Tag Archive: Actually


Google’s RCS ‘Chat’ plans are actually kind of brilliant

Improving a standard is way, way better than creating a walled garden. Every time.

Did you hear? Google is releasing yet another unified messaging app at I/O this year, and they’re sunsetting the Allo app they announced last year! How crazy is that?! Does anyone a that company have any clue what they are doing?!?!1!ONE?!!

Lets all take a deep breath for a moment and catch up.

Thanks to some absolutely stellar reporting from The Verge, we  [Read More…]

YouTube’s new music service actually won’t launch this March

There’s currently no word on when we can expect it to come out.

At the beginning of December last year, a report emerged claiming that Google was planning on launching its third music streaming service. Currently referred to as “YouTube Remix”, it was expected that this would be unveiled as early as March of this year. However, just ahead of the SXSW music festival, YouTube’s said otherwise.

SXSW will take place between March 9th and the 13th  [Read More…]

Nest Hello will work with Google Home to announce who’s actually at the door

You’ll just have to teach it a tad.

In hindsight, this one should have been obvious. And maybe Nest spelled it out explicitly and I just missed it. But in any event, let’s codify it here.

Nest Hello — the upcoming video doorbell from the company best known for its thermostats and cameras — will work with Google Home (and Google Home Mini — really, with Google Assistant) to announce who’s at your door. That is, it’ll recognize who’s there thanks  [Read More…]

This slate back is the trim the Nest Thermostat actually deserves

A naked Nest Thermostat installation is easy. But this one little accessory can make it look that much better.

When you’re installing a Nest Thermostat, you’ve got a couple options. One is for it to ride on your wall bareback. Or you can use the plastic trim piece that comes with it. The former may look cleaner, of course — particularly on relatively new (or at least clean) walls.

A little extra texture can go a long  [Read More…]

Actually, the Pixel 2 is the best Android for Windows phone converts

The Pixel 2 (not the OnePlus 5T) is the best Android option for former Windows phone users for a couple of important reasons.

Recently Windows Central Senior Editor Zac Bowden proclaimed the new OnePlus 5T as the best Android phone for Windows folks who were finally moving on to another phone and another platform. I don’t deny the OnePlus 5T is a great phone (I haven’t used one for more than 60 seconds, but still) and that  [Read More…]

The Lenovo Smart Display is the first Google Home I might actually buy

The Lenovo Smart Display is a Google Home with a built-in screen – and that makes it the very first Google Home I might consider buying. While you still control it primarily with your voice, the touchscreen lends much more versatility to the notion of a home assistant: you can check on the Nest Camera monitoring your baby room, start a Duo call with your Pixel-toting friends, or stream the latest video from your favorite YouTuber (ahem). Yes, those  [Read More…]

In Oreo, the button to check for Android updates now actually checks for updates

File this one under things finally working as described.

If you’ve ever mashed that “Check for update” button in your phone settings because you were waiting and ready for an update, you know disappointment. You might be disappointed less in the future, as the button now actually checks for an update when asks rather than check to see if you were slotted in to be updated that day.

Long-time Android developer and new master of update buttons Elliot Hughes  [Read More…]

Essential Phone orders are ACTUALLY now shipping out

Essential said that devices were being shipped as of August 25th and some people even received shipping numbers but clicking the link returned an error. It seems that the Essential phone is now actually shipping out according to a number of forums. It does appear that this is only for devices ordered directly through the […]

iPhone not actually the most stolen smartphone in the UK

It appears that an Android manufacturer has had the misfortune of taking the top spot in a list of the most stolen smartphones. According to the most recent report, it was found that models from HTC were most likely to be stolen. And it doesn’t get any better for Android users either, as coming in […]

Get a landline you’ll actually use with the $63 Ooma Telo free home phone service

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a deal on free home phone service!

The Ooma Telo free home phone service device is down to $ 63 as part of Amazon’s Gold Box deals of the day. This is the lowest price ever for the Ooma Telo, matching a drop it hasn’t seen since April. Over the last six months, its street price has fluctuated around $ 80-90.

If you haven’t heard of Ooma  [Read More…]