Waterproofing is becoming a standard and very convenient feature in smartphones, but Google’s upcoming
Nexus Pixel phones probably won’t know how to swim. A new report claims that both of Google’s new phones will be IP53 rated, which means it won’t explode if it gets splashed, but you shouldn’t be testing it near any bodies of water. Read more
Google Allo is here, and whether or not you’re happy with it, it’s certainly being talked about.
If you haven’t had a chance to really dig into it yet, don’t worry. We’ve got a hands-on video that covers all the high (and low) points of Google’s new messaging app that’s almost as good as playing with the app yourself. Be sure to check it out below. Read more
If you’ve ever seen an error message about a YouTube video or any other digital service not being available in your country, you’ve probably been frustrated with the situation. You’re willing to spend money or watch ads to support this content, but you’re unable to for completely arbitrary reasons.
Fortunately for you, there’s a fix if you don’t mind hiding your location to some of these services. TNT Stream Unblocker will help you do that. Read more
You’re probably tired of hearing about the Galaxy Note 7 recall, but it’s still the hottest (pun definitely intended) issue with Android right now. At this point, we’re just waiting for replacement devices to roll in and for Samsung to get everyone swapped out to put this to bed once and for all, which might happen sooner rather than later when people start noticing their Note 7 batteries are getting gimped via an update. Read more
The Galaxy Note 7 has been recalled, which you’re probably well aware of after the PR nightmare it’s caused over the past couple of weeks for Samsung. It’s been tough for the company to handle with new reports coming out about exploding phones and the recall process not working as smoothly as hoped. Read more
After several weeks of dealing with exploding Galaxy Note 7 batteries, Samsung has been hesitant to give anyone any definite answers. We know there’s a recall, but it’s only half official and Samsung is just trying to get the phones back without completely barring them from sale to the public. The FAA doesn’t want you to take your Note 7 on an airplane, but hasn’t officially banned it. We don’t know when the new phones will actually be available to purchase again.
The entire situation has been a mess of muddy questions and no crystal answers, not even when it comes to what’s actually causing the phones to blow up. Read more
You’ve got a shiny new phone with wireless charging, so why not take advantage of it when it’s most convenient? Instead of plugging in your phone to a car charger like it’s 2013, pick up one of these wireless charging car mounts to wirelessly juice up your battery on the go without a cable in the way. Read more
Qualcomm has announced a new technology to head off the rise of dual camera systems called Qualcomm Clear Sight. It’s powered by Qualcomm Spectra ISP and mimics the way human eyes work to produce better quality pictures for phones that have two lenses. Read more
Update: Days later, it looks like this wasn’t a Galaxy Note 7 explosion, as originally suspected. NBC New York was able to identify the phone as a Samsung Galaxy Core. It’s certainly still not good news for the company and will still start an investigation, but there’s likely more factors at play here than just a faulty manufacturing process as we’re seeing on the Galaxy Note 7.
Everyone likes brand new features for their gadgets and electronics, and some of us like those things enough to want to test them out for everyone else. Google has embraced that with developer and preview builds for tons of its software, including Chrome and Android, but now they’re opening up the fun to Chromecast, too. Read more