Deal: LG G Watch in White or Black is $179 at Best Buy, $50 Off

Best Buy slashed the price of the LG G Watch by $50 this weekend, dropping it to $179 in either black or white. That right there, is a pretty good deal for one of the original Android Wear devices, which originally retailed for $229. In fact, it still is $229 through Google Play.

We reviewed the G Watch and came away interested in the future of Android Wear as a platform, but were a little bored with the device’s design. Also, keep in mind that LG just announced their new premium round version of the G Watch, the G Watch R, which should put this device to shame. But, if you want in on the Android Wear game, this is the best deal in town.

Best Buy Links:  G Watch (black) | G Watch (white)  (more…)

Your Labor Day Plans Now Include the Droid Life Show Episode 67

The crew joined forces once again this week for episode 67 of the DL Show, focusing on next week more than anything, since a handful of companies have products to unveil. For those not familiar with this time of year, we are talking IFA in Berlin, a major tech conference that always leads us into the fall season. Samsung, LG, Asus, and Sony all have products to announce during the conference, plus Motorola is doing their own thing as well, here in the States.

Topics on this week’s show include a recap of the latest on the Moto X+1 and Moto 360. We also watched as LG unveiled their new round smartwatch, the G Watch R, live on air. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 launch, news out of the Cyanogen camp, plenty of carrier moves (Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile all had recent announcements), and a list of top apps and games from the last two weeks, all made the show.

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Chrome Beta for Android Update Finally Brings Back Number Count for Tabs

Remember when Google introduced a Material Design make-over to Chrome Beta back in July? The update was pretty awesome for the most part. But for the purists (or detail obsessive types), a certain minor-yet-critical feature was missing – a tab count on the tab shortcut button. You know, the little button next to the top menu that tells you how many tabs you currently have open? For whatever reason, in the July update, the button became an empty box without that ever-so-useful tab count.  (more…)

Deal: Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB for $169 From eBay, $100 Off

Once again, eBay is hosting a deal for the Nexus 7 (2013) with 32GB of storage at a price that no one will be able to beat. At $169.99,  you are looking at a $100 discount from the retail price that Google charges. In the end, though, you will save more than $100, since this deal includes free shipping.

The tablet is “manufacturer refurbished,” so no, it is not brand new. But as we have said countless times through posts like this, refurbishing isn’t always a bad thing.

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Motorola and Sol Republic Have a New Bluetooth, Jambox-Like Speaker to Announce (Updated: DECK HD)

Last year, Motorola unveiled all sorts of special Sol Republic audio products alongside the Moto X. From color-matched MotoMaker ear buds (for free) to the Deck Bluetooth speaker, there were plenty of options to help you live out your audio dreams. According to an FCC filing for a new “Sol Republic x Motorola” product, it looks like Motorola will repeat last year’s audio offerings with the inclusion of an even bigger Bluetooth speaker.  (more…)

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…)