The Rio 2016 Olympic Games may not have everyone's backing, with the Zika virus and claims about unclean water causing concern, but T-Mobile seems to be firmly in the 'support' camp, announcing that it's going to give users free, unlimited, "high-speed" internet for the duration of the Games.
Not only that, but calling to and from Brazil is also free, as is texting worldwide. T-Mobile estimates 100,000 Americans alone will be in Rio to watch the world's biggest sporting event, so this will be a big boon to customers of the carrier. Of course, AT&T is sponsoring the entire event, so T-Mobile has had to up its game in a serious way - and I think it's safe to say it has. Read More
The Active variants of Samsung's Galaxy phones on AT&T are sold as a more rugged option than the standard version. However, Consumer Reports found that the Galaxy S7 Active didn't even stand up to water as well as advertised (or as well as the regular GS7). Samsung was at first unconcerned, but now says it has identified the problem in its manufacturing process and corrected it. Read More
An update to Action Launcher 3 is currently rolling out with the usual assortment of improvements, feature tweaks, and fixes... but there's more going on here. This isn't just any update—the latest version of Action Launcher 3 moves to a Marshmallow launcher code base and adds (root-only) Google Now integration. Read More
Here's an exciting update for those of you who have a Sonos sound system and use Plex to manage your media library — the two services are learning how to play along. Sonos has begun testing Plex integration in the latest version of the mobile app. Read More
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is probably the most technically challenging game on the SHIELD TV right now, and by extension, on Android as a whole. It's also the third entry in the popular shooter-looter series... but in terms of critical and fan appeal, it's a notable step below the game that preceeded it. Well there's good news today, Borderlands fans: Borderlands 2 is finally available on the SHIELD Android TV (though it's not showing compatible with the SHIELD Tablet at the moment). It's $15 on the Play Store with no in-app purchases. Read More
Do you read comic books from the Play Store? If not, you might want to start. Google just announced a great new feature at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 that changes the experience of reading comic books. It's called Bubble Zoom and it quite literally makes speech bubbles leap off the page. Each blob of text is identified and sequentially pops up with the press of a volume button or a tap at the bottom-right of the screen. Check out Google's introduction video: Read More
The Moto Z and Moto Z Force on Verizon are available for pre-order today. It turns out they're quite a bit more expensive than Motorola's last flagship phone, and there are the pricey Moto Mods too. Best Buy has a pretty sweet deal today, though. You can get $200 off a Moto Z and a free speaker mod. Read More
Emoji have gone from a weird, insular Japanese thing to a global phenomenon. Remember how upset everyone was when we didn't have that taco emoji? Now SwiftKey is looking to improve everyone's emoji game with Swiftmoji, a keyboard with predictive emoji. This is a giant leap for mankind. Read More
What's a mad scientist without minions? There are plenty of those in Rooms of Doom, and you, being a mad scientist, will subject them to terrifying trials as part of your evil research. Don't worry, you can always make new minions—and you will. Lots of them. Read More
Over the past couple of months, we've monitored several changes to the way crowdsourcing information is handled in Google Maps. Now all of these changes have been made official in a blog post on Google Lat Long's page, adding details about the different features' availability.
First, since May, editing and adding Places has been accessible worldwide. It's available on both the Android and iOS apps, as well as through Google Search. Whether you're viewing an existing listing that has outdated details or you've dropped a pin where there's nothing but you know a listing should exist, you can edit or add those to provide better information for others who might be looking for it. Read More