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The latest Gboard beta is faster, with better support for handwriting

The keyboard now also recognizes handwriting input in Tibetan!

What you need to know Google just released a new beta for Gboard. The release focuses particularly on improving performance by reducing start-up times and latency. It also adds better support for handwriting input.

Google’s Gboard is one of the best Android keyboards out there. It’s also the default keyboard on many phones, meaning you’re most likely using it on your phone right now. And while keyboards aren’t  [Read More…]

The best heavy duty cases for the Note 10+

The Galaxy Note 10+ was designed to be a big workhorse of a smartphone, but it’s far from being a rugged phone with all that glass used on the front and back. No matter what job you work for a living, phone drops can and will happen. You’re better off to be prepared for when the inevitable happens with a heavy-duty case.

Multilayered protection SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro

Staff pick

The SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro style  [Read More…]

Which 45W charger is best for the Galaxy Note 10+?

Best answer: Despite the Note 10+ using open standards for its 45W fast-charging, the only charger we can be sure will charge the phone at full speed is the official Samsung fast-charger. The PPS standard isn’t included in many chargers right now, and many listings claiming to have PPS are inaccurate at the moment.

Only sure bet: Samsung 45W USB-C Super Fast Charging Wall Charger ($ 39 at Amazon) On the go option: ELECJET PowerPie 20000mAh Power  [Read More…]

The Verizon Galaxy S9 is making the leap to Android 10

One UI 2.0 comes along for the ride.

What you need to know Samsung is rolling out Android 10 to the Verizon Galaxy S9. The update brings One UI 2.0 for the ride. AT&T has also updated the S9 to Android 10.

While everyone’s enamored with Android 11 and the Samsung Galaxy S20, older phones still need love too. Samsung is continuing its rollout of Android 10 for the S9, this time bringing it to the Verizon  [Read More…]

SlickWraps’ website is full of serious vulnerabilities

SlickWraps blocked the security researcher who attempted to reach out to them.

What you need to know SlickWraps reportedly had a serious vulnerability that could let any knowledgable attacker gain access to customer data and more using its website. The firm also rebuffed attempts by security researchers to work towards fixing the vulnerability. Taking matters into his own hands, researcher Lynx0x00 used capabilities granted by the vulnerability to warn customers about the breach.

Security is hard. Even  [Read More…]

Here are our first Galaxy S20 Ultra camera shots: Main, zoom and ultra-wide

See what we’re getting out of that all-new camera array.

Of all the improvements and changes on hand in the Galaxy S20 series, a complete overhaul of the camera system is one of the biggest. And for many of us, how well the new cameras perform will make or break our choice to buy one of the new phones. The Galaxy S20 Ultra has its own next-level improvements over the Galaxy S20 and S20+, making it even  [Read More…]

Is Nest Wifi worth the extra money over Google Wifi?

Most versatile Nest Wifi

$ 149 at Amazon

Pros 2,200 square feet of coverage Fast AC2200 speeds WPA3 encryption support Consistent software updates Works with Google Wifi Cons Larger than Google Wifi

An upgrade to Google Wifi in most ways, Nest Wifi comes as either a router or a point. The router connects to the modem and has a larger coverage area while the points simply strengthen the mesh. The points also have a smart speaker  [Read More…]

How to set up NVIDIA GeForce Now on your Android phone

Looking into streaming games to your phone? The unique thing about NVIDIA GeForce Now compared to most other streaming services is that you get to play Steam games you already own, along with other games from Epic and Uplay. Play what you know and love, even on the go. Best of all, it’s easy to set up, here’s how.

Products used in this guide Get the app: NVIDIA GeForce NOW (Free at Google Play) “Gamepad Required”: SteelSeries Stratus Duo  [Read More…]

The Galaxy S20 is available in five great colors — here’s the best one

Samsung phones are always some of the best-looking in the Android space, and this year is no different with the Galaxy S20 lineup. Samsung’s offering three models this time around with the S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra, and each one looks and feels like the high-end flagships that they are. The color choices have been scaled back compared to what Samsung offered last year with the S10, but that’s not to say the options we have this year  [Read More…]

Google pulls 600 apps from the Play Store for serving ‘disruptive’ ads

The search giant says it will continue to invest in developing new technologies to help detect such ads.

What you need to know Google has removed 600 apps from the Play Store for showing out-of-context ads to users. Cheetah Mobile is among the big developers that have been banned from the Play Store. The removed apps had been installed over 4.5 billion times and mainly targeted English-speaking users.

Google has announced that it has removed nearly 600  [Read More…]