Tag Archive: Needs


The 4 things Google Fi needs to change before I switch

Fi’s already pretty great, but with a few changes, Google can make it perfect.

Google Fi has changed a lot since it first debuted as Project Fi all the way back in April of 2015. More phones have been added, family plans are a thing, and you can now use your Fi service in over 200 countries around the globe without having to pay any travel/roaming fees.

All of this has resulted in Google Fi being one  [Read More…]

Samsung’s Viewing Area in One UI needs to make its way to stock Android

We want this on stock Android. Like, right now.

Samsung has gotten a lot of flack for its various software interfaces throughout the years, but ever since the company announced its new project, One UI, there’s only one thing I’ve been able to think about. While One UI brings a lot of new features to the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9, the most important one (at least, if you ask me) is the new Interaction Area  [Read More…]

A power bank for your Google Pixel Slate needs USB PD — and these have it

The Google Pixel Slate’s battery can run up to 12 hours, but some days, that just won’t be enough. Any power bank worth buying for the Pixel Slate needs USB Power Delivery in order to charge it at a reasonable speed. The maximum USB-PD charging speed supported by the Pixel is 45W, and if you’re looking to travel with this battery pack — really, why else would you have one — 100Wh is the largest capacity you can legally bring  [Read More…]

The Snapdragon 855 is a benchmarking beast in a year that needs the power

Bring it on.

Last year, we told you that while the Snapdragon 845 was an incredibly powerful chip that pushed Qualcomm forward in a number of ways, its benchmark numbers didn’t really matter. At least they didn’t back in February, before the first devices running the new flagship processor were on the market.

See, every year, prior to releasing its biggest-and-best platforms into the wild, Qualcomm builds a bunch of bulky, nondescript Android devices that manufacturers and,  [Read More…]

Android doesn’t need a dark system theme — it needs something more powerful

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me six times, shame on us all.

The whispers have started up again, the way they do every few months before the next Developer Preview or the next version release. Maybe this will finally be the year Android N brings back the dark theme. Android O will have a system dark theme! Android P has to have a dark theme!! It’s a new year, and now the song has started  [Read More…]

Samsung’s smartphone business really needs to have a great 2019

Samsung’s smartphone business is definitely the most public example of its growth and success over the past 10 years, but it’s certainly not the most profitable. That falls to the company’s memory division, which supplies DRAM modules for most smartphone makers, including Apple.

Well, as we know, Apple’s been experiencing some struggles of its own in recent months, warning of an multi-billion-dollar revenue shortfall due to slowing iPhone sales. Samsung is Apple’s biggest provider of memory chips, and thanks to  [Read More…]

Matrix PowerWatch 2 features color display, GPS — still never needs charged

Matrix has returned to CES with an update version of its PowerWatch wearable. Called the PowerWatch 2, it evolves from a black-and-white display to a color one at 1.2-inches.

Like its predecessor, the PowerWatch 2 never needs to be plugged in for charging, relying on body heat (thermometrics) and solar power for juice. It’s compatible with Google Fit and Apple HomeKit, and is targeted at “outdoor types”. In essence, it’s a rough and tumble fitness tracker that doesn’t bog the  [Read More…]

Today’s 12 Days of Deals discounts focus on all your PC accessory needs

Flash drives, hard drives, keyboards, oh my!

Even though Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, the holiday shopping season is still very much in full swing. Amazon has just kicked off its ’12 Days of Deals’ promotion, which will bring along with it a variety of discounts each day in a particular product category. Today’s deals are all focused around the topic of toys. From hard drives to networking gear, monitors, webcams, and more, there are a  [Read More…]

The one accessory every Android and iPhone fan needs is on sale for $10

For those who just can’t commit to a device.

You can never have too many charging cables, especially when they come with three different charging connectors. Right now, you can pick up Anker’s PowerLine II 3-in-1 cable for just $ 10.49 when you checkout using coupon code ANKE8436. It normally sells for around $ 15, and this is the first time the cable has reached this low in price.

The cable itself has a Micro-USB connection built  [Read More…]

Wear OS badly needs to catch up with the Apple Watch’s health features

Wear OS tracks fitness nicely, but that doesn’t save lives.

Call smartwatches “dead” all you want (and I’ll grant that they’re not the most exciting topic these days), but I see them on more wrists than ever before — and the vast majority of them are Apple Watches. That’s not just because of how many people carry an iPhone, or some dumb generalization about Apple fans, it’s because the Apple Watch is genuinely useful in ways that  [Read More…]