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2 weeks ago

Hidden Agenda for PS4 PlayLink review: Choose carefully or suffer the consequences

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An innocent man might be put to death for a crime he didn't commit. Unless you can find the truth.

A convicted serial killer says that he didn't commit the crimes that he confessed to 5 years ago. First responders are being murdered via booby traps left on bodies. And a corrupted city that has too many secrets to keep. Hidden Agenda is a cinematic adventure game that has you unraveling interconnected mysteries to get to the truth about a serial killer. It's also one of the first Sony PlayLink titles, which requires a companion smartphone app to play.

Will you make the right choices to find the truth?

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Gripping story

While you control a variety of different characters during the events of Hidden Agenda, they're all following clues of the story. Five years ago a serial killer was caught red-handed with a victim and put behind bars. With only 48 hours until his execution though, the convicted murderer is claiming that he didn't actually do any of what he had confessed to.

Your job is to try and hunt down the truth and figure out what was actually going on five years ago. Hidden Agenda is a cinematic adventure game, which means that your choices in investigation and conversation will set the story on its path. In many games from this genre, not every choice matters so much.

Every choice that you make will affect what comes next.

That isn't the case here though. Every choice that you make, from whether you are aggressive in conversation to which locales you investigate first, will affect what comes next. Depending on these choices, you may end up skipping entire chunks of the game, or even ending the game early. There are multiple endings, and while I've beaten the game in about 90 minutes I know for a fact that I ended it early with a bad choice.

The story is gripping, weaving together a tragic past, human errors, and a corrupt city into a tale that will have you trying to figure out exactly what is going on while you play.

Fun mechanics

While a significant amount of the gameplay in Hidden Agenda is based on conversation choices, there are also two different type of mini-games that you'll run into. When investigating scenes related to the crimes in the game, there is a hidden object game, and you'll run into quick time events that require you to react quickly to avoid unpleasant consequences.

Searching for clues in crime scenes is easily one of the most important aspects of the game. When this feature triggers, you'll see three items at the top of the screen that you ought to be aiming to find. These clues can be photos of characters, pieces of technology, and in one case, the way into a hidden room. These clues are important to uncovering exactly what is going on in the city, and while not finding one doesn't mean that the game is over, they are handy for picking away at the threads that connect everyone in the story.

There are many ways to play, and to end the game.

The quick time events will trigger on your screen when certain things happen. You might need to avoid a punch from a suspect, vault over a table, or block an attack from an intruder. In all of these cases, you'll see a box appear on the screen, and need to move your cursor inside of it in order to succeed. You'll also see this square appear when you are given the chance to shoot as suspects, although shooting isn't always the correct path to take if you want the truth.

In all of these cases, the controls for the game are located on your phone. This is a Sony PlayLink game, which means that your phone is your controller for all of the action. Thankfully the controls are pretty easy to grasp, and primarily consist of moving your cursor into the appropriate place on the screen in a short amount of time. It makes things a bit more challenging, but still, plenty of fun, making this a game that is easy to pick up whether you are a gamer or not.

Great solo or in a group

While PlayLink games are really made for a group environment, Hidden Agenda was a ton of fun both solo and with other players. In Solo mode, it's much closer to a movie experience, while playing with your friends makes it much more competitive.

With other players that are added features like knocking the choices of other players out of the running by using a Takedown. You earn these in-game by completing actions such as finding clues during minigame sessions. When there are multiple players each person will also receive a Hidden Agenda which they must try to complete by steering the choices that are undertaken in the game.

Fun and replayable

Hidden Agenda deliver a fun game whether you're playing solo for the story, or with a group for a more competitive experience. It delivers a great story, beautiful visuals, and gameplay that is easy to control with your phone. If you enjoy cinematic games or choose your own adventure style stories, then this is a game that ought to be right up your alley. Best of all it's available for just $19.99 which means it's well worth the price tag.

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Pros

  • Gorgeous realistic graphics
  • Easy to understand controls
  • Plenty of access to in-game information via the companion

Cons:

  • Replay value can get frustrating when trying to reach a specific result.
  • Lag on your wi-fi network can cause issues in game
  • Get your cursor to smaller quick time events can be frustratingly difficult

Why are we reviewing PlayStation games on Android Central? Let us explain.

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2 weeks ago

The CrackBerry Tour is coming (back) to Canada this December — RSVP now!

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The CrackBerry tour is going full-on maple.

Canadian? Sad you're missing out on the super fun CrackBerry Tour of Europe this month? Well, I have bon news for you.

The CrackBerry UNSTOPPABLE (yes, all caps!) Tour is coming to Canada this December, and with it a chance to hang out with like-minded BlackBerry fans and fanatics, meet the CrackBerry team, and play with the KEYone and Motion phones. You'll even get a chance to buy one if you've been on the fence.

The tour brings us into early December, and into five cities:

RSVP at the addresses above, and we'll see you there!

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2 weeks ago

Broadcom interested in buying Qualcomm for over $100 billion

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We could be looking at the largest chip-maker takeover in history.

At this point, chances are you've heard a thing or two about Qualcomm and Apple's dispute between one another throughout the year. Apple initially claimed that Qualcomm was charging too much for its mobile modems and taking advantage of its place in the market, and as a result of this, we've seen Qualcomm request that Apple stops all iPhone manufacturing and sales in China, a report that Apple shared classified Qualcomm information with Intel, and much more.

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs.

Following this ongoing contention, it's now being reported that Broadcom is interested in acquiring Qualcomm for more than $100 billion.

At $70 per share, Broadcom would pay over $100 billion to acquire Qualcomm.

Bloomberg initially reported this news on Friday, November 3, and should the deal go through, Broadcom would purchase Qualcomm at around $70 per share with a deal that includes both cash and stock options. Broadcom will reportedly make Qualcomm the offer within the coming days, but at this time, no final decision has been made.

Most of our readers are probably familiar with Qualcomm and know that the company's modems are used in just about every smartphone on the market, but what about Broadcom? Just like Qualcomm is the largest manufacturer of mobile modems for data connections, Broadcom is the largest manufacturer for mobile Wi-Fi chipsets.

Both Broadcom and Qualcomm declined to comment on this when asked about it, but should this deal actually go through, we'd be looking at the largest takeover for a chip-maker that the world's ever seen. This has potential to be huge, so we'll keep an ear to the ground over the next few days and see if anything comes of this.

Qualcomm sues Apple for giving rival Intel classified information

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2 weeks ago

Google served a hamburger with cheese on the bottom to its employees

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Cheese-gate

Towards the end of last month, one Twitter user discovered something deeply troubling – Google's emoji for a hamburger on Android has cheese underneath the patty on the very bottom. As one might expect in 2017, this caused outrage.

Why was the cheese on the bottom? Why not just put it on top where it's supposed to be? Why, Google? WHY?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai quickly responded with a light-hearted message to say that the company would drop everything it was doing to fix this, and along with getting a few good laughs, it also put the matter to bed. Google was aware of this monstrosity, it would soon be resolved, and all was right with the world.

Or so we thought.

Brad Fitzpatrick, an employee at Google's campus in Seattle, recently shared an image on Twitter of what the company was serving for lunch on November 3. A new addition called the "Android Burger" included a beef burger, brioche bun, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Sounds pretty good, right?

Wrong.

The Android Burger, just like its emoji cousin, is made with cheese on the bottom. Just look at that mess. What could have been a perfectly good lunch has been tainted with the improper placement of one of its most important ingredients.

Sound off in the comments below so we can work through these trouble times together. Godspeed, friends.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices can help save you big on Black Friday

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Amazon's perks get better if you have an Alexa-enabled device.

Everyone knows about the benefits of Amazon Prime. You get free 2-day shipping, access to a ton of services, and exclusive deals.

But are you aware of Amazon Voice Shopping deals? You should be!

If you have an Alexa device, you can say "Alexa, order [product]" and she'll find a top-rated Prime-eligible item. She'll place the order with your default credit card and shipping information. If you change your mind, don't sweat it -- you are able to cancel or return your product. If you already know what you want, you can order a specific product with your voice as well.

On top of that, Alexa devices get you access to special, exclusive discounts. You can ask Alexa what her deals are and she'll tell you, or you can see them on the Alexa deals page every day.

Alexa even has exclusive deals on Prime Day and Black Friday. Sometimes that means early access to hot Lightning Deals, and sometimes the deals are only available through Alexa voice shopping.

I personally have scored a great discount once or twice through Alexa shopping. Last year, around Black Friday, I got this awesome KidKraft Penelope dollhouse for $40 through my Echo, which is $60 below the average price!

If this deal sounds good to you, you should know that there are a ton of different devices for all budgets that will work with Alexa Voice shopping. Another plus is that these devices are often discounted. Follow Thrifter on Twitter to be alerted when Amazon Alexa devices are on sale!

You can use Alexa Voice Shopping with the following products:

If you've never ordered a gift card using Alexa before, you can get a $5 bonus when you order a $25 gift card through Alexa Voice Shopping. Great deals and $5 for free? That's a win in my book.

If there is a Whole Foods near you, you'll be able to snag discounts on Alexa devices starting the week leading up to Black Friday too!

Will you be shopping exclusive deals at Amazon this holiday season?

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

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2 weeks ago

Here are October's winners of the Honor/Huawei incentive program!

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These are the lucky October winners of some cool Huawei/Honor swag.

There's nothing like being a cool person on the internet and winning great gadgets while doing so. But with our Huawei/Honor Community Incentive Program, you can do just that! The basis is pretty simple: be an active, engaged and friendly member of the Huawei or Honor communities in our forums to win great stuff.

Here are the winners from October:

  • Djlarocca — Congrats, you've won an Honor 6X!
  • dpham00 — Congrats, you've won an Honor Band Z!
  • Aljean Thein — Congrats, you've won an Honor Band Z!

We've already into November, but there's still plenty of time to get to the top of the charts and win some amazing stuff! All you need to do is be active our Huawei/Honor communities!

Learn more about the Huawei/Honor Incentive Program!

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2 weeks ago

This $23 digital Bluetooth bathroom scale is down to its lowest price ever

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This scale has a mode for weighing your baby.

Is this deal for me?

This digital Bluetooth bathroom scale by 1byone is down to $22.99 on Amazon. This scale consistently sells at $33. It drops down to $28 occasionally, but it has never dropped lower than that. This deal price is temporary because it's part of Amazon's daily deals, but it is the lowest price ever for this scale.

Features include:

  • Measuring Function - Use BIA technology to track your health information, including: body weight, body fat, water, muscle mass, BMI, BMR, Bone mass visceral fat and a mode for baby weighing
  • Step-on technology - No more tapping or turning on a switch to use the scale. Just step on the scale and get an instant readout.
  • Compact Design - 3.3 inch highlight LED display
  • Uses high quality impact-resistant tempered glass which is 4 times stronger than common glass.
  • Equipped with 4 high precision sensors, can weigh from 11 pounds up to 400 pounds in 0.2 lbs increments.
  • Compatibility - Only supports IOS 8.0 / Android 4.3 or higher version. Auto recognition of up to 10 users' profiles.

The scale has 4.3 stars based on 1,862 user reviews.

TL;DR

  • What makes this deal worth considering? - This is the lowest price ever on this scale, and the price goes away at the end of the day.
  • Things to know before you buy! - This scale comes with a two-year warranty.

See at Amazon

Happy Thrifting!

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2 weeks ago

TELUS drops the Essential Phone down to $650 CAD to spur sales

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The Essential Phone is now more affordable than ever — in Canada.

After giving the Essential Phone a $200 USD price drop in the U.S., Canadian carrier TELUS, Essential's exclusive partner in the country, has dropped the price by an epic $400 CAD. That brings the cost of the phone to $650 outright, or $0 with most 2-year plans.

The Essential Phone debuted in Canada for around $500 on contract, and $1050 outright, but Essential figured that it needed to incentivize users with more enticing pricing, especially for those who don't want to re-up on a 2-year plan.

Essential has also been releasing a steady stream of software updates to improve the camera quality, especially in low light, along with minor features like touch sensor shortcuts and security improvements. Others, like Techcrunch's Darrell Etherington, have seen massive gains in camera quality.

At $650, the Essential Phone is one of the best deals on a flagship in Canada, especially with its 128GB of storage. We'll be taking a second look at the phone in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that.

The Essential Phone is a remarkable product released as a beta

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2 weeks ago

Verizon's Unlimited plans: Everything you need to know

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A complete breakdown of Verizon's Unlimited plan and everything else you can get when you sign up for service.

In the United States, there are a lot of companies that can get you and your phone online, but most people use one of the four biggest: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Choosing between them can be difficult. Your first priority should be what service works best in the places you spend your time. It's not worth saving $10 a month if the service is bad. Once you have that sorted, you can look at what each company has to offer and the prices they charge for it.

More: Which unlimited plan should you buy?

Let's take a look at Verizon to see what they can give you and what it will cost.

Verizon Unlimited plan details

Verizon used to have a single unlimited plan, but it has since expanded that to two, offering various levels of value depending on customer need.

Go Unlimited

Go Unlimited is the cheaper of the unlimited plans, aimed at users that don't necessarily need the fastest performance at all times or high-quality video streaming.

  • One line: $75/month
  • Two lines: $65 per line/month
  • Three lines: $50 per line/month
  • Four or more lines lines: $40 per line/month

Paper-free billing and $5/mo AutoPay discounts apply.

The Go Unlimited plan offers unlimited LTE data, but you're subject to reduced speeds (throttling) when the network is congested. Verizon may choose to throttle at any time of the billing cycle, which is unlike most other unlimited plans that only do so after a certain amount of data is used.

On Go Unlimited, all video streaming is capped at 480p on phones and 720p on tablets. And while the Go Unlimited plans offer unlimited mobile hotspot (tethering), the speed is capped at 600kbps, which is likely too slow for most people do anything other than browsing the web — slowly.

As of November 3, 2017, customers can pay $10 per line to remove streaming restrictions and have video delivered at its original resolution.

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Beyond Unlimited

Beyond Unlimited is basically Verizon's original unlimited plan with some slight tweaks.

  • One line: $85/month
  • Two lines: $80 per line/month
  • Three lines: $60 per line/month
  • Four or more lines: $50 per line/month

Paper-free billing and $5/mo AutoPay discounts apply.

The Beyond Unlimited plan offers unlimited LTE data, but you're subject to reduced speeds (throttling) at times of network congestion if you exceed 22GB in a billing cycle (customers that sign up on a two-year contract get 25GB per month before throttling).

Video streaming is capped at 720p on phones and 1080p on tablets. Mobile hotspot use is unlimited, with 15GB of LTE data in each billing cycle. Laptops or other devices used through the hotspot have a 1080p hard cap for streaming video.

As of November 3, 2017, customers can pay $10 per line to remove streaming restrictions and have video delivered at its original resolution.


Business Unlimited

Verizon is also rolling out an unlimited business plan for companies with four or more lines. Pricing is generally the same per line as the Beyond Unlimited with some minor changes.

Verizon Unlimited plan add-ons

Verizon's Beyond Unlimited plan lets you call, text and use data inside Canada and Mexico back to the U.S. at no additional charge, and call to those countries from within the States as well. Data use is capped at 500MB per day in each country, after which it is throttled to 2G speeds. The company does keep an eye on how much data you're using, though: if more than 50% of your data in a given month comes from outside the U.S., Verizon will slow down your speeds and holds the right to cut off service.

If you need other international services, Verizon has you covered.

  • The free International Messaging add-on lets you send text messages to over 200 countries and multimedia messages to over 100 countries
  • The Unlimited Together - North America add-on gives you discounted calling rates to over 230 locations for $5 per month
  • The Unlimited Together - world add-on gives you discounted calling rates to over 180 locations for $15 per month
  • A daily Travel Pass gives you unlimited data and calling when you're in one of over 100 countries for $10 per day
  • A monthly Travel Pass gives you discounted calling and messaging rates as well as a data allotment based on your needs (prices vary, see Verizon's International Travel page)
  • Cruise ship rates are $2.99 per minute for voice calls and $0.50 per message sent / $0.05 per message received for texting.

Verizon also has a program that gives you a prepaid card of up to $650 in value for a trade in if you switch from another network. The details are on the Switch to Verizon page of its website. It also has a referral program and a rewards program that can put money back in your pockets.

If you're both a Verizon Wireless and Verizon Fios subscriber, you can use the Fios Mobile App to watch your shows from home without using your data.

It also offers a wide range of its own services, including its own RCS messaging app, a personal cloud and an excellent account management app. You can find them in Google Play.

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Update, November, 2017: This article has been updated to reflect the recent changes made to Verizon's unlimited plans.

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2 weeks ago

Android Wear 2.0 gets its first standalone podcast app with Wear Casts

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Because controlling podcasts from your phone is so old-school.

Ever since the launch of Android Wear 2.0 this February, Google's wearable platform has been in a relatively quiet and awkward state. Exciting hardware is tough to come by these days, and development on the software side of things is pretty quiet, too. However, amidst this silence, developer krisdb has created and launched the very first standalone podcast app for Android Wear – aptly named "Wear Casts."

Although you'll control the majority of Wear Casts through the Android Wear app, the companion phone app is used for adding podcasts to your watch by linking RSS URLs or manually importing OPML files.

Once you've got all of your favorite podcasts synced up, you'll be able to use Wear Casts on your Android Wear device to scroll through all of your shows, control playback, and see the descriptions for specific episodes.

Wear Casts can also be used to schedule regular syncing to download new episodes, create automatic playlists based on podcasts you've downloaded or ones that are in progress, and more.

The app is relatively simple, but even so, Android Wear users can now manage and listen to all of their favorite shows (like Android Central Weekly) without ever having to pick up their phone. Nice.

5 reasons it's worth buying an Android Wear watch right now

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2 weeks ago

The great Virtual Reality buyer's guide

Pick the experience that best suits your needs.

Don't let this secret slip out, but there's actually no such thing as "the best VR headset" right now! There are new things in hardware and software being built almost every week, and while it's easy to look at the newest or shiniest thing and slap a blue ribbon on it there's a lot more going on.

At the same time, there are a lot of folks eager to try VR or AR and want to know where to best spend money, and we're here to help. This guide contains all of the most compelling strengths for each of the headsets you can buy today, as well as links to our ultimate guide for getting the most out of those experiences.

Read more at VR Heads!

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2 weeks ago

Best Cases for LG G6

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What are the best cases for the LG G6?

Whether you have an LG G6 already or it's on its way, you'll probably want to have a good case around for those times when you can't guarantee it'll stay safe from bumps and scrapes. Now that we're a few months removed from the G6 launch, there are tons of options available to fit your needs and budget.

Here's our breakdown of some of the best cases you can find for the LG G6.

Caseology Geometric

Caseology's Geometric case is the perfect blend of protective and comfortable, offering two layers of protection — an inner silicone and outer TPU shell — that is covered, on the back, with a grippy geometric pattern.

While all the ports are easily accessible, including the G6's rear fingerprint sensor, the case lips over the front of the phone, protecting it from the front and back. Available in three colors — black, red, and blue — at an affordable $13 price.

See at Amazon

Spigen Rugged Armor

Spigen's Rugged Armor cases are always a great option, offering good protection without adding too much bulk to your phone. It features a premium look with carbon fiber textures on the back, clear cutouts for your ports, camera and fingerprint scanner, as well as all the protective features that Spigen is known for — spiderweb shock absorption on the interior of the case along with Air Cushion Technology in all the corners.

For a case that offers great protection along with a sleek and stylish appearance, you can't go wrong with the Spigen Rugged Armor case for your LG G6. It'll only set you back about $12.

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SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro

If you're the klutzy type who's constantly dropping your phone, you want this $17 rugged case from SUPCASE. This is a two-piece case that features a front plate with a built-in screen protector that, along with the LG G6's waterproofing, will pretty much keep your phone in pristine condition. It features multi-layered protection that combines TPU and polycarbonate materials to create a shock absorbing core and impact resistant bumper.

It also comes with a belt clip holster that swivels 360-degrees, making it a great accessory for anyone who's constantly on the go throughout the day and needs quick access to their phone at all times.

See at Amazon

Trianium Clarium Series Case

The thing about having a new phone is that you want to show it off, right? But not at the expense of leaving it open to damage. That's where a great clear case come in.

Trianium's Clarium Series cases are sleek and minimalist, so if those are important features in a case for you, you'll definitely want to check it out. Your phone will get all around protection from this slim case that also perfectly preserves the look of your LG G6 for just $8.

See at Amazon


Spigen Thin Fit

If you absolutely hate the idea of using a case because of the added bulk, perhaps you should consider Thin Fit case from Spigen. While it won't offer as much drop protection as the other cases on this list, it will prevent your phones from being scuffed or scratched while in your pocket.

All your ports and side buttons are left wide open, and the case is thin enough to guarantee NFC and wireless charging pass through without issue. Again, if you're looking for a case that offers sound protection, your best to look at other options. But if you're looking for a slim and lightweight case to offer the most basic protection from nicks and scratches, this is your best bet at $11.

See at Amazon

UAG Plasma

UAG is known for making some really great rugged cases for your smartphones. The UAG Plasma case offers a great balance between style and protection.

This composite case is feather-light and combines a translucent hard outer shell with a shock-absorbing soft inner core. With a raised rubber screen lip and rear skid pads, your phone will stay put when you put it down without ever coming into direct contact with anything that might scratch the LG G6's big screen. If you're concerned about the phone slipping out of your hand, this case features so many ridges and texture around the back to help with grip.

On top of all that, UAG has included oversized cutouts around the camera, fingerprint scanner, and ports, so that all your phone's features are unencumbered by the case. All of those features will set you back $40, making it the most expensive case on this list, but chances are you know whether or not you're the kind of person who needs that protection.

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Incipio DualPro

Rugged protection doesn't have to look so utilitarian. Incipio's DualPro case — at a hefty $30 — is a really stylish option that combines a shock absorbing TPE inner core with a sleek and lightweight polycarbonate outer shell that works in tandem to provide great shock protection and protect against scratches and scuffs. The power and volume buttons are covered with raised rubber that's easy to press, and precise cutouts for the camera, charging port, fingerprint scanner, speaker, and headphone jack ensure you're always able to get the most out of your new phone.

The DualPro offers everything you want from a case while keeping a slim and stylish profile, and is available in five different color options.

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OtterBox Defender Series

The OtterBox Defender Series is a great option for anyone looking for trusted protection for the LG G6. If you've used an OtterBox case before you know what to expect here — a rugged triple-layer case that offers superior defense against drops and damage.

This case features a built-in screen protector to keep your display free from scratching, and also has port covers to prevent lint and dirt from affecting charging or using headphones. As usual, OtterBox also includes a belt-clip holster if you're into that thing, but it's slim enough to fit into most pockets no problem There's a diamond-shaped cutout around the cameras and fingerprint sensor on the back which sure has a cool look to it, too.

At $37.80, its on the pricier side but OtterBox backs all their products with great customer support so if you have any issues you can be sure that OtterBox will help resolve the issue promptly.

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J&D Heavy Duty Wallet Case

A wallet case is a great option for not only keeping your phone protected but also cutting down on your daily carry. You're able to store your ID, credit or debit cards, and a pocket for cash which is perfect for traveling or going out without needing to bring your wallet too.

Your phone is held in place by a TPU snap-on case on the interior, while the exterior casing is made of synthetic leather. There's a cutout around the earpiece so you can talk on the phone with the front flap closed if you choose.

Available in your choice of seven colors, you can get this case starting at just $10.

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Update November 2017: Added the OtterBox Defender Series and J&D wallet cases to our list.

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2 weeks ago

How to use Autofill in Android Oreo

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Android Oreo wasn't a monumental shift in design or user experience, but it introduced Autofill, and that's enough for us.

Most changes in Android 8.0 Oreo came in the form of under-the-hood improvements, ways of making your phone run faster, cooler and smoother. But Autofill is a change that benefits both users and developers, since it makes it super easy to people to enter usernames and passwords in apps that support them.

But how does it work? And why should you use it? Let us explain.

What is Autofill?

When you load a new phone, there are often dozens of apps to log into, requiring you to remember your unique username and password for each. Google has, for a long time, provided its own password manager, which securely (but not that securely) stores that information in a database in its cloud. The database is mainly used for web pages, but it also works inside apps that use Google's WebView.

The notion of automatically filling in usernames and passwords for websites and apps is called Autofill. Other apps, too, from LastPass to Everpass to 1Password to Dashlane, perform the same thing, often much better than Google's own. Before Oreo, these apps offered their own clunky ways of automatically filling in usernames and passwords, often utilizing hacks to get the job done. No more!

In Oreo, Google added a framework for apps like 1Password and Dashlane to prompt users to automatically and securely enter their login information when an app opens for the first time, or when a webpage prompts for authentication. As with default messaging apps, Google forces the system to have a default Autofill service so they're not competing with one another.

How does it work?

If you're already a password manager user (and you should be!) setting up Autofill in Oreo is fairly easy. By default, the system chooses Google's own solution, but it's very easy to switch to your own once the app is installed. Right now, there are only a handful of popular cross-platform services that support Autofill on Oreo:

Some, like 1Password, are still in beta, while others are available in the public build. Either way, they're really easy to set up and use.

Note: This guide takes you through the steps to enable and change Autofill defaults on the Pixel 2 running Android 8.0 Oreo, but the steps should be similar on most phones running Oreo.

  1. Download and install a supported password manager. (We're using 1Password here as our example).
  2. To switch to it, swipe down on the notification shade from the home screen.
  3. Select the Settings icon (looks like a cog**.
  4. Scroll down to and tap on System.

  5. Tap on Languages, inputs & gestures.
  6. Expand the Advanced menu by tapping on it.
  7. Select Autofill services.

  8. Select your service.
  9. Now, open an app and, when prompted, tap Autofill with 1Password.
  10. Authenticate yourself using a fingerprint or password.
  11. Log in to the app.

That's it! Now your Autofill prompt will automatically ask you to enter your credentials using a password manager whenever it detects a compatible app.

Why isn't every app prompting me to use Autofill?

Right now, the Autofull API is a bit buggy, and not every app will prompt you to use the service in every instance. For example, Twitter, which supports Autofill very well, sometimes just forgets it exists and I have to close the app and re-open it for the prompt to appear.

Other apps just don't support Autofill at all. In that case, you can always open the password manager app separately to copy and paste the username and password, but I know that's not ideal. If an app you often use doesn't prompt for Autofill, you may want to contact the developer.

What about saving passwords to a password manager?

Another awesome aspect of the new Autofill feature is that if you have a new username or password, or haven't logged it into your favorite password manager, once you do so for the first time, the app should prompt you to save the information into the default manager.

In the case of 1Password, it's prompted me to create entries for apps that are already in my database, but because the Android app has a different "address" than the website, it doesn't already know it's in there. Bug? Maybe. Feature? Maybe. Either way, you'll likely have a few duplicates once you start using the Autofill feature.

Coming next

The whole Autofill experience is supposed to get better in Android 8.1, which should be released to the public in December of 2017. Here's what Google's saying about it:

Autofill enhancements -- we've made it easier for password managers and other Autofill services to use the Autofill framework. For example, we've added support for more UI customization of the Save dialog, as well as setAutofillOptions() for users to set credit card expiration using a spinner.

So there's a lot more to come with Autofill, and it may not look so ugly in a couple months. Until then, let us know how you like the feature, and what you'd like to see improved about it.

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2 weeks ago

Cricket adding more data to $30 and $40/month plans

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Cricket's 1GB and 4GB plans are increasing to 2GB and 5GB, respectively.

The likes of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon might be the most popular service providers for mobile devices, but if you don't need all the bells and whistles they have to offer and want to save as much money as you can per month, pre-paid carriers are always a great alternative. Cricket recently announced a few changes to its pre-paid lineup, and in short, customers will now get more data without having to spend a penny more.

Cricket's two most popular plans are its $30 and $40/month picks that come with 1GB and 4GB of high-speed data, respectively. However, starting on November 5, the $30/month option will be increased to 2GB of high-speed data while the $40/month plan will go up from 4GB to 5GB.

For customers that need unlimited high-speed data, Cricket has a new plan for you, too. The company's Unlimited 2 plan is making a return, and you can use it to get two four lines of unlimited data for just $25 per line ($100/month total).

Additionally, Cricket will now allow customers on Unlimited and Unlimited 2 to add mobile hotspot functionality for an extra $10/month (once 8GB of hotspot data is used, speeds are decreased to 128Kbps).

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2 weeks ago

Charge your devices anywhere and everywhere for $40

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Traveling is considerably less fun when you're without your devices, so you bring them with you. But then there's the matter of charging them, and if you're in a foreign country, you may end up cooking your device or simply not getting the charge you need. And if you happen to be on quite the voyage, then you may need multiple adapters, and that's just a pain in the ass to carry and extra space in your luggage or carry-on that you just don't need.

The OMNIA TA502 travel adapter seeks to eliminate the worry and annoyance of having to go and find the right adapter by being all the adapters in one! And you can grab yours at Android Central Digital Offers for just $39.99. It regularly retails for $49, so you save 18%. You can charge two devices simultaneously via the two built-in USB-A ports.

With the TA502, you'll be able to charge your devices in over 150 countries. All you have to do is slide the prongs into place, and they'll lock so you can get the charge you need. The 5-in-1 interface supports the U.S., U.K., E.U., and Australia. There's also a handy built-in LED indicator to let you know whether or not things are charging.

If you're an avid traveler for business or travel, then you need a reliable adapter, and having one that can do it all means you have more room for souvenirs! Check out the OMNIA TA502 at Android Central Digital Offers and save 18%!

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