Tag Archive: Theres


There’s way more to see and do with the Sony Xperia XZ2

What you see isn’t what you get.

When every phone is good, to stand out a phone needs to be great. Thankfully, the Sony Xperia XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact are exactly that — great.

But their greatness comes from a balance between fundamental features everyone expects from a smartphone, and something more — something powerful and exciting and unique.

Along with its sleek new Ambient Flow design, which extends the screen to the top and bottom  [Read More…]

Google Home is a work in progress in India —but there’s plenty to like

Google Home isn’t customized for the Indian market, but it still has a few tricks up its sleeve.

The Google Home was unveiled back at I/O 2016, and the device is now available in India, alongside the newer Google Home Mini. Google has a limited presence in India on the hardware front, and the launch of the Home and Home Mini comes at a key moment as the company tries to takes on Amazon in this category.  [Read More…]

There is ‘good’ data collection and then there’s Facebook, and you need to know the difference

Claiming “you are the product” is the lazy way to talk about companies that collect data.

I’ll let you in on a secret: I hate sharing any of my personal information with any company or person I don’t actually know. OK, for the people who know me that’s not really a secret, but I still need to put that out there because it’s true. I would gladly pay for anything with dollars than data, and that includes  [Read More…]

Redmi Note 3 update brings MIUI 9, but there’s no Nougat in sight

At this point, it’s safe to assume that the Redmi Note 3 won’t be updated to Nougat.

When Xiaomi launched MIUI 9 late last year, it announced that the update would be available to over 40 devices in its portfolio, ranging all the way back to the 2012 Mi 2. The manufacturer is now working its way down the list, with the Redmi Note 3 becoming the latest device to receive the MIUI 9 stable ROM.

While it’s a  [Read More…]

The Mi Robot vacuum is my favorite Xiaomi product, and now there’s a new one

The successor to the Mi Robot vacuum is here, and it brings a host of upgrades.

Xiaomi’s primarily known for its phones, but the Chinese manufacturer is increasingly looking to the lifestyle segment to drive future growth. Xiaomi collaborates with hundreds of Chinese manufacturers for its Mi Ecosystem label, through which it sells everything from rice cookers to scooters, luggage, screwdriver sets, and more. One of the earliest products to come out of the Mi Ecosystem line  [Read More…]

Amazon’s Prime Video app for Android TV lands in the Play Store, but there’s a catch

It’s no secret that Amazon and Google have been at each other’s throats lately. Not so long ago Google blocked YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show (it restored access a few weeks later and then pulled it again) and Amazon stopped selling Google products, although this has changed as of late. Anyway, it seems the […]

There’s a new Trojan in town and it can get your smartphone to overheat

Last year’s Galaxy Note 7 disaster left a burning remembrance in our collective consciousness, which could soon be revived by a new Trojan that was recently identified by researchers at Kaspersky Labs. According to the report, smartphones infected with the new Loapi Trojan (formerly known as the Trojan.AndroidOS.Loapi) are in danger of overheating thus threatening […]

There’s a clever Easter egg hidden in the OnePlus 5T Star Wars edition

Every OnePlus 5T Star Wars edition box contains a special message from your favorite astromech droid.

OnePlus unveiled the Star Wars-themed variant of the OnePlus 5T in India last week, with the phone featuring a white color scheme and a Sandstone finish styled after the planet Crait. There’s certainly a lot to like about the device itself — both in terms of exterior design and software touches in the form of exclusive backgrounds — and OnePlus has  [Read More…]

There’s been a lot of work on Bluetooth in Android O, but we haven’t seen it yet

Tricks learned writing the software for the Pixel can hopefully make Bluetooth faster, stronger, and better.

In their Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session today, the Google team takes on Bluetooth. Specifically, if Android O can make it suck less.

The team is aware of all the Bluetooth errors and inconsistencies evident on many Android phones and have used a trick they learned while writing the new system elements for Android N on the Pixel.

Tim Murray: The Android  [Read More…]

There’s an AI storm brewing between Google and Microsoft

Both companies announced larger AI initiatives this week, and it’s all under the guise of making humanity great again.

Ever wonder whether artificial intelligence is a one-trick pony? Are there other practical applications for AI, besides giving a marketing edge to the latest smartphone releases? That’s what Google, and a whole host of other technology companies, are aiming to figure out.

This week, Google announced the People + AI Research Initiative (or PAIR), a new program devoted  [Read More…]