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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.

Get a 2020 MacBook Pro with 512GB storage for $150 off

Apple's new M1-powered Macs are some of the best computers you can buy right now, thanks to their extraordinary battery life and excellent performance. The latest MacBook Pro refresh with an M1 processor was initially priced at $1,499 for the 512GB configuration with 8GB RAM, but now you can get that model for $1,349 on...

Android 12 copies iOS 14 with new clipboard access alerts

Google has been cracking down on clipboard access in Android for a few years now. The company blocked background apps from reading clipboard data with the release of Android 10, and now in Android 12, Google is introducing a setting to show a popup every time an app accesses your clipboard — even if it's...

Android 12 will help Google Assistant find and use app shortcuts

App shortcuts have been around in Android for years, allowing you to quickly jump to certain pages in an app. However, discovery has always been a problem for app shortcuts, since they're usually only displayed when you hold down on an app's home screen icon. This is changing in Android 12, where they will be...

Samsung’s current watches won’t get Wear OS, but will get years of Tizen updates

Google revealed today that it is working on new updates for Wear OS, in partnership with Samsung. It was also announced that future Galaxy Watches would use Google's Wear OS platform, instead of the Tizen-based software that Samsung has used for its wearables over the past few years. Samsung has now clarified what the transition...

Fitbit and Samsung are working on new watches with Wear OS

Following months of speculation, Google confirmed today that it is working on an overhaul of Wear OS, in partnership with Samsung. The updated platform will combine the best features of Wear OS and Samsung's Tizen software platform, and during today's Google I/O keynote, it was revealed that Samsung and Fitbit are working on Wear OS...

Samsung and Google are rebuilding Wear OS to challenge the Apple Watch

Google's software platform for smartwatches, Wear OS, hasn't received much attention over the past few years. Even though Fossil, Mobvoi, and other manufacturers have continued to release new Wear OS devices, the underlying software has seen few updates recently. Third-party app development has also stalled, especially in comparison to the Apple Watch. Thankfully, all that...

Material You is the future of Google’s design for Android and beyond

Google has evolved its Material design language ever since its introduction in Android 5.0 Lollipop, and in recent years, the company has been moving towards a flatter and more monochrome design. Today at Google I/O, an updated version of Material Design was announced with a focus on customization, called 'Material You'. Material You is a new...

Google Maps is adding new eco-friendly and safety features

Google Maps is one of the most popular services for navigation, but like all online mapping services, it can sometimes send people on strange (or potentially unsafe) paths. Google has rolled out various improvements over the years to prevent Maps from sending people wildly off-path, but now there are two new features for customizing navigation:...

Get an Eero 6 mesh Wi-Fi system for $80 off today

Eero sells some of the best mesh Wi-Fi systems currently available, and the company's latest models are the Eero 6 and Eero 6 Pro. Both have full support for Wi-Fi 6, easy management through the mobile app, and even connecting to Zigbee smart home devices. The non-Pro system with three routers usually goes for around...

Google is finally giving Wear OS much-needed attention, but what we really need is new hardware

Google's Wear OS software platform for smartwatches has been in hibernation for a while now. The Play Store and Google-made apps are still functional, and new watches are arriving on a steady schedule, but most app developers aren't interested in the platform. Google has also neglected to bring its newer features and services to Wear...

Google will start testing faster page navigation in desktop Chrome

Google rolled out a new feature in Chrome for Android last year, called Back-forward cache, which aimed to improve performance when using the back and forward buttons. Back-forward caching keeps pages in memory for a while after you go back, so if you need to return to the most recent page, load times are instant....

Anker’s Nebula Solar portable projector with Android TV is $80 off

Anker has been selling Android-based projectors for a few years now, and one of the company's recent models is the Nebula Solar. It's a portable projector that runs Android TV 9.0, giving it full support for thousands of popular TV apps, with a native resolution of 1080p. Anker has now dropped the projector's price to...