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Smart TV owners, do you use the built-in smart features or a streaming device?

With the cord cutting age upon us, most people are ditching cable for streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus. How we access those services, however, is up to us. The easiest way to get streaming services on your existing television is to buy a streaming device, such as a Chromecast, Roku, or Amazon Fire TV Stick. They’re cheap, functional,...

Google tries adding traffic lights to Maps on Android

Credit: Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority Google appears to be testing traffic lights in Google Maps on Android. This applies whether you’re navigating or just browsing. Most users don’t appear to have the feature yet. Have you ever wondered how many traffic lights you’ll run into on a cross-town trip? Google Maps might soon show you....

Samsung’s true wireless Galaxy Buds X edge closer to launch

The Samsung Galaxy Buds X have passed through the FCC. The “bean” design may play music without a phone or watch nearby. It’s not certain when they’ll be released. You might not have to wait long for a follow-up to Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus. Android Authority has discovered an FCC listing for the SM-R180, believed to be the Samsung Galaxy Buds...

Xiaomi’s Mi TV Stick will cost as much as a Chromecast

Credit: Xiaomi Mi Store Portugal The Android TV dongle is listed on the Portugese Mi Store at €40, much like a Chromecast. It still hasn’t officially launched, but the specs are on full display. Xiaomi’s Mi TV Stick has been a poorly kept secret, and that now includes the official pricing. The company’s official Portuguese store has started...

Deals: Get in the game with $20 off first-party Nintendo Switch games

Credit: Gamestop The Nintendo Switch may be nearly impossible to find at a decent price, but games are much more affordable. Unfortunately, deals on first-party Nintendo Switch games have been almost nonexistent, at least until now. For just a few days, you can save $20 on some of the biggest Nintendo Switch games featuring Mario. Let’s say you want...

Android 11 Beta 2 packs much-improved media controls

Credit: Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority Android 11 Beta 2’s media controls look better and offer more info at a glance. They’re also enabled by default instead of hiding in a developer menu. The arrival of Android 11 Beta 2 isn’t just good news if you’re willing to experiment — it’s also a big step up if you listen to music and podcasts...

Garmin adds solar charging to its popular outdoor smartwatches

Credit: Garmin Garmin’s Instinct, Fenix 6 and 6S, and Tactix Delta watches now come with solar charging. The Instinct Solar series can run indefinitely in a low-power mode. Other models have had their battery life extended by days. Many of Garmin’s fitness watches are built for use in the sunny outdoors, and the company wants to take advantage...

Android 11 beta 2 is here, hits the platform stability milestone

Credit: Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority Google just launched Android 11 beta 2. The latest version of the operating system brings it to a new platform stability milestone. You can install the second beta on your Google Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, or Pixel 4 starting now. Today, Google is officially rolling out Android 11 beta 2. This...

Thunderbolt 4 is coming: Here’s everything you need to know

Credit: IntelThunderbolt 4 guarantees 40Gb/s speeds.The next-gen connector will be fully compatible with USB 4.It will ship with upcoming Tigerlake-based laptops.Intel’s plans to make Thunderbolt a viable alternative to USB-C on its own might not have come to fruition. But following last year’s decision to contribute the protocol specification to the...

Amazon Fire TV now integrates live TV from Hulu, Sling, and YouTube

Credit: Amazon Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV are now integrated into Fire TV’s discovery interfaces.Sling is already available, while Hulu and YouTube are coming soon. Amazon is making Fire TV more of a viable option for watching live streaming TV in the living room by tightly integrating Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.As The Verge...

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