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Barnes & Noble promises the Nook isn’t dead, reveals Nook GlowLight 4

Book seller Barnes & Noble has been selling Nook e-readers for over a decade, leading them to become a major player in the e-reader market for several years. Besides normal book features, the Android-based operating system made some models popular for modding, such as the 2011 Nook Simple Touch. Barnes & Noble doesn't control nearly...

Jealous of Spotify Wrapped stories? Here’s how to view your stats on other music streaming services

December is an exciting month to many of us -- be it Christmas season, anticipations for the new year, or the colder weather. Some of us, though, look forward to this month to look back on their years in music. As you may have heard, Spotify Wrapped 2021 is already live, and users are posting...

Google Assistant’s Family Bell feature is now available on mobile

In August last year, Google rolled out a new Assistant feature called Family Bell. The feature mimicked what kids would experience at school, as it allowed users to set up bell reminders throughout the day for activities like online classes, breaks, and more. The feature was previously only available on Google Assistant on home devices,...

Google will expand the permission auto-reset feature to Android 6.0+ devices in 2022

Android 12 is the dessert of the season, but that doesn't mean older versions can't join in on some of the fun. Android as an OS has been maturing over the past decade, and in a lot of instances, it becomes more important to deliver features to a wider userbase than to bring in new...

Google Photos can now automatically curate event memories

Google today announced a host of new features making their way to Android users. The company released new widgets for Google Photos, Google Play Books, and YouTube Music, released the Digital car key feature to select Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones, and also introduced a host of new Android Auto features. On top of that,...

Google Photos, Google Play Books, & YouTube Music get more new widgets

Over the last few weeks, Google has released a host of new widgets for its vast suite of apps. New widgets for Gmail, Google Drive, Google Keep, Google Photos, YouTube Music, and more apps have already made their way over to users. But Google isn't done releasing new widgets. Today, the company has announced even...

You can now unlock your BMW with your Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, or Galaxy S21

At I/O 2021 in May, Google first showcased a new Android 12 feature that would let users unlock their cars with their phones. Back then, the company announced that the feature would make its way to select Pixel and Samsung Galaxy smartphones later this year. As promised, Google is now rolling out Digital car key...

Gboard’s Emoji Kitchen gets thousands of new emoji combinations in latest update

Gboard is one of the best Android keyboards around, especially for people who frequently swap phones. Not only is it a great keyboard app, but it also comes pre-installed on several Android phones, making it easier to get a consistent typing experience right from the get-go. It is also one of the more fun keyboards...

Samsung Galaxy A13 and A03s are coming to the United States, starting at $159

The United States definitely has a shortage of quality budget phones, especially compared to more competitive markets like India and Europe. Samsung's low-end Galaxy devices are about as good as you can get in 'Murica, and now there are two more models coming to the country: the Galaxy A13 and Galaxy A03s. The Galaxy A13 is...

Microsoft launches Teams Essentials, a version of Teams for small businesses [Update]

Microsoft today announced the launch of Microsoft Teams Essentials, a new standalone offering based on Teams designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Like many of Microsoft's products and efforts lately, this service came as a result of the changes that happened in the world in the past year and a half. Microsoft Teams Essentials...

Spotify Wrapped 2021 is here to expose your guilty pleasures

It's that time of the year again -- when listeners get to view their annual music statistics. Spotify has announced Wrapped 2021, which includes new additions this year. The company has been offering a compilation of beautifully visualized data every December, and this year is no different. These include your top artists, songs, genres, and...

Imint’s new Vidhance Video Stabiltization 4 engine delivers better motion detection, improved memory performance and more

Imint, the Sweden-based company that specializes in video software solutions for smartphones, today unveiled the Vidhance Video Stabiltization 4. The fourth-generation video stabilization engine builds upon the company's previous solutions and offers various improvements including better motion detection, lower power consumption, improved memory handling, and more. Imint says the new stabilization engine is completely redesigned from...