Minima Pro Live Wallpaper Should be Your Next Purchase

Meet your next live wallpaper purchase – this is Minima Pro Live Wallpaper, made by the folks at Joko Interactive.

If you were looking for an app that perfectly tackles the current Material Design-style wallpaper trend, but makes it all interactive, alive, and extremely customizable, look no further. From dozens of pre-set themes, to automatic and random setups, to 3D parallax effects, to adjusting things like scale or rotation, this wallpaper could easily gobble up a couple of hours of your life. There is that much it can do. But at the same time, you could have it setup within a minute or two thanks to its randomizer setting.

It can even take a Material-style live wallpaper you have created and quickly turn it into a static wallpaper. Here are a bunch of examples from the app’s creator.

I would try explain the rest of its awesomeness, but the video below does a much better job. This is a visual app that needs to be seen.  (more…)

Here are Two More of Those Moto 360 “Classy” Commercials

Motorola released two Moto 360 commercials earlier in the week that were hilarious. The spots clowned the over-the-top-supposed-elegance that traditional watch commercials try to evoke, by mimicking their one-word descriptions for product design and flashing shiny pieces of the watch before tossing in something completely random, like references to booty calls and burritos.

Clearly, Motorola wasn’t done poking fun at the high-end watch market, as they released two new spots today that are equally as enjoyable. One is titled “Golf,” the other is “Holiday.” I don’t want to spoil either, so, have at them.  (more…)

Moto X Tip: Use a Whistle Instead of a Cheesy Phrase to Launch Moto Voice

The new Moto X (2nd gen) introduced the option for its owners to initiate Moto Voice by teaching the phone a custom launch phrase. Rather than having to say “OK, Google Now,” as was the case on the original model, users can say almost anything as long as it has enough syllables for the phone to understand it each time. For example, mine has been “Talk to me, Moto X,” for months, but you could also say something silly each time like, “Silly cheeseburger fackwors.”  (more…)

Goodbye, FACKWORS, Google Simplifies the CAPTCHA Process

Google announced this morning that entering in impossible-to-read letter combinations on websites to verify that you are a human will soon be a thing of the past. Realizing that the CAPTCHA process had become obnoxiously difficult over the years as bots became smarter, Google decided to start over and make things easier. They are introducing a new API for websites to use that they are calling “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA,” which is much simpler than its name is to type. Going forward, assuming the “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” decides you are a human, a simple check of a box is all you will need to do to pass through to your destination, submit a form, etc.  (more…)

Motorola’s New Moto 360 Commercials are All About Class, Artistry, Burritos, and Booty Calls

I think it’s safe to say that Motorola is having a great time promoting its Moto 360 smartwatch. In two new commercials released today, Motorola takes on the cheese that typically accompanies advertisements for high-end watch brands, but finishes them off with a little humor.

Shortly after diving into the “craftsmanship,” “class,” “style,” and “artistry,” of the watch’s design, all of which is accompanied by glimmering metal parts, panning video footage, and elegant music, each spot ends by reminding you that we live in a hilarious world filled with takeout food and late night booty calls from d-bags.

Enjoy.  (more…)

How to: Change Moto 360 Watch Bands

Now that the official watch bands for the Moto 360 are available for individual purchase, we thought it was time for a tutorial on how to swap yours out. Motorola is going to recommend that you head into a jeweler to have the dirty work done, but with a single tool, you can do it yourself within a couple of minutes. It really is that easy.

As a recap, the leather and metal Moto 360 replacement watch bands are now available for $29.99 and $79.99, respectively. The metal bands come in light or dark stainless steel and can be purchased here. The leather bands, made by Horween, come in cognac, black, or stone and can be purchased here.

Ready to swap bands?  (more…)

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…)

Android 5.0 “Lollipop” Feature Recap – The Best New Features

Android 5.0 “Lollipop” is without a doubt one of the biggest (if not the) Android releases to date. There are 5,000 new APIs for developers to take advantage of, a brand new design language that will re-shape the way we look at and use apps going forward, and a couple of dozen new forward-facing features that you and I can take advantage of from day one.

Because it has been such a massive release, we have spent the better part of the last couple of months diving through the biggest features that we wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on. From a mini tour of 5.0 to the new power of Android Beam to screen pinning to multiple account setup on phones to the way Chrome acts within the app switcher, we have tried to cover almost all of it.  (more…)