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All the best deals from Best Buy‘s "Black Friday in July" sale

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with roundup of Best Buy‘s "Black Friday in July" sale! Best Buy is kicking off a huge day of deals with "Black Friday in July." The deals have been leaking out over the last couple days because Best Buy Elite and Elite Plus members (customers who spend 1,500 and 3,500 a year at Best Buy) have had early access. The fun starts today for "My Best Buy" members, which is free to sign up for and

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Google brings former iOS-exclusive Motion Stills app to Android

Google‘s Motion Stills comes to Android, and it‘s fantastic. Google is bringing one of its remaining iOS exclusives to Android. Motion Stills emerged in the wake of the iPhone 6s‘ Live Photos feature as one of the easiest ways to capture short bits of stabilized video and turn it into shareable GIFs. Now, a year and a bit later, Motion Stills is available on Android - for the 65% or so of devices running Android 5.1 or highe

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This is how you Bring an Outdoor Movie Theater to your Backyard

Who says you can‘t enjoy your favorite flicks outdoors? I‘ve hosted movie night in my backyard a couple of times for a few friends, and while it can take a lot of planning and effort to get set up, usually the results are worth the hassle. You can pull off your backyard movies without spending a lot by renting a lot of the equipment you need (such as a projector and screen); however, if you plan on throwing backyard movie nights on

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T-Mobile promises a stronger LTE network as it continues to trounce rivals in net additions

T-Mobile impressed by beating estimates in Q2, which is usually its weakest quarter. T-Mobile has no chill. Even as it continues to outpace the rest of the industry in almost every metric, from net user additions to year-over-year revenue growth, it can‘t help but take shots at its biggest competitors, Verizon and ATT. After claiming, based on independent speeds tests, that Verizon fell to third place in national rankings for LTE downlo

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Project Fi vs. Sprint: Which should you buy?

It‘s Sprint vs. Project Fi in this head-to-head comparison. Sprint and Project Fi are both network providers, but have very different strategies and sets of operations. Sprint is a company that owns its own equipment and everything required to build a nationwide LTE network in the U.S., complete with voice calls and messaging service. Project Fi is an alternative carrier, or MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). That means it buys servic

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: What we know so far, in video

It‘s almost time for a new Samsung Galaxy Note! As you may remember, things didn‘t go so well for the Note 7 last year, but after the success of the Galaxy S8, Samsung‘s going to be hoping to well and truly move on with a strong next-gen Note. But the Galaxy S8 also presents a few challenges. Since there is a larger S8 this year, the Note 8 is going to have to do more to stand out. And that‘s before we even

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KaliPAK 601 review: UNLIMITED POWER

The KaliPAK 601 is like no battery pack you‘ve ever seen. Instead of fitting in your pocket or purse, it comes with a shoulder strap - because it‘s a portable generator weighing in at 14 lbs and packing a staggering capacity of 558 Wh. I call the KaliPAK 601 a "generator" because it‘s more than just a lithium-ion battery; nestled within the folds of this nuclear suitcase are a series of solar panels designed to let

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Deal: New Tello customers get the first month of data service FREE

If you‘re in the market for a new pay-as-you-go plan, Tello may have just what you need. New customers can buy any Tello cell phone plan of 10 or more and get the first month of data FREE. All of the data options that Tello offers, from 200MB to 5GB, are eligible for this limited-time promotion. Tello lets you build your own custom plan that suits your needs, offering 4G LTE with customizable talk, text, and data. Don‘t need talk

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What you need to know about dual-SIM on the OnePlus 5

Here‘s what you need to know about one of the OnePlus 5‘s most underrated features. There are many reasons why you might want to pick up a OnePlus 5 - the price, the clean software experience, fast performance, or the bragging rights that go with 8GB of RAM. But one of the phone‘s most useful features for travelers isn‘t being heavily advertised. OnePlus‘s latest phone, like earlier models, is a dual-SIM handset.

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Galaxy Note Pro: Why Samsung should sell a 1500 phone

What happens when you unleash Samsung‘s design, scale and dominance in the ultra high-end market? In 2014, Samsung achieved something that few in the working tech media had the remaining capacity to feel: surprise. It did this at a relatively subtle launch event in New York City, inside the building that would become its flagship showcase, Samsung 837. The product was the Galaxy Note Edge, which debuted alongside the company‘s rea

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OnePlus releases software update to fix OnePlus 5 ‘911 reboot‘ issue [Updated]

The OnePlus 5 may have a pretty dangerous ‘911‘ bug. Update, July 20: OnePlus has confirmed that the hotfix rollout has begun. Update, July 19: OnePlus has issued a statement saying that it has worked with the affected customer to identify the ‘911 reboot‘ bug and will release a fix shortly. Below is the full statement. We have been in touch with the customer and have tested a software update that has resolved the issue

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How to watch the British Open on your Android phone

The British Open starts today, and you can watch it right from your phone! Golf fans everywhere already know what today is: the Open Championship, also known as the British Open, starts today. If you don‘t want to miss a moment, or you want to rewatch the best moments, then you‘ll need to know how to watch using your phone. While this is a bit tricky because of when most coverage is airing, you can take advantage of replays and cli

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Grab Samsung‘s USB-C cable for just 8 today

With Samsung‘s latest phones moving from Micro-USB to USB-C, you may be in need of a few more cables for around the house. Samsung‘s 3ft option is a great one to have around, and today you can pick it up for just 8. ...

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Latest OxygenOS beta for OnePlus 3/3T includes battery and data usage optimizations

New OxygenOS beta is now rolling out to the OnePlus 3 and 3T. OnePlus is rolling out OxygenOS Open Beta 20 to the OnePlus 3 (Open Beta 11 for the 3T) that lets you take scrolling screenshots even when a GIF or video is playing. The update includes optimizations to the battery saver indicator - you‘ll now see a notification instead of the orange status bar. OnePlus has also improved the calculation method for data usage, leading to more acc

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Lenovo shows off its latest concepts, including a smart speaker with a built-in projector

Lenovo is working on several ambitious concepts centered around AI. Back in 2015, Lenovo showed off a laser projector built into a smartphone. Last year, the company revealed a flexible phone. At its Tech World 2017 summit, Lenovo showed off its latest concept products, and this time around, the manufacturer is focusing on AI. First up is the CAVA, a smart assistant that relies on deep learning to build facial recognition systems and natura

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You can now apply to become a beta tester for MIUI 9

Be one of the first to try out MIUI 9. Xiaomi is going to unveil MIUI 9 in China on July 26, and if you‘re like me and can‘t wait to get your hands on the ROM, you‘re in luck. Xiaomi has announced that it is looking for MIUI 9 beta testers, with the update hitting the Mi 6, Qualcomm-based versions of the Redmi Note 4, and the Redmi 4X (Redmi 4 in India) initially. Currently, Xiaomi is looking for beta testers for the MIUI

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Here are all the deals from Xiaomi‘s third anniversary sale in India

Xiaomi is celebrating its third anniversary in India by rolling out offers on accessories. Xiaomi‘s journey in India began three years ago with the Mi 3, and the company is rolling out a series of offers to commemorate its three-year anniversary. Products like the Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4 and 4A are going up for sale later today, and there are lucrative discounts on accessories. There‘s also an hourly flash sale that will allow you t

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OnePlus to release software update to fix OnePlus 5 ‘911 reboot‘ issue

The OnePlus 5 may have a pretty dangerous ‘911‘ bug. Update, July 19: OnePlus has issued a statement saying that it has worked with the affected customer to identify the ‘911 reboot‘ bug and will release a fix shortly. Below is the full statement. We have been in touch with the customer and have tested a software update that has resolved the issue. We will be rolling out the software update shortly. Over the last few da

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There‘s been a lot of work on Bluetooth in Android O, but we haven‘t seen it yet

Tricks learned writing the software for the Pixel can hopefully make Bluetooth faster, stronger, and better. In their Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session today, the Google team takes on Bluetooth. Specifically, if Android O can make it suck less. The team is aware of all the Bluetooth errors and inconsistencies evident on many Android phones and have used a trick they learned while writing the new system elements for Android N on the Pixel.

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Android team explains how Project Treble will (and won‘t) improve Android

Googlers confirm most of what we knew (and had guessed) about Project Treble. Members of the Android engineering team at Google are participating in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) today. Find a list of the team members participating here. One of the questions was about Project Treble and was wondering if thinking it could fix Android fragmentation was too optimistic. The response from the Android team explains most of what we need to know about

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These are the exclusive games for PlayStation VR

Which games are exclusive to PlayStation VR? PlayStation VR is here and its library of games continues to grow. We love that a lot of our favorite titles from other platforms are also available on PSVR, but the real meat lies in the exclusive stuff. What are the exclusive games, you ask? Here are all the titles that you‘ll only be able to play if you own a PS4! Read more at VR Heads! ...

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Most Secure Android Phone

Best overall Best for typing Best for simplicity Best overall Google Pixel See at Google See at Verizon The Google Pixel is the most secure Android phone you can buy, and one of the most secure phones of any available today. Without disabling any security protections, the Pixel and Pixel XL are updated to keep you protected against known public security exploits and remote installations are monitored by Google‘s scanning software

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HMD Global CEO leaves abruptly ahead of Nokia 8 launch

This is an odd one. HMD Global (better known as just "HMD"), the company now making Nokia-branded phones, has parted ways with CEO Arto Nummela despite the company being in the middle of a re-launch of the Nokia brand. HMD calls this a "mutual agreement," which sounds rather ominous and adds to the confusion over why Nummela would leave as the company seems as though it‘s on an upswing. HMD‘s new Nokia 3, 5, and 6, as well as the

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Google makes it easier to find high-quality apps with new curated Play Store bundles

Find better apps from the humans at Google that use them every day. Google has announced that it is bringing more order to the Play Store with a bunch of new human-curated app lists. As part of an increased focus on its Editor‘s Choice section, which began last month with ‘Android Excellence‘, which focused on high-quality individual apps, Google will now post "stories" that highlight groups of its favorite programs based on t

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