EU goes after Google again, this time over Android contracts

Google is getting some pushback from European Union countries over what they claim are some heavy-handed tactics when it comes to Android phones. The EU has now filed suit, saying Google’s contracts hinder competition by requiring phone makers using Android to make Google Search and Chrome the default search and browser apps.

The EU also says Google went beyond those complaints, including contractual pressure points around the Google Play store, and forcing vendors to sign off on NOT building custom version of Android that might then become an alternative to the regular Android OS.

______

Following the announcement by WhatsApp that their app will feature end-to-end encryption, popular calling app Viber has also announced it will be doing the same thing. While Viber started out as a way to call and talk with anyone, anywhere, it also has a text chat feature for its over 700 million users. Viber says the strong encryption will work with both text and voice calls sent with the app.

Most messaging apps use some level of encryption, but with “end to end” encryption, not even the app makers can unscramble your messages if told to do so by authorities. This all comes on the heels of Apple’s fight the FBI over iPhone encryption, although the folks at Viber say they’ve been working towards implementing end-to-end encryption for years now.

______

It’s “4/20” and if you live in Washington, Alaska, Colorado, D.C., or Oregon – like we do – we’re sure your boss will understand if you knock off an hour early to go celebrate Marijuana Liberation Day, or at least, that’s what we’re calling it. Believe it or not, there’s a fair amount of tech out there for your smoking pleasure, and one of our favorite gadgets is the PAX 2 portable vaporizer.

It’s a small, sleek little rig that looks like it could have been designed by a computer company who’s founder may have dabbled with mind-altering substances a time or two. Did we test it? Of course we did! Repeatedly! And you can get all the details from our thorough investigation right here, and we also have a longer list of  other high-tech 420-ready options.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Halfbikes, VR for all your senses, and more

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Smart Home

From the kitchen to the bedroom, here are the best Alexa tips and tricks

Amazon's voice assistant Alexa has plenty of neat skills. So many, in fact, it seems like new ones appear every day. We've rounded up the top Echo tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your virtual assistant.
Mobile

The Pixel 3 range will soon be coming to T-Mobile's network

Google's latest flagships, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, are now official and we have all the details from the October 9 event in New York City and Paris. Here's everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Save the Internet Act, T. rexes in VR, and more

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we were joined by Joel Comm of Bad Crypto and Jason Horton of Ghost Town. Later in the show, we joined Jeremy Kaplan on location at the American Museum of Natural History.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Google Chrome exploit, CyberHat, and Panasonic S1 unboxing

Hackers targeting Google Chrome, Apple AR glasses, and a Panasonic camera unboxing highlighted this episode of Digital Trends Live. We also sat down with the general manager of CyberHat, Yifat Bar-Eli, to talk about cyber security.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Apple rumors, Google gaming, and TerraCycle

On episode 83 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Ryan Waniata explored the biggest news stories from the world of tech, including Google's new gaming patent, Apple's upcoming event, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Apple’s March event, Huawei 5G concerns, and SXSW coverage

Apple's latest event and a possible Boring Company tunnel in Las Vegas highlighted this episode of Digital Trends Live. We also joined Pavi Dinamani live at SXSW. She talked with Kimberly Bryant, the founder of Black Girls CODE.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Facebook outage, best of SXSW, and more

On episode 86 of Digital Trends Live, host Greg Nibler discussed trending tech news from a widely felt Facebook outage to the best tech at SXSW. Drew Prindle also stopped by the show to talk about the latest skateboard from OneWheel.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Tesla Model Y, The Missing Link, and good digital hygiene

Episode 89 of Digital Trends Live covered topics including Tesla's newest crossover, as well as an interview with What's Trending co-founder Shira Lazar. We also talked about Laika Studios' latest stop-motion animated film, Missing Link.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Robocalls, robot dogs, and tech in government

On episode 92 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Nicole Raney broke down the biggest news stories from the world of tech, including an embarrassing robocall incident, an uncanny robot dog, and Oregon's State Treasurer talks tech.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Apple event recap, digital drive-thrus, and grooming awards

On episode 95 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Adrien Warner explored the biggest stories form the world of tech. On the docket this time: A recap of the recent Apple event, McDonald's digital drive-throughs, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: April Fools’ pranks, SodaStream in space, and more

On episode 99 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Sam Slaughter broke down the biggest news stories from the world of tech, and talked to some fascinating guests, including astronaut Scott Kelly.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Amazon mothership, HP’s 80th-anniversary sale, and more

On episode 101 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Dan Gaul broke down the biggest stories from the world of tech, and talked to some fascinating guests. On the docket this time: The Amazon blimp, HP's anniversary sale, and more.