About the Author

Greg Barbosa

@gregbarbosa

Greg Barbosa is a writer and Product Manager across our network of sites at 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, and Electrek. He previously worked as a QA tester and lead at a mobile software development company, data engineer at a government procurement startup, and moved through multiple roles at an Apple store before that.

Have any tips, suggestions, or ideas? Email him at greg@9to5mac.com.

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April 9, 2018

Save at least $150 off Google’s Pixelbook at Best Buy when you trade-in a working laptop

Best Buy is currently running a trade-in sale on Google’s Pixelbook, offering at least $150 off. This discount comes in the form of a $50 Best Buy gift card and at least $100 trade-in value for qualifying working laptops. The sale is in-store only, so you must find a participating Best Buy and bring your laptop in to see if you qualify. See the sale’s dedicated landing page for more info. Full terms and conditions are listed below. For more information about Google’s Pixelbook, check out our full hands-on review.

If you’re wondering whether you were one of the 87M Facebook users whose data was accessed by Cambridge Analytica, you may find out today. For Brits, at least, the BBC reports that users will receive one of two messages this afternoon letting them know whether or not they were affected …

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March 29, 2018

Marvel Strike Force brings squad-based combat to iOS/Android w/ 70+ heroes [Video]

It has been a big year for Marvel with the incredible success of Black Panther, and now we are getting a new iOS title starring most of the universe’s biggest names. The new Marvel Strike Force released today on iOS and Android alongside the debut launch trailer…

July 26, 2017

After Motorola’s official announcement event of the upcoming Moto Z2 Force, we got to go hands-on with the new device. Sporting a smaller battery, shatterproof guarantee, and new Moto Mods accessories, let’s dive into our first look…

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

June 28, 2017

After months of heads-down work, today the design and dev team is proud to release an updated website across our network of sites. Taking your comments, feedback, and ideas into consideration, we were able to revamp and shape our site into what you see today…

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June 9, 2017

This past Wednesday at WIRED’s Business Conference, Andy Rubin took the stage to share more about his new company, Essential. Having begun teasing various products over the previous months, we were eager to hear more.

After his on-stage appearance, 9to5Google got time to sit down with Rubin. We discussed how AmbientOS plans to play well with others, what his vision for the company is, and consumer walled-gardens.

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June 1, 2017

Plex Pass users will be getting an additional benefit from their subscription today as the company announces the addition of Live TV. Currently in beta, the service allows users of indoor and outdoor antennas to watch their favorite shows live through Plex. Combined with Plex’s DVR feature, Live TV becomes another veritable option for cord-cutters.

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May 3, 2017

The Upload is SoundCloud’s answer to Spotify’s Discover Weekly

SoundCloud has unveiled a new feature today to help listeners discover even more new music. The Upload is SoundCloud’s answer to the music discovery playlists that have become popular with other streaming services. By analyzing what its users are already interested in, The Upload will recommend new content that has been added to SoundCloud within the last few days.

April 13, 2017

The high-performance far-field microphones found in Amazon Echo products may soon find their way to other hardware companies as Amazon has announced that the technology will be available to those who want to integrate into the Alexa Experience.

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March 24, 2017

How to enable T-Mobile’s new robocall protection to block scam calls on Android

As part of an industry-wide fight against robocalling, T-Mobile is introducing new technologies today to help consumers fight against phone call scams.

Using patent-pending technology, T-Mobile is rolling out features that will integrate directly into the Un-carrier’s network. No apps to download, no settings to configure, simply dial a number to enable the protection.

February 26, 2017

It’s official; LG has announced its latest flagship smartphone, the LG G6. The new device supersedes the LG G5 in a number of ways, and we got take an early look. Let’s dive in and check out LG’s newest device, with its almost-bezel-less 18:9 display, Google Assistant, and more…

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February 7, 2017

Twitter pushes on in the fight against online abuse

Following the announcements in November about their fight against online abuse, Twitter has announced some new updates on their progress. Starting today the company is pushing out new changes that should help combat the more obvious online abuse patterns.

January 6, 2017

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Not even a week after being requested to pull The New York Times app from the Chinese Apple App Store, both Apple and Google will have to pull the LinkedIn app from their respective app stores. According to The New York Times, the removal comes after a court ruled that LinkedIn had violated Russia’s data protection laws.

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December 12, 2016

Instagram’s live video begins rolling out to everyone in the US today

Following their original announcement, Instagram has begun rolling out live video to all their US users. To commemorate the occasion Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Instagram’s CEO and CTO respectively are live streaming the event over at the official Instagram account. Instagram’s live video feature is another way the company is hoping to promote sharing freely and in the moment.

December 8, 2016

Hulu launches profiles to create personalized experiences for multiple users on a single account

Hulu has started the official roll out of profiles to their 12 million subscribers. Profiles will allow multiple viewers sharing a single Hulu account to create a personalized experience for each. The move to personalized profiles comes after their decision to move away from free TV episode offerings and focus on a subscription centric model.

September 27, 2016

Adobe Experience Design CC update includes real time design previews on Android and iOS

Adobe announced the September update to its Adobe Experience Design CC software today with support for real time design and prototype testing on iOS and Android devices. The update includes a a few other changes, but Adobe’s inclusion for real time previewing fills a large gap it was missing when compared to its competitors. Locking aspect ratios, zooming into selections, and a new transition are amongst the other new features announced today.

June 6, 2016

In the latest installment of their Uncarrier initiatives, T-Mobile today announced their new #GetThanked campaign. The campaign puts a focus on “thanking” T-Mobile customers for their loyalty to the company and brand by giving away free T-Mobile’s stock, gifts and promotions ever Tuesday, and inflight Wi-Fi for domestic fliers with Gogo.

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May 2, 2016

eBay has begun rolling out major UI and overall app improvements to its mobile applications today. Most notable will be both iOS and Android apps seeing a redesign of the main navigation menu. Previous versions of both mobile apps utilized a custom navigation menu: a mix between a top navigation bar and hamburger menu. The app update rolling out from today utilizes standard UI navigation elements for both iOS and Android. Android will be seeing the update released today, and the iOS update will be available in the coming days.

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April 14, 2016

iPhone and Samsung Gear S2 support draws closer as iOS app leaks

We’ve previously reported that the Samsung Gear S2 would be gaining support for iOS later this year, and it looks like that support is coming soon. A member of the XDA-Developers forums has shared a link to a potentially early version of a Samsung Gear S2 specific app that would allows iOS to pair with the device. While the app appears to be in the early stages (indications of the app’s creation dates back to March 2nd), it could potentially show us what the final app will look like.

Based on discussions in the forum, users looking to attempt the pair the devices may have to restore their S2 to factory settings before having it pair with the leaked iOS application. This may require having another Android device on hand, but the results seem to be mixed at this point. Some forum members are also indicating that they are able to receive notifications pushed from iOS, but have no way to reply.

The Samsung Gear S2 Lite iOS application can be installed through iTunes, or by side-loading through Xcode. Before launching the application, a Samsung specific enterprise profile must be accepted through settings. We cannot stress this enough, installing applications from unverified sources is not guaranteed safe. Proceed with extreme caution.

The Samsung Gear S2 is available refurbished from Best Buy for $159.99, or new from Amazon at $249.

April 13, 2016

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Snapchat has been on a roll lately introducing bigger and more creative updates to their social network. From introducing custom geofilters, to a massive overhaul in their chat system, they show no signs of slowing down. Today’s update takes video interactions a step further by allowing you to “pin” stickers and emojis to moving objects in video. The update will be rolling out to Android today and soon to iOS.

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