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U.S. Senate rebukes Trump, reimposes sanctions on ZTE

ZTE’s woes continue as the U.S. Senate rolls out a new bill that prohibits the manufacturer from doing business with U.S. firms.

It’s a turbulent time for ZTE. The U.S. government issued a Denial Order against the company back in April, essentially prohibiting the Chinese manufacturer from buying hardware components from the likes of Qualcomm or Intel. The order effectively killed ZTE’s smartphone business as it prevented Google from certifying the manufacturer’s phones.

It looked like  [Read More…]

Three reasons the RED Hydrogen One could be the most interesting phone of 2018

This is gonna be one hell of a phone.

For a company that’s never made a smartphone before, RED is sure getting a lot of attention with its upcoming debut phone, the Hydrogen One. That’s thanks in part to RED’s massive brand recognition outside of the smartphone space, where it’s known as a leading name in cinematography. Whether you were aware of it or not, most of your favorite movies were likely shot on RED’s digital cinema  [Read More…]

Best photo editor for your Chromebook in 2018

Polarr Photo Editor is the best way to edit pictures on your Chromebook.

One of the most often asked questions about Chromebooks we get is how to edit photos. You see the same questions in the comments of Chromebook posts and in forums and everywhere else. It’s a valid question.

One of the biggest holes in the Chromebook toolbox has always been content creation apps and utilities. If you need to edit video or audio or do  [Read More…]

Hands-on photos show ‘Project V’ — a foldable Samsung phone that never was

It’s widely expected that 2019 will be the year Samsung finally launches the Galaxy X — its long-awaited foldable/bendable smartphone. Patents from years past have indicated Samsung’s been toying around with the idea of a foldable phone for some time, and thanks to a user on Twitter, we now have an idea of what one of those prototypes looked like.

Referred to as “Project V”, the above phone was being developed by Samsung between 2015 and 2016 as  [Read More…]

Google’s Datally app gets guest mode, daily limits, and other features

All of this is rolling out to the app now.

In late 2017, Google launched an app to help you cut down on your mobile data usage called “Datally.” Datally’s already pretty great as is, but Google recently announced four new features for the app that aim to help you use even less data.

The feature that users will likely find the most useful is Daily Limit. With this, you can tell Datally how much mobile data  [Read More…]

MediaTek mobile processors: What’s the difference between ’em?

If you’ve got an Android smartphone – and let’s be honest, since you’re reading this you probably do – you’ve heard of Qualcomm and its Snapdragon processors.

Snapdragon is typically known as the processor of choice for Android smartphones, whether its in a high-end Samsung flagship or an entry-level, T-Mobile-branded ZTE device.

Alas, Qualcomm isn’t the only name in the processor game; the China-based MediaTek is its biggest competitor, especially in countries that aren’t the U.S.

If you thought Qualcomm’s  [Read More…]

Samsung brings back customizable text message ringtones for each contact

Available as part of the v4.4.30.5 update for Samsung Messages.

The Android Oreo update brings a lot of goodies to Samsung phones. There’s an updated UI for the Samsung Experience skin, more emojis, adaptive notification dots, and much more. However, it also removed something that struck a chord with a lot of users — customizable text message ringtones.

Prior to the Oreo update, you could have different ringtones/notification sounds for your text messages on a per-contact-basis. If  [Read More…]

Use Fooducate to make your diet goals (review)

You may be looking to better track your dietary habits. Or even just check out what exactly your diet habits actually are, you have PLENTY of choices in the Play Store to get the job done. Some are old stalwarts of the Android market, and there is a constant arrival of new apps to check out.

One option in the Play Store is Fooducate. It’s a freemium-type of nutritional tracker app. It’s designed to allow you count calories, track diet  [Read More…]

How to sign up for YouTube Premium

YouTube’s $ 12/month subscription gets you a lot for your money.

YouTube Premium is finally here, and if you’ve got $ 12/month to spend, it’s absolutely worth the cash.

For that monthly fee, YouTube Premium grants you access to ad-free videos across all of YouTube, offline downloads, YouTube Original content, and all of the perks that come with YouTube Music.

Signing up for YouTube Premium is as easy as can be, and to get started, here’s what  [Read More…]

Kano, a company teaching kids how to code, joins forces with Sesame Ventures

Kano, an educational computer company that provides kids with the tools to build their own technology, has received an investment from Sesame Ventures.

Together, the two companies will share knowledge, insights and best practices regarding parents and children and their interaction with technology from the earliest stages of life.

Sesame Ventures is the investment arm of Sesame Workshop, the company behind the popular educational children’s program Sesame Street. It seeks to partner with companies involved in tech, health, and child  [Read More…]