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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Pay whatever you want for 90 hours of CompTIA exam prep

Great, lucrative, and family-sustaining IT careers are out there, but the vast majority of candidates are not yet qualified. CompTIA certifications help to train and identify qualified, knowledgeable employees and match them with employers who have jobs to fill.

When you show up for a job interview with CompTIA credentials under your belt, that employer knows that you not only have the IT skills to do the job, but you also have a commitment to your career with continuing edcuation.

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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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Three ways to backup Android game data to a PC without root

Android games have become more advanced and graphic-intensive over the years. However, as cool as they are, most games still don’t support cloud-based synchronization options. In other words, you might lose your saved game data if you uninstall or reinstall a game, or if you install a game which you have already played onto a different phone.

This can be disappointing to avid gamers who spent hours upon hours progressing through game levels. Thankfully there are a few solutions which  [Read More…]

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…]

Flash Sale: Tomtop shaves 58% off the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

In the market for an affordable big-screen Android experience? You might be interested in the limited time promotional price that Tomtop has for the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Tablet PC.

The online retailer has discounted the 8-inch tablet as part of a flash sale, meaning it’s a great deal but subject to availability. In other words, don’t think about it too long as there’s only a set number of these on hand. At the time of publishing this post we  [Read More…]