I have owned the Moto 360 for almost a week now and have some things I like about it and things that I feel needs improvement. I am going to highlight a couple or areas and give it a grade based on my experience.
Cosmetic: For a timepiece this is by far the best looking smart watch available, whether you go black or silver you will not be disappointed with the look of the device. I give the Moto 360 a full 20/20 (A) for the overall look and feel.
Battery Life: We have heard mixed reviews on battery life but I must say that if you turn off ambient screen (as suggested by a number of other reviewers) you will not have any problem getting a full days use. By full days use I mean using it to check the time or other minor things. I have to give this device a 16/20 (B) for battery life as it does a decent job holding up throughout the day.
UI: This is the area that really needs work as far as android wear. Do I swipe left, right, double tap? The user interface for...
We meant to get this up a bit earlier, but the day isn't over yet. You can now pre-order your very own Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at either Verizon or AT&T. Here are the particulars, followed by some links to the respective carriers.
AT&T is $34.42 monthly or $299 on a new two-year contract or $850 outright (black or white version available)
Verizon is $34 monthly or $299 on contract or $699 outright (only the black version available)
After your pre-order you won't get your device until October 17th (or later). Here are those source links below.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has barely even been out for very long, but there are already leaked pics of the next generation of the phone. The pics we have here are supposedly of the Samsung SM-A500, which is rumored to be the next Galaxy Alpha device, and may have a final retail name of Samsung Galaxy A5.
What's really strange is that this device is back to a plastic backing, if we are seeing correctly in these pics. Supposedly, the material used will have the premium feel of metal, but will be cheaper to produce, because it won't actually be metal.
It also looks like this device will not be a "high-end" version as the specs are decidedly "mid-range":
5-inch Super AMOLED display
Snapdragon 400 processing
13MP camera (5MP front-facing)
16GB storage (expandable via MicroSD)
We will keep an eye on this to flesh out any details as they are made available. Be sure to check out all of the pics in the thread below.
You finally got your feet up under you where you have a routine of working out and eating right and you are doing it like clockwork. You take your supplements, throw on the music, and grind out another workout with the mission of gaining results. Days turn to weeks, weeks turn to months to where it becomes second nature. But just as we need a vacation from the daily grind at work so do our bodies. So make sure you take a week where you get away from the routine, and if you like me and must do something, drop it down to a light work out where you are just walking or stretching. You can even look at going to the zoo, local walking trail or beach and walking around enjoying the scenery. The point is to make sure to rest and allow you body to recoup and relax your mind. That rest will do wonders as you will come back refreshed and energized.
Is it a full moon tonight? It seems as if we are finding several stories today that are downright baffling. Apparently, Sprint will not be getting the next generation Moto X smartphone. This was confirmed in a Tweet by Motorola.
We aren't sure why Sprint isn't getting the device. It is bound to be one of the hottest selling Androids on the planet, and is a shame for Sprint customers who were hoping to get it. Share your thoughts on this bizarre decision from Sprint.
Something is amiss in Google-land. Google just announced a new policy which has independent developers enraged, and for good reason. As of September 30th, 2014, Google will now require all developers to publish a physical address on the Google Play Store. This is for anyone who wants to host their app on the Google Play Store, and applies to paid apps or apps with in-app purchases. You can see the details in the screen grab below.
Keep in mind that this must be a "physical address," so a Post Office Box won't work. This is wrong on so many levels, it's baffling to fathom that Google would make such a request. Google claims they are doing this to “comply with consumer protection laws,” but this hardly makes sense when you consider that eBay and iTunes are not laying out the same requirements. Could this be a situation in which Google is simply the first to...
Amazon has announced a bevy of devices today available for pre-order (shipping in October). One short news article is hardly even enough space to cover them, but here's a quick summary.
First up, we have the newest Fire HD tablet which starts at $100 for the 8GB ad supported 6" version (or $134 for the 16GB non-ad supported version). It features front and rear cameras and sports a quad core 1.5 GHz processor.
Next up is the Fire HD Kids Edition which is very similar to the new Fire HD. It starts at $149 for a 6" and $189 for a 7." The big difference here is that the ruggedized tablet has a 2 year Accidental Damage Warranty which covers it even if your 5 year old tries to flush it down the toilet. Amazon bills it as a "Real tablet, not a toy"... and it is. This includes a year of "Amazon Freetime" which is like "Prime for Kids."
Our third is a refreshed Fire HDX 8.9 which features a new processor and GPU. Amazon claims it is 70% faster than the previous HDX....
Paul O'Brien is a pretty well-known developer within the Android community and he has been known to get some leaked intel correct from time to time. He just tweeted that he received an anonymous tip regarding the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet. Supposedly, it will launch on October 16th.
It's important to note the word "launch" in this regard. If this tip turns out to be accurate it is probably meant to portend the actually retail street date of the product. Most of the solid intel we have received up until now has suggested Google will reveal the Nexus 9 and other Android L products on (or around October 8th).
We will keep an eye out for anything corroborating this rumint.
Fans of the RTS-style game Clash of Clans who also happen to love the Star Wars universe are in for a treat! Star Wars Commander is now available for Android, and it's basically just like Clash of Clans only it's set in the Star Wars universe instead of the medieval fantasy-style found in Clash of Clans.
The game is free to play, but you know what that means... it includes the dreaded IAP (in app purchase) system. Supposedly, the IAP for this game isn't too terrible though, so it could still be worth a look.
Here's a quote from the Google Play description and a link below to try it out.
It's almost time Note fans! Samsung just announced that Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders will begin tomorrow (September 19th). After that, those who order should receive their new Note on or around the 17th of October. That is also the same day they will be available in retail stores.
The pic above is a Samsung-created spec sheet for the Galaxy Note 4. Here are some details about the specific carrier pre-orders:
Verizon's pre-orders will start at 12:01AM ET and will cost $299 on-contract for the 32GB version.
Sprint has yet to share details of their pre-order situation for the Galaxy Note 4.
AT&T is similar to Verizon in pricing, although no specific time for pre-order landing was specified.
T-Mobile won't begin their pre-orders until 9AM PT on September 24th.
Here's a link to Sammy's press release for more info:...