Tag Archive: Made


Twitter accidentally made private accounts public for some Android users

This issue spans all the way back to November 3, 2014.

If you want to protect yourself from the rampant toxicity often found on Twitter, one way to do this is by making your account private through a feature called “Protect my Tweets.” It does things like only showing your tweets to approved followers, makes people send a request to follow you, and more. Unfortunately, if you use the Twitter Android app and had this turned on,  [Read More…]

Google just made it stupid cheap for companies to add Assistant to things

As part of its larger Google Assistant-themed set of announcements from CES 2019, Google has teased a new program called Google Assistant Connect with a goal of making it considerably easier and, more important, cheaper, for companies to add Assistant to its products.

While the company said during a press preview event that it would talk more about the Assistant Connect program at Google I/O in May, it walked us through what kinds of products would benefit from  [Read More…]

This is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx made exclusivesly for Windows 10

The most ‘extreme’ Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm is coming, and it’s only for Windows 10.

Qualcomm is doubling down on Windows 10 and its commitment to the always-connected PC (ACPC). At its Snapdragon Summit in Maui, Hawaii, the company announced the forthcoming Snapdragon 8cx, an all-new seven-nanometer (nm) processor that is the first of its kind and built for Windows 10 PCs only.

The new premium-tier processor should launch in the third quarter of 2019, according to Qualcomm.  [Read More…]

The latest Big Mouth Billy Bass is made to be a rockstar with Alexa support

“Billy Bass, play Despacito.”

Earlier this year, Thrifter reported on Amazon’s upcoming expansion of Alexa functionality with its Gadgets Toolkit release, and some hilarity-inducing products using these new features are now available to pre-order via Amazon.

Releasing early December, the star of this latest lineup of devices might look a bit familiar to you. Big Mouth Billy Bass has been a beloved singing prop that’s graced the walls of hallways and bathrooms since the late 1990s, featuring  [Read More…]

World’s first foldable smartphone just launched, but it’s not made by Samsung or Huawei

While we’re still waiting for Samsung or Huawei to launch a foldable smartphone, it seems an obscure company has managed to beat the two iconic brands to the punch.

The Royole Corporation, a start-up based in California has announced the first commercially available foldable smartphone, the Royole FlexPai.

Royole officially launched the device in Beijing late last month, in an attempt to disrupt consumers’ traditional concept of a smartphone. The product is marketed as being a hybrid between a mobile  [Read More…]

C by GE is the first ‘Made for Google’ bulb, available October 22

Here’s a bright idea!

Smart bulbs are great to have around, but one of the pain points of them can be the requirement to have a hub and setting them up can sometimes be a stressful process. GE hopes to solve both points with its C by GE bulb, which happens to be the first and only Made for Google bulb. With these, you won’t need any additional hardware like a hub, and the setup process is literally as  [Read More…]

The Brydge G-Type keyboard was made exclusively for the Google Pixel Slate

This full-sized wireless keyboard is another great option for Pixel Slate owners.

If you’re a fan of the Google Pixel, you’ve likely already heard of yesterday’s announcements regarding the next versions of the smartphone: the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. That wasn’t the only unveil however, as Google also took the wraps off the Pixel Slate, a high-end tablet which offers the option of a detachable keyboard at an added price for even more versatility.

Having the  [Read More…]

10 years of Android: How the best mobile OS was made

You’ve come a long way, baby.

Step into the Wayback Machine and travel to October 2008, if you will.

I was with a small crowd of other folks at a Washington, D.C. T-Mobile store waiting in line to buy the T-Mobile G1. It was a phone that had a very limited release — in the U.S. only high-volume T-Mobile retail stores in areas with 3G deployments were selling them — and it was also a phone that  [Read More…]

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL made a stop by the FCC

Considering the number of leaks we’ve had about the upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, it’s about time they showed up at the FCC. There isn’t much else we can learn about the phones at this point, especially not from what little information the FCC publishes. Yet, it does mean they are one step closer to being an actual product you can buy.

What little we are able to glean from the FCC certification is that Google themselves submitted  [Read More…]

An inside look at how the OnePlus 6 is made

You’ve seen the teardown, now see the OnePlus 6 being put together.

Over the last four years, OnePlus built up a name for itself as a company that caters to power users. OnePlus now sells in most major global markets, but it’s India where the company has seen the most success to date. The Chinese company managed to overtake Samsung as the premium segment in the country earlier this year, a worthy accomplishment from a brand that’s  [Read More…]