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4 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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4 days ago

What color Note 7 did you buy?

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All four colors look great, but most of us are only buying one. Which color caught your eye?

Most phones come in any color you want, as long as that color is black. That's a trend that's changing, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes in four colors, three of which we can buy in the U.S. (sorry gold fans.)

And they're pretty nifty colors, too. Even the Black version isn't just black. It's black front and back, and the sides are matte black, too. That makes a big difference when you're used to seeing black phones with silver-ish faux chrome side rails. This phone can act presidential.

Not to be outdone, the Coral Blue model is pretty amazing. It has a cornflower (I had my wife tell me which color it is, and cornflower is much better than "kinda-light-blue-and-sorta-gray-mixed-in-maybe-I-dunno-it's-nice") gloss look, but only when it's still and you're looking straight at it. It picks up colors from the surroundings because of its reflective surface and the color looks like it's always changing. It's pretty wild. You need to see it in person so you know I'm not crazy.

That blue is hot, but I'd have to go with black on black on black.

The Silver version uses the same color as the Galaxy S7 (and the S7 edge in Silver is the prettiest phone of all time). That means while it's technically silver, it's really more like a mirror. Fully polished and fingerprint-free it looks nice. Very nice. If the Black model is the stoic and serious model, Silver is the elegant one.

Then there's Gold. Gold looks really good. It's a different gold than we've seen from Samsung before, and it looks nothing like the pink gold from Apple. It's a soft color that also does a good job picking up other colors from your surroundings, though not to the extent it's Blue Chameleon sibling does. It's very slick. It's also not coming to North America because we deserve to be punished for some reason. At least for now.

I had a look at them the other evening, and even got to see the gold model. I fell in love with the blue (like many of you likely did) but in the end that murdered-out black would be my pick if I were buying. What about you? Which color did you grab? Hit the poll and let us know.

Which color Note 7 did you buy?

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4 days ago

In photos: The evolution of the Samsung Gear VR

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It all started with the Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung's NYC unveiling of the Galaxy Note 4 was unusual for a couple of reasons. From the half-baked introduction to the Galaxy Note Edge to awkwardly rushing Adam Levine and James Valentine on and off the stage for the ill-fated Milk Music, the presentation was just kinda odd. Towards the end of the presentation, everyone was invited to check out a unique partnership with Oculus. The Samsung Gear VR was announced as an accessory that would eventually be available for the Note 4, and it would be all about bringing high quality VR to the world.

Fast forward to this week. Samsung has shipped tens of thousands of Gear VR headsets all around the world, and a new matte black version with a removable USB-C port and several other significant changes to the headset that add up to a significantly improved experience. To really get a feel for how the Gear VR has improved over time, we're going to take a look at all three headsets side by side and appreciate the differences.

At their core, all of the Gears VR are designed to function the same way. You pop the phone in the back, look through the lenses, and interact with the touch pad on the side. The core design is a step above Google Cardboard for three reasons. First, there's extra tracking sensors in the headset that work with the phone for a smoother motion-based experience. Second, the headset's touch sensor opens the doors to different types of interaction, like swiping back and forth for action in a game. Finally, there's a USB port on each headset to run power from outside of the headset to the phone. This was less exciting in the Note 4 days with overheating problems, but with the Note 7 it not only works well for charging but Samsung also wants to see some accessories use this port for data someday.

Connecting the phone is a small part of the experience, but the change over time is significant. The Note 4's proprietary microUSB port meant nothing but the Note 4 would ever use the original Gear VR. This was fixed with the release of the Galaxy S6 and the updated Gear VR, which now supports all Samsung phones up to the Note 7.

The Samsung Gear VR was all about bringing high quality VR to the world

With the update to USB-C on the Note 7, a Gear VR with an interchangeable port was necessary and appreciated. More than that, Samsung stopped using spring-loaded switches on the latest Gear VR phone connector. This makes it a lot easier to remove and add phones, and makes swapping the port out a lot simpler.

The most significant update to the Gear VR over time has been size. The physical space where you put your eyes has grown with every generation, and with good reason. The larger opening supports more users with prescription lenses, which is a big deal on a headset where you can only slightly adjust the distance of the lenses from your eyes. That adjustment wheel, locates at the top of each Gear VR, has also seen some improvement over the years.

With each release the wheel becomes smoother and more convenient to use, without losing its position over time if you move around a bit.

That increased face hole has not meant an appreciably larger front to the Gears VR, which makes sense when you look at phone size over time. The Galaxy S7 edge is not only narrower but thinner than the Note 4, and packs a better display and lacks the overheating issues found in the aging predecessor when enjoying VR.

The only real change to the part your phone lays on in the Gear VR has been the lenses, which now support a field of view of 101-degrees instead of the original 96. You can see the different plastic patterns used over time to work with the lenses and displays that have changed over time as well.

Finally, the touchpad. Samsung has switched this around a bit over time, but has now settled on a slightly indented touch area with a little bump for the touch area.

This is way better than the current D-Pad set up for playing games, and it turns out doesn't make a huge difference when it comes to navigation for apps that are not games. We've also got a bigger touch surface on the newest version of the Gear VR, which is nice.

Samsung's efforts in improving the Gear VR are subtle, but incredibly important. The most recent version of this headset is a clear mashup of the things that have been done up this point, and all of those ideas come through as improvements. It's going to be very interesting to see what Samsung does to improve the Gear VR from this point, and rest assured we'll be the ones watching!

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4 days ago

8 things to know about the Galaxy Note 7's SD card slot

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Galaxy Note 7 SD card slot

Samsung brought the SD card slot back to the Note line — now it's time to reacquaint yourself with it.

Note buyers have spoken: they wanted an SD card slot back in their phone. Samsung listened, and the Galaxy Note 7 brought back the SD card slot just like the Galaxy S7 did — hiding right in there next to the SIM card.

Things mostly pick up right where they left off with the SD card slot on the Note 4, though the software and capabilities have changed a bit. If you have a Note 7 or are getting ready to pick one up, these are the things you should know about expanding the storage in your phone.

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4 days ago

Essential accessories for Galaxy Note 7

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What are the best accessories to pick up for the Galaxy Note 7? Well, there are a bunch, so let's take a look.

Whether you want to make sure that your new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is protected, able to be charged everywhere you are, or has enough storage for your local media, there are a number of accessories you can add to enhance the experience. Samsung will be offering a wide variety of its own official accessories for the new phone, but there are also going to be a ton from other brands. With the move to USB-C from Micro-USB, you may need some new cables, and the addition of the microSD slot may prompt you to buy a new card.

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4 days ago

Where to buy the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada

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Where can I buy the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada?

The Galaxy Note 7 is a big, beautiful phone, and Samsung Canada knows it. That's why it is offered at almost every possible carrier, along with the company's four retail locations spaced out across the country.

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4 days ago

Where to buy the Galaxy Note 7 in the U.S.

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Where to buy the Galaxy Note 7 in the U.S.

The Galaxy Note 7 is here, and it can be yours from the major U.S. carriers.

It doesn't come as much of a surprise that the Galaxy Note 7's going on sale from major carriers in the U.S. — with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular all getting in on the game. You get the same phone from all of the carriers, leaving your decision up to how the network will work for you, and what incentives it can offer with the purchase.

Here's a breakdown of all the details for buying the Galaxy Note 7 from the major U.S. carriers.

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4 days ago

Best heavy duty cases for Galaxy Note 7

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What are the best cases for keeping my Galaxy Note 7 fully protected?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a marvel of smartphone design. Resistant to dust and water, the Galaxy Note 7 is also the first phone to feature Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back of the phone, making it the most durable smartphone you can buy and use right out of the box.

But despite all its ruggedness, as with any other piece of technology, it's not impervious to scratches or drop damage. However, you can greatly increase it's chance of surviving the nastiest of falls with a heavy duty case.

OtterBox Defender Series

OtterBox Defender Series

One of the most trusted names in phone cases, OtterBox's Defender Series line has been protecting phones for years. Their Defender Series case for the Galaxy Note 7 includes 3-layer protection — high-impact internal polycarbonate shell, silicone slipcover and a built-in screen protector — so your phone will be fully protected.

With precise cutouts around the USB-C port, headphone jack, and cutouts in the screen protector around the earpiece and fingerprint scanner, your Galaxy Note 7 is protected yet accessible. Along with the speaker and microphone, the S-Pen is the only port not protected by a silicone cover, which ensures it's always available at a finger's press. The Defender Series also includes an optional belt-clip holster that doubles as a kickstand for easy hands-free media viewing and is available in three color options.

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MoKo Premium Full Body Rugged Cover

MoKo Premium Full Body Rugged Cover

If you want heavy-duty protection for a low price, the Moko Premium Full Body Rugged Cover delivers in spades.

This two-piece case features a shock absorbing silicone inner sleeve and an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell that also provides added protection around the camera. The S-Pen, buttons, and ports are always accessible thanks to precise cutouts with no protective flaps to deal with. The case also comes with a 180-degree rotatable belt clip holster. It's quick to mount and dismount from the holster, which is lined with microfiber material to ensure your screen is always protected.

And in terms of keeping your screen protected, this case is compatible with screen protectors — even the thicker tempered glass options — so you can fully protect your Galaxy Note 7 and always keep it in like-new condition. Whether you go with the classic black, or opt for the blue or red accent options, the MoKo case is available for under $10.

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Spigen Tough Armor

Spigen Tough Armor

Looking for a heavy duty case that tries to preserve the sleek look and feel of your Galaxy Note 7? Spigen's Tough Armor case offers a good compromise between rugged protection and stylish presentation. Tested to meet U.S. Military-grade drop protection standards, this two-piece case consists of a flexible TPU sleeve that features shock-absorbing webbing along its interior, and a hard polycarbonate shell — available in your choice of Gunmetal Grey, Champagne Gold, or Blue Coral — adds a second level of toughness.

The buttons are designed to be flush along the edge of the case via the TPU sleeve, providing the tactile responsiveness you require, and precise cutouts along the bottom of the phone keep all the ports, speakers, and the S-Pen fully accessible. Both the screen and rear camera are well protected with a 1.4mm bezel around the screen and a 4mm lip around the camera on the back so you can confidently place your phone down however you prefer. And then there's the included kickstand, which lets you set your phone up for hands-free media viewing at an ideal 60-degree viewing angle. For solid, all-round protection and presentation, Spigen is a fantastic option for protecting your Galaxy Note 7.

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CoverON Atomic Series Hybrid Armor

CoverON Atomic Series Hybrid Armor

If your biggest fear is your slick Galaxy Note 7 slipping out from your grip and smashing on the ground, perhaps you're best off getting a case with tactile features along its exterior. In that regard, CoverOn's Atomic Series Hybrid Armor is your best bet.

Featuring a shockproof soft TPU rubber inner layer along with a rigid polycarbonate backplate, perhaps the most striking detail of this phone at a glance is its gridwork of raised plastic along the back, which will give your fingertips plenty of spots to anchor in — because the best way to protect your phone from drops is to avoid dropping it in the first place.

Beyond the protection this case provides, there's a built-in kickstand on the back for gaming or watching videos. Available in four color options, this case is also extremely affordable priced under $10.

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VRS Design High Pro Shield

VRS Design High Pro Shield

A sleek option for protecting your Galaxy Note 7 while keeping with the phone's slim, minimalist design is VRS Design's High Pro Shield.

Featuring the industry-standard two-part design, this case features a tough polycarbonate bumper around the edges, with precise cutouts along the bottom for easy access to the ports and S-Pen. The majority of the protection comes from the impact-resistant TPU sleeve that forms tight to the phone and features a brushed metal design on the back for a stylish appearance. This case has received military-grade certification for protection so your phone will be well protected while still looking stylish with four color options available.

Built into the bottom end of the bumper is a metal kickstand, perfect for hands-free media viewing. If you'd rather not compromise style for protection, the VRS Design High Pro Shield is a great option for your Galaxy Note 7.

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How will you keep your Galaxy Note 7 protected?

Got any thoughts on the cases we've recommended above? Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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5 days ago

Don't miss your chance to get a Nextbit Robin at its lowest price yet!

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Right now you can grab an unlocked Nextbit Robin for just $199 at Amazon, the lowest price we've seen yet for the phone. The Robin features a 5.2-inch display covered by Gorilla Glass 4, as well as 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. Nextbit also offers 100GB of cloud storage to where the phone seamlessly backs up your apps, photos and more without you needing to do anything.

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5 days ago

Some Galaxy Note 7 colors will be in short supply at launch

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Some customers of the popular Galaxy Note 7 may have to wait several weeks for their unit — particularly those who ordered the unique and eye-catching Blue Coral version.

Customers in the U.S. and Canada who ordered the Blue Coral and Silver may have to wait upwards of three weeks for their units, according to sources who didn't want to be named. Samsung underestimated the demand for pre-orders, said these people, and were shocked at the number of Blue Coral units sought out after the announcement.

In a statement to Android Central, Samsung Canada, one of the regions affected by unit shortages, said, "We've experienced an unprecedented number of pre-orders and we're excited to begin fulfilling orders on August 19th. Over the coming weeks, we'll work with our valued carrier and retail partners to provide wide-reaching national retail availability." Representatives from many Canadian and U.S. carriers declined to comment.

Samsung is no stranger to unit shortages at its product launches

Samsung is no stranger to unit shortages at its product launches: it misjudged the popularity of the curved Galaxy S6 edge when it debuted in early 2015, and there were supply issues with some colors of the Galaxy S7 edge when it arrived earlier this year. Manufacturing issues with the curved glass screens were the cause of delay for those units, but it appears that Samsung merely didn't account for the overwhelming number of pre-orders of then Note 7.

More: Which Galaxy Note 7 color should I buy?

We'll update you when we know more, but if you've pre-ordered a Galaxy Note 7 and received word of a delay, let us know in the comments!

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5 days ago

Beginner's guide: How to play Deus Ex GO

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 How to play Deus Ex GO

How do you play Deus Ex GO? Here's our beginner's guide!

Montreal-based developers Square Enix are back with their latest in the mobile GO franchise — Deus Ex GO. Based on the Deus Ex universe, you play as agent Adam Jensen on a stealth mission to uncover a secret terrorist plot. You don't have to know anything about Deus Ex to enjoy Deus Ex GO. Though the characters and dystopian cyberpunk atmosphere will be familiar to fans of the franchise, the gameplay is completely different than previous titles.

Deus Ex GO is a turn-based puzzle game wherein you must solve grid-based puzzles and avoid getting caught by enemies as you work your way through each level. There are plenty of obstacles to get in the way, including motion-detecting turrets and hacking stations that let you control the space around you.

If you're new to Deus Ex Go, or perhaps new to Square Enix's entire GO franchise, we've got all the information you need to get to the bottom of the terrorist conspiracy.

How Deus Ex GO game mechanics work

Deus Ex GO game mechanicsDeus Ex GO Game Mechanics

Playing as agent Adam Jensen, you've been tasked to infiltrate a compound to find and protect a person-of-interest named Novak, while also looking for information that will help you uncover who is behind the terrorist plot. You do so by sneaking around different rooms, trying to avoid getting caught by guards, turrets, robots, and other traps. To do so, you must be very precise and strategic with your every move.

The game is turn-based, in that every time you make a move the bad guys also move. This mechanic is something you must keep front of mind throughout the game.

Your movement is restricted to specific pathways, marked in white with nodes indicating a spot that Jensen can stop at. How you navigate the pathways are the key to getting out alive.

To move, tap the nearby node you want to move to. Each move you take counts as one turn, and immediately following your move, any baddies with preset or active move patterns will take their turn. Hacking computers and activating your augmentation counts as a turn for the player, but does not cause the enemies to move.

To earn the Mastermind achievement on each mission, you must complete each level perfectly with the minimum number of moves required to pass the level. If you complete all Mastermind achievements, you earn special rewards to be used in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Getting killed or deciding to restart a level does not count against you. Rather, Deus Ex GO is a game that rewards trial-and-error as you work out how to take out — or sneak past — the enemy.

How to avoid enemies

As you play through Deus Ex GO, you immediately understand the importance of stealth. Often times enemies are only activated when you walk into their line of sight. Sometimes you are required to get their attention to progress through a level but unless you know you'll be able to get a jump on them or lead them into a trap, it's best to try and be as stealthy as possible.

Guards

Deus Ex GO GuardsDeus Ex GO Guards

Guards are humans with superhuman augmentation armor called "Titan Shields." When a guard sees you, he activates his shield and runs at you. You'll know when a guard has activated his Titan shield because he immediately turns glowing red, along with the path ahead of him. You can't kill a guard when his shield is activated, so don't bother trying.

As soon as you cross a pathway that a guard is facing, he sees you and starts running. If his next move lands in the space you are occupying, you're toast.

Because the game is turn-based, you can get out of his pathway before he reaches you. Once out of his sight, he'll just turn around and go back the way he came. When he gets back to his guard post, he will deactivate his Titan shield, making him vulnerable to attack. Guards also have the ability to disconnect hacked lines, so if your pathway from the computer to a hackable platform is in the path of a moving guard, he may disconnect the connection before you're able to cross over.

You may not be able to defeat a guard head-on, but you can sneak up on one to take him out. As long as you are on a pathway that he is not facing, you can sneak-attack him. That includes walking up right next to him on a sideways path.

You can also hack the computer systems on many levels to get turrets to do your bidding. When an unsuspecting guard ends up in the connected path of a hacked turret, he'll go down instead of you.

Later on in the game you will run into guards that will cover multiple paths at one time. Each turn will cause them to switch their focus from one path to the next. At certain points, a single wrong move will determine whether you succeed or fail.

Bots

Deus Ex GO BotsDeus Ex Go Bots

There are several different types of different forms.The first form you run into are stationary and face one direction. You can cross their path, but if you get within one space of them they will take you out. Later in the game, you will run into walking bots that patrol a stretch of pathway. Much like guards, you are unable to take out the walking bots head-on and must resort to using turrets or otherwise trapping them to disable them.

You can also destroy bots by sneaking up on them. Similar to guards, if they are not looking down the pathway you are on, you can smash them to bits from behind or sideways.

Turrets

Deus Ex GO TurretsDeus Ex GO Turrets

Turrets will mow you down as soon as you move into a path they are facing. They don't move, but they don't need to. You can't destroy turrets, but you can take over control of them by hacking a computer system. When you do, you can make them friendly to your cause. This can be very useful for picking off unsuspecting guards that happen to be in the way. Remember, when a guard's Titan shield is active, he is invincible, even to turrets.

You can also use Turrets to your advantage without needing to control them. If you move down a pathway that is parallel to a guard and perpendicular to a turret, you can time your movement so that a guard blocks the bullets fired as you cross its pathway.

Later in the game, you will come across mortar turrets, which launch three lobbed bombs at the node in which they first make sight of you. You are able to hack these mortar turrets and change the direction that they face, but they will only fire at the player. However, if you time things right...

How to use augmentation

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As you make your way through the game, sometimes your cunning and strategic moves simply aren't enough to get past the enemy — fortunately, Jensen is a super-powered human with the power of augmentation.

The augmentation powerup looks like a blue pyramid, and are strategically placed throughout levels when required. Simply move to the node where the powerup is located to collect it. Augmentation won't trigger automatically, so you're typically wise to save it until the time seems right. It will appear in the upper right corner of the screen, simply tap the icon when you are ready to use it.

Early on, the main use for augmentation is invisibility. When you tap the augmentation icon, a blue hexagon will appear under your character's feet. Tap your character to trigger the effect.

You can then move freely into a new node while remaining invisible to any nearby enemies. You will stay that way until you move again. On your second move after initiating the invisibility augmentation, the effect goes away and you are visible again. If you are within any bad guy's line of site, you may be in for a beating. By the same logic, if you bump into an enemy while invisible, the jig is up and you will be attacked.

Later on, augmentation powers can be used to remotely hack into the computer system and even take out enemies at a distance.

How to hack the computer systems

Deus Ex GO HackingDeus Ex Go Hacking

After you've completed a few early levels, you'll occasionally see computers available for hacking, which are marked on the level in yellow. They can be used to take control of turrets, activate or deactivate special tiles on the floor, and change the firing direction of mortar bots. Strategic use of a computer may be crucial to making it through a level, or defeating an enemy blocking your path.

To activate a computer, walk into the node that it occupies (marked in yellow) and tap your character. You will enter hacker mode, which shows you your available options for controlling objects in the room.

To take control of an object, drag your finger from the computer to the object. In the later stages of the game, you will need to take care with how you draw your connections.

You can take control of a turret, which will make it friendly to you and instead shoot at guards. It won't shoot at you if you cross a hacked turret's pathway.

You can take control of special tiles on the floor which allow you to progress to the finish. These are major puzzle mechanics and it is important to understand when to hack a tile and when not to.

If you hack a tile at just the right moment, you can cause a guard to be stuck behind it, allowing you a clear path to the exit. If a guard is standing on a tile when it disappears, he will be frozen on that node until you make the floor tile reappear.

Rotating tiles will cause bots to move down an alternate pathway. They will also open up new pathways to help you get to an exit.

Guards can reverse your hack job on an object, so watch out. If you are standing on a disappearing tile when a guard disables your hack, you die.

This is where timing is key. If you plan your moves properly, you can get past a tile before the guard gets to it.

How to play weekly puzzle events

Deus Ex GO Weekly ChallengesDeus Ex GO Weekly Challenges

In addition to Story mode, players can take place in weekly puzzle events. These are special missions that only last one week. If you complete all levels in the mission within the specified amount of time, you might earn a special reward that can be used in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

These weekly puzzle events are significantly more difficult than the puzzles in Story mode. It is a great opportunity for players that have completed the story to continue playing the game.

How to earn achievements for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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In a smart move to get fans of Deus Ex excited about the mobile game, Square Enix has included a reward system that will let players earn skill points, called Praxis Kits, in Deus Ex GO.

When you connect your Square Enix account to Deus Ex GO, you can send your Praxis Kits over to the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game, where they can be assigned to your augmentation tree.

There are currently five Praxis Kits available to earn in Deus Ex GO. You can get two for completing Story mode, one for clearing every level with the Mastermind achievement, one for completing the first puzzle week event, and one for completing the second puzzle week event.

It is possible that Square Enix will add more Praxis Kit rewards as time goes by, especially as a reward for completing weekly puzzle events.

How to use the Puzzle Maker

Square Enix has confirmed that a Puzzle Maker feature will be added to the game a few months after the initial release. Once the new feature goes live, we'll make sure to update this guide with the rundown of how to make your own epic Deus Ex GO puzzles.

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5 days ago

Getting 'GPS signal not found' error in Pokémon Go? Here's how to fix it!

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Don't let GPS errors stop you from playing Pokémon Go!

Pokémon Go is everywhere, and that's great for Android gamers around the world (or at least in the countries the game has launched. But if you're getting a "GPS signal not found" error when you launch the game, here's how to fix it!

GPS errors? First, make sure GPS is enabled!

Many Android phones come with their GPS radios turned off by default in order to save battery life, since the technology is very battery-intensive. Here's how to turn it on.

Note: This example was done on a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, but these steps should apply to most Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher.

  1. Tap on your phone's Settings icon or access Settings through Quick Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Privacy and safety. Tap on it.
  3. Tap on Location.

  4. Make sure Location toggle is in the on position.
  5. Tap on Locating method. This may also be called Location mode.
  6. Tap GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile networks. This may also be called High accuracy.
  7. Ensure that Wi-Fi is also turned on throughout the game, even if your phone is not connected to a network.

Pokémon Go uses both local Wi-Fi (also known as Assistive GPS), your closest mobile network tower, and GPS satellites to accurately place you in the game world. Turning on just Wi-Fi and mobile network-based location tracking will make your character jump around and less likely to be placed close to Pokémon.

Still getting an error even with GPS enabled?

GPS satellites are finicky things. While the radios inside Android phones have improved significantly over the last few years, they're still not perfect, and may sometimes have trouble locating you, especially indoors.

If you're still getting GPS errors even after turning everything on, take a step outside and hold your phone steady for around 30 seconds. That should allow the GPS satellites to lock onto your phone and get things back to normal.

MORE: Common Pokémon Go problems and how to fix them!

Can you still play the game without GPS?

Yes! If you don't have a phone with GPS, or are using a Wi-Fi tablet that doesn't have a GPS radio, it's still possible to play Pokémon Go. Unfortunately, the experience won't be as good, since you'll need to be in areas that have strong Wi-Fi signals, such as restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or other businesses, that you can connect to. Since Pokémon Go relies on having an internet connection, it will be able to locate you with just a Wi-Fi signal — just don't expect to compete on the same level as your Android phone-wielding friends.

Getting a driving warning when you're not actually driving?

That's a GPS problem! It's called GPS drift and it is usually caused when your phone can't latch onto a strong GPS signal while indoors. The quick fix is to turn on Wi-Fi, or to get close to a window, which will make it easier for a satellite to lock onto your GPS location.

MORE: How to avoid a driving warning in Pokémon Go

Update to the latest version

Are you getting a lot of GPS errors even after following all the steps above? Update to the latest version from the Play Store!

Pokémon Go

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5 days ago

Best Reddit app for Android

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BaconReader is the best Reddit app for Android. Its long-established history of support, easy of use, and cutting-edge features make it a great app for all kinds of Redditors.

This post was last updated on August 18, 2016 with a new top pick.

Best overall

BaconReader

$1.99

See on Google Play

BaconReader has been around for a long, long time and users have enjoyed using it for just as long. It is one of the most-downloaded and most-reviewed Reddit apps on Google Play, and it got there by wooing users with slick features and maintaining them with stellar service and support.

BaconReader is carefully and pristinely laid out, making it easy to quickly browse and find something new and interesting to read, without stumbling around or leaving anything out. If BaconReader's beautiful design and feel seem familiar, their developer OneLouder is also the design of 1Weather, one of our favorite weather apps.

Bottom-line: BaconReader has robust features, support, and loyalty among its users. And while you can use it for free, it's more than worth upgrading to premium.

One more thing: If you ever need any help, BaconReader's subreddit is quite active and the developers are quick to answer most questions.

Why BaconReader is the best

BaconReader is one of the most well-established and most-used Reddit apps on Google Play, and it got there by being feature-rich, responsive to its users, and giving said users a lot to upvote about. It's a beautiful app with easy-to-understand settings, a highly intuitive interface, and the best damn subreddit manager I've seen.

BaconReader shows your subscribed subreddit list and lets you star important subreddits to keep them at the top of your list, handy for ones you use more often, especially those towards the end of the alphabet like r/todayilearned. You can also unsubscribe from subreddits with a simple tap of a checkbox — no going to each individual subreddit to unsubscribe, no double-taps or pop-ups to click through.

BaconReader's card view is more functional than most, showing only a part of the photo but allowing you to see more cards on a page. I wish that GIFs had the option to autoplay, as they do in the official Reddit app, but this card view is easy to browse and easier to act on than others.

In the BaconReader settings are both a charcoal-grey dark theme and an AMOLED-friendly black theme, perfect for browsing /gifs when your insomnia kicks in. You can also resize the font to best fit your device and your eyesight.

Best for long-time users

Reddit: The Official App

Free

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Reddit didn't have an official app for a long time. It finally debuted its official app as a beta in January and then dropped the beta tag in April. It's a clean app, it's a refreshingly simple app, great for users that don't want to hassle with pages and pages of settings.

That simplicity can also be a vice. You can't resize the text which is a shame because it's a bit on the small side. The app's dark theme and card views are just okay, but it can auto-play GIFs and videos in card view, which is amazing for GIF-centric subreddits.

Bottom-line: It's the official app, and it's off to a great start, but it's a little late and a little lacking. If you've already got your subreddit subscriptions where you want and browse a lot of GIFs, this is the app for you.

One more thing: Because of the concise feature set right now, the settings for Reddit: The Official App are wonderfully simple and easy to navigate.

Best for Beginners

Relay

$2.99

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This is the most beautiful of the Reddit apps and also one of the best explained. If you're new to Reddit or looking for an easy-to-navigate app, Relay has got your back with a simple layout and explainer tips the first time you use the app (or whenever you forget thanks to an option in the settings to turn it back on).

While many Reddit apps have implemented Material Design, no one has done it quite as boldly or as well as Relay. It is also one of the few apps to offer themes beyond the simple light and dark, offering pink and blue as well. GIFs may not autoplay, but the image pop-ups that appear when you tap a thumbnail beat the heck out of the image loading in a new window or in a browser, and the material transitions out of these previews are gorgeous.

Bottom-line: Colorful, highly customizable, and material to a T, Relay is a Reddit app that's it's hard to go wrong with, especially for newer Redditors and lovers of long threads.

One more thing: Relay's great for longer posts with lots of threads, like popular AMAs, because you can use navigation controls in the floating action button to skip between one thread and the next.

Best for Purists

reddit is fun

$1.99

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I said it two years ago and it still holds true: reddit is fun looks most like the Reddit site, which can be a good or a bad thing depending on your tastes. reddit is fun has a card view, and it also has three experimental beta themes if you're bored of the traditional views. Switching views isn't a simple toggle the way other apps do it, but at least you have more options when picking a theme and layout.

reddit is fun is great for users who need to watch their data usage or are using a slower device, allowing you to skip downloading thumbnails when off Wi-Fi. While most apps can't load user flair, reddit is fun can display what the flair would be if you were on desktop, for instance: usernamehere pikachu on r/Pokemongo.

Bottom-line: It's a traditional take on a Reddit app, but reddit is fun is more than willing to experiment in order to keep users happy and give them a classic Reddit feel on Android.

One more thing: You can unsubscribe from a subreddit from the navigation page rather than having to go a separate page or menu, nice for cleaning up your subreddit list while you browse.

Best overall

BaconReader

$1.99

See on Google Play

BaconReader has been around for a long, long time and users have enjoyed using it for just as long. It is one of the most-downloaded and most-reviewed Reddit apps on Google Play, and it got there by wooing users with slick features and maintaining them with stellar service and support.

BaconReader is carefully and pristinely laid out, making it easy to quickly browse and find something new and interesting to read, without stumbling around or leaving anything out. If BaconReader's beautiful design and feel seem familiar, their developer OneLouder is also the design of 1Weather, one of our favorite weather apps.

Bottom-line: BaconReader has robust features, support, and loyalty among its users. And while you can use it for free, it's more than worth upgrading to premium.

One more thing: If you ever need any help, BaconReader's subreddit is quite active and the developers are quick to answer most questions.

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5 days ago

Alcatel Idol 4S review: Getting the most from the mid-range

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Alcatel delivers its best phone ever with the Idol 4S.

Quick Take

The Alcatel Idol 4S is a 5.5-inch mid-ranger from a company that's spent the time to refine its design and hardware. You get access to a fantastic camera with manual features and Hi-Fi audio. The phone offers an excellent display, even outdoors, and provides battery life that will easily get you through the day.

Good and Bad

The Good

  • Awesome camera with plenty of features
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Great Hi-Fi audio

The Bad

  • Phone can feel slippery in your hand
  • Processor heats up after extended use

About this Review

I (Jen Karner) am writing this review after using the Alcatel Idol 4S for two weeks. It's running Android 6.0.1 with the July 1, 2016 security patch (build number 4AGB-UEB10.) It was connected to the AT&T network in Halethorpe, Md., and the great Baltimore Metropolitan area, and was connected via Bluetooth to a 2015 Honda Fit.

Alcatel Idol 4S Specs

Category Features Display 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED screen Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core CPU Storage 32GB storage, micro-SD slot RAM 3GB RAM Rear Camera 16 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash Front Camera 8MP Battery 3,000 mAh, Micro-USB port, Quick Charge 2.0 Dimensions 153.9 x 75.4 x 7 mm
149 g

Sleek and metal

Alcatel Idol 4S Hardware

The Alcatel Idol 4S has a sturdy metal and glass body that feels great from the moment as you pick it up. While the device fits comfortably in your hand, it tends to get slippery, (which means that investing in a decent case might be a good plan if you have a tendency to drop your phone regularly.)

The back is smooth glass, with minimal branding. The only thing that protrudes noticeably from the back is the rear camera lens. While there is a fingerprint sensor set into the back, there isn't any indentation. Instead, you'll be able to locate it by the metal ring that surrounds it. And it's reasonably ergonomic too, even if you have smaller hands.

The boom button lets you trigger certain actions when within apps, or when your phone is locked.

From the front, the phone looks pretty similar to many other rounded 5.5-inch handset (particularly some of Samsung's recent devices.) One of the biggest differences comes in the buttons layout. That's because along with the power button on the upper left, and volume rocker on the upper right, you'll find the "Boom" button — a circular key in the middle of the right side.

The boom button lets you trigger certain actions within apps, or when your phone is locked. This includes doing things like launching your camera when the device is locked, or triggering specific actions like a weather preview. It's a nifty feature that enhances the experience, but isn't entirely necessary and can be ignored if you so choose. It also really, really looks like a power button.

Alongside the standard Micro-USB and headphone jacks down below, you'll also find a slot for your micro SD card on the upper left corner, just underneath the power button. And at both the top and bottom of your screen you will see small discrete speaker grates for the Idol 4S's impressive audio system.

You don't need to jack up the volume all the way to get fantastic sound when listening to music, or sharing videos with friends.

Those speakers really get the job done, too, with support for Hi-Fi audio and stereo output whether the phone is facing up or down. That's right, they'll fire out the back of the phone too. Aside from that you don't need to jack up the volume all the way to get fantastic sound when listening to music, or sharing videos with friends, which is great.

The display is impressive, too, with a 2560x1140 pixel resolution that rivals some more expensive smartphones. So naturally there's plenty of pixel density to go around, and I also found it bright enough to use in outdoor conditions — although you'll need to watch out for increased battery drain at higher brightness levels.

As for general speed, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 652 processor works admirably, and I didn't notice any performance issues with the Idol 4S. It didn't matter if I'd been playing Avengers Academy for over an hour, or if I'd had to navigate my way through Baltimore City using Google Maps, this phone was always up to the task. Even when I'd been using the phone heavily for several hours, the only real issue was heat buildup — something that's by no means unique to the Idol 4S. It never started dropping apps, acting jittery, or requiring me to put it down to give it a rest. (It did start to slow down after a while, but even this was generally when the battery was quite low.)

And storage-wise, there's 32GB of internally, which can thankfully be augmented using a microSD card for plenty more storage to keep your games, photos and music loaded locally. Alcatel specifies that the slot can take cards up to 512GB.

All Google, all the way

Alcatel Idol 4S Software

For now, the Alcatel Idol 4S is reasonably up-to-date software-wise, running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow right out of the box with the July 2016 Android security patch. We're on the cusp of Android Nougat, but Marshmallow still gets the job done, and Android 6.0.1 performs really well on the Idol 4S.

While it doesn't come in bogged down in tons of bloatware, there are a fair few apps that come preloaded. Several of these revolve around VR, because the Alcatel Idol 4S comes packaged within a Google Cardboard headset. You'll find a few games, a VR launcher and a VR store where you access new virtual experiences.

Preloaded VR content helps you make the most out of the bundled 'Cardboard' headset.

An added perk is the addition of the Waves Maxaudio app. This phone has Hi-Fi audio, and the app lets you manually adjust how things sound. You can tweak stereo, bass, treble, and even set specific settings for different genres of music. You also get access to an app called Fyuse, which allows you to take seriously epic movable photos (when it works correctly, anyway).

Superbly suited

Alcatel Idol 4S Camera

Cameras have become integral to the way that many of us use our phones. Whether it's rolling through Instagram and taking selfies, or recording video of friends at parties, having a camera that works well is a necessity. Thankfully, the Alcatel Idol 4S does a great job here, with tons of software features, and cameras that do a great job capturing memorable moments.

There's a 16MP rear facing camera, and an 8MP selfie shooter. Both function quite well, though they do have a tendency to blur if you aren't holding your hands still. Usefully, you can actually open up your camera, even if your phone is locked pressing the Boom button on the side.

Alcatel gives you plenty of options with the camera as well. You've got auto, panorama, and manual modes, slow motion videos, Fyuse, and micro-video. Each one is chock full of features to let you get the best results in different situations. The Fyuse mode lets you take photos that you can actually look at from multiple angles, but it did have problems about half of the time when I tried to use it. Aside from showing people how it worked, I more or less left this function alone.

In manual mode, all of your options appear on the right side of the screen and let you adjust them on a slide bar. Panorama functions will show you a preview of your photo as you take it, and even the auto mode has basic sliders you can tweak up and at the top of your screen. So long as you can get used to having to hold very still when taking photographs, you'll be quite happy with the results that you get.

Capacity to continue

Alcatel Idol 4S Battery

The Acatel Idol 4S is equipped with a 3,000mAh non-removable battery. In my experience, it's capable of taking you through 12+ hours without needing a recharge, even with heavy use. When it does come time to fuel back up, you've got access to quick charge capabilities which means you won't be stopping for too long.

Even when I was moving between multiple games, or out for a walk playing Pokemon Go, I could count on having hours of gameplay without having to stop and let the phone recharge. When that time finally did come, I didn't need to plug it in for more than about 90 minutes because it supports Quick Charge 2.0.

Even using the Alcatel Idol 4S heavily, I never once managed to actually run completely out of juice.

Even using the Alcatel Idol 4S heavily, I never once managed to actually run completely out of juice. The lowest I got was about 5% and that was usually at the very end of my day, as I was headed to bed. For regular or light users you can expect to get through a solid 16 hours without issue, heavier users should expect 10-12 hours of use. That's about standard for a phone of this size in mid-2016.

Bottom Line

Should you buy it? Yes

This brings us to the big question with the Alcatel Idol 4S, should you buy it? Between the battery, screen, and camera you're looking at a solid phone that can easily get you through your day without ease and it doesn't have a killer price tag attached. You can pick it up from Alcatel directly for $399, which is a pretty sweet deal.

Considering that you also get a fantastic VR headset with your phone, you can go far with this phone. It isn't a flagship device, but Alcatel has worked their butts off to offer a fantastic device that is affordable for many people. Sitting as a mid-grade phone, you've got plenty of options, but the Alcatel Idol 4S is a good choice for anyone who values photo and audio quality, as well as a great overall experience.

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Android 7.0 Nougat likely releasing Aug 22

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Both LG and Canada's Telus suggest same date for final Nougat code drop.

Nexus owners: Get ready for some Nougat. It's looking highly likely that the next version of Android will go official next Monday, August 22. That's the date given for the Android 7.0 update on Nexus 5X and 6P by Canadian operator Telus in its latest software update schedule.

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