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1 week ago

Verizon's trade-in offer for its unlimited plan includes a free Pixel, LG V20, or S7 edge

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Get the latest flagship phones for free when you trade in your older device and switch to Verizon's unlimited plan.

Verizon is bringing back its unlimited plan for $80, or $45 per line for four lines on a family plan. You'll be able to use high-speed LTE until 22GB, following which your data speeds will be de-prioritised in the case of network congestion. The plan also includes hotspot tethering up to 10GB, and comes with free calling to Canada and Mexico.

To incentivize its unlimited plan, Verizon is offering a new trade-in plan through which you can pick up a Pixel, LG V20, Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Moto Z Droid or Moto Z Force Droid, or the latest iPhones for free.

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1 week ago

How to add complications to your watch face on Android Wear 2.0

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Android Wear 2.0

Watch faces aren't just for looks anymore — now they can give you tons of useful information.

Android Wear 2.0 brings a ton of new features to your smartwatch, but one of the more noticeable is the addition of customizable "complications" on your watch faces. Complications are a two part system — watch face developers can design their faces to have open slots of the complications, and app developers can surface parts of their apps to integrate as complications.

As the Google Play Store on your Android Wear 2.0 watch starts to fill with freshly updated watch faces and apps that include complications, you'll want to spend a little time customizing things to make the most of the new capabilities. Here's how you can get it done.

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1 week ago

Fitbit's entire 2016 lineup is discounted for Valentine's Day

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Fitbit is offering a 25% discount on its fitness trackers in time for Valentine's Day.

Ahead of Valentine's Day, Fitbit is discounting its 2016 product lineup. The discounts range from $20 to $50, with the sale lasting until 9 a.m. PST, February 15. You can pick up the discounted products either from Amazon or directly from Fitbit.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi Mi 5s review: A great phone you can't buy

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Xiaomi Mi 5s

The Xiaomi Mi 5s offers much-needed improvements from the Mi 5, making it a significantly better device.

Quick take:

Although a mid-cycle refresh in Xiaomi's flagship series, the Mi 5s comes with an all-new metal chassis that looks upmarket. The phone has upgraded hardware in the form of a Snapdragon 821 SoC, the camera sensor has been overhauled, and Xiaomi is offering a global MIUI ROM with Play Store access. Then there's the price, with the handset retailing for the equivalent of $300 in China.

The good

  • Great display
  • Excellent build quality
  • Value for money

The bad

  • Availability
  • Camera lacks OIS
  • No microSD slot

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2 weeks ago

Verizon reveals new unlimited data plan

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Unlimited data plans are back at big red, and the prices don't suck.

Verizon took the wraps off of a new data plan that gives customers unlimited data, talk, and text for $80 on a single line. Four lines can all get the same unlimited deal for $45 per line.

Of course, they mean alternative-unlimited like every other carrier does and you might get throttled at 22GB. We're told it shouldn't happen often, though.

On all Verizon Unlimited plans you get our fast LTE speeds. To ensure a quality experience for all customers, after 22 GB of data usage on a line during any billing cycle we may prioritize usage behind other customers in the event of network congestion. While we don't expect to do that very often, network management is a crucial tool that benefits all Verizon customers.

You can also add a connected device, like the new Verizon Wear24 or a tablet for an extra $5 per month and the international TravelPass (500 MB/day limit; 2G speeds after that) is available for $10 per day. Last but not least, mobile hotspot is included and you will be able to tether up to 10GB per month before you're throttled way down to 3G speeds.

The plan is available starting February 13 and you'll be able to get all the details at Verizon's site.

The one big unknown? They call this an introductory plan, so we're not 100% sure how it applies to existing customers. We'll know more on February 13.

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2 weeks ago

From the Editor's Desk: Google partnerships prove valuable

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From the Editor's Desk

A combined strategy of in-house hardware and strong partnerships can work — under the right circumstances.

Google has been riding a wave of consumer confidence the past couple of months following its late-fall hardware launch of the Pixels, Google Home and Chromecast Ultra. But this week, we saw the other side of its strategy: launching products with its long-standing hardware partners running on Google's platforms. Wednesday saw the release of Android Wear 2.0 using LG's hardware, and just two days later Samsung released a really great Chromebook.

The new LG Watch Sport and Watch Style aren't perfect (even in the shaky smartwatch world), and no matter how good the Samsung Chromebook Pro is received it in itself won't change the landscape of the Chrome OS market — but each launch proves a point of strength and potential for Google. No matter how strong Google's renewed sense of importance on in-house developed hardware is (and how great the Pixels are), it knows how Android got to massive market position it currently occupies: by partnering with companies to build against its platform. And as Android on phones (and to a far lesser extent, tablets) continues to be a worldwide market leader, Google is working a slightly different angle with other adjacent ecosystems — Android Wear and Chrome OS.

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2 weeks ago

Can't be with your sweetie on Valentine's Day? These apps can help you make long-distance whoopie! 🍆

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The next best thing to being in there.

Nothing is better than spending Valentine's Day with the one you love. It's a day like any other day, but it's also been traditionally set aside for couples to do those things couples like to do with each other. But life being what it is, sometimes it's impossible to be with each other and make some private fireworks.

We're not saying even the best app can be a substitute, but using your phone as a tool for a little long-distance fooling around with your special someone has to be one of the best things you can do with it.

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2 weeks ago

Keeping your data safe and private while you travel across borders is a lot of work

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The things you may need to do to protect your privacy in today's world is interesting and terrifying at the same time.

One interesting byproduct of a shift in the U.S. executive branch's stance on border safety is seeing people actually concerned about their privacy and data safety when they need to cross those borders. No matter where you stand on the current administration's ideas and potential policy changes (and this isn't the place to argue those) you should be able to understand that they will have an effect on how your information is treated by three-letter agencies in the U.S. anytime you move in or out of the country.

This has some smart people — very smart infosec type people — talking about why you need to be concerned and what you can do about it. It's fascinating to read even if you think it's all hogwash and we should freely share everything with any government agent.

Experts tell us to cross borders and leave no trace behind, much like when hiking or camping. This is how James Bond must feel.

Two pieces in particular I really enjoyed come from information security researcher the grugq (conveniently compiled by Microsoft engineer Mohamed Mansour) and forensic scientist and penetration tester Jonathan Zdziarski.

As you would expect from the grugq, the information is laid out as fact, leaves no room for any alternatives and is direct to the point. It's also undeniably true. That's probably the reason I read anything and everything with his name on it. It's a refreshing no-bullshit look at what's going on and what can be done to protect our right to privacy when we encounter it. His series of short tweets tell you in no uncertain terms how you should travel if you are going to be crossing a U.S. border and don't want anyone else having access to any of your private information without your consent. Bam, boom. There you have it.

Zdziarski expands and explains why and how as he tells you the things you need to do to keep any errant eyeballs away from your personal information. The measures are extreme, and a few extra words about why it's beneficial to follow his advice are appreciated. Again, this isn't surprising. Zdziarski has a knack for making the extreme seem reasonable when it actually is a reasonable response. Zdziarski is a reassuring voice for the times when you need a reassuring voice to help understand the scope of a situation and advice on how to react.

We all need to think of how we can use this information, and if we need to follow any of the advice.

The two resources read very differently and are from two very different people, yet they echo the same basic ideas. Throwaway accounts and even devices, that live completely separated from your vital information and always assumed to be compromised and hacked. Essentially, the only way to be sure you aren't giving away more than you need to give away is to become a virtual ghost at any border crossing. This is completely James Bond level stuff, and while it may be saddening to think we need to worry about it, knowing that we really can exist with no digital footprint is fascinating. Make sure you take a few minutes and read both.

There is a lot of room here for further discussion. Ways we can use the tools and services available to us for Android and Chrome to lock away the data we give so freely to Google if we need to suddenly hide it from anyone else need to be explored. Let's face it — using the digital devices we love from any company doesn't lend itself towards anything resembling privacy. We're OK with sharing everything with a company we trust and never consider how any of it can be used "against" us. It's given me plenty to think about and I hope it gives you plenty to think about, too.

I expect we'll be circling back to this a time or two as we move forward.

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2 weeks ago

Best apps for making Valentine's Day super special ❤️

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Updated 10 February 2017: We've streamlined the best Valentine's apps, and made our list easier to read through.

Best for communication

Between

See at Play Store

We all live ridiculously fast-paced lives, which can make finding time with your sweetie can be difficult. This is especially true if you are afraid of a child, or someone else, accidentally stumbling across those hot and heavy texts you've been sending. That's where Between, an app built to make communicating between couples easier than ever.

Between is an app specifically made for couples to chat, send pictures, and enjoy private communication with one another. It has a chat feature that allows you to send private messages that can only be seen by your partner from within the app. The calendar feature makes it easy to schedule out dates, or special plans in advance so that both you and your partner are aware of those special days as they come up. There is even a private photo album that will let you share private photos or videos.

Whether you're aiming for a more private way to communicate with your honey, or you just don't want anybody else accidentally stumbling across your communiques, Between is an awesome option.

Bottom line: Between offers a more private alternative to just chatting over Hangouts or Facebook Messenger. With private one-to-one messaging, and features like a calendar, and a place to share any risqué photos, it's a great option for couples to enjoy each others presence.

One more thing: Security is definitely a concern with apps like Between, which is why you can lock the app to keep friends or children from accidentally stumbling upon private moments.

Best for flowers

1800-FLOWERS

See at Play Store

When it comes to presents for your sweetie on Valentine's Day, the traditional gift is probably flowers. But there are definitely plenty of other gifts that you might also want to send. This is especially true if you're trying to make sure that your sweetie feels the love, even if you aren't able to see them in person for this romantic holiday. That is where 1800-FLOWERS comes in.

While they definitely offer a variety of floral arrangements, that isn't the only thing that is available. You can go ahead and order stuffed toys, chocolates and even fruit bouquets. When you make an order, you can track the delivery to ensure it gets where it's going. For the Procrastinators out there, you can even arrange same day delivery for the arrangement you choose for your special someone.

Bottom line: 1800-FLOWERS offers more than just floral arrangements. You can send flowers, plants, chocolates and even fruit to the person you adore. You can even take advantage of order tracking, and same day ordering and shipping. With 1800-FLOWERS you can ensure that your loved one knows how much you care, even when you aren't there in person.

One more thing: You have the option to ship internationally to over 195 different countries, making it easy to make sure your sweetie feels loved no matter where they might happen to be.

Best for restaurant reservations

OpenTable

See at Play Store

Valentine's Day is probably one of the biggest nights for dinner out over the course of the entire year. Thousands of couples will be descending on restaurants all over the country — and the world — which can make finding a decent place to grab dinner a serious pain in the ass. Open Table is here to make reservations as easy as possible on you, so that Valentine's Day is as stress free as is possible.

Finding reservations for Valentine's Day can be a real pain, but rather than hopping from restaurant to restaurant on the big night desperately looking for a wait under an hour, take a peek at OpenTable instead. You can explore local areas, and see restaurants with open reservations in the area. At each restaurant you'll be able to see the menu, and filter out whether they are good for larger groups.

Additionally, when you use the app to make a reservation, you'll get access to special perks. These include special deals at participating restaurants, as well as promotions that can shave money off of your check the next time you come back. You can also share reservations with your loved one, and add reservations to your calendar. If you're traveling for Valentine's Day you can always use OpenTable to find an awesome place to eat in countries like the USA, Canada, Mexico, and many, many, more.

Bottom line: OpenTable makes it easy to find an awesome place for dinner whether you are at home, or traveling abroad. You can get special perks by using the app, pay from your phone, and share reservations with your partner.

One more thing: OpenTable gives you access to reservations at over 32,000 locations worldwide.

Best for Hotel reservations

Hotel Tonight

See at Play Store

Having access to a hotel room can turn a normal date night into something a bit more special. If you're a procrastinator, or you just want to make Valentine's Day better at the last minute, then Hotel Tonight is here for you. That's because this app is specifically built to help you find an awesome hotel room for, like, now.

When you go searching for a hotel room, you have the ability to filter the type of rooms that pop up. The description for each room is fairly short, boiled down to the top three reasons that a hotel is awesome. That means that you don't need to spend precious time going through pros and cons, everything you need is right there in front of you.

While Hotel Tonight is built for finding a room that day, you can also plan in advance to make your night super special. This includes giving you highlights of driving-distance getaways and other local perks. Certain hotels even offer special discounts, which can be found within the app. Best of all Hotel Tonight is built to make getting a reservation a fast, easy, and streamlined process, so that you spend more time with your sweetie and less time on your phone.

Bottom line: Hotel Tonight offers a great way to find the perfect hotel room, without stressing you out in the process. You can filter rooms, see nearby attractions, and even reserve an app when there are only a few short hours left in the night.

One more thing: If you have any issues with the app, customer support is available 24/7 with actual live humans.

Conclusion

There are plenty of ways to make Valentine's Day special for you and your honey. While you definitely don't need to use an app to make things amazing, they can help to make Valentine's Day as stress free as possible. After all this is a day to share with your sweetie, not spend hunched over your phone trying desperately to make sure everything works out. Do you have a favorite app for making Valentine's Day excellent? Be sure to drop a line in the comments and let us know about it!

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2 weeks ago

How to stay connected in a storm: a MrMobile guide

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APOCALYPSE! Well, maybe it's not that dramatic, but when your power goes out it can feel like one, especially in our connected world. If you haven't prepared, you might not be able to check your Twitter for HOURS. That's too much for some to bear.

I'm Michael Fisher, alias MrMobile, and I spent yesterday in one of New England's dreaded Nor'easters, preparing for the worst (which, in this case, was a cup of hot chocolate and uninterrupted electricity). But if you find yourself in the path of a storm, this video guide will help you get set up for whatever's incoming!

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2 weeks ago

These are the watches that support Android Pay

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Android Pay on your watch makes paying easier than ever.

Android Pay has been making payments easier on all of us for a while by linking your bank card to your smartphone. Things have just gotten even easier though, because it has been added to the Android Wear ecosystem. Using your watch to pay means that you don't even need to take anything out of your pocket when it comes time to pay for your purchases, but to use Android Pay on your watch there are a few requirements.

Note: This list will be updated as new devices are released with Android Wear support.

What it necessary for Android Pay to work?

While Android Pay is brand new to the Android Wear ecosystem, it does have a few requirements to work correctly on your watch.

Namely, you'll need to make sure that your watch is running Android Wear 2.0, and includes NFC. While there are a number of watches that will be getting the update to Android Wear 2.0, the second part is a bit trickier. That's because most watches don't include NFC, so you may need to pick up a new watch if you're hoping to use Android Pay as soon as possible.

Which watches support Android Pay?

For the time being, especially since Android Wear 2.0 is brand new, the list of supported watches is extremely short. In fact for the time being there is only one watch that will work. This list is sure to expand as more watches are released that include NFC. Until then, if Android Pay is too good to miss out on, then you'll want to pick up an LG Watch Sport.

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2 weeks ago

Best Google Pixel Deals for February 2017

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What is the best deal you can get on a Google Pixel?

When shopping for a new gadget, like the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, you should be looking for the best possible deal available. But hunting them down can be difficult since most retailers change them weekly — but don't worry, we've got you covered. Whether you are looking to save finance your purchase, get some freebies with it, or try and save some money on the purchase there are a few places to check out.

Let's take a look at some of the best deals on Google's Pixel and Pixel XL that are available right now.

Refresh often! This page is constantly being updated as we discover new Pixel deals. Check back soon!

Google Pixel

Want to pick up the smaller of the two Pixels but avoid paying full price? Retailers are offering a variety of deals on these phones as Google continues its marketing push, and some will offer discounts in the future and others will include some extras at no cost. If you want to check out the best deals, these are the ones you want to look at.

Google Pixel XL

If you are looking for the larger version, you'll want to check out the deals on the Pixel XL. Odds are that most of the times retailers will offer the same deals on the Pixel and Pixel XL in terms of discounts or freebies, but there may be some specific sales that offer incentives to go bigger. Here are some of the best deals that you can find right now on the Pixel XL.

Other deals

As time passes you'll start to see these appear on other sites like eBay and Swappa, offering great deals on second-hand units. Some people may turn around and sell theirs at launch for a profit, but if you are looking to save you'll have to wait a bit longer.

Have you noticed any other deals on the Pixel or Pixel XL? If so, be sure to drop a line in the comments letting us know where the deal is and why other people may be interested.

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2 weeks ago

How to get the best light calibration for your PlayStation VR

Calibrating your PlayStation VR makes a huge difference.

Out of the box, your PlayStation VR will connect with your PlayStation Camera and start working with little effort. Over time, especially if you use PlayStation Move controllers a lot, you may notice the experience isn't always as accurate as it could be. There's an easy solution in Sony's Light Calibration Tool for your PlayStation VR, but going through this setup correctly will cause your setup to become significantly more accurate.

Here's what you need to know about a successful Light Calibration setup!

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2 weeks ago

First look at Omron Evolv: Smart blood pressure tracking on Android

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Second in a series of how Phil is trying to not die of high blood pressure after years and years of running Android Central. (And doing other unhealthy things.)

OK, OK. Health tech isn't maybe quite as sexy as the news SmartWatchWear 5000. But I'd argue that maybe it's just a little more important in the long run, right? Thus my first look at the Withings wireless blood pressure cuff. Syncs to your phone. Syncs to the cloud. Keeps Phil alive. Good times.

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But that's not the only thing like that out there. Just a month ago at CES Omron announced a new kind of cuff that's smart — it syncs with an app on your phone, yeah — but also standalone. You can use it along with your phone, but you don't have to. (And as I'm getting older the real definition of a "smart" product is one that recognizes that there are times I don't want to have to deal with any more tech than is absolutely necessary. But get off my lawn.)

The best thing about the Evolv? Well, it's a couple things, really. It's fast. And then there's the display, which shows the measurements right there on your arm, no smartphone required. And that's maybe a good thing, as the Omron app isn't all that impressive.

But all in all, this is a good little product and a competitive price. Nicely done.

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2 weeks ago

Chromebooks are now much easier to use for people with visual impairments

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Chrome's screen reader is updated to help your Chromebook work even better with a braille display.

ChromeVox, the default screen reader service on your Chromebook, got a hefty update with the latest version of Chrome OS.

There are almost 300 million people with impaired vision in the world and using the tech we take for granted every day can be a challenge for many. A big part of putting information into them and getting information from them depends on what we can see. Google, Apple, and Microsoft are all making big advancements in assistive tech, and Chromebooks are no exception.

ChromeVox is more than a speech-to-text system. It's built to help navigate both a touchscreen and a keyboard and supports USB braille displays where the text and descriptions of other visual elements can be provided. This paired with a fine-tuned traditional screen reader can bring more information to the visually impaired as well as make it much easier to interact with the software. If you've ever seen a demonstration of this sort of technology you know how impressive it can be, and if you depend on it, you understand the importance as well.

New menus and braille display navigation make thinsg easier to use and "earcons" help give you an understanding how everything is laid out.

Version 56 of Chrome OS brings some great new features to ChromeVox. New menus that include a list of open tabs, various options for ChromeVox and speech settings and a list of the things you can interact with on a page make it easier to learn how to use ChromeVox. Commands to interact and navigate the screen now appear on a connected braille display so you don't have to switch back and forth with the keyboard. This makes for a much more streamlined experience. That's important. A precise and fluid way to work with your Chromebook lets you focus on the content instead of how to get to it.

New "earcons" have been added that describe things like links or buttons on a page, even while it's still loading, can provide some insight about how the screen is laid out and the relationship page elements have with each other. The earcons use stereo audio-positioning to give a user a feel how a page is laid out and where the important elements are located. When you navigate to a page element, the earcon plays through your speakers or headphones to let you know what things are being displayed on an app or web page.

Last but not least, a new ChromeVox Panel makes it easy for a teacher or assistant to work with someone who is visually impaired. The panel is located at the top of the Chromebook's display and shows text and braille captions so someone can follow along with a person using a braille display.

Improvements like this are important. We've all faced the challenge of learning a new interface or how to work with new software. There's no reason that difficulty should be compounded because you're not able to see the screen in the traditional sense. Knowing that Google is always working on improving the way everyone can use their Chromebook is great.

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