Gmail’s spam filter has been repaired

Gmail’s spam filter has been repaired

This story was originally published 2020/07/01 5:25am PDTon Jul 1, 2020 and last updated 2020/07/04 12:09am PDTon Jul 4, 2020.  Spam filters are a thing we rely on every single day to protect us from an overwhelming amount of unwanted messages, but we rarely think about the technology behind them when everything works. When the algorithms do break, all hell breaks loose, as we suddenly realize how many emails get filtered regularly. That’s an experience some Gmail users have been going through over the last few days, as Google’s spam filters appear to have been on strike for them. Google confirmed...

Choetech’s 65W USB Type-C wall charger is now just $22 ($13 off)

Choetech’s 65W USB Type-C wall charger is now just $22 ($13 off)

You might already have a few USB Type-C wall adapters around your home, but third-party options can give you more features (and sometimes a smaller size) than the chargers included with phones and tablets. Choetech’s 65W USB-PD wall adapter offers enough power for anything from earbuds to ultrabooks, and it’s now just $21.99 on Amazon. That’s $13 off the usual price. This wall adapter has two ports: a 45W USB Type-C connector, and a 12W USB Type-A port. The former should be enough to charge phones, tablets, and ultrabooks at full speed, as long as the devices fully support USB...

All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

This story was originally published 2020/03/20 1:07pm PDTon Mar 20, 2020 and last updated 2020/07/03 2:09pm PDTon Jul 3, 2020.  Movie theaters are slowly reopening, but many don’t have new releases quite yet, and studios seems to be embracing the streaming model. Whether you’re staying at home to limit potential risks, or just saving a few bucks by watching from the couch, we’ve organized a huge list with many of the newly added films and some upcoming releases. New this week: The big talk of the week has been all about the Broadway production Hamilton coming to Disney+. Despite being...

The best cheap Chromebooks that are actually in stock right now

The best cheap Chromebooks that are actually in stock right now

This story was originally published 2020/03/20 12:58pm PDTon Mar 20, 2020 and last updated 2020/07/03 11:18am PDTon Jul 3, 2020.  The ongoing lockdowns around the world have caused an uptick in demand for computers, especially laptops. Chromebooks are incredibly popular for their ease-of-use and competitive pricing, so if you can accomplish everything using just a web browser (and you don’t already have a spare PC that can do the job), they’re certainly worth looking into. All of the models we’ve selected come enough horsepower to handle at least a few Chrome tabs and applications running at once, and most of...

Official OnePlus Nord promo video offers tantalizing glimpses of upcoming phone

Official OnePlus Nord promo video offers tantalizing glimpses of upcoming phone

OnePlus says that the Nord will be the first phone under its banner in a long time to fall under the $500 watermark. It also says that this project is dragging the brand into a new direction. But if you’re really in for a tease, the company has a new video just for you. The video, titled “Dear Past,” centers around a short essay about the past and the future, much like many things in life. Toward the end of video, though, we see a few glimpses of someone who is ostensibly the narrator holding up a smartphone that is...

OnePlus fixes yet another security flaw that may have exposed sensitive customer data

OnePlus fixes yet another security flaw that may have exposed sensitive customer data

A security vulnerability in OnePlus’ out-of-warranty repair invoicing system has been fixed. The vulnerability, which was discovered on June 30th, exposed customer details including full names, phone numbers, email addresses, IMEI numbers, and physical addresses. The system affected is run by a third-party vendor and is only used by US customers. Android Police disclosed details of the vulnerability to OnePlus after receiving a tip from a reader, and OnePlus does not believe it was ever actively exploited. Again, as far as we know, only US customers would ever have been at risk. A given customer’s window of vulnerability to being...

T-Mobile shuts down Sprint’s 5G network to redeploy spectrum

T-Mobile shuts down Sprint’s 5G network to redeploy spectrum

This story was originally published 2020/04/22 11:47am PDTon Apr 22, 2020 and last updated 2020/07/03 9:29am PDTon Jul 3, 2020.  T-Mobile will shut down Sprint’s 5G network in order to rework its spectrum into its own 5G grid. While those with a Galaxy S20 series device on Sprint will be able to use 5G on either network, other 5G phone owners will eventually have to migrate to those S20s. The upcoming changes have been announced as the recently-merged carriers begin integrating their separate cellular infrastructure into a cohesive network — a process that’s expected to take 3 years. Most Sprint...

17 temporarily free and 39 on-sale apps and games for the 4th of July weekend

17 temporarily free and 39 on-sale apps and games for the 4th of July weekend

Welcome to the 4th of July weekend, everyone. Now that Independence Day is almost here in the US, many of us are off, but since it’s a holiday weekend, there are some really good sales going around. This means you can pick up some awesome games today, such as Bloons TD 6, Titan Quest, and This Is the Police, thanks to their discounted prices. As always, I’ve highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 17 temporarily free and 39 on-sale apps and games for the holiday weekend. Free Apps...

JioMeet is basically a completely free 1:1 copy of Zoom

JioMeet is basically a completely free 1:1 copy of Zoom

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic struck, Zoom has been taking over the world of video conferencing. Many other companies have realized that and have started offering or improving their own video calling services — see Google Meet, Duo, Microsoft Teams, and others. Indian telecommunications company Reliance Jio also wants a slice of the cake and has launched its own approach to video conferencing, JioMeet. I could explain the feature set and UI of JioMeet, but it boils down to this: If you know Zoom on Android, you’ll almost certainly feel right at home on JioMeet. The interface, text strings, and...

Chrome for Android is finally going 64-bit

Chrome for Android is finally going 64-bit

The first Android version to support 64-bit architecture was Android 5.0 Lollipop, introduced back in November 2014. Since then, more and more 64-bit processors shipped, and today, virtually all Android devices are capable of running 64-bit software (excluding one or two or more oddballs). However, Google Chrome has never made the jump and is only available in a 32-bit flavor, potentially leading to some unnecessary security and performance degradations. That’s finally changing: Starting with Chrome 85, phones running Android 10 and higher will automatically receive a 64-bit version. A look at chrome://version confirms as much: The current stable and beta builds,...