Tag Archive: Essential


These $50 true wireless earbuds are essential for working from home

An affordable purchase you’ll be glad you made.

These sure are strange times we live in, aren’t they? Kids are home from school, a lot of non-essential businesses are closing down, and you’re likely working from home for the foreseeable future. Not only is it difficult to adjust to the ever-changing world around us, there’s also the challenge of finding a good groove for your work from home routine.

Working from your house/apartment takes a lot of  [Read More…]

Spotify Premium is a work from home essential that you need to get

I don’t know how I’d work from home without it.

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you recently started working from home. Even if it’s just a temporary precaution while the world fights its battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus, you’ll still want to take some time to ensure your setup is as complete as possible.

When we think about the tools required for an enjoyable work at home experience, we often flock to things like  [Read More…]

Essential Phone 2 and 3 prototypes and renders shown off

Essential was shut down in February this year, these renders show off what could have been.

What you need to know Kevin Hoffman, a lead designer at Essential, shared images of upcoming projects. These include the Essential PH3 and Essential GEM, devices the company had been working on for a launch later in 2020. Essential was shuttered in February 2020.

Andy Rubin’s Essential was shut down in February 2020, but we still have a chance at seeing  [Read More…]

Air Wick’s Essential Mist Smart Diffuser shows anything can be made ‘smart’

What you need to know Air Wick has announced the Essential Mist Smart Diffuser. There are iOS and Android apps. Users can turn the diffuser on and off as well as set schedules.

Nobody asked for it but we got it anyway.

Air WIck has announced the Essential Mist Smart Diffuser and yes, it’s an oil diffuser that can be controlled from either an iPhone or Android phone.

Setting the smart control aside, where this diffuser seems  [Read More…]

Essential Phone users will get a taste of Android 11 (with a small catch)

It won’t be as effortless as a simple OTA, but it’s better than nothing.

What you need to know Essential will let users flash the Android 11 Developer Preview on their devices. The firm made a few public code-commits on their GitHub repo aimed at improving Essential Phone compatibility with Android 11’s Generic System Images. Essential was shut down this month, with all official updates and support for the Essential Phone going forward being necessarily discontinued.

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Hands-on preview: Samsung Galaxy A71 packs essential upgrades for 2020

The Galaxy A71 has a 64MP camera and beefier internal hardware, making it a fantastic mid-ranger in 2020.

Samsung increased the breadth of the Galaxy A series last year, rolling out new models to hit price points all the way from $ 120 to $ 600. One of the standout phones in the series was the Galaxy A70. The phone featured a Snapdragon 675 chipset and had exciting upgrades elsewhere — it was the first Samsung phone  [Read More…]

Newton Mail dies for the second time following Essential closure

Servers will officially shut down on April 30, 2020.

What you need to know Andy Rubin’s Essential announced its plan to close shop earlier this week. Alongside the end of updates to the Essential Phone, this also means that the Newton Mail app will be shutting down. Existing users of the app will have until April 30, 2020 before they lose access.

Newton Mail just can’t catch a break, it seems. The award-winning app that’s a favorite  [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…]

Essential episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars to watch before Season 7

Here are the most important episodes to watch to get caught up.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (available on Disney+) is one of the longest-running and criticially successful Star Wars series ever made, and much to the delight of fans, it’s returning for a seventh and final season in February. However, a lot of folks either haven’t seen the show or don’t remember what happens in it that well. If that’s you, don’t worry, for we have  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: An essential truth

This week, Essential’s Andy Rubin previewed the company’s next product, a long, narrow phone thing likely called GEM. It’s intriguing, and given Rubin’s pedigree — he was the mind behind Danger, Android, and the Essential Phone — it was definitely newsworthy.

But his preview, echoed by Essential itself shortly thereafter with more official-looking photos, was overshadowed by a renewed conversation around Rubin as a person and leader. In 2018, four years after leaving Google, the New York  [Read More…]