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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.

Galaxy Buds 2 updated with 360 Audio feature from the Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung released the Galaxy Buds Pro last year, as a competitor to Apple's AirPods Pro. The earbuds included a 360 Audio feature, which changes the direction of audio to match head movements, similar to Apple's 'Spatial Audio' on the AirPods 3 and other headphones. Now the functionality is coming to the Galaxy Buds 2, thanks...

April 2022 Android security update now available, rolling out to Pixel phones

Google releases a batch of security patches and bug fixes for the Android operating system on a monthly basis, usually on the first Monday of each month. Sure enough, it's the first Monday of April, and now a new security update is starting to roll out to Google Pixel phones and a few third-party devices. April...

Grab the Galaxy S21 FE for just $550 today ($150 off)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE ("Fan Edition") was a good phone on paper when it was released earlier this year, but considering it had a year-old chipset and minimal improvements over the older Galaxy S21, the starting price of $699 didn't really make any sense. Samsung started dropping the price shortly afterwards, and now you...

Audible and B&N Nook remove option to purchase books in Android app as new Play Store rules kick in

Google has been pushing developers to use the company's Play Billing system for in-app purchases, which gives a small cut to Google (usually 15%) as a processing fee. The deadline was technically last week, and we're continuing to see apps make changes to comply with the updated rules, which now includes book retailer Barnes &...

How to take a screenshot and screen record on the Samsung Galaxy S22 series

The Galaxy S22 series is finally here, with three different models to choose from: the smallest Galaxy S22, the larger Galaxy S22 Plus, and finally the Galaxy S22 Ultra. All three phones are packed to the brim with features, including everything you normally get with Android 12 and Samsung's One UI 4 layer on top....

Angry Birds returns to iOS and Android with no in-app purchases

Angry Birds was one of the first standout games on the iPhone and early Android devices, and eventually spawned an empire of related games and movies. However, the game that started it all hasn't been officially available for a while, as Rovio focused on newer Angry Birds spinoffs. Just in time for the game's 10-year...

Ken Pillonel adds an Apple Lightning port to an Android phone

Swiss Robotics and data science student Ken Pillonel modded an iPhone X to use a USB Type-C connector last year, replacing the usual Apple Lightning connector found on all modern iPhone models. It was an impressive technical achievement, but now Pillonel is attempting the reverse: adding a Lightning connector to an Android phone. Ken Pillonel shared...

[Update: Both sizes] Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 will reportedly have a larger battery

Samsung released the Galaxy Watch 4 series back in August, which marked a return to Google's Wear OS platform after Samsung used its own Tizen software for several years. Assuming the company sticks to a yearly release schedule, the Galaxy Watch 5 series might show up in the latter half of this year, and now...

Steam Deck adds Windows 11 support and BIOS fixes with beta update

Valve started shipping the Steam Deck console earlier this year, combining a vaguely Nintendo Switch-like design with the open hardware and software of a PC. Valve is mostly focusing on its own SteamOS platform for the Steam Deck, but the company allows installing other operating systems, and now a BIOS update in beta testing includes...

Android 13 may support multiple eSIMs, even if a phone wasn’t built for it

Phones have traditionally used physical cards called SIM cards to connect to cellular networks, but there has been slow progress on switching to a digital version called eSIM. One of the reasons we haven't seen more phones dropping the SIM card slot entirely is that Android doesn't have great support for multiple eSIMs, which needs...

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G now available in the United States

Samsung revealed the Galaxy A53 last month as the company's new mid-range smartphone, competing with phones like the Pixel 5A and iPhone SE 3 (2022). Now the phone is available to purchase from Samsung's own store and multiple carriers in the United States. The Galaxy A53 5G can now be bought at Samsung.com for $449.99, with...

Wyze knew for years that hackers could remotely access its cameras, but didn’t tell anyone

Wyze has been selling inexpensive smart security cameras since the original Wyze Cam in 2017, and has also branched out into other product categories (like earbuds). However, the company has also had its fair share of problems, and another significant issue has come to light — hackers could gain access to the video feeds from...