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2 weeks ago

Gmail: Ultimate guide

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It's time to take control of Gmail.

With over a billion monthly active users, Gmail is one of the most popular email clients around. The service has come a long way from its inception in 2004, and is continually adding new features and better spam prevention. If you're new to Android, or if you're just are looking for ways to get the best out of Gmail on the platform, read on.

Gmail is a part of Google Mobile Services, a collection of apps and APIs that are pre-installed on every Android phone certified by Google. If you have an Android phone that has the Play Store pre-installed, you'll also find Chrome, YouTube, Maps, Photos, Hangouts, and Play Music and Movies available out of the box. Let's take a look at what Gmail has to offer on Android.

Before we begin: You should enable two-factor authentication for your Google account if you haven't done so already. Security breaches are inevitable, and having an added layer of protection for your email account makes all the difference in the world.

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2 weeks ago

First comparison: LG V20 vs. Galaxy Note 7

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LG V20 vs. Galaxy Note 7

The late-2016 leader gets new competition from LG.

LG's new V20 is designed to appeal to far more people than its predecessor, from its slick metal exterior down to its piles of specs and features inside. And any time you trot out a big 5.7-inch phone, you're going to be compared with Samsung's latest Note — even more so when the Note 7 is only a month old at this point.

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2 weeks ago

LG V20 preview: Less rugged, more appealing

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LG V20

What was originally its own line now looks far closer to a member of the G family of phones.

Less than a year go, LG launched a brand new and somewhat-confusing line with the V10. It was bigger and more rugged than the G series — at the time led by the G4 — and ostensibly pointed at content creation rather than just consumption. The LG V10 had a larger screen with a unique always-on secondary screen, better audio output and recording, new camera controls that you could tweak all day, and a removable battery.

There are LG V10 fans out there. The problem is there aren't that many, and certainly not enough to have warranted LG continuing in the exact same direction with its next V phone. While the LG G5 certainly isn't flying off the shelves, its more general appeal has obviously led to more success than the V10. For that reason, it would seem, we have the LG V20 in 2016 that integrates much of what the G5 offered earlier this year with some of the core thoughts from the V10 sticking around.

The LG V20 ditches its tough-feeling exterior for something a bit more svelte, and adopts most of the software experience developed for the G5. At the same time, it carries on from the V10 by keeping its larger display and removable battery, while also doubling down on robust camera capabilities, top-end audio and extra features. It is, of course, the first phone shipping with Android 7.0 Nougat as well.

LG is fighting an uphill battle with the V20, but it's putting its best foot forward with this top-end flagship. Let us show you know it all comes together.

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2 weeks ago

LG V20 specs

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The V20 is a big phone, and it packs a lot of spec inside.

With the push of a button you can pop off the metal back of the LG V20 and get a look at (some of) its insides. The battery, SD card and fingerprint sensor-button mechanism are all in view. But you can't see everything, of course, and that's why we have this spec table for you. See the whole spec sheet for the LG V20 right here.

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2 weeks ago

LG V20 is official: Nougat-powered dual-screen phone arrives this month

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LG V20

LG's latest big-screened handset boasts a metal body and removable battery — along with new cameras and a secondary ticker display.

After a few weeks of slowly drip-feeding details, LG has today officially unveiled the V20, its latest large form factor phone — fine, "phablet," if you must — with a big focus on audiovisual performance and a refined metal body.

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3 weeks ago

How to use Inking in Microsoft Office for Android

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Create notes, sketches, drawings, and annotations in Microsoft Office using the Inking feature.

The new Inking feature on Microsoft Office apps – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – for Android allows you to draw or write in documents using a pen or stylus – or even a finger.

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3 weeks ago

Best HTC 10 accessories

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Get the most out of your HTC 10 with these great accessories.

The HTC 10 is one of the best Android phones you can own. If you've got one or are planning to get one, you'll also want to get some accessories to compliment your new device. We've outlined some of the best options — from cases and screen protectors to car mounts and microSD cards — to protect and enhance your HTC 10 experience.

Ice View Case from HTC

HTC Ice View case

The Ice View Case is the perfect combination of protection and functionality, specifically designed by HTC for their flagship phone. With a transparent screen cover, you're able take photos, read texts, switch between songs, and turn on the flashlight, while keeping your screen fully protected.

HTC Ice View also has support for third-party notifications, so you can keep up-to-date with social media at a glance.

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Not quite your style? Looking for a more heavy duty case perhaps? Check out our breakdown of the best cases for the HTC 10.


G-Colour Tempered Glass Screen Protector

G-Color tempered glass screen protector

If you decide to forego HTC's case with built-in screen cover, you're still going to want protect that beautiful 5.2-inch screen. G-Color's tempered glass offering for the HTC 10 is a great option.

It features an oleophobic coating to reduce smudges and fingerprints and, at only 0.24mm thick, you'll know you're protected without noticing the screen protector is there. We've also been keen on the Orzly's tempered glass screen protector, which purports to address the screen's curved edge. It's another option to check out if screen coverage is an important factor for you.

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Want more options for protecting your HTC 10 screen? Check out our roundup of the best tempered glass screen protectors for the HTC 10.


Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSD

Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSD

The HTC 10 supports expandable memory up to 200GB, via microSD — a feature you'll definitely want to take advantage of. One of the best options out there is the Samsung Evo Plus 128GB.

With write speeds of up to 80MB/s, this waterproof, magnet-proof microSD card will work great for storing your HD video, photos, music and games, and is a great choice if you're considering adoptable storage. It's an investment well worth the cost, especially if you're planning to take full advantage of the HTC 10's impressive cameras.

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Looking for more microSD options for your HTC 10? Check out our list of the best microSD cards for the HTC 10.


Belkin 6ft 2.0 USB Type-A to USB Type-C charging cable

Belkin 6ft 2.0 USB Type-A to USB Type-C charging cable

The HTC 10 has a new USB-C port, and uses Type-C cables for charging, so unless you've owned other devices that use this newer charging cable, you'll probably want to stock up on another for your car or office. With a length of 6 feet, this option from a trusted brand such as Belkin should give you all the versatility you require.

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TYLT Capio 2.0 Car Mount

TYLT Capio 2.0 Car Mount

The TYLT Capio 2.0 is a universal car mount that looks almost identical to the one HTC sells specifically for the HTC 10 — except at half the price. With a micro-gel suction cup that should securely adhere to any solid surface and a fully-adjustable swiveling arm, you should be able to set it up as you like in your car and be on your way.

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Still looking for another option for mounting your phone in your car? We've rounded up the best universal car mounts just for you.


Samsung LEVEL in-ear stereo headset

Samsung LEVEL in-ear headset

The HTC 10 features Boomsound technology, which means you'll enjoy fantastic audio quality when listening to your favorite music through the built-in speakers or through headphones.

This recommendation comes from our own Jerry Hildebrand's guide to choosing the best headphones. Samsung's LEVEL earbuds are perfect if you want good quality in a small, portable package, and they come with a hard zip-up case for storage and travel.

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3 weeks ago

Google's September security update has three patch levels

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Google has broken the security patches down even further to make it easier for manufacturers.

For more than a year now, Google has been addressing security on Android through monthly updates. These updates are provided to Google's partners 30 days before being released to Nexus, Pixel, and Android One hardware in hopes that all of Android can be more secure every month. Despite these efforts, many Android phones still lack regular security updates. September 6th marks not only a new month for Google's security patch program, but a new step in further simplifying the security patch so more phones and tablets can remain up to date.

September's security patch levels will look like this:

  • 2016-09-01 — patches for a pair of Critical remote code execution vulnerabilities, many serious Elevation of Privilege vulnerabilities, several Information Disclosure vulnerabilities, and a pair of Denial of Service vulnerabilities all within Android itself.
  • 2016-09-05 — Everything in the 2016-09-01 patch, as well as patches for several kernel related Elevation of Privilege vulnerabilities, many Qualcomm driver-related vulnerabilities, and Elevation of privilege vulnerabilities found in other third-party drivers.
  • 2016-09-06 — Everything in the 2016-09-01 and 2016-09-05 patches, as well as a fix for a Critical Elevation of Privilege vulnerability in the kernel shared memory subsystem and a fix for a vulnerability in a Qualcomm networking component.

Obviously the September 6th patch level will make your phone or tablet the most secure, but breaking up the patches into specific categories like this makes it easier for many manufacturers to release something. Google's report reminds everyone that there have been no reported cases of active exploits using any of the vulnerabilities fixed in these patches, but these are all still incredibly important additions to Android itself and should be installed as soon as possible. If you have a Nexus, Pixel, Android One, or BlackBerry Android phone you'll see this update arrive shortly through and Over the Air update. If you'd prefer to install that update on a Nexus right now, you can find the images on Google's Developer Site.

For every other manufacturer, we'll have to wait and see which patch level is offered in their update!

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3 weeks ago

Samsung reveals when it'll start exchanging recalled Galaxy Note 7s in the UK

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UK + Irish Galaxy Note 7 owners can begin exchanging their devices from September 19

Update: We've added Samsung's statement on new Note 7 sales below.

Following last week's announcement of a global recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handsets after battery fires and explosions in a handful of units, the manufacturer has given more details on how the recall program will work in the UK and Ireland.

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3 weeks ago

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in VR is as intense as it is amazing!

Shooting your way to glory, but in spaaaace!

Activision's Call of Duty XP event in Los Angeles featured a number of exciting games to check out. We competed in Infinite Warfare multiplayer, teamed up in Zombies in Space, and test drove Modern Warfare Remastered. But the most amazing thing might've been the Infinite Warfare VR experience for PlayStation VR.

Read More at VR Heads!

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3 weeks ago

Go Time! Episode 8: Mrs. Cloyster and Mr. Onix

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Episode 8 of Go Time has arrived!

In Episode 8 of Go Time, the team returns with a member of Valor, Mystic and Instinct.

This week things got a bit silly though, since Team Instinct throws out the script. We discuss the upcoming update where you'll be able to choose a Pokemon to walk with you. After that, the shenanigans ensue. It starts with our favorite names for Pokémon before diverging into what team characters from our favorite television shows would belong to!

We've been having a ton of fun talking about Pokemon Go, and we hope you'll join in our shenanigans!

You can also join our Facebook page to keep up on all things Pokémon Go. See you in the world!

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3 weeks ago

What you need to know about dark themes and battery savings

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Dark is beautiful.

I've said this for years: Every time I have any support interaction with Google Play Music, I conclude the conversation asking about the return of that glorious dark theme. Dark themes in apps can be awesome, but dark themes for your home screen can be pure perfection. If you're using an AMOLED phone, dark themes can be energy-efficient as well as gorgeous — but only in very specific circumstances.

Here's what they are and how to make your own.

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3 weeks ago

5-inch Moto G4 Play lands in India for ₹8,999 ($135)

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Lenovo launched the Play variant of the Moto Z series, and the company is now doing the same for the budget Moto G4 lineup. The Moto G4 Play is targeted at the entry-level market, and will go up for sale exclusively on Amazon India starting later today for ₹8,999 ($135).

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3 weeks ago

Intex launches Aqua S7 in India in partnership with DragonTrail

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Intex Technologies has launched the Aqua S7 in collaboration with DragonTrail to augment its 4G product portfolio with VoLTE support.

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3 weeks ago

Huawei-made Google tablet with 7-inch display slated to debut later this year

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Google is reportedly set to unveil its 2016 phones on October 4, and it now looks like the company has plans to launch a tablet as well. According to the reliable Evan Blass, Google's tablet will feature a 7-inch display along with 4GB of RAM.

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