After spending the past few weeks with Google Home running my home, the time has come for our review. Since this is one of those newish product categories, it wasn’t going to be fair to do this in less than 24 hours or even a week, because products like this aren’t smartphones. We all live with them differently, but also since we don’t use them constantly throughout a day like a smartphone, it’s impossible to know if your life needs one without thoroughly testing it for days on end. (more…)
Swiftkey announced this morning that themes in their Android and iOS keyboards are now all free. What does that mean for you? Only unlimited (over 100, in reality) theming madness, so themey your themes will be fighting with other themes over themes that those themes didn’t know were so themed. Themes, people. (more…)
Pebble, darling of Kickstarter and lover of e-paper, will be acquired by Fitbit, according to a report out of The Information. Fitbit responded by saying that they “don’t comment on rumors or speculation,” which was followed by a Tweet from Pebble this morning (now deleted) that included the shruggy emoji. I think it’s safe to assume that this deal is going down and will be announced before long. (more…)
Ready for Nougat on your OnePlus 3? OnePlus released an OxygenOS open beta of Android Nougat today for the device, so you can get in on this action right now. In fact, the file, details, and instructions are all available this very moment. What are you waiting for?
According to OnePlus, this should bring all of the Nougat fun you were hoping for, like new notification designs, multi-window, tweaked settings design, and direct replies within notifications. They also added status bar icon options, “quick launch for 3rd party applications,” and some new Shelf stuff. (more…)
Motorola sure seems to be out of ideas for Moto Mods. Not only have they mostly failed to deliver any meaningful Mods for you and I to buy today, but they are asking for your help with concepts for what customers may actually want to buy. While their implementation of modularity to phones is the best in the business, it’s clear that they are struggling to generate buzz and appeal. With that said, the next potential module could be a nice add-on for tech lovers who want to play with the future of real-life gaming or applications.
According to PCMag, who spoke with Motorola’s current CEO, his company is “likely” to introduce a Project Tango module to the Moto Z. That would mean the experience you’ll see on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – world’s first Tango phone – on your Moto Z. (more…)
AT&T’s new live streaming TV service, DIRECTV NOW, is now available if you are interested in cutting the traditional TV cord. This new service is a competitor to Playstation Vue and Sling TV, though the DIRECTV name being attached to it certainly helps with the sales pitch to potential customers now sure about streaming life. (more…)