You can now start a Duo video chat right in the middle of a regular phone call

Google has started rolling out a new feature on its Phone app that allows a Duo video call to be started up in the middle of a regular voice call. If you are using the Google Phone app and you call someone who has Duo installed on their device, you will see a new button added to the Phone app’s in-call list of options. Labeled “Video call” and paired with the Duo icon, pressing this button will disconnect the original phone call and launch the Duo app on both ends of the conversation.

If the recipient of the call isn’t decent, or doesn’t want to be on camera for one reason or another, the …


Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL software update fixes voice call clicking, adds saturated display mode

A new software update for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is out now, and aside from bringing a fix for the Wi-Fi-related Krack vulnerability, it’s also aiming to mend the devices’ audio and display problems.

As a refresher, numerous reports about clicking and cracking in the earpiece during voice calls and OLED display burn-in have marred the launch of Google’s latest flagships. Oh, and let’s not forget that some devices are shipping sans an operating system out of the box.

In particular, a new toggle in the display settings menu allows users to choose …

Pixel 2 voice call clicking (and how you can fix it)


A smartphone is a hugely advance piece of technology, and considering all that’s happening within its circuits on a microsecond-by-microsecond basis, it’s a small miracle that things tend to work as well as they do. Still, while we expect to run into glitches here and there when experiencing advanced new technology, working with things like augmented reality, advanced biometrics, or Google’s world-scanning Tango system, by this point we largely take it for granted that all the basics are running like a well-oiled machine.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and recently we’ve …

Couple that ordered storage bins from Amazon had to call the cops over what they found inside

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For two Amazon customers in Florida, a simple purchase of four plastic storage bin turned into a mystery involving 65 pounds of marijuana. 

When the couple’s order arrived a few months ago, they were surprised it weighed so much, according to WFTV, an ABC affiliate in Orlando. But they were downright shocked upon opening the 27-gallon bins only to discover they contained pounds and pounds of weed. 

The woman who made the order spoke to WFTV anonymously because she and her fiancé still haven’t determined why they received the drugs and remain worried for their safety.  Read more…

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Once again, rumors call for 2017 iPhone users to shell out cash for wireless charging accessories

Rumors that the tenth anniversary iPhone, currently known as the Apple iPhone 8, will feature wireless charging have been around for some time. Actually, all three rumored 2017 iPhone models could be the first iOS powered handsets to offer this feature. So-called Apple expert John Gruber sent out a tweet last July indicating that the charging pads for the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus will be sold separately. 

The CEO of contract assembler Wriston, Robert Hwang, said earlier this year that wireless charging on the iPhone requires the new models to undergo …

Amber Heard and Tesla tycoon, Elon Musk call it quits

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The Tesla titan and actress Amber Heard are parting ways. The two officially got together after finalizing their respective divorces and had been heating up the tech world since. 

But looks like it’s their hectic schedules that eventually led to the sad breakup. Read more…

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Update to Duo adds video calls to your phone's native call log

Google’s video chat app Duo has been a mighty fine addition for both Android and iOS users, and some new features make Duo even more capable. Anyone in your Android contacts list who you’ve called using Duo can be the recipient of a voice-only or video-only call. This is a great feature to use when you are not looking your best, or you don’t want the other end of the call to hear background noise. The Knock Knock feature allows the recipient of a Duo video call to see a few seconds of the caller live before the connection is officially made. This allows the person receiving the call to see who …

Much like Facetime, Google Duo now integrates with your Android's call history

Google’s Allo and Duo are the Android-maker’s latest entries in the world of chat apps. Yes, we do mean to say “latest”, as there have been quite a lot of them over the years. For some reason, Google just chooses to scrap one project and move on to the next.

But that said, it seems that Allo and Duo are here to stay. They are by far the most polished of Google’s communication tools, and they are still being developed. Duo is the voice chat app and Allo is the texting app, which may or may not get SMS integration in the future.

It’s easy to draw parallels between Google’s Duo and Apple’s …

T-Mobile outs call failure fix for Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5

Two new small updates are now being rolled out by T-Mobile for Samsung smartphones. Each of these updates addresses an issue with Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 where users experience call failure.

The roll-out of both updates should be in full swing now, as T-Mobile announced their availability on May 21. The changelog is the same for both smartphones: “Intermittent call failure fix, Android 7.0 Nougat for users still on DQC2.”

However, the software build number is different, so if you own the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5, then you should be looking …

The FCC’s site faces net neutrality comment attacks again after John Oliver’s call for action

Two years after the Federal Communications Commission passed the net neutrality rules that prevent content providers from paying ISPs for a faster pipeline to customers, the debate about the regulation heated up again in the last month, as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to reverse the regulation introduced by Obama’s administration. And just as it happened before, the FCC’s site faced a massive flood of comments discussing net neutrality after comedian John Oliver called the public for action.

According to Reuters, more than 100,000 comments have been registered since Sunday and …