Showing posts from March, 2016

LG G5 now on sale from AT&T, costs $688

If you were impressed by the LG G5‘s launch event have been patiently waiting for the handset to hit store shelves, then it’s finally time to whip out that credit card. AT&T has begun selling its LG G5 right on schedule, beginning sale on April 1st, although it will set you back a penny or two.Up front, AT&T is selling the LG G5 for $688, which is quite a bit more than previous LG flagship smartphones and a good $50 or more on top of what other carriers are selling the handset for. On the plus side, AT&T is throwing in a free spare battery and charging dock with the purchase, as are other retailers in the US.Read more: LG G5: specs, features, price, and availability141 If you would rather split that cost down into more affordable chunks, AT&T has contract offers starting at just $22.97 per month on one of its Next payment plans. AT&T is also running a few deals on some other LG products. The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition can be yours for just $99 on-contract when you buy…

10 best new Android games of March 2016!

Android gaming is getting bigger and better every month it seems and there is always a slew of new titles coming to Google Play. Whether you’re a casual gamer or you want something with a beat more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste. Let’s take a look at the best new Android games from the last month!Best New Android apps from the last monthBest Android games of 2016Clash Royale[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
The highly anticipated Clash Royale was released this last month. In fact, it was so highly anticipated that it’s already garnered over ten million downloads. This is a card collecting game that features a ton of characters, including some cameos from Supercell’s popular Clash of Clans game. It’s a lot like Hearthstone in that you collect cards and then duel them against other people over online multiplayer. You can also form clans, share cards, and more.
Get it now on Google Play! Disney Magic Kingdoms[Price: Free with in-app purchase…

IF and DO Button by IFTTT on Android Wear – Android customization

I hope you had the chance to check out our Android customization primer on IF by IFTTT for your Android Wear device last week. The project was simple enough, providing a little pop up notification whenever there is a new post on Android Authority. With the concept of pushing info to your Android Wear device out of the way, let’s now look at using your smartwatch as the button to run actions on your phone.Luckily, the folks at IFTTT have two tools for this project, The original IF can be used, or the newer DO Button, which, for our sake here today, is really just a streamlined version of IF.Before we beginYou will require a fairly modern Android device to get started here today, you’ll also need an Android Wear device and to install both, or either, IF by IFTTT and DO Button by IFTTT. Both apps are free in the Google Play Store.
DO Button - Google Play StoreIF - Google Play Store Thank you oelmekki for making sure we talk about DO Button here today, as it is the tool designed specificall…

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel arrives for the SHIELD Android TV

When theSHIELD Android TVfirst arrived, one of the big selling points was that the device would be able to run full-version PC games ported over to the Android operating system thanks to the SHIELD’s Tegra X1 hardware. Unfortunately, game devs haven’t really jumped on the Android train as much asNVIDIAreally hoped they would, as most of them would rather develop for a wider audience on the mobile platform rather than just the high end. However, we have seen a few gorgeous games enter the market, and the latest of these isBorderlands: The Pre-Sequel.See also: NVIDIA Shield Android TV review30 For fans of the franchise, this game takes place between the first and second games, but it was the most recently released, making it both a prequel and a sequel depending on your perspective. The game’s title is also indicative of the game’s tongue-in-cheek irreverence and absurd sense of humor, a trait that makes it practically unique in an era of gritty shooters and brooding protagonists.Borderl…

10 best new Android apps of March 2016

App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month!Best New Android games from the last month!Best Android apps of 2016Basket[Price: Free]
Basket is a newer application that acts as a sort of simplified alternative to Pocket. It allows you to save articles, videos, and other types of links for later viewing and sharing. You can organize them based on what they are, such as news, research, recipes, or funny stuff. It also utilizes Material Design and it looks really nice. It’s a good alternative to Pocket if you want something that’s a little more simple.
Get it now on Google Play! DroidID[Price: Free]
DroidID is a unique application that rea…

Teardown: Oculus Rift CV1

When VR was in its infancy – hell, it’s still in its infancy, but when it was in its mostinfantyinfancy –Oculus Riftwas synonymous with commercial VR, and avid fans and developers watched its growth with high anticipation. Now the market has become significantly more diverse with players like theHTC Viveand evenSamsung Gear VRandGoogle Cardboardgetting into the action. Nevertheless, the Oculus Rift remains one of the frontrunners in the commercial VR field, and today we’re getting a look inside its guts thanks to iFixit’s delightfully comprehensiveteardown.In their vivisection of the Rift, disassemblers noted the device’s use of many infrared dots that the Rift uses to track head movement. A new addition from earlier models is the array of IR LEDs strapped to the back of the head, which increase tracking substantially.See also: Oculus Rift and 30 games launching March 28, including Eve Valkyrie3 They also noted that the newest model of the Rift uses significantly more plastic clips rat…

Google will stop supporting physical Google Wallet cards on June 30

If you’re still using a physical Google Wallet card to make transactions when you’re out and about, you should probably start looking for a new way to pay. Google has just announced that it will stop supporting physical Google Wallet cards on Thursday, June 30th. The company will stop supporting the cards so they can more easily focus on the new Google Wallet app, which launched last fall.You’ll be able to make purchases with your Wallet card until June 30th. Once May 1st rolls around, you won’t be able to add any money to your Wallet balance from a debit card or bank account. You can still receive money from others after that point. And if you happen to have money in your Wallet balance after May 1st, you can keep it there, send it to others, or cash it out anytime for free.Google also mentions that both American Express and Simple offer debit accounts with similar features. Plus, if you switch to one of these new accounts, you’ll be able to score some extra bonuses. For details on t…

Best USB-C portable battery chargers

While the USB Type-C standard has yet to find mass adoption in the mobile world, 2015 saw a decent uptick in the number of devices embracing such technology such as the OnePlus 2, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P. Things aren’t going to slow down any in 2016 either, as LG has jumped into the mix with the LG G5 and we expect the same port to make its way to HTC’s upcoming flagship. You can also bet that other manufacturers will be offering Type-C ports on their flagships later this year, and even mid and low-end phones and tablets.See also: Best Android phones (January 2016)120 One of the biggest downsides to the new standard however, is that you have to either buy a ton of adapters so you can keep using your chargers, portable batteries, and other microUSB accessories — or you have to start over again from scratch. If you already have invested heavily into power packs and other accessories, going the former route might make the most sense. That said, a portable battery charger designed for USB T…