How to block phone calls on your Android phone

Telemarketer or persistent won’t leave you alone? Here’s how to block calls on an Android smartphone, whether you want to do so with native features or mobile apps such as Mr. Number and Extreme Call Blocker.

The post How to block phone calls on your Android phone appeared first on Digital Trends.

Android Army–Digital Trends

Weekly Rewind: Emoji freeze iPhones, Tesla taps solar power, Samsung scandals soar

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week.

The post Weekly Rewind: Emoji freeze iPhones, Tesla taps solar power, Samsung scandals soar appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wearables–Digital Trends

How to back up your Apple Watch

This is our guide on how to back up your Apple Watch. If you need to back up or restore your Apple Watch, then this guide will take you through the pairing process, show you how to back up, and list the information that will and won’t get backed up.

The post How to back up your Apple Watch appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wearables–Digital Trends

‘Terminator’ reboot will have James Cameron’s oversight

The last few stabs at The Terminator movies haven't gone so well, to put it mildly — you're more likely to have enjoyed the video game tie-ins. And that may well be due to the absence of James Cameron, who sold his rights back in 1984 and hasn't tou…
Engadget RSS Feed

Kurio Watch: Our first take

The Kurio Watch has been designed especially for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Find out if it’s worth buying as we go hands on.

The post Kurio Watch: Our first take appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wearables–Digital Trends

How to back up your Apple Watch

This is our guide on how to back up your Apple Watch. If you need to back up or restore your Apple Watch, then this guide will take you through the pairing process, show you how to back up, and list the information that will and won’t get backed up.

The post How to back up your Apple Watch appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wearables–Digital Trends

Got a broken iPhone screen? Here’s how to fix or replace it

What do you do if your iPhone’s screen gets broken? We take you through the options you have to get a broken iPhone screen replaced or repaired. Find out about Apple’s warranty, repair costs, and learn whether or not you should repair it yourself.

The post Got a broken iPhone screen? Here’s how to fix or replace it appeared first on Digital Trends.

Mobile–Digital Trends

[TA Deals] Master data science and analytics with this bundle for less than $50

On Talk Android Deals, the Certified Professional Data Science w/ Python Bundle is up for grabs with a massive discount. It’ll teach you everything you need to know about data science and analytics. Access 2 comprehensive courses 24/7 Describe each stage of the data analytics process Explain basic statistical concepts relevant to data analytics Install […]

Come comment on this article: [TA Deals] Master data science and analytics with this bundle for less than $ 50


TalkAndroid

Google is rolling out “Instant Tethering” to make it easier to tether from an Android device

Google is set to make it a whole lot easier to tether Android devices — the company is currently rolling out “Instant Tethering” to Google Play Services, which will allow users to quickly and easily tether devices connected to a Google account.

The post Google is rolling out "Instant Tethering" to make it easier to tether from an Android device appeared first on Digital Trends.

Mobile–Digital Trends

Sonos wants to integrate voice assistants into its speaker lineup

Sonos was previously the king of a pretty uncontested market. They made premium WiFi speaker systems that were a little more efficient than Bluetooth speakers, and they made their equipment compatible with as many things as possible. So far that’s been a pretty successful strategy, but with the rise of other “smart” speakers like Alexa, […]

Come comment on this article: Sonos wants to integrate voice assistants into its speaker lineup


TalkAndroid

AI can have trouble recognizing diversity and MIT research is finding out why

According to MIT research, facial recognition programs don’t recognize minorities as often as they do Caucasian faces and it’s likely because the photos used to train the artificial intelligence were limited.

The post AI can have trouble recognizing diversity and MIT research is finding out why appeared first on Digital Trends.

Cool Tech–Digital Trends

The Engadget Podcast Ep 25: Black Hole Sun

Senior editor Chris Velazco, reviews editor Cherlynn Low and Social Media Editor Mallory Johns join host Devindra Hardawar to chat about the biggest stories of the week, including HTC U Ultra phone, which may or may not save the company. Moving on, t…
Engadget RSS Feed

BAE Systems wants to use lasers to create energy-scattering deflector shields

BAE Systems’ Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens (LDAL) project plans to temporarily and reversibly alter the Earth’s atmosphere to turn it into a range of different optic tools. Energy deflector shields, here we come!

The post BAE Systems wants to use lasers to create energy-scattering deflector shields appeared first on Digital Trends.

Cool Tech–Digital Trends

Soft robot sleeve will help hearts to beat when they’re failing

An innovative soft robotic sleeve will keep a failing heart beating by wrapping around it and mimicking its natural rhythms through a combination of twisting and compressing movements.

The post Soft robot sleeve will help hearts to beat when they’re failing appeared first on Digital Trends.

Cool Tech–Digital Trends

Heartbeat passwords could be used to keep your medical records safe

Researchers at Binghamton University in New York think the best way to protect a patient’s personal electronic health records could be using their own unique, distinctive heartbeat.

The post Heartbeat passwords could be used to keep your medical records safe appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wearables–Digital Trends

California resident sues Apple over absence of lock-out function while driving

Texting while driving is a problem that a California resident believes Apple can minimize, but will not do, with a lock-out mechanism for the iPhone. This belief is at the center of a lawsuit against the company.

The post California resident sues Apple over absence of lock-out function while driving appeared first on Digital Trends.

Mobile–Digital Trends

‘Minecraft,’ which Microsoft owns, will halt updates on Windows Mobile phones

According to Windows Central, sources have confirmed that Minecraft: Pocket Edition will no longer receive updates on Windows Mobile devices. Microsoft purchased developer Mojang in 2014 for $ 2.5 billion.

The post ‘Minecraft,’ which Microsoft owns, will halt updates on Windows Mobile phones appeared first on Digital Trends.

Mobile–Digital Trends

Twitter is finally ditching its neglected “Buy” button once and for all

Twitter is killing off its “buy” button as it moves away from ecommerce for good. The feature never really took off on the platform despite mobile-commerce features gaining traction on the likes of Messenger and Pinterest.

The post Twitter is finally ditching its neglected “Buy” button once and for all appeared first on Digital Trends.

Mobile–Digital Trends

Celebrating ten years of Big Game ads on YouTube

Every year, a few Big Game ads stand out from the pack and keep us smiling long after the last play … like your daughter’s first date, that time Liam Neeson wanted revenge, or the year we met whatever this is.

Today, we’re kicking off YouTube AdBlitz for the tenth time, a destination where you can come watch and vote for all your favorite Big Game ads.

To continue to spotlight excellence as part of our AdBlitz program, we’ve made two key changes. First, in addition to our main list of AdBlitz winners, we’ll be recognizing top performers in individual categories, like automotive and food & beverage. Second, we’ve seen more and more traditional in-game advertisers choose to launch ads around the Big Game versus during the actual broadcast. This year, these spots will also be eligible to compete in AdBlitz.

In honor of AdBlitz’s ten-year anniversary, we’re also taking a look back at the top 20 Big Game ads from the past nine years that have stood the test of time. Collectively, these ads have racked up more than 440M minutes of watchtime along the way.

Of course as much as we love Big Game ads, they also represent just one slice of all the football-related content people watch on YouTube. Overall, watchtime for football-related content has grown over 90 percent year-over-year.1 Given this huge interest, it’s no surprise that the NFL’s YouTube channel, which they unveiled two years ago, just passed the 1 billion views mark, a huge achievement.

In looking at the ads that made our top 20 list, we noticed a few things.

The ad your ad could smell like: Iconic ads continue to thrive on YouTube long past their initial release. Some of the most memorable ads from previous years, like Old Spice’s “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” (2010), Ram Trucks’ “Farmer” (2013) and GoPro and Red Bull’s “Red Bull Stratos – The Full Story” (2014) collectively garnered over 5M views in 2016, years after their original airing. And combined, these ads have driven over 92.5M lifetime views.

Advertisers use the force … of uploading early. Advertisers that upload early do better overall. The share of Big Game ads released on YouTube before game day grew over 200 percent from 2008 to 2016, due to a combination of more advertisers releasing their television spots early on YouTube as well the growing popularity of teasers. Among YouTube’s Top 20 ranking, 90 percent of the ads listed were released on YouTube before the Super Bowl that year, including Volkswagen’s “The Force” and Budweiser’s “Puppy Love.”

Pokemon goes global: Just as the Big Game has become a global moment, so have the ads. Outside the U.S., Super Bowl ad viewership on YouTube has grown over 28x since 2008. In 2016, the three countries outside the U.S. that watched the most Super Bowl ads on YouTube are Canada, the United Kingdom and Russia. Some of the most popular Super Bowl ads internationally included: Pokemon’s “#Pokemon20: Pokémon Super Bowl Commercial,” Coca-Cola’s “Coke Mini (Hulk vs. Ant-Man),” and Heinz’s “Wiener Stampede – Extended Cut.”

Our full AdBlitz 10-Year Anniversary report is here along with the full list of the top 20 ads of the past nine years. We encourage you to take a look and come up with your own insights. And of course check back with AdBlitz before, during, and after the Big Game to see and vote for this year’s additions to the catalog of iconic Big Game ads.

Tara Walpert Levy, Vice President of Agency & Media Solutions, recently watched “NFL 2016: Part One” — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL.”

1YouTube Data, U.S. Classification as American Football video was based on public data such as headlines, tags, etc., and may not account for every such video available on YouTube, January – November 2016.


YouTube Blog

Now you can control your Genesis luxury sedan through a smartwatch app

Hyundai’s new Genesis luxury brand is launching smartphone and smartwatch apps that can do everything from remotely lock and unlock a car’s doors, to help set up service appointments.

The post Now you can control your Genesis luxury sedan through a smartwatch app appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wearables–Digital Trends

February 9 may be Android Wear 2.0’s big release day

Google’s highly anticipated Android Wear 2.0 update will arrive in “early February,” with February 9 being rumored as the big day. The visual overhaul and improved features are expected to reinvigorate the company’s smartwatch platform.

The post February 9 may be Android Wear 2.0’s big release day appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wearables–Digital Trends

Bags with brains: Smart luggage and gadgets are making travel smoother

The bag you use to tote your stuff can affect the experience of any trip. Suitcases are wising up, and there are options for smart luggage with scales, tracking, and more.

The post Bags with brains: Smart luggage and gadgets are making travel smoother appeared first on Digital Trends.

Cool Tech–Digital Trends

Club owner designs acoustic-filter protective earplugs that don’t distort sound

After developing tinnitus in his own New York City clubs, the owner designed stylish earplugs to reduce volume but preserve music quality. Earos earplugs have left and right orientation for a deeper and more comfortable fit.

The post Club owner designs acoustic-filter protective earplugs that don’t distort sound appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wearables–Digital Trends

U.K. researchers tie the world’s tightest knot — half a nanometer wide

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Manchester have tied the tightest and smallest knot in the known universe. Made up of just 24 atoms, the nanoscale knot could help lead to breakthroughs in materials.

The post U.K. researchers tie the world’s tightest knot — half a nanometer wide appeared first on Digital Trends.

Cool Tech–Digital Trends

Daydream believer: Google’s VR headset is only $50 at the moment

Google has cut the price of its Daydream View VR headset from $ 80 down to $ 50 in its latest deal, making it an excellent deal for Pixel phone owners keen to try out virtual reality.

The post Daydream believer: Google’s VR headset is only $ 50 at the moment appeared first on Digital Trends.

Mobile–Digital Trends

You may soon be able to pay for things with Google Assistant

According to a recent app teardown of the Google App, Assistant will soon be able to pay for things, allowing you to order items using only your voice. The move will bring Assistant into much more direct competition with Amazon Alexa.

The post You may soon be able to pay for things with Google Assistant appeared first on Digital Trends.

Mobile–Digital Trends

Shark spotter: Sentinel VDS drone makes beaches safer for surfers and swimmers

Sentinel VDS is a completely automated shark-detection system. Using an autonomous, unmanned aerial system and sophisticated detection software, the system provides a safe haven for swimmers and surfers alike.

The post Shark spotter: Sentinel VDS drone makes beaches safer for surfers and swimmers appeared first on Digital Trends.

Cool Tech–Digital Trends

The truth about why the Galaxy Note 7 exploded is coming

Samsung will soon reveal the findings of its official investigation into why the Galaxy Note 7 overheated and in some cases, caught fire. The report, which follows the device’s recall and cancelation, is expected on January 23.

The post The truth about why the Galaxy Note 7 exploded is coming appeared first on Digital Trends.

Android Army–Digital Trends

Barnes & Noble halts sales of its $50 Nook tablet, cites faulty chargers

Barnes and Noble suspended sales of its Nook tablet due to a faulty charger, not because of suspicious preinstalled software. None of the Nook-branded Samsung tablets are affected by the suspension.

The post Barnes & Noble halts sales of its $ 50 Nook tablet, cites faulty chargers appeared first on Digital Trends.

Android Army–Digital Trends

Report: Samsung Note 7 probe finds batteries caused fires

Samsung has concluded that the Galaxy Note 7's fires and explosions were caused by battery problems, not the phone's hardware or software, Reuters reports. The information comes from "a person familiar with the matter," rather than an official source…
Engadget RSS Feed

Japan’s experimental mini rocket launch ends in failure

Japan's space program troubles aren't over yet, apparently. The country's Aerospace Exploration Agency reports that the launch of its miniature SS-520 rocket ended in failure. The first stage went off without a hitch, but communications problems prev…
Engadget RSS Feed

Apple AirPod ad campaign begins with limited product availability

A dancer by the name of Lil Buck showcases the “freedom” of the new Apple AirPods in a series of TV spots also viewable on YouTube. Whether you want them or not, the earbuds may not be available immediately for order.

The post Apple AirPod ad campaign begins with limited product availability appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wearables–Digital Trends

A new LG smartwatch featuring Android Wear just earned FCC certification

It looks like LG is preparing a new smartwatch for 2017 — an LG watch has earned FCC certification, suggesting it could launch soon. Along with the certification, we also got a few screenshots of the device.

The post A new LG smartwatch featuring Android Wear just earned FCC certification appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wearables–Digital Trends

France isn’t ready to ban cyclists from cheating with motors

The pro cycling world may be cracking down on the use of hidden motors to cheat in races, but it doesn't look like governments are ready to make it a criminal offense. The French government has shot down a proposed law that would have made this "tec…
Engadget RSS Feed

Weekly rewind: Nintendo Switch incoming, incredible space photos, Vegas’ self-driving buses

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week.

The post Weekly rewind: Nintendo Switch incoming, incredible space photos, Vegas' self-driving buses appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wearables–Digital Trends

Bring AR and VR to your home buying experience with the new app from roOomy

With the new app roOomy Reality, home buyers and shoppers will be able to virtually decorate rooms, and then take this room design to open houses in order to superimpose their vision onto existing properties with the AR Google Tango camera.

The post Bring AR and VR to your home buying experience with the new app from roOomy appeared first on Digital Trends.

Mobile–Digital Trends

Oh, get over it! Talking to AI is no weirder than talking to your dog

Embarrassed to chat with Siri? Keeping quiet with Alexa? Don’t you talk to your dog, though? Artificially intelligent assistants are getting more common, and it’s time we treated talking to them the same way we look at people talking to their pets.

The post Oh, get over it! Talking to AI is no weirder than talking to your dog appeared first on Digital Trends.

Mobile–Digital Trends

The key to smaller cameras that don’t suck could lie in this incredible material

Researchers recently used graphene to develop a tiny camera sensor with a high resolution — and low noise levels. The supermaterial helps the smaller sensors to manage more pixels without degrading image quality.

The post The key to smaller cameras that don’t suck could lie in this incredible material appeared first on Digital Trends.

Mobile–Digital Trends

Presidential Inauguration, live on YouTube

From conventions to debates to election day, millions of you came to YouTube over the past year to stay informed and engage in a conversation on the 2016 U.S. election.

The results are in and in one week President-elect Trump will take the oath of office. As in 2013, YouTube is live streaming inauguration coverage and this year you can tune into live streams from more news organizations than ever before.

Head to YouTube on Friday, January 20, and choose a news channel to follow the day-long events:

You’ll also be able to feel what it’s like to be in the center of the action – look out for special coverage from some of the channels above in 360 degrees and amazing 4K quality.

Stay up to speed on U.S. political news, including live coverage, by heading to youtube.com/news.

Brandon Feldman, YouTube News and Politics, recently watched ”Presidential History.”


YouTube Blog

Clockwork pacemaker powered by the beating of your heart helps keep it ticking

Researchers in Switzerland are working on a clockwork pacemaker with all the mechanical ingenuity of a high-end Swiss watch. Here’s how it works, and why it may be vastly superior to other options.

The post Clockwork pacemaker powered by the beating of your heart helps keep it ticking appeared first on Digital Trends.

Cool Tech–Digital Trends

Everything you need to know about the Huawei Mate 9

Huawei has a brand-new flagship phablet phone: The Mate 9. Here’s everything you need to know about it, including where you can buy one, plus news of all its spin-off phones like the gorgeous Mate 9 Porsche Design.

The post Everything you need to know about the Huawei Mate 9 appeared first on Digital Trends.

Android Army–Digital Trends

Android 7.0 Nougat begins rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge

We’ve been eagerly awaiting an official release of Android 7.0 to Samsung’s latest flagship line, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. It’s taken a couple of months, but the update is finally ready for the masses. This update follows just a couple months after Samsung tested out a beta on their devices, which really […]

Come comment on this article: Android 7.0 Nougat begins rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge


TalkAndroid

Crowdsourced and crowdfunded, Olive proposes itself as next-gen hearing aid

Taking a new path in product development, the Olive hearing aid crowdsources research and design feedback through a crowdfunding campaign. The single earbud directly targets people with moderate hearing loss.

The post Crowdsourced and crowdfunded, Olive proposes itself as next-gen hearing aid appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wearables–Digital Trends

Can we chat? Hello Super Chat!

We’re always trying to help creators share their stories, deepen relationships with their fans and succeed. In order to help out with the business part of the equation, over the last few years we’ve developed and released several tools to help creators monetize their videos and live streams in a variety of ways.

Today, we are introducing our latest tool for fans and creators to connect with one another during live streams: Super Chat. Anybody watching a live stream can purchase a Super Chat: a highlighted message in the chat stream that stands out from the crowd to get even more of your favorite creator’s attention. And Super Chats remain pinned to the top of chat for up to 5 hours, giving more airtime for your messages.

For creators, this means Super Chat does double duty: keeping their conversations and connections with (super) fans meaningful and lively while also giving creators a new way to make money. We’re excited to start the Super Chat beta today with a few creators, such as iHasCupquakeGreat Library (buzzbean11) and Alex Wassabi. And we plan to broadly launch Super Chat on January 31 for creators in 20 countries and viewers in more than 40 countries.

unnamed (1).gif

As we welcome a new tool for fans and creators, we bid farewell to an old one: Fan Funding. We launched Fan Funding in 2014 to let viewers make voluntary payments to support creators directly. While we were really excited about Fan Funding, it never achieved widespread usage outside of live streams, where we saw the majority of revenue. Fan Funding will stop accepting new sign-ups today, but can continue to be used on enabled channels until February 28, when it will be discontinued.

We are super (get it 😉 excited to see how our new creator funding tool keeps the conversation going.

Barbara Macdonald, Product Manager, recently watched “David S. Pumpkins.”


YouTube Blog

Opera Neon is a web browser for the modern age that is unlike any other

Opera calls Neon a “radical re-imagining of what a browser can be,” and it’s not hard to see why.

The post Opera Neon is a web browser for the modern age that is unlike any other appeared first on Digital Trends.

Android Army–Digital Trends

3D-scanned ‘trillennium man’ predicts what evolution has in store for us

A project from the U.K.’s University of Oxford has created an online 3D model that shows how mankind has evolved over the years and even predicts how we might continue to do so in the future.

The post 3D-scanned ‘trillennium man’ predicts what evolution has in store for us appeared first on Digital Trends.

Cool Tech–Digital Trends

Google now requires OEMs to leave Android’s notification bundling features alone

Google updated its Android documentation to require that device manufacturers not block or obstruct how notifications work. The news should help keep Android consistent across different devices.

The post Google now requires OEMs to leave Android’s notification bundling features alone appeared first on Digital Trends.

Android Army–Digital Trends

Apple nabs 31.3 percent of smartphone sales at the start of 2016 holiday season

Apple is making some gains on Google’s Android mobile operating system and devices — a new report shows the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and 6S were the three most popular smartphones in the U.S. at the start of the holiday period.

The post Apple nabs 31.3 percent of smartphone sales at the start of 2016 holiday season appeared first on Digital Trends.

Android Army–Digital Trends

ZTE planning to release a new Android Wear smartwatch in 2017

Google made a big splash last year when it announced Android Wear 2.0 with a variety of new features and improvements. However, not much happened after that as manufacturers ended up not releasing any new smartwatches and Google itself pushed back the release of the updated OS until sometime in 2017. In a world of […]

Come comment on this article: ZTE planning to release a new Android Wear smartwatch in 2017


TalkAndroid

How Carnival’s small, wearable Medallion crafts a cruise just for you

Princess Cruise ships will be the first Carnival Corporation brand to offer wearable technology that unlocks new interactions for passengers before, during and after a cruise. The quarter-sized Medallion seamlessly connects guests with the ship’s entertainment, dining, navigation and payment systems and offers artificial intelligence that adapts to every choice that’s made in real time.

The post How Carnival’s small, wearable Medallion crafts a cruise just for you appeared first on Digital Trends.

Wearables–Digital Trends