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You know you probably have it well when your biggest inconvenience is having to wait for the kettle to boil each morning. But hey, pain is relative, and I'm not going to pretend like it's not annoying. But thanks to that Android phone on...
You know you probably have it well when your biggest inconvenience is having to wait for the kettle to boil each morning. But hey, pain is relative, and I'm not going to pretend like it's not annoying. But thanks to that Android phone on your bedside table, you won't be stuck with this burden for long. No, there isn't an app that will solve this problem for you, there's a kettle - a Wi-Fi kettle that you can control from your Android device. Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:The Sony Xperia Z Can Survive Being Boiled Alive In A Pot Of Soup (But You Probably Shouldn't Drop A Hammer On It) [Poll] Some Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1s Experiencing 'Newton's Rings' - Is Yours? Samsung Shows Off SGSIII's Intelligence In Demo Video, Defines "Ironic" For Our Amusement Instead [Humor] Disney Releases Where's My Perry? A Puzzle Game Based On The World's Most Popular Platypus Detective iKettle, A Wi-Fi Kettle That Lets You Boil Water From Your Phone And Pings You When It's Ready, Is Available For Pre-Order was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
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Remember the ‘Firetube” name we told you Amazon registered not long ago? It seems there might be something coming this holiday season from everyone’s favorite online retailer. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that “people briefed on ...
Remember the ‘Firetube” name we told you Amazon registered not long ago? It seems there might be something coming this holiday season from everyone’s favorite online retailer. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that “people briefed on the company’s plans” say Amazon will release a Roku-esque streaming media player this year. If true, this pits Amazon against a host of other set-top boxes and plug-in dongles. Most notably the Roku, which Amazon currently makes their content available for. An Amazon branded streaming device would also explain why Amazon has been mum about bringing Prime to the Chromecast, which is highly desirable for fans of Google’s powerhouse dongle. According to the sources, the Amazon media player would even resemble a Roku box, and could offer games — like Roku does. Of course, this would all tie into Amazon’s Prime membership, and if Amazon history tells us anything, it won’t offer any outside services like Netflix. Amazon is keen to sell their own tablets, and that strategy may be coming to living rooms as well. Codenamed “Cinnamon”, there was no hard date for release, or even specifics on pricing from the WSJ sources. If Amazon plans on entering the living room with their own device, they may be a little late to the game; between the Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, and On-Demand content from cable providers, the space is limited. Story Timeline Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" reviewed at SlashGear Amazon said to have two smartphones in the works; one 3D, one free Amazon patents "Firetube" moniker; TV service, or maybe internet Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2013 teardown reveals modular components, high repairability
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A newly redesigned app to keep you up-to-date with all things BABBQ There are a whole lot of things you need to have done before you head out to the Big Android BBQ this year, but be sure to remember to install the official BABBQ app. Wh...
A newly redesigned app to keep you up-to-date with all things BABBQ There are a whole lot of things you need to have done before you head out to the Big Android BBQ this year, but be sure to remember to install the official BABBQ app. Whether its to keep up with news, the schedule, learn more about the speakers or just to collect some pins while you're down in Dallas, the Big Android BBQ app is a must-have. With a completely new redesign for the 2013 get-together, the new app is easy on the eyes as well. Be sure to install the app and link it to your Google+ profile for the best experience before you head out on your way to the BBQ. I'll be attending the BABBQ this year, so if you are making the trip and happen to see me walking around, don't hesitate to come say hello! We always like meeting and talking to the folks who follow AC.
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The Archos GamePad 2 appears to fix everything that was wrong with the first model. (Credit: Archos) The original Archos GamePad didn't attract much attention, despite the fact that it offered what a lot of hardcore gamers seemingly wa...
The Archos GamePad 2 appears to fix everything that was wrong with the first model. (Credit: Archos) The original Archos GamePad didn't attract much attention, despite the fact that it offered what a lot of hardcore gamers seemingly wanted: built-in game controls in the form of dual control sticks and lots of buttons. It was, for all intents in purposes, an Android-powered Sony PSP, though with a bigger screen and a lot more games to choose from. No doubt hoping for a better reception, Archos just unveiled the GamePad 2, which promises a host of improvements over the original. I actually thought the first GamePad was one of the most underrated products of the year. Yes, it suffered from mediocre battery life, and the controls had some issues. But for less than the price (at the time) of a Kindle Fire, you got a full-featured Android Jelly Bean tablet that really was stellar for playing certain kinds of games. The GamePad 2 looks to correct every single shortcoming, starting under the hood: It's powered by a 1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor, a dedicated quad-core graphics processor, and 2GB of system RAM. Archos has also ... [Read more]
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Speaking at a wireless infrastructure conference, AT&T's president of Labs announced that he thinks the wireless carrier could have themselves a VoLTE compatible device by the end of this year, with VoLTE service popping up sometime in 2...
Speaking at a wireless infrastructure conference, AT&T's president of Labs announced that he thinks the wireless carrier could have themselves a VoLTE compatible device by the end of this year, with VoLTE service popping up sometime in 2014. Not that its appearance will be widespread for users, but that general testing and rollout will begin around that timespan. This development is right on the heels of Verizon's same announcement that took place back in August.  Verizon's plan is to announce a VoLTE device before this year's end, with the network upgrade taking place around mid-2014. The device will also come equipped with your standard CDMA chip, that way in case a user needs to fallback on 3G calls, they can do so. As we mentioned in a previous post, these first round of VoLTE devices should be "future proof" in terms of network technology. While these two top dogs are in a fast-paced race against each other to deliver future technology to paying customers, T-Mobile and Sprint are taking a slower approach, still working on delivering a decent 4G LTE experience to users across the U.S. It is quite exciting to know that a true VoLTE experience is right around the corner. The question we are more interested in, is which future devices will sport the VoLTE capability on Verizon and AT&T? Via: Fierce Wireless
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Digging the idea of the NVIDIA Shield, but looking for something a bit more affordable? The Archos Gamepad 2 could be exactly what you’re looking for. The upcoming gaming tablet features a built-in physical controller, reasonably decent ...
Digging the idea of the NVIDIA Shield, but looking for something a bit more affordable? The Archos Gamepad 2 could be exactly what you’re looking for. The upcoming gaming tablet features a built-in physical controller, reasonably decent specs and a price tag of $200 in the United States, or £179.99 for those in Europe. So what exactly does that $200 net you? The Gamepad features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 2GB RAM, a 7-inch IPS display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, 8GB storage, microSD, HDMI, Wi-Fi and the power of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. While the Nvidia Shield is more powerful and offers PC streaming, the Archos Gamepad does have a bigger display and represents a savings of $100. Additionally, the design of the Archos Gamepad 2 likely makes it more comfortable for those times when you want to use the device as a more conventional tablet. As for the games, the Archos Gamepad has full Google Play support and is even partnering up with Gameloft to give you two full games out of the box, Asphalt 8: Airborne and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour. For those interested in the GamePad 2, you’ll have your chance to pick one up by the end of the month in Europe, or sometime in the 4th quarter of this year for those in the United States. How about it – anyone interested in picking this one up, or would you rather fork over a bit more cash to get the Nvidia Shield? ARCHOS GamePad 2 Announced A hybrid tablet made for gamers; the GamePad 2 features a faster Quad-Core CPU, a 7″ IPS HD screen and the proprietary ARCHOS Game Mapping Tool London, October 9th, 2013 – ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android™ devices, is proud to announce its second generation tablet made for Gamers – the ARCHOS GamePad 2 available in Europe at the end of October at £179.99. “Following the success of the GamePad 1, we knew that we could take the gaming-tablet concept further. With our GamePad 2 we have included an HD screen, better controls, a larger battery and a faster processor,” said Loic Poirier ARCHOS CEO, “We’re excited to be working with a leading games company like Gameloft to pre-install two visually stunning titles for an amazing gaming experience.” The ARCHOS GamePad 2 includes complete versions of Asphalt 8: Airborne and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour by Gameloft both revisited for physical controls. “With a tablet that’s as innovative as the ARCHOS GamePad 2, it was an easy decision to optimise our games for the platform,” said Cyril Guilleminot, Gameloft Director for France & Benelux. “Users will be able to take part in a brand new gaming experience with its integrated physical control system.” Made for Gaming HD IPS Screen The ARCHOS GamePad 2 features a 7 inch HD screen perfect for gaming. The widescreen 1280 x 800 pixel resolution gives an amazing gaming and multimedia experience and IPS technology ensures amazing colours and brightness as well as perfect viewing angles Powerful Processor, Larger Battery Powered by an A9 generation quad-core processor running at 1.6GHz coupled with a fast Quad-Core graphics processor and 2GB of system RAM, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 has more than enough power to play the latest 3D games smoothly. Thanks to super energy-efficient 28 nanometer processor technology and a much larger battery than normally used on a 7 inch tablet, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 has vastly improved battery life whether in gaming or simply when browsing the web. Improved Thumb-Sticks, Buttons and Mapping Tool The ARCHOS GamePad 2 features more precise, incurved dual thumb-sticks, double buttons on each shoulder, a single part directional pad and a vastly improved button click-feeling for a better physical gaming experience. Combined with the updated version of the critically praised Game Mapping Tool, first featured on the GamePad 1, that lets users map any touch-screen button game to work with the physical controls, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 offers an improved android gaming experience for hund
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HTC can’t seem to find the formula for success in the mobile market, reporting losses quarter over quarter. There is no easy formula for a market in which the top 3 manufacturer is doing bad. Samsung and Apple are pretty much the o...
HTC can’t seem to find the formula for success in the mobile market, reporting losses quarter over quarter. There is no easy formula for a market in which the top 3 manufacturer is doing bad. Samsung and Apple are pretty much the only ones doing well and something has to be done. Could an acquisition be the best solution for HTC? Recent rumors assure that HTC has been meeting with Lenovo for a possible acquisition that would conclude during the first half of 2014. It’s said these meetings have been held since August, 2013. What exactly could be happening here? We know HTC is not at its best, but we didn’t think they could be that hurt yet. Also, Lenovo is no renowned brand in the smartphone/tablet market. Lenovo does have a large presence in Asia, though. Their computers are also very popular in the rest of the world. Could it be Lenovo wants to improve its lackluster mobile department by bringing in HTC’s expertise? Seems to make sense. And though we hate to see HTC going somewhere else, it’s a great brand and we also wouldn’t like to see it completely die. Let’s wait until we hear more on this, because none of it is official just yet. We should be hearing more if this rumor is true – in which case, you will be the first we tell! Thanks for the tip, Karla! [Apple Daily]
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Did you know that the Samsung Galaxy Gear is basically an Android device like every other phone out there, except with weaker hardware and no cellular radios? Yes, it runs basic Android, which means apps should work on this device. And w...
Did you know that the Samsung Galaxy Gear is basically an Android device like every other phone out there, except with weaker hardware and no cellular radios? Yes, it runs basic Android, which means apps should work on this device. And with an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM, it should run most apps just fine. In testing, it totally works. To sideload apps to the device, you’ll have to enable USB debug in settings. After that, you can hook the smartwatch up to your computer and fire up a command prompt. A simple “adb install filename.apk” will install the app for you, while “adb push filename /sdcard” will allow you to push content such as music or movies onto the device. You’ll obviously need the Android SDK installed on your computer for this procedure, but it’s all fairly easy. From there, apps work just fine for the most part. Nova Launcher, Candy Crush and various media player apps fire up and perform pretty decently for such a slow device. However, internet-based apps like browsers are rendered useless by the Gear’s lack of cellular radios. While this is not for the general consumer, it’s an awesome chance for tinkerers to get more out of their $300 smartwatch. Finding apps that are actually useful on the device won’t be hard, and you could actually improve the user experience if you find some good ones. And don’t forget, this is just the beginning. The community does amazing things with limited products, so if adoption rates for the Gear pick up, we might see some radical modification in the future. But for now, go start messing around with it if you happen to own one of these!
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T-Mobile has been teasing an announcement at a New York City park for a couple of days now. Yesterday, the company’s official Twitter account Tweeted that the third phase of the UNcarrier movement would kick off today, with interna...
T-Mobile has been teasing an announcement at a New York City park for a couple of days now. Yesterday, the company’s official Twitter account Tweeted that the third phase of the UNcarrier movement would kick off today, with international superstar Shakira confirmed to be christening the event with a musical performance. The only problem is that we haven’t been given the slightest hint as to what to expect, except for John Legere’s proclamation that the forthcoming announcement will “REALLY shake things up” again. If T-Mobile’s recent track record is anything to go by, I wouldn’t doubt their ability to live up to lofty expectations. Without any rumors to go on, though, we’re left to our own devices to figure out just what it is T-Mobile has to show off at today’s event. Their new plans are already out and in full effect. The T-Mobile JUMP early upgrade program has already been announced and available. What else could T-Mobile possibly be bringing to the table? I have a few different predictions: T-Mobile will announce a huge list of 4G LTE cities to go live at some point in the very near future The death of throttling Shakira in unlimited amounts of leather to replace Carly in a new major marketing campaign Free pink Magenta cupcakes for everyone who buys a phone More shots fired at AT&T I’ve obviously gone a bit off the wall at the end there, but the point is that we are clueless as to what T-Mobile could be looking to announce later tonight. Whatever it is, though, you can bet our eyes will be peeled and that we will be bringing that information straight to your inbox as soon as it’s available. Be sure to add your own wishes and predictions in the comments section below, and circle back later tonight for all the latest out of New York City!
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The Moto X and LG G2 have seen a significant price cut over on Amazon Wireless. You can now pick up the popular phones for $100, depending on what carrier you are on. The Moto X can be grabbed for this low price if you are on either AT&T...
The Moto X and LG G2 have seen a significant price cut over on Amazon Wireless. You can now pick up the popular phones for $100, depending on what carrier you are on. The Moto X can be grabbed for this low price if you are on either AT&T or Verizon, and if this is a new contract or upgrade. For the G2, you can snatch that phone up for this low price on Verizon, but only if it is a new contract. Upgrades will run you $120 which is still not too bad. If you want the G2 on AT&T, you will have to pay $150, but again, it is still a nice discounted price. So head over to Amazon to take advantage of these offers. Let us know if you did.
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