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Ambient Music Mod v2 Hands-on: Google Pixel’s Now Playing feature ported to other Android devices without root

Most people will agree that the software on Pixel smartphones showcase what Google believes Android should be, and as such, the software is often well-received by enthusiasts. Nonetheless, thanks to the dedicated modding community, you don’t necessarily have to own a Pixel device to take advantage of its software features. The "Now Playing" functionality, for...

macOS Ventura Hands-on: A sprinkle of iPadOS that streamlines the Mac

Apple revealed macOS Ventura along with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and watchOS 9 during WWDC22. Perhaps one of the biggest highlights of the event was the redesigned iPhone Lock Screen. Apple really caught us off guard with this one, as it further borrows features Android OS has had for years. But hey -- better late than...

iOS 16 Developer Beta 1 Hands-on: Meaningful improvements across the board

I have a lot of problems with iOS as an operating system, but I'm also a pretty big fan of my iPhone 13 Pro. While the software isn't perfect, I like it overall, and Apple has been rolling out improvements to it over the years. There are a lot of features I really wish it...

watchOS 9 Developer Beta 1 Hands-On: Iterative improvements focusing on exercises and sleep

Compared to all the other software updates announced at this year's WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) including and especially the game-changing iPadOS 16, the new software for the Apple Watch -- watchOS 9 -- is a mostly iterative update with subtle improvements. But with so many people wearing the Apple Watch (reportedly over 100 million) and with...

iPadOS 16 Developer Beta 1 Hands-On: Real multitasking makes iPad Pro a more realistic computer replacement

Apple's been calling the iPad Pro a "computer replacement" since the line first made its debut in 2015, and at the time, that claim was way too far-fetched. The iPad Pro at the time could only run one app at a time, and it didn't have a filing system. What kind of computer can't multi-task...

Acer Swift 5 (2022) Hands-on: A beautiful laptop with a 16:10 display

At  MWC 2022, Acer introduced two new laptops: The Swift 3 and the more premium Swift 5. After having the chance to try out the Acer Swift 3 a couple of weeks ago, Acer also sent me the Acer Swift 5 so I could take a closer look at it. To be clear, this is a...

Acer ConceptD 500 Hands-on: A beautiful desktop for creators

Acer just held its annual [email protected] event, where the company announced what seems to be an endless amount of PCs. Naturally, part of the announcement included ConceptD, Acer's brand for creators, and I got to spend some time with the ConceptD 500, a 20L desktop that has Intel 12th-gen processors, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070...

Huawei Mate Xs 2 Hands-On: The lightest large foldable yet

When foldables first came into existence in 2019, there were two forms: the book-like inner fold established by Samsung's Galaxy Fold, or Huawei's wraparound outer fold as seen in the Mate X. While I've always thought the inner fold made more sense because the design protects the main screen when not in use, there were...

OnePlus Nord N20 5G Hands On: Pretty phone with some questionable choices

The OnePlus Nord N20 5G is in the house, and there's a lot to love here for an inexpensive Android phone. The successor to the Snapdragon 690-powered Nord N10 5G, the Nord N20 has a Snapdragon 695 with an improved CPU and the same GPU. Aside from the internal improvements, there's a better camera, a...

POCO F4 GT Hands-On: Real shoulder buttons, great speaker and thermals make for excellent gaming phone

I used to think gaming phones were gimmicks. I'm not talking about the initial batch of pre-iPhone era devices like the Nokia N-Gage or Gizmondo, nor early 2010s-era devices from Sony and Samsung with slide-out controllers. Those devices actually brought something new and different to the mobile market. I am instead referring to the recent...

LineageOS 19 Hands-On: This is what you get with the official builds

LineageOS was created in 2016 as a stock-like Android custom ROM, following the collapse of the CyanogenMod project. We've seen it go through several major updates since then, but LineageOS has continued to bring a stock Android-like experience (and Google-free, if you choose) to dozens of phones and tablets. Now LineageOS 19 based on Android...

Vivo X Fold Hands-On: Setting foldable goals for 2022

The foldable phone scene can still be considered nascent in the majority of the world. But inside mainland China, it's already reached a status of normal, with Huawei, OPPO, Xiaomi, Honor, Motorola, and even little-known brands like Royole all selling foldables alongside Samsung. With so much competition, brands really can't rest on their laurels, and...