Black Friday 2014 Deals (Updating Post)

While there are probably more Black Friday 2014 deals than anyone outside of a Black Friday blog can keep track of, we will do our best to try and highlight some of the better as they go live over the next 24 hours or so. Oh, and you may be reading this on Thanksgiving, because well, “Black Friday” seems to start earlier and earlier each year as retailers battle for your attention (and dollars). That’s right, the deals have already begun before you even started eating turkey. Nice of all of our retailer friends, right?

OK, so, this post will be updated as we can get to it. Hopefully, you don’t miss out on too much while you enjoy the long holiday weekend. And, hopefully can find some decent deals on electronics you have been keeping an eye on.  (more…)

Twitter for Android Will Soon Collect a List of the Other Apps You Have Installed

Twitter has been ducking for cover today after announcing that soon-to-be-released updates for its iOS and Android apps will include a new app tracking feature. According to Recode, and for the most part this Twitter support page, Twitter plans to take a look at the apps you have installed on your devices. No, they won’t be snooping into what you are doing inside of those apps, they will simply be collecting a list of the apps.  (more…)

Lumific is a Solid Gallery Alternative for Those Not Wanting to Use Google’s Photos

A number of you who recently updated to Lollipop have made it clear to us that you are not at all excited about the fact that the stock gallery option on Nexus devices has turned into the Photos app that is attached to Google+. I think it’s safe to say that not all of us are ready to just hand over our entire photo collection to Google’s social network and cloud. And there is nothing wrong with that.

So what kinds of options do you have in the third party world for a gallery app? You may want to check out Lumific(more…)

Deal: Expansys Will Give You a Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012) for $179

Desperately need a phone and tablet, but don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend and do not care if they are a couple of years old or refurbished? Check out Expansys and all of their Black Friday weekend deals, including this one, which will land you a Nexus 4 (16GB) and Nexus 7 (2012, 16GB) for $179. Oh, they will even throw in a Nexus 4 bumper too, all for under $200.

Again, neither product is new (both are refurbished) and each is likely to show its age very soon (both are two years old at this point), but still, if you need something now or a cheap present combo, think about it. And as a reminder, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012) are also running Lollipop!  (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…)

Android 5.0 Feature: Tap & Go Restore and Restore From Specific Devices

I would hope that I am not in the minority when I say that pre-Lollipop, the Android setup and restore process was terrible. In fact, I don’t know if we can even consider the previous process to be much of a restore process. In the past, you input your Google account credentials and then told it to restore, though you had no idea where it was restoring from, which apps would be downloaded automatically, and if you were going to spend more time after the restore uninstalling stuff than you would have freshly installing only the things you need. But with Android 5.0, you have two new options that have been so greatly improved, I can’t even think of an adjective to describe them other than, awesome.

In Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” Google is introducing two new options for restoring your devices – Tap & Go, and specific device restores. The first, actually works just like it sounds; you tap your old device to your new device and go! With specific device restores, this is Google’s way of letting you decide which specific device you want to restore from, a method that is incredibly handy should you deal with or have owned multiple Android devices. Both are equally great, so we wanted to make sure you understood each.  (more…)

Pinterest Receives Update on Android With New UI, Simplified Navigation

The Pinterest app for Android received a makeover today that introduces some Material Design, like a more vibrant, intuitive experience “that’s native to Android,” all of which was done in about three weeks time. The developers behind the app also improved the navigation to make it easier to jump around the app, plus the performance should be noticeably speedier. Pinterest claims that they reduced the launch time from 5.3 seconds to 2 seconds.

It sounds like the update is taking advantage (ugh) of Google Play’s staged rollout “feature,” so it could be a few days before you all see the new goodness.  (more…)

Dropbox and Microsoft Office Integration Now Available on Android

A couple of weeks ago, Dropbox announced that it had partnered with Microsoft to include Office integration within its web and mobile apps. The move is a big deal for Office users, as they can access and edit Office documents from within Dropbox, a cloud storage solution that can be reached from just about anywhere and on any platform. In a blog post today, Dropbox announced that the new functionality is now available on Android.

To get started, they remind you to update to the newest version of Dropbox, then open any Office document, spreadsheet or presentation from within Dropbox. You should see an “edit” icon that will let you start editing. Once you are finished editing, your document will then save automatically back to Dropbox.

Give it a shot and let us know how it goes.  (more…)