There’s a new trend in home automation and monitoring that I kinda like.
For those of us who can’t install big server-style brain systems, there’s a new crop of individual sensors and monitors which connect to our home networks individually, and are controlled by the devices we already own. Netatmo is a one such device which promises a bevvy of weather and air quality reports for your viewing pleasure.
What’s interesting is watching these types of products become more mainstream. Not only can you find gadgets like this on Amazon, I managed to snag this on the AT&T store. Come to think of it, this might not be a bad sensor package to add to a service like AT&T Digital Life or other home monitoring solutions…
We’re sending off the last generation of consoles with a Youtube giveaway!
We’re giving away an XBox 360, and entering is easy!
- Subscribe to Boored at Work on Youtube.
- Subscribe to Some Gadget Guy on Youtube.
- Leave a comment on THIS video explaining why we should give you the XBox.
You have to do all three, which means you also have to figure out the whole Google Plus comments thing. Sorry. Thems the breaks.
To sweeten the deal, we’re giving away a pair of Plantronics Backbeat Go 2 Bluetooth headphones to a runner up courtesy of AT&T in Southern California! They’ve been stocking some killer accessories lately, and are sharing some goodies to give to you! We’re all feeling generous. We’re cool like that.
We’ll accept entries until Thursday November 14 at 8pm Eastern, when we’ll go live on Youtube to announce a winner and a runner up, so get subscribing, and get commenting!
Starting today you’ll start seeing an app to update you’ve probably never seen before: Google Text-to-Speech.
This is Google’s software engine which drives all of the speech capabilities on your phone. Every time your phone talks to you, it’s using some kind of software library to translate text into that helpful robotic voice which gives you turn by turn directions in Google Maps or answers your questions in Google Now.
This is a service which until now was built into Android and only updated whenever an update for the OS was pushed to phones and tablets. Like the Google Keyboard, now this service lives on its own in the Google Play app store.
Google has had issues with device and feature fragmentation, and other companies often install their own TTS engines, which is why Samsung and LG phones have a slightly different “personality” than their Nexus counterparts.
Let’s take a look at the what the service does, and what it sounds like!
Each generation of smartphone ushers in improvements to the cameras on the backs of our handsets, and now they’re starting to rival what we can do with traditional point and shoot cameras.
I’ve even seen some claim that our phones now compete with SLRs, so I felt it was time to take a look at one important aspect of photo and video performance: depth of field.
For this shootout we’ll be comparing the video output from the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4, HTC One, Optimus G Pro, Lumia 1020 and comparing it to a Samsung Galaxy Camera P&S and a Canon 7D DSLR.
Just a quick hands on video for your viewing pleasure. The HTC One is a gorgeous phone, but it can be a bit nerve wracking to use if you’re trying to keep it free from scratches. Plus, sometimes it’s just fun to personalize.
Slickwraps covers are adhesive plastic guards which cover just about every surface on your phone. Available for a number of devices, in a number of styles and colors. Let’s see what it looks like on the most attractive phone in the Android ecosystem!
It’s Saturday! Which means we spend the morning wrapping up all the week’s tech news. Catch opinions from the editors of Boored At Work, Mobile Burn, BWOne, and yours truly as we chat out this week’s headlines.
On the docket:
- Nexus 5 is ALIVE
- We ask for more Android 4.4
- Lenovo’s Yoga bends and twists our opinions
- What’s up with the PS4 and MP3’s
- And The Verge wins our USELESS award of the week
Sit back and relax. We’ve got tech to talk!
Not terribly surprising, but still something of a bummer.
Not for the Apple faint of heart, but iFixit has worked they’re dissecting tools over Apple’s newest iPad, and the results are somewhat poor. The new iPad Air scores a 2 out of 10 for repairing. It’s part of the trade off for having a powerful and sleek slate, cramming all of the guts into a package that slim is a serious feat of engineering. One which also requires the use of some pretty hardcore glue on the battery.
We should be able to count on a similar score and disassembly process with the new iPad Mini as well.
This continues Apple’s trend of gluing devices shut and locking the consumer out of hardware. It’s standard operating procedure for most tablets, though it’s a touch troubling on laptops and desktops, as their proper computers are becoming more difficult (if sometimes impossible) to upgrade.
Check out iFixit’s tear down, they do a great job of including a little wit while they eviscerate your favorite tech. They also posted this cute little video to show off the iPad’s new guts.
I love things like this, subtly warping reality for a person in a fun way. Acknowledging something specific about what they do, which other folks might not be aware of, and using that thing to get a laugh or a smile.
Apparently New York Subway Conductors have to point at special signs at every stop they make. So how might they respond if you added something funny to those sign?