TekThing 8: The New Moto E 4G LTE, DACs and Headphones That Don’t Cost a Fortune, And New Tricks for an Old Android Phone!

This week on TekThing, we’ve got the new Moto E 4G LTE, digital analog converters and headphones that won’t cost you a small fortune, lots of great uses for an old android phone or tablet, and even better bargain Windows laptops.

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Net Neutrality Vote on 2/26/15: https://www.battleforthenet.com/

New Motorola Moto E!
Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G LTE: http://www.motorola.com/us/moto-e-2nd-gen/Moto-E-2nd-Gen/moto-e-2nd-gen.html
Motorola Moto E (1st Gen): http://www.motorola.com/us/consumers/shop-all-mobile-phones/Moto-E-pdp/moto-e.html

Repurpose an old android phone or tablet:
Kathleen emailed: Got any ideas for ways I can re-purpose an old Android tablet (original 7 inch Galaxy Tab) and phone (Galaxy S2)?
Thanks for all the tech goodness!
1. Use it as a security camera. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pas.webcam)
2. Use your tablet in the kitchen.
3. Use your phone to control home media with IR functionality.

Great inexpensive options for great audio quality:
Sonyís MDR-7506 Headphones: http://amzn.to/1al9oaV
Grado SR-60e Headphones: http://amzn.to/1LEBSIj
High Resolution Technologies: http://www.highresolutiontechnologies.com/
dSp on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1698830754/dsp-making-your-headphones-sound-better

Ergonomic tablet or phone viewing on an airplane:
Laurel writes: One more on the travel theme-what are some creative solutions for getting a phone (iPhone 5/6+, android…etc) to fasten to the back on airline seat for more ergo viewing?
Skyview Travel Tray Mount: http://store.griffintechnology.com/skyview-travel-tray-mount
DIY Tablet Airplane Seat Mount: http://www.instructables.com/id/Tablet-airplane-seat-mount/
DIY Phone Mount for Airplane Seat: http://www.instructables.com/id/Phone-Mount-on-Plane-Seat/

HP Stream 11 alternative:
Hello Patrick,
In TekThing 6 you mentioned you were interested in the hp stream 11.
I was also fascinated by the wave of cheap windows 8.1 laptops that hit recently that are similar to all the great chromebooks that hit last year.
You might want to take a look at the acer e11 instead which has basically the same guts (cpu), form factor, etc but is MUCH more upgradeable: ram, and standard 2.5″ hdd so you can put in an ssd if you want. It’s the same price of $199 but make sure you get the one at target (not amazon) for the fully upgradable 2.5″ drive bay. So I upgraded mine to 8gb of ram and a 240gb SSD and it’s not a half bad little windows machine.
Here is my in depth review if you are at all interested: http://blog.arogan.com/2014/12/acer-aspire-e11-es1-111m-c7de_71.html
Anyways, glad to see both of you still on the air. I’ve been a loyal fan since the tech tv screen savers days
ARogan

Do something analog!
Shannon’s favorite anime convention in Chicago – ACEN: http://www.acen.org/

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