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.

Motorola launches the Moto G9 Plus with a 6.8″ display, 64MP quad cameras, and 5000mAh battery

After unveiling the Moto G9 and Moto G9 Play, Motorola has taken the wraps off the Moto G9 Plus, a massive mid-range smartphone with a 6.8-inch display, 64MP quad cameras, and a 5,000mAh battery. The Moto G9 Plus is the largest of Motorola’s G9 series, but not by much. The Moto G9 and Moto G9 Play...

Motorola Moto G9 Play launches in Europe with budget specs and a large battery for €169

Motorola just announced the Moto G9 in India earlier today, and now the company has also unveiled the Moto G9 Play, which is set to debut in Germany. Many of the specs of the new Moto G9 Play are similar to that of the vanilla G9. You get a large 5,000 mAh battery, 20W wired charging...

Mobvoi’s new TicWatch GTX smartwatch offers fitness tracking, 10-day battery life for $60

Mobvoi, a consumer electronics company that specializes in wearable devices, has announced the TicWatch GTX, an affordable new fitness tracking smartwatch that offers all the basic health monitoring features you’d want at a fraction of the price compared to the competition. The TicWatch GTX will launch globally on September 3 at a retail price of just...

You can now share your screen in Google Duo and blur backgrounds in Google Meet

As promised, Google is rolling out background blurring to Google Meet, making it easy for users to minimize background distractions during a video call. The feature is available to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google accounts. According to Google, Meet will intelligently separate you from the background, blurring your surroundings while keeping you...

Xbox Game Streaming goes live today – Here are all the games you can play on Android

At last, Microsoft has launched its Xbox Game Streaming service, which you can access on Android tablets and phones. Subscribers can stream more than 150 games, and the service is available in 22 countries, including the U.S. Friends, achievements, parties and voice chat, cloud saves, and multiplayer are supported between cloud gaming users and Xbox One...

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 in Titanium launches October 2 in the U.S. for $599

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 3 in titanium will be available on October 2, and you can get it for $599. Originally launched in a sleek stainless steel, the Galaxy Watch 3's new titanium model ups the ante with a more premium design that makes the smartwatch feel more luxurious than ever. In addition to coming in titanium,...

Waze is getting lane guidance, trip suggestions, and traffic notifications

People may be driving far less often thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn't mean driving activity has halted completely. As such, there's always room for improvements to navigation apps like Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze. At a Waze On event on Tuesday, the Google-owned navigation company detailed a number of new features,...

YouTube launches Shorts, its TikTok-like short-form video feature, in India

TikTok may live to see another day here in the U.S., but competition for short-form video is getting even fiercer. Following Instagram’s introduction of Reels, YouTube has announced a new feature called Shorts, which is launching in early beta in India. YouTube Shorts will allow users to create 15-second videos that can be set to music....

Oracle partners with ByteDance to save TikTok from being banned in the U.S.

In a conclusion that nobody saw coming, Oracle has been chosen by ByteDance as its "trusted technology partner" to avoid having TikTok shut down in the U.S. The news follows weeks of discussions between ByteDance and multiple U.S. companies about a potential acquisition of the U.S. operations of TikTok. Microsoft and Walmart of all companies...

Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 will have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2, according to a leaked promo video

Leaked promotional videos have revealed Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 VR headset, which could be available as early as this week. The videos were accidentally published to Facebook Blueprint, the company's e-learning platform, before they were taken down (via The Verge). Information shared in the videos reveal the new headset will be a major upgrade over the...

Microsoft adds a cursor control gesture to SwiftKey on Android

The Microsoft-owned SwiftKey keyboard app for Android has served users well with its fast, accurate typing experience, emoji predictions, and multiple language support. But one thing that’s always been missing is cursor control, which has finally appeared in the latest beta release. First discovered by AndroidPolice’s Artem Russakovskii, the new feature makes it much easier to...

Here’s what the new OnePlus 8T will look like

Pricebaba, in partnership with famed leaker OnLeaks, has unveiled what are purported renders of the upcoming OnePlus 8T, revealing a sleek design that includes a “Samsung-esque” camera bump. According to Pricebaba, the renders are based on internal schematics obtained by OnLeaks rather than CAD files, so the dimensions may not be exact. Regardless, they provide us with...