Listening to any spoken format, whether it's podcasts or audiobooks, is bound to come with some pauses. If you're bothered by that sort of thing and want to keep things running as smoothly as possible, the latest Play Books update will help you with that. There's a new option that will do some basic audio magic to detect longer moments of silence and cut them down so you won't have to sit through any long gaps in sound. Read More
The OnePlus 6 has more than a few advantages over the company's previous hardware, which is to be expected, given it's the latest model. But, a handful of the phone's smaller benefits are now trickling down to older handsets via an update to the OnePlus Gallery app. Rolling out now, the app update is bringing some of the OP6's video editing tools—including slow-motion video editing, background music, and general clipping/trimming—to older phones. Read More
Google has been rolling out updates to its flagship app at a record pace, with significant updates landing only a few days apart. The latest may be a sign that the developers are nearly done, as the additions appear to be slowing down. In this update, we can see small visual tweaks, but nothing else too major. As usual, it's in the teardown where the changes are racking up, including signs that users will get to choose their own services for lists and notes taken by Assistant, an ability to trim the silence from podcasts, and a small follow-up regarding Google Doodles. Read More
Motorola's DROID line, exclusive to Verizon in the United States, tends to get a few color variants every year. The high-end DROID Turbo, the only entry for the 2014-2015 cycle, already has several: it launched in black, red, and "ballistic nylon," and a blue version has been on sale for some time. By the end of the month shoppers will have three new options.
The new colors are variants of the flat black model, with the metallic parts on the speaker grille, volume rocker and power button, and camera lens ring colored in new trim. Blue, orange, and pink (violet) will be offered, with matching colors on the "DROID" badge on the back of the phone. Read More
Baby's first steps, carrying the cake out on grandma's birthday, receiving your diploma at the graduation ceremony. These are great moments you want to show off, but who wants to sit through 20 minutes of dad coaching his toddler to stand on two legs? Life happens in short bursts, but we start recording everything early, just so we don't miss the good stuff. YouTube has finally enabled video-trimming in the Android app so we can shave off that excess footage and turn those slow home movies into quick clips our friends will actually want to watch.
Video trimming couldn't be more straight forward. Read More
Many users of the original Nexus 7 remember how slow the device could get after a few months of heavy use. At least part of this problem has to do with the way NAND flash stores and deletes data. Android 4.3 comes with a little-hyped feature that could be huge for performance in the future – TRIM support via fstrim.
There were ways to run the fstrim command on devices before, but it required root. Then, by the time you realized you needed it, the file system was probably already a mess. TRIM is important in solid state storage because deleting a file doesn't really remove it, the storage device simply allows you to re-use the blocks. Read More