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Brandon Russell
Brandon Russell

Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.

Samsung’s next tablet is apparently the Galaxy Tab S7 “Plus Lite”

We thought we’d see the rumored Galaxy Tab S7 Lite at Samsung’s recent Unpacked event, but instead we got a lineup of new Galaxy Book devices. While the company’s tablet has yet to be announced, freshly leaked renders suggest it’s only a matter of time before it’s announced. An older image shared by Evan Blass gave...

Epic reportedly plans to bring the full Rocket League game to mobile

Epic Games is reportedly planning to bring the full version of Rocket League to mobile, with a beta potentially kicking off in Q2 2021. The upcoming release is not to be confused with Rocket League Sideswipe, which is coming to iOS and Android later this year. According to documents made available (via Android Police) during the...

ASUS ZenFone 8 series leaks in full, revealing compact “Mini” and larger “Flip” models

ASUS has an event scheduled for May 12, when it’s expected to unveil the ZenFone 8 series. (You already know where this is going…) Ahead of that event, a new leak has revealed specs for the ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip, along with renders of each device. Image: 91Mobiles According to 91Mobiles, the ZenFone 8 Flip...

Entertainment Space makes your Android tablet look like a Google TV

Google has announced a new feature for Android tablets that puts greater emphasis on media consumption. Known as Entertainment Space, the feature will show users all their favorite movies, shows, videos, games, and books in one space. The feature will be available on Walmart tablets later this month, with a wider global rollout on select...

Some Lenovo laptops can now be turned into Amazon Alexa smart displays

You don’t need to buy an Echo Show to experience the convenience of a smart display. That’s because Amazon has launched a new Show Mode for PCs, which is available exclusively on select Lenovo Yoga, IdeaPad, and ThinkPad Windows 10 devices. Amazon and Lenovo first announced the feature at CES earlier this year. With Show Mode...

Even Walmart is getting into the cloud gaming business

Walmart has reportedly developed a cloud gaming service that nearly launched in beta back in 2019. The service, codenamed Project Storm, apparently runs on Windows and supports third-party game launchers like Steam, Uplay, Origin, Epic Games Store, Battle.net, and Bethesda Launcher. According to confidential emails revealed in the Epic Games v. Apple trial (via The Verge),...

Google pushes the May 2021 security update to Pixel phones

Google has published the May 2021 Security Update Bulletin, and has also started rolling out new updates to supported Pixel devices. May 2021 Security Update Bulletin The Android Security Bulletin for the month of May 2021, which can be viewed here, details multiple security vulnerabilities ranging in severity from moderate to critical. One of the most severe...

Twitter Spaces will now let those with 600 or more followers host a chat

Twitter users with 600 or more followers can now their own Spaces, the audio chat feature that’s similar to Clubhouse. Spaces was previously introduced last year as a limited experiment with select users. According to Twitter, it landed on the 600 follower number based on feedback and a determination that these accounts “are likely to have...

Verizon sells former Internet giants Yahoo and AOL for $5 billion

Verizon has announced the sale of AOL and Yahoo properties to Apollo Global Management, Inc. in a deal said to be worth $5 billion. Verizon initially acquired these properties for nearly $9 billion, so the sale price is considerably lower. Verizon will maintain a 10% stake in the company, which will be known as Yahoo...

Discord will be integrated into your PS5 next year

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced a new partnership with Discord that will bring the communication service’s features to PlayStation Network. The integration is expected to be available early next year. The news comes after Microsoft reportedly failed to make a deal to acquire Discord. In a blog post on Monday, Jim Ryan, President & CEO of...

Apple’s foldable iPhone could feature an 8-inch display and arrive in 2023

A new investor note from TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple will launch a foldable iPhone by 2023, reiterating an earlier report. Kuo said he believes the company could sell between 15 to 20 million units of the device. With several of Apple’s competitors already offering foldable devices, including Samsung, Kuo sees a foldable iPhone...

You can now buy the Galaxy SmartTag+, basically AirTags for Samsung Galaxy phones

To get ahead of the Apple AirTags news cycle, Samsung announced the SmartTag+, a more powerful successor to the SmartTag launched earlier this year. Following a short pre-order period, the SmartTag+ is now available from Samsung and Amazon for $39. What separates the SmartTag+ from the original model is the updated location tracker features ultra wideband...