Author Archives: Robert Nelson


Amazon Fire TV: a few thoughts on the competition

Amazon announced the Fire TV earlier this morning. Initially this seems to be just another set-top box to attach to your television and stream the likes of Netflix and Hulu Plus. Of course, Fire TV also has support for Amazon Instant Video (amongst other services). Some may prefer the Chromecast or Roku Streaming Stick given the dongle form factor, but with the feature set and price tag of the Amazon Fire TV -- it seems this one may be worth considering.

Amazon Fire TV gets an official unveil [Updated]

The Amazon event is still underway, but we now have another streaming set-top box to consider. We are talking about the Amazon Fire TV, which is a device that will attach to your television and allow you to stream from a few services. As one would expect, those services include Amazon Instant Video. Amazon is pushing a few things here, one of which is simplicity.

Autographer wearable camera gets an Android app

Android users looking to wear a camera and further document their lives now have another option to consider. This latest is the Autographer camera, which up until now has been available only for iOS users. The necessary Android app has been released in the Play Store, and will allow manage the images on the camera while out and about.

Pressy, the “almighty Android button” cloned by Xiaomi [Updated]

Hugo Barra, coming by way of his Google+ page, recently reached out to Xiaomi users looking for help in naming and a new product. Barra referred to this as a clever little gadget, and included some potential name ideas of Mi Button and Mi Key. More to the point here, this clever little gadget turns your headphone jack into a clickable button.

Pebble: five apps worth checking out

Pebble 2.0 arrived for Android earlier in the month. Of course, that meant not only an updated Android app for the Pebble, but access to the Pebble appstore. We suspect most Pebble users have already picked their favorite apps, and such is the case with us. Here we are sharing our top five favorite Pebble apps, and also looking for some suggestions for new apps.

Android Camera update may arrive ahead of 4.4.3 update

Motorola has been pushing fairly regular updates for the camera app. That comes because the app is already available by way of the Play Store. And with that in mind, it looks like Google could be getting ready to do the same. Some talk of an updated Android camera app has surfaced and along with talk of it coming available by way of the Play Store -- there appears to be quite a few worthwhile changes and improvements coming.

Motorola adds “Powered by Android” with latest boot services update

As we've mentioned in the past, Motorola is able to push frequent updates given they have released many of the core service apps in the Play Store. One of those happens to be the Motorola Boot Services app, and as Motorola has done before -- they are having a bit of fun with this latest update. Those with a Moto X or Moto G will want to make sure this update has been installed and then reboot their device.

Lenovo A-Series tablet lineup expands

Lenovo has officially unveiled the latest in the A-Series tablet lineup. In this case that means a handful of models including the A7-30, A7-50, A8 and the A10. As suggested by the model numbers, these tablets will all vary in display size. Lenovo also appears to be pushing these for different purposes.