Friday, July 31, 2015

Nvidia Announces a Recall on the Shield Tablet

This morning, Nvidia announced a voluntary recall on all Nvidia Shield tablets purchased between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. Apparently there is a major battery overheating issue that they feel is sever enough to pose as a fire threat.

Again, this recall is voluntary, so you can decide to take your chance to keep using you Shield Tablet. But if your concerned, all the details of the recall can be found on the official Nvidia press release.

Also, there is a form to fill out in order to register for a replacement tablet, at no cost to you. Reading the form will explain in greater detail that the battery category has two potential options, B01 and Y01. It's the Y01 battery that should have you concerned. If you have a B01 battery, you have nothing to worry about.

Recall registration form can be found here. Start by downloading the most recent system updates and them walk through the steps on that page.

Did you have a Y01 battery Shield Tablet? Of course this comes as a surprise to us all. Who's bummed out? Are you going to take your chances and keep your shield anyway?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Motorola Announces the Moto X Style, Moto X Play and the 3rd Gen Moto G

Although the company has had 3 different corporate owners in four years, Motorola Mobility continues to bring forth some nicely designed hardware in the "smart" market. The Moto X and it's custom design "by You" process via was something no one else had tried up until that time, 2 years ago. Then the Moto G, the best selling smartphone for the company, ever. Today, Motorola is holding a 3 city event across the globe to introduce the newest versions of both of these products, plus one more.

Monday, July 27, 2015

UPDATED: The Launch of the OnePlus 2

Through the aid of cardboard goggles, OnePlus announces it's predecessor to last years #NeverSettle smartphone; the OnePlus 2. Taking the event from the typical stage and into Virtual Reality, OnePlus allows any of its fans to participate in their launch event of the year.

Their humble leader Carl Pei expresses over and over that most launches are focused around the specs of a telephone, but they want to focus on the experience. Despite all that, the specs are still very important. Last year, the One Plus One was truly in direct line of any other flagship phones but for a fraction of the cost. This year, they stay true to their roots and build another specked out phone, and made sure it was future proof with the first time use of of the USB type C charging component. That's a USB charger that will plug in either orientation.

The rest of the specs include: 3300 mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, SnapDragon 810 Octa-core processor, 5.5 inch 1080P HD display, and a 13 MP camera. This phone has the top specs of the year, though they boast it is future proof enough that it is the 2016 flagship killer, insinuating there will not be a phone in 2015 that can compete.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Unboxing the Nvidia Shield TV

Android TV has been on the seen for just over 1 year now. Just as the name suggests, its purpose is to bring the power of the Android operating system to your television. Some manufacturers are building Android TV directly into the software on the television, while others are building it into a "set top" box which you can connect to any TV which has HDMI input.

The original set top box with built in Android TV was the Nexus Player which was built by Asus but "envisioned" by Google themselves. It definitely has a place in the history of Android as its the first with Android TV and it's a Nexus. A few other manufacturers have joined into the game recently. One of them being Nvidia. You may know about Nvidia because typically they make the processors for computers or other computing hardware. Their Shield TV is the 3rd iteration of their "Shield" product line where they have also built the full piece of hardware donning Android.