LG is sticking to its guns when it comes to offering removable batteries in its phones, but the way it's going about that with the G5 is unusual. All the leaks we've seen thus far show a seemingly unibody device, but now we have a better idea how the battery slides in from a post on Weibo. A user there has posted a picture of the battery and what appears to be the cap from the bottom of the phone. Read More
You could say external battery packs are the AA batteries of our times. They breathe life into your phone during an emergency, and some even come with a flashlight built-in. Such is the case with the RAVPower 16,750mAh portable charger that is currently Amazon's deal of the day. Read More
Some people consider virtual reality exciting. Full disclosure: I'm not one of those people. The idea of shoving a screen inches from my face and combining that with sensory deprivation sounds closer to punishment than fun.
The 2VR Kickstarter project addresses one of those issues. In doing so, it doesn't turn VR into something you can experience without having to block out the rest of the world. Instead, it shows off a compromised experience that is neither immersive enough for VR nor transparent enough to use in public. Read More
A leaked document indicates Facebook has a big change planned for Messenger this year, and it's not likely to make most users happy. The social network has reached out to its biggest advertising partners to announce the impending release of ads in Facebook Messenger. The ads will be tied to conversations, so Facebook is suggesting that businesses get customers to start Messenger threads with them now. Read More
LG is still cheekily announcing bits and pieces of its G5 flagship before the phone itself. After hinting at the always-on display and unveiling a fancy touch cover for the phone, it's now ramping up expectations about the audio performance of the G5 by announcing a collaboration with B&O PLAY, a sub-division of Bang & Olufsen, the well respected Danish audio and video company.
LG doesn't reveal much about the fruits of its collaboration, just that it will keep "LG as the undisputed leader in smartphone audio." Another vague blurb from the press release is this:
The two companies have been working closely together on the new LG G5 to ensure the best sound experience to the customers.
If you have a connected security camera somewhere without a dedicated application, chances are you're using tinyCam to login remotely and stream the video feed to your device. The app is one of the best in its niche and gets frequent updates to stay current with design guidelines and add cool features like a Wear client and a built-in web server.
With version 6.5, tinyCam is getting even better. The app now supports immersive mode on Android — better late than never, eh? — to hide the status bar and navigation buttons. It really makes a lot of sense in the context of video: the more screen estate you have, the better it is. Read More
Some 2nd gen Moto E owners have it better than others.The long-awaited Marshmallow update appears to be making its way to handsets in India. Read More
LinkNYC is an ambitious plan to cover the Big Apple in free super-fast gigabit WiFi using a series of hotspots that will replace all those boring old payphones. Starting today, the first updated LinkNYC WiFi access points are up and running with their own Android tablets, ready to provide quick access to maps, a browser, calls, and city services. Read More
Many of us are anxiously awaiting the official launch of Podcasts in Play Music. While a few people have already been given an accidental early look, there are good reasons to be confident that the real launch will happen sometime in the next week and a half. It should come as no surprise that the latest update to the Play Music app happens to include a few fixes and features for podcast listeners. On top of that, Google is preparing for an exclusive deal with the BRIT Awards.
For those that want to know about new features, it doesn't look like there's anything to talk about right now. Read More
Right now, your Google Play Games ID is just your name. That's mega-boring, though. You will soon be able to choose a custom gamer ID that will be used in Play Games-enabled titles instead of your real one. You won't have to wait long; Google says this feature is rolling out over the coming days. Read More