Tag Archive: Thing


The OnePlus 3T was the closest thing to an iPhone in 2016, not the Pixel

The search for the Android equivalent of Apple’s iPhone has been going on for years. Users have been asking for a phone that focuses on not only uncomplicated and beautiful software but a tight hardware experience too. All we want is the complete package. Every year hype builds around the phone that will take on the […]

Back that thing up: Lifetime of iDrive unlimited encrypted mobile backup only $19.99 (Deal of the Day)

Imagine the horror of a bricked or water-damaged phone and the sudden realization that all of your valuable photos, contacts, and sensitive information are drifting away in the digital wind. We think that years worth of collected data is invaluable. Luckily for you, iDrive does, too. Our Deal of the Day aims to put your […]

OnePlus is trying this new thing where it ships as soon as you order!

No more waiting for your OnePlus 3T to ship.

Shipping in volume is hard. It’s actually one of the most complicated and expensive parts of making a physical object you want to sell to people. Many larger companies around the world make it look fairly easy, where you can just press the order button and the phone is in a box with a shipping label within hours, but it only works for those companies after years of  [Read More…]

Everything is smart: AI is officially the new cool thing

This weapon will be powerful, versatile and indestructible. It will feel no pain. No pity. No remorse. No fear. It will have only one purpose: to return to the present and prevent the future. This weapon will be called the Terminator.

I love Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, and everything that makes computers smarter. Let me qualify that and say I love the idea of it all. It’s something Sci-Fi writers have been talking about for over a  [Read More…]

Watching two Google Homes trying to have a conversation is the best thing you’ll see today

In the future, computers will be able to talk to one another. Perhaps intelligently.

Today, though, all we have is this: two Google Home units sitting in the same room having a conversation. Twitch channel seebotschat have managed to whip together a Cleverbot API hook that keeps the units speaking in a way that yours wouldn’t be able to, and suffice it to say the outcome is, well… you just have to watch.

Watch live video from seebotschat  [Read More…]

Polaroid is still around and announced a camera/printer combo that is a thing for some reason

Remember Polaroids? The memories of taking a picture, ejecting a film and waving it around until a picture formed will be burned into my memory until the end of time. Polaroid is trying to capitalize on that nostalgia by announcing the Polaroid Pop, a new digital camera that will allow you to print your pictures on

THING Launcher tries to cook up recipes for Android automation and magic

There’s another interesting launcher out there.

Looking for another smart launcher that ties into the apps and habits of your life? THING Launcher wants to be your next launcher. This launcher aims to automate your phone and your home as it listens to your life and watches you move from place to place and task to task. Like all launchers, it is a very rough start, but there is definitely potential.

By tying into apps  [Read More…]

Android Pay no longer works if you unlock your bootloader, and that’s a good thing

Yes, Google has blocked Android Pay if you unlock your bootloader. My biggest question about it all is ‘why did it take so long?’

Quietly and without any fanfare, Google disabled the ability for Android Pay to make payments on phones with unlocked bootloaders; landing in line with its previously held policy of not allowing rooted phones to access the payment system. It’s frustrating to some, but it’s the right move and it’s in line with  [Read More…]

Android and chill: Do the right thing

It’s piling up so fast you almost need wings to stay above it.

That line (paraphrased) from Martin Sheen’s character in Apocolypse Now perfectly describes this weekend for Samsung. I had what I thought was a really well-written and thoughtful article ready yesterday about the price of phones, our reactions, and how we can’t judge what anything is worth to someone else. A big part of it was about the Note 7, which set off the  [Read More…]

Google’s fancy new Wallpaper app is the best thing about its leaked ‘Pixel launcher’

The launcher for Google’s upcoming smartphones has leaked — but that’s not even the most interesting part about it.

In the past day notorious HTC leaker @LlabTooFeR has leaked the latest version of Google’s “Pixel launcher” — the home screen app that’ll be preloaded on the two upcoming HTC-built Pixel phones (neé Nexus). Obviously it’s important that this is branded as the Pixel launcher — removing any doubt that that’s what this year’s Google phones will  [Read More…]