Splash-resistant Apple AirPods 2 tipped to arrive later in 2018 with always-on Siri functionality

Word on the street is Apple is preparing a rather substantial second generation of its famed wireless AirPod earbuds. According to industry sources that refuse to be named (as usual), the second-gen AirPods that go by the model number B288 internally will be splash-resistant similarly to many of its more notable rivals on the wireless earbuds market. 
Fully water-proof should probably not be expected yet, but resistance to splashes and sweat is probably just up Apple’s alley. The current iteration of the AirPods is unofficially quite capable of surviving short …


The inexpensive Honor 7X will be getting Face Unlock functionality in Q1 2018

Honor announced yesterday the global availability of its View 10 and 7X smartphones, but it also introduced the limited edition Honor 7X Red, which will be available in limited quantities (20,000 units) in select markets.

The Honor 7X that made its debut in the United States last month is great value for money. At just $200, it offers more than decent specs, but if that’s still not enough to make you buy one, maybe Honor’s next announcement will.

The company has just announced that the entire lineup of Honor 7X devices will receive a new facial recognition …

Google Home Mini gets some of its tap functionality back

You might remember that in the middle of October, Google had to disable the tap functionality on top of the Google Home Mini smart speaker after a small number of units malfunctioned. While tapping the top of the smart speaker would activate Google Assistant and control music, alarms and timers, the malfunctioning units kept acting as though the top was constantly being tapped. This led to the device recording over and over again, sending whatever was picked up back to Google.. Luckily, the only units affected were review and other early release models. Pre-ordered Google Home Minis and those sold …

New Essential Phone update enables fingerprint sensor functionality, adds November security patch

The Essential Phone is definitely not a perfect phone, even though it wears the pedigree of Android’s creator, Andy Rubin. First off, the smartphone did not get released and the company said it would. Then, the Essential Phone was plagued by numerous software issues especially when it came to the camera.

The good news is the US-based company is trying to patch it up as fast as possible. Several updates have already been released since the phone’s launch, which addresses some of the major issues that were reported by early adopters.

The latest Essential Phone …

Adobe Lightroom scores a big functionality update on iOS

The mobile version of Adobe’s Lightroom has just scored a neat functionality update that is quite likely to be a notable improvement for all fans of the app.

Probably the biggest new change is the new Brush Selection tool, which lets you create precise selections and apply various basic adjustments to any photo. On top of that, you can also utilize 3D Touch for your selections, provided that your iPhone has 3D Touch on deck. You’re also now given direct hold over the reins of Noise Reduction and Sharpening, which has been oft-requested by the regular users of Lightroom.
The …

Google Keep for Android adds long overdue undo and redo functionality

If you’ve ever found yourself accidentally deleting a bunch of text you weren’t supposed to while writing a note in Google Keep (thanks, Gboard!), you’ll know immediately just how great the following piece of news is: the Android version of the app has finally added undo/redo functionality.

The feature is visible immediately when you start editing a note, and can be accessed from a pair of arrow-shaped buttons that appear at the bottom of the app screen. However, so far the option is limited to the current writing session only, meaning once you exit a note your writing history …

What's new in Control Center in iOS 11: design, functionality, customization

With its launch in 2013, iOS 7 brought more than just a radical visual redesign to Apple’s mobile platform. It also added tons of functional, practical tweaks to iOS, Control Center being a prime example of that. With a simple swipe up from the bottom of the screen, it provided iPhone and iPad users with easy access to various settings and controls from any screen.
Fast-forward to 2017, and iOS 11 is now introducing the biggest Control Center overhaul we’ve seen yet. We’re now about to walk you through it, but before we proceed, a disclaimer is due. …

Verizon's Galaxy S8 offers even more limited functionality when using Bixby

If you’ve been reading our Galaxy S8 review, then you already know that Samsung’s own personal digital assistant, Bixby isn’t yet ready for prime time. Although the South Korean company was pretty clear about the situation and confirmed that Bixby would reach full potential after the market release of the Galaxy S8/S8+, we can’t pass the fact that this is a marketed feature.

The things are even worse for Verizon’s customers since some of the limited features available on most Galaxy S8/S8+ are not accessible on the carrier’s units yet.

According to a …

Bixby to expand its functionality and support new languages in Q4 2017

Bixby, Samsung’s new AI assistant, is one of the key features of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The fact that Sammie has decided to add a dedicated physical button for Bixby on each of the new flagships speaks for itself, but many were disappointed to find out that the virtual helper will only speak English and South Korean upon release, and probably won’t come with a full range of functionalities.

So, when will Bixby be updated with new capabilities and languages? Until recently, no one really knew, but the support page of Samsung Germany might have just given us the …

Google moves Keep shopping list functionality to Google Home and Express

Google’s Keep application will suffer small changes starting April 10, the search giant recently announced. It looks like some of the app’s functionality will be added to Google Home and Express services, such as shopping lists.

So, effective April 10, whenever you’ll try to add an item to your shopping list with Google Home, it’s either the Assistant or Express apps that will save it to a primary Google Shopping List. Basically, this means that you won’t be able to use Google Assistant to save your items to a list in Google Keep.

In order to save items …