DEAL: Amazon has the Refurbished Echo Priced at Just $140

Amazon is currently selling the Amazon Echo for just $139.99 as a “certified refurbished” unit. That’s a good $40 discount off a brand new unit, which Amazon describes as being “refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new.” So in other words, you are basically getting a unit that has had any issues fixed and then made new again.

In case you need a recap on the Echo, you could think of it has a decent room-filling speaker for playing music from from a variety of sources or via Bluetooth. But on top of that, you can ask Alexa (the brains behind Echo) for answers to questions, about the weather, to set timers, control lights and thermostats, read the news, share sports scores, re-purchase products on Amazon, and even order an Uber or pizza. It’s a bit like a home assistant.

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OnePlus 3 in Soft Gold Arrives Tomorrow

On the day OnePlus announced the OnePlus 3, there was a bit of confusion surrounding the available color choices out of the gate. In promo imagery, we saw both silver and gold models, yet only the silver has ever been up for purchase. Tomorrow that changes, as OnePlus will make the “Soft Gold” variant available in the US before rolling it out to other countries.

OnePlus says that Soft Gold is only available in limited quantities, so if you are interested, you may want to be ready the minute it goes live in their store. Tonight at noon Eastern (9AM Pacific) is your time if you live in the States.  (more…)

Prisma is Now Available on Android

Prisma, the photo filtering app thats is apparently a huge, huge, huge deal on iOS, has come to Android as of today. Apologies for not being in the know on popular iOS-only apps, but word has it that people are really into the filters offered through Prisma.

With Prisma, you get the opportunity to use existing pictures on your phone or new ones taken through the app, to create “awesome artworks.” The app works a lot like Instagram, in that you choose or take photos, crop and adjust to your liking, then apply a filter. The filters here aren’t just auto tunes or brightness and vibrance enhancements, though, they are instead “modern art filters,” where your photos take on the essence of artwork from Picasso, Munk, etc.  (more…)

Verizon is Acquiring Yahoo for $4.83 Billion

Yahoo and Verizon announced this morning that Big Red is acquiring the struggling tech giant for $4.83 billion. The move will push Yahoo under AOL, another former tech darling that Verizon picked up within the past year. Verizon and Yahoo hope to close the all-cash deal by Q1 of 2017.

So what does this mean for Yahoo products, like email, sports, finance, and Tumblr? They are all coming along for the ride to Verizon and AOL. From what I can tell, neither company said anything other than that those services will continue on.  (more…)

Moto Z and Moto Z Force: First 10 Things You Should Do

With Moto Z reviews out of the way and the July 28 release day quickly approaching, our focus on both the Z and Z Force will now turn to helping you get the most out of each, assuming you plan to buy one or the other. To kick off the next series of posts, we wanted to start off with something we’ve been doing for all flagships recently, and that’s by offering up the first 10 things you should do upon receiving the Moto Z DROID or Moto Z Force DROID.

In this clip, we’ll walk you through using the fingerprint reader, Moto’s app suite (Display, Voice, and Actions), choosing a new launcher, disabling bloatware, firing up WiFi Calling, and even helping you pick a Moto Mod or two.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 116 – Moto Z Reviews

On today’s episode of the Droid Life Show, as you probably guessed, we’ll be diving into our final thoughts on the Moto Z and Moto Z Force now that reviews have been posted. Not only that, but we’ll talk Moto Mods, pricing and availability, and hopefully answer questions you may have if watching live. After that, we will move onto the latest on the Galaxy Note 7, Android N DP5, and Verizon’s latest attempt to kill off unlimited data for some.

Join us at 1:00PM Pacific (4:00PM Eastern) for the fun.

If you miss us live, feel free to subscribe to us by following one of the links below. We have a video embed as well and will be chatting it up over at the YouTube page for the show. You can find it here.   (more…)

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DEAL: Nexus 5X 32GB for $240, Nexus 6 for $280

To head into the weekend, we’ve got a couple of decent deals for you on Nexus devices, assuming you need a good phone on the cheap that actually receives software updates and security patches. You can pick-up last year’s Nexus 5X with 32GB storage for just $239.99 or the previously released Nexus 6 32GB for $279.99.

The Nexus 5X is available at the price ($160 discount) in either white or black as a brand new unit and is shipped to you for free. This is the US model, so it’ll work on all US carriers, including AT&T and Verizon.

As for the Nexus 6, the listing states that it is “new other,” which means it might come in packaging other than its original retail box. It doesn’t say refurbished, so it still should be an unused phone. You can choose from either white or blue models and it too ships for free.

eBay Links:  Nexus 5X ($239.99) | Nexus 6 ($279.99)

DEAL: Ad-Free Moto G4 is Just $150 at Amazon ($50 Off)

The Moto G4, Motorola’s recently introduced budget-friendly phone that still packs a punch, is currently available at Amazon on a special deal for just $149.99 with 16GB of storage and $179.99 with 32GB of storage. Those both weigh in at $50 discounts.

Keep in mind that this is not the Amazon-sponsored one that shows ads on your lock screen. This is the clean, ad-free version that you would buy if you picked one up directly from Motorola. In other words, this is the one you actually want that doesn’t include Amazon ads and apps throughout.  (more…)