When it comes to portable sound, smartphone speakers often leave a lot to be desired thanks to the tinny sound that their tiny speakers give out. Luckily, there’s a whole bunch of Bluetooth speakers to choose from. Portability, durability, quality of sound, and battery life are all important features to consider when buying a Bluetooth speaker, all of which are pertinent to the EasyAcc DP100 Bluetooth Speaker being reviewed today. Read more
In 2013, Google instructed Motorola to reboot and reinvent itself as a producer of Android devices different from anything else. Motorola did almost nothing to stand out from the pack up until then. The brand and its devices couldn’t stand out from Samsung and HTC despite being heavily promoted on its own and with help from carriers in the United States. Motorola was releasing phones and tablets at a pace not unlike as Samsung but without the same success. Consumers couldn’t understand why they should be buying from Motorola. So Google pushed Motorola to change for the better and the company’s massive lineup was brought down to just three phones focusing separately on entry-level, mid-range, and high-end tiers. The Moto E line is for those who need a cheap phone with value while the Moto G line adds a bit of flashiness to affordability. And the grand Moto X line is for when you want to drop a few hundred dollars to get a top-notch phone. The commonality between the three lines is having simple hardware and a clean software experience. No more debating which Motorola device is right for you. Based on your budget and needs, you could tell exactly which one you should be buying.
The new Moto X Pure Edition (known as the Moto X Style outside of the United States) aims to carry Motorola’s flagship into territory complete free of carrier chains. Its design is nicely refreshed, the specifications are among the best around, and price is attractive as possible.
For the past several weeks I have spent some time with the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1, NVIDIA’s latest entry into the tablet market. Part of the class of devices with 8-inch screens, NVIDIA positions the device as a gaming tablet thanks to the processor and graphics chip that help drive the high resolution screen and a variety of effects you likely will not see on other tablet devices.
In the past I have used 10-inch tablets and I have a 7-inch second generation Nexus 7. Like much of the market, I may be a microcosm of what is happening with tablets as I rarely use my tablets, opting for either my smartphone or just jumping on my laptop. One of the questions any tablet manufacturer, including NVIDIA, is faced with is “why bother?” with a tablet. NVIDIA hopes they have answered that question with NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1. Read more
Smartphones are wonderful gadgets, and we use them for almost everything, from sending messages and emails, checking bank accounts, to using them as sat nav devices, and sometimes, we even use them for making calls. But a smartphone’s usefulness ends as soon as the battery dies, after which they basically become a brick until a new power source is found. This is where portable charging devices such as the 10,000mAh EasyAcc Power Bank (2nd Gen) come in handy, with its slim design, two USB ports, and smart charging technology. Read more
Quite a few security cameras have come across my desk the past few months, some that were not so great and others that could be considered as the best technology on the market. Now, I’ve got the R2, an IP camera from a company called Foscam, who has been in the security camera business since 2007. They’ve manufactured a lot of great IP cameras in the past, but this latest one, the R2, truly demonstrates the company’s ability to not only provide great hardware, but good software as well.
At first glance, there’s not much that sets apart the Foscam R2 from other home security cameras, such as the Nest Cam and Netatmo Welcome; however, Foscam believes that it offers far better value at an affordable price range. Read more
Huawei’s brand has a much stronger presence in Asia and Europe than it does in the United States, being a company that seems to launch a new product every other week in a different market with frequency equal to that of Samsung. But, in 2015, Huawei reshaped its strategy to put more focus on global products as well as ones in North America. The Huawei Watch is a real sign that Huawei is committed to being competitive in the United States just as it is elsewhere in the world. This is a premium smartwatch, powered by Android Wear, sold in every major market. Huawei announced its first smartwatch at MWC 2015 in February and then spent the next seven months refining the hardware and software to create something that finally merges smarts with aesthetics.
The Huawei Watch is meant to look and feel as good as it operates. Why else would pricing start at $349 and touch $799 at the top? Plastic, rubber, and aluminum are missing. Huawei is using cold-forged stainless steel, fine leather, and sapphire crystal on a smartwatch that mirrors a regular watch. Even 22K gold is an option from Huawei. We’ve never seen a smartwatch quite like this. And it’s met with Google’s wearable platform that has certainly matured wisely since its inception last year. So everything seems to result in the Huawei Watch being a brilliant beauty; it only takes real life use to have a definitive answer.
We’ve reviewed a handful of smart home video surveillance products in the past, including the Netatmo Welcome and Piper NV. Both were OK devices that did what they were supposed to do, but lacked in a lot of other areas. Now, CleverLoop, an Indiegogo-backed project, is here with their own ultimate video surveillance system, and they think that they might have what it takes to be the go-to brand for smart home security systems.
And CleverLoop actually might be onto something. I’m truly blown away by the system.
The Chromecast Audio is the perfect device for those wanting to stream audio to their speakers or other audio equipment. Google only upgrades its Chromecast lineup every so often and the Chromecast (2015) was one of our favorite accessories of 2015. With the Chromecast Audio, Google put its aim toward a slightly different audience. Rather than an accessory for video streaming on your TV, the Chromecast Audio focuses on just audio streaming.
Since its launch, many have asked me “is the Chromecast Audio really worth it?” You’re about to find out.
Over the past week, I was able to spend a chunk of time testing out the Nokē Bluetooth Padlock. The Nokē Padlock isn’t just any standard Padlock, and here’s why.
Digital assistants are popping up all over the place, whether it be Google Now, Apple’s Siri, Hound by SoundHound, and now Microsoft’s Cortana. Google even recently made their own digital assistant even better with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The search giant introduced Google Now On Tap, which makes the search giant’s digital assistant much more contextual and powerful. While this update might make Google Now stand out from the crowd, it’s much too dependent on what version of Android you’re on and what smartphone you have.
Google Now is a victim of Android’s own fragmentation problem, making more independent options like Hound much more useful. Microsoft recently launched Cortana for Android, Redmond’s very own digital assistant, and the company believes that it might just have what it takes to compete with Google Now and make a name for itself in a not-so-useful market of digital assistants.
How does Cortana stack up against the rest? Find out below.