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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 3T vs. OnePlus 3: What's the difference?

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OnePlus 3

Here are the differences between the original OnePlus 3 and its mid-cycle replacement.

To lay it down from the start: not much has changed from the five-month-old OnePlus 3 to the new OnePlus 3T. Externally, things are identical between the two aside from a new color option. Internally is where you'll find the subtle (yet important) changes, though most of the internal specs remain unchanged as well.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 3T specs: Snapdragon 821, 3400 mAh battery and 128GB storage option

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OnePlus 3T

From the outside, things look dead identical to the original OnePlus 3 — so it's what's on the inside that counts.

For this mid-cycle refresh, OnePlus has focused on bumping the specs and adding a few extra hardware features to the OnePlus 3T. The core of the experience in terms of external hardware, display and main camera components remain unchanged. But internally we have some new additions with a better processor, new front camera, 128GB storage option and a larger battery.

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2 weeks ago

Google's new PhotoScan app gets your printed photos up to the cloud

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It's getting even easier to build up a digital archive of your old photos.

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Most of us use Google Photos to back up every shot we take, but now Google has a great tool that lets you capture and upload your old printed photos as well. It's called PhotoScan, and it's a simple tool that will help you get your old prints backed up to the cloud right alongside your new photos taken with your phone.

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2 weeks ago

VINCI 1.5: The World's most ambitious wireless headphones

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What do you get when you mix Amazon Alexa, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Play Music, a heart rate monitor, GPS, 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth with a neon-colored headset fitted with a huge LCD display running a custom build of Android? You get VINCI: the most ambitious wireless headphones I've ever used.

To be clear, VINCI 1.5 – and its higher-end sibling, VINCI 1.5 Pro – aren't quite ready for primetime so I wasn't able to test all of their promised functionality. But if even half of VINCI's features work as designed, this is definitely a "hearable" series worth keeping your eye on – especially at the Kickstarter price.

Join Mr Mobile as we check them out together!

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2 weeks ago

Google's post-Brexit plans to include £1 billion investment in UK headquarters expansion, new jobs

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Google is expanding in the UK, solidifying its presence for years to come.

After initial fears of big companies leaving the UK after its Brexit vote, Google has announced plans to build a new London headquarters and nearly double its workforce there by 2020. The new office in King's Cross, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, will size up at 650,000 sqft and give Google the room to expand from its current 4,000 employees in London to 7,000. The total expenditure for the expansion is expected to reach £1 billion.

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2 weeks ago

Backdoor in some cheap Android phones sent personal data to China

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If you've used certain kinds of disposable or prepaid Android phone, your device may have been unknowingly transmitting personal data and usage information to a Chinese server, according to a new report released by security contractors at Kryptowire.

As reported by the New York Times, code written by Shanghai Adups Technology Company was preinstalled on some Android phones and used to monitor where users go and record communication data including call logs and text messages.

From the article:

Kryptowire, the security firm that discovered the vulnerability, said the Adups software transmitted the full contents of text messages, contact lists, call logs, location information and other data to a Chinese server. The code comes preinstalled on phones and the surveillance is not disclosed to users, said Tom Karygiannis, a vice president of Kryptowire, which is based in Fairfax, Va. "Even if you wanted to, you wouldn't have known about it," he said.

Making things all the more troubling was the fact that this was no bug in the code, but instead an intentional effort by Adups to "help a Chinese phone manufacturer monitor user behavior" via device firmware. This information comes from a document Adups provided to executives from BLU, a U.S-based manufacturer of budget Android devices. According to BLU CEO Samuel Ohev-Zion, the company was unaware of the backdoor, but says that BLU moved quickly to correct it and has been assured by Adups that all information taken from Blue customers has been destroyed:

Mr. Ohev-Zion, the BLU chief executive, said he was confident that the problem had been resolved for his customers. "Today there is no BLU device that is collecting that information," he said.

Adups writes software code for phones, cars and other IoT devices, boasting on their website that they have 700 million active users across over 200 countries and regions. BLU told the NYT that 120,000 of its phones had been effected. The full scope and scale of this discovery still unclear at this time.

Android Central reached out to BLU for comment, but had not received a response as of press time.

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2 weeks ago

Take to the skies with this $34 drone today!

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If you've been looking to pick up an entry level drone, you won't want to miss out on this sweet deal on Syma's Quadcopter at Amazon. Using coupon code SDF61287 drops the price on this one down to just $34, a savings of $26. The quadcopter has a built-in camera which can record video and take pictures while flying it around, and even stream them right to your phone to see what you are capturing in real-time. It has a 6-axis flight control systems, 3D lock, and much more.

While not the top of the line, this is a great starting point to get your feet wet in flying something in the sky. At this price, you won't want to miss out on this deal. Whether you want one for yourself or a gift for the upcoming holiday season, be sure to get your order in before the deal is gone!

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2 weeks ago

Twitter introduces tool to mute words, hashtags and emoji

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Twitter is trying to win back the support of people who have left the network.

Twitter has debuted a number of new tools to cut down on harassment and improve user engagement on a network that repeatedly has been accused of fostering hate speech through its public forum.

The main feature is an expansion of the "mute" tool that previously only allowed for the silencing of individual accounts. Now, users can mute or block specific words, hashtags and even emoji, along with individual conversations, to prevent being notified when those terms are used. Twitter wrote in a blog post,

This is a feature we've heard many of you ask for, and we're going to keep listening to make it better and more comprehensive over time.

The new tool comes into effect over the coming days for all users worldwide, and is being introduced alongside a revamped "hateful conduct policy" that makes it easier to report hate speech and other harassing behavior. Twitter says it has also trained "all of our support teams on our policies, including special sessions on cultural and historical contextualization of hateful conduct, and implemented an ongoing refresher program. We've also improved our internal tools and systems in order to deal more effectively with this conduct when it's reported to us. Our goal is a faster and more transparent process."

Despite being demoed on iOS, the Android version should work the same as below.

What do you think? Will this be an effective tool to stop harassment?

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2 weeks ago

Google Home: How to set up Philips Hue integration

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OK, Google. Let's do cool stuff.

Google Home does more than play music. It's designed to be a smart controller for your connected things around the home. Of course, one of the most popular connected thing on many homes is a Philips Hue bridge and one or more connected lamps. Using Google Home it's easy to control your Hue lamps with your voice. Here's how to get things set up.

  • Download the Philips Hue app from Google Play. If you have an iPhone or an iPad get it from the app store. You need to set everything up and get the bridge connected to your network using the official Hue app. If you're connecting the Hue bridge to a router that's in bridge mode, make sure you can connect your phone on the same side of the bridged router. If you don't know what this means you probably don't have a bridged router and don't have to worry about it. Also, yo dawg I heard you like bridges so I put a bridge in your bridge.
  • Use your Google account to set up the Hue app. Use this same Google account to set up Google Home.
  • Once everything works and is properly connected, open the Google Home app on your phone. You need to be connected to the Internet either through your WiFi or through your carrier service.
  • Open the hamburger menu (slide in from the left) and find the entry labeled Home control and tap to open it.
  • Tap the plus button and choose Philips Hue from the list.
  • Follow the instructions on the page that opens and enter your Google account information when it asks you to. You'll need to press the button on your bridge during the setup so make sure everything is where you can reach it.
  • Start talking to your lamps!

Here's what you can say.

  • To turn on/off a light say: "Turn on (light name)"
  • To dim a light say: "Dim the (light name)"
  • To brighten a light say: "Brighten the (light name)"
  • To set a light brightness to a certain percentage say: "Set (light name) to 50%"
  • To dim or brighten a light by a certain percentage say: 'Dim/Brighten (light name) by 50%"
  • To change the color of a light say: "Turn (light name) green"
  • To turn all lights on/off in a room say: "Turn on/off lights in (room name)"
  • To turn all lights on/off say: "Turn on/off all of the lights"

If you have multiple lights in a room and have set up the group as a room in your Hue account, anything that works with one light will also work with an entire room. Just say the room name instead of the individual light name.

I haven't touched a light switch since I got this thing, and I think it works great. Keep an eye on AC for more things you can do with your Google Home!

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2 weeks ago

WhatsApp officially launches video calling

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Major new feature rolling out 'in the coming days.'

A few weeks after WhatsApp added video calling to its beta channel, the Facebook-owned chat platform has announced that it's ready for stable roll-out. The new version will reach WhatsApp users on Android, iOS and Windows "in the coming days."

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2 weeks ago

Huawei Mate 9 Pro is a Porsche Design Mate 9 without the Porsche branding

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No word on any release outside of China for now.

Huawei has announced a third variant of its new Mate 9 for its home market of China, following the announcement of the regular Mate 9 and its pricey Porsche Design-branded sibling. As Gizchina reports, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro is basically a Porsche Design Mate 9 without the Porsche branding and sleek black paint job. And there are a few internal hardware tweaks, too.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 3T: Play this neat flying game while you wait for the new phone

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OnePlus 3T game

Collect blue things. Avoid red things.

The OnePlus 3T is due to be unveiled today, bringing an expected upgrade to a Snapdragon 821 processor, among other rumored hardware upgrades. That's has led some impatient fans to start probing OnePlus's web servers for early clues about what to expect.

Turns out if you hit up oneplus.net/oneplus-3t or oneplus.net/3t, you're treated to.... not an unannounced smartphone, but a fun little flying game to keep you occupied until all is revealed. Take to the skies in your stylized polygonal airplane, collecting blue blobs and avoiding red ones. Basically, it's a neat little endless runner that you can play with a mouse, trackpad or touchscreen.

It's not clear whether there's any reward for high scores. (There's no scoreboard that we can see.) Either way, there shouldn't be too long left before we find out what's next from OnePlus. A tweet posted around six hours hints at an announcement around 1 p.m. ET.

Be sure to hit the comments and let us know how far you get in the game!

OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

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2 weeks ago

Amazon Prime UK price drops to £59 this week

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Grand Tour tie-in gives new subscribers a £20 discount on a year of Prime.

In the run-up to the first episode of Top Gear spiritual successor The Grand Tour hitting Amazon Prime Video, the company is sweetening the deal for viewers in the UK. New British Amazon Prime subscribers to sign up this week can get a year's membership for £59, a £20 saving on the regular price.

As well as getting to see the latest antics from Clarkson, Hammond and May, Prime subscribers also get a discount if they sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited, which officially launched in the UK yesterday. That's in addition to Prime Video, Twitch Prime and speedy delivery on other stuff ordered from the retail giant.

The deadline for sign-up is midnight this Friday, November 18, after which Prime reverts back to the regular £79 annual price. The discount also doesn't apply if you take a 30-day free Prime trial.

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2 weeks ago

This crazy bundle scores you a 55-inch 4K TV and PlayStation 4 Pro for $999

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Right now you can grab this killer PlayStation 4 Pro deal that bundles it with a Sony 55-inch 4K TV at Amazon for just $999. Bundling everything together saves you just shy of $300, which means that you have some extra cash around to pick up a few games or other accessories to get you started with your new system. The TV set also has Android TV built into it, so you'll be able to stream your favorite media and more without having to go out and purchase other accessories for it.

If you've been looking to upgrade your TV and want the new PlayStation 4, this is a bundle you won't want to miss out on. Odds are that this won't last long, so if you are interested be sure to act quickly!

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2 weeks ago

Android is finally on Instagram

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It looks like #TeamAndroid is keeping it real #nofilter style

Instagram has been on Android for a while, but now Android is on Instagram.

The folks from Mountain View have set up a new Instagram account and promise "#AndroidAdventures & more." They have posted several static images and animations that form a colorful grid, but so far no adventures of any kind.

 #Android

A photo posted by Android (@android) on Nov 14, 2016 at 4:10am PST

We're looking forward to whatever adventures they may have planned.

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