Posts From Brandon Russell

[Update 4: Epic Sues Google] Fortnite bypasses Google Play, Apple App Store fees with direct payments

Epic Games on Thursday announced the Fortnite Mega Drop, a permanent discount on V-bucks and other purchases of up to 20% off. The developer said these changes are permanent and available on every platform where you can download Fortnite. The bigger news, however, is the fact that Epic Games has introduced direct payments on mobile. The...

Google Search now makes it easier to find live TV shows and sports

Performing a Google search can provide you with answers to almost any question, from "who was the first man on the moon?" to "when is Tenet coming out in theaters?". Now, Google Search results for users in the U.S. can also show you what TV channel is playing NBA and MLB games, as well as...

Signal adds message requests so you learn more about who’s contacting you

For a lot of messaging platforms, it can be difficult to screen messages from people not in your contacts list. Signal is making that process safer by allowing users to have more control over who can message you and how a conversation starts. Signal is a popular messaging app for those who value security and privacy....

Google rolls out Google Meet, Chat, and Rooms tabs in Gmail for G Suite customers

Google has a lot of different tools for staying productive while working from home, including Meet, Chat, and Rooms. Now, the search giant is adding tabs for each service inside the Gmail app, but only for G Suite customers at this time. Google announced the rollout for the new Meet, Chat, and Rooms tabs in a...

Dropbox launches its password manager, secure folder, and computer backups for Plus plans

Dropbox Plus users were treated to a slew of new features today, including the company’s new password manager, PIN-protected folder, and computer backup. In a blog post, the company announced that Dropbox Passwords, Dropbox Vault, and computer backup are no longer in beta and are now available for users on Dropbox Plus (and Professional) plans.Dropbox Passwords...

Google explains why they’re experimenting with hiding the full URL in Chrome

We've known that Google has been experimenting with hiding the full address in the URL bar in Chrome for several months now. After all, Google has been developing these changes in the open in the open-source Chromium project, as spotted earlier this year by AndroidPolice. In a blog post published today, Google provided more details...

Google Meet will add hand-raising and background blurring for video calls later this year

Over the last few months, Google Meet has added new features to make it a more viable alternative to popular group video calling platforms like Zoom. To meet the needs of educators, students, and professionals, Google is adding even more features in the coming months, including background blurring. Google detailed the new features during yesterday's Google...

Google announces ChromeOS.dev, a website for Chrome OS dev resources, announcements, and more

If you’re a developer interested in building for Chrome OS, you might want to bookmark Google's new ChromeOS.dev website, an online resource for technical information, product announcements, code samples, and more. Google said it created ChromeOS.dev in response to the massive increase in interest of Chromebooks. According to Google, between March and June 2020, Chromebook unit...

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is the first phone with Qualcomm’s 100W+ Quick Charge 5 technology

The new Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is an exciting smartphone as it's the pinnacle of 10 years of Xiaomi's growth in the smartphone business. Featuring a 120Hz refresh rate OLED display made by TCL's CSOT, a 48MP Quad Bayer sensor with a 120mm-equivalent, 5x optical lens for up to 120X zoom, and 120W fast wired...

ASUS ROG Phone II, Google Pixel 3 & 3 XL, and Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 are now supported by LineageOS 17.1

Want to breathe new life into an old phone you have lying around? Sick of the stock software experience on your phone and want to try something new? If you have an ASUS ROG Phone II, Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, or the 2016 Samsung Galaxy A7, you can now download LineageOS 17.1,...

Google Lens adds a homework mode to help kids solve math problems

Going back to school has taken on a new meaning thanks to this year's global COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of attending school, many students around the globe will take their education virtual. To help, Google is introducing new tools to help students at home, including a new Education mode in Google Lens. According to Google, when students...

Automagic, a popular automation app and alternative to Tasker, is no longer in development

Last Friday was a sad day for Android power users, as the developer of Automagic announced that development has been halted and the app has been pulled from the Google Play Store. Automagic has been one of the most popular automation apps for Android since it was first published in 2012. The app's flow-chart interface made...