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Google mistakenly teases Android 11 before taking down preview page

As you’d expect, the company quickly ‘fixed’ its mistake.

What you need to know The Android Developer Preview website was the subject of much curiosity earlier today. The page made several references to Android 11, fueling rumors of an impending Developer Preview for the next version of Android. The page was quickly taken down, though, with all mentions of Android 11 expunged.

Is a new Android Developer Preview afoot? Google’s website dedicated to Android previews certainly seemed  [Read More…]

Andy Rubin’s Essential is shutting down

The Essential phone was never really essential for consumers.

What you need to know Essential, the company behind the Essential phone is shutting down. The firm says that it had “no clear path” to deliver its next handset to consumers. The firm had previously teased the Essential Phone 2, an exceptionally tall and skinny phone as “Project Gem.”

Essential, the company founded by one-time Android creator Andy Rubin, is now closing its doors for good. The firm  [Read More…]

Google’s HR chief to step down as employee protests refuse to die down

She will be taking up a new role within Google.

What you need to know Google’s HR head Eileen Naughton will be stepping down later this year amid rising tensions between the company’s employees and the top brass. She has been the vice president of people operations at Google since 2016. Naughton has said that she is stepping down to be closer to her family.

The head of human resources at Google, Eileen Naughton has decided to  [Read More…]

Twitter down for you? You’re not alone. (Updated)

How will I waste time at work now?

What you need to know Twitter is down right now for many people across the globe. A spike in outage alerts started around 4 p.m. ET. The outage prevents people from sending new tweets and refreshing their timelines.

Updated February 7, 2020: It appears Twitter has solved whatever issue was plagueing the service. You should now be able to send new tweets once more.

Okay, don’t freak out,  [Read More…]

Samsung stopped carriers from bringing down Galaxy Fold prices

It wanted to preserve the Fold’s ‘premium’ image.

What you need to know Samsung has reportedly clamped down on South Korean carriers’ requests to lower the Fold’s pricing. The suggested drop in price was in anticipation of the Galaxy Z Flip’s impending launch. Samsung, however, felt a price drop would send the wrong message about the Galaxy Fold’s premium credentials.

If you think the $ 2,000 asking price for Samsung’s first foldable phone was too much, Samsung  [Read More…]

Sony is shutting down UK-based first-party team Manchester Studio

Not much was known about this PlayStation VR-focused studio and now it is being closed.

What you need to know In 2015, Sony quietly announced North West Studio (later named Manchester Studio). This team was being built to focus on the development of PlayStation VR titles. Sony confirmed today that Manchester Studio was being closed. Media Molecule and London Studio are the only remaining UK studios in Sony Worldwide Studios.

In 2015, Sony opened a new studio  [Read More…]

LastPass accidentally takes down its own browser extension for Chrome

The website and the mobile apps are still working.

What you need to know LastPass inadvertently unlisted its browser extension for Chrome yesterday. The extension is in the process of being reviewed and listed back on the Chrome Web Store. In the meantime, users can still access their login credentials via LastPass’s website or its mobile apps.

LastPass seemingly shot itself in the foot yesterday and accidentally unlisted its browser extension from the Chrome Web Store. This  [Read More…]

Google’s Digital Wellbeing gets a 30-minute snooze button for Wind Down

A 30-minute snooze for when you really want to use your phone for just that bit longer.

What you need to know Google’s Wind Down feature encourages digital wellbeing by reducing distractions at bedtime. The firm is now adding a new feature to let you pause wind down for half an hour. It’s rolling out automatically in the Play Store to Beta users.

When it comes to getting you off your phone, Digital Wellbeing’s Wind Down is  [Read More…]

Twitter is down in New York, Montreal, Japan, and other parts of the world

There’s no word on when things will be back to normal.

What you need to know Twitter is down for some users as of January 10, 2020. The largest impacted areas include the east coast of the U.S. and Japan. It’s unclear when things will be back to normal.

Having trouble with Twitter on this fine Friday afternoon? You aren’t alone. As of January 10, a lot of people around the world are experiencing connection issues with  [Read More…]

Verizon on Us now brings the Disney+ bundle down to $6/month

This may now be the best deal in media streaming.

What you need to know Disney now allows Verizon on Us subscribers to get the Disney+ bundle. With this combo, you’re charged $ 6/month for the Disney+ bundle until the end of your free “Disney+ on Us” year. At the end of that year, you’ll be charged $ 12.99/month for the bundle.

When Disney+ first launched in November, Verizon had an offer for its mobile and Fios  [Read More…]