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Nov

The Keurig Kold: You could just buy a mini-fridge instead


Keurig KoldAs I took Keurig’s Kold machine out of its box, the first thought that ran through my head was, “Man, Alton Brown would hate this.” You see, the Good Eats and Cutthroat Kitchen host has a vendetta against single-use kitchen gadgets: that is, products designed to do one thing and one thing alone. And it’s usually a purpose that could easily be replicated by another doodad already living in your kitchen. In the case of the Kold, a device that dispenses single servings of cold drinks at the touch of a button, that doodad would be your fridge.Slideshow-339263

7
Nov

Sony Xperia Z5 review: A decent phone overshadowed by the competition


At the start of 2015, Sony effectively gave up on making smartphones in the hope of recapturing former glories. Its mobile division now loses the company nearly $2 million per day even after being slimmed down to a fraction of its former size. The few devices that it launches each year are merely placeholders; products designed to keep the company’s hand in just in case the next next big thing requires mobile expertise. It’s an unenviable position for Sony’s employees, knowing that they’re effectively operating in a vacuum. When faced with that truth, there are only three options available to them: give up, throw every mad idea at the wall, or build a grand valediction and go out on a high. This is the starting point from which we will begin our examination of the mid-range Xperia Z5.Slideshow-339155

7
Nov

Sprint’s latest ad tries pushing its not-so-unlimited Starter Unlimited Data Plan


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Sprint’s latest television advertisement promoting its new Starter Unlimited Plan started airing this week. This is the plan that isn’t actually unlimited and doesn’t actually cost $20 per month.

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The carrier is asking for $20 per month just for 1GB of data on its 4G LTE network. After that, customers will be silently moved over to its 2G network. Unlimited talk and text services are also required, raising the total Starter Unlimited Data Plan to a whopping $40 per month. Sprint’s idea is to trick people with its wording and marketing, leading them to believe $20 per month for unlimited data really being offered before mentioning that there are limitations and extra fees.

The new television ad, which you can watch below, involves a moment in a fictitious sitcom where one son is a Sprint customer and the other is with Verizon. The Verizon son is noticeably lazy and lives at home with his mother while the Sprint son is upbeat and proud to show off his carrier’s Starter Unlimited Data Plan. There is plenty of laughter from the audience and the actors smile from ear-to-ear, but this plan will not really warrant any laughter or smiles. The Starter Unlimited Data Plan will likely cause frustration.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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7
Nov

Android Auto support is open on Twitter


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Customer service was long done by phone before the web took over and live chats became the go-to. But, in recent years, companies have shifted to using Twitter as the quickest way to assist customers. Twitter offers real-time support that can be done from anywhere with any device. So users of Android Auto will be happy to find out that Google will provide support for its connected car platform on Twitter. Just tweet the official Twitter account for Android with #androidautohelp and someone from Google will connect with you as soon as possible.

Google’s Android Auto support on Twitter is active from 8AM – 5PM PT during the week.

Source: Google Support

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7
Nov

Solove Titan 20000mAh Ultra Slim Power Bank: A battery worth marrying (Review)


The unfortunate part about reviewing products is sometimes it can be difficult to be wowed by a new product. It’s even much more difficult to be impressed by a portable power bank, which is used to charge devices like smartphones, tablets and smartwatches, simply because there are hundreds competing with each other. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike reviewing power banks, but I just came across the Solove Titan 20000mAh Ultra Slim Power Bank and it really WOWED me.

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Design

When I first saw pictures of the Solove Titan on Amazon.com, I guessed it would be another typical plastic battery pack. Or at least another decently built battery that serves its main purpose and gives no more.

I figured for the price of $39.99 there was no way this battery was made out of real aluminum. Boy was I wrong. The Solove Titan is truly encased in aluminum, and feels absolutely identical to the feel I get when I pick up my Macbook air. It’s cold to the touch and feels solid to the core. We’ve reviewed other metal encased batteries before, but those sold for double or triple the price of the Solove Titan. And again, the main purpose of the Solove Titan is to charge your devices when you’re away from a wall outlet. It’s pretty obvious the looks are distracting me from its main purpose.

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The external battery is rated for 20000mAh, which is more than enough power to charge your Nexus 6P(3450mAh) almost six full charges, and it can definitely charge your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Moto X Pure (both 3000mAh) six full times with a little power to spare. It can almost recharge the iPad Air 2 almost three full times, giving you over a weeks full of usage on each device without ever needing to attach your devices to a wall.

The Solove Titan comes with a micro-USB input for charging the battery, two 3.1amp output USB ports and a very useful and unique battery level indicator. It displays the remaining power down to the exact percentage.

Design wise, the Solove Titan is the best power bank I have personally ever come across.

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Usage

For purposes of this review I was charging two smartphones (Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X) over the course of four days to expedite the review. The Solove Titan really lived up to its specs and powered both of my devices while I stayed away from my wall chargers. 20000mAh is a ton of power, and realistically if I only charged one smartphone, my Nexus 6P which has really good battery life, I may have needed up to two weeks to fully test this battery.

If I had my nieces with me, that may have been a different story as those two are always on their phones or tablets. Instagram, Minecraft, texting, Instagram, Minecraft, selfies, YouTube, Instagram, etc. Those two really know how to drain batteries. If you know people like this or have some of them yourselves, the Solove Titan is perfect for them as they are constantly draining their power.

The Solove Titan is a big battery, but it isn’t as big as others with the same power rating. It weighs in at 1.17 pounds so you’re most likely not going to be carrying this in a pocket, but it does fit quite nicely in a laptop bag, backpack or purse. I carried mine in my backpack and Solove kindly provided a beautifully designed felt cover to slide the battery into for protection. There’s also a pocket sewn into the back which I would occasionally drop a phone in while leaving it to charge. Even having a little pocket for your phone is something that was well thought out when it came to design and functionality. Having the case with a pocket made it easy to carry around in my hand.

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Most importantly, the Solove Titan actually did get two of my smartphones through four full days of usage with 42% remaining. I don’t use two phones full-time, so it was difficult to truly drain the battery. In addition, Google has completely improved battery life management in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It did live up to it’s rating during my testing, and I was so confident in the battery that I didn’t bring a wall charger with me when I had to travel for work for three full days. I just toted the Solove Titan around in my backpack and got power when I needed it.

There isn’t much to an external power bank other than its power reserves and the Solove Titan has more than enough to keep you running at 100%. I absolutely loved the power indicator as it does measure your remaining juice down to the exact percentage. Other batteries usually have four LED lights and when you’re out, you’re out.

Specs

  • 20,000mAh Li-Polymer batteries
  • Solid Aluminum alloy construction
  • Dual USB 5V 3.1amp ports for fast charging
  • Equipped with smart technology to prevent over-charging
  • LCD battery indicator

Summary

The Solove Titan 20000mAh battery simply wowed me. Even some of the other guys here at Androidguys.com picked up on how beautiful this battery really is. It not only is a looker but it performs as designed and can easily support a businessman on a work trip, a blogger who wants to avoid a wall outlet for a week, or even a family of gadget lovers who are traveling for Thanksgiving.

I usually am the type to prefer form over function, but when you come across a rare beauty with the insides to match, you better put a ring on it.

If you want to learn more or make a purchase, head on over to Amazon.com. The Solove Titan comes in gray, silver, gold and green. I highly recommend it.

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7
Nov

The Hexo drone is your flying selfie companion


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Hiring a film crew to capture your action sport exploits can cost thousands of dollars an hour while trying to take selfies as you barrel full-tilt down the side of a mountain is a great way to wind up in traction. But with the HEXO+ UAV from Squadrone Systems, you won’t have to do either. This semi-autonomous aerial camera platform pairs to your phone via Bluetooth and faithfully tracks movement, keeping you (or at least your phone) centered in the shot. I recently took an early production model out for a walk at San Francisco’s Fort Funston to see how well the HEXO+ actually performs and wound up starring in my own low-speed action flick.

7
Nov

Here’s what the astronauts aboard the ISS have been up to


The first piece of the International Space Station (ISS) was launched into orbit in 1998 and two years later, its first occupants arrived. It’s currently the largest artificial body orbiting the planet and much of it’s devoted to testing aspects of living in space. When astronauts aren’t busy exercising, eating or working on David Bowie covers, they’re knee-deep in an endless array of experiments and observations. We’ve gathered a sampling of those projects to see just what they’ve been working on over the years in their orbital laboratory. Slideshow-334044

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Nov

ICYMI: Record-setting bot walk, holographic drones and more


ICYMI: Record-Setting Bot Walk, Holographic Drones and More

Today on In Case You Missed It: Researchers from Queens University built tiny quadcopters that can join to form a hologram display, hovering in mid-air. A Guinness World Record for furthest distance by a quadruped robot was set in China by a quirky cute robot we’d love to see more of. And we’re into this Kickstarter project for a device that would turn any watch into a smartwatch with vibration for notifications, a heart rate monitor and control for music and photos.

7
Nov

Recommended Reading: The gadgets and cocktails of James Bond


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Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

The (James) Bond Index
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With the latest installment in the Bond collection debuting this weekend, Bloomberg Business offers a guide to the drinks, gadgets, clothes and one-liners of the secret agent. The interactive piece is not only a handy reference tool, but it’s rather fun to scroll through, too. It’s certainly a must-read for the Bond trivia nerds.

7
Nov

Amazon’s 12 new pilots include animated, spy and biopic series


It’s Amazon pilot season, which means there are a bunch of new shows you can stream via Prime Instant Video for free — well, their first episodes anyway. The selection includes a handful of animated shows, one of which brings the Teletubbies to mind (The Numberlys) and another that targets young adults (Everstar). There’s also a Western tale of revenge (Edge), a bio-series of an early feminist (Z), a story of five female journalists in the ’60s based on a non-fiction book (Good Girls Revolt) and a dramedy about a spy sent to Iran to prevent a nuclear war (Patriot). As always, Amazon will take your opinions into account when deciding which of the twelve gets turned into full-blown Originals and which get tossed into the pile of forgotten pilots.

Source: Amazon

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