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Barack and Michelle Obama land a multi-year Netflix production deal

Barack and Michelle Obama land a multi-year Netflix production deal

By Elyse Betters

Former US President Barack Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama are coming to Netflix.In a tweet on 21 May, Netflix formally announced a multi-year production deal with the former president and the former first lady. The agreement includes "films... Read more

10 best ARKit-enabled apps: The best augmented reality apps for iOS

10 best ARKit-enabled apps: The best augmented reality apps for iOS

By Elyse Betters

Apple has its own an augmented reality (AR) platform. Known as ARKit, the company announced it last June, and now, there are a bunch of ARKit-enabled apps you can use on your iOS device.Augmented reality isn't a new technology, but Apple decided it should... Read more

7 most ridiculous royal wedding-themed merchandise

7 most ridiculous royal wedding-themed merchandise

By Elyse Betters

If you haven't heard, there's this British prince named Harry who's marrying an American this weekend.People across the world absolutely can't wait to watch two rich individuals legally bind themselves to each other on television. And some are going all-out... Read more

Google might be making a HoloLens-like AR headset called A65

Google might be making a HoloLens-like AR headset called A65

By Elyse Betters

Google is developing a standalone HoloLens-like headset.The company is reportedly making a new headset that will use Qualcomm chips, and it will be built by Taiwanese computer maker Quanta, according to WinFuture. The project, which is internally called... Read more

Finally! Massive No Man’s Sky update will add online multiplayer in July

Finally! Massive No Man’s Sky update will add online multiplayer in July

By Elyse Betters

No Man's Sky, the planetary exploration game that launched in 2016, is getting a massive update.The game's next update, called Next, will bring a much-requested feature: online multiplayer. Developer Hello Games described it as the biggest update to the... Read more

Fortnite is coming to Android phones this summer, says Epic Games

Fortnite is coming to Android phones this summer, says Epic Games

By Elyse Betters

Epic Games has announced that its hugely popular battle royale game is coming to Android.In a developer blog post, it confirmed the game, Fornite, would arrive for Android phones sometime this summer. The company also detailed several new features that... Read more

What is Garmin Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

What is Garmin Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

By Elyse Betters

First, there was Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay. Then, there was Fitbit Pay. Now, we have Garmin Pay. All these mobile payment systems work with contactless payment readers so that you can check out at a store, right from your wrist, without... Read more

What is Nissan Energy Solar, how much is it, and where is it available?

What is Nissan Energy Solar, how much is it, and where is it available?

By Elyse Betters

Nissan has entered the solar panel market with Nissan Energy Solar.More than just some solar panels to fix on your roof, Energy Solar is a complete energy management system that includes a storage system that lets you decide when to use any stored power... Read more

What is YouTube Premium, how much is it, and how does it work?

What is YouTube Premium, how much is it, and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

YouTube Red is dead. Long live YouTube Premium.A couple years ago, YouTube began offering a new service called YouTube Red. It's a paid-for subscription service that essentially allowed people to watch ad-free YouTube videos, among other things. However,... Read more

RED Hydrogen One will come to US carriers this summer despite delays

RED Hydrogen One will come to US carriers this summer despite delays

By Elyse Betters

RED is making a smartphone, called Hydrogen One, which is reportedly coming to Verizon and AT&T sometime this summer.But, before you get all excited, RED confusingly announced in early May that it's delaying the smartphone. Plus, despite the most recent... Read more

Latest HTC U12+ leak shows transparent design, full phone specs

Latest HTC U12+ leak shows transparent design, full phone specs

By Elyse Betters

HTC is mere days from announcing its next flagship, but, naturally, that doesn't mean the leaks will stop.Enter: Evan Blass, a reliable source of mobile phone leaks. His latest scoop is on HTC's upcoming phone, the HTC U12+, which is expected to be unveiled... Read more

Best Google Assistant headphones: Smart sounds from Bose, Sony, and more

Best Google Assistant headphones: Smart sounds from Bose, Sony, and more

By Elyse Betters

Google and its partners have announced that support for Google Assistant is coming to many wireless headphones.Before now, the only stand-out headphones optimised for Google Assistant were the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Google's own Pixel Buds. Now,... Read more

Sick of Alexa's voice? Amazon now allows skills to use different voices

Sick of Alexa's voice? Amazon now allows skills to use different voices

By Elyse Betters

Those of you who really want Alexa to have different voices will be happy with this latest development.Amazon has released a new developer preview that essentially lets Alexa skill developers add a new voice to their skills. They can pick from a handful... Read more

How to download a copy of all the data Apple collects on you

How to download a copy of all the data Apple collects on you

By Elyse Betters

If you're anything like us at Pocket-lint, you're now super aware of the amount of data you give companies, like Apple.Whether it's granting full-on access to your social profiles, or casually leaving a trail of metadata, like when and who you messaged... Read more

Watch the OnePlus 6 launch event if you missed it

Watch the OnePlus 6 launch event if you missed it

By Elyse Betters

OnePlus has revealed its next all-powerful flagship at a London event.The London-based event kicked off at 5PM BST local time (6pm CET/12pm Eastern Time/9am Pacific Time). The company sold 1,000 tickets to fans ahead of the launch, just as it did for... Read more

Microsoft might launch cheaper $400 Surface tablets later this year

Microsoft might launch cheaper $400 Surface tablets later this year

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft wants to make a much cheaper line of Surface tablets.The company apparently wants to better compete with Apple's more budget-friendly iPad models, so it is completely rethinking Surface devices and plans to redesign them with 10-inch screens,... Read more

Google updates Pixel Buds with support for new gestures

Google updates Pixel Buds with support for new gestures

By Elyse Betters

Google just updated its Pixel Buds so that they respond to more gestures.When you use Pixel Buds with your Pixel phone, or any other Android device with the Assistant, you can touch and hold the right earbud to ask for your favourite playlist, make a... Read more

If you own Samsung’s Galaxy S9, you can now play with ARCore apps

If you own Samsung’s Galaxy S9, you can now play with ARCore apps

By Elyse Betters

Google's augmented reality platform now supports one of the most popular Android devices available: the Galaxy S9.Previously, ARCore was limited to Pixel devices, Nexus devices, and a few other Android handsets from the likes of Asus, Huawei, LG, Moto,... Read more

Do you hear yanny or laurel? This crazy audio clip is just like that dress

Do you hear yanny or laurel? This crazy audio clip is just like that dress

By Elyse Betters

Remember the dress that was blue and black or gold and white? Well, the internet has just surfaced a similar mind-bending stumper.Enter: the "Yanny"" or "Laurel" audio clip. Those two words clearly sound nothing alike when pronounced aloud, and yet, if... Read more

Peak blockchain: HTC's Exodus phone is all about cryptocurrency

Peak blockchain: HTC's Exodus phone is all about cryptocurrency

By Elyse Betters

HTC is making a blockchain-powered phone.For those of you scratching your head, watch this John Oliver video on cryptocurrency and read our guide on Bitcoin, a popular type of cryptocurrency. It's an abstract concept, but essentially, cryptocurrency is... Read more

Latest OnePlus 6 leak shows off phone, pricing, and shipping date

Latest OnePlus 6 leak shows off phone, pricing, and shipping date

By Elyse Betters

OnePlus is mere days away from launching its next phone, but that hasn't stopped the leaks, including one that includes pricing details.WinFuture noticed OnePlus 6 renders on Amazon (Germany) that show off the upcoming flagship's "Mirror Black" colour.... Read more

What is Google Drive, how does it work, and is Google One cheaper?

What is Google Drive, how does it work, and is Google One cheaper?

By Elyse Betters

Google has reduced the cost of Google Drive and is promising to add some really neat features to the online storage service.Drive has been around for years now but has changed relatively little since launch; it lets you upload files, create files, share... Read more

What is Facebook's Clear History tool and how does it work?

What is Facebook's Clear History tool and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

Don't you wish you could just 'clear' your Facebook history?With the recent Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, many people became aware of how much data Facebook tracks and keeps on them, as well as how that data can be easily monetised (and weaponised)... Read more

BlackBerry Key2 launch: When is it, will it be streamed live online and what should you expect?

BlackBerry Key2 launch: When is it, will it be streamed live online and what should you expect?

By Elyse Betters

BlackBerry Mobile will hold a launch event next month for its follow-up to the BlackBerry KeyOne.Now officially named BlackBerry Key2 (rather than KeyTwo, as many had been calling it), the new handset will be revealed in New York in June.Here then are... Read more

The best Alexa tips and tricks: Get more from Amazon's assistant

The best Alexa tips and tricks: Get more from Amazon's assistant

By Elyse Betters

The Amazon Echo can make to-do lists, set alarms, stream podcasts, play audiobooks, read PDFs, provide weather forecasts, warn you of traffic, answer trivia, control your smart home and serve up other information in real-time. We've been living with... Read more

Which of these was taken on a OnePlus 6? You decide

Which of these was taken on a OnePlus 6? You decide

By Elyse Betters

OnePlus is regularly teasing its upcoming smartphone, and the latest example is actually quite interesting.The so-called flagship killer is hellbent on releasing phones with flagship-level specs and affordable prices. But just how good are these phones?... Read more

Want to buy SpotMini? Boston Dynamics will sell its robot hellhound

Want to buy SpotMini? Boston Dynamics will sell its robot hellhound

By Elyse Betters

Boston Dynamics is reportedly planning to sell its SpotMini robot.Yes, that means you, and the rest of the public, will be able to purchase this nightmare-inducing bot starting next year, according to TechCrunch. The Massachusetts-based company said... Read more

Apple just made its Carpool Karaoke show free to watch via TV app

Apple just made its Carpool Karaoke show free to watch via TV app

By Elyse Betters

Apple has a new TV show, called Carpool Karaoke: The Series, that you can now watch - absolutely for free.The television show is accessible via Apple's TV app, according to a new trailer the company shared on its YouTube channel. Free episodes of the... Read more

Android P Dashboard: Here's how it will help curb phone addiction

Android P Dashboard: Here's how it will help curb phone addiction

By Elyse Betters

Do you wish you had more control over demands on your attention?Between work, kids, and constant notifications on your phone, it's hard to focus. Some of us even struggle with a slight phone addiction. Think about it. Have you ever caught yourself repeatedly... Read more

Apple WWDC 2018: How to watch and what to expect

Apple WWDC 2018: How to watch and what to expect

By Elyse Betters

Apple's developer conference is around the corner, and we're predicting what the company will announce here.Apple puts on a mostly-annual developer conference in California to showcase new software, software updates, and - sometimes - technologies that... Read more

Does Amazon want Alexa to become your in-home health aide?

Does Amazon want Alexa to become your in-home health aide?

By Elyse Betters

Soon, you might be able to ask, "Alexa, am I sick?", and then possibly share your sensitive health data, such as symptoms, to your doctor.According to CNBC, which looked at a leaked internal document about Amazon's plans, billionaire Jeff Bezos' online... Read more

Watch Boston Dynamics' robots escape the lab

Watch Boston Dynamics' robots escape the lab

By Elyse Betters

Atlas and SpotMini are ridiculously cool-looking and fun to watch. Boston Dynamics loves to release new videos of its robots doing creepy things, but it also tries to give us a good look at how far it has come with making its mechanical beasts look and... Read more

Apple might launch an Apple Pay-branded credit card early next year

Apple might launch an Apple Pay-branded credit card early next year

By Elyse Betters

Apple could get into the financial business, according to a new report.The Cupertino-based company is reportedly in the process of releasing a credit card. This new initiative would be part of a partnership with investment bank Goldman Sachs, The Wall... Read more

Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference?

Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference?

By Elyse Betters

When Apple Music launched it was with a massive marketing campaign and several celebrities touting how amazing it is, especially when compared to Spotify, another music-streaming service that was getting flak for not paying artists enough.Now that time... Read more

UPS will test these futuristic electric trucks in London this year

UPS will test these futuristic electric trucks in London this year

By Elyse Betters

UPS has come with an innovative EV truck design that it'll pilot soon.Last year, the shipping company began testing a delivery van that spits out parcel-carrying drones, which can autonomously finish the delivery route and return to the van without... Read more

Apple could soon let you subscribe to video services via its TV app

Apple could soon let you subscribe to video services via its TV app

By Elyse Betters

Apple is expected to add a new capability to its TV app this year.According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple wants to copy Amazon by offering customers the ability to subscribe to video streaming services from its TV app. Currently, customers... Read more

Alexa, unlock door: Schlage deadbolts gain new voice-unlocking skills

Alexa, unlock door: Schlage deadbolts gain new voice-unlocking skills

By Elyse Betters

Door hardware maker Schlage is fullly embracing Alexa with new voice-controlled skills.It has announced the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt have expanded support for Amazon's voice assistant in the form of a new voice-unlocking... Read more

ZTE shut down all major operations in aftermath of US ban

ZTE shut down all major operations in aftermath of US ban

By Elyse Betters

ZTE announced it has shut down operations and closed its online store following a US ban against it.ZTE is one of China's largest tech companies, and yet, it's ceased all "major operating activities," according to a new public filing. As a result, some... Read more

What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it?

What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it?

By Elyse Betters

Google is taking on Alexa, Siri and Cortana with its own voice assistant: Google Assistant. It has made incredible progress thus far and it's probably the most advanced of the assistants out there.Google first unveiled Assistant at Google I/O in May... Read more

Google I/O 2018: All the announcements that matter

Google I/O 2018: All the announcements that matter

By Elyse Betters

Google's developer conference has kicked off.The keynote speech is where we learn what the company has planned for the next version of Android and Google Assistant. The main idea is that Google can get the developer community up to speed with any new... Read more

What is Google Lens, how does it work, and which devices have it?

What is Google Lens, how does it work, and which devices have it?

By Elyse Betters

Google Lens was one of Google's biggest announcements in 2017.But it was a primarily a Google Pixel-exclusive feature at launch. If you've been waiting for Google Lens to come to more phones, you'll be glad to know that day has finally arrived. You see,... Read more

Google Duplex enables Assistant to call and book at businesses for you

Google Duplex enables Assistant to call and book at businesses for you

By Elyse Betters

Google is at Google I/O 2018, where it just announced Google Duplex.It essentially improves Assistant so that it can book your appointments for you. Through two demos on stage, Assistant was shown calling a hair salon to make an appointment and then getting... Read more

Google Assistant's new Pretty Please mode encourages kids to say 'please'

Google Assistant's new Pretty Please mode encourages kids to say 'please'

By Elyse Betters

Google is demoing a bunch of new features at Google I/O 2018, including that it's going to teach your children to use 'the magic word'.A new Pretty Please mode for Google Assistant will help ensure everyone in your household is saying "please" and "thank... Read more

What is Google Family Link and how do its parental controls work?

What is Google Family Link and how do its parental controls work?

By Elyse Betters

If you have kids, you probably care about they do on a mobile device.Don't get us wrong. You want them to explore, tinker around, and aspire to be Mark Zuckerberg 2.0, but at the same time, there are some things children shouldn't do on an internet-connected... Read more

Gmail's new Smart Compose tool uses AI to help you write entire emails

Gmail's new Smart Compose tool uses AI to help you write entire emails

By Elyse Betters

Google's annual developer conference is underway, with company executives currently on stage announcing new products, including that Gmail is getting another update soon.You see, drafting an email takes time. You need to think about what to say, then... Read more

JBL Link Bar is Google Home and Android TV in one neat soundbar

JBL Link Bar is Google Home and Android TV in one neat soundbar

By Elyse Betters

Google has shown off a JBL Link Bar at Google I/O. During the demo, it revealed new Android TV and Assistant features.This new soundbar features built-in Android TV and Google Home capabilities. But, according to Android Police, which saw the unit during... Read more

Microsoft Build 2018: All the announcements that matter

Microsoft Build 2018: All the announcements that matter

By Elyse Betters

The biggest tech companies hold annual developer conferences, and Microsoft's is now underway.Every year Microsoft spends a couple days trying to bring developers and software engineers into its fold with a developer conference called Build. While at... Read more

Apple's 2019 iPhone could sport three rear cameras like Huawei P20 Pro

Apple's 2019 iPhone could sport three rear cameras like Huawei P20 Pro

By Elyse Betters

There are rumours that a future iPhone will have three rear cameras, and a new report adds more weight to the speculation.To be clear: the rumours are about a 2019 model. And a new research note from the Taipei Times has suggested Apple is likely to... Read more

Elon Musk is 'super serious' about starting a candy company

Elon Musk is 'super serious' about starting a candy company

By Elyse Betters

Elon Musk and Trump have something in common: Twitter. The two men use the service to say just about whatever comes to mind. In Musk's case, the latest example is his announcement that he is starting a new company, and it's going to be amazing, he says.... Read more

What is Android Things and when will the first devices arrive?

What is Android Things and when will the first devices arrive?

By Elyse Betters

Android Things is finally ready.Google makes a bunch of perating systems: Android powers smartphones and tablets; Wear OS powers wearables like smartwatches; Chrome OS powers laptops and other computers; Android TV powers set-top boxes and televisions... Read more