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Updated 2018-02-25 09:36
OnePlus 5 & 5T updated for HD streaming playback, but you have to mail in your phone to get it
Users can mail in their OnePlus 5 or 5T to enable HD playback from Netflix and other providers.Late last year, it was discovered that the OnePlus 5 and 5T can't stream HD videos from Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services. The problem is the phones don't ship with the WidevIne Level 1 DRM that these services require for HD playback, so videos are only played at standard definition (480p). There's a fix available, but users will have to jump through hoops to get it.A OnePlus staff member states the DRM software has to be installed from a trusted computer at the factory, so users will need to mail their devices back to OnePlus. The company is covering shipping costs, but users will still need a spare smartphone to use for a few days. It's unfortunate that this fix can't be delivered over the air, but this isn't the first time a DRM system has inconvenienced consumers. There also hasn't been any word if new OnePlus 5T's will have the DRM system preloaded.Are you going to sen...
LG V30S hands-on: A 2017 smartphone with 2018's buzzwords
The V30S brings the ThinQ brand to LG's phone lineup.There's something about a new phone. It gleams, free of fingerprints, as you gingerly take it from its box.The accessories, perfectly wrapped, have infinite potential. You turn it on and it boots to a clean home screen, ready for you to make it — anything. That's the beauty of the modern smartphone it; it does so much and it can do whatever you want it to do.The LG V30S — technically, the LG V30S+ ThinQ, if you're being pedantic — is a sort-of refresh of the eponymous V30, which was released to great fanfare in late 2017. That phone vaulted the Korean company once again into the spotlight as one that cares about creators, but its robust photo and video tools were hobbled by poorly-performing camera sensors on the front and back.As we approached MWC 2018, it became apparent that, under new management, LG's mobile division would not be releasing a successor to the G6 — that will come later this...
LG V30S specs: More of the same, plus A.I.
The LG V30S isn't a brand new phone, but it's a nice refresh on one of 2017's best flagships.The LG V30S builds on the success of the audiovisual-focused V30, and while it adds a few tantalizing specs and a couple of notable A.I. features, it lacks any big-deal upgrades like an improved camera or current-gen Snapdragon processor.Category SpecificationOperating System Android 8.0 OreoDisplay 6-inch OLED, curved edges2880x1440 resolution Gorilla Glass 5Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835RAM 6GBStorage 128GB (V30S), 256GB (V30S+) microSD card slotBattery 3300mAhNon-removableWireless chargingQuick Charge 3.0Rear cameras 16MP f/1.6, OIS, 71° FOV13MP f/1.9, 120° FOV Bright mode (New) AI Cam, QLens (New)Front camera 5MP f2.2, 90° FOVAudio 32-bit Quad DC, high-sensitivity microphonesWater resistance Yes, IP68 water resistant dustproof MIL-STD 810G certifiedDimensions 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mmWeight 158 gramsColors New Platinum Gray, New...
This $7 Aukey USB-C car charger features two USB-A ports and Quick Charge 3.0
Charge via USB-C or USB-A with this travel essential.Right now, you can grab the Quick Charge 3.0 Aukey USB-C Car Charger for only $7.40 when you enter promo code 9KYM5X68 at checkout. That'll take $13 off its current price.This car charger can recognize your device and alter its power output for safe and efficient charging, allowing you to charge three device at once - two via USB-A and one via USB-C. There are built-in safeguards to protect against excessive current, overheating and overcharging.You'll also receive a 2-year warranty with this purchase. Aukey's USB-C Car Charger has over 300 reviews on Amazon with 4 out of 5 stars.See at Amazon...
Samsung (accidentally) publishes full Galaxy S9 promo video early
Well, this is awkward.Samsung's launch event for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is set to start in just a handful of hours, at 12:00 p.m. ET on February 25, but someone was apparently a bit too hyped about the launch and accidentally published a full-length product promo video. It was promptly taken down, of course, but Slashleaks was able to grab it first.Feast your eyes on this gorgeous leaked footage. It's our best look yet at the Galaxy S9 — or, at least, how Samsung wants it to be portrayed in its own advertising. We've seen far more of the phone in an extensive set of leaks up to this point, and have a good idea of many of its specs. As always, the real test will be when we can all get our hands on the phone(s) and see what they're really like to use.The event kicks off for real at 12:00 p.m. ET on February 25 — so be sure to join us live as we see them unveiled!Samsung Galaxy S9: Rumors, Specs, Release Date, and More!Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+Latest...
The best tech deals that you don't want to miss out on
Our friends at Thrifter post some great deals every day, and here are the best ones available right now!From mobile phones to general tech, home goods and much more, the team at Thrifter is scouring the web every single day to find the best deals. Whether something hits a new all-time low, gets discounted for just a limited time, or has a new coupon code available for it, you won't want to miss out any of them. If you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!So, what are the best deals that you should be looking at right now? Well, let's take a look at them so you can see which ones are best for you!Seagate Expansion 2TB portable hard drive - $54.99 (Was $69.48)While supplies last, the Seagate Expansion 2TB Portable External Hard Drive is available at Walmart for $54.99. This is its lowest price ever and a $17 drop from what it sells for o...
How to import custom wallpapers for your PlayStation 4
Sometimes your own style is the best style.With the latest release of the PlayStation 4 firmware, Sony has relaxed their long-standing restriction on using your own wallpapers for the background on the home screen. The process is not as easy as it could be, as with all thing Sony there are hoops to jump through, but we are here to guide you through it.Step by StepCreate a folder on your USB Thumb drive named "Images"Log on to your PlayStation 4 and go to settings.Select Themes from the menu, then choose Custom.Choose "Select File" and choose "USB Storage Device"Select the wallpaper you want to use.Crop the wallpaper to your liking and select the menu colors.Detailed InstructionsTo start this process you will need to make sure your USB thumb-drive is ready, actually, you will need to make sure you own a USB drive, turns out I didn't. Sony wants you to create a top-level folder called Images to put your wallpapers in, it's simple to do and I'm sure whether you use Mac O...
Watch the Samsung Galaxy S9 event live from MWC 2018 — Feb 25 at 12:00 p.m. ET!
Get ready to see Samsung's latest Galaxy 🌌.We're all hyped out. It's finally time for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to be announced. Making a triumphant return to MWC, Samsung is ready to launch its new flagship phones at yet another Unpacked event. The tagline this time around is "The camera. Reimagined." and we can expect a properly big show.It all gets going February 25 at 6:00 p.m. CET in Barcelona, which is 12:00 p.m. ET and 9:00 a.m. PT. You can watch it live right here — we'll have a live stream embedded as soon as it's available. Of course, the Android Central crew will be on the ground at the event as well, and you can see all of our coverage throughout the event and after!Samsung Galaxy S9: everything you need to know!If you can't pull up and watch on your computer, you can follow along via the Samsung Unpacked Android app on your phone or on Samsung's Facebook page. Samsung's website will also have an exclusive 360-degree experience available if you wan...
Alcatel makes new 5, 3 and 1 series phones official, topping out at €229 and focusing on value
It's all about features for the money.Alcatel gave us an early look at its new range of phones back at CES — comprised of an Alcatel 5 at the high end, plus the Alcatel 3 series and Alcatel 1 series below, all being pitched as providing great value under €250.Now at MWC 2018, we have some actual pricing and availability details for us to go along with our initial impressions of the group. The Alcatel 5 is the main device that may get a few people interested in this 2018 lineup, though now in the same ways that made the Alcatel Idol 3 and Idol 4 interesting. Alcatel is going increasingly budget-focused with the 5, setting the price at just €229.Even at that price you're getting a brushed metal body, 5.7-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display, USB-C and dual front-facing cameras. Also somewhat surprising at this price point is the inclusion of both a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a new face unlock mode.Category SpecOperating system Android 7.1 NougatDi...
Pay what you want for the Absolute Python Bundle!
Python is one of the most popular programming languages out there thanks to a fast edit-test-debug cycle and wide versatility. Jumping into Python from a beginner's standpoint isn't exactly easy, as there are many routes you can take. The training required to become a Python expert is also generally quite expensive.What if there was a bundle of courses that included teaching for beginners as well as advanced users? What if, instead of paying more than $500, you could essentially pay what you want and have access to the bundle for life?Right now, that's exactly what Android Central Digital Offers has to offer. Right now, you can pay what you want for the Absolute Python Bundle. Instead of paying the regular price of $559, you'll pay what you want and get one course, or beat the average price (currently under $9) and get all five courses in this bundle!Included in this bundle are hundreds of lectures and exercises designed to help you understand Python and improve your career pro...
Take a trip to Barcelona in this week's comments thread
What are you up to this weekend?Our bosses do everything they can so we have weekends off around here. I love them for it, even though I'm that one guy who doesn't mind "working" Saturday and Sunday in exchange for time off throughout the week. Having Monday be your Friday is pretty awesome.All that goes out the window whenever there is a tech "thing" going on somewhere and we have to be there to cover it. This weekend that means Mobile World Congress in beautiful Barcelona, and our own Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Alex Dobie are there, congressing and stuff. "Stuff" meaning trying to find enough time to see what they need to see and talk to the people they need to talk to. I do not envy them, even if that means a missed opportunity to visit Spain.I'll let you in on a secret; one people who travel for work already know. Traveling on the job stops being fun after the first time you get to do it. Seeing people you know and don't get to talk to very often is nice, but going ...
Best Wireless Mice for Chromebooks
Which wireless mice are best for Chromebooks?While your Chromebook's trackpad works well enough for most situations, there are some tasks for which a wireless mouse is better.Whether you need a wireless mouse to scroll through long documents faster, or to perform fine manipulations, there's a great wireless mouse out there with your name on it. Here are a few of our favorites. Logitech M535 Compact Bluetooth MouseLogitech Wireless Mouse M320AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse with Nano ReceiverLogitech Triathlon M720Logitech MX MasterLogitech M535 Compact Bluetooth MouseA compact Bluetooth mouse without any compromises.The Logitech M535 is a great mouse for any Chromebook. It's comfortable thanks to the ergonomic design and rubber grips and the compact design makes it easy to slip into a laptop bag or backpack. Best of all, it has an accurate optical sensor to keep everything nice and tight when you're not able to use a mousepad.At just $23 bucks, it's a steal.See at A...
Everything I would do to improve the PlayStation VR
I love the PlayStation VR but it needs fixing. Here are some ideas.Currently, my only room scale VR is the PlayStation VR and I really enjoy it. The price point and the availability of the hardware to run it make it an excellent choice for anyone who wants to start their VR journey. After all, 40 million people already have a PS4, and with the PSVR being as low as $199 in some sales you can see why 4 million people have made the leap.As more people get into VR though, the glaring issues that the PSVR comes with may start to erode its lead. With the arrival of Windows Mixed Reality, as well as the already popular Rift and Vive headsets, people are starting to understand what is expected of room scale VR. Here are a few ways how PlayStation VR is falling behind and how they can potentially fix it.Find it at Amazon360 coverageThe biggest advantage that the Rifts and Vives of this world have is 360-degree tracking. Because they have light gates in up to four corners of the r...
Get a free Amazon Fire TV 4K when you prepay for a month of DirecTV Now
Don't pass this up.DirecTV Now is offering a free Amazon Fire TV 4K when you sign up for its service and prepay for just one month of service, even if you pick the $35 a month plan. The company previously required you to prepay for two months of service to get the free Fire TV (which Amazon charges $70 for), but now has slashed that down to just one. For $35 you now get access to a full month of the streaming service and some new hardware to watch it on.You will need to be a new customer to take advantage of this offer and the Fire TV 4K will be shipped to you via FedEx within 2 to 3 weeks from the time you sign up. The offer is a little hidden, as usual, so to take advantage of it you'll need to begin the account creation process. Once you input your email and create a password you'll select a channel package and any add-ons that you may want, and then it will offer you the free Fire TV 4K promotion.DirecTV Now does automatically bill each month, so if you only want to do one ...
Tax time is a great time for your annual tech spring cleaning
Whether you're passing it along to someone in need or sending it to the big recycle bin in the sky, now is the perfect time to weed any unused tech. If you need a broken guitar cable or a 100-foot telephone cord, I have just the box of goodies for you.It's not hard to build up a big collection of tech gear that's too good to just toss but not anything you'll ever use again. Between phones and wearables and smart bulbs and A/V equipment and everything else that seems to find its way into our lives, those unused desk drawers or cube storage bins can get pretty full over time. And that's just the hardware; when is the last time you went through your phone or computer and saw the apps and other software you haven't used in a while? Yes, it's not hard to build up a bunch of stuff at all. The amount of both physical and digital junk that can build up in a year is surprising.For the past few years, my wife and I have used tax time as a reminder to clear out all gear and the digital...
What's new on Amazon Prime Video for March 2018
The things. All the things.In like a Lion, out like ... something that's hopefully not also like a lion. ... Amazon has a ton of great shows and movies coming to Prime Video in March. Here's what you have to look forward to!If you're a fan of mid-1980s fare — and you really should be — I'll point you to F/X on March 1. Or the James Bond classic A View to a Kill. Mid '90s? Hit up Kingpin — a Bill Murray favorite. Point is, there's something for everyone, and everyone has something they'll want to watch.March is gonna be a good one!Amazon Prime Video has is one of the go-to destinations for on-demand content, thanks in no small part to devices like the $50 Amazon Fire Stick, the all-new $70 Amazon Fire TV, and even the $229 Amazon Echo Show.But hardware is the easy part. Buy it once, and then use the heck out of it. What's not quite so easy is keeping up with everything that's new on Amazon Prime Video — because new shows are always co...
Sony's trying to cash in on Pokémon Go's success with Ghostbusters World
Coming to Android and iOS at some point in 2018.If you've been itching to catch more virtual monsters and Pokémon Go is starting to get long in the tooth, you'll soon have a few new options to choose from. In addition to Niantic's own AR Harry Potter-themed game that's coming out this year, Sony Pictures Entertainment just announced it's taking its own stab at this game type with Ghostbusters World.Ghostbusters World will be available for demo during Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, and it'll feature ghosts from the Ghostbusters movies, TV shows, comics, video games, theme parks, and also introduce original ghosts that are brand-new to the franchise.Sony Pictures Entertainment Consumer Products, Ghost Corp, FourThirtyThree, and NextAge are all working on the game, and commenting on it, Ivan Reitman (Director and Producer of the original Ghostbusters movie) said: The Ghostbusters Universe is rich in characters and Ghostbusters World is the perfect med...
HTC has reportedly laid off up to 100 employees in the U.S.
The company's smartphone and VR teams are merging together.2018's been a rough year so far for HTC. The company confirmed on February 14 that the president of its smartphone division had officially resigned, and just a little more than a week later, it's reported that a plethora of HTC employees in the U.S. have been let go.A source familiar with HTC told this news to Digital Trends, and while it's still unclear how many employees were terminated, it's estimated to be anywhere from a few dozen up to "maybe 100" individuals.The reason for all this? According to a representative from HTC, it's a result of the company merging its smartphone and VR divisions under one single umbrella. We have recently brought our smartphone and VR businesses under common leadership in each region. Today, we announced a restructure in North America for the HTC smartphone business that will centralize the reporting structure within the region. In doing so, there have been some employee reductions...
How to print from a Chromebook
This is how to print from your Chromebook!While most of us are living in the cloud, there are still some things that need to be printed out on paper. Printing from a Chromebook is possible, but you will need to have the right equipment and set up.Buy a Google Cloud-compatible printerIf you don't already own a printer — or you want to replace your existing model — the best thing you can do is buy a printer that works with Google Cloud Print. Google Cloud Print lets users print from a Chromebook, Windows or Mac computer using the Chrome browser, and iOS and Android devices. You'll need to tie your Gmail account to the printer before using it for the first time, but after that just keep the printer connected to a network and you can print from any of your devices. Better yet, Google Cloud printers aren't very expensive: Amazon has models as low as $38.Even if you have other laptops or desktops, you can still use these printers over Wi-Fi, Ethernet or USB.See Google...
HQ Trivia Android app finally exits beta
Let's get down to the nitty-gritty.After becoming a worldwide phenomenon on iOS, HQ Trivia launched on Android as a limited beta last Christmas. The beta was then opened up to anyone that wanted to give HQ a shot on December 31, and just about two months later, HQ Trivia's Android app is leaving the beta stage for good.HQ Trivia is now sitting at v1.2.1 on the Play Store, and while there aren't any big changes to the app now that the beta is over, this will hopefully allow the team at Intermedia Labs to start working on new features and prizes now that all of the major bugs for Android have been worked out.You can check out our full guide to HQ Trivia if you're new to the game, but the concept is pretty simple. A live host asks you ten multiple choice questions, and if you get all the way to the end, you win or split the prize. HQ typically gives away $2,500 for each game, but Sunday games have gone up to as much as $25,000.There's still some lag with the livestream here and ...
Treat yourself to some new Anker charging gear for as little as $8
Time to power up.Anker is a company that many people trust when it comes to charging gear, and these deals make its awesome accessories even more affordable. First up is a wireless charging pad with 12W wall charger for $14.59 when you use the coupon code BEST9911 during checkout. If you want just the charging pad and not the wall charger, you can pick one up for $11.99 when you use the coupon code BEST9811 during checkout. This is a savings of just over $8 and $7 respectively.If your phone doesn't support wireless charging and you want something that will get you additional battery life in a hurry, this 18W Anker USB 3.0 wall charger is the way to go. It normally sells for $15.99, but when you check out using coupon code ANKERQC3 you can nab one for $7.99.You can't go wrong with any (or all) of these accessories, so be sure to pick them up before the coupon codes expire....
The most physical PlayStation VR games
So you're looking for a work out in virtual reality.If games like Dance Dance Revolution and Just Dance have taught us anything it's that putting a little pep in your step always leads to a good time. Here we've found the best titles for your PlayStation VR (PSVR) system for you to break a sweat in. So if you're looking for a good in home work out while also having an awesome time in VR, you've come to the right place!Sprint VectorNot only is it a battle of the fittest, but there is also nifty power-ups to give you the visual experience of a superhero workout. Here you'll dodge obstacles by moving in the real world with this VR game. Sprint Vector has you racing against your friends to see who can make it across the finish line first. You can get it on Amazon for about $23.99! So, what do you race for? During my own time playing this game I couldn't stop the fun I was having with the experience of competing in a fun cartoon-like world.Even when you lose or miss the target...
Huawei confirms its next phone is the P20 and will have three cameras
See mooore with AI.We've been hearing leaks and rumors regarding the Huawei P20 for quite some time now, and just a few short days before MWC 2018 begins, Huawei's sent out a teaser to make sure you don't forget about its event next month.There's been some debate regarding whether the upcoming phone would be branded as the P20 or P11, and while sources of ours confirmed this earlier in the year, this is the first time Huawei's officially acknowledged the P20 name.Huawei just confirmed the name of its next flagship: The #HuaweiP20 is officially the #HuaweiP20 pic.twitter.com/HdOAsycA7i— Alex Dobie (@alexdobie) February 23, 2018In addition to the name, the teaser also confirms the presence of three rear cameras. Again, while this is something we've been anticipating, it's nice to get confirmation from the horse's mouth.Huawei will announce the P20 on March 27 in Paris.Huawei P20: Rumors, specs, availability, and more!...
Best Bands for the Samsung Gear Fit 2 in 2018
Update the look of your Gear Fit 2 with these stylish band options!The Samsung Gear Fit 2 is a pretty good fitness band that includes a feature typically found on smartwatches: the ability to swap out the 22mm bands for other colors or styles.If you prefer to wear yours 24/7, having a couple extra bands can help you accessorize your Gear Fit 2, whether you're attending a formal affair or just like to spice things up with a fresh splash of color. There's a number of great, affordable options out there, so let's dive in!MoKo Soft Silicone Replacement Sport BandsMoretek Fit 2 Wrist Straps V-Moro Metal Replacement bandsMaxjoy Metal Replacement StrapsMDW Security ClaspsMoKo Soft Silicone Replacement Sports BandsMoKo offers a wide range of color options for their silicone straps for the Gear Fit 2. Each strap is adjustable to fit small or large wrists (4.96" - 8.38") via the same style of metal plug used on the strap that came with the Gear Fit 2. Bands can be swapped in a...
Every Android phone with ARCore right now
Google's AR platform is now available to more than just the Pixels.You don't need to own a Pixel from Google to take advantage of ARCore anymore! The platform has now been released to version 1.0, and with that comes a lot of exciting news for developers and users alike.ARCore apps will start showing up in the Play Store soon, but what phones will be able to enjoy this new tech? Check out the list here, which we'll be keeping updated as frequently as possible!Phones with ARCore supportGooglePixel and Pixel XLPixel 2 and Pixel 2 XLSamsungGalaxy S7 and S7 edgeGalaxy S8 and S8+Galaxy Note 8Galaxy S9 and S9+LGV30V30+ (Android O only)AsusZenfone AROnePlusOnePlus 5Excited to get started with ARCore? Make sure you have the framework app installed and get ready for some exciting new apps to head your way!...
How much are you willing to spend on a smartphone?
Phones aren't going to get any cheaper, but how much is too much?New phone season gets heated up in a big way next week when Samsung shows us the Galaxy S9. Two things are guaranteed once we start to see whatever it is companies making phones want to show us: there will be something from some company we really want, and it will be expensive. More expensive than last year because that's how anything that uses money seems to work. That got me to thinking; how much is too much? How much money will you spend on a phone?We all have our own limit on what we'll pay. It's going to be higher for some than it is for others but I think 2017 got close to everyone's limit with phones like the Galaxy Note 8, Pixel 2 XL, and iPhone 8/X in range of a $1,000 price. I know it reached mine. Even mid-range phones are getting more expensive, as companies like OnePlus have higher prices. I have two thoughts on all this and wanted to share them and see what others think.Phones got betterOne thing p...
Street Fighter 4: Champion Edition arrives on Android!
A New Challenger Appears!February 23, 2018: Capcom has launched Street Fighter 4: Champion Edition for Android and it's fun but flawed. Meanwhile, Dunk Line is an addictive new game from the folks at Ketchapp!Street Fighter 4: Champion EditionThis week, Street Fighter 4: Champion Edition landed in the Google Play Store as a free download, and I'm still not sure how I feel about itPretty much everyone loves Street Fighter. It's one of those legendary game franchises featuring iconic characters like Ryu, Chun Li, Blanca, and many more. With Street Fighter 4: CE, you get to play as Ryu in Arcade mode, but the other characters must be unlocked with an in-app purchase. I was unable to unlock them, though, as the in-app store refused to load.The gameplay itself is pretty good. The touch controls are as tricky to use as you'd expect with a fighting game on mobile, but fortunately, there is support for Bluetooth controllers and it makes a world of difference.But then there's ...
These are all the Moto phones Motorola is releasing in 2018
2018 is shaping up to be a big year for Motorola.Ever since its acquisition by Lenovo, Motorola's turned into a company that's not shy about releasing a lot of different phones each year. This allows for a lot of choices, but it can also make trying to pick the perfect phone a bit headache-inducing. No matter your opinion on Motorola's release cycle, however, there's no denying that 2018 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for the company.Our friends at Droid Life recently got their hands on full device renders of Motorola's 2018 lineup, and while we can't yet verify if any of this is legit just yet, some of what we're seeing lines up nicely with another leak that came out before these.In any case, here's what we might see from Motorola in 2018.Moto Z3/Z3 PlayKicking off this list, let's talk about Motorola's highest-end and most premium phones for 2018 – the Moto Z3 and Z3 Play.Just like last year, we're expecting Motorola to release two entries in its Z...
Adhere the iOttie One Touch 2 car mount to your dash or windshield for just $13
Navigate and take hands-free calls safely with an iOttie One Touch car mount.The iOttie One Touch 2 car mount is now on sale at Amazon for just $12.57. This is its lowest price ever and a $6 drop from what it sells for on average.The One Touch 2 features a mounting system which locks and releases your device with a single push. The One Touch line is pretty well-rated, and this version is no exception. It uses a sticky gel pad to adhere to most surfaces, while still being easily removable. It won't work well with leather or vinyl dashboards though. It can rotate 360 degrees and has a telescopic arm which can adjust out two inches for closer viewing.This car mount is suitable for devices up to 3.2 inches in width. Over 14,400 reviewers on Amazon left this product with a collective 4.1 out of 5 stars.Other iOttie One Touch car mounts are on sale, including the CD player model for $12.57, and the iOttie One Touch 3 for $16.See at Amazon...
Google Assistant gaining 30 new languages, multilingual support, and more
Routines will also be available in the coming weeks.Shiny new hardware like the Galaxy S9, LG V30S, and other handsets will be the stars of the show during MWC next week, but those aren't the only things we'll be keeping an eye out for. A few days before the trade show gets underway, Google's announced a heap of new goodies that are coming to the Google Assistant throughout the year.Perhaps the most important announcement is the Assistant's expansion to even more languages. Google says the Assistant will support 30 new languages by the end of 2018, including Hindi, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Indonesian, Thai, and Swedish. On that same note, the Google Assistant is also becoming multilingual later in the year. This will allow users to fluently speak to the Assistant in multiple languages on the fly, and it'll first work with English, German, and French.Google will also be using 2018 to double-down on its Assistant Mobile OEM program. The purpose of this is to allow manufacturers ...
Best Arlo Pro Mounts
Put your Arlo Pro camera anywhere with one of these fantastic mounting options.Netgear's Arlo Pro cameras are some of the best security monitoring cameras you can buy. They're weatherproof, the battery lasts for months so you can place them without a cord if you like, and they're built tough. We love them.We also love that there is a great selection of accessories from Netgear and third parties that are actually useful! You'll find a slew of mounting options, which makes deciding on which are best a little difficult. No worries, we have you covered. Here are the five best mounts for your Arlo Pro.Dropcessories Table/Ceiling mountSmart Security Suction Cup Wall MountSkylety half-dome magnetic mounts in black7-inch Magic Arm MountQuadpod MountDropcessories Table/Ceiling mountDropcessories' Table and Ceiling Mount is both versatile and simple — two things that go great together. Using the same magnetic mounting method as the half-dome mounts from Netgear, these moun...
Google takes ARCore mainstream, brings Google Lens to hundreds more phones
Great news for those who live in an augmented reality.Since its debut at 2017's Google I/O conference, Google Lens has been impressing users with its ability to parse actionable and useful information from existing photos on the company's own Pixel phones. It rolled out in October within the Photos app, and then expanded to Google Assistant in November.At the same time, Google has been touting its augmented reality platform, ARCore, as a simplified and more accessible version of Tango, requiring less specialized hardware.Now, Google is making big changes to both ARCore and Google Lens, bringing the former out of preview with ARCore 1.0. The final SDK means that developers can publish AR apps directly to the Play Store, and they can currently run on 13 phones, including:Google Pixel 2Google Pixel 2 XLGoogle PixelGoogle Pixel XLSamsung Galaxy S8Samsung Galaxy S8+Samsung Galaxy Note 8Samsung Galaxy S7Samsung Galaxy S7 edgeLG V30 (Android Oreo-only)LG V30+ (Android Oreo...
Android P may launch with a native dark theme
Our relentless nagging has worked.Over the past few months, there have been a handful of indicators suggesting that Android will soon offer native theming support. Android Oreo allows users to customize their phones with the Substratum Theme Engine with the use of a simple desktop app, the Pixel 2 introduced white and dark themes that change based on the wallpaper you have set, and now it looks like Android will soon get a native dark mode.Last November, one user took to Google's official Issue Tracker asking for a "Dark Mode or Night Theme in Android 9.0." Google responded a day later saying that it'd shared this suggestion with its engineering team, but after that, things went dark.However, during the wee hours of the morning on February 23, 2018, Google updated the thread once more with the following response: Our engineering team has added this feature. It will be available in a future Android release.AKA, a dark/black theme is finally coming to Android 🙌Go...
Grab a three-month subscription to Amazon's kid-friendly FreeTime Unlimited for $4
Gain access to thousands of books, games, movies and more with FreeTime Unlimited.Through February 28, Amazon is offering customers three months of FreeTime Unlimited for just $3.99. This subscription would generally cost you $30, as a Family plan is $10 monthly or $7 with a Prime account. If you enjoy the service and have just one child using it, you can subscribe for as low as $2.99 monthly with Prime.FreeTime Unlimited offers unlimited access to kid-friendly apps, games, books, TV shows, movies and more, many of which are educational and can help teach your child. Much of this content is by Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS and other well-known brands. There are also "best-in-class" parental controls that can let you restrict what your child will see and set usage time limits. The content provided is best suited for kids aged 3 through 12.FreeTime Unlimited content can be accessed on a variety of devices, including Fire TVs, Android phones and tablets, and Kindle e-readers. You can e...
Awair Glow air quality monitor review: Wonderfully informative if not a bit worrisome
Are you curious about the air quality in your home? The Google Home- and Alexa-compatible Awair Glow can help you breathe easy.I'm an allergy sufferer. I'm allergic to dust, pollen, mould, trees, grasses, an assortment of barnyard animals, cats, dogs, smoke, and more. And like an idiot, I have both a cat and a dog in a rather small home that's over 65 years old.I've long wondered about the air quality in this house: we have a newer furnace and replace the filter fairly frequently, but it's always so dry in here and you can't eat anything without it being peppered by dog or cat hair.When I was offered the Awair Glow to review, I was surprised it existed, excited to see what the air in my house was like, and worried that it'd reveal something sinister. If you've been looking for a way to monitor your home's air quality, you're gonna wanna check this out.See at AmazonDesign, setup, functionality, oh my!I love the Awair Glow's design. It essentially looks like an oversize G...
How to fix the incorrect time on your Android phone
It's.. time... to learn how to fix your phone's wrong time.Most of us depend on our phone to keep track of the time. Whether you need to use it as an alarm or timer or just want to have a look and see what time it is, our phone has become the de facto watch of the 21st century. That means it's not fun at all if your phone won't keep the correct time. And having the time blip in and out of being correct can wreak havoc on your calendar or another app that needs to stay in sync.Android and almost every other smart operating system on your electronic things use what are called time servers to keep track of the time and date. These can be dedicated standalone servers or a software component on another server and there are plenty of them out there. Most likely, your phone synchronizes its time and date with a network tower through your carrier who uses a time server to stay in sync.For people who live at the edge of a time zone, that means things can be a little tricky. If you conne...
Samsung Max is a new VPN that's replacing Opera Max
And it's only available for Samsung phones.A few years back, Opera Max was one of the most popular VPNs designed to help you save as much data as possible while using your phone. The service was discontinued by Opera last August, and now Samsung is digging it out of its grave and relaunching it as Samsung Max.Similar to Opera Max, Samsung Max will help users cut back on their monthly data usage while also ensuring their online connection is as secure as can be. As such, Samsung Max consists of two primary modes — Data Saving Mode and Privacy Protection Mode.As the name suggests, Data Saving Mode is all about helping you use less data and potentially save money with your wireless carrier bill. Samsung Max will notify you when it detects applications that are using considerable amounts of data, it can compress images, videos, and music files for lighter web-browsing, and users can choose to automatically block background data from being used by certain apps.On the other h...
Kingdom Hearts 3 for PlayStation 4: Everything we know so far!
Want to know what's going on with Kingdom Hearts 3? Here's what we know so farIn the early years of gaming, there were quite a few swings taken at the creation of a game utilizing Disney properties. Most of those games were ranged anywhere from unplayable to mediocre as far as quality goes.Then in 2002, Square released Kingdom Hearts onto the PlayStation 2. Disney fans and gamers rejoiced as they finally had a significant video game with Disney characters. Thus far, there have been a total of nine Kingdom Hearts games and here in 2018 Square stands poised to release a new entry to the gaming public.We have been hearing rumblings about Kingdom Hearts 3 for years now but there is finally light at the end of the tunnel for fans of the series. As it stands now, we should see a release toward the end of 2018. However, what do we know about Kingdom Hearts 3? Let's take a look.A whole new worldSince its inception, an important element of the Kingdom Hearts games has been set...
Does the Google Pixel 2 have Bluetooth issues?
It all depends.As great as the first-generation Google Pixel was, one thing it wasn't was a perfect phone. The Pixel had its fair share of issues, with one of the most annoying being inconsistent Bluetooth performance.The Pixel 2 fixes a lot of the complaints people had with its older sibling, but how does it fare when it comes using Bluetooth?One of our forum users recently asked this very question, and these are a few of the responses they received. Almeuit 02-21-2018 02:56 PM “ Some people have issues with various cars. With my 2017 F150 and my BT headset I use at work I have had no issues. I use my BT headset at work all day and use the BT in the truck every time I drive. Reply MooMooPrincess 02-21-2018 03:00 PM “ This. In my 2010 Cobalt (am Bluetooth) I have 0 issues, my 2011 infiniti? Issues, my 2016 infiniti? 0 ...
Huawei P20: Rumors, specs, availability, and more!
Whatever name it carries, the successor to the Huawei P10 should be a fascinating device.Huawei, like many other big names in mobile, has a predictable cadence to its flagship smartphone launches. The new technology gets showcased first in the Mate series in the fall, usually paired with an updated version of EMUI, running the very latest Android build. That technological base is then further refined for the P series the following spring.That gives us a rough idea of what to expect from the Huawei P20, which we're expecting to see in the spring of 2018. And, of course, the usual flurry of leaks that accompany any big phone launch have helped to fill in some of the gaps.Here's what we know so far:The name: Huawei P20Huawei trademarked the "P20" monicker earlier in 2017, and at least one source familiar with the company's plans has suggested that this is indeed the name for the next Huawei flagship. P20 is a rounder number than 11, with fewer syllables (in English, anyw...
Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL: News, tips, problems, specs and more!
Everything you need to know about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL!The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are finally here, and there's a lot to unpack.While these devices resemble the original Pixel and Pixel XL, there are many changes both internally and externally that make them worth talking about.Let's dive in.Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL review!The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are incredible phones — probably the best Android phones out there right now. Despite their different sizes, they are nearly identical where it counts, in their cameras, their performance, their build quality, and their software experience. While the Pixel 2 XL has slimmer bezels and a slightly more washed-out pOLED display, the smaller Pixel 2 contends with a more dated-looking form factor and a smaller battery. Oh, and a smaller price tag to boot.Which one should you buy? Read the full review below!Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL review: The new standard for AndroidPixel 2 second opinion: Close to perfectGo...
How to set up and use Face Unlock on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
Face Unlock relies on the Redmi Note 5 Pro's front 20MP camera, unlocking the phone in just 500 milliseconds.Xiaomi announced back at the launch of the Redmi Note 5 Pro that it would roll out a face unlock feature to the device in a future software update. With the phone going on sale yesterday, Xiaomi is issuing a day-one update to MIUI 9 build 9.2.4.0 that includes the feature. This is the first time Xiaomi has offered a face unlock feature in the country, and the implementation is in line with what we've seen on the likes of the OnePlus 5T.The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a 20MP front camera, and Xiaomi is leveraging the high-resolution sensor to scan your facial features. The face detection algorithm then tries to match your features to the saved data when you hold up the phone to unlock. According to Xiaomi, the process takes roughly around 500 milliseconds, or just marginally longer than the blink of an eye. Here's what you need to know about using Face Unlock on the Redmi...
These are the 10 best Alexa skills for India
Amazon has thoroughly customized the Alexa experience for the Indian market.Amazon launched the Echo family in India at the end of last year, introducing the subcontinent to Alexa. The virtual assistant made its debut three years ago on the first-gen Echo and over the years Amazon has steadily added more features to Alexa, making it one of the most robust options available in this space.Amazon took its time in bringing the Echo family to India as the retailer was customizing Alexa for the local audience. That includes a wide range of skills that leverage Indian services — including Zomato and Ola — and working around limitations like e-commerce purchases. In India, all e-commerce transactions require a secondary layer of authentication, usually in the form of an OTP delivered to a user's phone number.The mandate means Amazon's one-click order isn't available in India, and so the retailer had to introduce a digital wallet — dubbed Amazon Pay — to work a...
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: Everything you need to know
The Redmi Note 5 has plenty to offer if you're looking for a capable budget phone that doesn't break the bank.Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 5 earlier this month, bringing the 18:9 form factor to the budget segment. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 625 — like last year's Redmi Note 4 — but Xiaomi is positioning the improvements to the display and camera as the main differentiator for this year's offering.Then there's the pricing. The Redmi series' meteoric rise was mainly due to aggressive pricing by Xiaomi, and the brand outdid itself this year. The base variant of the Redmi Note 4 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage is available for just ₹9,999, which is less than what the Redmi Note 4 launched at last year.So while the internal hardware may not be all that different, there's a lot to get excited about with the Redmi Note 4. Here's what you need to know about Xiaomi's latest budget phone.It has an 18:9 displayThe most visible change in the...
Sports streaming service DAZN launches Roku TV app in Canada
More streaming options for sports fans looking to cut out cable TV 🇨🇦DAZN subscribers in Canada can now access the sports streaming platform on Roku streaming players and Roku-enabled smart TVs.Adding Roku rounds out DAZN's list of supported devices which already included the prerequisite support for web browsers and smartphones along with apps and support for Android TV, Chromecast, VIZIO SmartCast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Apple TV.For a $20 monthly subscription, DAZN offers Canadian sports fans exclusive streaming access to NFL Game Pass, NFL RedZone and the NFL Network. Beyond the NFL, DAZN also has partnerships with BeIn Sports for FIBA basketball and European soccer coverage, and more recently announced partnerships with rugby union's Six Nations Championship, Red Bull Air Races, and a slew of PGA tournaments.DAZN launched in Canada last August but dealt with technical issues out of the gate including dropped streams, bad video quality, and audio syn...
Businesses can now send RCS texts to Android Messages users
Launching first in the U.S. and Mexico.We're expecting Google to go all-in with Android Messages later this year to turn it into a true iMessage competitor, but until that day, folks in the U.S. and Mexico are getting a small treat of what's to come. Thanks to Google's never-ending push of Rich Communication Services (or RCS), businesses can now tap into this to offer more engaging experiences.Instead of sending bland SMS texts, companies can use RCS to send rich and interactive messages to their customers that use Android Messages. Businesses like 1-800-Contacts, Booking.com, Subway, and OpenMarket will be leading this charge in the U.S., and Mexico will soon follow suit with 5 Piso, DHL, Secretaria de Salud, and more.Per Google's official announcement: This means, for example, that a retailer can send beautiful images of their products, rather than a text message, and even let the customer select and buy something, all without leaving the messaging app. Best of all, custo...
Rez Infinite VR for Daydream review: Psychedelic techno bliss
Finding this game in the Google Play Store was a Daydream come true!Have you ever played a game that just stuck with you? Perhaps you only had a limited time with it, yet years later you still occasionally find yourself daydreaming about it.For me, that game is Rez. Originally released for the PlayStation 2 and Sega Dreamcast way back in 2002, it was and is still the most unique game I've ever played — a mash-up between a rail-shooter and a music game set in a trippy cyberspace world.I remember first experiencing the Rez demo on a disc that came with a PlayStation magazine and it blew my mind, but I could never track down a full copy of the game and I wasn't about to overpay for a used copy off of eBay. This is by far the best VR experience I've had with my Google Daydream!Then I learned Rez Infinite VR had been released for Google Daydream and realized my life is complete. Hyperbole aside, this is by far the best VR experience I've had with my Google Daydream....
Best Screen Protectors for Samsung Gear S3
What are the best screen protectors for the Samsung Gear S3?The Samsung Gear S3 is a beefy smartwatch packed with practically everything you'd need no matter your lifestyle. Whether you plan to take it on outdoor hikes or just wear it around the office, there's always a risk of it banging against a rock or a door frame and getting the touchscreen scuffed up or worse.We've rounded up the best products for keeping your Gear S3 protected, with several options offering a 3-packs of these tempered glass discs so you have a couple of chances at a perfectly clean install, or a few backups if you're expecting heavy wear.Supershieldz Tempered Glass Screen ProtectorOMOTON Full Coverage Tempered Glass Screen ProtectorSkinomi TechSkin Full Coverage Skin and Screen ProtectorSpigen Tempered Glass Screen ProtectorSupershieldz Tempered Glass Screen Protector (Frontier / Classic)Supershieldz is a trusted name in screen protectors, so naturally, you can expect a great product at a grea...
Deal: Get 74% off lease price of Galaxy Note8, S8, S8+ from Sprint!
For a limited time, you can save 74% off the lease price of a new Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or S8+ from Sprint, with $0 down, on an 18-month lease. Galaxy Note 8 Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8+Retail Price $960 $750 $850Monthly Lease $40 $31.25 $35.4274% Off $18 $8 $12See Note 8 at Sprint See S8 at Sprint See S8+ at SprintSprint's Unlimited Freedom PlanIf you're looking to pair up your new phone with a plan, Sprint's Unlimited Freedom is one of the cheapest on the market with 4 lines for $25/mo per line and 5th line free (until 03/31/19), with autopay. Plus Hulu is now included!Unlimited talk, text, and data. Once you've reached 23GB of data, your speeds may temporarily slow down during times of high network congestion.HD video, 1080p10GB of 4G mobile hotspotThe finer print:This deal requires a new line of service activation and an 18-month lease. Well-qualified customers are eligible. At the end of the 18-month lease, you have the option to ...
Let Seagate's $76 external drive keep 3TB of your most important files backed up
A must-have.Seagate's 3TB Expansion desktop hard drive offers a ton of storage space in a rather small package, which makes it very desirable. It doesn't take up a ton of space on your desk and with its USB 3.0 connection it makes backing up and transferring files a breeze. Whether you have a large photo library or keep local copies of all your important tax documents, this external drive can be useful to everyone in the family.It is compatible with both Windows and Mac, though the company notes that you may need to reformat the drive to use it with a Mac machine. This drive is part of a larger one-day sale that includes tons of other storage devices, routers, modems and more.See at Amazon...
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