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How to try ChromeOS on a virtual machine before you buy a Chromebook

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Seeing what Chrome is like without spending a penny is easy on Windows, Mac or Linux with a virtual machine.

I like to tell people that they should try a Chromebook. I think it's simply the best platform for a laptop for most home-users, and the price-point is perfect. But saying something is easy — it's the believing part that is a little harder. Taking a gamble by spending $200 or more based on what other people think can be difficult. I feel you because I'm a bit of a tightwad myself and while I'm not from Missouri I usually need to see something for myself before I make a decision.

If that sounds like you, too, this is something you'll need to try.

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2 days ago

The importance of a OnePlus phone you can actually buy

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OnePlus 3

What happens when OnePlus competes on something other than making noise.

Like its two predecessors, the OnePlus 3 offers a lot of phone for not a lot of money. But there's a crucial distinction this year, as arguably the biggest barrier to entry no longer applies — you can purchase a OnePlus 3, from launch day, without an invite. And that's huge for a bunch of reasons, some of them more obvious than others.

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2 days ago

Best arcade games for Android

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Best arcade games for Android

Bring back all the nostalgic feels with these arcade classics for Android.

For all the great new games that are released on Android, sometimes you want to play something ... familiar. Maybe something a little retro that reminds you of those arcade days spent plugging quarters into standalone machines for hours on end.

You can relive those moments on your Android phone with these great arcade games available in the Google Play Store.

PAC-MAN

PAC-MAN for Android

The quintessential arcade classic has been ported to Android over and over again, with a dozen of different twists on the tried and true gaming formula. But if you're looking for a pure Pac-Man experience, Bandai-Namco's free PAC-MAN app is everything you'll need.

In Classic Mode, you'll find everything looks and plays as you remember — minus the need for a stack of quarters. Once you've had your fill of the classic mazes, check out the collection of new mazes which add a new layer of strategy.

Tournament mode adds another layer of replay. Try and set the high score in regularly occurring tournaments against players from around the world.

PAC-MAN is a free download in the Google Play Store, and includes in-app purchases for different maze packs.

Download:PAC-MAN (free)

Galactic Nemesis

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Galactic Nemesis is an updated version of arcade classics like Galaga and Galaxian for your Android phone. Blast your way through wave after wave of alien invaders, upgrading your ship as you go.

Controls are dead simple. Tap and drag your finger around the screen to move and shoot at the same time. Power-ups collect along the right side of the screen, so simply tap them when you need a little help. You get the first world for free but will have to pay $1.99 to unlock 3 other worlds. You'll also get 10 ships to unlock, over 50 in-game challenges, and no ads. With great pixel art, simple controls, and a winning gameplay formula, you can't go wrong with Galactic Nemesis if you're into classic arcade games.

Download: Galactic Nemesis (free with in-app purchases)

Metal Slug 3

Metal Slug 3 for AndroidMetal Slug 3 for Android

A classic run-and-gun arcade title, Metal Slug 3 has been perfectly ported over to the Google Play Store and is worth checking out if you're a fan of the original games or simply enjoy action arcade shooting games.

The Android version gives you multiple ways to play.There's a single player campaign, which you can play in classic Arcade Mode or Mission Mode, which allows you to play your favorite mission or practice a particularly tough mission.

If your friends have the game, you can connect up via Bluetooth and play co-op modes. Metal Slug is always more fun with friends, so the addition of wireless local multiplayer greatly enhances the replay value.

Download: Metal Slug 3 ($2.99)

R-Type

Fans of R-Type will enjoy how smooth this classic side-scrolling shoot-em-up game plays on Android. Man your ship and take down the alien invasion one level at a time.

The game lets you control your ship directly via touch or using an on-screen joystick (Bluetooth controller support would have been nice here) and has a toggle for autofire. We've found the touch control to be the best compromise for allowing full control for evading enemies without obstructing too much of the screen.

Having reliable controls is important because this game is as tough as you remember it being. With wave after wave of enemies, tough boss battles, and one-hit deaths, you're in for a real challenge with R-Type.

Download: R-Type ($1.99)

SoulCalibur

Soul Calibur for AndroidSoul Calibur for Android

We'd be remiss to have a list of best arcade games without at least one fighting game making the cut. This port of Soul Calibur is one of the nicest direct ports we've seen, featuring (thankfully) updated graphics from the 1998 original.

Beyond the classic Arcade Mode, there are multiple game modes to enjoy: Time Attack challenges you to beat all characters as fast as you can, Survival sees how far you can go in sudden-death battles, and Extreme Survival cranks things up to see how far you can go without being hit.

Before you click your heels and jump into the Google Play Store to get this one, here's the bad news: the price. At $13.99, this is priced more along the lines of a console download than a mobile offering. But this is essentially a full-fledged console game on your phone. This might be strictly for the hardcore SoulCalibur fans, but if you're looking for a quality fighting game for your Android device, SoulCalibur is as good as you'll find.

The only other downside besides the price is its lack of controller support; however, the virtual gamepad is surprisingly responsive and fully customizable.

Download: SoulCalibur ($13.99)

Pinball Arcade

Pinball Arcade for AndroidSoul Calibur for Android

For fans of pinball, nothing will quite replicate the experience of playing on a glass-top pinball cabinet. Pinball Arcade for Android might just be the next best thing, featuring 70 classic pinball tables.

Each table is faithfully reproduced with all original features and graphics in rather stunning 3D graphics.

You get the full Arabian Nights table for free and are able to play free versions of all of the other tables included in the game, but you must plop down some serious cash to get full access to the other tables, which are sold individually ($5-$9 per table) or as part of a Season Pack ($35-$42 per season pack).

These prices are going to be way too steep for most, but if you're a hardcore Pinball fan who collects pinball cabinets, you'll appreciate the ability to test and play classic tables for a fraction of the cost of owning one in real life.

Download: Pinball Arcade (free with in-app purchases)

Any arcade games we missed?

In our research, there were a number of games we seriously considered but dropped for one reason or another, including Atari's Greatest Hits (too many in-app purchases), Double Dragon Trilogy (game wouldn't load for us), and Crazy Taxi Classic (also wouldn't load). Let us know in the comments below if there are obvious ones we missed.

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2 days ago

Netflix may enable offline viewing by the end of the year

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It looks like Netflix may offer an option to download and watch videos offline, much like Amazon's Prime Video. According to LightReading (via PhoneArena), the ability to save videos for offline viewing should make its debut by the end of the year.

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2 days ago

The Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Edition breaks cover

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Earlier this year, it was reported that Samsung would be coming out with a special variant of the Galaxy S7 edge for the 2016 Olympics. Thanks to Evan Blass, we now have an idea as to how the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Edition will look like:

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2 days ago

KFC India's 'Watt-A-Box' will charge your phone while you eat

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KFC India has come out with a brilliant promotion to advertise its 5-in-1 meal box. Dubbed "Watt-A-Box," the meal is packaged in a box that contains a portable battery along with micro-USB, USB, and Lightning connectors, allowing you to plug in your and charge your phone as you eat.

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2 days ago

Will EU roaming become more expensive after Brexit?

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Are we in for a roaming price hike when the UK leaves the European Union?

With British voters having chosen to leave the European Union in the June 23 referendum, one of the many areas affected by "Brexit" is the cost of Brits using their phones on the continent. As it stands, EU law restricts how much operators based in one member state can charge for calls, texts and data in another. And in the next year roaming fees between EU countries will be abolished altogether.

So following the referendum result, what does the future hold for European roaming?

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2 days ago

WhatsApp users are making 100 million calls daily

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WhatsApp users are now making over 100 million calls every day, which translates to over 1,100 calls per second. The popular messaging service crossed 1 billion users earlier this year, with recent reports stating that the app is now used by 95% of all smartphone users in India and 94% of smartphone owners in Brazil, two of its largest markets.

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2 days ago

Xiaomi is finally launching the Mi 5 in black and gold in India

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Xiaomi is finally making the black and gold color options of the Mi 5 available in India. The black variant will be up for sale starting later today, and will no longer be limited to Xiaomi's own website as retailers Amazon and Flipkart are set to start selling the handset.

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3 days ago

YouTube announces mobile live broadcasting coming 'soon' for everyone

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Though the likes of Periscope and Facebook Live are the talk of the town right now in mobile live video broadcasting, YouTube is now ready to get into the game. Taking to the YouTube Creator blog, Google has announced that live broadcasts will be coming to the YouTube app "soon" and that it'll be "more reliable than anything else out there."

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3 days ago

MTS shareholders vote to approve $3.9 billion acquisition by Bell

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BCE, parent company of Canada's third-largest wireless carrier Bell Mobility, has now overcome at least one hurdle to acquiring Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS), with the majority of MTS shareholders approving the deal.

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3 days ago

How to report a bug on your Chromebook

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Let the Chrome team know about the bugs they need to look at — and do things the right way.

With Android app support slowly trickling into the Chrome Dev channel, there are plenty of folks who would normally use something more stable on their Chromebook running it. That means there are more of us to find bugs, and we all should report them. That's how we can help make Chrome better!

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3 days ago

Best Chrome extensions for staying in touch

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Best Chrome extensions for staying in touch

What are the best Chrome extensions for staying in touch?

If you spend a lot of time on the internet and you love using Chrome, you probably know about extensions. With the amount of messaging and email utilities out there, some of the best can be lost in the pile. Maybe you want to schedule emails for future release, or maybe you want to quickly share articles or pictures with friends and followers. Maybe you need some help with your grammar while you write that email, or need some help translating sentences for friends you met while traveling. No matter your reason, here are the best Chrome extensions for staying in touch.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger

Anyone familiar with the mobile Facebook Messenger app will immediately realize the benefits of this extension. A small window showing your friends and recent chats opens up at the side of your browser; share pictures, video, and text, and receive alerts when you receive messages.

See at Chrome Web Store


Point

Point

Sign into this extension with your Google account and begin sharing articles with friends. Share the article, highlight text while your friends are viewing, and chat in real time in a pop-out window. It's like you're sitting around a newspaper, holding a highlighter, talking about the subject. This app makes discussing news in the information age more effortless than ever before.

See at Chrome Web Store


Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts

What you have here is a built-in text, voice, and video chat extension for Chrome. Best part? It's all free. Chat with multiple people at once (great for meetings or family gatherings), send images and photos, and use over 850 emojis to express yourself. Hangouts even keeps a record of chats so you can go back and see who you should catch up with.

See at Chrome Web Store


Boomerang for Gmail

Boomerang

Boomerang allows you to take complete control over your Gmail inbox. Imagine: you're going to be offline for a couple of days but don't want your dear mother to worry about you. Schedule a reassuring message to send sometime during the period you're offline. This extension also lets you track messages and set reminders within Gmail, so you'll never forget to send an important email again.

See at Chrome Web Store


Grammarly

Grammarly

Although the internet does its best to destroy all languages, Grammarly is putting up a fight. Use their built-in text editor to ensure your writing is up to snuff before publishing or emailing, and receive real-time suggestions as you type around the internet. You can also copy and paste text from anywhere to verify grammar. The free version of Grammarly does a suitable job, but if you want to upgrade to Premium (deeper grammar check) it will cost you about $30 a month.

See at Chrome Web Store


Google Translate

Google Translate

Wish you could read web pages published in a foreign language? You can! With the web page open, just click the Translate button and choose to translate the entire page. If you'd like to translate a sentence or two, highlight the text and click the translate button. You can even hear how the words are pronounced in the specific language you're translating from. This is a great extension for anyone who loves to travel — keep up with friends you made in faraway lands.

See at Chrome Web Store


WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp

This WhatsApp extension pops out from Chrome in its own little window. It allows you to text friends also using WhatsApp as though you're using your phone, great for locations with internet but no cell service.

See at Chrome Web Store


Buffer

Buffer

Buffer lets you take content from the web and post it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. Just right click on an image or article and click on Buffer from the menu. You can also schedule posts and tweets for a later time, and you'll be able to track traffic around your content. This is a great extension for people who put out a lot of content on social media sites.

See at Chrome Web Store


Giphy for Gmail

Giphy for Gmail

Giphy lets you search GIFs by keyword to be inserted into your emails. Adding this extension to Chrome puts a small button in new Gmail messages; just click the button, search for a suitable GIF, and click it to insert. This is a fantastic way to spruce up your emails and is a big hit with everyone who uses it.

See at Chrome Web Store


Your choice?

What is your favorite Chrome extensions for keeping in touch? Let us know in the comments section below!

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3 days ago

Never Alone: Ki Edition is rolling out to the Google Play Store

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E-Line Media is now rolling out Never Alone: Ki Edition, the Android adaptation of the acclaimed PC and console adventure game, to the Google Play Store.

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3 days ago

Best T-Mobile prepaid phones

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Best T-Mobile prepaid phones

Shopping T-Mobile's prepaid plans? Get the best phone to match.

What's awesome about T-Mobile's prepaid plans is that you can shop their selection of phones or bring your own unlocked phone. We're running down the best phones you can buy or bring to T-Mobile to use with its prepaid plans.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge top our list of the best T-Mobile prepaid phones. Samsung built on what was already outstanding about the Galaxy S6 and made it even better.

The camera is at the top of the Android phone game, especially when it comes to low-light shots and the Quad HD Super AMOLED displays on both phones show off your photography skills in crystal clarity, which makes video watching a vivid experience.

The battery life has been improved significantly so your phone will keep up with you, no matter how busy your day gets. Samsung still has a way to go with some of their software but overall its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are tops.

Need to know more? Check out our reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

See at T-Mobile

LG G5

LG G5

Another contender in the great camera category is the LG G5. The two rear-facing cameras take excellent shots; one is the 16-megapixel main camera and the other is an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, though the front facing camera still snaps terrific selfies.

The modular design from LG is unique and the removable battery is an added bonus. The 5.3-inch Quad HD quantum display is ideal for video viewing and game playing and the Snapdragon 820 processor is powerful and makes multitasking a breeze.

Added perk? You'll be able to enjoy the benefits of LG's Friends ecosystem, which is set to expand in the near future.

Want to learn more about the LG G5? Have a look at our review to get in the know.

See at T-Mobile

HTC 10

HTC 10

If music is your soul food, you should get your hands on the HTC 10. The BoomSound Hi-Fi set up gives you a front-facing tweeter and a bottom-facing woofer, each with a dedicated amp and the headphone jack has a dedicated amp that makes earphone listening an impressive and powerful experience.

The HTC 10 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM and also supports adoptable storage, which lets you mount your microSD card as a permanent part of your phone.

The 5.2-inch SuperLCD5 screen is well laid-out but a bit challenging in bright, outdoor light. The phone features a fingerprint scanner that doubles as a home button, but watch for the back and recent apps keys surrounding the home button; their order is in reverse compared to Samsung, if that's a style you're used to.

Learn more about the HTC 10 by reading our extensive review.

See at T-Mobile

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

The latest phone from upstart manufacturer OnePlus offers superb value, selling for just $400 unlocked and SIM-free. And naturally, the U.S. version of the phone will work great on T-Mobile with prepaid service.

So what does your 400 bucks get you? How about the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, a premium metal design, a 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display and a 16-megapixel camera with OIS (optical image stabilization.) Meanwhile OnePlus's proprietary Dash Charge tech lets you charge to 60 percent in just 30 minutes.

So that's more hardware than is on offer from many rivals around this price point. What's more, the OnePlus 3 also boasts OnePlus's OxygenOS software, which closely matches the look of stock Android, while adding useful shortcuts and tweaks throughout.

For even more on the OnePlus 3, check out our full review.

See at OnePlus

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone 6s Plus

We may be on Android Central but we can't leave out the offerings from Apple when we're looking at the best phones for T-Mobile's prepaid plans.

First and foremost, let's talk size. The iPhone 6s has a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 6s Plus screen comes in at 5.5 inches. Both feature the Retina HD display that has become Apple's calling card.

If you can't do without photo and video-taking on a daily basis, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are just as much cameras as they are phones. For example, the iPhone 6s shoots in 1080p, which is already outstanding, but the iPhone 6s Plus shoots in 4K and features optical image stabilization to compensate for the subtle movement of your hands when recording.

There's more to know about both phones. Check out iMore's reviews of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

See at T-Mobile

The more you know

Still not convinced by any of our selections? Have a look through a few more options suitable for T-Mobile on our list of the best unlocked phones and take your pick.

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