Tag Archive: Longer


Netatmo Weather Station is long on looks, longer on data

It was time to update my home weather station from something functional but ugly to something decidedly more modern. Netatmo has fit the bill nicely.

I was going to show you my old weather station — a venerable beast from Oregon Scientific, which is quite good at this sort of thing. But alas, as soon as I took it off the wall it disappeared to wherever Phil’s Old Stuff disappears. (Basically an older, less sexy version of this.)

So.  [Read More…]

Netflix no longer works on rooted or bootloader-unlocked Android phones

Wanted to go for a binge on your rooted Android phone? I’ve got some bad news.

Rooted users started noticing the app gone from Google Play on their devices over the weekend, and Netflix eventually confirmed it did this intentionally. The streaming service is now using Google’s Wildvine DRM to block the app from rooted devices that don’t pass Wildvine’s security status, and its Google Play listing will not appear for devices that fail a SafetyNet check, which not  [Read More…]

The ‘open and free’ Android is no longer what anyone wants to buy (or sell)

The open Android is the most important Android.

Android is one of the largest and most popular collections of open source software that has even seen the light of day. But the Android you’re getting when you buy the next important phone isn’t, and we have to wonder if anyone really cares.

Open source and “free and open” doesn’t mean free as in getting something that doesn’t cost money. It can mean that, and in many cases  [Read More…]

Twitter no longer counts names towards 140-character limit in replies

Twitter is making conversations better — and potentially more confusing.

We’ll keep this brief: Twitter is a UX disaster. It’s been that way for a long time, but the company, which is now public and not growing nearly fast enough to appease its shareholders, is aware of the problem.

To that end, it’s done a number of things in the past year to improve the way conversations flow in the timeline. First it allowed users to retweet  [Read More…]

Chrome 57 will help your laptop battery last a bit longer

It’s no secret that Chrome can be a very power-hungry browser on a laptop.

Google is constantly evolving Chrome to be less power hungry while also offering increased performance, and the latest development arriving in Chrome 57 focuses on power savings from further background tab management. With the latest version, tabs open but not currently in use will be more aggressively throttled to save power.

Chrome will accomplish this by more aggressively limiting the rate at which timers in  [Read More…]

Android users will have to wait a while longer for Outlook Mobile’s add-ins

It’s too bad that Android users weren’t prioritized for an update that brings native Evernote, Giphy, and Trello integration.

Microsoft is celebrating two years of Outlook mobile with a new feature. Unfortunately, it’s only for your iPhone-using friends for now, but at the very least, here’s a preview of what’s to come in three concise GIFs.

Outlook mobile now features add-ins, essentially extensions or plug-ins that help integrate other services into the email app.  [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…]

You can no longer buy a new Galaxy Note 7 in the U.S.

It’s a longshot that anyone would want to buy a Note 7 now, but if you do then it’s going to be tough to find a store that’ll sell you one.

It was just last week that the U.S. carriers started voluntarily taking in Note 7s for return despite having just issued hundreds of thousands as recall replacements. Now T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, U.S. Cellular and Best Buy have halted exchanges and completely stopped selling the much-maligned Note 7  [Read More…]

Android 7.0: Better performance, longer battery life

By addressing specific things that affect performance and power efficiency, Android 7.0 Nougat should make our phones run better and longer between charges.

Every time the software on our phones receives a big update, we hear how it will perform better and use less of our battery. While it’s often true, the ideas and how they are implemented need plenty of fine-tuning to meet expectations. Android 7.0 improves on two existing features to help them live  [Read More…]

Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 hopes to protect your phone from longer drops

Corning has revealed Gorilla Glass 5, the next version of the company’s smartphone display glass. Corning claims that phones with Gorilla Glass 5 will survive being dropped from up to 1.6 meters 80% of the time.

Previous versions of Gorilla Glass have been used in smartphones from Samsung, HTC, LG and other OEMs. According to The Verge:

Internal research done conducted by Corning showed that 85 percent of smartphone owners have dropped their phones at least once in  [Read More…]