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4 days ago

MIUI 9 is launching on July 26 alongside dual camera-toting Mi 5X

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Xiaomi will unveil the next version of MIUI on July 26.

Xiaomi launched the Mi Max 2 in India earlier today, and the company has announced that it will unveil the next version of its ROM, MIUI 9, in China on July 26. Earlier reports suggested an August 16 unveil, but Xiaomi has confirmed on Twitter that the ROM will be showcased next week.

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4 days ago

How to install and use Amazon Alexa on the HTC U11

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HTC U11

Install an app for yet another bit of artificial intelligence.

Those who are already invested in the Amazon Echo ecosystem may be looking to continue that experience on their phone — and with the HTC U11, that's now possible. Using Amazon Alexa on the U11 is nearly the same as using the voice control system on an Echo speaker, and that's really cool. Here's how to get it set up.

How to Install Alexa on the HTC U11

Getting started with Amazon Alexa is as easy as installing and launching an app. But as a prerequisite, you'll need to be on the latest firmware — 1.13.651.6 or later for the Sprint model and 1.16.617.6 or later for the U.S. unlocked model.

  1. Head to the Google Play Store and install the "HTC Alexa" app.
  2. Open the HTC Alexa app and sign into your Amazon account.
  3. Accept the prompt to grant location access to Alexa.
  4. Tap Next and then Finish and you'll see the Alexa voice prompt for the first time.
  5. Tap the Settings gear to see the short list of settings.
    • Here, you can simply turn off the voice trigger and Edge Sense trigger.
  6. Though not required, it's also useful to install the generic Amazon Alexa app.

    • The Alexa app lets you configure Alexa on your U11 the same way you would an Amazon Echo speaker.

    How to install and use Amazon Alexa on the HTC U11

You can get started with Alexa right away after these steps. Just start talking to it!

How to use Alexa on the HTC U11

As is always the case, there's more to configure with Amazon Alexa on the U11 to make it extra useful. Here are some useful tips.

  • There are three ways to trigger Alexa

    • Open the HTC Alexa app on your home screen.
    • Configure Edge Sense to launch Alexa with a short- or long-squeeze action.
    • Simply say "Alexa" near your phone — and yes, it even works when the screen is off.

      How to install and use Amazon Alexa on the HTC U11

  • You can tweak many aspects of the Alexa experience in the Amazon Alexa app

    • Set up your Flash Briefing, configure skills, add your interests, and more.
    • You can do almost everything with Alexa on the U11 as you can with an Echo speaker.
  • You can continue to use Google Assistant with a long-press of the home button, even while Alexa is enabled with a squeeze or hotword.

Though you won't find that Alexa can completely replace Google Assistant, it will be useful to configure and keep around if you also have Echo devices in your home.

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4 days ago

How to reset the Galaxy S8 to factory settings

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How do I reset the Galaxy S8 to its factory settings?

The Galaxy S8 is a great phone, but sometimes you're put in a position where you need to bring it back to the state you found it, be it for performance reasons, bugs, or to sell.

Whatever the cause of the reset, it's fairly easy to do it. Here's how:

How to factory reset the Galaxy S8 from inside Android

The easiest way to factory reset the phone is to do it from within Android. But before you do anything so drastic, ask yourself a couple of things:

  • Have I backed everything up?
  • Have I tried every other course of remedial action, such as deleting an app suspected of causing slowdown?
  • Have I called technical support to work through the problem with Samsung directly?

If you've answered yes to all those questions, you may proceed.

  1. From the home screen, swipe down on the notification shade.
  2. Tap on the Settings button (looks like a cog icon).
  3. Scroll down and tap on General management.
  4. Tap on Reset.

  5. Tap on Factory data reset.
  6. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on Reset.
  7. Enter your PIN, password or pattern to proceed.
  8. Wait until reset completes.

Note: Factory resetting your phone can cause data loss if you haven't backed everything up.

How to factory reset your Galaxy S8 from outside Android

If for some reason your Galaxy S8 isn't able to boot into Android and you still want to factory reset it, the instructions are little harder, but they accomplish the same thing.

  1. Turn off your Galaxy S8 (if it's not already).
  2. Hold down the Volume up, Bixby, Power buttons simultaneously until the Samsung logo shows up on the screen. Lift fingers.
  3. You'll see an Android figure with the words No command on screen. Wait a few seconds.
  4. Once the black background with colored text appears, use the volume down button to scroll to Wipe data/factory reset.

  5. Use the power button to select Wipe data/factory reset.
  6. Use the volume down button to scroll to Yes.
  7. Use the power button to select Yes.

What about Factory Reset Protection when selling a device?

If you're factory resetting the Galaxy S8 prior to selling it (which you should always do), you'll need to remove your Google account from the phone prior to resetting it.

That's because, by default, your Galaxy S8 uses a Google feature called Factory Reset Protection, which requires a new user to log into the last Google account that was used on the phone. This prevents would-be thieves from stealing a phone, resetting it and using it as new. But it also prevents would-be buyers from enjoying a new phone if they don't have you nearby to bypass that protection.

Note: Factory Reset Protection only kicks in if you factory reset your phone using the bootloader method explained above. If you go through the reset procedure by entering a PIN, password or pattern, FRP is automatically disabled, since you've essentially verified your identity to Android prior to performing the reset. You only need to manually remove a Google account if you're planning to reset the phone in the bootloader menu prior to selling.

Questions?

Some some questions about these procedures? Got a better way? Let us know in the comments!

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4 days ago

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review: Bigger is better

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review

With a 6.44-inch display and a massive 5300mAh battery, Xiaomi's latest phablet is the ideal device for consuming multimedia on the go.

Last year's Mi Max was Xiaomi's first attempt at a phone with a screen size over 6 inches. The phone wasn't the company's first phablet, however, with the 5.7-inch Mi Note making its debut back in 2015. While the Mi Note was a flagship device, the Mi Max was targeted at the budget segment and primarily catered to those looking to consume multimedia on the go.

And the plan worked — Xiaomi sold over 3 million units of the Mi Max over the course of the last year. To understand why there's a market for a phone that's almost the size of a tablet, you need to know the socioeconomic factors at play. For millions of Indians, a phone is their primary gateway to the internet. As such, customers tend to prefer a device with a large screen, sort of a portable all-in-one that allows them to watch videos and movies, play games, and read books on the go.

Widespread rollout of 4G with the launch of Jio — which gave away unlimited data to hundreds of millions of customers for free — boosted the country's cellular data consumption, and healthy competition in the budget segment made smartphones affordable. Easy availability of 4G combined with the rollout of video streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video made it possible for consumers to stream videos on the go for the first time, and that ultimately led to more interest in large-screened devices.

Retailing for just ₹16,999, the Mi Max 2 offers incredible value for money. Does the device have what it takes to be the ideal multimedia phone? Let's find out.

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4 days ago

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 debuts in India with Snapdragon 625 and 5300mAh battery

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The Mi Max 2 combines a large screen with an even larger battery.

At an event in New Delhi, Xiaomi launched the Mi Max 2 in India. The phone's main selling point is its large form factor, which at 6.44 inches puts it squarely in phablet territory. The Mi Max 2 also has a massive 5300mAh battery, with Xiaomi touting two-day battery life from a full charge.

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4 days ago

Every Daydream app you can install right now, and a look at what comes next

Just go ahead and install all of them. You know, for fun.

Google's first Daydream headset is finally shipping to people who purchased the first Daydream phone, and are quickly finding it's not easy to locate the whole list of Daydream apps from the Play Store. While we've been having a lot of fun showing you the best free Daydream apps and the Daydream games everyone should have installed, the act of browsing for apps and then waiting for them to install while in VR isn't a good time.

To make it a little easier, we've tracked down the first wave of Google Daydream apps that are available to install now, so you can load up your Pixel with VR goodness and see what this new experience is all about.

Read more at VR Heads!

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4 days ago

T-Mobile Buyer's Guide: Everything you need to know

 Everything you need to know

Check out what T-Mobile has to offers.

T-Mobile is the third largest wireless carrier in the U.S. with over 72 million subscribers. It provides nationwide voice and data coverage using GSM and LTE technology, primarily on bands 2, 4, 12, and 66.

T-Mobile offers unlimited talk, text, and data plans for individuals and families and carries all of the latest phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as the LG G6. Since T-Mobile only offers one kind of postpaid plan, things are a bit pricey, but T-Mobile's got solid coverage and decent extras that make it worth it for you to switch.

Here's what T-Mobile has to offer.

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Postpaid unlimited plans

T-Mobile has just one postpaid plan: T-Mobile ONE. The carrier does not offer plans with tiered amounts of data, nor does it offer a true "family" plan; instead, every plan features unlimited talk, text, and data, as well as Music Unlimited, and the only difference in price depends on how many lines you have on your account.

Note: T-Mobile claims that you have unlimited 4G LTE data, but a small percentage of users, once they hit 30GB per month, will be throttled to slower speeds, and even then it's only likely to happen during times of congestion.

For a single line, it's $70 per month; two lines is $100 per month ($50/line); three lines is $140 per month ($47.50/line); and four lines is $160 per month ($40/line).

Keep in mind that those prices don't include monthly payments on devices.

Everything you need to know about T-Mobile's unlimited plan


Prepaid plans

Keeping things ever-simple, T-Mobile offers only a few prepaid plans: $45/month for up to 4GB of 4G LTE, unlimited talk and text, and unlimited 2G data, as well as $55/month for up to 6GB of 4G LTE. Each plan also gets Music Unlimited, which lets you stream as much music as you want without eating into your 4G LTE allotment.

There's also a version of the T-Mobile ONE plan for prepaid for $75, which gives unlimited data along with all the benefits above. Unfortunately, with that plan, tethering is limited to 3G speeds and videos are capped at 480p with no option to disable the Data Saver.

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Bring your own device to T-Mobile

T-Mobile makes it incredibly easy to bring your own phone over, since just about any unlocked phone will work with the network. Before making the switch, you should just double-check it will work on T-Mobile's network.


Best phones

If you don't have a phone to bring over to T-Mobile, you can purchase the latest and greatest devices straight through the carrier.

Here are the best phones T-Mobile has to offer:

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Samsung's newest flagships are the best Android phones on the market, with their slick design, featuring minimal bezel, curved screens, a new aspect ratio, and industry-leading displays. These phones have huge displays, but they don't feel huge, thanks to the fact that they're thinner than other big phones. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ also have phenomenal cameras, both rear and front, offering excellent image quality, thanks to updated processors.

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LG G6

The LG G6 is LG's latest flagship, featuring a glass back, a dual camera setup, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a whole host of other delightful features. The LG, like the Samsung Galaxy S8, has the new tall aspect ratio, making for a longer screen and a slightly thinner phone. It's an excellent phone with a great camera setup and it feels sturdy in hand. If you're looking for great battery life and a fun user experience, check it out.

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Best deals on T-Mobile

Right now, T-Mobile has the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge on sale for only $20 per month with $0 down. The total price of the phone is only $480, down from $600.

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The LG G6 is on sale for $500, down from $650. You put $20 down and then pay only $20/month. Plus, you receive a free LG G Pad X, LG's stylish tablet.

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How to cancel T-Mobile

The easiest way to cancel T-Mobile, like any carrier, is to simply switch carriers and have your number ported over. Then you're not having to deal with customer service reps who try to sweet-talk you into staying.

Just remember that you'll have to pay out anything you owe on devices you bought from T-Mobile. If you don't want to just switch carriers, then try this:

  • Call T-Mobile customer service at 1-877-746-0909 or dial 611 on your T-Mobile phone.
  • Head into a T-mobile store near you and chat with a rep.

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How to unlock a T-Mobile phone

To unlock your T-Mobile phone, you'll first have to make sure it meets eligibility requirements. Your account will have to be in good standing; the phone can't be reported as lost or stolen, and you can't have requested more than two unlocks per line of service in the past year.

After that, you can use T-Mobile's Device Unlock app to unlock your phone. Keep in mind that fees may apply.

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Finding an alternative carrier that uses T-Mobile's network

If you like T-Mobile's coverage but aren't thrilled about it's lack of plan options or prices, then you may want to consider a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) or "alternative carrier". These carriers lease coverage from the big carriers and then sell it to you for less. You'll still get 4G LTE coverage, as well as calling and texting coverage, but you'll probably find that you'll pay a lot less.

There are roughly 26 MVNOs that piggyback on T-Mobile's network, so you have a wide range of options and should shop around to find out which one will cover you and fit your needs the best.

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Updated July 2017: This article was updated with the most recent information on T-Mobile's ONE plans.

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4 days ago

These Galaxy S7 Battery Cases Can Keep You Powered Up

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Keep your S7 charged up when you're on the go with these battery cases.

If you're finding that your Samsung Galaxy S7's battery life is lacking these days, you might be in the market for a quality battery case to provide you some extra juice as you go about your day.

There's a number of things to consider, depending on your specific needs such as budget, style, and which phone features are most important to you. While these cases help you keep your phone charged throughout the day, many of them affect your ability to use QI wireless charging, which might be a deal breaker for some.

Let's take a look at your best options.

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4 days ago

Flagship Nokia 8 breaks cover with familiar hardware, top-end specs

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It's time to break out from the budget segment.

The Nokia brand, reborn under the company HMD Global, is set to release a proper flagship phone above the previously released Nokia 3, 5, and 6 — it's the Nokia 8. Well-known leaker Evan Blass has some early details over at VentureBeat.

The Nokia 8 is a slightly larger phone that stylistically fits in the same family as the 3, 5, and 6 but has top-end specs to compete with other leading flagships. It's expected to have a 5.3-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 835, at least 4GB of RAM, and of course a dual camera with Carl Zeiss optics in front of 13MP sensors. It's all expected to run Android 7.1.1, and its current set of phones have shown HMD isn't interested in messing with the software much.

Up to this point the refreshed release of Nokia-branded phones has been in the budget segment and almost entirely leveraging the recognition of the Nokia name. It will be interesting to see how a phone that is likely to sell for $600 or more can differentiate itself in its actual components or experience, as the Nokia name alone isn't going to be enough to take down the fantastic set of flagships in 2017.

Rumors point to a proper announcement of the Nokia 8 on July 31.

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4 days ago

Tips and tricks for comparing wireless plans and finding the perfect plan

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Here's how to make sure you have the right service plan for your phone, at the right price.

We all want phone service that works just right each and every time we need it. And of course, we don't want to overpay for it, either. That's a tough find, but you can get close and find a plan that's good for you with a little legwork. Don't worry, it's easy legwork!

The perfect plan

The perfect phone plan may be a unicorn and something that most of us will never see, but in this case, close enough is probably fine. Ideally, we want a plan that lets us buy what we need at a good price, then refunds us for what we didn't use at the end of the billing cycle. And it has to give us great service everywhere we go.

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A plan like this almost exists (we can't vouch for the good service everywhere part) with Google's Project Fi. It's not exactly cheap, but you do get refunded for any data you paid for and don't use in a month. It's unfortunate that you have to have a Nexus (6 or higher) or Pixel to use it, as this makes it a non-starter for most people.

For everyone else, you need to do a few things before you start shopping around for service to make sure you get something that suits you well and comes in at a price you like.

What you need to do

The most important thing is to get service that works where you are. Not just where you are most of the time, but where you are regularly. If you commute or spend weekends away or whatever, make sure the service you buy gives you a good signal. Plenty of us here at Mobile Nations travel a good bit, so trust us when we say nothing is as frustrating as not having service when you need to contact someone. We've said it before, and we'll say it again: paying for service that doesn't work is not a bargain no matter how cheap it is. Don't be discouraged if you have to pay a little more for something that works.

Coverage maps don't tell the whole story — ask your friends and family.

And don't rely on a company's coverage map. Ask your friends what company they use and how they like it. You might even have to try it for yourself for a month and then try something else if it's not up to snuff. Porting your number is easy and free.

Know what phones work on which carriers. Whether you want to bring the phone you have or pick up another one, you need to be aware of what carrier networks will work for it. Plenty of models work seamlessly for any carrier that uses AT&T's or T-Mobile's network, but Sprint and Verizon-branded phones can be a little different. If you have a phone from Sprint or Verizon, that doesn't mean you can't use a network from AT&T or T-Mobile. Plenty of them are fully functional, but plenty aren't.

You can usually find out the answer of which phones and which carriers are compatible online. I've found the WillMyPhoneWork website to be a great resource and the first place you should look.

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Know how you will use it. You need to know how many minutes you use the phone on calls, how many texts you send, and how much data you use each month on average so you know what plan to choose. You'll find plenty of plans with unlimited calling and texting (not including roaming or international use) as well as a choice of different amounts of data. Get the average, then pick the next higher plan to start with. Unless you're signing a contract you can change it next month if you need to. Be sure to find out how to add more data in the middle of the month, too.

Finding out how much you use is fairly easy. You can use an app, check with your carrier either online or over the phone, or even check the settings of the phone itself.

These are all the ways you can save data and monitor your data usage

Find out what costs extra. Many cheap prepaid plans are no-frills offerings. If you want to call or text internationally, will be roaming outside the coverage area every now and then or want to tether your phone's data connection to a laptop or tablet you need to check and see if these services are covered. They probably aren't.

The good news is that many smaller carriers offer these services on top of their basic plans, and things can still be a good bit cheaper than what you're paying now. You'll find this information on the company website, and if you can't, don't be afraid to give them a call. They want your business and should be happy to answer any questions.

We're here to help answer any questions you might have.

Here's a final tip that doesn't directly apply to the plan or the costs, but is important. Know what to do if you need help. You're going to find that customer service isn't the same on a smaller carrier compared to one of the Big Four. You'll get answers that cover the service itself and find a few tutorials for things like setting up your SIM card online, but if you need help with your phone don't expect your carrier to give it to you. These companies are in the business of selling service with a minimum of overhead. That means customer service is there for general questions about the network or the plan, but nothing further.

Thankfully, there are plenty of web sites like Android Central that can help. And if you can't find an article to walk you through your issue, chances are you'll find it in online forums. Or at least find someone to help you through it.

Don't get discouraged! Wading through all the information about different carriers and different plans can feel a bit overwhelming. Narrowing down your choices using these tips can help. When you're saving money every month, you'll know it was worth it!

Alternative carriers (MVNOS)

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Samsung and PayPal strike deal for new in-store and online payment methods

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You now have even more ways to pay.

Samsung is continuing to build partnerships to drive even more payments through Samsung Pay, adding PayPal support. Now you can make tap-to-pay purchases all over the U.S. and fund them with your PayPal balance, rather than adding your credit and debit cards individually to both services. You'll still continue to earn rewards through Samsung Pay as well.

Even though PayPal actually has its own in-store purchasing system, it's nowhere near as pervasive or simple as just using the existing payment terminals found in pretty much every store today. For those who typically use PayPal for online purchases, they can now seamlessly take that system to stores now as well.

This is a win-win for both companies.

This deal goes beyond in-store payments, though, and seriously benefits Samsung. The partnership also means that merchants will be able to accept Samsung Pay for in-app and online payments through PayPal's Braintree payments service. So as long as a company is using Braintree, it will be a seamless move to accept Samsung Pay payments from people with modern Samsung phones using their app or website.

Much in the same way that Samsung is ahead of PayPal when it comes to in-store payments, PayPal's Braintree is far ahead of Samsung Pay's online payment system. It's a win-win, really.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

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Press release:

Samsung Pay Announces Partnership to Allow Users to Pay via PayPal

Samsung Pay users will be able to use PayPal as a payment method In-App, Online and In-Store

Samsung Electronics today announced an expanded strategic partnership with PayPal Holdings, Inc., adding PayPal as a payment method within Samsung Pay wherever Samsung Pay is accepted – in-app, online and in-store. Access to PayPal will be available for all Samsung Pay users in the United States and will expand to other countries soon. Additionally, through Braintree, a PayPal service, merchants will be able to accept Samsung Pay as a method of payment in-app and online.

Bringing More Benefits to Samsung Pay Users

Customers will be able to use their Samsung Pay to access and use their PayPal wallet, letting them make a payment in millions of stores. Users simply add their PayPal account to Samsung Pay, and can then spend the balance anywhere Samsung Pay is accepted . Additionally, users will continue to benefit from Samsung Pay's unique value-added services, including gift cards, membership and loyalty cards.

Thanks to Samsung's NFC and proprietary MST technology, Samsung Pay is the most widely-accepted mobile payment platform on the market and works almost anywhere you can swipe or tap a card today. Now, with the integration of PayPal wallet, customers can continue to use Samsung Pay in the most convenient way possible.

Benefits to Merchant Partners

Additionally, Samsung Pay will be available via Braintree Direct, allowing merchants to accept Samsung Pay as a payment method. With just a few lines of code, merchants will be able to easily integrate Samsung Pay, offering their customers greater flexibility in how they pay and reducing friction through faster and more secure checkout experiences.

Strategic Partnerships

This strategic partnership between Samsung and PayPal will mutually benefit both organizations' customers. PayPal users will now be able to use their PayPal wallet for offline payment transactions at millions of merchants where Samsung Pay is currently accepted, while Samsung Pay customers can leverage PayPal's Braintree assets for easier online checkout.

"At Samsung, we pride ourselves on our open model of partnership and collaboration, which helps us deliver the best experiences to our customers," said Injong Rhee, CTO and Head of R&D, Software and Services of the Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. "We are excited to be partnering with PayPal, one of the largest payment platforms in the world, to offer our global consumers a richer mobile wallet experience. This partnership furthers our commitment to providing customers with a more convenient payment experience that is simple, secure and available almost anywhere."

"At PayPal, we are focused on creating the best mobile commerce experiences for our customers, and partnering with technology leaders, like Samsung, to create experiences that our millions of joint customers love and can utilize no matter where they shop," said Bill Ready, PayPal's Chief Operating Officer. "By adding PayPal to Samsung Pay, we will combine Samsung's ubiquitous payment solution with PayPal's seamless and secure mobile wallet – delivering easy access to a simple, secure payment experience."

Simple, Secure and Almost Anywhere

In addition to helping reduce form fill friction, merchants and users will continue to benefit from the simple, secure and easy to use features of Samsung Pay:

  • Simple: To make a payment with Samsung Pay, simply swipe up from the home button, scan a fingerprint or verify with iris scanning1 (which can be different from the authentication registered to unlock the device), and tap the back of the phone on a POS machine.
  • Secure: Samsung Pay is built with three levels of security— biometric authentication, card tokenization and Samsung's comprehensive mobile security platform, Samsung Knox, providing multi-layered protection from the device down to its kernel. In case users lose their phones, the FMM (Find My Mobile) feature enables users to lock Samsung Pay remotely with a preset password.
  • Accepted Almost Anywhere: Samsung Pay works with Near Field Communication (NFC) as well as with Samsung's patented Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology. MST replicates a card swipe by wirelessly transmitting magnetic waves from the supported Samsung device to a standard card reader, allowing Samsung Pay to work almost anywhere cards are accepted.

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4 days ago

Samsung Mobile president confirms Galaxy S8 selling better than GS7

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The Galaxy S8 is selling well, which is not surprising considering it's one of the best phones out there right now.

The Galaxy S8 is selling really well, and better than its predecessor, despite rumors to the contrary. The rumors of low sales became so pervasive, in fact, that Samsung's newly appointed president of mobile, Dongjin Koh, addressed it at a media conference in Taiwan last week.

Without specifying numbers, he said that the Galaxy S8 was selling 15% better than the Galaxy S7 when compared to the same sales period a year ago. Samsung is set to announce a blockbuster second quarter on July 27, according to analysts. The company is expected to post record-breaking profits, potentially besting Apple's for the first time ever. (Apple is reporting on August 1).

Samsung also had an amazing first quarter, breaking its own profit forecasts and surpassing analysts' predictions for slow down after a tumultuous end of 2016 with simultaneous Note 7 and washing machine recalls. According to Digitimes, Koh said that "sales momentum for the Galaxy S8 devices is likely to continue into the third and fourth quarters of 2017."

With the Galaxy Note 8 set to launch at the end of August and go on sale shortly thereafter, Samsung anticipates a strong end to 2017, too — as long as there are no unforeseen issues with the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

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4 days ago

Channels is set to be another great cross-platform DVR for NVIDIA Shield TV

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Channels is a well-known iOS and Apple TV app for HDHomeRun users. Now, it's branching out.

The NVIDIA Shield Android TV is so versatile and affordable that it's a great choice for cordcutters regardless of their platform. It's early days for Channels on Android TV, but already you can use the Shield TV as a DVR for an Apple TV. There is also a front-end app for the Shield that's in its early stages that will allow you to record and watch TV here, too.

There's not a lot that needs to be done to get setup on the Shield TV. It involves downloading the DVR backend app from the Google Play Store. On its first run, it will download the necessary files it needs and set up the DVR. That's all there is to it. You'll now have a web address that you'll need to go and enter into a web browser to bring up the settings for the DVR.

For a complete rundown on setting up Channels, hit the link below to see the guide over on iMore.

Setting up and using Channels DVR

You'll need to set up where you're going to store the files on the Shield TV, and if you're not using the 500GB Pro model you will need to plug in an external drive for this.

Once you've setup storage and downloaded the guide data, you're good to go. If being used in conjunction with an Apple TV, nothing is different over using Channels DVR based on a PC or Mac. The Shield TV is good at transcoding, able to decode mpeg2 and h.264 natively so for the most part, you shouldn't see any real issues.

Of course, using a Shield TV with an Apple TV isn't perhaps the most logical thing you should be doing. The developers are taking small steps, primarily as they're learning Android having been exclusively iOS until now, but already there is an early experimental version of a front-end to Channels for Android TV. The DVR will only work on the Shield, but the front end will also work on other boxes like the Xiaomi Mi Box or Nexus Player.

In the early stages, there's not a whole lot to shout about. Functionality is basic, but the user interface is minimal and nicely thought out. The killer right now is that if you're an Android only user, unless you're hot on super-early access there are easily better options to get a DVR working using the Shield TV. Channels DVR costs $8 a month, and when the Android TV version is on parity with Apple TV, it's a better option.

Naturally, Android TV users aren't as limited as Apple TV owners when it comes to access to services like this. Nevertheless, choice is always a good thing and this is an app coming from a great developer, so we'll be following it closely.

Find out more and sign-up to try it out at the link below.

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4 days ago

Did you get insurance with your Galaxy S8?

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Smashing your phone sucks. But insurance may not always be the answer.

There's nothing enjoyable about getting a broken phone replaced. Whether it's from a fall to the ground or a dip in the ocean, non-working phones potentially mean days without a device, an expensive trip to the repair store, and plenty of impatient waiting with no Instagram. 😪

That's why, for some, the prospect of buying insurance with a phone plan is quite attractive. Not only does such a plan cover accidental damage, but in some cases, it protects against stolen or lost devices.

With the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the most expensive phones Samsung has ever made and potentially the least repairable, we began to wonder if insurance rates were taken out more often for the company's newest devices than its older ones or other phones in general.

Phone insurance is tricky, too, because the carriers offer their own "value-added" versions, usually tacked on to the end of a monthly plan. Every carrier offers its own insurance solution now that T-Mobile is in the game, while companies like SquareTrade offer industry-wide protection for all devices.

Finally, there's Samsung Premium Care itself, which at $11.99 per month is expensive, but it extends the Galaxy S8's warranty by a year and offers in-person support and quick replacements.

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JoshDunc 07-16-2017 03:58 PM “

So I am looking at using my S8+ without any case, all natural, glass in all its glory. What is the best mobile phone insurance company to use? Is it best to use my carrier or to use squaretrade? Thanks for advice!

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ded1945 07-16-2017 04:03 PM “

To me Squaretrade. Lower price ($130 for 3 years vs 13/mo) and lower deductible ($99 vs 200). One thing they don't cover is loss.

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SquareTrade seems to be a popular option for the S8 because the coverage is good and it's relatively inexpensive — though it keeps prices down by not offering loss and theft protection — but it's limited in the number of claims you can submit per year and has a maximum loss amount.

Asurion, which is used by Verizon, AT&T and Sprint for their white-label insurance products, also seems to be generous with its replacement policy and relatively reliable, if not affordable.

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LineKill 05-20-2017 07:13 PM “

I will just provide you with a little bit if information and let you answer that question. I am just talking about Verizon's Total Equipment Coverage since that is who you are with. Their insurance also covers theft and loss which does make a difference. Total Equipment Coverage is $108.00 per year ($9.00 per month). The deductible is $199.00 per claim. You can file 3 claims per year. You...

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Others don't bother with traditional insurance, either; instead, they "self-insure," whereby they set aside a few dollars a month — $10 or so, which is similar to the cost of regular phone insurance — to cover any accidental damage or replacements.

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Gary02468 05-19-2017 08:23 PM “

I self-insure. Each month, instead of paying an insurance premium, I set aside $10 in case I ever break a phone (hasn't happened yet). I've been doing that for seven years, so I've now saved $840 that I would otherwise have given away to an insurance company.

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4 days ago

Best Replacement Watch Bands for Samsung Gear S3

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What are the best third-party watch bands for Samsung Gear S3?

The Samsung Gear S3 is one of our favorite smartwatches, and a great alternative to many of the Android Wear watches out there. The Gear S3 supports standard 22mm watch bands, making it really easy to upgrade with something new.

Here are a few of the best third-party watch bands to consider once you pick up your brand new Samsung Gear S3!

ArtStyle nylon strap

ArtStyle nylon strap

Keep things simple, fun, and functional with the ArtStyle watch band made from a sturdy nylon material and a durable metal buckle! The ArtStyle nylon strap is easily adjustable and is hypoallergenic, making it the perfect band to wear if you have sensitive skin.

The material from this particular band is also breathable and waterproof on top of being extremely comfortable to wear day-to-day.

On top of the ArtStyle's practical design, the watch strap comes in a ton of different, bright colors, including red, blue/yellow, black, black/gray, navy blue, gray, khaki, orange, army green, black/blue, black/green/red, black/gray/blue, black/gray/orange, black/gray/green, black/red for only around $9.

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EloBeth Milanese Magnetic Loop Strap

If you're someone who struggles with putting on your Samsung Gear S3 with one hand, or if you simply want a little bit of additional security when you're sporting your S3, then the EloBeth Milanese Magnetic Loop Strap might be a good option to take a peek at.

The strong, magnetic clasp keeps this around-$10 watch band tight around your wrist, and can easily be adjusted to fit almost any wrist type, so if you have especially larger or smaller wrists, this band might be a great option for you.

The EloBeth Milanese Magnetic Loop Strap is made out of a high-end stainless steel that's perfect for day-to-day wear, and if there are any issues with the band, you have an 18-month warranty to fix any issues.

You can pick up the EloBeth Milanese Magnetic Loop Strap in black, gold, rose gold, or silver finishes.

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Rerii leather band

Rerii leather band

There's nothing more simple and stylish than a classic leather watch band, and Rerii nails it with their affordable 22mm leather band that the Samsung Gear S3! Made from a high quality and sturdy yet lightweight and soft leather, the Rerii watch band comes with an easy-to-buckle stainless steel clasp, making it the perfect day-to-day band.

Unlike some other watch straps, the Rerii's design is super simple and void of all logos, so it's perfect for people who want a classic-looking smartwatch accessory.

The Rerii leather band also comes in a number of vibrant, eye-catching colors, like black, brown, coffee, black with white stitching, brown with white stitching, or coffee with white stitching for around $13.

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TRUMiRR Milanese stainless steel band

TRUMiRR Milanese stainless steel band

The Milanese look has been a staple with traditional watch designs for decades, so incorporating the TRUMiRR Milanese stainless steel band might be the perfect fit if that's the particular style you're after.

This 22mm watch band is designed with a mesh, woven, stainless steel wire, and is adjustable for a variety of wrist sizes, so you never have to be uncomfortable while sporting your Samsung Gear S3 — and for $21, that's quite the steal!

To attach and detach your watch band, all you need to do is release a small spring bar, minimizing annoying tools. The TRUMiRR may not come in a ton of colors, but it does come in a shiny silver or a clean, classic black design.

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Barton silicone band

Barton silicone band

After garnishing its fair share of positive reviews online and coupled with an easy-release design, vibrant colors, comfortable feel, and much more, the Barton silicone band is a great option to check out while you're customizing your Samsung Gear S3.

The Barton silicone watch band is designed with a textured back, making the slipping and sliding of most smooth silicone bands a thing of the past. The silicone design also makes it a great tool for working out, as you can easily remove and wash it if it starts to look dirty or stink.

To change your watch band, simply turn the band over and flip the switch — no tools are required! You can pick your Barton band from a number of vibrant colors, including black, white, turquoise, forest green, brown, gray, burgundy, yellow, navy blue, orange, peach, dark gray, and baby blue for around $17.

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Ritche stainless steel watch band

Ritche stainless steel watch band

The Ritche 22mm stainless steel watch band is an affordable, high quality strap that keeps your Samsung Gear S3 looking classic and clean without any clutter or useless accents of other watch bands.

Unlike some other straps, the Ritche cannot be adjusted to fit individual wrists with a simple tightening system; rather, users will have to remove the links near the band's clasps in order to make the stainless steel Samsung Gear S3 accessory smaller. You can pick up this band for around $48.

To remove the Ritche, you will have to use a small tool which comes with the band. The Ritche only comes in one color, silver, but if you're looking for a watch with a similar style in a different color, then we suggest taking a peek at the Vetoo.

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Your pick?

Is there a third-party watch band that you think would be perfect for the Samsung Gear S3? Drop a link in the comments with a brief description of why you like it so that others can check it out as well!

Updated July 2017: This list has been updated to include the EloBeth Milanese Magnetic Loop Strap. If you have any additional suggestions, please let us know!

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