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HTC U11 adds Amazon Alexa support, turning it into a venerable portable Echo

HTC triples up on its artificial intelligence offering.

The HTC U11 launched in June with Google Assistant as its primary artificial intelligence service, though the promise was that at a later date we’d receive Amazon Alexa as a secondary choice. Now the time has come — with a new software update and an app install, you can use your U11 almost identically to the way you’d use an Amazon Echo sitting on your kitchen counter.

Alexa can  [Read More…]

Samsung DeX does a pretty good job turning the Galaxy S8 into a desktop

Samsung’s “desktop experience” is not only a curious concept, but it’s quickly becoming something I like to use.

There’s more to the Galaxy S8 an S8+ than its vibrant screen, cascading glass edges, and shiny back cover. Samsung would also like you to try its new Android-powered phone to unlock a desktop operating system that can be used on a whim.

The Samsung DeX — which stands for desktop experience is a hockey-puck shaped dock with a  [Read More…]

Allo’s next trick: Turning your selfies into emoji

The new features takes advantage of Google’s machine learning abilities to make a set of stickers based on your face.

Feel like your feelings could better be expressed through emoji that look like you? Well, you’re in luck if you’re an Allo user. The latest update comes with a feature that turns your selfie into a reusable sticker.

The feature was announced in an official Google blog, and then confirmed in an  [Read More…]

HTC leaves ‘ultra competitive’ entry-level smartphone market to focus on turning a profit

Expect only mid-range and high-end flagships from HTC moving forward.

HTC is hoping that less is more when it comes to smartphone offerings. Chia-Lin Chang, President of HTC’s Smartphone and Connected Device divisions, says the Taiwanese company will stop chasing high sales numbers in the entry-level smartphone markets and instead focus on designing and selling highly profitable devices.

This news comes from HTC’s quarterly conference call with investors, wherein the company announced a fourth straight quarter posting  [Read More…]

Wind Mobile is turning into a good telco alternative for Western Canadians

If you’re in the (western) market for a new plan, it’s time to consider Wind Mobile.

As of today, Wind Mobile has completed its network upgrades in all of its Western Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. With those upgrades, the company claims speeds and coverage have been drastically improved, along with perhaps the most important metric — latency.

The realization comes after Wind announced that it has completed upgrades in Edmonton as part of  [Read More…]

After 90 days with Google’s Play Music Family Plan, I’m not turning back

Change is rarely easy, and for some reason that is doubly true of music services.

My home is something of a digital mess. Between the two girls who love their iPods, the boy who only really cares about Minecraft and Terraria, the guy who moved everything from Android to iOS last year, the spouse who hates change unless I can justify it, and the tech blogger who touches everything, there’s a massive selection of services flying  [Read More…]

Deutsche Telekom is turning off auto-retrieval of MMS until Stagefright exploit is fully patched

In Germany, carrier Deutsche Telekom has turned off auto-retrieval of MMS on its network until the Stagefright exploit has been fully patched. We have already seen a number of carriers push out updates, and Google is updating its Nexus line as well, but Deutsche Telekom is taking a different approach. Instead of attempting to update every device in an attempt to prevent attacks, the carrier has disabled the MMS from being auto-retrieved on your phone.

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Amazon is turning 20 and offering a load of awesome Prime deals

This year, on July 15th, Amazon is turning 20. Halfway through college, and in the PRIME (pun intended) of its’ life, Amazon has taken the world by storm, and amongst the largest online retailers in the world. Well, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its’ inception, Amazon will be offering Black Friday-like promotions throughout the whole day.

Black Friday part 2, or part 1 depending on how you look at it, will be open to all Prime subscribers in the  [Read More…]

Turning my Nexus into a Yahoo phone

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The other day, I felt like trying something totally strange and different. As I happily use my Nexus 5 throughout the day, I have gotten to the point where I rely on Google more than I thought I did. After realizing this, it hit me how much my Android phone has really become a “Google  [Read More…]

Does turning off Wifi save battery? Not really

It seems fairly straightforward. You’re not using your Wifi, you should just turn it off to save battery. However, this question isn’t as straightforward as it might’ve been in years past, and while part of that has to do with software advancements, it still has a lot do with the the hardware of your phone and more importantly the trade-off between which radios you keep running.

Most of the time, you should leave your  [Read More…]