Posts From Doug Lynch

Doug Lynch
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<p>When I am passionate about something, I go all in and thrive on having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in that industry. This has transitioned over the years from PCs and video games, but for close to a decade now all of my attention has gone toward smartphones and Android.</p>

Canary Build of Chrome OS Adds Keyboard Shortcuts that Move the Active Window

For a while now, Google has invested time and development effort into making Chrome OS a viable alternative to mainstream operating systems. Case in point: On Friday, Google announced new Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts that manipulate the currently active window. Francois Beaufort, a Chromium Evangelist at at Google, said in a Google+ post that the feature is...

Report: Samsung to Continue Using Heat Pipes Instead of Vapor Chambers until 2019

As smartphone components get smaller and smaller, heat buildup has become a major concern -- just ask Samsung. That's one reason why the Seoul, South Kora-based company is rumored to switch to vapor chamber cooling technology for its flagship smartphones, but according to a new report, the changeover might take more time than anticipated. Samsung will reportedly...

Huawei Mistakenly Rolls Out GoPro Quik App to Some Devices

Huawei has grown a lot lately, and with good reason: The China-based company is one of the smartphone market's most influential innovators. But in a rare breach of trust this month, Huawei remotely installed a third-party GoPro application on some of its devices without notifying users ahead of time. The application in question GoPro Quik, a rebranded...

Google Removes UC Browser From the Play Store for “Misleading” Promotional Methods

Depending on where you live, you might have heard of UC Browser. It's a web browser developed by China-based Internet company UC Web, a subsidiary of the Alibaba Group, which has a huge presence in developing markets around the world. But good luck finding UC Browser in the Play Store on Android. This week, Google...

Trademark Registration Suggests Samsung TVs are Getting Bixby Support

Love it or hate it, Samsung's virtual assistant Bixby is here to stay for the foreseeable future. The artificial intelligence focused personal assistant debuted earlier this year on the Galaxy S8 and has also launched with the company's Galaxy Note 8. We have seen reports that Samsung wants to bring it to smart connected speakers,...

Amazon Launches the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Prime Music in Canada

Amazon has control over 80% of the smart speaker market and the company is still making a lot of progress with the technology. They recently launched a number of new Amazon Echo products but regional availability is still something they really need to work on. The company has now officially announced that the Amazon Echo,...

OnePlus Unveils the 6-inch OnePlus 5T – Here are the Specs, Features, and Pricing

After months of speculation, OnePlus has finally taken the wraps off its newest flagship smartphone: The OnePlus 5T. It's not a complete surprise -- the official specs match the leaked ones almost blow-for-blow. But OnePlus had a few surprises in store at its Brooklyn press event on Thursday. OnePlus 5T Design One of the highlights of the...

[Update: Supports Hotspot 2.0R1, No 2.0R2 Yet] The Google Pixel 2 Doesn’t Support WiFi Passpoint Which Would’ve Made Switching Hotspots Easier

WiFi Passpoint, also referred to as Hotspot 2.0, and is an improved method that wireless devices can use to connect to WiFi hotspots. This was created by the WiFi Alliance and it enables devices which have already logged into a hotspot network to connect automatically and silently to other hotspots in the background when moving...

ViroCore is a SceneKit Equivalent to Easily Develop AR/VR Apps in Java

Virtual reality has been in the spotlight for a few years now with enthusiast products like the HTC Vive as well as more mainstream options such as the Gear VR and Google Daydream. Lately, we've seen renewed interest in augmented reality with Google recently launching ARCore. Creating content for these new platforms can be difficult...

Report: Amazon Backs Out of its Bundled Video Service Plans

Cable TV subscriptions are getting more and more expensive these days, which has motivated an increasing number of people to "cut the cord." Some are signing up for TV studio-sponsored services like CBS All Access and Showtime Anytime, while others are opting for bundled video services like Netflix, YouTube TV, and Sling TV. Amazon had reportedly...

Google Maps Redesign Tweaks Color Scheme and Updates Map Modes

Google Maps is one of those rare applications that gets better with time. Over the years, the team at Google has improved on various aspects of the mapping service, adding features such as offline maps and real-time location sharing. And on Wednesday, the search giant announced Maps' latest enhancement: A fresh coat of paint. The redesigned...

Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3v, and More Revealed in Leaked Renders

Nokia-owned Alcatel has pivoted strategies more than once in recent years. Early 2016 saw it drop the OneTouch surname, and in 2017, it licensed its device designs and software to China-based company TCL. Now, a new leak suggests another change is coming down the pipeline: Alcatel might replace its popular Idol series of smartphones with Alcatel-branded alternatives. A...