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Kyle Wiggers
Kyle Wiggers

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.

Samsung Teams up with TagStation to Enable FM Chips in Phones

Rare's the flagship smartphone with FM radio, but there's a push to change that. In September 2017, Federal Communications Chairman (FCC) Aji Pai penned a letter requesting that phone manufacturers enable FM in wireless chipsets, and carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are actively encouraging phone makers to activate them. Now, Samsung's recommitting to supporting...

Google AMP Will Soon Show Publisher URLs on Supported Web Browsers

Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) speed up websites in part by caching contents with AMP Cache, which stores them on Google's servers. It generally works pretty well, but there's a pretty annoying side effect: Every page's address is replaced with an AMP-specific URL, which makes sharing and bookmarking them a tad inconvenient (unless you use an app...

Lenovo Mirage Solo Daydream Headset Starts at $450, Supports WorldSense Inside-Out Tracking

It was a just over two weeks ago that Lenovo's Mirage Solo headset stopped by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and on Tuesday, Lenovo made it official. At a press event during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, the company took the wraps off the Mirage Solo, a self-contained virtual reality (VR) Google Daydream headset with...

Qualcomm’s QCC5100 Bluetooth Chip Hones in On Power Efficiency

If you own a pair of Bluetooth headphones, there's a pretty good chance you've had to put up with subpar battery life. But you might not have to for much longer. At the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, Qualcomm announced the QCC5100, a low-power Bluetooth system-on-chip that's designed to deliver best-in-class features without compromising on...

Xiaomi’s Standalone VR Headset Sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 and Supports Oculus Go

Qualcomm had a surprise in store for attendees at its 2018 Consumer Electronics Show press conference. Hugo Barra, Vice President of Facebook's virtual reality (VR) division, took the wraps off a Xiaomi standalone virtual reality (VR) headset that supports Oculus Mobile, the Facebook's portable VR platform. “We’re working with Xiaomi as our hardware partner for the...

Honor View 10 arriving internationally January 8th, Honor 7X Red Model coming to U.S.

At a press conference during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Honor, an offshoot of smartphone maker Huawei, announced that the Honor View 10 will head to new territories starting January 8. It'll precede the launch of a limited-edition Honor 7X Red, which will hit U.S., U.K., and international shores in the coming...

XPrivacyLua is an Xposed Module that Protects Your Data

If you've ever mistakenly downloaded an application you didn't trust with your data, you might have stumbled upon XPrivacy. It's an Xposed module that protects your privacy by feeding applications fake data or no data at all, or by restricting applications from accessing data categories such as contacts and location. It doesn't revoke or block...

Google Home Sales Top 6 Million, Over 400 Million Google Assistant-Enabled Devices Shipped

Amazon's Echo may be the smart speaker market's top dog, but Google Home is nipping at its tail. Lifetime sales of Google's AI-powered speakers -- which include the Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max -- topped six million this holiday, according to the search giant.“All told, Google Home usage increased 9X this holiday season over...

One Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Exynos) Owner Receives Android Oreo Update

The Galaxy Note 8 hasn't gotten a stable version of Android Oreo yet, but Samsung launched a beta program in select markets last year. Since then, it's issued updates with fixes for the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit and Google's December Android security patches, and new evidence suggests a broader release is forthcoming.On Friday, a redditor claiming to...

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....