Video: A First Look at the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio

The Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is the first official accessory available for Google’s new tablet. It’s also more than likely going to be the most expensive. At $129, this Bluetooth-connected keyboard-case-combo is going to be tough for most to justify buying without any knowledge of its capabilities, quality, etc., so we went ahead and took the plunge for you, just like we do with almost all of the important Nexus accessories.

To kick off our coverage of the Keyboard Folio, we wanted to first put together an overview/first look and tour of the device, so that we are all on the same page and know exactly what we are dealing with here. This is also a chance for us to share initial impressions, many of which tend to stick through to the end of a review cycle.  (more…)

Moto 360 Individual Leather and Metal Bands Now Available

Individual leather or metal watch bands for the Moto 360 are now available through Motorola’s online store. As was previously announced, the leather bands cost $29.99 each and the metal bands cost $79.99 each.

For leather, you are looking at options of cognac (brown), black, or stone. For metal, you can choose either light or dark finishes, both of which are stainless steel. The metal bands have a butterfly clasp, tri-link design, and again, are made of solid stainless steel of the “highest quality.” The leather comes from Horween, a tannery in the United States.

To swap out watch bands, Motorola recommends that you take the watch into a jeweler.

Motorola Links:  Leather Bands ($29.99) | Metal Bands ($79.99)  (more…)

Twitter for Android Will Soon Collect a List of the Other Apps You Have Installed

Twitter has been ducking for cover today after announcing that soon-to-be-released updates for its iOS and Android apps will include a new app tracking feature. According to Recode, and for the most part this Twitter support page, Twitter plans to take a look at the apps you have installed on your devices. No, they won’t be snooping into what you are doing inside of those apps, they will simply be collecting a list of the apps.  (more…)

Deal: ilumi LED Smartbulb is Back for $79 on DL Deals

Having a smarter home is something I have tried to continue to work on over the last couple of years. From a Nest thermostat to Nest Protect smoke alarms to Dropcams in select places to smart door locks that can be opened via Bluetooth, there are so many cool ways to improve your life at home or when you are away. Another of those smarter home improvement areas that I am considering investing in is smarter light bulbs, one of which just so happens to be highlighted in the DL Deals shop.

The ilumi LED smartbulb has returned at its discounted price of $79. With ilumi, you get what its makers are calling the “world’s smartest light.” Ilumi is capable of showing an-almost unlimited number of colors and can change brightness levels, but it’s the smart aspect of it that makes this worth considering.  (more…)

Lumific is a Solid Gallery Alternative for Those Not Wanting to Use Google’s Photos

A number of you who recently updated to Lollipop have made it clear to us that you are not at all excited about the fact that the stock gallery option on Nexus devices has turned into the Photos app that is attached to Google+. I think it’s safe to say that not all of us are ready to just hand over our entire photo collection to Google’s social network and cloud. And there is nothing wrong with that.

So what kinds of options do you have in the third party world for a gallery app? You may want to check out Lumific(more…)

Deal: Verizon Moto X (1st Gen) Developer Edition for $219

Need another phone deal to take you into Thanksgiving? How about Verizon’s Moto X (1st gen) Developer Edition in brand new condition for just $219? This is the phone that we called the best Android phone of 2013, plus it has the “developer edition” tag attached, which gives you an unlocked bootloader and a custom colorway.

Again, the device is brand new, has 32GB of storage, runs a “pure” version of Android, should see Android 5.0 “Lollipop” before long, and works on Verizon’s network. If you need a phone to tinker with, a cheap replacement while you get something newer, or just like last year’s Moto X, this isn’t a bad deal to jump on.

This deal also includes free shipping.

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Deal: Unlocked HTC One (M8) in Grey, Gold, or Silver for $369

Deals, deals, deals – expect a lot of them over the next few days. Deals like today’s over at eBay, where you can buy a refurbished HTC One (M8) for $369, will be flooding your Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ timelines.

For this particular deal, you are looking a “manufacturer refurbished” unit in grey, silver, or gold, at again, just $369. The device listing says that it is an AT&T unit that has been SIM unlocked, so it should technically work on most GSM networks. With that said, the AT&T model of the One (M8) isn’t always that friendly with T-Mobile’s network, so keep that in mind before purchasing.  (more…)

Verizon’s Connection Day is Live – Free Things to be Had

Verizon’s newly created promotional day – a day outside of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – called Connection Day, has arrived. The thought here is that since today is one of the busiest travel days of the year, Verizon and companies they have partnered with will help you “connect” to people, music, magazines, books, etc. “Stay connected” is one of the many slogans or messages attached. Connect! Yeah!

So what’s the point of it and how does it benefit you? Well, Verizon has partnered with a bunch of companies to give away freebies. You don’t have to be a Verizon customer to get them either – all you need to do is head to their Connection Day website and start accepting goodies.  (more…)