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2 weeks ago

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow now rolling out to Galaxy Note 4 in India

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Samsung is now rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to the Galaxy Note 4 in India. The South Korean vendor made the update available internationally earlier this month.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon rolls out monthly subscriptions for Prime and Prime Video

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Amazon is now offering monthly subscription plans for its Prime service, which is available for $10.99 a month. The retailer is also targeting Netflix by making Prime Video available as a standalone service for $8.99 a month.

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2 weeks ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: The power of 10

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HTC 10

All the tens in all the places.

The subject of many leaks and speculation is here — no, not the iPhone 7 — it's the HTC 10!. But it's going up against some strong competition in the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5.

The Apple front was rather quiet, with ongoing speculation about an update and renaming of Mac OS X and the much-anticipated iPhone 7 — though neither will be here exactly soon.

Microsoft was in full update mode, with updates for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, as well as updates for the various preview builds for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

All this and much much more on this edition of Mobile Nations Weekly!

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Eat24, CraveTV, Pixel Dungeon and more

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Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Pay now supports Regions Bank

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Samsung Pay with Regions Bank

If you're in the Southeast and use Regions Bank, know this — you're now supported by Samsung Pay. That means you can now add your puke green debit card or any of your Regions credit cards to Samsung Pay.

And, well, that's it. The big deal here is that, first, there are a ton of Samsung phones out there, with the GS7 and GS6 lines (and the Note 5) supporting Samsung Pay. The second is that Samsung Pay supports that newfangled MST thing wherein you can use your phone to pay anywhere you'd normally swipe a card — meaning that you can use it in far more places than you could Android Pay or Apple Pay. (On the other hand, that sometimes leads to interesting interactions.)

More: Samsung Pay supported banks

Thanks, @Jbkhd24, for the heads up!

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2 weeks ago

Keep it simple with these watch faces for Android Wear

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It's time again for another Android Wear watch face round up, and this time we've collected five fantastic and simple watch faces for you to check out. It's easy to get caught up in all of our technology, and feel overloaded from the amount of information constantly being thrown at us. These watch faces aim to keep things simple, and make it easy to get the information you need at a glance.

If you've been pining for some simplicity, come check these out!

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2 weeks ago

Should you buy an unlocked phone in the UK?

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Phone boxes

Want to break free from upfront fees and network subsidies? Welcome to the world of unlocked phones

When it's time to buy a new phone, most of us turn to the four major UK networks operators, or one of the many smaller networks that piggyback on them. But as cheaper smartphones become better and better, and the urge to upgrade to the latest and greatest handsets grows, you may have been considering the alternative — simply buying a phone unlocked and popping in your SIM.

Unlike other parts of the world, buying a new, unlocked smartphone isn't a new concept for British consumers. But if you're thinking of taking the plunge, there are a few factors worth considering. Check past the break for a quick primer on buying an unlocked phone in the UK.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Smart Switch makes it easy to get your old stuff on your new phone

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Smart Switch is easy to use. Here's everything you need to know.

The worst part of getting a new phone is moving all your content from your old phone over. If you went to a store and bought a new Galaxy S7, there's a good chance someone there had a gadget that helps them do it for you, but nowadays a lot of us shop online to make buying a phone a little more hassle-free. If that sounds like you, Samsung Smart Switch is something you need to take a look at.

It's built into the Galaxy S7 settings (look under the Backup and Restore section) and it works if your old phone was running Android, iOS or BlackBerry. It's really simple to use and the app walks you through the whole thing no matter which phone you're coming from. All your photos, music, videos, call logs and messages get moved over in one quick and easy process. If you're coming from another Samsung Android phone, it can even move Galaxy Apps and their data over, just like using Samsung Kies from a computer to do the swap. Even if you breezed past the restore settings when you first setup your Galaxy S7, you can still fire up Smart Switch and have a go with it.

Here are a few tips to get you started

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2 weeks ago

From the Editor's Desk: Ask away ...

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I'm spending all day on an airplane. Maybe not my favorite thing to do on a Sunday, but there are worse ways to get from Point A to Point B, for sure.

And as is the tendency when I end up at 35,000 feet for the better part of a Sunday, I'm going to spend most of it working. Writing, actually. But let's also open things up a bit. Have a burning question? Ask away in the comments. I've got hours to kill, in-seat power, and a phone full of music.

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2 weeks ago

Best Buy and B&H Photo are offering gift cards in addition to the $50 Nexus 5X and 6P savings

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If you are looking for a deal on the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P and want to buy it somewhere you can pick it up the same day, you may want to check out these deals from Best Buy and B&H Photo. In addition to the $50 discount, both retailers are offering gift cards with the purchase as well. B&H is offering a $25 gift card with the Nexus 5X and $50 with the Nexus 6P. Best Buy is only offering a $50 card with the Nexus 6P, and nothing with the Nexus 5X.

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2 weeks ago

Get a Vena case for your LG G5, Galaxy S7 or S7 edge for as little as $2 at Amazon with coupon

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If you are looking for a new case for your LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, you'll want to check out this deal from Vena at Amazon. You can score a variety of cases for as little as $2 with coupon codes. From thin to protective, clear to colorful, there is likely a case here that will fit your style.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon Echo can now answer questions about your child's health, recite haikus and more

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The Amazon Echo has been gaining new features each week, and this week is KidsMD integration for answering questions about your child's medication dosages and more. With this, you can get answers from doctors at Boston Children's Hospital as to whether the symptoms merit a doctor's visit or not. Keep in mind, while it's a cool thing to do to be able to ask your speaker for medical advice, please remember to actually take your kids to the doctors when they need it.

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2 weeks ago

UK Galaxy S7s updated with Wi-Fi calling, touchscreen fix and April security patch

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Galaxy S7 edge

The first major update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge is now rolling out in the UK — and it's a big one.

An over-the-air update going out today brings a number of changes and fixes for British Galaxy S7 owners. The update, which has been appearing in other parts of the world for the past week, has landed this morning on unlocked UK versions of the phones. The new firmware versions — G930FXXU1APD3 and G935FXXU1APD3 — include tweaks to the touchscreen software to help avoid unintentional taps on the edges of the S7 edge, while also eliminating phantom touch events sometimes caused by scrolling.

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2 weeks ago

Outlook snags Android Wear support in latest update

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If Outlook is your go-to email app, you can now look forward to managing your email from your wrist.

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2 weeks ago

Where should you host your 360-degree videos?

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Recording a 360-degree video is the easy part. Sharing it with everyone is where you have a decision to make.

One of the things that made 3D functionality on smartphones die so quickly was the inability to share your experiences with anyone else. Hooray, you captured this thing in 3D mode. Now what? For the most part, there was no answer.

Sharing 360-degree videos doesn't have the same problem. In fact, you're spoiled for choice. With Facebook and YouTube supporting 360 degree videos, and just about every manufacturer of 360-degree cameras offering its own hosting service for the images and videos your create, choosing where to host and share your 360-degree videos becomes more about the kind of experience you want your viewers to have, and less about the video itself.

Here's a look at a video captured on a 360fly camera that has been uploaded to Facebook, YouTube, and the 360fly video service, to see which serves your needs best.

360fly

As the creator of the camera and its software, you'd expect the 360fly hosting service to have the best quality when viewing your video. While that's certainly true of this video, the player is missing a number of features. There's only a couple of places you can easily share the link to this video to, and none of them grab your attention and let you know there's something cool happening here. You can't fullscreen the video in your browser, and you need the 360fly app to watch the video on your phone. It's not the easiest to share, but it sure looks nice.

Facebook

Using 360fly as a dash cam

Checking out 360fly in the car

Posted by Russell Holly on Sunday, April 10, 2016

Facebook doesn't make it particularly easy to embed its videos elsewhere — you have to snag the embed code from the post on your timeline — but it's available immediately in auto-playing to anyone following you. Seeing a 360-degree video auto-playing in your feed is incredibly cool, grabbing your attention immediately and encouraging you to play along. The quality is degraded both on the app and the browser when compared to the 360fly service and YouTube, but it's on Facebook and immediately gets plenty of attention.

YouTube

As the golden standard for free video uploads the world over, there's a feeling of inevitability when it comes to publishing a video on YouTube. It guarantees just about everyone has a way to watch it, and on mobile there's and interactive quality with 360-degree videos that is worth noting. Like other YouTube video formats, uploading a 360-degree video can take a little while to fully process, which means the quality suffers a bit for the first hour the video has been published to YouTube. After that, you have a video that looks nice on just about every screen and can be viewed in Google Cardboard with the push of a button.

There are clear reasons to want to use any — or even all — of these services to host you 360 video. YouTube and Facebook are all about the audience you're trying to reach, but if your 360 camera manufacturer offers a decent hosting solution it's probably worth considering. What really matters is that you can share what you've captured with everyone, something that has never been easier than it is right now.

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