Sure, you couldn't wait to get your hands on the Xbox One today, but a lot of other people couldn't care less. And by people, we mean babies and cats. For proof, check out nine hilarious yawn-tastic reactions ahead.
In late July, Sundar Pichai, SVP of Google Chrome, Android, and Google Apps, announced a "new device from Chrome to unify the Chrome experience across all devices." The Google executive is hoping to unify laptops, tablets, phones, and, now, TVs.
Chromecast is a small device that works with Android and iOS devices, no larger than a USB stick. It pulls content from your phone, tablet, or laptop and displays the media on your high-definition TV. Today, Google also delivered some good news for fans of Game of Thrones — it was announced that the Chromecast is now compatible with HBO Go.
- Chromecast plugs directly into a TV's HDMI port.
- Once Chromecast and your device are connected to the same WiFi network, your TV is ready to stream content.
- A "cast" button
will appear after opening the YouTube, Chrome, or Netflix apps on your device.
- After pairing the device by pressing the "cast" button, you will be able to control video volume, play/pause, and add content to a "TV queue" from a laptop, tablet, or phone.
- For now, Chromecasting is available for Google Play (music, movies, and TV shows), Netflix, and Chrome web browsing (beta only).
An important thing to note is that unlike Apple Airplay, Chromecast does not mirror the device's screen. Chromecast pulls YouTube and Google Play content from the cloud, which means that you can check your email or surf the web on your device and the TV display will be unaffected.
Chromecast essentially merges the best features of Apple's two big screen streaming options. Like Apple TV, Chromecast talks to your Google Play account so you can watch the movies, music, and TV shows you purchased on a large display. And like Airplay, Google's new device can wirelessly stream what's happening on your laptop, phone, or tablet (as long as it's in the Chrome web browser).
But Chromecast's most compelling feature is its ability to identify multiple devices — and give multiple users control of what's happening on the TV. For example, if one person is Chromecasting a Netflix show through their iPhone (say, House of Cards) and decides to leave the room, a second person can pick up their Android tablet and open the Netflix app, and Chromecast will recognize that there's a second device available. That second device will be able to control what's happening on TV while the primary device is away.
Chromecast originally came with three free months of Netflix (a $24 value), but the media streaming device was so popular at launch that only a limited amount of buyers received the Netflix deal. This week, Chromecast returned to Best Buy with the Netflix promotion — and sold out within hours.
Candy Crush and Instagram might be the most used apps on your phone, but you don't necessarily want your kids using them. With a little time spent in the iTunes and Google Play stores, you can easily convert your device into a learning tool for your tot. From letter and number learning apps to introductions to music and more, there are apps designed to educate and entertain the youngest students out there. Here, more than a dozen of our favorite apps for the preschooler who will inevitably take over your phone!
The difference between a stellar and mediocre listening experience depends on one thing, and one thing only: headphones. The just-released headphones by Frends designed by Rebecca Minkoff are the perfect example (seriously, could they be any prettier?). So if you've got anywhere from $200 to $2,600 to spend on a pair, you've come to the right place, because we've searched the web for ones whose quality matches the price. Give 'em as a present to your significant other or buy them for yourself — either way, it's the holidays, so a little splurge never hurt anybody.
It's gaming console season this November with new technology hitting stores in the form of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. While the consoles certainly top our holiday wish list, the excitement has us ready to get back into the gaming spirit in its many forms. From an indie console gone big to a racing game built on robotic intelligence to new hits on a classic dance title, these are the POPSUGAR Tech must haves for a November that'll have us glued to gaming.
Whether your little one is a photo enthusiast or just wants to be like mom, who's constantly clicking away, these cool cameras will encourage creativity! The youngest photographers can learn to point and shoot through pretend play with a retro-looking wooden camera like The Land of Nod's kaleidoscope version, while kids ready to take real pictures can learn on cameras made just for little ones. Keep scrolling to find the cool camera that best fits your kid, just in time to capture some holiday memories!
This cute camera from The Land of Nod might not take real pictures, but kids will be endlessly entertained by the kaleidoscope inside!
Playskool Showcam Two-in-One Digital Camera and Projector ($50, originally $60)
Available in white with pink and purple or gray with blue and green, Playskool's Showcam is a two-in-one digital camera and projector that stores up to 1,000 photos and includes more than 50 effects to customize photos, including stamps, sounds, and animations. Simple controls, big buttons, and kid-sized handgrips make this a kid favorite.
An updated version of Apple's beautiful, bold new mobile operating system — iOS 7.0.4 — was released today. The update, which fixes dropped FaceTime calls and more, is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch now, but before updating, make sure your mobile files are safe and sound, just in case.
It's essential to back up your iPhone and/or iPad every time you update the device's software. New releases are not without their flaws. Follow this guide on backing up, restoring, and updating your phone and tablet.
Who Can Update?
The iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch (fifth generation) can run iOS 7. Unsure about the device model? Plug it into your computer, open iTunes, and the model as well as the currently installed version of iOS are listed under the Summary tab. You'll also need to know the device's passcode in order to update. iTunes will prompt you to unlock the phone or tablet once it's connected.
If you've already installed iOS 7 and need to just update to 7.0.4, then head to Settings > General > Software Update. You should see an Install button. The device needs to have at least 50 percent battery life left to perform the update.
How to Back Up on iTunes
If iTunes is your preferred method of backup, then connect your iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC. You can only back up a device on one computer. Once the device is connected, click on File > Devices > Back Up to begin.
Alternatively, you can access the the "Back Up Now" button under Summary in iTunes. Double-check your work by clicking the iTunes top menu > Preferences > Devices tab. You should see the name of the device and the time of backup.
How to Back Up on iCloud
On your device, open the Settings app, select iCloud, and tap Storage & Backup. Slide the iCloud Backup option to On. After this option is selected, the device will automatically update when it is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi, the screen is locked, and it's hooked up to a power source.
What's the Difference Between iTunes and iCloud?
If you have a lot of photos or videos in your Camera Roll (1GB or more), then iTunes Backup will be the best option. If you don't connect the device to a Mac or PC frequently (or ever), then iCloud will be your best bet. You can restore data to a device from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection via iCloud Backup. However, iCloud will not back up media not purchased through iTunes.
- Selecting "Encrypt iPhone Backup" will encrypt the information stored on your Mac and require a password to restore a new or existing device from backup. Don't forget your password, because you will not be able to recover the data without it.
- Camera Roll photos will not be restored to an iPad from a backup if they were taken with an iPhone or iPod. The reverse is also true: Camera Roll photos taken on an iPad will not be restored from backup to an iPhone or iPod Touch.
- If you don't have enough storage space to back up, then a window reading "Not Enough Storage" will pop up. Reference this tip sheet on what to delete on your iPhone to make some more room.
How to Update to iOS 7
On the device, update by opening the Settings app, tapping on General, and selecting Software Update. You can also connect the device to a computer and find the software update button next to the backup section.
Now that you're all backed up, discover all of iOS 7's greatest tips and tricks.
The most wonderful time of the gadget year is coming to Walmart by way of Black Friday! The big-box retailer has published its doorbuster deals, which begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. Which of Walmart's discounted devices are the most wishlist-worthy? Read on!
- Vizio 60-inch 1080p LED Smart TV ($688, originally $998, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. only) —
- Funai 32-inch 720p LED HDTV ($98, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. only)
- Emerson 50-inch 1080p LED HDTV ($288, originally $498, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. only)
- Samsung 40-inch 1080p LED Smart TV ($397, originally $478, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. only)
- Samsung 46-inch 1080p LED HDTV ($497, originally $648, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. only)
- Samsung 51-inch 720p Plasma HDTV ($427, originally $478, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. only)
- Samsung 55-inch LED Smart HDTV ($727, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. only)
- Element 23-inch LED HDTV ($75, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. only)
Phones and Tablets
- iPad Mini 16GB WiFi only ($299, originally $329 and receive $100 Walmart gift card, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. only)
- Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy Centura ($29, originally $100, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. only)
- RCA 7-inch Dual Core Tablet 8GB WiFi ($49, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. only)
- iPhone 5C ($45 with two-year contract, originally $99, plus receive a free $75 Walmart gift card)
- iPhone 5S ($189, originally $199, plus receive a free $75 Walmart gift card)
- Samsung Galaxy S4 ($99, originally $189)
- Samsung Galaxy SIII ($0.47, originally $29)
- Beats by Dre Solo Headphones ($115, originally $200, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. only)
- Beats by Dr. Dre Pill speaker ($150, originally $200)
- Monster Headphones ($80, originally $130)
- Xbox 360 4GB Console ($99, originally $179, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. only)
- PlayStation 3 12GB Console ($149, originally $199, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. only)
- Nintendo 2DS ($99, originally $129, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. only)
- Nikon D5100 Bundle with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses ($500, Black Friday only)
- Canon Rebel EOS Rebel T3 bundle with two lenses, SD card, Bag, and two faux canvas prints ($449, Black Friday only)
"UP"date: There's a new band in town — the Jawbone UP24! Before getting to our review of last year's model, learn about the minimal upgrades to the new UP24 in the next slide.
The POPSUGAR Tech and Fitness teams faced off in a Jawbone UP challenge to see if using the fitness tracker band could really motivate us to take more walks during the day, go to bed at a decent hour, and otherwise live a healthier lifestyle.
Built with an accelerometer, the hypoallergenic rubber UP ($130) monitors daily activity like walking and running and breaks that activity down by total steps taken, pace, distance, and calories burned. The data is then synced to UP's iOS and Android apps — which also include a nutrition database to record meals and snacks — by inserting one end of the band into the phone's headphone jack. For the less motion-based exercises, users can input a workout into the app, like yoga for 30 minutes, which is then logged with an estimate of calories burned. Recent software updates to the iOS app will now pull in information from third-party wellness apps like MyFitnessPal and Withings.
Available in eight colors, the UP band also monitors sleep cycle, showing in a graph the hours of deep or restless sleep per night, and how long it took to fall asleep. Intended to be worn 24/7 (it's water-resistant!), UP will send you a little buzz when you've been sitting too long or vibrate to gently wake you up in the morning with the smart alarm setting.
While, admittedly, the Tech team didn't always keep up on daily steps as compared to the marathon-training Fitness team, all four participants wore the UP bracelet for about a month, from sleep to shower to the gym.
Motorola made their latest smartphone, the Moto G, official today. With competitive specs and sleek hardware, the Moto G is a solid follow-up to Motorola's fully customizable Moto X line with one important distinction: a remarkable price.
The 4.5-inch, Android-powered smartphone will cost $179 unlocked and without contract, when it hits US prepaid cellular providers in early 2014. The Moto X, which has a less powerful processor and a lower resolution display, has a price tag that's over $350 more ($530 with no contract and no customization) than the Moto G.
While the Moto G is slightly thicker and heavier, its build is very similar to the Moto X. The backplate is removable, and users can swap in different covers at any time, but there's no microSD slot for additional storage. The Moto G will be available in 8GB and 16GB versions, with 1 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2 GHz processor. There's no LTE on the Moto G (yet).
The 4.5-inch display is LCD, not AMOLED like the Moto X, and boasts the same 1280 x 720p screen with an improved pixel density of 329. The Moto G does not have many of the Moto X's custom features like snapping your wrist to enable camera mode or battery-saving active notifications. The phone runs Android 4.3 Jellybean out of the box, but Motorola claims that Android 4.4 Kit Kat will arrive on the devices very soon. In terms of photography, the Moto G has a 1.5 MP, 720p front-facing camera and a 5 MP, 1080p rear-facing camera with LED flash.
The US, India, Middle East, and select Asian countries can get their hands on a Moto G ($179 for 8GB and $199 for 16GB) in early January 2014. If you're in Brazil and select parts of Europe, you'll be able to buy the Moto G sometime this week. Within the next few weeks, the phone will be sold in Latin America, Europe, Canada, and more parts of Asia. Watch the phone in action after the break.