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2 weeks ago

Qualcomm introduces Quick Charge 4.0 with 20% faster charging, USB-C support


Quick Charge is now compliant with USB-C.

Qualcomm's Quick Charge is the world's leading fast charging standard with over 100 compatible phones and over 300 accessories. With the mobile industry moving away from microUSB to the more versatile USB-C standard, Qualcomm is rolling out Quick Charge 4.0, which supports USB-C and USB-PD (Power Delivery).

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2 weeks ago

Snapdragon 835 now official as Qualcomm teams up with Samsung over 10nm process


The next-gen Snapdragon 835 will be built on Samsung's 10nm node.

Qualcomm collaborated with Samsung over the 14nm Snapdragon 820 and 821, and the company is continuing to work with the South Korean foundry over its next-gen SoC, the Snapdragon 835.

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2 weeks ago

How to use the Simple home screen on Honor 8


Make your Honor 8 a little simpler, and a little easier to use.

Are you looking to make the Honor 8 even simpler to use? The icons can be somewhat small, and the settings list too long, but all of that can be changed. You don't have to squint to try and find what you are looking for, or scroll for hours looking for something that you can't find. In just a few simple taps you can turn that pesky home screen into one that is much easier to see and use. Here's how you do it.

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2 weeks ago

Save $17 on this protective Moto G4 Play case today!


Want to keep your Moto G4 Play well protected? If so, Ballistic's Tough Jacket is a great option to consider. The raised lips and protective edges will help during a fall, and the reinforced corners will aid in preventing displays from shattering. Today you can grab one for just $17.95, a savings of $17.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 3T now available to pre-order on O2 UK


On-contract prices start at £31 per month.

O2 UK has officially kicked off pre-orders for the OnePlus 3T ahead of the street date of November 28. The exclusive UK carrier partner for the souped-up OnePlus 3 successor has both the 64GB and 128GB models available online, in the new "gunmetal" color option. Prices start at £31 per month and £9.99 upfront for a mere 500MB data allowance, rising to £52 per month for a hefty 30GB bundle. (That's for the 64GB base model.)

In addition, eager fans can get their hands on the OnePlus 3T a little early, as O2 will be hosting a pop-up event next Thursday afternoon in London.

The OnePlus 3T will be available in O2 stores and online from 28 November, with O2's 134 Oxford Street London store hosting an exclusive OnePlus pop-up event from 3:02pm on Thursday 24 November.

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2 weeks ago

Confirmed: OnePlus 3 to be discontinued in favor of new 3T model

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When it's gone, it's gone.

With the arrival of the OnePlus 3T — a new mid-cycle refresh of the OnePlus 3 — some have been wondering what the future holds for OnePlus's original (and more affordable) flagship phone. Well, the short version is: It's going away, and it's not coming back.

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2 weeks ago

Todoist Smart Schedule is adding AI smarts to your task lists


The best to-do app gets better with new feature.

Todoist, the popular cross-platform task management platform, has announced a shiny new feature it's calling Smart Schedule, bringing some AI smarts into your daily planning.

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2 weeks ago

Grab a speedy charge in the car with this $4 charger!


Right now you can pick up Aukey's Quick Charge 2.0 car charger for just $4 at Amazon with coupon code JPEQHDZY, a savings of $6. This Quick Charge 2.0 charger will ensure that whether you have a 10 minute or two hour commute you get as much of a charge on your phone as possible so you don't run out of battery during the day. The built-in safeguards will prevent any damage to your phone or tablet while charging it up to 75% faster than a standard charger.

At this price you may want to buy a couple of them to have around or to give as gifts. You'll want to ensure you have one in each car in your household so that everyone can stay powered up while on the go. Remember, you need coupon code JPEQHDZY for the full savings here.

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2 weeks ago

Best Philips Hue Alternatives


What's the best alternative to Philips Hue? Here are our favorites!

Philips Hue smart lights are some of the coolest on the market and they're definitely some of the most popular, but they can be quite expensive, especially once you get into colored bulbs. If you're looking for a less expensive alternative or just something other than what's popular, then check out these other awesome options.

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2 weeks ago

Google is slowly making Allo a messaging app worth using


If only all messengers were this customizable.

I like Allo. Granted, I'm forcing my husband to use the app as our primary means of communication, but it's because I genuinely enjoy the variety of customization as we're typing messages back and forth.

Google has updated Allo with more friendly functionality. There's now a feature called Smart Smiley that pops up relevant emojis as you're typing. Additionally, you can now choose from a variety of themes to spice up your chat windows.

Allo has also added a new Fantastic Beasts sticker pack for those who are fans of J.K. Rowling's fantasy empire. And if a pal sends over a sticker from a pack you don't currently have, you can tap on it in the chat window to download it and reciprocate the sentiment.

The new Allo features begin rolling out today for both Android and iOS devices.

More: Everything you need to know about Allo

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2 weeks ago

Put some magic on your home screen with these Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter wallpapers


I think we can all use a little magic right now.

Magic brings a gleam to our eyes, a thrill to our hearts, a lightness to our souls. And while I may not have some hand-made robes nor an Ollivander wand, I can always turn back to the books, and the art, and the fan fiction (yes, fan fiction) to bring a glimmer of the wizarding world back into my mundane one. And with these wallpapers, I can bring some of that magic to the closest thing I have to a magic wand: my Android phone.

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2 weeks ago

Securifi's new Almond 3 router kit tries to add every feature imaginable, and comes close


Sometimes all-in-one is perfect. Other times you need to spread out a bit.

Despite how much work happens inside their soft plastic casings, few people look at routers as computers that can complete multiple tasks. These are boxes you plug in, set up once, and forget about until something goes wrong. It's nice to know you can do that and have your internet behave itself most of the time, but there are a couple of companies wondering out loud if routers can not only be smarter, but exist in a way that we as users look on them to do more.

One of these companies is Securifi, and for a little while now this team has been working on Almond, a smarter router that also controlled all of your connected home tech. Their latest efforts exist in the new Almond 3, which adds new mesh networking skills and a suite of Almond-branded connected home tech to turn your router into a hub for your whole house.

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Like previous versions of Securifi's hardware, Almond 3 looks like a chunky tablet with a bad screen to bezel ratio. The little touch screen in the middle of this router allows you to access everything you could possibly want to do with this equipment, including launching a built-in browser to check on web settings. It's not a big enough screen to really enjoy swiping and tapping with your thumbs as you hold the router in your hand, which is why there's a little stylus baked in to the top of the box. If you're planning on typing on this thing, you're going to want the stylus to get you through it.

More: Router vs. Mesh Networking: What's best for your home Wi-Fi network?

Almond 3 couldn't be much easier to set up. Connect Ethernet and power, wait a minute while the OS fires up, and you're ready to input a name and password for your network. Where things get interesting is in deploying multiple Almond units in a mesh network. There's a lot of flexibility offered here, which is a breath of fresh air compared to a lot of other consumer mesh kits. You can set your mesh up entirely over Ethernet so every access point has the same kind of connection, and if your house isn't fully wired for that you can set up wireless mesh to extend your network to other parts of the house. The Almost software treats it all the same way, which means adding is simple, regardless of your configuration.

Once you've set the network up how you like, you can start adding your connected home tech. Network discovery on Almond detected obvious things like my Hue lights right away, and the connected home kit Securifi sent included several important security tools. Door sensors, connected outlets, and trigger buttons for custom programming are all possible through this setup, but if you already have connected home gear in your house you'll be able to add some of that as well. Basically anything that uses the Z-Wave mesh protocol can be connected to Almond 3, and the router treats all connected gadgets equally.

Network discovery on Almond detected obvious things like my Hue lights right away

Unfortunately, a simple set up process and feature-filled connected home tools are not the same thing as quality networking equipment. My deployment failed to deliver the same level of performance I usually get with my single Apple AirPort Time Capsule, both in speed delivered over the network and signal strength throughout the house. In almost all of out tests, smartphones and laptops failed to jump from the central router to any of the external mesh routers, which meant quality suffered. When connected directly to the router via Ethernet, my desktop pulled down only 96/80 megabits instead of the 150/150 I usually get from my Verizon FIOS connection. When I asked Securifi about these issues, I was asked to send them logs to help diagnose the issue with a note of assurance that my experience was unusual.


Put simply, every router should be as feature-complete as the Almond 3. From the router itself you can look at what devices are connected and heaps of details about the hardware. You can name each device to make it easier to look for later should something go wrong, and you can set those devices to act as "presence sensors" capable of triggering connected home scenes from within your connected home. I was able to create an IFTTT trigger that added the date and time my daughter connected to WiFi into a spreadsheet, which on its own is kind of awesome.

The best part is that none of this needs to ever be done from the software on the Almond 3 itself. The Almond app offers nearly every feature you can find on the router itself, and you don't even need to be connected to the network in order to access the router. From your phone you can monitor what devices are connected to your networks, change the SSIDs and passwords on the fly, set up guest networks, and trigger an away command that restricts network functionality when you aren't home. It's a robust system, perfect for houses that have a lot of people going in and out.

Combined with IFTTT integration, there's a ton of flexibility in creating the exact home experience you want.

For the connected home enthusiast, you also have the ability to create scenes. If you want the lamp in the living room to light up when you get home, or set alarms to go off from the routers, you can do so from the Scenes tab. This tab grows more capable as you add hardware to Almond 3, which in turn helps make this an actual connected home hub for your setup. Combined with IFTTT integration, there's a ton of flexibility in creating the exact home experience you want.

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Despite my issues with performance, I'm a fan of the way Almond 3 functions. I like the idea of a router being the actual hub of the house. Something controlled from your phone that allows you to monitor the network when necessary and make adjustments quickly. All of the quality of service monitoring I appreciate as a more technical user, with a user interface simple enough that everyone in my family can appreciate it if need be. It's a fantastic way to jump into a new kind of home networking, assuming Securifi can deal with the performance issues I've encountered so far.

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2 weeks ago

Best headphones for Daydream View

Headphones make a massive difference in your Daydream View experience.

Few things improve your Daydream View experience quite like a good set of headphones. It's the difference between having a mediocre VR trip through a game and feeling totally immersed in the world around you. Sometimes that immersion can be a little too real, like when you're having the daylights scared out of you, but in most situations you need some good headphones to really complete the experience!

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2 weeks ago

Best Gifts For PlayStation 4 Owners


Make someone's PlayStation 4 experience better.

If you're shopping for someone who is a huge PlayStation 4 fan and you're not totally sure what that means, know that you are not alone. Shopping for a gamer isn't always the easiest thing in the world, especially if they're the type to go out and buy the latest game the day it is available. If your PlayStation 4 fan has switched to full digital, you may not even be able to see what games they have without tipping them off, so what do you do for gifts?

We've got a quick starting guide for you, with a list of things every PlayStation 4 fan would enjoy adding to their gaming setup.

Nyko Modular Charge Station

Charging PlayStation 4 controllers isn't complicated, but it rarely looks nice. Sony wants you to connect a USB cable to the front of the console and connect your controller, which means loose wires. That's not a great look, so there's a lot of third-party charging stations available to clean that mess up a little.

Nyko's charging station attaches to the top of the PS4 itself, so you're not taking up a lot of extra space on your entertainment center in order to get your controllers charged when you're not using them. It also looks better than loose wires, so there's that.

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PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset

Every gamer has the perfect set of headphones, but not a lot of them work with the PlayStation quite like the ones made by Sony. These headphones will redirect all the audio from your television wirelessly, making it so you can get the full PS4 experience without disturbing anyone in the house. These headphones also have a microphone, so you can enjoy multiplayer gameplay wire-free as well.

They sound nice, they work well, and the battery will get you several days of gameplay without needing to be recharged. Sony's headphones are also collapsible and store much easier than most good gaming headphones.

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PlayStation TV

Most people don't have more than one PlayStation 4, but what if everyone could do so without dropping the cash on an entirely separate console? PlayStation TV offers up a series of basic apps and games for gamers to enjoy, but the real feature is the Remote Play mode that lets you operate your PlayStation 4 across your Wi-Fi network.

This setup will allow you to play even when your primary TV is being occupied, which is a great feature for everyone to enjoy!

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PlayStation VR

Lots of people who play games enjoy feeling immersed in story and graphics, and PlayStation VR is Sony's effort to take that feeling a step further. It's a VR headset that lets people enjoy looking around from inside the game, with a whole new set of games to experience. This headset works with Sony's PlayStation Move controllers, which allows you to reach out with your hands and interact with the VR worlds seen in the headset.

Check out our full review for more details, and take a look at our favorite games to go with PSVR as well!

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2 weeks ago

A Galaxy S7 exploded in Canada, but let's not freak out


A Galaxy S7 has reportedly exploded. Let's talk about it.

It's a sobering thought: you're driving down the street and you feel your pocket start to get hot. You instinctively pad it down, realize it's your phone and take it out. The phone then starts smoking, bursting into flames as you hold it. You try to safely get to the side of the road while still holding this flaming piece of metal and glass. It burns you as you do this, so you open the window and throw the phone outside, as flames consume it from within. Later, after being bandaged and treated for second-degree burns, you retrieve the piece of wreckage and begin to make sense of the madness.

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