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3 days ago

Eufy's Alexa-powered Genie is down to $20 for a limited time

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It may not be an Amazon Echo Dot, but our friends at Thrifter are back again with a great deal on a new competitor!

Is this deal for me?

Amazon's Echo Dot is the company's most affordable way to add Alexa through your house, but at $50 it is still more than some people want to pay. Eufy, a sister brand of Anker, has recently released a competitor which is basically a more affordable Echo Dot and today you can grab one for less. The Genie is normally priced at $34.99, but right now you can pick one up at Amazon for just $19.99.

While many of the features are the same, the functionality differs a little bit. Be sure to check out the video review from Modern Dad below.

  • Eufy Genie is a voice-controlled smart speaker with Amazon's intelligent Alexa voice assistant. Just say the wake word "Alexa" and Genie plays music, controls your smart home devices, answers your questions, sets calendars, reports the weather and news and more.
  • Built with a 2W speaker that delivers dynamic audio and room-filling sound, so you can truly enjoy your favorite playlists from streaming services like Amazon Music, TuneIn and iHeartRadio. Also supports music streaming from your Apple devices via AirPlay.
  • Enables a true voice-controlled smart home experience. Use Genie to control all Alexa-compatible Eufy smart products, such as RoboVac 11c and Lumos LED Smart Bulbs, in addition to other brands that work with Alexa.
  • Easy setup with the free EufyHome app. Use the Amazon Alexa app to access 10000+ skills and services, such as Domino's Pizza, Uber, ESPN, NPR News, and much more. Plus, Genie is always getting smarter. Future updates include: directly control Spotify with your voice; Alexa messaging and calling. (EufyHome requires a smartphone or tablet running iOS 8.0 (and above) or Android 4.3 (and above) to operate.)

With the purchase, you'll also score a free 3-month trial of Amazon Music Unlimited. This offer is limited to one per account, and new subscribers only. You will receive an email after your purchase instructing you how to redeem your trial.

If you want to pay a little more to get a little more, you can pick up the Echo Dot for $49.99.

TL;DR

  • What makes this deal worth considering? - This is a new all-time low on this product, and our previous mention was nearly $5 more. It may not offer every single feature or do them as well as an Echo Dot, but for the price it can't be beat.
  • Things to know before you buy! - While being comparable to an Echo Dot, there are a few differences that make the actual Dot a better product. Check out this video review from our pal Modern Dad for more information!

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3 days ago

Amazon UK discounts vital mobile accessories ahead of Black Friday

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Save on power banks, storage expansion, and more ahead of Black Friday!

There are a bunch of deals running on Amazon and we're still in the run-up to Black Friday. Some of these promotions cover vital accessories for smartphones and other portable devices. Such listings include 20 percent off a 32GB MicroSD card and more than 60 percent off a 12,000 mAh power bank.

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4 days ago

Add a USB-A and USB-C port to your wall outlets for just $23 each

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Plug it in, plug it in!

We have a lot of electronics these days, which means there are a lot of things at any given time that need to be charged. Odds are you have a bunch of cables laying around, but not always the wall adapter, and that's annoying. You can solve that problem with easy by installing one of these USB Wall Outlets in your home. It offers both a USB-C and USB-A port, so all you'll need is that cable to power your devices.

They are a direct replacement of an existing electrical outlet, but you'll want to ensure you are comfortable with doing the job before you start. Be sure to turn the power to that outlet off, have the tools you need to do the job handy, and take your time. If you want one but aren't comfortable doing it yourself, contact a local electrician, they generally don't charge much to do the replacement.

If you don't need the USB-C port, or think having two USB ports is better for you, this option from Leviton is down to just $14.64, so be sure to pick up a couple of those.

TL;DR

  • What makes this deal worth considering? - This is the lowest price ever for this item. The Top Greener USB-C Outlet easily replaces any standard wall outlet.
  • Things to know before you buy! - You'll want to ensure you are comfortable with installing this before you try. Make sure the power to the outlet is off, and if you need to, consult a professional before attempting it. Prefer two USB-A ports? Check out this option from Leviton for $14.64.

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4 days ago

Honor 7X preview: Performance and style for less

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Honor 7X

Honor's latest affordable flagship has an 18:9 display and dual-camera capabilities — for (probably) less than you'd expect.

Honor's "X" series of phones has always toed a fine line in terms of hardware, feature set and price point. The Honor 5X was one of the first handsets to bring metal construction and fingerprint recognition to a cheaper price tier. And a year ago, the Honor 6X added a surprisingly competent dual camera rig to the experience.

As 2017 draws to a close, the Honor 7X makes things even more competitive. The new phone has been soft-announced announced today ahead of Honor's full launch event on December 5, and assuming it keeps to a price point in line with its predecessors, it could be one of the most compelling sub-€300 phones we've seen.

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4 days ago

How to watch porn on PlayStation VR [NSFW]

Porn isn't out of reach when you're using PlayStation VR.

Playstation VR has finally arrived, and so of course you might be asking the important questions. Like whether it's possible to access porn while using it. Sony has a varied history with the adult entertainment industry, so that's a pretty solid query. Have no fear though, you can definitely watch your adult entertainment using PlayStation VR and we've got all the details for you below.

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4 days ago

Get the PlayStation VR for $200 plus more VR bundles on sale

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Don't just play the game, be the game.

Is this deal for me?

Newegg has the PlayStation VR for PlayStation 4 on sale for $199.99 which is down from its original price of $299.99. All you have to do is plug the VR headset and your PlayStation camera into your PS4 and you are ready to go.

This headset features a 5.7-inch OLED 1080p display and runs up to 120 frames per second. The 3D audio technology allows you to pinpoint sounds above, below, and all around you making your experience that much more realistic. The LEDs around the PlayStation VR headset, on the DualShock 4 wireless controller, and the PlayStation Move motion controller are tracked by the PlayStation Camera, capturing your exact natural movement in virtual space.

Play games like Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-wing VR Mission, Batman Arkham VR, Starblood Arena and Farpoint.

You can also get the Playstation VR from B&H Photo for the same price.

Amazon has some deals on VR's too. The PlayStation VR (used) is on sale for $270.99 from a third-party seller. The PlayStation VR - Skyrim Bundle is $349 down from $449.99, and the PlayStation VR - Gran Turismo Sport Bundle is $299, which is 25% off its original price of $399.99.

TL;DR

  • What makes this deal worth considering? - This price won't be around for long because this sale ends tonight.
  • Things to know before you buy! - Shipping will run you $5.99, but it's free with ShopRunner or Premier. You will also need a PlayStation 4 for this VR and a PlayStation Camera which are both sold separately. You can also score this same deal at B&H Photo.

TL;DR

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4 days ago

The $110 Samsung T5 portable SSD is fast, secure, and down to a low price

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This portable SSD is super fast, and an SSD isn't going to fail from getting bumped around like a hard drive might.

The Samsung T5 250GB portable SSD is down to $109.99 on Amazon. This SSD usually sells around $130. Recently it has dropped to $120 a few times, but this is its first drop to $110 and, therefore, its lowest price ever.

The 500GB version is also on sale for $170.The last deal we shared on this drive is when it dropped from a street price of $200 to $180. It has stayed at $180 since then, so this is an all new low.

The Samsung T5 is fairly new, having just released in mid-August. It has still gotten quite a few great critical reviews in a short amount of time, including an Editor's Choice and 4 stars from PC Mag, 4.5 stars from Tech Radar, and a review from Forbes that said it "offers a great sweet spot in terms of size, performance and price."

Features include:

  • Superfast Read-Write speeds of up to 540 MB/s
  • Top to bottom metal design that fits in the palm of your hand
  • Optional password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption
  • Includes USB Type C to C and USB Type C to A cables

The T5 comes with a three-year warranty.

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4 days ago

Android 8.0 Oreo now rolling out to OnePlus 3/3T with OxygenOS 5.0 update

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The update will first be rolled out incrementally and then expand to more users.

OnePlus recently announced the 5T as its latest flagship handset, and while the phone does have a lot to offer, one area of annoyance lies with the fact that it won't receive an official build of Android Oreo until some point in 2018. However, if you own a OnePlus 3 or 3T, an over-the-air update for Oreo is rolling out now. An open beta for Oreo on the 3/3T began in October, but this update is being made available for all users as an official build.

With this being an update to Oreo, you'll soon have access to the likes of notification dots, picture-in-picture, Google's Autofill API, and smart text selection. However, in typical OnePlus fashion, you'll also find a variety of custom tweaks to elevate your Oreo experience even more.

OnePlus has added a new folder design within its launcher, there's now an option to upload photos you've taken directly to Shot on OnePlus, and the recently announced Parallel Apps feature that allows you to have two separate instances of the same application is here as well. Lastly, the update comes with the September security patch (and strangely not the more recent November one).

The Oreo/OxygenOS 5.0 update will be rolling out incrementally at first starting today and then expand to more and more users over the coming days.

Android Oreo

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4 days ago

The NVIDIA Shield TV streaming media player is down to $170

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

The NVIDIA Shield TV with game controller is down to $169.99 on Amazon. This price matches a deal we saw more than a week ago during Best Buy's early Black Friday sales, and you can find this price at Best Buy this time, too.

In fact, if you don't want the game controller (you should, but that's none of my business), you can get the NVIDIA Shield TV with just the remote for $150 at Amazon. Best Buy has this as well, but I wouldn't recommend this package in general because the game controller is $60 by itself, so you'll be losing money if you ever decide to go for it. Just pay the extra $20 for the top package.

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 927 user reviews.

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4 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: How far can OnePlus go with community-driven software and hardware?

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From the Editor's Desk

It's always a tough balance between listening to customers and having a central vision.

OnePlus held its first ever in-person launch event in New York City this past week. The OnePlus 5T clearly wasn't a groundbreaking product deserving of a launch event in itself, but OnePlus used this gathering more so as an opportunity to talk directly to fans and curious onlookers alike. Presenters took an inordinate amount of time talking about things the company had already done. Talking about the history of how OnePlus phones are made, and how OxygenOS was born out of user feedback. The core of the presentation focused on the philosophy inside OnePlus that the customer comes first — not just in how they're treated when buying the phone, but how the phones are made from the start.

If OnePlus wants to grow beyond the enthusiast community, does it have to start being a bit more opinionated?

OnePlus says that development of OxygenOS begins and ends with community engagement, coming up with new features that are fed to beta testers who give feedback that is directly integrated into the future builds. Tweaks and changes to amazingly mundane things like interface colors, animations and boot sequences all have hundreds of community members chiming in with strong opinions. The name "OxygenOS" itself was chosen as a suggestion from a OnePlus forum member. And OnePlus isn't shy about the fact that it listens to the same community when it comes to making hardware decisions on its phones. It's the reason why the OnePlus 5T has 8GB of RAM, a headphone jack, a physical mute switch and the like.

For an enthusiast-driven company like OnePlus, it makes sense to lean on the very fanatics buying your phones for input on what those products should be. The feedback loop can be powerful, and it almost guarantees sales up to a certain point. But the question is, if OnePlus wants to grow beyond this enthusiast group, does it need to start being a bit more opinionated again?

OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 3T

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said that the company learned a big lesson with the OnePlus 2. After seeing wonderful success with the OnePlus One, the company "got cocky" according to Pei — this led to some questionable decisions, like the ever-frustrating set of hoops to jump through to get the phone, and odd hardware choices like the removal of something as simple as NFC. OnePlus has certainly swung back in the other direction now, with wide open sales, much-improved customer service, and phones that don't skimp on the necessities.

OnePlus has completely changed how it treats users, but now it needs to move forward.

Now with that equilibrium achieved, I think it's time for OnePlus to take the reins once again. Looking at the progression from OnePlus 3 to the OnePlus 5T, I just don't see enough innovation happening. Some 85% (or thereabouts) of the phone experience is identical over the course of 18 months. That's a nod to how good of a phone the OnePlus 3 still is today, but also a point of realization that OnePlus needs to step up the innovation a bit. The OnePlus 5T is a good, solid phone for a really great price in a world of ever-more-expensive flagships — but it sure isn't innovative, new, exciting or important in the market in any respect.

OnePlus has worked out the kinks, got things running smoothly and most importantly shaken (most of) the bad blood the public has from past poor decisions. So now, I'm looking for OnePlus to do something truly new, fresh and exciting. There's a fine line between consistency and complacency, and that's precisely where OnePlus is walking right now.

And with that, a few more lingering thoughts on the week:

  • In reviewing the OnePlus 5T, I've taken a break from writing about the Pixel Buds. Rest assured a proper "review" will be landing soon, though.
  • Google got many things right with the Pixel Buds, including the comfort, battery life, and sound quality. But they're very expensive, and the advanced features leave something to be desired.
  • I'm initially quite satisfied with the Pixel 2 XL's display after the latest software update to improve the tuning via a "saturated" display mode.
  • It still isn't a drop-dead gorgeous panel, but it sure is above average. The display stands in the way of the Pixel 2 XL being a truly great phone, but I don't find it a big enough issue to stop me from recommending it at this point.
  • You'll notice that after initially pausing our recommendation of the Pixel 2 XL in our review, we've moved back to recommending it as originally found in the first testing period.
  • All that being said, I still like the smaller Pixel 2 more. I'm a sucker for a "small" phone, and it's just a much more compelling device with its much lower price.

Have a great week, everyone — particularly those of us in the U.S. who are likely to spend some time with family for the long Thanksgiving weekend.

-Andrew

OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5

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4 days ago

Grab Samsung's Chromebook Pro at its all-time low right now

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It's time to upgrade to an awesome Chromebook!

Is this deal for me?

Amazon is currently offering Samsung's Chromebook Pro for its lowest price yet. Priced at $499, this is $50 less than it was recently sold for, and about $20 less than its previous Amazon low. It features a 12.3-inch touchscreen LCD display and comes equipped with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

B&H is also offering the Chromebook at the same price, as is Samsung direct.

Not sure if the Chromebook Pro is for you? From our review summed up their Chromebook Pro review saying:

This is far and away the best Chromebook Samsung has ever made relative to the competition at the time, and considering how strong the market has become that's an extra bit of praise. It's extremely thin and light without feeling cheap, has an excellent display and plenty of power for any Chromebook user while hitting a reasonable price point of $550. It also has the added bonus of a stylus that performs just as well as Samsung's Note line of phones and tablets.

This is a solid Chromebook, and at this price, you won't find much better out there. Be sure to grab one now, before the discount is gone. If you want something a little less expensive, the Plus model is also $100 off, dropping it down to $349.

TL;DR

  • What makes this deal worth considering? - This is a match for this Chromebook's lowest price, and this time it's available at multiple places.
  • Things to know before you buy! - A Chromebook won't be your best bet if you are a heavy gamer or photo editor, but for those who want to browse the web and create documents, this is the way to go.

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4 days ago

Skyrim VR review: A clumsy, hilarious trip through a familiar world

This is probably not what it feels like to be Dragonborn.

From the moment Bethesda announced the seemingly immortal Skyrim would be getting a VR version, there have been a lot of questions. Building a game for VR and building a game for 2D screens require a lot of very different tools and design concepts, but the folks at Bethesda are no strangers to VR concepts. This is the first of several huge VR titles planned over the next couple of months, and with the addition of multiple DLC from the original game included in this version the amount of time players could spend in this game is orders of magnitude greater than your average VR game.

So is it better to have a ton of content to play with or flawless immersion in VR? This is an important question to ask yourself when considering Skyrim VR for your library, because in this situation you are not going to get both.

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4 days ago

Best Playstation 4 Bundle Deals

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Looking to pick up a PlayStation 4 for yourself or as a gift but don't want to pay full price for it? Here are some of the best bundles available right now!

Consoles are always going on sale, and there are always different deals that include games, controllers, and other accessories, but hunting them down isn't always the easiest thing. Whether you are looking for an original PlayStation 4, the refined PlayStation Slim, or the newest PlayStation Pro, we've got you covered on the best deals available.

If you aren't quite sure which console to be looking for deals on, be sure to check out our amazing comparison which breaks it all down for you.

PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 Slim

PlayStation 4 Pro

Your favorite deals?

Have you found a great deal that isn't listed here? If so, be sure to drop a link in the comments along with a line about what makes it such an awesome deal!

Update: Updated November 2017 with current deals. Previous deals have been removed and new deals added.

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4 days ago

Amazon will sell you a 1-year PlayStation Plus membership for only $40

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Grab a year of PlayStation Plus for less than $3.50 monthly!

Is this deal for me?

Amazon currently has the PlayStation Plus 1-year subscription card on sale for $39.99. This item usually sells for $59.99. You can grab this deal from GameStop as well. Pair this with a new DualShock 4 controller in a variety of colors for $39, and you've got quite the holiday gift for this year.

PlayStation Plus is Sony's online service for its gaming consoles. With your subscription, you can begin to team up and talk with thousands of other gamers via the multi-player modes within PlayStation games. PlayStation Plus also provides its subscribers with two free games (per console, so 6 total) each month, with titles coming from both unknown studios and major ones.

My personal favorite benefit of PlayStation Plus is the added discount on PlayStation's digital store. Even when there's a big sale going on for everyone, PS Plus subscribers get a bonus discount on top of the sale which can lead to some pretty great deals. If you have no qualms stopping you from going digital with your games, the subscription card is a great way to save money in the future if you continue to take advantage of the discount provided.

PlayStation Plus members get access to free games every month, too. If you don't have time to get to the new games this month, whether it be because you're busy with work or busy dying a thousand times in Crash Bandicoot, you can click "buy" on them now and have access to play them for as long as your PlayStation Plus membership continues.

By the way, did you hear that PlayStation trophies can earn you money now?

TL;DR

  • What makes this deal worth considering? - This is an awesome $20 discount off what you'd pay normally for Plus! That's like paying $3.33 monthly.
  • Things to know before you buy! - November's free PS Plus games have already been announced!

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5 days ago

Why the LG V10 is still in my gear bag two years later

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Great audio chops and being built to withstand the apocalypse makes the V10 the one phone I'm holding on to.

I've never used a phone more than a year. Before I came to work for Mobile Nations I got a new BlackBerry every year (except for a miserable affair with a Palm Pre) and nowadays I seem to change phones at least two or three times a year. But the LG V10 is still charged and in my carrying-around bag.

Changing phones stops being fun after the first 20 or so times.

And I still use it quite a bit. I love the way it's built with the rubber textured back and solid steel frame but that's not why I keep it around. Neither is the woefully old software the reason. I just love the way it sounds.

I carry three phones counting the V10, and even I think that's a bit ridiculous. But like everyone ever in the history of consumer electronics, I can't find the one thing that's perfect for everything. The Pixel 2 is what I use for any work stuff. We need to know what happens with Android from Google and how things work before another company gets in there and changes, fixes, or breaks things. It's also a really damn good phone and would be my choice if I had to pick just one.

I also carry my BlackBerry KEYone in case I actually have to do anything more than type out a short and typo-filled message. Any BlackBerry fan will tell you that the right keyboard can be a lifesaver if you need to do a lot of work with your phone, and now that a great BlackBerry keyboard phone is part of the Android ecosystem it's pretty damn wonderful.

But neither of these phones nor any other new phone I have here plays my music the way the V10 plays my music. The HTC 10 did, but because it's not built like a weapon of mass destruction it didn't survive as long as the V10 has. And the V10 sounds even better now than it did when I first got it. Like many music players or stereo parts, it got even better with a little age after the parts burned in a bit. I'm not exactly sure why that works the way it does, so I chalk it up to dust being magical. But it works like that. But I do know that the V10 is the best music player and fun device I've ever had and neither of its successors nor any other phone since comes close.

The V10 is the best music player I've ever had. And my wife would be quick to mention that I've had too many of them.

Besides playing the tunes the way I like them to be played, the V10 has a great camera, records sound better than any other phone I've tried, and is as connected as every other Android device. I often think that some company (looking at you, Samsung) needs to make a good music player that has Google Play support but doesn't need to be imported from Japan for $1,000. But really, that's exactly what my V10 is. Google Maps, Twitter, Facebook, and all the rest of the apps we love are there along with every streaming service and premium audio support. It's better than a good PMP because it can double as a phone if I wanted it to.

I know it's not going to last forever. If I get lucky and never meet Mr. Bootloop I reckon I can get a couple more years out of it. I just hope someone makes a replacement that I like as well between now and then.

I can't be the only one hanging on to some old phone because it makes a great second-duty device. At least I hope I'm not. Holler at me if you're doing something similar and keeping an old phone around because it's so damn good at a few things.

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