How to enable Dark Mode in the Android Messages app and on the web

After running a beta program for a few months, Google finally announced that Android P stood for Android Pie on August 6th with final builds rolling out to Pixels everywhere via OTA. One of the boons of Android Pie is the Material Design refresh that appears to add a whole lot more white to whichever […]

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Withings splits from Nokia, announces the improved Steel HR Sport fitness tracker

After a back-and-forth of being purchased and split off from Nokia, Withings is back on its own with a brand new fitness tracker to appeal to the masses. The Steel HR Sport is at its heart a fitness-focused device, but it looks classy enough that you’d pretty easily mistake it for a pretty nice analog […]

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Twitter finally brings the chronological timeline back

If you are a Twitter user, you are probably familiar with the frustration of seeing your timeline showing tweets that were posted hours ago instead of ones from a few seconds ago. Twitter’s policy of showing the ‘Best Tweets First’ meant that the timeline was a confusing mess, but there is hope on the horizon […]

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HTC leads consumer searches for 5G, beating out Apple and Samsung

HTC may be on the brink of totally collapsing, but apparently customers are becoming fairly interested in when they’ll be deploying a 5G phone. Even more interested than when Samsung, Apple, and even Motorola will do it, despite Motorola already having a 5G phone available. Weird, right? So let’s dig into these numbers and see […]

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[TA Deals] Save 62% on the excellent task manager, Pagico 8

It can be tough to keep up with all of the notes and files in your digital life, but Pagico 8 is an excellent tool for managing everything you have going on. It handles your notes, tasks, and contacts, putting everything in a single place that will keep your multitasking to a minimum. Easily manage […]

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Audi launches luxury car subscription pilot program in Dallas

Audi is joining the ever-expanding roster of carmakers which have monthly subscription services — it's piloting its program at five dealerships in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For $ 1,395 a month (including fees, maintenance and insurance), you can dr…
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Google and OnePlus are teaming up for a “Crackables” game later this month

OnePlus has teamed up with Google to create a game/challenge called Crackables, and it starts on September 18th. And aside from that, that’s pretty much all we know. The only way we can describe it right now is mysterious. OnePlus’s twitter feed is full of short snippets of videos and pictures related to cracking some […]

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Two of three Moto G7 logos appear – what does that mean?

Some new logos have surfaced for Motorola’s next iteration of their mid-range “G” line of smartphones. Only two logos were discovered by sources – one for the Moto G7 and one for the Moto G7 Plus. Normally Motorola has produced three variants of the G devices with the third one be the “Play” version. With […]

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Need a new portable battery? We’ve got a deal on a whopping 20,000mAh backup battery that’ll keep your phone going and going and going off a single charge, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg, either. The Extreme Boost battery can power up to four devices at once at up to 2.4A […]

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Samsung may launch new Galaxy phone with four cameras on October 11

October is already an overwhelmingly exciting month already thanks to the upcoming launch events for Google’s Pixel 3 (we gotta hope the leaks left something out, right?) on the 9th, Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro on the 16th, LG’s V40 ThinQ on the 3rd, and the prospect of the OnePlus 6T that might just launch on the […]

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ChargePoint hopes to operate 2.5 million EV chargers by 2025

ChargePoint currently operates around 54,000 EV charging points — sure, it's but a fraction of the number of gas pumps in the world, but it's relatively plenty. Even Tesla's growing Supercharger network only has 11,013 chargers at this point in time…
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[TA Deals] Save 95% on the Ultimate MCSE Certification training bundle

Being able to work efficiently with Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows platform is going to help just about anyone in their career, and we’re running an excellent deal on a bundle that can help you out. The MCSE certification training bundle includes a ton of courses on how to install and work with Windows Server 2016, how […]

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Samsung launches new range of AKG headphones in the US

Besides announcing that it is holding a ‘Galaxy Event‘ on October 11th where it’s expected to launch a new smartphone featuring dual camera setups front and back, Samsung and its partner, Harman, are bringing three new AKG wireless audio products to the US. The new range consists of the premium N700NC over-ear headphones with noise-canceling […]

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Google changed a battery setting on Android phones by mistake

Some Android users probably noticed some strange things happening with their phones over the last couple of days. Apps might have stopped updating in the background, location services maybe weren't in use when your screen was locked, and your notific…
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Razer Phone 2 leaks, but not much has changed

That image? That’s a leak of the Razer Phone 2, and yeah, we’ll forgive you if you thought it was the original Razer Phone. It looks identical. This leak seems to suggest that Razer was pretty happy with their smartphone design and they’d rather work on adjusting performance and internals instead of changing things for […]

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Verizon ready to turn on 5G, taking customer sign-ups now

Earlier this week Verizon announced they are preparing to turn on their new 5G service on October 1st. For those who are interested in being among the first to get this new service, Verizon has opened up the process to sign-up for their Verizon 5G Home product. There are some limitations for interested consumers, the […]

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New tools for parents and content for older kids in the YouTube Kids app

We believe that no two families are the same — and that their needs are ever-changing as they grow up. That’s why we are committed to building YouTube Kids in a way that offers kids the content they love and grown-ups the tools to customize the app as they see fit. Today we’re excited to launch two updates we think families will really enjoy: parent-approved content and a new experience for older kids.

First, we’re following up on our April announcement and sharing that we’ve launched parent-approved content. This highly requested parental control allows parents to handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app. It is available today globally on Android and coming soon to iOS.

For parents who want to enable this feature, open settings, go to the child’s profile and select “approved content only.” Now they’re ready to start picking videos for their kids.

Parents can choose any video, channel or collection of channels they like by tapping the “+” button. Parents can also search for a specific creator or video. If parents choose to enable this mode, their kids will not be able to search for content on their own.

What’s more, YouTube Kids is growing up with our users. We have launched a new experience geared toward 8-12 year olds that includes additional new content, like popular music and gaming videos. If parents think their kids are ready, they can pick this “Older” version when setting up a new profile or updating an existing profile. The “Younger” version is the default content experience and will continue to have a wide selection of sing-alongs and age-appropriate learning videos. Parents can change between “Younger,” “Older” and parent-approved content at any time. We’ve started to roll out the new older experience in the U.S. with plans to expand globally.

We work hard to make videos in the app family friendly, but no system is perfect. It’s always possible that a parent may find something they don’t want their child to watch in the “Younger” or “Older” experiences. If this happens, we ask that parents block and flag the video for review by our team. This makes YouTube Kids better for everyone.

As we continue to receive feedback from parents and turn that feedback into improvements to the YouTube Kids app, we hope that all families and kids can create the experience they want!

Happy watching from our family to yours,

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Spotify will now let you download 10,000 songs per device for offline listening

One of life’s burning questions is what you do when you grow tired of playing the same 3,333 songs over and over on your smartphone because you don’t have an internet connection to stream more songs from Spotify. If you’ve pondered that question, then you’ll be overjoyed that Spotify has worried about this limitation as […]

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JBL Link View: A Google Smart Display that puts audio centerstage

Even though Amazon was the first to come up with the smart display concept (via the Echo Show), it's Google that transformed it into a whole new consumer category. Much of this is due to Google's hardware strategy: It partners with different manu…
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The Morning After: Maximum iPhone excess

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Good morning! After Apple's big iPhone showcase, we've got a lot to tell you — even if the party was a spoiled a little early. There are three new phones, a new Watch and a powerful new chip from Apple. Meanwhi…
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Samsung and Google are teaming up to create a better Android RCS messaging experience

Samsung has shown some fairly tepid interest in RCS messaging on Android, opting to stick with Samsung Messages as the default app on Galaxy devices instead of Android Messages. That’s pretty much removed Samsung phones from the new enhanced messaging features that Google has been rolling out. But RCS messaging is really cool, especially if […]

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Apple’s watchOS 5 and its smarter Siri arrive on September 17th

Apple has revealed when you'll be able to update your Apple Watch to watchOS 5. The latest version of the software will be available September 17th.
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Google Gboard test makes finding a relevant GIF even faster

The whole point of Google's Gboard is to help you find relevant items without leaving your phone's keyboard, but how do you know there's something useful available while you're casually typing away? You might get a clue soon enough. Android Police…
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Mercedes’ latest GLE melds tech with a super-smooth ride

The EQC isn't Mercedes' only tech-heavy SUV launching in the near future. The brand has taken the wraps off a new version of the GLE where the technology matters as much with what you don't notice as what you do. It's billed as the first vehicle to…
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British Airways hackers used same tools behind Ticketmaster breach

The British Airways web hack wasn't an isolated incident. Analysts at RiskIQ have reported that the breach was likely perpetrated by Magecart, the same criminal enterprise that infiltrated Ticketmaster UK. In both cases, the culprits used similar v…
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Sonos IFTTT recipes let your smart home control your music

Last month, Sonos promised to open up its API to third-party companies, and it's off to a great start by partnering with IFTTT. IFTTT lets you automate smart home devices like door locks, thermostats and lights, which opens up some interesting possib…
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A project to remove 50,000 tons of plastic from the Pacific has begun

An ambitious project to clean up the 80,000 metric tons of plastic floating in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" has begun. On Sunday, the Ocean Cleanup Project started towing its "Ocean Cleanup System 001" from San Francisco to a trial site some 240…
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NVIDIA Shield TV update 7.1 brings voice chat, mouse and keyboard support, and a companion app

NVIDIA has announced their 20th software update to the Shield TV, and it’s a pretty big incremental update hot on the heels of the latest 7.0 update.There’s plenty to talk about here, including a bunch of features to make the Shield TV a better primary gaming console, plus a few quality of life changes for […]

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Amazon Fire HD 8 and Fire HD Kids Edition announced

Amidst some of the big smartphone announcements being made this time of year, Amazon has announced a couple new products as part of their portfolio. “New” might be a bit of a stretch though as the new Amazon Fire HD 8 and Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition really just represent a refresh of existing […]

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Tesla offers ‘immediate’ Model 3 deliveries to boost sales numbers

Tesla is determined to burnish its Model 3 sales figures, and that means getting the EV into customers' hands as quickly as possible — including through some unconventional methods. Electrek has learned that Tesla is emailing reservation holders pro…
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HTC reports major revenue reductions

Yesterday HTC released their monthly and year-to-date revenue figures for 2018 and things are looking really bad for the company. Sure, things have been bad for HTC for several years now prompting the company sell off a significant portion of their business to Google. Even with that, two rounds of layoffs in their U.S. and […]

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Judge OKs Dish lawsuit over Univision’s soccer livestreams

Dish and Univision haven't been on the friendliest of terms for quite a while now, and we doubt this development will help bridge the widening gap between the two companies. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Univision has failed to convince a judg…
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[TA Deals] Get a discount on Heimdal Pro anti-malware for up to four of your computers

If you’re in need of a new anti-malware for your PC, we’ve got you covered. Right now we’re offering subscriptions to Heimdall PRO, a top-tier security program that does more than your typical antivirus. Heimdall PRO will catch malicious attacks early on, blocking them before they actually hit your system and start causing damage. No […]

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Apple seeks major newspaper allies for its subscription bundle

While rumors indicate Apple has bigger plans for its subscription bundle than just news, it has to start somewhere. In order to get that rolling, Recode reports it has opened discussions with the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Pos…
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Apple yanks Alex Jones’ InfoWars app

After Alex Jones and InfoWars drew bans from Facebook, YouTube and Apple Podcasts over repeated violations of their conduct policies, fans of the network downloaded its apps to continue accessing the same content. Tonight Apple confirmed to BuzzFeed…
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Wyze Cam Pan review: a great, inexpensive camera now on the move

Last year we were fortunate enough to get our hands on a Wyze Cam for review and found that despite the minimal $ 20 price tag, the camera performed on par with much more expensive options. Since then, WyzeCam has updated the initial camera device to version 2 and they have released a version that can […]

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The Morning After: A dating app data breach

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. We'll wrap up a short week with an appointment for Google's Pixel 3 event next month, a smart mirror containing the trapped spirit of a fitness instructor and a gaming router you can't blame for your K:D ratio….
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AI robots can develop prejudices, just like us mere mortals

It's not only humans and animals that can hold biases against outsiders. Psychology and computer science researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cardiff University have discovered that artificial intelligence robots can develop…
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[TA Deals] Save 65% on this massive PowerUP 11,000mAh USB battery

You can never have too many portable batteries around, and right now Talk Android Deals is offering a great deal on another one to add to your collection that won’t cost too much. The PowerUP 11,000mAh Triple USB battery is loaded with features and offers plenty of capacity for keeping your devices recharged on the […]

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The Nokia 5.1 goes on sale in the UK for £189 with Android One in tow

Google’s Android One would appear to be finally taking off worldwide with HTC, Xiaomi, LG, Motorola, Nokia, and others offering supporting handsets. Nokia already has a bunch of handsets running Android One firmware and has just announced that the Nokia 5.1 will launch in the UK on September 12th with a price tag of £189 […]

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Rootless Pixel Launcher pulled from Google Play Store

For those interested in replacement home screen apps on their Android phone, one that has been popular recently is the Rootless Pixel Launcher. The popularity stems from the fact that it emulates much of what Google makes available in Android 9.0 Pie, but can be installed on an Android 8.x Oreo powered device. Until very […]

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Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max officially launch, brings AI and notches to budget phones

Honor has officially released the 8X and 8X Max budget-friendly devices, although as of now they’re only set for a Chinese release. They’re still rocking some flagship-caliber features, however, including a dual-camera setup and a notched display. Yep, 2018. You know we had to mention the notch. First up, we’ll talk about the Honor 8X. […]

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Twitter wants to ‘increase the health of public conversation’

Twitter doesn't only want to be more transparent about the toxic content on its site, it also wants to be more proactive about removing it altogether. Speaking to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce today, as part of a hearing titled "Twitter:…
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New Spectacles launched by Snap

This past April Snap launched a new version of their Spectacles point-of-view glasses for capturing images and video. The “2.0” version added some new features like waterproofing and improvements to the wireless connections used to upload captures. One thing Snap only tweaked was the look of the glasses – still relatively goofy. Two new versions […]

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eBay now verifies the authenticity of luxury watch sales

eBay's Authenticate program now covers more than high-style handbags. The online shopping giant now verifies the authenticity of luxury watch sales from more than 30 luxury brands, including Audemars Piguet, Breitling, Patek Philippe and Rolex. Selle…
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Theranos is shutting its doors for good

Theranos has been hanging by a thread ever since an explosive report came out a couple of years ago detailing the erratic quality of its blood test results. Now, the embattled company has finally waved the white flag. According to The Wall Street Jou…
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A ‘Lord of the Rings’ game is coming from the publisher of ‘Warframe’

If you're itching for a new Lord of the Rings game to move past the controversy of Shadow of War, we have good news — although it might not be quite what you're expecting. Athlon Games (the owner of Digital Extremes and Splash Damage) has signed a…
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Samsung Galaxy X still on track for late 2018 announcement

When 2018 opened, sources started to report that Samsung had finally reached the point where their research and development into a foldable smartphone was transitioning over to production. The implication of that being a Samsung foldable phone, tentatively dubbed the Galaxy X by industry watchers, would hit the market as an actual product. Sources also […]

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The biggest news from IFA 2018

We're wrapping up our coverage of IFA 2018, and things just seemed… quieter in comparison to last year. There were next to no new wearable announcements, plenty of mid-range phones, but only one premium smartphone. Meanwhile, PCs followed the…
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Netflix and Amazon will have to make more European content by law

Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will likely soon have to ensure at least 30 percent of their libraries are dedicated to local content in the European Union. A preliminary agreement on the rules is already in place, and Roberto…
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