By November 8, the majority of our readers will have had the opportunity to vote in both state and local elections and the presidential election. While the draining and embarrasing presidential election is unavoidable and you probably know what you are doing on that front, there are some really important pieces to this whole process that Google makes easier than ever to figure out. That’s a long-winded way of saying, “Use Google Search for everything voting-related.” (more…)
Solid effort, as always in the commercial department from Google. Will it get people to buy the Pixel and Pixel XL? Tough call, but the Galaxy Note 7 becoming an officially non-existent former bomb won’t hurt.
Also, you heard that Verizon plans to issue updates to their variants the same day as Google, right? Let’s hope they keep up with that for the life of the phones. If so, the Pixel and its bigger brother are going to be tough to deny in the coming months. (more…)
Google’s Android Experiments program has a new app for you to play with today, called Sprayscape. The app is a “VR-ish” experience mixed with a spray can, some gyroscope action, and your imagination. Confused?
With Sprayscape, the goal is to create super random 3D-like imagery that you can quickly share to your social audiences. You fire up the app and then just start tapping or spraying in a VR world to create fun visions that you would want to send to friends. I know that still doesn’t make much sense, so please, watch the video above.
Done? Make more sense? Look like fun? Give it a shot – it’s free. (more…)
Ready for some potentially great news? According to ArsTechnica, Verizon reached out this morning to inform them of a possible change to their approach to updating phones, Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL, specifically. Verizon said that they “will not stand in the way” of any major updates that Google pushes and that owners of Verizon variants will see updates when Google’s unlocked Pixels see them.
With no Galaxy Note 7 for you to spend money on coupled with the chance that our list of solid replacement choices might not be for everyone, we have another smartphone option for your consideration – the Moto Z DROID at Best Buy. Why? Because if you buy this modular wonder from Best Buy on a payment plan or contract, they will hand you a $250 gift card to be spent on whatever.
The Moto Z DROID, for those not familiar, is Moto’s newest flagship that is compatible with Moto Mods (our full review). Moto Mods are modules that can add functionality to or improve the experience of the Moto Z, like a projector, external speaker, and battery pack. It’s by no means a flawless device, but it’s a solid device that is of flagship quality. Is it better than the Galaxy S7? I don’t think so, but you may, especially if you find Moto Mods to be appealing.
Right now, the phone can be had for 24 monthly payments of $26 or with a 2-year contract and $201 up front.
Jaybird’s still-very-good X2 wireless earbuds are currently on sale at Target for just $79.99. Target claims that’s a $100 discount, but it’s really more like $70, since the earbuds are listed at $149.99 at most retailers these days. Either way, if you need a good pair of Bluetooth earbuds, these are a great choice. We talk about them a lot when they go on sale and that’s because they were a good buy at full price and remain a great buy as the price drops in antipication of the X3.
The Jaybird X2 feature 8-hour battery life, both Comply memory foam tips and standard rubber tips, sweat-resistance, and of course, really solid audio performance for a Bluetooth headset. I personally use them for workouts and don’t know that I’ll switch off of them, well, until the X3 comes out.
Free shipping is included.
Amazon announced a new streaming music service this morning called Amazon Music Unlimited. It’s very much a competitor to Google Play Music and Apple Music, though there are certain price tiers depending on your Amazon status or the products you plan to listen to music through. (more…)