Samsung Pay works in more places than Apple Pay and Android Pay thanks to its magnetic stripe support, but that doesn't mean it can handle every card. Samsung and your bank must cooperate before you can store your debit or credit card on your phone. Otherwise, you're left tapping your smartphone against the card reader for no reason.
To reduce the likelihood of such shenanigans, two more banks have made the list. Read More
Google announced the addition of podcasts to Play Music in October of last year. We heard a few rumored dates for the feature to actually roll out, but they came and went without a peep. The latest April 18th rumor seems to be legit—Google just announced that podcasts are official in Play Music for Android and the web. They're only available in the US and Canada right now, though. Read More
The BlackBerry Priv is an expensive phone. Despite undergoing a price drop earlier this month, the device still costs $650! That's quite a chunk of change, especially for a debut product from a new Android manufacturer (though you may have heard the name once or twice somewhere else). Read More
Galaxy Note 5 owners on Verizon Wireless and Sprint received Android 6.0 last month. Weeks later, the time has come for T-Mobile customers to get the same experience. The carrier has started pushing over-the-air updates to devices. Read More
At this point asking people to support your crowd-funded concept device is kind of like asking them to support your "sure-fire multi-level marketing system." Sure, it could be legitimate, but it's better to just treat that money as if it's gone forever. That said, smartwatches might be the one exception. Pebble, arguably the legitimate dark horse in that small market and one of the first to successfully market itself, got started on Kickstarter. So maybe it wouldn't be fair to dismiss the CoWatch, a new smartwatch that features interoperability with Amazon's Alexa voice control system, out of hand. Read More
NVIDIA is sending out a new OTA update for the SHIELD Android TV box, and it adds at least one feature people have been anxious to get. When the latest update hits your device, you'll finally be able to use apps with a mouse cursor. There are also optimizations for new games and a number of Marshmallow bug fixes. Read More
By all accounts, the HTC 10 is the best phone HTC has made in several years. Now there's another reason to get excited about it if you're the sort who likes to mod devices. TWRP is already available for the 10, even though you won't be able to get one in your hands for another couple weeks. Read More
Sometimes you can't stomach the idea of paying a big yearly subscription price upfront, either because it feels like a big expense or because you're not ready to commit for a full year to a service that you're not sure you'll enjoy in a couple of months. That's why, despite having to pay a little bit more, companies offer a monthly subscription to make it easier for users to pay in small increments and feel like they are free to walk away anytime they want.
Amazon's Prime subscription used to be a yearly affair: pay $99 and get all the services for 12 months straight. Read More
Ever since Amazon announced the Echo, the platform and Alexa's voice commands have been expanding and adding more partners and features. They haven't, however, gained the magical ability to control your house's manual window blinds. It has though become possible to connect Alexa to an Arduino board, which increases the potential uses for the platform.
An enterprising guy has used that to his advantage, MacGyvering his way into smart window blinds with an Arduino (he uses a SmartThings shield for his Arduino to connect it to the rest of his smart home system), a servo, and some lasercut gears. He details the whole process, which I'll be honest in saying I don't understand the first thing about, in an Imgur post that I'll link below. Read More
Virtual reality is the tech topic du jour, with nearly every major hardware and software company (or one of their partners) looking into it in some capacity. Time will tell if this is just a fad or something that will truly change the way we interact with technology, but Google is hedging its bets. In addition to the growing Cardboard VR platform, a few user-facing changes in the second developer preview of Android N point to more robust support for virtual reality in the future. Read More