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Google Spaces shuts down April 17th, will become read only starting March 3rd

Google Spaces was a weird concept even when it was announced at Google I/O last May. The idea was that you and your friends could crate private topic-based group chats which would have the ability to add in different content apps like YouTube and Google searches. This seemed like an incredibly …

Google

Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed soft launches in Canada and three other countries

If you live in Canada, Australia, the Philippines, and Indonesia, you can now download and play Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed. The soft launch of the mobile game, based on the popular Koei console action game franchise, is now available in all those countries in their respective local Google Play …

PlayStation

Create beautiful 3D theme parks with RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch

RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch is, as you might have guessed, the first RollerCoaster Tycoon game specifically “tailored for touch devices” according to the company. Equipped with breathtaking 3D graphics, the game lets you create, customize, and share your creations, and it’s coming soon to the Play …

Dubai

TWRP 3.1.0 will add support for PC data and system backups

The group behind the famed third-party Android recovery tool TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) is reportedly planning to add a much-requested feature; a way to back up data and system information to a PC.<p>According to <i>XDA Developers</i>, via unnamed sources, the upcoming 3.1.0 version of TWRP will support …

Mobile Technology

US Cellular is the latest wireless carrier to join the unlimited plan trend

Verizon Wireless’ announcement earlier this month that the carrier would offer a new unlimited data plan for its customers generated a huge reaction from all the other big carriers (AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile), as they launched or modifed their own unlimited plans to compete. Today, the nation’s …

Net Neutrality

5G specification sets 100Mbps minimum download speed

It’s been a long time coming, but the finishing touches are being put to the upcoming 5G networking specification. The ITU has just published a draft report for IMT-2020 radio interfaces, also known as 5G, which will be finalized sometime in November 2017. Once the specification is complete, …

Wi-Fi

5 best thesaurus apps for Android

Using the same words over and over again is never a good idea. Especially when you’re writing something long like a book or you write frequently like a blogger. It’s always a good idea to have a wide variety of vocabulary to keep things interesting. We can help with that. Here are the best …

Google Play

Flash Sale, Today Only: Complete Investor’s Machine Learning Bundle

<i>The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.</i><p>If you already know what machine learning is and understand how it could be employed advantageously in the stock market, then you might want to skim through …

Christian Bale

#MWC17 – What’s in my gear bag?

As some of you know, I’m more of a writer here than a video maker, but I do like to dabble. Whenever I’m at a trade show though I like to travel light, so I tend not to overdo it when I pack: just the essentials. Here’s all the gear I brought to MWC 2017, with Amazon links if you’re interested in …

Gear & Gadgets

Founder of popular “$4 smartphone company” arrested for fraud

Photo by Gadgets 360<p>Last year, an Indian company called Ringing Bells released the world’s cheapest smartphone called the Freedom 251. The budget device was priced at just 251 rupees, which is less than $4. It now looks like the company’s founder, Mohit Goel, has gotten himself into trouble with …

Fraud

New Archos Graphite smartphones sport dual-camera setup and affordable price tag

Just as LG with its LG X Power 2, Archos has also decided to officially announce its new smartphones ahead of Mobile World Congress. The company has taken the wraps off the 50 Graphite and 55 Graphite. What’s impressive is that both devices sport a dual-camera setup (13 MP + 2 MP) despite the fact …

Phones

Google is dabbling in Chromebook hardware with the OP1 SoC

We quite liked Samsung’s Chromebook Plus and Pro when we went hands-on with them a couple of weeks ago. One of the most interesting aspects of the new Chromebook range is the processing options between the Plus and Pro models, which feature different ARM and Intel processors respectively.<p>The former …

Chromebook

Android Concurrency: Performing Background Processing with Services

Your typical Android mobile app is a skilled multi-tasker, capable of performing complex and long-running tasks in the background (such as handling network requests or transferring data) while continuing to respond to user input.<p>When you’re developing your own Android apps, bear in mind that no …

Software

Samsung Group president and vice chairman offer to resign amidst bribery scandal

In case you’ve missed it, Samsung has been having quite a few problems lately. Just to be clear, I’m not talking about the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, which is one of the reasons why the company’s reputation among US consumers has taken a beating. I’m talking about the fact that Lee Jae-yong, who is …

Samsung

Chinese smartphone vendors dominate emerging Southeast Asia market

Chinese manufacturers Oppo, Vivo and Huawei are giving Samsung a run for its money in the emerging South East Asia market. According to a recent report from the International Data Corporation (IDC), the manufacturers accounted for 21% of the total market share in SEA in 2016, though Samsung still …

South-east Asia

Google shatters SHA-1, but don’t worry the Internet is still working

Whole areas of modern computing rely on the concept of certain things being “computationally infeasible” including encryption. “Computationally infeasible” means mean that certain mathematical operations are logically possible, however to actually perform them you need lots of time (like years) and …

Information Security

Samsung Chromebook Plus now available on Google Store for $449

The Samsung Chromebook Plus was officially announced at CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year and went on sale a couple of weeks ago. You can get if from multiple retailers in the US like Amazon and BestBuy for $449. You can now also buy it from Google, as the company has started selling …

Chromebook

You’ll soon be able to use Google Allo on desktop

Last year, Google announced the Allo chat app that looked quite promising at first. However, the app hasn’t turned out to be as successful as the company hoped it would. One of the reasons is that there’s no web version available, which means you can only use Allo on a smartphone for now. But it …

Google

LG X Power 2 with massive battery announced ahead of MWC

Ahead of MWC, which officially kicks off on February 27, LG has taken the wraps off a new mid-range smartphone, the X Power 2. Its biggest feature is definitely the battery, which has a 4,500 mAh capacity. The company says that it allows you to watch videos for around 15 hours, use GPS for 14 …

Mobile World Congress

Google’s Messenger app gets renamed “Android Messages”

Google’s default SMS/MMS app, Messenger, has been renamed Android Messages. The name change has just rolled out in the Play Store and arrives as Google prepares for wider adoption of the new Rich Communications Services (RCS) messaging standard.<p>RCS will provide businesses with better ways to brand …

Google

Xiaomi confirms Mi MIX heading to more markets outside China

Xiaomi has just announced availability of the near bezel-less Mi MIX in the UAE along with the Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A. Considering how eager most folks are to get their hands on the Mi MIX though, we reached out to see if this was the first part of a broader global rollout and were told that …

Xiaomi

Google inadvertently reset some WiFi and OnHub routers

If you own a Google WiFi router or one of the older OnHub devices, and you found that they stopped working all of a sudden on Thursday evening, you can relax a little because you were not alone. There were a number of online reports that night with people experiencing those kinds of issues, and as …

Google

One of the highest rated VPNs we’ve seen just slashed 65% off the price

<i>The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.</i><p><i>I’m already aware of Hotspot Shield Elite, so just…</i><p>If you get hacked in 2017, it’s <b>basically your own damn fault.</b><p>The number of security resources available to …

Security

Honor’s AI Phone Beckons the Future

As the mobile ecosystem moves toward homogenization, one new brand is standing out with its brave exploration into the future of AI with its latest phone, the Honor Magic.<p>Google officially joined the herds with the Pixel, which failed to meet high expectations and stirred complaints about the …

Mobile Technology

Your Google Drive files can now be found with Search on Android

If you are a frequent user of the Google Drive cloud-based file storage service, you likely have a ton of different files and folders stored up in your account. But what if you can’t remember the exact name of the file or folder you need to access right this very second? Thankfully, if you own an …

Google

The Archos 101 Saphir tablet should be both cheap and rugged

Usually, smartphones and tablets that are made to be more rugged than normal also have a higher than normal price tag. Archos seems to be going against the grain with its upcoming budget Android tablet, the 101 Saphir, that can also take a lot of abuse.<p>The 101 Saphir includes a case that’s made for …

Tablets

New Skylanders mobile role-playing game is in the works

While the Skylanders franchise may be taking a break in the console game market, its owner and publisher Activision is still going to launch a new title for the long-running series. The company revealed plans today to launch a new role-playing game based on Skylanders exclusively for mobile devices.<p>…

Game Development

Google collaborates with Cowan to bring ‘Really Blue’ jeans

When Google first announced the Pixel duo and the exclusive “Really Blue” color, I thought it was the ugliest thing ever. But it turns out, a lot of people thought the exact opposite: the blue variant was sold out in the blink of an eye, and Google has had trouble keeping those in stock. In fact, …

Google

Le Pro3 and Le S3 are getting an app drawer and other new features

LeEco’s first two smartphones to launch in the US are getting a major update, a key feature being the addition of an app drawer.<p>One of the things that LeEco really emphasized after launching in the US was its User Planning to User platform or simply UP2U (get what they did there?). Essentially, …

Mobile Technology

The ASUS ZenFone Live will make your live streaming videos look even better

We live in an age where more and more people are using their smartphones to launch live streaming videos of themselves to social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Today, ASUS said the newly announced Zenfone Live will cater to that crowd by including an app that is designed to make live streaming …

Tablets