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Common Spotify problems and how to fix them

Is Spotify or one of its latest features giving you trouble? These are the common Spotify problems we've encountered and the best fixes to get your music back.

How to watch Hulu with friends

2020 cast us on isolated islands, but that doesn't mean you have to watch TV shows and movies in a lonely bubble. Here's how to watch Hulu with friends.

How to change your Spotify username

Spotify is a very popular way to find and share audio content, but they don't make changing your username very straightforward. We'll show you how to alter it.

Best Buy discounts Sony noise-canceling earbuds by $62 for the holidays

Buy these Sony noise-canceling earbuds today at the reduced price of $168 from Best Buy for the holidays.

Snapods: Magnetically attached earbuds offer quirky convenience

Most true wireless earbuds come in a charging case that must be carried. Not so with the Snapods, which cling like a sea lamprey to the back of your phone.

Radical transparency: How under-display cameras will change our screens forever

New technology is going to eradicate the smartphone notch and make video calls more natural, but trust will be critical. Our hidden camera future is now.

Apple’s over-ear AirPods Max noise-canceling headphones cost an eye-watering $549

With active noise cancellation, computational audio, and a slick digital crown for major controls, the AirPods Max look spectacular and are priced to match.

Are Apple’s AirPods Max headphones really worth $549? Never say never

Apple has launched its first-ever headphones, the AirPods Max. But their price has left observers wondering what in the world the Cupertino company is thinking.

Save $40 on the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 at Best Buy

The Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 will quickly become your go-to headphones for work, play, and everyday.

Spotify Wrapped: How to see your top songs and music for 2020

Spotify Wrapped 2020 is here, the annual tradition that gives us an insight into all the wild and weird stuff we've been streaming into our heads this year. Here's how to check it out!

Save $50 on AirPods Pro at Staples following Cyber Monday

The AirPods Pro are on sale for only $199 at Staples following Cyber Monday. You'll need to act fast, though: This offer won't last long.

The best comedy podcasts right now

Do you like comedy? Love to laugh? Then take a look at our list of the best comedy podcasts available right now, from the satirical to the downright silly.

This is the top-selling tech gear of Black Friday 2020

Black Friday 2020 set a new record for online shopping after customers dropped $9 billion on a range of products, with tech gear proving as popular as ever.

Save $90 on Powerbeats Pro at Amazon for Black Friday

Right now, at Amazon, you can save $90 on Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds for Black Friday. They’re just $160.

Save $80 on Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones this Black Friday

If you're shopping for a music lover, this Black Friday deal from Amazon on the Beats Solo 3 is a must-have.

Americans all ready for some shopping therapy this weekend

The Black Friday shopping frenzy is almost here, with a new survey revealing the average amount customers are expected to spend over the next few days.

Americans all ready for some shopping therapy this weekend

The Black Friday shopping frenzy is almost here, with a new survey revealing the average amount customers are expected to spend over the next few days.

How to build the ultimate Zoom setup for Thanksgiving

Videoconferencing sucks, but it doesn't have to. Here's how to set up Zoom for the best socially distanced Thanksgiving ever.

You can buy a pair of AirPods for $119 today, because Black Friday

These Apple AirPods are just $119 at Staples right now in time for Black Friday.

Staples discounts AirPods, AirPods Pro for Black Friday — from $119

Staples has big savings on all the Apple AirPods range this Black Friday with prices starting at $119.

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Google and Qualcomm partner up to support four generations of Android

Over the past year, Google and Qualcomm have been hard at work trying to prolong the life of today’s phones with more software updates. And why shouldn’t they? Smartphones these days are the most powerful they’ve ever been, and more expensive than ever. We should all get as much life out of these devices as possible, and not be restricted due to the lack of OS and security updates.Together the two companies have now announced that all Qualcomm chipsets will support four versions of Android and four years of security updates, starting with the Snapdragon 888.Hold the phone though, because that four generations of Android includes the initial version of the OS your handset ships with. So what this actually means is, your phone will support up to three Android OS updates and up to four years of security updates.If you’re using a Pixel phone or a recent Samsung flagship, not much has changed. Both Google and Samsung have already promised three generations of Android OS updates, but this does add an additional year of security updates to the mix.The real winner here will be low-end and mid-range Android phones, because now all of Qualcomm’s chipsets will support three generations of Android OS updates. However, this in no way guarantees you will receive three OS updates or four years of security updates on your Android device.That responsibility is still solely on the manufacturer of your phone. The only difference being that now the blame cannot be placed on Google or Qualcomm for the lack of updates. Still, this is fantastic news for the Android platform as a whole. All we have to do now is keep the pressure on OEMs to continue updating its lineup of phones at all levels, whether it be a $1000 flagship or a $200 entry-level smartphone.

Nokia 5.4 introduced for €189 with Snapdragon 662

HMD Global has just unveiled their Nokia 5.4 phone coming to Europe. Here is what the phone has to offerInternalsThe Nokia 5.4 packs a Snapdragon 662 backed by either 4 or 6 gigabytes of RAM and 64 or 128 gigabytes of expandable storage.BatteryThe phone has a 4,000mAh battery with Type-C charging, though it’s only 10W. HMD Global claims this device has 2-day battery lifeCameraThe Nokia 5.4 has a total of four cameras with a 48 megapixel main sensor, a 5 megapixel ultra-wide sensor and two 2 megapixel sensors, one being a depth sensor and the other being a macro camera. The front camera is 16 megapixels.FeaturesThe device features a Google Assistant button, a rear fingerprint scanner, and a headphone jack.DesignThe phone looks like a Nokia device, with a nice chin at the bottom for the logo, the fingerprint sensor on the back, and a circular camera module with the flash set to the right of the phone. It sports a 6.39″ HD+ display, and the front camera is set in a punch-hole on the left top side of the screen.The Nokia 5.4 will launch in a Polar Night (blue) color and a purple Dusk color on its polycarbonate body, though Dusk will release later.SoftwareThe Nokia 5.4 launches with Android 10, though it is an Android One device with two years of guaranteed software updates. In addition, HMD Global is guaranteeing three years of security updates.Release and PricingThe Nokia 5.4 in its blue color is launching tomorrow, December 18th in the UK, with the purple color coming in January. It will be priced at €189 for the base model. There is no information about a release in other regions yet.

Stadia is now available on iPhone and iPad

When Stadia first launched one of the most exciting prospects of the service was being able to game anywhere on any screen. Unfortunately, at launch, the service was barely available on a handful of screens, including a very limited number of Android phones.Over the past year, support has grown for Google’s cloud gaming service adding additional Android devices, and now Stadia is finally coming to iOS devices. Starting on December 16, 2020, Stadia Pro and free-tier users can load up their favorite games on an iPhone or iPad using the Safari web browser.Unlike on Android devices, Stadia cannot currently work on the iPhone or iPad via an app. That is due to Apple’s app store policies, which requires even game streaming services to submit every game as a separate app for approval. Not only is that ridiculous for a game streaming app, but it’s also just not feasible. To get around this limitation, Google had to implement the service in Safari as a web app.Porting the Stadia web app to iOS was a super fun project, and we’re really happy with how it turned out. Here’s a video I recorded a few months ago demonstrating we could deliver the complete Stadia experience on Safari, even for an extremely timing-sensitive game like Thumper. pic.twitter.com/TNJEdGTwPF— Justin Uberti (@juberti) December 16, 2020That explains why it has taken so long for Stadia to make its way to iOS devices, but all you need to know is that you can now open Stadia.com on your iPhone or iPad using Safari and get your game on. You can even add a shortcut to the home screen making Stadia only one tap away.This year is truly the year that Stadia has evolved into a somewhat viable gaming platform. Initially, Google’s cloud gaming service launched in a barebones state, but it recently celebrated its one year anniversary in November, and it only continues to improve over time.Most recently, Google ran a promotion giving away free Stadia Premiere bundles with the purchase of Cyberpunk 2077. The promotion was so popular it ended before its original cut off after Google ran out of supplies. Alongside that, Google also enabled the option to live stream to YouTube last week. Plus, this week Ubisoft added support for Ubisoft+ so members can now play 15 of the subscription service’s games on Stadia.

Apple TV Plus is headed to Chromecast with Google TV in early 2021

Google announced on its blog yesterday that Apple TV is coming to Chromecast with Google TV early next year. The announcement comes after Apple Music support was recently added to Google smart speakers and displays last week.With the addition of the Apple TV+ app, Chromecast with Google TV users will have access to award-winning original programming. This includes titles such as The Morning Show, See, Mythic Quest, Ted Lasso, For All Mankind, and many more. As someone who has already watched a handful of these, this is fantastic news. Remember, you’ll also need a subscription to Apple TV+ and that will run you $4.99/month.Additionally, you’ll also be able to access movies and TV shows bought from the Apple store. That means, soon you won’t need multiple dongles and boxes to watch all the great streaming content out there, because Chromecast with Google TV will have you covered with support for every major streaming service.The post doesn’t mention if the app will also come to other Google TV devices out there, such as the popular Nvidia Shield Android TV. However, given that it is an app running on the Google TV platform, I’d be surprised if it isn’t available on all the supported devices.It seems as Apple transitions itself from a hardware company to one focused on services, it’s now opening up its walled garden. Perhaps, the tech giant finally realized that if you want to make the most amount of money, you can’t ignore some of the largest platforms. That’s part of what made Netflix so popular in the early days, its app was available on pretty much every platform imaginable.Unfortunately, there is still one missing piece of the puzzle, Android mobile app support. The blog post makes no mention of support for Android smartphones. That’s more than a little odd, as Apple Music has been on the Play Store for years now. Hopefully, sometime in the near future, we’ll see Apple TV+ make its way to all Android devices.