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What’s the best way to enjoy this column? With a big cup of Kona.

I like good coffee. Anyone who knows me well knows that I obsess about it. Good beans, a high-quality grinder, and time. Patience. Every morning, I stumble downstairs, boil some water in my well-used Hario gooseneck kettle, and proceed with the ritual: grind, weigh, pour-over. It takes five minutes, longer than many people are willing to wait for good coffee, but to  [Read More…]

Ocho welojes: The 8 latest smart watches on the market

Asus Zenwatch 2 The Asus ZenWatch turned some heads when it was released in 2014, but with more of the market moving towards round faces, nobody knew what to expect for its successor. The Asus ZenWatch 2 was announced at IFA in 2015 and released in September of 2015. The ZenWatch 2 was different from its

Mobile Nations Weekly: Ludicrous zero-day nougat

Android goes to 7, Apple goes to the repair kit, and Tesla goes for maximum speed.

Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here! … if you have a Nexus phone. If using a modern Nexus phone, it might be a while before you get the update — or never. But does that really matter?

Apple found itself in sticky security waters following the disclosure and prompt patching of a trio of particularly nasty zero-day exploits. What’s more  [Read More…]

The case for a Material Dark theme in Android

I love hex black and a dark UI!

You Nougat-lovers can’t deny,

That when an app installs in an itty, bitty space,

With a dark theme in your face,

You get sprung!

Google and Android are filled with white, white, white UIs. It wasn’t always that way, but it is now. The only real dark system UIs available right now are downloadable TouchWiz themes, and Google’s apps are whiter than my jean-365-days-a-year legs. Night modes have  [Read More…]

Slow updates are hurting Android as an app platform, and Google Play

Everyone wants better support for the phones we’re buying, and not getting it is holding Android itself back.

Here’s a simple truth we all probably know in the back of our minds — you don’t need to get a new version of Android because not much will seem different. The home screen or app drawer may have a tweak or two, and there will be one feature we would like to have, but the apps we  [Read More…]

Save $11 on this hard Galaxy Note 5 case today!

Want to keep your Galaxy Note 5 safe without making it much thicker? Amzer’s Snap On hard case provides a hard layer of protection to the phone (and a kickstand) while not breaking the bank. Right now you can pick one up for just $ 3.95.

Save big today: LG G Pad II 10.1 on sale for $230

Today is the day to grab a tablet if you’ve been in the market for one. On sale for just $ 229.99 with free shipping included, is the premium LG G Pad II at the AndroidGuys deals page. Going beyond stock Android, LG added in additional software features like dual window mode so you can truly

5 critical things the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 got all wrong

I’m usually very critical of Samsung mainly because they are the largest Android smartphone maker in the world, and I do my best to speak up for the masses rather than the tech geeks. That usually brings a whole lot of hate comments on my Samsung posts, and it also generates quite a few comments

This weekend’s best tech deals and discount codes

Welcome to the weekend edition of the best tech deals and discount codes from around the web. It’s the final weeks of summer, so after you read this post make sure to enjoy yourself and get some sun while we still have it. If you’ve wanted to try a gaming Android tablet, now is the

Android and chill

Settle in and get comfy. This is how we’re gonna do Saturdays — talking about stuff.

Hey there!

I’m Jerry. I’m a former Electrical Engineer who ended up writing software (like many an EE) and then ended up with a cushy job that lets me work from home and do cool stuff. I’m also a Linux Professional (I love saying that for some reason) which is a fancy term for a masochist. I’ve been here a  [Read More…]