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Android Auto: Everything you need to know!
Stay connected, stay safe.Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do while behind the wheel. It puts you and everyone else on the road at risk, and while it should go without saying, is obviously something we don't condone.That said, there are times when you need to stay connected even when in your car. Whether you're following turn-by-turn navigation, making a hands-free phone call, or controlling your music while on a long road trip, having a device to do all of these things is a must.Google is aware of that, and that's why it created Android Auto. Android Auto is software that's available on your phone and in your car, and it gives you a way to do all of the things mentioned above as safely as possible. Ready to learn more? Keep on reading!Here are the basicsAndroid Auto is on your phoneIt's also in your carThe Assistant is hereThere are a bunch of appsA new phone UI is comingAuto upgradeSony XAVAX3000$300 at Best BuyElevate your A...
Here's your first look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+
No major surprises.What you need to knowThe first CAD-based renders showing the Galaxy Note 20 Plus have surfaced.Samsung's upcoming flagship phone will apparently have a 6.9-inch Infinity-O display and a massive camera module on the back. Just like its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 20 Plus will not include a 3.5mm headphone jack.Last week, tech accessories store Pigtou posted alleged CAD-based renders of the Galaxy Note 20, in collaboration with tech leaker xleaks7. Pigtou has now joined hands with reliable leaker @OnLeaks to publish the first renders of the Galaxy Note 20 Plus, which are claimed to be based on leaked CAD drawings.The renders reveal a 6.9-inch curved display with a tiny hole-punch cutout at the top for the selfie camera. On the back of the phone, we find a massive camera module that houses a total of four sensors. While three of the sensors are laid out vertically, the fourth module is positioned below the LED flash. Even though it isn't expected to offer...
Realme Smart TV unveiled in India, and it starts off at just ₹12,999 ($170)
Realme is setting its sights squarely on Xiaomi's Mi TV 4A series with the launch of its first TV.Realme launched its first phone two years ago, and in that time the manufacturer managed to carve out a niche for itself in India. Realme consistently undercut Xiaomi in the entry-level and budget segments, allowing the brand to gain a sizable market share in the country in a short period of time.Realme is now looking beyond phones as it tries to build on its momentum in the country. The brand has unveiled its first TV in India, dubbed the Realme Smart TV. The smart TV segment in the country has gotten a lot of attention over the last two years following the introduction of Xiaomi's Mi TV series. To put it mildly, Xiaomi reinvented the smart TV category by offering TVs with great value for money.And that is the strategy Realme is emulating with its first smart TV. The Realme Smart TV is available in 32-inch and 43-inch options, and the brand is targeting the budget TV segment with ...
Realme Watch is a budget smartwatch that monitors blood oxygen levels
The Realme Watch is now official in India, offering a vast array of features for just ₹3,999 ($52).Realme made its foray into wearables with the Realme Band earlier this year, and now the brand is debuting its first full-fledged smartwatch. The Realme Watch is a budget smartwatch that retails for just ₹3,999 ($52) in India, offering features like real-time heart monitoring and blood oxygen saturation levels.The Realme Watch has a 1.4-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 320 x 320, translating to a pixel density of 323PPI. Realme says the smartwatch has a maximum brightness of 380 nits in auto mode, with the panel also offering 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 protection against scratches. Oh, and there's a Realme logo at the bottom of the screen.There's also IP68 dust and water resistance, and the smartwatch connects over Bluetooth 5.0 and works with Android's Smart Lock feature. There's no standalone GPS, but that's easily forgivable given the category the smartwatch is aimed at.Th...
Google's Messages app may soon gain end-to-end encryption for RCS messages
Google Fi integration will also come to the Messages app in the near future.What you need to knowAn APK teardown of Google Messages v6.2 has revealed that the messaging app may soon gain end-to-end encryption for RCS chats.Both the sender and receiver will need to have a good internet connection for end-to-end encryption to work.There is no word yet on exactly when end-to-end encryption will arrive. Google began testing iMessage-like reactions in RCS messages for some users earlier this month. An APK teardown of an internal "dogfood" build of Google Messages version 6.2 by the folks at 9To5Google has now revealed that the search giant is planning to soon add another popular iMessage feature to its official texting app.As per the report, Google Messages could soon let users send end-to-end encrypted messages via RCS. A total of twelve strings referencing encryption were found during the teardown. While the teardown didn't reveal the exact requirements for using end-to-encr...
How to fix MIUI push notifications in 2020
MIUI has come a long way in the last two years, and while the interface has received a much-needed facelift and a trove of new features, it still has a few lingering issues. Push notifications continue to be a significant problem in MIUI thanks to Xiaomi's aggressive memory management, but there is a workaround. Here's how to fix push notifications in MIUI.Products used in this guideStill going strong: Xiaomi Mi 9T (£399 at Xiaomi UK)How to fix push notifications in MIUITo get around MIUI's memory management, you'll have to select autostart for apps that aren't sending push notifications.Open Settings from the home screen. Scroll down to the Apps sub-menu. Select Permissions.Tap Autostart.Choose the apps that aren't sending push notifications. Toggle the slider to ensure the apps always start in the background.If you don't see a particular app listed in autostart or are still facing issues with notifications, you should disable the built-in battery optimizat...
AC Podcast 475: Pixel 4a delayed; Rise of Chromebooks; Huawei in trouble
Ara Wagoner swings by to talk with Daniel and Jerry about the rise of Chromebooks as they become increasingly popular in this era of learning and working from home. The team have a spirited discussion about what's great and what can be improved. Plus, they offer tips on what to look for in terms of specs if you want to buy one.Pixel 4a isn't due until July (or maybe even later). Does that affect the relevance of the phone, and how might that impact the eventual launch of Pixel 5.Last up, Huawei is in trouble. Again and still.Listen nowSubscribe in Pocket Casts: AudioSubscribe in Spotify: AudioSubscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: AudioDownload directly: AudioLinks:Pixel 4a is coming July 13 with Just Black and Barely Blue colorsHere's why Google is delaying the Pixel 4a to July (or even August) | Android CentralWhy Chromebooks have become the perfect work from home laptop | Android CentralForget what you may have heard: Chromebooks are actually great ...
Stream the new LANCE documentary live tonight
After eight years, we will finally have a chance to learn the truth about Lance Armstrong's doping scandal from the former professional road racing cyclist himself in ESPN's latest 30 for 30 documentary film, LANCE.The new four-hour documentary will air in two parts on ESPN with Part 1 releasing on Sunday, May 24 and Part 2 releasing on Sunday, May 31st. There will also be two versions of LANCE, one with strong adult language which will air on ESPN and an edited version that will air simultaneously on ESPN2.LANCE will feature interviews from Armstrong himself along with a collection of family members, teammates, friends, rivals and journalists who will all reflect on his historic rise to fame and his subsequent downfall following 2012's doping scandal. We'll also learn new details about Armstrong's battle with testicular cancer, his recovery and the work that went into earning seven consecutive Tour de France titles.From acclaimed director Marina Zenovich, LANCE is sure to be h...
Remove cables with these amazing true wireless earbuds
Smartphones are slowly but surely getting rid of the 3.5mm audio jack from smartphones and tablets, so users are turning to wireless as the next viable option. The Jabra Elite 75t are currently the best overall true wireless earbuds you can buy. They feature solid sound, long battery life, and they're incredibly comfortable and portable.Best Overall: Jabra Elite 75tThe Jabra Elite 75t feature a very bass-heavy sound out of the box, which is surprising. The bass is boosted quite a bit to the point where some may dislike the bass overall. For bass heads, this will be the earbud for you. Fortunately, you can adjust the Elite 75t's sound signature with their smartphone companion app.Battery life is excellent here as well with up to 7.5 hours of listening on a single charge. The included charging case gets you roughly 20 additional hours of listening, totaling around 28 hours of listening time with the charging case. Unfortunately, they still don't feature wireless charging for th...
HDR Projects offers the same results as Photoshop at a fraction of the price
It's no secret that Adobe Photoshop reigns supreme in the world of digital editing. Used by professional photographers in a wide range of mediums, Photoshop can be found in countless design departments around the world, and it's earned its reputation as an industry standard.But Photoshop is also incredibly expensive, and the truth is that you simply don't need that much processing power in order to professionally edit your pictures and share them online.HDR Projects 7 Professional: Photo Editing Software offers the same results along with a streamlined interface that's far more intuitive and easy to use than Photoshop, and it's available for over 55% off its usual price at just $39.99 right now.Ideal for both professional photographers and amateur smartphone snappers, this software comes loaded with Retina tone mapping, digital color filters, HDR presets, and much more—allowing you to quickly transform your photos into stunning HDR images in seconds, thanks to a variety of too...
The best Alexa-compatible smart lights
Amazon's Echo range of Alexa-powered smart speakers is great for controlling smart home devices. With smart bulbs installed throughout your house, you can use Alexa to turn individual lights and even entire rooms off and on, change the colors of your bulbs, and more. The only trouble is deciding on the right bulbs to buy — luckily, we're here to help.Best overallRing Smart BulbStaff pickAmazon-owned Ring is now in the smart bulb game, and what better product to work with Alexa than one from Amazon's own brands? These affordable bulbs are sure to help you save on your energy, but just know that as with other Ring lighting products, a Ring Bridge is required.$15 at Amazon$15 at RingBest Color ValueLIFX ColorLIFX bulbs can be controlled remotely by Alexa without the need for a hub — the bulbs connect directly to Wi-Fi. The LIFX Color supports 16 million colors and is available with threading for either A19 or BR30 lighting fixtures. It's also the brightest...
From the Editor's Desk: OnePlus, growing up and keeping your soul
Is it possible to grow and flourish in the smartphone industry — or indeed any industry — without selling your soul?OnePlus was once the darling of smartphone enthusiasts. But as the company has grown over the past half-decade, culminating in the recent launch of the OnePlus 8 series, it's faced accusations that it no longer represents the core fans who helped build its brand.Let's start by contrasting the OnePlus of old with the company that we know today. Back then, you needed an invite to even be able to buy a OnePlus phone. The first phone ran CyanogenMod, the custom ROM of choice for many an Android nerd, back when that sort of thing was more mainstream. And above all else, buying OnePlus in 2014 meant you got tip-top flagship specs — that all-important Snapdragon 800 processor — for a whole lot less than the competition. OnePlus was all about giving you those lustworthy specs and vanilla Android software at a price that was way more accessible to a lot of people. Th...
Best Lowe's Memorial Day deals: smart home essentials, appliances, and more
Now's the time to start shopping as Memorial Day weekend sales are kicked into high gear. There are deals popping up at retailers on just about everything, from furniture and kitchen essentials to TVs, toys, and appliances, but some of the best offers for the home happen to be at Lowe's. The Lowe's Memorial Day sale is already live with deals on bathroom fixtures, flooring, hardware, lighting and fans, and much more.During Lowe's Memorial Day sale you can save up to 50% tons of smart home products by brands like Google and Ring, up to 20% off lighting and ceiling fans for inside and out, up to 40% off a new fridge or deep freezer and other appliances, and the savings don't end there. You'll find that many products at Lowe's are shipped for free, too. You can score free shipping on your order there by reaching an order total of $45 or more, and free store pickup is an option as well.The Best Lowe's Memorial Day 2020 DealsSmart home: up to 50% offAppliances: up to 40% offCeiling...
Grow your YouTube Music library by uploading your own songs — here's how
YouTube Music is one of the most capable streaming services on the planet. It offers an enormous library of content, ranging from official songs, music videos, covers, concert clips, and more. On the off chance you can't find what you're looking for in YouTube Music's streaming library, you can also upload your own tunes and store them on your account for easy access on any of your devices. Need some help on how to do this? We've got you covered!Products used in this guideStream it all: YouTube Music Premium ($10/month at YouTube)How to upload music to YouTube MusicIf you want to upload your own songs to YouTube Music, you'll need to do so from your computer. As of right now, YouTube Music doesn't support uploading songs from the Android or iOS apps.The following steps were done in Google Chrome on an iMac, but the process should be virtually identical no matter what browser or desktop operating system you're using.Go to the YouTube Music website (music.youtube.com) on...
Grab a 2-pack Sengled smart bulb starter kit on sale for $30 today only
The Sengled smart LED soft white A-19 starter kit 2-pack is down to $29.99 at Best Buy. The sale is part of Best Buy's deals of the day, which means the price is temporary. The Sengled bulbs are only sold at Best Buy, but they usually sell for $40. Right now they're less than half the cost of the multi-color version of this starter kit, so if there's any place you could use some smart bulbs but you don't imagine you'll need to change the color, this is the pack you should get.Normally Sengled smart bulbs are frustrating because they don't connect instantly to your smart home, but thanks to this starter kit you don't have to worry about that. The kit includes the hub you need to connect your bulbs, and you can then connect your new hub to your smart home ecosystem, giving you full control over the whole set. The hub connects to your 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network band. Even if you don't have a smart home, use the Sengled Home app on your iOS or Android smartphone to control the lights, turn t...
Here's everything you need to know about Baldur's Gate 3
The Illithid are back and they are ready to conquer all of the Forgotten Realms.When you think of truly iconic Dungeons and Dragons videogames the first name that will always come to mind is Baldur's Gate. There are others — Neverwinter Nights comes to mind — but none of them hold the hallowed place in people's hearts like the Baldur's Gate series.It's taken a long time, but Wizards of the Coast, the owners of D&D, have finally agreed to allow a company to get its hands on the rights to the franchise. Larian Studios — the creators of the hugely popular Divinity: Original Sin series — has been given the reigns, and asked to create a true successor to the RPG we all know and love.What is Baldur's Gate 3?Baldur's Gate 3 story, gameplay and featuresBaldur's Gate 3 racesBaldur's Gate 3 classesIs Baldur's Gate 3 a direct sequel?What edition is Baldur's Gate 3?Will Baldur's Gate 3 be on PS4?Will Baldur's Gate 3 have multiplayer?Baldur's Gate 3 early accessBaldur'...
Best Lowe's Memorial Day deals: smart home essentials, appliances, and more
Now's the time to start shopping as Memorial Day weekend sales kick into high gear. There are deals popping up at retailers on just about everything, from furniture and kitchen essentials to TVs, toys, and appliances, but some of the best offers for the home happen to be at Lowe's. The Lowe's Memorial Day sale is already live with deals on bathroom fixtures, flooring, hardware, lighting and fans, and much more.During Lowe's Memorial Day sale, you can save up to 50% on smart home products by brands like Google and Ring, up to 20% off ceiling fans and lighting, up to 40% off refrigerators and other appliances, and the savings don't end there. You'll find that many products at Lowe's are shipped for free, too. You can score free shipping on your order there by reaching an order total of $45 or more, and free store pickup is an option as well.The Best Lowe's Memorial Day 2020 DealsSmart home: up to 50% offAppliances: up to 40% offCeiling fans and lighting: up to 54% offFaucets: u...
Best Buy's Memorial Day deals: save on TVs, laptops, appliances, and more
The long, 4-day weekend is finally here. Memorial Day isn't far away at all, and Memorial Day sales are live now through the weekend at various retailers across the internet. Best Buy's sale is one that just went live this morning, and it's certainly one you won't want to miss out on. While all of its deals are scheduled to run through Monday, May 25, there's still the chance for items to sell out early — shopping ASAP is recommended.Best Buy is notable for its selection of computers, phones, and tech accessories, though there's quite a bit more to find there from kitchen and home appliances to fitness equipment, toys, and more. Memorial Day weekend has brought deals to just about every category, and Best Buy is even offering free next-day delivery on thousands of items during the event. Not every item offers free shipping though, so for others you may need to reach a cart total of $35 or more to have your order shipped for free.Best Memorial Day 2020 DealsTV dealsLaptop de...
Learn essential skills from Ivy League professors and Nobel Prize winners with this app
To be the best, you have to learn from the best. You can't expect to be great at something purely by self-guidance—we all need a bit of a push and some pieces of priceless wisdom from people who are experts in their field. And you might think that you can only get expert instruction from learning institutions, but there is now a platform that boasts an almost bottomless library of video lessons straight from the pros.Enter: Big Think Edge. Ideal for aspiring entrepreneurs and anyone needing inspiration for their next big idea, the series of lessons included in the platform are created by educators and taught by world-class experts, including Malcolm Gladwell, Ariana Huffington, and Elon Musk (don't worry, he won't dispense advice on how to name children).Here's a sneak peek:Trusted by the world's most recognized future-thinking companies like Pfizer, Citi, and Disney, the video lessons included in the collection will equip you with the most important skills of the 21st century....
Sony's refurb WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds are now over 50% off
It's Memorial Day weekend and a ton of sales are live now as we approach Monday's holiday. Right now you can score a pair of refurbished Sony WF-1000XM3 noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds on sale for just $109.99 at BackMarket in mint condition, and you'll even score free shipping and a one-year warranty with the purchase. These earbuds can sell for as much as $230 brand new on Amazon and more regularly sell for around $150 refurbished.Today's deal is valid on the headphones in both black and silver while supplies last.The Sony earbuds use industry-leading noise-cancelling technology with a QN1e HD processor, and they have 24bit audio signal processing for improved sound quality. That means you get a full range of powerful sound without the distracting noises of the everyday world around you.Plus, the earbuds have smart listening technology that automatically switches to an ambient sound mode based on your activity. While you might not want to hear a lot of the noises aroun...
Everything you need to know about Watch Dogs: Legion
Start brushing up on your accents.Surprising absolutely no one thanks to Amazon leaking its existence and details beforehand, Watch Dogs: Legion was announced at Ubisoft's E3 2019 press conference. Get ready to travel across the pond because players are going to London.What is Watch Dogs: Legion?Watch Dogs The story so farWatch Dogs: Legion DedSec goes to LondonWatch Dogs: Legion CharactersWatch Dogs: Legion GameplayWatch Dogs: Legion Release datePost-BrexitWatch Dogs: Legion$60 at AmazonSave all of LondonUbisoft is taking us to post-Brexit London with Watch Dogs: Legion. Play as anyone and recruit resistance fighters to join DedSec. The fight begins soon in March.What is Watch Dogs: Legion?Watch Dogs: Legion is the third entry in the action/adventure franchise Watch Dogs. This time, players will be taking their hacking escapades all the way to London in a post-Brexit society. You'll be able to explore several iconic locations across its open world as y...
This crazy Memorial Day deal saves you 50% on TCL's 8-Series QLED TV
A myriad of deals and discounts are going live this weekend in preparation for Memorial Day on Monday, and one of the best offers just reached Best Buy. TCL's 65-inch 8 Series 4K QLED Roku Smart TV (65Q825) is now on sale for $999.99, saving you $1,000 off its regular price. This matches a one-day sale we saw at Best Buy earlier this month, and it likely won't last much longer.This TV is only sold at Best Buy, so you won't see any competing offers at other retailers. It's priced at $2,000 through the TCL website, and Best Buy was most recently selling it for around $1,250. Today's deal is the lowest we've seen and amazing savings no matter how you look at it.Check out the Cordcutters review of this TV when it released last year. Nirave Gondhia said, "Why is the 8-series my new go-to recommendation for a TV? Simple — it's a QLED panel. Actually, it's much more than that — it also heralds in a new era in TVs thanks to mini-LED technology, which allows the TV to display much dee...
Everything you need to know about Mint Mobile
Get the lowdown on Mint Mobile's coverage, pricing, phones, and more.The wireless carrier space is a neverending battle between T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. However, underneath the four big dogs is a collection of smaller brands tapping into their networks to deliver excellent wireless coverage at a fraction of the price.One such company is Mint Mobile (formally known as Mint SIM), and if you've been searching for a new way to buy phone service that can help you save a heap of money, it may be worth a look.Here's everything you need to know!Start by reading our reviewLet's talk pricingMint Mobile has great coverageHotspot access is freeComparing Mint to other carriersSo, what phones does Mint sell?You can also BYOPBuy in bulkMint MobileFrom $15/month at Mint MobileA unique take on affordable wireless serviceBuying things in bulk usually results in a lower price over the long-term, and Mint Mobile brings that mentality to the wireless space. Y...
Our favorite mesh networking system, eero, is now 20% off for Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend is here, and along with it are a number of great Memorial Day sales all over the internet, from home appliances and patio furniture to TVs and tablets, and it's also a great time to save on smart home products like eero's mesh Wi-Fi systems.The eero 3-pack was listed as the best mesh Wi-Fi router of 2020 in our guide from last month, and right now you can grab yourself a set for just $199 when you use promo code HOME20 during checkout at eero's website. That saves you $50 off its usual cost, however if you're only looking to buy a single eero, you can bring its cost down to $79 using the same code.Those aren't the only discounts you'll find at eero over the next few days, as eero Pro Wi-Fi systems are now 20% off and you don't even need to use a code to score the discount. The eero Pro offers faster speeds and covers up to 1,750 sq. ft., and with the current discount you'll save $40 off the regular price. Meanwhile, the eero Beacon lets you expand your networ...
Can you reuse your old faceplates with the Ring Video Doorbell 3?
Best answer: No, unfortunately, you cannot reuse faceplates from the Ring Video Doorbell 2 on the Ring Video Doorbell 3 or 3 Plus. However, there are similar options available for the newer doorbells to give you the personalization and customization that you're looking for.Newest from Ring: Ring Video Doorbell 3 ($200 at Best Buy)New varieties: Interchangeable Faceplate — Ring Video Doorbell 3 / 3 Plus ($15 at Ring)Classic change up: Interchangeable Faceplate — Ring Video Doorbell 2 ($15 at Ring)Will the faceplates from the Ring Video Doorbell 2 fit the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and 3 PlusI know it sounds superficial (literally), but one of my favorite things about Ring's Video Doorbells, especially the "main" ones in the series, is that they are at least somewhat customizable to your home and front door decor. They ship with at least two different color faceplates that you can choose from — Satin Nickel and Venetian — and Ring also makes over 15 different colored first...
If big game developers cared about Android nobody would need a Switch
Gaming hardware is there for Android, but the content just isn't; I wish companies like Nintendo cared about Android.The Nintendo Switch is freaking awesome. Pretty much anyone you ask will agree if they aren't too busy playing Animal Crossing or Zelda. It's portable but can connect to a television, has wireless controllers that mostly don't suck, and every big name developer is tripping over its own feet trying to get games ported to the platform. Yes, it has Skyrim.But under the small screen is the same type of hardware you would find inside a high-end Android device. In fact, if NVIDIA had chosen to remake the Shield Tablet, it probably would use the exact same hardware as the Switch. There is nothing magic inside, just an ARM CPU with a bunch of GPU cores built by NVIDIA just like the Shield TV. The hardware in your expensive phone has the muscle to do it.The difference, of course, is the software. The Switch has a basic but fairly complex OS running on it (or you can ...
Does ExpressVPN offer a lifetime license?
Best answer: No, ExpressVPN does not offer a lifetime subscription. In fact, the longest subscription you can purchase from ExpressVPN right now is an annual one, and the first time you sign up for it you get an extra three months free. Running the service the way ExpressVPN does requires ongoing costs, and offering a one-time payment is not a sustainable business model for the company.Secure your browsing: ExpressVPN ($6.67 per month at ExpressVPN)You may have seen one of those "too good to be true" lifetime VPN license offers out there for $10 and wondered why some companies are doing that and others are charging $100 each year. Well, running a VPN company happens to be an expensive endeavor. The hardware (servers) costs money, the software costs money, the apps are expensive to develop, the chat agents need to be paid, and there are lots of other costs.Unfortunately, ExpressVPN is not able to roll all of that into a single cost for each customer and does not allow people t...
How to watch BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend: stream the festival from anywhere
Social distancing won't put a stop to BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2020. Though the event was originally planned as an in-person music festival for the end of May, BBC is taking the event virtual and letting everyone watch the show.With live (at home) performances from artists like HAIM, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, and the Jonas Brothers, as well as replays of past performances from musicians like Ed Sheeran, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Calvin Harris, the festival is certain to include something for everyone.BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend festival will have several 'stages' showing performances, including the Radio 1 Stage where live at home performances will be aired and the Headliner stage which features past performances from top artists from around the world. Meanwhile, BBC Music Introducing Stage offers up 40 acts you probably haven't heard of before. Radio 1 Dance and 1Xtra stages feature their own performances as well.BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend: When & whereBBC Radio...
Should you upgrade from the Galaxy Watch Active to the Active 2?
Filling in the blanksGalaxy Watch Active 2$279 at AmazonProsOptional LTEDigital rotating bezelImproved sensorsBuilt-in GPSConsBattery drains faster with LTE modelMore expensive, especially with LTESometimes upgrades miss the mark. Fortunately, that's not the case with the Galaxy Watch Active 2. It improves existing sensors with faster and more accurate readings plus some other new perks that fill in the blanks left by its predecessor.OG fitness smartwatchGalaxy Watch Active$150 at AmazonProsBuilt-in GPSGreat fitness trackingMore affordable optionNow has a digital rotating bezelConsOnly one size optionNo LTE connectivityThe Galaxy Watch Active is still an impressive smartwatch. It's got all the features you'd expect, like built-in GPS, activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, Samsung Pay, smartphone notifications, and more. It's also less expensive.If you're a true techie, you probably look forward to device updates and th...
Sundar Pichai isn't ready for Google employees to work from home full-time
Google will always need an in-person, human element.What you need to knowWired recently interviewed Google CEO Sundar Pichai, covering a wide range of topics.Pichai talked about Google's response to the pandemic, contact tracing, etc.Once all is said and done, Pichai doesn't see Google becoming a 100% remote company.We talk a lot about Google here on AC, and as with any company we often discuss, it's important to have a better understanding of the people behind it. Sundar Pichai is the CEO of both Google and parent company Alphabet, meaning he's got quite a lot on his place.The folks at Wired recently conducted an interview with Pichai, asking a variety of questions that mostly revolved around where the company stands in a world with an ongoing global pandemic.The topic of "work from home" is one we've seen a lot given everything that's happened, and this is something Google's also had to adapt to. Commenting on Google's response to this, Pichai says: Once we realiz...
Best Buy's Memorial Day deals: save on TVs, laptops, appliances, and more
The long, 4-day weekend is finally here. Memorial Day isn't far away at all, and Memorial Day sales are live now through the weekend at various retailers across the internet. Best Buy's sale is one that just went live this morning, and it's certainly one you won't want to miss out on. While all of its deals are scheduled to run through Monday, May 25, there's still the chance for items to sell out early — shopping ASAP is recommended.Best Buy is notable for its selection of computers, phones, and tech accessories, though there's quite a bit more to find there from kitchen and home appliances to fitness equipment, toys, and more. Memorial Day weekend has brought deals to just about every category, and Best Buy is even offering free next-day delivery on thousands of items during the event. Not every item offers free shipping though, so for others you may need to reach a cart total of $35 or more to have your order shipped for free.Best Memorial Day 2020 DealsTablet dealsTV de...
Improve your game with these thumb grips for your PS4 controller
It's no secret that the DualShock 4's weak point is its analog sticks. The surfaces are slippery and domed, and the grip material isn't very durable. Some players also find them to be too stiff. Thumb grips for your PlayStation 4 controller can help with all of that. We've highlighted the best options here, from grips designed to give you an edge in first-person shooters to entire collections of grips that can be used for matching your style — or simply protecting the controller from wear and tear.Ultimate ControlKontrolFreek Performance for PS4Staff PickKontrolFreek's Performance offers superior grip and security thanks to its clasp-like mounting mechanism and studded surface. Heightened raise also gives you greater control, offering greater accuracy and range of motion.$17 at AmazonFor FPS GamersKontrolFreek FPS Freek Vortex for PS4Here's something specifically for those who love playing first-person shooters. These grips vary both in height and surface design...
New Outriders gameplay is coming on May 28
Tune in for a deeper look.What you need to knowSquare Enix will stream Outriders gameplay on May 28.This stream is the start of a new monthly broadcast for Outriders.These broadcasts will show off the gameplay, world, classes and more.Outriders is still scheduled to release sometime in Holiday 2020. If you've been eager for another look at Outriders from People Can Fly and Square Enix, you won't be waiting much longer. Square Enix has announced the Outriders Broadcast, a monthly stream that'll show off gameplay, dig into how the different classes work and show off the world.The first of these Outriders Broadcasts is titled Built for the Core and is coming on May 28 at 9:00 a.m. PT. You can check out a brief trailer for the stream below.When the broadcast begins, you'll be able to find it on the Square Enix Twitch channel. According to Bartek Kmita, Creative Director at People Can Fly, the game is still on track, even with the team all working from home."With the ...
TCL 10 Pro will only get one Android update, two years of security patches
TCL promises at least one major OS update for its affordable phones.What you need to knowThe TCL 10 Pro and 10L are TCL's first own branded phones.The company promises to deliver at least one major OS update. It will also deliver two years of security patches every two months. While often cheaper and more powerful (broadly speaking) Android phones don't get nearly the same amount of support as iPhones, with the TCL 10 Pro and 10L, being TCL's first phones, we weren't sure how long the company planned to support them. Fortunately for us, the company has come out to deliver some clarification on the topic."We can confirm both the TCL 10 Pro and 10L will, at minimum, receive one major OS update as well as SMR updates every two months to two years," a TCL spokesperson said (via Matthew Moniz.)With the use of the phrase "at a minimum", TCL implies that this policy is flexible. Perhaps if the series moves enough units to prove themselves as a viable business, it would push ou...
This $40 Bundle Can Help You Start a Lucrative Career as a White Hat Hacker
In these uncertain times, finding a secure job is a priority for everyone. While many well-paid careers require college degrees, white hat hacking is open to just about anyone. These cybersecurity experts are paid good money to find the weaknesses in networks, and there is a huge demand for new talent. The Ultimate 2020 White Hat Hacker Certification Bundle helps you get started in this field, with 98 hours of training working towards top exams. You can get it now for just $39.90.According to industry experts, there will be around 3.5 million vacant jobs in cybersecurity by next year. As a result of this shortfall, many companies are willing to offer six-figure salaries to certified experts.This bundle helps you break into the lucrative world of cybersecurity. Through 10 courses, you learn about all the most common attacks used by malicious hackers — from SQL code injection to botnets. The training also looks at penetration testing, password analysis, and other key skills.Yo...
How to fix a flashing white PlayStation 4 controller
When your PlayStation or peripherals do things you've never seen before, it's understandable you would get worried. The DualShock controller light doesn't usually flash white. There are two main reasons you might see the flashing white light on your DualShock controller: either the battery is dying, or the controller failed to connect to your PlayStation 4. Both of these things are fixable; we just need to troubleshoot the problems.Products used in this guideReplace problem cables: AmazonBasics PlayStation 4 Controller Charging Cable ($14 at Amazon)Replacement controller: DualShock 4 Wireless Controller ($60 at BestBuy)Check your USB cableUSB cables can be fragile. One of the most straightforward problems to fix is replacing your old USB charging cord and replacing it with shiny new ones. These USB Charging cables work well with the DualShock controller and are worth picking up to make sure your cable isn't stopping your controller from charging.Once the replacements ha...
Don't get stuck in the wrong Google account — here's how to change it
Do you ever get confused as to which Gmail, Google Drive, or Google Calendar account you're using? Have you tried to join a Google Meet call for work, only to be rejected because you were accidentally in your personal account? Yeah, it happens to us too. All. The. Time. Fortunately, Google makes it easy not only to switch between accounts but to set a different account as your default.How to change your default Google accountOn the webIf you're already logged in to your Google account on the web (whether you're in Gmail or another Google app), here's how you can switch between accounts.Open a Google app in your browser of choice.Click on your avatar (photo of you or your initials) in the top right corner of the screen.You should see a dropdown showing all of the Google accounts that you've used to login on this browser. Select the one you want to switch to.That's it! A new browser tab will open with your secondary account app. If you want to change which of your Googl...
Hand tracking breaths new life into The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets
The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets debuted near the end of 2019 on the Oculus Quest and PC VR platforms. The diorama-scale virtual worlds found in the game present a perfect way for players of all ages to appreciate the magic that VR brings. It truly feels like these miniature worlds are floating right in front of you, and their designs compel players to look around every corner and in every nook and cranny to find all the stolen pets and hidden secrets.Developer Fast Travel Games is among the first elite group of developers to release a hand tracking update for the Oculus Quest version of their existing game, bringing an entirely new dimension of magic to the experience. Hand tracking is particularly impressive and important for a game like The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets because the world already begs for you to reach out and touch it. It's also one of the most accessible VR experiences on the market, as it'll scale the worlds according to player height automatically, featur...
How to change your location using a VPN
There are a variety of use-cases for a VPN, but no matter which VPN provider you use or what reason you're connecting to a VPN for, the underlying technology remains the same — changing the location of the IP address of your computer, phone, or even your router.Known as 'spoofing', changing your IP address to somewhere else in the world is really easy to do with a VPN meaning you can access content not usually available in your own location. The best way to achieve it is to subscribe to a reputable VPN provider and use their apps on your devices. While you may have to pay a monthly or annual fee to use a VPN, these services are usually more feature-rich than free VPNs and you can always save on VPNs with our best VPN deals guide.ExpressVPNSee latest pricing at ExpressVPNThis is our top pick for anyone looking to get started with a VPN. It offers a great mix of speed, reliability, outstanding customer service, and affordability. There is a 30-day money-back guarantee, so g...
Everything you need to know about Arkane's Deathloop
Die, die, and die again.It's not Dishonored 3 or Prey 2, but a new IP is always welcome. On Bethesda's stage at E3 2019, Arkane Studios introduced Deathloop to the world. It looks awesome and trippy in all the right ways, and we can't wait to get our hands on it.What is Deathloop?Deathloop is a new IP developed by Arkane Studios. According to the studio, it will be a 1st-person action game that follows two assassins on an island who are hunting each other down. As the name suggests, our two characters appear to be stuck in a time loop, much like the movie Edge of Tomorrow — or Live. Die. Repeat., as the film was retroactively named.Deathloop Developed by Arkane StudiosIf you're unfamiliar with the name Arkane Studios, you may be familiar with their work. Arkane created the action/stealth series Dishonored and successfully rebooted Prey a couple of years ago. The type of games that Arkane ends up creating are many times labelled as immersive sims. These tend to focus o...
T-Mobile's OnePlus 8 starts receiving its first OxygenOS update
The unlocked OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro phones received Live Caption support last month.What you need to knowThe T-Mobile OnePlus 8 variant is now receiving its very first OxygenOS update.The new OxygenOS 10.5.8.IN55CB update brings Google's live caption feature and support for additional 5G bands.It also includes a few general improvements and bug fixes.OnePlus rolled out the first OxygenOS update for its latest OnePlus 8 series phones last month, adding Live Caption support and several optimizations. Nearly a month later, the T-Mobile variant of the OnePlus 8 is receiving its first OxygenOS update.Unlike the first update for the unlocked OnePlus 8 variants, the one for the T-Mobile variant doesn't bring too many changes to the software. As per the official changelog, the update adds 5G support for bands n2 and n66 and Google's Live Caption feature. The Live Caption feature generates captions for all media playing on your phone, including videos, podcasts, and audio messages. A...
Are the Fitbit Charge 4 features worth the upgrade from the Charge 2?
Worth the upgradeFitbit Charge 4$150 at Best Buy$150 at WalmartProsBetter battery lifeSwimproof designActive Zone MinutesBuilt-in GPS Built-in Spotify control ConsExpensive upgrade Not as many color optionsProprietary chargerThe Fitbit Charge 4 is a worthwhile upgrade for features like built-in GPS and Spotify Connect that let you leave your smartphone at home. You also get Active Zone Minutes, Quick Replies via compatible Android devices, a swim-proof design, SPO2 sensor to measure blood oxygen levels, Fitbit Pay, and generous seven-day battery life. That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to why you should upgrade from a Charge 2.Still a decent trackerFitbit Charge 2$160 at WalmartFrom $60 at eBayProsHas all the essentialsFive-day battery lifeSame app dashboardConsOnly water-resistant No built-in GPSOutdatedIf you already own the Fitbit Charge 2, it's still a pretty decent activity tracker. You get access to the s...
How to watch this week’s German soccer online from anywhere
While it took some getting used to watching matches being played in whisper-quiet empty stadiums, the Bundeliga made a largely successful behind closed doors return from pandemic suspension last weekend.With a string of eye-catching games making up the fixture list for this second week back from the enforced break, there's plenty to look forward to for casual German soccer fans and hardcore Bundesliga supporters alike. Don't miss a moment by following our live stream guide to watching all matches from gameweek 27, no matter where you are in the world.The weekend's action kicks off with a clash between local rivals Hertha and Union Berlin at the Olympiastadion on Friday evening, with the home side's new boss Bruno Labbadia hoping to build on his side's impressive victory against Hoffenheim on their return back to action last week.Arguably the pick of the weeknd's games comes on Saturday afternoon when Borussia Monchengladbach host Bayer Leverkusen at the Stadion im Borussia-Park...
PlayStation's Days of Play begins June 3 with discounts on games and more
Days of Play is back in 2020 with even more deals on software and hardware.What you need to knowDays of Play is back with deals on games and hardware.It begins June 3 and lasts through June 17.PlayStation has not yet revealed a limited edition Days of Play PS4 like years prior.Continuing the tradition, PlayStation's Days of Play is back for the fourth straight year. Sony announced that the annual sale will take place from June 3 through June 17, and it features discounts on games, hardware, and services like PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus.Some of the deals that PlayStation highlighted so far include:Select Gold Wireless Headsets – $69.99 USD / $79.99 CAD (MSRP) Platinum Wireless Headset – $129.99 USD (MSRP) / $159.99 CAD (MSRP)Nioh 2, MLB The Show 20 – $39.99 USD / $49.99 CAD (MSRP)Predator: Hunting Grounds, Death Stranding, Dreams – $29.99 USD / $39.99 CAD (MSRP)Days Gone, MediEvil, Blood & Truth – $19.99 USD / $29.99 CAD (MSRP)Everybody's Go...
Kaspersky Free vs. Paid: Is it worth upgrading?
Enough for mostKaspersky Security Cloud - FreeFree at KasperskyProsVirus protectionProtects from suspicious sitesVPN includedAccount monitoringConsAlways connected serviceLimited privacy protectionNot a lot of VPN dataKaspersky's free option is now part of its Security Cloud line, which brings new features beyond pure antivirus software. It also includes VPN data, a password manager, the ability to scan for weak settings, and monitoring for your online accounts. For most people, this is a great level of protection to keep browsing safe and machines clean of infection.Privacy focusedKaspersky Security Cloud - PersonalFrom $54/year at KasperskyProsVirus protectionProtects privacy onlineBlocks tracking and webcam spiesVPN includedAccount monitoringHome Wi-Fi monitoringConsExpensive upgradeNot much VPN dataUpgrading your Security Cloud account comes with some great extras like the bonus privacy protection and home Wi-Fi monitorin...
The Galaxy Note 20 is coming — here's everything you need to know
Here's the lowdown on Samsung's newest Note.Every year, there are certain phones we just can't help but get excited about — one of which is the Galaxy Note. From the first Note that debuted in 2011 up to last year's Note 10, Samsung's stylus-equipped flagships are regularly some of the most interesting to hit the market.Samsung revamped its naming convention this year with the Galaxy S lineup, going from the S10 to the S20. We're expecting something similar for the Note lineup, meaning 2020 will see the launch of the Galaxy Note 20.From the latest specs, leaked renders, pricing rumors, and more, here's everything you need to know!We're expecting at least two modelsGet ready for a familiar designSpecs? Here's what we knowThere won't be a physical launch eventLet's discuss pricingDon't overlook the Note 10Today's NoteGalaxy Note 10+From $950 at Samsung$900 at Best BuyPlenty of specs and features for years to comeWhile we are excited to see what Samsu...
Here's everything we know so far about the Google Pixel 4a
Let's talk about one of 2020's most anticipated smartphones.Starting in 2016 with the release of the original Pixel, Google's lineup of Android phones has been marketed towards people looking to buy premium, high-end flagships. That notion has continued to hold true, but in May 2019, Google decided to try something a bit different with the release of the Pixel 3a.The Pixel 3a was the first mid-range Pixel phone to be released by the company, and it was an instant hit. Critics and consumers alike were immediately drawn to the 3a, thanks to its offering of great specs, solid build quality, and outstanding camera performance — all for less than $400.We were absolutely smitten with the Pixel 3a here at AC, and now, the rumor mill is buzzing with information regarding its successor. From specs, design, features, and more, here's everything we know about the Google Pixel 4a.There may only be one modelThe design is pretty interestingMid-range specs are expectedThere looks ...
April 2020 NPD sees Final Fantasy 7 Remake at the top
Some truly wild results await.What you need to knowThe April 2020 NPD results are in.Spending for the month hit a record high. Final Fantasy 7 Remake was the best-selling game of the month.Every month, the NPD Group releases information on the top-selling games across all video game platforms in the United States. While it doesn't account for worldwide sales, it does provide a good look at one of the largest video game markets. Mat Piscatella, an analyst for NPD, has shared the results for April 2020, tracked from April 5 to May 2.Spending hit a record high in the month of April 2020, with the sales of the Nintendo Switch breaking the record set by the Wii in 2008. Sales of Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were up 160% year-over-year altogether. Final Fantasy 7 Remake makes its debut at #1 on the chart and is instantly the third best-selling game of 2020. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Animal Crossing: New Horizons also keep on going strong at #2 and #3 for t...
Samsung software update report card: The biggest company gets a B-
Samsung has improved a lot when it comes to Android updates, but there is still some work to be done.Updates are something no Android handset maker outside of Google has ever been really great at. Overall, the landscape has improved by leaps and bounds, but sometimes when you drill down to individual manufacturers and especially individual phones things still need a lot of work.Since Samsung is a name that's almost synonymous with Android, I decided to take a long hard look at how the company is doing when it comes to updating the phones it sells. I looked at both platform updates as well as the more important security updates, expensive phones and cheap phones, and even how things look by region. Here's where things stand.More: The Galaxy S20 is the first phone to have Samsung's own security chip insideThe goodSamsung is on the ball for its flagship phones. Whether you buy unlocked or from a carrier, you can expect Samsung to update your phone with two platform versions ...
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 tipped to feature an SpO2 sensor, Alexa support
It is also rumored to feature a larger 1.2-inch display.What you need to knowThe Mi Band 5 could be Xiaomi's first fitness tracker to include an SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation) sensor.It is also tipped to support menstrual cycle tracking and come with Amazon Alexa built-in.The wearable is likely to be launched in China in late June or early July. Xiaomi's Mi Band 4, which was launched in June last year, is still among the best budget fitness bands on the market, offering fantastic value for money. A new report has now shed light on the possible key features of its successor, which is expected to be launched soon.According to TizenHelp, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 will offer an SpO2 sensor for measuring blood oxygen saturation, menstrual cycle tracking, and Amazon Alexa support. In addition to these three new features, the upcoming fitness band will apparently come with a new "Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI)" function, which will show users how much activity they need daily t...
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