Android N Vs iOS 9

5 Android N features you won’t find on any iPhone

By on May 19, 2016 at 10:31 AM.

5 Android N features you won’t find on any iPhone

Google’s big I/O 2016 keynote is now behind us and it was easily one of the most action-packed Google events we’ve seen in a long, long time. Be sure to check out our earlier post to read about the 8 most important announcements from Google I/O 2016.

Google covered several different bases on Wednesday. We saw the future of search in Google Assistant, we saw what could be the first nail in Amazon Echo’s coffin when Google unveiled Home, we saw a big push into VR with Daydream, and plenty more. One of the biggest areas of interest was clearly Android N though, and Google showed off a host of new features during the event.

Some upcoming Android N features were more novel than others, and some were borrowed from other platforms — namely iOS. Of course, Google also revealed several great new features that are nowhere to be found on any iPhone or iPad, and we’ll cover the coolest ones right here. More →

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Star Trek Trailer

First Star Trek TV series teaser promies new heroes, new enemies and more

By on May 19, 2016 at 9:41 AM.

First Star Trek TV series teaser promies new heroes, new enemies and more

Star Trek fans still trying to make sense of the world after enduring J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek Into Darkness will be happy to be reminded that new journeys into deep space are on the horizon. Star Trek Beyond is set to premiere in theaters in late July, but an all new storyline will arrive on smaller screens soon after. That’s right, a fresh new Star Trek television series is in the works and it could be just what fans have been waiting for.

Now, the show’s first teaser video has been released. More →

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How To Lose Weight

Brilliantly simple dinner plate cuts 30 calories from your meal

By on May 18, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Brilliantly simple dinner plate cuts 30 calories from your meal

Last year I wrote about how I lost 50 lbs in just three months. It certainly wasn’t easy, but I discussed the tools and methods I used to make it happen. Beyond everything else though, the most important realization for me personally was this: weight loss is a game of numbers. Barring certain physical conditions, you will lose weight if you consistently burn more calories than you consume. It’s a wonderfully simple concept but it can be incredibly difficult to maintain, and I discussed several ways I managed to do it.

As the saying goes, “every little bit helps,” and a reader just emailed me a note about a nifty calorie-cutting invention that couldn’t be simpler. More →

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Google IO 2016 Recap

The 8 most important announcements from Google I/O 2016

By on May 18, 2016 at 3:01 PM.

The 8 most important announcements from Google I/O 2016

The tech community was waiting with bated breath ahead of this year’s Google I/O event, but I don’t think anyone expected it to be quite as action-packed as it was. Google covered so much during this year’s big Google I/O 2016 keynote, and even though we were already expecting much of what was covered, there were definitely a few surprises in store. In fact, aside from the famous Larry Page speech at Google I/O 2013, this was easily the best show in years.

Let’s go over all of the biggest announcements from the Google I/O 2016 keynote. More →

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Google IO 2016

Here’s how to get the brand new Android N beta being released today

By on May 18, 2016 at 2:13 PM.

Here’s how to get the brand new Android N beta being released today

What, you thought this would be a quick event? That’s not how Google does things — especially at I/O — and the news from Google I/O 2016 is still coming in hot and heavy. You can follow along with all the action right here by watching the Google I/O 2016 keynote live stream if you’re not already. And if you are following the show, then you just saw Google’s latest big announcement: A brand new Android N beta will be released today. More →

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Google IO 2016

Google I/O 2016 is underway: Up first, Google Assistant

By on May 18, 2016 at 1:12 PM.

Google I/O 2016 is underway: Up first, Google Assistant

The wait is finally over, Google fans — Google I/O 2016 has arrived. Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai will be your host during the big keynote this afternoon and if you’re not already following along, you can catch all the action live right here in the Google I/O 2016 keynote live stream. The keynote has officially begun, and Google didn’t waste much time before getting to the big announcements. With more than 7,000 people in attendance, Pichai began the event by announcing the all new Google Assistant. More →

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Live Coverage
Google IO 2016 Live Stream

Live coverage: Watch the Google I/O 2016 keynote right here

By on May 18, 2016 at 12:34 PM.

Live coverage: Watch the Google I/O 2016 keynote right here

Google I/O 2016 is finally here and that means a few things. First, it’s obviously Google’s biggest event of the year so we can expect to see Alphabet executives make a number of huge announcements spanning nearly every inch of the company’s broad product portfolio. As is the case with WWDC, Google’s big developer event is hardly targeted only at developers.

It also gives me an excuse to share my favorite Google I/O moment ever — Google CEO Larry Page’s heartfelt speech and Q&A session that closed out Google I/O in 2013. If you haven’t already seen it, or even if you have, now is the perfect time to rewatch it.

But enough about the past… it’s time to focus on the future. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

By on May 18, 2016 at 11:50 AM.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

With all of the news focused on Google I/O 2016 today, Apple fans might be feeling a little left out. Don’t be jealous, iOS users, distract yourself instead by loading up on paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Today’s list includes some of the best freebies we’ve found all week, including a free in-app purchase for a great Reddit app, a cool app that lets you add filters to Live Photos, an app that lets you use your iPhone as a wireless number pad for your computer, and plenty more.

You’ll also find several remaining free downloads in yesterday’s post to help pass the time during I/O. More →

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Virtual Reality Grand Theft Auto

Virtual reality Grand Theft Auto might be the reason VR exists

By on May 18, 2016 at 11:02 AM.

Virtual reality Grand Theft Auto might be the reason VR exists

Gaming is not the future of virtual reality. Much as video games are currently a small segment of the broader computing industry, virtual reality and augmented reality will expand far beyond gaming down the road. But today, right here, right now, VR Grand Theft Auto is the reason virtual reality exists. More →

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Bionic Eye Implant

Bionic eye restores man’s vision after being blind for 40 years

By on May 18, 2016 at 10:12 AM.

Bionic eye restores man’s vision after being blind for 40 years

John Jameson might not have believed in miracles a year ago, but breakthroughs in modern science have made certain that he does now. The Tatum, Texas man had been blind for more than 40 years after an aggressive infection ended up taking his vision. Jameson would eventually come to terms with his disability and make the best of his situation, but he now has a new outlook on life — literally — after a revolutionary surgery involving a bionic eye implant restored his vision earlier this year. More →

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Galaxy S7 Vs HTC 10

2016’s two best Android phones face off in a real-world speed test

By on May 18, 2016 at 9:22 AM.

2016’s two best Android phones face off in a real-world speed test

The brand new HTC 10 is the most powerful phone in the world by a landslide. It’s not even close. And then you have Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge, which is the most gorgeous phone ever, in addition to being fast and powerful. Oh how I wish I could ditch my iPhone 6s and switch to the S7 edge, but alas. If you purchase either of these two flagship Android phones, you can rest assured that you’ll posses one of the finest smartphones ever crafted. In fact, even when all is said and done in 2016, these could end up being the best Android phones of the year.

We know they’re both spectacular on paper, but which flagship Android is the fastest in real-world use? More →

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Printer Ink Refill Kits

Brother just released a $299 printer that won’t run out of ink for 2 years

By on May 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM.

Brother just released a $299 printer that won’t run out of ink for 2 years

It’s crazy to think how reliant we still are on printed documents in the digital age. Crazier still is the fact that people continue to spend a small fortune on printer ink. We recently told readers how to save 90% or even more when buying replacement ink cartridges for your printer, and we received a tremendous amount of positive feedback after running that article. But that strategy doesn’t address the second printer pain point that follows closely behind the cost of ink: The frequency with which people need to purchase ink refills.

Brother recently launched a series of “INKvestment” printers that pack longer-lasting ink cartridges, and now the company is pushing things a step further by adding two new affordable models that start at just $199. More →

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Chat Bots Online

Someone set out to make the world’s stupidest bot, and he definitely succeeded

By on May 17, 2016 at 3:04 PM.

Someone set out to make the world’s stupidest bot, and he definitely succeeded

An event taking place this week in San Francisco called the Stupid Hackathon is exactly what it sounds like. Programmers convene and try to outdo each other by coming up with the stupidest ideas possible and then hacking them together during the event. These hackathons always result in some pretty spectacular creations, but among what we’ve seen so far there is a clear and obvious winner.

Prepare yourself for “Picnic,” the brainchild of programmer Max Goodman. More →

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