Posts From Corbin Davenport

Corbin Davenport
Corbin Davenport

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

Plex is removing podcast support instead of fixing it

Plex started off as an easy way to stream your video collection to your other devices, but the service has expanded significantly over the past few years. However, not all that functionality ends up being popular, and now Plex is ditching support for podcasts and web shows. Plex said in a forum post, "as part of...

Amazon Prime raises prices in Canada, following price increase in US

Amazon increased prices for its Prime subscription service in the United States earlier this year. The company cited "the continued expansion of Prime member benefits as well as the rise in wages and transportation costs" for the price jump, and now Amazon is also raising the cost of Prime in Canada as well. Amazon told The...

Google Fi’s unlimited plans now have more data and lower prices

Google Fi has been around for years as a mobile network focused on people with limited cellular data usage, but more recently, the network has offered "unlimited" data plans. Google Fi rolled out a 'Simply Unlimited' option last year, and now it's lowering prices and adding more data to both of its unlimited-branded plans. First, the...

TP-Link Deco XE75 mesh system has Wi-Fi 6E, but you probably shouldn’t buy it

TP-Link has been selling routers for what seems like forever, but more recently, the company has branched into mesh Wi-Fi systems that can cover larger areas with a more reliable wireless network. TP-Link released the Dexo XE75 mesh system on Monday, which is built to support the new Wi-Fi 6E standard that has started to...

Essential’s unreleased smart display shows up on eBay

Andy Rubin's tech startup Essential only ever released one product before collapsing, the Essential Phone PH-1, but the company had grand ambitions for other devices. The 'Essential Home' was planned as something like today's smart displays, and now a supposed prototype has appeared on eBay. The prototype, which is being sold for $900 on eBay (no...

Spotify’s ‘Car Thing’ can now do more than just play music

Spotify released its 'Car Thing' accessory last year, which is a touchscreen control panel for playing Spotify content in a car. The player only makes sense for people who use Spotify all the time and don't have a car with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, but now Spotify is updating Car Thing to make it...

Google and Samsung start to patch ‘Dirty Pipe’ vulnerability on their phones

Google released the Android security update for April earlier this week, but the patch didn't include a fix for the 'Dirty Pipe' security vulnerability that was widely publicized last month. Even though we'll likely have to wait until the May update for most devices to be fixed, some manufacturers have started to patch their own...

Google promises to sell Pixel replacement parts in partnership with iFixit

Many smartphone manufacturers have been attempting (with mixed results) to decrease the negative environmental impact of their devices, and part of that means keeping existing phones working for as long as possible, so they don't end up in landfills after just a year or two. Samsung announced last month that it will start selling replacement...

OnePlus’ carrier phones are months behind on updates for some reason

OnePlus has struggled with software updates in recent history, with most of its phones still waiting on an Android 12 update, and security updates usually a month late or more. However, older OnePlus phones originally sold by carriers in the United States are in an even worse spot. The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, which are...

T-Mobile is pushing older ‘JUMP’ subscribers to worse newer plan

T-Mobile's 'JUMP' program has been around for years, and was originally designed for customers to upgrade their phones up to two times in the same year. The plan was later replaced in 2016 with a new version that limited the upgrade cycle, and now T-Mobile is forcing anyone still on the original plan to switch...

Google can now combine results from text and image searches

Google has always offered filters and multiple terms for text searches — for example, "microsoft windows" might show results related to Microsoft, Windows, or both. However, there's never been an easy way to do that with images, besides using Google's reverse image search to figure out what something is, then starting a new text search...

Microsoft Journal is a new notetaking app built for Windows devices

Microsoft experiments with new projects all the time under the 'Garage' moniker (similar to Google's Area 120). Journal was first released as a Garage project last year, and now Microsoft has graduated it to a fully-supported product with a bunch of new features and improvements. Microsoft Journal, as it's now called, is a notes and markup...