Last year Dell introduced the Venue 8 7000 series (AKA the 7840), one of the most unique tablets on the market. Its super-slim case and bezels make it look more than a little striking, and the Intel RealSense cameras on the back are something that no other Android device can boast. The design isn't without its problems, as mentioned in Ryan Whitwam's review - one of the biggest pitfalls of the product was the high price for an 8-inch device, which launched at $400 for the 16GB base model. If you've been admiring the design but balking at the price, the Venue 8 7000 now has a steep discount. Read More
Bethesda is not leaving Fallout Shleter to stagnate now that Fallout 4 has been released. The latest update is the biggest to the game yet with a ton of new items and a system of crafting based in part on Fallout 4. So, put on your power armor and get ready to descend into the vault once again. Read More
Local music players are apps that turn your phone into an MP3 player that also happens to make calls. That may not sound like something you can put on a box now that music streaming services are the new hotness, but some of us still prefer to build up our own libraries, stick them on a ridiculously large microSD card, and jam using an interface of our choice. Read More
General Motors is rolling out Android Auto in a big way. The company has announced that it's providing updates for select vehicles that previously only supported Apple CarPlay. The models are spread through its Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC brands. Read More
Google is rolling out a new version of Photos today, and it's a pretty significant update. There's a new navigation paradigm you might remember from a different Google app, and the strangely named "Collections" section is no more. It's now called Albums. As usual, we have the new APK available for download. Read More
Google long ago teased Hands Free, a way to make mobile payments without even having to reach for your phone. Now it's launching a pilot program in the southern San Francisco Bay Area.
Hands Free uses Bluetooth low energy, Wi-Fi, and location services to communicate with cash registers inside participating stores. Right now those partners are McDonald's, Papa John's, and some local restaurants. Read More
Samsung continues to push its Pay platform on every front, and according to the latest press release, it's working. The company claims that "about five million users" have used Samsung Pay to spend more than half a billion dollars. That's probably thanks to Samsung's unique system that doesn't require retailers to buy new payment processing hardware. A wide array of compatible banks, credit unions, and credit card companies probably doesn't hurt. Today Samsung announced that Wells Fargo, one of the largest American banks, is joining the program. Read More
How much RAM does your phone have? How would you like to own one with two or three times more? Folks in China will soon have that chance.
This week Vivo announced the Xplay5. It's a beast of a phone with a Snapdragon 820 processor and 128GB of internal storage. But that's not what makes it special. No, this is the first smartphone announced with 6GB of RAM. Read More
I kind of wish that Supercell, developers of the base-building IAPfests Clash of Clans and Boom Beach, would go into cartoons or movies. The 30-second commercial skits that they make to reel players into games are much more entertaining than the games themselves. But if wishes were horses, we'd all be eating steak, so let's just take a look at the company's latest offering. Clash Royale is available worldwide today, after spending several months as a geo-limited beta. Read More
We interrupt your morning (it's morning here in Seattle at least) to bring you an important public service announcement. If you live in the UK or Ireland and own one of Amazon's affordable 7in tablets, then you need to request a new charger. Amazon has noted that a small quantity of the chargers bundled with these devices have had their housing detach when being removed from the wall, creating a risk of electric shock (no, they are not a fire hazard).
The recall applies to all Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kid's Edition tablets sold in the UK and Ireland since September 2015. Read More