Archive for December, 2017


Hey, iPhone users, Samsung and LG won’t slow down your old devices

By now you’ll have heard the news that Apple purposely slows down older iPhones to reduce the CPU power to account for degraded batteries. Apple acknowledged such practices and said it was to protect against unwanted shutdowns, and not to encourage users to upgrade to the latest and greatest, faster, iPhones. Huge manufacturing companies aren’t […]

Best PlayStation 4 Accessories as of December 2017

Your PS4 is fine on its own, but these accessories can help complete the experience!

My Momma told me that the key to any good outfit is the right accessories.

That’s not true. She never said that, but it sounds like the sort of thing that some mom somewhere said. The same, however, is certainly true for gaming setups. The right gaming accessories can spell the difference between just playing video games and having a gaming experience.

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It looks like you can unlock the bootloader on the Verizon Pixel 2

You better act fast.

If you’re in the market for a Google Pixel 2, you have only two options of how to buy it – either unlocked from the Google Store or through Verizon Wireless. The Verizon Pixel 2 is the exact same phone as the unlocked model, but there’s one area where it’s different – it’s bootloader can’t be unlocked. Or can it?

Google Pixel 2s sold through Verizon are supposed to have a bootloader that’s  [Read More…]

Top 5 tips and tricks for getting the most out of EMUI 8

Getting started with EMUI 8 is easy, and it’s because it’s based on Android 8.0 Oreo. Here are some tips for getting the most out of the new platform.

EMUI 8 is the software running on the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro and Honor View 10, and it will soon be coming to a bunch of Honor and Huawei devices being upgraded from EMUI 5.x.

While not a huge evolution in design or features, EMUI  [Read More…]

Control your devices anywhere with a $40 two-pack of TP-Link Smart Plugs

Buy smart accessories smartly.

The TP-Link HS110 Smart Plug two-pack is now on sale at Amazon for just $ 39.99. Other than when it was $ 35 at B&H Photo on Black Friday, this looks to be the lowest price ever for these smart plugs. At just $ 5 above the Black Friday pricing, it’s nothing to scoff at. A single one of these plugs is currently selling for $ 35 on its own, so this is a really  [Read More…]

Here are all the Snapdragon 845-powered devices coming in 2018

Devices include the LG G7, Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 3, and more.

Qualcomm officially took the wraps off the Snapdragon 845 in early December, and as we previously mentioned, there are a lot of reasons why you should be excited about it. Every new processor brings increased speed and better battery life, and while the 845 offers both of these things, it also has serious improvements for cameras, support for ultra-fast gigabit LTE, and plenty more.

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Essential Phone review, four months later: The sun is setting on this experiment

Again, how long do we wait for Essential to figure this out?

With big money and big names involved, Essential was a deserved recipient of intrigue when it launched as a company with the promise of a great Android phone (and so much more). Weeks later, I wrote my original review of the Essential Phone in mid-August, and followed it up after a couple software updates with a definitive review on August 28. Even then, it clearly  [Read More…]

Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to Moto Z2 Force on T-Mobile

And then there were two.

Just about a week ago, Verizon became the first carrier to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Moto Z2 Force. We suspected that other carriers would soon follow in Big Red’s footsteps, and now T-Mobile has done just that by pushing out the update to its version of the phone as well.

The software experience on the Z2 Force was already one of its most redeeming qualities, and the bump to  [Read More…]

How to download and play music on the Huawei Watch 2

Whether you’re going to the gym or out on a run, being able to leave your phone at home is a huge convenience.

Audio controls are a huge convenience of Android Wear, allowing you to pause or skip tracks from apps like Spotify or Pocket Casts on your phone. But even more convenient is the ability to load music directly onto your smartwatch and listen to your favorite songs on the go, without needing your phone at all.

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Deal: Early Pixelbook owners can get a $100 credit from certain retailers

If you were one of the first customers to buy a Google Pixelbook, you can get $ 100 back and a free Google Home.

The suggested retail price for Google’s base model Pixelbook is $ 999, but after a little more than a month on the shelves the convertible saw a holiday discount to $ 899 and a free Google Home from certain retailers. Early adopters who bought the device in the first few weeks may be in luck,  [Read More…]