Tag Archive: Years


Learn Spanish, French, and more with 2 years of Rosetta Stone for $169

Say ‘Hola’ to savings.

Amazon is offering up some great discounts on a selection of Rosetta Stone Bonus Packs. Each pack costs $ 169, and most of them usually sell for at least $ 220, though some have been as much as $ 300 recently. No matter which language you go for, you’ll be getting the lowest price in its history.

As of press time, your options include English, Spanish, Italian, French, and German. Each pack gets  [Read More…]

Google’s new contract makes 2 years of Android updates mandatory for OEMs

In response to being slapped with a record-breaking fine in the EU this summer, Google is preparing a major change to its business model.

The search giant recently revealed it will start charging a licensing fee for Android device makers that want to deliver handsets pre-installed with popular Google apps like Gmail or Maps.

Now The Verge has managed to obtain a copy of the new contracts that Google will soon start implementing. The documents disclose how much the search  [Read More…]

How is the Google Pixel XL holding up two years on?

How has the Pixel XL held up two years on from its release?

It’s been two years since Google shifted away from the Nexus line, ushering in a new era of Android flagships with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. With the latest iteration of the Pixel lineup soon to be revealed, let’s take a look at the handset that set the course for Google’s current hardware path.

I returned to using the Pixel XL as my  [Read More…]

10 years of Android: How the best mobile OS was made

You’ve come a long way, baby.

Step into the Wayback Machine and travel to October 2008, if you will.

I was with a small crowd of other folks at a Washington, D.C. T-Mobile store waiting in line to buy the T-Mobile G1. It was a phone that had a very limited release — in the U.S. only high-volume T-Mobile retail stores in areas with 3G deployments were selling them — and it was also a phone that  [Read More…]

Google Home review: After nearly two years, is it still worth it?

Google Home is the original Google Assistant enabled smart speaker. When it launched competition didn’t exist. If you wanted an Assistant enabled speaker, it was your only choice. Since then, there have been several Assistant smart speakers released. Your choices are no longer as limited as they once were. Now the question is, how does Google Home compare when it is no longer your only choice?

Design

The Google Home has a neutral design that blends seamlessly into most rooms.  [Read More…]

LG celebrates 40 years in America by giving away free LG G7 ThinQs and other prizes

LG fans we have some good news for you! Your favorite company is celebrating 40 years in America. And to make the occasion even more special, the smartphone giant has kicked off a sweepstakes to let you win prizes every day until October 5, 2018.

You will need to be a US resident to enter the contest and be at least 18 of age. There are two ways to participate. The first one requires you to complete an entry form  [Read More…]

Two years of ProtonVPN Plus can be yours for only $79.99

Picture this: You’re hanging out at your local coffee shop, using the free Wi-Fi. You come across something you want to purchase, input your credit card information, and buy something awesome.

A few days later you look at your bank statement and realize that there’s quite a few more charges on there, and at places you’ve never heard of or visited. Chances are good that your information was stolen — likely last week at the coffee  [Read More…]

Here’s why the NVIDIA Shield TV is still being updated after three years

The best Android TV product is also one of the best-supported Android products ever.

We all love the Shield TV around here. It’s almost universally thought of as the best way to get Android on your TV, isn’t outrageously expensive, and has enough power to stream your 4K HDR content without sputtering or complaining. It’s also a decent gaming console and makes for a heck of a streaming server when you use Plex or Kodi. It’s one  [Read More…]

5 years on, the Chromecast still has frustrating flaws that detract from the magic

We were caught off guard by how great the first Chromecast was — now, we expect more consistency from this streamer.

The original Google Chromecast was announced just over five years ago. Three generations and tens of millions of sales later, it’s hard to believe this idea originally blindsided us, accompanying the launch of the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet. The idea was ever-so-simple: use your phone to control a TV-based streaming device, but let the controls happen  [Read More…]

Google’s Fuchsia OS may replace Android in 5 years [Update]

The end goal is to have Fuchsia on phones, computers, smart speakers, and more.

Updated 2:05 PM ET: Shortly after this report came to light, Google issued a statement to CNET saying that it’s inaccurate and that the company doesn’t have any plans to release products with the operating system over the next three to five years. Even if Google is planning on a release then, confirming that it might replace Android in half a decade wouldn’t be  [Read More…]