Before we get into the usual most important news of the day, I’d like to pause to celebrate RG’s Editor-in-Chief, Cam Summerson. If you use MyFitnessPal, that name might stand out because the app recently featured Cam’s weight loss and fitness journey and how it saved his son’s life. It’s a truly heartwarming story, and you should go check it out.
Now back to your regular newsletter content: yesterday, the EU Commission released a proposal for a sweeping law that requires all “smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, and handheld videogame consoles” to use a single type of port—USB-C. If you’re thinking, “what does that mean for iPhone and does it affect the U.S.,” then you’re asking the right questions. And we have the answers in the top story.
Oh hey, speaking of Cam, he took a look a the Samsung Galaxy Flip 3 foldable smartphone. And do you know what? If you’re going to buy a foldable phone in 2021, then the Flip 3 is probably the phone for you. Probably.
Today the EU Commission proposed a new law requiring USB-C as the standard for all “smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, and handheld videogame consoles.” The most famous USB-C holdout is the iPhone, but this proposal doesn’t spell the end of the Lighting cable yet. Read More »
Tablets are extremely convenient, falling perfectly between a smartphone with a small screen and a laptop that’s a bit bulkier and hard to carry around. But sometimes, typing on its touchscreen can be frustrating; that’s where having a tablet keyboard can make your life so much easier. Read More »
The original Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was an interesting phone, as it was a throwback to the flip phones that many of us grew up with. But it was a first-generation product and suffered from first-generation issues as a result. The Z Flip 3 (they skipped 2) fixes a lot of that, and it’s a great look at the current-future of smartphones. Read More »
Google is introducing two new features to make Android more accessible for those with mobility or speech disabilities. Both features use your phone’s front camera to track facial expressions and eye gestures, allowing you to navigate the Android interface, chat with others, or write text-to-speech messages without using touch controls or Google Assistant voice commands. Read More »
In a surprise twist, the Bird app now shows its users when public ridesharing services have bikes available for rental. It’s an odd decision that may lead people to rent bikes from Bird’s competitors, though the company says it’s a necessary step to prevent monopolization. Read More »
Looking for a fascinating fantasy book to read? How about the most iconic? This Lord of the Rings boxed set gives you three volumes of J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic Middle-earth story following his sweet, hungry, and hairy-footed hobbits. The paperback set reaches just over 1,500 pages, which will keep you entertained on those cold rainy days when you’d just rather stay inside and read. And even when you’re done, you can still enjoy the beauty of this gorgeous trilogy on your bookshelf or desk, thanks to its amazing box and cover illustrations and artwork.
Shopping for a Thunderbolt 4 hub is kind of a crapshoot right now. Even if a hub works as advertised, it may contain a ton of unnecessary ports, or it may not come with certified USB-C TB4 cables. That’s why Plugable is launching the TBT4-HUB3C, a small, no-nonsense Thunderbolt 4 hub that comes packed with everything you need for a perfect desktop setup. Read More »
There’s nothing worse than losing the remote to your Google TV streaming box or television. And, to make matters worse, these remotes are typically small, thin, and fall through the cushions way too easily. Thankfully, Google has finally added a feature that lets you use your Android phone as a Google TV remote. Read More »
Quirky microphone brand Neat was purchased by Turtle Beach back in January. And while the company hasn’t gotten any less quirky, its newest microphone is a bit … strange. Meet the Skyline, an “elegant” and affordable USB condenser microphone that’s shaped like a skyscraper. Read More »
Today Google announced multiple updates to make Android Auto and Driving Mode easier to use and less distracting. So whether you use the Google Assistant Driving Mode, have a car with Android Auto, or even a car with Google built-in, you’ll now enjoy an improved dashboard, more at-a-glance app recommendations, and improvements to contactless payments at gas stations. Read More »
Samsung is offering $80 off its Galaxy Watch 4 with Charge Pad Duo bundle during a one-day sale. The discounted bundle costs less than the retail price of a Galaxy Watch 4, so if you’re looking for a Wear OS 3 upgrade, now’s the time to take the leap.
Now that you’ve ordered the iPhone 13, it’s time to pick up some new Satechi charging accessories. Satechi just launched a new MagSafe wireless car charger, plus a 40-watt USB-C PD car adapter and a compact 20-watt wall charger. Read More »