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1 week ago

Best Cases For Honor 8

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What are the best cases you can buy today for the Honor 8?

The Honor 8, as made by Huawei, is one of the most attractive budget smartphones available right now. Take care of it by housing it in one of these recommended cases.

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1 week ago

Grab this five-pack of Micro-USB cables for just $3!

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Right now you can pick up a five-pack of Aukey's Micro-USB cables for just $3 at Amazon with coupon code AU5CABLE. The cables come in a variety of sizes, including (2) 1-foot and (3) 3.3-foot cables. Whether you need some extra cables for the car, your office, or just to have around, this deal makes it extremely affordable to take them everywhere you could imagine. And thanks to its durable TPE coating these cables should be able to withstand some use and abuse.

Remember, you'll need coupon code AU5CABLE for the full savings on these cables. Picking some up? Let us know in the comments!

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1 week ago

We're giving away a ZTE Warp 7 to three Android Central readers!

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Surf, stream and get more done with the ZTE Warp 7. Powered by a super-fast, power-saving quad-core processor and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, this phone won't miss a beat. Watch your favorite videos on the large 5.5-inch HD screen covered with Gorilla Glass, snap high-quality photos with a sharp 13MP rear camera, and use the 5MP front-facing camera for perfect selfies.

Sound interesting? We've got three ZTE Warp 7 devices to give away this week, so read on to see how to get yourself entered to win one!

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1 week ago

How to get the most from your Chromebook touchpad

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It may only be one big button, but the multi-touch touchpad on your Chromebook can do just about anything you would ask of it.

Your Chromebook's touchpad is simple to set up and use, and a couple of handy features make it more than just a way to move the mouse pointer. With multi-touch gestures, you'll be able to navigate web pages and apps easier as well as see everything you're working on at a glance. And yes, you can move the mouse pointer, too.

The touchpad on current Chromebooks is a one piece unit missing the buttons you might be used to with other laptops. Instead, the touchpad itself is a button, and multi-touch — being able to register multiple actions at once — takes care of the rest. Because you might be used to having buttons for right and left clicking, we'll start with the basics. To begin, have a look at the settings page, and you'll find where you can adjust the pointer speed and a section for touchpad settings where you can enable tap to click, swapping your primary mouse button and using Australian scrolling.

  • Tap to click, is a setting that lets you tap your finger on the touchpad to do the same thing as a click would do on a regular button. If you want to use gestures you'll want to keep this enabled.
  • Swap your primary mouse button, does the same thing it would do with a mouse or a trackpad with actual buttons. It switches actions that need a left click into actions that need a right click, and vice versa.
  • Australian scrolling, is having the screen scroll the opposite direction your fingers are moving on the touchpad. Traditional scrolling moves your view up the page when you scroll up, and Australian scrolling moves your view down the page when you scroll up.

When you're done adjusting your settings, click OK to save them.

Next, we'll cover the basics of pointing, clicking and navigating. If you're used to using a mouse, these will take a bit of time to get used to. Alternatively, you can use a mouse with your Chromebook if you would rather. It's still worth learning how to use the touchpad for those times when your mouse batteries are dead and that drawer in the kitchen with a fresh or charged set seems miles away.

  • To move the pointer, move one finger across the trackpad in the direction you want the pointer to move.
  • To click on something, tap or press down on the lower half (the half closest to your body) of the touchpad with one finger.
  • To right click, tap or press down on any spot of the touchpad with two fingers.You can also right-click by pressing the Alt key then tapping or clicking with one finger.
  • To middle click, tap or press anywhere on the touchpad with three fingers.
  • To drag and drop, tap or press the thing you want to drag with one finger and move the pointer while holding down. Let go when your pointer is where you want to drop it. You can also press and hold with one finger then move the pointer with a second finger.

Gestures are that little extra which can make an experience better. Some apps may have their own gestures, but there are three common ones that work with everything you do on your Chromebook.

  • To scroll, drag two fingers on the touchpad.
  • Scrolling right and left, acts as forwards and back buttons. The faster you swipe the faster you will navigate. This setting is universal and works anywhere you can move horizontally.
  • Scrolling up and down, moves the window content up and down. See Australian scrolling above for an option.
  • To see all open windows. swipe up or down with three fingers on the touchpad. If you have Australian scrolling enabled, swipe up. Otherwise, swipe down.

Most of these are along the lines for features you find in any laptop with a good touchpad or trackpad, with or without buttons. They're not too revolutionary. They do make working with the touchpad on your Chromebook as easy as using a mouse!

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1 week ago

HTC Ocean: Could 'Sense Touch' feature come to the HTC 11?

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HTC Ocean

Concept video from HTC designer shows dual-camera phone with touch-sensitive frame.

It's not often we get an early look at a phone maker prototyping features for an upcoming handset, but that, it seems, what we have here. First spotted by Evan Blass, the personal site of HTC motion designer Danelle Vermeulen was recently updated with a sizzle reel showing "HTC Ocean," a phone with dual rear cameras that looks like a cross between an HTC 10 and a Google Pixel. The focus of the video: A new feature called "Sense Touch," which apparently lets you use touch-sensitive areas of the outer frame to perform certain actions in apps.

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1 week ago

Download every wallpaper from the 'made by Google' Pixel website

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Every wallpaper from the 'made by Google' Pixel website

Keep the Pixel hype going with these wallpapers from Google.

Google's announcement of an upcoming phone launch on October 4 was scant on details. But an accompanying website, https://madeby.google.com/, added a bit of weight to the thought that we may be in for a cool treat of a new wallpaper switching app that launches with the phone.

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1 week ago

How to restore your apps and settings to a new Android phone

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Got a new phone? Awesome! Here's how you can restore your apps and settings from your previous device.

Google has always synced calendar events, contacts, Drive documents, Gmail settings and other account-related information across devices, and since Android 5.0 Lollipop the company started offering the ability to restore apps to a new device. With Marshmallow, the feature was expanded to include app data as well as system settings, with all the information stored in the cloud.

If you're using the Google Now Launcher, your home screen background, icon and widget layout as well as folder structure is now saved to the cloud, allowing you to restore your settings to a new handset and retain your home screen layout.

Where does all this data get stored? Google is backing up the app data to Drive, allocating 25MB for each app. Data used by the backup system doesn't count toward your storage quota. Meanwhile, developers can choose to select what app data gets stored in the cloud.

Here's how you can restore your apps and settings when moving to a new Android phone.

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1 week ago

Morning brief: What does your Pixelated heart Desire?

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Google is all set to announce new phones on October 4, Samsung starts exchanging Note 7 units in Australia, and HTC launches new phones in the Desire lineup.

Welcome to a terrific Tuesday! Google has confirmed that it will announce new phones on October 4. Based on the latest leaks of the purported Pixel and Pixel XL, it looks like we'll be treated to great designs (once again) from HTC.

Speaking of HTC, the company has launched the Desire 10 Lifestyle and Desire 10 Pro. The mid-tier phones are still made out of plastic, but now come with a more upmarket design. With HTC unable to make a dent in the high-end segment, the brand is relying on the Desire series to turn things around, especially in emerging markets.

Samsung is all set to roll out replacement units of the Note 7 to Australian customers starting tomorrow. The South Korean company is also testing Nougat on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, although we don't know when it'll be available on retail units. Here's what's making the rounds today.

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1 week ago

HTC Desire 10 preview: Flashy outside, ordinary within

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HTC Desire 10

HTC's new Desire 10 comes in two varieties, but chances are only one — the higher-end Desire 10 Pro — is worth your time.

HTC's Desire family has seen it experiment with many polycarbonate-based styles over the past few years — from two-tone plastic to quirky micro-splash patterns more recently. Now it's time for Desire to get a bit more extravagant, with a duo of new Desires borrowing their name from HTC's flagship, and their look from the art deco style.

Meet the HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle — two new phones HTC hopes will bolster its mid-range brand.

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1 week ago

HTC Desire 10 Pro + Desire 10 Lifestyle specs

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HTC Desire 10

There are two versions of HTC's latest Desire phone — the Desire 10 Pro and the Desire 10 Lifestyle.

The HTC Desire 10 is official, and we've got full hands-on coverage of the latest in HTC's line of mid-rangers. This year there are two flavors of the latest Desire phone — the speccy Desire 10 Pro, and the decidedly entry-level Desire 10 Lifestyle. Read on to see how these two square up.

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1 week ago

WhatsApp now lets you easily tag people in group chats

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WhatsApp beta has picked up an update to 2.16.272 that lets users tag people in group chats. To tag someone in a chat, just use the @ symbol and start typing out the contact's name. You'll see suggestions pop up as you start typing, and you can even tag multiple contacts in the same message if you like annoying several people at once. Even if the intended contact has that particular group chat muted, he or she will receive the notification once you tag them.

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1 week ago

Android Pay in the UK: Everything you need to know

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Android Pay

Want to pay for stuff in the UK using Android Pay? Great! Here's what you need to know.

Android Pay is Google's mobile payments service, and it's now live in the UK. Much like Apple Pay, this means that if you have a supported handset and your bank allows it, you can securely pay for things in the real world without fumbling around for cards or cash.

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1 week ago

Google confirms Oct 4 launch event, teases phone 'made by Google'

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A simple, teasing video lets everyone know that October 4 is important.

In a nod to the nerds, Google just took out a TV ad during the premiere of The Big Bang Theory to tease an upcoming product launch on October 4. Set to the subtle tune of "Come And Get Your Love," a long rectangular Google Search bar slowly morphs into the shape of a phone, then flanked by "Oct. 4" on one side and the new Google "G" logo on the other.

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1 week ago

Leaked Pixel and Pixel XL photos offer our best look yet at Google's new phones

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The launch is getting closer, and the photos are getting clearer.

Everyone has been speculating about the launch of the expected Pixel and Pixel XL phones, and now we have our best look yet at the unannounced Google phones. The photos, revealed by Android Police, are really the first clear look we've seen and show both phones side-by-side in all their glory.

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1 week ago

Evening brief: A day in the life of Google, Twitter, and Samsung

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Google has a busy Monday, and potential Note 7 buyers may have to wait until October.

Woke up, got out of bed, ran a comb across my head. Made my way downstairs and drank a cup and, sitting up, I noticed that Google released a bunch of apps and updates on a Monday!

Seriously, Google Trips is going to be super useful when I'm visiting a city I'm not familiar with. (Google uses Barcelona in its promotional material and, after attending MWC in 2015, it's the city I most want to explore further.) At this point, the fact that Google is trolling all of my emails to find relevant information is a well-understood compromise, and the more they justify it with experiences like Trips (which has been in beta since April), the more I am willing to give them. Of course, Google wins, too, because it can use Trips as another vehicle for advertisers, so everyone wins.

Speaking of #winning, Twitter no longer counts photos, GIFs, quotes and polls towards its 140-character limit. Can't see myself ever being nostalgic for the days of that artificial limit, but there was always something tremendously satisfying about culling an overlong tweet just enough to fit. It was like a puzzle and a language lesson wrapped in one.

And with that, the news you need to know this evening.

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