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1 week ago

Grab this 3-port travel charging hub for $6.50 right now!

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Ugreen is currently offering its USB travel hub with cradle for just $6.50 with coupon code JR958YZF, which happens to be the lowest price the company has offered it at. Normally priced at $11, you'll save $4.50 on the purchase. It offers 3 USB ports to plug in the cables of your choice, as well as a cradle to place your phone for safe keeping while it is charging. You'll have a single 2.1A charging port, as well as two other 1A charging ports, and it has its own on/off switch to prevent wasting power.

If you are looking for a portable way to charge more than one device, this may be your best bet. Remember, you'll need coupon code JR958YZF for the full savings.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi debuts a $330 mirrorless camera

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The latest out of Xiaomi's ecosystem partner XiaoYi is a $330 mirrorless camera dubbed the Yi M1 that looks awfully familiar. The Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera features a 20.16MP Sony IMX269 imaging sensor, offering a mechanical shutter, 4K video recording at 30fps, ISO up to 25600, and ability to shoot in RAW.

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1 week ago

Five reasons the LG V20 may be your next phone

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Why the LG V20 might be your next daily driver.

On the inside, the LG V20 is a souped-up version of its flagship sibling, the decidedly lackluster G5. But on the outside, it's equipped with dual 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel rear-facing cameras that are meant to be used by serious content creators. And I don't mean serial Snapchatters.

There's a reason Cool Indie Filmmaker™️ Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the face of the V20. LG wants you to think of this device as mobile camera equipment, but is that realistic? The ultimate verdict will come down to our review of the device, which is coming soon. For now, here's a look at some of the features that come standard with the V20 and why you might want to consider it as your next Android smartphone.

Note: I'm using a preview version of the LG V20. Its software hasn't yet been finalized. Take heed that some of the features mentioned here might not be part of the final version.

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1 week ago

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android

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How to transfer contacts from iPhone to Android

How do I transfer my iPhone contacts to my Android phone?

You've made the brilliant decision to switch from iPhone to Android. Congratulations and welcome! Now you just need to get all of your contacts off your iPhone and onto your new Android phone and your Apple ties will be severed and you shall be reborn anew (or something like that).

Here's how!

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note 7 UK exchange program begins [Updated]

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Exchange program hits its stride in the UK starting today — but no new Note 7 sales yet.

Update: We've updated this post with confirmation from Samsung on the update to cap "unsafe" Notes at 60% battery, and show a green battery icon in replacement units.

From today, Samsung will start swapping out potentially dangerous Galaxy Note 7s with new, safe units in the UK. In line with the company's announcement a couple of weeks back today's the day anyone with an early Note 7 unit in the UK can get a new replacement.

Samsung halted sales of the Galaxy Note 7 right before the official UK street date of September 2, so the only people with UK devices will have been pre-order customers who took advantage of Samsung's offer to get the phone three days early. (A significant number, but far fewer than would be out there had the retail launch gone ahead as planned.)

Samsung says customers should get in touch with the place they bought their Note from in order to arrange an exchange, if they haven't already been contacted.

UK customers will be contacted by the provider or operator from which they purchased the product in order to arrange their device exchange. If customers have not been contacted before 19 September they should contact the provider or operator themselves to arrange the exchange.

Samsung has also confirmed earlier reports that it'll issue a software update to limit potentially unsafe Note 7s to 60% battery charge, and make new "safe" handsets show a green battery icon. Both updates (presumably as part of the same firmware package) will land on British Note 7s from tomorrow.

Samsung will issue new software to all pre-ordered Note7 devices in Europe that will limit the battery charge to 60%. This software will begin rolling out to existing customers' devices this week (from September 20th in UK and Ireland). By actively limiting the ability of the device to charge to full capacity, Samsung aims to reduce the risk of incidents and simultaneously reinforce the message to customers that they should immediately replace their existing device with a new Note7.

Customers who exchange their existing device for a new Note7 can be fully confident that their replacement device is not affected by the battery cell issue, courtesy of a new UX update to the battery icon. Any Note7 device that shows a 'green' battery icon (previous software version is white) on the device notification bar, the 'Power Off' prompt screen or the Always-On Display can be assured that the device is safe for charging. This UX update will be rolled out from tomorrow in UK and Ireland.

There's still no word on exactly when new sales of the Note 7 will begin; a Samsung told AC "Our first priority is to support current Note7 owners who are participating in the Product Exchange Program. We will confirm new in store dates shortly."

Independent retailer Clove says stock has been delayed until "early October," while Carphone Warehouse is more pessimistic, saying October 21.

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1 week ago

Morning brief: Allo, is it Mi you're looking for?

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Google's long-awaited messenger app could be with us soon; meanwhile Samsung's Note 7 recall program hits its stride.

Welcome to Monday on Android Central! The Note 7 recall is still big news, and this Bloomberg piece doing the rounds today has a lot of good background on the goings-on at Samsung around the Note 7 recall fiasco. The main narrative that all this happened because of a reaction to Apple feels forced and not particularly convincing, though. (X happened then Y happened, so Y happened because of X.) However, there are some interesting details on the battery issue itself: according to the CPSC chairman, the Note 7 batteries made by the original supplier were ever so slightly too big for their compartments.

Was that because Samsung felt pressured to leapfrog boring iPhones by fitting bigger batteries into a smaller chassis? Maybe, but that's a tenuous argument with no direct evidence to support it. Besides, fitting ever more tech into increasingly svelte gadgets has always been the main engineering challenge of making a smartphone. Would phones still be catching fire if Samsung had taken its time? Who knows. But the piece offers little beyond speculation to back up a headline that's very sure of itself.

Anyway, on with the rest of the morning's news!

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1 week ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: Sevens

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You might have heard about the hot new thing in tech...

Samsung's Note 7-shaped hole, err, recall just keeps getting deeper — the recall of the potentially-explosive phone got "now the government's involved" official. If you're still using a recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (if you've not exchanged your phone, that's you), please go to the nearest store for your carrier and exchange it. It doesn't matter if you'll have to use a different phone for a week or two while we wait for replacement Note 7s to become available in mass quantities — this is a safety thing we're talking about.

As we've been saying since the news first broke, the timing couldn't be worse for Samsung: Apple rolled into town with the iPhone 7 launch and sucked all of the oxygen out of the room (we hear that's good for putting out fires), along with a major update to iOS. Of course, if you're not into Apple stuff, that won't change your mind, but it's worth noting that while there are a lot of people that read sites like this one, there are a lot more people that don't, and the only mainstream news about the Note 7 is that it blows up while the worst the iPhone 7 gets in the midst of another huge launch is that there's no headphone jack.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is staying quiet while the Note 7 and iPhone 7 storm rages on by (don't doubt that they'll have plenty to say about both in comparison once the dust settles). We saw new preview builds for the next major update to Windows 10 and a neat PC-phone-bridging feature coming to Skype. And with the new HP Elite x3 stepping into the spotlight as the new most powerful Windows Phone, it was put to the test with a week of using the phone with a monitor and keyboard instead of a PC.

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: Lucky number 7

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What's been rumbling around in Daniel's brain this week.

Odd, I know, but it was only this week the Galaxy Note 7 was officially recalled in the U.S. It's a strange thing to write after spending what seems like the past month typing that same sentence, but what was presumed and informal was made concrete on Thursday after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued its decree.

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1 week ago

Android Central 306: Note 7 Armageddon

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Audio-only stream below

Another week, another evolution of the Galaxy Note 7 recall saga. This time, it's for real!

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1 week ago

This in-app training Chrome extension will make you a Google Docs master

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Whether you're just getting started with a Chromebook or your office is one of the millions switching to Google Docs — or maybe you're just curious, that's OK, too — if you need to know all the tricks to becoming a Google apps wizard, this Chrome extension is for you.

Formerly known as Synergyse Training, the Training for Google APPs extension will walk you through everything you can do, and how to do it, for Google Docs, Sheets, Calendar, Slides, and Gmail with interactive videos and tips. Best of all, it works inside the apps themselves so you can learn by doing while you're watching.

After you install the extension (and refresh any currently open Google app tabs or windows) you'll notice a small rainbow Google-riffic button in the top right. Clicking it opens a menu where you can search out how to do just about anything.

When you choose one of the entries, a sizable floating window with an interactive video will play that walks you through all the steps and explains why you're doing them. The videos are fairly short, ranging between three and five minutes, and very concise and focused. The one thing I didn't like was that the next new video in the series will autoplay after a short warning time. There seems to be no way to adjust this setting.

The content itself is awesome. I've been playing with it for a few days since a friend at Google tipped me about the new update. I've not only found out how to do things I didn't know I could do but also that I've been doing some things in a clunky and roundabout way when a simple more direct approach is available. And I've been using Google Docs every day for almost seven years.

The extension is free from Google, and can be installed right through the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac, or Linux, or on your Chromebook. It's really worth a look if you need to use Google's apps!

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1 week ago

Note 7 owner sues Samsung, saying phone exploded in his pocket

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Florida resident Jonathan Strobel suffered a "deep second-degree burn, roughly the size of the phone," his lawyer says.

A Florida man has sued Samsung after his Galaxy Note 7 allegedly exploded in his pocket, causing second-degree burns. Reuters reports that Jonathan Strobel was in a Costco store in Palm Beach Gardens on September 9 when the handset caught fire.

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1 week ago

Best accessories for Samsung Gear VR

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Make the most of your Samsung Gear VR experience with these accessories.

The Samsung Gear VR is currently the most affordable entry point for people interested in exploring virtual reality. As more and more developers start working within this emerging tech space, the hope is that you'll have plenty of reasons to pick up and use your Gear VR more often for more applications.

As your usage increases, you'll want to invest in some essential accessories to get the most out of your Samsung Gear VR. Here are a few recommendations to get your on your way.

Gamepad

Not every game for the Gear VR requires a ganmepad, but most of the best games are made even better by not having to tough the pad on the side of your headset. Enhance your gaming experience on the Gear VR with what we call the best gamepad for this headset.

SteelSeries Stratus XL

SteelSeries Stratus XL Bluetooth Controller

As mentioned above, SteelSeries makes a quality controller. So while the SteelSeries Free has been priced out of consideration, the Stratus XL is arguably your best bet — as long as it's bigger size isn't an issue.

The Stratus XL similar in size and feel to an Xbox One controller with analog sticks laid out similar to Sony's DualShock controllers. It's a great compromise between the two leading console gaming standards and will instantly feel familiar the moment you pick it up. This Bluetooth controller is compatible with Android devices and Windows 10.

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Headphones

A fully-immersive VR experience is only possible with the right pair of headphones. Whether you prefer the over-the-ear variety or in-ear buds, we've picked out some prime options that pair well with the Gear VR headset so you can block out reality as you delve into your favorite VR games and apps.

Over-the-ear headphones

Bose QuietComfort 25

Bose QuietComfort 25

If you are looking for the best audio experience with your Gear VR, this is where you start. The Bose QuietComfort 25 feature active noise cancellation, which will certainly come in handy when you're trying to block out the noise of the world and get immersed into your VR headspace. These are quality wired headphones that are highly functional in any environment, but will really take you to another world when you slide the Gear VR on.

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One more thing: If you're looking to go wireless, check out MrMobile's review of the Bose QC 35 headphones!

In-ear headphones

Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbuds

Samsung ErgoFit TCM125 If you're looking for simple, straightforward in-ear headphones, Panasonic has what you need. They're pretty basic in-ear headphones, which include a mic and a pause/play button built into the main cord, but they'll deliver great sound comfortably at a great price. With three different pad sizes available, you should be able to find the right fit for your ears, and they should stay in as you move about wearing your Gear VR

ErgoFit buds are available in a variety of colors, but they've also been lumped in with a few other Panasonic in-ear options — drops360 and drops360 Luxe. If you're switching around the colors and suddenly see the price jump up, it's because Amazon is showing you one of those higher-end models instead. And you might be inclined to spend a bit more for the better drivers, which provide better bass and build quality, if that's important to you.

Otherwise, the ErgoFit earbuds come with a 90-day warranty and should be more than serviceable — especially at such a low price point.

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Want something nicer? Check out our Samsung Level In headphone review!

Microfiber cloths

AmazonBasics microfiber cloths

Another thing that might distract from your VR experience with your Samsung Gear VR is dust or smudges on your device or the VR headset lenses. To prevent that problem, it's a good idea to have some microfiber cloths around to give things a good (but gentle) cleaning.

AmazonBasics offers a 24-pack of microfiber cleaning cloths for under $10 — that's less than $.50 a cloth. Better yet, they're machine washer safe, so you'll be able to keep your gear clean for months and months with this small, one-time investment. And of course you'll also have microfiber cloths on hand for cleaning all your other devices. Also available in packs of 36, 48, and 144 — which may essentially constitute a lifetime supply.

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microSD cards

Samsung EVO Plus 128GB

This is a must-have accessory, especially if you're using a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge — the only current Gear VR-compatible mobile devices with microSD slots. Loading up your favorite movies, tv shows, apps and other media onto the microSD card allows you to use your Gear VR to its full potential without clogging up your phone's internal storage, or continually cycling through content.

We've broken down a list of the best microSD cards to use with your Galaxy S7, but to save you a bit of time, we'll recommend the Samsung EVO Plus 128GB, which is sure to provide you with more than enough storage for hours upon hours of VR entertainment.

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What do you use?

If you own a Samsung Gear VR, we're curious to know what your must-have accessories are. Anything we've omitted on our list? Let us know in the comments!

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img { width: 100%; height: auto; } .devicebox ul { display: table; margin: 0 0 10px; width: 100%; } .devicebox ul li { background: #f7f7f7; margin: 2px 0; padding: 4px 15px; } .devicebox ul li:hover { background: #fff; } .devicebox ul li:before { display: none; } .devicebox p ~ p { line-height: 1.25; } .devicebox p:first-of-type + p { padding: 15px; } .devicebox a.buy-link { border-radius: 5px; display: inline-block; font: 14px/31px "Proxima Nova Extrabld",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; text-align: center; } .devicebox a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:link, .devicebox a.buy-link:active, .devicebox a.buy-link:visited { background: #37B5D7; color: #FFF; } .devicebox a.buy-link:hover { background: #2694B2; text-decoration: none; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { content: "\e61e"; font: 40px/0 "ac_iconset" !important; margin: 0 3px 0 -8px; vertical-align: middle; } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { /* div:not(.columns-3) excludes help menu content */ .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p img, .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .article-body-wrap > div:not(.columns-3) > *:first-child:not(.sticky-wrapper) .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 660px) { .devicebox h3 { text-align: center; } .devicebox ul, .devicebox p { display: block; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 660px) { .devicebox { padding: 20px 0 25px; } .devicebox .video { float: left; margin: 0 30px 0 0; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox h3 + p { bottom: 37px; display: block; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; top: 60px; width: calc(100% - 375px); } .devicebox p img, .devicebox p > img { position: absolute; top: 50%; transform: translateY(-50%); } .devicebox p:nth-child(n+3), .devicebox ul { box-sizing: border-box; margin-left: calc(100% - 345px); width: 340px; } .devicebox p.list-head { margin-top: -5px; } } @media all and (min-width: 1025px), all and (max-width: 800px) and (min-width: 661px), all and (max-width: 500px) { /* 2x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(even) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:last-of-type:nth-of-type(odd) { width: 100%; } } @media all and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-width: 801px), all and (max-width: 659px) and (min-width: 501px) { /* 3x buy buttons */ .devicebox a.buy-link { width: calc(100%/3 - 10px/3); margin: 0 5px 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-of-type(3n):not(:nth-last-of-type(2)) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:only-child { width: 100%; margin: 0 0 5px 0; } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1), .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link { width: calc(50% - 2.5px); } .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(2):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link, .devicebox a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(4):nth-of-type(3n+1) ~ a.buy-link:nth-last-of-type(odd) { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } } @media all and (max-width: 800px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } } @media all and (max-width: 500px) { .devicebox { margin: 0 0 30px; max-width: none; width: auto; } .devicebox a.buy-link:before { display: none; } } .page-admin .devicebox {max-width: 350px;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe {position: relative; height: 0; padding-bottom: 56.9%;} .page-admin .devicebox .video_iframe iframe {width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;} /*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/

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1 week ago

Android and chill: All in with Chromebooks

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Google has another really good operating system, and we need to talk more about it.

Writing and talking about Android for a living is fun. Every time you hear one of us here at AC sound agitated or complaining about something, know that they still probably love their job. I have a good feeling the people doing what we do at other places feel mostly the same way. Even when you're not doing something fun it's still mostly fun, if you know what I mean. And my job is about to get even better because I'll get to write more about something I really love that I've been wanting to write about — Chrome and Chromebooks.

Chrome is an important part of Google's internet strategy. And now they run Android.

You've probably noticed that there are more Chrome posts lately, as well as posts about other stuff that isn't an Android phone. This isn't an accident. For starters, we all have things we want to write about that aren't phones or updates or the stupid thing one of the companies who make Android phones did this week. Some of those things — like Chromebooks — are of interest to enough people who use Android to make them worth writing about here at AC. Other things like fishing are not, unfortunately. (I would write the hell out of anything fishing.) When those two worlds meet talking about it is good for all of us. And Android and Chrome are about to meet in a big way with the Google Play store for Chrome in testing right now.

I'm not going to quit writing and talking about Android. It's still a really kick ass way to earn a living and something I'd want to do even if I didn't have this job. Our little family has grown enough (and in the right way with the right people) so that the best person for the job can be the person doing the job. When it comes to how all this stuff works, or how badly broken something is or Google's role in all of this, I'm that person. I'm also great at making red squiggly lines appear under the words I type. And I'm also that guy who has been using Chromebooks forever and has a ton of stuff to talk about.

Enough about me and my feats of mediocracy. Stuff happened this week that I want to talk more about.

  • Speaking of Chromebooks, prepare to see more things being written that you might already know about. You can fuss at me in the comments (seriously, I think that's your right and responsibility as long as you stay inside the proper boundaries) or you can move past those posts. Ideally, you'd use all the things you already know to help someone in the comments, but no matter what they are going to continue because people still need them and ask for them. Al Gore didn't invent the internet just for you.
  • I'm tired of telling people to give their Note 7 back to whoever they bought it from. Anyone who was going to listen to (what I think is) reasonable advice from someone who actually understands how it works has already listened. Hearing that less than 15% of the people who bought one listened to Samsung and returned it has made me give up. Do whatever you want to do, just stay the hell away from me and mine if you're doing something stupid.
  • I'll still say Samsung moving forward with their own recall instead of waiting on the government was the right call. We found out that the CPSC was notified before Samsung's initial September 2 announcement, and it took the better part of two weeks for them to do anything about it.
  • Even with Samsung taking the reigns to try and get people to stop using the Note 7, there were 81 reported instances of people or property being harmed (26 reports of burn incidents and 55 cases of property damage) by the issue. If Samsung, knowing this, had done nothing we would crucify them. And rightly so.
  • If this is right, why is this so wrong? Or vice-versa? Both exist to create a reaction. Both succeeded. Under the face of it all, they are the same.
  • Jim Balsillie. Tech Entrepreneur extraordinaire, Hockey enthusiast and ... the man who planned an expedition that found sunken treasure. This is really cool, though. Also, Terror Bay. What the hell, Canada?
  • I still love Canada though. At least the Montreal parts and the Vancouver parts. They can keep the Saskatoon in January and the Terror parts.

And we're ending on that high note. Which is better then Balsillie managed to do with BlackBerry. Be good to each other!

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1 week ago

How to add events and reminders to Google Calendar for Android

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How do I add events and reminders to Google Calendar?

Google Calendar allows you to easily keep track of your busy schedule. With events and reminders, you can ensure that you never forget the important days, no matter how busy you get. We're here to show you how to do it all the right way.

How to add an event to Google Calendar

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Tap the red plus icon in the bottom right corner.
  3. Tap on the red event icon.

  4. Enter a title.
  5. Enter a location.
  6. Add people who are coming with you.

  7. Add a time and date for your event.
  8. Add a notification to remind you when the event is getting close to starting.
  9. Choose a color for the event in your calendar.

  10. Add notes to your event.
  11. Add attachments to your event.
  12. Save your event.

It's important to remember you don't need to enter notifications, change the color of your event, attach notes or have attachments in your event. These are just the options that Google has given you to make sure all the information that you need is included within your event.

How to add a reminder to Google Calendar

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Tap the red plus icon on the bottom right of your screen.
  3. Tap the blue reminder icon.

  4. Enter what you need to be reminded of. Google will give you tons of options from making a call to making reservations for a trip.
  5. Enter when you need to be reminded.
  6. Enter whether this reminder needs to be repeated.
  7. Save your reminder.

You can make reminders for just about anything, and this includes upcoming events. By using the two together, you can make sure that you not only have a reminder of when an important event is coming up, but have easy access to it at a tap.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi Redmi 3S review: Redefining the budget segment all over again

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Xiaomi Redmi 3S review

The Redmi 3S proves that $100 phones don't have to be terrible.

Quick take:

Xiaomi redefined the entry-level segment in 2014 with the Redmi 1S. Two years later, the brand is at it once again with the Redmi 3S. The phone offers a metal chassis, Snapdragon 430, and a massive 4100mAh battery that will last at least two days on a full charge. Combine all of the above with a price that's nearly half of that of the budget Moto G4, and you get an inkling of what Xiaomi is trying to achieve with the Redmi 3S.

The good

  • Excellent performance
  • Class-leading battery life
  • Metal chassis
  • Great value for money

The bad

  • Software niggles
  • Camera strictly average
  • Availability issues

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