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2 days ago

Chrome for Android now lets you download videos and web pages for offline viewing

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You can now take entire web pages offline.

Google has announced that it is rolling out an update to Chrome for Android (55.0.2883.84) that gives you the ability to download videos, music, and entire web pages for offline viewing. You'll also be able to view and share your downloads without leaving Chrome.

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2 days ago

Google Duo updated with better camera rotation, major video quality improvements

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Duo now works better on slow connections.

Google's video-calling app Duo has been updated to version 5.0, bringing seamless camera rotation and "major video quality improvements." Duo technical lead Justin Uberti tweeted that the app will now work better over slower connections, a common problem in emerging markets.

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2 days ago

Latest Nougat beta for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge renames TouchWiz to Samsung Experience

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Third Nougat beta release brings new features, slew of bug fixes.

If you're enrolled in the Galaxy Beta Program for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, it's time to check your phone for an update. Samsung is rolling out the third Nougat beta version, adding Samsung Pass, the Samsung Note app, an auto brightness button in the Quick Panel, and moving the "Close All" button to the bottom of the recents panel.

Interestingly, the software info section lists the UI as Samsung Experience version 8, so it looks like Samsung is transitioning away from the TouchWiz name for its user interface. We haven't necessarily seen the TouchWiz branding highlighted in recent times, and with Nougat, the company is moving away from blue-green accents to a more refined layout that features a lot of white elements interspersed with light-blue accent colors.

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2 days ago

Amazon India is giving away six OnePlus 3Ts, Prime members get early access to first sale

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Complete the OnePlus Trail for a chance to win the OnePlus 3T.

Ahead of the first sale of the OnePlus 3T in India, Amazon is running a contest through which the retailer is giving away six units of the device along with 20 OnePlus Bullets V2 earbuds. All you have to do is install the Amazon India app, sign in to your account, and start solving clues in the OnePlus Trail. You have two options — the Fantasy Trail or the Tech Trail — and each choice has 12 clues, with 100 points for each answer. Those that accumulate the most points stand a chance to pick up the OnePlus 3T for free.

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2 days ago

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes gets Android-exclusive content ahead of Rogue One premiere

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This is the Android content you're looking for...

Another year, another Star Wars movie for fans to get hyped over. In celebration of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiering at theatres across North America country on December 16, Android gamers can enjoy exclusive content in Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, the massively popular collectable card game RPG set in the Star Wars universe.

Starting today, and exclusive to Android, you can grab the new Rogue One Heroes Pack for free. The pack includes K-2SO, the new Droid that will be featured in the Rogue One movie. Once unlocked, you're able to keep him forever and upgrade him to seven stars. Expect more Rogue One-based content included in the Heroes Pack.

This Rogue One content is only available for a limited time, so don't be a scruffy nerfherder — log in and grab your exclusive Heroes Pack before December 16 so you don't miss out.

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2 days ago

Google app update brings a dedicated news feed to your home screen

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Google Now gets broken up into two feeds.

An update rolling out to the Google app breaks up the feed into two separate sections — one dedicated to news updates, and an "upcoming" section that details your personal info, including daily schedule, flight info, appointments, and more.

The app still pulls in data from Gmail, Calendar, and other sources, but all that information now lives in the upcoming tab. By default, you'll see updates from your favorite news publications, people of interest, music, and sports teams. There's still the option to customize your feed, and Google says that the more you use the feature, the "more tailored and relevant" it becomes.

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2 days ago

Fitbit close to buying Pebble, Time 2 and Pebble Core could be killed off

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Fitbit could scoop up Pebble for under $40 million.

Fitbit is reportedly getting ready to acquire Pebble's software assets. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg notes that the deal is valued at under $40 million, and will include hiring Pebble's software engineers as well as the company's IP — its watch operating system, watch apps, and cloud services:

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2 days ago

Google just made Android app updates way smaller — again!

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App updates are awesome. Burning mobile data to download them isn't.

There aren't many people who turn off automatic app updates as soon as they get a new phone, but many who do say the biggest reason is data usage. If you only have 4GB of data in a month, losing 200 megabytes every month to seemingly-constant Instagram and Facebook updates is a waste of bandwidth. At the same time, not updating apps means efforts made to improve your experience have been lost until you remember to go look and see if there's an update for you the next time you're on Wi-Fi.

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2 days ago

Tweet an emoji at Google for a fun reply

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A cute distraction.

Admittedly, it's always fun to tweet random emoji at Google's Twitter account, but that's not how this works. In an effort to show off how powerful its search engine's Nearby capabilities really are, Google is tweeting back.

Here's how it works: Tweet an emoji at the official Google account on Twitter and it will reply. You might get a GIF reply, as has been the case for anyone tweeting food emoji, or you might find yourself reciting Destiny's Child lyrics. The point is to tweet an emoji that can activate Google's Know Nearby capabilities. Not all emoji will work, but the official Google Twitter account will do its best to satisfy you with query results. Here is mine:

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2 days ago

Spotify now lets you control Sonos speakers from its app

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Stream to your Sonos speakers straight from Spotify.

Premium Spotify users can now stream music to Sonos speakers directly from within the Spotify app using Spotify Connect. Spotify has teamed up with Sonos to better integrate the popular music service with the high-end wireless speakers, and the result looks pretty damn cool. In essence, if you have Sonos speakers set up throughout your home and rely on Spotify Premium for your music, you can control both your Spotify music and your Sonos speakers all through the Spotify app. The announcement comes after a brief beta testing period.

Check out the video Sonos released to announce the new feature:

Now you can quickly tap to cast the music playing in your headphones to your Sonos speakers when you arrive home — all within the Spotify app — so you never skip a beat. You're also able to group and ungroup Sonos speakers as needed right from the Spotify app, so you can bring your whole home to life with music or keep it all contained to one room on the fly.

It's all apart of the new integration between the Sonos and Spotify apps, which actually goes both ways. so you can start your playlist in the Spotify app, then switch over and control everything from the Sonos app, if you so prefer. If you've got Spotify Premium and some Sonos speakers set up around your home, make sure to keep an eye out for these new features in the Spotify app.

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2 days ago

Instagram now lets you like comments and remove followers from private accounts

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Trolls, spammers, and unwanted followers, be-gone! Instagram's got your back with their latest update that adds an extra layer of safety to your profile.

Instagram has always given you the option to make your profile public or private, and deleting and blocking IG comments has always been easy, but now the popular social media app is letting you get a bit more hands-on with those who interact with your content.

Today we're beginning to roll out our next set of tools and controls to help people feel safe expressing themselves on Instagram and improve the comments experience. This update includes: Turning off commenting for individual posts, the ability to remove followers for private accounts, and comment liking.

After rolling out their custom keyword filter that monitored and restricted certain keywords in comments, Instagram has also added an anonymous option for reporting self-injury.

It's super cool to see that such a major social media platform is making it easier for us to feel protected online, but a small part of me wonders if this isn't just another layer of over-protective bubble wrap that may end up eventually suffocating rather than saving?

What do you think about Instagram's latest update?

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3 days ago

How to enable battery percentage on the Pixel

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Easily enable battery percentage on the Pixel with System UI Tuner.

Enabling battery percentage is standard fare if you're using a handset made by Samsung, LG, or HTC. All you need to do is head into your phone's settings and toggle an option to display the percentage in the battery icon. Getting it to show up on the Pixel isn't as straightforward, but it is relatively easy.

How to enable battery percentage on the Pixel

  1. Swipe down on the notification shade.
  2. Press and hold on the Settings gear icon for five seconds.
  3. You'll see a notification that says System UI Tuner has been enabled.

  4. Open Settings.
  5. Navigate to System UI Tuner.
  6. In the System UI Tuner menu, select Status bar.

  7. Navigate to the bottom of the page to find the option for Battery.
  8. Select Always show percentage.
  9. Now you'll see the battery percentage in the status bar icon.

That's all there is to it. Even though the battery percentage is displayed by default once you enable the option, the value gets switched out to a "+" symbol once the phone goes into battery-saver mode.

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3 days ago

How an Android Wear smartwatch can keep your business running smoothly

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How an Android smartwatch can keep your business running smoothly

Running a small business? An Android Wear watch could be the perfect companion — and lifesaver.

Running a small business and keeping up with calls and keeping up with texts and keeping up with email and calendar events can be a ridiculous task, especially if you're having to pull your phone out of your pocket every two minutes.

An Android Wear-powered smartwatch is a great way to keep in touch with all aspects of communication while focusing on the job at hand and growing your business. Here are the ways an Android Wear smartwatch can help your business run like a well-oiled machine.

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Never miss an alert

Investors may very well be the backbone of your current enterprise. If you keep anyone waiting too long, you may be seen as unprofessional, even though you're running a business and have a million other things to do.

When your notifications are on your wrist, they're much harder to ignore or miss. For one, if your wrist is in view, you'll catch the screen out of the corner of your eye. For another, loose pants pockets are the death of vibrational alerts. If you're on your feet all day, you might not feel anything.

Get call, text, email, calendar, and other notifications on your wrist with a smartwatch.

Use awesome business tools

There are great apps for Android Wear that help you with productivity, discreet messaging, and more.

For example, there's an Android Wear app for Evernote, which is an awesome note taking app that you can trigger with "Ok Google, take a note". That way, when you're in the throes of creativity, you don't have to fiddle around and whip out your phone — just speak into your smartwatch, dictate your note, and know that it's saved for later when you need it.

Remain discreet

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If you only carry a phone and don't want to miss alerts, you might have your phone's volume cranked. If you're in an important meeting and your phone goes off, you bet your bottom dollar that you're gonna get the evil eye from at least one person.

Having all of your notifications sent to your wrist means discretion, since you'll feel the vibration, but it's not one of those awful audible "vvvvmmmmmm" sounds that make us all instinctively check our own phones. Better yet, instead of rudely pulling out your phone and checking while talking to someone, you can casually glance at your wrist to make sure it's not pressing. (Just don't make it look like you're bored and checking the time.)

Avoid distractions

You'd think an interactive screen on your wrist would be a major distraction, but it really isn't. Think about it — if you've only your phone on you and it goes off, you have to root around in your pocket for it, pull it out, unlock it, fail the first time and have to try unlocking again, and you're screwed if you open to the home screen instead of the app that notified you, because then it's like looking in the fridge when you're bored — why am I here and what was I doing?

Having a quick notification on your wrist saves time because it'll vibrate, the screen will turn on, you can review the notification, deal with it if it's pressing, or just swipe it away and go about your business.There's no Facebook or theChive to distract you.

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Monitor stress levels

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Running your own business is hectic and likely very, very stressful, especially if you're starting from the ground up.

Heart monitors in Android Wear smartwatches can help you keep track of your health and give you alerts when things just don't seem right. You can use awesome health apps to keep all your data in order, too!


Look sharp

Yeah, yeah, it's 2016, acceptance this, judgement-free that, whatever. You go to a business meeting, and potential clients or investors are sizing you up as soon as you walk in. If you don't look the part, some folks might dismiss you right away.

Many Android smartwatches look quite sophisticated and it's often said that a great timepiece makes or breaks an outfit. And if you pair your watch with the right band, then you're really cooking.

Look the part, feel the part, and go in there and nail it.

More: The Best Android Wear Smartwatch

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What's on your wrist?

Are you a business owner who relies on their Android smartwatch? Which watch do you have and how does it make your life easier? Let us know in the comments below!

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3 days ago

Modern Dad says the Ring Pro doorbell is worth the bucks!

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Look, a couple hundred bucks (and change) is a lot of money to spend on a doorbell. I get it. But the Ring Pro has absolutely been worth it. The Pro is the best of the best, and I haven't once regretted buying it.

If you don't want to drop that much cash, also check out the original Ring. It's a little bigger and the camera's not quite as advanced, but it's still an excellent product — I used it for many months.

And installation is remarkably simple. If you've ever swapped out a light socket or installed a ceiling fan, it's that simple. (Basically if I can do it, YOU can do it!!!) But if you do need help, they've got some kick-ass tutorials.

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3 days ago

Get the most out of your Samsung Gear VR with these tips and tricks!

We've got the tricks to help you get the most out of your Samsung Gear VR.

If you've just gotten your Samsung Gear VR then you might be wondering how to get the most out of your awesome new VR headset. If that's the case, then have no fear. We've got a few tips and tricks to help you optimize your experience it, and enjoy it as much as possible.

Just keep reading for all the details!

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