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6 days ago

Save big on Cyber Monday with Android Central Digital Offers!

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Shopping on Cyber Monday can be chaotic — there are tons of sales around the web and it can be hard to pick which ones you'll actually benefit from.

Something that many seem to overlook when shopping deals on Cyber Monday is software. From online courses to more information about career-specific topics than you can handle, you won't want to miss out on these awesome savings.

Luckily Android Central Digital Offers is here to help make sure you don't miss out! Here are some amazing deals and huge savings that you'll want to check out.

VPNSecure: Lifetime Subscription

  • Retail price: $450
  • Our regular price: $39
  • Cyber Monday price: $29.25

Using a VPN is the best way to remain secure while surfing the web and streaming, and it's also an easier way to keep your online activity private. VPNSecure is an awesome cross-platform service that lets you keep your data safe and also gets around geographic restrictions, so you can watch Hulu in Canada or see what's on Albanian Netflix (if such a thing exists).

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Python Programming Bootcamp

  • Retail price: $1,094
  • Our regular price: $39
  • Cyber Monday price: $29.25

Python is the programming language used to build powerful apps, and if you're looking to get into the app development game, then the Python Bootcamp is the way you can start from scratch and move your way up to advanced app development and security.

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IT Security & White Hat Hacking: CompTIA & Cisco Certifications

  • Retail price: $1,395
  • Our regular price: $29
  • Cyber Monday price: $21.75

Get a jumpstart on your IT career by becoming CompTIA- and Cisco-certified. You'll get all the prep you need to pass your exams with flying colors and to find a career in IT security, while learning IT fundamentals that aren't just for the exams, but for the workplace as well.

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Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage: Lifetime Solution

  • Retail price: $3,600
  • Our regular price: $39
  • Cyber Monday price: $33.15

Cloud storage is perfect if you're not into physical hard drives and if you want a backup service to make sure all of your data is safe and secure. Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage is perfect because you get 500GB of cold storage and 500GB of instant storage for life! Your data is encrypted; you can schedule backups; and you can store your data in multiple facilities and devices.

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Check out all of our Cyber Monday software deals and be sure to enter promo code CYBER15 to receive an additional 15% off!

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6 days ago

BLU Vivo 6 UK promo price extended for Cyber Monday

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BLU Vivo 6

£55 off new mid-ranger from BLU.

Florida-based brand BLU has extended its £55 off deal for the new Vivo 6, a metal-clad mid-ranger that launched on Black Friday at a special price. As part of a Cyber Monday deal, you'll be able to pick up the Vivo 6 for its discounted price of £184.99, down from the standard £239.99. The "rose gold" model is back ordered to December 2, while the regular "gold" is showing as available for delivery on November 30.

As we've seen from our brief time with the phone so far, it's a decent-looking handset, but one with a few software quirks.

On the outside, the Vivo 6 sports a curved aluminum unibody with a brushed finish, and a subtle curve that fits comfortably in the hand. Chamfers around the front and back give it a premium look and feel, similar to an old favorite of ours, the HTC One M7. It's a trued and true design that many have emulated over the years, but nevertheless it looks good at any price point.

the phone is incredibly quick in day-to-day use — there's not a hint of lag or stuttering to be seen when jumping between apps — and thanks to the ample 4GB of RAM, we didn't notice any multitasking issues either. But there are also changes that may rub Android purists the wrong way, like the aforementioned iOS-style quick settings, and the springboard-style home screen with no app drawer.

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6 days ago

Best Fitness Gifts

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It used to be that a pair of running shoes and some clean workout clothes were all the fitness gear you needed.

These days, a beats-blasting playlist and a fitness tracker are as essential to a good workout as anything else. Whether you or someone you know is just starting out on their fitness journey, or they're seasoned athletes looking to take their training to the next level, here's our recommendations for the best fitness tech to enhance your workouts and help you hit your fitness goals.

Fitbit Charge 2

When it comes to fitness trackers, Fitbit still reigns supreme. They've become so ubiquitous, chances are everyone has a co-worker, family or friend obsessed with tracking their steps and other fitness stats on their wrist. If you're unfamiliar, Fitbits track steps taken, flights of stairs climbed, and calories burned throughout your day.

Fitbit's latest wrist accessory, the Charge 2, is their absolute best yet. First, there's the vertically-orientated OLED display, which you tap to cycle through the different statistics and modes. The Charge 2 features Fitbit's PurePulse continuous heart rate monitor, which lets you quickly check your current heart rate at any moment, and also features the convenience call, text and calendar notifications that you'd expect from wearable tech.

Built-in GPS is missing, but Connected GPS allows you to use your phone's GPS to map your outdoor runs when tethered to your phone via Bluetooth. The silicone strap is sweat resistant, but you'll want to make sure to clean and dry it after each workout. It's also not waterproof, so don't even think about swimming with it on.

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Moto 360 Sport

The Moto 360 Sport is a smartwatch that combines many of the functions people want in a fitness tracker with the style and added functionality that's included with Android Wear.

As the name implies, this is the sportier version of the second generation Moto 360. Differentiating it from the non-sport is the inclusion of built-in GPS (a nice feature that's even missing on the FitBit Charge 2) and a body wrapped silicone strap. These two features, along with the heart rate monitor, make the Moto 360 Sport ideal to wear during workouts. The Moto 360 Sport's built-in GPS means you can leave your phone at home and go for a run, while still being able to wirelessly listen to your music via Bluetooth headphones. And the silicone strap, while a magnet for lint and dust, is also sweatproof and easy enough to clean.

Above all else, you'll get a piece of wearable tech you'll feel comfortable wearing from the office to the gym, with all the usefulness that Android Wear offers.

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Withings Body Wi-Fi scale

Take complete control of your weight using the Withings WS-50, the smart scale that's designed to accurately measure your weight, BMI, heart rate, and even monitor the indoor air quality of your living space.

Allowing up to eight users on its personalized display, each person in your household can track their weight securely and monitor their goals using the Health Mate app (available for Android and iOS). As you weigh yourself each day, the WS-50 will display the weather and average temperature, giving you a heads up on how to dress before stepping outside and getting active. This smart scale is also compatible with a variety of other health apps including Google Fit, Apple Health, Runkeeper, LoseIt!, MyFitnessPal, and more.

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TuneBand Go armband

There are hundreds of armband smartphone cases out there for bringing your phone with you on a run or a workout. This is because manufacturers typically designed a bunch of different models to fit specific phone makes and sizes. This means you'll end up having to get a new armband when it's time to upgrade to a new device.

That is, unless you get a TuneBand Go. This armband offers universal compatibility, as its rubber hooks are adjustable to fit phones from 5 inches to 6.5 inches in size. It also accommodates cases, and it's actually recommended you use one if you're concerned about the clips making direct contact with your phone's display.

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NorthFace Thermoball Etip gloves

Winter is coming, which means it's time to haul out your cozy winter gear — lest you choose to stay indoors until spring. But you really ought to be heading outside and making the most of things, whether that means sledding, snowboarding or skiing, or simply walking through a winter wonderland.

If you want to enjoy the great outdoors — even when the temps are downright frigid — and still stay connected to your phone, you'll want to get a pair of touchscreen conductive gloves that are first and foremost warm and reliable. The North Face makes quality outerwear, and these gloves will keep your hands nice and toasty while still allowing you to use your phone's touchscreen via the conductive fibres in the fingers. The palms are also grippy, so that you don't accidentally drop your phone into a snowbank. Whoops!

These would make a great gift for pretty much anyone with a phone, and are available in styles for both men and women.

See at Amazon (men's)

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GoPro HERO5 Session

Getting active with technology doesn't always have to be about tracking steps or keeping your phone accessible. Sometimes you just want to head out there, strap an action cam on you and show the world how you have fun.

The GoPro HERO5 Session is a portable, rugged little 10MP camera that can shoot still, burst and time-lapse photos, as well as 4K video (also capable of shooting high-speed footage at 90fps in 1080p, and 120fps in 720p). It features voice activation as well as one-touch controls, and can be mounted pretty much anywhere, so you can just tap and go out and record all of your outdoor adventures. Whether you know a cyclist who's talked about wanting to document their daily commutes, or a budding action sports superstar looking record epic footage, the GoPro HERO5 Session is a gift choice that they'll cherish. Do note that they will also need a microSD card.

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Jaybird X3 Sport

An ideal pair of workout headphones are going to be wireless, sweatproof, and comfortable while still delivering solid sound quality and adequate battery life.

Jaybird has been in the Bluetooth headphone space since 2007, and their latest pair, the Jaybird X3 Sport earbuds, are an ideal option for the runner or athlete in your life that always seems to be complaining about their headphone situation. The two earpieces are tethered together, with a three-button remote for controlling playback and volume, and each pair come with several silicone and foam tip options, along with fins that help keep them secure in ear no matter how intense your workout gets. The size is small and compact, and yet the batteries are capable of delivering you great sound quality for up to eight hours.

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6 days ago

SwiftKey adds transliteration support for Hindi and Gujarati

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SwiftKey works great with Hindi and Gujarati.

SwiftKey already works with 22 Indian languages, and the keyboard is now gaining transliteration for Hindi and Gujarati. The feature is automatically enabled for those that have Hindi or Gujarati language models installed, and SwiftKey will show predictions for words in English as well as the native language script.

For instance, if you're typing "namaste," you'll see the English word along with the Hindi translation (नमस्ते) in the prediction bar. Users can type in English, their native language script, or a combination of the two.

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6 days ago

Grab Google Home for just $74.25 at Best Buy with Visa Checkout [Update: All gone!]

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Update: Looks like the promotion has ended. You'll have to shell out $99 to get your hands on the Google Home.

The lowest price yet on Google Home.

Google Home is selling for $99 at various retailers during the holiday season, and now Best Buy is discounting the device by an additional $25 if you're using Visa Checkout to complete your payment, bringing it down to just $74.25. That's $55 off on a product that made its debut last month. If you've been holding out on getting a Google Home, now's the time to take the plunge.

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6 days ago

Samsung opens up Galaxy S7 Nougat beta program to more users

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Nougat on GS7

A second chance to test Nougat on the GS7 — but it's not yet clear how many countries are included.

It appears Samsung has opened up the Galaxy Beta program to more users in the UK, following the initial rollout earlier this month. This gives Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners a second change to try pre-release versions of Nougat for the phones, after the first wave of places were quickly snapped up.

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6 days ago

OnePlus 3T now available in the UK + Europe

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OnePlus 3T

£399 for 64GB, £439 for 128GB.

Today is the European launch day for the OnePlus 3T, the mid-cycle refresh of OnePlus's popular affordable flagship. The phone is available from the manufacturer's UK store with 5-day shipping times for both the 64GB model (at £399) and the 128GB variant (at £439) in the new "gunmetal" color. The elusive rose gold OnePlus 3T is still marked as "coming soon."

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6 days ago

Android 7.1.1 set for Dec 5 release on Nexus + Pixel devices

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Nougat statue

Vodafone Australia lets slip the launch date for the next version of Android.

Google has already stated on a few occasions that the final release of Android 7.1.1 Nougat will take place in early December, but now we have a tentative date to work with. Vodafone Australia has published an update advisory for the Nexus 6P, saying the OTA to Android 7.1.1, build NMF26F, will start to hit the Huawei-made phone from December 6 local time. It's worth remembering that Australia is 13 to 18 hours ahead of the United States, so in the U.S. the update would likely hit sometime on the previous day, Monday December 5.

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: OnePlus 3T, brand experience, and phones as a gateway drug

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OnePlus 3T

OnePlus has an unconventional approach to selling phones — and that's because phones are just an entry point.

Until recently, I've watched the OnePlus phenomenon from the outside. The brand's earlier efforts didn't really sway me, and I was turned off by the numerous (and well-documented) PR blunders. This year, with the OnePlus 3, the company finally grew up, with a great phone at a great price and basically no drama or associated bullshit.

But the overall strategy for OnePlus wasn't entirely clear to me until I received the brand's latest offering, the OnePlus 3T, this past week.

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1 week ago

Oppo R9s review: An important step forward

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Oppo makes some small but important steps forward with its latest handset bound for Asia.

Without making much of a splash in the west, Oppo has found itself towards the top of the list of smartphone manufacturers. While the top two, Samsung and Apple, are still a ways out, Oppo is now a constant presence around the number four spot, and that's no small achievement.

Like many other phone makers from China, we've seen significant improvements from Oppo in several key areas with recent devices. The latest, the Oppo R9s, is now launching outside China for the first time and represents another step forward, albeit a subtle one.

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1 week ago

Check to see if you're covered by Google's Project Fi network

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Networks, when you think about it, come down to one thing: coverage.

If you're not covered where you live, work and travel ... well, nothing else matters. But in partnering with three U.S. carriers — Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular — Google's Project Fi definitely has an interesting advantage. (And remember you also have calling available over Wi-Fi when you need it.)

But the question stands: will you have Project Fi coverage where you live, work and travel? And, of course, there's a handy map for that.

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1 week ago

PinOut is the perfect mix of old and new

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A fantastic game and an amazing value.

I'm addicted, and my drug of choice is PinOut, the latest game by Mediocre, the small Swedish game development team that has put out quality game after quality game, if not hit after hit.

The company's latest game, PinOut, builds off the well-worn basis for its 2014 classic, Smash Hit, an endless runner of sorts that drew catharsis from satisfyingly slinging virtual balls into breakable surfaces of many forms. PinOut combines that endless runner approach and adds another satisfying element: pinball.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi focusing on 'recurring revenue streams,' isn't worried about shrinking phone sales

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Xiaomi is looking to the smart home segment for profits.

Xiaomi isn't worried about shrinking sales in China affecting the company's long-term profit growth. That's according to global VP Hugo Barra, who revealed in an interview with Reuters that the focus is instead on creating "recurring revenue streams:"

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1 week ago

VR porn: The Ultimate Guide [NSFW]

VR porn isn't a thing of the future. It's here now, and easier to find and access then you may have thought.

When it comes to watching videos on VR, one of the first questions many people asked was whether or not you'd be able to watch porn or other adult content. From apps that let you speak with camgirls, to full blown 360 degree adult videos, porn in VR is here and it's making it's mark. Whether you've got a Gear VR, Oculus Rift, or even Playstation VR, there is plenty of adult content just waiting for you out there.

Read more at VR Heads!

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1 week ago

Best Tech Gifts for Kids 2016

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Buying for kids isn't easy, but this is a good place to start!

No two kids are alike, but chances are if they know you there's a tech streak in there somewhere that will let you appreciate gadgets together. Sometimes that means playing a game together on your favorite console, and sometimes that means running around outside while a 360-degree camera grabs your failed cartwheel at just the right angle. Yeah, that one's going on YouTube.

What about gear that's just for the kids, though? Stuff that will not only be fun for them to use, but in some small way actually be good for them? That's where this gift guide can lend a helping hand. You'll find everything you could possibly want to gift that will make kids smile and think at the same time. Enjoy!

Anki Cozmo

Everyone has had a toy that felt like your best friend, but Cozmo is the closest thing to a toy that actually tries to fit that description. It's a small robot with an adaptive AI baked in that learns from playing games with you. Those learning sessions causes it to slowly build a personality based on your interactions with it, eventually creating a personalized Cozmo that both tries to outsmart you in a match four game and come to your side when you need a friend.

The only downside to Cozmo is that it requires a smartphone with the app in order to do all of the thinking and learning, so if your kid doesn't have one of those you'll need to be nearby during Cozmo playtime.

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Maybe a Smartphone?

Deciding to equip a kid with a smartphone is no small thing, and that decision has requirements that vary wildly from parent to parent. It doesn't matter if your kid comes home and says they're the only one in the class who doesn't have a phone or that they're the first, the choice is yours and there are some great options for younger users. We've assembled the perfect list of the best smartphones for kids, so you can make the most informed decision possible!

The Best Android phone for kids

littleBits: Rule Your Room Kit

Every parent wants to see their kid be a creator, and there's never been more tech options available to help make that possible. Free programming apps are all over the place, digital drawing has never been more accessible, and then there's littleBits. These are kits for the little engineer in your life, giving them the tools to build everything from simple alarm clocks to a pressure sensitive switch for whatever they can think of.

The Rule Your Room Kit comes with step-by-step instructions and all of the materials for eight different inventions, as well as access to a community of builders that have used this same kit to build a lot more.

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The Starter Smartwatch

Kids tend to emulate the adults in their lives, and if you're walking around all day with a computer on your wrist there's a good chance your kid wants one to be just like you. That's not always a good idea, especially if your watch is one of the pricier Android Wear offerings, but that doesn't mean there aren't options out there built for kids to fill the need. Whether your kid has a smartphone already or just wants something colorful to be like you, there are some great smartwatches out there for kids. Here's our take on the best available today!

The Best smartwatch for kids

Code-A-Pillar

There's no such thing as being too young to enjoy a good gadget, and there's no such thing as being too young to learn how you think about programming. The Fisher-Price Code-A-Pillar is proof of both of these statements, and it's pretty great. The little wiggle worm "learns" the pattern you put in its back, and travels based on those instructions. This teaches kids how to think about step-by-step instruction assembly, which can be very helpful later on in life.

The standard Code-A-Pillar can be upgraded with expansion modules that add new instructions, so even if your kid quickly masters this critter there are ways to keep things fun and continue the education!

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View-Master Deluxe VR Viewer

Generally speaking, kids under 13 should be careful to not spend more than an hour in VR at any given time. That being said, there are some incredible VR experiences that you can manage by making them only available when you put your phone inside of their special headset. Mattel's futuristic View-Master Deluxe is where you start, and everyone who uses it is going to fall in love.

This VR viewer comes with a couple of special educational discs for View-Master field trips to different locations all over the world, but it's also a Google Cardboard viewer. That means you can watch 360-degree videos on YouTube, play VR games from the Google Play Store, and in this improved model connect whatever headphones you want for a more complete experience.

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