Posts From Doug Lynch

Doug Lynch
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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.

[Update: Sunsetting] Google Hire is a New Recruiting Application for G Suite Customers

At Google I/O this year, we learned about a new project Google took on to solve a job recruitment issue that they have noticed over the last few years. The company calls it Google for Jobs, and its goal is to improve the experience for both employers as well as those who are looking for...

[Update: Android too] Google Chrome adds Password Leak Detection to tell you when your password is compromised

The responsibility of keeping accounts secure is generally something a company puts on the shoulders of the user. However, the way passwords are used by the masses have shown that they aren't as secure as they could be. There are entire industries that have been built around this issue (password managers, U2F keys, etc) and...

Android Pie with One UI rolls out for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and Tab A (2017)

While some OEMs have abandoned the Android tablet market, Samsung is keeping it alive with a number of its high-end and mid-range devices. These can be slow to receive updates, but Samsung does eventually pull through and roll out at least one major version update to them. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and the Samsung...

[Update: YouTube Music] Waze adds 7 new streaming services to in-app player

Many, many people have long commutes to work. This mostly happens around metro cities where people wake up and start their drive 2 or even 3 hours before they need to be at work. Rush hour traffic can be incredibly stressful (both going to and coming from work) so listening to some music can help...

KNOB Attack exploits Bluetooth spec flaw to spy on device connections

We're in the middle of a trend right now where more and more OEMs are removing the 3.5mm headphone port. Even Samsung has shed away many of the features that once made the Galaxy Note series so desireable and the 3.5mm headphone port is its latest casualty. This has increased the momentum Bluetooth has had...

HMD Global launches the Nokia 3 V on Verizon for $168

HMD Global is a rather new addition to the smartphone community, but they have barely shown any signs of it. The company has been on top of things when it comes to security updates thanks, in part, to its choice to stick with an OEM ROM that is close to stock Android. HMD Global has...

Chrome OS 76 stable released with virtual desktops and Android-like media controls

Chrome OS has received another stable channel update with the introduction of version 76. The previous version made some major progress in getting Linux support to where it needs to be and this update seems to be focusing more on the desktop platform side of things. Google has been working on Chrome OS 76 for...

Misfit announces the lightweight Vapor X Wear OS smartwatch for $200

Google's wearable operating system, formerly known as Android Wear, has had its ups and downs since it debuted 5 years ago. At first, we saw a number of major OEMs jump on board and begin releasing a new smartwatch each year. The market proved to not be as lucrative as it was once thought and...

Twitter tests letting you temporarily snooze push notifications and follow topics

Twitter has had its ups and downs through the years, but recently they seem to be pulling things together nicely. Earlier this year the app received the highly requested Dark Mode option (they call it Lights Out Mode), timeline options, and more. The developers have been working on some new features with two particular tests...

Huawei P30 series update brings night mode to the front camera

Even though the Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro hit store shelves back in March of this year, the device has still been able to maintain its title of having one of the best cameras on a smartphone to-date. We published our camera review of the P30 Pro a couple of months after release, and...

Samsung and Xiaomi grew heavily in Europe thanks to mid-range Galaxy A and Redmi phones

Canalys is one of the many companies out there that track global shipments of various products (smartphones included). When articles talk about smartphone market share growth they are typically referring to one of these types of reports. Xiaomi continues to expand its presence in new markets around the world and one major target has been...

Developers can now add up to 5 tags on their Play Store apps

Getting an application discovered in the Play Store can be a difficult task for developers. Bigger studios can hire someone to improve this, but even that isn't a guarantee and it isn't an option for indie devs. Some developers have gone so far as to add relevant keywords to the bottom of the application description...