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Microsoft launches new Bing visual search features on Android and iOS
Search what you see.Searching the internet if largely a text-heavy experience, but Bing is looking to make things a little more visual. Microsoft announced today the rollout of new intelligent visual search capabilities across Bing, Microsoft Launcher, and Microsoft Edge, each of which will now support easily tracking things down with a snap from your phone's camera.Using visual search is a fairly simple process. Within any of the apps in which it's available, you can either snap a photo or upload one from your camera roll. From there, you can hone in on an object in the picture on which you want more information, and Bing will identify it. Visual search will then serve up more information on the object, including its location and links to explore.One of the main features Microsoft is touting is visual search's ability to streamline shopping. If you spot a jacket, piece of furniture, or something else you want to pick up, you can upload a picture and Bing will return simil...
You can now talk to Google Home without saying 'Hey, Google' every time
The feature can be enabled in the Google Assistant app.Google announced a lot of new features for the Assistant during I/O this past May, and today one of the most exciting — Continued Conversations — is widely rolling out to all users.As it currently stands, you need to say "Ok, Google" or "Hey, Google" each and every time you ask your Google Home a question or issue a command to it. With Continued Conversations, your Google Home will continue listening for a short period (around 8 seconds) after you first begin talking to it.For example, if you say "Hey, Google, what's the weather" and then realize you need to get a new umbrella for an impending storm, you can just say "add an umbrella to my shopping list" and your Google Home will be able to pick up on the command. Once you're done talking to your Google Home, you can say "thank you" or "stop" to manually stop it from listening.Continued Conversations is turned off by default, but you can easily enable it from ...
Four Great Quick Chargers for Galaxy S9
Life comes at you fast — or at least, battery life does with these quick chargers.Fast charging is one of the best features to come to modern phones like the Galaxy S9. Nobody wants to sit around and wait for their phone to trickle charge, especially since removable batteries are no longer an option for most. It's all about being able to toss your phone on the charger for half an hour while you shower and fix lunch and getting enough of a charge to last you through the day.The Galaxy S9 is one of the best phones currently on the market, so it's only fitting that you use the best chargers with it — don't just get that crummy charger from the gas station that you know will fall apart in a few weeks. Here are the best quick chargers we could find for the Galaxy S9.Anker PowerPort IIRAVPower 30W Dual USB ChargerAukey Turbo Charger with QC 3.0Satechi 75W Travel ChargerAnker PowerPort IIAnker has been a huge name in power banks and chargers over the years, an...
States can now force you to pay online sales tax
In other words, you might have to start paying tax on B&H orders.On Thursday, June 21, the Supreme Court voted in favor (5-4) of allowing states to require online buyers pay sales tax no matter what site they're shopping at.In 1992, it was ruled that consumers didn't have to pay sales tax on an item if it was being shipped from a store that didn't have a physical presence in the state of the buyer. However, following this recent decision from the Supreme Court, that's no longer the case.According to The Hill — Delivering the opinion of the court, Justice Anthony Kennedy said the physical presence rule in that former case, known as Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, is unsound and incorrect.For readers of our site, one of the biggest implications this ruling will have is on B&H. B&H doesn't require that buyers pay sales tax if they place orders outside of New York or New Jersey, and while you're supposed to later pay those uncollected funds when tax time comes...
Nanoleaf Remote review: The Smart Home conversation starter
Fun, fancy lights deserve a fun, fancy remote, AC Score 4 Broadly speaking, the appeal of smart lights has always been the ability to control them intelligently. Whether from an app on your phone or a command delivered to your digital assistant of choice, smart lights are able to offer a massive array of options. And while these lights do a great job walking the line between practical and fun, simple acts like turning the lights on and off aren't really any faster than a lightswitch most of the time.Sometimes a physical remote is a good thing, but the Nanoleaf team wanted something more than a simple light switch for its impressive Aurora lights. Instead, this remote is something you actually want to show off on the coffee table for everyone to see, and it does a whole lot more than turn the lights on and off.At fir...
Where to buy the BlackBerry KEY2
Your guide for picking up the KEY2 in the U.S. and Canada.The BlackBerry KEY2 isn't a smartphone for everyone, but for fans of the BlackBerry brand or those that just want to have their physical keyboard back, it's the go-to choice if you're buying a new phone in 2018.If you live in the U.S. or Canada and are interested in getting a KEY2 for yourself, we've put together a guide of where exactly you can pick up the phone. We'll continuously update this as more info becomes available, but for now, let's jump right into it.United StatesThe KEY2 hasn't been announced for any carriers, but BlackBerry is making it available unlocked through multiple channels. It's going up for pre-order on June 29, followed by full sales on July 13. The U.S. unlocked KEY2 is designed for use on T-Mobile and AT&T, as well as their prepaid subsidiaries — so no, there isn't support for Verizon or Sprint here.AmazonAmazon is charging $649 for the unlocked KEY2, in either silver or black. ...
The Best USB-C Headphones in 2018
The best headphones for your new phone and its new connector.The slow death of the headphone jack means that USB-C audio is now a thing. It's not necessarily a bad thing or a good thing, but it is a (mostly) new thing. If you would rather not try and keep a set of wireless headphones charged, it's also a thing that means you'll need to buy new headphones. And that's a little tough right now.We've looked at what's out there and picked the ones we like the best so you have somewhere to start. If you don't see your favorite brand on this list, it's probably because pickings are still a little slim.More: USB-C audio: Everything you need to knowLibratone Q AdaptEssential Earphones HDRazer HammerheadXiaomi Mi ANC EarphonesLibratone Q AdaptLibratone's Q Adapt USB-C headphones are part of the "Made for Google" program announced with the release of the Pixel 2, and that means the inline remote is going to work with your Android phone — always a plus.You'll also enjoy L...
Ghost of Tsushima: Everything you need to know
Samurai sword-fighting has never been prettier.What is Ghost of Tsushima?We didn't know much about Ghost of Tsushima when Sucker Punch (makers of Infamous) originally announced it at 2017's Paris Games Week. That changed as of E3 2018, with the company giving us more details and even a first look at gameplay for the upcoming game.What we can say for certain is that it's an open world samurai game. As you'd expect from that description, you'll be spending a lot of time with a katana, but there are also elements of stealth involved. This makes it feel like a nice swirl of Way of the Samurai mixed with a little bit of Tenchu.Experience Feudal JapanDetails on the game are still scarce, but the picture is starting to come into focus. You play as Jin Sakai, one of the last true remaining samurais back in the year 1274. This puts the game squarely in the middle of Feudal Japan, one of gaming's most interesting settings.Unfortunately, a rising force threatens the state of thi...
You're not the only one who doesn't have Android Messages' web client yet
Waiting, and waiting, and waiting...This past Monday, Google announced one of Android Messages' most long-awaited features — an official web client that allows you to send and receive texts right from your computer.The interface Google showed off looks incredibly sleek, but unfortunately for a lot of users, they've been left waiting for the update to drop without any clear indication as to when that'll happen. Google's rolling this out as a server-side update, meaning that it's being expanded to more and more handsets over this week.Taking a quick look through the AC forums, we can see that some folks have already been graced with Google's goodwill — Martin Holl 06-19-2018 10:04 PM “ Got it. Looks alright, a bit delay in updating, but otherwise fine. If it works as I hope, it might replace Pulse on my phone. Reply Scott337 06-20-2018 06:19 PM ...
AT&T's new 'WatchTV' skinny bundle is available — here's what you need to know
Welcome to the post-merger world.AT&T — the newly minted owner of Time Warner — today unveiled new wireless plans that include its new "WatchTV" skinny bundle. Customers who choose two new unlimited plans, called "AT&T Unlimited & More" and "AT&T Unlimited & More Premium" will be available next week and come with access to the WatchTV app, which includes 31 live channels.Unlimited & More is $70 per line. (Or $160 for a four-line bundle.) Premium runs $80 a line (or $190 for four lines) and also includes the option to add either HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Start, VRV or Pandora Premium or Amazon Music Unlimited to the mix. A standalone version of WatchTV will be available at some point for $15 a month.The Premium plan also include 15GB of tethering from your phone, and a $15 monthly credit that can be applied to a subscription to DirecTV, DirecTV Now or U-Verse (all of which, of course, are owned by AT&T). The regular "Unlimited & ...
Samsung Galaxy S9 review, 3 months later: Holding the high standard
It's the same great phone now as it was on Day 1.Amazingly, our original Galaxy S9 review was published over three months ago. There was a good amount of hype ahead of this launch, despite all the leaks, and the phone lived up to an overwhelming majority of it. Now, three months later, I want to go back to the phone with fresh eyes and months of experience to see how it's held up after that initial review period.Certain parts of the phone experience just don't lend themselves well to a two-week review period, but in an effort to provide buying advice to as many people as possible in a timely fashion with our review. But that's also why we come back and revisit these phones on a regular basis. To show you what's held up over time, what flaws have been uncovered, and how the phone stands in the market with a little age behind it. This is how the Galaxy S9+ has managed its first quarter in the wild.Same as it ever wasGalaxy S9+ What's held upAside from a few brief breaks, I'...
Amazon Fire TV Cube is officially available today!
And be sure to check out those trade-in discounts.Today's the day, folks. Amazon Fire TV Cube is officially available. And that means a couple things. First is that for those who preordered, it'll be in your mailbox or on your doorstep (or wherever you receive boxes of things) today. Not tomorrow, today. If you order one today, it can be here tomorrow. Because that's how ordering things online works.The other thing you need to know is that Amazon is still offering up to $35 off a new Fire TV Cube if you trade in your old streaming device. That includes devices from Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast, and it's something you should definitely look into.Otherwise, Amazon Fire TV Cube will run you $119 — though it does still also come with a $10 credit to Amazon Prime Video when you activate your Cube. Huzzah!See at AmazonIntroducing CordCutters.comThe hardware you needAll about streaming servicesWhat channels are on which serviceFREE over-the-air TVHow to wa...
Hulu: Everything you need to know
From $7.99 to $39.99 per month, Hulu has a lot to offer.Video streaming services are more popular than they've ever been, and one of the companies that's been leading this charge since the beginning is Hulu.Founded in October of 2007, Hulu has long been one of the most popular services for TV fanatics. It's gone through a lot of changes over the years, and the point we've now reached is pretty darn great.Whether you're just now hearing about Hulu or want some clarification about its live television plan, you've come to the right place. Here's everything you need to know about Hulu!On-demand streaming starts at just $7.99Similar to Netflix, Hulu gives its users on-demand access to a library that contains thousands of movies, TV shows, and original programs crafted exclusively for Hulu.The cheapest plan costs $7.99/month, and while you get access to all of the shows Hulu has to offer, you'll watch them with small commercial breaks throughout. These commercials aren't near...
Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones: Everything you need to know
Prime Exclusive Phones consist of quality handsets at discounted prices — exclusively for Amazon Prime subscribers.It's hard to keep track of all the perks that come with an Amazon Prime membership, but if you're an Android fan, one of the best ones is easily Amazon's Prime Exclusive Phones.Prime Exclusive Phones are sold exclusively to Amazon Prime members, and this program allows you to purchase quality phones from LG, Motorola, and others at discounted rates. Here's everything you need to know!June 21, 2018 — Moto Z3 Play and Moto G6 Play are now in the Prime Exclusive lineupThe Moto Z3 Play is a solid upgrade to last year's Z2 Play, but the $499 retail price doesn't really make it stand out in this segment. Thankfully, Amazon is now making the Z3 Play available via its Prime Exclusive lineup, knocking $50 off the price of the device. The Prime variant of the Z3 Play retails for $449, and is now up for sale for Prime subscribers.The Z3 Play offers a 6.0-inc...
Get Netgear's Orbi mesh networking system and CM700 cable modem for $314
It's always better when we're together.Netgear is bundling the Orbi mesh-networking system and the CM700 cable modem together for just $313.98.The Netgear Orbi mesh networking system is $294.38 by itself. The CM700 cable modem is around $90 with the on-page coupon. So the bundle is really helping you save if you're looking for extreme Wi-Fi coverage.Honestly, this system is a bit overkill for the average Internet consumer. You might not have Internet fast enough to make use of everything it's capable of. This would be ideal for a small office or business, though. The CM700 is a 32x8 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem capable of download speeds up to 1.4Gbps. The Orbi mesh networking kit includes three Orbi wireless satellites. It covers more than 6,000 square feet in a Wi-Fi blanket. If you did invest in this, you could think of it as future-proofing as these will be able to cover anything your ISP throws at you for years to come.See on Amazon...
Instagram announces IGTV — a new app for watching long-form videos
IGTV content will also be sprinkled throughout the main Instagram app.On June 20, Instagram announced its next big addition to the popular photo and video-centric social network — IGTV.IGTV is Instagram's big push into the world of long-form video content, and while you can already create and consume videos on Instagram through Stories and regular posts, these are all limited to just a few seconds. With IGTV, videos can be a max of 60-minutes-long.Videos made for IGTV will all be presented in a vertical format similar to what we've seen from shows on Snapchat. According to Instagram, "IGTV is built for how you actually use your phone: vertical and full screen."IGTV will soon be integrated into Instagram, with new IGTV bubbles appearing on the profiles of people you follow. Along with that, Instagram's also creating an entirely separate IGTV app that'll start playing videos as soon as you open it. Through the new app, you'll be able to watch videos from people you foll...
What's new on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Hulu in July 2018
Iliza Shlesinger's "Elder Millennial" special hits Netflix in July. (Image credit: Netflix)The best of the streaming giants is yet to come. So you're looking for some way to avoid the outdoors. To instead waste away your summer inside, watching the very best that the streaming services have to offer. We feel ya. It's just too damn hot out there. And there are bugs. And ultraviolet rays shooting through the sky at the speed of ... ultraviolet rays.It's scary out there. Let's stay inside.The problem is knowing that's on. What's good on streaming TV. What new stuff we have to watch.We've got your full list of what's new at CordCutters.com. Check it out:What's new on Netflix for July 2018What's new on Amazon Prime Video for July 2018What's new on Hulu for July 2018Introducing CordCutters.comThe hardware you needAll about streaming servicesWhat channels are on which serviceFREE over-the-air TVHow to watch sportsJoin the discussionGet the latest deals...
Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo update: Which versions have received it
Follow Oreo's journey to the S7 series right here.The Samsung Galaxy S7 is far from Samsung's latest and greatest, but it's still kicking thanks to an update to Android Oreo. The new software has recently started making its way to the S7 and S7 Edge, and these are the versions of which it's arrived on so far.United StatesAT&TGalaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners started receiving the long-overdue Oreo update on Saturday, June 9, and it's available as build number G93xAUCU4CRE4.The update comes in at 1789MB (at least for the S7 Edge) and comes with the April 2018 security patch. That's pretty outdated at this point, but it's better than what we had before Oreo's arrival.VerizonOh, Verizon. Big Red tried rolling out the Oreo update for the S7 and S7 Edge twice, and each time, pulled it without much explanation. However, assuming that third time's the charm, this third (and hopefully final) release of Oreo for the Verizon Galaxy S7 series should be the real deal.Android 8.0 O...
Pressure cookers, mechanical keyboards, hard drives, and more are all discounted today
Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered.We found plenty of great deals today that include big discounts on the Instant Pot pressure cooker, the Corsair K95 mechanical keyboard, the FireCuda hard drive, and more! Time's running out to take advantage of these prices, so hurry! View the rest of the deals 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!...
These are the Nokia phones that have been updated to Android Oreo
Follow Oreo's rollout to Nokia phones right here!Software updates have long been one of Android's pain points, but one OEM that's proven to excel in these regards is Nokia.HMD Global is producing some of the best mid-to-low-range Android phones right now, and the company does an excellent job at ensuring the phones it releases are updated to new software versions as quickly as possible.If you have a Nokia phone and are wondering when Oreo is heading your way, keep reading below!Nokia 2The Nokia 2 first got its taste of 8.0 Oreo on June 20, 2018. The update's initially rolling out to the Nokia 2 through the Nokia Phones Beta Labs, which you can easily sign up for on Nokia's website if you aren't already.Nokia usually pushes its big software updates to all users after about a month or from sharing it with the Beta Labs, so we should expect 8.0 to roll out to all Nokia 2 users at some point in July.Nokia 3Going a small step up from the Nokia 2, the Nokia 3 is rocking a...
Best Car Chargers for Google Pixel and Pixel 2
Here are our favorite USB car chargers to keep your Pixel topped up on the road.We've all been there (some of us more than others): you hop in your car ready hit the road, and then you check your phone — it's dying at a rapid pace! You've barely enough battery to get to your destination, let alone for the rest of the day once you get there.Well, that's what car chargers are for, and if you have a Google Pixel or Pixel 2, this list should be particularly resonant for you. Here are some of the best car chargers you can buy for your Pixel or Pixel 2.Aukey USB-C PD Aukey Quick Charge 3.0Spigen 30WAukey Car Charger with 27W USB-C PD and 5V/2.4A USB-AAukey's charger features both a USB-C port and a USB-A port, which is great for giving you the best options to charge all modern phones. You can charge your Pixel or Pixel 2 over USB-C at a full 27W, which is the "rapid charge" rate you'd get from the in-box wall charger. At the same time, you can charge another device ove...
Amazon Cloud Cam vs. Nest Cam IQ: Is Nest's best worth three times as much?
AI features are great, but a low price can be even better.It seems like every brand is trying its hand at the connected security camera game these days, from longtime accessory brands like Belkin and Logitech to more smart home-focused companies like Nest, and now even Amazon. The new Amazon Cloud Cam offers many of the same features you'll find on industry-leading smart cameras, all at a much more affordable price.At just $119.99, the Amazon Cloud Cam costs less than half the price of the popular Nest Cam IQ, which runs a pricey $299. In fact, Amazon bundles the cameras together at a discount, meaning you can grab three Cloud Cams for only $289.97. So why on Earth would you buy the Nest Cam IQ when you can literally order three of Amazon's cameras for less money?What the Amazon Cloud Cam does greatDon't let the cheap price fool you, the Cloud Cam is a very capable security camera. It records 1080p video, day or night thanks to its built-in night vision, and features two-wa...
YouTube Premium is Google's bundle future — and its only great streaming deal
Audio-only and casting to Google Home are Premium features, but please don't pay YouTube Music Premium to get them.Don't get YouTube Music on its own.YouTube made several announcements this month, from the announcement of a "brand new" YouTube Music to the evolution of YouTube Red into YouTube Premium. There were many things to get excited about in the new YouTube Music, but one thing made absolutely no sense: the pricing for YouTube Music Premium.Well, the pricing makes a tiny amount of sense, but only in one way: YouTube Music Premium is here so that you feel better about paying more for the same service millions of subscribers have enjoyed for years.Confusingly easy: The Google Play Music combo packThere's no point in denying how confusing Google's subscription offerings for music have been for years now to the average consumer, but up until May of 2018, things were actually pretty easy to sum up: If you subscribed to one of Google's music/media apps, you subscrib...
AMC announces Stubs A-List, its new $20 subscription movie pass
Includes IMAX, Dolby Cinema, RealD 3D, Prime and BigD formats.AMC has announced Stubs A-List, it's subscription movie service that allows movie lovers to see multiple movies per week for one flat monthly cost. The service, which will cost $19.95 per month, gets you access to the very best of AMC up to 3 times per week, including multiple movies per day and repeat visits to already-seen movies.You'll be able to use it at all AMC locations, including the Dine-in and Classic theaters across the U.S. In addition to being able to see the movies, you also get all the benefits of AMC's Stubs Premiere, which includes VIP service at AMC theaters, no online ticketing fees, and savings on food and beverages while at the theater at no added cost.Once you sign up for the service, you can use it right away. There's no need to wait for a card to arrive; everything is done online and can be accessed right from your phone. You can see movies in the format of your choice, so if you want to go se...
Metro: Exodus for PlayStation 4 - Hands-on impressions from E3 2018
Metro: Exodus promises freedom of choice and a challenge of a scavenging system, but it's hard to get a good grasp of it from one demoAfter several years of silence, Metro: Exodus reemerged from its nuclear bunker and is ready to continue the story originally conceived in the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky. Its trailers have thus far promised a challenging scavenging and crafting system needed to fuel the game's combat, but there's far more to it than that.I went hands-on with Metro: Exodus at E3 2018 and learned more about the game's promises of freedom for the player to choose their own path. Rather than offering dialogue trees for good or evil, Metro wants your actions to matter. Are you a peacemaker? An explorer? Or a heartless killer? Sometimes you may want to be one, but the choices before you aren't always immediately obvious.See at AmazonNew beginningsMetro: Exodus is set two years after Metro: Last Light and 23 years after a massive nuclear war that reduced Russia t...
Switch up your Fitbit Versa with a Milanese Stainless Steel Band from $2
You're just $2 away from refreshing the look of your Fitbit.Swees at Amazon has a variety of Fitbit Versa Milanese Stainless Steel Replacement Bands on sale from $2 when you enter promo code 5ATTMQ3O during checkout. There are two sizes available too so you can find the right fit for yourself.The least expensive option on sale is the Silver band which drops to $2 with the code. Other than the look, these bands are all made and function the same way. It features a strong magnetic closure and is constructed of woven stainless steel metal.The options without added jewels, like Black, Champagne, and Rose Gold, fall to $2.50 with the code, while the bands with jewels are priced up to $3.50. Either way, you're getting a great deal here no matter which band you go for.Each of these bands comes with a one-year warranty.See at Amazon...
3 Reasons To Buy Amazon's Cloud Cam and 2 Reasons Not To
Powered by Alexa and customizable to fit your specific needs.The Amazon Cloud Cam is the first branded plug-and-play camera released by the behemoth online retailer, and overall it's a great option for anyone shopping for home security cameras.There's a number of compelling features that make the Amazon Cloud Cam a top consideration — and only a few drawbacks that might make you take pause. Let's dive in!Better price than the top competitionIf the bottom line factor for your decision is price, the Amazon Cloud Cam can't be beat. Priced at just $119 each, it beats out its top competition from Arlo and Nest Cam. If you're planning to install more than one throughout your home, the deals simply get even better: buy two for $199.99 or three for $289.97.You're able to connect up to three cameras with 24 hours of cloud storage, alert notifications, and unlimited sharing included with your purchase, but if you want more advanced features or support for more cameras you wil...
Google's Flutter pushes forward with its first Release Preview
On June 20, the team behind Flutter announced that its development platform was officially exiting the beta stage it entered in February and moving into Release Preview 1.Flutter is a mobile UI framework that aims to help developers make high-quality apps that work on both Android and iOS as easily and seamlessly as possible. There was a sizable showcase for Flutter during Google I/O in May, and since then, the Flutter team says it's seen a 50% increase for its active user-base.Release Preview 1 is a big milestone for Flutter, with Editor Tim Sneath saying that it "signals our confidence in the stability and quality of what we have, and our focus on bug fixing and stabilization."Anyone using the Flutter beta can upgrade to Release Preview 1 by entering the command $ flutter upgrade, and once you do, you'll have access to an updated extension for Visual Studio Code, improvements to the video playback package, a new tool that allows you to add Flutter widgets to existing Androi...
Microsoft News now official, rolling out to everyone on iOS and Android
Meet the refreshed platform powering all of Microsoft's news services across devices.Microsoft today unveiled its latest news venture, appropriately under the banner of Microsoft News. The refreshed platform, Microsoft says, will power all of its news content across its news apps on Android and iOS, as well as MSN on the web and the News app on Windows 10.Microsoft has been telegraphing this refresh for a while. The first major step came when the MSN News apps for Android and iOS saw a design overhaul in January, bringing a much more modern look on mobile devices. Last week, Microsoft took things a step further by rebranding both apps under the Microsoft News moniker for beta testers. Now, the overhauled design and new name are rolling out to everyone across both platforms.The News app on Windows 10 and MSN on the web will keep their names, but Microsoft News now will be the "news engine" that powers both. From Microsoft: Microsoft News represents the ways we keep people...
BlackBerry KEY2: Everything you need to know
Like the BlackBerry KEYone? You're going to love the KEY2 😍Following a heap of rumors and leaks, BlackBerry finally unveiled the highly-anticipated KEY2 on June 7, 2018. The KEY2 is a direct successor to last year's KEYone and retains the same general design while offering upgraded specs across the board.There's a lot to unpack with the KEY2, so let's go ahead and get into it.Watch and read the previewThe KEY2 doesn't do too much that's different to the KEYone, but it improves everything in either minor or major ways. Three areas, in particular, get focus: performance, keyboard quality, and design.BlackBerry KEY2 hands-on: More of the same, less of the lameSee how it compares to the KEYoneThe BlackBerry KEYone was no slouch of a phone, but with the KEY2, BlackBerry made upgrades in just about every area imaginable.Between higher-end specs, the addition of dual cameras, improved keyboard, and more, the KEY2 is a better gadget in just about every regard....
Where to buy the BlackBerry KEY2
Your guide for picking up the KEY2 in the U.S. and Canada.The BlackBerry KEY2 isn't a smartphone for everyone, but for fans of the BlackBerry brand or those that just want to have their physical keyboard back, it's the go-to choice if you're buying a new phone in 2018.If you live in the U.S. or Canada and are interested in getting a KEY2 for yourself, we've put together a guide of where exactly you can pick up the phone. We'll continuously update this as more info becomes available, but for now, let's jump right into it.United StatesThe BlackBerry KEY2 has been confirmed to come to the U.S., but at the time of publication, we aren't sure when that'll be or what carriers/retailers will sell it.BlackBerry has confirmed that the KEY2 will cost $650 in the States, but that's all we know for the time being.CanadaBellThe first Canadian carrier on our list, Bell, will begin sales of the KEY2 on July 6.When purchased with a two-year contract, the phone will set you back $99...
Best Road Trip Apps for Android in 2018
Load these apps onto your phone before you hit the road!There are few things better than hitting the open road on a cross-country road trip. Whether you're heading out with your best buds or loading the kids into the car to visit relatives a few states over a little app prep will make sure the trip goes as smooth as is possible.More: The best phone car mounts for any phone!Android AutoWazeGoogle TripsYelpGasBuddySpotify NetflixAndroid AutoIf your car doesn't have Android Auto functionality built into its stereo system, it's worth checking out Google's app for staying connected in your car. It's now available on any Android phone, so you don't need to buy a brand new car or upgrade your car stereo to take advantage of the convenience — it'll just run right on your phone and can be configured to automatically launch when connected to your car's Bluetooth or a Bluetooth FM transmitter.Android Auto is the safest way to access your phone while driving, giving yo...
This 3-quart Instant Pot Ultra can replace 10 kitchen gadgets and is down to its lowest price
No excuse not to cook at home!Amazon has the 3-quart Instant Pot Ultra on sale for $79.95 today, which is the lowest it's ever sold for. This model generally sells for around $120, and any other time it has reached the $80 mark it's sold out insanely fast. We expect we could see the same here, so if you want one, you'll want to be quick about it.If for some odd reason you haven't already heard of Instant Pot, it may be just the kitchen gadget your looking for. Not only can you replace your aging slow cooker with it, but it also can make yogurt, bake cakes, cook eggs, sauté, steam, warm, and even sterilize. It combines 10 different kitchen gadgets into one small package. This version is the 3-quart model, which is better suited for individuals and smaller families.You'll probably want to grab yourself an Instant Pot Cookbook for some ideas, and maybe even a spare lid, steamer basket, and some egg molds to help you master cooking with it.See at Amazon...
I want to start seeing more crazy beautiful finishes on flagship phones
Translucent, color shifting, I want it all.Aren't you getting tired of seeing the same black slab of glass every time a new phone is released? I know I am. There are some wild designs being implemented in phones these days, from the curved glass edges of Samsung's recent flagships to the Vivo NEX with an in-display fingerprint sensor, but as far as the finishes on those designs go … most brands don't branch out much beyond black, white, or the occasional gold or blue anymore.I get it, most people will slap a case on their phone and forget about what it looks like underneath, but what about those of us who use clear cases, or who don't use a case at all? What about those of us who want a unique-looking phone, even if we only see the finish while swapping cases or cleaning off the back? And, while a bit more niche, what about those of us who just want something more interesting to take photos and videos of? As superficial as it may be, I love when phones come in crazy finish...
UNREAL Mobile officially launches, lowers its unlimited plan to $10/month
More than 50,000 people signed up for beta access in under four weeks.On May 23, FreedomPop announced it was launching a spinoff MVNO called "UNREAL Mobile" that would offer unlimited plans starting at just $15/month. Less than four weeks since that announcement was made, UNREAL Mobile is now going live with an even better deal than what was initially offered.UNREAL was originally promoting unlimited plans that started out at $15/month, but in response to Sprint's $15/month Unlimited Kickstarter offer, UNREAL's cheapest plan has been lowered to just $10/month. However, unlike Unlimited Kickstarter that Sprint took away after just one week, UNREAL's $10/month plan is sticking around for good.There are three plans UNREAL has to choose from, and they work out as follows:$10/month — Unlimited talk, text, and 2G data + 1GB of LTE$15/month — Unlimited talk, text, and 2G data + 2GB of LTE$30/month — Unlimited talk, text, and 2G data + 5GB of LTENo matter which p...
Beautiful new 'Sunrise Gold' Galaxy S9 is exclusive to Best Buy and Samsung.com
New color is available June 24, for all carriers and unlocked in high storage options.Just in time for the heat of summer, Samsung has a fresh new color for the Galaxy S9 and S9+: Sunrise Gold. The new color is arriving exclusively at Best Buy and Samsung.com, for both the GS9 and S9+, on June 24. The new color isn't exclusive to any specific carrier, thankfully, and if you choose to buy unlocked through Samsung directly you'll be able to option it up with 128 or 256GB of storage just like the other colors. Sunrise Gold doesn't mark a price increase, either.Though the rest of the phone is identical to the other colors available since launch, the Sunrise Gold color option does have one thing truly differentiating it: a slightly different finish to the glass Samsung is calling "satin gloss." This finish is a bit more dull than the standard shiny glass exterior of the Galaxy S9, and should make it stand out just a little bit more than a gold-colored phone already does. It's still co...
Verizon and AT&T will stop selling real-time location data of its users [Update]
Now we're just waiting on Sprint.Last May, U.S. carriers came under fire after it was discovered that they were tracking real-time location info of their subscribers and then selling that information to third parties. Following a heap of backlash over security and privacy concerns, both Verizon and AT&T have confirmed they're ending this practice.First reported by The Associated Press, Verizon sent a letter to Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden (who's been particularly critical of this topic) on June 15 announcing that it would stop selling this data to brokers who then sell it to other companies.Shortly after Verizon made this announcement, AT&T followed suit and confirmed it was doing the same thing.As for T-Mobile and Sprint, things are still up in the air. In a statement to The Verge, T-Mobile said: While we continue to review the facts and determine next steps, as of May 25th we have suspended all services with LocationSmart. Our ongoing internal review also...
How to safely clean wax out of your earbuds
Earwax can muffle music or worse — kill your earbuds entirely. It's not hard to keep things in working order.Humans are disgusting creatures. One thing I always notice when I see someone else's earbuds is a bit of earwax hanging off the end. Earwax serves its purpose for the body, but the waxy substance can do some serious damage to your earbuds. This ranges from making your music sound muddy, all the way to killing the speakers entirely.Here's how to safely clean earwax from your earbuds!Materials you'll needHow to clean your earbudsHow to prevent your earbuds from getting dirtyMaterials you'll needEarbud speakers are delicate, so we won't use anything too heavy to clean them. Here's what you need to clean your earbuds:Warm, soapy water2 new, soft toothbrushes Hydrogen Peroxide - 3%How to clean your earbudsRemove the gel or foam ear tips from the earbuds. Place these in the warm soapy water and let them soak for at least thirty minutes.Brush any exces...
What's your favorite phone/dialer app?
A question for those of you that still make phone calls.As much time as we spend tweeting, streaming Netflix, and wasting the day away on Reddit, our smartphones were originally designed to make — you guessed it — phone calls.Phone calls may not be a huge part of how you use your phone anymore, but even so, there are a number of apps out there that try to make the phone call experience as awesome as possible.One user on the AC forums is looking for a third-party app to replace the default dialer app on their Samsung Galaxy S9, and these are just a few of the apps the community suggested they check out. mr_master 06-17-2018 05:38 AM “ I would recommend Truecaller. Some additional useful features are spam call filtering and caller ID for unknown numbers. Reply Kirstein Gourlay 06-17-2018 10:38 PM “ I like sim...
Maxboost mSnap case for Galaxy S9 review: The only case you need
This is the best cheap case you can buy.A couple years back I was perusing Amazon for a cheap case for my Google Pixel, and I found one from Maxboost called the mSnap — it was cheap and looked basic, so I decided to get it while I looked for something better. It turns out I didn't need anything more — since then, I've been buying this exact case for every single phone I have for more than a two-week review period.Yes, it's inexpensive. But it's also good enough to warrant buying the same case over and over again for every phone — the latest purchase was for my Galaxy S9+.Maxboost mSnap case for Galaxy S9 Price: $6.99Bottom line: This case gives you great protection in a thin, understated package for very little money.The GoodExtremely rigidThin and subtly grippyLarge cutouts for buttons + portsAvailable in...
Deal: Get 75GB of full-speed data from Verizon for just $95 a month!
While many carriers "unlimited" plans cap speeds after somewhere after 22GB of data usage, Verizon is now offering a new Above Unlimted plan that will keep your data running at full speed three times as long. For just $95 a month, you'll get an unlimited plan with 75GB of full-speed data before speeds are reduced. The plan also comes with unlimited talk & text — Mexico & Canada included.Verizon's NEW Above Unlimited Plan75GB of full speed data each month before your speeds are reduced during congestion (other plans will reduce your speeds after you use 22GB of data)Your unlimited call minutes can be used for calls both to and from Mexico and CanadaYour unlimited text messages can be used to text over 200 countries in the worldYou can use 512MB of data each day when traveling in Mexico or Canada for freeIncludes 5 TravelPasses each month, which lets you use your cell phone plan in more than 130 countries at no additional chargeIncludes 15GB of mobile hotspot dat...
Logitech's one-day sale has discounted mice, keyboards, speakers, and more
These prices won't last long!As part of its Gold Box deals of the day, Amazon has a variety of Logitech PC accessories on sale, with prices starting at $14. Some of these items are back down to all-time low prices, others are at the best price we've seen since the holidays.There are a few different mice on sale, including the popular MX Master, a portable webcam, speakers, and even keyboards, so you'll want to check these all out before the prices jump back up.Some of the deals include:MX Master Wireless Precision Mouse - $49.99 (Was $75)MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse - $59.99 (Was $100)C615 Fold-and-Go Webcam - $29.99 (Was $70)K400 Plus Wireless Touch TV Keyboard - $17.98 (Was $40)MK520 Keyboard & Mouse Combo - $24.99 (Was $60)MX900 Performance Keyboard & MX Master Mouse - $129.99 (Was $180)Z523 Speaker System with Subwoofer - $49.99 (Was $100)Be sure to check out the full sale here to make sure you don't miss any of the other deals.See at Amazon...
How to use Google Podcasts
Need some help navigating Google's new Podcasts app? We've got you 👍After launching a podcast interface in the Google Search app in mid-March, Google's finally come out with a proper, standalone app for keeping up to date with all of your favorite audio-only shows.Google Podcasts is a very simple app, but even so, it can be helpful knowing exactly how to make your way through it. As such, we've put together a short list of some basic how-tos to help make you a Google Podcasts pro in no time at all.Let's get started!How to search for a podcastHow to subscribe / unsubscribe to a podcastHow to control playback settingsHow to edit your podcastsHow to add shortcuts to your home screenHow to download a podcastHow to manage your download settingsHow to search for a podcastTap the magnifying glass in the upper-left corner.Type in the name of the podcast you're looking for.Tap on the podcast you want from the search results.How to subscribe / unsubscribe to a pod...
PUBG for Android: News, rumors, updates, and tips for winning!
The best shooter on Android just gets better and better.Player Unknown's Battleground (or PUBG for short) is a battle royale-style game that pits you against 99 other players in a heart-pounding survival scenario where you must scavenge for loot, explore the map and stay in the safe zone while taking out your competition. It's a highly competitive game that offers game modes for Solo play, pairing up in Duo mode, or playing as a squad of four, and every playthrough will be unique in its own way.Originally released in China, the mobile version is now available in North America and elsewhere around the world and, in short, the hype is real. Keep reading to learn more about one of the biggest games released for Android in years.Download: Player Unknown's Battleground (Free)Update June 19, 2018: Major update adds first-person mode, Battle Pass Season 1, and a host of other cool featuresThe latest update to PUBG Mobile has introduced a slew of features that have made the best ...
Jump Force for PlayStation 4: Everything you need to know
Naruto, Goku, and more are coming to the same fighting game.Anime fans know all too well how heated discussions over crossover battles can get. Can anyone beat Naruto? Is Goku the strongest Super Saiyan? What would happen if these two iconic characters clash?While we're often left to our own devices to imagine these things - there's a whole YouTube series on it, even - Bandai Namco is finally making it possible to let you figure it out in video game form. That's thanks to Jump Force, a new fighting game that features popular anime characters from the weekly Shonen Jump manga publication. Let's jump right into everything you need to know about it!What is Jump Force?Jump Force is an anime lover's dream. Nostalgic feelings of those Saturday mornings you spent watching Goku charge up his powers for 8 episodes of Dragon Ball Z or Naruto finally getting a handle on his nine-tailed fox rush through your veins. You live for those anime fights.And until now, those anime fights w...
Verizon and AT&T will stop selling real-time location data of its users
T-Mobile's conducting an "internal review" into the matter.Last May, U.S. carriers came under fire after it was discovered that they were tracking real-time location info of their subscribers and then selling that information to third parties. Following a heap of backlash over security and privacy concerns, both Verizon and AT&T have confirmed they're ending this practice.First reported by The Associated Press, Verizon sent a letter to Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden (who's been particularly critical of this topic) on June 15 announcing that it would stop selling this data to brokers who then sell it to other companies.Shortly after Verizon made this announcement, AT&T followed suit and confirmed it was doing the same thing.As for T-Mobile and Sprint, things are still up in the air. Although T-Mobile hasn't permanently stopped selling real-time user location, it did say in a statement to The Verge that: While we continue to review the facts and determine next ...
Moto Z3 Play: Everything you need to know!
Motorola packs a punch for round three of the Z Play.Motorola's Moto Z Play line has gone through a lot of changes in the few short years it's existed. The original Z Play was an excellent alternative to the much more expensive Moto Z and offered tremendous battery life with support to take it even further with Moto Mods.The Z2 Play decreased the battery capacity while increasing the price by $50, and this year with the Z3 Play, we're met with the same 3,000 mAh battery and $499 price tag of its predecessor while also getting dual cameras, a full glass back, and a new on-screen gesture system.If your interest has been peaked by the Z3 Play, here's everything you need to know!Check out our hands-on previewIf you want to know what it's like to play around with the Moto Z3 Play, why not take a look at our hands-on coverage?AC's Daniel Bader got a chance to go up close and personal with the Z3 Play, and you can read and watch his thoughts in both written and video form ...
Get up to $35 off a new Amazon Fire TV Cube by trading in your old streaming device
Got a Chromecast or Roku sitting around collecting dust?Trade in whatever media streaming player you own and Amazon will give you up to $35 in credit towards a new Fire TV Cube or 4K Fire TV. Amazon only recently announced the Fire TV Cube, and it's currently set to come out on June 21. You can get a huge discount off the price with this trade-in offer and go from an older, streaming device, to one that syncs easily with your smart home and streams in 4K. If you want to get your hands on Amazon's newest device, this is best deal we're going to see on it for quite some time.So the way this works is you trade in any Roku, Apple or Google streaming device and Amazon will give you up to $2.99 as an Amazon gift card. This works with pretty much any device, whether it's an old Roku streaming stick or Google Chromecast Ultra. Once your trade-in is accepted by Amazon, add a Fire TV Cube or 4K Fire TV to your cart and bonus savings up to $35 will be taken out automatically during checkout....
Spigen Liquid Crystal case for Galaxy S9 review: A clear winner
Not every case needs to be expensive to be functional and protective.Since just a few days after I got my Galaxy S9, I've been using Samsung's official Alcantara case and loving it. It's soft, and it lets me keep the phone mostly protected without sacrificing the premium look and feel. But here's the thing: I paid $50 for a thin case that doesn't even cover the bottom of the phone.Cases don't have to be expensive or be made out of fancy materials like Alcantara or leather to fulfill their purpose, though. First and foremost, a case serves to protect your phone from the inevitable scratches and drops it'll encounter over the months and years to come. Ideally, it looks good too, and doesn't add too much thickness to your phone so it still fits comfortably in your hand and pocket. The Spigen Liquid Crystal case checks all of those boxes for only $10.99.Spigen Liquid Crystal case for Galaxy S9 ...
Bluetooth speakers, all-in-one computers, speedy SSDs, and more are all discounted today
Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered.We found plenty of great deals today that include big discounts on the Logitech UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker, the WD Black 500GB SSD, Apple's iMac all-in-one computers, and more! Time's running out to take advantage of these prices, so hurry! View the rest of the deals 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!...
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