For some time now, youve been able to click the main Maps button on Android Auto and get a screen that lets you select an alternate navigation app. Before today, the only real option there was Google Maps. Now, Waze has launched for Android Auto, so if you prefer it to Google Maps, you can get it on your larger dashboard screen.
Waze on Android Auto is a slightly simplified subset of what you can do on the phone. Jens Baron, who does product development for the maps app, says that his company worked closely with the Android Auto UX team and went through months of driver disruption testing to tune the app to your cars screen. The result is an interface that feels very much like Waze, but still feels native to Android Auto. Waze is a…
Headphone manufacturer Phiaton has a new, entry-level model to its line of Bluetooth headphones: the BT 390. The BT 390s on-ear headphones costs just $79, and were specifically designed for commuting and travel, with a foldable design for easily stowing in a bag.
Its hard to say whether or not the BT 390s are a good deal without listening to them first, but the sub-$100 price tag, clean design, and claims of up to 30 hours of battery life are encouraging.
As part of the budget part of the proceedings, the BT 390s offer physical buttons for controlling playback and volume, instead of the touch panels on Phiatons higher-end models. Given that I tend to prefer hardware buttons for headphones, however,…
KFC really can’t be stopped from making bizarre gadgets, and I can’t stop being intrigued by them. Today the company launched a to-go chicken box that doubles as Bluetooth game controller. It’s called the Gamer’s Box 2.0. (I’m not sure if there was a Gamer’s Box 1.0.)
KFC also partnered with Mountain Dew, so in addition to a chicken sandwich, people will get a soda with their purchase. It’s mounted on top of the box, and it’s something to behold. KFC only sent me renders of the device, but someone uploaded a hands-on from BGR India here:
The soda mount turns into an adjustable phone holder; the idea is that you place your phone there and pair the controller with it over Bluetooth (by holding down the “home” and “X” button). Multiple…
Jettzen Shea has a mop of pale blond hair and a voice that rings out like a little bell as he chimes in from the middle rows of Claremont McKenna Colleges Pickford Auditorium. Im on Twitter, he says. Hes just shy of age 10, and his claim to fame is a brief part on the TV show Chicago Fire. His seat looks as though it might swallow him up at any second. When I go on a show or movie, my mom well of course after the movie airs, otherwise you’re gonna get in trouble she posts a picture of the cover of the movie or the show.
Next to him, another boy pipes up. I use [social media] for every time I’m on my way to an audition. I start posting stuff on social media and Twitter, and then right after I make a YouTube video.
On the heels of announcing a fresh $70 million in funding led by Swedish investment firm Kinnevik AB, Betterment is launching a new messaging feature that will allow users to ask questions and get answers from its team of financial advisors. Read More
When August Home raised its last big round nearly two and half years ago, the smart lock maker was targeting retail expansion. That’s still part of the plan for the company’s new $25 million Series C, but the real story of this latest round is increasing focus on its partnership program, August Access. The service has already made some headway in the rental market, counting… Read More
After a beta that kicked off earlier in 2017, crowdsourced navigation app Waze is coming to Android Auto. The Google-owned Waze seemed like a shoe-in for gaining app support for Android’s native in-car mode, but it’s taken a while to bring it to Android Auto – but the months-long beta and the time show that Waze wanted to get the experience right for drivers. The Waze… Read More
Apple has teamed up with Australian-based Cochlear to bring iPhone users the first made for iPhone Cochlear implant. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June, Cochlear’s Nucleus 7 Sound Processor can now stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a patient’s surgically embedded sound processor. The device also allows those with the… Read More
Ebay this morning announced its plans to introduce new image search capabilities that will allow the company to better compete with the likes of Pinterest, Google and Amazon, all of which already support the use of photos in order to connect online shoppers with products of interest. There are two parts to eBay’s implementation of visual search: Image Search and Find It on eBay. With… Read More
It’s lowest price to date on Amazon, the Roomba 690 is currently discounted $50. Roomba loosens, lifts, & suctions dirt while navigating around furniture and clutter. Clean and schedule from anywhere. It’s WiFi compatible and works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. See this deal on Amazon.
Email by EasilyDo has been my favorite email application for iOS and Android for a while now, thanks to its lightning-fast speed, clean design, and useful features. Now its getting a few more nice additions.
First among those is a Smart Reply feature, similar to Googles own recent addition to the Gmail application for iOS and Android. According to the company, the EasilyDo implementation uses deep learning, but unlike other apps with smart reply, the entirety of the feature runs solely on your device, which should be good news for anyone concerned about security. The only downside? Smart Reply is only coming to EasilyDos iOS app for now; Android users will have to wait until later this year for it.
Apples earbuds were inspired by the dark side, or more specifically, the stormtroopers from Star Wars, according to an interview with Apples chief designer Jony Ive in The Wall Street Journal. Ive reportedly told Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams he had the look of the original Stormtroopers in mind when he designed Apples earbuds.
Its also interesting to note that the costume designer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Michael Kaplan, told Vanity Fair in 2015 that Apple itself inspired the new stormtroopers of the First Order. With the Stormtroopers it was more of a simplification, almost like, What would Apple do? Kaplan said at the time.
Its an ouroboros of design. Ive took inspiration from the old…
Nintendo is selling its new Switch console as fast as it can make them, with 1.97 million sold during the quarter ended in June, which the company just reported. The total Switch sales to date now stand at 4.7 million, which is very strong for under two quarters of market availability, and on track to eclipse total lifetime Wii U sales in perhaps under a year, especially if Nintendo has a… Read More
The TREBLAB X11 Earphones are versatile, offer great sound, and are currently $32.99 in the Boing Boing Store.
These Bluetooth earbuds are a great workout companion. Theyre totally sweat proof and their ear-fins keep them snugly in place during high activity something that Apples AirPods can only do if you were blessed with precisely the correct ear size. Whatever that is. The TREBLAB X11’s also feature passive noise cancellation and wireless HD audio for excellent sound quality during music playback, and crystal-clear phone calls with the integrated mic.
While it might not seem like the biggest deal, being able to switch between devices without digging through a bunch of bluetooth sync settings is a godsend. It makes you want to use them with everything. Thankfully, they have 6 hours of battery life, so you likely wont need to charge them more than once a day.
Apple’s ecosystem just got a little bit less sticky thanks to Google’s location sharing app launching on iOS. Trusted Contacts was launched on Android in December, allowing friends and family to see and request your location even when offline by showing your last known position. With its inclusion in both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, now anyone in the smartphone duopoly can keep track of their loved ones.
Trusted Contacts also received a few updates that benefit existing Android users. The app now lets users change the default time in which their location is shared after a request is made by a trusted contact. The previous default was five minutes, but now you can share immediately or with up to an hour delay. Google…
Since 2010, Marqeta has quietly established itself as the underlying tech provider for businesses that are looking to issue virtual and physical debit and credit cards to employees, partners and customers alike. As it looks to expand internationally and sign up customers around the globe, the company has taken $25 million in strategic investment from payments heavyweight Visa. Read More
We can all use a little more green energy in our lives at home. So when [ahmedebeed555] — a fan of wind power — ran into durability troubles with his previous home-built turbine, he revised it to be simpler than ever to build.
Outside of the DC generator motor, the rest of the turbine is made from recycled parts: a sponge mop sans sponge, a piece from an old CD drive case acting as a rudder, the blades from a scrapped fan, and a plastic bottle to protect the motor from the elements. Attach the fan to the …read more