Archive for September, 2019

Google Assistant gets new voices in nine more languages

A second voice option for the Assistant is now available in nine new countries.

What you need to know Google is introducing a second voice option for the Assistant in nine more languages: German, French, Dutch, Norwegian, Italian, Korean, Japanese, English in the U.K. or English in India All the new voices were built using Deepmind’s WaveNet technology, which make them sound natural. You will be able to choose from the different voices by heading over to  [Read More…]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare testers can unlock a weapon ahead of launch

Boom goes the Hammer Shotgun.

What you need to know Call of Duty: Modern Warfare testers can unlock a weapon blueprint ahead of launch for playing in the beta weekends. The Hammer Shotgun blueprint will be given to all beta testers who hit level 10 before the last beta concludes on September 23. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is available to preorder now for $ 60.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has embarked on franchise’s usual slate  [Read More…]

Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box syncs your Hue lights with your TV for $230

Supports up to 4K 60Hz HDR, launches on October 15.

What you need to know The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box will sync your color-capable Hue lights with your TV for $ 230. It supports 4K 60Hz HDR with 4 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output. Pre-orders begin today at and Best Buy, but the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box won’t officially launch until October 15.

Philips Hue, the makers of Hue smart lighting  [Read More…]

Here’s how OnePlus continues to perfect OxygenOS year after year

OxygenOS is the best third-party skin on Android, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

Over the weekend, OxygenOS hit a big milestone: it completed 1,500 days. As part of the celebration, OnePlus partnered with the World Wildlife Fund to plant trees for every tweet posted using the OxygenOS hashtag. Over the years, OxygenOS has evolved to become the best third-party skin on Android, striking an ideal balance between simplicity and customization.

A large part of OnePlus’  [Read More…]

Google Fi’s new unlimited plan is just $70 per month

What you need to know New unlimited plan starts at $ 70 per month with 100GB of Google One storage included. Data is full speed up to 22GB per month, but video streaming quality may be reduced to 480p. Group plans reduce the per-person cost to as low as $ 45 per month.

Google Fi is taking on another evolution of its service with a new unlimited plan offering that gives Fi customers another choice for heavy data  [Read More…]

Get a great camera for less with these phones

It’s no secret that camera quality is near the top of the list when it comes to requirements for a smartphone. And that’s the case no matter how much you’re spending. Thankfully there are plenty of phones out there that offer solid camera experiences without breaking the bank. The best of the best is the Google Pixel 3a. It gives you flagship camera quality, front and back, for a fraction of the cost — and stands out particularly  [Read More…]

Pocket Casts, one of Android’s best podcast apps, is now free

There’s also a new Pocket Casts Plus subscription.

What you need to know Popular podcast app Pocket Casts is now free to download. All of the app’s existing features remain, and new ones will continue to be added. Pocket Casts Plus is available for 99 cents a month and offers access to the desktop app.

Pocket Casts has long been one of the most popular podcast apps for Android and iOS, offering a clean UI and powerful  [Read More…]

The latest 5% cash back deals from Chase

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It might be hard to believe but time flies, and we’re already coming up on the final quarter of the year. And with a new quarter comes new Chase Freedom 5% cash back categories. For the last three months of 2019 (October 1 through December 30, 2019), cardholders  [Read More…]

Group apps for different Focus mode schedules in ActionDash 5.0

New feature automatically kicks you to the home screen after your screen is off for a set time period.

What you need to know ActionDash 5.0 brings app groups and all-day modes to Focus mode. New Fresh Start feature hopes to end you returning to distracting apps when waking your phone up. App groups for Focus mode finally allow you to easily block different types of apps during different times of day.

ActionDash has been on a  [Read More…]

Nest Wifi with Google Assistant to launch at Google event on October 15

The system will consist of one primary router and two secondary ones.

What you need to know Google is reportedly making a “Nest Wifi” system as a successor to Google Wifi. The new hardware will double as Google Assistant speakers. It’ll likely be announced at Google’s upcoming October 15 event.

Google recently announced that it’ll be holding an event on October 15 to show off its latest hardware, with the main focus expected to be the Pixel  [Read More…]