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4 days ago

How to set up Google Home

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At long last, Google's answer to Amazon Echo is here.

Whether you pre-ordered yours the instant you saw it during Google's presentation or just grabbed one at Best Buy or Walmart on a curious whim, Google Home is in your home, which now begs the question: how do you make this little white air freshener work? Without a screen, Google Home is reliant on a smartphone to set up, just like a Chromecast. In fact, you'll use the same app you set up your Chromecast with, the recently renamed Google Home app.

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4 days ago

These apps will make your business a collaboration powerhouse

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Improve your productivity and project planning at work with these great apps!

Email is still the go-to communication tool for business, but more often it's taking a backseat to a wide spectrum of cloud-based apps that can have a positive impact on individual productivity.

We'll be highlighting messaging, task management and project-based apps that have the potential to completely revamp how your company communicates and organizes projects.

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Slack

Slack brings all your company's communications into one app, allowing for real-time messaging and collaboration on projects. With Slack, you can create channels for different departments or projects related to your company — including private channels for more sensitive topics — and everyone in your company can seamlessly communicate and share files with one another via direct messaging, group messages and even voice calls through Slack apps available for web, PC, Mac, iOS and Android. All this helps to cut down internal email, and keeps all your communication in one archivable, searchable place.

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It's an ideal fit for smaller or medium-sized businesses. You can try Slack with your company for free, and if your team likes it, you can upgrade to a premium version that offers group calling and more feature integration.

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Google Apps / G Suite

If your company has been relying on the ubiquitous services of Microsoft Office, but you're in need of something more collaborative, you should really take a serious look at Google's G Suite.

If you're familiar with Google's offerings (and if you use Android, you should be), you'll know how well Google does at integrating all their apps and services into one another. Beyond the convenience and ease-of-use of services such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive and Google Hangouts, Google also offers their own creation tools that are surprisingly powerful and perfect for collaboration — Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Forms and Google Slides. Perhaps the best part is the cloud-based storage, allowing anyone on the team to access and contribute to documents on all their devices at any time.

You can jump in and try them out for free, and if they more than serve your company's needs, you can upgrade to the G Suite Basic or Business plans and get more of everything that makes Google's products great.

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Dropbox

Odds are you use Dropbox for your personal cloud-storage needs — why not use it for your businesses needs too? With Dropbox for Business, you'll get as much space as needed so you can store and access all the important files for your business via the web client, along with apps for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows.

Dropbox is great for collaboration, too, as teams can work out of shared folders uploading and downloading content to their devices as needed. Dropbox also features unlimited third-party integrations and takes your files security seriously, offering password-protected links, and the option to remote wipe a device in the case of a lost phone or laptop.

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Trello

Trello offers a fantastic way to monitor progress and encourage collaboration on projects within your company. Built around the concept of boards and cards, it's an intuitive organization system that can be customized to fit the needs of your company. Anyone on the team is free to create, comment on, or upload relevant files to cards, making Trello a pretty great tool for remote brainstorming sessions. Your team can access Trello on the web, or take it with them always with the mobile app, available for Android and iOS.

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Given how simple and flexible Trello is to work with, it just might change the way your company keeps itself organized. You can try it out for free before upgrading to Gold or Business.

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Basecamp

Basecamp offers a great all-in-one platform for keeping your company organized and everyone on the team in the loop with what everyone else is working on. It's a great option for a growing team that's feeling overwhelmed by constant internal emails and frequent meetings. Message boards, to-do lists, schedules, and file repositories are all combined via elegant design into a system that's easy to navigate and accessible to the entire team at all times.

Your team can even check in to Basecamp on the go, via the Basecamp app for Android.

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Your turn

What are your favorite collaboration and communication apps? Let us know!

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4 days ago

Google Pixel XL: One month later

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Google Pixel XL

With a month of use behind us, how is the larger of the two Pixel phones holding up?

The Google Pixel XL, the larger of the two Pixel handsets, is a great phone. In fact, we currently rank it as the best Android phone you can buy. But the real mark of a top-tier smartphone is that it stands up to months, or even years of use without skipping a beat. That's why we're going to revisit both Pixel models over the coming months, updating our impressions as we go.

I've been using the Pixel XL since October 14, and during that time it's been my daily driver, accompanying me on trips halfway across the world, as well as being by my side through more mundane everyday tasks. So it's time to reflect on my first month with the phone. Let's dig in.

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4 days ago

OnePlus paid a Vine star to unbox the OnePlus 3T inside a fighter jet

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Jake Paul pulls multiple Gs while unboxing the OnePlus 3T.

In honor of the OnePlus 3T — the souped-up version of the OnePlus 3 the company released back in June — OnePlus enlisted some help to give its speedier new model an unboxing video worthy of the new Snapdragon 821 processor, 16MP front-facing camera, beefed-up 3400mAh battery, and new 128GB storage option.

Yes, that's YouTuber and Vine star Jake Paul taking the OnePlus 3T along for a ride in a Mig 15 at an airbase in the Czech Republic. Watch as Paul tries to keep his composure, unboxing the new OnePlus 3T in Gunmetal Grey, talking about some of the upgraded features while the pilot ahead of him take the fighter jet pulls off aerial stunts at dizzying heights.

While cynical YouTube commenters have been quick to question the value of what would seem like a pretty expensive concept for what resulted in a rather superfluous two-minute unboxing offering little insight or informational value for the phone itself, we're fine to take this fun vid strictly at face value. Besides, it's easily the coolest unboxing video we've seen since T-Mobile unboxed the Samsung Galaxy S7 underwater to showcase the IP68 dust- and water-resistance of Samsung's 2016 flagship device.

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4 days ago

Get your holiday shopping done early with this 20% discount at ShopAndroid

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Before you know it the holidays will be here, and you'll be rushing around fighting off crowds trying to buy last minute gifts. Why not avoid all of that this year and save 20% on a variety of awesome accessories for your friends and family? We know it sounds more appealing, and you can start doing it right now.

That's right, ShopAndroid is currently offering 20% off accessories with the coupon code Shop16, so you can shop today from the comfort of your own home, and have your gifts delivered to you in just a few short days!

Whether you are in the market for a new case, battery pack or some cables for your phone, you'll want to check out our wide selection. From devices like the Galaxy S7 to the HTC 10 and even the Honor 8, we've got a ton of great accessories for you to sort through.

Remember, you'll need to use coupon code Shop16 once you've loaded your cart up with goodies in order to get the 20% savings. Now, get to shopping!

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4 days ago

Best Galaxy S7 edge Cases

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If you want to keep your Galaxy S7 edge protected, check out these great options available!

So you bought the Galaxy S7 edge but didn't bother to order a case, but now you really want one? Well, luckily there are already a bunch of different options that are available for the phone. From slim cases to clear ones, wallet cases and super protective, you can find just the right one for you.

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4 days ago

Today might be the best day to buy a Fitbit to strap on your wrist

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Spend today shopping for a fitness future!

Fitbit is a well-known and trusted brand when it comes to fitness accessories. The company's line-up of tracking wearables are currently discounted by up to a massive 41% so if you're thinking about getting into a fitness routine, this may well be the best time to pick up a Fitbit.

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4 days ago

Cyber Monday 2016 Deals

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Holiday shopping savings are heading to the web! There are a lot of Cyber Monday "deals" out there, we want to help you find the ones that are actually deals!

4 days ago

Google Keep: Ultimate guide

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Create lists, transcribe recordings, doodle, collaborate on to-do lists, and so much more with Google Keep.

Google Keep isn't your average note-taking client. While the app sports a minimal interface and is very easy to use, it offers a set of powerful tools that make it an effective task management utility. From creating collaborative to-do lists to transcribing voice notes and saving bookmarks, the app does it all. The best part about Keep is that all changes are synced automatically, giving you quick access to your notes across all your devices, and on the web.

Here's what you need to know to get started with Google Keep.

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4 days ago

Did you pick up a new Android phone on Black Friday?

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What did you get?

There were a bunch of amazing deals available to U.S. and international consumers this Black Friday (and some fantastic Cyber Monday deals today, too). For many, it was the perfect time to pick up a new phone.

Some of the most popular phones during Black Friday.

From deeply-discounted Google Pixels at Verizon to unlocked devices like the ZTE Axon 7 and Honor 8, there were some great deals to be had on Android phones this past week. So tell us: Did you pick up a new device, for you or a loved one? And why did you choose that one in particular? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 days ago

Save big on Cyber Monday with Android Central Digital Offers!

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Shopping on Cyber Monday can be chaotic — there are tons of sales around the web and it can be hard to pick which ones you'll actually benefit from.

Something that many seem to overlook when shopping deals on Cyber Monday is software. From online courses to more information about career-specific topics than you can handle, you won't want to miss out on these awesome savings.

Luckily Android Central Digital Offers is here to help make sure you don't miss out! Here are some amazing deals and huge savings that you'll want to check out.

VPNSecure: Lifetime Subscription

  • Retail price: $450
  • Our regular price: $39
  • Cyber Monday price: $29.25

Using a VPN is the best way to remain secure while surfing the web and streaming, and it's also an easier way to keep your online activity private. VPNSecure is an awesome cross-platform service that lets you keep your data safe and also gets around geographic restrictions, so you can watch Hulu in Canada or see what's on Albanian Netflix (if such a thing exists).

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Python Programming Bootcamp

  • Retail price: $1,094
  • Our regular price: $39
  • Cyber Monday price: $29.25

Python is the programming language used to build powerful apps, and if you're looking to get into the app development game, then the Python Bootcamp is the way you can start from scratch and move your way up to advanced app development and security.

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IT Security & White Hat Hacking: CompTIA & Cisco Certifications

  • Retail price: $1,395
  • Our regular price: $29
  • Cyber Monday price: $21.75

Get a jumpstart on your IT career by becoming CompTIA- and Cisco-certified. You'll get all the prep you need to pass your exams with flying colors and to find a career in IT security, while learning IT fundamentals that aren't just for the exams, but for the workplace as well.

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Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage: Lifetime Solution

  • Retail price: $3,600
  • Our regular price: $39
  • Cyber Monday price: $33.15

Cloud storage is perfect if you're not into physical hard drives and if you want a backup service to make sure all of your data is safe and secure. Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage is perfect because you get 500GB of cold storage and 500GB of instant storage for life! Your data is encrypted; you can schedule backups; and you can store your data in multiple facilities and devices.

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Check out all of our Cyber Monday software deals and be sure to enter promo code CYBER15 to receive an additional 15% off!

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4 days ago

BLU Vivo 6 UK promo price extended for Cyber Monday

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BLU Vivo 6

£55 off new mid-ranger from BLU.

Florida-based brand BLU has extended its £55 off deal for the new Vivo 6, a metal-clad mid-ranger that launched on Black Friday at a special price. As part of a Cyber Monday deal, you'll be able to pick up the Vivo 6 for its discounted price of £184.99, down from the standard £239.99. The "rose gold" model is back ordered to December 2, while the regular "gold" is showing as available for delivery on November 30.

As we've seen from our brief time with the phone so far, it's a decent-looking handset, but one with a few software quirks.

On the outside, the Vivo 6 sports a curved aluminum unibody with a brushed finish, and a subtle curve that fits comfortably in the hand. Chamfers around the front and back give it a premium look and feel, similar to an old favorite of ours, the HTC One M7. It's a trued and true design that many have emulated over the years, but nevertheless it looks good at any price point.

the phone is incredibly quick in day-to-day use — there's not a hint of lag or stuttering to be seen when jumping between apps — and thanks to the ample 4GB of RAM, we didn't notice any multitasking issues either. But there are also changes that may rub Android purists the wrong way, like the aforementioned iOS-style quick settings, and the springboard-style home screen with no app drawer.

See at Amazon

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4 days ago

Best Fitness Gifts

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It used to be that a pair of running shoes and some clean workout clothes were all the fitness gear you needed.

These days, a beats-blasting playlist and a fitness tracker are as essential to a good workout as anything else. Whether you or someone you know is just starting out on their fitness journey, or they're seasoned athletes looking to take their training to the next level, here's our recommendations for the best fitness tech to enhance your workouts and help you hit your fitness goals.

Fitbit Charge 2

When it comes to fitness trackers, Fitbit still reigns supreme. They've become so ubiquitous, chances are everyone has a co-worker, family or friend obsessed with tracking their steps and other fitness stats on their wrist. If you're unfamiliar, Fitbits track steps taken, flights of stairs climbed, and calories burned throughout your day.

Fitbit's latest wrist accessory, the Charge 2, is their absolute best yet. First, there's the vertically-orientated OLED display, which you tap to cycle through the different statistics and modes. The Charge 2 features Fitbit's PurePulse continuous heart rate monitor, which lets you quickly check your current heart rate at any moment, and also features the convenience call, text and calendar notifications that you'd expect from wearable tech.

Built-in GPS is missing, but Connected GPS allows you to use your phone's GPS to map your outdoor runs when tethered to your phone via Bluetooth. The silicone strap is sweat resistant, but you'll want to make sure to clean and dry it after each workout. It's also not waterproof, so don't even think about swimming with it on.

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Moto 360 Sport

The Moto 360 Sport is a smartwatch that combines many of the functions people want in a fitness tracker with the style and added functionality that's included with Android Wear.

As the name implies, this is the sportier version of the second generation Moto 360. Differentiating it from the non-sport is the inclusion of built-in GPS (a nice feature that's even missing on the FitBit Charge 2) and a body wrapped silicone strap. These two features, along with the heart rate monitor, make the Moto 360 Sport ideal to wear during workouts. The Moto 360 Sport's built-in GPS means you can leave your phone at home and go for a run, while still being able to wirelessly listen to your music via Bluetooth headphones. And the silicone strap, while a magnet for lint and dust, is also sweatproof and easy enough to clean.

Above all else, you'll get a piece of wearable tech you'll feel comfortable wearing from the office to the gym, with all the usefulness that Android Wear offers.

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Withings Body Wi-Fi scale

Take complete control of your weight using the Withings WS-50, the smart scale that's designed to accurately measure your weight, BMI, heart rate, and even monitor the indoor air quality of your living space.

Allowing up to eight users on its personalized display, each person in your household can track their weight securely and monitor their goals using the Health Mate app (available for Android and iOS). As you weigh yourself each day, the WS-50 will display the weather and average temperature, giving you a heads up on how to dress before stepping outside and getting active. This smart scale is also compatible with a variety of other health apps including Google Fit, Apple Health, Runkeeper, LoseIt!, MyFitnessPal, and more.

See at Amazon

TuneBand Go armband

There are hundreds of armband smartphone cases out there for bringing your phone with you on a run or a workout. This is because manufacturers typically designed a bunch of different models to fit specific phone makes and sizes. This means you'll end up having to get a new armband when it's time to upgrade to a new device.

That is, unless you get a TuneBand Go. This armband offers universal compatibility, as its rubber hooks are adjustable to fit phones from 5 inches to 6.5 inches in size. It also accommodates cases, and it's actually recommended you use one if you're concerned about the clips making direct contact with your phone's display.

See at Amazon

NorthFace Thermoball Etip gloves

Winter is coming, which means it's time to haul out your cozy winter gear — lest you choose to stay indoors until spring. But you really ought to be heading outside and making the most of things, whether that means sledding, snowboarding or skiing, or simply walking through a winter wonderland.

If you want to enjoy the great outdoors — even when the temps are downright frigid — and still stay connected to your phone, you'll want to get a pair of touchscreen conductive gloves that are first and foremost warm and reliable. The North Face makes quality outerwear, and these gloves will keep your hands nice and toasty while still allowing you to use your phone's touchscreen via the conductive fibres in the fingers. The palms are also grippy, so that you don't accidentally drop your phone into a snowbank. Whoops!

These would make a great gift for pretty much anyone with a phone, and are available in styles for both men and women.

See at Amazon (men's)

See at Amazon (women's)

GoPro HERO5 Session

Getting active with technology doesn't always have to be about tracking steps or keeping your phone accessible. Sometimes you just want to head out there, strap an action cam on you and show the world how you have fun.

The GoPro HERO5 Session is a portable, rugged little 10MP camera that can shoot still, burst and time-lapse photos, as well as 4K video (also capable of shooting high-speed footage at 90fps in 1080p, and 120fps in 720p). It features voice activation as well as one-touch controls, and can be mounted pretty much anywhere, so you can just tap and go out and record all of your outdoor adventures. Whether you know a cyclist who's talked about wanting to document their daily commutes, or a budding action sports superstar looking record epic footage, the GoPro HERO5 Session is a gift choice that they'll cherish. Do note that they will also need a microSD card.

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Jaybird X3 Sport

An ideal pair of workout headphones are going to be wireless, sweatproof, and comfortable while still delivering solid sound quality and adequate battery life.

Jaybird has been in the Bluetooth headphone space since 2007, and their latest pair, the Jaybird X3 Sport earbuds, are an ideal option for the runner or athlete in your life that always seems to be complaining about their headphone situation. The two earpieces are tethered together, with a three-button remote for controlling playback and volume, and each pair come with several silicone and foam tip options, along with fins that help keep them secure in ear no matter how intense your workout gets. The size is small and compact, and yet the batteries are capable of delivering you great sound quality for up to eight hours.

See at Best Buy

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4 days ago

SwiftKey adds transliteration support for Hindi and Gujarati

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SwiftKey works great with Hindi and Gujarati.

SwiftKey already works with 22 Indian languages, and the keyboard is now gaining transliteration for Hindi and Gujarati. The feature is automatically enabled for those that have Hindi or Gujarati language models installed, and SwiftKey will show predictions for words in English as well as the native language script.

For instance, if you're typing "namaste," you'll see the English word along with the Hindi translation (नमस्ते) in the prediction bar. Users can type in English, their native language script, or a combination of the two.

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4 days ago

Grab Google Home for just $74.25 at Best Buy with Visa Checkout [Update: All gone!]

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Update: Looks like the promotion has ended. You'll have to shell out $99 to get your hands on the Google Home.

The lowest price yet on Google Home.

Google Home is selling for $99 at various retailers during the holiday season, and now Best Buy is discounting the device by an additional $25 if you're using Visa Checkout to complete your payment, bringing it down to just $74.25. That's $55 off on a product that made its debut last month. If you've been holding out on getting a Google Home, now's the time to take the plunge.

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