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Samsung Galaxy S22 Review: Boringly good

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is a small phone with a few shortcomings, but there’s lots to like at its asking price.
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Sonos will launch its own voice assistant on June 1st for no good reason other than it can

Admit it, you’ve dreamed that instead of being locked down to using Siri, Bixby, Alexa, and the Google Assistant that there could be another option limited to being used on Sonos products running its S2 software. You haven’t? Well, Sonos is launching its own voice assistant anyway as an alternative to other services, with compatible […]

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Mother’s Day is coming up fast – here are some deals to make you look good this year

If you want to avoid stopping off at the gas station shop to hastily pick up some chocolates and flowers for your Mom this coming Mother’s Day (May 8th), we’ve got some deals for you after the break that will help make her life easier and make you look good too. Whether it’s a new […]

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Xiaomi’s new Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G packs in all the good stuff at a reasonable price

Xiaomi added three Redmi Note handsets (specs here) to its inventory today consisting of the Redmi Note 10 5G, Redmi Note 11S 5G, and the feature-rich Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G. While it won’t surprise you that they all feature 5G connectivity, pricing starts at a very competitive €229/$ 199 for the Note 10 5G, €329 […]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus review: As good as it can get

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8+ is the best Android tablet yet, packing in stunning hardware and excellent software.
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NYTSTND Quad review: High-end wireless charging that’s pretty good for Android, too

We’ve covered several wireless chargers before, and these days you can generally get some pretty nice options without spending too much. But if you want to go all out with it, you can get acquainted with the NYTSTND Quad and its family of wireless charging accessories. Instead of a single charging slot, these hubs integrate […]

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G review: The sequel is never as good

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is a budget flagship phone, but its timing is not great and competition is fierce.
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Apple’s AirTags are too good at tracking — that’s a problem

Apple’s cheap and cheerful AirTags are also cheap and cheerful stalker tools, and the company hasn’t done enough to fix that.
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Good news! The original Surface Duo may get the Android 11 update in January 2022

Remember back in September when Microsoft promised that the original Surface Duo would receive the Android 11 update before the end of 2021? Well, it’s looking as if that particular deadline isn’t going to be met which means that the first Surface Duo is still languishing on Android 10. According to Windows Central, though, there […]

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Grell Audio’s TWS/1 earbuds sound as good as you want them to

A new entrant to the true wireless headphone space you say? Sure, that might be a fairly common occurrence these days, but this one – Grell Audio – comes with some pretty strong heritage. Its founder, Axel Grell, is well known in the headphone industry for his extensive work at Sennheiser on some of the company’s most prestigious products. The TWS/1 is his first solo product under the Grell brand. Accordingly, we’re interested to see what the $ 200 wireless buds can do.

The TWS/1 has a modern look. The mostly circular design is only interrupted by a small, AirPod-like protuberance on each bud. Originally the plan was to have the outer casing entirely metal but physics and radio waves meant that some concessions (plastic parts) were needed. Overall, they maintain a premium feel that stands above that often found at this pricepoint. They visually remind me slightly of the Jabra Elite 75t, but a little lower profile.

In terms of fit, that slightly more streamlined design means you don’t feel like something is balancing in your ear which can sometimes happen with more rotund models. As per usual they come with a charging case that promises four full charges of the TWS/1. The buds themselves offer around 6 hours per charge which holds true in my experience with ANC activated. Curiously, the buds are placed in the case with the right one to the left and vice versa. I’m not sure why this would be, but it does take some remembering (you’ll soon be reminded as the buds don’t fit the other way around).

In a world of me-too products, it’s hard to stand out. The easiest differentiator is price, then sound quality and or additional/premium features. It seems Grell Audio has tried to tackle all three of these, and with general success, I would say.

The price point puts the TWS/1 in an unusual category. Many premium brands are landing in the $ 250+ zone while more affordable options, like Google’s second-gen Pixel Buds or the aforementioned Jabra’s live in the $ 150 area. Budget options, south of $ 100, are also increasingly more common. This, then, pitches the TWS/1 at the overlap between high-mid and low-premium. I would wager this is entirely intentional as feature set and build quality skew higher end, but the barebones packaging and more accessible price indicate a more mainstream audience.

Grell Audio TWS/1.
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As for sound quality, this is where things are a little more clear. In my testing, I was generally pleased with the default sound. It was perhaps a little on the thinner side for my personal preference with a slight weight on the lower end for a typically commercial sound. But Grell has partnered with SoundID – a third-party app that tunes select brands of headphones to your personal preference/hearing.

We’ve seen things like this before, most notably with Nura which takes this to a whole new level. SoundID is a little more understated in its approach. It still uses some form of hearing test, but rather than asking if you can hear certain tones, it simply plays you some music and asks “which do you prefer, A or B.” Once I completed this short test, the difference was night and day. With my own personal profile activated (it uploads to the headphones so it applies no matter what you are listening on), my usual mix of mid ‘10s indie and rave nonsense came alive.

I have a slight preference for dynamic range and beefier low and mid-high frequencies. At least, I presume I do because that was the biggest change in sound after completing the test and I instantly found them much more enjoyable. In the SoundID app, you can toggle between the default sound and your own profile and it really does make a huge difference. You don’t need the app to get good sound, but I’m going to guess that you’ll be happier with what it gives you.

Coincidentally, SoundID is also where you’ll get software updates for the TWS/1. I had one during my testing and it improved a few things including the slightly unresponsive touch controls. They’re still not reading my taps 1:1 but its about on par with most other touch-control buds I have used. Before the update, it was much more frustrating (or, maybe I just learned the technique?).

Those controls aren’t user-configurable, so you’re stuck with what Grell gives you. But, fortunately, that’s pretty much everything you’d want and without too many complicated tap or gesture combinations. Swiping forward or back on the left ear skips tracks, up or down on the right for volume, and so on. It was the single taps that I was having issues with which control play/pause on the right and transparency mode on the left – both of which are more annoying if not activated immediately.

This brings us on to smart(er) features. As mentioned, the TWS/1 has Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode – both of which are becoming increasingly standard. But there’s also a Noise Annoyance Reduction (NAR) mode. Grell explained to me during their initial announcement briefing that ANC is great for lower-frequency sustained noises, but doesn’t work as well for higher-frequency annoyances (think, crying baby on a plane). NAR is Grell’s own attempt at offering some reduction of these types of sound.

Grell Audio TWS/1.
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In practice, I found it hard to pinpoint the difference that NAR makes. With ANC, it’s easy to hear the low rumble of the road outside my apartment decrease in volume. It’s maybe not the most powerful ANC I have heard but it does the job. With NAR, whatever the ear equivalent of squinting is, proved to be a little more indeterminate. It does seem to slightly improve the listening experience in combination with ANC, but it’s also hard to tell how much of that was me willing it to do so. It’s an interesting concept though and one that I hope Grell can continue to improve over time.

Other small perks include a “mono” mode (listening with just one bud). This isn’t as common as it should be in my opinion and it adds more flexibility for those that want to maintain some spatial awareness without having to wear both buds. It’s also, obviously, how some people prefer to handle their calls, too (reliving the Bluetooth headset days).

Another small added bonus is wireless charging “compatibility.” It’s not something I was able to test, but the more things that support it the better? Or, at the very least, it’s a nice perk for those already invested in the wireless charging world.

All in, Grell has given price, features and sound quality enough consideration that the result is a promising first product from an emerging brand. The price point, in particular, strikes a good balance between signaling premium ambitions without putting it too far out of reach for mainstream casuals. I’d love to see some further advances on the NAR technology and the controls could still be more responsive, but if you’re looking for a fresh set of true wireless headphones that are customizable to your taste, these are a great place to start.

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The Galaxy Z Fold 3 isn’t better than the Oppo Find N, and that’s a good thing

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the top folding smartphone you can buy at the moment, but happily that doesn’t make it better than the newcomer Oppo Find N.
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Tribit FlyBuds C2 review: Good sound, not so great design

Tribit has rolled out their FlyBuds C2, a totally wireless set of headphones that pack in a laundry list of every feature you could possibly want from some earbuds. They’re sleek and stylish with no compromises on the hardware. But a spec sheet doesn’t necessarily make a good pair of headphones. Let’s dig in and […]

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Good news! Microsoft says that Android 11 could roll out to the Surface Duo in 2021

Microsoft announced the Surface Duo 2 earlier this week which boasts fixes for many of the complaints leveled at the first model, including the presence of Android 11. Those who stumped up the cash for the original Surface Duo will be painfully aware that it’s still languishing on Android 10, the version of Android that […]

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T-Mobile got caught overpromising how good their 5G network is

T-Mobile has been talking about their 5G network for a long time. Not only that, but they’ve really slammed their competition and tried to sell magenta 5G as being the best around. And, well, unfortunately for T-Mobile, that may not have been entirely accurate, and advertising agencies have taken notice. T-Mobile 5G mis-advertising T-Mobile was […]

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Good news sports fans! The One UI 2.5 update is coming to Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Note 9 (and a whole lot more)

When Samsung announced that it would provide three years worth of OS upgrades for handsets stretching as far back as the Galaxy S10, it would have been reasonable to assume that the Galaxy S9 had reached the end of its support schedule and that it wouldn’t receive any further significant updates. Thankfully though, the Galaxy […]

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Apple TV’s Ted Lasso turns a viral video into a pretty good sitcom

Part-way through the first episode of Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso, I realized that internet streaming has killed the fish-out-of-water-comedy. American shows can’t mock how the funny foreigners do things, since they’re just as necessary these days to a glo…
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‘Ghost in the Shell’ (the good one) arrives in 4K on September 8th

Just in time for its 25th anniversary, Ghost in the Shell is getting a 4K Ultra HD rerelease. On September 8th, you’ll be able to buy Mamoru Oshii’s landmark film in a beautiful collection that will let you watch the 1995 feature across multiple form…
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Google’s EU Android search choice is good for DuckDuckGo, bad for Bing

Last year — following an antitrust ruling by the European Union — Google announced it would start offering a choice of search providers to Android users. The "choice screen" set to appear on Android devices shipped in Europe from March 1st is desig…
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Good news! Samsung is ending support for Bixby on handsets running Nougat or Oreo*

In what may appear to be good news to some, it seems that Samsung is getting ready to end support for Bixby Voice on Galaxy handsets running on Android Nougat and Oreo from January 1, 2020. This means that in just over a month from now, you’ll be unable to use Bixby Voice and Bixby […]

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The Morning After: ‘Death Stranding’ is here — but is it a good game?

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. It's finally Death Stranding day, and if you're still on the fence about playing Hideo Kojima's latest project, perhaps our added perspective can help. Apple has released another update to iOS 13 that should mak…
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OnePlus 7T review: strange release, but still a really good phone

OnePlus has recently announced the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro, albeit with some pretty strange release schedules. The US didn’t get the OnePlus 7, and this time we’re not getting the Pro model. There’s not a significant difference between the two, so they can still pretty successfully exist in a lineup together. While we […]

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MoviePass closes the curtains for good (finally)

MoviePass, the subscription movie-going experience that set the internet on fire last year, has finally announced that they’re closing up shop. And no, it’s not like that 4th of July weekend where they just quit for a few days. MoviePass is done for good. This closure is probably long overdue, since MoviePass never actually figured […]

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[Deal] Our favorite Galaxy S10 alternative is on a stupidly good deal right now

The LG G8 ThinQ is one of the most underrated phones we’ve reviewed this year. It’s not without its faults, but it’s a pretty compelling Galaxy S10 alternative, especially when you can catch a good deal on one. A good deal, for example, like the current one where you can get a G8 for less […]

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Google thinks it’s a good idea to try and make another social media network

Google’s favorite pastime is apparently making social media networks that are doomed to fail, and it’s been a few years since they’ve introduced a new one. Their latest is called Shoelace, and it’s trying to be really social. This is clearly something that Google struggles to do well, but sure the 3rd 9th time is […]

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Elder Scrolls Blades early access preview: it’s pretty good

Bethesda finally launched their new mobile Elder Scrolls game yesterday in ‘early access’ to an expanding list of players and it’s decent fun but nothing mind-blowing. Bethesda released their first mobile game, Fallout Shelter, back at their E3 2015 conference to widespread acclaim for its fun and simple gameplay and fair micro-transaction scheme. The company […]

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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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Facebook’s apology ad tries to remind you of the good times

Remember when Facebook was a place where you wished happy birthday to people you never interact with otherwise and occasionally pulled up an ex's current pictures to see how they're doing? In an apparent bid to pull the narrative back from its execut…
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Facebook survey asks users if it is ‘good for the world’

Facebook has scrambled to win back trust after the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the leaked 'ugly truth' memo. The company has made it easier for users to delete their data, dump third-party apps in bulk and started rolling out news verification to…
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LG’s 2017 financials are good, but mobile is still looking bad

LG has announced their 2017 financials as a company, and for the most part, they did pretty well. Their home appliances and television division were both strong performers for the fiscal year, bringing in strong profits for the company. 2017 also saw LG reach their highest annual sales ever. They pulled in $ 55.4 billion in […]

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Apple Watch Series 3 review: A good watch, a so-so phone replacement

With each generation, the Apple Watch's purpose has seemed to shift. The first one demonstrated what Apple thought a wearable should be, and the second tried to be the perfect workout companion. When it came time to build the Series 3, though, Apple…
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Nokia 8’s dual-camera is good, but rival phones offer more

The Nokia 8 broke cover in the run-up to IFA 2017, so while it wasn't officially launched at the show in Germany, it's one of several phones vying for your cash ahead of a certain company's next phone. It's the most accomplished Android phone that No…
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Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ Amazon miniseries has its stars

Good Omens, Amazon's upcoming six-part mini-series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's novel of the same name, will star Michael Sheen and David Tennant, Variety reports. It's the second collaboration between the author and streaming service a…
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Smart bra sends good vibrations when you need to take a breath and relax

Imagine if your everyday clothing could remind you to stand up straight or when to calm down and breathe. That’s the goal of a new tech-heavy sports bra that’s just arrived on Kickstarter.

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The 5 best cases to keep your Galaxy A5 (2017) looking good

Samsung’s Galaxy A5 might be water-resistant, but the smartphone’s glass-and-aluminum body is still easy to damage. Fortunately, these cases and covers can help you better protect your new purchase.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 will boast good specs at a nice price, may be launched in May

Xiaomi is reportedly set to follow up on last year’s Xiaomi Mi Max with the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 — a device that’s shaping up to be pretty nice for the price. Here’s everything we know about the phone so far.

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If you’ve thought about buying a Fitbit, now is a good time

Amazon is offering discounts of up to 25 percent on several Fitbit fitness tracker models during its Valentine’s Day sale. We’ve created a quick run-down of the discounted models to help you decide which one is best for your needs.

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Watch how Parrot drones are helping California’s sequoia trees maintain good health

With California having lost more than 100 million trees to drought in recent years, ecologists have turned to drone technology to help gather data on trees’ health. Drone company Parrot, for example, has teamed up with ecologists to carry out the work.

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4K live streaming: Live has never looked so good

Back in 2010, we enabled 4K video support for the very first time. Since then, millions of videos have been uploaded at that eye-popping resolution, making YouTube’s the largest library of 4K videos online. Today, we’re proud to say that we’re taking 4K video one step further with the launch of 4K live streaming for both 360-degree videos and standard videos.

Supporting this new format will let creators and partners stream incredibly high-resolution video, and let viewers enjoy the clearest picture possible when watching a live stream on 4K-supported devices. The image quality is just mind-blowing on screens that support it, and in 360 degrees … the clarity can truly transport you. If you want to experience it for yourself, make sure to check out the Game Awards tomorrow, December 1 at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST on YouTube. The entire show will be live streamed in 4K resolution.

4K video isn’t just a little different from HD video; it’s a giant leap. It shows 8 MILLION pixels total, with an image that has four times more image definition than even 1080p video. What does this mean in real world terms? Live streams look better, show a more detailed, crisper picture, and aren’t as blurry when there’s fast action on screen. Basically, 4K makes everything better to look at. And because we support 4K at up to 60 frames per second, creators can make content that looks silky smooth, and more realistic than ever before.

For creators this means the ability to take advantage of an incredibly clear picture for recorded and now streaming video. It’s the kind of thing that can help to push their hardware (and their talent) to create the most beautiful or just plain crazy-looking images and videos possible. And with 360 4K live streams, the sky is (literally) the limit. Get ready for 360 concert and event streams that look sharper, cleaner, and brighter than ever before. If you want more information on how to stream in 4K, just check out this Help Center article.

Today’s an exciting day, and we can’t wait for everyone to experience the beauty of 4K live streams from their favorite creators.

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The Timex IQ+ Move tracks your fitness and looks good doing it

Timex unveiled the IQ+ Move, the company’s latest smart analog watch that gives the appearance of a traditional watch, but includes features found in dedicated fitness trackers. The IQ+ Move is currently available for purchase.

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Good news! Google’s Pixel smartphone survives underwater longer than you can

Google’s Pixel handset might not have the highest IP rating in the world, but it actually handles water better than you might expect. In a test by one user, it was able to handle being submerged in shallow water for up to 30 minutes.

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Rumors hint updated OnePlus 3S may have two changes: One good, the other not so much

The OnePlus 3 isn’t an old phone, but rumors are spreading OnePlus may be planning to update the phone with a new processor, and a different screen. Here’s what we think we know about the OnePlus 3S.

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There’s a good reason to be excited about the rumored S1 smartwatch from Honor

Honor, the smartphone brand known for high quality devices with low price tags, may be about to announce its first smartwatch. Potentially called the S1, it’s expected on October 18.

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Taking selfies with seals really isn’t a good idea, wildlife officials warn

Yes, they do look cute and cuddly. But seals also have powerful jaws that could do you some damage. With that in mind, and to protect the seals themselves, wildlife officials have told visitors to New England beaches to stop taking selfies with the animal.

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Weekly Rewind: Apple’s no good week, Musk aims for mars, and more

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, 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.

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Report: 14 million Apple Watches will be shipped in 2016, good for half the market

In 2016, 14.0 million Apple Watches will be shipped around the world, good for nearly half of the market. Android Wear smartwatches will follow with 6.1 million units, or 21.4 percent of the market.

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The world’s ‘most powerful’ smartphone isn’t, but it’s still good

One smartphone maker is learning the hard way why you shouldn't promise more than you can deliver. Yu (partly owned by India's Micromax) has unveiled the Yutopia, which it bills as the "most powerful phone on the planet." There's only one problem:…
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I solemnly swear that I am up to no good: Marauder’s Map Chrome extension helps you stalk friends

A new Chrome extension uses Messenger to display a map of your Facebook friends’ recorded locations, based on their Messenger usage. It’s pretty much as scary and creepy as it sounds.

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