Showing posts from May, 2017

Google Search just made art education much more interactive

Google Search is an amazingly spectacular thing. Google Arts and Culture is also amazingly spectacular. Wouldn’t it be great if they worked together in a fun and educational way? Now, they do.Announced on Google’s own blog, “The Keyword”, searching and learning about art has just become a lot more interactive through the tech giant. While you could already search about specific pieces and get a pretty good understanding of them, the Google Search team has teamed up with Google Arts and Culture to make the experience even better. Read moreXiaomi Mi 6 review Now, when you search for an artist, you can get an overview of their life, see a panel of high resolution photos of their works, and even see where their art is currently on display. If you can’t travel there yourself, you can always jump into Google street view and do a virtual museum tour to experience the pieces up close and personal. While you’re walking through, quick information about each piece will pop out, and you can click o…

Samsung Gear Fit 2 update brings automatic activity recognition and an SOS feature

Samsung has released a big update for the Gear Fit 2, which improves the device’s heart-rate and exercise-tracking abilities and offers new ways to maximize your training.When you finish a workout, you’ll now see a color-coded graph that shows you the time spent in different heart rate zones. These are broken down by level of exertion to Moderate, Vigorous, and Maximum. See also: Best fitness trackers3 weeks ago The update also enhances the device’s activity detection, as the Gear Fit 2 will automatically activate its fitness-tracking functions after you exercise for more than ten minutes. And when you complete an auto-tracked workout, you’ll see your approximate location on the map that pops up on the screen.If you’re a serious runner, you can set customizable pace targets via the Samsung Health app. It’s a useful feature to have and only requires you to input the desired distance and time into your device. You can also choose between runs that are designed to either help you burn fat o…

Galaxy S8 owners may have to wait until late June for full Bixby voice support

The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in late April occurred without the full English voice support for its much hyped Bixby digital assistant. Now a new report claims that Bixby won’t add those critical voice command features until at least late June. See also: Bixby vs Google Assistant vs SiriApril 24, 2017 The report comes from the usually reliable Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources. You may remember that originally Samsung said that Bixby would get its voice command features “later this Spring“, so a delay to late June would show the company is having some additional issues adding voice support to its home-grown assistant. WSJ adds that, according to one source, Bixby is still “struggling to comprehend English syntax and grammar”.The reported delay of Bixby’s voice command features is perhaps the biggest black eye for the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. However, it does not appear to have affected sales of the smartphones. Earlier in May, the company announced…

Never miss a call again with the XXL Shower Speaker

If you ever miss calls while you’re in the shower, theXXL Shower Speakeris the ideal addition to your life. It’s so useful that, once you have one, you’ll wonder how you got by without it. We’re throwing some light on it today, because right now you can snag it at a significant discount.This simple-to-use speaker has a Bluetooth connection that lets you jam out in the shower. It’stwice as big and twice as powerfulas most shower speakers, so you can really get a party going whilst you scrub. The large battery also means that it will usually be over a month before it needs charging. You’ll wonder how you got by without it. The Bluetooth can also be used tomake and receive calls. You could be expecting important news, or you might just enjoy chatting while you wash. Either way the answer is right here.The guys over at Tech Deals are offering a huge80% discounton the speaker for the next few days. So right now you can pick one up forjust $20. Too good to miss.The customers who’ve already gr…

Latest Google Allo update introduces Selfie Clips

Google Allo continues to improve and today the team has a pretty neat feature for you – Selfie Clips. This new capability makes it crazy simple to create a GIF and immediately send it to your Allo contacts. All you have to do is hit the “+” button within a conversation, select “GIF” and get recording.We’re launching selfie clips in #GoogleAllo today, making it easier to capture and share your own personal gif— Amit Fulay (@amitfulay) May 31, 2017Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, but how many words are short videos worth? Much more, clearly. Go ahead and give Selfie Clips a go. And don’t forget to hit the comments to tell us how you feel about them!Get it from Google Play See also: Google Allo vs. iMessage: Which one does it best?February 14, 2017 Previous updatesGoogle Allo version 11 hints at future Duo integrationMay 31, 2017: Google Allo and Duo are already two closely related products, but a recent app teardown suggests they’re about to g…

You can vote for the final OnePlus 5 box design if you have a Weibo account

It’s no longer a secret that OnePlus plans to officially announce its next handset, the OnePlus 5, in the very near future. However, the company continues to build up to that reveal with some more teasers. The latest one is allowing for some audience participation, if you happen to have a Weibo account. See also: Can the OnePlus 5 be a hit with a higher price?4 days ago The company is currently running a poll on China’s popular social media service that lets users vote for one of eight possible retail box designs for the OnePlus 5. As you can see from the eight candidates, OnePlus seems to really likes the colors of white and red for its phone boxes.

Each of these designs are actually quite striking in their own way, and we wouldn’t complain if the final choice came from one of these selections. However, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, so you may feel differently. If you have a Weibo account, you can vote for your favorite box design at the link below.Vote on Weibo We should l…

Sony Xperia XZ Premium first impressions

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium was announced back in February during MWC 2017, but the phone is just now going up for pre-order in various markets around the world, like in the US on June 12. We will have a full review shortly, but while in Taipei for Computex 2017, I was lucky enough to be able to spend some time with Sony’s latest flagship. Here are my first impressions about the Sony Xperia XZ Premium!Starting off with the design, the Xperia XZ Premium does feel a touch too big, despite featuring a 5.5-inch display. The display doesn’t feel too large given what other OEMs are doing with smartphone designs nowadays, though the top, bottom, and side bezels around the display make the phone feel chunkier than it needs to be. It certainly appears as though Sony doesn’t really know how to make their devices compact. Plus, with the current focus on bezel-less designs, this could be a letdown for some.The unit I’m using features a blue hue that shines through the metal and glass construction,…