Initial orders of Google's brand new Chromecast wireless video-streaming dongle are now gone, though some users are still having luck getting one.
The $35 dongle, which plugs into the HDMI port of televisions and lets users stream content from multiple device platforms, is now listed as "coming soon" with no option to order it from Google's online store. Shortly after sales went up, it was listed to ship between August 2 and August 7, down from the 1-2 days for initial orders.
The device's availability has fluctuated throughout the early hours it was on sale. … Read more
Google on Wednesday introduced a new social-gaming service for Android that mixes its online store and Google+.
Dubbed "Play Games," the app is a mix of a games store and a social network -- showing you what your Google+ friends are playing, and how far they've progressed.
The software leverages Google's Play Games services, which the company introduced at its IO conference earlier this year. That includes multiplayer gaming, leaderboards, and achievements. During a press conference on Wednesday, where Play Games was introduced, Google said "hundreds" of games have added those services, with "… Read more
When Apple unveiled the Lightning connector last year, it created a problem for anyone who owned a speaker dock with a 30-pin connector: new iDevices couldn't connect.
C4 Electronics' Dolry HiFi Stone solves that problem by turning those old docks into AirPlay speakers, able to connect wirelessly to iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, Macs, and even a handful of Samsung devices.
There are similar gizmos that endow speaker docks with Bluetooth capabilities, the closest being the Auris freeDa. But the Stone looks far more elegant: a thin, glossy black (or white) oval that looks like, well, a stone; something you'd skip across a pond. And it affords the benefits of AirPlay, which trounces Bluetooth in a few key areas.… Read more
As you may remember, Hasbro's Furby reboot of 2012 got all-new LED eyes, trippy personalities, and an iOS companion app that translated Furbish and played minigames.
The 2013 version unveiled today and coming this fall adds some over-the-top new color patterns, but the biggest change is a big update to the free companion iOS app. Instead of Furby getting its own app, it's almost like the iOS game's getting its own companion Furby.
I played with the new app a bit during a meeting with Hasbro earlier this summer, and survived to tell the tale.… Read more
"Firefly" fans will be able to take to the skies via their mobile devices come next summer.
The first officially licensed game based on Joss Whedon's short-lived but cult sci-fi series, Firefly Online will let people interact with one other in an online virtual universe. You'll assume the role of captain of a Firefly-class vessel, just like Captain Mal Reynolds, aka Captain Tightpants, from the TV series and "Serenity" motion picture.
As described on the game's Web page, your official mission will be to:Build a crew, create a "shiny ship," … Read more
It's hard to zero in on an affordable yet satisfying unlocked Android smartphone. Other than the $299 LG Nexus 4 or pricey $569.99 Sony Xperia Z, there aren't a lot of viable options, at least in the U.S. market.
Enter the $229 Life Play from Miami-based handset maker Blu Products. Not only does it flaunt a sexy ultrathin design, it boasts Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and takes snappy pictures. It's a valiant attempt but unfortunately its faults, namely a sluggish CPU and a cramped allotment of internal storage, make it tough to recommend. Sure, … Read more
Android users definitely get the better deal when it comes to the Pebble watch. The "openness" of Android allows for developers to piggyback on other services and products, such as Pebble and come up with some handy uses.
While browsing Google Play, scrolling through the long list of apps developers have made to integrate with Pebble, I found an app called Pebble Rocker.
This app is more like the Swiss Army knife of Pebble apps, as it adds a lot of different functions to the Pebble watch from one place. After buying the app for just under $1 … Read more
Google Glass, the search giant's significant step into wearable computers, has found a home for applications.
The search company on Tuesday launched the expected redesign of its online Google Play marketplace. Early this morning, an Android user, Nicolas Gramlich, posted a screenshot to his Google+ page showing that one of the titles available in the marketplace includes support for Google Glass.
That screenshot came just a few hours after the Android and Me site posted a screenshot showing that Google Glass is included as a supported device for Google Play applications. Upon choosing Google Glass in the dropdown, however, … Read more
Google makes all but four cents of its money from advertising.
Its systems are so sophisticated that, if only governments would bow to them, they could sell policies to the right people at the right time (and at the right price) for perfect social harmony.
And yet there are moments when Google's machines overexert themselves to the point of embarrassment.
One such instance appears to occur when you search for "Where's My Mickey" on Google Play.
This app, according to Google Play, "introduces a whole new world of life-like physics-based gameplay."
Please bear those … Read more