Deal: Slim BookMark Battery Pack is Just $34.99

Battery packs are awesome and an accessory that I always tell people to consider buying when they are on sale. You can keep them in the bottom of a bag, in the glove box of your car, or on your coffee table for those times on the couch where you need extra battery juice but don’t have an outlet near by. You just never know when you might be away from an outlet for an extended period of time with a quickly dying battery that needs to last another couple of hours.

The BookMark Battery is the latest to go on sale in our Deals store. It’s an incredibly thin (4.7mm) 2,500mAh battery pack that will give most phones an entire charge before it needs replenishing. It has a touch indicator to show how much power it has left, comes in either black or white, and was designed to fit perfectly into a pocket, even a pant pocket. It inputs at 5v-1000mA, outputs at 5v-500mA, and has a cycle life of 500 charges.

At $34.99 (regularly $60), this is a solid deal for those who need some backup power.

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Angry Birds Transformers is Now on Android

Temporarily exclusive to iOS, the latest in the Angry Birds franchise from game maker Rovio, Angry Birds Transformers, is now available on Android for free.

The game appears to be a side-scrolling, endless-runner-like blow-em-up affair, with Angry Birds characters being used as Transformers. There are vehicles, upgrades, an option to tag team with friends, and a roster of heroes with unique attacks and abilities that can be unlocked. If you read that a certain way, like I just did, that can only mean one thing – massive in-app purchases. And sure enough, the Google Play listing suggests that there are in-app purchases ranging from $4.99 to $99.  (more…)

Any.do 2.0 Brings New Collaboration Features, File Attachments, Better Reminders

Task management apps are a dime a dozen, but Any.do has managed to carve out a niche for itself by taking a multifaceted approach. The developers pushed out a companion calendar app, called Cal, last year, and Any.do was one of the first to integrate with Google Now and support Google Glass. Fast approaching version 2.0, the Any.do is gaining a bevy of new management, file manipulation, and customization features, but a few will be locked behind a subscription. (more…)

FYI: DROID Turbo Can’t Currently do Simultaneous Voice and Data

As a quick heads up, we wanted to make sure the new DROID Turbo owners in the building were aware of a feature that isn’t currently available on their device, but will be by the end of the year – simultaneous voice and data. We aren’t sure why the device isn’t capable of simultaneous voice and data out of the box, but Verizon has confirmed to us that Advanced Calling 1.0 (which is their version of VoLTE) is required for it to work. Verizon has also confirmed to us that Advanced Calling 1.0 will arrive by the end of the year.  (more…)

DROID Turbo Receiving Day 1 Update to Build 21.21.15

If you pick up a DROID Turbo today, expect to receive a system update within the first couple of hours, if not immediately. The update brings the Turbo up to version 21.21.15, though we aren’t sure what changes are included. If it means anything, this is the build that my review unit has been running since I received it on Tuesday. I would imagine this is the final, stable build that was intended for day 1 and doesn’t necessarily include any new features.

I would point you to a changelog, but as I mentioned earlier, Verizon has this insanely terrible new support setup at their site that is mostly broken (has been for weeks). If we do find a changelog, we will be sure to pass it along.

To grab the update, head into Settings>System updates. Your phone should then check to see if anything is available.  (more…)

Amazon Handing Out $115 Worth of Paid Games and Apps for Absolutely Free

In a deal currently taking place through its Appstore, Amazon is handing out over $115 of paid apps and games for completely free, featuring titles which actually kick butt. For starters, gamers can hop up on Zombie Gunship, Unpossible, World of Goo, Sonic the Hedgehog, or even test their trivia skills with one of my favorite games, Trivia Crack.

As for regular apps, Amazon is offering Plex, the Human Anatomy Atlas, Lapse It Pro, Boxer Pro, and BeFunky Photo Editor among a few others.  (more…)