Today’s news revolve around Best Buy, Google and new streaming service Sling TV. Stick around to read the hottest evening tech news.
Thinking of buying a new Android smartphone? Best Buy has a deal that may have you buying a secondary device. The popular tech retailer is offering $100 discount on the Moto $360 to anyone who purchases an Android phone.
The only catches are that this offer is only available in-store and the devices need to be purchased on the same transaction. Now, the Moto 360 is being sold for only $179.99 from Best Buy at this point (a $70 discount). I wonder if the $100 is on top of that already discounted price.
Opinion: Not a bad deal, right? You can also go for the fancy versions with metal watchbands. I am still not a fan of the Moto 360, but we know many of you love it. Who is signing up?
Batteries are all around us, but we seem to be stuck in a warp zone when it comes to the technology behind them. Aside from software optimization, it seems the only thing we can do to elongate battery life is increase capacity.
What we need to do is go back to the drawing board and revolutionize battery technology, something Google is said to be working hard on. A new report from The Wall Street Journal states Google made a push to test batteries in late 2012, in order to optimize their own devices for the best battery life.
It seems Google was not satisfied, as they created a small team to work on possible future battery technologies. This would be an effort not only to improve battery efficiency in smartphones and tablets, but also less conventional things like Google Loon, Glass and possibly even driverless cars.
Opinion: We really need to find ways to take battery life to the next level. It sucks having to charge every single day, doesn’t it. Let’s just see what Google can come up with. They are known for being a bit crazy with their innovations, so anything is to be expected.
Sling TV is off to a great start as a pioneer in internet live TV streaming, but there’s no doubt they will run into some hurdles in the road. A good way to test their prowess? How about throwing a season premiere of what could be the most popular TV show in the world.
Yes, we are talking about Game of Thrones. The franchise’s latest season took off this weekend, and with Sling TV now offering HBO, you know an onslaught of insane fans is going to bust through the doors and watch away.
It turns out a lot of Roku users were having issues last night. Sling TV seems to have handled things very well, though. This issue only affected a small portion of their subscribers, and they seem to be getting ready for whatever may come next.
Opinion: This is really just a small stumble. Sling TV is still learning and building its platform, so it’s all to be expected. I mean come on… this is Game of Thrones we are talking about. By the way, did you guys love it or what?!