Back at I/O, Google promised that the Home speaker will add more music streaming services like Deezer and SoundCloud, as well as open up Spotify to free accounts instead of being limited to Premium. The Deezer integration started rolling earlier this month, and now Spotify free seems to be following suit.
If you have a free Spotify account and are OK with listening to ads, not being able to skip songs all the time, and don't mind the lower quality audio, then you should be able to enjoy your music on the Google Home just like paid Spotify Premium subscribers have been for the past months. Read More
The developer behind the mobile franchises like Batman and Game of Thrones, as well as the popular Minecraft: Story Mode, has just announced a huge sale to help with those back-to-school blues. Telltale has produced some great mobile gaming experiences, and aside from those already mentioned, the sale also includes games like The Wolf Among Us, Guardians of the Galaxy, and several from the Walking Dead series. Read More
Way back in February at the 2017 New York Toy Fair, Hasbro introduced a new product in its FurReal line of robotic pet toys. Unlike the others, the Proto Max is part of the Maker sub category, so named because it can be programmed to perform different actions. It's yet another example of a toy maker combining coding with playing in order to tap into the burgeoning STEM market. Why is this of any interest to us? Because the Android companion app has just launched, of course.
The KEYone is available as an unlocked phone, and that's probably how most BlackBerry fans will buy it. However, there's a Sprint version, too. Owners of the Sprint version recently reported an aggravating battle with bloatware, which was constantly reinstalling itself on the phone. Sprint has now confirmed this is a bug, and it'll be fixed soon. Read More
Earlier today in Barcelona, Spain, at about 5 PM local time, the driver of a white van deliberately drove though one of the city's most popular boulevards. This horrible tragedy killed somewhere around 13 people (there are conflicting reports), and has been labelled a terrorist attack by the local police. In response to this event, both AT&T and Sprint are waiving all fees to calling from the United States to Spain. Read More
Instant Apps were first announced over a year ago at Google I/O 2016. Put simply, when tapping on search results from a supported site, a minimal version of the site's app would quickly install and immediately display the content. For example, tapping on a Vimeo link would open the Vimeo app and the video would start playing. Read More
Google Assistant may be over a year old now, but it still only supports a select number of languages in a few countries. Back in May at Google I/O, it was announced that Assistant would support four more languages, including Brazilian-Portuguese, by the end of the summer. Lo and behold, Google Assistant in a Brazilian-Portuguese flavor is now available in Brazil. Read More
Watermarks are the most common way to prevent images from being used without licensing, but they're not nearly as potent as you'd imagine. Research at Google recently published a paper called "On the Effectiveness of Visual Watermarks" regarding how easily watermarks can be removed, and how this can be prevented. Read More
One of the big advancements in Android O will be support for the new Project Treble system framework. This modular approach to Android could accelerate the update process and ensure devices are supported for longer. However, we've been hearing that Treble would only work on new devices that ship with Android O. The exception to that being the 2016 Pixels. Google engineers revealed on a podcast today that some other devices could get Treble in an update, too. Read More