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Today only: Fossil Gen 6 smartwatches are cheaper now than on Black Friday

Fossil released its Gen 6 smartwatches earlier this year, with the latest Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chipsets and Google's Wear OS 2. The watches started at $299 for 42mm sizes, and $319 for the 44mm options, but they have slowly fallen in price. They were on sale for Black Friday, with a $90 discount across both...

Get a MagSafe Battery Pack for just $75 today ($24 off)

Last year’s iPhone 12 series introduced MagSafe, and Apple has carried it over to the more recent iPhone 13 lineup. The technology allows you to magnetically attach chargers (and other accessories) to the back of an iPhone, and one of the more interesting MagSafe accessories has been Apple’s own Battery Pack, which sticks to the...

Google Photos Locked Folder rolling out to non-Pixel phones

Many photo management apps on Android devices have an option to lock certain photos behind a PIN or fingerprint, but Google has been slow to implement such a feature in its own products. Google Photos finally added a Locked Folder feature earlier this year, but it was initially exclusive to Pixel phones, and now it's...

Sony reportedly working on PlayStation competitor to Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass has been a success for Microsoft, giving PC and Xbox players unlimited access to over 100 major games for a single monthly subscription. The service has also served as the groundwork for Microsoft's attempt at cloud gaming, Xbox Game Streaming, which gives players instant access to titles from Game Pass. Now it...

Alexa smart speakers can now detect more types of sounds

Amazon has offered 'Routines' with its Alexa voice assistant for a while now, allowing people to set up multi-step automations that can be activated by a voice prompt or select other triggers (similar to Google Assistant routines and Apple Shortcuts). Alexa routines now have more options for sound-based triggers, including water running and appliances beeping. Amazon...

Galaxy S10 owners can now try out One UI 4.0 based on Android 12

While the Galaxy S21 series owners are already enjoying the goodness of One UI 4.0 and Android 12, many Galaxy phones are waiting for their turn to experience the new software. Samsung opened up the One UI 4.0 beta program for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 lineups last month, and now the South...

Windows 11 will let you change your default browser more easily again

Microsoft is reverting a change in Windows 11 that made it much harder to change your default browser through the system settings. With Windows 11 build 22509, which was released earlier this week, Microsoft has added a button to the Settings app that allows you to quickly change your default browser to whatever you prefer,...

You can now finally play Pokémon Go on your iPhone at a higher frame rate

You can now finally enjoy Pokémon Go at buttery smooth 60fps/120fps on your iPhone. The game has just received a new update on iOS which adds a new option to unlock a higher frame rate on supported iPhones. After installing the latest update (via The Verge), you can find the new “Native Refresh Rate” within the...

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series gets third One UI 4 beta with several bug fixes

Samsung is hard at work releasing One UI 4 beta builds based on Android 12 to a bunch of its devices. Over the last few weeks, the company has released two One UI 4 beta builds to the Galaxy Note 20 series. The first beta update included all the new features introduced in Android 12,...

Android TV’s discovery-focused UI is now rolling out to more TVs in more regions

Google released a major UI update for the Android TV interface in February this year. The new interface resembled the Google TV UI and laid emphasis on helping users discover new content on the platform. However, it featured fewer tabs on the home screen. Google rolled out another update for this new discovery-focused UI in...

Signal’s new monetization feature makes it easier to make donations

Signal, the privacy-focused instant messaging app that shot to popularity after WhatsApp’s controversial privacy policy change, is adding a new monetization feature into its app. Unlike its rival instant messaging services, Signal runs entirely on donations and this new feature will make it easier for users to make monetary contributions and support and sustain the...

[Update: Wider rollout] Google is finally letting users initiate Android TV app installs from their phones

At I/O 2021 in May, Google announced a new feature to make finding and installing apps on Wear OS devices much easier. The feature added a drop-down menu to the Install button on the Google Play Store, giving users the option to install an app on their Wear OS smartwatch right from their phone. The...