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The phone‘s the thing [#acpodcast]

Daniel Bader and Russell Holly are joined by Apps and Games Editor, Marc Lagace! They begin by talking about the massive credit card breach at OnePlus, Samsung Galaxy X rumors, foldable phone tech, and various issues that continue to plague LG. The majority of the show is devoted to gaming - The trouble with loot boxes and games that ship incomplete to hit release dates, the best new Android games, hot indie titles, and what‘s new in AR. C

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From the Editor‘s Desk: Why do we want ‘foldable‘ phones like the Galaxy X?

So ... foldable phones, huh? The Galaxy S9 and S9+ haven‘t even been announced yet, and we know so much about them. So that means it‘s time to start looking at the next thing, right? If that‘s your thought process, you‘ve no doubt been keeping up with the Galaxy X rumors - the "foldable" phone supposedly coming from Samsung this year. Samsung isn‘t the only company working on this sort of thing, but if any company

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Get the most out of your tax refund with the 36 TurboTax Deluxe tax software

April 15 is right around the corner. The TurboTax Deluxe edition tax software is down to 35.87 on Amazon. Amazon had a Gold Box deal back in December that shared new pricing for TurboTax‘s tax filing software. Back then the Deluxe dropped from 50 to 40 and has stuck to that price. This is its first time dropping as low as 36, and no other retailer has matched it. As part of TurboTax‘s exclusive with Amazon, you‘ll also get

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Keep your browsing ad- and tracker-free with X-VPN

It‘s 2018 - if you aren‘t using a VPN already it should definitely be on your list of goals for the New Year. Whether you‘re annoyed with the proliferation of ads online or are concerned with how websites, ISPs, or other entities might be tracking your browsing habits, setting up and using a VPN has never been easier. There are a ton of VPN options out there, but the best offer a wide range of virtual servers to choose from, o

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These are the 12 thinnest cases we could find for the Galaxy S8

What‘s the thinnest Galaxy S8 case? You wanna protect your Galaxy S8 a bit, but cases make it look a li‘l plump. Here are the thinnest cases we could find! 1. Impossibly thin Impossible? Yeah! "Air Skin"? Like pudding skin? Sure, we‘ll bite. You can find it for around 10. 2. Awwww mSnap! Give your S8 a "Maxboost" (see what I did there?) with this thin‘un. Only 10. 3. Thinness out the Ying yang "Crystal" might

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You realize how much you rely on your phone only when you have to shut it off

That little screen is your window to the world. You hear it all the time: a smartphone is the best way to keep in touch with friends and family, know what‘s happening in the world, and have a little fun now and then. But I found out that you can come to depend on it being the only way to do these things, and when you can‘t have it you might feel lost. I‘ve had a round of doctors probing and poking at my back this winter. Tha

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Everything you need to troubleshoot Google Daydream

Dealing with issues in VR can be frustrating, but we‘ve got the fixes you‘re looking for. There isn‘t a lot that can go wrong with Google Daydream. Like Cardboard before it, this platform is designed to be as simple as possible so you can just go and enjoy great games and videos. That said, occasionally something can go wrong. Don‘t worry. We‘re here to help. Consider this to be everything you need know to have a

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Samsung Galaxy X: What we know so far, in video

Foldable smartphones have been talked about for years, ever since the first foldable OLED prototypes were shown off at trade shows. But it‘s only recently that they‘ve started to become a reality. One big name that everyone‘s expecting to see in this space is Samsung, with its rumored Galaxy X. A name like "Galaxy X" really plays into the old narrative of Samsung as the iPhone copycat. But the rumored name actuall

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Here‘s what we‘re reading, watching, and listening to this week

How we‘re spending our leisure time. Everyone has a bit of quiet downtime once in a while. Whether you‘re sitting quietly at home or trying to relax on a plane or just giving your busy mind and hands a break, it‘s important to relax. A good way to do that is to read a book, listen to some music or watch a movie or show. See what‘s caught our attention for the week of January 20th. Tom Westrick First Aid Kit release

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Best Google Pixel 2 XL Cases

What are the best cases for the Google Pixel 2 XL? The Google Pixel 2 XL is a beautifully designed phone - especially if you snagged the panda/Stormtrooper Black and White edition. But as much as you‘ll want to show it off, you‘re also going to want to protect a phone that cost you close to 1000. We‘ve rounded up the best case options specifically for the Pixel 2 XL. Google Live Cases Google Fabric Cases Incipio Esquire Ser

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How to turn off ‘add icons to home screen‘ in Android Oreo

Oreo introduces a new way to disable app icons from being automatically added to the home screen. Android gives you a lot of options to restore apps and settings when you‘re switching from an older phone, but if you‘re looking to set up your phone as new, you‘ll have to go to the Play Store and download apps individually. And that means turning off the option to add app icons to your home screen as you download them unless yo

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Don‘t buy an Amazon Echo Dot -get the Zolo Halo instead*

*But only if you‘re OK missing out on a few of the Echo‘s cooler features. The is the Zolo Halo. It‘s mostly like an Amazon Echo Dot. It‘s a connected speaker. It‘s got a microphone. It has Amazon Alexa built into it. So it can answer questions and control things and do most everything the Echo can do. And at 391, it‘s priced about the same as the Echo Dot (which officially is 49 but had been on sale for

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This is the Lava Red OnePlus 5T

Lava Red OnePlus 5T is now available for purchase in India. OnePlus has seen a meteoric growth in India over the last 18 months, with the brand dominating sales in the premium segment. There‘s clearly a lot of demand for the manufacturer‘s phones, and the brand is doing its part to cater to that demand by rolling out new color options. We‘ve seen that last month with the gorgeous Star Wars-themed variant of the 5T, and now th

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The best tech deals that you don‘t want to miss out on

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

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Spotify‘s ‘Spotlight‘ feature adds a visual touch to podcasts and news

Spotlight adds the visual component to Spotify you never knew you wanted. Like a lot of you reading this, Spotify is my go-to app for listening to music. However, do a little bit of digging and you‘ll see that it has a lot more to offer than just your favorite tunes. Spotify is also home to a wide range of podcasts covering just about every topic you could imagine, and these will soon become even better with a new feature called "Spotlight

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The Amazon Alexa app now lets you use Alexa voice commands

Alexa‘s latest home is the Alexa app. Up until now, Alexa‘s presence on Android has been a bit confusing. Phones like the Huawei Mate 9, HTC U11, and Moto X4 have the assistant built right into them, and last summer, Amazon rolled out Alexa to the Amazon Shopping app. Now, Alexa is getting a more fitting home inside of, well, the Alexa app. The Alexa app has been a free download on Android since the launch of the first Amazon Ec

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Samsung Galaxy S8: Specs, price, availability, problems, and more!

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have already been around for months, but they‘re still among the best phones you can buy. Samsung is an absolutely massive player in the smartphone space, and that all comes down from up high with the flagship Galaxy S line. The Galaxy S8 and its larger partner the Galaxy S8+, build on the core features and experiences from the Galaxy S7 and bring things into the future with great new design and a few eye-catching f

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Bring new life to your aging tech with this 10 Aukey Bluetooth receiver

Bring your old tech to the current day. As the year‘s pass technology continues to adopt Bluetooth, but if you have some older gear hanging around you may not be able to take advantage of the wireless future. Luckily there are ways around this, and one of them is Aukey‘s Bluetooth receiver. Right now you can grab one for just 9.91 at Amazon when you use the coupon code WYF6SCC5 during checkout. This saves you just over 6 from its reg

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Best Chromebook for Students in 2018

Best overall Best for younger students Best big screen Best high-end Best overall ASUS Chromebook Flip (C302) See at Amazon A student needs a laptop that is both reliable and fast, both affordable and robust. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 is both. It‘s a big step up from our previous pick, the Flip C100, but in the Chromebook space this is about the best you can get for the price. It has a large 12.5-inch display, a flexible but st

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A Few Reasons Why I Subscribe To Amazon Prime

Wait -aren‘t you signed up for Amazon Prime at birth? That‘s how it works, right? I don‘t remember when I first signed up for Amazon Prime. Sorry, but that‘s just the way it is. It‘s kind of like, I dunno. Shaving. It was a thing that you just started doing at some point. (Erm, and that I stopped doing a few years ago.) Probably it had to do with faster shipping. That‘s a pretty unsexy answer, but years ago

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Verizon Go Unlimited plans will include coverage in Mexico and Canada

Starting January 25, 2018. If you want to get an unlimited plan through Verizon Wireless, you have two main choices Go Unlimited and Beyond Unlimited. Both plans come with unlimited talk, text, and data, but Beyond Unlimited has a few extra perks such as higher-quality streaming, faster hotspot speeds, etc. Starting on January 25, Go Unlimited customers will get unlimited talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada something that ws previousl

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Get the most out of your tax refund with the 49 TurboTax Premier tax software

April 15 is right around the corner. Amazon had a Gold Box deal back in December that shared new pricing for TurboTax‘s tax filing software. Back then the Premiere dropped from 70 to 55 and has stuck to that price. This is its first time dropping below 50, and no other retailer has matched it. As part of TurboTax‘s exclusive with Amazon, you‘ll also get a one year subscription Quicken Starter Edition 2018 with this purchase.

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This little battery helps you hide the Amazon Fire TV power cable

If your TV‘s USB port doesn‘t put out enough power for your Fire TV, this battery box will take care of things. Here‘s a quick look at a little accessory that could make your Amazon Fire TV experience a little bit better. One hangup for folks when it comes to HDMI dongles is that they often still require an external power source. So you‘ve got this little magic wonder box tucked behind your TV, out of sight, but there&lsq

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Avoid costly errors with this great deal on a Grammarly one-year subscription

We write so much around these parts that it‘s easy for a few grammar errors to slip through. Whether you‘re writing an article for a major website like Android Central or a business email to a boss or a colleague, we all want to be sure our writing comes off as professional and clean. But mistakes are bound to happen, and that‘s why it‘s handy to have an extra set of eyes looking over your writing. Grammarly is that extra

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