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2 weeks ago

Amazon brings its groceries delivery service to the UK

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Amazon has started competing against supermarkets in the UK by launching its own groceries delivery service in London. The online retail giant expects to roll out Amazon Fresh coverage across the UK, offering Amazon Prime members the ability to carry out their weekly shop and get everything delivered the very same day.

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2 weeks ago

Batman-themed Galaxy S7 edge goes up for pre-order in Indonesia

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Samsung's Batman-themed limited edition Galaxy S7 edge has made its way to Indonesia, where it is currently up for pre-order. The Injustice Edition of the handset, comes with a custom black paint job with gold accents and a Batman logo at the back, an all-black Gear VR, a special-edition back cover (which also has the Batman logo), and a gold-colored Batarang collectible.

The price? A cool IDR 14.999 million, which comes out to the equivalent of $1,135. The pre-order window is live until June 19, with deliveries going out starting June 24.

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2 weeks ago

YouTube offline now lets you pick a time to download videos

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Google rolled out the ability to take YouTube videos offline in India in 2014, and the search giant is now adding a Smart Offline feature that makes it easier than ever to download videos. Cellular networks in the country offer reduced data rates for late night hours (usually between 3AM and 5AM), and you can now take advantage of the savings by scheduling videos for download during off-peak hours.

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2 weeks ago

Moto Body gets continuous heart rate tracking on Moto 360 (2015), 360 Sport

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An update is now rolling out to both the Moto 360 (2015) and Moto 360 Sport, adding improved heart rate tracking for the Moto Body app, the May security patch update and more.

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2 weeks ago

Paranoid Android 2016 hits the scene with slew of new features and improvements

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Custom ROM fans rejoice: the team behind Paranoid Android has announced the release of a brand new version of the ROM for 2016.

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2 weeks ago

Google reportedly plans to match Apple's new subscription revenue sharing split

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Following Apple's debut of a new revenue sharing model for app subscriptions, which now allows app publishers to keep 85% of subscription revenues instead of the previous 70%, a new report claims Google plans to match that split.

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2 weeks ago

Nextbit Robin update now rolling out with June security patch, speaker volume fix

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If you happen to be using a Nextbit Robin, it's time to check for a software update. A new update is now rolling out to the smartphone, bringing along the latest Android platform security patch, along with a fix for a speaker volume bug and more.

Here's the full log of what's new, from Nextbit:

  • Speaker volume: We have totally revamped the speaker volume after the audio enhancements last month. The minimum volume is much softer and as you increase the volume, it follows a nice linear progression.
  • Camera: Primarily a fix to improve stability when sharing pictures to the Line app.
  • Custom ringtones: We've included the custom ringtones - Patricia by Lauren Loh Sung and Breeze by Giraffage - in the ringtone pack. You no longer need to sideload them.
  • Security: As a bonus, the Android Security Patch is now updated to June 1.

The just started rolling out, so you should be able to pull it down to your phone in short order. Once you've updated, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments and on our forums!

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2 weeks ago

Best smart locks

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Best smart locks

Looking to make your house smarter and safer? Here are the best smart locks full of brains and brawn to protect your home.

Whether you're just tired of losing your keys, or you're already in the process of automating your home, a key part of this process is choosing a smart lock that fits your needs. Take a look at our list of the best smart locks to help you decide.

August

August

The August smart lock's appearance is immediately striking and will give any door a futuristic look with your choice of dark gray or silver finishes. You can use your smartphone to remotely unlock or lock your door, or you can set up a proximity lock: your door will unlock when you approach with your phone, and lock when you move away.

August also lets you create virtual keys for friends and family staying at your place, and lets you keep tabs on the comings and goings of your household using a built-in 24/7 activity log. The August smart lock requires no wiring and installs using an existing deadbolt.

Consider the August if you'd like a smart lock that keeps track of activity and is compatible with both Android and iOS.

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Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

Schlage Sense

For those especially concerned with security, the Schlage Sense smart lock meets the highest industry rating for security. Access combinations can have up to eight digits, and its memory holds up to 30 access codes at a time making it perfect for large families with frequent, trusted visitors. It has a built-in alarm which goes off during tampering attempts or following damage to your door, and it comes with a lifetime mechanical warranty.

The Schlage Sense is available in three colors so it can better fit in with your existing exterior appointments: aged bronze, satin nickel, and matte black. This is a great option for anyone who wants a high security rating with the convenience of a smart lock.

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Yale Real Living

Yale Real Living

Yale's Real Living smart lock features a backlit touchscreen keypad that makes your door look futuristic and secure at the same time. If the appearance of security isn't enough to deter would-be thieves, a built-in alarm will sound when someone attempts to tamper with the lock or when too many attempts have been made with the wrong code. The Real Living smart lock features Z-Wave technology so you can tie it into most home automation systems and control it remotely with your phone. Up to 250 unique entrance codes can be created for friends and family, and you can lock them all out with privacy mode — ideal for when you're out of town.

Available in three colors — oil-rubbed bronze, polished brass, or satin nickel — you should check out Yale's Real Living smart lock if you're in the market for a lock that is easy to install and set-up.

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Schlage Lever

Schlage Lever

The Schlage Lever smart lock is ideal for those of you with no deadbolt on your door. It features Z-Wave technology so you can hook it up with your home automation system and control it remotely with your phone. Communication works both ways: you can receive text or email alerts anytime your door is locked or unlocked.

This smart lock has a back-lit keypad used to punch in one of 19 user codes saved in its memory. There's also a vacation mode to disable all codes while you're away. The two-piece system is available in aged bronze, polished bright brass, or a satin nickel finish to suit your home's style.

If you enjoy receiving up-to-the-minute information about the activity in your home, have a look at the Schlage Lever.

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Your favorite smart lock?

Let us know is the comments section below what you use to keep your home safe!

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2 weeks ago

Father's Day gift guide

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Father's Day gift guide

Wondering what on Earth to buy Dad this year? Wonder no more.

Don't stand in the middle of a department store wondering which windbreaker is going to look good on the old man this year. We've checked in with Dad and we know what he's really hoping to get this Father's Day.

Ring Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell

Whether Dad's at home or not, he'll be able to see exactly who's at the door with the Ring Doorbell. If Dad's living by himself or he's constantly on the go and concerned about security, a video doorbell is a good idea.

Real time sound and video will play on his phone when a visitor rings, and he'll be able to respond as if he's right there in the house (even if he's at work). Everything is synced with the free Ring app so that Dad has a handle on who is coming around the house. Motion sensors will even detect unexpected movement anywhere on his property.

There are two versions of Ring: one that works on homes without a pre-existing doorbell and one that can be hardwired to a pre-existing doorbell. Either way, installation is simple and straightforward.

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Nest

Nest products are designed to work alone or together. Help Dad build a smart home system with one or more of Nest's offerings.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest Learning Thermostat

After one week of use, the Nest Thermostat programs itself. It learns when you typically go to bed, wake up, and leave for work. It also adapts to the seasons, recognizing when summer heat or cooler winds settle in.

If Dad's looking to save money on his heating costs or you know he fidgets with the thermostat he's currently got, the Nest Thermostat will be an easy-to-install replacement.

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Nest Protect Smoke and CO Alarm

Nest Protect Smoke and CO Alarm

How about a smoke detector that tests itself? The Nest Protect recognizes when testing is due and lights up to indicate that everything's in working order. Now Dad doesn't have to mark alarm testing on the calendar or kick himself when he forgets.

Rather than piercing alarms, a human-sounding voice provides an early warning that there's something overheating. If the alarm does go off and Dad's got the smoke under control, he can silence the alarm from Nest's phone app. No more visions of Dad waving a dish towel at a blaring smoke alarm.

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Nest Cam

NestCam

The Nest Cam is a smart camera that mounts anywhere with ease. Dad can point it at the main entrance of the house, a particular door or window, or up in the corner of the family room.

The camera uses Dad's phone's location to automatically turn on when he leaves the house. Multiple phones can trigger these sensors as well. It's not only a wise tool for home security, but it works as a baby monitor or pet cam as well, sending sound and images directly to Dad's phone or any other phone that has permission to view.

How often can you say that you gave your dad peace of mind in a nicely wrapped box? Keep in mind that you're responsible for the gift wrap.

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Accessories for Dad's phone

A simple way to celebrate Father's Day this year could be accessorizing the phone Dad's already using and loving. No shortage of great ideas here and many of them are decently priced, so you can treat Dad to something without breaking the bank.

Samsung Galaxy S7 cases

Dad has a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge:

Dad has a Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Dad has a Nexus 6P

Dad has a Nexus 5X

Dad has the HTC 10

Dad has the LG G5


Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

For the Dad on the go, we're recommending the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. The Super AMOLED display makes photos and movies look better than the real thing and the battery life will hold up to travel and daily use as well.

It's easy for Dad to share between Android devices such as his phone, and the memory is expandable with the purchase of a microSD card. The built-in dual cameras will let you video chat with Dad from anywhere in the world while he unleashes his inner shutterbug. Get ready for a ton of pics of his latest projects around the house.

You'll have two sizes to choose from: the 8-inch and the 9.7-inch, so make sure that you select the one that's best for Dad before you check out.

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Samsung SmartThings

Samsung SmartThings Monitoring Kit

A complete security and home monitoring system could be just the thing for Dad this year. Samsung SmartThings are that and so much more. You can purchase individual items if you want to give Dad a singular introduction to the product line or if you want to help him build on what he's already bought.

A good deal for your dollar is the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit. It comes with a variety of items such as a hub, outlet motion sensors, a power supply, ethernet cable, and batteries. They all work together and they're all controlled by Dad. Later, he can create a wish list of add ons, like the SmartCam, dimmer switches, and arrival sensors.

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Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo hands-free speaker

A voice-controlled, hands-free speaker that is way more than just a speaker would sound great at Dad's place. The Amazon Echo works in any room and is so user-friendly that Dad will wonder why he didn't invest in one before.

All Dad has to do is ask and the Echo will play his favorite music from Amazon Prime, Spotify, and much more. Echo will even read him audiobooks and update him on the weather. More good news? The Amazon Echo is compatible with Nest and Samsung SmartThings. Think of the endless gift giving possibilities.

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Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

If you or Dad are already Prime members, the Amazon Echo Dot is an exclusive offer only available through Alexa Voice Shopping. It's a smaller Echo that is also voice-controlled and compatible with Nest and Samsung SmartThings.

The Echo Dot connects to devices via Bluetooth or to an existing home stereo with an audio cable. It automatically updates itself, and Dad can manage every aspect of the Echo Dot with the free Alexa app. If either of you is a Prime member, it's time to get one for Dad and one for you.

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HTC Vive

HTC Vive

Has Dad been buzzing (like everyone else) about the HTC Vive? Get his name on an order pronto and maybe he'll reward you by letting you take a turn with it every now and then...maybe.

The Chaperone guidance system and two base stations establish a safe play area so that Dad's not bumping into walls or couches. The 2 wireless controllers have 24 sensors that make every gesture natural and intuitive, and the front-facing camera blends the real world and the simulation seamlessly. Whether Dad wants to roam around a shipwreck at the bottom of the sea or explore stunning natural terrain, the HTC Vive will take him there.

The HTC Vive is preloaded with three fantastic apps: Tilt Brush, Fantastic Contraptions, and Job Simulator, so Dad can paint, build, and give everyone at the office a piece of his mind in the privacy and comfort of his home.

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Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR headset

If your budget can't involve breaking the bank, but you still want to treat Dad to an awesome and immersive experience, the Samsung Gear VR is the gift to get. Movies, games, and simulated worlds have never been so accessible.

The comfortable headset is compatible with Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the Note 5, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Just slide the phone into place and whatever is on the screen suddenly appears everywhere. The headset provides a 96 degree field of vision and comes equipped with three sensors that keep the virtual reality extra-real. Samsung's library of games and apps is ever-expanding, so there will always be something new for Dad to try.

If Dad's a movie buff, he can purchase and watch movies in the Oculus Cinema and watch his favorite blockbusters in home theater or multiplex cinema style. He'll wonder how he ever enjoyed movies before.

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More to give

Found a great gift that you know every Dad would love to get this Father's Day? Shout it out in the comments below and tell us why it's the perfect present for Pop!

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2 weeks ago

Belkin's new USB-C car charger will intelligently charge your phones and tablets

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Accessory maker Belkin has announced a brand new USB-C car charger that delivers all of the power your phone, tablet, or computer needs while on the go. The charger offers up to 27W of power, and intelligently manages how your device is charged.

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2 weeks ago

Nest's new CEO tells employees it's sticking with current plans and 'is not for sale'

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Nest's new CEO Marwan Fawaz sent out an email to all of the employees of the connected device company, stating "Nest is not for sale".

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2 weeks ago

U.S. Cellular signs on to help boost Project Fi's coverage

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Google's Project Fi will soon have more coverage options, with U.S. Cellular joining the project as a cellular partner. The carrier joins Sprint and T-Mobile in providing cellular coverage for Project Fi customers.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon will start selling the LG K8 V on June 9 for $144 without a contract

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Verizon Wireless will begin selling the 5-inch LG K8 V on Thursday, June 9 for $144 without a contract. It will also offer the smartphone with a payment plan of $6 per month for 24 months.

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2 weeks ago

Marshmallow update now available for unlocked Alcatel Idol 3 phones

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If you have been patiently waiting for your Idol 3 to get its Marshmallow update, you'll be thrilled to learn the wait is over. That's right, if you've got an unlocked version of the phone you can download the update right now. With the update, you'll gain Doze, enhanced permission controls and much more.

Don't worry if you haven't been notified to grab the update yet. All you have to do is head into your Settings, then About phone and check manually for the update. You'll want to make sure your phone has a full charge and you are on a strong Wi-Fi signal before starting the update.

Once you get it updated, be sure to let us know how it works out for you.

Discuss the update in the forums

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2 weeks ago

Official Android N name to be revealed in 'a few weeks'

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Google has announced that it will be revealing the official name for Android N in a few weeks. Back at Google I/O the company announced that it was accepting suggestions for the name, and that time period has ended. At this point it is still unknown exactly when Google will unveil the name, or release the official version.

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