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14 hours ago

Pelican coolers, SanDisk flash drives, and Amazon's Echo are all on sale today

Pelican coolers, SanDisk flash drives, and Amazon's Echo are all on sale today

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

Today you can get big discounts on Pelican coolers, SanDisk flash drives, Amazon's Echo, and more!

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

18 hours ago

Ride around without getting lost thanks to the $15 iOttie Bike & Motorcycle Phone Mount

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Ride around without getting lost thanks to the $15 iOttie Bike & Motorcycle Phone Mount

Secure your phone on your bike or motorcycle with this inexpensive mount.

For the first time ever, the iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Bicycle and Motorcycle Mount dropped in price down to $14.95 at Amazon. While it's still somewhat new, it's been selling between $17 and $20 since its release last October.

The iOttie Easy One Touch 4 can universally hold all phones and even many with cases between 2.3 and 3.5 inches. It features a mounting system which can lock or release the device with one... easy touch. It fits bars from 20 to 34mm in diameter and is fully adjustable allowing you to rotate it 360 degrees with the ability to view in landscape or portrait mode.

iOttie also includes a one-year warranty with this phone mount. While this product only has a few reviews on Amazon, iOttie mounts for automobiles have numerous well-rated ones that should be assuring enough to give this one a try.

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18 hours ago

Here's what we're reading, watching, playing, and listening to this week

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Here's what we're reading, watching, playing, and listening to this week

How we're spending our leisure time.

Everyone has a bit of quiet downtime once in a while. Whether you're sitting quietly at home or trying to relax on a plane or just giving your busy mind and hands a break, it's important to relax.

A good way to do that is to read a book, listen to some music or watch a movie or show. See what's caught our attention for the week of May 26th.

Ara Wagoner

The new YouTube Music is here, and as I continue to dig into every nook and cranny of the new app looking for new quirks, old flaws, and more tips to our loyal AC readers, I'm also indulging an ungodly amount of music. YouTube Music has a selection that is unparalleled, between official music from the labels, remixes, covers, and live concert recordings from musicians and roadies of every shape and size, and so, so many songs that users have uploaded after seeing them missing from the catalog.

YouTube Music's recommendations have also been taking me back in time with albums like Play, Disneymania and Baby Got Back, which has been stuck in my head for days and refuses to get out. Among the newer suggestions, I've been rocking a lot of Ariana Grande, including her gospel-backed take on Hercules 'Zero to Hero' from We Love Disney Vol. 1. It's also a fitting song for an app that most people had completely written off before last week, don't'cha think?

Marc Lagace

Netflix keeps churning out docu-mini series on different gruesome topics and it can be a bit exhausting to watch them all. Having said that, I gotta recommend the new show "Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist".

The four-part series takes a deep dive into the 2003 Pizza Bomber mystery, in which a man named Brian Wells robbed a bank with a live bomb locked to his neck. The story became the inspiration for the 2011 comedy film "30 Minutes or Less" starring Jesse Eisenberg, but the true story is dark and disturbing. This one is not for those with a weak stomach for violence and murder, but if you enjoyed "Making a Murderer" then you'll like Evil Genius, too.

Joe Maring

I've been in a podcast mood this week, and to crave that itch, I've been spending a lot of my time listening to The Moth. The Moth is a non-profit based out of New York that frequently hosts live events around the country where people come to tell their life stories.

These stories are selected from the various events and compiled into about an hour-long program based around a certain theme, and the end result is phenomenal. It's incredibly easy to keep listening to episode after episode without any intention of stopping, and that's fine by me. Some stories have made me laugh out loud while others have sent chills down my spine, but they all have one thing in common — they're raw, uncut, and human.

As much as I'm loving The Moth, I did take a break to watch Deadpool 2 on opening night in IMAX. I think I still enjoy the first one just a tad more, but that didn't stop me from having a great time with the movie. Just like the first Deadpool, the sequel is action-packed, gut-busting funny, and has the best mid-credits scene ever.

Tom Westrick

I saw Deadpool 2 this week, and while it's not as enjoyable as the first one, it's still an entertaining movie in its own right. Since we've already seen most of the characters interact with each other, it's nearly impossible for a sequel to have the same magic that the original does. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say the last act dragged on more than it needed to. But overall, the movie was hilarious while still having an emotional story, like the first.

Elsewhere, I'm almost at the end of watching Frasier, and I'm debating what to jump into next. It's between Cheers (yes, I know I should have watched that before Frasier), The West Wing, or diving back into my Plex library.

I've also been listening to Jake Bugg, an English singer that sound an awful lot like Hank Williams (Sr, not either of the crazy Jrs.). I've only listened to the album Shangri La, but I'll give the rest of his albums a listen before long.

Essa Kidwell

I've never been the type that watches shows as soon as they come out. My attention span is in a thousand places at once, so sitting down and designating times for me to catch up on the latest shows and movies was never really something that was ever on my to-do list. Instead I wait till there's enough to marathon on a streaming service and binge watch all of it at once while I'm writing.

This week I'm addicted to American Gods.

Much like what happened to me when I binged Game of Thrones I ended up addicted and needing more. I already know when I finish the last season available on my PlayStation I'm going to be dying for more. Good thing the American Gods book is waiting for me on my bookshelf! Checkmate!

Kennedy Weston

My fiance and I recently invested in the latest multiplayer game, A Way Out. It's a pretty awesome game that has a unique way of using multiplayer. Instead of being able to do your own thing that still helps out the other player, you have to actually work together in order to progress in the game. It's an interesting way to make sure that you and your friend or significant other can and will actually work well together.

I've also recently got to Season 3 of a TV show called Community, which takes place in a community college and it's all about the shenanigans that go down. It's absolutely hilarious and has wonderful actors and actresses like Joel McHale, Donald Glover, and Yvette Nicole Brown. If you have a Hulu membership or Crackle, you can watch all of the seasons of the show on those streaming services.

Quentyn Kennemer

Being a big fan of the original State of Decay and disappointed when they eventually canceled plans to bring out a multiplayer mode, you know I was all over State of Decay 2. This Xbox One and PC zombie survival game is just as much about battling the scarcity of resources as it is battling a zombie plague, and doing it with friends makes the experience infinitely more fun. I'm also still getting my butt kicked by Nordic trolls in God of War, so that's fun.

When I need a break from all the zombies and draugrs, I'm turning to my huge backlog of Marvel shows and movies I have yet to watch. Yes, spoiler alert, I haven't seen Avengers: Infinity Wars, and I have a lot more to catch up on before I do that. I've just finished the first season of Luke Cage. Next stop: Jessica Jones, followed by season 2 of Luke Cage on Netflix next month.

Your turn

What are YOU reading, watching, or listening to this week? Let us know in the comments!

Update, May 26, 2018: This is a weekly series where we tell you what we're into, so check back every weekend!

19 hours ago

Here's your weekend comments thread with a dose of gratitude

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Here's your weekend comments thread with a dose of gratitude

We have Monday off because others gave their lives for it.

Monday is Memorial Day in the U.S., and while many of us will be grilling burgers or otherwise enjoying a relaxing long weekend, we should remember why we have it.

I'm not one to glorify why we need armed forces. As a child too young to understand, I can remember each evening when several of my mother's friends would join us to watch the news; that's where Walter Cronkite would tell us all how many young men and women were killed in action that day in the Vietnam War. Growing up in an Army town meant there were usually tears and I learned at an early age that even to a civilian, war is hell.

But all Americans need to remember that those young men and women, along with countless before them and countless after, gave their lives because they thought they could make ours better. Try to take a moment sometime this weekend to honor them in your own way, then celebrate with friends and family because that's why they made the sacrifice.

I'll be spending a quiet weekend at home for the most part, simply enjoying the company of my lovely wife. I don't deserve her, though she would disagree, and with the kids gone and the house to ourselves I'll have an excellent weekend just because she's with me. There will be peace and quiet, thick rare steaks, and plenty of red wine.

Take a moment and share your weekend plans with everybody in the comments and spend a few minutes connecting — that's how the internet is best used!

20 hours ago

Get lifetime access to 1TB of cloud storage for only $39!

Get lifetime access to 1TB of cloud storage for only $39!

Digital Offer: Get lifetime access to 1TB of cloud storage for only $39!

Our current, tech-obsessed world demands a storage solution for your multimedia data, the most convenient being cloud-based storage which you can access from anywhere. Most cloud-based storage services charge a monthly fee, which, over time, adds up to quite a fee. Those of you sick of subscription fees need a storage solution that requires a single payment for a lifetime of access. More importantly, you need cloud storage that is encrypted and can be accessed from all your devices.

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Right now, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal on 1TB of cloud storage from Zoolz — a single payment of $45 gives you lifetime access. Does this seem cheap? It is — but it gets even cheaper when you use coupon code MEMDAY15 to take an additional 15% off! That drops your final price to just $38.21.

 Get lifetime access to 1TB of cloud storage for only $39!

You will never be charged any extra fees, and you can access your cloud storage from multiple devices. Your data is protected with 256-AES encryption to better safeguard your stuff, and you can schedule backups and throttle bandwidth during uploads. Place files you know you won't soon need in cold storage — takes three to five hours to access — or place files you frequently need in standard storage that can be accessed instantly.

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Considering 1TB of storage from other popular services costs about $10 per month, this deal will pay for itself in four months, and you can keep using it forever. Even if you don't think you need it now, you probably will need it in the future. Don't miss this great opportunity to snag 1TB of cloud storage for only $38.21!

20 hours ago

Best External Hard Drives for PlayStation 4

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Best External Hard Drives for PlayStation 4

The days of cracking open a PS4 for expansion are over!

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PlayStation 4 owners have no shortage of choice when it comes to storage expansion. Popping out the internal drive is fairly easy, but if you don't want to go through that trouble there's an alternative. Just plug a USB hard drive into your console, and instantly you have all the storage you could ever need.

All you need now is to pick the right drive for your needs. Here are some solid options available to you today.

Toshiba Canvio Connect II

If you need a storage bump but don't want to take up another power outlet on your entertainment center or would prefer the hard drive be easy to hide away, Toshiba has what you need. The Canvio Connect II is a 1TB hard drive that is powered by the USB port and is small enough to tuck away behind the console.

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This will effectively double the storage of the more spacious PS4s you can buy today and will be more than enough for those upgrading a 500GB console. And for $47 you don't have to worry about hitting the wallet too hard.

Western Digital WD Elements

People who want to massively upgrade the storage on their PS4 but don't want the hard drive to take up a lot of space aren't left with a ton of options, but one of the better choices comes from Western Digital. The WD Elements series isn't small enough to be pocketable but can be concealed on most entertainment centers. Most important of all, it's a 2TB drive, so you're unlikely to fill it with your PlayStation 4 games anytime soon.

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WD Elements do also come in 1TB and 3TB variants, but for $75 the 2TB model is the most competitively priced and will be more than enough for most PS4 owners.

Seagate Expansion

If all you really care about is storage, and you want to make sure you never have to worry about running out of storage on your PlayStation 4 ever again, the Seagate Expansion series has you covered. These external hard drives will go up to 5TB in capacity but is one of the few 3TB options for under $100 if you're also concerned with your budget.

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These drives are big, so don't grab one thinking you're going to be able to easily hide it next to your PlayStation 4. As long as that isn't a problem for you, these $86 drives will get the job done.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Drive)

Not everyone needs to buy a whole new external drive to expand a PlayStation 4; you just need a solid enclosure to put an existing drive in. If that's you, the Inateck enclosure is everything you need. It's USB 3.0 enabled, offers an aluminum body to better handle heat dissipation when under stress, and doesn't require any additional software to set up.

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Drop your drive in, connect to your PlayStation 4, and you're done. Not bad for $27, assuming you already have a drive you aren't using.

Update May 2018: This post has been updated with our favorite portable drives for PlayStation 4.

Why are we talking about PlayStation 4 stuff on Android Central? Let us explain.

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21 hours ago

Best Package Tracking Apps for Android

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Best Package Tracking Apps for Android

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Deliveries
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Package Tracker Pro
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ParcelTrack
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TrackChecker Mobile
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What's the best way to track a package on Android? Check out these package tracking apps!

If you're shopping online from a bunch of different sites, it can be difficult to keep track of every purchase. Download a killer parcel tracking app and get your ducks in a row before a fat guy comes down your chimney.

Deliveries

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Deliveries is likely one of the first names you'll hear when you want to find a great package tracking app. It supports over 40 shippers and couriers, as well as postal services in 21 countries.

You can sync your packages across your devices, and in most cases track packages using Google Maps, so you can see exactly where your stuff is at all times. You can even get notifications when shipping statuses are updated.

Download: Deliveries (Free, IAPs)

ParcelTrack

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ParcelTrack is another wonderful tracking services that brings all of your incumbent deliveries into one place where you can monitor each one's status on the go.

You'll be provided with push notifications for shipping updates, and the very handy ParcelTrack Inbox simply extracts tracking numbers from the shipping emails you send its way, so you never need to tediously enter long tracking numbers.

Download: ParcelTrack (Free, IAPs)

AfterShip

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AfterShip is a completely free service that helps you track your shipments with over 360 couriers and does it all ad-free.

The developer recently added a data sync feature so you can keep track of your parcels across your devices, and when you copy and paste in tracking numbers, AfterShip automatically detects the courier to save you the hassle.

Download: AfterShip (Free)

17TRACK

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17TRACK is a great app to use if you like to often order from China or countries where shipping to North America is sometimes dicey at best. It supports over 170 postal carriers, as well as many, many of the world's largest couriers, like DHL, UPS, FedEx, and a ton more.

You get a custom widget for your home screen, alerts for status changes, syncing across devices, and you can add multiple tracking numbers at once, while the app auto-detects carriers and tracks your packages accordingly.

Download: 17TRACK (Free)

TrackChecker Mobile

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TrackChecker Mobile might just be the most versatile package tracking app around and is great if you like to order parcels from those hard-to-reach places. It tracks packages being carried by over 550 couriers and postal services in 200 countries.

Customization is a big part of TrackChecker Mobiule's charm; you can choose how frequently you want to receive notifications, and you can even export and imports tracking information to and from your PC.

Download: TrackChecker Mobile (Free, IAPs)

Package Tracker Pro

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Package Tracker Pro has been around for a long time, so it's no wonder that it's everyone's favorite paid tracking app. It offers you features by the boatload, in the form of customization options, sorting options, the ability to archive tracking numbers, route maps, and a whole lot more.

The other great benefit of buying Package Tracker Pro is the support you get from the developer. You can email or contact Minstech Software via its website with any questions or suggestions you might have.

Download: Package Tracker Pro ($1.99)

Slice: Package Tracker

Slice is great — if you're ok with an app having access to read your email. That's the whole point of this app: it reads your email, determines whether or not that particular email is for an online order, and automatically pulls your order details, organizing them for you and giving you updates on delivery status.

Slice pulls data from all the major U.S. carriers, like USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, and others, and it even goes so far as to notify you if the price of something you bought from a particular retailer has dropped since you bought it. If the retailer is supported by Slice, like Best Buy, Nordstrom, Walmart, and others, you can actually claim the price adjustment right from the app.

The main thing you have to be cool with here is Slice having direct access to your email. If you're not cool with that access, then settle for manually adding information to other apps. But if you want to go down the automatic route, this is the app.

Download: Slice: Package Tracker (Free)

How do you keep track?

Do you use an awesome package tracking app not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated May 2018: Added Slice: Package Tracker to the list. The rest are still the absolute best package tracking apps you can find for Android!

22 hours ago

GDPR is a great thing hampered by one bad idea

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GDPR is a great thing hampered by one bad idea

Addressing privacy concerns and bringing more disclosure to users is long overdue, but the 72-hour reporting rule might do more harm than good.

The past week was important for you and your personal information, whether or not you live in the EU.

GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation that sets guidelines about how personal information of EU citizens is collected and processed, is now official. It's a great idea — uniform rules about how your information is gathered, how it's stored, and how you can take it back, are long overdue. There has been (and will continue to be) plenty of discussion over what's good, bad and ugly about GDPR, but most people who work in information security agree that the goals are well-intentioned and will provide the kind of protections we all need in the 21st century.

A bunch of popular websites just aren't available to European visitors because you aren't GDPR-compliant.

The individual articles of GDPR, however, aren't so universally praised. Having gone into effect Friday, May 25, we already see fallout: the New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, LA Times and other high-profile websites are now unavailable in countries covered under GDPR regulations because they weren't ready for the new rules. Many other websites and online services have bombarded users with new terms to agree to, and complaints have already been filed against notable tech giants Google and Facebook because they do not offer free services without allowing users to opt out of data collection.

More: Google's making it easier to understand and manage user data it collects

Issues like these aren't surprising. Neither is the sentiment that cloud-based services will lose revenue and be forced to raise prices as a result of GDPR, which half the attendees of Infosecurity Europe 2018 think will soon be happening. They also feel that GDPR will stifle innovation as small organizations will not be able to afford the necessary infrastructure to be compliant. This is good discussion by the people who need to be discussing it. Better privacy is worth the hours of back-and-forth needed to get it right.

But there's one part of GDPR that I think is going to do more harm than good — Article 33's 72-hour reporting rule. You can read the full text here, but the gist of it is that a company which keeps personal identification of EU citizens is fully responsible for any breach of security, no matter the reason, and must provide full disclosure to a supervisory committee within 72 hours of a breach. There is nothing great about this rule, but two parts are going to lead to service providers covering up data breaches rather than responsibly reporting them.

The first is the supervisory committee. Different countries have different ways of governing their citizens, but one thing they all have in common is preferential treatment when it comes to creating and staffing any official committee. A friend of a friend or that third cousin who can't stop asking for a handout are prime candidates for any committee seat, and when the primary goal is protecting user data, only the most qualified individuals should be considered. Let's hope that's exactly whats done here and regulations can be adapted and enforced by people who have our best interests at heart and are qualified.

Small companies without the resources necessary to do a full breach investigation may choose to cover them up.

A bigger issue is the forced 72-hour reporting. Even a fully staffed Fortune 500 organization is not going to know enough about a data breach to start filing reports with a government agency. Given such a short time, expect little more than a company's information security officer saying there was a breach and we're not yet sure of any details. That's little more than a waste of time for everyone involved, and I'd rather that time be spent trying to find out the why, the how, the when, and the who surrounding any type of data breach.

A smaller company who may already be struggling to meet GDPR compliance will be tempted to investigate if it can contain the breach and mitigate the damages on its own without any reports. When you're under pressure and understaffed, a cover-up can sound like the right option.

Clearly, it never is. But companies great and small have been known to choose the wrong option time and time again when it comes down to the wire. Any regulation designed to protect users from companies making poor decisions is better without a rule that may push them to do just that.

Responsible and prompt reporting of a data heist is a must. Forcing companies that harvest and hold our data to do the right thing isn't of much use without it. Creating the right oversight committee filled with the right people to revise how break-ins are treated — or even offering assistance when they happen — would go a long way to making GDPR a template for the rest of the world to follow.

23 hours ago

How to get the most from YouTube Premium: Top tips and tricks

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How to get the most from YouTube Premium: Top tips and tricks

Need a helping hand with YouTube Premium? We've got your back.

If you're a hardcore YouTube user, chances are you're thinking about or already have subscribed to YouTube Premium. YouTube Premium offers an enhanced version of the YouTube you know and love for just $11.99/month, and for that price, you get a heap of benefits and perks to check out.

Knowing how to access these and tweak them to your exact liking will ensure you get the most out of your membership, and that's exactly what we're here to help you with.

Let's get to work!

Note: This guide refers to YouTube Premium, which will be the eventual name for the current service, YouTube Red. We will update the screenshots when the new service officially launches.

How to turn on Background Playback

Background Playback allows the audio of YouTube videos to keep playing even when you leave the app to do something else. It's an incredibly handy feature, and turning it on is pretty simple.

  1. Tap on your profile icon at the top right of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Background & downloads.
  4. Tap the Playback option at the very top of the page.

From here, you can choose to have Background Playback always on, only when you've got headphones or external speakers connected, or turn it off altogether.

Why can't my movies use Background Playback?

As awesome as Background Playback is, it does have one main limitation — it can't be used to play and movies you've purchased in the background.

Movies you buy through YouTube are handled differently than regular uploads and are entirely separate from YouTube Premium. It's a bummer they don't work with Background Playback, but that's just the way it is.

How to save a video to play offline

If you're watching a video that you want to save for offline playback, all you need to do is tap a couple buttons.

  1. While watching a video, tap the Download button.
  2. Select the quality you'd like and then tap Ok.

Alternatively, you can also download a video without having to first open it up.

  1. Tap the three dots next to a video.
  2. Tap Download.
  3. Select the quality you'd like and then tap Ok.

How to save a playlist to play offline

Playlists are great for organizing your favorite videos, and just like standalone clips, you can download entire playlists to your phone, too.

  1. Tap on the Library tab near the bottom of the app.
  2. Tap the playlist you want.
  3. Tap the download icon near the top left and select your desired video quality.

How to change video quality for YouTube downloads

After downloading a video for the first time, the video quality you choose will be remembered for all future downloads. Thankfully, changing this is really easy.

  1. Tap on your profile icon at the top right of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Background & downloads.
  4. Tap Video quality

Here, you can choose between HD (720p), Medium (360p), and Low (144p). Alternatively, you can tap Ask each time to have YouTube ask you for your preference every time you download a clip.

How to download YouTube videos to an SD card

If you're using a phone with that supports MicroSD cards, you can choose to have your videos download to your card rather than your phone's internal storage.

  1. Tap on your profile icon at the top right of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Background & downloads.
  4. Tap on the Use SD card toggle.

How to turn on Download over Wi-Fi only

Being able to download videos for offline use is an awesome perk, but if you have a limited amount of mobile data to use each month, you'll want to ensure that you're only downloading these files when you're connected to a Wi-Fi network.

  1. Tap on your profile icon at the top right of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Background & downloads.
  4. Tap the Download over Wi-Fi only toggle.

How to watch YouTube Originals

Another awesome perk with YouTube Premium is having access to all of YouTube's original programming. There are already a host of movies, TV shows, and documentaries to check out, and browsing through the entire collection is easy peasy.

From the Home page, tap on the **Originals* icon near the top. A scrolling gallery will show some of YouTube's featured content and scrolling down will show all of the shows broken up into various categories — including Comedies, Documentaries, Sci-fi/fantasy, Family, and more.

Along with this, you can also just search for a YouTube Original show like you would any other video and start watching it that way.

How to remove ads with YouTube Premium

For a lot of folks, one of the biggest perks included with YouTube Premium is that all advertisements are removed from videos you watch.

Ads will be removed automatically, but you need to be sure you're logged into the account you signed up for YouTube Premium with.

  1. Tap on your profile icon at the top right of the screen**.
  2. Tap Switch account and choose the account that's associated with your Premium subscription

Did we miss anything?

Need some extra help with the above topics? Trying to figure something out that we didn't cover? Sound off in the comments below and we'll try to chime in ASAP!

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1 day ago

Pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet for just $150 today

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Pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet for just $150 today

This 8-inch tablet is down to an all-time low price via Amazon right now.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8" Tablet is down to $149.99 at Amazon for a limited time. This deal marks the lowest it's ever dropped there by $10 and saves you $50 off its regular price.

Carrying the Samsung Galaxy Tab A around is like having a giant smartphone to play around on. You can watch movies or TV, play games, read and send emails, browse the web and more. It comes with 32GB of internal storage, but you can add in a 128GB micro SD card with triple the storage space for an extra $37 right now.

This tablet can last for up to 15 hours while using the Internet, or up to 153 hours while just listening to music. It has a rear 8MP camera with flash, featuring HDR mode along with a 5MP front-facing camera. Over 160 Amazon customers rated it with 4.5 out of 5 stars collectively.

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1 day ago

People are apparently using their phones too much and getting 'numb thumbs'

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People are apparently using their phones too much and getting 'numb thumbs'

Are you a numb thumber?

Smartphones have become a regular part of our daily lives. We use them to text, tweet, and stream videos, and all of this requires the use of our fingers — more often than not, specifically our thumbs.

Nellie Bowles at The New York Times recently published an article called "Me and My Numb Thumb: A Tale of Tech, Texts and Tendons." In it, Bowles talks about how, as she's continued to use her phone day after day, she's discovered a pain in her right thumb. She calls this "a depressingly modern condition in which the tendons around the thumb inflame as a result of repetitive strain," but one day, it got pretty serious —

Eventually, my right thumb just stopped working. It could not muster the strength to press down on my phone. It was both numb and achy. And the pain that had started in my hand was now shooting down my arm. I had a problem, one I later learned was becoming common.

Bowles says she soon discovered that many of her co-workers and friends had experienced similar issues, and after speaking with her doctor, discovered she may have a condition called De Quervain's Tendinosis. This is caused when a tendon is overused due to repetitive motions/actions, and as Bowles continues —

"It's a crisis," said Sanjeev Kakar, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota who specializes in hand injuries and has seen an increase in the number of thumb "overuse cases." Dr. Kakar said he had noticed that the condition was spreading among adults and older people in particular.

Bowles also reached out to Professor of Communication Nancy Ann Cheever from California State University, who said —

We assume teenagers are using their phones more, but it's actually not the case, because younger people tend to have a lot more awareness of their smartphone use. They have a more complete understanding of the harmful effects of smartphone use because they've been taught about it since they were kids.

I've personally never experienced anything along these lines, but a couple of my family members have previously complained about their hands and thumbs hurting from holding/using their phones as often as they do.

What about you? Do you have numb thumbs? Let us know (if you can) in the comments below 👍

Phone addiction is making me sad and anxious, but so is the idea of quitting

1 day ago

Google Home speakers outsold Amazon Echo ones for the first time in Q1 2018

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Google Home speakers outsold Amazon Echo ones for the first time in Q1 2018

3.2 million Google Homes were sold during this year's first quarter.

Even if they accidentally send your private conversations once and a while, smart speakers are awesome tools. I use my multiple Google Homes on the daily, and it looks like a lot of other people do, too.

For the first time ever, Google outsold Amazon in the smart speaker market during the first quarter of 2018.

Google sold 3.2 million Google Home and Home Mini speakers in Q1, whereas Amazon sold just 2.5 million of its Echo devices. Amazon has consecutively outsold Google since Q1 2017, so the folks in Google's hardware department should give themselves a big pat on the back.

Between Google, Amazon, and Apple, a total of 4.1 million smart speakers were sold in the United States during the quarter, with China and South Korea taking second and third place with 1.8 million and 730,000 units, respectively, thanks to likes of Xiaomi, Tmall, and others.

Per Canalys Analyst Ben Stanton —

Google has several advantages over Amazon that have helped it move ahead. But its biggest advantage is in the channel. Operators and retailers tend to prioritize Google's speakers over those from Amazon, as Amazon is in the tricky position of being a direct competitor. But Amazon is fighting back hard, and the sheer quantity of Alexa Skills and smart home integrations will be tough for any competitor to match.

It's unclear if Google will be able to pull out another win in Q2 2018, and even if it doesn't, this is still a huge step forward for the company.

Do you own a smart speaker? If so, is it a Google Home or Amazon Echo?

Amazon Echo

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1 day ago

Here's what you need to know about Dash Charge on the OnePlus 6

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Here's what you need to know about Dash Charge on the OnePlus 6

Dash Charge on the OnePlus 6
Dash Charge on the OnePlus 3
Dash Charge
Quick Charge

Dash Charge is one of the best fast charging protocols available today.

Dash Charge on the OnePlus 6

OnePlus rolled out Dash Charge back in 2016 with the OnePlus 3 and 3T, and it has become one of the best fast charging standards available today. Dash Charge allows the OnePlus 6 to go from zero to 60% charge in just 35 minutes, and while there are other fast charging solutions that let you top up your battery quickly, the advantage with OnePlus' tech is that it doesn't overheat your phone.

Dash Charge is licensed from OPPO — OnePlus' sister company — and is different from the majority of quick charging options available today, most of which are based on Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology. Here's what you need to know about Dash Charge on the OnePlus 6.

1 day ago

The best multiplayer games for your Oculus Go

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The best multiplayer games for your Oculus Go

Get your friends and family in on the fun

The Oculus Go has countless game and apps for you to enjoy. But, playing games by yourself is something we can always do no matter what device we're on. After that huge spiel during F8 about connecting with your friends and family, why not try and find something to play together? Games are always that much more fun when you have someone to share them with.

So, strap on your headset and get ready to teach all your loved ones why you love VR. Here are all the best multiplayer games for your Oculus Go!

Catan VR

Bring a whole new immersive environment to the tabletop games you love to play with your friends. No costumes or imagination are required when it comes time for you to envision your best friend is the Wizard you always knew he was. Not just that, but Catan VR simplifies the process of playing said board games with your friends. Instead of needing Skype, a phone app, and a google document to keep track of all the progress, the game does it entirely for you. Now no one needs to DM the party and can get right to enjoying the party with one another. For about $15 on the Oculus Store you can enjoy this experience with friends or strangers!

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RUSH

Take a deep breath and get ready to plunge yourself from the highest mountain. Before you leave a small voice whispers in your head, "It's too dangerous to go alone, take this!" and you're equipped with a hang gliding suit. Your friends line up with you and it turns into a race to the finish, who can reach the ground first? Test your luck with the course and try to collect more powerups than that Jerk Dan who keeps bumping you into oncoming rocks. For just $7.99 on the Oculus Store, you and a group of people can get the real experience of hang-gliding like your life depends on it.

And I gotta say, for a game about free-falling I didn't experience any form of nausea. And this is coming from someone who almost puked playing UltraWings up until I learned how to avoid that.

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Anshar Online

Pretty sure my head exploded a little bit when I saw the words "space", "shooter", "Co-op" and "PVP" all in the description of one game. Anshar Online, available for $7.99 on the Oculus Store, has a 4 out of 5-star rating with 63 reviews. There are over 50 missions for you to give a shot at with your friends, or heck, even your enemies. Power up your ship and get ready to take out the other team. There are gorgeous environments with a pretty solid movement system that makes sure you'll feel comfortable in this VR game.

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Drop Dead

Zombies, guns, and your most trusted survival partner... What more could a girl ask for? My only complaint about Drop Dead is the ability to have only one person to play with you. I would 10/10 nostalgia all over my keyboard right now if I got a zombie game experience close to what we had when Nazi Zombies was a thing back on Call of Duty - but for VR. You can get Drop Dead for $9.99 on the Oculus Store and truly immerse yourself into a simulated zombie apocalypse. Prepare yourself for the screaming (and laughter that follows) when you've got oozing, rotting bodies jumping in your face.

Good thing there's a VR headset protecting your cranium!

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What's your favorite?

Did you get to try out any of the games I mentioned above? If so, which one is your favorite? If you have a favorite that I didn't mention let us know in the comment section below!

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Cheap Chromecast Speakers: Best Under $35

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Cheap Chromecast Speakers: Best Under $35

Just because you want a great-sounding speaker doesn't mean you have to spend more than you did on your Chromecast Audio.

Chromecast Audio provides us with an easy way to stream media from our mobile devices to our favorite speakers, whether they feature Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or neither. We've selected five of the best portable speakers that go great with this audio accessory and cost no more than the Chromecast Audio itself. Keep one in your bedroom, living room, kitchen, or bathroom — these speakers will give you the superior sound you crave without breaking the bank.

Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3

While the Chromecast Audio may not be waterproof, the OontZ Angle 3 from Cambridge SoundWorks certainly is. This 5-inch speaker speaker has an IPX5 rating, making it completely splashproof for any setting. Inside is a long lasting 2200mAh battery that provides up to 15 hours of music through its dual drivers for a total of 10W of stereo sound. The OontZ Angle 3 sounds great on every level — mids, highs, and even bass are clear thanks to the passive subwoofer design. If you're after a speaker that's built for a tougher environment, this is a great option for you.

You can pick one up for around $25.

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Photive Hydra

Photive Hydra

The Photive Hydra is perfect for people that want a cheap speaker and are more concerned about sound quality than convenience. Sporting a passive subwoofer and two 40mm drivers, the Hydra delivers a fuller-sounding low end, while still providing pleasing, clear treble.

Its IP66 rating means it can get wet, but not submerged. Obviously, your Chromecast Audio is not water-resistant at all, but its a nice feature to have if you ever choose to use it away from the tether of your Chromecast Audio. For about $35, the Photive Hydra could be yours.

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AYL Portable Mini Speaker

For something a bit more compact, but surprisingly loud, the AYL portable mini speaker is definitely one to check out. The 3W speaker on top provides quality sound that jams for up to 10 hours on a full charge. The unique design of this speaker makes it ideal for travel, quickly collapsing into a smaller size when needed. There's even a built-in 3.5mm headphone cable on the bottom for hooking up your Chromecast Audio, along with an extension cable if you need a little extra length. Priced around $15, you can't go wrong with this mini speaker.

Read our review of the AYL Mini

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Anker Classic Portable Speaker

Anker's Classic Portable Speaker, a box design that uses a single 2-inch, 4W driver and bass port to deliver its amazing quality sound. Powering the unit is a 2100mAh Li-ion battery that will keep the music going for up to 20 hours. The built-in mic allows you to use the Anker Classic as a speakerphone, but for keeping things simple just plug in your Chromecast Audio to the 3.5mm port on the side and enjoy what this crafty speaker has to offer. Included is a longer auxiliary cable, travel pouch, microUSB charging cable, and an 18-month warranty. You can grab one in black, blue, or white for around $30.

Read our review of the Anker Classic

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VTIN Outdoor Speaker

If you want a Bluetooth speaker that can withstand a few bumps and bruises, the VTIN Outdoor Speaker is a great value at only $30.

While its IPX4 rating won't let you submerge the speaker, it should be able to withstand the occasional splash of water or light rain. Plus, the speaker is protected by the rugged rubberized chassis of the VTIN Outdoor Speaker, meaning it should be able to take almost any environment you throw at it.

This speaker gets pretty loud. It's got two 10W speakers on either side of the device that can pump up any party and full volume. Oh, and did I mention it has a 4,400 mAh? You can listen to music for roughly 30 hours on the Vtin outdoor speaker without having to charge up. Plus, if you want to venture away from your Chromecast you can always use it with standard Bluetooth.

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What speakers are you using with Chromecast Audio?

Those are our top picks for an affordable speaker to use with Chromecast Audio. Which speakers are you using or looking into getting for yours? Sound off in the comments!

Updated May 2018: Added the VTIN Outdoor Speaker to our list.

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