With WWDC officially in the rearview mirror, it's obvious that iOS 15 is more about polishing up last year's features than it is boldly treading new paths. That shouldn't be too much of a surprise for anyone paying attention to Apple's software — the company usually follows a tick-tock release for hardware and software alike. iOS 15 brings along some nice enhancements, especially for anyone deep inside the Apple ecosystem, but there's always room for improvement. As someone who cycles back and forth between Android and iOS, there's plenty of things I wish had changed in this year's version.
Google Pay: Convenient, accessible, an utter joy to use. Cryptocurrency: pretty much the exact opposite of all those things. Of course, despite those setbacks, there are a still a ton of reasons to be excited about crypto, from its use as an investment security to its decentralized nature. That's led companies like Coinbase to come up with solutions designed to streamline access to these finances, including its crypto-backed Visa debit card. Now Google Pay's getting in on the action, as it adds support for the Coinbase Card.
Razer released its first pair of ANC-equipped headphones last year, and to our surprise, they were actually quite the value. At $200, its Opus headset managed to undercut the competition, delivering excellent sound quality and noise cancellation without breaking the bank. Razer's looking to pull away from the pack for the second year in a row, cutting the price of its brand-new set of headphones in half.
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The imaginatively named Files by Google app has come a long way since its debut as Files Go in 2017. Google has steadily added additional features and functionality, and the app became the default file manager in Android 11 earlier this year. Now it's starting to pick up another new feature — one that will save you from losing important files if you accidentally hit the delete button.
Summer is nearly here, with the heat of June now in full swing. And while that will mean hot-off-the-compiler new June security updates landing for many of your favorite smartphones in the weeks to come, of course security-patch-show-off Samsung just has to go and get the party started a little early.
Samsung's Galaxy S21 series are some of the best phones you can buy right now, but if you're like most of us, a device isn't complete until you have a case. Plenty of great options exist for all the S21 variants, but if you want to use Samsung's fancy S-View feature, an official Flip Cover is a must. Its usual price is pretty steep, but you can save $13 today on one no matter which S21 phone you own.
Samsung's Reminder app has been getting a lot of new features recently, turning it into a viable alternative to Google Tasks or Microsoft To Do. Samsung is continuing to enhance it further, with improvements to the homescreen widget.
Samsung once again released this month's security patch a little early, with the June update first rolling out internationally toward the end of May. Now it's reaching several devices in the US, including the Note20, S20, and more.
Samsung has continued to impress with its regular security updates lately, but while flagships and new phones tend to get monthly patches, many cheaper or older devices get them less often. Samsung updated its security schedule this week, relegating some phones and tablets to less frequent support.