music and it can respond to your requests with the built in speaker.  The only drawback is that it costs $179 which is a lot for a BT speaker if you don't factor in the voice command and home automation details.

Now, Amazon has come out with a way to get all of the features of the Echo without the cost of an Echo and it's called the echo dot for $89.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Google wants you to pay with your voice

Mobile payments are the new battlefield for companies to fight over, and Google (which already has Android Pay) just threw another ball onto the playing field.

Google introduced a new app for Android and iOS called Hands Free that allows customers to pay simply by walking the the cashier and saying, "I'd like to pay with Google"

Monday, February 29, 2016

Apple vs the FBI and what you need to know


As many people may know, Apple is in a battle of security versus privacy with the FBI over the San Bernardino shooters locked iPhone 5c.

While I won't claim to be a legal expert by any means, I will attempt to break down what's happening with this case and why it should matter to you.

This is going to be a long post but bare with me...

Social engineering hack




If you've ever wanted to know how 90% of all companies and people get hacked, watch this video.  You can start at the 37:50 mark, but Leo Laporte will explain how social engineering was used to hack a guy who asked people to hack him.  He thought he was secure and smart and it couldn't be done and the simplest techniques took him down and gave hackers FULL CONTROL of his computer.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New Facebook buttons are live


A few weeks ago I mentioned how Facebook was finally going to add more ways to "like" posts on their website.  Well, that ability to do more than just like a post is now finally live for everyone.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge announcement



Significant changes to the S6 versions are listed below.

Galaxy S7:
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
5.1" screen (edge version has 5.5" screen)
3000mAh battery (edge version has a 3600mAh battery)
4GB RAM
Micro SD support
IP68 Water resistant
12MP Camera
Samsung Pay pre-installed

MWC: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event



Samsung Galaxy S7 announcement.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

And so it begins at MWC


Mobile World Congress is upon us in Barcelona, Spain and as usual, Manufacturers typically announce their devices before the actual show.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

[Update #2] The beginning of the end? Judge ruled that Apple has to help FBI gain access to San Bernadino Killer's phone


In a court ruling that may change many future rulings, a US magistrate court ordered Apple to help the FBI gain access to the San Bernardino killer's iPhone.

[Updated] Donald Trumps Strikes again


In an unsurprising move, Donald Trump one ups Jeb Bush once again.  Apparently, Jeb Bush let ownership of his domain jebbush.com lapse and Donald Trump's crew was quick to scoop up the rights.  Now jebbush.com redirects to donaldjtrump.com.

Try it for yourself by typing jebbush.com into your browser.

Politics, such fun

Update:  I guess pranking Jeb Bush is no longer fun as jebbush.com does not redirect to Donald Trump's page anymore.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Review: TechMatte Multi Angle tablet/phone stand


I'll start this review off by saying, if you consume a lot of video on your phone or tablet, you might want to pick up the TechMatte Stand, it's really that good.

Tesla Model 3 will be up for pre-order by April 1st


In a Twitter announcement Tesla CEO Elon Musk said pre-orders for the awaited Model 3 will start in stores March 31st and online April 1. Even though the Model 3 has not been seen, it is probably the most anticipated Tesla to date.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Well, this is awkward..... [Upated]

iPhones have always been regarded as having great cameras. Microsoft's Lumia phones are almost always considered the best and the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy line are usually 2nd or 3rd depending on who's writing the review.  Apple CEO Tim Cook did iPhone camera’s and extreme disservice while attending Super Bowl 50 last night by posting this tweet.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: Turtle Beach - Ear Force Recon 50P gaming headphones

Lets start this review off with the truth and let you know up front that I am not a gamer.  I have always owned gaming systems, but I would never be known as a "Gamer".

Now that is out of the way, let's just say that these headphones are absolutely amazing in every way.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Microsoft wins and loses during the AFC championship game




Microsoft inked a partnership deal with the NFL before last season that would have Microsoft Surface tablets replace paper printouts that NFL teams used to analyze pre-snap formations.  Last year Microsoft had trouble getting TV crews to actually call them Surface tablets and constantly referred to them as "iPads".  This year during the New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos AFC Championship game, Microsoft took another hit.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Google pays Apple $1 billion to keep its search bar on the iPhone



In an unsurprising move Google paid Apple $1 billion to remain the main search provider on iOS devices.  I say unsurprising because Google reportedly paid Apple a similar amount a few years ago for the same privilege.

Whatsapp drops its $1 yearly fee


Whatsapp  announced they will drop their yearly $1 fee to use their mobile chat service.  Whatsapp is one of the more popular mobile chat clients for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry that was purchased by FaceBook two years ago for $19 billion.  Since then, Facebook hasn't done much to integrate the chat service into its own FaceBook Messenger but rather let the app continue as a stand alone chat client.