Today’s Deal – SanDisk Ultra Fit 64GB USB Flash Drive is $19 on Amazon

Today’s Deal is on the low profile USB Flash Drives from SanDisk.  Over at Amazon you can pick up the SanDisk Ultra Fit 64GB drive for $18.99 with other sizes available.  The Ultra Fit series are designed to fit into the USB 3.0 port of your PC, Mac or Chromebook and not protrude like a normal Flash Drive.  Indeed, the idea is that you can leave it in your computer without ever having to take it out when you slip it into a bag or backpack.

The sale is on the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions of the Ultra Fit.  All three are have a zippy read speed of 150MB/s so while they are too slow to run apps from, they are perfect for data, photos and videos.  The drives also come with SanDisk’s SecureAccess software to encrypt the drives should they ever be lost or stolen (although you can use MacOS and BitLocker encryption should you choose to do so instead).  I personally use one  of these Ultra Fit drives (the 64GB model) and have no problem recommending them.  They are a great performing accessory for your Chromebook (in my case).

Regardless of the size of drive you pick up, they are all eligible for Amazon Prime free shipping.

Head on over to Amazon to check out the details on these great drives from SanDisk.

SanDisk Ultra Fit 16GB USB Flash Drive: $10.65

SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB USB Flash Drive:$11.95

SanDisk Ultra Fit 64GB USB Flash Drive: $17.99

Latest Google Photos Update Removes Backup While Charging Feature

In the latest update to Google Photos for both Android and iOS, the ability to backup photos while charging your phone has been removed.  It is unclear as to why the feature was removed but in version 2.17 for Android and 2.18 for iOS, the feature is gone.  You can still limit the app to only backup when you are on WiFi networks as well as if you want to backup while roaming.

Google Photos remains one of the most popular Google apps with over 1 billion users of the service and over 500 million active monthly users.

Today’s Deal – Google WiFi 3-Pack for $269 on Amazon

Today’s Deal is on the Google WiFi 3-Pack, which will give you Wi-Fi access throughout your entire home.  Right now the 3-Pack is $269.99 on Amazon, $30 less that what Google sells it.  If you don’t need a 3-pack, the single unit is also on sale at $119, a savings of $10.

As for which one you need depends on your home.  If you have a home or apartment that is 1500 square feet or less, the single should do the job for you.  No need to overbuy.  Over that and up to 4500 square feet, the 3-Pack is what you need for your home.  The nice thing is, if you get a single and add more later, it is easy to add the new ones to the network via the Google WiFi app on your Android phone or iPhone.

Google Play Music Update Brings Search History Feature

The Google Play Music app for Android has an update rolling out that brings new features to everyone.  The bulk of the version 7.9 build is aimed at the future, namely Android O so a lot of the attention and focus of this release is to be found once O rolls out to everyone.  That includes things like Notification Channels, a new feature that will be coming in Android v8.

For today however, there is a new Search History feature that you can access on devices today that will give you access to your music search history.  This history includes any music, album or artist searches you have done either from the Play Music app or site.

Android Nougat 7.1.1 Rolls Out to The Sony Xperia X & X Compact

Sony continues to push Android Nougat out to their various phones and the Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Compact are the two latest device to get updated.  These two devices are now getting updated to Android Nougat 7.1.1 as part of firmware build 34.3.A.0.194.  The update also brings the May 2017 Android Security Update to these two mid-range phones.

If you have the unlocked variant of these phones, which here in the US is likely the case, you can expect the update to hit your device over the next few days.  You can always manually check by going to Settings>About Phone>System Updates.  Overall it is a small update as it is an incremental one over the Android Nougat 7.0 build that came earlier this year.  In the case of my Xperia X Compact, it was under 500MB.

Google WiFi Update Finally Brings IPv6 Support

Google has released an update to Google WiFi that, along with the latest firmware for your WiFi or OnHub devices, will allow you to enable IPv6 to your ISP.  For those who are not familiar with IPv6, it is a more advanced version of IPv4 (which you are likely using now) that uses 128-bit addressing of devices.  The theory is you can get more devices on the Internet because there is significantly more IP addresses available with v6.  The lack of IPv6 has been a contention point for many who use Google WiFi or OnHub as it is more secure and is somewhat of a checkbox requirement for a contemporary network device.

The update to bring IPv6 is a combination of firmware for the physical device itself, which is build 9460.40, and the updated app which is in the Play Store.

Today’s Deal – RavPower 4-Port USB Desktop Charger for $23

Today’s Deal is on the RavPower 4-Port USB desktop charger.  Right now you can pick one up for $23.99 on Amazon.  The desktop charger has 4 USB-A ports, one of which supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology.  That port is outlined in green.  The other 3 ports are rated at 5V/2.4A so you can easily charge virtually any phone or tablet with this charger.

The charger has technology built into it to prevent over charging of devices which can lead to damage to your devices.  It is also a compact design, aimed at giving you access to the ports but not taking up a lot of space.  It is roughly the size of a credit card and about 1.5″ in depth.

The RavPower 4-Port charger is eligible for Amazon Prime shipping.  If you are a member, you can get free 2-day shipping or can pay a little extra for one day shipping.

There is no limit to the number of these you purchase but it is limited to today.  The $23.99 price is good for either the black or white models of the charger.

To get more details, head over to Amazon where you can get all the specs and order.

Android Nougat 7.1.1 Starts Rolling To The ZTE Axon 7 Mini

One of the best budget phones out there is the Axon 7 Mini.  This 5.2″ phone has excellent specs and you can pick one up in Gold for $199 right now.  Unlike most budget phones however, ZTE has done a great job of keeping this phone (and its bigger sibling the Axon 7) up to date and today is another example of it.  The Android Nougat 7.1.1 update is now rolling out to the Axon 7 Mini and should be hitting all devices over the course of the next few weeks.

The update will bring all of the goodness of Nougat to the phone along with support for Wi-Fi calling on the T-Mobile network.  If you don’t recall what is in Nougat 7.1.1, you can check out my post on the update.

OnePlus 5 Goes On Sale June 27th

After a significant number of leaks and rumors, the OnePlus 5 was officially announced yesterday by the Chinese company.  The phone will go on sale on June 27th and will be available in two variants:  a 6GB RAM/64GB Storage model for $479 or a 8GB RAM/128GB Storage for $539.  Both of these price points represent an increase in price over the OnePlus 3T but the OnePlus 5 is a higher spec’d phone too.

Those specifications include being powered by the Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor which has four cores running at 2.45 GHz  & four running at 1.9 GHz.  This is coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the model you purchase and 64GB or 128GB of storage.  The rear facing camera is a dual-camera configuration that is capable of shooting up to 16MP photos while the front facing selfie camera is also a 16MP shooter.

Today’s Deal – LeEco LE S3 Down to $139 at Amazon

Today’s Deal is on the well appointed LeEco LE S3.  This 5.5″ aluminum chassis dual-SIM phone is down to $139.99 today at Amazon, a savings of $60.  The LE S3 is powered by the Snapdragon 652 with 4×1.4 GHz cores & 4×1.8 GHz cores.  It is coupled with 3GB of RAM and has 32GB of storage.  It is has a 3000 mAh battery to keep you going through the day, a fingerprint scanner and 16MP camera.

The phone is sold unlocked and will work with GSM carriers here in the US like AT&T and T-Mobile.  Here’s a rundown of the supported frequencies and bands.  Be sure to check with your carrier for support.

  • GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • HSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700)

For those on Sprint or Verizon, sorry, the phone doesn’t support CDMA.

Google Adds Jobs Near Me Search

Finding a job is challenging for most of us at the best of times.  Regardless of if you are looking for part-time or full-time work, the  fact is that jobs that are available in your area are in a variety of locations online.  That makes it easy to miss an opportunity.  Google is trying to address that with a new Jobs Near Me search that is rolling out today.

By typing in “jobs near me” in Google on your phone or on the web, listings of jobs that are available in your area are provided to you and you can filter those down to particular types of job, part-time or full-time and other filters to try to find the right job for you.  Once you find a job listing you are interested in, tapping it will take you directly to that company’s site where you can start the application process.

AccuWeather Platinum Adds 7-Day Allergy Forecasts

The AccuWeather Platinum app for Android, the pay version of the free app, has been updated today with a new 7-day allergy forecast.  As a pane on the Now tab of the app, you can get not only details on the types of pollen that are in your area but can get a view of what is going to be in the air over the course of the next week.

To get an idea of the types of pollen that are in the air for the day, just scroll through using the arrows on the Allergies pane to see things like grass, tree and Ragweed pollen in your area.  If you have multiple cities that you track in the app, the Allergies pane will reflect the conditions for those locations too.