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Facebook Messenger now allows you to send and receive money via PayPal
Messenger + PayPal = <3Facebook Messenger is chock full of features, and while some of them are arguably quite useless, there are others that can prove to be quite handy at times. Messenger users have been able to send money to one another since as far back as 2015, and that feature is now expanding to allow people to send and receive money using their PayPal account.Sending money via Messenger was previously handled by linking a debit card or bank account to your Facebook account, and while there isn't anything wrong with this implementation, the ability to alternatively use your PayPal funds is a nice touch for those that are heavily reliant on PayPal's services.To use PayPay when sending money in Messenger, just tap the blue plus icon and then the Green button titled "Payments" like you normally would. From here, you can choose to send or deposit money you've received to your PayPal account. The integration is dead simple, and it's one we're glad to see.You'll be able t...
This is the most pointless Moto Mod ever made
Stop it.The Moto Z2 Force was a pretty weak follow-up to last year's Moto Z/Z Force, but even so, it's still one of the few phones on the market that's compatible with Motorola's Moto Mods. The Moto Mod system is the best "modular" smartphone platform we've seen hit the market so far, and while there have been a lot of cool and useful Moto Mods, there have been others that left us scratching our heads.Android Authority recently got exclusive details on the latest Moto Mod that's in the works. It's called the AT&T Mobile TV Cast, and it's offensively pointless.The AT&T Mobile TV Cast will attach to the back of your Moto Z device like all other Moto Mods, and just like the Alexa speaker Moto Mod that was announced earlier this week, there's no camera cut-out for whatever reason. Instead, it's been replaced by a bright blue AT&T logo.Below the logo is a stick that pops out of the Mod, and plugging this into your TV will allow you to cast DirecTV Now (AT&T's live...
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!Lumsing 6-port USB desktop charger - $8.49 (Normally $17)Without the coupon code, it goes for $17, and this price matches a deal we shared once before. This charger comes with five micro USB to USB cables. Nearly one for every port! If you don'...
LG V30 review by MrMobile
LG didn't do itself any favors by waiting until October to release its V30 smartphone in the US, after first announcing it back in August. But it's telling that, in the intervening weeks, I haven't been able to go a day without someone on my Twitter feed asking me for an ETA on my LG V30 review. This is a smartphone that's got people stoked.Part of that is the natural demand for an underdog alternative to Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, or curiosity about how much of the V30's DNA made it into the LG-made Google Pixel 2 XL. But comparing the V30 to either of those competitors misses the point. The V30 isn't just LG's higher-end model for the fall; it's one of the only three smartphones in recent memory designed specifically for shooting near-professional-quality mobile video. (The other two were its immediate predecessors, the LG V10 and V20.)The V30 packs updates to the styling and specs of its forerunners, while tossing in more cinematography features like in-camera color ...
Best Google Pixel 2 Cases
Enhance the funky look of your Google Pixel 2 with the right case!If you ordered a Pixel 2 you may have already received yours or it's on its way! Whether you love the design and want to enhance it, or simply looking for drop protection for your new phone, there's a case that's perfect for you.Google has partnered with a number of accessory makers for its 'Made for Google" certification program, which are featured in the Google Store, but there are quality third-party cases to be found (at a discount) on Amazon, too. We'll run through the best options available straight from Google, then look at some cheaper options from Amazon.Google Live CasesGoogle Fabric CasesPower Support Air JacketOtterBox Defender SeriesBellroy Leather CaseRingke FusionSpigen Rugged ArmorLK Slim Thin Pixel 2 CaseCaseology Cases (Pixel 2 XL)Google Live CasesFirst up is the customizable Google Live Cases, which give you the option of customizing the back of your Pixel 2 with a personal ...
What do you think about Google's Pixel 2?
So, how's that Pixel 2 treating you?Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL started to arrive on people's doorsteps this past Wednesday, and while it'll still be a while before everyone who preordered the phones gets their hands on them, plenty of early adopters have already shared their thoughts on Google's flagships for 2017.Andrew and Alex both came away with very positive feelings for the Pixel 2 in their reviews, praising both the regular and XL model as two of the best Android phones you can buy right now. Each device has its own set of pros and cons, and while we could dive into a lot more detail on that front, that's not what we're here to do.Today, we want to look at what you have to say about the Pixel 2. Here's what some of our forum users have said so far. #mn_oembed_c:before { display: none; } #mn_oembed_c { display: table; width: 100%; max-width: 700px; box-sizing: border-box; cursor: pointer; position: relative; background: #dee9...
Here's what we're reading, watching, and listening to this week
How we're spending our leisure time.Everyone has a bit of quiet downtime once in a while. Whether you're sitting quietly at home or trying to relax on a plane or just giving your busy mind and hands a break, it's important to relax.A good way to do that is to read a book, listen to some music or watch a movie or show. See what's caught our attention for the week of October 20.Daniel BaderI've spent most of the week watching The Good Place on Netflix, which has proven to be among the funniest shows I've consumed in a long time.The show, by Michael Schur, is both irreverent and brilliant — a woman, played the amazing Kristen Bell, wakes up to realize she's in a not-quite-heaven that's run by Ted Danson. The premise sounds a little absurd, and it is, but the formula works incredibly well thanks to sharp jokes, a diverse set of interesting characters, and a writing team that isn't afraid to mess with the audience.The first season is on Netflix right now and the second...
Get 20% off PS4 games from Amazon Warehouse when you buy 2 or more
Yo dog, I heard you like video games.For a limited time, pick up two or more used games from this Amazon Warehouse sale and you'll get 20% off.There are almost 5,000 games to choose from, so no matter what console is your favorite, you should check this sale out.Note that some of these games only have a handful in stock. Make sure you head to Amazon sooner rather than later for the best selection.Your discount will be applied automatically during checkout.Some notable offers with prices before discount:Injustice 2 (PS4) - $35.91Diablo III (PS4) - $21.77 - One of the funnest games of all time & highly recommended by yours trulyStardew Valley: Collector's Edition (PS4)- $17.99Final Fantasy XV (PS4) - $22.43Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (PS4) - $23.99Persona 5 (PS4) - $43.64Until Dawn (PS4) - $13.10Nier: Automata (PS4) - $37.56Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition (PS4) - $35.99Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4) - $21.59Rayman Legends (PS4) - $16....
Google fixing SMS bug on last year's Pixels with November security patch
A fix is on the way, but not quite yet.Earlier this month, we reported that users of the first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL were having trouble receiving SMS text messages. Google's Pixel User Community forum is filled with people complaining about this bug, and while a spokesperson from Google did initially respond to the problem, an ETA for a resolution was unknown. We now have an update to this story, and there's good and bad news.Starting first with the good news, Google has since learned that the SMS bug was caused by the Android 8.0 Oreo update and has figured out a way to fix it.Unfortunately, that fix won't be pushed out for quite a few more days. Google says that it'll be resolving the matter when it releases the monthly security patch for November, and while a light at the end of the tunnel is nice to have, the fact that affected users will likely have to wait a couple more weeks before they can start receiving their text messages like normal is not great.Here's wh...
Could Google 'fix' the Pixel 2 XL's display with a software update?
Okay, now let's talk about the realistic parts of the situation.We know people have opinions on the Pixel 2 XL's display. Some are bad, some are good, and some people want everyone to just move on with their lives and pick the phone that works for them for a variety of reasons. We know that the Pixel 2 XL's display has a few characteristics that are polarizing: the color representation, off-axis color shifting, grain on light backgrounds and weak shadow detail are all points of contention right now.So rather than continuing to debate how bad each aspect of the display is, let's go to the next level: will Google release an update for the Pixel 2 XL to change the way the display looks? Let's look at the possibility.Will Google address the screen with an update?We know Google is constantly working on software for its Pixels, and we're sure there's already a little backlog of different features, fixes and changes that are already slated for an upcoming release. But with the amo...
Here's a full breakdown of Google Pixel 2's Now Playing feature
Now Playing's arguably the Pixel 2's coolest feature, and we now know more about how it works.Display controversies aside, Google's Pixel 2 is one heck of a phone. The camera's phenomenal, performance is top-notch, and the software experience is the best you'll find on any Android phone right now. Software has always been the Pixel (and Nexus) line's strongest aspect, and with the Pixel 2, the highlight is undoubtedly Now Playing.Now Playing is the feature on the Pixel 2 that automatically identifies songs that are playing around you in the background, and along with being a neat party trick, there's also some impressive tech behind it. VentureBeat recently talked with a spokesperson from Google to learn just how NowPlaying actually works, and this is what we learned.It's a local feature based on Google Play MusicWith song-identifying services like Shazam, audio tracks are matched up with a library of tunes found in the cloud. This allows Shazam to ID over 11 million differen...
Get a Super-Sized Ethical Hacking bundle for just $21.50!
Hackers pose a serious threat, not only to individuals but also to large corporations. There are vast security structures in place to keep hackers out, but without testing that security, there's no way to know whether it will hold up. That's where ethical hackers come in.Ethical hackers are employed to test security systems, and the better they are at hacking, the better they are at their job. In order to become a successful ethical hacker, you really need to know what you're doing, and the training required is usually quite extensive and expensive.Android Central Digital Offers has a deal on a Super-Sized Ethical Hacking bundle where instead of paying the regular price of $1,080, you'll pay just $43. That's 96 percent off the regular price... But wait, it gets better! Use coupon code BUNDLE50 and save an additional 50%. That brings your final cost down to only $21.50!This nine-course bundle will take you from zero to hero with 667 lessons and over 76 hours of training. Courses...
Amazon Echo Dot vs. Google Home Mini: Which should you buy?
One is a known entity and is the gateway drug for connected homes. The other is a new entry from the world's biggest search company. Both have their merits.If you're reading this, there's a pretty good chance you already own an Amazon Echo Dot. It's been around a while, it's a good impulse buy at $49 — and that's when it's not on sale. And it can help you control pretty much anything that can be controlled in the tech space.And if you're reading this there's probably a pretty good chance that you're in the target market for a Google Home Mini. Because you want to be able to control all the things, and you want better access to your Google services.There's a lot of overlap in the Echo Dot and the newer Home Mini. But which one is right for you? Let's rap.See Echo Dot at Amazon See Home Mini at GoogleWhat's in a name? Echo Dot or Home Mini?Google still names its products pretty horribly. "Home Mini" doesn't have the same sort of authoritative name as "E...
TELUS now sells the BlackBerry KEYone in Space Black
If you're in Canada, check out the Space Black KEYone at TELUS.Canadians have a bunch of options for buying the BlackBerry KEYone in either its original retro silver-and-black, or the newly-released Space Black color. Walmart already sells the higher-spec Black Edition, which features the new color palette, 4GB of RAM and double the internal storage, and now TELUS is exclusively carrying the Space Black version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.This is the same version that has been sold in Canada since May, but the new finish is pretty snazzy, and definitely worth considering if you were on the fence about the phone.TELUS is selling the phone for $200 on a 2-year plan or $700 outright.See at TELUSBlackBerry KEYoneBlackBerry KEYone reviewKEYone vs. Priv: Battle of the BlackBerry keyboardsBlackBerry KEYone specsThe latest KEYone newsJoin the discussion in the forumsAmazonBest BuyBlackBerry Mobile*//*-->*//*-->*/...
How to prevent lens fog with any VR headset
Clear up your sight with these quick tips to reduce lens fog in virtual reality.While today's virtual reality (VR) headsets are more immersive than ever before, a build-up of fog can quickly take you out of the action. With all of today's leading devices sporting a similar design, featuring two lenses in an enclosed space, fog can be an irritating flaw when first jumping to a virtual space. Here's what you need to know about fog in VR, as well as how to prevent it.Read more at VRHeads...
TicHome Mini review: A portable, durable Google Home Mini
Google Assistant is finally breaking free.When the Google Home was announced, my only problem with it was that it was stuck in one room of my house. While I move about the house doing chores or getting ready for the day, the Google Home has to pick a plug and stick to it. Yes, Google Assistant is on our phones and our televisions now, but it's an inferior version. It can't do as much as the version on the Google Home, especially in regards to media control.What I wanted was a Google Home that could follow me around the house, just as my Bluetooth speakers do. What I wanted, I now have in the TicHome Mini.The TicHome Mini is an unassuming little puck, available in four colors, including an adorable teal. My review unit is white, which blends unassumingly in my kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and office. No matter the color, it features a silver ring around the top. There are four buttons, four LED lights and two pinhole microphones on the top.The buttons are easy to spot, and ea...
This $300 eero Wi-Fi system is the best mesh networking deal we've seen yet
This is, by far, the most convenient and realistic eero bundle we've seen yet.Is this deal for me?This 2nd generation eero Home Wi-Fi system is down to $299.99 on Amazon. The street price on for this bundle fluctuates somewhere between $350 and $360 most of the time. When we wrote about a similar deal in early September, this system was at $356.We've shared a few deals on eero systems, including this Pro system with 3 2nd gen eeros and this Home system with 3 1st gen eeros. This deal right here is the best one for the average consumer by far. It doesn't require extensive Ethernet routing like the Pro system and it uses 2nd gen technology with stronger 5GHz bands. The Beacons are far more convenient, too.This package comes with one second generation Ethernet-powered eero device and two eero Beacons. The 2nd gen eeros have tri-band Wi-Fi, which adds a third 5GHz radio to your system. That makes your Wi-Fi network stronger and faster.The Beacons just need an outlet to plug int...
On the Pixel 2 XL, OLED displays, and Samsung
There are a lot of reasons to choose one phone over the other, and the only right choice is the one you make.The internet is like that big platter your grandmother breaks out during the holidays. The one with little compartments for all the different things, from olives to cheese to onion dip. In our compartment, where everything mobile and all the things that connect to all the other things live, everywhere you look you see that the Pixel 2 XL has a horrible display. Like, the worst ever.At least that's what the internet tells me. Tossing out the noise from folks who have never seen it and just like to say things to stir the pot, you'll find that people have some issue with the overall quality, but very few people who have it or have used it think the display is bad. It's just not as great as what we find in Samsung's latest phones. My reaction to this is "duh."Nobody makes OLED displays at the sizes used for mobile devices as good as Samsung does. Not LG, not Toshiba, not S...
This 6-port Lumsing desktop charger is down to just $8
Desktop chargers are insanely convenient, if you don't have one already.Is this deal for me?This Lumsing 60W 6-port USB desktop charger is down to $8.49 with code DS987631 on Amazon. Without the code, it goes for $17, and this price matches a deal we shared once before.This charger comes with five micro USB to USB cables. Nearly one for every port! If you don't need that many cables, you can get the same charger with only two cables for $7.99 using the same coupon code. Lose three cords, save 50 cents.Features include:Detects and automatically switches to the right charging mode of the connected digital device for full speed charging up to 3 amps per port or 12 amps overall.Via 6 ports, delivers 60 watts of high-power to simultaneously charge two iPad Airs and four iPhone 6s at high speed.The built-in Multi-Protection System ensures complete protection for you and your devices.Phones and devices can be quite expensive, so we kept that in mind when we designed this deskto...
Nokia 7 debuts in China with Snapdragon 630, 'Bothie' camera, and glass back
Nokia is bringing features from its flagship to a more affordable price point.Nokia kicked off its Android journey back in January with the Nokia 6, which was unveiled in China. The company is once again turning to the Chinese market for its latest budget device, the Nokia 7. The Nokia 7 is also aimed at the budget segment, but it features several improvements over the Nokia 6.The Nokia 7's chassis is made out of 7000 series aluminum, but the back features a Gorilla Glass panel with rounded edges. The phone ticks all the right boxes when it comes to the specs: you get a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB storage, microSD slot, a 16MP camera with f/1.8 lens and 5MP front shooter, NFC, USB-C, Wi-Fi ac, and a 3000mAh battery.One of the main drawbacks of the Nokia 6 was the performance: the combination of a Snapdragon 430 and a Full HD display meant that the phone wasn't as nimble as other options in this segment. Nokia has addressed that particular problem by swit...
Chrome Remote Desktop: Everything you need to know
Chrome Remote Desktop is a great, free way to remotely access a computer.I have an unusual computer setup: I have a super powerful desktop at home and I carry a Chromebook with me when I'm out and about. The system has served me well over the past year, but there are times when I'm on the go and I need to tap into my extra power at home. This is where Chrome Remote Desktop comes into play — I can connect to my home computer from anywhere, so long as I have an Internet connection. If you'd like to do this, follow along!Install the Chrome Remote Desktop host on the machine you want to accessBefore using Chrome Remote Desktop, the machine you'd like to access needs to be running the Chrome browser and the Chrome Remote Desktop host. Chromebooks and Chromeboxes that need to be accessed can skip this section since the necessary pieces are already built into Chrome OS.If you have not done so, download the Chrome browser.Sign into the browser by clicking the picture icon in t...
You can now purchase Google's updated Daydream View VR headset for $99
Available in Fog, Charcoal, and Coral.Google announced quite a few new toys at its October 4 event, one of which being an updated Daydream View headset. An exact release date wasn't announced at the time of the announcement, but that day is now upon us.There are three colors of the Daydream View to choose from, including Fog, Charcoal, and Coral. Fog is expected to ship within two to three weeks, with Charcoal and the gorgeous Coral option expected to ship by October 22.The updated headset costs $99 with free shipping, and while that is more than the $79 asking price for the first-generation model, there are a lot of improvements this time around that make the added cost worth it – especially if you held out last year.We won't go through all of the improvements here, but the highlights for 2017's Daydream View include an added head strap for more comfortable VR experiences, improved fabric material and padding, a new heat sink system, and plenty more.If you're interes...
Alphabet's CapitalG is leading Lyft's $1 billion investment run
Lyft's total evaluation is now up to $11 billion.Although Uber might have been first to market, Lyft is rapidly making a name for itself in the ride-sharing industry. The company announced through its official blog that Alphabet's CapitalG investment arm is leading the company's latest $1 billion investing run, and because of this, Lyft is now valued at a total of $11 billion.This is a huge step for Lyft, and the fact that it's working this closely with Alphabet is truly fascinating. Lyft and Waymo (Alphabet's self-driving car division) struck up a partnership earlier in May, and Alphabet choosing to lead Lyft's campaign in raising $1 billion reiterates Alphabet's dedication to remaining on as much of Lyft's good side as it can.What's also interesting about this deal is that CapitalG was a backer for Uber early on in the company's life. However, with Uber and Waymo currently at each others' necks, the relationship between Uber and Alphabet is likely pretty shaky.Along with th...
Google now lets you try out apps before downloading them in the Play Store
An unexpected, but welcome, move.Back at Google I/O 2016, Google announced something called "Android Instant Apps." Android Instant Apps is a system that allows app developers to shrink down their applications into smaller packages that can be used without having to download them locally onto your phone, and the initial use case for this tech was to allow you to jump into an app via a Google Search even if you didn't have said app downloaded. However, Google has since announced another use for the platform."Apps to Try Now" was recently rolled out to the Play Store, and as you might expect, it allows you to instantly use an application without having to first download it onto your phone. If you like it, download the full version and keep on being you. If you don't like what you see, simply stop using the app and go about your day – no need to then find the application and uninstall it from your device.Android Instant Apps has had a pretty slow rollout, with the platform...
HTC U11 Plus shown off in renders, official announcement coming Nov 2
The U11 Plus could come with an 18:9 display, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a familiar design.The HTC U11 might not have been the most popular phone of the year, but it certainly wasn't the worst. The U11 offered solid performance, great camera, snappy software, and a gorgeous design. The U11 got people talking about HTC again, and the company is looking to kick things up an extra notch next month.Earlier this week, renders for what is supposedly the HTC U11 Plus appeared online with clear looks at virtually every angle of the phone. There's still the iconic glass black that shimmers and shifts colors depending on how light hits it, but there are a couple nice visual changes. The fingerprint scanner has been moved from the front to the back below the camera, and as a result, the front of the device features considerably smaller bezels. They aren't quite as slim as what we've got with the Galaxy S8 or Essential Phone, but it's an improvement nonetheless.Speaking of the d...
Best Car Chargers for Google Pixel and Pixel 2
Keep your Pixel charged while out on the road. Here are our favorite USB-C car chargers.We've all been there (some of us more than others): You hop in your car ready to rev on the road and then you check your phone — it's dying at a rapid pace! You've barely enough battery life to get to your destination. Well, that's what car chargers are for, and if you've a Google Pixel or Pixel 2, this next list should be particularly resonant for you. Here are some of the best car chargers you can buy for your Pixel or Pixel XL.BelkinTronsmartMaxboostVinsicBelkinThe Belkin car charger with removable 4-foot USB-C cable is consistently suggested as one of the better car chargers for USB-C compatible devices. Make sure that you purchase the 27-watt version, however, which is capable of delivering enough power to rapidly charge your Pixel or Pixel XL. It can power your tablet and Chromebook in the car, too. $30.See at AmazonTronsmartTronsmart's car charger with a buil...
Introducing GameStash, the best new way to get unlimited Android games!
A great new Android gaming service from the people at Mobile Nations! The beautiful GameStash appAndroid gaming is too often a toss-up. You download a game from the Play Store and hit one of two obstacles: the game is plain bad, and you wasted your time; or it doesn't run on your phone, and you, well, wasted your time. And then there's the third option, of paying for a game you may not like — or waiting months until it goes down in price.These are all not ideal situations. GameStash is ideal.What is GameStash?Think Netflix for Android games, but with a few smart twists. For $4.99 per month, you get access to hundreds of excellent Android games, both free and paid, that you can download and play as long as you're a subscriber.Games like Rayman Jungle Run, Cut the Rope, Talking Tom Gold Run and Worms — fantastic titles that you'd either need to pay for, have ads or in-app purchases from the Play Store — are available for free with a GameStash subscription....
Stop letting cords win the war with this $11 Emarth cable management system
Time to get organized!Is this deal for me?The Emarth 4-pack cable management sleeve is down to $10.94 with code ISZ8L4YN on Amazon. This is $15 without the code, which has been its regular street price since July.What separates this from other cable management systems, like this one from Monoprice, are the multiple entry and exit holes that allow you create a sort of do-it-yourself entry point where ever you need it.Features include:This cable management is made of thick high density neoprene. Zip-up design makes it easier to manage the cluttered cable tube. Ten piece cable ties can be used to tie up computer cables, TV cords, etcEvery cable wire organizer has one buckle at both ends. Join multiple sleeves together to extend their length. Its suitable for all cable bundling solutions in your home/officeMultiple entry/exit holes enable cables to entry/exit. The hole can be cut with scissors to fit or just create DIY holes to allow a breakout where requiredThe desk cable ...
Can we just relax about the Pixel 2 XL display
Relax. There's a reason no one had anything bad to say about this display in their initial hands on articles.Google's Nexus phones got a lot of undeserved praise in their time. Go back and look at a lot of those reviews, and you'll see a lot of talk about how great those phones were "for the price" with a lot of glaring flaws overlooked. Good news, times have changed! Google's phones are priced like premium phones now, and they deserve to be critiqued as such. If you read Pixel 2 XL reviews all over the web, one thing you'll see with the quality reviewers out there is an especially critical tone taken with the display.But in many cases, I think people are going a little too far. While this is absolutely not the best display you can get on a phone today, it's a damn good display and you're more than likely going to love it in the context of the entire phone.Non-issues everywhereHere's a quick list of the complaints you'll find with the Pixel 2 XL display if you go looking ar...
Save $100 on the unlocked Essential Phone at Best Buy
Some say that saving money is Essential.Is this deal for me?We've seen Android phones push the limits over and over in 2017, and one of the bolder moves was the near edge-to-edge display that Essential introduced. While the phone received some mixed reviews, people have fallen in love with the look and feel of it, and now owning one just got a bit more affordable.Right now you can pick up an unlocked Essential Phone from Best Buy for $599.99, which is a savings of $100. Sprint had discounted the phone previously, but this is the first discount we've seen on the unlocked version.The phone features a 5.7-inch LCD display, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It is available in both black and white, but this discount is only on the black version. Some locations may have it available for same-day pickup, but if not you can opt for next-day shipping so you won't have to wait long to play around with it.TL;DRWhat makes this deal worth considering? - This is the first ti...
How to save money when buying an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show
You don't have to pay full price for your next Echo device!Unless you have been living under a rock, you've heard of Amazon's Echo devices like the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show. Odds are that you may have even considered buying one for yourself at one point in time, but it is possible that you weren't sold on the price tag of the device. Well, luckily there are a few ways to avoid paying full price and making your next Echo purchase even more affordable.We've seen all types of discounts on the hardware, from direct price drops to bundles, and refurbished options. These each have their own advantages and disadvantages, so let's take a quick look at some of the ways to save.Buy refurbishedOne of the easiest ways to save on an Echo device would be to pick up a refurbished one from Amazon directly. While you may be hesitant to buy something refurbished, I'd put your full confidence in this purchase. Amazon backs the hardware with the same warranty and returns policy, and you are...
Five Great Starter Apps for Daydream VR
To dream is to use Daydream.I know what I'm planning to do on Christmas Day: Get my family believing in the dream that is Google's Daydream.I've been having tons of fun exploring the different virtual reality apps offered in the Play Store and there are a surprising number of ready-to-go games and movies available. If you're like me and you're planning to evangelize wonder of virtual reality at the holiday dinner time, here are five apps to load up on your smartphone before you start the showcase.Read more at VR Heads!...
Where to buy the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
Google's new phones are available for pre-order now.The second-generation Google Pixel phones are now available to order from the Google Store and select carriers. The bottom line is that while the Pixel 2 mirrors that price of its predecessor at $649 in the United States, the $849 starting price for the Pixel 2 XL is $100 more expensive than last year.Verizon Wireless is the exclusive carrier partner in the U.S., and both phones will be sold on EE in the UK.Here's how they break down by country and carrier.United StatesGoogle StoreThe Google Store is probably your best bet if you want the plain jane Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, unlocked and ready to go on any of the major U.S. carriers.In the U.S., a 64GB Pixel 2 will set you back $649 outright, or $27.04 monthly when purchased through Google's financing program. That raises to $749 for a 128GB model ($31.21 per month on financing) if you want 128GB of storage.The Pixel 2 XL starts at $849 with 64GB of storage ($35.38/mont...
Verizon's Total Mobile Protection brings screen repairs down to $29
Complete protection against loss, theft, and damage starts at $9 per month.Verizon's Total Mobile Protection offers coverage for loss, theft, or damage to your phone as well as an extra layer of customer care using their Tech Coach experts. It's available for both single lines and multiple lines and starts at $9 per month. It's a pretty good deal as far as insurance goes, with perks like next day replacement and three claims per year.One awesome feature is being able to get your cracked screen fixed while you wait in over 150 cities, and it got even more awesome as the price for the service has dropped from $49 to just $29.Normally this is something you'll need to set up when you first bought your phone, but Verizon has an open enrollment period each year for folks who regret not doing it. That starts today (October 19) and runs until November 19.Get started by visiting Verizon's Total Mobile protection portal and having a read, and you'll be able to sign up online if you're ...
Get Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition on PlayStation 4 for just $40
Time to go back through on Survival mode.Is this deal for me?Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition is down to $39.99 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. This game normally sells at $60 on the consoles and $50 on PC. This is its first direct price drop on the physical game on Amazon.The Game of the Year Edition includes the base Fallout 4 game plus all the downloadable content released for it: Automatron, Wasteland Workshop, Far Harbor, Contraptions Workshop, Vault-Tec Workshop, and Nuka-World. These aren't included on the disc but rather through a code available inside, so you'll need Internet access to get them.Fallout 4 is a post-apocalyptic open-world adventure game. It has elements of shooters, RPGs, and stealth games all rolled into one. There are so many quests to do, paths to take, and places to explore that if you buy this today we might not see you again until next year. You can go through the whole game on Easy as an all-out brawler using mini nukes and automatic shot...
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Specs, availability, pricing, and everything else!
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 and Pixel 2 XL specsFor months, ...
The $24 Lumsing TV wall mount lets you watch your favorite shows from any angle
This thing is built to last.Is this deal for me?The Lumsing dual articulating arm TV wall mount is down to $23.99 with code DSUMLN65 on Amazon. This wall mount normally sells around $40 and has never dropped much lower than that through direct price drops.The dual articulating arm is a key component to this wall mount because it gives it a huge range of motion and allows you to move the TV to the best possible angle for you whether you're chilling on the couch or watching a game with a bunch of friends.Features include:Fits most of 27-70-inch TVs up to 99lbsFits VESA (mounting hole pattern): 75x75mm, 100x100mm, 100x200mm, 200x200mm, 300x200mm, 300x300mm, 400x200mm, 400x300mm, 400x400mm, 600x400mmLow Profile mount retracts to 4.3-inches to save space, extends 20-inches from the wallTilt: 15 degrees down/forwardTotal Rotation: 60 degrees right/leftEasy installation, installation manual and fitting screws and bolts includedNOT suitable for 16-inch wood stud spacing. Fit ...
Moto X4 review: A mid-range phone done right
Not everyone wants to spend top dollar on a phone — if that's the case, the Moto X4 is a fantastic choice a couple steps below that top level.The quick takeProject Fi was in dire need of a new, solid, mid-range phone — and now it has one in the Moto X4. Motorola's $399 phone offers build quality that will make you feel like you paid far more, with hardware features like waterproofing that are great to see. And Google has managed to make a Motorola software experience even more appealing by adding guaranteed updates through the Android One program. Performance, battery life and camera quality are all befitting a phone of this price range. The Moto X4 is a capable leader in the sub-flagship space.The GoodExcellent softwareGreat build quality with nice materialsGood cameras for the moneyHigh quality display in all respectsThe BadJust average battery lifeNotable step down in performance from the high-endAndroid One version limited to Project FiConfusing...
Gmail: Boost your productivity with these tips and tricks
Master your inbox with these Gmail tips and tricks.We covered the basics of Gmail for Android in our beginner's guide, and now it's time to take a look at features that extend the functionality of the email client. Whether it's creating labels to categorize your email or using filters to automatically sort incoming mail, Gmail offers a variety of tools aimed at managing your inbox clutter.If you haven't already, you should enable two-factor authentication on your Gmail account. Two-factor authentication works by combining something you know (a password) with something you have (your phone), effectively doubling your account's security.How to change sync settings in GmailHow to use Action Confirmations in GmailHow to use Auto-advance in GmailHow to use the vacation responder in GmailHow to search in GmailHow to create labels in GmailHow to filter messages in GmailHow to add an alias in GmailHow to change sync settings in GmailGmail automatically syncs emails for up t...
Let's talk about the Pixel 2 XL's display controversy
So, the Pixel 2 XL's display...For the most part, we came away very impressed with the Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL. The phones aren't perfect, but then again, no phone is. The Pixel 2 XL comes equipped with a 6-inch 2880 x 1440 pOLED LG display, and while that sounds great on paper, people's reception to it has been all over the place.Right now, there are two main complaints with the Pixel 2 XL's display – its viewing angles and "dull" colors. The former of those two complaints has to do with the LG panel itself, but the numerous reports of colors looking washed out is a result of Google purposefully calibrating the display to an sRGB profile. Google says that this allows the Pixel 2 XL's display to be more color accurate than competing devices, and while this might be true, the initial reception isn't entirely positive.Here's what some of our forum users have to say. #mn_oembed_c:before { display: none; } #mn_oembed_c { display: table; width: 100%; ...
Linux on Galaxy is Samsung's most impressive DeX app yet
Alongside the Galaxy S8/S8+, Samsung also introduced DeX to the world this past February. DeX is Samsung's vision for the future of desktop computing, and while it still has a way to go before it's truly useful or practical for everyone, Linux on Galaxy is a new app that Samsung hopes will make DeX more appealing to developers.Samsung announced Linux on Galaxy at its developer conference on October 18, and although the app is still in a trial phase, it already sounds pretty impressive.Linux on Galaxy is a mobile app you'll be able to download to your Samsung Galaxy device, and it'll enable developers to code in their preferred Linux distribution while on the go. So, if you need to test a function for a bit of software that you're working on and can't do it within Android, Linux on Galaxy will allow you to run that program in an entirely native Linux operating system. Linux on Galaxy lets you take Linux development with you wherever you go.Developing software on a 6-inch sc...
Bixby 2.0 gains a developer SDK, available on additional devices, and sounds more natural
Samsung announced Bixby 2.0 at its annual developer conference, and there's a lot to talk about.Last week, a report surfaced with the claim that Samsung would be announcing a brand new version of Bixby on October 18 at its Samsung Developer Conference. October 18 is upon us, and wouldn't you believe it, we've got some Bixby news to talk about.Samsung used its developer conference to formally announce Bixby 2.0, and while the core Bixby experience will remain the same for those using the assistant on the Galaxy S8, Note 8, etc., there are some big under-the-hood changes that aim to make Bixby even smarter and more powerful than it currently is.The first big update has to do with the fact that Samsung is opening up the Bixby SDK to third parties. Samsung will be using a private beta program to initially release the SDK to select developers, and over time, the company's hope is to allow anyone to create new skills and services for its AI.Per Samsung's Vice President and Head of ...
Be the envy of the neighborhood with the $34 Oxyled Waterproof LED Projector Light
Your house will be the life of the party...any party.Is this deal for me?Amazon has the Oxyled Waterproof LED Projector Light on sale for $34.49 using coupon code TTQBPLM6 during checkout.I love this projector light! It makes a great addition to your party lights and decor. You can skip the lights and decor altogether and just use this projector and your house will still look mighty festive. This projector includes 12 slides, ranging from Christmas to Halloween and snowflakes to stars images. You are set to be festive all year long.Choose between the 4 working modes for slow, medium, fast or fixed images. The timer allows for an automatic 6-hour loop so no need for other programming. This projector is safe to use indoors and waterproof for use outdoors.It's is easy to install, too. It is recommended to place the lamp 10 - 15 feet away from the surface you want to have it display on, and you can either set it on the ground or use the included stake to secure it. The 16.4-foot ...
Google Play Music gets a huge redesign on Android TV
The new design is part of the v8.1 update, and it looks pretty incredible.Android TV tends to get placed on the backburner for not only third-party app developers but Google's own applications as well. The YouTube Android TV app finally got an update earlier this summer after radio silence for over a year, and following that, Google Play Music is now receiving a complete overhaul with a brand-new UI.Android Police initially spotted the changes, and although the core functionality of Google Play Music on Android TV remains mostly unchanged, the updated interface looks much more modern and a lot cleaner.The new look comes as part of the v8.1 update for Play Music, and upon opening it for the first time, you'll see that Google has ditched the grey background in favor of one that's pretty much pitch black. The bright orange navigation panel has been replaced with a white one, a new search button makes it easier to find your favorite tunes, and the available navigation options have ...
Every Daydream app you can install right now, and a look at what comes next
Just go ahead and install all of them. You know, for fun.Google's first Daydream headset is finally shipping to people who purchased the first Daydream phone, and are quickly finding it's not easy to locate the whole list of Daydream apps from the Play Store. While we've been having a lot of fun showing you the best free Daydream apps and the Daydream games everyone should have installed, the act of browsing for apps and then waiting for them to install while in VR isn't a good time.To make it a little easier, we've tracked down the first wave of Google Daydream apps that are available to install now, so you can load up your Pixel with VR goodness and see what this new experience is all about.Read more at VR Heads!...
Wattpad's new premium tier gets ads out of the way of your fanfic
Sick of ads getting in the way of your fanfic binges? You're in luck — after 10 years, Wattpad has announced an ad-free account option for users in Canada and the U.S.Online storytelling community Wattpad published a blog post today saying that its first-ever premium subscription tier is finally available. This new tier will offer Wattpad's more than 60 million users an ad-free reading experience on both the Wattpad app and desktop site.An ad-free option was, according to the site, one of the most frequent requests by current Wattpadders, and Wattpad's CEO Allen Lau made it clear that this new tier was for their comfort: The Wattpad community is the most important thing to us, and we want them to have the best possible experience across all our platforms. An ad-free option has been one of the most requested features from our users. Wattpad Premium gives people more control over their Wattpad experience, and allows us to continue to offer Wattpad as a free platfor...
What's the best power and volume button placement on a phone?
Where do you prefer your phone's power and volume buttons to be placed?Has this ever happened to you: you upgrade phones only to spend the next few days pitifully jabbing your finger at a spot the old power button used to be? The proposition sounds like the beginning of a terrible late-night infomercial, but it's something I've been thinking about over the past few days: where do I prefer my phone's power and volume buttons?The last four phones I've tested, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ1, and Google Pixel 2 XL, all have different placements for their power and volume buttons, and I can't decide which one I prefer the most (or least, I guess).The Galaxy Note 8 separates the power and volume buttons, putting the former on the right and the latter on the left. To me, this is the obvious solution, as the delineation is unambiguous — regardless of orientation, or whether the phone is in my pocket, I can change the volume without looking at the phone.T...
Best Android Phones of 2017
Best overallBest for featuresBest with huge screenBest mainstream alternativeBest for keyboardBest overallGoogle Pixel 2See at VerizonSee at Best BuySee at Google StoreGoogle's new Pixel 2 gives you sleek and solid hardware, all of the requisite specs inside and runs simple and intuitive software at a breakneck pace. The hardware surely isn't flashy, but it's beautiful and efficient — and it's now IP67 water-resistant like we expect.The software features and Google's apps aren't numerous, but they're delightfully useful without being bothersome. And with three years of guaranteed updates, you don't have to worry about the future.The Pixel 2 has once again set the standard for Android cameras as well, with Google's "HDR+" processing buoyed by new camera hardware and even better processing. Photos are accurate with just a little extra punch of color, and can manage tough scenes with little issue. And with Android 8.1, a new "Pixel Visual Core" chipset will be...
Get a lifetime subscription to Serpstat, a powerful SEO tool, for just $35
Companies that live online are all about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Major search engines have a certain ranking formula, and if your site isn't near the top of the list, chances are your traffic will suffer. That's where optimization comes into play.Instead of writing headlines and hoping for the best, proper SEO requires careful planning and analysis. Instead of laboring in front of a computer, there are platforms that can handle SEO automatically.Right now, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal on a lifetime subscription to Serpstat, a cloud-based SEO platform that's exactly the answer to your automation woes. Instead of the regular price of $2,280, you'll pay just $35. That's 98 percent off... But wait! Use coupon code SOFTWARE20 at checkout and take an additional 20% off that sale price!Serpstat can give you a list of the best keywords, can compare keywords with the competition, find keyword variations, analyze trends, and figure out what will work best to grow...
Upgrade from your TV's muddy speakers to this $190 Yamaha Bluetooth sound bar
The Yamaha YAS-203 Bluetooth sound bar with subwoofer is down to $189.99 on Amazon. This sound bar was selling for as high as $400 in August. Since then it has been on a steady decline, and this drop to $190 is its lowest price yet. The last time we shared a deal on this sound bar it had dropped to $240 in September.Sound bars like this are so good and so inexpensive, it doesn't make sense for you to keep using your TV's default speakers. I know this thing isn't exactly a Sonos home audio system, but at least your sound won't sound like it's traveling through mud to get to you.Features include:Provide high-quality sound and reliable performance with 100W of RMS power: The wireless subwoofer delivers powerful bass for a full, rich listening experience.Virtual surround sound Immerses you in theater-like audio for your favorite TV shows and movies.Bluetooth music streaming lets you play music from your compatible device.The included remote allows you to control the settings fr...
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