Android Apps

Speedify’s Redesigned App Update Makes Everything Faster

If you like having more control over your smart phone’s internet connection, you might want to check out Speedify! We over at Gear Diary have covered Speedify before, so we were pretty excited to find out that they just announced their 4.0 update that has some very nifty features that even the average user can use on a day-to-day basis. Available for Android/iOS, Speedify 4.0 allows you to combine both your mobile data as well as Wi-Fi for a faster,…


Lose It Health App Releases a Feature That Make Logging Food Easier

With fall in full swing, many of you are probably attempting to eat right and watch the things that you eat. Some of you may even count calories, but today one of the more popular weight loss apps in the App Store announced a feature that is not only cool, but will make log what you’ve eaten faster and easier!


ROAM ROPES Wireless Earphones & EQ Engine: Music the Way You Want to Hear It

Not that Bluetooth earphones and headphones weren’t already growing more and more popular, but Apple’s removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack has all but ensured that this is the direction mobile audio has headed. Do you have a favorite set of Bluetooth earphones or headphones yet? I’m still trying to decide. Lately, I’ve been using ROAM ROPES.


Bellabeat Leaf Urban: Sleep, Exercise, Meditate, and Stay Healthy

One of the things that so many health trackers have in common is that they look exactly like what they are — utilitarian step counters worn on our wrists. All of them track steps, many track sleep, and some throw a few extra tricks in to sweeten the package. The Bellabeat Leaf Urban tracks steps, sleep, meditation, and reproductive health.




Upthere Wants to Make Cloud Storage More Streamlined

I made a nasty discovery a while back: my iPhone was out of space, and the culprit was Dropbox! I had only three documents downloaded and stored on my phone, but Dropbox was somehow using over 9GB! After a delete and reinstall, the problem was fixed for a while — and then it happened again. Now I’m looking at Upthere.






Libratone ZIPP MINI Is a Great-Sounding Reboot of One of My Favorite Speakers

The Libratone ZIPP was one of my all-time favorite speakers. It looked great, sounded amazing, and let you customize the look with exchangeable covers. With portable AirPlay it was as close to the perfect speaker for an iOS-user as you could find. Now Libratone has rebooted the ZIPP and they are offering the smaller, and less expensive, Libratone ZIPP MINI. The new Libratone line has a new look. It’s more curvy than before and has a zipper that runs around…


Speedify Gives You Better Internet & Data Speeds on All of Your Devices

As a huge fan of using Speedtest.net to test the speeds of my internet connection, both on Wi-Fi and LTE, I’ve always seen ads for Speedify and wondered exactly what the program would do to actually help speed up my performance. So when I had the opportunity to review the iOS app for Speedify, I was intrigued. Now just to start, I am by no means a wireless networking guru, but I do find myself frustrated with a slow connection….


Kodak’s Baby Monitoring System is a Parent’s Best Friend

The Kodak Baby Monitoring System is one of the most thoughtfully designed baby monitors I’ve used. It’s aesthetically pleasing, blending in with any décor, and has a slew of high-tech features including a 180-degree camera with HD video quality, 2-way audio talkback, night vision, a touchless night light, and an intuitive mobile app from Tend. The CFH-BVA10 retails for $199.99.


Nest Now Sends a Photo with Your Nest Cam Email Alert

I have a Nest Cam setup in my living room which notifies me every time something moves or makes a sound. I love it and even though at $199 it’s not the least expensive camera you’ll find, I do like that it displays an image within my Nest app alongside my thermostats and Nest Protect.


Make Sure You Always Have Reliable Service at SXSW with This App

With SXSW quickly approaching, there will be a lot of people out there packing their bags up to get down to Austin, Texas. Once you get down there, sure you’ll be around plenty of panels, parties and amazing food, but how will you stay connected knowing there will be thousands of people all in attendance?


Lightroom for Android Receives HUGE Update

If you’re an Android user and are a fan of Photoshop, but you’ve just been waiting for features that iOS received first (like the ability to shoot RAW images to reach your device), you’re in luck because the update now includes Lightroom, and is available for all Android devices! For the photographer in us all, if you care about your photos enough to capture, organize, edit, and share them directly from your smartphone or tablet, you’re in luck because Lightroom is currently…


A Quick Look at the Honor 5X and Its Android Skin

We will be doing a full review of the Honor 5X soon; it’s a phone with the build quality of a flagship at budget pricing. But the Honor EMUI skin has gotten a lot of criticism, and it may not be as bad as first reaction seems. It’s easy to judge the EMUI apps and enhancements negatively if you’re a fan of plain, stock Android. But this is a phone aimed at people who aren’t looking for a flagship; Honor…


The Withings Aura Connected Clock + Sleep Sensor Accessory Review

Sleep and I have a sometimes erratic relationship. Some nights I deal with insomnia, and I might sleep 4 or 5 hours at best; other nights I’ll need to catch up on sleep so badly that I’ll pass out for 12 or more hours. Ideally, I should get 8 hours sleep per night. Obviously, what I’ve been doing isn’t ideal.


Ditto Gives You Discreet Notifications Without Getting in the Way

Judie and I received Huawei Mate 8 smartphones at CES 2016. The phablet is amazing but won’t work with our Apple Watches. We also picked up the amazing Withings Activité Steel Fitness Watch. It’s a great tracker but doesn’t do notifications. Fortunately, the Ditto notifier fills in that gap in a manner that is both inexpensive and discrete.