Tag Archive: Mean


What does an “Always Listening” smart speaker really mean?

Your home assistant isn’t spying on you unless you tell it to.

Voice-activated home assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant are some of the most exciting “new” tech to appear in a very long time. It’s not what they can do, but how they do it that makes them so very different than anything that came before them. Saying “Hey Google do that thing” is reminiscent of 1980’s sci-fi where people talked to their home and  [Read More…]

What does a potential T-Mobile / Sprint merger mean for wireless users?

Why do these two companies want to hook-up so badly, and what would it mean for us?

Sprint and T-Mobile are back at it again. The two companies are said to be working on a way to find the common ground that lets them merge after two failed sets of talks. The most recent failure came after Softbank, Sprint’s parent company, had concerns about relinquishing control. While many say that the downsides of any merging of the  [Read More…]

What does Android P Developer Preview mean to you?

The next generation of Android is now available to app developers and early adopters. There’s some great stuff on the horizon to be sure, but it doesn’t apply to general users. Certainly not today. Here’s what you need to know about Android P so far.

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Wicked Audio’s Outcry Bluetooth speakers review: Why affordable doesn’t have to mean bad

In the market for an affordable, quality Bluetooth speaker? You might want to check out what Wicked Audio has to offer. A brand many of you are probably acquainted with (their products are sold via Best Buy, Amazon and more), Wicked Audio’s portfolio also includes two Bluetooth speakers.  I’ve been testing them both for the […]

Google’s new Project Treble could mean fast Android updates for everyone

If you are not the owner of a Nexus or a Pixel device, then you probably stuck waiting for updates months on end after Google officially rolls out a new build. But as you’d expect, the search giant is well aware or the state of things and not particularly happy with the situation. But starting […]

OnePlus 5: A reminder that retailer listings mean nothing, and About screens can be faked

Never Settle for dubious online rumors.

So we’re getting to the time of year when folks are expecting a new OnePlus smartphone. The number four being considered bad luck in some Asian cultures, the name everyone seems to have settled on is OnePlus 5, and boy is the rumor mill already churning. In the past week a post by OnePlus CEO Pete Lau on social network Weibo, not mentioning the OnePlus 5, and revealing no new information  [Read More…]

What do all those networking terms mean? Network nerdery for dummies

Making sense of those acronyms and abbreviations.

“Hey, man. Did you hear that Qualcomm’s new X20 modem is rated for cat 18 LTE, carries 12 spatial streams and is 4×4 MIMO capable? Isn’t that cool?”

Maybe that’s cool, but really how is a regular person with a regular job or who goes to regular school and has regular hobbies supposed to know? It sounds like a secret code with all the abbreviations and acronyms, and the companies  [Read More…]

In 2017, what do benchmark numbers even mean??

Numbers can mean a lot of things, but not all the things.

Recently we had a look at some benchmark numbers for the Galaxy S8. Or at least we assume they are for the Galaxy S8 since it’s not really here just yet. As expected, just by existing these numbers got plenty of people talking about them.

Some conversation about benchmarks is just idle chatter. “Oh, cool! The Snapdragon calculates the “stuff” in a benchmark application about  [Read More…]

What those scary app permissions mean

Knowing when to be concerned over application permissions and when not to be is tricky. And important.

We’ve all heard stories about bad apps that want to steal your valuable data and ship it off overseas, and those discussions always end with one thing — someone says you need to read an app’s permissions before you install it. Well, that’s fine, but there is a small problem — how do you know what the heck those permissions  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi Box review: Good price doesn’t mean great value

Xiaomi offers the least expensive full Android TV experience, and it comes with compromises.

The Android TV marketplace is … sparse. Though there are plenty of happy customers out there using the old Nexus Player or the high-end Shield Android TV, there just isn’t a vibrant grouping of choices in the same way you can find an Android phone to fit every want and need. Companies don’t see value in making an Android TV box that isn’t  [Read More…]