Auralux: Constellations, the Sequel, Now Available on Google Play

A week or so ago, I mentioned that Auralux: Constellations would soon launch on Google Play. As a big fan of the first Auralux, I was happy about this. The game is now available on Google Play, free to download, and it’s way better than I initially anticipated.

While the overall gameplay is still the same real-time strategy concept as the first title, there have been major improvements made to the graphics and feel of the game. Everything seems much smoother, especially when commanding larger forces. To go along with those updated graphics, you can even change the color of your forces, choosing primary and secondary colors. You can even change the colors of your enemies.  (more…)

Hangouts Chrome Extension Getting ‘New Experience’ on August 31

An update for the Hangouts extension on Chrome is inbound, one that Google states is pretty much required to use. On August 31, the update will go live via the Chrome Store, and for new users, the updated version will be the default Hangouts “experience” they must use. However, for existing users, they can choose to not update to the new experience, at least until Google forces them to on October 16.

So, what is in this new experience that makes it required to use? According to Google’s rather short post, “the new experience brings together multiple chat windows into one and makes it easier to see more chat content.” For anyone using the current Hangouts extension, this is essentially what we have already been using. Instead of multiple little chat windows, all of Hangouts will remain in one window, with users still able to pop-out a chat if they wish.  (more…)

Nexus 5X Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Image Now Available

The first Android 7.0 Nougat batch of factory images and OTA .zip files for Nexus devices arrived earlier in the week, but the newest phones of the group didn’t see the love out of the gate. We’re talking about the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 6, all of which also happen to be Qualcomm-powered devices. That’s not me laying blame, it’s just a pointed observation about current and previous factory image releases related to Qualcomm devices.

Either way, the Nexus 5X files are now available for those who need them. The build is the same as the builds we saw earlier in the week – NRD90M.

Go get em!  (more…)

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OnePlus Unveils the Bullets V2 Earbuds, Not USB Type-C

A couple of days ago, OnePlus fired up the hypetrain, teasing an announcement that would take place today. Well, the announcement has come in the form of a YouTube video and webpage. Today, OnePlus unveiled the Bullets V2 earbuds, a sequel to its previous Bullets earbuds.

As for specifications, potential buyers are looking at a Aryphan Polyarylate diaphragm, 9mm dynamic driver, inline remote, 24Ω impedance, weight of 14g, 107dB of sound pressure, and a 3.5mm standard headphone jack connection. Sadly, we had hoped to see USB Type-C, but that is a no go. (more…)

Hasselblad Moto Mod Spotted Ahead of Possible IFA Unveiling

The Hasselblad Moto Mod, a camera module that we all anticipated would launch alongside the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, but didn’t, has been spotted in promotional material ahead of a possible unveiling at next week’s IFA in Berlin. According to the material, this upcoming Moto Mod will feature 10x optical zoom, Xenon flash, a RAW shooting option, and quite a bit more.  (more…)

US Cellular Revises Shared Connect Plans, Includes More Data

Beginning today, US Cellular has revised its Shared Connect plans, offering a more “streamlined” experience for customers. According to US Cellular, the plans bring more data and bonus value, which you probably won’t hear anyone complaining about.

To lay it out, it appears that each tier of the Shared Connect plans have gotten a bump in data. That goes for the 2GB plan, all the way to the 24GB plan. With the revisions, the 2GB plan starts at $30/month, while the most expensive, the 24GB plan, costs $100/month. There are three plans that plop in the middle of those two plans. More pricing information can be viewed below.  (more…)

HTC Expects to Provide Nougat Update for HTC 10 During Q4, Other Devices After

Details shared via HTC’s Twitter account this morning states that the company expects to provide a Nougat update for the HTC 10 during Q4 of this year. More specifically, HTC hopes to update the unlocked HTC 10, followed by updates for the unlocked One M9 and unlocked One A9 to Android 7.0. Then, if all goes well, we can expect to see updates for carrier models, but no timeframe was provided.  (more…)