AI powered Google News app now available in the App Store and Google Play Store

The brand spanking new AI powered Google News app hit the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store on Tuesday. When the app is opened, “For You” brings you a brief look at five stories based on your past reading interests; this is a combination of top headlines, local stories, and topics that Google has detected an interest in on your part. Using machine learning capabilities, the app helps analyze the headlines and puts stories about the same subject matter together into “newscasts.” This helps you quickly get up to date about a particular story.

If you want to dig deeper, “Full Coverage” …


Casio unveils limited-edition WSD-F20SC smartwatch powered by Wear OS

Casio has just announced its next smartwatch for true adventurers – the limited-edition WSD-F20SC. Perhaps the name won’t tell you anything, so we’re going to clear it up for you.

The new Casio WSD-F20SC is a more expensive version of the regular WSD-F20 smartwatch that was officially introduced one year ago. Unlike the standard model, the limited-edition edition WSD-F20SC will not be available in large quantities.

According to Casio, only 700 units will be available for purchase in late June when the smartwatch will be released. The wearable device hasn’t been priced yet, but it …

Pick up the unlocked Exynos powered Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ with dual SIM support from eBay

If you would prefer that the Exynos 9810 chipset powers your Samsung Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+, you can now purchase the international factory unlocked version of either phone from a seller on eBay. Besides relying on Sammy’s own SoC to drive the new models, the units offer support for dual SIM cards. The Galaxy S9 is offered in black and purple and the Galaxy S9+ can be purchased in black only. All the other color options have been sold out.

Both handsets support GSM carriers only, which means that Verizon and Sprint subscribers should just pass this by. The price of the Galaxy S9 (SM-G9600) …

Android P will turn your phone into a Bluetooth powered keyboard or mouse?

According to a report published on Monday, the next-generation Android P version of the open source OS will add support for the Bluetooth HID device profile service. This will allow your Android P powered handset to be used as a QWERTY keyboard or mouse using Bluetooth. The feature got its start back in 2014 when a member of Qualcomm’s CodeAurora forums submitted a patch for Bluetooth HID.

The next step took place in December 2016 when the patch was added as a commit. Despite that, the feature was disabled on Android releases up through now; it will finally become enabled on Android P after …

Picture of Acer's rumored Chrome OS powered tablet grabbed from now deleted tweet

Just the second day into 2018, we told you that Samsung was allegedly working on a Chrome OS powered tablet to be powered by a high end Intel processor. But Sammy’s Chrome OS powered slate might not end up being the first such device to hit the market. An image taken from a now deleted tweet shows an Acer tablet that is said to be running on Chrome OS. The picture was snapped by someone attending the Bett education and technology show in London, and tweeted yesterday.

Google has dropped hints in the past about allowing manufacturers to use Chrome OS on a variety of form factors, including …

Report: Bixby powered Samsung smart speaker to launch in the first half of next year

Amazon’s category creating Amazon Echo first was offered widely in the U.S. during the summer of 2015. Since then, the combination of a speaker and a virtual assistant has become such a big hit that almost every major consumer tech company has developed a smart speaker of its own. Google has Google Home featuring Google Assistant, and the Microsoft Invoke is equipped with Cortana. The Apple HomePod, now expected to launch early next year, carries Siri, and Sony’s smart speaker will come with Google Assistant.

Earlier this year, there was a rumor that Samsung was going to produce a smart …

The Mirabook is a shell of a laptop that can be powered by your Galaxy S8, Windows 10 Mobile, or Huawei Mate 10

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile may not be doing extremely well, but it has a small community of devout fans. The company managed to attract a lot of them with the productivity capabilities of its Lumia devices — the Continuum feature, for example, was an awesome jump forward for the mobile world when it was introduced in 2015.

Quick reminder — Continuum is the feature, which lets you plug a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to your phone and use it as you would use a desktop PC, albeit limited to Windows native apps. This may sound familiar to Samsung’s DeX and Huawei’s …

Save 64% on the Windows 10 Mobile powered Alcatel Idol 4S from the Microsoft Store

The Microsoft Store can save you $301 or a whopping 64% on the Windows 10 Mobile powered unlocked Alcatel Idol 4S. Normally priced at $470, you’ll be paying just $169 for the handset. Shipping, by the way, is free. Unfortunately, we don’t know how long this deal is good for. Before we continue, we should point out that there is some difference in the specs between this Windows 10 Mobile handset and the variant that runs on Android.

For example, the 5.5-inch AMOLED display on the Android version of the Idol 4S offers a resolution of 1440 x 2560 (QHD) versus the 1080 x 1920 resolution on the …

Do not factory reset your Android 8.1 powered handset, unless you want to brick it

Bricking a phone is never fun, and on Android 8.1 you could easily find yourself bricking your daily driver by simply performing a factory reset on the device. That is what happened to Tom Bolger. Tom had just updated his phone to Android 8.1, but forgot the PIN code for his handset. That left him with no choice but to do a factory reset. Honestly, most of us would rather have a Foley catheter inserted than factory reset our phones. But sometimes a smartphone owner has no choice.

The problem arose after Bolger’s phone had completed the factory reset. In the past, he would have been prompted …

Amazon said to be working on its first wearable device, Alexa powered smartglasses

We’ve often called 2017 the year of Alexa, as Amazon’s virtual personal assistant has riden the sharp growth in smart speakers this year to become a major player in tech. Originally found on the Amazon Echo, Alexa is now offered on smartphones like the HTC U11 and the U.S. version of the Huawei Mate 9. With the number of its “skills” on the rise, Alexa is trying to overtake Siri, Google Assistant and Cortana.

According to the Financial Times, who was tipped by someone in the know, Amazon is working on its first wearable device. This would be an Alexa powered pair of smartglasses that would …