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Parents‘ guide to managing their kid‘s social media presence

If your child hasn‘t created an account on at least one social network by now, chances are the question has come up. Besides being easier to connect with entire groups of friends and classmates through these services, schools are becoming increasingly involved in sharing group accomplishments on social media for all of the parents to see at once. Combine that with the relatively recent appearance of social network celebrities, regardless

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How to use App Twin on the Huawei Mate 9

You can clone Facebook or WhatsApp to log in with two different accounts at the same time. Running a business from your smartphone? That‘s pretty cool, but I bet you feel like switching between personal and business accounts is kind of a pain in the butt. Fortunately, some Android devices offer the ability to make an "app twin," essentially emulating an existing app so that you can log in with different accounts at the same time. There

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Will my phone get Android O in India?

Let‘s guess when your phone will pick up the Android O update. Android O is on the horizon, and there‘s plenty to look forward to. The update introduces picture-in-picture mode to phones and tablets, colorized notifications, adaptive icons, a systemwide autofill API, improvements to Bluetooth audio, and so much more. Android O will also feature Project Treble, which aims to fix Android‘s fragmentation problem. With Project T

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Best adult apps in VR

Finding adult apps for VR is easy, finding awesome adult apps in VR can be more difficult. Porn in VR is all over the place these days. In fact, all you have to do is a quick Google search and you‘ll find plenty of websites and apps that can give you what you‘re looking for. Not all adults apps are awesome though. So instead of slogging through the internet and hoping you find an awesome app, we‘ve done the work for you. Belo

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ASUS commits to Android O, less bloat for the Zenfone 3 and 4 series

ASUS has promised Android 8.0 for its 2016 and 2017 phones. There‘s no nice way to say this, ASUS has a history bloated software and taking too much time with updates. I imported and owned the monstrous (and glorious) Zenfone 3 Ultra and my only real complaints with the device were the amount of pre-installed garbage and how slowly it got the Nougat update. It took me a full hour when I was setting up the device to turn off all the duplica

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Grab a 2-pack of TP-Link Smart Plugs for 40 at Amazon

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a 15 discount on Smart plugs Smart plugs are a great addition to any house. If you don‘t have any smart home equipment and want to get started, these plugs are one of the best purchases that you can make. Amazon currently has a 2-pack of TP-Link smart plugs priced at just 39.99 when you use the coupon code 15SMARTKIT at checkout. For two of them you‘d normally pay around 55, so t

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IFA 2017 preview: Everything you can expect to see from Berlin!

IFA is always one of the biggest tech conferences of the year, and we‘re expecting nothing less than an onslaught this time around. IFA is approaching its 100th birthday, but the Berlin-based trade show still manages to pull in the biggest names in consumer electronics, which in more recent years means the biggest names in smartphones. Almost every major Android manufacturer has some sort of keynote at the event, with big names like Sam

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YouTube TV is now available in 14 more markets

YouTube TV is now available in 29 markets total. When YouTube TV launched earlier this year, it launched in 15 heavily populated markets, including Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth and New York City. Today, Google has expanded the streaming TV service to 14 additional markets. Here is a full list of markets YouTube TV is now available in: Atlanta, GA Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Charlotte, NC Chicago, IL Cincinnati, OH Columbus, OH Dallas-Fort Wor

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This is the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact has leaked, showing a compact phone with a lot to offer. Yesterday, we showed off images of the alleged Sony Xperia XZ1. As Sony has done for the last few years, that phone looks to use the same design as the current Xperia XZ. Today, we have images and specifications for the new Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, thanks to @Onleaks and 91Mobiles. The device uses the same design language carried over from last year, includin

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Using Google Chromecast Audio as a whole-house audio alternative to Sonos

Great-sounding music is made easy with a Chromecast Audio. And you‘ll save a fistful of dollars, too. If you‘re thinking about setting up a whole-house (or even just a single-room) streaming audio solution, Sonos systems are pretty much what you‘ll find recommended by folks on the internet. They are easy to set up and the Sonos service offers a decent choice of streaming content providers. But the price tag - you‘ll be

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Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Leaks

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact has leaked, showing a compact phone with a lot to offer. Yesterday, we showed off images of the alleged Sony Xperia XZ1. As Sony has done for the last few years, that phone looks to use the same design as the current Xperia XZ. Today, we have images and specifications for the new Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, thanks to @Onleaks and 91Mobiles. The device uses the same design language carried over from last year, includin

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No phone left behind: Charge four devices at once with this 14 car charger

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with some great deals on Anker‘s charging accessories! Update: You can also pick up Anker‘s dual-USB Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger for just 18.99 for a limited time. Going on a road trip these days can be brutal with everyone wanting to charge their phone all at once and just one single cigarette lighter to plug a charger into. Thankfully, you can pick up an Anker car charger with

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Everything we know so far about Skyrim VR

What do I need to know about Skyrim VR? A surprise trailer for Skyrim VR was shown during the Sony presentation at E3 2017. Arriving on the heels of the Fallout 4 VR trailer, many fans were left with a bunch of questions regarding Bethesda‘s move to take their beloved fantasy RPG into VR. To help spread the word, here‘s everything we know so far. Read more at VR Heads! ...

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The Essential Phone is now available from Sprint, Best Buy and Essential directly

After a long wait, the Essential Phone is now available for purchase. Andy Rubin‘s Essential Phone was announced back in May, with the company planning for a June release date. June came and went, and we heard near the end of July that part of the delay was due to complications in the certification process. It is now August, and the Essential Phone is finally available to purchase. The phone can be purchased from Essential, Sprint and B

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Waiting for the dawn of a new Android theming era

Theming on Android doesn‘t require rooting, but theming Android itself almost always does. We can use third-party launchers to theme our home screens. We can theme our most-used apps to get rid of that searing white and spice things up with some color. We can do so many things to customize Android and make it our own, but theming the Android system itself requires one of two things: a phone with a robust theming engine like the Samsung G

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Four Great Galaxy S8 armbands for running and working out

Hit the pavement running with your Galaxy S8 secure and accessible! Itching to take your Galaxy S8 with you on your runs? Sure, you could awkwardly keep it in your pocket, but you‘re best off getting an armband case. It keeps your phone protected and accessible to you, so you can check on your progress in your [Couch to 5K app]https://www.androidcentral.com/best-couch-5k-apps) or control your music as you run. While these armbands won&l

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This 27 Bluetooth speaker has a crazy long 24-hour battery life

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a discount on a powerful Bluetooth speaker. Update: This popular deal is back again, this time with a new coupon code. Be sure to use code ALBCXN3Y for the full savings. Amazon‘s currently has a pretty great discount on the extremely popular Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker. With this deal, the black version speaker drops down to 26.99 with coupon code ALBCXN3Y (the other colors ar

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The Essential Phone is now available to order

After a long wait, the Essential Phone is now available for purchase. Andy Rubin‘s Essential Phone was announced back in May, with the company planning for a June release date. June came and went, and we heard near the end of July that part of the delay was due to complications in the certification process. It is now August, and the Essential Phone is finally available to purchase. The phone can be purchased from Essential, Sprint and B

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Best tips for wrangling Bixby to get it to do what you want

Getting Bixby Voice to do what you want can be pesky, but these tips can help. Bixby Voice for Samsung‘s Galaxy S8 delivers a pocket assistant that you can talk to in order to get things done. However, if you can‘t seem to get Bixby to do what you‘re asking, then this assistant can be more of a hassle than a help. That‘s why we‘ve put together this handy list of tips to get Bixby Voice to listen when you give it a

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Comcast‘s XFINITY Mobile now available in all Comcast markets

Comcast has finished rolling out their mobile network to all the markets that it offers home Internet. Comcast announced its Xfinity Mobile service - mobile plans for existing Xfinity subscribers - earlier this year. The network runs on the Verizon Wireless network, so Comcast has plenty of spectrum they can use, but the company did not yet have the Xfinity Mobile service in every Xfinity market. That changes today. Comcast has announced that i

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This 20 smart plug can be controlled by your voice

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great deal on a smart plug you‘ll want to buy! Right now you can pick up D-Link‘s Smart Plug for just 19.99 at Amazon, which is a savings of 10 from its regular price. This smart plug works with both Amazon‘s Alexa and Google‘s Assistant, meaning you can use just your voice to control the power to the outlet if you wanted. It can also be controlled from the mydlin

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How to use MetroPCS Wi-Fi Calling

If your signal drops out, MetroPCS WiFi calling can save the day. Wi-Fi calling is nothing new - it‘s been around on various carriers for years. MetroPCS Wi-Fi calling - just like many others - lets you make phone calls or send texts even if you have no cellular signal. Typically when you‘re out of service, you‘re out of luck. However, with MetroPCS Wi-Fi calling, you can still get through as long as you‘re on Wifi even

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Are you thinking of switching your carrier?

Change can be good, as long as you‘ve thought things through. There are now like a million different phone plans from a bunch of different companies. And you can buy an unlocked version of most any phone that will work on one or more of them. That‘s good stuff! When there are more choices for any type of service, companies have to find ways to entice us to pick what they have to offer over what the other guy has. Companies fighting

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Android at IFA 2017: What‘s coming from LG, Samsung, Sony, and more!

Based in Berlin, Germany, IFA is one of the biggest tech trade shows around, and it‘s also one of the oldest, with a 93-year history behind it. The first IFA was held way back in 1924. Six years later, the show was opened by the one and only Albert Einstein. These days, IFA is a platform for just about everything with a chip or a radio antenna - connected gadgets, TVs, computers, wearables, and the nebulous mess known as IoT,

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