Chrome to Support HDR Video Playback

Google today provided an update on the progress it has made with the Chrome browser over the last year and offered a peek at some features that will arrive later this year. To start, Chrome now supports play/pause, rewind, and fast forward controls for audio and video. The browser handles picture-in-picture playback on Android, and improved audio/video controls on both the lock screen and notification shade. The browser is able…

Why Apple’s HomePod is poised to bomb

HomePod, the first new Apple product of 2018, is about to arrive. And as a huge Apple fanboy, I couldn’t care less. Apple’s been hyping its smart speaker ever since unveiling the device last June at the Worldwide Developers Conference. And yet HomePod has failed to really excite fans (except through leaks that gave us […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

iOS 11.2.5 Released with HomePod Support

Apple today made iOS 11.2.5 available to iPhones and iPads. The update primarily adds support for Apple's forthcoming HomePod speaker. It also makes it possible for iPhone and iPad owners to ask Siri to read the day's news. The news feature is initially only available in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. iOS 11.2.5 also fixes bugs and smoothes over performance. The update is free to download and install. Apple…

Mac FoneLab is your first aid kit for iPhone

This post is presented by Aiseesoft, maker of Mac FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery. New year, new phone — and the same old risks of damage or data loss. Whether you’ve shelled out more than a thousand bucks for a new iPhone X or still use one from five years ago, these devices are essential to […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Juuk releases five new Vitero Apple Watch bands for preorder [Watch Store]

Update: Juuk’s added four new Vitero Apple Watch bands now available for pre-order, which will ship the first week of February. The new finishes available for preorder are: Vitero Cosmic Grey, Vitero Granite, Vitero Ruby Silver, Vitero Silver and Vitero Ruby Grey. Many of the original Vitero finishes are sold out until June: Vitero Fire, Vitero Cerulean, Vitero Ruby […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Audiobooks Now Available from Google Play Store

Google has added audiobooks to the book section of the Google Play Store. People will be able to preview recorded books in order to assess the narrator's voice before purchasing. Audiobooks can be shared through family plans. Customers won't have to subscribe to a monthly service, as audiobooks are sold at what Google calls fair prices. Many titles are available for under $10. The player supports variable playback speeds, fast…

LG Aristo 2 for MetroPCS Packs More RAM

MetroPCS recently added the LG Aristo 2 to its lineup of inexpensive Android handsets. This device is a minor update to the original Aristo. It improves the memory from 1.5 GB to 2 GB and also swaps the original’s silver color for black. Other than these changes, the Aristo 2 carries over all the features of the original Aristo, including a 5-inch HD screen, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, and 16…

Instagram Users Can Now Slap GIFs On Top of Their Stories

Instagram today announced several new features heading to its mobile app that will improve the experience of sharing stories. To start, users can now place GIFs on top of any photo or video shared via their stories. Instagram says hundreds of thousands of GIFs are available thanks to new integration with GIPHY. Further, Instagram users will soon be able to upload images and video of any shape or size to…

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