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Eufy vs Fitbit: Which smart scale is best for you?
November 23rd, 2017, 08:02 AM
Which Smart Scale is the right fit for your active lifestyle? I've covered a number of topics in this health column, from tracking your dietary habits to the best accessories to get the most out of your runs. This week, I'll be focusing on the devices we use to track our progress. Smart scales might seem like a superfluous upgrade to a pretty basic piece of bathroom equipment, but they're great for getting a more accurate insight into your overall health rather than just knowing your total weight. Based on first impressions the Eufy BodySense and Fitbit Aria 2 both look nearly identical, but just like with people, it's what's on the inside that counts. Why should you get a smart scale? So maybe you're reading this while thinking about your reliable old bathroom scale and thinking that it does its designed job pretty well. Why upgrade? Well, if you're only interested in occasionally checking your current weight, maybe you don't need to upgrade. But if you're trying to improve y...
Deal: Alcatel Idol 5S is down to $200, its lowest price ever
November 23rd, 2017, 08:02 AM
Some great Black Friday smartphone deals. Update: These discounts are now live. Hit the links below to pick one up for yourself! Last year, Alcatel's Idol 4S was one of our top budget smartphone choices, so we were pretty excited when the sequel, the Idol 5S, didn't make too many changes. What the phone did, though, was get introduced at a much lower price than its predecessor. For $280, users got a 5.2-inch 1080p panel, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2620mAh battery, a 12MP rear camera, and a low-profile version of Android 7.1 Nougat. Now the Idol 5S is down to $199.99 for a limited time -- between Thursday, November 23 at 12:00 AM PST and Monday, November 27 at 11:59 PM PST -- for Black Friday. That's the same price Amazon sells the ad-supported Prime Exclusive version, but this one is ad-free and compatible with all four U.S. carriers. See at Amazon Alcatel is also discounting its entry-level A30 smartphone to $60 for the same period, which is a p...
This limited edition PS4 Pro comes with Destiny 2 and is now on sale for $350
November 23rd, 2017, 08:02 AM
We didn't expect a lot of PS4 Pro deals this year, so this is a nice surprise! Amazon is selling the PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Limited Edition Console - Destiny 2 Bundle for only $349.99! This is a match of GameStop and Best Buy's price, but they have the standard Black console without Destiny 2! Amazon wins. There are a ton of other great PlayStation sales going on right now, including unique prices on games, the PlayStation VR down to one of its best prices, and more. Features include: This Limited Edition bundle is the perfect package for existing and new Destiny fans. Destiny 2 players on PS4 will have access to bonus content before its available anywhere else. Bonus content includes a competitive multiplayer map, a three person co-op Strike, a new ship, specialized gear set and an exclusive exotic weapon. HDR in Destiny 2 coming soon. See at Amazon ...
Android Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Which do you use?
November 23rd, 2017, 08:02 AM
Android Pay works great, but a lot of our forum users would rather use Samsung Pay any day of the week. If you own a modern Android phone, there's a good chance you've used it to make a mobile payment at one point or another. Android Pay is your only real option to use if you own a phone from HTC, LG, Google, or OnePlus, but if you own any modern Samsung flagship, you have the choice between Android and Samsung Pay. Samsung Pay has long had the advantage of supporting both NFC and MST transactions, and when you combine this with the ability to earn free money by simply spending as you normally would, you end up with a couple big reasons to take advantage of Samsung's service if you own hardware that's compatible with it. When posed with the question of Android Pay versus Samsung Pay, this is what some of our forum users had to say. ZOMMBIE1 11-21-2017 01:00 PM “ its 100x better! not only does it work in more ...
5 great ways to edit video on your Chromebook
November 23rd, 2017, 08:02 AM
It's better (and easier) then you thought it was. One of the biggest criticisms of a Chromebook is the lack of good programs for content creation. Any time you read an article on the internet about using a Chromebook, inevitably someone in the comments will mention Photoshop or Adobe Premiere as the reason they can't use one, and they might be right. If you absolutely need Photoshop or Premiere and all the features they come with, you can't expect to do it on a Chromebook without a lot of fuss. But most people don't need Photoshop or Premiere, even if they are using those programs on a Windows or macOS computer. And when you look at the alternatives that have the features a basic user needs, Chromebooks are starting to look better every day. We've mentioned that Polarr is an awesome photo editor for your Chromebook that can do more than most people will ever need, and now we've got five easy ways to edit your videos. None of them are as feature-rich as Premiere, but every one of t...
Amazon is offering up to $100 off Sonos speakers right now
November 23rd, 2017, 08:02 AM
One of our favorite deals is available ahead of Friday! Update: These discounts are back again. If you missed out on them the other day, you won't want to miss out today! Right now you can score up to $100 off select Sonos speakers at Amazon. This deal includes the first discount on the Sonos One, dropping it down to just $174.99. The Sonos One is the company's first speaker that builds Alexa right into the speaker, and we had good things to say about it in our review. Sonos One - $156.50 (Normally $199) Sonos Play:1 - $149 (Normally $199) Sonos Play:3 - $249 (Normally $299) Sonos Playbar - $529 (Normally $699) Sonos Playbase - $599 (Normally $699) Sonos Playbar - $599 (Normally $699) Sonos 3.1 Home Theater System - $1,298 ($1,398) Sonos 5.1 Home Theater System - $1,596 (Normally $1,792) Sonos is also offering all of these discounts on its own site. TL;DR What makes this deal worth considering? - Sonos discounts are rather rare, and this is the first discount that we have see...
Amazon takes up to 25% off nearly any book its sells
November 23rd, 2017, 08:02 AM
Amazon is currently offering $5 off any print book order totaling $20 or more. You can mix and match a few different titles to hit the $20 mark, or you can get a single book that's valued at any amount over $20. To get the discount, you'll need to enter coupon code GIFTBOOK17 during checkout. Steve Jobs - $13.59 Elon Musk Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future - $10.31 In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives - $17.35 Humans of New York - $17.28 To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History - $12.17 LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy - $20.17 The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts - $29.17 ...
Google's Pixel 2 delivers great photo results for those with accessibility issues
November 23rd, 2017, 08:02 AM
Blurred photos from shaky hands are a thing of the past. With the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, some of their features are making a huge difference in terms of accessibility. Namely the fact that they're using both optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS) while taking photos or videos. For people like me who live with benign tremors in their hands, this makes a huge impact. We're going to break down why. OIS and EIS mean no more shaky videos Try imagining this: You go to take a selfie, but your hands are shaking so badly that every shot comes out hopelessly blurred. How about trying to take video of your niece's dance recital, except that the shaking makes it nearly painful to try and watch. For plenty of people all over the world, including me, that's just life. OIS and EIS working together makes a huge difference. Or it was anyway until Google delivered OIS and EIS for all the photos and videos you want to take with that glorious new camera. ...
All Our Black Friday Picks 2017
November 23rd, 2017, 08:02 AM
We know not everyone can browse tons of deal feeds to find the best deal, so we've simplified it for you. This list will constantly be updating, so be sure to check back frequently. Smart Home Amazon Devices iPhone, iPad, MacBook Google & Android 4K HDTVs PlayStation Xbox Nintendo Toys Lego Fashion & Beauty Everyday Essentials Amazon Deals Best Buy Deals Walmart Deals Smart Home HDTVs Toys PlayStation Google & Android Amazon Devices Amazon Deals Best Buy Deals Walmart Deals Apple Xbox Nintendo Everyday Essentials Fashion & Beauty LEGO ...
Add a Ring Video Doorbell to your front door for just $100
November 23rd, 2017, 08:02 AM
Know who's at the door before the doorbell rings! Is this deal for me? The Ring Video Doorbells have become more popular over the past year, and there are several good reasons for that. If you're in the market for one, or have considered one but weren't sold on the pricing of it, today may be the day you make that purchase. Right now you can pick one up for $99.99 at Amazon and Best Buy. From being able to see who is coming to your door to being able to interact with people who are in places that they shouldn't be right from your phone, there are lots of advantages to having a Ring Video Doorbell on the front of your home. TL;DR What excites us about this deal Most of our posts come because an item hits a new low, but this is a really low price for this item. Previously, the low we saw on this was around $125, and that was nearly a year ago. This year it dropped down to $150 a handful of times, but not often. This is one of the most practical outdoor security camera options o...
Amazon's Black Friday SanDisk sale discounts microSD cards, flash drives, and more
November 23rd, 2017, 08:02 AM
These prices are incredible, and won't last long! SanDisk has a bunch of its memory cards, microSD cards, flash drives and more on sale today. Some of these deals will sell out fast, so don't miss out. Some of the big deals to check out are the 200GB microSD card for $49.99, the 128GB USB 3.0 Ultra Fit drive for $25.99, and the 32GB Class 10 SD card for $9.95. MicroSD Cards 200GB SanDisk Ultra - $49.99 200GB SanDisk Ultra w/ adapter - $49.99 256GB SanDisk Ultra - $89.99 32GB SanDisk Ultra - $9.49 128GB SanDisk Ultra - $28.49 Flash Drives 128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit - $25.99 128GB SanDisk Cruzer USB 2.0 - $22.49 32GB SanDisk Ultra Fit - $9.99 This is just a small portion of what's available, so be sure to check out the whole sale now! ...
This is the best deal you'll find on a Google Wifi 3-pack this holiday season
November 22nd, 2017, 08:02 AM
Here's your chance to save a few extra bucks on a Google Wifi system! Google Wifi, the company's first mesh internet setup, has been quite popular since its release. At first, it was pretty hard to find, and we've never really seen any great deals on it, until now. You can pick up a 3-pack from Amazon for just $249.99. This is a savings of $50 on the system. Best Buy and B&H both have it for the same price. With Google Wifi you can easily set up and manage your network right from your phone. The mesh system allows you to bring the internet to parts of your home or office that didn't get a good signal before. If your current system is struggling, or you are looking for something new, be sure to pick up the 3-pack now! See at Amazon ...
Black Friday Stream: All of the best deals in real-time
November 22nd, 2017, 08:02 AM
Black Friday 2017 is finally here, and the Thrifter team will be covering all of it with you right here! That's right. Team Thrifter will be bringing you complete coverage of all things Black Friday right here, and we hope you'll join us. Our live coverage of the fun will begin on November 22 at 10 p.m. EST. There will be deals from just about every retailer you can think of, and some will definitely be better than others. Black Friday deals have been known to sell out in just minutes (sometimes less), so this is the quickest way to be alerted to these deals as they are happening! Join the Thrifter Deals Stream ...
The Platonic ideal of a smartphone [#acpodcast]
November 22nd, 2017, 08:02 AM
This week, Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Russell Holly dig in with the OnePlus 5T and try to figure out why it seems like almost all smartphones are starting to look alike. They also talk about the importance of buying a phone for what it can do now — not what it might be capable of later. Google is in the news once again with another trust and reputation-violating faux pas. This time, it's been secretly collecting users’ cell tower locations. Finally, friends don’t let friends buy a cheap, crappy Android tablet this Holiday season. What are the best options, if any? Check out this week’s show! Show Notes and Links: OnePlus 5T review From the Editor's Desk: How far can OnePlus go with community-driven software and hardware? OnePlus 5T: Should you pay extra for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage? OnePlus 5T is the company's fastest-selling phone Google has been secretly collecting Android users' cell tower locations, risking a hit to its reputation Please d...
The best tech deals that you don't want to miss out on
November 22nd, 2017, 08:02 AM
Our friends at Thrifter post some great deals every day, and here are the best ones available right now! From mobile phones to general tech, home goods and much more, the team at Thrifter is scouring the web every single day to find the best deals. Whether something hits a new all-time low, gets discounted for just a limited time, or has a new coupon code available for it, you won't want to miss out any of them. If you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks! So, what are the best deals that you should be looking at right now? Well, let's take a look at them so you can see which ones are best for you! UE Wonderboom - $109.99 (Normally $198.98) The Wonderboom is sitting at one of its lowest prices ever right now at $81.99. That's almost a deal in itself, but right now you can add another one to your cart and get both speakers discounted for $1...
Samsung Galaxy S9: Rumors, Specs, Release Date, and More!
November 22nd, 2017, 08:02 AM
The Galaxy S9 is on its way, and this is everything we know so far about Samsung's next flagship. Even today, there's no denying that the Galaxy S8 is still one of the best-looking phones on the market. Its Quad HD AMOLED Infinity Display is a thing of beauty, its camera takes excellent photos, and even Samsung's software is finally enjoyable for once. All of the greatness found with the S8 has put a lot of pressure and expectations on the S9, and although it probably won't be as big of an upgrade as the S8 was from the S7, it'll still likely be one of the best phones of 2018. Here's everything we know! The Galaxy S9 will look a lot like the S8 See this design? Hope you're okay with it for another year. If you were hoping for a big design upgrade with the S9, you better stop now before you get your hopes up too much. According to a source that spoke with Venture Beat, the S9 will share a very similar look compared to the S8. There will still be two models to choose from with th...
The best hand-picked Black Friday deals are right here!
November 22nd, 2017, 08:02 AM
Stay with Thrifter over Black Friday and beyond for the best hand-picked deals, promos, and contests! There's a saying around these parts: if you're not watching Thrifter's Black Friday live blog, you're not living. OK, that's a thing I just made up, but the sentiment is real. You've been seeing the Thrifter name around Android Central for a while now, and that's because we have partnered with them to curate the best hand-picked deals around. We thought we were pretty good at scouting deals, but Thrifter brings it to a level of artistry that's not seen anywhere else on the internet. Black Friday is probably the best time to pick up the gadgets and gifts you've been eyeing for months, and if you want to find those items for less, you'd better be looking at Thrifter. Thrifter is the only source for the best deals, Black Friday and beyond. Here's the deal: Thrifter isn't here to get you to spend your hard-earned money on stuff you don't need. It's here to find you the lowest pr...
Net neutrality, consolidation, monopolies, and you
November 22nd, 2017, 08:02 AM
Net neutrality is still worth fighting for. Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission, has proposed a complete repeal of Obama-era "net neutrality" regulations. He frames it as a return to free markets, but it is willfully ignorant of the founding nature and changing reality of the internet and what it will take to ensure its free and open future. A fair and open internet is vital to the national and global interest. It promotes our democracy and economy. The 2015 net neutrality rules are increasingly necessary as the companies that run the infrastructure of the internet consolidate into media conglomerates and exercise monopoly powers. Net neutrality is still worth fighting for — now more than ever. This playing field is level and fence-free What is Net Neutrality? Net neutrality is a basic principle: internet service providers (ISPs) cannot slow down, speed up, or block any service, app, or website. It is a level playing field for the...
Enjoy Fios Gigabit Connection w/ phone & TV for $79.99 a month
November 22nd, 2017, 08:02 AM
Verizon is offering Fios Gigabit Connection, a Triple Play bundle with Internet, Phone and TV for just $79.99/mo. online with a new 2-year agreement. Fios by Verizon gives you the best experience there is when it comes to internet, phone, and TV. The 100% fiber-optic Fios network delivers crystal-clear phone calls, beautiful HD TV with Custom TV channel packages, and blazing-fast internet with speeds up to 940 Mbps download and 880 Mbps upload. Verizon is offering Fios Gigabit Connection, a Triple Play bundle with Internet, Phone and TV for just $79.99/mo. online with a new 2-year agreement. With this offer, you'll get internet with speeds of up to 940/880 Mbps, along with crystal-clear HDTV and home phone service. And to help sweeten the deal, you'll also get multi-room DVR service and SHOWTIME® at no extra charge included for two years. SHOWTIME offers great original programming that includes shows like Ray Donovan, Shameless, Homeland and more. Stuck in a contract with ano...
OnePlus phones won't support Project Treble, but that's not a big deal
November 22nd, 2017, 08:02 AM
This is certainly annoying, but it's not the end of the world. Following the launch of its latest phone – the OnePlus 5T – OnePlus held an AMA on its official forums to answer any questions that its fans/customers had about the new tech. A lot of questions were answered, and one of the more interesting tidbits to come out of this was the fact that none of OnePlus's phones will support Project Treble. Quick refresher – what in the world is Project Treble? This is a system that Google announced in May to help speed up the infamously slow update process for new versions of Android when they're released, and although phones that ship with Android 8.0 Oreo or later have Treble turned on by default, ones that later upgrade to Oreo from previous versions of Android aren't required to do so. As a result of this, the OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, and even the 5T won't support Treble. This could theoretically mean slower updates compared to other manufacturers, but we wouldn't get to...