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3 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Everything you need to know

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Galaxy Note 7

Galaxy Note 7 details, specs, pricing and everything you need to know.

The Galaxy Note 7 has launched and is fully available, and that means there's a ton to take in if you're considering buying one or already have one in your hands. Unlike the last few Samsung launches we don't have two versions of the phone — there's a single Note 7 version, and it's a phone that integrates a ton of what we've already seen in the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

To get up to speed with everything surrounding the Galaxy Note 7, we have you covered right here.

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3 days ago

Android 7.0: Better and more interactive notifications

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Android N makes notifications more interactive and meaningful — and they can be backward compatible.

Getting notifications on your phone isn't something new or something that started with Android. Whether we're talking about annoying pop-up boxes or that addictive red blinking light, our phones have always been able to tell us it wants our attention.

But with Android 7.0, things are going to get a lot better, largely because developers now have more control over the way notifications are displayed.

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4 days ago

Grab the Honor 5X for an ultra-low $160 today from Newegg

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Honor is a growing brand in North America — the Huawei sub-brand just announced that its latest flagship, the Honor 8, is coming to the U.S. at the end of the month — but it made its debut last year with a 5X.

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4 days ago

Nougat changes Android's emoji to look like people

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Android Nougat is here, and it comes with one of the system's biggest updates to emoji, based on the new Unicode 9.0 release.

As part of the Nougat update, Google announced that it will support the Emoji Unicode 9 standard, which includes a number of new pictorials. Also included are skin tone variations, a feature that iOS users have been enjoying for some time.

But perhaps the most interesting change is that Google has moved away from its often-reviled cartoon emoji in favor of a "more human-looking design," according to the Nougat webpage.

New glyphs include "Face Palm," "Bacon," and "Mother Christmas," most of which are available in Android 7.0.

Google already added a host of new emojj with Android 6.0.1 back in December, but as with any new Android release, only a small percentage of users have received it. Of course, some manufacturers override Google's own emoji design. Samsung in particular has its own unique set of emoji, and it's unclear whether Google's changes in Nougat will have any impact on how the company approaches its pictorials in the future.

Android 7.0 Nougat

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4 days ago

Best car mounts for the Moto G4

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What are the best car mounts that work with the Moto G4?

There's no good reason to be driving with your Moto G4 in hand. Distracted driving is a hazard to the public and whether or not it's illegal to text and drive in your state or local jurisdiction, you just shouldn't do it.

Having said that, using your phone in your car is also incredibly convenient; we our phones for turn-by-turn directions or to play music and podcasts while driving. The common compromise is to use a car mount, so your phone is accessible for a quick tap or swipe when you're stopped at a red light.

And there are no shortage of car-mounting options that will work with the Moto G4, all with their own unique features and methods of keeping your phone accessible and secure. Here are some of our favourites!

iOttie Easy One Touch XL Car Mount Holder

iOttie Easy One Touch XL Car Mount Holder

If you're looking for a standard dash car mount to hold your phone, you can't go wrong with the iOttie Easy One Touch XL. Designed with a quick, one-touch lock and release system, you won't be left struggling to secure your phone every time you jump in your car.

With 360-degree rotation available for either portrait or landscape orientation, this car mount ensures your Moto G4's charging port and headphone jack are both accessible. It mounts easily with a strong suction cup coupled with a sticky gel for a secure, confident hold. If it's time to switch cars, simply give the suction pad a quick rinse in warm water, then allow it to air dry — the suction will return to near-mint condition. Priced under $20, this is a great, if not slightly pedestrian, option for mounting your Moto G4 in your car.

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Affordable Universal 360-degree Rotating Car Mount

Affordable Universal 360-degree Rotating Car Mount

With the ability to hold phones up to 6-inches, the Affordable Universal 360-degree Rotating Car Mount will easily handle your Moto G4.

Securing your Moto G4 is as easy as pinching the clip in the back and placing your phone between the two rubber grips that will hold your phone in place. This mount attaches to your dash or windshield using a suction cup, with a quick push locking mechanism to ensure a secure hold. A 360-degree swivelling ball mount gives you the flexibility to adjust and rotate your phone as you see fit no matter where you decide to mount it in your car.

If you were wondering why this product is called Affordable, it's available to buy for $10. Sweet deal.

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Koomus CD-Eco Universal CD Slot Smartphone Car Mount

Koomus CD-Eco Universal CD Slot Smartphone Car Mount

If you're car CD changer has been collecting dust, get new life out of it with the Koomus CD-Eco Universa CD Slot Smartphone Car Mount. This mount ingeniously uses your car CD changer to secure the mount, letting you mount your phone just above all your radio and center console controls.

With a stretch clamp that can hold a phone up to 3.5-inches, and a full 360-degree rotatable ball mount, your Moto G4 will be held securely, with a full range of customization for positioning it just the way you want it. There's no tools or suction cups needed for installation. All you do is insert the flat end into your CD drive and you're good to go. Because, let's be real, once you've got your mp3-loaded or music streaming phone mounted in your car, who needs CDs anyways?

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WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount

WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount

If your top priority in a car mount is the ability to quickly mount and release your phone with no muss, no fuss, the WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Mount is right for you.

Your first step will be to mount the metal plate onto the back of your phone. It comes with both a magnetic metal plate for placing between your phone and a case, or a coin-sized adhesive magnetic metal pad that adds no bulk to your phone. The mounting bracket simply clips onto one of your car's air vents, and allows for a full range adjustments. Once you've added the plate to your phone, all you have to do is bring the phone near the mount and let the magnet do all the work. You get a secure hold that won't obstruct your dash or windshield, and your air conditioning will keep your phone cool when driving under the hot summer sun as an added bonus.

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DigitlMobile High Grade Seat Bold Car Mount

DigitlMobile High Grade Seat Bold Car Mount

Saving perhaps the most interesting car mount for last, the High Grade Seat Bolt Car Mount from DigitlMobile features a fully-adjustable gooseneck arm you attach down by the floor of your car.

This one won't be for everyone, and you'll definitely want to confirm that you've got the mounting bracket required in your car before purchasing — but man does this thing look cool. It comes with an expandable clamp that should easily hold your Moto G4, whether or not you have it in a case. Installation is a bit more involved, as you'll either attach it to the passenger seat track bolt, or drill it directly into the interior floor of your car for a more permanent fix. Once installed, you'll be able to adjust the arm to exactly how you want near your car's center console. An ideal option to avoid cluttering up your dash and field-of-vision, while also providing flexibility (literally) to let your passenger be your navigator or in-car DJ.

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How do you mount your Moto G4?

Which mount do you like best? Have any experience with the one's we've suggested? We'd love to know what you think, so let us know in the comments!

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4 days ago

2016 Nexus phones: What we want to see from Google and HTC

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 What we want to see

Android Central editors sound off on what we want from the new Nexus hardware.

We're quickly approaching that time of year when Google is poised to release new Nexus phones, and that means a few leaks fuel the fires for everyone to think about exactly what they want to see in the new phone (or, in this case, phones). We know the new hardware from Google is already finished and just waiting for some final touches before being released, so we're really just daydreaming here, but that's still fun to do!

So as we bide our time waiting for the real deal to be announced, here are a few thoughts we have on what we want to see from the new Nexuses — hardware, software, sales tactics, you name it. Read on.

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4 days ago

The Big Android Dev Interview: Jolanda Verhoef

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From the Big Android BBQ Europe: Blendle dev Jolanda Verhoef on getting into Android development, current challenges, and where it's all going.

The Big Android BBQ Europe, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands recently, brings together some of Europe's top Android developers, enthusiasts and other community members in a celebration of Android, code and cooked meat. A spin-off from the U.S.-based Big Android BBQ, the European event is now in its second year.

In addition to the actual BBQ part, it's also host to two days of talks from Android developers, and this year's keynote was presented by Blendle's Jolanda Verhoef. We caught up with Jolanda during the event to talk Android, mobile development, the past and the future.

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4 days ago

Google Keep: Ultimate guide

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Create lists, transcribe recordings, doodle, collaborate on to-do lists, and so much more with Google Keep.

Google Keep isn't your average note-taking client. While the app sports a minimal interface and is very easy to use, it offers a set of powerful tools that make it an effective task management utility. From creating collaborative to-do lists to transcribing voice notes and saving bookmarks, the app does it all. The best part about Keep is that all changes are synced automatically, giving you quick access to your notes across all your devices, and on the web.

Here's what you need to know to get started with Google Keep.

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4 days ago

Android Central 302: An Honor and a Nexus privilege

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New Nexus phones are on their way, but before that we're sure to get a public release of Android 7.0 Nougat. When will your phone get Nougat?

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4 days ago

Samsung's Milk Music service ends for U.S. customers on Sept 22

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Fans and customers of the Milk Music service from Samsung have some bad news coming. As rumored, the service will be ended for customers in the U.S. on September 22, 2016.

A press release from Samsung's Newsroom says that the company has changed direction and has a plan to provide "the best music services available" across their Galaxy line.

We have made the strategic decision to invest in a partner model focused on seamlessly integrating the best music services available today into our family of Galaxy devices. We believe that working with partners will accelerate innovation, enhance device sales and provide amazing new experiences for our customers.

No word on what exactly Samsung is planning or what services may be incorporated into a new music platform, as Samsung says it has no additional details to share at this time. With IFA right around the corner, a great venue to unveil a new service is already in place. We're there, and eyes are always on Samsung during IFA. We'll make sure you know if any announcement is made.

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4 days ago

Deus Ex GO review

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 Deus Ex GO

Deus Ex GO's futuristic puzzles are challenging — but sometimes, so is just trying to get the game to work.

The Google Play Store is overflowing with puzzle games, so it really takes a special game to rise above the noise and demand attention. Deus Ex GO has potential to be one of those games, but it wasn't an entirely smooth experience out of the gate.

Deus Ex GO is the latest mobile release from Montreal-based developer Square Enix. It's the third title in their "GO" franchise, which jumps into an established action-adventure franchise (see: Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO) and spins off a challenging turn-based action-puzzle adventure.

For those unfamiliar with the Deus Ex franchise, the story takes place in the not-too-distant future — set against a cyberpunk dystopian backdrop — where humans and computers have become one thanks to augmentation technology. You play as Adam Jensen, a mechanically augmented security agent on a mission to hunt down terrorists.

Deus Ex GO

And that's exactly where the game begins, with Jensen breaching the walls of a compound under terrorist attack. Stylistically, the game does a great job from start to finish of keeping with the Deus Ex futuristic, hacker motif. The graphics are sharp; Square Enix blends their simplified "GO" art style with the Deus Ex digital themes to create a fully immersive experience. The kill animations are both varied and smooth, leading to some very satisfying moments when you finally figure out how to take out that guard and progress through to the next level. The story is simple yet intriguing, and unfolds as you play via popup dialog boxes.

Square Enix blends its simplified 'GO' art style with the Deus Ex digital themes to create a fully immersive experience.

Gameplay starts off simple — move here, take out unsuspecting guard, progress to finish — but as you progress, the game slowly layers on new mechanics. Hacking stations, marked in yellow, allow you to activate certain floor tiles and control enemy turrets. Augmentation powerups are strategically scattered throughout, giving you the ability to slip past enemies or, in later stages, control hacking stations at a distance. With no punishment for failure and typically only one correct path through each level, the game rewards trial-and-error gameplay. When you feel you're truly stumped, you have the option of using a solution, which walk you through the level move-by-move. You are given three solutions at the start of the Story Mode with a menu available for buying via in-app purchases — but where's the fun in that?

Deus Ex GO

If you've played the previous "GO" titles and are fearful that Deus Ex Go is more of the same, fear not. Square Enix has shifted from the square grid pattern found in Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO, opting for a hexagonal grid here that adds another dimension to the puzzles and also just seems like a natural fit with the game's theme. The puzzles are challenging but not impossible — the few times I did use a solution to get past a level, I felt stupid learning I was only off by one move.

Beyond the Story Mode (which features 54 challenging levels), Deus Ex GO also includes Weekly Challenges. Considering the relatively short length of the campaign, this is a great feature to justify the $4.99 price. The promised addition of a Puzzle Maker mode in a future update should also greatly up the value and replayability.

The game ended up crashing and forcing my phone (Nexus 6P) to reboot four times. FOUR TIMES.

But for all the great things I have to say about this game, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the issues I battled with trying to complete it. Having bought and downloaded the game from the Google Play Store, the game ended up crashing and forcing my phone (Nexus 6P) to reboot four times. FOUR TIMES. Progress was always saved, and it may well have been a issue related to my hardware. Regardless, I'm here to report my experiences, and it caused my frustration to grow every time it happened.

Often times a new level would load but not allow me to move, forcing me to back out to the level-select screen and restart the level. These glitches were annoying, but never dissuaded me from continuing the campaign. I'll chalk them up to first-release technical issues that should hopefully be addressed in future updates.

Overall, I had a lot of fun playing Deus Ex GO, despite it's relatively short Story Mode and the times where the game started bugging out. I would recommend it to both fans of Deus Ex, and puzzle gamers alike.

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4 days ago

Buying the best smartphone power pack — MrMobile explains

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Proclaiming one external battery charger to be the "best power pack" for all people is a daunting challenge – and it misses the point.

The reality is that, as with smartphones, different power banks work well for different users. But I've collected between twenty and thirty external battery pack accessories in my time reviewing technology, and I've found that the secret to making the search a little less daunting is to focus on three key areas: safety, capacity, and speed.

This video includes products that excel in each field, and some even marry the benefits of all three with that all-important bonus: novelty. Join me for the MrMobile Portable Power Pack roundup!

And don't forget to be social!

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4 days ago

Google sunsetting Chrome apps for Windows, Mac and Linux

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Google has announced that Chrome packaged apps and hosted apps will be phased out of Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

The Chrome desktop browser has had application support for a while now, and during that time Google found that only 1% of desktop users were actively running Chrome apps, so support will be removed by 2018.

Today, approximately 1% of users on Windows, Mac and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps, and most hosted apps are already implemented as regular web apps. We will be removing support for packaged and hosted apps from Chrome on Windows, Mac, and Linux over the next two years.

Starting in late 2016, any newly-published apps will only be available for Chrome OS. Existing apps will still be available and developers can still send updates to users. In the second half of 2017, the Chrome Web Store will no longer list Chrome apps on Windows, Mac or Linux and will only show themes and extensions. In early 2018, Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux will no longer be able to install packaged or hosted Chrome apps.

Your extensions aren't going anywhere, and no changes were announced for Chromebook users — who the majority of actual apps are targeted towards.

Google encourages developers to migrate apps designed for Desktops into web-based apps or progressive web pages using the latest APIs and features available.

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4 days ago

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

How to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 7

How do I take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 7?

Taking a screenshot on your phone is one of its most basic functions, but the Galaxy Note 7 follows previous Notes by giving you several ways to capture your screen. Though you still have two simple ways to take a regular full-screen screenshot to share or keep for yourself, there's also an option to take a so-called "scrolling screenshot" to capture even more. You can also use your S Pen to draw on and manipulate screenshots with Screen Write.

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5 days ago

HTC is now selling the gold and red HTC 10 in the U.S.

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HTC is now accepting preorders of both the red and gold variants of the HTC 10 in the U.S. There are limited quantities of both colors available, and the company is still offering $100 off the phone or you can get the free JBL headphones while supplies last. Aside from the colors, nothing is different here. You can pick up an unlocked version, or one on the carrier of your choice.

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