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Realme's continued rise in India should worry Samsung and Xiaomi

Nov 14, 2019

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Realme records a staggering 400% year-on-year increase in sales and is now gunning for Samsung. If there's one standout in India's budget category this year, it is Realme. The BBK-owned brand burst onto the scene back in May 2018, at a time when Xiaomi was dominant in India. Xiaomi sold 10 million phones back in Q2 2018, registering a market share of 29.7% and carving out a healthy lead over Samsung, which sat in second place at 23.9%. Fast forward 18 months, and Realme is now the fourth-largest manufacturer in the country. The latest IDC figures for Q3 2019 highlights the brand's dominance in India's budget segment: Realme recorded a staggering 400% year-on-year growth, managing to rack up 6.7 million sales during the quarter. The Chinese manufacturer now has a market share of 14.3% and is likely to overtake sister brand Vivo (15.2%) later this year. Realme's meteoric rise in India mirrors Xiaomi's own growth trajectory from three years ago, and that's not a coincidence. Both b...

These are the new Motorola RAZR specs

Nov 14, 2019

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What makes this foldable tick. Did you hear? There's a new Motorola RAZR in town. This particular model reimagines the classic flip phone as an Android smartphone that folds vertically along a centered hinge. Given all the engineering and design focus that went into it, you'd expect an equally robust spec sheet. Right? Category Spec Operating System Android 9 Pie Display (internal) 6.2-inch pOLED 2142x876 21:9 aspect ratio Display (external) 2.7-inch gOLED 800x600 4:3 aspect ratio Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Storage 128GB RAM 6GB Main Camera 16MP, 1.22µm pixels, ƒ/1.7 EIS IMX519 Selfie Camera 5MP, 1.12µm pixels, ƒ/2.0 Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFCUSB-C 3.1 eSIM Audio Single mono speaker Battery 2510mAh 15W TurboPower Charging USB-C Water resistance Splash-proof Water-resistant nano-coating Security Front fingerprint sensor Dimensio...

Motorola RAZR hands-on: Back to the future

Nov 14, 2019

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The flip phone makes a triumphant and expensive return in 2020. I'd imagine many of the Motorola RAZR previews you're going to read this week will start something like this: "The original Motorola RAZR, which came out more than 15 years ago, was the first cellphone that worked well and looked good. I have a lingering nostalgic love of the form factor, and the audible snap brings me back to a particular time and place." I have none of that. My first cellphone was a Sanyo something-or-other, and by the time I replaced it, the iconic RAZR V3 was long discontinued. I did briefly own a Motorola KRZR before falling for the sliding seduction of the LG Shine, but my appreciation for the RAZR, unlike many people's, was tangential. Which is why I'm so surprised that I had so many warm feelings for the new Motorola RAZR, a $1500 Verizon exclusive that, aside from its vertical fold, says little about the future of the smartphone industry. The return of the flip phone I...

Death Stranding is the biggest debut of any new IP in Japan this generation

Nov 14, 2019

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Great opening numbers in Japan. What you need to know Death Stranding recently released on PlayStation 4. According to Game Data Library, which compiles video game sales information in Japan, Death Stranding had the best opening sales of any IP this generation. Per Game Data Library, Death Stranding sold 185,909 copies in Japan so far, more than any other new IP in an equivalent timeframe. You can grab Death Stranding for $60 from Amazon. Death Stranding just released a couple of days ago and it is already making some notable achievements. According to Game Data Library, which compiles video games sales information out of Japan, Death Stranding had the best opening of any new IP in Japan this entire generation. The previous record holder was Judgement, followed by Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Launch sales of Death Stranding is the biggest IP launch we've seen this generation yet (Knack doesn't count).I checked quickly and seems like it's the biggest new IP launch since the origin...

Is the Amazon Echo Show 5 better than the Lenovo Smart Clock?

Nov 13, 2019

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Choosing the right smart home display can be difficult since there are so many options to choose from. We've compared the Lenovo Smart Clock against the Echo Show 5 to see which is the better buy. We've discovered that the latter is definitely better. Echo Show 5 Prime choice $90 at Amazon Pros Inexpensive Plays videos HD camera with camera cover Works with more smart devices Sunrise alarm Larger screen Cons Doesn't look as nice Defaults to training the AI with your recordings In addition to functioning as a clock you can use the Echo Show 5 to watch videos, participate in video phone calls, surf the internet, check the weather, control your smart home devices, and much more. Considering how little you pay for it and how many convenient features it has, this handy 5-inch display is a great option for any room in your home. Lenovo Smart Clock More basic option $80 at Best Buy Pros Inexpensive Looks good Sunrise alarm Light sensor Cons No camera Smaller screen...

These true wireless earbuds rewired my expectations

Nov 13, 2019

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I make a point not to believe the hype, to scrutinize typically hyperbolic marketing materials as closely as possible. And Anker's Soundcore brand has never held back on the marketing mumbo jumbo. To wit, the company's latest set of true wireless earbuds, the Liberty 2 Pro, purport to offer an Astria Coaxial Acoustic Architecture to produce sound that's been "endorsed by 10 Grammy award-winning producers." In fact, there's so much smoke-blowing going on that I wouldn't blame anyone for letting their suspicions get the better of them and walking away entirely. But that would be very much the wrong decision. The Liberty 2 Pro are an incredible pair of true wireless headphones that are easily worth their steep $150 asking price. But should you buy them over similarly-priced products from Samsung, Jabra, Jaybird, and others? Yes, with a few caveats. Let's dig into it. At a glance Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro ...

Google Pixel 3a vs. Pixel 3a XL: Which should you buy?

Nov 13, 2019

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Best answer: Most people will be best off with the Pixel 3a XL, purely based on its larger screen and longer battery life. The standard Pixel 3a is compelling as a compact phone, but it may feel cramped for many people and its battery life is questionable — you can get so much more for about $100 extra in the Pixel 3a XL. Our pick: Google Pixel 3a XL ($480 at Amazon) Compact pick: Google Pixel 3a ($370 at Amazon) What's the difference between the Pixel 3a and 3a XL? Just like the original Pixel 3 and 3 XL, there isn't much that differentiates the two mid-range Pixel 3a models other than size — but that is of course a difference that requires some thought when choosing which one you should buy. Both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are built with the same materials and design touches, and operate on the same platform internally with the same specs and capabilities. There are just a few different line items that are different to align with the differences in size. ...

The best places to buy a refurbished Android phone

Nov 13, 2019

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Phones are expensive, but they don't have to be that expensive. Everyone wants a high-end phone, but the problem is bringing yourself to actually pay the high prices required for one. Some people are happy to pay retail, but others are looking for a deal — and one of the ways to find discounts is to look for refurbished phones. However, as you'd expect, buying a refurbished phone isn't as simple as walking into a store and asking for one — it takes a bit more research and understanding. To help you navigate it, we have all of the information you need right here to make a good choice in buying a refurbished phone. What does 'refurbished' mean? Even though we see "refurbished" thrown around a lot, that doesn't mean it's necessarily a standardized term. You may often see it used interchangeably with "recertified," "reconditioned," or just "open box" or "pre-owned." No matter the exact word, it generally refers to a product that was manufactured to sell as new, but fo...

Stadia will preserve game instances if someone casts to a device in use

Nov 13, 2019

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Stadia is smartly combating a problem before it begins. What you need to know Google Stadia releases on November 19th. It is a game streaming service that can stream through Chromecast. Stadia's servers will keep your game running for 10 minutes if someone casts to a device you are using and takes over the screen. Worried about someone casting to your device while you're in the middle of a game being streamed with Google Stadia? The company has a solution. It's not ideal seeing as the other person will still take over the screen, but Google is giving you 10 minutes to find another one to cast on. Andrey Doronichev, Director of Product for Stadia, responded to a question asking as much during a Reddit AMA. If someone casts something while you're playing, they'll take over the screen. But the game will keep running on our server for the next 10 minutes. So you have enough time to fight it out with your loved ones and get back to it. Or… just grab your laptop or Pixel p...

GitHub mobile beta arrives for iPhone and iPad, Android on deck

Nov 13, 2019

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GitHub is going mobile with beta testers on iOS. What you need to know GitHub launched its mobile app into beta today. GitHub mobile allows developers to work and communicate with their teams on the go. The app is first available for testing on iPhone and iPad, but an Android version is "coming soon." GitHub today launched its new mobile app into beta. The mobile app is first available for testing on iPhone and iPad, but says an Android version is "coming soon." "There's a lot you can do on GitHub that doesn't require a complex development environment, like sharing feedback on a design discussion and reviewing a few lines of code," GitHub said in its blog post announcing the app. "Now we are making these tasks easy for you to perform, no matter where you work, with a beautifully native experience." The app allows you to stay productive when away from your PC, reviewing code and merging changes wherever you may be. The app is built to automatically adapt to differing screen siz...

Google says not all Stadia features will be available at launch

Nov 13, 2019

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There are many approaches to launching a gaming platform and this is certainly one of them. What you need to know Google held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit to talk about Stadia. During the AMA, Andrey Doronichev, Director of Product for Stadia, stated that many features won't be available at launch. Stadia technically launches on November 19, when the Founder's edition begins shipping out. The Founder's edition is the only way to get Stadia at the moment. In an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, Andrey Doronichev, Director of Product for Stadia at Google, answered some different questions from potential players and users of the device. When asked about when announced features would be useable with Stadia, Doronichev wrote the following in response. "Our approach to releasing features on Stadia is similar to how we run Google Search, YouTube and other Google services: gradual rollout and continuous improvement, based on your feedback. We always start with nailing the key us...

The Sony WF-1000XM3s are some of the best-sounding true wireless earbuds

Nov 13, 2019

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I wouldn't say reviewing phones is easy, but there's a sameness to it. You unbox it, put your SIM it in, set it up, and start using it like the phone before it. You do some tests — call quality, photos, maybe a drop test if you're feeling bold — and you write about the experience. People read the review, one of likely many, and come to the conclusion that it's either for them or it isn't. Rinse, repeat. Reviewing headphones isn't the same; you have to contend with so many variables. Head size, ear size and sensitivity. Then there's the purpose of the headphones themselves; are they for intense home listening — just you and the music — or for a clamorous daily commute? Do you intend to run with them? If so, they need to stay put during the strain of repetitive motion. Are you outdoors a lot? The headphones should probably stand up to more than a light rain shower. Wires? No wires? Headphone jack? USB-C? Over-ear? In-ear? True wireless? What's your budget? Do y...

Sonos Move review: A real pick-me-up

Nov 13, 2019

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Sonos finally made a battery-powered speaker, and it's fantastic. The Sonos Move was reportedly created because the company kept getting feedback from its most ardent supporters that they wanted two things: a battery-powered Sonos that could be transported and easily moved; and a speaker more powerful and bass-heavy than the Sonos One. The Move is precisely those two things, a Play:3 replacement that sounds better than the Sonos One but also a portable Bluetooth speaker that can be removed from its dock and brought — and left — outside, rain or shine, cold weather or hot. It's the Sonos speaker that does it all and asks for your understanding in paying $400 for the privilege. I love it, and would happily spend $400 for the Move because it fits in perfectly with the way I use speakers around the home. Many people, though, may find it too heavy to travel with and too underpowered to sit idle. Let's dig into it. The portable Sonos Sonos Move $399 at Amazon ...

How to find the hidden 'I' in Fortnite Chapter 2

Nov 13, 2019

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Where's the letter? With a brand new season of Fortnite comes brand new challenges, and Chapter 2 has once again changed up the way players will be taking them on. For the recent Hide and Seek set of missions, one of the challenges for this week will have you scouring one of the games new loading screens for a hidden letter, and making your way to it in the game. This one can be tough if you don't know where to look, but thankfully we've found where to go, so you don't have to. Knowing the challenge First and foremost, this challenge won't be live until Thursday, November 14, at 9:30 a.m. EST. After that time, you'll be able to jump in and tackle it, but just know that it won't be live until the weekly missions go live in Fortnite. Secondly, you'll only be able to do this challenge once you've completed eight of the Hide and Seek missions, which is when you unlock the loading screen. Since there aren't too many loading screens available for the game yet, the one we'll be looking ...

Fortnite 'Hide and Seek' missions leak ahead of weekly update

Nov 13, 2019

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The latest challenges leaked ahead of the weekly update. Fortnite Chapter 2 is officially here, and with it comes a significant change to the way players will be leveling up their Battle Pass. While Missions will still be in the game, players will no longer be competing for Battle Stars. Instead, the goal is to get normal XP. With a larger focus on XP and less grinding, players should be able to level up their Battle Pass even faster, earning a variety of rewards on the way. Unlike Season X's mission setup, there will be no time prestige missions, and the focal point is simply completing tasks as you play the game. Instead of having to complete the same mission with added difficulty, now you'll just be unlocking new missions as you complete the ones already available to you. The fifth week of Fortnite Chapter 2 isn't live until Thursday morning, but that didn't stop the missions for the week leaking a bit early. Twitter user iFireMonkey — who is well-known for datamining v...

Hey Alexa, what’s your favorite toy? Here are the best Alexa-enabled toys

Nov 13, 2019

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Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is great for controlling your smart home and playing music, but it can also be used for fun, enhancing games, and powering robotic toys. Whether you're enjoying a night in or playing outside with your friends, these are some of the best Alexa-compatible toys you can buy. Smart board game Escape Room in a Box Staff pick The next time you have an hour to spare, Escape Room in a Box is a cooperative board game. It's for up to eight players where you solve puzzles and find hidden clues to survive. It connects with Alexa to give hints and play accommodating music, adding a layer of immersion to the game. $21 at Amazon Trivia board game When in Rome When in Rome is a travel-oriented trivia board game that tests your knowledge of 20 cities around the world. Just like Escape Room in a Box, When in Rome ties into Alexa to add music, sound effects, and even character voices. If you have an Amazon-powered speaker like an Echo Dot, Alexa can host your ...

Ghost of Tsushima brings beautiful samurai sword-fighting to the PS4

Nov 13, 2019

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Samurai sword-fighting has never been prettier. What is Ghost of Tsushima? We didn't know much about Ghost of Tsushima when Sucker Punch (makers of Infamous) originally announced it at 2017's Paris Games Week. That changed as of E3 2018, with the company giving us more details and even a first look at gameplay for the upcoming game. What we can say for certain is that it's an open world samurai game. As you'd expect from that description, you'll be spending a lot of time with a katana, but there are also elements of stealth involved. This makes it feel like a nice swirl of Way of the Samurai mixed with a little bit of Tenchu. Experience Feudal Japan Details on the game are still scarce, but the picture is starting to come into focus. You play as Jin Sakai, one of the last true remaining samurais back in the year 1274. This puts the game squarely in the middle of Feudal Japan, one of gaming's most interesting settings. Unfortunately, a rising force threatens the state of thi...

Watch Disney+ all day long, anywhere with these great VPNs

Nov 13, 2019

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Disney+ is the best way to stream the huge back catalog of TV shows and movies that fall under Walt's banner, but it isn't available everywhere. If you're lucky enough to live in one of the blessed countries you're good to go. If you don't, you're going to need a VPN. Choosing the right VPN can be daunting, especially if you don't know what you're looking for or what you need. But fret not because we're going to run through some of the best VPNs that work with Disney+. The fastest VPN for streaming ExpressVPN Staff pick ExpressVPN is the champ in terms of raw speed and that's important when you're streaming 4K HDR TV shows and movies. In our tests, we've seen this VPN saturate a 350Mbps fiber connection, and that isn't something that you see every day. With apps for every major platform and a DNS option for devices that can't run a VPN, ExpressVPN is a great option. $13/mo at ExpressVPN Best low cost VPN IPVanish If you're looking for a way to enjoy Disney+ without ...

Jaybird Vista truly wireless earbuds review: Running on air

Nov 13, 2019

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The 'Vista' brand should be beyond repair, damaged by an operating system few miss (and fewer used). So it was surprising that the name's audacious revival should come from none other than Jaybird, whose Run, Tarah and X-series earbuds have been favorites of the running class for many years. Jaybird's Vista earbuds are truly wireless, which means like the Run and Run XT before it, and popularized by Apple's AirPods, they are not connected by wires. It also means they can be used independently. But unlike the Run series, Vista is incredibly light and conveniently magnetic. And unlike the AirPods, they actually sound great. At $180, they're not cheap, but they're also pretty compelling for the right kind of person. Are you that person? Let's find out. Lightweight, deep bass Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless Sport Headphones $180 at Amazon $243 at Walmart Jaybird goes mainstream ...

Jabra Elite 65t review: My best buds

Nov 13, 2019

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If you want great truly wireless earbuds that aren't AirPods, your wait is over. To say the AirPods were the first truly wireless earbuds would be a lie, but they're the ones that put the category on the map. Since then, nearly every headphone maker has tried its hand at outdoing the market leader. It took a couple years, but we're finally reached that moment. In early 2018, Jabra released the Elite 65t truly wireless headphones, and over the past few months I've come to understand why so many people say they're best-in-class. Truly great Jabra Elite 65t $138 at Amazon A nearly-flawless wireless earbud experience. They sound great and have awesome connectivity for a truly wireless earbud, but it's the thoughtful touches that push Jabra's Elite 65t into the legendary status. The Good Great sound for truly wireless earbuds I...

Here's everything you need to know about T-Mobile 5G

Nov 8, 2019

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T-Mobile is taking the lead in 5G T-Mobile has one of the most ambitious 5G plans of any carrier out there. T-Mobile is banking on a merger with Sprint to complete its full 5G network but hasn't shied away from getting a head start. With new high-band 5G spots in six cities across the U.S. as well as an incoming 600Mhz network, it's time to start thinking about whether you should consider T-Mobile's 5G network. Here's everything you need to know about this network so you can make that decision with confidence. When will my area get 5G? Which devices should I get to be 5G ready? Which plan do I need for access? What tech is T-Mobile using? What's the deal with Sprint and does it matter? Is 5G worth it for most people? What is 5G For Good? The 5G Galaxy Samsung Galaxy S10 5G From $32/mo. at T-Mobile Fast, smooth, and cutting edge One of the most complete feeling flagship phones only gets better with 5G support and a massive battery. With a great display and cameras, this phone ...

Here's every U.S. city with 5G coverage right now

Nov 8, 2019

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Kicking off the next generation of wireless. All of the major U.S. carriers are hard at work on their 5G strategy. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have launched 5G networks and are aggressively expanding those networks through 2019. 5G service not only provides faster speeds but also reduced response times allowing for new services and cloud computing not previously available. For now, the major difference between LTE and 5G will be speed but as coverage continues to roll out to new areas, more services that rely on instant connectivity should become possible. Verizon Verizon is starting small with two cities deploying what it calls 5G Ultra Wideband (UWB). In short, this version of 5G uses large chunks of high frequency bandwidth that produce very high speeds but suffer in other areas such as coverage over distance and building penetration. While coverage is dense enough in cities to be included on the list, Verizon is being conservative and offering much more specific de...

Want the best Fitbit out there? Get the Fitbit Versa 2

Nov 8, 2019

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Whatever your fitness goals are, living a healthier life is a lot easier when you have something to automatically keep track of your activity throughout the day. Fitbits are great tools for this, but with so many to choose from, which one should you buy and why? We think the Fitbit Versa 2 is best Fitbit you can buy in 2019, offering a great blend of features, specs, and design at a price your wallet will love. Fitbits are among the most popular fitness trackers on the market, and if you're interested in buying one for yourself or a friend, Black Friday is the best time to shop. Fitbit and other sites that sell the company's wearables are bound to have all sorts of sales and discounts for the 2019 holiday shopping season, allowing you to get a quality fitness gadget while also saving some cash. We're on the lookout for any and all Fitbit deals as they appear, and when we spot them, we'll be sure to share them with you right here. Best Overall: Fitbit Versa 2 Fitbit makes a lot o...

Take-Two quarterly financial report highlights GTA V and The Outer Worlds

Nov 8, 2019

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Grand Theft Auto V and Borderlands 3 perform well, while The Outer Worlds is off to a strong start. What you need to know Take-Two has released its Q2 quarterly report, highlighting the performance of various games. According to the report, Grand Theft Auto V has sold 115 million units. The report also revealed that Borderlands 3 has reached 7 million units sold. The Outer Worlds is off to a good start, with performance "exceeding expectations." Take-Two released its latest quarterly report. In the report, Take-Two noted the sales milestones for multiple games. Borderlands 3 has now sold 7 million units, up from 5 million shortly after release. At the time, it was noted that over 70% of copies sold were sold digitally. Red Dead Redemption 2, which just released on PC, has reached 26.5 million units sold. Sales juggernaut Grand Theft Auto V continues to perform extremely well and has now sold over 115 million copies, which means the game has sold 5 million copies since May earlier...

Best Chromebooks 2019: the top 10 Chrome OS laptops, ranked

Nov 7, 2019

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Android Central's top-ranking Chromebook reviews ranked The best Chromebooks of 2019 can provide a top-notch computing experience, perfect for students and anyone looking for a trouble-free laptop with long battery life. We've reviewed and rated the absolute best Chromebooks so that you can find the best value at any budget. Our buyer's guide will help you find the perfect Chrome OS laptop or tablet. Dell durability Dell Chromebook 3100 2-in-1 $349 from Dell Plenty of ports and configuration options. Dell's price tags reflect that legacy of quality, but most laptops in this size bracket lack in the configuration options the Dell 3100 offers. Dell Chromebook 3100 2-in-1 Features 11.6-inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen Up to 13 hours of battery life Two USB-C and USB-A ports 4-8GB RAM, 32-64GB storage Mil-spec durability & rugged shell Spill-resistant keyboard Dell debuted three new education Chromebooks this summer, but the 3100 2-in-1 is the cream of the crop. With options ...

Here's everything we know about Disney+ before the Nov. 12 launch

Nov 7, 2019

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November 12 is almost here and I can practically taste the pixie dust. Showcasing dozens of original shows and films — as well as hundreds of movies and thousands of TV episodes from the Disney vault — Disney+ may be one of the most highly anticipated streaming services of the decade. Here's everything you need to know about Disney's new streaming service! A magical streaming service Disney+ The wait is almost over Disney is finally bringing all of its content under one roof for streaming, after years of it being split on half a dozen services. Disney+ will feature original content as well as timeless classics from Disney, Star Wars, National Geographic, Marvel, Disney Channel, and Fox. $7/mo at Disney+ When and where Disney+ is launching A great price, a better bundle One account for the whole family What devices you can watch Disney+ on How many movies and shows will Disney+ have? What does it actually look like? When and where is Disney+ coming? These are the...

Disney+ will be available on Samsung TVs at launch

Nov 7, 2019

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Best answer: Yes, Disney has reached an agreement with Samsung to distribute Disney+ on its smart TVs for the November 12 launch, but we're not sure which exact Samsung TV models will be supported. For TVs that are not, there's always the Chromecast. Marvel on demand: Disney+ (From $7/mo at Disney+) Cast away: Chromecast ($35 at Amazon) Not just yet When Disney+ launches on Nov. 12, 2019, it will be available in many places. Disney announced on its November Investor Call that it had reached an agreement with Samsung to carry Disney+ on its smart TVs. A Disney+ representative confirmed that Disney+ would be available on Samsung TVs on Day One, but couldn't say exactly which model series/years would see the Disney+ app and which ones wouldn't. Other ways to watch on a Samsung TV If your Samsung TV doesn't see the Disney+ app at launch, there are still a good number of ways to still get all the great shows Disney+ offers regardless of what type of TV you have: Android TV consoles l...

Disney+ comes to UK, France, Italy, and Spain March 31, 2020

Nov 7, 2019

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The second batch of Disney+ countries has been announced, but it's almost half a year away. What you need to know Disney has announced that Disney+ will be coming to a number of countries in Western Europe March 31, 2020. The United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Italy have been confirmed for this launch window with more "to be announced soon". Available titles will vary by country. During today's Investor Call, Disney announced that Disney+ would be coming to a number of Western European countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom on March 31, 2020. This lines up with the "first half of 2020" rollout that western Europe was slated for in the global timeline debuted back during the April Disney+ Investor Day. Just announced: #DisneyPlus will be available in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain (and more to be announced soon) starting on March 31st. Please note: Titles may vary by territory. pic.twitter.com/lE6nzBeaXy— Disney+ (@disneyplus) Nove...

Ring Doorbell update prevents neighbors from stealing your Wi-Fi

Nov 7, 2019

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The latest Ring Video Doorbell update proves that regular security updates are incredibly important, especially for smart home devices. What you need to know A design flaw could have allowed anyone nearby to steal your Wi-Fi password via your Ring Video Doorbell. Ring was made aware of this flaw in June and has just issued a patch on November 7. Users won't need to do anything, as this update is automatic. While you were passing out candy to trick-or-treaters this Halloween, you probably weren't too concerned about little ghouls stealing your Wi-Fi passcode via that handy video doorbell, were you? That exact scenario was apparently possible but, thankfully, Ring was aware of the issue and has patched the nasty little bug. Research firm Bitdefender found the issue in June and notified Amazon via the HackerOne bug bounty program, but it took until November for this to be patched. Here's how this vulnerability could have played out. Your neighbor, or anyone within Wi-Fi range of your...

Hey Google — why hasn't my Pixel 4 gotten the November security patch?

Nov 7, 2019

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Google says you'll see it "in the next few weeks" 🤔. What you need to know Google began rolling out the November 2019 security patch on November 4. However, a lot of Pixel 4 owners still haven't gotten it. A Google rep says you should "see it in the next few weeks." One of the perks of buying a Pixel phone is that it's first-in-line for major software updates and security patches. Once Google rolls a new OTA update out, Pixels get it before anyone else. At least, that's supposed to be how things work. Google began rolling out the November 2019 security patch on November 4, and for the most part, it was a pretty generic update. Some people in our forums reported getting it on their devices, but as the days have gone on, more and more people have been speaking out about still not seeing the update — including yours truly. It's 12:22 PM on November 5 and my Pixel 4 still hasn't received the November security patch— Joe Maring (@JoeMaring1) November 5, 2019 After ...

The best cases for the Moto G6

Nov 7, 2019

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Motorola's budget beauty, the Moto G6, is covered with glass front and back, so it definitely needs a case. I love the Spigen Rugged Armor's incredible durability. It lets the phone take a bit of abuse, but if you're looking for something less in-your-face, Anccer's Ultra-Thin case is pretty great, too. As a phone available worldwide, case makers have plenty of options for owners to pick from. Here are your best bets! As we quickly enter the Black Friday shopping season, you'll start seeing deals on all sorts of products — including Moto G6 cases. If you're looking to buy your first case for the phone or want to add more to your growing lineup, now's the time to buy. We're on the lookout for the best deals around, and as they pop up, we'll update this roundup accordingly. Our pick Spigen Rugged Armor Case Staff pick If you want a reliable phone case that offers excellent protection while remaining quite affordable, it's hard to do much better than the Rugged Armor. $11 ...

Disney+ will be available on most major platforms including Amazon Fire TV

Nov 7, 2019

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Best answer: Disney+ will work on everything from Android to iOS devices, Apple TV to Android TV, Xbox One to Playstation 4, Roku to Chromecast, and even just a browser on your desktop. Marvel at the content: Disney+ (From $7/mo at Disney+) Push it: Chromecast ($35 at Amazon) Magic is imminent Disney+ is quickly nearing its launch date of November 12, and the anticipation is reaching its peak. That anticipation is expected because finally having one place to watch oh, so much Disney from the past decades and even some of the newest films to roll out has been only a pipe dream up until now. Though when the service does go live, there isn't going to be everything, Disney+ will have hundreds of movies and television at launch ranging from decades-old classics to recent releases like Captain Marvel. They have stated that the goal is to have at least 500 movies and 7,500 episodes of TV available to stream through Disney+. There are even going to be some new original series and films tha...

Disney+ will be on Amazon Fire TV starting Nov. 12

Nov 7, 2019

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Disney+ launches on Nov. 12 — and on the largest streaming platform in the world. What you need to know Amazon Fire TV devices will get Disney+ on Nov. 12. So will Fire Tablets. Disney+ costs $6.99 a month after a free trial. Amazon today announced that Disney+ — the upcoming streaming service from Disney that'll be home to everything from Star Wars to every Marvel movie to, of course, Disney fare — will be available on Amazon Fire TV devices on launch day, Nov. 12. Amazon was the lone holdout from the initial slate of supported devices. While it didn't break down the exact devices that would be supported, Amazon did say to expect it on "Fire TV streaming devices, Fire TV Edition smart TVs, and compatible Fire Tablets. And because Fire TV is, well, fire TV, you'll be able to use your voice to control Disney+. All you'll have to do is say "Alexa, open Disney Plus," and she'll fire up Disney+ on your Fire TV. Amazon also says that Disney+ content will be...

Days Gone crosses over with Death Stranding in a new update

Nov 7, 2019

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Decorate your bike with a baby pod. You know you want to. What you need to know Days Gone received a new update today. Part of the update was a Death Stranding crossover, which adds a unique BB baby tank for your bike. This update comes the day before Death Stranding releases worldwide. You can grab Days Gone for $34 at Amazon. Days Gone has a new update out today, one that adds an amusing crossover. Players can decorate Deacon St. John's bike with a baby BB tank straight out of Death Stranding. You can take a quick look below at the BB tank and what it looks like on Deacon's bike. With the release of our 1.6 patch and tomorrow's launch of Death Stranding, we added new #DeathStranding themed bike tanks, decals, and a frame paint! Download our latest patch and check it out! #DaysGone pic.twitter.com/Re42BhzA9Q— Bend Studio #DaysGone (@BendStudio) November 7, 2019 Of course, players can also use some of the other decorations added in the update to make Deacon's bike look like...

Something fishy's going on: How Google names in-development Pixels

Nov 7, 2019

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A look at the beautiful and colorful fish that power the Google Pixel series. I love technology and all the associated gadgets and gizmos that go along with it. I'm that guy who is likely to have the latest gear, and I enjoy finding ways to make them all work better. But my life-long passion is something a bit simpler: fish. I love fish. I love keeping small tropical fish in aquariums, I love feeding them at the local park, I love catching them, and I love eating them. Before I ended up in a wheelchair, I even loved snorkeling with them. Thanks to my father's enthusiasm, I've always been a fish lover. It's apparent that at least one of Google's hardware engineers shares my obsession, as every Pixel phone has used a fish name as its internal code name. You might have already known this, but I thought it would be really cool to put a face (because fish have faces and they are beautiful) to the name and look at the fishy history of Pixel code names. Google Pixel 4: Everything you ne...

Some Nest Hello owners have been stuck with Halloween-themed sounds

Nov 7, 2019

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Ding-dong don't change your doorbell to an annoying sound What you need to know Google Nest Hello owners could play spooky Halloween doorbells. The option to remove or change the theme disappeared from the settings. Google is rolling out a fix presently. Google Nest Hello doorbell owners who wanted in on the Halloween spooky spirit were haunted by their choice for almost a week after the night ended. Some Google Nest doorbell owners reported to Android Police that they were unable to resume normal operation after the option to change themes disappeared from the Doorbell settings app on both iOS and Android, as well as from the web interface. Google has already worked out a fix and says that owners will see an update shortly. The company still plans on releasing more theme sounds in the future, though perhaps zealous owners will think twice before committing to turkey gobbles every time someone shows up for dinner. Frankly, it's hard to imagine a worse holiday for this to happen. ...

These are the best gaming controllers for the NVIDIA Shield TV

Nov 7, 2019

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NVIDIA has updated its Shield TV consoles for 2019 and the new tube and Pro models are still the best Android streaming devices for gamers. There are so many great ways to play games on your Shield, from the growing collection of Android TV games available through the Google Play Store as well as AAA PC games streamed through NVIDIA's GeForce NOW service. If you want a controller or two for some couch multiplayer, you'll be happy to know that alongside its own excellent controller, the NVIDIA Shield TV offers Bluetooth support for other great gaming controllers. Specially designed by NVIDIA NVIDIA Shield Controller Staff Pick The NVIDIA Shield controller is designed to take full advantage of all that the NVIDIA Shield can do, with a built-in microphone for Google Assistant and a headphone jack, along with dedicated volume and Android system controls. It was released alongside the 2017 edition for the Shield TV but still works with the new model. $69 at Amazon Retro gaming bli...

You no longer have to ask your Google Smart Display when a photo was taken

Nov 7, 2019

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A little bit more info goes a long way on a smart display What you need to know Google Smart Displays can show photos from Google Photos, but the information was limited. Previously, you had to ask Google Assistant to tell you when a photo was taken. Some photos are showing up with timestamp information, but not all of them. Some Google Smart Display owners are seeing improvements to the information shown on their screens with Google Photos, according to a report on Android Police. Google Smart Displays pull photos from your Google Photos library, and previously, the display would only show basic name and photo album info. Now, some photos seem to be displayed with date information, including the date the photo was taken and a rough estimate of the time passed since then. My prayers have been answered! https://t.co/LksOGYBF07But @dflieb Why is it so inconsistent? Sometimes it shows the date, but most of the time the album name. Why can't it show both? https://t.co/mpzYLGjQbx&mdash...

Gradual ringtones make their way to Google Pixel phones

Nov 7, 2019

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Ramping Ringer rolls out to Pixel phones for a more discrete ringing experience. What you need to know Ramping Ringer is rolling out to all four generations of Pixel phones. This update is not dependent on receiving the November security patch and may appear in your sound settings at any time. Upon receiving a phone call, the phone will vibrate for 5 seconds and then proceed into playing your audible ringtone after that. Vibrate first, ring later. That's the M.O. of Google's latest behind-the-scenes Pixel update that's debuted without any kind of fanfare at all. XDA Developers found the feature during the Android Q beta program, but Google hasn't officially implemented it until sometime today. All generations of Google Pixel phones appear to be receiving the feature, which can be found in the system settings by navigating to "Sound", "Vibrate for calls". A new option plainly titled "Vibrate first then ring gradually" basically explains it all. When someone calls your Pixel phone, ...

The Xperia 1 is our favorite phone for shooting video

Nov 7, 2019

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Cameras in smartphones are getting better than ever, and that applies just as much to videography as it does to photography. Luckily, just about any high-end phone captures great-looking footage these days, but some have great specialized video features, while others are better-suited for point and shoot videography. So what phone best fits your needs? Best overall Sony Xperia 1 Staff pick The Xperia 1 combines three great cameras — wide, telephoto, and ultra-wide — with robust manual controls and a color-accurate display that's capable of utilizing the Rec. 2020 color gamut. Sony's Cinema Pro app allows you to manually set ISO, focus, and shutter speed, as well as apply LUTs to achieve different cinematic looks, and you can even shoot in the same 21:9 aspect ratio used in popular films, compressed with the h.2.65 codec. $948 at Amazon Best point-and-shoot Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ The Galaxy Note 10+ takes fantastic photos, and that quality carries over to vide...

Here's your first look at the Motorola RAZR out in the wild

Nov 1, 2019

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It's pretty — and chunky. What you need to know The upcoming RAZR from Motorola is a recreation of the company's popular feature phone. Earlier in the week, we saw our first renders, and we now have a live shot of the phone. It is said to be a midranger in terms of specs, boasting a Snapdragon 710 and up to 6GB of RAM. If all the leaks of Motorola's brazen attempt at profiting off your nostalgia for its iconic RAZR and the renders showing the phone every which way haven't sated you yet, you might be pleased to know the upcoming midrange foldable from the company has now been captured in the wild. Thanks to Slashleaks, we now have a good sense of what the phone will look like in your hands. In its unfolded configuration, the device looks almost like a regular phone. Though, its large bottom chin with the fingerprint sensor looks incredibly chunky and sticks out like a sore thumb. The bottom bezels on the screen are also much larger than they seem in the renders, making the ph...

Check out the reveal trailer for Overwatch 2

Nov 1, 2019

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Getting the gang back together...again. Overwatch 2 has been announced at BlizzCon 2019 after being leaked over the past couple of weeks. While the original Overwatch lacked any sort of campaign, with a story that was told via character videos and special, seasonal event flashbacks from time to time, Overwatch 2 is clearly addressing that issue, with story missions and a full narrative. What is Overwatch 2? Overwatch 2 is the sequel to 2016's Overwatch. Characters like Tracer, Brigitte and more return. In fact, all 31 heroes are returning and there are some new heroes as well. You can check out the cinematic reveal trailer for Overwatch 2 below. Overwatch 2 features For players of the original game, your time will be respected. All the cosmetics you unlocked will be coming forward into Overwatch 2. One of the biggest new mechanics in Overwatch 2 is the ability for the game to share a multiplayer pool with the original Overwatch. The two games will share a PvP pool. Overwatch...

Here are the best Huawei P30 cases

Nov 1, 2019

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The Huawei P30 is here, and whether you're looking for a phone with great cameras, fast performance, or a stunning design, it's a seriously great choice. However, with a slippery glass back that's just asking to be shattered, you'd be wise to outfit the P30 with a case. Here are our favorite ones. Great all around Spigen Rugged Armor Staff pick You can't go wrong with Spigen's Rugged Armor case. The design is kind of basic, but it offers seriously impressive protection without adding too much bulk or putting a big dent in your wallet. Spigen's Air Cushion tech protects the P30 from nasty drops, the button covers are tactile, and it's easy to take on/off. $13 at Amazon Built-in kickstand LiuShan Combo Hybrid We like LiuShan's case so much because of how much functionality you get out of it. On one hand, it offers some of the best protection you'll find. The two-layer design, including a shock-absorbing TPU inner sleeve and hard impact-resistance outer shell, keep the P30 s...

These are the best platformers you can play on PS4

Nov 1, 2019

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Super Mario is almost synonymous with platforming, but unfortunately he's stuck on Nintendo's systems. However, if you want to play some quality platformers on your PS4, you're in luck! PlayStation has a slew of great titles ranging from 2D side-scrollers to 3D platformers like Spyro. There's a little something for everyone no matter your taste or skill set. ★ Featured favorite Celeste Celeste isn't for the faint of heart. You wouldn't tell from its graphics, but this is one diabolical and challenging platformer. Making your way to the top of Celeste Mountain is a tremendous test of your capabilities. Luckily for some, Celeste offers an Assist Mode that allows players to turn on invincibility, making it accessible to nearly everyone. $20 at PlayStation Crash is back Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Staff favorite Crash Bandicoot may be Naughty Dog's baby, but Vicarious Visions masterfully remade it for current-gen consoles. Compiling the first three titles in t...

NBC's Peacock streaming service may be free to use (with ads)

Nov 1, 2019

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A first in the streaming world. What you need to know NBC is planning on entering the streaming space with its own platform, named after its famous peacock logo. The company is reportedly mulling over making the service free to use. An ad-free tier will be made available for an additional cost. The Peacock Company is looking to contend with Netflix and WarnerMedia with its own streaming service, cheekily named Peacock. Set to feature 15,000 hours of content, including new originals and fan favorites like The Office and Parks and Recreation, the service will roll out in April. What might make Peacock really stand out from the increasingly crowded on-demand streaming space is how NBC is planning on monetizing its offering. CNBC reports that execs at the company are currently mulling over making the base product free for all, with the company showing anywhere from three to five minutes of ads per hour of programming. This would make it the first major player in the streaming space to...

Transferring data from PS4 to PS4 takes time, but not effort!

Nov 1, 2019

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If you've bought a new PlayStation 4 you'll need to transfer all of your data from your old console to the new one. Luckily, you can do this on your own without having to take it to a store. These instructions are pretty straight forward, but it's going to take a lot of time. This is something you want to set up before heading to work or going out with your friends, so it can be ready when you get back. Products used in this guide Get the console: PlayStation 4 Pro ($362 at Amazon) Connect to the internet: 50ft Ethernet (LAN) Cable ($10 at Amazon) Stock up on storage: PNY Elite Turbo 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive ($35 at Best Buy) A quick index There are a lot of steps when it comes to transferring the data between consoles. You'll have to connect to the internet, make sure both consoles are updated, take a separate step to take trophies with you, and then transfer the data. You can use these links to jump directly to the section of the article you need. If you've already tried trans...

Get a sneak peek at Microsoft's Black Friday deals now

Nov 1, 2019

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During Black Friday is a brilliant time to make a big purchase. Major discounts are hitting retailers everywhere on products like computers, game consoles, smartwatches, and more during the event, and Microsoft is getting in on the action this year too. A sneak peek of its Black Friday deals was just released so we can get a glimpse of what to expect, and a few of these deals should not be missed! Microsoft is making it easier to shop online this year too, which we'll get into below. Deals worth considering Anyone looking to buy a Surface Pro or Surface Laptop this holiday season will be stoked to learn that there are multiple deals worth considering during Black Friday. Microsoft has a bunch of other great deals to choose from on HP laptops, Samsung Galaxy phones, and more, though some are a bit better than others. We've picked out a few of our favorites below: Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover One of the most versatile mobile computing options you can buy is becoming more affordabl...

Google's buying Fitbit: Here's what happens to your Fitbit data

Nov 1, 2019

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We don't know exactly how Google and Fitbit will integrate, but what happens to your Fitbit data has already been addressed. Google announcing that it has bought Fitbit (pending approval by the right regulatory agencies) leaves us with plenty of questions about how the two companies will operate, or even if Fitbit still remains as more than a brand name. But for many of us the biggest question is what happens to all the data we have stored with Fitbit or through the Fitbit Wellness program with our health insurance company. It's important to know where our Fitbit data is going so we know if we want to keep using any Fitbit products. This is important for Google, too. Health data walks a thin line between personal data we collect for our own use and any data that is designed to be shared with health professionals. The latter needs to be HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) compliant and that means special handling — as well as restrictions o...

Disney+ is going to support 4K streaming, but will your devices?

Nov 1, 2019

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Best answer: When Disney+ launches on November 12, it will support 4K playback on several devices that also support it like the Chromecast Ultra, Roku Premiere, NVIDIA Shield TV, and more. Magical pictures: Disney+ ($7/mo at Disney+) Beautiful cast: Chromecast Ultra ($69 at Amazon) Disney never looked better When Disney+ goes live on November 12, there is going to a lot of fantastic content available. With everything from classics like Mary Poppins to modern hits such as Captain Marvel, we are going to have a bunch of entertainment at our fingertips. Of course, we want to see these shows in the best possible way, and right now, that is 4K. Thankfully Disney will be including 4K Ultra HD video playback in Dolby Vision ultra-vivid imaging, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos in your subscription. Now, just because the video stream from Disney+ can be in 4K doesn't mean that you can enjoy that show at full resolution. The display you are viewing the content on must be at the proper resolution to ...

Diablo IV has been revealed with a dark new trailer

Nov 1, 2019

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By three they come. At BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard revealed the long-awaited Diablo IV, latest in the series of top-down, demon-obliterating games. Diablo IV is a sort of return to form for the series, with art and styles that longtime fans will appreciate. Blizzard stated that the game is a world of gore, occultism, and horror, where victories are never clean or guaranteed. What is Diablo IV? Diablo IV is the long-anticipated sequel to Diablo III, which first released on PC back in 2011. At BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard confirmed that multiple Diablo titles were in development, one of which was clearly Diablo IV. You can check out the Diablo IV reveal trailer below: What does Diablo IV's gameplay look like? While Diablo IV is using a far harsher tone than Diablo III, the gameplay is still classic top-down action-RPG. There will be friendly towns where you can meet up and trade with other players. There'll also be PvP zones. You can take a look at the first gameplay trailer here: ...

Disney+ will have almost 500 films to binge at launch, including Avatar

Nov 1, 2019

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Best answer: Disney+ will include Disney movies, Pixar movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and even Star Wars. It's also going to have the best of 20th Century Fox for you to feast your eyes on. All Disney all the time: Disney+ (From $7/month at Disney+) Disney+ will include all of the Disney and Pixar movies you want to watch With Disney+, you'll be able to watch classic Disney movies and new favorites. It's going to feature hundreds of Disney movies going back decades, along with new releases like Captain Marvel. Disney will have hundreds of movie titles and television shows available in the first year of streaming, and that list is only going to grow. They intend to break the 500 movie mark by the end of the first year, along with over 7,500 episodes of television. Included with all of the major titles that have had theatrical releases, you can also expect to find a handful of Disney originals coming directly to the streaming service. Feature films coming to Disney+ These m...

For developers, Surface Neo and Duo represent a unique opportunity

Nov 1, 2019

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Whether or not developers take advantage of the two displays on both Surface Neo and Surface Duo will be vital to their success. But what might that look like? When Microsoft unveiled the dual-screen Surface Neo and Surface Duo last month, it took everyone off guard. Not only was the Andromeda concept, which had been rumored for years, alive and well, but Microsoft went even further by revealing a PC and a phone. While phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X have already shown us some of what we can expect from devices with folding screens, the Neo and Duo are different beasts. Instead of utilizing folding screens and all of the problems that come with them, Microsoft opted for two separate screens while still embracing the folding form factor. And from its presentation, it's clear the company is focusing hard on productivity with both devices. The result is a set of hardware that, at first glance, impresses with Microsoft's usual Surface touch. But some burning ques...

Google Home app gets a UI refresh and new Cast controls with version 2.15

Nov 1, 2019

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New Cast media controls now allow you to transfer streams to other devices. What you need to know The Google Home app is getting some UI changes with the new 2.15 version of the app. The add devices button has been relocated, there is now an account switcher, and the Discover feed cards have a new design. Cast media controls have also received a massive UI refresh, but it is currently rolling out server-side and may not be available to all users yet. The Google Home app has a new simpler design rolling out with version 2.15. With this new UI, Google has cleaned up a lot of the clutter and streamlines the app quite a bit. For starters, the add new device button has been relocated to the top left corner of the app, while in the right corner the three-dot menu button has been replaced with an account switcher. Similar to the account switcher in many of Google's latest app updates, it now allows you to swap accounts with a quick swipe down over your profile photo. The bottom of the...

The U.S. is launching a national security probe into TikTok

Nov 1, 2019

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It may have to undo its $1 billion purchase of Musical.ly. What you need to know TikTok is a social media video app that allows users to share punchy, short videos with others. The company is owned by ByteDance, one of the fastest-growing tech startups in China. The U.S. government is launching an inquiry into its $1 billion acquisition of Musical.ly, citing concerns over national security and censorship. The U.S. government is seemingly growing more suspicions of Chinese companies, as it has put yet another Chinese tech giant in its crosshairs, citing national security concerns: TikTok. The social media app has become increasingly more popular among teens and tweens in the U.S., though you'd never know the company behind it, ByteDance, is actually Chinese. And that heritage is starting to land the 'new Vine' in trouble, as the Trump administration launches a probe into the firm's $1 billion acquisition of Musical.ly, a full two years after the transaction took place in November 2...

Here's how to erase and reset the NVIDIA Shield TV (2019)

Nov 1, 2019

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Whether you own the NVIDIA Shield TV (2019) or the Pro variant, there may come a time when you need to clear everything out and start fresh. Thankfully, factory resetting an NVIDIA Shield TV is just as easy as factory resetting any Android phone or tablet. Products used in this guide Tubular delight: NVIDIA Shield TV (2019) ($150 at Amazon) Play AAA games: NVIDIA Shield TV Pro (2019) ($200 at Amazon) Before you get started The best and easiest way to delete all the data off your NVIDIA Shield TV (2019) is to factory reset it, which will wipe all user data and return the device to its original condition for you to set up from scratch again. You can't undo a factory reset, so be sure to back up any local videos or files on your Shield TV (2019) you want to keep. How to factory reset your NVIDIA Shield TV (2019) Go to Settings from the Shield home screen. Scroll down to Storage & reset Scroll down and select Factory data reset. Select Factory data reset to confirm the action...

These are the best Google Assistant speakers you can buy

Nov 1, 2019

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Whether you want an easy way to check the weather, control smart home devices, stream music, or any other multitude of things, Google Assistant speakers are the way to go. They come in many shapes, sizes, and prices, but no matter which one you buy, you get the same core experience. If you're in the market for your first Assistant device or need another for your growing collection, here's a list of our current favorites — including the Google Nest Hub as our top overall choice. Best Overall: Google Nest Hub Kicking off our list, let's talk about the Google Nest Hub and why it's our favorite Google Assistant speaker currently on the market. If your ideal speaker strikes a good balance of design, features, and price, the Nest Hub is perfect. Starting with that first point, this thing looks great. The fabric base is available in a bunch of fun colors, and the way the screen is positioned on it gives off the impression that it's floating in mid-air. The quality of the 7-inch s...

The Android Central forums are now ad-free

Nov 1, 2019

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We are delighted to announce that our forums are now an ad-free experience for all logged-in users! To welcome Android Central to the Future family of sites, your Community Team would like to proudly announce that forums here at Android Central are now completely free of advertisements to all registered, logged-in members. We want to make your experience in our communities the absolute best that we can, and one way to do that is to make it much easier and more convenient for you to navigate the boards and engage in discussions. To achieve that goal, we've turned off all ads for all logged-in, registered users of the forums. If you've not yet registered, now is the perfect time to do so to take advantage of the new ad-free forum browsing. Be sure to sign up here and swing by our Introductions Thread to say hi! Registration and participation in our forums are, as always, free - and now so much more convenient. We are incredibly delighted to make this change for our fantastic communi...

Death Stranding reviews are in, and they're divisive

Nov 1, 2019

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Its tagline is "tomorrow is in your hands," but for us, it's more like next week ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Death Stranding reviews landed early this morning and you might be looking for ours. We, unfortunately, won't have a proper review out until after the game's release. Sony did not send us an early code, nor were we given a good explanation for this decision. These were the cards we were dealt, so we have to make do. We'll have our review out as soon as possible after the game's launch — sometime the following week — but we're only human and this isn't the sort of game you can easily crunch through. You'll need to bear with us. Until then, I've read through several Death Stranding reviews to see what I could glean from them and if they answered any particular questions I had; as much as they could without spoiling the game. It seems fairly divisive, with some hailing it as a masterpiece of art while others, like Stevivor, were much more inflammatory, calling it an ...

Top 7 things to do after setting up your Google Pixel 4

Nov 1, 2019

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When you have a brand new Pixel 4 in your hands, it's hard to contain your excitement. But that excitement can also make you skip over some essential settings and features that need to be turned on or configured. Once you're done getting through your main setup process, check the tips here to make sure you're getting the most out of your new Pixel 4. Choose what Motion Sense features you want "Motion Sense" isn't a single feature, but a collection of different features across the Pixel 4 that are enabled by its Soli radar chip. The two main active use-cases, though, are the ability to change media tracks and silence interruptions (like alarms and phone calls) by swiping your hand over the phone — even when the screen is off. Once you get used to the swipe distance and hand placement, Motion Sense can work pretty well. But it can also trigger when you don't need it to — typically when you reach over your phone on a table to grab something. If you play a lot of music o...

Android Central Podcast Listener Q&A Edition: All your questions answered!

Nov 1, 2019

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It's a listener question extravaganza! We tackle what's on your mind in the Android world (along with some non-Android questions as well). Join Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand, Ara Wagoner, and Andrew Martonik for advice on everything from which budget phone to buy, the importance of RCS messaging, and favorite drinks! Listen now Subscribe in Google Play Music: Audio Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Sponsors: Thrifter.com: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated and constantly updated. ...

Want RCS chat on your phone right now? Here's how to enable it

Oct 27, 2019

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It seems a little too good to be true, but enabling RCS chat is just a few steps away. What you need to know The latest Google Messages beta brings RCS chat to Android phones, but it needs to be enabled in a hidden settings menu. RCS seems to work in every country we tested it in (not an exhaustive list), and with several different Android phones. RCS also seems to work on all carriers we've tried, including the four big U.S. carriers. It wasn't too long ago that Google enabled RCS Chat on Android phones in some European countries, and now it seems ready to flip the switch in a number of other countries as well. A rather astute user on Reddit figured out that enabling RCS on Android devices is just a few clicks away, and it has us wondering why it's this easy when U.S. carriers can't seem just flip the switch already. Enabling RCS on your phone isn't all that different from how it worked when Google flipped the switch for European users, but it involves just a few additional step...

Android Central Podcast: Pixel 4 Review Deep Dive

Oct 26, 2019

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Jerry Hildenbrand, Andrew Martonik, and Daniel Bader dig in for a conversation about Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. From the good, the bad and the ugly, there's no stone left unturned. You should listen to the whole episode, but if you're dying for a TL;DR summary, skip ahead to 1:24:19. We've also provided a chapter marker there for your convenience. Enjoy! Listen now Subscribe in Google Play Music: Audio Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show Notes and Links: Google Pixel 4 review: Early to bed, early demise Google Pixel 4 XL review: A night vision camera that's dead by sunset Pixel 4 vs. iPhone 11 night mode battle: Touring NYC at 2 a.m. From the Editor's Desk: Google's wrong about ultrawide cameras Investigating the Pixel 4's 90Hz Smooth Display bug that also may be a feature Sponsors: Candid: Candid makes clear aligners that fit your budget and your lifestyle. Visit candidco.com/acp and use code ACP for $75 off. ...

These are the best fighting games for the PS4 right now

Oct 26, 2019

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Whether it's in the arcade or in the comfort of their own home, fighting games have provided gamers with immense amounts of fun and hot competition for years. If you're ready to continue the fight on your PlayStation 4 and wondering which games are worth checking out, read on. We list the very best fighting games you're going to find for PS4. From Street Fighter to Dragon Ball FighterZ and everything in between, here they are. ★ Featured favorite Mortal Kombat 11 The classic series is back and better than ever. Mortal Kombat 11 quickly became one of the best-selling games this year and for good reason: it's a hell of a lot of fun. With new character packs that add pop culture icons like the Joker and Terminator, it just keeps getting better with age. $31 at Amazon Go Super Saiyan Dragon Ball FighterZ Staff pick Dragon Ball FighterZ unashamedly aspired to be taken seriously in the world of competitive fighting games. Its 2D-based art style and fighting planes c...

What to do when your smart assistant has a smart mouth

Oct 26, 2019

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While it's nice to have an acknowledgement that your commands are being heard by your Echo, at times the constant "OK" can be a bit much. We'll show you how to get Alexa to stop talking when you ask her to do something so you can enjoy your smart home in silence. How to quiet down Alexa Open the Alexa app on your mobile device. Tap the top left corner menu. Tap Settings. Tap Account Settings. Tap Alexa Voice Requests. Toggle the Brief Mode switch to "on." You're done! Ah, sweet silence Congratulations, you've successfully enabled Brief Mode on your Echo devices. Now when you make a request of Alexa, the only real feedback you'll get is a flash of the LED lights on the device, and a short, quiet chime. Of course, you can reverse the process and toggle the Brief Mode switch to off if you ever want to hear Alexa's dulcet tones again. On the screen where you toggled Brief Mode, you may notice another setting called Whisper Mode. This is sort of a nice compromise between having A...

Pixelbook Go: it's not like other Chromebooks

Oct 26, 2019

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The Pixelbook Go is like that guy she told you not to worry about. A lot of people have written a lot of words about how dissappointed they are with the Pixelbook Go. Myself included. But almost all of those words saying how it's overpriced or doesn't compare to the original or how other cheaper Chromebooks are better come from people who have never touched it. Which included me until last week. More: Daniel Bader's Pixelbook Go review — he has actually touched it I'll admit, when I saw what Google showed us, my gut reaction is that this is a piss-poor replacement for the original Pixelbook — a Chromebook I've used almost every single day since it was released. I made words about just that because it would be a piss-poor replacement for the original. But that's not what it is at all. That's the first question I asked Google senior product manager Ben Janofsky when I had a briefing with him, and found out that the original Pixelbook will continue to be sold until anoth...

You can get this ECOVACS robot vacuum for 50% off the usual price today

Oct 26, 2019

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The robot vacuum revolution has made life infinitely easier for countless home owners, but the most celebrated robot vacs on the market tend to be obscenely expensive. This ECOVACS DEEBOT 901 Robotic Vacuum-Cleaner gets the job done for a fraction of what you’d pay for a more well-known brand, and it’s currently available for 50% off at just $249. The DEEBOT smart vacuum automatically scans and maps your home, allowing it to keep your floors clean with next-level efficiency at all times. You’ll be able to take advantage of the latest Navi mapping technology in order to ensure that every corner of your living space is cleaned regardless of whether you’re at home or away, and it’s easy to control your DEEBOT using both an Amazon Echo or a Google Home device. This intrepid vacuum even features multiple cleaning modes that can tackle a variety of different messes including dirt, debris, and crumbs. Keep your floors sparkling clean without brea...

Use smart home tech to make your Halloween home a bit more terrifying

Oct 26, 2019

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Use your Connected Home tech for evil. Most of the time your Connected Home tech is busy lighting your home, pinging your phone when there's a water leak, and letting you know who is at the front door. While any Halloween supply store will gladly sell you something that will flicker a strobe light from a remote control while you're hiding in the bushes dressed as a murderous clown, some of your Connected Home tech could help you have a lot more fun. Here's a quick list of ways you can freak out Trick or Treaters with your smart home! Drop in on trick-or-treaters remotely One of my favorite things about the Amazon Echo devices is the paging/calling feature that enables me to 'drop in' on the Echos in my kids' rooms to let them know dinner is ready. Well, you can also use this to your advantage to scare the neighborhood children when they come up to your door begging for candy. For this you'll need: A pair of Echo Dot smart speakers A willing co-conspirator to answer the door a...

Here's everything you need to know about AT&T 5G

Oct 26, 2019

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AT&T has perhaps one of the most developed 5G networks out there right now. With coverage in 21 cities and two 5G devices available, this 5G network seems like the best bet for consumers. AT&T, however, has only rolled out 5G service to its business customers. At some point, this network will be available to more customers, but AT&T currently does not have a date set for this. If you do have a business account, it makes a lot of sense to buy into this network with some of the best data speeds we've seen from any carrier. When will my area even get 5G? Which devices should I get to be ready for 5G? Which plan do I need for access? What tech is AT&T using? What is 5Ge? Is 5G worth it for most people? When will my area even get 5G? AT&T has a lot of cities listed for its 5G+ network. 5G+ refers to real 5G NR used in AT&T's network. 5G NR is what every other carrier and most people simply refer to as 5G. You need to be careful with AT&T though: While at fir...

7.5 million Adobe Creative Cloud accounts were exposed in data breach

Oct 25, 2019

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Password and credit card information was not leaked. What you need to know Security researchers discovered an exposed Adobe Creative Cloud database earlier this month. The personal information of nearly 7.5 million users was accessible. Passwords and credit card details were not vulnerable. Adobe suffered a serious security snafu earlier this month when security researcher Bob Diachenko, in collaboration with cybersecurity and privacy advocacy firm Comparitech, discovered an exposed database belonging to the company's popular Creative Cloud subscription service. The records were accessible to anyone and did not require a password. Thankfully, users' passwords and payment details were not kept among the data that was exposed. However, a laundry list of personal information belonging to nearly 7.5 million Adobe Creative Cloud users was accessible via the database. This included: Email addresses Account creation date Which Adobe products they use Subscription status Whether the user...

Here are some of the best RPGs currently available on PS4

Oct 25, 2019

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Uh oh! It's game night but your D&D group canceled. Fortunately for you, there are other ways to scratch your role-playing itch. If you're looking for some great RPGs for your PlayStation 4 then you don't need to look any further than this list. ★ Featured favorite The Outer Worlds Obsidian is back with New Vegas in space! All joking aside, The Outer Worlds is, in fact, its own entity with only the best parts of our favorite Obsidian games brought back and updated. With this probably being the last Obsidian game we will see on PS4, it's a pretty good way to go out. $60 at Amazon The Gold Standard The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Staff pick Don't let its age fool you. Despite releasing in 2015, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is still one of the best when it comes to RPGs on console. CD Projekt RED created an incredibly immersive fantasy world full of wonder, intrigue, mysteries, and a cast of compelling characters. It really doesn't get better than this, and the graphi...

Google Pay now supports biometric facial recognition

Oct 25, 2019

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Pay with your face on the Google Pay app by just by glancing at your Pixel 4. What you need to know The Google Pay Android app was updated on October 24 to support facial recognition in addition to fingerprint recognition for authentication. Payments can now be made from Google Pay just by looking your phone if you own a Pixel 4. Google Pay joins half a dozen other apps in providing support for Google's new BiometricPrompt API, which supports a range of biometric authentication methods deemed secure enough for mobile payments. Slowly but surely we're seeing apps get updated with support for Android's BiometricPrompt API, a new back-end language that accepts more biometric methods of authentication than just fingerprint readers. That's, of course, since Google just launched the Pixel 4, which is the first Android phone carrying hardware that's sophisticated enough to replace your fingerprint with your face. Google Pay is the latest app to support facial recognition in addition to f...

PlayStation Now is finally worth the price

Oct 25, 2019

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It's some worthwhile competition for Xbox Game Pass, but PlayStation Now still has a long way to go. For the longest time, I couldn't in good conscience recommend PlayStation Now to anyone. The streaming quality was subpar and the price was ludicrous for the service you received. Compared to Xbox Game Pass, it was inferior by a large margin. I still wouldn't say it's quite reached the levels of Xbox Game Pass yet, but with improved streaming, a price drop, and new games that have been added, it's come pretty close. Even diehard Xbox fans have taken notice. One of my colleagues over at Windows Central, Senior Xbox Editor Jez Corden, streamed God of War directly to his PC earlier this month and was impressed with the results. What used to feel like "watching YouTube on dial up, and too laggy for shots to connect," now "works almost flawlessly, some artifacting, but otherwise, totally playable with very little lag." Pardon the crappy gameplay (still learning controls). Using the Xbox...

Think Google Assistant talks too much? The company has a fix for that

Oct 25, 2019

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It's only rolling out to select Pixel 4s, though. What you need to know Some users report seeing a new setting that lets you ask Google Assistant to provide shorter responses to your queries. Only Pixel 4 owners with the new Assistant seem to have the option enabled. The new feature might not be entirely polished in its current state. Is Google's digital assistant a little too verbose for your liking? You're not the only one, and Google's aware of the criticism. The company is currently testing a feature on the new Pixel 4s that will make the Assistant a little less talkative. Android Police reports seeing a new setting on the Pixel 4 that can make Assistant's responses 'brief.' The change seems aimed at extending to phones the functionality Google has brought to Routines and smart home features earlier this year. If you own a Pixel 4 and are sporting the new Assistant experience — and there are plenty of reasons why you might not be — head over to the digital assista...

How to cast your Oculus Quest to the TV with Chromecast

Oct 25, 2019

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The Oculus Quest creates an immersive virtual reality experience. That's great for playing games, but not great for parties and other social activities. If you want your friends and family to see what you see inside the headset, you'll need to cast your Oculus Quest to another device. The Oculus Quest officially supports casting to several Chromecast devices and also can cast directly to people's phones. Products used in this guide Standalone VR: Oculus Quest ($399 at Amazon) Casting goodness: Google Chromecast 3rd Generation ($35 at Amazon) Connecting to iPhones: Oculus app for iOS (Free at App Store) Connecting to Android: Oculus app for Android (Free at Google Play) How to start casting from your phone Casting an Oculus Quest to a Chromecast allows you to share your VR experience with friends and family in a living room. Games like Beat Saber being cast to a TV can take over a room and create an energetic party atmosphere. Thanks to a recent update, the Oculus Quest can cast ...

Google is making its search engine smarter

Oct 25, 2019

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Unsurprisingly, machine learning is behind the upgrade. What you need to know Google is employing its machine learning chops to make search smarter. The search engine will better understand conversational language beyond just keywords. The company says it's one of the biggest leaps forward in search. Google's Pandu Nayak took to its blog this week to announce what he says is "the biggest leap forward [in search] in the past five years, and one of the biggest leaps forward in the history of Search." The update has to do with how Google Search processes your queries. Nayak points to people's use of what he calls 'keyword-ese' when searching on Google because of the search engine's inability to understand natural language employing the use of qualifiers such as 'from' and 'to.' Indeed, the way search currently works, the service basically ignores such terms and tends to focus solely on the keywords it gleans from your query. That's soon going to change — at least for English q...

These are the best exclusive games on PlayStation 4

Oct 25, 2019

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PlayStation has more exclusives than Xbox, and they're generally considered to be better. This generation made that even more apparent for a lot of players who are interested in single-player experiences. Below are some of the very best PS4 games that you can buy and only play on Sony's console. Whether or not you are new to the PlayStation ecosystem, you'll be thankful not to miss out on these favorites. ★ Featured favorite God of War The wait for the newest entry in the God of War franchise was long, but worth it. Eight games into the series and one might think that it's gone a bit long in the tooth. However, developer Santa Monica Games managed to breathe a whole new life into the series. $20 at Amazon Fantastic and wacky adventures Yakuza 0 The Yakuza series has been quietly plugging away at the construction of a vast gaming world since 2005. With a release nearly every year since its inception one might think that the series has done everything possi...

Best credit cards for Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2019

Oct 25, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. Android Central may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. Please note that the offers mentioned below are subject to change at any time and some may no longer be available. If you can believe it, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost just a month away. The biggest shopping event of the year always brings an avalanche of sales that give shoppers the unique opportunity to save more than usual on practically any product you could think of. If you are looking to take your savings to the next level, you can make your purchase with a credit card that elevates your rewards and benefits. We've put together a list of some of the best credit cards you can use to earn the most on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, no matter where you are shopping. Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card Simple Cash Back This is a drop-dead simple card when it comes to re...

Best Chromecast for Oculus Quest in 2019

Oct 25, 2019

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The Oculus Quest is an excellent device to bring to parties. It doesn't require any external sensors or wires so you can bring it anywhere and pass it around so everyone can play. However, if you want people to see what's going on inside the headset rather than watch someone flail their arms around, you'll need a Chromecast device. Even though there is a wide range of supported devices for casting the quest, the best three options are the first three devices that supported casting, and the best of the best is the Chromecast Ultra. Best Overall: Google Chromecast Ultra The Google Chromecast Ultra has a similar design to the Chromecast 3rd generation but has one key difference that effects Oculus Quest streaming, the ability to connect it using ethernet. By connecting the Chromecast Ultra to an Ethernet port, you're removing one wireless component from the casting equation. Even if you use it over Wi-Fi, users have reported that the Chromecast Ultra works better when it comes to ca...

Which small Nest smart speaker should grace your home: Nest Hub or Mini?

Oct 25, 2019

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Smart speaker or smart screen, which is the better item for your home? We have some feelings about this that may help you decide. Nest Mini (2nd Gen) Mightiest mini speaker $49 at B&H Pros Improved speaker with twice the bass Better processing power and on-device smarts Now wall-mountable Cons Fidgety touch controls No information display or camera Now under the Nest umbrella, this second-generation Mini is a thoughtful iteration by Google. It keeps the same look and footprint of the original but improves where it counts — on the inside. A better bass and smarter processing make for a much improved smart speaker. Nest Hub Happy home hub $129 at B&H Pros Pretty great screen The perfect Google Photos display Easy-to-use hub to control your smart home Cons No camera means no video chatting Its been over a year since hardware released After Amazon released the enormous Echo Show, Google/Nest brought a more reasonably-sized device to the market as the G...

New Camera 7.2 mod brings Pixel 4 camera features to older Pixel phones

Oct 25, 2019

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Seeing the stars in a new light on your Pixel 1, Pixel 2, or Pixel 3 is possible with a simple free app download. What you need to know The latest Google Camera port from developer cstark27 brings new Pixel 4 camera features to all older-generation Pixel phones. This app is a free download and only requires a simple installation in Android; no coding or hackery needed. Among the new modes are astrophotography, for unparalleled night mode shots, and Super Res Zoom, for enhanced pinch-to-zoom quality. Google's Pixels are world-renowned for their camera prowess, particularly when it comes to taking photos. Typically, the newest features are only available on the latest hardware, citing more powerful hardware or additional cameras as the reason for the restriction. Google tends to stick to its software guns with just about everything, though, and that ends up paying off quite nicely for folks who like to hold on to their phones for a little bit longer than a year or two. Google's came...

Google Pixel 3/3a won't receive Pixel 4's dual exposure controls, live HDR+

Oct 21, 2019

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Google says it won't be possible to bring the two features to older devices due to hardware limitations. What you need to know Google has confirmed that Dual Exposure controls and Live HDR+ will remain exclusive to the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. The company says these two features will not be made available on older Pixel phones as they require low-level capabilities in the hardware. Some of the other new features such as Live Caption and the astrophotography mode, however, will soon be available on the Pixel 3 and 3a. Soon after unveiling the Pixel 4 series last week, Google confirmed that some new features from its latest phones will be making their way to older Pixel devices in the near future, including Live Captions and Astrophotography mode. Google has now confirmed (via AndroidAuthority) on Twitter that the Pixel 4's Dual Exposure controls and Live HDR+ features will not be available on older Pixel smartphones. Hi Mahfooz, Dual Exposure Controls and Live HDR+ require low-level capab...

Which Amazon smart product should you stick in your socket?

Oct 21, 2019

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Let's take a look at which Amazon smart plug-in device is a better fit for your needs: the Echo Flex or Smart Plug. Amazon Echo Flex The smartest of smart plugs $25 at Amazon Pros Great starting price Alexa built-in USB-A port to charge devices Available nighlight or motion-sensor attachments Cons Attachments not currently bundled Speaker for Alexa not suited for music Can't plug other appliances into it When Amazon introduced the Echo Flex they managed to solve one of the Echo's biggest drawbacks — true ubiquity. Now there is practically no space that you can't squeeze Alexa into. Amazon Smart Plug From home to a smart home $25 at Amazon Pros Super easy setup with Alexa Turns any device into a smart device Often available in bundles with other devices Cons Alexa not built-in to the device No built-in lights or speakers On the pricier side for a smart plug The Amazon Smart Plug is the easiest way to add Alexa smarts to your regular dumb devices. It sets up...

Sell your old Android phone for top dollar with this guide

Oct 21, 2019

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How do I sell my Android phone or tablet for the most amount of money? With these tips and tricks, you'll get the best return! So a new Android phone has caught your eye — there sure are lots of great ones to choose from — and you want to get on the boat as soon as possible. You'll need to sell your old phone in order to make up some of the money you're spending on that new device, but luckily there are a wealth of options available. We're going to get you through some of the best practices out there for preparing your Android phone or tablet for sending off, and some places for sale that would best suit your needs. Remove SIM and SD cards First up, you'll want to take out the SIM card and SD card from your phone. These are important pieces of hardware that you don't want to leave in your phone when you ship it (or hand it) off to your buyer. Your SIM card is what enables your phone to take calls at your number and is associated with your data plan. You'll need it ...

Google is fixing an iPhone 'bug' that gave users free Google Photos storage

Oct 21, 2019

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What you need to know It was found that iPhone owners had unlimited original quality photo storage. Google now says that was a bug, rather than a feature. It's working to fix it, too. Cue disappointment. Sometimes bugs happen. And sometimes those bugs give millions of iPhone owners the chance to upload original quality images to Google Photos for free. But bugs don't usually live forever and Google has confirmed that it's working to squash this one. One Redditor noticed last week that the iPhone camera app's use of HEIC files meant that the Google Photos app thought they were already compressed. As a result they were uploaded and classed as a free "High Quality" image. But they were actually the "Original" quality that people would normally need to pay for. With all modern iPhones shooting photos in HEIC format, which is smaller than even Googles compressed JPG files, iPhones therefore get free unlimited ORIGINAL quality backups simply because it would cost Google both storage...

Xiaomi is planning to debut more than 10 new 5G phones next year

Oct 21, 2019

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The company will launch a few "low-end" 5G smartphones as well. What you need to know Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has revealed the company is planning to release more than 10 5G phones next year. In addition to flagship models, Xiaomi plans to release mid-range and budget 5G phones as well. The company had launched its first 5G-enabled phone, the Mi 9 Pro in China last month. Popular Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi launched the Mi 9 Pro 5G, its first smartphone to offer Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset and 5G connectivity. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has now announced that the company is planning to launch a wide range of 5G smartphones next year, including a few affordable models for the masses. As reported by Reuters, Lei Jun revealed the company's plans at the World Internet conference held in Wuzhen, China on Sunday. Jun said the Mi 9 Pro 5G received a great response from consumers in China and the demand for the phone exceeded Xiaomi's expectations, leading to supply chain issues. The ...

Pixel 4's face unlock is getting eye detection in the 'coming months'

Oct 21, 2019

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This should've been available out of the box. What you need to know Google will update the Pixel 4's face unlock feature to require eye detection. The feature will be available via a software update that will be rolled out in the coming months. Face unlock is the only biometric authentication system available on the Pixel 4, with the phone lacking a fingerprint sensor. Google introduced an IR-based face unlock system on the Pixel 4 that it claims is just as secure as a fingerprint sensor. Google is so confident in its abilities that it doesn't offer a traditional fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 4 as a result. However, reviewers soon found that face unlock works even with eyes closed, unlike other IR-based systems. That understandably led to a lot of consternation, and Google has now confirmed in a statement that it will roll out an update to the Pixel 4's face unlock system that will require eye detection. The downside? The update will only be available "in the coming months:" ...

What coverage does Visible offer?

Oct 20, 2019

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Best answer: Visible uses Verizon's LTE network to power its service. As such, you can expect extensive 4G LTE coverage across the entire United States. The biggest downside is the lack of international roaming options. Powered by Verizon: Visible ($40/month at Visible) Affordable powerhouse: Google Pixel 3a ($349 at Amazon) Visible is powered by Verizon's network There are a lot of reasons to like Visible, but one of the biggest has to be its coverage. Visible uses Verizon's LTE network for its service, meaning you can expect at least decent coverage in just about any part of the United States. Verizon blankets almost every nook and cranny of the U.S., but as you venture towards the west, you will find some pockets in Nevada, Montana, and Idaho with no coverage at all. This is typical of all networks, and Verizon actually has the best service in these trickier parts of the country. While Visible does have access to Verizon's entire LTE network, it doesn't have access to the 3G...

When is Disney+ coming to my country?

Oct 20, 2019

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Best answer: Disney+ is officially launching in the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands on Nov. 12, 2019 and in Australia and New Zealand on Nov. 19. International movie magic: Disney+ ($70/yr at Disney) Where we know Disney+ is launching so far Disney+ is launching in five countries this year, not just the United States. These are the launch dates for each of the countries where Disney has confirmed a public release: Netherlands — Sept. 12, 2019 (beta preview), Nov. 12, 2019 (public release) United States — Nov. 12, 2019 Canada — Nov. 12, 2019 Australia — Nov. 19, 2019 New Zealand — Nov. 19, 2019 Dutch subscribers in the Netherlands can get early access because the small European country is where Disney is conducting an open beta test of Disney+ ahead of the public launch in November. During this preview, Disney+ is free for Dutch subscribers, who are finding and (hopefully) reporting all of the bugs they find on the many platforms Disney+ will stream...

From the Editor's Desk: Google's wrong about ultrawide cameras

Oct 20, 2019

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No, a great telephoto lens doesn't obviate the need for an ultrawide one. Google's Marc Levoy gave an incredibly compelling explainer on all things related to the Pixel 4's camera at the company's October hardware event. He clearly has a deep understanding of what's happening under the hood with Google's photography processing. But I took one issue with what he had to say: according to Levoy, Google thinks that a well-executed telephoto camera is more useful than an ultrawide camera on a smartphone. A great telephoto camera is really useful; but it isn't the same as an ultrawide lens. I agree, a great telephoto camera is really useful to have in a smartphone. A proper telephoto 2X or 3X lens with a narrower field-of-view is distinctly different than purely digital zooming. You can take great portraits, interesting street scenes, and cool macros. Being able to zoom without losing quality compared to a standard camera is of great utility in a smartphone — we've been us...

Get the Vitagene DNA Ancestry Test Kit for just $65 today

Oct 20, 2019

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If you’ve ever tried to lose weight or are currently in the midst of a weight-loss journey, you know just how hard it can be to find a diet or workout plan that gives you the results you want. We know that everyone’s bodies are different, yet we all have been told that fad diet after fad diet is the ultimate answer to all our weight loss angst. Why not take a smarter approach? Weight loss is different for anyone and is affected by not only the food you eat and the exercise you fit into your day but also your genetics. Knowing your ancestry can offer you insight into what types of food, workouts, or vitamins can help you maintain a healthy weight, and Android Central Digital Offers can help! Vitagene presents a smarter, more effective way to stay healthy—all while learning about your genetics and ancestry! With a simple cheek swab, Vitagene can provide you with health plans based on your DNA, lifestyle, and goals so you can feel healthier. You c...

What's the better smart clock? Nest Mini or Lenovo Smart Clock?

Oct 20, 2019

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If what you want is a bedside smart companion, the discounted Lenovo Smart Clock is a better buy. Lenovo Smart Clock Just the right size for the bedside $60 at Amazon Pros Small screen form factor Tons of clock faces Can do some smart home stuff like video cam feeds Cons Not the best screen Not good for video content If you are looking for a Google Assistant-enabled smart screen for your bedside alarm, you're not going to find a better option than the Lenovo Smart Clock. It takes up much less space and is significantly cheaper than the larger Lenovo Smart Dispaly or Nest Hub. Nest Mini (2nd Gen) Mighty mini smart speaker $49 at B&H Pros Super speaker for being so small Improved machine learning on-device You can mount it to your wall Cons No information display Fidgety touch controls Google/Nest kept all that was great with the original Google Home Mini and upgraded the internals to provide better sound and an improved Google Assistant experience. It can st...

Best Buy Black Friday Deals 2019: Best Deals, Ads, & Sales

Oct 20, 2019

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Much like Walmart, Best Buy offers a slight advantage for some Black Friday shoppers because it has tons of physical retail stores throughout the U.S. Previously, the large majority of people would actually get up early on Black Friday and go wait in line to be the first ones there, and some even camped out from the night before to ensure they never missed out on the biggest door buster deals. Recently, things have changed and a ton of Black Friday shopping is actually done online, but that doesn't mean people aren't still going out to shop. Black Friday is such a huge shopping event for the company that Best Buy recaps it each year and publishes that online to show how it's evolved over the years. When is Black Friday at Best Buy? Like everywhere else, Black Friday is officially November 29, 2019, but that won't stop the big-box retailer from offering up sales before that. Last year, Best Buy offered different doorbuster type deals that you could purchase online for each day of t...

Outriders: What is it, when is it and how do we get it?

Oct 20, 2019

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The developers behind Bulletstorm are back with a new IP. From the publishing team of Square Enix and the studio People Can Fly comes a new game, Outriders. It's listed as a one to three player, "drop-in-drop-out co-op shooter set in an original, dark and desperate sci-fi universe." We haven't been give a lot of information about this game just yet, but here is what we know so far. What is Outriders? It takes place on a dark alien world and features co-op It is expected to release next year Alien planet Outriders $60 at Amazon Follow the signal Become an Outrider and follow a mysterious signal across the alien planet of Enoch, full of hellish threats waiting around every corner. Outriders features drop-in, drop-out co-op for up to three players so you can have a couple of friends at your side. What is Outriders? Outriders was officially unveiled at E3 2019 with a teaser trailer that certainly fits the 'dark and desperate' descriptors used to describe the game. With the...

What is Visible and should you subscribe?

Oct 19, 2019

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Best answer: Visible is a carrier that's powered by Verizon's LTE network. For $40/month with no contract, you get unlimited talk, text, and data. It's a great deal and worth checking out, but the limited support for Android phones might keep you from joining. Great choice: Visible ($40/month at Visible) Pixel perfect: Google Pixel 3a ($349 at Amazon) Visible is a carrier powered by Verizon's network First thing's first, Visible is a company that's pushing itself as a "digital carrier." This means that you won't find a physical Visible store anywhere and can manage your entire account through either the Visible website or app. Visible first debuted in May 2018 and is powered by Verizon's fantastic LTE network. The Verizon LTE network is definitely one of the strongest available however it must be considered that Visible, like most MVNOs, doesn't have access to Verizon's LTE roaming partners. It also doesn't have access to 3G of any kind so there is no falling back to the older t...

Pixel Buds, Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini, Nest Wifi [#acpodcast]

Oct 19, 2019

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Made by Google '19 has come and gone — now it's time to dissect everything that went down! Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Ara Wagoner focus this week on Pixel Buds, Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini, and Nest Wifi. Pixel Buds represent the next stage of computing, but Pixelbook Go is a step backwards. The last few minutes of the show contain general impressions of Pixel 4, but keep your ears open for an episode devoted to our full review! Listen now Subscribe in Google Play Music: Audio Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show Notes and Links: Pixel Buds Pixelbook Go Pixelbook Go looks like a step in the wrong direction Tablets are 'officially' officially dead at Google: The Pixelbook Go isn't a convertible Nest Mini The Nest Wifi is a boring product with some brilliant ideas Google Pixel 4 preview: The very best of Google Sponsors: Mack Weldon: For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code ACP. ...

What's the best mid-sized smart screen? Echo Show 8 or Nest Hub?

Oct 19, 2019

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These smart screen devices from Amazon and Google/Nest aim to address that middle section of the lineup that is not too big and not too small. But which one is just right for you? Let's find out! Echo Show 8 Just right $130 at Amazon Pros Physical camera shutter and mute switch Certified for Humans program for easy setup Similar specs to its bigger sibling Alexa integration Cons No Dolby audio Amazon Photos integration not as good as it could be No Google Assistant compatibility The Echo Show 8 brought the privacy features of the Show 5 with improved speakers and a screen resolution to match the larger Echo Show (2nd Gen). It is the perfect portal for projecting Alexa into your smart home. Nest Hub Google-y goodness $129 at B&H Pros YouTube support Physical mute switch Awesome integration with Google Photos Google Asistant Cons No camera for video chatting No Alexa compatability Rear-firing sound quality could be better Not only is the Nest Hub a great gatew...

Google is going all in on ambient computing in 2019

Oct 19, 2019

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From earbuds to home routers to smartphones, Google is allowing you to access its "helpful" services everywhere, all the time. At the Google I/O 2019 keynote event, CEO Sundar Pichai explained Google's mission when it comes to hardware products by saying "They all share a single goal: to be helpful, so we can be there for you big and small over the course of your day." At the Made by Google 2019 Event, Google Senior Vice President of Devices and Services Rick Osterloh echoed this sentiment. Google calls this idea ambient computing and it means Google wants to be in your life all of the time, whenever you need it, in a way that feels natural. The Pixel 4 doesn't have to be the best overall as long as its the best way to check your Gmail. Now that we've seen the hardware Google is offering, we can get a better idea of how hard Google is pushing towards this singular goal. Everything Google showed us at the event is designed to let the company's services be there any time, any pl...

These AirPod alternatives offer superb audio and battery life for $40

Oct 19, 2019

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Smartphone manufacturers are slowly but surely removing headphone jacks from their flagship models, and soon enough, your reliable wired headphones will be obsolete. Luckily, Bluetooth earbuds are more accessible than ever, and popular choices like the Apple AirPods dominate the market. Not just anyone can buy a pricey pair of AirPods though, but you can get these AirPods alternatives for just $40. The AirSounds Pro is a pair of true wireless Bluetooth earbuds featuring an AirPods-inspired design. They offer great sound quality for a fraction of the AirPods’ price, and they use Bluetooth 5.0 to deliver up to 33 feet of operating range. They deliver 4 hours of battery life, which is perfect for gym sessions and office usage. However, these wouldn’t be true AirPods alternatives without a charging case; the included case offers an additional 8 hours of battery life and can even be charged wirelessly. The headphone jack apocalypse is already here, but you can stay ahead of ...

Does Call of Duty Mobile have bots?

Oct 19, 2019

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Best answer: Yes, at early levels Call of Duty: Mobile is going to throw bots at you. You'll fight mostly bots for your first few levels until they turn you loose on real players at around level 10. Mobile-based shooter action: Call of Duty: Mobile (Free on the Google Play Store) They, robot Call of Duty: Mobile has quickly become the biggest mobile game in the world, hitting 20 million players in just two days. However, many players have started to suspect that there could be bots in the game, helping new players find their feet when they begin. As of now, Activision hasn't confirmed or denied the existence of bots in the lower rungs of the game's multiplayer mode. However, it seems like your first game is almost entirely against bots, which is a real shame for my 7.2 kill/death ratio. As you slide up towards rank 10, you'll steadily play against a few more players each time. After that, based on our rough experiments at least, you start having matches against only human opponent...

Walmart Black Friday 2019: Best Deals, Ads, & Sales

Oct 19, 2019

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Many of the best Black Friday deals will be able to be found just about anywhere you look on November 29, but if you are looking to go into a physical store an maximize your shopping potential, Walmart may be the place to be. The retailer offers an insane variety in its stores, and year after year continues to offer some crazy doorbuster sales, longer-lasting options, and quite honestly there will be a bunch of stuff you'll impulsively buy to give as gifts or keep for yourself. Knowing where to shop on Black Friday definitely requires some planning and understanding about the benefits of certain retailers. Over the past two or so years, Walmart has made some rather large changes to the way the company handles its online store front, and the outcome has made it far more competitive. From better shipping speeds to a wider variety of products, you'd be silly not to keep an eye on what Walmart is doing for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. When does Walmart's Black Friday sale begin? Bla...

The best Android phones under $300 right now!

Oct 7, 2019

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You can get a lot of phone for a modest price these days. Motorola has been a leading name in midrange options for years, and that holds true with its excellent new Moto G7. For an extremely competitive price, you get capable specs with a big display and simple software that anyone can figure out. Plus it has TurboPower fast charging, and finally uses USB-C. Best Overall: Moto G7 The Moto G7 has just about everything you could ask of a phone at this price. The software is clean yet clever with Moto Actions and Moto Display, and it's quick to recharge with Motorola's TurboPower charging. The G7 also has decent specs, including a Snapdragon 632, 64GB of expandable storage, and 4GB of RAM — and it finally charges over USB-C! The design is sleek and modern with trim display bezels and a rear fingerprint sensor, the camera is impressive for its field, and it's even splash-resistant (though keep in mind that that's not the same as full-blown water resistance). Plus, you'll alway...

Hulu now allows downloads for offline viewing — with some caveats

Oct 7, 2019

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You'll need the more expensive plan, and downloads will expire after 30 days. And Android fans have to wait a bit. Hulu today announced that you can download shows, movies and entire seasons for offline viewing. There is, however, a catch. Or several catches, that is. Here's the deal: It's available today for iOS devices. Android is coming later. And you'll need to have the $11.99-a-month plan that gets rid of ads. And you can only download up to 25 things over five different devices. And you have to watch those things within 30 days. And anything you've already downloaded will expire 48 hours after you've started watching it. After that, you'll have to "renew" it — if it's still available. So to recap: You can download things to watch offline. But you can't do it everywhere yet, and you can't hang onto them forever. Better than nothing, for sure. But also perhaps a little more restrictive than you'd expect in 2019. On the other hand, Hulu has new corporate overlords by...

The best screen protectors for the Galaxy S10e

Oct 7, 2019

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The best part about the Galaxy S10e — from our screen-oriented standpoint — is that its screen is flat, so just about any quality screen protector should work like a dream. And unlike its counterparts, the S10e sticks with a traditional capacitive fingerprint sensor on the power button rather than a gimmicky new in-screen sensor, meaning that we don't have to worry as much about air gaps and incompatibilities. That gives the Galaxy S10e — and users like you — the advantage when shopping for screen protectors. Tough as a lion LK Tempered Glass (3-Pack) Staff pick Tempered glass gives your phone a higher degree of protection than plastic films. If you break one, you're not exposed weeks while awaiting a replacement. $9 at Amazon Upgrade pick Whitestone Dome Glass (2-Pack) Top protection If there are minor cracks in your phone's screen, Dome Glass can fill them in, and the unique curing process here helps generate a stronger seal. $70 at Amazon Tri...

October 2019 security patch headed out the door and into Pixel phones

Oct 7, 2019

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The patch fixes the dirty tricks with a handful of treats. What you need to know The October 2019 security patch has been released. It's rolling out now to Pixel owners. Images and update files available at the Google Developer site. It's time for some patching, and not the pumpkin kind. Google has released the October 2019 Android Security Bulletin and associated patches, which means an update is now being served to all the Pixel phones. This patch, like the ones before it, contains all the general security-related fixes for Android itself and we see updates for the Media Framework, several System-level patches, a high priority kernel patch, and contributions from Qualcomm that directly affect phones using its hardware. We also see the patch for a nasty 0-day vulnerability included, but since it wasn't assigned a CEV we're not quite sure which one it is. We do know Google said it would be addressed in the October 2019 patch, so we're calling it fixed. If you have a Pixel phone ...

Digital Wellbeing and parental controls are now required on all Androids

Oct 7, 2019

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More apps can be annoying, but standardizing phone usage management across the ecosystem is a good move. What you need to know Digital Wellbeing and specific parental controls will now be required on all Google-certified Android phones. Manufacturers can keep their own similar solutions so long as they meet certain requirements. Implementation of these features is required from this point forward, including OTAs to Android 9 and 10. Google is making a big step toward standardizing its "Digital Wellbeing" and parental control efforts with the latest iteration of its Google Mobile Services (GMS) license. According to documentation obtained by XDA, as of early September, any company making an Android phone that uses GMS is required to either preload Google's Digital Wellbeing and Family Link apps, or provide suitable alternative Digital Wellbeing and parental control feature set. Google's taking an aggressive approach to rolling these features out to the entire ecosystem. The tr...

Best 4K television to pair with your PlayStation 4 Pro

Oct 7, 2019

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When you're looking for an awesome 4K TV for your PlayStation 4 Pro you need to be looking for a few specific features: excellent screen quality, high dynamic range (HDR), and a good price. The LG ThinQ OLED ticks all of these boxes and then gives you lots more smart functionality thrown in for good measure. Best Overall: LG OLED ThinQ 4K B8 The B8 might be last year's model, but it still strikes a balance between price and power. Like almost all TVs these days, the B8 is a smart TV with apps like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube built-in, but with the addition of LG's Magic Remote, you can even use Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to control it. In fact, the LG B8 works with your Home hub or Echo separately. You can say "Hey Google, play the Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix on my LG" and it will just do it. The TV comes with four HDMI outputs, two USB, and even an Ethernet port. The inclusion of four HDMI ports is a big deal when it comes to my setup. I have an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, ...

Android 10 will make it harder to use third-party gesture navigation

Oct 7, 2019

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Google is also killing Android Pie's "pill" navigation with the 10 update. What you need to know The latest update for Google Mobile Services outlines Google's future for Android navigation. Custom gestures from companies like Samsung and OnePlus will be more difficult to find/use. Android Pie's two-button navigation system is being killed off. The current state of navigation on Android is a bit of a mess. Google introduced its first vision of gesture-based navigation with Android Pie, added a completely new system with Android 10, and a bunch of companies like Samsung and OnePlus are off doing their own thing, too. 9to5Google recently got its hands on an updated document for the Google Mobile Services (also known as GMS) agreement, and it mentions some rather interesting tidbits regarding the future of gestures on Android. According to 9to5: Thanks to this document, we're getting further clarification on Google's requirements. Apparently, any Android device using GMS that la...

The Sonos Flex subscription plan lets you rent speakers

Oct 7, 2019

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Only available in the Netherlands for now. What you need to know The Sonos Flex subscription plan allows you to rent some of the most popular Sonos speakers. As part of the subscription, the speakers will be replaced with the latest models. It's currently only available in the Netherlands as a pilot program. Do you love high-quality audio but often find the price puts it out of your reach? If so, then a new trial program Sonos is running in the Netherlands might be of interest to you. The new Sonos Flex subscription plan allows you to rent a selection of its most popular speakers for a low monthly price. As part of the program, Sonos is offering up a pair of its Sonos One speakers in black or white for €15 ($16.50) per month. Sonos also has a couple of its soundbars on offer with the Sonos Beam going for €25 ($27.50) per month and the Playbar fetching €50 ($55) per month. Renting your audio equipment might seem a little odd compared to purchasing it outright, but o...

Top 5 things you need to know about switching carriers

Oct 7, 2019

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Switching phone service doesn't have to be such a chore. Changing your phone carrier can be stressful. Shopping around and seeing so many different choices and prices and crazy perks can leave anyone confused ready to throw in the towel. But it doesn't have to be that way. If you remember a few tips before you get started you'll be able to weave your way through all the hyperbole and get what you need and what you want. If you're ready to move on to a new carrier, here are five things you need to know. Coverage, coverage, coverage Any time we talk about carriers and their service, coverage gets mentioned. That's because it is the single most important thing you need to consider before you sign or buy anything. There is no value in paying for service that doesn't work for you. Start by looking at online coverage maps. These are never 100% accurate (the providers even acknowledge this) but can be a good starting point. If you're shown in an area of full coverage and not on the f...

What does 8K resolution support mean for the PlayStation 5?

Oct 7, 2019

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Best answer: 8K resolution means that games will be more detailed than ever, but in most cases you may not be able to tell the difference between 8K and 4K while you're playing a game. Get some games: PlayStation Store Gift Card (From $10 and up at Amazon) What is 8K resolution? 8K resolution is 7680x4320 pixels, which is four times the resolution of 4K at 3840x2160 pixels. 4K itself is four times the resolution of high definition 1080p images. This makes 8K sixteen times the resolution of a 1080p image. High resolution images are sharper, clearer, and show finer detail than that of lower resolutions. What may have been slightly blurry in a 1080p image will be clear in a 4K image because the amount of pixels allows it to display more details. How many people even own 4K televisions? The 4K adoption rate has long outpaced that of HDTV. According to market research firm ABI Research, shipments of 4K televisions worldwide was expected to exceed 102 million units by the end of 201...

Google ends facial scanning program that was targeting homeless people

Oct 7, 2019

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The research was carried out by contractors from a third-party company. What you need to know Google is under scrutiny over tactics taken by its contractors during field research for the facial scan technology in the Pixel 4. The most alarming of the revelations included that contractors were told to target dark-skinned and homeless people. Google has now suspended the research and begun an investigation. On October 4, we reported on how Google contractors had been using some questionable tactics during field research for the testing of the facial scan technology to be used in Google's new Pixel 4 smartphone. As part of the research, employees from Randstad were sent out into the field to collect facial scans of people on the street in exchange for $5. However, according to interviews with the employees conducted by the New York Daily News, some contractors were encouraged to target dark-skinned and homeless people. The reasons for this were because the homeless would be less like...

Ready to upgrade your mesh Wi-Fi? These are some of the best options

Oct 7, 2019

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Wi-Fi 6 was designed with the future of routers in mind. A router spends most of its time directing and managing network traffic to keep speeds high even with a ton of connections. As our homes get smarter, we have more connections than ever that need to check in consistently and reliably. Wi-Fi 6 then allows for more connections than ever and still manages to kick speed up a notch. Wi-Fi 6 isn't just for enthusiasts anymore and even in mesh, there is an option for nearly anyone, although the Arris SURFboard mAX Plus Mesh is our top pick for people who want top speeds. Best Overall: Arris SURFboard mAX Plus Mesh AX7800 Despite having a silly way of capitalizing letters, the Arris SURFboard mAX Plus Mesh is a serious set of Wi-Fi 6 routers with a fast backhaul for top speeds. Arris has some experience in networking and you may recognize the Arris name from many modems and routers provided by ISPs. Boasting support for AX7800 speeds, the Arris SURFboard series dedicates four data ...

Check out the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare PlayStation 4 Pro bundle

Oct 7, 2019

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The new bundle includes a PlayStation 4 Pro and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. What you need to know Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the next big game from Infinity Ward and Activision. PlayStation has unveiled a new bundle today, featuring a 1 TB PlayStation 4 Pro and a copy of the game. This bundle is set to release on October 25 alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Ahead of the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, PlayStation has revealed a new PlayStation 4 Pro bundle including the game. It's a standard black PlayStation 4 Pro with a 1 TB hard drive and a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on disc. You can see the boxart for the bundle below: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the first Call of Duty game to feature full cross-play at launch, as PlayStation, Xbox and PC players can all jump in online against each other. PlayStation owners do get one unique mode: the Special Ops Survival Mode, which is a timed exclusive for one year. This bundle is going to be availabl...

This project management certification bundle is only $10

Oct 7, 2019

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Project managers are in high demand across countless industries, and with good reason. Companies are always looking for trained leaders who can inspire teams, cut costs and exceed goals, and the demand for these professionals seems to be growing by the day. The Complete Project & Quality Management Certification Bundle will help you earn some of the most respected certifications in this increasingly lucrative field, and it’s currently available for just $10 when you enter the coupon code LEARN75 at checkout. With 8 courses and over 100 hours of training, this bundle will help you ace the exams for some of the most valuable and respected certifications in the world of project management. You’ll prepare for a variety of Agile Scrum, XP and project management certifications through training that teaches you how to innovate new products, solve complex problems, reduce waste across the board and much more. There’s also instruction that will teach you ho...

The best shooting action games for Android

Oct 7, 2019

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Spill some blood with the best Android shooters currently on the market. Professional and/or competitive shooter games are fast becoming a sustainable industry trend for mobile gaming with both game development and smartphone hardware reaching the point where phones can absolutely deliver top-notch gaming experiences — even for first-person shooters. This still probably sounds like crazy talk to traditional PC gamers but the facts are that mobile shooters have cut out a nice niche within the pro gaming community — franchises such as PUBG Mobile and Guns of Boom have competitive eSports leagues that can be advantageous to people who love to stream or try playing for cash in tournament. Just like other online games for console or PC, mobile games reward teams who can practice and train together — or you can just jump into the game and have some fun on your phone. Call of Duty: Mobile PUBG Mobile Critical Ops Modern Strike Online Guns of Boom N.O.V.A. 3 Bullet Forc...

PS4 7.00 update adds Remote Play for Android devices, dropping this week

Oct 7, 2019

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Requires an Android device running 5.0 Lollipop or above. What you need to know Remote Play support is coming for Android devices running Android 5.0 and above. Support will begin with the 7.00 update for the PlayStation 4 rolling out this week. Only devices running Android 10 will have official support for the DualShock 4 wireless controllers. Sony has a huge announcement for Android users. Beginning with the upcoming 7.00 update for the PS4, Remote Play will now work with Android phones and tablets running Android 5.0 and above. That's something a lot of us can get excited about, especially because iOS users have had Remote Play since last March. For those not in the know, Remote Play gives you the ability to "stream select PS4 games on mobile devices." Now, you'll be able to play some of your favorite games even when you're not at home with your PS4, or if someone else is using the TV. In order to use Remote Play on your Android phone or tablet, you'll first have to wait for t...

The Thrustmaster PlayStation 4 eSwap Pro controller is now up for preorder

Oct 7, 2019

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This eSwap Pro allows you to change out whatever you need to gain the advantage in whatever game you're playing. What you need to know Back in September, Thrustmaster revealed a new customizable PS4 controller. Today, Thrustmaster has unveiled the price and other details for this controller. The eSwap Pro is now available for preorder for $180, alongside several accessories. In September, Thrustmaster revealed a new, fully customizable PlayStation 4 controller on Twitter. Today, we now have confirmation of the price, name and other important details. Named the the Thrustmaster eSwap Pro, this controller is set to be available at retail for $180. Using the hot swapping functions, you can change different components out even in the middle of playing a game. Officially licensed by PlayStation, there's plentiful combinations that are designed to suit your needs, no matter what game you're playing. You can check out the new trailer for the Thrustmaster eSwap Pro in the video below: ...

Android TV vs. Roku: Which smart TV platform is right for you?

Oct 7, 2019

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Best for Roku Roku Ultra $98 at Amazon Pros 4K HDR streaming Works with Google Assistant and Alexa Lost remote function Huge selection of apps/channels Cheaper Roku options available Cons UI isn't as sleek as Android TV Much weaker gaming features If you're more of a Roku person, the Roku Ultra is the best way to experience the platform. You get 4K HDR streaming, a powerful remote, and a bunch more. If the Ultra is too rich for your blood, Roku sells a ton of cheaper models, too. Best for Android TV NVIDIA Shield TV From $179 at Amazon Pros 4K HDR streaming Google Assistant built-in Chromecast target Supports NVIDIA's GeForce Now game streaming Hands-free Alexa controls Cons Expensive Android TV app selection is limited compared to Roku The latest version of the Shield TV was released back in 2017, but it's still the best Android TV box you can buy. It supports 4K HDR streaming, Dolby Atmos, and offers fast and smooth performance. Android TV and Roku both se...

Amazon Fire HD 10 updated with improved battery life and performance

Oct 7, 2019

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There's also a new Kindle Kids Edition. What you need to know Amazon has released a new version of its Fire HD 10 tablet. The Kindle Kids Edition is a new Kindle device built specifically for kids. Both devices are available for pre-order right now. Amazon held a massive hardware event late last month to unveil a slew of new Echo products, and on October 7, the company unveiled even more goodies in the form of an updated Fire HD 10 tablet and a new Kindle that's designed just for kids. Starting first with the new Fire HD 10, this is replacing the existing model and retains the same 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 HD display. The tablet looks the same from a design point of view (save for some new colors), but Amazon's made sizable upgrades internally. There's a new octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz, along with 2GB of RAM. Amazon's also touting improved battery life at 12 hours of use on one charge compared to the old model's 10-hour rating. Perhaps the most exciting change for some user...

Are you worried about the Pixel 4's battery life?

Oct 7, 2019

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Let's have a chat with the AC forums. Early next week, Google is expected to finally take the wraps off of the Pixel 4. The company is holding a big press event in New York City on October 15, and while we're looking forward to everything being made official, rampant leaks have already painted a pretty clear picture of what to expect. Recently, a spec sheet for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL was leaked, indicating that the regular Pixel 4 will ship with a measly 2,800 mAh battery. We've heard that number thrown around before, but this latest leak solidifies it as likely being true. That's a very small capacity by 2019 standards, and considering that past Pixel devices have struggled with making it through the day on one charge, some people are showing early concern. Here's what some of our AC forum members have to say about it. Apple2Droid 10-03-2019 09:57 AM “ Agreed. I struggled with the battery on my Pixel 2 for 2 ...

These are the best Android tablets you can get under $100

Sep 29, 2019

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There are quite a few Android tablets on the market at all different price points, but there are only a few that are worth the money, especially when you get under $100. However, when you have options like the Amazon Fire HD 8, the decision can be pretty easy to make. Here are the best Android tablets under $100. Best Overall: Amazon Fire HD 8 Amazon does a fantastic job at producing tablets for those in need of a budget-friendly device. The Fire HD 8 is one of our favorites with its 10 hours of battery life, 8-inch HD display, and easy access to the world of Amazon services. The Fire HD 8 has access to hands-free Alexa, meaning it can act as a smart speaker of sorts if you have questions. Plus, you will be able to clearly hear Alexa's answers with the dual Dolby Atmos speakers built-in. As one would expect, Amazon's Fire Tablet runs a modified version of Android, without out-of-the-box access to the Google Play Store. Instead, you'll need to rely on the Amazon App Store, or s...

From the Editors Desk: Of Pixels and pumpkins

Sep 29, 2019

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Mind your Ts and Qs as we get into the thick of the fall release season. October starts Tuesday, and I think you'd be hard-pressed to find someone more happy with that than me. October means two things for this girl: fresh-baked pumpkin seeds and new Pixels. I've been trying to keep my head above water with these Google Pixel 4 leaks — to say nothing of all the other leaks we've been seeing about Google's next Pixelbook a new Google Home Mini, and more — and even leaving the Pixel alone, this week was chock full of news from Amazon and OnePlus. Amazon's fall event this week brought an impressive array of new and updated products, and while some of it does seem a bit ridiculous, two of the smaller products announced grabbed my attention. The Echo Dot with Wall Clock is something that makes a great deal of sense, smart speakers with clocks on them have been few and far between, even on the Assistant side, but they work wonderfully. I only hope it sees the same bundling an...

Get a lifetime subscription of VPN Unlimited for just $40 right now

Sep 29, 2019

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If you’re still surfing the Web without the protection of a VPN, you may as well be leaving your laptop open and unattended in a busy coffee shop. Hackers are now able to access everything from your banking information to your browsing history with just a few lines of code, and they are only growing more powerful by the day. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is an award-winning service that allows you to browse both securely and conveniently, and right now a lifetime subscription is available for over 90% off at just $39.99. Unlike most VPNs that offer security at the expense of browsing speed, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited offers next-level protection and won’t slow you down. You’ll be able to access a growing number of super-secure servers in over 70 locations across the globe, surf on a wide variety of unique VPN protocols including IKEv2 and OpenVPN, enjoy handy features like Ping Tests, and much more. You’ll even be able to bypass those obnoxious content filters...

Up your sound quality with these incredible wireless headphones!

Sep 29, 2019

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Wireless Bluetooth headphones have become increasingly popular over the last several years. The best wireless headphones have support for great, high-fidelity sound. That's why the Sony WH-1000XM3 are our best overall pick. They have excellent sound quality, battery life, and are comfortable for long-term use — and their noise cancelation is second-to-none. Best overall: Sony WH-1000XM3 By far, the most significant feature of the XM3s is their class-leading active noise canceling (ANC). Not only does it make traveling much easier by completely drowning out things such as planes and trains; they're excellent at blocking out higher-pitched sounds as well. The ANC you get out of the XM3 are legitimate, and it sometimes feels like you're in an empty room. In terms of sound quality, bass heads will rejoice here. The sound quality of the XM3s lean heavily on the bass giving it a ton of thump and rumble. So much so that it can often sound overbearing and muddy. The mid-range is ...

Should you spring for the Nest Hub Max or stick with the Nest Hub?

Sep 29, 2019

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Nest Hub Max Bigger and more powerful $230 at Google Pros Larger display Stereo speaker system Built-in Nest Cam Gestures and Face Match Duo Video Call support Bluetooth 5.0 Cons Only available in two colors Too big for a nightstand clock Expensive Google's Nest Hub Max is the more powerful smart home hub, with a larger display and built-in Nest Cam for additional features. However, you're limited to two color options, and it's likely to large to act as a nightstand or a desk clock. Nest Hub Small and useful $130 at Google Pros Compact enough for the nightstand Bluetooth 5.0 Duo Audio call support More affordable Cons No Nest Cam built-in Single rear speaker The Nest Hub is Google's gateway into the smart home hub lifestyle with its 7-inch display. This allows for you to put it pretty much anywhere, but you won't get the benefits of a Nest Cam, and the speaker is just okay. Google waited a year before revealing the Nest Hub Max to the world, and it was for g...

Punch back with these awesome Note 10 Hole Punch wallpapers

Sep 28, 2019

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Like the Galaxy S10, the new Note 10 and Note 10+ have hole punch cameras in the front display. Unlike the S10 series, though, the powerhouse phablets have centered hole punches, so while there are some slight differences between the proportions of the hole, it's easier to make a hole punch wallpaper that fits more models compared to the S10 and S10+. It's still early days, but there are some decent offerings from Samsung and a number of enterprising Redditors in /r/note10wallpapers. Here are the best of the bunch. All hail the Empire Stormtrooper (re-cropped) by u/jason11497 Staff pick Stormtroopers may not always have the best aim or the strongest minds, but they're loyal, they're organized, and at least they can look cool in wallpapers like this one. The next time I get stopped by a patrol at the Black Spire Outpost, maybe this wall can keep me from getting arrested. Free Download Oh, boy! Mickey Pattern by u/MichelVaruk Who's the leader of the wall that's made for you...

Minecraft Earth will begin its global early access period in October

Sep 28, 2019

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Microsoft will begin rolling the game out to Android and iOS devices in October, country by country, to be global by the end of 2019. Minecraft Earth is an upcoming game from Microsoft and Mojang, bringing the blocky create 'em up to augmented reality for Android and iOS devices. Microsoft has been testing the game in closed beta in a few countries around the world, but as revealed today during Minecon 2019, the game will begin a global public preview in October. Up until now, Minecraft Earth has been pretty limited in terms of features. Only "tappable" blocks around the world map and augmented reality building have been available. With the rollout of the public preview, Microsoft will begin including more of the features Minecraft is known for, namely crafting and adventure experiences. You will be able to find tools such as mining picks, axes, and so on via tappables on the world map. You'll also be able to craft them using the new crafting section that will open up in t...

These are the best LG G8 cases

Sep 28, 2019

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The LG G8 is a really gorgeous phone. Seriously. The sleek glass back is smooth and silky, there's no camera bump in sight, and it touts a large and colorful OLED display. One thing the G8 is not, however, is immune from damage. Whether it be general wear-and-tear or lethal drops, you'll want a case to protect your G8 from everything. Need help deciding what to get? These are our top picks. Just buy it Spigen Rugged Armor Staff pick Spigen's Rugged Armor series is continually one of the best case options for just about any smartphone. The design might be a little basic, but it offers ample protection for the G8, sleek carbon fiber accents, tactile button covers, and comes in at a great price. $14 at Amazon Extra tough Spigen Tough Armor If you need a bit more protection than the average bear, the Spigen Tough Armor is a phenomenal choice. It uses Spigen's Air Cushion Technology to protect against drops and even features a MIL-STD 810G military-grade rating. There's also a...

This refurbed Samsung Chromebook is just $100 right now

Sep 28, 2019

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More and more people are turning toward Chromebooks, and with good reason. Apple’s famed MacBooks are undeniably awesome, but they’re also undeniably expensive, and the fact is that most of us simply don’t need that expensive processing power to make it through the day. This refurbished Samsung Chromebook 11.6″ 16GB gets the daily job done, and it’s currently available for just $99.99. Whether your ultimate goal is to binge Netflix or write emails, this compact and powerful laptop will see you through the day. Featuring a Chrome OS and a super-fast Exynos 5 Dual-Core 1.7GHz CPU, this intrepid Chromebook will allow you to multitask and get your work done at blisteringly-fast speeds. It also comes loaded with a 16GB hard drive so you won’t have to rely on the cloud, and you’ll be able to do your work at night thanks to a brilliant LED HD 1366 display. Get yourself a laptop that can get the job done without breaking the bank. This...

The OnePlus 7T might be the best "Pixel phone" you can buy

Sep 28, 2019

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The OnePlus 7T might be the best "Pixel phone" you can buy. Working at Android Central for all these years has given me a little insight into a few things. The biggest is that there are three types of Android users: people who just want a decent smartphone, enthusiasts who love what Samsung does on the hardware front and enthusiasts who only want "pure" Android from Google. OnePlus is making flagship phones now. Real flagship phones. Yes, there is plenty of crossover such as people who love Samsung's hardware but wish it ran Pixel software, but for the most part, we all fit into one of those three categories. It's all good — a little bit of rivalry keeps things interesting and keeps companies that make phones on their toes. Thing is, there's also a fourth group that's gaining traction as launch pricing for these gadgets reaches and exceeds the $1,000 mark: people who appreciate Samsung-level hardware or Google-style software but aren't going to part with a grand to get e...

EasySMX makes a footrest on a gaming chair a necessity going forward

Sep 28, 2019

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I could almost fall asleep in it if it reclined just a bit more. I have to be honest. I've been using a wooden kitchen table chair as my office chair for the last six years or so — granted, I have blankets thrown onto the seat and back to make it more "comfortable". Obviously anything after that would be a step up. EasySMX's memory foam chair with a pullout footrest certainly is. But that doesn't mean just any chair would be good. A bad chair would still be a bad chair regardless of what I was using prior. Thankfully, EasySMX made a good one. It's not amazing, and it certainly can't compete with $300 or $400 chairs, but it'll be good enough for most people. That's what matters. Not everyone needs a top-of-the-line luxurious gaming chair that can effectively do everything for you except make your bed. A reclining memory foam chair is all you really need, and that's what EasySMX provides, with the added benefit of a footrest. At a glance EasySMX Memory Foam Chair with Footres...

India's festive season sale is now live: Here are the best deals on phones

Sep 28, 2019

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This is the best time to pick up a new phone in India. India's festive season is always the best tiem to pick up new gadgets as every single manufacturer rolls out enciting deals. Amazon's Great Indian Festival is now live and Flipkart's Big Billion Days is set to kick off shortly, and we're already starting to see some stellar deals. Amazon is selling the OnePlus 7 for just ₹29,999 ($420), ₹3,000 off its retail price. It is a fantastic deal when you consider the phone has the same 48MP camera as the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T. Sure, a lot of the design is based on last year's OnePlus 6T, but you get the Snapdragon 855 under the hood, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The OnePlus 7 Pro is also picking up an attractive discount, with the phone now available for ₹44,999 ($630). That's a flat ₹5,000 off its launch price, making it a great option if you want a flagship-tier phone with a 90Hz panel. Samsung is also getting in on the action, with the Galaxy Note 9 sel...

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and New Light are Destiny 3 and that's OK

Sep 28, 2019

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Yearly sequels are something that big publishers want, but that hasn't worked for Destiny. In a recent ViDoc from Bungie, we got a good indication what the next five years of Destiny will look like, and nothing in that five-year plan suggests Destiny 3 is coming soon. Bungie is going all-in with Destiny 2 as a Massively Multiplayer game, and though we see some pushback from gamers, this is a good thing for all Guardians. Bungie is finally getting to make the game it wanted to do five years ago, and the next five years look very bright for those willing to invest the time. Shadowkeep, and by extension New Light, are offering up a new way to play Destiny that should entice new Guardians to come and play in the universe Bungie envisions. The thing is though, Bungie never wanted to make a sequel. Destiny and Destiny 2 didn't feel like separate games. The sequel simply felt like the continuation of an ongoing arc. Each expansion — the two massive ones, and the eight smaller ones ...

Ice and fire are the theme for Apex Legends Season 3's new Meltdown trailer

Sep 27, 2019

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A new trailer for Apex Legends Season 3 shows the new map World's Edge, which features a clash of ice and fire. What you need to know Apex Legends Season 3 is coming on October 1. To celebrate, there's a new trailer for Season 3 showing off the new Legend, Crypto, as well as the new map: World's Edge. World's Edge is themed on a clash of ice and fire, with extreme elements and weather conditions. Apex Legends Season 3 is coming soon, as recently announced on Twitter. To tease what's coming in the next season, Respawn has released a new, stylized trailer showing the cast everyone is familiar with dropping into new territory alongside the mysterious newcomer Crypto. That new territory is an entirely-new map called World's Edge, which features strong themes of fire and ice. You can check out the snazzy new trailer below: World's Edge is on Planet Talos, which is a seperate system altogether, as the previous map was set on Planet Solace. We'll likely learn more about this new worl...

These are the best tablets you can get from Walmart today!

Sep 27, 2019

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Despite computers getting slimmer and more powerful, there is still a place in the world for tablets. Who doesn't want Android on a big screen to either watch your favorite content or to step into a coffee shop to get some work done? Your best bet is the Galaxy Tab S6 with its optional keyboard case and included S Pen, but there are plenty of other tablets that might work better for you. Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is the company's latest attempt at a flagship Android tablet, and it impresses in many categories. Samsung included the popular and upgraded S Pen so you use the Tab S6 as a notebook with its 10.5-inch display, or use the S Pen as a remote control during presentations. On the spec front, you can get up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of expandable storage, but the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will be plenty. The Tab S6 also sports a 15-hour battery with 15W fast-charging capabilities so you can top off your tablet during a...

Best Custom Controllers for PlayStation 4 in 2019

Sep 27, 2019

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When you get tired of looking at the plain black controllers that come with your PlayStation 4, it might be time to start looking at custom controller designs. They can add a brand new taste or flavor to your gaming experience. Best of all, when it comes to PS4 DualShock and other third-party controllers, there are so many options to choose from. Precision gaming AR-OWL C1 PS4 Controller Staff pick Not only are users raving about the durability of this controller, but the comfort as well. This analog sticks on this controller are highly sensitive, allowing even the slightest movements to be registered in your game. If you're a fan of games like first-person shooters, this is the perfect controller for you. $30 at Amazon Modded and ready SADES PS4 Controller Gamepad While this controller isn't compatible with a headset. it does come with trigger clamps and two different types of buttons for your D-Pad. This controller was crafted with long gaming sessions in mind and will ...

The best USB hubs for your PlayStation 4

Sep 27, 2019

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With hard drives, charging cables, flash drives, PlayStation Move controllers, PSVR headsets, and more fighting for life on your PS4, you'll find that there just aren't enough USB ports to go around. Instead of endless amounts of cable swapping, you can remedy that problem with a good USB hub. Here are some of our favorites. Our pick Anker 4-Port USB 3.0 HUB Staff Pick The Anker's slim aluminum design and premium quality finish make it a great addition to your PS4 setup, and the four USB 3.0 ports give you high-speed access to more peripherals. It's our favorite USB Hub for more than just the PlayStation 4. $19 at Amazon Give me moar! Anker 7-port USB 3.0 hub If three extra USB 3.0 ports aren't enough for your peripheral crazed life, how about six more? The Anker 7-port hub is a powerhouse that even has a two-amp port for charging your smartphone while you play. $36 at Amazon Simple and cheap Sabrent 4-port USB 3.0 hub Looking to save money? Sabrent's 4-po...

Build a city in ice with the story trailer for Frostpunk: Console Edition

Sep 27, 2019

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There's a new trailer to show off the story and setup for Frostpunk: Console Edition, as an expedition makes its way through the frozen wastes. What you need to know Frostpunk: Console Edition has a new trailer, showing the harrowing world the game takes place in. The trailer includes sections of the opening cinematic from the story mode of the game. Frostpunk: Console Edition is set to release on October 11th. You can preorder Frostpunk: Console Edition for $35 from Amazon. Frostpunk: Console Edition is just a couple of weeks away from its scheduled release and to celebrate, 11 bit studios has released a new story trailer for the game, showing some of the stylized cinematics that open the story mode. In it, an expedition team makes their way through the frozen wastes while recounting what has led them here. When they find a massive old generator, they realize it is time to build a city that can weather the cold. You can check the story trailer out below: Frostpunk: Console...

Facebook is hiding likes from posts as part of a test in Australia

Sep 27, 2019

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The most common reactions and the comment counts will still be displayed. What you need to know Facebook is now testing a feature in Australia where it hides the total number of likes. Only the author of the post will see the total number of likes, but everyone will still be able to see the most common reaction types and the number of comments. This is similar to a test Instagram tried earlier this year. Starting September 27, Facebook has begun experimenting with a new feature in Australia that hides the like count on posts. The post author will still be able to see the total number of likes, but it will be hidden from anyone else who views the post. Even with the total number hidden, Facebook will still show the most common reactions as well as who reacted. Meaning, you could count up the users yourself, if you were so inclined. Despite hiding the total number of likes, Facebook will not be hiding the number of comments on a post. So, you'll still be able to measure the engageme...

Outlook for Android updated with S Pen actions for Samsung Note phones

Sep 27, 2019

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Email on the Galaxy Note just got a bit easier thanks to an Outlook update. What you need to know Outlook for Android received an update that improves S Pen support. Users can now hover over mail, attachments, events, and people. The update also allows users to perform quick actions with the S Pen. A new update for the Android version of Outlook brings improvements and new features for users of the S Pen on the Galaxy Note line of phones. Users can now hover over mail, attachments, events, or people to get a sneak peek at the items. Additionally, users can perform quick actions with the S Pen after hovering over an item. The app listing on the Google Play Store lists all of the new features that work with Note devices. Using Outlook on a Samsung Note device? You can now use your S Pen to hover over Mails, Attachments, Events or People to take a sneak peek and perform quick actions. The Galaxy Note S is Samsung's latest flagship and shows a new step in the relationship betwee...

Stop letting your tech die with one of MrMobile's favorite battery packs

Sep 23, 2019

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We've all been there. You're scrolling through social networks and watching YouTube videos a bit more than usual and before you know it, it's 5PM and your phone is already dead. Or, what's more typically the case for me, I hop on a plane and the power outlet under my seat isn't working for what I'm sure is a good reason, and my phone is halfway drained by the time I land. Whatever the case, dead batteries suck, but an easy fix is to carry around your own independent power source. I've spent a lot of time around MrMobile this year, and believe me, he doesn't travel anywhere without at least one portable battery pack (which I usually end up borrowing during coffee shop editing sessions when my laptop starts to run dry). Most of the time lately, that's been the Goal Zero SHERPA 100PD, which outputs 60W over USB-C — more than enough to power a 15-inch MacBook Pro, even while we're editing 4K video. Of course, that's plenty for any phone or tablet, as well, and the top of the batte...

'Pixelbook Go' reportedly debuting at Google October event

Sep 23, 2019

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Don't call it a comeback, call it a Chromebook. What you need to know Reports claim the next Pixelbook will be called 'Pixelbook Go'. This Pixelbook appears to have a 13.3-inch "Molecular" display. It is expected this laptop will be a part of the October Google event. If there was one fairly universal cry from Chromebook fans over the last year, it was to please give us another Pixelbook instead of another Pixel Slate this year. As much fun as the idea of the Chromebook tablet was, it just never lived up to expectations and certainly didn't compete in the way Google had intended. We're not saying Google has walked away from the tablet form factor entirely, but a report from 9to5Google suggests what we're getting this year is a sleeker, slimmer version of the thing most people loved but not everyone could afford. And it's apparently called the Pixelbook Go, no doubt a stab directly at the inexpensive and extremely popular Surface Go from Microsoft. There's not a lot of details yet,...

Xbox mobile app snags voice channel support on iOS and Android

Sep 23, 2019

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Voice chat has gone mobile. What you need to know The Xbox mobile app now allows you to voice chat with friends. This update also adds the ability to share images and videos from your phone's gallery. The update is part of a recent, broader push to improve messaging in the app and is available now on Android and iOS. The latest update to the Xbox mobile app brings voice chat to your conversations. The update began rolling out to both iOS and Android within the last week, and it adds a headset icon that lets you start a voice chat directly from the conversation UI (via MSPU). This update also adds the option to share videos and photos from your phone's gallery with friends by pressing the "+" icon within any conversation. Here's a full look at the release notes: *You can now upload images from your phone into messages! Press the "+" button in a chat to send photos from your gallery or camera. *We have added voice channel support to conversations. Tap the headset icon when in...

Verizon is down for the second time in less than a week

Sep 23, 2019

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The carrier was also down last Friday. What you need to know Verizon is down for many people across the United States. Data is not working and people can't activate phones. Verizon was also down late last week. Another day, another Verizon outage. On Monday, September 23, Verizon subscribers reported service issues with the wireless service. Taking a look at Down Detector and Twitter, there are complaints about data not working, Verizon's website being down for some people, and new phone activations not working. The outage map on Down Detector shows service issues throughout the entire U.S., with some of the hot zones including Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, and Boston. There's no word as of right now when everything will be back up and running. If this sounds familiar, that's because Verizon just had a previous outage on Friday, September 20 as a result of a "fiber cut" in Arkansas. Here's to hoping Verizon can get its ducks in a row and get things back to norm...

Please, pick up a case for your LG V40

Sep 23, 2019

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If you just picked up an LG V40, you're probably chomping at the bit to start messing around with your new phone. We don't blame you, but before you get too far ahead of yourself, you should probably pick up a case. Bad things can happen to any phone, but a glass backs like the V40's makes it even more prone to cracks and scratches. Give your phone the protection it deserves with these diverse, dashing, and deliciously affordable cases. Slim, stylish, protective Spigen Rugged Armor Staff pick The Spigen Rugged Armor is consistently one of the best cases for pretty much every phone that comes out. It's lightweight, has a clean design, and offers fantastic ruggedness against drops and scratches. Tie all of that together with a low price tag and you've got one heck of a package. $13 at Amazon Leather wallet case Free-Case Leather Wallet Case What's better than a wallet case? A wallet case made out of genuine leather! This case has an incredibly sleek design, can hold both ca...

WB Games Montréal is teasing a new Batman game on Twitter

Sep 23, 2019

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The WB Games Montréal Twitter account is teasing a new Batman game in the account's second Tweet after taking a hiatus for several years. What you need to know The WB Games Montréal Twitter account is teasing a new Batman game, with the message "Capture the Knight" and several sigils featured. This new Batman game has been rumored for some time to feature the Court of Owls, a league that trains assassins called Talons. WB Games Montréal previously developed Batman: Arkham Origins and developed DLC for the mainline Rocksteady games like Batman: Arkham Knight. This game might be revealed during tomorrow's PlayStation State of Play. After a long hiatus, the WB Games Montréal Twitter account is active again. The account Tweeted yesterday about the 80th anniversary of Batman after not being active since the release of Batman: Arkham Knight in 2015. Today, they left a new message, one that forebodes a new Batman game. You can see the cryptic, teasing Tweet ...

Protect your Galaxy A50 with one of these cases

Sep 23, 2019

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Samsung's mid-range smartphone options have typically been less than impressive, but with the Galaxy A50, the company's finally crafted a handset that doesn't skimp out on presentation or features while coming in at a price tag that everyone can get behind. If you have the A50 or plan on getting it, we recommend checking out any of the below cases to keep the phone safe and secure for years to come. All you need Spigen Rugged Armor Staff pick The Galaxy A50 is a no-nonsense phone that offers a great user experience without any big compromises. In the case world, that's precisely what the Spigen Rugged Armor sets out to do. It has a simple, yet effective design, shock-absorption technology, and raised edges over the display to prevent unwanted scratches. $11 at Amazon Clearly great QHOHQ Gel Rubber Case Samsung's A50 is a good-looking phone, and as such, we wouldn't blame you if you want to show its design off to the world. With the QHOHQ Gel Rubber Case, you can all...

On a budget? You can get a cheap Samsung phone for under $250

Sep 23, 2019

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Samsung is largely considered to be a leader in the smartphone industry but it's not just for its flagship options. Samsung's budget phones, such as the Galaxy A50, are still extremely serviceable, and sometimes even great for what you get. These are the best Samsung phones you can get for under $250 in 2019. Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy A50 If you want a flagship-level experience without paying flagship prices, then the Galaxy A50 is perfect. This handset has 4GB of RAM, a beautiful AMOLED display, and three cameras capable of handling many different shots. Perhaps even more exciting than the triple-camera setup is the 4,000mAh battery. This huge battery combined with the mid-range Exynos 9610 chipset provides you with up to 14 hours of battery life. Unfortunately, you may need to do a little bit of editing to your photos as the A50's camera sensors aren't the greatest. Plus, you'll have to keep your wallet with you as there is no Samsung Pay support here either. Pros: Exce...

YouTube changed its mind, you can keep your verification badge

Sep 23, 2019

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The updated badge look has been delayed until next year. What you need to know YouTube updated its verification policies on September 20 and caused a backlash by un-verifying many creators on the platform. It has now backtracked, allowing verified users to keep their badge. The updated badge is still coming but has been delayed until next year. On September 20, YouTube announced some big changes coming to the verification badges on the site. First, it was changing the requirements for verification, and in doing so, many channels were losing their verified status in the process. As a result, they were forced to appeal the decision to restore their verified status. Second, the checkmark and music note were being retired for an ambiguous dark gray background behind the channel name. After quite the backlash from creators, YouTube is now backtracking on some of these decisions. No longer will creators be forced to appeal to have their badge restored. Instead, channels that have al...

Arlo Pro 3 announced with 2K HDR, spotlight, and color night vision

Sep 23, 2019

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First in the Pro series with a built-in siren. What you need to know The Arlo Pro 3 has been announced with 2K HDR video recording, a built-in spotlight, and color night vision. This is the first in the Pro series with a built-in siren. It will be available for purchase starting this week from Best Buy and Arlo.com starting at $500 for a system with two cameras. The Arlo lineup of wireless security cameras are some of the best on the market. In fact, the Arlo Pro 2 is our number one recommended wireless security camera with two-way audio. Now, things are about to get even better with Arlo's recent announcement of the Pro 3 camera. The new Arlo Pro 3 camera bumps up the specs in a major way, starting with the new sensor used in the Pro 3 which is capable of recording video in 2K resolution with HDR for more detail in the shadows and highlights. It also features a super-wide 160-degree field of view with an integrated spotlight and color night vision. All in all, the Pro 3 is the S...

Samsung's Galaxy Fold will finally go on sale in the U.S. on September 27

Sep 23, 2019

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You will be able to get the Galaxy Fold in either Cosmos Black or Space Silver color. What you need to know Samsung will begin selling the Galaxy Fold in the U.S. on September 27. Consumers in the U.S. will be able to purchase the foldable smartphone from Samsung, AT&T, or Best Buy for $1,980. The foldable smartphone has been on sale in South Korea since September 6. Samsung today finally confirmed the Galaxy Fold's U.S. release date. The company's first foldable smartphone will be available for purchase in the United States from September 27 for $1,980. In addition to the unlocked version, Samsung says consumers will also be able to get an AT&T version of the phone. The unlocked version of the phone, which will be available through select Best Buy as well as Samsung Experience Stores, is expected to be compatible with all leading U.S. carriers. You will be able to pick up the AT&T version of the foldable phone from select AT&T stores. Galaxy Fold buyers in the ...

Which Amazon Fire TV Stick should you get?

Sep 23, 2019

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Amazon has been making Fire TV streaming devices for over five years now, and for most of that time, they have had a streaming stick available. Currently, there are three Fire TV sticks to choose from, so which one should you get? We've played with them all and want to share our thoughts on which is the best option for you. Best Overall: Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote Let's not mince words here; this is the Fire TV stick that you want to get. Period. Yeah, the others work just about as well, but with the Fire TV Stick 4K, you are future-proofing yourself. As more and more video content is available in better formats like 4K, UHD, HDR 10+, and Dolby Vision, you're going to want to have a device that can support and stream that content, especially if and when you upgrade your TV to match. Even at full-price, this device is a bargain, but it is often offered at a discount, which makes it an incredible buy. You get almost all of the same high-end specs of more premium dev...

Google Play Pass unlocks premium content, in-app purchases for $5/month

Sep 23, 2019

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What you need to know Play Pass will offer access to 350+ apps and games for $5/month for the whole family. Removes all upfront prices, ads, and in-app purchases for the duration of your subscription. Promo price $2/month for the first year if you sign up in the first two weeks. Launching in the U.S. only at first, with other countries to come soon. After months with little more than a mention that it exists, Google is launching its Play Pass app subscription service just days after Apple's similar Arcade subscription launched on iOS. While these sorts of subscription models have existed before, nothing can ever match it being handled by Google itself — and that makes a huge difference in the value proposition of Play Pass. Play Pass is just $5 per month, and that subscription applies to everyone in your Family Library — so as long as you keep your subscription active, your whole family gets to share the benefits of that single monthly payment. Google has a catalogue ...

What are Google Mobile Services (GMS) and why does my phone need them?

Sep 23, 2019

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GMS and Google Play Services are what puts "Google" into an Android phone. It's something you probably want to have and don't want to install it yourself. The announcement of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has placed a new focus on what's known as the GMS Core (Google Mobile Services) that's in your phone. Since the Mate 30 Pro isn't going to have it — at least for now — you might be wondering what it is, what it does, and why you even need it on a phone. More specifically, is this something you can just download from somewhere and sideload. The GMS Core goes hand-in-hand with Google Play Services and what are also known as GApps (Google's Apps). Google goes in-depth about what these files are and how developers can use them inside their own apps, but we can break it down and see why they are important for most folks who want an Android phone. What is the GMS Core? The question of what the GMS Core actually is also answers the question of why Huawei isn't including it. It's...

The Google Pixel 3a is the best phone you can buy for under $400

Sep 23, 2019

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When your budget maxes out at $400, the Google Pixel 3a is the best phone you can get. That's because it offers the same core experience as the higher-end Pixel 3, which costs nearly twice as much. You get the same software and features, and the exact same camera experience. The only shortcomings come in the hardware and a couple of the specs — a fine trade-off to save hundreds of dollars. Best Overall: Google Pixel 3a The Pixel 3a strikes a really good balance between hardware, specs and experience. Yes it's made out of plastic, but it's really well executed. Yes it has cut specs compared to the Pixel 3, but it fits right in with the phones at this price. Its features, too, match the competition. But unlike the other phones, the Pixel 3a has great Google software that's filled with nice little features and guaranteed to get updates for years. But what really sets the Pixel 3a apart from the competition at this price is its camera. Where it's completely acceptable for a s...

Google updates policies to not store Assistant audio data by default

Sep 23, 2019

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Google will begin deleting audio data for Voice & Activity users in the future. What you need to know By default, Google will no longer store any audio data on you from using Assistant. Google only stores audio data on you if you've enabled Voice & Audio Activity where humans may listen and transcribe audio clips to improve accuracy. Later this year Google will introduce sensitivity settings for the keywords that activate Assistant and begin deleting audio data older than a few months for VAA users. Back in July, we reported that Google has human employees listening to audio clips recorded from Google Home smart speakers and the Google Assistant app. This came months after we covered that Amazon was doing the same thing with Alexa enabled devices. The reason both companies allow humans to transcribe the audio clips taken is a simple one — to improve the accuracy of the speech recognition. As reasons go, it's a good one, but most people value their privacy and were no...

Galaxy A20s goes official with 6.5-inch HD+ display, triple rear cameras

Sep 23, 2019

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In addition to an upgraded triple camera setup, the phone also features a glossy plastic back. What you need to know Galaxy A20s is Samsung's latest A series budget Android smartphone. It sports a 6.5-inch Infinity-V HD+ display and packs a large 4,000mAh battery. Samsung is yet to announce pricing or availability information for international markets. Samsung has quietly expanded its Galaxy A series lineup with the launch of the new Galaxy A20s. Similar to the Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A30s smartphones that were launched last month, the new Galaxy A20s is a relatively minor upgrade over its predecessor. The Samsung Galaxy A20s comes with a 6.5-inch Infinity-V display with HD+ resolution. Unlike its predecessor, however, the A20s does not feature a Super AMOLED panel. The inforgraphic posted on the company's Newsroom website reveals the Galaxy A20s runs on an octa-core chipset clocked at 1.8 GHz, paired with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. In the camera department, Samsung's new Ga...

Borderlands 3 sells 5 million copies in its first five days

Sep 23, 2019

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Borderlands 3 sells extremely well out the gate, with 5 million copies sold-in in its first five days on the market. What you need to know 2K has released a PR update on Borderlands 3's sales numbers. Per 2K, Borderlands 3 has sold 5 million copies in its first five days. Additionally, they state that sales for the PC version, which was sold exclusively on the Epic Games Store, were "incredibly strong." Borderlands 3 is currently $60 on Amazon for PlayStation 4. Borderlands 3 is still fresh on the market and while Vault Hunters are already bathing in loot, the game has sold extremely well so far. According to a PR release from 2K (the parent company of Gearbox) Borderlands 3 has sold 5 million copies in its first five days. This put sales of the game 50% up compared to Borderlands 2 within the same amount of time. Interestingly enough, 2K also notes that the digital share for the game was incredibly strong - over 70% of players purchased the game digitally. Sales of the PC versio...

Should you pick the Garmin Vivoactive 4 or Vivoactive 3?

Sep 23, 2019

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Fresh perspective Garmin Vivoactive 4 $350 at Amazon Pros 20+ preloaded sports apps Body Battery™ Energy Monitor Respiration and hydration tracking Music storage Garmin Pay Built-in GPS Cons Expensive 45mm has fewer color options The Vivoactive 4 is changing the way you track, or more specifically, what you track. You can now track hydration, respiration, blood oxygen saturation, and more besides the typical fitness routine. Did we mention on-screen workouts and music storage? It's pricy but given the upgrades, it's worth it. Classic outlook Garmin Vivoactive 3 $188 at Amazon Pros 15+ preloaded sports apps Built-in GPS Garmin Pay More affordable than ever Cons Music storage isn't standard Lacks onscreen workouts The Vivoactive 3 was an instant hit when it was first released in 2017. Today, it still has plenty to offer today in terms of tracking and smartwatch features. You'll enjoy 15+ sports apps, onboard GPS, Garmin Pay, heart-rate monitoring, plus activ...

Frozen 2's new trailer gets carried away with magic

Sep 23, 2019

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"Where did you learn magic?" What you need to know The new Frozen 2 trailer dropped during Good Morning America. Elsa is called by a strange magic from the north, which threatens Arendelle. Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven accompany here to a land that is saturated with magic and danger. Frozen 2 premieres November 22. Let it Go might take on a whole new meaning this fall in Frozen 2 as Anna tries to keep Elsa from losing herself to the alluring call of the strange magics to the north. The last trailer gave us some hints of the magic at play in this strange northern wonderland the royal sisters and their crew would be visiting, but we now know why: the magic in an enchanted forest to the north has been singing its siren song to Elsa, and when she answered it, it put all of Arendelle in danger, again. Elsa tries to insist on leaving Anna in Arendelle, but after she "climbed the north mountain, survived a frozen heart, and saved you from my ex-boyfriend, so... y'know, I'm coming."...

Uber launches RideCheck to detect accidents with your smartphone

Sep 17, 2019

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Available first in the U.S. What you need to know Uber is launching its RideCheck feature for everyone in the United States. RideCheck uses your smartphone to automatically detect accidents or unusually long stops. Machine learning is used to avoid false positives with the detection. Uber is rolling out a new feature for all of its users in the United States with the hope of keeping everyone — riders and drivers — as safe as possible. The feature is called "RideCheck", and following a testing phase that began last year, it's now ready for the limelight. RideCheck uses a combination of your phone's accelerometer, gyroscope, and GPS to detect if anything unusual happens during a trip, such as an accident, crash, or a long period of time when the car has stopped moving. If RideCheck determines that something is up, both the rider and driver will get an alert on the Uber app making sure everything's alright. You can dismiss the alert, or use it to call 911 and Uber's own s...

These are the best cases for travel with your PS4

Sep 17, 2019

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There are times where you absolutely have to hit the road with your PlayStation 4. Maybe you're heading to a gaming convention and want to set up your console in your hotel room between competitions, or maybe your parents are dragging you on a summer-long RV trip across America. Whenever I need to move my PS4 from point A to point B, I use the USA Gear Case because of its flexibility and storage space, but there are options for everyone. Best bang for your buck CTA Digital Case Staff pick If you're looking for a case for your PS4, but you don't want to break the bank, then you can't do much better than this carrying case by CTA Digital. The modest exterior design of this bag is good for those who don't want to advertise that they are hauling around a PS4. There is plenty of room inside to house your console, a couple of controllers, all the needed wires, and a handful of game discs. $36 at Amazon More protection co2CREA PS4 Pro Hard Travel Case If you want a solution that...

BRAVEN's all-new waterproof Bluetooth speakers offer extreme durability

Sep 17, 2019

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These rugged Bluetooth speakers can weather the storm. BRAVEN's lineup of waterproof headphones and Bluetooth speakers is receiving some new additions to the family beginning today. Four new models to meet buyers at various price points are coming soon, including the BRV-XXL/2, BRV-XL, BRV-X/2 and BRV-MINI, with the most affordable option, the BRV-MINI, already available for purchase at BRAVEN's website and Amazon. These new Bluetooth speakers are built with durability and adventure in mind, and as such, their waterproof and shockproof construction is top-of-the-line. BRAVEN tested these speakers up in the Rockies to make sure they can withstand even the harshest temperatures and weather conditions, though there is some variety in what they can handle. The group is led by the BRV-XXL/2, debuting at $399.99, a rugged 100W speaker that can pair with up to 100 devices simultaneously and even has an integrated bottle opener, while the BRV-XL comes in at half its price offering a 40W ou...

These are the best replacement SSDs for your PS4

Sep 17, 2019

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So you've decided that you have got to throw a new SSD in your PlayStation 4. It's one of those upgrades that may, or may not visibly improve things, but if you can do it, why not? Most of the read and write speeds are comparable to each other, but we have put them in case it's a deciding factor for you. Here are some of the best options available to you. Good at everything Western Digital Blue Staff pick If you want a 1TB SSD at a great price but you would rather stick with a more recognizable name, consider this Western Digital drive. You will have loads of space for storage, 560MB/s and 530MB/s read and write speeds and a 5-year manufacturer warranty. $115 at Amazon Good speed, decent price Crucial MX500 This Crucial drive will get you into some super-fast SSD speeds — 560MB/s and 510MB/s read and write speeds respectively — while not breaking the bank. Also, if anything goes wrong with it, you are supported by a 5-year manufacturer warranty. $65 at Amazon...

Google confirms coral color for the Pixel 4 in Times Square ad

Sep 17, 2019

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The phone will be announced on October 15 in NYC. What you need to know An advertisement in Times Square confirms the Pixel 4's coral colorway. We're expecting black and white colors along with the coral one. Google will announce the Pixel 4 and its other new hardware on October 15. On Monday, September 16, Google sent out official invites to press to attend the announcement of its Pixel 4 series on October 15 in New York City. The rumor mill has been in full-force as of late, and most recently, 9to5Google found that a couple of Redditors—LousyTX and NVRLand— snapped a few photos of a Times Square billboard showing off the Pixel 4. The ad was reminding passersby that you can ask your Google Assistant to set a reminder for the upcoming October 15 event. More importantly, it confirmed to everyone that coral/orange — who knows what Google will actually call the color — is going to be an official hue for the Pixel 4. We've previously seen the coral colorway ...

Bill Gates skeptical of regulators breaking up tech giants

Sep 17, 2019

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What you need to know Bill Gates expressed skepticism toward the idea of breaking up tech giants in a new interview. Speaking to Bloomberg, Gates came out more in favor of regulating bad practices, stating that he only sees a "narrow set of things" that he thinks a break up would be the "right answer to." Gates' comments come after the U.S. government announced an antitrust probe of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple. In a new interview with Bloomberg today, Microsoft co-founder an current board member Bill Gates expressed skepticism toward the idea of breaking up tech giants (via Engadget). Prompted by Bloomberg on his opinion of the U.S. government's recently initiated probes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple over antitrust concerns, Gates expressed his view that regulation is more often a better approach than potentially breaking up tech giants into separate companies. "If there's a way a company's behaving that you want to get rid of, then, you know, you should just say, ...

Nest Wifi with Google Assistant to launch at Google event on October 15

Sep 17, 2019

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The system will consist of one primary router and two secondary ones. What you need to know Google is reportedly making a "Nest Wifi" system as a successor to Google Wifi. The new hardware will double as Google Assistant speakers. It'll likely be announced at Google's upcoming October 15 event. Google recently announced that it'll be holding an event on October 15 to show off its latest hardware, with the main focus expected to be the Pixel 4. Alongside that, however, a report from 9to5Google now says we can look forward to new "Nest Wifi" hardware. Following up on the Google Wifi mesh router system that was released in 2016, Nest Wifi is said to change up the mesh connection ever-so-slightly with there being one primary router and two secondary ones — not unlike what we see with the popular Eero mesh routers. Our sources say that Google is adopting an Eero-like package with the Nest Wifi. The multi-pack of the first Google Wifi included multiple full-fledged router...

NHL 20 review: More modes than you can shake a stick at

Sep 17, 2019

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Who knew there were so many ways to play hockey? The life cycle of sports games on any generation of gaming consoles is a funny thing. At the beginning, the developers haven't yet grasped all they can do with new hardware, but toward the end, it feels like they run out of ways to drastically push things forward. NHL 20, reviewed here on PlayStation 4, is no exception, because with new Sony and Microsoft systems expected next year, it relies more on tinkering with what works than trying to revolutionize video game hockey. So you won't find any huge new gameplay features or flashy new graphics engines in NHL 20. But that's just fine, because this is the one EA Sports series that can get by with an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach. By doubling down on its strengths and freshening up a few areas that needed it, NHL 20 offers something to entice every hockey fan. Power play goal NHL 20 $51 at Amazon ...

Get a great camera for less with these phones

Sep 17, 2019

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It's no secret that camera quality is near the top of the list when it comes to requirements for a smartphone. And that's the case no matter how much you're spending. Thankfully there are plenty of phones out there that offer solid camera experiences without breaking the bank. The best of the best is the Google Pixel 3a. It gives you flagship camera quality, front and back, for a fraction of the cost — and stands out particularly well at night and for selfies. Best Overall: Google Pixel 3a The Pixel 3a has almost a perfect copy of the much more expensive Pixel 3's camera, and that's a great thing for everyone. The Pixel 3a's rear camera is super-capable in any lighting and is particularly great in low light thanks to the Night Sight shooting mode. Flip over to the front camera, and you get crystal-clear selfies with a good field of view, auto focus and a good portrait mode. The rest of the phone rounds out well, too. You get Google's clean and always up-to-date take on so...

Google Fi's new unlimited plan is just $70 per month

Sep 17, 2019

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What you need to know New unlimited plan starts at $70 per month with 100GB of Google One storage included. Data is full speed up to 22GB per month, but video streaming quality may be reduced to 480p. Group plans reduce the per-person cost to as low as $45 per month. Google Fi is taking on another evolution of its service with a new unlimited plan offering that gives Fi customers another choice for heavy data usage or simply peace of mind in knowing their bill will be the exact same every month. The simply named "Unlimited" plan is exactly what you'd expect, effectively copying the rest of the U.S. carriers. For $70 per month (plus taxes), you get unlimited talk, text and data, with data speeds slowed after 22GB of usage in a month. The only real caveat to speak of is video streaming quality "may" be lowered to 480p. Interestingly, the Unlimited plan also includes a Google One subscription, which among other little perks gives you 100GB of Google cloud storage and is normally $20...

Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box syncs your Hue lights with your TV for $230

Sep 17, 2019

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Supports up to 4K 60Hz HDR, launches on October 15. What you need to know The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box will sync your color-capable Hue lights with your TV for $230. It supports 4K 60Hz HDR with 4 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output. Pre-orders begin today at meethue.com and Best Buy, but the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box won't officially launch until October 15. Philips Hue, the makers of Hue smart lighting system, just announced the home theater upgrade we've all been wanting — or at least the one I've been wanting. The new Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is an HDMI hub that syncs your Hue lights to whatever is on your TV. This isn't the first time Philips has toyed with this idea. Philips created the Ambilight TVs to splash some color on the walls behind your TV years ago, along with a partnership with Syfy to sync your Hue lights with Sharknado and 12 Monkeys back in 2014. However, that turned out to require using "light scripts" where someone had to actually manually program t...

10 smart home accessories to buy with an Amazon Echo Dot

Sep 17, 2019

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The Amazon Echo Dot alone is a pretty unassuming product, but it's all you really need to control many different smart home products using just your voice. We've rounded up the ten best smart home accessories to buy with your Amazon Echo Dot. Amazon's best streaming device Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Amazon updated its Fire TV stick in 2018 to support 4K HDR, and it also ships with a handy remote control with a built-in microphone. It works with Alexa and is an affordable way to upgrade any TV with HDMI input. $50 at Amazon Keep your speaker off the counter TotalMount Echo Dot Wall Mount Mounting an Amazon Echo speaker in the kitchen is a great idea because it frees up valuable countertop space and also keeps your speaker from getting dirty. It also ensures that Alexa can always hear you and vice versa. This mount includes 3M adhesion strips to protect your wall paint or screw holes for a more permanent installation. $17 at Amazon Upgrade your landline Amazon Echo Connect ...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare testers can unlock a weapon ahead of launch

Sep 17, 2019

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Boom goes the Hammer Shotgun. What you need to know Call of Duty: Modern Warfare testers can unlock a weapon blueprint ahead of launch for playing in the beta weekends. The Hammer Shotgun blueprint will be given to all beta testers who hit level 10 before the last beta concludes on September 23. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is available to preorder now for $60. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has embarked on franchise's usual slate of beta test weekends ahead of launch, and now beta testers will have something to work toward for putting enough time in. Activision revealed today (via Charlie Intel) that beta testers who hit level 10 before the beta concludes will get access to a weapon blueprint for the Hammer Shotgun in the full game right at launch. From Activision: As a token of our gratitude, be sure to reach Level 10 before the Beta ends on September 23 at 10AM PDT: That way, you'll automatically obtain a free item reward; the Hammer Shotgun, fully customized with a pistol gr...

ASUS ZenFone 6 Edition 30 now available with 12GB of RAM and $900 price tag

Sep 17, 2019

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As the name hints at, you also get a 30-month warranty. What you need to know The ASUS ZenFone 6 Edition 30 is now available for purchase in the U.S. for $900. This limited-edition version of the ZenFone 6 includes 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and an exclusive design. It also comes in premium packaging with a VIP card that includes a 30-month warranty with prioritized repairs. The ZenFone 6 was a huge surprise from ASUS this year. The ZenFone 6 arrived with a notch-less display, top of the line specs, a massive 5000mAh battery, near-stock Android, and even a headphone jack. Not to mention its unique flip camera that transforms the rear-camera into a selfie shooter in order to give you a display with no notches or holes. All of this and it came in at only $500 when most phones with these type of specs are asking nearly double the price. Well, if you thought the ZenFone 6 was too affordable, then ASUS has a new phone for you with the ZenFone 6 Edition 30. The new special edition o...

Get more out of your Ring cameras with these accessories

Sep 17, 2019

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The Ring cameras are a great way to make your home smarter and a bit safer. The cameras can be mounted high for you to see the whole surrounding area around the front of your house, and it features a speaker and microphone so you can yell at people that are near your house. The future is truly upon us. The Ring cameras come with a mounting kit to get you started, but that doesn't mean you have to stop there. These are the best accessories for Ring camera! Power of the sun Wasserstein Solar Panel for Ring Spotlight Cam Staff Pick There's a version of the Ring camera that already has its own solar panel. This is an excellent upgrade for those that started with a battery-powered version. The panel connects to the battery inside your Ring camera, so even if it's a gloomy day, your camera will have enough juice to keep going. It comes in black or white, and there are screws included to keep it in place. $45 at Amazon Better battery Ring Rechargeable Battery Pack Having the Rin...

Amazon Music launches new lossless streaming tier for audiophiles

Sep 17, 2019

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Amazon Music HD lets you hear music the way the artist intended for $13 per month. What you need to know Amazon Music HD is the company's new high-quality music streaming tier. The new Amazon Music HD service will cost $13 per month for Prime members and $15 for everyone else. The company says its new HD service offers "millions" of songs in the lossless FLAC file format. Amazon today rolled out Amazon Music HD, a new tier of its music streaming service that is claimed to offer millions of songs in Ultra High Definition quality. The company's new lossless tier is now available to customers in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Japan. Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music, said in a statement: We spoke with many artists while developing Amazon Music HD, who were excited about the potential for fans to be able to stream their favorite music, and hear it as it was originally recorded. From rock to hip-hop to classical and pop, we believe listening to music at this level of sound will make cus...

Google brings Data Saver to Android TV, starting with Xiaomi's Mi TV

Sep 17, 2019

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Data Saver on Android TVs lets you monitor data usage and set limits on data consumption. What you need to know With Data Saver on Android TVs, customers connecting via mobile hotspot will be able to better monitor data usage. The feature automatically adjusts video quality to extend watch time. It's rolling out in India first, with global availability slated for later in the year. Google's Data Saver feature sees a lot of usage in India, and the search giant is now bringing the feature to Android TVs. With the likes of Xiaomi and several other budget players launching affordable TVs based on Android TV, the platform has seen a surge in usage in the country. But home Wi-Fi is still not as prevalent as cellular data, with users instead connecting their TVs to the internet via mobile hotspot. Google is now rolling out the Data Saver feature so that these users can reduce data usage, get alerts on data consumption, and make it easier to connect your TV to the internet over a mobile...

Master QuickBooks with this in-depth training bundle, now just $29

Sep 17, 2019

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You don’t need to be a professional accountant in order to appreciate how powerful the famed QuickBooks software is when it comes to accounting. Whether you’re trying to join a multinational accounting firm or simply want to do your taxes quickly and efficiently, understanding how to use this program is a must. The Complete QuickBooks Guru Bundle will teach you everything you need to know about Intuit’s leading accounting platform, and it’s available for over 95% off at just $29. With seven courses and 85 hours of training, the bundle walks you through both the fundamentals and more advanced elements of this award-winning accounting platform. You’ll learn how to use and apply theoretical concepts within a wide variety of processes, use advanced tools in order to cut down on your work time, build simplifying models of complex data sets, file your taxes without missing a single deduction, and more. There’s also instruction that teaches ...

Should you get the All-New Fire TV Cube or the Fire TV Stick 4K?

Sep 17, 2019

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Fire TV Stick 4K Stick to simplicity $50 at Amazon Pros Amazing value with great specs Hides behind TV for a clean setup Comes with Alexa Voice Remote Cons No hands-free Alexa Older processor than Cube The Fire TV Stick 4K is arguably the best value in streaming devices. You get 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision, and an Alexa Voice Remote at a really compelling price. All-New Fire TV Cube (2019) Top-notch specs $120 at Amazon Pros New and improved processor New features like Local Voice Control and Dolby Vision Available in more countries Cons Most expensive Fire TV streaming box No external storage support The Fire TV Cube (2019) has upgraded internals from last year's device for increased speed and performance. It also added some key features like Local Voice Control for on-device processing and Dolby Vision support. Amazon makes some of the most popular streaming devices available, and they happen to be some of the most feature-rich as well. These two devices do a lo...

Xiaomi's latest Mi TVs feature Netflix support; Mi Band 4 debuts in India

Sep 17, 2019

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Netflix and Prime Video are available out of the box on the latest Mi TVs, and older TVs will get an OTA update. What you need to know Xiaomi rolls out Netflix to its latest Mi TVs, with older TVs getting an OTA update shortly. There are four new models available in the Mi TV 4X range, with a new 65-inch model. Xiaomi has also launched the Mi Band 4 in India for ₹2,299. Finally, Xiaomi introduced a smart water purifier that connects to Mi Home. Xiaomi introduced a host of products in India today, with updates to the Mi TV range, new wearables, and a smart water purifier. The Mi TV has emerged as a tour de force in the market, dominating sales in the online segment over the last 18 months. Xiaomi is rolling out three new models in the Mi TV 4X range: a 43-inch option, 50-inch variant, and a new 65-inch model. As always, all models in the Mi TV range come with Android TV, and there's also a new Data Saver feature that lets you monitor data usage better. All three models in ...

Here are the best cases for the Galaxy S10

Sep 11, 2019

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 is a truly gorgeous phone thanks to its nearly bezel-less display and stunning glass back, but as with all of Samsung's latest handsets, you'll want to outfit it with a case in order to ensure its good looks for years to come. If you're planning on picking up the S10, here are the cases we recommend getting. Redesigned favorite Spigen Neo Hybrid Staff pick Spigen's Neo Hybrid has long been one of our favorite phone cases. It has an iconic design, offers excellent protection, and is easy on the wallet. From $14 at Amazon Thinnest you can get Totallee Thin Case One of the best thin cases on the market comes from Totallee. Not only is this case astonishingly thin, but it also offers ample coverage against wear and tear. $28 at Amazon More than a case Samsung LED Back Cover The Samsung LED Back Cover is quite unique. The case offers good drop protection, but its real highlight are the customizable LEDs on the back. $55 at Samsung Not too expensi...

These are the best Galaxy S10+ case you can buy

Sep 11, 2019

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Repeat after me, my friends: No matter your taste, your phone needs a case. You just dropped a thousand dollars on a Samsung Galaxy S10+, and carrying it around without a case is just begging for Murphy's Law to come pay that phone a visit. We've got thin cases, clear cases, fun cases, butch cases, and even more. There's something here for everyone, but please, don't leave this article without getting your new phone some protection! Ranger rugged ArmadilloTek Urban Ranger Staff pick This new Texan-born case is exclusive to the S10+: a single-layer TPU case with grit, grip, air-cushioned drop protection, and five fetching color options. $12 at Amazon New look on a classic winner Spigen Neo Hybrid Gone is the Herringbone on this award-winning case series, and in its place is a new pattern that Spigen promises is grippier than ever. $17 at Amazon High class carry-all Snakehive Vintage Leather Wallet This U.K. brand makes a dapper case indeed, available in six suave sha...

These Galaxy Note 8 cases are particularly noteworthy!

Sep 11, 2019

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is officially two generations old now that the Note 10 has arrived, but it's still a pretty great phone in 2019. Whether you've owned one since launch or just recently snagged on on discount, you're going to want to keep it safe and stylish. We've rounded up the best cases to consider for the Note 8. Rugged and sleek Spigen Rugged Armor case Staff pick This sleek case has carbon fiber accents along with a matte finish. It's made of flexible shock-absorbing TPU material, and doesn't add much bulk. $12 at Amazon Samsung's most stylish Samsung LED Wallet Cover case This case lets you see the current time and notifications via LEDs without exposing the screen, and has an interior pocket for storing your cash or cards. From $65 at Amazon Feels real good Samsung Alcantara case Alcantara is a fashionable material that's been showing up in phone cases. This case has a sleek design with a finish unlike any other case you've used. From $24 at Amazon...

Say no to bulk with these slim Galaxy S10 cases

Sep 11, 2019

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The Galaxy S10 is thin and beautiful, but it's also fragile and expensive, so be a dear and at least put it in a thin case so it has some protection from the big bad world. Not all cases are multi-stage tanks like OtterBoxes, and not all thin cases are just for show. These cases have the looks, lithe figures, and at least some measure of protection for your phone. Plus, you don't lose any of the S10's thinness. Grippy and slim Spigen Liquid Air Armor Staff pick This case is grippier and more interesting than the classic Spigen Rugged Armor while also feeling slimmer in the hand. If only it came in more colors. $12 at Amazon Thinnest case around Totallee Ultra Thin Totallee's cases are jaw-droppingly thin, safeguarding your Galaxy S10 from scuffs and smudges without sacrificing its lithe look. $28 at Amazon Nerd out Song of Time The Snap Cases that Redbubble offers are a snap to get on and off — pun intended — and they come in millions of styles, like thi...

Protect your Galaxy S9+ with these stylish cases

Sep 11, 2019

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There are plenty of cases available for the Samsung Galaxy S9+, but it can be hard to separate the good from the bad. The beautiful and large design of the Galaxy S9+ will quickly turn to horror after a nasty drop, so a quality case is almost a requirement. We've rounded up the best cases for the S9+, which not only protect your phone but can give it a new look. A luxurious first-party option Samsung Alcantara Cover Staff pick Alcantara feels great, and it's thick enough to protect your phone in the event of a drop. Buy this one for the design, keep using it for the quality. From $25 at Amazon Slim as can be Spigen Thin Fit This case is a great choice if you want the bare minimum protection and grip on top of your phone in exchange for a super slim profile. $10 at Amazon Style and shine Spigen Liquid Crystal Spigen's Liquid Crystal has a lightweight design that doesn't add too much bulk while offering great protection for your device. $12 at Amazon Also your walle...

These are the best unlocked phones on Amazon for every budget

Sep 11, 2019

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Whether you're planning an international trip or you just prefer not to be financially tied to your carrier, it's never a bad idea to buy your next phone unlocked. Amazon has a huge selection of unlocked phones to choose from, including the ever-popular Galaxy S10+, and the options span across all different price ranges. The best Samsung Galaxy S10+ Staff pick The Galaxy S10+ is one of the most versatile and powerful phones on the market. You get top-end specs across the board, plus all of the hardware features you expect: an excellent display, waterproofing, wireless charging, an SD card slot, a headphone jack, and more. The cameras are consistent and capable, and the software will do anything you want adfter a little configuration. $900 at Amazon Best under $800 Samsung Galaxy S10e Not everyone wants a huge phone, nor can they afford the price usually associated with it. That's where the Galaxy S10e comes in: it's essentially identical to the Galaxy S10, but comes in at...

Shiva, Don Corneo and more await in a new Final Fantasy 7 Remake trailer

Sep 11, 2019

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A new trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Remake shows off how familiar faces and moments from the original game have been updated. What you need to know Final Fantasy 7 Remake is currently in development for PlayStation 4, with several new trailers shown this year. The game has a new Tokyo Game Show 2019 trailer, with a new look at characters, combat, locations and more. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is currently scheduled to arrive on March 3, 2020. You can preorder the game at Amazon for $60. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is well on the way and there's a new Tokyo Game Show 2019 trailer for eager fans to take a look at. In the trailer, we get glimpses of familiar characters, locations and more from the original game. You can check out the new trailer below: There's a lot of really cool, brief snippets that I'm sure fans will analyze and pour over for a long time. For a few years, basically no information was released for the game but all that changed earlier this year when a new teaser trailer ...

You can trade-in your phone for up to $650 off a Galaxy Note 10

Sep 11, 2019

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The Galaxy Note 10 is a pricey device, but you can soften the blow by trading in your old phone. What you need to know Microsoft is offering up to $650 of credit for a Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10+ when you trade in your old phone. Elegible phones include the iPhone X, Galaxy Note 9, and Google Pixel 3. The Galaxy Note 10 starts at $945 and the Galaxy Note 10+ starts at $1,100. Microsoft has had a trade-in program for some time now, but with Apple's iPhone event happening yesterday, many people are evaluating their mobile devices. If you were underwhelmed by the iPhone 11 or you're a happy Android user and want to upgrade to the Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10+, you can get up to $650 in credit when you trade-in your old phone. How much you get for your old phone depends largely on the model of phone and the condition that it's in. Trading in a Galaxy Note 9, iPhone X, or Google Pixel 3 can get you up to $650 in credit towards a new Galaxy Note device. Even a Pixel 2 or iPhon...

YouTube Premium and Music expand to 8 new countries in the Middle East

Sep 11, 2019

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YouTube Music is now in over 70 countries. What you need to know YouTube Premium and Music have expanded to eight new countries in the Middle East. In total, that makes over 70 countries with access to YouTube Music (which is more than Google Play Music ever had). The new countries are Bahrain, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudia Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Google is continuing its global media takeover by expanding YouTube Premium and Music to eight new countries in the Middle East. If you're keeping track at home, that now makes over 70 countries in total with YouTube Music, even more than Google Play Music was ever available in. That's pretty impressive considering Google Play Music launched nearly eight years ago. If you're here, that means you're probably wanting to know the eight new countries, so check them out in the list below: Bahrain Israel Kuwait Lebanon Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates All of the same benefits of YouTube Premium are her...

Google Nest Mini stops by the FCC, confirms wall-mount and 3.5mm jack

Sep 11, 2019

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The sketch also reveals the design will stay relatively unchanged. What you need to know The new updated Nest Mini, previously known as Home Mini, just made a stop by the FCC. It is expected to launch at Google's hardware event that will most likely take place on October 15. The sketch in the FCC listing confirms the addition of a wall-mount and 3.5mm jack to the Nest Mini. While we can't escape the deluge of Pixel 4 leaks lately, that's not the only product Google is set to launch in October. Previously, we reported that there would be a new Home Mini speaker, this time carrying the Nest branding as Google works on rebranding its Home products. Now, we're getting further confirmation that the new Nest Mini is on the way after it recently made a stop by the FCC. The listing includes the model number H2C which is similar to the model numbers used by previous Google Home products. For example, the original Home Mini used the H0A model number and the Google Home used H0ME. We also g...

Google Home app's new button lets you video call your smart display

Sep 11, 2019

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The new "Call Home" button launches the Duo app and initiates a video call to your smart display What you need to know A new Call Home button added to the Google Home app on Android lets you make a video call to your smart display. The Call Home quick action was added to the Google Home iOS app earlier this month. Since the feature has just started rolling out, it may take a few weeks for it to become widely available. After rolling out the Call Home quick action in the Google Home app for iOS devices, Google has now added the same feature to the Google Home app on Android. The "Call Home" button lets you place a video call from the Google Home app on your phone directly to any Google Assistant-enabled smart display that you may have at your home. In order for the feature to work, you must have the smart display connected to your Google account. When you make a call, your own name will appear on the smart display, although anyone at your home can answer. As noted by the folks ...

Forget the Rugged Armor, the Liquid Air is the Spigen slim case to get

Sep 11, 2019

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Want to protect your phone from unwanted attention and slippery hands? This case is for you. Pretty as that Aura Glow rainbow is, you can't carry around a Note 10+ without a case. I mean, c'mon, it's $1100 to replace and gravity doesn't turn itself off just because you're carrying a new phone — if anything, I believe gravity increases around shiny new technological toys, since they're carrying the weight of all our expectations and excitement. If you want to protect your portable powerhouse but don't want to weigh your already formidable phone down with a heavy-duty case, there's still a boatload of simplified silicone cases out there to choose from, most of them with some stale-looking carbon fiber accents or a texture that looks pretty but doesn't actually help your grip. Skip those and get a slim case with a texture that's actually helpful: the Spigen Liquid Air. Diamond-textured Spigen Liquid Air Galaxy Note 10+ Case ...

Pixel 4 hands-on videos reveal all, including new 'Screen attention' mode

Sep 11, 2019

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We still have a month to go before we're expecting the Pixel 4 to launch. What you need to know Three hands-on videos of the Pixel 4 have been uploaded to YouTube. The videos showcase the Pixel 4 in very high-quality, including its design, software, and more. We also get a look at a new "Screen attention" setting and the updated Camera app UI. Google's been making an initiative this year to stay ahead of Pixel 4 leaks, but over the last week or so, that plan doesn't seem to have done much good. Following an endless stream of hands-on photos and some low-res videos, we now have three high-quality videos showcasing the Pixel 4 in its full glory. The videos were uploaded by YouTube channels AnhEm TV, Duy Thẩm, and Rabbit TV and they offer the best look we've had yet at Google's upcoming flagship. We've already had a good idea of what the Pixel 4 will look like, and these videos further confirm its design. The recently-leaked "panda" color of the Pixel 4 is shown here, and it...

Need to print from your Chromebook? These are your best options

Sep 11, 2019

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Contrary to what you might hear, you can print from a Chromebook, but it's not as simple as you may think. Fortunately, that doesn't mean you'll be stuck never printing from your Chromebook, ever! These printers are compatible with connecting to your Chromebook. They require very little set up and allow you to print from your Chromebook no matter where you are. Best for the office Canon Office MAXIFY IB4120 Printer Staff pick Designed specifically for the office with its 500-paper capacity, the Canon Office IB4120 printer works with multiple devices and is great at home, too. $109 at Amazon Save time and frustration Canon MX492 Wireless All-In-One Chromebook Compatible The Canon MX492 printer is simple to set up and comes with several time-saving features that you to print more without neglecting the time you have. $60 at Amazon Black and white benefits HL-L2350DW Brother Compact Monochrome Printer The Brother HL-L2350DW will allow you to print no matter where you a...

Does Visible support VoLTE?

Sep 11, 2019

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Best answer: Yes. In fact, Visible only supports VoLTE for calls since it has no support for networks older than LTE. A small number of phones also support Wi-Fi calling. Get pure Android unlocked: Google Pixel 3a ($400 at Amazon) Check out Visible's plan : Visible Unlimited ($40/mo. at Visible) What is VoLTE? As the name implies, voice over LTE, or VoLTE uses 4G LTE networks to transmit the audio for a call over an LTE data connection. Previously, phone calls would fall back to the older network to make a call without data. Visible doesn't access any network older than Verizon's 4G LTE so it uses LTE for all calls. The rollout of VoLTE (most of us say it like "volty") wasn't as smooth or straightforward as it could have been on other carriers. Whether customers were using an older device with poor support for the full range of LTE bands offered by a carrier or if they lived in an area with spotty coverage, VoLTE needed some time to mature. VoLTE is the new normal Now that LTE...

Get a lifetime membership to 12min Micro Book Library for just $39

Sep 11, 2019

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Reading is a powerful skill that grants us new perspectives and insights, which is why many world-renowned entrepreneurs attribute part of their success to reading. However, it can be hard to set aside time for daily reading, but what if you can gain all the ideas you need just by reading for 12 minutes each day? 12min Micro Book Library offers just that, and you can subscribe now for just $39.  12min is a massive library that provides micro books that can be digested in 12 minutes. You’ll receive 30 new titles in many different genres each month, so you’ll always have something new to read each day. You can read your micro books over text or listen to them over audio, and you can even send your micro books to your Kindle to read them offline. Best of all, if there’s a book you’re interested in reading, you can pitch it to the 12min team, who will synthesize it into a micro book and add it to their ever-expanding library. It isn’t hard to bec...

Control is getting Photo Mode, a free new game mode and two expansions

Sep 11, 2019

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Remedy lays out the planned DLC content for Control over the next year - and teases something pretty incredible for longtime Remedy fans. What you need to know Control is the latest game from Remedy Entertainment and 505 Games. Today, Remedy released the roadmap for upcoming DLC, including photo mode and two expansions. The second expansion is teasing something massive than fans of Remedy will appreciate. Control is currently available at Amazon for $51 on PlayStation 4. Control released back in August but Remedy Entertainment is already talking about what fans can look forward to next. Yesterday, Remedy shared the patch notes for a comprehensive update aimed at fixing the issues players are having with the map, as well as glitches and frame-rate problems. Today, Remedy released the content roadmap for Control, talking about what is coming and the order in which it is coming. First up is Photo Mode, which will be free for all players. It's aimed to arrive sometime in Fall 2019. A...

Get everything you need for a DIY project with these Pi kits

Sep 11, 2019

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If you're looking for an inexpensive way to enter the world of DIY electronics, a Raspberry Pi is a great place to start. It's a well-built, small PC board that uses standard input and outputs for audio and video, standard USB ports, a set of simple input/output pins to connect to just about anything, and most importantly, a massive collection of accessories and a vast community of developers. This spells success, whether you're building a hobby project or a prototyping something more complicated. The New Model CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 2GB Basic Kit Staff pick The new Raspberry Pi 4 is a significant improvement over the 3 B+, and this kit from CanaKit has what you need to get up and running right away. $72 at Amazon Bare Bones Raspberry Pi 4 with essentials This kit includes a 1GB board, heatsink, USB adapter, and HDMI adapter so you can drop your new board into an existing project. Neat! $50 at Amazon All ages Kano Computer Kit A Kano Computer Kit is an excellent w...

Which Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch should you buy?

Sep 11, 2019

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Modern and timeless Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle Smartwatch $295 at Amazon Pros External speaker 1GB RAM, 8GB storage Sleek and timeless design Cons Battery life isn't great Hard to read in direct sunlight Battery-saving modes are restrictive The Carlyle offers some great improvements, like Snapdragon Wear 3100, increased RAM and storage, and an external speaker. It sports a modern yet timeless design that's available in black and smoke, so it'll blend well with just about everything. It offers the same functionality as the Julianna, so your choice will come down to aesthetics. Dashing and feminine Fossil Gen 5 Julianna Smartwatch $295 at Amazon Pros External speaker 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage Stylish feminine design Cons Battery life isn't great Hard to read in direct sunlight Battery-saving modes are restrictive It's easy to see that the Fossil Gen 5 Julianna smartwatches are geared toward those who are seeking a more feminine design. These models also with Snapdragon Wear...

Samsung PlayGalaxy Link game streaming app is now available to download

Sep 11, 2019

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In addition to streaming games to your phone, PlayGalaxy Link can also wake up your registered PC. What you need to know The Samsung PlayGalaxy Link app is now available for download. PlayGalaxy Link is Samsung's game streaming service that lets you play PC games on your Galaxy smartphone. PlayGalaxy Link is currently in beta and is open to users in the U.S. and Korea only. Samsung announced a new game streaming service called PlayGalaxy Link at its Unpacked event last month. Similar to Steam Link, Samsung's PlayGalaxy Link service lets you stream PC games to your Galaxy phone. As spotted by the folks at Android Police, the Playgalaxy.com site is now up and the Android app can be downloaded by Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ owners. To get started, you will need to download the PC application from the Playgalaxy.com website and get the Android app from the Galaxy Store. Once you have installed PlayGalaxy Link on both your PC and phone, you need to launch it on both devices and sign ...

OnePlus 7 Pro Android 10 beta adds wide-angle video recording and more

Sep 5, 2019

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Video recording has also been added to the telephoto lens. What you need to know The Android 10 open beta for the OnePlus 7 Pro has added video recording for the wide-angle and telephoto lenses. You can also now use the wide-angle lens in Nightscape and the telephoto lens in Portrait Mode. To access the new features you'll have to be enrolled in the open beta, sideloading the camera app won't work. On September 3, the Android 10 update began rolling out to Pixel phones. However, the Pixel phones weren't the only ones to get a taste of Android 10 that day. OnePlus also began rolling out a new open beta for Android 10 to the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, which followed a series of closed beta releases for the two phones. Along with all the changes and features that Android 10 brings to the table, OnePlus also snuck in the ability to record video with the wide-angle lens, one of the most requested features since the phone first launched. OnePlus has been teasing us for months now sayi...

The $350 Wilfa Precision Automatic Coffee Maker is now $85

Sep 5, 2019

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When it comes to being productive throughout the day, nothing is more important than having a great cup of coffee in the morning. Whether you’re about to deliver a promotion-deciding presentation or need to stay sharp for an exam, morning caffeination is absolutely paramount. This Wilfa Precision Automatic Coffee Maker will make your morning coffee routine tremendously easier and more reliable, and it’s available for 75% off at just $84.99. Also available in silver at a slightly higher price point, this sleek and stylish coffee-producer is engineered for exact temperature and water control—producing the most flavorful results in a short period of time. Developed in collaboration with Tim Wendelboe (recognized barista artist and owner of the Tim Wendelboe espresso bar), this machine features a detachable water tank and automatically removes leftover water from the system after each brew, and you’ll be able to use flow control in order to brew the perfect amo...

Return of the Obra Dinn drifts onto PlayStation 4 soon

Sep 5, 2019

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It has that nostalgic look. What you need to know Return of the Obra Dinn is a first-person mystery game on PC. It's coming to consoles this year. The game focuses on the disappearance of a merchant ship. You can purchase it for $20 on Steam. Around the same time last year, a game called Return of the Obra Dinn delighted gamers on PC. It not only garnered great reviews, but in many ways, it regarded as a modern cult classic. For those of you unfamiliar with the title, Return of the Obra Dinn is a first-person mystery adventure based on exploration and logical deduction. In 1802, the merchant ship Obra Dinn set out from London for the Orient with over two hundred tons of trade goods. Six months later, it hadn't met its rendezvous point at the Cape of Good Hope and was declared lost at sea. In 1807, the Obra Dinn drifts into the port at Falmouth with damaged sails and no visible crew. As insurance investigator for the East India Company's London Office, dispatch immediately...

Which Amazon Music subscription should you get?

Sep 5, 2019

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Best answer: Amazon has a really good set of music services that you might have overlooked, ranging from free for Prime members to upwards of $15 per month for the top-tier Amazon Music Unlimited plan. Each plan is available to anyone, but Prime members get discounts. Steal of a deal: Amazon Music Unlimited (From $4/mo. at Amazon) Freebie Music: Amazon Prime Music (Free for Prime members at Amazon) Where to get started with Amazon Music? Here's a fun fact you might not be aware of: Amazon has a really good music service. It's called, as you might expect, Amazon Music, and just like Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora, or whatever else you might use, it, uh, plays music. Lots and lots of music. That's not really the exciting part. The real reason you might want to consider Amazon Music comes down to the options, and the myriad ways you could end up listening. Let's dive in. First, you need to access the app. Here are some quick links: Android iOS On ...

Nokia 7.2 is an affordable flagship that comes in this gorgeous green

Sep 5, 2019

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Two of the best affordable devices of last year just got upgraded, and if you're looking for a stellar device that doesn't break the bank, the Nokia 7.2 is the phone for you. In the few years since HMD relaunched the Nokia brand, the company has put out a portfolio of smartphones, most of which haven't ignited the market as the company would have hoped. The few exceptions to this are the Nokia 6 and Nokia 7 series, which both achieved successful penetration in the affordable segment. In particular, the Nokia 7.1 was one of the best affordable devices launched last year. A key issue has been that Nokia launched regular and plus versions of both ranges, which added confusion around which device was which. With the launch of the Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2 today, the company has combined the plus and regular versions of each handset and made two phones that have the potential to be best-sellers. Both devices share the same basic framework, with the Nokia 7.2 improving on ...

Google is helping organizations preserve user privacy with its new tools

Sep 5, 2019

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The open-source differentially privacy library is freely available to all developers and organizations that want to use it. What you need to know Google has announced the open-source version of its differential privacy library for developers and organizations. Developers can use Google's open-source differential privacy library to develop tools that can help gain insights from large data sets while preserving the privacy of individuals. Some of the other open-source privacy technologies announced by Google this year include Tensorflow Privacy, Tensorflow Federated, Private Join and Compute. Google today announced the rollout of an open-source version of its differential privacy library, aiming to make it easier for developers and organizations to build tools that can help protect private information when gathering insights from big data sets. Here's what Miguel Guevara, Product Manager, Privacy and Data Protection Office at Google wrote in a blog post explaining differential pri...

What's on Kelly Peirce's gaming desk: Work, consoles and felty critters

Sep 5, 2019

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Work, gaming, and hobbies; my desk sees it all and holds a mix of equipment to that end. Due to Fibromyalgia my day usually breaks down a little differently than others: stretching out stiff limbs with a show and tea, working when the fog clears from my mind, gaming a little with friends, and then working again just in case the next day is bad. Toss in a little stabbing felt with needles when things get stressful and you have my happy little gaming nook. This is what I use on my desk to survive the day. Feather light Staff Pick Logitech G433 Wired Headset My body doesn't handle pressure well. Mosts headsets will give me a headache within an hour due to the weight. The G433's are extremely lightweight at only 9.1 ounces. You do lose a few features like 7.1 Dolby Surround, but if you are looking for a light headset with long lasting comfort, these are great. $65 at Amazon The workhorse NZXT BLD - Gaming PC While my PC is showing its age with a late gen i5 processor ...

The Sonos Move is the portable smart speaker of my dreams

Sep 5, 2019

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What you need to know Sonos Move is powerful, portable, and unbreakable, goes on sale September 24 for $399. Sonos One SL replaces the Play:1, and goes on sale next week for $179. Sonos Port connects traditional stereo equipment to the Sonos ecosystem, coming early next year for $399. My house is full of speakers. I play music from a Google Home Max, podcasts from a Lenovo Smart Display and, when sitting on my porch, audiobooks from a UE Boom 3. But the vast majority of speakers peppered throughout my home, and the ones that get the most use, are from Sonos. My collection started with a single Play:1 and expanded to include a Play:5, a Beam, and most recently, Ikea's new Sonos-powered bookshelf and lamp speakers. I sometimes just group them all together when I want a whole-home dance party. So when I learned that Sonos was coming out with its new Move speaker, I couldn't really contain my excitement. The speaker is beefier than the Sonos One and more versatile than the aging (but ...

TCL's first phone is boring, but it has far more interesting devices coming

Sep 5, 2019

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There's far more to this brand expansion than a ho-hum mid-range phone. TCL is expanding into a new product segment: it's going to start making phones donning the TCL brand, rather than relying only on its wholly-owned Alcatel and BlackBerry brands. It's a big move for a company that has only recently made its way into public consciousness (particularly in the West) in the consumer electronics realm with its fast-growing TV line. And on the surface, it feels rather boring when you look at the brand's first phone: the TCL PLEX, a mid-range device with mid-range specs and generally expected features. The PLEX is, well, a phone. There's an all-glass unibody design wrapped around a large 6.53-inch display, typical specs (Snapdragon 675, 6GB RAM, 3820mAh battery) and a triple camera array with a dedicated sensor for low-light video capture. The PLEX isn't going to get anyone excited, but it'll fill a market desire in Europe. TCL has a somewhat-interesting story to tell ...

Sony's new 'compact' flagship has a 6.1-inch 21:9 display

Sep 5, 2019

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The smaller 6.1-inch display is the only major difference between the new Xperia 5 and the Xperia 1. What you need to know Sony announced the Xperia 5 at its IFA 2019 press conference in Berlin today. The Xperia 5 is a spiritual successor to last year's Xperia XZ2 Compact. Xperia 2 features a 6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED CinemaWide with a 21:9 aspect ratio and is powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset. Sony today unveiled the Xperia 5 at its IFA 2019 press conference in Berlin. Just as rumored, the new Xperia 5 is basically a "compact" version of the Xperia 1 that the company launched earlier this year. The Xperia 5 sports a 6.1-inch OLED HDR display with Full HD+ resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio. While the display resolution is lower, the Xperia 5 is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC as the bigger Xperia 1. The phone will be available in a single variant in most markets, featuring 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. Sony's new Xperia 5 is identical to the Xperia 1 in the c...

Microsoft Launcher gets optimized local search results in new update

Sep 5, 2019

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Local results are easier to access in Microsoft Launcher following a recent update. What you need to know Microsoft Launcher has been updated to version 5.8. The update brings an optimized search experience that makes local results easier to access. The update also allows you to add new apps to the home screen automatically. Microsoft Launches has a new update available. The update brings the app to version 5.8, and it adds a few handy features (via MSPU). The 5.8 update rolled out to beta testers last month, but it is now available to all Microsoft Launcher users. The new update brings several new features. First, Microsoft Launcher can now automatically add new apps to the home screen on devices running Android 8.0 and above. Second, the search experienced has been optimized to make local results easier to access. Finally, Microsoft Launcher now has Microsoft Intune Fully Managed Devices Support. Here is the complete changelog. Newly installed apps can be added to home scree...

Pokémon Masters: The fastest ways to level up Sync Pairs

Sep 5, 2019

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Happily, leveling up as a duo isn't any harder than doing it for one. Leveling up to make characters more powerful isn't just a staple of Pokémon games, it's pretty standard for any mobile games with even the slightest RPG leanings. Pokémon Masters is no exception in that regard, but instead of training only your Pokémon, you're training Sync Pairs: duos of specially bonded Pokémon and trainers. The good news is that since a Sync Pair is for all intents and purposes a single character, there isn't anything tricky about the leveling process. However, there are some ways for your favorite Sync Pairs to "get good" that are faster than others, so let's demystify leveling up on Pasio and find out exactly what those are. Do you need any special items to level up Sync Pairs? Actually, you don't. One of the more pleasant aspects of Pokémon Masters is that Sync Pairs gain XP with every battle fought, so they will level up just through using them more oft...

Garmin Venu announced with 5-day battery, GPS, and AMOLED display

Sep 5, 2019

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Garmin's also announcing new fitness trackers and hybrid watches. What you need to know Garmin is announcing a bunch of new wearables at IFA 2019, including the Venu, Vivoactive 4/4S, Vivomove Series, and Legacy Hero Series. The Venu is brand-new smartwatch line from Garmin, featuring an AMOLED display, GPS, and 5-day battery life. You can rock a Captain Marvel or Captain America-themed watch with the Legacy Hero Series. It's no secret that IFA is home to a lot of product announcements, and Garmin made sure to take full advantage of the annual trade show by revealing a heap of new wearables it'll soon be launching. Among all of the announcements, the one that sticks out as the most interesting is the Garmin Venu. This is a new smartwatch from Garmin, and it marks the first entry in the company's Venu series. The watch features an AMOLED display, built-in GPS, and is rated for up to 5 days of battery life on a single charge. This is Garmin's first smartwatch to ship with an AMOLE...

Galaxy A90 5G is Samsung’s first mid-range phone with 5G connectivity

Sep 5, 2019

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Even though Samsung hasn't confirmed it yet, the Galaxy A90 5G will likely arrive in the U.S. before the end of the year. What you need to know Samsung has announced the Galaxy A90 5G, its first 5G-enabled A series smartphone. The phone runs on Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset, paired with the X50 5G modem. It is set to go on sale in Korea from September 4 and will "expand to additional markets thereafter." Samsung today formally announced its latest 5G-enabled smartphone, the Galaxy A90 5G. The first A series phone with 5G connectivity, Galaxy A90 5G offers near flagship-grade hardware and comes with some impressive features like Samsung DeX support and Game Booster for enhanced gaming performance. Samsung Galaxy A90 5G is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with the X50 5G modem and Qualcomm RF Front-End solutions. It has a similar 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display as the Galaxy A80 but comes with a small U-shaped cutout at the top. Housed within the cutout ...

Honor Play 3 is an entry-level phone with a hole punch display, 48MP camera

Sep 5, 2019

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Thanks to the hole punch cutout, the Honor Play 3 boasts a 90% screen-to-body ratio. What you need to know Honor's latest entry-level phone has a HiSilicon Kirin 710F chipset and packs a large 4,000mAh battery. The phone also features a 6.39-inch HD+ display with a hole punch cutout and triple rear cameras with a 48MP primary sensor. It will be going on sale in China later this month for a starting price of just 999 yuan ($140). Honor has introduced a new addition to its gaming-centric Play series. The new Honor Play 3 is an entry-level device that offers a modern design and packs impressive hardware as well. The Honor Play 3 comes with a 6.39-inch display with HD+ resolution and a tiny hole punch cutout. Under the hood, it runs on HiSilicon's 12nm Kirin 710F octa-core chipset with a Mali-G51 MP4 GPU and GPU Turbo 3.0 technology. The base variant of the phone includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. Honor is also offering two additional configurations that don't make much sense: 6...

Puma and Michael Kors debut first fitness-focused Wear OS smartwatches

Sep 5, 2019

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All new models are built on Fossil Gen 5 platform with newest specs and features. What you need to know Puma's first smartwatch is fitness-focused and powered by Snapdragon Wear 3100. MKGO is the first Michael Kors fitness watch, running on the same platform. Michael Kors Access Lexington and Bradshaw also updated with new platform internals Puma and Michael Kors are both announcing their first fitness-focused smartwatches, and in the case of Puma its first ever smartwatch for the brand. Additionally, Michael Kors has refreshed its popular fashion-minded Lexington and Bradshaw models. Both brands have their smartwatch lineups handled by Fossil, which is a good thing for us — all four of these new watches are based on effectively the same platform as the Fossil Gen 5. That means you're getting longer battery life thanks to new battery modes, a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, new speaker, more storage and memory, GPS, NFC, heart rate monitoring, and 5ATM water resistance. Pum...

Here are the countries where the Pixel 4's Motion Sense will be available

Sep 5, 2019

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Motion Sense is one of Pixel 4's headline features. What you need to know Best Buy's landing page for the upcoming Pixel 4 has revealed the phone's Motion Sense feature will work only in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, and Europe. Motion Sense technology will allow the Pixel 4 to detect your gestures, allowing you to do things like skipping songs and silencing phone calls without even touching the phone. The Soli radar chip to enable the Motion Sense feature is located in the Pixel 4's top bezel, along with a selfie camera and a few other sensors. In a blog post published a few weeks back, Google had confirmed that the Pixel 4 will come with a Soli radar chip, powering a new Motion Sense feature that will let users skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls just by waving their hand. While the blog post had noted that Motion Sense will only be available in select countries, it didn't say which countries will get the feature and which won't. The list of co...

All the Sync Pairs you can get in Pokémon Masters

Sep 5, 2019

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All the trainer-Pokémon duos you can collect. Pokémon Masters is a fun mobile game available for Android and iOS phones. In this game, you'll explore the artificial island of Pasio and work to take down the villainous Team Break. Unlike other Pokémon games, you do not capture individual Pokémon and add them to your party. Instead you'll add several different Sync Pairs to your team. A Sync Pair is basically a trainer and its Pokémon. For example, in Pokémon Masters Brock and Onix are a Sync Pair. You can come across new Sync Pairs simply by playing the main storyline or by spending Gems in the Sync Pair Scout feature. Everything we know about Pokémon Masters How many Sync Pairs are there? There are currently 67 known Sync Pairs available in the game, but we're sure there will be more in the future. We'll continue to update this list as more are revealed. Five-Star Sync Pair Acerola and Palossand Blue and Pidgeot Brendan and Tr...

What is Samsung's Galaxy Fold Premier Service?

Sep 5, 2019

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Best answer: Samsung's Premier Service offers Galaxy Fold customers 24/7 access to Samsung experts for "tailored guidance and support over the phone any time, any day." There's also an on-boarding session that gets Galaxy Fold up to speed on all the capabilities of the phone. The foldable phone is back: Samsung Galaxy Fold ($1,980 at Samsung) What is the Galaxy Fold Premier Service? After several rounds of delays, Samsung has relaunched the Galaxy Fold. The phone is going up for sale in Korea on September 6 and will be available in the U.S. starting September 27, and Samsung is touting the Galaxy Fold Premier Service as a seamless way for Galaxy Fold owners to know more about the capabilities of the foldable phone. Galaxy Fold owners will get 24/7 access to Samsung experts online or over the phone should they run into any issues, and Samsung is also offering an optional one-on-one on-boarding session to set up the device and walk customers over all the new features on offer. The ...

Galaxy Fold is coming to the U.S. on September 27

Sep 5, 2019

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What you need to know The Galaxy Fold is coming to Korea on September 6. Will launch in the U.S. on September 27, according to Bloomberg. Debuting with all-new Premier Service onboarding experience Samsung is renewing the Galaxy Fold after its unexpected delay this past April, signaling that the design and quality control defects discovered by reviewers days before the foldable phone's release have been resolved. In a blog post on the eve of IFA 2019, the company says that the phone will launch in Korea on September 6 — that's two days from now — and will come to the U.S. "in the coming weeks" in two colors: Cosmos Black and Space Silver. According to Bloomberg sources, the specific date is September 27 — the same day the rumored iPhone 11 devices are set to launch worldwide. Our team has been refining the Galaxy Fold to ensure we can provide the best possible experience. We learned from the feedback we received, and not only applied those lessons to the Galax...

How to change your Twitter password and activate two-factor authentication

Aug 30, 2019

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Keep those Tweets protected! Twitter. Some people love it, some people hate it. No matter your take, you should ensure that your account is as safe as can be if you use the social network. To keep your account as secure as can be, we recommend changing your password and enabling two-factor authentication if you don't have it turned on already. Without further ado, let's get started. Changing your password From the Twitter app, tap on your profile photo near the top left Tap Settings and privacy. On this menu, tap Account. Tap the Password tab under Log in and security. Enter your current password followed by a new password and then type in the new one again to confirm it. After entering your info, you'll see a small pop-up at the bottom of your screen letting you know your password has successfully been changed. Make sure you create a password that's strong with a mix of lowercase/uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters. If you use a password manager like 1Passwo...

Borderlands 3 will come to additional digital PC storefronts in April 2020

Aug 30, 2019

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Best answer: We don't know for sure, but there's a strong possibility that Borderlands 3 will come to Steam after its 6-month exclusivity period on the Epic Games Store. Vast alien treasures: Borderlands 3 ($60 at Amazon) Why is it an Epic Games Store exclusive? There are a lot of reasons that could have contributed to Gearbox and 2K opting to release Borderlands 3 on the Epic Games Store as a timed exclusive, but the companies have unfortunately not stated why they came to this decision. A popular belief is that it is because Epic only takes a 12% cut of the revenue as opposed to Valve's 30% cut, but that is merely speculation. When will it come to Steam? According to a press release released after its announcement, Borderlands 3 will release on other digital PC platforms starting in April 2020, six months after its initial release on the Epic Games Store. However, because it doesn't specifically list Steam as one of these storefronts, we can't know for sure if it'll come to th...

Jack Dorsey, Twitter's CEO, had his account hacked

Aug 30, 2019

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His account was tweeting racial slurs. What you need to know Jack Dorsey, Twitter's CEO, had his account hacked. Twitter says it's "investigating what happened." The breach appears to have been done via an SMS service called Cloudhopper. If you've been on Twitter this afternoon, chances are you've seen something about Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's account being compromised. Dorsey's account (@Jack) began tweeting random tweets on August 30, many of which were racial slurs and Nazi propaganda. The tweets were being shared with Jack's 4.2 million followers for about 20 minutes, and at the time of publishing this article, they all appear to have been deleted. It's still unclear what exactly caused the incident, but it seems to revolve around a service called "Cloudhopper." Cloudhopper is an SMS platform that was purchased by Twitter back in 2010, and it's worth mentioning because all of the rouge tweets coming from Jack's account were sent via Cloudhopper. As such, Jack's actual Twitt...

Android 10 release date teased for September 3

Aug 30, 2019

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Thank you very much, Rogers. What you need to know Canadian carrier Rogers shared an update schedule of Android 10 for Pixel phones. The schedule reveals a September 3 release date for Android 10's final build. As always, it'll take longer for the update to reach phones from other OEMs. We're expecting the final build of Android 10 to drop at any minute now, and thanks to an update schedule from Canadian carrier Rogers, we now have a possible date to look forward to. Rogers recently shared its latest OS Upgrade Schedule for upcoming software updates for its phones, and while it has since been edited out, the schedule initially listed the Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3a series as getting the "Q OS" update on September 3. While "Q OS" isn't the proper name for Google's next Android version, it's obvious that this is Android 10. Furthermore, it's very likely this is just what Rogers has been referring to the update as for the last few months and hasn't updated it to the rece...

Firewall Zero Hour is free for PlayStation Plus members this weekend

Aug 30, 2019

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Firewall Zero Hour is free for a limited time, but only for PlayStation Plus subscribers. What you need to know Firewall Zero Hour is exclusive to PlayStation VR. To celebrate one year after release, it will be free with weekend for PS Plus members. It is best played with a PlayStation Aim controller. To celebrate the 1-year anniversary of Firewall Zero Hour's release, is is free for PlayStation Plus members from August 28 until September 2. A couple of days have passed already, but you can still get your gaming in over the weekend. The developer also released some pretty interesting statistics about it as of this month. You've played over 4,028,896 total hours You've eliminated over 26,833,576 enemies Your top three chosen Contractors are Texas, Red, and Skip Your top three chosen maps are Compound, District, and Hotel Your top three chosen weapons are Taylor X-75, Spitfire, and Taylor X-75 CQB Firewall Zero Hour is a 4v4 tactical shooter where players control contractors and car...

AT&T and Sprint waive overage fees for Dorian-impacted customers

Aug 30, 2019

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Hurricane Dorian is already impacting Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as carriers prep response teams for Florida. Severe weather events are the times that mobile communications are most important, especially during events like hurricanes when power outages can last for days and you may have to evacuate to shelters or unfamiliar areas hundreds of miles away. The preparation and the response of wireless carriers is vital to keeping connected during an already chaotic time, and here's the response being prepared by the four major carriers right now. AT&T AT&T's network is operating normally in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, where the storm has already passed. Response teams are preparing in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, including the staging of mobile cell sites (including some drone-mounted cell sites) and command centers. AT&T has also announced it is waving fees for going over on data for customers in the storm's path in Fl...

Keep your phone safe from floods and water fun with a waterproof pouch

Aug 30, 2019

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Whether you're off to a wet and wonderful vacation in some tropical locale, or you're just trying to weather flash floods the hurricane season brings, a waterproof pouch is an easy way to protect your phone from electronics' biggest enemy: water. IPX8 cases are widely prevalent, come in many styles, colors, and sizes to accommodate phones, both big and small. And since they're usually big enough for a driver's license and some cash, they quickly go from unitasker to waterproof mini-purse. Whatever you're looking for in a waterproof pouch, you can probably find it in one of these. Family pack pouches Mpow Universal IPX8 Waterproof Phone Pouch (3-pack) Staff Pick Mpow's cases are by far the most prevalent and popular waterproof pouches on the market. The set comes in different colors so the whole family can tell their phones apart. And they should survive a full week of regular use so long as you're careful not to rip the plastic when getting your phone in or out of it. This ...

What should I do when my PS4 controller keeps disconnecting?

Aug 30, 2019

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Best answer: The first step is to resync your controller. At the very least if you can resync the controller, it should grant you control long enough to save your game before resetting your system. After that, there are a few different things to try. A solid connection: Anker 2-Pack, 6ft Nylon Braided Micro USB Cable with Gold-Plated Connectors ($11 at Amazon) Replacement if needed: DualShock 4 Wireless Controllers for PlayStation 4 (From $45 at Amazon) Why is this happening? Image by Larry Wentzel. The most likely reason you are losing connection between your PlayStation 4 and the controller is that you have Gremlins. Annoying little creatures who love to destroy technology certainly makes a better story than wireless interference, bad firmware or simple wear and tear from use. But no matter which little annoyance is causing your controller to disconnect there are a few tricks to try getting that connection back. Resync and reset Before jumping to a console restart and losing ...

Leaked Sony Xperia 2 images showcase another 21:9 flagship

Aug 30, 2019

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Looks almost identical to the Xperia 1. What you need to know Sony Xperia 2 images have leaked ahead of IFA. The images show a design remarkably similar to the Xperia 1, except for moving the camera module to the left side on the back. There is nothing known about what changes we might see on the inside, but we'll find out more at IFA. It might feel like the Sony Xperia 1 was just released, and that's because it was. Regardless, that's not stopping Sony from already working on the Xperia 2, and thanks to newly leaked images, we're even getting a sneak peek at what Sony will be showing off. If you remember anything about the Xperia 1, then these images will look very familiar. The Xperia 2 is sporting the same taller aspect ratio as its predecessor, and we can expect it will also include the same 4K OLED CinemaWide display. It also appears that the Xperia 2 will stick with the same slim top and bottom bezels over a trendy notch or hole-punch design. From the looks of it, the butto...

Will Borderlands 3 have split-screen co-op?

Aug 30, 2019

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Best answer: Yes. Borderlands 3 will support local split-screen co-op so that you can game with your friends together in the same room. Vast alien treasures: Borderlands 3 ($60 at Amazon) Why wouldn't Borderlands 3 have split-screen? More and more games tend to forego split-screen co-op in favor of utilizing the necessary power that would have been needed in other categories. Halo 5: Guardians notably got rid of split-screen so that 343 Industries could focus on boosting its frame rate and resolution. Split-screen gameplay requires a lot of processing power nowadays with how the technology behind games has progressed and this makes it increasingly harder to support. How many players does local co-op support? If you were hoping for 4-player local co-op, you'll be disappointed. Gearbox has confirmed that Borderlands 3 will only feature up to 2-player split-screen co-op. Those wanting to play with a larger group of friends will need to play online. Will all platforms feature split...

The Galaxy Note 10+ is Verizon's best phone

Aug 30, 2019

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Your phone is only as good as the network it's on, and Verizon's network is consistently rated the best in the U.S. That means you'll rarely ever be without coverage, and with Verizon's impressive lineup and unlimited plans, you get a wide variety of smartphone options to choose from. Best overall Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Staff pick The Galaxy Note 10+ is the ultimate mobile workhorse, cramming powerful specs into a sleek design with a stunning 6.8-inch display, a powerful triple camera array and, of course, the mighty S Pen. You can even cut videos directly on the phone with Samsung's new built-in video editor, and the Note 10+ is made to last all day with ease thanks to its internal 4300mAh battery. $1100 at Verizon Flagship for the masses Samsung Galaxy S10+ If you don't need the S Pen, the S10+ matches the Note 10+ nearly spec for spec for a hundred dollars less. You get the same Snapdragon 855 chipset, a gorgeous design available in a number of stunning finishes, and ...

The Galaxy Note 10+ is easily the best Android phone for Windows users

Aug 30, 2019

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Is this the closest thing to a Surface Phone running Android ever? I've never been a massive fan of the Samsung Galaxy series of smartphones. The last time I used a Galaxy flagship, it was with the Galaxy S8, and I sold it after only a few weeks because I couldn't get behind Samsung's version of Android. It felt bloated and didn't look very nice. The hardware was excellent, as Samsung hardware always is, but that's only part of the story when it comes to choosing a smartphone, and Samsung's software side of things just didn't work for me. But it's been two years, and Samsung has overhauled its version of Android with the new OneUI that attempts to debloat things and make things prettier. Microsoft has also since joined in on the Samsung fun by announcing a partnership that sees it integrate its own services into OneUI and the Galaxy Note 10 for a better experience across the Microsoft ecosystem. This partnership is why we're reviewing the Galaxy Note 10 on Windows Central; it's th...

TCL will show off its first self-branded smartphones during IFA 2019

Aug 30, 2019

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The phones are being made for global markets. What you need to know TCL is getting ready to launch its first smartphones under its proper "TCL" brand. The company has previously only sold smartphones via its Alcatel and BlackBerry brands. We'll get a first look at the upcoming handsets during IFA 2019. Depending on what segment of the tech world you follow, the TCL brand might mean a few different things to you. For some folks, TCL is synonymous with good, budget TVs. For others, they know TCL as the parent company for modern-day Alcatel and BlackBerry phones. During IFA 2019, however, we'll get our first look at something new for the company — its very first TCL-branded lineup of smartphones. Per TCL Global Marketing General Manager, Stefan Streit: What we have planned for IFA 2019 is an exciting glimpse into the future of TCL Communication – it comprises smartphones, 5G devices and entire new categories including the debut of our Project Archery wearable display...

Visible vs. US Mobile: Which carrier should you get?

Aug 30, 2019

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Android phones are our bread and butter here at AC, but we also obsess with the wireless carriers that make those phones tick. We spend countless hours researching and testing as many carriers as possible to deliver the best buying advice possible. The simple choice Visible $40/month at Visible Pros Clear, simple pricing Unlimited everything Free hotspot access Taxes/fees included Cons No international roaming Slower data speeds Limited Android support Visible is one of the newest carriers to hit the market, and it gets a lot of points thanks to how easy it is to use. For just $40/month with taxes and fees included, Visible gives you unlimited talk, text, and data on Verizon's LTE network. We love the free hotspot access, but limited Android support is still a deal-breaker for some potential customers. Highly customizable US Mobile $6 - $70/month at US Mobile Pros Highly customizable plans Blazing-fast LTE speeds Access to T-Mobile or Verizon Works with virtually...

Out of office warnings are rolling out to Gmail and Hangouts Chat

Aug 30, 2019

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Full rollout is expected by September 16. What you need to know Out of office warnings are rolling out to G Suite users for Gmail and Hangouts Chat. The warning will show up as a banner informing the sender that the recipient is out, and when they will return. The new feature can be disabled in the Calendar settings if you wish not to share your status with others. No one likes to come back from vacation to an inbox full of emails, just like I'm sure no one enjoys getting that auto-response email that someone you tried to contact is out of the office. Thankfully, Google is planning on introducing a new feature to save us from this very situation. Starting August 29, Google has begun rolling out the new "Out of office" integration between Google Calendar, Gmail, and Hangouts Chat. Once it rolls out, a small beige banner will appear in Gmail or Hangouts Chat when you attempt to send a message to someone who is out of the office. Along with stating the contact is out of the office, ...

Learn how to build a passive income with this $29 Amazon FBA training

Aug 30, 2019

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It’s safe to say most of us are familiar with Amazon, the eCommerce giant that empowers us to order virtually anything online and expect it on our doorsteps in just two days. But, there’s a facet of Amazon only a handful of us are familiar with: Amazon FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon). For the uninitiated, Amazon FBA lets you store the products you sell in Amazon’s fulfillment centers. When you make a sale on Amazon, Amazon then picks, packs, and ships the product. Plus, Amazon even provides customer service for the products handled in this fashion. So, it should really come as no surprise that Amazon FBA is an incredible way to build and scale a thriving eCommerce business. If you want to try your hand at it, the Complete Amazon FBA A-Z Bundle is a great place to start, and it’s on sale for only $29 today. Across 13 courses, this collection will guide you through the nuts and bolts of making a profit with Amazon FBA. From launching your first product to...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review: How badly do you want an S Pen?

Aug 30, 2019

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The smaller Note 10 brings the S Pen to a manageable phone size — with just as much of a questionable value proposition. Samsung's Galaxy Note 10+ steals the headlines with its huge screen, top-end specs and premium price, but that doesn't mean we should forget about the other Note 10. This is the first time Samsung has launched the "same" Note in two different sizes, and the differences between the models are big enough to warrant evaluating the Note 10 on its own. The Note 10 fits between the S10+ and S10, while still packing the latest specs and features, including the complete S Pen experience, from the Note 10+. That adds up to a package that's more expensive, but smaller, than the Galaxy S10+. Does the novelty of having the S Pen inside a relatively compact phone warrant spending $950, a notable premium over the latest Galaxy S models? This review answers that question, and lets you in on what it's like to use the Note 10. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Coasting to vi...

OnePlus 7T Pro render reveals a very familiar-looking phone

Aug 30, 2019

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There will also be a McLaren Edition of the device. What you need to know The OnePlus 7T Pro has appeared in a leaked render for the first time. It looks identical to the OnePlus 7 Pro, save for a couple of new colors. Reported specs include the Snapdragon 855+ and a 4,080 mAh battery. We've been closely following the upcoming OnePlus 7T for the last few days, with leaked renders and specs pointing to a considerably upgraded phone compared to the regular OnePlus 7 from earlier in the year. Now, thanks to another batch of renders, it appears that OnePlus also has a OnePlus 7T Pro in the works. Where the 7T has a noticeably different design compared to the 7 thanks to its new camera housing, the 7T Pro looks identical to the 7 Pro. In fact, according to 91Mobiles, the 7T Pro and 7 Pro share the exact same dimensions with no difference in design at all — save for a couple of new colors. The 7T Pro will show off OnePlus's Haze Blue colorway, which looks like a lighter vers...

These are the best game controllers for Android

Aug 30, 2019

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Mobile gaming on your phone often offers the flexibility of gaming everywhere just using touchscreen controls. But let's be real — there's nothing better than gaming with a trusty controller in hand. The best option is the Razer Raiju Mobile which is a premium Bluetooth controller that will let you play all your favorite old-school games using emulators or the best Android games that support Bluetooth controls. Best Overall: Razer Raiju Mobile When you consider everything that the Razer Raiju Mobile brings to the table — dual Bluetooth and wired connections, four multifunction buttons that can be remapped to fit your needs, hair-trigger mode for both left and right triggers, and a phone mount with a 60-degree tilt for comfortable viewing angles — the only thing that might give you pause is the price. The Razer Raiju Mobile is a pro controller that feels perfectly balanced in your hand, even with a phone mounted. That makes this a great controller for extended ...

Nokia dominates Android updates with 96% of its phones running Android Pie

Aug 30, 2019

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For comparison, just 16% of LG phones have Pie 😬. What you need to know Nokia ranks first out of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers in updating its phones. Since Q3 2018, 96% of Nokia phones have been updated to Android Pie. The rest of the top five include Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Lenovo. A new report from Counterpoint Research shows that, when it comes to Android updates, Nokia leads the pack. However, it's important to note this report only covers the top ten Android manufacturers. As such, brands like OnePlus, Essential, and Google are left out — despite all of them having good track records when it comes to updates. The findings of the report found that nearly 96% of Nokia phones sold since Q3 of 2018 are running Android Pie, putting Nokia in first place. The rest of the top five is rounded out by Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Lenovo. Unfortunately, LG is sitting all the way back at 8th place with an embarrassingly low 16% of its phones running Android Pi...

Beat the lunch lady with the best lunchboxes, bentos, bags and more.

Aug 24, 2019

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My kids, like many others, hate school lunch. Even my high schoolers prefer to bring their mid-day meal rather than face the lunch lady. Here are some of the boxes, bags, and containers I've found that help keep food hot, cold and appetizing in between catching the bus and lunchtime. Ultimate lunch system Zuzuro Lunch Cooler Staff pick This insulated lunch bag has three compartments with enough room in one to hold three food containers, which are included. Another compartment is designed to hold drink bottles, boxes or cans and keep them chilled. The Zuzuro Lunch Cooler includes two reusable ice packs and extra pockets inside and out to hold a lot of extra food. $30 at Amazon Freezable Lunchbox PackIt Lunchbox The PackIt Lunchbox walls are insulated with a freezable gel. Place it in the freezer overnight and the entire lunchbox will be cold enough to keep foods chilled for several hours. This is a great solution for keeping fruits, veggies, cheese, yogurt and other ...

Note 10+ review, Android 10, and rebranding [#acpodcast]

Aug 24, 2019

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Ara Wagoner and Andrew Martonik join Daniel Bader for a conversation about their Galaxy Note 10+ impressions, including a worthwhile detour into USB-C Power Delivery and PPS charging technology. Google has ditched letter/food naming conventions for Android in favor of numbers. What we know as Android Q will simply become Android 10. The company has also redesigned Android branding and is putting tighter restrictions on its use. Listen now Subscribe in Google Play Music: Audio Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show Notes and Links: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Coasting to victory Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ specs: More RAM, fewer jacks Best 45W Note 10+ Chargers From the Editor's Desk: Charging an arm and a leg (and a Note 10+) Say goodbye to tasty treats: Q release is simply 'Android 10' Google redesigns Android brand for first time since 2014, bringing new colors and robot head Android 10: Everything you need to know! No...

Samsung, be better and hire better people

Aug 24, 2019

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Samsung, you know better. At least you should, anyway. There are a few things about the internet that are always true — once you've put something out there it never goes away and that people can change but your past follows you forever. It might not be fair, but it's true; once you've done or said it on the internet it is forever. A third thing that is often true, too, is that you'll find some really stupid things to assault your eyes online. When all these things happen at once it's a recipe for disaster, and Samsung is right in the middle of it this time. A central figure in Samsung's green bubble appreciation campaign is comedian and social media influencer Claudia Oshry, a.k.a. @girlwithnojob. She seems like a nice enough person if you take a look at her Twitter and Instagram history and is filled with energy, funny, and friendly. What you can't see are the posts she's deleted. Yeah. That's not the kind of bubbly personality that makes me want to spend $1,000 on a ph...

Alter, replace, or blur your background imagery with XSplit VCam, now $20

Aug 24, 2019

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You no longer need to be picked up by a major studio or entertainment conglomerate in order to broadcast your latest and greatest idea. Independent video bloggers can now earn millions of dollars while broadcasting from their own home, and with minimal equipment. But if you want to bring your videos to the next level, you need an XSplit VCam subscription, which allows you to seamlessly remove, replace, and blur your background without having to use a green screen. And right now, a lifetime subscription is available for over 55% off at just $19.99. This all-in-one tool allows you to ditch the expensive and cumbersome green screens and lighting setups and replace them with a single app that can completely alter your background imagery on screen. You’ll be able to import everything from JPEGS to GIFs and full web pages, and the app is perfectly compatible with a variety of go-to streaming platforms, including Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), Steamlabs, and XSplit. This subscri...

Should you buy the Galaxy Watch Active 2 or the Fossil Sport?

Aug 24, 2019

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Not sure how to choose between the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and the Fossil Sport? It's a close call, that's for sure. We've created this side-by-side comparison to make it easier. Impressive Innovation Galaxy Watch Active 2 $280 at Samsung Pros Improved Sensors Digital rotating bezel Optional LTE connectivity Cons Can get expensive with LTE New ECG feature not available yet If you've been waiting for a Samsung fitness smartwatch that offers LTE connectivity among other innovative features, your dreams will come true with the Galaxy Watch Active 2. Solid fitness watch Fossil Sport $267 at Amazon Pros Variety of color options Convenient scrolling crown Great app support Cons Wear OS still struggles Underwhelming battery life Are you looking for a fun and colorful smartwatch with fitness tracking and reliable app support? The Fossil Sport is for you. Wear OS has its moments, but this watch is still a worthy competitor. Choosing the perfect fitness smartwatch is n...

Your online filing cabinet: Google Drive vs. Dropbox

Aug 24, 2019

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AuthorityStatementTKTKTK Best Overall Google Drive Free at Google Pros 15 GB storage space Access to Google One apps Cons Shared storage Slower syncing Google Drive includes access to the most essential programs like Docs and Gmail. Its free account gives you 15 GB of shared storage space with options to increase storage to 30TB. Fast Syncing Dropbox Free at Dropbox Pros Block syncing Referral program Cons Less storage space No spreadsheets or slide presentations Dropbox includes 2 GB of space with its free account with options to increase storage to 3TB. It uses block-syncing to update changes quickly for you and collaborators. While Dropbox was the original online storage unit, Google Drive has quickly caught up offering more space with its free accounts, access to file creation tools that Dropbox just doesn't have and more upgrade options for additional storage. Dropbox does have block syncing which makes saving file changes faster and more reliable than...

Every PlayStation VR game announced at Gamescom 2019

Aug 24, 2019

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There are some really good looking games coming to the PSVR in the coming months. Gamescom is always a big event for the gaming industry and 2019 was no exception. We have seen some amazing games coming to multiple platforms and a whole wave of cross-play games as well. This year Virtual Reality had a great showing and the PlayStation VR was showcased with some excellent titles. Of course, not all of the games look quite as good as others, but we have the full list of games here. Everything you need PlayStation VR Blood and Truth bundle $313 at Amazon The right stuff This bundle contains everything you need to get started with PSVR. It even has two excellent games thrown in for good measure. Witching Tower This is the first I have seen of this game and I'm intrigued. The gameplay looks reminiscent of the Wizards: Enhanced Edition with the weapons and spells cast from your hands. Witching Tower looks to have a strong story, as well as puzzles to keep us engaged. Fo...

Expand the Note 10+ storage with one of these microSD cards

Aug 23, 2019

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Samsung has officially announced its latest flagship devices with the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. While some manufacturer's have decided to move away from the external storage option, Samsung remains the primary OEM to keep it. With that said, we have rounded up the best microSD cards that you can get for your Note 10+. Our favorite option Samsung Evo Select 256GB MicroSDXC Card Staff pick If you want to turn things up a notch, the 256GB Samsung EVO Select microSD card is a great pick. With super-speedy U3-rated card, you will get double the storage (512GB), while being able to keep all of your pictures, videos, and other media on the card. This leaves your Note 10+ free to house all of your apps and other miscellaneous documents and media. $37 at Amazon Won't break the bank Lexar High-Performance 633x 128GB microSDXC Card Lexar may not be a household name for storage options, but the company has been around for some time. The Class 10 microSDXC card allows you to ...

What color Galaxy Note 10 should you buy?

Aug 23, 2019

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ bring a lot to the table. They have fantastic AMOLED displays, incredibly fast processors, and impressive camera packages. There are some spec differences between the two, but something the two phones share in common is the gorgeous colors that they come in. Need some help deciding which hue to get your Note 10 or Note 10+ in? Let's take a look at everything being offered. RAINBOWS 🌈 Aura Glow Staff pick First and foremost, let's talk about Aura Glow. This is a brand new color Samsung's introducing for the first time with the Note 10, and boy oh boy is it something special. Aura Glow is a rainbow color, showing shades of blue, green, purple, yellow, red, and more depending on how the light hits it. From $950 at Samsung A deep, beautiful hue Aura Blue If you're someone that wants your phone to stand out as something special, Aura Blue is for you. This gorgeous color is deep, mesmerizing, and a joy to look at for hours o...

Basic black to limited edition; Every color PS4 controller you can buy

Aug 23, 2019

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With Sony having gone well past 30 choices for controller color options, both in standard releases and limited editions, it can be hard to keep track of what is still available out there. Even finding a basic white second-generation controller can be difficult as colors are starting to be discontinued. Some of the limited edition controllers solely came in console bundles making pre-owned your only option, that is, short of buying a new console. But we have you covered; these are all the DualShock 4 controllers you can still get your hands on. ★ Lovely Limited 500 Million Limited Edition The 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 controller was made to commemorate the sale of 500 million PlayStation consoles. This controller is quite possibly the most beautiful DualShock controller we will ever see. It features a deep translucent blue casing with complimentary rose gold lettering and PS button. It's sold out at several retailers, but there is still stock available if you know whe...

Earn an extra 3,000 Membership Rewards points with this Amex offer

Aug 23, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. Android Central may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. There's some good news for a select group of those with American Express credit cards. Right now you might be targeted for a special bonus offer that gives you 1,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $1,000 or more on your American Express card. You can actually do this up to three times (so up to 3,000 Membership Rewards points) between now and November 21, which is when this offer expires. However, not everyone will see the same type of offer as multiple versions have been spotted. To check if you're eligible, simply go to your Amex Offers page (which you can find online or through the Amex mobile app) and click "Add to Card" for any offer you are interested in pursuing. If you have more than one Amex card, it would be wise to check the offers page for each card in case the offer shows up on one but no...

Slack DMs and starred channels missing for some users

Aug 23, 2019

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Conversations still remain accessible from search. What you need to know Slack DMs and starred channels are missing from the sidebar for some users today. Slack has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix. It appears you can still access missing conversations via the search bar. If you've noticed your Slack DMs and starred channels have gone missing from the sidebar today, you're not alone. Slack has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix for affected users. For now, it appears conversations remain accessible through the search UI. From Slack's status page: Some customers may be noticing that DMs and starred channels are not showing in their sidebars. We're currently investigating and will be back once we have more info. Thanks for your patience in the meantime. As of 3:24 p.m. ET, Slack said that it still hadn't gotten to the bottom of the issue, but it is actively working on a fix. We'll update this post with more details as they become available....

Check out these awesome Note 10 cases from Caseology

Aug 23, 2019

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With the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ hitting shelves, new owners will want to cover theirs with the best protection out there. We've taken a close look at Caseology's collection to size up the best cases. Everything here is available both for the Note 10 and Note 10+. Best Overall: Legion The Caseology Legion case for the Galaxy Note 10 is their top-of-the-line option. As a hybrid case, it's built with both a flexible TPU inner core and an external polycarbonate outer shell. Despite the extra layer, it maintains a slim profile and still accomodates wireless charging. Blue, purple, and black color options should work with whatever your style may be. Pros: Hybrid design protects against impacts and scratches Simple, streamlined layout Good grip Best Overall Caseology Legion $35 from Caseology Versatility Champ Multiple layers and multiple styles, but maintains a slim profile. Best Value: Vault Next up is the Caseology Vault case for the Galaxy Note 10. This is ...

Get rid of those Alexa voice recordings

Aug 23, 2019

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Having Alexa cater to your every whim and request is certainly very useful, but do you really want her to remember everything you've said? Fear not; it's easy to remove your voice recordings from your Echo speakers and Amazon's servers. We'll show you how in the step-by-step guide. How to delete your voice recordings We'll be showing you how to delete your voice recordings from Amazon's servers through the Alexa app on your phone. However, it's worth noting that you can also follow these same steps on the Amazon Privacy Hub website. For more information on how to use the Amazon Privacy Hub, check out our previous post. For now, here's how to delete those voice recordings: Open the Alexa app on your smartphone. From the main menu, click on Settings at the bottom of the menu list. From the Settings menu, click on Alexa Privacy. From the Alexa Privacy screen, click on Review Voice History. From the Review Voice History screen you can delete voice recordings by date range, i...

These leather cases are the best you can get for the Note 10

Aug 23, 2019

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 is one of the most gorgeous phones on the market right now. Its natural design is shiny and sleek, but for those times when you want to slap a case on it, having something that complements its good looks is ideal. Leather cases excel in these regards, and these are our favorite options! Affordable, genuine leather Ciel Basic Leather Collection Staff pick Genuine leather cases tend to be on the expensive side of things, but they don't always have to be. With the Ciel Basic Leather Collection, you can get a real leather case for your Note 10 without spending an arm and a leg. This case comes in two colors, has a microfiber lining on the inside, and adds minimal bulk. From $18 at Amazon Go faux and save money SALAWAT Slim PU Leather Case If you don't need genuine leather and are OK having a case made with faux PU leather, this case from SALAWAT is definitely worth a look. Available in black, navy, brown, and red, the PU leather looks and feels ...

Galaxy S10 running Android 10/One UI 2.0 shown off in new video

Aug 23, 2019

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The video comes from Brazilian YouTuber Dudu Rocha and is in Portuguese. What you need to know Brazilian YouTuber Dudu Rocha shows off a leaked build of Samsung's Android 10 update on a Galaxy S10+. The One UI 2.0 update includes mostly subtle changes to the quick settings tiles, adds new gestures, and some Note-exclusive features. It's possible we could see a beta for the new One UI 2.0 update at the Samsung Developers Conference in October. It looks like we're getting our first look at Android 10 with One UI 2.0 via a leaked build running on the Samsung Galaxy S10+. The 11-minute video comes from a Brazilian YouTuber Dudu Rocha and is entirely in Portuguese. In the video, Dudu gives us a tour of the new OS while comparing it to a Galaxy S9+ running Android 9 Pie. While the first version of One UI was a massive overhaul of Samsung's software for its phones, One UI 2.0 appears to be much more subtle. The changes here are small, with one of the most notable things being the ref...

Stay hydrated all semester with an insulated water bottle

Aug 23, 2019

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Much like sleep, water is a magical elixir that can cure an awful lot of what ails you. Hydration properties aside, water helps you keep a clear head, no matter how stressful your schoolday gets. Insulated water bottles maintain water temperatures so you can concentrate on more important things. These are the best-insulated water bottles for your money this year. Top in its class Hydro Flask Staff pick Want a reliable water bottle that will last the entire school year? Then you want this stainless steel, vacuum insulated bottle from Hydro Flask. Choose from multiple colors and sizes. Every bottle comes with a finger loop (to hold water close or attach the bottle to a backpack), a built-in straw, and a wide mouth for big gulpers. It's pricey, but it will last forever! $45 at Amazon Stupid classy Mira Wide Mouth Mira insulated stainless steel water bottles are beloved for their chill, both in the looks and temperature departments. This wide mouth thermos-style bottle ...

Visible review: Unlimited access to Verizon's network for $40/month

Aug 23, 2019

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Worth every penny...if you have a supported phone. Signing up for a new phone carrier is usually met with a lot of headaches. It entails being put on hold countless times, trying to figure out which of the multiple "unlimited" plans is right for you, and then finding a heap of taxes and fees tacked onto your final monthly cost. When Visible debuted back in May 2018, it offered an enticing proposition — $40/month for unlimited everything on Verizon's network with the onboarding process taking place entirely through the Visible app. Visible's had some time to grow and mature since it launched, and while there are still some things I'd like to see changed, it's quickly become one of the most enticing pre-paid service options for folks that rely on Verizon's expansive coverage. A clear winner Visible $40/month at Visible Unlimited access to Verizon's network at a great price. ...

These are the best battery packs to use with the Galaxy S10

Aug 23, 2019

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 offers a bigger battery than last year's flagship; therefore you should expect better performance. Then again, if you're using your phone for 10 hours or more in a day or you're a frequent traveler, a portable battery pack is a must-have source of power for whenever you need it. We've rounded up the most reliable battery packs for the Galaxy S10. It's all built in Ventev PowerCell 6010+ Staff pick This Ventev powerpack doesn't offer USB-C Power Delivery, and at 6000mAh it's the smallest on our list. But what it lacks in charging efficiency it gains back in pure convenience. The design features a built-in USB-C cable, folding AC prongs, and the ability to charge two devices at once using the USB-A port. It recharges in just 4 hours plugged directly into the wall, and can also be used as a wall charger for your S10 in a pinch. It's my go-to portable battery for all my tech that I take with me everywhere. $34 at Amazon An absolute unit Anker PowerCore+ 26...

Samsung opens pre-orders for the Galaxy Tab S6 in the U.S.

Aug 23, 2019

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is currently the only Android tablet to run on Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 855 processor. What you need to know Galaxy Tab S6 can now be pre-ordered in the U.S. directly from the Samsung website. The flagship Android tablet starts at $650. Galaxy Tab S6 variants with 4G LTE connectivity are expected to be available sometime later this year. Samsung introduced its high-end Galaxy Tab S6 Android tablet last month. The tablet, which happens to be a significant step-up over its predecessor in many areas, is now available for pre-order from the company's website in the U.S. For now, Samsung is only offering the Tab S6 in Wi-Fi only variants, which will begin shipping on September 6. As announced by the company last month, it plans to release variants of the tablet with built-in 4G LTE connectivity later in the year. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes in two storage variants: 128GB and 256GB. While the 128GB variant is priced at $650, you will need to pay $730 for t...

The PS5 looks to be packing an SSD and will support ray tracing

Aug 18, 2019

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The PlayStation 5 is shaping up to be an incredibly powerful console the likes of which we have never seen before. Sony's next-generation console, likely to be named the PlayStation 5, is far from gracing store shelves, but the company has revealed a few of its specs to give fans a taste of just how powerful it will be. While we don't know the exact specs of what Microsoft is cooking up with the next Xbox consoles, the PS5 certainly puts the Xbox One X to shame, as it should. How does it compare to the PS4 Pro? It should go without saying, but the PS5 is drastically more powerful than any model in the PS4 family, including the PS4 Pro. Category PlayStation 4 Pro PlayStation 5 Price $399 Unknown Dimensions 11.61in x 12.87in x 2.17in Unknown CPU AMD Jaguar 8-core (x86-64) Based on AMD Ryzen 8-core GPU AMD Radeon (4.2 TFLOP) Custom Radeon Navi (Unknown TFLOP) Memory 8GB GDDR5 + 1GB Unknown Storage 1TB / 2TB Unknown Storage type HDD SSD Optical out Y...

Explaining the Galaxy Note 10's Fast Charging confusion

Aug 18, 2019

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I'm fascinated by batteries. The very idea of a battery is interesting: this silent, static object that holds within it power, electricity — light, movement, energy. Batteries, especially rechargeable ones, are fascinating because they are both simple — stored energy released as components need them, and then filled back up through another source — and incredibly complex. The very makeup of today's modern lithium-ion battery is something to behold, and requires a considerable amount of engineering prowess to install safely into a product like a phone. I'm thinking about batteries this week because of the Galaxy Note 10+, which is the first phone to use the burgeoning and increasingly widely-used USB-PD standard to hit peak charging speeds of 45 watts. To most people, the size of a battery matters more than the speed at which it recharges, but capacity is just one of the three pillars that makes up one's smartphone uptime experience, the other two being discharge ra...

Five IT certification training bundles on sale today

Aug 18, 2019

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There’s never been a better time to work in IT, thanks to rising wages and abundant opportunities in both the public and private sectors. But if you want to stand out from the crowd and beat the competition, you need to have the right skills and certifications under your belt. These five bundles will help you get there faster. 1. The A to Z Cyber Security & IT Certification Training Bundle MSRP: $1437.68   I   Sale Price: $39 (97% off) With twelve courses and over 100 hours of instruction, this bundle will help you learn some of the most important and valuable skill sets in IT, from ethical hacking to SQL and beyond. 2. The Complete Ethical Hacking Certification Course MSRP: $200   I   Sale Price: $14.99 (92% off) Although it may sound a bit counterintuitive, the only person who can stop a hacker is another hacker. This course will get you up to speed with the field’s most important platforms and methodologies. 3. The...

Carrying two phones at once: How to make it work seamlessly

Aug 18, 2019

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Dual wielding can be a drag — but it doesn't have to be. At some point in your life (especially if you've been around me), you've probably come across someone in possession of two phones. Maybe they were talking on one and browsing on the other (remember the days before VoLTE?). Maybe one was in their hand and the other was attached to a clip on their belt. Maybe they were just walking around with both phones in their hands, paying no mind to where they were going and bumping into people on the streets. Whatever the case, as strange as it seems, there are plenty of reasons to lead a two-phone life — we'll get to that in a second — so how do you get on board and keep things running smoothly? Dual Wielding Why do it in the first place? So what would bring someone to carry two phones? After all, that's twice as many batteries to charge, twice as many pockets to fill, and twice as many things to lose — not to mention possibly twice the cost, depending on w...

Relive 10 years of smartphone evolution every time you wear AC's newest tee

Aug 18, 2019

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Remember the phone you used a decade ago? It barely resembles the one in your hand today. Tiny screens, huge chins, minuscule batteries, and maybe even a trackball. Those were simpler times. Relive that nostalgia with AC's latest limited-time apparel drop! It's one of my favorite designs we've done to date, and I'm excited to share it with you. We have four t-shirt styles, including classic, comfort, and tri-blend and a women's cut, and they're all available in a bunch of colors from black to green to orange, in sizes from small all the way up to 5XL. We've also got a mug that's microwave- and dishwasher-friendly. There are hoodies, too, along with stickers, tanks, and even tote bags. This design is only available for a limited time, so make sure to pick it up soon! The Smartphone Evolution Android Central swag See at Teespring From trackball to no bezels AC is getting back into the swag game! From mugs to tees to hoodies, we have everything you need to support Android Cen...

What's the best cheap Echo - regular or Dot?

Aug 18, 2019

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Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Best bang for the buck $50 at Amazon Pros Cheapest Echo Inconspicuous size Fully-functional Alexa device Cons While improved, sound quality not as good as larger versions Not as customizable as previous versions The Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is the Echo to get for most people. Whether you're just starting with your smart home or you are expanding your current setup, these affordable speakers can do pretty much anything. Echo (2nd Gen) Better sounding speaker $100 at Amazon Pros Better sounding than the previous generation and smaller Echo Dot Most customizable Echo Great value for excellent smart speaker Cons More expensive than the Echo Dot No built-in smart hub The Echo (2nd Gen) is also a great device at a great price. You get an outstanding speaker that you can customize with several different finishes to suit your style. Amazon offers an abundance of Alexa-enabled speakers, and the 3rd Generation Echo Dot and 2nd Generation Echo are among i...

Will every PlayStation 4 game be backward compatible on PlayStation 5?

Aug 17, 2019

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Best answer: As far as we know if plans pan out accordingly, then yes, all PS4 games should be backward compatible on PS5. But since the console isn't out yet, this could change before it hits store shelves. The best of the best: God of War ($30 at Amazon) Nearly limitless choices: PlayStation Store Gift Card (From $10 at Amazon) What is backward compatibility? Backward compatibility is a process that allows older legacy content to be supported on newer systems. On Xbox and PlayStation, this means that you can pop in a disc originally intended and developed for an older generation console and play it on a newer model, like using an Xbox 360 game in an Xbox One — thanks to an emulation process in Xbox's case. Does the PlayStation 4 offer backward compatibility? No, the PlayStation 4 does not offer native backward compatibility. The only way to play PS3 games or older on your PlayStation 4 is to purchase a digital version separately, and even then, not all PS3 games are avail...

Buying a new phone every year is actually kind of crazy

Aug 17, 2019

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The phone that was great last August is probably still great this August — so is saving a bunch of money. 2019 has shown off some really cool phones. 5G is now officially a thing, screens are now fingerprint sensors, and paint jobs look a lot like magic. The temptation to pick one of them up is pretty strong, especially when we grab our current phone and see how it no longer has that new car smell. Here's a crazy idea, though — those features that we want will still be there next year and that phone we already have probably still does all the things that made us want it in the first place. New phones are fun and can be worth it. But your phone probably still works just fine. This might be an unpopular opinion on a smartphone enthusiast site, and I can imagine the people who work tirelessly to show off these new phones feel very differently, but you probably don't need to buy a new phone every year. All of us know that person who is holding on to a phone that's fou...

Get this $140 electric toothbrush for only $40 today

Aug 17, 2019

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A great white smile can make the perfect first impression, but there are far more benefits to proper oral hygiene than just a good looking set of pearly whites. Brushing your teeth properly helps prevent cavities, plaque buildup, and gum disease. We’re only given one set of adult teeth, so why not protect them with an electric toothbrush like this $39.99 AquaSonic? The AquaSonic Black Series Toothbrush features a 40,000 VPN motor that’s designed to deep clean your teeth by dissolving stains and whitening at the same time. The AquaSonic can remove up to 10 times more plaque than your cheap plastic supermarket brush, and it’s also much better at preventing gum disease in the long run. There are four different brushing modes—soft, whiten, massage, and cleaning—which you can cycle between to give you the perfect personalized cleaning routine. Finally, the AquaSonic comes with 8 brush heads and a travel case, so you can share it with a loved one or bring it wi...

LG V60: News, Leaks, Release Date, Specs, and Rumors!

Aug 17, 2019

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Here's what LG's got cooking up for the second half of 2019. LG's V-series has changed a lot over the years. With the V10 and V20, LG set out to create phones that appealed to power-users and photography nuts — offering removable batteries, high-quality headphone jacks, and powerful camera features. The V30 and V40 shook things up, opting for a premium glass/metal design and aiming for a more mainstream market. The LG V50 was just announced earlier this past February at MWC, and it's proven to be the oddest entry in the V-series yet. The V50 is a 5G-capable phone with a (bad) video blur effect and has an optional case that adds a second screen. With the V50 appearing to be a flop, LG's trying its hand again with the V60. The V60 is expected to be announced during IFA 2019, and this is everything we know about the phone so far. The V60 will have two screens What specs are we anticipating? It'll be announced during IFA Expect it to cost a lot What about the LG V50? 5G flagshi...

How to kid-proof your Amazon Echo

Aug 17, 2019

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The Amazon Echo and the Alexa smart assistant can provide virtually unlimited utility and fun for the whole family. However, there are certainly times when parents want to be able to control what their kids can and cannot do with these connected devices. We'll show you how you can kid-proof your Amazon Echos and protect your youngsters from potential pitfalls. Products used in this guide Kid-Friendly Echo: All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition ($70 at Amazon) Parental Controls: Amazon FreeTime Unlimited ($3/month at Amazon) How to kid-proof your Echo The trouble with locking down your Echo is that there are a lot of different ways your kids can use them. The Alexa app has several tools to help you exert some parental control over your Echo devices. Here are some of the most common ones you'll want to consider investigating, broken down into three main categories: voice purchasing, Echo device settings, and entertainment settings. Let's break it down. Voice purchasing Open the Alex App ...

The Fortnite Neo Versa PlayStation 4 bundle is finally available in the US

Aug 17, 2019

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The Fortnite Neo Versa PlayStation 4 Slim bundle is available for purchase in the U.S. What you need to know The Fortnite Neo Versa PlayStation 4 Slim bundle is available for purchase in the U.S. The bundle is a 1TB PlayStation 4 Slim, with a code for some special skins not available for regular purchase. The bundle also includes 2,000 V-Bucks for spending on other skins. The bundle is available on Amazon for $300. The Fortnite Neo Versa PlayStation 4 bundle is now available for purchase. While this bundle was first announced on PlayStation Blog a while ago, it's now available for purchase in the U.S. and is in stock at multiple retailers. Currently, it's in stock at Amazon, Best Buy, Target and GameStop. This bundle includes a 1TB PlayStation 4 Slim console, a regular black DualShock 4 controller and a code for two skins: the Epic Neo Versa Outfit and the Epic Neo Phrenzy Back Bling. It also includes 2,000 V-Bucks that you can (naturally) spend on other skins and content in the...

The best Bluetooth speakers at any budget

Aug 16, 2019

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Summer's the perfect time to buy a Bluetooth speaker so you can blast your favorite music when you're swimming in the pool or out on a camping trip with friends. Compatible with practically every device known to man, Bluetooth speakers will make sure that, as long as your phone, tablet, or laptop is around, your music will be loud! Our favorite is the Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 due to its sound quality and its water and dust resistance, but there are plenty of other options. Best Overall: Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 Ultimate Ears has been making incredible Bluetooth speakers for years, and the Megaboom 3 is the best in its lineup. If offers everything from good looks and great sound to water resistance, long-lasting battery life, and bold color options. The Megaboom 3 features UE's iconic cylindrical shape and soft-touch fabric, along with two enormous buttons along the casing for adjusting volume up and down. The rubberized flap near the bottom of the speaker hides a Micro-USB port...

Win a Note 10 or 10+ and two Whitestone Dome Glass Screen Protectors

Aug 16, 2019

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To celebrate the unveiling of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10, we've partnered up with Whitestone Dome to give TWO very lucky winners a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+ along with TWO Whitestone Dome Glass Screen Protectors. On top of that, EIGHT additional winners will win a free Dome Glass Screen Protector of their choice. Keep reading and discover how great the Whitestone Dome Glass is and learn how you can enter and possibly win your own brand-new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 / Note 10+! Like clockwork, each major brand releases their newest flagship model phone trying to incorporate the newest technology available. It's what we want as consumers. We want the thinnest, lightest, safest, most durable phones, and in today's market, edge phones and bezel-less devices are the best options. These devices are great at making use of a convenient yet limited screen size and they fully maximize it. But how do we include all these great features and still provide good security in a phone that...

Where to watch Google's Stadia Connect at Gamescom 2019

Aug 16, 2019

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Who's ready to see the latest games lineup Google has in store for us? What you need to know Stadia is Google's upcoming game streaming service. It will launch in November with over 30 games available to stream. Google is hosting another livestream at Gamescom where it will reveal more games coming to Stadia. You can watch the livestream on Monday, August 19 at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 7PM CEST. Google is hosting another Stadia Connect shortly before Gamescom where the company plans to reveal more games coming to the service's lineup. At launch, Stadia will support heavy-hitters like Borderlands 3, DOOM Eternal, Mortal Kombat 11 and more AAA games alongside new indie titles, not to mention the much-anticipated Baldur's Gate 3 down the road. Rumors are swirling that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be announced for Stadia and PC during Google's livestream, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Regardless, you can surely expect some big name titles. You can watch Google's Stadia Connect on Y...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Our first impressions after 24 hours

Aug 16, 2019

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Here's where our heads are at after 24 hours with Samsung's latest. Our full Galaxy Note 10+ review is underway, but that doesn't mean we need to hold back our thoughts as we go. We'll have a complete and comprehensive Note 10+ review in due time, but until it's finished, we want to give you a peek into what our thoughts are on the phone at various milestones. To kick things off, here are our first impressions after using the Note 10+ for about 24 hours. Both myself and Hayato Huseman received our phone the morning of August 15, and dove right in. There are no final conclusions here, or hard stances — just our raw feelings holding Samsung's latest and greatest. Plus, we've answered some of your burning questions about the phone as well! Biggest and best Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ $1100 at Samsung The best of Samsung in a single phone. Samsung improved on the Note 9 in every way … except for removing the headphone jack. But the big display, top-end specs, wide-ang...

Sega teasing something new, possibly a AAA game called Humankind

Aug 16, 2019

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Sega has launched a teaser website that could be hinting towards a new game called Humankind What you need to know Sega has launched a teaser website called hmkd.sega.com. The website only asks for an email signup, while a green heartrate monitor occasionally blips in the background. Sega's lineup for Gamescom 2019 includes an unannounced AAA game, which is probably what this teaser is for. The game will likely be revealed during Gamescom Opening Night Live on August 19, 2019. Odd teasers for games aren't anything new and it looks like Sega is teasing a new title right now. A website called hmkd.sega.com is now live, devoid of information except an email signup and what appears to be a green heartrate monitor occasionally giving a blip in the background. HMKD in the URL for the website almost certainly stands for Humankind. Over the last few months, Sega has trademarked the term Humankind in Japan, in the USA and in Canada. On top of that, when Sega discussed their lineup of gam...

For prepaid carriers, should you go with Mint Mobile or Boost Mobile?

Aug 16, 2019

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Buy in bulk Mint Mobile From $45 per 3 months at Mint Mobile Pros T-Mobile LTE network Unlimited talk and text Unlimited slowed data after allowance Free calls to Canada and Mexico Hotspot on every plan Cons Must buy in bulk No unlimited option Save money by buying in bulk. Plans come with unlimited talk and text and have no overages after you've used your data. Speeds are lowered, but you can upgrade your plan mid-cycle or easily add more data. Big on data Boost Mobile From $35 per month at Boost Mobile Pros Sprint LTE network Unlimited data Hotspot on all plans Unlimited music streaming Save with more lines Cons SD video streams on two lower plans Get a ton of data on the Sprint network for your phone and your Wi-Fi devices. With savings on multiple lines and unlimited music streaming on the 3GB plan, this is an excellent plan for streamers. Mint mobile is going to be cheaper overall, but Boost has a lot of features going for it and favors the data-heavy u...

What are the advantages of going with an alternative carrier?

Aug 16, 2019

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Best answer: An alternative carrier can not only save you money with more plans but also give you access to more networks even if your credit isn't so great. Pure Android for a great price: Google Pixel 3a ($400 at Amazon) A huge screen and battery: Samsung Galaxy S10+ ($800 at Amazon) There's a lot you can do with an alternate carrier When we talk about phone companies most of us automatically think of the big four here in the U.S.: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. But they're not the only choices when it comes to who you get your service from and the popularity of alternative carriers is on the rise. It's not difficult to understand why. Having a carrier that uses the same nationwide networks the big guys do without some of the baggage that comes along with those big guys is an attractive position for a lot of people. There is a lot to talk about, both good and bad, in any discussion about finding the right carrier and if a smaller alternative option is best for you. The...

YouTube Originals released after September 24 will be free for everyone

Aug 16, 2019

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Premium subscribers will be able to watch bonus footage and director's cuts. What you need to know YouTube Originals content released after September 24 will be available to non-YouTube Premium subscribers. Premium members will have early access to shows, along with bonus footage. Google first announced this shift back in May. This past May, YouTube announced a big shift for its YouTube Originals content by saying it would soon be made available for free for everyone in an ad-supported fashion. Now, we have more details on exactly how this will work. Per a statement sent out by the YouTube team: New YouTube Originals series, movies, and live events released after September 24, 2019 will be made available to non-members to watch for free, with ads. For series, members will get immediate access to every episode of a new season, while non-members will have to wait for each new episode to be released. It appears that YouTube Originals content released prior to that September 24 ...

Everything you need to know about the Galaxy S10!

Aug 13, 2019

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Samsung's 10th year of Galaxy flagships is something to behold. Every year, Samsung kicks off the year with its Galaxy S devices. These serve as a showcase of the very best that the company has to offer, and this year, we were treated to a total of three new devices with the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e. Whether you're looking for the latest news, want to know how the phones compare to other gadgets, need help finding a good case, or anything else in between, you're in the right place. First, start with the review There are three phones this year Should you upgrade from an older Galaxy? Let's compare the S10 to other phones If it's specs you need... There's a 5G version, too There are some amazing colors How much do they cost? Get the accessories you need for your Galaxy S10 What's going on with the Galaxy S11? Get More Galaxy S10 Samsung Galaxy S10 ...

Pixel owners can now claim up to $500 for defective microphone

Aug 13, 2019

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You can claim up to $500 only if you have documentation to prove your Pixel or Pixel XL had microphone issues. What you need to know Owners of the first-generation Google Pixel or Pixel XL smartphones may be eligible to receive up to $500 from a class action settlement. You can get up to $20 if you bought a Pixel or Pixel XL before January 4, 2017, even if you did not experience any microphone issues. If you want to get a payment, you will need to submit a claim form before October 7, 2019. In May this year, Google agreed to pay $7.25 million to settle a class action lawsuit by Pixel owners for selling phones with a defect that lead to microphone or speaker failures. As reported by The Verge, the final approval from the United States Court for the Northern District of California has now arrived, which means those of you who bought a Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone manufactured before January 4, 2017, can now submit a claim to receive up to $500 from Google. Surprisingly, Pixel or...

Black Shark 2 review: Turning up the heat for gaming phones

Aug 13, 2019

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With an aggressive design and ultra-low touch latency, the Black Shark 2 is one of the best gaming phones you can buy. Gaming phones are increasingly becoming more and more common, with ASUS, Razer, and Xiaomi offering devices tailored to this category. The first Black Shark device was unveiled last April, followed by the Black Shark Helo in November, and Black Shark 2 earlier this year. There's a lot to like in the Black Shark 2: the device has bold styling that will immediately appeal to gamers, backed by top-notch hardware and optimizations to touch latency that make interactions ultra-smooth. And like all gaming phones in the market today, the Black Shark 2 comes with a set of accessories: a custom case with two controllers that attach on either side, and a gamepad. The Black Shark 2 made its debut in China back in March, and the device was launched in India in June. The company has already announced a Black Shark 2 Pro that comes with a 90Hz display and Snapdragon 855+, but t...

Everything you need to know about the Nokia 9

Aug 13, 2019

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Let's talk about Nokia's five-camera flagship. It can be tough to keep up with all of the Android flagships competing for your dollars these days, and one that might have slipped under your radar is the Nokia 9 PureView. The Nokia 9 PureView isn't a perfect smartphone, but it does do something that we have to give it credit for — it tires to be different. This is immediately apparent with its five-camera setup on the back, striking design, great haptic feedback, and clean software. Interested in learning more about the Nokia 9? You're in the right place. Five-camera monster Nokia 9 PureView $700 at Amazon $700 at B&H Clean software, five cameras, and a high price. The Nokia 9, if not perfect, certainly gets points for trying something new. The five-camera setup on the back is one of the most unique we've ever seen, and with a bit of work, can output excellent photos. The phone also offers a great design and clean software. Read our review Check out the phone'...

Check out new 4K footage of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on PS4 Pro

Aug 12, 2019

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Take a look at new 4K gameplay footage for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, across five modes and maps What you need to know Activision has released new 4K gameplay footage for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on the PS4 Pro. The new gameplay footage shows off five different modes, on five different maps. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to be available on October 25. You can preorder Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for $60 on Amazon. Activision has released some new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer gameplay, with 4K footage from being played on the PlayStation 4 Pro. The footage includes five different gameplay modes across five different maps, one of which is a nighttime version of another map. There's roughly 24 minutes of gameplay, so you can get a good idea of the different maps and guns revealed so far. Check out the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer gameplay footage in the video below (be sure to set YouTube to "4K" for the best quality picture). Rememb...

These are the best phones you can buy at all price ranges

Aug 12, 2019

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Competition makes for better products, and the Android ecosystem is more competitive than ever. If you want a new Android phone at any price range, we've done the research to separate the great from the good, and the good from the bad. This list will help you make your next purchase a little bit easier. Best Value Pick — OnePlus 7 Pro The OnePlus 7 Pro builds on the foundation of previous OnePlus phones in offering exceptional value, but now it's stepping things up with excellent hardware and nice-to-have features that make it a true competitor at the high end regardless of price. The hardware quality and design are right up there with the best, as is its 6.67-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Though it's more expensive than the OnePlus 6T was, the 7 Pro easily makes up the difference with lots of added capabilities. The display is dramatically better in all respects, the in-display fingerprint sensor is better than the Galaxy S10's, the haptics are now some of the...

Expand the storage on your Note 9 with these microSD cards

Aug 12, 2019

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The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a hefty amount of storage with the base model at 128GB, but if you want to get more with the 512GB variant, you need to cough up another $250. Granted that version also comes with an extra 2GB of RAM, but that's still a lot more money on top of an already expensive phone. Thankfully, you don't have to splurge for more storage space. Instead, you can pick up a microSD card for a lot less money and still give yourself some more wiggle room. All-rounder Samsung EVO Select 128GB Staff pick For not too much money, you can get Samsung's 128GB EVO Select microSD card and bring you total available storage up to an impressive 256GB. Read and write speeds are rated at 100MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively, and the card's rated to perform in temperatures ranging from -13 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. $20 at Amazon Reliability you can count on SanDisk Extreme 128GB SanDisk's Extreme series has been the go-to microSD recommendation for several years, and for good ...

Twitch is encountering a lot of issues that have people irritated

Aug 12, 2019

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This new hashtag has been trending and there's a groan-inducing story behind the whole sorry mess What you need to know There have been numerous questionable issues involving streamers on Twitch over the last few months. On top of this, there was a recent issue involving streamer Ninja's Twitch channel, which was being used to promote other Fortnite streamers and (indirectly) promoted NSFW content including pornography The accumulation of these events have led users on Twitter to start the hashtag #TWITCHISOVERPARTY People are angry with Twitch. That in and of itself might not be surprising, since people find ways to get angry about quite a bit. All that anger has boiled over into a hashtag movement with #TWITCHISOVERPARTY and there's a few different reasons behind it all. From percieved favoritism with certain streamers to the casual "whoops" of allowing pornography on a former streamer's channel, there's a ton to dive through. To start off, for some time now there's been a growi...

This is your ultimate guide for everything PlayStation VR

Aug 12, 2019

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Let this be your extended user manual for all things PlayStation VR! It wasn't all that long ago VR was considered either something simple you added to a phone for a quick distraction or something amazingly complex for those who could afford the lengthy requirements of ownership. Sony created a compelling middle ground by doing what they do best — making something you actually want to have in your living room. PlayStation VR is a companion for your PlayStation 4 that elevates your current games and helps you explore an entirely new way to feel like you are the character you're playing. Being able to fully enjoy this experience requires more than just taking one out of the box. Here's our complete user manual for all things PSVR! Try before you buy! What you need to know about PlayStation VR We've included links to each section in this guide so that you can easily find the specific pieces of information you may need regarding your PlayStation VR, whether that means which gam...

You can now log into a Google account with your phone's fingerprint sensor

Aug 12, 2019

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Available first for Pixel devices. What you need to know Google now allows you to log into your account using your phone's fingerprint sensor. It's now live on Pixel devices and rolling out to all phones with Android 7.0+. The feature can be demoed right now on the Google Passwords website. In an effort to keep your account secure, Google will regularly ask you to confirm your password when trying to access your account on a device you've been logged into for a while. Entering your password takes just a few seconds, but Google's now aiming to speed up the process by allowing you to authenticate your account using your phone's fingerprint sensor. This new feature was announced on the Google Security Blog on August 12, with Google explaining the technical aspects as follows: These enhancements are built using the FIDO2 standards, W3C WebAuthn and FIDO CTAP, and are designed to provide simpler and more secure authentication experiences. They are a result of years of collaborati...

Which Oculus Quest games can I play while seated?

Aug 12, 2019

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The Oculus Quest is an incredible VR headset that can track your movements around a room, but you don't need a lot of space to have a good time. Whether you don't have enough the room, want to stay in your favorite chair, or are in a wheelchair, there are still plenty of games and experiences you can enjoy on the Oculus Quest. ★ Featured favorite Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes Not only is this game fun while a player is in a seat, it's an excellent game for parties. One user puts on the Oculus Quest and is trapped in a virtual room with a bomb. Then another user or group reads through an instruction manual to help the VR player diffuse the bomb. It's clever, fun, and can easily be played in a group while on a chair or sofa. $15 at Oculus Store Next level artistry Staff pick Tilt Brush by Google Tilt Brush allows you to create art in the infinite canvas of virtual reality. The fact that the Oculus Quest doesn't require any cables or external hardware mean...

That supposed Pixel 4 camera sample is actually just the Pixel 3a

Aug 12, 2019

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The Pixel 3 phones max out at 10x zoom. What you need to know A Google employee has posted a photo on Instagram said to be taken with a Pixel phone at 20x zoom. Since Pixel 3 phones max out at 10x zoom, it is very likely this is a sample taken with a Pixel 4 and its new telephoto lens. Previous leaks have revealed that one of the new cameras on the back of the Pixel 4 will be a telephoto lens. Updated 12:29 PM ET: False alarm, folks. The Googler that initially posted this picture has since added a comment to the post saying, "Just to be clear: This shot was taken with a Pixel 3a. Zooming + cropping did the trick. I love this phone!." Sorry for the confusion on this one. What's that? You want more Pixel leaks? Check out this new one via 9to5Google of an Instagram post from Google's Director of Design Claude Zellweger. In the post, we see a rather abstract photo of a seating area titled "Light + Shadow" from the Google Design Studio. However, it's not so much what we see in the pho...

What to do when someone logs into my PS4 account

Aug 12, 2019

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Best answer: Don't panic but act quickly. If you still have access to your account email, immediately change your PlayStation login password. If you've already been logged out and can't access your account skip past going to the bank or a credit card company. Go straight to the source and contact Sony customer support. No credit needed: $60 PlayStation Store Gift Card - Digital Code ($60 at Amazon) Your first step If you catch the hack early enough you may still have access to your account, so you need to change your PlayStation login password immediately. If you use any other accounts with the same email or ID and use the same password, it would be a good idea to change the password there as well. However, if you've already been logged out and lost access to your account, contact PlayStation customer support as soon as possible. They will help you regain access to your account and change the password. There are a few ways to reach Sony PlayStation customer support: Call by Phon...

Score this refurbished Chromebook for only $100

Aug 12, 2019

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More and more people are turning toward Chromebooks, and with good reason. Apple's famed MacBooks are undeniably awesome, but they're also undeniably expensive, and the fact is that most of us simply don't need that expensive processing power to make it through the day. This refurbished Samsung Chromebook 11.6″ 16GB gets the daily job done, and it's currently available for just $99.99. Whether your ultimate goal is to binge Netflix or write emails, this compact and powerful laptop will see you through the day. Featuring a Chrome OS and a super-fast Exynos 5 Dual-Core 1.7GHz CPU, this intrepid Chromebook will allow you to multitask and get your work done at blisteringly-fast speeds. It also comes loaded with a 16GB hard drive so you won't have to rely on the cloud, and you'll be able to do your work at night thanks to a brilliant LED HD 1366 display. Get yourself a laptop that can get the job done without breaking the bank. This Samsung Chromebook 11.6″ 1...

You can now run DeX in a window on Windows and macOS with the Note 10

Aug 12, 2019

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Requires an app on your PC to work. What you need to know DeX can now run in a window using the Note 10 and computers running Windows 7, 10, and macOS 10.13 and above. It requires a USB connection and the app to be installed on your PC. This feature is a Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ exclusive. Samsung DeX is the closest we've come to carrying a computer in our pocket. This nifty feature found on Samsung flagships allows you to plug your phone into a monitor for a desktop-like interface. This differs from Your Phone integration which was shown off during the Note 10 presentation in a few ways. First, Your Phone isn't exclusive to just Samsung phones. Secondly, Your Phone is completely wireless, while DeX requires a wired connection. That's something we hope Samsung will be able to incorporate in future versions of Dex though. When DeX first launched, it required using a dedicated dock to connect, but later Samsung improved it by only requiring a simple USB to HDMI cable. Now, Samsung ha...

Want a flagship phone for less? Check out these refurbished picks!

Aug 12, 2019

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As much as we love playing with and testing the latest and greatest phones here at AC, there is something we can universally agree on that we aren't fans of — paying full price for flagship devices. If you're in the market for a quality Android phone but don't want to spend a thousand dollars, refurbished models offer a great experience at a fraction of what you'd typically spend. Here are our favorite options! Best camera ever Google Pixel 3 Staff pick The Google Pixel 3 debuted in October 2018, and soon after its release, we easily determined it was one of the best Android phones you can buy. It has the best camera currently on a smartphone, a great AMOLED display, and a phenomenal software experience that's always up-to-date. The best part? It's already available for way cheaper than its MSRP when you buy refurbished. From $429 at Amazon A stupendous deal OnePlus 6T OnePlus regularly makes some of the best value flagships on the market, but if the OnePlus 7 Pro i...

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Fit or the Fitbit Charge 3?

Aug 12, 2019

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When it comes to casual fitness tracking, you still want to find a device you can rely on for accurate data and convenient features. We've tested them all, which includes the Samsung Galaxy Fit and the Fitbit Charge 3 Affordable fitness tracker Samsung Galaxy Fit $99 at Amazon Pros Beautiful display Impressive activity tracking Excellent battery life Cons Lacks GPS Realtime OS needs work The new Samsung Galaxy Fit is an excellent choice for those who are looking to track the basics at an affordable price, including heart rate, sleep, and activity. It's not a smartwatch by any means, and it doesn't pretend to be. You'll have what you need: nothing more, nothing less. Fitbit's smartest tracker Fitbit Charge 3 $150 at Fitbit Pros Menstrual cycle tracking Slim, stylish design 24/7 heart rate tracking Cons Lacks color screen No built-in GPS The Fitbit Charge 3 does precisely what it sets out to do. You'll have a sold fitness tracker with plenty of information on your...

How to resync a PS4 controller

Aug 12, 2019

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Controller giving you problems by not syncing up to your PlayStation correctly? You can resync it completely through a tiny hole on the back of the controller. If your controller isn't connecting, this is the best way to try and fix it barring the use of a USB cable all of the time — no one wants to be tethered to their console when they don't need to be. How to resync your PS4 controller On the back of your controller, find the tiny hole next to the L2 button. Use a pin or paperclip to poke in the hole. Push the button on the inside for a couple of seconds and then release. Connect your DualShock 4 controller to a USB cable that is connected to your PlayStation 4. Press and hold the PlayStation button on the center of your controller. This will prompt another attempt to resync. This method only works if you're using a DualShock 4 controller. If you have a third-party controller like the Razer Raiju or Scuf Vantage, they may not have the same reset button. Sometimes the ...

Realme 5 series smartphones with quad cameras will arrive on August 20

Aug 12, 2019

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Both the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro will feature a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor. What you need to know The Realme 5 series will be launched in the Indian market on August 20. Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro will be the brand's first smartphones to feature a quad-camera setup. Realme's first 64MP quad-camera smartphone is expected to debut in India in October this year. Realme had announced last week that it plans to launch a total of three smartphones featuring quad rear cameras this year. While the company's first smartphone featuring a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor will only arrive in October, it has now confirmed that the Realme 5 series will be unveiled at an event in India on August 20. Going by a tweet posted by Realme CEO Madhav Sheth today, the Realme 5 series will feature a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor on the back. In addition to the 48MP primary snapper, the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro will also include an ultra-wide lens with a 119° field-of-view, a ...

Samsung's new 108MP camera sensor takes the megapixel race to another level

Aug 12, 2019

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Xiaomi will be the first smartphone maker to use the new 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor. What you need to know Samsung has introduced the world's first mobile image sensor with a resolution of 108 million pixels (MP). The new Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX image sensor is said to have been developed in collaboration with Xiaomi. It is slated to enter mass production later this month. Xiaomi announced its plans of launching a Redmi smartphone with Samsung's 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor at an event held in Beijing last week. At the same event, the company teased the launch of an upcoming Mi-branded phone with a whopping 108MP sensor. The sensor has now been formally announced by Samsung. The new Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX is claimed to produce "exceptional photos even in extreme lighting conditions", thanks to its large 1/1.33-inch size. Its large size and Samsung's pixel-merging Tetracell technology allow the sensor to gather more light in low-light situations and produce bright 27...

China threatens India with 'reverse sanctions' over Huawei 5G trials

Aug 7, 2019

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China warns there would be consequences for Indian firms if Huawei is blocked from 5G trails. What you need to know A new Reuters report suggests Chinese is threateing India with sanctions if Huawei is prevented from doing business in the country. India is set to hold 5G trails, and the government hasn't decided if Huawei should be included yet. For now though, no evidence of a backdoor has been found in Huawei's networking infrastructure. India is set to commence its 5G trails, with six manufacturers already in contention, including the likes of Nokia, Ericsson, and Samsung. The Department of Telecommunications hasn't made up its mind about including Huawei in the trails — and it now looks like China is forcing the Indian government's hand. According to a report published by Reuters, Chinese officials are threatening India with "reverse sanctions" if Huawei is blocked from participating in the 5G trials. The publication cites comments made during a meeting attended by Ind...

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will continue to receive quarterly security updates

Aug 7, 2019

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The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will surprisingly continue to receive security updates every three months. What you need to know Samsung has changed its mind once again and is now promising quarterly security updates for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The company had initially decided to discontinue quarterly security updates for the two phones in June. Until April this year, the two phones were receiving security updates every month. In April this year, Samsung announced that it will no longer roll out monthly security updates for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The two phones were downgraded to the quarterly security updates group. Just two months later, the company announced the two phones were further downgraded to the "regular" security updates group. As reported by The Android Soul, the company has changed its mind yet again and now says the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are back to a quarterly update schedule. Needless to say, this is a welcome move and should please all the Galaxy S7 ...

Amazon leak reveals the Motorola One Action will be priced at $335

Aug 7, 2019

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Motorola is rumored to launch three phones at IFA this year: One Action, One Macro, and One Pro. What you need to know The Motorola One Action was briefly listed on Amazon Germany, revealing its pricing and availability information. As per the listing, Motorola One Action will go on sale on September 13 for €299 ($335). The smartphone is expected to debut at IFA 2019 in Berlin next month. Motorola's upcoming Android One smartphone, the One Action was spotted on the Google Play Console and Android Enterprise Recommended devices catalog last month, confirming the presence of a Samsung Exynos 9609 octa-core processor inside. Thanks to a goof-up by Amazon Germany, the smartphone's pricing and availability information have now been revealed. According to the Amazon listing, which has now been taken down, the Motorola One Action will go on sale starting September 13 in Germany. The phone will be offered in three configurations, with the top-end variant featuring 4GB RAM and 128GB ...

Samsung's 7nm Exynos 9825 goes official on the eve of Galaxy Note 10 launch

Aug 7, 2019

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The Exynos 9825 will power the international variants of the Galaxy Note 10. What you need to know With the Exynos 9825, Samsung is switching to a 7nm manufacturing node. The chipset shares the same cores as the Exynos 9810, but the switch to 7nm should eke out more energy efficiency. The Exynos 9825 will power global variants of the Note 10 series. Samsung switched to the 8nm node with last year's Exynos 9810, and while the manufacturer made huge strides when it comes to CPU performance, energy efficiency is an area where the platform lags behind its rivals. Samsung is now looking to fix that with the Exynos 9825, which is built on a 7nm LPP node. The Exynos 9825 has the same M4 cores that we saw in the Exynos 9810, so there isn't going to be a huge performance differential between the two chipsets. It has two M4 cores clocked at 2.73GHz that act as the prime cores — similar to what Qualcomm does with the single 2.84GHz core on the Snapdragon 855 — alongside two sta...

How to watch the Galaxy Note 10 event: Live August 7 at 4 p.m. ET!

Aug 6, 2019

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Let's all watch together. Samsung is returning to the Barclays Center in New York to unveil a new Note. Sure we already know so much about the Note 10 and Note 10+, but there's always something unexpected and interesting to watch in the official launch event. Whether you've already decided to buy a Note before it was announced, are on the fence, or happy with what you have already, there's no doubt you're going to be entertained by at least some part of the presentation. It all goes down on August 7, with the live stream kicking off at 1 p.m. PT (Los Angeles) / 4 p.m. ET (New York) / 9 p.m. BST (London) / 1:30 a.m. IST (India) — and you can watch it right here with us at the video embed above. We'll be on the ground at the event bringing you all of the coverage and analysis you desire. As the stream goes on, and well after it's finished, keep it locked here on Android Central for every piece of Galaxy Note 10 coverage you need. Get ready for your new Galaxy Note Anke...

QualPwn is a new exploit for Snapdragon chips, here's what you need to know

Aug 6, 2019

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An exploit in Qualcomm's chips could let an attacker compromise your phone, but it's been fixed in the latest Android Security Patch. Your phone is built from a myriad of assorted parts, and many of them are "smart" and have their own built-in processors and firmware. That means there are plenty of places for bugs or vulnerabilities to be found that would allow a bad actor to have access to things they shouldn't. The companies who make these parts are always trying to improve and harden things to prevent it, but it's impossible for them to find everything before a component leaves the lab and ends up on the assembly line. Most exploits are patched before anyone knows they exist, but some make it through. This makes finding these bugs and vulnerabilities an industry in its own right. At DEFCON 27 and Black Hat 2019, huge venues where exploits are made public and demonstrated (and hopefully, patched), a vulnerability in Qualcomm chips has been announced by the Tencent Blade Team...

Rocket League removing randomized loot boxes, will feature direct purchases

Aug 6, 2019

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A new system will eliminate loot crates and add direct purchases into Rocket League What you need to know Rocket League is a game based around playing soccer with cars. Rocket League was developed by Psyonix, which was recently acquired by Epic Games. Epic Games and Psyonix are removing the loot crate system from Rocket League, with a direct-purchase system replacing it. You can get Rocket League: Ultimate Edition for $25 on Amazon. Psynonix, the developers of the popular Rocket League, announced today that the game's microtransaction systems will be changing radically. Right now, Rocket League uses what is essentially a loot box system, where players get random rewards. In their statement, Psyonix said that it will be removing this crate system from the game later in the year and that it will be replaced with a system that explicitly allows players to purchase the items that they want. Psyonix was acquired by Epic Games earlier this year and Psyonix explicitly compared the new i...

Use Google Assistant on the go with a pair of headphones

Aug 6, 2019

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While our smartphones are getting smarter over time with A.I, manufacturers are finding more ways to make every day life more manageable. One of those ways is getting the Google Assistant on as many devices as humanly possible. One product category where the Assistant has become super useful in is headphones. Google's own Pixel Buds are a good example. It gives you easy access to the Assistant while also adding additional functionality. Best Overall: Sony WF-1000XM3 Unlike some other, cheaper genuinely wireless earbuds, the Sony WF-1000XM3's buds can be used independently. Unfortunately, the right earbud will be responsible for media controls, and the left is designated to ambient sound mode. This can be reversed, but you can't have all of the features on one earbud. Fortunately, however, the hands-free Google Assistant will work with either bud in. In terms of sound signature, you get the classic Sony sound profile. Heavy on the bass, a neutral mid-range, and recessed treble. ...

Apex Legends gets limited-time event with a solo mode

Aug 6, 2019

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Only one can wear the crown in Apex Legends' upcoming event. What you need to know Apex Legends is a popular battle royale game from developer Respawn. Usually players would need to compete in groups of three. A limited-time event is bringing a solo mode to the game. Apex Legends is hosting a limited-time Iron Crown Collection Event for two weeks, starting on August 13 and lasting until August 27. The biggest feature coming with this event appears to be its solo mode. Since the beginning, Apex Legends would only allow players to compete in teams of three. Now, at least for two weeks, players can go it solo and attempt to get that battle royale victory all by themselves. Next week, only one can reign. 👑The Iron Crown Collection Event featuring an all-new Solos limited time mode begins 8/13. pic.twitter.com/8tG4EhIqQf— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) August 6, 2019 The rest of the short teaser doesn't give a good indication as to what else the event may hold for players, th...

Anthem's Cataclysm event has arrived alongside substantial improvements

Aug 6, 2019

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The storm has arrived in Anthem as the cataclysm event is live right now What you need to know Anthem had several features delayed in order to fix bugs, including the Cataclysm update. Today, the Cataclysm update has finally gone live. This update brings new quests, new currencies, new enemies and more for players to enjoy. Anthem: Legion of Dawn Edition is currently $20 on Amazon. Earlier this year, Anthem's Cataclysm update and some other new features were delayed, as BioWare wanted to focus on improving or fixing issues that needed to be addressed in the game. Today, the Anthem Cataclysm update has finally gone live and players can download the update right now. It is a 12GB update, so it shouldn't be too hard on your hard drives. In order to begin exploring in the Storm, you'll need to choose "Cataclysm" in the Game Modes menu. From there, anyone of any level is free to begin. This update isn't just adding the Storm however, as there are new enemies such as the Bristlebacks an...

Dive into Hearthstone's 'Saviors of Uldum' expansion today

Aug 6, 2019

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A new expansion called Saviors of Uldum brings all-new cards for players to use What you need to know Hearthstone is a free-to-play card game from Blizzard. In the game, different cards represent different factions or characters across many different Blizzard games. A new expansion called Saviors of Uldum is available today, bringing new quests and cards. Hearthstone's Saviors of Uldum card packs start at $3 for two card packs. Today, Blizzard released a new expansion for Hearthstone players. Saviors of Uldum brings in a new questline, as the Arch-Villain Rafaam and his gang are up to no good. Within the shifting sands and plagues that scatter across the land of Uldum, this expansion is bringing new Plagues, Spells and gameplay mechanics for players to master. There's even the "death-defying" Reborn Minions, which come back to life after being destroyed. There's other rewards as well. Starting today, if you log in you'll get a random Legendary Quest card. Starting the new Saviors ...

Here's the lab where Google's hardware products are made

Aug 6, 2019

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Google recently opened the lab up to a journalist for the very first time. What you need to know Google recently opened the doors of its design lab to a journalist for the first time. The lab is only accessible to select employees. It's where the design of Google's hardware products are initially created. Google's been making a big push with its hardware efforts over the last few years, and one thing that's stuck out about its phones, speakers, and earbuds have been their design. Recently, Google's Design Lab was opened for the very first time to a journalist — giving us a look inside where Google's product design comes to life. The tour was given to Fast Company, and the 70,000 sq ft building looks awfully impressive. Ivy Ross, the Vice President and Head of Hardware Design for Google, worked with CEO Sundar Pichai on designing the lab to create the best environment possible for creativity. Ross collaborated with Mithun, the architects behind many Google buildings, to c...

Should you choose the Michael Kors Sofie or Runway?

Aug 6, 2019

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There's no shortage of options when it comes to wearables, especially in the world of smartwatches. The Michael Kors Sofie and Runway are excellent choices for different reasons. We've outlined them in detail below to help you decide which is the better choice for you. Style that shines Michael Kors Sofie $200 at Amazon Pros Google Assistant Basic activity tracking Gorgeous display and design Cons Lacks heart rate monitor No GPS or NFC If your main goal is to put your fashion sense on display via your wrist, this smartwatch was made for you. The Sofie is a beautiful wearable that offers basic functionality, like notifications, standard activity tracking, and Google Assistant. Amazing features Michael Kors Runway $200 at Amazon Pros Built-in GPS NFC payments Heart rate monitor Cons Mediocre battery life Limited functionality with iOS This is a smartwatch through and through with impressive features and a bit more fitness tracking sprinkled in. If you want a styli...

How to find credit cards with the best rewards and perks

Aug 6, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. Android Central may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network What you need to know Match to credit card offers you are more likely to qualify for without impacting your credit score. Find cards with low interest, cash back, balance transfers, and travel rewards. See your matched offers in less than 60 seconds. Find a credit card in under a minute Finding the right credit card for your needs and your lifestyle, while also taking into consideration your credit score, is no small feat today. There is a seemingly endless barrage of information from financial websites, bloggers, and YouTubers, not to mention the countless offers that find their way to you from your current or prospective card issuers and banks. It can be easy to get caught up in the limited time offers, the new card on the block, or even the superior, flashy design of one credit card over another (I'm looking...

This $1 Amazon Music Unlimited deal will have students streaming all year

Aug 6, 2019

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Let Amazon Music Unlimited supply the soundtrack to your year. School is almost back in session, and Amazon is lending college students a hand this year with a new offer on Amazon Music Unlimited. Now, Prime Student members can add Amazon Music Unlimited onto their Prime membership for just $0.99 per month! This isn't a limited time deal either; you'll score that discounted price on the service for as long as your Prime Student membership remains active, and if you're not already a member, we can talk about why you need to change that (and how) below. Coming from an avid music listener, being able to stream whatever you want whenever you want can change your life. Whether you want to listen to your favorite songs from when you were younger or a track that was just released today, Amazon Music Unlimited offers unlimited access to over 50 million songs to play with no ads to suffer through. Music streaming gives you the chance to discover so many new artists and songs that you wouldn...

Here's how to use your Alexa device to donate to students in need

Aug 6, 2019

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Give a little bit. The world could always use more kindness. If you're in the mood to spread a little positivity around, Amazon and Shaq are making it easy to donate to kids in need thanks to a special promotion. All you have to do is talk to your Alexa device. Say, "Alexa, donate to Happy School Year" to donate a backpack under $25 to a student in need. Confirm your purchase, and Amazon will match your donation by filling the backpack with school supplies like pens, pencils, rulers, and notebooks. Amazon will then ship your donated bag full of goodies to Communities in Schools, a nonprofit that empowers at-risk students. They'll handle doling out donated backpacks to kids that need them. Amazon partnered with Shaq to run this promotion, so you'll even hear a special thank you message from him afterward. This promotion ends on September 9th. Your donation may be tax-deductible. There's a limit of five donations per customer. Amazon will match up to $200,000 in school supply donati...

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro vs. TicWatch C2: Which should you buy?

Aug 6, 2019

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A smartwatch is about balancing form with function, class with compatibility, excellence with elegance. While we haven't found a single watch that can do it all and do it affordably, Mobvoi's TicWatch line has given us two watches that try to satisfy different priorities. Bulky battery-sipper TicWatch Pro $241 at Amazon Pros Hybrid display gives best of both worlds Larger screen is easier to navigate with Battery for days in both modes More robust fitness tracking Cons It's enormous, especially on slimmer wrists Rebooting Wear OS takes forever Not as formal or beautiful The TicWatch Pro was a tank I expected to wear for a month and send back, but that hybrid display and seemingly endless battery were too wonderful to give up. Yes, it's a huge watch, but it's a huge watch that can do more and do it better than most of the competition. Classic congeniality TicWatch C2 $200 at Amazon Pros Smaller profile More sophisticated design Two size options fit more wrists Fit...

NVIDIA is actually working on two new Shield TV devices

Aug 6, 2019

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The new smaller NVIDIA Shield device is codenamed "sif". What you need to know NVIDIA has two new Shield TV devices in the works, named "mdarcy" and "sif". Code shows that "sif" will not have support for a TV Tuner or USB, but will include SD card support. The code was discovered in the recently released Android 9 Pie update for the current NVIDIA Shield TV. There has been a lot of news about the NVIDIA Shield TV lately. First, we found out that NVIDIA is working on an updated version of the Android TV box, and then it dropped the Android Pie update at the end of July. Now, thanks to the guys over at XDA-Developers and their keen eye while digging through the code, we've learned NVIDIA has another Shield device in the works. We've already covered that NVIDIA has a new Shield device with the codename "mdarcy", but the new code makes reference to another device, this one codenamed "sif". According to the code, "sif" will not feature a TV Tuner or USB support, meaning we could be lo...

12 must have apps for college students

Aug 6, 2019

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College is exciting, crazy, and a little scary. The road has a lot of twists and turns, bumps, hurdles, and a few slides along the way. Here are a dozen apps to help you through each part of your college career and get to the other side, ready to conquer the world. Daily planner Any.Do Staff favorite With this app, you easily schedule your day with color-coded tasks, checklists, and reminders. It integrates with other devices, including Google's calendar and both Google Assistant and Amazon Echo for entering in reminders hands free. There is a place to enter and keep notes from classes and study sessions, too. Get at Google Play Discount textbooks Chegg Books Chegg lets you buy or rent textbooks – physical and ebooks – for up to 90 percent less than the campus bookstore. You can use the app to sell back books at the end of the semester to earn a little extra money. Other school supplies are also available for purchase through this app. Get at Google Pla...

New battery saving modes will come to older Fossil watches

Aug 6, 2019

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The feature was first introduced on the new Fossil Gen 5 watch. What you need to know The Fossil Gen 5 watch launched on August 5, 2019. Along with a new design and an updated processor, it also includes new battery saving modes. In a tweet, Fossil has confirmed the new battery saving modes will come to previous generations of watches via a software upgrade. Fossil makes some of the best smartwatches on the market, and in case you missed it, the Gen 5 series just dropped on August 5. Besides coming with some new hardware, including the Snapdragon Wear 3100 and new designs, one of the standout features is the new battery saving modes. According to Fossil, the new modes will help you extend your battery life while enjoying the smart features of your watch. This new experience offers an 'Extended Battery Mode' where users can extend to multiple days on a single charge while still enjoying essential features like notifications and heart rate. 'Daily Mode' allows users to experienc...

Despite the ban, everyone should buy the Huawei P30 Pro

Aug 1, 2019

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Huawei is complicated, but if you can look past its political issues, the P30 Pro is the only phone you'll need. As a technology reviewer, friends and family often turn to me for advice on what gadget to buy. For years, it was usually a question of whether they should buy the latest Galaxy or iPhone, but last year, Huawei got added to the conversation in a big way with the P20 Pro. The P20 Pro was arguably Huawei's breakout device. Every company has one of these – for Samsung, the Galaxy S III awakened the world's eyes to the company's product line – and while Huawei was already a large player, the P20 Pro was when the world truly took notice. Compared to the Galaxy S9 and OnePlus 6, the P20 Pro's camera was producing photos in low light that wouldn't be rivaled by anyone until Google almost six months later. Fast forward a year, and mentioning Huawei invokes several different conversations at once. First, there's the matter of its subsequent devices, such as the M...

Take control of your privacy with Alexa and the Amazon Echo

Aug 1, 2019

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It seems that every day we learn about a new privacy scandal or data security lapse, and Amazon has certainly not been immune to such mishaps. One way that the company is trying to address these types of issues and allay public concern is through its Privacy Hub. Following is a brief description of what the Privacy Hub is, and how to use it. How does Amazon address user privacy? Amazon's Privacy Hub website focuses on five areas in which Echo devices help manage, protect, and control privacy settings. Wake Word - Amazon has always claimed that the Echo devices only start listening to users (and recording them) after they use the wake word "Alexa." Users can also change this to a few other options such as "Echo," "Amazon," or "Computer." Indicators - Echo devices have indicator lights that illuminate when the device is active, as well as speakers that emit responses or audible tones when a request is made. Microphone Controls - Users can manually deactivate the microphone on Ech...

Are you more excited for the Galaxy Note 10 or Pixel 4?

Aug 1, 2019

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Both phones should be pretty darn great. The first half of 2019 treated us to some truly excellent smartphones, with a few of the standouts being the Galaxy S10, Pixel 3a, and OnePlus 7 Pro. As we move into the second half of the year, two of the handsets we're looking forward to the most include the Galaxy Note 10 and Pixel 4. The Note 10 is shaping up to be one of 2019's biggest and baddest phones, with the rumor mill suggesting a nearly bezel-less AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855+ processor, 12GB of RAM, and 45W fast charging. On the other hand, the Pixel 4 is expected to have a more modest design in return for a sophisticated face unlock system and the ability to skip songs, decline phone calls, and more by just waving your hand over its screen. Recently, some of our AC forum members started talking about the two phones. TabGuy 07-31-2019 10:26 AM “ First, let me say that I'm as loyal a Note person as ever...

QiStone 2 review: Backup power three ways

Aug 1, 2019

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Freedom and flexibility in how you charge whatever you need. Lets face it: wireless charging hasn't taken over the world like so many of us had hoped it would. Adoption for Qi charging has been slow, and the products have been boring, with very few accessories jumping out to really blow us away. One of the first I ever looked at was called the QiStone, a simple battery shaped like a smooth, flat rock that charged your phone wirelessly when you weren't near a cable. It wasn't particularly useful, but it was a fun look at what the future might look like if the tech got popular. Fast forward to today. Wireless charging is in every high-end phone, but it's still not really a huge thing. Even Apple has struggled with making a single form of wireless charging work for everything, and very few other companies have even tried. But when the Fonesalesman folks reached out about an updated version of the QiStone, it included some important new features to fit in better with the realities of o...

Time to decide between the Galaxy Watch Active and the Michael Kors Sofie

Aug 1, 2019

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We know how tough it can be to make a decision, especially when it comes to a smartwatch. You're in luck because we've done all the dirty work for you. We've gathered the information you need to help you choose between the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and the Michael Kors Access Sofie. Top-notch fitness tracking Galaxy Watch Active $200 at Amazon Pros Lightweight, comfy design Robust fitness tracking Good battery life Cons Less stylish appearance Tizen OS can be challenging The Galaxy Watch Active has a lot to offer. The design might be a bit bland, and Tizen OS isn't the best, but these points pale in comparison to the positives. You'll enjoy extensive activity tracking, built-in GPS, heart rate monitoring, and more. Fashionable smartwatch Michael Kors Access Sofie $200 at Amazon Pros Fancy, stylish design Highly customizable Google Assistant Cons Limited features Lacks GPS and NFC If you take on a "less is more" attitude when it comes to your wristwear, the M...

Grab the WipEout: Omega collection for free this month on PS Plus

Aug 1, 2019

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One of the biggest perks of having a PlayStation Plus membership is the free games you get every month. They are always hand-picked by a team of experts that know what you'll want to play. The games PlayStation is offering this month include an amzing sci-Fi racer and a gritty war game. Check out the list below, start downloading these games, and enjoy them from Aug. 6 until Sept. 2, 2019. ★ Featured favorite WipEout: Omega Collection WipEout is a fast-paced, thrill-ride of a racing game. Set in a futuristic land and featuring gravity-defying tracks, WipEout is one of my favorite games of all time and I'm thrilled to see it as a free game on PlayStation Plus. Normally WipEout is $20 and features all the content from WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury, and WipEout 2048. It's also enhanced for the PlayStation 4 Pro to include 4K visuals. See at PlayStation Store ★ Sniping favorite Sniper Elite 4 Set in the Italian countryside, Sniper Elite 4 takes you inside...

Oculus Quest devices are selling as fast as Facebook can make them

Aug 1, 2019

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The Oculus Quest is selling so well that Facebook has a hard time keeping them in stock. What you need to know The Oculus Quest is selling well, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The standalone headset has earned positive reviews from several outlets. Orders for the Oculus Quest are often delayed due to stock shortages. The Oculus Quest is performing well according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In the Facebook Q2 2019 Earnings call, Zuckerberg stated that Oculus Quest devices are "selling as fast as we can make them" (via RoadtoVR). This isn't that surprising of a statement considering that shipments of Oculus Quest orders are often delayed in the U.S. and Europe while stock of the headset is filled. The Oculus Quest has received positive reviews from several outlets, including our own review, and many developers have hopped on board. The Oculus Quest recently passed 50 games in the Oculus Store and is set to receive more throughout this year. Following his statement ...

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 with notchless display debuts in India

Aug 1, 2019

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The Y9 Prime also has a USB-C port but lacks fast charging support. What you need to know Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 is a budget Android phone with a large 6.59-inch display and Kirin 710F chipset. The smartphone has been priced at ₹15,990 ($231) in India. It will be going on sale in the country starting August 7 via Amazon.in. Huawei today launched a new budget Android phone in India, dubbed the Y9 Prime 2019. Even though its name may suggest that it is an all-new device, that isn't actually the case. The Y9 Prime 2019 is a rebranded version of the P Smart Z that debuted in Europe earlier this year. The smartphone features a 6.59-inch notchless display with Full HD+ resolution and a highly impressive 91% screen-to-body ratio. It runs on a 12nm Kirin 710F octa-core processor supporting GPU Turbo 3.0 and comes in a single variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The phone includes a microSD card slot, so you will be able to expand the storage further by up to 512GB. While the ...

Latest Fortnite patch features tons of vaulted items

Aug 1, 2019

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The latest content update for Fortnite — the 10.00 patch — is out today, and with it comes the introduction of the latest season for the battle royale. With Fortnite now officially in its tenth season, some big changes come to the game, including the addition of a gigantic mech and the removal of a lot of items. By far the biggest change to the world of Fortnite is the B.R.U.T.E., a mech suit that will drop into the game along with the battle bus. The mech is made for two people to pilot, with one controlling movement and the other controlling its weapons, and is clearly going to result in some major changes to play styles. Also coming to the game is Rift Zones, areas of the map that seem to feature former locations in the game with new gameplay changes attached to them. According to the trailer for Season X, there will be areas with restrictions to things like looting, and even the return of past locations like Dusty Depot. Needless to say, Season X brings with it som...

Climb aboard giant mechs in the newest season of Fortnite

Aug 1, 2019

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Giant mechs, new areas, and more! What you need to know Fortnite's newest season - Season X - is finally here. The new season comes with new ways to fight, including a giant mech called the B.R.U.T.E. A brand new battle pass is also available, promising new character skins, rewards, and more. Fortnite Season X is officially out now, and as is the case in seasons past, the world of Fortnite is once again changing. After the glowing orb in Fortnite continued to grow more unstable, it seems to have exploded, setting off the chain reaction that causes the events of Season X. From the looks of the trailer for Season X, time is all distorted in the world of Fortnite. Fans who want some popular locations from the past may get their wish, and there also seems to be some brand new areas to explore as well. Of course, the biggest inclusion seems to be the B.R.U.T.E., a giant two-person mech that is new to the game. After the giant robot and monster fought at the end of Season 9, it seem...

Google testing Play Pass subscription with hundreds of apps and games

Aug 1, 2019

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Google is looking to take on Apple Arcade with its Play Pass subscription service. What you need to know Google Play Pass is a monthly subscription service that unlocks hundreds of premium apps and games. Apps and games in the catalog won't have any ads, with all in-app purchases unlocked. The service is currently being tested for $4.99 a month, but the final figure could change. Evidence of a Play Store subscription service called Play Pass showed up last year, but we haven't heard much after that. The company is now starting to test the monthly subscription service, as spotted by the folks over at Android Police. Screenshots obtained by the publication show the signup pages for Play Pass, which provides access to hundreds of premium apps and games — with no ads and in-app purchases unlocked — for $4.99 a month, with a 10-day trial: Explore a curated catalog spanning puzzle games to premium music apps and everything in between. From action hits to puzzles an...

For a limited time, you can earn elevated bonuses on Delta Amex cards

Aug 1, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. These offers have expired For a limited time (until July 2), you can earn some great bonuses on all three Delta / Amex co-branded cards as well as their business versions. For starters, the entry level card, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, is offering 60,000 bonus miles after $2,000 in spend in the first three months. Additionally, you would get a $50 statement credit after making a purchase from Delta in those beginning months. Finally, there are no foreign transaction fees and the $95 annual fee is waived in the first year. The business version of the card has all the same perks except the sign up bonus which is 70,000 miles after $4,000 in spend in the first three months. Entry level Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express See at The Points Guy In addition to th...

Check out this bonus offer on the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard

Aug 1, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. Are you looking for an easy way to subsidize your summer vacation to Hawaii? You're in luck. The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® currently has a limited-time bonus offer of 60,000 miles after spending just $2,000 within the first 90 days of account opening. That's a 20% bump from the previous offer of 50,000 bonus miles. These 60,000 miles are worth $540 based on recent valuations. Hawaiian getaway Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® See at The Points Guy For an annual fee of just $99 (waived in the first year), this card offers a lot of earning potential, particularly for North American travelers who love to visit Hawaii. Using the miles The bonus itself would give you enough miles for a round-trip flight between the contiguous US and Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines. Alternatively, y...

Wells Fargo Cash Wise offers $150 in cash back and protects your phone

Aug 1, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. Those who are looking for a new credit card but don't travel much and don't care about hotel status are in luck. There are numerous simple and pure cash back cards that might meet your needs. Today we'll talk about one of those options - the Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa® Card. Right now, if you apply and are approved, you will earn a $150 cash rewards bonus after spending just $1,000 in the first three months of account opening. That's a pretty nice 20% return on your first thousand bucks. In addition to the bonus, you will earn a flat 1.5% cash back on all purchases. This might lead many to immediately think about the Chase Freedom Unlimited, which also offers the same flat earning rate. However, there's an elevated cash back rate if you use your Cash Wise card through Google Pay or Apple Pay. Instead of the base 1.5%...

United Explorer credit card ups signup bonus by 50%

Aug 1, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. The tiered welcome bonus is back! Earlier this year, United scrapped the two-tiered bonus structure on its Explorer Card in favor of 40k miles after spending $2,000 in three months. But they've decided to bring it back with an offer that ups the total potential bonus by 50%. Now the United℠ Explorer Card offers a welcome bonus of 40k miles after spending $2,000 in the first 2 months. As expected from a United-branded card, it comes packed with valuable airline benefits and rewards. Most notably, it gives you and a guest (traveling on the same reservation) a free checked bag (up to $120 savings per roundtrip) and priority boarding privileges. Every cardmember anniversary you'l receive 2 United Club℠ one-time passes (more than $100 value) to help make traveling a bit more relaxing. On top of that, you'll enjoy ...

Save on summer travel with these huge credit card sign-up offers

Aug 1, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. Summer travel planning season (at least for the northern hemisphere) is upon us, which means it's time to think about how to get the most out of the money you spend on travel. Of course, new credit cards are one of the best ways to do so, and Delta has just launched some limited time offers on their Amex co-branded cards. From now until April 3, you might qualify for the following offers: Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express - 30,000 Bonus Miles after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months and a $50 Statement Credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express - Earn 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 35,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $1,000 in pu...

Barclaycard Arrival offers largest bonus offer to date

Aug 1, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. iMore may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. While it doesn't get as much hype as other travel cards such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard® deserves recognition for keeping it simple. Each transaction on the Arrival Plus earns 2x miles or 2% back, so you don't have to do any mental calculation based on the product you purchase. Additionally, on top of redeemed miles, you will also receive a 5% rebate on redeemed miles, which ups your effective return to 2.1%. Now that the card is also offering its highest ever 70,000 miles bonus signup, it may be time to add it to your wallet. Mile high Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard® See at The Points Guy The Arrival Plus allows a wide range of travel products for you to redeem your miles on, which includes airlines, hotels, campgrounds, ca...

ET2 Lighting's new collection works with Philips Hue and your smart home

Jul 31, 2019

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Smart lighting can be beautiful. ET2 Lighting has joined the Philips Hue 'Friends with Hue' program and added four new smart lighting fixtures designed to work with Philips Hue products and your smart home. Unlike most of the Philips Hue lineup that exists to add some smartness to your existing fixtures, ET2 Lighting is "bringing design-focused lighting concepts." Looks Good and Obeys your Commands ET2 Lighting iWood LED pendant light Your smart home doesn't have to be all smart bulbs and plugs scattered around your house. It can be awesome LED pendant lighting from ET2 now as well. Various Prices See at ET2 Lighting You will need the Philips Hue bridge to make the smart technology in these new lights work. Luckily, the bridge is regularly on sale for less than $50 on Amazon. You can also find it packaged with starter kits that provide some other smart devices like multi-color smart bulbs and LED light strips. Once connected to Philips Hue, you can use the app on your smartph...

OnePlus explains how and why it created its Zen Mode feature

Jul 31, 2019

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Created in an effort to help technology serve you. What you need to know OnePlus shared a post on its forums detailing how and why it created Zen Mode. The idea behind Zen Mode is to help technology serve you. A lot of thought went into Zen Mode's duration, app design, and gamification. OnePlus's OxygenOS is one of the best Android interfaces around, and when the OnePlus 7 Pro was unveiled earlier this year, Zen Mode was announced as one of the latest additions to the software. Like we've seen from companies such as Google and Apple, Zen Mode is another "digital wellbeing" feature designed to help you use your phone less. On July 31, OnePlus shared a post on its forums titled "Let's talk Zen Mode - A challenge in mindfulness" to explain in detail how Zen Mode came about and why it looks and works the way it does in its final form. OnePlus starts off by saying how it takes time to think about what's affecting its users before adding a new feature, and noting that, "Among a sea of ...

Here's every U.S. city with 5G coverage right now

Jul 31, 2019

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Kicking off the next generation of wireless. All of the major U.S. carriers are hard at work on their 5G strategy. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have launched 5G networks and are aggressively expanding those networks through 2019. 5G service not only provides faster speeds but also reduced response times allowing for new services and cloud computing not previously available. For now, the major difference between LTE and 5G will be speed but as coverage continues to roll out to new areas, more services that rely on instant connectivity should become possible. Verizon Verizon is starting small with two cities deploying what it calls 5G Ultra Wideband (UWB). In short, this version of 5G uses large chunks of high frequency bandwidth that produce very high speeds but suffer in other areas such as coverage over distance and building penetration. While coverage is dense enough in cities to be included on the list, Verizon is being conservative and offering much more specific de...

Firefox Reality browser now available on the Oculus Quest

Jul 26, 2019

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Firefox Reality brings 360 videos, voice search, and more to web browsing on the Oculus Quest. What you need to know Firefox Reality is now available on the Oculus Quest. The browser emphasizes security and privacy. The browser has several VR-specific features, including 360 video support, resize support, and voice search. Firefox Reality is now available on the Oculus Quest. The popular web browser has several VR-specific features as well as the privacy and security features that are standard on all browsers from Mozilla. Mozilla highlights the enhanced privacy features of Firefox Reality in the blog post announcing the browser's launch on the Oculus Quest. Mozilla has several privacy features on all of its browsers, but a few specific examples that you can tweak are how sites track you and how cookies are handled. Firefox Reality also has several features that enhance the virtual reality experience including 360-degree video support, movie mode, resize mode that allows you ...

I’m bad at adulting. Google Assistant picks up the slack.

Jul 26, 2019

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Dictated reminders and subtle smart home cues help make digital nagging helpful rather than annoying. I'm a bit scatterbrained at the best of times, and I've been known to put my head down in research or reading and not come up to stretch my legs or get so much as a drink of water until an ungodly hour of the evening. When a topic grabs my attention, my normally insatiable hunger can be ignored for days. In short, I'm bad at adulting and basic self-care, and that lack of keeping to a routine impacted my work and my health in significant ways last year, especially when I went from working in a toxic but crowded TV station to working from home living alone. I knew I had to make changes, and looking at the smart home tech around me, I knew there are solutions that could help keep me on track with meals, breaks, and most importantly sleep cycles. Google Assistant's scheduled routines and reminders have become my digital taskmaster, ensuring I help myself before I help ...

What's on James Bricknell's gaming desk: VR, 3D printing and Spider-Man

Jul 26, 2019

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With all the craziness around me every day — I have an active 13-month-old and a dog that likes to shout at each other — my desk is my little oasis of calm. I am a big fan of VR, especially the PlayStation VR, and I have my desk set up to accommodate it, even having my PS4 underslung on my desk. I've always got some 3D printing stuff hanging out on my desk as well, the printer is almost always on. Right now, Destiny 2 is still my jam, though Spider-Man is taking more of my time than maybe it should. Hooked on Phonics Logitech G430 7.1 DTS Headphone Staff Pick When I want to get lost in VR or any video game, these Logitech headphones are perfect. They block out almost all of the outside noise and have an excellent spatial sound that really works immerse me. From $48 at Amazon Main console PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console I recently picked up the PlayStation Pro after my OG 4 curled up and died. The advanced graphics and 4K readiness make it a worthwhile upgrade,...

Are you going to buy the Galaxy Fold when it launches in September?

Jul 26, 2019

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Looks like it's a hard pass for some of our AC forum members. The Samsung Galaxy Fold has had a rough life. Initially scheduled for a launch in April, the Fold was quickly pulled for store shelves and met with canceled pre-orders after its folding technology proved to not be the most durable. Following months of back and forth regarding when the Fold would be ready for relaunch, Samsung finally confirmed earlier this week that the handset would be available for purchase once again this September. It's exciting that the Fold will be heading back out into the wild soon, but did this whole fiasco cause people to lose interest? Here's what the AC forum community has to say. trucksmoveamerica#AC 07-24-2019 09:48 PM “ I'll still pass. Maybe a few generations later. Reply clerk 07-25-2019 12:03 PM “ I really wanted this 2 month...

What does the Apple-Intel deal mean for the rest of the industry?

Jul 26, 2019

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Can Apple break Qualcomm's hold over the smartphone industry? Does it even want to? In case you weren't aware, Apple dipped into the billions of dollars it has on hand and gave a billion of it to Intel in exchange for the majority of Intel's smartphone modem business. The quick and dirty details of the deal give Apple over 2,000 new employees and most of Intel's modem intellectual property; Apple basically owns Intel's former LTE modem business and any work it has done for 5G modem tech. Intel, of course, gets $1 billion dollars. Both sides walk away happy. Don't assume that this means the next iPhone is going to use an in-house modem design, though. After a lengthy trial over Qualcomm's alleged abuse of FRAND patents and Apple's use of tech without paying for it, Qualcomm was forced to adjust pricing, Apple was forced to pay back royalties, and both parties inked a $4.5 billion deal that allows Apple to use Qualcomm's modem IP for at least six years. The next iPhone will have a Qu...

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G finally goes on sale in the UK today

Jul 26, 2019

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The humongous Mate 20 X 5G was announced in May this year. What you need to know The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G will be available in the UK from today via Three, Sky Mobile, and Carphone Warehouse. It offers a massive 7.2-inch OLED display and uses Huawei's Balong 5000 5G modem. The 5G-enabled smartphone starts at £999 in the UK. Huawei's first 5G smartphone, the Mate 20X 5G is now available in the UK. You will be able to grab one starting today from Three, Sky Mobile, or Carphone Warehouse. The phone carries a £999 price tag and comes in Emerald Green color. Sky Mobile, which has announced its plans of launching 5G connectivity on its network by November this year, will be selling the Mate 20X 5G starting from £36 per month on Swap24. If you wish to add 8GB allowance and unlimited call & texts, you can do so for just £10 instead of £15. Sky Mobile will be launching more new 5G-enabled smartphones later this year, including Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G. Sky's...

Google Nest is giving away 100,000 free Home Minis to people with paralysis

Jul 26, 2019

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You can also donate to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation by simply asking Google Assistant. What you need to know Google and Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation are giving 100,000 Home Minis to people living with paralysis and their caregivers. The Google Home Mini can help improve lives of people living with paralysis and make them more independent. If you'd like to help, you can donate to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation by simply asking Google Assistant. Google today announced that it is partnering with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to give 100,000 Home Minis to people with paralysis as well as their caregivers in celebration of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this year. The small yet mighty Google Home Mini can prove to be of immense help to people with paralysis, allowing them to get things done more independently and also have a little fun with it. Garrison Redd, who has been living with paralysis for nearly tw...

Sony WH1000XM3 vs. Sony WH1000XM2: Should you upgrade?

Jul 26, 2019

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We love audio just as much as we love phones, and we test out as many headphones as we can to find the best options for you. Sony WH1000XM3 Cancel noise expertly $348 at Amazon Pros QN1 processor vastly improves noise canceling 32-bit audio processing Charges over USB-C Intuitive gesture controls Cons Bulkier than Bose QC35 II and 700 Assistant replaces Ambient Sound onboard control The WH1000XM3 puts all of Sony's expertise on headphones to use, combining the best active noise canceling we've ever heard with excellent sound quality, great battery life, and convenient gesture controls. Sony WH1000XM2 Almost as good $348 at Amazon Pros Still has top-tier noise canceling Can be found for cheaper on the used market Can be folded down for easy travel Same gesture controls Cons Still uses Micro-USB for charging Retail pricing hasn't budged since its release Sony's previous generation of ANC headphones still sounds fantastic, with its noise-canceling rivaling that of the po...

Help us discover the biggest development trends in 2019 and beyond

Jul 26, 2019

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Take the survey by July 28th! Open to developers only. Every year, more than 40,000 developers from 165+ countries participate in the Developer Economics surveys to set new trends in software development. This is a chance for all developers to be part of something great and set the industry trends, opportunities and challenges for 2019. The insights coming from the survey will be published in the State of the Developer Nation 17th Edition Report, coming up in Q3 2019, and will be available for free download to all developers who take part! Plus, the survey is packed with pleasant surprises — if you enter you may win one of the many awesome prizes that are up for grabs, like a Microsoft Surface Pro 6, JetBrains IDE, Oculus Rift S, AWS Deep Racer Samsung HMD Odyssey, Apple AirPods, 3D Printer, Samsung Chromebook 3 plus lots of dev swag, accessories and vouchers or even up to $1,000 USD cash if you also refer other developers to take the survey. Hurry up and take the survey. It'...

How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on Android

Jul 26, 2019

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We all search for plenty of wacky and one-off things in Google Maps, and despite what Google thinks we don't always want them sitting in our history forever. There are also plenty of times when we navigated somewhere that we'll never go back to, and there's no reason to have it saved in the app's history. Thankfully you can quickly remove specific searches and locations from Google Maps on your phone. You can even go a step further and turn off history altogether. How to delete items from your Google Maps history Open Google Maps, swipe in from the left edge and tap Settings. Tap Maps history to see a scrolling list of every search you've made and destination. To remove an item, tap the menu button and then tap Delete. A box will pop up confirming the item you're about to delete, and you can tap Delete to confirm. To see more details about the event, tap Details instead. Going a step further, you can delete history from a date range by tapping the menu button at the very top of...

I’ve stopped traveling with my laptop brick thanks to this travel charger

Jul 26, 2019

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This has become the only charger I ever need to pack. Between traveling to Los Angeles for the NAMM Show, covering countless press events in New York and San Francisco, and even flying internationally for trade shows like MWC in Barcelona, I've spent a lot of time this year on planes. Certainly more than I ever have in past years, and throughout all of this travel I've picked up little tricks and rules of thumb that make my life easier. Get TSA Pre Check. Never check a bag when it can be avoided. Paying for lounge access can be well worth it for the dedicated Wi-Fi and free food and drinks (you can also get a credit card like the Amex Platinum that includes complimentary lounge access). But possibly the most important thing I've learned is to get a travel charger. I use a 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro for all of my writing and video editing, which comes with an 87W USB-C power brick. The wall plug is removable and can be replaced with an extension cable, but I prefer not to bring that ...

Try before you buy with these amazing PS4 demos!

Jul 26, 2019

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It's an awesome day! You just got a PlayStation 4 or you've found yourself with a bit of spare cash to get a new game. If you're not sure what game you want to get, no worries because many of the best games have demos available in the PlayStation Store. We've found a few fantastic games for you to sink your teeth into and every one of them has a demo available. ★ Featured favorite Devil May Cry 5 The ultimate Devil Hunter is back in the newest edition to Capcom's epic saga, Devil May Cry 5. "Several years after the Order of the Sword incident. An unusual phenomenon suddenly appears in Red Grave City. A gigantic tree pierces through the surface in the middle of town, attacking with roots that drain the poor citizens of their blood." Play solo or network with friends to fight back the attack in this action-adventure hack and slash. $40 at PlayStation Store Nostalgic flashback Dragon Quest Builders 2 Dragon Quest is another series that has ditched the turn-based c...

You can save up to $600 when you trade-in your old phone for a Note 10

Jul 26, 2019

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You can now reserve the Galaxy Note on Samsung's website or using the Shop Samsung app. What you need to know The reservation page for the Galaxy Note 10 is now live. Samsung is offering up to $600 on trading in a Galaxy Note 9, Pixel 3, or an iPhone XS. Reservations will remain open until August 7. Samsung has started accepting registrations for the "next generation of Galaxy" in the U.S. Reserving the Galaxy Note 10 will not only ensure that you get it first — with early access to pre-order the phone — but you will also be eligible for special trade-in values for select devices. Additionally, Samsung is offering a $50 instant credit that can be used to purchase devices and accessories from the company's website. If you own a flagship smartphone manufactured by Samsung, Google, or Apple, you will be able to save up to $600 when trading it in for a Galaxy Note 10. Eligible smartphones that will fetch you $600 on trade in include the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10, Galaxy ...

The $510 ASUS ROG Phone II racks up 2 million pre-orders in China

Jul 26, 2019

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The Tencent Games Edition of the ROG Phone II exceeds 2 million pre-orders in China. What you need to know ASUS' ROG Phone II went up for pre-order in China earlier this week. The Tencent Games Edition — which costs just $510 — racked up 2 million pre-orders in just 24 hours. The standard edition of the phone retails for the equivalent of $875. ASUS' ROG Phone II is a serious piece of kit. It is the first phone to be powered by the Snapdragon 855+, and the first from the Taiwanese manufacturer to offer a 120Hz display. The phone made its debut in China at the end of last week, and is set to retail in the market for just 3,499 Yuan ($510). That's for the Tencent Games Edition that comes with a whole lot of Tencent apps and services, however, with the standard bloat-free edition with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage setting customers back 6,000 Yuan ($875). ASUS ROG Phone II preview: Changing the rules of the game The low price of the base variant combined with the h...

OnePlus is hosting its first music festival in India in November

Jul 26, 2019

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The OnePlus Music Festival will be held in Mumbai in November and feature international as well as local artists. What you need to know OnePlus is kicking off its first music festival in India later this year. The OnePlus Music Festival is slated for the month of November, and will take place in Mumbai. It will feature a mix of international as well as local artists. One trait that hasn't changed about OnePlus in the last five years is the fact that it likes to engage with its community. While the Chinese manufacturer is now a mainstream player, it still sees community to be at the crux of everything it does. Over the years, OnePlus has rolled out several events in India to connect with its userbase, and the latest is a music festival. The OnePlus Music Festival is a "multi-genre musical extravaganza" that is slated for the month of November in Mumbai. The festival will feature a host of international as well as local artists, and OnePlus says it is the ideal event for its commu...

Redmi K20 Pro vs. OnePlus 7 Pro: Which should you buy?

Jul 26, 2019

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Value flagships are increasingly gaining momentum, with each generation adding new features. Here at Android Central, we've used all the affordable flagships released in 2019 and are here to help you pick the right phone for your needs. Redmi K20 Pro Unmatched value ₹27,999 at Flipkart Pros Incredible value Outstanding battery life Snapdragon 855 chipset MIUI finally feels stable Has a 3.5mm jack Cons Limited availability No water resistance Xiaomi has done it again: the Redmi K20 Pro delivers the kind of value that you just don't get with any other phone today. This is the most affordable device with a Snapdragon 855, and that's going to remain unchanged in 2019. You also get a great camera, outstanding battery life, absolutely gorgeous design, and there's even a 3.5mm jack. OnePlus 7 Pro Smooth operator ₹48,999 at Amazon India Pros Stunning 90Hz display 30W fast charging Snapdragon 855 chipset Clean software with fast updates Gorgeous design Cons No head...

Take your PS4 gaming to new heights with these awesome arcade pads

Jul 26, 2019

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Take your fighting game to the next level with an arcade pad for PlayStation 4. When it comes to precision, a standard controller just can't compare. Luckily, whether you want the best of the best or a budget option for beginners, you have a few choices to choose from. Be mindful of what suits your needs the most and where your money is best spent. The best package Razer Panthera Staff pick Razer offers the best total fight stick package for the PlayStation 4. It has all the customizable fighting buttons you need, plus all the other PlayStation-specific components that others just don't have. $200 at Amazon No nonsense HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai HORI doesn't offer the customization as other high-end sticks, but you still get top-tier quality with the company's proprietary Hayabusa joystick and buttons for smooth and accurate input. It's all the control you'll never need. $150 at Amazon Budget-friendly Mayflash F300 Great for beginners without spending an a...

The Moto Z3 Play 64 GB and Alexa Mod are $250 off for a limited time!

Jul 26, 2019

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There's a heck of a deal going on the Moto Z3 Play with moto smart speaker. For Motorola's Black Friday in July sale starting today, they're knocking $250 off a bundle that includes the Moto Z3 Play, and their Alexa-ready speaker mod that connects to the back. Between the Alexa Mod normally going for $150 and the 64 GB Moto Z3 Play for $500, you're basically getting a free speaker and $100 off a solid phone. When the moto smart speaker with Amazon Alexa is attached to the Z3 Play, you get hands-free control and excellent sound at the ready. Alexa can answer your trivia questions, update your to-do list, check the weather, and generally be your helpful sidekick whereever you go. When you're not chatting with Alexa, this speaker can crank out your favorite tunes in high fidelity. The joy of the Moto Z3 Play is swapping out all sorts of different mods as needed. Going on a big trip? Take the Hasselblad True Zoom mod for better pictures. Wanna hunker down for a long play session? Try o...

The best motion controller games on PlayStation VR

Jul 26, 2019

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PlayStation Move-enabled games on PlayStation VR (PSVR) bring you into the heart of the game and add an extra layer of immersion. Rather than taking away from the experience, Move controllers make playing in VR a lot more fun. That's why we've collected the best PlayStation VR games that use PlayStation Move controllers for you to check out. ★ Featured favorite Beat Saber Our Favorite Enjoy original songs on the Beat Saber soundtrack while you slice your way through the levels. The goal is to cut each block as directed. As they fly at you, the blocks have a symbol indicating how they need to be cut. The more accurate your cut - the more points you get. This is one surefire way to get yourself up and active without having to leave the comfort of your own home. You can find Beat Saber on the PlayStation Store or, if you're new to VR, you can buy this PSVR bundle on Amazon that includes two games! $350 at Amazon The Blockbuster game Superhot Play with the concept...

The Pixel 3a launch doubled Google's phone sales year-over-year

Jul 25, 2019

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It turns out releasing less-expensive phones and expanding retail availability is a good thing. What you need to know Pixel sales doubled year-over-year following Pixel 3a launch. Adding two new less-expensive phones and expanding distribution were key in increasing sales. Alphabet's overall second quarter financial results were very strong. Alphabet's second-quarter earnings were big for several reasons, as the company beat analyst expectations and initiated a $25 billion stock buyback. But the news nugget that hits closest to home for people who care about the actual products Google makes came in the earnings call: Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that Pixel sales in Q2 doubled year-over-year, thanks to the Pixel 3a and 3a XL's launch at Google I/O. It's no surprise that people desired a less-expensive Pixel, and sales were weak up to this point. This announcement is obviously something Google can be proud of, but doesn't come as any surprise. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are gene...

Raspberry Pi 4: How much RAM do you need? (1GB, 2GB or 4GB?)

Jul 20, 2019

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Best answer: Unless you plan to use your Raspberry Pi over the network without its own monitor and keyboard, buy the model with as much RAM as your budget allows. If you do plan to run things headless, save $20 and buy the 1GB version. Plenty of power: Official Raspberry Pi 4 Power Supply ($12 at Newark) The Box Set: Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit ($65 at Amazon) Keep fingers (and cats) out: Multicomp Pro Raspberry Pi 4 Case ($6 at Newark) Now, with choices! The Raspberry Pi 4 is the first model to offer different amounts of RAM. You can choose 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB depending on how much you'll need to do the things you plan on doing, and naturally, each tier has its own price ranging from $35 to $55. While the difference in price isn't a considerable amount, you still want to make the right choice. The easy answer that works in almost every instance — including this one — is to buy as much as you can afford. Notice I said almost every case; there is an excellent reason to buy th...

The best replacement bands for your Samsung Gear Fit 2

Jul 20, 2019

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The Samsung Gear Fit 2 is a fine fitness band and if you prefer to wear yours 24/7, it's helpful to have a couple of extra band options to match with your style. This particular model has been on the market for a few years now, so there are dozens of choices out there when it comes to replacement bands. Wherever you plan to wear your Gear Fit 2, we've got a band for you. Pick your style OenFoto Silicone Band Staff Favorite If you want options, you've got 'em with OenFoto bands. There are over a dozen colors to choose from! More importantly, they're made of premium silicone that's waterproof, anti-sweat, and non-toxic. The soft material is also easy to clean and you'll never have to think twice about fading or skin irritation. $10 at Amazon Trendy two-tone VIGOSS Silicone Sport Band This sporty silicone band comes in four two-tone color choices, including an eye-catching blue/white and a more subtle black/gray. The bands feature two perfectly perforated sections that...

Bungie announces new plans for Armor 2.0 in Destiny 2

Jul 19, 2019

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Now that Bungie is free of the Shadow they are making changes, and they look good. Bungie recently spent a lot of time explaining its future plans in a Livestream and vidoc. It was full of positive, empowered voices, voices that are clearly more excited than they have been in a long time. Not only did Bungie talk about the newest expansion coming to Destiny 2 in November 2019, but it also explained plans moving forward and how it sees the Destiny franchise evolving. There is a lot to break down here, so let's get to it. Return to the dark Destiny 2: Shadowkeep expansion From $35 at the Microsoft Store Nightmares are born Shadowkeep is the start of a whole new chapter for the team at Bungie. Expect huge new bosses, new raids, new moves, and oh so many new weapons and armor. What's new in Shadowkeep? Updated July 19, 2019: Armor mod details In a recent interview with Polygon, Mark Noseworthy, the general Manager at Bungie, and franchise director Luke Smith spoke a litt...

Get your Team Android apparel while supplies last!

Jul 19, 2019

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If you're on team Android you live it and breathe that devotion every day through the phone in your pocket and the evangelism you share with friends and family. But how 'bout taking that love a bit further with a new Team Android t-shirt, sweater, mug, or sticker? The design is a bit retro because Android's been around for a decade and we want to acknowledge that — and you. We have four t-shirt styles, including classic, comfort, and tri-blend and a women's cut, and they're all available in a bunch of colors from black to green to orange, in sizes from small all the way up to 5XL. We've also got a mug that's microwave- and dishwasher-friendly. Then there's the hoodie! It has a little pouch on the front to stash your five phones, three backup chargers, and tangled mess of cables. This design is only available until Sunday the 21st at midnight, so if you're going to grab one, do it soon! Team Android Android Central swag See at Teespring Hot stuff coming through AC is ...

FamilyLabs gives kids an extra layer of digital protection

Jul 19, 2019

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Coolpad has been busy at work developing FamilyLabs, a way for parents to track the location of their kids, limit what apps and sites they're using, and keep their screen time under control. We've been playing with early builds for the last few weeks, and so far it's shaping up to be a helpful tool in the modern parent's arsenal. Setup is pretty straightforward. Parents start off with their own account, authenticated over SMS. They can add one another to share control over their kid's device. Then they shoot invites to their kids and select which permissions they're going to need, and it's a healthy list. Daily Time Limits Restricted Times Apps & Games Calls & SMS Alarms & Reminders Set Geofence Lock Device Web Filter This really gives parents the full spectrum of control over their kid's phone. Yeah, you can go all-out and limit just about everything on the phone, but most parents will probably opt for a lighter touch. After all, a part of giving a child their own phon...

Best Custom Controllers for PlayStation 4 in 2019

Jul 19, 2019

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When you get tired of looking at the plain black controllers that come with your PlayStation 4, it might be time to start looking at custom controller designs. They can add a brand new taste or flavor to your gaming experience. Best of all, when it comes to PS4 DualShock and other third-party controllers, there are so many options to choose from. Precision gaming AR-OWL C1 PS4 Controller Staff pick Not only are users raving about the durability of this controller, but the comfort as well. This analog sticks on this controller are highly sensitive, allowing even the slightest movements to be registered in your game. If you're a fan of games like first-person shooters, this is the perfect controller for you. $30 at Amazon Modded and ready SADES PS4 Controller Gamepad While this controller isn't compatible with a headset. it does come with trigger clamps and two different types of buttons for your D-Pad. This controller was crafted with long gaming sessions in mind and will ...

Does FaceApp collect any personal information?

Jul 19, 2019

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Best answer: FaceApp does collect some information from you, but it doesn't data mine you. It's no more dangerous than uploading photos to Facebook. The big difference is this company is Russian based, which could be a concern for some people. Change your face: FaceApp (Free at Google Play) Protecting your Privacy FaceApp is the newest viral app thanks to its ability to show you what you might look like under different circumstances. This app first became popular a few years ago for its gender-swapping filters, and now it's having a resurgence thanks to an aging filter. However, along with it's renewed popularity, there are particular security and privacy concerns, precisely because the app is based out of Russia. The thing to remember to begin with is that privacy is not always something that is easily achieved on the internet. Every time you upload a photo to Facebook or share your location on Instagram, you are chipping away at your personal privacy. In much the same way, FaceA...

Want a Verizon prepaid phone? Here are a few options

Jul 19, 2019

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If you're going prepaid, you can certainly try to bring your own device to Verizon. Verizon is pretty strict about which phones it'll allow, and many unlocked phones aren't even compatible with the network. Otherwise, Verizon has a selection of prepaid phones that you can purchase directly, which may make for less of a headache in the long run. Here are a few that you should consider first. Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy S10+ There are few phones more well-rounded and versatile than the Galaxy S10+. From the moment you pick it up, the S10+ screams "premium!" with a metal-and-glass construction that feels as great as it looks. The curved glass makes it comfortable to hold, and it's protected by IP68 water and dust resistance. Inside, the S10+ has a massive 4,100mAh battery that lasts all day and well into the next, along with a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 chipset. There's also a futuristic in-display fingerprint sensor for quick authentication. The Galaxy S10+ also has one of t...

How to fix input lag on PS4 remote play

Jul 19, 2019

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Considering all the components that could be causing you lag while streaming Remote Play, tracking down what is the issue will take some trial and error. The first steps to fixing any issue is troubleshooting, starting with the easiest possible solution. How to fix controller input lag The first things to check are simple: Make sure your controller is charged. The connectivity strength in a controller can decrease as the controller loses charge, this can cause input issues. Reconnect your controller using a USB cable to the device you are using. Sometimes even a brief reconnect via cable can re-sync the connection. If the lag disappeared while connected by USB but returns when you use wireless, you may simply want to play while connected. Other wireless devices can interfere with Bluetooth connections between the console and controller. Try moving or powering down your wireless devices that are nearby. Make sure there is line of sight between your controller and console. The more ...

T-Mobile is now adding bloatware to the Google Discover page

Jul 19, 2019

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Available first on the new REVVLRY and REVVLRY+. What you need to know T-Mobile's new REVVLRY phones now come with T-Mobile Play. T-Mobile Play is integrated in the Google Discover page. It's a hub for on-demand videos from FOX Sports, Family Feud, and others. T-Mobile's REVVLRY and REVVLRY+ phones are available for purchase starting today, and while they're bound to be solid handsets considering they're essentially just rebrands of the Moto G7 Play and Moto G7, it's now come to light that they come with an unexpected twist. As spotted by Android Police, a Google Play Store listing has popped up for a new app called "T-Mobile Play." T-Mobile Play is somehow integrated into the Google Discover page, giving you a new T-Mobile tab next to the Google one. Per the app's description: Welcome to T-Mobile Play, exclusive for T-Mobile customers with an eligible smartphone! Swipe right from your home screen to find curated content from over 60 of today's most popular channels from genre...

Vizio P Series Quantum review — an incredible TV if money isn't an object

Jul 19, 2019

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Vizio's best has a lot going for it, even if it's still second to a true OLED TV. I love Vizio's range of sound bars, but for years I disregarded the company's TVs in favor of an LG OLED TV. I've used OLED TVs since I moved to the US a few years ago, and even the best from Samsung and Sony have failed to displace my trusty OLED. At CES way back in January of this year, I saw Vizio's Quantum range of TVs up close and personal, and the Vizio P Series Quantum X finally struck me as a TV that could move me away from OLEDs. I've now used it for two months. And while Vizio's top TV for 2019 is pricey, but there's a lot to like about it. It has 384 local dimming zones, which result in the most incredible blacks, and the wide color gamut produces an incredible array of color. Chromecast and Google Assistant are baked into the TV, which also comes closest to the dystopian future of a TV that's integrated into your smart home. It packs almost all the bells and whistles you'll find on a fla...

Instagram will now warn you before disabling your account

Jul 19, 2019

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The new policy will also disable accounts for users who have had too many violations in a short period of time. What you need to know Instagram will now give you a notification when content is removed and warn you if your account is in danger of being disabled. Notifications of removed content will allow you to appeal it directly from the notification. The policy to disable accounts has expanded to include repeated violations within a short period of time. Instagram is now changing its policies when it comes to disabling accounts, including notifying users who are at risk of having their account disabled. Not only will Instagram now give you a warning when content is removed, but the notification will also give you the option to appeal the removed content. The appeals process will be available for content that was removed due to violations of nudity and pornography, bullying and harassment, hate speech, drug sales, counter-terrorism policies, and more will be added in the future....

Find the best wireless headphones you can get for $100

Jul 19, 2019

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If you're looking to either replace or add a set of Bluetooth headphones to your collection without breaking the bank, you're in the right place. There are plenty of options ranging from truly wireless earbuds all the way up to over-ear headphones. If you're looking for the best overall headphones, look no further than the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2, which offer the best balance of portability and quality. Best Overall: OnePlus Bullets 2 Wireless The OnePlus Bullets 2 Wireless are the pinnacle of great wireless earbuds. They're not too ambitious and don't pack features such as being truly wireless with a wireless charging case. But they do offer handy features such as pausing when the two buds magnetically attach, and warp charging, getting you an impressive 10 hours of listening in a 10 minute charge. In terms of sound, the Bullets 2 are great for their size. They have a small bump in bass with a rather neutral midrange and treble. The soundstage and dynamic range is decent. T...

These are the best bands for Amazfit Bip in 2019

Jul 19, 2019

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If you've recently invested in an Amazfit Bip smartwatch, you're probably wading through all the accessory options to make it truly your own. Or maybe you've had one for a while now, and it's time for a new band. Either way, choosing the right band is crucial, so make sure you fully explore your options before reaching a decision. Perfectly permeable HMJ Soft Silicone Sport Band Staff favorite For a band that combines a stylish dual-color design with maximum airflow, this is the one for you. The air holes reduce the overall weight of the band while also improving permeability. It's the perfect mix of fashion and functionality that can handle your day-to-day activities. $9 at Amazon Comfortable cushioning SIKAI CASE Nylon Sport Loop Band This nylon sport loop band is ultra-soft, yet it remains sturdy on the wrist. You'll love the hook-and-loop fastener that allows quick and easy adjustments. Not to mention, the double-layer nylon weave will provide you with soft cush...

Huawei says its homegrown Hongmeng OS is not designed for smartphones

Jul 19, 2019

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Hongmeng was apparently not developed to replace Android. What you need to know Huawei Senior Vice President Catherine Chen has said that the company's homegrown Hongmeng OS is not designed for smartphones. The company will continue to use Google's Android OS on its smartphones. Hongmeng OS is expected to debut with the company's upcoming Smart TV. Huawei had hinted earlier this year that it would switch to its own proprietary operating system in case it is not allowed to use Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows operating systems on its products. The company's board member and senior Vice President Catherine Chen has now said that the Hongmeng operating system was never actually meant to be used in smartphones. She added that Huawei does not plan to move away from Android and that its smartphones will continue using Google's mobile operating system. According to Chen, the company's Hongmeng operating system is not an alternative to Android, but has been designed for "industr...

Sony needs more than good games and power for PS5 to stay on top

Jul 19, 2019

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Keep up the momentum and don't become complacent. Sony undoubtedly dominated this generation when it comes to general public perception and sheer sales figures of the PlayStation 4. But Microsoft has made waves the past couple of years that has propelled the Xbox One to the forefront of the conversation, whether this was through programs like Xbox Game Pass or the acquisition of high-profile game studios to bolster what many consider to be a struggling first-party catalog. I'm going to get this right out of the way: first-party games are incredibly important. PlayStation absolutely needs them to remain successful. I'm arguing that with Microsoft going all-in on first-party games — though it remains to be seen to what degree of success — Sony needs to turn at least some of its attention to other features. This generation saw some of the very best Sony has to offer from its first-party studios and partnerships with Bloodborne, Marvel's Spider-Man, Uncharted 4, Until Dawn...

KnowRoaming's new eSIM gets you connected in the U.S. or Europe for $10

Jul 19, 2019

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I am an unabashed fan of the eSIM. The prospect of decoupling a phone from the physical SIM card that provides the means for connectivity to a particular carrier — and usually only one carrier — is very attractive. But for one reason or another, mainly having to do with the powerful carriers that provide the service, and the lucrative roaming agreements they make with providers in other countries, eSIM adoption has been molasses slow. That's slowly changing thanks to the introduction of eSIM support in the latest iPhones along with the Pixel 3 lineup. Now a Toronto-based company, KnowRoaming, is one of the first companies to offer easy eSIM-powered data services for the U.S. and Europe starting at $10 for 1GB of data. The road to eSIM has been long for KnowRoaming, which started in 2014 offering paper-thin stickers that were affixed to the bottom of actual SIM cards, tricking a phone into thinking there were two providers on a single SIM card. While it definitely solved...

Dark Swords 2 is a dazzling new RPG you must play

Jul 19, 2019

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If you're going to include an auto-play function in your mobile game, you damn well better make the graphics and art style really pretty to back it up. This is exactly the case with Dark Sword 2, an action RPG game that blends tag-team combat with the all-too-familiar grind found in so many mobile RPGs. Once it ramps up, Dark Sword 2 is a dazzling display of colorful attacks and parries and will check a lot of boxes for specific gamers. The story here is entirely removed from the original Dark Sword, but the developers have carried over the silhouette art style which looks even more polished. The juxtaposition between the black silhouette of the character sprites and the colorful and detailed backdrops is gorgeous. The game is set in a dark future world where mechanical menaces are threatening the human race and the only hope is an elite squad of female cyborgs, known as Fatima. Each Fatima has its own unique weapon and skillset and you're able to control them all with quick and...

The LG Stylo 5 and its built-in stylus is now available at Sprint for $288

Jul 19, 2019

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A Galaxy Note competitor on a budget. What you need to know The LG Stylo 5 is coming to Sprint with a built-in stylus. It will set you back $288 all at once or you can use Sprint Flex to pay $25 down and $5 per month for 18 months. The Stylo 5 boasts a 6.2-inch screen, 3,500 mAh battery, and runs Android 9 Pie out of the box. The new LG Stylo 5 is headed to Sprint for a price that won't break the bank. Along with the 6.2-inch display, the Stylo 5 boasts an improved stylus experience with screen-off memos and will only set you back a total of $288. Of course, you don't have to pay for it all up front, because with the Sprint Flex Lease plan, you can pick it up for $25 down and $5 per month for 18 months. That's something that should be easy on everyone's wallet. If you've always been a fan of the S Pen that comes with the Samsung Galaxy Note series, but not a fan of the price, then the LG Stylo 5 might be exactly what you're looking for. The stylus is perfect for writing, sketchi...

PSA: Don’t fall for shady Minecraft Earth Android APK downloads

Jul 19, 2019

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While Minecraft Earth is rapidly gaining traction, don't fall for suspicious Android app downloads. Minecraft Earth is rolling out among a limited pool of testers this July, kicking off with Seattle and London, recently joined by Stockholm and Tokyo. Microsoft's all-new augmented reality (AR) endeavor takes its blocky universe to the real world, analogous to mobile sensation Pokemon GO. Early days with the beta highlight a promising foundation, collecting blocks and mobs while crafting towering AR worlds. However, while Minecraft Earth is slowly branching into new regions, the beta client remains exclusive to iOS devices for invited participants. Apple's developer "TestFlight" platform hosts initial trials, paired with the benefit of iOS's limited diversity in handsets. As the ongoing beta fosters attention, I've seen several supposed APK download links circulating – Android's file format for mobile app distribution. Minecraft Earth is headed to Android later down the line, ...

The TicWatch Pro 4G is still huge, but at least it’s faster

Jul 13, 2019

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Last summer's TicWatch Pro is back with some minor adjustments, but not the biggest one we needed. When I reviewed the TicWatch Pro last summer, I was enchanted by its hybrid screen, but on my lanky wrist, it looked like I'd stolen an Omnitrix or was hiding some superhero weapon inside it. It was a big watch with battery for days thanks to the LCD always-on mode, but it wasn't exceptionally fast or powerful. It's been a year since the original Pro came out, and Mobvoi now has the follow-up model: the TicWatch Pro 4G. Bringing double the RAM and new LTE radios, the version looks to beef up an already beefy watch with some extra bells and whistles, but there are some upgrades this watch is very clearly lacking. Everything but the kitchen sink TicWatch Pro 4G $279 at Amazon This bulky watch can do it all. Mobvoi has updated last year...

The Moto G7 is nice, but the Nokia 7.1 is worth spending $50 more

Jul 13, 2019

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Here at Android Central, talking about, analyzing, and teaching people how to use Android phones is our bread and butter. It's something we've been doing for years and is something we'll continue with as we help make Android accessible for everyone. Nokia 7.1 One of the best $300 at Amazon Pros Display supports HDR Faster processor Guaranteed software updates NFC for Google Pay Cons Slightly more expensive Larger notch The Nokia 7.1 remains one of our top recommendations for a mid-range Android phone. It nails all of the basics, thanks to a beautiful display, powerful processor, and a great battery. We also love the inclusion of things like an NFC chip and the newer Bluetooth 5.0. Moto G7 Moto's latest $290 at Amazon Pros Larger display, smaller notch Great glass + metal design Expandable storage Water-repellent nano-coating Cons No Google Pay Motorola's not great with software updates Motorola's Moto G7 delivers a lot of phone for not a lot of cash. Its display is i...

Which color Moto G6 should you buy?

Jul 13, 2019

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The Moto G6 may be a few years old, but it's still a price performer — especially when it frequently goes on sale as an Amazon Alexa built-in phone — so if you've decided this is the phone you want in your pocket, you've got one more decision to make: which color do you want? We don't have a million colors to choose from here, but the three options available for the Moto G6 still give us some happy variety. Like a moonlit ocean Moto G6 with Alexa built-in Deep Indigo I'm a sucker for blue, especially when it's deep and beautiful like this. The Deep Indigo might look black in lower lighting conditions, but set it under the light, and this little ocean gem will shine. This is my favorite of the three colors, but it's only available with the 4GB/64GB configuration. $276 at Amazon Just call it gold Moto G6 with Alexa built-in Oyster Blush Gold seems to have replaced white in standard phone colors these days, and while I'm more a fan of silver than gold, the hue her...

Here's everything you need to know about T-Mobile 5G

Jul 13, 2019

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T-Mobile is getting a head start in the 5G business. T-Mobile has one of the most ambitious 5G plans of any carrier out there. T-Mobile is banking on a merger with Sprint to complete its full 5G network but hasn't shied away from getting a head start. With new 5G spots in six cities across the U.S., it's time to start thinking about whether you should consider T-Mobile's 5G network. Here's everything you need to know about this network so you can make that decision with confidence. When will my area get 5G? Which devices should I get to be 5G ready? Which plan do I need for access? What tech is T-Mobile using? What's the deal with Sprint and does it matter? Is 5G worth it for most people? The 5G Galaxy Samsung Galaxy S10 5G $1,300 at Samsung Fast, smooth, and cutting edge One of the most complete feeling flagship phones only gets better with 5G support and a massive battery. With a great display and cameras, this phone is the perfect tool for anyone that gets things done on t...

How to change the theme of your PlayStation 4 home screen

Jul 13, 2019

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You're right! That default blue background is boring! You've probably been hoping that you could change that drab background to something more exciting. Looking at precisely the same thing every time you fire up your PlayStation 4 can become quite tedious. Thank goodness, there is a better way. You can change the theme on your PS4, and the options are endless! How to set a prebuilt theme There are two methods of changing the theme on your PS4. You can install a prebuilt theme by selecting it from your theme library or downloading it from the PlayStation Store, but you can also create a totally custom background by using one of the screenshots you've taken of your gaming sessions. Here's a quick and easy guide on how to use one of the prebuilt themes either already in your theme library or after you download from the store. From your home screen, move up and over to select Settings. Scroll down and press the X button on your controller to select Themes. Press X again to see ...

These are the best bands for the Garmin Forerunner 235

Jul 13, 2019

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If the time has come to replace your Garmin Forerunner 235 band, it's essential to choose wisely. After all, you rely on your running watch to track your daily activity. You want a band that's going to feel comfortable and secure on your wrist as you go about your day. You're in luck because there are a plethora of great choices out there. Built for strength HWHMD Silicone Band Staff favorite This band comes highly rated and with good reason. The ergonomic design is made with a moderate softness, so it's not only comfortable to wear but durable, too. It promises to handle even the most extreme conditions so that you can count on it for all your workouts. Did we mention the price is phenomenal as well? $8 at Amazon Superior flexibility NotoCity Soft Silicone Band Are you noticing a theme? That's because silicone is arguably one of the best material choices for running watches. This one uses high-quality silicone compression molding, so it's light and flexible. The p...

The art of buying the right chargers and cables

Jul 13, 2019

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With so many to choose from, it can be hard to find the right one. Here's how. Amazon Prime Day is right around the corner, and if you're a lover of tech (or gardening, or tools, or home audio, or anything else) it's like the best days of the year to spend money. While spending money is fun in its own right sometimes, it's even more fun when the stuff you bought is the right stuff. I know that every year for Prime Day there is one type of product I always end up buying: chargers and cables for all the stuff I have here that needs to be charged. I know I'll buy a handful of them this year, too, because the ones I bought last year are lost or left in rental cars or hotel rooms somewhere. Since I'm that type of person who will spend hours reading and researching so I can save a dollar, I figure now is a good time to make sure I pass the wisdom of getting the right charger and cable on to others. What do you have? One of the cool things about chargers and cables is that a lot of th...

Amex credit cards are your best bet for saving on groceries

Jul 13, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. Android Central may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network Groceries are obviously one of the most essential things we buy on a regular basis, and if you are interested in finding out how you can earn rewards for something you need to buy to survive, there is one credit card company that is focused on just that. American Express has put together a selection of credit cards that, while varied in the rest of their offerings, all include impressive rewards when shopping for groceries. All of their cards work with Google Pay and, with more and more supermarkets accepting digital payment, you're more and more likely to be able to earn big with a tap. Below are three of the best cards that American Express has to offer when it comes to rewards on purchases at grocery stores. Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card is a category-...

These are the best Samsung fitness trackers you can buy

Jul 12, 2019

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We've worn every size, style, and system of wearable trackers, and Samsung's fitness trackers can certainly hold their own against the competition. Of course, Samsung has quite a few options for you to choose from and we're here to help you pick the best fit for your fitness needs. We suggest the undeniable front-runner, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, which offers superior fitness tracking in a stylish smartwatch package. Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active When looking at Samsung's range of wearables, for many people, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is easily the best choice. For starters, it's much more fitness-friendly than the original Galaxy Watch. The lightweight, comfortable design won't weigh you down when you're exercising. Half the battle in finding the right fitness tracker is finding one with a user-friendly design that'll function when and where you need it to. As the name indicates, the purpose of the watch is to encourge users to be active with various fi...

All the Exotics in Dauntless and how to get them

Jul 12, 2019

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Having unique items in MMO's is important and the Dauntless exotics are pretty great. Tired of looking like everyone else in Ramsgate? You too can look unique with these powerful new Exotics in the world of Dauntless! That's my salesman pitch for Exotics and why you might want them. Exotic armor and weapons have a few main reasons to exist; Power level, special abilities, and a unique look are the main three, but they are never easy to get. Free-to-play fun Dauntless Free at PlayStation Take down monstrous Behemoths with friends Tired of all the new free-to-play games being battle royales? Hop into Dauntless and get a little taste of the Monster Hunter experience without spending a dime. There are plenty of Behemoths across the Shattered Isles waiting for you to find them and fight them. How do you get Exotics? There is no simple way to get Exotics in Dauntless. Each one requires you to not only be good at the game — Exotics are endgame content so don't go looking for...

Best Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL Deals for Prime Day 2019

Jul 12, 2019

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The Pixel 3a just released earlier this year, barely even cooled off from the factory. Yet, here we are, looking at some awesome deals for it. In the competitive world of Android, we really shouldn't be too surprised. If you need to know more about Google's newest Pixel phone, read our larger review here. We gave it a Recommended badge and 4 out of 5 stars. Our reviewer said, "These phones have maintained most of what makes the Pixel 3 series among the most enjoyable phones to use, and in my week-long testing, I've noticed none of the performance hiccups that sullied some of that luster." Best Best Buy Deal From $299 with activation Best Buy itself doesn't have a big discount on offer, but it's offering cuts from retail price when you buy the Pixel 3a or 3a XL and activate service with a carrier at the same time. You can get the Pixel 3a for as little as $299, and 3a XL for $379, when activating on Sprint. And the other carriers have $50 discounts across the board. Best Buy D...

Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Watch Active 2 confirmed in leaked promo images

Jul 12, 2019

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This is about as official as it gets before the Unpacked event. What you need to know Leaked promo images of the Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Watch Active 2 have surfaced. They come from reliable tipster Evan Blass. Samsung's expected to announce both gadgets on August 7. Before you know it, Samsung's Unpacked event will be here — ushering in the company's latest mobile tech for the second half of 2019. We've seen plenty of leaks leading up to the presentation, and on July 12, reliable tipster Evan Blass shared official leaked images for the Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Watch Active 2. While the images don't necessarily reveal any new information about the devices, they do confirm the design and names of the products. There was some conflicting info regarding the Note 10+'s name (previously thought to be called the Note 10 Pro), and earlier this week, one outlet claimed that Samsung wouldn't be launching a Galaxy Watch Active 2 and would instead release a Galaxy Watch 2. Howe...

Should you buy a Moto G7 or a Moto G6 for Prime Day 2019?

Jul 12, 2019

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Best answer: If you can afford it, we recommend getting the Moto G7. It's a better phone than the G6 in many ways, and thanks to its Prime Day discount, it is more affordable than ever before. Alternatively, if you need to spend as little money as possible, the Moto G6 is still a reliable phone and well worth its asking price during Amazon's mega-sale. Our pick: Moto G7 ($290 at Amazon) Best for less: Moto G6 ($230 at Amazon) If you can afford it, get the Moto G7 In just about every respect, the Moto G7 is the better of these two phones — one of the most noticeable upgrades being its display. The G7 has a gorgeous 6.2-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 2270 x 1080, and as you can see, comes with incredibly slim bezels and a waterdrop notch for the front-facing camera. We honestly wouldn't blame you for confusing it for a 2019 flagship phone despite it costing hundreds of dollars less. Another significant benefit for the Moto G7 is its faster processor. The Snapdragon 632 ...

Should you buy the LG Stylo 4?

Jul 12, 2019

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Best answer: The LG Stylo 4 is a good midrange phone, but there are some key differences to be aware of between the different models. If you're buying it to use on T-Mobile or a carrier that uses T-Mobile's network, buy the T-Mobile version. Better pricing for mose: LG Stylo 4 Prime Exclusive ($160 at Amazon) If you use a T-Mobile network: LG Stylo 4 ($250 at T-Mobile) Why you should buy the LG Stylo 4 No matter your budget, it's worth considering the Stylo 4. The Amazon version comes carrier unlocked, and it'll work on any network in the United States. Both variants use USB-C for charging, meaning you can use the same brick and cable your laptop and other newer gadgets use. If you're heading out for a weekend trip, only needing to pack one power cable is a great way to save space in your bag. I'll admit, I'm not a heavy stylus user, but I did enjoy the inclusion of the Stylo 4's pen. While this isn't as advanced as the stylus that comes on the Galaxy Note 9, the basics are cov...

Xiaomi Mi A3 renders reveal three rear cameras and waterdrop notch

Jul 12, 2019

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Possible specs could include the Snapdragon 665 and a 4,030 mAh battery. What you need to know Leaked renders of the Xiaomi Mi A3 have surfaced. The phone has three rear cameras and an AMOLED screen with a waterdrop notch. Xiaomi recently teased that it will launch the phone soon. The Xiaomi Mi A2, launched in mid-2018, is still one of the best Android One phones you can buy. Xiaomi's excellent hardware combined with clean Android One software proved to be a winning combination, and now, we have our first look at its successor — the Xiaomi Mi A3. The renders come courtesy of WinFuture, and as you can see, the Mi A3 has a nicely upgraded design compared to the Mi A2. We now have three rear cameras instead of two, along with much slimmer bezels surrounding the 6-inch AMOLED display and a waterdrop notch at the top for the front-facing camera. Three colors for the Mi A3 are shown in these renders, including blue, gray, and white. We're expecting the Mi A3 to essentially be ...

The Moto G7 Play is more than worth the upgrade over the G6 Play

Jul 12, 2019

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With new phones releasing every few months, it's hard to decide when to upgrade to a newer model. Here at Android Central, we've used all major budget phones launched over the last five years, and are here to guide you in your purchasing decision. Moto G7 Play Obvious upgrade $195 at Amazon Pros Powerful hardware Evocative design USB-C port Incredible value Cons No NFC Updates The most affordable option in the Moto G7 series has plenty to offer, thanks to a robust Snapdragon 632 chipset and USB-C charging. The Moto G7 Play has a more modern design, a better camera up front, and is significantly faster than its predecessor. Moto G6 Play Battery beast $170 at Amazon Pros Larger battery Same cameras as G7 Play Decent value Cons Underwhelming hardware Bezels Micro-USB charging The Moto G6 Play is starting to show its age. The Snapdragon 427 chipset isn't able to deliver a lag-free experience, and while the massive 4000mAh battery lasts for two days, you're better off pic...

Pixels and Nokias are getting amazing discounts for Prime Day

Jul 12, 2019

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Prime Day deals are coming for dependable phones with clean software. What you need to know Buy a Pixel 3a XL during Amazon Prime Day, get a $100 gift card. Get $260 off on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Prime Day discounts also announced for Nokia models. Prime Day is almost here and it's bringing deals on everything and the kitchen sink, and if you've been eyeing a new Pixel phone, Prime Day wants to make your dreams come true. The following deals have been announced for Prime Day for Google Pixel phones: Pixel 3a XL: $100 gift card with any purchase Pixel 3: $260 off, starting from $539 Pixel 3 XL: $260 off, starting from $639 The $100 gift card for a Pixel 3a XL is the same offer that Google and Best Buy offered around the launch weekend, though a $100 gift card for Amazon is more useful to most of us than Google Store or Best Buy gift card, if I'm being perfectly honest. That this is only available for the Pixel 3a XL and not the regular Pixel 3a is a bit of a bummer. There ...

Fortnite Season 10 releases in August with a new Battle Pass and challenges

Jul 12, 2019

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Say goodbye to Season 9. What you need to know Fortnite Season 10 releases on August 1, 2019. Based on past seasons, we can expect to see major changes come to the game. There'll be a new Battle Pass, replete with new challenges to complete and skins to unlock. Fortnite Season 9 is drawing to a close. As players wrap up their last remaining challenges and earn the last rewards on their docket, eyes are drawn to the inevitable Fortnite Season 10. Fortnite Season 10 will release on August 1, 2019. This means that Fortnite Season 9 will have run for twelve weeks, a bit longer than usual however, there's a good reason for it. The Fortnite World Cup finals are being held towards the end of July and the seasonal changes always impact the map and gameplay, alterting viable strategies and the exact balance. Since Epic Games wants to make sure the finalists play on an even field that they're all familiar with, Season 9 is taking a little longer to wrap up than past seasons. If the past se...

Here's why Android Central is going all-in on Prime Day 2019!

Jul 12, 2019

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There are a few times of year I'm really excited to spend my money, and Prime Day is quickly rising to the top of that list. If you're not familiar with it, Prime Day is Amazon's excuse to create a holiday in July and get people frothing at the mouth over insane discounts for its products and thousands of others that it stocks online. This year, Prime Day happens over 48 hours, starting at midnight PT / 3am ET on Monday, July 15 and going until the end of Tuesday, July 16. Like we do with everything here at Android Central, we're passionate about Prime Day because we love great deals as much as great phones, wearables, Chromebooks, and other gadgets. It's also why you're going to see a lot of deals coverage over the next few days as we and our partners at Thrifter ramp up the effort to find the best possible products at the lowest prices for you. The best way to save prior to Black Friday Amazon Prime From $13 a month at Amazon The best way to get the most from Amazon If you ...

Hulu is now streaming some of its shows in 4K, but only on two devices

Jul 12, 2019

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If you've got the right hardware and love Hulu's original shows, you're in luck. What you need to know Hulu discontinued 4K streams in 2018, but now they're back. But only on Apple TV 4K and Chromecast Ultra. And only with Hulu's own original content. Hulu today very quietly began streaming some content in 4K resolution. That's the sort of thing you'd think it'd crow a bit about, but we've had nothing more than a smattering of Twitter replies, and a lone support page. But nevertheless, 4K resolution is back. But with caveats. First is that it's only supported on two pieces of hardware. And those are Apple TV 4K — which we very much still consider to be the best streaming box you can buy. It's also available on Chromecast Ultra, which is a great option if you don't mind using your phone a lot and don't need a full streaming box. The 4K resolution also is currently limited to Hulu's original programming. The good news is that includes such standouts as The Handmaid's Ta...

Moto G7 or the Moto G7 Power? Only one is a great all-arounder

Jul 7, 2019

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Motorola is going all-out this year with the Moto G7 series, launching four models at the same time. We've been covering Motorola phones for years and know that its budget phones have always stood for reliability and value. Moto G7 Budget king $290 at Amazon Pros Reliable performance Premium design Works on all U.S. carriers Clean software Cons Slow updates No NFC The Moto G7 is an all-rounder that gets the basics right. The hardware on offer is powerful for most day-to-day tasks, and the camera also holds up well. The glass back gives it a more premium feel, and Motorola has cut down on the bezels up front by switching to a waterdrop cutout. The 3000mAh battery easily delivers a day's worth of use, and the software doesn't have a lot of clutter. Overall, the Moto G7 is a great budget phone for 2019. Moto G7 Power Battery champion $225 at Amazon Pros Great value Insane battery life Robust internals Works on all U.S. carriers Cons 720p display No NFC Slow updates The ...

Which color Moto G7 should you buy?

Jul 7, 2019

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The Moto G7 is a solid phone at an easily affordable price, but once you've decided you want to go Moto, you still have one decision to make before you buy: do you fall for the dazzling shine of the Clear White model, or do you play it safe with Ceramic Black? Clear White Moto G7 Oh, so shiny $290 at Amazon Pros An eye-catching gleam Clean and classy Bright and cheerful Cons Shows every dust speck and flaw Might discolor over time White phones are daring, dainty, and dare I say it, just darling. White phones are also super impractical, though, because white gets dirty as soon as you take it out of the box, and every speck of dust, every smudge, and every scratch is going to break this pristine look and make your G7 look old and unkempt. Clear white is for users who know how to keep their tech immaculate. Ceramic Black Moto G7 Old reliable $290 at Amazon Pros Goes with everything Doesn't show dust as easily Cons Black is B.O.R.I.N.G. Still shows scratches and cracks Ce...

Stranger Things infects the latest Fortnite Item Shop Update

Jul 7, 2019

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All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items. Today's update welcomes more new items as part of the 14 Days of Summer. Today, the Beach Bomber outfit lands in the item shop, along with the Brite Stars item spray and the Payload glider. The Stranger Things x Fortnite collaboration is also still in the shop, with players able to pick up the Chief Hopper outfit, but a Demogorgon outfit is also available to pick up. Along with that, a Tendrils item spray is also available, which will give items an infected look. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some random items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Maven and King Flamingo outfits are available in the shop, along with the Flying Carp glider and Lawnbreaker harvesting tool. The Jamboree and Waterworks emotes round out the item shop...

Amazon Books and 4-star stores offer early discounts before Prime Day hits

Jul 6, 2019

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Prime members get all the best discounts this July. In celebration of Amazon's upcoming Prime Day, Amazon Books and Amazon 4-star stores will be offering in-store exclusives for Prime members starting today and lasting through the big event featuring giveaways, deals on Amazon devices, and more. Prime members can even earn a $10 promotional credit when they spend $50 in-store at one of the 19 Amazon Books or three Amazon 4-star stores through July 16. To redeem your $10 credit, make sure to show your cashier the homepage of the Amazon App on your smartphone so they can verify your Prime status. Of course, this is just one of many deals available exclusively for Prime members this month as part of Amazon's lead-up to Prime Day. If you're still not a member, you can start a free 30-day trial to make your account eligible for all the benefits of Prime, including the deals at Amazon Books and Amazon 4-star stores and the ones we'll see online during the two-day sale. Along with the $1...

The best bands for your 42mm Galaxy Watch

Jul 6, 2019

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The 42mm Galaxy Watch is one of the best companions for your Android smartphone, so of course, you can personalize the heck out of it. You can choose your watch face, and swap the watch band out for any 20mm strap. There are a ton of great-looking options at very affordable prices. Here are the best replacement bands for the 42mm Samsung Galaxy Watch! Stretch armstrong Speidel Stainless Steel Watch Band Staff pick Stretch watch bands are fantastic because they go on in an instant, and they're always the perfect fit. Getting that ideal fit means visiting a professional jeweler, but it's worth the time. This band from Speidel comes with either a straight or curved end, and the company offers a few color options. $13 at Amazon Totally metal Kai Tian Stainless Steel Band This band from Kai Tain is made of brushed stainless steel, and it comes with a free resizing kit to create the perfect fit. It's available in black or silver, and the standard clasp makes putting the band on...

ASUS ZenFone 6 vs. OnePlus 7: Which should you buy?

Jul 6, 2019

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The affordable flagship segment is highly competitive, and OnePlus is the company to beat right now. ASUS, however, is offering a sizable challenge with the ZenFone 6, which has a rotating camera and a 5000mAh battery. We've used the ZenFone 6 and OnePlus 7 extensively, so read on to find out which phone you should buy. ASUS ZenFone 6 Rising to the top $620 at eBay Pros Notchless design Latest hardware Outstanding battery life Rotating camera works as advertised 3.5mm jack and MicroSD slot Clean software Cons LCD display isn't as vibrant No water resistance No wireless charging Stereo speakers don't sound great With the ZenFone 6, ASUS has created the perfect affordable flagship. The rotating camera design eliminates the cutout, the internal hardware is the latest available today, the 48MP camera takes excellent photos, and the battery life is outstanding. The interface doesn't have any bloat, and you even get a 3.5mm jack and a dedicated MicroSD slot. OnePlus 7 Not quite t...

Beat the average price to get this 14-piece synth & sound pack bundle

Jul 6, 2019

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Every song and soundtrack you hear nowadays is produced using a digital audio workstation. There are dozens of DAWs to choose from, each providing their own unique tools to produce signature results. However, these tools alone can’t produce every possible sound. This is where 3rd party synths and sound packs come in, and you can access dozens of new unique sounds with this Pay What You Want: The Synth & Sound Pack Bundle. Here’s how this deal works: by paying what you want, you’ll receive one of the 14 sound packs in the Synth & Sound Pack Bundle. If you pay more than the average price, you’ll receive all 14 sound packs. Finally, if you beat the leader’s price, you’ll be placed on the leaderboard and be entered in a giveaway.  The Synth & Sound Pack Bundle features countless new sounds that will let you produce music across any genre. For example, the Angelicals Sound Pack has 101 presets that allow you to produce dramatic tensio...

Does a digital personal assistant have ethical responsibilities?

Jul 6, 2019

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Should Google or Amazon ever inform the authorities when in doubt, or should privacy be paramount? A friend of mine finally joined the ranks and purchased a Google Home. Largely because they were on sale, but also because she's seen my wife and I use ours on occasion and her curiosity finally got the best of her. In any case, she now has a little robotic AI on her coffee table that can tell her the weather or her schedule for the day, play music on demand, and turn on the porch light using the power of voice command and is having fun with it. I assume everyone who has a Google Home or Amazon Echo device had a similar honeymoon phase before it became routine. Should we trust an AI to make the right call to the right people? She also knows I'm pretty savvy when it comes to how Google "stuff" works (her words) and wanted to know if it could call the cops because it "thought" (this time the quotes are from me) there was a crime being committed or a dangerous situation at play. I l...

These are the best laptops you can buy today

Jul 6, 2019

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Our phones are smarter than ever, but they still can't do everything, and let's be real: who wants to write a ten-page essay on a phone? Or file taxes? Or play solitaire for hours on end? For so, so many things, a laptop is the best tool for the job, and whether you use yours for work or play, chances are you overpaid for your last one. Let's make sure that doesn't happen again by letting us help you find a high-quality laptop that actually earns its price tag, like my run-and-gun workhorse Lenovo Chromebook C330. Our pick: Lenovo Chromebook C330 This is our favorite Chromebook on the market right now, and what makes it the Best Chromebook also makes it the best laptop: it's sturdy, hard-working, and reliable without breaking the bank. I've used and abused one for months as my primary Chromebook and while it has a few scratches around the bottom, the C330 just keeps chugging along. Its shiny, shimmery white shell doesn't show nearly the wear, tear, and dirt you'd expect it to, ...

Take better selfies with these incredible phone cameras

Jul 6, 2019

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We all take selfies from time to time (some far more than others, as we can all see on social media), and there's nothing wrong with wanting the very best front-facing camera to take them with. Of course, sheer image quality isn't always the only thing that matters; wide-angle lenses and software tricks can help liven up your selfie game, too. We think the Pixel 3 XL is the best overall phone for taking selfies, but there are plenty of other great options to choose from with different features and price points. Best overall Google Pixel 3 XL Staff pick The Pixel 3 XL is known for its amazing rear camera quality, but those high marks extend to the front-facing cameras too. You can pick between fantastic standard selfies or wide-angle group shots, and the software automatically corrects lens distortion to prevent that stretched look around the edges. And Night Sight mode takes everything to a whole new level. $780 at B&H Rear cameras come up front ASUS Zenfone 6 Rather ...

What happens if I drop my Oculus Quest controller?

Jul 6, 2019

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Best answer: The Oculus Quest Touch Controllers aren't as durable as previous models. There seems to be a particular weak point on the sensor ring. If you drop one or punch a wall while playing a game, there's a chance you'll crack it. Controlling the left: Oculus Touch Left-hand Controller ($69 at Oculus) Controlling the right: Oculus Touch Right-hand Controller ($69 at Oculus) Not as durable The Oculus Quest Touch Controllers are great at tracking hand movements, but they aren't as durable as previous Oculus Touch Controllers. There seems to be a design flaw that affects at least some Oculus Quest Touch Controllers. This fault could be limited to a subset of Touch Controllers, but users have reported cracked tracking rings on Reddit. In my time with the Oculus Quest I have accidentally hit a counter while playing the beta of Eleven Table Tennis and my Touch Controller was fine, but several users have dropped controllers that then cracked. Of course, it isn't a good idea to punch ...

Basic black to limited edition; Every color PS4 controller you can buy

Jul 5, 2019

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With Sony having gone well past 30 choices for controller color options, both in standard releases and limited editions, it can be hard to keep track of what is still available out there. Even finding a basic white second generation controller can be difficult as colors are starting to be discontinued. Some of the limited edition controllers solely came in console bundles making pre-owned your only option, that is, short of buying a new console. But we have you covered; these are all the DualShock 4 controllers you can still get your hands on. ★ Lovely Limited 500 Million Limited Edition The 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 controller was made to commemorate the sale of 500 million PlayStation consoles. This controller is quite possibly the most beautiful DualShock controller we will ever see. It features a deep translucent blue casing with complimentary rose gold lettering and PS button. It's sold out at several retailers, but there is still stock available if you know whe...

Sony Xperia 1 review: An extra-tall order

Jul 5, 2019

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Every other phone's display feels disappointing now. Sony isn't exactly a major player in the smartphone space anymore, but that doesn't mean you should immediately count it out when the company releases a new flagship. The Xperia 1 ushers in a new design philosophy for Sony, focusing on the company's strengths in displays and imaging with a new, taller aspect ratio and a 4K OLED panel. Tall, sleek, and handsome Sony Xperia 1 $950 at Amazon The tallest phone in town. The Xperia 1 nails all of the essentials, with blisteringly fast performance and three excellent cameras. The extra-tall display takes some getting used to, but it makes widescreen movies more immersive, and its 4K HDR technology is unmatched. The good Phenomenal display Excellent triple camera array Long-lasting battery Water resistant The bad Awkward fingerprint sen...

These are all the best Chromebooks, including the Lenovo Chromebook C330!

Jul 5, 2019

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We don't just write about Chromebooks, we use them every day. That gives us insight into which are best for your needs, your wallet, and your life. While there are super-powerful, super-premium Chromebooks out there, for most folks, you can get a perfectly great Chromebook experience without spending that kind of money with the Lenovo Chromebook C330 or the ASUS Chromebook Flip C214. If you need a bigger, beefier setup, the ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 and Lenovo Yoga C630 Chromebook can use Chrome OS to take full advantage of the hardware inside and provide a top-notch computing experience. Dell durability Dell Chromebook 3100 2-in-1 From $359 from Dell Plenty of ports and configuration options. Dell has been making great computers for education longer than Chrome OS has been alive — and the durable product it puts out speaks for itself. Dell's price tags reflect that legacy of quality, but most laptops in this size bracket are lacking in the configuration options the Dell...

The AirPods just got new competition in Sony's WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds

Jul 5, 2019

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All the best qualities of the XM3s... packed into wireless earbuds. Sony's highly-regarded WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth headphones feature industry-leading noise cancelling technology that's about to be taken to the next level. Though they were released only less than a year ago, a new model has just been announced that takes many of the great features of the XM3 over-ear headphones and packs them inside truly wireless earbuds — the WF-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Truly Wireless Earbuds. With 24-bit audio signal processing for dramatically improved sound quality and an HD Noise Cancelling Processor, the WF-1000XM3 earbuds are set to live up to their predecessor's legacy. Each earbud is equipped with a pair of microphones that work in real-time to feed external sound to the QN1e processor and block out background noise. There are also modes you can set using the Sony | Headphones Connect app which can adjust the amount of ambient noise heard at any given time. Similar to the Apple AirPod...

Samsung's new 8-inch tablet is only interesting because it'll be cheap

Jul 5, 2019

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Pricing and availability have not yet been announced. What you need to know The Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 is a new 8-inch tablet from Samsung. It features a 16:10 1280x800 display, quad-core 2.0GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It comes in white or black but availability and pricing have not yet been announced. Google may be done with tablets but Samsung's latest 8-inch Android tab shows that it sure isn't. However, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019 isn't much of a head-turner when it comes to specs. It features an 8-inch 1280x800 16:10 display, and is powered by a quad-core 2.0GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and only 32GB of storage. Thankfully, it also includes a microSD card slot with support for up to 512GB of storage. While it's not a powerhouse of a tablet, you can take solace that it at least comes with Android 9 Pie out of the box and a long-lasting 5,100mAh battery. Also, due to the 16:10 display, it should be great for enjoying videos without huge black bars o...

Get a free Huawei Watch GT Classic when you buy a Mate 20 Pro in Canada

Jul 5, 2019

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The Watch GT Classic is a $299 CAD value. What you need to know Canadian customers will receive a free Watch GT Classic with purchase of a Mate 20 Pro. The Mate 20 Pro is one of the best phones of 2018 with a stunning screen, incredible camera, and fantastic battery life. The Watch GT Classic boasts up to two-weeks battery life and is perfect for tracking all your workouts including swimming with a 5AM waterproof rating. Huawei might still be on the blacklist here in the U.S., but that's not stopping it from selling phones and offering up a great deal for its Canadian fans. With this latest promotion, you can snag a free Watch GT Classic, a $299 CAD value with purchase of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The offer is open to Canadians who purchase a Mate 20 Pro from a Canadian carrier. After purchase, customers can redeem their free watch through the https://huaweicanadapromo.com website. There is no mention when or if the promotion will expire, but it will only be available while supplie...

Minit is a retro adventure game you play in 60-second intervals

Jul 5, 2019

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It's not uncommon for a mobile game to impose some sort of time-based restrictions on the player, but Minit takes that concept and runs with it in a very interesting direction. Published by Devolver Digital, Minit is a retro-styled indie adventure game that first launched in 2018 on PC and consoles, and has finally been ported to mobile — a platform where it feels right at home. It's perhaps easiest to understand Minit by comparing it to the movie "Groundhog Day", as your character has been cursed to die and respawn every sixty seconds. You retain all the knowledge and items you collect during each life, so every respawn is a fresh opportunity to revisit the area you just were with a more clear plan as to what you need to do, or go off exploring in a new direction to see what you might discover. I'm a total sucker for retro-styled indie games like this and absolutely love the monochromatic pixel art, but the sound design is especially good. Rather than sticking exclusivel...

Fast-charge all of your wireless devices simultaneously with the AirZeus

Jul 5, 2019

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Gadget manufacturers are slowing implementing wireless charging into each new device, so soon enough all of our devices will be able to be charged wirelessly. But if you’re already ahead of the curve with a brand new flagship phone, smartwatch, and wireless earbuds, you’ll need a single device to charge all three of them while eliminating the need for multiple chargers. That’s where the AirZeus charger comes in, and you can get your own for $44.99. The AirZeus is a 3-in-1 fast wireless charger that works exactly like Apple’s long-awaited AirPower which was never released. The AirZeus allows you to dock and charge your smartphone, smartwatch, and wireless earbuds simultaneously. It uses the Qi charging standard, so you can fast-charge any Qi-enabled device with lightning speeds. The AirZeus sports a sleek, minimal design which makes it perfect for any nightstand or desk. Best of all, you’ll be able to get rid of all of your extra chargers and eliminate c...

These are the best speakers to use with your Echo Dot!

Jul 5, 2019

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We love how easy the Echo Dot makes it to listen to music, search for the news, add items to your grocery list, and do so much more. The device's sound quality isn't terrible, but if you want a better audio experience you'll want to purchase compatible speakers. There are hundreds if not thousands out there for you to choose from. Here are our top picks. Best Overall: Sonos Play:1 Sonos is known for its powerful hi-fi speakers, but it makes the dream of owning them a little more accessible with the Play:1. Not only is this the most affordable wireless speaker the company offers, it also produces impressive sound quality and looks stylish to boot. Since it's built so compactly it won't take up a lot of space in your home. Both the black and the white version look good, so you can purchase the look you like best. It features a midrange woofer and a tweeter that are powered by their own amplifier. You'll find that it pairs beautifully with the Echo Dot and other Alexa-enabled devi...

From the Editor's Desk: A change of climate means a change in device usage

Jun 30, 2019

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A reminder that everyone around the world has different needs from the same devices. Of all the things I expected to have to think about with a move from the lush green Pacific Northwest to sunny Southern California, I didn't consider reworking most aspects of how I use my various electronics. The Bose QC35 headphones I love so much? Well, those don't work so well when I'm wearing sunglasses everywhere I go. And they really don't work when it's anywhere over 70 degrees and my head starts to sweat. I've switched to my Galaxy Buds more frequently, as well as the OnePlus Bullets Wireless V2. The Pixel 3 XL I use for its simple software and stellar camera? Well, I can't see anything on this subpar screen in the sun ... and it's making me ponder a switch back to the Galaxy S10+ just for the screen brightness and clarity in all lighting conditions. Thankfully I haven't faced any notable issues with damp fingers and fingerprint sensors, though I know many people do. The beautiful and ...

This $28 smart charging cable knows when your phone is fully charged

Jun 30, 2019

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Everyone uses their phone, but for some of us, our phones are our lifeline because they allow us to respond to urgent business calls and emails. Thus, many of us obsessively maintain a full charge on our phone. However, our phones aren’t meant to be at 100% battery all day, and maintaining a maximum charge is detrimental to their long-term battery life. That’s why you need a charging cable that will prolong your battery health, and this $28 Charby Sense cable fits the bill. The Charby Sense is a smart charging cable that can detect when your phone is at a full charge or not. Once you reach a full charge, the Charby Sense will automatically stop charging to prolong your phone’s battery life. Additionally, the Charby Sense acts as a quick charger when connected to your laptop; by using Qualcomm QC 3.0, you can charge your phone twice as fast with the click of a button, and the Charby Sense’s LED indicator will let you know when the quick charge is enabled. Fina...

OnePlus 7 Pro gets a $100 price cut, current owners can get cashback

Jun 30, 2019

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This takes the 7 Pro down to a more reasonable price for our neighbors to the north. What you need to know OnePlus is reducing the price of all OnePlus 7 Pro configurations. Canadian 7 Pro owners are eligible for a cashback for phones puchased at the original price. Puts the new price range on the 7 Pro at $899-$1009, from $999-$1119. Technology usually costs a little more up north, but the price differential between the US and Canadian versions of the OnePlus 7 Pro had been much higher than normal at launch, but thngs are getting more reasonable again. On OnePlus's Canadian store, the OnePlus 7 Pro has gotten a price cut: 6GB/128GB --- $999 $899 8GB/256GB --- $1049 $939 12GB/256GB --- $1119 $1009 If you already purchased a OnePlus 7 Pro in Canada, you might be eligible for a cashback. If you bought your OnePlus 7 Pro between 10am ET 5/17 and 12pm ET 6/28, check your email; you could be eligible for a cashback equal to today's price cuts. If you hadn't pulled the trigger...

Google preps Fast Share, an AirDrop-like replacement for Android Beam

Jun 30, 2019

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Fast Share is up and working for a few users so far. What you need to know Google appears to have a working replacement for Android Beam that's almost ready for launch. The new system is somewhat similar to AirDrop and the current Nearby feature. System seems to be 1-to-1 transfer only at the moment, but looks compatible with Android phones, Chromebooks, iPhones, and even Smartwatches. Android Beam is on its way out with Android Q, that is if you remember that was even still a thing. I maybe had it work twice in my 7 years with Android, so I'm not crying over its departure, but its replacement could be very interesting — or open up Android users to the shenanigans iPhone users have been subjected to for years with AirDrop. The new system is called Fast Share, and the good folks at 9to5Google got it working on a Google Pixel 3 XL so that we all could see how it works in the wild. Fast Share appears in the Share menu — using the same icon Nearby does — and then o...

Charge on the go! Here are the best car chargers available

Jun 30, 2019

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Whether you're making an all-day road trip or just your normal half-hour commute, in the car is the perfect place to top up during your drive. After all, your phone should be stationary in a car mount for Android Auto or stowed away so you're not tempted to use it while driving. Car chargers come in many styles and shapes, but with the advent of USB-C Power Delivery charging, we have a widely used standard that can be used for charging a phone or even laptops off the same port. Here are the best chargers to replenish your battery on the road. Futureproof charging Anker 49.5W PowerDrive Speed+ 2 Car Adapter Staff pick This charger features a 30W USB-C Power Delivery port that can charge your Chromebook decently or charge most phones at top speed, and a USB-A port with Anker's PowerIQ to charge everything else. It's safe to say this car charger will likely last longer than your current car. $30 at Amazon Reliable wireless charging iOttie Easy One-Touch 4 QI Wireless Charging M...

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 vs. Galaxy Tab S5e: Which should you buy?

Jun 30, 2019

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Here at AC, we continuously strive to be your best source for Android. Whether it be phones, tablets, smartwatches, or anything else in between, we're here to help you find, buy, and use the tech of your dreams. Flagship tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 From $650 at Amazon Pros Gorgeous AMOLED display Longer battery life Comes with an S Pen Optional LTE model Cons Less RAM More expensive It may not be the newest tablet in Samsung's lineup these days, but the Galaxy Tab S4 is still the most powerful. With longer battery life, included S Pen, iris scanning, and so much more, the Galaxy Tab S4 is ready for all your tasks — whether they're for work or play. Best for less Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e $400 at Amazon Pros Smaller bezels Up to 6GB RAM Weighs less More affordable Cons No S Pen Only available with Wi-Fi Can't afford the Tab S4 but still want a tablet that'll be able to keep up with you? The Galaxy Tab S5e is a great option. Despite the lower price tag, you st...

New outfits highlight latest Fortnite Item Shop Update

Jun 30, 2019

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All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items. Today's update welcomes more new items as part of the 14 Days of Summer. Today's outfits include the Bigfoot outfit and Camp Cruiser Glider. Along with that is another brand new outfit, Heist. This outfit is similar to the one that was released during Fortnite's heist game modes, which saw users having to steal jewels and escape. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some random items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Munitions Expert and Whiplash outfits are available, along with the Ice Breaker harvesting tool, and the Daydream, Electro Swing, T-Pose emotes. Snatch the win Heist 1,200 V-Bucks A legendary creature Bigfoot 1,200 V-Bucks Comfy entrance Camp Cruiser 800 V-Bucks Good boy Doggo 1,50...

Amazon Echo accessories to make Alexa even better

Jun 29, 2019

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Amazon's ecosystem of Echo devices (or echosystem) has helped turn average homes into modern smart homes. We love how convenient Alexa makes it to control devices, listen to music, check the news, find shows, and do so many other things. Enhance your Echo experience further with one of the many useful accessories available for the varying Alexa units. We begin our list with accessories that work with multiple Echo devices and then transition into products for specific Echo devices after that. Let's get to it. Wireless charge Smatree Portable Battery Base Staff pick This portable battery base allows you to use your Echo (2nd Gen) or Echo Plus (1st Gen) wirelessly for 5-10 hours. It's great for playing music at parties or events where you don't have access to outlets. On the back, you'll find a USB port, DC input port, DC output cable, and LED battery life indicators. $54 at Amazon Ding Ding Echo Buttons (2-Pack) These buttons are great for families who love playing games. ...

The WONDERBOOM portable Bluetooth speaker is pool-ready and down to $50

Jun 29, 2019

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Ultimate Ears' WONDERBOOM is a Bluetooth speaker that was designed to be brought just about anywhere. It's super compact, very durable, and even waterproof. While it originally sold for $99.99, today you can snag the Lilac-colored model at Best Buy for only $49.99. That's one of the lowest prices we've ever seen for one; they normally sell for just under $70 on average at Amazon. Best Buy offers free shipping with its purchase or free in-store pickup where available, but you'll need to decide quickly as this deal is valid for just one day only. Party Time Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Portable Bluetooth Speaker This waterproof Bluetooth speaker can last for ten hours on a single charge and was built to BOOM in a surprisingly compact package. $49.99 $68.15 $18 off See at Best Buy The deal given is no longer valid and we...

Amazon Echo Dot vs. Echo Dot Kids Edition: Which should you buy?

Jun 29, 2019

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We live and breathe smart home products and use them all to help determine which products should reside in your home. Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) For everyone $50 at Amazon Pros All-new design Improved sound Retains input methods from 2nd-generation $20 cheaper Cons Not ideal for kids Lack of extended warranty Have to pay extra for FreeTime Unlimited The new Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) is sleek, keeps all of the same input ports as its predecessor, and is $20 cheaper. However, this is not an ideal solution for potentially messy kids, the warranty is nowhere near as good, and you have to pay extra for parental control features. Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Kid-centric $70 at Amazon Pros Alexa Blueprint helps kids create Skills 2-year worry-free guarantee warranty 1-year Amazon FreeTime Unlimited included Cons $20 more expensive than Echo Dot Limited color choices This is the obvious choice if you want to put Alexa in your child's playroom or bedroom. The included warranty ...

The OnePlus 6T is the best phone for rooting and modding in 2019

Jun 29, 2019

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Rooting isn't as popular as it used to be, but there's still a vibrant community of modders involved in launching new ROMs. If you're just getting started or are looking to delve back into the world of modding, these are the devices you need to consider. Staff pick OnePlus 6T The OnePlus 6T shares much of the same internal hardware as its predecessor, sporting a smaller waterdrop notch and introducing an in-display fingerprint sensor. The hardware on offer makes it one of the fastest phones in the market today, and it's easy to recommend the 6T if you're interested in tinkering with custom ROMs. From $549 at OnePlus Upgrade pick Google Pixel 3 Whether you prefer the Pixel's size or just want that dazzling camera, it's a great alternative to the OnePlus 6T that won't cost you too much more. Google makes it incredibly easy to unlock the Pixel 3's bootloader, and there's a healthy modding community to help you flash the latest build of LineageOS or even set up an all-in...

Motorola has let me down for the last time

Jun 29, 2019

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The last-minute switcheroo with the Z2 Force is the last straw — I won't recommend a Motorola phone to anyone now. If you're ever in the mood to think about a "how the mighty have fallen" story, you need to look no further than Motorola. The company used to be at the forefront of technology in everything digital, but buyouts, restructuring, and eventually becoming another OEM nameplate has left Motorola little more than a memory that old tech dudes like me will fondly look back with melancholy reflections of the good old days. If I sound bitter, it's because I am, just a little. Motorola invented the cellphone and a lot of the parts that go inside one, too. Where we are today with Motorola as an Android vendor has a particularly interesting story, too. The company was a pioneer of Android, releasing what many call Android's pivot point with the Motorola Droid/Milestone. While not a compelling device by today's standards, it was the first Android phone that fused state of...

Amazon adds a Live tab to Fire TV

Jun 29, 2019

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It puts all the live shows from your favorite services — and antennas — all in one place. What you need to know Live shows will get better placement on the busy Amazon Fire TV home screen. It'll work with OTT services as well as channels over an antenna. The Live tab lands in the United States first. Prime Video might be Amazon's bread and butter when it comes to Fire TV, but the company finally has seen the light when it comes to live shows. The Fire TV OS is getting a tab dedicated to live TV, as announced by the company in a post on Medium. The top-level section "brings together your live sports, news, and channels from select OTT services, streaming apps (e.g. PlayStation Vue), paid subscriptions, and over-the-air antennas into one consolidated view." It's very much akin to the excellent (but absolutely underutilized) Live Channels app on Android TV. It'll consolidate live offerings from OTT streaming services like Philo and PlayStation Vue, as well as f...

Want to connect your PS4 headset to your phone? Let us help.

Jun 29, 2019

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Best answer: Yes. Most headsets these days can be used on multiple platforms including your phone. However, you may need to pick up an adapter to make it work. By the brand: PS4 Gold Wireless Headset ($75 at Amazon) Connect to your phone: Female Adapter USB to USB-C ($9 at Amazon) PlayStation Wireless & Proprietary Adapters So, you want to use your PS4 headset with your phone. No problem! Included with the PS4 Gold and Platinum Wireless Headset is a proprietary adapter you need for the headset to work. This is one drawback to the PS4 is that their wireless audio feels like an afterthought. Usually, this little piece of technology would be plugged into a USB port on your PlayStation 4; without it, your licensed headset won't communicate with your PS4. The same concept works with your phone. Without this adapter, your headset cannot communicate with your phone, but by using a female USB to micro-USB cable you can plug the proprietary adapter into your phone, thus allowing you to...

Trump says U.S. firms can continue doing business with Huawei

Jun 29, 2019

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Huawei isn't out of the woods yet, but Trump's statement allows the Chinese manufacturer to source goods from the U.S. What you need to know At the G20 summit, Donald Trump has confirmed that U.S. firms will be allowed to continue doing business with Huawei. Huawei isn't off the Commerce Department's Entity List, but Trump's statement allows the likes of Google, Intel, and Qualcomm to provide services to Huawei. The move comes as the U.S. and China resume trade talks. Huawei's month-long nightmare is nearing an end, as Donald Trump has confirmed at the G20 summit in Japan that U.S. companies can continue doing business with the Chinese manufacturer. Trump said that allowing U.S. firms to supply components to the Chinese manufacturer doesn't pose a national security threat: I did agree to allow our companies - you know, jobs, I like our companies selling things to other people. So I allowed that to happen. Very complex things. Not easy — this is not things that are easy...

Why wait for Q? ActionDash 3.0 brings Focus mode and app limits

Jun 28, 2019

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Easily monitor your phone usage throughout the day with the new Usage Assistant notification. What you need to know ActionDash 3.0 is pushing out today. The update includes Focus mode, app time limits and Usage Assistant. Usage Assistant is a persistent notification to help show usage details as you use your phone. ActionDash, by Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy, is Digital Wellbeing for the rest of us who don't have a Android Pie device with it. Since it first debuted back in January, it's been steadily improving, and with today's 3.0 update, it gains many of the features Digital Wellbeing is slated to receive this fall — like Focus mode. App time limits, a new persistent notification feature, and a hex black dark theme are among the other improvements included with the update. The new persistent notification feature — a beta feature called Usage Assistant — allows you to pull down your notification shade and get an ongoing peek of your screen-on time so fa...

Human: Fall Flat is the latest PC indie game to be ported to Android

Jun 28, 2019

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It has become a fairly regular occurrence to see the PC gaming indie darlings of yesteryear ported over to Android and iOS. The latest game to get the mobile treatment is Human: Fall Flat, a very silly physics-based puzzle platformer that's entirely open ended. You control this little pudgy character who can't jump very well, but can grab onto just about anything. All you need to do is find a way to get past the obstacles in each level — but that's really easier said than done. This game might look like a cute and fun game for kids but I don't think I would recommend this as a kid-friendly game. And I say that not because the game features inappropriate content or anything but because the controls learning curve is steep. The game gives you a virtual joystick on the left to control movement, you swipe around the screen to look around, and you get a simple jump button on the right — pretty standard touchscreen controls so far. It's the arm control that will make or b...

These Chromebooks are ready to see the world with you

Jun 28, 2019

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If you want to take a laptop with you on your trips, you want something that will help you get everything you need to do securely. Depending on where you're going or staying along the way, you might want a laptop that won't hurt your wallet too much if you have to replace it. Whether you want a portable powerhouse or an expendable essential, these Chromebooks are ready to see the world! Reliable and replaceable: Lenovo Chromebook C330 This is one of our favorite Chromebooks on the market right now. While it has a few scratches on the bottom, ours has held up like a champ through overstuffed backpacks and typing anywhere and everywhere around Walt Disney World over the last six months. Its shiny, shimmery white shell doesn't show nearly the wear, tear, and dirt you'd expect it to, and the charcoal keyboard has good contrast for typing in the dim light of an airport bar or midnight hotel lobby. I can usually get 10-12 hours out of the battery, so hours and hours of reading and in...

Chase announces new bonus offer on its British Airways Visa Signature card

Jun 28, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. Android Central may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network For anyone who travels across the pond or across the world, Chase is hoping to be your go-to credit card when traveling on British Airways. The company has just announced a limited time offer for new cardholders for its British Airways Visa Signature credit card, the only credit card that British Airways offers in the United States. The previous offer on the card was much more difficult to attain, so this is a welcome change. Customers used to earn 4 Avios per $1 spent in the first year up to $30,000. That equated to a total of 120,000 Avios, but of course, you had to drop $30,000 on the card to get there. The new offer enables new cardholders to earn 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, you can earn an additional 50,000 bonus Avios after yo...

Google Stadia head Phil Harrison believes ISPs will lift data caps

Jun 28, 2019

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Let's see if companies like Comcast agree. What you need to know Google Stadia is an upcoming game streaming service. You pay $10 a month for "Stadia Pro" to stream at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. Google believes that internet service providers will raise data caps for game streaming. The launch of 5G wireless technology may also remove data caps. Google Stadia is an upcoming game streaming service. You can stream games from the company's servers to your television or mobile device. As with any streaming service, consumers have to be aware of internet restrictions and data caps imposed by their internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast. In the United States, many regions have 2 TB limits after which you may have to pay more. Stadia chief Phil Harrison believes that ISPs will raise data caps for game streaming services in the future. He said the following when speaking with GameSpot. The ISPs have a strong history of staying ahead of consumer trend and if y...

These are the best cases for the P30 Lite

Jun 23, 2019

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The Huawei P30 Lite is an interesting budget phone that offers some similar specs from the P30 Pro — all-screen display with a little notch, a three-camera set up, and a sleek and modern design — but at half the price of the Pro model and with a traditional fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. Even for a budget phone like this, you'll want to slap on a case to ensure no harm befalls it — and be sure the case you're buying is for the P30 Lite and not one of the other two models. Serious value Spigen Rugged Armor Staff pick A great case from Spigen that we highly recommend is the Rugged Armor. While its design may not be the flashiest around, the Rugged Armor does the basics well at a price you'll love. The TPU design offers great protection, the button covers are very tactile, and Spigen's Air Cushion Technology keeps the phone safe from even the nastiest of drops. $13 at Amazon Natural beauty kwmobile Wooden Protection Not all cases are made of p...

Block ads, trackers and even some malware with the best Chrome ad blockers

Jun 23, 2019

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Deeply hidden in your Chrome settings are tools for blocking pop-ups, but because of how Chrome and other web browsers are programmed to earn money, there are still a lot of types of ads that display. Cybercriminals cleverly disguised phishing schemes, adware, or malicious downloads as legitimate ads, so the best and easiest way to protect yourself is with an ad blocker. Here are some of our favorites. Staff pick AdBlock Staff pick On top of blocking pop-up ads, AdBlock keeps banner ads from downloading within the content you're reading and stops commercials from showing in YouTube videos. AdBlock doesn't ask for personal information before you install the browser extension and it doesn't keep information about your browser history or other online activity. Free at AdBlock Adware and virus blocking AdBlocker Ultimate AdBlocker Ultimate stops every kind of ad. It doesn't have a whitelist, so there is no way to make an exception for an ad or pop-up to get through. Thi...

Editor's Desk: On balancing travel and work

Jun 23, 2019

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I don't think I'm alone in not enjoying discomfort. Awkwardness. Tension. I don't seek it out, nor do I welcome it when it inevitably arrives. But in leaving the comforts of home for five weeks to travel to a country where I don't speak the language has introduced all of those feelings in a series of unceasing waves. And yet it's been one of the best experiences of my life. By the time this is published, I'll be on week four of a five-week trip to Turkey (with a short vacation in Switzerland) with my wife and daughter. My wife's family is strewn all over the country, and we're trying to visit as many of them as possible, baby and overstuffed luggage in tow. I'm also working while we're doing all this, which has meant attempting to balance the mundanity of a typical workday with the constant barrage of new stimuli. It's probably not too far off from what my young daughter must feel, though I'm privileged enough to be able to express it a bit more coherently — and to write down ...

Will Amazon Prime Day 2019 be a disappointment?

Jun 23, 2019

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It's no secret that some people just love to hate Prime Day. Do their opinions have any basis in truth? With the fifth annual Prime Day fast-approaching, here's a bit of my experience. I'll be the first to admit that I was disappointed by the first and second Amazon Prime Day. The Internet exploded with much-justified outrage after each one, and I was part of the mob. Amazon's first Prime Day was basically a garage sale, with too many items to choose from and not enough inventory. It was clunky, confusing, difficult to navigate, and frustrating. The few deals I did want to buy sold out within seconds. I was disappointed, partially because I hadn't secured a slew of packages, but mostly because I expected more from the supersized retailer. The second year was slightly better, but more of the same. I didn't make a single purchase on Prime Day 2015 or 2016. In 2017, Amazon learned from its mistakes. I was fully prepared and bracing myself for more discounted refurbished 20th-century ...

New outfit and Item Spray highlight latest Fortnite Item Shop Update

Jun 23, 2019

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All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items. Today's update includes another brand new outfit. This time, the Biz outfit is new in the game, and is joined by the Bizzy item spray, which adds a blue and silver tint to whatever items you might equip it with. Also in the shop are the fan-favorite Rex and Tricera Ops outfits, as well as the Bitemark harvesting tool and Pterodactyl glider. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some random items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Infiltrator and Garrison outfits are available, along with the Rusty Rider glider and Harpoon Axe harvesting tool. To round out today's update, the Switchstep and Drum Major emotes are available in the shop. Get busy Biz 1,200 V-Bucks Spray it up Bizzy 300 V-Bucks Dino fighter R...

Huawei promises, Google punts

Jun 22, 2019

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Daniel Bader checks in from Turkey to speak with Andrew Martonik about an odd tweet from Niantic about Android updates. Additionally, Huawei is making some promises that may prove difficult for them to make good on. They also talk about Samsung Galaxy Fit and the Withings Move. Things are getting 'interesting' at Google — They are canceling future tablet hardware. But on the bright side (hopefully), they are offering RCS messaging without the carrier in the middle. Listen now Subscribe in Google Play Music: Audio Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show Notes and Links: Niantic just proved that Android updates have a major discoverability problem Huawei promises to update 17 smartphones to Android Q despite impending Google ban Samsung Galaxy Fit review: Daily activity tracking with no hassle Withings Move review: Respect the simplicity Google's reportedly canceled its future tablets, now focusing on laptops Google will now dire...

The best credit card for eating out gets you 4% cash back

Jun 22, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. Android Central may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network If you love dining out and hitting up the town after the meal, the Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card is a credit card built exclusively for both of it. Cardholders get unlimited 4% cash back on dining and entertainment purchases, with no limit or expiration to your earnings. You'll also receive 2% back at grocery stores, and 1% back everywhere else. As an appetizer, the card currently has a mouth-watering $300 cash bonus after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. Cardholders also benefit from Capital One's partnership with Vivid Seats, an online ticket marketplace where fans can buy and sell tickets to sports, concerts, and theater events. Similiar to other services like SeatGeek and Stubhub, you can save a decent amount on tickets on your favorite ente...

These are the best Sprint phones you can buy right now

Jun 22, 2019

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If Sprint's your wireless carrier of choice (or contract commitment), you have access to a heap of Android phones that you can buy or lease no matter your budget. Whether you want a flagship from Samsung or a less expensive Motorola option, or anything in between, here are the best Sprint phones you can buy right now! Does it all Samsung Galaxy S10+ Staff pick The Galaxy Note 9 is one of the biggest and baddest smartphones of the entire year. Its AMOLED display is a thing of beauty, its triple camera system lets you get a closer or wider shot at the tap of a button, and we seriously can't get enough of the gorgeous color options. This is a phone that does it all, and right now at Sprint, you can save big with a discounted monthly cost of just $25/month with $0 down. $25/month Excellent camera Google Pixel 3 XL Google still rules the camera world with the Pixel 3 lineup. No matter the situation, you can get an incredible photo from either the computational photography prow...

The Razer Kraken X is easily the most comfortable headset I've ever worn

Jun 22, 2019

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Razer does it again with another win. I've been cursed in life in that for years I could never find a headset that felt truly comfortable with my glasses. The EasySMX VIP002S gaming headset was one of the only ones previously that I could claim worked, but it's hard to recommend to some people if they've never heard of the brand. Even some of Razer's own headsets didn't quite cut it for me, but that's changed with the Razer Kraken X. Budget-friendly comfort Razer Kraken X $50 at Amazon Razer's Kraken headset line only gets better. In terms of budget-friendly options, it doesn't get much better than this. It lacks a lot of features that premium headsets have, but it's easily one of the most comfortable I've ever worn, and it provides exceptional audio quality to boot. The Good Lightweight Comfortable with glasses Clear audio quality...

These are the best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S9+

Jun 22, 2019

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There are plenty of cases available for the Samsung Galaxy S9+, but it can be hard to separate the good from the bad. The beautiful and large design of the Galaxy S9+ will quickly turn to horror after a nasty drop, so a quality case is almost a requirement. We've rounded up the best cases for the S9+ so give your phone a new look. A luxurious first-party option Samsung Alcantara Cover Staff pick This case fits your phone perfectly — as it should considering it comes straight from Samsung. The Alcantara feels great, and it's thick enough to protect your phone in the event of a drop. Just like the phone itself the price continues to fall, but so does the availability so don't miss out on this one. From $22 at Amazon Slim as can be Spigen Thin Fit Best thin case This case is if you want the bare minimum protection and grip on top of your phone, in exchange for a super slim profile. The case is easy to put on and take off if need be, and it's thin enough to allow easy ...

Save an additional 15% on a Mondly lifetime subscription

Jun 22, 2019

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Do you wish you had paid better attention during language classes in high school? Been debating going back to school to learn a new language but don't have the time? Want to learn some conversational French or Italian for your next European adventure? Whatever your reasons for wanting to learn a new language, the hardest part is finding a curriculum that fits your schedule. Android Central Digital Offers might have a compelling option for you with this great deal for Mondly, a digital platform for learning new languages. Using the Mondly app, you can choose between 33 different languages with a digital curriculum that's designed to break down the learning process into short lessons and help you memorize core words, form sentences, and participate in conversations. Typically Mondly is offered on a monthly subscription basis, but thanks to Android Central Digital Offers, you can get a lifetime subscription for just a one-time payment. You can choose from 33 languages and learn your c...

Everything you need to know about 5G conspiracy theories

Jun 22, 2019

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They stem from the same folks that gave us groovy hits like "Vaccines cause Autism" and "Power lines are a global health threat" and you're too smart to fall for it this time. Have you ever read something on the internet about 5G and haphazardly ventured too close to the comments? Chances are, you quickly saw well-meaning people trying to warn the rest of us that 5G causes harm to our bodies and that there's a big cover-up by telecommunications providers, the general science community, and the media. While those sorts of comments might be well-meaning — I will assume the folks posting them only want to make sure we know how bad this 5G thing really is — they are completely unfounded. More than that, they are being perpetuated by discredited scientists and a media outlet that was found to purposely spread disinformation in order to "destabilize the west". That's not very helpful after all. But don't blame the messengers, blame the source. We're being spoon-fed a pile...

The history of Amazon Prime Day

Jun 22, 2019

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Amazon Prime day is one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, right next to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Amazon started the event back in 2016, and whether you love it or you hate it, you can be sure that you'll hear everyone talking about it. Prime Day is a shopping event that consists of thousands of deals, some of which last for a few minutes or hours, and others that last all day. Typically there are a few countdown deals that go live throughout the week, and Prime Day is the grand finale that ends the whole event with a bang. Prime Day is extremely similar to Amazon's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. New deals can go live as often as every five minutes, and the category selection ranges far and wide. Amazon is always quiet about the details until the full announcements come out, and you can follow us on Twitter to be alerted right when that happens. Prime Day gets bigger and better every year. It started out as a vast hodgepodge of seemingly random stuff, with a ...

How to keep Harry Potter: Wizards Unite from draining your battery

Jun 22, 2019

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The long-awaited Hogwarts lover's alternative to Pokémon Go is finally here, but if you're like me and you carry a smaller phone like the Pixel 3 … well, that battery isn't going to cut it for long Wizards Unite sessions without making some changes. Here are some simple ways to alleviate battery drain so you can get the most out of your Harry Potter-filled weekend. Enable Battery Saver This one seems obvious — turn on Battery Saver mode within the game to, well, save battery! The toggle for Battery Saver is easy to find within the settings menu. From the map view, tap the suitcase icon in the center at the bottom of the screen. Tap the settings icon in the upper left corner. Scroll down in the settings list and find the Advanced section. Tap the toggle next to Battery Saver. Unfortunately, Wizards Unite doesn't give much insight as to what exactly Battery Saver does, but if it's anything like similar low-power settings in other games, it likely reduces grap...

These are the best Google Assistant-enabled accessories and devices in 2019

Jun 21, 2019

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It's tough to find a smart home product that doesn't connect to, or run, Google Assistant these days. No matter what size your room is, how much counter space you have in the kitchen, or what you need to control, Google Assistant is there. It's also an amazing platform for media, whether you want music, streaming video or an integrated TV experience. However, if you want the best of the best, these are some of our favorite picks. Assistant with a screen Google Nest Hub Staff pick The Nest Hub is a perfect upgrade for anyone who's fallen in love with their Google Home or Home Mini but wants the added benefit of a screen. Not only can it give you visual responses and watch YouTube videos, but the Nest Hub is also one of the best digital picture frames you can buy. $129 at B&H Works with everything Sonos One The Sonos One might not look like much at first glance, but you'd be wrong to underestimate its discreet looks. For one thing, it's an incredibly powerful speaker wi...

FedEx stopped a Huawei phone from being delivered to the U.S. from the UK

Jun 21, 2019

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Instead, the phone was sent back to London. What you need to know A PCMag writer in the UK tried shipping a Huawei P30 to a colleague in the U.S. FedEx stopped the shipment due to "U.S. government issue with Huawei and China." One Huawei rep says this is a "complete misinterpretation." The effects of the United States' ban on Huawei has reached far and wide, resulting in a lot of hoops for the Chinese company to jump through. Most recently, the folks at PCMag discovered another effect of the ban when trying to ship a Huawei phone from the UK to the U.S. Here's what happened. One of PCMag's writers in the UK shipped a Huawei P30 Pro to one of the site's U.S. employees. The phone was shipped using Parcelforce and FedEx, and to ship it internationally, the P30's model number had to be listed on a shipping form. This is totally ridiculous. Our UK writer tried to send us his @HuaweiMobile P30 unit so I could check something - not a new phone, our existing phone, already held by our c...

Google stopped caring about tablets long before the Pixel Slate

Jun 21, 2019

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Another business decision means another canceled product, and it happens every day. It always means more to the people who use the product that's getting axed. Google has been put on record saying it's canceling the production and sale of self-branded tablets. As it turns out, this isn't exactly a new decision, but Google being up-front about it all is; a Google spokesperson told Computer World it's done in no uncertain terms. And Rick Osterloh, the head of Google's hardware department, even tweeted an admission of the leak. Saying Google doesn't care about tablets is an old cliché, but it's also true. We already knew Google had plans to scale back its internal hardware division this year and in March the first word that tablets were getting canned was spreading around. If you've been paying attention, it probably didn't surprise you then and doesn't surprise you now because Google has never really cared about tablets. The reasons it hasn't had a burning desire to buil...

Fake presidential alerts can be easily sent out using LTE vulnerabilities

Jun 21, 2019

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The attack has a success rate of 90%. What you need to know The University of Colorado Boulder discovered a vulnerability with presidential alerts. Using LTE, the alerts can be easily spoofed and sent out to thousands of people. The test was performed successfully 9 out of 10 times. Last October, the Federal Emergency Management Agency sent out the nation's first "presidential alert." Using the same alert system that delivers AMBER and weather alerts to your phone, the presidential alert allows the acting President of the United States to send messages to U.S. citizens in the event of a disaster or emergency. Unfortunately, at least according to a study done by the University of Colorado Boulder, the system isn't nearly as secure as it probably should be. Using nothing more than readily available hardware and open-source software, the team at the university was able to send a spoofed presidential alert to every single phone in a football stadium consisting of 50,000 seats. The sp...

Southwest's latest credit card delivers 80k bonus points and free Wi-Fi

Jun 21, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. Android Central may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. This just in: Southwest will be launching a brand new premium business credit card called the Southwest Performance Business Card. Successful new applicants will be eligible for 80,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points after spending $5,000 in the first three months. The best part is that these sign up points will be applicable towards Companion Pass! Let's take a look at the earning potential: 3x points on Southwest and Rapid Rewards hotel and car bookings 2x points on social media and Search advertising 2x points on internet cable and phone service 1x points on all other purchases 9,000 bonus points on every cardmember anniversary Furthermore, Southwest will waive all foreign transaction fees and cardholders can provide cards to employees at no additional cost. There is an annual fee of $199. High Performance Sout...

All the HPWU for Android launch problems and how to fix them

Jun 21, 2019

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is here and it's sure to liven up the weekend for many of us muggles. But as is often the case with the newest hot games for mobile, there are some bugs and gremlins running around ruining the fun for unsuspecting users. Here are all of the most common problems and great tips to fix them so you can get back to the fun. Connection issues Are you receiving messages like :Error has occurred with the wireless network" or "Connection lost, check your Wi-Fi or mobile data"? Games like Wizards Unite are very reliant on a good data connection, so we've compiled some helpful tips for those disconnecting or lagging. 'Error has occurred with the wireless network' on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? Here's the fix! I'm stuck on a loading screen! If you get stuck on a loading screen during the initial login and tutorial screens, I'm sorry to say that there's probably not much to be done, but let's rule out a few things first: Is your phone running the Android Q ...

Amazon makes an Echo-connected microwave, but should you buy it?

Jun 16, 2019

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Best answer: If you're already an Echo user, the AmazonBasics Microwave can be an affordable microwave that you can keep for years. You better keep that Echo nearby because it can't hear you on its own, though, and its lower-end 700 watts means your food might cook more slowly. Alexa, nuke the popcorn: AmazonBasics Microwave ($50) So how smart is this microwave? The AmazonBasics Microwave may sound fancy with its Alexa integration, auto-refilling popcorn, and simplified controls, but let's get one thing very clear very quickly: you can't talk directly to the microwave. That Alexa button that sits bottom center on the microwave's controls does not turn on a microphone in the microwave, because the AmazonBasics Microwave does not actually have a microphone or speaker inside it. That Alexa button instead signals a paired Amazon Echo device to go into listening mode — or you can just say "Hey Alexa" — and then give your command. Without an Amazon Echo device paired to it, ...

Do you want a little help in the kitchen from Alexa?

Jun 16, 2019

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Best answer: AmazonBasics works manually or by voice command. It is a smart microwave that has Alexa built right into it for your everyday use. Smart microwave: AmazonBasics Microwave ($50 at Amazon) Alexa can cook Amazon's Alexa voice assistant has risen to become the voice assistant of choice because there are infinite ways she helps with day-to-day life, and now she can even cook your food. AmazonBasics microwave works as a smart device with Alexa to perform its functions at the sound of your voice. We all have microwaves, but let's admit it, most of us do not even know what half of those buttons do anyway. Because the microwave itself does not have a built-in microphone or speaker, you must have an echo device nearby in order for the Alexa function to work on your microwave. Gone are the days of pushing multiple buttons and fretting over what setting to cook your food on. Rely on Alexa to calculate the cook times and heating levels. Are you worried some of your less tech-savy...

What commands can you say to the AmazonBasics Microwave?

Jun 16, 2019

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Best answer: You can tell your AmazonBasics microwave to cook, defrost, and reheat at the time and power level that you specify. You can also use the preset commands. To do this, your microwave needs to be connected to an Echo device with Alexa. When connected, anyone can tell Alexa their desired commands to operate the microwave. Smart Microwave: AmazonBasics Microwave ($50 at Amazon) Voice Assistant: Amazon Echo Dot ($50 at Amazon) What commands to tell your AmazonBasic Microwave The AmazonBasics microwave is a 700 watt, 0.7 cubic foot microwave and is the company's first attempt at kitchen appliances. It offers all the features of any basic microwave, but because it has Alexa built in, you can control it with voice commands when you connect it to an Amazon Echo voice assistant. You may have to actually still prepare and put the food in the microwave yourself, but from there you can leave it to Alexa to do the cooking. Here is the run-down for what you can say to Alexa for the m...

These are the best Alexa-compatible smart devices

Jun 16, 2019

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More and more devices work with Amazon Alexa these days. In fact, if it has a microphone and a speaker, it probably supports Amazon's voice assistant. The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Alexa controller out there, of course, but there are countless others as well. Once you've got an Alexa device, you'll want something to control, and there are plenty of categories to choose from, including thermostats to cameras and other speakers. A speaker for every room Amazon Echo Plus 2 Staff pick Smart devices are a lot less useful without a hub to control them, so we absolutely recommend you start with an Echo speaker. Here's the thing about the Echo Plus — it can connect with other Echoes for multi-room music. That means the same thing will be playing on all your speakers, and all you have to do is use Alexa to tell Alexa to have Alexa play a thing. Yeah, it's a bit of Alexa inception, but it's also super cool. $150 at Amazon The lights of your life Philips Hue White start...

The best cases for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Jun 16, 2019

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There aren't a ton of great Android tablets options out there, but one of the best is still the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. Sure there's a newer model out, but the Tab S3 is still a solid choice that's cheaper than ever. With all that you can do with this top-tier Samsung tablet, you're going to want to get a case to keep it protected for unexpected drops. Here are your best case options for the Galaxy Tab S3! Drop-free design BRAECNstock Hybrid Protective Shield w/ Hand Strap Staff pick This awesome case features a hand strap mounted on a swiveling mount that lets you firmly hold onto your Galaxy Tab S3 with less grip while still ensuring you won't drop it. It also includes a shoulder strap that you can clip onto the case for easy carrying when you're on the go. The case itself is dual-layered with a silicone and polycarbonate shells working together to provide excellent protection for your tablet. $24 at Amazon Productivity and protection Samsung Keyboard Cover Offering prot...

From the Editor's Desk: Pixel 4 months early

Jun 16, 2019

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Well, that was unexpected. In eight years of covering the mobile industry, I've never seen a manufacturer just YOLO it and confirm a flurry of leaks by, in essence, leaking its own phone even harder than the leakers. But that's where we are with the Pixel 4, which broke cover on the official Made by Google Twitter account this week, confirming reports from OnLeaks and Unbox Therapy just a day earlier. Whatever you think of the Pixel 4's unconventional camera bump, or reports of an extra-large display border to accommodate space-age face recognition sensors, the PR angle of this week's developments is fascinating in itself. The traditional view of leaks, among smartphone manufacturers with secrets to keep, is that they're to be avoided at all costs. Leaks lose you control of the message. Leaks risk deflating hype around an upcoming product, or worse, giving would-be buyers potentially misleading info based on incomplete products. Well, since there seems to be some interest, here...

You can get lifetime access to 1,000+ courses for just $59 today

Jun 16, 2019

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When it comes to succeeding in virtually any industry, continuing education is absolutely key. But, the good news is that you don’t need to invest an exorbitant amount of time or money into a traditional education in order to get the skills you need to thrive. StackSkills Unlimited offers a massive trove of educational resources for both aspiring and current professionals in a variety of fields, and lifetime access is currently available for over 95% off at just $59. Whether you’re interested in beginning or furthering a career in web development, programming, marketing, or even design, StackSkills Unlimited has you covered. You’ll get access to an enormous collection of over 1,000 online courses covering some of the most lucrative and in-demand fields in the world—making this resource ideal for anyone who wants to either begin a new career or stay up to date with their field’s latest innovations. Every course features elite instructors who are exper...

Dauntless for PlayStation 4: Top tips and tricks to help you get ahead

Jun 16, 2019

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Use your wits and skill to your advantage. Fighting Behemoths more difficult than you anticipated? We've got a few tips and tricks to help you conquer any monsters you come across along the Shattered Isles. Just remember to go in prepared and you and your team should make quick work. And don't worry if you do fail a mission, because there aren't any penalties. Free-to-play Dauntless Free at PlayStation Take down monstrous Behemoths with friends Tired of all the new free-to-play games being battle royales? Hop into Dauntless and get a little taste of the Monster Hunter experience without spending a dime. There are plenty of Behemoths awaiting across the Shattered Isles. Dodge cancel to keep actions charged If you've got an action charged and ready to go, like a Hammer's concussive shot or the War Pike's blast, and the Behemoth moves out of your line of shot, you can actually save the charge without wasting the bullets by dodge canceling out of the attack. Any time before...

AmazonBasics Microwave warms your food and orders you popcorn

Jun 16, 2019

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A compact, low-power microwave for the modern era. As I've professed several times here on AC, I'm a big smart home fanatic. I've got far too many Google Assistant speakers scattered throughout my home, almost all of my light bulbs are Philips Hue ones, smart plugs are a necessity, and I use a Nest Thermostat for controlling my apartment's heat and air conditioning. So, imagine my excitement when Amazon unveiled its AmazonBasics Microwave last fall. The idea of an Alexa-enabled microwave was something I got instantly hyped about, and now a few months later, I've finally had the chance to go hands-on with one and use it for myself. I've had to bring my expectations down to Earth a bit, but even so, this is still a great little microwave that eats up its dumb competition. Let's get cooking AmazonBasics Microwave A small, low-power, s...

New outfit and spray in the latest Fortnite Item Shop Update

Jun 16, 2019

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All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items. Today's update brings with it some brand new outfits and items, in the form of the Synapse outfit. To match the hi-tech-themed outfit, a new item spray - Hex Wave - is also available. The Battle Hound, Hime, and Musha outfits are also in the shop today, along with the Silver Fang, Cat's Claw, and Purrfect accessories to finish out the respective sets. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some random items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Nightwitch and Scorpion outfits are available, alongside the Spellslinger harvesting tool and Golden Scales item spray. The Electro Shuffle and Slick emotes are also back in the shop. Break the mold Synapse 1,500 V-Bucks Make a splash Hex Wave 500 V-Bucks A loyal fight...

Here are the PlayStation VR games we want to play coming this year

Jun 15, 2019

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There is a lot to be excited about this year. Here are some of our favorites Out of all the amazing VR technology out there, in terms of adoption, the PlayStation VR reigns supreme. With an incredibly low entry price, the PSVR is an excellent way to get into room scale VR. After all, you only need a PS4 or PS4 Pro to play, and there are a lot of people with those already. Every month there is something new for the PlayStation VR, and we've already seen some amazing games come to the platform. But we want more — these are the forthcoming games we're excited for! PS4 Slim vs. PS4 Pro: Which Should You Buy? Luna What a weird and wonderful game this looks to be. The artwork is beautiful and the gameplay is a mixture of puzzles and world building. One of the best things about VR is being able to step inside art, and Luna feels like it will be exactly that, an artwork you can be a part of. Luna is currently available on Oculus and SteamVR but it's coming soon to PSVR. Golem...

Should you buy the Garmin Forerunner 245 or 245 Music?

Jun 15, 2019

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Whether you're a professional athlete or a casual runner, it's essential to find a smartwatch you can count on for all of your fitness tracking needs. We've been taking an up-close look at the new Garmin Forerunner 245 and 245 Music and we're here to help you decide which one will suit you best. Tracking, Wi-Fi, music Garmin Forerunner 245 Music $350 at Amazon Pros Wi-Fi connectivity Music storage Garmin Coach Cons No Garmin Pay Lacking altimeter To make a long story short, the 245 Music does everything the 245 does while also offering Wi-FI connectivity and music storage. These are some pretty neat bonus features to have and you won't even have to pay that much more to get them. Reliable tracking and GPS Garmin Forerunner 245 $300 at Amazon Pros Controls smartphone music Garmin Coach Long battery life Cons No Wi-Fi No music storage No Garmin Pay Lacking altimeter This GPS running wearable is one for the books. You'll have your hands full with actvity tracking,...

The best wireless charging pads for the Galaxy S9

Jun 15, 2019

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The Galaxy S9 is still a great phone in 2019, and because it supports wireless charging you may want to stock up on wireless chargers for different rooms in your home or at the office. There's a large number of options out there for wireless charging, but not all are made equal. We've highlighted the best options that work with the Galaxy S10, including a mix of chargers from Samsung and other reputable third-party brands. Soft touch finish iOttie iON Wireless Qi Charging Pad Mini Staff pick From iOttie comes this stylish charger that's Qi-compatible with a charging zone capable of 10W output. A soft fabric finish available in your choice of four colors makes this a wireless charger that will actually look great on your office desk or end table. From $23 at Amazon Best from Samsung Samsung Fast Charge Convertible Wireless Charging Pad Samsung's wireless charging pad combines the best wireless charging technologies packed into a really sleek design. Launched alongside the ...

Work towards a career in coding and game development with this $39 bundle

Jun 15, 2019

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Master C, C++, and C# with this massive coding bundle. Anyone who wants to work in programming or development has to have a variety of programming languages on their resume if they want to land the best careers. But choosing which language to learn next can be a daunting task since each one seems uniquely suited for only a handful of industries and applications. But if you haven't already learned the famed C languages, look no further. The Complete C Programming Certification Bundle will teach you everything you need to know about three of the world's most popular and versatile programming languages. Right now, thanks to Android Central Digital Offers, it's available for 96 percent off the regular $1,159 price, bringing the total down to just $39. With more than 70 hours of training led by industry pros, this extensive bundle introduces you to C, C++, and C# through intuitive instruction that relies on real-world examples. After an introduction to the basics, you'll learn how to ...

What can a Soli chip bring to the Pixel 4?

Jun 15, 2019

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We've recently been flooded with more Pixel 4 leaks; milled aluminum blanks for case makers, hands-on with said aluminum blanks, and finally Google playing king of the hill and just showing us the back of the phone. But the biggest rumor is also the most mysterious — Google is including a Soli chip in the upcoming Pixels. While part of the internet thinks it's built to use the mysterious sensor hole in the giant camera bump we see in the renders and another part of it thinks we'll be using it for gesture navigation, a bigger part has no idea what Google might be doing with it or doesn't even know exactly what it is. You might be part of all three groups even! Is this just another rumor that comes with the hype train surrounding the most anticipated and divisive phone that comes out every year or is Soli something that could actually make a phone better? Let's talk about it. What is Project Soli? Project Soli is a very cool idea that comes from the ATAP (Advanced Technolo...

T-Mobile and Sprint to sell Boost Mobile, spectrum holdings for merger

Jun 14, 2019

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Dish Network, Charter and Altice rumored to buy the assets. What you need to know T-Mobile and Sprint close to agreeing to divest Boost Mobile and some spectrum. Dish Network, Charter and Altice rumored to buy the assets to create new fourth carrier. Deal between DOJ, carriers and asset buyer could be made as early as next week. T-Mobile and Sprint are edging ever-closer to merger approval by working with the Department of Justice to divest assets that would create a new fourth wireless carrier. Building on information from a previous report, the New York Times says the carriers are in discussions with Dish Network, Charter and Altice to acquire Boost Mobile (currently a Sprint MVNO) and some of Sprint's valuable wireless spectrum. This may make the DOJ happy, but would it actually accomplish anything? The critical part of this deal structure is that Sprint would actually be giving up spectrum holdings, not simply the Boost Mobile brand that runs on Sprint's existing network....

Amazon Game Studios lays off 'dozens' of developers

Jun 14, 2019

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Many games are still in development. What you need to know Amazon has been developing games for many years now. The company even unveiled a Lumberyard game engine which wasn't widely adopted. On Thursday the company laid off "dozens of game developers" says Kotaku. Amazon says that the layoffs were part of a "reorganizing" effort. E3 2019 was a blast and many developers showed off intriguing projects like 12 Minutes. However, it looks like some of them who worked for Amazon weren't so lucky. According to a report by Kotaku, the retailer giant laid off "dozens of game developers" on Thursday. The affected game developers reached out to Kotaku. You can read an excerpt from the outlet's report below. Amazon Game Studios, which is currently developing the online games Crucible and New World, told affected employees on Thursday morning that they would have sixty days to look for new positions within Amazon, according to one person who was laid off. At the end of that buffer pe...

These are the best Samsung fitness trackers you can buy

Jun 14, 2019

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We've worn every size, style, and system of wearable trackers, and Samsung's fitness trackers can certainly hold their own against the competition. Of course, Samsung has quite a few options for you to choose from and we're here to help you pick the best fit for your fitness needs. We suggest the undeniable front-runner, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, which offers superior fitness tracking in a stylish smartwatch package. Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active When looking at Samsung's range of wearables, for many people, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is easily the best choice. For starters, it's much more fitness-friendly than the original Galaxy Watch. The lightweight, comfortable design won't weigh you down when you're exercising. Half the battle in finding the right fitness tracker is finding one with a user-friendly design that'll function when and where you need it to. As the name indicates, the purpose of the watch is to encourge users to be active with various fi...

Xiaomi is ending its global MIUI beta program on July 1

Jun 14, 2019

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Security patches will still be delivered in a timely manner. What you need to know Xiaomi's global beta program for MIUI is ending on July 1. A small number of people were using the beta to provide feedback. This will allow developers to focus more on optimizing stable builds of MIUI. MIUI, Xiaomi's custom build of Android, has changed a lot since its introduction in 2010. One of the ways Xiaomi's tested out new features and settings is through its open beta program, but on July 1, the program will be shut down. Per Xiaomi: As the MIUI experience has matured, the need for stability is becoming increasingly more important. In order to meet the demands of most of our users and release stable version updates more frequently, our team of engineers has decided to stop releasing the global version of MIUI Beta for all devices starting July 1,2019. While this likely comes as a disappointment to anyone that looks forward to new beta releases, Xiaomi's reasoning for this decision mak...

Pixel 4 leaks, status of Galaxy Fold, mobile gaming at E3 [#acpodcast]

Jun 14, 2019

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Andrew Martonik, Russell Holly, and Jerry Hildenbrand look at the latest Pixel 4 leaks, including Google's decision to share a render of the phone months before release. They also talk about the current state of Galaxy Fold and whether or not it is likely to be released anytime soon. On the other hand, the Galaxy fit smartwatch is out now and pretty good for $99. People at E3 are finally getting excited about mobile gaming. Finally, Jerry and Russell shame Andrew about Android Q gestures. Listen now Subscribe in Google Play Music: Audio Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show Notes and Links: Google shares official render of the Pixel 4, confirms dual rear cameras To no one's surprise, leaked timeline indicates Pixel 4 is launching in October Google Pixel 4: News, rumors, leaks and more! What is happening to the Galaxy Fold? Samsung Galaxy fit impressions Everyone at E3 is excited about mobile gaming Andrew is wrong about Android Q g...

Protect your Google Pixel 3 XL's screen with a great screen protector

Jun 9, 2019

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The Pixel 3 XL is a great-looking phone, but you don't want your shiny new phone to be broken if it takes a bad fall. Fortunately, you can have a screen protector on from day one to keep everything looking beautiful. These are the best screen protectors for the Google Pixel 3 XL! Simply the best Whitestone Dome Glass Staff pick Want the very best Pixel 3 XL screen protector money can buy? Look no further than the Whitestone Dome Glass. It takes a lot longer to install than anything else on this list, but if you follow the instructions and get it applied correctly, you end up with a seriously durable protector that pretty much vanishes from sight in an instant. It really is something special. $50 at Amazon Can't go wrong IQShield Case Friendly Screen Protector Whitestone's screen protector is great, but if you're looking for something a bit more traditional and affordable, these screen protectors from IQShield are fantastic. The wet-install method used here isn't quite as ...

Master your Chromebook and your school year with these shortcuts

Jun 9, 2019

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From Google Drive to Chrome to Files, these are keyboard shortcuts that can be useful when doing just about anything on a Chromebook. There are keyboard shortcuts that are universal — Crtl + C for copy, Ctrl + V for paste — but just as often there are shortcuts that change between systems, websites, and programs. Chromebooks have some fairly standard shortcuts — and a handy shortcut Ctrl + Alt + / to show you the more basic ones — but looking at the full list of shortcuts can make your eyes glaze over like staring down the 400-page book you were supposed to read and write your book report on over summer vacation. Well, after years of Chromebook use and abuse, I've hit on some shortcuts that every student should know to get what they need done quicker and better. After all, if there's anything I learned from school, it's that you've got to work smarter, not harder. Read first: 10 essential Chromebook keyboard shortcuts you need to know General Chromebook sh...

From the Editor's Desk: Unplugging in the 'slow' season

Jun 9, 2019

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Perhaps you've heard: we're bringing back our weekly "from the editor's desk" column! It was convenient timing for Daniel to write his first (in a long time) column and then promptly leave on vacation, but I'm certain he's having a wonderful time and I'm here to pick up right where he left off. Truth be told, we're likely to rotate this slot around from week to week so everyone has a chance to hear from more of the AC editorial staff on a regular basis. Kicking things off on a personal note, I've quite enjoyed unplugging from technology recently. I made the realization a few weeks back that I'd severely fallen behind on my podcast and YouTube subscriptions. Multiple times I went days without looking at Twitter or Facebook (Instagram, though, stuck around). I was no longer diving into Google News multiple times a day to see what was happening in the world. In the past couple of months my phone's spent more time on silent, face-down on a table, or in the other room than it ever has...

Two new outfits highlight the latest Fortnite Item Shop Update

Jun 9, 2019

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All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items. Today's update brings with it two brand new outfits, with the Relay and Desert Dominator outfits popping up into the shop. Both outfits look very similar to something you'd find early on in Fortnite's life, but they are available now and will likely be sticking around until at least Monday. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some random items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Revolt and Buccaneer outfits are available, along with the Relax Axe harvesting tool and Star Power and Laugh It Up emotes. Players can also level up their Battle Pass tiers by picking up some extra levels. Back to the basics Relay 800 V-Bucks Take to the sands Desert Dominator 800 V-Bucks A fearsome foe Mothmando 1,500 V-Buc...

No need to spend $200 on a Nest cam with these affordable alternatives

Jun 9, 2019

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Nest makes great Wi-Fi-connected security cameras, but they can get expensive, starting at $200 for the Nest Cam Indoor and reaching all the way up to $350 for the Cam IQ. The Logitech Circle 2 is a great security camera for a little less than a Nest Cam, but there are cheaper options out there as well. Here are some of our favaorite alternatives. Best overall Logitech Circle 2 Staff favorite The Circle 2 is an excellent 1080p security camera with a wide-angle lens and night vision that's rated for visibility up to 15 feet. Like Nest's cameras, you get two-way audio and person detection. There's also a convenient day brief feature that condenses the last 24 hours into a 30-second time lapse so you don't have to scrub through hours of footage. $180 at Amazon Best for Alexa Amazon Cloud Cam Like other cameras on this list, Amazon's Cloud Cam captures 1080p video with customizable motion zones, night vision, and two-way audio. You can stream your video feed directly on an Al...

How to set up advanced touchscreen controls on PUBG Mobile

Jun 8, 2019

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Despite not offering official support for Bluetooth controllers, PUBG Mobile makes the best use of touchscreen controls that you will ever see on a smartphone. The game lets you customize the placement and size of every action buttons on the screen along with the maps and other HUD elements, letting you find the perfect layout to fit your device dimensions and hands. We'll show you how to go in and set up your controls for success, along with highlighting some other advanced control settings that you'll definitely want to check out. How to customize controls in PUBG Mobile The devs have made it really quick and easy to tweak the touchscreen controls just how you like it — and even on the fly in a match. Tapping the Gear icon from the game home screen or in-game HUD brings you to the game settings to see how you can tweak the touchscreen controls, which should be the first thing you do with pretty much any new game. With PUBG Mobile, you're given a lot of control over how ...

Set yourself up for a career in IT with this $69 CompTIA training bundle

Jun 8, 2019

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Enter the lucrative world of IT with this extensive CompTIA training. There's never been a better time to work in IT. As the world becomes more interconnected by the day, companies spanning multiple industries are scrambling to hire talented and trained IT professionals who can install, maintain, and troubleshoot an increasingly large array of networking platforms and infrastructures. But if you want to stand out from the competition, you need to have the right certifications on your resume. The Complete 2019 CompTIA Certification Training Bundle will help you earn some of the most valuable certifications in the industry, and right now thanks to Android Central Digital Offers it's available for 97 percent off at just $69. With 12 courses and over 200 hours of in-depth instruction, this bundle will help you beat the competition in order to land some of the best and most lucrative positions in IT. You'll prep for the renowned CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, PenTest, CySA+, Cloud+,...

How to update your Oculus Quest

Jun 8, 2019

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The Oculus Quest is a brilliant combination of hardware and software. The experience on the Oculus Quest will only improve as the software is updated with new features and bug fixes. While there is no way to manually force your Oculus Quest to update, you can make sure your device is set up correctly to receive new updates. How to update your Oculus Quest There isn't currently a way to force a manual update, or even refresh the update settings on your Oculus Quest. Instead, you need to make sure that your device is set up to receive automatic updates. Luckily, this only involves a few steps. Open the **Oculus app* on your phone. Select Settings. Select your Oculus Quest. This should trigger it to pair your phone and device if they aren't paired already. Tap More Settings. Tap Advanced Settings. Toggle on the switch to Update Software Automatically. Your Oculus Quest will now automatically receive updates. How long it takes your device to update may vary. How to check your dev...

Show your pride with some of the best cases for the Pixel 3

Jun 8, 2019

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It's June and you may be wondering how you can show your pride. While joining in on events is always a fun way, having a little something to showcase your support wherever you go is great too! That's where these Pride cases for the Google Pixel 3 come in. These playful and vibrant designs are a mix of the simple and incredible -- giving you more than enough of a selection to choose from. Make it your own Stuff4 Personalized Pride Pixel 3 Phone Case Staff pick As cool as phone cases are, some folks just find those you can customize 100x better. With this Stuff4 phone case, you can choose from a number of different pride designs. You can even add your own name for some extra flair and personalization. It's easy to fit on too, as it has a snap-on/snap-off feature. $12 at Amazon Subtle and stylish Stuff4 Gel Rainbow Stripes Pixel 3 Phone Case The Rainbow Stripes phone case is a classic look that gives you access slots to the Google Pixel 3's mute, volume, audio jack, and do...

Almond OnePlus 7 Pro is launching in India on June 14

Jun 8, 2019

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The Almond color variant of the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. What you need to know After Mirror Gray and Nebula Blue, OnePlus is launching the Almond color option of the OnePlus 7 Pro. The phone will be available with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. Indian customers will be able to pick it up for ₹52,999 from June 14. OnePlus debuted the OnePlus 7 Pro in Mirror Gray and Nebula Blue color options at launch, with the company noting that the Almond hue will be available at a later date. We now have more details on availability, as OnePlus has confirmed that the Almond option is going on sale in India from June 14. Like the Nebula Blue option, the Almond OnePlus 7 Pro will be available with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. Other than the lighter hue, it is identical to the other variants of the OnePlus 7 Pro, and as such will be available for ₹52,999. The phone is going up for sale on Amazon India, and will be available offl...

ASUS is rebranding the ZenFone 6 to ASUS 6Z in India following court ban

Jun 8, 2019

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ASUS is banned from using ZenFone branding in India, so it's renaming the ZenFone 6 to ASUS 6Z. What you need to know ASUS is renaming the ZenFone 6 to ASUS 6Z in India. The manufacturer was found to infringe on an already existing trademark for Zen branding. The ASUS 6Z is slated to make its debut in India on June 19. ASUS is facing an unexpected issue ahead of the launch of the ZenFone 6. A company called Telecare Network has petitioned the Delhi High Court stating that ASUS infringed on its ZenMobile trademark, and the court sided with Telecare, banning ASUS from using ZenFone branding in India. As a result, ASUS is renaming the ZenFone 6 to ASUS 6Z, with the phone slated to make its debut on June 19. That's just three days after the originally scheduled launch date, so the trademark issue hasn't derailed ASUS' plans by a huge margin. But it will undoubtedly put a dent in ASUS' marketing efforts, as the Taiwanese manufacturer now has to start from scratch with the promo mater...

What network speeds do I need for Stadia?

Jun 7, 2019

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Best answer: Depending on which package you get and the resolution you want to stream at, you may not need as much for streaming Stadia as you'd think. For 4K 60FPS streaming, Google recommends 35 mbps, but 10 mbps is the minimum recommended bandwidth. The best package: Google Stadia Founder's Edition ($129 at Google) Play it on the big screen: Google Chromecast Ultra ($69 at Amazon) Does it matter which Stadia version I subscribe to? Partially. If you don't have a Stadia Pro subscription, it doesn't matter what your internet connection is, you'll only be able to stream up to 1080p with Stadia Base. If you decide to subscribe to Stadia Pro for $10/month, you'll be able to stream gaming content at 4K resolution provided your internet connection is fast enough. Will my connection speeds affect game resolution? The slower your connection is, the lower your resolution will go. Stadia streaming quality can drop all the way to 720p on a 10 Mbps connection, even if you have Stadia Pro. ...

How to choose the right Chromebook

Jun 7, 2019

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Because Google controls the software look and update schedule for every Chromebook model, a Chromebook built by Lenovo should act the same as a Chromebook from Dell or Samsung. Combine that with the cloud-centric nature of Chrome OS, and it means you can focus a little less on the traditional specs and focus more on what you want to do with the machine you choose. This decision-making process may seem slightly out of order, but trust me on it: 1. Get one with a touchscreen — a 2-in-1 if you can Touchscreens may be a luxury for other laptop systems, but on Chromebooks, I consider it a requirement. Chrome OS's touch optimization is getting better every month, and since most of the Android apps Chromebooks can install via Google Play are optimized for touch, treat yourself to a touchscreen model! Touchscreen models usually aren't that much more expensive for Chromebooks in 2019 — many Chromebook models don't even bother with non-touchscreen versions these days — but...

Part Time UFO is an overlooked Google Play gem that's just $2!

Jun 7, 2019

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This week's game of the week post is more like the gaming deal of the week. You should recognize HAL Laboratory, Inc. as the studio behind everyone's favorite round and pink vacuum, Kirby, but they've also started dipping their toes into developing mobile games. Their first release is Part Time UFO, a premium crane simulator/puzzle game that has you playing as a little UFO who's looking for work on earth by using a claw to help humans out with little side jobs. This game was actually released last year, but I'm featuring it this week because it's available for 50% off as part of a special sale to celebrate HAL Laboratory's Twitter account surpassing 50,000 followers. They haven't indicated when the sale will end, so that means this quirky little game is just $1.99 for a limited time. Part Time UFO could have very easily been a free-to-play game with ads, in-app purchases for upgrades and all that other junk that often ruins the atmosphere and fun of playing a mobile game. Inste...

iPod Touch 7 vs. a cheap Android phone: Which should you buy?

Jun 7, 2019

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Find it challenging to keep up with all of the new technology out there? We don't blame you. At AC, it's our mission to play around with as much of it as we possibly can so we can then help you find and buy the gadgets that are right for you. Our pick Nokia 4.2 $190 at Amazon Pros Premium glass/metal construction Larger, sharper display Dual rear cameras NFC for Google Pay Clean software It's an actual phone Cons Less capable processor No iMessage, FaceTime, AirDrop, etc. For under $200, you'll be hard-pressed to find a phone better than the Nokia 4.2. It's got a crisp display with a small notch, a high-end design, and more than enough specs to keep you entertained. Unlike the iPod Touch 7, it's an actual phone and has all of the benefits that come with owning one. If you need iOS iPod Touch 7 From $199 at Apple Pros Very compact A10 Fusion chip is speedy Available in a lot of colors iMessage and FaceTime Will be updated to iOS 13 Cons Can't make phone calls or ...

Best screen protectors for your Google Pixel 3

Jun 7, 2019

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That's a fine display you've got on your Google Pixel 3. It'd be a shame if something were to… happen to it. That's why a screen protector is not just a good idea; it's a great investment. Protect your Pixel 3's screen from harm with these protectors. Trusted brand amFilm tempered glass screen protector Staff pick amFilm's been the one consistent brand that we've been recommending for years now. This 3-pack of protectors are made of durable tempered glass. They're incredibly clear, facilitate perfect touch feedback, and if they break, they break into dull chunks instead of sharp shards. $9 at Amazon Anti-fingerprint Supershieldz tempered glass screen protector Supershieldz has screen protectors that bear an oleophobic and hydrophobic coating, meaning it repels oils and water, helping to keep it fingerprint- and smudge-free. Supershieldz also offers a lifetime replacement warranty with this 3-pack. $8 at Amazon Full coverage Tocol tempered glass screen protector ...

OnePlus 7 Pro update promises big camera and touchscreen improvements

Jun 7, 2019

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OxygenOS 9.5.7 is rolling out to handsets now. What you need to know OxygenOS 9.5.7 is rolling out now for the OnePlus 7 Pro. It promises to improve the camera across the board. OnePlus also says it improves "touch sensitivity" for the display. A big update is rolling out now for the OnePlus 7 Pro — specifically OxygenOS 9.5.7. What's new? Quite a lot, actually. The main focus for this update is the camera. We thought the OnePlus 7 Pro's camera was fine in our full review of the phone, but felt that there was definitely room for improvement. The changelog for the camera improvements in this update is huge, including: Improved overall contrast and color performance Improved white balance consistency of triple camera Improved accuracy and stability of auto focusing Fixed issue of greenish tone in some low light scenes Fixed issue of noise in some HDR scenes Improved contrast and color saturation of ultra wide Improved clarity and noise reduction in low light scene of ultra wi...

This heavy duty Galaxy S10 case beats the pants off Otterbox

Jun 7, 2019

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With fun colors, fierce protection, and functional features, the Vanguard Series is the best rugged option for the Galaxy S10. The market for heavy duty cases is as diverse as it is cutthroat, with dozens of makers trying to break in and pry stubborn users away from the standard-bearer that is OtterBox. But ArmadilloTek has been slowly gaining steam with Samsung owners thanks to the functional and darn near indestructible Vanguard Series. I'll be the first to admit I'm not the kind of girl to normally rock a heavy duty case. I'll wear them for a week or so for reviews, but I tend to flee back to clear or lighter hybrid cases on my primary phone. The ArmadilloTek Vanguard Series has been the case my S10 has lived in for a month now, and I still haven't seen a good enough to swap over to anything else, which is probably the most glowing endorsement a heavy duty case can receive from me. ArmadilloTek Vanguard Series ...

Stay Mobile with this MrMobile swag!

Jun 7, 2019

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Good news for our MrMobile fans! We just cranked out a design of Michael Fisher with his iconic catchphrase and sunglasses, and placed it on some high-quality swag. It's only available until June 28, though, so jump on it! First off is the comfort tee. You can get it in sizes small through 5XL, including a women's fit. Black, grey, and navy are the base color options available for these cozy 100% cotton tees. The splashes of color from the sunglasses help the design stand out among the crowd! Then there's the pullover hoodie. It's made of a cotton-polyester blend and you've got a kangaroo pouch in the front to stash your phone because pockets are essential when staying mobile and any hoodie without one wouldn't be MrMobile approved! Just like the comfort tee, these cozy hoodies are available in black, grey, and navy color options. You wanna drink out of MrMobile's head? We gotchu, fam. The 11-oz mug is ceramic, dishwasher-friendly, and microwave-safe. Just like the shirts an...

Check out this bonus offer on the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard

Jun 7, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. Android Central may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. Are you looking for an easy way to subsidize your summer vacation to Hawaii? You're in luck. The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® currently has a limited-time bonus offer of 60,000 miles after spending just $2,000 within the first 90 days of account opening. That's a 20% bump from the previous offer of 50,000 bonus miles. These 60,000 miles are worth $540 based on recent valuations. Hawaiian getaway Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite Mastercard® See at The Points Guy For an annual fee of just $99 (waived in the first year), this card offers a lot of earning potential, particularly for North American travelers who love to visit Hawaii. Using the miles The bonus itself would give you enough miles for a round-trip flight between the contiguous US and Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines. Altern...

Every PlayStation 4 game coming out in June 2019

Jun 2, 2019

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The PlayStation 4 always has new and interesting titles coming out every month. We've found all of the best for you to check out and listed the rest at the bottom of the page. Here are all the game releasing in June 2019! ★ Featured favorite - June 21 Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Crash Team Racing is coming to your PlayStation 4 fully remastered and ready for the ride. If you pre-order your copy before the game releases you'll also get access to a PlayStation-themed kart sticker pack and the Electron Skins Pack! $40 at Amazon June 4 Warhammer: Chaosbane This fantasy-based fighting game features four classes to choose from and over 70 types of monsters to fight. There are already four DLC packs lined up for release that feature emotes, skills, extra God Skill Trees, new companions, and an entirely new line of quests for the game! $60 at Amazon June 4 Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa There are seven chapters to Kotodama and each one is hiding a dar...

How to connect Oculus Quest to your computer

Jun 2, 2019

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The Oculus Quest has substantial potential for many VR experiences. Most of these can be experienced directly from the headset, no wires or systems needed save for the Oculus app to set it up. However, to experience everything the Quest has to offer, you should consider connecting it to your PC to transfer files back and forth, and access other areas of the Quest's internals. Below, we walk you through the process. Products used in this guide Simple cable solution: AmazonBasics USB Type-C ($6 at Amazon) Wireless VR: Oculus Quest ($399 at Amazon) How to connect your Quest to your PC Connect your Quest to your PC with a USB-C cable. If your PC has its own USB-C port, you can use the USB-C cable that comes with the Quest itself. You will see the Quest pop up on your explorer. Put your Quest on your head. Within the Quest, you will be prompted whether you want your PC to be able to access your Quest files. Confirm yes. On your PC, you will now have access to explore your Quest a...

From the Editor's Desk: Big things are happening!

Jun 2, 2019

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Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Hayato Huseman and Michael Fisher attend MWC 2019. Hey! If you're reading this, it's probably because you clicked on some link, somewhere — perhaps on our homepage, or through Twitter or Facebook, or even possibly by searching for something on Google and coming across this article with a title that says 'Big things are happening!' and got curious. Whatever way you got here, I appreciate it. I haven't done one of these in a while, and it's something I really missed. We used to do them on a weekly basis, every Sunday, a rotating crew of AC editors talking about whatever they wanted — from smartphone leaks to subjects a bit more personal. The idea of an editor's desk column isn't new — it's a regular occurrence in magazines and many newspapers — but its roots feel entangled in a time before social media. It's a very analog, organic way of speaking directly an audience, less an editorial than a state of the union, imbued with the u...

Save big on a one-year subscription to Private Internet Access VPN!

Jun 2, 2019

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Safeguard your data and online privacy with this super-fast VPN. If you're still surfing the web without the protection of a VPN (Virtual Private Network), you're leaving your devices open to a wide range of powerful cyberattacks that can compromise everything from your browsing history to your banking information. But not all VPNs are created equal. Unlike most VPNs that offer security at the expense of browsing speed, Private Internet Access VPN is an award-winning service that protects your connections without slowing you down, and, thanks to Android Central Digital Offers, a one-year subscription is currently available for over 55 percent off at just $50. With Private Internet Access VPN, you'll be able to safeguard your most sensitive information and block online trackers every time you browse. This subscription allows you to connect to a growing number of super-secure servers across the globe, and you'll be able to protect your identity at all times thanks to special encrypt...

The best heavy duty cases for the Moto G6

Jun 2, 2019

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The Moto G6 is a great phone for anyone on a budget. It's got the premium look with Motorola opting for a glass back on this phone, but the phone price is affordable around $300. For that reason alone, you might be more inclined to buy a heavy duty case to keep your phone safe from harm, but especially if your work requires you to use your phone in situations where you might drop your phone on concrete or other harsh surfaces. Always reliable Spigen Rugged Armor Case Staff Pick Spigen's Rugged Armor case is my go-to case style for any new phone, so we'll definitely recommend it here for the Moto G6. It's got that carbon fiber finish at the top and bottom with a matte finish elsewhere, along with Spigen's air cushion technology in the corners to help absorb impacts. $13 at Amazon Sleek and convenient Encased Slimline Series w/ Belt Clip Holster Encased offers a well-designed case for the Moto G6 that pairs heavy-duty protection with a streamlined design. There's a metal ki...

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a remaster of a classic kart racer

Jun 2, 2019

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Crash Team Racing is the next of our childhood classics to be remastered. After successfully releasing the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Activision is back at it again remastering another classic Crash title. It's been nearly twenty years since Crash Team Racing first released for the original PlayStation in 1999, and though the Mario Kart series has dominated the kart racing scene for those two decades, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled looks to give it a run for its money. Completely remastered Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled $40 at Amazon Become the fastest racer and take down Nitros Oxide Activision is on a role with remastering classic games from our childhood like it did with Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Spyro Reignited Trilogy. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will be no different, bringing it up to date with modern standards. What's new with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled? While you're waiting for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled to finally release, stay up to dat...

Check out Raz's psychic powers in a Psychonauts 2 developer diary

Jun 2, 2019

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The cult classic from Double Fine is back! Here's what you need to know about Psychonauts 2. The Game Awards may celebrate the incredible accomplishments of the industry every year, but its show in 2015 captured the attention of fans for a different reason, and it started with an unexpected trailer. Because of the enthusiasm of Psychonauts' fans, Double Fine Productions announced a sequel to the cult classic platformer. There was a slight catch though: the studio needed a little help from fans to make Psychonauts 2 a reality. Raz is back Psychonauts 2 $39 at Fig Inside the Psychonauts headquarters The original Psychonauts was a cult classic and thanks to the enthusiasm (and money) of fans, Double Fine Productions is hard at work making its sequel a reality. Join Raz and his friends on their greatest adventure yet. What's new with Psychonauts 2? While you're patiently (not so patiently?) waiting for Psychonauts 2's eventual release, stay up to date with its latest infor...

Best PlayStation VR Controller

Jun 2, 2019

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Shooting games are the most popular style of game in the VR community and the PlayStation Aim controller adds a level of immersion you can't get with your Move controllers. The perfect controller for the PlayStation VR depends on the type of game you want to play, your preferred playstyle, and how much immersion you want for your game. Check out all your options here! Best Overall: PlayStation Aim Controller There are plenty of games for the PlayStation VR (PSVR) that revolve around the concept of holding a gun to shoot your enemies. While you can play all of these games with the Move controllers, and some of them with the DualShock controller, the PlayStation Aim controller offers the best immersion for your shooting games. Once you put on your PSVR headset you're met with a whole new world of immersion. Instead of playing the game with a first or third person view while starting at a TV screen, you're playing with the screen directly on your face. This places you into the exp...

Everything you need to know about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Jun 2, 2019

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Modern Warfare is being rebooted, the same basic idea, different execution. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a gaming institution. The original single-player story and the multiplayer experience was a masterclass in how to make a first-person shooter and now Activision is hoping it can make lightning strike twice. Information is still scant, but here's everything we know so far! What is Call of Duty Modern Warfare? Is this a sequel? What kind of gameplay is it? What kind of maps will there be? Will there be a Zombies Mode? What game modes are there then? When and where can I get it? Rebooted classic Call of Duty: Modern Warfare $60 Pre-order at Amazon Make the old new again. Infinity Ward has gone back to the beginning of the Modern Warfare series, but they aren't doing a remake. This new game will have a completely new single-player storyline with some of the original characters. It's a reboot rather than a remake Other articles you may want to see Call of Duty: Modern W...

Kick around with the latest Fortnite Item Shop Update

Jun 2, 2019

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All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items. Today's update brings back Hang Time Bundle that featured a variety of Jordan brand gear into the game, along with the Daring Duelist and her Flint Striker harvesting tool. Also included in the update is the inclusion of the soccer-themed outfits, with all eight coming back including the various accessories that come with them. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some random items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Fastball and Hypernova outfits are in the game, along with the Batsickle harvesting tool and Flying Carp glider. For those looking to add to their emote collection, the Buckets and Flex On 'Em emotes are also available. Ready to rumble Daring Duelist 1,500 V-Bucks Light the flame Flint Striker ...

What's new on PSVR for June 2019

Jun 1, 2019

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PlayStation VR is becoming a much larger VR platform, and with that comes a lot more games. With PlayStation unleashing new games almost every month, it's hard not to be excited by seeing what has already been released. Here are some of the unreleased VR games that we're most excited about that are releasing this month! ★ Featured favorite - June 18 Vacation Simulator The Simulator series is known for its hilarious commentary, interactive environment, and wildly entertaining minigames. Vacation Simulator is the sequel to Work Simulator and it's full of brand new minigames on a private island. Regroup with your favorite band of robots in this bright, fun, and captivating series. See at PlayStation Store Multiplayer fun - June 18 Mini-Mech Mayhem Four players. Four machines. Each of you controls the actions of your mini-robots with this turn-based tabletop simulator. Fight directly or use power-ups against the entire board to get the upper hand. The goal is...

This is the best thin case you can buy for the Galaxy S10

Jun 1, 2019

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Still one of the best thin cases out there. If you're like me, you despise big, bulky cases. They're great for people that are rough on their phones, but for those of us that just want some basic protection without turning our devices into meatballs, they're kind of the worst. The Totallee Thin Case is the exact opposite of that. Totallee makes phone cases that are ridiculously thin, so much so that they don't feel like they add any weight or bulk at all to your device. The Galaxy S10's shiny glass back that's just asking to be shattered at a moment's notice, and if you hate cases, the Totallee Thin Case is the one for you. Seriously thin Totallee Thin Case From $20 at Amazon The ultimate case for people that hate cases. The Totallee Thin Case may not seem like the most practical case out there, and the level of protection isn't ...

The best external battery packs for the Google Pixel

Jun 1, 2019

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The OG Google Pixel is well over two years old, which means your battery performance might be starting to wain. Maybe you've been daydreaming about upgrading to the Google Pixel 3a, but you can also keep your phone going through the day with a battery pack. With the right power pack, you'll be able to keep all your devices charged, too! It's all built in Ventev PowerCell 6010+ Staff Pick This power pack from Ventev is the real deal, featuring a built-in USB-C cable, folding AC prongs, and the ability to charge two devices at once using the USB-A port. Recharges in just 4 hours plugged directly into the wall, and can also be used as a wall charger for your Pixel in a pinch. $38 at Amazon Popular choice Anker PowerCore Lite 10000 If portability is a top priority for you, you'll love this sleek and thin power pack from Anker. While it does not offer USB-C for output, you do get both USB-C and microUSB for recharging the pack which is handy enough. Available in black or white...

These were the best Android games released in May

Jun 1, 2019

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A top-down Lovecraftian adventure, a word puzzler, and an amazing audio narrative adventure. Notable games released in May Tesla vs Lovecraft ($9.99) is a tough-as-nails twin-stick shooter with rogue-like elements. Alt-Frequencies ($4.99) is an audio narrative mystery game that centers around time travel, misinformation, and a government conspiracy. Word Forward ($2.99) offers a new twist for fans of the word puzzle genre. Daggerhood ($2.99) is a fun new platformer that features tight controls and is ideal for fans of speed-running. Game of the month: Tesla vs Lovecraft Tesla vs Lovecraft stands above the other games I've looked at this month because it's fun and challenging, offering one of the best twin-stick shooters experiences on Android. You play as Tesla as he tries to recover his most prized inventions from Lovecraft who has harnessed the powers of the occult to summon endless waves of monsters to stop you. It's a pretty wild concept for a game that ultimately lets...

The Pixel 3a will make the Pixel 4 a tough sell

Jun 1, 2019

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Anyone willing to spend money on a flagship phone in 2020 should buy a Galaxy Note. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL offer a lot for $400. They perform well enough, they have that incredible camera voodoo the Pixel brand is known for under the hood, and with financing, they cost about as much as 3 fancy coffees from your favorite coffee shop every month. They aren't exactly a rekindling of the Nexus line, but they nail one void its passing left behind: they're good and they're cheap. They will probably also spell trouble for the upcoming Pixel 4 when it comes to sales figures. A Pixel 3a may not be enough phone for you, but enthusiasts are but a tiny portion of the market. I can already hear some of you groaning and saying that the $400 Pixel 3a isn't a good enough phone for you. To that, I say it probably is (we're just spoiled) and that's OK because there are plenty of phones that cost more because they offer more when it comes to specs or features. But I'm not talking about us ...

The best weather apps for Android! ⛈

Jun 1, 2019

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In today's world, we've gotten used to seeing the weather change with little notice — and sometime no notice at all. From flash floods and hurricanes to knowing precisely how ungodly hot it is outside, having a trusty weather app on your side can make all the difference. There are plenty of weather apps available from Google Play, but we've got the best of the bunch for you here! MinuteCast for the win Accuweather Staff pick Many apps and widgets — including most preloaded manufacturer weather widgets — use Accuweather for the same reason you should: it's dependable and damn accurate. MinuteCast is scarily accurate, and it's hard to leave Accuweather for another weather app without it. The app is smartly laid out, comes with a lovely dark theme option, and is worth your trust when bad weather hits. Free (in-app purchases) at Google Play Hyperlocal adaptability Dark Sky Dark Sky's claim to fame is "hyperlocal" accuracy that can tell you within minutes o...

What are the limits of Oculus Quest's playspace?

Jun 1, 2019

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Best answer: It is currently unknown how many rooms can be saved with the Oculus Quest's guardian system, but it appears to be able to easily support dozens of rooms. Since the user has no access to saved rooms, you will have to rely on the Quest to remember for you, and often, you will have to remap the same room again. Untethered VR experience: Oculus Quest (From $399 on Amazon) What's up with Oculus Quest's guardian system? The Oculus Quest guardian system uses a unique passthrough system that lets you draw your playspace over your actual surroundings. During a new play session, the Quest is supposed to recognize the room you're in, and load the previous guardian space from that room. Some of this is still in progress, as it often will not recognize your room. This is likely because something has moved in your room that makes the Quest think it's a new space. I have found it to be somewhat finicky regarding whether or not it pulls up the correct guardian when starting the Quest...

Report: The US is investigating Google for antitrust violations

Jun 1, 2019

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What you need to know Antitrust investigation by the Justice Department will focus on search platform. Google has faced multiple fines from EU in recent years for similar actions. A previous investigation in 2013 led to voluntary changes from Google. Alphabet Inc.'s Google subsidiary is reportedly the target of an antitrust investigation by the US Justice Department, according to the Wall Street Journal. The full report is behind a paywall, but the summary notes that Google will be scrutinized for its dominating search platform and other businesses. Google has been under a bit of pressure in this area, particularly in the EU. The EU has leveraged several fines against Alphabet Inc., including a whopping 4.34 billion euros (4.86 billion dollars) penalty for blocking rival software on its dominant Android platform. The EU is also investigating Alphabet Inc. for practices pertaining to local search results and Google Adsense, both of which maintain dominant positions in their respecti...

Baldur's Gate and more D&D classics are coming to modern consoles

May 31, 2019

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Your favorite RPGs are back and better than ever. What you need to know Larian Studios recently teased Baldur's Gate 3. Baldur's Gate, Planetscape, Icewind Dale, and Neverwinter Nights are coming to modern consoles. Each game will come with all DLC and expansions this fall. The Dungeons & Dragons resurgence has done wonders for the popularity of tabletop role-playing games, and now that success is bridging the gap to modern consoles. It's sometimes hard to justify enhancing decades-old video games, but Skybound and Beamdog have teamed up to do just that to bring Baldur's Gate, Planetscape: Torment, Icewind Dale, and Neverwinter Nights to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Pack, Icewind Dale, and Planetscape: Torment: Enhanced will hit store shelves first starting on September 24, 2019 in North America. Neverwinter Nights will hit the market on December 3, 2019 in North America. They will release in other territories three days after the...

Pixel 3a is the best $400 phone. Will Moto Z4 sell 5G?

May 31, 2019

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Jerry Hildenbrand, Andrew Martonik, and Daniel Bader look at Pixel 3a and its place in the market as a $400 phone. They also discuss the new Moto Z4 and Moto Mods, including the 5G add-on. Things are still not looking good for Huawei, but they have a replacement OS ready to go in June. Probably? Maybe? Listen now Subscribe in Google Play Music: Audio Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show Notes and Links: The Google Pixel 3a is just a great $400 phone, nothing more — and that's okay The Google Pixel 3a is the best phone under $400 Google Pixel 3a / 3a XL one-month review: The People's Pixels Google to roll out performance fixes for Pixel 3, says Digital Wellbeing isn't to blame The Moto Z4 brings a 2019 refresh to Motorola's stagnant modular phone platform Moto Z4: Everything you need to know! Moto Z4 Specifications: Snapdragon 675, 4GB RAM, 48MP camera, and Moto Mod support in 2019 Should you buy a 5G phone in 2019? T-Mobile...

Can you use your Oculus Quest while charging?

May 26, 2019

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Best answer: Yes, the Oculus Quest can be used while charging thanks to the extended charging cable provided with the headset. Untethered VR experience: Oculus Quest (From $399 on Amazon) Long-lasting power: Anker PowerCore 10000 ($32 at Amazon) Why can I run the Quest while charging? It is definitely alright to use your Oculus Quest while it charges. Of course, it will likely charge slower while you do so. This is not recommended for the Oculus Go, because the Go only has a passive cooling solution (the front is a giant heatsink). In the Quest's case, there is a fan cooling system, so it will not overheat if you play with it while charging. In fact, the extended charging cable provided with the Quest is designed to let you easily play with it plugged in. Best charging methods There are two options to charge your Quest while playing. The first, and cheapest, since it uses equipment you will already have, is to use the included charging cable and wall wart. This will essentially ...

Take your Oculus Quest anywhere in one of these cases

May 26, 2019

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The Oculus Quest is perfect for traveling and taking VR on the go. It doesn't require any external sensors and provides completely untethered virtual reality. You can easily fit everything you need inside of a small carrying case and bring the Oculus Quest to a party or on vacation. But aspects of the Oculus Quest are sensitive, most notably the lenses which need to be procted, especially during transport. These cases all provide protection for your headset, Touch Controllers, and some have extra space for the accessories that you need to bring with your device like spare batteries. Universal fit Navitech Rugged Backpack Staff Favorite This backpack is designed to fit a wide range of VR headsets, including the Oculus Quest. It has multiple compartments so you can store your headset, controllers, and any other accessories in the bag. It also has pouches for wires and other smaller components. $35 at Amazon Perfect fit Oculus Quest travel case This is the official tra...

Expand your Galaxy S10 storage with these microSD cards

May 26, 2019

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The base storage for the Galaxy S10 lineup is 128GB — which is an insane number considering it was nothing more than a pipe dream for smartphones storage five short years ago — but that's just the base level. Because Samsung phones include a microSD card slot, you're able to add as much extra storage to your phone as you want, up to 512GB. We've rounded up your best options. Best for your budget Samsung 32GB EVO Select Staff pick It's incredible to think how much data can be stored on a microSD. Even this 32GB card offers an impressive amount of storage, but the craziest part is the price. At a great price, the Samsung Evo Select series offers the best value with larger storage options also available. $8 at Amazon Straight from Samsung Samsung 64GB EVO Plus Samsung offers microSD cards of all sizes that consistently offer the best quality and value. If you're prime goal is just to sideload some of your favorite movies or music files, 64GB should be more than e...

Everything we know about Wolfenstein Cyberpilot

May 26, 2019

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Help the revolution by roasting people alive. You know, the moral high-ground. Unless you have lived under a rock that knows nothing about games, you have probably heard of Wolfenstein. There have been a lot of games over the years, each with the same "kick some Nazi ass" plot line but with different game mechanics. This game, Cyberpilot, is the first Wolfenstein game designed from the ground up to be played in VR, so we are pretty excited about it. Wolfenstein Cyberpilot is the franchise's first foray into Virtual Reality and it looks to be a lot of fun. Let's take a look. Alternate worlds Wolfenstein Cyberpilot $20 pre-order at Amazon Nazi Stomp! Wolfenstein is a short VR experience that ties into the main Wolfenstein timeline. Expect to stomp a lot of Nazis using exotic machinery and fire. Lots of fire. What is the premise of the game? Based in an alternative 1980 where the Nazis won World War 2, you play a French resistance fighter and work as their super hacker. Y...

A Very Good Boy highlights latest Fortnite Item Shop Update

May 26, 2019

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All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items. Today's update brings with it a bunch of dog-themed items, with the Doggo outfit and Chew Toy and Ruff accessories. With these new items in the shop, players can live out their best lives as a full-grown dog, or check out the Plague and Scourge outfits that are also back in the shop today. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some cheaper items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Munitions Expert and Assault Trooper outfits are in the game, along with the Peely Pick harvesting tool and Globetrotter glider. For those looking for more emotes, the Clean Groove and Crazy Feet dances are in the game. A very good boy Doggo 1,500 V-Bucks Give a dog a bone Chew Toy 500 V-Bucks It's a rough life Ruff 300 V-Buc...

Huawei's future is in serious jeopardy & Android versions no longer matter

May 25, 2019

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Marton Barcza of TechAltar joins the show once again to chat with Daniel Bader and Ara Wagoner about the various ways Huawei may be doomed — and the scenarios in which they could survive as a company. Marton elaborates on his amazing YouTube video in which he makes the case that Google has made Android versions irrelevant. All that and tons more! Listen now Subscribe in Google Play Music: Audio Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show Notes and Links: Honor 20 Pro review: Gunning for the big-name flagships Huawei soon losing access to Android updates, Google apps, after Trump trade ban Huawei Android ban, explained: Could we see a Mate 30 without Google? Losing Google support would irreparably damage Huawei's global smartphone business Huawei is working on a backup OS that natively runs Android apps How valuable is Android, or any other operating system, without Google? Huawei's imminent Google ban is causing lots of its phones t...

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted for PSVR releases on May 28

May 25, 2019

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Five Nights at Freddy's is cooking up new ways to scare its fans, this time in virtual reality. Whether you love the franchise or hate it, Five Nights at Freddy's is making its way to consoles through PlayStation VR, offering up new ways to scare players. Survive the night PlayStation VR - Trover + Five Nights Bundle $299 at Amazon Take a trip back to Freddy's Five Night at Freddy's became a huge hit after its release thanks to YouTube, and now the scares are getting more immersive than ever with its leap onto PlayStation VR. Don't miss out on it. What is Five Nights at Freddy's? If you've spent even a small amount of time watching popular let's players on YouTube, you've likely heard of Five Nights at Freddy's (FNaF). It appeared in the let's play scene in 2014 and quickly became a hit with millions watching their favorite YouTuber's react to its scares. In it, players take on the role of a security guard who, through the use of various security cameras, attempts to su...

Know your Oculus Quest rights

May 25, 2019

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Best answer: The Oculus Quest warranty covers damage and issues that prevent the device from being used in its intended purpose, not including normal wear and tear, or accidental damage. Untethered VR experience: Oculus Quest (From $399 on Amazon) What are your rights? The Oculus Quest warranty is a pretty standard warranty. The main purpose of the warranty is to ensure the device works as intended. This covers things such as manufacturer defects and other flaws caused by Oculus or their partners. However, many people might think a warranty covers accidental damage, or other external factors after you purchase the Quest, but this is not the case. Damage from accidents or other misuse are specifically excluded from the warranty. Other types of damage Many other types of damage are not covered by the warranty. Another big one is food or drink. Liquid damage is a big problem for VR users, since only a small amount of moisture can damage the sensitive internal parts. Modifying your ...

The Google Pixel 3a is the best phone you can buy for under $400

May 25, 2019

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When your budget maxes out at $400, the Google Pixel 3a is the best phone you can get. That's because it offers the same core experience as the higher-end Pixel 3, which costs nearly twice as much. You get the same software and features, and the exact same camera experience. The only shortcomings come in the hardware and a couple of the specs — a fine trade-off to save hundreds of dollars. Best Overall — Google Pixel 3a The Pixel 3a strikes a really good balance between hardware, specs and experience. Yes it's made out of plastic, but it's really well executed. Yes it has cut specs compared to the Pixel 3, but it fits right in with the phones at this price. Its features, too, match the competition. But unlike the other phones, the Pixel 3a has great Google software that's filled with nice little features and guaranteed to get updates for years. But what really sets the Pixel 3a apart from the competition at this price is its camera. Where it's completely acceptable ...

The past week proves that tech enthusiasts are their own worst enemy

May 25, 2019

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Nothing is as bad as a group of smart people assuming the very worst as often as they can. I'm a cynical person. I don't say that as if its some sort of badge of honor or anything, because it's most definitely not and has caused more trouble than I care to think about. Other cynical people can relate, I'm sure. Things get weird when you think everything will end badly and every bit of good news is just a mental cushioning for the inevitable worst case scenario that is definitely going to happen, and that goes super-double when it comes to words — written or spoken — from government "people." Thankfully, I'm also happy to realize when I'm wrong and enjoy what's good in life when I can finally trust it. No, this isn't another rehash of the whole Huawei thing so you can relax now. The past week, and by that I mean the whole Huawei thing, has shown me that I have plenty of people ready and able to help further my cynicism; with a few exceptions, the world of consumer t...

Does Oculus Quest keep my personal data safe?

May 25, 2019

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Best answer: The Oculus Quest keeps your data safe, within reason, if you follow best practices such as only downloading apps from trusted sources. Mobile VR experience: Oculus Quest (From $399 on Amazon) Keeping your personal information safe A hot topic in the tech industry is keeping personal data safe. Users browse numerous websites over multiple devices at any given time, so how can we be sure this transfer of information is safe? This is especially concerning in the gaming industry since most gaming purchase are now done digitally. The same is true for VR. The new Oculus Quest brings the full VR experience to mobile, which makes many consumers wonder if their personal data is safe on the Quest. Safety within reason The important thing to note for the Quest, as well as for putting any personal information online, is to always know what data you are sharing and to whom. Data breaches do happen, so there is never a 100% guarantee all your data is safe. That being said, there a...

The 10 best fitness trackers of 2019

May 24, 2019

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We highly recommend the Fitbit Versa for a wide variety of styles and uses, the Garmin Vivosport for outdoor and hardcore athletes, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active for high-tech, stylish fitness fans. Best Overall — Fitbit Versa Fitbit Versa Features Heart rate monitor Altimeter 4-day battery life Sleep tracking Music player Water resistance to 50 meters Color screen Replaceable band Compatibility with Android, iOS, and Windows Swapping out the Versa band isn't as easy as some other Fitbit models we've seen. You'll need fingernails to push the tiny pin down and back to get the strap free. Even with fingernails, we struggled for a good five minutes to get it off. Aside from the band-swapping issue, the Versa is the perfect blend of fitness tracker and smartwatch. You can check texts, calls, and notifications while eyeing the heart rate monitor as you jog down the sidewalk. There's not much you can't track with the Fitbit Versa. In addition to the basic activity and...

These are the best OnePlus 7 Pro screen protectors so far

May 24, 2019

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With the OnePlus 7 Pro, you get 6.67 inches of beautifully notchless curved Gorilla Glass 5 on its 90Hz Fluid AMOLED screen, which means that there's more reason than ever to protect it. However, that curvature also presents more challenges to delivering a screen protector that fits well and adequately protects the glass. There aren't many name-brand tempered glass screen protectors for the 7 Pro available yet, but we've found the best of what is available. Note: The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a built-in screen protector, but it's made of thin plastic and easily scratches and dents. These screen protectors are meant to be used instead of, not with, the existing screen protector. Case and protector bundle Olixar Sentinel Case And Glass Screen Protector Staff pick Olixar's tempered glass screen protector is $21 on its own, so grabbing this bundle with a Sentinel TPU case lets you protect the front and back for only a few dollars more! The screen protector is sculpted around the to...

Huawei gets banned from using microSD cards in future smartphones

May 24, 2019

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The company was also "temporarily restricted" from the Wi-Fi Alliance. What you need to know Huawei has been banned from being a member of the SD Association. This means future Huawei phones likely won't be able to use microSD cards. The Wi-Fi Alliance also "temporarily restricted" Huawei. This past week's been a tough one for Huawei. The Trump Administration banned the company from working with U.S. suppliers, meaning that Huawei's relationship with Google will effectively end after August 19. We also saw Huawei lose its relationship with ARM, the company that helped build Huawei's in-house Kirin processors. Now, it's been confirmed that Huawei has been removed as a member from the SD Association. The SD Association is the non-profit organization in charge of overseeing SD card standards, including microSD cards used in smartphones. While current Huawei phones with microSD card slots will continue to work just fine, this likely means future devices from the company won't have th...

Hang on and go flying! How to get air time in the Quadcrusher in Fortnite

May 24, 2019

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It's that time again! The third week of Fortnite's Season 9 challenges are here, and one of the more easier challenges will tasks players with grabbing some airtime in the games Quadcrasher, or the four-wheeled vehicle located around on the map. While this is part of a three-part challenge that also involves the other vehicles in the game, it shouldn't be too difficult once you find them. In fact, getting airtime is pretty easy, but just in case you've never taken the Quadcrasher for a spin, we've got you covered. Just follow this simple guide and you'll be catching air in no-time. How to get airtime in the Quadcrusher Fortnite Jump into any mode of Fortnite's Battle Royale. I'd suggest Solo or Team Rumble, as it's the best for challenges like these. You'll want to land somewhere that has a Quadcrasher near it, so areas like Junk Junction or Paradise Palms. Other locations will be near campsites or garages in the game. Once you find a Quad, hop on and start heading towards a ramp,...

Facebook is handy but not necessary for Oculus Quest

May 24, 2019

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Best answer: Using a Facebook account with Oculus Quest is not necessary in order to play. All you need is an Oculus account. Untethered VR: Oculus Quest ($399 at Oculus) For finding friends, not neccessary for VR Facebook is handy for friends but isn't needed for Oculus Quest . The main perk of using a Facebook account is to find your friends online. If your Facebook friend has an account, you'll be able to find them without searching for their specific username. This can make it much easier to find friends to game with and it lets you see who else has a VR headset. If you're interested in co-op gaming, Facebook makes it easy. However, if you aren't interested in adding friends, then an account isn't needed. Logging in There are a couple steps to setting up your quest: When you first set up your Oculus Quest, you need to log into Oculus. You have three options available to you: use a Facebook account, use an Oculus account, or create a new Oculus account. This means that while...

Look closely! How to find Fortnite's Battle Star in Week 3 Loading Screen

May 24, 2019

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The third week of Fortnite's Season 9 challenges are here, and after players complete all of them, they'll be able to go looking for another Battle Star, the location of which is hidden in the loading screen you can see above. While the picture above may show what looks to be some dogs enjoying their day, the drawing on the cement shows the location of the star, which can be found in the far corners of the map. How to find hidden Battle Star in Week 3's Loading Screen Jump into any mode of Fortnite's Battle Royale. I'd suggest Solo or Team Rumble, as it's the best for challenges like these. You'll want to head immediately for Junk Junction, and try to get as close to the Northwestern side of the spot as possible (see image below). As you near the Western entrance to Junk Junction, keep an eye out for a stack of cars that feature an ice cream truck, situated right next to the yellow crane. Land on top of the stack of the cars for the Battle Star to appear, and simply search the st...

Ditch the cable and go wireless with these charging pads and stands

May 24, 2019

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Charging your phone via cable is the best way to get a fast charge, but it can be cumbersome if you're not near a charging outlet, are picking your phone up a lot throughout the day, or would simply rather not deal with cables. That's where an excellent wireless charging pad comes into play. These are the best wireless charging pads for your Android phone. Note: Regarding Samsung's Fast Charging capabilities, while many of these stands claim to charge at 10W, your Galaxy phones won't charge any faster than 9W. Trusted brand Anker PowerWave 7.5 Fast Wireless charging pad Staff pick Anker's Qi-certified charging pad comes with a 3-foot Micro-USB cable and the necessary Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger so you get the fastest wireless charging speeds. This is a slim and discreet single coil charger that works with all the latest phones with a small LED indicator that won't keep your bedroom aglow at night. $50 at Amazon Get stood up Seneo charging stand If you don't want to wor...

The LG V40 in the U.S. is just now getting its Android Pie update

May 24, 2019

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This is the first Pie update LG's launched in the United States. What you need to know Android 9 Pie is now rolling out to the LG V40. So far, only the model on Verizon is getting the update. This is LG's first Pie update to arrive in the U.S. If you bought an LG phone within the last couple of years, chances are you've been itching and itching for an Android Pie update. Pie will soon be coming up on its first birthday, but even so, LG is just now getting around to pushing Pie to one of its phones in the U.S. Spotted by Droid Life, the LG V40 on Verizon is now receiving its update to Android 9 Pie. It changes the build number to V405UA20a and comes with the April 2019 security patch. In regards to features, you'll find the new gesture navigation system, new camera modes, and all of the other usual Pie goodies. Why in the world did it take so long for LG to get Pie released in the United States? Your guess is as good as mine. Back in April 2018, LG opened its "Global Software Up...

OnePlus 7 Pro's new features are headed to the OnePlus 5, 5T, 6, and 6T

May 24, 2019

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The OnePlus 5 and 5T are also scheduled to get Android Q Developer Preview. What you need to know Fnatic Mode, Zen Mode, RAM Boost, Screen Recorder and more are headed to the older OnePlus phones. Android Q Developer Preview will be coming to the OnePlus 5 and 5T in the future. There are no ETAs on when the features will be added. The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro were launched just a week ago and the two phones came packed with some very impressive hardware. However, just as important as the hardware is the software. Oxygen OS has long been one of the best skins on an Android phone and OnePlus keeps improving upon it with every update. With the launch of the OnePlus 7 models, Oxygen OS included some new and improved features. Many of which owners of older OnePlus phones were anxious to find a way to use on their current phone. The good news is OnePlus has announced today via a forum post that many of those great features are coming to older phones. According to the post from OneP...

There are at least two good options for wireless control of the PS Classic

May 19, 2019

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Best answer: Though Sony has said they won't release peripherals like wireless controllers, there are at least two third-party wireless controller systems available right now. Both companies offer truly wireless alternatives to the original controllers. Use the JoyRetro controller: JoyRetro wireless controller ($30 at Amazon) Use your own controller: 8BitDo Bluetooth adapter ($20 at Amazon) Why can't I use wireless controllers? Though the PlayStation Classic supports smartphone AC USB adapters as a power source, a spokesperson for the company told IGN that "peripherals for the original PlayStation or later platforms are not supported on PlayStation Classic, which is designed to work with the bundled controllers." Simply put: You can't use wireless controllers straight out of the box because that's just how the PlayStation Classic was designed. However, that doesn't mean adapters won't arrive at some point in the future to change this. After Nintendo released the NES Classic and...

John Wick highlights latest Fortnite Item Shop Update

May 19, 2019

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All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items. Today's update is jampacked with items, including the John Wick outfit and items from yesterday celebrating the recently announced limited-time mode for the third John Wick film. Alongside the costume (which has two styles), the Simple Sledge harvesting tool is also in the game, as well as an item spray and two emotes for Wick. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some cheaper items to add to their arsenal. Today, an entirely new set of outfits come to the game in the form of Versa, Ether, and Web Wrecker and Tech Turbine items. Along with the John Wick items, this makes for one of the biggest batch of new items in the Fortnite item shop in a long time, so make sure to grab some if you want now, before they leave. ...

How high a standard? [#acpodcast]

May 18, 2019

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With another week of experience using the OnePlus 7 Pro under their belt, Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik have more to say about the sub-$700 flagship. They also talk about Samsung's intended design changes for the Galaxy Fold. Additionally, ASUS is previewing ZenFone 6 and some wild design concepts they explored. 5G is a little more real (but still not worth buying into), and President Trump has signed an order to protect the U.S. network infrastructure from 'foreign adversaries'. Listen now Subscribe in Google Play Music: Audio Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show Notes and Links: OnePlus 7 Pro review: The best Android phone under $700 Why you shouldn't buy the cheapest OnePlus 7 Pro The OnePlus 7 is a refreshed 6T for international markets at a lower price Here are the two things Samsung's doing to fix the Galaxy Fold's problems ZenFone 6 preview: ASUS reinvents itself with stock Android, 5,000mAh battery + flip camera In ...

Spruce up your PlayStation Classic with these awesome accessories

May 18, 2019

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The PlayStation Classic is Sony's buy-in for the nostalgia-filled retro console sector. While it has some issues, it's a lot of fun to use and recent hacking and modding by the online community has made it even better. Having these accessories will maximize your enjoyment. There aren't a massive amount of accessories yet, but we will update as they arrive. Wireless goodness 8Bitdo wireless adapter Staff pick 8Bitdo have a proven track record of making excellent hardware for retro systems. This adapter will allow you to use any Bluetooth controller, including your PS4 controller, with your PlayStation Classic. $20 at Amazon Mobile gaming Anker PowerCore 10000 Because the PlayStation Classic runs on just five watts and one amp, you can actually power it using a battery pack. This means you could play it out on the road or design your own mobile version! This pack will also charge your phone for some multitasking. $32 at Amazon Organization is key TPFoon carry case Thi...

Become a certified AWS Developer with this $25 training bundle!

May 18, 2019

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is one of the leading cloud solutions on the market, offering vast storage options and cheap computing power that allows companies to scale and grow. Not just anyone can tap into this potential, however, and AWS-certified pros are reaping the benefits of lucrative and fulfilling careers. Becoming a certified AWS cloud aficionado requires some hard work and usually a good chunk of money, but right now Android Central Digital Offers is offering an AWS Certified Architect Developer bundle for just $25. That's 96 percent off the regular price of $985 and includes everything you need to become a certified pro. This 51-hour bundle has seven separate courses that remain open forever, meaning you can tackle the learning process at your own pace. You'll start slow with beginner topics and ramp up to master classes for advanced learning. Courses include: DevOps on AWS AWS Fundamentals for Beginners AWS Certified Developer Associate: Practical Guide AWS Certified So...

Will every PlayStation 4 game be backward compatible on PlayStation 5?

May 18, 2019

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Best answer: As far as we know if plans pan out accordingly, then yes, all PS4 games should be backward compatible on PS5. But since the console isn't out yet, this could change before it hits store shelves. The best of the best: God of War ($30 at Amazon) Nearly limitless choices: PlayStation Store Gift Card (From $10 at Amazon) What is backward compatibility? Backward compatibility is a process that allows older legacy content to be supported on newer systems. On Xbox and PlayStation, this means that you can pop in a disc originally intended and developed for an older generation console and play it on a newer model, like using an Xbox 360 game in an Xbox One — thanks to an emulation process in Xbox's case. Does the PlayStation 4 offer backward compatibility? No, the PlayStation 4 does not offer native backward compatibility. The only way to play PS3 games or older on your PlayStation 4 is to purchase a digital version separately, and even then, not all PS3 games are avail...

Microsoft's Your Phone app can now sync over mobile data

May 18, 2019

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No Wi-Fi needed. What you need to know The Your Phone app for Windows 10 can now sync texts, photos, and notifications over mobile data. It's no longer necessary to connect to Wi-Fi to sync the Your Phone Companion app with your PC. Your Phone Companion also has a new icon, taking design cues from Microsoft's new Office icons. Microsoft this week pushed out a major update to the Your Phone Companion app for Android, adding the ability to sync over mobile data. Now, you'll no longer have to be connected to Wi-Fi to sync your photos, messages, and notifications with the Your Phone Windows 10 app. The feature is now live with version 3.8.4 of the Your Phone Companion app. To get started, you'll have to head to the "Sync over mobile data" portion of the app's settings. Toggle the feature on, and your phone will then sync iwth Your Phone on PC without being connected to Wi-Fi. This update also brings a new icon. Like several of Microsoft's other recent icon updates, the Your Phone C...

The Android Q beta program is already fragmented

May 18, 2019

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The hoops you jump through depend on who made your phone. Like we saw with Android P, the beta program that provides early access to Android Q is available for more than just Pixel phones. That's really cool for a couple of reasons: not every developer can afford a Pixel phone or wants a Pixel phone, and some brands (cough Huawei) need special attention when it comes to making apps compatible. Android Q beta is not just for developers. But it's not only developers who are interested in installing the Q beta, and that's important, too. Google uses the beta program for testing and feedback from users as well as providing early access for app development. As a rule, I don't mind seeing barriers in place that make a developer jump through a hoop or two for early access. Software developers are used to monkeying with everything in order to get it to work and when the actual process isn't nearly as easy as it was made to sound, it's situation normal to anyone writing software. ...

OnePlus 7 Pro vs. Galaxy S10e: Which should you buy?

May 18, 2019

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There are an incredible number of great Android phone options, and we use each and every one to find Big value OnePlus 7 Pro From $670 at OnePlus Pros Beautiful 90Hz display Solid battery life Fast and consistent software Excellent specs value for money Great hardware Cons No wireless charging No water resistance rating Wide and telephoto cameras lacking The OnePlus 7 Pro offers outsized value for money in many ways. It's a huge phone with a big screen and longer battery life than the S10e, and the specs it offers take it up a notch over Samsung's phone. Its software is cleaner and easier to use, too, which is a big bonus. Unfortunately, it's missing out on a few hardware features and camera quality that would make it a guaranteed winner against the S10e. Compact and capable Samsung Galaxy S10e $750 at Amazon Pros Core GS10 experience for less Great camera quality Water resistance Wireless charging Headphone jack and SD card slot Cons Much smaller display Weaker...

Of course Google tracks your purchase history using Gmail

May 18, 2019

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Yes Google collects purchase data, because it always has, and that's not all it collects. CNBC seems to think it's breaking some sort of news in pointing out the fact that Google uses Gmail to track your online purchase history. The revelation comes from seeing a (relatively) new Google Account page that lets you view every purchase that Google has stored, which rightfully bothers some who didn't realize this was something Google was collecting; or, at least in this much detail. While this is a great PSA for people to be reminded that Google does keep track of this sort of thing, it's neither new nor particularly surprising. Why? Because Google has always collected data from Gmail, and not just purchases — it tracks everything, of course. When you look through the purchases listed in your Google Account dashboard, you'll see a considerable amount of detail. The retailer, order ID, data and time, shipping and arrival status (where applicable), the item ordered, the delivery ...

How to cancel your Crave subscription now that Game of Thrones is over

May 17, 2019

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The series finale of Game of Thrones is upon us! For many Canadians, you may have subscribed to Crave with the HBO add-on exclusively to watch the final season live, but once the show is over you may have no desire to keep that subscription active. With Crave subscriptions set for auto-renewals, you'll want to cancel your subscription before your credit card is charged for another month. The process is pretty simple and must be done by logging into Crave.ca and going into account management. Click or tap on the profile menu in the top right-hand corner. Tap or click Manage Account. If you're on the Crave app, this will bounce you out to Chrome. Tap or click on Subscriptions Tap or click Cancel Add-On on the Movies + HBO subscription, or Cancel Subscription to cancel your whole subscription. Select a reason for cancelling. Tap or click Yes, cancel. I find it surprising that "because Game of Thrones is ending" isn't one of the available options for cancelling, as I'm sure that...

Call of Duty Mobile: Everything you need to know

May 17, 2019

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It looks to be a fully-fledged Call of Duty experience. Activision has given us a nice big data dump about its upcoming mobile game. Based on the smash hit franchise Call of Duty (CoD), this new game is supposed to be the multiplayer game we all know and love with the added benefit of mobile play. In case you haven't played video games in the last two decades, Call of Duty is a first-person shooter with a heavy team-based component. Call of Duty has had several huge successes — games like Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops are classics — and they are hoping to bring that success to a mobile platform. The mobile game will feature many of the same game modes, maps, and weapons from all across the franchise, while also being a far friendlier mobile experience than previous iterations. What will the control system be like? Playing a multiplayer FPS on mobile is a challenge. Having enough real estate to see all the controls needed to play, and the actual combat is a balanc...

Best External Drive for Chromebox in 2019

May 17, 2019

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Chromeboxes aren't laptops. Chances are you're not tossing one into a backpack and setting it up at Starbucks; instead, it sits quietly behind a screen of some sort and is always ready. That means there is no reason to try and get by with 16 or 32GB of storage. Most models are easy to take apart and upgrade if you're the DIY type, but adding more storage for your stuff is as easy as plugging in a cable. Simple and cheap Western Digital My Passport Staff pick WD My Passport is the best bargain external hard drive you can buy. It's a spinning disk drive so you won't be breaking any read speed records, but it's perfect for storing photos or music or video. It's available in 1TB–4TB options. From $50 at Amazon When you wanna go fast! Samsung T5 SSD If you need a big boost in storage for your Chromebox but need to have SSD speeds, the Samsung T5 drive is one of the best ways to make it happen. They use Samsung's own V-NAND to bring read/write speeds of up to 540MB/...

Ring's new Smart Lighting is now available with prices starting at $30

May 17, 2019

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Back at CES 2019 Ring introduced its Smart Lighting lineup for the first time, but it hasn't been made available for purchase until just now. The lights integrate right into your existing Ring setup and can be set to turn on when cameras detect motion and more. Unlike other Ring products, the Smart Lighting requires its own Bridge to work, so your best bet to start out is the two light starter kit, which is just $79.99. If you were to buy all the pieces in the starter kit on their own, they'd cost you over $100, so you're also saving about $30 on this bundle. No more dark spots Ring Smart Lighting Ring announced its new Smart Lighting back at CES and until now it hasn't actually been available. You can get two lights with the necessary bridge for just $79.99 and add as many other lights as you want for just $30 each. Starting at $29.99 See at Amazon With the Ring Smart Lighting you can receive notifications through the Ring app when they turn on, control them via the app, and c...

Is Google Wifi a good solution for a tall home?

May 17, 2019

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Best answer: Yes, Google Wifi can broadcast Wi-Fi signal in all directions including to floors above and below. The connection to mesh points will be stronger with less distance to travel, so it's recommended to put the next node directly above or below the primary router. Fewer walls or floors between access points will be better for your signal strength. Set up your mesh network from scratch: Google Wifi 3-pack ($239 at Amazon) One more to improve your signal: Google Wifi 1-pack ($99 at Amazon) Distance not direction The Google Wifi router broadcasts signal in all directions including above and below. Wi-Fi signal will still need to travel the distance to floors above and below the router to reach devices, so placing an additional Google Wifi on the level above or below the primary unit can help deliver a more consistent Wi-Fi connection to devices on those levels. Each mesh point will be stronger if it has a direct connection to the main router, so it's best to place it as close...

Best Fire Tablet Deals for May 2019

May 17, 2019

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Know what's really fire? These hot tablet deals. You have your choice of a lot of Android tablets, but with so many options it can be hard to tell what ones are worth purchasing. Luckily, Amazon stepped into the fray with the Fire lineup. These are tablets that are not meant to drain your wallet but still give you access to all the stuff you love to do with tablets - play games, watch movies, and do it all on the go. Amazon has its own wide variety of tablets within its lineup featuring smaller sizes, kids editions, HD versions, and more. Best Deal on the Upgraded Amazon Fire 7 Tablet: $49.99 Amazon just announced an upgrade to its affordable Fire 7 Tablets a few days ago. They now feature a faster processor, twice the storage capacity, and come in all-new colors! Pre-ordering one before their release on June 6 will score you a $10 Amazon Appstore promo credit which can be used towards the purchase of apps, games, and in-app items. Fire Deal Amazon Fire 7 Tablet With a faste...

How to change regions on your PlayStation Classic

May 17, 2019

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In this guide, we'll show you how to change the region on your PlayStation Classic from the slow, and jittery PAL to the slightly less slow and jittery NTSC. The difference between the 50Hz PAL and the 60Hz is quite pronounced when you see these old games on your 100hz HDTV. How to change regions Use our How-to to complete the "add games to the PlayStation Classic" mod. This will set you up to play your own custom games. Use our next How-to to complete the "access the hidden menu" mod. This will give you access to the secret menu. Navigate to your chosen custom game in your menu and press X. Press both the Select and Triangle buttons to gain access to the hidden menu at any time during the game. Select the PCSX Menu to enter the main menu settings. Choose the options menu and scroll down to the regions option. Use the left and right D-pad to change the region selection from auto to NTSC. This will give you the 60Hz refresh rate to get the most from your games. Press the Squ...

How to access the hidden menu on the PlayStation Classic

May 17, 2019

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Within hours of the PlayStation Classic being released, people found a special hidden menu that allowed them to access extra features, allowing them to change regions and add visual effects. Unfortunately, it was also difficult to access without the right tools and those tools were expensive. Thankfully, due to the hard work of several people in the modding community, we have a safe and easy way to access those hidden menus. Products used in this guide Flashy thumbs: SanDisk 16GB Flashdrive ($15 at Amazon) How to get to that hidden menu Complete the add new games to your PlayStation Classic how-to. Turn off the PlayStation Classic and remove the Micro-USB power cable. Remove the USB flash drive from the PlayStation Classic. Insert the USB flash drive into your Windows PC. Open the LOLHACK folder in the flash drive root. Copy the file named LOLHACK.sh to your desktop for safe keeping. We will be editing this file but it needs to come back later. Open the file named LOLHACK.sh on yo...

Amazon now sells Pixel 3a and 3a XL — finally!

May 17, 2019

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You can get the Pixel 3a XL with a $100 Amazon gift cards for a limited time, too What you need to know First time Amazon is directly selling Google's Pixel phones. The Pixel 3a XL comes with a $100 Amazon gift card for a limited time! From $399 at Amazon - Google Pixel 3a From $479 at Amazon - Google Pixel 3a XL For the first time ever, you can now buy a Google Pixel phone directly from Amazon. That is, so long as you have your sights set on the Pixel 3A or 3A XL — starting at $399 and $479 respectively — the only two the leading online retailer recently began offering. Word is still out on whether or not the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, or any other Google Pixel phones for that matter, will join them. Still, it's a welcome development after Google and Amazon finally announced a resolution to their spat over Youtube that lasted more than a year. Both models of Google's Chromecast also returned to the marketplace in December, another good indication that the two companies are b...

What are smart outdoor lights and do you need them?

May 17, 2019

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Best answer: Smart outdoor lights are designed to offer all the functionality of your standard motion-detecting floodlights with the added benefit of being connected to your smartphone for alert notifications or remote control. Depending on the system you go with, you can control things from your phone or with your voice using Alexa or Google Assistant. All-in-one: Ring Floodlight and Motion-Activated HD Security Camera ($249 at Amazon) Wireless and modular: Arlo Home Security Starter Kit ($362 at Amazon) Do you have security concerns on your property? Motion-detecting floodlights are a safe way to keep your home well lit at night but only when the sensor detects a person or animal, and you don't need an expensive Wi-Fi-connected system for that purpose. Deciding whether or not to upgrade your outdoor lighting system to something a bit more high tech is going to depend on a couple of key aspects of your home, including the reputation of the area and how many dark corners or areas o...

New Outfit highlights Fortnite Item Shop Update

May 12, 2019

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All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items. Today's update brings with it another new character in the form of Velocity, an outfit that is reminiscent of the Raptor outfit that is also coincidentally available for players to buy. In the theme of airborne characters, the brand new Royale Air Force item spray is also available in the shop, so you can pick the entire collection if you're looking to stock up on air force-themed skins. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some cheaper items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Munitions Expert and Nitelite are back in the store, alongside the Icicle harvesting tool and Assault Bomber glider. The Dab makes its return to the emote area of the store, as does the Shaolin Sit-Up. High speeds Velocity 2,000 V-Bucks ...

How to extend the battery life on your Galaxy S6

May 11, 2019

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With a brilliant display, powerful processor and plenty of software features, you may find yourself draining down the relatively small batteries on the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge a bit faster than other phones, but that doesn't mean the phone's battery life is completely out of your control. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of it. Some gadgets to help you out Battery pack: Anker PowerCore 10000 (From $32 at Amazon) A must-have: PowerBear Battery Case ($30 at Amazon) Wireless life: Yootech Wireless Charger ($17 at Amazon) Keep an eye out for rogue or often-refreshing apps We're often quick to jump on a phone when the battery life isn't up to our personal standards, but sometimes you can't point the finger at the phone itself. It's far less likely each day as apps are designed to behave on our phones properly, but every once and a while you can still come across an app that uses up more than its fair share of your power. If you're curious as to what's taking up you...

The new Android Auto has me excited, and Apple should be worried

May 11, 2019

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One of the lesser announcements at Google I/O – considering it was made a few days before Google's developer conference kicked off – was the new version of Android Auto. The new UI – which is different and, crucially, better than the previous version – has been designed so you spend less time trying to surface information, and more time focusing on the road. More importantly, it shows that Google is taking automotive seriously, and it should have Apple incredibly worried. Google was a little late to the in-dash automotive game, given that the first car with CarPlay – the Ferrari FF – launched almost eight months before the first car with Android Auto. Initially however, more cars supported CarPlay which was more an indication of the popularity of the iPhone vs Android phones back then. Fast forward to now and Android Auto has much wider adoption. Furthermore, this week we saw not only the new version of Android Auto which I'm super excited about ...

Save hundreds on this Ultimate Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

May 11, 2019

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Coupling Internet of Things (IoT) with a Raspberry Pi can lead to plenty of fun and opportunity, but you really need to have the right tools at your disposal. There are plenty of packages you can put together yourself, but what about the knowledge required to use the hardware properly? Why not get it all in one place? Dive into Raspberry Pi with this starter kit that includes four courses and over 10 hours of content! Learn more Android Central Digital Offers right now has an awesome deal on an Ultimate Raspberry Pi 3B Starter Kit, complete with Raspberry Pi, 37 sensors, and four courses that will teach you how to complete various Pi projects. Instead of the usual price of about $529, you'll instead pay just $140. That's 72 percent off the regular price. Alongside the 37-sensor starter kit that includes a Raspberry Pi 3B, you'll have lifetime access to four courses with over 10 hours of content. Courses include: Raspberry Pi Beginner's Bootcamp 2018 Ultimate Guide to Raspberr...

It's a great and horrible time to set up a smart home

May 11, 2019

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Until one company makes every piece of the puzzle, your smart home is going to be a mess. In the small span of 24 hours, smart home enthusiasts learned that IFTTT would soon be dead to millions and that nobody should touch Samsung's Smartthings or Bixby with a 10-foot pole. While that makes for a great lede to an article about smart home woes, it's the sort of one-two punch that anyone with more than a passing interest in the tech hates to hear: the two services that can make the mix of different brands and products in your smart house are now persona-non-grata. A smart home should make life easier but the headache factor can't be ignored. Some back story is in order, especially since the rest of the internet was busy running around to hear a million things from Google I/O and Microsoft Build throughout the week. We'll start with the effective death of IFTTT for Google Assistant or Nest consumers. IFTTT (If This Then That), a wonderful resource that lets all the different bran...

This $150 smart home device can stop fires and make you a better cook

May 11, 2019

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Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires. Safera wants to put an end to that. In 2016, FEMA recorded a total of 364,300 house fires. Of those, over half were caused by cooking. Thanks to numbers like that, cooking has steadily been the number one cause of house fires around the world. Home fires can be devastating, resulting in ungodly expenses, emotional burden, and death in some cases. There are a lot of ways we can work to prevent these from happening, and one company that's trying to do just that is Safera. It's been working to avoid stove-related fires since 2007, and later this year, the company's launching its most ambitious product yet with Safera Sense. Safera Sense is a small rectangular tube that you stick above your stovetop. Setup takes just about two minutes, and once it's ready to go, it consists of three main components — Cooking Safety, Air Quality, and Smart Cooking. I got a chance to see the Safera Sense in person at IFA GPC 2019 last month, and I'm pretty da...

These are the best screen protectors for the Huawei P30 Pro

May 11, 2019

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The P30 Pro's camera is going to steal most of the spotlight, but remember that you're typically going to be showing off those pictures using the P30 Pro's display. Screen protectors and curved screens such as the P30 Pro are notoriously difficult to pair since curved tempered glass is tricky to get perfect and you're otherwise left with something that protects the flattest portions of the screen while leaving the curved edges exposed. Of course, with the in-screen fingerprint sensor, that makes things even more tricky, but thankfully the P30 isn't like the Galaxy S10's ultrasonic sensor: it'll still play nice with most tempered glass protectors. Best value Orzero Edge to Edge Film (3-pack) Staff pick These film screen protectors are ultra thin and offer edge-to-edge protection against scratches from keys, coins, or whatever else. Film screen protectors are a great option for curved displays and Orzero gives you three and backs them up with a lifetime warranty if you can't find...

ASUS has another winner on its hands with the Chromebook Flip C434

May 11, 2019

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Backlit keys, thin bezels, and excellent split-screening make this the perfect Chromebook for users that want to get it all done in style. Chromebooks still have a reputation for being low-spec, low-priced machines with little-to-no upkeep, but where Chrome really shines is when you put in something that has real get-up-and-go. Chrome OS runs great on mediocre hardware, so when you introduce a great processor and plenty of RAM, you get a lightning-fast, no-strings-attached computer that can do everything — and do it in style. I have used Chromebooks as my everyday computer for over 18 months, and after two weeks with the ASUS Chromebook Flip C434, I can confidently say it's the best blend of power and portability I've ever seen in a Chromebook. If you can't justify $900 for a Pixelbook — and really, who can in 2019? — but have wanted to invest in a Chromebook that is ready to help you tackle the digital world, the ASUS C434 is for you. ASUS Chromebook Flip C434...

Everything you need to know about the Google Assistant!

May 10, 2019

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There's a lot going on with the Google Assistant — let's break down the important stuff. In May 2016, we got our very first taste of the Google Assistant with the debut of Allo. The Assistant was a big draw to Allo at the time, with Google marketing it as a helpful bot that could make restaurant reservations, search the web, and more within your conversations. Since then, the Assistant has gained heaps of new features and expanded to smartphones, tablets, speakers, and more. Google's shown no interest in slowing down development for the Assistant, meaning that it's likely here for the long haul. Whether this is your first encounter with it or you just need a quick refresher, here's everything you need to know about the Google Assistant. You can use the Assistant in a few different ways Smart speakers/displays are really cool gadgets... ...as long as you don't mind giving up some privacy These are the best Assistant gadgets you can buy Driving Mode is coming this summer You ...

Get the best deal this May on a PlayStation 4 here!

May 10, 2019

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PlayStation consoles go on sale at different times during the year, resulting in various deals that include games, controllers, and other accessories, but hunting them down isn't always the easiest thing. Whether you are looking for the refined PlayStation 4 Slim, the newest PlayStation 4 Pro, or even the PlayStation VR, we've got you covered on the best deals available this month. If you aren't quite sure which console to be looking for deals on, be sure to check out our amazing comparison which breaks it all down for you. Best Limited PlayStation Bundle Still Available $399.99 The Limited Edition Spider-Man PlayStation 4 Pro console had everyone talking upon its announcement. With its striking red and white color scheme, it quickly became one of the harder limited edition consoles to snag from a major retailer. Luckily, Sam's Club has found a few leftover bundles in the back of its warehouse to sell, but you'll need a membership to buy one and there's no doubt they'll be gone s...

5 PlayStation 4 issues and how to fix them

May 10, 2019

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PlayStation 4 gamers know all too well how a bad controller can ruin their day, but you don't have to put your gaming on hold or go out and buy a new DualShock 4 when yours is on the fritz. Here are some common issues you may run into with your PS4 controller, as well as suggestions on how you can fix them. Products used in this guide Replace the cable: HDMI braided cord cable - 15ft ($15 at Amazon) Safe cleaning: 24-Pack of Microfiber Cleaning Cloth ($12 at Amazon) Dust be gone: 3-Pack of Compressed Air Cans ($17 at Amazon) Disinfectant: Isopropyl Alcohol ($9 at Amazon) A better battery: DualShock 4 battery replacement kit ($12 + shipping at Amazon) For your repair needs: MABIS Stainless Steel Tweezers ($3 at Amazon) A quick guide Experiencing a specific issue and don't want to scroll through the entire article to find it? Use any of these links and it will take you directly to the section you need! What to do when your PS4 controller won't connect What to do when your PS4 contr...

Win an exclusive piece of Google and Android history!

May 10, 2019

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Every year at Mobile World Congress, the Android Garden is where Google presents its best products and services, from Android (obviously) to Google Assistant, Maps, and Photos. However, Google and its partners also provide one of the biggest challenges for all attendees who want to participate in something super fun: the Android Partner Walk. Specifically, the challenge to collect two exclusive pins per company, which are only available on certain days. These pins have become the unofficial trade of MWC, with everyone from attendees to Googlers themselves vying to complete their collection of pins unique to that year's show. I've witnessed trading so intense it resembles a bazaar, and have been forced trade several duplicate pins to secure one pin that's been eluding me. That brings us to this year's contest. For one lucky Android Central reader, we've got a full collection from this year's MWC to give away! That's not all — with Google I/O kicking off tomorrow with the ex...

HTC might be looking to exit the Chinese smartphone market

May 10, 2019

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The company has pulled its phones from Tmall and JD. What you need to know HTC has stopped selling its phones at Tmall and JD in China. "Due to the consideration of HTC China's long-term business strategy." The company will keep selling phones on its own online site. Once one of the undisputed Android kings, HTC's smartphone division has been in a rut for quite a while now. Most recently, the company made a decision that strongly suggests it's looking to exit the Chinese smartphone market in the near future. Per a post on Chinese social network Weibo, HTC announced the following: Due to the consideration of HTC China's long-term business strategy, we will temporarily close the HTC mobile phone Jingdong flagship store and Tmall flagship store. HTC smartphones and accessories can still be purchased through HTC Official Mall and HTC VIVE Flagship Store. We will continue to provide quality pre-sales and after-sales service as always. Jingdong and Tmall are two of China's largest...

Have problems with nausea when using PlayStation VR? We can help.

May 10, 2019

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Virtual reality (VR) can cause people to feel sick or dizzy while playing. This comes from the sensation of seeing things moving forward, even if your body is standing still. While it's an outstanding platform, even the PlayStation VR (PSVR) can cause nausea from disorientation. There are a few things you can do to help curb feeling sick and we've got the details here! Products used in this guide Full-sized fan: HomePointe FS40-8JCA ($26 at Amazon) Desk fan: Honeywell HT-908 ($13 at Amazon) Great for VR too!: Dramamine Motion Sickness Relief ($5 at Amazon) Build a tolerance by playing while sitting down Set a chair in the middle of your playspace. Check your settings for what your PlayStation Camera is seeing to make sure you're still in range. Go to Settings from your Main Menu. Select PlayStation VR from the list. Select Confirm your position. If everything looks good you can now load your game. If not, adjust your camera position and then load the game. Check the s...

MediEvil for PlayStation 4 finally has a release date!

May 10, 2019

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This is the way to remake a game. MediEvil is back! After 20 years one of the PlayStations cult classics is seeing a major remake and re-release on the PlayStation 4. From what we have seen so far it looks pretty spectacular so let's get going and give you some details. What is MediEvil? What kind of game is MediEvil? 4K goodness? Is there any new Gameplay? How and when can you get it? What's new in MediEvil? May 10, 2019 — We finally have a release date! At Sony's latest State of Play event we finally got our release date for MediEvil. On October 25, 2019 we will finally be able to defeat the forces of Darkness! Of course, why they didn't wait the 6 days until Halloween is anyone's guess. I assume games don't sell well over the holiday? At least we now have a concrete time of release, and we should start to see even more footage and details coming down the pipe line. MediEvil rises once again for PS4 this October: https://t.co/bzNPE5sVi7 New trailer and details rev...

These are the best media remotes you can get for PS4

May 10, 2019

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Consoles have come a long way since their early years, and this means that they're useful for a lot more than just playing video games. Whether you use your PlayStation 4 for its apps or to watch movies and listen to music, the DualShock 4 controller isn't exactly designed for non-gaming related activities in mind. That's where media remotes come in, like PDP's excellent Cloud Remote for PS4 that's officially licensed by Sony. Redesigned perfection PDP Cloud Remote Staff favorite PDP's Cloud Remote for PS4 is quite possibly the best you can get. Its Cloud-assisted technology makes it easily programmable and its redesigned look modernizes it for today's market. Unlike its Universal counterpart, it isn't cluttered with too many buttons and can still control the volume on your television. $25 at Amazon Multi-purpose PDP Universal Remote PDP's Universal Remote looks outdated with a blocky design and way too many buttons, but its compatibility may make up for that. On top of w...

Pixel 3a teardown reveals Samsung-made display, 6/10 repairability score

May 10, 2019

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An inside look at the new Pixels. What you need to know Repairability score of 6 out of 10. Uses a Samsung-made gOLED display. The biggest flaw is the use of many long ribbon cables that are easy to tear. Ifixit has given the new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL a repairability score of 6 out of 10. This comes after a recent teardown of the two new midrange Pixel phones, where we also learned a little more about the internals. The new phones got positive marks in several categories, beginning with an easy to remove display that didn't require the use of a heat gun due to the adhesive that is used. This should make replacing the screen much easier if you happen to crack or damage it. On the flipside, the phones aren't sealed particularly well, and that's another reason why the Pixel 3a and 3a XL don't include a water resistance rating. Along with learning that the gOLED display used in the phones is manufactured by Samsung, iFixit also noted that the display is "thin and poorly supported...

Best replacement watch bands for the Gear S3

May 10, 2019

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The Samsung Gear S3 is one of our favorite smartwatches, and a great alternative to many of the Android Wear watches out there. In addition, the Gear S3 supports standard 22mm watch bands, making it really easy to upgrade with something new. Here are a few of the best third-party watch bands to consider. Breathable convenience Fintie Breathable Nylon Replacement Strap Staff pick Fintie has become quite popular in the arena of affordable replacement watch bands, and for good reason. These breathable ,nylon sport loop bands are not only comfortable but are perfect for any occasion. Plus, the fact that you can adjust the strap with velcro means that you don't have to worry about wearing out the holes on the bands. $10 at Amazon Luxurious leather Snowoxen genuine leather strap There's nothing more simple and stylish than a classic leather watch band, and Snowoxen nails it with its affordable leather band for the Samsung Gear S3! Made from a high-quality soft leather material ...

Prepare for a lucrative project management career with this $39 bundle

May 10, 2019

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Companies in virtually every industry and ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 conglomerates are always looking for talented and trained project managers who can inspire teams, exceed goals, and innovate new products and services. And the good news is that you don't need to spend an exorbitant amount of time and money on a traditional business degree in order to get the skills you need to enter this lucrative field. The Complete Project and Quality Management Certification Bundle will get you up to speed with the field's most relied-upon and powerful platforms and methodologies, and it's currently available for more than 95 percent off the regular $1,170 price tag. That brings the total down to just $39. With eight courses and more than 100 hours of instruction led by industry pros, this training is ideal for anyone who wants to either begin or further a career in project management. You'll learn how to eliminate project waste using Agile Scrum, manage teams and exceed goals...

Square Enix releases new Final Fantasy 7 teaser trailer

May 10, 2019

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Missed out on Final Fantasy 7 when it first released? Just want to revisit your favorite classic? Here's everything you need to know about the Final Fantasy 7 Remake I still remember when the Final Fantasy 7 Remake trailer debuted on Sony's stage at E3 2015. I remember the disbelief at its existence; the utter awe of its cinematics; the complete euphoria of the crowd when the word "remake" appeared at the end of the trailer, squashing all thoughts that what they had just watched was for a movie or half-hearted remaster. It's a complete remake, and Final Fantasy 7 deserves nothing less. (Hello Final Fantasy 7 PS4 port! At a time when the remake was kept under wraps, you were the last thing that people wanted.) Whether you're a new fan to the legendary JRPG franchise or returning to Midgar, here's everything you need to know about the remake. Complete remake Final Fantasy 7 $60 at Amazon Midgar never looked so good One of the greatest games of all time is finally getting the t...

All Marvel items back in Fortnite Item Shop Update

May 5, 2019

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All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items. Today's update doesn't change too much, as it still has the entire lineup of Marvel-themed skins from the Fortnite and Avengers collaboration. The Star-Lord and Black Widow Outfit, as well as all of their corresponding items, are in the game, as well as the brand new Luminous skin and Astral Axe, and the Dream outfit and Shard Break item spray. It's a big update today, so make sure you pick up the items before they're gone tomorrow. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some cheaper items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Archetype and Hayseed outfits are in the game, alongside the brand new Get Funky music track and Glowsticks and Fandangle emotes. Fortnite prepares for the end of Season 8 by introducing Battle Pass Tiers once agai...

The volcano has erupted, and Fortnite's map has changed once again

May 4, 2019

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For quite some time, the island that Fortnite takes place on has been teasing some sort of event. Today, that event occurred, when the vault that appeared in the middle of Loot Lake opened, and the volcano that was stationed on the island erupted, taking out a variety of fan-favorite locations in the game. Earlier this afternoon, the countdown over Loot Lake came to an end, allowing players to jump into the vault that had appeared where the lake once stood. Once inside, players were taken to what looked to be another realm, where the "vaulted" items of Fortnite - items that no longer appear in the game - were kept in stone. Players were then able to chisel away at the item they wanted to be re-released, which ended up being the Drum Gun. The Drum gun is back... and Tilted and retail have been Demolished! 10/10 event @Fortnitegame pic.twitter.com/KuwOgYhg6F— Ninja (@Ninja) May 4, 2019 Things were far from done, however, as players were then transported into the air and watch...

Your momma deserves more than flowers this Mother’s Day

May 4, 2019

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Mothers are amazing. They build us, body and mind, and help shape us into the people we are today. We should thank our mothers every day — and for goodness sake, guys, call your mother more often — but on Mother's Day show our appreciation with meals, activities, and gifts. They say "it's the thought that counts," but a thoughtful gift that your mother can actually use is worth infinitely more than dead flowers and stale chocolates. She's your heart Fitbit Inspire HR Staff pick With most of the features of its larger Charge 3 counterpart in a lithe shell, the Inspire HR is a near-perfect, inconspicuous fitness tracker at an excellent price. It has 24/7 heart-rate tracking, built-in GPS, and guided breathing sessions for when you or your dad drive Mom crazy. $100 at Fitbit All stay connected Motorola G7 Power With a 5,000 mAh battery, Motorola says you can expect 3 days of full use with the G7 Power before ever needing to put it on the charger, which means that...

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a are likely coming to Sprint and T-Mobile

May 4, 2019

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According to sources at 9to5Google and Android Police, the Pixel 3 lineup will begin selling at T-Mobile and Sprint Both of those carriers will also sell the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL Carrier announcements likely coming at Google I/O next week Google's Pixel lineup has been Verizon exclusive since 2016, and while its phones work on all four U.S. carriers when purchased unlocked, it appears that Google will be expanded its carrier footprint in the U.S. According to sources at 9to5Google and Android Police, the Pixel 3 and 3a series will be sold at T-Mobile and Sprint, leaving AT&T as the sole outlier (which is odd because AT&T loves phones that don't sell well). No word on pricing yet, but the Pixel 3 currently sells for $599 at the Google Store (down from $799 when it debuted) and the 3a will likely begin at $399. Google Pixel Stand The Google Pixel Stand is more than a wireless charging stand — it's designed by Google to turn your phone into a bedside alarm cloc...

What's next for Android?

May 4, 2019

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Android is 16 major versions old now and Q will make for a 17th. Can Google add shiny new stuff forever? Google I/O is coming soon, and while it's about more than Android, most of the news and things you read will be about the smartphone. That's a given now that computers are things we mostly hold in our hands instead of set on a desk and I/O is a conference about software. I'm going to make another very safe prediction and say that reactions to the announcements aren't all going to be positive. There will be people who dislike the things that you like when it comes to Android's features and changes, and vice versa. In the short term, that's to be expected and not a very big deal. We are all wired differently inside our heads and not everyone wants the same thing or the same type of change on our little handheld computers. The world would be a very boring place if everyone thought like you or me. But in the long term, it brings up something that becomes a little more serious: where...

Get some great deals on Star Wars Day in these Android games

May 4, 2019

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May the Force be with you always — on your phone! There are a ton of Star Wars games for Android. Like, so many. In honor of May the Fourth (be with you), we've rounded up the best Star Wars games available for Android — along with some in-game deals that might be worth your attention. Keep in mind that any AR-experiences or lightsaber simulators won't make this list because despite how cool they might be, they're not full-fledged games. Also, a game like Galaxy of Heroes has been omitted because while it was one of the best Star Wars games for Android a few years ago, the grind for new players to compete against those who have been playing and paying for years is way too steep. Beyond that, here are the best Star Wars games to play for Android! Star Wars: Force Arena MOBA-style games are still all the rage, and this Star Wars version is totally worth checking out. First, you need to build out your heroes and troops. You control your Star Wars hero and cast tro...

Sit down and celebrate Star Wars Day these great PS4 games

May 4, 2019

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Whether it's May the Fourth or any other day of the year, it's always the perfect time to start up a new Star Wars game. There are only a handful of Star Wars games available on PlayStation 4 right now, but there are some classics and a new one on the way that's sure to spark some interest. ★ Featured favorite Star Wars Battlefront II In its single-player campaign, play as a member of Inferno Squad, an elite group of Imperial soldiers that are tasked with completing the Emperor's orders after the destruction of the second Death Star. You can also try out one of its several multiplayer modes and test your skills across the galaxy and across all eras in the franchise from the prequels to the sequels. $15 at Amazon Kid-friendly LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Staff pick Who doesn't love a good LEGO game? With LEGO Star Wars, you get the best of both worlds: a fun, child-friendly experience set in everyone's favorite galaxy. It's a great starting point to introd...

Here's how much the OnePlus 7 Pro will cost in India

May 4, 2019

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You'll have to shell out ₹49,999 to get your hands on the 6GB/128GB OnePlus 7 Pro. The OnePlus 7 Pro is launching on May 14, and the phone is now up for pre-booking on Amazon India. We already know a lot about the device, such as the 90Hz QHD+ display, three rear cameras with a 3x optical zoom lens, stereo speakers, and a 4000mAh battery with 30W wired charging. We now know how much the phone will cost in India. According to a tweet by Ishan Agarwal, the 6GB/128GB version of the OnePlus 7 Pro will cost ₹49,999 ($725), with the 8GB/256GB edition set to be available for ₹52,999 ($770). The high-end version with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will cost ₹57,999 ($845). As it's a leak, there's a possibility that the prices may be altered before the launch, but it gives us a good indication as to what to expect from the next OnePlus device. Exclusive: Here's the #OnePlus7Pro India Pricing:6GB+128GB: ₹ 49,9998GB+256GB: ₹ 52,99912GB+256GB: ₹ 57...

The OnePlus 7 doesn't have a water resistance rating — here's why

May 3, 2019

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This is just silly. OnePlus has always had to make strategic cuts to its phones in order to hit extremely enticing price points, and one of the handful of places it hasn't budged is in water resistance ratings — commonly seen as an "IPXX" number. As flagships have standardized on ratings like IP57 and IP68 across the board, OnePlus has stuck with its approach — and that will include the upcoming OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. The company posted a short and typically snarky video explaining why: it just costs extra to get an IP certification. So instead, it saved some money by buying a bucket, filling it with water, and dunking a OnePlus 7. The inferred claim being that the OnePlus 7 series is water resistant like the other phones, but it simply hasn't been certified as such. What do those IP ratings mean? There's far more involved in IP ratings than just dropping a phone in a bucket of water, of course. IP, or ingress protection, certifies for both water and dust ingr...

At All Costs [#acpodcast]

May 3, 2019

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David Ruddock of Android Police returns to the show and speaks with Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik about the aftermath of the Galaxy Fold launch delay. They also discuss what they're looking forward to seeing at Google I/O 2019, and look at where the forthcoming Pixel 3a will fit into the phone market. Listen now Subscribe in Google Play Music: Audio Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show Notes and Links: David Ruddock - Android Police - Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets David Ruddock (@RDRv3) | Twitter Samsung Galaxy Fold: wtf happened, and what's next? Samsung Galaxy Fold review: Potential and promise, not a product One day with the Galaxy Fold was all it took for me to embrace the foldable future Samsung forced iFixit to remove its Galaxy Fold teardown, but you can still read it here Google I/O 2019 preview: What to expect in Android, Pixel, Chrome, gaming and more Google Pixel 3a: News, Rumors, Release Date, S...

12 amazing Star Wars Day gifts to help celebrate May the Fourth!

May 3, 2019

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2019 is shaping up to be a huge year for Star Wars fans, with Disney set to open the Galaxy's Edge theme park this summer and the concluding chapter of the Skywalker saga hitting theatres on December 19. To celebrate Star Wars Day, we've compiled some of our favorite Star Wars gift ideas that you can buy for your friends and family — or yourself. This is the droid you're looking for Sphero R2D2 Staff Pick What Star Wars fan wouldn't want an R2D2 droid of their very own? Sphero makes a feature-packed remote controllable robot that moves and sounds just like its movie counterpart. You're also able to watch some Star Wars movies with your droid friend and watch them react to the action on screen! $53 at Amazon Keep on rolling on Sphero Star Wars BB-8 This little buddy is much more than a desk decoration — powered by Sphero's spherical robotic technology, you're able to control and drive BB-8 around your home via the smartphone app or the optional Force Band acces...

These are the best shower speakers you can buy

May 3, 2019

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If you're sick of belting out your favorite tunes in the shower acappella, you may want to consider getting a speaker to use in the shower. We've compiled a list of the best shower speakers you can find to help you sing like nobody's listening. Lots of power Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Staff Pick Taking the Boom 3 into your shower is absolutely no problem as it has a very high water-resistant rating, allowing it to be submerged in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. It's also protected against dirt and mud, but you can hand-wash the speaker with warm, soapy water just in case it gets messy. Plus, if you truly want the Boom 3 to live up to its onomatopoeic name, you have the option to set up another one to make a stereo pair and really raise the roof. $150 at Amazon Lots of colors Ultimate Ears Wonderboom This Bluetooth speaker is cute as a button! The Wonderboom comes with big sound, a lovely design, and an IPX7 rating, meaning it can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 m...

Check out these magazine covers that were shot using the OnePlus 7 Pro

May 3, 2019

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Harper's Bazaar India cover shows what the OnePlus 7 Pro can do with no digital retouching. With the May 14 OnePlus 7 announcement swiftly approaching, the marketing team is in full swing. This time around, OnePlus partnered with Harper's Bazaar India and GQ India for the magazines' May 2019 cover shots. Harper's Bazaar cover stands out because it states the photo is not filtered or digitally altered. The photo is of actress and activist Jameela Jamil and was taken for the magazine's body issue. Jamil specifically insisted there be no airbrushing or digital retouching done to her photographs. However, we may not be looking at a straight out of camera shot, as the creative director was quoted saying, "I couldn't believe we had an option to shoot RAW images without having to connect it to an app or computer." While digital retouching is often used to perfect images for print, there is still much that can be done with a RAW image. Regardless, the photo shows how OnePlus, and phone c...

Here's how to turn your Oculus Go into an external display for your PC

May 3, 2019

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The Oculus Go is a portable VR system that gets rid of the need for cables while still offering a powerful and immersive experience. Thanks to a free app called Bigscreen, you can stream your PC's display output to the Oculus Go, essentially making it an external display that you wear on your face. Products Used In This Guide PC software: Bigscreen Beta for PC (Free at Steam) Oculus Go software: Bigscreen Beta for Oculus Go (Free at Oculus) What is Bigscreen? Bigscreen, which is still in a Beta stage, is powerful software that can be used across VR platforms. Alongside allowing you to easily stream content from a PC to a VR headset, it's also useful for meeting up with your friends in private rooms, meeting new people in public rooms — all of which have multiple environments to choose from — and watching regular and 3D movies. Bigscreen makes it easy to enjoy regular 2D games on an enormous display or share content with others. There are plenty of movie and TV night...

Master Six Sigma and prep for key certification exams for just $69!

May 3, 2019

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Few careers are more exciting and lucrative than those that reside under the umbrella of project management. Companies large and small are scrambling to hire talented and trained project leaders who can inspire teams and exceed goals, and they're paying these productivity pros handsomely for their services. The Complete Six Sigma Green & Black Belt Training Bundle will help you earn some of the industry's most valuable certifications, and thanks to Android Central Digital Offers, the entire bundle is available for 98 percent off the regular price of $2,075. That brings the total cost down to just $69! The first module prepares you for your Six Sigma Green Belt certification, through instruction that focuses on everything from cost management and opportunity expansion to customer service tricks and cutting waste from a project. Next, you'll prepare for your Six Sigma Black Belt certification with instruction that will help you streamline the budget for any project, inspire team...

Best car chargers for the Google Pixel and Pixel 2

May 3, 2019

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We've all been there (some of us more than others): you hop in your car ready to hit the road, and then you check your phone — only to find it running on fumes! You've barely enough battery to get to your destination, let alone for the rest of the day once you get there. That's what car chargers are for, and if you have a Google Pixel or Pixel 2, here are some of the best car chargers you can buy for it. The most USB-C PD power Anker USB-C Car Charger with USB-PD Staff pick With this Anker car charger, you get a USB-C port that supports your Pixel's fastest charging speeds — 30W can even charge your Chromebook or MacBook — and a USB-A port to top up any other phone or peripheral at the same time. You pay a little more, but Anker's 18-month warranty lets you rest easy that your charger will work — or it will get replaced. $30 at Amazon Great speed, better price Aukey 27W USB-C PD Car Charger Aukey's charger features both a USB-C port and a USB-A por...

Take Flight! is a beautiful endless runner with Cuphead-style graphics

May 3, 2019

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One of the most celebrated indie games developed and released in the past five years is Cuphead, a devilishly hard platformer that tries to be a 1930s cartoon fever dream come to life. I'm a huge Cuphead fan, and am always excited to find games following in Studio MDHR's tradition of mixing hand-drawn art with fun endless runner gameplay mechanics. This week, I'm highlighting a game that borrows the Cuphead aesthetic to create an endless running experience that also plays out like a cartoon. Allow me to introduce you to Take Flight! Created by indie studio Waffle Games with a two-person team that consisted of the game developer and an artist who supplied all the gorgeous artwork that makes the game come alive. The game has you choose between two pilots, Buddie Boy and Bonnie Boo, as they attempt to fly as far as possible collecting golden gears and dodging enemies along the way. The controls are dead simple as you tap and hold to fly up and let go to descend — Flappy Bird...

Non-Premium subscribers will be able to watch YouTube Originals with ads

May 3, 2019

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Want to watch Cobra Kai but don't have YouTube Premium? Patience, Grasshopper. As YouTube continues to shift away from scripted YouTube Originals and focus on unscripted content — including musical content and a renewed focus on learning and personality-driven content — YouTube has confirmed that it will be allowing non-Premium users to watch YouTube Originals like Cobra Kai for free with ads in the future. The original content market is getting increasingly crowded, expensive, and downright cutthroat these days — especially as services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime prepare for Disney+'s launch this November — and YouTube has had enough problems managing user-uploaded content, purchased content, and trying to get YouTube Music into shape of late. This news is not surprising in the wake of YouTube canceling much of its original content back in March, when Bloomberg hinted at Originals going free with ads. YouTube confirmed at its annual Brandcast ev...

Samsung sees smartwatch growth of 127% in Q1 2019, but Apple is still king

May 3, 2019

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Fitness-focused smartwatches are among the most popular. The latest numbers are out for smartwatches in the first quarter of 2019, and it shows very good news for Apple. In year-on-year growth, Apple saw a growth rate of a whopping 48% in the first quarter, giving it 35.8% of the overall smartwatch market. Sales were driven by the Apple Watch Series 4 and its continued focus on health-related features. According to a survey, the ECG capability was the most desired feature on the watch. Apple recently received approval in 19 additional countries for the ECG feature, which will open it up to even more customers in the future. Other than notifications and cellular connectivity, the most important factor for smartwatch buyers has been health monitoring. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the largest complaint has been about the limited battery life. Counterpoint Research Analyst Satyajit Sinha had this to say. The heart rate sensor for health monitoring, GPS and pedometer sensor...

The best accessories for the Galaxy S8

May 3, 2019

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The Galaxy S8 is starting to get up there in years, but that doesn't mean yours doesn't deserve nice things anymore! Whether you've just picked up one for cheap or have been rocking your S8 since day one, you'll get the most out of your phone by pairing it with the best accessories. From cases and headphones to battery packs and chargers — and other cool stuff — here's what you need. Pretty and protective i-Blason Ares Staff pick Don't mistake this clear case for a dainty flower. Ares lives up to its warrior name with a durable hybrid design that lets the beauty of your S8's glass back shine through the clear polycarbonate back, aided and complemented by bold accents like creamy pink or vivid green. From $18 at Amazon Slim protection Spigen Rugged Armor The Spigen Rugged Armor case is a great option for any phone but looks especially good on the handsomely tall Galaxy S8. It's a slim case that tapers a bit on the sides to let the curved display shine but deliv...

It's good vs. evil in the latest Fortnite Item Shop update

Apr 28, 2019

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All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items. Today's update brings with it the return of good vs. evil, as the Ark and Malcore character skins are back in the item shop, with their respective harvesting tools, the Virtue and Evil Eye, also making their way back into the shop. Both full sets will only be around a day, so make sure to pick them up if you've been looking for them. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some cheaper items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Whiplash and Shadow Ops character skins are available, alongside the Squid Striker and Hot Rod harvesting tool and glider, respectively. Neither of the emotes are new, but the Knee Slapper and Pumpernickel make a return as well. Angelic fighter Ark 2,000 V-Bucks A righteous tool Virture ...

Which Android phone starred in Avengers: Endgame?

Apr 27, 2019

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Google's flagship plays a starring role. Avengers: Endgame is out in cinemas now, as 21 movies culminate in a great battle to undo Thanos' snap and bring half of the world's population back from the dead. If you're one of the millions of people who are watching it on opening weekend, did you spot the Android phones that make an appearance? There are actually two Android phones that make an appearance, but only one features prominently. Without spoiling the movie, a Nearly Pink Pixel 3 makes an appearance when two characters are asked by a fan to take a picture. It's actually a rather funny moment, so if you haven't seen it yet – or you're going to see it again like I am – then watch out for it. While you're at it, also look out for a very fleeting appearance by the Galaxy S8. It features in a scene about five minutes after the Pixel 3, and it's barely on-screen for a second. While it's likely that featuring the Pixel 3 was a business deal – likely ...

How to clean your Galaxy Buds

Apr 27, 2019

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The Galaxy Buds live most of their life safely set in a closed case. But they're still bound to get grimy with hours in your ears and occasional time in your hands and pockets — not to mention the accidental drops as you take them out of your ears. Thankfully, it's quick and easy to clean your Galaxy Buds, and their case, in a matter of minutes. Products used in this guide Good to have: AmazonBasics Microfiber Cloths for Electronics ($9) Next level: Windex Electronics Wipes ($15) How to clean your Galaxy Buds How thoroughly you get into cleaning your Galaxy Buds is going to depend on how dirty they look to you. Pull out your Galaxy Buds and look closely; they've probably accumulated a good amount of earwax, if not also dirt and dust. Pull off the earbud tip (sometimes giving it a twist as you pull helps), and also pull off the supporting wingtip portion around the wider part of the earbud. With the three pieces separated, you can get to wiping it all down. You don't need ...

The best universal lenses for Android phones

Apr 27, 2019

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Most phones these days are capable of taking beautiful photos, and some even feature multiple lenses that let you change the perspective of your shots on the fly. But for those that don't, artificially distorting your photos in post to add a fisheye, wide-angle, or macro look can affect the quality and feel of the image. Luckily, external, universal lenses allow you to achieve these unique perspectives naturally, even if your phone only has one lens. Best overall Moment Lenses Staff pick While not entirely universal, Moment's high-end lenses can be used with any phone the company makes an accompanying case for, including popular Galaxy and Pixel devices. You can pick up a wide-angle, super fisheye, or telephoto lens for your phone, then simply attach the lens to the case's screw mount and start shooting! $120 at Amazon Clip-on lenses Xenvo Pro Lens Kit Xenvo takes a simpler approach than Moment, with a clip-on mechanism rather than requiring a specific case for each phone...

Score a lifetime of VPN protection for only $25 today

Apr 27, 2019

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If you still surf the Web without the protection of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) you may as well be leaving your laptop open and unattended in a busy coffeeshop. Hackers are becoming increasingly adept at accessing everything from your browsing history to your banking information with just a few lines of code, and a VPN is your first and most important line of defense against these cyber intrusions. But not all VPNs are created equal. FastestVPN is an award-winning service that secures your connection without inhibiting your browsing speed, and a lifetime subscription is currently available for 95% off at just $24.99. With a lifetime license that can be used on five devices simultaneously, FastestVPN is a powerful and easy-to-use platform that protects you from everything from hackers to malware, and you’ll be able to use it on devices ranging from Mac and PC laptops to smartphones and smart TVs. You’ll have unlimited access to over seventy high-speed servers around...

Will somebody make me a Chromebook with a 'real' graphics card?

Apr 27, 2019

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The only thing missing for a true power-user Chromebook is a discrete GPU. Not too long ago, I would have struggled to find a good reason to buy an uber-powerful Chromebook with oodles of RAM and a high-end notebook CPU inside. Chrome OS just doesn't need it because it was built from the ground up to work with machines that have very modest specs. That was Google's secret weapon — build really cheap laptops that worked well so it can have your attention on every screen. It worked. Chromebooks started as affordable laptops for everyone but now come in beefier versions, too. The inclusion of packaged Linux applications for Chrome has changed that. Now, if you're a developer who uses a Linux desktop to write, compile, and test code, a Chromebook is an excellent choice. You'll appreciate a model with a new-ish Intel CPU and 8 or even 16 GB of RAM when it comes to doing all that, and when you're not being productive, you have the same entertainment options through the web and...

Best Tablet Stands in 2019

Apr 27, 2019

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Tablet stands were made in order to do one, obvious thing: keep us from using our hands all the time. After all, there's nothing worse than settling in for a movie before bed on your tablet, only to have it fall on you repeatedly because your wrist got tired. Fortunately, these tablet stands we've chosen will make that problem seem a thing of the past. Foldable and light UGreen Adjustable Tablet Stand Staff pick The UGreen tablet stand is wide and long enough be suitable for most tablets, especially as inside the curve of the stand is internal rubber cushions. These cushions stop your device from slipping and/or skidding while being used, and also keeps your device from being scratched too. It is also very light, and you can fold the stand to become small enough that it can even fit in your pocket. $10 at Amazon Stylish and trendy Lamicall Adjustable Tablet Stand The Lamicall tablet stand is an easy one to adjust, making it suitable for not just your tablet but for other ...

Get a new icon, new features, and new searches with Action Launcher v40

Apr 26, 2019

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Action Launcher is expanding its business model once again. For years now, Action Launcher has been one of the best home screen experiences around, and its done this through smart features and passionate development from its developer Chris Lacy. The business model for apps has changed many times over the years for apps as a whole, and Action Launcher's models have changes with them. With v40, Action Launcher opens the door on another way to support itself and its developer while still striving to deliver a superior and secure experience to users. Action Launcher v40 brings a new logo — which users have seen for a little while already — some bug fixes, vertical screen padding, and some massive additions to search with the new Action Search feature, which will allow you to search more deeply within your own device as well as improved web searches from Action Launcher's search bars. Action Search will also allow you to set alternative search engines for your web searche...

How much RAM does my Chromebook need?

Apr 26, 2019

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Best answer: Most Chromebooks on the market today have 4GB of RAM and that is indeed enough to get by. If a model you're considering has options for 8GB of RAM, more is better, but 4GB is more than workable. 4GB is enough: Lenovo Chromebook C330 ($250 at Amazon) 8GB is better: HP Chromebook x360 14 ($549 at Amazon) What is RAM? RAM stands for Random Access Memory. Think of it as a container where the things you're doing on your Chromebook — both what you can see and what's happening behind the scenes — can store and retrieve data randomly. That means it can access any byte of that data without affecting the preceding or trailing bytes. That makes it fast, because the location of the data you need has no effect on the time it takes to read, write or overwrite it. With no moving parts, there are no mechanical limitations on access times. RAM is also volatile — once the integrated circuits lose their power, the data disappears. That means it's different from your Ch...

Amazon Music Unlimited is getting a hi-fi streaming tier to take on Tidal

Apr 26, 2019

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The streaming service Amazon currently has in the works will feature better than CD quality music to rival competitors like Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, and specifically Tidal. With a price at $15 per month, it's set to debut by the end of the year according to a report by Music Business Worldwide. In addition to providing a new revenue for the company stream via advertising and subscription costs, this service directly caters to discerning audiophiles who already have Amazon's line of Echo smart speakers in their home. Tidal, the leading high-fidelity alternative, costs $19.99 per month for its Hi-Fi tier at 44.1 kHz/16 bit. With this release, Amazon will have a range of tiered music services under its belt, from its free Amazon Music Unlimited service for Alexa users to middle and high tier options. It's definitely a powerful step further moving Amazon into the streaming service market, and yet another incentive to grab an Echo dot or Echo Plus to blast your tunes. A great str...

Don't settle for the DualShock when there are other PS4 controllers

Apr 26, 2019

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The stock controller for the PlayStation 4 is very good, but it's not for everyone. Fortunately, there are a lot of options out there that offer a different experience, whether you're a competitive gamer, have kids who want to play, or just want to sharpen up your experience. Pick up one of these options if you're looking for something to change up your play. Elite gaming Scuf Vantage Staff pick Scuf controllers are used by a large portion of the pro-gamers who play on console, and the Vantage is the company's latest and greatest effort for the PS4. The basic shape is similar to the regular PlayStation DualShock 4, though it's built from the ground up. It features offset thumbsticks along with two additional Sax buttons on the side for extra precision and customization. $200 at Scuf Gaming The forefather Sony DualShock 4 If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? The DualShock 4 is the standard controller that comes in the box and therefore, comes with the design we've come ...

Google pushes Android Q's controversial Scoped Storage enforcement to 2020

Apr 26, 2019

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Scoped Storage requires new permissions and has been pushed back till Android R to give developers more time. One of Android Q's key focuses so far has been privacy, bringing a big change to how apps access a phone's file system. In the most recent beta, Google implemented Scoped Storage, an important tenet of that privacy push, and it was immediately met with negative feedback and controversy. Scoped Storage has good intentions: it's meant to allow apps to have its own storage area while preventing them from having access to the entire storage partition. When implemented, apps are placed in a sandbox and don't need special permissions to write to their own files. It also means other apps don't have direct access to that app's sandbox. However, apps still have access to files in shared collections including the default folders Photos, Videos, Music, and Downloads. To prevent breaking apps that haven't implemented Scoped Storage (most of them at this point), Google also included a ...

Eliminate up to 90% of outside noise with these Bluetooth headphones

Apr 26, 2019

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Bluetooth headphones don’t tend to enjoy a very good reputation among true audiophiles. Although doubtlessly more convenient than their wired brethren, wireless headphones often lack the bass response and top-end clarity that most serious listeners crave and expect. These 1Voice AXR Active Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones, however, manage to break all the rules by combining wireless Bluetooth convenience with truly top-notch sonics and comfort, and they’re currently available for 75% off at just $49.99. Whether you’re looking to add a pair of headphones to your arsenal or replace your go-to set, these phones won’t disappoint. They offer state-of-the-art noise-cancelling technology that eliminates up to 90% of outside audio (making these phones a perfect option for frequent flyers), and you’ll be able to listen for up to 12 hours on a single charge. Most importantly, these headphones sound truly fantastic—offering a robust and detailed low-...

Upgrade your home network with the user-friendly Google Wifi

Apr 26, 2019

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Best answer: Even though the system came out in 2016, its tech is still relevant and can give your home network a boost. Google Wifi is worth the investment if you're looking to upgrade your home network, or even if you just want to get your network to reach that one dead spot in your house. It's a solid and easy-to-use mesh router that stands out among other home Wifi systems because of its low entry price and streamlined simplicity. True mesh Wifi: Google Wifi System ($259 at Amazon) Keep things neat: Google Wifi Wall Mount ($8 at Amazon) Mesh is better Mesh is the way to go if you want to improve your Wifi coverage and reliability. It broadcasts Wifi signal from multiple locations, so the network can more easily reach through walls, floors, and other obstacles that normally cause spotty signal. Google Wifi is a true mesh system – all its points communicate with one another to form a cohesive network instead of reporting back to one device that acts as the main router. Eac...

The best Android phones under $200

Apr 26, 2019

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Smartphones that cost $1000 and upwards have quickly become commonplace in the market, and for anyone on a budget, those steep prices can quickly induce a headache. Thankfully, cheap smartphones are still plentiful with more great options to choose from than ever before. If you need a new handset but only have $200 to spend, these are your best options. One of the best Moto G6 Staff Pick Motorola's Moto G6 may not be the newest Moto G phone around, but it's still a really capable handset that's now more affordable than ever. Reaching the very top of our price range, the Moto G6 delivers a large 5.7-inch Full HD+ display, 12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras, a fingerprint sensor, and a 3,000 mAh battery with Motorola's TurboPower fast charging. The phone is unlocked and works on all major U.S. carriers. $160 at Amazon Perfect for Cricket customers Nokia 3.1 Plus The Nokia 3.1 Plus is exclusive to Cricket Wireless in the States, and while that does limit its availability, it's a s...

Amazon is working on making one-day shipping the default for Prime members

Apr 26, 2019

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One-day Prime shipping is coming as the default but not anytime soon. If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you've undoubtedly enjoyed the benefits of free two-day shipping, and it's most likely the reason you even subscribe. Well, the good news is Amazon is looking to make shipping even better by cutting shipping time in half for Prime subscribers. At the recent 2019 first-quarter earnings call, Amazon announced it is looking to make one-day shipments the default for Prime subscribers. At the moment, one-day and same-day shipping are available options for Prime customers, but it often requires a purchase of over $35. With one-day shipping becoming the default for Prime subscribers, that means it won't require a minimum purchase or cost anything additional. Although, we all know how Prime subscriptions continue to increase in price from time to time. While Amazon has begun work on this by expanding the number of zip codes eligible for one-day shipping, chief financial officer Bri...

What color Withings Move should you buy?

Apr 26, 2019

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The Withings Move is a passive activity tracker that just looks like a basic wristwatch at a glance, but on the inside it's tracking all your steps, exercise, and sleep data in the background and sending it to your smartphone. Its affordable, never needs to be recharged, and the affordable price makes it a great tracker to buy for you and your family. With five available color combinations, everyone should be able to find the color that best fits their personal style. Almost Monochromatic Black This all-black look offers a classic look for the Withings Move, with the yellow in the step counter really popping nicely. The watch face, watch body, and strap are all black making this the more subtle color option. $70 at Amazon Bright as the sky Blue Withings pairs a blue silicone strap with a white watch face and casing for a clean and colorful look. Once again, the color choice for the step counter really pops against the rest of the watch design. $70 at Amazon Brightest col...

These are the best heavy duty cases for the Galaxy S9

Apr 26, 2019

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The Galaxy S9 is still a beauty in 2019. Samsung sure knows how to contort glass and metal into a sleek smartphone, but as pretty as all that curved is to look at what a shame it would be if it got scratched or smashed up. If you're concerned about dropping and damaging your phone — perhaps you know that you're prone to the dropsies — you should invest in a case designed to stand up to abuse. Most reliable rugged case OtterBox Commuter Series Staff pick Few names are as synonymous with phone cases as OtterBox. They're built a reputation as a trusted brand by designing really rugged cases and backing their products with superior customer service. We'd recommend the Commuter series case which is a pocket-friendly case that still delivers the rugged protection you've come to expect from an OtterBox case. It's got one big cutout on the back for the camera and fingerprint sensor, and includes port covers to keep dirt out. $23 at Amazon Outstanding drop protection Life...

XIII for PlayStation 4: Everything you need to know about this classic

Apr 26, 2019

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Will a remix lose some of what made the original great? In recent years, the story mode for first-person shooting games has started to feel like an afterthought, something to shoehorn into your multiplayer experience for those of us who complain, but not a serious part of the process. There are exceptions to this, of course, and some FPS have started to use the story mode in earnest, so now seems the perfect time to bring back an FPS that spent hours telling a great story. XIII, the PlayStation 2 classic, is getting a remaster for the PlayStation 4 and from what we are seeing it could be a good one. What is XIII? Based on the comic book of the same name, XIII is a Jason Bourne-style story of an assassin that loses his memory. In the case of XIII — you are called XIII because you have a tattoo of it on your chest — you have also been accused of killing the President of the United States. What follows is an excellent and story-driven example of how to make a great game...

Play the role of a violent bank robber in Armed Heist!

Apr 26, 2019

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A mobile version of PayDay 2, the semi-popular bank heist franchise, was supposed to have arrived on Android in 2018 — that never happened. The closest I could find to the game being released was reports of a closed beta that took place over a couple of weeks in September or October of last year for a game called PayDay Crime War. Unfortunately, there are still no signs of the game on the Google Play Store that I can see. Instead, a very similar game has popped up in my feed, with a full title that reads "Armed Heist: Ultimate Third Person Shooting Game". That's a pretty bold claim to make, so I checked it out for this week's gaming post. The first thing that immediately stands out in this game is the graphics. This game looks pretty great when you're running through banks firing back at the police trying to thwart your heist. In the early portion of the game, things are dead easy as a means of easing you into the controls and gameplay. This is to be expected. One thing I...

Huawei Mate X vs. Samsung Galaxy Fold: Which should you get?

Apr 20, 2019

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It's 2019, and foldable phones are finally a thing. These wacky devices sure are something to behold, and we're going hands-on with as many of them as possible to help you decide if any are worth your hard-earned money. Huawei Mate X A work of art $2,600 at Huawei Pros Much larger outer display 8-inch tablet display 5G included by default 55W fast-charging Cons It costs $2,600 💀 Unlikely U.S. availability Whether you're using it in phone or tablet mode, the Huawei Mate X is absolutely stunning to look at. Outfitted with a huge AMOLED display, powerful Kirin processor, 5G connectivity, and industry-leading charging speeds, this really is a phone from the future. We just wish Huawei would bring it to the U.S. Samsung Galaxy Fold Coming to the U.S. $1,980 at Samsung Pros Has six cameras Wireless charging Over $600 cheaper Galaxy Buds included Cons HUGE bezels around the outer display Smaller tablet display Still pretty expensive Samsung's Galaxy Fold was the firs...

Android Q dark theme support (and AMOLED theme) added to Smart Launcher 5

Apr 20, 2019

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Smart Launcher 5 continues to bring more features to its new 5.2 overhaul for the second month in a row. Smart Launcher 5 introduced some big changes at the end of March with Smart Launcher 5.2's modular page system and some menu improvements, and this month those improvements continue with some big theming additions, including support for turning on dark mode according to system preferences in Android Q. The changes outlined for April 20's Build 40 update state all menus and dialogs for Smart Launcher 5 now support dark themes, including a fancy AMOLED theme that I will be enjoying the second the update hits my devices. The dark theme support is especially significant because in addition to a manual switch, Smart Launcher 5 will also be able to kick on dark theme based on system theme settings: "The dark theme is enabled when enabled by your system preferences (Android Q and higher), however you can force it to be always active or to be enabled during night time or when you ...

Try these tasty CBD gummies for just $30!

Apr 20, 2019

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CBD has blown up in popularity lately. The hemp-derived supplement is still being researched to discover it's best uses but early studies have suggested that CBD is great for treating anxiety, chronic pain and fatigue, and might even help with insomnia in some people. Sunday Scaries makes CBD multivitamin gummies that also include Vitamin B12 to help regulate your nervous system and Vitamin B3 to help boost the immune system. The taste great, too, and are naturally sweetened with cane sugar and made with all natural ingredients. Made in the U.S.A. with crops harvested from family-owned hemp farms in Colorado, if you've been thinking of trying out CBD Android Central Digital Offers has a great offer for you. You can get a 20-pack of CBD gummies for just $30. Regularly sold for $40, you'll be saving 25% with this deal. It's worth noting that CBD affects everyone differently, so while some customers have reported feeling positive effects after taking one or two a day, others have rep...

One Galaxy Fold screen issue is unfixable, and you can blame physics

Apr 20, 2019

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Like almost everyone on the planet, I've never touched a Galaxy Fold. But I have bent things made of plastic plenty of times and can see a big issue with the phone that few people are talking about: physics. Specifically, the tighter the radius of a bend in a piece of rigid or semi-rigid material, the higher the chance is that it will be damaged. Multiply that chance by the 200,000 times a Galaxy Fold screen is designed to be folded and unfolded, and there may be a big problem that can't ever be fixed. Everything will break when bent enough times. Hopefully, enough only happens after the end of useful product life. I'm not crazy, as it is obvious that Samsung has already considered the issue. A quick look at the hinge of the device when it is folded shows it. That decidedly unsexy gap at the hinge is there specifically to combat the problem. Folding it tightly when closed would exacerbate it and lead to a much more prominent crease a lot sooner than expected or, worse, causes p...

A different kind of Easter has arrived in today's Fortnite Item Shop update

Apr 20, 2019

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All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items. Today's update takes the Easter theme and gives it a much scarier look, as the Nitehare item skin and Steel Carrot harvesting tool are introduced into the game. The Maven item skin, T-Square harvesting tool, and Paper Plane glider are also available as a featured item set for players to pick up. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some cheaper items to add to their arsenal. Today, players can pick up the Rapscallion and Tactics Officer skin, the Star Wand harvesting tool, and the Hyper glider. The brand new Bunny Hop emote is also available, along with the Daydream dance. Scary leaps Nitehare 1,500 V-Bucks Sharp digging Steel Carrot 800 V-Bucks Do some math T-Square 500 V-Bucks Glide in style Paper...

Get 100K bonus points with this Marriott Amex offer

Apr 19, 2019

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Heads up! We share savvy shopping and personal finance tips to put extra cash in your wallet. Mobile Nations may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. Update: Hurry! The 100,000 point sign-up bonus for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express Card ends on April 24. Make sure you get your application in before the deadline to take advantage of this huge offer. Now through April 24th, you can earn a 100,000 point welcome bonus (valued at $900) with the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express Card. To do so, you'll have to spend $5,000 in the first three months of card opening. And since this is Marriott's premium card, the Bonvoy will come with a $450 annual fee but plenty of valuable perks: Premium benefits Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card See at The Points Guy This card lets you earn 6x points at participating Marriott Bonvoy Hotels, 3x points at U.S. restaurants and flights booked directly with airlines,...

Here's how good the Galaxy Note 9's battery life is in the real world

Apr 19, 2019

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Best answer: Samsung could finally tout a Note with battery life to match its size and capabilities thanks to the Note 9. It can go all day with a good amount of battery to spare, even if you make no attempt to change its behavior in the name of battery life. The only modern Galaxy phone that bests it is the latest and greatest Galaxy S10+, and the improvement isn't huge. Solid battery, at a discount: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 ($720 at Amazon) All-day battery life With over 20% more capacity than the Note 8 and a new slate of more efficient components, the Note 9 is a full-day phone for me without any question. It was easy to expect ending each day with 20-30% battery left, even with no attempt to conserve. In months using it, I have ended most days with about 20-30% battery remaining, which is a healthy buffer zone that can absorb any abnormally heavy usage that may come from time to time. I reach that mark after 15-16 hours off the charger, typically with about 3 hours of "s...

What do you get in the Mortal Kombat 11: Premium Edition?

Apr 19, 2019

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Mortal Kombat 11 has two buying options. Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest installment in the legendary fighting game franchise. The first title which launched in 1992 astounded gamers with its great visuals and gory gameplay. Luckily, that tradition carries over with Mortal Kombat 11. If you're interesting in purchasing the game, you should know that Warner Bros. Interactive offers two versions. The standard edition comes with the base game and some preorder bonuses, but the Premium Edition grants you early access to a lot of content. You can read about the differences below. Mortal Kombat 11 Standard The standard version of Mortal Kombat 11 contains the base game and Shao Kahn as a playable character. The title also offers all-new Custom Character Variations which give you complete control of your fighters. Mortal Kombat 11 costs $60 and launches on April 23. Mortal Kombat 11: Premium Edition The Premium Edition gives you access to the everything included in the standard edit...

These Pixel 2 cases are so thin, you'll forget they're there

Apr 19, 2019

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Cases can be bulky, boring, and ugly, so I can understand why so many choose to go naked and show off their phone's full glory for the world to see. Even the thinnest of cases can offer some small protection from scuffs, chips, and smaller tumbles, and these ultra-thin cases for the Google Pixel 2 are so thin, you may even forget you're wearing a case! Little black case Spigen Thin Fit Case Staff pick Spigen's cases are some of the best you can buy, and with the Thin Fit, you get MIL-STD 810G 516.6 military-grade protection in a case that won't make your Pixel 2 or 2XL feel like a tank. It only comes in black, but black goes with everything. For folks that want ample protection without compromising their phone's design, this is just about perfect. $12 at Amazon (Pixel 2) $12 at Amazon (Pixel 2 XL) Like totally awesome Totallee Case While it looks too thin to do much of anything, you really can rest easy with the Totallee case. You don't have to worry about smudges, scuffs...

OnePlus teases announcement for OnePlus 7 announcement

Apr 19, 2019

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Yo dawg I heard you like announcements. The OnePlus 7 is shaping up to be one of 2019's most exciting smartphones, and thanks to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, we now have a date to look forward to for when we'll learn more about it. On April 19, Lau tweeted the following: Stay tuned next Tuesday for our launch event announcement 😁— Pete Lau (@petelau2007) April 19, 2019 While the whole "announcement for an announcement" thing is always kind of annoying, at least we're guaranteed some official information will come out next week. As a reminder, we're expecting OnePlus to shake things up this year by releasing two models of the OnePlus 7 at the same time — including the standard one (pictured above) and a Pro variant that'll feature a Quad HD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, pop-up selfie camera, and a 4,000 mAh battery. The rumor mill is pointing at a launch date of May 14, so in typical OnePlus fashion, we'd expect the unveiling to take place a few days be...

Here’s what the inside of the Galaxy Fold looks like

Apr 19, 2019

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Let's hope you never have to repair this thing. The Galaxy Fold is one of the most technologically impressive phones we've seen in quite some time, and even though it hasn't even officially launched yet, someone's already managed to completely disassemble the thing. Shared on Chinese social network Weibo, we can see exactly what the Galaxy Fold looks like inside. It's pretty impressive to see just what makes the Galaxy Fold tick, and to not much surprise, the person that disassembled the Fold shows that repairability for the phone will likely be a nightmare. The hinge is one of the most important components of the Galaxy Fold, and if it's not realigned exactly the way it should be, it can very easily damage the inner display. It's also reported that that inner display is very easy to remove, being soft "like rubber", but the outer glass display actually cracked during this process. These photos also give us a look at the two differently-shaped batteries and ribbon cables ...

How to use a PlayStation 4 controller on Android

Apr 19, 2019

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If you own a modern gaming console, chances are you already have a usable Bluetooth controller. That's because most newer console controllers either use Bluetooth as standard or include it for use on other platforms, which means, yes, it's possible to use a PlayStation 4 controller on your Android phone, tablet, or TV device. We're here to show you how. Products used in this guide In case you don't have one: DualShock 4 controller ($46 at Amazon) How to do the thing On your Android device, ensure your Bluetooth radio is turned on by opening settings and heading to the Bluetooth menu. Make sure the phone is in scan mode. With the controller, simultaneously hold the PlayStation button and the Share button for a few seconds. The controller's light will begin blinking to let you know it's in pair mode. Back on the phone, look for a device named Wireless Controller in the list of nearby Bluetooth devices. Tap that device to begin the pairing process. The controller's light should s...

These are the best accessories for the Galaxy Note 9

Apr 19, 2019

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Believe it or not, even a $1,000 superphone (or less nowadays, since it's been out for a while now) can be improved with a few choice accessories. It never hurts to give it some protection with a case and screen protector, and there are all kinds of useful peripherals like wireless chargers and headphones that improve the already stellar experience of using the Galaxy Note 9. Best overall case Spigen Rugged Armor Case There are a million different cases to choose from, but the Rugged Armor is a great option for most people in search of simple protection. It's light enough to keep the Note 9 manageable while still protecting it from any serious drops (though the grippy backing should keep you from dropping it in the first place). The carbon fiber stylings up top and bottom add a bit of aesthetic flair, and as an added bonus, the camera cutout makes it a bit easier to find the fingerprint sensor. $12 at Amazon Best clear case Spigen Liquid Crystal The Note 9 comes in some gr...

Here's Coolpad's latest budget phone, coming soon to a U.S. carrier

Apr 19, 2019

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Coolpad may not be a big name in smartphones, at least in the U.S., but a recent leak is proving enticing for those looking for a decent budget device on a budget. Early information is indicating that it has a 4,000 mAh battery, a 6.36-inch display, will run Android 9 Pie, and should be coming to an unknown U.S. carrier for less than $150. After doing some of our own digging, we've been able to determine a few more details beyond the early specs shown by Phandroid. The upcoming device will have QuickCharge 3.0 over USB-C, the display will have a FHD (1080p) resolution, and will be powered by a Snapdragon 450 CPU. We'll have to wait and see what the dual camera system on the back has to offer. Coolpad's been creeping onto our radar by way of their smartwatch for kids, and after establishing itself in India, it'll be interesting to see if they can make a dent in the crowded entry-level smartphone sphere in the West. Like ZTE, Alcatel and other Chinese brands, Coolpad understands th...

Prep for four of IT's most valuable certifications with this CompTIA bundle

Apr 19, 2019

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There's never been a better time to work in IT. Whether you're planning to work as a freelance IT professional for multiple companies or want to land a lucrative salaried position at a major tech firm in Silicon Valley, there's an unprecedented demand for talented and trained individuals who can install, maintain, and troubleshoot a wide range of increasingly complex server infrastructures and networking systems. But if you want to be considered for the best possible positions in the industry, you need to have the right certifications under your belt in order to stand out from the crowd. The 2019 Complete CompTIA Cybersecurity Bundle will help you earn four of the field's most valuable and respected certifications, and thanks to Android Central Digital Offers, the entire bundle is available for over 90 percent off the regular $897 price. That brings it down to just $49. With more than 90 hours of expert-led training, this extensive bundle will prepare you to ace the exams for the C...

How to buy a digital copy of a PlayStation 4 game for your friend

Apr 19, 2019

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Best-answer: Sony recently enacted a policy that blocks retailers other than the PlayStation Store from selling full digital game downloads, so you'll need to buy a gift card if you want to give your friend a digital game. Digital goodies: PlayStation Gift Card (From $10 at Amazon) Why can't we gift digital games anymore? Effective as of April 1, 2019, Sony no longer allows retailers to sell full digital game download codes. "We can confirm that as of April 1, 2019, Sony Interactive Entertainment will no longer offer full games through SIE's Global Digital at Retail program," a PlayStation spokesperson told The Verge. "This decision was made in order to continue to align key businesses globally. To support full games and premium editions, SIE will introduce increased denominations at select retailers. DLC, add-ons, virtual currency, and season passes will still be available." Previously people were able to buy digital game codes through stores like Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop...

Astro C40 TR vs SCUF Vantage: Which should you buy?

Apr 19, 2019

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Controllers can make or break your gaming experience, so how do you know which is best for you? We've tested out the best premium controllers money can buy to help you make a decision. Astro C40 TR Versatility $200 at Amazon Pros Swappable D-pad and thumbstick modules Free configuration software Cheaper Cons Fewer extra remappable buttons Needs dongle for wireless connection The Astro C40 TR is for players who value the versatility provided by swapping the placements of your D-pad and analog sticks. SCUF Vantage (wireless) Reimagined greatness $200 at GameStop Pros Interchangeable faceplate customization More remappable buttons/paddles Audio touch bar Cons No app/software support Cannot adjust vibration modules to different levels The SCUF Vantage caters to those who like to physically customize their controllers right down to the triggers and faceplate. Which model is for you? For the purpose of this article, I'll be comparing the wireless SCUF Vantage model t...

The best magnetic car mounts for your phones

Apr 19, 2019

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It's pretty much illegal anywhere you go to hold onto your phone while you drive, so not only is a car mount a handy investment, it's the law! Plain old cradle-and-clamp car mounts can be a big, fat pain, whereas a great magnetic mount makes life so much easier when you're getting in and out of the car, as you can quite literally grab and go. These are the best magnetic car mounts for your phone! Best for rental cars Trianium Magnetic Air Vent Car Phone Mount Staff Pick There are cheaper versions of this super compact style available, but Trianium's has three advantages: six magnets sit inside this mount instead of the usual four, it has beautiful aluminum accents in fun colors like blue and pink, and its refined look is perfect for business travelers on a budget. $8 at Amazon Get a good grip WizGear Universal Twist-Lock Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount WizGear's magnetic mounts are some of the most popular magnetic mounts on Amazon. Rock-bottom prices on low-profile mounts li...

Those mutants don't stand a chance in Xenowerk, our game of the week!

Apr 19, 2019

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Xenowerk is not a new game by any stretch, but it's still deserving of praise for being an excellent top-down action shooter that does a great job of building an intense atmosphere. I just recently checked it out after seeing it in my recommended games stream, and it kicks ass in spite of the in-app purchases and ads that make it a free-to-play title. This is one of those games that prioritize action over all else, including the story. You play some sort of agent whose mission is to explore a secret underground laboratory that's been overrun by mutants from an experiment gone awry. There are over 70 levels in the game to work through, and while the game feels a bit repetitive and too easy in the early levels, the difficulty scales up quickly as you progress through each set of levels with tougher mutants popping up in greater numbers the further you go. In many ways, Xenowerk is a pretty standard twin-stick shooter with the left stick used for movement and the right stick used...

Jerry loves his Aukey mechanical keyboard for a good reason

Apr 19, 2019

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I write hundreds of thousands of words each year and I'm quick to bash a sub-par keyboard if it comes across my desk. I'm also pretty sure I'm not alone when it comes to having a favorite tool that I don't want to be without. I've found my favorite, the surprisingly good and budget-friendly Aukey KM-G3. I love it when fate is in my favor because I'm not giving this up. I've fallen in love. My favorite keyboard ever Aukey KM-G3 Mechanical Keyboard $65 at Amazon A budget-friendly workhorse I write for a living and need a mechanical keyboard I can depend on. The Aukey Mechanical Keyboard uses louder and stiffer Otemu Blue switches and I love the extra feedback they offer. If you want the big click, it's what you should buy. Why mechanical? When I first started working from home I decided to repurpose the spare room into an office, and there was one major reason why I made the decision — I make a lot of noise when I type. Any discussion about mechanical keyboards needs t...

Today's Fortnite Item Shop update is military-themed

Apr 14, 2019

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All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite item shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items to purchase. Today's update is all about golf, as the Birdie skin and Driver harvesting tools are now available. Alongside those topical items, the Mezmer skin, Axetec harvesting tool, and Sunrise glider have all been thrown into the game as well. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some cheaper items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Magma item spray returns, giving players a second chance to pick up this animated spray. Alongside that, the Mullet Marauder and Whiplash skins and the Coaxial Copter glider have also been included, amongst other things. Make the shot Birdie 1,200 V-Bucks Drive the shot Driver 500 V-Bucks A sunny spirit Sunbird 1,200 V-Bucks Enchanting Mezmer 1,200 V-Bucks Ancien...

We have our first real look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order!

Apr 13, 2019

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Respawn is taking us to a galaxy far, far away in a new single-player experience set after Episode III. Star Wars Celebration 2019 gave fans the first look at Respawn's upcoming Star Wars game, Jedi: Fallen Order. It's the dark times now, so get ready. You'll need to abide by three rules to survive. Don't stand out. Accept the past. Trust no one. Use the Force Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order $60 at Amazon Keep the Jedi alive after Order 66. Step into the shoes of Padawan Cal Kestis as he evades Inquistitors hunting down Jedi throughout the galaxy. Using the Force may give you away, but it also might jut be the only thing that'll save your life. What is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order? Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a third-person action/melee game being developed by Respawn Entertainment, the creators of Titanfall and Apex Legends. We haven't seen gameplay for the title yet, but it looks like we'll be wielding a lightsaber and using our Force powers to battle the likes of I...

The best Google Pixel 2 cases

Apr 13, 2019

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Whether you love the Google Pixel 2 design and want to enhance it, or you're simply looking for drop protection for your new phone, there's a case that's perfect for you. Google partners with a number of accessory makers for its "Made for Google" certification program featured in the Google Store, but you can also find a ton of quality third-party cases to fit your needs. Here are the absolute best cases you can get your Google Pixel 2 — from Google and from Amazon. AC Choice Award-winner Staff pick Spigen Neo Hybrid Case The Spigen Neo Hybrid's Herringbone-textured back is smooth but grippy in the hand, and the sculpted curves of the polycarbonate hardshell look stylish and sturdy in equal measure. The port cutouts keep well clear of boxy USB-C cables and OTG adapters, and while it's easy to get the phone in and out of the case, trust me, you won't want to take it off ever again. $15 at Amazon Fun and protective OtterBox Symmetry You may know OtterBox for its sup...

The discounted PhoneSoap 3 can charge and sanitize your germ-ridden devices

Apr 13, 2019

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Get your phone cleaner than ever before with this discounted UV sanitizer. Did you know researchers say your phone is dirtier than a public toilet? Today you can change that, as for just one day only, Woot has the PhoneSoap 3 UV Sanitizer and Universal Phone Charger on sale for $37.99. Keeping in mind that it normally sells up to $60 otherwise and hardly ever drops below $40, this offer makes for one of its best ever. Shipping is free at Woot for Amazon Prime members and $6 per order for everyone else. Bye Bye Bacteria PhoneSoap 3 UV Sanitizer and Universal Phone Charger Keep your phone cleaner than your toilet with the discounted PhoneSoap 3. Within just ten minutes, you can rid 99.9% of bacteria on your device with its integrated UV light, but this deal is good for today only. $37.99 $59.95 $22 off See at Woot Considering all the surfaces they touch and all the times they're in your hand, our smartphones are some of the most germ-infested items we own. With the PhoneSoap 3, ...

Arlo's Baby Monitor can live stream to your phone at its lowest price ever

Apr 13, 2019

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Making sure your child is never out of your sight has never been this simple. The Arlo Baby Monitor is currently down to $159.99 at Amazon. This price marks a return to the lowest it's ever reached before there; it normally sells for $200. This baby monitor records in 1080p HD so you can live stream or view recorded videos clearly, with the ability to do so from anywhere in the world using the Arlo App for your iOS, Android, or Amazon Fire device, or with your web browser. Oh Baby! Arlo Baby Monitor Arlo's baby monitor records in 1080p HD and includes a built-in microphone and speaker for two-way wireless talking. Today's price is the lowest it's ever reached, too! $159.99 $199.99 $40 off See at Amazon It features two-way wireless talk so you can soothe your baby with your voice while you're not in the room, along with infrared LEDs allowing you to see your child even in the dark. While it's designed to look like a cute bunny rabbit to fit in with your child's room decor, you...

Upgrade to Samsung's 32-inch curved 1080p monitor for just $170 today only

Apr 13, 2019

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With curves in all the right places, you won't want to miss out on this one-day price drop. Woot is offering the Samsung CF397 32-inch 1080p curved LED monitor for just $169.99 today only in refurbished condition. This monitor normally sells for around $200 refurbished — and more than that in new condition — and this is the lowest we've seen it go. As a certified refurb, it will look and work like new and is backed by a 90-day Samsung warranty. Plus, Woot offers free shipping for Amazon Prime members while everyone else is charged $6 per order. Office Essentials Samsung CF397 32-inch 1080p curved LED monitor Featuring 178-degree viewing angles, a 4ms response time, and a curved display, this 32-inch Samsung monitor is a great option at one of its lowest prices yet. $169.99 $199.99 $30 off See at Woot The curved monitor has 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, 178-degree viewing angles, and a 4ms response time. It uses Samsung's Active Crystal Color technology to enhance t...

Saturday's best deals: Echo Dot bundles, LIFX bulbs, and much more

Apr 13, 2019

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Here we are again. It's Saturday, the weekend has begun, and you're likely excited. Let's take a few minutes to review today's best deals so you can start the day of with something nice for yourself. Smart Buy Amazon Echo Dot Three-Pack This deal brings the cost of Amazon's newest Echo Dot down to below what it sold for on Black Friday, though you will need to buy three of them to qualify for the pricing. Normally, each one costs $50, so with this deal you get one and a half Dots for free! $69.97 $149.97 $80 off See at Amazon It may seem silly to buy three Echo Dots, but once you use one of them you'll want more. At home, I use them to automate smart lights, answer simple questions while cooking, play my favorite songs, and even control my Sonos system. Alexa is constantly being updated with new skills and abilities, and the sound quality of these is actually pretty good. You can pair them for stereo audio if you want, or use each one in a different location. Looking for some ...

Decorate in a new way with today's sale on multi-color LIFX smart bulbs

Apr 13, 2019

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Changing up any room's look could be so much easier. Woot is holding a sale on certified refurbished LIFX Smart Lighting today only with prices starting as low as $14.99. If you've been waiting for the right moment to start getting deeper into smart home tech, this would be a great opportunity. You don't have to worry about the lights being refurbished either, as that means they've been inspected and brought back to 'Like New' condition. They each come with a 90-day warranty, too. Shipping at Woot is free for Amazon Prime members, while everyone else is stuck paying a $6 shipping fee. Wise Choice LIFX Smart Lighting One-Day Sale LIFX Smart Lighting requires no hub to get started and can be voice controlled using Amazon Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and more. Prices Vary See at Woot Most of the options in today's sale give you the choice of purchasing only one or a pack of four at an even bigger discount. For those who can spare the extra change, it's certainly a better deal t...

Transferring from your new Galaxy is a snap with Smart Switch

Apr 13, 2019

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Upgrading from an old Samsung phone to a new one is made a whole lot simpler by using Samsung's "Smart Switch" software that's built into every one of its phones. With a cable and a few taps, you'll be able to transfer a majority of your phone's content to the new device and be up and running faster than you'd think. How to transfer from an old Galaxy phone to a new one with Smart Switch Make sure both phones are turned on and have a good amount of battery. Every Samsung phone comes with Smart Switch pre-installed. Locate it in your app drawer. If for whatever reason your phone doesn't have it, you can download it first. Open the Smart Switch app on both phones and tap Send data or Receive data on the corresponding device. Select Cable or Wireless on the sending device to choose how to transfer data. By wireless, the phones will communicate automatically and discover one another, then transfer wirelessly. By cable, plug both phones directly into one another with a USB-C to USB-C...

Save more than $3,000 on this Microsoft SQL Server Certification bundle

Apr 13, 2019

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Microsoft SQL Server is among the most used database management systems in the world, and companies big and small are in need of trained IT professionals to maintain both Microsoft SQL and Azure environments. The issue here is that while you may be interested in pursuing a lucrative career in this realm, training that will prepare you for key certification exams often costs thousands of dollars. Right now, however, thanks to Android Central Digital Offers, you can grab a complete SQL Certification bundle that includes more than 120 hours of training spread out over 11 separate courses. Instead of paying the regular price of $3,289, you'll instead pay just $39. That's 98 percent off the standard price! Not only will you receive in-depth SQL Server 2012 and 2016 training, you'll also be brought up to speed with Oracle Database 12c. The 11 courses include: Oracle 12c OCP 1Z0-062: Installation & Administration Microsoft 70-765 : Provisioning SQL Databases Microsoft 70-461: Queryin...

Snag three Echo Dot speakers for your home and save $80 instantly

Apr 13, 2019

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Start controlling smart home devices with Alexa. Now's your opportunity to pick up three Echo Dot speakers at a discount, as Amazon is offering $80 off your purchase when you add three of the smart speakers to your cart. Though they regularly sell for $49.99 each, today's deal will score you the speakers for only $69.97! That's like paying a little over $23 for each one, which beats the deal of $24 we saw during Black Friday last year. You'll see the discount automatically applied during checkout. Smart Buy Amazon Echo Dot Three-Pack Today's deal at Amazon is even more affordable than the price of these speakers during Black Friday! You'll just need to add three to your cart to snag this offer. $69.97 $149.97 $80 off See at Amazon The latest model of the Echo Dot speaker features a fabric cover and an improved speaker that's miles better than the Echo Dot (2nd Gen) you may already have at home. It's capable of streaming music from Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, Sirius XM, an...

Here's how to earn a $5 Vudu credit by adding to your digital movie library

Apr 13, 2019

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Bulk up your digital movie collection at a discount. Vudu's offering a $5 promo credit to use toward your next purchase when you convert 10 titles using a Disc 2 Digital method through April 21. If you've never used the D2D feature on Vudu before, it's super quick, very easy, and can actually save you money on your digital purchases! If you complete all of the required D2D conversions before the end of the promo, you'll receive a code via email a day or so after it ends which can be redeemed at Vudu's website for the $5 credit. Binge-worthy Bargain Free $5 Vudu Credit with ten Disc 2 Digital conversions Vudu's Disc 2 Digital program lets you add movies you own on DVD or Blu-ray to your digital collection at a discount, and with today's deal, there's hardly ever been a better time to try it out. Limited Time Offer See at Vudu Vudu is always the best place to find deals on digital HD movies and TV shows, which is why you'll see Thrifter posting about them every so often. The bes...

The Pixel Slate (still) doesn't suck

Apr 13, 2019

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The Pixel Slate isn't as bad as some people make it out to be. Unpopular opinion time: Google's Pixel Slate isn't a bad product. It's expensive and has limited appeal, for sure, but as far as Chrome OS on a tablet goes, it's the best you're going to find if you're willing to pay too much money for Chrome OS on a tablet. Right up front, I'm not a tablet kind of person, not at all. I don't like Chrome on a tablet, I don't like Android tablets, I don't like iPads and think any piece of glass bigger than 6 or 7-inches that doesn't have an attached keyboard best belongs in someone else's hands. I don't like tablets very much, but this is the best (and most overpriced) Android tablet you can buy. I am, however, a Chrome OS kind of person. I use a Chromebook for everything except playing my favorite PC games. I'm willing to put up with Chrome's bugs and glitches because they are better than Apple or Microsoft's bugs and glitches to me. And that's the type of person it takes to think...

Start working out with Anker's SoundBuds Slim+ Bluetooth earbuds at $8 off

Apr 13, 2019

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These water-resistant earbuds can keep up in any weather. The Anker SoundBuds Slim+ Wireless Headphones drop to just $21.99 at Amazon when you use promo code AKSLPLUS during checkout. Today's deal saves you $8 off the regular price and brings these earbuds back down to one of the best prices we've ever seen for them. Sounds Like A Deal Anker SoundBuds Slim+ Wireless Headphones These earbuds feature Bluetooth 4.1 and are water-resistant too. Take them on a jog in the rain or sweat it out at the gym with no worries. Just make sure to enter code AKSLPLUS during checkout to score this deal. $21.99 $29.99 $8 off See at Amazon These wireless headphones feature Bluetooth 4.1 to connect with your devices and can last for up to seven hours on a single charge. They're built to protect against water and sweat which makes them useful workout earbuds, and multiple EarTips and EarWings are included so you can find the right fit. For a bit of an upgrade, you could pick up Anker's Soundcore ...

Buy a year's VPN subscription at IPVanish and get your second year for free

Apr 13, 2019

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IPVanish is currently offering two years of its VPN service for the price of one. This buy one, get one offer brings the monthly cost to just $3.25. It's billed as one payment of $77.99 which covers you for two years. It will then renew annually at that cost unless cancelled. This deal is only available for one week, so don't miss out. Away from prying eyes IPVanish VPN Get two years of IPVanish for the price of one in this limited time deal. That brings the monthly cost down to just over $3 and protects your privacy for less. $77.99 $155.98 $78 off See at IPVanish VPNs were once a niche product, but you've no doubt heard about the benefits of using one by now. In our increasingly connected world, a VPN helps cloak your internet activity in anonymity and stops you being tracked across the web for advertising, having your traffic intercepted, or running into malicious sites. Most people regularly bank or shop online and use public Wi-Fi hotspots frequently, so a VPN is advisable...

Is your phone getting Android Q? Let's find out together!

Apr 13, 2019

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We might not know what the Q will stand for, but we are sure these phones will see it arrive. Android Q is upon us, at least in early beta form for developers to use so they are ready once things go gold. That's more important than ever as we're seeing phone makers adopt newer versions of Android on existing models in greater numbers, and doing it faster than ever — even though it's still not very fast at all. That's how things work in Androidland, and it takes time for all the cooks to add their own spices and make each phone something unique. There are a handful of phones that will undoubtedly be seeing Android Q. In fact, it's a safe bet to say that some of them were designed with the idea of a faster update in mind because the companies that make the phones also help make Android by submitting pieces of code and OS changes to Google for inclusion in the final product. It takes plenty of smart minds to build something as intricate as a smartphone operating system! Google ...

Best replacement AC adapters for PlayStation VR

Apr 13, 2019

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Playing games is what we do, every single day. We spend hundreds of hours deep in VR to bring you the very best accessories and games for you to use with your favorite headsets. The Old Skool AC adapter is everything you need to replace a broken or lost PlayStation VR AC adapter. The cables are long enough to give you plenty of room to maneuver. Our pick Old Skool AC adapter for PSVR $17 from Amazon Sometimes the product with the best reviews is the right one. It's a pretty simple replacement part for you PSVR, but if you don't get the right one it could be disastrous. The Old Skool AC adapter delivers what you need when you need it. Who should buy the Old Skool AC adapter? If you have lost or broken your PSVR AC adapter, or you just need an extra one for travel, you should pick up one of these adapters. It seems obvious, but you can't play if you have no power, so you will need to pick one up as soon as possible. Is it a good time to buy the Old Skool adapter? The be...

Grab Corsair's K70 MK.2 mechanical keyboard with The Division 2 for $110

Apr 12, 2019

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The Division 2 is pretty fun, too! The Corsair K70 MK.2 RGB Cherry MX Red mechanical gaming keyboard is down to $109.99 with code NEFPBL12 at Newegg Flash. The keyboard also comes with a free copy of the video game Tom Clancy's The Division 2, which is a relatively new game that still goes for around $50. The keyboard itself goes for around $160 or more usually. You can get the free video game buying this keyboard on Amazon, too, but it's only on sale for about $119 there, which is its lowest price since January. Click those Switches Corsair K70 MK.2 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard It's already a great keyboard that rarely drops much lower than this. Getting a free modern video game, too, is just icing on the cake. $109.99 $160 $50 off See at Newegg Flash Corsair's K70 Mk.2 keyboard is built with aircraft-grade brushed aluminum. There are advanced macros and light programming options with 8MB of profile storage and three stored profiles to remember your preferences. The Cherry ...

Make your Galaxy S10's front cameras a feature with these wallpapers!

Apr 12, 2019

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The hole-punch camera cutouts on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ is something you can love or hate, but if you have to look at it every day, you might as well play into it with a fun wallpaper that fits it perfectly! I'm still working on my own hole-punch wallpapers and themes for the upcoming S10 series, but Twitter user Matt B and the r/S10wallpapers subreddit have taken their own pinhole templates and gone wild. Here are some of my favorites, now arranged by device! Collections and wallpapers compatible with all Galaxy S10 models Pretty lights Abstract color strands by u/androskris This mesmerizing abstract wallpaper looks a bit like a rainbow and an Aurora Borealis had a love child and I can't look away! The interwoven threads of color paint a tapestry of life and fate across the screen of your shiny new Galaxy flagship. Free Download Super Saiyan Blue! DBZ Goku u/Eashwars It is my supreme shame to say I haven't seen the latest DBZ movie yet. I know! I'm scum!! But in...

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is available on more phones with latest update

Apr 12, 2019

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A brand new adventure in Tamriel awaits! One of the most anticipated games of the year is The Elder Scrolls: Blades. Revealed during Bethesda's showcase at last year's E3 conference, Blades promises to deliver console-quality graphics on your smartphone with a brand new first-person role-playing adventure set in the mystical world of Tamriel. Pre-register on Google Play The Elder Scrolls: Blades follows in the huge success of Skyrim, which honestly could just as well have been ported to mobile to keep with the ongoing joke of how ubiquitous that game has become. Instead, mobile gamers will be getting a new game designed with controls optimized for landscape and portrait mode which means you'll be able to plunder dungeons with one hand while holding your morning coffee in the other. Not too shabby! In the game, you'll be exploring a combination of hand-crafted interiors and procedurally generated dungeons, along with outdoor environments. Movement can be controlled with taps o...

A clean Playstation VR is a happy Playstation VR

Apr 7, 2019

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Taking care of your PlayStation VR means making sure that it stays nice and clean. Nobody wants to overheat their system because of dust or wear a headset that is covered in someone else's germs. Keeping your system clean takes no time at all and we've got all the details for you here! Products used in this guide Blow out the dust-bunnies: 2-Pack Dust-Off Compressed Air ($14) Adieu dust: AmazonBasics Microfiber Cloth 24-pack ($13) Grime be gone: Babyganics Alcohol-Free Sanitizing Wipes ($8) How often should I clean my PlayStation VR? When it comes to sharing VR headsets you want to make sure everyone is safe. If you disinfect your equipment after every use, or once a week at the absolute minimum, any germs that might contain your cold won't be carried in your headset. Nobody wants to share germs, even if they're sharing VR. The upkeep for your PSVR won't take much time out of your busy schedule. Keeping your system clean means that it's always ready to go when you want to play!...

Criterion Channel officially launches April 8

Apr 7, 2019

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Don't forget to sign up for a Criterion Channel subscription to lock in the discount price. Cinephiles may already know that Criterion is launching a brand new streaming service that promises to be packed with highborn, avant-garde, and classic films of the highest order (plus a few cult classics, no doubt). If you haven't already signed up for the Charter Membership, April 7 is the last day to do so in order to lock in the discounted $9.99 per-month price (or $89.99 per year). Starting Monday, April 8, the day Criterion Channel officially launches across a variety of devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, iOS, and Android in the U.S. and Canada. Sign up for Criterion Charter If you've already signed up, you can watch Criterion's Movie of the Week at any time from the official website, CriterionChannel.com (currently showing L'Amour Kung Fu. Starting Monday, however, apps for the Criterion Channel will launch across a variety of different platforms, where you'll be able t...

Try these tasty CBD gummies for just $30!

Apr 7, 2019

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CBD has blown up in popularity lately. The hemp-derived supplement is still being researched to discover it's best uses but early studies have suggested that CBD is great for treating anxiety, chronic pain and fatigue, and might even help with insomnia in some people. Sunday Scaries makes CBD multivitamin gummies that also include Vitamin B12 to help regulate your nervous system and Vitamin B3 to help boost the immune system. The taste great, too, and are naturally sweetened with cane sugar and made with all natural ingredients. Made in the U.S.A. with crops harvested from family-owned hemp farms in Colorado, if you've been thinking of trying out CBD Android Central Digital Offers has a great offer for you. You can get a 20-pack of CBD gummies for just $30. Regularly sold for $40, you'll be saving 25% with this deal. It's worth noting that CBD affects everyone differently, so while some customers have reported feeling positive effects after taking one or two a day, others have rep...

Does the Galaxy Tab S4 come with a stylus in the box?

Apr 7, 2019

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Best answer: Yes, Samsung has included its own S Pen with every Galaxy Tab S4, but you can get a replacement online should anything happen to it. Get work done: Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 ($530 at Amazon) Be more precise: Samsung S Pen ($45 at Amazon) No need to spend extra dough Unlike Apple or Microsoft, which sell pens separately, Samsung packages the brand new S Pen with each Galaxy Tab S4. This decision comes after Samsung packaged the old S Pen with the Tab S3 back in 2017. As for the "specs", the new S Pen weighs in at just 0.32oz while providing a pen tip of just 0.7mm thick. Additionally, the S Pen features 4,096 different pressure levels, making it easy for your Tab S4 to register just how hard you are pressing down with the Pen. It also allows the Tab to register your touches exactly, making taking notes or some drawing much easier than it was in the past. Why should I use an S Pen? Other than the 4,096 different pressure levels, the S Pen has some additional benefits. Ins...

Want a flagship phone for less? Check out these refurbished picks!

Apr 7, 2019

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As much as we love playing with and testing the latest and greatest phones here at AC, there is something we can universally agree on that we aren't fans of — paying full price for flagship devices. If you're in the market for a quality Android phone but don't want to spend a thousand dollars, refurbished models offer a great experience at a fraction of what you'd typically spend. Here are our favorite options! Best camera ever Google Pixel 3 Staff pick The Google Pixel 3 debuted in October 2018, and soon after its release, we easily determined it was one of the best Android phones you can buy. It has the best camera currently on a smartphone, a great AMOLED display, and a phenomenal software experience that's always up-to-date. The best part? It's already available for way cheaper than its MSRP when you buy refurbished. From $468 at Amazon Enter the Galaxy Samsung Galaxy S9 This may not be the newest Samsung Galaxy phone on the market, but it's one heck of a smartp...

Sunday's top deals: portable SSDs, repair kits, and more!

Apr 7, 2019

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The weekend is the perfect time to save money and get some stuff you need. Many of these deals have dropped to prices so low we haven't seen them before. Save the Data WD My Passport 2TB portable solid state drive Covered by a three-year warranty, this portable SSD can keep a ton of your data safe and on the move. The SSD was selling for around $370 at the beginning of March. Since then it has been going for around $350, but the drop to $324 is the lowest we've seen since a rare drop on Black Friday last year. $323.99 $370 $46 off See at Amazon There are plenty of portable hard drives out there, but solid state drives don't have the same moving parts, which means they are a lot more durable for travel than a regular drive. The problem is usually the cost, and that's why we have deals like this. The WD My Passport has read speeds up to 540 MB/s. It can automatically backup your data and has password encryption to keep it safe. Mr. Fix It AmazonBasics smartphone repair ...

Take almost $50 off the WD My Passport 2TB portable SSD

Apr 7, 2019

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Covered by a three-year warranty. The WD My Passport 2TB portable solid state drive is down to $323.99 on Amazon. The SSD was selling for around $370 at the beginning of March. Since then it has been going for around $350, but the drop to $324 is the lowest we've seen since a rare drop on Black Friday last year. Store it all WD My Passport 2TB portable SSD So much space. And a great price. You'll be able to take a ton of music with you or transfer data from one place to the next. $323.99 $370 $46 off See at Amazon There are plenty of portable hard drives out there, but solid state drives don't have the same moving parts, which means they are a lot more durable for travel than a regular drive. The problem is usually the cost, and that's why we have deals like this. The WD My Passport has read speeds up to 540 MB/s. It can automatically backup your data and has password encryption to keep it safe. It is compatible with USB-C and USB 3.1 along with all previous generations. WD ba...

Fix your mobile device with the AmazonBasics repair kit on sale for $8

Apr 7, 2019

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Even fix your glasses with this. The AmazonBasics 16-piece smartphone repair kit is down to $8.38 on Amazon. The kit normally sells for around $11 or more, and today is only the second time we've seen it drop this low since Black Friday. Mr. Fix it AmazonBasics smartphone repair kit A simple kit designed to save you money both thanks to the deal's price drop and over the long run by fixing the little issues that arise with mobile devices. $8.38 $11 $3 off See at Amazon Use the tools in this kit to repair your smartphone, game system, watch, eyeglasses and other small devices. It has a precision aluminum screwdriver with a telescopic handle for an extended reach that's easy to use with one hand thanks to the free-spinning end cap. Other tools include two mini pry bars, an opening pick, a SIM card ejector, and a suction cup. The screwdriver bits fit into tight spots and include bits designed for the iPhone and iPad. It all fits inside a convenient zippered case and comes with a...

Grab a great mic for your PS4 livestreams

Apr 7, 2019

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The ever-rising popularity of streaming comes with a lot of competition. You'll need a great personality to set yourself apart, but you'll also need some reliable equipment. Mediocre microphones are a sure way to lose viewers. To up your game and get the best of the best without breaking the bank, you have your choice of several USB microphones that will give you crystal clear audio when streaming from your PlayStation 4. Multipurpose Blue Yeti USB Microphone Staff pick It doesn't get much better for streamers than the Blue Yeti. It's affordable, it picks up high-quality audio from four different recording patterns, and it features zero-latency headphone output through a 3.5mm jack so that you can listen to exactly what you're recording. Getting the perfect sounding audio with impeccable control has never been so easy. $99 at Amazon For beginners Blue Snowball USB Microphone The Blue Snowball is like the Yeti's younger sibling. It still gives you great audio quality at a ...

Speed up Chrome with these simple tips

Apr 6, 2019

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These five tips will make Chrome as fast as it can be. Zoom zoom! One thing even a basic entry-level Chromebook can do faster than any other computer is surfing the web with the Chrome browser. It makes sense — a Chromebook is designed to run the browser, which is a core part of Chrome OS. It had better be fast. But for many of us, things can never be fast enough. There will always be developer builds or tweaks you can make under the hood if you want to get your hands dirty, but there are also a few things you can do right from the settings that speed up page loading times, and especially the time it takes to load the browser in the first place. The beauty of this is that while this was written with a Chromebook in mind, these tips also will speed up the Chrome browser on other platforms — even on a Mac, where it needs all the help it can get. If you think you need more speed, do these five things before you try anything else. Make sure you're running the latest vers...

Google Store leaks Google Pixel 3a in menu mistake

Apr 6, 2019

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Here's what we know about the mysterious mid-range Pixel phone. Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones are two of the very best Android devices you can buy — if you have at least $800. We've heard talk of a mid-range Pixel phone for a while now, and at some point in 2019, it looks it could become a reality in the form of the Pixel 3a. Here's everything we know so far about Google's third entry in the Pixel 3 series! The latest Pixel 3a news April 6, 2019 — Google Pixel 3a seen in Google Store menus These Google Pixel 3a leaks are getting kind of ridiculous, but hey, hopefully that means we're getting a launch sooner than we think. In any event, the Google Store got in on the action Friday afternoon when it accidentally showed both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a case in the store's navigation menus. Clicking the link for the Google Pixel 3a or Google Pixel 3a Fabric case gives you a 404 and Google was quick to remove the links from the menus, but not before redditors po...

Everything you need to know about Google Play Music's distant shutdown

Apr 6, 2019

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There is more music than you can imagine right at your fingertips. While there are many apps that stream music, and stream it well, Google Play Music is Google's tentpole music service, and as such is an app that comes on millions and millions of devices. While we know that Google Play Music will not live forever, I for one am going to enjoy it for every second that we still have it! Everything you need to know about Google Play Music's future Is Google Play Music shutting down? Right now? No, Google Play Music is not shutting down in the immediate future. Google is shutting down the Artist Hub on April 30, but Google Play Music itself has no sundown date at this time. In the somewhat distant future? Yes, Google has stated: "With the launch of YouTube Music last year, we eventually plan to replace Google Play Music with YouTube Music." YouTube Music is supposed to take over for Google Play Music, but seeing as YouTube Music only had its overhaul and relaunch a little und...

These are the best screen protectors for the Huawei P30 Pro

Apr 6, 2019

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The P30 Pro's camera is going to steal most of the spotlight, but remember that you're typically going to be showing off those pictures using the P30 Pro's display. Screen protectors and curved screens such as the P30 Pro are notoriously difficult to pair since curved tempered glass is tricky to get perfect and you're otherwise left with something that protects the flattest portions of the screen while leaving the curved edges exposed. Of course, with the in-screen fingerprint sensor, that makes things even more tricky, but thankfully the P30 isn't like the Galaxy S10's ultrasonic sensor: it'll still play nice with most tempered glass protectors. Best value Orzero Edge to Edge Film (3-pack) Staff pick These film screen protectors are ultra thin and offer edge-to-edge protection against scratches from keys, coins, or whatever else. Film screen protectors are a great option for curved displays and Orzero gives you three and backs them up with a lifetime warranty if you can't find...

Saturday's top deals: Philips Hue lights, AmazonBasics tech gear, & more

Apr 6, 2019

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Celebrate the end of the week and the start of your weekend with some great discounts on lots of stuff you didn't know you needed. All the colors Refurb Philips Hue Lights These are some of the best smart light products you can buy, and today they are even more affordable. The renewed bulbs are tested to look and wok like new, and come with a 90-day warranty. Up to 25% off See at Amazon Philips makes some of our favorite smart bulbs, but the unfortunate part is that they carry a bit of a price tag with them. The bulbs do go on sale from time to time, but today's deal brings the already-discounted renewed bulbs and kits down even lower, which makes it a brilliant time to buy. Whether you're looking for a basic starter kit, some color bulbs, or light strips to add to your rooms, this sale has it all. Check out the rest of today's best deals below. Tech essentials AmazonBasics computer accessories Take 20% or more off AmazonBasics mice, cables, and other computer accessori...

Add some ambiance with two multicolor Kasa Smart Bulbs on sale for $43

Apr 6, 2019

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These bulbs offer a wide range of color and lighting options at a fantastic price. Newegg has the two-pack of TP-Link's Kasa KL130 Smart Wi-Fi LED Light Bulb on sale today for just $42.98. Trying to buy just one of these bulbs would normally cost you up to $40 at Amazon. With that said, you're saving around $37 off the regular cost thanks to today's deal. Plus, shipping is free. Smart buy TP-Link Kasa KL130 Smart Light Bulb two-pack This two-pack of smart bulbs is nearly the price of what just one bulb would normally cost you. They're multi-colored and are dimmable as well, allowing for a myriad of lighting options. $42.98 $79.98 $37 off See at Newegg Unlike other smart bulbs, these two require no hub to work. You'll be able to use an app on your smartphone to dim them, schedule their usage, change their color, and more. That also means you'll be able to do all of that even when you're not at home, which can be helpful for those who ever wonder whether they left their lights o...

Become a machine learning expert for only $35!

Apr 6, 2019

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Machine learning has become more important than ever, as the world looks to automate more daily tasks and collect more data. The problem is understanding Machine learning and data science is no simple feat. Even if you have a programming background, it can be hard to know where to start; don't worry, Windows Central Digital Offers has you covered. With the Complete Machine Learning A to Z Bundle you can get access to nine courses with a combined 341 lessons available to go over at anytime you want it. These courses are tailor-made to teach you everything you need to know about machine learning, data science, and data analysis you'll need to move up in your career, or even start a new one! With this bundle you'll learn: Recieve an introduction to AI and deep learning How to build chatbots with Google DialogFlow and Amazon Lex Build your own voice apps using Amazon Alexa Four courses that teach you through hands-on projects You'll want to take advantage of this $35 bundle to get you...

Logitech's Harmony 650 universal remote control is down to $25 today

Apr 6, 2019

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Make life a little easier. The Logitech Harmony 650 infrared all-in-one universal remote control is down to $24.99 at Best Buy today only. That price marks the lowest we've ever seen for this remote, which usually sells around $42 on average at Amazon. It has even been selling as high as $50 most recently, so the drop to $25 is especially great. Binge With Me Logitech Harmony 650 all-in-one universal remote control This all-in-one remote control can reduce the number of remotes you have in your living room thanks to its compatibility with over 225,000 devices, including TVs, Blu-ray and DVD players, and so much more. $24.99 $42.39 $17 off See at Best Buy The Harmony 650 has support for eight devices, which means you can throw away as many as eight remotes. Reduce the clutter and the complexity of your living room entertainment system. The bright color screen on the remote shows your favorite channels and commands for easy navigation. Plus, you can set up one-touch activity but...

Insignia's 32-inch Fire Edition Smart TV dropped to a budget price of $120

Apr 6, 2019

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Access all the streaming services you know and love. Amazon has the Insignia 32-inch Fire TV Edition on sale for just $119.99 today. This HDTV set features Amazon's Fire OS and normally sells just above $140 on average there. You can also find this same offer over at Best Buy. Stream Dream Insignia 32-inch Fire TV Edition With this Insignia Fire TV, you can access streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and more without needing an additional streaming device like the Amazon Fire Stick... it has one built-in, after all. $119.99 $169.99 $50 off See at Amazon The TV, model number NS-32DF310NA19, offers 720p HD resolution as well as the Fire TV experience built-in giving you access to all your favorite streaming apps like Netflix and Prime Video, and they also have Alexa-enabled skills and can work with the included voice remote. Of course, there are other sizes and resolutions in the Fire TV Edition range including 4K options from both Insignia and Toshiba if you want to upgrade ...

5G will drive a bigger wedge between the haves and have-nots

Apr 6, 2019

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The current 5G deployment strategies mean you won't find it in rural America any time soon. In October 2018 I wrote about how 5G could be the best hope rural areas have when it comes to getting high-speed internet access. I concluded those thoughts with this little nugget: But I fear that nothing will change enough to make a difference and the have-nots will still go without. Fast forward to April 2019 and I no longer fear that will be the case — I'm certain. 5G service needs a big fat pipe of bandwidth to draw from. That's not going to be the problem after all. Back in the late summer of 2018 carriers were saying that spectrum licensing would be the hurdle to jump over if they were to be able to provide rural broadband using 5G. It wasn't the end-point service causing the issues, it was the backhaul. Every network needs enough backhaul to provide data to all the end users. Think of backhaul as a great big water pipe that the smaller water pipes feeding our homes are con...

Save big on certified refurbished Philips Hue gear today starting under $30

Apr 6, 2019

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Change up the look of a room in an instant. As part of its deals of the day, Amazon has a selection of refurb Philips Hue bulbs and more on sale for up to 25% off. These are certified refurbished kits and bulbs, meaning that they are tested to work and look like new, and are backed by a 90-day warranty. There's a wide variety of starter kits, bulbs, and accessories included in this sale, so whether you are looking to get started with some smart lights in your home, or want to expand your current Philips Hue set up, today's the day to do it. Smart buy Certified Refurbished Philips Hue bulbs This one-day sale at Amazon features refurbished Philips Hue products at up to 25% off that have been tested and inspected to ensure they're brought back to 'Like New' condition. You'll recieve a 90-day warranty with your purchase, too. Prices Vary See at Amazon If you don't already have any Philips Hue gear, this 4-bulb white starter kit is a perfect way to kick things off, and today it's d...

Get The Surge or Conan Exiles with PlayStation Plus!

Apr 1, 2019

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One of the biggest perks of having a PlayStation Plus membership is the free games you get every month. They are always hand-picked by a team of experts that know what you'll want to play. The games PlayStation is offering this month include a popular AAA title and a difficult indie puzzler. Check out the list below, start downloading these games, and enjoy them for the month of April! ★ Featured favorite The Surge In this dystopian future, technology has taken over the world and it definitely wasn't for the better. The human race was deemed worthless as robots took over their jobs, exoskeletons are now a normality, and the fight for survival is tougher than ever. You play as a man named Warren, an unfortunate case of an exoskeleton gone wrong, and only you have the choice to save mankind or doom it. See at PlayStation Store Survival RPG Conan Exiles This open-world survival game focuses on Conan the Barbarian. Kill your enemies on your way to greatness and...

This Nest Protect Carbon Monoxide Alarm comes with a free Google Home Mini

Apr 1, 2019

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B&H Photo has the Nest Protect Battery-Powered Smoke and Monoxide Alarm available for $119 shipped, which is its standard price. Don't gloss over the deal, though, as this also comes with a free Google Home Mini. That's a $39 value and you can choose from four different colors. While the Google Home Mini doesn't work in conjunction with the Nest Protect, it's a fantastic little gadget that plays well with other products in the Nest ecosystem. Stay safe Nest Protect + Google Home Mini Take no chances when it comes to your family's health. This smart home tech will keep you safe, and the free Google Home Mini is icing on top of the cake. $119 $160 $41 Off See at B&H The Nest Protect is a smart detector for your home. It can detect smoke and carbon monoxide and let you know about any dangerous situations by speaking to you or sending alerts to your phone. It's also the sort of smoke alarm you don't have to worry about because it can check its own battery through an automat...

Android Pie seems to dredge up camera issues for Razer Phone 2

Apr 1, 2019

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"Waiter, I think I found some bugs in my Pie." I've been using the Razer Phone 2 as my daily phone since November 2018, which has allowed me to thoroughly test what a gaming smartphone offers for daily use. During my time with the Razer Phone 2, Razer has updated the software to Android 9 (while ignoring the first Razer Phone entirely) and has also slashed the price down to $500. Both things are pretty great news if you're looking to buy a new phone in 2019. Now running on the latest version of Android with a brand new price tag, the Razer Phone 2 is worthy of a revisit review. For gamers Razer Phone 2 $500 at Amazon Still the best for gamers The Razer Phone 2 offers a phone design and features that you can't find on other smartphones — big front-facing speakers, a display with 120hz refresh rate, and software optimization for...

The WD My Passport 1TB portable solid state drive has dropped to $170

Apr 1, 2019

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Portable storage that won't disappoint. The WD My Passport 1TB portable solid state drive is down to $169.99 on Amazon. This portable storage device has been selling around $190 for the last few months and today's price matches the lowest it has ever gone. Store more WD My Passport 1TB portable SSD If you want a speedy and reliable portable SSD at its best ever price, you're in luck. This 1TB WD model is back at its lowest price ever making it the perfect time to pick one up. $169.99 $189.99 $20 off See at Amazon There are plenty of portable hard drives out there, but solid state drives don't have the same moving parts, which means they are a lot more durable for travel than a regular drive. The problem is usually the cost, and that's why we have deals like this. The WD My Passport has transfer speeds up to 540 MB/s. It can automatically backup your data and has password encryption to keep it safe. It is compatible with USB-C and USB 3.1 along with all previous generations. WD...

Turn boring PDFs into digital magazines with Next FlipBook Maker Pro

Apr 1, 2019

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We all have to read through PDF documents at some point or another, and we all know what a bore they can be. If you're using this format in a way that requires serious reader engagement, like with a sales pitch, you can turn a boring read into something much more exciting. Turn boring PDFs into digital magazines with this $29 lifetime subscription! Learn more Next FlipBook Maker Pro is specialized software that lets you transform PDFs and images into Flash or HTML5 flipbooks. It's stocked with customizable templates that make it easier to get the look you want, and it will create something that can be viewed on virtually any PC or mobile device. Instead of paying the usual $299 for a lifetime subscription to this software, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal that knocks 90 percent off. That brings the price down to just $29! Not only can you use PDFs and images, but you can also embed YouTube videos and local media — like videos, music, buttons, charts, and hyperli...

Monday's top deals: multi-port USB wall chargers, microSD cards, and more

Apr 1, 2019

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Beat the Monday blues with these sweet deals on tech and more. We've rounded up all of the best promotions of the day to make it super easy to save on something you need or just plain want. Insta-buy Aukey Dual-Port USB Wall Charger Amazon is offering this Aukey USB Dual-Port Wall Charger for only $5.99 when you apply coupon code X9VO4ZMI during checkout. Usually it costs at least $10, and we have never seen the price drop this low before. It features two USB-A ports and only takes up one plug in a standard outlet and is a no-brainer at this price. $5.99 9.99 $4 off See at Amazon This highly-rated wall charger sports a compact form factor with a foldable plug making travel painless. The AiPower Adaptive Charging means supported devices will be charged as quickly as possible and there are built-in safeguards against overheating and overcharging. Aukey backs your purchase with a two-year warranty. Once you've powered up your devices, check out the rest of today's best deals. ...

Grab a pair of Anker's durable USB-C cables on sale for $4 apiece

Apr 1, 2019

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These affordable USB-C cables are suitable for both charging and data transfers. Resorting to Walmart or Best Buy's prices for a USB-C cable can set you back more than a few dollars if you're looking for a dependable option. Over at Amazon however, you can normally find durable picks like Anker's Powerline+ USB-C Fast Charging Cable at a great price. While it normally sells in a two-pack for only $9.99, using code ANKERB82 during checkout will drop its price to $7.99 for a limited time. That'll score you the cables for just $4 apiece. Powered Up Anker Powerline+ USB-C Fast Charging Cable 2-pack Anker's offering two of its durable USB-C charging cables for only $8 when you enter promo code ANKERB82 during checkout. That might only save you $2 off their regular price, but it's a much bigger discount compared to other options. $7.99 $9.99 $2 off See at Amazon Protected by a double-braided nylon exterior, Anker's Powerline+ USB-C cables are equipped with a toughened aramid fiber c...

Should I use a racing wheel to play racing games on PlayStation 4?

Apr 1, 2019

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Best answer: For most people a racing wheel will be unnecessary. You should consider purchasing one only if you want that extra layer of immersion. Premium controller: SCUF Vantage ($200 at GameStop) More immersion: ThrustMaster T150 RS Racing Wheel ($160 at Amazon) What is a racing wheel? A racing wheel is exactly what it sounds like. Standard controllers aren't the only method available to you when you want to play a racing game. Companies manufacture separate steering wheels that act similar to their real-life counterparts with a few extra buttons thrown in to play the games you love. Most steering wheels even come with a set of pedals as well. What are the benefits of using one? Racing wheels add a whole new dimension and an extra layer of immersion to your racing games. Force feedback available with many products on the market makes your video game driving experience feel close to lifelike. The Thrustmaster T150 RS racing wheel was specifically designed for PlayStation users...

This compact Aukey Dual-Port Wall Charger for only $6 is a no-brainer

Apr 1, 2019

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Amazon is offering this Aukey USB Dual-Port Wall Charger for only $5.99 when you apply coupon code X9VO4ZMI during checkout. Usually it costs at least $10, and we have never seen the price drop this low before. Daily Use Aukey USB Dual-Port Wall Charger This is something you'll use very frequently, so it makes sense to get it while it's discounted. Keep it as a backup at the office or stash it in your bag for safekeeping. Make sure to use code X9VO4ZMI to save. $5.99 $9.99 $4 Off See at Amazon This highly-rated wall charger features two USB-A ports in a compact form factor that only takes up one plug in a standard outlet. The AiPower Adaptive Charging means supported devices will be charged as quickly as possible, and the compact form features a foldable plug so travel is painless. There are built-in safeguards against overheating and overcharging. Aukey backs your purchase with a two-year warranty. Note that cables aren't included with your order. If you're in the market, che...

Gmail for Android gets Smart Compose and scheduled emails

Apr 1, 2019

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A few treats in honor of Gmail's 15th birthday. On April 1, 2004, Google launched a little thing called Gmail. Over the past 15 years, it's established itself as one of the biggest names when it comes to email. In honor of its 15th birthday today, Google's announced a couple of new features that are rolling out now to the Gmail Android app. When the Pixel 3 launched, it came with Smart Compose — an exclusive Gmail feature that uses AI to predict words as you're typing. In addition to expanding to all Android devices, Smart Compose also now works in Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. If you use an iPhone, Google says Smart Compose will be "coming soon." Also coming to Gmail is a feature we grew to love with Inbox — scheduled emails. When you go to send an email in Gmail, you'll now have the option of scheduling it to be sent at a future date/time. There are presets for tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon, Monday morning, or you can customize it to be whatever ...

Audio-Technica's ATH-M40x monitor headphones are $20 off right now

Apr 1, 2019

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Can't go wrong with high-quality headphones for well under $100. Amazon has Audio-Technica's popular ATH-M40x professional monitor headphones on sale for $79, a price drop of just over $20. They normally sell for close to the $100 mark and only rarely drop any lower than this; when they do, it's generally for just a few dollars more. The M40x headphones offer some of the best bang-for-your-buck you can find for sub-$100 headphones. They use 40mm drivers, a circumaural design for passive noise-isolation, 90-degree swiveling ear cups for one-ear monitoring, and professional-grade material for extended comfort. The Wirecutter considers them a runner-up in their category on the best headphones under $200. Sounds Like A Deal Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones These well-reviewed headphones are some of Audio-Technica's most affordable, and now they're down to one of their best prices ever too! $79 $99 $20 off See at Amazon The M40x's big brother, the ATH-M50x, ...

How to create an Alexa Smart Device Group and why you should

Apr 1, 2019

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Having a smart home is awesome. With Amazon Alexa and the Echo family of devices, having a smart home has become accessible for everyone, whether you know about tech or not. You can settle for controlling one device at a time, but with Alexa Smart Device Groups, why would you? Having a Smart Device Group can help simplify tasks such as starting your day in the morning, and getting movie night started with your family by connecting a number of your devices. Let us show you how to get your first Alexa Smart Device Group enabled. Products used in this guide Echo device set-up application: Amazon Alexa App (Free at Google Play) Smart speaker: Amazon Echo ($100 at Amazon) How to set up your first Alexa Smart Device Group Open the Amazon Alexa application on your Android Device. Tap Devices in the lower right corner of your screen. Tap the + in the upper right corner of the Devices screen. In the pop up menu that follows, tap Add Group. Select or create a name for your smart device...

You won't toss away these two USB rechargeable lighters on sale for $12

Apr 1, 2019

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Welcome to the future. Buying lighter after lighter may seem inexpensive one by one, but depending on your usage, the cost can add up rather quickly. That's why practically every home should have something like Tacklife's ELY08 Electric Arc Lighter. It recharges via USB so you can use it for years to come, and it's around the cost of what a pack of a few Bic lighters would cost you in a store. While you could pick up one today for $8.97 at Amazon, there's an even better offer when you grab this two-pack and enter promo code 8SVU4LIW during checkout. That'll bring the pair's price down to $11.94, meaning you'll be paying just $5.97 apiece for them. At this price, there's no reason to continue wasting your money on lighters you know are destined for the garbage. Fire Sale Tacklife Electric Arc Lighter 2-pack A single USB rechargeable lighter could save you a bunch of money if you find yourself buying disposable lighters on a consistent basis, and today you can score two at only $6 ...

Best Android phones with a 3.5mm headphone jack

Apr 1, 2019

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It isn't a given that your next Android phone will have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Many of the best and most desirable phones available today just don't offer the port, despite being one of the most-requested features from smartphone buyers. Thankfully, some companies have heard the call and kept the headphone jack around. These are the best phones you can get that still have one. Feature-packed Samsung Galaxy S10 Staff favorite Samsung keeps carrying the torch with consumer-friendly features like a headphone jack. The S10 isn't just about that, though: everything else this phone offers will appeal to just about everyone, with an amazing display, top-end specs, infinite capabilities and customizable software. $900 at Amazon Great audio quality LG G8 The G8 continues LG's commitment to offering great audio quality, both with speakers and its headphone jacks. Just like the models before it, the G8 has a great DAC supporting its headphone jack for higher-end audio qual...

Brighten up your home with these discounted Minger LED light strips

Apr 1, 2019

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Set the mood. Minger has a pair of its LED light strips on sale with as much as 45% off when you enter the correct promo code. These lights can be used to provide ambient light to any room in the color of your choosing and are great for setting the mood or using behind a display to alleviate eye strain. Easy on the eye Minger Govee TV LED Strip Lights Reduce eye strain with some ambient lighting behind your TV or computer monitor. Code 5YMDY587 takes $6 off these affordable, USB-powered strip lights making them a total no-brainer. $7.14 $12.99 $6 off See at Amazon Pretty colors Minger DreamColor LED Strip Lights Take $12 off these 9.8-foot strip lights with millions of color options and a high-sensitivity mic for syncing with your favorite music. Use code JRBC4UQK to get the deal. $18.84 $26.99 $12 off See at Amazon The 6.56-foot model on sale is ideal for providing backlight on your TV or computer monitor thanks to its short length and USB connector for power. It drops...

Samsung confirms April 5 launch for the Galaxy S10 5G

Apr 1, 2019

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Samsung's 10th year of Galaxy flagships is something to behold. Every year, Samsung kicks off the year with its Galaxy S devices. These serve as a showcase of the very best that the company has to offer, and this year, we were treated to a total of three new devices with the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e. Whether you're looking for the latest news, want to know how the phones compare to other gadgets, need help finding a good case, or anything else in between, you're in the right place. The latest Galaxy S10 news April 1, 2019 — Samsung confirms April 5 launch for the Galaxy S10 5G About a week ago, a report surfaced claiming that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S10 5G on April 5 in Korea. Now, Samsung is confirming that news. In a press release issued on April 1 that is surprisingly not an April Fool's joke, Samsung said "the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be available in Korea starting April 5, 2019." Customers in the U.S. will have to wait until June to get their hands on the ...

Buttonless phones are a cool idea that serve no real purpose

Apr 1, 2019

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Another solution for a problem that doesn't exist. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an editorial complaining about in-screen fingerprint sensors — going as far to say that they're the worst thing about phones in 2019. I'm still not a fan of them, but I will acknowledge that I may have been a bit harsh with some of my wording. I personally prefer regular side and rear-mounted sensors, but there is room for in-screen sensors to improve. When that happens and their speed is up to snuff with traditional sensors, I'll be happy to eat crow. Now, I'm ready to complain about something else — buttonless phones. Last week, a report came out claiming that the Galaxy Note 10 won't have any physical buttons and instead have pressure sensitive sensors on the frame to do things like adjust the volume and turn the phone on/off. The argument for buttonless phones, at least right now, is that they make the handset more durable as there aren't moving parts of any kind &mda...

Are Samsung's Galaxy Buds any good?

Apr 1, 2019

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We like them, but what about you? Ever since Apple's AirPods debuted back in 2017, truly wireless earbuds have been wildly popular. We've seen a lot of companies try and create AirPods alternatives for the Android space, with one of the most recent options being the Samsung Galaxy Buds. Andrew was impressed with the Galaxy Buds in his full review, calling them "exceptional everyday earbuds." But does everyone feel that way? Here's what some of our AC forum members had to say about them. claykin 03-30-2019 06:49 PM “ I got my free set the other day. Not impressed. Slightly above average sound. I think I'll stick with wired headphones. Reply worldsoutro 03-31-2019 06:02 PM “ It depends on your use cases. I keep them at the office. They are useful when I have to make a call with my phone as it helps not having to hold the ph...

Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3 photo comparison: Which has the better camera?

Apr 1, 2019

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The mass-market leader and fan favorite take very different approaches to photography. All three generations of Pixel phones have set new standards for smartphone photography. Historically, the only phone that really outdoes a Pixel's camera is the next Pixel. Others get close, and offer different experiences, but ultimately come up short to Google's phones in terms of outright photo quality. Samsung has a great reputation for having very consistent, capable smartphone cameras — but its slow iteration over the last few generations hasn't looked great considering the consistent improvements Google has made. The Galaxy S10 adds a new ultra-wide camera in addition to the standard and telephoto lenses, and has new software, processing and features to make use of all three. While Google continues to lean heavily on software processing to make the most of its single camera that doesn't look particularly good on paper but has consistently produced amazing photos. Now it's time to se...

These clear cases show off your Nokia 9 PureView perfectly

Apr 1, 2019

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Good clear cases show off your phone's natural beauty while still protecting it from the cruel, cruel concrete world outside the safety of your home. While the Nokia 9 PureView hasn't been out for long, the clear case selection isn't lacking in the slight