People are about to start dumping cable faster than ever before
It's a bad time to be a cable TV executive. Streaming services are popping up faster than big cable companies can throttle them, and years of bad customer service mean that customers are chomping at the bit to switch to something else. Recent data has indicated that a steady trickle of customers have already started switching to streaming, but a new survey of 1,200 consumers hints that it could be more of a tidal wave than a drip. RBC Capital Markets surveyed 1,200 US consumers to understand their attitude towards cable TV. Of the respondents, only 55% said that they'd continue to subscribe to cable or satellite TV. According to RBC's analysis, that means only 68 million households are interested in keeping pay TV long-term. Right now, there are 86 million households subscribed to pay TV. That means 18 million households that currently have cable subscriptions are open to leaving soon. Steven Cahall, the RBC analyst, described this as implying "subscriber declines still have lots of potential downside.” In simpler words: get ready for a bloodbath. The only saving grace for cable companies is that for now, streaming services are still relatively expensive. "Skinny" packages like Sling TV or YouTube TV cost around $40 per month, which when added to an internet subscription, is pretty close to the cost of cable and broadband anyway. But going forwards, all that could change. The media industry is being shaken up, including a shift in content ownership towards companies like Netflix. That has the potential to undo some of the bundling restrictions currently put in place by content owners, which in turn could result in cheaper, a la carte TV options. With more competition as a result of streaming services, it's just a matter of time.
2017/09/24 13:00 BGR
Google and Amazon need to learn to get along
The Doogee S60 is 'the one who reinvents rugged phone'
There are a few rugged smartphones on the market, like the Galaxy Active series or the LG X Venture. But maybe those aren't tough enough for you. Do you need a phone that will survive "fields, underwater and other outdoor environments"? What about one that is "manly, strong, and special in market"? If so, the Doogee S60 might be for you. The S60 (no, not that S60) has a super durable design made of "a special material" and is covered in a gold finish, because who says tough phones have to be ugly?
2017/09/23 23:32 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Android One in the U.S. gives it a new lease on life, and that's a big deal
Android One phones in the U.S. are an opportunity for everyone to have a Good Phone™. Step into the Wayback Machine with me for a minute, as we head back to the Autumn of 2013. Amidst all the hype and furious pace of Android phone releases, one phone was unexpectedly great: the original Moto G. The 2013 Moto G only had to do one thing: not suck. It succeeded. The first generation Moto G was, at around $150, fairly inexpensive. It didn't have the fastest and bestest processor or ungodly amounts of memory (it actually had 1GB of RAM, if you can believe it). It even had a mediocre 4.5-inch LCD display. If you placed it beside a phone like the Galaxy S4 it was clearly outclassed in almost every way. The thing that made the OG Moto G special is that it did not suck. Prior to 2013, you weren't going to find a cheap phone that didn't suck. The 2013 Moto G became the bar all cheap phones are measured against, even today. And you know what? There are a lot of people who want a c...
2017/09/23 22:49 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
[Update: APK Download] Twitter Lite arrives in the Play Store, but only for the Philippines
10 best MOBAs for Android
Here's a thing: you can swipe to remove videos from lists in YouTube for Android
Everyone loves swiping, right? You can do it on your keyboard, in your homescreen, you can even do it at people in Tinder. And YouTube appears to want some of that action. As of version 12.34.54, which was released a few weeks back, you can now swipe to remove videos from your lists in the Android YouTube app. Prepare to left swipe dat video you were never actually gonna watch. The new feature works almost exactly as you'd expect.
2017/09/23 21:21 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
10 best alarm clock apps for Android
Happy Anniversary: Nine years of Android love
Dear Android, It’s been nine years already. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Froyo. But Oreo just came out, and we've even got two more Pixels on the way. After all these years, Android, you’ve never looked better. So much has changed since we first met. I was in the phone shop back in 2008, and from across the room, I saw you: the T-Mobile G1. That was it, the beginning.
2017/09/23 20:22 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
The iPhone 8’s glass back comes at a hefty price
Apple's newly released iPhone 8 may look just like Apple's last few iPhones, but the device features an important material design change on the back. Specifically, the iPhone 8 features a glass black to facilitate wireless charging, a welcome feature to be sure but one which may make the iPhone 8 more prone to experiencing damage when dropped. With the iPhone 8 now available in stores, AppleInsider has since confirmed that even AppleCare+ users will have to shell out some serious cash in the event that the back shatters. If you drop your device and the glass back shatters, the replacement fee will be $99, a steep increase from the $29 Apple charges to replace a cracked front screen. AppleInsider spoke with an assortment of Apple employees, with all of them confirming that a broken back-glass did not qualify for a $29 screen replacement. Instead, the back glass is generally subject to the $99 "other damage" fee, plus tax. Notably, the first two times a user comes in with a damaged back panel, they'll be charged $99. The third time, though, the price shoots up to $349 for the iPhone 8 and $399 for the iPhone 8 Plus. Of course, if you experience a shattered glass back three times, you might want to invest in a heavy-duty case or start being much more cautious when using it. Incidentally, AppleCare+ for iPhone 8 models costs $129 while AppleCare+ for Apple's flagship iPhone X will set you back a cool $199.
2017/09/23 19:04 BGR
Twitter Lite arrives in the Play Store, but only for the Philippines
Twitter Lite was released in March as a Progressive Web App. Not only was it a significant upgrade over the previous mobile Twitter site, but it included had almost all the functionality of the native app (including push notifications). In fact, it earned a spot in our best Twitter clients list a few months ago. Now it looks like Twitter has packaged the web app into an Android application and published it on the Play Store.
2017/09/23 18:44 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy X foldable smartphone launch could be imminent
A new Samsung device has just received certification from the National Radio Agency based in Samsung’s hometown of South Korea. The device has the model number SM-G888N0 and is said to be known as the Galaxy X, which is set to be the company’s first foldable phone that has been heavily rumored Samsung has been working […]
2017/09/23 18:56 AndroidGuys
Have some fun in this weekend's comments thread
The comments are open and ready! Yet another week has passed, and we're starting to get into the home stretch of 2017. At least in the smartphone world. But it's cool — this time of the year makes for some great weekends. Weekends at the end of summer are awesome. The weather isn't quite as hot so it's a great time to get outside and breathe some fresh air. Maybe fire up the grill, or take a hike, or do any of those things it was just too hot to do a few weeks ago. Heck, even the fish start biting again! We're in prep-mode for the last big new phone push of the year. Google has their Pixel 2 shindig planned in about a week, and then we can take it all in and look at all the great products from the companies that make Android what it is. It's been a pretty good year for an Android fan. From the CES hype train to the Note 8 launch, we saw so many excellent phones from all the big names. We all will have a favorite, but I think everyone agrees that it's cool when everyone has a...
2017/09/23 18:33 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Giveaway: Anyone in the world has a chance to win a pair of Jaybird X3 Bluetooth headphones [International]
International giveaways are popular here at Android Police, and today we've got an excellent one. We're teaming up with Jaybird to give away five of the company's X3 Bluetooth headphones. They're rugged, wireless, and sweatproof so they can handle whatever you toss at them. And five lucky readers, wherever they might be, will be able to grab a set for free. Over on Amazon, these run around $100, and for a good reason.
2017/09/23 18:05 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Galaxy Note 8 Battery Life Review
HTC will still make phones – but should it bother?
LiFX introduces Mini range: Smaller and more affordable smart lights, pre-orders starting $24.99
When it comes to smart lights, I prefer the LiFX approach to the Hue approach: no hub dangling off my router and simple Wi-Fi connectivity win me over every time. LiFX also makes it very simple to pick lights for different regions depending on voltage and Edison screw, which you'd think would be an easy choice for other companies to offer. And now it looks like you'll have more than the voltage/screw to choose from as LiFX is making its new range of Mini bulbs available for pre-order.
2017/09/23 16:06 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
‘Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony’ review: The ultimate murder mystery
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is the latest entry in a series of visual novel games about groups of high school students who are forced to kill each other in order to 窶徃raduate窶� from a sadistic, mysterious academy. There are rules to the killing game, but the most important rule is that the student has to quite literally get away with murder to win the game and graduate. If a murder goes unsolved, the murderer (known as the 窶廝lackened窶�) gets to leave, and the rest (known as the 窶彜potless窶�) are punished. The punishment, in this case, is death. The conceit is reminiscent of other fictional works like Battle Royale or The Hunger Games, but Danganronpa窶冱 greatest strength is the underlying mystery upon which the entire series is constructed. I played through the first two Danganronpa games earlier this year, and the unraveling of that mystery has easily been my favorite gaming experience of 2017 so far. But I wouldn窶冲 want to ruin that experience for anyone else, so I窶冦 going to avoid discussing the major story beats. Trust me -- it窶冱 worth seeing this play out in real time for yourself. The opening moments of Danganronpa V3 are reminiscent of the original game. Two high-school aged kids -- Kaede Akamatsu and Shuichi Saihara -- stumble out of a locker in a classroom, unsure of where they are or how they got there. Kaede serves as the protagonist of V3, as Makoto and Hajime did in the previous two games, though Shuichi also has an important role to play -- one which expands as the story progresses. Once the two get their bearings, they make their way out into the hallway and begin running into others students who are just as confused. They eventually remember that they are all incredibly gifted students with 窶忖ltimate窶� talents, and learn that they have been kidnapped and will be forced to take part in a mutual killing game at the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFAISt3BMI8 Visual novels sometimes struggle when it comes to balancing gameplay and storytelling, but Danganronpa really does feel like a video game. You窶冤l spend a majority of the game wandering around the Ultimate Academy campus, either socializing with and getting to know the other students, or investigating the often convoluted and intricate murders that have taken place. If you窶况e ever played a Danganronpa game (which you absolutely should before you play Killing Harmony, but we窶冤l get to that later), you窶冤l feel right at home in V3. While large chunks of the game are linear (remember, it窶冱 a novel), the free roam segments all occur from a first-person perspective. If you find someone you want to speak with, just walk up to them and tap X. The same goes for any interactive elements of the environment. Inevitably, once enough time has passed, the school窶冱 headmaster and mascot Monokuma will provide a motive to put all of the students on edge and give them a reason to do something unforgivable. Monokuma, it窶冱 worth noting, is a robotic teddy bear with a high-pitched voice who rules with an iron fist. He has played a major role in all three games, but this time, he is joined by the Monokubs: smaller, more colorful bears who each have distinct personalities. Though they mostly serve as comic relief, it窶冱 impossible to avoid talking about them on account of just how much screen time they have. Where Monokuma would could morning and nighttime announcements in previous games, the Monokubs have taken his place, often giving a glimpse into their endlessly bonkers and inexplicable existence. They grew on me, gave me a headache, genuinely shocked me and overall served as adequate foils for Monokuma. Anyway, back to the motives. Like clockwork, and despite their repeated promises to keep one another safe, one of the students eventually snaps and kills a classmate. Once three students see the body, Monokuma窶冱 body discovery announcement plays over the academy窶冱 various monitors and the students are summoned to the scene of the crime. At this point, the students have a limited amount of time to conduct an investigation, gathering clues and interviewing witnesses in order to build a case. Once Monokuma decides that time has expired, the students all travel to a makeshift courtroom where they have to participate in a class trial in which they determine the identity of the killer. The class trials are the meat of the game, where players are forced to think quickly and act even quicker. As in the previous games, class trials consist of a series of minigames, each of which push the case forward and add context to the murder. The most common minigame is the Non-Stop Debate, during which all of the surviving students say their piece about a given topic, and the player has to either counter their false statements (or agree with their true ones) but shooting Truth Bullets at lines of text as they pop up on the screen. You have a set amount of bullets to choose from during a Non-Stop Debate, each of which represents an alibi or a piece of evidence gathered during the investigation. If you shoot the wrong bullet at the wrong phrase, you窶冤l lose 窶廬nfluence窶� (aka health) and the debate will begin again. The good news is that the stakes aren窶冲 all that high, because you can start over from the same place you failed with nothing but a penalty to your final score. While the previous two Danganronpa games each had a few clunkers when it came to class trial minigames, Killing Harmony is surprisingly consistent. The new minigames, such as Mind Mine (in which the player has to break similarly-colored blocks to reveal images) and Psyche Taxi (in which the player drives a car down a road collecting letter blocks to form questions and then answer them by plowing into pedestrians) are both fun and lack the tedium of some of the old minigames. Plus, the new mechanics introduced in Killing Harmony -- like the three-way Mass Panic Debates and the ability to turn Truth Bullets into Lie Bullets to steer the conversation back in the direction you want it to go -- are interesting twists on the formula. Of course, it wouldn窶冲 be a Danganronpa game without a ridiculous, varied cast of characters, and Killing Harmony might feature my favorite cast of the three main entries. Although the main character doesn窶冲 bring quite as much to the table this time around, the supporting cast of Ultimate students is as strong as its ever been. Kaito Momota, the Ultimate Astronaut, is hopelessly optimistic, but not cartoonishly so. Kokichi Oma, the Ultimate Supreme Leader, is simultaneously one of the franchise窶冱 most sinister characters and one of its funniest. Maki Harukawa, the Ultimate Child Caregiver, is virtually nonexistent in the game窶冱 opening hours, but as her role grows and her story unfurls, she becomes one of the game窶冱 most memorable characters. And the voice acting, for my money, is as good as its ever been this time around. As the first game built from the ground up with the PS4 in mind, Killing Harmony is also easily the best-looking game in the franchise. The environments are crisp and sharp, as are the character models, which is especially important in a game where you will end up spending 20-30 hours staring at 2D character portraits on a relatively small school campus. True cutscenes are few and far between, but they窶决e also far more intricate and expressive than in the first two games. So, every game in the Danganronpa series has taken full advantage of its M rating with over-the-top violence and the frequent use of four-letter words, but Killing Harmony earns its rating as often as it possibly can. Challenging, inappropriate and problematic are all words I窶囘 use to describe some of the conversations that take place over the course of the game, especially when Ultimate Inventor Miu Iruma is involved. In my opinion, as long as a story earns its moments -- be they funny, uncomfortable, heart-breaking or cringe-worthy -- I窶冦 willing to accept them as part of the creator窶冱 vision. For the most part, Killing Harmony does so. But the reason that Danganronpa has become such a phenomenon since the first game launched in 2010 is because it features one of the craziest, most convoluted, engrossing and whiplash-inducing stories ever written for a video game. There are more twists in this series than all the M. Night Shyamalan movies combined, but each and every one of them actually pay off. In order to obtain all the puzzle pieces to fully grasp the implications of Killing Harmony, you need to at the very least play through Danganronpa and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair first. It also wouldn窶冲 hurt to watch the (confusingly named) anime, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope窶冱 Peak High School. But if you窶决e willing to put in the time to fully immerse yourself in this insane world, I don窶冲 think you窶冤l be disappointed with the payoff. I certainly wasn窶冲.
2017/09/23 16:00 BGR
Paranoid Android updated to 7.3.0, adds its own camera app, launcher tweaks, and BlueBorne fixes
Our readers are probably quite familiar with Paranoid Android, as the developers behind AOSPA have been prolific over the last months. The latest update for the ROM, which brings it to v 7.3.0, brings a lot of changes. But the biggest addition doubles down on the project's earlier commitment to picture quality. As of today, Paranoid Android has its own camera app. It looks exceedingly simple, but that's deceptive.
2017/09/23 15:44 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Anki OVERDRIVE: Fast & Furious Edition review: Just as good as the original, but with 100% more Vin Diesel
Anki is one of the biggest names in electronic toys right now, and for good reason; it's one of the few companies that has brought robotics to kids. This all started with its 2014 introduction of "Anki Drive," a more modern take on slot car racing that added weapons and artificial intelligence. "OVERDRIVE" was released in 2015 as a successor to Drive, and proved to be a market success. After all, it's the first Anki product I'd ever heard of.
2017/09/23 15:00 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Reolink Keen and Argus review: Affordable wireless security cams, but full of compromises
We've been taking a thorough look at smart monitoring cameras here on Android Police, but the overarching complain in most of them from us and you, the readers, is always the price and the paid plans. That's why for my next two reviews, I will be focusing on two camera makers that don't require you break the bank to buy their hardware nor to use it. The first brand is Reolink and I'll be reviewing two of its cameras: the Keen ($119.99) and the Argus ($99.99), both of which offer MicroSD storage.
2017/09/23 15:09 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Best Large Android Phone
Best overall Best for battery Best for less Best 'almost a Note 8' Best Overall Samsung Galaxy Note 8 See at Verizon See at AT&T See at T-Mobile See at Sprint See at Best Buy See at Amazon Forget last year's missteps — the Samsung Galaxy Note line is back in style. This year's Note takes everything we loved about the Galaxy S8 Plus and adds even more display real estate, an impressive new dual-camera rig, boasting 2X telephoto with optical image stabilization, and new features for the S Pen stylus, including animated written messages. Samsung's best-in-class display gets even better with new capabilities including a 1200-nit daylight mode. And the Note's performance is supercharged thanks to 6GB of RAM as standard, and software enhancements in Samsung Experience 8.5. You of course get Samsung's trademark S Pen stylus, which is smarter than ever in the seventh-generation Note. But the biggest reason to invest in one of the priciest Android phones on the market might...
2017/09/23 15:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
This top rated robot vacuum somehow costs under $100
Roombas are some of the coolest gadgets out there that make use of autonomous technology. They make our lives easier, obviously, by taking care of the mundane task of sweeping up our homes. But Roombas can also be pretty pricey, which is why it’s always good to keep an eye out for sales on good alternatives. Meet the EVERTOP Robotic Vacuum Sweeper, which is just what the doctor ordered. It’s a basic robot vacuum with all the key features covered, and it’s on sale on Amazon right now for just $89.99. Here are the key details from the product page: * Thanks to built-in cliff detection sensor, robot sweeper automatically stops and turns back when approaches the stairs * Feature of the infrared induction make it to detect wall, furniture and turn direction in advance * Performing well on tile floor, hardwood floor, marble Floor. Please kindly use it on wide open bare floor. Only 2.56 inch in height, goes under beds and furniture easily * Mini vacuum power leads to be low noise, EVERTOP robot sweeper is used to pick up routine dust, relieve you from heavy housework * Warranty: Offer One year warranty and 24-hour prompt response service. Please keep the power scrubber away from the kids
2017/09/23 14:30 BGR
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active: Why?
16 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
I don窶冲 know about you, but I can窶冲 wait to watch that Kingsman: The Golden Circle sequel that窶冱 opening this week. And I窶况e yet to see that scary movie that everyone is talking about -- I think you know exactly what It is. But before any of that, it窶冱 time for some brand new movie trailers, and we窶况e got quite a few fresh ones to show you. All I See Is You October 27th isn窶冲 just the day when the iPhone X becomes available for preorder. It窶冱 also when All I See Is You launches. It窶冱 a thriller about a woman (Blake Lively) regaining her eyesight and discovering some pretty scary things about her husband and their lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffp8XiGPKpo Breathe Breathe marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, so that窶冱 a good enough reason to be curious about the movie. But the movie is also interesting because it窶冱 based on the real story of a family dealing with a terrible disease. Breathe launches on October 13th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEK76MmkmcA Cook Off! Ok, so Cook Off! isn窶冲 necessarily something to watch in a theater because it may never launch in one. It窶冱 a mockumentary about strange TV competitions that was made all the way back in 2007, and will launch online on November 17th. Melissa McCarthy and various other comedians are in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZOBaW_PLJc Ferdinand Ferdinand is a big, scary bull. But don窶冲 judge a bull by its cover. He窶冱 a lot more than that. The animation launches on December 15th: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7RkOfN8KvE Isle of Dogs Wes Anderson fans, you窶冤l probably want to add this title to your list of Wes Anderson movies to watch. Like Fantastic Mr. Fox, this is a Wes Anderson animation. And it窶冱 got an amazing cast voicing all the dogs and humans in it. Isle of Dog launches on March 23rd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt__kig8PVU Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle On December 20th, the next Jumanji reboot hits theaters. But it comes with a huge twist. This board game is now a computer game, and the players are sucked right in it, where they窶冤l have to survive playing as different avatars. Here窶冱 a brand new trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_TJKwJwN0E Just Getting Started I just love these movies that are made for a specific type of actor: the aging one. Just Getting Started stars Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman, which should be a great pair up. They窶决e playing a former FBI agent and an ex-mob lawyer in the witness protection program who have to work together to survive a mob hit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw72uQlM3Lw Murder on the Orient Express Time for a brand new Murder on the Orient Express mystery, especially with a cast like this: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, and Kenneth Branagh. The latter is also the director, and he plays detective Hercule Poirot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mojQrEQpbSs November Criminals Baby Driver str Ansel Elgort plays a regular teenager who decides to take up a murder investigation on his own. November Criminals launches on November 7th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd0XKlumTnc Peter Rabbit Peter Rabbit seems like a fun animation judging from this first trailer. We窶况e got James Corden starring as the rabbit, and an amazing cast joining him for this feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter窶冱 tale. Look for it in cinemas on February 9th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcGdpUrtEFU Revolt When aliens invade earth, you窶冤l probably want to Revolt. The movie will see a limited release in November, so you窶囘 better look for it online if it sounds like something you want to watch. Those robotic aliens do look interesting, I窶冤l give you that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltmpCy3u5Ts The Commuter We talked about Liam Neeson窶冱 The Commuter last week, but we have a new trailer version for this crime-on-a-train mystery. Come to think of it, this is just a modern-take of Murder on the Orient Express. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1fEybBe7NU The Meyerowitz Stories I窶冦 hardly interested in Adam Sandler anymore, but The Meyerowitz Stories might be different. For starters, it窶冱 made by Netflix, which means I窶冤l see it from home when it launches on October 13th. But it also has a great cast, which makes me think this might be more than a regular Sandler nonsense movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYzFieit8dI The Secret Scripture A woman窶冱 stay at a mental hospital is extensively documented. By that woman, who happens to keep a detailed diary of her life's story. The Secret Scripture launches on October 13th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsX_chcHvFE Tomb Raider Angelina Jolie tried to turn the Tomb Raider gaming franchise into a successful movie series, and one could argue that she was somewhat successful, as her Lara Croft movies brought in more than $400 million at the box office. But they were not well received Tomb Raider movies. Alicia Vikander picks up the baton, with the new Tomb Raider movie set to launch on March 16th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ndhidEmUbI Wonderstruck Amazon窶冱 Wonderstruck is a drama about a boy and a girl separated by 50 years in time, with both of them looking for the same mysterious connection. Wonderstruck launches on October 20th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n207k52C3DM
2017/09/23 13:00 BGR
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 September 23. Daniel Bader It's been a week full of heavy news and difficult decisions, so at the end of the day, I prefer to sit down and take my mind off things. I watched The Big Sick a couple of days ago and found it to be extremely well-written, funny, and charming; most of the reviews were spot on. Being based on the real-life relationship of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon (it was written by the pair. Gordon's role is played in the movie by Zoe Kazan), the dialogue was natural and tinged with affection. But the actual stars, in my opinion, were the parents of the two leads, played Anupam ...
2017/09/23 13:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Here’s how we’re already living in 1984
Apple TV’s 4K content comes with some major strings attached
There窶冱 a newﾂ�4K Apple TV in town, and Apple made it a lot interesting than other 4K products by promising that all your existing HD titles from iTunes will be converted to 4K. That窶冱 a great incentive to buy a device whose main feature is support for 4K content. However, Apple wasn窶冲 entirely honest when advertising the new iTunes feature, leaving out one crucial detail. Yes, Apple will let you watch 4K versions of your HD movies, but that doesn窶冲 mean you can download them locally and play them whenever you feel like it. 4K content can only be streamed using the Apple TV 4K. A new Apple support document discovered by MacRumors makes things clear. 窶弸ou can download a local copy of an HD movie, and you might be able to download HDR and Dolby Vision versions, but you can't download a 4K version,窶� Apple says. Of course, if you don窶冲 have a minimum internet speed of 25Mbps, then you won窶冲 be able to stream content in 4K either, according to the same document. It窶冱 unclear why Apple is doing this. Maybe it窶冱 part of the deal with studios, something Apple had to give up during negotiations. What窶冱 also plausible is that storing 4K movies on Apple TV isn窶冲 feasible as long as the box only comes with 32GB or 64GB of storage. 4K content tends to require a lot more storage than a regular movie. Yes, you could download it on a computer and stream it on your Apple TV 4K. But that窶冱 apparently not an option either. So, before you buy your Apple TV 4K, make sure that you can stream 4K content. If your internet connection isn窶冲 good enough, then you窶囘 probably better settle for the older Apple TV model.
2017/09/23 05:01 BGR
Netflix for iOS update brings HDR support to the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPad Pro
In between the rollout of iOS 11 and the launch of the iPhone 8 this week, Netflix updated its iOS app to add support for Dolby Vision HDR video on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, as well as the 10.5-inch model and 12.9-inch model of the second generation iPad Pro. If you own any of these devices, you can head to the App Store right now to get the latest version of the Netflix app and begin streaming HDR content. In order to actually stream HDR content on Netflix, you do need to be subscribed to the premium plan, which costs $11.99/month. The premium plan lets you stream TV shows and movies on four devices at the same time and in HD and ultra high definition (UHD), as well as download titles on four different devices. If you subscribe to the premium plan and downloaded the latest update on iOS, all you need to do is open the app and search "HDR" to see all of the HDR content available on the streaming service. Some of the highlights include Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, The Defenders, Glow and Chef's Table. Most of the current HDR shows are Netflix originals, but there are a few third-party shows and movies too. It's hard to say how much of a difference HDR will make, especially on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which still feature LCD displays, but it's still nice to have the option. It's worth noting that Netflix on the Apple TV 4K supports HDR video as well, which is where you'll definitely see the difference.
2017/09/23 03:32 BGR
[Update: No longer works for YT] Tutorial: How to force Picture-in-Picture mode on Oreo for YouTube, Google Maps, Duo, and others
Unlocked Essential Phone Now Available at Best Buy
Limited availability has lingered for weeks since Essential launched its first phone (PH-1), leaving consumers with only Essential’s website or Sprint stores for purchasing options. That all changes today with Best Buy announcing available stock of unlocked PH-1 devices both in stores and available for free 3 to 5 day shipping. For $699, the unlocked […] Come comment on this article: Unlocked Essential Phone Now Available at Best Buy
2017/09/23 02:19 TalkAndroid
Behind-the-scenes video shows how Apple gets ready for iPhone day
Today is Christmas for gadget nerds, better known as iPhone day. It's the magical time of year when Tim Cook and Jony Ive finally ship whatever they've been working on for the last 12 months to an ever-willing crowd of consumers. It's a massive exercise in logistics, and to understand what makes the Apple machine "just work," Buzzfeed sent a reporter and a camera team into the belly of the capitalist beast. The process starts with the pre-orders, which are handled by Apple Retail's team in an all-night frenzy in a "war room." After the initial rush, the Retail team starts working out where stock is going to have to go and when, and head of retail Angela Ahrendts starts the "hype tour" of Apple Retail locations, which is like a political primary campaign, but with more T-shirts and hugging. Shipping is handled by UPS. Phones come in on planes from China, and received into UPS's special processing facility. The one-off rush means that UPS sets aside time in its sorting facilities to single-handedly sort Apple products. On launch day, UPS ships those devices out to homes and Apple stores in time for consumers to get their hands on them. Normally, the devices have to be wheeled in past hordes of queuing fans, but this year, that's not such an issue.
2017/09/23 02:03 BGR
This accessory turns your Echo Dot into a portable speaker that sounds better than an Echo
The VAUX Cordless Home Speaker + Portable Battery for Amazon Echo Dot is easily one of our favorite accessories ever for Amazon’s popular Alexa speaker. Simply drop your Dot in the top, connect it, and it’s instantly transformed into a portable smart speaker. The Echo Dot is great, but it’s even better when you don’t have to keep it plugged into the wall. As an added bonus, it also includes its own speakers with great sound quality that might even be better than the $180 Echo! Here are some key details from the product page: * Enjoy up to 6 hours of portable run time with our rechargeable lithium ion battery. * Dual 52mm Drivers and a passive radiator for impressive sound and bass * Compatible with Amazon Dot Echo (2nd Generation) * Use Amazon Dot's Power Supply and Cable to Charge Vaux. * 3.5mm Aux Input for use with external mobile players
2017/09/23 01:01 BGR
Source of rare cosmic rays striking Earth found to be outside the Milky Way
Scientists have known for a long, long time that the Earth is being hit by high-energy radiation coming from space, but in the decades since that discovery we've learned surprisingly little about the source. Now, in a new paper published in Science, researchers from the Pierre Auger Collaboration reveal that while they still don't know where the cosmic rays are coming from, they know for sure where it's not coming from: the Milky Way. The team was able to determine the extremely rough location of the source of the radiation thanks to the habit of the rays to hit Earth from a specific angle. The extremely energetic particles slamming into us on a regular basis seem to favor one part of the sky, and that area of the sky happens to hold a large chunk of neighboring galaxies. The data used to make this determination was collected over 12 years, and the chances of it being a random statistical quirk are somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 in 5 million. "We are now considerably closer to solving the mystery of where and how these extraordinary particles are created — a question of great interest to astrophysicists," Prof. Karl-Heinz Kampert of the University of Wuppertal said. "Our observation provides compelling evidence that the sites of acceleration are outside the Milky Way." Unfortunately, while the discovery does provide compelling evidence that the particles aren't originating in our own galaxy, it doesn't exactly solve the ultimate question of what is creating them. The group plans to use upgraded observation hardware, which will be up and running in 2018, to expand on their current research and make further headway.
2017/09/23 00:00 BGR
Tata Motors, India's largest auto manufacturer, launches its first Android Auto-equipped vehicle
Android Auto continues to arrive in more vehicles, this time in India via Tata Motors. According to Google, the 2017 Tata Nexon is now part of the growing repertoire of Auto-compatible... autos. Being India's largest car manufacturer, Tata is an interesting case study from a business standpoint (I actually had to do one on this company) — and it makes some nice-looking vehicles to boot. Seeing such a large player in that part of the world with Android Auto is good news for the platform, even though it seems to have stagnated recently.
2017/09/22 23:54 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Tim Cook is ‘thrilled’ with iPhone 8 sales, says Apple Watch LTE fix is coming
Apple last year decided to break a multi-year tradition when it opted not to release opening weekend sales figures for the iPhone 7. Similarly, there's a slim-to-none chance that Apple will be forthcoming with precise iPhone 8 sales figures this year. All the more so given that early iPhone 8 sales may be uncharacteristically low due to the impending launch of the highly anticipated iPhone X. Nonetheless, Tim Cook did take some time to assure the masses that iPhone 8 sales have been strong thus far, despite some speculative reports to the contrary. Speaking to CNBC earlier today, the Apple CEO said that he's been "thrilled" with both iPhone 8 and Apple Watch 3 sales. "I am thrilled," Cook explained. "Here's what we're seeing right now. The watch with LTE — the Series 3 Watch — we are sold out in so many places around the world. And we're working really hard to meet demand. We've sold out of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in some stores, but we've got good supply there. You can see what's going on here this morning — I couldn't be happier." To be fair, this doesn't tell us much of anything and we'll have to wait until next week to get a firmer grasp on just how strong, or perhaps weak, iPhone 8 sales are. And with Apple now refusing to divulge opening weekend sales figures, there's a good chance we won't fully know how the device performed until Apple's December earnings report and accompanying earnings conference call. Incidentally, Tim Cook briefly addressed the LTE issues which seemed to impact nearly all early reviewers. "The issue is very minor," Cook said. "It will be fixed in a software update. It has to do with the handoff between Wi-Fi and cellular, and we'll fix that. It only happens in a rare number of cases."
2017/09/22 23:31 BGR
Friday brings us 20 temporarily free and 20 on-sale apps, including the Goat Simulator and Oddworld games
Welcome to Friday! This week got thrown a bit out of whack, what with an app sales post on a Thursday of all things. Today's list is a bit short, but features two big game series on sale. All five Goat Simulator and both Oddworld titles are on a $0.99 deal today, so go get them if you haven't already. Free Apps Palette Summer $0.99 -> Free; >1 hour left Palette Tiffany $0.99 -> Free; >1 hour left Palette Twinkle $0.99 -> Free; >1 hour left Mexican Radio Online Pro $1.49 -> Free; 2 days left Mobile Counter Pro - 4G, WIFI $2.00 -> Free; 2 days left Spanish English Translator Pro $2.49 -> Free; 2 days left Digital Dashboard GPS Pro $0.99 -> Free; 5 days left Fake GPS Location Free $3.99 -> Free; 7 days left Video Player by Halos (No Ads & Donation) $0.99 -> Free; 7 days left Games Dinosaur Assassin Pro $0.99 -> Free; 6 days left Ice Age Hunter Pro $0.99 -> Free; 6 days left Zombie Fortress : Safari Pro $0.99 -> Free; 6 days left Escape games : RoomBreaker $1.99 -> Free; 7 days left Icon packs & customization 3D Waterfall Pro lwp $0.99 -> Free; 2 days left lightblue Next Launcher Theme $0.99 -> Free; 7 days left MI UI 9 - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 7 days left Next Launcher theme Platinium $0.99 -> Free; 7 days left poweramp skin android blue $0.99 -> Free; 7 days left Poweramp skin steel $1.99 -> Free; 7 days left PRIME KWGT $1.49 -> Free; 7 days left Sale Apps 1, Understanding Spider Guard $19.99 -> $9.99; 2 days left 2, Double Biceps Spider Guard $19.99 -> $9.99; 2 days left 3, Next Level Spiderguard Pt 1 $19.99 -> $9.99; 2 days left 4, Next Level Spiderguard Pt 2 $19.99 -> $9.99; 2 days left 5, Invincible Spider Guard $19.99 -> $9.99; 2 days left Childhood diseases $2.99 -> $0.99; 6 days left RF Designer $5.99 -> $2.99; 6 days left My Handbook Pro $1.49 -> $0.99; 7 days left Games Goat Simulator $4.99 -> $0.99; 6 days left Goat Simulator Payday $4.99 -> $0.99; 6 days left Goat Simulator Waste of Space $4.99 -> $0.99; 6 days left Goat Simulator MMO Simulator $4.99 -> $0.99; 6 days left Goat Simulator GoatZ $4.99 -> $0.99; 6 days left Lost Lands 2 (Full) $4.99 -> $2.99; 6 days left Botanicula $4.99 -> $1.99; 7 days left Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee $2.99 -> $0.99; 7 days left Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath $2.99 -> $0.99; 7 days left Icon packs & customization Prime Key for Nougat & KK $6.99 -> $0.99; 2 days left Merlin HD Icon Pack $1.99 -> $0.99; 3 days left Stealth Icon Pack $1.99 -> $0.99; 7 days left
2017/09/22 23:28 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Faction Rallies come to ‘Destiny 2’ next week – here’s what you need to know
Destiny 2 was released at the beginning of the month, but for an online game like Destiny 2, the release date is just the beginning. In the days since the game hit store shelves, Bungie has launched the Leviathan Raid, kicked off the Trials of the Nine PvP mode, cycled through three different Nightfall Strikes and reintroduced us to our good friend Xur, who is once again willing to sell us Exotic items for a fair price. But there's still a whole week left in September, and Bungie isn't done adding stuff to Destiny 2. Starting on Tuesday, September 26th at 2 AM PT, Bungie will open up Faction Rallies in Destiny 2. If you want to take part in Faction Rallies, all you need to do is reach level 20, head to the Tower and speak with Arach Jalaal of Dead Orbit, Lakshmi-2 of Future War Cult, or Executor Hideo of New Monarchy -- three groups Destiny players will recognize. Once you pledge your allegiance to one of the three factions, you will be sent off to participate in public events, explore Lost Sectors, complete strikes, clear the raid or compete in the Crucible. Completing these activities will grant you faction tokens, which you can then exchange for loot. Each faction has its own unique set of items, but the winning faction -- the faction that collects the most faction packages -- will offer its loyalists a special weapon for just 1,000 glimmer. Those who chose other factions can also get their hands on the weapon, but it will cost them a bank-breaking 50,000 glimmer. You will be able to collect faction tokens from September 26th at 2 AM PT through October 3rd at 2 AM PT. Bungie will declare a winner on October 3rd as well at 10 AM PT. We've included some screenshots below from Bungie's blog of the gear that each faction will have on offer starting next week. Dead Orbit Future War Cult New Monarchy
2017/09/22 23:03 BGR
The ‘Check for update’ button on Google phones now pulls updates immediately
When updates would roll out for Google devices, a certain percentage of people get the update and then the rollout stops until the next stage. Check for updates as many times as you want, but it won’t help you get the update faster. Now things are a bit different, and for the better. Googler Elliot [...]
2017/09/22 22:40 Android and Me
Huawei Maimang 6 launches in China, may launch outside of China as Mate 10 Lite
iPhone 8 Plus goes up against the iPhone 7 Plus in new speed test
Brace yourself, folks. With Apple's iPhone 8 models arriving in stores today, we're about to be bombarded with an avalanche of video tests designed to showcase just how fast and durable Apple's next-gen iPhone 8 models truly are. Kicking things off for us is YouTuber MadMatt who threw together an interesting speed test which pits Apple's iPhone 8 Plus against last year's iPhone 7 Plus. Right off the bat, we see that the iPhone 8 Plus manages to start-up just a hair quicker than its predecessor. When it comes to opening up apps, there's not much of a difference between the two devices. When running Geekbench, the iPhone 8 Plus checked in with a single core score of 4264 against 3445 for the iPhone 7 Plus. The multicore score, though, saw an even bigger differential, with the iPhone 8 Plus boasting a score of 10396 while the iPhone 7 Plus checked in with a score of 5691. So say what you will about the A11 Bionic name, but the chip itself -- which also boasts the first ever Apple-designed GPU -- is an absolute monster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4dkzr73kT0 Now to be fair, the iPhone 7 Plus' A10 fusion chip is a serious performer in its own right. That being the case, you'll really appreciate the extra horsepower the iPhone 8 Plus delivers when running processor intensive apps like AR-based apps which, not surprisingly, are increasingly populating the App Store. Incidentally, Apple told The Verge earlier this week that the A11 Bionic name was simply conjured up for marketing purposes. And while some might understandably scoff at the name, what Apple managed to pull off here is truly remarkable. Not only is the A11 Bionic a huge improvement over the A10 Fusion, it also leaves Android devices in the dust.
2017/09/22 22:54 BGR
New drop test video shows how tough the iPhone 8 Plus is
Like clockwork, the first iPhone 8 drop test video has already hit the web, just a few short hours after Apple's next-gen smartphone hit store shelves. Put together by the folks over at EverythingApplePro, the video compares how well the iPhone 8 Plus withstands drops to the ground compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 7 Plus. While most iPhone torture tests are completely unnecessary, with this video of an iPhone 7 meeting molten aluminum being a prime example, drop tests are usually worth paying attention to because accidental drops is how most people tend to damage their device. Though Apple's iPhone 8 models may look similar to last year's iPhone 7 lineup, there's an important change in materials worth noting. As opposed to the iPhone 7 which featured an aluminum back, the iPhone 8 back is made out of glass, a design decision made to support the iPhone 8's new wireless charging feature. That said, the glass Apple uses on its iPhone 8 models is said to be a custom-design and incredibly resilient. Indeed, Apple boasts that the iPhone 8 features the "most durable glass" to ever appear in a smartphone. Apple's iPhone 8 product page reads in part: "The front and back feature custom glass with a 50 percent deeper strengthening layer. A new steel substructure and a stronger, aerospace‑grade 7000 Series aluminum band provide additional reinforcement." But onto the video. The first drop is at 3 feet and the iPhone 7 Plus cracks immediately whereas the iPhone 8 Plus is able to withstand the impact. As the tests go on, the back of the iPhone 8 Plus is more prone to cracking, but the display itself manages to hold up impressively well. You can check out all of the drop test action below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wApMyDq9zE&feature=youtu.be
2017/09/22 22:25 BGR
Allo v19 hints at Firefox browser support, icecream-on-head effect, and more [APK Teardown]
It seems like Allo is slowing down a bit as the updates are no longer packed with an assortment of new features on each release. Instead, we're starting to see more things that spend some time in the teardowns before going live. An examination of today's update to v19 hasn't turned up anything notable in the live app yet, but a teardown does promise a few smallish tidbits like Firefox support for the web client and a camera effect that will probably place a sweet dairy treat on your head.
2017/09/22 22:25 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
In Oreo, the button to check for Android updates now actually checks for updates
File this one under things finally working as described. If you've ever mashed that "Check for update" button in your phone settings because you were waiting and ready for an update, you know disappointment. You might be disappointed less in the future, as the button now actually checks for an update when asks rather than check to see if you were slotted in to be updated that day. Long-time Android developer and new master of update buttons Elliot Hughes took to Google+ today to explain the changes. When a device checks in because you've specifically asked it to, we flag that this is user-initiated and so you're not subject to the usual limitations. So even if we're at 1% rollout and 1% of users already have the update, if you manually check you'll still be offered it, even though a background check at the same time wouldn't. You'll need the latest version of Google Play Services, and it appears that this feature may be for Oreo and higher based on comments. We've reached out...
2017/09/22 22:04 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Insane drone pilot toys with freight train, doesn’t immediately regret it
If I were to tell you that I'm about to show you a video involving a drone and a freight train, you might think that it ends in tears. That's totally within reason, and we've seen lots of examples of drone owners getting a little too wild with their machines, only to be left with a pile of debris afterwards. In this particular case, however, the video is pure jaw-dropping drone action with none of the regret that often follows it, so dive in and enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQDcDZ6rmGE The man at the controls here is Paul Nurkkala, a competitive drone pilot who specializes in FPV (first person video) flying. FPV requires you to wear goggles that stream realtime video from camera on the drone, giving you the feeling that you're actually flying. It's is a rapidly growing subset of the drone hobbyist community, and videos like this one are a great example of why it's so popular. As you can see in the video, Nurkkala's skills are somewhat unreal. Using the speeding train as a prop, the drone dips and dives around it, gliding between the supports of a nearby bridge, and even landing on the train before taking off again. He even takes the time to pay the train conductor a visit, but rather than a friendly hello, he gets a window slammed in his face instead. If you're interested in what kind of hardware made this video possible, Nurkkala took the time to list every component of his drone, camera, and goggle setup in the body of the YouTube description.
2017/09/22 22:02 BGR
Unlocked Essential Phone comes to Best Buy
The most difficult thing about buying a smartphone online is never having the chance to hold it first. Not knowing how it feels in the hand is tough because that’s such a critical part of enjoying using your phone on a day to day basis. If you want to play with the
2017/09/22 21:59 Android and Me
$5 deal back for Pixel, Pixel XL, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 cases
The unlocked Essential Phone is now available from Best Buy
It's rare that new smartphone makers arrive on the scene to launch a phone without even so much as a Kickstarter campaign. Of course, they don't all have Andy Rubin at the helm. Essential released its first phone a few weeks ago as an unlocked device and a Sprint edition. Until now, only the Sprint version was on sale at Best Buy, but now you can get the unlocked one, too.
2017/09/22 21:44 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
The first real-world iPhone 8 camera pics are here, and they’re as good as you expect
The iPhone 8 only landed this morning, but photographers the world over have wasted no time in getting to know Apple's newest camera. Smartphone cameras are one of the areas that see the most improvement year-on-year, and it looks like 2018 is going to be no different. Portrait mode with the software-assisted Studio Lighting is set to be one of the highlights of the iPhone 8 Plus, and the first pictures are surprisingly close to what Apple showed off on stage. https://www.instagram.com/p/BZVDWd3l2is/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BZV8l8eASw5/ Also, it looks like your timeline is about to be completely full of black-and-white portrait photos, so brace yourself. https://www.instagram.com/p/BZTkuZxnaPA/ Even in color, studio lighting looks good. https://www.instagram.com/p/BZWv8NnDEMY/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BZW3MZOng82/ Black-and-white pics are not restricted to humans, either: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZWt0vah_GG/
2017/09/22 21:30 BGR
Android Pay US bank and credit union list expands with 24 new additions
Bose QC35 II Headphones Launch with Google Assistant
Bose launched a successor to their well received noise cancelling QuietComfort 35 (QC35) headphones yesterday with Google Assistant integration, dubbed the QC35 II. They work via Bluetooth with both Android (Marshmallow and above) and iOS, and feature a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left ear cup. Voice activated commands can now play music, messages, news and of course […] Come comment on this article: Bose QC35 II Headphones Launch with Google Assistant
2017/09/22 21:06 TalkAndroid
Researchers warn Go Keyboard is spying on millions of Android users
Video: LG V30 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are two of the biggest new Android flagships right now. Both offer beautiful designs, high-end specs and unique dual camera technologies. They're not exactly direct competitors though — if nothing else, there's a big price and size gap between them. The V30 is expected to retail a couple hundred U.S. dollars below the Note 8's lofty price point. Still, they're both significant launches in the Android calendar from two companies with a well-established rivalry. And that means it's time for them to go head-to-head! Before we begin, note that the V30 we've been using so far isn't final hardware just yet, so we're going broad strokes in this first comparison — remember that things can change between a pre-production phone like I've been using, and the final, retail boxed version. With that out of the way, hit the video above to find out how I've been getting to grips with the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 over the past cou...
2017/09/22 20:56 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Google Store gets trade-in program for buying Pixel devices
Hot on the heels of Project Fi’s trade-in program, Google has announced a trade-in program for the Google Store. If you want to give Google your old phone, you’ll get some credit to buy a shiny new Pixel or Pixel XL. The amount you’ll get [...]
2017/09/22 20:30 Android and Me
This is our new favorite Nintendo Switch accessory, and you’ve never even heard of it
There are some accessories out there that every single Nintendo Switch owner should have, and most people already know about them. Examples include the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller or screen protectors (which just so happen to be discounted to $9 for a 2-pack right now). There are some Switch accessories out there that you might not know about, however, and we just found our new favorite. The BASSTOP DIY Clear Replacement Joy-Con Housing is super inexpensive, but it’s so cool. As the name suggests, it’s a pair of Joy-Con housings that are clear and you can install them yourself in just a few minutes. They give your Switch a very unique look that we love, and they only cost $21 on Amazon. Here’s what you need to know from the product page: * Specially designed DIY replacement housing shell case for Right Left Switch Joy-Con Controller (no electronics part included) * Precise cutout and 100% original size, you can DIY your personalized Right Left Switch Joy-Con Controller with this case * Easy to install: Just take out the original Right Left Switch Joy-Con Controller case and install this replacement case(screw drivers and screws are not included, you can use the original Nintendo switch tools to finish this installation. * You can have a lot of fun by DIY your personalized Right Left Switch Joy-Con Controller with this anti-scratch replacement case; there are 4 colors for you to choose from * What you get: 1* replacement case for Nintendo switch joy con, 12 Month 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and 24 Hour dedicated email support.
2017/09/22 20:50 BGR
Galaxy Note 8 Battery: 0 to 100% in 6,420 Seconds
How long the battery lasts on the Galaxy Note 8 is only one component of battery life. Sometimes how quickly a phone can charge is almost as important so we decided to put that to the test. Here's exactly how fast you can expect to fully charge the Galaxy Note 8.
2017/09/22 20:45 Phandroid
Google employee explains why Google Assistant in headphones is a big deal
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones with Google Assistant built-in have just launched for $350 and people are asking what the point is. You can trigger Google Assistant using a button on many Bluetooth headphones. How does having it built in help? Ian Lake, [...]
2017/09/22 20:03 Android and Me
Telsa just beat Ferrari, McLaren, and Porsche in the World’s Greatest Drag Race
Once upon a time, electric vehicles were considered, well, kinda boring. Tesla has managed to change that in a big way thanks to a lineup of sleek, capable cars that are actually fun to drive, but if you've got a lead foot and a thirst for speed, would you really consider a Tesla before the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes, and McLaren? If the results of Motor Trend's "World's Greatest Drag Race" are any indication, the answer is a resounding "YES." The race, which has become an annual event for the automotive publication, pits the fastest new cars against each other in a single quarter-mile sprint to crown a champion. This year's throwdown included tire-smoking cars like the Ferrari 488 GTB, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Nissan GT-R NISMO, and the Aston Martin DB11. With twelve gas-guzzlers on the starting line, Motor Trend decided to slip in a car that does things a little differently: the Tesla Model S P100D. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvk18vx-nrY When the dust settled, the P100D stood triumphant, edging out the Ferrari and Porsche 911 by just fractions of a second, with the rest of the pack trailing behind the leading trio. Its victory, while certainly worthy of celebration for Tesla, was almost a no-brainer thanks to the fact that the P100D already holds Motor Trend's record for fastest 0-to-60 acceleration. That said, over a longer sprint, the Tesla would likely have handed over the lead to Ferrari's monster. If it wasn't already abundantly clear that electric vehicles have a massive advantage when it comes to acceleration, this test should clear things right up, but I'd have to imagine anyone in the market for a new Ferrari, Aston Martin, or Porsche probably has their heart set on something with cylinders and an exhaust pipe.
2017/09/22 20:23 BGR
London refuses to renew Uber's license to operate due to safety concerns
Transport for London announced today that it would not be renewing Uber's license to operate, citing Uber's current policies regarding safety and security as grounds for the decision. According to a statement released by TfL, Uber's license will expire on September 30. However, Uber has 21 days to appeal this decision in Britains courts, and will be allowed to continue to operate while any appeals remain ongoing. The full list of reasons TfL gave for terminating Uber's license included its approach to reporting serious criminal offenses (such as sexual abuse) and its use of software (internally referred to as "greyball") that is capable of blocking law enforcement officials from gaining full access to the app. General Manager of Uber London, Tom Elvidge, released his own statement in response to TfL saying approximately 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers in the city use the app at least once every three months, and that those dedicated patrons would be "astounded" at the dec...
2017/09/22 20:12 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Is Apple deliberately slowing down cellular data on some iPhone 8 models?
When the iPhone 8 was officially announced, Apple made a big deal about the phone being "built for wireless." That isn't really true, as we've said before -- the iPhone 8 has the slow version of wireless charging, and the slow version of LTE data. Apple didn't mention gigabit LTE, or any of the wireless carriers' new LTE technology, during its presentation. But that doesn't mean the iPhone 8's hardware isn't capable of supporting it. iFixit found during their teardown of the new iPhone 8 that the phone -- or at least the variant sold in Australia -- is packing a Qualcomm X16 modem. That's the same radio chip as found in all this year's top Android phones, and it's capable -- with the right software -- of gigabit LTE speeds. So Apple's stories don't line up. The company hasn't formally commented on the LTE capabilities of its new phones, and we're going to have to wait until speedtests are run on compatible networks to know exactly what LTE technologies the iPhone 8 supports. But given the notable omission of gigabit LTE, LAA, or LTE-U in Apple's technical specs for the device, we can assume that the iPhone 8 won't support any of them. Why would that be the case, when the hardware appears to be capable? The answer may lie in how the iPhone is manufactured. Apple is reportedly using a mix of Qualcomm and Intel modems in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, with the different chips in different model numbers, which are sold depending on what carrier and region a device is going to be used in. When Apple has used different components in different models in the past, it's artifically limited the capabilities of one chip in order to give a consistent experience across devices. In other words, Intel's modem might not be capable of supporting gigabit LTE, so Apple software-limited the Qualcomm modem to put both on the same playing field. We know that's happened before, and Qualcomm even brought up the issue in an ongoing lawsuit with Apple. From the phone maker's perspective, it makes sense: it can't sell a "better" and "worse" version of the phone for different networks, because that would destroy sales for those networks that only support the worse device. If Sprint and Verizon get the Intel-powered iPhones that can't support gigabit LTE, customers are going to work that out, and only buy the iPhone 8 on T-Mobile and AT&T. That would cause all kinds of problems for Apple's relationship with the networks. We're going to have to wait for teardowns of all the new iPhone models, and speedtests on different networks, before we can answer this conclusively. But based on the information we have right now, it looks like Apple is disabling some advanced LTE features on Qualcomm-powered iPhones in order to level the playing field. Qualcomm declined to comment on this story.
2017/09/22 19:51 BGR
[Deal Alert] Samsung Gear Fit2 on sale for $89.99 (50% off) at Verizon
Samsung has launched the Geat Fit2 Pro, so the Gear Fit2 is officially yesterday's news. It's not terribly different from the new version, though, and it's heavily discounted on Verizon today. You can pick up the Gear Fit2 for $89.99, which is half of the MSRP, and a solid $30-50 less than the usual sale price. The Gear Fit2 is Samsung's more fitness oriented wearable. It has a small curved AMOLED panel that fits in the band for a pretty sporty look.
2017/09/22 19:37 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Facebook accidentally promotes Instagram post highlighting rape, murder threats
In a colossally embarrassing moment for the world's largest social network — which, it should be noted, has been under increasing pressure to police the content it promotes to its users — Facebook's algorithms pushed an incredibly distressing Instagram post as an advertisement. This really could not be any more perfect. The post was a screengrab taken by Olivia Solon, a San Francisco-based tech journalist for The Guardian, highlighting an email she received a year ago. The message contained therein is a pretty grim — a threat to rape and kill her — but that didn't stop Facebook from using the highly-trafficked post to promote Instagram to Solon's friends and family. https://www.instagram.com/p/BZUmxTfHFxV/?hl=en&taken-by=oliviasolon "Today my sister saw this ad on Facebook," Salon writes an Instagram post. "It looks like Instagram is using one of my most "engaging" posts (a screengrab of an email I received a year ago) to promote its service to people on Facebook. It's something of an algorithm fail." That's probably putting it mildly. It's also incredibly ironic that Facebook's system would yank that particular post, which highlights the realities of interacting with strangers online, to promote Instagram, which is all about gaining a following of, well, mostly strangers. You just can't make this stuff up.
2017/09/22 19:23 BGR
The iPhone 8 Plus supplants the Pixel as DxOMark’s best camera, but does it matter?
Instagram adds face filters to live video streaming sessions
Huawei Maimang 6 (Mate 10 Lite) is now official with 4 cameras, FHD+ display, and more
YouTube v12.37 hints at a new subscription tier called YouTube Plus [APK Teardown]
It has been nearly two years since the launch of YouTube Red, or as I like to say: The subscription that lets you actually watch YouTube. Prior to that, it was called YouTube Music Key and only served music videos and enabled background and offline playback. Now it looks like there might be a new subscription tier called YouTube Plus coming soon. Teardown
2017/09/22 18:54 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
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! Aukey Cell Phone Tripod - $7.91 (Was $10.99) Smartphone cameras have become significantly better over the past few years, and people like to push them to their limits. A great way to really take advantage of how far they've come is by using a tr...
2017/09/22 18:45 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
iOS 11 has a neat trick that makes setting up your iPhone 8 way easier
So you窶况e bought a new iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone 8, and you窶决e ready to set it up and replace your older model. But if your older iPhone is updated to iOS 11 you should use a brand new hidden feature inside Apple窶冱 newest iOS release to speed up the entire process. The feature is called Quick Start, and it窶冱 a mix of AirPods and Apple Watch setup processes, but for iPhones and iPads. All you need to do to fly through the setup process on the new iPhone 8 is to power your iPhone 8 near your existing iPhone. Rather than going through the setup process that you already know, just go forward with Quick Start. Once you do that, an image should appear on the older iPhone that shows the old model has detected the iPhone 8 窶� this is the same animation you see on the iPhone when it detects AirPods. Press the Configure button on the old iPhone, and the new iPhone will generate an image on the screen that needs to be scanned by the older model. If this sounds familiar, that窶冱 because it窶冱 the same pairing process as the one used on Apple Watch. Once that it窶冱 done, the iPhone 8 will grab all of your setup data from the old phone. Now, that only fixes the setup process, but it窶冱 certainly quicker than the regular version. Quick Start also works on any other iOS devices that ships with iOS 11, including iPhone X that launches in early November 3rd. Mind you, after the setup process is complete, you窶冤l still have to restore from an iPhone backup to also get all your apps on the new device. When Quick Start is over, you can choose to restore from the most recent iPhone backup if you so desire. A video from Apple Insider shows the entire Quick Start process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHxhZu97pXc
2017/09/22 18:57 BGR
5 Best Android Apps of the Week (September 2017 #4)
GO Keyboard is spying on millions of users according to researchers
Tip: How to speed up your Moto G5
The Moto G5 was a great device for those looking for something on a budget but didn’t compromise on specs. However, the device isn’t as young as it once was and with apps getting more resource demanding, you could find the Moto G5 to be slowing down. Luckily there is a hidden feature that you […]
2017/09/22 18:39 AndroidGuys
Verizon won’t boot rural first responders roaming in 13 states
Etermax, the creator of the popular 'Trivia Crack' series has released two new titles, 'Orbital 1' and 'Voxtale'
Any fan of the popular Trivia Crack series should be familiar with its developer Etermax. Well, it would appear that they have recently released two new free-to-play games on the Play Store, and they don't look half bad. Orbital 1 is the first game to look at. It's a real-time strategy game set in a sci-fi universe. Mostly it plays like Clash Royale or Titanfall: Assault, where you utilize a deck of cards in order to deploy your units into the battlefield.
2017/09/22 18:36 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Boost Mode on PlayStation 4 Pro doesn't do much for PSVR
VR is already great though PlayStation 4 Pro, so it's not likely to improve much more. The 4.5 update to PlayStation 4 Pro consoles added a Boost Mode feature, which was designed to offer more processing and GPU power to existing games that weren't going to update to the more capable "enhanced" mode. For normal PS4 games, this Boost Mode offers a slight stability bump to make things look consistently good throughout the experience. There was some hope this new feature was going to offer a little something extra to PlayStation VR games as well, our research suggests that's not going to happen. Read more at VR Heads ...
2017/09/22 18:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Google unveiling huge Finance update in November
Google first launched their Google Finance website in 2006 but the service hasn’t seen an update since 2008 and the Google Finance Blog was closed in 2012. While modern portfolio trackers and stock trading services like Robinhood have risen to the top, Google has largely sat on the sideline, letting competitors have their way with ...
2017/09/22 18:29 Phandroid
Grab a Google Wifi 3-pack for just $258 right now
Here's your chance to save a few extra bucks on a Google Wifi system! Google Wifi, the company's first mesh internet setup, has been quite popular since its release. At first, it was pretty hard to find, and we've never really seen any great deals on it, until now. You can pick up a 3-pack from Amazon for just $257.99. This is a savings of $41 on the system, and the best deal currently available. With Google Wifi you can easily set up and manage your network right from your phone. The mesh system allows you to bring the internet to parts of your home or office that didn't get a good signal before. If your current system is struggling, or you are looking for something new, be sure to pick up the 3-pack now! See at Amazon For more great deals be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now! ...
2017/09/22 17:53 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Moto G5S Plus available for pre-order, sales go official September 29th
The Moto G5S Plus was just unveiled last month, but pre-orders had yet to commence. That all changed yesterday, as Motorola announced pre-orders for the Moto G5S Plus. The device is a larger version of the Moto G5, but the sheer size of the Moto G5S Plus doesn’t do justice to the new features and […]
2017/09/22 18:30 AndroidGuys
Everyone’s favorite cord-free AirPods rivals are back down to $30 on Amazon
Every single time we cover the SmartOmi Q5 True Wireless Earbuds, they fly off of Amazon's virtual store shelves. AirPods are a bit easier to find these days and Apple only takes a couple of weeks to ship new orders instead of 6 weeks, but people are still interested in less expensive alternatives. Of course, less expensive often means poor quality, but that's not the case with the Q5 earbuds. They tout very good sound quality and solid battery life, which is why they have such an impressive rating on Amazon. They're also back on sale for just $29.99 right now, so you should definitely snag a pair if you don't already own them. Here's what you need to know from the product page: ✔Genuine SmartOmi Q5 True Wireless Earbuds: feel free to enjoy crisp stereo music without the annoying wire when doing sport. The soft ear tips provide secure fit and avoid falling out during workout, fitness, exercise, running or gym. You may also share music without tangle wire. ✔Light Weight and Better Voice Quality: unbelievable light-weight with no burden to ears, the 8mm built-in microphone realizes clearer calls for you and the other side.You can mute/unmute your microphone during a call by double pressing MFB of the left earbud once. ✔Snap Pairing and Superior Connection Stability: the Bluetooth version 4.1 offers a hyper-stable connection within 10m/33 feet, compatible with all Bluetooth devices such as iPhone 7 / 7plus, 8 / 8s plus, X , S8, SE, Android cellphones, tablets or TV with bluetooth receiver. ✔Convenient One-key Design: just one-key to handle calls and enjoy music. Hands-free calling, last number redialed, third-way calling and incoming calls prompt, all your needs could be satisfied! The music will be auto-replayed to the wireless earbuds after hanging up. ✔Quality Customer Service: 60 days no reason return, 18 month warranty, 24/7 friendly customer service, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any question about our product and service.
2017/09/22 18:27 BGR
Breakthrough in T-Mobile, Sprint deal as companies are close to agreement
According to sources that spoke to Reuters today, “T-Mobile US Inc is close to agreeing (on) tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint Corp.” A merger of the two wireless carriers has been an on-again, off-again deal for several years with the two never quite able to get the time and business environment […] Come comment on this article: Breakthrough in T-Mobile, Sprint deal as companies are close to agreement
2017/09/22 18:26 TalkAndroid
Mash no more: The 'check for update' button on Nexus/Pixel now always pulls the latest OTA
One of the biggest memes in the Android community has been the "check for update" button. Until now, pressing that button never actually did anything; if you were in the update's rollout group, it would obviously reveal a pending OTA, but if you weren't, hitting it did absolutely nothing. However, Googler Elliott Hughes has informed us that that elusive button is actually useful now. In his Google+ post, Hughes notes that as long as you're running the current version of Google Play Services, you'll no longer need to sideload any OTA or factory images.
2017/09/22 18:10 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
iOS 11 is draining iPhone and iPad batteries more than twice as fast as iOS 10
If you updated to iOS 11 after it launched on Tuesday, chances are that you've noticed your battery is draining at an alarming rate. The bad news is that you're not imagining it. The good news is that you are not alone. On Thursday, mobile security firm Wandera dove into the update and discovered that iPhone and iPad users who upgraded to iOS 11 are seeing their battery life decay more than twice as fast as it was on iOS 10. In order to determine what kind of effect iOS 11 was having on Apple devices, Wandera "looked at a subset of 50,000 moderate to heavy iPhone and iPad users" on its networks running iOS 11 and iOS 10 to compare the average battery decay rate since the launch of the new version of iOS: According to Wandera's data, the average time it takes for an iOS 10 device to drop from 100% battery life to 0% is 240 minutes. The average for iOS 11 is 96 minutes. That's a stunning 60% drop-off, and an absolute killer for anyone using an older Apple phone or tablet that already struggles to hold a charge. Once the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus begin arriving on doorsteps today, and the iPhone X ships in November, these numbers should begin to improve. But if you're on an older device and have no plans to upgrade to a new phone or tablet this year, you're just going to have to live with the consequences and hope that your battery life improves over time. We've also offered a few battery-saving tips over here, if you're desperate for a quick fix.
2017/09/22 18:01 BGR
Best Memory Cards for Amazon Fire Tablet
The Amazon Fire Tablet is a great investment, but it can run out of storage space pretty fast. That means it's time for a microSD card. Here are some you should definitely check out. Whether you have a Fire Tablet for yourself or your kids, you've probably noticed that the internal storage doesn't go very far. You can easily fill it up with some games, a few apps, and media, which is a bit disappointing. Instead of trying to figure out what to delete, and how to better manage the storage, why not make things easier and add a microSD card so it can hold more? There are tons of great microSD cards out there, and not all of them are expensive. Depending on your needs, you can get cards with as little as 8GB or as much as 200GB. Spend whatever you're comfortable spending. Figure a 32GB card will be the bare minimum you'll want, and frankly getting anything less is just a waste of a shipping fee. But if I were you, I'd get whatever's on sale in the highest capacity you can afford. (Beca...
2017/09/22 18:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Grab a Google WiFi 3-pack for just $258 right now
Here's your chance to save a few extra bucks on a Google WiFi system! Google WiFi, the company's first mesh internet setup, has been quite popular since its release. At first, it was pretty hard to find, and we've never really seen any great deals on it, until now. You can pick up a 3-pack from Amazon for just $257.99. This is a savings of $41 on the system, and the best deal currently available. With Google WiFi you can easily set up and manage your network right from your phone. The mesh system allows you to bring the internet to parts of your home or office that didn't get a good signal before. If your current system is struggling, or you are looking for something new, be sure to pick up the 3-pack now! See at Amazon For more great deals be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now! ...
2017/09/22 17:53 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Power PC Systems Optimization Bundle finely tunes your computer for just $19.99
Samsung's great Galaxy Note 8 order freebies end Sept 24, so act fast!
Well, we had a good run. After weeks of pre-orders and another full week of actual in-store sales, the Galaxy Note 8 is falling out of its honeymoon period and getting into the swing of things. That means that Samsung's "do bigger things" incentives for getting in on the Galaxy Note 8 are coming to a close — September 24 is the end of the line for the freebies. That means if you want to get a free Fast Wireless Charging Convertible charger bundled with a 128GB SD card, or a free Gear 360 camera, you'll need to order within the next couple of days. The nice thing is that Samsung makes it pretty darn easy to get these goodies if you order before the deadline. It doesn't matter if you're ordering through Best Buy, the carriers, Amazon or from Samsung's own site — you get the option to verify your purchase and have Samsung send you some free accessories. More: Where to buy the Galaxy Note 8 Once you have your order in, it's pretty easy to register and get your gift. You j...
2017/09/22 17:35 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
The nightmare T-Mobile Sprint merger is close to happening
Sources have told Reuters this morning that T-Mobile is "close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with peer Sprint," bringing us one step closer to the monster merger that's been rumored for much of 2017. A source with knowledge of the matter confirmed Reuters's reporting to BGR, giving us confidence that the deal is in fact close to happening. The deal would leave Deutsche Telecom, the owner of T-Mobile, with a majority stake in the merged company. Japan's SoftBank, the company that owns Sprint, would hold a significant minority stake. The deal is expected to be all-shares, so a significant amount of due diligence would need to be conducted before finalization. Reuters reports that if the deal happens, it will be announced by the end of October. If it goes through, the deal is going to have a massive effect on the wireless industry in the US. A combined T-Mobile Sprint would have over 130 million subscribers, up there with Verizon and AT&T. It would change the competitive landscape massively: right now, AT&T and Verizon have the best networks and the most subscribers, and T-Mobile and Sprint are forced to use pricing and incentives to get customers onto their networks -- something that's created fierce competition, slashed prices, and unlimited data plans. Assuming this merger goes through, you can kiss goodbye to all that. No Sprint means no downwards price pressure, which means that all three mobile carriers are likely to converge on the same pricing. Canada has a very similar mobile market, with three big carriers, nearly equal in size and quality of network. All three offer near-identical (and absurdly expensive!) plans, nearly $100 for a few gigabytes of data. Of course, the markets are salivating at the thought of less competition and bigger companies. Shares of Sprint jumped by 5 percent in premarket trading, while T-Mobile is up 1 percent. It's a good time for a merger all the big networks are looking hard at building out 5G right now. Merging T-Mobile and Sprint will allow for major cost savings in both companies through cutting back-end services, duplicate stores, and some duplicate network towers. The combined carrier would also have the best spectrum holdings out there. T-Mobile recently invested $8 billion in licenses for low-band spectrum across the country, which should ultimately see T-Mobile's network coverage on par or better than Verizon. Sprint, on the other hand, has massive holdings in mid-band and high-band spectrum, which will be vital for building fast 5G networks. Sprint hasn't had the capital to invest in building out the infrastructure until now, but a combined company with nearly $70 billion in revenue would have a lot of weight to throw around. In the near term, a merger would likely cause some pain for existing customers. Sprint currently has the cheapest cell plans out there and some killer service deals, including a free year of unlimited data. With T-Mobile on board and its short-term financial problems solved, Sprint wouldn't have the same need to get customers onboard, and that pricing isn't expected to stick around. Worse, Sprint and T-Mobile use different technology for their 2G networks. Sprint uses CDMA and T-Mobile uses the more popular GSM. Assuming that Sprint's network is transitioned over to GSM, Sprint customers will need to upgrade their existing phones, which won't work properly on a GSM network. All this assumes that the merger actually goes through, but there's still a number of obstacles in the way. Reuters noted that "talks may still fall through" before the end of October, and BGR's source also mentioned that there are significant questions that need to be resolved in the due diligence that could be grounds for calling the deal off. Then there's the question of regulators. A merger of this size is always subject to scrutiny from federal regulators to ensure it won't have negative anti-competitive outcomes. The Federal Communications Commission would normally have a lot of things to say about a wireless merger, but Trump's new-look FCC, led by former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai, has been singularly pro-business since the beginning, and it's not expected to halt the merger. The Justice Department will have the final say, but unless something changes, I wouldn't look to the government to save this one.
2017/09/22 17:35 BGR
Motorola now taking pre-orders for Moto G5S Plus with discount for early adopters
Earlier this summer Motorola announced an addition to their G series of devices, the Moto G5S Plus. The new device was described as a “special edition” of the Moto G5 Plus, but in reality is an upgrade to the former device. That should make it a smartphone worthy of consideration by mid-tier buyers as we […] Come comment on this article: Motorola now taking pre-orders for Moto G5S Plus with discount for early adopters
2017/09/22 17:30 TalkAndroid
You can now grab Pokemon Playhouse, a completely free game for young children
Jerry says, 'Hit me!' [#acpodcast]
It’s a huge week of news and leaks in the Android world! Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand settle in for a roundtable feast of epic proportions, beginning with Android 8.0 updates to some Motorola phones, the Blueborne Bluetooth vulnerability, and data throttling on T-Mobile. Moving on to the main course, Google spent $1.1 billion to acqui-hire HTC’s best engineers, more details and photos have surfaced for Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixelbook, and a smaller Google Home Mini speaker is on the way. For dessert, the Moto X4 is coming to Project Fi as the first Android One device for the U.S., and an unlocked Moto X4 with Motorola’s software will be shipping this year. Show Notes and Links: Motorola confirms Android 8.0 for Moto Z, Moto G5 lines and Moto G4 Plus Let's talk about Blueborne, the latest Bluetooth vulnerability T-Mobile is raising monthly prioritization limit to 50GB per month Google is spending $1.1 billion to hire HTC's best smartpho...
2017/09/22 17:24 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Grab Aukey's cell phone tripod for $8 to become a better mobile photographer
It's time to take your photography game to the next level, and this inexpensive accessory can help! Smartphone cameras have become significantly better over the past few years, and people like to push them to their limits. A great way to really take advantage of how far they've come is by using a tripod to take your skills to the next level. We know, people don't want to lug around a full-sized tripod to "get the shot", but what about a mini one? Aukey is currently offering its cell phone tripod for $7.91 when you use the coupon code LSYFN9DC during checkout at Amazon. This is a savings of around $3 from its regular price. Beyond just your smartphone, you'll also be able to use this for a GoPro or even a DSLR. Take clearer shots or time-lapse videos from a stable fixed position Best for capturing a variety of landscapes and points of view Compact, lightweight, foldable design to easily to grab, setup, and put away Mount to smartphones up to 5.7" with included holder, or attach dig...
2017/09/22 17:19 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Plug In Digital's 'A Normal Lost Phone' was an awesome game, and now there's a sequel
Plug In Digital's A Normal Lost Phone was a unique game about exploring the intimacy of an unknown person through their lost phone. Well, it would appear that the developer has released a new title that not only builds upon the first's strengths, but polishes them into a more cohesive experience. This new title is called Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story, and you can pick it up today for $3.49.
2017/09/22 17:10 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
These HDTV antennas were invented by a NASA scientist, and they get you free network TV for life
RGTech is a company you’ve probably never heard of, but you’ll be glad you’re hearing about it now. This company makes some of the best HDTV antennas on the market. Each one is designed and engineered by a NASA scientist, so they look great and perform even better, getting you unlimited free network TV in crystal-clear 1080p HD. Remember how we told you how to get an HDTV antenna you can hide instead of sticking it on your window or roof? Well these are antennas you might actually want to show off. Check out five of RGTech’s best models below, including a crazy one that's transparent! RGTech Monarch 40 Black Indoor HDTV Flat Paper Thin Antenna The antenna is designed and engineered in the USA by NASA Hall of Fame scientist Free TV - Picks up all available over the air channels (i.e. ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, PBS, and others) - Cut the cable - Delivers HD Broadcasts including 4K and 1080p to any digital TV - Receives HD, UHF, VHF, FM, DVB-T, DAB Radio Performance - True 40-Mile reception range antenna-Integrated Ultra-Wide Band Technology boosts reception and integrated 4G Filter eliminates interference by 4G cell phone signals - Optimized DTV reception on both UHF and Hi-V bands - No pixelation - Crystal Clear Image output - Consumes no electricity - saves you more Easy to place near TV or to position at the most desired spot with the 10ft Coax Cable and 3M foam tapes provided - Plug and Scan easy installation - No power supply required - Flat, thin, discreet and stylish antenna design that looks nice anywhere 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - 5 YEAR WARRANTY - Risk free purchase for testing the antenna suitability in your area with the 30-day money back guarantee and the five (5) year warranty period RGTech Monarch 40 White Indoor HDTV Flat Paper Thin Antenna The Monarch 40 Indoor HDTV Antenna is invented by NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame scientist Dr Argy Petros - It is designed and engineered in the USA This HDTV TV Antenna allows you to watch your favorite over the air (OTA) HD shows with unprecedented image quality – Digital Antenna delivers HD Broadcasts including 4K and 1080p to any digital ready TV- Receives HD/UHF/VHF/FM/DVB-T/DAB Radio The HDTV antenna has a true 40 mile reception range - Integrated Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) Technology that boosts reception and integrated 4G Filter that eliminates interference by 4G mobile phone signals - Multidirectional Reception UHF VHF TV Antenna Easy to place near TV or to position at the most desired spot with the 10ft Coax Cable and 3M foam tapes provided - Works at homes, areas of the house that are not cable or satellite connected, office, car, caravan, yacht - Allows you to position at the most desired spot with the 10ft long coaxial cable and double coated removable foam tapes provided - Flat, thin, discreet and stylish design that looks nice anywhere - Plug and Scan easy installation - No power supply required 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - 5 YEAR WARRANTY - Risk free purchase for testing the suitability in your area with the 30-day money back guarantee and the five (5) year warranty period RGTech Monarch 50 Black Flat Paper Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna The Monarch 50 Indoor HDTV Antenna is invented by NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame scientist Dr Argy Petros - It is designed and engineered in the USA This HDTV TV Antenna allows you to watch your favorite over the air (OTA) HD shows with unprecedented image quality – Digital Antenna delivers HD Broadcasts including 4K and 1080p to any digital ready TV- Receives HD/UHF/VHF/FM/DVB-T/DAB Radio The HDTV antenna has a true 50 mile reception range - Integrated Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) Technology that boosts reception and integrated 4G Filter that eliminates interference by 4G mobile phone signals - Multidirectional Reception UHF VHF TV Antenna Easy to place near TV or hide with the antenna stand provided - Works at homes, areas of the house that are not cable or satellite connected, office, car, caravan, yacht - Allows you to position at the most desired spot with the 15ft long coaxial cable and double coated removable foam tapes provided - Flat, thin, discreet and stylish design that looks nice anywhere - Plug and Scan easy installation - No power supply required 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - 5 YEAR WARRANTY - Risk free purchase for testing the suitability in your area with the 30-day money back guarantee and the five (5) year warranty period RGTech Monarch 50 Transparent Indoor HDTV Flat Antenna Engineered and designed by NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame scientist Dr. Argy Petros - Patent Pending Design - Allows you to watch your favorite Over the air (OTA) HD shows with astonishing image quality - Delivers HD Broadcasts including 4K and 1080p to any digital ready TV - Receives HD / UHF / VHF / DTV / DVB-T Integrated Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) Technology that boosts reception - Integrated 4G/LTE Filter that eliminates 4G/LTE signal interference - Integrated FM rejection that eliminates interference by AM/FM radio transmitters - Omnidirectional Reception Supplied with the high gain, low noise Monarch True Booster amplifier, which can be connected to extend reception range and enhance the performance of the antenna - No power supply required if antenna is installed without the True Booster amplifier. Also supplied with three mounting kits for convenient installation - Allows you to position at the most desired spot with the 30ft long coaxial cable - Works at homes, areas of the house that are not cable or satellite connected, office, caravan, yacht - Durable, robust and yet portable, light weight, discreet and stylish outdoor antenna design - Ideal for outdoor or indoor use 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - 3 YEAR WARRANTY - Risk free purchase for testing the suitability in your area with the 30-day money back guarantee and the three (3) year warranty period RGTech Monarch Outdoor HDTV Antenna & True Booster amplifier Engineered and designed by NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame scientist Dr. Argy Petros - Patent Pending Design - Allows you to watch your favorite Over the air (OTA) HD shows with astonishing image quality - Delivers HD Broadcasts including 4K and 1080p to any digital ready TV - Receives HD / UHF / VHF / DTV / DVB-T Integrated Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) Technology that boosts reception - Integrated 4G/LTE Filter that eliminates 4G/LTE signal interference - Integrated FM rejection that eliminates interference by AM/FM radio transmitters - Omnidirectional Reception Supplied with the high gain, low noise Monarch True Booster amplifier, which can be connected to extend reception range and enhance the performance of the antenna - No power supply required if antenna is installed without the True Booster amplifier. Also supplied with three mounting kits for convenient installation - Allows you to position at the most desired spot with the 30ft long coaxial cable - Works at homes, areas of the house that are not cable or satellite connected, office, caravan, yacht - Durable, robust and yet portable, light weight, discreet and stylish outdoor antenna design - Ideal for outdoor or indoor use 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - 3 YEAR WARRANTY - Risk free purchase for testing the suitability in your area with the 30-day money back guarantee and the three (3) year warranty period
2017/09/22 17:09 BGR
Sprint and T-Mobile reportedly closing in on a deal
Mergers in the tech world are common, though the fast-flying rumors of mergers are far more prevalent. One persistent potential merger is that of T-Mobile and Sprint, the US’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers, respectively. The companies have connected multiple times in [...]
2017/09/22 17:08 Android and Me
Piggy Wiggy is just another physics puzzler (review)
There have been a lot of physics-type mobile games that have gone on to huge success in the market. From Angry Birds, to Cut The Rope, to Chalk Ball…these are houlehold names these days. The best-known ones provide a unique twist, mechanic, or other feature that the masses gravitated to, and millions of downloads later […]
2017/09/22 17:00 AndroidGuys
DxOMark: iPhone 8 Plus has ‘the best smartphone camera’ ever tested
It窶冤l probably be a short-lived title, but the iPhone 8 Plus just became the 窶彙est smartphone camera窶� DxOMark has ever tested. In fact, both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus happen to be at the top of DxOMark窶冱 rankings right now, outperforming rivals including the Google Pixel, HTC U11, and last year窶冱 iPhones. It窶冱 very likely that once the iPhone X arrives in early November, it窶冤l dethrone the iPhone 8 Plus, as the dual camera on the iPhone X is slightly better than the Plus. And let窶冱 not forget that the Pixel 2 phones are coming soon, which will surely feature camera improvements of their own. Getting back to DxOMark窶冱 reviews, we窶冤l note that the camera expert site changed its rankings recently and hasn't yet retested many some phones. That窶冱 why you won窶冲 find the Galaxy Note 8 or the Galaxy S8 on the list above. But the company did retest the best phones in its former list and still found the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are the cream of the crop: While we haven窶冲 retested every smartphone using our new protocols, we have retested some of the best, and the Apple iPhone 8 improves over all of them, including the Google Pixel and the HTC U11 窶� the two best performers until now. Apple has brought some impressive image processing technology to bear on the images that the iPhone 8窶冱 relatively small sensor captures, and it shows in better exposure, improved dynamic range, and lower noise than the iPhone 7. Only its bigger and more expensive dual-camera sibling, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, tops it on our DxOMark Mobile charts. The testers found the iPhone 8 to have very accurate autofocus, while the iPhone 8 Plus offers the best zoom DxOMark tested and the best Bokeh effects seen on a mobile device, although there窶冱 room for improvement. Both iPhone 8 models deliver one of the best HDR performances of any device tested so far. The iPhone 8 Plus is the better camera of the two: Overall, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is an excellent choice for the needs of nearly every smartphone photographer. It features outstanding image quality, zoom for those needing to get closer to their subjects, and an industry-leading Portrait mode for artistic efforts. It is at the top of our scoring charts in nearly every category 窶� and in particular, its advanced software allows it to do an amazing job of capturing high dynamic range scenes and images in which it can recognize faces. The full DxOMark reviews, complete with lots of pictures and comparisons to other mobile devices, are available at these links: iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8.
2017/09/22 16:44 BGR
Jaybird RUN review: A set of true wireless earbuds that actually stay in your ears
Fully wireless earbuds are almost certainly the future of in-ear audio. Apple's Airpods, for all the controversy around them, have kicked an entire industry into high gear trying to capitalize on their various shortcomings. One such competitor is Jaybird, now owned by Logitech, whose products we've given high marks in the past, particularly their X series of Bluetooth headphones. Jaybird headphones, though, have been of the wired-wireless variety, using a cable to keep the two earbuds attached to one another.
2017/09/22 16:30 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
What to look for in a good budget phone
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Bulldozer crushes cop car, leads police on ridiculous chase
Police chases can be extremely dangerous, often threatening the lives of both officers and everyday citizens who happen to be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. A recent chase between police and a suspect in Kankakee, Illinois, wasn't exactly "high speed," but that's what you get when someone steals a bulldozer. According to the local ABC affiliate, an 18-year-old man absconded from a construction site with a 20-ton bulldozer, taking it on a brief joyride on city streets before police showed up. But rather than throw up his hands and accept the fact that nobody has over outrun a cop on a piece of construction equipment, the man actually backed up over a police car, disabling it before heading off in the opposite direction. https://www.facebook.com/abc7chicago/videos/10156003599826162/ The chase, which was caught from several angles by vehicle-mounted cameras, lasted for approximately 12 blocks before officers were able to yank the teenager out of the vehicle, taze him, and then place him in custody. The video of the ridiculous event is rather funny to watch, but the law isn't treating it as a laughing matter. The suspect is currently being charged with a whopping six felonies, including driving under the influence and (most seriously) attempted murder, stemming from the teen's attempt to run over a police vehicle while officers were still inside. As you can see from the photo above, the suspect apparently did not go quietly, which may have something to do with the charges of driving under the influence of drugs.
2017/09/22 16:19 BGR
Trade-in program through Google Store going live
When Google launched the Moto X4 Android One device on Project Fi earlier this week, one of their selling points was the potential for Nexus device owners to trade-in their old phone for a credit against their new purchase. The ability to trade-in a phone as part of a device purchase is expanding to now be […] Come comment on this article: Trade-in program through Google Store going live
2017/09/22 16:11 TalkAndroid