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This could be the first glimpse of the BlackBerry 'Krypton'
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
Krypton is coming. By now, it's no secret TCL has more BlackBerry smartphones in the works. The device known as 'Krypton' has passed through the Bluetooth SIG, Wi-Fi Alliance and FCC already and according to François Mahieu, head of global sales for TCL, the full-touch device is expected to arrive at some point in October. Still, despite all of that information, the 'Krypton' has eluded being caught on camera, mostly. A recently posted image offers up what could be the first glimpse of the next BlackBerry. As posted on BBM Channels, the image purports to show off the back side of the BlackBerry 'Krypton', though, given the source itself seemed uncertain if it really was the 'Krypton' there's certainly a bit of room here for speculation and debate. Given it's only a small look at the backside, there's not a whole lot that can be derived from the photo, but have at it in the comments. Does even this small look pique your interest? ...
The best tech deals that you don't want to miss out on
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
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! One-Day TP-Link Networking Gear Sale - Up to 35% off If you've been looking for some new networking gear, you'll want to check out Amazon's Deal of the Day which discounts a variety of TP-Link's products. From gigabit Ethernet switches to networ...
BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition coming to Canada beginning as soon as next week
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
A new KEYone color is coming to Canada soon. If you live in Canada and have been holding on waiting for the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition to be available, your wait is almost over. Amazon.ca, Walmart.ca, Staples.ca and more will begin offering the Black Edition beginning as soon as next week. "This has been an exciting year as we've introduced our reimagined BlackBerry smartphone to fans and customers here in North America, with overall market demand exceeding our expectations for the year," said, Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication, North America. "With introduction of BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition, we're able to directly respond to our fans in Canada who have asked for additional styling and performance options within the BlackBerry KEYone lineup." "The demand and excitement for the BlackBerry KEYone across the globe has been fantastic," said, Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry. "We cong...
How to disable icon notification badges on the Galaxy Note 8
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
This could be your favorite feature ... or it could annoy you every single day. Notification badges are a small but divisive feature that has sparked many an argument among smartphone users. Many users, particularly anyone who's used an iPhone, greatly appreciate seeing that little circle on their app icons indicating the number of unread notifications. Notification badges have had a spotty but improving past on Android, and listening to demand, Samsung includes this feature in the Galaxy Note 8 — but it isn't perfect, as not every app supports the pre-Oreo notification badge system Samsung uses. No matter which side of the issue you fall on, we can all agree that having a setting in the phone to turn off these icon badges would be a beneficial thing. Unfortunately, Samsung doesn't give us such a setting, so we have to go our own way. To get this done, we have to start by installing an app from the Play Store. The app we've used with success is called BK Package Disabler (...
Best Samsung Gear VR games with controller support
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
What Gear VR games need a controller? Samsung built the Gear VR so it didn't have to rely on a separate controller, and most of the time that is awesome. The touch panel on the side of the headset lets you move around quickly and swipe to perform many different actions in apps and games, and it's a lot of fun. Sometimes, either because you don't want a single arm getting tired from playing for an extended period of time or because you want to be a little more discreet, a controller is what you need. Here's a quick look at the games we like best when played with a Gear VR controller in hand, so you can have more fun in VR for longer. Read more at VR Heads ...
This $25 Bluetooth speaker has a crazy long 24-hour battery life
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
Keep the party going all night long with this loud Bluetooth speaker! Amazon's currently has a pretty great discount on the extremely popular Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker. With this deal, the black version speaker drops down to $25.49 (the other colors are $32.99), from a usual street price around $36. Anker is well known for coupon code deals, which are hard to track over time, so it's possible this speaker has gone lower than this in the past. For direct price drops, though, this price only matches a previous drop back in 2016 on Black Friday. The SoundCore has a 24-hour battery life, which means you can take it on any outdoor excursion without worrying about it fading for quite some time. It has a built-in mic so you can use Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls. It also comes with an 18-month warranty from Anker. The waterproof successor to this speaker, the SoundCore 2 is also on sale right now, and you can pick one up for just $40. See at Amazon More Stories from Thri...
Best Cases for the Galaxy Note 8
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
Kep your Note 8 protected from day one on with a quality case. The Galaxy Note 8 is shaping up to be a contender for phone of the year. While we wait for the phones to start shipping, now's the perfect time to start the search for the best cases to keep your new phone protected. The launch of such a major device as the Note 8 means accessory manufacturers are ready to roll on day one. As such, you have your pick of the litter from a great selection of cases from the best brands out there. We've broken things down by the manufacturer and offered direct links to some of our favorite styles. But ultimately the choice is yours, and there's a ton of cases to choose from already. Samsung cases OtterBox cases Speck cases Ringke cases Spigen cases Incipio Dual Pro Samsung cases If you're at all concerned about not getting the right fit or build quality from a third party accessory maker, maybe you're best off sticking with cases designed in-house by Samsung. Samsung offers a simila...
The Canon Rebel t6i DSLR camera is down to a great low price refurbished
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
Canon's "Pumpkin Spice Sale" is discounting already discounted refurbs by up to $450! Please stop pretending your smartphone photos are awesome just because you tilted the screen and put a sepia filter on them. Step up your photography game with a real camera - a digital SLR. Canon's refurb store regularly has some of the best deals on DSLRs along with a full one-year warranty and great customer service. Right now Canon is having a "Pumpkin Spice Sale" discounting already refurbished cameras and lenses, similar to the Labor Day sale we shared a few weeks ago. The best deal in this sale is the Rebel EOS t6i camera, including one with the body and a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM starter lens for $498.99. That's a $95 drop compared to other refurbs and an almost $250 drop off a new kit. Learn everything there is to learn about the Canon t6i through DPReview.com's in-depth break down of the camera. Too long, didn't read: "The camera is an evolutionary follow-up to the T5i, adding a higher ...
How to use multi window mode on the Galaxy Note 8
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
Multitask using two apps on one screen with multi-window mode on the Galaxy Note 8! The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 delivers the tallest screen yet in this line of phones. This, of course, means that using multi-window mode is more awesome than ever before. We've got the details on how to use multiple windows with your Note 8 so that you never miss an email or a message! How to open multi window mode How to close multiple window mode How to rotate window placement How to open multi window mode Multi-window mode lets you have two apps open and available for use at the same time. There isn't any need to set anything up, you just need to know how to launch multi window mode in order to get started. Open the first app you want to use. Press and hold the return button. Tap the multi window icon. Tap to select a recent app to open in multi window mode. How to close multi window mode While multi window mode can be handy in a lot of cases, you may want to close it when you don't nee...
Moto G5S Plus coming to the U.S. Sept 29 for $230
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
The best of Motorola's mid-range product line is coming to the U.S. at the end of September. Back in August, Motorola quietly unveiled revamped "special edition" versions of its popular Moto G5 and G5 Plus smartphones, aptly titled Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus. Today, the larger and more expensive of those two phones goes up for pre-order at a number of U.S. retailers prior to its release September 29. Available in Lunar Gray or Blush Gold, and in 32GB ($229.99) or 64GB ($299.99) variants, the phone sports a larger 5.5-inch 1080p panel than the regular G5 Plus, and has more metal (this one is called an all-metal body) and an upgraded dual camera system, with two 13MP sensors. Keep in mind that both variants are $50 until September 28, after which time they'll rise to $279.99 and $349.99 respectively. The phone still runs the same Snapdragon 625 processor as its Moto G5 Plus counterpart, but the $229 32GB entry level model comes with 3GB of RAM instead of 2GB, while the 64GB variant...
Try out DirecTV Now for a month at absolutely no cost to you
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
If you've been looking to make the move to streaming all of your media, including your television shows, this may be the promotion for you. Right now, DirecTV is offering a free one-month trial of its DirecTV Now service when you use the coupon code RULESFREE9. The normal free trial period is only 7 days. You can sign up for any of the packages, including the most expensive options, and still get the first month for free. DirecTV Now plans start at $35 a month for 60+ live channels and go as much as $70 a month for $120+ live channels. You can also add other premium channels, like HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz. If you're looking for local channels, make sure you pick up an OTA HD antenna. Be sure to set a reminder for when your one month is coming to an end so that you can change your lineup selection or cancel before you get billed again. See at DirecTV More from Thrifter How to find the best deal on your next flight Best and most lenient return policies from various retail...
KeySmart Pro review: Tile tracking on a great key organizer is invaluable
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
If you lose your keys — or if you even think you might lose your keys — then this is a no-brainer. I can't say that I've ever really lost my keys. I tend to put them in the same place every time I return home. And I keep them in the same spot in my bag when I travel. Keys, they say, are pretty important. Having written that, I now fully expect to lose my keys in the coming days. That brings me to a new version of an old toy. I've long been a fan of KeySmart — sort of a Swiss Army Knife sort of thing for your keys, so you're not stuck with a mangled mess of metal, stabbing you in the pocket when you least expect it. And now KeySmart has gotten even smarter, teaming up with the Tile tracking service. So you can use your phone to find your keys. No extra dongles — it's just all built in. Let's take a quick look. See at KeySmart   See at Amazon The keys, please — what is KeySmart Pro? First things first: KeySmart is one of ...
Samsung Gear Sport vs. Gear S3: What's the difference?
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
The wearable landscape is heading toward fitness, and there are plenty of choices. Samsung offers a nice three-pronged approach to wearables, starting at the bottom with the fitness-driven Gear Fit 2 Pro, notching up to the fence-sitting Gear Sport and impressing at the top with the all-around performer Gear S3. For someone who wants comprehensive fitness tracking but also a bigger screen that can handle more traditional smartwatch functions, they will instantly narrow down to just the Gear Sport and the larger Gear S3. So which of these two Tizen-powered smartwatches is right for you? We're here to lay out the details and help you decide. What's the same Despite a few spec and size differences, Samsung uses the same software and interface paradigm across its Gear S2, Gear Sport, and Gear S3. It's the same Tizen OS we've been using for a couple of years now, with an emphasis on maximizing its circular interface and rotating bezel (plus a couple side buttons) for navigation. B...
These are the best free apps for PlayStation VR
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
There aren't many out there, but the free apps on Playstation VR are nothing to scoff at. Sony launched PlayStation VR with a bang, including a ton of amazing games from nearly every genre. If you haven't spent any time lurking through the PlayStation store since setting up your PlayStation VR, then you might not realize that there are a handful of free apps available for download right now. At the moment, the pickings are a bit slim, but that's to be expected since we're only a few short days past launch day. Well, don't worry about searching through the PlayStation store because we've got the details on the best free apps on PlayStation VR. Read more at VR Heads ...
This is the time to start your own media server with Synology DiskStations dropping in price
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
Synology is discounting at least four different models of very popular DiskStations. A whole bunch of Synology network-attached storage devices are on sale right now, and there's a wide range of features and prices based on what you need to start your own media server. Synology DiskStation DS216j 2-bay network-attached storage device is down to $149.99 on Amazon. That's a $20 drop from its regular price and a match for its lowest price on Amazon. Synology DiskStation 2-bay DS216+II for $259.99. That's a drop of $40 from its street price. This is an upgrade over the above model because it adds on-the-fly transcoding. Synology DiskStation DS916+ 2GB 4-Bay NAS Enclosure for $499. This is a $50 discount and this NAS adds two more bays and another gigabyte of RAM over the previous models. This price is matched on Amazon but the shipping is delayed. Synology DS916+ 8GB 4-bay enclosure for $549 at B&H. This is a new sales price from Synology and you can find it at a couple other retail...
What's the difference between Tango and ARCore?
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
Google has one Augmented Reality platform, but it comes in two great flavors. Techies have been getting very excited about Augmented Reality over the last year, from discussions surrounding why Pokémon Go continues to be so popular to the recent excitement developers have drummed up with Apple's ARKit platform. Naturally, Google fans look at something like ARKit almost mockingly. These demonstrations pale in comparison to Tango, the fully spatially aware platform from Google's [x] division. And yet, after the launch of Android Oreo this year, Google surprised a lot of people with the launch of ARCore as a new kind of Augmented Reality experience. On the surface, ARCore and Tango feel like entirely unique approaches to augmented reality. But if you take a closer look with us, you'll see these two things are part of the same larger system Google has been working on for years. Demystifying Tango Where most think about Augmented Reality as a way to add information to the rea...
Bose QC 35 II with Google Assistant are now available for $350
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
The first headphones with Google Assistant built-in are now available. In the year or so since launching, Google Assistant has come to more and more form factors. Starting with the Pixel phones and Google Home, Assistant has expanded to most Android-powered devices. Starting today, the service will be available on headphones as well. Bose says that the the QC 35 II headphones are now available to purchase. These are mostly the same as last year's highly praised QC 35's, with mostly the same button layout, same (glorious) Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and same basic construction. The one addition is a button on the back of the left earcup, specifically to trigger Google Assistant. The headphones will still be reliant on whatever phone they are connected to, as Assistant on the headphones will only be used for speeding up voice processing and delivering notifications. The Assistant button can be remapped to toggle different ANC settings for those who don't care for having an assi...
NVIDIA announces Shield Android TV without game controller for $179, shipping Oct 18
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
If you don't need accessories, you won't want to pay for them. In order to keep things fresh in an increasingly competitive set top box market, NVIDIA is announcing a new version of its Shield Android TV that drops the price by $20 to just $179. The casualty in the process is the controller, meaning this version comes with just the TV-style remote for those less interested in playing games but want to enjoy the Shield Android TV's serious power and 4K HDR support. It may not seem like a great deal to skip out on a full-featured controller just to save just $20, but if you weren't ever going to use the controller in the first place, there's no reason to overpay for that extra hardware. At the same time, getting the Shield Android TV's starting price down to $179 a handful of months after launch is good as new Fire TVs, Rokus and Apple TVs hit the market. Pre-orders for the new Shield Android TV with just a remote will be available over at NVIDIA's online store, with a shipping date...
Best smart lights for Amazon Alexa
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
Which smart lights are the best if you're rolling with Amazon Alexa? It's a trick question. All of them are great. (OK, some are better than others.) We're starting to get to the point where smart lights are a dime a dozen. OK, they're not anywhere near that cheap yet. But prices are continuing to drop. And perhaps more important is that they basically all work with Amazon Alexa — and that means if you have the Echo or Echo Dot or Echo Show or any offshoots, you're good to go. And they all generally work the same. Hook in whatever you account you have with an Alexa Skill, and you're up and running. Commands are generally the same. Grouping lights into rooms is generally the same. The future, boys and girls, is pretty much here. Or something. The real question, then, is which one should you get? We've got a new few favorites, and one old favorite. Philips Hue Look, there's a reason these things are so popular. They just work. And they work very, very well. And it's not...
Speed up your home Wi-Fi with discounts on select TP-Link gear today only
September 21st, 2017, 01:34 PM
These prices are good for one-day only, so don't miss out! If you've been looking for some new networking gear, you'll want to check out Amazon's Deal of the Day which discounts a variety of TP-Link's products. From gigabit Ethernet switches to network extenders and Wi-Fi routers to cable modems, there is a deal here for just about everyone. With these prices, today is a great day to stop renting your existing modem from your ISP. Most cable companies charge around $10 per month to rent the modem from them, and today you can have your own for as little as $70 (which means it pays for itself in just 7 months!). Some of the best deals include: TP-Link Deco M5 Mesh WiFi System - $199.99 (Normally $299.99) TP-Link TC-7650-E Cable Modem – $69.99 (normally $99.99) TP-Link AC1200 Gigabit Wireless Router - $44.99 (Normally $60) TP-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender - $18.99 (Normally $29.96) TP-Link Smart Plug (2-Pack) - $39.99 (Normally $54.99) Be sure to check out the full list of p...