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OnePlus 3 versus Galaxy S7 edge: Challenging at half the price

OnePlus 3 versus Galaxy S7 edge

The OnePlus 3 has a hit on its hands, but does it stand up to the top dog?

OnePlus has come out swinging in 2016 and released a great phone with few compromises in the OnePlus 3. It's launching into a world where we have tons of great flagship phone choices, not the least of which being the Galaxy S7 edge.

The Galaxy S7 edge has won over the hearts of many Android fans with its great hardware, awesome performance, industry-leading camera and top-end features, but it also retails for well over $700. At a fraction of the cost the OnePlus 3 aims to hit many of those same points ... but does it succeed? We're putting the phones head-to-head to see how they stack up.

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The best 360-degree cameras (that you can afford)


There are a lot of 360-degree cameras out there, and there are going to be more. These are the best we've used.

This is going to be a big year for 360-degree cameras. And we don't mean big 360-degree cameras. Rather, we're talking about consumer-friendly cameras that are as easy to use as they are affordable. Cameras that can fit into a pocket or purse, and won't bust your wallet in the process. These are cameras that connect to your phone for remote shooting as well as sharing. These are cameras from mobile companies you know, like LG and Samsung, and others that you might not, like Ricoh and 360fly.

And there are a lot of cameras out there already, and so many more to come. We're going to take a look at as many as we can and rank them here.

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Save £120 on the 16GB Nexus 5X


If you're looking for a solid deal on the Nexus 5X, UK retailer Argos is currently offering the phone for just £179.95.

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These are the Daydream-ready phones (so far)


Is your phone Daydream-ready? Probably not.

Google's big push into smartphone-based virtual reality has only begun to take form. Whereas Cardboard is an amazing way to make it so anyone and everyone can enjoy short VR experiences, Daydream is aiming much higher. You'll be able to kick back and enjoy an episode of Game of Thrones, stand up and draw some amazing pieces of art with a big bubble around you as the canvas, and of course play an enormous number of immersive games. Daydream is going to be a big deal to anyone who can enjoy it, and in order to be on that list your phone must have Google's "Daydream-ready" stamp of approval.

Which phones have earned Google's blessing? Glad you asked! Here's a very short list of what's available now, which we will be updating as frequently as possible.

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1 day ago

Adele's 25 lands on Spotify and Google Play Music


Seven months after its initial release, Adele has brought her latest album, 25, to major streaming service. The album is now available in its entirety on Spotify, Google Play Music, and more for subscribers.

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You won't want to miss this Nexus 5X deal


If you happened to miss the last deal on the 32GB Nexus 5X, you won't want to miss out on this one. This time around, DailySteals is offering an additional $10 off the price with coupon code NexusEmail10, dropping the price all the way down to just $259. The deal is only available for the black variant of the phone, but it is still a great deal.

All you have to do is enter coupon code NexusEmail10 at checkout to get the additional savings. If you are in the market for a Nexus 5X, this deal is one you won't want to pass up.

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How to try ChromeOS on a virtual machine before you buy a Chromebook


Seeing what Chrome is like without spending a penny is easy on Windows, Mac or Linux with a virtual machine.

I like to tell people that they should try a Chromebook. I think it's simply the best platform for a laptop for most home-users, and the price-point is perfect. But saying something is easy — it's the believing part that is a little harder. Taking a gamble by spending $200 or more based on what other people think can be difficult. I feel you because I'm a bit of a tightwad myself and while I'm not from Missouri I usually need to see something for myself before I make a decision.

If that sounds like you, too, this is something you'll need to try.

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The importance of a OnePlus phone you can actually buy

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What happens when OnePlus competes on something other than making noise.

Like its two predecessors, the OnePlus 3 offers a lot of phone for not a lot of money. But there's a crucial distinction this year, as arguably the biggest barrier to entry no longer applies — you can purchase a OnePlus 3, from launch day, without an invite. And that's huge for a bunch of reasons, some of them more obvious than others.

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Best arcade games for Android

Best arcade games for Android

Bring back all the nostalgic feels with these arcade classics for Android.

For all the great new games that are released on Android, sometimes you want to play something ... familiar. Maybe something a little retro that reminds you of those arcade days spent plugging quarters into standalone machines for hours on end.

You can relive those moments on your Android phone with these great arcade games available in the Google Play Store.


PAC-MAN for Android

The quintessential arcade classic has been ported to Android over and over again, with a dozen of different twists on the tried and true gaming formula. But if you're looking for a pure Pac-Man experience, Bandai-Namco's free PAC-MAN app is everything you'll need.

In Classic Mode, you'll find everything looks and plays as you remember — minus the need for a stack of quarters. Once you've had your fill of the classic mazes, check out the collection of new mazes which add a new layer of strategy.

Tournament mode adds another layer of replay. Try and set the high score in regularly occurring tournaments against players from around the world.

PAC-MAN is a free download in the Google Play Store, and includes in-app purchases for different maze packs.

Download:PAC-MAN (free)

Galactic Nemesis

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Galactic Nemesis is an updated version of arcade classics like Galaga and Galaxian for your Android phone. Blast your way through wave after wave of alien invaders, upgrading your ship as you go.

Controls are dead simple. Tap and drag your finger around the screen to move and shoot at the same time. Power-ups collect along the right side of the screen, so simply tap them when you need a little help. You get the first world for free but will have to pay $1.99 to unlock 3 other worlds. You'll also get 10 ships to unlock, over 50 in-game challenges, and no ads. With great pixel art, simple controls, and a winning gameplay formula, you can't go wrong with Galactic Nemesis if you're into classic arcade games.

Download: Galactic Nemesis (free with in-app purchases)

Metal Slug 3

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A classic run-and-gun arcade title, Metal Slug 3 has been perfectly ported over to the Google Play Store and is worth checking out if you're a fan of the original games or simply enjoy action arcade shooting games.

The Android version gives you multiple ways to play.There's a single player campaign, which you can play in classic Arcade Mode or Mission Mode, which allows you to play your favorite mission or practice a particularly tough mission.

If your friends have the game, you can connect up via Bluetooth and play co-op modes. Metal Slug is always more fun with friends, so the addition of wireless local multiplayer greatly enhances the replay value.

Download: Metal Slug 3 ($2.99)


Fans of R-Type will enjoy how smooth this classic side-scrolling shoot-em-up game plays on Android. Man your ship and take down the alien invasion one level at a time.

The game lets you control your ship directly via touch or using an on-screen joystick (Bluetooth controller support would have been nice here) and has a toggle for autofire. We've found the touch control to be the best compromise for allowing full control for evading enemies without obstructing too much of the screen.

Having reliable controls is important because this game is as tough as you remember it being. With wave after wave of enemies, tough boss battles, and one-hit deaths, you're in for a real challenge with R-Type.

Download: R-Type ($1.99)


Soul Calibur for AndroidSoul Calibur for Android

We'd be remiss to have a list of best arcade games without at least one fighting game making the cut. This port of Soul Calibur is one of the nicest direct ports we've seen, featuring (thankfully) updated graphics from the 1998 original.

Beyond the classic Arcade Mode, there are multiple game modes to enjoy: Time Attack challenges you to beat all characters as fast as you can, Survival sees how far you can go in sudden-death battles, and Extreme Survival cranks things up to see how far you can go without being hit.

Before you click your heels and jump into the Google Play Store to get this one, here's the bad news: the price. At $13.99, this is priced more along the lines of a console download than a mobile offering. But this is essentially a full-fledged console game on your phone. This might be strictly for the hardcore SoulCalibur fans, but if you're looking for a quality fighting game for your Android device, SoulCalibur is as good as you'll find.

The only other downside besides the price is its lack of controller support; however, the virtual gamepad is surprisingly responsive and fully customizable.

Download: SoulCalibur ($13.99)

Pinball Arcade

Pinball Arcade for AndroidSoul Calibur for Android

For fans of pinball, nothing will quite replicate the experience of playing on a glass-top pinball cabinet. Pinball Arcade for Android might just be the next best thing, featuring 70 classic pinball tables.

Each table is faithfully reproduced with all original features and graphics in rather stunning 3D graphics.

You get the full Arabian Nights table for free and are able to play free versions of all of the other tables included in the game, but you must plop down some serious cash to get full access to the other tables, which are sold individually ($5-$9 per table) or as part of a Season Pack ($35-$42 per season pack).

These prices are going to be way too steep for most, but if you're a hardcore Pinball fan who collects pinball cabinets, you'll appreciate the ability to test and play classic tables for a fraction of the cost of owning one in real life.

Download: Pinball Arcade (free with in-app purchases)

Any arcade games we missed?

In our research, there were a number of games we seriously considered but dropped for one reason or another, including Atari's Greatest Hits (too many in-app purchases), Double Dragon Trilogy (game wouldn't load for us), and Crazy Taxi Classic (also wouldn't load). Let us know in the comments below if there are obvious ones we missed.

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Netflix may enable offline viewing by the end of the year


It looks like Netflix may offer an option to download and watch videos offline, much like Amazon's Prime Video. According to LightReading (via PhoneArena), the ability to save videos for offline viewing should make its debut by the end of the year.

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The Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Edition breaks cover


Earlier this year, it was reported that Samsung would be coming out with a special variant of the Galaxy S7 edge for the 2016 Olympics. Thanks to Evan Blass, we now have an idea as to how the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Edition will look like:

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KFC India's 'Watt-A-Box' will charge your phone while you eat


KFC India has come out with a brilliant promotion to advertise its 5-in-1 meal box. Dubbed "Watt-A-Box," the meal is packaged in a box that contains a portable battery along with micro-USB, USB, and Lightning connectors, allowing you to plug in your and charge your phone as you eat.

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Will EU roaming become more expensive after Brexit?

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Are we in for a roaming price hike when the UK leaves the European Union?

With British voters having chosen to leave the European Union in the June 23 referendum, one of the many areas affected by "Brexit" is the cost of Brits using their phones on the continent. As it stands, EU law restricts how much operators based in one member state can charge for calls, texts and data in another. And in the next year roaming fees between EU countries will be abolished altogether.

So following the referendum result, what does the future hold for European roaming?

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WhatsApp users are making 100 million calls daily


WhatsApp users are now making over 100 million calls every day, which translates to over 1,100 calls per second. The popular messaging service crossed 1 billion users earlier this year, with recent reports stating that the app is now used by 95% of all smartphone users in India and 94% of smartphone owners in Brazil, two of its largest markets.

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Xiaomi is finally launching the Mi 5 in black and gold in India


Xiaomi is finally making the black and gold color options of the Mi 5 available in India. The black variant will be up for sale starting later today, and will no longer be limited to Xiaomi's own website as retailers Amazon and Flipkart are set to start selling the handset.

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