6th Annual AndroidTO - December 1st

The 6th Annual AndroidTO conference will be taking place on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 and will be in the MaRS Discovery District again.

Android Coliseum will be there again to listen to as many of the workshops as possible and report on all the great topics.

If you're at all interested in Android you should be there:  Register Today - $149 / pass.
(note, there's a 50% code you can apply for for Woman TechMakers)

Just look at all the speakers who'll be presenting (see below)

HTC having a "Cyber Week Sale" where you can save 40%

Funny, how I had just read how Black Friday deals are now creeping across the border, but is starting to slow in the US, I start seeing more 'deals' come our way.

HTC is looking to capitalize on this opportunity by having their own "Cyber Week Sale" where you can get (November 26th - December 2nd):

-          40% off the purchase of an HTC One M9
-          40% off accessories
-          Purchase an HTC RE camera for $100

So, save 40% off an 8 month phone, not bad... but if you go to the site, it's still listing it as $850 unlocked ($650 if you go through a carrier, but it says 'sold out').

I didn't mind the device when i reviewed it back in March, but even at 40% off I'm a little reticent (it'd be $510 for the unlocked version).  But maybe there'll be a quick charge adapter (I don't see it yet).

Don't forget to check out our database page for a list of specs

Source:  http://www.htc.com/ca/smartphones/htc-one-m9/buy/

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is very svelte [Review]

It always boils down to the pen.

While reviewing the Note 5 I got asked by several people about how I liked it, because they were tossing between that and the S6.  Between the 2 devices, there isn't much difference.  I liked the S6 (not the Edge, but the non-Edge version).

But the main difference will be the pen.  If you like the pen, and the Note has a lot of ways for you to make it useful, then this is the device for you.

It's sleek (even tho' it's big), it's a powerhouse, has cool new features like the fingerprint sensor, a cool new pen and a camera that lives up to the Samsung name.

Let's take a look at it

TITAN M the toughest MicroUSB cable you'll ever need!

There's no better way to lead an article on an awesome product than on the various test that were conducted with this MicroUSB cable. The above features the TITAN M from FuseChicken.

GoodGuy CyanogenMod bringing your device Android 6.0

I say "good guy" in almost sarcastically because of the antics of the parent Cyanogen company, specifically that Kirt guy.

Anyhow, the folks at Google have let out the Android 6.0 images for the Nexus devices, and for the most part, most of the Nexus devices should have their update already.

We're still officially waiting for OEMs to catch up (tho' some specific regions have seen updates), and it should be soon...

To show up the OEMs Cyanogenmod has just come out with their latest nightlies CM13 which are now based on on Android 6.0 for a few devices (but it's growing):

OnePlus One
Nexus 7
Smasung Glaaxy Tab Pro 8.4
LG GPad 7
Motorola Moto X (2014)

Hangout Show #142 [event]

Winter is coming ... but more importantly so is our weekly hangout.  AndroidTO is near and a bunch of other news that needs discussing.

Hope to see you there!

Android Coliseum: Hangout #142
November 25th, 2015

Mpow Cheetah Bluetooth headphones are exactly what I was looking for [review]

I've loved Bluetooth devices.  I can't remember the show, but there was a line once that 'put bluetooth in it, it makes everything better' (or something like that).

Well, obviously bluetooth audio is all the rage now, we've reviewed SO many different speaker and headsets lately that it barely is worth doing any more... except that I'm looking for the right set for me.

For sound you just can't beat a good set of wired ones, but as I've been jogging more and more, having a wire is a really terrible thing to have... so I want wireless.

Most of the sets I've come across do a terrible job of staying in your ears.  Well, these new Cheetah models by Mpow are exactly what I've been looking for.  The perfect balance of good sound, able to stay put while you bound around on the pavement and fairly simple controls.

Mic Lav from iRig aims to bring a professional microphone for on the go recording

This is something different and interesting, since everyone is different, I thought this might catch the eye of the journalist, the diary geared user on Android. I'm sure there's multiple other applications for the Mic Lav from iRig.

My goal was to use it in a live "hangout" broadcast and this is exactly what I wanted. I've been testing it out for the past few weeks and this was one of the test. How would it fair when on air.

Mpow Clip on Lenses for your phone [review]

It's no doubt that the LG G4 has a great camera, and several other devices have amazing cameras too... but what I love about the G4 is the control you're allowed over the settings.  Gives you that feeling of using an SLR all over again.

And what better way than to augment that feeling than getting lens adapters.  I've tried the Photojojo ones before, but at $50+ and with the issues I had of the ring staying on there's got to be a better way...

Enter Mpow's 3-in-1 clip-on set.

So, not only have they 'fixed' the issue of the 'lens staying on' but they're also at less than a third the cost at just $16CDN.  SWEET.

Minecraft Pocket Edition now has circuits!

+Sivan Rehan is going to have to pry her device away from her son now as the latest update to Minecraft now includes some more of the console features; this time including redstone circuits...

...among some others as well.

What’s New in Version 0.13.0
Basic Redstone Circuits, including Redstone Wire, the first set of Redstone Producers (Daylight Sensors, Pressure Plates, Tripwire Hooks, and more), and the first set of Redstone Consumers (activator rails, note blocks, TNT, Trapdoors, and more). The rest of the Redstone functionality is right around the corner…stay tuned.

Get it on Google Play