Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature prevents a user from taking calls or reading texts while driving

The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL both come with a feature that just might save your life. Toggle on Do Not Disturb under the Driving tab, and the phone will not alert you to incoming texts or calls if it senses that you are in a moving vehicle. This way, if you’re behind the wheel, you’ll be oblivious to calls and texts that normally you might focus on even while driving. Using your phone while steering and navigating on the road is a big no-no, and deaths due to distracted driving have been on the rise. 

The sensors in the phone and Bluetooth combine to tell the Pixel 2 or …


All Amazon Echo devices can now make calls for free on North America to the U.S., Canada and Mexico

It has been quite a week for Amazon’s Echo line up. Not only did Amazon revise the original Echo by adding a cloth cover, it made the new version of the original smart speaker shorter and fatter. The Amazon Echo Plus looks like the original Echo, adding improved Dolby sound and enhanced voice recognition. The addition of the ZigBee smart home hub makes it easier for users to control smart home products like entertainment systems, climate controls, locks and more. Other new models and accessories include the Echo Spot, the Echo Connect and Buttons.

Now, a new report published on Saturday …

Some Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus users report static noise during calls

It might have escaped many of you that the number one reason to own a smartphone (besides showing off and impressing others) is to make calls. If there is a problem and you can’t hear the other end of your conversation crystal clear, that is as much of a problem as a bug in the browser is. As it turns out, several Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus users are complaining about hearing static through the pair’s earpiece during cellular phone calls.

The static is not showing up when the call is heard over a headset, or if the speaker phone feature is in use. The noise can be heard when …

T-Mobile is allowing those in Hurricane Harvey's way to make free calls and texts

T-Mobile announced tonight that it is offering free phone calls and texts to its customers who are in the path of Hurricane Harvey. The category 4 storm is making landfall in Texas this evening and the free calls and texts will run from today through September 1st in certain areas of Texas and Louisiana. Those in the affected areas who are customers of T-Mobile and MetroPCS, even if they are on a pre-paid plan, can take advantage of this offer.

The area codes where the free calling and texting is in effect include the following:

Texas: 830, 512, 210, 936, 956, 361,979, 281,832,713, …

Constantly having beeps at the end of calls? Look at your Snapchat permissions

Snapchat rose to fame by scoring a generous initial public offering this year, making its founders billionaires thanks to Wall Street eager to participate in the next big IM thingy, and forcing them to marry Victoria’s Secret supermodels. The Snapchat app, however, is another beer, as it has been plagued by memory and power consumption leakages from the onset (like most messaging apps), as well as some recent boot crash issues.

The latest problem stemming from the Snapchat app has been more obscure to find, but there is a whole Reddit thread dedicated to the weird case of loud …

The "no smartphone" phobia is a growing issue and it has little to do with being unable to make or receive calls

Nowadays, we spend insane amounts of time on our smartphones. It’s the first thing we reach for in the morning, it’s the last thing we touch before going to sleep. Users happily report when they manage to achieve 8 hours of screen on time with their handset, lauding the amazing battery life, but the connotation that this means you were facing down with your nose buried in the small screen for 8 hours that day is often left overlooked.

Smartphone addiction and phone separation anxiety are often being thrown around in discussions about the list of millennial issues. …

KGI's Kuo: Series 3 Apple Watch won't support stand alone phone calls at launch

Just yesterday, an inside source allegedly from Apple told CNBC that the Series 3 Apple Watch would be able to receive and initiate calls without having to be paired to an iPhone. Speculation has the wearable getting unveiled as soon as next month, alongside the 2017 iPhone models. In addition to making and taking stand alone calls, the new wearable should also be able to stream music even when not paired to an iPhone. Many tech fanatics, excited about the idea of a stand alone Apple Watch, are getting ready to purchase the wearable sometime before 2017 comes to an end.

However, this morning …

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 …

Picture-in-picture mode for video calls coming to WhatsApp on Android O

WhatsApp is very close to getting a new feature that would allow users to watch YouTube videos directly in the app, but only on iOS devices. We had already reported on the matter a few days ago, but if you don’t remember, then you should know the feature is still under development and will work just like picture-in-picture mode.

Apparently, the team behind WhatsApp is working on a similar feature for Android devices, which will work on video calls. The bad news is it will only support devices running Android O since the picture-in-picture mode was added to WhatsApp thanks to an API included …

Smart speaker calls cops to break up a domestic disturbance

We know how useful smart speakers can be. Pairing a speaker with a virtual assistant allows users to activate smart appliances (like lights, thermostats, entertainment systems etc.), stream music playlists, obtain information like the weather, sports scores and the news. Depending on the model, you can send texts and even make and take phone calls. And as a mother and daughter in New Mexico discovered the other day, certain smart speakers will call the cops in the middle of a domestic dispute.

A week ago, Eduardo Barros was house-sitting in Tijeras with his girlfriend and her daughter. A …