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How to get a perfect fit with your PlayStation VR

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How to get a perfect fit with your PlayStation VR

Without a good fit on your head, your PlayStation VR experience won't be too enjoyable.

Despite its somewhat odd shape, the PlayStation VR headset is extremely comfortable. It's fairly lightweight and designed so that the weight it does have is spread evenly between the back and front of the head. It's unlike other headsets like HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, which strap on in more of a 'ski mask' fashion.

But that doesn't mean you can just jump in and everything is hunky dory. Central to your overall enjoyment is being comfortable in the headset and that it's focused properly. The moving parts on PlayStation VR link comfort and focus together, so here's what you need to know to get the best of both.

How to adjust the PlayStation VR

There are two buttons relating to the adjustment of the headset. One on the rear of the headband and the focus adjust button on the bottom right-hand corner of the visor. The headband has some elasticity to it, but when putting the headset on the best thing to do is to push the focus to adjust and slide the visor all the way out. This way you've no obstructions as you place it over your head.

Once you've got it on your head slide the back of the headband down until it feels comfortable. Push the focus button again and pull the visor up then towards your face. Most important is that the screen inside the headset is in focus, but you won't feel discomfort. And there's plenty of room for glasses, too, Sony did a nice job here.

Round back you'll find a dial and a button. Once you've strapped the headset on and adjusted the focus, you'll be mostly there. To get the best fit rotate the dial on the headband and you'll feel it tighten. Don't go crazy, but rotate it until you feel a happy balance of a secure and comfortable fit.

With the weight balanced between the back and the front of your head and no straps along the side, PlayStation VR is one of the most comfortable virtual reality headsets around. Adding to this is the fairly light rubber skin around your eyes and nose. Without any thick foam padding, it's a little more important to get a good fit. Pay close attention to the nosepieces, too. You might have to slide these around your nose yourself, they have a habit of folding in on themselves.

And if they do you'll see nothing but steamy lenses within seconds!

There's no fine tuning movement on the PlayStation VR, but you should definitely wiggle it around a little. Make sure you're not seeing light leaking in from the sides and that everything feels good and the display is in focus. Only you can tell when it's right but take your time and it'll make the experience a lot better.

If you are using the PlayStation VR with a ponytail remember you will need to pull the hairband high on your head so it doesn't interfere with the strap across the back of your head.

And when you want to take it off, a best practice is to first press the headband release button on the back and then pop the focus adjust all the way out.

Cable management

There's only one cable coming out from PlayStation VR at the headset, which is terrific, but it's also important to make sure you're comfortable with it before you embark on your virtual adventure. As outlined in our full setup guide, as the cable is on the left of the headset if at all possible have the processor unit on the left of your body.

This way the cable will fall straight down and off to the console. If you have it on the right-hand side you'll have to loop it around you which is neither comfortable nor recommended. Keep those cables away from potential tangles and trips. PlayStation VR isn't room scale, so at least you shouldn't be going so far that you're going to start tripping over, but it's still something to be aware of.

PlayStation VR is extremely consumer friendly in that it's minimal on cables and very comfortable to wear. It's pretty straightforward to adjust and doesn't take long to get a feel for.

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1 day ago

How to give your Android home screen a spring cleaning

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How to give your Android home screen a spring cleaning

Spring is here, so it's time to get all the clutter and trash off your home screen that's collected there all year.

Spring cleaning is upon us, and everyone wants you to take stock of your entire life and throw out half your closet and your whole pantry and ain't nobody got time for that. Want to get some spring cleaning done that you'll notice every day? Spring clean your home screen and your app drawer, and it'll be easier to find apps on your phone and easier to get on with your life. Not to mention, opening your app to a clean, orderly home screen can help bring a sense of order and peace to your life.

So spring clean the thing you use most during your day: your phone!

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2 days ago

Best Microsoft apps for Android

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Best Microsoft apps for Android

Microsoft apps have come a long way on Android.

Microsoft essentially shunned Android and iOS for several years, but with Satya Nadella taking the helm in 2014 and adopting a mobile-first stance, the company has turned its attention to bringing its apps and services to rival platforms. From heavy-hitters like Office to side projects developed by employees in their free time under the Microsoft Garage label, Microsoft has a lot to offer on Android.

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2 days ago

Fitbit Versa and fitness: Everything you need to know

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Fitbit Versa and fitness: Everything you need to know

You can't spell 'versatile' without Versa.

While the Fitbit Ionic is the flagship, the new Fitbit Versa is likely a better fit for the masses. At $200, it is a wearable that everyone should consider as a way to understand all of the details of your daily life while also motivating you to make healthy choices.

It lacks GPS, but still has a number of fitness features that will help you track your activity, understand the details of your resting and active heart rate, record data during specific exercise sessions, learn about and practice breathing to reduce stress, study the details of your evening sleep stages, and challenge friends and family to move more.

The Fitbit Versa will also be one of the best devices for women when the female health features launch soon.

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Daily activity

At its core, the Fitbit Versa is an activity tracker that will use its 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and altimeter to count your steps, calculate the distance you covered, estimate the number of calories you burned, categorize your active as active minutes, and compute how many flights of stairs you have climbed (sorry, going down the stairs does not help you reach your goal).

For each of these metrics, you can set custom goals in the smartphone app or on the dashboard of the Fitbit website. There is also an option to have an hourly activity goal of 250 steps that can be selected to remind you to walk for periods from five to 14 consecutive hours. This hourly goal is great for those working in an office that need a reminder to step away from the desk and walk around a bit.

Heart rate tracking

Another element of your daily activity tracking, also very relevant to the state of your fitness, is heart rate tracking. The Fitbit Versa has Fitbit's latest PurePulse heart rate tracking technology that is used for continuous heart rate monitoring to improve calorie burn estimates, provide you with valuable resting heart rate information, optimize your exercise routines, and guide you best through breathing exercises.

Many exercises do not involve steps so it is important to measure your changing heart rate during these exercises, spinning for example, in order to calculate a more accurate calories burned metric.

Heart rate measurement during exercise makes sure you maintain the right intensity during those workouts to help you achieve your goals while also preventing you from overtraining. Maintaining your heart rate in the cardio zone is great for fitness, but if you are training to burn fat then training at the cardio level is not going to help you reach your weight goal. It is important to understand how heart rate affects your fitness and goals so thankfully the Fitbit Versa is built to provide this data measurement in an accurate manner.

Your resting heart rate is best calculated when you wear your Fitbit Versa 24/7. Wearing it at night when you are asleep, and your heart rate is lowest, will help Fitbit's algorithms estimate a true resting heart rate. Your resting heart rate is not usually your lowest heart rate, but a measure of a typical calm, comfortable, awake condition. A measure of 60-80 is generally a good measure, but it can also vary quite a bit. My own resting heart rate varies between 44 to 48 beats per minute, but I have always had a rather slow rate and am in the middle of training for another half marathon.

In order to establish heart rate training zones, Fitbit calculates a maximum heart rate with the common formula of 220 minus your age. You can also setup a custom max heart rate if you are targeting a specific training zone.

Exercise tracking

You can select up to seven exercise shortcuts to appear on your Fitbit Versa from a list of These exercises include run, bike, hike, golf, elliptical, workout, martial arts, kickboxing, pilates, yoga, stairclimber, treadmill, walk, weights, tennis, boot camp, spinning, interval workout, swim, and circuit training.

Within each of the exercise modes, you can toggle on GPS (remember, the Versa does not have integrated GPS so this data will need to come from a connected smartphone) and also customize the stats for the three rows that appear on the display after you select Go to start your exercise session. Available stats are dependent on the exercise mode and may include elapsed time, heart rate, calories burned, time of day, lap time, distance, pace, average pace, steps, speed, average speed, and more.

Some exercise modes have an auto pause option (useful if you run in the city and have to cross a lot of streets with stop lights) while others have auto tracking. Fitbit employs its SmartTrak technology to track select exercises like running, biking, and walking after a customized period of time performing that activity passes, even if you do not manually start that activity on the watch. Since I walk about a mile to and from my commuter train, I turned this off for walking since I don't need these walks appearing as workouts on my Fitbit Dashboard.

The Fitbit Versa is water resistant to 50 meters, which means you can use it to track swimming. The options for swim mode include setting the pool length so you can track laps and pace while swimming.

Every fitness tracker needs a great 7-minute workout, and this is one of the best implementations.

The Fitbit Versa also comes preloaded with Fitbit Coach and three free bodyweight exercise options. Short videos on your phone, or animations on your Versa, will show you the proper form of each exercise. These free exercises include the 7-minute workout, 10-minute Abs, and Treasure Chest.

The 7-minute workout is one of my favorites and includes 30 seconds each of jumping jacks, wall squat hold, pushups, crunches, step ups, squats, bench dips, forearm plank, high knees, lunges, side plank pushups, and forearm side planks on both sides. It is a great short session of 12 exercises with short breaks between each exercise that I like to perform after a four to six mile run.

The 10-minute Abs workout also has 12 exercises with a mix of time and reps. Each is focused on your lower core and is also a great workout to include with other exercise sessions.

For an upper body focused workout, choose the free Treasure Chest option. This exercise is setup to be completed in 20 minutes and includes 22 parts of exercise and rest. It has similar exercises to the 7-minute workout with the addition of spidermans, typewriter pushups, burpees, scorpion pushups, and more.

Stay tuned for another article taking an in-depth look at all of the options when you subscribe to Fitbit Coach premium

Guided breathing

My wife is now serving as the caregiver for her aunt who has pancreatic cancer and over the past week has been quite anxious thinking about the future of her aunt. I had her put on the Fitbit Versa and try out the guided breathing utility. She immediately showed signs of calming down and I could see the anxiousness leave her face.

Guided breathing was launched on Fitbit devices in 2016 and is present as an app, called Relax, on the Fitbit Versa. It is something that you may just ignore or even remove as an app, but I would like to encourage you to give it an honest test for a week or so. As I mentioned earlier, it is powered by the PurePulse heart rate technology too.

You can choose to perform a session for two or five minutes with two minutes serving as the default. Vibration can be toggle on or off to help you through the inhale and exhale routine without having to watch the expanding and contracting circle.

Sleep tracking

I enjoy running and cycling, but over the years I discovered that one of the most important elements of a healthy lifestyle and the potential to improve your fitness is sleeping. This is one area that Apple has not yet explored with the Apple Watch and one area where Fitbit beats all other wearables with its advanced sleep tracking algorithms.

Fitbit's new sleep stages track the time you spend awake, in light sleep, in deep sleep, and in the REM (rapid eye movement) stages of sleep. The PurePulse heart rate technology and motion detectors help define these four stages of your sleep and I am personally fascinated by waking up and viewing these stages.

I find that such detailed tracking and attractive presentation actually motivates me to go to sleep earlier and thus reach my sleep goals. My sleep time has definitely increased thanks to Fitbit's reminders and my understanding that sleep is a vital part of overall fitness.

The great thing about the Fitbit Versa is that it is very lightweight and you can hardly tell you are wearing it. This, combined with the fact that sleep tracking is performed automatically, makes it an excellent accessory to wear every night. You can also set a silent alarm so that your partner isn't blasted out of bed when your phone loudly blares your annoying alarm.

Sleep results and insights show your stage time for the day, compared to the last 30 days, and benchmarks for men or women of your age.

Fitbit Community and challenges

Fitbit has been rather successful over the years in large part due to the ecosystem of users. There is a vast Fitbit community and within the Fitbit app you can join groups that interest you, view your friends' weekly activity and see where you fall on the leaderboard, and even view a feed full of Fitbit users that has a similar look and feel to an Instagram feed.

In addition to the community, there are adventure races, friends and family challenges, and solo adventures that you can compete in to help motivate you to move. Most of these challenge events are focused on daily step counts, but if you are looking for ways to motivate you to get out and move then you may want to challenge your family to a daily showdown.

Female health

As a father of three daughters who has been married to my lovely wife for 25 years, I am quite familiar with the importance of tracking female health stats. Fitbit will soon be launching support for tracking menstrual cycles and comparing this health data against all the rest of the metrics that the Versa is tracking. My oldest daughter is a Fitbit user and I look forward to hearing more about the performance of this unique aspect of the Fitbit ecosystem.

What's your favorite fitness feature on your Fitbit?

Do you use all the fitness features on your Versa? Which ones do you love (or hate)? Let us know in the comments below!

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2 days ago

Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus specs

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Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus specs

Two of them are coming to the U.S.

Motorola has introduced three new Moto G6 phones for 2018, the G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus. They're all pretty similar, and familiar, but each has its own place in the market. Here's what you need to know.

Category Moto G6 Play Moto G6 Moto G6 Plus Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Display 5.7-inch IPS LCD
1440x720
18:9 aspect ratio 5.7-inch IPS LCD
2160x1080
18:9 aspect ratio 5.9-inch IPS LCD
2160x1080
18:9 aspect ratio Processor Snapdragon 427 1.4GHz octa-core
Adreno 308 GPU Snapdragon 450 1.8GHz octa-core
Adreno 506 GPU Snapdragon 630 2.2GHz octa-core
Adreno 508 GPU Storage 16/32GB 32/64GB 64/128GB Expandable microSD card up to 128GB microSD card up to 128GB microSD card up to 128GB RAM 2GB / 3GB 3GB / 4GB 4GB / 6GB Rear Camera - Main 13MP, ƒ/2.0 12MP, ƒ/1.8 12MP, ƒ/1.7 Dual Autofocus Pixel Rear Camera - Secondary N/A 5MP RGB (for depth) 5MP RGB (for depth) Video 1080p @ 30 fps 1080p @ 60fps 4K @ 30 fps Front Camera 8MP
front-facing flash 8MP 8MP (some markets)
16MP with low-light mode (APAC) Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
Bluetooth 4.2 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
Bluetooth 4.2 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
Bluetooth 5.0 Battery 4000mAh
Non-removable 3000mAh
Non-removable 3200mAh
Non-removable Charging Micro-USB
10W rapid charger USB-C
15W TurboPower charger USB-C
15W TurboPower charger (included) Water resistance Water-repellant nano-coating Water-repellant nano-coating Water-repellant nano-coating Security Fingerprint sensor (rear) Fingerprint sensor (front)
Face unlock Fingerprint sensor (front)
Face unlock NFC No Haha LOL Dimensions 154.4 x 72.2 x 9 mm 153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3 mm 160/161 x 75.5 x 8.0mm
depends on market Weight 175g 167 g 167-168 g
depends on market Audio Front speaker Front speaker Front speaker U.S. Availability Yes Yes No U.S. Price $199 $249 N/A Carrier support T-Mobile, AT&T
Verizon, Sprint T-Mobile, AT&T
Verizon, Sprint GSM carriers European price TBD TBD €299

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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3 days ago

How to organize your games on the PlayStation 4

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How to organize your games on the PlayStation 4

Customize your PlayStation home menu to the best of your ability

If you're anything like me you love a well-organized screen. Currently, your home screen on your PlayStation 4 will show all of your games and apps in order of the ones that were last used. Well… Everything from my computer to my phone is organized, so why not my PS4 as well? This option is handy for organizing your PSVR games as well, that way they're not cluttering your home screen when you aren't in the mood to play them just yet!

Creating folders in the main menu

1000 games or apps will fit into each folder. You can start making a folder at any time on your PS4. After they are made, you can add any one of the games and apps to each folder. This way you will be able to separate them by genre!

  1. Select the game or app you want to add to a folder and press the "options" button on your DualShock controller.

  2. Select the "Add to folder" option.

  3. Name your folder based on the organization you plan on using and select "OK".

Creating folders in the Library

Creating folders from the main menu isn't the only place you'll have the option. You can also do this directly from your Library!

  1. Select "Library" from your home menu.

  2. Select the "Folders" tab.

  3. Select "Create New" by pressing the "Options" button on your controller, then name the folder what you wish.

  4. Select "Content" and add the content you wish to be in this folder and press confirm.

  5. Then select "OK"

Adding more content to a folder

  1. Press the options button when hovered over the desired folder.
  2. Select "Edit"
  3. Select the "content" option.
  4. Select each game and app you wish to add to a folder.
  5. Select "Confirm"

Deleting a folder

This will work from either your main menu or the Library, as long as you have the option to select the folder in question!

  1. Press the "Options" button on your DualShock controller while you have the Folder in question highlighted.
  2. Select "Delete Folder Only." This option will ONLY delete the folder and re-locate the games and apps back to being on your home screen.
  3. Select "Delete folder and content." This option will delete the folder AND the games and apps inside. If you select this option you will have to re-download all of your games and apps, so make sure you select the right one!

What are your favorite ways to organize your PlayStation 4?

Show us screen captures in the comment section below of what your home screen looks like!

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3 days ago

Amazon Alexa: Everything you need to know about the heart of the Echo

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Amazon Alexa: Everything you need to know about the heart of the Echo

You wouldn't have the Amazon Echo (or Echo Dot, or Echo Show, or whatever) without Amazon Alexa. Here's what you need to know about the two.

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April 18, 2018 — A new Call of Duty skill delivers personalized coaching, tips on objectives to complete, and more

We don't blame you if you never thought of pairing Alexa with Activision's Call of Duty: WWII, but someone apparently did and made a skill just for that.

The new Call of Duty Alexa Skill can connect to your Call of Duty account, and after doing so, you can ask your Echo about how to improve your game based on the last match you just played, get updates on new Contracts you should complete, see which friends are playing, and more. Activison says the skill allows for personalized responses to over 2,500 questions and can dish out 250,000 responses using a custom "solider" voice.

Although it's still in beta, you can start using the skill right now by enabling it and then saying "Alexa, Ask Call of Duty ___"

April 4, 2018 – Hands-free Alexa comes to more Fire tablets, music now available with Routines, and Canadian users can use Alexa in the Amazon Music mobile app

Whew, what a day! Amazon announced a heap of Alexa goodies on April 4, and without further ado, let's run through what's new.

First off, the online shopping giant has now allowed you to turn the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets into hands-free Alexa speakers. This is a feature that was previously reserved for just the Fire HD 10, and it allows you to say "Alexa" and have the tablets respond just like an Echo. The tablets will need to have their screens on or be plugged into a power source in order for this to work, but even so, it's a nice way to get Alexa listening to you no matter where you go.

Moving over to Alexa Routines, you can now add music to these. Alexa Routines enable you to perform a variety of actions with one single command, and up until now, playing music wasn't an option when creating a new Routine. With this update, however, you can play your favorite album, artist, podcast, etc. from Amazon Music, Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, and TuneIn.

Last but not least, users in Canada can now talk to Alexa inside the Amazon Music app for Android and iOS.

What is Alexa?

Amazon Echo. Or Alexa. They're one and the same, really. That is, an Amazon Echo without Alexa really isn't any more than just a speaker. And Alexa without a speaker is just ... Well, nothing.

Confused yet. I don't blame you. Let's explain the difference this way:

Echo is hardware, Alexa is software

Amazon Echo — and all of its permutations — is hardware. Alexa is software. She (and I have zero problem if you refer to Alexa as a she) is the brains behind the Echo, and all the things you can do with it. And because she's software, she's available on more than just Amazon's own devices.

Anyone can put Alexa on anything. You can make your own Alexa speaker for just a few bucks and a little bit of nerdy know-how. There are third-party Alexa speakers that look like Amazon's own Echo Dot. There are third-party Alexa speakers that look like speakers. You can get Alexa baked into a smart thermostat. She's built into the HTC U11 smartphone.

The point is, Alexa can be built into pretty much anything these days.

But that's just half of the story.

It's all about the Alexa Skills, baby ...

Alexa starts out by knowing what Amazon tells it. She already knows how to tell the time, and set alarms and timers, or answer general questions and read headlines. But Alexa also has the ability to learn more. A lot more.

Or, more precisely, you have the ability to teach Alexa new things.

See all of Amazon's Skills here

Amazon calls these things "Skills," and there are hundreds of them.

Want to teach Alexa to turn on your smart lights, or open your garage door, or do anything she doesn't already know how to do? You need a Skill. That's where developers come in. Amazon has made it so that anyone can write an Alexa Skill, and companies and their developers have been doing so for years now.

Think about the things you do every day. Listen to satellite radio? There's a Skill for that. Lock your house after you're already at work? It's a little daunting, actually. There are hundreds and hundreds of Skills, of varying degrees of usefulness. (Dog facts, uh, OK.)

How to enable and disable Alexa Skills

Alexa calling and messaging

All of that connected home stuff is great, and it's important. But one of the more exciting avenues of potential lies in Alex Calling and Messaging. As the name implies, it's the ability to make calls and leave messages through Alexa. From the outset it works with Echo devices and the Alexa app on phones and tablets. If you have an original Echo or Echo Dot, you can make voice calls. If you have an Echo Show, you can make video calls, or even "drop in" on a close acquaintance (they have to approve you first) without them having to hit a single button.

That's where these $50 Echo Dots really make a lot of sense. Now Amazon has a means for you to communicate not just on that little Dot, but also on your phone. It's two birds with one stone, and it's really just the start of things. And it makes up for where Amazon failed in trying to make its own phone. Folks didn't want a Fire Phone, but they do want an Echo — especially an inexpensive on — and in buying one they have to put the Alexa app on their phone.

It's not quite a benevolent Trojan Horse, but it's close.

Read: Amazon is getting close to being the king of all messaging

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4 days ago

How to transfer Android photos to PC or back them up in the cloud

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How to transfer Android photos to PC or back them up in the cloud

A picture is worth a thousand words. If you lose that picture, those thousand words turn into one giant NOOOOOOOOOOO.

Our phones can do so many great things, but one of the most important is that our Android phones take pictures, capturing the life and the insanity around us as we traverse this kooky world of ours. But those photos don't do much good just living on your phone; we need to get them off our phones and somewhere more accessible and somewhere more secure, because if your phone decides to take a dive in the swimming pool, they'll all be irreplaceably gone!

It only takes a moment to backup your photos, and no matter how many or how few photos you take, it's worth backing them up somewhere. Here's how to get your photos off your phone and backed up somewhere safe.

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4 days ago

How to fix Gear VR audio issues on your Chromecast

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How to fix Gear VR audio issues on your Chromecast

Sharing VR with friends is fun. Sharing audio issues is not. Here's how to fix your audio issues when streaming Gear VR to a Chromecast.

A great addition to the Gear VR is the ability to stream your virtual reality session to Chromecast devices. This lets you take your personal VR view and cast it to a TV that your friends and family can watch. Unfortunately, a common issue with this setup is audio not working well or not working at all. There are a few causes for this and some fixes you should try before deciding that VR has to be a solo experience.

How to Chromecast your Gear VR

Why is this happening?

Since streaming the Gear VR to the Chromecast rolled out, audio syncing has been an issue. The Chromecast seems to struggle with the demand of streaming VR audio and video in sync. Even higher-end Chromecasts still have some audio syncing issues. As a result of this, some developers have opted to not even support audio casting when you're streaming the Gear VR's video. This doesn't fix the problem but also likely prevents people from rating apps lower for an issue that isn't the developer's fault.

But just because the problem is common, doesn't mean you can't do anything about it. There are some general fixes that help your experience improve.

Check your Network

It doesn't matter which hardware you're using if you're on a bad network or have a bad connection between your phone and your Chromecast. Make sure that your network has a strong connection where you're using your Gear VR and Chromecast. Additionally, if your game relies on the web, make sure that your internet speed is high enough and consistent enough to stream content.

Upgrade your hardware

There are multiple versions of the Chromecast, including two that are relatively new. The latest generation Chromecast costs $35 and the Chromecast Ultra which supports 4K costs $69.99. In our testing to determine the best Chromecast to use with your Gear VR, we found that audio latency issues were cut in half while using the Chromecast Ultra compared the latest generation Chromecast.

Look at alternatives

Sometimes the issues isn't your fault. Some users have found that no matter what they do, Chromecast still won't work with audio when you're streaming your Gear VR. If this is what you've run into, you can check out alternatives, some of which you might not realize you already have in your house.

If your TV has built in casting, whether that be Samsung's support of Miracast, Hisenses's Anyview cast, or many other casting options, you can cast your Galaxy phone to the TV and then place your phone into your Gear VR. In my tes,ting I found that casting my Galaxy S8+ to our Samsung Series 6 worked well and audio seemed to line up. It's important to remember that alternatives don't requirea Samsung TV as many other TVs have casting support. In fact, many of them are using the same technology that's just labelled differently.

Over to you

How has your experience been when casting your Gear VR to a Chromecast? Have you managed to iron out any bugs or have you had to look at alternatives. Let us know in the comments below.

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4 days ago

How to use Samsung Smart Switch to back up your Galaxy phone

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How to use Samsung Smart Switch to back up your Galaxy phone

How do I back up my data on my Samsung Galaxy device?

While Google's services do a great job of keeping your content in the cloud, it gets a bit trickier when trying to back up certain types of local data — things like application data, game saves, and more. It's not hard to sign back into all of your apps when you get a new phone, but Samsung's Smart Switch app makes setting up a new phone a breeze.

Simply download the application onto your computer, connect your phone, and before too long you'll have everything backed up in case you need to transfer your data to a new phone, or restore your phone to an older state.

What is Smart Switch?

Smart Switch is Samsung's Windows or macOS program that is used for a few things. You can use it to install software updates for your phone, configure email syncing with Microsoft Outlook (handy for corporate users), or the focus of today's article: back up and restore your content as you move between phones. The Smart Switch mobile application can also be used to move contacts, photos, and messages from an iOS device to your new Galaxy phone.

What can Smart Switch back up?

Smart Switch is used to back up contacts, photos, application data and any other local files on your phone. This makes moving between Galaxy phones a breeze: you can move all of your data to your new phone and pick up right where you left on the old device. The desktop applications take some setting up, but it's a straightforward process that only takes a few minutes.

How to install Samsung Smart Switch on your computer

We'll show you the process for installation on Windows, but it's a pretty standard installation process on Mac as well.

  1. Navigate to the Samsung Smart Switch support website.
  2. Click on the download link for Windows or Mac — whichever system you're using. For this how-to, we're using Windows
  3. Click to launch the downloaded .exe file (.dmg on Mac).
  4. If you see an error that says The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect…, download and install this Microsoft Visual C++ package.

  5. Click the two check boxes to verify that you accept the terms of the licence agreement.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Click Finish once the installation process is complete. Smart Switch will then launch by default.

Now that we've installed Samsung Smart Switch, let's set it up to connect to your Samsung Galaxy phone.

How to setup Samsung Smart Switch for the first time

Once you've installed the Smart Switch application, you'll need to get it synced up with your phone.

  1. Launch the Samsung Smart Switch application after installation or from the desktop icon on your computer.
  2. Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable to get started. The program should instantly recognize when it's connected. You may be prompted to allow USB file transfers on your phone.

  3. Switching over to your phone, unlock and swipe down from the top to pull down the notification shade.
  4. Tap the notification for other USB options.
  5. Tap the Transfer files option.

Switching back over to the computer, your phone should now be connected in the Smart Switch application.

How to back up your phone data with Samsung Smart Switch

Once you've launched the Smart Switch application and have your phone connected, backing up your data is as easy as pie.

  1. Launch the Smart Switch app on your computer.
  2. Click Backup.
  3. You'll be required to allow access permissions on your phone.
  4. Pick up your phone.
  5. Tap Allow. If you have a micro SD card in your phone, you will have the option to back that data up as well.

Once the backup is complete, you get a breakdown of all the data that was successfully backed up. Click OK to finish.

How to restore your phone from a previous backup using Samsung Smart Switch

If it's time to upgrade to a new Samsung phone or something has gone wrong, requiring you to restore your data, it's super easy if you've got an existing Smart Switch backup.

  1. Launch Samsung Smart Switch on your computer and connect your phone via USB.
  2. Click Restore.

  3. Click Select a different backup if you want to restore from an eariler backup, otherwise click Restore now.
  4. You will be prompted to allow access permissions on your phone.

  5. Switching focus to your phone, tap Allow to continue the restore process
  6. Once the restore process is complete, you'll get a breakdown of the data that's been restored. Click OK to finish the restore.

Do you use Samsung Smart Switch?

The biggest alternative to Samsung Smart Switch is just using the cloud services that already come on your Galaxy phone. You have Google Contacts for the important people in your life, Google Photos for all your precious memories, and Google Play Games to keep your game progress in sync. Most of Google's cloud services work on both iOS and every Android phone, so your data won't be used to lock you to a particular vendor.

But Samsung's approach with Smart Switch has its benefits. Google's services don't backup everything, and you get a nice feeling of control with a local backup. If you've been using Samsung phones for years and aren't looking elsewhere, it's also a great way to keep your new phone as familiar as your last one.

Do you use Samsung Smart Switch? Let us know down below!

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5 days ago

How to move your Amazon Music locker library to another service

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How to move your Amazon Music locker library to another service

All good things must come to an end, and for some Amazon Music users, it's time to face the music.

Amazon Music has announced that it will no longer allow subscribers to renew their subscriptions for Amazon Music's locker service, which allowed users to store their music on Amazon's servers and stream it back on all their devices using the Amazon Music app. Amazon only allowed users to store 250 songs for free before requiring them to pay, so it's not a big surprise that there weren't many takers while Google Play Music lets you store 50,000 for free. Amazon Music locker users have plenty of time to migrate their library somewhere else, but you should definitely start looking at your options as downloading and reuploading your library somewhere else can take time, especially for larger, higher quality libraries.

So, where do we go from here? Where can we store, stream, and play our music?

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5 days ago

Fitbit Versa and Android: Top 10 things you need to know

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Fitbit Versa and Android: Top 10 things you need to know

Fitbit's got a winner on its hands.

I'm a big fan of 2017's Fitbit Ionic, but as it turns out, a lot of people aren't. Not pleased at all with the Ionic's sales performance, Fitbit went back to the drawing board to create something that'd appeal to a larger audience. Five months later, we have the Fitbit Versa.

Where the Ionic is a smartwatch that's really meant for sports and fitness enthusiasts, the Versa is supposed to be Fitbit's truly mass appeal option. There's a lot the Versa has going for it, and if you've been thinking about picking one up for yourself, these are the top 10 things you need to know before doing so.

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It's incredibly small and lightweight

Fitbit Versa (left) and Fitbit Ionic (right)

The Fitbit Versa looks like the love-child of a Pebble Time and Apple Watch, and that honestly works towards its benefit. The watch feels great on my wrist, and when Fitbit says it's the "lightest metal smartwatch you can buy in the U.S. today", it's not joking around. The Versa practically disappears once you strap it on, and this makes wearing it for hours on end a joy.

Practicality isn't the only thing the Versa gets right, however. Not only does the Versa feel good, it also looks good. Fitbit went with a squircle design for Versa's body, and it's available in Black, Graphite, Silver, and Rose Gold colors with a variety of different bands.

Versa looks right at home when worn at the gym with a sports band, but throwing on something leather or metal dresses it up nicely for a night out on the town. This flexibility with its design is really what wins me over, and it's something I think Fitbit knocked out of the park.

Proprietary bands

Speaking of watch bands, it's worth mentioning that Fitbit decided to go with proprietary ones. The watch bands here are different than the Ionic's, and you can swap them out by moving a small metal nub that's on each one. They're not as easy to take on and off compared to the Ionic's bands, but they often feel more secure thanks to the new mechanism.

Fitbit sells a number of bands in different colors and materials directly on its website, but you can also find a good selection of third-party ones on Amazon that cost considerably less.

Battery life is great

Battery life on the Fitbit Ionic is easily one of its best features, and despite the smaller size of the Versa, Fitbit's touting that it can still get 4+ days of use on a single charge.

With the first review unit of the Versa I received, I was only seeing around 1-2 days of use before being forced to place it back on the charger. After contacting Fitbit and getting it swapped out for a fresh model, I was pleased to see that my shorter endurance was nothing more than a fluke.

The Versa that I have now consistently sees 4 days of continuous use before needing to sit on the charger, and if used sparingly, it's possible to even pull 5 days out of it.

There's no GPS

Although the Versa has most of the same features that the Ionic does, one thing you won't find is built-in GPS. As such, if you want to go for a run/walk and see a path of where you go, you'll need to bring your phone with you.

The lack of GPS is not a big deal.

I personally prefer to have GPS on my smartwatches, but that's also because I'm a huge running nut. This likely won't be a huge deal for most people, and anyone that needs built-in GPS that badly likely won't blink an eye before picking up the Ionic.

NFC is only available with the Special Edition

Fitbit introduced Fitbit Pay with the Ionic last October, and this allows you to use the watch to pay for things at grocery stores, vending machines, and other places that accept NFC as a form of payment. Fitbit Pay makes a return to the Versa, but only for certain models.

In the U.S., only the Special Edition Versa comes with NFC to support Fitbit Pay. The Special Edition also comes with an exclusive fabric band in two color options, and this will set you back $30 more compared to the standard variant. However, if you live in Asia or Europe, NFC/Fitbit Pay will be available on all models.

The Versa is an excellent fitness-tracker

This should go without saying, but the Fitbit Versa is a superb fitness-tracker. It can do basic things like track your steps, calories burned, distance, stairs, and active minutes, but the Versa also goes far beyond that. Wearing the watch to bed will track how long you sleep and the quality of your rest, and Fitbit's PurePulse heart-rate tracking keeps tabs on how fast or slow your heart is pumping 24/7.

The Exercise app can record a variety of workouts, such as Run, Walk, Treadmill, Weights, and more, and you can even use Versa to log your swims thanks to 50M water-resistance. If you want to take things a step further, there's also the Fitbit Coach app.

Fitbit Coach offers guided workout routines directly on Versa's screen, and there are three included out of the box. If you decide to pay $39.99/year for Fitbit Coach, however, you'll get up to six that often change based on your performance and fitness level.

Fitbit OS 2.0 is polished and fast

Fitbit OS powers the Versa, and this is the same operating system that shipped with the Ionic. Fitbit has since updated the platform to v2.0, and it offers a lot of welcome improvements.

The Fitbit Today app now shows more information than ever, including your three most recent workouts, a 7-day graph for your primary goal (such as steps, calories, etc.), and your resting heart-rate for the past week. Apps open faster, animations are considerably smoother, and you can now use Deezer to store music right on the Versa (in addition to Pandora and any local music you already own).

Quick Replies are coming in May (Android only)

When paired with your phone, the Versa will notify you of any incoming calls, text messages, calendar appointments, and notifications from any other apps you've granted permission to. Being alerted of these things is great, but as it stands, there's no way to interact with these things. Thankfully, this will soon be changing.

You'll be able to use five customizable responses.

This coming May, Fitbit will add Quick Replies to the Versa and Ionic, allowing you to reply to texts, WhatsApp messages, and more right from your wrist. There will be five pre-loaded responses that you can send, and you'll be able to customize what these say in the Fitbit app (up to 60 characters per response).

Quick Replies are currently an Android-only feature, meaning that they won't work if you pair the Versa with an iPhone or (shudder) Windows Phone.

Pricing starts at just $199

If you're interested in buying the Versa, it'll cost you $199.95 for the standard version and $229.95 for the Special Edition. The standard option comes in Black, Rose Gold, and Silver colors for the body, each being accompanied by a matching silicon band.

The Special Edition offers a woven fabric band in addition to the regular silicon one, and it's available with a Graphite and Rose Gold body.

You can buy it right now!

If you want to buy the Fitbit Versa for yourself, you can pick it up at Fitbit's website or at "major retailers worldwide.'

As mentioned above, the regular model costs $199.95 and the Special Edition will set you back slightly more at $229.95.

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Updated 4/16/18 – Updated sections about battery life and availability.

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1 week ago

Which Galaxy S9 color should I buy: Black, purple, blue, or gray?

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Which Galaxy S9 color should I buy: Black, purple, blue, or gray?

Now, this is a big decision.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ have very subtle design differences compared to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but one clear way to recognize them at a glance are their new colors. Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue and Titanium Gray are the color options, and aside from black they're all fresh hues we haven't seen before.

Here's a good look at all four colors, and some information on what you can expect from each one so you can make an informed decision when you go to order.

Galaxy S9 in Midnight Black

Samsung's been doing Midnight Black phones for a few years now, and the Galaxy S9's version is no different. This is a solid black color with no real extra shine or glimmer to it. The metal frame is now more of a gray color on account of its texturing, which differs from the high-gloss black finish on the Galaxy S8. It's very similar to the black Galaxy S7, in fact.

Who is it for?

If you want to play it safe, go for the Midnight Black color. It hides scratches better than the other lighter colors, and you won't be attracting any unwanted attention to your phone. If you plan on just putting a case on your phone anyway, black is probably the easiest color to re-sell later on when you're done with the phone.

Galaxy S9 in Lilac Purple

Lilac Purple is a brand new color for Samsung, and it kind of picks up where Orchid Gray left off in the Galaxy S8. It's far more reflective and has a deeper color to it that's more susceptible to changing its look in various lighting conditions, which means it will range from a deep purple (in dark lighting) to almost a grayish pink color (in bright light). The metal frame is a dull purple or pink, depending on the light. Of all four colors, Lilac Purple stands out the most — partially because there just aren't many purple phones out there, but also on account of its reflectivity and pink accents.

Who is it for?

If you're looking for a stand-out phone that'll get noticed and never be confused for anyone else's at the dinner table, Lilac Purple is the color for you. It's a good bet that even among Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners that Lilac Purple will be the lowest-selling variety, so you have the best shot at staying unique for a while when you choose it.

Galaxy S9 in Coral Blue

Having a name like Coral Blue is a bit of a misnomer — this isn't anything like Samsung's previous blues, but more of a powder blue instead. I'd consider it a gray-based phone with some blue to it when you get it in bright lighting. When it's in darker areas, you can't tell it apart from the Titanium Gray model. The metal frame is a little bit of a giveaway with its soft blue shade, but even then it still doesn't substantially stand out. It still has some of that reflectivity that Lilac Purple does, and that's really the only time that it shows off a lot of its blue tendencies.

Who is it for?

Coral Blue is a great balance between the simple Midnight Black and the overtly bright Lilac Purple. Most of the time it's quite simple and sleek looking, but in the right light it can show off its reflections and look far more blue. Coral Blue is a handsome, sophisticated color that you can't go wrong with.

Galaxy S9 in Titanium Gray

Titanium Gray is a simple color, without much of the color-shifting tendencies seen in Lilac Purple and Coral Blue. It's just gray, and when you get it in brighter or darker lighting, it just looks a bit closer to white and a bit closer to black. In the right lighting, it'll look identical to Coral Blue. The metal frame is just a pure gray that looks like the most natural metal color, giving it more of an industrial look than the other three.

Who is it for?

Titanium Gray won't be available in the U.S., so strike it off of your list if you're buying it there. But if you have the choice, give it a look if you don't want Midnight Black but aren't interested in the shimmering color-changing feature of Lilac Purple or Coral Blue. Gray will always be gray no matter what, and if that sounds like a safe bet then you should go for it.

Regional differences matter (a little less this time)

As ever, not all regions are getting the same colors of the Galaxy S9 and S9+. In the U.S., we have access to three colors: black, purple and blue. As far as individual U.S. carriers go, most are offering all three colors of both sizes of the phone — but depending on which store you go to or whether you order online, stock may be limited.

Unfortunately, Titanium Gray is only for international markets. Around the world, you can expect two or three colors offered depending on the individual country (and carrier) you're buying in. And of course this can change over time as exclusivity deals run out and new ones are made — and there's a good chance Samsung will end up changing its color strategy over the course of the year.

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How to personalize your Android phone with themes, launchers, and more!

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How to personalize your Android phone with themes, launchers, and more!

Every Android user has a theme on their phone. They just don't know it yet.

Even if you don't know what icon packs or launchers are, if your phone has a home screen on it, it's got a theme. Android users don't have to live in their app drawers; they can choose how their phone looks and functions. They can use widgets to interact with apps without opening them. They can use custom icons to theme or obscure the apps on their phone from prying eyes. They can even use gestures and contextual data to help their phone adapt to where they are and what they're doing.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 vs. Galaxy S6: Should you upgrade?

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Samsung Galaxy S9 vs. Galaxy S6: Should you upgrade?

It's time.

Most people, particularly in the U.S., have fallen quite comfortably into a two-year phone upgrade cycle. But if you're buying your phones outright, or you're just one of the sensible set who doesn't want to splash money on a new phone until you really need to, perhaps you make your flagship last a full three years. If you bought a Galaxy S6 or S6 edge, that was probably a pretty tough ask — but nonetheless, we know many people who did it.

At three years old, your Galaxy S6 is probably feeling the weight of time, and we know they're unsurprisingly no longer being considered for software updates. So, is the Galaxy S9 the right phone to upgrade to? Here's what you need to know to make the jump.

What's the same

Samsung has done a masterful job of keeping its flagships in a consistent design language.

Samsung has done a masterful job of keeping its flagship phones following the same basic identity from year to year, and even looking at a three-generation change it's undeniable that the Galaxy S6 and S9 are both Samsung phones. The Galaxy S6 still feels like a solid, well-made and modern device even in 2018, and that identity carries over entirely to the Galaxy S9. The newer phone is a bit more sleek and curved, but this is still the familiar metal-and-glass sandwich formula from 2015.

Funny enough, Samsung is still using the same Quick Charge 2.0-level charging speeds on the Galaxy S9 as it did back with the Galaxy S6, so you actually aren't missing out on anything in that respect. Dual-mode (Qi and PMA) wireless charging was introduced on the Galaxy S6 and remains today as well, though the Galaxy S9 has at least added support for a bit faster speeds.

What's different

As you'd expect for a phone that's three years newer, the Galaxy S9 is better than the Galaxy S6 in every way. Hardware-wise Samsung has made advancements across the board: you get water resistance, USB-C charging, dual speakers and a notably improved display (albeit at the same resolution) on the Galaxy S9. And we should remember that Galaxy S6 owners haven't had an SD card slot, so even though that came back with the Galaxy S7 it's still "new" if you're upgrading to the GS9.

Design similarities aside, the Galaxy S9 is better than the S6 in every way.

So long as you aren't pushing things hard, the Galaxy S6 actually still performs pretty well. And with the Oreo update it has a very similar experience to the newest phones — albeit at a slightly slower pace. But from this point forward it won't be getting any fresh software updates, and that Exynos processor and 3GB of RAM are really starting to show their age — particularly if you set it alongside the new Galaxy S9 and see how much quicker everything is. Apps are far more demanding today than they were in 2015, and if you want to keep up with the latest software you'll need to move on to a new phone as well.

Then there's battery life. We know the Galaxy S9 isn't a stellar performer in this category, particularly with the Exynos processor, but even with that being said it's going to be far better than the Galaxy S6. Battery life was arguably the biggest drawback of the Galaxy S6, with its 2550mAh battery incapable of making it through a day for most people — and three years on, it's nowhere near what a new GS9 can do with 3000mAh.

A massive mark of progress three years on is in photography. Even the single-camera Galaxy S9 is a big improvement from the GS6. The same core idea of a good sensor, OIS and a fast lens are at play here, but all of the components have improved — the sensor is an entirely new generation of chip, the aperture is now wider at f/1.5 and Samsung's processing has greatly improved. The daylight photos may not show as big of an improvement as you'd initially think, since Samsung had that well-handled even in 2015, but the low-light shots are in a new league. Plus, you get that awesome 960 fps slow-motion video.

Should you upgrade?

If you've held onto your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge this long, you got your money's worth out of it. And perhaps the more telling thing about using a GS6 for that long is that you have to be a fan of Samsung's hardware and software — and that points you right at the Galaxy S9.

If you enjoyed 3 years with a Galaxy S6, you'll love the Galaxy S9.

If you've still been enjoying many aspects of the Galaxy S6 as a whole, and want to upgrade because you need something more modern so you can keep up with the times, Samsung's latest flagship will be a fantastic upgrade for you. In typical Samsung fashion, the company has managed to add a whole lot to the experience without taking anything away — and the scale is simply higher when you look at a three-year upgrade.

And here's the great thing: you can still sell a good-condition Galaxy S6 for about $100-150 on the second-hand market. That makes the $720 retail price on the GS9 far easier to handle. It's time to upgrade.

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