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1 week ago

HTC Desire 10 preview: Flashy outside, ordinary within

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

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


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

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'


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


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


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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1 week ago

Google Trips wants to be the only app you need while traveling


Google has released a new app to the public that takes its Gmail inbox-reading machine learning prowess and applies it to travel.

Dubbed Google Trips, the app consolidates all of the travel data Google has collected from Gmail (with your permission) and arrays it in an easy-to-understand way, with offline support for those times you don't have cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity.

The app takes what Inbox and Google Now have been doing for some time — deciphering the automatic emails you get from booking sites, travel agents, and other sources — and adds personalized recommendations for what the company calls the "top 200 cities in the world." These include local tourist hotspots, restaurants and "local gems," consolidating them into a full day's tour that can be followed offline.

The app has been in beta since April, and as a result feels extremely polished and well-designed. From a recent trip to San Francisco, for example, it pulled in my flight and hotel data as well as any places I'd saved in Google Maps. It also described local customs, shopping districts, and any other essential information such as available of taxis and how to navigate the public transit system.

Trips can be as automatic or customized as you want, depending on how much time and investment you want to put into it. You can also add one location in a city and have Trips fill in nearby attractions based on that manual input — very clever if you know you have one or two things to hit but don't have a full day planned.

While much of this information is available through various Google services already — Gmail, Inbox, Maps, and Google Now — it's nice to see an app like Trips that, for the avid traveler, will fill in any of those blanks.

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1 week ago

Getting started with add-on camera lenses for your Android phone

What are the different types of phone photography lenses available?

Let's cut to the chase: your Android phone's camera is a powerful little tool. With it you can capture vivid video, professional portraits, trippy time-lapses, and so much more, all without any extra bells and whistles weighing you down.

Phone photography lenses are incredibly quick, practical, and convenient tools to have in your back pocket, and the four most common kinds you'll come across are wide-angle, fisheye, macro, and telephoto lenses. They can take your Instagram posts to the next level, transform a get-together with friends into a memorable photo moment, and make your Snapchat stories all the more compelling to watch.

With phone photography blossoming online and amongst real-life pro photographers, having a few phone lenses ready to go can be a great way to switch things up in your shooting routine.

Here are the different, most common types of phone photography lenses to check out if you're looking to get creative and break the mold on basic, boring phone photography!

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1 week ago

Google Photos update simplifies sharing, launches new automatic creations


It's now even easier to share from Google Photos to anyone, no matter what.

Google Photos

Google Photos already does a great job letting you share photos, videos and albums, but with its latest app update things are getting even simpler. Now when selecting photos to share, you can bypass the idea of sharing to a specific app and just send to specific people instead — the share sheet will now just have a "To:" field where you can type names, email addresses or phone numbers.

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1 week ago

Supercharging Google Cardboard with VRidge

Your smartphone-based VR has another trick.

There's already a lot you can experience with Google Cardboard. Quick horror experiences to make your friends jump, exciting trips on roller coaster you may never go on yourself, and concerts to watch as though you're in the audience top a surprisingly long list of possibilities. There are hundreds of Google Cardboard apps available for anyone to try, but if you're looking for something to try that is just a step above your average app the folks behind VRidge want you to see what desktop-class VR is like without relying on Oculus or Valve for anything.

Read more at VR Heads!

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1 week ago

Huawei Nova + Nova Plus review: Lean and mean

Huawei Nova

Huawei's new pair of mid-rangers boasts impressive build quality and flagship-beating battery life.

Expensive, top-tier phones are all well and good. But over the past year, the £300-400 mark is where some of the most meaningful innovation has been happening. Huawei has dabbled in this market through its Honor brand, and its answer to this for the mainstream market is Nova, a new series of mid-tier phones. The Huawei Nova and Nova Plus bring similar specs to two different screen sizes, with a particular focus on camera performance and battery life.

So how do they measure up? Let's find out.

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1 week ago

How to tell if your Galaxy Note 7 is safe to use

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung's going to make it easy to check that new purchases — and replacement units — are unaffected by battery issues.

Samsung is replacing potentially dangerous Galaxy Note 7s purchased during the first few weeks of the phone's availability with new safe versions. As it does so, the manufacturer is also giving buyers a couple of ways to identify a safe Note 7.

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1 week ago

Best leather cases for the Galaxy S7

Galaxy S7

The Galaxy S7 is a sophisticated phone. It demands a sophisticated case.

Many cases that are meant purely for protection aren't necessarily the prettiest. Leather cases are a great and durable way to protect your Galaxy S7 while maintaining a sense of upscale style and really making your phone stand out.

We've rounded up the best (and sexiest) leather cases we could find, just for you.

Piel Frama FramaSlim

Piel Frama FramaSlim

Piel Frama's line of FramaSlim leather cases for the Galaxy S7 are the epitome of haute couture. The height of fashion also means top price, with these cases starting at 60€ (around $70 US).

That being said, you get what you pay for, which is one of five types of handcrafted genuine leather cases made in Spain. You have your choice of cowskin, cowskin-crocodile, iForte Style (a more rugged cowskin), lizard, and stingray. These are all blends of calfskin and other material that add a truly personal touch to your S7. "Oh, your case is from Best Buy? Mine was hand-made by an old man in rural Spain."

Piel Frama has been making leather cases for cell phones since 1984, so if anyone knows how to craft a case that fits your phone perfectly, offering a bit of protection and maximum style, it's Frama. Form meets function, in that there is no need to open your case when you want to talk, so that you don't have the cover awkwardly flapping away.

Something to note is that your phone doesn't actually sit in these cases, rather it sits on them via an adhesive pad. This pad, however, has deep "craters" in it so that no residue is left on your S7.

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Leather wallet case by Sarac Leather

Sarac Leather

We mined Etsy for leather cases because some of the finest craftspeople in the world sell their good there. This leather wallet case by Sarac Leather is a gorgeous and stylish cover that offers your S7 some solid protection, while accenting it with personal style.

Hand-made of genuine leather, this unit comes in either brown or purple suede and has two slots on the inside for debit or credit cards. The cover also flips back and folds to provide a handy stand for hands-free video watching or calling.

Since these are hand-made items, no two are alike, so if you want a case that's truly unique to you and your S7, then consider Sarac Leather's offer.

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Leather wallet case by Jinapple


Jinapple's handmade leather case for your GS7 is one of rustic beauty and somewhat rugged protection. It's made of the type of leather that you're not worried about scuffing up, since that would just add to its appeal.

The leather comes in a few different shades of brown and then you have your choice of brown for the thread. You can make everything uniform or your can make the thread pop by choosing a dark leather and light thread. There are many combinations, meaning your case will truly be yours. For an extra five bucks you can even have your initials etched into it.

There are three slots for cards on the inside and a larger cash slot that can fit cash. The thin leather won't add a ton of bulk to your S7 and you won't be able to fill it with credit cards so no worry of bulk there either.

If you want a splash of rugged style and like the feel of leather but don't want a case that you have to preen over and worry about scratching, then give Jinapple's offer a look.

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Leather wallet case by Istanbul Leather Shop

Istanbul Leather Shop

This is the type of leather case that you'd associate with a glass of 12 year old scotch and a deep leather chair, with a roaring fire next to it and a portrait of Ron Swanson on the mantle – refined.

This elegantly designed case has three slots inside for credit and debit cards, with a little more room that some of the other cases in this roundup. So, the front cover is a little bulkier, but it'll still fit comfortably in your pocket.

There are speaker holes on the front so that you can talk with the cover closed. You can also fold the cover back to create a stand for hands-free video watching.

There is only one choice for color, but it's a deep and rich brown that will suit any Galaxy S7 color.

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Leather wallet pouch by Benittorre


This case is a little different from the others in this roundup in that it's a pouch rather than a folio. Your S7 easily slide in and out of this handsomely crafted pouch without being scratched up, since the inside is made of soft microfiber. Heck, it might even clean your screen as you slide it out.

The front pocket is only really designed to fit one card, but you might sneak two in if you don't mind a bit of stretch. You have the choice of a bare case, one with the Benittorre logo, or a monogrammed case, which makes this one an excellent and personalizable gift idea for someone special.

This is the best-reviewed case in our roundup, so Benittorre is clearly doing something right. If you're looking for a case that easily flips open and stands when you want to watch videos, this isn't for you. However, if you're wanting more of a sheath to protect your S7 while it's in your pocket or purse, then this pouch is beautifully ideal.

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Samsung leather cover

Samsung leather cover

This still isn't available on Samsung's website, but you can find it on Amazon for around $35. Looking more like a textured bumper case, Samsung is joining form with function in a sophisticated-looking package. It's made from genuine leather that's hardened to make your Galaxy S7 feel substantial, though it likely won't protect your phone from a big drop – you do compromise protection for style.

However, it will indeed protect your Galaxy S7 from scratches and bumps and the raised bezel on the front will protect the screen should you lay your phone face-down.

See at Amazon

If leather cases just aren't doing it for you, check out our roundup of the best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S7.

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1 week ago

Digital Offers: Grab the complete Machine Learning Bundle for just $40

Ever wish you could take some of your extra money and double or even triple it on the stock market? Unfortunately, the market is tricky, it can be hard to know what to do, how to read the trends and figure out where the money is to be made. Luckily, you can get started with all you need to know for only a small investment.

With this complete Machine Learning bundle for just $40 you can get access to 64 lectures, 11 hours of content and more at anytime you want it. You can set up historical price databases in MySQL using Python, learn Python libraries and even access the source code any time as a continued resource.

Some of the other benefits of the bundle include:

  • Access 64 lectures & 11 hours of content 24/7
  • Get a crash course in quantitative trading from stocks & indices to momentum investing & backtesting
  • Discover machine learning principles like decision trees, ensemble learning, random forests & more
  • Set up a historical price database in MySQL using Python
  • Learn Python libraries like Pandas, Scikit-Learn, XGBoost & Hyperopt
  • Access source code any time as a continuing resource

You'll want to take advantage of this $40 bundle to get yourself started down the right path. Whether it is something you want to turn into a career at some point or just a way to try and make a few extra bucks, this bundle is worth checking out.

You'd normally pay just under $800 for it, making the $40 price tag a 94% savings through Android Central Offers.

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