HTC’s smartwatch appears in new photos
New photos have leaked that show HTC’s upcoming Android Wear smartwatch. This smartwatch initially leaked on Weibo in October, but no announcement or teaser has come from HTC. These new photos were also released on Weibo and show the watch powered on and from a number of different angles. HTC’s smartwatch [...]
2017/01/21 20:18 Android and Me
‘Hot Wheels: Race Off’ review
Racing games are a dime a dozen, but Mattel and Hutch Games are making something a little more unique — Hot Wheels: Race Off. It’s still racing at its core, but it veers off from the traditional Need for Speed style and instead pits you against a single opponent in a race against the clock. […] Come comment on this article: ‘Hot Wheels: Race Off’ review
2017/01/21 19:30 TalkAndroid
Best Chromebook apps
Make the most of your Chromebook with these apps. Your Chromebook is a safe, inexpensive, and simple portal the internet but it can do so much more. Whether you want to get productive, have a little fun or keep in touch you'll find an app to help do it in the Chrome Web Store. Here's the short — and ever-changing — list of ones we think you have to try. Polarr Photo Editor Skype Any.do Office Online StreamDor Mighty Text Polarr Photo Editor One area where Chromebooks have traditionally been lacking is media creation tools. Photoshop for Chrome is a real thing, but it requires you to have an Adobe education license for Creative Cloud and live in North America. If you meet these qualifications you should definitely have a look, but for the rest of us, there is Polarr Photo Editor. Polarr is beautifully done, filled with features and is extremely lightweight. It's an offline app so you can work without an internet connection and it's the best way to edit photographs on...
2017/01/21 19:23 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
On heels of FTC suit, Apple is now suing Qualcomm for $1 billion, alleges unfair licensing practices [Update: Qualcomm responds]
Honor 8 Nougat update with EMUI 5.0 starts rolling out globally
Win an NES Classic and Bluetooth controller (Giveaway)
Nintendo’s latest console, the NES Classic, was introduced in late 2016 and went on to be a top-seller at retail stores all over. Those who tried can attest that it was nearly impossible to get their hands on one for Christmas. And, for good reason. This little guy packs more than 30 classic Nintendo titles, including Super Mario
2017/01/21 18:00 AndroidGuys
Redraw Keyboard – Customize ALL THE THINGS (App Review)
Android has a billion keyboard options. Okay, maybe there’s not quite a billion keyboard apps out there to choose from, but with all of the customization options offered by some of them, it might at well be since every Android user ever could easily have a different looking keyboard. However, not all keyboards are created
2017/01/21 18:00 AndroidGuys
(Update: Qualcomm responds) Qualcomm getting sued by Apple for $1 billion
HTC U Ultra vs LG V20 (Smartphone Showdown)
Earlier this month, HTC unveiled the HTC U Ultra flagship in a bid to restore customers’ interest in the brand. HTC has been struggling to remain relevant for years now and the company’s latest “U” phone family hopes to spark some enthusiasm with Android fans. For this purpose HTC has mixed in a lot of
2017/01/21 17:00 AndroidGuys
LG G6 could be the first non-Google phone with Assistant on-board
We’re only a few weeks away from getting an official announcement on the LG G6, and the closer we get, the more rumors and leaks we get. This new report is a bit of a different one, though. If it’s anything to go off, it appears that the LG G6 will be the first non-Google […] Come comment on this article: LG G6 could be the first non-Google phone with Assistant on-board
2017/01/21 17:00 TalkAndroid
Interview: Emmy-winning director takes leap into VR
Jorge Gutierrez is the kind of artist who窶冱 always looking for that Next Big Thing, a challenge that excites him, scares him a little and takes him out of his comfort zone for something altogether new and different. For the director of the Golden Globe-nominated animated feature film 窶弋he Book of Life,窶� working with Google on a new animated virtual reality short fit that bill. He窶冱 writing and directing the project, called 窶彜on of Jaguar,窶� which is set to be released later this year and will represent a new entry in Google窶冱 Spotlight Stories line of releases. For a few years now, Google has brought together artists and technologists to crank out immersive shorts for mobile 360, mobile VR and room-scale VR headsets, and 窶彜on of Jaguar窶� is being worked on by the Spotlight Stories team as well as in cooperation with Dallas-based Reel FX. In addition to writing and directing, Gutierrez is a voice actor and character designer for the project. His wife Sandra Equihua is helping with character designs, and 窶弋he Book of Life窶� art director Paul Sullivan is the production designer (窶弩e窶决e getting the band back together!窶�). 窶廬 can't go too much into detail, but it's a funny and heartfelt story about a once mighty luchador on the Day of the Dead who has to come to terms with his family, his legacy and what it means to be a part of something bigger than himself,窶� Gutierrez tells BGR. 窶弋hese are all themes that I have become obsessed with and, I feel like the luckiest filmmaker in the world for being able to explore them in this new medium with the amazing Google Spotlight Stories team and my family from Reel FX. Hopefully Son of Jaguar will make you laugh, cry and grow a mustache. 窶廣s I like to say, it's a fistful of Mexploitation to the face that will make you throw up love!窶� Gutierrez窶冱 project, that colorful description notwithstanding, also represents something else --ﾂ� it窶冱 one of the latest examples of Hollywood creators sizing up the medium of VR and deciding there窶冱 plenty of commercial and artistic potential there. Many of them descended on Paramount Studios in Hollywood for a two-day conference in October on VR that was keynoted by X-Men director Bryan Singer. All the usual suspects and big names were there -- representatives of everything from 20th Century Fox to Disney to Sony and DreamWorks, among others. 窶弋here窶冱 always a richer, more immersive medium to experience the world,窶� Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said at the Oculus Connect event in Los Angeles back in 2014. Increasingly, artists like Gutierrez are deciding that next medium is - or, at least, might be - VR. He acknowledges the fact that he窶冱 a 窶從ewcomer窶� to VR, but even approaching it as an artist, he says he began to latch on to parts of the experience with the enthusiasm of a storyteller and found himself thinking -- okay, I can definitely work with this. He acknowledges having to develop almost a new kind of film language for his project. The team, he says, has already figured out how to do things they were told you really can窶冲 do, like cuts and camera moves (窶廬 feel like I'm back in CalArts in the experimental animation lab!窶�). 窶廬 always wanted to be a luchador, and this is as close as I窶冤l ever get,窶� Gutierrez said, referring to the iconic masked Mexican wrestlers. 窶廬'm a big fan of the honest emotion and heartfelt empathy in the storytelling that I'm starting to see in the medium, and that really inspired me to jump in with the amazing team at Google Spotlight Stories. Plus the physical act of putting on the VR head gear really made me think of putting on a Lucha Libre mask.窶� It窶冱 interesting to see creators like him hopping onto the VR train. It窶冱 also worth asking -- is that train actually leaving the station this year, zipping along the tracks on the way toward widespread mainstream adoption of the technology? Erin Griffith took a crack at that question over at Fortuneﾂ�in recent days. In a piece titled, 窶�Will This Be the Year That VR Finally Goes Mainstream,窶� she mused that current VR hype reminds her of early talk around 3D printers -- that these would be the wave of the future, oh don窶冲 you see it? And that VR appears to be in the same place at the moment -- cool stuff on the whole, but not yet ready to be a staple of living rooms in Middle America. There窶冱 gimmicky, though, and then there窶冱 art. The latter is what Gutierrez and VR creators like him are focused on. 窶廬 can honestly say I'm hooked,窶� he said. 窶廬 would love to do more Son of Jaguar stories, shorts and other completely different VR pieces. Being able to stand and walk around your animated characters is a life-changing experience for someone like me. I can finally go into the worlds I see in my head. And the most intriguing part of VR is that we're all just getting started. The possibilities are endless. 窶廸ew limitations and strengths make you adapt to the medium. Which is a little overwhelming at first for a newcomer like me. But eventually you get comfortable. With that said, story is story. Emotion and heart work the same in every medium. I created the story first. Like anything I do for film, TV or paintings, it had to work and feel right in my head. Then I had to figure out 窶�why is VR the best medium to tell this story,窶� and everything evolved from that. Art should always drive the technology. But heart should always drive the art.窶�
2017/01/21 17:00 BGR
Best accessories for Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic
You've got the watch, now it's time to accessorize! Your Samsung Gear S2 deserves some stellar accessories. From unique bands to carrying cases, we've found the essential accessories that you're going to want to get your hands on. Watch bands Screen protectors Charging docks Bluetooth headphones Carrying cases Watch bands One watch band is never enough. Get one for every occasion or try out as many different materials as you can. Just keep in mind that watch bands are made to fit either the Samsung Gear S2 or the Samsung Gear S2 Classic. Samsung Gear S2 bands Samsung Gear S2 Classic bands Samsung Gear S2 bands V-MORO rubber watch band To give your Samsung Gear S2 a sporty look and feel, have a look at the bands from V-MORO. With seven solid colors and patterns to choose from, there's a band to match every look and mood. The elastomer rubber is softer and more pliable than standard silicone bands and won't irritate or rub uncomfortably on your wrist. Wear it to the gym or...
2017/01/21 17:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Save big on these great smartphones from BLUBOO and get a free smartwatch
Honor looking for testers to review the Honor 6X
Everyone’s favorite sound bar company also makes two hot wireless speakers
At this point, pretty much everyone knows how great Vizio sound bars are. Just like the company's TVs, Vizio offers home theater sound bars that are just as good as the big-name brands, but they cost a fraction of the price. Well guess what: Vizio also makes some killer wireless speakers, and we're going to show you the two best ones right here in this post. Check out the VIZIO SmartCast Crave 360 Multi-Room Wireless Speaker and the VIZIO SP70-D5 SmartCast Crave Pro Speaker, which are both on sale on Amazon right now. VIZIO SmartCast Crave 360 Multi-Room Wireless Speaker 360˚ omnidirectional 2.1 home audio Subwoofer: Integrated Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet Battery: 8 hours of power VIZIO SP70-D5 SmartCast Crave Pro Speaker 102 dB of room filling, crystal clear sound with less than 1% total harmonic distortion*. Built-in dual subwoofers deliver rumbling bass as low as 40Hz. Download the VIZIO Smart Cast app to turn your smartphone or tablet into a touchscreen remote. Easily browse for content you want to listen to. Keep using your device while you cast without disrupting the music - even if you get a text or phone call. Cast for as long as you want without draining the battery in your mobile device.
2017/01/21 15:30 BGR
ASUS ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) review
200,000 people signed up for DirecTV Now at launch
DirecTV Now ended up being a pretty middling endeavor, in my opinion, but the early numbers say things are looking promising for the internet streaming service. In its first month alone, DTV Now scooped up 200,000 subscribers, and that number doesn’t include people still in their trial period. 100% of that number includes paying customers. […] Come comment on this article: 200,000 people signed up for DirecTV Now at launch
2017/01/21 15:00 TalkAndroid
Best legal add-ons for Kodi
Kodi has a ton of quality — and legal — content available. Kodi is one of the easiest ways to cut the cord and say adios to your monthly cable bill. Formerly XMBC, Kodi is a front end that streams media. It's also super easy to install on just about anything that runs Android. Even if it's Android in name only, like Fire OS on the Amazon Fire TV stick. If it can install and run Android apps, you can install Kodi. Installing Kodi is only the first step, though. A media streamer doesn't do much without media to stream. Setting up your own storage space and connecting it to your Kodi install is easy, but there's a whole internet out there filled with media to stream. You just have to know where to start. YouTube Of course, YouTube is on our best list. YouTube is a free service where anyone can upload media. That means some of it is the worst media you can imagine, but there are also plenty of gems you can stream to your TV using the YouTube Addon. And installing it is si...
2017/01/21 15:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
How to fix voice search problems on Gear VR
How do I enable voice search for my Gear VR? When it comes to browsing the web in VR, Samsung has made it easier than most with the Samsung Internet app for Gear VR. The ability to surf the web and watching anything you come across is generally pretty easy, though reading isn't always the best experience. A key part of this experience is voice search, making it so you don't have to type every character out by pointing your face at a key on a virtual keyboard. On occasion, this feature can become interrupted by other apps on your phone. Thankfully it's an easy fix, and one that can be handled in just a few minutes. Read more at VR Heads! ...
2017/01/21 14:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
HTC’s “Halfbeak” smartwatch appears again in new photos
GeekBuying’s Chinese New Year’s sale has me throwing money at my screen
Are you looking to save a ton of money on a phone right now? Well, you may not realize it, but this is the perfect time of year to do just that. Most of the phones produced in the world are made in China and the Chinese New Year is about to hit (January 25)
2017/01/21 13:15 AndroidGuys
More pictures of HTC's Android Wear smartwatch emerge
HTC's Android Wear watch, codenamed Halfbeak, leaked back in October on Chinese social network Weibo. Since then, we haven't heard a peep from the Taiwanese company regarding the watch. Nevertheless, a bucketload of new photos have popped up, again on Weibo, showing the watch in all its glory.
2017/01/21 13:12 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Best apps for learning a language
Rosetta Stone delivers a solid foundation for learning a new language. Best overall Learn languages: Rosetta Stone See at Store Rosetta Stone is already well known as a great way to begin learning a new language, but you may not have realized that it was available on your phone. With access to 28 different languages, a slow and steady pace that is great for building up your confidence, and optional live-tutoring, there is a reason that Rosetta Stone is king when it comes to language learning apps. Whether you're aiming to learn for fun, or you want to become fluent, this is a great place to start. This program will let you learn how to speak, write and read in a new language, with an emphasis on building confidence in pronunciation and the ability to sync progress across your desktop or mobile device. Bottom line: Rosetta Stone delivers an excellent foundation for learning a new language with a program that focuses on practical conversational skills. With the addition of tea...
2017/01/21 13:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Qualcomm getting sued by Apple for $1 billion
Sen.se Peanuts review: The coolest way to monitor your fridge, rooms, cookie jars... as long as you can rely on Bluetooth
Sen.se is a relatively new entrant in the connected home and IoT space. The company's most prominent product is the Mother, an oddly shaped humanoid-like hub that connects to small "Cookies" you can intersperse everywhere to monitor motion, temperature, presence/absence. The concept is interesting: Sen.se bills it as a way to keep an eye on different things and people around your home, including how often someone brushes their teeth or when the cookie jar is opened.
2017/01/21 12:00 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
You can download Lineage OS builds this weekend
Grab Case-Mate's VR Viewer for just $21 today!
Curious about the virtual reality world and want to see what all the hype is about without spending a ton of money? If so, check out Case-Mate’s VR Viewer for a great starting point to view some awesome content. Right now you can pick up one of these Google Cardboard viewers for just $21. ...
2017/01/21 11:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant might have a new home soon in Sonos speakers
Google’s former search leader Amit Singhal is joining Uber
Sky Dancer is a new and beautiful endless running and falling game
Toshiba reportedly selling a minority stake, possibly to Western Digital
Galaxy S8’s best feature might have its own dedicated button
Looking to lessen its reliance on Google and further differentiate itself among a crowded field of Android handsets, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone will feature a brand new intelligent personal assistant, similar in nature to Siri on the iPhone. Dubbed Bixby, Samsung's AI assistant will be based on technology the company picked up when it acquired Viv this past October. What makes the forthcoming release of Bixby so intriguing is that Viv's AI software was designed to answer layered questions that competing AI services are either unable to answer or struggle to process. For instance, Viv CEO Dag Kittlaus -- who we should note helped develop Siri -- explained that Viv can answer complex queries like, "Find me a flight to Dallas with a seat that Shaq could fit in." While it remains to be seen just how extensive Bixby's feature set will be once the Galaxy S8 hits store shelves, expectations are rather high. Indeed, we've already seen reports that Bixby will allow users to use voice commands to send money to friends and family. And just yesterday, word emerged that Bixby will be tightly integrated into the S8 camera and will be able to process text via OCR and even search for and identify objects. The most recent rumor involving Bixby centers on how users might call the feature into action. According to newly surfaced Galaxy S8 case renders , it appears that the Galaxy S8 may come with a fourth physical button. This had led some to speculate that this mysterious fourth button might be used as a way for users to quickly activate Bixby. As for other specs worth noting, the Galaxy S8 will likely feature an edgeless display, improved camera technology, 32GB of storage (with a 256GB model available), and an improved Super AMOLED display. Underneath the hood, the S8 will likely be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 S0C. There have also been rumors, however doubtful, that the device will come packed with 6GB of RAM.
2017/01/21 03:03 BGR
Sonos wants to integrate voice assistants into its speaker lineup
Sonos was previously the king of a pretty uncontested market. They made premium WiFi speaker systems that were a little more efficient than Bluetooth speakers, and they made their equipment compatible with as many things as possible. So far that’s been a pretty successful strategy, but with the rise of other “smart” speakers like Alexa, […] Come comment on this article: Sonos wants to integrate voice assistants into its speaker lineup
2017/01/21 02:55 TalkAndroid
Study shows Apple is still on top in every single category
Relatively speaking, 2016 was a rough year for Apple. Although the company continued to make money hand over fist, 2016 marked the first time Apple experienced a year-over-year decline in iPhone sales. On top of that, Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup elicited an onslaught of criticism from folks who viewed the device as underpowered and embarrassingly overpriced. But if we smash through some of the hyperbole and dire projections about Apple's ability to innovate, we find that Apple still has a knack for delivering products and services that keep consumers coming back for more. According to Brand Keys' 2017 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index, Apple delivers a best in class user experience across every single category in which it competes, from smartphones to music streaming. CNET reports: When it comes to the smartphone category, the top driver is Apple. In tablets, it's Apple. In laptop computers, it's Apple. Yes, this despite the launch of the somewhat deflating MacBook Pro. What about online music? Goodness me, it's isn't Spotify. It's Apple Music. Even in the headphones product category, Apple-owned Beats ties with LG as the category driver. Can it be that at a time when Apple is subject to criticism from seemingly all sides, it's still the most emotionally involving, customer-pleasing brand of all? Brand Keys' latest study provides a good opportunity to point out the dangers in getting swept away in the hive mind mentality that tends to hover over Apple. If you didn't know any better, you might reasonably assume that the new MacBook Pro, for example, was nothing short of a flop. In reality, Apple's revamped MacBook Pro has proven to be extremely popular with consumers, with Phil Schiller even stating this past November that Apple's "online store has had more orders for the new MacBook Pro than any other pro notebook before." It's easy to get bogged down in sales figures and pessimistic diatribes about how Apple's best days are behind it, but it's important to remember that when it comes to providing users with an intuitive and enjoyable user experience, Apple still knows how to deliver.
2017/01/21 02:01 BGR
There’s no way these sleek laptop bags should be this cheap
Getting a high-quality laptop bag used to mean spending several hundred dollars at least, but the BGR Deals team is here to tell you that's no longer the case. There are tons of stylish options out there that cost far less than that. In fact, today we're going to show you three sleek laptop bags that cost less than $30 each! Tomtoc Compact Business Laptop Backpack Features large multi-functional storage pockets interior and exterior to house your laptops, books. clothing and other articles of daily use in one place. Convenience has never been this cool Water-proof, wear-resistant and extra-durable premium-grade material maintains high reliability whenever in use Padded foam back, extra chest lock, the thicken and reinforced back straps and top handle design makes it comfortable and durable, and can be carried for long distances, even when full Features a foam padding layer and polyester lining each pocket for bumps and shock absorption and protection of your computer from accidental scratches Product dimensions – 13.4”(L)x18.3”(H)x4.5”(W) , fits up to 15.6 Inch laptops, tablets, documents and other essentials Tomtoc Vintage Canvas Laptop Backpack Made of extra-durable and resilient premium-grade canvass material, not only protect the contents, but can easily be kept clean and in top condition with the minimum of effort Fitted with a convenient Pu leather carry handle, fully-adjustable padded shoulder straps and padded foam back means it can be carried for long distances without causing any discomfort, even when full. Feathers lots of unparalleled storage pockets interior and exterior to house your laptops, tablets and accessories in one place. Convenience has never been this cool Features a foam padding layer and polyester lining for bump and shock absorption and protection of your computer from accidental scratches Product dimensions – 17.8" (H) x 12.2" (L) x 5.5" (W), Big enough to comfortably accommodate a 15.6” laptop, tablets, documents and other essentials Tomtoc Vintage Canvas Laptop Briefcase Shoulder Bag Made of extra-durable and resilient premium-grade canvass material, not only protect the contents, but can easily be kept clean and in top condition with the minimum of effort Fitted with a convenient Pu leather carry handle, an extra fully-adjustable padded shoulder strap and a strap on the back which enables you to attach the bag firmly to your suitcase or backpack Designs lots of unparalleled storage pockets interior and exterior to house your laptops, tablets and accessories in one place. Convenience has never been this cool Features a foam padding layer and polyester lining for bumps and shock absorption and protection of your computer from accidental scratches Product dimensions – 16.1" (H) x 12" (L) x 3.5" (W), Big enough to comfortably accommodate a 15.6” laptop, tablets, documents and other essentials
2017/01/21 01:30 BGR
Lineage OS official builds coming this weekend, data migration builds available for CM users
CyanogenMod has long been the most popular custom ROM, covering a wide array of devices from numerous manufacturers. But after the breakup of Cyanogen Inc, and the subsequent end of the company's support of CM, LineageOS was formed as a continuation of the project. Now LineageOS is preparing to offer official builds for over eighty devices. A new blog post on the LineageOS site has announced that builds for "Marshmallow and Nougat capable devices" (likely meaning devices that received official CM13 and CM14.1 builds) will start this weekend.
2017/01/21 01:05 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Someone converted an iPhone 5s into an iPhone 7 mini, and it’s awesome
The phone pictured at the top of this post might look like an iPhone 7, but it's not. It has the same matte black finish as an iPhone 7, and it also has the same rounded edges, camera bump and antenna lines. Through the magic of Chinese smartphone parts makers accessible through AliExpress, a number of kits are now available that let you transform your old iPhone 5s into an "iPhone 7 mini." It's actually not as complicated as you might think, and pretty much anyone with a steady hand, a bit of patience and about $50 for the kit and tools can get the job done in a few hours. Reddit user "igenno" was intrigued by the various iPhone 5s conversion kits he came across one day on AliExpress, so he decided to buy one and try it out. The kits, which are available from a wide range of sellers on the popular product portal, allow people to transform the 3-year-old iPhone 5s and modernize its appearance, making it look just like an iPhone 7, but smaller. The result is indeed fairly impressive. Apple's iPhone 5s design was iconic at the time, but times change. The newer rounded look of the iPhone 6, 6s and 7 has grown to become far more popular in recent years — so popular that Apple has now reused it not once but twice. So, igenno ordered a kit from a seller who seemed reputable, and then he went to work. The Redditor says that he has some experience with iPhone repair, and the entire process took him about three hours from start to finish. He used this iFixit guide to help him, and he used all of the tools recommended in that guide. He says that the result is "sexy," and that the aluminum looks and feels just like the aluminum Apple uses on the real iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The biggest problem with the conversion, according to the post, is that reception has been degraded by what he believes to be 15% - 20% following the conversion. You can read the entire thread on Reddit to learn more. If you'd like to convert your own iPhone 5s into an iPhone 7 mini, you can pick a reputable seller from this page on AliExpress. A photo showing the front of the phone can be seen below.
2017/01/21 01:00 BGR
Google Play Services rolling out Instant Tethering mobile hotspot feature
T-Mobile’s new promo lets customers send gifts to AT&T, Verizon subscribers
Last summer, T-Mobile introduced a new rewards program called T-Mobile Tuesdays. Every Tuesday, T-Mobile subscribers are able to take advantage of a new offer, from free pizzas to free Lyft rides. But next week is different. Next Tuesday, T-Mobile users will not only receive two free FandangoNOW movie rentals, two gas discounts from Shell and a free $15 Lyft ride — they'll also be able to give those rewards away. As T-Mobile explains on its website, the T-Mobile Tuesdays app will now allow users to gift select rewards, including the rewards on offer next week. Even better, T-Mobile subscribers can gift the rewards to AT&T or Verizon subscribers, if they so please. Just the latest way that the Uncarrier is rubbing it in. “With the Un-carrier, the customer – and now even their family and friends – always get more. The other guys don’t even know how to give you something without asking for more – much less give you something you can share with family and friends,” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere in a press release this week. “Personally, I’m gifting one of my T-Mobile Tuesday gifts to Lowell and another to Randall to say ‘thank you’ for donating so many customers to T-Mobile for so many years.” Lowell McAdam and Randall Stephenson are of course the CEOs of Verizon and AT&T, respectively. If Legere has the opportunity to take a shot at one or either of them, you better believe he's going to take it. The giftable T-Mobile rewards will be available on January 24th.
2017/01/21 00:21 BGR
KFC is now using facial recognition to guess what you’ll like
Are your lunch choices dictated by your age and gender? KFC thinks they might be, so it's going to use facial recognition technology to categorize customers and pitch meal choices that its algorithm thinks will make you happy. The Chinese arm of the popular fried chicken chain is partnering with China's search giant Baidu to implement the technology in its restaurants. Unlike a typical fast food experience — where you walk in, stare at the menu, pick something, then walk out — KFC China's new technology relies on a computer to scan the customer's face and make its best guess at their age, gender, and any other facial cues that might help it guess what you'd enjoy. Then, each customer gets their own personalized meal recommendation, and they can choose to either go with what the computer thinks or simply pick something off of the menu like they normally do. It's a weird concept, and sounds eerily similar to the oft-cited future world of Minority Report, where advertisements scan each passerby and provide personalized pitches. Of course, KFC China's recognition system has very little to do with you as a person and relies heavily on demographic trends instead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiDMlFycNrw The idea of any company scanning your face and running that data through an algorithm in an effort to gauge which one of its products it thinks you might enjoy is definitely creepy, but when that company is pitching greasy chicken bits? Well, maybe we can look the other way on it.
2017/01/20 23:40 BGR
Top 10 Android app updates this week: Hulu, Waze
Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the [...]
2017/01/20 22:35 Android and Me
Amazon app adds virtual Dash buttons for slightly faster Prime ordering
The hook for Amazon's physical Dash buttons is an easy thing to understand: hide little Wi-Fi connected buttons around your house, then press them when you're low on toilet paper in the bathroom, or dishwasher detergent in the kitchen, or imported all-natural small batch coconut oil in the bedroom, and the relevant product will automatically be bought via your Amazon account and shipped out in a couple of days. Now Amazon has made virtual Dash buttons for its website and shopping apps...
2017/01/20 23:08 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Best Buy gives you a free iPhone SE with every Sprint iPhone 7 purchase
Best Buy has a great new iPhone deal for smartphone buyers looking to purchase more than a brand new device, as long as you窶决e shopping for a smartphone The retailer will throw in a free iPhone SE with every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The deal is available in stores only, and you can only take advantage of it as long as you窶决e also willing to switch to Sprint 窶� if you窶决e already a Sprint customer then it窶冱 even better. What you need to get the free iPhone SE is to buy or lease an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus from Sprint. You窶冤l also have to get a new line for the iPhone SE, or a new line plus eligible upgrade. Furthermore, the new line needs to be on an Unlimited Freedom or Best Buy One plan. Mind you, Best Buy is only giving away the 16GB iPhone SE for free in this promo. If you'd rather get more storage, like a 64GB iPhone SE, or a bigger screen for your second iPhone, like an iPhone 6s, then Best Buy will only throw in $400 service credit. The deal is still great, but you窶冤l have to pay more cash for the iPhones you窶决e going to buy. The offer is valid through February 2nd, or while supply lasts, so you窶囘 better hurry 窶� read more details about Best Buy窶冱 newest iPhone promotion at this link.
2017/01/20 23:03 BGR
Google aims to make Android the safest mobile platform in the world
Safer apps make for a safer phone. Google's new Security for Android Developers page has a pretty bold statement as it's tagline: Our goal is to make Android the safest mobile platform in the world. That's why we consistently invest in technologies that bolster the security of the platform, its applications, and the global Android ecosystem. Google is pretty transparent when it comes to Android security, and the past year or so has seen media outlets pick up more and more of what they are doing. It's important and interesting to know what's going on when it comes to things that threaten your privacy and finances through your phone. It's equally important and interesting to read about the things being done to keep us safer from them. One place where Google is being more visible is best security practices for the people who build the apps we love to use. The new Security for Android Developers page is a great example. Making essential information more visible is a key step ...
2017/01/20 23:03 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Android Pay v1.13 prepares to support PayPal cards and enable payments with Visa Checkout [APK Teardown]
A new version of Android Pay is headed out to users. Like many other updates, this one doesn't seem to have much in the way of new features poking out from the surface of the app. However, a teardown of the APK gives us a couple of things to look forward to in the near future. Android Pay will soon enable the use of PayPal cards and it looks like we're getting close to the previously announced support of Visa Checkout.
2017/01/20 23:03 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
LG G6 rumored to feature Google Assistant
Microsoft bombards Windows 10 users with popups for its bad Chrome extension
Every time it looks like Microsoft has learned its lesson, it goes out and finds an exciting new way to make people angry again. Just last week, in response to criticisms regarding data collection on Windows 10, the company announced that it would introduce a new privacy dashboard and simplify the privacy settings set up experience. It's a step in the right direction as the company attempts to regain the trust of its users, but now, a week later, reports are circulating that Microsoft is pushing desktop popups to Chrome users on Windows 10. First reported by Myce, Windows 10 users with a Chrome icon in their taskbar have begun receiving popup notifications advertising Microsoft's Personal Shopping Assistant extension. "Quickly compare prices online," the popup reads. "Get Microsoft's Personal Shopping Assistant for Chrome." While a majority of the reviews for the extension on the Chrome Web Store from 2016 are positive, over a dozen one-star reviews have been posted in the last week, all citing the "spam" from Microsoft. "Installed this so I could leave this review," writes one user. "I'm uninstalling it right after. Microsoft Windows 10 popped up a notification when I launched Chrome tonight, telling me I should install this extension. Basically, they forced a popup ad into my Windows experience, and interfered with my use of my computer to push this waste of time onto me. They should be banned from the Chrome store because of this." Controversy aside, the extension looks fairly useful at a glance, but this is clearly not the way to go about advertising it, especially when users are (understandably) skittish about cybersecurity.
2017/01/20 22:30 BGR
Google rolling out Instant Tethering for Pixel and Nexus devices
Google is rolling out a very interesting new feature with Google Play Services 10.2. It’s called “Instant Tethering” and lets you automatically tether compatible Android devices when one loses a connection. If one device loses connection, it’ll ask if you want to tether to another device that has a connection and is on the same [...]
2017/01/20 22:18 Android and Me
Vizio announces SmartCast device compatibility with Google Home
Vizio has announced that its line of SmartCast devices are now compatible with the Google Home. You can now use your voice to control the devices. You’ll be able to play music through SmartCast speakers and sound bars, turn on movies on SmartCast TVs, and even turn on the devices [...]
2017/01/20 22:04 Android and Me
TAG Heuer Connected outsold expectations, next model coming in May
This is your last chance to save on Amazon’s hottest Kindle bundle
Amazon’s hottest Kindle bundle has been on sale all week, and we got some great feedback from bargain hunters when we told you about the sale this past Monday. In fact, we got so much feedback that we want to make sure no one missed this great deal. Through the end of the day on Sunday, January 22, Amazon is knocking an extra $20 off its already discounted price on the Kindle Essentials Bundle, which includes the wildly popular 6-inch Kindle, an Amazon cover and a power adapter. Separately, the three items cost $130 and Amazon normally sells them for $115. But if you use the promo code KINDLEBUNDLE, you’ll get this hot bundle for just $94.97. Some highlights from the product page: Includes the latest Kindle 6" E-Reader with Special Offers ($79.99), Amazon Cover for Kindle ($29.99), and Amazon 5W Power Adapter ($19.99) Easy on your eyes-touchscreen display reads like real paper No screen glare, even in bright sunlight, unlike tablets Single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours Get lost in your story with no alerts or notifications Holds thousands of books-choose from new releases and bestsellers, or from over a million titles at $2.99 or less Try Kindle Unlimited free for 30 days-includes over 1 million titles
2017/01/20 22:11 BGR
Here's a neat Chrome + multi-window trick you probably didn't know about
It's easy to open links in the opposite window, or juggle Chrome tabs between both viewports. Android 7.0's multi-window feature is great, letting you split your display between two full screen apps. But it comes with a few caveats, including the fact that you generally can't run different instances of the same app in both windows. Google Chrome, however, is smart enough to juggle tabs between windows, letting you view different pages in each half of the screen. It's a neat trick that you might not be aware of, so here's how you do it. Creating two Chrome windows Open Chrome Long-press the recent apps key to open multi-window mode. Tap the overflow menu (three dots) in the top right corner Tap Move to other window That's it! Your Chrome tab will pop into the lower half of the screen. And you can use this feature to juggle tabs between the lower and upper half's of the screen at will. Opening a link in a new window First, you'll need to have Chrome open in multi-window mo...
2017/01/20 22:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Will ‘bezel-less’ be the big smartphone design trend of 2017?
Top 5 Android Apps & Games of the Week (January 20, 2017)
The success of flawed DirecTV Now proves that consumers are desperate for TV streaming
DirecTV Now, AT&T's fledgling TV streaming service, is already off to an impressive start. In a recent SEC filing, AT&T informs us that the DirecTV Now service managed to attract 200,000 paying subscribers during its first four weeks of availability. All in all, that's not too shabby given that the streaming service has had its fair share of technical hiccups along the way. Notably, the 200,000 figure only includes paying subscribers, which is to say that AT&T isn't relying on users with free trials as a means to artificially inflate its subscriber base. The broader takeaway here is that many consumers are eager to cut the cord and are more than willing to sign up for a streaming TV service if the channel lineup is solid and the price point is attractive. Indeed, what makes DirecTV Now so compelling is that it didn't skimp on the channel lineup and made sure that its various packages were more than reasonable. As you can see below, DirecTV Now's four distinct subscription plans provide a whole lot of bang for the buck compared to your standard cable TV package Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels) Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels) Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels) Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels) And while anyone can roll out an affordable TV service, DirecTV Now includes all of the top cable channels. Even the entry-level "Live a Little" option includes channels like AMC, Bravo, CNN, Comedy Central, E!, ESPN, MTV, TNT, the USA Network and more. While DirecTV Now is not without its share of drawbacks -- there is no DVR feature or access to CBS programming -- it's overwhelmingly clear that there's a huge demand for alternatives to cable TV outside of Netflix. Traditional cable channels certainly aren't going anywhere, but the manner in which consumers access and enjoy them is clearly changing. Meanwhile, Apple's rumored TV streaming service is still nowhere to be seen, with reports over the past few months suggesting that Apple was ultimately unable to iron out pricing with various content providers. At this point, it's fair to argue that even if Apple releases a new streaming service in 2017, it may be too little too late.
2017/01/20 21:44 BGR
Android Central 321: U, Mi and Huawei
This week, Jerry, Russell and Daniel catch up on everything that happened after CES 2017 (plus a bit that happened during CES), including the HTC U Ultra and U Play announcements, the Huawei Mate 9, Daydream, and the NVIDIA Shield update! Plus, Nintendo! How does the Switch fit into a mobile-first gaming world? And does Nintendo's next Android game, Fire Emblem Heroes, hold the same influence as Super Mario Run? Show notes Huawei Mate 9 review HTC U Ultra & U Play preview All about Daydream NVIDIA Shield Android TV review All about Nintendo Switch! Podcast MP3 URL: http://traffic.libsyn.com/androidcentral/androidcentral321.mp3...
2017/01/20 21:37 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Apple hits Qualcomm with $1 billion lawsuit over patent royalties
Just days after the FTC declared that Qualcomm engaged in monopolistic practices by strong-arming Apple and other smartphone manufacturers into exclusive agreements, Apple announced it is now suing Qualcomm to the tune of $1 billion. In Apple's lawsuit, the company alleges that Qualcomm has been jacking up the royalties fees on its patent licenses, and charging Tim Cook's company hugely inflated fees. "Despite being just one of over a dozen companies who contributed to basic cellular standards, Qualcomm insists on charging Apple at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined," Apple said, according to CNBC. Apple claims that Qualcomm also retaliated against it after Korean regulators began questioning Apple during an investigation of Qualcomm's trade practices late last year. Apple says that, by answering the questions of law enforcement in a truthful manner it angered Qualcomm, which proceeded to withhold "nearly $1 billion in payments" that Apple was due. Here's Apple's full statement: "For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with. The more Apple innovates with unique features such as TouchID, advanced displays, and cameras, to name just a few, the more money Qualcomm collects for no reason and the more expensive it becomes for Apple to fund these innovations. Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy, standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties. Despite being just one of over a dozen companies who contributed to basic cellular standards, Qualcomm insists on charging Apple at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined. To protect this business scheme Qualcomm has taken increasingly radical steps, most recently withholding nearly $1B in payments from Apple as retaliation for responding truthfully to law enforcement agencies investigating them. Apple believes deeply in innovation and we have always been willing to pay fair and reasonable rates for patents we use. We are extremely disappointed in the way Qualcomm is conducting its business with us and unfortunately after years of disagreement over what constitutes a fair and reasonable royalty we have no choice left but to turn to the courts." Qualcomm's share price has sharply dropped roughly two and a half percent since Apple's statement was released, and that's on top of already taking a beating earlier in the week due to the FTC antitrust case. The company has not yet released an official statement.
2017/01/20 21:31 BGR
On heels of FTC suit, Apple is now suing Qualcomm for $1 billion, alleges unfair licensing practices
Apple has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm in California today, claiming damages around $1 billion. The damages stem from what Apple claims are rebate payments Qualcomm refused to pay. Specifically, Apple alleges Qualcomm withheld the payments after the iPhone-maker began to cooperate with Korea authorities who later fined Qualcomm $850 million in an antitrust investigation. Earlier this week, the FTC filed suit against Qualcomm for anti-competitive practices. Apple seems to have taken the federal government's action as a "green light" to litigate, specifically citing what it believes are unfairly high royalties charged by Qualcomm for its cellular technology patents.
2017/01/20 21:26 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Verizon offering Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid for 50% off
Verizon is hosting another sale on Motorola devices. This time the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid are on sale for 50% off if you pick them up on payment plans. Usually you’d drop $624 or $720 for the Moto Z Droid and Moto [...]
2017/01/20 21:22 Android and Me
Google is rolling out a new feature called 'Instant Tethering' in Play Services 10.2 [Update: More details]
On heels of FCC suit, Apple is now suing Qualcomm for $1 billion, alleges unfair licensing practices
Apple has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm in Californida today, claiming damages around $1 billion. The damages stem from what Apple claims are rebate payments Qualcomm refused to pay the company. Specifically, Apple alleges Qualcomm withheld the payments after the iPhone-maker began to cooperate with Korea authorities who later fined Qualcomm $850 million in an antitrust investigation. Earlier this week, the FTC filed suit against Qualcomm for anti-competitive practices. Apple's lawsuit seems to have taken the federal government's as a "green light" to litigate, specifically citing what it believes are unfairly high royalties charged by Qualcomm for its cellular technology patents.
2017/01/20 21:26 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Best Verizon Android phones (January 2017)
Google acknowledges data count bug with OnHub/Google WiFi mesh networks
Modern routers can do some cool things, especially if you're using the new Google WiFi mesh routers. They can cover your home in a healthy glow of electromagnetic waves, intelligently connect to devices, and keep track of your data usage. However, linking Google WiFi with an OnHub can result in some weird data usage stats. Google now says it's aware of the issue and is working on a fix. Our fearless leader encountered this issue some weeks ago, and posted some details on Google+.
2017/01/20 21:17 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Master the coding language Python with this $49 training bundle (Deal of the Day)
Knowing how to program using today’s computer languages is a skill many people do not possess. Perhaps that’s why there is a global shortage of programmers and why the profession is so lucrative. Instead of twiddling your thumbs, wondering how nice it would be to master programming skills, why don’t you make 2017 the year you
2017/01/20 21:00 AndroidGuys
How to clear your Google Play search history
We all have searches we'd rather forget. We all go on app kicks that could skew our future search results. We may need to cover our tracks after searching for certain kinds of apps) on Google Play. We need to clean things up after our stupid friend/coworker/kid brother searches for apps on our phone as a joke. And when it comes to cleaning our Google Play search history, things are blissfully simple. Open Google Play. Tap the three-line menu button. Swipe up to scroll down. Tap Settings. Tap Clear local searches. Now, notice that the setting we used only clears Google Play Search history on the local device. If you want to clear search history from more than one device, you'll need to visit your My Activity page in Google and delete the searches individually. You might also want to take the time to purge some other "activities" from your history. ...
2017/01/20 21:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
These mysterious wallpapers make your iPhone dock disappear
iPhone fans around the world are still mourning the loss of the infamous black wallpaper, a special image that exploited an iOS glitch and caused the dock and folder backgrounds to disappear. It gave black and Jet Black iPhones in particular an awesome stealth look, and you can see it in action right here. Unfortunately, Apple fixed the glitch in iOS 10.2 and the wallpaper no longer works. It's a bummer, but there are still other wallpapers that trigger fun iPhone glitches in Apple's latest iOS software. In addition to that last batch, the wallpaper wizard behind all of these nifty iPhone glitch wallpapers is back with a new collection of "Strange Dock" wallpapers that will make the dock at the bottom of your iPhone's home screens disappear. Twitter user “heyeased” has become well-known by Apple fans thanks to all of the unique wallpapers he creates. He was one of the first people to create wallpapers that took advantage of obscure iOS glitches to create cool effects. Now, he's back with a fresh new batch of wallpapers. This time around, the new wallpapers don't actually take advantage of a glitch at all. Instead, they color-match the bottom of the wallpaper to the dock color so that the dock just blends in. It's good thinking on heyseased's part, and the results are great for people who like unique iPhone wallpapers and bright colors. You'll find all of the new wallpapers on this page on heyseased's blog, and they're designed to work with any iPhone model running iOS 10.2+. If you have an older version of iOS installed, you can head to this page. An image that shows all of the new wallpapers can be seen below.
2017/01/20 20:45 BGR
Xiaomi’s Mi 6 lineup has been revealed ahead of MWC 2017
[TA Deals] Master data science and analytics with this bundle for less than $50
On Talk Android Deals, the Certified Professional Data Science w/ Python Bundle is up for grabs with a massive discount. It’ll teach you everything you need to know about data science and analytics. Access 2 comprehensive courses 24/7 Describe each stage of the data analytics process Explain basic statistical concepts relevant to data analytics Install […] Come comment on this article: [TA Deals] Master data science and analytics with this bundle for less than $50
2017/01/20 20:30 TalkAndroid
Report: Galaxy Note 7 fires largely caused by irregularly-sized batteries
In a new report, The Wall Street Journal says that Samsung’s official investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fires has discovered that irregularly-sized batteries and a manufacturing issue are responsible. Samsung has declined to comment on the report and is holding an event on Sunday night [...]
2017/01/20 19:37 Android and Me
Nintendo Switch won’t be able to stream Netflix or anything else at launch
You might be one of the Nintendo fans who preordered the Switch console fast enough to secure an early March ship date, and you might be excited about all the exciting things you窶冤l be able to do with it. I hate to rain on your parade, but there窶冱 one thing that you won窶冲 be able to do on the Nintendo Switch, at least not at launch: stream movies and TV shows. That窶冱 right, Nintendo confirmed there窶冱 not going to be noﾂ�Netflix for you, Switch buyers. In an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo confirmed that there won窶冲 be any Netflix support out of the box for the Switch. In fact, there won窶冲 be support for any other streaming platform either. 窶廣ll of our efforts have gone toward making the Nintendo Switch system an amazing, dedicated video game platform so it will not support any video-streaming services at launch.,窶� Nintendo said when asked about support for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO Go, or anything else on the market. 窶廩owever, support for video-streaming services is being considered for a future update.窶� What you窶冤l find on the Switch is a Mii Maker tool that lets you create Mii characters from the Profile screen, if you need any of that on the new console. However, it窶冱 not as exciting or useful as, say, Netflix support. The interview also reveals that each Nintendo Switch can support up to eight user accounts, and each account's eShop will be tied to the user窶冱 homeﾂ�country. Additionally,ﾂ�Kotakuﾂ�learned that Wii and Wii U controllers won窶冲 work with the Switch, at least not initially. But support may be coming down the road if Nintendo decides there's enough demand. After all, it's not like there are even that many Wii U owners out there to begin with, so there probably won't be too many people beating Nintendo's door down over the decision.
2017/01/20 20:19 BGR
Sonos wants to be the only device you need to control all the things
Star Wars: Force Arena review: The best and worst of mobile gaming, plus Star Wars
Bringing Star Wars action to mobile like you've never before. Star Wars: Force Arena is a mobile game that's brimming with potential, combining the most popular trends in mobile gaming — collectable cards, tower defence, and mobile online battle arena (MOBA) — into one cohesive strategy game that's addictive as hell and a blast to play. Star Wars fans will love it, especially if they enjoyed the latest film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as the game allows for hypothetical recreations of intense battles between heroes from the Rebel Alliance and the Imperial Empire. Essentially a marriage of the gameplay from Clash Royale and Vainglory, South Korean game developers Netmarble have done a great job of combining the troop card casting fun of Clash Royale with the smooth MOBA-style fun of Vainglory, throwing you into the boots of your favorite Star Wars characters in action-packed battles. Win and your rank increases, helping you to reach higher tiers tha...
2017/01/20 20:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Google is rolling out a new feature called 'Instant Tethering' in Play Services 10.2
The mobile hotspot on your phone can be super-useful, but it's also a little tedious to get it set up when you need it. There's a new feature rolling out as part of Google Play Services 10.2 that makes it much easier. It's essentially automatic with a feature called Instant Tethering. Not everyone will have it right away, though. Instant Tethering links up devices that are associated with your Google account to make it easier to stay online when a connection drops.
2017/01/20 19:57 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
New Sony Xperia X Nougat Concept update adds Night Light feature
Rent any one of the 49,356 movies on Amazon for just $0.99
At the time of this writing, there were 49,356 different movies available for rental on Amazon Video. That's right, more than forty-nine thousand. Amazon is best known for being the biggest online retailer in America, but it's also quickly become the go-to service for entertainment as well. And to give you a nice reminder of how great Amazon is for movie rentals, the company has a special promotion going right now that will let you rent any movie on Amazon Video for just $0.99. Just go to this page on the Amazon website, pick your movie of choice, and enter the promo code MOVIE99 at checkout. This deal is good from now until the end of the day on January 23. Here's how it works: Step 1: Click on the digital movie you wish to rent for $0.99 from the selection below. Step 2: Click "More Purchase Options" and enter the promotional code "MOVIE99". Step 3: Once the promotional code has been applied, click "Rent Movie". Please note: The onsite pricing will not change, but the discount will still apply. To view the applied discount, go to Your Order History. Promotional credit expires January 23, 2017 at 11:59pm PST and can only be redeemed once. And here are the terms and conditions: The promotional code reduces the retail price of a single movie rental on Amazon Video to $0.99 (plus tax). Offer does not apply to physical goods. Digital content and services may only be available to customers located in the U.S. and are subject to the terms and conditions of Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Offer limited to one per customer and account. Offer redemption only available on website. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold.
2017/01/20 19:54 BGR
The Galaxy Note 7 featured irregular batteries which caused the device to catch fire
T-Mobile Tuesday for two
T-Mobile announced a new wrinkle for their T-Mobile Tuesday giveaways for the next scheduled day on January 24th. Incorporating a bit of a “pay it forward” philosophy, T-Mobile is going to make it possible for participants to gift a giveaway item to friend or family member. For the upcoming giveaway, T-Mobile will be featuring gifts […] Come comment on this article: T-Mobile Tuesday for two
2017/01/20 19:30 TalkAndroid
Best cloud storage apps
If you窶况e been around for any length of time, it窶冱 quite a possibility that at some point, you窶况e somehow lost an important file or two. Maybe you were working on an essay for the past two hours and didn窶冲 take the time to save it before your computer crashed, or maybe you weren窶冲 writing anything, […] Come comment on this article: Best cloud storage apps
2017/01/20 19:30 TalkAndroid
How to watch 360-degree and 3D YouTube on PlayStation VR
How do I watch 360 YouTube on PlayStation VR? A big update to YouTube in the PlayStation Store has enabled a PlayStation VR mode, and that means the ability to watch 360-degree videos through your PSVR has arrived! 360-degree YouTube videos let you totally immerse yourself in the recorded content, but unlike most of your VR apps and games, you can't really move around in these videos. YouTube for PSVR is best used sitting down, and if your goal is to watch as much 360-degree video as possible, here's a quick guide for you! ...
2017/01/20 19:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
AT&T just raised activation and upgrade fees for the second time in 9 months
January 20th is Inauguration Day, and AT&T is making America great again by increasing the fees it charges customers to activate or upgrade their smartphones. Again. Less than two weeks after Verizon increased its upgrade fee from $20 to $30, AT&T has confirmed that its upgrade fee and its activation fee will rise from $20 to $25 each. The fees apply to new customers when they activate a smartphone, or to existing customers when they upgrade to a new smartphone. This marks the second time in just nine months that AT&T has increased these fees, seizing the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of its top rival, Verizon, which also just increased its upgrade fee for the second time since last April. Keeping business is apparently a costly endeavor. Just last year, AT&T increased its activation and upgrade fees from $15 to $20. The activation fee applies to any customer activating a smartphone on a new line, regardless of whether the phone was purchased from AT&T or purchased elsewhere. Here's the wording from AT&T's website: Wireless activation and upgrade fees are one time fees that may be added to your first or next AT&T bill. • Activation and upgrade fees for devices purchased with an installment agreement – $25 • Activation fee for bring your own device - $25. • Activation and upgrade fees for two year agreement - $45. Note: Two year agreements are available only on select devices. Of note, the $45 fee only applies to business lines and to tablets and wearables being purchased from AT&T with a new two-year contract. Where the upgrade fee is concerned, this fee applies to customers who purchase a new smartphone from AT&T on an existing line. Subscribers who want to use a new smartphone purchased elsewhere on an existing line will not have to pay the upgrade fee.
2017/01/20 19:29 BGR
Honor 6X review: Setting the standard for budget phones
The Honor 6X is proof that an affordable device doesn't have to be a disappointing buy. The bottom line Cheap is cheap, but it doesn't have to be a waste of money. The Honor 6X may be cheap and at times cheap out, but it's definitely worth its $250 price point. In fact, if all you're looking for is the most basic smartphone in a societally acceptable package, the Honor 6X is it. That an affordable device doesn't have to be disappointing is what Huawei hopes to rely on to sell its new Honor 6X in the United States. Unfortunately, it's going to have a heck of a time getting the word out without a comprehensive marketing strategy, and without the crutch of a carrier partnership there is no entity on the ground actively evangelizing for the brand. It's really too bad, because the Honor 6X is so much better than what the carriers typically offer in the affordable tier. The Honor 6X is a really decent package. It features a good mid-range processor, a big battery, 1080p display, an...
2017/01/20 19:09 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
The company that crowdfunded a mind-reading headset for dogs finally admits it never worked
In 2013 a group called NSID (Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery) launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for a canine wearable called No More Woof. The product was supposed to read your dog's brain and translate their feelings into plain human language. The demo video looked promising and backers lined up to support the company to the tune of $22,664. Now, four years since the campaign and three years since the last time the company actually publicly addressed its backers, it is finally admitting that the thing never really worked in the first place. As IEEE Spectrum reports, the No More Woof doggy headset was launched as a crowdfunding campaign well before NSID had any idea if it could pull off what it claimed. NSID insisted that the headset's ability to read and translate brain activity through an EEG was a foregone conclusion, suggesting that because a dog brains "are less complex than humans" it was easy to determine whether they were angry, happy, tired, or curious. In fact, the company's own website states that the only real hurdle they needed to overcome was finding a way to make the device comfortable for the dogs. The project was successfully crowdfunded by over 200%, and then the backers waited, waited, and waited some more. NSID went dark, and it wasn't until No More Woof's original projected delivery date did the group come forward to tell backers that the device would be delayed. At the time, the company offered backers a refund but noted that they really hoped people would be willing to hang on for the eventual release. That email in 2014 was the last time backers heard from NSID. That is, until they resurfaced just one week ago to post an update to their Indiegogo page. "Thank you everyone that believed in this," the update reads. "Sadly, after a lot of time and money spent, it became clear that this project became too expensive to continue." Then comes the real dagger, which is that the headset never really did what it was supposed to: "We spent more than two years,on and off in our spare time working on this for no salary! We invested heart, soul and a lot of money in developing a prototype which still indicates that this can be more than a dream." NSID, which insists that it spent more money attempting to develop the headset than they raised in the campaign, is again offering to refund disgruntled backers, and if you visit the No More Woof comments page you'll find no shortage of them. Oh, the joys of crowdfunding.
2017/01/20 19:06 BGR
Best Cases for Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus
What are the best cases you can buy for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus? The Moto G4 and G4 Plus are two phones that have taken the entry market by storm. With resilient bodies, attractive designs, great performance, and awesome cameras, they're worth the money — big time. But they are also phones, and can break if dropped or mishandled. That's why you need an equally good case! Orzly FlexiCase Cimo Premium Sim Protective case KuGi Moto G 4th generation case CoverON Chrome Series case Abacus24-7 wallet with flip cover Begoos sleeve case Orzly FlexiCase The FlexiCase from Orzly is made of flexible silicone gel, so it's easy to install and won't move around on you. The slim fit won't add bulk to your Moto G4 or G4 Plus, but the non-slip gloss finish makes the phone much easier to grip. All of your ports, buttons, and screen features remain available while the case is on. The case is available in a clear finish, or you can choose colors like black, blue, red, or purple. Orz...
2017/01/20 19:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Legacy versions of Google Drive apps are being shut down
Here are Trump’s first Presidential Tweets
Donald J. Trump is now President Donald J. Trump, and with great power comes control of the @POTUS Twitter handle. But so far, Trump has decided to stick to his personal account, and has chosen to tweet out his inaugural message in 140-character form from @realdonaldtrump. In a series of tweets published from his personal account shortly after the inaugural speech, Trump summarized his popular message for anyone not following the livestream: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/822501803615014918 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/822501939267141634 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/822502135233384448 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/822502270503972872 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/822502601304526848 As some people have already pointed out, part of that speech lined up a little too closely with Bane's speech from the end of Dark Knight Rises. Social media teams have already transitioned websites and social media accounts to the new administration. Trump's policies are now up on the White House website, including an "America First" energy plan, "America First" foreign policy, and "Trade Deals that Work for All Americans." Notably, there's no section on climate change one way or another, although reports that Trump has already "scrubbed all traces of climate change" from the White House website are misleading, as all of the previous administration's policies have been deleted as a matter of course. All of the previous administration's tweets have been deleted from the official @POTUS account, which is currently empty. All of President Obama's tweets have been archived at @Potus44, which is the same procedure used for all the official administration accounts.
2017/01/20 18:43 BGR
Amazon Dash buttons now come in digital versions
Cryptomator takes a stab at securing your cloud files with transparent, client-side encryption
Encryption is probably always going to be a hot topic. Whether it's fear of your government or just personal paranoia, there are quite a few options out there for securing your stuff. Local files and drives are all well and good, but how do you guarantee the security of the things you have stored in the cloud? The developers of Cryptomator, an open-source multi-platform cloud encryption solution, think that they have an answer to that.
2017/01/20 18:29 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
New images suggest fourth physical button present on Samsung Galaxy S8
New images of a case believed to be for the Samsung Galaxy S8 have surfaced and they appear to show a fourth physical button will be present on the device. The question then is what that button may be used for with some sources suggesting Samsung will use it as a trigger for their own […] Come comment on this article: New images suggest fourth physical button present on Samsung Galaxy S8
2017/01/20 18:20 TalkAndroid
T-Mobile customers can now share T-Mobile Tuesday gifts
T-Mobile has announced that customers using its popular T-Mobile Tuesdays app can now share gifts with others, even those on other carriers. The change will begin on Tuesday, January 24, and applies to select gifts. For example, the first round will allow T-Mobile customers to gift a FandangoNOW movie rental and $0.25/gallon discount [...]
2017/01/20 17:39 Android and Me
Meitu claims it's collecting user data because it's in China and needs to do ad tracking
The anime-styling selfie app Meitu has exploded in popularity recently, then someone got to wondering why it was asking for so many permissions. It turns out the app is grabbing your IMEI and MAC address and sending them to a server in China. People were understandably concerned, and now Meitu has issued a statement meant to assuage our fears. It kind of doesn't, though. The statement provided to Cnet notes that Meitu is based in China, which we knew.
2017/01/20 17:28 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
iPhone leaks could be over as Apple partner builds secretive new factory in China
For years, the Apple rumormill has subsisted for the months before an iPhone launch solely on blurry photos of prototype components smuggled out of Chinese factories. The components make it out into the world because of the difficulties involved with prototyping components at speed and then rush-shipping them to the US -- somewhere in there, leaks happen. So, something that looks like a minor piece of industry news could cause major problems for iPhone watchers. Apple has already announced that it will be building an R&D center in Shenzen, the Chinese city where its iPhones are already assembled. Now, according to Nikkei Asian Review, Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn will be setting up a prototyping factory right next door. Presumably, components will be designed in Apple's center, sent over the road for prototype manufacturing, and delivered to Apple for tweaks -- all without a single blogger getting one blurry photograph of the proceedings. Secrecy may genuinely be a motivating factor for Apple, given that its products have been heavily leaked in the past few years, which reduces Apple's famous showmanship value when whipping the covers off a new device. But bigger benefits are probably to be found in faster prototyping and tighter links between R&D and the manufacturing process. Reports around recent iPhone launches have hinted that Apple is rushing to get features out of the door, which leads to phones launching with incomplete designs -- the iPhone 7 Plus's signature Portrait Mode was enabled a month after the phone shipped to customers -- or deadlines being missed altogether, like the months-delayed AirPods. One Apple source told BGR that the AirPod delay was due to problems going from prototype to mass production, and Apple had to fly teams of engineers out to China to help teams there troubleshoot. The obvious solution to fix that in the future is more closely integrated R&D, prototyping and manufacturing, which sounds exactly like what Apple and Foxconn are trying to do in Shenzen. The Nikkei report also shines a light on the more political side of Apple and Chinese manufacturing. Despite receiving an invitation, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou will not be attending Trump's inauguration at the orders of Chinese authorities. They apparently have concerns over Foxconn's plans to build highly automated factories in the US, one option that would be on the table were President Trump to impose import tariffs on Chinese-made electronics.
2017/01/20 18:22 BGR
Yi Dome Camera review: A cool gimmick that still needs some work
You don't have to look far to find a home security camera with big names like Logitech, Google, and Netgear all offering up systems for keeping an eye on things. There are also some newer players with cameras you might want to consider. For example, the Xiaomi-funded Yi Technology. This Chinese firm has released a few home cameras, but the new version of its Dome Camera stands out from the crowd.
2017/01/20 18:03 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Facebook Messenger: A New Review (review)
There’s a cool app available on the Play Store. It was born as an off-shoot of another popular app, a data-based chat app that allows the user of the parent app to communicate privately, one-on-one. It has since become its own standalone app, and quickly became one of the most popular apps of all-time. It
2017/01/20 18:00 AndroidGuys
Common Galaxy S7 problems and how to fix them
The Galaxy S7 is an awesome phone, but it's not without its problems. Here are some of the most common issues and how to fix them. Back in March of last year (has it been that long already?!), the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge launched to outstanding reviews and plenty of plaudits for both its hardware and software. But given that the phone is approaching its one-year anniversary, it's not surprising that some issues — both hardware and software — have arisen in that time. Samsung has been generally good about correcting the major ones through software updates, but there are some big issues that users can address on their own. Battery life problems The Galaxy S7 suffers from battery issues more so than the larger Galaxy S7 edge — the former has a 3000mAh batter to the edge's 3600mAh cell — but they're both prone to getting beaten by the daily grind. The first thing you're going to want to do is eliminate any errant battery-sucking apps that you've down...
2017/01/20 18:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
This new 256GB microSD card might be faster than your hard drive
Expandable storage is critical to many Android users, and memory makers know it too well. Existing microSD cards can go all the way up to 256GB of extra storage, and the SDA consortium has adopted new standards to make sure consumers buy cards that are fast enough for smartphone use. But one company quietly unveiled a microSD card that’s faster than anything else available right now. In fact, the new 256GB microSDXC card Adata made is so fast that it can even rival some SSDs out there. Spotted at CES 2017 by AnandTech, the 256GB microSD card in the following image can deliver write speeds of up to 260MB/s and read speeds of up to 275MB/s. The new card is based on 3D MLC NAND technology from SK Hynix, and it uses the UHS-II bus. Adata’s newest microSD comes with Class 10, U3 and V90 labels, which means its performance won’t drop below 90MB/s. AnandTech notes that Adata is the among the first companies to introduce a 3D NAND-based memory card to target the high-end of the market. The use of 3D MLC NAND over TLC NAND should guarantee better endurance and as well as reliability. Naturally, these microSD cards can be used with any device that supports them, not just Android phones. That includes cameras, computers and more. In fact, the card doesn’t specifically target Android devices at all. That said, Adata is yet to announce availability details or pricing for this particular product. We did tell you that Adata quietly unveiled this storage beast, after all. It’s likely the card will be quite expensive given its high-end features, though we still have no idea when it might be released.
2017/01/20 17:57 BGR
Meitu’s beautifying application may be collecting more than just your pictures
Meitu: trade your privacy for cute anime selfies (Update: Meitu response)
9 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free right now
We've got one last batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free to share with you this week, and it's a good one. Some examples include the latest Angry Birds game (yes, they're apparently still quite angry), a very useful screenshot stitcher, a sticker pack you'll hate to love, and plenty more. Check out all of the apps below. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Long picture Normally $0.99. 1.Splicing multiple images into a single long image. 2.Support Web page screenshot mail screenshot chat screenshot. 3. the long picture is HD. Download Long picture Angry Birds Space HD Normally $2.99. The #1 mobile game of all time blasts off into space! Play over 300 interstellar levels across 10 planets – including our very own Solar System! Whether it’s the icy orbs of Cold Cuts, the volcanic explosiveness of Red Planet, Utopia – a planet made entirely of junk food, or even our own Solar System, each episode offers intergalactic fun at every turn! And the low-gravity environment of space results in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With brand new birds, special abilities, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit! ----- “Intergalactic phenomenon worth every penny” – AppCraver “Takes the fundamental physics-based flinging of the original and turns it on its head... It's satisfying, yet completely familiar, and is heaps of pig-smashing fun.” – Gamespot “Anyone burnt out on vanilla bird flinging will enjoy the game's out-of-this-world adventure.” -- IGN ----- - Over 300 interstellar levels! - New playable characters! - Unique special abilities for each bird! - Zero-gravity space adventures! - Trick shots using planets’ gravity! - Hidden bonus levels! - Beautifully detailed backgrounds! - Daily Missions! Download Angry Birds Space HD Echo Pitch Normally $3.99. Echo Pitch pitch-shifting multi-delay for iPhone. Echo Pitch has 4 delays where each delayed signal can be pitched one octave up or down in 1/2 steps, and can function as a 4 voice harmonizer. Echo Pitch also has a built-in looper, amp simulator and reverb. Each of the four delays can be routed into the other for incredible, swirling, ambient washes and otherworldly sounds. The app works best with an iOS audio interface, such as the Fender Slide or iRig. Brought to you by Avi Bortnick and Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas. Download Echo Pitch Cinderly Sparkle Poo Normally $0.99. The Cinderly Sparkle Poo Pack is the ultimate in 21st expression! Use our exploding animated sparkle stickers when you need to tell your friends, it's serious. Prepare yourself for the power of awesomeness and grab Cinderly's Sparkle Poo Stickers today! "This sticker pack is practically the most fun you can have on the inter-webs." - Anonymous Unicorn Download Cinderly Sparkle Poo Spher Normally $1.99. Have you ever wished that all the social media apps were all in one single app there's your answer, Spher has all the major social apps in it including: - Instagram - Facebook - Twitter - Youtube - Google+ - Pinterest - Dropbox - Evernote - Linkedin - Tumblr And many more, there are over 20 social media apps in this application Download Spher The Secret of Chimera Labs Normally $1.99. In this point and click room-escape style adventure game, players explore the curious floors of mysterious Chimera Labs facility. The ever elusive Doctor Teresa Von Awesome has been conducting fantastically strange research. As the newly appointed lead detective, players must sift through clues, discover items, and solve puzzles through over 100 atmospheric environments. An unfolding series of experiments reveal the doctor's whereabouts and the uncanny the secret of this amazing place.... - Collect over 80 unique items and unlock puzzles as you uncover new secrets - High detail imagery and ambient sound - In Game Notebook automatically records clues - In Game Hint-System can be toggled on or off - Original Music - Progress Auto-saves We hope you come explore the Secret of Chimera Labs ! Download The Secret of Chimera Labs Muzzyc Normally $1.99. - Protect your private photos and videos of unauthorized persons. - With specially inconspicuous icon so that no one clicks on this app because it looks like a music player. - With pattern unlock - Create folder - Share on social networks - Photos and Videos Import / Export - View photos and videos directly. *NO ADS* Download Muzzyc AutoFormula Normally $1.99. What is AutoFormula?? AutoFormula can either be seen as a calculator or a collection of formulas. It provides both a description(sometimes including a picture) and a possibility to calculate different entities in the formula based on the values you already got. AutoFormula has been on the nordic market since 2012. Download AutoFormula QuickScanner Normally $3.99. QuickScanner Pro: turns your device into an unrivaled mobile scanner, that you can bring anywhere you go and use everywhere. With many editing features such as: - Page detector ( Makes croping much easier) - OCR - PDF documents - The best scanner croping tool - Unmatched scan fidelity - Simple UI - Rotating tool - Greyscale - Black & white - Color - Share with many social and cloud services (if they are downloaded on your device) Download QuickScanner
2017/01/20 17:32 BGR
Meitu claims its collecting user data because it's in China and needs to do ad tracking
The anime-styling selfie app Meitu has exploded in popularity recently, then someone got to wondering why it was asking for so many permissions. It turns out the app is grabbing your IMEI and MAC address and sending them to a server in China. People were understandably concerned, and now Meitu has issued a statement meant to assuage our fears. It kind of doesn't, though. The statement provided to Cnet notes that Meitu is based in China, which we knew.
2017/01/20 17:28 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
These completely wireless Bluetooth headphones are just $36 right now!
If you want to ditch all the wires and go completely wireless with your headphones, you're going to want to check this deal on Axgio's Bluetooth headphones. Right now you can pick up a pair for just $36 with coupon code 4UEOAIDP, a savings of $14 from their regular price. For a fraction of Apple's AirPods you can still ditch the wires and have a great sound quality. You can use them both together as a pair, or individually if you prefer. You'll need to charge them separately as well, and the included cable splits into to for easy charging. They should last for around 8 hours of usage time per charge, and come with three different silicon tips to help them fit comfortably in your ears. If you're ready to completely ditch all the wires, you won't want to miss this offer. Remember, you need coupon code 4UEOAIDP for the full savings. See at Amazon ...
2017/01/20 17:27 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers