android Stories April 22, 2016

Green Deals: Belkin 25% off WeMo Products – Insight Smart Outlet $37 (Reg. $50), Switch $30 (Reg. $40), more

Today is a special edition of Green Deals as we honor Earth Day. We’ve already rounded up the best ways to ‘go green’ and our top picks for eco-friendly home goods. Now lets take a look at our favorite deals in celebration of this holiday.

Belkin is kicking things off with 25% off all WeMo products plus free two-day shipping (reflected at checkout). In case you’re not familiar, WeMo is a line of internet-connected smart home accessories that focus on saving energy in an easy way. While we have seen stronger discounts in the past, that was nearly a year ago. Our top pick is Belkin’s WeMo Insight Switch which drops to $37.49 (Reg. $50). This handy gadget allows you to monitor your electronics from anywhere via the free iOS/Android app. It also tracks energy use and allows users to create schedules. Rated 3.3/5 stars by over 860 Amazon customers.

Other Notable Deals at Belkin:

Although not on sale, we recommend looking into these two Belkin products designed for minimizing electricity usage:

Before you head on to the rest of today’s top deals, be sure to check out this promotion on Green Toys at Amazon that nets you a free toy when you spend $50. These products are made from recycled materials that are safe for kids and the environment.

Today’s Top Green Deals:

android Stories February 15, 2016

self-driving car

According to a report over the weekend from Crain’s Detroit Business, Google/Alphabet is seeking an R&D site for its self-driving cars near Ann Arbor, Michigan. This report comes as FCC documents last month revealed that the Mountain View company was planning to bring the cars to four new cities. Kirkland, Washington officially became one of those locations two weeks ago, and as we noted, a location near Ann Arbor makes perfect sense to be one of the next bunch… expand full story

android Stories February 9, 2016

A new patent that surfaced on Tuesday (via Qz) suggests that Google/Alphabet could have plans to use its self-driving car technologies for a truck-based delivery service. The patent describes an “autonomous delivery platform” for an autonomous truck with lockers (not unlike an Amazon locker), driving to a customer’s location to deliver a package… expand full story

android Stories January 28, 2016

Since Tesla launched the Model S in 2012, the automaker has been talking about releasing a software development kit (SDK) to create a full third-party app ecosystem for its 17-inch touchscreen, which acts as a center console for the Model S and X, but despite several inquiries from eager app developers, there has been little communication about the project until now. expand full story

android Stories January 8, 2016

Google has been releasing monthly reports about its self-driving car program for quite some time now, and now December’s report has hit the interwebs. This report was delayed due to the holidays (they usually hit around the 1st of the month), and it also just so happens to be one of the most bare-bones we’ve seen so far. The company does note what they’re doing to combat the rain in California (say what?), though…

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android Stories November 30, 2015

Some parts of Google’s self-driving car are still mysterious, but slowly more pieces of that mystery are being uncovered. One mystery, in particular, has been the inside of the car. While Google has allowed dozens of journalists, random lucky souls, and Google employees (of course) to ride in the car, only on very few occasions have we been able to see the inside. The company specifically told journalists not to take pictures of the inside at an event earlier this year, and we barely got a glimpse into a very early prototype in Google’s “A First Drive” video last summer. Now, with a couple of patents Google has received, we’re getting a more detailed look inside for the first time… expand full story

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