Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Feb 2017 1:30 pm
Wireless charging isn't magic, but it can be convenient.
Wireless charging, like the Qi charging many Android phones use, isn't new technology. My Panasonic electric razor used it many years ago, and most of us have seen toothbrushes that charge wirelessly in a cradle. And of course, we can't forget Palm and the way they brought wireless charging (though a different standard) to the masses...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Feb 2017 12:00 pm
All four major carriers in the U.S. offer unlimited data plans. But which is the best?
This post was updated February 27, 2017 with the latest information.
With Verizon bringing back an unlimited data plan, the big four networks in the United States (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) all carry an unlimited data plan now. That's important for power users as well as anyone who uses their...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 14 Feb 2017 12:00 pm
New software and some shiny new watches from LG make Android Wear a little more interesting.
So, we've got a significant platform update for Android Wear and two carefully created watches to showcase it. It's overdue. Most anyone who is familiar will tell you that Android Wear was getting a little stale and needed a watchOS-level update to freshen things up. And I think that describes the new...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Feb 2017 5:47 pm
Are we ready for apps that install from a search result? We need to be because they're here.
Some folks are starting to see Google's Instant Apps feature roll out to their phones and it seems like Wish is the first company to use them.
Back at Google I/O 2016 Google told us about Instant Apps. The idea is that you would find an app in your Google search results and be able to tap a button and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Feb 2017 3:00 pm
You can save a bunch of cash if you know where to look.
Android Wear 2.0 is here, and that means a lot of early adopters will be selling their perfectly fine watches to help fund a new one. Plenty of them will also be updated to Android Wear 2.0, so this is a good chance to score a new-to-you piece of Android for your wrist!
The trick is knowing where to look. I was poking around and saw...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Feb 2017 8:00 am
Are a handful of Plume Pods better than 3 Google Wifi pucks? Maybe.
There are a lot of ways to get a radio signal from one place to another. This is as true for your home Wi-Fi setup as it is for any other radio equipment. When it comes to mesh networking, there are two distinct types of setup being offered by a growing handful of companies. Trying to sort out what's best for you and your...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Feb 2017 5:09 pm
Unlimited data plans are back at big red, and the prices don't suck.
Verizon took the wraps off of a new data plan that gives customers unlimited data, talk, and text for $80 on a single line. Four lines can all get the same unlimited deal for $45 per line.
Of course, they mean alternative-unlimited like every other carrier does and you might get throttled at 22GB. We're told it shouldn't...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Feb 2017 9:00 am
The next best thing to being in there.
Nothing is better than spending Valentine's Day with the one you love. It's a day like any other day, but it's also been traditionally set aside for couples to do those things couples like to do with each other. But life being what it is, sometimes it's impossible to be with each other and make some private fireworks.
We're not saying even the best app...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 11 Feb 2017 3:04 pm
The things you may need to do to protect your privacy in today's world is interesting and terrifying at the same time.
One interesting byproduct of a shift in the U.S. executive branch's stance on border safety is seeing people actually concerned about their privacy and data safety when they need to cross those borders. No matter where you stand on the current administration's ideas and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 10 Feb 2017 5:18 pm
Chrome's screen reader is updated to help your Chromebook work even better with a braille display.
ChromeVox, the default screen reader service on your Chromebook, got a hefty update with the latest version of Chrome OS.
There are almost 300 million people with impaired vision in the world and using the tech we take for granted every day can be a challenge for many. A big part of putting...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 10 Feb 2017 1:34 pm
Get Kodi on your Chromebox in a flash using LibreElec!
A Chromebox is a pretty cool and inexpensive way to get yourself (or your kids!) online with Chrome OS. They're easy to use and keep you safer than most computers while you work or play around. But they're also just a regular compact-form PC when it comes to the hardware.
That means it's easy to slap another operating system on one if you...
Google Assistant is starting to look more like an assistant.
If you have a Google Home or use the Nest or WeMo app on your Pixel, you probably already have a setting for Home Control in Google Assistant. With the latest Google app suite, everyone will see the same thing and know that Google Assistant can do more than tell you the weather or recite a poem.
The Home Control section is where...
Android Wear 2.0 is official, and developers can get ready now.
Google has the final version of the Android Wear 2.0 SDK ready, and it's available for download.
Support for new hardware features and stand-alone watch apps is included in the release, and all the existing documentation from the developer preview version of the SDK has been merged into the main Wear Developer site and everything...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 9 Feb 2017 12:00 pm
Popular fitness-tracking app Strava hits the ground running with an Android Wear 2.0 update.
Strava has updated their app for watches with Android Wear 2.0 to support the new features that come with the new operating system.
After an initial setup through your phone, the Strava for Android Wear app becomes a complete standalone experience. Track your runs or your rides and share photos and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 9 Feb 2017 12:00 pm
Get your fitness ya-yas on.
The Polar M600 is a great fitness watch that runs Android, and today they have announced that the Android Wear 2.0 update should be arriving soon. The Finnish company earned was recently named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Fitness, Sports and Biotech product category and the sleek design of the M600 certainly sets it apart when it comes to looks....
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 9 Feb 2017 12:51 pm
The Shield Tablet is still great and the Android 7 update means you won't have to buy a new tablet this year.
Android 7.0 is on the way for your Shield Tablet K1, extending the life of everyone's favorite 8-incher and bringing all the new features of Google's latest.
Besides the Android 7 enhancements — split screen, Doze 2.0, better notifications and those sweet, sweet emojis 🌮 🦄 — we see...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 9 Feb 2017 11:00 am
Which wireless mice are best for Chromebooks?
While your Chromebook's trackpad works well enough for most situations, there are some tasks for which a wireless mouse is better.
Whether you need a wireless mouse to scroll through long documents faster, or to perform fine manipulations, there's a great wireless mouse out there with your name on it. Here are a few of our favorites.
Verizon is a little bit faster, and T-Mobile's network is growing like a weed.
Open Signal has released their State of Mobile Networks: USA report and they say Verizon has now tied T-Mobile for the fastest carrier in the United States, and the results are so close between the two that they are virtually tied for the "best."
Using data collected from 169,683 users, 4,599,231,167 data points...
Are you ready for another G? The 3GPP certainly is.
The 3GPP — a group of worldwide organizations that specify network standards for data transmission — has settled on the new 5G logo.
Designed for use on Release stage 15 and onwards, they have applied for a trademark and will use the logo to recognize products that meet the new specs, or publications about the spec or those products. They...
The Logitech M720 Triathlon Mouse is the best wireless mouse I've ever used.
I don't think it's weird to have a favorite mouse. It's a tool but it's also an extension of your hand and eyes. I think most people who make a living sitting in front of a computer have a favorite mouse, and even people who don't stare at a screen all day appreciate a mouse that works just right for them.