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Sony is developing a new battery tech that lasts 40% longer


Battery life is one of the most needed improvements in the tech industry. A number of manufacturers have done extended research on how to improve battery life but none have made a substantial difference. Based on a report, Sony might be up to something worth talking about.

Sony is working on a new lithium-ion battery composed of a sulfur compound. Sony thinks that they have discovered a solution that makes batteries drain at a slower rate. The batteries will also last longer (health standpoint) and the newly used substance will allow batteries to be much larger in capacity without added size. Thus meaning a smartphone with a 3000mAh battery may be able to fit up to 4300mAh without an added thickness.

The technology is still in the testing phase so don’t get too excited just yet.

Source: Nikkei
Via: GforGames

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[Deal] Canadian PayPal users can claim a discount to the Play Store for a limited time


From now until the end of the year, PayPal users living in Canada can get a discounted price to Google’s Play Store.

Canadian PayPal users can get $3 off their next purchase from the Play Store so long as the transaction is $5 or more. This obviously excludes music considering the fact that all music costs less than $5. However, apps, movies, shows, books and magazines are all fair game.

Users must pay using PayPal to claim the discount, which will be applied at checkout. The discount will be listed on your email receipt from Google.

Hurry up, because the offer doesn’t last long!


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Ben Heck’s Star Wars Christmas special

The Ben Heck Show - Episode 216 - Ben Heck's Star Wars Christmas Special

No Star Wars spoilers! From the Boonta scrapyard, Ben, Felix and Karen get hacking with electronics, grinders, bearings, laser cutting and a CNC router to build their own R2D2 cooler, who wouldn’t want a robot that gives you a drink when you use the force? Join the Ben Heck Show team at the element14 community for construction files, behind the scenes footage and join other makers, creators and engineers.


Cassini leaves Saturn’s moon Enceladus after one last mission

The Cassini vehicle has been visiting Saturn’s moon Enceladus for a full decade now, but it’s finally time for the two to bid adieu. The spacecraft will fly by Enceladus for the last time at 12:49PM on Saturday, skimming a “moderately close” 3,106 miles above the surface. It won’t just be reminiscing on its way out, though: its last major Enceladus mission will see it mapping the icy moon’s internal heat, taking advantage of Saturn’s years-long winter to conduct studies in ideal conditions.

After that, Cassini is settling into quiet retirement. The ship will still observe Enceladus from a distance, but its focus is shifting more toward Saturn’s outer rings. Eventually, it’ll travel to the inner rings and (most likely) crash into Saturn sometime in September 2017. Whatever happens, it’ll be the end to a very long and productive journey. Cassini launched back in 1997, and has visited a good chunk of the Solar System at least briefly (including Saturn, Venus, Jupiter and an asteroid). It discovered new Saturnian moons and even helped validate the theory of relativity — think of the next couple of years as a victory lap.

[Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech]

Source: NASA


ICYMI: Helmet with OnStar, NASA’s 3D-printed engine and more

ICYMI: Helmet with OnStar, NASA's 3D-Printed Engine and More

Today on In Case You Missed It: A helmet cam for motorcyclists has an emergency alert system that kicks in when a crash is detected. NASA 3D-printed parts for an engine that has withstand 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit. And the White House wants people to share in the spirit with a new virtual reality tour of the annual Christmas display.

If you can only read one story, catch up on the AirBnB bust of a host using hidden cameras.

Please share any interesting science or tech videos with us! Just tweet us with the #ICYMI hashtag to @mskerryd. And we know we spent way too much effort making this holiday special; please enjoy the specials for robots, health and transportation, coming at you all next week.


Recommended Reading: The harsh realities of internet fame

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.

Get Rich or Die Vlogging: The Sad Economics of Internet Fame
Gaby Dunn, Fusion

Just because you’re famous on the internet, doesn’t mean you’re rolling in the dough. This piece takes a look at the harsh realities of being famous on the web and trying to survive in the real world. As it turns out, YouTube fame, for some, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Songs We Love 2015

“Best of” lists are a dime a dozen this time of year, but NPR’s 2015 music roundup is definitely worth a look.

The Art of Escape
Ryan Bradley, Kill Screen

Would it be so bad if inmates had access to video games while serving out their sentences?

The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage
Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg Business

George Hotz is well-known for prying into the iPhone’s inner workings, and now he’s looking to take on Google and Tesla with his Acura ILX.

The Nine Lives of Leonardo DiCaprio
Robert Capps, Wired

Wired sat down with Leonardo DiCaprio to chat about his new film Revenant, malfunctioning parachutes, climate change and more.

[Image credit: Kris Connor/ Getty Images]


Insider allegedly hacked lottery software in multiple states

If you use insider knowledge for your own gain, it could land you in hot water… especially if you hacked the computers at your job to get the information you need. At least that’s what Eddie Tipton, Multi-State Lottery Association’s former security director, is being accused of. Tipton allegedly used a rootkit — a malicious software that activates when a computer boots up — to know a drawing’s winning numbers in advance. He’d then ask an accomplice to buy the winning ticket and to collect the money afterward.

He was already convicted of fraud for tampering the lottery in Iowa, but he allegedly tinkered with more drawings in four states within the course of six years. Authorities believe he may be involved in even more instances of fraud, though. So, they’re now investigating winners in 37 other states that have been using the Multi-State Lottery Association’s computers to draw winning numbers since Tipton joined the organization in 2003.

Iowa deputy attorney general Thomas H. Miller said: “It would be pretty naive to believe they are the only four [jackpots involved in the scheme.] If you find one cockroach, you have to assume there are 100 more you haven’t found.” So far, the Colorado, Wisconsin and Oklahoma divisions have already confirmed that they handed out jackpots worth $8 million in all to Tipton and his associates.

Authorities first suspected Tipton when a New York lawyer tried to claim a $16.5 million jackpot in 2012 and then withdrew instead of revealing who bought the winning ticket. When they released a surveillance video showing the person who bought the ticket at a gas station, Tipton’s co-workers contacted them to say that the mysterious man looked like him.

Source: Chicago Tribune, AP


We are giving away the ultimate gift package! An Amazon gift card, Chromecast Audio, Star Wars Cardboard and more

2016 is coming to an end and we are just a week away from Christmas. I know everyone doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but many of you do support giving and especially love getting free stuff.

One perk of writing we have as writers, is getting free stuff to review. We do our best to give you readers an honest opinion so you can make an informed purchase, but the cool part is we get free stuff.


I personally want to thank each and everyone of you, but I cannot afford to buy all of our readers gifts. However I will be giving away a host of items, some of which I personally bought, while others are products I received as review units. It’s a way to say thank you for your support.

Here are some of the products I will be giving away to ONE reader within the United States(I wish I could ship worldwide but shipping fees are expensive):

Dead Zebra Android Mini Special Edition – Bingle Bear 


These Android Mini collectibles from Dead Zebra sell out quickly, and are so popular that they frequently gain value over time. Last year’s Christmas edition Androids are selling on ebay for over $50. I love the Android Minis because they look cool and are perfect for any fan of Android. There will also be a couple other Android Minis from my personal collection in the giveaway as well.

Tis the season for gift giving! No doubt the elves have been busy at the workshop.. but so have the lesser known toy production bears! Bingle Bear by Scott Tolleson is here to deliver holiday cheer!

  • 3″ vinyl figure.
  • Includes removable hat and present accessories.
  • Limit two per household.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cardboard

storm trooper cardboard

Apparently some move called Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now out in theaters, and I guess more than a few people are excited about it. Technically this Cardboard was free from Google, but they ran out of them very quickly, because millions of people around the globe are head over heels for Star Wars! Google Cardboard is a great way to experience Virtual Reality, and you can read more about it at Google Cardboard. The giveaway will include the Google Cardboard Storm Trooper Edition.

$25 Gift Card is without a doubt my favorite place to shop, and included in the giveaway is a gift card valued at $25. An gift card is almost as good as cash because you can buy practically anything, from gadgets to groceries, Amazon has all of your needs covered.

1byone Plasma Ball Music Speaker

1byone has been behind a couple of big giveaways this year on, and included in the holiday giveaway will be my review unit of the Plasma Ball speaker. I hate to see this 1byone Plasma Ball go, but I think one of you will enjoy it. You can read my review here. Thanks to Kara at 1byone! 1byone is a company based in China that makes great products at unbelievably low prices.

There are still a few hours left for the 1byone giveaway for 10 portable multi-function power banks here!


Solove Titan 20000mAh Ultra Slim Power Bank

The people behind the Solove Titan 20000mAh are hooking it up with a free 20000mAh portable power bank. My Titan is a must have in my gadget bag and I bring it with me whenever I need power on the go. It earned a 5/5 star rating in my review. I think you’ll love it too. It’s one of the best all around portable power banks you can get today.


Chromecast Audio

Have you heard of Google? The Chromecast Audio was added to its lineup of connected devices and enables you to stream music to any speakers in your household.

What is Chromecast Audio?

Chromecast Audio is a small device that plugs into your speaker for streaming music through WiFi.

Once set up, simply use your iPhone®, iPad®, Android phone and tablet, Mac® and Windows® laptop, or Chromebook to cast your favorite tunes to the best speakers in the house.

chromecast audio

dbrand Nexus 5X skin

dbrand is a company you need to check out if you haven’t already. They shipped me two skins for my Nexus 5X(I gave away the extra 6P skin to a lucky reader), but I can only use one. dbrand’s phone skins are literally so cool that people asked where they could buy the carbon fiber version 5X. People who see my 5X truly think my phone is made from carbon fiber. They make a wide variety of skins and you can check them out here.


Tronsmart Quick Charge 2.0 54W 4 Ports Rapid USB Car Charger – LINK

Tronsmart is giving away a four port Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 car charger. Most of us have more than one device that needs charging these days, so do it in style with the car charger from Tronsmart.

There are going to be more surprises in the giveaway box, and one lucky reader is going to win it all. I will be selecting a winner on Christmas Day, December 25th, and will be sending that winner a personal email notifying them of all of the free stuff they will be receiving. All you have to do to enter in the giveaway is make a comment below in the Comments section, and if you don’t mind, follow us on Instagram. But if you don’t do social media, that is okay too – a comment will qualify you for the giveaway. I will need a shipping address, but am not looking to collect your information for any other reason. Your personal information will not be shared with anyone.

We also have a few great coupon codes for you as well if you’re in need of discounts.

1byone Superspeed Aluminum USB 3.0 4-Port Hub,$16.99 now $9.99 with coupon code DACMYB2V. Now through 12/23 11:59pm PST

Solove Roco 10000mAh Power Bank for $24.99 (Save $10 on the regular price) with code ROCOXMAS

Solove Titan 20000mAh Power Bank (Gray, Silver, Green, Gold) for $29.99 (Save $15) with code LUVEXMAS – Gray LINK, Gold LINK


Vantrue PowerUp C1 Quick Charge 2.0 Car Charger for $5.99 (Save $4) with code VANTXMAS – LINK

This is the season for giving and it is my favorite time of year. By no means do you have to give in order to qualify for this giveaway, but if you’re in the spirit of giving and have a few extra bucks to spare, check out a few of my favorite charities.


Animals are near and dear to my heart. My cat Poi came all the way from Maui, where she showed up on my doorstep as a kitten, and I simply had to give her a home. My dog Taro was abandoned at a foreclosed home in San Diego as a puppy, and she has filled my heart with love and joy for the past eight years.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty has worked endlessly to fight animal cruelty and neglect. They are the nation’s leader in the areas of rescue, adoption and welfare and none of it would be possible without donors like you.


Escondido(San Diego) Humane Society

The Escondido Humane Society is where I adopted Taro and they will always have a special place in my heart. Taro is all I need for Christmas and she is the gift that never stops giving. If you love animals, I promise you that the Escondido Humane Society does wonderful things for domestic animals.

Taro and Poi.

Taro and Poi.

Loaves and Fishes

Sacramento, CA is my hometown, and taking care of the hungry and sheltering the homeless has always been a passion of mine. I am heading back to Sacramento to spend time with my family, and my mom and I will be feeding breakfast to the homeless and to those that are less fortunate. Christmas is a time of giving and we should all have compassion for those in need.

Be a Hunger Hero - Giving Tuesday 2015


Almost all of us use Wikipedia as a resource of endless information. Wikipedia is not paid for by corporate powerhouses and survives solely on the generosity of its readers. They are asking for help to keep us informed without ads. If you use it, consider giving back and help keep it free and ad free.


In no way do you have to donate to charity in order to qualify for the giveaway. Simply make a comment below in order to enter into the contest and a winner will be selected on Christmas Day. But if you do have a few extra dollars, consider giving back and spreading the holiday cheer.

I want to personally thank you for being dedicated and loyal readers. Stay safe and from all of the writers here at AndroidGuys, we wish you happy holidays.

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The only other rule is that you must live within the United States in order to win.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow starts rolling to Sprint LG G4

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Nothing like a holiday update treat for your device to make dealing with the in-laws just a little bit more bearable. Sprint has begun the arduous task of pushing out a much desired OTA to LG G4 owners on the Now Network. Yes, that would be Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Sprint’s support page doesn’t go into any real details, but we all know it brings things like Now on Tap to the mix. More importantly though, it brings Android Doze. Which, in my opinion, is the single greatest aspect of Marshmallow as it saves a ton of battery when your device is just chilling next to your spiked eggnog. Sprint lists “Sprint Global Roaming” as part of the update as well.

Those of you sporting an LG G4 on Sprint, head into settings and check for updates if you don’t already have it. I will naturally assume you should have well over 50% battery life, a solid Wi-Fi connection and plenty of time for the download to complete and install. You will be looking for software version number LS991ZV9.

Happy updating all.

Via: Sprint Support

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Off topic: Xbox and Playstation can stream Plex free without a Plex Pass now

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Android lovers and media consumers alike know exactly what Plex is. It is a simple and easy to use media server application that can get all your media organized and delivered seamlessly to your phones, tablets and TV’s via various connected devices like the Nexus Player, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. They also have support for Xbox One and PS4. However, up until now, users of Plex on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 had to pay $5 a month or $40 a year to use it. New users to Plex on the game consoles will now be able to enjoy access to their Plex libraries for free.

For those that are paying customers, don’t go all freaking out and losing your marbles. Much like they did on Android, the free version doesn’t give you all the premium features and functionalities you got from subscribing. For instance, free users don’t get the premium music library or mobile sync.

So, for all you Plexer’s out there who couldn’t, or didn’t want to, pony up a little money, now you don’t have too. Enjoy!

Via: Engadget

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