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Do you use Samsung DeX with the Galaxy S9?

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Do you use Samsung DeX with the Galaxy S9?

It's a fun accessory, but how useful is DeX in the real world?

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is the Jack of all Trades when it comes to Android phones, offering every feature under the sun and then some.

One trick brought over to the S9 from the S8 series is support for Samsung DeX. DeX allows you to dock your Galaxy S9/S9+ into a hub, connect it to a monitor, and use it like a traditional desktop computer with your own keyboard and mouse.

The idea is that this allows the S9 to be your one-stop computing system, and while it's a great idea in theory, is it something that people are actually using?

Here's what the AC community had to say.

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waveuk 05-19-2018 02:29 AM “

I wanted to try it and I have to say I am vey well surprised with it. DEX desktop opens in a few seconds once docked and you just have all your phone data there. It really works like a desktop and is supper smooth. While you cannot replace a PC with it due to what app runs it is having a Chromebook. Most important apps run a DEX version, being full screen, and then you have the...

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afh3 05-20-2018 08:32 AM “

It is pretty nice, isn't it. I paired mine to a compact bluetooth keyboard with a built-in track-pad, from Logitech. Works well in combination. I'd be curious to know if anyone has run a DeX Pad vs DeX Station to confirm that the alleged higher resolutions on a compatible TV screen are available with the new 2018 DeX Pad.

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Thomasrope 05-21-2018 10:31 AM “

I received a free Dex Oad with my S9+ and I finally got a chance to try it out. it's a cool gadget (I love my gadgets) but I can't see a real practical use for it that I couldn't accomplish with Screen Mirroring. Can someone give me some ideas on productive uses for this thing?

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JREwing 05-24-2018 12:11 PM “

I have to be honest: I bought this with $99 to blow. I am amazed at what this DexPad does. My Note 8 is just so so as a trackpad, so I use a wireless mouse. I have a wired keyboard to a monitor. Many apps are not polished to work with Dex, but the main one's like Office 365 products work great. One problem is that when varifying passwords with my LastPass, I can't use the fingerprint reader, so...

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47 min ago

Which color OnePlus 6 should you buy?

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Which color OnePlus 6 should you buy?

Make sure you make the right OnePlus 6 decision.

"Most people put their phones in a case, so why does it matter what color you buy?" I hear a variation of that sentence very time I talk about phone colors and materials.

But if that were the case, companies would release phones in one color — "Model T" black — and call it a day. Instead, we've seen color trends come and go, and increasingly a variety of hues, materials, and shimmer to suit anyone's tastes. And while many people do cover their phones with gaudy cases, there are an increasing number that choose to go naked, or use a clear case, to see the phone as it was intended.

The OnePlus 6 comes in three colors, and each feels as distinct as it looks. Choosing which one to buy won't be easy, but hopefully, we can help.

Mirror Black

Mirror Black is the obvious choice for the OnePlus 6 because it's the default choice — if you want the cheapest variant of the phone, you have to choose Mirror Black.

Given that the OnePlus 6 is covered in glass, the Mirror Black variant looks the most traditionally reflective, with OnePlus "coating it with a mirror sheen, giving it the look and feel of ceramic." While the coating means it picks up fingerprints quite easily, it's also surprisingly grippy, allowing you to safely use the phone without a case. You'll be wiping it down every few minutes, but when fresh and clean the phone looks incredible, and picks up on the strongest light source in the room.

Who should buy the Mirror Black OnePlus 6?

If you're looking to get a OnePlus 6 that looks as far from a previous OnePlus device as possible, Mirror Black is where it's at. Or, conversely, if you loved the short-lived OnePlus X (OnePlux), this is your only real option.

At the same time, given that the Mirror Black model is the only one offered at the $529 starting price, for 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, it should be considered the frugal pick.

Midnight Black

Midnight Black is the more traditional-looking variant of the OnePlus 6, harkening back to the halcyon days of the OnePlus 3T, where the "matte black everything" was all the rage. While this particular variant is covered in glass, it looks very much like metal, and offers a cleaner, more sophisticated look to the OnePlus 6.

It's also available in both 128GB and 256GB variants, both of which have 8GB of RAM.

Who should buy the Midnight Black OnePlus 6?

If you long for the days when the OnePlus line was made of metal, the Midnight Black OnePlus 6 is the closest thing you'll get. At the same time, it actually looks better than the metal versions because despite the matte underlay, the glass catches the light and looks really nice in almost any lighting condition.

That said, it's not as striking as the Mirror Black model, so it's easily covered in a case without regret.

Silk White

Coming June 5, and only available in one storage combination — 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage — the limited-edition Silk White OnePlus 6 features a glass back, but underneath is a crushed pearl design that looks slightly pocked in the light. With rose gold accents, the Silk White OnePlus 6 is striking and unique, and will definitely be more coveted given its limited-edition nature.

Who should buy the Silk White OnePlus 6?

If you're looking for the only OnePlus 6 color that actually has any color, Silk White is the obvious choice. If you enjoy rose gold, or just want a phone that looks a bit different, it's the way to go.

At the same time, it's possible, given the Silk White's limited manufacturing run, that it may become something of a collectors' item, so you better get on it fast if you want one when it goes on sale June 5.

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Have you chosen a OnePlus 6 color? Are you waiting for the Silk White version? Let us know in the comments below!

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1 hour ago

How to get started with YouTube Music

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How to get started with YouTube Music

Focus on some new music

The new YouTube Music experience is here, so let's get the music flowing.

YouTube is one of the most-used video sites in the world, and a great many of the videos that we flock to on the platform center around the music that drives our lives. Whether you subscribe to a music streaming service or not, chances are you've gone to YouTube to find that one song that's stuck in your head, or to check out a cover by some up-and-coming artist, or to watch the latest mind-blowing music video.

YouTube is now leveraging its uniquely unparalleled music and music video selection to offer the completely-revamped YouTube Music, a music app that brings the best music on the most popular video platform in the world together with traditional album and songs from top labels.

And since it's all powered by YouTube, setting it up is almost embarrassingly easy.

6 hours ago

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Which should you buy in India?

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Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Which should you buy in India?

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo in India
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Google Assistant and Alexa have plenty to offer in India, but which platform is right for you?

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo in India

Amazon launched the Echo family of devices in India last November, and Google introduced the Google Home in the country in April. The entry-level options — the Google Home Mini and the Echo Dot — cost ₹4,999 in the country, with the larger Google Home and Amazon Echo coming in at ₹9,999. The larger Echo Plus, meanwhile, is available for ₹14,999.

If you're looking to pick up a smart speaker but haven't made up your mind yet, here's what you need to know about using the Google Home and Amazon Echo in India.

6 hours ago

Moto G6 and G6 Play are launching in India on June 4

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Moto G6 and G6 Play are launching in India on June 4

Moto G6 and G6 Play

No news yet on the Moto G6 Plus, but the Moto G6 and G6 Play are heading to India next week.

Moto G6 and G6 Play

Motorola India teased the launch of the Moto G6 series earlier this month, and we now have official confirmation. The Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play will make their debut in India on June 4, with the former exclusive to Amazon and the latter set to go on sale exclusively at Flipkart. Right now, there's no information on when the Moto G6 Plus will launch in the country.

13 hours ago

Listen closer with Symphonized's $12 Wooden XTC Noise-Isolating Headphones

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Listen closer with Symphonized's $12 Wooden XTC Noise-Isolating Headphones

Grab a pair at a discount.

For a limited time, you can pick up a pair of Symphonized XTC Premium Noise-isolating Headphones at Amazon for only $11.99. This deal is available in three different colors (black, red, and white) and saves you $13 off the regular price of these headphones.

We previously shared a deal on the very similar Symphonized NRG Headphones which are currently available for $16. The big difference there is that those feature a built-in remote control and come in six different colors.

The XTC in-ear headphones are handcrafted from real wood which helps deliver powerful acoustics. There's a built-in microphone allowing you to answer calls hands-free and activate voice control, while the noise-isolating properties help drown out ambient noises around you. Three sizes of silicone ear tips are included as well so you can find the right fit for you, along with an eco-friendly carrying pouch to store them safely while not in use.

Symphonized includes a one-year warranty with purchase of these earphones. Close to 750 Amazon customers reviewed them with 4.1 out of 5 stars collectively.

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13 hours ago

Essential Phone 2 reportedly canceled, Andy Rubin considering selling the company [Update]

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Essential Phone 2 reportedly canceled, Andy Rubin considering selling the company [Update]

More than $100 million was used to develop Essential's first products.

Updated 6:51 PM — Following Bloomberg's report, Andy Rubin has since taken to Twitter with the following message: "We always have multiple products in development at the same time and we embrace canceling some in favor of the ones we think will be bigger hits. We are putting all of our efforts towards our future, game-changing products, which include mobile and home products."

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Andry Rubin is considering selling his startup Essential and has canceled the launch of the 2nd-gen Essential Phone.

Per Bloomberg's report —

The startup has hired Credit Suisse Group AG to advise on a potential sale and has received interest from at least one suitor, the people said. Essential is now actively shopping itself to potential suitors, one of the people said.

Playground Global, Rubin's incubator that was used to launch Essential, is said to have raised around $300 million from the likes of Amazon, Tencent Holdings Inc., and Redpoint Ventures. Of that $300 million, one-third of it ($100 million) was used just for developing Essential's first round of products. Considering we never saw more than renders of the Essential Home, it's safe to say that the majority of that $100 million was focused on the first Essential Phone and its 360-degree camera attachment.

As Bloomberg continues —

Current discussions are focused on a sale of the entire company, including its patent portfolio, hardware products like the original smartphone, an upcoming smart home device and a camera attachment for the phone, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. Essential's engineering talent, which includes those hired from Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google, would likely be part of a deal. The company hasn't yet made a final decision on a sale, the people said.

Essential has yet to comment on this report, and while a new buyer could come in and pick the company up out of this rut, there's no way of painting this as good news. It's unclear if Essential will continue to support the existing Essential Phone, but we'll be sure to let you know as these details come to light.

Only 88,000 units of the Essential Phone were supposedly sold in 2017

14 hours ago

Apple wins $539 million in damages from Samsung in design patent infringement retrial

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Apple wins $539 million in damages from Samsung in design patent infringement retrial

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This could be the end ... well, no, probably not.

In what feels like a never-ending technology patent spat, Apple has just been awarded a hefty amount of damages from Samsung related to design patent infringement. In a retrial of the ongoing lawsuit from Apple that alleged Samsung took its patented designs for its own products several generations of phones ago, the court awarded Apple just shy of $539 million in damages. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman is listing the damages as a $533.3 million award, plus some additional concessions for another $5.3 million.

Apple's statement is clear and doesn't sugarcoat things:

This particular case over design patents has been dragging on since 2011. Some may forget that it was actually already determined by the courts that Samsung infringed on Apple's patents, but the two companies have since been continuously battling over how much Samsung would pay in damages. Apple initially asserted that it was owed as much as $1 billion from Samsung, but several counter-lawsuits, appeals, retrials and arguments ensued to reduce that award. It was previously set that Samsung owed roughly $400 million for infringing some specific patents, and now Apple can set the $539 million number in stone.

Apple was eventually awarded $120 million in damages from Samsung in a separate lawsuit back in November 2017 related to Samsung's use of slide-to-unlock on its phones — that trial also took several rounds of back-and-forth with appeals before it finally concluded. There's no way this is the last we'll hear of the Apple-Samsung patent lawsuits, be it over old products or new ones. So long as these are the leaders in the smartphone business with an incredible amount of money available to tie things up in the courts, we'll see patent battles.

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16 hours ago

The folks behind Pornhub just created their own VPN called VPNhub

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The folks behind Pornhub just created their own VPN called VPNhub

You can download the Android app for free right now.

We live in a very strange world. Some people her an audio clip saying "Yanny" when it clearly says "Laurel", Elon Musk made a flamethrower and then let people buy it, and now Pornhub created its own VPN. Welcome to 2018, everyone.

Called "VPNhub", Pornhub's VPN actually sounds kind of great. You can download the Android or iOS app right now and the service is free to use. There is a paid version for $11.99/month ($6.25/month if you pay upfront for an entire year) that removes ads, increases your browsing speeds, and allows you to select the countries you want to connect to, but even free members have access to unlimited bandwidth.

VPNhub also has desktop apps for Windows and macOS, but those require the premium membership.

Per Pornhub's Vice President, Cory Price —

Here at Pornhub, with 90 million visitors a day, the vast majority of whom are using devices on the go, it's especially important that we continue to ensure the privacy of our users and maintain their confidentiality. With the launch of VPNhub, users will have access to the world's fastest VPN, with over 1000 servers in 15+ countries from which to choose.

While the addition of unlimited bandwidth will certainly be a huge plus for those using VPNhub to watch videos on Pornhub, you can use it for all of your other browsing needs you'd use any other VPN for. It remains to be seen how this will stack up to Android's current best VPNs, but it's off to a good start.

If you're interested, you can download VPNhub from the Play Store right now.

Download: VPNhub (free)

16 hours ago

DIRECTV NOW's new DVR feature and subscription promo make this the perfect time to sign up

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DIRECTV NOW's new DVR feature and subscription promo make this the perfect time to sign up

New features like this are always released for free to all users.

DIRECTV NOW is offering three months of service for $30, and just recently the company announced a whole new feature you'll want to take advantage of. The service has added 20 hours of cloud-based DVR recording to both the Android and Amazon Fire TV apps. That means you'll be able to stream your favorite shows or record them to watch later for up to 30 days.

The $10 a month promotion is awesome enough, but the ability to record and save shows on your favorite streaming device, including the Amazon Fire TV, should definitely push you over the edge. Normally, the base plan costs $35 a month, but when you enter coupon code YESNOW3 during checkout you can save $25 a month for the first three months.

Don't forget that DIRECTV NOW is also offering a Roku Streaming Stick when you prepay for one month of service or an Apple TV 4K when you prepay for 3 months of service. While the DVR service is not available on the Roku app just yet, it soon will be.

It's important to note that after the first three months, DIRECTV NOW will bill you the full $35 plan cost for each month that you continue the service. Getting signed up for the service is extremely easy, and should only take a few minutes of your time. If you decide that it doesn't meet your needs or you just don't want to continue the service, it's super simple to cancel your account as well.

Sign up for DIRECTV NOW

17 hours ago

YouTube's infamous algorithm is now breaking the Subscription feed

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YouTube's infamous algorithm is now breaking the Subscription feed

What did chronological order ever do to you, YouTube?

From missing notifications to videos not showing up on the Home page, it's becoming harder and harder for YouTubers to make sure their content is seen by their subscribers. A lot of this is due to an algorithm that YouTube uses to determine videos users want to see, and because we can't have nice things, this is now making its way to the Subscription feed.

One Twitter user reached out to the Team YouTube Twitter account asking why their videos weren't showing up in chronological order, and upon doing so, got the following response:

To briefly summarize the words of just about everyone replying to this comment — "WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS BAD YOUTUBE BAD!!!!"

In all seriousness, this is incredibly disappointing news. I understand that algorithms/AI is the future and Google wants to integrate them into as many of its products as possible, but the Subscription feed is the last place where you can see videos from channels you're subscribed to in a constant, organized layout.

It's true that algorithms are always learning and get better over time, but ask just about any YouTuber out there and you'll get an earful about how less and less of their subscribers are getting notified of new uploads. With chronological view thrown out, it's going to become even more difficult to find new videos you haven't seen — especially if you follow someone who uploads at a regular time each day.

YouTube may decide to stop with this experiment and not mess with the subscription feed, but then again, it could decide to roll this out to everyone as a mandatory change.

I certainly hope we end up with the former, but who knows at this point.

17 hours ago

Huawei says it'll stop offering bootloader unlock codes

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Huawei says it'll stop offering bootloader unlock codes

The service is being stopped for all phones on May 24.

If you're big into the Android modding community, chances are you've taken a liking to Huawei. Huawei's gradually become one of the more developer-friendly companies in the Android space, but that's all changing.

According to a pop-up found on the company's unlock page:

To provide better user experience and avoid issues caused by ROM flashing, the unlock code application service will be stopped for all products launched after 2018-5-24. For products released prior to this date, the service will be stopped 60 days after this announcement. Thank you for your understanding. We will continue to provide you with quality services.

In case you don't know, unlock codes are required for phones to perform deeper system modifications, such as installing a custom recovery like TWRP, flashing custom ROMS, gaining root access, etc. In addition to Huawei phones, this change holds true for Honor ones, too.

This obviously isn't something that'll affect the majority of users, but for those that like digging into Android's more technical side of things, this is disappointing news, to say the least.

Where to buy the Huawei P20 Pro in the U.S. and Canada

17 hours ago

Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus: Everything you need to know!

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Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus: Everything you need to know!

It has six Gs. Count 'em.

Motorola's new Moto G6 series isn't a reinvention of the product line exactly, but it moves the brand further in that luxury budget category so many companies, from Honor to Xiaomi, are vying to win.

There are three new phones in the series — the Moto G6, G6 Plus and G6 Play — and they're all intriguing in their own ways. Let's take a look at what you need to know.

Read our preview, and read our review

If you want to lust after the G6 series on video, we have a hearty preview for you. If you're ready for the full review of the G6 Plus, we have that as well. Be sure to check these out!

Moto G6 series hands-on: Hello photo

Moto G6 Plus review: Motorola still masters the art of the mid-range phone

There are three to choose from

The Moto G6 isn't a single phone, but three (so far), each aimed at a different segment of the budget market.

The Moto G6 Play is the cheapest, and forgoes some of the camera fanciness for a $199 price point. It's also made of shiny plastic instead of shiny glass. Its 720p display isn't great, but it's good enough in its 5.7-inch, 2:1 aspect ratio. Its rear fingerprint sensor is tucked into the Motorola batwing symbol, which is awesome.

In the middle, the Moto G6 is the one that most people will be interested in. Made of curved Gorilla Glass 3 and adorned with two rear cameras and the ability to wake and respond to voice commands without turning on the screen first. The 5.7-inch 1080p panel is bright and gorgeous, and there's a front-facing fingerprint sensor. At $249, it's going to be tough to beat in the budget segment.

The Moto G6 Plus, which isn't available in North America, adds a more powerful Snapdragon processor to the mix. It's also got a bigger 5.9-inch 1080p screen than the Moto G6, and features a slightly better camera combo, front and rear.

Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus specs

Let's take it to 11 2:1

Every model in this year's Moto G6 series has a 2:1 (aka 18:9) screen aspect ratio, aligning it with popular budget models like the Honor 7X and the new Nokia 6 as well as most high-end phones today.

That means the phones are each taller and narrower than their Moto G5 predecessors, but despite the significantly larger screen size on paper, there isn't much additional usable space on the 5.7-inch Moto G6 than compared to, say, the 5.2-inch Moto G5 Plus, which has a more traditional 16:9 screen.

A glass house

In addition to elongating each phone, Motorola has swapped out the metal enclosures of last year's G5 for glass — at least on the two higher-end Moto G6 phones (the G6 Play is made of a shiny plastic resin, much like the Moto E5).

The Gorilla Glass outer layer is surely more slippery and prone to picking up fingerprints, but its curves also shimmer in the light and feel more substantial, making the new Moto series much more attractive and premium-looking than their predecessors. Motorola also includes a simple clear rubberized case in the box to keep that glass looking pristine when you're expecting to be a bit rough on the phone.

Go out and Play

The Moto G6 Play has a 4000mAh battery which, despite the phone's last-generation Snapdragon 427 processor, ensures that it should have multi-day battery life. More importantly, it seems to be a great phone for people who just want a no-frills Android Oreo experience.

The 13MP camera isn't going to change the game, but in our brief time with it, it worked very well, and launched quickly.

The G6 is the G5 Plus sequel

It may not seem like it on paper, but the Moto G6 is the real sequel to last year's Moto G5 Plus. It has a Snapdragon 450 platform, which seems on paper to be a step down from the G5 Plus's Snapdragon 625, but it's basically the same chip with only a few minor regressions, like maximum clock speed.

For U.S. buyers, the Moto G6 is actually a pretty big upgrade, owing most to the...

Camera, man

The Moto G6 has a dual camera setup: a main 12MP sensor with an f/1.8 lens and a secondary 5MP sensor that facilitates portrait mode and a few other niceties.

Motorola is also taking the camera experience a lot more seriously than in previous generations, with an interesting Smart Camera mode that identifies objects and landmarks.

The Moto G6 Plus also has a dual camera, but its 12MP sensor has a slightly wider f/1.7 lens, and its front-facing camera has a special low-light mode that uses pixel binning to get more light from every one of its 16 megapixels.

Say it, don't spray it

On the Moto G6 and G6 Plus, Motorola has improved the popular Moto Voice functionality, allowing users to perform actions on the device itself (like turning off Bluetooth or starting to play a specific movie on Netflix) in addition to activating Google Assistant when necessary. The phones can also be activated by voice without turning on the screen first.

It's a nice compromise and something that will be quite useful for those who use their phone in the car or when it's across the room.

Get on the beta train

If you're looking to be on the forefront of Motorola innovation, you'll soon be able to sign up for the company's new Beta Experiences program, which promises to allow users to sign up for beta versions of Motorola's new and upcoming software and apps. We don't know a whole lot yet about the particulars, but it's good to know that Motorola is taking software experiences more seriously than before.

Motorola's new Beta Experiences program will let you test new Moto features before they're public

Where and when can you buy them?

The reality is that Motorola approaches each market in which it sells like a separate business, and caters the release schedule for each product to various market demographics.

The Moto G6 Play and Moto G6 is available in almost every market that Motorola operates, including the U.S. and Canada.

Unfortunately, because the Moto X4 is already so close in style and specs to the Moto G6 Plus, Motorola is choosing not to sell it in the U.S.

Where to buy the Moto G6 series in the U.S. and Canada

Should you upgrade to the Moto G6 or another phone?

There are so many great budget phones to choose from, and Motorola has some stiff competition. At the same time, if you already have a Moto G5 series phone, should you upgrade?

Grab some accessories!

The G6 you buy will already include a basic case, but you can always go a step further. There are already great accessories like cases, power banks, car chargers and more available. Be sure to check them out!

More: Best Moto G6 screen protectors

More: Best Moto G6 accessories

What's on your priority list?

Let us know what you think about the Moto G6 series? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated May 2018: Added information regarding where to buy the G6 series, as well as links to great accessories.

18 hours ago

Smartphone cases, air conditioners, lightsabers and more are on sale today

Smartphone cases, air conditioners, lightsabers and more are on sale today

Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered.

Today you can get big discounts on Caseology smartphone cases, Belkin wireless chargers, electronic lightsabers, and much more!

If you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!

18 hours ago

An Amazon Echo sent someone's private conversation to one of their contacts

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An Amazon Echo sent someone's private conversation to one of their contacts

Time to bust out the tinfoil hats.

Amazon's Echo gadgets have exploded in popularity over the past couple years, but some folks have been reluctant about the idea of having an always-listening speaker in their home. Thanks to a report out of Seattle, a lot more people might switch to that mindset.

According to KIRO 7 News, an Echo Dot recorded the private conversation of a husband and wife in Portland, Oregon and sent it to the husband's colleague all the way in Seattle. The colleague then called Danielle (the woman involved) and told her to immediately unplug all of her Echo speakers.

Per KIRO 7

"We unplugged all of them and he proceeded to tell us that he had received audio files of recordings from inside our house," she said. "At first, my husband was, like, 'no you didn't!' And the (recipient of the message) said 'You sat there talking about hardwood floors.' And we said, 'oh gosh, you really did hear us.'"

Danielle proceeded to call Amazon about why this had happened, and according to a representative she spoke with, "He told us that the device just guessed what we were saying." However, Danielle says that her Echo never gave off any indication that it was recording/sending the message.

KIRO 7 later reached out to Amazon for comment, and this is what the company had to say:

Amazon takes privacy very seriously. We investigated what happened and determined this was an extremely rare occurrence. We are taking steps to avoid this from happening in the future.

Even if this is a "rare occurrence," it begs the question of how in the world this was allowed to happen in the first place. Not only that, but has this happened to any other Echo users? What about Google's Home speakers?

If you use an Amazon Echo or Google Home, will you continue to do so in spite of this story? Let us know in the comments below.

Amazon Echo

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