There is no such thing as Christmas Eve without Google’s Santa Tracker app right? As promised, Google just updated it for 2013 with Chromecast support. Of course Santa won’t be making his rounds for a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, you will get a countdown timer and few games to play. Enjoy!!
Google Drive’s Spreadsheets were pretty good for something simple, but forget it if you wanted to do some serious analyzing. Google is looking to change that by re-introducing them under the Google Sheets name. It’s not just a new name as Google promises that it’s faster, can handle larger spreadsheets, and can be used offline.
They also added a couple of new features, including filter views, function help, and flowing text into empty cells. Filter views is unique to Google, and allows you to save and share different views of your data without actually changing what others see.
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The Moto X $150 promo ended on Monday, and I know a lot of you weren’t able to snag one. Thankfully our own Jack Holt was able to snag one, and we are giving it away to one of our lucky readers. This coupon code is good for a $150 discount on the Moto X off contract price. That would bring your total to $349 for the 16GB model or $399 for the 32GB model.
All you have to do is comment below telling us what you want for the holidays other than a Moto X. You have until tomorrow, December 12 at 11:59pm EST to get your entry in. On December 13, we will pick one random winner and email them the code, so be sure you are using a real email address for your account. The code expires on Monday, December 16 at 11:59pm EST. Good Luck!!!
Update: And the winners is Eric Moyer. Congratulations!! We are sending your code to the email associated with your account.
We’re close to the end of the year, and that means getting ready to toss out your old calendar and buy a new one. Instead of buying a physical calendar this year, consider using your smartphone as your go-to planning device. You’re probably always going to have it on you, and with a handful of great apps, your phone can do things that a normal calendar could never do.
We’ve compiled a list of the best apps available for your Android phone or tablet, some of which add in some features that the stock calendar app on your device may not have. Keep reading to check them out. Read more
ASUS first introduced its PadFone back in 2011 at Computex, using Taiwan as a testbed, and selling over 10,000 PadFones a month between April and August. ASUS also launched the original PadFone Infinity there in May, and managed to sell between 200 and 300 devices daily between June and August.
After all this testing, an updated PadFone Infinity was released in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, UAE, and a large portion of Europe. Now it finally looks as though the PadFone will be making its way to the US.
In one of the more curious moves by Google, a few months ago when they launched the new Android Device Manager, users could only access the service via a web browser. That has changed with Google’s release of the Android Device Manager app to Google Play. The app brings all the same tools to your smartphone or tablet that you get from the desktop, like the ability to locate devices, lock devices remotely, reset lock PINs, and even erase all data on a device. This could be especially useful for users who have more than one Android device as they can now find, track and manage their other devices.
After the break you can check out some screenshots for the new app. Be sure to check out the reported location for the device you are using. We have also provided download links for the Google Play store so you can grab the Android Device Manager for free. Read more
Qualcomm’s Toq smart watch became available earlier this month exclusively through the company’s site. But starting today, you can purchase one through Amazon. The Toq is priced at $349.99 and comes in black, although white is on the way for Qualcomm’s site. With its high price point, Qualcomm is aiming for developers and early adopters and plans to produce a very limited run. This smart watch, unlike the Galaxy Gear, works with any device that is running at least Android 4.0.3. The standout feature for this smart watch is its Mirasol display that allows for excellent battery life. If you’re interested in getting the Qualcomm Toq smart watch, hit the source link below.
Spotify held a press event in New York City today to announce some changes to their service. One of the most anticipated changes was the addition of most of the Led Zeppelin catalog to the service.To help users access that new content, Spotify also announced changes to their service to provide a free tier of streaming music on Android and iOS tablets, somewhat mirroring their desktop service. Free streaming will also be available on smartphones, but with a caveat. Users will not be able to set an order once they select an artist or playlist. Instead, content will be delivered in a random, shuffle fashion with ads every few songs. Users will be provided with up to six “skips” per hour. On tablets or the desktop, users will still have to hear the ads, but the music will not be shuffled. According to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, the move to offer a free tier is expected to entice users to upgrade to one of the company’s premium tiers. Users will notice a new “shuffle” button in the interface now if they are using the free service. Read more
Since the holidays are rolling around and plenty of pictures are being shared, cloud.tv is holding a sale for the premium version of their Dayframe app. But there’s a catch. The first 1,000 installs will be priced at $0.99 and then it will raise to $2.99. And after the sale is over, Dayframe Prime will carry a $4.99 price tag. In case you’re wondering, Dayframe turns your Android device into a photo frame. It cycles through images from all of your social networks as your device sits idle.
This premium version gives you options for screensaver, brightness, and app timers while also placing weather updates into slideshows. And down the road, clout.tv plans to add syncing between devices.
Hit the break for download links. Read more
At an AT&T investor conference in New York City on Tuesday, AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson spent considerable time talking about where he sees not only AT&T, but the whole wireless carrier industry headed. Stephenson suggested during his speech that one of the hallmarks of the business, subsidized handsets, is something that will be going away. He explains that smartphone devices are closing in on 90% market penetration, which means “you move into maintenance mode. That means more device upgrades. And the model has to change. You can’t afford to subsidize devices like that.” Instead, he says the focus needs to be on getting customers to use more of the network as opposed to simply being on the network. Stephenson’s comments come only a week after AT&T introduced a new plan to give customers a $15 per month credit if they keep their older phones. Read more