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3 weeks ago

Pokémon Go: The ultimate guide

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Once you've learned the basics, it's time to dive deeper into Pokémon Go.

If you're here, it's because you want to become the best Pokémon trainer that you can be. If you're just getting started with Pokémon Go, then you should check out our guide to getting started before diving in here. This guide is for those of you who are grinding levels, capturing Pokémon and taking over Gyms.

As you know by now, there is a lot going on with Pokémon Go, and we're going to detail most of it out for you here.

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3 weeks ago

Google Search has made it easier to find a great place to eat

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Google has announced that users of its Search app for Android will now be able to bring up reviews and "best of" lists of restaurants when they search for a great place to eat.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. iPhone 6s Plus: First impressions

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Note 7 vs iPhone 6s plus

The latest pairing in an age-old rivalry: Our first impressions of two phones a world apart.

It's been a while since you could reasonably say Samsung was straight up copying Apple in its smartphone designs. In the market of 2016, the two camps are very clearly differentiated: Samsung with its glass-backed designs, curved panels, super-slim bezels, big batteries and wireless charging. And Apple arguably doing more with less: shipping super-slim metal handsets with its own tightly controlled hardware and software, where performance and ease of use is king.

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3 weeks ago

Best apps for Android Auto

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We wish more apps were compatible with Android Auto, but right now here's the list.

Whether you recently got into Android Auto thanks to a new vehicle purchase or are looking for a new app to try out in your car, here is a list of Android apps that will work. Most of the apps are used to stream music or play other media in the car, but there are some others that you can use as well. Google has limited the selection and removed the ability to utilize apps that you sideload, so let's take a look at what you can get from Google Play to test in Android Auto.

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3 weeks ago

Best cases you can buy today for Galaxy Note 7

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What is the best case for your Galaxy Note 7? Let's take a look!

Whether you have already placed your pre-order, or know that you will be picking one up in the near future, odds are that you want some sort of case to put on your Galaxy Note 7. It could be a clear option to show off the color you picked, or a protective one to keep it safe at work — there are a number of options already available.

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3 weeks ago

Save 50% on this great waterproof Bluetooth speaker!

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Best Buy is currently offering a 50% discount on the UE Roll speaker in select colors. This drops the price down from $100 to just $50, making it an even better value. With an IPX7 rating, the speaker can withstand water, and its Marine-grade bungee cord lets you hang it from just about anywhere.

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3 weeks ago

Welcome back to Europe, Galaxy Note ♥

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Congrats, Euros. You're allowed to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note this year.

A little under a year ago, there was a nasty surprise for anyone in Europe wanting to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Other territories would get to choose between the GS6 edge+ and Note 5, but in Europe Samsung had made that choice for you. But forget all that — the Galaxy Note brand is back with a vengeance, and the latest Note 7 will land on European shores in early September.

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3 weeks ago

What color Galaxy Note 7 should you get: Black, blue coral, silver or gold?

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 Black, blue coral, silver or gold?

Things to consider when choosing a Galaxy Note 7 color to buy.

Since moving to a new metal-and-glass design with its modern phones, Samsung has done some very interesting things with colors. For the Galaxy Note 7, we're looking at four different color schemes, with each one having its own draws. While we know that a large portion of the decision of what color to get is simply personal preference about style, we wanted to give you a few tips and things to consider when making your decision.

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3 weeks ago

Galaxy Note 7 ships with Marshmallow, not Nougat — but maybe that's not a huge deal

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Galaxy Note 7 Marshmallow

The Note 7 runs Android 6.0.1 out of the box — which, for the time being, is still the latest stable version of the OS. But even without Nougat, Note owners aren't missing out on that much.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 lands at a precarious time on the Android calendar. We're just reaching the end of the Marshmallow era, with final Android 7.0 Nougat code likely to be released in a matter of weeks. By the time the Note 7 hits store shelves in some countries, it could already be running an "old" version of the OS. That's sure to provide ammunition for Samsung's rivals (like a certain Cupertino-based company with a phone launch coming up in September). But are regular consumers really missing out on all that much? Well, yes and no.

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3 weeks ago

Best cases you can buy today for Moto Z Droid

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Best cases you can buy today for Moto Z Droid

What's the best case for the Moto Z?

The ultra-thin Moto Z Droid and its mods aren't even out yet, but there are already some cases available, which is a good thing, because, like we said, it's really thin. Really thin means it really needs a case – like, it really does. Here are our picks for right now.

Moto Style Shells

Moto Style Shells

Moto Style Shells are basically just interchangeable magnetic backs for the Moto Z Droid — all you have to do is pop out the current back on your device and stick a new one on. The magnets will hold it in place until the next time you want to swap it out. Pretty cool, right?

As of this writing, the shells come in three textures: fabric, faux wood, and leather, with six varieties to choose from, including crimson ballistic fabric, washed oak, black leather, and more. Right now, they appear to be out of stock, but keep checking back for updates.

The main thing to be aware of with these shells is that they don't cover the edges of the phone, so they don't provide much, if any protection. They just look really nice and may help dissipate some of the heat coming off the back of the device.

At minimum, you're going to want one of the Style Shells — the Moto Z Droid is way too thin completely naked; however, we recommend adding something like either the Cimo or Tudia case in the clear variety for extra protection around the edges and some additional grip.

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SoGa Wallet case

SoGa Wallet case

The SoGa Wallet case for the Moto Z Droid lets you ditch your wallet and gives you some protection for your phone at the same time.

Made of faux leather, it comes in several styles, from colorful patterns and designs to plain brown or black leather. Its magnetic closure is easy to open and close and keeps your phone, along with your money and credit cards, securely tucked away.

If you're tired of digging through your purse to find your phone or you don't have room in there for a wallet and a phone, then the SoGa Wallet case is for you.

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OEAGO Defender case

OEAGO Defender case

The Moto Z Droid is very thin — just 5.19mm — that means that drops can be especially deadly. So, if you're prone to dropping your phone, you need a more protective case than just one of the Style Shells, or even one of the thinner clear varieties.

Right now, we're recommending that you go with the OEAGO Defender because it's thicker and gives you a better grip on your device. Made with a polycarbonate outer layer and a soft silicone inner layer, it buffers your phone from impacts and shocks — we don't recommend dropping your Moto Z Droid at all — but if you do, you might still have a working phone afterward.

For the accident-prone, the OEAGO Defender case is the one to get for the thin and fragile Moto Z Droid.

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Tudia TPU Bumper Shock Absorption case

Tudia TPU Bumper Shock Absorption case

The Tudia TPU Bumper Shock Absorption case is good for adding extra grip and some light protection to the Moto Z Droid.

It's not going to give you much protection from drops, but its flexible TPU composition will give you something to hold on to. The Moto Z Droid is an exceptionally thin phone, and a case that wraps around its edges, like the Tudia, is a must-have for at least the most minimal protection.

Additionally, its raised bezel around the screen and the camera protect these vulnerable areas from scratches; this is especially important since the camera sticks out from the back of the phone a bit.

It comes in clear, as well as several other colors, so whether you just want some extra protection that you can wrap around one of the Moto Style Shells or you want a different look, you have options.

If you want minimal protection and/or you want a clear case that shows off your Moto Z Droid Style Shell, try the Tudia TPU Bumper Shock Absorption case.

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Cimo Grip

Cimo Grip case

The Cimo Grip case for the Moto Z Droid offers some protection, while remaining minimal and unobtrusive.

It's composed of a TPU shell that snaps onto the Moto Z Droid and wraps around its edges. It has a raised bezel all around the screen and also around the camera lens in the back.

The dot pattern on the inside helps to minimize fingerprints and watermarks to keep your phone looking sharp. It comes in a few colors, as well as clear, so you can show off a Moto Style Shell if you have one.

If you want a case that will protect your Moto Z Droid from the everyday perils of life and gives you the option to display those awesome Moto Style Shells, then the Cimo Grip is the case you want.

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What about you?

Are you excited for the Moto Z Droid's release? Will you be getting a case or just rocking it with a Moto Style Shell? Let us know in the comments below!

Need more information? Check out our Moto Z Droid review.

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3 weeks ago

Google's latest game lets kids explore the Himalayas

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Google has leveraged Maps' 3D imagery to build a kids game that lets them explore the Himalayas as a 500-foot Yeti called Verne. The game — built using the Unity game engine — is meant to be educational, teaching kids about the tallest mountain range in the world as they hike and fly around.

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3 weeks ago

Xiaomi's VR headset is now official in China

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Xiaomi has unveiled its first VR headset in China. The device features a zipper design that ensures the phone inside the housing does not fall out, and is made out of a combination of EVA and Lycra. Xiaomi says that the materials were chosen to prevent discomfort when using the headset for an extended duration of time.

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3 weeks ago

LG V20 will be unveiled on Sept 6

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LG announced that the V20 will be the first phone to offer Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, and now we have an announcement date. The upcoming flagship will be unveiled on September 6 in San Francisco.

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3 weeks ago

Pokémon Go expands south of the border to Central and South America

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Niantic Labs has now expanded the reach of its hit augmented reality game Pokémon Go to the countries of Central and South America.

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3 weeks ago

A parent's guide to Pokémon Go

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Your kids are playing Pokémon Go, but are they doing so safely? We can help!

You've heard of Pokémon Go by now. This global phenomenon recently exploded to popularity, and is being talked about everywhere. There's not one specific group of people playing the game, either. Kids, teens, and adults from every walk of life are wandering out in the real world with smartphones to play the game. The popularity of this game is unlike anything the world has ever seen before, and with that comes some very real concerns. News reports of car crashes, muggings, stabbings, and even the accidental discovery of a dead body have been connected to playing Pokémon Go, and it's easy to be concerned about your kids wandering out at all hours to play this game.

What you may not know is this game has some tools baked in that parents can use to ensure kids are playing this game safely and responsibly. Here's what you need to know!

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