Tag Archive: Open


Not everyone wants Android to be ‘open’

The way Google keeps walking the line between open and closed keeps biting it in the ass.

There’s a really cool Google I/O moment from a few years back that sticks out in my mind. It was shortly after I published a book on using Android tablets, which it caught the attention of Vic Gundotra. He pulled me aside and thanked me for helping people who weren’t super techy learn, and learn to love, Android. That was  [Read More…]

Sbode Portable Bluetooth Speaker review: Open up a can of music anywhere

This not-quite-pocket-sized speaker packs quite a lot into its rotund, rubberized housing.

Bluetooth speakers are just about everywhere these days — and good thing, too, seeing as headphone jacks and aux cables seem to be fading away with each new generation of flagships — but outside of the traditional almost always-overpriced name brands, it can be hard for good speakers to stand out from the pack. This is especially true for Bluetooth speakers that are portable and  [Read More…]

Open your home’s door with your smartphone and the $200 August Smart Lock Pro bundle

Don’t miss out on this all-time low price.

This August Smart Lock Pro bundle is down to $ 199.99 on Amazon for a limited time. The Smart Lock Pro sells for $ 230 by itself, and this bundle also includes the August Connect, which is $ 63 separately. This set has never dropped this low before until today.

The bundle includes a few other things like a DoorSense sensor, adapters and mounting hardware, as well.

The 3rd-gen  [Read More…]

Verizon announces open warranty enrollment and new TravelPass countries for the summer

Verizon announces open enrollment for the Total Mobile Protection for this last week in May, while also expanding its TravelPass program to 16 Caribbean countries.

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Android Things has a chance because it’s not very open

Android Things could never work if every company did it their own way.

Google makes a handful of mostly well-received hardware products, but is much better known as a software company. There’s plenty of room to argue that they are really an advertising company, and I couldn’t disagree, but the things it does that we love are mostly software products.

Around here, we think Android is one of Google’s greatest achievements and there are plenty of other  [Read More…]

Everything that’s new in the OxygenOS Open Beta

Wondering what’s new in the latest Open Beta? You’re in the right place.

There are a lot of reasons to like OnePlus phones, but one aspect that’s remained since the beginning is the excellent software experience they offer. All OnePlus phones now run OxygenOS, and if you want to test out new software features before anyone else, you can sign up for the OxygenOS Open Beta.

OnePlus updates the Open Beta quite frequently, with each new version  [Read More…]

Your weekend comments are open for business

Weekends are best spent with friends and family. Or in a comfy chair if you’re Rex the Dachshund.

That’s Rex. He’ll be 15 in September and he is my new life coach and is going to help me learn to relax and let things go. He spends most of the day sitting here in my office on his ridiculous chair knowing that he’s in charge of the important things like when is lunch and is it too  [Read More…]

Acer CXI3 Chromebox pre-orders now open and start at $297

If you want a lot of power, you can spend as much as $ 744.

Seemingly out of nowhere, 2018’s been shaping up to be an excellent year for Chromebox fans. Asus and HP both announced Chromebox hardware during this year’s CES, and a few weeks later, Acer unveiled its new CXI3. Acer’s Chromebox has since gone up for pre-order, and pricing sounds more than reasonable.

There are a few different models to choose from, with the  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Spot coming to Canada on April 25 for $170, pre-orders now open

Spot the localization.

It took its sweet time coming to Canada, but Amazon’s diminutive Echo Spot is arriving north of the border on April 25 for $ 170 CAD. That’s a bit of a jump from the U.S. price of $ 130, but hey, exchange rates.

Phil Nickinson really likes his — he calls it “cute” and a great bedside alarm clock with Alexa built in — and given that the larger-screened Echo Show has yet to go  [Read More…]

Samsung DeX Pad pre-orders finally open for $99, free with Galaxy S9 purchase for a limited time

Galaxy S9 purchases will include a free DeX Pad for a limited time.

Samsung’s second-generation desktop docking system, the DeX Pad, is finally coming up for pre-order after being announced alongside the Galaxy S9 and S9+ over a month ago. The DeX Pad comes in at $ 99, which is cheaper than the original MSRP of the DeX Station that launched the whole DeX ecosystem back with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ — though nowadays you can pick up  [Read More…]