Google+ 7.2.0 Update Brings Faster Web Browsing, Search History

Still rocking Google+? If so, a big update is rolling out for the Android app, one which includes 29 bug fixes, addressed accessibility issues, and a strengthened web browsing experience.

As detailed by Googler Luke Wroblewski, the app now utilizes Chrome custom tabs to preload web sites when they are linked to inside of a Google+ post. This allows web sites to load much faster. Not only will speeds be increased, but other features like saved passwords, autofill, and Tap to Search are also available in custom tabs.  (more…)

Kanye West is Streaming Yeezy Season 3 and His New Album on TIDAL Right Now (Updated)

Kanye West is an interesting character, one could say. He offends a lot of people. Says really ridiculous sh*t. Changes albums titles far too often. And is, maybe surprisingly, pretty damn successful outside of hip hop (mostly in fashion and shoes). Today, he’s showing all sides of him with the reveal of his Yeezy Season 3 clothing line, but also by letting the public hear his new album, “The Life of Pablo,” for the first time. Hate him or love him, he’s hard to ignore.

Unfortunately, you can only watch and listen to any of this on TIDAL, the music service that is by musicians, for musicians, or something. Jay-Z owns it – at least I think he still does – and the point of it (at least this is how we’re being sold on it) is to push higher-quality streaming audio over other streaming services. It’s also supposed to make us feel bad for musicians who have already made hundreds of millions of dollars in their careers.  (more…)

Google Also Said to be Working on a Stand-Alone VR Headset

Earlier in the week, Financial Times reported that Google was working on a new virtual reality (VR) headset that would be comparable to Samsung’s Gear VR. In other words, it would be an upgraded unit over their current Cardboard apparatus that is used for low-end levels of VR fun. In a new report from the Wall Street Journal, Google is said to not only be making that new, “more advanced” version of Cardboard, but they are working on a stand-alone VR headset as well, one that won’t require a computer, smartphone, or game console to function. Say what?  (more…)

GTA: Liberty City Stories Hits Google Play, Currently Priced at $3.99

Rockstar published GTA: Liberty City Stories this morning onto Google Play, bringing mobile gamers a chance to experience the same great game, but this time, on Android.

In the game’s description, Rockstar explains that the studio has streamlined and shortened missions to deliver a better mobile experience, while better graphics and touchscreen controls have been also been integrated.  (more…)

Instagram Soon to Bring View Counter for Videos

Over the coming weeks, users of Instagram will begin to see view counts on videos, providing exact feedback to those who upload videos how many people are watching the content.

When the change takes place, view counts can be seen on the bottom section of an upload, right where “likes” used to be. Those who either upload the video or view the video can still see exactly who likes the video by clicking on the counter.  (more…)

Snapdragon Wear is Qualcomm’s New Longer Lasting Wearable Chip, LG Promises to Use It

Qualcomm is ready to power the next generation of wearables with their new Snapdragon Wear platform and Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset. Through a press release this morning, the San Diego based company announced that their new 2100 chipset will help manufacturers release wearables (like smartwatches) with “sleek designs, long battery life, smart sensing, and always-connected experiences.”

The Snapdragon Wear 2100 will arrive in two versions – tethered (Bluetooth and WiFi) and connected (4G LTE and 3G). That means we’ll not only see WiFi-only models, but those powered by wireless radios as well, to give you connectivity without a phone nearby.  (more…)

Report: Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Pre-Orders Live February 21, Comes With Free Gear VR

According to a report from Android World, the same day that Samsung intends to unveil the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge at MWC on February 21, the company will also open up a pre-order for the devices.

Not only could folks be able to pre-order the device, but Samsung is throwing in an additional incentive to purchase the phone. Claimed by a source, Samsung will include a free Gear VR headset with the pre-order of a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. According to the report, this pre-order special will be available February 21 through March 10.  (more…)