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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…]

Planet Computers’ Gemini brings the classic PDA into the Android era

Some of you might remember the Psion Series 5, a personal digital assistant (PDA) device that launched back in 1997. Well, the original Psion designers have returned to give the classic pocket computer a modern form. Under the umbrella of UK startup Planet Computers, the Psion Series 5 revival project is named Gemini. The Gemini […]

Google purchased a company that turns displays into speakers

Is this a sign of things to come on the Pixel 3?

Right ahead of the Pixel 2‘s unveiling last fall, it was announced that Google purchased a heap of smartphone engineers from HTC to spearhead smartphone projects for the coming years. According to a report from Bloomberg, Google made another purchase about a month before this for UK-based company Redux.

If you haven’t heard of Redux, you’re not alone. The company hasn’t actually released any consumer-facing  [Read More…]

Samsung is finally merging all of its IoT apps into SmartThings

Three years later, Samsung completes the SmartThings merger.

When Samsung bought SmartThings back in August of 2014, it was quickly clear the plan was to make that brand the one everyone associated with Samsung’s smart home products. And over the last couple of year, that is exactly what has happened. Everything Samsung does with the smart home gets released under the SmartThings brand, but if you owned products from before the SmartThings integration happened you still had to use  [Read More…]

New ThinQ Speaker brings LG into the smart home game using Google Assistant

This was basically an inevitability.

LG is continuing its tradition of pre-announcing things ahead of big trade shows, and has just dropped details on some of its home audio lineup for CES 2018. There are some new portable speakers and sound bars, but the most interesting part of the announcement is the new “ThinQ Speaker.” The ThinQ Speaker brings Google Assistant in yet another package, joining the ranks of several other companies that announced similar devices earlier this year.

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Best apps to turn your Huawei MediaPad tablet into a laptop replacement

Can I turn my tablet into a laptop? For the most part, yes.

The idea of replacing your laptop with a tablet has always been a fever dream, but with a Bluetooth keyboard and the right apps, it could actually be possible for the right kind of person. Here are a few great apps for the Huawei MediaPad that could help you leave your laptop behind.

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Edward Snowden’s Haven app turns your phone into a surveillance device

Haven’s not the first app of its kind, but it just might be the best.

A quick search on the Play Store will show no shortage of surveillance/motion detection apps, and while some of these work alright, they’re not nearly as secure compared to a true security camera. Haven: Keep Watch is a new app that falls into this same category, but it does something special that helps it stick out from the crowd.

For  [Read More…]

A peek into how NextVR captures football games for VR

NextVR has figured out how to work fast in VR without sacrificing quality, and it’s incredible.

The folks at NextVR have been assembling quality videos for VR audiences longer than most, but what sets this team apart from the rest is the ability to deliver sports. These events typically make you feel like you’ve got a seat ringside or courtside for live Boxing or Basketball experiences, but the work they do with the NFL takes a slightly  [Read More…]

Toss Anker’s tiny Soundcore nano Bluetooth speaker into someone’s stocking for $16

All I want for Christmas is good music.

Anker’s super-small SoundCore nano is down to just $ 15.99 at Amazon in Gray or Silver when you enter promo code XMASANK8 at checkout to save $ 7 off its average price. This is also its lowest price ever.

This tiny Bluetooth speaker is so small, it can fit easily into a pocket, handbag, or Christmas stocking, making it a versatile option to use at home or on-the-go. While so compact,  [Read More…]

T-Mobile is getting into the streaming television business with Layer3 TV acqusition

T-Mobile will offer an over-the-top TV service in 2018.

T-Mobile has announced the acquisition of a small streaming television provider called Layer3 TV, which currently operates in five U.S. cities. Similar to services like YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue, Layer 3 carries the signals of most U.S. cable networks and pay channels like HBO, Showtime, and ESPN, but bundles them with a straightforward HD decoder and PVR set-top box that connects to a television in your living room. Think  [Read More…]