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2 weeks ago

Best Accessories for Amazing Selfies

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Taking photos alone? Make them better with these affordable finds.

The front-facing camera is there for one reason and one reason only: to shoot pictures of you! Don't let people judge you for whipping out a selfie stick, either — how else are you supposed to fit yourself, your family members, and your friends into a photo with a beautiful mountain range as your backdrop?

Smartphone accessories may be a nuisance for some, but as long as you're using them responsibly, they're extremely helpful for capturing that one shot. Here's how to equip yourself if you're often shooting yourself alone with your smartphone's capable front-facing camera.

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2 weeks ago

Your privacy, fingerprints and the Fifth Amendment

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You can be forced to provide your fingerprint to access the data on your phone. But you don't have to make it easy.

January 2017: With the current political climate, we feel now is a great time to remind everyone about their right to privacy and where it ends. This post was originally published in May 2016 but it's just as important now, if not more so, than it was then.

Being able to unlock your phone with your fingerprints is a really good thing. It's not the most secure method you can use, and there are issues about having only one set of fingerprints if you ever need to change your login credentials, but the convenience factor means more people will keep their phones locked when they're not using them. That means your privacy is protected, as well as the privacy of everyone in your contacts or people you're networked with through social media when and if someone else gets their hands on your phone.

We all should thank Motorola for trying it, and Samsung and Apple for making it good. Biometrics used to verify identity isn't exactly new, but getting everything working on a tiny pocket computer surely wasn't easy. We've also seen Iris scanning on the Alcatel Idol 3 and short-lived Note 7. We'll probably be going through this same scenario when iris scanning tech takes off, too.

If you're in the U.S., though, there's another snag that not everyone knows about — law enforcement can force you to place your finger on your phone and unlock everything. A precedent was set by the Circuit Court of Virginia in October 2014, and recently upheld and reinforced by a federal court in February 2016, that makes it clear that while you can't be forced to provide a passcode for an electronic device, your fingerprints and using them to unlock the same device is not protected by the fifth amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

You can be forced to incriminate yourself by providing anything and everything on your phone to law enforcement by using your fingerprint as long as a warrant was requested and received. This will almost certainly be challenged as a direct violation of the fifth amendment (and possibly parts of the fourth amendment), but for now, this is the law.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon Fire HD 10 vs. iPad Air 2: Which is the better big tablet?

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Is Amazon's big tablet a worthy alternative to the might of the Apple iPad Air 2?

Both Amazon's and Apple's tablets have their own content ecosystems to go along with their hardware, so in some ways are very similar. The biggest difference, of course, is Amazon's Fire HD 10 uses Android, while Apple remains the default choice for the casual consumer considering a tablet, since iOS has the App Store.

The question is, if you're looking for a big tablet, is the Amazon Fire HD 10 a good buy, or does it fall short compared to the stalwart iPad Air 2?

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus and Meizu have been cheating benchmarks for some reason

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Why are manufacturers still cheating on benchmarks?

An XDA Developers investigation in cooperation with our friends at Primate Labs, the company behind the excellent Geekbench test suite for Android, has uncovered a vast conspiracy of benchmarking infractions across thousands of Android devices.

OK, that's not entirely true, but it sounds good, right? In reality, it was discovered that, as Samsung, HTC and others were found to be doing a number of years ago, OnePlus and Meizu have been activating "performance" modes on their flagships, the OnePlus 3T and Meizu Pro 6 Plus, when entering some CPU and GPU benchmarks. From XDA:

We came to the conclusion that OnePlus must be targeting specific applications. Our hypothesis was that OnePlus was targeting these benchmarks by name, and was entering an alternate CPU scaling mode to pump up their benchmark scores.

The OnePlus 3T was looking for Geekbench, AnTuTu, Androbench, Quadrant, Vellamo, and GFXBench. As by this point we had fairly clear evidence that OnePlus was engaging in benchmark cheating.

XDA Developers worked with Primate Labs to obtain a special build of Geekbench that wouldn't trigger the cheating, and found significant performance differences and, of course, higher overall temperatures as a result. Similar results were found with the Meizu Pro 6 Plus, which isn't popular outside of China.

For its part, OnePlus says that there was no malice intended in the optimizations, and that they were meant to improve overall game performance, not benchmarks, at the expense of a bit more heat output and battery usage. A future build will remove the benchmark optimizations.

Of course, a level playing field is necessary in an industry where benchmarks, for a small number of users, inform buying decisions, but we always recommend looking at the entire device — not just the speed of its cores — as a measure for purchase.

Benchmark Cheating Strikes Back: How OnePlus and Others Got Caught Red-Handed, and What They've Done About it

OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3

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2 weeks ago

Best lock screen replacements for Android

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Best Android lock screen and lock screen replacement apps

Updated 1 February 2017 We took another look at alternate lock screen apps, and narrowed our list down to the best of the best.

Best Overall

ZUI Locker-Elegant Lock Screen

ZUI Locker

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ZUI locker manages to outdo all of its competitors with a combination of customization options and features all in one place. Being able to easily see your notifications without hassle, along with changing what is displayed when your phone is locked, doesn't seem like much but ZUI does it. And does it really well.

The many themes you can download include widgets for time and weather, along with stock themes that are already available from within the app. The Control Panel feature even allows you to easily access your must-used settings without actually unlocking your phone all the way.

Bottom line: ZUI delivers a great experience with plenty of ways to customize, and a setup that makes accessing regular settings fantastically easy.

One more thing: You can also quick launch apps from Control Panel, by customizing what is displayed in it.

Why ZUI Locker is the best

A winning combination of functionality, versatility, and customization make ZUI Locker the best lock screen replacement app.

There are a fair number of screen lock apps that are currently available on Google Play, but it ought to be telling that ZUI Locker has over 240,000 5-star reviews. There's good reasons for that too.

It comes with a handful of stock themes, but that definitely isn't everything you have access to. Whether you want to look at pre-built themes, or use a personal photo on your lock screen, you've got the ability to roll with it. You can even ensure that widgets with the weather, time, and more are available.

The feature that really brings ZUI to the head of the pack is the Control Panel. By swiping up from the bottom of your screen, you can access your most-used settings, and quickly launch favorite apps. The perk here is that doing this doesn't unlock your phone in the process.

You can manage Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, control brightness, turn on your flashlight, and even enable Airplane Mode without unlocking your phone. If there are certain apps or games that you want quick access to, you can also add them to the control panel so that they are available with a swipe.

Best for Simplicity

AcDisplay

AcDisplay

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For some people customization and bright colors can be swapped out for a more simple and elegant look to your lock screen. If that's the case for you, then AcDisplay is where to set your sights.

This is the best option for people who want a minimalist look for their lock screen, but aren't actually that concerned with securing their phone. That's because AcDisplay doesn't really work as a lock screen and can be opened with a swipe. In order for it to be active, you'll also need to make sure the app is open and running. (The app requires administrator access to full function.)

The lock screen itself is a perfect black, with the date, and time displayed. That's it. When you get notifications, they'll pop up as icons. This means it's easy to glance and see what a notification is without having to actually get distracted when they come in. It's a bit Moto Display, a bit Pixel Ambient Display. All awesome.

Bottom line: AcDisplay will deliver a stunningly simple screen, just remember that it can be unlocked with a swipe.

One more thing: Remember that AcDisplay will only work if you have it open and running on your phone.

Best for prioritizing

Echo Notification Lockscreen

Echo Notification

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Phones can be a serious distraction, especially if you're working towards a deadline or trying to juggle an already busy day. It can be tempting to open up your phone for each notification, and that's what Echo Notification Lockscreen aims to stop.

It automatically prioritizes your notifications into two categories: Priority and Social. This means it's easy to see the important stuff at a glance, and know without opening your phone if it's worth stopping what you are doing.

Now, not everyone has the same kind of priorities. That's fine, because you can easily finetune which apps send notifications to prioritize. So if Facebook and Gmail are the only notifications you want to pay attention to, there is an easy solution.

When you download the app there are only three stock wallpapers available, which is a bit unfortunate. It's easy to swap them with photos or background pictures you've saved to your phone, though.

Bottom line: Echo Screen delivers a great experience if you're looking for a way to sort your notifications, but aren't concerned with many other bells and whistles.

One more thing: Echo works with swipe, pattern or PIN security. It's also very stable, so you shouldn't expect the crashes notorious with lock screen apps.

Best for Customization

Locker Master

Locker Master

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Let's be honest, one of the best part of using an Android phone is the sheer amount of customization that's possible. If you like your phone looking exactly the way you want, down to font size, then Locker Master is definitely your best bet.

Locker Master has a huge catalog of free wallpapers for download, and its perks all revolve around being able to customize your lock screen. You can adjust the layout, font, wallpaper, and even what information is shown. There are also options to add widgets, and those are customizable as well.

The possibilities with Locker Master are nearly unlimited, giving you access to tons of free features that you can tweak until looks absolutely perfect.

Bottom line: Locker Master offers the greatest amount of customization, letting you play with your lock screen until every aspect is absolutely the way you'd dreamed.

One more thing: Locker Master can be a bit buggy at times, but that isn't uncommon with lock screen apps.

Best Overall

ZUI Locker-Elegant Lock Screen

ZUI Locker

See at Google Play Store

ZUI locker manages to outdo all of its competitors with a combination of customization options and features all in one place. Being able to easily see your notifications without hassle, along with changing what is displayed when your phone is locked, doesn't seem like much but ZUI does it. And does it really well.

The many themes you can download include widgets for time and weather, along with stock themes that are already available from within the app. The Control Panel feature even allows you to easily access your must-used settings without actually unlocking your phone all the way.

Bottom line: ZUI delivers a great experience with plenty of ways to customize, and a setup that makes accessing regular settings fantastically easy.

One more thing: You can also quick launch apps from Control Panel, by customizing what is displayed in it.

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2 weeks ago

How to manually enable Daydream on phones Google has not approved

How do I install Daydream on my phone?

Google's philosophy with their newest VR platform is simple. In order to offer the best possible experience in Daydream, there needs to be a minimum list of requirements met. The phone must be capable of delivering two video streams at 60fps with no stutter, and when you turn your head inside a Daydream headset there should be as little motion blur as possible. Unfortunately that means no matter how capable your phone is, if it's got an LCD display Google won't be enabling Daydream by default. The "motion to photon latency" in LCD panels being used in phones right now is just too high, and the end result is a VR experience that doesn't meet Google's quality threshold.

That having been said, if you're willing to mess around with your phone a little there may be a way to enable Daydream on your phone without Google's blessing.

Read more at VR Heads!

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2 weeks ago

Grab a battery case for your Google Pixel XL for just $52 right now!

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Right now you can pick up this protective battery case for the Google Pixel XL for just $52 at Amazon with coupon code 3CP3U2P6. Not only will the case keep your phone safe, but also charged up all the time thanks to its built-in 5000mAh battery. While it may not be a case that you want to use every day with its size, it is a perfect travel companion for those long days when you know you won't be around a charger much. The case still offers quick and easy access to all the ports and fingerprint sensor, so you won't need to remove it to use the phone normally.

This offer is only available for a limited time, so if you are interested you'll want to order one quickly. Don't forget to use coupon code 3CP3U2P6 to get the savings on the case.

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2 weeks ago

Here's how you can become a certified cyber security hacker

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If you've been following the news lately, you'll have seen hackers making the news more and more frequently. There's a cyberwar raging as anonymous groups of malicious hackers seek to steal sensitive information and compromise online. This means that now more than ever, there's a huge demand for ethical hackers with penetration testing skills for finding web security vulnerabilities. Learning these valuable skills could open up a whole new career path for yourself. The good news is that all the resources are available to learn right from your home, and that's where this Android Central Digital Offer comes in!

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2 weeks ago

How to mute Google Home's microphones (and why you need to)

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OK Google, stop listening to me.

I love being able to yell across the room to tell my Google Home to fast forward a song or play the news. But whenever I try to use Google Assistant on my Pixel within earshot of the always-on speaker, the Home almost always intercepts, even if I need something only the Pixel can do, like search my contacts or set a reminder — which Google Home still can't do. Sometimes we need to stop Google Home from butting in, and thankfully, it's really easy to do.

And you don't even have to get off the couch to do it.

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2 weeks ago

Why the Google Pixel is the best Android phone

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There's no shortage of great Android phones out there — here at Android Central we're often bouncing between different devices as we review new phones. But eventually you've got to pick one winner — the best Android phone overall. And right now, in early 2017, that's the Google Pixel, which shares the honor with its big brother the Pixel XL.

We've laid out all the reasons why the Pixel is the best of the best in our video feature. Check it out above, and be sure to hit our Pixel written review for all the details.

Google Pixel + Pixel XL

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2 weeks ago

Alleged Xiaomi Redmi Pro 2 leak reveals 6GB RAM, 4500mAh battery

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First Redmi Pro 2 leak gives us a look at the alleged hardware.

Xiaomi rolled out the Redmi Pro last year in China, offering an OLED display and dual cameras at the back. It looks like a new model in the series is slated to make its debut, according to a leak originating out of China. The leak suggests that the Redmi Pro 2 will feature a 5.5-inch Full HD display, single camera at the back — albeit with a better Sony IMX362 sensor with 1.4µm pixel and Dual Pixel autofocus — and a 4500mAh battery.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung sold fewer phones than Apple in Q4 2016; OPPO and Huawei see huge gains

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The latest global smartphone shipment numbers highlight the increasing dominance of Chinese manufacturers.

Apple shipped 78.3 million iPhones in Q4 2016, surpassing Samsung to take the crown as the world's number one smartphone vendor. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung saw its shipments decline from 81.3 million in Q4 2015 to 77.5 million last quarter, largely due to the termination of the Galaxy Note 7. That said, the South Korean manufacturer shipped 309.4 million smartphones over the course of 2016, outmatching Apple's 215.4 million shipments.

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2 weeks ago

Control privacy settings for any web page with this easy Chrome shortcut

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This powerful and simple tool lets you control exactly what happens when you visit a web page.

The web is rich with all sorts of content that often needs access to personal information, and Chrome is built so that you can take advantage of almost all of it. Whether that means enabling a microphone to have a chit-chat or letting Home Depot see your location so they can show you what's on sale, deciding what type of information you share and what happens when you load a web page should be under your control.

The developers of Chrome agree, and they've made it easy to see what can and can't happen when you visit a website. There is a simple tool to access all of these toggles in one place.

Everything you need to know about what a page is doing or trying to do when you visit is one click away. In the Omnibar — Chrome's multipurpose URL address bar and search box — you'll see an icon to the left of any website address.

Those icons are also a clickable "button" of sorts both on your Chromebook and in the Chrome browser for desktops. Here's is everything you need to know about those icons.

When you click on the icon, you'll see the dialog window below it. It's there for every page and will show the individual settings you have in place for that particular one if you've altered any defaults.

Most everything listed there is pretty self-explanatory. We all know what images are and if there are any pages on the internet that we don't want to load them automatically. The same can be said for Flash and pop-ups. The defaults are set by Chrome and designed to offer a rich web experience while keeping the things that are most often associated with security risks in check.

Pop-ups will be blocked, Javascript and background page syncing will be allowed, and everything else will be set to ask for explicit permission before it happens. A web page can never get your location or turn on your camera without asking you unless you've changed the default settings, which you can find in Chrome's Settings .. > Advanced settings .. > Content settings.

This is a great way to keep you abreast of what's going on for every website you visit.

You can change anything you see here on the fly. Click the combo box to make a new choice and when you're done all you need to do is reload the page you're viewing. None of the changes you make here affect any other sites, and you can't permanently break anything by messing with them.

Having a per-page settings menu like this is a pretty powerful privacy tool, and we suggest everyone using Chrome take a look at what's happening on websites they visit. Any changes you make will persist until you change them back, and the worst thing that can happen is a page doesn't load correctly — which can be fixed by changing things back the way they were.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 3 vs. OnePlus 3T: Which phone should you buy in India?

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OnePlus 3 vs. OnePlus 3T

Unable to decide between the OnePlus 3 and the newer OnePlus 3T? We're here to help.

OnePlus moved away from its usual summer release window last year by unveiling the OnePlus 3T in November — five months after the launch of the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 3T is a mid-cycle refresh, offering a slightly faster SoC, 128GB storage option, larger battery, and a new front camera, accompanied by a minor price bump to the tune of $40.

OnePlus has since discontinued the older OnePlus 3 in most markets, and is now selling just the 3T. However, that isn't the case in India, where both the OnePlus 3 and 3T are up for sale on Amazon, OnePlus' exclusive sales partner in the country.

The OnePlus 3 is available for its launch price of ₹27,999 ($410), with the newer OnePlus 3T debuting for ₹29,999 ($440). The OnePlus 3 is sold in Graphite and Soft Gold color options, and the OnePlus 3T is available in a Gunmetal variant along with the Soft Gold option. Below are the major differences.

Category OnePlus 3T OnePlus 3 Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Quad-core 2.35 GHz
Adreno 530 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Quad-core 2.2 GHz
Adreno 530 GPU Storage 64/128GB 64GB Front Camera 16MP 3P8SP, 1-micron pixels
f/2.0, fixed focus
1080p video 8MP IMX179, 1.4-micron pixels
f/2.0, fixed focus
1080p video Battery 3400 mAh
Non-removable 3000 mAh
Non-removable Colors Gunmetal
Soft gold Silver
Soft gold Price $439 (64GB)
$479 (128GB) $399 (64GB)

Newer hardware, same software

OnePlus 3 vs. OnePlus 3T

Visually, the OnePlus 3T is identical to the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 3 didn't break new ground with its minimalist aluminum design, but it set the bar for other mid-range phones thanks to its execution.

The craftsmanship and premium design made the OnePlus 3 stand out in this segment, and the same holds true for the OnePlus 3T. If anything, the gunmetal color option makes the phone look even more gorgeous.

Along with hardware similarities, both phones are on the same update cadence, and run the same version of OxygenOS. Both devices have picked up the Nougat update, and the user interface is clean and devoid of any bloat.

You do get a lot of customizability in the form of gestures, a system-wide dark mode, and other additions, but for the most part, OxygenOS is uncluttered and a lot of fun to use.

Similar camera, larger battery

OnePlus 3 vs. OnePlus 3T

The back camera is the same on both the OnePlus 3 and 3T, but it's the front camera where you'll notice a difference between the two devices. The OnePlus 3T has a 16MP sensor up front, an upgrade from the 8MP unit on the OnePlus 3. Photos from the rear camera are identical on both devices, and although the front camera is of a higher resolution on the OnePlus 3T, it doesn't lead to better photos.

OnePlus 3OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3 on the left, OnePlus 3T on the right.

The 3400mAh battery on the OnePlus 3T is 13% larger than the 3000mAh unit on the OnePlus 3, and it makes a difference in day-to-day usage. There were times when the battery life on the OnePlus 3 was flaky, but the OnePlus 3T lasted a day consistently without fail.

In situations where you need to top up the phone quickly, you can turn to Dash Charge. OnePlus's proprietary charging tech is amazing, offering ridiculously-fast charging times. The only drawback is that you need to carry the OnePlus charger to use it.

Dash Charge offloads a bulk of the charging circuitry to the charger, and as a result you won't get lightning-quick charging speeds without it. That said, you can it to rejuvenate your other devices around the house, since it's backwards compatible with regular USB charging standards.

Which should you buy? OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3 vs. OnePlus 3T

If you're looking to buy a OnePlus phone, it's an easy choice: just get the OnePlus 3T. The OnePlus 3 turned out to be one of the best phones in the mid-range segment, and the updates to the OnePlus 3T make it an even more compelling device.

For under ₹30,000, there isn't a handset available today that offers as much as the OnePlus 3T. The 128GB variant is costlier at ₹34,999, and if you're one to store a lot of media locally, the higher-storage variant is a better option considering the phone doesn't have a microSD slot. Either way, you're buying the best mid-range phone available in the market today.

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OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3

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2 weeks ago

Android 7.1.2 beta now available for Nexus and Pixel devices

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A new version of Android 7 Nougat is rolling out now!

Update, January 31: According to several commenters and sources on social media, Google has begun rolling out Android 7.1.2 through an OTA update to those who have signed up through the Android beta program! The build versions are NPG05D and NPG05E, depending on the device. Go get it!

Android 7.1.2 is rolling out to Nexus and Pixel devices through Google's beta channel, according to a post on the company's developer blog.

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