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Corbin Davenport
Corbin Davenport

Corbin is a tech journalist and software developer. Check out what he's up to at corbin.io.

Twitter alternative Mastodon now has an official Android app

Mastodon has been one of the best alternatives to corporate social networks over the past few years, with its decentralized design and open protocols. The platform released its own app for iOS last year, and now there's an Android app available on the Google Play Store. Mastodon is a social network with an estimated user base...

Android Developer Options Explained: Here’s everything you can do with these settings

Most Android smartphones and tablets already have dozens (or even hundreds) of settings for changing everything from notifications to system colors. There are even more settings hidden away in the Developer options, which are mostly intended to help with creating Android applications, but some of them can come in handy for other situations too. Even though...

Samsung’s underwhelming #YouMake product customizer is finally live

Samsung first revealed its '#YouMake' project back in January, which aimed to add a new level of personalization and customization across the company's electronics and appliances. It sounded like a neat idea, but now that the service is starting to go live, it's a bit underwhelming. The new customizer is available in the United States at...

Tablo 4K OTA DVR delay reveals first generation of ATSC 3.0 devices could be downgraded soon

Over-the-air antenna television in the United States is in the early stages of transitioning to the ATSC 3.0 standard (sometimes called 'NextGen' TV), which enables interactive TV, 4K resolution support, and other features. Many broadcasters already support the new technology, and there are a few DVR boxes and TVs with compatible tuners, but the first...

Pixel 6a likely won’t support Google Camera’s Motion Mode

Google introduced a new camera mode with the release of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, called Motion Mode. The feature captures multiple photos at once and combines them with machine learning to add a motion blur to the background. However, that functionality might be missing from the upcoming Pixel 6a. We've seen a few...

Verizon LG Velvet receives Android 12, other carrier versions still waiting

The LG Velvet was the last mainstream flagship phone from LG before the company gave up on smartphones, excluding the swiveling LG Wing. The company promised to keep its existing phones updated for a little while longer, and now the first U.S. carrier version of the Velvet is receiving its Android 12 upgrade. Verizon is now...

YouTube and MLB team up to stream 15 upcoming games for free

Major League Baseball is the largest professional baseball organization in the world, and its 2022 season just started earlier this month. MLB already has some of the most complicated distribution and streaming deals of any sport or television, and now MLB and YouTube are mixing it up further with a new streaming deal. Major League Baseball...

OnePlus 10 Pro now supports Verizon 5G, including C-Band

The OnePlus 10 Pro was just released outside of China, and like all recent OnePlus devices, it's certified to work on Verizon's cellular network. However, the phone still couldn't connect to Verizon's 5G services, which has now been fixed – just in time for the OnePlus 10 Pro's release date in the United States. OnePlus has...

Android 13 has a new way to open notifications in split-screen mode [Update: More split-screen gestures]

Google finally started to pay attention to Android on large-screen devices once again with the recent Android 12L update (also known as Android 12.1). The new release added a taskbar and updated layouts for tablets and foldables, but there's still more work to be done, and Google has a few more improvements in the works...

Samsung now sells refurbished Galaxy S21 phones for less money

Samsung released the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra last year, which continued to be the company's flagship devices until the Galaxy S22 series arrived in February. Now that the company has been selling the S21 series for over a year, and likely has many of them on-hand from S22 trade-ins, Samsung...

Get a Chromecast with Google TV for just $40 today

The Chromecast with Google TV is the latest streaming player from Google, packed with the full Android TV operating system and a custom Google TV interface (which is slowly making its way to other TVs and players). The device normally costs $49.99, which is already a great deal, but it has dropped to $39.99 a few...

This might be Meta’s upcoming premium mixed reality headset

Meta, which used to be called Facebook, has been hard at work on new 'Meta Quest' (which used to be branded as Oculus) virtual and augmented reality headsets. The company isn't expected to release a sequel to the Quest 2 this year, but there is a different headset ton the wait aimed at professional use...