Xiaomi Mi TV Stick shows up in Play Console ahead of release

Xiaomi Mi TV Stick shows up in Play Console ahead of release

For years, the Xiaomi Mi Box (and its various iterations) has been the go-to option for a cheap Android TV device. Google is finally producing its own Android TV streaming stick, nicknamed ‘Sabrina,’ but that isn’t stopping Xiaomi from working on a sequel to the Mi Box — the aptly-named Mi TV Stick. The Mi TV Stick has already leaked a few times, and some retailers like Gearbest and AliExpress are already taking orders for the global version. It’s not clear what the official US price will be (assuming it does arrive in America, like the Mi Box did), but...

Xiaomi brings MIUI Security app to the Play Store for faster updates

Xiaomi brings MIUI Security app to the Play Store for faster updates

Android has always taken flak from Apple for its OS update policies, but just because every Android device may not get system updates quickly doesn’t mean they have to miss out on features. Google allows manufacturers to update system level apps through the Play Store without having to push entire system upgrades. Xiaomi is up to just that right now, publishing its core Security app to the Play Store. The succinctly named Security app is responsible for many features on Mi phones: it provides utilities like an app lock, a cleaner, and a battery saver. The software also monitors system...

How to see when your Google Opinion Rewards credits will expire

How to see when your Google Opinion Rewards credits will expire

If you’re still a little salty about having your Opinion Rewards earnings unceremoniously obliterated in late 2019, you’re not alone. The backlash prompted Google to add an explanatory banner to the Opinion Rewards app and ultimately provide a way to view when your credits will expire in the future. Here’s how to keep tabs on those expiration dates so that your credits are never squandered again. It’s easy to keep tabs on your Opinion Rewards credits The next time you open the Opinion Rewards app, direct your attention toward your balance in the top left hand corner. If your balance...

PUBG temporarily banned in Pakistan because won’t someone think of the children

PUBG temporarily banned in Pakistan because won’t someone think of the children

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (or PTA) has temporarily banned the game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The PTA claims to have received reports which claim that the game is addictive, wastes time, and poses a negative impact on the physical and psychological health of children. Let’s hope no one explains Fortnite to them. The PTA’s website appears to be down at the time of writing, so our news comers courtesy of The Express Tribune, which reported on the change yesterday. A formal hearing is scheduled for July 9th, and the public is encouraged to provide additional feedback (via email at [email protected]) before July...

Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and Tab A 8.0 receive Android 10 update

Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and Tab A 8.0 receive Android 10 update

Android 11 is on the horizon, but there are still plenty of phones and tablets that need an upgrade to Android 10. Samsung has been ramping up its rollout on tablets, as most versions of the Tab S5e and Tab S6 now have Android 10, and the company’s cheaper tablets are next in line for the update. SamMobile is reporting that the 2019 versions of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and Tab A 8.0 are receiving Android 10. However, the update seems to be limited to the LTE versions for now, not the cheaper Wi-Fi models. The Android 10 upgrade...

DontKillMyApp benchmark released from Early Access with new icon

DontKillMyApp benchmark released from Early Access with new icon

This story was originally published 2020/06/24 2:01pm PDTon Jun 24, 2020 and last updated 2020/07/02 8:19am PDTon Jul 2, 2020.  Urbandroid, the developers behind Sleep as Android, have suffered plenty of headaches getting their app to work on a wide range of Android phones. Different manufacturers all think they have great ideas when it comes to stretching out battery life. Usually, they do it by aggressively killing apps in the background, which can break app functionality. Urbandroid even made a site called DontKillMyApp to track and shame the worst offenders and point out how to fix these issues on different...

Insta360 discounts its great 360 cams, including the new One R, by up to 15%

Insta360 discounts its great 360 cams, including the new One R, by up to 15%

A 360-degree camera remains a commodity to this day, but those who have tried one and really looked at all the ways it can be used won’t stop singing its praises. For video, a 360 cam lets you shoot without worrying about framing or angle, for still pics it forces you to think about creative places and perspectives. Not to mention all the fun effects you can create with it and the flying drone viewpoint it can generate. If you’d like to test the waters or if you’re looking to upgrade your existing 360 gear, you’re in luck because Insta360...

DuckDuckGo has been blocked by multiple Indian ISPs

DuckDuckGo has been blocked by multiple Indian ISPs

Following the Indian ban of almost 60 Chinese apps including TikTok and Weibo, many people living in the country now report not being able to access the privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo. The company confirms as much, saying that the problem isn’t on its end. It’s currently talking to local internet service providers to resolve the issue. It looks like these have blocked the service via their DNS servers, as the search engine is still accessible through most third-party DNS resolvers. While some ISPs are currently already lifting their blocks, the situation is still pretty unclear. The ban seems to have...

Chrome OS will get Steam as part of new Linux virtualization environment

Chrome OS will get Steam as part of new Linux virtualization environment

Back in January, we exclusively reported that Google wants to add Steam to Chrome OS and introduce more powerful Chromebooks, possibly running on AMD silicon. Now further details have emerged. 9to5Google found a new Linux emulator in the Google’s Chromium Gerrit codenamed “Borealis” that includes a pre-installed copy of Steam. It might even replace the current Linux implementation in the long term. Chrome OS has had a virtual Linux emulator in beta for more than a year, codenamed Crostini. It’s not a full-blown separate OS but more of a collection of compatibility software that helps seamlessly integrate Linux apps with...

Apple-owned Dark Sky gets an extra month on Android, will now sunset on August 1

Apple-owned Dark Sky gets an extra month on Android, will now sunset on August 1

Popular weather app Dark Sky will be available to Android and website users for an extra month. Instead of ending those services today, it will do so on August 1. After Apple acquired it earlier this year, the company had planned on restricting access to iOS devices only. From July 1, the Android and Wear OS would be deprecated and the website and associated embeds stripped. Alas, those forecasts, maps, and embeds are still up and people are left with another 31 days to find an alternative. No reason was given for the extension. Premium subscribers on Android will still...