It’s a feature that hasn’t quite made it to prime time yet but eSIM functionality is certainly becoming more popular with more brands including it on their flagship phones. While the carriers aren’t exactly flocking to support eSIM functionality, we do have news that the budget wireless carrier, Visible, now supports the feature on recent […]
Come comment on this article: Visible has added eSIM support for Pixel and selected Samsung smartphones
Remember Google Wallet? You know, the one that was renamed Android Pay and then most recently, Google Pay? Well, Google Wallet has been resurrected and it’s going to take over from Google Pay, albeit with a couple of new tricks. Confused? If you know anything about Google you should have been expecting this news when […]
Come comment on this article: Google Wallet is back with support for storing your Driver’s License
It only took about 15 years, but Amazon’s Kindle will finally support the ePub format. First by Good E-Reader, Amazon updated its Kindle section with the news that the Send to Kindle function will convert ePub files to a format that can be opened on the e-reader. The update is scheduled to occur in late 2022.
It’s a change that — at first glance — seems rather minor, but in truth solves a lingering problem in the ebook industry. Amazon’s Kindle Store is a major ebook seller and ePub is the most widely-used ebook format. But up until now, Kindle devices couldn’t read the ePub format. For Kindle owners who’ve had to grapple with their ebook library to a more Amazon-friendly format with an app like Calibre, this will be a welcome change.
But another upcoming change is that Kindle will finally lose the ability to support MOBI, an older French file format that was Amazon’s proprietary ebook format for a while. Amazon acquired the company Mobipocket in 2005, and subsequently rebranded MOBI to AZW. If you already own ebooks in either format on your Kindle, you can still access them. The update only applies to new ebooks.
It's not only and that Apple has updated today. The company has rolled out a firmware update for HomePod as well. The discontinued speaker now supports Apple Music lossless playback, as well as Dolby Atmos spatial audio. Apple Music lossless will also be available on after you update it via the HomePod section of the Home app.
It's a much-needed update, since Apple Music lossless hit iOS, iPadOS, macOS and Apple TV 4K devices . Apple only started publicly testing lossless and Dolby Atmos support . In any case, it's good to see that Apple eventually brought a pair of notable audio features to products it designed primarily to, you know, play audio.
This may come as a surprise to some people, but… you can’t use your original Samsung Galaxy Gear forever. I know, I know, it seems like just yesterday Samsung was releasing their goofy smartwatch-with-a-camera in 2013, but all good things must come to an end. According to the Samsung Members app, some of Samsung’s older […]
Come comment on this article: Samsung’s newest phones are dropping support for their oldest smartwatches
It’s getting close to the season where video-calling our loved ones takes on increased importance, but having the whole family swarm around a laptop or smartphone in an attempt to get in on the action doesn’t really lend itself to a great experience. This is where the addition of two-way video calling the big screen […]
Come comment on this article: Amazon’s 2nd-Gen Fire TV Cube is gaining support for two-way video calling – just in time for the holiday season
It’s no secret that we enjoyed our time with the Find X2 Pro when reviewing OPPO’s 2020 flagship, and now we are looking forward to seeing its successor launch next March. The Find X3 is said to be launching with an end-to-end image processing system to let the handset shoot images that can be shown […]
Come comment on this article: The OPPO Find X3 will launch in 2021 with support for 10-bit color and full DCI-P3 wide gamut
As we near mid-November the Galaxy S21/S30 hype machine is upon us with rumors that Samsung will launch its new flagship earlier than ever in January, and also a recurring message that it could support the S Pen. Considering that the S Pen has previously been the exclusive feature of the Galaxy Note range, this […]
Come comment on this article: The Galaxy S21/S30 Ultra 5G will reportedly support the S Pen
The iPhone 12 may have an unannounced and currently dormant feature: the ability to charge your accessories wirelessly. In an FCC filing first found by VentureBeat’s Jeremy Horwitz, the tech giant wrote said that “2020 iPhone models also support WPT…
It’s a weird one for sure, but the new Chromecast with Google TV doesn’t actually support the Stadia cloud gaming service at launch. It’s something that, to tech bloggers at least, would be a no-brainer, but somehow it’s not officially supported. Yet. Google says that it plans to add official support for Stadia sometime during […]
Come comment on this article: The new Chromecast with Google TV doesn’t support Stadia yet, but it will in 2021
If you’ve been thinking that it would be nice to use the big screen in your room for your video calls, Google has heard you. The search giant has announced that its Android TV platform will soon support the Duo video calling app by way of a beta. Google hasn’t revealed much in the way […]
Come comment on this article: Google is bringing Android TV support for Duo video calls on the big screen
Energy Ring has been updated with support for two of the latest Android smartphones, the Google Pixel 4a and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, amongst other devices. As a recap, Energy Ring is an Android customization application that makes use of the ring around the punch hole camerato highlight the battery status. This subtle tweak […]
Come comment on this article: Energy Ring has been updated with support for the Google Pixel 4a and Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Folding@home and Rosetta@home can now run on billions of Android smartphones, Raspberry Pi devices and ARM-based servers. The distributed computing projects, which give citizen scientists a way to contribute their devices’ computing power to the deve…
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WhatsApp is reportedly planning on launching a new feature that would make it a much more viable service for using across devices. Currently there’s no way to use your linked phone number across several devices (you can do the opposite and utilize two numbers on one device, like for dual-SIM business phone) which is a […]
Come comment on this article: WhatsApp plans to add multi-device support, allowing you to use your phone number across phones
The Red Magic 5G is one of the phones we have in for review and it’s fair to say it stands out from the crowd in terms of cosmetics and some interesting software decisions and omissions. Thankfully, a new update is slowly rolling out that promises to bring two missing features to the Red Magic […]
Come comment on this article: Latest Red Magic 5G update brings face unlock and support for third-party launchers, finally!
NVIDIA GeForce Now is NVIDIA’s pretty fully-featured game streaming competitor to Google Stadia. It’s been in beta for a very long time, and launched to a ton of positive media reception. But that launch high didn’t last long, as tons of games and publishers pulled from the service and have taken the wind out of […]
Come comment on this article: NVIDIA GeForce Now expands its support to more Android TV models
Having previously limited HDR support to limited titles and platforms such as Apple TV, the feature has finally been added to the CBC All Access app on Android TV (soon to be Google TV, again). The update also brings some bug fixes and badging for premium video features. The addition of HDR support means that […]
Come comment on this article: Latest update brings HDR support to CBS All Access on Android TV
Google has begun allowing select devices from other OEMs to install their Phone dialer app from the Play Store, the latest service they have slowly started opening up. At this point the release cadence for new smart services that Google develops seems pretty clear – they announce and typically launch their new Assistant feature, or […]
Come comment on this article: Google’s Phone app expanding support beyond Nexus and Pixel devices
In the past, Android fans became used to developers refusing to develop apps or games for the world’s most popular mobile operating system because of Android fragmentation. In recent years, thanks in no small part to Google’s Project Treble project, we haven’t had to deal with this excuse much at all. Enter Moment with its […]
Come comment on this article: Moment abandons Android app development because there are ‘too many flavors’ to support
Google will now answer your Android-related problems on Twitter, and you don't even have to slide into its DMs. The company has announced that it's now assisting users who tweet their issues with the hashtag #AndroidHelp. Google has also provided som…
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Google has been on a hot streak of expanding Google Pay to more banks around the world, with a huge addition of 68 happening just a couple months ago. They expanded on that again last month with a handful more, and now there’s yet another 18 banks ready to be used with Google’s digital payment […]
Come comment on this article: Google Pay adds support for 18 more international banks, totaling almost 100 additions this quarter
Google is now ready to offer live help for accessibility features regardless of your hearing. The search firm now offers Disability Support through American Sign Language, letting you troubleshoot through video chat if you're deaf or hard-of-hearing…
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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 […]
Come comment on this article: Good news! Samsung is ending support for Bixby on handsets running Nougat or Oreo*
|San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Susan Wojcicki|
Today, CEO Susan Wojcicki stood with San Francisco Mayor London Breed at Hamilton Families, a nonprofit organization that supports families experiencing homelessness, and announced a combined grant of $ 1.35 million to the program. The grant comes from Google.org and from Wojcicki and her husband, Dennis Troper.
Here are her remarks from this afternoon:
“Thank you, Mayor Breed. I’m so glad to be here with you, and all of your leadership in fighting homelessness. I also wanted to say thank you to everyone here at Hamilton Families and the impact you’ve had in our community and in the lives of so many families.
Sometimes the scale of an issue can make us feel like it’s impossible to solve.
And even though we know it’s important, we wind up doing nothing because it feels overwhelming for us.
The work at Hamilton Families shows how we can make a difference in a tangible way, one family at a time.
Over the years, I’ve always recognized how serious a problem of homelessness is in the Bay Area, and I’ve contributed — along with my husband — to support many local organizations that help meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness.
I’m here today because of an idea that first started with a school project. Earlier this year, my daughter worked on a project about homelessness.
As I listened to her questions and reactions, I realized I didn’t have a lot of answers for something that was so important and affecting so many families. We spent time researching different solutions, including coming here, and that’s how we got in touch with Hamilton Families.
We were impressed by the services offered here that give families a fresh start.
And that’s why we’re gathered today — to announce a new grant to further support all the incredible efforts done by Hamilton Families to find families permanent homes, and along the way meet their needs by providing shelter, meals, and more. We appreciate everything you do, from offering counseling and job resources to giving children the chance to succeed at school.
Today, Google.org is contributing $ 850,000. And together with my husband, Dennis, we’re contributing $ 500,000 — for a total of $ 1.35 million to boost the work of Hamilton Families.
Over the next year, this grant will make an impact in our communities, and it will help Hamilton serve 700 families and find housing for another 200.
And it will also fund an outreach effort — a series of videos and podcasts — that will tell the stories of individuals who are facing homelessness.
Our goal is to help the community understand the problems that can lead to homelessness and also inspire others to get involved in whatever way they can.
Sometimes, the greatest gift we can offer is our time. And in that spirit, next year, we will organize an event for the YouTube employees to come to the shelter. We’re very excited about that.
Homelessness is an incredibly complicated challenge for our society. But if we all come together to look out for one another, our combined contributions can make a big difference.”
I haven’t played CoD since Modern Warfare 2 around a decade ago, but dang it, the mobile game that launched a few weeks ago has got me hooked, bigtime. Call of Duty Mobile is a game that harks back to the best of the CoD franchise, with something for everyone from hard-charging assaulters, campers snipers, […]
Come comment on this article: Call of Duty Mobile update adds Zombie mode, controller support, and new maps
It’s always struck me as a little odd that Google hadn’t included Chromecast support in its Files-by-Google app, but now it seems that after a short incubation in the beta channel, the feature is rolling out to stable users via an update in the Play Store. This means that you’ll be able to cast your […]
Come comment on this article: Latest update adds casting support to the Files by Google app
The infamous, ongoing “security” war between Huawei and the US has effectively banned Google services from the company’s upcoming smartphones. The new Mate 30 devices are the first to launch without the Play Store and Google’s suit of apps, despite a temporary license from the US allowing existing phones to maintain Google services. Although Huawei […]
Come comment on this article: Huawei is set to load HarmonyOS on existing devices with dual boot support
Despite being an Apple product, Apple Music on Android seems to get a good bit of attention. It doesn’t have a very Android-esque interface, obviously, but if you can get past that, Apple’s music streaming service is still a serious competitor even without an iOS device. We’d heard some rumors that Apple would be adding […]
Come comment on this article: Apple Music finally picks up Chromecast support, but only on Android
Fitbit announced the Versa 2 smartwatch today, which will be ready to get scrappy with Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active2 and an inevitable Apple Watch Series 5 over the holidays. But is it an exciting, worthwhile upgrade? We’re not so sure. Bigger screen, better hardware Let’s start with the improvements that Fitbit made to the hardware. […]
Come comment on this article: The Fitbit Versa 2 isn’t an exciting upgrade, but it does have Alexa support now
If you’ve bought anything from Google directly, you might have had a bad customer service experience, especially if you had any issues that you needed resolved. Unfortunately, Google kinda sorta sucks at fixing issues, as we’ve noted before with a Google Fi nightmare. But that’s not the only instance of people having serious issues after […]
Come comment on this article: You’re more likely to get help from Reddit than Google’s official support channels
Dark mode in Android apps is getting more and more popular, and that’s only expected to grow with Android Q’s system-wide dark theme and automatic toggles. Google’s been hard at work blacking out their own first-party apps, and now more third-parties are updating to take advantage of some new Android features, too. Take Reddit, for […]
Come comment on this article: Reddit update brings support for Android Q’s automatic dark mode toggle
There’s no argument that Android phones have made huge strides in the last few years, with heavy hitters from Samsung, Huawei, and Google’s own Pixel line delivering phenomenal mobile photography. They all typically get really close to Apple’s iPhone camera, if not beating it out entirely, but there’s one area where Apple’s cameras still do […]
Come comment on this article: Google will finally catch up to Apple’s cameras with wide color support on the Pixel 4
Google has moved the latest version of its Chrome OS from beta to release status, and with the arrival of version 72 there are changes you'll notice — if you're using the right kind of device. One of the biggest adjustments is its native integration…
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CES 2019 has barely begun and there’s already an announcement from Samsung that is so far out of left field that you may have to check that it isn’t April’s Fool’s Day. The Korean company has just issued a press release stating that an official app for Apple’s iTunes will roll out to its Tizen-powered […]
Come comment on this article: Samsung’s smart televisions to gain official iTunes app and AirPlay 2 support from spring
In a small update to part of their Android Open Source Project repository, Google has quietly confirmed that their up-and-coming Fuchsia operating system will be able to run Android apps, and that’s a big deal. Fuchsia was first incepted over two years ago in August 2016, at least in a public Github repository, and it immediately lit […]
Come comment on this article: Google’s Fuchsia OS will support Android apps, and that’s a big deal.
Qualcomm has taken the wraps off of their next generation processor, the Snapdragon 855. It’s Qualcomm’s first 7nm chip which will bring many performance and efficiency enhancements, but there are still other new things to talk about besides it being faster. The biggest thing here is Qualcomm’s inclusion of multi-gigabit 5G support, which is the […]
Come comment on this article: Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 855 with blazing speeds, AI, and 5G support
When Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey left Facebook, neither said exactly why. The implication that it was due to his quiet donation to a group spreading pro-Trump memes. Now, however, we might have a better idea — and it raises questions about Fac…
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An important part of the Xbox One's mouse and keyboard support is now in place for some players — namely, the mouse part. Members of the Alpha Skip Ahead and Beta programs can try mouse support through a Quest in the Xbox Insider Hub. You'll be li…
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Plex is in an almost constant state of adding new features to the platform, making it one of the most robust and powerful media servers on the planet, especially with the right Android TV box. Next up on the feature list is a way to ease the pain in trying to find subtitles for […]
Come comment on this article: Plex is adding easy subtitle support for your favorite movies, but dropped some little used features
Yes, the rumors were true. Microsoft has confirmed that it's weeks away from adding mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox One (initially for Insiders), and it's enlisting some help from none other than Razer. The gaming-oriented brand will provide…
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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 […]
Come comment on this article: NVIDIA Shield TV update 7.1 brings voice chat, mouse and keyboard support, and a companion app
You might not have to splurge on a Pixelbook if you're pining after a Chromebook with Windows 10 support. XDA-Developers has learned through source code that Campfire, the feature that would let Chrome OS dual-boot Windows 10, would be available in…
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Plex recently launched podcast support in beta, adding yet another type of media that’s supported in your Plex experience. Now that we’ve had a chance to test it out and work through some kinks, Plex is officially taking the beta tag off of podcasts and making it official to everyone with a few new features. […]
Come comment on this article: Plex podcasts comes out of beta, includes Sonos and Android Auto support
The Wyze camera, one of our favorite options for an incredibly cheap and effective option to keep an eye on your house, has picked up a new trick to better integrate with the rest of your smart home. The latest update makes the camera compatible with an Amazon Alexa skill, so you can use your […]
Come comment on this article: Our favorite cheap security Wyze cameras now support Amazon Alexa integration
Lagging way behind most of the market, Google finally seems to figured out that users want to be able to send and receive messages from whatever screen they are viewing at the moment. Last month Google rolled out the ability for Android Messages users to sync text messages on the desktop, joining their Google Allo […]
Come comment on this article: Google Duo gets some support for multiple devices including tablets
It wasn't that long ago that Motorola revealed its new G-series phones, and it's already giving us yet another option to consider. This time, we're looking at the Moto Z3 Play — it's the follow-up to one of the brand's most beloved smartphones,…
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It's not just web browsers that are moving beyond passwords. Microsoft has revealed that Windows 10's next update will support the new FIDO 2.0 standard, promising password-free logins on any Windows 10 device managed by your company or office. You…
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Biometric security has been evolving pretty rapidly over the past few years, especially with Samsung debuting their version of iris scanning on the Galaxy Note 7 and following through with the Galaxy S8 and now Galaxy S9. It hasn’t completely replaced the fingerprint scanner as the default biometric lock screen, but we’re moving in that […]
Come comment on this article: Google wants native support for iris scanning in Android