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Past articles by Ben:

Huawei Matebook X Pro: A great Black Friday laptop deal

There are a ton of great options out there for an excellent laptop nowadays, and plenty of them will be on sale this week for Black Friday. Over the past several months I’ve been using Huawei’s Matebook X Pro as my primary laptop. Here are a few reasons why it’s one of the best laptops … → Read More

How to add Apple Music, Spotify, to Google Maps on iPhone

Native music playback controls have been added to Google Maps for Android and iOS. Here's how to add Spotify to Google Maps on either platform. → Read More

Free Google Home Mini w/ Nvidia Shield TV purchase

Android TV’s current flagship device is still the Nvidia Shield TV, and the popular set-top box adds a lot through its Google Assistant integration. Now, Nvidia is tossing in a special treat for new Shield TV buyers – a free Google Home Mini. Running from today, October 1st, through October 27th, new Shield TV buyers can … → Read More

Spotify raises download limit to 10,000 songs on up to five devices at a time

Apple Music has been in a battle with Spotify for months now with both companies trying to one-up each other. Today, Spotify is adjusting its annoying download limit to let users store a lot more music for offline listening. In the past, Spotify has limited users to downloading 3,333 different songs to their device at … → Read More

‘ARK: Survival Evolved’ dinosaur survival game launches on iOS, free to play [Video]

It’s legitimately incredible what developers have been able to create when it comes to games for mobile platforms. Today, hit PC/console game ARK Survival Evolved has arrived on iOS, and it&#… → Read More

Polk Assist is a new Google Assistant smart speaker ‘built for the love of music’

The selection of Google Assistant speakers has grown massively over the past year, with a speaker available for any setup. Now, Polk Audio is jumping into the ring with its new Polk Assist speaker…… → Read More

Sony Xperia Ear Duo launches on May 25th in the US for $279

Back at CES, Sony showed off a few new phones, but what really caught my attention were the company’s new Xperia Ear Duo concept headphones. Today, the company has officially announced pricing and … → Read More

Mobvoi TicPods Free are truly wireless earbuds w/ touch gestures and a $129 price tag

Truly wireless earbuds have been hitting the market left and right for the past couple of years, and most agree that the best are Apple’s AirPods. Today, Chinese wearable maker Mobvoi, the co… → Read More

Google Maps adds ‘wheelchair accessible’ routes’ for improved mobility [Video]

Few will argue if you tell them Google Maps is the best navigation service, and it’s continually getting better all the time. Today, Google is bringing a new feature to Maps to improve its fu… → Read More

Google teases March 10th ‘Mario Day’ event on Maps as it starts popping up for some users

Google Maps often ties in with pop culture for special events or easter eggs, and apparently, there’s another one on the way. → Read More

Samsung including a pair of Gear IconX (2018) earbuds w/ Galaxy S8 or Note 8 purchases

Truly wireless earbuds are becoming very popular thanks to Apple’s AirPods, and competitors are getting better and better. Samsung’s Gear IconX wireless earbuds are pretty fantastic, and now the $2… → Read More

Refurbished Google Pixel 2 goes for as low as $534 today on Woot (Reg $649)

Google’s latest Android smartphones are some of the best you can get, but it’s not often they get discounted outside of carrier sales. Today, though, Woot is offering Google’s Pix… → Read More

Samsung is planning to copy Animoji on the Galaxy S9, will reportedly be ‘more advanced’

Whenever Apple debuts a unique feature, it’s inevitable that it eventually gets picked up by others. We’ve seen this time and time again, and with the debut of the iPhone X and its Anim… → Read More

Behind the Screens: Ben Schoon’s custom PC blogging and video workspace

Behind the Screens is a weekly 9to5Toys series that takes you through our writers’ setups, be it mobile, desktop, gaming or home theater. Next up is Ben Schoon, a 9to5Google writer. My workspace ha… → Read More

Valve’s ‘Bridge Constructor Portal’ arrives on iOS and macOS December 20th

Portal is a beloved gaming franchise for many, and while fans still want a proper sequel to the game’s last release, it’s probably not happening anytime soon. Luckily, Portal is making … → Read More

Valve’s ‘Bridge Constructor Portal’ arrives on iOS and macOS December 20th

Valve’s ‘Bridge Constructor Portal’ arrives on iOS and macOS December 20th Ben Schoon - Dec. 6th 2017 8:20 am PT Portal is a beloved gaming franchise for many, and while fans still want a proper sequel to the game’s last release, it’s probably not happening anytime soon. Luckily, Portal is making a return, but by means of Bridge Constructor. → Read More

portal

Valve’s ‘Bridge Constructor Portal’ arrives on iOS and macOS December 20th Ben Schoon - Dec. 6th 2017 8:20 am PT Portal is a beloved gaming franchise for many, and while fans still want a proper sequel to the game’s last release, it’s probably not happening anytime soon. Luckily, Portal is making a return, but by means of Bridge Constructor. → Read More

Valve’s ‘Bridge Constructor Portal’ hits PC/mobile December 20 – Switch, more early 2018

Portal is a beloved gaming franchise for many, and while fans still want a proper sequel to the game’s last release, it’s probably not happening anytime soon. Luckily, Portal is making … → Read More

You can now use Apple Music with Google Assistant on iPhone

While most would argue that Google Assistant on iPhone is inferior to Siri in a lot of ways, it’s still a fairly handy tool for those using Google’s services. Recently, Google has given… → Read More

movies anywhere

Buying movies digitally is a great way to build up a library, but there are a lot of places to buy from. Between Amazon Instant Video, VUDU, Google Play Movies, and iTunes, there are a lot of accounts to keep track of, especially if you are hunting for the best deal on a movie. Today, a joint effort from all of these major digital distributors is going to make buying digital movies a whole lot… → Read More