Tag Archive: Theres


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…]

Stream your shows anywhere there’s Wi-Fi with the $25 Google Chromecast

Best Buy has the Google Chromecast for just $ 25. That’s $ 10 off the normal price and is being matched at other retailers like Target and B&H. B&H is actually the cheapest option if you include the shipping charges, since none of them offer free shipping for a $ 25 item. However, Best Buy currently has a deal for streaming devices where you can get a free month of DirecTV Now and stream live channels to your device, and  [Read More…]

There’s a single OnePlus 5 version for the whole world

OnePlus managed to build a single version of the OnePlus 5 for the whole world. That means easier roaming and much better worldwide compatibility.

The OnePlus 5 is here, and it’s a pretty great device in a lot of ways. But in terms of network connectivity, it breaks down interesting new ground, and finds itself among a select few devices that takes advantage of some of the Snapdragon 835’s latest advances.

Here are the biggest takeaways from  [Read More…]

Exclusive: New OnePlus 5 render shows there’s more to the design than dual cameras

We get it, you think it looks like an iPhone 7 — but let’s be rational for a second.

Once OnePlus put out a rather revealing teaser of the OnePlus 5’s hardware, showing off its dual cameras, the focus quickly turned to one discussion: “it kind of looks like an iPhone.” A fresh render of the top-right corner of the back of the phone, obtained by Android Central, shows a few subtleties that paint a bit of a different  [Read More…]

There’s nothing fab about a phablet TV remote

What are the odds of buying a Vizio SmartCast TV but not owning a smartphone? I ask, because the last thing I need is a publicly available tablet in my living room.

Once upon a time the idea of a television relying on Google’s Chromecast for content and shipping with a 6-inch Android remote might have excited me. Because for the most part television manufacturers have tried too hard to be UX designers an ended up making TVs  [Read More…]