When you first turn on the new Chromecast with Google TV, you're put through an extremely simple setup process: choose your language, connect to Wi-Fi, log in to Google, select your default streaming apps. There's not much to it, but just in case Google wants to change things around, the tool is now on the Play Store.
Today, Google published a handful of changes to its Play policies, and nestled among precise legalese refinements and some advertising ID tweaks is a bombshell for a certain type of dating crowd. Google's updated its inappropriate content policy to ban "compensated sexual relationships" — i.e., sugar daddy or sugar dating apps.
Google is no stranger to pushing its popular Discover feed across its various platforms and products. You can even find it in Chrome's new tab page on Android these days, with its curated news feed based on your interests. Discover was first introduced in Chrome 54 and has received iterative updates to make it more prominent. It isn't finished, though, as it looks to make Discover even more visible in Chrome while in turn sacrificing usability.
We're still a beta or so away from a stable build of Android 12 becoming available to the public, but that doesn't mean we haven't already seen some ripple effects from its upcoming makeover. A few apps, like Chrome and Camera, have already received minor Material You touch-ups, and today, it's Contacts' turn. A new update to the app brings along some automatic themes, but you can take advantage of some of its fresh look even if you're running Android 11.
When it comes to wireless earbuds, you might not care about the point to point upgrades going on with Bluetooth. After all, everything's backwards-compatible, so anything works with everything and there isn't much to worry about, right? Well, Tribit's FlyBuds C1 run with the latest Bluetooth 5.2 which offers big upgrades just for TWEs and they cost less than $100. But do these buds bring out the best of what the new tech has to offer?
Last month, we asked Amazon what was going to happen when AT&T's planned 3G shutdown in 2022 lands — an important question, as the company's Whispernet-branded 3G connectivity for many Kindle devices would be affected, since it piggybacks on AT&T's network. In some cases, as with particularly old Kindles missing Wi-Fi, this shutdown would mean they'd stop working entirely. While the company wouldn't answer our questions at the time, now it's emailing affected device owners explaining they'll get a $50-70 discount towards a new Kindle and $15-25 in eBook credit, and Amazon tells us that Kindle 1st gen owners are outright getting a free Kindle Oasis.
Remember when OnePlus devices were all about beating the competition in both price and performance? While plenty of the company's claims definitely fell into the category of "marketing speak," it's no secret that its latest flagship phones don't come cheap. Thankfully, the Nord series has picked up the mantle, offering premium features like high-refresh displays and 5G at affordable price points. If you've had your eye on the Nord N200 5G, you're in luck — it's down to $200 at Best Buy right now.
This story was originally published and last updated .
Phone carrier customer service is kind of like car insurance. You can spend weeks — if not years — without using it. Then one day *BAM*, you need help, and a moment of crisis is the worst time to find out your carrier’s customer service is garbage. This week, we’re detailing how Ting Mobile’s customer care team was designed to be anything but terrible, plus you’ll have an opportunity to share your own customer service nightmares. Read on for more!
Chromebooks have never seen so much growth as they have since the global pandemic brought the world home, and for good reason: they're fast, reliable, and secure — all for a low price. Acer is one of the most committed Chromebook manufacturers out there, and its Spin 713 from last year is still one of the hottest Chrome devices on the market today, offering terrific bang for your buck with its premium specifications and cheap price. Right now, you can snag an Acer-certified refurbished unit on eBay for just $427.49 — about 33% off its $630 sticker price.
Motorola begrudgingly promised two OS upgrades for its flagship phone for last year, the Edge+, after saying it would only put up for one. Today, in an public relations chain of communication gone wrong, it basically did the same thing for its new Edge 20 series.