Silent Circle’s BlackPhone 2 is now available for purchase, so if you’re interested in picking up the privacy-minded smartphone, you can finally put an order in for one. Pricing comes in at $799, and it’s currently only available in North America, but for what it does, the BlackPhone 2 offers unmatched security on an Android phone. Read more
Fossil is one of the world’s biggest watch manufacturers, and they’re getting their feet wet with in the smartwatch market with the Fossil Q.
The Fossil Q is the company’s first attempt at an Android Wear smartwatch, and it looks like one of the more compelling designs we’ve seen on some of these connected watches. It features a design worthy of the Fossil brand, and it’s powered by Intel and Google’s wearable platform. Read more
We’ve heard plenty of information about the bigger of the two Nexus phones Google will be unveiling this week, but the smaller Nexus 5X hasn’t been talked about quite as much. We already know what kind of hardware to expect, but up until this point, we haven’t heard anything about pricing or availability, which are two pretty big details. Read more
Google Hangouts is rumored to get an update to version 5.0 pretty soon, and it’s going to bring a handful of much needed bug fixes. One of the biggest things that’s been lacking in Hangouts has been GIF support, and it looks like the update will be fixing that.
Currently, Hangouts 4 sends GIFs as static images until the recipient taps on the image. That takes a lot of fun out of sending GIFs, so being able to see the files animate in real time is a very welcome addition. Read more
YouTube’s upcoming ad-free subscription service looks like it’s slated for an October release, which should be less than a month away, assuming everything stays on track. This new service is expected to be rolled up into YouTube’s Music Key subscription, which we think might get a name change to YouTube Red. Nothing is certain just yet, but we’ve all expected something to happen with Google’s video streaming service sooner or later, and we’ve been hearing things for a while. Read more
Lego has announced a brand new Mindstorms EV3 programming app for controlling the company’s robot construction set. It’s a simple, streamlined experience for Android and iOS that uses the most common commands of the platform without the need for a laptop or desktop to get things going. Read more
While Samsung’s smartphone and tablet business is waning, its component division is doing as well as ever. The company is celebrating this success by opening up a new headquarters for their semiconductor production right in the middle of Silicon Valley. Read more
If you’re in the market for a new phone and don’t mind buying a slightly older model to save some cash, eBay is running a fantastic deal on a factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s not the newer model with the bigger screen, but the original Edge is just a few months old and it’s still a powerhouse of a phone. Read more
New phones are offering extremely high resolution screens, fingerprint scanners, and all kinds of other ridiculous, space-age technology in rectangular packages. The NoPhone Zero takes a different approach, though, offering the least advanced in available smartphone technology. In fact, the NoPhone Zero offers so few features and does so little, you’d be surprised to learn that it’s even a phone. Read more
Facebook is rolling out a new feature to your news feed starting today that will attempt to give you a more immersive look into certain news stories. You’ll soon start seeing 360-degree videos on your news feed that will allow you to pan around a video, kind of like a more detailed, interactive panoramic photo. Read more