Back at the end of October Amazon announced a new dongle for your TV called the Amazon Fire TV Stick. The small HDMI device compares itself to Google’s Chromecast but bolsters some more powerful hardware as well as its own UI with physical remote. At the time of the announcement Amazon placed the Fire TV Stick up for pre-order. If you happened to be a Prime member you were able to grab the $39 unit for $19 during a short 48 hour window. Amazon planned to start shipping the pre-ordered units today.
In an announcement from Amazon, they have indeed confirmed that shipments for the pre-orders have started to go out. However, the demand was quite a bit higher than they anticipated.
“Fire TV Stick has been our most successful device launch ever,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices. “We built a ton of these, but customer demand still outpaced our supply. We’re excited by the overwhelming customer response and the team is working hard to build more as quickly as possible.”
Needless to say, many pre-order buyers are going to be waiting quite a while for their Fire TV Sticks to arrive. I myself ordered one on October 28th, the last possible minute for the Prime promotion, and my estimated deliver date is set for January 9th. Currently Amazon has the Fire TV Stick listed to return to stock on January 15th which certainly doesn’t make it a hot device for the Holiday season now.
For those of you that are getting yours a bit sooner, then you will most likely want to go get your hands on the new Android app that was released today, Amazon Fire TV Remote. The Fire TV Remote app is the companion app for your phone and/or tablet. While the Fire TV Stick does come with a physical remote, the app gives you voice search functionality along with the ability to type on your device’s screen keyboard. Those that have experienced trying to type out something with a pointer on a TV screen knows just how painstaking that task can be.
The app is available now and is, of course, free. Feel free to pick it up below so you don’t forget, but don’t expect it to be functional at all until your Fire TV Stick arrives and is connected to your Wi-Fi network.
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Do you know somebody with a debilitating smartphone addiction? Are they constantly on their phone fiddling with some app or social media? (If you can’t think of anyone, it’s probably you) Well, it looks like there may be a way for you to help ween them off smartphones with the NoPhone. In no way is the NoPhone a ‘phone’ in any sense of the word – there are absolutely no electronics inside – in fact, the only way that it even remotely resembles one is that it has the size and form factor of a phone so that it can be used as a “satirical security blanket”. In this way, people can still have something in their hand instead of feeling lost without their smartphone. Of course, it’s not meant to fight serious addition, much more a lighthearted way of making light of our society’s addiction to smartphones, but it has still garnered so much attention that the creators are now selling these ‘devices’ commercially.
$12 USD will get you the basic NoPhone and the package will even include an instruction manual (presumably also satirical in nature). If you want to make light of a friend’s selfie addition, NoPhone even has a selfie version of the NoPhone for $18 (pictured above) which simply affixes a mirror to the front face of the ‘device. It’s certainly a novel way of raising awareness of an issue that appears to be the norm now, and I can forsee many a Christmas intervention using this NoPhone as a catalyst.
What do you think of the NoPhone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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While there are a number of phones that do not offer micro SD card support anymore, there are still plenty that do and that is sometimes a deciding factor for many people when they buy their new phone. Then we have tablets, MP3 players, cmaers and a whole slew of other devices that still use SD or Micro SD cards. The beauty of a micro SD card is the fact that they come with a converter card to make them full size if needed. That kills two birds with one stone most of the time. Today’s deal on Amazon certainly gives the public a heck of deal if boosting external storage via an SD or Micro SD card is the direction you need to go.
That is a pretty killer deal on a 64GB card that has the speed to take those 1080p and 4k videos that some of these new devices can shoot. If you think 64GB is too much, you can get the 32GB for $12.99, 16GB for $7.99 or the 8GB for 8.99. Seems silly to not get the 16GB when the 8GB is a buck more. Snagging two 32GB could be good if you are on a bit of a budget and have multiple devices that could use the boost. They also have a few full size cards and USB flash drives on special today as well. The deal is only good for today, November 11th, so you best hurry if you want to snag some good deals on these.
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The ASUS ZenWatch made its appearance on the Play Store yesterday with the exception that it couldn’t yet be ordered. Fast forward to today and now you can shell out a cool $199.99 and pick up sixth Android Wear powered smartwatch to hit the Play Store. The ASUS ZenWatch follows along the square screen design, but with a bit more of an elegant look than some of the other competitions. It still sports a 320 x 320 AMOLED display the 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 512MB’s of RAM.
The ZenWatch is a bit different in its visual design with a slightly curved display and a bit more of a visually elegant design mix of brushed aluminum and leathers. It also has a few little additions that make it a bit more interesting. Like simply placing your hand over the display to dismiss calls, Tap Tap and Find my phone and custom watch faces. Take a quick watch of the video from ASUS to see it in action and to also catch the link for a chance to win one too.
With so many Android Wear choices out now, it all comes down to the little things in the design and abilities to get your money. While I don’t own one yet, the ZenWatch has been the one that keeps drawing me in. What are your thought on this one? Anyone out there pick one up from a retailer already?
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T-Mobile has announced that the Moto 360 can now be picked up beginning today online for the usual $249.99 price tag. As with all thing Uncarrier, you can get it for $0 down and pay $10.41 per month with the final payment being $10.56 of the 24th month.
As you can see in the image above, it is only for the black and stainless steel variant of the device. If ordering online through the carrier isn’t your cup of tea, T-Mobile will also be selling the Moto 360 in select stores on November 19th. It will carry the same price tag and also in the black stainless steel combo.
Bounce on over to T-Mobile.com right now if you want to place an order.
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T-Mobile just made the Moto 360 available online for customers to pick up as of today with select stores set to carry the Android Wear powered device on November 19th. On the same day T-Mobile will also be making the LG G Watch R available. The G Watch R is the other round-faced Android Wear device that has is own interesting appeal to it with the Plastic OLED display that is said to give it better clarity in sun light and from acute angles.
T-Mobile will be offering this slightly more expensive, $299.99, Android Wear device with $50 down and the same $10.41 monthly payments and final payment of $10.56 that the Moto 360 carries. They don’t mention it being, or becoming, available for online purchase, just that it will be in select stores November 19th.
Will you be holding out for the 19th and making you choice in-store, or have you already hit the purchase button on the Moto 360 from T-Mobile?
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Do you or a friend own a Galaxy S5? Do you feel like you just can’t get through the day on a single charge? Or are you a light user that doesn’t like to charge your phone everyday and want to go 2 full days on one charge? If you answered “Yes” to any of those 3 questions, then you might want to keep reading. The LifeCHARGE Glide Slim might just be what you’re looking for.
When LifeCHARGE offered me to review this battery case my first thoughts were of my stepfather’s constant complaining about the poor battery life of his newly acquired GS5. Although he’d just moved up from the GS3 and said the battery life was much better, he still wasn’t satisfied. So I had LifeCHARGE send one out to me for review. This is the second time they send my a battery case for review. (The first one was for the iPhone 5/5s which you can find my review on my Profile Page.) And I have to give them major props on both the quality of there products & their service.
I usually understand how to use a product at first glance. Give me 5 minutes and I’ll be using it as if I personally invented it. Assembling this is as easy as it gets. You seriously won’t need instructions. As to how it works, now that’s a little more complicated. To put it simply: just assemble, charge, and forget. The reason I say that is because once you plug in your original battery to this battery pack the phone treats both batteries as one single battery. There are no on/off buttons or battery indicator on the case. Everything is treated as a single battery. So instead of having a single 2600mAh battery, it’s more like having a 5000mAh battery powering your phone.
I have to admit that it did catch my off guard at first. When I didn’t see a power button, I was a bit confused. I had to contact customer service to find out how it worked. Once I assembled it I assumed that it would just start working right away, but you have to charge it once connected so that the 2 batteries can sync up. Once that’s done, just forget about it and keep it moving as if nothing had changed. Now let’s wrap it up with The Good, The Bad, & The Bottom Line.
+ Easy Assembly. It couldn’t be much easier.
+ It’s very easy to use.
+ Once you connect it, you can forget about it.
+ Protects your phones from falls. It isn’t going to survive some crazy 2 story drop, but a drop om chest level should be fine.
+ Doesn’t add to much bulk. Surprisingly enough I actually like the added bulk although it isn’t much. This is coming from a guy who hates cases all together.
+ Soft touch finish is an added bonus that makes it feel better then the actual GS5 back.
– The phone is no longer waterproof with this case on. Which isn’t such a big deal anyways considering the average consumer forgets the phone is waterproof anyways.
– The screen itself isn’t so well protected. If it drops directly on the screen it will still shatter like any other. My solution to that is to buy yourself a tempered glass screen protector.
The Bottom Line:
The bottom line is that this case’s positives far outweigh it’s negatives. It’s definitely a good buy for anyone who wants to get the most out of their GS5. Battery life went from about 17hrs with 3.5hrs Screen on time to 2 days with 6.5hrs of screen on time. I’d recommend it, and it also makes a great gift. I hope you guys enjoy more CHARGE in your Life.
Amazon Link : LifeCHARGE Glide GS5
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The people at Amazon must have been bored today. Out of the blue they announced the Amazon Echo. The Echo is a do it all gadget, that combines a voice controlled personal assistant and bluetooth speaker. While this seems like an unlikely combination, the Amazon Echo looks like something that almost anyone could find a use for.
Once setup, you use a “wake word” to get the Echo going. You can follow the wake word with just about any command you want. You can ask questions, set reminders or alarms, play music and even add items to your shopping lists. Amazon says you can even talk to the Echo when you have music playing. It will be interesting to see where Amazon takes the Echo from here. If it is successful, will Amazon let us order stuff over the Echo?
If you are interested in an Echo, you need to request an invitation from Amazon. If you are given an invitation it will come in the next few weeks. The Echo will cost $199 for non-prime customers and $99 for prime members. You can request an invitation here.
Not that long ago a set of details made their way out that Motorola had some new Moto 360 offerings on the way. Today the company makes the news official by announcing new metals, new interchangeable bands, and enhanced user experiences.
First up is the new metal band offerings. The new option gives you the choice of the light or dark band that is made from aircraft-grade stainless steel with a tri-link design. The new metal band attached Moto 360 will set you back $299 in either color. Motorola will also be offering a new slim band line that will be available in holidays in Light Metal and Champagne Gold. The Champagne Gold will be slightly more expensive at $329. The slim bands are 18MM where as the new standard meta bands are 23mm.
If you already have a Moto 360, then you won’t need the whole watch. Motorola will soon be offering interchangeable stone, black and cognac leather bands for individual purchase along with the light and dark metal offerings above. They have also partnered with DODOCase who will bring a stitched leather band in 4 colors as well as a set of colorful silicone bands headed out from TYLT.
Beyond physical hardware additions, there will be an update to the Moto Connect app coming shortly as well. The update will bring in the watchface design face-off winner, David Pascual, watchface to your device (pictured above). It will also bring a slew of new watchfaces to pick from and the ability to create your own in the new My Design watch face options. You can customize everything from the background image to the style of tick marks and watch hands.
Also in the Moto Connect update there will be a new Moto Body experience that will track your steps, distance, heart rate and calories. Based on the data collected the app will provide new goals for you to help keep you motivated all day, everyday.
The new metal band offerings are currently available on Motorola.com for purchase today in the light or dark color offerings. the two slim bands in light or champagne are labeled as ‘coming soon’. No specifics on the individual band options if you already have a Moto 360. I assume they will be announced as the become available. With the message being geared toward holiday shoppers, they should start showing up pretty soon.
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If you had any doubt in your mind that connected wearables, especially smartwatches, wasn’t going to be a ‘thing’, you might want to rethink that a bit. Android Wear and the eventual release of the Apple Watch will inevitably be the driving forces behind the movement. Now more and more manufacturers are getting into the mix with their own designs and wearables. Many are geared towards a specific target group with a lot of fitness pushes. A new one to the scene comes from a classic watch company, Timex, with the release of the TIMEX IRONMAN ONE GPS+ watch.
The device is a stand-alone wireless watch. Meaning it connects to the AT&T network without the need to carry your phone with you. The display is touchscreen and allows you to access your stored music, send and receive texts and emails, live GPS tracking and a bunch of other stuff.
- Storage: 4GB of memory with a built-in music player, so that you can play music via a Bluetooth headset
- Fitness: Ability to track speed, distance and pace in real-time and instantaneously share performance metrics through popular online fitness platforms
- Durability: Water resistance up to 50 meters, an essential feature for water exposure, training in the rain or swimming****
- Display: Always-on, sunlight-readable, high-resolution Qualcomm® Mirasol™ touchscreen display
- Battery: TIMEX® IRONMAN® ONE GPS+ has a 450 mAh battery that offers users up to 8 hours of power with GPS & WAN, and three days of standby
AT&T will start taking pre-orders for the TIMEX IRONMAN ONE GPS+ watch starting November 7th in stores and November 10th online with a retail price tag of $399.99. You get 1 year of AT&T data service for the watch when you purchase it.
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