A True Android E-Reader
The e-reader market seems to be dwindling. In June, Barnes & Noble said its Nook division would be spun off into a separate company by the end of first quarter 2015. Sony tapped out and inked a deal with Kobo. It looked like only two companies here in the US seemed content to stay in the space: Amazon and Kobo. However, B&N announced in February that its Nook business would become a part of its retail business. All three companies have several devices of varying sizes, specifications and prices. Up until now, people interested in an true e-reader, one with an e-paper display, have been forced into proprietary ebook ecosystems from Amazon, B&N and Kobo.
Polish company Onyx International Inc. is looking to give users more flexibility and options when it comes to reading on e-paper. While the company’s website and online store look a little sketchy, I decided to take the plunge. Onyx’s Afterglow 2 comes preloaded with the Google Play store, giving it access to the the digital book stores from Amazon, B&N, Kobo and Google. The device’s specs match up nicely with the competition on paper, but does this relatively unknown Polish company have what it takes to take on the top dogs? Find out after the break. Continue reading Onyx BOOX Afterglow 2 Review
I’ve got some exciting posts coming over the next few days. I’ll tell you the best Chromebook you can buy, and it’s not what you think (hint: it runs Windows 8). I’ve spent some quality time with an e-reader (yes, the kind with an E Ink display) that runs Android and comes with Google Play. I’ve replaced my favorite, perfect-sized and bamboo-clad 1st gen moto x with the geometric, glass giant that is the Sony Xperia Z3V. Later next month, I’ll put out my thoughts of my past 4 months with the moto 360 and why I’m wearing it instead of my much loved Pebble Steel.
Don’t want to wait? I don’t blame you. Check out my newest post about the new Narrative Clip and the updated mobile app. You can even check out the newest episode of my podcast.
P.S. – The Boston snow still ain’t bothering me 😀
Pebble watches are now bonafide activity trackers. Jawbone’s UP and UP24 activity tracker bands were just the start of the company’s fitness tracking ambitions, as the company announced at the beginning of this month a move towards integrating all types of devices with its software. Along with Apple’s Health Kit in iOS 8 and Google’s Android Wear (integration announced but not yet available), Pebble has now been added to the list of devices that connect with Jawbone’s UP service. Continue reading Pebble Gets UP, Wet & Cheaper
So it seems like Google is getting into the VR space. I just came across the Cardboard app in the Play Store, which looks like it is meant to bring Android content into VR. The description states that “Cardboard puts virtual reality on your smartphone. Try a variety of immersive demos on Android, and get inspired to build your own using the VR Toolkit at http://g.co/cardboard” That link doesn’t appear to be live, but it should be soon. I certainly didn’t see this coming! The link for the app is below.
Google has quietly updated the Google Play Movies Chrome app to look like its Android counterpart. This update makes Play Movies look and operate like an separate app rather than just a service on a webpage. Compare the Chrome apps for Play Books and Play Movies. Play Movies now opens in its own separate window and the content displayed adapts to the size of the window. Play Books, on the other hand, opens as a tab and look and operates like any other webpage. Continue reading New Chrome Web App Looks Like Android
One of the best Android keyboards to date is now free on Android. This comes on the heels of Apple’s announcement at WWDC 2014 that iOS 8 would bring support for third party keyboards. Instead of charging for the keyboard, the six year old company will be offering keyboard themes for $0.99 a piece and bundles of themes for $4.99. For users that paid for the keyboard in the past, you will bet a free $4.99 bundle. New users will also get three keyboard themes for free. Continue reading Swiftkey is Free!!
2048. If you have a smartphone, you’ve either heard of this addicting puzzle game or you’re already addicted. This game has so many of my Apple touting friends hooked, trying to get the 2048 and 4096 tiles. However, this free game is a rip-off of Sirvo LLC’s game Threes, which was launched about a month before the release of 2048. Continue reading 2048 is a Broken Game