Andy Rubin, the Founder of Android, Leaves Google

Back in March of 2013, Google’s Larry Page announced that Andy Rubin was stepping away from the Android team at Google to work on making super smart robots. The move was a bit shocking, since the man co-founded the operating system that has now taken over the smartphone world. But hey, people need change some times, and that’s apparently what Andy was looking for(more…)

James Franco Ditches His DROID Turbo on Launch Day for an iPhone 6

It’s not that James Franco ever said publicly that he signed an exclusive deal with Motorola or Verizon to use a DROID Turbo as his daily phone or be a company spokesperson, but after starring in a couple of teasers for the phone prior to launch followed by another couple of commercials on launch day (which is today, by the way), I can’t imagine that Motorola or Verizon wanted James parading around on Instagram with an iPhone 6. But as you can clearly see in the image above, that’s exactly what happened today. (more…)

Deal: Slim BookMark Battery Pack is Just $34.99

Battery packs are awesome and an accessory that I always tell people to consider buying when they are on sale. You can keep them in the bottom of a bag, in the glove box of your car, or on your coffee table for those times on the couch where you need extra battery juice but don’t have an outlet near by. You just never know when you might be away from an outlet for an extended period of time with a quickly dying battery that needs to last another couple of hours.

The BookMark Battery is the latest to go on sale in our Deals store. It’s an incredibly thin (4.7mm) 2,500mAh battery pack that will give most phones an entire charge before it needs replenishing. It has a touch indicator to show how much power it has left, comes in either black or white, and was designed to fit perfectly into a pocket, even a pant pocket. It inputs at 5v-1000mA, outputs at 5v-500mA, and has a cycle life of 500 charges.

At $34.99 (regularly $60), this is a solid deal for those who need some backup power.

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Angry Birds Transformers is Now on Android

Temporarily exclusive to iOS, the latest in the Angry Birds franchise from game maker Rovio, Angry Birds Transformers, is now available on Android for free.

The game appears to be a side-scrolling, endless-runner-like blow-em-up affair, with Angry Birds characters being used as Transformers. There are vehicles, upgrades, an option to tag team with friends, and a roster of heroes with unique attacks and abilities that can be unlocked. If you read that a certain way, like I just did, that can only mean one thing – massive in-app purchases. And sure enough, the Google Play listing suggests that there are in-app purchases ranging from $4.99 to $99.  (more…)

Any.do 2.0 Brings New Collaboration Features, File Attachments, Better Reminders

Task management apps are a dime a dozen, but Any.do has managed to carve out a niche for itself by taking a multifaceted approach. The developers pushed out a companion calendar app, called Cal, last year, and Any.do was one of the first to integrate with Google Now and support Google Glass. Fast approaching version 2.0, the Any.do is gaining a bevy of new management, file manipulation, and customization features, but a few will be locked behind a subscription. (more…)

FYI: DROID Turbo Can’t Currently do Simultaneous Voice and Data

As a quick heads up, we wanted to make sure the new DROID Turbo owners in the building were aware of a feature that isn’t currently available on their device, but will be by the end of the year – simultaneous voice and data. We aren’t sure why the device isn’t capable of simultaneous voice and data out of the box, but Verizon has confirmed to us that Advanced Calling 1.0 (which is their version of VoLTE) is required for it to work. Verizon has also confirmed to us that Advanced Calling 1.0 will arrive by the end of the year.  (more…)