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2 min ago

Win a Goal Zero Venture 30 Solar Recharging Kit and more!

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Simon has been taking a look at accessories for your summer adventures, and one cool gadget he recently reviewed was the Venture 30 charger by Goal Zero. You'll definitely want to check out the full review, but what it boils down to is that while there is some room for improvement, overall the Venture 30 rugged battery pack is more than capable of keeping your gadgets charged while you're out on the trail.

Now it's time to hook you guys up for your adventures! Keep reading to see how to enter to win your own Goal Zero Venture 30 Solar Recharging Kit or Flip 20 Recharger!

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12 min ago

Kaboom is the latest effort to create self-destructing online messages

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As a general rule, it's pretty widely understood that if you want something to stay private you keep it off the Internet. There's never going to be a 100% guarantee that a private message will stay private, because at some point in the process a human being is involved and those folks can't be universally trusted to do the right thing. That doesn't stop companies from giving it a try, and with each revision of this idea we get closer and closer to something that might work in most situations. The latest effort is an app called Kaboom, and if nothing else it's got a nice UI for deleting your message from the Internet when you decide it needs to go.

Essentially, Kaboom is a hosted message service with baked in social sharing and a tool that lets you decide how long a message or photo exists on the Internet before it is removed from the Kaboom servers. You can send a private message with a photo attached and have it disappear in five minutes, or you can post something to Facebook and have the information hidden in the link go away in 24 hours. You get a notification that lets you know when someone has clicked and viewed the message, as well as a button to destroy the message outside of the pre-determined window you initially assigned.

Kaboom also includes the ability to send messages to other Kaboom users, along with a helpful sign-up link for those who aren't already using the service. Since the app can't disable screenshots, your name and phone number are part of the registration process, and photos you take in the Kaboom app still show up in Google Photos, it's not entirely clear why you would do that unless all of your friends were already using this as a messaging service. The links generated by the service are the same everywhere, so it's essentially the same number of steps.

Kaboom is a great tool for streamlining the kill process with messages and photos you don't want to stick around for a while, and as long as you use it in precisely that way and not try to rely on it as an actual privacy tool it can be a useful app in your drawer. It's also free, and you can check it out for yourself starting today.

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50 min ago

Watch Russell talk OnePlus 2 on Tech News 2Night 391

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Our very own Russell Holly got to join the TWiT team and talk OnePlus 2 on Tech News 2Night 391, and you can watch the replay now. We have already shared a number of thoughts about the phone already, but can you ever really have too much discussion? While some are bummed about the lack of NFC support, the demand is still high for this upcoming phone, and Russell breaks it all down for us.

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1 hour ago

Pebble Time Steel to begin shipping first week of August, steel bands may arrive separately

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Pebble has provided another update in regards to the Pebble Time Steel shipments, and the company has stated that backers should start receiving shipping information in the first week of August. The smartwatches have left the production facility on July 27, and are making their way to the distribution points now.

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1 hour ago

T-Mobile revenue surges in Q2 2015 as more customers join team magenta

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T-Mobile today released the company's full report for Q2 2015, announcing increased revenue of 14% year-on-year. As previously covered, the company also managed to add a total of 2.1 million new customers to the network during the quarter.

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3 hours ago

The Top Gear boys are back together on Amazon Prime

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The Top Gear departure of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May left an explosion sized hole in the TV viewing of people around the world. But the trio are back for 2016 and you'll be able to watch their new creation on anything you can get Instant Video on.

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6 hours ago

Sony posts overall profit of $780 million, mobile sales decline 16 percent

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Sony's restructuring efforts — centered around its image sensors and console divisions — are paying off, with the manufacturer announcing a $780 million operating profit for the quarter ending in July. The vendor posted an overall revenue of $14.5 billion, a slight decrease of 0.1 percent from the same period a year ago.

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7 hours ago

Angry Birds 2 is now available on Android

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Although there are more Angry Birds games than Slipknot band members, Rovio hasn't made a sequel for the original title that launched all the way back in 2009. That changed today, as the Finnish manufacturer launched Angry Birds 2 on Android, with the game featuring new strategies, levels, characters, tournaments and more.

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7 hours ago

Samsung to 'adjust' pricing of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to maintain sales momentum

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In its Q2 2015 earnings report, Samsung announced that it will keep sales momentum going for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge into the latter half of the year by "adjusting" their pricing:

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10 hours ago

Huawei surpasses Microsoft to become the third largest handset vendor in the world

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The latest global mobile sales figures from Strategy Analytics show Huawei gaining ground, with the Chinese vendor becoming the third largest manufacturer in the world. In Q2 2015, Huawei accounted for 7 percent of the mobile phone market share, with 30.6 million shipments.

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13 hours ago

Samsung's Q2 2015 earnings point to slight bump in mobile revenue over previous quarter

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Samsung has disclosed its earnings for the second quarter of 2015, reporting an operating profit of $5.9 billion (KRW 6.9 trillion) on total revenues of $41 billion (KRW 48.54 trillion). This lines up with what Samsung forecasted, showing a drop in operating profits from $6.17 billion (KRW 7.19 trillion) year-over-year.

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14 hours ago

Volkswagen's first car with Android Auto starts landing in showrooms

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Volkswagen has announced that the first car sporting Android Auto has started landing in showrooms. The Golf R is the first model to pick up Volkswagen's latest infotainment system — which includes Android Auto on board — but the company says the rest of its 2016 lineup will carry support for Google's connected car system as well.

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15 hours ago

Never ask for directions again with Citymapper on Android Wear

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Getting from point A to point B when you're visiting an unfamiliar city can be confusing and difficult. Trying to find schedules for trains and buses, and knowing when there is a delay in service — it's not fun for anyone. Citymapper is here to make it easier. It'll give you the directions you need, whether that means walking, grabbing a bus, taking the train, or all three. Available on Android Wear through the Google Play Store, this is a fantastic app for anyone who needs to use public transit in the cities it covers.

From your smartwatch, Citymapper gives you two basic options. You can preprogram regular destinations. Two slots appear by default; Home and Work. You can also add in custom destinations. Your other option is to input a trip on your phone and hit Go, it'll transfer to your smartwatch until you end the trip.

Once you've started your trip, you'll get directions using a combination of walking and public transit. Walking directions include time to your first stop, along with a mini map to help you along your way. Swipe to the right and you'll see your next leg of the journey. For bus or train routes, you'll get the line or route number, the destination and estimated time of arrival. If there is a delay you'll see an icon to let you know. Swiping down will give you more information, like the stops you'll pass while you ride.

Each leg of the journey is clearly indicated, and at any time you can open a larger map on your phone to get your bearings. There are also plenty of additional options in the app on your phone liking texting directions to a place you're meeting up with friends, or checking on the status of local Uber services. Citymapper also gives you multiple arrival times for train lines, and lets you know if you can hop multiple different buses if they'll get you to your destination.

The only real downside of the app is that it isn't available everywhere. Right now it has 10 cities including New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Montreal. The app will still work in the surrounding area, but it isn't nearly as effective. The developers are already asking for input on the next city to add, so hopefully they'll be expanding their list of cities soon.

Overall Citymapper is a fantastic app whether you're commuting, or visiting the city on vacation. With it's options it will ensure you can get where you need it, in the most efficient way possible. Plane, train, and automobile are all covered by this app and it's worth checking out if you're in it's area of operation. Have you tried Citymapper? Let us know!

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16 hours ago

LifeProof FRE case review for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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LifeProof has made a name for itself by making some of the best-known waterproof phone cases out there. We took the FRE case for a dip with the Samsung Galaxy S6 to see just how well it fared.

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