Motorola’s Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable display and two rear cameras

Motorola’s 2017 flagship arrived today, and it’s succeeding not one but two devices from last year. We saw the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and Moto Z Play in 2016. Those phones were all solid; however, consumers didn’t quite know how to differentiate them. Now Motorola is tweaking the Moto Z family to give each phone a unique identity. The Moto Z2 Force, which was just announced, gives a premium vibe inside and out.

Google’s Sundar Pichai becomes the thirteenth member of Alphabet’s board

While the number 13 is considered unlucky by some, it’s proving to be a lucky number for Sundar Pichai at least, because Alphabet has announced that Google‘s CEO is set to become its thirteenth board member. Pichai will become the second Google executive on Alphabet’s board with Diane Green, the head of Google’s cloud division, being the first. 

HELIOS-EX WiFi Range Extender review

Consumer-grade WiFi access points have come a long way over the years as companies keep adding power, antennas and technology to the devices to provide more complete, consistent wireless coverage. This is becoming increasingly important as more and more connected devices are being deployed. Despite the additional coverage, there are many users who still struggle with establishing suitable coverage for large areas, especially when dealing with intervening infrastructure. This is why we are seeing companies like Google finally starting to push into development of consumer grade mesh technologies for WiFi. An older, established way to to that though is through the use of range extenders.

That brings us to the subject of this review of the Amped Wireless HELIOS-EX High Power AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender. The HELIOS-EX is a traditional range extender in that it establishes its own connection to the primary WiFi access point and then effectively serves up its own access point. Amped Wireless includes some features to try to make this an easy, effective solution for consumers looking for plug-and-play simplicity when trying to fix dead spots in their WiFi coverage.

Samsung Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J7 joining the unlocked Samsung Portfolio

Samsung continues to expand the unlocked devices they make available with the latest additions to their portfolio being the Galaxy J7 and the Galaxy J3. Both of these devices fall into the budget category although Samsung claims they offer “high performance” for their price point. The new unlocked variants will be available starting later this week on July 28th through Samsung.com, major retailers and “enterprise distributors.”