Posts From Joe Fedewa

Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa

Former Managing Editor at XDA-Developers. Lover of all things with displays.

WhatsApp is getting dark mode on desktop, animated stickers, and more

With over 2 billion users around the globe, WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app on the planet. As such, the service is continually adding features and enhancing the experience. However, with that big of a user base, it doesn't roll out features haphazardly. Things tend to be in development for a long time, which...

Spotify now offers a cheaper “Duo” plan for two people

Beyond the free accounts that anyone can sign up for, Spotify offers a few different ad-free Premium subscription plans. The Individual plan costs $9.99 per month, the Student plan costs $4.99 per month, and the Family plan (for up to 6 people) costs $14.99 per month. Last year, Spotify was testing a new "Duo" plan...

Today’s OnePlus Day sales include deals on the OnePlus 8 series, 7T, and Bullets Wireless Z

Last week, OnePlus kicked off its new weekly series of "OnePlus Day" deals. These deals will be posted every Wednesday and they include discounts and bundles for a variety of OnePlus smartphones and accessories. This week, the company is offering deals on the OnePlus 8 series, OnePlus 7 Pro/7T, and Bullets Wireless Z earphones. Just...

Google rolls out wireless gameplay using the Stadia Controller on your Android phone

Google Stadia launched over 6 months ago and a big selling point of the cloud gaming service is not needing a bunch of expensive gaming equipment. The only real hardware you need is a computer with access to a web browser like Google Chrome, a Chromecast Ultra, or an Android smartphone. However, if you wanted...

YouTube TV is raising the monthly subscription to $65

Google launched YouTube TV in a select few U.S. cities for $35 per month back in 2017. Every year since then, the company has added more channels while also increasing the monthly subscription price. The first price increase bumped the cost to $40 per month, and the second price increase raised prices to $50 per...

Google is hosting a “Hey Google” Smart Home Summit to unveil new Google Assistant developer tools

Google I/O 2020, which was scheduled for May, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many other tech companies, Google has been trying to make up for it with virtual events. The latest virtual event from the Mountain View company is the "Works with 'Hey Google' Smart Home Summit" on July 8th. The "Hey Google"...

[Update: Windows app live] Amazon Prime Video finally gets a Windows app and may add live TV

Streaming services are among the most popular applications on any platform, and that's certainly the case for Microsoft's Windows as well. While users on Windows have the option to stream videos from these services in a web browser, they can also opt for downloading dedicated apps from the Microsoft Store. Netflix and Hulu have apps...

Amazon Prime Video’s “Watch Party” feature lets you watch TV shows and movies together

Every day, more of our interactions with others happen over the Internet. You can play video games with a friend across the country, watch your nephew's soccer game at home, and do a video call with a group of people all around the globe. Amazon's latest feature for Prime Video is called "Watch Party" and...

Android’s AirDrop-like Nearby Share feature is rolling out in beta

Google has been working on a sharing feature similar to Apple's AirDrop for a while now. Originally discovered over a year ago as "Fast Share," it was eventually renamed to "Nearby Sharing" and finally just "Nearby Share." The feature is getting very close to a public release as Google has confirmed it's rolling out through...

Google Photos temporarily disables image backups from Facebook, WhatsApp, and other messaging apps by default

Last week, we discovered that Google was preparing to disable Google Photos backups for a number of social media/messaging apps. The app's strings explicitly mentioned the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason, stating that "in an effort to conserve internet resources, backup & sync has been turned off" for messaging apps. Today, that change is officially...

Google Store adds a dedicated page for Pixel and Nest product tutorials, tips, and more

While it's possible to buy Google products from a variety of retailers, the central "home base" is the Google Store. Everything from Pixel phones to Chromecast dongles to Nest speakers and displays can be purchased from the Google Store. To make the store even better, the company is adding a "Helpful Videos" page for customers...

Chrome OS is getting a clipboard manager that stores the last 5 copied items

Copy and paste is an essential feature that most of us use every day. If you do a lot of work from a computer, it's even more important. Windows 10 has a handy feature (Windows key + V) that allows you to see the last several things you copied. Chrome OS will soon be getting...