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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.

NVIDIA adds Into the Breach, Just Cause 2, and 6 more games to its GeForce NOW cloud gaming service

Looking for something new to play this week? NVIDIA on Thursday announced the latest weekly additions to its GeForce Now cloud gaming service. This week's additions include 8 new games to the service. The full list of new games in NVIDIA GeForce NOW is as follows:Othercide Superhot: Mind Control Delete Ho Tu Lo Shu: The...

The European LG Velvet can now be bootloader unlocked

Do you fancy flashing a GSI, custom ROM, or custom kernel on your LG Velvet? Well, you'll have to either wait for development to pick up on our forums or start porting AOSP yourself, but now that the Velvet can be bootloader unlocked, you can get started with the latter. LG this week updated its supported...

Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones unveiled with multi-device connection, DSEE Extreme, and more

When Sony released its WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones in 2018, critics lauded them for their comfort, design, and audio quality. Now, Sony is releasing its sequel, the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, and they feature a number of improvements that fans of the previous generation headphones will love. According to Sony, the WH-1000XM4 features the “best ever noise...

Google has discontinued the Pixel 4 and 4 XL less than 1 year after launch

The shelf life of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL has already expired, Google confirmed on Thursday. The search giant said the Google Store has sold through its inventory, with no plans to replenish stock. In a statement to The Verge, Google said consumers can still find last year’s flagship at third-party retailers, but if you...

Android TV’s new Cast Connect library will enable remote control support for casted videos

Casting video content to your Android TV device will hopefully feel more native in the near future thanks to the introduction of Cast Connect. As pointed out by Twitter user Android TV Guide, this new feature will have the benefit of making it possible to use your remote control for casted videos. A Google developer page...

[Update: Confirmed] OnePlus phones may finally get an always-on display with Android 11-based OxygenOS 11

Earlier this year, OnePlus finally committed to bring an always-on display feature to OxygenOS. Now, with the stable release of Android 11 coming in September for Pixel phones, OnePlus is teasing that they will introduce an AOD feature in the company's OxygenOS 11 update. OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau teased the feature with a cheeky...

Google is testing a slick new weather tile design on Wear OS smartwatches

Google appears to be testing a slick new weather tile design on Wear OS smartwatches. An image of the new design was shared on Reddit's /r/WearOS subreddit by user ThatCC. The new UI is very minimal, making it really easy to understand at a glance. It features a glyph of the current weather, the temperature, and...

Android TV’s new recommended content carousel will also show sponsored content

Google is making it easier to discover content on Android TV. The search giant on Wednesday introduced a feature that brings a carousel of recommended content above your favorite apps row. Google says the types of content that will show up in this carousel includes cinematic teasers for the most popular movies and shows, and the...

Google no longer stores audio recordings by default for all users of Assistant

Starting today, Google has opted out all users from having their audio stored by the company. The move is the result of Google reimplementing a program that will use humans to analyze and rate audio snippets. If you do want the search giant to store your audio recordings, you’ll actually have to opt in to the...

Google adds link previews, Smart Compose, and more to Docs, Sheets, and Slides for Android

Google on Wednesday introduced a slew of new features for Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android. The new features, which include Smart Compose and link previews, were previously made available for G Suite users on the web. Smart Compose aims to save you time by providing Docs users with suggestions for what to type next. Google...

The final OxygenOS 11 developer preview arrives August 10th as OnePlus preps for Android 11

At the end of July, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau teased an always-on display feature coming to OxygenOS 11, its Android software based on Android 11. Now, OnePlus has provided a bit more information on its plans for OxygenOS 11, including when the last preview build will happen. In a blog post published on Tuesday, Lau revealed...

Samsung is reportedly making a custom chip for Google that tracks body movement

When Google announced its intent to buy Fitbit, it took a big step toward becoming a major player in the fitness-tracking market. That acquisition has raised eyebrows among European regulators, but Google fully intends to go through with the deal. Now, thanks to a report from Korean publication ETNews, we may have an idea for...