Google Search adds new tab to personalize search results

Do a Google Search from the browser on your mobile device or desktop computer, and you will find a new Personal tab that will comb through Google Photos, Calendar and Gmail to show personal results related to your search topic. Google already did this to some degree. Search for “Dogs” and pictures of your lovable pets that were sitting in Google Photos could appear. But this wouldn’t show up every time you conducted a search.

But now, when you want to see what shows up on a Google Search under your own Google Photos, Calendar and Gmail accounts, click on the More option found in the menu …


Results: do you use wireless charging?

So, wireless charging is pretty popular nowadays — almost all current major Android flagships have the feature, sans the occasional heavy hitter like the Google Pixel. It is becoming so prominent that even Apple’s iPhone 8 (or whatever that rumored premium edition of the iPhone ends up being called) is rumored to come with a wireless charging coil.

As you probably know, wireless charging requires you to lay your phone on a special pad for it to begin topping up. It’s slower, it warms up the phone noticeably, but it works without you fiddling with any wires, so it’s …

Results: Do you use themes on your smartphone?

Themes are a pretty popular things nowadays — no longer for the edgy ROM-flashing, root-a-holic, or limited to custom launchers only, plenty of manufacturers officially have and support a theme store for their devices. The best thing about them is that they are open to 3rd party artists and developers, so they grow fast and have a huge collection of wallpapers, icons, and color swaps.

But then again, having too much choice is sometimes a burden, isn’t it? “This theme looks better than the last one, but lacks this and that”; “This theme would’ve been perfect if only it had x”, so on and so …

First Sony Xperia XZ Premium benchmark results show great promise

The Xperia XZ Premium is the Sony’s first smartphone equipped with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the same CPU that’s inside Samsung’s flagships, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

However, unlike Samsung’s smartphone, the Xperia XZ Premium is not yet available for purchase, though, it can be pre-ordered in many countries across the globe. As we reported a few days ago, Sony Xperia XZ Premium is likely to make its debut on the market at the end of May or early June.

If you’ve been wondering how powerful the Xperia XZ Premium really is in comparison …

Which of the US-available Galaxy S8 or S8+ colors did you get? (poll results)

Poor Arctic Silver, it’s like having a 400HP gray metallic sedan – nobody is paying attention. We already asked you which of the 5 colors that the S8 ships with would you pick if you had the chance, but since at launch in both the US and Europe, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be available in only three chassis hues – Orchid Gray, Midnight Black and Arctic Silver – we wanted to know which one of these three did you get during the preorder period, or when you ran to the carrier shop first thing this morning. It turned out that so far the perennial favorite Midnight Black keeps up with …

Results: LG G6 or Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+?

The Galaxy S8 is flying towards stores and pre-ordering early adopters. If you haven’t pulled the trigger yet, you might be wondering “Well, which one should I go for — S8 or G6?”. And now begins the infinite cycle of review-reading, camera sample comparisons, checking out various battery tests, benchmarks, and — for the patient ones — a couple of months’ wait to make sure that none of the two devices have a plethora of defects. Yeah, we know how it goes — when planning to buy such an expensive gadget, one is careful with their money, and rightly so.

But there’s also the possibility that, …

Results: So, do we even care about Bixby?

So, Samsung set out to create its own voice assistant, despite the fact that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ also have the Google Assistant on them. And fans don’t exactly have high hopes for Bixby, probably due to previous experiences with S Voice — the company’s previous stab at an AI helper.

Still, Samsung is super-excited about Bixby and even gave the assistant its own hardware button on the Galaxy S8. That’s… quite the commitment, we thought and were somewhat excited to at least give Bixby a spin at launch. Sadly, it has now been announced, that the assistant will not be fully …

Results: how much are you willing to spend on a smartphone case?

Smartphones are expensive, even if you go for a regular midranger. And as soon as most people shell out for a brand-new handset, their first thought is “Should I slap a case on it?”. Sure, it’s cool to enjoy your phone’s pretty design and premium build materials, but one drop and you can say “Bye, bye” to its resale value, or even worse — to its display.

So, it’s only natural for many to buy cases for their smartphones — protectors that defend the shiny device from scratches and scuffs that may devalue and decrease its visual appeal, or even damaging cracks when dropped. But it’s not often …

Google battles fake news by introducing "Fact Checks" to search results

In a bid to curb the dissemination of fake news online, Google is introducing a “Fact Check” tag to its search results.

This, of course, doesn’t mean that Google will be checking the legitimacy of every single piece of news on the web. This responsibility will instead be relegated to third-parties, such as Snopes, PolitiFact, and other companies.

When you look up something online, the usual Google card will be displayed alongside a snippet of information on the matter, who’s made the claim, and who checked that legitimacy of that particular claim.

One …

Results: do you use Assistive Touch?

Assistive Touch is a feature, hidden in the settings of many Android phones and present on Apple’s iPhones. It’s a floating, transparent button, ever present on the phone’s screen. Tap it and you get a custom menu, which allows users to interact with their phone easier — you can get access to home and back buttons here, as well as various gesture controls to activate certain phone functions easier.

Originally meant to help people with certain disabilities, the Assistive Touch menu has become the savior for people who manage to break their home or power buttons, as it allows them to use …