Samsung Galaxy Note 4 facing battery recall by FedEx due to counterfeit batteries


The end of last year was marred by the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 due to battery issues, and now the Galaxy Note 4 has found itself in the lime light for a similar, but far less explosive, reason.

Just over 10,000 Galaxy Note 4 batteries are being recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which states that they are outfitted with counterfeit batteries. According to the report, the recall only covers devices that passed through the AT&T refurbishing process and devices distributed to customers by FedEx Supply Chain. Not every unit is outfitted with a counterfeit batteries, but some have been, so the general recall was put out.

As it stands, only one report of overheating with one of these batteries in a Galaxy Note 4 has come to light, and it did not lead to any damage to property or persons, which is good news.

FedEx Supply Chain is currently working on distributing replacement batteries now and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that anyone who has a refurbished Galaxy Note 4 from AT&T should stop using the device immediately.

Luckily for owners affected by the recall, buying a battery is easy enough, at least until the replacement battery is delivered. This is also not a similar situation to the Galaxy Note 7 from last year, thankfully.

Do you know anyone who will deal with this issue? When is the last time you saw a Galaxy Note 4 in the wild?

Google Home now supports voice calling in the United States and Canada


Google confirmed a few months ago that Google Home would soon support voice calls, and now that feature is rolling out to everyone.

Beginning today, Google Home owners in the United States and Canada can use hands-free voice calling right from their smart speaker. It’s pretty straightforward in its usage: Say, “Hey Google, call [name goes here]” and you’re off. The process is, of course, handled by Google Assistant.

Calls from your Google Home will take advantage of the Wi-Fi connection, and they are free. It’s worth noting that when you do make a call, though, it will show up as either “No Caller ID” or “Unknown” to the person you’re calling, so you might want to give them a head’s up if they are prone to ignoring calls from unknown sources. Google does note that it plans on making it so that Google Home will show your phone number when making a call by the end of the year.

However, if you’re using Google Voice or Project Fi? Just head into the Assistant settings within the Google Home app and you can have your phone number displayed to the recipient.

Having a smart speaker that can make voice calls is a pretty great feature. Do you plan on using it?

Google Allo is now available on the web


Google Allo has been available for Android and iOS devices for quite awhile now, but one of its oft-requested features, availability on the web, has been a slow arrival. Today the wait is finally over, as long as you have an Android phone and Google Chrome on your computer, that is.

Google Allo has officially arrived on the web, and it requires both Google Chrome and an Android phone, the latter of which you’ll need to scan a QR code to sync up your mobile Allo experience with the one that lives in your Chrome browser.

Once you scan the code, Allo should sync up with your Android phone and get you up-to-date on conversations within the browser. That means you’ll be able to continue those conversations right on the web without requiring to use your phone to talk, but the conversation should be available for you if you walk away from your computer.

Google Allo web

Google does say that iPhone support is coming soon, but no definitive date is provided just yet.

Allo’s availability on the web has been one of the messaging app’s most requested features, so it’s good it has finally arrived. Some might prefer an app, or even a wrapper that would mean it wouldn’t have to live in a tab, but at least Chrome offers notifications, too.

Do you plan on using Allo on the web?

Google Pixel 2 passes through FCC, hints at features like Active Edge

Google Pixel 2 leak

Image via: VentureBeat

We already know most of the details about the upcoming Google Pixel 2 thanks to numerous leaks, but a new FCC filing gives us some definitive details that may interest people who want the device.

Thanks to HTC’s filing, we see that the “Languages & input” menu has been changed to “Languages, input & gestures” to accommodate Active Edge. This is HTC’s squeeze feature previously used on the U11, which should open Google Assistant on this device.

Other details include 64GB of storage, a sign of a Snapdragon 835 (thanks to the mention of the WCN3990 WiFi chip, which is compatible with the 835 and the 660), and an Android version of 8.0.1 with an August security patch, which should be the final software version considering the Developer Preview 4 is 8.0.0.

Amazon introduces Instant Pickup in five locations in US


There’s yet another free benefit coming to the Amazon Prime subscription. Amazon Instant Pickup allows you to order from a selection of essentials, snacks, and electronics and pick the order up in two minutes or less.

The service is only available in five locations at the moment: Los Angeles, Atlanta, Berkeley, Calif., Columbus, Ohio, and College Park, Md. You’ll be able to make orders via the mobile app and even add things last minute before picking it up.

Head to the Amazon Instant Pickup site to check out the details and if there’s a location near you. In the coming months there should be 22 locations on or around college campuses. It’s definitely an awesome idea to pick up stuff nearby, though it could be argued that going to a store is pretty similar. But this well, you’ll be able to save some money and time standing in lines.

Renders of upcoming Huawei Mate 10 leak

Huawei Mate 10 render 1

Last year’s Huawei Mate 9 was a great device and the upcoming Mate 10 is looking to be even better. A few renders have leaked of the device, showing a departure from the curved back to a flat back and squared off frame.

There is also a display with minimal bezels and rounded corners, similar to what Samsung used on the Galaxy S8. This display is rumored to be a 6.1-inch QHD AMOLED panel, replacing last year’s 5.9-inch 1080p LCD. Other rumored specs are 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage with a microSD card, and a Kirin 970 processor (claimed to be equivalent to the Snapdragon 835).

Other features like the 4,000mAh battery, USB Type-C connector, and Leica-branded dual camera setup remain. We do see an extra button in the position where a camera button would be, so we hope that’s what it is. We don’t need another virtual assistant.

The device is definitely looking good, being more high end than last year’s phone. We look forward to Huawei’s announcement!

Huawei Mate 10 render 1
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Huawei Mate 10 render 3

Google Contacts now available for all devices running Android 5.0 and up

Google Contacts Android app

Google is making it easier for Android device owners to use the official Google Contacts app to keep their contact list tidy.

As noted by Android Police, the update to version brings Google Contacts to many more devices. Up until this point, the official app was only available on Google Play Edition, Nexus, Pixel, and Android One devices running Android 5.0 and up.

That latter requirement is still the case with the Contacts update, but Google is expanding the app’s availability quite a bit. Now anyone using a device running Android 5.0 Lollipop and up can download the Google Contacts app from the Play Store.

The latest update to Google Contacts is available now, so you can download it if you don’t already have the app on your phone.

Google adds support for 30 new languages to voice dictation


Sometimes you just aren’t able to type, and using your voice to get a message across is the best option. Having your language supported is a requirement for that particular feature, and so Google has just added a number of new languages to its voice dictation list.

Today Google announced that it is adding 30 new languages to its support for voice dictation. As a result, these languages can be used in various apps, including Gboard for Android, Voice Search, and many others. As for the languages added, voice dictation now supports Javanese (Indonesia), Lao (Laos), Latvian (Latvia), and many others. A full list of the new additions is just below.

It’s worth noting that Google has stated that these languages will be added to apps like Translate soon, but no specific date has been provided.

Here’s the full list:

  • Amharic (Ethiopia)
  • Armenian (Armenia)
  • Azerbaijani (Azerbaijani)
  • Bengali (Bangladesh, India)
  • English (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania)
  • Georgian (Georgia)
  • Gujarati (India)
  • Javanese (Indonesia)
  • Kannada (India)
  • Khmer (Cambodian)
  • Lao (Laos)
  • Latvian (Latvia)
  • Malayalam (India)
  • Marathi (India)
  • Nepali (Nepal)
  • Sinhala (Sri Lanka)
  • Sundanese (Indonesia)
  • Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya)
  • Tamil (India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia)
  • Telugu (India)
  • Urdu (Pakistan, India)

Google is also rolling out a new feature for English speakers, which, if you love emoji, will be good news. Google says it now supports being able to say an emoji that you want to use, and the emoji will pop up in your message. For now it only supports English, but Google says additional languages will gain support soon.

How often do you use voice dictation?

FrightShow Fighter – Aaahh!!! Real, Fighting Monsters

Have you always wondered what it would be like to attack someone with a herd of cats? Want to direct your own homicidal unicorn a’la Cabin in the Woods? Those dreams may be closer than you think with FrightShow Fighter, a versus fighting game in development from 3 Fright. Like many in its genre, FrightShow Fighter features a wide array of characters with both classic and special fighting moves, and pits players against each other in both local and world-wide multiplayer mayhem.


With an animation style somewhere between The Night Before Christmas and Psychonauts, the cast of characters includes such colorful names as Mr.Fright, Iron Moose, and Krumble Jack, who all have their own unique way of kicking butt. Along with the characters’ unique moves, 3 Fright has come up with a fighting system that is more precise with iOS devices, resulting in a smoother and (hopefully) more satisfying experience. There is support for Android, PlayStation, and Xbox version in the works, as well as Steam availability for both Windows and Mac.

Is it still a fatality if they're already dead?

Is it still a fatality if they’re already dead?

With over three years of development already under their belt, 3 Fright is looking to finish up FrightShow Fighter as soon as possible, and with $1500 of $5000 already raised on Kickstarter, it looks like they’re well on their way. If you’d like to see more information or pledge support to the project, click here. You can also follow FrightShow Fighter on Twitter, Facebook, and even Instagram to catch up with the devs and see new developments as they occur.

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Get Your Shmup Fix With .Decluster: Into The Bullet Hell

Have you been craving some fresh and exciting shmup goodness to entertain you on the go? Described as a visually abstract shmup with hyper music, .Decluster: Into The Bullet Hell is developer Masayuki Ito’s love-letter to the 2D shooter genre.

.decluster into the bullet hellA vertical shooter game, .Decluster centers around the basic mechanics of shooting, and dodging enemy bullets. Players are able to maneuver their ships easily, by sliding their finger anywhere on the screen, and can fire the ship’s homing laser with a simple tap. The homing laser is a powerful device that will lock onto the nearest enemy and annihilate them, but requires players to fill a special power gauge (on the left hand side of the screen) in order for it to be deployed. The quicker enemies are destroyed, the more items and bonuses there are to unlock. and using the homing laser will guarantee even more points. The incentive in collecting as many points as possible is an extra life, which players receive once they reach 3,000,000 points.  The game comes with three difficulty modes ranging from beginner to expert, catering to newcomers to the shmup realm as well as more hardcore fans.

.Decluster: Into The Bullet Hell is available now from the App Store for just $2.99, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. For more information on the game, you can check out the official website here. Are you looking forward to evading a sensational storm of bullets? What is your highest score? Let us know in the comments!

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