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Best Samsung Galaxy S8 Deals for August 2017
Where is the best place to buy a Galaxy S8 right now? Let's find out!Updated August, 2017: Removed expired offersSamsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are the company's latest smartphones to hit the market, and they've been the center of attention since. If you're the type that likes to stay on the breaking edge of technology, you're probably looking to get your order in sooner than later, so that you can have one to show off to everyone.Samsung Galaxy S8 DealsSamsung Galaxy S8+ DealsWhether the smaller one is what interests you, or the larger display that pushes the limits even further speaks to you, the last thing you want to do is not find the best deal to buy one.Samsung Galaxy S8AT&T is offering up to $200 in credits with select trade-ins - To participate in this offer, you'll need to trade in your eligible (working) smartphone in an AT&T store. The $200 can be paid as an instant rebate or in the form of a private label AT&T Promotional Card.T-Mobile is r...
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...
Android Security Bulletin: Everything you need to know
Fixing the latest bugs and exploits in Android every month.Google has detailed the latest Android Security Bulletin and released the fixes for Nexus and Pixel devices.These are exploits and other security concerns that affect Android as a whole. Issues with the operating system, kernel patches, and driver updates may not affect any particular device, but these need to be fixed in the Android base by the folks maintaining the operating system code. That means Google, and they've detailed the things they have improved for this month.Updated factory images for Pixel and Nexus devices that are supported are available, and over-the-air updates are rolling out to users. If you don't want to wait, you can download and flash the factory image or OTA update file manually, and here are some handy instructions to get you started.How to manually update your Nexus or Pixel The company who made your phone uses these patches to send an update out to you.These changes have been releas...
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...
These are the Chromebooks that can run Android apps from Google Play
Android — and 1,000,000+ apps — on your Chromebook is awesome.But not every Chromebook is going to get updated to have Google Play and Android apps. And most of the ones that will are in a long testing process.We all hate waiting. And we all hate updates that break things. Google and the people who made your Chromebook are trying to make sure everything is good and keep the wait time to a minimum, but still — we all hate waiting!Things are progressing. Here's the current state of Android on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.Chromebooks with Android apps available in the stable channelMake sure you have the latest version of Chrome and look in your settings if you don't have a Play Store app. You can enable it there by checking the box.Acer Chromebook R11Acer Chromebook Spin 11AOpen Chromebok MiniAOpen Chromebase MiniASUS Chromebook Flip C100PAASUS Chromebook Flip C213Google Chromebook Pixel (2015)Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook (Gen 4)Lenovo Thinkpad 11...
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...
OnePlus 5 has a new 'Soft Gold' color, 8GB of RAM model now comes in grey
Phone color choices aren't always exciting.For a third consecutive version, OnePlus is releasing a limited edition "Soft Gold" color option of its flagship phone — this time just over a month after the original launch in black and grey. Starting today, you can buy a soft gold OnePlus 5 for the standard $479 / £449 / €499 price and with the usual 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage — that is, while supplies last.See at OnePlus OnePlus isn't saying exactly how many soft gold OnePlus 5s are available, but we have to guess it isn't that large of a number. Previous limited-edition OnePlus colors were available via flash sales and pop-up stores, so the fact that these are selling right away online shows us there may be a few more than usual. But we wouldn't count on this exclusive color lasting more than a few weeks at most. It's a nice-looking phone, and it won't be on sale for long.Keeping with the color announcements, OnePlus is also expanding the "S...
Digital Offers: Keep your browsing private for life for $49
It's probably trite and a bit cliché at this point, but we increasingly live our lives online. Our bank information, personal information, likes, dislikes, and more are all over the internet — often whether we like it or not. That's all data, and nowadays, data's a commodity. Your information is being bought and sold. Sometimes it's simply to show you catered ads; other times it's for the stuff that after school specials used to warn you about.What can you do to combat all of this online tracking? Do you turn to VPNs? Sure, but they don't necessarily block tracking in every sense. Did you know that there are services and apps that actually block online trackers in order to keep your data safe?Disconnect is one of the best tracker blockers around. It blocks tracking requests from connecting to any of your devices, thereby keeping your data safe. It even masks your location so that you can access websites as though you're in another country (like a VPN). Apps like thes...
Slip this thin 10000mAh power bank into your pocket for just $14
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a slim portable battery that puts 10000mAh of power into your pocket for less!We continue to demand more and more out of our phones these days, and that means battery life sometimes takes a hit. No one wants to sit attached to a wall all day to keep their phone charged, and luckily you don't have to. Aukey has recently released a new 10000mAh dual-USB portable power bank that is super slim, and right now you can pick one up for just $13.99 with coupon code 4WBMEFZL, a savings of $6. This power bank is 14mm thick, which is less than twice the thickness of a Google Pixel.You can charge two devices at the same time using the cables of your choice, and at 10000mAh of capacity, you'll be able to charge most phones and tablets anywhere from 2 to 4 times per charge of the power bank. The side of it has four LEDs to show you how much power is left at a glance.See at AmazonMore from ThrifterSkip the expensive pet store options a...
T-Mobile's JUMP! On Demand now lets you upgrade your phone once every 30 days
JUMP! On Demand is ideal for those looking to switch devices every few months.T-Mobile launched JUMP! On Demand back in 2015, offering customers an easier way to upgrade their phones — up to three times in a year. The carrier is now making a change to the plan that lets customers upgrade their phones once every 30 days.With JUMP! On Demand, you'll need to enter into an 18-month lease agreement, after which you can pay off the rest of the cost of the device or trade it in and start over. Your overall monthly payment will be a combination of your lease — which is based on your credit rating — and the Simple Choice plan you opt for.JOD made a lot of sense even with three device upgrades a year as it allows customers access to promotional offers manufacturers roll out when they launch a flagship. In recent years, Samsung gave away a six-month subscription to Netflix, free 256GB microSD cards, Gear VR controllers to those pre-ordering its flagships.T-Mobile Buy...
Best Places to Buy a Used Phone
Buying a used phone doesn't have to be overly complicated or stressful.The used phone market is an iceberg; you can only see the tip sticking out of the water, but it goes far deeper than you can imagine. This bears out in a recent Deloitte report that claims the used phone market grew to 120 million units in 2016, generating $17 billion for their owners. That number is only going to get bigger faster, too: IDC believes that by 2020, over 220 million used devices will be sold or traded in annually.That's a lot of gear, and similar to how a new car loses its value once it's driven off the lot, phones immediately become cheaper once they're removed from the plastic wrapping. For a seller — even one who treats his or her phone with the utmost care — that can be problematic. For a buyer, though, that becomes an opportunity to pick up a gently-used device for a great deal.Things to consider before you buy a used phoneWe've already written of the most important consider...
These are coolest things we've seen from the HTC Vive Knuckles controllers
With developers getting hands-on with the upcoming SteamVR "Knuckles" controllers, these are the coolest implementations we've seen so far.Valve's upcoming "Knuckles" are now in the hands of developers – finally providing a sneak peek at what the motion controllers are capable of. While a consumer release date is yet to be decided, in recent months, some prolific VR studios have already received pre-release prototypes of the devices. Some of the biggest HTC Vive games are now being adapted with support for the new input method, teasing what's to come for these motion-controlled titles.With a few studios already posting demonstrations of their experiments, we've started to round up some of the best (and coolest) uses of the Knuckles controllers so far.Read more at VRHeads...
Galaxy S8 Active goes official, is exclusive to AT&T 'for a limited time'
The Galaxy S8 Active offers a rugged design and a large 4000mAh battery.After numerous leaks and rumors, the Galaxy S8 Active is now official. Dubbed the "toughest Galaxy smartphone yet," the rugged phone features a frame that's shatter-, dust-, and water-resistant.The S8 Active offers a 5.8-inch shatter-resistant Quad HD Super AMOLED display with the same 18.5:9 screen ratio as the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The phone lacks the curved Infinity Display, but the added durability more than makes up for it. The back of the phone is textured for a better grip, and a bumper on all four sides offers added resistance from tumbles.The S8 Active is powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset, and there's 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, 12MP f/1.7 rear camera, and an 8MP front shooter. The highlight — aside from its rugged exterior — is the battery, which at 4000mAh is a sizeable bump from the 3500mAh battery on the S8+. The phone will be available in Meteor Gray or Titanium Gold.Early leaks o...
Workout in style with these Jaybird headphones on sale for $95
Our friends at Thrifter are back with a deal on the Jaybird X3 headphonesThe Jaybird X3 wireless headphones are now on sale for $95. That price is $5 lower than the last deal, which saw them drop to $100 in early July. This is the lowest price we've ever seen for the X3.The X3 is the follow-up to the highly praised Jaybird X2 and has earned a few great reviews itself, like 4 stars from CNET. These headphones are designed to be as small and unobtrusive as possible so they don't get in the way while you run. They're also sweat-resistant and have access to the MySound app, which lets you customize the sound from each device.See at AmazonFor more great deals be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!More Stories from Thrifter:It's smarter to buy physical games instead of digital downloadsWhich warehouse shopping club is for you?...
Should you buy a Chromebook in August 2017?
While not for everyone, a Chromebook can be the best choice for a lot of things.Whenever we talk about Chromebooks, this is one of the questions that always pops up. It's understandable — you've got about half the internet telling you that Chromebooks are great and most folks can do everything they want to do on a laptop with Chrome, and most of the other half claiming that they are useless and you shouldn't spend your money of "just a browser."As usual, I think the real wisdom comes from the people in the middle. Folks who will come forward and say a Chromebook is their only computer or the one they use all or most of the time, and why it works for them. I may be biased because I'm one of those people, but I really do think that for a good many of us, a Chromebook is the best computer you can buy.What you can't do with a ChromebookI think the easy way to answer this question is by saying that there are people who shouldn't buy a Chromebook and expect it to be able ...
T-Mobile targets Baby Boomers with two unlimited lines for $60 promotion
T-Mobile is targeting Baby Boomers with its latest Uncarrier plan.T-Mobile has announced a new plan that's targeted at Baby Boomers, giving them the ability to pick up two unlimited lines for just $60. With the offer, those aged 55 and above can register for the first T-Mobile One plan for $50, with the second line costing just $10 — after factoring in a $5 per line Autopay discount.Calling Boomers the "most loyal, long-term wireless customers in the world," T-Mobile's outspoken CEO John Legere said: For years, the carriers have been patronizing the generation that invented wireless. They thank these mobile pioneers by selling dumbed down 'senior' plans with exactly zero data and — get this — night and weekend minutes! That's not just idiotic — it's insulting! Today, the Un-carrier ends this ridiculousness with T-Mobile ONE Unlimited 55+ — an offer that recognizes how Boomers and beyond actually use their smartphones! When this generation ...
What is Tasker and how does it work?
Tasker is the essence of Android.Android is about customization and making your phone work for you, and nothing exemplifies that quite as well as Tasker… except maybe Nova Launcher. Tasker is an automation app that lets us mere mortals work a little Android magic. Yes, magic. Magic is science we don't understand yet, and that makes it a perfect analogy for Tasker, as really the biggest obstacle the app faces is people not knowing what it is, how it works, and just what it can do for you.So, let's answer those questions and make a little magic.What is Tasker?Tasker is an automation app. You create a list of actions, called a task, which can then be executed according to a variety of contexts. You tell Tasker you want it to do A, B, and C when X and/or Y happens. You might be thinking that Tasker's like IFTTT, and you'd be half right. Tasker tasks are similar to IFTTT applets, and both services have a wide variety of plugins. IFTTT has wider service support and cross...
First live pictures of the Galaxy Note 8 surface
First live images of the Galaxy Note 8 show off a familiar design.We're just a few weeks away from the official launch of the Galaxy Note 8, and the leaks are starting to fly in thick and fast. Press renders of Samsung's upcoming flagship leaked last week, highlighting a design that's reminscent of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, albeit with a more squared-off look.Today, we're being treated to the first live images of the Galaxy Note 8, possibly from a prototype unit. The photos show off a dedicated Bixby button to the left of the phone, as well as a dual camera setup at the back — a first for Samsung. The fingerprint location hasn't changed much from the Galaxy S8, with the sensor located at the back next to the camera sensor.The leaked images also show off the redesigned S Pen, which matches up with last week's leak.The Galaxy Note 8 is also expected to offer a similar set of specs as the Galaxy S8, including a Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 combination, but the phone will ...
Fleksy's new developers strive to revive the app as the next keyboard platform
Fleksy isn't dead. Instead, it's being ushered into a new direction by ThingThing in a bid to make the smartphone keyboard app into a platform of its own.Consider the fact the way you type to a friend or family member is kind of like a language of its own. Think about it: the emoji you use, the shorthand you elect, and the sentences you choose to complete are all part of a system of rhetoric you've developed around communicating with others via a smartphone. The plan is to open up Fleksy to third-party developers to turn it into a bonafide platform.And what if your keyboard doesn't support the kind of fluidity you need to have conversations? Well, then it's frustrating to use. These sorts of scenarios are what ThingThing is attempting to eliminate, in addition to seeking to make its users feel like they're able to express themselves regardless of the messaging app they're conversing in."We take for granted the keyboard for just being a key input, but if [what you need] is ...
How to remove a Style Ring from your phone
Before you die, you see the Ring.You might have noticed a lot of people just love these Spigen Style Rings. In case you have no idea what we're talking about, they're a metal ring you affix to the back of your phone designed so you can slip a finger in to help hold it. You know, like a ring. They're made of some sort of brushed metal on a plastic base and have adhesive attached to the back so the two parts — your phone, and the ring — stick together and form something beautiful.There are two types of people in this world: people who love the Style Ring and people who know better. Seriously though, you already know if you think this is a good idea and if you do, just go for it. Style Ring the living hell out of the back your phone and own it. We're all wired differently and you should totally do the things you think are cool and buy the things you like.If you are like me and refuse to follow the instincts that have served you well throughout your life, here are some ...
Google slashes price of Pixel and Pixel XL by up to $200, throws in a free Daydream View
Grab the 32GB Pixel with Daydream View for just $524.With the Pixel 2 on the horizon, Google has started offering lucrative discounts on the Pixel and Pixel XL. The 32GB Pixel is on sale for $524, a $125 discount from its retail price. The Pixel XL, meanwhile, is seeing a $200 decrease in price, and is now available for just $569 for the 32GB variant and $669 for the 128GB model. Google is also throwing in a free Daydream View with every order — just add the VR headset to your cart along with either the Pixel or Pixel XL.Here's the breakdown of the new pricing:32GB Google Pixel - $524 - down from $649 ($125 off)128GB Google Pixel - $624 - down from $749 ($125 off)32GB Google Pixel XL - $569 - down from $769 ($200 off)128GB Google Pixel XL - $669 - down from $869 ($200 off)Google mentions that the free Daydream View promotion is valid only until supplies last. If you're interested in either the Pixel or Pixel XL, now is the time to act.See at Google Store...
After a short suspension, BLU phones are back at Amazon
BLU phones return to Amazon following recent privacy concernsAfter what BLU is calling a false alarm, products are back in stock and available at Amazon.Hey BLU fans! After a false alarm, BLU devices are now back up for sale on Amazon. https://t.co/XKqFyEiBI0#BLU #BoldLikeUs #Amazon— BLU Products (@BLU_Products) August 4, 2017In a press release issued shortly after Amazon suspended sales, BLU stated "that there is absolutely no spyware or malware or secret software on BLU devices" and claimed reports to the contrary were false.Soon after reports in 2016 surfaced of BLU's privacy blunder, the company hired Kryptowire, who had originally found the issues, to investigate the situation further. After regular monitoring of the ADUPS service, Tom Karygiannis, Kryptowire vice president, is quoted as saying "the data collection is in line with BLU's Privacy Policy, and does not constitute any wrong doing by BLU."It's still unclear why Amazon thought the products needed to be pu...
We asked for thinner and lighter phones — and now we complain about them?
You can't always get what you want.Over the past few years, there's been a clear trend across the smartphone industry to go thinner, lighter and more compact in attempt to give you the most screen size per cubic millimeter of phone size. We were surprised when phones snuck under the 10 mm thickness threshold, and now 8 mm is about the norm. Bezels have consistently shrunk to accommodate ever-higher screen-to-body ratios. Battery capacities have generally stagnated due to (admittedly small) advancements in battery tech being counteracted by physically smaller cells. We've lost, for the most part, things like front-facing speakers, stereo speakers, headphone jacks and more — all in the name of having even more compact phones wrapped around big screens.But even still, we clearly aren't satisfied — apparently we want these companies to keep going. A new phone cannot be announced without seeing complaints in our comments and on Twitter about it having screen bezels that ar...
Take your tunes into the shower with this $20 speaker
Showers can be boring (especially the lonely ones!), and shower thoughts can just end up making you feel way less relaxed than a show should. Some people also happen to sing their best when in the shower — or so we tell ourselves.Whatever your reason for wanting music in the shower, you need a speaker in your bathroom. Cords probably aren't the best idea (you know — death by electrocution), so you'll want a convenient Bluetooth speaker that lets you wirelessly blast your tunes. Not all Bluetooth speakers are created equal, however, so you'll need something that's at least water-resistant so that you don't fry it the first time out.Enter the XXL shower speaker, which has a driver twice the size of usual shower speakers, blasting out your music at 3W.This powerful speaker retails for $99.99, but through Android Central Digital Offers, you pay just $19.99, a savings of 80%.The XXL sticks to any non-porous surface via suction cup, making it perfect for shower tile, glas...
Here's what is coming to the Gear VR in August!
Are you ready for more Gear VR apps?{.intro}The biggest mobile VR library is getting a lot bigger this month! Oculus is planning a big surprise party for the Gear VR near the end of the month, with a bunch of games launching with support for the new Controller! Adding a special Controller you can see from inside the headset is going to be a lot of fun, but it's far from the only thing coming to the Gear VR this month.Read more at VR Heads!...
The beginning of augmented reality [#acpodcast]
This week, Daniel Bader and Jerry Hildenbrand are joined by VR expert Russell Holly to talk about Moto Z2 Force reviews and several other newly announced Moto phones. Thanks to some recent leaks, we know even more about the Galaxy Note 8 and upcoming LG V30.A major topic this week is the ASUS ZenFone AR. Russell guides us through the device and where Asus along with Tango fit into the Augmented Reality world. Also discussed is Apple’s ARKit, and how hot does your phone get in a heavy duty case?Show Notes and Links:Moto Z2 Force reviewThe Moto E4 Plus is a cheap phone with a 5000mAh batteryWhere do the Moto G5S and G5S Plus fit into Motorola's phone lineup?This is the Galaxy Note 8Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specsThis is the LG V30ASUS ZenFone AR comes to Verizon for $650Where do Asus and Tango fit into the world of augmented reality?Apple ARKit - What you need to knowPodcast MP3 URL: http://traffic.libsyn.com/androidcentral/androidcentral347.mp3...
Don't let the tech you love stress you out
You really can have too much of a good thing.A side effect of having the world at your fingertips is information overload. With every gadget and gizmo connected to each other, you can literally find any information you need with just a few clicks or taps or swipes. That's pretty amazing and a fine way to make the world a better place with all the understanding and critical thinking it brings. But we're not computers, and it's easy to get overloaded.My phone can tell me whatever stupid thing some politician said this morning (as well as the stupid things everyone else had to say about it) or how the next phone we'll be buying is missing a headphone jack or might not have 3D touch or that World of Warcraft gold is worth more than Venezuelan currency. It can also tell me what a great time friends had at the park or that the movie I wanted to see really sucks according to some guy I don't know who is paid to tell me movies suck. Then it gives me an avenue to add to the noise and voic...
You be you in this weekend's comments thread!
We're all more than a screen name.Once again we get to the part of the week where we can relax and shoot the breeze with friends. And friends can be a name on the internet belonging to someone halfway across the globe. just because you have never met someone doesn't mean you've never met them, thanks to modern technology.While I'm sitting here in my comfortable chair, you might be on a park bench loving the weather or nestled snugly under a blankie watching your phone between commercials. Or somewhere even better, doing and seeing those things you love.We tend to take all that tech for granted. In a past life, I spent plenty of time in places where you had to walk a little bit and form a line to use a phone if you wanted to talk with someone who wasn't near you. Those places, while getting smaller in number every day, still exist. The tech that lets us chat with someone on another continent using something that fits into our pocket is a thing we tend to take for granted until w...
Save 40% on Ultra Soft Bamboo Bed Sheets!
When it's time to go to sleep you want to crawl into a comfy bed with fresh sheets. Few things are better, right? When was the last time you splurged on a new set of bed sheets? Why not? You know how good it feels, so do something for yourself and get a good night's sleep!Right now, Android Central Digital offer has a great deal on a 4-piece set of Ultra Soft 1800 Series Bamboo Bed Sheets. Available in three sizes — Full, Queen, and King — these sheets are made of a mixture of high-quality bamboo yarns and high-strength microfiber which come together to create an ultra soft experience you won't soon forget.Usually, these sheet sets are sold at retail for $50, but if you act now, you can get a set for your home for just $30! They're available in three stylish color options: Grey, Ivory, or White and include a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and two pillow cases.Not only will these sheets feel soft and comfortable, regularly changing your sheets is good for your health, a...
Best Google Pixel Deals for August 2017
What is the best deal you can get on a Google Pixel?When shopping for a new gadget, like the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, you should be looking for the best possible deal available. But hunting them down can be difficult since most retailers change them weekly — but don't worry, we've got you covered. Whether you are looking to save finance your purchase, get some freebies with it, or try and save some money on the purchase there are a few places to check out.Let's take a look at some of the best deals on Google's Pixel and Pixel XL that are available right now.Google PixelWant to pick up the smaller of the two Pixels but avoid paying full price? Retailers are offering a variety of deals on these phones as Google continues its marketing push, and some will offer discounts in the future and others will include some extras at no cost. If you want to check out the best deals, these are the ones you want to look at.Google Store offers 24-month financing and free shippingVe...
Best HTC Vive games that can be played sitting down
The most fun you can have without getting up from your chair.One great thing about VR gaming is that it inspires you to get off the couch and exercise a little. But not everyone has that luxury.We've spoken before about how the HTC Vive is a blessing for people with mobility issues, and there are plenty of games that fit the bill! Even if you're able to be up and about these titles are a load of fun and perfect for the times you just want to chill and build up energy for something a bit more physical.Here are five great games (in no particular order) you can play on the HTC Vive that are perfect for sitting down.Read more at VR Heads!...
Disney Emoji Blitz perfectly captures Android's emoji problem
Emoji are really, really complicated, and they don't need to be.Emoji are supposed to be easy, cute, and even fun. They're whimsical ways to communicate with your friends, allowing you to create and converse in sometimes-cryptic pictographic codes. Emoji can say a million things, and while they should translate across platforms and people easily, the truth is, they don't, especially on Android. This is doubly true for custom emoji keyboards on Android, which are all either massive disappointments or straight-up lies.No keyboard is this more true for than Disney Emoji Blitz, but it doesn't have to be like this.Disney Emoji Blitz is two apps in one: it's a mildly-addictive Disney character-themed match-three game, and it's a custom emoji keyboard where you can use all the emoji you unlock in the game to communicate with your friends. It's a great way to incentivize players to level up and complete missions, and the emoji are adorable to see and share, if you can stand the len...
Common LG G6 problems and how to fix them
Having issues with your LG G6? We're here to help.The LG G6 is a solid phone, and LG has regularly used the word "reliable" to describe its construction. But no phone is entirely immune to issues once people load it up with apps and data — and you may be running into issues with yours. Fear not! No matter the issue you're having, there's a good chance you aren't alone and there are ways to fix it.Here are some tips to help solve some of the most common LG G6 problems.Bad battery lifeMost people will be totally fine with the 3300mAh battery in the LG G6, but if someone offers you more you'd take it. If your battery isn't holding up, try these tips:Battery saver mode can help you get the most out of your battery — you can turn it on at any time from the settings, or you can set it to come on automatically at 15% or 5% battery. When enabled, battery saver mode will reduce brightness and vibration, and limit apps from running in the background.Sometimes it's simp...
The Google Home Preview Program will give you first crack at updates
Google Home joins the Chromecast on its Preview Program update channel.According to the Google Home help pages, the Preview Program is an update channel for the Chromecast and Google Home that gives you early access to device firmware updates. The Chromecast has been on this channel since September 2016, but the addition of Google Home is a new development.Google also stresses that this isn't beta software and should be the close to any final releases. This is not "beta" software. Our intention is that Preview Program updates will be of the same quality as production version updates. You're simply getting earlier access to new features before they're released broadly.We've not spotted anyone out in the wild with access just yet, but Google tells us how the opt-in process works.From your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app Chromecast cast icon.In the upper right corner of the home screen, tap Devices to see your available Chromecast and Google Home devices. Scroll...
Every Daydream app you can install right now, and a look at what comes next
Just go ahead and install all of them. You know, for fun.Google's first Daydream headset is finally shipping to people who purchased the first Daydream phone, and are quickly finding it's not easy to locate the whole list of Daydream apps from the Play Store. While we've been having a lot of fun showing you the best free Daydream apps and the Daydream games everyone should have installed, the act of browsing for apps and then waiting for them to install while in VR isn't a good time.To make it a little easier, we've tracked down the first wave of Google Daydream apps that are available to install now, so you can load up your Pixel with VR goodness and see what this new experience is all about.Read more at VR Heads!...
Best Case-friendly Screen Protectors for Samsung Galaxy S8
Which screen protectors work best with cases for Galaxy S8?To protect or not to protect? That is the question many of us are asking as we debate whether or not to buy screen protectors and cases for the beautifully designed Samsung Galaxy S8In the forums, there's been a pretty great discussion on the merits of using a screen protector at all on the Galaxy S8. Some folks swear that improvements to Gorilla Glass over the years have made screen protectors obsolete and question why anyone would want to possibly affect the clarity or touch sensitivity of the GS8's beautiful display.On the other hand, a number of people have had screen protectors take the brunt of drops or scratches, while keeping their phone's screen safe from harm and point out that a purse or something in your pocket (or even those little rivets just outside the front pockets on a pair of jeans) can cause damage seemingly out of nowhere. Fact is, as tough as Gorilla Glass has become, it is always possible for it t...
Magnetically mount your phone with this $4 Aukey car mount
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a killer deal on Aukey's magnetic car mount!The Aukey Car Mount is currently on sale at Amazon for only $3.87 in gray or $4.05 in black when you enter promo code AUKEYHD8 during checkout. This saves you $5 off this item's average price.Many car mounts tend to be bulky in one way or another, some can even obstruct your view while driving. Aukey's car mount fits neither of those descriptions and is actually hardly noticeable. About double the size of a quarter, this mount clips into your air vent and doesn't obstruct anything except a bit of air flow.Instead of holding your phone conventionally, two metal plates are included so you can attach the appropriate one to the back of your phone and then have it magnetically hold to the mount whenever you wish. The mount has a soft rubber padding to ensure that it doesn't scratch your phone.See at AmazonMore from ThrifterHow to avoid baggage feesWhich warehouse shopping club i...
Want to win the highly rated ErgoChair from Autonomous? We're giving one away!
Autonomous makes some great office products. Whether you work from home or in a corporate setting, or somewhere in between, you will definitely want to add at least one of them to your space. And we are here to help you do just that! One of our readers is going to take home an ErgoChair to make his or her office not only more comfortable but stylish as well. Keep reading for all the info and to get entered!The ErgoChair is Italian designed, fully-adjustable, and has a tilt tension mechanism that allows you to tailor the support and resistance of the chair to suit your needs. Pair that with the breathable and responsive Korean mesh back and you have the perfect harmony of materials and tools to find the balance you need throughout the day. The aerated chair back is cool, firm and flexible responding to your individual shape while providing support. Carefully selected materials, world-class manufacturing, and rigorous testing all add up to the perfect ergonomic design.It's the ulti...
How to change the language and speaking style of Bixby Voice
How do I change the language or speaking style of Bixby?Bixby Voice responds to your queries as a virtual assistant that lives in your pocket. Some folks might not want to listen to the Bixby voice "Stephanie" or you might be hoping to switch those responses to another language. This is a pretty simple process from within the settings of the Bixby app, and it should only take you a few moments to do.Get the details here!How to change the language of Bixby VoiceHow to change the speaking style of Bixby VoiceHow to change the language of Bixby VoiceLaunch the Bixby app on your phone. Tap the menu button in the upper right corner of your screen. (It looks like three vertical dots).Tap Settings.Tap Language and speaking style.Tap Languages.Tap the language you want Bixby to speak in.How to change the speaking style of Bixby VoiceLaunch the Bixby app on your phone. Tap the menu button in the upper right corner of your screen. (It looks like three vertical dots)....
Here is the first live look at the Google Pixel 2
This is our best look yet at the smaller Google Pixel 2, known internally as Walleye.We've been talking about the new Pixel phones for months now, as the behind-the-scenes drama has been not only engrossing but highly divisive. Earlier in the year, we heard that HTC would be making both Pixel sequels as it did the first generation, but subsequent rumors suggested that Google decided to partner with LG, likely for access to its OLED panels, for the larger Pixel XL 2.Now, thanks to Evan Blass of @evleaks and VentureBeat, we know what the smaller Pixel, codenamed Walleye, will look like. In fact, if you're an OG Pixel owner, you already know what it looks like, as the sequel bears a striking resemblance.The image above, which we've lightened to expose the darkened front of the phone, reveals a device that looks like a slightly squarer (Note-ier?) version of the Google Pixel, with ample bezels above and below the screen, a dual-toned back with a glass inlay near the top, and an alu...
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