OnePlus 5/5T Android 9.0 Pie beta has finally arrived

OnePlus 5/5T Android 9.0 Pie beta has finally arrived

All the attention lavished on the OnePlus 6T and, to some extent, the OnePlus 6 might naturally cause a few owners of OnePlus’ 2017 flagships to feel a bit hurt. Neither side can be blamed but OnePlus did promise that the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T would still get their delicious pie. The good news is that the company hasn’t forgotten that promise. The bad news is that owners will have to settle, at least for now, for a beta of Android 9 Pie. That is if they’re willing to take the risk.

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Apple is making its own cellular modem, job hiring reveals

Apple is making its own cellular modem, job hiring reveals

Next year, there will be a lot of talk about 5G coming from all players in the mobile market. Carriers and smartphone makers will race to be the first to offer 5G features while chip makers will flaunt their 5G-capable silicon. Amidst that frenzy, one key player will be relatively silent. Apple doesn’t seem to be hyping 5G plans for next but it isn’t because it doesn’t believe in the premise and promise of 5G. It’s just that it will be too busy making its own phone modem, 5G or otherwise.

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NVIDIA SHIELD keeps the features coming in Experience 7.2 upgrade

NVIDIA SHIELD keeps the features coming in Experience 7.2 upgrade

One could argue that given how few NVIDIA SHIELD units there are, it’s relatively easy for NVIDIA to update it. That said, one can also argue that given how few NVIDIA SHIELD units there are, NVIDIA could have also just as easily abandoned them in obsolescence. Fortunately, that isn’t the case and the latest SHIELD Experience 7.2 upgrade not only fixes or updates existing apps, it even brings new experiences, including Amazon Music.

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pen pairs S Pen with an all-metal 2-in-1

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen pairs S Pen with an all-metal 2-in-1

Samsung has a new pen-enabled 2-in-1 laptop, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen, promising performance and even a standalone GPU option in a sleek, all-metal design. Two versions of the notebook will be offered, the Notebook 9 Pen 13 with a 13.3-inch display, and the Notebook 9 Pen 15, which kicks things up to a 15-inch display with an NVIDIA graphics chip.

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Google Play launches new hub for donating to major charities

Google Play launches new hub for donating to major charities

Google has made it possible to make donations to certain charities using the Google Play Store. The support has arrived for users in North America, Great Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Indonesia, and Taiwan, though it'll take a few days for everyone to get access to the donation option. Supported charities include the American Red Cross and charity:water.

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Galaxy S10’s innovations might cost buyers this much

Galaxy S10’s innovations might cost buyers this much

While Samsung’s foldable phone, which may be called the Galaxy Fold or Galaxy Flex, might be 2019 much-anticipated device, it won’t be something majority of consumers will actually buy. As far as Samsung flagships are concerned, that role still falls on the Galaxy S series and, if it still exists, the Galaxy Note phone. Samsung does seem to be piling up “innovative” features on the Galaxy S10 but with all the new hardware, it raises the question of how much those will sell for.

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Parker Solar Probe sends back Sun data from its closest-ever approach

Parker Solar Probe sends back Sun data from its closest-ever approach

NASA mission scientists have recently been on the receiving end of data gathered by the Parker Solar Probe during its closest-ever solar approach last month. Four researchers with the space agency shared some information about the mission at the 2018 American Geophysical Union meeting today, revealing that they expect to be surprised by some of the probe's future discoveries, among other things.

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Pandora mobile apps get new podcast discovery platform

Pandora mobile apps get new podcast discovery platform

Pandora has pushed out updates for its Android and iOS apps to bring personalized podcast recommendations. The company first revealed plans to offer the feature earlier this year, later deploying it as a beta to a limited number of users. As with its music service, the podcast discovery feature helps users find new podcasts that they're likely to enjoy based on what they already listen to.

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Folding rescue drone can transform its shape while in the air

Folding rescue drone can transform its shape while in the air

Researchers with the University of Zurich have created a flying drone designed specifically for rescue missions. Though aerial vehicles designed for emergency situations aren't anything new, the researchers have bestowed their model with a unique ability: wings that briefly fold inward, enabling the drone to fly through narrow passages.

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Amazon Fire TV Cube gets multi-room audio and follow-up mode

Amazon Fire TV Cube gets multi-room audio and follow-up mode

Amazon is releasing an update for its Fire TV Cube, bringing multi-room audio and more to its entertainment device. The features are arriving this week and include the maker's Follow-up Mode, which eliminates the need to repeatedly say "Alexa." The model is also getting Alexa announcements, the ability to adjust TV volume using voice commands, and more.

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Minecraft 1.8 update brings pandas, stray cats, bamboo, and more

Minecraft 1.8 update brings pandas, stray cats, bamboo, and more

Minecraft has been updated to version 1.8, bringing a bunch of new features, updated templates, functions, a few experimental gameplay changes, and more. Players will, for example, find that stray cats now spawn in villages and can be tamed using fish. As previously promised, the game also now features pandas that spawn in jungles and bamboo will now appear in some chests.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate Piranha Plant codes are easy to miss

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Piranha Plant codes are easy to miss

Though Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has only been available for a few days, Nintendo has already announced that the game will be getting a handful of DLC fighters. One of the first out of the gate will be Piranha Plant, who will be given to early Ultimate buyers for free. Though we aren't expecting Piranha Plant to launch for a while yet, it seems that download codes have already started going out.

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