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2 weeks ago

Gear S3 to support Samsung Pay even without a Samsung phone

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Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay confirms to AC that the service will work on Gear S3 when paired with any Android 4.4+ phone.

While most of the Gear S2's features work just fine when paired to a non-Samsung phone, Samsung Pay was off-limits unless your watch was paired to a Galaxy device. On the upcoming Gear S3 watches, it looks like that's no longer the case. The Samsung Pay Twitter account has confirmed to AC that the service will work just fine on the watch, when paired with any phone running KitKat or above.

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2 weeks ago

LeEco's Black Friday sale offers up Le Pro3 phone for $279, 65-inch Super4 TV for $1099

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If you want a big TV or an inexpensive phone, LeEco's Black Friday deals are for you.

LeEco's first Black Friday sale since launching in the U.S. kicks off the morning of November 25 and runs all the way to midnight on November 28, offering up steep discounts on its two phone sand range of 4K TVs. Similarly to its flash sales, you'll need to sign up for its LeRewards program (it's free) in order to get access to these extra Black Friday discounts, but unlike the flash sales these Black Friday deals run the entirety of the four days, rather than simply while supplies last.

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2 weeks ago

Password manager Enpass now working seamlessly on Chromebooks, including browser autofill

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Keeping your passwords safe and synced is just as important on a Chromebook.

Password manager Enpass has just released an update to include complete support for Chromebooks, following a couple of initial teasers as the Google Play Store started rolling out to Chrome OS. With the latest update you can install Enpass on your Chromebook and have access to all of your secure passwords and information, and of course any changes or additions you make will be synced back to your other devices.

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2 weeks ago

AT&T subscribers can now send text messages through Amazon Echo

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Alexa, text Mom: I need money to buy an Echo.

AT&T is the first carrier to launch a "skill" on Amazon's Echo platform, allowing its subscribers to dictate text messages through the always-listening assistant.

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2 weeks ago

Grab a Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S7, or S7 edge case for just $7

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The folks at Caseology are currently offering a variety of cases for the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S7, or S7 edge for just $7 at Amazon with a coupon code. Whether you are looking for something clear or something protective, there is likely a case here that will meet your needs. Each case has its own coupon code that you will need to be sure to use depending which one you end up wishing to purchase.

You will need to make sure that you are picking the option that is fulfilled by merchant and not fulfilled by Amazon. If the coupons don't work for you the first time, be sure to check your seller option and they should work. Quantities here are limited on each coupon code, so if you are interested in one of them you will want to act quickly.

Galaxy S7

Galaxy S7 edge

Galaxy S6

Galaxy S6 edge

Galaxy S6 edge+

This deal won't last long, so be sure to grab the one that you are interested as soon as you can. If you were able to grab one, drop a comment and let us know which one you picked up!

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2 weeks ago

Best clear cases for the Galaxy S7 edge

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Best clear cases for the Galaxy S7 edge

Don't wanna cover up your phone? What do you do? Protect it. Clearly.

There's a reason clear cases are the most popular: phones are getting prettier and prettier. Have you seen the S7 edge in silver?!

Show off your gorgeous phone loudly and proudly with a clear case. We've rounded up the best of the best for your viewing pleasure.

Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal

Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal

This offer from Spigen is the two-piece type that has a flexible body with a harder plastic edging. Normally, those hard plastic outer edges don't fit the softer silicone properly, but in the case of this… case… the fit is superb.

The phone feels solid and neither the rim nor the silicone impede any functionality of the edge features. Sometimes the plastic has a habit of being a bit loose, so if you push near the power or volume buttons, they'd engage. Not with the Neo Hybrid Crystal; everything fits snugly and the buttons are only pushed when you want them to be.

It should be noted that the outer plastic piece could become loose over time, since it is rather flexible; however, if you aren't constantly taking the case off your S7 edge, you shouldn't have a problem. The reason we chose this case over Spigen's Ultra Hybrid, which doesn't have the harder outer plastic piece, is that you can't feel any seams on the Neo Hybrid. The Ultra Hybrid has a rather sharp seam that's just uncomfortable.

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Samsung Clear Cover

Samsung Clear Cover

Samsung's own clear case adds a nice thin layer of protection to your Galaxy S7 edge, so it's great for all the minimalists who want little to no bulk added to their phones.

The top, bottom, and buttons are cut out, so all ports can be easily accessed and you're not fiddling with the buttons trying to find some tactile feedback that's never coming.

For black and silver Galaxy S7 edges, these cases have a silver rim, and for gold, they're gold.

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Trianium Clear Cushion

Trianium

The Trianium Clear Cushion is a great option for those of us that love a 100 percent clear case that's seamless and sleek, while offering the necessary protection. With the S7 line-up being notorious for shattering when dropped on a corner, Trianium offers some peace of mind with its thicker corners and lifetime warranty. If you start to notice imperfections, then you can apply for a new one.

The Clear Cushion fits great and is less than a millimeter thick, so it's almost like your phone's wearing nothing at all, nothing at all, nothing at all…

The case is slim, but it's also proportioned in all the right places; the edges come up just enough to block you from accidentally hitting buttons, but they don't block the edge features at all. Use the edge when you want to, not when your case fits poorly.

You also have the added benefit of Trianium's scratch-resistant coating, so your pretty phone stays pretty longer.

Just watch out if you have a screen protector on your edge, as the Clear Cushion fits so snugly that it might curl up the edges.

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Abestbox Ulta Hybrid Air Cushion Crystal Clear

Abestbox

Another great one-piece entry, the Abestbox Crystal Clear is a solidly built case and when they say, "crystal clear," they mean it. It's really clear, which is great if you're someone that can't stand having to case your phone, but understand that it's probably a good idea.

Once again, this is another great fit that does not impede any edge function at all, and the super slim design doesn't add any bulk or weight to your phone. It's not slick, so you'll have no trouble gripping your S7 edge and holding on to it.

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i-Blason Clear Halo Series

i-Blason

If you're looking for heavy duty scratch resistance, then this is the case for you. It's rated 3H (pencil hardness) for scratch resistance.

Actually, i-Blason is great for all-around scratch protection, since its raised front bezel makes it ideal for phones with screen protectors. The raised bezel is also good idea, just in case you drop your S7 edge on its face.

Once again, the Clear Halo Series is really clear, leaving the beauty of Samsung's flagship on display.

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EasyAcc

EasyAcc

EasyAcc's clear case is as minimalist as we can get while still talking about a case that offers solid protection. This is the most flexible entry in our round-up, so if you like the grippy rubber feeling of TPU, then this is the one for you.

It's totally seamless and tear-resistant, so you need not worry about it being too flexible. The edges of EasyAcc's case are raised just enough, just in case you drop your phone on a flat surface.

This case is ideal if you're looking for something incredibly minimalist with great grip. Just beware of stretching, since it is so flexible and also be aware that the case may yellow over time, since TPU absorbs light very easily.

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LUVVITT ClearView

LUVVITT

With all the poor S7 and S7 edges that have been dropped on their corners and turned into spider webs come LUVVITT's interesting and effective answer: air.

There are small spaces for air in each corner of their ClearView case, which offer more impact support while not affecting the fit in any way. You'd think that space in a case would make it loose, but that's just not the… case (how many more can I fit into this post?).

There are raised lips on both the front and back of the case to protect your screen and the hard plastic back. The harder plastic makes for a clearer view of your S7 edge, while the rubber edging cushions impacts well.

LUVVITT offers a lifetime warranty, so if you start to notice imperfections that may compromise protection, let them know. The rubber edge is made of TPU, so keep in mind that it may yellow over time.

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Speck Candyshell Clear

Speck Candyshell

Speck's Candyshell is a dual-layer case that has a hard polycarbonate exterior and a soft acrylic interior so it's kind of like a bike helmet for your phone. There's less risk of these materials turning yellow, so your S7 edge will shine through for a long time to come.

Unlike most polycarbonate cases, this one has a slim build and doesn't add a ton of bulk to your phone, though it can be a tad slippery, especially if your hands are dry. It's also not as clear as other cases we've mentioned, but it still offers solid protection while showcasing your S7 edge.

The Speck logo is etched into the inside of the case, so you can kind of see it on the lighter-colored S7 edges, but on block it's not horrible visible.

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle Hybrid

Supcase Unicorn Beetle

If nothing else, you should probably just pick up this case for the name! The Supcase Unicorn Beetle hybrid is for those of us who want something rugged that can withstand more than a little jostle.

I should point out up front that this case isn't totally clear but more translucent. The outer edge is black as well, so if you really want to show of your S7 edge, this may not be the case for you. However, if you want rugged protection and would still like to see your phone if you can, then have at 'er.

You've got a shock-absorbent TPU bumper around the outer edges and a hard polycarbonate back panel that come in a rather slim design for a "rugged"-style case. The corners are all reinforced and there's a raised lip on the front that protects from a faceplant while still allowing for full edge functionality.

If you want to appreciate the craftsmanship of your S7 edge while truly feeling the protection, then this case is ideal for you.

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If you're having second thoughts about clear cases, then check out our roundup of the best cases for Galaxy S7 edge for more options.

Your picks?

Which clear case do you use with your Galaxy S7 edge? Let us know in the comments below!

This article was originally published on April 22, 2016. It was recently updated in November, 2016 with the following changes: Added the Samsung Clear Cover.

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2 weeks ago

Everyone is talking about Google's AI-powered game that guesses what you're doodling

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Can a neural network learn to recognize doodles? Google intends to find out.

Google has always had a vested interest in developing and exposing people to the growing power of machine learning technologies. Their most entertaining way of doing this is through their A.I. experiments, which invite the public to explore machine learning by playing with pictures, music and language.

Their latest experiment, Quick, Draw! lets you play a virtual game of pictionary against a neutral network that will try and guess what you're doodling in under 20 seconds. You'll be given six words to draw. Once you start drawing, the A.I. instantly starts trying to guess what you're drawing — meaning the first guess is typically 'a line'.

It's a fun little time waster for us, but a valuable learning tool for Google's machine learning development. Once you've completed your drawing, you can go in and click your drawing to see the logic behind the scenes that the A.I. used to guess your doodle. You can then scroll down a bit further and see what other people drew for that word. Reviewing the other doodles, it becomes pretty clear which were drawn with a mouse, and which were drawn with a laptop touchpad.

The game has taken the world by storm, being shared far beyond the typical tech experiment. That's probably because it's actually really fun — especially if you're a terrible doodler, like a lot of us!

If you're looking for more fun A.I. experiments to play around with, you can find them all right here, including other experimental apps for Chrome and Android found from the dropdown menu.

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2 weeks ago

How to get the best deal when selling your VR headset

Whether you're ready to upgrade to a bigger and better VR headset, want to downsize for awhile until new technology comes out, or think VR just isn't quite right for you, here is how to sell your VR headset!

Read more at VRHeads!

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2 weeks ago

Best Unlocked Phone

Best Unlocked Android Phones

When buying unlocked, our top pick doesn't change — the Google Pixel is the best phone you can buy.

Andrew Martonik Andrew has been a mobile enthusiast since the Windows Mobile days, and covering all things Android-related with a unique perspective at Android Central since 2012. For suggestions and updates, you can reach him at andrew.martonik@androidcentral.com or on Twitter at @andrewmartonik.

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Best overall

Google Pixel

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When you're buying an unlocked phone, 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 in just about every way, 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 does everything simply faster than the competition, and does so while integrating with all of Google's excellent services. 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 pick your carrier(s) later, 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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2 weeks ago

Verizon now carrying Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in Blue Coral

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You can now get your Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in Blue Coral from Verizon.

Fans of Samsung's ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 who especially loved the glorious Blue Coral color option can now get the next best Samsung device — the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge — in that stunning shade of blue from Verizon. Verizon is also currently offering a buy one, get one half off deal for those looking to win the holiday season with an amazing gift for an loved one.

This comes on the heels of AT&T, which is also offering the S7 edge in that gorgeous blue, with their website stating phones will start shipping out Nov. 18. Both Verizon and AT&T are offering the new color option at no additional charge. T-Mobile is also expected to carry the Blue Coral S7 edge, but have yet to make an official announcement.

Samsung first announced the new color option back on Nov. 1, and began sales of the new snazzy S7 edge variation in their home South Korea a week ago. It's pretty clear that this is an attempt by Samsung to offer the Note 7's best and most notable color option. We're not complaining, because that Blue Coral look is so slick.

Are you planning on grabbing one? Let us know in the comments!

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2 weeks ago

PinOut: Tips and Tricks

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Endless pinball fun meets Tron-inspired art style in PinOut.

PinOut is an endless pinball game made by Mediocre, the same fine folks that gave the world Smash Hit. You work your way through section after section of futuristic pinball bliss trying to race against the countdown timer — featuring bumpers, rails and scattered power-ups and mini games

Looking to become a PinOut pinball wizard? Here's our best tips and tricks to get you going.

Always be aiming for the dots

The timer is your adversary in PinOut, and the best way to extend your play is to aim for the rails lined with dots. Each dot you collect in PinOut adds one second of time to the timer. Flippers are typically lined up to perfectly hit at least one rail, so you'll want to quickly determine which flipper has the better angle on hitting the time extension rail, so you can add some time to the clock as you move on to the next section.

Use your flippers wisely

The in-game physics are pretty good, but not quite as realistic as... well, real-world pinball. You can use this to your advantage by learning the timing required to hit the ball at precise angles. Often times you'll need to hit the flipper when the ball is right at the tip, which takes some practice to get down. For precise shots where you want to take the time to aim, tap and hold to keep the flipper up and cradle the ball until you're ready to take your shot.

Choose the right power up for you

As you progress through the game, you'll run across a few bonus targets. Some will trigger mini-games (which we'll get to soon), and others let you pick between two power-ups. You'll need to figure out which of these works best with your style of play. Early on, your choices are going to typically be slow motion, which slows down the pace of play, and time freeze, which freezes the timer for ten flipper hits.

I personally found the slow motion power up threw off my rhythm more than anything else, but you may find it helps improve your shot accuracy. Other power-ups you'll discover later in the game include Motion Link (time only moves when the ball is in motion), Push (changes the controls, allows you to swipe to hit the ball, even away from the flippers), Warp (lets you skip part of a section), and Time Doubler (doubles your time bonuses from dotted rails).

Save your progress with a premium upgrade

If you've become hooked on PinOut, you might want to consider paying the in-app charge to upgrade to the premium version. This lets you start the game from a previously reached checkpoint, letting you skip over the earlier levels and focus your efforts on reaching further checkpoints. Again, it's not necessary to upgrade to premium to really enjoy the game, but if you really like a game, it never hurts to show the developers some love.

Make the most of your mini-games

Occasionally you'll come across a bonus target that will trigger a quick mini-game that will play at the top of the screen. You find your first one, Lazer Racer, after reaching the first checkpoint. It's a simple little racing mini-game where you use the flipper controls to switch lanes and avoid crashing into other cars. For every set of cars you pass, a bonus second will be added to the timer. The better you get at playing Lazer Racer and the other mini games you'll come across in later stages, the more time you can bank early.

How about that music, eh?

On top of the fun gameplay and sharp graphics, PinOut features a pretty awesome soundtrack! It was composed by Douglas Holmquist, and If you're digging the tunes as you play, you'll be happy to know that the whole soundtrack is available on BandCamp.

What are your best tips and tricks?

Do you love PinOut as much as we do? Let us know your strategies in the comments!

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Huawei's mid-sized MediaPad M3 tablet coming to the U.S. Nov 17

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There's another nice Android tablet coming to the U.S.

After a long period of European exclusivity, the Huawei MediaPad M3 is finally coming to the U.S.

Starting on November 17, you'll be able to buy the 8.4-inch tablet that features some of Huawei's best-ever tablet specs for a fairly reasonable $299. It will be sold through Amazon.

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2 weeks ago

Any.do takes on Todoist's productivity smarts with AI-powered Assistant

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Any.do is back for another round of productiveness.

Any.do has been around since the HTC Evo 4G was the best phone you could buy. I'll just let that sink in for a second.

The productivity app has long been known for its attractive yet spare interface, gesture-friendly controls and extensive feature set, but in recent years has been surpassed by Todoist, Wunderlist and a host of competitors in one main area: context-based assistance.

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2 weeks ago

Google Assistant needs to be Google consistent

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"Ok Google, skip ahead 30 seconds."

Go ahead and ask that to your Pixel while playing music. A useless web search, right? Now try it on Google Home. It actually works. And that's the real shame, because this is happening across the board with Google Assistant: commands that work on Pixel don't work on Home, commands that work on Home don't work on Pixel, and don't get me started on the stripped-down version of Assistant Google is trying to peddle on Allo. The fragmentation that Google Assistant has seen in just two months on two products doesn't inspire confidence for current and potential users.

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2 weeks ago

Don't miss this $95 savings on Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 Chromebook!

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Right now you can pick up Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 Chromebook at Amazon for just $180, a savings of $95 from its regular price. The Chromebook has a 13.3-inch display with 4GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage built-in. With its two USB-C ports you will be able to quickly transfer information to and from the machine, as well as charge it or another one of your devices. It is also nice and lightweight, coming in at just over 3 pounds and sits at under 1 inch thin.

This deal is only good for today, November 17, so don't wait too long if you are interested in picking one up.

See at Amazon

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