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2 weeks ago

Start with the $50 SmartThings hub and expand your smart home with a huge sale

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All things SmartThings are on sale right now.

The Samsung SmartThings Hub is down to $49.99 on Amazon. This is part of a greater sale on SmartThings devices, which includes the motion sensor, smart plug, multipurpose sensor, and more.

There's even the full SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit for sale at $150. It normally sells above $200. It comes with a Hub and several other accessories, so you can just skip right to this bundle if you want to go all in.

Hubs like this act as the "brain" of any smart home. As you start adding more smart features, like a motion sensor or smart plugs, you want to be able to control all of them at once. The hub lets you connect everything to it and then control them from one single place. The $150 home monitoring kit, for example, can use that hub to connect all of your appliances, monitor your home and notify you when anything unexpected happens. The SmartThings Hub works with Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth, and other wireless protocols like ZigBee.

The Samsung SmartThings Hub is one of the best reviewed smart hubs out there. Tom's Guide called it the Best Smart Home Hub in 2017. PC Mag named it their Editor's Choice, gave it 4.5 stars out of 5, and called it "one of the most versatile home automation hubs around."

Add a smart bulb or two to the kit to control your lights or a motion sensor if you need to cover more rooms.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 5T will reportedly cost just $479 – same as the OnePlus 5

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OnePlus might not increase the price for its latest flagship.

Similar to last year, OnePlus will be releasing two phones in 2017. We already got the OnePlus 5 this past summer, and in just a few days we'll get our first official look at the OnePlus 5T. OnePlus has followed a trend of steadily increasing prices for its handsets with every new release, but according to a new report, this won't be the case with the 5T.

TechRadar claims to have gotten its hands on an official document from O2 in the United Kingdom that indicates businesses will spend the same amount of money for the OnePlus 5T as they can for the OnePlus 5 when ordering phones through the carrier.

We're only talking about enterprise orders through a single carrier in the UK, but if OnePlus is keeping pricing the same here, we'd expect the company to follow suit with consumers and other markets as well.

As such, this means that we can expect the OnePlus 5T to have a starting price of $479 in the United States when it officially launches. The recently discovered document is also said to confirm that the 5T will be available with either 64GB or 128GB of storage, so it's also likely that the latter capacity will have a slightly increased price of $539.

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2 weeks ago

The NVIDIA Shield TV streaming media player is down to $170, its lowest price ever

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Stream your favorite shows and play your favorite games all with one device.

The NVIDIA Shield TV streaming media player is down to $169.99 on Amazon. This device normally sells for $200. This is a price match from Best Buy and part of Best Buy's early Black Friday sale.

The NVIDIA Shield TV has improved over previous iterations. Heck, this one gives you access to Amazon Prime Video, which is a step-up by itself. Sure, the Shield is more expensive than a Roku but the Shield is a gaming console, too, and a decent one at that.

Features include:

  • Connected Google Life – Access all your Google content and smart home features with Google Assistant, share your Google Photos in 4K, and cast your favorite apps to your TV with Chromecast 4K.
  • 4K HDR Powerhouse – Watch Netflix and Amazon Video in crisp 4K HDR, and YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and VUDU in 4K. Apps like HBO Now, Spotify, and ESPN meet all your entertainment needs.
  • NVIDIA-Powered Gaming – Cast games from your GeForce-powered PC to your TV in 4K HDR at 60 FPS. Get NVIDIA-powered cloud gaming on demand with GeForce NOW. And enjoy exclusive Android games only on SHIELD.
  • Smart Home Ready – Google Assistant lets you control your entertainment and smart home with your voice. Add SmartThings Link to wirelessly connect lights, speakers, thermostats, and much more.
  • Get YouTube Red for 3 months free – $29.97 in value. Explore uninterrupted music, ad-free videos, and exclusive original movies and shows from your favorite YouTube creators. Limited-time offer ends 12/31.

The NVIDIA Shield has 4.3 stars based on 904 user reviews.

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy Note 8 in 'Deep Sea Blue' coming to the U.S. as Best Buy exclusive for the holidays

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A fresh color in time for the holiday shopping season.

The Galaxy Note 8 launched in four colors: Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey and Deep Sea Blue. Unfortunately, those in the U.S. only ever saw photos of the Deep Sea Blue color, as the closest it got to the country was availability up North in Canada. But now Samsung has announced U.S. availability of this great color option, and it's coming exclusively from Best Buy. You'll be able to get the Verizon, AT&T and Sprint models of the phone, as well as the U.S. unlocked model, in sleek deep blue.

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The addition of the Deep Sea Blue color option strikes a nice balance between the all-dark Midnight Black and possibly too-light Orchid Grey previously available. The rich Deep Sea Blue shade does a better job of masking scuffs and scratches than Orchid Grey, while certainly standing out from the crowd better than Midnight Black. And considering its later launch, it's far more unique in the U.S.

Perhaps at some point Samsung will decide to release the fourth Note 8 color, Maple Gold, in the U.S. as well. We can dream, right?

Best Buy's "exclusive" for this color isn't entirely exclusive, as it only pertains to the carrier versions of the phone in that color. If you want the U.S. unlocked model, you can pick it up from Best Buy or Samsung's online store — some people may go for the latter to take advantage of Samsung's trade-in or financing offers. Either way, you won't be seeing this color available from other retailers or directly from the carriers.

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Press release:

Samsung adds Deepsea Blue color to Galaxy Note8 Portfolio in the U.S.

Just in time for the holidays, the Galaxy Note8 Deepsea Blue will be available exclusively at Best Buy stores and online at BestBuy.com and Samsung.com

Ridgefield Park, NJ – November 8, 2017 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced that the Galaxy Note8 Deepsea Blue will be available to U.S consumers beginning November 16 – just in time for the holiday shopping season. Consumers will be able to choose from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon carrier-specific versions of the Galaxy Note8 at Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com, as well as the unlocked versions available at Best Buy and Samsung.com.

With the addition of Deepsea Blue to the Galaxy Note8 portfolio, consumers will now have another color option to choose from in addition to Orchid Gray and Midnight Black.

Introduced in August, the Galaxy Note8, is the next level Note for people who want to do bigger things. With Galaxy Note8, consumers get Samsung's most powerful smartphone camera featuring two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses to capture stunning photos, even in lowlight environments, a bigger Infinity Display that fits comfortably in one hand and the S Pen to communicate in more personal ways. The Galaxy Note8 is designed for the way consumers lead their lives and lean on technology today.

Samsung Trade-In Program

For U.S. customers who trade-in an eligible device, they can receive an instant trade-in credit towards a Galaxy Note8 in any color. For more information on Samsung's trade-in program, visit Samsung.com/trade-in

Galaxy Note8 Features:

  • Infinity Display: The Galaxy Note8 has the biggest screen ever on a Note device. The 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display lets you see more and scroll less. The Galaxy Note8 gives you more room to watch, read and draw—making it the ultimate multitasking smartphone.
  • S Pen: Since its introduction, the S Pen has been one of the Note's defining features. With the Note8, the enhanced S Pen includes a finer tip and improved pressure sensitivity, unlocking new ways to write, draw and interact with the phone and communicate with others, including:
  • Live Messages which allows users to bring messages to life. Users can now handwrite a message, add special effects and share it as an animated GIF on several popular messaging and social apps.
  • An improved Translate feature lets users not only translate individual words, but full sentences in 71 languages and instantly convert units and foreign currencies.
  • Always On Display: This feature allows users to stay on top of notifications without unlocking their phone. In addition, the screen off memo allows you to take notes as soon as you take out the S Pen. From there, you can pin a note to the Always On Display, edit it right there and write as many pages as you need—up to 100 pages.
  • Best-in-Class Camera: Samsung has set the standard for smartphone cameras, and with the Galaxy Note8 Samsung is delivering its most powerful camera yet
  • The Galaxy Note8 is the first smartphone with two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses with a 2x optical zoom, so you can take great shots, even when zoomed. It also features an 8MP Smart Auto Focus front-facing camera for sharp selfies and video chats.
  • For more advanced photo taking, the Galaxy Note8 Live Focus feature lets you control the depth of field, unlike some other smartphone cameras, by allowing you to adjust the bokeh effect in preview mode and even after you take the photo.
  • In Dual Capture mode, both rear cameras take two pictures simultaneously—and you can keep both images: one close-up shot from the telephoto lens and one wide-angle shot that shows the entire background. The camera also has a Dual Pixel sensor with rapid auto focus, so you can capture sharp and clear shots even in low-light environments.

The Galaxy Note8 is built on the Galaxy legacy—a collection of unique features and capabilities that, together, have redefined the mobile experience, including:

  • IP68 Water and Dust Resistance
  • Fast wireless charging
  • Samsung Knox defense-grade security
  • Powerful performance with 64GB of storage, 6GB RAM and expandable memory up to 256GB

For more information, visit: https://news.samsung.com/us/ or www.samsung.com/galaxy

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2 weeks ago

PlayStation App finally updated with a modern interface

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The PlayStation App has always been something of an eyesore, but the latest 17.11.0 update finally fixes that.

No matter how big of a PlayStation fan you are, there's no denying that the PlayStation App has been ugly as sin for far too long at this point. Sony's made solid improvements to PlayStation Messages and Communities, but the main PlayStation App has continued to look like something that hadn't been updated since the days of Gingerbread.

Thankfully, with the latest 17.11.0 update, the PlayStation App has been completely redone with an interface that looks like it actually belongs in 2017.

The app is now broken up into four main sections – What's New, Friends, Notifications, and Profile. What's New functions similar to the page by the same name on your PS4, showcasing new games you might be interested in, trophies your friends have received, status updates, and more.

You access these different pages from the bottom navigation bar, and tapping on the PlayStation icon in the middle will reveal a menu for seeing upcoming events, looking at your trophies, going to the PlayStation Store, etc. Also present here are quick links to Sony's other PlayStation apps, including PlayStation Messages, Communities, the new Second Screen app, PS Video, and PS Vue.

The update is available now on the Google Play Store, and as long as you're running Android 4.1 or later, you should be able to download it without any issues at all.

Two new PlayStation PlayLink games are now on the Play Store

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2 weeks ago

Huawei MediaPad M3 tablet: Which storage size should you buy?

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Picking the right tablet can make a difference.

Picking out a new tablet can be difficult, but after you've done the hard work of picking out the Huawei tablet, you have another just as important question that you need to answer before you can pick it up. That is, of course, figuring out what storage size is the right one for you. Huawei's MediaPad M3 tablet comes in two different sizes, but knowing which one is the right one for you can be hard.

That's why we've broken down the differences between sizes for you, so that the choice is easy to make.

What sizes are available?

The Huawei MediaPad M3 comes in two different storage sizes. You can snag a 32GB model for $299 or the 64GB model for about $350.

Aside from the differences in storage size, both models of this tablet have all of the same specifications. This means you no matter which size, you'll get an awesome Kirin 950 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 5100 mAh battery.

Why do I need more storage?

So if both models have the exact same specifications, why bother spending the extra $50? Well, the answer really depends on how you plan on using your tablet, and that makes this a choice that only you can make for yourself. There are a number of things to keep in mind.

If your tablet is only going to be used for a handful of apps, or if you want to purchase a microSD card, then opting for the 32GB model is a solid choice and it ought to have plenty of space. If you're looking for a new device to use every day for work, videos, fun, and photos, then you're probably going to want to snag the 64GB model.

The big thing to remember here is that for an extra $50 you double the space that you get with your Huawei MediaPad M3, which translates to more room for movies, games, photos, and updates down the line. If you prefer to pick up a good tablet and use it until it breaks, then the more space you have available. This means you can spend more time enjoying your tablet, and less time figuring out what you have to delete in order to update an app.

Which one should I pick?

Both models of the Huawei MediaPad M3 deliver a great experience, with a solid price tag. With two choices for storage, you can make the choice that's best for how you're going to use this tablet, or best for your budget. Have you picked up a MediaPad M3? Let us know which size you picked in the comments below!

See 32GB Huawei MediaPad M3 at Amazon See 64GB Huawei MediaPad M3 at Amazon

Huawei MediaPad M3 review: Great hardware, but the software needs improvement

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2 weeks ago

Are you using a screen protector on the Note 8's curved display?

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The Note 8's curved display looks great, but it makes applying a screen protector nearly impossible.

There's a lot we can say about Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, but one of its hallmark features is its massive 6.3-inch curved AMOLED display. This display is a true beauty for watching movies, playing games, and browsing the web, but as some of our forum users are quickly discovering, it's not necessarily the most practical thing in the world.

Because of the Note 8's curved edges, a lot of our forum users are having a tough time trying to apply a screen protector to the thing. This is an issue that all phones with curved displays are susceptible to, but it's even more pronounced on the Note 8 due to its ginormous size.

Here's what some of you have had to say.

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pasva007 11-01-2017 04:05 PM “

After several attempts with tempered glass and film screen protectors, I give up. The curved screen seems to make it impossible for the screen protectors to adhere for any length of time. Aside from not adhering, the tempered glass screen protectors I've tried caused a significant reduction in response to the touchscreen. Looking at reviews, it doesn't appear there is any screen protector for...

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durandetto 11-01-2017 06:57 PM “

I haven't used a screen protector since the s8+ they make the experience with the phone unbearable. That and it was costing too much money trying to find one that worked. I do however have a little nick in the screen on the curve. It's not really noticeable, but I know it's there. Still not as bad as dealing with a crappy screen cover.

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Morty2264 11-02-2017 10:23 AM “

I understand what you are saying, OP. My phone has a curved screen too; which definitely affects the placement of the screen protector. I would recommend a plastic one, as they are less expensive and wouldn't set you as far back; but after going from plastic to tempered glass, myself, I definitely understand that you'd wanna stick with glass if anything. How cautious are you with your...

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bassjo 11-02-2017 08:09 PM “

Yeah, I've been looking through it and have only seen lots of recommendations for the use of screen protectors... I got a screen protector at the Verizon store when I bought the phone and in two weeks the corner started to peel. I didn't realize it was doing this until I noticed the lack of sensitivity when trying to drag the notification bar down. Since then I ripped it off and have rocked it...

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If you're rocking Samsung's latest, we'd like to know – Are you using a screen protector with the Note 8?

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro review: The best fitness tracker for most people

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Samsung's latest waterproof fitness tracker is smarter — and cheaper — than many smartwatches.

It's taken a few years, but Samsung's wearable strategy has settled — as has much of the industry — on fitness as its primary selling point. This year's crop of wrist-worn products from the Korean giant include the excellent Gear Sport, along with the Gear Fit2 Pro, both with the intention of making it easy to track steps and workouts while receiving notifications.

In other words, the value proposition hasn't changed dramatically from the original Gears of a few years ago, but the 2017 refreshes put an emphasis on durability, longevity, and comfort.

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Gear Fit2 Pro What you'll love

The Fit2 Pro is the direct successor to last year's Fit2, and besides the new strap design, the two could be interchangeable — at least on the surface. With a 1.5-inch vertical OLED display that gets really bright, the Tizen-based interface — black background throughout to lengthen battery life — is easy to understand and extremely touch-friendly. Samsung has this down pat.

  • Display: 1.5 inches 216x432 pixels
  • OS: Tizen
  • Price: $169.99
  • Processor: Dual Core (1GHz Exynos 3250)
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Weight: 34 grams
  • Size: 25 x 51.3 x 12.6 mm
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Sensors: Heart rate, Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer
  • Battery: 200mAh (three to five days)
  • Water resistance: 5ATM
  • Colors: Red+black, black
  • Compatibility: Android + iOS

While 2016's Gear Fit2 had a built-in GPS it was only IP68 water resistant, not waterproof, which has since been corrected in its sequel. Not only can the Fit2 Pro plumb the depths of your average pool, it's certified waterproof to 5 atmospheres — even if you dive to the bottom of a pool, it'll survive. The red plastic casing has two buttons on the right, one to go back to the previous screen and the other to enter the app drawer, and they're both clicky and responsive. No complaints there.

The Fit2 Pro lives up to its name: it effortlessly tracks workouts, automatically after 10 minutes or as directed by you when engaging in something specific like a bike ride or swim, and records a number of worthwhile metrics including heart rate, steps taken, floor climbed, and more.

It actually takes heart rate measurements constantly throughout the day, similar to the latest Fitbits, and does so with accuracy; I wore a Fitbit Ionic on another wrist for a day and found the metrics to be close enough to satisfy me. I'm no athlete; I just want a fairly robust approximation of my steps taken, calories burned, and route taken. That the Fit2 Pro is comfortable enough to wear the whole day without noticing it is helpful, too.

All of those things are table stakes for a so-called fitness tracker, but the Fit2 Pro emulates a smartwatch in a number of impactful ways; it shows notifications in a dedicated area to the left of the watch face, and even allows users to action them — reply to a text message, for instance — in certain situations. Generally, if you can reply to a message on an Android Wear watch, you can do the same here (though only with a selection of canned responses or emoji).

Notifications are easily one of my favorite aspects of the Fit2 Pro; it's ostensibly a fitness tracker, but it conveys what's happening on your phone better than the more-expensive Fitbit Ionic, and about as well as its "real" smartwatch counterpart, the Gear Sport. Yes, the long-and-thin screen wraps sentences oddly at times, but it requires less scrolling as a result, and the touchscreen is capable of keeping up. I missed the Gear Sport's rotating bezel, but not as much as I thought.

Finally, battery life is the cherry on this smart milkshake. It's really, really good — like three days plus from this little 200mAh cell. Mind you, I didn't regularly run with GPS turned on because I always have my phone with me, but Samsung promises nine hours when engaging the GPS. That's pretty good, but not remarkable when compared to the Gear Sport or Fitbit Ionic.

Gear Fit2 Pro What you'll hate

Don't expect to track your sleep properly with this tracker — rather, use it as a bedside clock.

I don't think you'll hate anything about the Gear Fit2 Pro, but here's what you'll leave wanting, especially if coming from an Android Wear or Apple Watch — apps. While the tracker comes with a handful of decent first-party and third-party apps from the likes of Under Armour (MapMyRun and Endomondo) for tracking runs, and Speedo Go for tracking swims, the Galaxy Apps "store" is, as it is on the Gear S series, a wasteland of expensive, poorly-designed watch faces.

The actual app downloading and update procedure is less than convenient, too, showing just how far Samsung still has to go when it comes to designing and curating its software experiences. Even the sparse Spotify app, which for some reason isn't pre-installed on the tracker, is basic to a fault and difficult to use.

On the tracking side, you'll probably find fault with the sleep tracking, should you choose to use it. I wore the Fit2 Pro to bed for a week or so and found the metrics to be almost useless.

Moreover, the screen doesn't automatically turn itself off once it detects you're snug in bed, which makes for constant disruption unless you explicitly enable Do Not Disturb — which requires disabling it in the morning. These things are automated on Android Wear.

I'm also not a huge fan of the rubbery, cheap-feeling strap. While the latch design is an improvement over the more sporty (and uglier) button clasp that shipped on last year's Fit2, the 24mm replaceable straps on the Fit2 Pro are neither robust nor attractive. Thankfully, Amazon has plenty of alternatives that look and feel better.

Finally — and this is no big deal, really — I dislike the plasticky charging dock that, somehow, always seems to fall over when the tracker is magnetically latched to it. Didn't Samsung test it?! At least, when properly supported, the Fit2 Pro dock doubles as a nice bedside clock.

Should you buy it? Yes!

I really like the Samsung Fit2 Pro. Yes, it's not as robust a smart thing as some other trackers out there, but at its current price of $170, it's a steal. The screen is out-of-this-world good, and the tracking is fantastic for those who'd rather be reinforced with kind messages and automatic number crunching than to-the-millimeter perfection.

At the same time, the notification system on the Fit2 Pro is better than some smartwatches (coughFitbitIoniccough), and even most of the negatives are nitpicks.

The Fit2 Pro goes up against the Fitbit Blaze, Garmin Vivosport, TomTom Spark 3 Cardio and a Series 1 Apple Watch, and it largely comes out ahead against all of them. If you're looking for more accurate fitness tracking or better sleep metrics, you're better off with a Garmin or a Fitbit, but nothing touches Samsung for an all-around experience.

And, wow, that screen.

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2 weeks ago

Grab a 64GB Moto G5 Plus without Amazon's ads for just $225

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Leave the ads behind and pay less!

Is this deal for me?

Amazon currently has the 5th-gen Moto G down to $224.99, which is a savings of $75 from its regular price. This deal is on the more powerful variant of the phone, which has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage as opposed to the 2GB of RAM and 32GB that the $209.99 version has. Previously, the most affordable way to purchase this phone was to buy the Prime-exclusive version which was loaded with Amazon's ads, but this discount makes the unlocked one even cheaper.

We've seen the 32GB version drop to $180 before, but the 64GB version has never been this low. Being an unlocked phone, it is compatible with Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile, as well as other prepaid carriers in the U.S.

TL;DR

  • What excites us about this deal: There are actually two configurations of this phone, and this is the better one. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is double what the other has in both aspects, and you are only paying $15 more for the better specs. Amazon also sells an ad-powered version of this phone, but even that one is $10 more than this deal, and with this one, you won't have to deal with any of that extra stuff that Amazon loads.
  • Things to know before buying: This phone is unlocked and will be fully compatible with all four major U.S. cellular carriers. It has 64GB of storage for your apps, media and more, and you can also add a microSD card if you want to have even more space available.

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2 weeks ago

Free Google Home Mini promo codes now going out to Pixel 2 and 2 XL buyers

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Free Google Home Mini codes are going out to Pixel 2 customers.

Google threw in a free Google Home Mini with all Pixel 2 and 2 XL purchases, and the company is now sending out promo codes via email to those that picked up either handset. You'll see a link in the email which will take you to the Google Store, where you can choose the color variant of the Google Home Mini — it's available in Chalk, Charcoal, or Coral.

The Google Home Mini is a competitor to Amazon's Echo Dot, offering the full capabilities of Google Assistant in a compact package. Early units had a bug that recorded conversations 24/7, but Google rolled out a fix that permanently disabled the touch-activated listening feature.

The Google Home Mini costs $49, and the discount should be applied automatically as long as you're signed into the same Google account you used to purchase your Pixel 2 or 2 XL.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2: Everything you need to know!

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Xiaomi continues its dominance in late 2017 with a high end, bezel-less phone: the Mi Mix 2.

In late 2016, Xiaomi released the Mi Mix: a high end phone with a stunning, bezel-less design, ushering in characteristics now seen on the Galaxy Note 8, LG V30 and iPhone X. Xiaomi beat all these big players to the punch, and is back in 2017 to refine the formula further with the Mi Mix 2.

This is everything you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.

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We've had our hands on the Mi Mix 2 for a while now, and we've loved what we've seen. Be sure to read our full review to get a long-term look at the phone's design, software and usability.

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It actually works in the United States

Xiaomi has long been known for offering high-end specs at lower prices than other phone manufacturers, in part because it makes up for this with revenue from its software services in its primary markets. These low prices have made Xiaomi phones attractive for consumers willing to import them, but carrier compatibility has been a mess.

Fortunately, with the Mi Mix 2 that has changed. The phone is fully compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States, with support for 42 total LTE bands. If you're hoping to use the Mi Mix 2 in your home country, odds are good that it'll work.

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The camera is pretty damn good

Xiaomi stuck with a single rear camera this year, rather than follow the dual camera path that other manufacturers have gone down. Despite this, the camera is pretty great: it bests the similarly-priced OnePlus 5 in most daylight and nighttime conditions.

In our comparison with the two phones, the Mi Mix 2 is able to pick up finer details in most scenarios. The front-facing camera is still on the bottom bezel, which is still awkward in third-party apps that use the camera such as Duo or WhatsApp.

More: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs. OnePlus 5: How much do you care about bezels?

There's no headphone jack

If you're interested in the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, you'll also be interested in some Bluetooth headphones.

It's available in India

India is Xiaomi's second-largest market, so its only fitting the Mi Mix 2 would be available in the country. The only variant available in India is the 128GB storage/6GB RAM configuration for ₹35,999 and it is available exclusively on Flipkart and in Mi Home stores.

More: Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage lands in India for ₹35,999

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2 weeks ago

It's official: Twitter is rolling out 280-character tweets to everyone

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Twitter is doubling its 140 character limit.

After Twitter announced it would be testing out a new feature — a doubled character limit — with a "small group" of people, the company is now rolling out the change to users across the world.

The company said 140 characters don't give users enough space for folks to express themselves. In a blog post, Twitter shared some of its product research regarding the 140 character limit. It seems nearly every language supported on Twitter — save for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean — runs up against that 140 mark time and time again.

In languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French. … We see that a small percent of Tweets sent in Japanese have 140 characters (only 0.4%). But in English, a much higher percentage of Tweets have 140 characters (9%). … Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people Tweeting in English, but it is not for those Tweeting in Japanese.

The company said it spent time collecting data and feedback from its test group before it making the change. The feature will be rolling out to all supported languages, except for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

How do you know when you've received the 280 character limit?

Once the switch is made (server-side), instead of the familiar 140-character counter you'll see a circle with a progress indicator. Over time, the progress indicator will fill up, showing you about how much space you have left.

Instead of showing you exact character counts — which may challenge you to use as many characters as possible — the progress indicator is a subtler way to show you how many more characters you can fit in a tweet.

Thoughts?

Are you looking forward to having more characters to express your thoughts (and hot takes) on Twitter or do you wish they'd stuck with 140 characters? Give us a shout in the comments or — even better — over on Twitter!

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2 weeks ago

The kid-friendly Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet is now down to $70

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Hand your little miscreants their own tablet without sacrificing yours.

Is this deal for me?

Children love technology just as much as we do, but watching a kid play with an expensive tablet can be scary at times. Today only, you can stop worrying and pick up an Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet for just $69.99, the lowest price its ever been thanks to Amazon's Deals of the Day. This saves you $20 off the average price.

This is a fully functional Amazon Fire 7 tablet housed in a kid-proof case (in your choice of blue, pink or yellow). It features a 7-inch display, 16GB internal storage and an eight-hour battery life. You'll be able to purchase apps and games for your child and easily setup parental controls to keep them from charging your card while you're not looking.

You can add a microSD card of up to 256GB for extra storage space. This 64GB one by Samsung is currently available for just $23.

Amazon includes a two-year worry-free guarantee so that if this device gets broken, you can have it replaced free of charge with no questions asked. A year of FreeTime Unlimited is also included with your purchase, which gives you and your child access to over 13,000 kid-friendly apps, books, movies, games and more for free.

For a limited time, you can also grab the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for $89.99, which is its lowest price ever. That one features an 8-inch display with 32GB storage and a 12-hour battery life.

TL;DR

  • What makes this deal worth considering? - The Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition has never dropped this low in price before. You're saving $20 off the average cost.
  • Things to know before you buy! - The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is also on sale for $20 more! It features a slightly larger display and double the storage space.

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2 weeks ago

CrossOver on Chrome OS lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

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Supported on Chromebooks running Android 5.0 or later with x86 processors.

Over the past year or so, Chrome OS has gone from an affordable computing solution for the classroom into something that's also practical as a daily operating system for a lot of people. Chrome OS's biggest limitation still remains with a lack of powerful desktop applications compared to the likes of Windows and macOS, but CrossOver on Chrome OS Beta is hoping to bridge that gap.

CrossOver on Chrome OS Beta was previously existing as an invitation-only application called CrossOver Android Technology Preview, but with the rebrand to CrossOver on Chrome OS Beta, anyone can now download the app to their Chromebook from the Google Play Store.

However, there is a slight catch.

In order to run CrossOver on Chrome OS Beta, you'll need to be using a Chromebook with an x86 processor and running Android 5.0 Lollipop or later. A lot of current Chromebooks should meet these two requirements, but not all will (such as ARM-based models of the Samsung Chromebook Plus).

Once CrossOver on Chrome OS Beta is downloaded to your Chromebook, you'll be able to search for and download more than 13,000 Windows applications that are compatible with the service. There are already a lot of big names here, such as Microsoft Office, Quicken, and Steam, and you can always try downloading other apps within CrossOver if they aren't officially supported.

CrossOver on Chrome OS Beta is currently free to download for anyone that wants to give it a shot, but once the service does exit the beta stage, you'll likely need to pay a fee in order to keep using it. Pricing and an ETA for the end of the beta have yet to be announced, but in the meantime, it can't hurt to give this thing a whirl.

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 smart watch is a bargain for $105

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It's hard to beat this many features for such little money.

Daily Steals has a new Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 smart watch for $104.99 with code THRFTRS2. This price compares to $180 at other retailers like Amazon and B&H.

The Gear S2 has been discontinued and replaced with a newer model, the Gear S3, but that watch costs $300 on a normal day. We have broken down some of the big differences between the Gear S3 and the S2 and talk about which one you might prefer.

The Gear S2 got some heat when it was first released back in 2015, but a lot of the issues reviewers didn't like back then have since been fixed. Three of the biggest ones were a lack of apps, a lack of iPhone support, and the price. The Tizen software the watch uses continues to get better and better with the release of more watches that use it, Samsung added iOS support long ago, and the problem with the price is fixed right here!

Features include:

  • Send and receive texts, calendar notifications, news updates and more right on your wrist. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configuration and device usage.
  • With rotating bezel and unique circular interface, easily access your apps and notifications.
  • With a circular design and stainless steel construction, the Gear S2 matches your style.
  • Thousands of third party apps available.
  • Interchangeable bands and hundreds of available watch faces. Please refer the User Manual before use. It doesn't have speakers, hence use Level U bluetooth headphones to hear music

This watch comes with a one-year warranty.

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