Archive for October, 2017

Pixel Buds are the coolest thing to come from Google’s event

Pixel Buds are the coolest thing to come from Google’s event

Google’s event yesterday had an announcement for just about everyone, whether you’re a smartphone enthusiast or maybe just looking for an inexpensive (or really expensive) smart speaker. But after the announcements of everything we were expecting to see, Google had a few last minute accessory announcements that, for me, ended up making the event a pleasant surprise. Over the past decade, there

The future of iPhone: An iPhone in every size?

The future of iPhone: An iPhone in every size?

Every few years since its inception, the design of Apple’s iPhone tends to go through some major changes. The first three iPhones are all similar to each other; the iPhone 4 brought sharper corners and glass backs; the iPhone 5 added an extra half-inch of screen; the iPhone 6 through the iPhone 8 brought a


Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Written Review

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Written Review

Pros Rugged design with good grip Flat, bezel-less display Good battery life Cons Possibly inconvenient fingerprint sensor placement Non-customizable physical Bixby button External speaker experiences distortion at louder levels October signals the final stretch of 2017, and with Google’s event nearly a week behind us, it has also given us the last of this year’s

Are you still using a Windows Phone?

Are you still using a Windows Phone?

It wasn’t a secret to anyone. Not really. But Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, someone who has been adamantly a fan of Windows on smartphones for years now, basically confirmed what we all already knew: Microsoft isn’t putting any attention on the hardware, or software. It’s time to pack it all up. Pour one out, even. One could


Smartphone-controlled paper airplanes prove everything is better with Bluetooth

Smartphone-controlled paper airplanes prove everything is better with Bluetooth

Adding Bluetooth, a propeller, and steering to a paper airplane is the future we always dreamed of. A Kickstarter project, PowerUp Dart, is a Bluetooth-enabled paper airplane kit that makes the 12-year-old in all of us smile. And so far, it’s raised over a million dollars in crowdfunding, with 7 days to go. The Dart comes with


Github wants to make it easy to discover fun projects to hack on

Github wants to make it easy to discover fun projects to hack on

The best way to improve as a developer is to read other people’s code, and to work on projects with other developers. Github, as the epicentre of social coding, is arguably the best place to do that, and today the company announced two new discoverability features that will allow developers to unearth interesting new projects. The

Amazon’s AI division is a revolving door of talent for Microsoft and Google

Amazon’s AI division is a revolving door of talent for Microsoft and Google

A recently released report shows that Amazon, over the last five years, has been involved in an AI-developer ménage à trois with Google and Microsoft. It turns out all three companies have a penchant for poaching talent in the machine-learning field from each other on a regular basis. Last month Amazon was looking everywhere to fill its open AI positions, and


Google Assistant killed one of my favorite Android features, and now I’m lost

Google Assistant killed one of my favorite Android features, and now I’m lost

Before Google Assistant took on the task of delivering contextual information on your phone, there was Now on Tap, an on-demand service that searched the web for whatever was on your screen. The two are fairly similar, except that Assistant has done away with the best feature from Now on Tap: text selection. Previously, when you held down

Apple taught iPhone users not to care about specs. Now it’s Google’s turn.

Apple taught iPhone users not to care about specs. Now it’s Google’s turn.

For as long as I can remember, Android flagships have largely been defined by their specs. Whereas Apple users know the newest iPhone is always the best iPhone, Android’s diversity means researching processors, RAM, etc, is a regular part of choosing a new phone. But with the Pixel 2, Google is bent on changing that. Talk to the average iPhone user