Tag Archive: Means


What YouTube Music means for the future of Google Play Music

Slow your roll and let’s think practically for a minute here.

Ever since YouTube Music and YouTube Premium were announced, I’ve seen Google Play Music subscribers freaking out about whether to cancel their subscriptions. I’ve seen YouTube Red subscribers users kicking and screaming about not getting the new YouTube Music yet and then kicking and screaming about it being broken. I’ve seen a whole, whole lot of people who are even more confused about this than they  [Read More…]

Icon Pack Studio means never having gaps in your app drawer again

App drawers have always been a mess, and Icon Pack Studio is the closest anyone’s come to fixing it.

Adaptive icons and icon packs try to make our app drawers and docks look uniform, consistent, and beautiful, but they both have their limits. Where they fail, however, Icon Pack Studio not only succeeds but thrives. Whether you just want your apps to have a consistent look and feel or you want to create an icon pack that  [Read More…]

Video: Android P impressions, and what it means for the Pixel 3

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The next version of Android brings new features and design changes both subtle and controversial — while also giving us a hint of what’s coming in the next generation of Pixel phones.

This is Android P — the next major release that’ll eventually turn into pumpkin pie or popsicle or pancake or… whatever.

It’s available as a Developer Preview now, and the finished version of Android 9.0 should land sometime in August if Google’s timeline plays out. As  [Read More…]

Here’s what the Galaxy Note 8 means for your VR experience

A new Galaxy Note means more power for VR users, but it also means a tiny sacrifice.

Samsung has made the Galaxy Note 8 officially official, and that means there are at least a couple of folks out there wondering what upgrading to this new phone means for your existing experiences. If you have a Galaxy S7, is this the big upgrade you’ve been hoping for? Our friends at Android Central have been breaking down all of  [Read More…]

A Wallflower smart plug means you’ll never forget to turn off the stove

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who know they turned off the stove and everyone else.

For the latter group (at least for those with electric stoves), there’s a new product that aims to give some peace of mind. Wallflower turns your dumb range into a semi-smart (more on that in a second) stove that provides some insurance should things be left cooking.

It takes about 2 minutes to make your dumb stove smart.

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The Google Pixel is IP53 certified — here’s what that means

Phones don’t make good dive buddies. But it’s important to know what those certification numbers mean.

One spec you won’t find on the sheet for the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL is their IP53 certification. Google has confirmed that like the HTC 10 that they resemble, both Pixel phones are indeed tested and rated with an ingress protection score. Let’s have a look at what that really means.

Your new Pixel won’t be waterproof. Not  [Read More…]

Canadian court ruling on SMS privacy means you shouldn’t be using SMS

Having nothing to hide doesn’t mean you should ignore your privacy. Especially when keeping messages secure and private is so easy.

An Ontario Court of Appeals has ruled that your SMS messages are not private and once “sent to the ether” are no longer under your control. Vice has a full write up about the decision that interested parties should read, but the short version is this: SMS messages are like email and not subject to  [Read More…]

Every Android N screenshot at Google I/O shows the clock at 7:00, and you know what that means …

Well, it doesn’t necessarily mean anything. But it’s still easy to guess what version number Android N will be.

You know how Google regularly teases (or sometimes trolls) the new version number of upcoming Android releases by placing the version in the clock in official screenshots? Well, Android N doesn’t have an official version number yet, and at Google I/O 2016 those screenshots all have clocks pegged at 7:00.

The  [Read More…]

What Samsung Pay means for Canadians

Samsung has announced that in addition to expanding to larger markets like China this year, Samsung Pay will be coming to Canada as well.

Update, April 27: During Samsung’s Developer Conference in San Francisco, the company once again reiterated that it plans to roll out Samsung Pay to Canadians this year, as well as to the UK, Australia, Turkey and others.

Like other mobile payment services like Apple Pay and Android Pay, Samsung’s version substitutes  [Read More…]

What Samsung Pay means for Canadians

Earlier this week, Samsung announced that in addition to expanding to larger markets like China this year, Samsung Pay will be coming to Canada as well.

Like other mobile payment services like Apple Pay and Android Pay, Samsung’s version substitutes a physical credit card for a smartphone — in this, a Galaxy S6 or S7 series — to make physical payments in stores. Unlike those services, though, Samsung relies on a technology called MST, or Magnetic  [Read More…]