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1 week ago

Get half-off one season of any TV season or movie with this sweet Google Play offer

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Brace yourselves: Spring TV is coming.

Tons of exciting new shows are hitting the airwaves this season, as are new seasons of shows we already know and love! Whether you want to catch up on The Flash before Tuesday's Music Meister episode, cook up some nostalgia on Good Eats or you just want to grab the complete Batman The Animated Series, Google Play is giving some users a splendid deal on Google Play TV right now, and other users half-off on a movie.

Where was this during Stella last week?!

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1 week ago

How to make your own Ethernet cable

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You can make your own Ethernet cable to achieve lengths that are more useful and save some money in the long run. Here's how.

Whether you want to make some cabling of a specific length or just wish to have a little more fun than picking up Ethernet cables from your local store, it's actually an easy and straightforward task to make your own. This process can also help you repair damaged cable in the home or at the office without having to fork out cash for replacements. To get started, here's what you'll need:

  • Ethernet cable.
  • Crimping tool.
  • RJ45 modular connector.
  • Cable tester.

For the cabling itself, you can pick up pre-assembled cabling that are ready to use and then cut to size or you could save some more money and pop to your local DIY store who should be able to cut some from a reel for you. You can pick up the crimping tool, modular connectors, and a cable tester in one package:

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The cable testing equipment isn't required (you can easily check by connecting the cable to your PC and router), but it makes things easier because you can just reach for a nearby tool and not have to fetch a device.

  1. Cut the cable to the length you require.

  2. Using the crimping tool, strip away the cable jacket.
  3. Check to see if you nipped away at the wires inside.
  4. Spread the twisted wires out.

    (The thin thread that joins the four twisted wires allows you to pull the jacket back further, but note that there may be a plastic spine in the middle that requires cutting, along with the wires.)

  5. Straighten out the wires.

  6. Line them up in order, using the guides below:

    Looking at the underside of a connector, the copper contacts are in eight individual slots, numbered one through eight. We're using the T568B standard, which differs slightly from the T568A standard for wiring Ethernet cables.

  7. Slide the wires carefully into the RJ45 connector.

  8. Insert the cable into the crimper tool and press hard to secure the connector.

The clamp within the connector should press against the cable jacket. You should not be able to test the cable using the tool or plug each end into a device and see if a connection is made.

Fear not if you don't get the wires lined up perfectly because it can take some practice to get the hang of preventing the wires from overlapping or locking as pairs into the connector. If you make a mistake, simply cut a bit behind from where you were working, and try again.

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1 week ago

Bootloop-affected LG G4 and V10 owners are suing LG in class-action lawsuit

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Bootloops suck.

Fortunately, bootloops are a relatively rare occurrence unless you tinker with your software... or you own an LG G4 or LG V10. Bootloops were a notorious problem for these phones and at the beginning of 2016, LG acknowledged the defect and offered repairs and replacements.

Problem is, owners are claiming they didn't work either. And now they've called in the lawyers.

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1 week ago

How to take a screenshot on the Google Pixel

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How do I take a screenshot on the Google Pixel?

The Google Pixel runs Android 7.1, which is pretty special. There are a whole bunch of new features, and there are rounded icons — for better or worse. If you're using the new phone, you're likely going to want to show off some of its awesome looks in the form of screenshots.

It's easy to take a screen on the google Pixel. Here's how.

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1 week ago

Should you upgrade your headphones for PlayStation VR?

Great audio experiences are a huge part of VR.

No matter what VR headset you are using, you want to make sure you have decent headphones. That full immersion experience, where your physical world is replaced by the virtual one, has a lot to do with hearing things from all around you. Knowing that when you turn your head you'll see something coming from the direction you just heard it is a big deal, but if you can hear the real world as well it takes away from this experience.

Killer headphones are going to be a big deal with PlayStation VR, so here's what you should be looking for if you're planning an upgrade.

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1 week ago

Get an eight-course Ethical Hacking bundle for only $39

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It seems like every other day there's another high-profile hack that puts thousands of users' information into the hands of people who shouldn't have it. To safeguard against these types of attacks, companies hire Ethical Hackers who expose security flaws. These Ethical Hackers are in high demand, and the profession can be quite lucrative,

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Because this profession requires a broad range of knowledge, the courses needed to become an Ethical Hacker are generally quite expensive. Right now, however, Windows Central Digital Offers has a pretty amazing deal. You can get this 45-hour bundle for only $39; that's 96% off the regular price of $1,273.

The eight courses in the bundle include:

  • Ethical Hacker Bootcamp for 2017
  • A to Z Ethical Hacking Course
  • Learn Burp Suite for Advanced Web Penetration Testing
  • Complete Ethical Hacking/Penetration Testing Course
  • Intro to Ethical Hacking Certification
  • Real World Hacking & Penetration Testing
  • Learn Kali Linux and Hack Android Mobile Devices
  • Learn Hacking/Penetration Testing Using Android From Scratch

Don't worry about your skill level, as these eight courses take you from the basics to advanced tools used in the profession. After completing these courses, you'll be more than ready to jump into the world of Ethical Hacking.

This Ethical Hacking bundle is 96% off! Learn more

Ready to take the plunge into a new, lucrative career? Ethical Hackers are in high demand, and this course contains everything you need to get started. Don't wait too long, as this amazing deal won't last forever.

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1 week ago

Best VR games that don't rely on teleportation

These are the best VR games that don't rely on teleportation

What are some VR games that don't use teleportation?

If your VR legs are sturdy and you're comfortable getting around a game without teleportation, you probably prefer standard locomotion. It's usually more immersive, and it can really make horror games a lot scarier. If you have an iron stomach and don't want to teleport anymore, here are the best VR games that feature natural locomotion.

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1 week ago

Best Phones to use with Mint SIM

Best overall

Google Pixel

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When buying an unlocked phone to use with a prepaid carrier, our recommendation is unchanged from our overall best Android phone pick: it's the Google Pixel. Google's first own-branded phone is absolutely hit, from its understated hardware design to its lightning fast performance, full-day battery life and of course its top-of-the-line camera.

The Pixel simply does everything faster than the competition, and does so while integrating with all of Google's excellent services and no extra bloat. It's also going to be the most up-to-date in terms of software, getting monthly security updates and also being at the front of the line for big platform jumps.

You'll pay for the privilege, but if you want the slickest and cleanest Android phone that you can buy unlocked and bring to a prepaid carrier, the Pixel is the way to go.

Bottom line: For the fastest, simplest and best-supported experience, you can't go wrong with Google's own phone.

One more thing: You can opt for the 5.5-inch Pixel XL if you want more screen to work with and longer battery life.

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1 week ago

Nanoleaf Aurora review: The coolest lights on the whole damn planet

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It turns out the smart lights I've wanted all along aren't lightbulb shaped.

I've been thoroughly invested in smart lighting for a while now. Several rooms in my house have been fully converted, fully connected to Google Home for voice control, and so far I'm pretty happy with the setup. Smart lighting is absolutely the way forward for me, especially as costs come down and more options become available. Combining convenience with a familiar form factor is exactly what I thought I wanted, but these new lights from Nanoleaf have me questioning that last part.

Instead of making another lightbulb with smarts, the Nanoleaf Aurora is a modular solution that makes the lights part of the decor. It sounds a little crazy, and has a price tag to match, but these lights are seriously changing how I think about smart lighting in my home.

Every Nanoleaf Aurora setup is a little different, which is fantastic.

Every Nanoleaf Aurora setup is a little different, which is fantastic. You open the box and find nine triangles and a wire for power. These triangles can be assembled in whatever array you choose, as long as one of the sides is able to touch another triangle side.

A simple connector attaches each triangle, sharing power and network information along the chain. When you have the triangles mounted the way you want, you can pick where the power cable gets attached so you can discretely hide the cable however you want. It's a simple, elegant setup that allows you to expand by buying more triangles to add on to the kit. You can have up to 30 triangles attached to a single Aurora, so there's a lot of flexibility here.

It's not hard to imagine an Aurora panel completely replacing the lights in a decent-sized room.

Once everything is connected and powered up, you head to the the Nanoleaf app and set the lights up however you want. The app is aware of where each of the triangles is positioned as soon as it connects to the hardware, and from there you can either choose individual colors for each triangle or adjust the whole array as a single bulb.

If you're using this to light a room, the lights get plenty bright — roughly 100 lumens per panel — and you have fantastic control over the light temperature as you set things. If you're using this as an accent, the lights can also be set to rotate through a palette of colors in several different patterns. The most impressive part of this whole experience is the way Nanoleaf's app is aware of how your array is set up, adjusting the app to match.

Nanoleaf hasn't quite worked out the whole "talk to literally everything" functionality that Philips has with the Hue bulbs yet, but what exists right now is a solid start. You can connect to IFTTT, and there's some basic Amazon Echo integration, but a full open API and Google Home support is planned for later this year.

These lights are becoming more common as accent lighting for a lot of environments, but it's not hard to imagine an Aurora panel completely replacing the lights in a decent-sized room. The panels mount anywhere, and as long as you can make the wire disappear these lights are an amazing alternative to LED strips or recessed lighting in many environments.

Naturally, the big question here is price. The Nanoleaf Aurora starter kit isn't cheap — those nine starter panels will run you $200. If you want to expand, each three triangle kit will run you an additional $60. What you get in exchange is arguable more functional and undeniably more attractive than your average Wi-Fi connected lightbulbs though, and that's significant. These lights become a totally personal way to illuminate your space, and the end result rarely disappoints.

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1 week ago

India's leading mobile wallet Paytm heads to Canada to facilitate bill payments

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Paytm lets Canadian customers make bill payments.

After crossing 200 million customers in India, the country's leading mobile wallet Paytm is now making its way to Canada. The app allows customers to pay for utility, cable, and cell phone bills, with the platform supporting thousands of service providers. Customers will also receive a bill reminder option ten days before a bill is due, followed by periodic reminders as the due date draws near. The app promises "100% Service Assurance," stating it will only debit money from your account after the bill is paid.

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1 week ago

Gmail for desktop now lets you stream video attachments

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You no longer have to download video attachments to view them.

If you've ever received a video attachment in Gmail, the only option was to download the file to view it. That's changing today, as Google is now rolling out the option to stream video attachments from the Gmail desktop client.

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1 week ago

Huawei P10 Lite is official — launching Mar. 31 for £299

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Affordable version of Huawei's latest flagship will arrive on EE, Vodafone and at Carphone Warehouse.

Huawei has today expanded its P10 series with a new mid-priced model, the P10 Lite. Pre-orders kick off today at Vodafone, EE and Carphone Warehouse ahead of the March 31 street date.

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1 week ago

Watch our Huawei P10 + P10 Plus video review!

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Huawei is big in China, and growing the West. In the past twelve months, it's gone from being that one company that made great hardware but could never seem to get the software right, to being able to legitimately compete with more established brands in Europe.

So in 2017, the new P10 phones are tasked with building on that momentum, while also competing with what's to come from Samsung and Apple. In our video review of the 5.1-inch Huawei P10 and its 5.5-inch sibling the P10 Plus, we'll see how Huawei has created two of its best phones yet, with superb build quality, an eye-catching "dazzling" finish and a competitive camera. But is it all undone by one fairly major hardware oversight?

Hit the video above for our comprehensive take on the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus!

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S8 will use facial recognition for mobile payments

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It's straight out of a science fiction novel.

The rumor of the Samsung Galaxy S8's facial recognition abilities is becoming stronger with each passing day. Bloomberg is reporting that the South Korean smartphone maker's next smartphone will use that particular ability for securing mobile payments.

Here's a snippet of the report:

Samsung Electronics Co.'s new Galaxy S8 will employ facial-recognition technology for mobile payments within months of release, adding cutting-edge security to help the marquee device stand out from rivals such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone, people familiar with the matter said.

The Galaxy S8 to be unveiled later this month will blend fingerprint, iris and facial detection to verify users accessing mobile services including Samsung Pay, the people said. It's already working with banks to help them embrace facial recognition systems in coming months, they said, asking not to be identified talking about a private matter. Samsung declined to comment.

Fingerprint, iris, and facial recognition — that is quite a bit of security that relies on organic matter to unlock! And it's certainly the future that we're headed towards.

Wondering what else might be in the Galaxy S8? We've got a roundup of rumors for you.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

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1 week ago

LG G6 coming to Sprint on April 7 for $708

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Sprint is also throwing in a free 49-inch television and Google Home.

Last, but not least, Sprint has finally released details on its part in the LG G6 launch. The shiny metal-and-glass smartphone will debut on April 7 at Sprint stores and online for $708.

Sprint is using the G6 launch as a way to herald its network's High Performance User Equipment (HPUE) abilities. What does that mean? To you, dear user, it doesn't mean too much. For the most part, LG is part of a broad range of manufacturers have signed on to this particular 2.5GHz standard, which makes it easier for devices like the G6 to latch on to cell towers.

The G6 also comes equipped with other you-facing features, including Google Assistant, wide-angle cameras, and few gimmicks. If you're looking to jump into a monthly payment plan, Sprint will offer the G6 for $29.50 a month for 24 months. Sprint is also throwing in a free 49-inch LG television, as well as honoring the promotion for Google Home. Interestingly, Sprint's free Google Home offering extends through May 11, compared to LG's original end date of April 30.

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