Facebook makes an app for Android, and it's aggravating in a myriad of ways despite frequent promises from Facebook that it would improve said app. That's why a good portion of Facebook users just log in via the mobile web or use one of the various wrapper apps in the Play Store. One of the most popular apps has been Swipe for Facebook, but it fell into disrepair a while back. Now, the dev has returned with a big v7.0 update and a promise to keep the updates coming. Read More
It was announced earlier in the year at MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, and now Samsung's impressive Relúmĭno app has been officially launched. The C-Lab project is designed to help people with visual impairments enjoy the same activities as others, and it uses Samsung's Gear VR headset in conjunction with one of the company's newer Galaxy phones, such as the S7, S7 Edge, S8, or S8+. Read More
TCL is busy building phones for Blackberry these days, but it's not giving up on the Alcatel brand. The Idol 5S is a much more compelling phone than the very overpriced Idol 4S was, and there's a cheaper Amazon Prime edition if you don't mind some ads. However, the ad-free Idol 5S is on sale today for almost the same price. It's more than $60 off at $217.19, and the Prime version is $200. Read More
For anyone wanting to get into VR, the number of options and different price points can be a bit overwhelming. At the lower end, you have Google's Cardboard or Daydream viewers, which can be used in conjunction with Android phones to offer a fairly basic VR experience. Devices like the Oculus Rift fill the middle tier, for those wanting a more robust ecosystem. Then at the top end, you've got the HTC VIVE. At $799 it's only ever been for those who are really serious about VR. HTC is hoping a price drop down to $599 will open it up to a wider audience. Read More
Amazon makes some pretty great hardware these days, from Alexa-powered smart speakers to the cheap-but-still-pretty-good Fire tablets. Most of Amazon's hardware lineup is currently on sale, with notable deals including the Echo for $99 ($80 off) and the Fire 7 tablet with special offers for $39.99 ($10 off). Read More
ChromeOS development is on fire these days. Just yesterday we got news that we'd have a new setting for closing the lid on a Chromebook. And today we find out that a new automatic Night Light feature is inbound and has just entered the Canary channel. If you've ever used Kindle's Blue Shade, f.lux, or LineageOS' LiveDisplay feature, then you know that this means. If you aren't familiar with any of those, think a red-tinted mode for use at night. Read More
Earlier this week, we posted about a deal on the original Huawei Watch in its black stainless steel finish. But if you have to have the latest, most stylish tech on you, the Watch 2 Classic is just $319.99, with its more affordable Sport sibling only $239.99, on Amazon. That's $50 off the Classic, making it the lowest price we've seen on Amazon for it, and $60 off the Sport. Read More
While Allo's new web client scored most of the headlines this week, its sister app Duo wasn't to be left out in the cold. A new update to the video chat app is out with a few changes of its own. Notifications are a significant part of this release with a new toggle in settings for all users and full support for Notification Channels on Android O. And for some users, there are a few tweaks to the UI of the Audio/Video selector and contact list.
Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
- New notification type for "special events & topics"
- Custom notification channels (Android O)
- Audio/Video toggle moved down to the calling window and icons in the contact list match the current setting
Special events & topics
If you haven't really had a sense of when to use Duo, you can always let the app itself tell you. Read More