Running low on storage? The Google Play Store wants to help

Тhe rage-provoking “You’re running low on storage space” 

We’ve all been there – you are chilling at home, browsing through the Play Store and you see a cool game you’ve heard about. You want to play it so badly that you press the download button without checking if you’ve got any more precious storage. Then the unthinkable happens. You see the worst message one can see in such a moment: “Not enough space”. You clench teeth for a brief moment and proceed to freeing up storage manually.

Worry no more though, as Google has …


Chelsea Manning confirmed it: She's running for Senate in 2018

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In a five-word Twitter statement on Sunday, Chelsea Manning formally announced her intention to run for a Senate seat in Maryland. Manning’s candidacy was the subject of much speculation on Saturday when a Federal Election Commission filing in her name surfaced.

The tweet included her brief confirmation, a handful of emojis, the #WeGotThis hashtag that appears frequently in Manning’s timeline, and a YouTube link to her first campaign ad.

yup, we’re running for senate 😎🌈💕 #WeGotThis https://t.co/ynFv6w32np

— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) January 14, 2018 Read more…

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Google Assistant is coming to certain tablets, and smartphones running Android Lollipop

Google announced today that Google Assistant will now be found on Android tablets for the first time. Slates running Android Nougat (7.0) and Android Marshmallow (6.0) will receive an update allowing users to access the feature. In addition, Android powered handsets running Android Lollipop (5.0) will be the recipient of an update that will add the virtual assistant. With Google Assistant, you can set timers and alarms, create lists that will appear on both your phone and tablet, get the latest weather, news, sports scores, stock prices, turn on or off smart appliances, and much more.

Once …

Apple Pay Cash is now up and running

On Saturday morning, Apple sent out an update to iOS 11.2 to put a end to the December 2nd date bug that was putting some iPhone models on a continuous crashing loop. Along with the bug killing, Apple pushed out faster wireless charging, additional live wallpaper options for the Apple iPhone X, and enabled Apple Pay Cash in compatible models. Several iPhone users attempted to use Apple Pay Cash, but could not get it to run. As we pointed out yesterday, that was because the service was not yet live. Apple had planned on pushing out iOS 11.2 some time this week, and only because of the bug did it …

Moto Z Play spotted running Android 8.0 (Oreo); update is coming soon?

With this being the most festive time of the year, it wouldn’t be unusual to see young children sitting at the kitchen table, dunking some Oreos into a tall glass of milk. Seeing children powered by Oreos is a lot more common than seeing Android phones running on Oreo (Android 8.0), at least according to the latest Android distribution figures. But that would lead us into a discussion about the “F word,” and no one wants to discuss fragmentation during the holidays.

And that leads us to a Geekbench benchmark test  performed recently on the Moto Z Play. How the device fared in the test …

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) …