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I hate big phones, but I really wish I went XL with the Pixel 4

I like everything about my Pumpkin Spice Pixel 4 except for its crappy battery life. I should have gone extra-large.

It seems like everyone (well, almost everyone) hates the Pixel 4. That’s OK and hating things you never planned to buy is the secret fuel that powers the tech side of the internet. I’m not one of those people and think the Pixel 4 was a great upgrade from the 3 in almost every way. It’s just  [Read More…]

You must be out of your damn mind to enable this Alexa skill

Amazon announced at its Fall 2019 event that it would soon be enabling celebrity voices on Alexa for purchase, starting with Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson. If you want to shake up how you interact with your Echo device, consider purchasing and enabling the Alexa Skill now while it’s on sale!

Products used in this guide Hold on to your butts: Samuel L. Jackson Alexa Skill ($ 1 at Amazon) Keeping in clean: The Tonight Show Alexa Skill  [Read More…]

Apple and Google asked if apps must disclose foreign ties

There are concerns about Chinese investment in apps like TikTok.

What you need to know Apple and Google have been asked about the disclosure mobile apps must provide regarding overseas ties. The chair of a U.S. congressional panel has written to both companies on the issue. Rep. Stephen Lynch cited recent press reports of national security risks over the data of U.S. Citizens.

Chair of a U.S. congressional panel Rep. Stephen Lynch has written to Apple and  [Read More…]

A trade deal with China won’t affect Huawei’s Entity List status — for now

What you need to know New tariffs on consumer goods from China will not go into effect Sunday. A preliminary “phase one” trade deal with China has been reached. This deal nothing to do with Huawei’s Entity List status.

Sources at media outlets like CNBC and the Wall Street Journal say that a new agreement that would offset of halt the upcoming tariffs on specific consumer goods from China has been accepted by both Washington and Beijing.

The  [Read More…]

Samsung probably didn’t sell a million Galaxy Folds after all

Reports of its sales have been greatly exaggerated

What you need to know Samsung’s Galaxy Fold probably didn’t sell a million units as earlier stated. The erroneous statement was made by a Samsung exec at TechCrunch Disrupt earlier this week. A Samsung spokesperson said the exec had confused sales targets with actual units sold.

Samsung probably didn’t sell a million Galaxy Fold smartphones, contradicting an earlier statement that it did. The statement was made earlier this week  [Read More…]

4K Pixelbook Go model finally available for purchase

Now, where’s my pretty (Not) Pink version?

What you need to know Pixelbook Go’s most expensive configuration is now available for immediate purchase. The i7, 16GB/256GB configuration with the 4K screen can be bought at Amazon, Best Buy, and Google Store. It’s only available in Just Black, as the Not Pink is still listed as Coming Soon.

The Pixelbook Go is without a doubt one of the most powerful — and beautiful, to be honest — Chromebooks  [Read More…]

Running out of storage on your Android device? Here’s what to do!

One of the most important features of your smartphone is its storage. This is how you download your favorite apps, save all of your special photos, download music playlists for long road trips — you name it. The longer you hold onto your phone, the more likely it is you’ll start to run out of space at some point down the road. Should you find yourself in this situation, here are a few tips on how to free  [Read More…]

Review: Darksiders Genesis is one of the biggest surprises of 2019

A Darksiders experience from a new perspective.

Darksiders Genesis is a top-down action game that takes you through a variety of levels. Unlike the interconnected nature of Diablo III, you teleport into various environments and are tasked with uncovering a number of secrets and defeating bosses. While the story is a little convoluted and hard to follow, the gameplay is sublime. The ability to freely move around the world and slay hordes of demons with two distinct  [Read More…]

Google says all U.S. users should now have RCS enabled

You’ll need to update both Google Messages and Carrier Services for the change to take effect.

What you need to know Google has finally completed the process of rolling out RCS to users in the U.S. The company is well ahead of its previous promise of broad availability by the end of the year. Updates to both Google Messages and the Carrier Services app may be required to enable the new chat experience.

Earlier in the week,  [Read More…]

Everything you can do with Oculus Quest hand tracking

Hand tracking doesn’t do much at the moment.

The Oculus Quest is a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset that doesn’t require any cables to be connected to your PC. The device has received a number of new features in recent months, but hand tracking may be the most significant. Yesterday, Oculus updated the Quest software so that you can enable hand tracking as an Experimental Feature.

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You can interact with the Oculus  [Read More…]