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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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Huawei Mate 9 Pro

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!

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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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2 weeks ago

Rogers makes waiting for the cable guy less terrible with new tool

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It's no secret that waiting for the cable guy is one of the biggest annoyances in the world, next to stubbing your toe or getting pineapple on your pizza (seriously, what's up with pineapple?), but Rogers wants to change that — the first annoyance at least — with its new EnRoute tool.

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2 weeks ago

The closest your Nexus camera will get to Pixel performance is being publicly tested

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Maybe you can keep that Nexus just a little longer now.

Google's Pixel cameras are outstanding, and a lot of it has to do with some downright clever software in the new camera app. That zero shutter lag experience is one of those things you don't know you care about until you see someone else with it, and when you combine that with the overall quality of the images you get from a Pixel it's easy to feel the urge to click the purchase button.

If the camera on your Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X has been feeling slower than usual after seeing some of the things Pixels are capable of, you're probably going to want to install Camera NX V4.

Charles Chow has been working hard to make the Nexus cameras feel a little lighter, and after poking around at the camera software Google has been using in the Pixel phones he has cobbled together a solution for anyone with a 5X or 6P to sideload for themselves. Camera NX V4 implements the Pixel tools for zero shutter lag and that background processing for HDR shots, making the Nexus cameras feel a whole lot faster. You aren't going to get an exact compare with a Pixel, especially since some of what is happening to make that camera so fast is hardware, but it's much faster than what you've got right now.

Keep in mind this is not an official app from the Play Store, and has its own bugs you'll find while trying to take pictures. This is mostly for folks who want to tinker and see how much better this camera really is, but there's a good chance no matter who you are you'll be impressed with the results. If you want to install the app, head over to Chow's site and scroll all the way to the bottom. Read to find the right link for you, and be sure to drop into our Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P forum to share your experiences!

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2 weeks ago

Save 50% on select Ringke Fusion cases for the Google Pixel!

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Looking to pick up a new case for your Google Pixel but don't want to spend a ton? Right now Ringke is offering 50% off its bumper clear case in a variety of colors. The quantities here are limited for this deal, so if you are interested you'll want to act quickly to pick up one of these slim cases. While the case itself is clear, you can get it with an accent color, as noted below. If you want to prevent scratches and dings from gunking up the back and sides of your phone, you'll want to get one of these.

For the coupons to work you will need to select the option to have it fulfilled by merchant (Ringke in this case) and not fulfilled by Amazon. You may need to click on see more sellers in order to view the other option, so if the coupon doesn't work at first make sure that you are purchasing it from the correct place.

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These codes won't last long, so if you are interested be sure to get your order in sooner than later! Which color did you end up grabbing? Let us know in the comments!

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Pay now offers its own rewards program in the U.S.

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Double dip with your rewards program by using a credit card in Samsung Pay.

A year after launch, Samsung is looking for even more ways to keep customers regularly using Samsung Pay — today's announcement of its own bespoke Samsung Rewards program does just that. It's simple, really: just use Samsung Pay starting this week (in the U.S. only for now) and you'll start racking up rewards points that you can later spend on tons of items.

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2 weeks ago

Using the smaller Pixel with Google Daydream is a big compromise

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It's a good idea to buy a Pixel XL over a smaller Pixel if you want to take advantage of Google Daydream.

It's not looking good for Pixel owners who want to use Google's new Daydream View VR headset. The phone's 1080p resolution AMOLED display is good enough for daily use when held at a nominal distance from one's face, but strapped into a VR headset, the individual pixels are not only visible but distracting, and our advice is to avoid using the smaller Pixel for mobile VR.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon builds on IoT division, acquires 'smart city' tech firm

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Verizon is hoping to make our city street corners smarter in the not-too-distant future.

Verizon made a move to expand it's IoT business today, announcing the acquisition of LQD WiFi LLC., a private company based in New York that designed and developed publicly-accessible smart hubs. Branded as Palo, they are street-level kiosk-style structures that offers a range of services such as local community information, wayfinding, public safety announcements, and transit updates via 46-inch touchscreens, as well as providing free public wi-fi, security cameras, and emergency calling. The full terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

LQD Founder and CEO Randy Ramusack explained the value their Palo kiosks are designed to add to communities:

"We designed Palo, from day one, to be part of the community, offering Wi-Fi, public safety features and a unique, interactive community engagement platform. Palo's human-scale touch screen lets users explore and connect with the local community creating multiple ways to engage, through an innovative, purposeful and curated experience."

This latest acquisition represents another huge step towards Verizon's goal of expanding its IoT business into the realm of developing "smart cities". Mike Lanman, senior vice president, Enterprise Products and Internet of Things at Verizon, touched on the value LQD's technology will add to Verizon's portfolio in the release:

"LQD's Palo technology hubs capture Verizon's vision of delivering citizen engagement experiences by connecting people with their communities while providing critical security, transportation and wayfinding solutions as well as Wi-Fi capabilities. This transaction uniquely positions us to utilize our unmatched infrastructure, platforms and network at scale to deploy elegant and engaging community technology hubs that connect, inform, inspire and support people where they live, work and play."

It might be some time before you see these Palo kiosks popping up in your town — unless you happen to live in the city of New Rochelle, New York, where LQD has a contract in place to run a pilot program to test their technology.

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2 weeks ago

Games are having performance problems in PlayStation 4 Pro

Your PlayStation 4 Pro isn't operating at 100% yet.

It looks like Sony's latest console isn't exactly living up to its name yet. The PlayStation 4 Pro is supposed to be all about delivering the best possible gaming experience for those who have upgraded to a 4K television, as well as deliver a better PlayStation VR experience. If you go check out a PlayStation 4 Pro demo, you'll be shown some great examples of how this console can perform under ideal situations, but now that people have them in homes and are actually playing the "enhanced" games, it looks like Sony missed their mark on a few titles.

In some cases, performance actually dips below what the original PlayStation 4 and the new slim PlayStation 4 are capable of. Here's what you need to know!

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2 weeks ago

Samsung's Black Friday deals start Nov 20: Gear S3, SD cards and more on sale

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Samsung's Black Friday deals are (almost) here.

Black Friday just starts earlier and earlier every year, and as is now the norm Samsung is pre-announcing its deals before the sale even starts. Over at its Black Friday deals page, you'll find an incredible number of deals across mobile, home entertainment, appliances, accessories and more.

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3 weeks ago

This $15 accessory will transform the look of your Amazon Dot

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Accessorize your Echo Dot to fit the decor of every room in your house!

The Amazon Echo Dot allows you to access the power of Amazon's voice-controlled A.I. assistant Alexa from wherever you are in the room, with all that tech crammed into a package about the size of a hockey puck. And if you end up opting for the black color option, it'll really look like there's a hockey puck sitting on your end table. Or your kitchen counter. Or wherever you end up placing them around your house.

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3 weeks ago

Best free apps for Google Daydream

It's time to take phone based VR experiences to the next level with Google Daydream.

Google Daydream has arrived, bringing a slew of terrific apps with it. There are a fair few to pick from and try out, but you may already recognize a few from PlayStation VR and Gear VR.

If you don't have the time to try all of them out, don't worry! We've collected the best free apps on Google Daydream for you.

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