DEAL: Most of Anker’s Best Quick Charge Products Have Big Discounts at Amazon

With Xmas only a couple of weeks away, you should start thinking about grabbing those last few presents for loved ones. Don’t be that guy (me) running around on December 23 looking for final gifts.

If you need a handful of affordable stocking-stuffer items, you might want to take a look at all of the Anker products that are discounted right now at Amazon. Devices like their fast wireless charger ($20), PowerCore 5000 quick charge power bank ($14), and Quick Charge 3.0 car charger ($17) all have solid price drops.

Each includes Prime shipping as well.  (more…)

AirDroid Issues Update on Android to Address Previous Security Concerns

Last week, popular smartphone-to-PC software, AirDroid, came under fire for allegedly having “multiple” security vulnerabilities in their Android app when connected to an unsecure network, but also for seemingly pushing out other updates instead of fixing these potentially serious issues. AirDroid said that they would push an update to clean everything up within a couple of weeks and has now done that.

Through a statement sent to us, AirDroid confirms that their mobile app has been updated to v4.0.0.3 and PC apps to v3.3.5.3. These new versions “have improved [AirDroid’s] encryption mechanism as planned and fixed the issue regarding the recent concern over AirDroid’s security.”

For more on what was fixed, you can view the full statement below.  (more…)

Official: Samsung Pushing Software Update to Remaining Note 7 Devices to Stop Them From Charging (Updated)

Starting December 19, Samsung will begin pushing a new software update to remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices in the US that have not yet been returned. That software update will prevent devices from being able to charge and will then “eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices.” News of this type of update was first reported on yesterday and is now official.

Samsung says that the update will rollout over 30 days to remaining phones and customers who own Note 7s will be notified through “multiple touchpoints,” likely in an attempt to get them onto another phone before their Note 7’s life is over with. More than 93% of Note 7s have been recalled, according to Samsung.  (more…)

Google Home’s Conversation Actions are Open for Developers to Make Magic Happen

During Google’s unveiling of Google Home, the Pixel phones, and Google Assistant a couple of months ago, they showed off a preview of the future of Assistant on both devices. That future was highlighted by Actions on Google, the 2-piece platform that Google has created to give third parties access to Assistant. Today, Google has opened up one of those two pieces on Google Home, which could lead to the third party, conversational action magic you’ve been dreaming of.  (more…)

Report: Samsung Going “All-Screen” Design in Galaxy S8, May Launch in April

According to a report out of Bloomberg, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge will sport all-screen front designs, much like Xiaomi introduced with their new Mi Mix phone. We’re talking mostly bezel-less designs that laugh at companies who have bragged in the past about screen-to-bezel ratios. Today’s report also predicts a potential delay in the launch of each, along with a couple of other features like the end of physical home buttons.  (more…)

Wave of Daydream VR Apps Hits Google Play: Need for Speed, Gunjack 2, HBO Now and More

If you were at all originally concerned that a lack of content would be an issue with Google’s Daydream VR platform, hopefully days like today, where Google pushes out a bunch of apps and games in waves will help. We’re seeing high-end titles like Gunjack 2: End of Shift, Need for Speed, LEGO Brickheadz, and HBO NOW all make their way to the mobile VR world of Android.  (more…)

T-Mobile’s New DIGITS is the Latest 1-Number to Rule Them All Idea

This morning, T-Mobile took the wraps off its latest technology introduction, DIGITS. The idea here is very much Google Voice meets AT&T’s NumberSync in that you get to use a single phone number (your “DIGITS”) across multiple devices and have additional phone numbers funnel through it.

T-Mobile’s take on this type of technology allows you to access your “DIGITS” number (calls, contacts, texts, and voicemails) on phones, tablets, wearables and computers. You can even have it setup to funnel through an old flip phone. T-Mobile says that they are taking this 1-number to rule them all idea further by letting customers attach multiple T-Mobile numbers on the same device. That means accessing numbers from work, home, and a personal line on a single smartphone.  (more…)