Former Tesla employee claims the company knowingly sells faulty cars
A new lawsuit filed by a former Tesla employee alleges that the company knowingly sold buyers cars which were known to have significant defects, otherwise known as "lemons." The suit was filed late last month by Adam Williams, a long-time Tesla employee who, most recently, was a mobile manager within the company. As to the specifics of the case, Williams claims that when a customer returned a car because it was essentially a lemon, the company would go on to sell the vehicle to buyers without mentioning any of the car's deficiencies, even if they were fixed. Instead, the suit claims that Tesla categorized such vehicles as "used" or a "demo/loaner." In effect, Williams argues that Tesla lied to buyers about what they were getting, a practice he believed to be illegal. The complaint notes that Tesla routinely failed "to disclose to consumers high-dollar, pre-delivery damage repairs prior to any transaction with consumers." According to the complaint, Williams brought his concerns to his superiors at Tesla, only to see nothing done. Moreover, Williams claims that he was ultimately demoted -- not once, but twice -- for bringing his objections to the surface. The complaint adds: Mr. Williams was demoted from Regional manager to the Service Manager of the Springfield, New Jersey Tesla location. In approximately July 2017, Mr. Williams was again demoted to a Mobile Manager position, despite the fact that he was performing his job duties up to the legitimate expectations of Defendants. Just two months later, in September of 2017, Williams was fired, with the stated reason being that he was not adequately performing his duties. Commenting on the suit, Tesla issued the following statement to The Verge: There’s no merit to this lawsuit. Mr. Williams’ description of how Tesla sells used or loaner vehicles is totally false and not how we do things at Tesla. It’s also at odds with the fact that we rank highest in customer satisfaction of any car brand, with more owners saying they’d buy a Tesla again than any other manufacturer. Mr. Williams was terminated at Tesla for performance reasons, not for any other reason. Williams, meanwhile, is seeking reinstatement, back pay, punitive damages, attorney's fees and more.
2018/02/23 04:32 BGR
Consumers and businesses can now connect directly through RCS messages
Google continues to invest heavily into getting as many partners as it can to start using Rich Communication Services (RCS). RCS, the new standard that aims to replace SMS and MMS, was first championed by Google back in 2015 and is powered by Google's Jibe RCS cloud platform — at least in Google's embodiment of RCS. As of today, there are already 43 carriers and manufacturers that have partnered with Google to create a more dynamic and rich messaging experience.
2018/02/23 04:31 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
Google I/O 2018 signups are open!
Google I/O 2018 takes place in May this year, and Google has just opened up signups for the event to the general public. There are a few steps to take and entry isn’t guaranteed, but we’ll walk you through it if you’re interested. First up, you’ll have to sign up at Google’s website with your […] Come comment on this article: Google I/O 2018 signups are open!
2018/02/23 03:21 TalkAndroid
Huawei says its new Android phone is powerful enough to drive a car
Mobile chips already come with artificial intelligence features, including Apple窶冱 A11 Bionic, Huawei窶冱 Kirin 970, and Samsung窶冱 Exynos 9810. But is the AI good enough to power, say, a self-driving car? Huawei seems to think that窶冱 exactly the case, and that the Kirin chip inside the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the flagship phones that US carriers are not allowed to sell, is able to steer clear a car from objects that might appear down the road. What Huawei set out to do before MWC kicked off next week was to equip a Porsche Panamera with a Mate 10 Pro processor in the hopes of turning it into a self-driving vehicle. And it only had five weeks to do it. As you can see in the brief video below, Huawei窶冱 AI has been trained to recognize cats and dogs, and the prototype driverless car does avoid a dog in testing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBGRRx-aSpU That doesn窶冲 mean Huawei is ready to launch self-driving cars of its own in the future. The test only shows the vehicle avoiding an obstacle during a test drive. In actual driving conditions, there are plenty of different things AI would have to monitor at the same time, not just the dog or cat that might pop up every now and again in front of the vehicle. But if a chip used in a high-end 2017 Android device can power self-driving cars then future Kirin chips may do an even better job. The same goes for next-gen versions of the high-end mobile and desktop chips in use right now. There窶冱 one other point the video makes, that Huawei窶冱 object recognition tech sophisticated enough to pull off these kind of tricks, and should work great on the Mate 10 Pro and its successors. Huawei窶冱 mobile and self-driving innovations will be on display at MWC this year, so we窶冤l be able to check them out real soon.
2018/02/23 03:02 BGR
Archos made an Echo Show clone running Android Oreo for some reason
The Amazon Echo Show was the first device in the new 'smart display' product category, and Google has begun working with manufacturers to make ones with Google Assistant. French tech company Archos recently announced a scooter running Android Oreo, and now it's making a strange Echo Show-like device. The product is named 'ARCHOS Hello,' and looks remarkably similar to the Lenovo Smart Display that was announced at CES last month.
2018/02/23 02:56 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
The 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S is the most expensive car you can get with Android Auto
The Lamborghini Aventador S is an engineering marvel, what with its 740-horsepower V12, all-wheel drive system, rear-wheel steering, and so on. It is getting a little long in the tooth now, thanks in part to its older single-clutch transmission, but Lamborghini added Apple CarPlay support to the Aventador S for the 2017 model year to spice things up a bit. For the 2018 model, Android Auto support is on board as well.
2018/02/23 02:40 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
[Update: Microphone will be blocked too] Android P will block background apps from accessing the camera
Files Go can now back up files to Google Drive
The launch of Android Go is almost upon us, and Google is continuing work on its various first-party apps for the platform. Files Go, a simple file manager, first arrived in November of last year as a beta app. It exited beta in December, and there have been a few updates since then. Another update is rolling out for Files Go, and it adds one small (but helpful) feature.
2018/02/23 02:12 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
It looks like Dish is actually building its own 5G wireless network
Dish, a company known for its satellite TV service and Sling, looks to actually be building a 5G wireless network. We've known for a while that Dish harbors ambitions to play with AT&T and Verizon, but a recent SEC filing spotted by Fierce Wireless shows that the company is committing $1 billion to build out a 5G network in the next three years. “Since 2008, we have directly invested over $11 billion to acquire certain wireless spectrum licenses and related assets and made over $10 billion in non-controlling investments in certain entities, for a total of over $21 billion,” Dish wrote in the filing. “In March 2017, we notified the FCC that we plan to deploy a next-generation 5G-capable network, focused on supporting narrowband Internet of Things (“IoT”). The first phase of our network deployment will be completed by March 2020, with subsequent phases to be completed thereafter. We may also determine that additional wireless spectrum licenses may be required to commercialize our wireless business and to compete with other wireless service providers.” On a call with investors today, the company's CEO reiterated that its plan right now is to build out a narrowband-Internet of Things network, which won't compete with traditional wireless networks. That narrowband network uses existing spectrum licenses that Dish owns, and will service low-bandwidth connected devices rather than cellphones. After 2020, however, the door should be wide open for Dish to build out a standalone 5G network. The industry group that's defining 5G standards hasn't formalized the plan for a 5G-only network just yet -- the 5G networks announced by AT&T and other networks rely on the existing LTE network as well -- but once the standalone 5G specification is published, it sounds like Dish is planning on becoming a national wireless player. "The network, as we talked about it and disclosed to the FCC last year, is a narrowband IoT network," Dish execs said on the earnings call. "It'll cover 70% of the population at a minimum across the country, and obviously after we came out with a narrowband IoT network, you've seen major communication companies around the world and the United States also declare their intentions for narrowband IoT. So the connectivity side of where the world is going is being recognized by people at all levels."
2018/02/23 02:01 BGR
Watch the Huawei Mate 10 Pro drive a car, narrowly miss hitting a dog in the road [VIDEO]
Our favorite smart lock is $30 off right now on Amazon
If you own an iPhone and you’re in the market for a really, really great smart lock, today is your lucky day. Amazon has shaved a healthy $40 off the Yale Assure Lock SL with iM1, which is Yale’s latest and greatest HomeKit enabled smart lock. Apart from being beautiful, the Yale Assure Lock SL is also best in class when if comes to functionality, allowing you to use your phone or a PIN code to unlock your door. You can’t use a key though, because this awesome lock doesn’t even have a keyhole. Grab it while it’s discounted, and note that you may need to dive into the "other sellers" section on the Amazon page to get the lower $219.99 sale price. Here’s what you need to know from the product page: Lock and unlock your door by asking siri or with the Apple home app, when you're at home Access from anywhere when you have an Apple TV (4TH GEN or later) near your front door Create daily schedules to ensure your door is locked at the same time each day Ask Siri to lock and unlock the door or check the current lock status Enter your 4-8 digit pin code on the backlit touchscreen keypad to unlock - create unique pin codes for friends and family within the Yale secure app Compatible with doors that have a standard deadbolt mounted separately from the handle and have a thickness of between 1-3/8” to 2-1/4”. The door also needs a 2-1/8” door face bore hole and at least 1” door edge bore hole
2018/02/23 01:30 BGR
For the first time ever, smartphone sales go down year-over-year
Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to AT&T Moto Z2 Force
The Moto Z2 Force is Motorola's current flagship device, and the Verizon model started receiving Android 8.0 Oreo in late December. Just a few days later, Oreo reached the T-Mobile variant. For some reason, it has taken AT&T two more months to deliver the update, but it's finally here. The update started rolling out on February 20, and XDA user simonb255 posted screenshots from his AT&T Z2 Force.
2018/02/23 01:12 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
Apple details how it developed the iPhone X’s ‘Portrait Lighting’ feature
While the iPhone today is capable of taking absolutely stunning and arguably best-in-class photos, that wasn't always the case. Going back in time a bit, the original iPhone camera was nothing special. In fact, the original iPhone camera wasn't even respectable relative to what other smartphone manufacturers were releasing at the time. Over time, though, Apple began to invest more in camera technologies and it wasn't long before new iPhone models were routinely setting new standards of excellence for mobile photography. In recent years, Apple has undeniably taken mobile photography to the next level, thanks in large part to the company's control of both the iPhone hardware and software. Most recently, Apple released a camera feature it dubs Portrait Lighting. The feature itself takes advantage of the iPhone's dual camera scheme and enables users to take photos designed to resemble professional shots that would ordinarily be taken in a studio environment. Currently available on the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone 7 Plus, Portrait Lighting in iOS 11 is truly remarkable. And speaking to the lengths Apple went to perfect it, the company earlier today released a new ad which details how the feature was brought into existence. As detailed in the video below, Apple worked with global image makers and top photographers in order to get the lighting effects just right. What's more, Apple implemented advanced machine learning concepts to help create "studio-quality portraits." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejbppmWYqPc Apple has always been a company known to sweat the small stuff, and the video above is just yet another example of the company's unrivaled attention to detail.
2018/02/23 00:56 BGR
Android Oreo update is once again rolling out to the Galaxy S8 and S8+
It’s unfortunately a common occurrence these days. A new version of Android rolls out to a particular device, only to be abruptly suspended when a major bug is discovered. It’s definitely better to stop a defective update before too many unhappy users are affected, but impatient users also want these updates as fast as possible. […] Come comment on this article: Android Oreo update is once again rolling out to the Galaxy S8 and S8+
2018/02/23 00:37 TalkAndroid
The Cat S61 is a rugged Android phone with a $999 price tag
Phones are getting more expensive, but luckily there are plenty of options out there if you don’t feel like forking over a grand to get a new daily driver. If you don’t mind spending a lot of cash, though, there’s a new Cat-branded device to consider. The Cat S61 is now officially official. This is [...]
2018/02/23 00:22 Android and Me
Gmail v8.2 prepares to add label for trip-related messages and automatic transfer for non-Google accounts [APK Teardown]
The Gmail team is rolling out a new update today, bringing the current version up to 8.2. There aren't any visible changes turning up right away, but there are hints of a couple new and potentially interesting features. We may be getting a new intelligent label that collects trip-related emails so it's easier to find them in a pinch. There is also a new feature in development that will make it easy to transfer your non-Google accounts from one device to another.
2018/02/23 00:20 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
Huawei’s iPhone X killer might have the most minimalist design we’ve ever seen
The Huawei P20 series won't be debuting at MWC as some Huawei fans may have expected 窶� at least so say various rumors. But a new leak reveals that the next iPhone killer coming from China will have a design like no other device, including Apple窶冱. And no, I窶冦 not even talking about the triple-lens camera supposed to equip at least one version of the P20. Yes, a Plus or Pro version of the Huawei P20 will have three lenses on the back, according to some reports, and we have no idea why that is. But a series of images first posted on Android Authority show a P20 version with just two lenses on the back. The phone also features incredibly small top and bottom bezels, and minimal side bezels, as well as what appears to be a Face ID-like camera on the front which is likely to power 3D face recognition, like on the iPhone X. And we already know that Huawei is working on such technology, which it says will be better than the iPhone X. There窶冱 no physical fingerprint sensor on the back, and Huawei may follow Apple窶冱 lead and ditch the sensor entirely now that it窶冱 about to embrace 3D face recognition. Either that or the fingerprint sensor is built into the screen. But what really caught my attention, and makes the Huawei P20窶冱 design stand apart, is the button situation. There窶冱 only one button on the side of the P20, and that窶冱 supposedly the power button. Touch indicators are present above it, and they might be used to change the volume. What窶冱 exciting about this particular design choice is that, pretty soon, we won窶冲 have any physical buttons on phones. Apple has killed the home button, but the iPhone窶冱 sides still feature a mute switch, two volume rockers, and a standby button. Samsung窶冱 Galaxies have Bixby buttons. Even Google窶冱 and HTC窶冱 phones that have Active Edge functionality feature more than one physical button on the sides, not to mention they also have fingerprint sensors, which count as physical buttons in my book. But the smartphones of the near future will probably ditch all physical buttons in favor of smarter solutions. Yes, that窶冱 easier said than done, and the presence of physical buttons aren窶冲 really something to be annoyed about.
2018/02/23 00:20 BGR
No surprise to anyone, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be expensive
FCC officially publishes net neutrality repeal, opening the door for challenges in the courts and Senate [Update]
[Update x2: Rollout resumed] Samsung halts Android 8.0 Oreo rollout to Galaxy S8 and S8+
Every movie and TV show leaving Netflix in March
Netflix on Thursday revealed all of the movies and shows that will be arriving on its streaming service next month, as well as everything being removed. Just as it was in the month of February, it's a fairly lengthy list in March, featuring a number of great movies like Jaws, Hitch, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Zootopia. But the biggest losses come on the TV side, as all seven seasons of Archer are departing Netflix, two seasons of The Killing, and two season of The Carmichael Show. Also, Traffic Light, which is an underrated gem. You can see the full list of Netflix streaming departures for the month of March below: Leaving March 1st A Gang Story Anastasia Baby's Day Out Eyewitness FernGully: The Last Rainforest First Response Forget and Forgive Hitch Jaws Jaws 2 Jaws 3 Jaws: The Revenge Less Than Zero Memento Slums of Beverly Hills The Chase The Craft The Panic in Needle Park Trigger Point Two Wrongs xXx Leaving March 4th Chloe Safe Haven Leaving March 6th The Finest Hours Leaving March 8th Victoria Leaving March 11th Believe Glitch Leaving March 12th Standby Disney’s The Santa Clause Disney’s The Santa Clause 2 Disney’s The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Leaving March 13th Breakout Kings: Season 1 City of God: 10 Years Later London Has Fallen The Killing: Seasons 1-2 Leaving March 14th Archer: Seasons 1-7 Leaving March 19th V/H/S: Viral Leaving March 20th Zootopia Leaving March 22nd Steve Jobs: One Last Thing Leaving March 24th Voltron 84: Season 1 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Leaving March 26th The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Leaving March 29th The Gates: Season 1 Leaving March 30th Life in Pieces: Season 1 Leaving March 31st Awake: Season 1 Bordertown: Season 1 Breakout Kings: Season 2 Brickleberry: Seasons 1-3 Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life: Season 1 Friends with Benefits: Season 1 In Like Flint Lights Out: Season 1 Rosewood: Season 1 Salem: Seasons 2-3 Small Shots: Season 1 The Awakening The Carmichael Show: Seasons 1-2 The Chicago Code: Season 1 The Crazy Ones: Season 1 The Finder: Season 1 The Good Son Traffic Light: Season 1 Be sure to check out all of the new movies and TV shows being added to Netflix in March.
2018/02/22 23:52 BGR
Google promises Android (Go edition) phones at MWC 2018
Indian buyers angry that Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro sold out in seconds
Caterpillar’s rugged S61 features an improved thermal camera and costs as much as an iPhone X
Registration for Google I/O 2018 is now open
These cave drawings might be proof that Neanderthals were just as sophisticated as humans
A newly discovered series of cave drawings is changing the way scientists think about Neanderthals, and could help to change some long-held beliefs about how one long-dead branch of our own family tree lived. The drawings, which are thought to be as old as 120,000 years, were found in Spain, but the discovery has worldwide implications. The research was published in Science Advances. When archaeologists discover ancient cave drawings it's commonly assumed they were originally created by primitive humans. Homo sapiens were ultimately the winners of the evolutionary race, and Neanderthals are often thought of as inferior. It's commonly believed that Neanderthals lacked many of the traits that we believe make us human, such as language and art. The cave walls in southeast Spain tell a far different tale. The drawings, which are being considered the oldest cave drawings ever discovered, predate all evidence of modern human art by between 20,000 and 40,000 years, meaning that not only were Neanderthals creative, but they were expressing that creativity long before our own ancestors began to do the same. The cave site yielded a wealth of evidence beyond just the drawings themselves. The researchers note the discovery of containers made from marine shells which were used to store the pigment mixtures, suggesting that this was a location where one or perhaps several Neanderthals engaged in creative expression. The sketches are crude and hard to discern, but they very clearly had some meaning to their creator. Dots arranged in a specific pattern, a grid-like structure that resembles a ladder, and a strange figure with various protrusions were painted onto the wall with pigments that have lasted for tens of millions of years. We'll likely never know what they mean, but like Egyptian hieroglyphs, the pictures tell a story, even if we don't understand it. History books have long suggested that Neanderthals eventually died out because Homo sapiens were superior in one or perhaps several ways. Overall intelligence can't be gleaned from something as simple as a cave drawing, but the thought that Neanderthals were so primitive that they lacked creativity or expression is difficult to accept when the evidence is as strong as this.
2018/02/22 23:14 BGR
FCC officially publishes net neutrality repeal, opening the door for challenges in the courts and Senate
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published its final rules gutting net neutrality today. But like most phone announcements these days, there were no real surprises. We all knew what was coming. Why the actual publication of the repeal matters is because it is only now that states and internet freedom organizations can start taking legal action. Plus, now the Senate has 60 legislative days to block the FCC if it is so inclined, which would require help from Republican senators.
2018/02/22 23:00 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
Samsung has patched its buggy Android Oreo update, but it’s not all good news
Samsung needed a few months of testing before a finished version of its Android 8.0 Oreo update was ready for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. But despite the months of testing, the company had to halt the rollout just a few days after launch, leaving fans even more frustrated than before. But it looks like Samsung fixed the rebooting issues that prompted it to pull the hotly anticipated update shortly after releasing it, and the Oreo upgrade has now resumed -- just not in the US. Oreo is now available to download on Galaxy S8 devices in Germany,ﾂ�Galaxy Club reports. It窶冱 likely that other international markets will follow in the coming days and weeks, with unlocked devices being the first to receive the new Android 8.0 build. Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users who have already installed the previous "final" Oreo build only need to download a 530MB update that patches whatever problems the initial release caused. If you窶决e still on Nougat, then be ready to deal with a much larger download, so make sure you窶决e connected to Wi-Fi and have plenty of battery life left before you start the upgrade process. What窶冱 really sad about the whole thing is the timing. Samsung is about to unveil the Galaxy S9, a phone that will run Android 8.0 when it hits stores in mid-March, but it窶冱 yet to update previous flagship phones to Google窶冱 latest Android version. 窶ｨOf course, it窶冱 not all Samsung窶冱 fault since carriers are also involved in Android updates deployment. But, after all these years of making Android phones, Samsung still apparently can't handle issuing timely Android updates. Oh and by the way, don't forget that Android 9.0 will be unveiled in just a few short months! Samsung fans can look forward to getting their hands on it sometime in 2019.
2018/02/22 22:32 BGR
You can now register for Google I/O 2018 to the tune of over $1K
‘Fortnite’ season 3 patch notes: Turbo building, Hand Cannon, 60 FPS on consoles
As of Thursday morning, version 3 of Fortnite has officially rolled out for PC and consoles. Along with a huge number of changes and additions for both Save the World mode and Battle Royale mode, today also marks the beginning of season 3, which means you can start working toward completing the new Battle Pass right away. If you decide to buy the season 3 Battle Pass, you will immediately receive a collection of loot, including the Mission Specialist Outfit. In all, there are 100 tiers on the Battle Pass to reach throughout the season, with over 75 cosmetic rewards to collect. Thankfully, even with more loot, it shouldn't take any longer to complete this season. Beyond season 3, one of the most exciting updates for console players is newly-added support for 60 FPS. Whether you play on a PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One or Xbox One X, you can now experience the game in a smooth 60 frames per second. This only applies to the Battle Royale mode though, but that's the mode everyone's playing anyway. Other additions include a hoverboard for the single player Save the World mode, a new orchestral score for Save the World from film composers Marco Beltrami (The Hurt Locker) and Pinar Toprak (Justice League), new Hand Cannon weapon that destroys enemies and structures alike, and improvements to build mode. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiZhX4rCP8Y Competitive Battle Royale players will likely be most intrigued by the improvements to building, as the best players all seem to have perfected the art of knowing when to use the game's building materials on defense and on offense. The three most important upgrades are Turbo Building (hold down the fire button to continuously build the selected piece), Auto Change Materials (automatically change to the next material when one runs out), and the ability to build through more things, which has been an annoyance for many players ever since the game launched. That's everything you need to know before diving into to Fortnite version 3, but the full patch notes are here.
2018/02/22 21:47 BGR
AT&T rolling out 5G? Who cares?
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5G laptops to launch in late 2019, Intel says
Intel on Thursday announced partnerships with a bunch of PC makers out there, Microsoft included, to launch 5G laptops as soon as next year窶冱 holiday season. The news came on the same day when Qualcomm revealed that it窶冤l use Samsung窶冱 7nm chip-making technology for its upcoming 5G modems built into the Snapdragon platform. 5G will be the talk of the town at MWC but this time we窶决e actually getting closer to actual deployment of the next-gen mobile communication standard. 2018 is the year when 5G trials are about to start, which is quite exciting. It窶冱 also the reason why Intel and Qualcomm are coming out with all these 5G announcements. Both companies are looking to convince OEMs to select their 5G modem solutions for future mobile devices and laptops. The iPhone, of course, is the kind of business both companies want, and Apple窶冱 decision could inspire others to follow. But nobody is even mentioning the iPhone at this point. Per VentureBeat, Intel partnered with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft to use the new XXM 8000 series 5G modem in future 5G laptops. These devices should be released in late 2019. There are no firm specs for these devices. Instead, the companies have agreed on 窶徃uiding principles窶� for these products. Built-in 5G support in laptops already sounds exciting, and it窶冱 understandable why Intel wants to tell the world its 5G chips are good for laptops too. Let窶冱 not forget that Qualcomm窶冱 Snapdragon mobile platforms are being used inside always-on laptops already, and 5G versions will likely follow. Qualcomm, meanwhile, came out with its own 5G announcement early on Thursday. The company said that its future Snapdragon 5G mobile chipsets will use Samsung 7nm LPP EUV process technology. Qualcomm says that Snapdragon 5G chips offer a smaller footprint, higher performance, and lower power consumptions. The Snapdragon 855 is the likeliest candidate to be the first 5G chipset from Qualcomm next year, the kind of chip that would power the Galaxy S9 successor, other Android flagships, as well as laptops. However, Qualcomm did not offer any availability dates for its Snapdragon 5G chips. So what about the iPhone 5G? Nobody is talking about the elephant in the room for the time being. But a report in mid-November did say that Apple was already working with Intel on 5G chips. The first iPhone 5G might be launched in 2019 or 2020, that report said. Apple窶冱 collaboration with Qualcomm on 5G tech 窶徂as been limited,窶� the same report added. After all, Apple and Qualcomm are in a fierce fight that will have complex ramifications over the mobile industry once it窶冱 done. Winning the iPhone 5G modem orders will be a very lucrative deal for either Intel or Qualcomm. The 5G modem that窶冤l be good enough for Apple might be the kind of component other OEMs will want. And by the way, Samsung is working on its own 5G modem, so expect to see plenty of 5G modem news in the coming months.
2018/02/22 21:20 BGR
Sports streaming service DAZN launches Roku TV app in Canada
More streaming options for sports fans looking to cut out cable TV 🇨🇦 DAZN subscribers in Canada can now access the sports streaming platform on Roku streaming players and Roku-enabled smart TVs. Adding Roku rounds out DAZN's list of supported devices which already included the prerequisite support for web browsers and smartphones along with apps and support for Android TV, Chromecast, VIZIO SmartCast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Apple TV. For a $20 monthly subscription, DAZN offers Canadian sports fans exclusive streaming access to NFL Game Pass, NFL RedZone and the NFL Network. Beyond the NFL, DAZN also has partnerships with BeIn Sports for FIBA basketball and European soccer coverage, and more recently announced partnerships with rugby union's Six Nations Championship, Red Bull Air Races, and a slew of PGA tournaments. DAZN launched in Canada last August but dealt with technical issues out of the gate including dropped streams, bad video quality, and audio syn...
2018/02/22 21:15 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Google reportedly releasing ARCore 1.0 at MWC, but it seems to be rolling out early [APK Download]
Google has grown increasingly fond of virtual and augmented reality, culminating in its release of the ARCore SDK last year. ARCore was meant to democratize AR, giving more phones the ability to do it without having to rely on extra hardware as in the case of project Tango (which is now dead). Now according to an exclusive report from Variety, Google is planning on pushing hard for AR at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, including the release of v1.0 of ARCore on the Play Store.
2018/02/22 21:13 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
Google to introduce Android Go phones at MWC
Tesla just explained why its Model S and Model X are taking so long to deliver
Though there are a myriad of reasons to praise Tesla, the company is certainly not without its fair share of faults. Aside from Elon Musk's penchant for making ambitious promises that routinely go unfulfilled, Tesla has a long and storied history of production delays that have impacted every single car they've ever released. Even the Model 3 -- which was supposedly going to be easier to manufacture than the Model S -- has been subject to numerous production hurdles. In turn, buyers who place an order for a Model 3 today may not actually assume ownership of the vehicle until 2020. While reports of the Model 3 being backlogged are nothing new, there's now word that Tesla's other vehicles -- the Model S and the Model X -- are backlogged as well. According to a report from Electrek, demand for the Model S and its SUV counterpart has been so strong as of late that there's now something of a waiting list for both vehicles. As a quick illustration, any new orders placed for Tesla's Model S or Model X are now subject to a June 2018 delivery date. The report reads in part: This unusual delay sparked speculation that Tesla could be working on a design refresh or production line update for Model S and Model X. But we reached out to the company about the situation and a spokesperson said that the new delivery timeline is the result of high demand increasing the backlog of orders. While overwhelming demand is certainly a nice problem to have, Tesla will not be able to skate by with slow turnaround times forever. Especially as EVs from rivals such as Chevy continue to gain traction -- not to mention forthcoming EVs from sophisticated players like Porsche -- ongoing production issues might eventually lead prospective Tesla buyers to look elsewhere. Article updated to clarify that deliveries are not technically delayed since no target dates are being missed. Instead, customers are getting delivery estimates that have been much later than expected.
2018/02/22 20:33 BGR
The first Android Oreo (Go edition) devices will be introduced next week
Back in December of last year, Google officially took the wraps off what it called Android Oreo (Go edition), which is designed for devices with a minimal amount of RAM and built-in storage. At the time, we didn’t get any mention of what new devices would be coming with [...]
2018/02/22 19:50 Android and Me
Why Apple chose Face ID over Touch ID on the iPhone X
In the months leading up to the iPhone X unveiling this past September, there were a number of conflicting reports about the overall design of the device. While most everyone agreed that the physical home button was being kicked to the curb in favor of an edgeless display, it wasn't entirely clear if Apple would replace it with an eye-authentication scheme (Face ID) or if it would embed a Touch ID sensor into the display itself. When the iPhone X with Face ID was officially introduced, it didn't take long for a new narrative to emerge, namely that Apple opted for Face ID very late into the development cycle simply because it couldn't figure out a way to incorporate a fingerprint sensor into an OLED display at scale. In reality, Apple's decision to go all-in with Face ID was made well over a year before the iPhone X introduction. The reason, quite simply, is that Apple believed it to be aﾂ�superior alternative to Touch ID on a number of fronts. As John Gruber noted a few months back: There were, of course, early attempts to embed a Touch ID sensor under the display as a Plan B. But Apple became convinced that Face ID was the way to go over a year ago. I heard this yesterday from multiple people at Apple, including engineers who窶况e been working on the iPhone X project for a very long time. They stopped pursuing Touch ID under the display not because they couldn窶冲 do it, but because they decided they didn窶冲 need it. Incidentally, Apple's design decision with the iPhone X hasn't stopped other handset makers from trying to develop devices with embedded fingerprint sensors. And while Face ID still has a few kinks to work out, I think it's fair to say that Apple's decision to go with Face ID over an embedded version of Touch ID was the way to go. Case in point: Marques Brownlee recently shared a video of a fingerprint sensor embedded into a display. The technology, which is called Clear ID, comes from Synaptics and is being demoed in a Vivo X20 Plus UD device. So how does the technology measure up? Well it does seem to work quite well, but there are a few downsides worth noting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRtqFjYYUY0 Zalib Ali of iOS Hacker explains: First it requires the device to have an OLED display otherwise it won窶冲 work. Then the sensor that is placed under the screen is visible at certain angles and lighting conditions. While seemingly minor, a company as detail-oriented as Apple likely couldn't bear the thought of a sensor being visible beneath the screen. Further, Ali cites an excerpt from the video where we learn that for the sensor to work properly, it must first shine a visible pulse of light onto a user's finger. It has to be shinning a light on your fingerprint for it to reflect back into the glass and read it. So when I put my finger on the indicator which is basically a helper for guiding my finger to the right place, you see a light shine for a second, a sort of pulse that窶冱 long enough for it to read the reflection of my fingerprint on that sensor. Are these deal breakers? Not necessarily. But the entire user experience seems a bit more involved than seamlessly picking up an iPhone X and having it authenticate you immediately via Face ID. Moreover, Face ID is far more reliable and secure than Touch ID. An Apple support document on Face ID reads in part: "The probability that a random person in the population could look at your iPhone X and unlock it using Face ID is approximately 1 in 1,000,000 (versus 1 in 50,000 for Touch ID)." Now is it possible that future iterations of the iPhone will at some point incorporate a Touch ID sensor into the display? While it's certainly possible, it's not likely to happen anytime soon. To this point, Apple executives have said that Face ID will be a cornerstone of the iPhone user experience for quite some time.
2018/02/22 20:55 BGR
In a first, global smartphone sales declined in Q4 2017 as market reaches saturation
It was bound to happen eventually. Global smartphone sales have fallen year-over-year for the first time since 2004. Research firm Gartner reports that industry-wide, sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 dropped 5.6% from the same time period in 2016. While Samsung and Apple maintained their leads in units sold, both showed declines in year-over-year sales. Samsung's sales decreased by 3.6% for Q4, and Apple dropped a somewhat surprising 5%. Gartner attributes some of the slowdown in Q4 to the aging of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, with the S9 set to debut at the Mobile World Congress, as well as some confusion over Apple's release of three new models of iPhone and supply shortages for iPhone X.
2018/02/22 20:53 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
Tesla just explained the reason for its Model S and Model X delays
Though there are a myriad of reasons to praise Tesla, the company is certainly not without its fair share of faults. Aside from Elon Musk's penchant for making ambitious promises that routinely go unfulfilled, Tesla has a long and storied history of production delays that have impacted every single car they've ever released. Even the Model 3 -- which was supposedly going to be easier to manufacture than the Model S -- has been subject to numerous production hurdles. In turn, buyers who place an order for a Model 3 today may not actually assume ownership of the vehicle until 2020. While reports of the Model 3 being backlogged are nothing new, there's now word that Tesla's other vehicles -- the Model S and the Model X -- are backlogged as well. According to a report from Electrek, demand for the Model S and its SUV counterpart has been so strong as of late that there's now something of a waiting list for both vehicles. As a quick illustration, any new orders placed for Tesla's Model S or Model X are now subject to a June 2018 delivery date. The report reads in part: This unusual delay sparked speculation that Tesla could be working on a design refresh or production line update for Model S and Model X. But we reached out to the company about the situation and a spokesperson said that the new delivery timeline is the result of high demand increasing the backlog of orders. While overwhelming demand is certainly a nice problem to have, Tesla will not be able to skate by with delivery delays forever. Especially as EVs from rivals such as Chevy continue to gain traction -- not to mention forthcoming EVs from sophisticated players like Porsche -- ongoing production delays might inevitably lead prospective Tesla buyers to other automakers.
2018/02/22 20:33 BGR
Businesses can now send RCS texts to Android Messages users
Launching first in the U.S. and Mexico. We're expecting Google to go all-in with Android Messages later this year to turn it into a true iMessage competitor, but until that day, folks in the U.S. and Mexico are getting a small treat of what's to come. Thanks to Google's never-ending push of Rich Communication Services (or RCS), businesses can now tap into this to offer more engaging experiences. Instead of sending bland SMS texts, companies can use RCS to send rich and interactive messages to their customers that use Android Messages. Businesses like 1-800-Contacts, Booking.com, Subway, and OpenMarket will be leading this charge in the U.S., and Mexico will soon follow suit with 5 Piso, DHL, Secretaria de Salud, and more. Per Google's official announcement: This means, for example, that a retailer can send beautiful images of their products, rather than a text message, and even let the customer select and buy something, all without leaving the messaging app. Best of all, custo...
2018/02/22 20:26 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
This $17 box lets you plug in a phone, laptop, or even a TV in your car
The addition of USB ports to modern cars is pretty great since they make it easier to plug in your smartphone while you’re driving. They also save you money, since you don’t need to buy a dedicated car charger. You know what’s even better than dedicated USB ports in your car, though? The Foval 150W Power Inverter. This awesome accessory plugs into any standard power port in your car, instantly adding two USB ports. But wait… that’s not even the best part. It also adds a standard three-prong AC outlet so you can plug in your laptop, a portable DVD player, or even a flat-screen TV in your car. It’s somehow only $17 on Amazon, and you definitely need to check it out. Here are the highlights from the product page: Premium 150w car power inverter with 2 USB ports and AC outlets. Dual USB ports can charge most phones and tablets simultaneously (Max 3.1A total output), while AC outlets great for Christmas gift, charging string lights, laptop, breast pump, CPAP machine, nebulizer, game console, kindle, TV, DVD players, lights, iPad, and other electronic devices Travel kit: just about credit card size - 3.2 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches, space-saving and easy storage, with aluminum shell design, extremely portable and lightweight at only 8 oz+ Mufti-Protection: built-in fuse to protect your device, safe charging design provides protection against, overheating, under and over voltage charging, short circuiting, overloads, and overcharging Durable metal housing provides advanced protection from drops and bumps. Integrated very silent cooling fan helps reduce heat and prevents shortages What you get: Foval 150W car power inverter, user manual, 18 months warranty and 100% customer service /*****/ Please make sure that you buy from Foval, if not, please return the item you get /****/
2018/02/22 20:12 BGR
YouTube app testing view count on thumbnail, adjusts layout for title and channel logo
Sometimes it seems like YouTube is perpetually testing different interfaces for its Android app. Based on reports we've received recently, yet another set of modifications is being tested. The latest round of tweaks is on the subtle side: some are seeing the thumbnails for individual videos in the Home tab show view counts, with more space for video titles and the channel logo repositioned below. This is almost assuredly another one of YouTube/Google's famed A/B tests, so if you don't see this new layout yet, that would be why.
2018/02/22 20:03 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
Rez Infinite VR for Daydream review: Psychedelic techno bliss
Finding this game in the Google Play Store was a Daydream come true! Have you ever played a game that just stuck with you? Perhaps you only had a limited time with it, yet years later you still occasionally find yourself daydreaming about it. For me, that game is Rez. Originally released for the PlayStation 2 and Sega Dreamcast way back in 2002, it was and is still the most unique game I've ever played — a mash-up between a rail-shooter and a music game set in a trippy cyberspace world. I remember first experiencing the Rez demo on a disc that came with a PlayStation magazine and it blew my mind, but I could never track down a full copy of the game and I wasn't about to overpay for a used copy off of eBay. This is by far the best VR experience I've had with my Google Daydream! Then I learned Rez Infinite VR had been released for Google Daydream and realized my life is complete. Hyperbole aside, this is by far the best VR experience I've had with my Google Daydream....
2018/02/22 20:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
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Elon Musk just tried to catch falling bits of spacecraft with a giant net because sure, why not
SpaceX is the undisputed king of commercial spaceflight at the moment, thanks in large part to its highly efficient method of landing and reusing its Falcon 9 rocket boosters. In an effort to take its reusable rocket dreams one step further, the company attempted to recover another piece of hardware during its launch earlier today. That component, called a fairing, acts like a nosecone. Normally the fairing falls to Earth where SpaceX picks up the pieces and builds a new one for the next launch, but recovering it without damaging it is a multi-million dollar achievement. Unfortunately, the company's first attempt didn't go as planned. The main issue with recovering the fairing is that it's a "dumb" piece of hardware that isn't particularly aerodynamic and plummets towards Earth at well over the speed of sound, meaning that it lands wherever it lands and that's about it. This time around, SpaceX equipped its fairing with thrusters of its own as well as a guidance system and parachute which was supposed to slow it down enough that SpaceX's fancy ship, called Mr. Steven, could use its giant net to catch it in the air. Yeah, it didn't work. Rather than landing in the net as planned, the fairing slammed into the ocean a few hundred meters away. Judging by the photos of the intact fairing that Musk posted, it seems to have landed more gently than it normally would have, which is obviously good news for SpaceX, but it's still not in the net where it's supposed to be. https://www.instagram.com/p/BfgRX-lgIt6/?taken-by=elonmusk The concept, however, appears to have worked. The fairing did survive reentry and the chutes did deploy as originally planned. According to Musk, the failure to catch the fairing was the result of chutes that were simply too small. "Missed by a few hundred meters, but fairing landed intact in water," Musk tweeted. "Should be able [to] catch it with slightly bigger chutes to slow down descent." If SpaceX can successfully recover fairings in the future it would be a huge win for the company. As Musk has previously acknowledged, the cost of a new fairing is somewhere in the neighborhood of $6 million, and while a used fairing would need to be refurbished, just like the Falcon 9's reusable booster, it would still be significantly cheaper than building a fresh one for each launch.
2018/02/22 19:51 BGR
Scientists gave this creepy crawling robot artificial snake skin, and it actually works
Robots come in all shapes and sizes, and while robotics experts are often inspired by nature when designing new bots, you probably wouldn't think a snake would provide much inspiration. You'd be wrong, of course, because researchers just invented a way to make snake-like robots slither along the ground, and they did it using a design perfected by Mother Nature herself. Using artificial snake skin — that is, plastic scales wrapped around a soft, flesh-like body — scientists have succeeded in prototyping and perfecting a snake-like covering for a crawling robot which allows it to move across the ground like an earthworm. However, while the end result might look like a rather simple thing to achieve, finding the right combination of scale shape and configuration was a long and tedious process. To help design their artificial snake skin, the researchers, which published their work in Science Robotics, looked to the past. Using techniques adopted from the Japanese art of paper cutting called Kirigami, the team set about designing various scale shapes in order to see how each reacted when stretched and constricted. An inflatable silicon tube serves as the body of the robotic snake. When the tube is inflated it causes the bot to stretch out like a worm, and when deflated it shrinks, prompting the scales to grab on and pull the rest of the body forward. The researchers quickly found that certain scale shapes work better for this than others, with trapezoidal scales allowing for the fastest overall movement. Snake robots might seem bizarre, but this actually isn't even the first wormy robot to come along. A snake-like robot designed for disaster relief recently stole headlines when it was deployed into Japan's Fukushima reactors in order to observe how the structure is holding up in the years following the catastrophic meltdown. This new self-propelled scaly bot won't be carrying out duties like that any time soon, but the progress made by the researchers could be applied to other robots in the future in order to enhance mobility.
2018/02/22 19:30 BGR
The foldable HD camera drone our readers love is still on sale for just $90
The $800 DJI Mavic Air is the latest high-end drone to stir up buzz across the internet, but you don't need to spend anywhere near that much if you're just looking for a fun foldable drone with first-person camera capabilities. We've covered an ongoing sale on the Holy Stone HS160 Shadow FPV RC Camera Drone a few times here on the site, and hundreds of our readers have taken advantage of the deal. If you can't count yourself among them, you should definitely take this opportunity before the deal is over. Just be sure you clip the $10 on-site coupon to save an extra $10 on top of the already reduced price. Here's what you need to know from the product page: FOLDABLE STRUCTURE: Foldable & flexible blades make the drone small and portable. Also provides a better and safer flight experience Wi-Fi FPV 720P HD CAMERA: Equipped with 720P HD camera to take aerial photos and videos. Images and videos will be stored in both the app and the mobile album system APP CONTROL SYSTEM: Operate your drone through an APP after connecting the Wi-Fi to your phone (iOS or Android), offering you real-time image transmission, easy to shoot and read, fun to share MODULAR and BONUS BATTERY: There are 2 powerful 3.7V 500mAh Modular batteries including 1 bonus, which can support longer flight time for you and your family, this modular design ensures the safety of charge and storage ONE KEY START/ LANDING: Allows players of any level (Beginners Intermediates Experts) to fly the drone easily with perfect control and wonderful performance. Offering Release Date: 2017/8/12
2018/02/22 19:09 BGR
UHANS Max 2 review: A mega-phablet that won’t break the bank
UHANS Max 2 is a sturdy phablet that comes with a ginormous 6.44-inch display and a collection of four cameras. See more details about the product in our review. The post UHANS Max 2 review: A mega-phablet that won窶冲 break the bank appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2018/02/22 19:00 AndroidGuys
Best Screen Protectors for Samsung Gear S3
What are the best screen protectors for the Samsung Gear S3? The Samsung Gear S3 is a beefy smartwatch packed with practically everything you'd need no matter your lifestyle. Whether you plan to take it on outdoor hikes or just wear it around the office, there's always a risk of it banging against a rock or a door frame and getting the touchscreen scuffed up or worse. We've rounded up the best products for keeping your Gear S3 protected, with several options offering a 3-packs of these tempered glass discs so you have a couple of chances at a perfectly clean install, or a few backups if you're expecting heavy wear. Supershieldz Tempered Glass Screen Protector OMOTON Full Coverage Tempered Glass Screen Protector Skinomi TechSkin Full Coverage Skin and Screen Protector Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector Supershieldz Tempered Glass Screen Protector (Frontier / Classic) Supershieldz is a trusted name in screen protectors, so naturally, you can expect a great product at a grea...
2018/02/22 19:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
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National Margarita Day 2018: Where to find free and cheap drinks today
2018 was an incredibly long year, but... what's that? It's still February? Sounds like now might be the perfect time for a drink. Thankfully, today just so happens to be National Margarita Day, which means that a number of restaurants all around the country are offering deals on delicious, alcoholic frozen drinks. Before we go any further, we have to warn you that the deals we’ve listed below will only be available at participating locations. So before you rush out to grab your free (or cheap) marg, be sure to call ahead and see if your local store is joining in on the fun of the holiday. Better safe than sorry, especially when free drinks are on the line! Here are all the deals we’ve managed to find so far. If we see more, we’ll be sure to add them to the list (and feel free to leave a comment below if you find a great deal on margaritas that we didn’t list here): Abuelo's: Hand-crafted margaritas are $6.95 all day today "where allowed by law." Bahama Breeze: Classic Margaritas are $2.22 all day. Participating locations are also giving away 100 free bottles of margarita-themed nail polish with purchase of food or drink. Buffalo Wild Wings: From Thursday through Sunday, the wing joint will serve $5 House Margaritas, $4 Street Tacos and $3 chips and salsa. Chili's: The new Chambord Flirt margarita is $5 all day, every day for the month of February. Chuy's: $1 floaters and $1 off the Frozen Blackberry and Frozen Blood Orange Margaritas all day. Margaritaville: $3.99 traditional margaritas and $10 off any $50 retail purchase. On The Border: Signature house margaritas for $2 from February 9th - February 22nd. Pepper’s Mexican Grill and Cantina: All margaritas are two for one, any size or flavor. Taco Cabana: $3 margaritas and $2 off any quesadilla all day today. Twin Peaks: $4 margaritas on Thursday at participating locations. Voodoo Doughnut: Get a free Jose Cuervo-themed margarita doughnut. In addition to all of the locations listed above, be sure to poke around and call your local restaurants for more deals. We will do our best to keep this list up to date throughout the day as well, so don’t forget to check back here later and see if there are any deals or freebies you might have missed the first time around.
2018/02/22 18:48 BGR
Deal: Get 74% off lease price of Galaxy Note8, S8, S8+ from Sprint!
For a limited time, you can save 74% off the lease price of a new Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or S8+ from Sprint, with $0 down, on an 18-month lease. Galaxy Note 8 Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8+ Retail Price $960 $750 $850 Monthly Lease $40 $31.25 $35.42 74% Off $18 $8 $12 See Note 8 at Sprint See S8 at Sprint See S8+ at Sprint Sprint's Unlimited Freedom Plan If you're looking to pair up your new phone with a plan, Sprint's Unlimited Freedom is one of the cheapest on the market with 4 lines for $25/mo per line and 5th line free (until 03/31/19), with autopay. Plus Hulu is now included! Unlimited talk, text, and data. Once you've reached 23GB of data, your speeds may temporarily slow down during times of high network congestion. HD video, 1080p 10GB of 4G mobile hotspot The finer print: This deal requires a new line of service activation and an 18-month lease. Well-qualified customers are eligible. At the end of the 18-month lease, you have the option to ...
2018/02/22 18:46 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Android users can now receive multimedia texts from some businesses
Google has been working on adopting Rich Communication Services (RCS) for quite some time now, rolling out the feature in Android Messages and getting initial support from the likes of Sprint. Now a few more retail business can take advantage of the initiative, too. [...]
2018/02/22 18:40 Android and Me
Amazon’s deal of the day gets you a killer Wi-Fi setup for just $48 total
We're big fans of mesh wireless systems here at BGR. Specifically, the AmpliFi HD mesh system is our favorite and the Google Wifi System is a close runner-up. But Amazon has a big deal of the day going on tons of networking gear, and there's a Wi-Fi solution hiding in there that costs just a fraction of what you'll pay for a solid mesh system. The Netgear WNR2020v2 Wi-Fi Router with High Power 5dBi External Antennas is on sale today for just $17.99, and Netgear EX6120-100NAS WiFi Range Extenders are down to just $29.99 including a $10 on-site coupon. Grab one of each and you'll blanket your entire home with fast, reliable Wi-Fi for a total of just $48. If you have a giant house, pick up an extra range extender and you're still well under $100 when all is said and done. You can shop Amazon's full sale on networking gear right here, or check out these two particular devices below. Netgear WNR2020v2 Wi-Fi Router N300 Wi-Fi speed for faster downloads & Internet gaming 5dBi antennas for improved Wi-Fi coverage. NOTE: This product comes with an ethernet cable. Manage your home network with NETGEAR genie Use Push-N-Connect to add devices to your WiFi network with a push of a button GUEST NETWORK ACCESS for separate & secure WiFi access for guests SECURE WIFI CONNECTIONS for highest level wireless security with WPA/WPA2 4 MB flash and 32 MB RAM, Five (5) (1 WAN, 4 LAN) Fast Ethernet ports This version of the product will have 'WNR2020-200PAS' stickered on box Netgear EX6120-100NAS WiFi Range Extender Ideal for extending WiFi to devices like the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, iPad 2, and PlayStation 3 Extend WiFi up to 1200Mbps. The product may not be compatible with routers or gateways with firmware that has been altered, is based on open source programs, or is non-standard or outdated. Convenient wall-plug design;External antennas for better performance. Standards : IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz / IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz. One (1) 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet port with auto-sensing technology Compatible to 2.4 and/or 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless router or gateway and Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0, Firefox 20 or Safari 5.1 or Google Chrome 25.0 browsers or higher Fast Ethernet Port to connect a wired device
2018/02/22 18:27 BGR
Let Seagate's $76 external drive keep 3TB of your most important files backed up
A must-have. Seagate's 3TB Expansion desktop hard drive offers a ton of storage space in a rather small package, which makes it very desirable. It doesn't take up a ton of space on your desk and with its USB 3.0 connection it makes backing up and transferring files a breeze. Whether you have a large photo library or keep local copies of all your important tax documents, this external drive can be useful to everyone in the family. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac, though the company notes that you may need to reformat the drive to use it with a Mac machine. This drive is part of a larger one-day sale that includes tons of other storage devices, routers, modems and more. See at Amazon ...
2018/02/22 18:17 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
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Google I/O 2018 registration is now open
Google revealed the location and dates of Google I/O 2018 last month. If you've been waiting to get your own tickets, now's your chance - registration is finally open to the general public. Just like last year, I/O uses a raffle system, so you won't know for sure if you have a ticket until February 28. Your payment method will be pre-authorized once you register, but you will only be charged if you are selected.
2018/02/22 18:09 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
Galaxy S9 pricing all but confirmed, and yep, it’s as bad as we thought
On Sunday, Samsung is set to finally unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+, its answer to Apple's gamechanging iPhone X. As is hallowed tradition on the internet, a smorgasbord of leaks and rumors have told us nearly everything we need to know about the Galaxy S9 itself, but one mystery has remained: The price. Thanks to legendary mobile leaker Evan Blass, you don't need to wonder any more. The Galaxy S9 will reportedly start at €841 in Europe, while the Galaxy S9+ will reportedly be priced at €997. Judging by how European prices have historically translated to the US pricing, that means we'll likely be looking at $850 for the Galaxy S9, and $950 for the Galaxy S9+. Yeouch. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/966717256205045760 A direct conversion of those Euro prices to dollars would actually make things look even more expensive -- $1,036 for the Galaxy S9 and $1,229 for the Galaxy S9+ -- but European pricing tends to be a little higher, and the prices quoted by carriers also often include tax. You also can't forget that that's the base-level pricing. $850 gets you a single-lens camera at 64GB of storage, but other leaks have suggested that storage options will go all the way up to 256GB, so it's very possible the most expensive model of Galaxy S9+ will cost well over $1,000, up there with the iPhone X. It's a bold pricing strategy for Samsung, even considering that the iPhone X has had success with its thousand-dollar pricetag. You have to remember that Apple also launched the iPhone 8 last year, which starts at $699. People who want a 2018 top-tier iPhone can buy the iPhone 8 for a usual amount of money, but anyone wanting to do the same thing with Samsung is going to be out of luck. The company has put all its eggs in one very expensive basket, and it has the potential to backfire. The only saving grace is that we've heard Samsung is going to have aggressive trade-in promotions right from the start. We've heard that a $350 trade-in promotion will be available from pre-orders, and that $350 will apply to "all" trade-ins, not just recent phones like the Galaxy S8. If that's true, Samsung will be bringing the effective price down to $500 for anyone upgrading from an older phone like a Galaxy S7 (or maybe even an S6!), which should help with that aggressive pricing. The only saving grace is that we've heard Samsung is going to have aggressive trade-in promotions right from the start. We've heardhttp://bgr.com/2018/02/20/galaxy-s9-launch-deals-price/ that a $350 trade-in promotion will be available from pre-orders, and that $350 will apply to "all" trade-ins, not just recent phones like the Galaxy S8. If that's true, Samsung will be bringing the effective price down to $500 for anyone upgrading from an older phone like a Galaxy S7 (or maybe even an S6!), which should help with that aggressive pricing.
2018/02/22 18:06 BGR
A parent's guide to kids using their phone during an active shooter event
The ability to communicate is powerful when everything goes wrong. Crisis situations come in all shapes and sizes, and when you are not there with your kid to protect them these events can be equally terrifying. While the most important thing is staying safe, there's nothing wrong with being prepared and knowing the best way to navigate a bad situation. It's not always easy to remember the right thing to do in those situations even as adults, but if your son or daughter has their phone nearby they have access to a ton of things that can be both life saving and eye opening. Here're a couple of simple ways you can teach your kids to use their phones effectively in these situations, to keep themselves and others safe. Know who to contact first First and foremost, your phone is a communication tool. If something terrible has happened around you and you notice it first, get somewhere safe and call 911. Give the operator as much information as possible, and do everything you can to fol...
2018/02/22 18:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
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Magisk developer adds support for Huawei devices, will be away for the next 4 months
Magisk, one of the most recognized and well-known rooting solutions around, has just received an update to version 16.0. The update comes just a short week after version 15.4 was released, and includes a bootloop fix, support for Huawei and Honor devices with Treble (the Mate 10, 10 Pro, and View 10), and a few other changes. According to Magisk lead developer topjohnwu (aka John Wu), Project Treble makes adding support for Magisk much easier — he was able to get everything up and running in around just six hours.
2018/02/22 17:52 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
The new video of Boston Dynamics’ robot dog is even more horrifying than the first one
This is it, ladies and gentlemen; you're witnessing the exact moment the sentient robots will cite some day in the future when they've conquered the human race and enslaved us all. OK fine, so maybe we're being a big dramatic. Maybe we can do whatever we want with robots. Maybe we can make them vacuum our floors and wash our windows without any cause for concern. And maybe the scientists at Boston Dynamics can go ahead and abuse their terrifyingly creepy robot dogs all they want without any real ramifications. After all, experts agree that there won't be any real risk of a robot uprising anytime soon. Maybe that's all fine... but do you really want to risk it? Last week, Boston Dynamics released a video that showed one of its SpotMini robot dogs helping out another SpotMini by opening a door so it could walk into the next room. The video was insanely fascinating and incredibly horrifying, so it immediately went viral. Let's rewatch it now, shall we? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUyU3lKzoio Well, the good folks at Boston Dynamics decided that little demo wasn't bad enough, and there might be a few of us left out here who were still able to sleep soundly at night. So, naturally, the only solution was to release a new video of its SpotMini robots that's even scarier. In the new SpotMini robot dog video posted on YouTube by Boston Dynamics this week, we learn what happens when a SpotMini encounters resistance while it's trying to complete a task. In this case, the task is opening and walking through the same door it walked through in the company's first video. And the resistance is a Boston Dynamics researcher conjuring the spirit of an annoying teenage older brother. The robot begins by being given the same task it had last time. It approaches the closed door and then extents its creepy robot-arm head to grab the handle. That's when the Boston Dynamics scientist smacks the arm with a hockey stick, causing the SpotMini to miss its mark as it attempts to grasp the door handle. Then, when the robot does finally grab the handle, the researcher smacks it again so it loses its grip. After grabbing the handle again and fighting through some more resistance while the researcher tries to hold the door closed, the SpotMini robot finally begins to walk through. That is, until the researcher grabs a ribbon tied around its robot waist and forcibly drags it back into the room. We won't spoil the entire video, but we will warn you that it gets a little gruesome and the SpotMini actually ends up losing one of its robot body parts at one point. "A test of SpotMini's ability to adjust to disturbances as it opens and walks through a door. A person (not shown) drives the robot up to the door, points the hand at the door handle, then gives the 'GO' command, both at the beginning of the video and again at 42 seconds," Boston Dynamics explains in the description of the video. "The robot proceeds autonomously from these points on, without help from a person. A camera in the hand finds the door handle, cameras on the body determine if the door is open or closed and navigate through the doorway. Software provides locomotion, balance and adjusts behavior when progress gets off track. The ability to tolerate and respond automatically to disturbances like these improves successful operation of the robot." The description then concludes with a disclaimer: "Note: This testing does not irritate or harm the robot." Sure, Boston Dynamics, keep telling yourself that. Watch the horror unfold in the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFuA50H9uek
2018/02/22 17:45 BGR
LG’s 2018 edition K8 and K10 announced ahead of MWC
This year’s Mobile World Congress is just around the corner, and while rumor has it that LG is going to announce a high-end V30s during the show, the company is unveiling two other new handsets a little early. Today the Life’s Good crew officially announced two new devices: the [...]
2018/02/22 17:26 Android and Me
First Android Go phones will be announced next week at MWC
Android Go was announced almost a year ago, at Google I/O 2017. It's a modified version of Android, designed to function better on low-end hardware (think 512MB phones). Google said the first Go phones would ship in 2018, and even though several Go apps have been released on the Play Store, no devices have hit the market yet. Thanks to a new blog post from Google, we finally know when Android Go phones will arrive.
2018/02/22 17:15 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
How to add fast charging to your iPhone X/8/8 Plus for $41 instead of the $74 Apple charges
Apple’s new iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus are the first iPhones ever to include wireless charging, which is by far the most convenient way to refuel your smartphone. Wireless charging is also much slower than wired charging though, especially since Apple’s new iPhone lineup doesn’t support the fastest available wireless charging standard. The latest iPhones also supposed wired fast charging though, and that’s definitely the way to go if you want to power up your phone as quickly as possible. You’ll need a 30W wall adapter and a USB-C to Lightning cable though, and you’ll pay $74 if you buy them from Apple. If you get the UGREEN USB Type-C 30W Wall Charger along with Apple's USB-C to Lightning Cable though, you’ll only spend $41 total. Here are some bullet points from the UGREEN product page: 30W USB C Power Delivery Charging: The UGREEN 30W(5V/3A, 9V/2A, 15V/2A or 20V/1.5A) USB‑C Power Adapter is equipped with advanced PD technology and provides fast charging for any of your USB Type C-enabled device(USB C cable or lightning to usb c cable is not included ). We suggest pairing it with devices that support Power Delivery function for maximum charging performance. Your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X could be fully charged in 100 minutes, and 12" Macbook in 2 hours. Broad Compatibility with PD and QC Fast Charging Supported Devices: This USB C Charger works for iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, 2017/2016 MacBook 12 inch, New 2017 Nintendo Switch, Google Chromebook Pixel 2015, Nexus 6P 5X, Google Pixel 2/2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus, Samsung Chromebook Plus, Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL, Moto Z, One Plus 2 Cell Phone. Important Note: For Nintendo Switch, please only use this charger to charge the console directly. Charging through the dock is NOT supported. Safely Charging with Multiple Protection: Internal sophisticated circuit design with reliable multiple protections against over-current, over-voltage, overheating and short circuit. Portable and Compact: With compact and tiny size, it fits in the palm of your hand, lightweight and easily portable for travel use. Manufacturer Warranty: UGREEN USB C Wall Charger is backed with 18 months warranty and lifetime customer service support.
2018/02/22 17:01 BGR
Charge up your phone with a sophisticated looking marble wireless Qi charger
Toss out the cable and get rid of your old, ugly, black charger. The Takieso marble charger works with all Qi-ready phones, including the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and many others. Wireless charging for the win! The post Charge up your phone with a sophisticated looking marble wireless Qi charger appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2018/02/22 17:00 AndroidGuys
Best Cases for the Honor View 10
Protect your Honor View 10 with one of these cases. The Honor View 10 is a slick new phone with a modern design and plenty of power to back it up, but it's also made entirely of aluminum, which is notoriously slippery and easy to scratch. If you're thinking about picking up a View 10 any time soon, a case wouldn't be a bad idea. There aren't too many cases for the View 10 at the moment — after all, the phone itself isn't even out yet — but we've sought out some of the best cases you should consider. Avidet Hard Back Zeking Ultra Slim KuGi Folio TopAce Ultra Thin Armor-X Avidet Hard Back The Avidet Hard Case is a simple case for those that just want a little protection for the back of their phone. Rather than wrapping around all of its edges, this case simply snaps onto the sides of the View 10 and adds some much-needed grip. It's made of a hard polycarbonate to withstand any scratches or dents that would otherwise deface the View 10's aluminum back, and it leaves p...
2018/02/22 17:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Results from Motorola study on smartphone user habits look scary, probably aren’t
Samsung resumes Android Oreo update for Galaxy S8 and S8+
Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out
New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We’ve shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with [...]
2018/02/21 19:31 Android and Me
Snapchat doubles down on their new design, regardless of how much you hate it
Unless you’ve been avoiding social media for the past week, you’ve probably heard just how much everyone hates the new Snapchat update. It’s been universally decried for being confusing, less organized, and more difficult to use than the older, perfectly functional layout. The update is so bad it sparked a Change.org petition that garnered over one million […] Come comment on this article: Snapchat doubles down on their new design, regardless of how much you hate it
2018/02/22 16:55 TalkAndroid
Every movie and TV show coming to Netflix in March
Another month, another content explosion as Netflix welcomes dozens of new movies, TV shows and specials to its service in the coming days and weeks. Netflix unveiled the streaming lineup for March on Thursday, which includes movies like 300, Adventureland, Casino, Ghostbusters, and 50 First Dates. As always, the original content is the most exciting of the bunch from the second season of Marvel's Jessica Jones to the twelfth season of Trailer Park Boys, which is still going strong all these years later. March will also see the debut of Ricky Gervais's latest standup special, Humanity, which is his first in ages. You can see the full list of additions to the Netflix streaming service for the month of March below: Streaming March 1st 300 21 Thunder: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL 2307: Winter's Dream Adel Karam: Live from Beirut -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Adventureland Algo Muy Gordo Alpha and Omega Battle Drone Beerfest Casino Cruel Intentions Cruel Intentions 2 Cruel Intentions 3 Deathgrip Forgetting Sarah Marshall Ghostbusters Ghostbusters 2 Gridiron Gang Guess Who Hostage I Am Number Four I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Jackass: Number Two Land Gold Women Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Eighteenth Year Martian Child Moon People Like Us Revolutionary Road Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild The Brothers Grimm The Bucket List The Descent The Descent: Part 2 The Experiment The Fifth Estate The Gift The Lazarus Project True to the Game Untraceable Up in the Air Wet Hot American Summer Women at War 1939-1945 Streaming March 2nd B: The Beginning: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Flint Town: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Girls Incarcerated: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Les Affamés -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Malena Pichot: Estupidez compleja -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Natalia Valdebenito: El Especial -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 5 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming March 4th Expedition China The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming March 5th F The Prom The World's Most Extraordinary Homes: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming March 6th Benji Borderliner: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL For the Love of Benji Gad Elmaleh: American Dream -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming March 7th Aftershock Streaming March 8th Bad Guys: Vile City: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Ladies First -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming March 9th A.I.C.O. Incarnation: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Collateral: Limited Series -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Love: Season 3 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Malala Yousafzai -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Nailed It: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Outsider -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming March 10th Septiembre, un Llanto en Silencio Streaming March 12th Kygo: Live at the Hollywood Bowl Troy: The Odyssey Streaming March 13th Children of the Whales: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Ricky Gervais: Humanity -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming March 15th Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie Power Rangers Ninja Steel: Season 1 Tabula Rasa: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Hollywood Masters: Season 2 Streaming March 16th Benji -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Edha: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL On My Block: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Spirit Riding Free: Season 4 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Take Your Pills -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Wild Wild Country: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming March 19th In Search of Fellini Streaming March 20th 100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice The Standups: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming March 21st Conor McGregor: Notorious Streaming March 23rd Alexa & Katie: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Dinotrux Supercharged: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Game Over, Man! -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Layla M.-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Requiem: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Roxanne Roxanne -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Santa Clarita Diet: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL SWORDGAI The Animation: Part 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Mechanism: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming March 24th Red Trees Streaming March 27th Men on a Mission: 2018 Streaming March 28th 50 First Dates Little Women Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown The Art of War Streaming March 30th A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL First Match -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Happy Anniversary -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Season 2 Part 1 Rapture: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Reboot: The Guardian Code: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Sofía Niño de Rivera: Selección natural -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Titan-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Trailer Park Boys: Season 12 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Trump: An American Dream: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL Streaming March 31st Let Me In Check back in a little while for a full list of movies, shows and specials being removed from Netflix next month. In the meantime, watch a short video featuring some of the highlights coming in March below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aba6YHUO7s
2018/02/22 16:42 BGR
[TA Deals] Name your price and learn Python with this coding bundle
If you want to learn Python, there’s no better way to start than with our Absolute Python Bundle. It includes five courses with dozens of hours of content to kickstart your coding career, including some dives into some more advanced practices. You’ll get several beginner courses to get your feet wet and two extra courses […] Come comment on this article: [TA Deals] Name your price and learn Python with this coding bundle
2018/02/22 16:40 TalkAndroid
Pay once to host your website for life with Dragify
As business moves online and people's attention moves to the web more and more, having your own website is more than an asset — it's almost a necessity. But maintaining a website means paying monthly or yearly hosting fees which can quickly add up over time. Fortunately, there are companies like Dragify Website Hosting which will keep your website hosted and domain registered for a one-time payment of just $49.99. This deal from Windows Central Digital Offers is here to alleviate frustration and to alleviate the strain on your bank account. Dragify is also a custom website designer that lets you create your own website the way you want it, which is included for free to allow you to create professional-looking sites without scripting or coding. Typically this service would cost you upwards of $600, but with this deal, you'll save 83%. This weekend only, you can save an additional 40% by using coupon code USA40 at checkout! That brings your price down to just 29.99! Dragify us...
2018/02/22 16:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
NASA’s Phoenix robot is being swallowed up by Mars
When NASA shot its Phoenix lander into space in August of 2007, it wasn't expecting it to last very long. The robotic spacecraft touched down on Mars in May of 2008 and began a three-month scientific mission to study the makeup of the planet's dusty surface. Scientists wanted to know if the conditions on the planet were adequate to support microscopic life and if water was ever abundant on its surface. It did its job, and the mission was considered a success, but unlike many piece of high-tech NASA hardware it never got much of a chance to exceed expectations. Waning sunlight caused the solar-powered lander to poop out a couple of months after it wrapped up its initial objectives, and now, a decade later, Mars has almost completely swallowed the Phoenix and erased all evidence that it was even there. "The lander worked for two additional months before reduced sunlight caused energy to become insufficient to keep the lander functioning," NASA explains. "The solar-powered robot was not designed to survive through the dark and cold conditions of a Martian arctic winter." Mars is windy and dusty, and that's a really bad combination for a piece of hardware that doesn't move. As new images of the Phoenix landing site reveal, a decade of dust has obscured the lander and erased the dark patches it created when it completed its descent. It won't be long before Mother Mars completely engulfs what's left, leaving the relic to become little more than a Martian fossil. The image above is a comparison between the Phoenix landing site shortly after impact and what it looks like today. The bright circle and dark patch in the upper portion of the image is the lander itself and the ground beneath the dust it ejected upon impact, while the dark blob in the bottom right is the spot where the lander's rear shell and parachute ended up. As you can see, it didn't take long for the planet's winds to cause dust to drift over the entire area once more. NASA has long considered the Phoenix dead, so seeing that it's been caked in dust isn't exactly a surprise. However, in a time where space agencies the world over are moving towards manned missions to the Red Planet, it is a timely reminder that the planet wastes no time in erasing the things we send there.
2018/02/22 16:11 BGR
Samsung Internet Browser reaches 500 million installs on the Play Store
When you consider that Samsung Internet Browser comes pre-installed on all of the Korean company's smartphones, this milestone might not seem so impressive. However, the web browser was recently opened up to all Android devices, regardless of the manufacturer, and it's clearly been popular enough with other users to take it over the 500 million installs mark on the Play Store. If you've used the app you'll be less surprised.
2018/02/22 16:09 Android Police – Android news, reviews, apps, games, phones, tablets
Are Nest Products Worth it?
Yes. Nest is the Apple of all things that aren't actually Apple. That is, Nest products look really good, work really well — and probably cost a good bit more than something that doesn't look as good and work as well. And that makes sense when you remember that Nest was started by one of the guys who helped make the first iPod. No, there was ever going to be anything boring about Nest as a company. From the internal struggles we've seen (and those are just the things we know about publicly) to the purchase by Google and shift to the Alphabet system and return to Google proper — no, it's not a boring company. The product side certainly stands out, too. Space-age thermostats. Smoke detectors that do far more than deafen you. Intelligent cameras. An alarm system you'll actually want to use. And, soon, a doorbell. No. There's absolutely nothing at all boring about Nest. The Nest Thermostat It's not surprising that the first Nest Thermostat — the company...
2018/02/22 16:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
The BLU Vivo X launches on Amazon with four cameras for $299
Amazon sale saves you $60 on Anker’s hot new RoboVac, plus get a free Alexa speaker
If you're in the market for a new robot vacuum, you just hit the jackpot. Amazon has a killer two-part deal going today on one of the hottest new robot vacuums on the market. Anker's RoboVac 11 has been a fan favorite forever, and now the new upgraded Eufy RoboVac 11c Pet Edition adds stronger suction as well as an updated three-point cleaning system. The unit costs $300 on Amazon, but the coupon code MJQ9HTQX will save you $60 at checkout. But wait, there's more! Add a Eufy Genie Smart Speaker With Amazon Alexa and use the second coupon code 66DWJHE9, and you'll get Anker's popular $35 Alexa speaker for free! That's $95 in total savings, and you're running out of time to take advantage. Eufy RoboVac 11c Pet Edition Dynamic Power: BoostIQ technology automatically increases suction power to 1200Pa (max) for surfaces which are traditionally hard to clean. Extraordinary Endurance: The high-capacity Li-ion battery powers constant, strong suction for up to 100 minutes*. Recharges automatically. Triple-Cleaning Action: Two side brushes, a wide rolling brush and powerful suction work in together to rid floors of fur, dirt, and dust. Premium Features: Anti-scratch tempered glass cover for protection, infrared-sensor for evading obstacles, and drop-sensing tech to avoid falls. What You Get: RoboVac 11c Pet Edition, remote control (2 AAA batteries included), boundary strips, charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, extra set of high-performance filters, extra set of side brushes, welcome guide and our worry-free 12-month warranty. Eufy Genie Smart Speaker With Amazon Alexa Eufy Genie is a voice-controlled smart speaker with Amazon's intelligent Alexa voice assistant. Just say the wake word "Alexa" and Genie plays music, controls your smart home devices, answers your questions, sets calendars, reports the weather and news and more.(2.4GHz Wi-Fi Network Support Only, No Bluetooth) If you have more than one Eufy Genie or Echo in your home, Spatial Perception Technology intelligently selects the Eufy Genie or Echo closest to you to answer your request. Built with a 2W speaker that delivers dynamic audio and room-filling sound, so you can truly enjoy your favorite playlists from streaming services like Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Pandora and iHeartRadio. Enables a true voice-controlled smart home experience. Use Genie to control all Alexa-compatible Eufy smart products, such as RoboVac 11c and Lumos LED Smart Bulbs, in addition to other brands that work with Alexa. Easy setup with the free EufyHome app. Use the Amazon Alexa app to access 10000+ skills and services, such as Sirius XM, Domino's Pizza, Uber, ESPN, NPR News, and much more. Plus, Genie is always getting smarter. Future updates include: Alexa messaging and calling. (EufyHome requires a smartphone or tablet running iOS 8.0 (and above) or Android 4.3 (and above) to operate.) What You Get: Eufy Genie, AC power adapter (5ft/1.5m), AUX cable (5ft/1.5m), user manual, safety instruction card, our worry-free 12-month warranty and lifetime technical support.
2018/02/22 15:46 BGR
Add two USB ports to your wall receptacles for just $12 each
Make them more useful. Topgreener outlets are some of our favorites, and that's for a good reason. For the most part, they are quite affordable, and they add a lot of value once installed. Using coupon code QLRYKOHG, you can drop this newly-released outlet from $16.99 down to $11.89. At this price, you'll probably want to grab a few of these for your house. Each one has two AC plugs and two USB ports, which turns a space that used to charge two devices into one that can easily charge four. The USB outlets have a 3.1A output to quickly charge your devices. Installing this receptacle is quite simple, though there are a few things to know. Be sure to check out this video before trying it for yourself. If you aren't comfortable trying it on your own, most local electricians charge very reasonable rates for swapping these things out. You can also check out the 4.8A version for just under $20 with coupon code 15TGUSBDN. Neither comes with a wall plate, so you'll want to be sure to grab ...
2018/02/22 15:45 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Android Oreo rollout resumes for Galaxy S8/S8+
Hopefully for good this time. Android Oreo's availability for the Galaxy S8 has been, problematic. Samsung didn't start issuing a public update until February 8 (more than five months after Oreo's release), and then on February 14 it was stopped due to instances of phones randomly rebooting after upgrading to the new software. Thankfully, users are now reporting that Samsung has finally resumed Oreo's rollout. The new firmware version numbers are G950FXXU1CRB7 and G955XXU1CRB7, and if you already downloaded the first Oreo update earlier this month, the new software should weight in at a little more than 530MB. Similar to last time, this update is being made available in Germany and will then expand to more countries over the coming days and weeks. If you've got a Galaxy S8, have you received Oreo on your phone yet? Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Galaxy S8 and S8+ review! Galaxy S8 and S8+ specs Everything you need to know about the Galaxy S8’s cameras Get to know Samsu...
2018/02/22 15:34 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Essential Phone owners can now get Android Oreo beta updates via OTA
Lava Red OnePlus 5T is officially sold out in North America
Now a collector's item. The 5T is OnePlus's best-looking phone to-date, and limited edition colors like Sandstone White and Lava Red have helped to spruce it up way more than its standard Midnight Black option. The Lava Red OnePlus 5T originally went on sale in North America on February 6, and a little over two weeks later, it's officially sold out. OnePlus originally said that the Lava Red 5T would only be available "while supplies last", and that means your only chance of getting the phone now lies with third-party marketplaces such as eBay and Swappa. The last embers fade in. The #OnePlus5T Lava Red is officially sold out in North America! Thanks for the amazing support 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Sg74MvUFkX— OnePlus (@oneplus) February 22, 2018 The OnePlus 5T in Lava Red was selling for $559 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and should you find it somewhere else, expect to pay a fair bit more considering it's now a collector's item for buyers in the U.S. and Canada. ...
2018/02/22 15:06 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Enjoy your last two months of unrestricted internet: The FCC just made net neutrality repeal official
The FCC has published its net neutrality rules repeal in the Federal Register, a process that spells the beginning of the end for a free and open internet. Publishing the final notice of the repeal, which the FCC voted on late last year, triggers a 60-day countdown until the rules are removed. At that point, the only thing standing between your internet service provider and a throttled internet dystopia is a pinky-swear promise from the ISPs not to do anything nasty, and that's not even worth the web page it's written on. Not all hope has to be abandoned just yet, however. Posting the notice of the repeal in the federal register also makes it possible for it to be legally challenged, or overturned by lawmakers using the Congressional Review Act. House Democrats have already put forward a bill using the CRA, a little-known piece of legislation that up to now, had almost exclusively been used by Republicans to overturn federal rules put in place by the Obama administration. Against all the odds, the bill is collecting co-sponsors and even Republican support, and it now looks like it has a realistic chance of getting the votes to pass through the Senate. Democrats have enough votes to force an up-or-down vote on the bill through the Senate, and if they can get just one more Republican senator to flip, it'll pass. However, the chances of preserving net neutrality via the Congressional Review Act seem slim. A bill would have to pass the House of Representatives, where Republicans have firmer control, and then be signed into law by President Trump. Given that he backed the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality provisions, the chances of that happening seem slim right now. Nonetheless, it's a politically savvy move by Democrats to force Republicans into supporting a policy that's overwhelmingly unpopular in an election year. “Now it’s officially go time, and the Internet is gearing up for a hell of a fight,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future. “The CRA is the clearest path to restore net neutrality protections that never should have been taken away in the first place. A vote is imminent, and every senator needs to decide right now whether they’re going to listen to their constituents or go down in history as having voted against the free and open Internet.” Meanwhile, state attorney generals have already signalled their intention to file lawsuits challenging the net neutrality repeal in court, as have pro-net-neutrality advocacy groups. Mignon Clyburn, one of the two Democractic FCC commissioners who has fought for net neutrality, said she is "both disappointed and hopeful. Disappointed that this is one more anti-consumer notch on this FCC's belt, but hopeful that the arc of history is bent in favor of net neutrality protections. Whether it is litigation, state action, or some other mechanism that brings it about, I am sure that robust net neutrality protections will prevail with the American public."
2018/02/22 15:25 BGR
‘Super Mario Odyssey’ gets free update with new Balloon World mode
One of the best games of 2017 just received its first major update since launching last year. On Wednesday evening, Nintendo released a free update for Super Mario Odyssey that adds a new post-game Luigi's Balloon World mode, a few new outfits for Mario to collect, and new filters for the game's Snapshot Mode. In order to access Luigi's challenges, you'll need to install the update and beat the main story. Once you've finished the game, Luigi will begin appearing in different kingdoms, offering Mario new challenges to complete. In the "Hide It" mode, Mario will be tasked with hiding a balloon somewhere around the kingdom where other players aren't likely to find. Then in the "Find It" mode, Mario has to find balloons that other players have hidden. The better you are at hiding and finding balloons, the higher up you'll move in the online rankings. And although Luigi is sadly not playable, he will react to the different outfits that Mario wears. For example, if Mario wears the Luigi outfit, his brother will think he's seeing double. If he wears his tuxedo, Luigi will ask Mario why he never told him that he's getting married. A playable Luigi would have been preferable, but at least he's talkative. In addition to Balloon World, the update also adds three new outfits to the post-game shop: Musician Hat & Outfit, Sunshine Shades & Outfit, and Knight Helmet & Armor. Outfits don't have any effect on gameplay, but you happen to be a completionist, you now have a few more collectables to acquire in Super Mario Odyssey. Finally, Coin and Neon filters have been added to Snapshot Mode, so you can see your screenshots through a totally different lens. The update is free to download right now for anyone who owns Super Mario Odyssey on Switch.
2018/02/22 15:09 BGR
[Update: Create your own lenses from within the app] Snapchat's Lens Studio will let anyone make and publish Augmented Reality 'Lenses'
Seven astrology apps for those who want to know what fate has in store
Want your horoscope delivered on your smartphone on a daily basis. Install these astrology apps on your smartphones and you can get much more. The post Seven astrology apps for those who want to know what fate has in store appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2018/02/22 15:00 AndroidGuys
Mobile World Congress 2018 preview: What to expect (other than the Galaxy S9)
Galaxy S9, plus. It's easy to imagine that companies like LG, Huawei, Sony and others were more than a little relieved when Samsung didn't announce the Galaxy S8 at last year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The mobile- and cellular-focused show has taken over from January's CES as the place hardware vendors launch their early-year flagships, and there was plenty to get excited about in 2017. This year, there's still a lot to look forward to, but some of the big names are stepping back from the fray, mainly to give breathing room to the most dominant name in Android today: Samsung. Yes, the Galaxy S9 will be launching in just a few days, but it's not the only name on the MWC shortlist this year. Let's take a look at all the major announcements to look forward to at Mobile World Congress 2018. Samsung - Galaxy S9 series Let's start with the big one: Samsung is set to announce two phones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Both are expected to be extremely similar in design and featur...
2018/02/22 15:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Maguss, Cubor
Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any [...]
2018/02/22 14:30 Android and Me
Galaxy S9: Just when we thought there was nothing left to leak…
With just four days to go until Samsung announces its new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship smartphones, it seemed as though everything that could possibly leak had already leaked. We know the new flagship phone duo will feature a design that is almost identical to last year's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. We know the phones will feature big improvements when it comes to performance — especially the Exynos-powered model that will be sold internationally, but not in the United States. And we know that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will feature upgraded cameras that are shaping up to be better than anything we've ever seen on a smartphone, Pixel 2 and iPhone X included. We know Samsung's Galaxy S9 release date, we know approximate pricing for both new smartphone models, and we know Samsung has a big promotion planned that can save early adopters up to $350 when they trade in an old phone. Yes it seems indeed like we know it all... but apparently there are still a few things left to leak. An anonymous user on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo with a user name that Google machine-translates to "Small D Evaluation" (whatever floats your boat, no judgement here) on Thursday posted two images that supposedly show the Galaxy S9's retail box. The images can both be seen below. No, this leak isn't terribly exciting and yes, it could easily be fake. In fact, there are a few glaring issues on the packaging. For one, the box appears to say the included earphones are "tuned by AJG." Last time we checked, the company is called AKG. Also, the box says "Galaxy S9" and the display size lines up with what we've heard, but the rest of the listed specs are clearly for the larger Galaxy S9+. Here they are: 5.8-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display (5.7 inches excluding the rounded sides) Two Dual Pixel 12-megapixel rear cameras with optical image stabilization (OIS) 8-megapixel front-facing camera Water and dust resistance Iris Scanner KNOX security 64GB of internal storage 6GB of RAM Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ this coming Sunday, at which time we'll learn if everything we've heard and seen so far is accurate. The phones are expected to be made available for preorder on either March 1st or March 2nd, and they should be released in stores on Friday, March 16th.
2018/02/22 14:44 BGR
Huawei used its Mate 10 Pro to power a driverless car
Huawei's Mate 10 Pro is one heck of an Android phone, and while Huawei was hoping U.S. carrier availability would get more people to pay attention to it, these plans were ultimately thwarted. Now, just in time for this year's Mobile World Congress, Huawei's kicking things up a notch by announcing it was able to use the Mate 10 Pro to turn a Porsche Panamera into a driverless car. One of the Mate 10 Pro's most unique features is its ability to use artificial intelligence to understand the world around it and make decisions about what it sees. For example, the camera app on the Mate 10 Pro can tell the difference between food, pets, landscapes, and more, and then adjust shooting modes accordingly to help you get the best possible picture. That similar tech was used for Huawei's "RoadReader" driverless car experiment, and when the phone detects what kind of object is in its path, can make decisions about how to avoid it. Commenting on this, Huawei Western Europe's Chief Marketing Off...
2018/02/22 14:32 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
DirecTV Now vs Hulu vs PlayStation Vue vs Sling TV vs YouTube TV – best live TV apps!
Live TV apps are hitting the Internet in a big way. They offer a great substitute for classic cable TV with tons of options. All you need is an Internet connection! Here is our comparison of the biggest names right now, including DirecTV Now, Hulu TV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.
2018/02/22 14:05 Android Authority
An Italian company is trying to reinvent offline retail in India for pre-owned smartphones
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2018/02/22 14:19 BGR
Google will begin certifying Android devices for business use
The big hurdle to overcome with Android for business is the sheer volume of devices in the wild. It's hard to ensure consistency and steady updates, which are crucial for security. Google will recommend specific devices that meet requirements for business.
2018/02/22 14:02 Phandroid
Why an ARM processor in a Chromebook isn't the same as the ARM processor in your phone
Electronics all have one thing in common: how you handle the heat makes all the difference when it comes to performance. We've seen or heard about two really interesting developments when it comes to smart devices recently. The first is that Qualcomm and Microsoft have hooked up and plan to birth some Windows 10 products that run on a Snapdragon processor and promise they will make us happy when it comes to how well they perform. The second is that Samsung has taken an interest in using Android on the desktop and instead of just showing some proof-of-concept video it released the DeX dock. ARM chips aren't making good Windows laptops cheap like many hoped, but they will be easy on the battery and have better connectivity. The jury is still out on the first claim. Companies have announced their 2018 ARM Windows laptops, and like ASUS' upcoming NovaGo, they sound promising even though they aren't quite as inexpensive as people had hoped for. They'll make their way into the hands...
2018/02/22 14:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers