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2 weeks ago

Grab a Google Home for $99 for a limited time starting Nov 23

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Now this how you drive adoption of a new smart home product.

Google is starting Black Friday a little early, and on Wednesday (November 23) you'll be able to snag a Google Home for just $99 at the Google Store, Best Buy, Target and Walmart.

It's easy to set up, fun to play with and you can make your Hue lamps do stuff by talking to it. Now you can save $30, too.

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2 weeks ago

Huawei's holiday sale will save you money on phones, tablets and wearables

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Save big on great products from Huawei at the places where you'll already be shopping.

Huawei is offering some great deals on the Honor 8, Huawei Fit, Huawei Watch, MediaPad M3 and the MateBook + through popular resellers for their holiday sale. The sales start today and run until December 2. Here is what you can get, where you can get it and how long the deal will last.

Save $200 on a Huawei MateBook+ with keyboard and $300 on a MateBook+ bundle at the Microsoft Store. The bundle includes the MateBook+, keyboard, pen and dock. This deal runs until December 2.

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Snag a 32GB Honor 8 for $299.99 or a 64GB Honor 8 for $399 at Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg or B&H. These deals run from November 25 through 28.

Chat about this, as well as a separate $1 Flash sale on the Honor 8 in the forums.

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The MediaPad M3 is $249 at Amazon between November 25 and November 28.

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The Huawei Fit is $99 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg until November 28.

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Save $200 on select styles of the Huawei Watch at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Google Store, Newegg and Target until December 2.

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2 weeks ago

Motorola Black Friday deals: Save buckets of cash on the Moto Z and a Moto Mod

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$250 off Verizon and unlocked Moto Z bundles make Thanksgiving Santa especially jolly.

Motorola has posted their Black Friday deals, and if you're in the market for a new Moto Z you'll like what you see.

For the appetizer, you can save $100 on the second generation Moto 360. You also get free shipping and you can run it through Moto Maker for a bit of personal flair. $249 is a great price for this one.

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2 weeks ago

Google Maps now tells you when places are busy in real time

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Manage your time better with the new Google Maps update.

Google Maps has received a small update today focusing on improving time rationing at busy stores around the holiday (and beyond). In an update to Google Maps for Android and iOS, the service now tells you not only the general times when a restaurant, bar or store is busy, but, where available, a real-time summary of its popularity.

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2 weeks ago

Amplifi HD Home Wi-Fi system review: Your next Wi-Fi router

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Ubiquiti Networks' Amplifi HD promises complete coverage and fast network speeds for your whole house. And it delivers.

Mesh networking isn't exactly a new thing. But an affordable way to get started, and a setup routine that doesn't need a network engineer to make everything work is new. Even Google is taking part of a recent consumer push for fast and easy mesh networking in your house with Google Wifi. Everyone needs fast internet for things like streaming movies or playing online games, and for some homes, a single router solution won't cut it. That's where mesh networking comes in.

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2 weeks ago

Protect your OnePlus 3T with one of these cases for just $6

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If you're thinking about picking up a OnePlus 3, you'll want to have a nice case to protect it from the first day. Ringke is currently offering up its clear back TPU bumper case for just $6 at Amazon with a coupon code. This is a 50% savings on the case, which is quite a deal, and at $6 there is very little reason that you wouldn't grab one.

You can pick between an all clear version or a smoke black version which adds some tint to it.

These coupon codes won't last long, so if you are interested, be sure to grab one now!

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2 weeks ago

MrMobile's OnePlus 3T review: More to love?

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The OnePlus 3T is physically identical to its predecessor aside from a new gunmetal paint job, so it has to rely on small bumps in processor, camera and software to stand out against the OnePlus 3 it's replacing.

Do these improvements make the OnePlus 3T worth its $40 price increase? Does it still beat out other smartphones in its class? Are you quick enough to catch a sly "Mr. T" joke? These questions and more answered in MrMobile's OnePlus 3T review!

Stay social, my friends

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2 weeks ago

Google claims Google Wifi is considerably faster than Eero and Luma routers

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Google says its own multi-router networking solution bests the more expensive competition.

Now that Google Wifi is on sale and shipping within the next two weeks, Google has put out a blog post showing just how well in performs against the mesh networking competition. Google provided its latest networking equipment to an independent testing company, Allion USA, to test in a controlled environment against both Eero and Luma.

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2 weeks ago

Best replacement watch bands for Samsung Gear S3

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Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic

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

The Samsung Gear S3 is pretty new, and hasn't been available for very long.

Thankfully, there are already some great sleek and stylish, functional watch bands to replace the one that comes in the box. 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 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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2 weeks ago

Instagram borrows from Facebook, Snapchat with live video, expiring photos

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What's old is new again with Instagram's latest update.

Instagram is beginning to roll out some new features that will seem oddly familiar to Snapchat users and fans of Facebook live videos. In its latest update, Instagram has added live video to Instagram Stories, along with disappearing images and videos in direct messages to friends and groups.

The update has yet to reach all users, but when it does you'll find the new live video option by swiping right in the Stories camera mode. Your followers may receive a notification to let them know when you're live, and you'll be able to stream for up to an hour. When someone is live, you'll see "Live" under their profile pic on the Instagram Stories feed. Simply tap their story to join their stream, where you can comment. The streamer also has the option to pin their favorite comments to the stream. Live videos will also be found in the Explore tab.

This sounds pretty much identical to Facebook Live, which was launched back in April to allow all of Facebook's 1.79 billion users to stream live video right from the Facebook mobile app.

Meanwhile, Instagram has taken another page out of Snapchat's playbook with it's new direct messaging feature. With the new update, you'll be able to send photos or videos directly to friends or groups that will expire as soon as they're viewed. Take a silly selfie, slap a sticker on it and send it off to your Instagram besties. You'll then be able to see if your snaps — I mean, direct messages — have been replayed or screenshotted.

Sound familiar at all?

Let us know if you've gotten the update, and what you think about Instagram's 'innovations'.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 3T review: Rekindling a love story

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OnePlus 3T

The best budget-minded flagship gets even better with a mid-cycle spec bump.

The OnePlus 3 is easily the company's most complete (and well-received) product, offering a high-end experience at a fraction of what you'd expect to pay elsewhere. But the hardcore phone nerds that are so often potential OnePlus buyers are a fickle bunch, and they may not be interested in buying an "old" phone that was released six months ago. The answer? Bump the specs, add a couple important improvements and re-release the phone to reassure potential buyers that they're getting the absolute best when they buy.

The result of that thinking is the OnePlus 3T. The "T" doesn't really mean anything, per se, aside from the fact that some companies use an "S" to denote their follow-up models ... and well, T is one letter more. But the name also denotes that you're getting the new phone, and the OnePlus 3T does have a few points of distinction that are worth re-evaluating it as a phone worthy of your hard-earned dollars.

With the same great overall experience so many people enjoyed on the original OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T adds a little extra in the form of some new specs, a new storage option, a fresh color choice and the promise that a new software version is just a month away. Here is our full review of the mid-cycle OnePlus refresh.

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2 weeks ago

Dealing with Daydream Controller issues

How do I fix my Daydream controller?

There isn't a lot that can go wrong with Google Daydream, due in no small part to the way it gets used, but when something does happen it's usually a problem with the controller. This tiny accessory is a Bluetooth controller with directional sensors so Daydream knows where it is positioned in space, and while that's incredibly cool it also means Bluetooth bugs can mess up a gaming session.

Here's how to deal with the most common Daydream controller issues, so you're quickly able to jump back into your VR world!

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2 weeks ago

Moto Z getting Daydream support with Nougat update starting this week

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Nougat is starting to roll out to the Moto Z this week!

It appears the rumors were true: the Moto Z and Moto Z Force on Verizon are the first of the company's newest phones to receive updates to Android 7.0 Nougat, and with it, the first non-Google phones to receive support for Daydream VR.

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2 weeks ago

HTC denies rumors of mobile division sale

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HTC is saying rumors of a forthcoming sale of their mobile division are false.

HTC is "strongly denying" rumors out of China that the Taiwanese tech manufacturer is reportedly planning a sale of its smartphone business. Rumor has it HTC would announce the deal for early 2017.

But HTC has been adamant in its denials of the rumors. In a statement provided to Android Central, a representative from HTC strongly denied the reports, calling them false.

The rumors are entirely false, says HTC.

The rumor seemed to gain legs due to the struggles HTC has faced in 2016. The Taiwanese device maker has posted losses every quarter this year, due in part to the struggling sales of the HTC 10. It also recently released the HTC Bolt, an underwhelming Sprint exclusive that's unlikely to win over many consumers or have an impact on the bottom line.

Given all that, and coupled with the relative success of its manufacturing partnership with Google to create the Pixel, many outlets have jumped on the rumor that the search engine giant would be interested in acquiring HTC's mobile division. Other rumors have claimed HTC's CEO Cher Wang has been getting in touch with collaborators to give them advanced notice of a sale in Spring 2017.

Considering the vehement denial from HTC we can see how these rumors could be more of an assumption than anything substantial, but in the next few months we'll find out if anything moves forward.

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2 weeks ago

Wind Mobile rebrands Freedom Mobile, launches LTE network in Toronto, Vancouver

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It's Freedom Mobile time!

Canada's Wind Mobile has rebranded Freedom Mobile as it looks to move into a new phase of maturity under new owner, Shaw Communications.

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