Author Archives: Eric Abent


Here are all of the Samsung devices getting Nougat updates

Here are all of the Samsung devices getting Nougat updates

Samsung has - at long last - revealed a full list of phones and tablets that will receive Android 7.0 Nougat. The list was actually revealed at the end of an announcement for the Galaxy S7's Nougat update. Of course, we already knew that Nougat was being sent out to Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets, but it's nice to get official confirmation in any case.

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Leica M10 puts 24MP digital camera in a body analog fans will love

Leica M10 puts 24MP digital camera in a body analog fans will love

Leica has revealed its new M10 digital camera, but you'd be forgiven if you thought this was a film camera at first blush. Leica has focused on the form factor with this newest M-series release, attempting to make it as similar to analog M models as possible. The result, Leica says, is the slimmest digital M-series camera it has ever produced.

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VIZIO brings Google Home integration to SmartCast devices

VIZIO brings Google Home integration to SmartCast devices

VIZIO has announced that its range of SmartCast devices will now play nice with Google Home. Using this new functionality, you can control your TVs, soundbars, and speakers with your voice, with a variety of different commands centered around "OK Google" available. As some of you already know, SmartCast devices are built on Google's own Chromecast technology, which basically makes Google Home support a no-brainer.

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AT&T pulls the plug on its 2G network

AT&T pulls the plug on its 2G network

We knew it was coming, but now AT&T has made it official: the carrier's 2G network is no more. AT&T announced this week that it has shut down its 2G network, a move that's been years in the making. The kicker is that the shutdown happened without most people even realizing it, as AT&T said the network has been inactive since January 1.

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Curiosity Rover finds evidence of mud cracks in Martian rocks

Curiosity Rover finds evidence of mud cracks in Martian rocks

It's been a little while since we've heard from the Mars Curiosity rover, but over the past few weeks, it's been very busy examining what could be evidence of mud cracks in a slab of Martian rock. That slab of rock - dubbed Old Soaker by NASA scientists - features many raised ridges that could have been created by drying mud billions of years ago. If that's the case, then we'll have even more evidence for a wetter environment in the planet's past.

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Microsoft puts Cortana on Android lockscreens

Microsoft puts Cortana on Android lockscreens

Microsoft is looking to put Cortana front and center on Android, as a new update will add the AI assistant to your lockscreen. The update is currently in beta, so while it isn't available to all users yet, it should be arriving sometime in the next few weeks. Of course, if you're a beta tester for the Cortana app, you can get this extra functionality right now, but everyone else will have to wait.

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Android Nougat update underway for Xperia Z5 line, Xperia Z3 Plus

Android Nougat update underway for Xperia Z5 line, Xperia Z3 Plus

Slowly but surely, Sony has been knocking out its Android Nougat updates. What began with the Xperia XZ and X Performance has now moved on to the Z5 family and the Xperia Z3 Plus. Sony has started the Nougat roll out to those phones, so if you don't see an OTA notification yet, you may want to manually check for updates.

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Roku mobile app v4.0 for iOS and Android streamlines navigation

Roku mobile app v4.0 for iOS and Android streamlines navigation

Roku's mobile app is getting an update today on iOS and Android, and streamlining is the name of the game. The update adds a number of shortcuts to the main screen, putting some of the more popular Roku features front and center for easy access. On top of that, a new "What's On" tab aims to make finding content a little easier for you indecisive types.

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Have a look at the first Nintendo Switch commercial

Have a look at the first Nintendo Switch commercial

We found out a lot of new information about the Nintendo Switch at the end of last week, and sure enough, the marketing machine is now rolling in a big way. Nintendo has wasted no time in delivering the first commercial for Nintendo Switch, and it's no surprise that Zelda is coming along for the ride.

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Alcatel Idol 4S Windows 10 phone lands at Microsoft Store unlocked

Alcatel Idol 4S Windows 10 phone lands at Microsoft Store unlocked

A couple of months after arriving at T-Mobile, the Alcatel Idol 4S has landed at select Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada. In a world where Windows on phones is becoming more and more rare, Alcatel has outfitted its Idol 4S with Windows 10, making it VR compatible to boot. The version arriving at Microsoft Stores today is unlocked, and should work on any GSM network in the US and Canada.

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Time is running out to download your Vines: Here’s how

Time is running out to download your Vines: Here’s how

Today is the day that Vine becomes Vine Camera, which means it's also the last day to save your Vines if you haven't done so already. Twitter announced what is essentially the death of Vince back in October, but the day has arrived at last. If you don't want your Vines to be lost forever, here's what you need to do to download them.

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Here are 6 runs from AGDQ 2017 you need to watch

Here are 6 runs from AGDQ 2017 you need to watch

Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 wrapped up over the weekend, but not before smashing donation records set by previous marathons. In all, AGDQ 2017 raised over $2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, surpassing the previous record of $1.5 million set during AGDQ 2015. What's even more impressive is that more than $1 million was raised during a single day at AGDQ 2017, with donations flooding in during the last day of the marathon.

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