Tag Archive: Brings


New update brings ads to Android TV boxes and Sony TVs

What goes great with all your favorite movies and TV shows? If your answer was ads and sponsored placements, then you’re in luck, Android TV users. Recently, Google rolled out an update for Android TV with a row of sponsored content. According to Google, this is a “pilot program” intended for “optimizing and personalizing the entertainment experience at home.”

Android TV is committed to optimizing and personalizing the entertainment experience at home. As we explore new opportunities to  [Read More…]

Google’s Stadia brings more to worry about than just the technical details

This could kick off a future where games are only something you rent while you can.

While you’re reading this, there’s a good chance I’ll be playing Far Cry 3. If you aren’t up to date on all things Far Cry — shame on you — the third installment in the series went on sale in late 2012. Yes, it’s a game that is seven years old but I still like to play it. A lot of  [Read More…]

Ghost of Tsushima brings beautiful samurai sword-fighting to the PS4

Samurai sword-fighting has never been prettier.

What is Ghost of Tsushima?

We didn’t know much about Ghost of Tsushima when Sucker Punch (makers of Infamous) originally announced it at 2017’s Paris Games Week. That changed as of E3 2018, with the company giving us more details and even a first look at gameplay for the upcoming game.

What we can say for certain is that it’s an open world samurai game. As you’d expect from that description,  [Read More…]

IMDB ‘Freedive’ brings ad-supported movies and shows via Amazon

It’s more shows and movies, only with advertising.

Amazon has teamed up with IMDB (insofar as Amazon, which owns IMDB, probably said “Hey, IMDB! We’re going to do a thing) to bring free movies to the Internet Movie Database.

It’s a free service called “IMDB Freedive.” (Which first was rumored to be coming back in August.) And on it you’ll get movies like Memento and True Romance, TV shows like Fringe and *Quantum Leap (oh, boy …)  [Read More…]

Leviton’s Decora Voice brings Alexa and a dimmer to your light switch

More of a smart home than ever before.

At CES 2019 this year, Leviton is revealing the Decora Voice Dimmer. It’s an in-wall light switch and dimmer that will have Amazon’s Alexa built right into it so you don’t need any extra hardware to add to your smart home ecosystem. You’ll be able to control the dimmer through Alexa or the My Leviton app. Since other Leviton Decora Smart devices work through the app as well, this  [Read More…]

JBL Link Drive brings the Google Assistant to your car for just $60

It’ll be available for purchase in Spring 2019.

From smart speakers, displays, smartphones, and more, the Google Assistant is creeping its way into just about anything and everything that it can. At CES 2019, JBL announced the Link Drive as a gadget that’ll help bring the Assistant to your car.

The JBL Link Drive is a compact gadget that plugs into your vehicle’s 12V socket (the cigarette lighter) and pairs with the Google app on your Android  [Read More…]

Facer 5.0 now out, brings Facer Premium and a new Facer Feed

Facer, the popular app for customizing your smartwatch’s face, announced this week the arrival of Facer 5.0.

This is a major update which brings a bunch of new features to the table, the most note-worthy being Facer Feed.

Given that hundreds of new watch faces are being published on Facer every week, sometimes it might be a bit hard  [Read More…]

Google Sounds brings Pixel ringtone and visuals to other Android phones

At least, it will once the app is actually ready to launch.

An app from Google called Sounds recently surfaced on the Play Store that, when installed on compatible phones, enables a collection of alarms, ringtones, and notification sounds previously only available for the Pixel. You’ll also get the visualizations that go with them — those flowing gradients of soft, muted colors that show up on the display of a Pixel when, say, your alarm goes off  [Read More…]

The Roomba 690 brings robotic vacuuming to your home for just $249

Robotic vacuums aren’t necessary, but damn are they fun to have.

I’ve never minded vacuuming as a regular chore around the house, but when my fiancé and I moved into a bigger apartment earlier this year, I decided it was time to pick up a robotic vacuum to finally see what all the hype was about. I remember looking at Roomba’s when I was younger and thinking they were just about the neatest thing, so I was  [Read More…]