Google Assistant will troubleshoot your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL running Android 8.1 developer preview?


According to a Google Pixel 2 XL owner who is running the Android 8.1 developers preview on the device, Google Assistant will help troubleshoot the handset. This person asked Google Assistant why his phone was having problems charging. That started up a troubleshooting program that resulted in Assistant “Starting Troubleshooting,” which was followed by the virtual assistant asking “Is it okay if I check a few things?”

If permission is given, Google Assistant will give the phone a check up, focusing on the part of the handset where the issue is taking place. Returning to the Pixel 2 XL …


Skype Lite is causing a Bluetooth bug that hogs audio functions on phones running Oreo

So let’s say that you are using Bluetooth on your Android Oreo powered handset so that you can play music over your car’s audio system. As soon as you connect to the car’s speaker, your phone appears to be connecting to a phantom incoming phone call. There is nothing on the dialer suggesting that a call was received.  Since the car’s audio system thinks that it has to turn over control of the speaker to a phone call, albeit one that doesn’t exist, the music you wanted to listen to is replaced by silence.

Last month, a thread was started on the Google Issue Tracker site and as it turns …

Some Apple iPhone X units have a strange green line running down the edge of the display

Some Apple iPhone X users are finding a strange green line running down the outer right or left edge of the OLED panel on the device. One theory is that a problem with the electrical system is causing multiple lines of green sub-pixels to light up on the screen, starting from the top of the display to the bottom. You might recall that last year, a similar pink line marred the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Samsung determined that the issue was caused by a hardware problem. Last year, several Motorola DROID Turbo 2 owners also complained about a vertical green line that appeared on their …

Samsung Internet Browser app now available for all Android phones running 5.0 or higher

Samsung’s Internet Browser app, once limited to Samsung Galaxy, Nexus and Pixel handsets, is now available to any phone running on Android 5.0 or higher. This is a stable version of the browser, and is available from the Google Play Store and Galaxy Apps Store. The browser opens to the Google search page by default, although that can be changed on the settings page. You can also change the default search engine from Google to Yahoo, Bing or DuckDuckGo.

Among the features is a Dark Mode that reverses the usual black text on a white background to white text on a black background. This option …

38.5% of iOS devices are running iOS 11; Apple executives testing Apple Pay Cash?

Apple launched iOS 11 on September 19th. 24 hours after being released, iOS 11 was running on 10% of iOS devices. After one week, the figure was up to 25.28%. Now, two weeks after the launch, iOS 11 is installed on 38.5% of iPhone and iPad units. As high a figure as that is, last year saw 48.16% of iPhone and iPod models updated to iOS 10 after the same two week time period. So why is the adoption rate for iOS 11 down from last year’s iOS 10? There is speculation that iOS users are waiting for certain features like Apple Pay Cash to be included in a future version of iOS 11 (more on this later) …

OnePlus 5 spotted running Android 8.0 Oreo, beta testing may commence soon

There’s no doubt OnePlus will update at least three of its smartphones to Android 8.0 Oreo, but it’s still unclear when exactly that will happen. Fortunately, those who enrolled in the beta program can already test new Oreo builds that OnePlus releases.

However, Android Oreo beta updates have only been released for OnePlus 3 and 3T. Even though the company’s newest flagship, the OnePlus 5 will be upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo as well, OnePlus may have decided to test the update in-house.

A few days ago, the smartphone was spotted at Geekbench running Android Oreo, which suggests that …

Donald Trump is running out of people to piss off

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Donald Trump is running out of people to piss off. 

Sure, he’s already on the bad side of plenty of Americans: immigrants, women, minorities, generally any decent people. Now, we can add professional athletes to the list.

The president has whipped up what is perhaps his most bizarre and misguided controversy yet, calling any football player that protests a “son of a bitch” and separately going after NBA superstar Steph Curry.

His comments immediately led to broad condemnation from U.S. professional athletes, players’ associations, and teams. Every NFL game on Sunday had some form of protest, but the blowback didn’t stop there. Even people like Terry Bradshaw, a former NFL quarterback who has spent years as a commentator on Fox, weighed in.  Read more…

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Apple's AirPower wireless charger is running late. Enter Belkin's Boost Up pad for the iPhone 8/X

Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat may look svelte and top up everything with the fruit logo in sight, but it’s coming much later than its announcement, so what’s a cord-cutter to do when they get their new iPhone 8, Plus or X? After all, why have fresh glass backs that pass those electrons through with ease, if not to use the new wireless charging option that Apple finally brings to its phone portfolio.

Fret not, though, as Belkin just announced a wireless charging pad called Boost Up which has been developed directly in collaboration with Apple. Utilizing the most widespread …

Check out mockups of the Apple iPhone 8 running iOS 11, including the "notch" and "ears"

This morning, we learned that the infamous “notch” found on renders of the Apple iPhone 8, will probably not be covered up by Apple as some had thought. According to today’s report, the screen to the left of the notch will show the time, while the right side will show cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity strength and the battery icon. With that information in mind, some mockups of what iOS 11 might look like on the iPhone 8 have been disseminated by tweet.

As you can see on the images inside the slideshow, the notch stands out like a soar thumb although it remains to be seen how noticeable it …

Connect Watch is the first smartwatch running AsteroidOS

AsteroidOS is an open source platform developed as an alternative to Google’s Android Wear operating system. The OS works on top of the Linux kernel, but the UI has been redesigned using a Qt5 framework.

The first smartwatch to be powered by this AsteroidOS is called Connect Watch, which will go on pre-order in Europe very soon. Although no information about the price has been disclosed yet, we do know the ConnectWatch will be available via crowd funding platform Ulule.

Connect Watch has a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with 400 x 400 pixels resolution. There’s …