Tag Archive: aren’t


PSA: Gestures aren’t turned on in Android P by default

Google’s not forcing you to swipe quite yet.

Android P is almost here, and one of its biggest features is the new navigation gestures. The new gestures are a welcome touch, but if you can’t live without your Home, Back, and Recents buttons, you’ve got nothing to fear.

When you update your phone to Android P, the gestures are turned off by default. If you want to enable them, you’ve got to go to Settings -> System ->  [Read More…]

Chrome browser will soon mark all HTTP pages as ‘Not secure’, because they aren’t

Google wants you to know which websites are safe and which aren’t.

Google wants to rid the web of sites not protected by HTTPS encryption, and it has told us how it is going to do its part to let everyone know that “regular” HTTP sites are “Not secure” in Chrome version 68.

Coming in July 2018, whenever a user navigates to an HTTP site in Chrome the Omnibox will spell it all out.

It’s important to  [Read More…]

Google Assistant is coming soon to Chromebooks that aren’t the Pixelbook

Google Assistant’s exclusive days on the Pixelbook will soon be over.

The Pixelbook is Google’s best Chromebook to-date, and while there’s a lot about the Pixelbook that makes it such a joy to use, one of its highlight features is the addition of Google Assistant. The Pixelbook was the first Chrome OS device to ship with the Assistant, and at the time of writing this article, is still the only way to experience it on the platform.

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Smartwatches are awesome. So why aren’t they more popular?

The future looked way cooler than it really is.

Officially, Google isn’t finished with Android Wear, and neither are the companies that build watches powered by it. But I’m pretty sure that Android Wear’s time has come and gone.

Barring some major breakthrough that will fundamentally change the way we use the platform, there’s not much more to be done with it. On the technical side, there is a lot of cool stuff that can happen; things  [Read More…]

These Bluetooth headphones aren’t the best looking but they are certainly worth $8

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with an $ 8 pair of Bluetooth headphones that you’ll want to try out!

If you’ve thought about ditching the wires on your headphones and giving Bluetooth a try, this may be the pair for you. Right now, you can pick up these (somewhat ugly) Vtin sweatproof headphones for just $ 7.99 with coupon code PAV3E7VR, a savings of $ 8. Sure, you won’t get the same quality out of  [Read More…]

Xiaomi’s phones aren’t coming to the U.S. or UK anytime soon

Xiaomi doesn’t want to jeopardise its position in Asian markets by stretching itself too thin.

Erstwhile Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra announced back in August 2016 that the company would make its debut in the U.S. market “in the near future.” We haven’t heard much about the Chinese manufacturer’s global plans since then, but it looks like customers in Western countries will have to wait awhile to get their hands on Xiaomi’s phones.

In an interview with Engadget,  [Read More…]

Legacy unlimited AT&T data plans aren’t worth the high cost

When the first iPhone was released almost a decade ago it was exclusive to AT&T Wireless. It was also the first time that AT&T created an Unlimited Data Plan to help iPhone users cut costs on limited data plans. The Unlimited Data Plan used to cost $ 30, and was increased to $ 35 earlier this year. Unlike

Smaller phones aren’t for everyone, and that isn’t a surprise

AC readers think bigger is better, and we’re not surprised.

In last week’s poll we asked if you care about smaller phones. Apple has announced the new 4-inch iPhone SE which kickstarted the conversation, but we really wanted to know is whether size is important to you. Pretty much everyone has an opinion, whether it’s in favor of small phones, or defending your large phone’s size.

With a serious lead, “No,  [Read More…]

Why aren’t more manufacturers using Intel in their Android phones?

Is Intel ready to take on Qualcomm for mobile processor dominance?

Two years ago, seeing the Intel Inside branding on a smartphone would have made a lot of people laugh. Qualcomm owned the mobile world, and Intel wasn’t ready to compete. This past year, we saw something very different. Qualcomm stumbled with the Snapdragon 810 in a mostly-pointless rush to support 64-bit architectures, and the handful of phones we saw Intel processors in seemed to close  [Read More…]

App installs from search results aren’t ‘bypassing’ Google Play, but you might miss some details

Much hay is being made about Google testing out app installations direction from search results. All it’s doing, however, is speeding up the process.

Mobile apps are funny things. We’re quick to install them. And quick to blame them should something go wrong. Stolen data. Unclear permissions. Too much data being collected. Apps being hijacked by nefarious actors, repackaged and distributed through alternative means. It’s very much still the Wild West out there.

But Google over  [Read More…]