Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 10 Feb 2017 5:18 pm
Chrome's screen reader is updated to help your Chromebook work even better with a braille display.
ChromeVox, the default screen reader service on your Chromebook, got a hefty update with the latest version of Chrome OS.
There are almost 300 million people with impaired vision in the world and using the tech we take for granted every day can be a challenge for many. A big part of putting...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 10 Feb 2017 1:34 pm
Get Kodi on your Chromebox in a flash using LibreElec!
A Chromebox is a pretty cool and inexpensive way to get yourself (or your kids!) online with Chrome OS. They're easy to use and keep you safer than most computers while you work or play around. But they're also just a regular compact-form PC when it comes to the hardware.
That means it's easy to slap another operating system on one if you...
Android Wear 2.0 is official, and developers can get ready now.
Google has the final version of the Android Wear 2.0 SDK ready, and it's available for download.
Support for new hardware features and stand-alone watch apps is included in the release, and all the existing documentation from the developer preview version of the SDK has been merged into the main Wear Developer site and everything...
Google Assistant is starting to look more like an assistant.
If you have a Google Home or use the Nest or WeMo app on your Pixel, you probably already have a setting for Home Control in Google Assistant. With the latest Google app suite, everyone will see the same thing and know that Google Assistant can do more than tell you the weather or recite a poem.
The Home Control section is where...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 9 Feb 2017 12:00 pm
Get your fitness ya-yas on.
The Polar M600 is a great fitness watch that runs Android, and today they have announced that the Android Wear 2.0 update should be arriving soon. The Finnish company earned was recently named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Fitness, Sports and Biotech product category and the sleek design of the M600 certainly sets it apart when it comes to looks....
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 9 Feb 2017 12:00 pm
Popular fitness-tracking app Strava hits the ground running with an Android Wear 2.0 update.
Strava has updated their app for watches with Android Wear 2.0 to support the new features that come with the new operating system.
After an initial setup through your phone, the Strava for Android Wear app becomes a complete standalone experience. Track your runs or your rides and share photos and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 9 Feb 2017 12:51 pm
The Shield Tablet is still great and the Android 7 update means you won't have to buy a new tablet this year.
Android 7.0 is on the way for your Shield Tablet K1, extending the life of everyone's favorite 8-incher and bringing all the new features of Google's latest.
Besides the Android 7 enhancements — split screen, Doze 2.0, better notifications and those sweet, sweet emojis 🌮 🦄 — we see...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 9 Feb 2017 11:00 am
Which wireless mice are best for Chromebooks?
While your Chromebook's trackpad works well enough for most situations, there are some tasks for which a wireless mouse is better.
Whether you need a wireless mouse to scroll through long documents faster, or to perform fine manipulations, there's a great wireless mouse out there with your name on it. Here are a few of our favorites.
Verizon is a little bit faster, and T-Mobile's network is growing like a weed.
Open Signal has released their State of Mobile Networks: USA report and they say Verizon has now tied T-Mobile for the fastest carrier in the United States, and the results are so close between the two that they are virtually tied for the "best."
Using data collected from 169,683 users, 4,599,231,167 data points...
Are you ready for another G? The 3GPP certainly is.
The 3GPP — a group of worldwide organizations that specify network standards for data transmission — has settled on the new 5G logo.
Designed for use on Release stage 15 and onwards, they have applied for a trademark and will use the logo to recognize products that meet the new specs, or publications about the spec or those products. They...
The Logitech M720 Triathlon Mouse is the best wireless mouse I've ever used.
I don't think it's weird to have a favorite mouse. It's a tool but it's also an extension of your hand and eyes. I think most people who make a living sitting in front of a computer have a favorite mouse, and even people who don't stare at a screen all day appreciate a mouse that works just right for them.
Vizio did everything wrong when it comes to data collection.
Vizio has been fined $2.2 million by the Federal Trade Commission for "surreptitiously collecting details on viewers' watching habits." The company also agreed to delete all the data collected before March 1, 2016, and to get specific consent from users with a new privacy program.
Vizio's Smart Interactivity technology isn't much...
That's a lot of data!
Sprint dropped a press release about customer data usage at the big game and the ways they were able to provide enough of it.
Customers used almost 5TB of data inside and directly adjacent to the Houston stadium on February 5. That's three times as much as the 2016 Super Bowl and eight times more than the 2015 game. And the network speed was nothing to sneeze at, either...
See the LG Watch Style and check out the features for both new watches, because today is a leaky day!
LG has removed the links to the user manuals, so you'll have to find a copy from one of the folks who downloaded them. Ahem, (1), (2).
Everyone who is interested already knows we're going to see a couple of new watches from LG on February 9th. Special watches, because they will be the first...
A new feature makes it easier to make sure the page you're seeing from an AMP search result is legit and lets you share the "real" URL with others.
AMP pages are great. They are designed to help us find what we're looking for when we're mobile and point us towards search results that are easy to read because they were designed for a smaller screen and touch-based navigation. So many people use...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 6 Feb 2017 12:00 pm
Android can now read 2FA codes over NFC and Bluetooth.
Google added support for wireless U2F cards in a developer version of Google Authenticator back in December. There was an unofficial demo at the Github website that showed how it would work (but it didn't actually work) and the folks at Fidesmo, a company that sells U2F cards, found the APIs buried in the Google Authenticator app. We knew...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 6 Feb 2017 10:00 am
It may not matter to you as much as it does to others, but how we control who gets what when it comes to our data and when we communicate is still a very important discussion to have. It matters now more than ever and will matter even more as time goes by because tools and tricks to get unauthorized access to our stuff get better and better.
Here in the United States, there...
The software on every Android phone is different because it comes from several different places.
This is a question that pops up from time to time, but because the Google Pixel ships with different apps and services — namely Google Assistant — than other phones it's become a little more frequent. We saw the same thing when Google Wallet first appeared, and we'll see it again when the next...
Do you want Andromeda? Because this is how you make Andromeda.
I remember thinking last November (2016 if you're reading this from the future), while watching speakers at the Chrome Dev Summit, that Google remembered how important the web was several times. Not the internet where data files back and forth, but the web, the part of that internet you see through a web browser.
War. War never changes — but Google's mind does.
There is some indication that Google is pulling the Google Now Launcher from the Play Store sometime before the end of March 2017 (Q1). Besides trying to find out more details about this one, we're also left wondering why?
Let's start at the beginning. The Google Now Launcher is a home screen manager that Google made using the Android launcher...