Logitech Harmony Elite review

Universal remote controls are a bizarre product category, because they solve a legitimate and substantial problem — the proliferation of really terrible remotes on your coffee table, one for each device in your living room — yet, for some reason, they’re pretty rare. Unless a consulting firm is coming into your multimillion-dollar home and setting up $50,000 worth of home automation equipment, the only serious contender that you’ll likely encounter in your shopping is Harmony, which was in the business long before Logitech acquired them several years ago. If there was a lobbying body informally known as “Big Remote,” Harmony would be its only member.

I don’t know why there isn’t more competition in this space, but the good news is…

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The Intricate and Beautiful World of Material Design

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Material Design is a comprehensive design specification that encompasses more than just how things look in Android. It expresses how things should react, move, and be organized based on certain key principles that are specified by Google.

Here’s a look at how it all works and comes together to provide one of the most beautiful and intricate design paradigms in software history. If it’s interesting to you, make sure you take a peep at Google’s Material Design Guidelines, which is extremely comprehensive. Also, be sure to check out the ColdFusion TV YouTube channel to see more videos like this.

Has Material Design changed the way you use Android or improved your user experience? Let us know below!

Sprint might have to cut jobs in a plan to save $2.5 billion

The news is looking worse and worse for Sprint as each day passes on. The company reportedly has major cuts in line to become a more sustainable company for the future. The cuts include $2.5 billion in operating expenses, and there are likely to be some jobs lost in the process.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sprint is so adamant about cutting costs that all transactions made by every branch of the company has to be approved by the financial department, and Sprint has supposedly outright frozen outside hiring.

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These sorts of cuts are typical for a company whose goal is to become more sustainable, but considering Sprint’s situation as of late it looks like more of a desperation move to make sure their value doesn’t dissipate to an embarrassing level. They’ve been the only major US carrier consistently losing consumers over the past couple of years, with T-Mobile having passed them up to become the nation’s 3rd largest carrier.

A Sprint spokesperson revealed to Reuters that it’s too early to discuss exact details of where cuts will be made and how many jobs will be affected.

The company’s network could shoulder a lot of the blame for allowing themselves to fall to the bottom of the barrel. 4G performance was always decent, but only decent And there was one point in time where the 3G network was so congested that it became hard to load simple webpages.

Only in the past couple of years have they made significant strides to turn that around and improve their image in the eyes of consumers, but T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T are moving just as fast.

It was nice for Sprint to be able to say they were the first carrier with “proper” 4G (the now-defunct WiMax network), and one of the only standing carriers to offer truly unlimited data, but it’s no longer 2009 and no one cares that they were the first — they only care about who is the best.

Consumers consider network performance to be the most telling sign of a quality carrier, and numbers have proven that a majority of folks would rather go with the companies who have all their ducks in a row even if they have to pay a high premium and give up luxuries such as unlimited data for it.

Gimmick promotions and slick advertising can only go so far, so Sprint will have to figure out a way to attract the dollar signs they need to stay competitive in the highly volatile and competitive US market. Otherwise, don’t be surprised if Softbank considers unloading them just as quickly as they snapped them up.

Samsung Gear S2 has landed: where to buy

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As expected, the Samsung Gear S2 has now arrived to the US market, with the standard model priced at $299 and the more premium Gear S2 Classic set at $349. While the Gear S2 isn’t an Android Wear-powered device, it is pretty feature packed and marks the first time that Samsung has offered a smartwatch with a circular display.

To recap, the Gear S2 is powered by Tizen and utilizes a 1GHz dual-core Exynos processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB storage. The circular display is 1.2-inches with a resolution of 360 x 360, and the watch offers extras like NFC for use with Samsung pay. Unlike past Gear devices, the Gear S2 isn’t restricted to working with only Samsung devices, as just about any modern Android device should play nice this time around.


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Of course, the Gear S2 has some pretty stiff competition with devices like the new Moto 360 and the LG Urbane 2. These watches also have the advantage of having more optimized apps out of the gate, though Samsung seems eager to catch up, and for what it is worth,the Tizen-powered UI actually is quite impressive.

Gear S2 and the competition

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For those that are interested in picking up the Gear S2 today, you can do so from the following retailers:

The watch is also expected to make its way over to Amazon, though the listing isn’t live just yet.

What do you think, anyone planning on picking up the Gear S2? How do you feel it compares with other watches currently on the market?

Motorola commits to Marshmallow updates for select phones, will retire Moto Assist and Migrate

Motorola has posted an update which describes the company’s plan of attack for the upcoming Marshmallow update. While providing a list of smartphones which it plans to provide the update for, Motorola has also announced that it will be retiring some of its own apps. First, the list of phones that the company is looking to update include:

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  • 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia2 (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6

Of course, this list could change, and Motorola has not provided any type of timeline for when the rollout may begin. Motorola has looked at its included applications, and made the choice to retire a few of the pre-installed applications in this update. Both Moto Migrate and Moto Assist will be removed from phones with the update. Motorola has decided to retire them after looking at other options that are already available, both from the Play Store and through Android itself. Motorola states it will continue to provide information in the coming weeks about timelines for the updates.

Source: Motorola