Google Glass XE16 Factory Image Available for Download

We are only a day or two removed from Google pushing out the major XE16 update to Google Glass, yet you can already download the factory image for the wearable. This isn’t there to be used to update your device; you should have done that over-the-air. This file is instead there in case your tinkering ways lead you down a dark dirty hole filled with bricks. In other words, it’ll save you in a pinch and bring your Glass back from the dead.  (more…)

Chromecast Support Headed for MLB At Bat App Today

Google announced that the official At Bat application from Major League Baseball will receive Chromecast support today, allowing baseball fans the opportunity to stream games right to their big screen.

From any Android device that is currently running a Premium subscription to MLB.TV ($24.99, I believe), simply slap the Cast button found on the video, and off you will be. While the game is playing, you can use your phone as a second screen, checking scores and stats from around the league, getting the most out of your baseball time.  (more…)

OnePlus One Available for Purchase Through Weird Invite System at Launch

When you are a brand new smartphone company who isn’t sure if you’ll be able to sell more than 100 units of your new phone to the public, what’s the best way to try and create demand, gauge actual interest, and also let your potentially small group of interested customers feel like they belong in some exclusive club? You dress up the situation with a launch gimmick that involves an invite system for purchasing said phone.

OnePlus is doing just that for the launch of its One phone, come April 23. In a post to their official OnePlus forums, an official administrator reveals Oneplus’ plans to utilize an invite system for a core group of early interested buyers. The system details are still a bit murky, but they’ll involve invites through friends, contests, and their official forums. Of course, should you receive an invite and purchase the phone, you’ll be able to invite other friends as well.  (more…)

Verizon Launches the LG Lucid 3, Features 4.7″ qHD Display and Kit Kat

Verizon launched a new mid-range device this morning, the Lucid 3 from LG. Unlike many other devices on Verizon’s network, the Lucid 3 comes out of the box running Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat, which should leave a few of you flagship Samsung and LG owners not feeling too good. But don’t feel too bad, as Kit Kat is pretty much the only thing this phone has going for it. (more…)

LG G Flex on AT&T Receiving Kit Kat Update Tomorrow

According to AT&T, its version of the LG G Flex will receive an update to Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat” tomorrow.

The update includes a new full-screen mode (Immersive), restyled notification and navigation areas, battery performance improvements, and “enhanced” processing speed. You should also find some of the other goodies that came with Kit Kat, like cloud printing, Tap & Pay for making secure NFC payments, the ability to choose a default SMS app, emoji, and prettier music controls from the lock screen.

The update is 686MB in size, and can be grabbed by going into Settings>General>About phone>Software update>Update now.  (more…)

Aio Wireless to Take on Sprint’s Framily Plans, Intros New Group Plan Discounts

Sprint’s Framily plans give groups of people the opportunity to save money per month on their wireless bills – when more people join a group, the less their bills will be. You have probably seen the silly commercials on TV that Sprint has released, so let’s go ahead and cut to the chase. AT&T’s subsidiary, Aio Wireless has introduced their own form of group rates, but sadly, they don’t have an awesome name like Sprint does with Framily.

Group Save Discounts allow up to five additional lines on an account, with each additional line on top of the primary account bringing in a monthly discount. The first eligible line has no monthly discount, but the second brings $10 a month in savings. The third line will nab you a $20 month discount, with the fourth and fifth eligible lines each bringing $30 in monthly savings.  (more…)

Galaxy S5: 25+ Tips and Tricks

A new flagship has landed, so as always, we want to make sure you know how to use all of its best features with 25+ tips and tricks. Actually, most would consider the Samsung Galaxy S5 to be the flagship of the year, that is, until someone comes along and dethrones it. So since this device is as important as any, we spent some extra time running through this series of feature highlights. 18-minutes worth, to be exact.  (more…)