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What do you actually get with an Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition?

Best answer: The Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition is quite the little bundle: an Amazon Echo Dot (2nd gen), a kid-friendly case in one of three bright colors, a power adapter and cable, a 2-year worry-free warranty, and a 1-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited.

Amazon: Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition ($ 70)

What’s in the box?

The Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition may not seem like a bundle, but indeed it is. This $ 70 bundle  [Read More…]

Android Pie actually fixes a smartphone’s biggest problem: battery life

Welcome to our new AI-powered battery saving overlords (please don’t kill all humans).

I carry around a BlackBerry KEY2 as my “daily driver” but my other phone — the one I use for work and do random things to and install random stuff — is a Pixel 2. The small Pixel. The best Pixel. Well, best in everything but battery life.

The smaller Pixel 2 has a 2,700 mAh battery compared to the bigger 3,520 mAh battery  [Read More…]

Google Assistant should actually take some notes from Bixby

Google Assistant may be bigger and better than Samsung Bixby, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing Google could learn from it.

Bixby isn’t all bad. There, I said it.

Samsung’s take on the AI assistant has been widely panned since it debuted back on the Samsung Galaxy S8, and few things have been more hated on the last few Samsung flagships than Samsung Bixby and it’s dedicated and mostly useless Bixby button — which you can’t disable  [Read More…]

MrMobile: The Galaxy Note 9 is a smartphone that’s actually worth $1000

I get it, you guys: no one thinks smartphones should actually cost a thousand bucks. Motorola kicks out incredible quality on the low end with its Moto G series; the OnePlus 6 delivers a truly exceptional experience at under $ 550; and buying last year’s flagships is another smart way to save coin. Given all these options, it seems ludicrous to drop ten Benjamins for any mobile device.

But the $ 1000 phone isn’t going anywhere, folks  [Read More…]

Five dog gadgets that are actually useful in 2018

Your best friend deserves the best, and these gadgets will help you be the best.

Dogs are wonderful companions, but they also require a lot of work. Besides obvious things like cleaning up messes, dogs also need to be groomed, well fed and above all, loved. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools available to make your pet parenthood easier.

Here are five dog gadgets that are actually useful!

Dyson V7 Animal HandsOn Grooming Gloves Whistle 3 GPS  [Read More…]

How to set up Android Auto on your phone so you’ll actually use it

PSA: Keep your focus on the road and off your phone.

When Google first announced Android Auto, it was a fairly basic app that let you connect and display a limited amount of information from your phone to your car via a wired connection to an aftermarket in-dash display head unit. Automakers eventually supported the platform as more cars included touch displays in their interface, but unless you’re driving a newer model car from 2016 on there’s  [Read More…]

Are the #1 Bluetooth Headphones on Amazon actually good? We review the MPOW M3

When looking for a new pair of Bluetooth headphones, we’re often faced with a few choices. Do we want to spend more money for better audio quality? Does it need water resistance? How much do we care about looks?

While some audio companies are trying to compete on price alone and some are trying to compete on features alone, MPOW is trying to straddle the line of both of those segments to provide a pair of Bluetooth headphones that look great,  [Read More…]

Google’s mystery HDMI dongle is actually the ADT-2 Android TV developer kit

This makes sense.

That mystery Google-branded HDMI dongle we saw pass through the FCC about a month ago looks to be not a consumer device, but instead developer-only hardware called the ADT-2 that Google’s announcing at I/O 2018. So no, that wasn’t an early look at any sort of consumer-level hardware as originally expected, but it is something that will help developers get acquainted with developing for Android TV.

What’s new in Android TV at Google I/O  [Read More…]

Galaxy S9 and 15W Qi wireless chargers: Does it actually charge faster?

Does more wattage mean faster speeds?

This year, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 series supports wireless charging. Same as last year, right? Except that there’s new hardware inside the phones to wirelessly charge at up to 15 watts, which is twice the speed of most phones (and more than double that of the Galaxy S8).

Charging speed is the only thing keeping some people away from wireless chargers, assuming their phone supports the feature. Even with advancements in the  [Read More…]

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…]