SamsungThis may come as no surprise, but Samsung is reportedly planning to make the yearly Galaxy Note announcement an online event. This is, of course, due to the global pandemic that I’m sure you’re absolutely sick of hearing about by now. Alas, this is life in 2020.
Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and Google is sharing new features and apps for Android that should make the mobile OS more accessible. New Action Blocks make complicated tasks as simple as one tap, and Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier should make having conversations easier for those who need help.
There’s no such thing as too many frames per second. Razer’s hardware line is embracing this mantra with the 2020 refresh of the Blade Pro 17, its largest and most bombastic laptop. It’s offered in two screen options: a 4K, 120hz panel, which is already pretty spiffy, or a 1080p panel that can blast its refresh rate to 300 hertz.
When someone sends me a personality quiz, I retake it until I get the results that I want. That way, I’ll have a screenshot to prove that I’m “wise, wealthy, and handsome like Jafar,” or whatever. But the jig is up. Friends can now see my quiz results in real-time using BuzzFeed’s multiplayer Quiz Party game.
Facebook still feels like the wild west, and not because its users wear cowboy hats and assless chaps. In Facebook’s own words, the website is packed full of things like “romance scams” and “inheritance scams.” It’s easy to swindle someone out of their dough over Messenger, so Facebook will now warn you when you receive a “potentially harmful” message.
A lot of people have been disappointed by event cancellations due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Mobile World Congress, San Diego Comic-Con, SXSW. And somewhere, there’s an obsessive online deal hunter who’s been dreading this one: Amazon Prime Day is not happening this July. That’s according to a morning report from the Wall Street Journal.
They say that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Disney+ proved that bit of wisdom when it was launched some months ago with broken episodes of The Simpsons. Like FXX before it, it chose to crop the classic 4:3 episodes and ruined sight gags along the way.
Wink, formerly one of the largest players in the smart home industry, recently decided to move to a mandatory subscription model. Users had a week to pay up or lose access to their smart homes. That turned into two weeks. And now, due to “incredible support from users,” Wink is not charging for subscriptions until further notice. Confused? You’re not alone.
A couple of years ago, Jason reviewed the original model of the BenQ ScreenBar, an LED lamp designed to sit on top of a monitor and provide perfect lighting to your desk area. He freakin’ loved it, awarding the lamp a perfect 10 out of 10 score.
I’ve been working from home for roughly 10 years, with a variety of workspaces along the way. My first “home office”—if you can even call it that—was a tiny desk beside my bed. Now my home office is one of the biggest rooms in the house because it’s not just where I work—it’s a multiuse space for everything from working out to playing music.
After years of user requests, Twitter is finally testing a way to control who responds to your Tweets. For applicable users, Tweet draft will have a reply-permissions button, which gives the option to restrict replies to only people that you follow or only people who are mentioned in the Tweet.
No one likes longwinded intros that get in the way of real content. You’re probably not reading this intro right now, are you? You skipped right to that second paragraph to get to the meat of this news piece. Just like you always skip the intro when watching TV on Netflix… and now Plex. That’s right; Plex will now let you bypass that musical credits you don’t need.
LEGO’s electronics-infused sets based on Nintendo’s Super Mario games are still scheduled to come out later this year. When they do, the more expensive options will be augmented with add-on sets that change Mario’s outfits. And just like in the games, a new look for the persistent plumber will mean new abilities are unlocked.
Remember when Android phones had lockscreen widgets for calendar and weather apps? Google quietly removed the feature in 2014, despite its handiness. But now, you can add any widget you want to the lockscreen using the straightforward (and aptly named) Lockscreen Widgets app.
Around the world, mandatory stay-at-home orders are lifting, but it’s still a good idea to stay home if you can. Good entertainment helps with that goal, and if you’re a Doctor Who fan, you can jump on some freebies to keep you in the Tardis—err, in your home.
Notion, a popular productivity app for taking notes, saving recipes, and organizing work stuff, has long offered a free plan you can join. But that free plan had limits, like how many blocks you can create and how much storage you can use. Now, Notion is removing those limits, though it will still offer paid plans.
Earlier today, the SD Association announced its new SD 8.0 specification for SD Express memory cards. The new specification utilizes PCIe 4.0 and NVMe technology to achieve data transfer rates of nearly 4 GB per second—about four times the speed of today’s SD cards.
After years of running overlapping Play Music and YouTube Music side-by-side, Google is working on transitioning users from the former service to the latter. The transfer process is rolling out in stages, but now you can ask to jump to the front of the line.
Internet-connected devices make it easy for kids to hang with friends or learn new things, but they also offer a way to access inappropriate content. With a parental control app, however, you can limit usage times and block unwanted content.