Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 2 Feb 2017 11:00 am
Sometimes the answers are easy.
This is one of those times. If you have a previous generation NVIDIA Shield TV you totally should buy the new controller. And the reasons are so compelling, I can't think of any use case where you might want to stick to the old controller.
NVIDIA did something that's either crazy or awesome (or a bit of both) with the Shield TV. They offer a new model that's...
When "just works" means it just works great.
There have been many good words praising Google Wifi and Google OnHub. Most of them center around how easy it is to set up a full-house Wi-Fi network and how taking away the confusion makes keeping one running well something anyone can do. They're all true, and for anyone who just wants fast Wi-Fi everywhere in their house and has no need for...
Indigo is AT&T's network for today, and tomorrow.
AT&T has announced some details of their new 3.0 network upgrades, dubbed "Indigo", at a wireless industry event in San Francisco.
The highlight from a consumer angle is the news that they are in the process of expanding their 5G network from its current testbed in Austin, Texas to a live implementation with consumer access in Austin...
Is this the Samsung Galaxy S8?
The Galaxy S8 isn't yet official, but we're learning more and more about what it will look like, and design decisions — for better or worse — Samsung has made.
The latest comes from CNET Korea which has procured a Galaxy S8 "eyewitness" who helped them create renders of the upcoming phone. There are several key differences here that others who claim to have seen...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 1 Feb 2017 12:00 pm
You can be forced to provide your fingerprint to access the data on your phone. But you don't have to make it easy.
January 2017: With the current political climate, we feel now is a great time to remind everyone about their right to privacy and where it ends. This post was originally published in May 2016 but it's just as important now, if not more so, than it was then.
Being able to unlock...
This powerful and simple tool lets you control exactly what happens when you visit a web page.
The web is rich with all sorts of content that often needs access to personal information, and Chrome is built so that you can take advantage of almost all of it. Whether that means enabling a microphone to have a chit-chat or letting Home Depot see your location so they can show you what's on sale,...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 30 Jan 2017 6:29 pm
Google employees are protesting and you can watch it unfold on Twitter.
Google employees in eight separate locations are joining the greater #NoBanNoWall protest, and have walked out of their offices.
Malt Ubl, Tech lead of Google's AMP project, and other employees have posted images on Twitter using the hashtag #GooglersUnite showing several of Google's offices with large crowds in the...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 30 Jan 2017 11:38 am
These are two great Chromebooks that are built for different types of users.
If you're looking to buy a Chromebook, whether it's your first or not, Acer has two great models that will fit most people's needs. We're talking about the Acer Chromebook R11 and the Acer Chromebook R13, and we're going to compare the two head to head so you can see which one might be the right one for you.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 29 Jan 2017 3:03 pm
What Google does to keep you safer and let you know they're doing it in Chrome.
You've probably heard that the Chrome browser helps make sure you don't visit websites that may be harmful on accident. That's true, but like most things in Chrome, there's also more information available for every web page you visit when it comes to trust. It's actually right there in front of us all the time...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 28 Jan 2017 5:01 pm
Ownership isn't a clear concept when it comes to a smartphone.
Phones are no longer just a thing you use to call or text people. The days of playing Snake because it's the coolest thing your phone can do are long past. Today, they're more like your computer that they are the Nokias and Motorolas of the past. Because they are computers, software licensing starts to matter more.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 28 Jan 2017 2:02 pm
Memo from CEO Sundar Pichai says over 100 employees are affected by Friday's presidential order.
Google's Sundar Pichai has sent a memo to all staff working overseas — get back home now.
This is in response to an Executive Order signed Friday by U.S. president Trump denying entry into the U.S. for people from seven Muslim countries. A copy of this memo was given to Bloomberg and in it, Pichai...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Jan 2017 4:31 pm
Satechi's USB-C power meter can tell you at a glance if everything is OK when you're charging your stuff.
USB Type-C is the new hotness when it comes to plugging things in. It's better that the old USB connector standards in every way because it provides a standardized way for everything with a battery and a USB-C port to be a charger and get charged. And you can plug your stuff in on the first...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Jan 2017 8:00 am
Is sideloading an Android app considered piracy? Yes. No. Maybe. It depends.
Recently, we got a question from someone new to Android about sideloading apps. For the most part, this isn't something you do (or can do) on iOS and seeing people in the comments of articles here and elsewhere about getting APK files online and sideloading them was a little confusing. Along with some confirmation...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 26 Jan 2017 10:00 am
Knowing when to be concerned over application permissions and when not to be is tricky. And important.
We've all heard stories about bad apps that want to steal your valuable data and ship it off overseas, and those discussions always end with one thing -- someone says you need to read an app's permissions before you install it. Well, that's fine, but there is a small problem -- how do you...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 26 Jan 2017 7:00 am
These five tips will make Chrome as fast as it can be on your Chromebook or any other computer. Zoom zoom!
One thing even a basic entry-level Chromebook can do faster than any other computer is surfing the web with the Chrome browser. It makes sense — a Chromebook is designed to run the browser, which is a core part of Chrome OS. It better be fast.
But for many of us, things can never be fast...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 25 Jan 2017 4:38 pm
Google killed twice as many bad ads in 2016 as they did in 2015.
Google makes most of its money from hosting ads. They use services like Android and Gmail to help determine what we like and can use this data to get plenty of companies interested in buying time and space to show their wares through them. Targeted ads produce more clicks and more money for Google's customers.
But ads also suck...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 25 Jan 2017 2:58 pm
Keeping in touch just got a little cheaper.
Verizon has a new plan option for people who make calls outside the U.S. dubbed Unlimited Together - World. The $15 monthly add-on provides unlimited voice calling minutes to landlines in over 70 countries and unlimited calling minutes to mobile numbers in over 40 countries. Additionally, rates are discounted for calls in over 160 other countries....
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 24 Jan 2017 9:00 am
With Android Nougat, Google is refining the experience instead of reinventing it.
Android Nougat is Google's way of refining what we already have and adding some essential features to an operating system they were already happy with.
The past two years have shown us how Google was shifting its design language on the phones it sells itself and the apps and services that come on your phone....
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 24 Jan 2017 7:00 am
Supervised profiles for Chrome let you decide what your kids will see on the internet.
Got little ones who want to use a Chromebook or surf the web on your MacBook or Surface but aren't ready for everything on the internet? A supervised profile might be just what you're looking for.
A supervised account isn't connected to Google in any way, and the owner of the Chromebook (whoever first...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 23 Jan 2017 5:20 pm
While we still need to wait until February 9 to get all the details of Android Wear 2.0 and the new watches that are coming with it, this is probably what LG's Watch Sport and Watch Style will look like.
The photo, published by Techno Buffalo, shows two distinct watches that line up with all the past leaks and tidbits of information we've seen about them.
The LG Watch Style (pictured on the...