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3 weeks ago

SanDisk Extreme 64GB is yours for just £17 on Amazon


Amazon is selling the SanDisk Extreme family of microSDXC cards, in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants. This promotion is part of Amazon's Lightening Deals and will be ending at 2p.m. BST. The 64GB option is usually £30.99, but for the limited time it's only £17.49.

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3 weeks ago

HTC One A9s leaked, slated for official unveil at IFA


HTC is all set to launch a sequel to last year's mid-range One A9, dubbed the One A9s. Citing a person familiar with the matter, VentureBeat states that the phone will officially launch on September 1 at IFA. A leaked render of the phone showcases design similarities with the One A9, as well as white, black, gold and silver color options.

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3 weeks ago

Wear your Android '7' Nougat pride with this delicious new t-shirt


The best way to celebrate Nougat isn't by eating it — it's by wearing it!

Android 7.0 Nougat is rolling out to the world right now, and if you're running a Nexus phone, you may even have it (with or without our help)!

To celebrate its launch, we've designed a special edition, limited run t-shirt that shows the new confectionary in its best light: in the form of a "7"! The shirt (and matching hoodie) is inspired by the life-size pistachio-filled nougat bars that grace the front of the Google campus, a design (and name) that was unveiled after months of teasing.

The shirt is available in men's and women's styles, and in four colors (the hoodie in two colors) so you can find the Nougat that fits your life. And, of course, there's a little AC logo on the back — because you have to represent.

Get one now — before they're all gone!

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3 weeks ago

What you need to know about DT Ignite, the hidden bloatware your carrier may have installed


What the heck is going on with this app called DT Ignite?

Right about now, half of us are ready to jump to the comments and start hollerin' about DT Ignite, while the other half is scratching their heads wondering what we're talking about.

We're talking about a piece of carrier bloatware named DT Ignite. It's an application written by Digital Turbine (thus the DT part) that's used to pre-load other applications onto your phone. Some folks are having issues with a recent Verizon HTC 10 update and DT Ignite re-enabling itself or running after it's been disabled, but the app itself is not new. And yes, it's something you would never install yourself and is bloatware in any and every sense of the word, but it's not the demon some make it out to be.

As mentioned, DT Ignite is used to install other apps onto your carrier-branded phone. While people tend to point fingers at Verizon when talking about it, DT Ignite is used by a good number of carriers — AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular, America Movi, Deutsche Telecom, Vodaphone, Singtel, Cloudphone, MTS and more according to the Digital Turbine website.

Some folks seem sure that the technology is licensed to Sprint for the Sprint Zone app, but I can't find any evidence either way. Folks using Rogers are also saying they see DT Ignite installed, but the company is not listed on DT's page. Not all phones from these carriers have DT Ignite installed, but many — including the Galaxy S7 that most people are buying — do.

People tend to point fingers at Verizon when talking about DT Ignite, but is used by AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and carriers in Europe and Canada

About those Verizon HTC 10 update bugs some people are saying they see — we've heard three different issues:

  • DT Ignite re-enables itself after the recent 1.82 update. This may be expected behavior if a new version of the app is installed. Just disable it again.
  • DT Ignite hides from the App Manager after the 1.82 update. It doesn't — you have to show system apps in the App Manager to see it.
  • DT Ignite runs intermittently in the background even if disabled after the 1.82 update. Only a few people are seeing this bug. This isn't normal behavior and more troubleshooting is needed. Or just reset your phone and let DT Ignite do its thing again, then start uninstalling and disabling.

Carriers use DT Ignite to install the apps they want you to see when you set up your phone for the first time or after it's been factory reset. It also can spam your notifications with ads for suggested apps at any time. You also agreed to allow it to do both when you clicked accept without reading during setup. It doesn't install any apps on its own after the initial setup, but it does run in the background.

Why it sucks: It installs apps you don't want using your monthly data allotment to do it. It also spams your notification bar with ads for apps like Soda Crush.

Why it doesn't suck: Soda Crush doesn't have to be pre-installed to get you to know it's there.

We agree that having an application that can install crap you don't want is not a good thing. Not at all. But the alternative is worse. DT Ignite has one very redeeming property: using it is better than the old method of installing this crap into your system partition where you can't remove it. And while we hate having it, we have to remember that we agreed to it being there.

The good news is that once it's done doing its setup shenanigans, you can disable it. If you head to the App Manager section of your phone settings and allow it to show system apps (look in any menus or overflow areas) it's right there where you can click the button to shut it down. And that's the first thing you should do after you're done uninstalling the apps it randomly dropped onto your phone.

We can wave pitchforks and bundle kindling as we rail against carriers and shoddy practices like this, but the fact remains that we keep buying phones with this sort of thing installed. If you just can't deal with DT Ignite or any other bloatware app, you should stop buying carrier phones. If you want or need to buy carrier phones, you should accept the fact that it happens and will continue, then judiciously uninstall or disable them and stop worrying about it.

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3 weeks ago

Save $160 on the Nougat-ready 32GB Nexus 5X right now!


Right now you can pick up the 32GB Nexus 5X for just $240 at eBay, a savings of $160 from its regular price. Google has already pushed the updated factory images out of Android Nougat for the phone, so if you are looking for an inexpensive way to get the latest version of Android, this is a great option. With its 5.2-inch display and 32GB of internal storage, this deal makes for a great way to save some money on a new phone or a backup phone even more affordable.

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3 weeks ago

The new Fitbit Flex 2 and Charge 2 are worth your time

What are the new Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 and where can you get them?

Fitbit always seems to offer the right product at the right time. It anticipated the rise of fitness wearables all the way back in 2008, when it debuted the original titular product, and has slowly iterated on that basic design since its first commercial undertaking, the Ultra, in 2011.

Fitbit had its iPhone moment in 2013 when it debuted the Flex, its first wrist-worn wearable, to much acclaim. The proposition was simple: a small module that lived inside a comfortable rubberized band, that tracks steps and sleep and uploads them to the cloud through an Android app.

Since then, the company has enjoyed plenty of success with follow-up products like the Charge and Charge HR, and no shortage of controversy (and lawsuits) from people complaining that the metal in them causes irritation. Fitbit even fully recalled its Force band in 2014 stemming from a high number of complaints.

But through all of this, it has maintained a strong dominance in the fitness tracker market, even as companies like Apple and Google have encroached with more expensive and far more capable (and confusing) alternatives. Now, Fitbit is debuting two new products, sequels to its two most popular lines, the Flex 2 and Charge 2, and they feel like the products that, in many ways, should have happened years ago.

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4 weeks ago

5 things to know about Honor 8 in Europe

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Picking up an Honor 8 in Europe? Here's what you need to know.

The Honor 8 is the latest affordable flagship phone from the Huawei-owned brand, having officially broken cover in Europe on Aug. 24. The European model is a little different to the Honor 8 that's coming to the United States however, so it's worth taking a quick primer on what exactly UK and Euro buyers get for their £369.

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4 weeks ago

LG V20: What we know so far about the first Nougat phone

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The successor to the LG V10 is just around the corner. Here's a primer on what we know so far.

In any other year, the LG V20 might have been just another Android phone. But the follow-up to the decent but underappreciated V10 has one unique trick up its sleeve -- it'll be the first handset to arrive with Android Nougat preloaded. And that turns what might've been just another Android "phablet" into a milestone device for the platform.

Ahead of the September launch event, let's take a look at what we know so far about LG's next big thing.

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4 weeks ago

Best wireless charging pads for Galaxy Note 7

Best wireless charging stands for Galaxy Note 7

What's the best wireless charger for Galaxy Note 7? Any that are Fast Charge-enabled!

The Galaxy Note 7 has a big ol' 3500 mAh battery, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to last you all day if you push the phone hard. That huge 5.7-inch screen and high-end specs take a lot to power and you might need to charge up throughout your day.

A wireless charger lets you remain free of annoying cables, so you can just pick up your phone, do what you need to do, and put it right back on the charger. There are a ton of wireless charging stands, but not all of them are compatible with Samsung's Fast Charge.

We've rounded up the best of the best and all of these chargers are Fast Charge-enabled so that you don't have to wait around all day for a fill-up.

Note: For all of these charging stands and pads (except Samsung), you must use the wall adapter that came with your Note 7. Otherwise, you'll be getting regular Qi charging and not Fast Charge.

Samsung Fast Charge Qi wireless charging stand

Samsung Fast Charge

The best route to go when looking at proprietary charging methods is the manufacturer itself and Samsung's Fast Charge Qi wireless charging stand is the sure-fire way to true Fast Charging for your Note 7.

Samsung Fast Charge wireless charging stand review

This model is upright, so that you can keep an eye on your Note 7 and keep it on display without having to stop charging.

The Samsung Fast Charge stand even comes with a Fast Charge wall adapter, just in case you lost the one that came with your phone or would rather keep it by your bedside and have an extra to carry around with you.

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Seneo Fast Charge wireless stand


Seneo's stand is another great option that lets you keep using your Note 7 without having to interrupt charging. It's a larger charger (rhyme time!) than Samsung's, but that just means more support for your Note 7 and less rocking back and forth if you're using the S Pen or texting with your thumbs.

The nice part about this stand is the way the coils are placed – you can charge your Note 7 vertically or horizontally, so you can keep your movie or YouTube video while charging.

An excellent safety feature is the LED indicator which turns blue when the stand is receiving power and turns green when it begins charging your Note 7.

If you like your Note 7 to remain upright while charging so that you can remain productive, then check out Seneo's wireless stand.

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Pleson wireless charger


Pleson's wireless charger is your typical wireless charging fare in a stylish, clear package that has a sleep-friendly LED indicator that turns on to let you know your Note 7 is charging and turns off after 10 seconds.

The neatest thing about the LED indicator is that it tells you whether or not you're charging normally or Fast Charging. Blue is normal and a green indicator means Fast Charge.

This charger also features surge and short circuit protection, so you won't fry your big, beautiful, expensive phone.

If you like an unobtrusive wireless charging pad that allows you to make sure you're fast charging, check out the Pleson wireless charger.

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Nekteck Fast Charge wireless charger


Nekteck's Fast Charge wireless charging pad is your classic black wireless charging pad that reliably gets the job done.

It's got a rubber ring on the bottom so that it isn't slipping and sliding all over your desk or table and its LED indicator will let you know when your Note 7 is charging.

If you want a sharp-looking, reliable wireless charging pad, check out this one from Nekteck.

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Itian Qi charging stand


Itian's upright charging isn't just Fast-Charge compatible — it's only for Samsung phones with Fast Charge capability. That's probably a bit downside for some who may have other Qi phones now or in the future, and something to seriously keep in mind.

This is a 10W charger, so you'll want to be somewhat careful with it, but don't fear it. It does exactly what it's supposed to: Fast Charge your Note 7. It will only work if you place your phone on it vertically; horizontal is a no-go.

If you want an exclusively Fast Charging wireless charging stand, then Itian's stand is the only way to go.

See at Amazon

What keeps you charged?

Are you using an awesome Fast Charge wireless charger not mentioned here? Sound off in the comments below!

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4 weeks ago

BLU bakes 3D Touch and more into the $300 Pure XR


BLU has just announced its latest smartphone, the Pure XR, and it packs quite a value at $299 unlocked.

Based out of Florida, BLU has been making unlocked Android phones for quite some time. Many of its offerings are low to mid-end hardware, and usually don't stand out in the crowd. The company's latest offering though, the Pure XR, is eye-catching and offers you a whole lot of phone for not a ton of money. Coming in at $299 unlocked, it offers a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and more. You'll get a fingerprint sensor on the front, along with an 8MP camera for capturing those awesome selfies, and on the rear you've got a 16MP camera.

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4 weeks ago

360fly 4K is a massive improvement over its predecessor

The 360-degree action cam now comes in 4K, complete with vastly improved software.

The big question when it comes to buying a 360-degree camera right now is what do you want to do with it? If your goal is fun group shots with your friends, you probably don't need something built for rugged mounting. If you want to mount your camera on the side of a motorcycle and cruise Skyline Drive at speeds that aren't 100% in line with the posted speed limit, chances are you don't want an awkward stick hanging off the side of your tank. What you're going to do with the camera matters in a big way.

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4 weeks ago

Grab this ultra-slim wireless charging pad for just $9


Right now you can grab Seneo's Qi wireless charging pad for just $9 at Amazon with coupon code MKLDCW5I. This price is an $11 savings from its usual $20 price point, making it quite a deal. Coming in at only 7mm thin, this charging pad is ultra-portable and you likely won't notice it in your travel bags, on your desk or nightstand. You will need a phone that supports wireless charging in order to make use of it, but if you are tired of trying to plug your phone in while it is dark, this is a great investment for you.

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4 weeks ago

T-Mobile offers unlimited HD streaming and LTE tethering, but at a cost


T-Mobile wants you to spend even more to use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Earlier this month, T-Mobile announced that it would be eliminating data buckets by moving to a T-Mobile One plan that offers unlimited data, text, and calls starting at $70 per month for the first line, $50 for the second line, and $20 for the third up to eight lines.

The plan also offered unlimited video streaming as long as it's in SD, and Wi-Fi hotspot support at 2G speeds. The latter part has been a point of contention for customers, and T-Mobile is now making amends by quadrupling tethering speeds to 3G (512kbps). The carrier is also launching the T-Mobile One Plus plan for an additional $25 per line per month, offering unlimited video streaming in HD along with unlimited LTE tethering.

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4 weeks ago

Moto G4 Play comes to Canada for $0 on contract


Tell me about the Moto G4 Play in Canada.

Another Moto G4 variant has debuted in Canada, and it's not the relative spec powerhouse of its Moto G Plus counterpart. The Moto G Play is now available at various Canadian carriers, including Bell, Virgin Mobile, Telus, Koodo, SaskTel, and Wind Mobile, for $0 on contract.

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4 weeks ago

Moto G4 Play with 5-inch 720p display is coming to India on Sep. 6


If you're not a fan of the 5.5-inch form factor of the Moto G4 or the Moto G4 Plus, you're in luck, as Motorola is all set to launch the 5-inch Moto G4 Play in India next week. The phone will make its debut on September 6, and will be sold exclusively on Amazon India.

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