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2 weeks ago

Rhapsody is going back to 1999 and rebranding itself as Napster

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The music streaming service Rhapsody has announced plans to rebrand itself as Napster. The old, and infamous, music sharing service was founded in 1999 and its brand was bought by Rhapsody in 2011.

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2 weeks ago

How to give your Android phone a Microsoft makeover

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Bringing the look, feel and functionality of Microsoft's ecosystem to your Android phone.

Windows Phone is in an odd place right now — an argument could be made Windows Phone's been in a weird place for a few years now — and whether you have come to Android for more apps, or more consistent experiences, or better hardware, you're here in the Android ecosystem now. But that doesn't mean you have to kiss all your Microsoft and Windows services goodbye.

Whether you're looking to recreate as much of your Windows Phone experience as you can, or you just want to see what Redmond can offer Mountain View, we've got the guide for you. Some devices offer more Microsoft services out of the box, from Cyanogen OS on the OnePlus One to Microsoft productivity suite on the Samsung Galaxy S7 — but there's plenty out there besides.

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2 weeks ago

The OnePlus 3 is now on sale from the OnePlus website

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After a brief period of exclusivity in the 'Loop' VR experience, anyone can now buy a OnePlus 3.

There's no invite required to buy a OnePlus 3, and just in case you didn't have a VR headset available to get your order in through that immersive store, you can now head to the OnePlus online store from your computer to place an order. Further, OnePlus is making its latest smartphone available in dozens of countries right at launch — yet again a far cry from its previous launch experiences.

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2 weeks ago

You can now use Facebook Messenger to send and receive text messages

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If you're constantly switching between Facebook Messenger and text message conversations, Facebook is making your life a little bit easier. Facebook Messenger for Android can now send and receive both SMS and MMS messages alongside Facebook conversations, and you can set it as your default SMS application.

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2 weeks ago

Google Fiber could be coming to Dallas

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Google has announced that Dallas could be getting the company's Google Fiber TV and 1Gbps internet service.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 3 available right away in the UK for £309 unlocked

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OnePlus 3

Rather than wait for availability to roll out, OnePlus is launching its latest flagship, the OnePlus 3, on Day One in the UK. The high-specced phone with a fresh new aluminum design picks right up where the OnePlus 2 left off, stepping up the features and overall experience without a big bump in price. There's just one model this year, with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, in a silver color, and it'll set you back £309 — and of course that's completely unlocked.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 3 comes to Canada: $519 unlocked, available on Day 1

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Rather than stagger the rollout and make people wait for invites, OnePlus is launching its new OnePlus 3 simultaneously around the world — including Canada as a launch country. As we've come to expect, the price is going to seem just a little high in Canada compared to the prices in the U.S. and Europe.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 3 review: Finally all grown up

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OnePlus 3

The quick take

OnePlus is finally ready to join the big leagues with the OnePlus 3. Gone are the days of justifying missing features with a cheap price, and no longer can we give it a pass for its upstart-style of operation. The OnePlus 3 is the real deal, ready to be compared and evaluated as the flagship phone that it is. It isn't going to wow you with oodles of new features or headline-grabbing, never-before-seen experiences — it's just a downright great smartphone, and that's precisely what most people are looking for.

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2 weeks ago

Spec showdown: OnePlus 3 versus the 2016 flagship competition

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See how the new OnePlus 3 compares to the leading devices of 2016.

Each time a new top-end phone comes out, there's no shortage of comparisons to be made. From software to camera to design, we can debate all day — but there's less wiggle room when you look at the straight-up spec sheets between the phones. There's no doubt that the OnePlus 3 is aiming to compete with the highest of the high-end phones out today, and so we've compiled a comparative spec table to show you how all of the line items stack up.

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2 weeks ago

Spec comparison: OnePlus 3 vs. OnePlus 2 vs. OnePlus One

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We're now in our third year of OnePlus flagships — here's how the full set of specs from each generation stack up.

Three years in, and we can start to see some patterns in the specs that OnePlus values in its phones. Some things haven't changed, like sticking to a 5.5-inch screen, a top-end processor and available 64GB of internal storage. Other specs have bumped up, with the OnePlus 3 having double the RAM of the original OnePlus One, as well as a higher-resolution camera, and a few additional specs like NFC, USB-C and fast charging support.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 3 specs

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Just about every line item is filled here.

OnePlus has always been known for offering solid specs for an affordable price, and the OnePlus 3 is no exception. The difference this time around is that there aren't as many "gotcha" missing little features — this is a stacked spec sheet for sure.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 3 announced: Aluminum body, 6GB RAM and $399 invite-free

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OnePlus 3

The latest high-end device from OnePlus takes things to a new level, and its highest price point yet.

After weeks of teases and a handful of solid leaks, we finally have the official announcement of the OnePlus 3, the latest in the high-end-but-affordable line of phones from OnePlus. The OnePlus 3 aims to carry on the legacy of its predecessors with all of the big specs and performance that you expect out of a flagship phone, but for a lower price — and has always been the case, you get great performance and a simple software experience.

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2 weeks ago

These Galaxy S7 and S7 edge cases can be yours for as little as $4 for a limited time

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Right now you can pick up a variety of cases from Vena for your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge for as little as $4. That's right, you can pick from a number of colors and styles to find the right case for you, all while saving some big money on them. Most cases are 50% off, so you may want to pick up a couple to swap them out with your outfits.

The coupon codes will work with the seller of SF Planet or SF Planet fulfilled through Amazon, so you should be able to get free shipping on these cases as well. Included in this round of deals are:

Galaxy S7

Galaxy S7 edge

These deals usually don't last very long, so if you are interested be sure to grab one quickly. Let us know which case you end up deciding on in the comments.

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2 weeks ago

Best accessories for the LG V10

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Best accessories for the LG V10

Turn your LG V10 into a superstar with these great accessories.

You probably carry your LG V10 with you everywhere you go, but is your phone prepared for all situations? Accessories aren't just the icing on the cake; they help your V10 to be as useful as possible all the time.

Anker PowerCore+ 10050

Anker PowerCore+ 10050

Even though your LG V10 has a big enough battery on its own, you may still have times when you're not near a plug; the Anker PowerCore+ 10050 can help.

As its name suggests, this power bank holds a 10,050mAh battery, meaning it's large enough to charge the LG V10 three times without running out of juice. Plus, it has QuickCharge 2.0, which means your V10 will charge at the fastest speed it can, letting you stay on the go.

The Anker PowerCore+ 10050 is also pretty small, so lugging it around in a purse or a backpack isn't hard, and it's even got a matte aluminum finish, which not only looks stylish but also provides some durability.

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LG Official Spare Battery Kit

LG V10 battery

The LG V10 has a removable battery, and to take full advantage of that you'll want to pick up the manufacturer's official spare battery kit. You'll get a second 3,000mAh battery to swap in on the fly, so you can instantly recharge to 100 percent.

What's more, you'll also get an external charging dock for charging your a second battery outside of the phone. While quick charging is all well and good, nothing beats being able to switch batteries and be back up and running again in a matter of seconds.

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iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Universal Car Mount

iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Universal Car Mount

If you're on the road with your LG V10, the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Universal Car Mount can make your daily drives more convenient.

Although the LG V10 is a big phone, the iOttie car mount is sturdy enough to hold it in place, meaning you don't have to worry about your phone falling out of the car mount while you're driving around. It's easy to install, and its adhesive suction cup can adhere to just about any flat surface, making it easy to find the perfect location.

You'll always be able to access your V10 quickly since the iOttie mount has three pivot points and can even extend in length by a couple inches.

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Ringke Fusion clear case

Ringke Fusion clear case

If you require some protection for your LG V10 but want to keep the natural look of the phone intact, the Ringke Fusion case is the perfect choice.

This one-piece TPU sleeve fits the V10 snugly and doesn't block the usage of any buttons or ports around the phone, meaning you have full functionality of the fingerprint sensor and don't have to worry about any hassle while trying to unlock your phone. There's a dust cover on the headphone jack, so rest assured that your music will always sound great, and dirt won't prevent you from using your favorite headphones.

It's a little thicker around the edges of the LG V10 to protect it from a fall, and it even comes with a screen protector, so it protects the entire phone.

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Aukey Dual-Port Quick Charge 2.0 car charger

Aukey Dual-Port Quick Charge 2.0 car charger

If your long daily commutes are taxing on your LG V10's battery, you may want to consider picking up an Aukey Dual-Port Quick Charge 2.0 car charger.

QuickCharge 2.0 certification means your daily commute can give your V10 a huge boost in battery life in a short amount of time. It even has another USB port, meaning it can also charge any other device you want at the same time. Plus, this charger features over-voltage protection and short circuit protection, so all your devices are well-protected by any car trouble you may have.

The Aukey Dual-Port Quick Charge 2.0 car charger is a no-frills car charger that'll quickly power up your LG V10 and your other devices; there's no reason to pass this one up.

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SanDisk Ultra 128 GB microSD card

SanDisk Ultra 128 GB microSD card

The LG V10 can support up to 2TB of external storage and all you need to take advantage of that is the right microSD card.

The SanDisk Ultra is one of the quickest and most reliable cards around, and 128 GB is a lot of space for your phone, meaning you should be able to download or save all the files and apps you want. It's a class 10 card, so you know it can record and play HD videos with ease, meaning that excellent manual video camera on your LG V10 won't go to waste.

This card also comes with a microSD to SD adapter, which is a great bonus and will save you the hassle of running out and getting one the next time you want to transfer files to a computer.

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Yootech tempered glass screen protector

Yootech tempered glass screen protector

One of the things you probably love about your LG V10 is that big beautiful display; keep it looking brand new with a Yootech tempered glass screen protector.

The Yootech screen protector is only 0.26 mm thick, so you don't have to worry about the screen not picking up your taps and swipes. It covers the entire screen, but still has a perfect cutout for the two front-facing cameras, so don't worry your selfies are safe.

Its surface is oleophobic and hydrophobic, which means your fingerprints shouldn't muck up your screen and any oil or sweat from your hands should wipe off easily.

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UE Roll 2

UE Roll/Roll2

If you want to turn it up with your LG V10, why not get a portable Bluetooth speaker?

The UE Roll 2 has a cool design and a great water-resistance rating. It can withstand being submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes — it can follow you into the shower, so you don't have to sing alone.

The sound quality on this small device far exceeds expectations, and is even more impressive if you create a stereo pair with another UE Roll 2. To top it all off, it has an app you can download to control playback, so you can don't even have to touch it.

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How do you accessorize your LG V10

Do you have cool accessories for your LG V10? We want to know about them. Tell us which accessories you use and why you love them by leaving a comment below!

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Gear 360 gets a firmware update to improve image quality

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Samsung Gear 360

If you're one of the lucky few (OK, more than a few) who already have a Samsung Gear 360 camera, you've got a firmware update waiting for you.

The new firmware (C200GLU0APE4 is what my imported Gear 360 is now on) includes the following:

  • Time lapse menu added to onboard camera settings (set video resolution)
  • Front/rear lens adjustment for optimized color matching from each lens input
  • Image quality improvement

Those last two are particularly important, as color matching between the two images is what helps the stitch line disappear. Plus, the all-encompassing "image quality improvement."

In addition, there's also an update available for the Gear 360 Manager app. Samsung didn't give a changelog, but you'll be taken from v1.0 to 1.04. That app is only available (in the U.S., anyway) in Samsung's own app store.

The Samsung Gear 360 is expected to be available in the United States sometime this summer.

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