Google sued over issues with the microphone on the original Pixel and Pixel XL

When it rains, it pours. Earlier tonight, we told you about a lawsuit filed against Google’s Project Fi MVNO alleging that Google charges subscribers for data that is used over Wi-Fi.  Now comes word that the search giant is being sued over problems with the microphones on the original Pixel and Pixel XL units, which were launched in 2016. The suit, which has Class Action status, was filed by attorneys at Girard Gibbs LLP. This is the same firm trying to recruit Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners for a Class Action suit that would be filed against Google, LG and HTC. At issue are the multitude …


Taylor Swift sang on a jewel-encrusted snake microphone at 'SNL' because of course she did

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The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now, but the new one was more than happy to pick up when Saturday Night Live came calling.

Over the weekend, Taylor Swift hit 30 Rock as a musical guest for the first time since 2009, bringing her reputation with her. 

Swift began with a fierce performance of “… Ready for It,” singing into a gold microphone with a jewel-encrusted snake wrapped around it.  

Later in the show, Swift toned things down for a lovely acoustic version of “Call It What You Want.”  Read more…

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Google Pixel 2 now has a microphone issue

Last night, we told you about the Google Pixel 2 XL’s flashing screen problem, just the latest in a series of issues involving the model’s 6-inch display. This morning, we have a new bug that is ailing the Pixel 2 XL’s sibling, the Google Pixel 2. Some owners of the latter model are noticing that during phone calls, the microphone cuts out. Meanwhile, the mic does work when you use it to make a request through Google Assistant or while shooting a video.

Complaints were posted on the Google Product Forum, where some Pixel 2 users passed along what they were told by Google. The search giant …

Future S Pen might capture digital signatures and carry a microphone

Back in 2014, a patent application filed by Samsung with the USPTO showed a stylus with a built-in microphone and a speaker. Phone calls could be made through the device. According to the filing, the stylus “functions as a substitute for a wireless headset” allowing the user “to mount the pen to a shirt pocket or the like, and communicate in a phone call using the portable terminal as a base.”

Today, some three years later, a report out of Korea says that Samsung’s S Pen development chief Chae Won-sik has admitted that studies are underway to determine the best way to add a microphone to …

SonicSpy malware has made it to the Play Store carried by thousands of apps, can use phone camera, microphone, and more

Viruses are always a nasty thing to deal with and it has been so since the age of the first household PCs. However, malicious software, which aims to allow an attacker to steal your data or hijack your device for their purposes, is downright dangerous. Especially considering how much sensitive information we keep on our computers and our phones nowadays.

We generally feel safe and secure when downloading apps from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, since both marketplaces have strict rules and monitoring of each new product. However, every once in a while, …