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1 week ago

Best Armband Cases for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Best armband cases for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Take your phone with you wherever and however you work out.

If you're a fitness freak who loves to have their music with them as they work out, or simply looking to take up jogging as the summer warms up, an armband case is a smart way to keep your phone comfortably secure as you move.

There's a number of options out there that purport to support a number of different phone styles. We'll touch on some of the best of that bunch, but first we'll focus on the ones specifically designed for use with the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge.

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1 week ago

Verizon is now making its own Android Wear smartwatch, the Wear24

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Verizon is offering its own smartwatch, because why not?

Riding on the news of the the LG Watch Sport being announced, Verizon is also releasing a self-branded exclusive smartwatch running Android Wear 2.0 called the Wear24. Much like its own Ellipsis tablets, the Wear24 watch is a less-expensive option that Verizon can offer without managing a partnership for a big brand name company.

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1 week ago

These are the smartwatches that will get updated to Android Wear 2.0

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Will my smartwatch get Android Wear 2.0?

There are two new smartwatches available from LG and Google running Android Wear 2.0 out of the box. But which timepieces will receive updates to Android Wear 2.0 down the line? We have the full, official list straight from Google:

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1 week ago

LG Watch Sport review: The best showcase for Android Wear 2.0

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LG Watch Sport

LG was a launch partner for Android Wear, and now it's leading the charge for Android Wear 2.0.

After being quite exciting in its early days, Android Wear really lost whatever luster it initially had over the last two years. Google did a great job getting a good variety of more traditional fashion brands on board for new and interesting hardware throughout 2015 and even into 2016, but with the announcement of Android Wear 2.0 at Google I/O it kind of put the brakes on buying watches as we all knew new hardware would be coming with the final release of the software.

With a bit of a setback pushing the Android Wear 2.0 launch to 2017, we had to wait a bit longer to see the platform's "launch" watches: the feature-packed LG Watch Sport and the svelte LG Watch Style. The latter has its own draw in that it's sleek and sets itself apart from previous big Android Wear watches, but the LG Watch Sport is a true evolution of what you think of today as a full-power smartwatch.

It's relatively big, thick and filled with all sorts of features that showcase the brand new refocused Android Wear 2.0 software. This is the launch product for what Google hopes is a new wave of excitement about Android wearables, and that means it has to get it right with the $349 LG Watch Sport — see how it all comes together in our complete review.

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1 week ago

LG Watch Style review: Fashionable, not future-proof 

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With a smaller display and Android Wear 2.0, the LG Watch Style would have been nearly perfect if it just had wireless payment abilities.

It's 2017 and we're still talking about smartwatches like they're this untapped element, waiting to be unearthed. The reality is that many of the companies making the wearable devices have failed to answer the question of why I'd need to sport one of these things in the first place. What's the point? Is it to be fashion forward, or to have all the functionality of a smartphone on my wrist? And why can't I have both? 

The LG Watch Style has only made this conundrum worse. On the one hand, this is the first Android Wear smartwatch I've been able to wear for prolonged periods of time. And as a result, it made me want to use Android Wear: to remember to strap it on before I leave the house; to turn my wrist over to check on notifications; to take more walks so I could hit those steps. It's the first time that an Android Wear watch truly felt like a necessary accessory. But on the other hand, the LG Watch Style is missing a key feature that would have made it a worthy bragging point against my pals sporting Apple Watches, and there's where I'm struggling to justify its hefty $250 price tag.

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1 week ago

Google announces LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style with Android Wear 2.0, on sale Feb 10

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LG Watch Sport and Watch Style

Welcome to a new era of Android Wear smartwatches.

Google is ready to launch its newest revision of Android Wear, version 2.0, and it has paired up with LG for two new smartwatches to showcase the latest software. The LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style are launching in tandem to show both sides of what Android Wear can be — big and powerful, but also slim and beautiful.

Both watches are cut from 316L stainless steel, and have resistance from the elements (IP68 for the Sport, IP67 for the Style). They have Gorilla Glass 3-covered circular P-OLED displays with ambient brightness sensors (even without a "flat tire"), as well as new Snapdragon Wear 2100 processors and rotating crowns for a new form of input. Beyond those shared basics, they couldn't be more different.

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1 week ago

LG Watch Style specs: 1.2-inch display, swappable straps, no heart rate sensor

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LG Watch Style

This small watch has the basics covered.

Looking at the previous crop of Android Wear watches, many wanted something that was a bit smaller, thinner and easier to manage on an average wrist. LG answered with its LG Watch Style, which comes in with a smaller display, compact case and subtle thickness. Inside that case you get all of the basic specs, though, and simply miss out on some of the fringe features.

Here's everything you can find inside the LG Watch Style.

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1 week ago

LG Watch Sport specs: 1.4-inch display, LTE and Android Pay

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LG Watch Sport

If you like bells and whistles, you get them on the LG Watch Sport.

On the opposite end of the spectrum from the LG Watch Style, we also have the big and brawny LG Watch Sport. The name gives it away — this is a sport-focused watch that includes some nice features. Its big circular display offers ambient brightness sensing, and the thick case gives you a speaker, LTE, a top-notch heart rate sensor and standalone GPS for fitness tracking.

There's a lot going on in this watch — here's the full LG Watch Sport spec sheet.

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1 week ago

Android Wear 2.0 review: A massive upgrade for the wrist

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Android Wear 2.0 on the LG Watch Sport

Everything you know about Android Wear has changed, and what happens next is up to you.

Are smartwatches dead? Are smartwatches the future? Is my sock drawer full of smartwatches? Over the last year, we've seen a lot of hand wringing and hot takes about the future of wrist computers. It doesn't really matter who the manufacturer is or what operating system is running on it, you can find opposing opinions on the future of this tech category. For Google's part, smartwatches started out as an extension of a larger wearables strategy. Android Wear wasn't going to just be for watches, it was going to be on anything connected that you wore. Why, Google Glass may one day be considered part of Android Wear.

For Google's part, smartwatches started out as an extension of a larger wearables strategy.

Plans change, and Android Wear has since become an OS for many different manufacturers to explore what people want in a wrist computer. It turns out there isn't one answer. Some of us want a thin, svelte notification portal to occasionally glance at. Some of us want a standalone phone on our wrist with Android Pay, storage for music, and a full fitness tracking experience. Some of us want to leave our phones in the water-tight box and use our watch as a fish finder. The point is, it became clear there was never going to be a single hardware design and feature set for everyone, and while Android Wear had made this diversity clear over the last two years in terms hardware, the software hasn't kept up.

Welcome to Android Wear 2.0, an almost-modular watch operating system built to make it easier to build a unique software experience on top of the hardware of your choice. But does that make this the watch OS for everyone... or for no one?

Hungry for more?

Android Wear 2.0 is a complete overhaul of Google's wearable platform, but the hardware is just as important. Check out what LG and Google have done together with two new watches built specifically for Android Wear 2.0!

Read our complete LG Watch Sport review here!

Read our complete LG Watch Style review here!

About this review

I'm writing this review after months of using Android Wear 2.0 in its Developer Preview form, with particular focus on the final build of the preview for two weeks. This review was written alongside the release of the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, the first watches made with Google specifically for Wear 2.0.

Read more: These are the watches being updated to Android Wear 2.0

Android Wear 2.0

Assistant and Passwords and Play Store and More

Android Wear 2.0 Initial setup

In most situations, Android Wear is still very much a tethered platform. You connect it to your phone via Bluetooth, and through that connection the phone serves information to and receives instructions from the watch. In previous versions of Android Wear this relationship was always primary-secondary; the watch did nothing without information from the phone. Android Wear 2.0 changes this relationship quite a bit, turning the watch into a largely standalone platform that relies on the phone for a data connection to process instructions entirely on its own.

The initial pairing process for Android Wear hasn't changed much, but it is now step one in a much larger process. Your phone pairs to the watch, checks for software updates, and now asks you for your Google Account as though you were logging in to a new phone. You can move multiple accounts to the watch if you have more than one on your phone, allowing you to switch between work and personal if desired, and when the data is transferred you get a resting notification on your phone letting you know that a Google account was sent over. You know, just in case someone moved your account to a watch in order to steal your data.

Android Wear 2.0

Unlike previous versions of Android Wear, you're far from done. No app icons have been moved from your phone to the watch, because apps don't exist simply as secondary access terminals to the app on your phone anymore. Android Wear apps are separate from Android phone apps, installed and in many cases used independently of the phone. This is great for keeping your watch free of a long list of icons you may never use, but it also means Google's staple apps aren't yet on your watch. If you want Hangouts or Google Maps, for example, you need to install them from the Play Store on the watch, or from the web straight to your watch.

If you want Hangouts or Google Maps, you need to install them from the Play Store on the watch.

Activating the Play Store and installing apps is simple enough, but now you need to enable any other features you may want to use on your watch before you're fully set up. Want to use Google Assistant from your wrist? You need to enable the feature on the watch, then go back to your phone and confirm on your phone you want Google Assistant on your watch. Android Pay, if your watch supports it, has a similar setup. You can only enable it on the watch if you have a lock screen set up on your wrist — yeah, you read that right — and then you can confirm on your phone you want Android Pay.

Android Wear Pattern Lock

Android Wear security is just like Android security now. You can use pin unlock, password unlock, or pattern unlock. When this security measure is in place, you're asked to "unlock" your watch any time it leaves your wrist thanks to the heart rate monitor. Neither of these unlock mechanisms on your wrist is particularly convenient, but the pattern lock allows you to unlock your phone without using a keyboard on a 1.3-inch display. If you aren't using Android Pay, it's not a requirement to have the feature enabled.

The one great part about this setup process is the lack of prompts. After the setup tutorial to show you how to swipe notifications and choose watch faces, you don't have to to enable any of this. If all you want is a way to see notifications on your wrist and respond with your voice when you can, you never have to worry. If you do want these features, it means setting up an Android Wear 2.0 watch is considerably more complicated than it has been in the past. But it can also do much more.

Android Wear 2.0

Hope you like buttons and knobs

Android Wear 2.0 Interface

By the time you get to the end of setting up Android Wear 2.0, something about the user interface becomes abundantly clear — you're going to be doing a lot of scrolling. Previous iterations of Android Wear avoided interfaces that were more than a single swipe, unless it was an email or some other form of message. The interface itself was largely contained to single "cards", and that experience is now almost entirely gone.

Android Wear 2.0

Every app scrolls; the app launcher scrolls; and of course your messages still scroll. The amount of swiping in Android Wear is significant, unless of course your watch has a rotating button on the side to scroll as you turn. It's clear from this design change Google anticipates a lot of future watches to include Gear S3-style rotating bezels or LG Watch Sport and Style rotating side buttons.

In an attempt to prepare for the future of Android Wear, there's some weirdness in using a hardware scrolling mechanism right now. As far as the OS is concerned, this rotating piece of hardware can be programmed to do multiple things. In most menus it scrolls up and down. In Google Maps it zooms in and out. Developers have the freedom to make this piece of hardware do whatever they want, and because not every app has been updated to support Android Wear 2.0 sometimes the thing you can do with the rotating hardware is nothing at all. It's a little confusing to spin the crown on the LG Watch Sport and, in some apps, have nothing at all happen, but this is likely to be a temporary frustration.

Developers have the freedom to make the rotating piece of hardware do whatever they want.

Perhaps more important than directly encouraging users to turn a button on the side of the watch is how much more frequently you'll be pressing them. In the past, the button on the side of your Android Wear watch was used to return you to the watch face or back out of a menu. The interface was a single large cascading menu for you to interact with, but with Google Assistant replacing Google Now, and your App Drawer living behind a button press, the physical button on the watch is now the primary interaction mechanism, which is significant.

Android Wear 2.0

From the watch face, you can swipe down for quick settings, swipe up to see unread notifications, and swipe left and right to swap watch faces to whatever is stored on the watch. The button on the side accesses your app drawer, an alphabetical list of apps you have installed with the most recently used app at the top. Each app is standalone now, so you navigate to the app you want just like you would on your phone. If your Android Wear watch has multiple buttons on the body, these buttons can be programmed to launch specific apps so you're not stuck frequently swiping through the app drawer to get to them.

Notifications for Android Wear 2.0 are one of the best reflections of how Google's visual design has changed over the last two years. As a user, you are no longer sorting through a stack of digital cards as you triage notifications from your phone. Instead you have flat panels with muted colors and bright text filling the display. This new design increases information density, ensures the cards are easier to read in just about every environment, and there's some improved control over notification priority that has been desperately needed for a long time. Status notifications, like uploading something to Facebook, are sent to the bottom of the stack to disappear instead of placed on top to show you the thing you're already doing on your phone.

Overall, Android Wear 2.0 is a great deal simpler to navigate than its predecessors.

Quick Settings exists mostly to replace the features you lose on the watch button by moving the App Drawer and Google Assistant there. You can no longer double-click the button in order to activate Theater Mode, so instead you swipe down and tap on the sun in your Quick Settings. You can no longer triple-click to access the brightest mode the screen has to offer, so you swipe sown and tap the sun icon again. This section is a little more useful if you're able to turn cellular on and off on watches with LTE support, or if you regularly use the watch to control notifications in Do Not Disturb, but that's about it. It's a quick alternative, not really any better or worse than what was there before.

Overall, Android Wear 2.0 is a great deal simpler to navigate than its predecessors. You're unlikely to ever get lost in this interface, because everything is a direct action. If you're using apps, you press the button and go there. If you're checking notifications, they're always right in front of you. Gesture controls still work exactly the same as they always have, and the number of actions you take to complete most tasks is limited to one or two taps. This design can become as complicated as you choose depending on how many apps you use on a daily basis, but the overall design approaches simplicity from a new position and it works well.

LG Watch Sport

Okay, so we're doing this

Android Wear 2.0 Features

Visually, the face of Android Wear is going to appear very similar. Watch faces are available by the truckload in the Play Store, and that's not going to go away anytime soon. What you will start to see is an effort to make those watch faces a great deal more customizable, and useful, than we've seen in the past, thanks to Google's new Complications API.

This setup has been cribbed right from the Moto 360, and it's fantastic. Watch face creators can now designate areas on the face for users to plug in information from all over the watch. Any app that supports complications can feed data to the face, and users get to choose how that information fits. We're already seeing several watch face creators moving to implement this API in the Developer Preview, which means tons of new options for the already massive list of watch faces.

The biggest feature changes in Android Wear 2.0 fall into place when you go to use the watch as though your phone is just there to serve data. Some of this sounds downright silly when you say it out loud — replying to emoji by drawing on the screen, swiping on a teeny tiny virtual keyboard when voice alone is insufficient, or scrolling through the Play Store on your wrist in search of new apps.

Existing Android Wear owners may frown on these kinds of interactions, due to the size of the display and the kind of latency expected with these experience, and in some cases they'll probably be right. But Android Wear 2.0 does not exist for a single kind of user. If you're someone who has no interest in keyboards and emoji, there's never a situation where you're forced to use it. Everywhere you find handwriting and emoji writing, you'll also find voice and quick replies.

Android Wear features

The same can be said for Google Assistant. You can choose to have your watch always listening for the Assistant launch phrase, but it's frequently not as fast to launch as your phone or Google Home. Being able to say "OK Google" while your phone sits on the table or in the cupholder of your car is not the same as pressing and holding the button on your watch until the four colorful orbs show up, either. The important thing about Assistant being on your wrist is that it's there just in case. It's a way to fill the gap for some interactions, and for others it could very well become the default way to use the service.

Android Wear 2.0 does not exist for a single kind of user.

In the quest to create individual Googles for everyone, Assistant needs to be everywhere and work identically. The biggest challenge associated with Assistant on the wrist right now is lag. If Assistant isn't immediately available, like it is elsewhere, it's simply less useful on the wrist. It's likely this will be where we see older Android Wear watches running the 2.0 update appear less optimized.

Google's big shift in Android Wear with the 2.0 update is apps. Being able to install apps on your watch and have them run entirely independently of your phone is significant. People who almost never use Google Keep on their phone but love having lists on their wrists can accomplish this without cluttering up the primary app drawer. Fitness apps can be built specifically for Wear that require no phone at all. This is how Google creates the same Android Wear experience regardless of the phone platform you're using. If the app is on the Play Store, and the Play Store is on the wrist, it won't matter that you have an iPhone connected.

Android Wear Play Store

But there are things missing from this isolated experience that complicates Wear in ways that aren't entirely necessary. Play on Android Wear is slow, often taking anywhere from 3-5 seconds to fully load. The auto-update feature that is enabled by default doesn't tell you when an app has been updated or why, and choosing to do so manually is tedious. You also can't really tell from the watch how much data you're using in any meaningful way, which means you have to check with your phone.

This is by far the most complete feeling version of Android Wear to date.

An important part of any OS that doesn't get nearly as much attention as it deserved most of the time is the Accessibility section, and the biggest addition to Android Wear in this particular category is that it now actually has an Accessibility section. Magnification gestures allow you to triple tap on the screen and zoom in, text-to-speech and TalkBack modes use the speaker to read content to you, Select to Speak will call out menu options, and you can even set the power button to end a call.

These features combined make it clear Google is thinking about watches as more than just luxury items. This now becomes an emergency communication tool for the elderly, an assistive device for the blind, and a functional alternative to a large phone when that simply isn't an option for someone.

We know that Google is still working with developers to do more with Wear as 2.0 is adopted by more manufacturers as well. The ability to launch apps based on behavior — fitness apps launching when the watch detects a significant amount of movement — is something we'll see a lot more of in the coming year. In previous versions of Android Wear it felt like Google had created a lot of options and then waited for developers to wander in and create things for users. Android Wear 2.0 is a lot more focused on letting users build their own experience, which allows developers to help users adjust that experience as the need arises. It's a big shift, and it requires a little more work on behalf of the user than previous attempts at wearables, but this is by far the most complete feeling version of Android Wear to date as a result.

Android Wear

Go make it your own

Android Wear 2.0 Bottom line

So what is this new version of Android Wear, exactly? Is it an attempt to put a phone on your wrist? Could this be a way to sneak the Play Store onto the wrists of iPhone users? Is this an attempt to fight off stagnation by stuffing in every feature your relatively small user base demands? In a way, it's probably all of these things. But in the process, it's actually none of these things.

Android Wear 2.0 is the perfect encapsulation of "Be Together, Not the Same" in hardware form. Google was already ahead of the pack with personalization in the form of watch faces, and by enabling hardware manufacturers to offer more unique watches there's a lot of potential for this platform moving forward. No two people are going to have the exact same experience, but at the same time there's a consistency that can be appreciated by anyone interested in having a computer on their wrist that also tells time.

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1 week ago

For a limited time you can grab the Fire Tablet for just $39

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Right now you can pick up Amazon's Fire Tablet for just $39, a savings of $10 from its regular price. Even at $49 this thing is an incredible value, so being able to save an additional $10 on it makes it an even easier purchase. The tablet features a 7-inch IPS display, a 1.3GHz processor and now works with Amazon's Alexa cloud-based voice service. There are tons of great apps, games and more that are completely free through Amazon Underground, so you won't have any shortage of content here.

Storage in these tends to fill up fast, so you may want to check out some of the best microSD cards to add so you don't find yourself running low. This pricing won't last long, so be sure to pick one up before it is too late!

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1 week ago

10 Amazon Echo Commands You Must Try

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Speak, Alexa, and Enter.

The big feature with every connected speaker is the ability to speak and get something interesting in response. Right now, the connected speaker with the most spoken word features is without a doubt Amazon Echo. The Alexa platform is full of amazing skills and features just waiting for you to enable and test, but that list is considerably longer than most people have time to sort through.

Here's a look at my favorites, the Amazon Echo commands everyone should try!

Control Time

Alarms are a big part of how I use Amazon Echo. "Alexa, set an alarm for 6am" is right up there with "Alexa, set a timer for 45 minutes" when I tell my kids it is time for quiet reading time. You can set quick alarms and timers for anything, and as long as you're within earshot of the system, the timer on it can be a lifesaver.

Buy Stuff

Your Amazon Echo can order just about anything available on Amazon, and sometimes you'll find there are actually sales that are only available by ordering through your Echo. The best part is that Alexa looks at your previous orders, so when you say "Alexa, order more toilet paper" it will confirm you want more of the brand you most recently purchased.

Echo can also be used to track existing orders, so you know whether the FedEx truck is going to be there for you today.

Drinks on Me

Alcohol and Amazon go surprisingly well together. Wine drinkers can call upon the MySomm Skill and say "Alexa, ask Wine Gal to recommend a wine for tacos" and get some thoughts on what you should buy.

Not into wine? The Bartender lets you say "Alexa, ask the bartender, what's in a Moscow Mule?" and get everything you need in return.

Kitchen Control

Your Echo is the perfect kitchen companion. It will answer any question you have about measurement conversions when you're trying to tweak a recipe, and if you're not sure what to make you can ask Trending Recipes for the best new things.

Just say "Alexa, ask Trending Recipes for a recent recipe" and you'll get a detailed breakdown of something new to make!

Rules Czar

Family Board Game Night is a lot of fun, right until you're playing the family version of Monopoly with no paper rules and everyone has a different idea of how things work.

Board Game Answers lets you step in and say "Alexa, ask board games how much money everyone starts with in Monopoly" and you'll get started smoothly.

Find my Phone

When tearing your living room apart looking for the phone you are absolutely sure you set down a few minutes ago, Where's My Phone is a little closer than your computer.

Just say "Alexa, ask Where's My Phone to find my phone" and it'll start ringing for you in a couple of seconds.

Shut Up!

Sometimes all you really want from your Amazon Echo is silence. If loud music is playing or Alexa is in the middle of a lengthy explanation you don't want to hear, just say "Alexa, Shut Up!" and you'll get some silence in return. Or, if you just want some background noise, say "Alexa, volume one" and get back to work.

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1 week ago

When to enable smooth turning on your PlayStation VR

Should I enable smooth turning in my VR games?

Full body motion in VR is hard. When your eyes see the world moving around you, but your body can't feel a matching sensation for movement, the end result is frequently called Cue Correction or Sim Sickness. Your brain tries to compensate for not being able to feel the things the eyes are seeing, maybe by leaning in one direction or crouching, and it quickly makes some people nauseated. This is why many VR games put you inside of a vehicle or let you walk around with your body instead of using a button to move.

Some games, usually faster-paced action games, rely on thumb sticks for movement in VR. To compensate for the potential of Cue Correction, most of these games don't let you turn around very quickly. Some games limit you to a 30-degree turn at a time, or make the turns slow enough to decrease the potential for sickness. In most cases, these games also have a comfort setting you can adjust in order to turn faster. Here's how to use that feature without getting sick.

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1 week ago

Facebook makes it easier to help your neighbors during a crisis

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Facebook wants you to reach out, or be easier to find, in times of a crisis.

Facebook is rolling out an update to its Safety Check platform that leverages the huge numbers of people and data in its database to make it easier to actual give people help.

Called Community Help, the feature is "available for natural and accidental incidents, such as an earthquake or building fire," and is "starting in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and Saudi Arabia for the first couple of weeks."

The idea is that after checking in to let your followers know you're OK during a difficult time or state of emergency, you can now "find and give help, and message others directly to connect after a crisis."

The goal is a noble one, built out of necessity given Facebook's reach and daily activity numbers. The company says it will expand into more countries and categories in the coming weeks.

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1 week ago

The latest version of Android is now on 1.2% of devices

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One percent of a billion isn't nothing, but Nougat is still frustratingly hard to come by.

Android 7.x Nougat is now on 1.2% of active Android phones, according to the latest numbers from Google. That's up 0.5% from last month, which may not seem like a lot but it's the biggest one-month jump since the platform was made official last August. That's thanks to big-name updates from companies like Huawei, Samsung, LG and more.

But older versions like Marshmallow, at 30.7%, are still far more ubiquitous — it even increased 1.1% over last month! Other versions, like Lollipop, KitKat and most flavors of Jelly Bean, are all down from January, but not enough to make any significant difference. The reality is that fragmentation is still very much a thing on Android, and that 35.2% of devices are still running software from 2013 or earlier.

With the Galaxy S7 expected to receive Nougat in volume this quarter, that number of Android 7.x-based phones should shoot up again in March, but it will be a long time before it approaches anything close to what we're seeing from holdouts like Jelly Bean and KitKat.

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1 week ago

How to deal with a green haze in your PlayStation VR

You aren't imagining it, there's a green haze in your PlayStation VR.

Nothing pulls you out of an immersive experience quite like being reminded you're wearing a headset. For some VR owners, that reminder happens when light comes into the headset and reflects off the lenses. PlayStation VR owners don't have that problem, but some have noticed a green smear out of the corner of their eye when playing particularly dark games. It's a distracting, temporary effect every PlayStation VR owners needs to deal with, but if you know how there's a way to avoid it most of the time. Here's what you need to know!

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