The HTC Dot View case bring a stylish and retro look to your HTC device. It was first released with the HTC One M8, but the second iteration of the case for the HTC One M9 is much improved. There are lots of features included like live wallpapers and even games that are playable while the Dot Case is closed. If you wanted this for your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge you were pretty much out of luck until now that is. Toopoot is now selling their own dot view case that works with the S6 and S6 edge. This case even includes some downloadable software which mimics the dot view experience you get with the HTC Dot View case. The Dot View features on this case actually work pretty well, and you can't beat it for $5!
When the Galaxy S6 first arrived I was surprised to find custom themes were included in Touchwiz. This was a pleasant surprise as it signals a move towards user customization without the need for hacking or rooting. We have been getting these sorts of additions little by little, and this is a pretty big move in my opinion. Themeing is one of the main reasons many people decide to root their phones and run roms in the first place.
The first few themes that came with the Galaxy S6 weren't really much to write home about, but since then Samsung has been releasing new themes weekly. This week they began reviewing and approving third party themes. This means that we are going to begin to see many more options coming from some pretty capable themers. So far my favorite theme is the avengers theme that came with the phone at release. What are your thoughts on custom themes being stock on the Galaxy S6!?
Google made quite a few changes in the Android M Preview build. Some of those changes broke root for our devices. Chainfire has already stated that he is working on root for Android M, but while you wait on a new SuperSU package you can actually root your Nexus 5 or Nexus 6 on Android M now! The process is super easy. All you will need to do is download the Despair Kernel for your device from below, and the SuperSU zip. Once you flash the custom kernel you will be able to root your phone by flashing the SuperSu.zip once more! This does require an unlocked bootloader and TWRP.
The Humble Mobile Bundle is back. Humble Bundle allows you to decide what you want to pay for the games that are offered. You can even chose who your money goes to. Their are options to send your money to the developer of the games offered, to humble bundle, or to charity. Their are two tiers in the 13th edition of the humble bundle. When you pay any amount you get "Timelines: Assault On America", "The Ministry Of Silly Walks", and "Hellraid The Escape". If you pay more than the average price at the time of purchase you get "Puzzle Retreat", "Worms 3", and "Twisty Hollow". There are more games that will be unlocked later as well! Head to the link below to grab your DRM free copies of the above games.
I still think that full on mini PCs are better for an overall media consumption experience since those devices are stand alone and don't rely on some other device to bring the content. These standalone devices are not always as easy to use, and some require quite a bit of setup. They often have their quirks too. The Chromecast is hands down the easiest plug and play device for getting content from the web to your TV. It is pretty versatile too. For the most part I can cast just about any web video, and of course the most important services like Netflix and Youtube work perfectly. I bet you didn't know there are hundreds of full length 80s and 90s films on youtube You could easily cancel your cable subscription with a device like the Chromecast.
If you have somehow missed out on the revolution that is the Chromecast and are ready to buy yours, or maybe you love yours like I love mine and you are ready to buy one for each TV in your house you will want to hit up the Groupon linke below. Groupon is currently selling refurbed units for only $20 which is a $15 discount! If refurbished scares you just know that refurbished normally means open box or devices that were returned for reason other than defect that have been tested by the manufacturer. This deal will only be available for a short period of time. There have already been more than 1,000 sold!
Look at this mythical unicorn device... it's a Nexus 5 which has been retrofitted with a built-in fingerprint sensor! The video is simply meant to show off Google's Fingerprint and payments APIs, but the most intriguing thing in the video isn't actually the content, but a prop used in the video. Enjoy!
TAG Heuer just revealed some new info on their upcoming Android Wear device. First, the device will be named the Carrera Wearable 01. TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver also shared that the device is going to be based on their regular Carrera Heuer 01 luxury watch design. Here's a quote from Biver,
According to previous intel on the device, the Carrera Wearable 01 will become available later this year for approximately $1,400 USD, and could have a 40-hour battery life.
Asus made some new announcements today at the Computex show. One of their biggest was a series of new tablets. We have the Quad HD ZenPad S in 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch models. Here's the full press release for all the details,
Amazon just added another improvement to the Echo device. Every month (or more) the online e-tailer pushes out an update to the amazing little super-speaker which adds new functionality. This time they added Google Calendar Events integration.
Once you have gone through the process of linking your Google Calendar within Settings in the Amazon Echo app, you will then be able to access a host of features by simply asking your Echo standard calendar questions. Not only can it update you on your calendar events for today, it can also let you know what's going on in the future by simply asking it about a certain day.
Amazon indicated they intend to continue adding more functionality to the calendar app over time. Sound off if you have been looking forward to this functionality for your Amazon Echo.
We have a pretty slick deal alert for you guys this fine Monday morning. Amazon is having a sale on Samsung microSD cards for a limited time. Most of the offers are more than 50% off the regular price. Here are links to some of the best deals of the bunch.