AT&T may stop offering any two-year contracts by the end of May

AT&T_Logo_01_TAIf you’ve bought a phone from AT&T recently, you’re probably familiar with their Next program. The financing program was designed as a competitor to T-Mobile’s JUMP plan so consumers could purchase their phones without entering into a contract and tangling their phone payments into their phone service plans. Unlike T-Mobile, AT&T continued to offer two-year upgrades alongside financing options, but it looks like that might come to an end in May this year. Read more

The new Asus VivoWatch offers fitness tracking and 10 days of battery life

vivowatch 1Asus has unveiled their newest VivoWatch (that’s actually not part of the Zen family of devices) that’s focused on fitness tracking. The watch is water and dust resistant, offers a heart rate monitor and several other health services, and features a stainless steel frame. Asus is also making a pretty bold claim with this watch, saying it will last 10 days on a single charge. Read more

Best writing and journal apps for Android phones and tablets [April 2015]

Power of WordsWe’ve gone over our best picks for note taking apps before, and in most cases, those apps will get the job done if you just need to write out a to-do list or jot down a recipe. Like with anything else, though, our smartphones and tablets are replacing everything else, and sometimes you may want to use one to write down something a little longer than a memo, especially if you’re the type to bring a Bluetooth keyboard along with your tablet.

You definitely won’t be writing your next great screenplay in Google Keep, so we’ve compiled a list of the best available writing and journalistic apps available on the Play Store. If you’re looking for something more robust to keep a journal or to write out a longer paper that needs careful formatting, these will be better options than the tons of short note apps that you probably already have on your phone. Read more

Google’s “Trusted Voice” search feature beginning staged rollout

Google-searchGoogle has been testing out a “Trusted Voice” feature for unlocking and navigating your phone with specialized voice recognition, similar to the trusted places feature that’s already present in Google Now. It looks like that feature is starting to rollout to devices now.

The feature supposedly will only respond to your voice and no one else’s, but Google suggests that this feature isn’t as secure as other security features in the app. If you aren’t particularly worried, though, you’ll be able to say “Okay Google” to unlock your device and begin using Google Now.  Read more

Site lists LG G4 features and images, then gets taken down

LG G4

A site full of information about the LG G4 went live earlier today, and although it’s been taken down, it revealed quite a bit about the device.

One of the most important things detailed was what LG was planning on doing with the leather, and it looks like they’ll be offering some leather versions of the phone. The design takes a cue from what Motorola has been doing with the leather-backed versions of the Moto X, but the G4 definitely has LG’s own unique style to it.  Read more