Let me get this out of the way right out of the gate: I love Chrome OS. I wanted to love it back when I reviewed the original Chromebook Pixel some years ago, but it just wasn’t where it needed to be for me. Fastforward a bunch of months, and Google made a ton of useful and thoughtful changes that made Chrome OS a legit desktop contender (for me at least). So, like I said in my recent What We Use post, I made the leap to Chrome OS as my main laptop about 18 months ago (or so) and haven’t looked back. Read More
HTC is finishing the week with a few device updates, including one that keeps the company's A9 handset astonishingly up-to-date. According to HTC's Mo Versi, the unlocked A9 is getting an OTA that includes the January security updates. Then there's the One M8 on Sprint, which is surprisingly getting bumped to Marshmallow. Read More
Amazon UK is thankful. The company was ranked number one in the customer satisfaction index in the UK and to celebrate, it has decided to raise satisfaction even more. Today only, Friday January 22, users can enter promo code BIGTHANKS at checkout to take £10 off any order over £50. That includes single items or multiple items that total more than £50.
Amazon's rules explain that the code is valid once per customer and only applies to items that are shipped and sold by Amazon (ie those that show up as fulfilled by Amazon or Amazon Marketplace aren't eligible). Other items that don't count are baby formula, digital goods, gift cards, Amazon Pantry products, and shipping and handling charges. Read More
Let's start this off by taking inventory. How many USB Type C cables do you have? By now you may have stocked up on plenty of C-to-A cords. You may own a C-to-C cable or two. Some of you Nexus 6P and MacBook Air owning types may be so future forward that you're ready to switch entirely to the latter type.
Thing is, you have a house full of old cell phone chargers lying around that work with traditional USB cables (unless you snagged our last deal). On Amazon you can get one that works with USB Type C and comes with a cable for $25.99. Read More
Since the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Gmail users have been reporting some syncing problems on their app that appeared simultaneously with their update to Android's latest flavor. (Very few users mentioned being affected on Lollipop, but it's worth pointing out.) The problems seemed to be divided in two categories: one that specifically stopped Hotmail accounts from being synced inside the Gmail app and another that caused a lot of delays in syncing and notifications regardless of the account type.
Gmail 5.10, which started being pushed to users on January 20, fixes the first issue. A Google employee explained on the corresponding Help Forums thread:
I can confirm that upgrading to the Gmail Android app 5.10 should fix this issue, however it's rolling out slowly so is only available for a small number of people right now.
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, love is in the air. Or is that a mix of rampant consumerism and hormones? Oh well, same thing pretty much. You can celebrate the special day with a pair of phones from Motorola/Verizon and get half off of one of them. If that's not romance, I don't know what is. Read More
Samsung and Apple take swipes at each other. The two companies are sort of like mobile carriers in that regard. It surprises precisely no one to see them bickering this many years after taking one another to court (something they're still doing, by the way). Read More
Some users have already seen the revamped Google weather card in search, but now everyone can expect to get the new look very soon. Google has updated the Inside Search blog to announce the new UI and give a rundown of its features. It's a bit cartoony (okay, a lot), but there's much more detail than you get with the old card. Read More
Here's an idea. Tell me if I should get it crowdfunded. We'll create an Android app for Kickstarter. Wait, before you scoff, hear me out. This way you don't have to fiddle around with opening the site in a browser or opting to sit down at a laptop instead. As soon as you get the urge to throw your money at a project, you can do so. Read More