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Google Now open to third parties

The time has come:  Google Now has been opened up to third party app developers.  Beginning today, January 30th, the Mountain View search giant will be allowing Google Now integration from 30+ companies.  If have any of these non-google apps installed on your device, you will start seeing cards based on your activity.  Google plans on delivering this experience to end users today with an update to the stock Google app.  Since the Mothership is prone to  [Read More...]

If you’re still rocking a 2013-era Nexus 7 with LTE, or a 2012 mobile version, we’ve got some great news today. Google has just dropped the Lollipop factory images for the both devices, and they’re version 5.0.2 to boot.

ROCKI finally gets Spotify Connect support

After a long wait, Spotify support has finally come to ROCKI, but not quite how you would have expected. The tiny device that turns your ordinary speakers into DLNA compatible outputs launched with the promise of Spotify integration but it failed to appear in the app.

It appears that the reason for this is that they were instead working towards ROCKI to become a Spotify Connect endpoint, meaning you don’t even have to leave the Spotify app to  [Read More...]

Antivirus for Android — do you need it?

Do any of us really need antivirus software on our Android phones and tablets?

In a past life I worked basic tech support at both Best Buy’s Geek Squad and Staples’ Easy Tech programs. I have heard every possible explanation for why a computer might have been infected with something, and happily collected a paycheck while fixing the same things over and over again. Most of the time, when someone  [Read More...]

Nokia has released an update for its Z Launcher Beta on the Google Play Store. The launcher adapts to the user’s usage throughout the day. By learning how he or she uses it, the app promotes his or her favorite apps.

Another feature known as Scribble allows you to draw a letter in order to find things related to it. Launch is a tool used for Apps, contacts, and websites, and Adapt “learns to promote the right  [Read More...]

Blu Vivo Air specs

The Blu Vivo Air is many things. It is very affordable at just $ 200 off contract, and absurdly thin at just 5.15mm from front-to-back. But there are things it is not — it’s not a barn-burning high-powered flagship device, not that you should expect it to be so at that price. For the nitty gritty on one of the world’s thinnest smartphones, head on past the break for the complete specs list of the Blu  [Read More...]

Project Tango is moving out of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group and into a new home within the company. Project Tango uses a number of sensors for monitoring the world in 3D. The company promises a continued commitment to Project Tango development according to a post from Google ATAP on Google+:

Following closely on the heels of last week’s carrier changes, Cricket Wireless on Friday dropped prices for its prepaid rate plans. Cricket will now offer a $ 5 discount per month if you sign up for the auto-pay service, bringing its Basic Plan down to $ 35 per month. Additionally, you can now score up to 2.5GB of high speed data, up from the previous 1GB allotment.

Cricket is also offering, for a limited time, an Advanced Plan  [Read More...]

AT&T’s prepaid carrier Cricket is increasing the data allotment for all of their plans without making any changes to the pricing. It’s a bit of a shake-up, offering one of the best data packages among prepaid carriers. Additionally, they’re offering the first-generation Moto G for just $ 24.99, and discounts on several other the best phones on Cricket.

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Looking for a new Android smartphone? Before you head off to your local carrier or start searching online you may want to swing by Expansys today. The online retailer is offering up some serious discounts on a range of devices, many of which are Android-powered and unlocked. In addition to that you’ll also find other handsets and accessories. According to Expansys there are more than 50 products with prices  [Read More...]