Archive for May, 2019

Do you change the launcher on Pixel phones?

Looks like the Pixel Launcher has a growing fan club.

If you own a Pixel phone, chances are one of the main reasons you bought it was because of its software experience. Since Pixels are made by Google, they come with clean/uncluttered UIs, features you won’t find anywhere else, and get access to Android updates and security patches before any other handset.

Google’s custom Pixel Launcher is what ships on every Pixel phone out of the box,  [Read More…]

Project Strobe is making your data more secure in Chrome and Drive

Chrome extensions will now be required to use permissions with access to the least amount of data.

What you need to know Chrome extensions will now be required to use permissions with the least amount of data in order to function. Extensions which handle user-provided content and personal communications must now provide a privacy policy. Third-party apps will now only be able to access specific files in Drive unless they have been approved by Google.

Google has  [Read More…]

Baldur’s Gate and more D&D classics are coming to modern consoles

Your favorite RPGs are back and better than ever.

What you need to know Larian Studios recently teased Baldur’s Gate 3. Baldur’s Gate, Planetscape, and Neverwinter Nights are coming to modern consoles. Each game will come with all DLC and expansions this fall.

The Dungeons & Dragons resurgence has done wonders for the popularity of tabletop role-playing games, and now that success is bridging the gap to modern consoles. It’s sometimes hard to justify enhancing decades-old video games,  [Read More…]

Pixel 3a is the best $400 phone. Will Moto Z4 sell 5G?

Jerry Hildenbrand, Andrew Martonik, and Daniel Bader look at Pixel 3a and its place in the market as a $ 400 phone. They also discuss the new Moto Z4 and Moto Mods, including the 5G add-on.

Things are still not looking good for Huawei, but they have a replacement OS ready to go in June. Probably? Maybe?

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RIP BlackBerry Messenger: Gone, but not forgotten

It’s been a long time coming, but the day is finally here. BlackBerry will pull the plug on BlackBerry Messenger (the consumer version) at the end of the day today, and while we know you likely don’t use it anymore, BBM was a big part of the past for many. It hasn’t been the center of attention in a long time, and if we’re being honest, people haven’t really even talked about it all that much in the  [Read More…]

Lenovo Smart Clock vs. Amazon Echo Spot

Smart Displays continue to take the world by storm and we have tested just about all of the options on the market. The best part about it is that it’s rather easy to find the best display for your needs.

Lenovo Smart Clock

Bigger and better

$ 80 at Lenovo

Pros Larger display More powerful speakers Built-in USB port Lower price Cons No camera for video chats Can’t set Google Photos for photo frame

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Eye tracking could tremendously improve future PlayStation VR experiences

Best answer: Eye tracking technology allows a device to track the position and motion of your eyes using a sensor. It should enhance your VR experience by reducing eye strain, increasing performance and resolution, and creating more immersive games.

Virtual Reality: PlayStation VR – Astro Bot Rescue Mission + Moss Bundle ($ 242 at Amazon)

What is eye tracking?

Eye tracking is a sensor technology that can tell exactly where a person’s gaze is focused. It  [Read More…]

China starts working on its own blacklist in response to the Huawei ban

The blacklist would include foreign companies that have been deemed unreliable.

What you need to know China is planning on blacklisting foreign companies that have been deemed “unreliable.” It could include companies from the U.S. as well as Japan or Britain. China could also restrict rare earth exports to the U.S. in the future.

Tensions are rising in the trade war as China threatens to create its own blacklist. The list would contain foreign companies or organizations  [Read More…]

Word Forward offers a fresh challenge for word puzzle fans

Word games are one of the more popular smartphone games in part because they can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Who among us hasn’t spent some time playing games like Words With Friends, killed time with the excellent NYTimes Crossword, or checked out the plethora of word-building games on the Google Play Store?

With so many games retreading the same territory, it can be real hard for a new game to stand out from the pack.  [Read More…]

Google Play Store redesign rolling out with bottom navigation bar

The new design is showing up for users with version 15.1.24.

What you need to know The new Material Theme version of the Play Store has started rolling out to users. It is available with the latest version of the app which can be downloaded from APKMirror. Google Music has been removed from the navigation bar but can still be found in the pull-out menu.

The new Material Theme Play Store redesign is now rolling out with  [Read More…]