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5 min ago

Save $80 when buying an Amazon Tap and Fire tablet together

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Best Buy is currently offering an $80 savings when you purchase the Amazon Tap and 7-inch Fire tablet together. To get the offer all you need to do is add both items to your cart, and then the $80 will be subtracted. With the savings, it is essentially like getting the Fire tablet (normally $69) for free and $10 off the Amazon Tap (normally $129). With the Tap, you'll be able to use your voice to order Amazon items, check the weather and much more with Alexa, and the tablet is great for browsing the web, watching videos and playing some games.

So, for $119 plus tax you can get both of these great items, which is a pretty awesome deal. This offer is only good for today, December 5, so don't wait long to place your order.

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8 min ago

Quartz 'texts' you the news with new app

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Quartz app gives you the latest news in conversational tone.

It can be hard to stay on top of what's happening in the news throughout the day. Quartz is trying to keep things conversational with its new news app that delivers you the headlines as if you're having a text chat with your best friend who just happens to also be a knowledgeable journalist.

If you ever feel overwhelmed when you check out other news sites or apps by the wall of sensationalized headlines vying for your clicks, you definitely need to check out Quartz. It pulls headlines and news stories from their own news site, along with other reputable news sources including The New York Times, The Guardian, and the BBC, delivering them one at a time.

If a headline is relevant to your interests, you tap the response to read more about the story. If you're not interested, tap "next" or "anything else" to move onto the next story. Headlines are occasionally coupled with semi-relevant animated GIFs (because it's 2016, so of course there's GIFs), and if a story requires a deep dive, you can always tap to go out to the original source.

There's some amount of customization you can do by swiping right. By default, the app will send you notifications for "really, really big news", as well as for any news items might be worth your notice along with a few daily pokes when there's a queue of things to read in the app. If you'd prefer a notification-free experience, it's easy to hit the switches on those features.

For a more chill way of staying on top of the day's biggest news, check out the Quartz news app from the Google Play Store.

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18 min ago

How to get Android 7.1.1 Nougat on your Nexus or Pixel right now

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How do I get Android 7.1.1 Nougat on your Nexus phone right now?

Android 7.1.1 Nougat is officially available for the Pixel, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C, but your phone may not get the OTA (over-the-air) update for another couple of weeks. If you don't have a Nexus, you can get a feel for when (or if) your phone will get Nougat based on our expectations.

If you know your way around a command line, you can skip the waiting game by downloading the factory image for your particular device and flashing it on top of your software. But there are some caveats you need to know about when flashing a factory image, so read on to find out what you need to know.

Updated on December 5th with new information and latest links to OTA files.

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24 min ago

Android 7.1.1 is here for the Pixel and some Nexus devices

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Sideload or wait for the update? That's the question.

Android 7.1.1 is slowly rolling out to the Google Pixel and select Nexus devices, with Google updating its factory images and over-the-air (OTA) pages to reflect the new builds.

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55 min ago

Galaxy S8: 5 things the GS7's Nougat update reveals about Samsung's next flagship

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Galaxy S7 Nougat

We don't yet know for sure what Samsung's next big thing will look like — but the Galaxy S7's Nougat beta gives us a few important clues.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Android 7.0 Nougat update is currently in beta, being tested by users around the world. In addition to new Android OS features, Samsung is giving beta testers an early look at its updated TouchWiz UI, which builds on the early work we saw in the Note 7.

With finalized Nougat updates for the GS7 and S7 edge likely to start rolling out in the next month or so, the current beta provides a useful window into what to expect from Samsung's next big thing. Just as 2015's GS6 Marshmallow beta foreshadowed the UI we would eventually see on the Galaxy S7 at launch, the GS7 Nougat beta gives us a few clues about what to expect from the Korean company's 2017 flagship.

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56 min ago

Google Pixel update on Verizon fixes Bluetooth issues and improves security

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Updates fixes voicemail issues and includes latest Android security patches.

Pixel users on Verizon should check for the new software update being rolled out today. On top of offering the latest Android security patches, the update also fixes issues some users have had with voicemail and call features on the Pixel.

Here's the full breakdown of what's new, straight from Verizon:

This update fixes these issues:

  • Customers couldn't retrieve their Visual Voicemail messages and were getting an error 9999 in some areas.
  • Voicemail icon notification was not displaying when a new voicemail message was received.
  • Device stopped playing voicemail messages over Bluetooth® after the screen timed out.
  • Device occasionally went to blue screen during an inbound call.
  • Email font was too small.
  • Text was garbled on the call screen/dialer and the text was corrupted on the Recent Calls and contact list screens.

This update improves:

  • You can now choose Cellular or Wi-Fi as your preferred way of calling while roaming internationally.
  • Latest Android™ security patches.

As always, before downloading and installing the software update, you'll want to connect via Wi-Fi or ensure you've got a strong connection to the Verizon network, and also make sure your device is plugged in or fully charged so there isn't any issues during the update.

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1 hour ago

Win a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge prize pack from iOttie and Android Central!

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Such a good contest!

We're always looking for products that make our lives easier, and iOttie has just released two new accessories that do just that! The iON Wireless Charging Pad provides power to Qi Compatible smartphones without all the unnecessary cords. Charging your device is as easy as setting it down!! The iOttie PowerPack External Battery is perfect for keeping your devices charged on the go!

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2 hours ago

5 Portable Battery Pack Gifts Under $25

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No one wants a dead phone, but for less than $25 you can make sure that doesn't happen again.

Cell phone batteries don't always last as long as our days do, and no one wants to be carrying around a dead phone or be tied to the wall to charge it up, right? Well, luckily you can charge your phone while you walk around, sit on the subway, have drinks with friends, or anywhere else you may be with ease. Portable batteries are a must-have these days since most phones have non-removable batteries, and they don't have to cost a fortune.

There are a bunch of great portable batteries out there, and here are some affordable ones to consider for less than $25.

Aukey mini 5000mAh

Your first thought about a portable battery is that you don't have the space to carry it around all day and don't want something big and bulky in your bag. Well, Aukey's 5000mAh power bank offers a nice small cylinder design that is shorter than a can of soda. You should be able to get up to two full charges out of the battery pack, so you can keep yourself powered up wherever you may be.

It has a single USB-A output, so you can bring your own charging cable, be it Micro-USB, USB-C, or even Lightning. You charge the battery itself with a Micro-USB cable, and it has built-in safeguards to protect against excessive currents, overheating, and overcharging. At $10, there is really no reason for everyone in your family not to have one of these.

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Kmashi 15000mAh

Depending on your usage habits or how many devices you are carrying around with you, you may need to have a large battery with you to be safe. Kmashi's 15000mAh portable battery should offer anywhere from three to five full charges, depending whether it is a phone or table that you are charging up. It has two USB outputs, so you can add the cable of your choice to charge what is in your hand.

The built-in LED lights will let you know how much power is left in the battery so you don't take a dead battery pack with you the following day. At under $15, this is the perfect option for anyone using more than one device during the day.

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Jackery 12000mAh

Looking for a happy medium between being small and having plenty of power to meet your needs? Jackery's 12000mAh portable battery is only just over 4 inches tall and 3 inches wide, so you should be able to easily keep this in your bag, jacket pocket, glove compartment or anywhere else you may find it useful. You'll have two USB outputs for charging your phone, tablet, action camera, or other electronics, and it charges through a Micro-USB port.

If you find yourself without power, or no flashlight around, the battery pack has a dual-LED flashlight built-in, so you can make sure you see where you are trying to go. Coming in at just over $20, it is a bit more expensive than some of the other options at this capacity, but the convenience of its size makes up for that.

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RAVPower 13400mAh

Some electronics need a higher output in order to avoid charging at a snail pace, and the RAVPower portable battery offers the highest output in the market. With 4.5A of output, the RAVPower 13400mAh power pack can charge two of your devices at the same time with ease. It utilizes exclusive iSmart technology which can automatically detect and deliver the optimal charging current for the device attached.

It has four LEDs to easily show you how much power remains in it, and thanks to its capacity you should be able to charge anywhere from three to five times depending on your device. Priced at just under $25, this is quite a value if you want a quicker charge while walking around.

See at Amazon

Anker Astro 5200mAh

If small is what you are looking for, Anker's Astro 5200mAh is a great option to look at. While only marginally larger in capacity than some of the others in this size, it offers exclusive PowerIQ technology to detect the best charging for your phone or tablet and then offer that output (up to 2A). This means that it will charge your device as quick as it can, but it doesn't support Qualcomm Quick Charge.

It is available in white, black, and red, so you can pick which one may be most visually appealing, or have one of each laying around to match your outfit. Coming in at just over $15, this is a great option to have around for yourself as well as grabbing a few for loved ones.

See at Amazon

Your favorite?

Do you have a favorite portable battery pack under $25 that isn't listed here? Be sure to drop a line in the comments with a link to the battery and why you like it so much!

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3 hours ago

How to set up a Google Pixel from an old iPhone or Android

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What's the best way to transfer data from my old phone to my Pixel?

One of the first things you'll want to do when you get your brand new Pixel phone is make sure all the data from your is transferred over from your old phone, and Google has done the work to make sure it's as painless as possible.

Included in the box with your Pixel is a USB-C to USB-A adapter which is used for the quickest and easiest method for transferring your data. We'll walk you through how to transfer your data from either an Android device or an iPhone. The process is mostly the same, with a few differences.

How to transfer your data from another Android phone

  1. If you've just powered up your Pixel for the first time, tap Let's Go to start the setup process.
  2. Tap Copy your data.
  3. Tap to connect to a trusted Wi-Fi network.

  4. Enter the password for your Wi-Fi network and then tap Connect.
  5. Once your phone is connected to the internet, it will automatically check for system updates.
  6. Connect your old Android phone to your Pixel with the USB-A to USB-C adapter and a USB cable as shown in the diagram.

  7. Switch back to your old phone and follow the onscreen instructions to unlock your phone.
  8. Tap Copy on your old phone to start the transfer process.
  9. Switch back over to your Pixel. Swipe up to scroll down and review the data to be transferred.

  10. Back on the Pixel, swipe up to scroll down and review the data to be transferred.
  11. Tap Copy to begin the transfer process. It will likely take a few minutes.
  12. Once your data transfer is complete, tap Next to continue with the setup process.

How to transfer your data from an iPhone

  1. If you've just powered up your Pixel for the first time, tap Let's Go to start the setup process.
  2. Tap Copy your data.
  3. Tap to connect to a trusted Wi-Fi network.

  4. Enter the password for your Wi-Fi network and then tap Connect.
  5. Once your phone is connected to the internet, it will automatically check for system updates.
  6. Connect your iPhone to your Pixel with the USB-A to USB-C adapter and a Lightning cable as shown in the diagram.

  7. Let the Pixel find your iPhone.
  8. Select the data you want to transfer over to the Pixel.
  9. Tap Copy to begin the transfer process. It will likely take a few minutes.
  10. Once your data transfer is complete, tap Next to continue with the setup process.

Questions? Having problems?

Let us know in the comments if you're having issues! With our iPhone, messages and photo attachments were automatically added to the Messages app, while photos were added to the main photos app.

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3 hours ago

LG V20 makes its debut in India for ₹54,999

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Sales kick off December 6 at retail stores and Amazon India.

The LG V20 is now official in India. The phone will be available from retail stores and online on Amazon India starting tomorrow, December 6, for ₹54,999 ($805). LG is throwing in a free B&O Play in-ear headphones for free with every order.

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3 hours ago

Grab a refurbished Acer Chromebook for just $99 today

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If you have been considering picking up a Chromebook, you won't want to miss out on this deal. Right now you can grab a refurbished Acer Chromebook for just $99, which is 50% of its original price. While it may not be the latest, nor the greatest Chromebook out there, it does come with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and an 11.6-inch display.

This model will run Android apps when the functionality is finally enabled, and for anyone looking to try one out for the first time, this is a great deal. You'll only be able to take advantage of this deal today, December 5, so don't wait too long to make your purchase.

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3 hours ago

Report claims Galaxy Note 7 batteries exploded because they were too big

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Instrumental report says there wasn't sufficient clearance between the battery and its enclosure, and that 'aggressive design' led to the battery being squeezed.

Ever since the late Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was withdrawn from sale, there has been no shortage of theories — both legitimate and dubious — about exactly what caused the phone's battery to go boom. Samsung originally blamed a battery cell issue in cells from one supplier, however the second recall and subsequent cancellation of the phone would seem to discount that.

Now a report from engineering firm Instrumental claims to have solved the mystery.

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3 hours ago

Draw Together review: Artwork in progress

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Draw Together provides a fun canvas for collaborative art, but it can only ever be as strong as the community that holds the brushes.

Draw Together is a social drawing app that aims to have strangers work together to create collective works of art produced one tile at a time. Relying on anonymous folks from the internet to work together towards a common goal typically results in one of two outcomes: an oddly beautiful mesh of ideas, or an ugly parade of trolls. The result here is something like a digital quilting circle, except every other quilt becomes a dickbutt.

To jump in, you need to create an account, or log in via Facebook. Once you're in the app, you can browse through the works in progress, or start your own drawing by tapping the floating "+" icon in the bottom right corner. To create your own drawing, you need keys. The size of your canvas is determined by the number of keys you spend two keys for a 2-by-2 drawing, three keys for a 3-by-3 and so on. You get the idea. If you'd rather contribute to an ongoing drawing, just tap one to expand it and then choose the blank tile you wish to draw on.

Drawing in Draw Together is pretty basic, and if you've ever spent any significant time sketching in Snapchat, everything will instantly feel familiar.

As it stands now, with a relatively small but growing user base, there's a limited number of active drawings. Despite that, there's still enough variety to show off the creativity the app is attempting to court — from nice landscapes, calls to "draw your favorite ____", collections of random and abstract doodles and even an attempt at a crowdsourced game of tic-tac-toe. You're also able to report any tiles you consider worthy of moderator review, an absolutely essential tool for an app of this kind. Yes, this is the internet, so expect memes galore (though the more creative ones are at least incorporated in the overall theme of the drawing).

Creating in Draw Together is pretty basic, and if you've ever spent any significant time sketching in Snapchat or other drawing apps, everything will instantly feel familiar. When adding to an existing project, you can drag from the edge of your tile to pull over and see what was drawn on adjacent tiles, but you are unable to back out to see the full picture until you are finished. And once you're finished, you can't go back in and edit it.

In terms of user interface, Draw Together has a few things going for it this early in its life, including direct and easy communication with the app developer via the Community tab to ask support and suggestions. That's a pretty big gesture from the developer DroidBender, since this is designed to be a social app for casual artists, and there's still a number of kinks to be worked out — both on the app development side of things, and in terms of community development.

Once you realize you need over 200 coins to buy new color packs or keys, it becomes pretty clear they expect you to pay for more coins via in-app purchases

On the app-side of things, the in-game economy seems pretty busted. You start off with 40 or so coins (used to buy new color packs and keys) and two keys (uses to start new canvases), but quickly learn that you only earn one to four coins per completed tile, along with the very occasional key. Once you realize you need over 200 coins to buy new color packs or keys, it becomes pretty clear they expect you to pay for more coins via in-app purchases, which range from $0.99 to $5.49. That, or spam your way to collecting enough coins to buy the colors you want.

Now I don't typically care if a game has in-app purchases. But Draw Together will only continue to grow if there's an active community of creators. And you're probably going to turn off a huge swath of your potential audience when they realize you basically need to pay to earn the privilege of creating more than one drawing with a canvas bigger than 2-by-2.

The truth is, this isn't the first attempt at creating a space for collaborative artwork online — hell, it's not even the first app in the Google Play Store using the name Draw Together — and if not for the wonky structure of buying keys with coins to create new drawings, the concept delivered here might have legs. Ultimately, Draw Together will live or die based on whether or not it's able to build and connect with a user base. If they were aiming for a kid-friendly market, there's few things that worry parents more than leaving their child with an app that's connected to their credit card.

Draw Together is a great concept, and manages to do a few things really well, but falls short in a couple places that might turn people away. And when your app relies on courting a strong community to keep the collaboration ever-expanding and fresh, that's a problem.

It's a shame, really, because Draw Together can create some special moments. When you get a notification that someone has drawn in the tile next to yours, and you've seen that they tried to add on to the idea you started in your tile, it's a great feeling.

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