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Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Other Celebs Read Classic U.S. Novels for Tom Hanks’ Production Company and Audible
October 22, 2013 | 12:17 pm

audibleThat guy from Breaking Bad is all the rage these days. Aside from being a brilliant meth chef/dealer on television, Bryan Cranston has got a dynamite speaking voice — though you probably already knew that. It’s not surprising then, to hear that the folks over at Playtone (powered by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman) asked him to voice the story of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. As part of a partnership with Amazon company Audible, a special ‘Playtone Presents’ series of audiobooks, “The American Story as You’ve Never Heard It,” enrolls the help of other notable voices as well;...

Starbucks to ’86’ AT&T for Google Wi-Fi in All U.S. Locations Over the Next 18 Months
July 31, 2013 | 3:52 pm

StarbucksThe news was announced on Wednesday that coffee behemoth Starbucks is dropping its complimentary AT&T Wi-Fi Internet service in all its U.S. locations. Instead, a new partnership with Google, which is working with Level 3 Communications, will provide employees and sit-in customers with superior wireless Internet access, featuring speeds up to 10 times faster than Starbucks' current AT&T Wi-Fi service. Starbucks has stated that the transition will begin throughout the month of July, with new cafe locations seeing the higher-speed service first, and the company's 7,000 remaining U.S. stores receiving the service after that. They expect the project to reach fruition,...

Google’s New Nexus 7 Tab Will Get You Some Tail (Video)
July 24, 2013 | 4:47 pm

Google Nexus 7Say it with me: Tech is sexy. Feels a bit weird, right? But hey, I’m not the first to say it—I even felt a bit squeamish when I first heard a friend’s reaction to the form factor of a certain mobile device as such. You see this with car enthusiasts, treating their prized ‘whips’ like the true loves of their lives. I have no comment other than, Well, I guess there are far more odd things to be into. So, taking that notion a bit further, I’d like to pose a question for all y’all: Can having cool tech items get you some —...

Google’s Second Gen Nexus 7 16GB Tablet May Go For $229
June 15, 2013 | 4:22 pm

Nexus 7The second generation of Google’s flagship seven-inch tablet, the Nexus 7, was announced at last month’s I/O developer’s conference for a release of sometime this year. Then, there were rumors of the slate going for a sweet price of $150. On Friday, a story from DigiTimes speculated that the Nexus 7 will see a proper release sometime in July, with two variants: an 8 GB and a 16 GB model, which may go for $199 and $229 respectively. This puts the cheaper priced new generation tablet rumor to bed, as the current generation Nexus 7 starts at $199 as well. This summer, Google’s Nexus 7...

Feedly wants Google Reader’s throne; can it be RSS king?
June 9, 2013 | 11:00 am

FeedlyIt’s unfortunate news, but it’s inevitable—and worthless to sulk about any longer. Let’s face it: Google Reader will be no more in less than a month from now—on July 1, to be exact. Will this effect you too? I’ve used and continue to regularly use Reader for years, so for me this is the ‘not good’ kind of change. Starting while I was in college, Google’s RSS feed app was the first and only service of its kind that mattered to me. I loved what it did for me, helping to redefine how I handled research academically and, of course, leisurely. So,...

ASUS announces MeMO Pad HD7, a nicely priced 16GB Android tablet for $149
June 3, 2013 | 2:43 pm

ASUS MeMO PadThe tablet gods seem happy with us today. Aside from the obvious news of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3-, 8-, and 10-inchers, Taiwanese company ASUS has also rolled out their latest mobile slate computer on Monday. This time, they’ve updated their MeMO PAD, consciously keeping its overall affordability and target audience. For the most part, the MeMO Pad HD7 takes on where its predecessor left off, remaining a budget-friendly tablet with modest features, perfectly suitable for an average user. The 7-inch tablet introduces HD resolution to the MeMO family with a 1280×800 IPS display and came down a bit in size...

Sony and E Ink are Making a Digital Paper Notepad and it Looks Awesome (Video)
May 17, 2013 | 12:15 pm

I’m an all-day note-taker—my day's or week’s itinerary, messages to give to someone else, story ideas, ramblings, etc. Unfortunately I’m also a bit of a messy ... well, unorganized person, I admit. And as you may guess, those two personality traits usually add up, for me, to lots of unorganized, folded pieces of paper in my pockets or around my house and office, and also a library of notebooks of compiled thoughts and ideas with real order. So needless to say, I’m anticipating Sony’s A4-sized (8.3-inches x 11.7-inches) digital paper slate to be rather beneficial in my life. Unveiled last week,...

Acer Unveils Iconia A1 Tablet, an Excellent iPad mini Alternate
May 4, 2013 | 6:00 pm

Iconia A1 TabletA few days ago we caught a few leaked images of Acer’s updated mini tablet, the Iconia A1. A next-generation of Acer's Iconia B1, the “One-Handed” device features a brilliant 7.9-inch IPS display, arguably better specs, and clearly a better price-point than Apple’s latest iPad mini. If you’re in the market for an ultra-portable slate, this should be on your list of items to scout, especially now with official pricing and availability information announced. Specs-wise, our report from the other day was majorly on-point. Acer‘s Iconia A1 (A1-810) will pack a quad-core 1.7GHz MediaTek processor, an advertised seven-hour battery life, micro-HDMI input, a microSD card...

GoComics Gives a Fix to Fans of the Funny Pages on the Go
April 22, 2013 | 6:00 pm

GoComicsComic strip publisher Universal Uclick has created a digital place on the Internet for avid readers of old-school newspaper comic strips. And now, to further plant the print staple into the modern world, they’ve introduced their GoComics website to the mobile Web sphere. Launching the GoComics application for iOS, Android and WP8, users can now access all content from the company’s website, which includes a massive chunk of the most popular comics strips worldwide. Some notable series from yesteryear include the complete Calvin & Hobbes archives and a slew of Peanuts, Garfield, Dilbert and Doonesbury comics. Today’s stuff is there too: FoxTrot, The Boondocks, Pearls Before Swine, et al. Did I mention the app is free? Even if...

Get Green: Help Plicopá Bring Their Handsome Eco-Friendly Tablet Covers to Life
April 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

PlicopáAll you ‘green heads,’ this one is for you. An Italian startup known as Plicopá is trying to launch its patent-pending iPad case design, made from 100 percent recycled materials. With just a quick maneuver of the corrugated cardboard-made accessory, Plicopá doubles as a tablet stand—perfect for referencing recipes in the kitchen, guitar chords in your home studio, or just simply watching your favorite movies on the couch. Currently seeking crowd sourcing help on Indiegogo to the tune of €25,000 (about U.S. $33,000), the two person team sought out to create a simple-to-use tablet stand that was both efficient and eco-friendly, without sacrificing style. And currently...

Google Play is Giving Away Top Apps for Communicating
April 4, 2013 | 11:31 am

Google PlayHow do you stay connected with friends and loved ones in distant places? We all know how convenient our mobile devices are when it comes to that, though sometimes it’s hard to know which avenue is best. Google Play announced on Thursday that every top communication app is available for free download. What’s crazy is that we’re talking almost 500 apps to chose from—twenty pages worth! Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Voice, Skype ... and the list goes on. The selection also includes various different types of Web browsers, Wi-Fi boosters, SMS text apps, e-mail and talk services, group chat and contact organizers, among...

Rumor: Google’s Next Generation Nexus 7 Tablet to Appear in July
April 3, 2013 | 3:02 pm

NexusWe love the Nexus 7 tab. Google’s valiant iPad competitor nicely packs inside everything we enjoy about the company’s Android OS, their services and the streamlined symbiosis among them. Oh, and it being a full ‘Benjamin’ cheaper than Apple’s must-have tab makes the 7-inch Nexus even more desirable. First unleashed in July, it makes sense for an updated version to be quickly approaching, no? Well, we’re happy, as a report published today from Reuters leads us to believe exactly that. Google will allegedly be discontinuing its first batch of Nexus 7 devices alongside the roll out of its next-gen model. Ridding the floor plans of NVIDIA’s...

A Commercial Message from the First ‘Honest’ Cable Company (NSFW Video)
March 29, 2013 | 3:35 pm

It’s probably safe to say that we’ve all dealt with our fair share of ridiculousness, bestowed complimentary-style from our local Internet service providers. Hidden fees, promotions that are too good to be true, bad or weak Internet connections, frustrating customer service reps, forced up-selling, etc., etc., and the list goes on… A comedy troupe that makes short YouTube videos and refers to itself as Extremely Decent Films published the following video earlier in the week. Although it’s an obvious exaggeration of the truth, at the same time it really isn’t. What’s alarming, in fact, is just how much of the content in this video is real...

Rumor: Amazon’s First Smartphone to Have 4.7-Inch Display
March 27, 2013 | 4:30 pm

AmazonIt’s been really only a matter of time before Amazon begins branding their own smartphone line. Although the project is still unconfirmed from the source, a DigiTimes report came out on Wednesday that believes the company’s introduction to the phone world will come in the form of a 4.7-inch display high-ender. At first, Amazon was allegedly leaning towards a phone with a 4.3-inch display but with other top-tier smartphones entering the market, the company may opt for the larger screen. (The competition being: HTC’s One will have a 4.7-inch screen, Apple’s iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will have a...

When’s the Best Time to Buy an Apple Product? (Infographic)
March 27, 2013 | 12:25 pm

AppleWhen is the best time to purchase a new Apple device? Is there a best time? We’re fully aware of how sporadic and paltry the big Apple can be when it comes to offering customers discounts on their products. Usually feeling like you’ve earned a ‘deal’ from an Apple retail store or from their online store involves taking advantage of a promotion, which can result in spending extra money to receive reduced priced accessories or services (of which you may or may not actually need). But saving any amount on a fresh Macbook Pro or iPad straight from the source? Not likely. So...

Amazon Introduces “Send to Kindle” Button on Websites for Offline Reading on the Go
March 20, 2013 | 12:35 pm

AmazonWe’ve discussed ‘read later’ apps before. Personally, I like the simplicity of Pocket, as Evernote is so overly-capable that it seems daunting to dive into head-first. Perhaps in due time, I suppose. Another nice option I’ve used is Google’s ‘Read it Later’ feature on its Reader service, but well, yeah, we all know where that’s headed. Anyway, Amazon has been on the offline reading tip for quite some time now. And their latest Kindle update makes it even easier to store Web content for later perusing. Introducing a “Send to Kindle” button to several popular media websites and blogs on Wednesday, Kindle users can now easily and...

Google Play celebrates its first birthday with a big sale
March 6, 2013 | 9:56 am

So it’s been a full year since Google’s Play Store went live (how time does fly,) and the Web-based media store is celebrating by offering deep discounts in all departments. Free tunes, apps, gift cards and cheap movies are only a few items that the service is advertising. You definitely don’t want to miss these deals. Starting today, you can redeem a free $15 gift card to use on your first purchase from Fancy, the crowd-curated gift shop. Also, ten percent off you next hotel booking from the Hotels.com app, a digital  $20 gift card for use with the Gyft app...

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