Posts From Brandon Russell

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.

A new iPod touch will reportedly launch this fall with iPhone-like design

It’s been two years since Apple released a new iPod touch, but the company will allegedly change that this fall. The most recent iPod touch model hit the scene in May 2019, but has largely been out of the spotlight. The new report comes from MacRumors contributor Steve Moser, who cites Twitter user AppleLe257 as a...

Google now allows you to add password protection to ‘My Activity’ usage history

It’s been a big week for Google, with the company unveiling Material You for Android 12 and much more at I/O 2021. A big part of the past few days has been focused on privacy, and the search giant is aiming to make your “My Activity” usage history more protected with the addition of extra...

Spotify announces offline music downloads for Apple Watch

Spotify has announced that Apple Watch owners who are subscribed to a premium plan can now download music and podcasts to play offline. A similar feature was announced for Google’s Wear OS at I/O 2021 earlier this week. With the new feature, Apple Watch owners can download playlists, albums, and podcasts right to their wrist. Apple...

Twitter reveals details for Ticketed Spaces as U.S. launch nears

Twitter is planning to introduce yet another way for users to earn money through the platform, giving us an early look at Ticketed Spaces. The feature builds on the platform’s Spaces feature, which recently became available for anyone with more than 600 followers. The Verge was the first to preview Twitter’s Ticketed Spaces, which will allow...

Belkin’s $100 dongle makes any speaker compatible with AirPlay 2

Belkin has announced a new dongle called Soundform Connect that will make any speaker system compatible with AirPlay 2. You can preorder the dongle beginning today for $99.99. By adding AirPlay 2 support to your speakers, you’ll be able to stream audio from iOS and macOS devices. If you own multiple AirPlay 2 compatible devices, including...

[Update: Confirmed] Xiaomi may be bringing back its popular Redmi Note 8

It’s been nearly two years since the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 series hit the scene, and even with a new Note 10 series out on the market, the company is reportedly looking to re-release the Note 8 this year. A Xiaomi phone with model number M1908C3JGG has appeared at the FCC. Leaker Kacper Skrzypek on Twitter...

OPPO Reno 6 series renders and specs leaked ahead of launch

OPPO is preparing the Reno 6 series for a launch at the end of May, and ahead of the announcement, details have been leaked. The new information includes some specs, along with renders that give us a good look at three different models. Evan Blass shared images of the Reno 6, Reno 6 Pro, and Reno...

Snap’s new Spectacles promise to bring augmented reality to life

Snap on Thursday introduced the next generation of Spectacles, and the company is claiming they will change the game of augmented reality. The glasses aren’t for sale, but they’re meant to demonstrate the kind of experiences that could one day be available to the masses. According to Snap, Spectacles feature dual waveguide displays and a 26.3-degree...

Google Messages gets a unified emoji, GIFs, and sticker menu

When you message friends and family, how much are you actually texting versus sending emoji, stickers, and GIFs? The way we communicate has evolved, and to accommodate our changing habits, Google is rolling out a unified emoji, GIFs, and sticker menu in Google Messages. 9to5Google uncovered the newly redesigned menu in Google Messages, which now places...

Google Photos locked folder has a limitation you need to know about

The new “Locked Folder” feature in Google Photos is a great way to protect images from prying eyes. Turns out, the feature includes a limitation that Google didn’t mention at I/O 2021: Locked Folder is local, which means it won’t sync across multiple devices. Android Police has confirmed that Locked Folder in Google Photos is only...

Pixel 6 Pro leak hints Google is finally making a premium flagship this year

Google is reportedly set to introduce a major redesign with the Pixel 6, and freshly leaked renders once again appear to show off what to expect, including a two-tone back, curved display, and more. Digit has shared renders from OnLeaks — a leaker with an impeccable track record — of what is claimed to be the...

Google is making machine learning faster and more consistent across Android

Following yesterday's main presentation at Google I/O 2021, the company held several sessions that are now available on-demand via YouTube. One of the sessions covered what's new in machine learning for Android and how Google is making it faster and more consistent for developers. Machine learning is responsible for powering features Android owners use every day,...