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CCC Air Stick brings 4K HDR10 and aptX HD to Android TV in Chromecast-size package

January 19th, 2018

While CES brought a stack of announcements for Android TV-powered televisions, streaming boxes have been in conspicuously short supply. The CCC Air Stick 4K is breaking up that monotony, cramming in support for 4K HDR10 as well as aptX and aptX HD—apparently a first for Android TV-powered boxes. It has a relatively minimal 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, though this is double what the Nexus Player provides. Unfortunately, it is Japan only, though you could import it if you feel the urge.

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CCC Air Stick brings 4K HDR10 and aptX HD to Android TV in Chromecast-size package was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Snap reportedly laid off two dozen people, mostly on its content team

January 19th, 2018

According to a report from The Information, Snap (of Snapchat fame) has recently laid off about two dozen people, most of which were in the content team. These firings seem to fit in line with the company’s financial difficulties and overall attempts at consolidation, as well as the recent setbacks for the platform’s original content. 

For a bit of perspective, The Information pegs Snap as having around 3,000 employees (though an SEC filing from 2016 states closer to 1,800).

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Snap reportedly laid off two dozen people, mostly on its content team was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Pay adds support for 80 new banks and credit unions in the US

January 19th, 2018

Even with the tremendous amount of banks and credit unions already participating in Android Pay, there will always be even more to join in the fun. Case in point: 80 new banks and credit unions in the US have just been added to Google’s support page, making the first mass addition in 2018 a big one.

Without further ado, here are the 80 banks and credit unions:

  1. Act 1st Federal Credit Union
  2. Adirondack Trust Company
  3. AllWealth Federal Credit Union
  4. American Bank & Trust Company
  5. Armstrong Bank
  6. Atlanta Postal Credit Union
  7. Avadian Credit Union
  8. Bank of Lafayette
  9. Bofi Federal Bank
  10. Bradford National Bank
  11. Campco FCU
  12. CedarStone Bank
  13. Chain Bridge Bank
  14. Chemung Canal Trust Company
  15. Cincinnati Interagency FCU
  16. Citizens Bank Minnesota
  17. Community 1st Credit Union
  18. Consumer Credit Union
  19. Cy-Fair FCU
  20. Dallas Capital Bank, N.A.

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Android Pay adds support for 80 new banks and credit unions in the US was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Beta update rolling out, downloads] Google says a fix is coming on January 18th for Wi-Fi problems associated with Cast devices

January 19th, 2018

A few days back we reported that the Google Home Max (among other Cast-enabled devices) might be connected with some recent reports for widespread Wi-Fi troubles. Google has indirectly responded to this issue in a page on the Device Support section for Google Home support, in which the company acknowledges the existence and cause of the problem, promising a fix tomorrow. 

This particular issue has picked up a lot of traction in the news, having been reported on by outlets covering a range from Engadget to The Sun, so it’s not just a niche problem.

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[Update: Beta update rolling out, downloads] Google says a fix is coming on January 18th for Wi-Fi problems associated with Cast devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto looks ‘pixelated’ for some, but Google is on the case

January 19th, 2018

If your Android Auto head unit looks like it’s been hit by a bad case of JPEG, you aren’t alone. There have been some recent reports that Android Auto-powered systems are displaying “pixelated” blocky visuals. Thankfully for those affected, Google is working to fix things. 

An example of the effect from Google’s Product Forums

Reports are varied, with no one make/model of car or phone seeming to be implicated, and accounts cover a range of Android OS versions from Nougat 7.1 to Oreo 8.1—though a large number of affected devices are reported to be Pixels.

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Android Auto looks ‘pixelated’ for some, but Google is on the case was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Poll: What would you like to see from the new Samsung Galaxy S9?

January 19th, 2018

2017 brought us many great new smartphone trends, but 2018 looks just as exciting. What are you looking forward to seeing in the upcoming Galaxy S9?(This is a preview – click here to read the entire entry.)

Autonomous cars are ready but face challenges ahead

January 19th, 2018

CES 2018 just ended and one thing is for sure: the cars of the future will be filled with technology and increasingly autonomous, where we like it or not.(This is a preview – click here to read the entire entry.)

Google is giving away a free pen loop to Pixelbook owners

January 18th, 2018

It’s a pretty simple solution, but it’s better than nothing.

In addition to the Pixelbook itself, Google also released the Pixelbook Pen alongside it. The Pixelbook Pen is a $100 stylus that allows you to doodle on the Pixelbook and easily call upon the Google Assistant, and while its price might be tough to swallow, it’s a really fun accessory if you’ve got the cash to cover it.

However, as great as the Pixelbook Pen is, one thing I always thought was a bit odd is that there’s no way to store the Pen inside the Pixelbook like you can with the Samsung Chromebook Pro/Plus. I’m crossing my fingers that this is something we see with the Pixelbook 2, but until then, Google is giving current Pixelbook owners a free loop for their Pen.

The loop attaches to the side of the Pixelbook’s base using an adhesive, and once you stick it on, that’s about all there is to it. You can slide the Pen in and out of it as you wish, and you can still use the Pixelbook in any of its four modes.

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Android may have native Wi-Fi Direct printing in the future

January 18th, 2018

Android has a few different methods for printing, one of the easiest and most recognizable is probably Google’s Cloud Print. But setting up and using a random printer from your Android-powered phone or tablet isn’t quite as easy as it is from a more traditional laptop or desktop computer. According to the folks at XDA, though, that might change with the recent addition of Wi-Fi Direct printing to AOSP.  

Wi-Fi Direct, for the unfamiliar, is a peer-to-peer system that allows two Wi-Fi enabled devices (like a phone and printer) to connect directly to one another without the use of a router.

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Android may have native Wi-Fi Direct printing in the future was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Best Place to Buy your PlayStation Aim Controller

January 18th, 2018

Taking PlayStation VR to the next level

With games like Bravo Team and Farpoint being released for the PlayStation VR, the need for an Aim Controller gets that much harder to silence as the days go on. Well, no worries, I’ve done the work of comparing prices and site reviews for you! This way you know you’re not only getting the best deals, but they’re also from the best sites. Check out below to see the buying options for your new PlayStation Gear!

Not playing a PSVR and simply looking for a new Aim Controller to play your Move games? Options for that are below as well!

PlayStation VR bundle
Aim controller bundle
Buying just the controller
Buying used controllers
PlayStation Aim Controllers for the Move

PlayStation VR bundle

If you haven’t bought a PSVR system yet but you already know you’re going to want the coolest games that are compatible with the Aim Controller you might as well go for the full bundle. NewEgg offers a stellar deal at $799.99 for you to get everything y…

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