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1 week ago

How to set up and use Google Duo

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Do you duo?

A simple cross-platform mobile video chat that actually works!

Duo is Google's latest foray into video calling, and rather than basing it on your Google account or your email, it's tied to your phone number, making it easier for you to chat with the contacts that are already in your phone. Google launched Duo on Google Play and on iOS so you can chat with friends on Android and Apple. The keyword for Duo is simplicity, and here's how simple the app is to use.

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1 week ago

With phones like this, who needs a tablet? Watch MrMobile's Galaxy Note 7 review!

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The first Galaxy Note was a remarkable smartphone when it hit store shelves in 2011. It was the first widely-adopted mobile to offer an oversized display, the first to give the stylus a proper resurrection, and the first to prove that marketing an overpowered "phablet" to hardcore users could also pay off in the mainstream.

With the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung steers the Note family even further toward those everyday users: it boasts a gorgeous design, water resistance, a streamlined S Pen experience – and it brings back the MicroSD card whose absence on the Note 5 cost Samsung some consumer goodwill. But in an age of solid $399 flagships, does the Galaxy Note 7 bring enough to justify its $850 price tag? Watch MrMobile's Galaxy Note 7 review to find out!

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1 week ago

Android 7.0: Better performance, longer battery life

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By addressing specific things that affect performance and power efficiency, Android 7.0 Nougat should make our phones run better and longer between charges.

Every time the software on our phones receives a big update, we hear how it will perform better and use less of our battery. While it's often true, the ideas and how they are implemented need plenty of fine-tuning to meet expectations. Android 7.0 improves on two existing features to help them live up to their full potential: Projects Doze, and Project Svelte.

The goals are simple — find ways to make the phone less power hungry when you're not using it, and better management of background processes. All software is built with an emphasis on performance and efficiency, and an operating system so much more so. We'll take a look at the changes and see how they could have an impact.

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1 week ago

Watch our Galaxy Note 7 video review!

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See what we have to say about the Note 7 in a fresh format.

In case you missed it while reading our comprehensive written review of the Galaxy Note 7, we've worked up a full video review for your enjoyment as well. Nice scenery, beautiful shots of the Galaxy Note 7, and some insightful analysis — what's not to like? This is the complete package.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: Biggest and best

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung takes the spirit of the Note down to the Galaxy S line, and it's a hit.

The quick take

Even though the Note 7 doesn't immediately strike you as an altogether stand-out device like its predecessors, it's still an amazing phone that stands atop others available today. The Note 7 takes the Galaxy S7's formula of minimizing gimmicks in order to offer a fantastic core smartphone experience, and does so with very few, if any, missteps. It checks all of the boxes, and goes above and beyond expectations in just about every way. It's the best Galaxy Note to date.

The Good

  • Beautiful hardware
  • Industry-leading display
  • Great camera
  • Unique S Pen features

The Bad

  • Still too big for some hands
  • Very expensive
  • Carrier bloatware still horrible
  • No U.S. unlocked model

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1 week ago

We unbox the Galaxy Note 7!

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The first thing you'll see if you buy a Galaxy Note 7.

Want to see what everything is like inside a brand new Galaxy Note 7's box? Well, we have just the video for you. Overall things aren't so different from the Galaxy S7 edge box, but materials have changed a bit, and of course the USB-C port on the Note 7 necessitated some cable and adapter changes inside.

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1 week ago

Google's new video chat app Duo is available now in Google Play

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And its companion app Allo is nowhere to be seen.

Almost exactly three months after announcing Duo back at Google I/O, Google has subtly put up a blog post stating that the new standalone video chat app is hitting the Play Store and rolling out worldwide.

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1 week ago

Best tempered glass screen protectors for OnePlus One

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Best tempered glass screen protectors for OnePlus One

What's the best way to protect the screen on my OnePlus One?

The OnePlus brand is all about beautifully designed products using the best build materials. It even has an aspirational motto, Never Settle. But even the best built phone have glass screens that need an extra layer of protection from the scratches, falls, and everything else life throws your way.

Your best bet for saving your screen is a tempered glass screen protector for the OnePlus One, so let's get to it.

Note: This post is about the OnePlus One, not the OnePlus 3. We have your OnePlus 3 accessories, too!

Orzly OnePlus ONE Premium 0.24mm tempered glass screen protector

Orzly® OnePlus ONE Premium Tempered Glass 0.24mm

With a thickness of 0.24mm, this offering from Orzly is the thinnest tempered glass screen protector you will find for your OnePlus One. Featuring an industry-standard 9H hardness rating, it should easily withstand scratching if you put your phone in the same pocket as your keys. Orzly also included an oleophobic coating to ensure your screen stays fingerprint and smudge-free and rounded edges to prevent chipping and improve the in-hand feel of your phone.

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amFilm OnePlus One tempered glass screen protector

amFilm OnePlus One tempered glass screen protector

Claiming to offer 99.9% transparency, you may well forget you've installed amFilm's tempered glass screen protector on your OnePlus One. One thing that separates this option from the competitors is the decision to cut out around the sensors and earpiece speaker instead of leaving a slim bridge of tempered glass that's susceptible to cracking. It still covers the front-facing camera, but due to that transparency, you shouldn't notice any effects on your selfies. Package includes the screen protector, Micro-Fiber Cleaning Cloth, Plastic Squeeze Card, Installation and User Guide, and a lifetime replacement warranty.

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iFlash three-pack of OnePlus One tempered glass screen protectors

iFlash three-pack of OnePlus One tempered glass screen protectors

We use tempered glass protectors to take the brunt of the daily abuse our phones endure. As such, if a nasty fall occurs it's the screen protector's job to shatter first. iFlash offers the best value here with a three-pack of tempered glass screen protectors — featuring the hardness and oleophobic coating you'd want — so if you smash one up you don't have to live with a cracked screen protector. It's like an insurance policy on your insurance policy. Package includes three complete sets for installation: screen protector, alcohol cleaning wipe, microfiber cloth, bubble removal card, and a dust-removal adhesive strip. iFlash also offers a one-year manufacturer replacement warranty.

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PThink 2.5D Round Edge 0.3mm Ultra-thin tempered glass screen protector for OnePlus One

PThink 2.5D Round Edge 0.3mm Ultra-thin tempered glass screen protector for OnePlus One

PThink offers another reliable, quick-to-install option for protecting your OnePlus One screen. At 0.3mm, it's thin enough to be barely noticeable, with rounded edges offering a precise fit and avoid chipping. If and when this screen protector gets damaged, the nano glass cracks behind a film to prevent the glass edges from being exposed, which allows you to continue safely using the screen protector even when cracked. Package includes a cleaning kit to prepare your screen ahead of installation. Hammer and disembodied hand sold separately.

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Nillkin Anti-burst tempered glass screen protector for OnePlus One

Nillkin Anti-burst tempered glass screen protector for OnePlus One

Another outstanding option for protecting your OnePlus One screen is this offering from Nillkin. Made of AGC glass material rated to the standard 9H hardness rating and featuring HARVES nano-technology to repel water and grease, your phone will be well protected. Along with the screen protector itself, the package includes a wet wipe, electrostatic dust film, de-dusting cleaning film and a professional screen wipe cloth to make installation a breeze.

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What do you use?

Have you had any experiences with the screen protectors we've recommended? Let us know in the comments!

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 now available for pre-order in the UK

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Galaxy Note 7

Major networks and retailers put Samsung's new Note up for pre-order.

Today's Samsung Galaxy Note 7 pre-order day in the UK, and that means Brits can finally secure their handsets ahead of the Sept. 2 UK launch date.

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1 week ago

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the UK

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Galaxy Note 7

As expected, every major UK network will carry the Galaxy Note 7 — and it'll cost a pretty penny if you buy unlocked.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is official, and as expected all the major UK networks have announced that they'll be carrying the phone when it launches in early September. The official Samsung pre-order date is Aug 16, so that's when we can expect to see more details on pricing and colors form the UK carriers.

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1 week ago

Samsung will unveil the Gear S3 on August 31

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It's time for a new smartwatch.

Samsung unveiled the Tizen-based Gear S2 at IFA 2015, and the manufacturer is all set to unveil its successor at this year's event. The South Korean manufacturer is rolling out invites to an event on August 31 at IFA where it will launch the Gear S3.

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1 week ago

Google will shift Hangouts to the enterprise after Allo and Duo release

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Hangouts will live on, but perhaps not in the way you expect.

Alongside the announcement of video chat app Duo's imminent release, and the hint that companion messaging app Allo is just around the corner, Google has announced that its divisive multi-platform Hangouts service will shift its focus away from consumers.

In an interview with Engadget, Nick Fox, Google's VP of communication products, said that "because Hangouts is built on a Google account, [and] because it's deeply integrated with Google apps... it's seen much more success in the enterprise."

Earlier today, the company announced that Hangouts on Air, Google's live video conferencing and sometimes podcast solution, would be moving from Google+ to YouTube Live in an attempt to salvage one of Hangouts' most popular features.

The shift away from Hangouts and Google+ in the consumer space plays into Google's vision for mobile-first communications

The shift away from Hangouts and Google+ in the consumer space plays into Google's vision for mobile-first communications, which sees Android and iOS as the primary operating systems people will turn to for sharing their text- and video-based thoughts and feelings with the world. Hangouts, like Google+, will live on in reduced roles within the company, deemphasized within Google's core product lineup but imperative to a small group of niche, loyal users.

To many people, Hangouts tried to do too much, and failed to do anything best. Allo and Duo are Google's opportunity to reset the timer and meet the audience where they are: on phones. Unfortunately, they are well behind the competition, with giants like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Line, WeChat, Skype and others already amassing millions, and in some cases billions, of monthly users. It will be interesting to see whether Allo and Duo can have the impact Hangouts never did.

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1 week ago

Hangouts On Air shifts to YouTube Live as steady move away from Google+ continues

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YouTube Live

Well you can't be surprised, can you?

In what only felt like an inevitability, Google has put out an announcement that Hangouts On Air events will no longer be tied to Google+ and will be completely contained into YouTube Live instead. It'll be a hard break on September 12, where Google+ will no longer be able to create Hangouts On Air and any events scheduled for the future will have to be manually recreated on YouTube Live.

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1 week ago

Complain all you want about the OnePlus 3, at least it's getting updates

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OnePlus 3 software updates are fixing things and breaking other things. But that's OK.

I've been witness to a maelstrom of frustration and invective over the weekend as OnePlus rolled out yet another fix for its OxygenOS software for the OnePlus 3.

OxygenOS version 3.2.4 began trickling out in small waves over the weekend, with promises to fix a few of the OnePlus 3's nagging issues — many of which were introduced in previous updates. That's a problem, sure: it's never ideal to replace one set of bugs with another. But the reality is that OnePlus, free from the need to submit its software to carriers, can and is doing the right thing by unilaterally releasing regular fixes — even as it continues to roll up Google's own security updates into separate releases.

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1 week ago

Pokémon Go tips and tricks: It's time to catch 'em all!

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Time to take hold of your dreams, become a Pokémon trainer, and catch 'em all!

Just about everyone knows about Pokémon, a game where you travel the world in order to collect every pocket monster on the planet. For over a decade it has won hearts, and now, Pokémon Go is here on a mobile device near you. Whether you are rocking an Android or an iPhone, this game is awesome.

We've got all the details that you need to hit the ground running. We cover how to find and catch Pokémon, how Gyms and teams work, what items you can hope to find, and how evolution works. We've got the definitive guide to Pokémon Go. Keep reading for all the details!

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