Tag Archive: Devices


Samsung Experience 9.0 makes emoji on Galaxy devices less awful

Seriously, what was going on with that grimacing face?

Depending on what phone you have, chances are the emoji on your handset look slightly different when compared to the ones on your friends and family members’ phones. A lot of companies have their own unique art style when it comes to emoji, and Samsung is one of them that tended to abuse this trend.

The Samsung Experience 9.0 / Android Oreo update is now rolling out to  [Read More…]

The Best Alexa-Compatible Smart Devices

Having Alexa is just the start. Now you need smart things to connect to it.

More and more devices work with Amazon Alexa these days. In fact, if it’s got a microphone and a speaker, it’s surprising to not find support for Amazon’s voice assistant. The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Alexa controller out there, of course. But there are countless others as well.

That’s just the start of the fun, though. Once you’ve got an Alexa  [Read More…]

Alexa-enabled devices discounted ahead of Valentine’s Day

With but one week to go until Valentine’s Day, it’s time to consider purchasing something special for that special someone in your life. And, being it’s 2018, the hot trend of the day is virtual assistance. Be it Google, Amazon, Samsung Bixby, Apple Siri, or another player, everyone is angling for your attention. Amazon, for […]

Panda Internet Security: Protect up to five devices from malware, ransomware, and other threats for $39.99

The internet can be a dangerous place. There are threats around nearly every corner, and it seems to be increasingly scarier with malware, ransomware, viruses, and more. A lot of us use multiple devices throughout the day or as part of our lives. Between phones, tablets, and computers, we’re using different operating systems and tech. […]

MIUI 9 global is now rolling out: Here’s the list of eligible devices

The global version of MIUI 9 is now starting to roll out to Xiaomi’s devices.

MIUI 9 was unveiled earlier this year in China, and now the global version of the ROM is starting to roll out to Xiaomi’s entire portfolio of devices. The manufacturer is making the update widely available, with the five-year-old Mi 2 set to receive the latest version. To put things into context, the Mi 2 launched with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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Google looking into Home and Chromecast devices that kill Wi-Fi networks

If your Wi-Fi derps while using Google Home or Chromecast, you’re not alone.

Google’s been trying its hand at connected home gadgets for a few years now, and now that it has devices like the Chromecast, Google Home, and soon Smart Displays, it’s clear now more than ever that this is a market it wants to dominate. Before that happens, however, Google needs to issue a fix to a bug that’s recently caused Wi-Fi networks to go dark when  [Read More…]

The luxury Debussy headphones aim to eliminate the need for other listening devices

There has been no shortage of intriguing new headphones announcements at CES 2018. But the Funky Sound Studio’s Debussy are a different breed of headphones. Named after the French composer, Debussy is a brand of luxury audio products that aims to make you forget about your other listening devices including your smartphone, mp3 player or […]

Qualcomm’s high-res Bluetooth audio codec aptX HD is now on over 60 devices

Qualcomm announced that more than 60 devices use its aptX HD codec, bringing more detailed music over a wireless connection.

As more and more manufacturers turn towards ditching the headphone jack, more and more users are turning to Bluetooth headphones and speakers to get their jam on. This used to mean compressed, horrible sounding music, but no so: with features like aptX, your songs sound much better than they used to with older headphones.

The latest version  [Read More…]

Android Oreo is now on 0.7% of devices, but Marshmallow is still king

Android Oreo is very slowly but surely climbing in usage.

Google releases the Android Distribution numbers once per month to let developers know which OS versions to target, and January’s numbers are now available. Not surprisingly, Marshmallow is still on top with 29.7% of the Android pie.

Oreo did make some gains, though. Android 8.1 is making its first appearance with 0.2% of the Android marketplace, while Android 8.0 stayed at the same 0.5% it was at  [Read More…]

Android 8.1 causing swipe issues on Pixel and Nexus devices

Swiping woes.

Android 8.1 was a pretty minor update when it was released in early December, and while it added nice touches such as enabling the Pixel Visual Core and a new security patch, it also introduced a new bug that doesn’t appear to have been fixed since it was discovered nearly a month ago.

On December 7, a thread was started on Google’s support site titled “Android 8.1 Issues” with a user reporting that swiping up  [Read More…]