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1 week ago

Android Central 316: How to bake a turkey

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Happy Thanksgiving! Take care, and be good to one another!

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1 week ago

Android Central Offers is giving away a Pixel XL, and it could be yours!

Looking to get your hands on a Google Pixel XL but don't have the money available to purchase one for yourself right now? Well, Android Central Offers is hooking up one lucky person with a Pixel XL, and it could be you. All you have to do is sign up for the offer, which is completely free, to be entered for a chance to win it.

Sounds simple, right? That's because it is, and there is very little reason you shouldn't click through and enter for your chance now. The only way to know you won't win is not to enter, so don't do that to yourself.

See at Android Central Offers

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1 week ago

Best games for Google Daydream

What are the best games for Google Daydream?

For many people, Daydream View is more than Google's take on VR. It's the first VR headset for a lot of Pixel owners, and that means there's plenty of room to explore and have some fun. It also means there are a lot of apps in the Play Store asking for some money from you without a whole lot of assurance that the game will be worth the cash.

While there's plenty of fun to be had with the free apps available for Daydream, some of the other experiences are on an entirely different level. Here's where you need to start if you're looking for quality games for Daydream.

Read more at VR Heads!

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1 week ago

Honor 8 now on sale for just £299 in the UK

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The Honor 8 is a great buy for under £300.

As part of Black Friday, the Honor 8 is receiving a £70 discount in the UK. The phone is now available for £299 until November 28. The first 1,000 customers to pick up the phone at a discounted price will get three months of premium insurance for free.

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1 week ago

HTC Desire 10 Pro with FHD display, Helio P10 SoC lands in India for ₹26,490

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It's time to stand out.

HTC has launched the Desire 10 Pro in India, with the phone all set to be available in retail stores starting December 15. HTC has also announced that the global variant of the Bolt — the HTC 10 evo — will make its debut in India before the end of the year.

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1 week ago

How to use Move shortcuts on the Google Pixel

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How do I quickly access notifications using the Google Pixel's fingerprint sensor? Move shortcuts!

Google has added three useful gestures to the Google Pixel that are sure to make you more productive. While they're not exactly new in the Android ecosystem, found in various phones from Motorola to Huawei to LG, they're put to great use here.

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1 week ago

HTC offering free USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter to all Bolt buyers [Update]

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The second best option is still pretty good.

Update: HTC's head of PR, Jeff Gordon, noted to me on Twitter that "future production runs will include the headphone adapter in the box." Good to know!

The HTC Bolt is a pretty great phone, but the Sprint exclusive has one pretty major omission — one increasingly common these days — in the lack of a headphone jack. Worse, unlike the iPhone 7 and Moto Z, two other phones lacking in that ubiquitous circular port, the Bolt doesn't come with a headphone adapter in the box.

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1 week ago

MrMobile's Black Friday Tech Deals 2016

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I have never in my life gone shopping on Black Friday, a track record I hope to maintain until my very last holiday season. But for hardier souls, the one-two punch of Black Friday and Cyber Monday brings a bevy of deals that mean big savings for tech fans – at least those with quick "Buy Now" fingers.

So whether you're looking to snag a smartphone on the cheap or shave a couple hundo off the latest Surface, MrMobile's got you covered with the guide to the best Black Friday Tech Deals of 2016! Take in the video, and then visit the official Mobile Nations guide to Black Friday 2016 for up-to-the-moment money-saving scoops!

Here are the products I mentioned in the video:

Wearables

Smartphones

Convertibles

Accessories

Additional Sites

As always, stay social my friends!

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1 week ago

Best microSD Cards For Galaxy S7

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What are the best microSD cards for the Galaxy S7?

Although the option to add a microSD card to the Galaxy S6 was absent, Samsung listened to consumers this time around and added the feature back with the new Galaxy S7. This means more room to save photos, record HD video to, and upload your extensive library of music. There are many sizes and speeds to sort through when it comes to choosing a microSD card for the Galaxy S7, but we'll be sticking with mostly 64GB options as a good starter card — shedding light on some of the best ones worth considering.

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1 week ago

Verizon's Black Friday sale offers a Pixel for just $240 [update]

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This is probably the best deal you're going to find on a Pixel this year.

Update: Verizon has updated its sale page to indicate that the discount is only applicable to the standard Pixel, not the Pixel XL. It's very possible the same amount of discount ($410) could be applied to the Pixel XL, but that of course means you'll pay the small markup necessary for the larger phone.

Original story: If you're in the market for a new high-end phone, Verizon has an amazing deal available for a new Google Pixel or Pixel XL. The sale will drop the Pixel or Pixel XL to just $240 on Friday only. Just like other major retailers, Verizon is also offering Google Home for just $99, or $30 off.

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1 week ago

Google Play 'Cyber Week Deals' discounting just about everything

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Holiday shopping isn't just about physical goods — you can get great deals on digital, too.

Google Play has just kicked off its "Cyber Week Deals" that run through November 29, sharply discounting games, apps, books, movies, TV shows, comics and more — basically, every category has something on sale.

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1 week ago

Swappa now offers protection plans so you're never without a phone!

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You can now protect your Swappa purchases!

When you buy a phone new, there's usually an option to protect your investment should you accidentally leave it on the hood of your car and drive off holding a taco in your hand instead of listening for notifications. You pay a little extra for that peace of mind and hope you never need it, but accidents happen.

When you buy a phone secondhand, there are usually fewer options for protecting your investment. This isn't a huge deal for some, since the whole point of buying secondhand is to save some cash, but a broken phone sucks no matter what you paid for it. The folks at Swappa get that, and are now rolling out protection plans so you aren't trying to swipe around on broken glass until you can afford your next phone.

Swappa's protection plan is fairly simple. You pay an extra $50, $60, or $70 at checkout depending on the cost of your phone, and if your phone breaks they'll either repair or cover the full value of your phone for a year. Coverage includes:

  • Cracked glass and screen repair
  • Water damage from drops or spills
  • Power surge protection

Those prices are competitive with what you'd get when covering just about any new phone, and unlike Google's Pixel Protect plan there's an option to repair your existing phone instead of swapping out for a whole new one. If you're a regular Swappa customer, or just someone who regularly values tacos over the safe storage of their phone, this seems like a solid add-on.

Take a look at Swappa's Protection Plan for more!

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1 week ago

Google Pixel sales are strong at Verizon as big advertising spend continues

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U.S. Pixel buyers seem to be picking Verizon as their carrier of choice.

Much as everyone (myself included) has bemoaned the "exclusive" launch of the Pixel on Verizon, it seems to be a winning strategy in the U.S. for both Google and the carrier. Even though you can buy a Pixel through several different channels unlocked, including Google's own store, research has revealed that the Pixel is selling extremely well at Verizon directly.

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1 week ago

Put some island beauty on your desktop with these Moana wallpapers

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Get the island vibe with these Moana-themed wallpapers!

Moana came out today in the U.S., and if there's anything I want to do more than sit around a table filled with stuffed birds and mediocre sides, it's go to the movies. Moana couldn't have shown up at a better time, and to celebrate, we've got some wallpapers of our new favorite Disney heroine.

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1 week ago

Best Amazon.ca Black Friday Deals for Canadians

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Amazon just can't wait until Black Friday to start offering amazing deals.

Over the next three weeks, Amazon.ca will be featuring thousands of deals as they countdown the days to November 25, aka Black Friday. There will also be some exclusive deals available to customers using the Amazon mobile app, and even more if you're a Prime member, which you can try for free if you aren't already a member.

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