Everything you need to know to make sense of tomorrow’s security needs
Authentication has been a part of digital life since MIT set up a password on their shared-access computer in 1961. Today, authentication covers virtually every interaction you can have on the internet. But up until 2010, the security of most online shopping sites and services only required a basic password. Since then, online spending has grown to over $1 trillion annually in the US alone.
Wipe your data before handing your Kindle off
You may have retired your Amazon Kindle because you picked up a nifty Android tablet to play around with some extra apps. But it's a waste to have your Amazon Kindle sitting there and collecting dust, especially if it's in (near) perfect condition. So maybe you want to sell or give away your Amazon Kindle but have concerns over the personal data that's on it. There is a way to erase your Kindle e-reader and its associated data. In this guide, we teach you how to perform a factory reset so that you can sell or give away your Amazon Kindle without leaving any traces behind.
It will feature on-device generative AI thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
The US sanctions on Huawei also affected its subsidiary Honor. In a bid to keep the company alive, Huawei and Honor split in 2020, with the latter being sold to a Chinese government-backed consortium. Since then, Honor has launched a slate of impressive devices, like the Honor 90, the Magic 5 Pro, and the impressively thin open-book foldable Magic V2. With Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip officially out, Chinese manufacturers are in a race to announce their next flagship phone. Not to be left behind, Honor teased the Magic 6 and its AI-powered features at the ongoing Snapdragon Summit.
Shop early Black Friday deals on smart speakers, doorbells, thermostats, and more
The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and while official Black Friday sales are just around the corner, savvy shoppers looking for early Black Friday smart home deals are in luck. Thanks to Amazon's Prime Big Deal Days this past month, finding discounts on smart home tech including cameras, thermostats, smart hubs, and more are already possible.
Nope, no stable version yet
Samsung's Android 14 update is almost ready to make its public debut, but it appears the smartphone giant has a few more kinks left to iron out. Today, the company has started rolling out the ninth iteration of its One UI 6 beta for the Galaxy S23 series. Initially making its appearance in the US, this update is set to grace other markets shortly.
Google's new Pixel tablet threatens to dethrone the longtime leader in the midrange tablet market
It won't take a hard look at the market to understand why Apple's 10th Generation iPad (2022) retains a gigantic presence. The tablet offers up a streamlined design, high-quality hardware, and a reasonable price point, not to mention the buttery smooth user experience that iPad owners have come to expect. Making things more lopsided, it's been nearly five years since the release of the ill-fated Pixel Slate, a tablet that underwhelmed yet came in at an inflated price tag.
Get to your reading list and browser history faster on desktop
Google Chrome has been the best web browser on Android and other operating systems for several years now, and its popularity boils down to the simplistic design and exceptional ease of use. Take, for instance, the perennial need to access your reading list or browser history (for whatever reason) with just a single click. The Side Panel in Chrome for desktop makes it possible. A recent update suggests Google could eventually allow pinning the Side Panel tabs you frequent in the toolbar atop the browser window.
This promo code gets you three fast-charging USB-C cables for a ridiculously low price
With USB-C becoming the standard port for devices nowadays, it's a smart idea to always have backup USB-C cables on hand. Whether it's for charging devices connecting peripherals such as a monitor, a solid USB-C cable is a must-have for the work desk or night stand.
Fast performance and killer battery life for just $280
Mobvoi's TicWatch line might not have the brand recognition or credibility of a Samsung or Google, but it has developed a solid reputation in the smartwatch space. Two of its models have earned spots on our Best Android smartwatches list, including the surprisingly well-rounded TicWatch Pro 5. It's a larger, 'outdoorsy' watch, with impressive performance and multi-day battery life, and for a limited time you can pick one up for just $280.
Using a password manager makes this easier
If you're like most people, you probably kept the random password on the bottom of your home router. While that random password is pretty safe, it's probably pretty hard to remember. If you already have your login details on your Android phone or tablet, there's no need dust off and flip over your gateway.
Samsung earbuds have etched out a solid presence in the market, but which pair is the best for you?
Samsung has been in the earbuds market for some time now, providing plenty of competition for the best wireless earbuds. The company has been steadily releasing earbuds for the last couple of years, each version better than the previous and bringing something new every time. Although they are mostly targeted towards Samsung device owners, other Android users (and even Apple users) will want to pick up some since they are so darn good.
You could easily tweak images while in Files using the tool
While referring back to images on your mobile device in Google Files, you might open them in a different app to make edits. In these instances, Google Photos may not be the go-to app you use — after all, there are plenty of great photo editing apps out there. Now, the company is rumored to be working on more integration between Files and Photos, and the changes could make you less inclined to stray.
Can we just not make eye contact now?
Ever since Chrome passed up Internet Explorer in market share way back in 2012, Google hasn't faced much serious competition in the browser space. Microsoft is trying to change that with its Chromium-based Edge browser, employing various tactics to retain or attract users. In its latest move, Microsoft seems to be taking a more direct approach by asking users why they're considering another browser.
Our favorite Android launcher also packs app drawer improvements in the latest beta
The Android smartphone market is abuzz with new tech, and some of our favorite devices run stock Android, or a popular skin like Samsung’s One UI. However, these OS skins usually focus on mass appeal, and not personalization, opening up a massive market for custom launchers. Nova Launcher is one of the enthusiast community’s most beloved options, and it just received a new beta update packed to the gills with new features.
Stow your old files for the future!
Archiving has roots stretching back thousands of years and still provides a way to keep memories alive today. But traditional archiving is stressful, considering that you must keep documents away from stains, drips, dust, tears, and numerous factors. As digital-first archiving is now a thing, it's easier to preserve data.
Flawless vacuuming coupled with excellent navigation and obstacle detection
During their early days, robot vacuum cleaners had fairly limited navigational and mapping capabilities, resulting in them happily bumping into your furniture and walls to find their way around your house. Things have greatly improved since then, with almost all modern models featuring LiDAR technology, allowing them to map their surroundings and navigate effectively and precisely.
No, you are not entitled to $10,500,000 U.S. dollars from the Bank of Burundi
Most people use the internet for anything and everything, from interacting with work colleagues to exploring the world of AI chatbots. And while the internet is a beautiful tool for these reasons and many others, it can also hurt people's security and privacy. For one, large corporations like Amazon and Google find novel ways to squeeze every drop of data out of our online presence in the name of the bottom line. On that note, you can follow these simple steps to improve your digital privacy on Android.
Call Screen on Pixels is picking up the 'Ask if urgent' chip
One of the niftiest tools exclusive to Pixel phones is their ability to answer calls on your behalf, saving you from dealing with spam or spending time making appointments. Call Screen on the Pixel 8 is getting an upgrade that makes the voice sound more natural to the caller along with a feature that will soon suggest contextual replies based on the call for easier interactions, say while reserving a table at a restaurant. While we wait for this handy feature to come out, Google is rolling out a new Call Screen trick that lets you take quick action when you receive a call from a saved contact.
There's plenty to be curious about Bose’s QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds, including whether they sport their predecessors' water-resistance
Bose disrupted the sound waves recently with the reveal of its super sleek QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds. The premium buds are the latest in the QuietComfort line, following the highly-regarded QuietComfort Earbuds 2. Designed to take noise cancelation to the next level, the QC Ultra buds are focusing on user immersion and a tailored audio experience.
The 2022 OS came with some much-needed refinements
Android 13 was released in August 2022 and became available on all the best phones over time, including the flagship Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro, which were both launched with it preinstalled. The release is as good as obsolete due to its successor, Android 14, which launched in October 2023 and offers thoughtful enhancements to a solid existing system. It's slowly making its way to all recent Android phones. You might still want to learn everything there is to know about Android 13 and all the quarterly feature drops it received while it was still getting new updates.