Sony confirms an ambitious Xperia 1 II $1,200 price tag, shipping July 24

Sony confirms an ambitious Xperia 1 II $1,200 price tag, shipping July 24

Sony’s New Flagship Xperia 1 II Smartphone Will Ship on July 24th in the United States—Pre-sales start June 1st Flagship Model Offers World’s First Smartphone with up to 20 fps Continuous Shooting Capability SAN DIEGO — May 24, 2020 — Sony Electronics today announced its new flagship smartphone, Xperia 1 II, will be available for pre-sales starting June 1st and shipping July 24th unlocked from Sony authorized retailers. Xperia 1 II has a suggested retail price of $1199.99 USD. Pre-order by June 28th to get the WF-1000XM3 wireless noise cancelling earbuds with Xperia 1 II (a $230 value). The new device leverages even more of Sony’s most innovative technologies, breaking new ground in smartphone camera capabilities and...

Jackery’s Power Station Explorer 160 battery is now $93 on Amazon ($17 off)

Jackery’s Power Station Explorer 160 battery is now $93 on Amazon ($17 off)

Jackery is best known for its line of giant portable batteries, most of which are capable of charging small appliances or computers, in addition to USB-powered devices. One of the company’s smaller units, the Portable Power Station 160, is now on sale for $93.49 on Amazon. That’s a discount of $16.50 from the usual price. The Portable Power Station 160 has a 167 watt-hour (46,400mah/3.6V) lithium-ion battery pack, and can be charged using either the included DC adapter or Jackery’s Solar Saga solar panels. For output, the battery has one USB Type-C port (5V/3A), two USB Type-A connectors (5V/2.4A), one...

Nintendo 3DS emulator Citra now available for Android

Nintendo 3DS emulator Citra now available for Android

Emulation is key to preserving the history of video games and making them more accessible, so it’s always exciting to see emulators make their way to Android. Citra, an emulator for the Nintendo 3DS, has been available on desktop platforms for years, and now the Citra team has finally released an official Android port. The Citra team has been working on Android support on and off for years, and various unofficial builds appeared from time to time (with varying degrees of functionality). The new official port borrows code from Dolphin for Android, the Nintendo Switch emulator Yuzu, and other projects....

Galaxy Watch Active2 can now monitor heart rhythms, but only in Korea

Galaxy Watch Active2 can now monitor heart rhythms, but only in Korea

Samsung released the Galaxy Watch Active2 late last year, but not all of the wearable’s hardware features have been activated yet. The Watch Active2 includes an electrocardiography (ECG) sensor for measuring the rhythm of the heart, and now the feature has been approved to go live — though only in South Korea, for now. “Samsung Electronics announced today that the Electrocardiogram (ECG) function of the Samsung Health Monitor app has been cleared by South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS),” the company said in a press release. “The ECG feature uses advanced sensor technology on the Galaxy Watch...

What did you do with your last phone when you upgraded?

What did you do with your last phone when you upgraded?

Buying a new phone is a big decision, especially with the prices these days. For most of us, dropping several hundred bucks isn’t something that can be easily done. You’ve got to plan for and budget it out well in advance. But once you’ve made the actual purchasing decision, the credit card’s been charged, and you get that delivery notification, there’s one more choice you’ve got to make: If you still have it, what do you do with the old phone? There are a lot of things you can do with an old phone. The easy option is to sell...

The very first Android phone probably isn’t what you’d expect—and I bought one

The very first Android phone probably isn’t what you’d expect—and I bought one

This story was originally published 2020/04/01 8:00am PDTon Apr 1, 2020 and last updated 2020/05/24 10:39am PDTon May 24, 2020.  The very first Android phone, it has been long established, was the HTC G1/Dream. Or at least that’s the conventional wisdom. While the G1 was the first Android smartphone ever sold, it wasn’t the first built-for-Android smartphone. That honor goes to a prototype Google developed in house called the Sooner. The Sooner looks more like an old Blackberry—a far cry from even the original G1’s touch and keyboard combo, and it doesn’t even have a touchscreen. The version of the Android...

Ten tips and tricks for your Google Nest Hub

Ten tips and tricks for your Google Nest Hub

Get more out of your Google smart display Google’s Nest Hub smart displays have a lot of self-evident uses: checking the weather, setting timers, or watching a little YouTube. But they can feel a bit underwhelming out of the box, especially if you’re not the kind of person to go diving into various settings menus and start tuning and tweaking things to your liking. But there are a handful of things we think are worth knowing about using your smart display that can make it a more personalized and more useful companion, even if may not be the powerful stationary...

12 of the best weather widgets available on Android in 2020

12 of the best weather widgets available on Android in 2020

This story was originally published 2020/04/25 6:57am PDTon Apr 25, 2020 and last updated 2020/05/24 8:32am PDTon May 24, 2020.  Weather is one of those uniquely well-suited use cases for Android’s powerful widget system. There are a lot of options out there, though, with various configurations and customizations that might appeal to you (and your aesthetic sense) more than others. We’ve used many of them over the years, and we think this roundup of 12 of the best ones (in our opinion!) should have something for everybody, from the minimalist to the full-on data geeks. YoWindow Weather – Unlimited YoWindow...

Should you buy a WiFi range extender or a mesh router?

Should you buy a WiFi range extender or a mesh router?

This story was originally published 2020/03/27 9:38am PDTon Mar 27, 2020 and last updated 2020/05/24 8:27am PDTon May 24, 2020.  With it likely your home Wi-Fi network is dealing with more devices in more places than ever these days, it’s not surprising if you’ve considered making the upgrade to a modern mesh network system, or whether one of those cheap range extenders will get the job done for adding coverage to some rooms of your home. In our experience, this is one area where dropping cold, hard cash really is the only bulletproof solution. While there are situations where a...

Is Chrome OS good enough?

Is Chrome OS good enough?

This story was originally published 2020/04/26 8:00am PDTon Apr 26, 2020 and last updated 2020/05/24 8:18am PDTon May 24, 2020.  Chrome OS often gets maligned as a platform that you can’t do “real work” on, and in some cases, that’s true. But sometimes, you don’t need a computer that does absolutely everything, and that’s why I decided to give switching to Chrome OS on my laptop a try. While I’ve retained my iMac as a proper workstation, my aging MacBook Air was due for an upgrade, and the opportunity to switch platforms presented itself. Could a simpler, cheaper Chromebook replace...