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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. Galaxy S8+: Total recall

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The Note 7 may be the butt of every bad joke right now, but ignoring it altogether leaves a huge gap in the history of Samsung's design language. Many of the design traits that make the Galaxy S8+ — the company's latest big-screened superphone — so great, can be traced back to its explosively flawed predecessor. Though it'll forever be associated with faulty batteries and an embarrassing global recall, the Note 7 was the first to showcase a true symmetrical glass and metal design, and organic curves that went a step beyond the "edge" phones of old.

The same is true on the software side, with the Note 7 debuting the "Grace" UX — a significantly refined interface that paved the way for the clean lines, rounded rectangles and brilliant whites we see on the S8+. And as the last Samsung flagship to feature traditional physical home keys and a 16:9 display, it's an interesting stepping stone between the old and the new.

Check out our video comparison above, as Russell takes a look at Samsung's most infamous phone next to its latest and greatest.

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2 days ago

Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 could go on sale in South Korea in June

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Refurbished Note 7 will be $250 more affordable than the original.

Samsung announced at the end of last month that it would bring back the Note 7 as a refurbished device in select markets. The refurbished model was spotted undergoing Wi-Fi certification earlier this week, and a report out of South Korea suggests the phone will be available at the end of June.

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2 days ago

Galaxy S8 camera tips and tricks

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Here's a look at the Galaxy S8's camera app, what it can do, and how it can inspire you to be a little more silly with your smartphone.

Samsung's smartphones have had a pretty consistent track record over the past few years when it comes to shooting photos. And though Samsung's had a storied past of overdoing it on the extra features, the companion camera apps as of late have come equipped with some genuinely fun-to-use features and abilities. This year's Galaxy S8, in particular, is well-equipped for inspiring creativity — and not just because it offers knockoff Snapchat filters.

For a full look at the Galaxy S8's camera capabilities, check out the full review of the flagship device. Or, read on for a rundown on the Galaxy S8's camera and what it can do.

Update, April 26: This post has been updated with additional tips, tricks and formatting fixes.

Meet the new camera app

The Galaxy S8's camera app interface.

The camera app on the Galaxy S8 hasn't been mega overhauled by any means, but it's definitely been tweaked a tad so that it's more user-friendly. The new layout also puts the most important features of the device's camera abilities up front. For instance, now when you go to snap a photo, you can zoom in and out by simply sliding the shutter button from left to right. It's one-touch access to the two most important features of the camera: shooting a photo and zooming around.

What each camera mode can do

Galaxy S8 camera modes

The Galaxy S8's various camera modes.

Swipe to the right in the same area of the interface to choose between camera modes. You can choose between the following:

Auto: This is the automatic shooting mode and it's pretty self-explanatory. This is likely the way you'll be shooting a majority of the time with the Galaxy S8 or S8+.

Pro: This is Samsung's manual mode. From here, you can choose the ISO, shutter speed, white balance, and exposure level. You can also take advantage of a manual focus option, which helps in macro shooting situations. There's an option to choose the focus area, as well as options for the metering mode.

Panorama: A feature that's standard on most smartphones. The Galaxy S8's Panorama mode is no different from others, though it will require you to scan the scene from right to left.

Selective focus. Selective focus.

A preview of the Galaxy S8's Selective focus.

Selective focus: Sadly, this is not the iPhone's portrait mode, but it is the closest you'll get when the macro mode or general bokeh effect isn't showing up in your smartphone photography. The Selective focus functionality will take several pictures at once, and then you'll have to head back into the Gallery to choose the style of focus you like before saving the photo. The result is typically some neat close up shots. The mode is available for the front-facing camera, too.

Slow motion: This mode switches you into the video recording ability. Once you've made your video, tap on it in the gallery app to select when in the video timeline to transform it into slow motion.

Hyperlapse: Set up the Galaxy S8 on a mobile tripod of sorts and leave it facing the window to shoot the sunset. Come back to it after an hour to see how you've captured the changing light, and then share it to Instagram.

Food: This is like portrait mode, but for food. Snap a photo of your spaghetti or whatever other culinary monstrosities you have laying out in front of you. You can move the circle in the viewfinder to adjust the blur of the background and then tap the shutter button to take the picture. Note that this only works on objects that are up close.

Virtual shot: Samsung's virtual shot is always sort of hard to explain to others. Basically, the Galaxy S8 takes a few rapid photos in succession as you physically orient yourself around an object from either side. It then compiles those shots into an animated file of sorts. You can share the virtual shot as a video or GIF image file on social media. Note that it can be hard to make this shot if your subject isn't standing still.

Bixby in the camera app

There is quite a bit of nuance when we're talking about Bixby, the Galaxy S8's native virtual assistant. Unfortunately, it's pretty half-baked in its current implementation, but the one part that does work is Bixby Vision, which utilizes the camera.

Tap the Bixby button. You can point the camera at an object or landscape, and then Bixby will retrieve relevant images and shopping links -- unless you're on Verizon, which weirdly doesn't offer shopping links to Galaxy S8 users at the moment, though you can still look up images. Bixby Vision works on a variety of objects, including clearly labeled beauty products and branded electronics. And sometimes, it'll confuse things, too, which makes for a hilarious turn of events at times when you're seeking a little simple humor in life.

The Bixby Vision button.

The Bixby Vision button lives on the camera app and looks like an eye.

Anyway, Bixby is baked into the camera app as a way to encourage you to use the feature's camera abilities, just as there's a dedicated hardware button for using its voice-activated features. And perhaps, if you find it useful to compare what's on display at the store with what you can find online, you can quickly access this feature by enabling Quick launch in the camera app settings and then tapping the Bixby button. But again, you can't do this if you're on Verizon.

Tips and tricks for the Galaxy S8 camera

Use focus peaking

Attempting to master the bokeh effect with the Galaxy S8? Head into the manual settings by swiping to the left on the camera shutter button area and selecting the Pro mode. From here, tap the Manual Focus option and then slide the cursor to zoom in and out of the picture until you achieve the desired effect. You'll see green lines utilized in the view finder to denote what's being focused on. Snap the photo and then share it online to impress your friends.

Use focus peaking to focus your image in the Galaxy S8's manual mode.

Enable Quick launch

By default, Quick launch is already enabled, but you have to unlock it for the Galaxy S8 to officially alert you that you're using it. Double press the power button on the right side of the chassis in rapid succession to launch the camera app. You can use this shortcut whether the screen is on or off. And if you accidentally disable for whatever reason, the option is available back in the camera's settings panel.

The Galaxy S8's camera settings.

Add a floating camera button

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have much bigger displays than you're likely used to, but I found the floating camera button to be helpful when the screen feels too big to bear. You can enable the ability in the settings app, two options below the Quick launch ability. Once it's turned on, the camera interface will offer a floating camera button that you can move anywhere on the camera app.

Take a video before a photo

This is a great feature to enable on vacation. Also in the settings menu, enable Motion photo to record a short video clip of what's happening in the photo before it shoots the photo.

Quickly change cameras

If you want to change cameras, the option is available at the top of the interface. However, you can also simply swipe up on the viewfinder to change cameras, which is an immensely easier shortcut if you're using the Galaxy S8 one handed!

Galaxy s8 built in photo filtersGalaxy S8 face options

The Galaxy S8 has built-in photo filters (left) a variety of face-smoothing features (right).

Use a photo filter

Swipe to the left on the bottom shutter button area to head into the effects, though you could also get here from the Face Masks menu. There are a variety of different filters to choose from and they seem to be separated between the ones work for landscape shots and the ones that work for selfies.

Smooth out your face

The Galaxy S8 is equipped with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera that's pretty capable. It shoots at an aperture of f/1.7 and features autofocus, so you can confidently use it at the bar to snap a selfie of your and friends. But if you're not feeling so confident, you can utilize the beauty modes that come built into the camera app to hide your imperfections. Tap on the icon that looks like a person with long hair to bring up the different "beauty" options, like smoothing out your face, adding fake lighting, and even brightening your eyes.

It may horrify you how effective the Galaxy S8's beauty modes are.

Take a wide-angle selfie

You can snap a wide-angle selfie by swiping right on the shutter area in the front-facing camera mode, the same way you would to bring up the filters with the rear-facing camera. The wide-angle selfie mode works a lot like the panorama feature for the rear camera; just pan it from left to right to compose the photo.

Use Face Masks

Samsung bundled in a face masks feature in the Galaxy S8 — not to be confused Snapchat filters, though they work almost identically. You can use them with the front-facing camera on yourself, or the rear-facing camera with a friend. Annoyingly, you can't use them in tandem with the other effects, which means you can apply a filter on top of a filter. It's one filter at a time here, people. Don't get hasty.

Tap into the mode by selecting the itty bitty bear icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the interface. Once you've chosen your mask, tap back on the viewfinder to resurface the shutter button. Say cheese! Some masks have audio effects and animations, while all masks will be sure to delight those you love most in your life. You can snap a photo or record a video with the masks on, as well as easily remove the effect if it just becomes too much. It even works with a friend.

The face masks can be exported into other applications.

Download more effects

Crazy about the face masks feature? Or perhaps you're looking to make animated GIFs with the camera app? You can find these features, and more, in the Galaxy Apps store, including additional stamps, filters, and face masks. You can download them from the included Galaxy Apps app, or by going into the effects mode of the camera, choosing the effect you want to add to, and then tapping on the plus sign in the lower corner of the viewfinder. Express yourself.

From left to right: The Galaxy S8's camera decoration mode; Additional camera decoration modes available in the Galaxy Apps store; Downloadable camera modes from the Galaxy Apps store.

Need more guidance?

Aching for more customization over your Galaxy S8's photo-taking abilities? There are plenty of third-party apps that can help facilitate that, though you can also download extra filters and abilities for your Galaxy S8 camera from the Galaxy Apps store.

Need more advice? Leave us a comment and tell us what you've discovered about the Galaxy S8.

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2 days ago

OnePlus 5 render shows off dual cameras and metal body

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OnePlus' upcoming flagship is rumored to sport dual rear cameras.

OnePlus is getting ready to launch its 2017 flagship, which will allegedly be called the OnePlus 5. Tetraphobia — the fear of the number 4 — is a common superstition in Asian countries, and in Chinese culture the number is considered unlucky as it sounds similar to the Mandarin word for "death." Anyway, it looks like OnePlus doesn't want to jinx its upcoming phone, so it's skipping a number.

As for the device itself, a render leaked by India Today suggests the phone will have a dual camera setup at the back along with a brushed aluminum body similar to what we've seen on the OnePlus 3T.

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2 days ago

How to upload videos to YouTube

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Uploading videos on YouTube is easier than you thought.

YouTube is the biggest video platform on the planet, delivering everything from music videos to birthday parties to news and updates on the world. Uploading your own videos to YouTube is an easy process, with access to plenty of features to give you control over the end product.

How to upload a video to YouTube

  1. Launch the YouTube app from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap on the upload button on the right side of your screen. It looks like a video camera.
  3. Tap the video that you want to upload.

  4. Enter a title for your video.
  5. Tap a privacy option for your video. Your options are Public (anyone can see), Unlisted (anyone with a link can see), and Private (only you can see).
  6. Tap the arrow in the upper right corner of your screen.

How to adjust the length of your video

While it's easy to record a video for uploading to YouTube, you might want to adjust where the video starts or stops. YouTube makes this easy for you, allowing you to drag and drop where each video begins and ends.

  1. Launch the YouTube app from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap on the upload button on the right side of your screen. It looks like a video camera.
  3. Tap the video that you want to upload.

  4. Tap and drag the blue bumpers to drag and drop to the length you want your video to be.
  5. Enter a title for your video.
  6. Tap a privacy option for your video. Your options are Public (anyone can see), Unlisted (anyone with a link can see), and Private (only you can see).

  7. Tap the white arrow in the upper right corner of your screen.

How to add music to your video upload

When it comes to the options that you have before uploading a video, one of the most popular features is the ability to add music to your video.

  1. Launch the YouTube app from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap on the upload button on the right side of your screen. It looks like a video camera.
  3. Tap the video you want to upload.

  4. Tap on the music button on the right side of your screen. It looks like a musical note.
  5. Tap the plus sign on the bottom right corner of each track to add it to your video.
  6. Enter a title for your video.

  7. Tap a privacy option for your video. Your options are Public (anyone can see), Unlisted (anyone with a link can see), and Private (only you can see).
  8. Tap the white arrow on the right side of your screen.

How to add a filter to your YouTube upload

Not every video needs to look as realistic as possible, and with filters it's an easy process to go ahead and adjust the way that your video looks with as little effort as possible. You can pick from one of the filters YouTube has offered to immediately change the look of your video.

  1. Launch the Youtube app from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap on the upload button on the right side of the screen. It looks like a video camera.
  3. Tap the video you want to upload.

  4. Tap the magic wand on the right side of your screen.
  5. Tap the filter you want to use.
  6. Enter a title for your video.

  7. Tap a privacy option for your video. Your options are Public (anyone can see), Unlisted (anyone with a link can see), and Private (only you can see).
  8. Tap the white arrow in the upper right corner of your screen.

While uploading a video to YouTube can be a bare bones affair, by using the different features available to you it's easy to spice your video up in just a few short taps. You are able to adjust the way your video looks, whether it had background music, and adjust your privacy options all before uploading a photo.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

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2 days ago

Best Large Android Phone

Updated April, 2017: Galaxy S8+ is the new king of large phones.

Best Overall

Samsung Galaxy S8+

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In the wake of the Note 7 debacle, Samsung needed to deliver a great big-screened Android experience in the larger of the two Galaxy S8 models. The new 18.5:9 aspect ratio, combined with a 6.2-inch display size (6.1 inches excluding the rounded corners) makes the Galaxy S8+ big but not impossible to hold. And the extra height of that beautiful Quad HD+ SuperAMOLED panel means you'll fit more on screen, too.

The design work Samsung started back with the Note 7 can be seen coming to fruition in the GS8+, with an almost completely symmetrical metal and glass chassis that complements the big screen. And Samsung nails the fundamentals of the smartphone experience too, with fast performance and a great camera, improved from the GS7 thanks to new processing tricks. On the software side, Samsung's UI feels more polished and mature than ever, with a new sci-fi aesthetic that's slick and unique but not overbearing.

Bottom line: It's expensive for sure, but the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is by far the best in its class. Between the display, performance, camera, and feature set, there's no better "phablet" out there.

One more thing: The Galaxy S8+'s fingerprint scanner is in kind of an awkward place, around the back and next to the camera lens. But at least you've got face unlock and iris scanning to fall back on.

Why the Galaxy S8+ is the best

The Galaxy S8+ packs an enormous, beautiful display into a small package and excels at just about everything.

Samsung's latest big-screened handset steps out from the shadow of the Note 7, excelling across the board. That huge SuperAMOLED display looks fantastic, with the best daylight visibility we've seen in a phone and bright, vibrant colors. And the phone itself is beautiful, with a symmetrical design that shows off the its epic display.

What's more, the S8+ has everything you could ask for in a high-end handset with a top-tier camera, software that's differentiated but not overbearing, and speedy performance.

Best for battery life

Huawei Mate 9

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Huawei has made great progress over the past year, and its latest flagship, the Mate 9, stands out as the best big phone for buyers outside the United States. That's largely thanks to Huawei's much improved EMUI 5 software experience, based on Android Nougat. But the Mate 9 also benefits from a massive 5.9-inch 1080p screen in a body the same size as last year's 5.7-inch Nexus 6P.

Beyond its size and software, the Mate 9 nails the fundamentals of a great Android experience, with quick performance, an ample 64GB of storage as standard, plus microSD expansion, and a capable dual camera setup. Unlike LG, Huawei combines two cameras with the same focal length, but with one OIS (optical image stabilization) 12MP camera capturing colors, and the other, a 20MP monochrome sensor, picking up fine detail. The result is a camera setup that often goes toe-to-toe with the best out there, and can produce some interesting creative effects thanks to its second sensor.

Bottom line: Huawei's much-improved software — together with great build quality, performance and dependable cameras — makes for a fantastic big-screened experience.

One more thing: The Huawei Mate 9 isn't currently available through any U.S. carriers — instead you'll have to buy the unlocked version, which works on T-Mobile and AT&T (and their MVNOs), as well as just about every global LTE network.

Best for less

LG V20

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LG needed to raise its game after the modular mess that was the G5, and that's exactly what Samsung's local rival did with the V20. LG's 5.7-incher gets you the same guts as the G5, without any of the modular nonsense, and with much improved build quality and some unique features thanks to the second display. As before, you can use the secondary ticker above the main screen to see app shortcuts, show a personal message or view notifications.

And the removable battery option is back, with the V20's 3,200mAh swappable cell living behind a metal back panel, which pops off when you hit the release switch.

On the camera side — where the phone really shines — the V20 is every bit as good as the G5, with a main 16-megapixel sensor behind an f/1.8 lens, and a secondary wide-angle camera for fitting in more detail. LG's also packed in new autofocus and stabilization technologies not present in that phone for even smoother video.

The V20 runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, too, so you'll benefit from a mostly up-to-date software experience.

Bottom line: The V20 is a great overall package. You get the proven cameras of the G5, along with Android Nougat and a solid metal chassis, plus the rarity of a removable battery.

One more thing: The LG V20 isn't available in most European countries.

Conclusion

If you want the best Android has to offer in a big-screened phone, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy S8+. The size of Samsung's 6.2-incher is both a strength and a weakness — thanks to the new 18.5:9 aspect ratio, this is a very tall phone. But if that's what you're after, Samsung does a great job of showcasing an enormous, bright display and backing up a great physical design with good-looking software.

Best Overall

Samsung Galaxy S8+

See at Verizon See at AT&T See at T-Mobile See at Sprint See at Best Buy See at Amazon

In the wake of the Note 7 debacle, Samsung needed to deliver a great big-screened Android experience in the larger of the two Galaxy S8 models. The new 18.5:9 aspect ratio, combined with a 6.2-inch display size (6.1 inches excluding the rounded corners) makes the Galaxy S8+ big but not impossible to hold. And the extra height of that beautiful Quad HD+ SuperAMOLED panel means you'll fit more on screen, too.

The design work Samsung started back with the Note 7 can be seen coming to fruition in the GS8+, with an almost completely symmetrical metal and glass chassis that complements the big screen. And Samsung nails the fundamentals of the smartphone experience too, with fast performance and a great camera, improved from the GS7 thanks to new processing tricks. On the software side, Samsung's UI feels more polished and mature than ever, with a new sci-fi aesthetic that's slick and unique but not overbearing.

Bottom line: It's expensive for sure, but the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is by far the best in its class. Between the display, performance, camera, and feature set, there's no better "phablet" out there.

One more thing: The Galaxy S8+'s fingerprint scanner is in kind of an awkward place, around the back and next to the camera lens. But at least you've got face unlock and iris scanning to fall back on.

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2 days ago

Kodi 18 on Android TV will have voice search and recommendations

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Kodi 18 Leia will be getting even tighter integration into Android TV. Which is awesome.

Kodi 17 Krypton hasn't been officially around for long but work is already well underway on the next release. Version 18, Leia — named after everyone's favorite princess — is in the development stage right now and the dev team has given us a sneak peek at what's headed to Android TV: Voice Search and recommendations.

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2 days ago

YouTube Kids app now available on LG, Samsung and Sony smart TVs

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This is an important expansion that probably took a bit too long to make.

Google is expanding its YouTube Kids app to altogether new platforms, bringing in smart TVs from LG, Samsung and Sony. The expansion moves the YouTube Kids app beyond just phones and tablets, in a move that you have to say is surprising wasn't implemented earlier — the service has been around for two years now.

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2 days ago

Google dramatically improves support for Indian languages across Translate, Gboard and more

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When the entire internet is in your language, the possibilities are endless.

Google has long held a special focus on the technology needs of India, and is making a big step toward addressing the entire subcontinent with today's announcements of improved language support across multiple products. In an attempt to make its products useful for nearly all of the estimated 400 million internet users in India, Google is expanding and improving its automatic translation, improving translations in Chrome, adding common Indian languages to Gboard and adding a Hindi dictionary to Google Search.

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2 days ago

Google Maps: Ultimate Guide

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Make the most out of Google Maps.

Google Maps is a powerful tool that's used by over 1 billion people, and over the years the app has become more efficient at suggesting routes, offering detailed options for public transit, nearby points of interest, and so much more.

Google serves up directions for driving, walking, biking, or public transit. When you select the driving option, you can ask Google to suggest a route that avoids tolls, highways, or ferries. Similarly for public transit, you can choose your preferred mode of transportation.

Its sheer scale means that there are tons of features that aren't immediately visible, and that's where this guide comes in handy. If you're just getting started with Google Maps or are looking to discover new features the service has to offer, read on.

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2 days ago

AT&T has just ruined 5G for the rest of the mobile industry

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AT&T says it just launched a new 5G network. It didn't.

In one fell swoop, AT&T has all but undermined — and potentially ruined — the nascent brand that is 5G. The next-generation wireless standard, which hasn't even been finalized yet, is set to roll out in earnest starting in 2019 or 2020. And even then, what we'll see in the early days is a hybrid of what will eventually be the next way we connect to the internet on our phones and in our homes.

That hasn't stopped AT&T from beginning its campaign to sully the still-whole notion of 5G with its new campaign promoting its "5G Evolution" network rolling out in Austin, Texas and, soon, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and San Francisco.

5G Evolution, according to AT&T, is still entirely based on 4G LTE. There is nothing — nothing — in its current incarnation that has to do with what will eventually become 5G. Instead, it incorporates the same advanced 4G LTE features that T-Mobile, in its own admittedly bravuro way, has been touting for the past few months: 3x carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM modulations.

We talked about these technologies back at MWC, which Qualcomm is using to promote its new X16 modem inside the Snapdragon 835 platform which, in perfect conditions, should allow speeds approaching 1Gbps. AT&T is merely capitalizing on the release of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the first devices in North America to support such speeds, to move the ball forward, just as it did prior to the release of LTE when it began telling customers its network supported 4G.

Fortunately, consumers aren't stupid, and will likely see through this publicity stunt. A name change alone can't — or shouldn't — convince people that AT&T's network is superior to T-Mobile's or Verizon's. Indeed, AT&T has far better coverage than T-Mobile in most of the country, and has fewer legacy problems with handsets than Verizon given its GSM roots. It's unfortunate that AT&T, likely concerned with customer churn to T-Mobile, has resorted to these naming gimmicks, which will likely confuse some people and irritate others.

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3 days ago

I used the LG G6 as my only camera on vacation and it was great

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Smartphone cameras are so damn good in 2017 that it's increasingly difficult to justify carrying my standalone camera.

I just returned from an excellent two-week vacation that took my girlfriend and I to Paris, Munich, Venice, and Rome. In the days leading up to the vacation, in which I had to pack two weeks' worth of clothing and necessities into just an international carry-on roller bag and a messenger bag, I had the difficult decision of whether or not to bring my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II camera. I already had my LG G6 in my pocket, but I knew I should have the pro-level camera for those "just in case" moments and reluctantly packed it, alongside an extra SD card, battery, and charger.

Returning from the trip after traveling thousands of miles, visiting four cities in three countries, shlepping around my camera, I ended up only taking it out of our apartments and hotels a single time. The LG G6, it turns out, was more than capable of chronicling our trip with amazing photos, proving my standalone camera to be superfluous on vacation.

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3 days ago

The Galaxy S8's quick launch camera setting isn't available globally

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The ability to quickly launch the camera with the power button is missing on a few Galaxy S8 units.

Double tapping the home button was the fastest way to launch the camera on the Galaxy S6 and S7. But with the Galaxy S8 eschewing the home button, Samsung had to come up with a new way to quickly launch the camera, and the company turned to the power button. Pressing on the power button twice in quick succession opens the camera by default on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but that option isn't available on all units.

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3 days ago

How to turn off Gear VR safety warnings

Gear VR has safety warnings that pop up when you start up the VR headset, but you can turn them off.

Each time that you turn on your Gear VR a set of safety warnings pops up on your screen. While they are handy for informing new users about safety issues while using VR, if you regularly use your VR headset they can become a bit of a hassle. Thankfully turning off most safety warnings is a pretty easy option from within the settings. We've got the details on how to turn these settings off.

Read more at VRHeads.com

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3 days ago

ZTE and Sprint launch a $130 phone with a massive 3990mAh battery

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Boost Mobile is getting a pretty great new budget phone in the ZTE Max XL.

ZTE and Sprint have announced a new $130 phone that aims to keep people working for up to two full days.

The ZTE Max XL (or MAX XL if you're annoying about it) features a 6-inch 1080p LCD display covered in Gorilla Glass 3, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, and a whopping 3,990mAh battery.

That battery, along with the rear fingerprint sensor, is the main course here — though the phone runs Android 7.1.1 out of the box, which is impressive — but the dessert is the price tag, which comes to $130 in total. It actually comes in at $101.99 with the web-only $28 promotional discount, which makes it an even better deal at the moment.

The handset is part of Sprint's plan to offer great budget phones for its Boost sub-brand, which uses its same LTE network but does away with the extras, and higher price, to make it more attractive to bargain seekers.

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The phone does use capacitive navigation buttons, which increases the overall footprint of an already-large phone, but most people who want a phone this big — it weighs 180 grams — are probably willing to put up with a bit of extra front bezel.

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