In the Venn diagram of mobile users, the circle marked "rabid Shaq fans" and the one marked "active Waze users" must have a pretty tiny crossover section. But if you do happen to use Waze on a regular basis and you have the special extended DVD edition of both Kazaam and Steel boldly displayed on your shelf, today is your day. Waze has announced that the company is celebrating the start of the NBA Playoffs later this week by adding official Shaquille O'Neal voice narration to the map app's navigation service.
Google seems to be on a rampage of updates with small tweaks and adjustments to a number of apps. I like to think of it as polish. YouTube in particular has been flying through minor version bumps, the latest of which seems to include just a single visual adjustment to the player screen. Tap on the screen while a video is playing and the overlay now contains the current video's title, the channel it's from, and the total number of views it has acquired thus far.
While we've got our textual first impressions of the HTC 10 up and available for you, we've also got them in easy-to-digest video form! Mark Burstiner takes a quick look at the newest flagship from HTC in our latest set of moving pictures we have placed on the YouTube.
To give you the quick rundown: the HTC 10 is coming out here in the US in early May, and the unlocked version with 32GB of storage will sticker for $699. The 10 ticks many of the same boxes as the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 here in America - a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, at least 32GB of storage, microSD card slot, a strong on-paper camera, a fingerprint scanner, and Android 6.0.
Remember that time Google said it was abandoning sign-in with Google+ accounts for Play Games and introducing a brand new Gamer ID system with automatic sign-in and improved privacy controls? Don't worry if that's not very fresh in your memory, the announcement was almost two months ago. Well, it's finally time to make the switch for real. The latest Play Games update switches users to the new system (for those that weren't already on it) and fully enables the account customization features.
A small number of users were switched over to the Gamer ID system within a day or two of the original announcement, but the rollout to existing accounts stopped very abruptly.
In the continuing war against bad USB Type-C cables, the USB Implementers Forum, USB-IF for short - no, there's not a USB-ELSE - has announced USB PD 3.0, which includes a new Authentication program, meaning there is even less chance a bad cable will damage your devices.
Type-C Authentication means that any cable that is plugged in automatically authenticates itself with the other device (such as a phone, tablet, or laptop), before any data or power is transferred between the two, causing the host device to verify the cable has been fully verified by the USB-IF and is safe to use.
Whether you bought a Gear VR headset when it launched, got a free one with your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, or don't have any Gear VR, you probably know about all of that sweet virtual reality content that Samsung is releasing on Milk VR and wishing you could experience it anywhere, regardless of whether you have a headset nearby.
That's what Samsung's latest app on the Play Store aims to do. Milk VR wants to bring virtual reality videos and experiences to your phone, headset optional. Of course the experience is going to be different: holding your phone in front of you and spinning it around in 360 degrees isn't as immersive or as "real" as strapping a headset to your face and jumping head first into other environments where you can intuitively control everything by moving around.
Spam is the bane of our lives, even moreso now that we're all online and bots can be programmed to abuse any system that allows people to generate content and where other users read and consume said content. So is the case with Google+ communities. If you're starting your own community and you expect it to be popular, you're probably dreading the amount of spam that you'll have to deal with just to keep things rolling like they should.
Now Google+ has its own content control system on the web, Android, and iOS that checks posts for questionable content and flags them for the moderator to manually accept/reject them.
When it announced the HTC 10 yesterday, the company snuck in an interesting tidbit in its press release regarding the availability of two variants with different Snapdragon processors that are headed to different markets. It turns out that the second variant is the HTC 10 Lifestyle and it's been shown on several of HTC's global websites, hinting at its release there instead of the regular 10 model.
Using your phone while on the road is extremely dangerous. A safer way to stay connected is to use a hands-free kit. This is great if you want to make calls, but less helpful if you're dependent on the myriad of messaging services currently in use.
Enter Drivemode, which has been kicking around the Google Play Store for some time now. At a very fundamental level, it provides a gesture interface for a number of apps and system functions, essentially allowing you to safely use your phone without even looking at the screen. It also supports the composition and sending of SMS messages through voice recognition.
Our lives keep getting busier every day and that's not an understatement. If you've been wanting to learn a new language or practice a new hobby or add some exercise into your daily life, you've probably hit a wall when it came down to scheduling time for it repeatedly every day or week. Google Calendar, which is turning 10 years old today, is here to the rescue in its latest release.
With version 5.4 comes a new Goals feature that helps you set up your exercise, skills, or custom goals. You get to choose the frequency, preferred time of day, and duration, then Calendar does the heavy lifting of looking through your schedule and figuring out the most appropriate timeslots to help you achieve your goal.