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Essential’s Amazon-exclusive phone comes with Alexa onboard

Oh, you thought Essential was out of new color options to show off? Not quite. The company announced today that a new, so-called Halo Gray model is now available to purchase exclusively from Amazon. Unlike the other, limited-edition versions of the PH-1, this new model goes for $449 rather than …

Mobile Technology

YouTube TV raises pricing, expands with Turner, NBA, MLB additions

YouTube TV today announced a significant expansion of its channel lineup thanks to new deals with Turner, NBA TV, and MLB Network. A number of Turner-owned networks will be added to YouTube TV’s base package starting now, including TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, HLN, truTV, and Turner …

Televisions

Google Maps on iOS gets new quick-access menus for real-time commuting info

Along with curated local restaurants<p>Google is updating Google Maps for iOS today with a new feature that adds a trio of “Explore,” “Driving,” and “Transit” menus to the bottom of the home screen in the app for quick access to local restaurants or commuting information.<p>The feature was first launched …

Apps

US intelligence agencies warn buyers to avoid Huawei smartphones

After being rebuffed by carriers AT&T and Verizon, Huawei's push to sell phones in the US isn't getting any easier. Six top US intelligence chiefs, including the heads of the FBI, CIA and NSA, told Americans they wouldn't recommend buying products or services from the Chinese manufacturer, <i>CNBC</i> …

Cellular Networks

Apple will require all new apps to natively support iPhone X display from April

Apple has informed developers today that all new apps submitted to the App Store from April 2018 must support the iPhone X’s Super Retina display. This means developers of new apps must ensure they accommodate the notch and go edge-to-edge on the 5.8-inch OLED screen.<p>Apple has not set a deadline …

Apps

Google’s Chrome ad blocking arrives tomorrow and this is how it works

Google is enabling its built-in ad blocker for Chrome tomorrow (February 15th). Chrome’s ad filtering is designed to weed out some of the web’s most annoying ads, and push website owners to stop using them. Google is not planning to wipe out all ads from Chrome, just ones that are considered bad …

Digital Advertising

Apple and Amazon’s moves in health signal a coming transformation

<i>The world’s biggest tech firms see an opportunity in health care, which could mean empowered patients, better diagnosis of disease and lower costs</i><p>The …

Digital Health

Essential Phone picks up another camera update, this time with major HDR improvements

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone received a lot of flack at launch thanks to a poor camera, but the company has made major changes over the past several months to improve things little by little. Today, though, Essential has launched its latest camera update with huge improvements to HDR.<p>As I’m sure …

Mobile Photography

How to set up Apple’s Health app to unlock its awesome fitness potential

If you think the Health app is just another pointless junk app that comes preinstalled on your iPhone, think again. Unlike Stocks, Compass or Tips, it is one of the few apps that Apple won’t let you delete. Set up the Apple Health app properly, and it becomes a powerful tool getting (or staying) …

Apps

Cortana for iPad takes full advantage of the larger screen

Microsoft updated its Cortana app and it now features native iPad support. The interface makes use of the bigger iPad screen, but otherwise it's largely similar to the iPhone version. The update, spotted by <i>MacRumors</i>, also notes that the app now opens 20 percent faster. "Introducing a brand-new …

Cortana

Android Nougat is officially the most-used version of Android

The latest version, Android 8.0 Oreo, sits at a distant sixth place<p>Android 7.0 Nougat has finally become the most-used version of the mobile operating system, running on 28.5 percent of devices (across both versions 7.0 and 7.1), according to an update on Google’s developer portal today (via</i> …

Android News

Intel unveils smart glasses that you might want to wear

Intel has launched an impressively light, regular-looking set of smart glasses called Vaunt, confirming rumors from <i>Bloomberg</i> and others. Seen by <i>The Verge</i>, they have plastic frames and weigh under 50 grams, a bit more than regular eyeglasses but much less than Google Glass, for example. The …

Wearable Tech

Google Flights will now predict airline delays – before the airlines do

Google is rolling out a few new features to its Google Flights search engine to help travelers tackle some of the more frustrating aspects of air travel – delays and the complexities of the cheaper, Basic Economy fares. With the regard to delays, Google Flights won’t just be pulling in information …

Google Maps

U.S. banks’ Venmo alternative, Zelle, moved $75B last year, says 100,000 people enroll daily

Zelle, U.S. banks’ answer to mobile payment services like PayPal and Venmo, claims that nearly 100,000 consumers, on average, are signing up for its service per day. The company also painted a picture of growing traction, noting it processed over 247 million payments in 2017, an increase of over 45 …

FinTech

Google completes its $1.1 billion HTC deal

Google's billion-dollar deal to acquire a part of HTC (along with a non-exclusive license for its intellectual property) is done. The two companies announced its completion tonight, and the details appear to be the same as originally announced. While the team behind the Pixel phones is joining …

Android News

Share the power and juice up your phones with the best USB charging hubs

If you’ve ever fought with a partner, parent, or roommate over who gets to charge their smartphone next, then it’s time you bought yourself one of …

Gear & Gadgets

Google's $249 AI-powered Clips camera is finally on sale

At its Pixel 2 launch event last year, Google also revealed its tiny Clips camera, that uses AI to figure out when it should take a picture or video. Now the $249 device has quietly become available for purchase on its website, however as <i>Android Police</i> notes, it could take a while to arrive. …

Videography

Your new car will have apps instead of options

It may be easier to pick and choose optional services, but at what cost?<p>The idea of being able to update your car’s infotainment system may have sounded like a good one when it was first introduced nearly a decade ago. Automakers gradually introduced upgradable operating systems and cars with …

Car Tech

iOS 11.2.5 is out along with tVOS, watchOS and macOS updates

Apple pushed out a big batch of software updates this morning for iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS, bringing a host of bug fixes and performance improvements to all of its major platforms.<p>iOS 11.2.5 is the biggest among the new software updates. The update for iPhones and iPads adds a couple new …

iOS

Upcoming Android Wear 2.9 update adds new notification indicator to all watch faces

Following the rollout of Android Wear 2.0, Google has been pushing more frequent updates to its wearable platform. An upcoming version adds a default notification indicator to all watch faces, with developers able to customize the look.<p>Android Wear 2.8 rolled out with a number of new features just …

Wearable Tech

Mophie’s Powerstation AC is the only backup battery you’ll ever need

Mophie’s been a solid, consistent maker of external batteries and backup power sources, but its new Powerstation AC just might top them all. The large, 22,000 mAh powerhouse has ample output options – including a crucial one that most backup batteries lack: a standard AC plug, just like you’d find …

Gear & Gadgets

Xiaomi beats Samsung to top spot in India’s smartphone market

Xiaomi couldn’t have wished for better timing of two reports that claim it has toppled Samsung to become India’s top selling smartphone company.<p>The Chinese firm, which is reportedly on a roadshow ahead of an IPO that could value it as high as $100 billion, is said to have beaten Samsung’s sales …

Mobile

Google I/O 2018 starts on May 8th in Mountain View

This year’s Google I/O developer conference will take place from May 8th to May 10th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Similar to last year, Google revealed the date through an online puzzle. More than 100 Discord users helped us at <i>The Verge</i> to solve the puzzle, working …

Journalism

Apple is adding a new Privacy icon to iOS and macOS to prevent iCloud password phishing

The new icon appears only when Apple’s own apps need your personal information<p>In upcoming versions of iOS and macOS, Apple plans to introduce a new Privacy icon that will appear whenever the company’s own first-party apps ask to use your personal information. Apple already has numerous privacy …

iOS

The first 512GB microSD card arrives in February

It didn't take long for someone to topple 2017's microSD storage record. The UK's Integral Memory has unveiled what it says it the first shipping 512GB microSD card. So long as your device can handle microSDXC (most Android phones and tablets, as well as PCs like the Surface Pro), you too can have …

MicroSD

Acer announces new affordable Chromebook duo

Two new budget-friendly laptops are on the way.<p>Fresh off the heels of a successful CES 2018, Acer unveiled a new duo of modest Chromebooks.<p>First up is the Acer Chromebook 11 C732. It's a simplefanless notebook with a durable build that's drop tested and features a spill-resistant keyboard. It has …

Consumer Tech

I'm a longtime MacBook user and tried Microsoft's new Surface Book 2 for a week — here's what I learned

I have been using a MacBook Pro as my main computing machine for the past five years, and I have grown to love it. From the fantastic hardware to the sleekness of macOS, Apple's offering has mostly kept me happy, despite a few shortcomings.<p>More recently, I have also become a big fan of what …

Microsoft Edge

Android Oreo now shows WiFi network speeds before you connect

Ever hop on a WiFi hotspot to save mobile data or boost speed, only to find out that it's so slow that you might as well have stayed on cellular access? If you're using Android 8.1 Oreo, that shouldn't be a problem going forward. After several weeks of teasing, Google is rolling out a feature that …

Wi-Fi

Gboard just made it too easy to post insane GIF selfies

Hey, Dieter<p>Gboard, Google’s iOS and Android keyboard app, has quietly updated its design by moving its GIF-making button up next to the word suggestion bar. The GIF-making feature has been around since last September, but it was hidden behind the emoji button on the bottom.<p>With its shiny new …

Apps