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Podcast: “Chat”

On this episode of the Droid Life Show, we’re talking heavily about Google’s latest messaging adventure, which is their rebranding of RCS Universal Profile to “Chat.” We’ll talk about what this means for the future of Android messaging, if you should care, and when you...

Android

AT&T launches its “5G” to more markets

Shutterstock AT&T is promoting its new technology called 5G Evolution. According to a press release, 5G Evolution is now in over 100 markets. However, despite what its moniker would suggest, 5G Evolution is not 5G. Yesterday, AT&T put out a press release patting itself on the back for lau...

Android

LG G7 ThinQ will reportedly feature a Google Assistant button

LG’s upcoming G7 ThinQ will reportedly feature a dedicated Google Assistant button. The button functions similarly to Samsung’s Bixby’s button, for better and worse. The button also plays into Google’s and LG’s respective strategies. You can already call up Google Ass...

Android

ZTE calls ban “unfair,” but what can it do now?

ZTE’s response to the U.S. technology ban came through on Friday morning, with the company stating that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s action was unfair. China’s second-largest telecom firm said that the ban handed down by the Bureau of Industry and Security threatens its survi...

Android

Deal: Amazon Echo Dot for $40 with bonus $10 gift card

If you haven’t yet stepped into the smart speaker game, you really are missing out. An always-on virtual assistant is incredibly useful around the house, especially in places like the kitchen where you often find your hands are dirty and touching your smartphone is ill-advised. While our guid...

Android

Freedom Mobile Canada network review

Freedom Mobile was founded in 2008 as Wind Mobile and is one of the most visible discount mobile brands in Canada. Having said that, it also has pretty limited coverage. Freedom is refreshingly candid about its shortcomings though. The company recognizes it’s not perfect, but offers an afford...

Internet

SmugMug acquires Flickr from Yahoo, says ‘the future is bright’

Photo-sharing site SmugMug has acquired fellow photo-sharing site Flickr from Yahoo (Oath Inc.) for an undisclosed sum. Don't worry, though -- Flickr isn't going anywhere, and may even finally receive the resources it's long deserved. The post SmugMug acquires Flickr from Yahoo, says ‘the futu...

Hardware

JBL Boombox

The influence of the boombox on music is indisputable. These portable sound systems gave rise to sub-cultures (think breakdancing and hip hop) in the '80s and '90s. Fast-forward to today, and JBL has taken its penchant for splash-proof and portable Bluetooth audio into a bygone era with its bombasti...

Hardware

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930

While cleaning sucks, vacuuming is one of the worst parts of it. That’s where robot vacuums roll in – and these little droids on wheels have come a long way since they first made an appearance in the late 1990s. No longer do they need you to be around to start them up. All the lates...

Tech

Flip phones are back: Less distracting and a lot cheaper than a smartphone

The flip phone is having a mini-resurgence as consumers seek less distraction. Call it a rejection of the smartphone with its bombardment of messaging and social media that sap your attention. Or maybe it’s just a return to the cell phone’s roots, when a phone was just a phone.


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