Wednesday, November 13, 2013

[APP] Do you know what "Open Mic" Technology is?

This years line up of "Droids" now gives you the ability to use what is called open mic.  Basically what this means is the microphone is listening to you at all times.  With the simple set of keywords "Okay Google" the phone will listen for your command.  Tell Google to stream music, text someone, call someone, or something as simple as setting an alarm.  All without even having to touch your phone.  Well, I for one am jealous of this feature, but what makes Android so great is that there is always someone who is just as jealous...and also willing to figure out how to get it on every device.  Which brings us to Open Mic +.

As you can see from the screenshot, you can personalize how this device will wake, or start listening.  There are two different versions, a Free and Paid.  Obviously the paid version will get you some extra features but if you'd like to try it out before you decide to purchase, the free version will give you plenty of options to mess around with.  If you decide to give it a try, let us know what you think in the comments section below.

The Moto G is made official!

Today, the cheaper, less customizable version of the Moto X was officially annouced!  Motorola's newest venture aims to get you a decent phone, running pretty good specs, for one of the lowest off contract prices we have ever seen!!  The 16GB coming in at a low $199, and the 8GB is $179.  For being off contract, and carrying a set of descent specs, you really cant go wrong.  Looks like Google may be rubbing off on Motorola after all.  What do you think, does this look like something you may be interested in?

  • Processor:  1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (quad-core)
  • Display:  4.5-inch HD (1280×720, 329ppi)
  • Storage:  8GB/16GB
  • Camera:  5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
  • Battery:  2070mAh  (24 hours “mixed” usage)
  • WiFi:  802.11 b/g/n
  • Connectivity:  GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (CDMA too)
  • Bluetooth:  4.0
  • Dimensions:  129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm
  • Weight:  143g
  • Price:  $179 (8GB)/$199 (16GB)

CyanogenMod makes installation easier than ever!!

So you want to root your phone....but you don't really know how....and the whole thing kind of makes you nervous?  Well the developer team CyanogenMod has now made it about as easy as it can possibly get.  They have created a two part system that will install their rom on your device without you really having to do anything.  One part of the system is an app available via the Play Store that shows you how to ready your device for the installer to do it's job.  The other half of the application runs on Mac, or any version of windows after Vista that you can download at  There is always a chance that something can go wrong...but these are about the most trusted developers in the game.  I personally run CyanogenMod on every device I own.  Keep in mind (and i'm sure CyanogenMod will also let you know) that rooting your device voids warranty in most cases.  If you get up the courage to try it out, let us know how your experience goes!  Good luck!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Moto Maker for Moto X is finally available through all major U.S. carriers.

For those of you who don't know, Motorola lets you design your own Moto X with personalized color choices, and available storage space.  This was only available through AT&T....until today.  Now you can (with any carrier) hop on the Moto Maker website, and design a phone that fits your personality.  We hear the phone does pretty amazing things with the specs it carries.  Are you planning on hitting up the Moto Maker for your next phone?  Let us know.