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Google Maps turns 15, gets a design refresh and new features

Google will also be rolling out an update to the Live View feature within Maps later this year.

What you need to know Google Maps is celebrating its 15th birthday. To celebrate, Google has introduced a new icon for Maps, along with a few new features. The updated Google Maps app with the new look will begin rolling out on both iOS and Android today.

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Turns out the OnePlus 7 Pro’s telephoto lens can’t deliver 3x optical zoom

The telephoto lens on the OnePlus 7 Pro only goes up to 2.2x optical zoom.

What you need to know The OnePlus 7 Pro’s optical zoom is closer to 2.2x and not 3x. The telephoto lens is cropping 13MP photos down to 8MP to get to 3x zoom. Unlike the OnePlus 5, this isn’t digital zoom — you’re basically losing out on focal length.

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Anker’s discounted 5-in-1 hub turns that USB-C port into a hub of activity

Connect all the things.

The Anker 5-in-1 USB-C 4K hub is down to $ 32.39 thanks to a 10% off on-page coupon. The price for this hub has been around $ 36 since early January and was as high as $ 46 before that. Outside a brief sale in late January, this is the best price we’ve seen.

Take that USB-C port on your laptop and turn it into a hub capable of so much more. The  [Read More…]

Turns out you can remap the Bixby button to open Google Assistant

Available for the Note 8, Note 9, S8, S9, and S10 series.

Just about a week ago, Samsung confirmed something pretty exciting — it was going to finally let users remap the Bixby button on their Galaxy phones. As of February 28, 2019, a software update is rolling out that enables this functionality.

After you download and install the update, you’ll find new options in the Bixby Key settings on your device. With these controls, you can  [Read More…]

Lenovo’s new Smart Tab P10 is a tablet that turns into an Echo Show

The convergence home device people have been asking for.

Lenovo isn’t a Google Assistant-only company: it’s happy to work with Amazon Alexa as well. And its new Smart Tab P10 and M10 go a step beyond just working with Alexa; they’re tablets that basically turn into an Echo Show when docked in your home.

Lenovo’s official line is that these are tablets first and foremost … though as tablets, the P10 and M10 aren’t particularly interesting. They’re about  [Read More…]

Google purchased a company that turns displays into speakers

Is this a sign of things to come on the Pixel 3?

Right ahead of the Pixel 2‘s unveiling last fall, it was announced that Google purchased a heap of smartphone engineers from HTC to spearhead smartphone projects for the coming years. According to a report from Bloomberg, Google made another purchase about a month before this for UK-based company Redux.

If you haven’t heard of Redux, you’re not alone. The company hasn’t actually released any consumer-facing  [Read More…]

Edward Snowden’s Haven app turns your phone into a surveillance device

Haven’s not the first app of its kind, but it just might be the best.

A quick search on the Play Store will show no shortage of surveillance/motion detection apps, and while some of these work alright, they’re not nearly as secure compared to a true security camera. Haven: Keep Watch is a new app that falls into this same category, but it does something special that helps it stick out from the crowd.

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OnePlus turns four, celebrates with accessory discounts and prizes

Celebrating four years of never settling.

It’s hard to believe, but four years ago OnePlus was founded and started to tease its very first phone – the OnePlus One. The OnePlus One redefined what you could expect from a smartphone for just $ 300, and since then, OnePlus has continued to release excellent hardware at even better prices.

In honor of its fourth birthday, OnePlus is running a few different promotions to help thank its customers.

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Action Launcher turns 5 and gives us all a present

Happy Birthday to us all!

Action Launcher is one of the best launchers on Android today, and the Swiss Army home screen launcher now has something big to celebrate: its fifth anniversary. On December 8th, 2012, Action Launcher was published, and five years later, it’s come a long way and picked up quite a few fans along the journey.

Five years is a big milestone for an Android app, and Chris Lacy has a hell of a  [Read More…]

This $50 speaker turns your Amazon Echo Dot into a poor man’s Sonos Play:1

… Minus the deep, deep bass. And everything else great Sonos does. But this is still a cool little accessory for an Echo Dot.

There’s nothing particularly exciting about the Amazon Echo Dot when it comes to audio, at least not with the speaker itself. Sure, it can play music, but it sounds horrible. You know that when you bought it, of course, and the Echo Dot helpfully has a a 3.5mm line-out jack, and the ability  [Read More…]