Good Read: History of Motorola – From Marty Cooper to the OG DROID and Sanjay to Today

If you were looking for a solid article that covers the history of Motorola from its glorious days of inventing the first mobile phone to its eventual fall, rise again thanks to the original DROID, to its landslide decline again before being sold to Google and then to Lenovo, Chicago Magazine has you covered. In a piece released at the beginning of the week, the story of one of America’s most innovative companies is detailed from the good times to the bad. We’re talking from its founding days in 1928 as Galvin Manufacturing Corp to its current up-in-the-air status with a Lenovo acquisition looming over their new downtown Chicago headquarters.

You should really go read the full article if Motorola’s history interests you at all, but for the sake of saving a bit of time and grabbing your attention, we have pulled out a couple of excerpts on events that stood out to us, starting in the 70s.   (more…)

ESPN SportsCenter App Updated in Google Play, Features More LeBron and Manziel

Ah, SportsCenter, your one-stop-shop for everything LeBron and Johnny Football. ESPN updated its flagship program’s Android app today, bringing quite a few new features, none of which actually have anything to do with LeBron or Manziel.

Included in the update are improved NFL and college football game pages, one-click radio streaming, alerts for news as it happens, and an updated calendar feature for quick access to previous or future day’s events.  (more…)

Motorola Goofs Up Moto 360 Giveaway, Sends Congratulations to Many Unhappy Entrants

Yesterday, it was announced via Twitter and Facebook that Motorola was to hold a giveaway for the Moto 360 via the Yo app. All you had to do was add Motorola on Yo, send a Yo at them, then wait during a specific period this afternoon for them to Yo you back.

Before the giveaway went live, it was stated that only 20 people would win the Moto 360, but thanks to what we are assuming is some type of minor goof, it appears that hundreds of entrants, if not more, were sent links saying they had won the Moto 360 (pictured above).  (more…)

Thursday Poll: Which Streaming Music Service Do You Use?

A paid subscription to Google Play Music is something I generally believe that I can’t live without going forward. I use it every single day. I listen to music streamed from the service while working, while in the car, if I’m cooking, and while I workout. I am constantly streaming music. My playlists change often. New music enters my rotation regularly (that I don’t have to pay extra for). And I often find throwback tunes to my wilder and much younger days that bring a smile to my face today. Streaming music services like Google Play are awesome.

Which brings us to today’s poll. Are you using a streaming music service? If so, which one?

There are countless services to choose from at this point. In fact, I narrowed the list down to what I would consider to be the nine most popular, half of which I myself haven’t even been able to try. From Google Music to iTunes Radio to Beats Music to Spotify, you have so many options that all offer somewhat different experiences. As I mentioned above, Google Play Music works for me, but there may be another service that fits your needs.

Let us know – which streaming music service do you use?

Which Streaming Music Service Do You Use?

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Official Port of Five Nights at Freddy’s Lands on Google Play for $2.99

Ready to be spooked? An official port of Five Nights at Freddy’s has landed on Google Play, priced at just $2.99. For those who may not have heard of this game, it’s a new survival horror game that is also available on Steam, taking place inside of a kid-oriented pizza restaurant. Think Chuck E. Cheese, but with a lot more demonic possession taking place.  (more…)

September 9 is Officially New iPhone(s) Day

Apple sent invites out to their select group of press this morning, confirming that September 9 is the day for things to be (re)invented.

If you haven’t been keeping up with rumors, Apple pundits are expecting there to be two iPhones (iPhone 6), one with a 4.7-inch display and another with a 5.5-inch. Rumors as of yesterday also seem to believe that Apple’s first take on a smartwatch (iWatch) will be a part of the festivities.  (more…)