Intel helped Google develop the Pixel Visual Core co-processor inside its newest flagships

It might not be common knowledge yet, but Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with an additional processor inside, which is supposed to help the flagships perform better when executing various tasks.

Dubbed Pixel Visual Core, the co-processor is not yet enabled, so the smartphones do not yet take advantage of the AI-related features. However, the special chip will be activated along with Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview that’s expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

The co-processor has been co-developed by Google and Intel since no current chip fit the search …


The newest version of the famous Ostrich Pillow is here to banish jet lag forever

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World, meet the heir to the Ostrich Pillow’s throne.

Back in September 2012, a squishy, spherical pillow with four holes in it stole Kickstarter’s collective heart and more than doubled its $70,000 goal with the help of an innovative crowdfunding campaign. Its purpose was simple, yet brilliant: Stash your hands and your head inside its cozy embrace a la everyone’s favorite flightless African bird, and turn virtually any surface into a comfy “microenvironment” for power naps. What’s not to love about that? Read more…

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Android 8.1 revealed to be coming next as the newest Google Search app gets scrutinized

According to a teardown of the latest version of the Google app for Android, the Mountain View software giant is already working on the next version of Android that will likely arrive in the following 2-3 months for all eligible devices, likely alongside the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.

That’d be Android 8.1 and it will likely introduce a neat amount of changes due to the simple fact that it will be joined by a siginificant bump in the Android SDK, which is set to hit number 27. In case you didn’t know, the SDK is essentially a collection of APIs that allows third-party …

Microsoft says the newest Cortana for Android is a “major evolution”

Microsoft has just released a major update for Cortana on Android devices. The new version of the app is called a “major evolution” suggesting many important features and improvements have been added. Well, let’s take a look at what Microsoft confirmed for Cortana v2.9.4, which has just been published in the Google Play Store.

First off, Cortana users will now be able to create a new list and edit list items on Android devices. Also, smart suggestions have been added too to help users do things faster and easier.

In the latest version of Cortana, …

Cheap Coolpad Splatter is the newest unlocked Android Nougat phone released in the US

Coolpad, which you may know as the maker of various affordable smartphones sold via T-Mobile, this week released a new Android handset that’s being offered unlocked in the US. Called Coolpad Splatter, the new phone can be bought from Amazon for $139.99.

The Coolpad Splatter doesn’t seem to have any particular strengths, other than being a cheap, decent handset. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch IPS display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor aided by 2 GB of RAM. On the back, the device has an 8 MP camera with LED flash, while the front hosts a …

Samsung Galaxy Halo is Cricket Wireless' newest Android Nougat phone

As of this week, Cricket Wireless is selling a relatively new Samsung smartphone – the Galaxy Halo. The handset is only relatively new because it’s just a rebranded (and slightly different) variant of the Galaxy J7 Perx, which has been available since earlier this year on Sprint and its prepaid brands.

The Galaxy Halo is sold by Cricket for $179.99 (no contract required), and comes only in black. The smartphone offers LTE connectivity and support for HD Voice, sports a 5.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and is powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz (most likely, this …

SwiftKey gains GIF support, new keyboard shortcuts, more languages in newest update

After testing a couple of new features through its beta channel, SwiftKey announced a new update is available for Android users of its keyboard app. Aside from the usual list of new languages supported by SwiftKey, the developers confirmed the addition of new functionalities.

First off, SwitfKey for Android now supports GIFs, but only in categories. All GIFs can be accessed from the emoji panel in case you plan on using any. Then, there are new keyboard shortcuts for Bluetooth and hard keyboards.

The new update adds support for Tamlish and Tamil transliteration. Also, transliteration …

The Cingular Flip 2 is AT&T's newest clamshell phone

AT&T recently released a brand new clamshell phone (aka flip phone) aimed at users who simply don’t need a smartphone. 

Called Cingular Flip 2, the handset is a rebranded Alcatel Go Flip (which was launched last month by T-Mobile), and succeeds a Cingular Flip introduced by AT&T back in 2016.

The AT&T Cingular Flip 2 features a large physical keypad, a 2.8-inch internal display with 240 x 320 pixels, and a smaller external screen of unknown resolution – good for peeking at notifications without flipping the phone open.

The new clamshell is powered …

Asphalt Street Storm Racing is Gameloft's newest car racing mobile game

Gameloft is back with yet another car racing game in the Asphalt franchise, which strongly resembles the CSR series that contains some of the best-selling drag racing games.

As the title says, the game is called Asphalt Street Storm Racing and brings players into the world of drag racing. Choose your favorite supercar and drag race across the world’s top cities. Players can collect, customize and race power autos ranging from classic cars to new turbo supercars.

Aside from single player races, Gameloft’s game offers the option to take on other people …

Google Spaces is the newest Google service to be shut down

In May 2016, Google launched Spaces, a service (and app) aimed at providing “a better group sharing experience.” Basically, Spaces was meant to be a neat product for small groups of people united by the same interests, offering an easy way to share links, photos, or videos. Now, apparently after seeing that the service is far from being popular, Google is getting ready to shut it down.

Starting March 3, Google Spaces will be read-only – users will no longer be able to create spaces, share info, comment, or send invites to other people. The service will be killed …