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1 month ago

Amazon launches Music Unlimited: New streaming service is cheaper for Prime members

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And there's a super-cheap Echo-only plan too.

As rumored, Amazon has finally unveiled its new streaming service, dubbed Amazon Music Unlimited. Like rival services, the regular price is $9.99 per month, but if you're an Amazon Prime member you'll only pay $7.99 per month (or $79.99 annually.) Subscribers get access to "tens of millions of songs," a step up from the more limited selection offered through Amazon Music to Prime members.

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1 month ago

Digital Offers: Get the Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle for only $49!

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It's tough to find work these days that doesn't require some pretty impressive computer skills. We're not just talking about proficiency with some basic office software or keyboarding skills, either; some of the most in-demand IT jobs require you to be an expert in security, Cloud software, Linux,networking, and more. How on Earth do you get these under your belt? When do you have the time to study, or the money for tuition?

The online education experts at iCollege have the solution you've been hoping for with the Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle. By studying online, at your own pace, and at a much lower cost than you'd expect, you'll get all the training you'll need to pass the professional certification IT exams that will finally get you the job you've been wanting, or move your IT career to the next level.

The Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle is available right now through Android Central Digital Offers for only $49, a 95% savings on a three-course bundle that would normally cost you over $1000! Over a 12 month period, you'll learn from the very best and cover all of the essential IT topics, and you'll be able to:

  • Identify the hardware components of PCs & mobile digital devices
  • Understand operating systems, networking & security fundamentals
  • Install, configure & troubleshoot display devices & peripheral components
  • Manage system components & data storage
  • Install, configure, optimize & maintain Microsoft Windows & other operating systems
  • Support mobile digital devices, printers & multifunction devices

Prepare for your IT certification exams from the comfort of home and at your own pace. Move ahead at work or finally apply for the IT job you've always wanted. Take advantage of the Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle now for only $49!

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2 months ago

Amazon's latest perk for Prime members includes free e-books and magazines

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Amazon Prime members already get free two-day shipping, access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Audible, and unlimited photo storage with Amazon Drive. Amazon is now adding another perk to the program called Prime Reading that lets customers read from a rotating list of over a thousand titles that feature best-selling books, current magazines, comics, and more.

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2 months ago

Pokémon Go: A beginner's guide

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Pokémon Go is here and we've got all the details to get you started.

If you haven't already heard, Pokémon Go is already the most popular mobile game of all time. It allows you to wander the world catching adorable pocket-sized monsters and finding awesome new landmarks around your city as you do so. There's a lot going on with this game, but we've put together a guide to get you started.

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2 months ago

Getting 'GPS signal not found' error in Pokémon Go? Here's how to fix it!

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Don't let GPS errors stop you from playing Pokémon Go!

Pokémon Go is everywhere, and that's great for Android gamers around the world (or at least in the countries the game has launched. But if you're getting a "GPS signal not found" error when you launch the game, here's how to fix it!

GPS errors? First, make sure GPS is enabled!

Many Android phones come with their GPS radios turned off by default in order to save battery life, since the technology is very battery-intensive. Here's how to turn it on.

Note: This example was done on a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, but these steps should apply to most Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher.

  1. Tap on your phone's Settings icon or access Settings through Quick Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Privacy and safety. Tap on it.
  3. Tap on Location.

  4. Make sure Location toggle is in the on position.
  5. Tap on Locating method. This may also be called Location mode.
  6. Tap GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile networks. This may also be called High accuracy.
  7. Ensure that Wi-Fi is also turned on throughout the game, even if your phone is not connected to a network.

Pokémon Go uses both local Wi-Fi (also known as Assistive GPS), your closest mobile network tower, and GPS satellites to accurately place you in the game world. Turning on just Wi-Fi and mobile network-based location tracking will make your character jump around and less likely to be placed close to Pokémon.

Still getting an error even with GPS enabled?

GPS satellites are finicky things. While the radios inside Android phones have improved significantly over the last few years, they're still not perfect, and may sometimes have trouble locating you, especially indoors.

If you're still getting GPS errors even after turning everything on, take a step outside and hold your phone steady for around 30 seconds. That should allow the GPS satellites to lock onto your phone and get things back to normal.

MORE: Common Pokémon Go problems and how to fix them!

Can you still play the game without GPS?

Yes! If you don't have a phone with GPS, or are using a Wi-Fi tablet that doesn't have a GPS radio, it's still possible to play Pokémon Go. Unfortunately, the experience won't be as good, since you'll need to be in areas that have strong Wi-Fi signals, such as restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or other businesses, that you can connect to. Since Pokémon Go relies on having an internet connection, it will be able to locate you with just a Wi-Fi signal — just don't expect to compete on the same level as your Android phone-wielding friends.

Getting a driving warning when you're not actually driving?

That's a GPS problem! It's called GPS drift and it is usually caused when your phone can't latch onto a strong GPS signal while indoors. The quick fix is to turn on Wi-Fi, or to get close to a window, which will make it easier for a satellite to lock onto your GPS location.

MORE: How to avoid a driving warning in Pokémon Go

Update to the latest version

Are you getting a lot of GPS errors even after following all the steps above? Update to the latest version from the Play Store!

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2 months ago

Nexus 6 finally receives Android 7.0 Nougat OTA, factory images also posted

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Better late than never — Nougat is here.

Ah, our (somewhat) beloved Shamu — the Nexus 6. Seemingly forgotten with the launch of Nougat to other Nexuses over five weeks ago, owners of the two-year-old Nexus 6 have been waiting for an update. Not only has Google posted an Android 7.0 Nougat factory image and a flashable OTA file, but we've received plenty of notes saying that Nexus 6s are receiving OTA updates now as well.

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2 months ago

Digital Offers: Grab the ultimate computer security bundle for $29

A large majority of our life resides in our computers these days. From personal files to pictures, bank statements and much more, so you should be paying attention to how secure all of it is. Unfortunately, it isn't always easy to ensure your computer is safe, or know that you are doing the most you can to protect yourself, and learning how can be expensive.

Luckily, it doesn't need to cost a fortune to learn how to secure your computer thanks to this awesome bundle. The 7 part course will teach you from the basics to mastering applied encryption and beyond. You'll gain a lifetime of access to the materials, which includes nearly 40 hours of training materials that you'll be able to access when and where you need them.

The parts of this bundle include:

  • Part 1: CISSP Certification Training Program (6 Hours)
    • Earn the internationally recognized CISSP security certification for information security professionals
    • Gain a career distinction w/ enhanced credibility & marketability
  • Part 2: VoIP Hacking & Penetration Testing Training (6 Hours)
    • Gain the knowledge & skills to create, secure & monitor a Voice over IP (VoIP)
    • Learn to use Metasplot, Nmap, Viproy, Nessus, Hping & other tools
  • Part 3: The Bible of Hacking (6 Hours)
    • Learn the fundamentals of Ethical Hacking from a professional & become a certified hacker
  • Part 4: Document Hashing & Secure Password Hashing Using the JCA (4 Hours)
    • Use the Java Cryptography Architecture to implement document hashing & secure password hashing into Java applications
    • Learn how to use salt & iteration count for secure password hashing under PBKDF2 from PKCS#5 security standards
  • Part 5: Become a Master of the Applied Encryption & Its Terminology (4 Hours)
    • Explore the common terminology & technical background of encryption technologies
  • Part 6: Understand TCP For Computer Networks (3 Hours)
    • Understand the processes & functions by which data is transferred
    • Learn how TCP performance is impacted & how to rectify common issues w/ TCP connections
  • Part 7: Advanced Mobile Application Penetration Testing (10 Hours)
    • Practice hands-on exercises designed to hack mobile apps in a legal environment
    • Learn how to assess a mobile app's security & gain a valuable, employable skill

Priced at just $29 you get quite a lot for your money. With lifetime access to the more than 30 hours of courses, you'll be able to learn more about computer security and have access to the information even while out and about.

Normally this bundle would run around $700, but if you pick it up now you can get it for 95% off, dropping the price to just $29. Don't miss out on all this great information at a super affordable price.

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2 months ago

Action Launcher 3 update adds Android 7.1's launcher shortcut feature

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New "Quickcuts" capability rounds out the list of Pixel Launcher features in the popular app.

Ready to try out some of the features from the Google Pixel's home screen launcher (without sideloading a leaked APK that doesn't quite work right)? Action Launcher has just been updated with a new "Quickcuts" feature, which recreates the launcher shortcuts feature from the unannounced Android 7.1 Nougat release. Spotted in certain Google apps by enterprising hackers, these shortcuts let you perform a gesture on an icon to access shortcuts to different areas of that app — similar to 3D Touch on the iPhone.

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2 months ago

Google Play Music finally launches in India!

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Google Play Music is here, and it's everything you've been waiting for.

After several false starts, the moment we've all been waiting for is here. Google Play Music is finally available in India, and at an initial glance, it looks like the entire catalog is available for customers in the country.

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2 months ago

Let's talk about the Pixel's crazy new on-screen keys

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Android's on-screen buttons get a big overhaul as part of the new Google UI on the Pixel phones. So let's take a look at what's new, and revisit what's come before.

So the first proper render of one of the new Google Pixel phones has leaked out, and with it we're getting a look at some new UI tweaks in that device's software. The Pixel phones put the Google brand front and center, and so we're seeing some significant UI tweaks — not least of which is in Android's soft keys.

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2 months ago

10 Chrome extensions you didn't know existed but should be using

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10 Chrome extensions you didn't know existed but should be using

What are the best Chrome extensions I should be using?

The amount of time most people spend browsing the internet continues to rise each year, and Google's Chrome browser attempts to be the most comfortable and versatile browser out there. To aid in its quest, Google allows for developers to market small software extensions that modify and (in most cases) ameliorate your browsing experience. Here are 10 Chrome extensions you didn't know about but should be using.

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2 months ago

Best third-party camera app for Android

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Take better photos with a great third-party camera app on Android!

Shooting with your Android camera is usually great, but third-party apps can pack a punch in places you didn't even know you needed! From manual controls to real-time filters, to creative extras and so much more, you can achieve a lot more than you think you can with your phone photography by shooting with a third-party camera app.

Best overall

Open Camera

Free

Download now

Effortless to shoot with and packed with plenty of useful features, Open Camera is a free app that helps you take your phone photography snapshots to the next level.

With features like automatically taking photos with voice commands like 'CHEESE!', shooting RAW files, overlaying grids, locking orientation, volume key configuration, and so much more, Open Camera turns your Android into an even more powerful camera.

You can even use Open Camera to make shooting your videos smoother and simpler, as it supports some external microphones, helps with manual exposure time, and effortlessly focuses to get the perfect video clip every time.

Bottom line: If you're looking for an app that makes your photos and videos look great without confusing the pants off of you, Open Camera is a great call.

One more thing: You can add the date and timestamp along with location coordinates and text to your pictures.

Why the Open Camera is the best

Free, functional, and fun – the way phone photography should be.

Being able to take complete creative control of your Android phone's camera is a rare and sometimes challenging thing to do. There are plenty of third-party apps that exist out there competing to take the place of your standard camera, but very few make things so straight-forward while still allotting the user ample room for creative photographic expression.

The features Open Camera has are pretty vast depending on what you want to shoot, how you want to shoot, and your particular shooting style and taste. You have the option to record your videos in HD while simultaneously zooming with a single-touch control, or shoot RAW (DNG) files along with manual distance focus (if your phone supports it), manual exposure timing, and manual ISO.

Open Camera isn't just for people who know and understand all the bells and whistles of professional photography: it also has some extremely fun and quirky features that make shooting with your Android phone a creative adventure.

Set up remote photo taking with a voice command or a noise – all you have to do is whistle, and your Android device captures the perfect photo! The app also has optional geotagging so you can keep track of when and where you took your photos, while basic, yet practical, features like overlaying a grid disabling the shutter sound makes your entire camera experience smoother and more customized to what you're comfortable with.

At the end of the day, Open Camera does a good, straightforward job of getting users to be more creative with their shots, try out more professional-grade settings, and experiment with their phone photography. What else can you ask for with a camera app?

Best for fun

Prisma

Free

Download now

In the last few months, you've probably noticed more and more photos of people, places, and food (what else is social media for?) being uploaded to Instagram and Facebook with hints of different art styles.

Some photos may look like vivid watercolor paintings, while others resemble rough, charcoal sketches. Some are reminiscent of a specific artist's look and feel, while others mesh mediums like anime to cartoon-ify your photos.

Prisma is an app that works by turning your photos into modern works of art using art style filters. Just shoot your photo with the app – your image will be shot as a square – and then pick and choose the filter you think will look best on your photo! There are dozens of different options to choose from, so try a couple.

Bottom-line: If you want a camera app that mixes creativity and art with simple shooting, then Prisma is your gal.

One more thing: Prisma is an awesome app for social media — spice up your selfie a bit and slap a Heisenberg on that baby.

Best for Manual Controls

Manual Camera

$2.99

Download now

Manual Camera gives whoever is behind the screen complete control of almost all settings. It's almost like having a little DSLR in your pocket, which is perfect for pro phone photographers or people looking to get better versed in photography!

While the standard camera app for Android allows you to control a few settings, Manual Camera takes the basics up a notch with complete manual control of shutter speed, focus distance, exposure compensation, ISO, and white balance.

Unfortunately, this is the only app on the list that costs something, but it's worth noting that you'll be using several different professional settings to capture the clearest photos.

Bottom-line: If you're looking for a professional camera app that lets you adjust your settings and add more than just a few colored filters to your photos, check out Manual Camera.

One more thing: The app runs quickly, so you won't have to worry about waiting for it to load as you miss your perfect shot.

Best for Social Media

Candy Camera

Free

Download now

Fun, straight-forward, and super filter friendly, the Candy Camera is a great tool for shooting the perfect selfie or snapping the ideal social media post!

Candy Camera is a third-party tool that works by overlaying flattering filters overtop of your photos in real-time. That means you can test out what filters look best, and if need be, layer them with other filters before posting.

With the Candy Camera, you also get a couple of insta-makeup editing tools: you can slim your face, whiten your teeth, add concealer, lipstick, blush, eyeliner, mascara, and more!

Bottom-line: Candy Camera is the perfect partner for social media posts and popularity.

One more thing: You can also decorate your photos with stickers in the app. New stickers are even added every update!

Conclusion

Shooting with third-party cameras is important for several reasons: they help you get creative, they help expand your photography horizons, and they help turn your Android phone into the powerful little photography tool it really is.

Best overall

Open Camera

Free

Download now

Effortless to shoot with and packed with plenty of useful features, Open Camera is a free app that helps you take your phone photography snapshots to the next level.

With features like automatically taking photos with voice commands like 'CHEESE!', shooting RAW files, overlaying grids, locking orientation, volume key configuration, and so much more, Open Camera turns your Android into an even more powerful camera.

You can even use Open Camera to make shooting your videos smoother and simpler, as it supports some external microphones, helps with manual exposure time, and effortlessly focuses to get the perfect video clip every time.

Bottom line: If you're looking for an app that makes your photos and videos look great without confusing the pants off of you, Open Camera is a great call.

One more thing: You can add the date and timestamp along with location coordinates and text to your pictures.

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2 months ago

How to opt out of WhatsApp sharing your information with Facebook

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How do I stop WhatsApp from sharing my information with Facebook? There are two ways!

In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for a whopping $21.8 billion. WhatsApp users everywhere went, "Oh, no. This can't be good." That feeling has finally come to fruition in that WhatsApp will now start sharing your information with Facebookincluding your phone number.

If you don't want Facebook getting ahold of your WhatsApp info, you can opt out in one of two ways.

Here's how!

Note: We're approaching the 30-day limit to opt out of WhatsApp's new privacy policy, so if you haven't done so already, now is a good time to do it.

How to opt out of sharing your WhatsApp information with Facebook in the WhatsApp terms of service

When WhatsApp updates, you'll have to agree to its terms of service all over again, but before you tap agree, you can read more and opt out of sharing your information.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the upward arrow in the bottom right corner to read more.
  3. Tap the checkbox to opt out of sharing your information with Facebook.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap the upward arrow to read more, tap the checkbox

If you go looking for the Share my account data option in your settings afterward, it won't be there, since you've already opted out.

How to opt out of sharing your WhatsApp information with Facebook if you've already agreed to the new terms of service

If you've already tapped "Agree", you can still opt out:

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button in the top right corner. It looks like three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap the more button, tap Settings

  4. Tap Account.
  5. Tap the checkbox next to Share my account info.

    Tap Account, tap the checkbox next to Share my account info

Now you're opted out and Facebook isn't getting your phone number, and won't share any information with its parent company to influence the ads you see.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

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2 months ago

Google's latest Android Experiment turns your phone into a paper plane

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Throw a plane, not a phone.

After debuting it at Google I/O this past May, Google and Active Theory have released Paper Planes, an app and Android Experiment that means to bring people together on International Day of Peace (that's today).

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2 months ago

Allo can send you messages on Android even if you don't install it

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Allo notification

On Android, friends with Allo can bug you even if you haven't installed the app yet.

Update: Google has announced that it's opening up App Preview Messaging, which is the Play Services feature powering these notifications, to third-party developers. Allo is a great use case for this feature, but the documentation makes it clear Google sees uses for it beyond growing Allo's user base.

Google has built a unique trick into its new messaging app, Allo, which may help spread its reach throughout the vast Android user base. Allo can send messages to your Android friends, even if they don't have the app installed.

It'll look a little something like this:

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