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5 days ago

These Bluetooth headphones are a good value buy at just $15 on Amazon

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Mpow is currently offering its newest Bluetooth sports headphones for just $15 at Amazon with coupon code 7RUSKHM2. Designed to be lightweight and long-lasting, these new headphones are great for your sporting adventures and more. They have 8 hours of battery per charge and offer noise cancellation to keep the outside sounds out and help you focus.

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5 days ago

Giffgaff launches mapping tool to find and catch Pokémon in the U.K.

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UK MVNO giffgaff has launched a mapping tool that lets Pokémon Go players locate and catch Pokémon in the United Kingdom. The carrier has teamed up with geocoding service what3words to identify hotspots that contain Pokémon.

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5 days ago

OPPO teases the F1s, its successor to the F1 selfie phone

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OPPO has announced the F1s, which the company will launch as the successor to the F1 selfie phone that was released earlier this year. Unfortunately, OPPO failed to provide any specifications for the upcoming handset, other than carrying on "the F1's legacy of superb photography, sleek design and snappy performance, while adding new features and taking others to new heights."

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5 days ago

Chinese group's $1.2 billion takeover of Opera falls through, new deal in place

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A Chinese consortium of internet companies has failed to acquire Opera over lack of regulatory approval, according to Reuters. The Norwegian software maker has renegotiated with the consortium for the sale of its browser business for $600 million.

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5 days ago

It's official: SoftBank is buying ARM for $31 billion

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Japan's SoftBank is acquiring ARM Holdings for $31 billion (£24 billion). The British chip design firm dominates the smartphone market, with its lineup of chips used in 95% of handsets today.

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5 days ago

Galaxy S7 edge designed for the Olympics is now up for sale in the U.S.

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Samsung designed a special variant of the Galaxy S7 edge to celebrate the 2016 Olympics in Rio, dubbed the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition. The manufacturer will be giving away the handset to all 12,500 athletes participating in the competition for free, and 2,016 units are being made available for sale in each of the following countries: the U.S., Brazil, China, South Korea, and Germany.

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5 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Vivino, Bloomberg, TunnelBear VPN and more

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It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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5 days ago

Unable to log into Pokémon Go right now? You are not alone!

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Update, July 17, 2016: After being coaxed back to life Saturday evening, Pokémon Go's server issues seem to be continuing into Sunday, as newly-launched countries get stuck into the game.

It appears as though the Pokémon Go login servers are experiencing a bit of trouble, preventing users from being able to log in and play the game. Have you noticed any issues, or are you still out there catching them all? Niantic has been adding support for gameplay in several new countries over the recent days, and odds are that the servers are just simply overloaded at this point.

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5 days ago

Pokémon Go now available in Canada

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Pokémon Go Android

Official launch means Canadians can wrangle a snorlax without sideloading.

Right alongside the iOS launch today, Pokémon Go is now available in Canada through Google Play. While Canadians could previously play by directly installing the APK file from a third-party source, the official launch means they don't need to worry about running across fake apps or malware.

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5 days ago

Android malware — should you be worried?

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Is the threat of malware on Android overblown? Yep. But there's more to it than that.

Malware on Android phones is a pretty sensational subject. If you write about it or talk about it, you'll get plenty of attention from people that are concerned or interested in learning more as well as people who just want to do a little bit of internet trolling in any comments section they can find. That means you'll find plenty of "news" that's playing funny with numbers, only telling part of the story or just confused about the whole thing in an attempt to sensationalize it even more. Scary headlines get clicks, and clicks get money. That's how this business works.

Let's talk about the situation and you can better decide how much you need to worry about your privacy and your phone's security.

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6 days ago

How to make free Wi-Fi calls with Google Hangouts for Android

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How to make free Wi-Fi calls with Google Hangouts for Android

How do I make phone calls with Google Hangouts?

Why pay for domestic calling when you can make Wi-Fi calls to Canada and the U.S. for free with Google Hangouts? All you need is the Hangouts Dialer and you'll be able to dial any number and make a call via Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G (data rates apply, of course).

You can call internationally, but you will be charged Google's rates. That being said, Google's international rates are considerably cheaper than many leading telephone service providers' rates.

Here's how to make Wi-Fi phone calls using the Hangouts Dialer and Google Hangouts for Android!

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6 days ago

Samsung 'stands behind' Galaxy S7 Active IP68 rating

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Galaxy S7 Active

The company says it will "replace any Galaxy S7 active under its standard limited warranty, should water damage occur."

Samsung on July 15 issued a short statement in response to two of its Galaxy S7 Active phones apparently failing Consumer Reports' water immersion test.

The Galaxy S7 active passed rigorous tests to ensure IP68 certification for water resistance.

Samsung stands behind this water resistance certification, and will replace any Galaxy S7 active under its standard limited warranty, should water damage occur.

Consumer Reports tested two Galaxy S7 Active units in a pressure vessel, simulating a depth of "just under 5 feet" for 30 minutes. The phones apparently suffered water damage, particularly to the displays and power buttons.

The Galaxy S7 Active manual lists the following: "Water-resistant and dustproof based on IP68 rating, which tests submersion up to 5.0 feet for up to 30 minutes." The manual also states "despite this classification, your device is not impervious to water damage in any situation."

Thanks, tkuhe, for the tip.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

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6 days ago

What's easy, what's hard — and what's right

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Phil

Are we being ourselves online? Or are we allowing a lesser version to pollute what is the world's greatest tool — an instant way to bring us all together in countless ways.

It's been a long, insane week. And it's a working weekend, as you could probably guess. And maybe we all could spend a little more time away from the keyboard. But there's one thing we need to talk about.

What the hell is wrong with us all? When did we forget that we're all here for the same reason? And I'm not just talking about Android Central, and all of that nerd stuff that brings us together. I'm a bigger fan of the internet at large. I was first exposed to the early stages of it in the early '90s in middle school, before web browsers (and websites) really existed, and we'd occasionally chat with other schools, or check out some early BBS action.

We also did some logic stuff, and played around with BASIC and LOGO. One of the first lessons you'd learn about programming was, of course, "Garbage in, garbage out." That's still true today. Probably even more so. And when I ask myself why we allow forums and comments to turn so negative so quickly, I remind myself of that line. What kind of discussion do I want to have? And in what way am I contributing to it? Am I helping to make it a better place? Or just contributing to the noise?

It's that simple. It's not about percentages of readers or millions of Pokémon Go players. It's about being civil to each other.

We all go through this every now and then. And I think the current state of the country, and the world — and the high signal-to-noise ratio of the "news" and social media — tend to make it far too easy to go negative. But, again, that's easy. Hope and optimism and changing for the better — or just remembering to be better — can be hard. But often what's challenging is also what's right. So I'm taking a deep breath. I'm going to slow down and remind myself to think. And I'm not going to contribute to the noise.

And with that ... A few thoughts about things:

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6 days ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: Pokéworld

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It's a Pokémon Go world and we're just living in it.

The Pokémon Go craze continues. There's no denying the game's popularity. It's become one of the most popular mobile games in the world, if not the most popular. Ever. People are going nuts for it. You probably know somebody who has. Maybe you are that somebody. It's okay, we're here to help.

But... there are things other than Pokémon happening in the mobile tech world.

We've got word of when the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be announced (that'd be August 2nd) and rising competitor Huawei outed their new Honor 8 in China

Microsoft's next huge Windows 10 update — the Windows 10 Anniversary Update — is almost ready for a full public release. Anniversary Update is bringing a bunch of changes for both PC and Phone, the neatest of which are some new advanced pen features.

Tesla's most expensive vehicle also got a little less expensive: the new Model X 60D starts at $74,000 — or $66,500 after federal tax credits. Its 60kWh battery pack is actually a 75kWh pack that's been software-limited — but you can unlock the full capacity for a fee. And the Tesla Autopilot safety controversy continues, with calls for it to be disabled and ongoing resistance from Tesla.

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6 days ago

A Nexus 5X from Project Fi is the best $199 Android phone you can get

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Nexus 5X

Sometimes it's better to find the right deal than go straight to a "cheap" phone.

A few weeks ago, my mother's scratched, cracked and generally destroyed Moto X 2014 finally gave up the ghost — the screen turned off, and it wasn't coming back on again. Being that she bought it at a discount already, it wasn't worth paying upwards of $150 to have the screen replaced. Instead, she sent me looking for the best phone for her around $200. It had to be relatively compact, have simple software she was familiar with and work on T-Mobile.

I thought about maybe what T-Mobile could offer in its prepaid store. I looked around eBay and deals sites for refurbished phones. I considered "budget" offerings like the Moto G4 and Honor 5X ... and then I realized the best phone for the money was right under my nose: I could buy a Nexus 5X from Project Fi for the fantastic price of $199.

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