Nest has announced that they will be pushing out an update to Nest Thermostat devices this week that includes some new and improved features. Nest says the Auto-Schedule function has been enhanced to learn new schedules and more quickly adapt to new heating and cooling patterns. The Nest Auto-Schedule feature has been one of the device’s key components and an important factor for the company in making an easy to use, “learning” device available for consumers. The feature works by remembering changes a user makes to temperatures and then creating a schedule on the fly from that since their research shows setting thermostat schedules tends to be too much of a chore for most users. Nest says the improvements to Auto-Schedule will help consumers save up to 6% on utility bills. Read more
Yesterday was the official launch day for the latest Google tablet, the Nexus 9. Buyers have been able to place orders through a variety of sources like the Google Play store or Amazon and they can even go down to a Best Buy store to pick one up and avoid the wait for shipping. Common to all of these early purchases though is that they are all for WiFi-only versions of the tablet. That could change soon as an FCC filing has surfaced for an HTC tablet device, presumably the Nexus 9, that includes LTE capabilities.
The FCC filing indicates the tablet device supports LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, and 41, which covers all of the major U.S. carriers. In addition, the FCC filing shows the device has support for GSM850/1900 bands as well as WCDMA bands 2, 4 and 5. This indicates the device should be capable of roaming on a global basis.
Google Play currently lists an Indigo Black, 32GB model as the only LTE enabled option with the note that it is “coming soon” for a retail price of $599. Now that the FCC has granted their approval, it should not be much longer before Google changes the status to being in the warehouse and ready to ship.
Missed out on the Nexus 9 deal? Well we have another one for you, although not nearly as smoking hot. Staples has the Nexus 7 (2012) with 32 GB of storage and both WiFi and 4G connectivity for only $129.
Sure it’s a little old, but it’s brand new out of the box, and a great price if you need something with cellular connectivity.
Just hit the source link to get your order in. No coupon code needed.
As if you needed another reason to sign up for Amazon Prime, Amazon has just announced that Prime members will get unlimited photo storage on Amazon’s Cloud Drive service. This is a pretty competitive move against Google’s free photo backup with Google+ and other services like Dropbox and Box. Read more
AT&T announced today that they are expanding their AT&T Next program to add an even longer term for consumers who are interested in buying a new smartphone for $0 down followed by monthly payments. The new AT&T Next 24 option will be available to qualified consumers starting on November 9th. The 24 in the program’s name refers to how many months a consumer has to wait before being eligible to trade in their smartphone and upgrade to a new device. However, the payment schedule is based on a 30-month installment plan. Read more
Microsoft and Dropbox have announced a pretty unlikely partnership that will allow Microsoft Office customers to integrate Dropbox into their day-to-day work. You’ll be able to keep your documents and work synced across all of your devices at work and at home, and you can make quick edits on just about any device you have. Read more
HTC is going to host a Hot Deal each week for the next 9 weeks, and the first one is a doozy. Starting right now (12:00 PM EST / 9:00 AM PST), you can grab the 16 GB version of the Nexus 9 from their site for only $199. That’s a whopping 50% discount off of the normal $399 price.
This hot deal is 12 hours long, but supplies are very limited and unlikely to last the entire time. Once supplies for the Hot Deal are depleted, you can still save $50 off of either the 16 GB or 32 GB version provided you enter your order in by 12:00 am EST / 9:00 pm PST. That would put you at $349 for the 16 GB version or $429 for the 32 GB version.
If you’ve been holding out for PS4 Remote Play on your Xperia Z2 (or Z2 Tablet), your wait is over. Sony is officially pushing out the user experience update to those two devices which brings full support for streaming PS4 games to your device. The update will let you play full PS4 games with a Dualshock 4 controller right on your smartphone or tablet, which is an extremely cool feature, especially for gamers. Read more
The folks at iFixit took apart the Nexus 9, which of course revealed a lot of super cool hardware like the 64-bit Tegra K1. However, the teardown also revealed that if you’re looking to fix it on your own, it won’t be so easy. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being super easy, the Nexus 9 scored a 3.
Removing the rear case is easy enough, but once you get inside the “interior is a maze of tape and thin, delicate cables,” making your job very tedious. Even replacing the display proved to be difficult as it’s “insanely very solidly glued to the midframe.”
Samsung’s latest in the Galaxy Grand line may have leaked in benchmarks, confirming some specs for the device. If the benchmarks are accurate, the Galaxy Grand 3 will be the SM-G7200 and will feature some decent midrange hardware. Read more