Tag Archive: aren’t


Why smart products that require a smartphone app aren’t always a smart buy

Your phone is probably on your person and working right now. But that’s not always the case.

I will go out on a limb and say that everyone reading this has a smartphone within reach at this very moment. In fact, most people reading this are doing so on their smartphones. Our phones have become an extension of our arms and we depend on them for a lot of things.

Unfortunately, I’m seeing other products that also  [Read More…]

Carrier fines over selling location data aren’t enough

A $ 200 million fine means carriers still made money selling our location; and since it was ours, do we get a cut?

The FCC has finally stepped up and fined the four major U.S. carriers — AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile — $ 200 million for selling real-time live customer locations to third-party resellers without user consent. Stepped up is a slight exaggeration because a small fine is more like the cost of doing business than  [Read More…]

Police say Ring cameras aren’t as useful for law enforcement as you think

13 of 40 jurisdictions asked said there have been zero arrests due to Ring footage.

What you need to know Ring’s may be overestimating how effective its cameras are at preventing burglaries. There are several factors to consider when looking at the statistics, and Ring doesn’t share the data and methods it uses. Law enforcement doesn’t usually keep stats on how helpful Ring cameras are and often has trouble identifying those who are caught on camera.

When  [Read More…]

Clamshells aren’t as exciting as mini-tablets, but they’re still great

Not every folding phone needs to be a miniature tablet.

Depending on who you ask, foldable phones are either the inevitable future of mobile that we’re all slowly inching towards, or an expensive gimmick that nobody should invest in just yet. Or maybe it’s a bit of both.

I think it’s still a little early to come to any definitive conclusions, and that phones are far from the only use we’ll have for flexible display tech —  [Read More…]

Remasters aren’t needed if the PS5 is completely backward compatible

How do you feel about the current state of remastering video games?

The eighth generation of video game consoles, with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, heralded the age of remasters and re-releases. The gaming community was largely divided on their reception. Most of them were thought of as a quick cash grab — and some certainly were — but some people appreciated being able to play their favorite games at a slightly higher resolution and frame  [Read More…]

Phone grips aren’t just cool for kids, they’re great for parents, too

Phone grips aren’t just a cutesy way to spice up your kid’s case; they’re an easy investment in your kid’s clumsy hands.

Phone grips might seem like an unnecessary add-on — “How could you possibly need help holding onto a phone?” — but I just have a few questions for you. How often does your child drop their phone? How often do you see them hunched over their phone to watch a video instead of propping the  [Read More…]

The Note 10 is almost here, but my pockets aren’t ready

Our simple summer days are coming to an end.

Summer is the slow season for the Android world — though this summer felt anything but between the Huawei roller coaster, Q gesture drama, and a host of new Chromebooks — but August is here and it’s back to the grind! Samsung’s Note 10 launch is this Wednesday in New York, and we’re looking forward to seeing the finished phones and the last of their details in person.

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Controllers for Google Stadia aren’t quite Bluetooth ready

You’ll need to wait a little longer.

What you need to know During an AMA on Reddit, Google’s Andrey Doronichev confirmed that Stadia controllers won’t support Bluetooth headsets at launch. There is a workaround, as long as you plan to play Stadia games through your Chrome browser or Pixel phone. Google Stadia will launch sometime in November 2019 with the Founder’s Edition.

Google Stadia launches this fall but there are still a lot of uncertainties. Andrey Doronichev,  [Read More…]

12 books that are better than the movie or TV show and 2 that aren’t

With this Prime Day being so huge on all things electronic, we thought we would slow things down, breath out and show you some of the best books that people tried to ruin by turning them into movies and TV shows. Amazon is offering an awesome deal, where you can get $ 5 off when you order $ 15 worth of books when you use the coupon code PRIMEBOOK19 so get reading!

Lost in space The Martian

Staff Pick

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PSA: Gestures aren’t turned on in Android P by default

Google’s not forcing you to swipe quite yet.

Android P is almost here, and one of its biggest features is the new navigation gestures. The new gestures are a welcome touch, but if you can’t live without your Home, Back, and Recents buttons, you’ve got nothing to fear.

When you update your phone to Android P, the gestures are turned off by default. If you want to enable them, you’ve got to go to Settings -> System ->  [Read More…]