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These discounted Anker accessories are great gifts for just about anyone
Save on Anker power banks, wireless chargers, Bluetooth headphones and speakers, and much more this month!Popular accessory manufacturer Anker just unveiled a whole host of new deals with prices starting at just $10 today at Amazon. This promotion includes a variety of products from Anker and its sub-brands Eufy, Soundcore, Nebula and Roav, with everything from portable chargers to truly wireless earphones, and more reduced in price for a limited time.Truly wirelessSoundcore Liberty Lite EarbudsTruly wireless headphones are taking over, and if you're not interested in spending a ton of money to try a pair out, these are the ones to get. Anker normally sells these for over $60, and this is one of the best direct price drops we've ever seen on them.$44.99 at AmazonNoise-cancellingSoundcore Life 2 Christmas Gift SetThis is a new bundle that Anker's put together for the holidays, and it includes the Soundcore Life 2 over-ear headphones, a PowerCore 5000 portable batte...
Add Insignia's 55-inch 4K Fire TV Edition to your living room for just $330
This deal is set to expire when the day ends.For today only, you can pick up the Insignia 55-inch 4K Fire TV Edition for just $329.99, which is a savings of $120. Normally, it sells for $450, but Black Friday brought it down to $380, which is what Amazon has it listed for.Having the Fire TV experience built right in, you'll have quick and easy access to all of your favorite streaming media channels, like Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, and more. Don't forget, right now you can get Hulu for just $0.99 a month if you're a new (or returning) customer. The remote has Amazon's Alexa built-in so you can talk to it and have it launch apps, search for shows, play music, and more.If you prefer to use Roku over the Fire TV, this TCL 55-inch 4K Smart TV is also on sale right now for just $350. It's temporarily out of stock, but you can still buy it now to lock in that discount.See at Best Buy...
The Moto G6 is the best $200 you can spend on a phone this Black Friday
It's kind of mind-blowing how good of a phone you can get at this price.Smartphones like the Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9, and LG V40 are fantastic devices that are absolutely worthy of your consideration, but there's one big thing they all have in common that keeps a lot of potential buyers at bay — the price. Not everyone has the means to spend $800 - $1000 on a new phone, and to be perfectly honest, you really don't need to even if you can technically afford it.A great example of why you don't need those incredibly expensive phones is the Moto G6. It's usually a pretty great deal any time of the year with an MSRP of $240, but just in time for Black Friday, you can pick one up for just $200. In the past, $200 used to not be able to buy much in the smartphone space, but the Moto G6 delivers a lot more goods than you'd probably expect.Right off the bat, the G6 makes an impression as the best-looking phone in Motorola's G-series to-date. It has a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display with a...
Your pet will love this $135 Furbo treat-tossing dog camera
Amazon is offering $60 off the Furbo Treat-Tossing Pet Camera, bringing the final price down to just $134.99. This item typically sells for around $240, and today's price is a match for the best in history.You may remember this pet cam from when it was featured on The Ellen Show. It uses a free app and Wi-Fi to let you toss your furry pal a treat using your phone. The app is compatible with both iOS and Android. The 1080p wide-angle camera is complete with night vision, so you'll always be able to keep an eye on your little rascal, and there is even a two-way chat feature that lets you check in using your voice. It can even work with Alexa, so you can schedule hands-free treat tossing to keep your fur baby happy while you're away. It's easy to set up, easy to use, and easier than ever to play with your pet from afar.Use this while on vacation, for behavioral training, or just to reconfirm your suspicions that a certain furry someone has been knocking over your furniture while you...
Grab Amazon's Smart Plug for $5 with any Echo purchase right now
This is a must-have add on item.If you're buying an Echo this holiday shopping season, you probably already know that Black Friday is the time to do it, but this helpful tip can make the discounted buying experience even better. Amazon recently released its own smart plug, and right now when you combine it with any Echo hardware purchase, you can get it for just $5. That's right, the brand new plug that normally costs $25 on its own can be yours for just $5 when you add it to your purchase of an Echo device.The most affordable bundle that you can grab is the second-gen Echo Dot with the smart plug for just $24.99, the same price as the plug on its own. For just $4 more, you can opt for the 3rd-gen Echo Dot with smart plug, which is a bundle that's nearly impossible to beat. On an average day, this same kit would cost you $75, meaning that you save $46 on it right now.If you want something with a larger speaker, the 2nd-gen Echo is the way to go, and when you combo it with the s...
Ring Stick Up Cam Wired vs. Amazon Cloud Cam: Which should you buy?
We want nothing but the best in our home security cameras, but manufacturers trying to balance price, quality, features, and flexibility always seems to leave something lacking. Nowhere is this as clear as the stark contrast between Amazon's Cloud Cam and Ring's new Stick Up Cam, which makes the choice easy for buyers like you!Stick Up Cam Wired by RingThe all-arounder$180 at AmazonProsWorks indoors and outdoorsFlexibility in power and internetWider field of visionBuilt-in siren to ward off intrudersWorks with AlexaConsNo video recordings without subscriptionHigher upfront cost, offset by affordable Ring Protect plansRing makes great video doorbells and security cameras, and the new Ring Stick Up Cam continues the tradition with a powerful indoor/outdoor camera that's flexible to power and place. It also integrates with the entire Ring line of home security products for a premium experience.Amazon Cloud CamShort-term savings$120 at AmazonPros33% cheap...
Samsung's 8nm Exynos 9820 unveiled with dedicated NPU, 8K video recording
Samsung is betting on a dedicated NPU to introduce a host of AI-enabled features in its upcoming flagship.Huawei was the first to roll out its 2019 chipset, with the Chinese manufacturer announcing the 7nm Kirin 980 last month. With the 980, HiSilicon (Huawei's semiconductor division) doubled down on AI processing, introducing a dual NPU that enables a host of new features on the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.Samsung is now announcing its own flagship chipset for 2019, the Exynos 9820. The 9820 builds on the strengths of this year's 9810 — which powered the global variants of the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 — by introducing a fourth-gen CPU and an LTE modem that can hit up to 2Gbps with 8x carrier aggregation.The highlight with the Exynos 9820 is a dedicated neural processing unit (NPU) that will allow Samsung to offer a range of AI features on the Galaxy S10. The chipset also enables 4K video recording at 150fps and 10-bit colors, as well as the ability to shoot 8K video at 30f...
Bring along your laptop securely with the $40 Timbuk2 Parkside Backpack
Bag this one quick.For those looking for a stylish, comfortable backpack that can accommodate their laptop safely, there is a wide range of varied options to choose between. You could choose a messenger bag, or a satchel, but we all know nothing truly beats the traditional backpack. Timbuk2 is a notable brand for high-quality backpacks and other bags, and right now its Parkside Laptop Backpack is down to $39.99 at Amazon. It's more regularly sold for close to $60 on average, so you're getting quite a deal with it too. Only the Abyss colored backpack is priced this low currently, though a few of the other colors are discounted to $50.This 25L backpack features a padded laptop sleeve inside that's suitable for 15-inch laptops or smaller. It's constructed of 600D Ripstop Lite Polyester and is a nice option for short trips or daily use. There are several pockets to help you stay organized on-the-go, along with an external side pocket for your water bottle or tumbler. There's a front ...
Save big on Logitech mice, keyboards, webcams, and more today only
Make the most of this one-day sale.The early Black Friday deals from Amazon continue with Logitech offering a wide variety of its PC accessories, including keyboards, mice, webcams, and more with 35% or more off their regular prices.The hugely popular MX Master 2S wireless mouse is down to a new all-time low price at $55.99. It usually sells for nearer $90 and features an ergonomic design, has the ability to connect to up to three Windows or Mac computers at once and can last for 70 days between charges.You can also grab the Logitech K810 Wireless Multi-Device keyboard for $57 — around $13 off its average price. It features the same multi-device smarts and supports tablets and smartphones, too. It's well-reviewed by existing users with an average rating of 4.1 stars from over 1,700 reviews.Some of our favorite deals include:Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse - $38.75 (Was $85)Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse - $55.99 (Was $90)Logitech C310 HD Webcam ...
OnePlus teases more unreleased OnePlus 6 colors
Unlock the secrets.The OnePlus 6 is now available, and it's a compelling option for someone looking for an unlocked phone at a reasonable price — starting at $529 to be specific. But price aside, it's a great choice for anyone, even those considering more expensive options, thanks to a combination of hardware and software, and a community that continues to support the company and one another.Here's everything you need to know about the OnePlus 6!The latest OnePlus 6 newsOctober 27, 2018 — OnePlus teases more of the OnePlus 6 gradient colors we'll never getYoutuber Arun Maini, better known as Mrwhosetheboss, got a preview of the coming OnePlus 6T at OnePlus's Chinese headquarters, and while all will finally be revealed for the new model on Monday, there were some more color protoypes that OnePlus showed Maini, who then showed the world in his OnePlus 6T preview video. And as a lover of beautifully colored phones, I just have to say it's not fair to play with ...
Is it worth getting the Note 9 or should you wait for the Galaxy S10?
If you're a Samsung fan, you've got a big decision to make right now.The Galaxy Note 9 just came out last Friday, and if you caught our full review of the phone, you'll know that we're big fans of Samsung's latest creation. The Note 9 checks off just about every box you could ask for, including a great display, long battery life, plenty of software features, etc.There's no question that the Note 9 is an excellent phone, but is it the right device to get? We're likely just a few short months out from the Galaxy S10, and as such, holding off for it may be the better move.Here's what some of our AC forum users have to say on the matter. TechNut79 08-27-2018 04:02 AM “ If you keep waiting, you'll never get a device because a newer one is always on the horizon. Get the S9 or S9+ or pay a little more and get the Note 9. Reply amyf27 08-27-2018 05:43 AM ...
Score Amazon's largest Fire HD Tablet for its smallest price today only
A tablet worth buying!Amazon is currently selling its 10-inch Fire HD Tablet for just $99.99, which is $50 lower than its regular price. The price has only dropped this low a few other times before, one of which was back during Black Friday. This is the largest Fire HD Tablet that is sold right now and comes with a base of 32GB of internal storage. If 32GB isn't enough, you can double the internal storage for $40 more.The smarter thing to do would be to grab the base tablet for $100 and then add a 64GB microSD card for just $21, which is a far better value. This will give you 32GB more than if you purchased the more expensive option, and actually helps keep your cost about $10 lower!Looking for more Amazon hardware? There's a bunch of it on sale right now, so be sure to check those deals out as well!See at Amazon...
OnePlus is now taking applications for the OnePlus 6 Closed Beta Program
Unlock the secrets.The OnePlus 6 is now available, and it's a compelling option for someone looking for an unlocked phone at a reasonable price — starting at $529 to be specific. But price aside, it's a great choice for anyone, even those considering more expensive options, thanks to a combination of hardware and software, and a community that continues to support the company and one another.Here's everything you need to know about the OnePlus 6!The latest OnePlus 6 newsAugust 20, 2018 — OnePlus starts accepting applications for Closed Beta groupOn its community forums, OnePlus announced that it's opening up a Closed Beta group for the OnePlus 6.Unlike the OxygenOS Open Beta that's open for anyone to sign up for, the Closed Beta will be restricted to just 100 users who own a OnePlus 6, are active in the forums, and are willing to provide constant feedback/communication with the OnePlus team through Slack.Members of the Closed Beta will be able to test bleedi...
Get better multiplayer performance by changing your PS4's NAT type
Your NAT type might well be holding you back in online multiplayer games. Here's how to open it up.Network Address Translation (NAT) is a big part of connectivity for online multiplayer games, deciding how incoming traffic is handled. For gamers, NAT can play a huge role in who you can play with, establishing barriers if it's not set up right.There are a bunch of reasons you may have a strict or even double NAT showing on your network, but with the help of port forwarding, you can easily overcome the hurdles. It's not the only method, indeed, for many folks ensuring Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) enabled on their router will be enough.Here's how to set it up on the PlayStation 4.What is port forwarding?It doesn't just apply to the PlayStation, in actual fact to achieve an open NAT you'll hardly touch the console. Port forwarding is done on your router.Our pals at Windows Central sum it up: Ports are essentially digital channels for your router, used for sorting in...
The Moto Z3 is official, coming to Verizon on August 16
There's also a new 5G Moto Mod!At a press event at its HQ in Chicago, Motorola officially announced the Moto Z3 on Thursday, August 2. This is a more powerful version of the Z3 Play that was unveiled earlier this year, and similar to past Z flagships, the Z3 will be sold exclusively on Verizon in the United States.The Z3 looks a lot like the Z3 Play with its 6-inch bezel-lite Super AMOLED display and dual 12MP rear cameras, but under the hood, you'll find more powerful internals like the Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage.Like we were expecting, Motorola stuck with a similar design once again as to accommodate all of the Moto Mods that have been released up until this point. Speaking of Mods, the Z3 is launching alongside Motorola's latest snap-on accessory that brings 5G speeds to the phone. The 5G Moto Mod won't be available until 2019.There's no word quite yet as to how much the 5G Moto Mod will cost, but once it's available, you'll be able to pl...
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs. Galaxy S8: Should you upgrade?
This one is a tough sell — but a sell Samsung isn't really trying to make in the first place.It doesn't take long to realize the Galaxy S9 is very similar to its predecessor. Hand the two phones to an average person, and they wouldn't likely know which one is the "newer" device. They have extremely similar designs, the software is near-identical and the insides haven't dramatically changed either.Nevertheless, people who love their Galaxy S8 are likely to be interested in anything Samsung has to offer, and will want to know whether the next flagship is worth their time and money. Here's what you can expect when looking to upgrade from the Galaxy S8 to the Galaxy S9.What's the same Samsung seems happy with its current design language because it kept things nearly identical for its 2018 flagship. The Galaxy S9 is almost the exact same physically as the outgoing Galaxy S8, with only a 1.2 mm reduction in height and 8-gram increase in weight separating the two. The meta...
Would you like a flat screen on the Galaxy Note 9?
A matter of form vs. function.Samsung's been dabbling with curved displays for quite a few years now, but since the launch of the Galaxy S8 series last year, the company's gone all in on these curves for its flagship phones. The Note 8 and S9 series that followed the S8 also came equipped with curved sides, and with the Note 9 on the horizon, people are debating whether or not this is a trend that should stick around.Some of our forum users recently started talking about if they want to see a curved screen on the Note 9, and for the most part, they seem to want flat displays to make a return. recDNA 04-24-2018 01:45 PM “ I would pay extra for a Note 9 with a flat screen the same size and screen ratio as my old Note 7. Reply Rukbat 04-24-2018 02:42 PM “ We can "get" curved protectors, but they still don't lie as flat as p...
I'd rather have excellent software over flashy hardware
When it comes to this endless debate, software is the clear winner in my book.A couple weeks ago, Android Central's Hayato Huseman offered the question of "Is hardware or software a bigger determining factor when buying a phone?" This is a question that's helped settle countless smartphone-buying decisions throughout time, and it's one I felt like answering.Both hardware and software are required to create any phone, but in my case, I'd much rather use one with a top-of-the-line software experience – even if it means settling for mediocre hardware.Take the Google Pixel 2, for example. I bought this phone last October shortly after it was announced, and it's been my daily driver ever since. It's not a particularly attractive or modern-looking phone, but even so, it's quickly become one of my favorite purchases of recent memory. Why? Google's nearly perfected the end-user experience thanks to rigorous software optimizations. Samsung's phones are beautiful, but they'...
Today's best deals you won't want to miss
Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered.Today you can get huge discounts on Logitech PC peripherals like mice and keyboards, 20% off Amazon's Alexa-enabled hardware, and more! Don't pass these up.View the rest of the dealsIf you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!...
Best Replacement Watch Bands for Samsung Gear S3
What are the best third-party watch bands for Samsung Gear S3?The Samsung Gear S3 is one of our favorite smartwatches, and a great alternative to many of the Android Wear watches out there. 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 once you pick up your brand new Samsung Gear S3!ArtStyle nylon strapEloBeth Milanese Magnetic Loop StrapRerii leather bandTRUMiRR Milanese stainless steel bandBarton silicone bandRechere stainless steel watch bandArtStyle nylon strapKeep things simple, fun, and functional with the ArtStyle watch band made from a sturdy nylon material and a durable metal buckle! The ArtStyle nylon strap is easily adjustable and is hypoallergenic, making it the perfect band to wear if you have sensitive skin.The material from this particular band is also breathable and waterproof on top of being extremely comfortable to wear day-to-day....
Tidal app makes its way to Amazon Fire TV and Android Auto
Available to download right now.Just a few months after its Android TV app was released, Tidal's announced a new app for Amazon's Fire TV platform. You can download it on both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, and the layout is similar compared to its Android TV counterpart.The home screen showcases all of the latest Tidal content, and jumping over to My Collection will show you all of your favorite songs, videos, albums, etc. Along with this, you can also search through Tidal's collection of 50 million titles to find just the right tune at any given moment.In addition to the Fire TV, Tidal is also making its way to Android Auto. As long as you have a compatible car/entertainment unit and a phone running Android 5.0 or later, you can use Tidal with Android Auto to browse through your personal collection of songs, as well as an Explore page to find all of the latest tunes, artists, podcasts, and everything else the service has to offer.Tidal's Fire TV and Android Auto apps are la...
You'll soon be able to use Allo's web client independent of your phone
Is this too little too late for Allo?In Google's neverending quest to create the perfect messaging service, Allo is one of its most, interesting, attempts. There's a lot that Allo gets right, but at the same time, there are features that are totally absent that you can find in Hangouts and Google Voice.Allo finally got a web client last August, and while this was a step forward, it has one big caveat — you need to have your phone turned on and connected to data/Wi-Fi in order for it to work. Thankfully, according to the head of Google Duo, Justin Uberti, this is something that should be changing in the near future.When asked about this on Twitter, Uberti said:Yes, we are in the process of migrating the backend system to support completely independent devices.— Justin Uberti (@juberti) March 8, 2018Once Google implements this change, you should be able to use Allo on your computer without having to touch your phone. This is something that should have been there i...
Clean your gear with a 24-pack of microfiber cleaning cloths for just $10
Update: The 24-pack is out of stock, but you can pick up 48 Zwipes for $20, which is effectively the same deal.Great cloths for electronics, glass, kitchen counters. You name it.The Zwipes 24-pack of microfiber cleaning cloths is down to $9.99 on Amazon. These same cloths were selling above $16 in early February, and this drop is the lowest we've seen since August. At this price point, the 24-pack is actually cheaper than the 12-pack.Being microfiber means you can use these cloths just about anywhere without fear of scratches. They are lint-free, streak-free and non-abrasive. They're also washable and can be reused hundreds of times. Users give them 4.6 stars based on more than 4,700 reviews.See on Amazon...
Best T-Mobile Phones in 2018
Best overallBest runner-upsBest for videoBest dual camerasThe Galaxy S9 has just been announced and it will be released on March 16! We are still evaluating the phone and will add it to this list once it is available.Best overallSamsung Galaxy Note 8See at T-MobileAfter the unprecedented recall of the Note 7 due to battery issues, all eyes were on Samsung to deliver something spectacular with the Galaxy Note 8. They delivered. Building on the Galaxy S8 design, the Note 8 is a refinement in all the right places with a large, almost bezel-less display in a package that still fits comfortably in your hand.The beautiful look is complemented by the very latest specs and features. A whopping 6 GB of RAM, dual 12MP cameras, and Samsung's impressive S Pen technology make the Note 8 the phone to buy if you need the best entertainment or productivity tool.Bottom line: The Galaxy Note 8 is large and in charge with ultra high-end specs and productivity features galore.One m...
Add a HDMI port to your new Chromebook with this $17 Anker adapter
Anker's USB-C to HDMI adapter is only $16.79 with code ANKER836. It's $24 without the code and has not had a direct price drop from that price in many, many months.In The Wirecutter's roundup of the best USB-C adapters, they consider this one the best for anyone who wants to hook up a modern USB-C only laptop to an HDMI monitor or high-definition TV. Not only does this tiny adapter have a solid build quality and support 4K video and 60Hz refresh rates, it's also designed to work with the newer Chromebooks. Users give this adapter 3.8 stars based on 192 reviews.See on Amazon...
The Best Indie Games for PlayStation 4
If you are on the lookout for some great independent games for your PS4 then check these out.There's no denying that the PlayStation 4 has made a comfortable home for blockbuster games and their developers. Every year there is a seemingly endless stream of huge titles. But what about the little guys? Independent developers are just as capable of creating amazing and engaging games as the big guys. Here are just a few of the very best independent titles that PS4 has to offer.What Remains of Edith FinchRocket LeagueHellblade: Senua's SacrificeHotline Miami 1 & 2Rogue LegacyFezWhat Remains of Edith FinchIf you're looking for a fantastic storytelling experience bolstered by gorgeous visuals then developer Giant Sparrow has you covered. What Remains of Edith Finch may not be for every gamer but if you are enticed at the idea of having your heartstrings tugged and you enjoy a meditative gaming experience then it's certainly worth your time and money. See at PlayStatio...
This is what Fuchsia OS looks like on the Pixelbook
Fuchsia OS technically runs on the Pixelbook, but there's still a lot that's broken.At the very beginning of the year, it was discovered that Google had added the Pixelbook as an official test device for its mysterious Fuchsia OS. Just about a couple weeks later, the team at Ars Technica managed to get Fuchsia running on the machine with some (expectedly) mixed results.Unlike an early version of Fuchsia that came out in May of 2017, this is running directly on the Pixelbook rather than just showing a UI on top of Android. You can read Ars Technica's article to learn about all the nitty-gritty details, but what I find most interesting is how the UI works.Starting first with the lock screen, you'll see the time in the middle with a plus icon near the bottom right. Tapping this brings up shortcuts for Wi-Fi, Login, and Guest, but for the time being, all of these are quite broken.Fuchsia's lock screen (left) and home screen (right)Once you move past this and get to the home s...
3 awesome things you get with your PlayStation Plus subscription
PlayStation Plus is a lot more than a subscription service. It's an essential part of the PS4 experience.It seems that nearly every video game console developer has some version of a premium online subscription service. Nintendo will soon be launching a premium online subscription service, Microsoft has had Xbox Live Gold for quite some time now, and of course Sony has PlayStation Plus.Each platform offers various services and perks to their subscribers. Have you been kicking around the idea of pulling the trigger on a PlayStation Plus subscription but you're not entirely sure what you will be getting in exchange for your hard earned dollars? Let's take a look at three things you will get with your PS Plus subscriptionOnline playWith the exception of free to play or subscription based games a PlayStation Plus account is required to play multiplayer games online. So that means if you are picking up a copy of Destiny 2 and you expect to jump online and start leveling up your ...
Russell's Favorite Tech of 2017
Russell's Favorite TechThe way I use a lot of my tech changed quite a bit this year. I'm working out a lot more than I used to, my priorities shifted from being hyper portable to being as capable as possible, and of course I've been playing with a whole lot of VR and AR. Those changes meant altering a lot of my routines as well as a lot of my day-to-day tech.It's fun to look back over the year and see how those changes impacted how I interact with my world, and so I wanted to share all of the things I enjoy using the most with you.Samsung Galaxy S8As fond as I am of Google's new Pixels, 2017 is the year Samsung did a lot of things right with the Galaxy line. The standard Galaxy S8 offered me enough battery life to be enjoyable in every situation, and the new display setup is still downright futuristic. The cameras are excellent, and it now supports both Google Daydream and Samsung's Gear VR. This would up being the phone I used the most this year, which is a firs...
OnePlus 5T review: Come for the value, not the excitement
This company never stops moving, and that means we get a fresh look at the latest hardware twice a year.OnePlus isn't interested in holding back on specs, features or capabilities to make a big reveal of a new phone just once a year. The scrappy company has settled in on a refresh cycle every six months, with a big release followed by a mid-cycle bump to bring in the latest things it's been working on. The OnePlus 5T isn't meant to be an innovative leap of technology that blows your socks off — and honestly, none of its predecessors have been particularly groundbreaking, either.Nope, the 5T is still about value, simplicity and being tuned for what the Android enthusiast crowd craves from its phones. At $479 there wasn't much about the OnePlus 5 you could find a flaw with. Now six months later with a bigger screen, new secondary camera, neat Face Unlock feature and a $20 price bump, it's a pretty easy equation to figure out.But while the OnePlus 5T hasn't changed much from...
Huawei Mate 10 + Mate 10 Pro announced: AI-focused flagships with dual f/1.6 cameras, giant batteries + Oreo
Huawei unveils two new flagship phones — but only one will be coming to the U.S. and UK.At a special event in Munich, Germany, Huawei has just taken the wraps off its new flagship smartphones, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. Following on from last year's Mate 9, the new model comes in two different flavors: A vanilla Mate 9 with a 5.9-inch 16:9 screen, and a 6-inch Mate 10 Pro with a taller 18:9 panel. Most readers can safely disregard the regular Mate 10, though, as only the higher-end Mate 10 Pro will be sold in the U.S. and UK later this year. The Mate 10 line sees Huawei overhauling the design language of the Mate series, and dropping the chunky metal unibody that had barely changed since 2014's Mate 7. The new glass sandwich design is more in keeping with modern flagships like the Galaxy S8 and LG V30, representing a clean break from the look and feel of previous Huawei handsets.On the inside, both phones run Huawei's own Kirin 970 CPU, an octa-core 10nm chip featuring ...
Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro specs
See how Huawei's two new flagship phones measure up.The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are official, bringing Android 8.0 Oreo, a new AI-equipped CPU and a promising dual f/1.6 camera setup. But in addition to the really obvious differences between these two new flagships — like the taller 18:9 aspect ratio of the Pro — there are a handful of other hardware differences worth noting.Check out the full specs for both the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro below, and be sure to read our hands-on preview when you're done. Which would you pick? Shout out in the comments!Category Huawei Mate 10 Huawei Mate 10 ProOperating System Android 8.0EMUI 8 Android 8.0EMUI 8CPU Huawei Kirin 970 10nm, 4X Cortex-A73 + 4X Cortex-A53, ARM Mali G72-MP12 GPU, Neural Processing Unit (NPU) Huawei Kirin 970 10nm, 4X Cortex-A73 + 4X Cortex-A53, ARM Mali G72-MP12 GPU, Neural Processing Unit (NPU)RAM 4GB 6GBStorage 64GB + SD 128GB + SDDual SIM Dual 4G/VoLTEHybrid slot Du...
How to request a refund on Gear VR games
If you don't like that new Gear VR game, just request a refund!Gear VR gives you access to tons of greats games and experiences available for download. Let's face it though, not every game is fun for every player. Previously if you purchased a game, and it was a dud, you were stuck with that purchase whether you wanted it or not. However, Oculus has recently introduced a new refund policy which makes it easy to request a refund. We've got all the details for you here!Read more at VRHeads...
Google paid $7.2 billion last year to have its apps installed on your phone
Of the $19 billion Google spent in total traffic acquisition costs last year, $7.2 billion went towards mobile products.Google is one of the most well-known companies in the world, but even so, the search giant still pays a nice chunk of cash each year to maximize profits and visibility as much as possible. Money that Google pays to have Google-served ads on websites, the default search engine on iOS, and Google apps preinstalled on Android phones is referred to as "traffic acquisition costs", and the company pays $19 billion each year for it.That's no small amount of money by any means, and it's steadily growing for Google's total Internet properties. Money spent on traffic acquisition costs was around seven-percent in 2012, but now in 2017, it's reaching up to eleven-percent.These costs naturally go up as Google's traffic increases, and when looking at mobile-centric partners, Google has already paid $7.2 billion in the past year (three times more compared to what it paid in ...
You can now browse the web in VR with Google Chrome and Daydream
Google Chrome 61 now lets you view the World Wide Web in VR.Google's Daydream VR platform is one of the best around for mobile virtual reality experiences, and although the list of available VR apps is already rather lengthy, there are still plenty of other apps/games that we'd like to see added. Just about a year after its debut alongside the Google Pixel, Daydream now supports web browsing with Google Chrome.Googler François Beaufort announced on Google+ that you can now view any website in virtual reality with Daydream as long as you're running Chrome 61 on your Daydream-supported Android device. At this time, Chrome 61 allows you to view and navigate through any website of your choosing in a VR setting, including the ability to click on links and seamlessly switch between regular 2D pages and 3D ones that support WebVR.If you want to give virtual reality web-browsing a try for yourself, the process is fairly simple. Just open Google Chrome on your phone, go to the we...
Google Assistant expands to LG refrigerators, washing machines, and more
The Google Assistant is now available for 87 of LG's smart appliances, and you can score a free Google Home by purchasing one next month.Since its debut on the Google Pixel and Home last October, we've seen a fairly rapid expansion of the Google Assistant to other phones and smart home devices. LG is the latest company to inject the Assistant into more of its products, adding the AI to 87 different smart appliances.LG made this announcement in Seoul this morning, revealing that the Google Assistant is now available for its Wi-Fi connected refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, dryers, air purifiers, vacuums, etc. Because of this, you can now control many of LG's smart appliances through your Android or iOS device, Google Home, or other smart speakers with the Google Assistant built-in.Users have previously been able to control LG's smart appliances through the LG SmartThingQ application, but with the introduction of Google Assistant support, you'll now be able to use your phon...
Bell Mobility takes a first step in replacing SMS in Canada
Bell has launched its version of the RCS standard for Galaxy S8 users.Slowly but surely, more carriers are starting to move to RCS to hopefully begin replacing SMS over the long run. All the pieces are in place in Android phones for RCS, since Google has built the standard into the Android Messages app. But users won't be able to actually use the new standard until their carriers update their piece of the puzzle.Bell Canada has annouced that it will begin offering the RCS experience to customers, starting with Galaxy S8 and Note 8 owners. Users will not need to install another application to get the new advanced features.RCS is intended to replace SMS and MMS in the long run, and bring features found in instant messages such as Allo or Facebook Messenger to "regular" text messages. This includes better read receipts, better media sharing, and video calling all through a user's phone number, without the user needing a second account.Are you excited about Advanced Messaging? Le...
This $14 Bluetooth speaker is a great addition to any shower
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great deal on a highly-rated Bluetooth speaker.Right now you can grab VicTsing's Bluetooth shower speaker for just $13.99 with coupon code FYYLBKB5, a savings of $5. This speaker is a great option for anyone looking for something durable and waterproof thanks to its silicon casing that allows it to be shock, dust, and waterproof.Featuring a built-in mic, you could use it for phone calls as well as music playback, making it even more versatile. Inside it has a 5W speaker for nice loud sound quality, and with more than 5,600 reviews at Amazon, it maintains a 4.2-star rating!Odds are this price won't last very long, so if you are looking for an affordable Bluetooth speaker that both looks great and is waterproof, act quick!See at AmazonMore from ThrifterUpgrade your makeup bag this summer on a budgetHow to avoid baggage feesFor more great deals be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!...
Facebook's Sponsored Posts suck, but not how you probably imagine
If you've ever purchased anything from a Facebook ad, there's a good chance someone was ripped off.Every social network has some form of advertising baked in, and the one thing all forms of sponsored posts have in common is the potential for abuse. Anyone with a couple of bucks can broadcast to a large audience based on Facebook's interest algorithm. For someone like me, actively babbling about tech and whatever TV show or game I am currently excited about, it's easy to pick things to float in my feed that I would be at least casually interested in.To Facebook's credit, this system works well for me. I regularly see things I would honestly consider buying. Unfortunately, a significant majority of those things turn out to be either massive scams where people don't get the things they ordered or stolen art from all over the web sold as original content. It sucks, and Facebook seems entirely uninterested in dealing with this problem.Screwing artists overI buy a lot of nerdy t-sh...
Keep your screen on in Pokémon Go (or any app) with Tasker
The moment your screen goes unexpectedly black is gut-wrenching.You're getting to the juiciest details of an e-book when the story cuts to black. You're looking at some breath-taking artwork and a wet blanket of darkness kills the mood. You're trying to find an elusive Pokémon before its spawn window ends and your screen times out just as an outline appears. Sure, this horror is momentary, and a simple press of the power button ends your blackout, but its effects can be devastating, and we don't need our screen timeout cranked up all the time; cranking it up for specific apps can let us fight back against the darkness.This is also a great way to introduce yourself to Tasker.What is Tasker? Read this first!This is a simple Tasker profile with two one-action tasks and no plugins needed. We'll take advantage of the automation app's ability to change basic system settings to change our Android phone's screen timeout setting when we're in a particular app and when we exit...
Xiaomi's dual camera-toting Mi 5X may launch in India next month
Xiaomi is launching its first dual camera phone in India next month.Xiaomi is currently riding a high, and the company is looking to capitalize on that momentum by introducing a new phone in the Indian market. Xiaomi VP and India head Manu Kumar Jain tweeted that the company is all set to launch its first dual camera phone in the country next month, and all signs point to the device being the recently announced Mi 5X.Can't wait for you guys to check out Xiaomi's first dual-camera phone in India! Coming next month! ☺️Can you guess which one? pic.twitter.com/UhtFphm0GT— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 8, 2017The phone features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 625, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, 5MP front camera, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, and a 3080mAh battery. The highlight of the Mi 5X is its dual 12MP cameras — a primary lens augmented by a telephoto shooter. The camera configuration is the same as that of the Mi 6, while the design of the devic...
LG V30 uncovered in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's latest HITRECORD project
Get a clear look at LG's V30.Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HITRECORD organization is once again partnering with LG, and the latest Find Your Frame project has a couple of interesting entries.Droid-Life was able to suck some stills out of the 1,900 plus video submissions that are almost surely showing off the LG V30. This isn't too surprising as everyone is sure the phone will launch at IFA on August 31, and HITRECORD has played a major role in the launch of previous LG phones. But still, these are some pretty clear shots of a phone most of us haven't been able to see just yet.These match up almost perfectly with the leaked renders we saw on August 3: they are the right size, the right shape, and the right color.There are also several clips supposedly shot on the V30, including one that switches between normal and wide angle in real time. We expect big things from the V30 when it comes to the camera, as LG has touted the V series as a creator's tool since the launch of the original V...
Cord cutters, watch live TV for free with the $15 Mohu Leaf Metro antenna
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with another way to help you cut that cord!The Mohu Leaf Metro TV antenna is down to $15 right now on Amazon. Over the last year it has predominantly sold at $20, with a few drops here and there. The drop to $15 is one of its lowest prices ever and its first drop under $20 since May.The Metro antenna is an non-amplified, indoor, HDTV antenna with a 25-mile range. It works best in an urban environment and can access plenty of over-the-air channels like ABC, PBS, NBC and others. It is small enough and light enough that you could actually travel with it if you wanted to.Tom's Guide gave the Metro TV antenna 8 out of 10 and an Editor's Choice. They said, "the Metro did well in our urban test environment, pulling in 12 channels that we considered watchable. There were soap operas on CBS, NBC and Telemundo; The Avengers on an NBC subchannel; programs for kids on PBS; and cooking shows."Unsure why you might want one of these antennas...
Best OnePlus Phone
Best OverallBest for lessBest budget Best overallOnePlus 5See at OnePlusSee at AmazonThe latest flagship from OnePlus follows nicely along the company's steady evolution of providing top-end specs at an affordable price. The OnePlus 5 features a familiar-yet-fresh design for an Android flagship that's slim and sleek and anchored by a revamped dual-camera setup.You can see the steady progress OnePlus has over the last year by looking at the specs of its last three devices, with the OnePlus 5 obviously standing atop the heap with the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC and an option for a whooping 8GB of RAM — meaning your phone will be able to handle things more efficiently than most other flagships for years to come.The best part, and the reason why the OnePlus bandwagon continues to grow is the low pricepoint — starting at just $479 for the Slate Grey model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, you won't find better value for an Android flagship in 2017. But you'l...
Pixels and Nexuses now receiving August security patch from Google
In some ways, it's the most important update you'll get.Google has just released its August 5, 2017 security patch, releasing it for its own Pixel and Nexus devices but of course also providing it to other manufacturers to release to their devices as well. As for Google's own hardware, the August 5 update will arrive for the Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and Pixel C.The latest security bulletin includes several fixes across the framework, media frameworks, Broadcom components, MediaTek components, and more. But you don't necessarily need to know the particular details — you just need the patch in order to be protected from the exploits they may have enabled.Over-the-air updates will be arriving shortly for those supported devices, but if you're particularly impatient Google has already posted the files to apply them to your phone or tablet manually. You can download the OTA files from Google here, and if you're not familiar with the ...
Dive into home automation and save $120 on this Google Home and Philips Hue bundle
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a bundle deal you won't want to miss out on.Getting up and turning your lights off is so 2016. Home automation is the future, and if you want to jump into it, this Google Home and Philips Hue bundle is a great first step at just $188.99 at Best Buy. This is around $120 less than if you were to buy both pieces separately, which is money you'll then be able to use for your next purchase (like a smart outlet or two).The Google Home lets you change the color of your new smart lights, turn them on/off and more, using only your voice. It also can help you answer tough questions, keep your daily life organized and other tasks.If you've been considering the purchase of either item or both, this is your chance to do it and save some money. Once you get started with home automation, you won't want to look back. You can also grab the Philips Hue Motion Sensor for just $31 at Amazon, or a 3-pack of white lights for just $40.See at Be...
New in-hand Google Pixel 2 leak confirms design elements, missing headphone jack
This is Google's new phone.We got our first look at the Google Pixel 2 last week, and now we have a fresh pair of photos showing both sides of the phone that corroborate with the first set. The photos show an early development unit — laden with barcodes, naturally — but in much better lighting with the context of being in-hand.There's nothing particularly new or shocking about the hardware here, but it does help confirm that this is what the smaller Google Pixel 2 is going to look like. The glass portion of the back is much smaller now, with a more pronounced camera housing and that tried-and-true rear fingerprint sensor. On the front, we see pretty distinct openings at the top and bottom, presumably for proper stereo sound.GSMArena's source that provided the images confirmed that this phone has no headphone jack, which unfortunately matches earlier rumors. If the decision stands past these dev units, people will undoubtedly be upset with this move, particularly as ...
Verizon thinks customers want a rewards program for paying their bill
Yes, this is just what we all wanted.As the U.S. carriers have increasingly similar services and devices available, they're all looking for something to differentiate themselves with. Verizon thinks that a rewards program is what people have been craving, so it made one — called "Verizon Up."The premise of Verizon Up is pretty simple: pay your monthly bill, and as you spend, you earn credit that can be redeemed for rewards or experiences. Every $300 you spend on a Verizon bill (which shouldn't take long), you get one credit — that's enough for one reward. Simple enough. Each month Verizon will roll out six new rewards for you to choose from — the first round is four months of Apple Music, a 20% off voucher for JetBlue flights, and three months of HBO Now. Most people would prefer Verizon just lowered their bill.There are also other reward categories that you can take advantage of. You can get every-day discounts at Verizon partner retailers, pile up $10 v...
The 'Soft Gold' OnePlus 5 is a pretty phone, with one big downside
It's easy to get excited about something that's a limited-run exclusive.OnePlus has once again trotted out a limited edition color of its phone, this time going with a "Soft Gold" variant of the OnePlus 5. This fair-skinned version of the OnePlus 5 has all of the exact same specs and features — 6GB of RAM, 64GB storage, etc. — as the "Slate Grey" color, and even has the same price. But it also has the distinct advantage of being relatively exclusive; once OnePlus sells out of these soft gold OnePlus 5s, it won't restock them, so you're going to be part of an exclusive club.Now a new color isn't worth dropping your current OnePlus 5 to get, but if you were considering the phone and want something a bit less generic looking, here's what you can expect from the soft gold model. OnePlus uses the word "soft" to describe the finish, and it's accurate. The gold is more of a champagne-like finish, and in bright light from some angles it almost looks silver (as you can see...
OnePlus 5: Which model should you buy?
Do you require 64GB or 128GB of space? And is the extra RAM really that necessary?OnePlus has certainly figured out its formula for selling smartphones: take a no-fuss design, shove in an all-day battery along with the latest processor, and keep the Android software tweaks at a minimum. The OnePlus 5 is a great depiction of that vision as it's equipped with all the components that fit in with the company's winning smartphone strategy.This year, OnePlus is offering two different models of its marquee device in an attempt to appeal to those stray few who might still require a bit convincing to steer clear of a phone from a better-known manufacturer. Rather than go with a bigger screen, however, OnePlus is offering more storage space and more memory for an extra $60.We're going to help you choose the OnePlus 5 model that's right for you.Decide how much storage you needThere isn't much of a difference between the two OnePlus 5 models. You either get 6GB of RAM and 64GB of sto...
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