Posts From Kyle Wiggers

Kyle Wiggers
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<p>Kyle Wiggers is a writer, Web designer, and podcaster with an acute interest in all things tech. When not reviewing gadgets or apps, he enjoys reading the New Yorker, tinkering with computers, and playing the occasional game of Rock Me Archimedes.</p>

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Oreo Beta Might End on January 15

The Android Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0 beta for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, which kicked off in November 2017, might finally be drawing to a close. On the Galaxy S8 subreddit Thursday, redditor shivamchinu posted a screenshot of an updated onboarding message in the Samsung Experience app's Notices section. It contains new language that points to January 15,...

Snap’s Lens Studio Lets Anyone Design Custom Snapchat Lenses

Snapchat Lenses come in all shapes and sizes. Dancing hot dogs, rainbows, and rabbit ears are just a sampling of the augmented reality (AR) camera filters you'll find in the application's growing gallery, and starting Thursday, anyone will be able to contribute new ones. Snap, Snapchat's parent company, took the wraps off Lens Studio, a design program...

Google Flights and Google Trips Gain Price Tracking, Deal Alerts

Just ahead of the holiday season, Google's rolling out updates to Google Flights and Google Trips that'll make nabbing last-minute deals on airline tickets, hotel rooms, and local goings-on easier. Starting Thursday, Google Flights, Google's Search-powered airfare search tool, will start to analyze historical pricing data in order to predict when fares might rise or fall....

Google Assistant Comes to Tablets, Android 5.0 Lollipop Devices

The Google Assistant is coming to more devices. In a blog post on Wednesday, Google announced that its eponymous personal assistant will hit tablets and Android devices running 5.0 Lollipop and newer "in the coming weeks." It'll roll out to Android tablet users in U.S. who've set their device language to English, specifically tablets running Android 6.0...

T-Mobile Will Launch its Own TV Service in 2018

AT&T has DirecTV. Verizon has Go90. And starting next year, T-Mobile will begin offering an over-the-air, direct-to-consumer premium video service of its own. In an announcement published to YouTube on Monday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that the carrier had finalized the acquisition of TV tech company Layer3 TV, and that it'd begin to secure the...

Here’s Snapdragon 845 In The Flesh [Gallery]

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably aware that Qualcomm announced a new flagship chip at its Snapdragon press summit in Hawaii on Wednesday. The chipmaker's execs and engineers talked about its semi-custom Kryo 385 architecture, speedy Adreno 630 GPU, next-gen Hexagon machine learning chip, and its Spectra imaging processor. But conspicuously absent...

Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP is a Boon for Machine Learning

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 - the newest chip in its Snapdragon mobile processor series - is shaping up to be a powerhouse, though not necessarily through just conventional CPU and GPU improvements. It does boast updated CPU cores, a new, third-generation Spectra image signal processor (ISP) that can capture video in 10-bit color, and an architecture...

Qualcomm Announces Always Connected Platform for Windows Devices

The Snapdragon 845 wasn't the only thing Qualcomm announced at its Snapdragon Technology Summit in Mauwi, Hawaii on Tuesday. One of the highlights was Always Connected PCs, a new Snapdragon-based platform for compact, modular 2-in-1 Windows PCs. Always Connected PCs deliver gigabit experiences on the go, but without compromising on thinness, form factor, or battery life....

Qualcomm Makes the Snapdragon 845 Official, Talks 5G

It's finally official: At the 2017 Snapdragon Developer Conference in Maui, Hawaii, Qualcomm took the wraps off the Snapdragon 845, the newest flagship in its 10-year-old Snapdragon system-on-chip series. The San Jose, California-based company wasn't willing to spill all of the beans just yet -- it's hosting a talk exclusively about the Snapdragon 845 on Wednesday --...

Google Launches Android Go, an Android Config for Low-End Devices

Google introduced Android Go, a version of Android Oreo optimized for low-end devices, at its 2017 Google I/O developer conference in May. Mum's been the word since then, but on Tuesday, the search giant took the wraps off the finalized version of Android Go as part of Android 8.1 Oreo's rollout. To that end, Android Go...

Microsoft is Working on a Smartphone Companion App for Windows Photos

ARM compatibility. Tabbed multitasking. A timeline-based workflow. The Microsoft's Insider program is the proving ground for experimental Windows features, and the new and improved Photos application is no exception. According to Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia, which spotted it on Tuesday, a yet-to-be-announced companion app for iOS and Android devices will let users quickly transfer pics...
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