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Android Lollipop Usage Numbers

Android 5.0 Lollipop was one of the most anticipated Android releases ever and as you'd expect, people have been flocking to it. Not really. Even though Android 5.0 has been out a few weeks now for Nexus devices, other device manufacturers are always a bit slow to get it tweaked and roll it out. As such, there is less that 0.1% percent of all Android devices running 5.0, but that will likely change in a big way next month. I've got Android 5.0 installed on both my tablet and phone - and it's been flawless for me.

Android Usage

Source: DroidLife

Indiegogo Offers Crowdfunding Insurance

Anymore, it's all too often that crowdfunding project fail and sometimes the scumbags only intention was to take your money and run. Since we've seen a few project fail and the backers were scammed, the willingness of people throwing their money at strangers has dwindled. Less projects are getting backed and this extra caution is hurting developers. Indiegogo wants to help give you some piece of mind and is offering "insurance" guaranteeing you get your money back - should the project fail. Of course, this will cost you just a little bit more.

The company is testing an ‘Optional Insurance’ fee that provides a refund if backers do not receive the final product within three months of the estimated delivery date. Indiegogo insurance is being tested on one project at this point — stress-management wearable Olive — where it offers potential peace of mind for a $15 fee on top of the product’s $129 backing price.

Source: TechCrunch

Android App Pick - The Weather Network

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are all about trying to stay warm as we cautiously take a look at the weather. The Weather Network App is a great replacement for the "lite" version of weather that comes on your Android device. If you want a little more precision and multiple locations, check out our App Pick of the Week!

The Weather Network



WTU Episode #291 - Saying Goodbye to G4TV and iPhone 5C

We have just posted up Episode #291 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are saying a hello to a lower priced Fire Phone, saying goodbye to G4TV and the iPhone 5C and we take a look at the worst product ever made. We have those stories and more and the links below!

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Batter and Cook Shrimp in 3 Seconds

There is simply no better way to advertise LTE speed than with speed-fried shrimp.


Steve Wozniak is Doing a Reality TV Show

I hate reality TV shows. Seriously. I am not a fan in any way, shape or form and I think that type of television has killed creativity and endorses stupidity. That being said, a reality TV show starring Steve Wozniak and Kari Byron (former Mythbuster) could be spectacular as they talk about futuristic tech that is coming sooner than you think. I love the idea and hope it actually is half-way as awesome as it sounds.

The show will feature Woz testing futuristic gadgets hands-on. The press release says it "introduces the audience to facilities where science fiction is quickly becoming reality." 
But that's really all we know so far; I've reached out to producers and the man himself for more information. We don't know where or when it will air (it looks like they pitched it to Discovery already) but this pedigree should make for entertaining TV.

Source: Gizmodo


Samsung Gear S Review - Barely Wearable

As we posted yesterday, just because a company promises big things - doesn't mean they can deliver. Samsung has really tried a lot of awesome things with their Android Wear powered Gear S, but although it looks good on paper and in the PR world, the end result is less than perfect. A lot less than perfect if you believe what you read at the review below.

Samsung's wearables strategy seems to be: "Throw everything at a wall and see what sticks." In a little over 12 months, the electronics giant has launched six -- yes, six -- different smartwatches, each with its own unique personality. The latest is the Samsung Gear S, and its particular claim to fame might be the most ambitious yet: It's the first Gear watch that lets you make and receive calls from your wrist, no phone required.

Source: Engadget

Intel Inside Google's Glass

If you really want to get your foot in the door of wearables, you can either compete with some of the more established companies - or you can simply be the chip manufacturer that powers these devices. Intel has been pushing hard to be inside Google's Glass and it seems that they have just clinched the deal. The big question is: "Is Google Glass really going to be popular enough to make Intel serious money?" Time will tell.

Through a program it calls Glass at Work, Google is working with software developers including Augmedix Inc. and APX Labs LLC to encourage use of Glass in industries such as health care, construction and manufacturing where employees work with their hands but need information.

Source: WallStreetJournal

21 Century Old Analog Computer

"More than 21 centuries ago, a mechanism of fabulous ingenuity was created in Greece, a device capable of indicating exactly how the sky would look for decades to come -- the position of the moon and sun, lunar phases and even eclipses. But this incredible invention would be drowned in the sea and its secret forgotten for two thousand years."


Source: Antikythera (YouTube)

Worst Product Ever KickStarted

Not everything that launches on Kickstarter is that great. In fact, according to Snazzy Labs, the "Ring" by Logbar is probably the worst product ever made and it still qualifies as a "successful" launch. Be careful about what you fund.


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