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April 8

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp go down for many in brief, but widespread outage [Updated]

In an outage that’s affected many over the past 30 minutes or so, major products from Facebook including Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and the giant social network have gone down.

March 24

Rocket League ‘Sideswipe’ is coming to Android and iPhone later this year [Video]

One of the most popular games in the world has been Psyonix’s Rocket League, and under the umbrella of Epic Games, the game is expanding to new platforms. Later this year, “Rocket League Sideswipe” will arrive on Android and iOS devices.

March 18

GeForce Now ‘Priority’ tier will double costs to $10/mo, but ‘Founders’ stick to $5/mo

A year after its debut, Nvidia is raising the cost of its GeForce Now cloud gaming platform. Starting today, the GeForce Now “priority” tier will cost users $10 per month, double the entry price.

February 22

Apple TV for Chromecast can be controlled by Google Assistant speakers, smart displays

A few months after its debut, the new Chromecast with Google TV picked up support for Apple TV last week. An added bonus? Apple TV for Chromecast can be controlled by Google Assistant speakers and smart displays.

February 16

LastPass will restrict free users to only one type of device starting next month

One of the most attractive features of the popular password manager LastPass is that, if you choose to, you can use it pretty effectively without paying a dime. That comes to an end in March, as LastPass has just announced that its free tier will be restricted to only one device type starting next month.

February 4

Nvidia GeForce Now game streaming adds official support for M1 Macs

Game streaming has opened a world of possibilities for new devices to get in on high-end games, regardless of what device they own. While Apple’s new M1 Macs are more than capable of playing high-end games, not many are optimized. That’s why it’s great news that Nvidia has added official support for M1 Macs on GeForce Now.

January 21

‘Beeper’ app from Pebble founder brings your chat apps into one place, iMessage on Android too

In an effort to bring all of your messaging apps into a single place, Beeper does the heavy lifting and can even bring iMessage to Android and Windows.

December 23, 2020

Samsung deletes post mocking Apple’s charger removal now that it plans to do the same thing

The world was less than shocked when Apple confirmed that its iPhone 12 series would ship without a charging brick in the box, but some Android OEMs didn’t waste a second before gloating about the fact that their phones do include chargers — and much better ones than Apple ever did, at that. Now, Samsung is backtracking by deleting a post making fun of Apple regarding the charger removal.

December 9, 2020

You can now set custom cover images for Spotify playlists from Android and iOS

Spotify is debuting a new feature for playlists this week — the ability to set custom cover images from your Android or iOS smartphone using the official mobile app.

December 7, 2020

[Update: Rolling out] Apple Music is now available on Google Assistant speakers

Apple Music hit the scene a few years back, and in the time since, has become a huge competitor in the streaming market. Now, Google Assistant speakers are adding full support for Apple Music.

November 23, 2020

Waze for iOS testing support for CarPlay’s dashboard mode in beta

Google’s Waze platform arrived on Apple CarPlay in 2018, and now it’s about to adopt one of Apple’s latest features. It appears that Waze will soon support CarPlay’s dashboard mode.

November 19, 2020

Cloud streaming might end up being the next big thing in gaming, but Apple has been strict when it comes to allowing services such as Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia on the App Store. Today, Nvidia GeForce Now is launching iPhone and iPad by bypassing the App Store altogether with a web experience.

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November 16, 2020

Samsung’s new Smart Monitor works with wireless DeX, Apple AirPlay, native apps

Computer monitors are usually just displays for a connected device, but following in the footsteps of its TVs, Samsung is releasing a new Smart Monitor that packs native apps, Apple AirPlay 2, and support for the Samsung DeX platform.

November 11, 2020

Some Ring doorbells can catch fire when installed incorrectly, recall underway

One of the biggest names in the smart home game is Amazon-owned Ring. The brand’s video doorbells are also widely used, but now a Ring doorbell recall has been issued over some units catching fire.

October 14, 2020

Apple TV app arrives on Sony’s Android TVs starting today

Apple TV+ has been around for nearly a year at this point and, back at the service’s launch, the Apple TV app was confirmed to be coming to Sony’s Android TV models. Following a false start earlier this year, that app is finally available starting today.

September 28, 2020

Google Stadia delivers one of the best game streaming experiences out there today, but like GeForce Now and Xbox Game Pass, Apple makes it extraordinarily difficult to get Stadia into the App Store. Luckily, there might be a way through the web. Thanks to a custom browser app, you can get Stadia up and running on iOS in a matter of minutes.

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September 14, 2020

Verizon will acquire Tracfone, the largest MVNO in the US, for over $6 billion

Just a few months after T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint closed, Verizon has a big announcement of its own. Verizon, the nation’s largest carrier, today announced that it would acquire the largest MVNO in the US, Tracfone, in a deal worth over $6 billion.

August 25, 2020

Fitbit Sense debuts w/ ECG, advanced health tracking, Google Assistant for $329

While Google’s acquisition of Fitbit sits in limbo, Fitbit is today launching three new pieces of hardware. The Fitbit Sense is the company’s latest flagship smartwatch and it packs some seriously impressive health hardware to rival the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.

August 6, 2020

Google’s Stadia platform has helped start a new form of gaming, streaming from the cloud. In the past year, Stadia, Microsoft xCloud, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now have made a big splash, but they still aren’t available on iOS. Why? Apple has confirmed it won’t allow services like Google Stadia on its platform.

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May 15, 2020

NextVR Android app pulled from Google Play hours after Apple confirms acquisition

About a month after our colleagues at 9to5Mac reported that Apple had acquired NextVR, Apple confirmed the news just yesterday. Within hours of that public confirmation, NextVR’s Android app was quickly pulled from the Google Play Store.

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