Archive for May, 2019

The best steering wheels for driving on PlayStation VR

The best part about VR is fully immersing yourself in a new experience, so you can feel like you’re really in the game world. Anybody who’s spent time with a driving wheel knows that it enhances the experience of driving games, and that feeling is only amplified once you’re hooked into your PlayStation VR. How do you pick the best steering wheel though? That’s where we come in.

The very best Thrustmaster T300RS GT

Staff pick

The  [Read More…]

How to set up a PlayStation Classic

We are here to help get started as fast as possible.

The PlayStation Classic is a mini version of the original grey PlayStation from the late 1990’s. It comes with 20 built-in games and two controllers for you and your family to indulge your nostalgia bones. Now you have one though you need to get it set up and ready to play.

Happily, the Classic is fairly simple to get going so we will take you through  [Read More…]

Android Q features you’ll love: Games will be better on weaker hardware

By borrowing a tool from Chrome, Android Q will run OpenGL ES features on your phone’s GPU no matter the version.

One of the coolest under the hood changes of Android Q is the implementation of ANGLE, the Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine. It’s one of those things that you’ll never see or know is there if it’s working properly, but will let your phone run games using it’s native GPU hardware APIs even if it was  [Read More…]

Blu G9 review

Blu Products is back with another smartphone for mid-2019, this time offering up the G9 as part of its portfolio. After what felt like an almost monthly product launch in previous years, the brand has slowed to a more methodical and deliberate pace. As such, the Blu G9 is just the second release this year.

The G9 is a big-screen, big-battery experience with a mirror metallic finish and upper-end hardware. As the first Blu phone to feature a V-notch cutout  [Read More…]

Huawei is ‘confident’ it can resolve losing its relationship with ARM

ARM technology is at the foundation of Huawei’s Kirin chipsets.

Updated 10:44 AM ET: Following this news, Huawei reached out to AC with the following statement:

We value our close relationships with our partners, but recognize the pressure some of them are under, as a result of politically motivated decisions. We are confident this regrettable situation can be resolved and our priority remains to continue to deliver world-class technology and products to our customers around the world.

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Need a new Chromebook that won’t break the bank? Let us help!

Chromebooks are a great alternative to traditional Windows or Mac laptops, and here at AC, we make it our mission to test out as many as we can to give you the best Chromebook buying advice possible.

Lenovo Chromebook C330

Light and bright

$ 272 from Amazon

Pros Prettier and peppier 64GB of storage 10-hour battery life Bright screen Less expensive Cons No durability certifications Shorter support life

Lenovo took an existing Chromebook platform and  [Read More…]

What is UFS 3.0 storage, and why should you care?

Best answer: UFS 3.0 is the latest iteration of Universal Flash Storage, a storage standard designed for the likes of smartphones and digital cameras. UFS offers read and write speeds that are significantly faster than eMMC (embedded MultiMediaCard) while retaining the same power consumption figures. Think it of as a mobile SSD for your phone.

Speed demon: OnePlus 7 Pro ($ 669 at OnePlus) UFS delivers SSD-like speeds on smartphones

UFS (Universal Flash Storage) has emerged as  [Read More…]

DJI’s Osmo Action looks like a killer GoPro alternative

GoPro isn’t the only one making action cameras.

There’s always been something uniquely appealing about action cameras, even if the image quality isn’t quite up to par with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Maybe it’s the compact size, or the ease of use. Or how you can mount them to just about anything and get shots that are virtually impossible with other cameras.

No matter the specific appeal, I know that after watching MrMobile’s first impressions video of DJI’s  [Read More…]

How to activate navigation gestures on OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus was one of the first Android manufacturers to introduce navigation gestures, and OxygenOS 9.5 offers a variety of customization options in this area. OnePlus offers three distinct styles of navigation gestures, and choosing between the three is a matter of personal preference.

Here are our favorite OnePlus 7 Pro accessories All-day power: Anker PowerCore 10000 PD ($ 46 at Amazon) Free your music: OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 ($ 99 at OnePlus) Secure your grip: Popsockets Swappable PopGrips  [Read More…]

Microsoft Launcher beta gets adaptive icons, hidden dock option, more

Resize your icons, hide your dock, and more in the latest Microsoft Launcher beta update.

What you need to know Microsoft Launcher version 5.5 is now available for beta testers. The update brings new features like adaptive icons that can be matched in shape and size, along with the ability to hide your dock. Other tweaks include adjustments for accessing shortcuts when your home screen is locked, faster Tasks card syncing, and more.

Microsoft today pushed out  [Read More…]