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Google Now expresses sympathy over someone’s loss of their father

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 03:09 PM PDT

We are all aware that Google knows too much about us. But Google Now has been more of a helpful assistant, good at responding to commands and not much more. However, it seems Google Now has a bit of a human side to it, although it's a mix of endearing and a bit creepy.

A reddit user by the name of barney13 asked to see photos from his trip to Nice, France, and Google Now responded with this:

"Firstly let me express my deepest sympathy to you, your mum and the whole family at your loss. Your dad was a fantastic man as I am sure you already know."

Apparently, Google Now knows this because it had read an email he received from a family friend over five years ago. It's sweet, but it's also a little worrying that Google not only knows these things, but uses this information. Plus, I can imagine some people wouldn't want to be reminded of this.

Either way, it's an endearing story and the user who experienced this is not displeased at Google Now's reaction. What do you think of the story? Leave your thoughts in the comments!


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British TV Station Channel 4 Now Streams Live Broadcasts In Its 'All 4' Android App

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 03:05 PM PDT

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Channel 4 has an Android app that lets users view TV shows and content on demand. Now the UK-based broadcastiing network is taking things to the next level with the introduction of live broadcasting over Wi-Fi and cellular data, a feature it's calling Watch Live.

People who download the app now have the option to view live broadcasts of all of Channel 4's channels (all of which, I'm assuming, can't be on channel 4) at home or out and about, as long as they don't leave the country.

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LG G5 is made out of metal, but covered in thick plastic

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 02:15 PM PDT

LG states that the G5 has a metal body, and that seems to be true. But it looks like that's not what you're going to be feeling, so it's a little disingenuous to be putting that in advertising. The coating on the device looks to be plastic over the metal body, and pretty thick plastic at that. JerryRigEverything conducted a teardown you can see here:

You can see that there is indeed metal under that plastic coating, but it's no wonder people thought the phone felt like plastic. Now there are many potential reasons for why LG could have coated the device in plastic. The plastic would hide the antenna lines other metal devices have and give it a uniform look. The plastic could be grippier than metal and help prevent drops.

Unfortunately, those hoping for a premium metal construction may be disappointed. Maybe the "micro-dizing" LG spoke about refers to the colored layer outside of the plastic. Maybe it is metal, but it's too thin to really feel like metal. Who knows, but it's a little disappointing. What do you guys think? Does this change your opinion on the LG G5? Leave a comment!


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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Soundcloud, AirDroid

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 01:40 PM PDT

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We've found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we're going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we'll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Soundcloud - Version 2016.03.17

SoundCloud

What's new in this version:

  • Introducing SoundCloud Go
    Play all tracks – Access a newly expanded catalog
    Listen offline – Your favorite tracks anytime, anywhere
    Go ad-free – Listen without any ad interruptions

 

INRIX Traffic Maps & GPS - Version 6.0.0

INRIX

What's new in this version:

  • All-new look and feel
  • Turn-by-turn navigation with voice assist
  • Bigger, brighter maps for easier viewing and navigating
  • Learned driving habits and routes to help you plan your day
  • Pre-Drive and Drive Time Alerts to keep you informed and on-time
  • Calendar integration for instant driving directions and alerts for events and appointments

 

Adobe Acrobat Reader - Version 16.0.0

Adobe Acrobat Reader

What's new in this version:

  • Connect your Dropbox account to Acrobat Reader
  • Go full screen when reading on smaller devices with Immersive mode.
  • Improve text handling with new selectors and enhanced touch sensitivity.

 

Stitcher Radio - Version 3.5.5

Stitcher Radio

What's new in this version:

  • Variable-speed playback on Marshmallow devices.
  • Fixes for Wi-Fi detection on Marshmallow devices.
  • Fixes for out of order episodes lists.
  • Improvements to automatic refresh behavior.
  • Enhancements to playback reliability.

 

Messenger - Version 1.8.0

Messenger

What's new in this version:

  • Android Wear support
  • Bug fixes and improvements

 

AirDroid - Version 3.2.1

AirDroid

What's new in this version:

  • New feature: Backup. Backup all the photos on the phone to your computer.
  • A new way to share the AirDroid app APK to your friends without network.
  • Other bug fixes and improvements.

 

Lyft - Version 3.35.2

Lyft

What's new in this version:

  • Waze integration for drivers, rolling out nationwide

 

Google Photos - Version 1.17.0

Google Photos

What's new in this version:

  • After an event or trip, get suggested albums curated with your best photos
  • Add maps, location pins, and text to albums
  • Revert changes you've made to a photo with non-destructive editing
  • Improved burst photo support

 

Whatsapp Messenger – Version 2.12.556

WhatsApp

What's new in this version:

  • When attaching a PDF, you can now tap "Browse other docs…" to pick a PDF from another source, like Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive (Android 4.4+).
  • From the previous version:
    • View PDFs you've sent and received by tapping Media from contact info or group info
    • You can now view starred messages for a given chat from contact info or group info
    • When clearing a chat, you can choose to keep your starred messages

 

Snapchat - Version 9.27.0

Snapchat

What's new in this version:

  • Improved Chat - Redesigned with fun new ways to talk with your friends!
  • Auto-Advance Stories - The fastest way to catch up with your friends — simply swipe to skip ahead, or pull down to exit.

 


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Kanye’s The Life of Pablo hits Google Play Music and other streaming services

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 01:40 PM PDT

Kanye's latest album, The Life of Pablo, released as an exclusive on the music service Tidal. Kanye claimed it would never come to other music services, which made Tidal quite popular for a while. But of course, after the free trials were over, Tidal popularity dropped again. Not that many people were willing to pay for a second music service that lacks most of the music they love.

As expected, the album has finally been released on other music services like Google Play Music, Apple Music, and Spotify. Why on April Fool's Day? We don't know, but Kanye never seemed to be the joking type. To say this is unexpected would be disingenuous. It cannot be purchased, but it can be streamed for those who are subscribed to these services.

If you want to listen to the album, start a free trial of one of these services, or if you already pay for them, just search for it. The link to the album on Google Play Music is below, or here if Spotify is more your thing, so let us know what you think!


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DragonSoul – epic RPG quest to collect heroes & save the world

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 01:02 PM PDT

DragonSoul – epic RPG quest to collect heroes & save the world

DragonSoul is an epic RPG game to rescue and collect heroes in a quest to gain loot as you play through various gaming modes to battle against other players, feud in the Boss Pit and play the Campaign chapters. Key Features of DragonSoul: Special Easter events! Guild War! Added Legendary powers for 9 Heroes (more to... View Article

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LOL: April Fools’ Day pranks that are actually funny

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 11:28 AM PDT

That's Snoop Dogg... churning out code for YouTube. Photo: YouTubeFor most of us, April Fools' Day is an abomination. It's like watching your dad crack terrible jokes at a party. But unlike your dad, some tech companies have perfected the art of the April Fools' prank and come up with some pretty spectacular ones. Here are some of the best that have made us LOL

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LG G5 commercial shows off a lot of Jason Statham and LG Friends

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 09:34 AM PDT

The LG G5, the latest flagship device from the Life's Good crew, is now available across several markets, and to officially welcome the new device's arrival, the manufacturer has released its first high-profile advertisement for the phone.

The ad is about a minute long and stars action star Jason Statham (The Expendables, The Transporter). Statham actually plays everyone in the ad, from a long-haired guy on a subway, to a woman sitting in a diner. There's a lot going on in the ad, including Statham wearing a mask of Statham's face while robbing a bank, and even a running of the bulls, but the ad also shows off the LG G5 quite a bit, too.

The phone's not on the screen long enough in any one instance to really get a good feel for it, but it does show off the modular design, switching the battery, or plugging in the camera accessory. It also shows off other LG Friends, including the Hi-Fi Music DAC and the 360 VR Headset, used by a security guard not doing his job.

The ad is a little crazy, but that's advertising, right? You can check it out below. Did you end up buying a G5?


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BlackBerry will deliver Priv’s Marshmallow upgrade by May

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 09:34 AM PDT

BlackBerry Priv will get Marshmallow soon. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidThe wait for Marshmallow will soon be over for BlackBerry Priv owners. The Canadian has confirmed that it will make Android 6.0 available for its latest flagship in late April or early May. Its announcement comes after a Priv running Marshmallow was spotted in a YouTube video. It's unclear how YouTube channel XLGadget got hold of Marshmallow

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Joke’s on Google after April Fools’ prank backfires

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 09:14 AM PDT

Gmail "Mic Drop" didn't go down as well as Google hoped. GIF: GiphyOne of Google's April Fools' Day pranks was so unpopular with users that the company was forced to pull it just hours after it rolled out. The Gmail stunt, which automatically inserted a "mic drop" GIF into users' emails as they were sent, was greeted by a torrent of complaints and labeled inappropriate. The idea

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Windows 10 Will Soon Allow You To Mirror And Control Android Notifications

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 09:09 AM PDT

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Microsoft's Build conference is about all the things happening in the company's wide range of products and services, but that includes Android apps these days. At Build yesterday, Microsoft announced there's a big change coming to one of its apps soon-ish. Microsoft plans to add notification mirroring support to Windows 10, and it's going to be powered on the Android side by Cortana.

Windows 10 already has a notification center, but it's not very useful to be honest.

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Walmart slashes $100+ off iPhone and Galaxy phones

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 08:37 AM PDT

Walmart has a good offer for phone buyers. Photo: WalmartIf you're looking to get your hands on a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Apple's brand new four-inch iPhone SE, Walmart has the offer for you! Stating today, customers can save $100 on all stocked iPhone models (including the larger sized models) and $150 off all Samsung phones. While not every store will carry the same

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[Oh Snap!] WhatsApp Finally Overhauls The Built-In Camera Interface

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 01:02 AM PDT

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One of the most requested changes in the comment section of each WhatsApp article we post is an updated camera interface (well, beside GIF support). The app has been through lots of Material changes over the past year or so, from a complete UI overhaul to small icon and element modifications, but the built-in camera has always looked the same as it did several years ago. That's finally changed in version 2.16.4 of the app, and no, this isn't an April Fools.

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Get your apps and games ready for space with Google Play

Posted: 31 Mar 2016 11:27 PM PDT

Posted by Lily Sheringham, Google Play team

Google Play lets you distribute your apps and games to over 1 billion active Android users around the world. With advances in space exploration and the advent of galactic tourism, there will be a high number of users beyond this world that developers need to start thinking about, too. Google Play can now help you reach them. We've added new features to the Google Play Developer Console and updated the material design guidelines, to help you design, test, and distribute your apps and games in space.

Here's a look at how The Guardian, one of the largest English-news organizations in the world, enhanced its Android app to enable astronauts and space travellers to stay informed and up-to-date, while in orbit or on the surface of the moon.


"I am pleased to have The Guardian's application to test the growing Interplanetary Internet" says Vint Cerf, distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Google's Chief Internet Evangelist. "The interstellar version is in development and I'm looking forward to having more Google Play apps and games tested in space flight."

Get your apps and games ready for take off today.


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Google’s reminding us not to believe anything posted on the internet tomorrow

Posted: 31 Mar 2016 08:09 PM PDT

Google is at it again trolling the internet with fantastic April Fools day pranks. The featured video on this post from Google's YouTube channel posted today, Google Cardboard Plastic is pretty dang funny. "What's realer than real? Probably nothing." Thanks Google. Seriously. Thanks for reminding me not to take anything seriously on the internet tomorrow. It's not real. Don't believe it.

Google's also posted several other fun posts via other outlets. Such as the Gmail Mic Drop:

Gmail Mic Drop

Emoji Smart reply:

Smart Reply Emoji_1

And one that actually works, searching Google Photos with Emoji:

Emoji Google Photos

So, I hope you all have a fantastic April Fools Day tomorrow. I hope you pull some awesome pranks. And I hope you get pranked back super hard. And remember, don't believe any of the device announcements or new headline features tomorrow. It's not real. It's April Fools.


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R.B.I. Baseball Is Back For 2016 Just In Time For Opening Day, But Changes From Last Year Are Minor

Posted: 31 Mar 2016 08:03 PM PDT

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Many baseball fans—not to mention non-fans—will remember the R.B.I. Baseball franchise fondly remembered by NES console gamers as the first baseball title to include real MLB players. Major League Baseball has acquired the rights and revived it as a true premium game, in which the $4.99 up-front cost gets you the full experience. Ahead of the coming weekend's Opening Day, the 2016 reboot has hit the Play Store.

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While last year's revision was fairly substantial, with realistic MLB stadiums, full team rosters, and a season mode.

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Jack Underwood's Monospace Writer Comes Out Of Beta

Posted: 31 Mar 2016 06:23 PM PDT

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Jack Underwood, the developer of arguably the best calendar app on the Play Store, Today Calendar, has been working on his second app for a good while now - since the middle of last year, in fact. It's been available in beta since then, but Jack's just moved it to a general release, making it available for public download on the Play Store.

As Michael said in his initial look at the app last July, it's a writing app, but you won't find any of the extraneous options you might find in apps like Microsoft Word.

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Wink home automation via your Android device: ecobee3 Wi-Fi Thermostat

Posted: 31 Mar 2016 06:10 PM PDT

Automating and controlling various aspects of your home is both convenient and fun in a geeky way. A small portion of these home automation devices will also add comfort and have the potential to save you money. What? Save money? Yes. A smart thermostat can help you save money on your monthly bill. Unfortunately, you need to spend money to save money. But again, a smart thermostat is more than just a long term investment. It's changing the temperature of your house from the comfort of the couch or bed. It's monitoring the temperature of your baby room. It's convenience, easy access, and money saving all in one nice package.

Today we are reviewing the 2nd generation ecobee3 Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor. The ecobee3 can be used with or without Wink, but if you want to use the various other sensors available via Wink to trigger your thermostat to do things, or use your thermostat to trigger other devices, you need to buy into the Wink system which we reviewed here. Wink graciously provided me with an ecobee3 thermostat for review and I've had it installed in my home for over a month now. I've had a good experience with it so far and I have a second one on my wishlist now to control the other floor in my home.

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ecobee3 Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor

The ecobee3 Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat is simply smart thermostat that can be controlled via your phone or computer. The thermostat itself has several sensors such as motion, proximity, humidity, and of course temperature. The thermostat itself has conventional (2H/2C) system compatibility as well as heat pump (4H/2C) incl. 2-stage auxiliary heat, gas, oil, electric, dual fuel support, humidifier, dehumidifier, ventilator, HRV or ERV compatibility. Ecobee says it's residential thermostats are compatible with 95% of residential heating and cooling. They also have a compatibility checker here.

The ecobee3 system also comes with a remote sensor that contains a motion and temperature sensor that can be placed wherever else you want in your home to monitor temperature and occupancy. This is a pretty spectacular feature if you live in a home with multiple rooms controlled by one thermostat. What the ecobee3 does is average the temperatures read by the different sensors to determine when it's going to turn on the heat or air conditioner. So no longer will your hallway be the perfect temperature and your baby room be freezing. Put the remote sensor in your baby room and let ecobee3 keep your baby cozy.

Installation

I live in a relatively new home. It was built in 2004, so I thought installation would be a breeze. I thought all the wires would just be ready to go and I could unplug them from my old dumb thermostat and plug them in the ecobee3. However, My old thermostats didn't require the common wire, and whoever installed the wiring for my home's HVAC system elected to not hook up a common wire running from the furnace. So as soon as I realized this, I was a little disheartened because I knew I would have to be patient and do a little homework before I could get my ecobee installed.

Fortunately, the ecobee3 doesn't require a common wire if you home isn't set up for one. It comes with a Power Extender Kit that "enables you to reliably power your thermostat without having to run a fifth wire." After a little detective work, I realized my furnace was setup to run a common wire and a wire was there to be used as the common wire, it just wasn't hooked up. So it was an easy fix for me. It took a little bit of internet research and it was really nice to have a digital multimeter on hand to make sure I had everything working properly before the ecobee3 install. If you're not comfortable with the electrical work and install, both Wink and Ecobee offer options for professional install.

In addition to electrical work, my old thermostat was wide and even with the base plate that comes with the ecobee3, there was still unpainted wall the would have been left exposed. Luckily, I had paint on hand and painted the wall while I was doing the electrical work. I prefer the look of the ecobee3 without the baseplate, so I went ahead and painted all the way up to the hole for the electrical wiring. Just keep in mind you may want to have some paint handy for the install.

Once installed, you can follow the directions on the ecobee3 display to hook up the the thermostat to your wifi and begin determining your comfort settings and schedule. You'll also set up an account with ecobee so that you can access the thermostat from other remote locations via different devices.

Use

There are several different ways the ecobee3 thermostat can be used. First off, the thermostat is smart. It has proximity sensors to track when you're home or not. You are able to set a schedule on the thermostat, but it uses this proximity sensor to make smart choices to save you money or keep you more comfortable. Additionally, it knows where your house is and the weather around you and uses this to your advantage to save you money. So, the ecobee3 will do work for you even if you're not interfacing with it.

As for the different ways one can interact with the ecobee3, I'll start with the thermostat interface. The ecobee 3 thermostat has a 3.5″ full-color LCD touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixel display that is activated via a proximity sensor. Until it detects you, the ecobee3 displays the average temperature between the connected sensors as well as a weather icon and outside temperature. For example, right now the temperature in the hallway where the thermostat lives is 72 F and the baby room is 74 F, so the thermostat is reading 73 F. Once the thermostat detects you near, it quickly changes to a different display that shows the average sensor temp, the humidity at the thermostat, indicators telling you if it's currently heating or cooling, the current upper and lower temp trigger settings, and soft buttons for the menu, current weather, and quick settings. From this screen the current comfort settings can easily be changed if it's too warm or too cold using the sliders on the right side. Within the settings menu you can check individual sensor temperatures, setup your comfort settings and schedule, and even schedule the ecobee3 to be in away mode during your next vacation.

There are two ways to access the ecobee from your phone. First, the ecobee app. Something that I think is really nice about the ecobee3 system is that the phone app is a mirror of the interface on the ecobee3. If you know your way around one you know your way around the other. You can do all the same things with the ecobee3 while standing in front of the ecobee3 thermostat or while you're anywhere else in the world with a data connection. You open up the app, it accesses the thermostat, and you can see what it's doing and adjust it. It's very easy.

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The second way to access the ecobee3 thermostat from your phone is via the Wink App. In the Wink App the ecobee3 can be accessed in the thermostat section. Within this section the average temp is displayed as well as the indoor humidity. You can also view the upper and lower temperature comfort settings. Additionally, you can toggle the heating, cooling, and fan as well as put your ecobee3 in home or away mode. Additionally, we can the the ecobee3 sensors in the Wink sensors section. Within the sensors section it displays the average temperature, average humidity and tells you if any of the rooms the ecobee3 sensors are in are occupied.

Last, you can access your ecobee3 from your computer at ecobee.com. The interface on the computer is laid out differently than the phone and thermostace user interface, but all the same information and access is there. However, there is information provided online that isn't provided anywhere else that's fun for geeks like me. Ecobee provides you with your Home IQ. There it helps you understand how much money you're saving compared to a standard thermostat. According to my Home IQ, the ecobee3 saved me 34 hours of run time in February. Additionally, it says my home is in the top 39% for energy efficiency in California and shows me where I could adjust my comfort settings to improve my runtime and money savings. You can also monitor how your system operated on a given day in the past and see how the outside weather impacted your heating and cooling use. I think this is a really neat feature. It's fun to look at. I wish we could access it right on the ecobee3 or on the phone app and didn't have to use the computer to get this information.

Home automation with Wink and the ecobee3 thermostat

Here are a couple of examples of how I use Wink with the ecobee3 thermostat to automate my home:

  • I have an "Away Mode" shortcut on my home screen that I can select when I leave my house. It closes my garage door, turns on security notifications, turns off all of the lights, and puts my thermostat in away mode.
  • Through Wink I created a robot that detects when I am arriving home. When this robot is triggered I have it put the ecobee3 in home mode.
  • I have robot in Wink that monitors the temperature in the baby room via the remote sensor. If the temperature drops below 70 F in the baby room I adjust the ecobee3 minimum temperature so that the heating will automatically kick on. This way I can ensure the baby stays warm.

Wishes and concerns

I have a couple of wishes and and one concern. First, the wishes: The ecobee3 thermostat and remote sensor both have proximity sensors on them. The ecobee3 uses these sensor to detect if your home or not so it can save of energy if you're not home or make sure it's at the appropriate comfort level if you are home. I wish I could use these sensors within Wink to trigger a robot. You can use sensors like temperature and humidity to trigger a robot, but I'd like occupancy detection to also trigger a robot. Within the sensors section of the Wink app the occupancy information is there, it's just not accessible in robots. Please change this, Wink. Give me access to all the things.

Additionally, I would like if I there could be a setting to change the ecobee3 comfort settings for a specified ammount of time. Right now, I change the comfort settings to turn on the heat if the temperature drops below 70F in the baby room. I'd like to be able to have the comfort settings return to the standard comfort settings after 10 minutes. I don't need the comfort settings adjusted until I leave for work the next day. This would be a convenient feature to have. I also wish I could have robots only operate at certain times so I could use this robot only during my daughter's sleep schedule.

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Lastly, my concern: It hasn't been uncommon for me to catch the ecobee3 thermostat restarting. I'll be walking by and notice the display is completely black. The couple of times I have noticed this, while I'm standing there it will boot up and everything will go back to normal (see pictures above). However, my concern lies with how often it's rebooting. If I've caught it on occasion while walking by, how often is my ecobee3 restarting when I'm not around? And I have to assume that while it's randomly rebooting it's not controlling the temperature which seems inconvenient. This is something I've briefly tried researching on the internet without finding anything yet. So, I'm not sure if it's an issue with the ecobee3 or my house, but it's a concern.

The bottom line

I love the ecobee3 Wi-Fi thermostat. This is my first experience with a connected smart thermostat and I haven't been disappointed. I love ecobee has created a system that can be used with remote sensors. I think it makes so much sense to have sensors in different rooms. My house has rooms that are super warm while others are cold, and its fantastic to have a thermostat that can be aware of that and work accordingly. I really like how the thermostat works with the Wink automation system and hope it continues to grow in capability there.

The ecobee3 Wi-Fi Thermostat with remote sensor can be purchased from many different locations including Wink.com and ecobee.com for about $250 and Amazon for a slight discount right now at about $240 with prime shipping. Something you may want to look into is rebates for using smart thermostats. Ecobee's website has a rebate finder searchable by location. Additionally, Wink's and ecobee's websites can help you get setup with professional installers if needed.

How do you feel about automating your home? And what do you think about the ecobee3 smart thermostat? Can you see this adding some convenience to your life? Do you already own a smart thermostat? Let us know what you're using and any thoughts or quesitons by commenting below.


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BBM Gets A Major Update With Free Privacy And Control Features, Improved Voice Quality, And More

Posted: 31 Mar 2016 04:19 PM PDT

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BlackBerry is all about Android these days with the PRIV leading the charge. The company hasn't forgotten about BBM, though. The app has gotten a few significant updates since it came out, and today there's another major one with better notification control, proper support for Marshmallow permissions, and more. Plus, all privacy and control features are no longer behind the paywall.

Here's the changelog for the new version.

  • All Privacy and Control features are now FREE – Timed messages & photos, Retract, Private Chat, and Edit
  • Forward messages from one chat to another
  • Ability to mute notifications for a multi-person chat
  • Scroll through all pictures shared within a 1:1 or multi-person chat
  • Choose if you want pictures taken within BBM chats saved to your device
  • Improved BBM Voice call quality
  • Marshmallow (Android 6.0) support
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes

The new free messaging features are a big deal if you are a casual user of BBM.

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Truecaller discovers and fixes exploit in app, recommends you update

Posted: 31 Mar 2016 03:44 PM PDT

Truecaller, the awesome caller ID app that let's you know who's calling and even warns you of spam calls, discovered an exploit in its app. The exploit allowed someone with your IMEI number to get personal information remotely. The company patched the exploit, and says that no information has been compromised.

Truecaller recommends you update the app in the Play Store to receive the fix, since until then your device is vulnerable. But the exploit isn't a particularly bad one, requiring your IMEI and revealing only basic info, so there's nothing to worry about. Open up the Play Store and update the Truecaller app to get the fix!


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It’s official, the Google Wallet physical card will be gone by June 30

Posted: 31 Mar 2016 03:44 PM PDT

We recently reported about the likely death of the Google Wallet physical card. Strings of text were found in the latest APK that clearly said that support for the card would end on June 30, while sign ups and adding money to your balance from a bank account would close on May 1. Now Google has announced that this is indeed true.

Owners of the Wallet card are receiving emails stating these details, as well as offering alternatives to the service from other companies (hint: AmEx Serve has monthly fees). Excuse us as we mourn the loss of another fallen service from Google.


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Samsung Says “Something Big Is Coming Tomorrow”

Posted: 31 Mar 2016 03:44 PM PDT

Samsung sent out a little teaser today hinting that they have something big coming tomorrow!  The teaser clearly shows off an "8" which obviously implies that they're going to show us the Galaxy S8 right?

Well… if you take a look at your calendar you might notice that an extra funny day is tomorrow and then all this starts to make sense.

So no, we're probably not going to see the Galaxy S8 tomorrow but hopefully Samsung has at least put something fun together like in previous years.  Remember the Galaxy Blade?

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