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2 weeks ago

LastPass users, here's what to expect in Android O

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The company details what using LastPass will be like in Android's next tasty iteration.

Do you use LastPass? And do you plan to use Android O on your device? In a lengthy blog post, LastPass detailed what to expect from the password manager now that Android will offer auto-fill capabilities across the entire operating system.

From its blog:

Here at LastPass, the hands-down, most-exciting part of Android O is Autofill APIs. Users running Android O will save tons of typing time and stay more organized thanks to Autofill APIs.

Autofill More than Passwords

Using LastPass on Android makes you more secure, but it also saves you time. You don't have to spend time typing lengthy passwords in your browser or your favorite apps. Autofill APIs are going to let us save you even more time on your Android device, because we'll be able to help you fill in more than just passwords. The Autofill Framework lets apps like LastPass recognize credit card forms and addresses as you come across them. If you've got that information stored in your vault, we'll be able to safely fill it for you. 

As an example, let's say you're treating yourself to a new pair of headphones. You open the Amazon app, and to sign in, you'll just tap on the screen to unlock LastPass and we'll show you the matching sites in your vault. You find the right headphones, put them in your cart, and go to checkout. Do you want to ship them to work, or to the house? Tap again, and we'll present you with the addresses you've stored in LastPass. Which credit card do you want to use? Tap again, choose your Amazon Visa, and voila, you're two days away from new headphones. As long as they're in LastPass, you'll never have to type an address or a credit card number again.

Performance and Security Improvements

In addition to the time savings, we anticipate other performance improvements as well. Today, LastPass relies on Android's accessibility features to identify password fields we can help you fill. The accessibility approach has two drawbacks which we believe Autofill will address: (1) it's more processor-intensive, counteracting the time we want to save our users, and (2) it requires that users grant us extra permissions. The Autofill Framework is purpose-built to allow apps like LastPass to fill eligible forms on a user's behalf, and nothing else. We believe strongly in user privacy and security, and we're happy to see Google introduce this method for safer, more efficient browsing.

Overall, you'll be able to choose LastPass's virtual vault to store your passwords, credit card information, and oft-used addresses. The service will extend its abilities to the entire operating system, as per Android O's autofill mechanism.

It's unclear yet just how it will work on Android O, but it sounds like you'll be able to choose LastPass as the default password manager, which is nice if you're particularly invested in an account with the company. 1Password recently announced it would do the same.

Android O

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2 weeks ago

Leaked images show the refurbished Note 7R and its 3200mAh battery

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Samsung is bringing the Note 7 back from the dead with a smaller battery that is probably safe.

First, Samsung said it wasn't going to be selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones with newer, smaller batteries. Then it had a change of heart and decided to do just that, and even gave us some poetry about the situation.

Applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand.

Now we get to see what is reportedly a set of photos of the Galaxy Note 7R, courtesy of the Vietnamese site SAMSUNGVN with a 3,200mAh battery inside the same familiar case.

What we don't have is any information about pricing or exactly which countries Samsung will have those "consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers" to get permission to sell the refurbs. It's a given that Samsung isn't going to try and sell this in North America after the highly-publicized battery failures of the original Note 7. But users in Asia (and maybe parts of Europe) might be able to snag one.

We know plenty of people loved the Note 7. What's your take on this situation? Would you buy a refurbished model with a new battery?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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2 weeks ago

Everything you need to know about your SD card and Adoptable storage

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What is Adoptable storage on Android?

Android has had limited support for removable storage in one form or another since the beginning. Since Marshmallow, it supports what's called Adoptable storage. It's a feature that lets you turn your removable SD card into a more or less permanent (and no longer removable) part of the device.

The idea is simple, really, and most of the confusion surrounding Adoptable storage is easy to clear up. There are a few things to keep in mind so you understand how it works and what it's doing.

Your phone probably doesn't support it

You might read this and think it's a great idea. But when you go into the settings or insert a card you don't see the option to use it. You're not crazy and it's probably not there.

Most high-end Android phones don't support Adoptable storage and that might not be a bad thing.

A byproduct of Android being distributed as free source code is that companies who make phones can alter it. And many companies remove the adoptable storage option or remove the user-facing portion so you can't enable it. Samsung does this, and it is the undisputed heavyweight champ of Android, so there is a good chance you can't use the feature unless you are comfortable hacking it in, as explained further down.

If this is the case we suggest you use your SD card to store movies and pictures and music and everything else you have to store and leave the room on your phone to use for your apps.

Your storage device really gets adopted

You can force any storage device (even ones connected via USB OTG) to be adopted using one simple command:

adb shell sm set-force-adoptable true

But you probably shouldn't.

Once a storage device is adopted, it becomes part of the system and is no longer removable. Sure you can physically remove it, but you'll be prompted to put it back while apps and services crash on your phone or tablet. It's adopted — taken in and loved by the system, and made part of the whole.

This means Adoptable storage is really only useful for two things:

  • An SD card placed in a phone or tablet and never to be removed
  • A USB storage device attached to your Android TV box, and never to be removed.

When you insert an SD card into the HTC One or your Moto G5 or any other phone that supports it, you have the choice of using it as a Portable device or an Internal device if you attempt to reformat it. If you choose Portable, it acts like any other SD card and you can take it out and swap it between devices at your leisure.

Once an SD card is adopted it has to stay inserted and working.

If you choose Internal, things change. The device is formatted as a local, 128-bit AES encrypted EXT4 drive and mounted as part of the system every time you start your phone. It's then set as the preferred storage, and you're prompted to move data over. Newly generated data is placed on the adopted storage by default.

If you try to remove it, things go haywire. Your phone will throw errors until you are forced to factory reset it and you can't read the data on the SD card with any other device or the original phone once it's been factory reset. That means you either have to insert the card back in the phone and hope things return to normal or delete all your stuff and reformat the card. If an SD card you're using for adoptable storage fails, you are out of luck.

It might be a little slow

Your phone will "benchmark" storage when it's adopted. Whenever I've tried it, I've always seen a pop-over telling me that my storage was slower than recommended at the end of the process. I didn't notice any significant slow-down, but I might not have been doing the right things to make it become slow.

In any case, when you want to use an SD card as adopted storage, I recommend using the fastest SD card you can find. Class 10 and UHS are words to look for.

Everything you need to know about SD card speeds and your phone

In any case, it's never going to be as fast as the internal flash storage built into your phone. This might make a difference to you, and you might not like what you see.

Do you really want to adopt your SD card as part of the system?

Chances are, if you try you will wish you hadn't.

General consensus is that Google made this move because Android One devices all ship with limited internal storage, and users will need more space to install apps and their associated data. I agree, and this is a decent solution if you're in a similar situation. Storage that's a little slower and might fail and force you to reset your phone is better than no storage (and no apps).

Adoptable storage is a great idea but it does have some serious drawbacks.

But for many of us reading this, we really only want more storage to store things like pictures, music, and movies. We're better off using an SD card as a portable storage device that we can remove and use wherever we want (like to transfer files back and forth between devices), and keep apps and data off of the card.

There's also the bit about how SD cards have a limited number of times they can be read from and written to. Using an SD card the "normal" way means failures are uncommon. When you start caching data and reading and writing at a rate higher than a card was designed to handle, problems can arise. Android takes some precautions here with formatting and mounting options that reduce the indexing, but it can still happen. SD card manufacturers will soon start selling "class A" SD cards that have been designed for more frequent use with apps. But even then, a card that is in use a lot will fail before a card that isn't.

Adoptable storage is a good idea. Formatting an SD card as an ext partition and mounting it at boot is something Android hackers have been doing for a while. It allowed my Nexus One to live a much longer life than it should have.

But it's not magic, and the idea is simple once you stop and think about how it works. You'll have to decide if it's an idea you want to use or not.

Android Nougat

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2 weeks ago

Everything you need to know about the Galaxy S8's cameras

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The 12-megapixel 'Dual Pixel' rear-facing camera is back and paired with a better front-facing camera and a tweaked camera interface.

Samsung doesn't seem to be making too much of a spectacle of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+'s main camera, and that's likely because it hasn't changed the hardware. The flagship duo come equipped with the same camera hardware as their predecessors: a 12-megapixel "Dual Pixel" sensor that was often heralded as the best before the Google Pixel.

But regardless of the reprise, there are some new camera features to check out in Samsung's new smartphones. Let's take a look at the new additions, including new photo processing, a better front-facing camera, Snapchat-like features, and a slightly tweaked camera interface that makes it easier to multitask between camera modes.

Rear camera

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The Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature a 12-megapixel "Dual Pixel" rear-facing camera with a f/1.7 lens, which is similar to the Galaxy S7, though it's not the same image sensor. It's equipped with OIS (optical image stabilization) and PDAF (phase-detect auto focus), as well as auto HDR and a manual mode that enables you to shoot in RAW.

There are no new camera modes.

There are no new camera modes to the Galaxy S8, but you'll see all the usual suspects in the interface, including a Panorama mode, Selective focus mode (akin to the iPhone 7's Portrait mode), and Hyperlapse mode. The same live colored filters made popular in older Samsung phones are included here, too, and there's also a new feature that brings Snapchat-like augmented reality filters to the viewfinder. You can use them as you're recording video or while snapping photos. I'm not sure if the filters will work with multiple people in the shot (like some of Snapchat's filters do), but they did work on Mr. Mobile.

A few snapshots of the Galaxy S8's camera interface.

The camera app interface also remains relatively unchanged. It's simple to use; a quick swipe to the left starts up the video recording mode, and a swipe to the right brings you to the different camera modes. There is a slight tweak this time around in that you can slide the shutter key up and down to digitally zoom — way quicker than pinching on the viewfinder to zoom.

We obviously haven't used the camera in any sort of extended period where we can evaluate its quality, but this will, of course, be the biggest question: How much has Samsung improved its software to make a step up over last year's quality? Though the Galaxy S7's camera was really good, in this industry if you're standing still you're falling behind — new camera firmware and improved processing from the new ISP (image signal processor) should improve things, but we don't know how much yet.

Front camera

You can use the silly Snapchat-like features here, too.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+'s front-facing camera is a complete revamp: 8 megapixels with auto focus and an f/1.7 lens. You'll get decent low light photos just as you would with the rear-facing camera, and the Galaxy S8 will have a simpler time attempting to keep your face in focus — most phones today, even in the high end, still don't have auto focus on the front-facer. You can use the silly Snapchat-like features here, too, and there is a beauty mode that buffs out your imperfections and makes you look like the freshly airbrushed model you wish you could be. The filter also works on your friends in group selfies.

There's so much more to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ than just its cameras. Be sure to read our full rundown of the devices and breakdowns of the various features from Samsung's latest flagship family!

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2 weeks ago

How to share your Daydream adventures on a second screen

Sharing your experiences in VR to a second screen is easy with Daydream.

Adventuring through VR with Daydream is a blast. From games that have you trying to figure out puzzles, to immersive videos that can bring you to exciting new locales. Trying to get your friends to try out VR can be pesky though, and if you have a few friends over, you might be tempted to share what you're seeing, to a larger screen that everyone can enjoy. Thankfully this is totally doable, and we've got the details for you here.

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2 weeks ago

Google's Chief Game Designer leaves company, wants to actually design games again

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Sometimes you realise it's just time to move on.

Noah Falstein has left his post as Google's Chief Game Designer after four years with the company, making the announcement official in a post on his blog. Falstein explains that he's leaving because "the opportunity to actually build the big, consequential games" had "failed to materialize".

While you might be thinking "Why would Google design games themselves?", keep in mind the historical context at the time of Falstein's hiring. Back in 2013, Google was still the parent company for a little game developer named Niantic, which had just released the innovative augmented reality game Ingress the year before. Falstein brings over 30 years of game development and design experience to the table — an ideal candidate if Google had set goals to foster development of new, innovative gaming initiatives from within.

But it became apparent those gaming initiatives would never come to pass. During the Alphabet restructuring of 2015, Niantic became an independent company and went on to create the wildly popular Pokemon Go, which continues to garner awards and acclaim while still pulling in over 65 million users monthly. Meanwhile, aside from one-off titles like Tilt Brush and smaller scale experimental games like Quick, Draw! and the regular Google doodle games and gaming-related April Fools' Day easter eggs, Google does not appear to have any intentions on designing the big, consequential games that drew Falstein's attention in the first place.

Here's Falstein's statement in full from April 6, 2017:

Four years ago this month I became Google's Chief Game Designer. It seemed an auspicious time to be able to make games at a company known for its world-spanning technology. Unfortunately, the opportunity to actually build the big, consequential games that I had been hired to help create failed to materialize, even as the world market for games has continued to grow in size, diversity, and geographic reach. Accordingly, I've decided to leave Google, and today, April 6, was my last day.

Google is a tremendous company and I know I will miss the perks, the excitement, and most of all, my colleagues there. But with 37 years as a professional game developer, making games is in my blood. I'm not ready to give up on it, certainly not when there are exciting new fields just opening up. I'm particularly energized by the confluence of games, neuroscience, and VR. Before I came to Google I had the pleasure of working on a number of health and neuroscience game titles, and that field is now maturing, and I think about to come into its own both in terms of its benefits to humanity, and feasibility as a business. Related to that, I think the emotional connections possible in VR, most prominently shown in the empathy evoked by a sense of physical proximity and eye contact that no previous technology can match, is going to open up an entire new merging of movies, interaction, and games that may need a new name. I don't know what's next, and that's part of what attracts me. The only way that I or my long-term colleagues stay fresh in an industry that is constantly changing is to evolve to meet that adapting environment.

Whether neurogaming, interactive VR films, or some other yet undreamt-of territory will be my next challenge, I'm eager to begin exploring!

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2 weeks ago

Best Cases for LG G6

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What are the best cases for the LG G6?

Update April 7: Added the Caseology Geometric, UAG Plasma and Incipio DualPro to our list.

The LG G6 is finally here! If you're picking one up, you'll definitely want to keep it protected with a good case. With a wide selection of cases available, you can find the perfect case for your new phone to fit your personal style.

Here's our breakdown of some of the best cases you can find for the LG G6.

Caseology Geometric

Caseology's Geometric case is the perfect blend of protective and comfortable, offering two layers of protection — an inner silicone and outer TPU shell — that is covered, on the back, with a grippy geometric pattern.

While all the ports are easily accessible, including the G6's rear fingerprint sensor, the case lips over the front of the phone, protecting it from the front and back. Available in three colors — black, red, and blue — the Geometric case by Caseology is a great addition to your LG G6.

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Spigen Rugged Armor

Spigen's Rugged Armor cases are always a great option, offering good protection without adding too much bulk to your phone. It features a premium look with carbon fiber textures on the back, clear cutouts for your ports, camera and fingerprint scanner, as well as all the protective features that Spigen is known for — spiderweb shock absorption on the interior of the case along with Air Cushion Technology in all the corners.

For a case that offers great protection along with a sleek and stylish appearance, you can't go wrong with the Spigen Rugged Armor case for your LG G6.

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Ringke Air Prism

Ringke is known for making some some stylish cases, and this Air Prism is no exception. This one-piece case is made from soft TPU and will provide a perfect fit for your LG G6.

The first thing that you'll notice with this case, however, is the modern geometric texture pattern on the back. Besides looking really cool and offering drop protection, it adds a bunch of great textures to help you maintain a solid grip on your brand new phone. It's available in three color options — black, rose gold, and clear — so pick the perfect style for you.

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SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro

If you're the klutzy type who's constantly dropping your phone, you want this rugged case from SUPCASE. This is a two-piece case that features a front plate with a built-in screen protector that, along with the LG G6's waterproofing, will pretty much keep your phone in pristine condition. It features multi-layered protection that combines TPU and polycarbonate materials to create a shock absorbing core and impact resistant bumper.

It also comes with a belt clip holster that swivels 360-degrees, making it a great accessory for anyone who's constantly on the go throughout the day and needs quick access to their phone at all times.

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Trianium Clarium Series Case

The thing about having a new phone is that you want to show it off, right? But not at the expense of leaving it open to damage. That's where a great clear case come in.

Trianium's Clarium Series cases are sleek and minimalist, so if those are important features in a case for you, you'll definitely want to check it out. Your phone will get all around protection from this slim case that also perfectly preserves the look of your LG G6.

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Spigen Thin Fit

If you absolutely hate the idea of using a case because of the added bulk, perhaps you should consider Thin Fit case from Spigen. While it won't offer as much drop protection as the other cases on this list, it will prevent your phones from being scuffed or scratched while in your pocket.

All your ports and side buttons are left wide open, and the case is thin enough to let NFC and wireless charging pass through without issue. Again, if you're looking for a case that offers sound protection, your best to look at other options. But if you're looking for a slim and lightweight case to offer the most basic protection from nicks and scratches, this is your best bet.

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LK Wallet case

Wallet cases are a great option for protecting your phone — as long as you're able to justify the added bulk for the extra convenience of having your phone, cash, cards and ID all in one place.

This wallet case from LK has been perfectly designed for the LG G6, and offers full protection in all four corners via the TPU inner shell along with the protection from the leather exterior You're able to fit three cards along the inside of the front cover, along with a pocket for folded bills. There are ample cutouts for the headphone jack, charging port and fingerprint scanner, and the case also folds up to create a kickstand for your phone for hands-free viewing.

For a classy and versatile case, look no further than this leather wallet case.

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UAG Plasma

UAG is known for making some really great rugged cases for your smartphones. The UAG Plasma case offers a great balance between style and protection.

This composite case is feather-light and combines a translucent hard outer shell with a shock-absorbing soft inner core. With a raised rubber screen lip and rear skid pads, your phone will stay put when you put it down without ever coming into direct contact with anything that might scratch the LG G6's big screen. If you're concerned about the phone slipping out of your hand, this case features so many ridges and texture around the back to help with grip.

On top of all that, UAG has included oversized cutouts around the camera, fingerprint scanner, and ports, so that all your phone's features are unencumbered by the case.

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Incipio DualPro

Rugged protection doesn't have to look so utilitarian. Incipio's DualPro case is a really stylish option that combines a shock absorbing TPE inner core with a sleek and lightweight polycarbonate outer shell that works in tandem to provide great shock protection and protect against scratches and scuffs. The power and volume buttons are covered with raised rubber that's easy to press, and precise cutouts for the camera, charging port, fingerprint scanner, speaker, and headphone jack ensure you're always able to get the most out of your new phone.

The DualPro offers everything you want from a case while keeping a slim and stylish profile, and is available in five different color options. Get yours for your LG G6 today!

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Which case will you get?

How are you planning to keep your LG G6 protected? Let us know in the comments!

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2 weeks ago

Best Smart Home Hub

We don't have slick future homes like The Jetsons yet, and the path to getting there has been more than a little rocky so far. Still, if you want to start making your house a little smarter on your own, there are some hubs that get the job done.

Best overall

Samsung SmartThings

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While one-off connected home gadgets are fun, the real power of the connected home comes from all of the smart things in your house talking with one another.

Samsung's acquisition of SmartThings in 2014 signalled the company was ready to bridge the gap between its incredibly popular mobile and appliance divisions with tech that worked to give you access from everywhere. Since the acquisition, Samsung has focused on expansion and refinement of the SmartThings brand, turning it into a complete solution that users can slowly build based on their needs.

The SmartThings Hub has grown over the years to support smart outlets and switches, a key fob that lets the house know when you're home or away, door and motion sensors to keep you informed and safe, and a massive network of third-party accessories that work with SmartThings hubs and apps.

Bottom line: Samsung SmartThings is the most supported connected home hub, so you stand the best chance of building a system that works with your needs.

Why Samsung SmartThings is the best

It's got the most support.

The one big point that makes SmartThings stand out in the crowd right now is support. All of the major popular products support SmartThings, and that's important when trying to create a smarter home for yourself. All of the good smart thermostats, connected lighting, automated door locks, and even most connected kitchen tech supports SmartThings out of the box. That kind of plug and play support makes a big difference when trying to set everything up, especially if you're trying to set a up a connected home for someone who isn't technically minded but could use some assistance.

But there are some problems. SmartThings aren't encrypted from end to end, which means your house could be an easy target for someone who wanted to cause you some trouble by turning on your stove when you aren't home. Almost no connected home tech was built with encryption in mind, which is why Google and Apple are trying so hard to build new systems that place a premium on being secure.

Beyond security, a lot of the SmartThings kits aren't particularly convenient. You can buy a $54 connected outlet that takes up two outlet spots on your actual outlet but only gives you one place to connect something to power, and it's only real feature is that you can turn it on and off with your phone. That's cool for very specific situations, but why not make something that fully replaces the outlet instead of an adapter that actively takes away outlets? It's messy, but it's one of the best messes you can build for yourself right now.

Best for Gadgets

Wink 2

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As one of the first connected home hubs to really get some attention, Wink has earned itself a healthy list of tech you can connect to it. The Wink hub has seen several hardware revisions since its initial launch as well, enhancing stability and functionality with each release. The core Wink setup is similar to just about everything else right now, in that you can connect everything to the hub and then use your phone to control all of the connected tech. You can also set up scripted patterns of behavior, so lights turn off and locks engage and thermostats adjust based on your schedules and actions. It's all fairly standard stuff, with one huge difference.

And optional add-on to the Wink Hub is the Wink Relay, a wall-mounted display with all of the Wink software onboard for anyone to interact with. No need to unlock the phone, or share your Wink account with others, this interface exists just like a light switch on the wall for anyone to use as they need. In fact, it even includes a pair of physical switches that can be customized to do whatever you need. If you live alone, it's mostly a gadget. If you have family, especially kids that don't have their own phone or tablet, it's a great way to make sure the connected home is available to everyone in it.

Bottom line: Wink is what you invest in if you're looking for a lot of options and an experience that goes well beyond your phone.

Conclusion

The connected home market is kind of a mess right now. There are a lot of individual products that work well, but it's going to be a while before a single truly great hub comes out to support everything. If you're not willing to wait, Samsung's SmartThings is a decent place to look for building your ideal setup. If you'd like something that extends your home and can be used even without a phone, Wink is what you should take a look at first.

Best overall

Samsung SmartThings

See at Amazon

While one-off connected home gadgets are fun, the real power of the connected home comes from all of the smart things in your house talking with one another.

Samsung's acquisition of SmartThings in 2014 signalled the company was ready to bridge the gap between its incredibly popular mobile and appliance divisions with tech that worked to give you access from everywhere. Since the acquisition, Samsung has focused on expansion and refinement of the SmartThings brand, turning it into a complete solution that users can slowly build based on their needs.

The SmartThings Hub has grown over the years to support smart outlets and switches, a key fob that lets the house know when you're home or away, door and motion sensors to keep you informed and safe, and a massive network of third-party accessories that work with SmartThings hubs and apps.

Bottom line: Samsung SmartThings is the most supported connected home hub, so you stand the best chance of building a system that works with your needs.

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2 weeks ago

How to customize your Chrome startup screen

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How do I customize the Chrome startup screen?

Chrome is the Google browser that so many of us use to wander the internet. Setting up your startup page is a small bit of customization that could really save you time in the long run.

Set up Chrome to open a new tab

For some folks, every time you open Chrome you're looking for something different. If you don't routinely start your browsing with a specific webpage, then this is probably your best bet.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the overflow icon that looks like three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  3. Click to open the Settings menu.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and click on Advanced Settings.
  5. Select Open new tab under On Setup.

Set up Chrome to pick up where you left off

We've all been there. You're deep in the middle of working on something and you completely miss that low battery warning. If you're the type that browses Chrome using multiple tabs, relaunching and getting back to where you were is a hassle. Alternatively, if you generally browse the same sites having Chrome open up to your last viewed tabs might simply be your preferred option.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click the overflow icon that looks like three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  3. Click to open the Settings menu.
  4. Scroll down and click on Advanced Settings.
  5. Select Continue where you left off under On Setup.

Set up Chrome to open up your favorite site(s)

Plenty of folks tend to check in on a preferred selection of up the same pages every time they start up Chrome. Whether it's your Gmail, Google, or even Facebook, having your go-to web page load right up when you start a new Chrome session can be handy. This option will open up the web page (or pages) of your choice each time you start up a new session of Chrome.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click the overflow icon that looks like three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  3. Click to open the Settings menu.
  4. Scroll down and click on Advanced Settings.
  5. Select Open a specific page or set of pages under On Startup.
  6. Select Set pages.
  7. Type in the url of the Page you want to open at startup.

Set up Chrome's homepage

With Chrome you have the option to setup a home page. If you're the type of person who likes to check their email or Facebook every few minutes without constantly leaving a tab open, this is an easy way to do it. You can set the Homepage to be anywhere you want, and you'll be able to navigate to it simply by clicking the home button on the taskbar. By default the home button will turn your page into a new Tab, but you can also decide where it will send you from the settings.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click the overflow icon that looks like three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  3. Click to open the Settings menu.
  4. Scroll down and click on Advanced settings.
  5. Select Show Home Button under Appearances
  6. Select Change to switch between a specific webpage opening, and a New Tab opening.

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2 weeks ago

Canada's Freedom Mobile is finally getting the phones and coverage it needs to compete

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Something good is happening at Freedom Mobile.

Back when Freedom Mobile was called Wind Mobile, it was seen by the Big Three Canadian carriers as a pest that wouldn't go away. Now that Shaw Communications owns the company, and is growing its LTE network in major cities around the country, it's becoming a much bigger force to be reckoned with.

Much of that comes from the growth of its LTE network, which is expanding in all directions from the respective cores of Toronto and Vancouver this week, as well as with firmer plans to launch the same high-speed service in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, later this summer.

Greater Vancouver coverage map (left) | Greater Toronto (right)

Along with better, faster service in more places, Freedom is now offering more than just one LTE plan — when it started in the waning months of 2016, its single LTE plan was promotional, and only for early adopters. Now all of its plans are "LTE ready," according to the company, which makes it easier to justify spending money on one of those new phones.

The plans, ranging from $30 for 250MB of LTE-ready data all the way to $59 for 8GB of Canadian data and 1GB of "Away" or U.S. roaming, undercut the competition significantly. That most expensive plan, even broaching $60 per month, is still likely the best wireless plan you can buy in Ontario and British Columbia today given that it comes with a gigabyte of domestic and U.S. roaming. The only question is how often you'll be eating into that allotment given Freedom's relatively small "Home" footprint.

Freedom Mobile is relishing the opportunity to sell an LTE-ready Galaxy S8 alongside Rogers, Bell and Telus.

Then there's the phones. That's been the biggest impediment to growth since the company launched its network last year. Starting with just one high-end phone, the LG V20, and one budget option, the ZTE Grand X 4, the line is quickly growing as Freedom's Band 66 becomes standard in all upcoming releases. By the end of 2017, every phone in North America should support Band 66 as it supports Band 4 today, since the subset of airwaves is just an expansion of the existing AWS standard.

As of today, you can buy the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), both great phones. But Freedom is relishing the opportunity to sell, for the first time, an LTE-ready Galaxy S8 alongside Rogers, Bell and Telus, since it has heretofore always been behind from a technology perspective. (A small note, too: Freedom has the lowest outright price for the LG G6 in the country).

I have been using Freedom's network on the LG V20 for some time, and while its speeds aren't always consistently as fast as that of Rogers, my main carrier, it delivers reliable LTE coverage in most parts of the Greater Toronto region, and I am seriously debating grabbing that $59 8GB plan that includes U.S. roaming, since I'm down there often enough to make it worth it.

Freedom Mobile's LTE network: Should you switch?

Freedom Mobile only added 9,500 users last quarter after reaching its million-customer milestone back in the fourth quarter of 2016. It's unclear, now that the company has had time to promote its nascent LTE network under the Freedom Mobile name, whether it added a significant number of new clients in the three months between December 1 and February 28. We'll know on April 12, when Shaw releases its second quarter results.

Do you use Freedom Mobile? If so, are you happy with the service and coverage? Let us know in the comments!

Everything you need to know about Freedom Mobile

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2 weeks ago

Five things the Galaxy S8 does better than the LG G6

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LG G6 vs Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 is a good deal more expensive than the LG G6. Here are five things that (sorta) justify the cost...

Samsung and LG's Android flagships, the G6 and Galaxy S8 are set to go head-to-head in the coming weeks, in what'll be one of the biggest Android rivalries of the year. This year, both manufacturers are targeting slightly different price points for their high-end offerings, with the G6 selling for $100 (or more, depending on your carrier) less than the GS8.

So what does Samsung bring to the table to (potentially) justify that extra cash? Let's take a look...

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2 weeks ago

The original Huawei Watch doesn't have NFC and isn't getting Android Pay

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Bad news for those looking forward to mobile payments on the original Huawei Watch.

I loved the Huawei Watch. It was sleek, it was sexy, it had a battery that went for days... but it doesn't have NFC. We can't change that, much as we wanted to after we saw the headscratchers that were the Huawei Watch 2 and the Huawei Watch 2 Classic.

Although a Huawei representative confirmed to Ausdroid that the watch does have a latent NFC chip inside — it just needed to be turned on — we can confirm that, after reaching out to the company, the Huawei Watch doesn't have NFC, and won't be getting Android Pay when it receives Android Wear 2.0.

If you are looking for a nice-looking Android Wear watch with NFC and battery life for days, you can check out the LG Watch Sport, or wait for the inevitable influx of other smartwatches coming in the next few months with a similar look and feature set.

The best Android Wear watch

Android Wear

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2 weeks ago

LG G6 review: A return to form

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LG G6

After years of chasing gimmicks, LG decides to just make a good phone.

The quick take

The quick take: LG achieves its goal of packing a balanced, powerful Android experience into a more hand-friendly form factor. But it remains to be seen whether the G6 is a true "flagship" to compete with the upcoming Galaxy S8. The LG G6's success (or otherwise) will depend on its price tag, and how the competition measures up.

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2 weeks ago

Want a 128GB Samsung Galaxy S8+? Here's where in the world it's coming

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Samsung's bigger S8 is getting a bigger storage option... but only in South Korea and China.

Everywhere else in the world will see only 64GB models at this time, but a Samsung Galaxy S8+ with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM is being prepared for a bundle in South Korea and China, according to a listing on Samsung's Korean site found by ETVNews. While 64GB internal will be enough for most folks, I admit I wouldn't turn my nose up at a 128GB model if it ever came Stateside.

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2 weeks ago

Best Tempered Glass Screen Protectors for the Moto G5 Plus

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What are the best tempered glass screen protectors for the Moto G5 Plus?

The new Moto G5 Plus is an awesome budget phone with a 5.2-inch LCD screen that's sure to impress — but only if you keep it safe from scratches and cracks.

Your best bet? Buy a tempered glass screen protector.

Sparin tempered glass screen protector (two-pack)

Sparin has consistently produced great tempered glass screen protectors, so you should be good to go with this two-pack of tempered glass screen protectors.

Designed to cover the flat portion of the screen while leaving no unsightly halo around the edges, these leave room around the edges for a case which is good for those looking to completely protect their new phone. You'll also enjoy the 2.5D round edges on these, which are kind on your fingers and looked cleaner when you look up close. This screen protector features cutouts around the ear speaker, front-facing camera and fingerprint sensor, so you'll feel the difference of those softer edges.

This is a dry-install screen protector should go on easy with a bubble-free installation, and thin enough to maintain the full touch sensitivity of the screen.

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Yootech tempered glass screen protector (two-pack)

If you're looking for a tempered glass screen protector that's backed by a lifetime warranty, Yootech has you covered. This two-pack of tempered glass screen protectors are ultra thin at only 0.33mm, with a scratch resistant surface featuring an oleophobic coating.

Featuring precise laser-cut cutouts around the ear speaker, camera, and fingerprint sensor, this kit comes with everything you need for a clean, bubble-free installation including alcohol wipes and dust removing strips.

Spend some time to make sure your get the perfect fit on installation and you're good to go!

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Supershieldz tempered glass screen protector (three-pack)

Two is good, but three is better! This bundle from Supershieldz comes with three tempered glass screen protectors for your Moto G5 Plus. If value is your main goal, you simply can't beat this bundle.

You'll get near edge-to-edge coverage here with enough room to accommodate a case, along with 2.5D edges for a nice smooth feel for your fingers.

Supershieldz are known for making really quality screen protectors that are anti-scratch, hydrophobic, obeophobic and backed by Supershieldz no-hassle lifetime replacement warranty. If you're a serial phone abuser and feel like you might run through more than a couple screen protectors during your phone's life, this is a great, affordable option.

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LK tempered glass screen protector (three-pack)

While the other three options on this list offer a very similar design, this three pack from LK takes a different approach, doing away with the thin ridges around the cutouts and just swooping right down around the ear speaker and camera at the top, and cutting up from the bottom edge around the fingerprint scanner.

On one hand, this leaves more of your screen exposed, but it also should help improve the overall integrity of the screen protector by removing those weak points around the cutouts.

Scratch resistant, shatterproof, and oleophobic, these screen protectors will keep your Moto G5 Plus screen protected, and are backed by a lifetime, no-hassle replacement warranty.

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