NVIDIA changed the landscape of Android gaming with the original SHIELD. And with that, came top-tier titles of recent years, like Valve favorites Portal and Half-Life 2. Since then, the company has released a slew of killer games specifically for SHIELD devices, including Half-Life 2: Episode One. Today, the saga continues with the third Half-Life game available for Android, Half-Life 2: Episode Two.
HL2: E2 (which is available exclusively for SHIELD Android TV) is joined by a handful of other kickass titles, all of which should be available today in Google Play. Here's a quick rundown, starting with the star of the show. Read More
Today, Sprint announced a new phone plan called "All-In": $80 a month (plus tax and surcharges) gets you unlimited talk, text, and high-speed data[FOOTNOTE GOES HERE]. As you can probably see in the title of this post, this new new plan is terrible, dumb, and you shouldn't support it, because it's complete bullshit that Sprint is even allowed to do this. In fact, it's not clear they're allowed to do it at all. Read More
Everyone is trying to come up with a better, more secure way to do passwords, but not Medium. Nope, Medium is just getting rid of them. You can now create and sign into a Medium account using only your email. This works on the web and iOS right now, and will be added to the Android app soon.
If you have been skeptical about whether Qualcomm's Quick Charging 2.0 standard is all that useful, this deal is arguably the best use case for it. How often do you head out the door for a short trip and realize your phone just doesn't have enough charge? If you could get it mostly charged in 15-30 minutes, there would be no worries. Ta-da! You can get Aukey's QC 2.0 car charger for $10.99 after coupon on Amazon.
For those less familiar with Quick Charge 2.0, you can read our own David Ruddock's excellent explainer on the subject. Basically, it's a standard for phones and chargers that allows much faster charging without the device getting too hot. Read More
Pushbullet already does a ton of stuff, but big changes are coming today. The developers behind the app say this is the biggest update since its release, and that seems like a fair estimation. There are new features on Android, the website, in the browser extensions, and in the Windows app.
The European Commission has been trying to establish a Digital Single Market (DSM) that makes goods and services accessible to everyone in the EU and broadens the reach and potential of start-ups, businesses, and governments. The legislation has been marching toward its approval and application, and today marks the first step on the path toward the DSM. The European Parliament, Council, and Commission have agreed, after almost two years of proposals and negotiations, on the first crucial pillar of this plan: a single market in telecoms.
That means two important changes in the telecom industry are about to be implemented in the EU: the end of roaming charges and the establishment of an open Internet. Read More
Skin tone emojis have been a staple of WhatsApp's iOS application for a long time and have recently made an official appearance on the Unicode's version 8 update. However, if you were using Android, you could only view these emojis if they were sent by your peers (as of the app's Material update) or use WhatsApp Web to send them. There was no way to pick a skin tone modifier if you were chatting away from your phone.
That changes with WhatsApp's latest beta (either 2.12.159 or 2.12.161 will do). When you go to add an emoji inside the app, if you scroll down past the regular facial expressions to the emojis with human elements like people, hand gestures, and some activities, you'll see that most of these have a little triangle at the bottom, to denote more options. Read More
One day we will live in a world where the Droid Turbo has Android 5.1. We don't right now, but this brave new world is just over the horizon. Motorola is sending out a soak test right now to users who are part of the beta group, and it could come to everyone else later this week.