DIRECTV customers with an Android phone can now head over to the Play Store to grab a new remote app that lets them control their HD receivers from their smartphone. This is different from the DIRECTV app that lets you carry your subscription with you on-the-go to watch shows while away from your home. Instead, the remote app works when you're actively watching something on your TV and want to control playback. Maybe the remote is on the other couch or you lost it or your kid/parent is watching something terrible that you can't handle.
DIRECTV Remote can switch channels, pause and skip and rewind, and record shows. Read More
A new version of Gboard hit the stage late Wednesday night, and this one is absolutely packed with great improvements. The toolbar is now configurable, making space for an entirely new tool for editing text and navigating the cursor. One-handed mode now allows for resizing and positioning the keyboard. There's also a stack of newly supported languages from Assamese to Waray. The teardown isn't empty either, as there are signs Google may be planning to merge in the Handwriting keyboard and introduce an Incognito Mode. Read More
An overly long tutorial that you can not escape, check. Wait timers for almost every single action you want to perform, check. The ruining of a beloved franchise all for the love of the almighty dollar, check, check, and double check. Despite Microsoft's efforts, slapping the Age of Empires name onto a FTP wait time filled grind fest does not make it an actual Age of Empires game. Read More
A little over a month ago Transformers: Forged to Fight went up on the Play Store as a pre-registration game. Well, today is the day, you can finally download the title in order to check it out in all of its Cybertronian glory. Read More
The title says it all. The Google Wifi was updated a couple of days ago with a "Scheduled Pauses" option to stop your internet at predefined moments during the day and night. But the app update also included one more change that nerds like our own Artem were requesting and dying to have: a status option for each access point to see how it is connecting to the network. Read More
Google Photos is really good at recognizing people in a photo and grouping their pics together. It's one feature I've come to rely on to find all the photos I have of specific friends or family members and even photos of "person X and person Y and person Z" together. But there were still a couple of small things missing from Photos' facial recognition like the option to manually tag a person in a pic or the ability to see who Google had recognized in a photo from the photo itself, not their dedicated page.
But the latter is now implemented. Actually, it was implemented at some point in the last few versions: I can confirm that it wasn't there in 126.96.36.199909749 but it is live in 188.8.131.52124741, so it was added to Photos sometime between March 13 and 30. Read More
When YouTube Go was announced last September, the focus was on India and users were asked to sign up to be notified. But then last month YouTube Go made it onto the Play Store unofficially and users around the world were able to download it from APK Mirror and try it out. Some could register their phone numbers and use it fully with the ability to download videos, others couldn't and were limited to streaming. But still, Go wasn't yet officially announced.
Now it is, well at least in beta, and the first official country Go is available in is India. Read More