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Ryan Whitwam

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Ryan is a writer, editor, and lover of all things electronic. He's been covering technology and science for almost 15 years at sites like Android Police, ExtremeTech, The Wirecutter, and more. He has probably reviewed more smartphones than most people will own in their entire lives. Follow him on Twitter

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra - Starting at $1,199.99 The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra is a big, bodacious and powerful Android tablet that's in a class of its own, but may be too big and expensive for some consumers. The 14.6-inch OLED screen looks gorgeous Excellent performance Unparalleled multitasking capabilities S... Read more...
It's been more than six years since Nintendo launched the Switch, its first hybrid handheld console. It's due for an upgrade, and the rumored Switch Pro probably isn't happening. Instead, rumors of a true Switch successor have begun popping up online. A new patent filing from Nintendo points to at least one notable... Read more...
Google is done beating around the bush—after numerous leaks and teasers, we've now gotten a good (official) look at the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2. There's a new video preview that shows the phones from a few angles, plus the Google Store has a new landing page that features the phones and the Pixel Watch... Read more...
It's been a few years since Google monkeyed with the Android branding, so it's long overdue for yet another style change. Google has announced a new visual identity for its mobile platform, which "better represents [the] Android community." The gist is capitalization and 3D. The aesthetics are subjective, but Google... Read more...
By some measures, Baldur's Gate 3 is the most highly reviewed PC game of all time, attaining an amazing 96/100 on the Metacritic review aggregator. This game features no in-app purchases or battle passes, with a level of polish and attention to detail that we really don't see enough of these days—and you can skip all... Read more...
Google's annual October hardware unveiling is now on the books. Come October 4th, we'll finally get an official look at the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, which have leaked in various forms over the last several months. Even if there are no major surprises in store, we'll get details on when you'll be able to get Google's... Read more...
Google is not known for its ability to keep secrets. The search giant's plans leak quite often, and it can't keep a new product under wraps to save its proverbial life it seems. Some of its past smartphones have even ended up for sale online months ahead of their debut. The upcoming Pixel 8 Pro isn't popping up on... Read more...
We've all been there—you've got a song stuck in your head, but you aren't even sure what it is. As the melody floats around your brain, you might find yourself humming it. Do that with the YouTube app open, and you could instantly find out what it is. Google is testing a new feature that lets you hum a tune for a... Read more...
Smartphones just keep getting bigger, and most efforts to offer smaller phones to consumers were doomed to failure. Asus is still fighting the good fight for those who demand a smaller phone. After announcing the Asus Zenfone 10 several months back, Asus has finally released the phone in the US. It's compact and not... Read more...
The internet can be a dangerous place, and that's before you start integrating bits of third-party code into your browser. Some of those extensions end up being shady or even outright malicious, and that can lead to their removal from centralized repositories like the Chrome Web Store. Google doesn't want people... Read more...
Smartphones have improved by leaps and bounds over the past 15 years, but there's one thing lagging behind: batteries. Apple got in hot water a few years back when it throttled iPhone performance on devices with degrading batteries. Now, the Silicon Valley tech giant is preparing to pay up to the tune of $500 million... Read more...
Baldur's Gate 3 was in Early Access for a few years, but that effort seems to have paid off. With the game now officially released, many feel it's one of the best RPGs to ever grace the PC. Larian Studios isn't done yet, though. Studio head Sven Vincke says that more updates are coming, including a patch that will... Read more...
Rumors percolated for years that Google would release its own smartwatch, but year after year, Android wearable fans were left with dwindling options. Google finally got it together in 2022, releasing the Pixel Watch (above). That device is coming up on a year old, and its replacement, presumably the Pixel Watch 2... Read more...
As we advance toward the end of the year, a new version of Android is on the horizon. A beta of Android 14 has been available for Google's Pixel phones for months, but now Samsung is joining the fun. Starting now, Galaxy S23 owners in select countries will be able to join the One UI 6 beta program, giving us a peek at... Read more...
Google has implemented a big security upgrade for Android users, and for once, you don't have to wait for a theoretical OS update to enjoy it. The Google Messages app now enables end-to-end encryption for all RCS chats by default, and that even applies to group chats. You can disable RCS if you want, but why would... Read more...
YouTube is getting a new video streaming option, but only if you're a premium subscriber. After breaking cover in a limited fashion earlier this year, Google has announced that the new 1080p Premium setting is available across on the web, giving paying customers access to sharper video. But don't worry—Google isn't... Read more...
Google Pixel Fold: Starting at $1799.99 Google's first foldable is slim and pocket-friendly, but its unfolded form factor could use some work. Attractive, slim foldable design The best cameras on a foldable Foldable screen is great for video and multitasking Comfortable folded form factor Battery might not last all... Read more...
A couple of years ago, voice assistants were all the rage—Google, Apple, and Amazon all have their own personified virtual helpers, though most have scaled back spending on these systems. Now, generative AI is all the rage, and Google says via an internal memo that it's going to infuse Google Assistant with that tech... Read more...
For the last eight years, internet service providers (ISPs) in the US have enjoyed a very liberal definition of "broadband." The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to rain on their parade. The commission may update the definition of what constitutes broadband, raising the minimum speed requirement by a... Read more...
OnePlus Keyboard 81 Pro: Starting at $219.99 OnePlus and Keychron deliver enthusiast features and a compact design in a reasonably priced package with the OnePlus Keyboard 81 Pro. Attractive Design Good value with many advanced features Open source, customizable firmware Hotswappable switches Excellent compact layout... Read more...
Samsung just revealed a much-anticipated update to its foldable phones with some significant design changes, but that's not all Samsung had to offer at Unpacked. Alongside the new foldables, Samsung is launching new smartwatches and tablets. The Galaxy Watch6 family consists of two watches with two size options, and... Read more...
It wasn't long ago that things were looking up for fans of classic game emulation. The developers of Dolphin, the iconic Wii and GameCube emulator, were working toward an official Steam release, but that is no longer on the table. After postponing the release, the Dolphin team has confirmed that Valve has pulled the... Read more...
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