If you applied for an Inbox Invite earlier this week you should now have your invitation to join. Inbox aims to be a fresh approach to email. This is the inbox that works for you. The design team took what they learned from Gmail and applied it to this all new approach to email. Inbox bundles types of eamils together (ie promos with promos, purchases with purchase, travel with travel ect.) This makes it easier to find what you are looking for. You can also create your own custom bundles. Inbox gives you your highlights at a glance so you don't have to...
Swiftkey has to be one of the most popular 3rd party keyboards on the play store! It brings all kinds of extra useability features that make typing on a small screen a breeze. One of the best parts of SwiftKey is the ability to choose a skin or theme. Swiftkey has added Lollipop Material design inspired themes for the keyboard. This theme gives you the look of Material Dark and Material Light from Lollipop while also adding a few extra touches like a row of numbers and @/#/& buttons. The designs can be purchased for only .99 via an in app purchase. Swiftkey however remains free. Head to the Play Link below for the Swiftkey download.
How much time do you really waste on Social Media? That is a good question, but chances are you spend way more time on social media than you would like to admit. If you are like me you probably launch twitter or some other social media app every time you turn your screen on before jumping over to anything else. I have even found myself unlocking my phone to check on something important, but instead launching twitter to find that I forgot what i really unlocked my phone to view in the first place. Twitter, Facebook and other Social meadia sites can be a huge time suck, and can easily kill productivity.
A super easy way to change the look of our home screen on our devices is to add a custom launcher and custom icons. A new icon pack by developer "chadfran84" brings some lollipop flair along with some great design to your device. "Erebus" is a circle icon pack that includes some 3D and shadowing effects. The icon pack includes over 3300 custom hand themed icons, custom wallpapers, custom app drawer app, 144x144 HD icons, and more. This is compatible with most custom launchers including Apex, Nova, Aviate, ADW, Smart, Next, Go, Holo, CM 11 Theme Chooser and others. Head to the Play Link below for the download.
The Nexus 6 is right around the corner. It should be released in the coming days. Still with this phone being as huge as it is, even bigger than the Note 4, many of you will opt to keep your old device. The good news is that most Nexus devices will receive the Lollipop update in the days following the release of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. For the rest of you the rom should be ported to your device soon. The Nexus 4 has already received a port of Android 5.0 Lollipop. This rom shows off some new features that not even the developer preview has shown.
The rom brings us a more final view of Lollipop including updated Google apps, an updated messenger, and even then new Google Fit app. This is not being built from the developer preview rather it is being built from an official Nexus 6 rom that was leaked to the developer. Other features include the Google Now launcher, Ambient display, redesigned Gmail, new google calendar, new google drive/docs/sheets/slides, and more....
As I was thinking about pre-ordering my Nexus I pondered whether we still treat device releases the same. I look back at the Motorola Droid, the device that started it all for many of us. The Droid was so popular that it even spawned a few tech sites, DroidForums, Droid-Life, AndroidCentral, just to name a few. So you would think a device that help spawned an entire movement must have had lines of people around the block waiting for the release right?
For myself the only reason I went Droid was my iPhone 3gs kept having connection issues and At&t was doing a poor job handling the issue so I cancelled my service and went to Verizon picking up the Droid a few days after it was released. Had At&t handed me a new iPhone I would probably still have been team Apple (the irony is that I am currently waiting to buy my Nexus 6 o At&t) . I did not buy the droid...
So who says RAW isn't good? Don't like Sushi??? Well if we're talking about the image type that you're working with in your phone camera pictures, you may wish to "sink your teeth into" RAW images, thanks to Android 5.0, AKA Lollipop.
RAW (or DNG - Digital Negative - written by Adobe as they're known), allows you to dump all the data that was captured by the imaging sensor on the camera, and then work with it in its unedited, lossless form and get some amazing final images. Above is a quick comparison of a JPG and the same image in DNG (after editing). As you can see, the JPG image on the left is nice, but does show washing out of the bright areas in the background (the cars and buildings towards the top of the screen), as well as a lack of detail in the darker ares. The same image to the right shows a dramatically improved image, both in balance and color pop.
It appears that "bizarre news Thursday" has continued and culminated in the strangest story yet! Microsoft just released two Android apps! ...and they are actually pretty good!!!
Although it is truly hard to fathom (hyperbole & some sarcasm is intended), Microsoft just put out a nifty new Lock Screen app for Android called, "Next Lock Screen." The other Android app they released is called "Journeys & Notes" which is both a traveler's companion and traveler's social app. Both are pretty impressive. Here's a description summary for each below with Google Play Links:
The above image is an example from Dangerous Things and is not an X-Ray of the person named in the story.
It looks like we are having a "bizarre news" Thursday (although this one is a bit off topic). Earlier we had the crazy "bunny smartphone cases story" and in this story we have NFC chip implants being injected into a user's hand. Apparently there is a company called Dangerous Things that sells a bio-compatible NFC chip which comes with an implant kit. The product does not have any type of certification testing for any type of use in the body by the FDA, nor from any other regulatory organization, yet one tech-obsessed individual chose to purchase and use it.
The kit includes a sterile injection syringe loaded with the company’s 13.56MHz NTAG216 RFID chip that is fully NFC compatible and measures 12mm long and 2mm in diameter. It costs $100 USD and is not considered a "do-it-yourself" product. The company actually recommends you go to a...
The latest intel suggests that the LG G Watch R will actually be hitting retail shelves as early as tomorrow (October 23rd), at least in the UK. This info was leaked by the UK retailer Clove. They also shared that pre-orders will begin to ship Monday, October 27th.
The LG G Watch R is the round faced version of the LG G Watch (as you can see in the pic above). It shows that LG is listening to consumers across the web when they bemoaned the vanilla square-faced devices which hit the market first, and praised the great aesthetic of the Moto 360. Do you think the LG G Watch R could be a competitive product?