Google Play Music celebrates Barack Obama’s birthday with curated radio station

google play music white houseIn celebration of Barack Obama’s 54th birthday, Google Play Music is offering a curated radio station of the President’s favorite songs. There’s a decent bit of variety on the station, ranging from Jay-Z to The Temptation, so if you’re interested in getting some insight into Obama’s musical tastes, this is the best way to do it. Read more

Project Tango development kits get availability details

project tango development tabletIf you’ve been itching to buy a Project Tango development kit, Google has clarified some availability for the tablets. They’ll be available in South Korea and Canada starting today, with many other countries following on August 26th.

Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom are on the list slated for availability by the end of the month, joining the US, Canada, and South Korea. That’s a pretty full list of places to pick up one of these if you’re interested in developing for it. Read more

Pebble Time review: Keeping a smartwatch simple and reliable

pebble time gray TAPebble’s original smartwatch took an out-of-the-way approach to the wearable category. Instead of offering tons of high-end features, it was a smartwatch that was only active when you needed it and actually had good battery life, something not many other smartwatches can say.

Now we have the follow-up to that successful smartwatch — the Pebble Time. It takes much of what made the original so great and refines it with a colorful e-ink display, a much better aesthetic design, and some other general improvements across the board. Read more

Looking for something new to spice up your home screen? Check out Zoopreme Widgets by Erik Blue

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Spicing up your homescreen to your liking has always been one of Androids selling points. The sky, along with your imagination, is always the limit when it comes to decorating your Android device. Thankfully, we have plenty of talented and artistic developers out there that create beautiful widgets and skins for our devices. A new Zooper Widget theme that I recently stumbled upon certainly has that creative style that I think you all can appreciate. The app is called Zoopreme and is available on the Google Play Store for $1. If you’re already familiar with Zooper Widget Pro, then this will be very easy to apply.

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Portable battery bank market expected to be worth nearly $18 billion by 2020

Fuel+_3000_6000_Battery_Indicator_ON_TAPortable battery packs are extremely popular accessories, especially as smartphones have brighter, higher resolution screens with smaller batteries. Most phones don’t make it through a full days worth of usage, and not everyone is around a wall plug to keep their device charged up, so that’s where battery banks come in handy.

It’s a growing market, and a new research report thinks that the battery bank market will explode in value up to around $18 billion by 2020. That’s a pretty large leap, but as more and more content is consumed on tablets and smartphones, it makes sense. Unless, of course, manufacturers figure out how to cram giant batteries into credit card thin smartphones. I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one, though. Read more