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This $70 Philips Hue Starter Kit comes with two bulbs and a dimmer switch
Take your lights into the future!If for some reason you haven't already invested in some Philips Hue lighting for your house, this may be the deal that changes that. Right now you can pick up this Philips Hue Starter Kit for just $69.99 at Amazon. This is a savings of $30 on the kit that comes with two white bulbs, the hub required for them to work, and a dimmer switch that you can use to control them in your home.Don't need the dimmer switch? You can also opt for the regular Starter Kit for just $49.99, which is a $20 discount.If you want to get the most out of these lights, be sure to add an Echo Dot as well so you can then control them with your voice. You'll also want to consider picking up some extra bulbs, because trust me they become addictive very quickly!See at Amazon...
From the Editor's Desk: A great time to re-evaluate 2017's best phones
For many of us, December is the time to buy a new phone.Whether for ourselves or as a gift, the holiday season presents a good opportunity to get a new device with all of the discounts being handed around. And as such, it's a great time to re-evaluate where 2017's top phones rank. Obviously the newer phones released later in the year will compare favorably to those from the first quarter, but at the same time those early phones deserve to still be considered — many have received deep discounts, and aged well.The "new" phones are pretty easy to evaluate at this point. We're just getting out of the honeymoon period with the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, but it's clear what we have. The Pixel 2 offers fantastic value at $649 with its amazing camera, solid (though unspectacular) hardware and great software experience. The Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, is a bit tougher to recommend at $849 with an arguably worse screen and an otherwise identical experience.It feels like the Galaxy Note...
Common Moto G5 problems and how to fix them
Having issues with your Moto G5 or G5 Plus? We're here to help.The Moto G5 and G5 Plus continue Motorola's dominance in the budget segment, but like all phones, they're not without their share of issues. Whether it's erratic Wi-Fi connectivity, issues with the camera, or troubles with the bundled TurboCharger, there's a lot of things that can go wrong with either device. Thankfully, you can usually rely on a workaround to solve the issues.Here are some of the common problems affecting the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, and potential fixes.Wi-Fi issuesThere's a Wi-Fi issue on a few Moto G5 and G5 Plus units wherein the phones routinely disconnect from Wi-Fi networks and reconnect after a few minutes. The issue isn't limited to one region, as customers in India, UK, and the U.S. seem to be affected by the bug.A fix rolled out by Motorola has fixed the problem for a few users, but if you're still facing issues with Wi-Fi connectivity, you can try a few workarounds:Forget your Wi-F...
Best Apps For Book Lovers
Just because you're a big reader doesn't mean you have to stick to physical books!There's something awesome about curling up on the couch with a good book, and falling face first into a fantastically written story. With apps on your phone books and the communities that love them are more accessible than ever. From social media networks for book lovers to digital libraries, there is plenty here to love.Check out our picks for the best apps for book lovers!Amazon KindleIt should come as no surprise that Amazon's Kindle app is the best place to find new books and the ones that you already love. It has an absolutely amazing collection of books for purchase, with everything from Roxanne Gay to Stephen King available to be downloaded directly to your phone.With the Kindle app, you can search out the authors you already know and love, get personalized recommendations, and even find great hidden gems that may be available for free. Amongst those free books are essay collections, ...
Amazon discounting six Prime Exclusive Phones until late December
Get up to $50 off the Moto X4, LG G6+, and others.If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber and shopping around for an unlocked Android handset, it's hard to do much better than Amazon's Prime Exclusive Phones. The lineup of devices offered as part of this program has become rather attractive throughout 2017, and Amazon's now announced heavy discounts on some of the top phones offered through it.Starting today, December 10 and going until December 23, you'll be able to get the following deals:Moto G5 Plus w/ 64GB storage for $199 ($40 off)Moto X4 for $279 ($50 off)LG X Charge for $119 ($30 off)LG Q6 for $179 ($50 off)Nokia 6 for $149 ($30 off)On December 17 until December 23, you'll be able to purchase the LG G6+ for just $449 with a discount of $50.All of these handsets will come with advertisements on the lock screen as part of Amazon's Prime Exclusive program, but for prices this low, it's kind of impossible to complain about that.See at Amazon...
Best LG Phones
Best overallBest for lessBest overallLG V30See at AT&TSee at VerizonSee at SprintSee at T-MobileSee at B&HThe successor to the enthusiast-focused V20, the V30 shares more in common with the G6 in terms of design, but that's a good thing. This phone is light, well-made, and powerful, while retaining many of the features that made the V10 and V20 so popular. Gone is the removable battery, but you get waterproofing and wireless charging in exchange, which is a far better trade-off.And with the world's first f/1.6 lens in its main camera, and a low light-enabled f/1.9 lens in its second sensor, the V30 takes some amazing photos in wide- or ultra-wide angle.Bottom line: Nobody does wide-angle cameras in a smartphone like LG, and between the camera and the general polish of other areas of the phone, the V30 is easily LG's best.One more thing: The display isn't quite as great as Samsung's SuperAMOLED.Why the LG V30 is the bestLG has positioned all of its ...
Here's how to get a PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB console for just $299, this week only
Grab the PlayStation 4 Pro console for its lowest price ever with a few simple steps.This week only, PlayStation dropped the price of the PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console down to just $349 at major retailers across the US. That deal is in-line with the price of the console back during Black Friday which is great, but Amazon has an offer allowing you to pick up the console for just $299.Amazon is giving a $50 promotional code to be used on the PS4 Pro when you trade-in any video game, video game accessory, or console. This can be literally anything gaming, so if you have an old PS2 controller you haven't used in five years or a random Wii game, trade it in and you'll earn $50 off the PS4 Pro, in addition to the value of your trade in! That would bring the console's price down from $349.99 to $299.99 (the lowest its ever been).Since the $350 deal for the console lasts this week only, you'll want Amazon to approve your trade-in as quickly as possible. Thankfully, Amazon provides "ins...
Keep your kids occupied with an Amazon Fire Tablet for as little as $30
These are the best tablet deals around!If you're still looking for a great gift to give your kids, an Amazon Fire Tablet may be just the one you are looking for. With options starting at just $30, you can't go wrong with one of these. They give your kids access to a variety of apps and games to play, and you can use FreeTime Unlimited to give them access to these without having to pay for each app they want to try.Fire 7 Tablet - $29.99 (Was $49.99)Fire HD 8 Tablet - $49.99 (Was $79.99)Fire 7 Kids Edition - $79.99 (Was $99.99)Fire HD 8 Kids Edition - $99.99 (Was $129.99)Fire HD 10 Tablet - $134.99 (Was $164.99)Be sure to pick up a microSD card though, because the internal storage on these can fill up rather quickly....
This may be your last chance to grab 12 months of PlayStation Plus for $40 before the holidays
Grab a year of PlayStation Plus for less than $3.50 monthly!Is this deal for me?Amazon currently has the PlayStation Plus 1-year subscription card on sale for $39.99. This item usually sells for $59.99.You can also currently save $50 on the PS4 Pro and $100 on PSVR starting today!PlayStation Plus is Sony's online service for its gaming consoles. With your subscription, you can begin to team up and talk with thousands of other gamers via the multi-player modes within PlayStation games. PlayStation Plus also provides its subscribers with two free games (per console, so 6 total) each month, with titles coming from both unknown studios and major ones.My personal favorite benefit of PlayStation Plus is the added discount on PlayStation's digital store. Even when there's a big sale going on for everyone, PS Plus subscribers get a bonus discount on top of the sale which can lead to some pretty great deals. If you have no qualms stopping you from going digital with your games, the ...
Tom's favorite tech of 2017
Tom's Favorite Tech of 20172017 was big year for me. At the beginning of the year, I was living in Texas, working and administrative job and completing my Bachelor's of Science in Information Technology. It's the end of the year, and I'm living in Indiana, working an IT job during the day and writing for Android Central at night (and sleeping...sometime). The tech I've used has changed drastically over the course of the year, as my needs and tastes have changed. Here's what I'm using at the end of 2017, and I hope to be using most of it at the end of 2018.Google Pixel 2 XLWhile I'm disappointed by the lack of a headphone jack, everything else about this phone is exactly what I want. I personally love the display, the software is rock solid, and the battery life is fantastic. I'm looking forward to getting some great pictures and video with this camera and seeing what new software features 2018 will bring.$849 Buy nowBowers & Wilkins PX headphonesThe...
Check to see if you're covered by Google's Project Fi network
Networks, when you think about it, come down to one thing: coverage.If you're not covered where you live, work and travel ... well, nothing else matters. But in partnering with three U.S. carriers — Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular — Google's Project Fi definitely has an interesting advantage. (And remember you also have calling available over Wi-Fi when you need it.)But the question stands: will you have Project Fi coverage where you live, work and travel? And, of course, there's a handy map for that.To see if you're covered by Google's Project Fi, just visit fi.google.com/coverage and enter your location (state, city, ZIP) on the map — and no matter where you search, you can always zoom and scroll around to see what the surrounding area is like as well.AdvertisementLike other carriers you'll get a color-coded map that shows you the darkest green for full LTE coverage, or lighter areas for 3G and 2G. The map is pretty good about pointing out sp...
Grab a Sphero R2-D2 for $91, Kylo Ren mask or Star Wars Monopoly for $17, and more
The force is strong with this set of deals.Following the Hollywood premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a whole bunch of awesome Star Wars accessories and games are on sale at Amazon. This is part of the company's Gold Box deals of the day, which means the prices that are here today will be gone tomorrow. There are a bunch of items in this sale that are worth taking a look at, and most of them you can still have delivered in time to give as holiday gifts.Some of the best deals include:Sphero R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid - $91 (Was $179.99)Monopoly Game: Star Wars 40th Anniversary Special Edition - $17.40 (Was $29.99)Star Wars: The Last Jedi Kylo Ren Electronic Voice Changer Mask - $17.25 (Was $39.99) Star Wars: Rogue One Electronic Duel Imperial Death Trooper - $7.49 (Was $19.99)Poe's Boosted X-wing Fighter Air Hog - $41.99 (Was $59.99)Be sure to check out the full list of items that are on sale and get your orders in now so you can have something new to take when you go see t...
Best Replacement Bands for Fitbit Charge 2
What are the best replacement bands for Fitbit Charge 2?We all know how awesome the Fitbit Charge 2 is, but the bands can be pretty underwhelming — depending on your taste and sense of style.There are a number of super creative alternatives out there, though, that can really make a statement. Here are some favorites!HUMENN Bands for Fitbit Charge 2bayite Leather Fitbit Charge 2 bandGold Swirl Scroll Charge 2 BraceletWearlizer Milanese Loop bandbayite Stainless Steel bandAK Fitbit Charge 2 BandHUMENN Bands for Fitbit Charge 2If you're looking for a replacement band with minimal, simply yet stylish feel, then check out the Fitbit Charge 2 classic fitness replacement band from HUMENN.While the band bares a striking resemblance to the original Fitbit band, the HUMENN band comes made with a durable elastomer material and surgical-grade stainless steel buckles. You can easily adjust the tracker band to fit your wrist, and if you're not thrilled with the product, t...
Buy 3 Months of Wireless Service, Get 3 Free with Mint SIM
Mint SIM is offering HUGE savings for new customers!Mint SIM is a revolutionary mobile service that lets you prepay for your service in 3-, 6-, and 12-month increments, with various data plans, for much less than the other guys. Since Mint SIM already helps you save big on your phone bill every month, it only makes sense that it's offering two of the best deals around for new customers.Right now, new customers can get 3 FREE months with the purchase of 3 months of service. Mint SIM is offering this deal for all of its 3-month plans (2GB, 5GB, and 10GB), which means you'll save $45 when you sign up for 2GB of fast 4G LTE data, $60 when you sign up for 5GB, and $75 when you sign up for 10GB. This deal is live now!See at Mint SIMBut Mint SIM isn't stopping there! New customers can get 3 FREE months with the purchase of any unlocked GSM phone from BestBuy.com. You'll get 5GB of fast 4G LTE data and unlimited talk and text for 3 months, and all you have to do is buy your unlocked ...
Best Gamepad For Samsung Gear VR
Best overallBest for portabilityBest valueBest overallSteelSeries Stratus XLSee at AmazonThe folks at SteelSeries have a long history of quality controllers for mobile platforms, and the Stratus XL kicks that up a notch. Instead of focusing on portability and pocketability like the other controllers in this product line, SteelSeries focused on comfort and capability which makes it an incredible choice for the Samsung Gear VR. It has all the quality of a major console controller, with great battery life and a $50 price tag to match.It pairs instantly to your Samsung phone and works with dozens of Gear VR games right out of the box. Stratus XL is an all around quality gamepad, with a layout that is easy to remember when you eyes are in VR.Bottom line: If you want the best overall gamepad for your Gear VR, SteelSeries is where you want to be.One more thing: This version of the controller only comes in black. If you see a white version of this controller, it's the iOS-...
Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play: Everything you need to know!
The Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play are Motorola's flagship and high-mid-range phones for 2017, continuing the company's tradition of simple software and modular expansion.After the introduction of the Z line and mods in 2016, Motorola has followed that up with the iterative but sufficient Z2 Force and Z2 Play. There is no "regular" Moto Z2, with the Moto Z2 Force becoming available in more markets to fill this more. Interested in the Moto Z2 Force and Z2 Play? Read on!Be sure to read our reviewsBoth phones have been out for a while, and we've had plenty of hands-on time to see how they fare in the real world. Before going any further, be sure to read our reviews of both of these phones.Moto Z2 Force review: Stronger, not betterMoto Z2 Force, a second opinion: Just not enoughMoto Z2 Play review: Midnight in the garden of good and sequelThey're both arguably worse than last year's versionsMotorola made some...strange decisions coming from last year's Z line. On both the Z2...
Alex's Favorite Tech of 2017
Alex's Favorite Tech of 2017The past year has brought us bountiful quantities of new gadgets, and not just in the smartphone space. Whether it's the tech I use to do my job, to relax at the end of a busy day, or to capture special occasions and everyday moments, 2017 has been a year of many upgrades for me. So here, presented below for your perusal, are a few of my favorite tech-related things for 2017. Cast your eyes on the high-quality toys below.Google Pixel 2 XLThe Pixel 2 XL has one or two screen issues, and isn't as pretty as Samsung's current Android lineup. But ultimately I don't care — for me, the Pixel 2 XL is the best Android phone you can buy right now. The larger of the two 2017 Pixels gets the basics right, and delivers the best software experience on any Android phone, and a world-beating camera to boot. (Seriously. This phone has ruined pretty much every other smartphone camera for me.) Software and imaging are two areas that are really hard t...
Pay What you Want to Become the Ultimate White Hat Hacker
Ethical hacking is big business these days. Ethical hackers are hired by companies to infiltrate their security systems in order to find flaws and fix them before someone with malicious intent does so and exploits them for all they're worth. If you're good at it, you can get paid quite well, and as more and more companies move almost entirely online, the job pool is growing. But if you want to become a good ethical hacker, you should invest in a bit of training.That's where the Ultimate White Hat Hacker bundle bundle comes in. It comprises eight apps, which all contain courses on various aspects of ethical hacking, from beginner topics to advanced subjects, like hacking mobile devices and other network hacking. This whole bundle is valued at $1528, but at Android Central Digital Offers, you don't have to pay that — you get to pay what you want. If you beat the average price, you get all eight apps; pay below the average price and you'll unlock fewer. You can also choose to be...
How to choose what you sync on Chrome across devices
You can choose exactly what syncs with Google and your computer, and it's easy.If you have a Chromebook and use Google Chrome on another computer, here's a quick tip about choosing what you synchronize between them.On our Chromebooks, many of us install apps and extensions that add more features and functionality. That's how Chrome OS was designed, with it's own online store full of apps and extensions, and there are plenty of useful ones included. But things you might want on your Chromebook — for example a small text editor or online image editor — also might be things you don't want on a Windows or Mac (or Linux) laptop or desktop. Plenty of software comes bundled into those operating systems, and often it makes no sense to have duplicate programs for productivity or entertainment. The good news is it's easy to manage.You can choose exactly what Chrome syncs across your devices. To get there, make sure you're signed in with your Google account and follow these st...
Best Sony Phones
Best overallBest small phoneBest mid-sized phoneBest overallSony Xperia XZ PremiumSee at AmazonSony's top-end handset is the Xperia XZ Premium, a 5.5-incher with a whopping 4K display resolution, HDR viewing support, a powerful Snapdragon 835 processor an 4GB of RAM. As well as boasting a striking design, with a mirrored glass back panel, Sony's flagship offers front-facing speakers and an impressive 19-megapixel camera capable of shooting 960fps slow-motion video.Bottom line: The XZ Premium gives you the bragging rights of owning a 4K phone, while also being a pretty great all-around handset.One more thing: The Xperia XZ Premium, like all Sony phones sold in the U.S., has its fingerprint scanner disabled permanently in software. (Blame Sony's signing of dumb exclusivity agreements for that.) Flashing another region's software, at your own risk, will bring it back to life.Why the Xperia XZ Premium is the bestSony's biggest and most powerful handset.Sony's 201...
The Pixel 2's eSIM makes it dead simple to ditch your carrier for Project Fi
Google's new Pixels have an ace up their sleeves.The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have what's called an "eSIM" — essentially an embedded SIM card that can be activated and deactivated on the fly to emulate a physical SIM card. But you don't have to know the details about how it works — you just need to know that it's an amazing innovation that makes it dead easy to use Google's Project Fi cell service on your new Pixel 2.AdvertisementWith these new phones, it takes but a few minutes to go from having no cell service at all to having an active Project Fi account. And if you already have Project Fi, things are even simpler: it'll take just a few seconds to switch between using whatever SIM card is in your Pixel 2, and being back on Project Fi. And vice-versa, as often as you want.If you intend to give Project Fi a try, all it takes is downloading the Project Fi app on your Pixel 2 or 2 XL. Set up your account, and it will recognize that your phone has an eSIM...
Samsung Galaxy Owner's Gift Guide
Samsung Galaxy Owner's Gift GuideWhen it comes to selling phones to a wide variety of consumers and being an instantly recognizable brand in consumer electronics, no company does it quite like Samsung. Not only has it completely set the bar for what a flagship phone is with the Galaxy S line, but it continues to push boundaries with the Galaxy Note line as well. And in the past couple of years, it has built up a fantastic ecosystem of accessories and devices. If you're all-in with a Samsung Galaxy phone, you'll want to check out these great gifts.Samsung Galaxy S8This is pretty simple: if you're already a big time Galaxy fan but haven't yet upgraded to the latest and greatest, it's hard to go wrong with the Galaxy S8. You'll get software you're familiar with, paired with Samsung's latest hardware innovations and specs that'll last you for the year to come.$649 Buy nowSamsung Galaxy Note 8Perhaps you're still hanging onto a Note 5 or even a Note 4 &mdash...
Best Dual-SIM Android Phone
Best overallRunner-up pickBest for batteryBest budget pickBest overallOnePlus 5TSee at OnePlusOnePlus' second flagship of 2017 picks up where the OnePlus 5 left off, while introducing a new 18:9 display and a low-light camera. Like previous devices from the manufacturer, the OnePlus 5T is all about delivering a flagship-class experience for a couple of hundred dollars less than the competition.The highlight of the OnePlus 5T is a 6.0-inch Optic AMOLED display, which has minimal bezels at the top and bottom. Although the screen size has increased by 0.5 inches, the reduction in the bezels means the OnePlus 5T is roughly the same size as the OnePlus 5.The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 835, and the spec sheet makes for some great reading. You get 16MP + 20MP cameras at the back, 16MP front shooter, 3300mAh battery with Dash Charge, USB-C, and a headphone jack.You can pick up the OnePlus 5T with either 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage for $499/£449/₹32,999, ...
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 December 8.Tom WestrickThe only item I purchased on Black Friday was The Spectacular Spider-Man complete series on DVD. That show aired right as I started working as a teenager, so I only saw the first few episodes when it originally aired. I've already watched all 26 episodes, and it's a shame the show was cancelled before some of the plot threads could be resolved. Beyond that, I've taken advantage of the free six months of Netflix to restart my Netflix streaming account, and I've started watching The Punisher . I'll have more thoughts on this series once I finish it, but the first few episodes seem good enough...
Google Home Mini regains touch controls with v1.30 update
Thank you thank you thank you 👏Shortly after the Google Home Mini was announced on October 4, it was discovered that there was an issue with the smart speaker's touch controls. Essentially, the top part of the Home Mini that acted as the area for these controls was far too sensitive and resulted in the speaker recording and sending audio back to Google 24/7.This was obviously a pretty big problem, but rather than recalling thousands of Home Minis that had already shipped to retailers, Google chose to disable the top touch controls altogether via a software update.However, after a couple months of being on the market, this functionality is making a return.According to Android Police, the v1.30 update for the Google Home app re-enables touch controls on the Home Mini, but rather than touching the top of the speaker, you'll long-press either the left or right side of it.A quick tap will continue to adjust volume like usual, but a long press will end calls, pause/play m...
Google Contacts syncing not working for some users — here's how to fix it
Data not syncing for your Google Contacts? This is what to do.You might not consciously think about it, but chances are you use Google Contacts every single day. It's a fairly unexciting service, but it's also one of the most important when it comes to communication. Unfortunately for some users, one of Contacts' biggest features – data syncing – simply hasn't been working.If you're affected by this bug, you'll see that contacts that are saved to Google Contacts aren't showing up on your phone as they should. This is something that appears to only affect devices running Android Oreo (both 8.0 and 8.1), and users have been reporting it on Google's Product Forums, Reddit, and even our own Android Central Forums. The issue stems from contacts added through Google+.Community Manager Orrin on the Google Product Forums says that he'll be reaching out to Pixel users to gather bug reports and other information, but if you want a fix right now, Ambassador and Moderator ...
Action Launcher turns 5 and gives us all a present
Happy Birthday to us all!Action Launcher is one of the best launchers on Android today, and the Swiss Army home screen launcher now has something big to celebrate: its fifth anniversary. On December 8th, 2012, Action Launcher was published, and five years later, it's come a long way and picked up quite a few fans along the journey.Five years is a big milestone for an Android app, and Chris Lacy has a hell of a birthday present for everyone: the first sale on Action Launcher's pro upgrade in three years.You may remember that back in 2014, Action Launcher 3 was launched as a complete rewrite from Action Launcher 2, and it switched from a separate Action Launcher pro app to unlock its best features to an in-app purchase called Action Launcher Plus. Since that change in 2014, Action Launcher Plus has never gone on sale, though Lacy has also debuted the Action Launcher Supporter program that you should absolutely take a look at.That streak ends today.Action Launcher Plus is 30...
Google Pixel 2 on AT&T gains HD Voice with Oreo 8.1 update
Here's how to make sure it's enabled once you get the update.Android 8.1 Oreo started rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices earlier this week, and especially for devices that aren't the Pixel 2, there's a lot of new stuff to check out. However, if you're using a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL on AT&T, there's a new feature included just for you with the latest update.When updating your Pixel 2 to 8.1 Oreo, you'll see that it includes HD Voice Calling for AT&T users, in addition to everything else 8.1 has to offer.Once you've downloaded and installed the new software, you can turn on HD Voice Calling by going to Settings → Network & Internet → Advanced Calling. Once Advanced Calling is enabled, HD Voice will be used for both parties of the call (assuming they're using compatible hardware) in areas where the service is supported.Android 8.1 Oreo started arriving on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XLs on AT&T on December 7, and other devices like the 2016 Pixel, Nexus 6P, ...
Job listing confirms Google Home with display is in the works
Google's looking for a "touch sensor hardware engineer."Google's Home series already has a little something for everybody, ranging from the insta-buy Home Mini all the way up to the audiophile's dream that is the Home Max. Google's been catching up quite well to Amazon's Echo hardware, but one thing that's still noticeably missing is a Google Home speaker with a display. Thankfully, we're not one step closer to the day when we finally get this.First spotted by Variety, Google's posted a job listing on LinkedIn with the title of "Touch Sensor Hardware Engineer, Google Home." Furthermore, part of the job description reads as follows: In this role, you'll work on the next generation of Google Hardware to enable the best mutli-touch user experience. You will lead the touch module development and integration for Google Hardware from concept to mass production.In other words, we've got confirmation from the horse's mouth that a Google Home with a display is in the works.No rea...
Veer VR offers a solid new way to edit 360-degree videos
Editing your 360-degree videos is a breeze with VeeR VR Editor!After you've gotten some excellent 360-degree videos, what you want is to share them with friends and family. If you want to make them look even better before anyone else gets eyes on them, then you're going to want to look at a good video editing app. VeeR VR Editor was built to give you control over exactly how your videos look from within a headset. It's got plenty of features and definitely gets the job done.We've got the details for you here!Read more at VRHeads...
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!$50 iTunes Gift Cards - $42.50Amazon currently has $50 iTunes Gift Cards with email delivery on sale for $42.50 when you use the coupon code ITUNES at checkout. You have to spend $50 or more to qualify for the discount, but you can combine two ...
How to unlock your Chromebook using your Android phone with Smart Lock
While the idea that Android is the key to the future is debatable, it can easily be a key to your Chromebook.Here is a cool Chromebook feature some of us didn't know about: you can use the Smart Lock feature on your Android phone to enable Smart Lock on your Chromebook! Once set up, as long as your phone is in Bluetooth range, instead of needing to use your password to unlock your Chromebook you can click an icon to sign in via your phone's credentials. The feature has been around for a while, but it's really improved and even looks nice in a Google Material way.A few caveats apply: your phone has to be fully booted, and both the phone and the Chromebook have to be connected to the internet so they can communicate through your Google account. If those two conditions are met, it works reliably and makes things more convenient. Of course, Smart Lock isn't the most secure way to lock your Chromebook (or your phone) but offering something that's fairly secure and easy to use is the b...
Readjust your VR space after decorating for the holidays
Decorating for the holiday means you may need to reorganize your VR space.December is here bringing holiday cheer, parties, and of course, decorations. Whether you've strung up Christmas lights insider your apartment, or you're setting up a full tree in the corner, decorations can wreak havoc on your VR space. This is why after you finish decorating you'll want to look at where you play in VR, and consider readjusting some things. From keeping an eye on too bright lights to making sure you don't knock the tree over with a headset on, we've got the details to keep you enjoying VR!Read more at VRHeads...
Best holiday subscription services for Americans
What do you give the girl who has everything? A streaming subscription.Want to get your friend into more shows that you can geek out over together? Get them a subscription to Hulu so you can both keep up with the latest shows or rewatch old classics. Looking for a thoughtful gift for your grandparent who keeps lamenting the lack of quality television these days? Get them a Kindle subscription so they can read some quality literature instead, with adjustable font sizes so that they can read without straining their eyes. Does your coworker keep asking what you're listening to on those huge headphones? Give them a music subscription and send them your mixtapes.Here are the best subscriptions you can give or get this holiday season!Music subscriptionsGiving the gift of music is a gift that can be used all day, everyday. Music is also less of a time investment than video subscriptions as you can listen to a music subscription while you get other things done. Most music subscript...
Deal: Verizon's Wear24 smartwatch is on sale for $75 (originally $350)
The watch has been discontinued, but c'mon – it's $75!This time of year is one of the better ones for finding deals on all of the hottest and latest gadgets, and we've seen more than a few of them so far in 2017. Woot is one of those sites where you can find sales on just about everything, and one that's peaked our interest is the Wear 24 Android Wear smartwatch for just $75.If you don't remember the Wear24, we honestly don't blame you. The watch was released on Verizon Wireless in May, but just four months later in September, it was already discontinued. We typically don't recommend buying products that won't receive any sort of support down the road, but for $75, well, that's more complicated.For that price, you're getting a smartwatch that runs Android Wear 2.0, has a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, 450 mAh battery, IP67 dust/water resistance, built-in GPS, and even LTE connectivity if you want to use it as a standalone communicator without relying on a connection to your ph...
Plex adds more DVR controls to Android on phones and TV
Time shift master.Plex is arguably the best service around for storing and watching all of your local media files, and earlier this year, expanded to offer live TV features as well with Plex Live TV. The Plex app for Android on phones and televisions is receiving a new update, and the focus is on expanding DVR capabilities within Plex Live TV.One of the biggest highlights of the update is being able to watch a live show while it's actively being recorded to your DVR at the same time. This is a process that typically requires dual tuners from your cable company, and it's something that we're pretty excited to see.Along with this, Plex is also letting people pause, play, rewind, and fast-forward shows up until their live broadcast time as they're being recorded. And, if you get tired of the show you're watching that's already been recorded, you can jump to the live broadcast on the same channel without skipping a beat.These features are available for Android TV and mobile d...
Swipe your Kingdom to glory in Reigns: Her Majesty! [Games of the week]
What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store?Update December 8, 2017: A trio of great games to enjoy this weekend! Check out Reigns: Her Majesty, a sequel to one of the best games from 2016; Keep on rolling with the Amazing Katamari Damacy; Explore the sandbox world of Portal Knights!Reigns: Her MajestyReigns was one of the best games of 2016 and actually won the first ever Google Play Indie Games contest. So needless to say, we're pretty excited to learn that the sequel, Reigns: Her Majesty, has arrived.In Reigns, you play as the monarch of the land and make decisions that affect four aspects of the kingdom: the church, the people, the army, and the royal wealth. Your goal is to keep all four in balance — if any meter fills to the max or is entirely depleted your reign is over… and a new reign begins!The sequel plays nearly identically to the first game, except this time you play as the Queen instead of the king, complete with new ...
This $6 folding phone stand may be the best gift you buy all day
Treat your phone or tablet to a new stand today!How many times have you set your phone down on your desk, only to bury it under some papers and waste five minutes trying to find it? Stop doing this to yourself and pick up one of iXCC's portable aluminum phone stands for just $5.99 at Amazon. You'll need to use coupon code HWHWODI2 to save $4 on the purchase, dropping it from its regular $10 price.The stand is fully foldable, so you can pack it with you in your bag and it will take up next to no space. The aluminum used is super durable, and this thing is built to last.Fully Foldable - With fully foldable design, it'll save you plenty of space and make it easy to carry with in travelUniversal Compatibility - Compatible with 4 to 10 Inches devices like iPhone 6 6S 7/7 Plus, Galaxy S8/S7/S6/Note6, LG, Sony, Google Nexus, iPad mini/pro/Air/Air 2, Samsung Tab , Kindle, even in some protect caseMulti-Angle adjustment - This multi-angle stand holds device in best position for you wh...
Rec Room: Calibrating your Personal Bubble
You never have to worry about personal space while playing Rec Room on PlayStation VR!Rec Room is a free Virtual Reality game for the PlayStation that allows you to enjoy a number of different fun activities with your friends or even strangers across the world. This game acts as a social hub for you to interact with other players, enjoying silly games like charades and paintball. Thankfully, you never have to worry about another player getting inside your space. That's because there is an adjustable personal space bubble that ensures that players are never made to feel uncomfortable with someone else getting too close.Read more at VRHeads...
Google Wifi vs. Orbi vs. Eero vs. Amplifi: Which mesh system should you buy?
There are some great mesh systems to choose from; which is the right one for you?Most people don't put enough thought into their wireless router. The way your house is laid out and how its built matter, as do things like spreading the signal across multiple floors or if you have to plug things in at one end but need good Wi-Fi at the other. Of course, we all want our Wi-Fi to be fast and are quick to fuss when it's not, even if it's our own fault.This is where Wireless Mesh networking comes into play. While there are cases where one central wireless access point that sends out a powerful signal in all directions is perfect, there are also plenty of cases where a mesh system is better. Here are some tips to help you decide if you're not yet sure which way to go:Router vs. Mesh Networking: What's best for your home Wi-Fi network?If you're going to go with a mesh system, you're then faced with the question of which you should buy. None of them are cheap and most of us don't want...
Get the 2018 CompTIA Security Certification Bundle for only $29!
It's tough to find work these days that doesn't require some pretty impressive computer skills. We're not just talking about proficiency with some basic office software or keyboarding skills, either; some of the most in-demand IT jobs require you to be an expert in security, Cloud software, Linux, networking, and more. How on Earth do you get these under your belt? When do you have the time to study or the money for tuition?The online education experts at iCollege have the solution you've been hoping for with the 2018 CompTIA Security Certification Bundle. By studying online, at your own pace, and at a much lower cost than you'd expect, you'll get all the training you'll need to pass the professional certification IT exams that will finally get you the job you've been wanting, or move your IT career to the next level.The 2018 CompTIA Security Certification Bundle is available right now through Android Central Digital Offers for only $29.99, a 97% savings on a three-course bundle ...
Deal: Get a Gear 360 and Gear VR for just $199
Available only on Friday, December 8.Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Note 8 are two of the best phones released in 2017, and while the devices are solid enough on their own, one of the big draws for buying Samsung over other brands is that you get access to the company's 'galaxy' of compatible accessories.The Gear 360 and Gear VR received hardware updates this year, and as part of its ongoing "12 days of joy" promotion, Samsung is letting buyers snag both accessories for just $199.To get the deal, head to Samsung's site and you'll see that you can now buy the Gear 360 for $199 compared to its regular price of $229. When you add the 360 to your cart, you'll be able to get the Gear VR for free – a value on its own of $129. The Gear VR comes with an included controller, and you can use it to view any photos or videos that you capture with the Gear 360 in addition to any other virtual reality content that's available for it.This deal is only available for today, December 8, so make...
Jerry's Favorite Things of 2017
Jerry's Favorite Things of 20172017 is just about finished, and that means it's time to do the last-minute holiday shopping that you promised yourself you wouldn't wait for the last minute to do again. While we can't brave the cold and wait in lines with you, we can help sort through the endless amount of cool stuff you'll find online for any special people in your life. Here are a handful of things I loved from 2017 to help.BlackBerry KEYoneCall it BlackBerry's comeback or a return to basics or any of the other buzzwords used to describe the KEYone from BlackBerry, but it still will be the best phone you can buy with a keyboard. And it's a great keyboard, featuring BlackBerry's familiar caps and function key mapping as well as a touch sensor that supports gestures.Besides the keyboard, it's an all-around great phone, too. It might not be as sexy as a Pixel or Galaxy phone, but it's dependable, secure, and will last all day on a single charge. Oh — it has a...
Android's 'Check for update' button is broken, fix coming in 2018
The culprit? Google Play Services.Back in September, Googler Elliot Hughes announced on Google+ that Android's "Check for update" button was being reworked so that it actually checked and pulled any new updates for your device rather than just doing a check to see if an update was planned for your area that day. In other words, you'd theoretically be able to get your hands on OTA updates much faster than before.This came as exciting news for a lot of the Android community, but with the recent release of 8.1 Oreo, people have been noticing that the button still doesn't do diddly squat. Spotted by Android Police, Hughes recently took to Google+ once more, but this time to announce that the latest update for Google Play Services has stopped the feature from working as intended.Per Hughes post: [UPDATE: a Google Play Services update after I posted this broke the feature again. (An API incompatibility between the System Update code and the Checkin code, if you're interested in t...
This $13 Anker portable charger would fit neatly inside a holiday stocking
It's a portable charger that fits in your hand.This Anker black Astro E1 ultra compact portable charger is down to $13.19 on Amazon. It normally sells around $17 and the other colors are selling for $20 right now.This charger is the size of a candy bar but has 6700mAh, which means it's got enough power to fully charge a Galaxy S8.Features include:Exclusive PowerIQ Technology: Detects your device to deliver its fastest possible charge speed up to 2 amps. Does not support Qualcomm Quick Charge.Add over two full charges to an iPhone 7 or 6s or at least one full charge to a 7 Plus, Galaxy S8, Nexus 5 or other smartphoneFits perfectly in your pocket. Recharges in 5.5 hours with a 1A adapter (not included) and the included Micro USB cable.It has an 18-month warranty from Anker. Users give it 4.5 stars based on 539 reviews.You can use the included micro USB cable or upgrade to a 3-foot cable from Anker for $5.See on Amazon...
Amazon Music Unlimited and Echo devices coming to 28 additional countries
Here's which countries get to share in on the Amazon fun.On December 8, 2017, Amazon announced that it's officially expanding both its Music Unlimited streaming service and Echo smart speakers to 28 new countries.Amazon Music Unlimited costs $7.99/month in the United States for Prime members ($9.99 for non-Prime customers), and for that price you get access to a library of 40 million songs, offline listening, and support for a variety of different devices, including Android, iOS, PC, Mac, Amazon Fire TV, and (of course) Echo speakers.Echo speakers in these new markets currently only support controls in English, but we could see more languages added later on down the road.As for the countries that are part of this expansion, they include:BelgiumBoliviaBulgariaChileColumbiaCosta RicaCyprusCzech RepublicEcuadorEl SalvadorEstoniaFinlandGreeceHungaryIcelandLatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMaltaNetherlandsPanamaPeruPolandPortugalSlovakiaSwedenUrugu...
Microsoft's SwiftKey keyboard for Android isn't what it used to be
SwiftKey on Android is not a good Android keyboard. In fact, it might be the worst one out there.I was a Windows phone user for years before I finally made the switch to an Android smartphone. I had used everything from the HTC 7 Mozart all the way up to the HP Elite x3 as my daily driver. Back in 2010, when I made the switch from my iPhone 3GS to my HTC 7 Mozart, the keyboard was an obvious standout feature. It was so good.Windows Phone 8.1 only improved the keyboard with the introduction of shape writing and better autocorrect, and although the Windows 10 Mobile keyboard was a little sub-par when it first launched, it didn't take long for that old behavior to return, maintaining Windows Phone's number one spot for best mobile OS keyboard.But in 2017, that doesn't matter. But Microsoft made great keyboards, so I would at least expect it to have nailed the fundamentals on Android. It already has a great app launcher, superb Edge browser, Cortana, Outlook, and many more fantasti...
Google reported to launch its third music streaming service in 2018
In March 2018, Google might launch its third attempt at a music streaming service with YouTube Remix.Music streaming services have become a dime a dozen, and because of this, it can be hard to successfully break into the market when the likes of Spotify, Pandora, and even Apple Music are dominating the industry. Google's already made a couple attempts with its own music streaming solutions, but according to a report from Bloomberg, we'll see the company's third one launch next March.The new streaming service is currently dubbed as "Remix", and Google has reportedly already made deals with Warner Music Group and is currently in talks with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Merlin to flesh out the service as much as possible. Third time's the charm?Remix is expected to offer on-demand listening for whatever songs you'd like, as well as an integration of related video clips – not surprising considering that Remix will be launching as a YouTube-branded ...
An easy fix for Google Pixel 2 fingerprint scanner issues
When a convenience turns into a concern, we get mad.The Google Pixel 2's fingerprint sensor is in a perfect place to effortlessly use. But what happens when you put your finger there and it just ... doesn't work? After a few attempts of the sensor not recognizing your fingerprint, the software actually fails out and requires you to enter your passcode to get past the lock screen or password to enter a secure app. That's not fun — particularly when it happens regularly.It's easy to think that the fingerprint sensor itself just isn't good or there's a problem with the software. It's actually likely something much simpler: the sensor is just dirty.I was having a seriously frustrating time using my Pixel 2 XL. Unlike my smaller Pixel 2, the fingerprint sensor just stopped working regularly. I was consistently tripping the "too many attempts" counter trying to get the fingerprint sensor to work, and even removing and re-adding my fingerprints wasn't fixing it. I thought the se...
Do you carry one or two phones?
Our forum users talk about whether or not they own two (or more) phones.In 2017 alone, we've seen devices like the Galaxy S8, LG V30, Essential Phone, Google Pixel 2, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Note 8, and a lot of other really incredible phones. Having so many options to choose from is truly something, but for some folks that can't decide between just one, they choose to carry two daily drivers.Owning two (or more) phones is an awesome way to test out more of what the market has to offer, but it can also be rather costly.Here's what some of our forum users had to say about the two-phone life. amyf27 12-07-2017 12:56 PM “ Currently I only have one phone, the Note 8. I did try out an iPhone 7 plus briefly before I got my note as a backup phone and did not care for it. Slightly interested in the lgv30 as a second device but I love this darn note Reply mysamsungs7e 12-...
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