[Deal] Pick up a discounted Pioneer Android Auto stereo through Amazon

Android_Auto_Screenshot_01If you’ve been waiting for a good deal to get started with Android Auto, Amazon is hosting a deal that just might push you over the edge. They’re offering up Pioneer’s AVIC-8100NEX stereo with a heavy discount off the MSRP, you can pick up one for roughly 900 bucks. It’s definitely not cheap, but considering these things have an MSRP of 1400, that’s a hefty discount.

The stereo has a full touch screen interface and works with your Lollipop-powered device and the Android Auto app. Pioneer’s own interface and Apple CarPlay also work, in case you like to mix and match devices.  Read more

OnePlus celebrates its 1st birthday with giveaway and 50% discount on accessories

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Recently, OnePlus announced that you can now buy the OnePlus One handset without needing to worry about its frustrating invite system. And today, as a way of celebrating its 1st birthday, we have news that OnePlus have discounted their accessories by 50% for today only. The OnePlus One will also be discounted by one (1!) unit of your local currency in a symbolic gesture. Finally, you can also win some prizes by entering the #NeverSettle Party, in which your can win T-shirts or even a OnePlus One handset and power bank bundle.

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HTC and Valve ready to release HTC Vive Developer Edition on very limited basis

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With the smartwatch market seemingly reaching a point of maturity, many companies are working on what they hope will be the next big wave in consumer tech hardware, virtual reality headsets. Not to be left out of the mix, HTC is working on their own version called the HTC Vive in partnership with Valve and their SteamVR platform. As the companies work to release their product later this year, they have progressed to the point where they are ready to release the HTC Vive Developer Edition to a select few developers. Read more

Retirement of old API results in Google TV versions 1 & 2 losing access to YouTube app

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YouTube is an app that many of us take for granted, it seems to be available on virtually every electronic device from smartphones and tablets to gaming consoles and smart televisions. According to an updated support document, though, the range of supported devices will shrink a little from the end of April thanks to the retirement of YouTube’s old Data API.

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The OnePlus One is now available without an invite forever, 75% off accessories for 24 hours

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It was just about one year ago to the day (actually 4/23) when the OnePlus was announced to the world. It has been a crazy ride for sure with interesting marketing promotions and such. Probably the craziest thing has been the invite system, but that is no more starting today. The OnePlus is now available globally every day of the week, and you don’t need an invite. This isn’t for a limited time either, it’s forever.

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Google Play Service 7.3 update brings trusted places UI [APK Download]

Google_Play_Services_Splash_BannerGoogle has updated their Play Services app to version 7.3 with a few new features, notably one adding a user interface for trusted places.

This UI will let you select an area as “trusted” within a ring, which will disable security features in that zone. This would be useful if you wanted to remove your password on your lock screen at home but keep it on everywhere else. Read more