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18 hours ago

Touch Circle is an awesome twist on the boring live wallpaper

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Live wallpapers have languished in recent years.

It's a shame, too, because there is so much potential for beautiful and useful wallpapers rather than a boring static image. Google's Wallpapers app utilizes a live wallpaper… but only to change out static images every day. Well, there are some developers who are looking to bring back the live wallpaper, and if they all start off as well as Touch Circle, this themer hopes to be swimming in them by summer.

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18 hours 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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19 hours ago

LG G6: What to expect from LG's next flagship

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LG has a lot at stake with the G6. What do they need to do to succeed?

It's safe to say that LG didn't take the world by storm with the G5 this year. The phone had a lot of things going for it, but the Korean company, whose mobile division has been in Samsung's shadow for the past half decade, emphasized its modular ambitions a bit too much without supporting it with actual accessories worth buying.

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20 hours ago

Best Streaming TV Services For Cord-cutters

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Want to join the cord-cutting revolution? Here are some services you ought to read up on!

Cutting the cord is becoming more commonplace every year. While popular streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu have done an excellent job of leading the charge, some people would love to cut the cord but still enjoy the same TV programming their cable provided provides them.

Streaming TV Services are a blend of traditional cable and streaming services that allow you to access not only on-demand but also live TV channels, so you don't have to miss out on your favorite shows.

Playstation Vue

Available for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles across the U.S., PlayStation Vue lets you access some of the most popular networks on television for a monthly subscription fee.

They have four different subscription packages, that range from $39.99 to 79.99 a month, meaning you should be able to find the package that is right for you. All of the packages come with a slew of channels such as AMC, Cartoon Network, CNN, Discovery, Disney Channel, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, Fox News Channel, Syfy, USA, and more! Plus, you can add individual premium channels to any package for an additional monthly cost.

PlayStation Vue also allows you to record live TV so you can watch it later, just like a DVR, and even has an explore mode to give you suggestions of what to watch when you can't decide.

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Sling TV

The first thing that may excite you about Sling TV is its price of $20 per month, but there is more to life than just its price tag.

Sling TV is accessible through an app for Android, iOS, Roku, and Apple TV, so chances are you don't have to invest in a device to enjoy the service. Plus it comes with some great channels which include AMC, TNT, ESPN, CNN, History, HDTV and the Disney Channel, so you're bound to find something to keep you entertained.

Sling TV does have a few drawbacks. There is no DVR, so most channels don't let you control playback, and right now you can only stream to three screens at a time, so if you are a family with lots of TVs on all the time that could be problematic.

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DirectTV NOW

DirectTV NOW certainly sounds like an impressive deal; you get 100 channels for $35 a month, which is the most channels for the lowest price currently on the market for service like this.

You can even get local shows depending on where you live. Certain regional sports programs, as well as regional divisions of networks like NBC, are available in the major cities plus you can add premium channel like HBO and Showtime for only an extra $5 per month.

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Need more cord-cutting ideas?

With the holidays coming up we've found some of the best gifts for cord-cutters if you need some inspiration!

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20 hours ago

Fashion forward Fitbit Alta available at the best price we've seen

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Fitness trackers can be expensive, but right now you can save big on the Fitbit Alta, dropping it to the lowest price we've seen. Amazon is currently offering the fashion forward fitness tracker in a variety of colors and sizes for just $85, which is a savings of $45. The Alta can track how many steps you've taken, how many calories you've burned, and much more with its waterproof design.

When comparing to other trackers, the Alta is one of the best ones you can buy right now. This deal is only good for today, December 7, so be sure to act quick if you want to pick one up for yourself or someone else as a gift!

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20 hours ago

Pebble shuts down following Fitbit acquisition

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Fitbit picks up Pebble's software assets and IP.

Following reports from earlier today, Fitbit has officially announced that it is acquiring "specific assets" of Pebble that includes "key personnel and intellectual property related to software and firmware development." No monetary terms were disclosed, but Bloomberg's report suggested the deal was valued under $40 million.

Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park said in the official announcement that Fitbit is now "well positioned to accelerate the expansion of our platform and ecosystem to make Fitbit a vital part of daily life for a wider set of consumers, as well as build the tools healthcare providers, insurers and employers need to more meaningfully integrate wearable technology into preventative and chronic care."

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21 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy S8 rumor roundup

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After the catastrophe of the Galaxy Note 7, what can fans look forward to in the next Samsung flagship?

2016 started as a promising year for Samsung, with the Galaxy S7 series earning critical acclaim and commercial success. But the contrast with where we are now couldn't be starker. Battery fires and a bungled recall process led to the cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7, making it the most calamitous smartphone launch ever, by a wide margin.

Samsung will already be looking ahead to its next flagship, the Galaxy S8, to pull it out of this quagmire and rebuild consumer trust. So what can we expect from such a crucial product? Let's take a look.

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21 hours ago

Google's Daydream performance promises are falling short

Not all Daydream-ready phones are created equal.

News that Google had cleared Lenovo's Moto Z and Moto Z Force for Daydream was cause for celebration. Users who had already purchased a great phone were being granted access to Google's new VR platform without needed to buy new hardware, and the existence of MotoMods meant you could strap a massive battery to the back of your Moto phone and enjoy Daydream for much longer than any other phone. Google's vision for Daydream, a platform that delivers high quality VR to many people without requiring a specific brand, seemed to be coming true faster than originally expected.

And then I used a Moto Z in Daydream.

Read more at VR Heads!

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21 hours ago

Get lifetime access to 1TB of cloud storage for only $39!

 Get lifetime access to 1TB of cloud storage for only $39!

Our current, tech-obsessed world demands a storage solution for your multimedia data, the most convenient being cloud-based storage which you can access from anywhere. Most cloud-based storage services charge a monthly fee, which, over time, adds up to quite a fee.

Those of you sick of subscription fees need a storage solution that requires a single payment for a lifetime of access. More importantly, you need cloud storage that is encrypted and can be accessed from all your devices.

Right now, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal on 1TB of cloud storage from Zoolz — a single payment of $39 gives you lifetime access. Does this seem cheap? It is! This is 98% off the regular price of $3600.

You will never be charged any extra fees, and you can access your cloud storage from multiple devices. Your data is protected with 256-AES encryption to better safeguard your stuff, and you can schedule backups and throttle bandwidth during uploads. Place files you know you won't soon need in cold storage — takes three to five hours to access — or place files you frequently need in standard storage that can be accessed instantly.

Considering 1TB of storage from other popular services costs about $10 per month, this deal will pay for itself in four months, and you can keep using it forever. Even if you don't think you need it now, you probably will need it in the future. Don't miss this great opportunity to snag 1TB of cloud storage for only $39!

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22 hours ago

Android Pay is now live in Ireland

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Now available for MasterCard and Visa users.

Android Pay is now live in Ireland for AIB and KBC customers, with support for more banks set to be added in the coming months. With Android Pay, customers in the country will be able to pay with their phones at thousands of retail stores, including Eason, McDonald's, Tesco, SPAR, Londis, Boots, KFC,and more.

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22 hours ago

Galaxy S7 on Nougat: Exploring the new notifications and quick settings

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Galaxy S7 Nougat

Samsung brings a fresh visual style to a familiar part of Android — along with a bunch of new features.

Notifications are a staple part of the Android experience, and they've been changed up in a big way in version 7.0, Nougat. Notifications are more functional and information-dense than ever, with inline replies and bundled notifications allowing you to see and do more without opening the app.

In its Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Samsung has expanded upon Android's base feature set, and overhauled its quick settings panel in the process.

Here's what we're currently seeing in the Android 7.0 beta for the Galaxy S7. All this stuff is subject to change, but most this will likely carry over to the final Nougat update.

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22 hours ago

Leaked renders of the Galaxy A3 2017 show off 2.5D curved glass at the front

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New models in the Galaxy A series inbound.

It's getting to be that time of the year where we'll see new models in the mid-range Galaxy A series. Like this year, Samsung is expected to introduce 2017 editions of the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. Before the official unveil, we're being treated to leaked renders of the Galaxy A3 2017, giving us an early look at the design of the device.

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23 hours ago

Best Phone For Business

The BlackBerry DTEK60 is the best phone you can buy to use with your business.

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The BlackBerry DTEK60

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The BlackBerry DTEK60 is the best phone you can use to manage your business.

Android software built by BlackBerry carries years of knowledge and experience about the things you're looking for when it comes to the tools you need every day. Business users have specific needs above and beyond what most users have, and the DTEK60 brings things like BlackBerry Hub and the full suite of tools that are an integral part of many road warriors and executives.

The DTEK60 is also secure. Building atop Google's security measures, BlackBerry deems the DTEK line the most secure Android phones available. Extra hardening and monitoring app installs keep you or your employees from getting any random malware, and of course, Google for Business and BlackBerry's own management tools extend administration even further.

And it does all this while being responsive and user-friendly. You won't have to settle for sub-par performance to have the things that help you make money.

Bottom line: Everything a business person needs with no compromises.

One more thing: The BlackBerry Hub integration will help keep you in touch and organized.

Why the DTEK60 is the best

A phone you want to use can also keep your data safe — both personal and business data.

The phone you carry to serve your customers and keep things running smoothly at work needs to be able to do them quickly and keep all that data safe. the DTEK60 is our top pick when it comes to these specifics.

BlackBerry has built a reputation on serving business owners with highly capable and very secure phones. That legacy lives on with their Android offerings. BlackBerry's additions like the Hub and contact manager are proven to be effective ways to manage busy business accounts, and extras from Google for Business and BlackBerry can make management a breeze.

And the DTEK60 is a phone that does all this with no compromises when it comes to performance. The high-power Snapdragon 820 CPU and 4GB of memory are the same components the other Android powerhouse phones use, and it shows. Whether you're managing email, sorting through a spreadsheet at the airport or watching a video in your downtime, the DTEK60 can handle it all.

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Google Pixel

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The Google Pixel is the most secure Android phone you can buy, and one of the most secure phones of any available today.

Without disabling any security protections, the Pixel and Pixel XL are protected against known public security exploits and remote installations are monitored by Google's scanning software which blocks potential malicious content. While security and privacy are two very different things, when you decide you want private things to stay private you need to make sure your phone is secure to keep them that way. Security is paramount when it comes to using a phone with all your important business contacts and details.

One of the things that make the Pixel and Pixel XL the best is that they use the latest — and most secure — version of Android. It's also updated monthly with fixes for security exploits (both known and unknown) directly from Google. For those who can't wait for the update to reach them, the update files are hosted by Google for download and installation. More importantly, the changes and code behind these fixes are available for peer review so they can be made more robust.

Bottom line: The Google Pixel will always have the latest and most secure version of Android for the duration of its lifetime.

One more thing: Verizon carries the Pixel and your account rep can take care of any order.

Best value

BlackBerry DTEK50

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BlackBerry says the DTEK50 is the world's most secure Android phone.

Using the same methods as the more expensive DTEK60 to keep Android up to date and hardened to BlackBerry's specifications, the out-of-the-box experience on the DTEK50 lets BlackBerry claim the most secure title with both models.

The experience of using the DTEK50 just isn't as pleasant as the other phones on our list. Clearly designed as an entry-level phone for people who need connectivity and security, the phone is well worth the asking price. But it's just not a smooth as any of the other phones here.

That shouldn't tarnish the DTEK50's reputation, though. If you're looking for something safe and affordable with access to well over a million apps — and a tool to monitor them all — the DTEK50 may be just what you're looking for.

Bottom line: BlackBerry knows that security doesn't only apply to the flagship phones and the DTEK50 is a welcome addition for business persons and IT managers.

One more thing: Scott Wenger, VP of design and devices for BlackBerry says DTEK stands for "Detection."

Conclusion

Media outlets like to give Android a bad reputation when it comes to security, and it's difficult to blame them. Old, outdated software from manufacturers with no real concern for your security or privacy are the norm when it comes to phones running Android. The phone you use to run your business can't be this way.

The DTEK60 has the BlackBerry legacy of security and professional tools behind it, and the move to Android also makes even more services available. When it comes to the day-to-day needs of running a business or having your staff using the best tools possible in a safe and secure way, you can't beat the BlackBerry DTEK60

Best overall

The BlackBerry DTEK60

See at BlackBerry

The BlackBerry DTEK60 is the best phone you can use to manage your business.

Android software built by BlackBerry carries years of knowledge and experience about the things you're looking for when it comes to the tools you need every day. Business users have specific needs above and beyond what most users have, and the DTEK60 brings things like BlackBerry Hub and the full suite of tools that are an integral part of many road warriors and executives.

The DTEK60 is also secure. Building atop Google's security measures, BlackBerry deems the DTEK line the most secure Android phones available. Extra hardening and monitoring app installs keep you or your employees from getting any random malware, and of course, Google for Business and BlackBerry's own management tools extend administration even further.

And it does all this while being responsive and user-friendly. You won't have to settle for sub-par performance to have the things that help you make money.

Bottom line: Everything a business person needs with no compromises.

One more thing: The BlackBerry Hub integration will help keep you in touch and organized.

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23 hours ago

Chrome for Android now lets you download videos and web pages for offline viewing

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You can now take entire web pages offline.

Google has announced that it is rolling out an update to Chrome for Android (55.0.2883.84) that gives you the ability to download videos, music, and entire web pages for offline viewing. You'll also be able to view and share your downloads without leaving Chrome.

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23 hours ago

Google Duo updated with better camera rotation, major video quality improvements

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Duo now works better on slow connections.

Google's video-calling app Duo has been updated to version 5.0, bringing seamless camera rotation and "major video quality improvements." Duo technical lead Justin Uberti tweeted that the app will now work better over slower connections, a common problem in emerging markets.

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