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2 weeks ago

Eagle Flight review: One hell of a ride!

Eagle Flight review

Paris is free from humans and nature has had enough time to take over. Wild animals roam the streets, vines climb the Eiffel Tower, and the Metro is flooded. How you live in this post-apocalyptic city is really up to you. Follow a story, take to the skies with some friends and defend your territory against other players, or enjoy yourself as your soar freely over Haussmann's iconic architecture. It's great to be a bird.

Read the full review at VR Heads!

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2 weeks ago

Snag the excellent Ecobee3 smart thermostat at one of the best prices we've seen

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Make your home a little smarter and save a few bucks while you do it.

If you're looking to add some extra smarts to your home and save a little money over the long-term, a smart thermostat is a great place to start.

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2 weeks ago

These smart lights work with Amazon Alexa

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Control your home's lighting using Alexa and these smart bulbs.

Amazon offers an affordable way to start building out a voice-activated home automation system for your house or apartment with their Amazon Echo and Echo Dot powered by their A.I. assistant, Alexa. On its own, you can use Alexa to play music and find news, sports and other information. But things get really interesting when you start to connect Alexa up to smart devices, including connected LED bulbs and smart switches, around your house.

There are a number of light options compatible with Alexa. We've broken things down based on the different brands and ecosystems that each have their own compatibility with smart lights and smart switches that you'll ultimately be able to control via Alexa on your Amazon Echo.

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2 weeks ago

If you buy a Pixel to resell it, you may get your Google account banned

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A cautionary tale for those wanting to make a profit on their Google Pixel.

Be careful where you buy your Google Pixel. That's the message coming out of a series of banned accounts from people who bought Pixels in order to resell them, as first reported by Dan's Deals.

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2 weeks ago

THING Launcher tries to cook up recipes for Android automation and magic

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There's another interesting launcher out there.

Looking for another smart launcher that ties into the apps and habits of your life? THING Launcher wants to be your next launcher. This launcher aims to automate your phone and your home as it listens to your life and watches you move from place to place and task to task. Like all launchers, it is a very rough start, but there is definitely potential.

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2 weeks ago

AMBER Alerts and Android: What you need to know

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Android emergency broadcast alerts

Emergency alerts on your Android smartphone are a good thing — even if they are a bit annoying sometimes!

Every so often — or frequently, depending on your tolerance level — you get an emergency alert on your phone. That horrible blaring of the emergency tone, the buzzing the vibration motor, and then the grim news. Someone's missing. Or there's a severe weather alert headed your way. Suddenly and without warning, your phone's scaring the hell out of you. It's bad enough during the day, and downright dreadful in the dead of night.

And that's the idea.

The U.S. carriers have worked with the federal government to come up with a way to push alerts to your Android smartphone to warn you about dangerous weather, missing persons or other matters of grave national importance. The point is they want you to see this information in hopes that it could save your life — or someone else's.

Here's what you need to know about these emergency alerts and how you can control them on your Android phone.

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2 weeks ago

4K movies start trickling into Google Play Movies ahead of official rollout

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We want to escape into the movies, and that means we need images as vivid, crisp, and clean as we can get them.

While 4K offerings for your fancy new TV and your Chromecast Ultra might be slim right now, soon we may have a real selection of 4K content as Google Play Movies starts slipping 4K content into its store. Right now, a few lucky users are able to see some 4K movies but don't go rushing for a concession stand just yet.

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2 weeks ago

Master Python Programming for just $29

Learning to program with Python is not exactly the easiest process out there, but it is something that developers will have to conquer. Whether you are currently a programmer / developer or are looking to become one in the near future, odds are that you still have tons to learn. Unfortuantely, learning usually takes a lot of time and costs a decent amount as well, making it hard at times to justify doing it.

It doesn't always have to be that way, though. Especially with amazing bundles like this Python Programming Pro bundle which gives you access to six great courses. From learning data analysis to programming with Python for beginners, these courses cover lots of information that you will find valuable.

The courses you'll find in this bundle include:

  • Data Analysis With Python and Pandas $37 Value
  • Learn Python Django From Scratch $37 Value
  • Python Web Programming $37 Value
  • Data Visualization with Python and Matplotlib $37 Value
  • Python Programming for Beginners $27 Value
  • Python Game Development - Create a Flappy Bird Clone $17 Value

If you were to buy all of these courses individually you'd pay nearly $200, but right now you can grab the bundle for just $29, which is quite a deal. By the time you complete all of these courses you should be well on your way to being able to start development of your own game or web app.

Don't miss out and then be forced to shell out the regular price of $200 for this bundle, you will thank yourself later.

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2 weeks ago

Juice up your Moto Z with this new mophie juice pack Moto Mod

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There's a new Moto Mod out there.

The Moto Z has many alluring features, but the ability to just pop a bigger battery on the back and instantly increase your range without the cumbersome wires of a portable battery pack or the fickle placement of a Qi charger is one of the most enviable.

Battery mods for the Moto Z family are great, but they aren't cheap, and they don't go on sale that often. Well, Verizon has put the mophie juice pack Moto Mod on sale for $79.99, and if you have a Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Moto Z Play, or one of Verizon's Droid versions, you should seriously consider picking one up.

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2 weeks ago

Google Pixel vs. Galaxy S7 video stabilization test: Does OIS make a difference?

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Pixel XL vs GS7 edge

How does the Pixel's crazy gyro-based stabilization compare to the Galaxy S7's OIS?

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Google Pixel take radically different approaches to stabilizing your videos. On the GS7, you've got traditional optical image stabilization — a hardware feature that cushions the camera module to make video more stable, while also helping out with still shots in darker conditions. In addition, there's traditional software-based video stabilization available in the Settings menu.

On the Pixel, there's no physical stabilization — instead, Google's digital stabilization works with the phone's gyroscope to stabilize footage, with surprisingly great results.

So how do these differing approaches compare? Let's take a look.

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2 weeks ago

Google Pixel lens flare: What it is, and how to avoid it

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Google Pixel XL camera

There's a "problem" hitting Pixel phones: camera lens flare.

One thing is clear: when you're taking pictures with your Pixel of scenes that have one main source of bright light, you can often see what's known as "lens flare." It is definitely A Thing, but how widely this is happening and how unusual it is compared to other cameras (phone or not) is rather overblown.

To better understand what lens flare is, how it happens and how to help avoid it when shooting with your Pixel, we have a comprehensive explanation for you. Read on.

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2 weeks ago

How to fix Galaxy S7 battery life problems

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The Galaxy S7's battery is bigger than before, but you still don't want to waste what you have.

The eternal quest for longer battery life in smartphones continues on, as evermore efficient chips and bigger batteries are in a battle with new software, apps, features and big screens. You want your phone to do everything, but also do it for a very long time — and those things are at odds, especially if you don't want to be chasing around a wall outlet everywhere you go.

The Galaxy S7's 3000 mAh battery is bigger than last year's Galaxy S6 and offers really solid battery life, actually, but if you consistently find your GS7 coming up short at the end of the day we have a handful of tips for you to get the most out of what battery you have.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon rolls out early Black Friday Alexa-exclusive deals

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Alexa, what are your deals?

Amazon has started offering early Black Friday deals that can be purchased only through Alexa. Just ask the voice assistant "Alexa, what are your deals?" on the Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, Fire TV or the Fire HD tablet, and you'll receive a list of all the items on sale. Alternatively, you can also head to the dedicated deals page on Amazon to find all the items on sale.

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2 weeks ago

Download the OnePlus 3T wallpapers straight from the artist who made them

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OnePlus 3T wallpapers

Illustrator tells the story of how OnePlus's latest backdrops came to life.

OnePlus has become known for its unique and stylish wallpapers, thanks to the work of artist Hampus Olsson. For the upcoming OnePlus 3T, the company once again teamed up with the Swedish illustrator to bring to life four striking new abstract backgrounds.

And although the phone isn't out yet, you can already download all of them, in full 1080p resolution, from Olsson's personal site.

In today's blog post, Olsson tells how a summer traveling in Europe inspired his latest work for OnePlus:

I went around town looking for inspiration at various art galleries. On the way, I found a great art supply store where I bought myself lots of ink, acrylics, mediums, brushes and papers. It was incredibly fun, they had everything I needed! I then rented an apartment for a couple of days, where I experimented and used up all the materials I had bought, leaving the apartment filled with art, covering the whole floor so that I had to jump over the artworks to be able to navigate around.

Check out the full story, along with the wallpapers themselves, over on the artist's blog.

OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

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2 weeks ago

Three UK data breach lets criminals intercept customers' upgrade orders

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Three UK store

Three men arrested as police probe 'unlawful interception' of phones.

Three British men have been arrested and bailed as part of a police investigation into a data breach at network operator Three UK, BBC News reports. But far from being your average hack of customer data intended to harvest financial details, the group responsible accessed a database of customers due a phone upgrade, then used this information to "unlawfully intercept" their upgrade orders through store burglaries and other means.

More than 400 handsets stolen over a four-week period.

In a press release issued today, Three said that over the process had been going on over the past four weeks, during which time "400 high value handsets" were stolen through burglaries of stores, while eight phones were "illegally obtained through the upgrade activity."

Three insists customers' financial details were not compromised during the initial data breach, adding that it's taken measures to strengthen its security and prevent similar issues in future. The perpetrators used valid staff logins to access its upgrade systems, Three says.

This method is fairly unsophisticated by the standards of other high-profile data breaches, which target personal details and financial data like credit card and bank account numbers. Instead what's notable in this case is the use of compromised customer info to steal real world goods, which would presumably then be sold on.

Three says it's investigating how many customers may have been affected, and will be contacting them as soon as possible.

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