Owners of the unlocked HTC U11 can expect a treat to help them get through their post-holiday weekend Monday blues. According to a tweet from Mo Versi, HTC's VP of Product Management for the Americas region, the unlocked version of the U11 will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update tomorrow (Monday, November 27th). This comes about a week and a half after HTC began rolling out the Oreo update for U11 owners in Taiwan. Read More
If you missed out on the Pixel 2's preorder deal for a free Home Mini, don't despair; the Google Store is now restarting that deal and giving $100 in store credit to new buyers. Depending on your priorities, this might be a better deal than the $50 discount on the Pixel 2 XL via eBay. Plus, the Pixelbook now comes with a complimentary Home, which is pretty nifty. Read More
If you're still nostalgic for the good times when BlackBerry's physical keyboards were all the rage, the last vestige of this dying form factor is the BlackBerry KEYone, which was announced at MWC early this year. Despite its flaws, Jordan found a lot to like in his review of the device so it could be worth a go at a decent price. Read More
If you're interested in a new security kit for your home or a way to get started setting up a smart home, Wink has a nice offering that's pretty much foolproof for newbies. I reviewed the hub a while ago, and though I moved to SmartThings for its more advanced features, I can still recommend Wink because it makes the basics a lot easier than SmartThings. And Wink's new Lookout takes that one step further by providing sensors and a siren that are pre-paired with the included hub, requiring even less setup. The system may not be as sturdy as other home security offerings from Nest and SmartThings + ADT, but it costs much less and requires no monthly fees. Read More
I just bought these. If you're looking for wireless earbuds, go get them too. /post
Oh alright, you want more information, right? Plus I gotta type a few words to justify this being a full article. Sure, sure.
I've been looking for Bluetooth earbuds for the past month. I have the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2: I use it daily and love it. This is my second set: the first lasted me two years before the left earbud died and this one has been going for 2.5 years without a hitch. I like the form factor since I can remove the earbuds and leave them hanging around my neck, I also want something non-sealing because I often wear them in public. Read More
The Pixelbook was shown off only around two months ago, but the tech industry is constantly evolving. That seems to be the case for this motorized Pixelbook lid that was spotted in a patent. This lid would ensure that you wouldn't have to exert as much physical force to use your laptop. Read More
Verizon's Wear24 Android Wear smartwatch originally retailed for $349.99, which was likely a factor in its discontinuation after just four months on the market. We completely forgot it existed until a week ago, when we spotted it on eBay for $129.99 a pop, which we thought was a pretty good deal. Now the Wear24 has fallen to an incredibly low $79.99, which is amazing given the specs behind it. Read More
One of the most important features included in Android 8.0 Oreo is 'Project Treble,' Google's attempt to modularize Android. We covered it in detail here, but in a nutshell, Treble separates all the low-level device drivers (known as the 'vendor implementation') from the rest of Android. This makes updating phones/tablets to the latest version of Android much easier for manufacturers, as long as they already support Treble.
There's another major reason why Project Treble is getting people excited - custom ROMs. It is significantly easier to develop custom ROMs for phones with Treble, as opposed to ones without the feature. Read More
For years, one of the most common complaints about Chromebooks was that they couldn't run the Office suite of applications. Microsoft has offered Android apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for a few years now, but they weren't made available to all Chromebooks for some reason. Read More