One of the most exciting features coming in Android N is one that doesn’t have an iPhone equivalent, and it concerns systems updates. Google adapted one of the features from Chrome OS for Android in order to offer users quick and hassle-free updates. Unfortunately, this amazing feature won’t be available on any of the existing devices out there, ever after they’re updated to Android N. So the Galaxy S7, the HTC 10, LG G5, or any other hot flagship handset will not get this awesome new feature. In fact, not even Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P owners will be able to enjoy it. More →
If you’re old enough to remember MacGyver, the 80’s TV show that featured a bright know-it-all dude who knew how to make the most of any dire situation and figure out a way to get out of it, then you’re probably excited to hear a new MacGyver series is in the works. If you haven’t seen any MacGyver episode yet, a first trailer for the new MacGyver show will tell you everything you need to know about the character. More →
We often talk about the performance of mobile devices, insisting on real life tests that show how the hottest smartphones in town perform during regular usage. These are, after all, our main computers. And we want them to be fast, reliable, and efficient. The iPhone is still the performance benchmark to beat, with Galaxy flagships fighting for second place. The upcoming generation of smartphones from Apple and Samsung promise to be faster and more efficient than ever. And, ironically, it’s Samsung that’s going to help do that. More →
An emerging YouTube star loves to crush things with a hydraulic press, and people can’t seem to get enough of his videos. He’s not the only game in town with a hydraulic press though, and now other people have started experimenting with all sorts of different things they can crush with their presses. Several of them are quickly becoming YouTube sensations as well, and one recently decided to squash red-hot nickel balls with his press. As you might imagine, hot metal is no match at all for the power of one of these hydraulic presses. More →
Google is slowly building Her. In case you haven’t seen the 2013 sci-fi movie, it’s a disturbing love story about a regular guy falling for a voice-based operating system. And while Google is far from announcing a computer OS that’s able to respond via voice to all your queries and help out with day to day chores in intuitive ways in human-like fashion, it’s certainly laying the foundation for such a future.
One of the most important announcements coming out of Google I/O 2016 is the Google Assistant, an evolution of Google Now that’s going to offer even more advanced voice- and chat-based features. But Google is going a step beyond simply making Google Now an even more useful smartphone tool, by adding some of the Assistant’s smart features into other apps.
The company introduced new tools in developer sessions that will not only change the way we interact with our apps – by giving them Assistant-like powers – but also help save battery life, and streamline the performance of a phone. More →
Ever wonder why the iPhone and iPad ask you to type in your regular PIN or password when you fail to unlock your device with Touch ID? There are several reasons Apple has this failsafe mechanism in place, including a clever trick that was added only recently. The purpose of this new line of defense is to ensure that nobody can access your data. Why? You guessed it — it’s there in case a court tries to compel you to provide your fingerprint to unlock a device. More →
Google’s new Android-based virtual reality platform Daydream is likely a step in the right direction, as it’ll help the VR ecosystem grow in the coming years. But the VR experience Google demoed on stage during its I/O 2016 keynote, as impressive it may be, isn’t the kind of VR I’m looking for. However, there’s a company out there that’s building the first ever 5D amusement park that’ll deliver a virtual experience ready to take over all your senses.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is still 18 months away and Disney will do everything in its power to keep the plot a secret. It certainly managed to prevent fans from finding out what Star Wars: The Force Awakens was all about, and it’ll probably do the same with the next episode in the saga. However, some Star Wars spoilers have already leaked out, with a fresh report detailing what might be one of the coolest Jedi fights in Star Wars history.
In case you don’t want any spoilers, you’d be wise to stop reading right here.
Remember when Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said that Uber rides can be expensive because you’re paying for the “other dude in the car,” hinting that self-driving car technology would make the taxi-alternative service even cheaper? Well, Uber is indeed working on self-driving cars of its own, and we now have our first look at the company’s progress. More →
The iPhone 6s is the fastest smartphone you can buy today, thanks to a combination of hardware innovation and software optimization. Driving performance is a fast and energy efficient chip, the Apple A9, built by TSMC and Samsung. But the future of the Apple chip – and all mobile chips that will power high-end Android handsets in the following year – is even brighter.
ARM and TSMC have announced a 10nm FinFET test chip that shows “impressive power and efficiency gains relative to TSMC’s 16FinFET+ process technology.” That chip will likely be the basis of the Apple processor that will power future iOS devices. The question is, will TSMC make the 10nm in time for the iPhone 7 launch? Or will we see it only in iPhone 7s (or iPhone 8) next year? More →
Tesla’s Model 3 has been a huge success from the moment the company started preorders in early April. In the weeks that followed, Tesla execs kept saying the reservations number is approaching 400,000 units, without revealing an exact figure. More information has been made available since, and it looks like Tesla has some 373,000 Model 3 reservations, well below that 400,000 mark.
Raise your hand if you hate dealing with airports. As soon as you’re done waiting in line to drop off your luggage, you’re off to a second line to go through the security check and then a third line to wait to board the plane. Add to that restaurant lines and even bathroom lines, and you’re in for an awful experience. Leo the robot might not fix all our problems at the airport, but it might help us avoid at least one of the lines we’ve all grown to hate. More →