About the Author

Chance Miller

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Chance currently writes for both 9to5Google and 9to5Mac, in addition to 9to5Toys. He has previously written for several other online publications. He uses a Nexus 5, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, Hackintosh, and Macbook Air.

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February 13

Since Apple released its HomePod smart speaker, reviews and comparisons have been pouring in. Joining the fray now is Yahoo’s David Pogue, who conducted a blind “home sound test” of the HomePod…

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February 12

Apple’s HomePod has been well received by most critics so far, with audiophiles and regular people alike. Consumer Reports, however, has done some early testing on the HomePod and found that a few of Apple’s competitors may sound a little bit better…

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

January 25

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Google has recently reached out to a former Hillary Clinton aide to fill a top policy job. The report explains that Google made contact with Jake Sullivan, former deputy chief of staff to Clinton while she was at the State Department… expand full story

January 18

Joining several other parties in doing so, an anti-trust body in Italy today announced that it has opened a probe into Apple over allegations of planned obsolescence. Interestingly, the group is also investigating Samsung over similar claims…

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December 23, 2017

A recent report from The Information details Google’s efforts to grow its chip development efforts, which in turn is costing Apple some considerable talent. The report explains that Google has hired several key chip engineers from Apple, including well-regarded chip designer John Bruno…

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December 21, 2017

Alphabet announced today that Eric Schmidt is stepping down as the company’s executive chairman. Schmidt will transition to a new role as a technical advisor and will continue to serve on the company’s board.

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December 16, 2017

As part of its ongoing litigation with Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving unit, a new letter from Uber’s former manager of global intelligence makes startling accusations towards the ride-hailing company. The letter alleges that Uber engaged in a series of surveillance activities and corporate espionage…

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December 12, 2017

Over the years, we’ve seen a few developers try to bring iMessage to Android devices using a variety of workarounds. Today, another attempt at bringing iMessage to Android has emerged, but like other efforts in the past, we don’t expect this one to last…

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December 5, 2017

As detailed in a new report from ZDNet, personal data from over 31 million users of the popular AI.type customizable keyboard has been leaked to the public. The report explains that the data wasn’t protected with a password, making it easily accessible to employees…

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December 2, 2017

Fast charging has become one of the top features for recent smartphone flagships. The iPhone X and iPhone 8 are Apple’s first smartphones to officially support fast charging with USB-C, while Android devices have supported it for even longer. A new study from Tom’s Guide, however, shows the iPhone X and iPhone 8 both lag behind competing flagship Android devices in terms of fast charging capabilities…

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November 28, 2017

Instagram has not been shy about competing head-to-head with Snapchat, and a new update today continues that trend. In a blog post, Instagram announced a new feature that allows users to “remix” photos from friends…

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November 13, 2017

As it continues to try to grow its Snapchat competitor, Facebook today announced that it is launching support for Stories in Groups and Events. With this new feature, members of a specific Facebook Group or Event will be able to contribute to a Story that’s visible to the rest of the members…

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October 24, 2017

As expected, Nintendo this evening announced that it is bringing Animal Crossing to iOS and Android next month. The game is called Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and it brings many of the things gamers love about the Animal Crossing franchise to mobile devices, with a few new twists…

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October 19, 2017

Update #2: The Verge has received the following statement from Google, who says it will reimburse those who paid the premium:

“This was an error, which is now fixed,” a spokesperson writes, adding “Sorry for any confusion. We’ll be reaching out shortly to reimburse those impacted.”

Update: Some report different experiences with Google’s pop-up shop, saying the company changed policy throughout the day. It sounds very much like a “your mileage may vary” situation.

Google today opened brick-and-mortar pop-up shops to promote and sell its new hardware products in Los Angeles and New York City. While Google has held pop-up stores in the past, these stores marked the first time that it was putting its Made by Google products up for sale at them.

The Verge, however, explains that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are actually being sold at a premium at these locations…

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October 12, 2017

Kwon Oh-hyun announced in a statement today that he is stepping down as the CEO of Samsung Electronics and as head of the company’s components business. In his statement, Kwon explained that his decision comes as Samsung faces an “unprecedented crisis.”

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October 10, 2017

Twitter today announced a new feature coming to its iOS and Android apps that makes it easier for users to follow a specific ongoing event. The new feature, called “Happening Now,” appears at the top of your timeline and aggregates tweets about a certain event.

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October 4, 2017

Earlier this year, it was reported that Google was creating its own AMP-based competitor to Snapchat’s Discover feature, called Stamp. Now, a new report out of Recode offers a few more details on Google’s Snap competitor and notes of how the company is going about working with publishers…

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September 26, 2017

Twitter today is moving away from its traditional 140 character tweet limit. The company has announced that it is testing a new 280 character limit for some users. Product manager Aliza Rosen made the likely controversial reveal in a blog post this afternoon

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September 25, 2017

Snapchat’s focus on augmented reality is continuing with its latest iOS app update. The company today announced a new feature called “Sky Filters” that uses augmented reality to paint the sky in your photo a totally different color…

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September 24, 2017

As detailed in a new report from TechCrunch, Twitter has started testing a new Twitter Lite application for Android. The social network is testing the app in the Philippines as it looks to make the service more accessible in countries where data speeds are an issue.

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