It is quite a simple device. It looks like a Nexus Q chopped diagonally in half, and its sole purpose is to sit on your desk or nightstand and wait for you to place your Nexus 4 (or possibly other Qi-compatible device) on its face and charge it without plugging in any cables to your phone. Super convenient!
The Orb Charger uses magnets to hold the Nexus 4 in place, and once placed, it is angled in such a way that using it is easy, and well, useful (this was a common complaint I’ve heard about the LG wireless charging pad – you can’t use the device when it’s lying flat on the table). It is capable of activating DayDream mode (I forgot to show that in the video, but check out my Nexus 7 dock video for footage of that in action).
How does it work in real life? Fantastic. It charges quickly, and it holds the Nexus 4 firmly. It also looks mighty nice. It’s quite pricey at $59.99, but if you’re in need of a wireless charger and you want an OEM accessory, this is the hot ticket. Grab it from the Google Play Store right now!
In this video I show you the orange leather skin available for the 13″ MacBook Air. It includes a top skin, palmrest, screen protector, and bottom skin. It’s available in several different colors.
It goes on very easily, and it gives a nice tactile feel to the Air. My only concern with the skin was the cutout around the Apple logo (which was really just a circle). I felt that if that had been a precise cutout around the logo it would have given a more “finished” feel to the top skin.
It’s available from onanoff.com for $69.95 for the kit.
This is an unboxing and installation video for the Fantom tempered glass screen protector from xgearlive.com – I purchased this directly from the website with my own money, and install it on this video.
The screen protector is only 0.4mm thin and is supposed to be very resistant to scratches. I’m not going to try scratching this since I plan to keep it for a while, but you can find videos of it being torture tested if you look. Since it’s glass, it feels and works just like the original screen.
It fits fine with my CruzerLite and bumper cases. You can’t even tell there’s a screen protector on it!
This video walks you through the setup of the Sixaxis Controller app for Android. It allows you to use a PS3 wireless controller to play games.
You do need to be rooted for this to work (watch my rooting video for instructions on that).
I show you how to use this app with game that support native gamepads such as Dead Trigger and Shadowgun. You can use this app to control games without native gamepad support such as NOVA 3, but that’s more complicated and I didn’t include here.
This video shows you a basic overview of unlocking the bootloader, flashing a custom recovery, and obtaining root access on the Nexus 7 tablet from Google.
It is not meant to be an all-encompassing guide, and yes, I know there are plenty of ways to accomplish this. However, if you root, I believe you should know the basics of doing it so you can fix it when you break it.
I did provide the basic commands, but YMMV depending on your computer’s operating system and setup.
I’ve seen lots of videos of people interacting with Google Now on Android Jelly Bean 4.1, and it works very well. However, my 7 year old daughter Miranda and I were playing around with it this weekend and I discovered that it doesn’t always work well with her voice.