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.

Brave goes after Google with privacy-first search engine

Brave has built a reputation as a privacy-first browser, and the company is now taking on Google’s web dominance with a new search engine project called Brave Search. Brave on Wednesday announced plans to launch a new search engine that will keep user information private and away from the prying eyes of big tech. The new...

Google vows not to use new tracking tech after replacing cookies

After announcing plans to phase out third-party cookies — those crumbs of code that track you online — Google said it won’t build alternative identifiers to track users across the web. Any tools that are developed by other advertising tech companies won’t be used in Google’s products, so users can enjoy a quieter, more private...

Samsung’s next Galaxy Watch could run Android instead of Tizen OS

It’s been several years since Samsung released a smartwatch running Android. You have to go all the way back to 2014 when the original Gear Live launched to find a Samsung wearable equipped with Google’s Android Wear (now known as Wear OS). Since then, the company has used its in-house Tizen platform, but a new...

Samsung discontinues SmartThings Link support for SHIELD

Last year, Samsung announced it would make changes to its legacy SmartThings platform, resulting in support for old hardware being dropped. As it turns out, that apparently includes the SmartThings Link, a dongle that allows users to turn the NVIDIA SHIELD into a SmartThings hub. Samsung sent out emails to SmartThings Link owners saying it plans...

Steam Remote Play Together now supports non-Steam users

Valve has announced that its Remote Play Together feature now allows users to play with friends who don’t have a Steam account. The feature is currently in beta for those who opt into the Steam Client Beta. Remote Play Together is a feature on Steam that makes it easy to stream local multiplayer games with friends...

Samsung Messaging is a new app for Windows 10 that lets you send and receive texts

Using your Windows 10 PC to text friends and family is about to get a lot easier, provided you have the right model. That’s because Samsung has released a new app for Windows 10, called Samsung Messaging, that’s now available in the Microsoft Store. First spotted by Aggiornamenti Lumia, Samsung Messaging allows users to “send and...

iPhone 2022 to introduce hole-punch display, foldable iPhone coming in 2023

It won’t be long before Apple introduces the iPhone 13 series, which reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims will feature a smaller notch and 120Hz display. If you don’t think that’s an exciting enough upgrade, Kuo has shared information for what’s to come in 2022 and 2023. First, Kuo claims (via 9to5Mac) Apple could introduce an iPhone...

March Pixel Feature Drop includes Smart Compose and Recorder cloud backup

Google has made it a habit to drop new Pixel features throughout the year, and the search giant is back with another big update. The features arrive following an update in December that saw Google introduce Adaptive Sound, new Google Photos suggestions, and more. The latest Pixel Feature Drop is available beginning today. As we reported...

iPhone 13 to reportedly feature smaller notch and 120Hz display

We’re six months away from the next iPhone, and already rumors about what’s next are starting to swirl. Today, we have a fresh report thanks to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who shared multiple new details about the iPhone 13. According to Kuo (via 9to5Mac), the iPhone 13 series will include new features like a 120Hz display,...

These are the best Galaxy S21 thin cases right now in March 2021!

So, you’ve purchased yourself a Galaxy S21. There’s something about holding a brand new device in your hands; the clean glass, cold metal. Samsung’s new device features one of the nicest designs around; it sure would be a shame for it to get buried in a bulky case. To help you preserve the device’s gorgeous...

Verizon is rolling out the Android 11 update to the LG V60

Verizon has confirmed it’s rolling out Android 11 to the LG V60. The newest update, version V600VM20a, also includes the January 2021 security patch. The update spotted by Droid-Life brings several new features to the LG V60, such as conversation bubbles, new camera features, and additional settings in the quick setting panel like Focus Mode, Bedtime Mode,...

Google Stadia reportedly failed to meet expectations by “hundreds of thousands”

It’s been a tough start to the year for Google Stadia. Earlier this month, Google confirmed plans to shut down Stadia’s internal game development division, one week after allegedly praising the studio for its progress. Now, two reports out today have shed light on what it was like on the inside, with one report saying...