Opera is one of the most popular alternatives to Google's own Chrome browser and with good reason. It blocks ads, saves data, and has an excellent reader mode. There's also Opera Mini for an even faster, lighter experience. Another reason for Opera's popularity is active development. Already this year, in a reaction to an increasing fear among users, a crypto-mining blocker was added to both versions.
The main mobile browser has a separate Play Store listing for its beta version, and a new update has just been released for it. There are two additions to note: a night mode and a private mode indicator. Read More
Ikea's Tradfri are one of the cheapest smart lighting solutions around and they're available and tailored for several countries around the world. For a while though, the only smart way to control them was through the Android and iOS app - no voice assistant was compatible. Then Alexa followed by HomeKit were supported and Google Home users were left waiting... and waiting... and waiting until today. Read More
Google Pay is slowly making its way to more countries around the world, but what's even more important than coming to a country is being supported by the different popular banks in each one. Your bank is one of the few things in life you're not likely to change or choose based on the technological whims of the moment, so all anyone can do is sit and wait (and pester the bank with a few emails) until support is added for Google Pay.
Now customers of the National Australia Bank (NAB) can stop bemoaning their luck as they can finally sign up to Google Pay with their cards and start paying via their phones at all NFC-equipped points of sale. Read More
Google's AR Stickers began rolling out in December of 2017 to Pixel devices. At the time, users had 5 sticker packs to choose from when adding imaginary things on top of their real camera shots: Star Wars, Stranger Things, food, blocks, and text. Blocks were separated from the main app in February (Winter Sports were added then) and now food and text are seeing the same fate. The latest v1.2 update to the AR Stickers app shaves off about 28.5MB from the file by removing the two packs, which can now be downloaded separately.
Once your AR Stickers app is updated, you will see a red dot on top of the food and text icons. Read More
Timely software updates are all the rage these days. From security and stability to new features, there's always a marketable reason to prefer a rapid upgrade cycle. Plenty of OEMs like Samsung and LG have committed to frequent updates, and now the latter company is stepping things up, reiterating its commitment to consumers with a new "Software Upgrade Center" office in South Korea. Read More
Google Photos has a new version rolling out to users today. Like so many other updates from Google, this one appears to be holding back new features, likely in preparation for I/O in just about one month. But for as much as Google may be holding back, there are also a few things that are being packed into the app now in preparation for those big announcements. Read More
Spotify has been working with Hulu on its $4.99 "Spotify Premium for Students" plan for nearly a year now, but the music streaming service is now introducing Hulu integration to non-students as well. At $12.99, it's not nearly as good of a deal as the student plan, but it's a nice discount for those who already have Hulu or want to give Hulu a shot. Plus, existing Premium subscribers can try Hulu out for three months for just $0.99. Read More
Most of Google's services are free, but you're actually giving Google a lot of your data to keep it that way. The Opinion Rewards app makes the transaction more explicit: answer these questions and you get some Google credit. Starting now, you can manually adjust your profile in the Opinion Rewards app, which affects the surveys you get. Read More