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3 weeks ago

Where to buy the LG V20 in the U.S.

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Where to buy the LG V20 in the U.S.

The LG V20 is coming to carriers in the U.S. — here are all the details.

After seeing the V10 come to AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in the U.S. last year, LG has worked with more carriers this time around with the V20. At the same time, it added B&H and Best Buy to the list of retailers that will be selling the phone as well. Together with the design and features of the V20 that are more widely appealing, it's important that the phone is also more widely available.

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3 weeks ago

How to exchange your recalled Galaxy Note 7 in Canada

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Following the global Note 7 recall that started last week, Canadians now have an official route from Samsung to replace their phone.

If you have a Galaxy Note 7 in your possession, you'll want to get it exchanged for a new unit. Regardless of whether you purchased the phone through your carrier or another retailer, Samsung Canada has made it clear how you'll be able to swap it out with a brand new unit free of charge.

Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President, Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada said:

"Samsung holds safety and consumer satisfaction as a top priority. While there have been no confirmed incidents in Canada, Samsung is taking a proactive approach to address customer needs around the Note7 and immediately addressing any consumer concerns."

In Canada, customers will have the option of exchanging their recalled Galaxy Note 7 it for a new Note 7, or instead opting for a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge through the carrier or retail outlet where they purchased their device. You can register your Galaxy Note 7 here for the recall right now.

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3 weeks ago

Company to announce new telephones

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Incredible, amazing, magical, groundbreaking, our best yet, and we think you're going to love it.

Hold onto your butts: It's time for another iPhone launch event.

The iPhone 7 (and 7 Plus) will be the tenth major refresh of Apple's smartphone, and if the rumors are to be believed, the third generation to use the same basic design as the iPhone 6. But there's still plenty of new things to get excited about. Stuff like:

As well as things Android phones have been doing for years, there'll be room for some surprises: Hitherto unknown software features, a new Apple Watch, colorful shirts and great hair — and probably the odd jab at exploding batteries.

Our pals at iMore will have all the live coverage you need in the run-up to the arrival of the feverishly anticipated telephone — so that's your destination for (non-sarcastic) commentary from the top Apple experts out there. The excitement begins at 10 a.m. Pacific time — that's 1 p.m. on the East coast.

You can also bet your favorite AC editors will have insightful snarktweets to offer throughout the entire presentation. The best tweets you've ever seen. They'll be big, bold, game-changing and industry-leading.

And we think you're going to love them.

Check out real, actual iPhone 7 coverage at iMore

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3 weeks ago

Best replacement watch bands for Samsung Gear S3

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What are the best third-party watch bands for Samsung Gear S3?

The Samsung Gear S3 was just recently announced, but its official release won't be until later this year in 2016.

Thankfully, if you're like us, you're probably already pretty excited for the new smartwatch, and are eager to customize the new gadget with some sleek and stylish, functional watch bands. The Gear S3 supports standard 22mm watch bands, making it really easy to upgrade with something new.

Here are a few of the best third-party watch bands to consider once you pick up your brand new Samsung Gear S3!

Rerii leather band

Rerii leather band

There's nothing more simple and stylish than a classic leather watch band, and Rerii nails it with their affordable 22mm leather band that the Samsung Gear S3!

Made from a high quality and sturdy yet lightweight and soft leather, the Rerii watch band comes with an easy-to-buckle stainless steel clasp, making it the perfect day-to-day band. Unlike some other watch straps, the Rerii's design is super simple and void of all logos, so it's perfect for people who want a classic-looking smartwatch accessory.

The Rerii leather band also comes in a number of vibrant, eye-catching colors, like black, brown, coffee, black with white stitching, brown with white stitching, or coffee with white stitching.

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TRUMiRR Milanese stainless steel band

TRUMiRR Milanese stainless steel band

The Milanese look has been a staple with traditional watch designs for decades, so incorporating the TRUMiRR Milanese stainless steel band might be the perfect fit if that's the particular style you're after.

This 22mm watch band is designed with a mesh, woven, stainless steel wire, and is adjustable for a variety of wrist sizes, so you never have to be uncomfortable while sporting your Samsung Gear S3.

To attach and detach your watch band, all you need to do is release a small spring bar, minimizing annoying tools. The TRUMiRR may not come in a ton of colors, but it does come in a shiny silver or a clean, classic black design.

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Barton silicone band

Barton silicone band

After garnishing its fair share of positive reviews online (nearly 522 five-star reviews, to be exact!) and coupled with an easy-release design, vibrant colors, comfortable feel, and much more, the Barton silicone band is a great option to check out while you're customizing your Samsung Gear S3.

The Barton silicone watch band is designed with a textured back, making the slipping and sliding of most smooth silicone bands a thing of the past. The silicone design also makes it a great tool for working out, as you can easily remove and wash it if it starts to look dirty or stink. To change your watch band, simply turn the band over and flip the switch – no tools are required!

You can pick your Barton band from a number of vibrant colors, including black, white, turquoise, forest green, brown, gray, burgundy, yellow, navy blue, orange, peach, dark gray, and baby blue.

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Ritche stainless steel watch band

Ritche stainless steel watch band

The Ritche 22mm stainless steel watch band is an affordable, high quality strap that keeps your Samsung Gear S3 looking classic and clean without any clutter or useless accents of other watch bands.

Unlike some other straps, the Ritche cannot be adjusted to fit individual wrists with a simple tightening system; rather, users will have to remove the links near the band's clasps in order to make the stainless steel Samsung Gear S3 accessory smaller.

To remove the Ritche, you will have to use a small tool which comes with the band. The Ritche only comes in one color, silver, but if you're looking for a watch with a similar style in a different color, then we suggest taking a peek at the Vetoo.

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ArtStyle nylon strap

ArtStyle nylon strap

Keep things simple, fun, and functional with the ArtStyle watch band made from a sturdy nylon material and a durable metal buckle!

The ArtStyle nylon strap is easily adjustable and is hypoallergenic, making it the perfect band to wear if you have sensitive skin. The material is also breathable and waterproof on top of being extremely comfortable to wear day-to-day.

On top of the ArtStyle's practical design, the watch strap comes in a ton of different, bright colors, including red, blue/yellow, black, black/gray, navy blue, gray, khaki, orange, army green, black/blue, black/green/red, black/gray/blue, black/gray/orange, black/gray/green, black/red.

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What's your pick?

Is there a third-party watch band that you think would be perfect for the Samsung Gear S3? Let us know in the comments below and we'll be sure to check it out!

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3 weeks ago

Amazon is offering the Moto G4 Play with ads for just $100

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Amazon recently announced that it would be offering discounts on select phones to load them with lock screen ads, and the Moto G4 Play is the latest addition to that collection.

If you don't mind seeing some ads, you can pick up one of Motorola's latest phones for just $99, which is a $50 savings. Featuring a 5-inch display, the Moto G4 Play has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with the ability to add a microSD card if you need more. The unlocked phone is compatible with all four major U.S. carriers, so you can simply pop your existing SIM card in it and get started.

Right now you can pre-order the phone, and it will be officially available starting September 15. If you don't want the ads, you can always pay the full $150 price tag. Otherwise, save some money and deal with the occasional ad by picking yours up for just $100. Will you be ordering one as a backup or to use daily? Let us know in the comments!

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3 weeks ago

Xiaomi may launch the 4K Mi Box in the U.S. in October

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Xiaomi's global VP Hugo Barra revealed that the company will make its way to the U.S. market in the near future, but it's going to be a while before we see the brand's stellar phones. That said, Xiaomi is all set to launch the Mi Box, a set-top box running Android TV that supports 4K playback. According to TechCrunch, the Mi Box will make its debut in October for under $100.

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3 weeks ago

Here's why Google Play Music needs an alarm feature

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Recently, Google Play Music added a sleep timer to its popular app at long last. If you fall asleep to music, congratulations — our phone doesn't have to run your lullaby all night! It's a wonderful addition to the app, one that brings two questions to my mind: where's a Material Dark theme so we aren't blinded listening before bed, and where's an alarm feature so we can wake up to music, too?

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3 weeks ago

Gmail: Ultimate guide

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It's time to take control of Gmail.

With over a billion monthly active users, Gmail is one of the most popular email clients around. The service has come a long way from its inception in 2004, and is continually adding new features and better spam prevention. If you're new to Android, or if you're just are looking for ways to get the best out of Gmail on the platform, read on.

Gmail is a part of Google Mobile Services, a collection of apps and APIs that are pre-installed on every Android phone certified by Google. If you have an Android phone that has the Play Store pre-installed, you'll also find Chrome, YouTube, Maps, Photos, Hangouts, and Play Music and Movies available out of the box. Let's take a look at what Gmail has to offer on Android.

Before we begin: You should enable two-factor authentication for your Google account if you haven't done so already. Security breaches are inevitable, and having an added layer of protection for your email account makes all the difference in the world.

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3 weeks ago

First comparison: LG V20 vs. Galaxy Note 7

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LG V20 vs. Galaxy Note 7

The late-2016 leader gets new competition from LG.

LG's new V20 is designed to appeal to far more people than its predecessor, from its slick metal exterior down to its piles of specs and features inside. And any time you trot out a big 5.7-inch phone, you're going to be compared with Samsung's latest Note — even more so when the Note 7 is only a month old at this point.

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3 weeks ago

LG V20 preview: Less rugged, more appealing

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LG V20

What was originally its own line now looks far closer to a member of the G family of phones.

Less than a year go, LG launched a brand new and somewhat-confusing line with the V10. It was bigger and more rugged than the G series — at the time led by the G4 — and ostensibly pointed at content creation rather than just consumption. The LG V10 had a larger screen with a unique always-on secondary screen, better audio output and recording, new camera controls that you could tweak all day, and a removable battery.

There are LG V10 fans out there. The problem is there aren't that many, and certainly not enough to have warranted LG continuing in the exact same direction with its next V phone. While the LG G5 certainly isn't flying off the shelves, its more general appeal has obviously led to more success than the V10. For that reason, it would seem, we have the LG V20 in 2016 that integrates much of what the G5 offered earlier this year with some of the core thoughts from the V10 sticking around.

The LG V20 ditches its tough-feeling exterior for something a bit more svelte, and adopts most of the software experience developed for the G5. At the same time, it carries on from the V10 by keeping its larger display and removable battery, while also doubling down on robust camera capabilities, top-end audio and extra features. It is, of course, the first phone shipping with Android 7.0 Nougat as well.

LG is fighting an uphill battle with the V20, but it's putting its best foot forward with this top-end flagship. Let us show you know it all comes together.

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3 weeks ago

LG V20 specs

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The V20 is a big phone, and it packs a lot of spec inside.

With the push of a button you can pop off the metal back of the LG V20 and get a look at (some of) its insides. The battery, SD card and fingerprint sensor-button mechanism are all in view. But you can't see everything, of course, and that's why we have this spec table for you. See the whole spec sheet for the LG V20 right here.

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3 weeks ago

LG V20 is official: Nougat-powered dual-screen phone arrives this month

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LG V20

LG's latest big-screened handset boasts a metal body and removable battery — along with new cameras and a secondary ticker display.

After a few weeks of slowly drip-feeding details, LG has today officially unveiled the V20, its latest large form factor phone — fine, "phablet," if you must — with a big focus on audiovisual performance and a refined metal body.

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3 weeks ago

How to use Inking in Microsoft Office for Android

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Create notes, sketches, drawings, and annotations in Microsoft Office using the Inking feature.

The new Inking feature on Microsoft Office apps – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – for Android allows you to draw or write in documents using a pen or stylus – or even a finger.

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3 weeks ago

Best HTC 10 accessories

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Get the most out of your HTC 10 with these great accessories.

The HTC 10 is one of the best Android phones you can own. If you've got one or are planning to get one, you'll also want to get some accessories to compliment your new device. We've outlined some of the best options — from cases and screen protectors to car mounts and microSD cards — to protect and enhance your HTC 10 experience.

Ice View Case from HTC

HTC Ice View case

The Ice View Case is the perfect combination of protection and functionality, specifically designed by HTC for their flagship phone. With a transparent screen cover, you're able take photos, read texts, switch between songs, and turn on the flashlight, while keeping your screen fully protected.

HTC Ice View also has support for third-party notifications, so you can keep up-to-date with social media at a glance.

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Not quite your style? Looking for a more heavy duty case perhaps? Check out our breakdown of the best cases for the HTC 10.


G-Colour Tempered Glass Screen Protector

G-Color tempered glass screen protector

If you decide to forego HTC's case with built-in screen cover, you're still going to want protect that beautiful 5.2-inch screen. G-Color's tempered glass offering for the HTC 10 is a great option.

It features an oleophobic coating to reduce smudges and fingerprints and, at only 0.24mm thick, you'll know you're protected without noticing the screen protector is there. We've also been keen on the Orzly's tempered glass screen protector, which purports to address the screen's curved edge. It's another option to check out if screen coverage is an important factor for you.

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Want more options for protecting your HTC 10 screen? Check out our roundup of the best tempered glass screen protectors for the HTC 10.


Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSD

Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSD

The HTC 10 supports expandable memory up to 200GB, via microSD — a feature you'll definitely want to take advantage of. One of the best options out there is the Samsung Evo Plus 128GB.

With write speeds of up to 80MB/s, this waterproof, magnet-proof microSD card will work great for storing your HD video, photos, music and games, and is a great choice if you're considering adoptable storage. It's an investment well worth the cost, especially if you're planning to take full advantage of the HTC 10's impressive cameras.

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Looking for more microSD options for your HTC 10? Check out our list of the best microSD cards for the HTC 10.


Belkin 6ft 2.0 USB Type-A to USB Type-C charging cable

Belkin 6ft 2.0 USB Type-A to USB Type-C charging cable

The HTC 10 has a new USB-C port, and uses Type-C cables for charging, so unless you've owned other devices that use this newer charging cable, you'll probably want to stock up on another for your car or office. With a length of 6 feet, this option from a trusted brand such as Belkin should give you all the versatility you require.

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TYLT Capio 2.0 Car Mount

TYLT Capio 2.0 Car Mount

The TYLT Capio 2.0 is a universal car mount that looks almost identical to the one HTC sells specifically for the HTC 10 — except at half the price. With a micro-gel suction cup that should securely adhere to any solid surface and a fully-adjustable swiveling arm, you should be able to set it up as you like in your car and be on your way.

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Still looking for another option for mounting your phone in your car? We've rounded up the best universal car mounts just for you.


Samsung LEVEL in-ear stereo headset

Samsung LEVEL in-ear headset

The HTC 10 features Boomsound technology, which means you'll enjoy fantastic audio quality when listening to your favorite music through the built-in speakers or through headphones.

This recommendation comes from our own Jerry Hildebrand's guide to choosing the best headphones. Samsung's LEVEL earbuds are perfect if you want good quality in a small, portable package, and they come with a hard zip-up case for storage and travel.

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Have your say

Got an accessory you love that didn't make our list? Mention it in the comments below!

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3 weeks ago

Google's September security update has three patch levels

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Google has broken the security patches down even further to make it easier for manufacturers.

For more than a year now, Google has been addressing security on Android through monthly updates. These updates are provided to Google's partners 30 days before being released to Nexus, Pixel, and Android One hardware in hopes that all of Android can be more secure every month. Despite these efforts, many Android phones still lack regular security updates. September 6th marks not only a new month for Google's security patch program, but a new step in further simplifying the security patch so more phones and tablets can remain up to date.

September's security patch levels will look like this:

  • 2016-09-01 — patches for a pair of Critical remote code execution vulnerabilities, many serious Elevation of Privilege vulnerabilities, several Information Disclosure vulnerabilities, and a pair of Denial of Service vulnerabilities all within Android itself.
  • 2016-09-05 — Everything in the 2016-09-01 patch, as well as patches for several kernel related Elevation of Privilege vulnerabilities, many Qualcomm driver-related vulnerabilities, and Elevation of privilege vulnerabilities found in other third-party drivers.
  • 2016-09-06 — Everything in the 2016-09-01 and 2016-09-05 patches, as well as a fix for a Critical Elevation of Privilege vulnerability in the kernel shared memory subsystem and a fix for a vulnerability in a Qualcomm networking component.

Obviously the September 6th patch level will make your phone or tablet the most secure, but breaking up the patches into specific categories like this makes it easier for many manufacturers to release something. Google's report reminds everyone that there have been no reported cases of active exploits using any of the vulnerabilities fixed in these patches, but these are all still incredibly important additions to Android itself and should be installed as soon as possible. If you have a Nexus, Pixel, Android One, or BlackBerry Android phone you'll see this update arrive shortly through and Over the Air update. If you'd prefer to install that update on a Nexus right now, you can find the images on Google's Developer Site.

For every other manufacturer, we'll have to wait and see which patch level is offered in their update!

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