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1 week ago

Bluetooth 5 will double the speed, quadruple the range of its predecessor

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The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) have announced the details of Bluetooth 5. The next version of the wireless hardware standard will have double the speeds and four times the range of Bluetooth 4,

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1 week ago

We have an HTC 10 for one lucky Android Central reader! Enter now!

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The HTC 10 is unquestionably HTC's best phone ever. It's also a great Android phone in its own right, with an attractive metal unibody, top-notch audio credentials, fast and uncluttered software, speedy fingerprint security and a camera capable of taking great photos. We happen to have one here, and it's just itching to find a new home, so we're passing it on to one of you in this contest! Awesome! Scroll on down and get yourself entered!

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1 week ago

Google Photos now lets you start a slideshow from any album

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Google Photos users can now start a slideshow from any album.

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1 week ago

Domino's ditches T-Mobile Tuesdays after getting hit with too many free pizza orders

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Domino's has decided to "indefinitely" postpone any future participation in the T-Mobile Tuesdays rewards program after getting hit with way too many free pizza orders earlier this week from customers of the wireless carrier.

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1 week ago

Dive back into the EAC with our Finding Dory theme

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Pixar is diving back into the world of Finding Nemo with a new film about everyone's favorite absent-minded Royal Blue Tang, Dory. She has short-term memory loss, which obviously presents a lot of challenges to her everyday life. And while fish can't use smartphones, I think we have a Finding Dory theme that would be perfect for her situation. As someone who forgets a lot of things, Google Keep is my friend, and I know it'd be Dory's friend too.

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1 week ago

TED app gets complete design overhaul and more in latest update

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Checking out the latest and best TED Talks on your Android phone should be a nicer experience thanks to the app's latest update.

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1 week ago

BlackBerry offers $100 off the Priv for Father's Day

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BlackBerry is currently holding a Father's Day sale on the Priv, offering $100 off the Android-powered smartphone. From now through June 20, you can get the Priv for $549, or $749 CAD when you buy through ShopBlackBerry in the U.S. and Canada.

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1 week ago

Replace your landline with this $35 Google Voice adapter and make free calls

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This Google Voice adapter will allow you to ditch your landline and its cost, without losing the functionality. Right now, you can save $15 on the purchase, dropping the adapter from ObiHai down to just $35. Getting set up with it is quite simple: all you need to do is purchase the adapter and walk through the setup process at OBiTALK.com.

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1 week 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.

Dark Reader

Dark Reader

Chrome's natural white background can become tiresome after a few hours of viewing — Dark Reader has the answer. It changes blinding, bright pages into high contrast, dark-themed pages that are easy on the eyes. You can adjust the filters and font settings and add certain webpages to an ignore list in the case of complete incompatibility.

See at Chrome Web Store


TL;DR

TLDR

TL;DR is the answer to articles on the internet that are too long to read. Highlight article text, click the TL;DR button located next to your address bar, and read a well-constructed summary of the article. You can adjust the length of the summary depending on how much time you have or how involved you want to get. It does a good job of condensing the article without cutting out important bits of information.

See at Chrome Web Store


Keepa

Keepa

Keepa gives you some pretty in-depth information about Amazon products and prices, and lets you set price-drop alerts to keep you in the know. Check price history charts for all iterations of a product (including different colors and sizes), and compare Amazon prices from all over the world. You can even import your Amazon wishlist and assign alerts for when specific items drop below a certain price. Go to Amazon and hover over any item while Keepa is running; a graph will pop up with extended information. Never get ripped off again!

See at Chrome Web Store


Web Timer

Web Timer

Web Timer is a double-edged sword. You're getting data that helps you better manage your time, but said data can be depressing. You'll find yourself asking questions, like, "Did I really spend four hours on Reddit yesterday?" You can add sites to a white-list so that time spent is not recorded, and you can change time measurement parameters from "Today", to "Average", to "Lifetime." Take Web Timer for a spin — you won't be disappointed.

See at Chrome Web Store


PanicButton

PanicButton

This app is ideal for the classic situation where you're slacking off at work and your boss happens to walk by. Before you have a chance to yell "Lunch break," he or she sees Facebook, Reddit, and whatever else you have open in Chrome. PanicButton provides you with a single button or single keyboard key (default F4) that scoops all open tabs into a hidden bookmarks folder that can be restored at a later time. You won't always need PanicButton, but when you do need it you'll be glad it's installed.

See at Chrome Web Store


Ghostery

Ghostery

Want to block advertising companies from creating a profile around your browsing tendencies? Want to load webpages faster than ever before? Want to have more overall privacy on the internet? Ghostery lets you choose what trackers to block on a website-to-website basis. The first time you turn Ghostery on in Chrome, you'll be amazed at how many trackers are watching your moves. Trackers stay blocked across webpages, so you'll deal with increasingly less trackers the more you browse.

See at Chrome Web Store


Feedly Mini

Feedly Mini

This extension provides you with an easy way to see your RSS feeds now that Google got rid of Google Reader. If you have the Feedly app on your Android phone, you can add websites from your computer while you're navigating the web. A small button sits at the bottom right side of your browser — click it and choose from several options including Facebook sharing and page tagging.

See at Chrome Web Store


HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS essentially creates authentication between you and the web server hosting the specific webpage. This helps reduce the chance of someone hijacking the information sent between you and the web server. This extension creates HTTPS authentication wherever you go, and it is a must have if you're worried about surveillance, censorship, or identification theft.

See at Chrome Web Store


The Great Suspender

The Great Suspender

Everyone who uses Chrome knows about the enormous footprint it leaves on your memory. If you're an hour or two into an internet trail and have about fifty tabs open, you'll be happy to have The Great Suspender in your corner. It will auto-suspend tabs after a set time, and you can manually suspend tabs whenever you want. You can also place certain tabs on a whitelist (say the tab playing your YouTube video), and tabs can be opened even after closing and re-opening Chrome.

See at Chrome Web Store


Extensity

Extensity

You're going to need an organizer for all the Chrome extensions you have working for you. Extensity collects all extensions and places them in one button beside your address bar; enable and disable extensions with one click and create profiles for separate preferences. Extensity keeps your browser toolbar uncluttered and gives you mastery over your browsing experience.

See at Chrome Web Store


Your favorite extension?

Hit the comments section below and let us know what Chrome extensions you use most.

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1 week ago

Walmart launches its own payment platform in Alabama

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Walmart has launched its own payment platform, Walmart Pay, in Alabama. The technology has been deployed in each of the Walmart stores within the state, allowing customers to conveniently pay with the retailer's app when checking out. The company is continuing to push its own service as opposed to teaming up with Google, Apple and others.

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1 week ago

How to choose what you sync on Chrome across devices

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You can choose exactly what syncs with Google and your computer, and it's easy.

If you have a Chromebook and use Google Chrome on another computer, here's a quick tip about choosing what you synchronize between them.

On our Chromebooks, many of us install apps and extensions that add more features and functionality. That's how Chrome OS was designed, with it's own online store full of apps and extensions, and there are plenty of useful ones included. But things you might want on your Chromebook — for example a small text editor or online image editor — also might be things you don't want on a Windows or Mac (or Linux) laptop or desktop. Plenty of software comes bundled into those operating systems, and often it makes no sense to have duplicate programs for productivity or entertainment. The good news is it's easy to manage.

You can choose exactly what Chrome syncs across your devices. To get there, make sure you're signed in with your Google account and follow these steps.

  • Open the settings
  • Under Sign in, click the button labeled "Advanced sync settings..."
  • In the dialog that open, click the drop down menu in the top left and pick "Choose what to sync"

You'll find an entry for everything that Chrome can synchronize, both on your Chromebook and with the Chrome browser on any platform. Extensions and Apps are the focus of this article, but you can choose to not sync other data, like passwords or browser history, if you like. You can even choose to not sync anything if that suits you better. Some things — like browser tabs, passwords and history — also sync with Chrome on Android. You can manage those settings on your phone or tablet inside the Chrome app settings.

You'll also see some encryption options, and with those you can choose to use your own sync password, but by default Google encrypts all the data that goes in and out of your account. There's also a handy link to see your web activity, where you can manage your browsing and search history online.

A quick "one more thing" protip — when you install Chrome on a new computer, or sign into a new Chromebook, leave the defaults set for the first sync. This way you won't have to manually install any apps or extensions or themes from the Chrome store. Once everything is set up, you can change the settings and uninstall the things you don't want through the Settings > Extensions page. When you choose what to sync on one device, it won;t delete anything from any of the others — but it will if you leave the "Sync everything" option enabled.

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1 week ago

You can now pre-order the ASUS ZenPad Z8 on Verizon ahead of June 23 launch

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The ASUS ZenPad Z8 is set to launch on Verizon in the U.S. on June 23, and if you're interested in picking the tablet up you can pre-order a unit from today. Priced at $249, the ZenPad Z8 can be taken out on a device payment plan for $11 per month for two years. It's also ASUS' fist Qualcomm-powered tablet to launch on Verizon too.

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1 week ago

UK Galaxy S7 gets jumbo update with camera fixes, June security patch

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Galaxy S7 edge

315MB OTA now rolling out.

After skipping the May 2016 Android security patch entirely, Samsung has quickly turned around the June patch for the Galaxy S7 series in the UK. A new over-the-air update has started pushing out this morning to the Galaxy S7 edge, bringing the latest OS security patch level and additional camera stability fixes, according to the changelog.

The 315MB update also fixes an "occasional cover recognition issue," so if you were using one of Samsung's accessories, things should now work a bit more smoothly.

Camera stability improvements, and 'cover recognition issue' fixes

Post-update, we've noticed that Wi-Fi calling, introduced in the last GS7 update, switched back to disabled. Toggling it back on under call settings now displays a warning screen noting that not all carriers will work, there may be a battery cost for using Wi-Fi calling, and that it won't work in power saving mode.

We haven't specifically confirmed whether the same update is hitting the smaller, flatter GS7, but updates for the two are usually near simultaneous. If you've updated your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge today, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on with the new firmware. As always, unlocked models will get the update first, and carrier variants may lag a few days or weeks behind.

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1 week ago

Shazam for Android can now automatically discover what music you're listening to

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Shazam has rolled out an update for Android, which introduces the ability for the app to automatically discover what music is currently being played. This allows users of the app to discover new music without having to tap the Shazam button each and every time.

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1 week ago

Uber will now deliver delicious food in 30 minutes across central London

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UberEATS has launched in London, enabling those located within the center of the UK capital to have food delivered within 30 minutes. Just when you thought the company had revolutionized the hiring of taxis, it now wants to bring delicious food right to your door step.

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