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These are the best Xiaomi lifestyle products you can buy in 2018
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
Xiaomi makes hundreds of lifestyle products under its Mi Ecosystem label. These are the best of the lot. Xiaomi's phones get all the attention, but over the years the manufacturer has rolled out hundreds of lifestyle products through its Mi Ecosystem label. Under the Ecosystem label, Xiaomi partners with hundreds of Chinese companies to offer smart home products, fitness bands, smart shoes, robot vacuums, and even a rice cooker. Over the course of the last year, that partnership has extended to include everyday objects like backpacks, luggage, and screwdriver sets. Xiaomi sells these products under its own label, with the smart home products marketed under the Mijia sub-brand. For instance, the $25 Mi Band 2 is sold as a Xiaomi product, but it is manufactured by Huami. The brand's smart shoes are also made by Huami, and are sold under the Mijia label. Then there's the Mi Robot vacuum, which is made by Roborock. By focusing on the lifestyle category, Xiaomi is looking to build an ...
Samsung Pay's rewards program just got a lot less awesome
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
Now it takes twice as long to get the goodies you want. Along with supporting older MST terminals, another area where Samsung Pay has an advantage over Android Pay (well, now Google Pay) is with its rewards program. Samsung Pay gives its users points they can redeem for gift cards, raffles, and more as they continually use the app, but in an unexpected move, Samsung's making this rewards system not nearly as fun. According to multiple users, Samsung Pay is taking the points you earn with its multiple tiers and cutting them in half. Because of this, the rewards system now looks like the following: Member users earn 5 points per purchase instead of 10 Silver users earn 10 points per purchase instead of 20 Gold users earn 15 points per purchase instead of 30 Platinum users earn 20 points per purchase instead of 40 This move wouldn't be so crummy if Samsung adjusted the cost for prizes to go along with the reduction in points that are earned, but this doesn't seem to be the case. In o...
The best tech deals that you don't want to miss out on
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 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! Moto X4 Prime Exclusive 32GB unlocked Android smartphone - $249.99 (Was $400) You can grab an unlocked version from several retailers for $299.99 right now, but this is a great way to save even more. Amazon no longer uses your phone's lock scree...
Qualcomm increases NXP offer to $44 billion amidst Broadcom drama
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
Qualcomm's increasing its original bid by 16%. Earlier this month, Qualcomm remained resilient against Broadcom by declining the company's second buyout offer of $121 billion. Shortly after this, Qualcomm has increased its offer to NXP by 16% in an attempt to get Broadcom off of its back. NXP is a Dutch semiconductor business that's primarily involved with the creation of infotainment systems in automobiles, and this bid increase would see Qualcomm pay $127.50 per each share of NXP — resulting in a total purchase of $44 billion. With this move, Qualcomm is hoping that the larger offer to NXP will make it easier for shareholders to see the value of Qualcomm as an independent company and reduce their eagerness to sell to Broadcom. Speaking to Reuters about the revised offer to NXP, Qualcomm's Board Director Tom Horton said: It makes Qualcomm stronger and more profitable and diversified if there is no deal with Broadcom, and if we do decide to pursue a sale the same is tru...
The best custom rooms in Rec Room
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
Rec Rooms newest update, Custom Rooms is amazing. You should try it! Since Rec Room was first released for the PlayStation VR I have loved it. Based on the Recreation centers you used to go to as a kid, mainly to keep you from being underfoot, or from hanging around on street corners, Rec Room has a huge amount of pre-made content for you to play around with. From games like Dodgeball and Paintball to full quests like the Rise of Jumbotron and even Laser Tag, Rec Rooms stock game is enough to keep you busy for hours. Then, because the guys at Against Gravity are crazy, they gave us Custom Rooms. Custom Rooms Give users the ability to create and save huge rooms or parks for other people to play in. Using the maker pen, a 3D design tool that's far more powerful than I gave it credit for, and the sandbox tools available, you can make almost anything you want to interact with. There are some limitations, the things you make with the maker pen can't move or interact with you for e...
Best Speakers To Use With Your Amazon Echo Dot
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
Best overall Best for portability Best for sound quality Best Overall Bose SoundLink II See at Amazon While it's designed to be a Bluetooth speaker to connect your phone, the design and audio quality from this speaker make it perfect for filling most rooms with sound. You can connect your Amazon Echo Dot to this speaker and leave it forever as a better Amazon Echo, or you can take the $180 Bose Soundlink II with you when leaving the house thanks to its internal battery. It's a great flexible option for just about every occasion and looks nice enough that it can sit in a room without standing out or taking up too much space. Bottom line: This speaker will turn your Amazon Echo Dot into something better than an Amazon Echo, and does a whole lot more. One more thing: You can pick up the Bose SoundLink II in either black or white to match your Echo Dot. Why the Bose SoundLink II is the best Plain and simple, this one comes down to style and feature set. Bose made a nice loo...
How to add custom ringtones and sounds to your Android phone
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
Android is all about customization. Don't like your launcher? Get a new one. Don't like your gray keyboard? Change it up! Got the same ringtone as that annoying co-worker at the other end of the room? Just don't like the lame, old sounds that came with your sweet, new phone? No problem — we have options. Once you get the hang of it, the world is your ringtone. Let awesome ring. How to find and set ringtones through the Zedge app How to add your own ringtone to Android How to apply your custom ringtone in Settings How to apply a custom ringtone to a contact How to apply a custom notification tone How to find and set ringtones through the Zedge app There's a lot of places to find ringtones, but far and away the easiest is Zedge. Zedge is a customization app that looks to personalize two of the most basic aspects of your phone: your sounds and wallpapers. Zedge even streamlines the process, letting you download and set your ringtone from the same screen! Once you find a ringt...
If you're not using night mode on Google Home, you're doing it wrong
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
Don't let dumb AI kill the mood. When you think of "night mode" on a device, you think of a dimmed screen and muted notifications. I'd never really thought about it on something that doesn't have a display. That is, until I stashed the Google Home Max in my bedroom. Because there's nothing quite like enjoying a day full of Norwegian death metal in the comfort of one's own chambers, only to retire to bed in the evening and command Google Assistant to turn off all the lights and OK TURNING OFF NINE LIGHTS — IT LOOKS LIKE FOUR LIGHTS AREN'T AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW GOODNIGHT PHIL SORRY ABOUT WAKING THE KIDS AND FOR TOTALLY KILLING THE MOOD BUT DON'T WORRY I'M SURE THIS SORT OF THING HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. Google Home — and especially Google Home Max when kept where the magic happens — badly need a night mode. Turns out Google Home has a night mode. Head into the Google Home app and hit that awful little devices icon to get to the list of all your Googles H...
Best AT&T Deals of February 2018
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
If you're on AT&T, these are the hottest deals to keep an eye out for. AT&T is one of the largest and most well-known carries in the United States, and as a result of this, you can often find some pretty sweet deals being offered. Whether you're in the market for new phones or television service, AT&T has something for just about everyone. Here are the top deals we recommend the most. Get a new Samsung phone, get another one for free Between the Galaxy S8/S8+, S8 Active, and Note 8, Samsung had a pretty incredible year for its smartphones in 2017. Samsung's handsets are never cheap, so to help out with this, AT&T is letting you get two of Samsung's latest for the price of one. This deal is available for all of the phones mentioned above, and it means that if you buy one Galaxy Note 8, you can get another one at absolutely no extra cost. You'll need to purchase both phones through AT&T Next on monthly installment plans, but you'll receive a bill credit for on...
Best Cases for the Honor 7X
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
The Honor 7X is a great phone, so why not protect it with a great case? The Honor 7X is one of the latest phones in the Huawei subsidiary's lineup, and we've called it one of the best budget phones you can buy. It's fast, it's long-lasting, and its display and cameras both outperform most similarly priced options. If you're the proud owner of a 7X, you probably want to keep it safe. That's why we've rounded up some of the best cases we could find. Spigen Rugged Armor KuGi Flexible Soft TopACE Silicone Cover Nillkin Sim Thin Yiakeng Dual Layer Spigen Rugged Armor Spigen is one of the most recognizable and reputable case brands around, so naturally it's the first choice on our list. The Rugged Armor provides full coverage protection for the Honor 7X without adding much bulk. Its TPU material is flexible and easy to apply, and uses a webbed inner lining to absorb shock from drops. The cutouts give full access to all of the Honor 7X's ports, and the carbon fiber styling up top and...
Apex Construct review: A great experience held back by PlayStation VR
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
Interesting puzzles and beautiful world interspersed with moments of screaming frustration. The PlayStation VR community has been spending a lot of time in Sprint Vector lately, and while it isn't a new virtual sport, Apex Construct will no doubt soon be hogging some of the spotlight. Developed by Fast Travel Games, it has been created from the start with story-driven VR content in mind. You play as someone called into a dystopian future world by Fathr, an AI created before "The Shift." It seems that — no surprise — humans turned everything upside down with their experiments, and the world is now stalked by robotic spiders, dogs, and more. A narrator fills you in on what's going on here, and you soon learn that the voice is that of Fathr. There's another AI on the loose here named Mothr, created by a competing tech company before the world was rearranged. They seem to be at odds, and you immediately feel like you're caught between the two, used as some sort of tool. Wh...
Best theming widgets for Android
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
Finding widgets that work with one theme can be hard. Finding widgets that work with many is like a diamond in the rough, and here they are, ready to shine. Android has hundreds of thousands of home screen widgets out there for you to try out, from advanced widget creators to those that come with your favorite apps. Some are beautiful, some are extravagant, and some are refined, but above all, they have to work. Widgets have to earn their keep on my home screen, or they'll be deleted and replaced with something I actually use. Not all apps have customizable widgets, and no matter how good some of those widgets are — like Google Keep — if they don't play well with themes, then I can't count on them when I'm building my home screen. Another Widget The Google Pixel 2 brought a few new tricks to its home screen this year, but none have been as popular as the At A Glance widget. This refined, easy-to-see and easy-to-use widget is only available on the Google Pixel, but...
Job listings suggest that Spotify is working on its own smart speaker
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
"Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products." Ever since Amazon came out with the Echo in 2014, the market for smart speakers has exploded into something that Google, Apple, and countless other companies are trying to dip their toes into. According to a new job listing, one of the next smart speakers could come from none other than Spotify. A new job listing was recently added to Spotify's website for an "Operations Manager – Hardware Product." Under the title for this position, it says "Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products and setting up an operational organization for manufacturing, supply chain, sales & marketing." Could a Spotify speaker stand against the Google Home and Apple HomePod? The Operations Manager will be in charge of Spotify's distribution, supply, logistics, etc., and the streaming service notes that this person will also "contribute in the creation of innovative Spotify experiences via connected hardware....
Add a HDMI port to your new Chromebook with this $17 Anker adapter
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
Anker's USB-C to HDMI adapter is only $16.79 with code ANKER836. It's $24 without the code and has not had a direct price drop from that price in many, many months. In The Wirecutter's roundup of the best USB-C adapters, they consider this one the best for anyone who wants to hook up a modern USB-C only laptop to an HDMI monitor or high-definition TV. Not only does this tiny adapter have a solid build quality and support 4K video and 60Hz refresh rates, it's also designed to work with the newer Chromebooks. Users give this adapter 3.8 stars based on 192 reviews. See on Amazon ...
Google Pay launches to replace Android Pay and Google Wallet
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
The rebrand to end them all. At the beginning of the year, Google announced that it'd be merging its Android Pay and Google Wallet services under one new umbrella called "Google Pay." A little more than a month since that announcement, the Google Pay app is now rolling out to users via an update on the Play Store. What does this change mean? Admittedly, not a whole lot. The Android Pay app on the Play Store is being changed to Google Pay, and while there's a new logo and tweaked UI, all of Android Pay's core functionality is still here. You can view all of your linked cards, pay for things in stores without having to first open the Google Pay app, and make payments online when you see a "Buy with G Pay" button. Google says that users in the United States and the United Kingdom will be able to use the main Google Pay app to send and receive money from friends and family members in "the next few months", but until then, the Google Wallet app is being changed to Google Pay Send with ...
Mega Man Mobile series for Android review: Malfunctioning robots
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
What should be a celebration of an iconic video game series is dragged down by development issues. Nostalgia plays a huge role in gaming these days. As cool as games with jaw-dropping graphics are, more and more you're seeing retro-styled titles or ports of 8-bit video game classics making their way to the Google Play Store. Play Mega Man Mobile 1-6 for FreeGAMESTASH Sega set the standard for how companies ought to go about re-releasing legacy titles to nostalgia-hungry smartphone gamer with its Sega Forever series. Another classic company, Capcom, also tried to cash in on this 8-bit retro phase in grand fashion last year, releasing the first six Mega Man games as mobile releases onto the Google Play Store: Mega Man Mobile Mega Man Mobile 2 Mega Man Mobile 3 Mega Man Mobile 4 Mega Man Mobile 5 Mega Man Mobile 6 Mega Man, AKA Rockman in Japan, AKA The Blue Bomber, is a plucky young lad in a blue armor suit who must defeat Dr. Wily and his army of robots to save the earth an...
Swype Keyboard is officially being discontinued
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
Time to move to Gboard. Like a lot of my fellow Android users, I often used to jump back and forth between keyboard apps on my phone. I've dabbled with just about every popular option out there, but today the Play Store is losing one of its long-standing champs as development for Swype Keyboard has officially ended. According to one Redditor that contacted customer support at Nuance (the company behind Swype), they were told that "Swype+Dragon for Android has faced end of development." This was then followed up by a message from Swype's Product Team that reads: Nuance will no longer be updating the Swype+Dragon keyboard for Android. We're sorry to leave the direct-to-consumer keyboard business, but this change is necessary to allow us to concentrate on developing our AI solutions for sale directly to businesses. Shortly after this, XDA Developers received a statement from Swype's PR department confirming what the Reddit user was told. Swype has been on the Android Market/Goo...
Amazon is discounting the Prime-exclusive Moto X4 by $150 for one day only
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
Limited time offer. You can grab an unlocked version from several retailers for $299.99 right now, but this is a great way to save even more. Amazon no longer uses your phone's lock screen to display ads, and instead, the company just preloads a few of its apps on the phone including the Amazon widget, Prime Movies, Prime Photos Storage and more. The phone is IP68 water resistant and features a 5.2-inch display, Snapdragon 630 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Alexa is only a voice command away as well. Simply say "Alexa" and you can begin playing music, check the news, and much more. This is also an unlocked version which will work on all major U.S. carriers, and this discount is available on both the silver and black versions of this phone. Remember, this price is only good for today, so don't miss out. If you don't want to deal with Amazon's extra apps and don't mind spending $50 more, you can pick up a regular unlocked version from B&H, Motorola directly, Best Buy...
Do you prefer Nova Launcher or TouchWiz Home?
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
The battle of third vs. first-party. As most all of you know, one of Android's greatest strengths lies in the ability to customize just about every little aspect of it that you want. Third-party launchers are a great way to change up the entire look and feel of your device, and time and time again, Nova Launcher has proven to be one of the best options around for doing this. Samsung's own Android launcher (TouchWiz Home) used to be hot garbage just a few short years ago, but since the Galaxy S8, Samsung managed to turn it into something that a lot of people actually prefer using over a third-party one. Some of our forum users recently started talking about whether they prefer Nova or TouchWiz Home, and these are a few of the responses. michail71 02-18-2018 09:54 AM “ I've been using Nova Launcher on my V20 for the past year and I just upgraded to a Note 8 yesterday. Yeah, I know this isn't the Note group but...
The Galaxy S9 looks identical to the S8 because we've reached peak smartphone design
February 20th, 2018, 05:43 AM
Flat, buttonless, and glass. Is this what we have asked for or the best Samsung can do? We'll soon be seeing the Galaxy S9 on a stage in Spain, surrounded by words like "thin" and "stylish" or "ergonomic" and "organic" or any of a long list of the regular buzzwords we always hear. And if the early looks we've seen from leaked press materials are correct (and come on, they are) those words are true. But we didn't really need any leaks to know how the S9 will look overall — very thin with rounded corners, glass front and back, symmetrical in every way and a beveled edge with some fancy name to describe its geometry. I can't dismiss how a phone looks because a lot of people really care about it. Enough for Samsung to listen to them. I'm the sort of person who isn't very concerned with how my phone looks. I want to be able to use it with one hand, carry it without feeling it in my pocket, and have it do the things I need it to do without any fanfare or unnecessary fluff to g...