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1 week ago

Deal: Save big at T-Mobile on the LG V30 and LG G6!

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For a limited time, new and existing T-Mobile customers can get up to $500 back (via rebate) when buying two LG V30s or get a free LG G6 (via rebate) when buying an LG G6. This is a great way to get two new devices for use on T-Mobile without breaking the bank — plus you'll get a free tablet to go along for the ride!

New and existing customers can take advantage of this deal by purchasing both phones on the Equipment Installment Plan and activating them on T-Mobile ONE Unlimited plans. The big money payback on this deal comes when you submit a rebate online. You'll get up to $500 rebate on a prepaid MasterCard to help offset the cost of the new devices. Hit up the links below to start shopping!

LG V30 at T-Mobile

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There are taxes on any device you go with and you'll have to pay that up front regardless of the plan or phone. If you cancel your wireless service, remaining device balances will become due. The LG G Pad X2 is free after 24 monthly bill credits. If you cancel wireless service prior to 24 months, the credits will stop and you will owe remaining balance. Rebate on the second device will take up to 8 weeks so be sure to fill out your rebate form as soon as you activate your new phone!

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1 week ago

Today Weather: A beautiful weather app and a must-have for OLED displays

There are many weather apps on Android that all tell the weather but very few do it in a way that looks as good as Today Weather.

Today Weather is a great weather app that puts the information you need to know right in front of you in a clear and easy to understand way. What makes Today Weather stand out are the vibrant colors and, in particular, the black background that makes everything pop.

There is an easy to use slide-in menu to easily access the weather at your location and also various pre-set locations to get an idea, for example, of what the weather is like at your next vacation destination. There is also a 7-day forecast so you'll be sure to not get caught out when planning your days out.

Today Weather provides many data sources: Accuweather.com, Weather.com, Weather Wunderground, Dark Sky.

The app looks great on the phone with AMOLED displays because of the black background and display on the device, but the app is just very well designed so would look great across the board.

The app looks great on the phone with AMOLED displays because of the black background and display on the device, but the app is just very well designed so would look great across the board.

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1 week ago

Arena of Valor brings top-notch MOBA action to Android

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From the company that now owns League of Legends comes a mobile MOBA that looks a lot like it.

Tencent isn't a company that you may be too familiar with, but it's a name is increasingly cropping up in the West. China's largest internet company is a big deal and naturally has its fingers in many pies.

Though not currently (officially) available in North America, Arena of Valor is Tencent's newest mobile hit. Despite over a million downloads in the Play Store I'd never heard of it until picking up a Razer Phone, on which it is preloaded.

It's a mobile MOBA, it's free to play and looks suspiciously like the most popular game on the planet: League of Legends. But that's OK since Tencent owns that, too. It's also a lot of fun.

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1 week ago

How to Cast Audio from your Daydream

Now that Daydream can cast to your TV it should have opened up a lot of fun to be had with friends. Unfortunately, audio is still not available on all games and isn't even set as on by default which. When you cast your Daydream view to show people the awesome game you've been playing, or an amazing 360 video of Paul McCartney, of course, you want it to have audio!

For now, it seems that not all apps have audio capabilities, which is a bummer. However, even with those that do support audio, you'll need to turn the feature on. Here's how to do it!

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1 week ago

These are the 8 thinnest cases we could find for Galaxy S8

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What's the thinnest Galaxy S8 case?

You wanna protect your Galaxy S8 a bit, but cases make it look a li'l plump. Here are the thinnest cases we could find!

1. Impossibly thin

Impossible? Yeah! "Air Skin"? Like pudding skin? Sure, we'll bite. You can find it for around $10.

2. Awwww mSnap!

Give your S8 a "Maxboost" (see what I did there?) with this thin'un. Only $10.

3. Thinness out the Ying yang

"Crystal" might be pushing it as far as clarity's considered, but this one's about as thin as they come and only $7.

4. Straight from the horse's mouth

At 0.8mm thick, Samsung knows what's up for thin cases for its phone. Check these out starting at $11.

5. Yihailu: Go ahead, we'll wait while you try to pronounce it too

Yee... High loo? Meh. Thin case is thin and $12.

6. Because nudity rules!

When it comes to phones. Put your pants back on, Steve. Check these out for around $30.

7. Highway to the Geekzone

That girl in the photo is crying tears of joy. Don't worry; be happy. These are only $5!

8. Looking for thin cases? We have the Anccer for only $12!

GET IT? ANCCER???!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA! Love me.

Find anything thinner?

Sound off in the comments below!

Updated November 2017: These are still the thinnest cases you can get for Galaxy S8.

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1 week ago

Vinci 2.0 are standalone sports headphones with Alexa built in

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Vinci 2.0 are wireless workout headphones that can access Alexa, Spotify, and more – all without needing your phone.

Last year, you might have caught Mr. Mobile's hands-on look at the Vinci 1.5. Vinci 1.5 was a set of wireless over-the-ear headphones, but it managed to stand out with a built-in display and support for a wide array of apps – including Alexa, Spotify, Google Play Music, and plenty more. Since then, Inspreo Inc. is ready to tackle the idea of standalone headphones once more with the Vinci 2.0.

So, what's different between the Vinci 2.0 and last year's 1.5? For starters, the design has received a drastic overhaul. The over-the-ear design is gone in favor of a neckbud one – not unlike LG's Tone headphones. However, the difference between Vinci 2.0 and any LG Tone accessory is that the Vinci is a completely standalone device that doesn't require a smartphone to function.

There are two displays on the Vinci 2.0 (one on either side), and each one will allow you to interact with the UI and see information for what's taking place on the headphones. Additionally, you can perform an array of gestures by moving your hand over the Vinci 2.0 to change the volume, skip to the next song, or pause/play whatever you're listening to.

The whole system is powered by a quad-core Cortex A7 processor, and this is combined with support for Wi-Fi, 3G cellular, and Bluetooth connectivity options. Amazon's Alexa is also built-into Vinci 2.0, and when you combine the above tech with it, you can make phone calls, listen to songs on Spotify, call an Uber, track your workouts, catch up on the latest news, and so much more – all without ever having to pair your phone.

Vinci 2.0 is trying to be the perfect workout compain for people that hate running with their phone.

Vinci 2.0 can track an array of different workout activities, including hiking, jogging, weight lifting, and others, and the built-in heart-rate sensor allows you to get a more precise reading on how much you're actually pushing yourself.

The Vinci 2.0 is available now on Kickstarter, and you'll be able to choose between the Vinci 2.0 Lite, Pro, and Super. The Lite model lacks the display and noise-canceling features found on the Pro and Super models, and the Super takes the lead over the Pro by offering double the storage (32GB versus 16GB) and swaps out a dual-mic array for a bone conducting one.

The final retail price for the Lite, Pro, and Super will be $149, $289, and $399, respectively, but if you act fast during the Kickstarter campagin, you'll be able to save as much as 55%.

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1 week ago

Most Secure Android Phone

Best overall

Google Pixel 2

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The Google Pixel 2 is the most secure Android phone you can buy, and one of the most secure phones of any available today.

Without disabling any security protections, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are updated to keep you protected against known public security exploits and remote installations are monitored by Google's scanning software which blocks potential malicious content. While security and privacy are two very different things, when you decide you want private things to stay private you need to make sure your phone is secure to keep them that way.

Bottom line: The open-source nature of Android and the dedicated Android security team work in tandem to make the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL the best phones when it comes to security and privacy.

One more thing: The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also show us that a secure phone that's great to use is a reality.

Why the Google Pixel 2 is the best

A phone you want to use can also keep your data safe — and it comes in two sizes to fit everyone.

Every device that can connect to the internet has exploits available that break the default security configuration. If your phone isn't getting timely updates to combat them, you're simply not secure. We keep a vast amount of private — and priceless — data on our phones, and we all should care about keeping it safe from outside attacks. After you read all the agreements and decide what you're willing to give away, you should expect the remainder to stay private.

Pixel 2 phones are updated directly from Google with the latest version of Android. Outside of any new features that may come with, the device security model has been updated and strengthened by a dedicated team who regularly audits and enhances the code used to build Android. On top of this, Google releases updates to the security model at the beginning of every month for the people who build Android phones to apply to its software. These are important. More important than any other update.

Equally important, but often overlooked, is transparency. You shouldn't have to trust a company when it says something is secure or updated, and the Android code for both the platform version and all updates is available for anyone to take a look at. Plenty of people do, and despite any opinions to the contrary, Android, as written, has proven to be a very secure platform. A phone like a Pixel 2 is the embodiment of this.

Most important of all is that both Pixel phones are not only secure but are also phones that you'll want to use. No compromise is needed and the 5-inch Pixel 2 and 6-inch Pixel 2 XL both share the same fast processor and other internal components. A great — and secure — experience is available for fans of both sizes.

Best for typing

BlackBerry KEYone

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BlackBerry is legendary when it comes to mobile device management and security, and follows that trend when using Android to power its phones. With the KEYone, you also get the keyboard experience that only BlackBerry can offer. The KEYone is a great way to enjoy Android for people who still want a physical keyboard on their phone, and peace of mind that knowing a company is concerned about security.

Bottom line: BlackBerry continues its reputation for excellent mobile security and having a great keyboard with the KEYone.

One more thing: The BlackBerry is usually the first phone to get the monthly Android Security update — often hours before Google releases the bulletin itself!

Best for simplicity

BlackBerry Motion

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The BlackBerry Motion resembles the KEYone at first glance, if you were to remove the keyboard.

This 5.5-inch phone has the bells and whistles — IP67 water resistance, a fast fingerprint scanner, a great camera, etc. — that you expect and BlackBerry's reputation of security in a more traditional smartphone package. The Snapdragon 625 with 4GB of RAM means it can handle both work and play, and Android 7.1 with BlackBerry's enhancements will keep you secure while doing any of it

Bottom line:The BlackBerry Motion brings the security you want in a modern and familiar package.

One more thing: The Motion's 4,000 mAh battery will keep you up and running all day plus!

Conclusion

Media outlets like to give Android a bad reputation when it comes to security, and it's difficult to blame them. Old, outdated software from manufacturers with no real concern for your security or privacy are the norm when it comes to phones running Android. But it doesn't have to be this way.

The Google Pixel 2 delivers a great smartphone experience that ticks all the boxes for reviewers and users alike, and with no modifications, your personal data is very safe. A team of security professionals and engineers are dedicated to keeping it that way. Any of the phones on our list will do a great job when it comes to security, but the overall experience makes the Google Pixel 2 the best.

Best overall

Google Pixel 2

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The Google Pixel 2 is the most secure Android phone you can buy, and one of the most secure phones of any available today.

Without disabling any security protections, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are updated to keep you protected against known public security exploits and remote installations are monitored by Google's scanning software which blocks potential malicious content. While security and privacy are two very different things, when you decide you want private things to stay private you need to make sure your phone is secure to keep them that way.

Bottom line: The open-source nature of Android and the dedicated Android security team work in tandem to make the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL the best phones when it comes to security and privacy.

One more thing: The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also show us that a secure phone that's great to use is a reality.

Update November 2017: The Google Pixel 2 takes over from the Pixel as our top pick, with the BlackBerry KEYone and BB Motion rounding out the list.

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1 week ago

Cricket Wireless Buyer's Guide: Everything you need to know

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Here's everything you need to know about the AT&T MVNO.

Cricket Wireless is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) or "alternative carrier". MVNOs lease coverage from the Big Four networks (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon) and sell it to customers for less. The benefit of an MVNO is that you experience the same level of service as a customer on one of the larger networks, but you can often find talk, text, and data plans for a fraction of the cost.

Cricket is owned by and leases coverage from AT&T. If you sign up with Cricket, that means you get AT&T's 4G LTE coverage, as well as unlimited plans.

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If you like AT&T's coverage, but you'd prefer a cheaper bill every month, then consider signing up with an MVNO. Here's what you need to know about Cricket Wireless.

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Individual plans

Cricket offers fairly straightforward unlimited talk and text plans with varying allotments of 4G LTE data. All plan prices are flat fees, with taxes and fees included. So you will only pay $30/month if you opt for the $30 plan, for example. All plans, except the $25/month Talk & Text plan, come with unlimited talk, text, and 2G data. Pricing varies depending on how much 4G LTE data you opt for.


The base plan is $25/month and includes only unlimited calling and texting, with no data access or multimedia messaging. $30/month gets you 2GB of 4G LTE data (max 8Mbps) ; $40/month gets you 5GB of 4G LTE and the plan is eligible for the $5/month Auto Pay discount (max 8Mbps); $55/month gets you 22GB of data (max 3Mbps); and $60/month gets you 22GB of 4G LTE up to 8Mbps.

Note: If you want tethering (mobile hotspot), you can get it with the $55 or $60 unlimited plans, but both of them limit high-speed tethering to 8GB of usage.

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Family plans

Cricket calls its family plans "Group Save Discounts". In order to receive the discount, each line of up to 5 lines must be on the $40/month 4GB plan or better. You save more with each line you add, for lines 2 to 5.

You save $10 off the second line, $20 off the third, $30 off the fourth, and $40 off the fifth, so if you have 5 lines, you can save $100 per month. The $5/month Auto Pay credit is not available when you use the Group Save Discount.

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Best Cricket Wireless phones

Since Cricket Wireless operates on AT&T's network, you can bring your own phone, and it can be just about any GSM device. Before you decide, however, you should check compatibility.

If you don't have a phone of your own to bring or want to update, these are the ones you should consider.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Arguably the best Android smartphone available, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a gorgeous phone with all the bells and whistles you could want in an Android device. It features a lightning-fast fingerprint sensor, as well as facial recognition and iris scanning to unlock it. The infinity display packs even more screen into a smaller form factor, helping to keep it just this side of "phablet" territory. The best part is that, if you join Cricket, you can get it for $699.99, which is $50 less than what AT&T is selling it for! If that price tag is too high, the Galaxy S7 is still holding up remarkably well.

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ZTE Blade X Max

A big phone at a small phone price, the ZTE Blade X Max is incredible value at $99.99. Exclusive to Cricket Wireless, the ZTE Blade X Max features a massive 6-inch HD display, a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, and a 3400mAh battery, all running Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

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How to cancel Cricket Wireless

Cricket might just be the easiest service to cancel in the world. This is a direct quote from its website:

We don't want to see you go! But if you need to cancel your service, just stop paying.

Yeah. That's it. If you haven't paid within 60 days of your last Cricket pay date, your account will be canceled. Just be aware that once it's canceled, that's it: your number is made unavailable, your account is closed, and any remaining balance is removed.

If you have an account with more than one line, you'll have to give Cricket a call at 1-800-274-2538 (1-800-CRICKET) or dial 611 on your Cricket Wireless phone. You can also chat on the Cricket site.

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How to unlock a Cricket Wireless phone

All you have to do is call 1-800-CRICKET (274-2538) and request an unlock code. You do, however, have to meet the following requirements:

  • The device you want to unlock has to have been active for at least 6 months or you're on an unlimited plan.
  • The device hasn't been reported as lost or stolen.
  • The phone is actually locked to Cricket's network.
  • The device isn't associated with a fraudulent account.

Basically, if you've been a customer in good standing for at least 6 months, you just have to ask.

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Finding another MVNO

If you like AT&T's coverage and are considering Cricket Wireless but want other options, then you may want to consider another MVNO that uses AT&T's network or another that uses multiple networks.

There are more than 15 MVNOs that use AT&T's network, so you have many to choose from, and some may work better in your area than others.

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Alternative carriers (MVNOS)

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Browse the internet privately for life for just $43

Protecting our information and identity online is paramount in our world where online activity is become more and more prevalent as time goes on. Whether that information is a credit card number, banking information, or even your search history, you don't want anyone being able to track your browsing habits — both for safety and simple privacy. But the normal internet connection you get from your service provider isn't as secure as some people would like.

A VPN is your solution to keeping your online habits private. Using a "virtual private network," you get the functionality, security, and management that the VPN service provides in order to keep safe and discreet online. VPNs aren't just for privacy; you can use local VPNs in order to get resident online pricing for things like flights, hotels, and more.

VPN Unlimited is one such VPN provider that can help you access the web safely and securely. A lifetime subscription generally retails for $499.99, but at Android Central Digital Offers, you can get yours for $42.50. All you have to do is use code GIFTSHOP15 and you'll get 15% off our already discounted price of $49.99.

VPN Unlimited gives you secure access to public Wi-Fi networks, unlimited bandwidth, an unlimited high-speed connection, a growing selection of global services in over 50 countries, fast server switching, as well as ad blocking, malware protection, and tracker blocking. If you value your online privacy and flexibility, then subscribe to a VPN. And why not pick up a lifetime subscription for $42.50. Just make sure you use code GIFTSHOP15 at check out!

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1 week ago

Best Accessories for the BlackBerry KEYone

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What are the best accessories for the BlackBerry KEYone?

The physical keyboard is back, baby! The BlackBerry KEYone was a surprising return to form for BlackBerry Mobile in 2017. It's a unique phone that you'll want to enhance and keep protected with the right accessories.

Here are the best accessories for the BlackBerry KEYone.

BlackBerry KEYone Pocket Sleeve

For those who don't like the idea of covering the KEYone's design in a case, BlackBerry offers the elegant pocket sleeve for your phone to keep your phone protected and accessible while you're on the go.

Always a popular option with the BlackBerry crowds, this pocket case features a matte leather finish for a premium look and feel with a window cut out near the top of the screen so you can see the time, date, and your phone notifications at a glance and keep talking the phone is protected. It also features a built-in card slot for storing your ID, credit card or some emergency cash. Get yours for just $32.56.

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BlackBerry KEYone Flip Case

Made by TCL Communication, the BlackBerry Flip Case is a precise accessory for your KEYone. The soft TPU cover secures itself via magnets to the back of the rigid shell when open and features a window so you can see the time and date and your notifications.

The power button on the left edge of the phone is covered but still functional through the soft cover material, and the Convenience key and volume controls are left open on the right. It's an elegant and professional case solution that matches the design of the KEYone perfectly and is yours for $39 on Amazon.

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Incipio DualPro KEYone Case

Incipio offers its rugged line of DualPro cases for all the top phones including the KEYone. This case offers two layers of defense against nasty drops and other wear and tear, with a soft TPU inner core and an outer shell made of rigid polycarbonate.

Available in three color options, this opaque case will cover up the unique metal accents around the body of the phone, but it does preserve the overall design of the phone. The lip around the front offers protection for the screen and keyboard while the camera cutout offers ample protection as well. With a soft touch finish, this case will feel nice in your hand while keeping your KEYone protected. Get it for $29.99 from Amazon.

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Amzer BlackBerry KEYone Soft Gel Back Cover [2-pack]

Do you struggle with picking between a clear case and a classic black case? Why choose?

Amzer's cases have emerged as a fan favorite amongst KEYone users. It's a slim one-piece case that's made of soft TPU which is great for absorbing the shock of a drop or impact. But it's the attention to detail that folks love the most — the precise design that includes cutouts around the edge of the keyboard. There's also a raised bezel around the screen so you can put your phone face down on a table without worrying about scratches.

You can get the black and clear cases separately for just $10, or get 'em both with this two-pack for just $19.99, because it's always nice to swap between case styles, right?

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Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC

This card was specifically recommended by VictorRight in the CrackBerry KEYone forums and receives top marks for being one of the fastest cards you'll find. It uses UHS-II speeds for reads and writes which means you'll see no slowdown using the card with your KEYone.

There are four sizes available — the 64GB is your best value at around $50. You can go BIG with a 256GB card, but you'll also pay $260, basically a dollar per GB.

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Feitenn KEYone Tempered Glass Screen Protector

A screen protector is an essential accessory for some because — let's face it — accidents happen and screens break. A tempered glass screen protector is your best bet to take the full brunt of a nasty drop so your KEYone doesn't.

Looking through the CrackBerry KEYone forums, there's been some debate over which screen protector is best, but we'll recommend this curved tempered glass screen protector by Feitenn. It features a black border around the edge of the screen as well as the home navigation buttons which can be used for lining things up during installation.

Reviews have been somewhat mixed, and your experience will likely depend on getting a perfect installation the first time. Get some peace of mind for just $10 from Amazon.

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Spigen Style Ring

The Spigen Style ring is popular accessory around these parts. I gave it high marks in my review and of course CrackBerry Kevin is a huge fan. It easily attaches to the back of the phone or your case and will ensure that you never drop your phone — simply slip your finger in the ring and your phone isn't going anywhere.

But it's an especially handy accessory for the KEYone. Since you won't need to maintain a vice-like grip with a Style ring installed, you hands relaxed with your phone in hand and that makes typing so much easier. On a phone like the KEYone, that's a huge advantage.

It also works as a kickstand for hands-free videos and also includes a minimalist mounting hook for your car. You can see what all the hype is about for yourself for just $14.

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What are your go-to accessories for the KEYone?

Got any opinions on must-have accessories for the KEYone? Thoughts on the one we've listed here? Let us know in the comments!

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Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod available November 17 for $199

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Meshing new and old tech into one package.

Back in October, an image of Polaroid's Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod leaked as one of the newest additions to the Moto Z series' continuously growing collection of accessories. Motorola has now officially taken the wraps off of the Mod and announced pricing and availability details.

Like the name suggests, the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer will attach to the back of your Moto Z device and allow you to print off any photos you take with your phone's camera wherever you are. Once the Moto Mod is attached, press the circular button to launch the camera app, snap a photo, and print it off within a matter of seconds.

In addition to printing off pictures as soon as you take them, you can also use the Insta-Share Printer to print physical copies of photos from Google Photos, Twitter, and Facebook.

You can add filters, borders, and text to your photos before printing them off, and the Mod is compatible with Polaroid's Premium ZINK Zero-Ink Paper that measures in at a size of 2 x 3-inches.

You'll be able to purchase the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod in the U.S. starting on November 17 from Verizon and Motorola's website, with sales expanding to Best Buy, B&H, Fry's, and NewEgg on December 13. No matter where you buy the Mod, you'll pay $199.99.

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Sprint Unlimited Freedom subscribers will now get Hulu included for free

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The promotion officially begins on November 17.

There are a lot of trends that take place with wireless carriers, and one that we've been seeing this year is the move to include a streaming service for free with unlimited plans. AT&T jump-started this theme in April by including HBO with its plans, T-Mobile followed suit with its Netflix deal in September, and now Sprint has announced that its Unlimited Freedom subscribers will be able to get Hulu at no extra cost.

Unlimited Freedom through Sprint will set you back $60/month for one line, $40/month more for the second line, and then your third, fourth, and fifth lines are all free. You'll get access to 1080p HD video streaming and 10GB of hotspot data per line, and starting November 17, you'll be able to bundle Hulu with it.

Similar to how T-Mobile includes the Standard plan with its Netflix promo, Sprint customers will get access to the base Hulu plan with limited commercials that typically costs $7.99/month.

Once November 17 rolls around, you'll be able to head to Sprint's website and enroll yourself in the promotion.

With that out of the way, we're just waiting on you, Verizon.

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1 week ago

Design sublime subway lines in Mini Metro [Retro review]

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Mini Metro is a sublime subway simulator that you'll fall in love with!

I've only ever ridden the metro a handful of times in my life, and each time in a new city I'm visiting for the first time. This means I've spent a considerable time staring at colorful subway maps with subway intersecting at stations across the city. My hometown doesn't have a public metro so I've always appreciated the simplicity and order of a well-designed subway and all the careful planning that must have occurred to design such crucial infrastructure in a sprawling metropolis.

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Overly sentimental? Perhaps. But those warm fuzzies have only grown stronger after spending time with Mini Metro, a brilliant mobile game that's part subway simulator and part puzzle game that tasks you with designing and operating your own metro system by draw lines between stations and managing trains.

Just like the maps the game is based on, the design of Mini Metro is clean and simple. You have the option of playing an endless game with a randomly generated map or play with a map based on a real-world city. Whichever you choose, you start out with three stations represented by shapes and three available subway lines. You connect two stations by drawing a line between them. Once the connections are made passengers start queuing up at each station, represented by smaller shapes showing which station they're trying to get to.

As time progresses in the game, new stations will pop up or change their symbol, forcing you to draw them into an existing subway line or start a new line. Just when you think you've got everything running smoothly, a new station may pop up that requires you to completely overhaul a section of your system.

Each phase of the game is played over the course of a week, which is tracked in the top-right corner. At the end of each week, you're given a new train along with your choice of upgrades which can include more tunnels for crossing waterways, an additional carriage for a train, a new metro line, or expanding the capacity and transfer speed of a station. Which upgrade you choose will depend on your strategy for expansion and your immediate needs for servicing your lines.

The trick is to make sure that your system is efficient enough to get everyone where they need to go. There's no limit to the number of lines that can intersect at a single station, however, if a station becomes overcrowded for too long it's game over.

This is one of those games that you can easily fall into a trance while playing, partially due to the subtle soundtrack which is created in-game as your trains travel and new passengers pop up. It's a really nice touch that rounds out the experience.

There's a surprising amount of depth to the game, and once you start playing it can be quite hard to stop. It's a real shame that Mini Metro was largely overlooked by the Android masses. Originally released for iOS, it was nominated for a number of awards, yet one year on from its release for Android and Mini Metro has yet to crack one million downloads. Part of that could be its pricy entry point, but if there was ever a mobile game worth spending $5 on it's Mini Metro.

It's a game perfectly designed to play on your daily commute or anytime you need to take a relaxing break from work.

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1 week ago

The Jaybird X2 Bluetooth headphones are down to $45 refurbished

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These headphones are great for working out because they're designed to be sweat-proof and fit securely.

The Jaybird X2 Bluetooth headphones are down to $44.99 with code THRFTR5 at Daily Steals. These headphones are refurbished, but the next best prices on refurbished sets are $55 at TechRabbit and $77 at Amazon.

New versions sell up to $179 in most places.

If you want new you should go with the newer model Jaybird X3, which are down to $100 from a street price of $130.

Features of the X2 include:

  • Secure Fit offers hours of no-slip comfort
  • Super-Capacity Battery HD Technology for 8 hours of music
  • SignalPlus technology keeps your music skip-free
  • Full in-line remote control for call management
  • Compatible with all Bluetooth enabled devices
  • Compact and sweat-proof design

These headphones are covered by a one-year warranty from Jaybird, and Daily Steals has a 30-day return policy.

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1 week ago

Philo live TV streaming service gets you 37 channels for $16/month

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As long as you don't care about sports, Philo just might be the live TV service you've been looking for.

Ever since Sling TV was first announced in January of 2015, Internet-based television streaming services have been steadily increasing in popularity. While Sling's been expanding its features and content library, we've also seen competitors in the form of YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now.

To go along with all of the current options out there, we now have a new contender in the form of Philo. Philo was founded by Facebook co-founder Andrew McCollum, and based on your TV-watching habits, it might be the best deal in this industry that we've seen yet.

Sports fans need not apply.

If you're someone that's a big sports fan, Philo isn't going to be for you. Unlike all of the other streaming options out there, you won't find channels for watching any of the games – big or small. Instead, Philo's main focus is on just about everything else.

Philo has two main plans that you can choose from, with the $16/month option granting you access to 37 channels and the $20/month one bumping the count up to 46. You can check out the full lineup below, but some of the highlights here include AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Comedy Central, Discovery, Food Network, HGTV, Nick, Sundance TV, History, TCL, and plenty more. If you upgrade to the 46 channel package, you'll get access to the likes of Cooking Channel, Discovery Family, Logo, and a few others.

No matter which plan you choose, you can stream in HD quality on up to three different devices at once and have access to a cloud DVR and on-demand titles. There's currently support for Roku, iOS, Android via the Chrome browser, and streaming on your desktop. A proper Android app will be coming soon, as will additional channels.

I've been using Philo for a few hours now, and I'm already impressed. For someone that doesn't care about sports, only paying $16/month for this variety of channels with support for DVR and on-demand shows is fantastic. Sling TV was previously the cheapest option out there, but trying to match Philo's offerings with it would cost you around $30 to $35/month.

Philo's still in its early days and is going up against a lot of stiff competition, but at least in my eyes, the service is already positioned to do exceedingly well.

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