Google IO 2016 Coverage

Republic Wireless is finally adding some decent phones to its plans and picking up a second carrier

republic_wireless_logo_white_smallRepublic Wireless is an innovative phone service, but one of the biggest pain points for the carrier has been its lack of high-end phones. Currently your only options on phones are the Moto E and Moto G, and while those aren’t bad phones by any stretch, you’re extremely limited in your options. If you want to plop down the cash for a high-end device, you’re simply out of luck. Read more

Lenovo is working on an 18.4-inch tablet to compete with the ridiculous Galaxy View

samsung_galaxy_view_tablet_contentRemember the Galaxy View? Samsung announced the behemoth of a tablet late last year, then pretty much forgot about it and stopped reminding anyone that it existed. It was definitely a niche product, considering it had an 18.4-inch 1080p display that was too big to comfortably use as a tablet but still kind of small to use as a replacement TV.

Despite the relative lack of success of the Galaxy View, Lenovo is ready to throw their hat in the ring with their own massive tablet. According to a benchmark for a PB2-690N, it looks like Lenovo’s implementation will be better in some ways, but worse in others. Read more

Senate chairman digs into Facebook over political bias in Trending Topics

facebook_app_ta_pageThe US Senate Commerce Committee has publicly opened up an inquiry into Facebook and it’s potential manipulation of political posts in the social media site’s Trending Topics. Senate chairman John Thune is leading the questioning, asking Facebook to clarify reports that the teams of people managing Trending Topics were actively suppressing certain stories. In this case, the Senate believes those suppressed stories had a conservative slant.

Thune claims that Facebook’s political manipulation was a strike against an open and fair internet, which is interesting coming from a guy that publicly decried the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules. Read more