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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.

The Motorola One Fusion+ comes to North America for $399

Motorola has announced that its One Fusion+ mid-range smartphone will launch in North America tomorrow on Wednesday, August 5th. The Motorola One Fusion+ will be unlocked (compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile) and retail for $399 in the U.S. via Motorola.com While many people might have their eyes set on Google’s new Pixel 4a, Motorola’s mid-range device...

Google Assistant adds Family Bell for scheduled reminders, broadcasting to a specific room, and more

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fall school year will be a little different for many families across the U.S. To help parents and kids cope with the new normal, Google has introduced new Assistant features to make balancing school and home life a little easier. One of the big new features is called Family Bell,...

Microsoft adds Virtual Desktop and Android TV support for its Remote Desktop app

A little over a week ago, Microsoft released a major update to version 10.0.7 of the Remote Desktop app for Android, introducing support for Windows Virtual Desktop, Android TV, and Microsoft Authenticator integration. Here's the full changelog for Microsoft Remote Desktop version 10.0.7 for Android:Implemented full support for Windows Virtual Desktop.​ Rewrote the client to...

Gboard adds 3 new suggestions: Smart replies, GIF search, and stickers

Google is starting to roll out new types of suggestions on Gboard, making it easier than ever for users to communicate. Or more accurately, it's easier than ever for Gboard to communicate for users. According to Android Police, some Gboard users on Android are reporting seeing smart replies, sticker recommendations, and GIF search recommendations based on...

WhatsApp now lets you quickly search Google for forwarded messages

WhatsApp users can now search the web when receiving certain forwarded messages flagged by the platform. The messaging platform on Monday detailed the new feature, saying it provides users with a quick way to find news results and other sources of information. When a forwarded message is shared, a magnifying glass will appear next to the...

August 2020 security update rolls out for Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S20, and more Samsung phones

It’s the first Monday of a new month, which means it’s time for a new round of Android security updates from Google. The search giant on Monday published the latest Android Security Bulletin and Pixel Update Bulletin for August 2020. The update is rolling out now for Google Pixel devices, of course, but several Samsung...

Google Pay will add digital-first bank accounts from 8 banks in 2021

Starting next year, Google will begin offering digital-first, FDIC-insured bank accounts directly in the Google Pay app. The search giant is said to be partnering with eight different banks for the new initiative. If you’ve ever used services such as Simple or Monzo, Google’s announcement sounds similar in that it’s all digital and will provide users...

Google Pixel 5a shows up in AOSP alongside Pixel 4a 5G/Pixel 5

It was only yesterday when Google started to tease an August 3 launch of what’s expected to be the Pixel 4a. Now, thanks to a comment by a Googler on the Android Open Source Project, we’re already getting references for what’s to come well beyond next week. The upcoming 2020 Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5...

Here’s how Google is bringing Windows apps to Chromebooks

Earlier this year, Google revealed that high-end, enterprise Chromebooks will get support for running full Windows apps. In a new interview with The Verge, Google has finally provided more details for how everything will work. According to Cyrus Mistry, group product manager for Chrome OS, Parallels will boot a full copy of Windows so you can...

Netflix is rolling out playback speed controls on Android

Ever wish you could speed up or slow down video playback on Netflix? On Android, now you can. Netflix is rolling out the ability to watch videos at 0.5x, 0.75x, 1.25x, or 1.5x speeds on Android. Now you can binge-watch your favorite shows faster than ever. Playback speed controls are available on Android for both streamed...

YouTube to axe community contributions for closed captions and subtitles

Google on Friday announced YouTube’s Community Contributions feature, which allows viewers to add closed captioning and subtitles to videos, will be discontinued on September 28, 2020. The company cites two reasons behind the discontinuation of the feature: It's not being widely used and is a regular source of spam and abuse. According to Google, community contributions...

Google and Pure Digital almost partnered for Flip Video camera

Back before Google acquired (and then sold) Motorola, and back before Google had developed its first Pixel-branded smartphone, the search giant nearly released a Flip Video camera in partnership with Pure Digital at the dawn of the YouTube era. According to internal emails obtained by the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust sub-committee (via The Verge), Google Video...