Category Archives for Phones

Unity, whose software powers half of all new mobile games, lands $400 million from Silver Lake

 Unity Technologies, a 13-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes development tools for video game creators, has raised $400 million in fresh funding from the private equity firm Silver Lake. The round follows on the heels of the company’s last round, closed just 10 months ago, in which the company had raised $181 million from investors led by DFJ Growth. Others of its… Read More

Google’s Cast notification can finally be disabled

Several months ago, Chromecasts got a new feature that would allow anyone to control any Chromecast device on the same Wi-Fi network. But what this also meant, was that anyone on your Wi-Fi network would be able to see what app you were casting from and the notification would appear during active use of the Chromecast.

If you wanted to cast privately, there was no way since Google didn’t include a way to remove the cast notification. That is, until today. Google has updated its Chromecast support page with new instructions on how to turn off the “Cast media control notification” that would…

T-Mobile @Work customers are eligible to get a free DeX dock with purchase of S8

T-Mobile’s @Work customers who have purchased a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ are eligible to receive a free DeX docking station that’ll allow you to use the new Samsung device with a full-size keyboard, mouse, and external monitor for running full, desktop-sized applications as well as full remote desktop support.

Subscribers part of T-Mobile’s @Work program who purchased a Galaxy S8 (or S8+) between March 29 and May 10 will be automatically notified if you’re eligible to receive the dock.

If you haven’t been notified and meet the eligibility requirements, you can head to this link…

IKEA’s smart home products will be compatible with Alexa, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit

IKEA is really taking smart home seriously. After all, the company is a huge supplier of affordable home appliances, décor, and furniture. Last year, the Swedish company announced its new lineup of smart lighting devices including dimmers, motion sensors. For around $12 a bulb and $30 for its “Gateway”, IKEA’s smart lighting solution would really give Philips Hue a run for their money.

In the summer and [fall]. IKEA’s smart lighting range can be used with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant.

This is great news for the consumer, as IKEA’s deeper entry into the smart…

T-Mobile Galaxy S6 edge+ update brings May security patches, intermittent call failure fix

Yesterday T-Mobile started sending out a new update to its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note5 phablet. And now what is basically the exact same update is headed to the Note5’s stylus-less sibling, the Galaxy S6 edge+.

People who bought this device from T-Mobile are already seeing the update notification, so it’s only a matter of time before the rollout reaches all units out there. The update comes as a 223MB download, and after you install it you’ll have the May 1, 2017 security patch level. The build number for the new version is G928TUVU4EQE1, while the Android iteration hasn’t changed,…

Google Jamboard, the 55″ 4K whiteboard for your workplace, is now available

Google is making a whiteboard, did you know? The search giant announced the Jamboard back in October of last year, and now it’s finally available for purchase. This, however, isn’t a product meant for at-home use. It’s aimed at workplace scenarios, and it’s obviously not just a whiteboard.

Essentially, you’re getting a 55-inch 4K touchscreen computer running a special whiteboard app on top of Android. It has an optional rolling stand, and it comes in three colors: cobalt blue, carmine red, and graphite grey.

If you’re in the US, you can now order a Jamboard for $4,999. For this…

Google family group integrates family offerings from its various services in one place

Google has launched a new website today that is meant to finally integrate all of the family group options from its various services. Google’s been offering family group options (and pricing) for a few of its services, but managing those groups was done individually for each service. Not so anymore.

The new Google family group page is where you can see what family group you’re a member of – or create one if you aren’t in any. Keep in mind that a family group can have a maximum of six members, and you can only be in one of these at a time. Oh, and switching is only allowed once every 12…

Snapchat introduces Custom Stories, which you can create together with your friends

Not to be outdone by Instagram, Snapchat is announcing a new feature of its own today. While the news has recently been filled more with Instagram’s copies of Snapchat’s features, here’s a chance for Snapchat to capture back some of the spotlight.

Custom Stories can be created about anything, and with any of your friends. So basically this lets groups of people contribute to the same Story. A Story is no longer a one-person affair. You decide who can add to the Story and who can view it.

You can also geofence a Custom Story to a specific location, and such Stories automatically…

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