Tag Archive: Making


Phone addiction is making me sad and anxious, but so is the idea of quitting

The better phones get, the easier it becomes to justify using them. But when does it become too much?

As many people do over the holidays, I tried to spend less time on my phone. I tried to be more present with the people in front of me. But occasionally, after 10 or 15 minutes sitting in the same spot, my mind wandered a bit, as did my hand, towards the phone sitting face down on the  [Read More…]

The $2 Blood, Sweat, and Pixels eBook explores the turbulent world of making video games

You think beating that final boss was hard? Try designing him in the first place.

Amazon has discounted dozens of Kindle books during a huge one-day sale, including some great reads like Blood, Sweat, and Pixels for $ 1.99. That’s a price that won’t be here tomorrow.

You don’t need an Amazon device to read a Kindle book. Read it anywhere you can download the Kindle app, including iOS and Android.

And if you don’t want to read it  [Read More…]

Google’s AR Stickers are now making their way to Pixel phones

Remember the AR stickers feature which Google demoed during its Pixel 2 event in October? Well, the search giant has released the AR Stickers app in the Play Store. It’s available for Pixel phones and require Android 8.1 Oreo to work – which is in the process of rolling out. If you managed to make […]

Google Assistant is making its way to third-party speakers and appliances

Google Assistant is coming to a lot of third-party devices later this year.

Amazon opened up Alexa to third-party developers last year, resulting in a series of products powered by the retailer’s digital assistant. Google followed suit earlier this year by making the Google Assistant SDK available to developers, and we’re now starting to see the first thrid-party products powered by Google Assistant.

At IFA, the company is showcasing three speakers powered by the digital assistant and is announcing  [Read More…]

OPPO is making a limited edition R11 for FC Barcelona fans

OPPO R11 in Barça colors is all set to launch next week.

OPPO became the official mobile partner for FC Barcelona back in 2015, and the company has rolled out a few limited edition phones sporting Barça livery. It looks like that tradition is set to continue with this year’s R11 as well, as an OPPO teaser on Weibo suggests the company will launch a limited edition R11 featuring FC Barcelona colors on August 8.

There’s  [Read More…]

Yes, RED is actually making the Hydrogen One phone

Yes, it’s really going to happen.

Remember when camera maker RED seemingly randomly announced it was making a $ 1200 phone, the Hydrogen One, back in July? Yeah, it’s actually doing that for real. And to bring people up to speed, it handed a few prototypes to Marques Brownlee (A.K.A. MKBHD), one of the biggest RED fans out there, to show it’s the real deal.

So surprisingly, RED went from only showing a super dim, stealthy promotion render  [Read More…]

Google is making it easier to discover local events in India

Google wants to help you plan your weekend.

Google is rolling out an update to its mobile search platform in India through which you can easily find popular events in your city. The search giant issued a similar update in the U.S. back in May, and in India the company is pulling information from the likes of BookMyShow, AllEvents, EventsHigh, 10times, and more.

For instance, if you type, “show me events in Hyderabad,” you’ll see a  [Read More…]

How to making the most of an extra-tall home screen on the Galaxy S8 or LG G6

I like my home screens like I like my princes: tall, dark, and handsome.

The tall screens on recent flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 offer up a lot of options for building and theming home screens. You can mix things up and lay your icons and widgets out differently — matter of fact, you sort of have to. Using the same layout on an S8 as you did on a Google Pixel  [Read More…]

Qualcomm are making fingerprint sensors embedded in displays

One of the main reasons bezels still exist is to host a button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. This could all be about to change as Qualcomm are making a sensor that it says will work embedded under a display. The Galaxy S8 is one of the first devices to feature an almost bezel-less […]

Flip phones are making a comeback

With the announcement of Samsung’s Galaxy Folder 2 flip phone in South Korea, it’s a wonder if we’re backtracking through time to when phones were simpler things.

I can’t believe I’m writing about a flip phone in 2017, but lo and behold, here we are.

What you see here is Samsung’s Galaxy Folder 2, a flip phone with a 3.8-inch display that’s sandwiched in between a large keypad and an outward-facing metal shell. There are also separate  [Read More…]