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Essential Phone Reddit AMA: Android Oreo Update, Touch Fix, Night Mode, And More Confirmed

The Essential Phone will receive an Android Oreo public beta in the coming weeks, in addition to night mode and other much-needed performance fixes. Essential also confirmed the status of the white variant, saying it’ll ship soon.

TECH October 10, 2017

How Amazon Plans To Cope With Echo Show Losing YouTube: $30 Discount, Beefier Video Platforms

Amazon has just put the Echo Show on sale, slapping it with $30 discount. The company is also reportedly planning on making its video platforms more friendly for advertisers to compete with YouTube.

TECH October 10, 2017

Google: Russian Operatives Exploited Our Platforms And Bought Ads To Interfere With The 2016 Election

Google is now the latest company from Silicon Valley who might have had a hand in influencing the 2016 election. It has discovered that Russian operatives bought ads and used Google’s many platforms to distribute them.

TECH October 10, 2017

You Might Have Downloaded A Fake Adblock Plus Extension On Chrome: Here's What You Need To Know

Reportedly 37,000 people accidentally downloaded a fake Adblock Plus extension for Chrome. A fraudulent developer was able to bypass Google’s vetting process and distributed a knock off Adblock Plus, but the extent of its damages remains unknown.

TECH October 10, 2017

2018 iPad Pro Models Could Boast An iPhone X Feature, AKA Face ID: Report

Apple recently unveiled the iPhone X, introducing the Touch ID replacement Face ID. Now a report says that the Cupertino brand may equip 2018 iPad Pro models with the facial recognition technology too.

TECH October 10, 2017

Action Launcher Gives You That Swanky Customizable Pixel 2 Search Box On Your Android Phone

If you like the Pixel Launcher's two-style dock search box as seen on the Pixel 2 but don't like the phone itself, then Action Launcher is just the thing.

TECH October 9, 2017

Alphabet To Restore Puerto Rico Cellular Service With Balloons: Will Project Loon Succeed?

Google parent Alphabet received approval from the FCC to restore cellular service in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands through Project Loon. The high-flying balloons will allow citizens and local governments to establish contact with the outside world.

TECH October 9, 2017

Google Fiber To Focus On High-Speed Internet In Louisville And San Antonio: Sorry, No TV Package

Google Fiber will not offer TV packages once it launches in Louisville and San Antonio. The Alphabet division will instead focus on providing high-speed internet, as it struggles with the high costs of building out its network.

TECH October 8, 2017

Waiting For The Surface Phone? Don't Hold Your Breath, As Microsoft Stops Focus On Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has confirmed that the company is no longer focusing on Windows 10 Mobile. In other words, Windows phones are really dead now, including the so-called Surface Phone.

TECH October 9, 2017

TCL Goes Back To Basics With The New BlackBerry Motion: Specs, Release Date, And More

Meet the BlackBerry Motion, TCL’s latest attempt to make BlackBerry relevant amid a highly competitive landscape. Unlike last year’s KEYone, it doesn’t have a keyboard, which is probably a good thing.

TECH October 9, 2017

iPhone X In The Wild Excites Apple Fans, But Supply Will Be Extremely Limited Until Next Year

The good news is that the iPhone X has been spotted in the wild, further exciting Apple fans. The bad news, however, is that the iPhone X supply will be extremely limited until the first quarter of 2018.

TECH October 9, 2017

Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Battle Of The $49.99 Smart Speakers

Google has unveiled the Google Home Mini, and as a result, the Amazon Echo Dot just gained a notable competitor in the budget smart speakers game.

TECH October 7, 2017

Think Apple Deliberately Slows Down Old iPhones Over Time? Think Again, Suggests Benchmark Analysis

Futuremark has now released a data analysis that looks into the performance of older iPhones over the years, and the conclusion is interesting. It turns out Apple doesn’t seem to be intentionally slowing down old iPhone models.

TECH October 7, 2017

How Old, Crappy Phones Inspired The iPhone, And Other Key Takeaways From A New Jony Ive Interview

Jony Ive, Apple’s design chief, graced The New Yorker TechFest to talk about his work. He shared pretty interesting tidbits about the original iPhone, his relationship with Steve Jobs, and his design process.

TECH October 8, 2017

Elon Musk Offers To Rebuild Puerto Rico Power Grid With Solar: Will This Really Happen?

Elon Musk has offered to rebuild the Puerto Rico power grid using solar panels. There are many challenges to such an ambitious project, but it will be a massive triumph for alternative energy if it pushes through.

TECH October 7, 2017

How To Switch From The iPhone To The Google Pixel 2, And 3 Reasons Why

Google has taken the wraps off the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and it's not wasting time in converting iPhone users to the other side. At that, here's how to switch from iPhone to Pixel 2.

TECH October 8, 2017

Apple Is ‘Aware’ Of iPhone 8 Battery Swelling Issues And Is ‘Looking Into It’

Several people have been reporting that their iPhone 8 is cracking open because of a swollen battery. Could this be a potentially huge disaster similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7?

TECH October 7, 2017

Video Shows Samsung Smartphone Going Up In Flames: Here's Why It Exploded

A CCTV video caught a Samsung smartphone exploding while in the pocket of its owner. The incident brings back memories of the Galaxy Note 7, but this time, it is not Samsung's fault.

TECH October 8, 2017

Goodbye, AIM: AOL Instant Messenger To Soon Shut Down, After 20 Years Online

AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM, will finally shut down after 20 years on Dec. 15. Millions of users created memories with the chat service, but it is simply time to move on.

TECH October 8, 2017

Lenovo’s 25th-Anniversary ThinkPad Is Just Like The First One, But With Significant Improvements: Yours For $1,899

Lenovo has gone retro for the 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad. The company has now unveiled the ThinkPad 25, a classic reimagining of the original ThinkPad from 1992, and it’s going to cost you a lot.

TECH October 6, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 Missing Text Messages Problem Surfaces: Users On All Major Carriers Affected

There have been various reports on Galaxy S8 users across all major carriers not receiving text messages. The problem, which persists across various messaging apps, should definitely earn Samsung's attention.

TECH October 6, 2017

iOS 11.0.2 Upgrade Won't Solve Your Problems, And Downgrading No Longer An Option: Apple, Help!

Apple released iOS 11.0.2, but it made matters even worse for some iPhone and iPad owners. Unfortunately, users who have upgraded to iOS 11.0.2 or iOS 11.0.1 are stuck with these versions, as downgrading is no longer an option.

TECH October 6, 2017

Russian Hackers Stole NSA Secrets With The Help Of Kaspersky Antivirus Software

Hackers working for the Russian government were able to steal classified documents from the NSA after a contractor placed the files on his home computer, which was running Kaspersky Lab antivirus software. Did the security company work with the hackers?

TECH October 6, 2017

Western Digital Starts Shipping A 14 TB Hard Drive You Can’t Buy

Western Digital has officially begun shipping the HGST Ultrastar Hs14, the world’s first 14 TB hard drive. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to purchase one anytime soon, because this one is only available for a select few.

TECH October 8, 2017

Android Wear Devices Suddenly Vanish From The Google Store: Here's The Explanation

The Android Wear section of the online Google Store suddenly vanished, raising questions on the state of the wearable device operating system. Is Android Wear being pushed away, or does the company have plans for it?

TECH October 5, 2017

Uber App For iOS May Have Secretly Taken iPhone Screenshots, And Apple Allowed It

Another controversy has struck Uber, as its iOS app was discovered to have the ability to take screenshots of users' iPhones. Surprisingly, Apple actually gave Uber permission to use the code in its app.

TECH October 6, 2017

Heads Up, US Subscribers: Your Netflix Plan Is About To Get A Little More Pricey

Two of Netflix’s most popular plans just got more expensive. Beginning this month, all standard and premium subscribers are going to have to pay $1 to $2 more to enjoy the streaming service.

TECH October 6, 2017

Microsoft Rolls Out Edge Browser Beta On iOS, Android To Regain Mobile Relevance

Microsoft has launched its Edge browser for iOS and Android, presumably as a way to keep its mobile efforts alive. It has also rebranded Arrow Launcher into Microsoft Launcher and has made it available on Android via preview.

TECH October 8, 2017

Here's Why Google Dropped The Headphone Jack From The Pixel 2

Google explains why it dropped the headphone jack from the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and it's basically all for the sake of an edge-to-edge display.

TECH October 6, 2017

New $199 Sonos One Smart Speaker Comes With Amazon Alexa, Will Also Feature Google Assistant, Siri

There’s a new smart speaker in town. Sonos just unveiled One, a $199 speaker that in addition to supporting Amazon Alexa right off the bat, will also include Google Assistant and Siri into the mix.

TECH October 5, 2017

Move Over, iPhone 8: Google Pixel 2 Now Has The Best Camera, Says DxOMark

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have now dethroned the iPhone 8 in DxOMark camera rankings. This seems to suggest that this year’s Pixel devices will once again have the best cameras in the market.

TECH October 5, 2017

More iPhone 8 Plus Owners Report Cracked Open Cases Due To Battery Swelling: Is It Time To Panic?

More cases of the iPhone 8 Plus cracking open due to swelling batteries have been reported in addition to the first incidents last week. Should owners of the smartphone start to panic?

TECH October 5, 2017

Alexa, Start My Car: Nissan To Soon Integrate Amazon Alexa Into Modern Models

Nissan will soon integrate Amazon's Alexa into the NissanConnect Services systems of its modern vehicles, including the 2017 Nissan GT-R. This will allow owners to launch various functions, such as starting the car and unlocking doors, through voice commands.

TECH October 5, 2017

Apple Watch Series 3 LTE Issues Now Fixed With watchOS 4.0.1 Update

You can forget all about your LTE issues with the Apple Watch Series 3, as the Cupertino brand has now released the new watchOS 4.0.1 update to fix the problem.

TECH October 5, 2017

Meet Google Home Mini And Home Max, Google’s Answer To Echo Dot And HomePod

There are now three Google Home smart speakers as part of Google’s plan to bring Assistant everywhere. The two newest additions are the entry-level Mini, and the much more expensive Max.

TECH October 5, 2017

Google Pixel Buds Can Translate Conversations In Real Time: Beat That, Apple AirPods

Google unveiled the Pixel Buds, its own $159 wireless earbuds, near the end of its Pixel 2 event. The device, however, arguably has the best chance at changing the world due to its ability to translate conversations in real time.

TECH October 4, 2017

Google Announces Clips, A Creepy Artificial Intelligence Camera

Google has officially unveiled Clips, a $249 camera for parents who fail at taking candid photos of their children. It’s tiny, it looks cute, it’s AI powered, and it’s a cause for a privacy concern.

TECH October 5, 2017

Meet The Rezvani Tank: A $178,000 Modified Jeep Wrangler That Will Let You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse

The Rezvani Tank is a $178,000 extreme utility vehicle that will let you survive the zombie apocalypse. It comes with a 6.4-liter 500 horsepower Hemi V8 engine, a thermal night vision system, and optional ballistic armor protection.

TECH October 4, 2017

Apple Fixes iPhone 8 Crackling Issue Via Latest Update: How To Check If You’re Affected

Apple has rolled out a new software update that fixes crackling noise issues on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. It was a software issue after all, so no need to panic over a possible antennagate situation.

TECH October 4, 2017

If You Preorder The Pixel 2 From Best Buy, You May Get A Free Google Home Mini

A leaked Best Buy newspaper flyer for next week revealed that customers who preorder the Pixel 2 from the retailer will also get a free Google Home Mini. The new devices will be revealed in Google's upcoming Oct. 4 event.

TECH October 3, 2017

How To Add Polls To Your Instagram Stories

Instagram has finally added polls to Stories, letting onlookers have a say in people’s day-to-day decisions. It’s seen as yet another example of Facebook attempting to copy Snapchat.

TECH October 4, 2017

It's A Tie: Samsung Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8 Plus Both Top DxOMark's Mobile Camera Ranking

DxOMark has just declared the new number 1 smartphone in mobile photography, but the winner is not one but two: the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.

TECH October 4, 2017

Samsung Enters Windows Mixed Reality Lineup With Its HMD Odyssey VR Headset

Samsung’s new HMD Odyssey headset offers the best visuals on a virtual reality device at $499. It’s part of Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality lineup, which will soon offer support for SteamVR titles.

TECH October 4, 2017

Change Is Coming To Uber: Travis Kalanick Gets Reduced Power, SoftBank Deal Moves Forward

Uber is about to get a significant investment from SoftBank, but it had to approve drastic changes to make that happen. For starters, one share now only equals one vote, meaning Travis Kalanick will have less power over the board.

TECH October 4, 2017

Every Single Yahoo Account Hacked In 2013 Security Breach: Here's What You Should Do

An August 2013 Yahoo security breach, which was said to have exposed 1 billion users, is now believed to have compromised all 3 billion Yahoo accounts at the time. If you think you are affected, here's what you should do.

TECH October 4, 2017

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