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1 month ago

Where to buy the Huawei Mate 9 in the U.S.

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Where do I buy the Huawei Mate 9 in the U.S.?

Huawei's Mate 9 is big, powerful and, at $599, incredible value. While it may be too big for some, its entry into the U.S. market heralds a turning point for the Chinese company, which is competing extremely well with Samsung and Apple for global smartphone market share.

Unfortunately, Huawei still has roadblocks to overcome before it can sell its phones at U.S. carriers, but in the meantime it has launched the Mate 9 at several well-known and accessible online retailers.

Jet.com

The Huawei Mate 9 is available at Jet.com for $599.99, the standard price for the device. But Jet.com offers a way to save money by opting out of free returns, paying by debit, or both. With both of those options ticked, the phone drops to $584.48, and goes even cheaper if you purchase more than one. Jet.com is our pick for the best place to buy the Mate 9.

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Amazon

Amazon is usually the gold standard for products like this, and the Mate 9 fits right into the retailer's lineup. Available for $599.99 from Amazon in either Moonlight Silver or Space Gray, the phone comes with a U.S. warranty and is eligible for Prime Shipping.

See at Amazon

Best Buy

Best Buy offers the Huawei Mate 9 at its standard $599.99 price with free 2-day shipping and a price match guarantee. Pretty standard stuff, but you can get decent financing and some cash-back rewards options with the right credit card, and you know that Best Buy has enough stores to make it easy to return the phone in case of problems.

See at Best Buy

Newegg

Newegg is selling the Huawei Mate 9 in both colors, white and silver, for $599.99, and each unit comes with a free Huawei-branded selfie stick, if you're into that sort of thing. Newegg has a great reputation for efficient delivery and easy exchanges, and has a Premier membership program that, like Amazon, offers free shipping and no restocking fee.

See at Newegg

B&H Photo Video

The New York-based B&H Photo Video is well-known for stocking hard-to-get products, and Huawei's Mate 9 is available and ready to ship. The company doesn't collect tax outside of New York State, which can help you save a few dollars in the process. Like the other vendors, B&H also stocks both colors of the Mate 9, and offers same-day shipping.

Canadians also benefit from B&H Photo Video, as it is the only one of the retailers listed to ship to Canada — free after $99.

See at B&H Photo Video

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1 month ago

What to do with a broken phone to keep your data safe

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Can I protect the data on my broken phone?

We try to make sure everyone knows the things they can do to make sure they know how to keep their personal data safe on an Android phone. What you do with the information is up to you, exactly as it should be. Only you know how valuable you think your personal information is.

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1 month ago

How to change display scaling on the Huawei Mate 9

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Huawei Mate 9

The Huawei Mate 9 has a great big screen. Make the most of it by seeing more at once.

Being able to change display scaling (also known as DPI scaling) is a standard feature in Android 7.0 Nougat, and the Huawei Mate 9 lets you choose between three different scaling options. On a big-screened phone like the Mate 9, this "View Mode" option is a great way to choose between seeing more on-screen, or getting a larger view of what's going on.

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1 month ago

Common HTC 10 problems and how to fix them

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Having problems with your HTC 10? Here are the most common ones, and how to fix them.

The HTC 10 is a beautiful device that's a good size with plenty of power and lots of features. However, like all phones, it can run into problems every now and then. Here are some of the problems users have encountered most, and how to deal with them.

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1 month ago

How to install Kodi on a Raspberry Pi

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Kodi and a Raspberry Pi makes for one of the easiest and best media centers you can make yourself.

Kodi is a great way to make your TV smart. It's the continuation of XBMC, a free and open-source application that is a great media player and complete replacement for just about any other media-centric software. It's not a streaming server or DVR. It's the software you use to watch video content and listen to music through any screen with an HDMI connection.

Because it's open-source, Kodi runs on just about every platform known to man — Windows, Android, iOS, macOS and a gazillion different flavors of BSD and Linux.

Several of those operating system platforms also work really well on the Raspberry Pi. A marriage of the two makes for a cheap media center that's easy to set up and has all the features you'll find on expensive alternatives. It's a DIY project that anyone can do and the results are incredible.

Getting started

You'll need to buy a few things:

  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • A case of some sort
  • A power supply
  • A microSD card with an adapter to plug it into your computer

You can run Kodi on an earlier model of Raspberry Pi (and plenty of folks do) but the better hardware in the third revision makes a big difference. The power supply needs to provide 5 volts at 2 amps through a Micro-USB port. Any microSD card will work, but faster cards are better — try to get something Class 10 or higher. You'll also want one at least 8GB in size.

The case needs to have decent airflow because things can get hot. It should also stay together if the cat or a roaming infant gets behind things and pulls on cords. And you'll need a cable that can take HDMI with audio from the Raspberry Pi to the screen you want to see your stuff on.

The easy way is to buy a kit that has all this stuff in it. You'll save a couple dollars and a lot of time. I went with this kit from CanaKit and it has everything you need to get started and it's decent quality stuff.

See CanaKit at Amazon

You'll also want to have a keyboard and mouse you can use directly with your Kodi box. Almost any keyboard and mouse will work, but after trying a whole bunch of them through the years on various small electronic projects I have to recommend the Logitech K400. It's bigger than many others, but it works on everything without any setup or hassle — even the PlayStation 4 which can be finicky and hates peripherals.

I have like three of them around the office and they've held up just fine.

See Logitech K400 keyboard at Amazon

Putting things together

Gather up your handful of parts and find a nice flat spot to put them together on. I'm going to recommend you find a static-free place to work because everyone recommends it. I have a big static mat that covers half my desk that I leave there and use as a mouse pad. If you don't have a static mat, just be really careful.

Also, round up any tools you might need to put your case together. You might need a screwdriver or a small socket driver. The packaging it comes in or any instructions will tell you. The one I bought for this just snaps together and I'll never go back to one that needs to be screwed or bolted together again. Follow the directions and get your Raspberry Pi placed in the case and then make sure all the various ports and holes aren't obstructed and that your wires and SD card will fit easily.

Find a spot to put it when you're finished where the cords aren't bent at an extreme angle and nobody will trip over it. If you're going to use a remote (either a USB receiver type or a more DIY LIRC IR style) make sure the signal will be able to hit the receiver. Once installed, you'll not need to touch any of the hardware for a long time, so take a minute or two and find the right place for it.

Install the software

I recommend you use OSMC (Open Source Media Center) as the operating system unless you know what you're doing when it comes to Linux. OSMC is Linux (Debian stable) but the front end and all admin is done through the simple OSMC skin for Kodi. And it's simple to install. You download an installer for Windows, Mac or Linux, plug your SD card into your computer and follow a couple of simple steps to configure your network. Tell it where your SD card is and press a button.

To get started, point your web browser to OSMC.tv's download page and pick the right version for your computer. Download it, run it and follow the super-simple instructions. Take some time to read a bit more about the project and see if you want to donate to this 100% volunteer project. Building an open source media center is fun for a lot of people, but servers on the internet cost money. Lots of it.

Once you have everything on your SD card, plug it into your Raspberry Pi. Put it where it's going to live, plug in the keyboard and HDMI cable (and Ethernet cable if you want a more robust wired network) then plug in the power. If everything worked (and it should have) you can turn on your TV and keyboard and go through the setup. It's simple — you need to let the software know what language to use, what time zone you're in and what your new Kodi box should be named. Then you're finished. Kodi is set up and running on your Raspberry Pi and you can do the same things with it that you can if it were running on a PC or Android TV or anything else.

Next steps

There are some things you'll want to do to get started watching video content and listening to music through your new Kodi box. You might need to buy licenses for MPEG-2 and VC1 hardware decoding. They're cheap and easy to buy over the internet. I think you should spend the few bucks to buy them instead of finding other ways to acquire them.

You might also want to set up Plex and the PleXMBC add-on to decode and stream video to your new Kodi box. Kodi is a player that can attach to your storage or countless streaming servers via the internet. If you have a large media library of your own, Plex is an easy-to-set up media server that works great with Kodi to watch and listen to everything you have.

You can also install support for your own DVR backend or an HDHomeRun tuner or set things up to watch recorded PlayOn streams. Look at the Add-ons settings for all the legal and Kodi project approved ways to get content from the internet to your screen. Of course, there are plenty of places on the internet to get more information about services you can add to Kodi, but we'll let you find those on your own.

OSMC is a skinned version of Kodi that's easy to install. That means you can use any Android Kodi remote app to control things. I like Kore but there are plenty to try, Just search Kodi remote in the Play store.

The next step is to lean back and enjoy it.

Questions? Problems?

We're here to help! If you have problems getting Kodi to work on a Raspberry Pi, leave a comment down below and we'll try to answer it!

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1 month ago

How to enable the app drawer on the Huawei Mate 9

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Huawei Mate 9 app drawer

By default, all your apps are shown on your home screen on the Huawei Mate 9. But it's easy to enable a more traditional Android app drawer.

Gone are the days when using a phone with Huawei's EMUI software meant having to choose between and iOS-like home screen setup — where all your apps are shown on the home screen — and using a custom launcher. The latest EMUI 5 software, included on the Huawei Mate 9, makes it easy to keep your home screen relatively uncluttered, leaving less-used apps in the app drawer.

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1 month ago

Top eight features of MIUI 8

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Here's what you need to know about MIUI 8.

MIUI 8 is the largest update to Xiaomi's operating system in several years, introducing much-needed visual flair in the form of a bold color palette and a host of new features. The operating system has over 200 million users globally, and with Xiaomi soliciting feedback from its community for new features, it is a continually evolving platform.

This update rolled out earlier this year for several devices, including the Mi 5, Redmi Note 3, Mi Max, and others, and with most Xiaomi phones now making their way to Marshmallow, it's time to take a look at some of the new features on offer.

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1 month ago

How to set up a Google Pixel from an old iPhone or Android

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What's the best way to transfer data from my old phone to my Pixel?

One of the first things you'll want to do when you get your brand new Pixel phone is make sure all the data from your is transferred over from your old phone, and Google has done the work to make sure it's as painless as possible.

Included in the box with your Pixel is a USB-C to USB-A adapter which is used for the quickest and easiest method for transferring your data. We'll walk you through how to transfer your data from either an Android device or an iPhone. The process is mostly the same, with a few differences.

How to transfer your data from another Android phone

  1. If you've just powered up your Pixel for the first time, tap Let's Go to start the setup process.
  2. Tap Copy your data.
  3. Tap to connect to a trusted Wi-Fi network.

  4. Enter the password for your Wi-Fi network and then tap Connect.
  5. Once your phone is connected to the internet, it will automatically check for system updates.
  6. Connect your old Android phone to your Pixel with the USB-A to USB-C adapter and a USB cable as shown in the diagram.

  7. Switch back to your old phone and follow the onscreen instructions to unlock your phone.
  8. Tap Copy on your old phone to start the transfer process.
  9. Switch back over to your Pixel. Swipe up to scroll down and review the data to be transferred.

  10. Back on the Pixel, swipe up to scroll down and review the data to be transferred.
  11. Tap Copy to begin the transfer process. It will likely take a few minutes.
  12. Once your data transfer is complete, tap Next to continue with the setup process.

How to transfer your data from an iPhone

  1. If you've just powered up your Pixel for the first time, tap Let's Go to start the setup process.
  2. Tap Copy your data.
  3. Tap to connect to a trusted Wi-Fi network.

  4. Enter the password for your Wi-Fi network and then tap Connect.
  5. Once your phone is connected to the internet, it will automatically check for system updates.
  6. Connect your iPhone to your Pixel with the USB-A to USB-C adapter and a Lightning cable as shown in the diagram.

  7. Let the Pixel find your iPhone.
  8. Select the data you want to transfer over to the Pixel.
  9. Tap Copy to begin the transfer process. It will likely take a few minutes.
  10. Once your data transfer is complete, tap Next to continue with the setup process.

Questions? Having problems?

Let us know in the comments if you're having issues! With our iPhone, messages and photo attachments were automatically added to the Messages app, while photos were added to the main photos app.

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1 month ago

How to download and install Android 7.1.1 Nougat on your Nexus or Pixel right now

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How do I get Android 7.1.1 Nougat on your Nexus phone right now?

Android 7.1.1 Nougat is officially available for the Pixel, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C, but your phone may not get the OTA (over-the-air) update for another couple of weeks. If you don't have a Nexus, you can get a feel for when (or if) your phone will get Nougat based on our expectations.

If you know your way around a command line, you can skip the waiting game by downloading the factory image for your particular device and flashing it on top of your software. But there are some caveats you need to know about when flashing a factory image, so read on to find out what you need to know.

Updated on December 5th with new information and latest links to OTA files.

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1 month ago

Feel great in 2017: Get fit with MrMobile

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It's that special time of year! The time we all say "heck no, I'm not going to keep all this holiday weight!" and trundle off to the gym... for about a week. But not this year! You know it's going to be different, and you want some apps to help you keep to that goal.

MrMobile and his friends Jon Rettinger of TechnoBuffalo, Serenity Caldwell at iMore, Marques Brownlee at MKBHD, Krystal Key, Joshua Vergara at Android Authority, Safwan Ahmedmia at SuperSaf, and Jaime Rivera at PocketNow suggest their favorite apps to keep you getting healthy this 2017. Let us and them know which ones work for you!

Stay social, my friends

And thanks to all our friends who collaborated on this video:

Jon Rettinger [TechnoBuffalo]

Serenity Caldwell [iMore]

Marques Brownlee [MKBHD]

Krystal Key

Joshua Vergara

Safwan Ahmedmia [SuperSaf]

Jaime Rivera [Pocketnow]

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1 month ago

What to do if you're locked out of your phone after resetting it

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While it's for our own good, Factory Reset Protection can trip you up when you reset your phone. These tips can help.

Getting stuck when trying to reset your phone seems to be a fairly common thing. The reasons for it are good — Google has methods in place to try and cut back on phone theft — but when it's your phone and your data, it can be frustrating if you can't use it. Here are a few pointers that can help if it happens to you, as well as what you can do to prevent it from happening.

Why do I need to know the old account information?

In recent versions of Android, once a phone has been tied to a Google account you need to use the same account and password to "unlock" it if you reset it. It's called FRP (Factory Reset Protection), and it's done to make stolen phones less valuable; if you steal my phone you can't unlock the screen to use it, and if you reset it you need my Google account information to set it up again. If you can't use my phone, you're less likely to steal it. Or if you've found a phone and can't use it you'll be more likely to turn it over to the police. Every company that makes phones with access to Google Play is using this feature and some also have their own version that can do the same thing through their accounts.

Even a great idea seems bad when it keeps you from using your phone.

The problem is that if you reset your own phone, or buy a used phone that still has FRP active you might need to know the account username and password that was last used on the phone to sync with Google's servers. Resetting the phone through the settings should remove the account before it erases the data, but it very often doesn't. Sometimes we forget those details, or if we bought a phone from someone else we might not be able to get them. While people are always looking for exploits to work around the FRP lock, once found they quickly get patched. (Though sometimes those patches take a while to work their way through manufacturers and carriers, so it's always worth a Google search.)

When this happens on your own account and you have access from another phone (or tablet or computer) first instinct is to have the password you forgot reset so you can move forward. But that only locks the phone setup completely for at least 24 hours because another security feature stops you from adding access to your Google account on the phone right after a password change or other "suspicious" activity. On phones running Lollipop, this might be 72 hours — Google changed it in May 2016 and some phones need a software update for it to take effect. Every time you try starts the 24-hour clock new, and we all would keep trying over and over out of frustration.

So what should I do?

There are three ways to get in. The first, using the Google account recovery tool, will only work if you took the time to set up a backup phone (and can swap your SIM card with another phone to get a text) or second email account. We'll go over how to do that in the next section, but if you already did it you can click this link to start the recovery process. Make sure your phone is charged and turned on, and make sure you have access to a phone using the recovery number or the recovery account email. If you're using two-factor authentication, you'll need a way to authorize your account. If that would usually be the phone you're trying to unlock, the recovery tool will walk you through the steps to disable 2FA or use a CAPTCHA code.

The next step is to reset your account password from another device, then wait 24 (or 72 — see above) hours before trying to set it up. You can leave the phone powered on or shut it off, just don't try to do anything with it while you're waiting or you may reset the countdown. Waiting a full day (or three) really sucks, but it's better than not having any access to your account and not being able to use your phone ever again.

If you bought used, you'll need to contact the original owner for some help.

The third option is for advanced users, and may not work on your particular model. You can try to wipe the phone's data and cache partitions through the device recovery. This used to work on some models, never worked on others, and even triggered a dialog asking for the same account details as setup does on others. But if you're into fiddling with things, this is pretty easy to try. The other thing to try is to reflash the operating system. Using whatever tools are needed on a computer (Fastboot, Odin, LG Flash Tool, etc.) and the correct factory image to completely erase the phone and start from scratch. This too isn't 100%. Rooted users can try ADB through recovery and then remove specific files from the settings database — search your particular model for more on this.

If none of these solutions work you can try filling out this form or calling 650-253-0000 to work through the Google Accounts customer service menu. You can also try checking with the company you bought the phone from, as they may have experience solving the issue.

If you aren't the original owner and don't have access to a way to recover the account, you'll need to contact whoever you bought it from.

Account recovery options

Save yourself some headache and set up your account recovery options. Visit your Google account settings page and run the "Security Checkup" you'll find in the left column. You can tell Google how to send you a token to get into your account if you're locked out and select recovery questions as part of the first step. We recommend you provide all the detail you can here. Just because the FRP "issue" hasn't hit you yet doesn't mean it never will.

With password managers and 2FA settings, the days of just remembering a simple account password are over for a lot of us. Don't think that you'll never be locked out of your own phone and your own account! Take a few minutes and make sure Google can help you get in if you need them to.

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