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5 hours ago

YouTube now redirects searches for extremist videos to curated anti-terrorism playlists

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The Redirect Method is a new active stance against online extremism.

Starting today, YouTube will return results for curated anti-terrorist playlists when someone searches for hateful content. The details, from Tubefilter:

The new feature, dubbed The Redirect Method, is part of a four-prong strategy announced by Google last month to quash extremist ideologies across its platforms. The Redirect Method was developed by Jigsaw -- an Alphabet subsidiary whose mission is to counter extremism, censorship, and cyber attacks -- alongside another tech company called Moonshot CVE (which stands for "Countering Violent Extremism").

Jigsaw and Moonshot CVE developed the tech after studying, over several years, how terrorist factions like ISIS leverage technology to spread their messaging and recruit new followers. In coming weeks, YouTube says it intends to incorporate The Redirect Method into a wider set of search queries in languages beyond English, use machine learning to dynamically update search terms, work with partner NGOs to develop new anti-extremist content, and roll out the Method to Europe.

This new initiative comes, for the most part, as a result of advertiser outrage because their products were regularly being advertised on videos deemed hateful. While we applaud the effort to halt terrorism and appreciate the technology that drives these tools, we also know censorship of any kind can be a very slippery slope.

We expect the people behind the scenes at The Redirect Method know this as well, and will act accordingly.

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7 hours ago

Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 8 launch for August 23

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A year later, the Note line is hotter than ever.

Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23 at various Unpacked events around the world, though the main one will be in New York City starting at 11 a.m. ET.

The company sent out press invites with a silhouetted phone slightly boxier than the Galaxy S8, replete with an S Pen overlaid on top, In other words, nothing surprising.

The date lines up with previous rumors, and gives Samsung a few weeks to get the phone onto store shelves prior to the unveiling of Apple's new iPhone model. Samsung is also expected to spend some time reassuring the media, and potential customers, that the new Note model is free of battery defects, and that its eight-point battery test is the best in the industry.

This year's Note is expected to have a 6.3-inch Infinity Display, a Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB of RAM, along with dual 12MP rear cameras, a 3300mAh battery, an updated S Pen, running Android 7.1 out of the box.

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8 hours ago

ASUS getting back into phones in the UK starting with Zenfone AR

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After a few years away, ASUS has announced it will begin selling smartphones in the UK again.

It begins with the Google Tango powered Zenfone AR which will be up for pre-order from ASUS directly beginning on July 21.

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9 hours ago

How to fix OnePlus 5 battery life problems

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How to fix OnePlus 5 battery life problems

No matter how long your battery lasts, there will always be someone who needs more.

The OnePlus 5 has above-average battery life thanks to its lean software, efficient processor, and 3300mAh battery. But not everyone uses their phone the same way or has the same demands from the limited power supply — some of us need more longevity than others. This difference in configuration means that some may have a combination of factors leading to lower battery life than expected.

If you're in need of longer battery life from your OnePlus 5, we have a handful of great tips to help you out. Read on.

Look for unnecessarily power-hungry apps

Misbehaving apps are one of the most common causes of bad battery life, and they can often be the easiest ones to diagnose as well. Head into your Settings and then Battery to see your usage over the last charge cycle — it's best to do this near the end of the day to get the most complete picture of things.

Apps should be conscious of your battery life, too.

You'll see many typical battery drainers here like Wi-Fi, cell standby, Android System, and the screen, but if you see an individual app cracking the top few places in usage there's a good chance it's doing something it isn't supposed to. Now if you just spent the last 3 hours streaming Google Play Music, it's understandable that it used a lot of battery, but if you haven't opened Facebook all day and it took up 8% of your battery, it's worth investigating.

The best thing you can do is reboot your phone or at least force close the app in question, followed by clearing its data to start over from scratch. If it continues to drain your battery, consider uninstalling it altogether.

Turn off Google Play auto updates

Google Play auto updates

Google Play has this pesky habit of automatically updating apps, and sometimes with app updates actually changing its settings back to auto-update apps. You can understand why, because most people don't want to think about app updates, but then again most we want to control just what happens on our phones too.

To save battery life, you can turn off automatic updating of apps through Google Play. Go into Google Play, open the sidebar menu and tap Settings then tap Auto-update apps to adjust the setting. Most people will be okay with letting app updates happen on Wi-Fi, but if you want to keep your battery life in check you should turn it off entirely.

Just remember to check periodically for updates or at least turn on notifications for pending updates so you don't forget.

Turn off radios you're not using

OnePlus 5 location settings

This is something simple you can to to save battery life, though the amount saved isn't necessarily going to be substantial. If you're not going to be using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth for a long period of time, it's worth simply turning them off.

If you're extra worried about battery life and want the full effect, you should also turn off the feature that lets the phone scan for Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices to improve location services. You can find the setting in Settings, Location and Scanning under the menu button. You can turn off one or both as you see fit — just remember that this may negatively impact an app's ability to accurately locate your device in the world.

Tweak your display settings

Smartphone screens are more efficient than ever, and the OnePlus 5's 1080p panel really doesn't use much juice, but there is still a direct correlation between screen brightness and battery usage. To save battery, consider dropping the screen brightness using the slider in the notification shade quick settings.

Extra battery life is great, but so is being able to see your screen.

Unless you can remember to constantly be on top of adjusting your brightness, the best balance of usability and battery will be simply using the "Adaptive brightness" setting. When you're outside or in a bright room it'll crank up so your view isn't impacted, but when it's darker it will save battery (and your eyes) by lowering it. Extra battery life is great, but so is being able to see your screen in every situation!

While you're in the display settings of your phone, consider turning down the "Sleep" time. This is the interval at which your screen will dim and turn off when it hasn't been touched. Simply moving from 1 or 2 minutes down to 30 seconds will have a positive influence on your battery life over the course of the day.

Use Battery saver mode

The built-in "Battery saver" mode does exactly what it says: saves you battery. It does so by reducing your brightness, throttling back performance, cutting back vibration, limiting location services and cuts way back on apps accessing data in the background. Adding it all up, it can seriously improve longevity without dramatically impacting your experience.

Battery saver walks a nice line of improving battery life while keeping your phone usable.

You can turn on Battery saver manually from the notification shade quick settings, or you can also set it to come on automatically — most people will choose the latter. In Settings, Battery and Battery saver you can choose when it comes on. Simply choose between 15% and 5% battery to have it trigger; if it is on, it'll turn off automatically when you plug your phone in.

You won't want to use your phone in Battery saver mode all of the time, but if you're in a situation where you know your battery is draining quickly and you can't afford to have it die on you before the end of the day it's worth being proactive and tossing on Battery saver early.

Take advantage of Dash Charge

Yes, we know, this doesn't exactly make your battery itself last longer — but it does help your phone get through the heavier-than-usual days you sometimes encounter. If you get to the point where your battery is draining faster than expected, and you have a long day ahead of you, the best thing you can do is toss it on a proper Dash Charge charger for a little bit.

Because of the way Dash Charge works, you can get an incredible amount of charge back in just 15 or 30 minutes — probably enough to comfortably make it through the rest of you hectic day. There's a Dash Charge charger in the box with the OnePlus 5, and you can also get a compatible car charger from OnePlus.

OnePlus 5

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10 hours ago

Augmented Empire brings an awesome story-drive cyberpunk strategy game to Gear VR

It's time to join the revolution.

It's a dark future with revolution brewing amongst the lower tiers of citizens in New Savannah, and the elite gathering for the ascension of Willa Thorne to the ultimate citizen, Level 10. When her estranged mother breaks in to warn her and is then gunned down, a series of events is set into motion that will take Willa far from the hallowed halls of the city and into the depths of the world she inhabits. With a robot aiding her, a plan to make a heist, and revolution on the horizon, there is a lot going on.

Augmented Empire delivers an awesome experience that will have you begging for one more mission as you try to unravel what is going on. It's available on Oculus now, and we've got all the details for you here!

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10 hours ago

Moto Z2 Force leak reveals smaller battery, dual cameras and Snapdragon 835

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Motorola continues all of its trends — for better or worse.

We're less than a week away from the July 25 launch event where Motorola will unveil what we expect to be the Moto Z2 Force, the successor to not only the Moto Z Force Droid but at the same time also the standard Moto Z. As usual, Venturebeat has some leaked promotional materials that point to what we can expect from the launch.

The renders show off a phone that looks like a higher-end version of the Moto Z2 Play's design, with that back plate that will of course be compatible with Moto Mods. On front it will once again have a 2560x1440 ShatterShield display. The rear shows off dual 12MP cameras, which is the thing to do in 2017.

Exactly as we saw with the Moto Z2 Play, Motorola is expected to cut the battery capacity on the Moto Z2 Force — down to just 2730mAh from the previously large 3500mAh. That's more than a 20% haircut, and only some of that will be made up for by the more power-efficient Snapdragon 835 processor. In exchange for that drop in battery size, Motorola is obviously going with a thinner chassis here, which will make it easier to add a Moto Mod without making the combined package as large.

A 20% haircut in battery capacity is tough to swallow.

The drop in battery size makes a little more sense when you consider that the Moto Z2 Force seems to be taking over for both the Moto Z Force Droid and Moto Z, having to fit a more mainstream size and weight expectation. And for as small as the 2730mAh capacity is (and yes, it's quite small), it's larger than last year's Moto Z, which had just 2600mAh. But if this is the capacity, it'll be a tough hurdle to overcome for some buyers who just can't trust a flagship with a sub-3000mAh battery.

One potentially frustrating part about this leak is that it points to a continuation of Motorola's tactic of using a variety of different memory and storage combinations in different areas. (A tactic used by just about every other manufacturer, it should be said.) VB's report says that the U.S. Moto Z2 Force will have "just" 4GB of RAM, while international versions will have 6GB — it's not uncommon, but still frustrating for what is expected to be a top-tier high-price phone.

We'll get the full breakdown of the Moto Z2 Force on July 25, when its event kicks off at 11:00 a.m. ET.

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10 hours ago

Best Tempered Glass Screen Protectors for LG G6

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Best Tempered Glass Screen Protectors for LG G6

The taller the phone, the longer the screen — protect it!

Your LG G6's screen is extra long, so there's more to get scratched and scuffed. A tempered glass screen protector is the perfect way to keep the most important part of your phone safe and blemish-free. Here are the best you can buy.

Yootech

Yootech

Yootech's two-pack of tempered glass screen protectors is a great value for around $8. Yootech guarantees bubble-free installation and promises 99.9% clarity, meaning you shouldn't notice the protector on your screen at all. It also won't mess with touch sensitivity, which is awesome because you don't want to have to reach your thumb all the way up your phone twice.

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Omoton

Omoton

Omoton's tempered glass screen protectors are always highly rated on Amazon, and that's because they're easy to install and reliable. And for $7 for a two-pack, you really can't go wrong. These protectors are scratch-resistant and feature a hydrophobic and oleophobic coating to repel water and fingerprints.

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Spigen

Spigen

Spigen, maker of fine phone cases, makes a great tempered glass screen protector for your LG G6. This is a two-pack of case-friendly tempered glass screen protectors for $8 that leave a little room around the edges so that you can, presumably, pop a Spigen case on your phone without worrying about it peeling up at the edges (other cases will still work, of course)q.

Spigen's protectors get a lifetime replacement warrant, so if anything goes wrong, let them know and they'll send you a new one.

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Supershieldz

Supershieldz

If you're looking for the best value, then the Supershieldz three-pack is where it's at — only $8. These protectors also come with a hydrophobic/oleophobic coating, so water will bead and roll off and you shouldn't have to constantly be wiping your screen with your shirt to get the fingerprints off.

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Got a favorite?

Tell us about it in the comments below.

Updated July 2017: These are still your best options for keeping your LG G6's screen scratch-free.

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11 hours ago

Google Keep: Ultimate guide

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Google Keep

Create lists, transcribe recordings, doodle, collaborate on to-do lists, and much more with Google Keep.

Google Keep isn't your average note-taking client. While the app sports a minimal interface and is easy to pick up and use, it offers a set of powerful tools that make it an effective task management utility. From creating collaborative to-do lists to transcribing voice notes and saving bookmarks, the app does it all.

The best part about Keep is that all changes are synced automatically, giving you quick access to your notes across all your devices, and on the web. Here's what you need to know to get started with Google Keep.

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12 hours ago

Google Play Protect now widely available, keeping your phone safe from bad apps

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There's a new interface to the app security on your phone.

Google's new (and now properly branded) security system, Google Play Protect, is now widely available and should at this point be active on any phone with the latest version of Google Play Services. After a slow rollout with varied reports that Play Protect was available, as we look at our own devices here every one of them has it.

Google announced Play Protect back at Google I/O as a revamped and more consumer-friendly version of the old "verify apps" system, but with an identical goal: to protect you from harmful apps installed on your phone. Functionally, things aren't much different today than they were in the old verify apps world, meaning Google is constantly tracking apps to make sure they're all on the up and up, no matter what phone you have. But the aim of Play Protect is to let the user know what's going on with the scanning in a way that wasn't really available before.

You can find Play Protect by going into your Google settings, then Security and Google Play Protect. The interface is simple, and lets you know how many apps were recently scanned, when the scan occurred and how everything looks. A big green check mark will greet you if everything looks good. Eventually, this confirmation will be surfaced in the Play Store as well.

If your phone doesn't yet have Play Protect, don't think that your phone is left insecure — but once it does, it's worth poking around in the (admittedly simple) settings to see what it's all about. But the most important thing you can do is just keep that "scan device for security threats" toggle turned on. Google can't catch every malicious app, but it has historically done a pretty great job and now users have a better feeling for what's happening with app security on their devices.

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12 hours ago

Live sports streaming service DAZN launches in Canada with exclusive NFL Game Pass rights

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Are you ready for some streaming football?

Sports streaming service DAZN has announced it's expanding into Canada, anchored by a deal with the NFL to be the exclusive home of NFL Game Pass. Canadians will be able to access NFL Game Pass and NFL RedZone exclusively through DAZN — services previously only available via cable providers. With the start of NFL pre-season just three weeks away, you can sign up to receive updates about DAZN's imminent launch in Canada.

NFL Game Pass via DAZN will offer Canadians every life NFL game during the 2017 season — pre-season, regular season, the playoffs and the Super Bowl — with no annoying blackouts for primetime games. Subscriptions will start at $20 a month, or for an introductory deal of $150 for the first year. DAZN offers support for a wide number of devices including Android mobile and tablets via Google Play, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Panasonic, and Sony.

While a growing number of people cutting out cable in favor of online content for news and entertainment, sports streaming in Canada has still remained firmly linked to cable subscriptions, forcing those without cable subscriptions to either forgo watching TV sports or turn to illegal streaming options. Partnering with the NFL is a pretty smart move for launching a Canadian sports streaming service, as NFL viewership is on the rise in Canada amongst adults aged 18-35.

Owned and operated by UK-based Perform Group, DAZN aims to become the "Netflix of sports streaming" and launched in European territories Germany, Austria and Switzerland in August 2016, offering European football and US sports including Premier League, La Liga, NBA and NFL. It later expanded to Japan with a 10-year deal with the exclusive streaming rights for J.League soccer matches.

Learn more at DAZN

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12 hours ago

For as little as $27 a month you can get 10GB of data, unlimited talk and text from Mint SIM

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The days of paying hundreds of dollars on phone bills are safely in the past for many of us, and for those still looking to ditch their expensive plans, we have quite the deal for you. Mint SIM, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that operates off of the T-Mobile network, is offering up some pretty crazy prices, and right now you can save even more with an exclusive coupon code. You can save an additional 20% on the already-low plans at Mint SIM with coupon code ACMINTSIM20. You'll need to sign up for the 6 or 12-month plan, which means you pay upfront for the service, but at these prices, it is well worth it.

As previously mentioned, Mint SIM uses T-Mobile's nationwide 4G LTE network, so you should get the same coverage and speeds that the carrier has been expanding over the past few years, but at a fraction of the price. Mint SIM offers a few phones on its website, but the great part about it is that you can bring your own (GSM-compatible) phone and just pop the SIM card in and go.

Need a new phone to use with your new service. Odds are you don't want to pay full price for a phone either, right? Well, right now you can pick up one of Amazon's ad-powered Prime exclusive phones for as little as $49.99, or if you want something with better specs and a fantastic camera, you could always grab the Huawei Mate 9 for just $499.99 at Amazon. If you're looking to pick up an iPhone, you can grab a refurbished iPhone 5s for just $139.95 or jump to the iPhone SE for $399 brand new.

This offer is only good through July 25, so you don't have long to take advantage of the extra savings.

See at Mint SIM

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12 hours ago

All the best deals from Best Buy's "Black Friday in July" sale

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with roundup of Best Buy's "Black Friday in July" sale!

Best Buy is kicking off a huge day of deals with "Black Friday in July." The deals have been leaking out over the last couple days because Best Buy Elite and Elite Plus members (customers who spend $1,500 and $3,500 a year at Best Buy) have had early access. The fun starts today for "My Best Buy" members, which is free to sign up for and requires no obligation other than an email and password.

If you don't want to sign up for My Best Buy, a lot of these deals might not last very long tomorrow when it all goes live to the public. We've rounded up some of the best deals from the sale, which you can find direct links to below:

These Vizio Soundbars provide some of the best bang-for-your-buck in the soundbar market. These models are already super affordable while producing great sound, and these deals are some of the lowest prices ever.

This CyberPower Gamer Desktop with 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics is only $449.99 (Normally $549.99)

The Netgear Arlo 4-pack Security Cameras is $379.99 (from $483.99). This is even better than previous deals we've seen.

Add an Xbox One S console and get a free controller. This deal from Walmart is nearly identical and adds a free game.

While we have seen deals on iPad Pros before, this sale includes both the 9.7-inch and the 12.9-inch versions in multiple capacities and colors. The higher capacity iPad Pros do not regularly drop in price, so if you've been looking for more storage in your tablet, this is a good time to buy. The 9.7-inch has been replaced by the 10.5-inch, but these are still great deals.

Here's a few more deals we've found:

These deals require Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked:

See the sale at Best Buy

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For more great deals be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!

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12 hours ago

HDHomeRun DVR is a slick and simple way to record TV with Android

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HDHomeRun

The makers of the HDHomeRun TV tuner are working on a DVR to go with it. And it's pretty great.

Using Android or Android TV, you're not exactly short on options to watch live TV, nor for recording it. There's one little box, though, that we often keep coming to that sits at the heart of many of these solutions. And it's got its own DVR in progress.

Thanks to the good people at SiliconDust, we're now taking a proper look at it. It's simply known as the HDHomeRun DVR, and it's probably the easiest DVR to use if you already have an HDHomeRun tuner.

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13 hours ago

Google brings former iOS-exclusive Motion Stills app to Android

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Google's Motion Stills comes to Android, and it's fantastic.

Google is bringing one of its remaining iOS exclusives to Android. Motion Stills emerged in the wake of the iPhone 6s' Live Photos feature as one of the easiest ways to capture short bits of stabilized video and turn it into shareable GIFs.

Now, a year and a bit later, Motion Stills is available on Android — for the 65% or so of devices running Android 5.1 or higher.

The app is set up quite differently on Android: instead of using existing video content and making it into a Motion Still, the Android version forces users to capture video inside the app, creating something like a Boomerang or Hyperlapse.

Like the iOS version, though, resulting video is stabilized — Google said it "redesigned [its] existing iOS video processing pipeline to use a streaming approach that processes each frame of a video as it is being recorded."

By computing intermediate motion metadata, we are able to immediately stabilize the recording while still performing loop optimization over the full sequence. All this leads to instant results after recording — no waiting required to share your new GIF.

Another feature, Fast Forward, builds on that stabilization algorithm to capture a longer clip and create a time-lapse, or hyperlapse in the modern parlance. Playback can be adjusted from 1x to 8x depending on the desired effect, and then output as a GIF in one of three sizes.

Motion Stills is available for 65.6% of Android users, which leaves out a fair few million, but it's an impressive technical achievement that needs modern GPUs and APIs. Such is life.

Download Motion Stills (free)

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13 hours ago

This is how you Bring an Outdoor Movie Theater to your Backyard

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Who says you can't enjoy your favorite flicks outdoors?

I've hosted movie night in my backyard a couple of times for a few friends, and while it can take a lot of planning and effort to get set up, usually the results are worth the hassle. You can pull off your backyard movies without spending a lot by renting a lot of the equipment you need (such as a projector and screen); however, if you plan on throwing backyard movie nights on a regular basis, there are a few items you can pick up to help you out!

Media Device

There are plenty of media devices that can work with projectors and personally, I find the easiest method to use for outdoor movies is a laptop.

Your biggest concern is to make sure that your media device can hook up to the projector you plan on using and connect to the audio source you have. Be sure to check what outputs/inputs all your devices have and that you have the appropriate dongles, adapters, and cables for everything before you start.

Projector

Projectors can be very pricey, but it's important to remember when you're projecting a movie in your backyard that you won't need the latest and greatest video projector to get the job done. You don't need a projector that has a giant throw distance because your backyard is likely smaller than your average movie theater. Plus, your screen size probably won't be too much bigger than 120 inches, so you won't need to worry about grabbing a projector that can project an image on a massive screen.

Crenova XPE470 mini LED Projector

The Crenova XPE470 mini LED Projector is perfect for backyard movies. It's small, HDMI-compatible, and has a max throw distance of about 12 feet, which should be more than enough space to project a movie in such a small space.

On top of an HDMI input, you can also use USB and VGA connections to project images with the XPE470. It has a max resolution of 1080p, and it's more than bright enough for the confined space you have to work with.

Crenova XPE470 mini LED Projector produces about 1200 lumens, meaning you are going to have to wait until it's quite dark out to start the movie, but you shouldn't need pitch black darkness.

You can pick up the XPE470 for about $199 on Amazon; however, I have seen it go on sale for around $90 in the past, so watch out for discounts if you want to spend even less.

See at Amazon

Screens

Due to the confined space of your backyard and depending on the capabilities of your projector, you're not going to need an insanely large screen to pull of a successful outdoor movie night.

JaeilPLM 80-inch portable outdoor projection screen

Being able to quickly set up and take down your projector screen is crucial to making your backyard movies go off without a hitch, and the JaeilPLM 80-inch portable outdoor projection screen comes apart and folds into a convenient size.

Not only is it easy to lug around, the 80-inch screen comes mounted on a stand, meaning you can set it up anywhere! The triangle base to the screen makes it much more stable, so slight breezes shouldn't send your screen toppling over; however, if you want to be extra safe I would suggest putting a couple of sandbags (or similarly heavy items) on the base to improve stability even more.

You can pick up the JaeilPLM 80-inch portable outdoor projection screen for $90, and if you want something a little bigger, you can get the 100-inch version for about $20 more.

See at Amazon

Excelvan projector screen

If you want an even cheaper option that requires just a tiny bit more work to set up, you can always check out the Excelvan projector screen.

Just a simple 84-inch PVC screen, the Excelvan comes with 20 pairs of velcro strips to help you secure it to a surface. Keep in mind, depending on what you have outside, you may need to buy some additional items to hang or place the screen in an optimal location.

The perks of having a simple screen like this is the price. You can pick up the 84-inch Excelvan projector screen for only $30. If you want to go bigger, they also sell a 100-inch and 120-inch version.

See at Amazon

Speakers

Obviously, you're going to need some sound amplification to be able to hear the movie you're watching, and there are tons of options for you out there.

If your media device supports Bluetooth, you could always grab a great Bluetooth speaker to use for sound. Or if you have a good pair of computer speakers lying around that would connect to your media device of choice, those would also be a reliable option. Remember, you're outside, and you have neighbors; you don't need the loudest sound system in the world to be able to hear your movie.

If you don't feel like using your nice speakers outside and are looking for a budget-friendly option to use for your backyard movie adventures here's suggestion.

Logitech Z313 speaker system

Although not overly powerful, the Logitech Z313 speaker system has everything you need to pull off a backyard movie night successfully.

It's a 2.1-channel system with a dedicated subwoofer, meaning you should have warm bass tones throughout your movie. Plus, it connects through the standard 3.5mm audio jack, meaning most media devices should be able to connect to the Logitech Z313 just fine.

You can pick up the Logitech Z313 speaker system for just about $34.

See at Amazon

A couple of last considerations

Be careful what movie you choose and remember you're in public. Keep the sound to a dull roar and respect your neighbors. You don't need to have a showing of The Revenant while blasting your 3000W speaker system at full volume. Make friends, not enemies!

Have you ever set up a backyard movie theater?

Are you an outdoor movie fanatic who already has a sweet setup? Let us know what you use to host the perfect backyard movie night in the comments below?

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