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2 weeks ago

Latest AT&T DirecTV Now promotion gives subscribers free HBO for a year

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Existing HBO subscribers will get a $5 bill credit for 12 months.

AT&T has rolled out a "loyalty reward" to existing DirecTV Now subscribers. Starting today, all subscribers on "Go Big" and "Gotta Have It" plans will receive a year's worth of HBO access for free, and those that have already subscribed to HBO will receive a $5 bill credit for 12 months.

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2 weeks ago

Even the Galaxy S7 Active is getting Nougat before the unlocked GS7

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The rugged Galaxy S7 Active is getting Nougat.

Another day, another carrier device getting Nougat. Heck, Nougat is up to nearly 3% of total Android devices, and we can now add the AT&T-exclusive Galaxy S7 Active to the list.

The phone is getting the same version of Android 7.0 Nougat with the February 2017 security patch as its less rugged counterparts, which includes, according to AT&T, "Samsung Cloud, Samsung Pass, and App Select enabled in Setup and Transfer". The build, NRD90M.G891AUCU2BQB2, also does away with the carrier's heinous Address Book software.

Now that it's out, you can count the AT&T Galaxy S7 Active as yet another phone to get Nougat before the unlocked versions of the core Galaxy S7 versions sold in the U.S. Not that we're keeping score or anything...

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2 weeks ago

Nougat makes massive gains in February on back of Galaxy S7 updates

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The release of Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S7 series helped Nougat make its biggest-ever month-over-month gains in February.

There are millions of Android devices sold every month, and millions more updated. The composite tells a story of cycles and company strategies played out in the same way year over year.

This year, it's the story of the Galaxy S7. The single most popular Android phone of 2016 (well, two most popular phones) began receiving its Nougat update in the U.S. and many other countries in February, which helped the latest Android version, 7.x, gain 1.6% in the shortest month of the year. The total now stands at 2.8%, still a tiny margin when compared to Marshmallow at 31.3% and Lollipop at 32.5%, but it did boast the single biggest gain in the month, and that's something we can get behind.

Android 4.4 KitKat lost the most share in the month, down 1.1% to 20.8%, and all three branches of Jelly Bean — 4.1 to 4.3 — lost a little bit, too, bringing their total down to a cumulative 10.6%.

Overall, the market didn't move that much in February, but it's nice to see Nougat gaining some much-needed traction. It's possible we'll see the introduction of an early version of Android O this month, as it's almost a year to the day that the first developer preview of Android N was released.

Does your phone have Nougat yet? Let us know in the comments!

Android Nougat

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2 weeks ago

The Moto G5 Plus is exclusive to Flipkart in India, launching on Mar 15

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Moto G5 Plus is launching on Mar 15, and will be exclusive to Flipkart.

The Moto G5 Plus is all set to make its debut in India on March 15, and Motorola has now announced that the phone will be sold exclusively on Flipkart in the country. The Moto G series by itself accounts for a majority of sales in the budget segment, and as such the exclusivity arrangement is a big deal for Flipkart as it tries to counter the threat of Amazon.

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2 weeks ago

Android 7.0 Nougat coming to Moto Z Play Droid Edition

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Your days of waiting are over — multi-window multitasking, direct replies in the notification shade, and data saver functionality are now available for your modular device.

Faithful Moto Z Play Droid Edition users — say that in one breath! — your loyalty has been rewarded. Verizon has revealed that it's seeded the update for Android 7.0 Nougat to your modular devices.

The Moto Z Play Droid can now take advantage of features like multi-window multitasking in both portrait and landscape modes, direct reply in the notifications shade, customizable quick settings, and all of the emojis your heart desires. There's also a helpful Data Saver feature that comes built into the operating system, which you'll definitely want to use if you're not subscribed to Verizon's unlimited data plan.

Ready for the update? If your phone is waiting on an update, you should have a notification waiting for your approval. If not, check to see if there's an update available in the Settings panel. You can read more on the update at Verizon's page.

Moto Z, Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play

Motorola Verizon

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Android Nougat

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2 weeks ago

Android O may introduce finger gestures and more... but also maybe not

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Android's next set of feature additions may include finger gestures, better copy and paste, and more robust messaging.

Good news comes to those who wait, and those who've been waiting for something as menial as the native ability to use finger gestures to come to Android should feel very jovial. An anonymous source from Google told VentureBeat that Android will soon support this specific feature, in addition to several others. Apparently, these features will be confirmed later this year at the company's annual developer's conference:

The features might or might not make their debut in the next version of Android, a source familiar with the matter told VentureBeat. Google is expected to unveil Android O at its I/O developer conference in May and then release it in the fall following multiple developer previews.

The gesture feature would enable you to bring up a list of recent contacts with the simple outline of the letter C on the screen, for instance, which would be faster than calling out the command to Assistant and waiting for it to respond. It's possible, however, that Google's gesture triggers "could get delayed or might not ever ship," according to the source.

We also don't know if Google will implement a feature called Copy Less, which could help cut down on the finicky process of copying text from one app and pasting it into another. However, this particular ability could come implemented in a future update of the GBoard virtual keyboard.

The source could also not confirm whether the next version of Android would have more robust messaging features, like the ability to tap on an address in a text message in Android Messages and start navigating in Google Maps.

None of these claims have been publicly confirmed by Google. For now, we can merely speculate what's to come in Android O. And if you're not entirely ready for that sort of rumor mongering, you can start smaller by guessing which dessert is the inspiration for the next version of Android.

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2 weeks ago

How to set up two-factor authentication for your Nest account

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How do I set up two-factor authentication for my Nest account? You can find the necessary settings in the Nest app!

It's always a good idea to add two-factor authentication to any account that will offer it, and that goes double for accounts tied to connected home devices. Two-factor authentication adds an extra factor (a generated code sent to a phone number in this case) to your login process, so even if your account's password is somehow discovered your account stays locked without the code.

Nest has added two-factor authentication to Nest accounts, which means it's time to add an extra layer of security to your thermostat, smoke detector, and home security camera. The process for enabling two-factor authentication is super simple and can be achieved from within the Nest app. Here's how you get it done!

  1. Launch the Nest app.
  2. Tap the expand more icon in the top left corner of the app.
  3. Tap the Account button (looks like a gear).
  4. Tap Manage account.

  5. Tap Account Security.
  6. Tap 2-step verification.
  7. Toggle on the switch.

  8. Enter your password and tap Continue.
  9. Enter your phone number.
  10. Enter the six-digit 2FA code sent to your phone.

  11. Tap Continue.
  12. Tap Done on the confirmation screen.

Keep in mind you'll need to have access to this phone number every time you log in to your Nest account, as you'll have to type in the 2FA code for each new login.

Questions?

Run into trouble trying to get 2FA set up? Give us a shout in the comments and we'll try to troubleshoot the issue.

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2 weeks ago

Google Store now sells replacement facepads for your Daydream View

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If you spend a lot of time playing VR, you're going to have to deal with sweaty facepads.

Google's Daydream View was released alongside the Google Pixel last year and if you purchased one and use it regularly, you will have had to handwash the facepad at least once or twice so far. Made from breathable mesh fabric, the facepad is a magnet for the sweat, grease, dirt, or makeup on our faces. If you're in need of some tips, our friends over at VRHeads have this great guide for keeping your Daydream View clean and hygienic.

Until now, cleaning your Daydream View facepad meant that you had to spend some time in actual reality waiting for your clean facepad to dry. If this has annoyed you in the past, you'll be happy to know that Google is now selling replacement facepads for the Daydream View from its website.

The replacement facepads are only available in one color, gray, and can be purchased for $14.99. It's a great accessory to have around as a replacement for the facepad that originally came with your Daydream View or to swap a fresh one in when you want to share your headset with friends.

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2 weeks ago

How to take a screenshot on the LG G6

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Take a screenshot. It'll last longer.

Snapping a screenshot is typically standard across the board for most Android devices, but sometimes you can get tripped up if the button placement is different from what you're used that. That seems like the case with the LG G6, at least, which is why we've put together this quick little how-to.

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2 weeks ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Tablet K1 updated with stability and crash fixes

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It's always good to get an update, no matter how small.

NVIDIA's tablets, the much-older Shield Tablet and refreshed cheaper Shield Tablet K1, are both getting the same "software upgrade 5.1" with various fixes aimed at improving instances of crashes and instability. The pair of 8-inch tablets should download the update automatically, but you can always check manually in your settings if you're impatient.

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2 weeks ago

Best Cases For Moto G4 Play

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What are the best cases you can buy today for the Moto G4 Play?

The Moto G4 Play is one of the best smartphone deals you can find today, and if you're aching to equip it with some stylish protection, here are a few worthy considerations.

Update, March 2017: This article was updated with minor fixes.

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2 weeks ago

Tomb Raider reboot highlights two paths for gaming on NVIDIA Shield TV

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NIVIDIA has added a couple noteworthy titles to the Shield TV's ever-growing game library, highlighting the different ways gamers can play on the Shield.

The marquee title arriving on NVIDIA Shield is Tomb Raider, the gritty 2013 reboot of the iconic gaming franchise, starring Lara Croft. Available as a download through the Google Play Store, the game offers a reimagined origin story for the first Queen of Gaming, giving the action adventure franchise a total overhaul and a new breath of life. While it's a few years old, it's a really polished game that looks and plays great on the Shield.

Also coming to the Shield, by way of NVIDIA'S GeForce NOW streaming service, is Marvel Heroes 2016, a free-to-play massive multiplayer online action role-playing game that was previewed by NVIDIA at CES as part of Geforce NOW's new ability to stream online multiplayer games. Marvel Heroes is free to play for all members subscribed to the GeForce NOW service.

Reasons to stream your games

There's always been a semi-regular stream of titles announced and released for the Shield, but the way NIVIDIA paired these two game launches together sure feels like a not-so-subtle message from NVIDIA to gamers: game streaming is the future. It's the most efficient way to play your games on the Shield. And when you step back and consider all the facts, NVIDIA's right.

For starters, consider that Tomb Raider, available for $15.99 from the Play Store, takes up over 5GB of space. If you went with the larger 500GB Shield, and have it loaded with movies, TV shows, music, and games, you may have to clear out some old games or movies to make space for the download. If you have the 16GB Shield, Tomb Raider will take up basically half of your available internal storage. It's the same issue I have with my Xbox One — the frustration of only being able to have a handful of games installed on your console at one time.

Just the thought of having to install, uninstall, and otherwise manage games via digital downloads often makes me want to put down the controller before I've even picked it up.

Meanwhile, not only do GeForce NOW subscribers not have to worry about balancing their internal storage, but they also have quick streaming access to a library of fantastic games streamed at 1080p and 60fps, with titles including The Witcher 3, Just Cause 2, and… what's that? Tomb Raider — same game, delivered two different ways, on the same console.

Maybe it's just me, but just the thought of having to install, uninstall, and otherwise manage games via digital downloads often makes me want to put down the controller before I've even picked it up. This comes after waiting through the download and install process for getting Tomb Raider from the Google Play Store. It adds a new level of annoyance while trying to add convenience — especially with a 16GB NVIDIA Shield TV hooked up to my HDTV.

Personally, I don't think I'd manage to sit down and play via GeForce NOW enough to get the same value I'd get from NVIDIA's $7.99/month streaming service the same way i justify the other streaming services I rely on, like Netflix and Apple Music (quietly turns off the comment section). But then again, NVIDIA also offers GameStream as a great back up to play PC games on my Shield, which is just another reason to love the Shield as a gaming platform.

For your consideration

If you already have an NVIDIA Shield TV, it's well worth your time and effort to check out Tomb Raider — whether you prefer to "own" it from the Google Play Store or stream it from the GeForce NOW. Running into storage space constraints? Don't forget that the NVIDIA Shield does support expandable storage.

For those of you just considering buying an NVIDIA Shield, if the gaming possibilities are playing a part in buying decision, you'll definitely want to consider whether something like GeForce NOW could fill your needs. That $100 you save on a 16GB Shield could essentially pay for a full year of GeForce Now, which'll save you time and frustration dealing with less space.

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Aside from the poor optics of such deals, ZTE was breaking U.S. laws that prohibit sales of U.S.-made technology to the two countries. Officially, ZTE agreed to plead guilty to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, obstruction of justice, and making a material false statement.

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Getting Google Assistant to play nice with ... Google Assistant

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Google Home is a control freak and that means it doesn't play well with Assistant on your phone.

Now that Google Assistant is coming to more phones than just the Google Pixel a lot more people are going to be able to have it on their phones. A lot of those people (maybe you're one of them!) will also have a Google Home, which also works by using Google Assistant. Getting the two of them to co-exist can be a little tricky.

Just like people with a new Android Wear 2.0 watch, which also has Google Assistant, you're going to soon find that Assistant acts differently depending on what hardware it's on; sometimes one thing with Assistant would be a better thing to work with than the other, and that friendly-voiced computer isn't sure what needs to be done on which. And there's no way for you to tell it where to do anything.

Assistant needs to get smart and figure out which of your things to answer from. In the meantime, we have to be smart and work around it.

Google Assistant is really cool. It's uncanny how it can answer some things and native device control, as well as IFTTT support, means it can control just about every other smart device on the planet. We don't want to sound negative or make you think you might not want all this smart stuff because we love it. But like a lot of things — especially things from Google — there are growing pains when they are new.

But a couple tips can make your life a little easier when you want the right information, at the right time, from the right device.

Use the same Google account on both your phone and Google Home

When you set up Google Assistant, whether you're doing it from your phone or through the app for a Google Home, part of the process is linking it to your Google account. Right now Assistant can't handle multiple accounts, so the temptation to use your account on one thing and a family member's or roomie's account on the other is there. But it just doesn't work.

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The AI assistant who can work for more than one person first will be the "winner".

Remember, you can't say, "OK Google, tell me what's on my calendar for Monday, but do it on my phone." You say you want to know your agenda for Monday and Assistant will answer from Google Home every time, as long as it's within earshot of you. If your spouse is signed into the Google Home, it can't tell you what you want to know unless both accounts have the same information. Your phone will tell you it's "answering on another device" and won't be any help.

We've heard rumors that Google is working on some solution for multiple people to use the same Google Home, but nothing's official. For now, keep everything that can hear you on the same account, so no matter where you get an answer, it will be the right answer.

Know how to shut the microphone off

This is the ugly and inelegant solution for forcing Assistant to communicate through your phone when you're somewhere a Google Home can hear you. And one of the things Google Home does really well is hearing you from distances you didn't think it could.

Who knew an off button could turn out to be a lifehack?

Like I said above, as long as Google Home is around, it will take in everything you ask Assistant to do, even if it can't do it. Asking Assistant to call someone and having the thing which can't make phone calls (yet) take the reigns and fail is comical at first but can quickly get old. And there are other things that work better on one or the other, like playing music or looking at Google image results.

  • When you need or want Google Home to listen and do the thing you're asking, just make sure it can hear you.
  • When you want Google Assistant on your phone to do something while a Google Home is in the room, shut off the microphone on the Google Home.

You can shut the mic off two different ways. There's a button on the back of Google Home that toggles the mic on and off, or you can tell Assistant to turn the mic off for you by saying "OK Google, turn off your microphone." Of course, you'll have to walk over and press the button to turn it back on.

Google seems committed to Assistant and surely is aware of the small issues, like getting more than one thing using it to play nice with others. We can also think of some easy fixes for this behavior, so we're confident Google can do a great job keeping the experience great while working out these kinks. We're looking forward to it just like you are!

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