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.

Samsung is shipping two different cooling systems in the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but there’s no reason to worry

When reviews of Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra hit the web earlier this month, some outlets reported that the device ran a little hot when performing certain intensive tasks. Multiple teardowns of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra then revealed that Samsung was shipping two different cooling systems: One consisting of a copper vapor chamber and...

Google Maps’ revamped Saved tab helps you find and remember important places

Earlier this year, Google rolled out a big redesign to its Google Maps app in celebration of the service's 15th birthday. The update featured a new navigation bar, tweaked icon design, improved transit features, and Live View. Building upon that major redesign, Google is now revamping the Saved tab. The new UI changes are all...

NVIDIA SHIELD Experience 8.2 enhances the AI Upscaler, expands menu button customization, and more

NVIDIA on Wednesday announced a milestone update for its range of SHIELD TV devices, which remain some of the more feature-rich and powerful Android TV-powered set-top boxes on the market. For owners of the original NVIDIA SHIELD TV that launched in 2015, this will be the 25th update, which is pretty remarkable support. NVIDIA launched its...

Google Photos is testing a new editor UI with larger buttons

Google Photos appears to be testing a new editor UI, with larger buttons that will make it easier for users to edit their photos. The service previously received a big redesign over the summer that didn't overhaul the editor UI. The changes were discovered by Jane Manchun Wong, who has a reputation for reverse-engineerings apps...

Microsoft Word on the web adds a speech transcription feature for Microsoft 365 subscribers

Microsoft Word on the web is getting a new feature that will make it much easier for students and reporters to record notes, lectures, or interviews. The company on Tuesday announced that the Microsoft Word web app is adding a transcription feature. Called Transcribe in Word, the feature will allow users to record conversations directly...

Google Chrome gets faster and new tab, PDF, and URL sharing features

Google on Tuesday said Chrome will be faster thanks to Profile Guided Optimization (PGO) and tab throttling. In addition, Google is adding a few productivity tweaks that make tabs easier to manage, URLs easier to share, and PDFs easier to fill out. With Profile Guided Optimization, which is now in Chrome 85 on Mac and Windows,...

Fitbit announces Sense, Versa 3, and Inspire 2 fitness tracking wearables

Fitbit on Tuesday unveiled two new smartwatches and an affordable fitness tracker to help manage your physical health during these uncertain times, as expected. The smartwatches include the Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3, the former of which comes equipped with an electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor, although the feature is still pending FDA approval. The Inspire...

[Update 2: Full review] New hands-on videos show off the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

At its Galaxy Unpacked event earlier this month, Samsung officially showed off the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the second-gen model of its horizontally folding smartphone. Although we won't get all the details about the device until Samsung's dedicated event for the device on September 1, we’re getting some new real-world peeks at the foldable out...

PUBG Mobile 1.0 launches September 8th with major performance fixes to reduce lag

PUBG Mobile is getting a major update to version 1.0 on September 8, and it'll introduce a number of new features, including improved performance and an overhaul of visuals and gameplay. The big 1.0 update to the popular battle royale shooter will feature improvements to players’ character models, particles, smoke, air blasts, muzzle flashes, and the...

Android Studio’s Android 11 emulator will support the hinge sensor for foldable devices

The Android Emulator in Google's Android Studio IDE is getting a major update with improved support for foldable devices (via AndroidPolice). The feature requires an Android 11 system image and AVD configuration that have yet to be released, however. At last year's Google I/O, Google updated the Android Emulator to include support for creating a virtual...

Samsung may add S Pen support to the next high-end Galaxy S phone

Samsung’s next Galaxy S flagship smartphone series, which could be marketed as the Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30 series, is expected to launch in early 2021. A new report from South Korean publication The Elec states that there will once again be 3 separate models. In a twist, the publication reports that the top model...

Windows 10 PCs can now launch Android apps from most Samsung Galaxy phones

If you own a modern Samsung Galaxy smartphone, it just got a lot sweeter to also be a Windows 10 user. Microsoft on Wednesday announced a new feature that will allow users to access their Galaxy phone's Android apps right beside their Windows applications. The new functionality is part of an update to Microsoft’s Your Phone...