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Google Home: Top 10 Tips & Tricks

Get the most from your Google Home by starting with these tips and tricks. Using Google Home is fun. That‘s not unique to just Google Home - telling any computer, no matter what size or shape, to do stuff by talking is fun. And the more you talk to your Google Home the more things you‘ll find out about what it does and what it doesn‘t do. Here are some of the cool things you can do with Google Home once you get it home! 1.

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From blah to blob: The history of Android emoji

A reflection on the yellow-bellied emoji that many of us have come to love over the years. If you‘ve been following along with what‘s to come in Android O, then you‘ve likely heard that Google is retiring its line of blob-like emoji. Plenty of loyal Android users have expressed their joy over the upgrade to circular emoji, conforming to the rest of the emoji standards set forth in the mobile world, but there is also a host of

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Get these awesome weather-proof Bluetooth Earbuds for just 25!

It‘s summer time, which means that people are taking advantage of the beautiful weather and getting outside more. Whether you‘re just going for a walk to the local park or hitting the pavement for some run training, it‘s always better if you‘re able to bring your own tunes along with you. But who wants to deal with headphone wires? No one, that‘s who! Get great new earbuds for just 25! Learn more Right now, yo

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Samsung brings Coral Blue Galaxy S8 to the U.S.

Coral Blue is coming to the Galaxy S8, and to you, starting July 21. Samsung is bringing its popular Coral Blue color to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ starting July 21. The new handset color will be sold exclusively at Best Buy stores and online, as well as at Samsung.com. Customers will be able to get the fresh color in ATT, Verizon, Sprint and unlocked versions. Best Buy is offering a nice promotion, too: customers who buy the ATT model of the pho

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Best HDR-capable TVs under 500

HDR video needs the right display, and you can get a great one for under 500. HDR can make a dramatic difference in how things on your TV look when you‘re watching, and since more and more HDR content is being produced and released, your next TV should support it. Paired with a Chromecast Ultra, you can have your own theatre experience right in your home. That doesn‘t mean you have to break the bank, though. There are a few great

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Satiate your hunger with a scrumptious food-themed wallpaper!

I like food. Food is delicious, sometimes nutritious, and comes in so many shapes, forms, colors, tastes, and types. Food is everywhere, a lot of people take it for granted, and with the right tools, you can turn even the simplest and most popular foods into an edible art form. Sounds a lot like one of my other loves: Android theming. So it‘s only right that we bring the two together and make your stomach growl the way mine does every ti

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Designing a game for virtual reality is kind of like writing a movie

We talked to two of the creators of Virtual VR, about the process of developing the game for a mobile headset and how many drafts it took to get the story straight. Take it from me, and the rest of the brains behind the site you‘re currently perusing: writing a story is hard work, and writing one for other people to experience and enjoy is even more laborious. A good story requires more than relatable characters and a plot to hook the re

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OnePlus 5: Top things you need to know

It‘s hard to ignore the importance of this phone in the Android world. The OnePlus 5 is the most expensive phone the company has ever made, and subsequently has the highest expectations. The base plan to meet those expectations is to double down on the formula that has at least got OnePlus this far: high-end specs, solid hardware and super-fast software. Then there‘s the extra bit of marketing thrown behind its camera setup, which

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Honor 9 Premium with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage now up for sale in Europe

Honor 9 Premium is available in select markets in Europe for 499. Honor is rolling out an upgraded version of the Honor 9 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage in select markets in Europe. The phone is called the Honor 9 Premium, and it is retailing for 499. There‘s also a variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage that is available for 450. First spotted by WinFuture, the Honor 9 Premium is now up for pre-order on Three Italy and Switzerla

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‘Lawnchair‘ is the best new Android launcher you (probably) haven‘t tried yet

New open-source launcher brings Google Now and Pixel Launcher capabilities to all phones - along with a huge loadout of customization features. I‘m usually pretty lazy when it comes to customizing my home screens. For the most part, I tend to stick with the stock launcher on whatever phone I‘m using, and I don‘t go over-the-top tweaking absolutely every setting on my home screen. Yet with the discontinuation of the Google No

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Deal: Save 20% off your first six months of cell service at TPO

If you‘re looking for a sweet deal on a new phone plan, look no further than TPO. TPO (The People‘s Operator) - an alternative carrier that runs off Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S. - is currently offering 20% off your first six months of service with new activations. You can activate a new number and a new device, or keep your current setup, to save on their 500MB, 1GB or 2.5GB plans. The best part is that 10% of your monthly spend

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Add a flexible glass screen protector to your Note 5 for just 15 today

If you‘re still rocking a Galaxy Note 5 and want to protect the screen, the Seidio Vitreo flex hybrid glass protector is one of the best options. The flexible glass makes it easy to install, and right now you can pick one up for just 15. ...

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Google‘s mobile search app now has a personalized news feed

Google launches a news feed of its own within its mobile search app. Google is increasingly looking to make its products more social, and its latest attempt is to create a feed within its mobile search app that will show you news stories, sports scores, and videos, all based on your previous searches. The company introduced news stories in the Google app back in December, and today‘s update sees Google building upon that by leveraging its

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Bixby Voice now available for every Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the U.S.

It‘s time to start talking to your phone (even more). A full three months after the Galaxy S8 and S8+ launched in the U.S., its voice-powered assistant Bixby Voice is available for everyone to use. An OTA update with the necessary new software is heading out to every U.S. Galaxy S8 and S8+ starting today, July 19, and once it arrives on your phone you‘ll have the same voice control features that many people have been testing the past

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Huawei Watch 2 Classic review: Leather is better

With the Huawei Watch 2 Classic, a metal body and leather strap make all the difference. It‘s no secret that we weren‘t big fans of the Huawei Watch 2, a plastic-and-ceramic successor to a metal legacy that left us feeling dejected and a little confused over the company‘s seemingly half-baked plans for wearables. Well, after having used the Huawei Watch 2 Classic for some time, I can safely say the issue lies largely with br

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Casio ProTrek Smart review: Adventure watch

Casio gets a lot more attention than some other watchmakers on the MrMobile channel, and that‘s because it‘s one of the few companies doing something different with Android Wear. Last year I reviewed the company‘s feature-packed but pricey WSD-F10 outdoor smartwatch, and this summer‘s sequel has ditched the clunky model number for a (slightly) streamlined brand name. Much else is familiar though; the ProTrek

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Best Memory Cards for Amazon Fire Tablet

The Amazon Fire Tablet is a great investment, but it tends to run out of space quickly. Here are some ways to expand it without breaking the bank. 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 figure out what to delete, and how to bett

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Adobe Lightroom mobile goes ‘Android native‘ with slightly refreshed interface

Just because an update looks small doesn‘t mean it isn‘t important. Adobe has updated its Lightroom Mobile app for Android with an all-new "Android native" interface, though the changes aren‘t as big as you‘d think with such a proclamation. The main change to the experience is better labeling of buttons and simpler sliders that make sense on a (relatively) small screen that‘s used exclusively with touch. Lightr

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Best Android Phone Under 700

Best overall Best for updates Best for single hands Best for less Best overall HTC U11 See at Amazon See at HTC See at Sprint This may come as a shock to you, but HTC is back, baby! In fact, the company never left, but its criminally underappreciated 2016 flagship, the HTC 10, has been replaced by a phone so good and so striking that it would be impossible not to consider it in 2017. That phone is the HTC U11. It may lack the Stretch Ar

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OnePlus is looking into potential OnePlus 5 ‘911 reboot‘ issue

The OnePlus 5 may have a pretty dangerous ‘911‘ bug. Over the last few days, a small but growing number of OnePlus 5 users have claimed that upon dialing ‘911‘ or ‘999‘ - numbers designated for emergency services in the U.S. and UK, respectively - their phones have rebooted prior to the call going through. On Reddit, many people have speculated that it is a problem with the phone‘s ability to find a r

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Mint SIM Deals & Promo Codes

Looking to save even more money on Mint SIM? Here are the current deals and promo codes to help! There are quite a few options when it comes to carriers for your smartphone, and odds are you‘re shopping around for the best deal. Postpaid plans are a good option for some, but prepaid plans get you the lowest price, as long as you‘re willing to put your money down first. Mint SIM is an alternative carrier that uses T-Mobile‘s

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Snapchat now lets you record 60-second Snaps ... sort of

Nothing in Snapchat can ever just work as you expect. Snapchat is known for arbitrary limitations throughout its interface, but in general that‘s part of the fun. But one barrier is being lifted today with the announcement that you can now record 60-second long videos ... well, sort of. Rather than limiting you to just 10 seconds of recording at a time, if you continue to hold the capture button you‘ll now record six 10-second clip

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LastPass launching revamped family service with intuitive group features

Keep everything locked tight from the public but freely shareable in your family. LastPass is set to seriously improve its "family" tier of service, adding tons of intuitive features that make it easy to manage family-focused data between multiple users. The new LastPass Families, which is coming later this summer, is a big improvement over its current "family" plan which is simply a cheap way to get multiple individual subscriptions for peopl

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Nexus in 2017: How Google could revamp the brand for a new purpose

Strap in: It‘s time for some wild speculation. It‘s been almost a year since we first learned that Google‘s Nexus brand would be going away, replaced at the high end by Pixel, as the company ramped up its new hardware division. But rumors continue to swirl around Google‘s future plans for Project Fi and Android One. The former needs something to replace the aging Nexus 5X and 6P, and I‘m not convinced a single Mo

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