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Our favorite IFTTT recipes for the Amazon Echo

Don’t think of it as talking to yourself, think of it as talking to your house. That’s better, right?

There are tons of things you can do with Amazon Echo. It grows in functionality every week, and if you use the things Echo connects to there’s no better accessory for controlling things with your voice. If you don’t have everything Echo connects to, there’s a good chance you can find a way to make things work  [Read More…]

Adele’s new ’25’ album makes its way to Pandora despite streaming strike

Despite not appearing on popular streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, Adele’s new album, 25, is now available to stream on Pandora.

Weekly Poll: Are you going to be shopping online, or in person on Black Friday?

After the inevitable turkey coma that Thanksgiving tends to bring, thousands of people formulate a plan to hunt down the best Black Friday deals that they can find. Whether that means braving the cold to go stand in line at Best Buy, or head to the computer to make a plan of attack on Amazon, there are tons of deals to be found.

So are you planning on doing your Black Friday shopping in brick and mortar  [Read More…]

NVIDIA’s Black Friday deals include $50 off Shield Android TV, discounted games

It looks like NVIDIA has cooked up some pretty good deals for Black Friday this year, including a nice discount on the Shield Android TV and several games.

A week with my first phablet

Once upon a time, we lived in a society that viewed any smartphone with a screen more than five inches a “titan” or “behemoth”, and eventually used the word “phablet”. The normative process of using a cell phone was with one hand, as we enjoyed the accessibility this provided. However, as phone technology advanced, and what we were able to accomplish on our phones exponentially grew, our increased desire for more screen space was inevitable.

When we upgrade to a  [Read More…]

Android Central app gets a new coat of paint, needed bugfixes

A quick heads up for those of you using the Android Central app. We’ve pushed an update today that most importantly fixes a nagging issue in our forums, and you should now be able to post images again.

We’ve also done a little rebranding, with colors looking a little less like what you might have found in the seminal Batman movie from 1989. (How good was Jack Nicholson, right?)

Full changelog is as follows:

Fixes image upload  [Read More…]

Catch Andrew live tonight on TWiT’s All About Android show

Our own Andrew Martonik will be live on TWiT’s All About Android show this evening, and you can tune in to check it out live. Starting around 5 p.m. PT, or 8 p.m. for those of you on the East Coast, you can catch Andrew speaking with the TwiT team about all things Android.

If you’re interested in checking out the show tonight, you can head on over to TWiT at the link below to catch the  [Read More…]

Unlock your door with your phone: The Quicklock Doorlock review

We live in the mobile age. Our phones are now like swiss army knives. They can do just about anything. You can watch TV, monitor your home, change your thermostat, call people, etc… So why not lock and unlock your doors? The Quicklock Doorlock allows you to do just that.

The Quicklock Doorlock overview

The Quicklock Doorlock is a replacement door handle and lock. It forgoes the traditional key and keyhole approach and brings the lock setup into the modern age.  [Read More…]

The LG V10: A second opinion

I really like the LG V10, but I just can’t love it.

Every year, I make sure I get my hands on whatever great phones LG puts out. I like the things it tries — like back buttons or flexible screens — and the V10 had me excited to try a phone that’s built like body armor. It does not disappoint in that regard.

But there is more to a smartphone than Duraskin and a steel  [Read More…]

Verizon offering up some deals for Black Friday

Black Friday is coming up, and a lot of companies are getting the info on their deals up early. Verizon is one of them, so you’ll know what to expect from them on Black Friday. When you switch to Verizon and trade in a device, you can get up to $ 500 off buying a Galaxy S6, S6 edge, or Droid Turbo 2.

A bunch of other devices are going to be on sale. The Ellipsis 10 tablet will be  [Read More…]