DEAL: Nest Thermostat (3rd Gen) is $199 Thru July 4 ($50 Off)

Nest Thermostat, one of the few items of tech I’ve purchased within the past few years that I often refer to as “an item I can’t live without,” is discounted at the moment in celebration of July 4th. Nest has dropped the 3rd gen model (the newest version) by $50, so to get into a device that rarely sees discounts, you can do so for $199 instead of $249.

Not all that familiar with Nest Thermostats? Just know that they are the ultimate smart home convenience items. Not only can you adjust the temperature of your house at any time from anywhere, you can also set schedules for heating and cooling or let Nest create them for you automatically. Nest works with a number of smart home platforms (like Amazon Alexa) and can be a hub of sorts for automation, like your doors locking or your WiFi cameras turning off or on.

As of right now, most retailers have the Nest Thermostat (3rd gen) at $50 off.

Links: Amazon | Best Buy | Nest

Report: Google Will Release Its Own Non-Nexus Phone Later This Year

For years, tech pundits, especially old washed up media who love nothing more than Apple, have begged Google to be like Apple. They think, because Apple prints money by manufacturing their own phones that run their own software, that there is no other way for Google to approach Android. Forget the fact that Android is on four in five phones across the globe, it’s Apple’s way or bust. According to a report that randomly went live over the weekend from the Telegraph, these one-track-minded pundits may get what they have long wished for.

Sources of the Telegraph, potentially who work within the carrier realm, are under the impression that Google is going to release a Google-branded phone that is 100% controlled by Google. The phone could arrive before the end of the year.

Confused? How is this different from Nexus phones? Let’s walk through this.  (more…)

Google May be Redesigning Android’s Nav Bar With Ugly Home Button, Introduce Live Nexus Support Via App

Not surprisingly, Android news is pretty slow these days, as it always is in the lead-up to a new version of the OS. Google more than likely doesn’t want to out anything too fun at the moment, since we are only two months or so from stable Android N going public and new Nexus devices running it arriving alongside it. To fill the time, we are left entertaining rumors of minute changes that may or may not be on the horizon, like Google tweaking the navigation bar appearance and creating a live support app for Nexus users. Yep, that’s where we are at the moment.  (more…)

OnePlus 3 Getting Update with sRGB Mode, RAM Adjustments

Since the OnePlus 3 starting arriving on non-privileged media’s doorsteps and additional reviews began rolling out, this narrative over the quality of the phone’s display and RAM management have really come to the forefront. Or maybe better put, people aren’t exactly excited about the direction that OnePlus took the AMOLED panel of the 3 and the way they are dealing with background apps. But because of concerns, OnePlus has already readied an update that aims to address complaints and select media (XDA in this case) have been able to use it for the past day.  (more…)

DEAL: 32GB Nexus 5X for $260 at Daily Steals With This Coupon Code ($140 Off)

Nexus 5X deals never seem to go away and the latest is one of the best we have seen to date. Over at Daily Steals, you can grab the 5X with 32GB storage for just $259.99 after coupon code. That’s a solid $140 discount.

To get the deal, head over to Daily Steals through the link below, add the device to your cart, and then use code “NexusEmail10” at checkout to see an extra $10 drop off the price.

Our Nexus 5X review is a good place to start if you are considering buying one.

Daily Steals Link

YouTube Gets Mobile Live Streaming

YouTube has been in the live streaming game for a number of years now, but you have never been able to live stream from a mobile device. That seems odd, since YouTube is still video king and Google is a company who has heavily invested its future in mobile. Instead, those who want to live stream from anywhere on mobile have had to turn to services like Periscope and Facebook, who were early into mobile live streaming game.

Today, YouTube is joining the party. As a part of VidCon, YouTube and Google announced that mobile live streaming is arriving to a select group of YouTubers immediately and will then rollout “more widely soon.”  (more…)

Want to See the Inside of the OnePlus 3?

Tech outfits like to “teardown” phones and other gadgets for a couple of reasons. For one, we’re all nerds and like looking at cables, batteries, screws, circuits, speakers, ports, boards, and displays in their raw, disconnected form. But the other reason is because we also like to ponder the idea of fixing these things ourselves should something break. After all, who doesn’t like pulling out a 70-piece tool kit made specifically for ripping apart tiny electronics?  (more…)

Here are Some of the Rumored Specs for an Upcoming HTC Nexus

Back in April, we saw the first batch of reports surface with possible details of the upcoming Nexus phone or phones from Google. The initial rumors focused on codenames of Marlin and Sailfish as those representing two HTC phones that would take over Google’s Nexus program this year, but few other details accompanied those names. Today, thanks to a report out of Android Police, we may have an early spec list for the supposed smaller of the two phones, the Sailfish(more…)