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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.

Google and Parallels bring full Windows app support to enterprise Chromebooks

Earlier this year, Google announced a partnership with Parallels that would bring full Windows app support to Chromebooks. Those efforts are now going live today, with enterprise customers able to purchase the solution for $69.99 annually per user. As we explained earlier this year, Parallels is integrated natively into Chrome OS with full offline support. That...

Google Photos introduces a monthly print service for $6.99

Google Photos is a great service for backing up the images you take every day. Because it holds so many of our memories, it's also a good place for finding your favorite photos to print out. Google capitalized on this fact by launching a same-day print service in conjunction with Walmart and CVS. In the...

[Update: Rolling out] Samsung brings Galaxy Z Fold 2 features to Galaxy Fold in new update

Samsung is rolling out an update that will bring the latest features from the Galaxy Z Fold 2 to the original Galaxy Fold, including new productivity capabilities and camera experiences. Previously, Samsung updated its original foldable to Android 10 with One UI 2.1. One of the biggest new features in the update is App Pair, which...

WhatsApp Web prepares to add support for making voice and video calls

WhatsApp will soon add support for making voice and video calls on the web, two features that have existed for years on mobile clients. WABetaInfo tore into a recent update to the web/desktop client (version 2.2043.7) and enabled the feature while it's still in-development.Image credits: WABetaInfo As of now, voice and videos calls on WhatsApp Web...

Samsung Reminder app update makes it easy to sync with Microsoft To Do

If you frequently use Samsung’s Reminder app to get things done, we have some good news: You can now sync up your tasks with Microsoft’s To Do app, making it easy to sync reminders across multiple devices. The new functionality is available in an update to version 11.6 of Samsung’s Reminder app, which enables syncing with...

BMW is rolling out wireless Android Auto support with Operating System 7 update

BMW last week unveiled its free Operating System 7 update, which the automaker is calling the biggest remote software upgrade in the company’s history. In addition to enhanced features such as BMW Maps, Connected Parking, and eDrive Zones, the update also brings support for Android Auto via a wireless connection. According to AndroidPolice, BMW owners with...

Samsung Home Up update adds convenient share sheet customization

Samsung on Friday released an update to its Home Up app, which is available as part of the company’s fantastic Good Lock experience (via AndroidPolice). The update includes a handful of new features, including a Share Manager, which gives users the ability to customize the share sheet. “You can place apps that you use often to...

Trusted Contacts is joining the Google graveyard

If you rely on Trusted Contacts to keep track of friends and family, we have some bad news: Google on Friday announced the app is joining the company’s graveyard. It’s another service in a long list of services that have gone way too soon. Announced at the end of 2016, Trusted Contacts was a location sharing...

Google adds election information about where to vote in Search, Assistant and Maps

With the 2020 U.S. election just a few weeks away, finding accurate information about voting is incredibly important. That’s why Google is adding election features to Assistant and Google Search, making it easy for users to get information on how and where to vote. Starting today, users can ask, “Hey Google, where do I vote?” and...

[Update: Spotify Integration] Google Assistant adds a settings page for changing the default podcast service

Google Assistant currently allows users to set their preferred default service for video, music, and radio, and it might soon let you do the same for podcasts. As spotted by 9to5Google, the search giant has recently added a new option in Google Assistant settings that allows users to change their podcast service from the default Google...

Google details new features coming to Search, Lens, Maps, and Duplex

Google this year has made some big changes to Assistant, Meet, and its suite of productivity apps. Now, at the company’s Search On event on Thursday, Google detailed several changes coming to some of its other major services, including Google Search, Google Lens, Google Maps, and Google Duplex.Google Search Google said Search is making the biggest...

Signal is adding mentions, admins, and permission management for groups

If you value your privacy, chances are you’ve heard of or already use Signal. The popular chat app is an encrypted messaging service that’s widely used for secure messaging, but it's not as feature-filled as some of the more popular messaging services out there, especially when it comes to group chats. Today, that’s changing, because...