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In Oreo, the button to check for Android updates now actually checks for updates

File this one under things finally working as described. If you‘ve ever mashed that "Check for update" button in your phone settings because you were waiting and ready for an update, you know disappointment. You might be disappointed less in the future, as the button now actually checks for an update when asks rather than check to see if you were slotted in to be updated that day. Long-time Android developer and new master of update butto

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Video: LG V30 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are two of the biggest new Android flagships right now. Both offer beautiful designs, high-end specs and unique dual camera technologies. They‘re not exactly direct competitors though - if nothing else, there‘s a big price and size gap between them. The V30 is expected to retail a couple hundred U.S. dollars below the Note 8‘s lofty price point. Still, they‘re both signif

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London refuses to renew Uber‘s license to operate due to safety concerns

Transport for London announced today that it would not be renewing Uber‘s license to operate, citing Uber‘s current policies regarding safety and security as grounds for the decision. According to a statement released by TfL, Uber‘s license will expire on September 30. However, Uber has 21 days to appeal this decision in Britains courts, and will be allowed to continue to operate while any appeals remain ongoing. The full list

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Boost Mode on PlayStation 4 Pro doesn‘t do much for PSVR

VR is already great though PlayStation 4 Pro, so it‘s not likely to improve much more. The 4.5 update to PlayStation 4 Pro consoles added a Boost Mode feature, which was designed to offer more processing and GPU power to existing games that weren‘t going to update to the more capable "enhanced" mode. For normal PS4 games, this Boost Mode offers a slight stability bump to make things look consistently good throughout the experience.

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Grab a Google WiFi 3-pack for just 258 right now

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 257.99. This is a savings of 41 on the system, and the best deal currently available. With Google WiFi you can easil

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Best Memory Cards for Amazon Fire Tablet

The Amazon Fire Tablet is a great investment, but it can run out of storage space pretty fast. That means it‘s time for a microSD card. Here are some you should definitely check out. Whether you have a Fire Tablet for yourself or your kids, you‘ve probably noticed that the internal storage doesn‘t go very far. You can easily fill it up with some games, a few apps, and media, which is a bit disappointing. Instead of trying to

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Samsung‘s great Galaxy Note 8 order freebies end Sept 24, so act fast!

Well, we had a good run. After weeks of pre-orders and another full week of actual in-store sales, the Galaxy Note 8 is falling out of its honeymoon period and getting into the swing of things. That means that Samsung‘s "do bigger things" incentives for getting in on the Galaxy Note 8 are coming to a close - September 24 is the end of the line for the freebies. That means if you want to get a free Fast Wireless Charging Convertible char

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Jerry says, ‘Hit me!‘ [#acpodcast]

It‘s a huge week of news and leaks in the Android world! Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand settle in for a roundtable feast of epic proportions, beginning with Android 8.0 updates to some Motorola phones, the Blueborne Bluetooth vulnerability, and data throttling on T-Mobile. Moving on to the main course, Google spent 1.1 billion to acqui-hire HTC‘s best engineers, more details and photos have surfaced for Pixel 2,

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Jerry says: ‘Hit me!‘ [#acpodcast]

It‘s a huge week of news and leaks in the Android world! Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand settle in for a roundtable feast of epic proportions, beginning with Android 8.0 updates to some Motorola phones, the Blueborne Bluetooth vulnerability, and data throttling on T-Mobile. Moving on to the main course, Google spent 1.1 billion dollars to acqui-hire HTC‘s best engineers, more details and photos have surfaced for

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Grab Aukey‘s cell phone tripod for 8 to become a better mobile photographer

It‘s time to take your photography game to the next level, and this inexpensive accessory can help! Smartphone cameras have become significantly better over the past few years, and people like to push them to their limits. A great way to really take advantage of how far they‘ve come is by using a tripod to take your skills to the next level. We know, people don‘t want to lug around a full-sized tripod to "get the shot", but wha

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Nest Thermostat E review: The perfect downgrade

The Nest Thermostat E is one of the best entry-level thermostats you can buy, and it can save you real money. The biggest compliment I can give to the 169 Nest Thermostat E is that no one noticed it. I‘ve had a third-gen Nest Learning Thermostat in my entrance way for years, conspicuously placed so that everyone who walks into my living room inadvertently wakes up its bright LCD screen as they saunter past. The round stainless steel bez

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RAVPower‘s 22000mAh power bank includes 3 high-speed USB ports for 32

If you have long days ahead, this portable battery pack is a must-have for your bag! There have been a lot of advancements when it comes to battery life on current smartphones and gadgets, but sometimes they still don‘t last long enough to make it through our busy days. This is where portable batteries come in handy, and RAVPower‘s latest option is a great one to consider. Right now, you can pick up RAVPower‘s 22000mAh power b

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3 features I‘d steal from iOS 11 for Android P

iOS 11 is officially out, and there‘s nothing wrong with a little feature envy. The latest update to iOS is out of beta and rolling out to iPhones as of Tuesday this week, and it‘s got our friends over at iMore pretty excited. If you need to catch up on what‘s new, you can check out Rene Ritchie‘s full review: iOS 11 Review While it‘s all Android, all the time over here, it‘s always worth keeping up with wh

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Take your tunes to the gym (wirelessly) for 37

Working out is always better with music, and it‘s always better when it‘s your own music and not whatever garbage station the gym is pumping over the loudspeaker. That being said, your own tunes and end up being more of a pain than you originally intended, since being caught up in headphone cords is not really the most graceful way to go for a jog or pump iron. Wireless headphones are the way to go. Bluetooth is a godsend when it com

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Best New Games for Android

What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store? Some weeks it‘s difficult to find great new games worth sharing with the AC community. This is not one of those weeks. Update September 22, 2017: Race around deliver data packets in the retro-cool DATA WING! Then, just try and not to get drawn into a trance playing Push Pop. Conquer kingdoms in the strategic card collecting game Stormbound: Kingdom Wars! DATA WING

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Three features I‘d steal from iOS 11 for the next Android update

iOS 11 is officially out, and there‘s nothing wrong with a little feature envy. The latest update to iOS is out of beta and rolling out to iPhones as of Tuesday this week, and it‘s got our friends over at iMore pretty excited. If you need to catch up on what‘s new, you can check out Rene Ritchie‘s full review: iOS 11 Review While it‘s all Android, all the time over here, it‘s always worth keeping up with wh

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5 reasons to switch away from Sprint

Having a phone with Sprint isn‘t going to work for everyone. Having phone service that‘s cheap and good is important. Finding the right phone carrier is a pretty big deal. We‘re using our phones more than ever, and doing more with them - they‘re not just for making calls anymore. And sometimes, finding the right carrier doesn‘t happen on the first try. What‘s important is that you know it and are ready to m

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How to set up the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy Note 8

After setting it up, you can unlock your phone with a fingerprint. Fingerprint sensors offer a viable alternative to unlocking your phone with a pattern, or having no security on your phone at all. While the sensor of the Note 8 is a bit peskier for some folks to reach, it can make unlocking your phone easier in a pinch. We‘ve got all the details on how to set up and personalize this feature! How to set up the fingerprint sensor on Note

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You can now race Fast and Furious characters in Anki Overdrive

It‘s easy to forget you are holding a phone. Like most middle-class suburban kids, I grew up around "toy" race tracks. Everything from the simple Hot Wheels tracks you could assemble yourself to the hyper-realistic powered rail tracks we would all race at the local mall on weekends. Every time I‘ve played with an Anki Overdrive kit, there‘s been a combination of nostalgia and surprise at how well this race kit was aimed at ev

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Apple wins two patent rulings against Qualcomm

Apple and Qualcomm‘s ongoing patent wars have netted two victories for Apple. Qualcomm‘s processors - at the very least, its modems - are key for any LTE-connected device in today‘s world. Beyond the high quality of the radios, Qualcomm is also the only company that licenses the CDMA technology that Sprint and Verizon use for their 2G and 3G networks. Earlier this year, Apple and Qualcomm began a legal battle over Fair, Reasona

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How to use an LTE Apple Watch with an Android smartphone

It‘s hacky as all hell and your battery life will be terrible. But it works. While testing the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular last night, I floated a crazy idea past iMore editor-at-large Rene Ritchie: What happens if you set up the Apple Watch on an iPhone, then swap that iPhone‘s SIM card over into an Android phone? Would the watch recognize that its paired iPhone SIM was no longer in an iPhone and stop working? Would it sti

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This could be the first glimpse of the BlackBerry ‘Krypton‘

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 Franois 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, most

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How to disable icon notification badges on the Galaxy Note 8

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

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition coming to Canada beginning as soon as next week

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 ove

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