Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 5 Jan 2017 12:00 pm
And they both look fabulous.
We've seen very high-end Chromebooks before. The HP Chromebook 13 G1 or the Dell Chromebook 13 could be configured with the best hardware available, and we can't forget the Google Chromebook Pixel. They were really good laptops and using any of them let you know they were premium products. But what we've seen from CES 2017 (so far) is what...
The Ricoh R offers 24-hours of 2K 360-degree streaming.
Building on the success of the Theta, one of last year's best 360-degree cameras, Ricoh has announced the Ricoh R — a camera designed for long spherical live-streams.
Under the new "ruggedized" chassis are internals that mark an improvement on the predecessor in almost every way. The output stream is at 2K and 30...
Jerry looks into his crystal ball and asks: Will your phone get an Android 7.x update?
It's time for a new version of Android, and that means I also get to make my yearly predictions about updates. Fun times!
Now, to be sure, unless a manufacturer has already committed to updating an existing phone, these are simply (mostly) educated guesses. We base them on a company's track record, the...
While it's for our own good, Factory Reset Protection can trip you up when you reset your phone. These tips can help.
Getting stuck when trying to reset your phone seems to be a fairly common thing. The reasons for it are good — Google has methods in place to try and cut back on phone theft — but when it's your phone and your data, it can be frustrating if you can't use it. Here are a few...
Chrome doesn't only run on laptops.
Chromeboxes make great computers for plenty of people. In households where there are kids, they're the perfect desktop computer for homework, and attached to your TV they bring the internet and everything that comes with it to your big screen. But you might need more storage to get the most from one.
Chromeboxes aren't laptops. Chances are you're not...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 29 Dec 2016 7:00 am
Make your Chromebook look the way you like it with these tips.
If you're using a Chromebook that has Google Play, you might be downloading a bunch of Android apps. If you don't yet have Google Play on your Chromebook, you're probably thinking of Android apps you want to install when it comes. With all those apps — and your Chrome apps — you'll probably want to tidy things up a bit. Here's how...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 28 Dec 2016 10:00 am
Your digital life is only as private as you make it.
Android phones are awesome and make for pretty great holiday gifts. They're also different than most other types of phones, and there's a learning curve. It's cool — all great stuff takes a bit of time to master.
If you were gifted an Android and it's your first time using one, or if you've been doing the Android thing a while and just want...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 28 Dec 2016 7:00 am
It may only be one big button, but the multi-touch touchpad on your Chromebook can do just about anything you would ask of it.
Your Chromebook's touchpad is simple to set up and use, and a couple of handy features make it more than just a way to move the mouse pointer. With multi-touch gestures, you'll be able to navigate web pages and apps easier as well as see everything you're working on at...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Dec 2016 8:00 am
Getting to know your Chromebook's keyboard can save time and make you more productive.
If you're one of those people who want to keep their hands on the keyboard when they're sitting in front of a computer — I know I am — then you need to check out the keyboard shortcuts built into your Chromebook.
There are over 100 different things you can do with the keys alone. You can access menus, start...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 24 Dec 2016 4:02 pm
Google has been talking about your living room for a long time.
We imagine any new tech thing takes a lot of planning, a lot of money, and a lot of time. The push to get Google into the living room certainly did. Ideas to expand Android and use new technology in your home were being kicked around out loud in front of groups of developers as far back as 2011. We've discussed Google's plans for...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 24 Dec 2016 3:42 pm
CyanogenMod is shutting down, but the Lineage Android Project is poised to keep its spirit alive.
CyanogenMod is no more.
In a post on the official CyanogenMod blog, we're told that the current state of everything Cyanogen means it's no longer feasible to continue and that the best path forward requires change. Nobody should be surprised after recent events within the Cyanogen Inc. parent...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 24 Dec 2016 12:30 pm
Your Google OnHub is now a bigger Google Wifi node.
Google Wifi is a great product. It's easy to setup and easy to make any adjustments or additions to the wireless network in your house. But it's not the first Wi-Fi router from Google. That'd be the OnHub.
Many were worried that the OnHub would be abandoned when news of Google Wifi was revealed. With good reason — the OnHub is a great...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 23 Dec 2016 5:17 pm
The LG G5 received the repair-friendly score of 8/10.
The LG G5 may not have garnered the lion's share of love from critics (or sales) in 2016, but it is the easiest phone to repair.
People who are good at the business of taking things apart and putting them back together again — iFixit — gave the G5 a repairability score of 8 on a 10 point scale in their 2016 roundup. They cite the removable...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 23 Dec 2016 2:08 pm
Android — and 1,000,000+ apps — on your Chromebook is awesome.
But not every Chromebook is going to get updated to have Google Play and Android apps. And most of the ones that will are in a long testing process.
We all hate waiting. And we all hate updates that break things. Google and the people who made your Chromebook are trying to make sure everything is good and keep the wait time to a...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 23 Dec 2016 12:00 pm
Encryption can be a very complicated subject, but getting a grasp of the basics isn't difficult.
Recently, we've had a few questions about encryption. We've talked about how Android incorporates encryption and the changes that Nougat brings, and to get the most from those discussions an understanding of the basics is a must. Let's talk about those basics for a bit.
What exactly is encryption...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 23 Dec 2016 7:00 am
It's only easy until something goes wrong. These tips will help make sure your Google Wifi setup is painless.
Google Wifi is really easy to set up. That's what impressed me the most about it when I was reviewing it, and the easy setup combined with quick updates when the tech inside needs them makes it a product I recommend to most anyone who needs a new router. But it can also be a nightmare...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 22 Dec 2016 3:07 pm
The update may remove the part where your data goes back to China, but everything else is bad and unchanged.
About that $50 Barnes & Noble tablet. You might have heard that researchers working with Linux Journal found that the BNTV450 shipped from the factory with the same malware that phones from Blu and other companies that use a MediaTek processor had. It's called ADUPS and it was...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Dec 2016 4:54 pm
Is Samsung sending two different updates for phones with identical hardware?
A report originating from a Vodafone Australia representative says that Samsung will be sending different platform versions of Android to different markets when updating the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 egde.
I've checked in with the right people for you @chri5tin3 and @shauno100, and they've confirmed the references...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Dec 2016 2:00 pm
Chromebooks make great holiday gifts and we're here to help you decide the best one to buy.
The holiday buying rush is in full swing and we're almost out of time to find that perfect gift for a special someone in your life. Good thing there is something that's easy to find, won't hurt your wallet and is something that anyone would love — a new Chromebook!
They come in plenty of sizes, styles...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 20 Dec 2016 4:00 pm
In an ocean of adult apps done poorly, these rise to the top.
If you're reading this, chances are you have an awesome pocket computer running Android at your disposal. Today's Android phones and tablets can pretty much do anything, and that includes things of an adult nature. We want to help you find and see that content the best way possible.
Android After Dark
Android After Dark:...