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"