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The best smartphone you can buy for under $500

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Google’s Russian branch plans to file for bankruptcy

Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images Google’s Russian subsidiary will file for bankruptcy, according to a report from Reuters, with the company stating it can no longer keep the branch. The Russian branch reported making 134.3 billion roubles (about $2.086 billion USD) in Russia in 2021 and employed over 100 workers. “The Russian authorities’...

Wear OS users can finally stream music on the YouTube Music app

Google is expanding its app options ahead of the Pixel Watch launch later this fall. | Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge After a lengthy wait, Wear OS users can now use the YouTube Music app to stream their tunes over Wi-Fi and LTE. And, as a bonus, users can also add the app as a widget for quicker access to recently played playlists or YouTube...

How to set up Emergency SOS on your smartwatch

Several smartwatches will allow you to make emergency calls. | Photo by Victoria Song / The Verge While smartwatches have always been able to relay notifications, the ability to make emergency calls was a big step forward in making them standalone devices. Generally, Emergency SOS features have two functions. The first is to call local...

Hisense launches its first-ever Fire TV for $529

Image: Hisense Hisense’s new 4K Fire TV (50U6HF) costs $529 and has a 50-inch 60Hz display with a bezel-less design. It uses Hisense’s proprietary ULED technology — a more affordable version of QLED that Hisense says boosts color, contrast, and brightness. The TV also comes with support for Dolby Vision HDR and Quantum Dot technology for...

Google’s Pixel 4 and 5-series phones are discounted today at Woot

The Pixel 5 in its Sorta Sage color. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge There’s been a lot of talk about new Pixel phones lately, with last week’s Google I/O showing off not just a new Pixel 6A but a brief glimpse of the upcoming Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. But Woot is showing love for some slightly older Pixels with a sale event that’ll...

Acer’s new Spin 714 could be 2022’s best Chromebook

New name, new look. I’ve reviewed quite a few Chromebooks in the past few years, but the one that has consistently topped the competition is the Acer Chromebook Spin 713. Not only is it fast with good battery life but it also sports one of the best screens and port selections you can find in the Chromebook category. But there is one complaint...

Google Messages users in India are reportedly drowning in ads

Indian users of Google Messages are facing a deluge of ads within Android’s default messaging app, 9to5Google reports. Users are reporting being sent multiple ads a day, even if they enable the app’s Spam Protection feature, and blocking and reporting the offending accounts doesn’t appear to prevent ads from different companies appearing. Many of the...

Vivo’s new flagship has a bigger, better in-display fingerprint sensor

Vivo has announced its latest flagship phone, the X80 Pro, and its most prominent new hardware feature is a larger in-display fingerprint sensor. The active area is far bigger than the small sensors found on most Android phones these days, meaning it’s easier to unlock the phone without looking at the screen to align your thumb. The scanner has several...

Google’s finally straightening out its legacy free G Suite mess

Free for people, not businesses. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Almost five months after Google announced that it was going to make G Suite legacy free edition users start paying for their accounts, it seems to finally have a path in place that most people will be happy with. According to 9to5Google, there’s now a no-cost option...

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