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Corbin Davenport
Corbin Davenport

Corbin is a tech journalist and software developer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He's also the host of the Tech Tales podcast, which explores the history of the technology industry. Follow him on Twitter at @corbindavenport.

Google is officially giving up on YouTube Originals

YouTube Premium was first introduced in October 2015 (then known as 'YouTube Red'), which removed advertising on YouTube videos (while still paying the creators) for a monthly subscription. YouTube also started producing exclusive high-budget content to attract subscribers, known as YouTube Originals, to make the service more competitive with Netflix and other streaming platforms. YouTube...

AT&T and Verizon start rolling out C-Band 5G in select areas

United States mobile networks have already rolled out some degree of 5G connectivity to millions of people, but more recently, AT&T and Verizon have been excited about deploying 5G on the C-Band spectrum they acquired in an FCC auction. After a few delays due to concerns from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and some airlines,...

Global air travel disrupted over AT&T and Verizon C-Band 5G rollout

United States mobile networks have already been rolling out 5G connectivity for years, but more recently, AT&T and Verizon have been excited about deploying 5G on the new C-Band spectrum. The C-Band rollouts have been continuously delayed due to concerns from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and various airlines, and now global air travel has...

MediaTek says it’s testing Wi-Fi 7 technology, first products could arrive in 2023

MediaTek had a lot to talk about near the end of 2021, including the Dimensity 7000 chipset, plans for more MediaTek-powered Chromebooks and Windows laptops, and smart TV hardware. Now the company is working on hardware to support the upcoming Wi-Fi 7 standard, which could start showing up in devices as early as next year. Wi-Fi...

YouTube TV can now sort your channels by ‘most watched’

YouTube TV hasn't had a great time over the past few months, between dealing with carriage disputes and fighting Roku. However, there is one piece of good news for the platform: there's a new way to sort channels in the app. No, really, that's all the good news there is. The tab for live TV in...

Samsung rolls out first software update for Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung finally released the Galaxy S21 FE (short for 'Fan Edition') earlier this month, following months of leaks, rumors, and (possible) manufacturing delays. Now that the phone is actually on store shelves, Samsung is starting to shift its attention towards software updates, and now the first system update for the Galaxy S21 FE is rolling...

TCL 30 and 30 Plus renders leaked, revealing 50MP camera and not much else

TCL is perhaps best known for its TVs and displays, but the company also sells a decent amount of smartphones — not enough to beat out Samsung, Apple, or even Vivo in global marketshare, but still more phones than I have personally manufactured. The TCL 30XE and 30V were revealed earlier this month during CES...

Here’s everything Microsoft could have bought for $68.7 billion, instead of Activision Blizzard

Microsoft announced on Monday that it will acquire Activision Blizzard, the game publisher behind Call of Duty, Crash Bandicoot, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and many other popular game franchises. It's not just the largest purchase in Microsoft's history, with its $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn in 2016 now taking second place, but also one of...

Netflix prices are increasing in the United States and Canada

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services in the world, and as the company has funded more and more original content, it has slowly increased the monthly bill for subscribers. Unfortunately, Netflix announced on Friday that prices are going up yet again, at least for subscribers in the United States in Canada. Netflix is...

January 2022 Android security update now available for Pixel 6 series

Google has had a bit of trouble with software updates on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro recently. The December 2021 security update (which also doubled as a Pixel Feature Drop on Google's phones) never fully rolled out to the Pixel 6 series, after many people experienced software bugs after updating, and Google promised...

Google TV might receive new fitness, smart home, and video chat features in 2022

Google TV was first introduced in October 2020 as a new smart TV software interface from Google. Even though it's still Android TV under the surface, Google TV more closely follows the content-first approach of Amazon Fire TV and other platforms, sometimes to a fault. Now we have a better idea of what might be...

Apple has reportedly given up on making an iPad Pro with a glass back

The iPad Pro 2021 is an impressive tablet, with high-end hardware and enough productivity software to replace a laptop for some people. However, the aluminum body won't work well with the MagSafe charging technology that Apple has adopted on its mobile devices. According to a new report, Apple was experimenting with an iPad Pro that...