When Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire tablet a few years ago, they redefined the price. It looks like they have done it again. They just unveiled the Kindle Fire HD 6 and Kindle Fire HD 7 with super cheap pricing.
They each have 1280 x 800 displays in either the 6-inch or 7-inch variety. They also sport a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor along with front and rear facing cameras, and all day battery life.
Amazon just introduced the all new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. It looks a lot like last year’s model, but they have included a few new features. The biggest change is it’s now powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805. It also gets a new Dolby Atmos sound engine, which should be noticeable when wearing headphones.
As far as the display, there really isn’t anything to upgrade. It sports the same 2560 x 1600 resolution that Amazon claims has 30% more pixels than the iPad Air. However, they have added Dynamic Light Control, which will automatically adjust the brightness and white balance of the display when reading books through the Kindle app. It should more closely represent an actual printed page. Unfortunately this feature won’t be available out of the box, but a software update later this year will enable it.
Google introduced Android Wear back in March with a lot of fanfare all because of a circular watch about the size of an Oreo cookie. Motorola announced the Moto 360 on the very same day telling us that we would have to wait until the summer. The anticipation seemed to grow daily for what seemed to be the sexiest smartwatch ever. We would see a few leaks here and there, but they just left us salivating for more.
Then came Google I/O in June when Google officially launched Android wear and a couple of watches. The hopeful were anticipating the release of this fine device, but we were told to expect it later in the summer. We were able to get our hands on it, but again, we were just salivating dogs eagerly waiting for the big day.
That day came on September 5th, when the Moto 360 was finally offered for sale. It has been nearly 6 months of anticipation and just about as much hype as any Nexus phone. Now that it’s finally here, there is only one question left….Does it live up to the hype? Priced at $249, it isn’t the cheapest, but it’s round (well mostly) and it looks damn good. Hell, it’s $100 cheaper than the cheapest version of the Apple Watch, and that isn’t even available yet. So is the Moto 360 the holy grail of smartwatches? Well hit the break and let’s get started.
Looking for a new Bluetooth keyboard for your Android tablet? You might want to consider the Universal Mobile Keyboard from Microsoft. That’s right you read that right….Microsoft. This one not only works with Windows, but it also works with Android and iOS too.
It might seem weird that Microsoft would offer a keyboard that works with Android, but if you think about the fact that they are pushing Office 365, it isn’t all that surprising. If you plan on using Office 365, you will need a keyboard if you want to be productive, and Microsoft figured they might as well join the party.
Material Design was introduced at Google I/O, and we all fell in love with it instantly. It’s by far the biggest visual change for Android since Ice Cream Sandwich.
The User Experience Awards 2014 took place last week and Google received the Gold Prize for the “Best Contribution to UX” category. Other Gold Prize winners included Volkswagen for Best Brand Experience and SAP Consumer Insight 365 for Best Enterprise Experience. The Grand Prize went to Virgin America for Most Significant Industry Evolution.
Congratulations Google!! Just in case you aren’t familiar with Material Design, we have a short video after the break.
Facebook knows it’s hard to share things with only a few select people, at least on their network. But they might have the answer with a product codenamed, “Moments.”
Moments is being tested right now with employees so it could be released soon. As it stands right now, the design is a grid with tiles representing close friends and/or family. All the user has to do is tap on a contact tile to quickly share something with just them. According to TechCrunch, the app looks a lot like the Cluster app.
Samsung is the king of variant phones, meaning they release a phone and proceed to release different versions of the same phone. The Galaxy S 5 is already available on Sprint, but they are offering a different version called the Galaxy S 5 Sport (Galaxy S 5 Active on AT&T). It’s basically a Galaxy S 5 geared towards the fitness crowd. The design is by far the biggest difference, but it also includes Sprint’s new Fit Live app. The Galaxy S 5 Sport also comes with a $100 premium ($199 vs $99 on contract). Are these differences a good enough reason to spend the extra dough? Hit the break to find out.
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Glitch causing some full screen Android Wear apps to close unexpectedly
Android Wear now Supported by OneNote
Adobe’s EchoSign e-signature service brought over to Android
Motorola drops four new apps on the Play Store for 2014 Moto X
It’s hard to watch a show these days without seeing a Samsung commercial, but it looks like Samsung is going to embark on another adventure in the hopes of getting even more presence on your TV.
They are working on their own sitcom called, “Best Future” that will be about a fictional employee of the company. Actually they are calling it a musicom since it combines a musical and a sitcom. Oh boy!!
Motorola is opening pre-orders today for the 2nd gen Moto X on their site today, and AT&T is following suit. What’s cool about AT&T’s offering is that they are offering your chance to grab the phone in either Black Resin, Black Leather, or Bamboo. Last year’s Moto X was very limited at the carrier level in that you could only get a plain white or black version. So it’s nice to see added options. Just remember, you won’t be able to further customize these bad boys unless you hit up Moto Maker.