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Google is tweaking ongoing casting notifications to be more informative
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
You'll still see it in your notification shade, but now it tells you if someone's casting content. Google's wireless, in-network casting abilities are one of the better parts of subscribing to the Android ecosystem, which is why the company's continually tweaking it to work better. Android Police reports that there are some minor changes rolling out that will hopefully make it easier for multi-device households to use casting. At present, if you're streaming something, say, from your Google Home in the kitchen, anyone else with an Android device connected to the same network could see that there's an active casting session somewhere in the house, but not whether it was them doing the casting or someone else. As a result, having this alert made omnipresent in the notification shade means there were often accidental stops for whatever's streaming, simply because it wasn't informative about who was streaming. Google's apparently working on making this notification more explicit. The ...
Best Tempered Glass Screen Protectors for Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
What's the best screen protector for the Galaxy Tab S3? If you're going to bother getting a screen protector for your Galaxy Tab S3, then you'll want to go with tempered glass. If it cracks or chips, it won't turn into sharp, scratchy shards of death; it'll become blunt bits, so your screen will stay pristine. That being said, tempered glass is very strong, so you'd be hard-pressed to mess it up without much force. Here are the best tempered glass screen protectors for your Galaxy Tab S3. Pleson Supershieldz Yoozon Spigen IQ Shield Pleson Pleson's tempered glass screen protector for the Tab S3 is made to fit perfectly. Its precise laser cut means that your whole screen is protected — no more, no less. Pleson glass features an oleophobic (oil-resistant) and hydrophobic (water-resistant) coating, as well as a surface that repels dirt and dust, so you shouldn't see fingerprints and if water hits your screen, it'll just bead and roll off. Pleson offers a lifetime warranty,...
Google Maps now automatically translates reviews to your language
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Now you're speaking my language! Google Maps is a fantastic tool to have when traveling in a foreign country, and now it's even better as Google is automatically translating place reviews to the language you have set on your device. While you could of course always copy a review written in the local language and bring it over to a translation app, it's simpler when Google does the work for you. Now when viewing a Google Maps place review in another language, you'll see the translated copy first prepended by "(Translated by Google)" — you'll also see the original text below, which could help you manage any minor translation errors. The results are the same if you happen to find a place that's in the Maps database via Google Search. The translation won't work for every language pair out there, but if you've ever use Google Translate, you have a good idea of which languages it can handle — and, well, it's a lot of languages. While there's a good chance you can find Go...
Galaxy S8 pre-orders were 30% higher than Galaxy S7's record number
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
People are turning out in droves to buy the Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been received very positively, and it seems consumers are responding by opening up their wallets as well. Samsung has announced that pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were a full 30% higher than the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge last year, which in itself was a previous record. Tim Baxter, president and chief operating officer of Samsung Electronics America, released the following statement: At Samsung, we believe it is a privilege to make groundbreaking products that are enjoyed by millions, and have recommitted ourselves to innovate, not only with new products and services, but also in process. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are a result of that recommitment and the market has responded – with a more than 30 percent year-over-year growth in pre-orders versus the record pre-orders we had with Galaxy S7, making it our best ever. The response is humbling, energizing, and points to a great launch week. ...
How to enable or disable the LG G6's camera roll — and why you may want to leave it off
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
The LG G6 lets you see a scrolling strip of recent photos, but you may want to leave it off for quicker camera load times. The LG G6 has a lot of neat features that utilize the taller 18:9 aspect ratio, letting you see more at once. One of those can be found in the camera app. The filmstrip view — officially called "camera roll" — gives you a scrolling vertical strip of recent photos off to the left of your main viewfinder. It's a great way to use up some of that extra height, since the sensor itself shoots in 4:3 natively. On U.S.-spec G6s it's enabled by default. On European devices it's turned off out of the box. However your G6 is configured, you may want to leave this feature off if you're not using it regularly, and that's because of the impact it can have on camera load times. Using two G6s side-by-side, we've found that the device with the camera roll turned on lagged behind in opening the camera app, whether directly from the home screen, or via the double-t...
New Galaxy S8 software update aims to fix your red display
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
It's hard to ship software that makes everyone happy. We already cleared the air on the Galaxy S8 "red screen" situation that was unfortunately overblown at the start, but even still, Samsung is releasing a software update to further mitigate the so-called issue. Though only a small number of Galaxy S8 displays have a rather red tint to them and the issue can be mitigated with some tweaking of the built-in settings to have the screen looking just how you like it, Samsung will roll out an update this week to further fix the problem. In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung says it is simply offering "a further enhanced ability to adjust the color setting to their preference," which of course means that you can tweak the screen even more to make it however you want — whether that's red or blue or something else. The update is expected to start rolling out to Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners this week, though there was no further clarity provided as to the time frame in diff...
Spotify hiring to launch self-branded hardware, potentially a wearable
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
You can listen to Spotify pretty much anywhere, but apparently that's not good enough. Spotify is looking to add new members to its ranks with a goal of launching its own hardware, according to job listings the streaming music company has posted. As pointed out by Zatznotfunny, the two listings are pretty clear: the positions are to "deliver hardware directly from Spotify to existing and new customers" and "execution of Spotify's voice efforts beyond our core apps." A source of Zatznotfunny corroborates the assumption, saying Spotify is aiming to launch its own hardware and specifically using "wearable" to describe it. Spotify's job listings particularly call out making "category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles," which is a tall order for a company that has no history beyond making apps for other popular platforms. A Spotify wearable doesn't quite make sense at this point. Perhaps making some sort of Spotify-only home speaker solution...
How to back up your Android launcher, and why you should
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
You backup your photos, your music, your documents… Why not your launcher? We've all been there. You get a new phone and want it to feel familiar, like the one you just replaced. But all your app icons and widgets are all over the place. If you use a custom launcher, it's possible to quickly get right back to where you were before, by using a backup and restore feature. Here's how. Update April 2017: We've taken off Google Now Launcher, as it will be retiring soon and its backup system in not transferrable to other launchers, and Apex Launcher, ahead of its re-launch. We've also added Evie Launcher, Smart Launcher, and Yahoo Aviate. Nova Launcher Nova Launcher, one of the mainstays of the home screen replacement market, does a lot of things really well. It especially does backups really well. A backup does no good if it's just going to sit on the device itself. Two of the primary reasons we create these backups are so that we can restore them if the device fails, or s...
Best microSD Cards for Galaxy S8
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
What are the best microSD cards for the Galaxy S8? Following in the footsteps of the Galaxy S7, the Galaxy S8 offers support for microSD cards so you can increase the storage of the phone. This time around, however, Samsung has increased the onboard storage from 32GB up to 64GB, so many people may find that more than enough. But if you're worried about filling that 64GB up with music, video or pictures, you should grab a microSD card and put it all there so you can easily access it. Here are some of the best options to put in your new Galaxy S8. Update April 24, 2017: Removed the Lexar 32GB option that is no longer available and replaced with SanDisk's 32GB card with similar speeds. SanDisk Ultra 32GB If the 64GB that Samsung gives you inside the Galaxy S8 isn't enough for your daily needs, adding a bit more doesn't have to cost a ton. SanDisk's high-performance card offers transfer speeds of up to 80MB/s and is capable of handling 4K video. To make syncing files to and from y...
How's the battery life on your Galaxy S8 or S8+?
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
How's your Galaxy S8 holding up after a few days? A phone can be perfect in practically every other way, but if it falls down on the battery life front, no one is going to recommend it. Samsung's recent flagships have always done alright on battery tests, but even without increasing the size, the Galaxy S8 is putting out considerably better results than its predecessor — at least according to our review. But now that the phone is out, we wanted to see what sort of battery life you're getting, so we took to the forums to take a look. #mn_oembed_c:before { display: none; } #mn_oembed_c { display: table; width: 100%; max-width: 700px; box-sizing: border-box; cursor: pointer; position: relative; background: #dee9eb; padding: 35px; left: 35px; margin: 0 auto 0 auto; border-radius: 4px; border: 1px solid #dbe1e4; font-family: 'Fira Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 1.5; -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; ...
Become a certified hacker with 2017's most popular eLearning Bundle for only $59
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
As the online landscape grows and changes, so does the requirement for security. One tried and true way of testing security is to crack through it, after all, it's easier to know what needs to be fixed once something breaks through. Believe it or not, this is actually a job known as ethical hacking, and the people who can do such tasks, they are in high demand. Learn the skills needed to become an ethical hacker! Learn More Companies, especially ones that work primarily online, would rather have someone on payroll breaching through their security than someone with bad intentions. Whether you consider yourself adept with tech, or you're just starting out, you're probably wondering how to get started in the world cyber security. Android Central Offers has a fantastic deal on the Computer Hacker Professional Certification Package. This package contains over 55 hours of course content that you will train you to be an ethical hacker. Plus, you'll have unlimited access to for 12 who...
Best HOTAS Controller for PlayStation VR
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Is there a HOTAS controller I can use with PlayStation VR? Hands On Throttle And Stick (HOTAS) controllers are extremely popular in the flight simulator community and are now gaining a lot of traction in the VR world. These controllers essentially give you a ton of control over your airplane or spaceship, and you can also look and feel like a boss while playing. HOTAS controllers will usually have a familiar joystick for one hand and a throttle for the other. With the rumored addition of War Thunder to the PlayStation VR library and with a few VR games already supported, including EVE: Valkyrie and Starblood Arena, you might be tempted to set up a cockpit in your VR space. Here's the best — and so far really the only — one you'll want to get for PlayStation VR. Read more at VR Heads! ...
Will somebody please make a Chromebook with LTE?
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
All I want is a proper replacement for the laptop that has served me for four years. Some people have found that a Chromebook is just the best way to compute. I'm one of them and unless I need to do something that requires the big loud PC on my desk you'll find me with a Chromebook in front of me. And if I'm away from home it will be a really beat up aluminum model from early 2013 that is in dire need of a new battery. I still use the original Chromebook Pixel because it has its own data connection. I reach for my old Chromebook Pixel instead of newer, better Chromebooks because it's connected and ready when I open the lid. Now the Pixel was a great laptop in its day and still isn't horrible. I'm not trying to say that at all. But I have a few other, newer, and I'll say better Chromebooks here I could slip into my rucksack and take places, Ones with far better battery life (even before the battery in my Pixel started to go it never had all-day battery life) and Android apps. B...
Nougat is now available for the Note 5 on all major U.S. carriers
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Samsung's 2015 phones are beginning to receive Nougat in the U.S. Update, April 24: It looks like T-Mobile has rolled out Android 7.0 Nougat to its Galaxy Note 5 units, too! Go get it! Three of the four big U.S. carriers are rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note 5 over the week, much to the delight of impatient users everywhere. Sprint and Verizon were first out of the gate to bring Samsung's 2015 suite of phones to its latest version of the Samsung Experience, which improves the design of the UI and upgrades things like notifications and multitasking. AT&T followed shortly thereafter. Here's a look at what to expect, as seen on the Galaxy S7. Here are the phones that have received updates so far: Galaxy S6: Sprint Galaxy S6 edge: Sprint Galaxy S6 edge+: AT&T, Verizon Galaxy Note 5: Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile No word on when the T-Mobile variants will get Nougat. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Read our full review Get t...
Never miss another delivery with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro for just $200
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great savings on the Ring Video Doorbell Pro! Thrifter deal alert! Who's that knocking at the door? Oh, just a $50 savings on the awesome Ring Video Doorbell Pro? Well, come on in, don't be shy. This savings drops the video doorbell to its lowest price yet, coming in at just $199.99. With the Video Doorbell Pro you'll be able to not only see who is at your door in 1080p from anywhere but also interact with them without having to answer the door. That's right, you can interact with the delivery guy so you don't miss that important package, catch the kids who keep ringing your doorbell and leaving, and much more. You can also pick one up through Best Buy's official eBay store at the same price, so don't miss out on this awesome savings. Order one now so you don't regret it later. See at Amazon For more great deals be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now! ...
Project Fi Buyer's Guide: Everything you need to know
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Hate paying for features or data you don't use? Project Fi might just be the carrier for you. Project Fi is Google's foray into the world of alternative carriers. Fi is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and leases coverage from Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and the Three network for overseas roaming. Here's everything you need to know about Google Project Fi. Coverage International coverage Project Fi plans Best phones to use with Project Fi How to finance a phone with Project Fi Do I have to sign up for a Project Fi contract? Can I bring my phone number over from another network? Why can I only use Google phones? Coverage Google leases its coverage from Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular in the U.S. and uses Three's network in Europe and Asia. Its 4G LTE coverage extends throughout most of the U.S., though parts of the Midwest only receive 3G and 2G speeds (there's essentially no 4G coverage in Montana of Wyoming). Advertisement Using the three big cellular ne...
Galaxy S8 camera tips and tricks
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Here's a look at the Galaxy S8's camera app, what it can do, and how it can inspire you to be a little more silly with your smartphone. Samsung's smartphones have had a pretty consistent track record over the past few years when it comes to shooting photos. And though Samsung's had a storied past of overdoing it on the extra features, the companion camera apps as of late have come equipped with some genuinely fun-to-use features and abilities. This year's Galaxy S8, in particular, is well-equipped for inspiring creativity — and not just because it offers knockoff Snapchat filters. For a full look at the Galaxy S8's camera capabilities, check out the full review of the flagship device. Or, read on for a rundown on the Galaxy S8's camera and what it can do. New camera app — who dis? The Galaxy S8's camera app interface. {.caption } The camera app on the Galaxy S8 hasn't been mega overhauled by any means, but it's definitely been tweaked a tad so that it's more user-fr...
Samsung and Qualcomm said to be working on Galaxy S9 processor, because of course they are
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
It'd be more surprising if they weren't. The just-released Samsung Galaxy S8? Old news. The Korean media is already trying to sniff out details of Samsung's first major handset for 2018, presumably the Galaxy S9. According to Korean site The Investor, citing a report in local outlet Aju Business Daily, Qualcomm and Samsung are already hard at work on the processor that'll power the Galaxy S9, which it claims will go by the name Snapdragon 845. The 845 will reportedly be manufactured by TSMC or Samsung, both of whom have 7-nanometer manufacturing processes in the works, and due to be ready for production in 2018. The 835 is manufactured by Samsung as part of a deal that reportedly ensured its own phone got the new chip first. A similar arrangement could be possible for next year's handset. We don't yet know exactly what kind of improvements the Snapdragon 845 might bring, but we sure can guess it'll be: Faster than this year's chip ✔️ More power-efficient than this ...
Grab Huawei's travel charger for just $12.50 today
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
If you spend a lot of time traveling you should have a charger packed in your bag so there is never a time you are without one. Huawei’s Micro-USB travel charger is a great option to keep your gadgets charged up, and right now you can pick one up for $12.50. ...
LG G6 with Quad DAC and 64GB storage lands in India for ₹51,990
April 24th, 2017, 01:04 PM
LG G6 comes with attractive pricing and a slew of launch-day offers. The LG G6 is now official in India, with the phone set to go on sale starting tomorrow exclusively on Amazon India for ₹51,990 ($805). LG is obviously targeting the Galaxy S8 and S8+ with its flagship, and the pricing reflects that. The Indian variant of the G6 comes with a 32-bit Quad DAC and 64GB storage, and is ₹6,000 ($95) less than the Galaxy S8. When seen against the Galaxy S8+, which is retailing for ₹64,900 ($1,005), the G6 turns out to be an even better deal. After the debacle that was the LG G5, LG went back to the drawing board for the G6, and the result is a handset that is stunning. The G6 features a 5.7-inch QHD display with an 18:9 ratio and DolbyVision HDR certification, Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, microSD slot, Quad DAC, dual 13MP cameras at the back, 5MP front shooter, USB-C, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, and a 3300mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. In addition to the...