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Is Samsung ever going to put stereo speakers on a flagship?

Among the long list of features the Galaxy S8 was supposed to get but didn’t, like a dual camera, under-glass fingerprint scanner and 6 GB of RAM, stereo speakers were right up there. But as the rumors coalesced into facts and the big reveal finally arrived, we got last year’s camera resolution, an …

Electronics Industry

10 best investing apps and investment apps for Android

investment is one of the best ways to make money. By being smart, taking a few risks, and by knowing the market, you can easily earn yourself a ton of money that you can use for all kinds of things. Many use it to build themselves a retirement fund. It’s tough to get into, but we think these apps …

Apps

2017's Pay What You Want: Learn to Code bundle is finally here

After the popularity of last year’s “Humble Bundle” style package of coding courses, we’ve been looking forward to what this year had to offer.<p>The revamped <b>Pay What You Want: Learn to Code bundle</b> is here, meaning you can start learning how to code for <b>as little as $1</b>.<p>Each of these <b>10 courses</b> would …

Programming

Radiohead’s saddest song is True Love Waits, according to data analysis

If you’ve ever listened to Radiohead and thought to yourself, “Oh jeez, I do wish someone could quantify just how sad this song is making me feel,” your strange desire has been granted. Data scientist Charlie Thompson recently used the programming language R to find “a data-driven determination of …

Radiohead

Microsoft’s AI will describe images in Word and PowerPoint for blind users

Artificial intelligence may be making small and steady advances in general-purpose situations like digital assistants. But it’s the more subtle AI accessibility features that have a more substantial impact today, especially for users with disabilities. For instance, an upcoming feature for Office …

Artificial Intelligence

These are Google Play's best apps and games of 2016

It’s December already… crazy, right? As the year 2016 winds down, it’s time to look back at what new and notable apps and games made a splash in the Google Play Store.<p>To help us look back at what was most popular in 2016, Google Play has released its “Best of 2016” list for apps and games. It’s …

Apps
Apps

The New York Times Crossword app finally makes its Android debut

Long before smartphones came around, many people got their daily entertainment by solving the challenging crossword puzzle in the New York Times newspaper. Today, the mobile version of that classic game finally launched for Android in the Google Play Store, after versions were previously released …

Crossword Puzzles

Watch: President Obama piles onto Facebook and its fake-news controversy

Zuck doesn’t think fake news is a problem. Obama does.<p>Mark Zuckerberg may not think fake news is a problem on Facebook. President Barack Obama disagrees.<p>Obama, speaking Thursday alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel during his last international trip as president, called out the spread of …

Internet

Google’s new Spotlight Story, Rain or Shine, is an adorable summer short

Google has been releasing its beautifully immersive Spotlight Stories since 2013, with each showcasing the talents of acclaimed directors. The company’s latest, released today, is no different. <i>Rain or Shine</i> is the company’s latest 360-degree short, and it promises to pull Android users into a cute …

Cute

McDonald’s releases a VR video to show what it’s like eating at a McDonald’s

Every generation gets the McDonald’s it deserves. And every so often, the ubiquitous fast food chain looks to reinvent invent itself for the times. There’s the McCafé coffee shop-style restaurant that launched down under in Australia in the 1990s and the Create Your Taste concept from a few years …

McDonald's

Best Buy selling unlocked smartphones at great discounts

The holidays are right around the corner, which means the Christmas deals are about to start showing up. You don’t have to wait around much longer to get a good discount, though. Best Buy is holding a savings event on unlocked smartphones right now.<p>The event page includes plenty of great …

Mobile

For a limited time, you can get 8GB for $50 at Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless already offers pretty inexpensive cellular and data plans in the US. Well now, it’s sweetening the pot by offering 8GB instead of 5GB for the $50 monthly plan, including unlimited talk and text. That’s 60 percent more LTE data each month. But hurry if you want in on the deal …

Customers

Facebook and Google are cracking down on slow mobile websites

Facebook will begin cracking down on businesses with slow mobile web sites, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>The social media giant plans to limit where and when advertisements can be placed across its service. A post published on Facebook's Business News page on Wednesday provides an outline …

Digital Advertising

How to print from your Android phone or tablet device

Android devices can do just about anything these days—though I’m still waiting for the one that makes coffee. They can do everything from storing music to handling massive Word documents. Another great feature is the ability to print from phone or tablet devices.<p>Don’t have a Wi-Fi enabled printer? …

Google

How to use Activity Monitor to make your Mac faster

Activity Monitor for Mac<p>Activity Monitor is a little know gem of an app hidden in the Utilities folder in your Applications folder. It can look daunting when you first launch it but once you look past the information overload and find out what to focus on it can become an invaluable tool to make …

Shops, pubs, and cafes are spending money on Pokémon Go to bring in more customers

The app's groundbreaking feature is the fact that it locates Pokémon in the real world and uses real world locations like shops and churches for things like gyms, where you can battle, and "Pokéstops", where you can get items like Pokéballs and healing potions. To get Pokémon and items, you …

Pokémon

Facebook says it’s running out of places in News Feed to show people ads

Don’t worry. Facebook has lots of other places it can show you ads instead.<p>Facebook makes mountains of money through advertising — $6.2 billion last quarter alone, to be specific.<p>But as the company took analyst questions Wednesday in the wake of yet another glowing earnings report, CFO Dave Wehner …

David Sandberg

ZTE’s Daydream VR-compatible Axon 7 smartphone costs $399.98

Preorders start today<p>ZTE has announced pricing and availability for the Axon 7 smartphone that it revealed last month. The Axon 7 is a 5.5-inch Android smartphone that will be compatible with Google’s Daydream VR system when the latter launches this fall. ZTE is opening preorders of the Axon 7, …

Mobile Technology

See Adele’s Perfect Tribute to Prince

The Grammy winner kicked off the U.S. leg of her tour in Prince’s home state.<p>When it comes to Prince, not even <b>Adele</b> feels worthy of delivering a proper tribute.<p>On Tuesday, the Grammy-winning songstress kicked off the U.S. leg of her <i>25</i> tour in Prince’s home state of Minnesota. While performing for …

Stevie Wonder

How David Bowie Became the 'Starman'

Revisit fabled 1972 'Top of the Pops' appearance in 'On Bowie' excerpt<p><i>Rob Sheffield's new book,</i> On Bowie<i>, is a celebration of the late, great rock</i> …

David Bowie

Sony adds cheaper 4K TVs to its lineup

Sony started 2016 by showing off some high-end 4K TVs with HDR, and with the arrival of summer it's time to see cheaper versions pop up on store shelves. The company says the new 800D, 750D and 700D are entry-level models for its premium XBR line, however only the 800D TVs will ship with HDR-10 …

Michael Jackson Revealed How Much He Hated Prince In Never-Before-Heard ‘Moonwalker’ Recordings

It’s no secret that Michael Jackson and Prince didn’t exactly like each other. Prince was more forthcoming about the fact that he viewed Jackson as a rival, but newly unearthed audiotapes from when Jackson was working on his autobiography <i>Moonwalker</i> show that the King of Pop had no love for The …

Michael Jackson

Disney bent over backwards to make its multibillion Shangai theme park happen and some are already turning against it

After nearly two decades of negotiations, Disney’s $5.5 billion theme park in the glitzy financial capital of Shanghai finally opened on June 16.<p>The planned grand opening featured concerts in front of the world’s largest Disneyland castle, rollout of merchandise like Disney Princess chopsticks and …

China

Opera hits back at Microsoft over battery life tests

Earlier this week, Microsoft showed that its Edge browser consumed less battery life on laptops than rivals like Chrome, Opera and Firefox.<p>The company claimed to get between 36 and 53 percent more battery life with Edge in its comparison test. But Opera, which introduced a power saving mode in its …

Smartphone users temporarily blinded after looking at screen in bed

Medical journal reports that two women experience ‘transient smartphone blindness’ after constantly checking phones in the dark<p>Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision.<p>Two women went temporarily blind from constantly checking their phones in …

Medical Journals

10 best Facebook apps for Android

Facebook is the most popular social media site on planet Earth. It has over a billion registered users, most of which are active on almost a daily basis. Unfortunately, the official Facebook app is a data using, resource hogging, battery draining catastrophe of an app that a lot of people don’t …

Facebook’s Ads Will Now Know What Stores You Go To

Mark Zuckerberg appears to be taking a page out of Google’s advertising playbook.<p>For Facebook, it’s important that its advertising is effective—retailers paying for ads want to know that they’re actually drawing in new customers, or else why bother paying for them? And if you want to sell more ads, …

Mark Zuckerberg

Get the MacOS Sierra wallpaper right now

You'll need to stick it out until fall for the update to the new operating system, but there's no wait for MacOS Sierra's beautiful default wallpaper.<p>You'll need to wait a little longer for MacOS Sierra -- July for the public beta, sometime in the fall for the final release -- but you can outfit …

Operating Systems

FreedomPop's apps put free minutes and texts on any device

FreedomPop's basic SIM-only service offers 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of data each month absolutely free. While that's <i>technically</i> true, FreedomPop effectively relies on data alone, with calling and messaging handled through a standalone app, not your smartphone's native dialer. And now, where …