Google Chrome has traditionally been available in four 'channels' - Stable, Beta, Dev, and Canary. Beta and Dev are progressively buggier and unfinished than Stable, and Canary is the definition of bleeding-edge. Canary builds are released automatically every day, with no manual testing, and are prone to more bugs than all the other channels.
Until now, the Canary channel has only been available for Windows and Mac (not even desktop Linux). Google has just published Chrome Canary onto the Play Store, starting with build 56.0.2891.8. There aren't any noticeable changes here as opposed to Dev, but in the future, this should be the first place to spot new features. Read More
Plants vs. Zombies started as a fairly simple lane-based tower defense game, much loved thanks to its tight gameplay and whimsical style. But like any casual game that gets a big following, it's now branching into other genres as well. The Garden Warfare spinoffs on consoles have done well as Team Fortress-style multiplayer shooters, and now PopCap is going after another multiplayer giant: Hearthstone. PvZ Heroes, now out of geo-limited beta, brings semi-random card decks into the eternal undead-rhododendron fight. Read More
Google is pushing Assistant in a number of products, including the Pixel, Allo, and Google Home. Ars Technica stumbled upon a bit of an Easter Egg in the Pixel's implementation of Assistant, and it's pretty bonkers. If you tell the phone "I'm feeling lucky," it goes into full game show host mode. Read More
If you didn't get the message the first, second, or third time, you should really exchange your Note7. In the last bullet to Samsung's reputation, the US Department of Transportation banned carrying a Note7 onto flights. While there is no questioning that the Note7 is dangerous, having to leave your phone behind isn't ideal. Thankfully, Samsung is in the process of setting up Note7 exchange stations at airports worldwide. Read More
Amazon is seemingly determined to make Amazon Prime the best $99/year you can possibly spend. Prime already offers two-day free shipping on Amazon.com, ad-free streaming on Twitch, and an entire catalog of movies and TV shows through Prime Video. According to The Information, Amazon could be gearing up to bundle internet service with Prime.
Although details are scarce, The Information believes Amazon is considering bundling internet access with Prime streaming in Europe. Why not in Amazon's home country of America, you ask? Because in some European countries, broadband providers are required to offer wholesale access to their network to competing companies. This is similar in principle to US operators offering wholesale wireless to MVNOs. Read More
Email can be overwhelming, so it's useful to get someone else to manage it for you. Failing that, a computer should be able to take over the task. Google's Inbox has been doing this for a while now, with cool features like bundles, smart replies, digests and snoozing until later. A new feature, Templates, has just appeared in the web version of Inbox, which makes email even easier.
Templates are basically preset text snippets that can be inserted into emails. The user manages these and can create or delete a template. For example, if you want a custom signature, or some blurb about confidentiality when emailing an attachment, you could use a template for either. Read More
Google's new smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, are a watershed moment for the company. They're Google's attempt to define itself as a hardware manufacturer worthy of comparison not just to Apple's iPhone, but the very products its Android operating system has allowed to flourish over the past eight years. Or, as the refrain goes: Google is finally going to compete with other smartphone manufacturers.
This narrative can get in the way of discussing the Pixel for what it is (a smartphone), so I'll try to avoid confusing what this phone means to Google as a company and what it means to you as a consumer. Read More
Back in August, Google started testing out a second tab in the Google app and Google Now (RIP), dividing content between the main feed and a secondary one called Dashboard.
Over the past couple of weeks though, Google has been undergoing more tests with this tab and it seems that the team has now settled on a name and look and idea behind it. It's called "Upcoming" and the icon looks a little better than the previous one with the antenna.
There's a new blue overlay in the app to catch your attention toward the upcoming tab and once you open it, you'll see a few cards detailing what content will show up there. Read More
Whoa, is Amazon on a roll these last few weeks or what! The company has been announcing new hardware, new services, improving existing offers, and more, all within the span of a couple of months. Today, it's Prime Photos' time, one of the free benefits that come with an Amazon Prime subscription. The service is getting a significant revamp and plenty of new options.
First, there's Family Vault which gives any Prime member the possibility to share their Photos perk with up to 5 family members. This means that the whole family can upload its photos manually (or they can set the app to automatically upload all photos) to the same Prime account. Read More
We've known about the Sony Xperia Ear since February when it was announced at MWC along with 3 other prototype projects. At the time, Sony said it was coming late in the summer, but the date was later postponed to November, and here we are. The Xperia Ear is now available for pre-order exclusively on the Xperia Store online in Europe. It'll cost GBP 179 in the UK and EUR 199 in France, Spain, Germany, and other European countries.
So what's the Xperia Ear? It's a Bluetooth headset, but it's not made for music as much as it's a personal assistant living inside your ear. Read More