Though Chromecast is already quite a deal at $35, it never hurts to make that deal sweeter by dropping the price down to $29, which Amazon and Best Buy have done for Black Friday. Chromecast, which links smartphones and HDTVs through an HDMI dongle, is temporarily on sale. The Amazon deal is preferable because each purchase includes a $6 Google Play credit good for music, movies, apps, or games, ensuring you'll have plenty of content to access once it arrives.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear has started receiving the software update that Samsung promised would make the smart watch compatible with more smartphones, including the Galaxy S 4. In addition to freeing the watch from only connecting to the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Gear update also adds improves app management, adds notifications from all sources, and better gesture support. Users can check for an update by going to Settings > More > About Device > Select Software Update > Select Check for Updates.
Pebble, the Kickstarter darling and one of the few successful smart watch concepts introduced last year, has unveiled a new notification system that works much better with iOS 7 devices like the iPhone 5S.
The main problem with the Samsung Galaxy Gear, aside from the almost universal dislike of the product from the online tech circle of reviewers, is that the smart watch worked only with the Galaxy Note 3 when it debuted. Samsung is now adding compatibility to several other devices.
The concept and dream of being able to communicate with a wrist watch has been a staple of science fiction and entertainment for decades. Samsung is harking back to that history to promote its Galaxy Gear smart watch.
Purchasing a Pebble smart watch has not been easy in light of the device's record Kickstarter success and limited supply. Production has ramped up in a deal that saw Pebble appear in Best Buy, and AT&T has announced that it will sell the watch in stores as well. Pebble will be a "carrier exclusive," meaning AT&T will be the only carrier in the U.S. to sell the Pebble in its retail stores and at ATT.com. Customers will be able to purchase a Pebble from AT&T for $150 begnning September 27.
Sony is tomorrow expected to announce the QX10 and QX100, the independent lens-style camera that lacks a traditional camera body but has NFC and Wi-Fi pairing with iOS or Android devices. There's no need to wait because everything you could want to know about the device has already leaked. Here's what we now know about the cameras.
All of the many smartphones that I've used this year have some form of voice memo or recording application, and all have done a good enough job. Could a mobile device also be good enough to be a primary recording device? The iRig Mic Cast thinks that sounds like a good idea.
Kickstarter is home to many doomed projects, but there are some that provide such an obvious "Why hasn't anyone already thought of this?" solution that the product almost instantly succeeds. Pressy, a button that plugs into a phone's headphone jack and automates actions, is one of those projects.
The Samsung Galaxy NX, an Android-powered camera with interchangeable lenses, was recently announced to have an unbelievable price in the United Kingdom. The same will be true when the camera goes on sale stateside.