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1 week ago

Honor 8 now on sale for just £299 in the UK

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The Honor 8 is a great buy for under £300.

As part of Black Friday, the Honor 8 is receiving a £70 discount in the UK. The phone is now available for £299 until November 28. The first 1,000 customers to pick up the phone at a discounted price will get three months of premium insurance for free.

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1 week ago

HTC Desire 10 Pro with FHD display, Helio P10 SoC lands in India for ₹26,490

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It's time to stand out.

HTC has launched the Desire 10 Pro in India, with the phone all set to be available in retail stores starting December 15. HTC has also announced that the global variant of the Bolt — the HTC 10 evo — will make its debut in India before the end of the year.

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1 week ago

How to use Move shortcuts on the Google Pixel

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How do I quickly access notifications using the Google Pixel's fingerprint sensor? Move shortcuts!

Google has added three useful gestures to the Google Pixel that are sure to make you more productive. While they're not exactly new in the Android ecosystem, found in various phones from Motorola to Huawei to LG, they're put to great use here.

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1 week ago

HTC offering free USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter to all Bolt buyers [Update]

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The second best option is still pretty good.

Update: HTC's head of PR, Jeff Gordon, noted to me on Twitter that "future production runs will include the headphone adapter in the box." Good to know!

The HTC Bolt is a pretty great phone, but the Sprint exclusive has one pretty major omission — one increasingly common these days — in the lack of a headphone jack. Worse, unlike the iPhone 7 and Moto Z, two other phones lacking in that ubiquitous circular port, the Bolt doesn't come with a headphone adapter in the box.

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1 week ago

MrMobile's Black Friday Tech Deals 2016

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I have never in my life gone shopping on Black Friday, a track record I hope to maintain until my very last holiday season. But for hardier souls, the one-two punch of Black Friday and Cyber Monday brings a bevy of deals that mean big savings for tech fans – at least those with quick "Buy Now" fingers.

So whether you're looking to snag a smartphone on the cheap or shave a couple hundo off the latest Surface, MrMobile's got you covered with the guide to the best Black Friday Tech Deals of 2016! Take in the video, and then visit the official Mobile Nations guide to Black Friday 2016 for up-to-the-moment money-saving scoops!

Here are the products I mentioned in the video:

Wearables

Smartphones

Convertibles

Accessories

Additional Sites

As always, stay social my friends!

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1 week ago

Best microSD Cards For Galaxy S7

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What are the best microSD cards for the Galaxy S7?

Although the option to add a microSD card to the Galaxy S6 was absent, Samsung listened to consumers this time around and added the feature back with the new Galaxy S7. This means more room to save photos, record HD video to, and upload your extensive library of music. There are many sizes and speeds to sort through when it comes to choosing a microSD card for the Galaxy S7, but we'll be sticking with mostly 64GB options as a good starter card — shedding light on some of the best ones worth considering.

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1 week ago

Verizon's Black Friday sale offers a Pixel for just $240 [update]

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This is probably the best deal you're going to find on a Pixel this year.

Update: Verizon has updated its sale page to indicate that the discount is only applicable to the standard Pixel, not the Pixel XL. It's very possible the same amount of discount ($410) could be applied to the Pixel XL, but that of course means you'll pay the small markup necessary for the larger phone.

Original story: If you're in the market for a new high-end phone, Verizon has an amazing deal available for a new Google Pixel or Pixel XL. The sale will drop the Pixel or Pixel XL to just $240 on Friday only. Just like other major retailers, Verizon is also offering Google Home for just $99, or $30 off.

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1 week ago

Google Play 'Cyber Week Deals' discounting just about everything

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Holiday shopping isn't just about physical goods — you can get great deals on digital, too.

Google Play has just kicked off its "Cyber Week Deals" that run through November 29, sharply discounting games, apps, books, movies, TV shows, comics and more — basically, every category has something on sale.

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1 week ago

Swappa now offers protection plans so you're never without a phone!

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You can now protect your Swappa purchases!

When you buy a phone new, there's usually an option to protect your investment should you accidentally leave it on the hood of your car and drive off holding a taco in your hand instead of listening for notifications. You pay a little extra for that peace of mind and hope you never need it, but accidents happen.

When you buy a phone secondhand, there are usually fewer options for protecting your investment. This isn't a huge deal for some, since the whole point of buying secondhand is to save some cash, but a broken phone sucks no matter what you paid for it. The folks at Swappa get that, and are now rolling out protection plans so you aren't trying to swipe around on broken glass until you can afford your next phone.

Swappa's protection plan is fairly simple. You pay an extra $50, $60, or $70 at checkout depending on the cost of your phone, and if your phone breaks they'll either repair or cover the full value of your phone for a year. Coverage includes:

  • Cracked glass and screen repair
  • Water damage from drops or spills
  • Power surge protection

Those prices are competitive with what you'd get when covering just about any new phone, and unlike Google's Pixel Protect plan there's an option to repair your existing phone instead of swapping out for a whole new one. If you're a regular Swappa customer, or just someone who regularly values tacos over the safe storage of their phone, this seems like a solid add-on.

Take a look at Swappa's Protection Plan for more!

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1 week ago

Google Pixel sales are strong at Verizon as big advertising spend continues

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U.S. Pixel buyers seem to be picking Verizon as their carrier of choice.

Much as everyone (myself included) has bemoaned the "exclusive" launch of the Pixel on Verizon, it seems to be a winning strategy in the U.S. for both Google and the carrier. Even though you can buy a Pixel through several different channels unlocked, including Google's own store, research has revealed that the Pixel is selling extremely well at Verizon directly.

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1 week ago

Put some island beauty on your desktop with these Moana wallpapers

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Get the island vibe with these Moana-themed wallpapers!

Moana came out today in the U.S., and if there's anything I want to do more than sit around a table filled with stuffed birds and mediocre sides, it's go to the movies. Moana couldn't have shown up at a better time, and to celebrate, we've got some wallpapers of our new favorite Disney heroine.

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1 week ago

Best Amazon.ca Black Friday Deals for Canadians

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Amazon just can't wait until Black Friday to start offering amazing deals.

Over the next three weeks, Amazon.ca will be featuring thousands of deals as they countdown the days to November 25, aka Black Friday. There will also be some exclusive deals available to customers using the Amazon mobile app, and even more if you're a Prime member, which you can try for free if you aren't already a member.

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1 week ago

With its recent update, the Pixel is now almost perfect

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A small update makes a big difference.

A lot of people were very upset by a fairly big omission in the Pixel's Android 7.1-based Nougat software when it first came out: the fact that, unlike the Nexus 6P, the phone's useful ambient display didn't magically appear whenever the phone was picked up. It seemed like a strange thing to leave out given the phone's lineage, but I am happy to say that with build NPF26J, first released to Canadians earlier this week, the functionality has returned, along with the ability to double-tap to turn on the screen.

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1 week ago

These cases are just $5 for a limited time

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Enjoy these deals on cases for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, S6 and S6 edge.

Caseology is offering deep discounts on cases for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, along with a bunch of popular Samsung phones — the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and even a few for the Samsung S6, S6 edge, and S6 edge plus.

Because this is a limited quantity sale, the promo code will expire once the limited quantity has sold out. When going through checkout, make sure you choose Caseology as the seller and not fulfilled by Amazon. It's the only way to get the promotional codes to work, and also get free shipping.

Google Pixel Case

Google Pixel XL Case

Galaxy S7 Case

Galaxy S7 Edge Case

Galaxy S6 Case

Galaxy S6 Edge Case

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Case

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1 week ago

Spoiler Alert! If you're using a Note 7 ROM, you're going to get Note 7 notifications

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No, Samsung is not collecting your ROM'd phones.

Samsung's recall of the Note 7 means two things — lots of people curious about whether their phone might be next, and lots of misinformation about how Samsung is handling the recall. We've seen reports claiming Samsung will send kill signals to phones, claims that Samsung has been monitoring existing Note 7 users, and now claims that Samsung is pulling phones running Note 7 software.

The one thing all of these stories have in common is that they aren't at all true, but that last one is what happens when you don't fully understand how rooting and romming works.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was running some interesting software that isn't available to all other Samsung phones. As a result, some of the more clever Samsung users out there have flashed modified versions of the Note 7 software to other phones. Samsung doesn't know (or care) about the difference between a real Note 7 and a phone running Note 7 software, which means when Samsung pushes a recall notification to all active Note 7 phones reminding them of the need to submit the phone for a recall everything gets it. One of those people, a Redditor with a Note 4 running Note 7 software, got that message and shared it. What happened next on tech blogs eager to write anything new about the Note 7 will surprise no one.

Is this a reason to panic? Of course not. If you are smart enough to root and flash Note 7 software to your Note 4, you're more than smart enough to know Samsung's recall notification doesn't apply to you. Samsung isn't sending updates to disable your phone, and there is no massive surge in people sending in Samsung phones that aren't the Note 7 for a recall because they're running Note 7 software.

If you'd like to explore applying Note 7 software to something that isn't a Note 7, you should start with our guide to rooting your Android phone and learn from there!

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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