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Kyle Wiggers
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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.

Essential Phone Accessories now available on official website starting with 360° Camera, USB-C Earphones, and more

Essential, the Andy Rubin-backed company behind the Essential Phone, is launching a handful of new accessories this week. In a Twitter announcement on Wednesday, the smartphone maker took the wraps off a 27W fast charger, USB Type-C headphones, and a soft carrying case designed for the Essential 360 Camera. The 27W (5V/3A, 9V/3A) charger is a...

HTC U11 EYEs Specs and Renders Leak: 5.99″ Screen with Snapdragon 652 and 3930 mAh battery running Android Nougat

Just a few months ago, HTC took the wraps off the HTC U11 Life and HTC U11+, two new counterparts to 2017's high-end U11. But those weren't enough, apparently. The Taiwan-based company's gearing up to release another smartphone in the U11 series -- the U11 EYEs -- that might be revealed as soon as January.According...

Google Camera Port with Portrait Mode now works on Samsung Galaxy S7, S8, and Note 8 (Exynos)

Popular ports of the Pixel 2's Google Camera bring Google's post-processing technologies to a wide range of high-end devices. It took a few iterations, but the most recent releases support lens blur, bokeh adjustment, and high-resolution video recording modes on phones such as the OnePlus 3, the Samsung Galaxy S8, and the LG V30. This week,...

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...