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Where to buy a U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge

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U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7

Samsung is finally offering a SIM-unlocked Galaxy S7 (and GS7 edge) in the United States. That means a few things.

The unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are able to work on pretty much any operator here in the U.S. While most folks out there don't hop from one to the next too often, it's still a very nice ability to have. These versions also aren't bloated up by carrier software. And as we noted when the GS7 was released, the operators can make a pretty big mess of things. These should also theoretically get software updates faster. (We'll just have to see on that one.)

But the big question: Where will you be able to buy an unlocked Galaxy S7? Turns out there a number of choices. Samsung has committed to having the phones available from several different retailers, but not all have put them on sale right at the same time. Here's the current list, and we'll be updating it as more join in.

U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7

See at B&H Photo See at Samsung See at BestBuy

U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7 edge

See at B&H Photo See at Samsung See at BestBuy

These direct links will take you to the proper pages for the U.S. unlocked phones ... make sure when searching elsewhere for the phones that you aren't confused by other "unlocked" models — those could possibly not have the correct network bands for the U.S.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Unlocked AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon

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4 hours ago

How to hide your porn browsing habits on your Chromebook

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Cover your tracks like a Ninja with these tips for keeping your browsing habits private on your Chromebook.

The internet is filled with naked sweaty people doing naked sweaty things. It's also used by folks who like to look at them — but don't really want anyone else to know about it. While there's not much you can do to make sure nobody can see where you've been and what you clicked on, you can erase your tracks in case someone grabs your Chromebook and looks through the history.

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5 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shown off in triad of colors in leaked renders

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It wasn't that long ago that we got our first peek at the rumored specs of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and now we've got a look at some leaked renders that show what is likely to be the plus-sized phone's design.

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6 hours ago

How to use Samsung Smart Switch to backup your Galaxy phone

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How to use Samsung Smart Switch to backup your Galaxy phone

How do I back up my data on my Samsung Galaxy device?

Looking for a reliable way to back up the data on your Samsung Galaxy phone? Look no further than Samsung's Smart Switch application.

Simply download the application onto your computer, connect your phone, and before too long you'll have everything backed up in case you need to transfer your data to a new phone, or restore your phone to an older state.

How to install Samsung Smart Switch on your computer

We'll show you the process for installation on Windows, but it's a pretty standard installation process on Mac as well.

  1. Navigate to the Samsung Smart Switch support website.
  2. Click on the download link for Windows or Mac — whichever system you're using. For this how-to, we're using Windows
  3. Click to launch the downloaded .exe file (.dmg on Mac).

    Go to the Samsung Smart Switch website

  4. Click the two check boxes to verify that you accept the terms of the licence agreement.

  5. Click Next.

    Click the two check boxes to verify that you accept the terms of the licence agreement, then click next.

  6. Click Finish once the installation process is complete. Smart Switch will then launch by default.

    The installation process will run. Click Finish once it has completed. Smart Switch will then launch by default.

Now that we've installed Samsung Smart Switch, let's set it up to connect to your Samsung Galaxy phone.

How to setup Samsung Smart Switch for the first time

Once you've installed the Smart Switch application, you'll need to get it synced up with your phone.

  1. Launch the Samsung Smart Switch application after installation or from the desktop icon on your computer.
  2. Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable to get started. The program should instantly recognize when it's connected. You may be prompted to allow USB file transfers on your phone.

    Launch the Smart Switch application after installation. Next, connect your device to get started. The program should instantly recognize once it's connected, and you may be prompted to allow USB transfers on your phone.

  3. Switching over to your phone, unlock and swipe down from the top to pull down the notification shade.

  4. Tap the notification for other USB options.
  5. Tap the Transferring media files option.

    On your phone, swipe down from the top to pull down the notification shade. Tap the notification for other USB options, then tap the option to use USB for transferring media files.

Switching back over to the computer, your phone should now be connected in the Smart Switch application.

How to backup your phone data with Samsung Smart Switch

Once you've launched the Smart Switch application and have your phone connected, backing up your data is as easy as pie.

  1. Launch the Smart Switch app on your computer.
  2. Click Backup.
  3. You'll be required to allow access permissions on your phone.

    Click Backup. You then may be prompted to allow access permissions on your phone.

  4. Pick up your phone.
  5. Tap Allow.

    On your phone, tap Allow. Then switch back to your computer and your data will begin backing up to your PC.

  6. Once the backup is complete, you get a breakdown of all the data that was successfully backed up. Click OK to finish.

    Once the backup is complete, you'll get a breakdown of the backed up data. Click OK to finish.

How to restore your phone from a previous backup using Samsung Smart Switch

If it's time to upgrade to a new Samsung phone or something has gone wrong, requiring you to restore your data, it's super easy if you've got an existing Smart Switch backup.

  1. Launch Samsung Smart Switch on your computer and connect your phone via USB.
  2. Click Restore.

    Launch Samsung Smart Switch on your computer and connect your phone via USB. Click Restore.

  3. Click Select a different backup if you want to restore from an eariler backup, otherwise click Restore now.
  4. You will be prompted to allow access permissions on your phone.

    Smart Switch will load up the most recent backup by default. Click Select a different backup if you want to restore from an earlier backup, otherwise click Restore Now. You will then be prompted to allow access permissions on your phone.

  5. Switching focus to your phone, tap Allow to continue the restore process
  6. Once the restore process is complete, you'll get a breakdown of the data that's been restored. Click OK to finish the restore.

    Switch over to your phone and tap Allow to continue the restore process. Once the restore process is completed, you'll get a breakdown of the data that's been restored on the Smart Switch application. Click OK to finish the restore.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Unlocked AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon

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7 hours ago

Using your Chromebook with an external monitor, mouse and keyboard

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Chromebook with large monitor

Let's turn that Chromebook into a bigger work (or fun) station.

One of the most wonderful things about Chromebooks is how simple they are — you don't have to buy additional accessories to make them work, they just do most of what people want out of the box. But perhaps you have additional needs ... like using a larger external screen, necessitating having an external keyboard and mouse in the process.

Sound like something you need to do? Well it's not tough to figure out, actually — we're going to lay out a handful of tips for getting your Chromebook up and running with an external monitor, keyboard and mouse.

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8 hours ago

Android Central 295: Nougat Unlocked

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Audio-only stream below

Noo-gut. Nugg-et. Noo-gat. ... We'll figure out how we want to pronounce it eventually.

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8 hours ago

You've got questions, Michael Fisher's got videos (and the fastest growing new tech channel on YouTube!)

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Over 30,000 youtube subscribers in less than a week... and MrMobile is just getting started!

It's been a whirlwind 10 days in MrMobile's Boston studios, where we've been focused on crafting the biggest YouTube debut party the mobile tech space has ever seen. In less than two weeks, I've published an introduction video, two smartphone reviews, a preview of the hottest electric car ever to hit the road, a look at a "work phone" that's also a pretty sweet vacation device, and a mobile accessory I've wanted since before Bluetooth was invented.

The response thus far has been overwhelmingly positive, and I'd like to thank everyone who helped push the MrMobile YouTube Channel to over 30,000 subscribers basically overnight. Don't despair if you missed the initial launch celebration, though! To help you get up to speed, we've embedded every single MrMobile video in this post. Click around to see what catches your eye, and when you're done catching up, hop on over to the MrMobile Channel page and hit that Subscribe button; we still need your help to hit 50K, 100K, and all the milestones that lay beyond!

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9 hours ago

5 great silicone bands for the ZenWatch 2

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5 Great silicone bands for the ZenWatch 2

What are some great silicone bands for the ZenWatch 2?

While the ZenWatch 2 comes in two different sizes – 18mm and 22mm – any watch band with an extra set of pins, regardless of its size, should work with the ZenWatch 2.

While there are plenty of customizable, fun options for the watch face itself, what about picking out a band that works seamlessly for you and the watch? Here are a five great silicone bands and straps for the ZenWatch 2 that are worth checking out!

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9 hours ago

Google Fit makes it easier to see your daily stats with new design

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Google Fit, the company's fitness tracking app, has recently received a pretty sizable update. Included in the update is a new look that helps show all your daily stats at once, an easier way to see how your weight is trending and more.

You'll be able to see how you compare to other users in your area and even set more detailed goals.

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11 hours ago

Sony Xperia X Performance review: 80% of a great phone

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Sony's new line of smartphones gets a spec boost in the Xperia X Performance, but do a few tweaks to the formula justify its $699 cost?

The quick take

The Sony Xperia X Performance is a good phone, but it not only fails to justify its $150 premium over its cheaper counterpart, it also falls down as a flagship, too. Too few improvements over the Z5 series, and some frustrating screen responsiveness issues, have us asking how, after so long, Sony still can't get it right.

The Good

  • Great performance in apps and games
  • Nice daylight photo capabilities
  • Excellent stereo sound output
  • Waterproof metal chassis is one hand-friendly

The Bad

  • Stupefying screen responsiveness issues
  • Slow camera startup and occasional shutter stutter
  • Too similar to the Z5
  • Can't justify its $150 price increase over Xperia X

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11 hours ago

Sprint customers now can pay for Amazon Prime through their bill, get first 60 days free

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Sprint has announced that customers can now sign up for Amazon Prime service through Sprint. This will allow customers to pay for the service on their Sprint bill for $10.99 per month.

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12 hours ago

Verizon is offering up to $300 in credit when you trade in your old phone

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Verizon Wireless has launched another one of its trade-in promotion offers. Customers can bring in their older phone and get up to $300 in credit toward the purchase of a new phone.

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12 hours ago

Nougat is officially Android 7.0

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Nougat statue

Seven comes right after six.

Conspicuously absent from yesterday's Android Nougat announcement shenanigans was any mention of which version number we'd be jumping to next. If you've been following Android for a while, you'll know that version numbers have been somewhat... inconsistent... in past eras (lookin' at you, ICS/Jelly Bean/KitKat). And so there's been speculation that Nougat might get a number other than the super-obvious 7.0.

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13 hours ago

Amazon Prime members can now ask Alexa to buy things for them

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Amazon continues to add little conveniences to its Alexa virtual assistant, and now you can place orders for select items through your Echo or other Alexa-enabled product. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can place an order on items like cloths and shoes using only your voice.

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