Tag Archive: Kind

Google’s RCS ‘Chat’ plans are actually kind of brilliant

Improving a standard is way, way better than creating a walled garden. Every time.

Did you hear? Google is releasing yet another unified messaging app at I/O this year, and they’re sunsetting the Allo app they announced last year! How crazy is that?! Does anyone a that company have any clue what they are doing?!?!1!ONE?!!

Lets all take a deep breath for a moment and catch up.

Thanks to some absolutely stellar reporting from The Verge, we  [Read More…]

Amazon Alexa: What kind of data does Amazon get from me?

Amazon wants your data to build a shopping and advertisement profile, not sell it to the highest bidder.

Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant is a pretty great thing. You can ask about the mundane details of life to know when your next dentist appointment is (provided you linked a calendar in the app) or have Alexa remind you to do things at a certain time or even build out a detailed to-do list if you’re busy enough to  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy A8+ vs. OnePlus 5T: Close encounters of the phone kind

Samsung is taking the fight to OnePlus in the affordable flagship segment.

Over the last three years, OnePlus has managed to carve out a niche for itself in the smartphone segment by offering top-of-the-line hardware for several hundred dollars less than the competition. This model proved to be incredibly popular, and we now have a wide range of options if you’re in the market for a feature-rich device that doesn’t break the bank. The culmination of those  [Read More…]

Designing a game for virtual reality is kind of like writing a movie

We talked to two of the creators of Virtual VR, about the process of developing the game for a mobile headset and how many drafts it took to get the story straight.

Take it from me, and the rest of the brains behind the site you’re currently perusing: writing a story is hard work, and writing one for other people to experience and enjoy is even more laborious. A good story requires more than relatable characters and  [Read More…]

When it stops being about the hardware: Google’s way forward and an all-new kind of cloud

The screen in front of you is now just the vessel for Google services.

It’s been noted several times and with many words that Google didn’t announce any hardware at Google I/O 2017. Never mind that we actually did talk of stand-alone Daydream devices and new Android Auto partners, the internet wants to hear about phones! All the phones!

Google started as a software services company and things have come full circle.

What we did hear tells  [Read More…]

Google’s Daydream strategy is getting the right kind of attention

Google is focused on a moving target in ways no other company seems prepared for right now.

VR and AR got prime-time Keynote energy at Google I/O, as well as a separate keynote the next day with heaps of extra details. And as cool as it is to see a new UI coming to Daydream or the “VPS” system in Tango being used in Lowe’s stores later this year, the big news from I/O was neither of  [Read More…]

Samsung’s Two Piece case is actually kind of perfect

I’m not sure I’d call this a case, but I love it and want one for every phone.

A common thread alongside the unveil of the Galaxy S8 was a critical side-eye at the Two Piece case that would be sold for both sizes of the phone. Samsung didn’t spend a lot of time explaining how this case worked, only that it had a top and a bottom that didn’t connect and several color options that didn’t  [Read More…]

Xiaomi’s modular Mi TV 4 is exactly the kind of innovation we need in the U.S.

It’s just too bad this amazing television is limited to China.

It’s funny how life works. Last week, I rushed out in a hurry to purchase a new television in time for our friends to come over and watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve.

The backlight to our Samsung TV had burned out, but it took swapping the various logic boards and tweaking of wires before we realized what was happening. And now, I’m writing  [Read More…]

Go Time! Episode 11: A different kind of hunting

Episode 11 of Go Time has arrived!

Jen, Russell and Erin return for another week of representing their respective teams.

This week, we’re all in the middle of a different kind of hunt. That’s because we’re looking for the new Pokémon Go Plus accessory, with very little luck so far. Team Mystic also takes us down the rabbit hole to talk about Pokémon Go and rooting your phone. There’s also a spirited discussion about how complex  [Read More…]

Weekly Poll: What kind of fitness tracking do you want in your life?

Technology has given us the ability to keep better track of our workouts and daily fitness — even if it’s just tracking the number of steps you take daily. So this week our question for you, is what kind of fitness tracking do you want in your life? Whether you have your eye on the new Fitbit Blaze, or the UA HealthBox or whether you’ve been using Google Fit on your smartphone for months, we want to  [Read More…]