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This is the Galaxy S8 Active
July 23rd, 2017, 06:38 PM
Leaked photos and answers from a person holding the unreleased phone tell us most of what we wanted to know. If you wondering about the details surrounding the coming Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, buckle in because here's most everything you could want to know about it. A user in the AC Forums has an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S8 Active and posted some photos and answered some questions, only to go back and delete much of the information. (Android Police was able to snag most of the photos beforehand). Once something is posted to the internet, you can never erase it. Here's a gallery of Galaxy S8 Active photos and a excerpt from a Q&A series of posts: How did you get the S8 Active? I'm guessing it's for AT&T only? Connection with Samsung. Poster goes on to confirm his unit is SIM-locked to AT&T Does it scratch easily? Does screen have plastic layer on top? No it doesn't scratch easily. No plastic layer. Is the active button still there or is it replaced with Bixby? Is th...
Two guys talk about the Galaxy Note 8 and stuff [#acpodcast]
July 23rd, 2017, 06:38 PM
With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 8's launch date, we break down all of the latest rumors and what we think Samsung needs to do to knock it out of the park. Looking back at three months with the Galaxy S8 gives us some perspective as well. We also have some quick takes on Google Play Protect, Android O's Bluetooth improvements and YouTube's strong-handed new filtering of some search results. Show notes Android is an open road, not a dead end Google's 'Andromeda' looks to be hiding in plain sight Samsung Galaxy S8 review: Three months on Bixby Voice now available for every Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the U.S. Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 8 launch for August 23 Galaxy Note 8 renders give clean look at boxier design, Infinity Display Samsung Galaxy Note 8: What we know so far, the video Galaxy Note Pro: Why Samsung should sell a $1500 phone Google Play Protect now widely available Android O fixes a lot of what's wrong with Bluetooth YouTube is taking an even stronger stance on 'extremis...
How to record your Gear VR gameplay
July 23rd, 2017, 06:38 PM
Recording and sharing your Gear VR gameplay is easier than you think. So you've got your Gear VR, and you've been enjoying the games and apps you can access on it. The time has come to get your friends excited about VR, and share these awesome experiences. You might not know how to record your Gear VR gameplay so that you can share it online or with friends directly. Well, we've got good news for you. There is a super easy way to record your gameplay and it's baked right into the Gear VR. Unlike recording gameplay on Google Cardboard you won't need to download any apps or use anything other than your Gear VR. Read more at VRHeads ...
Get a rechargeable Saberlight Plasma lighter for only $15.95
July 23rd, 2017, 06:38 PM
It's the 21st century, why the heck are you still using traditional flame lighters? Electricity-generated plasma beams are much hotter and cleaner than a butane flame, plus it's also windproof and splash proof so you'll be able to get something lit no matter the weather. Save 84% off the Saberlight Rechargable Plasma Lighter! Learn More If this sounds like an amazing invention, you're going to love this deal from Android Central Digital Offers! You can get a Saberlight Rechargeable Plasma Lighter for just $15.95, that's 84% off the regular price of $100. This lighter is TSA approved and includes a built-in rechargeable li-ion battery and a microusb charging cable. You can get up to 300 uses on a fully charged lighter, and like we said it's way healthier and safer than a traditional butane lighter. Looking to double down and buy one for yourself and a second for a friend? Check out this two-pack for just $29.99 and save 85%! This deal won't last for long, so make sure to get y...
Best MicroSD Card For Android
July 23rd, 2017, 06:38 PM
Best overall Best value — capacity Best value — speed Best balanced Best top-tier Samsung EVO+ 256GB See at Amazon Samsung's very-highest-of-the-high-end microSD card isn't cheap. In fact, it's the priciest on this list. But you're also getting a winning combination of performance and storage capacity, with 90MB/sec write speeds and 95MB/sec reads, and an enormous 256GB of space. That's more than you'll ever need in a smartphone, and the high read/write speeds will help if you're shooting lots of 4K video on a high-end phone like the Galaxy S8 (as too will that enormous capacity.) Better still, it's water, temperature, X-ray and magnetic proof, so you needn't worry about it getting damaged while you're out and about. Best value - capacity Samsung EVO Select 128GB See at Amazon If you want a nice high storage capacity without breaking the bank, Samsung's128GB card is a good option — it provides a staggering amount of storage, and with pretty fast ...
From the Editor's Desk: Hitting the road
July 23rd, 2017, 06:38 PM
While we wait for the next big thing, it's time to take stock, and a break. I'm out of town. When you read this, I'll be blissfully offline. I often talk to my friends about phone addiction to understand how the effects of spending too much time with one's screens impacts those whose lives don't revolve around evaluating them. Studies continue to show that after spending too much time with phones, half-concentrating on the person talking to them, the effects are far-reaching and devastating: we are losing the ability to concentrate. So I'm going to spend a weekend concentrating on one thing, and that's the people around me, and on myself. I genuinely think that the very technology we draw closer to our bodies every day is the same thing making us tired, and anxious, and alone. Be it refreshing Instagram one too many times or falling down a YouTube black hole, it's too easy to get sucked into a vacuum of myopia: the internet is at once never-ending and unknowable and yet completely...
This USB-C cable is down to just $10 today
July 23rd, 2017, 06:38 PM
Odds are you have nowhere near the same amount of USB-C cables as you did micro USB, so if you need some more you should check out Incipio’s option. It supports USB 3.1 speeds and is down to just $10 today! ...
Where did all of this Qualcomm hate come from?
July 22nd, 2017, 06:38 PM
Qualcomm's patents and their usage fees have many up in arms and are at the center of a big legal mess. Around the web, you'll find plenty of things written about Qualcomm. Most of it is news about its latest products, or reviews of the same products but you'll also see a new trend of ... distaste for Qualcomm. Most of the time there is no back story given about why. So that's what we're going to talk about in a non-lawyerly way and with no full disclosure on the standards-essential patents fees or any royalty caps. If you're reading and happen to know patent law, please feel free to correct the "internet wisdom" at play here in the comments so we all can benefit. Qualcomm makes great stuff Qualcomm has done some amazing things to move mobile forward. Its Snapdragon platform blends processing power, graphics rendering and network connectivity together in a way that's better than anything else you can buy off the shelf, especially if you're in North America. Qualcomm's products ...
Do your thing in this weekend's comment thread!
July 22nd, 2017, 06:38 PM
The comments are yours to use as you will. Almost. It's the best day of the week of all the days of the week once again. Saturday is the first day of the weekend that's not the last day. Time to relax, at least a little bit. And if you're working through the weekend, hopefully your days off are just as great as a Saturday. Use this down time to get ready for the Galaxy Note 8. That's what we're doing, but everything we're doing right about now is getting ready for the Note 8. Because it's coming in just a month. This Note is going to be a tad different from the past releases. It's either the best Note ever or the worst, depending on what you're looking for. Samsung has to play things a little safe this time and I don't expect anything crazy or innovative is going to debut here. Why? Because of the Note 7. That damn Bixby button though. Look, Samsung doesn't have to prove to me (or most of us) that they can build a perfect phone. One that works exactly as advertised, with no surpri...
Best Multiplayer VR Games
July 22nd, 2017, 06:38 PM
What are the best multiplayer VR games? One of the best aspects of virtual reality is sharing the experience with friends, whether online or right in your living room. No matter the VR system you're using, these are the best multiplayer titles available now. Read more at VR Heads! ...
Get a Super-Sized Ethical Hacking bundle for just $43!
July 22nd, 2017, 06:38 PM
Hackers pose a serious threat, not only to individuals but also to large corporations. There are vast security structures in place to keep hackers out, but without testing that security, there's no way to know whether it will hold up. That's where ethical hackers come in. Learn how to become a certified pentester with this nine-course bundle! Learn more Ethical hackers are employed to test security systems, and the better they are at hacking, the better they are at their job. In order to become a successful ethical hacker, you really need to know what you're doing, and the training required is usually quite extensive and expensive. Right now, however, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal on a Super-Sized Ethical Hacking bundle. Instead of paying the regular price of $1,080, you'll pay just $43. That's 96 percent off the regular price! This nine-course bundle will take you from zero to hero with 667 lessons and over 76 hours of training. Courses include: Bug Bounty: Web ...
Best Drones Under $300
July 22nd, 2017, 06:38 PM
You don't need to break the bank to buy a fun, reliable drone. If you're looking to buy your first drone, whether for racing or just for the fun of it, searching for the top-rated drones might result in sticker shock. Sure, the DJI Inspire 1 looks AMAZING, but at nearly $3,000, it's not worth the investment if you're a novice hobbyist. If you're a beginner, you'll want a drone that's easy enough to fly to get a handle on everything but also tough enough to survive a crash caused by human error or technical malfunction. Fortunately, there are a number of great drone options out there for under $300. They may include cameras (of lesser-quality, of course) and first-person view (FPV) flying options, as well as bumpers to protect the blades and hardware while you're still learning the basics. Then, once you're confident in your skills as a drone pilot, you can decide whether to upgrade to a more expensive, professional drone. Three of these drones fall below both the FAA requirements ...
New low-energy mesh standard makes Bluetooth the Internet of Thing's best friend
July 22nd, 2017, 06:38 PM
Bluetooth could be the standard that turns the internet of things into something we can care about. Chances are that when you hear "Internet of things" you don't have high expectations. I feel you. Unfortunately, the real internet of things isn't as exciting as some envisioned, and the devices and software used for shipping containers or a big library just don't have a wow factor. That will change eventually, and we'll have consumer things that are useful, different and we can actually touch them. But first, some standards need to be worked out. The current IoT is a mess of standards and protocols and things that just won't work with each other. That's really different from something like, say, Bluetooth, which just works everywhere and with practically everything. That's why it was important for Bluetooth SIG (the companies and people who develop and maintain Bluetooth standards, among other things) get serious about the IoT, and the new Low-Energy mesh protocols shows that they ...
Grab a set of wired stereo headphones for just $5 today
July 22nd, 2017, 06:38 PM
Need a set of basic headphones for listening to music and taking calls while on the go? If so, check out Cellet’s stereo earphones in white or black or just $5 today! ...
Snag some Comic-Con deals on movies from Google Play this weekend!
July 21st, 2017, 06:38 PM
The San Diego Comic-Con is well underway, and to celebrate Google Play has some pretty sweet deals on superhero movies! Following along with all the news coming out of the San Diego Comic-Con is always fun but if you're looking jump even deeper into the superhero world, why not take in a movie at home this weekend? Right now, Google Play has discounted a bunch of superhero movies that you can rent or purchase. Everything from live action movies to animated features is available, so there's sure to be something that piques your interest! Some of the available titles: Blade Runner: The Final Cut Special Edition - $2.99 Rent - $9.99 Buy HD Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - $2.99 Rent - $9.99 Buy HD Justice League vs. Teen Titans - $2.99 Rent - $9.99 Buy HD Batman: Bad Blood - $2.99 Rent - $9.99 Buy HD Kick-Ass 2 (Extended) - $2.99 Rent - $7.99 Buy HD Serenity - $2.99 Rent - $7.99 Buy HD Ghost Rider - $2.99 Rent - $7.99 Buy HD Ghost Rider Spirit Of Vengeance $2.99 Rent - $8.99 Buy HD ...
Verizon's Unlimited plan: Everything you need to know
July 21st, 2017, 06:38 PM
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 Unlimited talk, text, and data Unlimited HD streaming video (see Verizon's Video Optimization Deployment page) Unlimited mobile hotspot Add a tablet with unlimited data for $20 per month Add a connected device for $5 per month Unlimited calling and text...
Best phone mounts for PlayStation 4
July 21st, 2017, 06:38 PM
With a phone mount, you can play no matter where you are. PlayStation 4 is a beloved console because it has hundreds of excellent games, access to movies through Sony's store, and plenty of apps that let you get at the content you want to enjoy. What if you're not able to snag the television from your roomie, though? Well, if for whatever reason you can't play on that sweet big screen, you can utilize the popular PlayStation 4 Remote Play feature by taking advantage of a clip that mounts your phone to your controller. These clips aren't just for playing directly from your phone either. You can use them to help film Let's Play videos, use them as a second screen for tips and tricks, or for specific items for a walkthrough. No matter what reason you have for wanting a phone mount, we've collected the best ones to get the job done. Keep reading for all the details! Nyko Smart Clip Megadream 180-degree Android clip Wireless phone clip holder mount Sony GCM10 phone mounts Nyko Smart ...
Razer looking to build gaming-focused phone with fresh funds from stock IPO
July 21st, 2017, 06:38 PM
Well, this is an expected turn of events. Razer is developing a gaming-focused smartphone, but the launch could potentially hinge on whether it can raise money from the stock market with an IPO (initial public offering) in Hong Kong. The potential IPO could value the gaming hardware company at up to $5 billion, making it one of the biggest IPOs in years. Rumor has it the offering could come as soon as October. With the funding from offering its stock publicly, Razer hopes to push into the smartphone market — something obviously foreshadowed by its acquisition of Nextbit six months ago in January. Nextbit ceased sales of its only phone, the Robin, immediately after the buyout and has since operated stealthily inside of Razer. What can Razer bring to the table to differentiate itself in a competitive market? Details on what such a "gaming" smartphone would entail remain a mystery. Razer has built an amazing brand in gaming over just a handful of years, starting with simpl...
The 10 Best Horror Games for VR
July 21st, 2017, 06:38 PM
What are the best horror games for VR? {.intro} You either love them or hate them, but one thing has become apparent: horror games in VR are an entirely new experience. Shutting out the real world, including your desk, monitor, lights, and family members, and being injected straight into a horrifying world is quite a thrill. We've rounded up the best VR horror games available right now that will scare you real good. Read more at VR Heads! ...
Best Cases for Moto G5 Plus
July 21st, 2017, 06:38 PM
What are the best cases available for the Moto G5 Plus? Motorola's latest budget phone, the Moto G5 Plus, is quite the follow up to the Moto G4 Plus. If you recently picked one up on sale, you should reinvest some of the money you save on a case to keep it in tip-top condition. We've rounded up a wide variety of cases here —from heavy duty rugged to slim and sleek — so you can find the one that fits your lifestyle best! Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro Spigen Rugged Armor case Incipio NGP case TUDIA Ultra Slim case Cimo clear case Poetic Revolution rugged case LK Leather Wallet Flip case Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro with Built-in Screen Protector Do you regularly head out into the great outdoors with your phone and need a case that's rugged enough to take on the elements? Supcase offers its Unicorn Beetle Pro case, which features rugged, dual-layer protection and a built-in screen protector. It combines a rugged polycarbonate shell with soft TPU to create a durable case ...