Watch Google’s upcoming AirDrop-style file sharing in action

The good news is that it looks like Nearby Sharing solves a lot of the usability quirks that stopped Android Beam from becoming more popular. To start, Android now completes the initial handshake between two devices through Bluetooth rather than NFC. As a result, you don’t have to put two phones right up next to…

Google vows to make Search ‘better’ after redesign backlash

Last week we updated the look of Search on desktop to mirror what’s been on mobile for months. We’ve heard your feedback about the update. We always want to make Search better, so we’re going to experiment with new placements for favicons….— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) January 24, 2020Over the coming weeks, Google says, it will…

I am my own spy: A personal surveillance story

That was my first experience with internet-connected cameras, but it wouldn’t be my last. Over the years, I acquired other cameras: an Amazon CloudCam to keep an eye on our cat and the Nest Hello video doorbell as it was a more sensible upgrade over my jerry-rigged Dropcam (plus I could use it to see…

My quest to fix my terrible home WiFi

Ever since I moved into a Brooklyn duplex, I’ve struggled to blanket my space in consistent, speedy signal. Alright, fine, “struggled” might not be the right word — I’ve mostly just muddled along with the far-from-great router provided by my ISP, lamenting that the furthest-flung corners of my home weren’t much more than WiFi deserts.…

How Weber used decades of expertise to improve smart grilling

Weber is admittedly a late entry into the pellet-grill game. It did its homework, however, and rather than simply put out a line of pellet grills with the Weber logo on them, it brought its wealth of grill knowledge to the table. It also listened to pellet-grill users, collecting info on what they did and…

The Morning After: Sonos tries again, and Tinder’s new tools

Take two.Sonos CEO tries to calm worried ownersIn a blog post, the CEO of Sonos tried to explain what’s really going on with the company’s products. While the information he offered is the same as in the announcement earlier this week (several older devices will no longer receive updates; it plans to release info in…

Boston Dynamics gives its robot dog a developer SDK

Until today, only developers in the early adopter program could get the SDK, but now it’s freely available to all as open-source code. However, developers will still need to become early adopters if they want to lease a robot to test their code, Boston Dynamics said. That way, they can “create custom methods of controlling…

Sonos CEO: ‘Legacy’ devices will still work after May

A few days after Sonos announced it would stop updating some of its oldest products with new features going forward, CEO Patrick Spence has written a note to customers seeking to assuage their fears over what’ll happen in May. As we reported originally, Spence says that all legacy Sonos products will continue working past May,…