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Huawei Mate 9: Big, bold, and still beautiful nine months later

The Chinese company‘s flagship smartphone is still a great buy, though the competition has vastly increased in the nine months since its debut. Plenty can happen in nine months. A human baby gestates over the period of nine months, for example, or you can try to grow over four inches of hair. Nine months is also a good time to check in with a smartphone after its initial launch. That‘s plenty of time for a device to effectively ges

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Pick up a Fire Tablet for as little as 40 right now

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great deal on Amazon‘s Fire tablets! Amazon‘s Fire Tablets have become far more popular in recent years, and it‘s for a good reason. These tablets pack some great specs into a truly affordable package, and right now they are even more affordable. Amazon is offering 10 off its entry-level 7-inch Fire Tablet with 8GB of storage, dropping the price down to just 39.99. You

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Celebrate the eclipse with this dark-as-night theme pack!

Some themes are beautiful, some themes are functional, and dark themes are both. Dark themes are more than an expression of taste and emotion. On devices using AMOLED displays, dark themes can help you save a little bit of battery. Because on AMOLED screens, true, hex black #000000 is displayed by turning off the pixel completely. The more black on an AMOLED screen, the fewer pixels being powered and lit. Now, some apps have AMOLED black theme

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Android O features you‘ll love: Background execution limits

Android O keeps apps under control when you‘re not actively using them. Your Android phone will let you do many things at once, even though all of them might not be on your screen. Besides system processes that can do things like checking your location or seeing if you have any new email, apps can be opened and then be left to run in the background while we are doing something else. A good example would be when you open your favorite mu

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Specs, images, release date and more

Everything we know so far about the successor to Samsung‘s ill-fated Note 7. Oh boy. It‘s time for a new Samsung Galaxy Note. As you may remember, things didn‘t go too well for the last entry in the Note series. And although the Galaxy S8 has enjoyed strong sales and critical praise in the meantime, Samsung will remain under intense scrutiny as it looks to relaunch the tarnished Note brand. That‘s important for every m

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Xiaomi allegedly working with Google over an Android One device

Xiaomi may launch a variant of the Mi 5X with stock Android. If there is one criticism to Xiaomi‘s phones, it‘s that MIUI is fairly bloated. That‘s changing with MIUI 9, but there still is a learning curve associated with Xiaomi‘s custom skin. However, a report out of Indonesia‘s krispitech suggests Xiaomi is working with Google on releasing a version of the budget Mi 5X running stock Android through the Android One

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 concept video shows off razor-thin bezels

The Mi Mix 2 will be a true bezel-less phone. The Galaxy S8 and LG G6 took the idea of bezel-less displays mainstream, but it was Xiaomi‘s Mi Mix that kicked things off last year. It looks like the Chinese manufacturer is aiming for an even more ambitious design for its successor, if a new video shared by the phone‘s designer Philippe Starck is any indication. The video shows off a virtually bezel-less front panel, with just the bot

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review: Bigger is better

With a 6.44-inch display and a massive 5300mAh battery, Xiaomi‘s latest phablet is the ideal device for consuming multimedia on the go. Last year‘s Mi Max was Xiaomi‘s first attempt at a phone with a screen size over 6 inches. The phone wasn‘t the company‘s first phablet, however, with the 5.7-inch Mi Note making its debut back in 2015. While the Mi Note was a flagship device, the Mi Max was targeted at the budget

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The best flight games for Gear VR

Fly through VR. Games on Gear VR can take you to amazing places. If you‘ve been looking for awesome flight games that let you pilot a vessel, then you‘re in luck. From manning a Spitfire in the skies during World War II, to soaring through space firing missiles at enemy spaceships, there are a number of different flight games that can take you to the skies. Finding the ones worth their salt can be pesky though. That‘s why we

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From the Editor‘s Desk: Fun with HDR+

Port of Pixel camera app to other phones shows Google is still almost unmatched in computational photography. One of the major trends in smartphones in the past year has been the rise of computational photography - using the vast computing power of modern phones to get better pictures from the tiny lenses and sensors in our devices. However wrong Vic Gundotra was in his recent tirade against Android cameras, he was basically right in saying th

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Take your tunes into the shower with this 20 speaker

Showers can be boring (especially the lonely ones!), and shower thoughts can just end up making you feel way less relaxed than a show should. Some people also happen to sing their best when in the shower - or so we tell ourselves. Whatever your reason for wanting music in the shower, you need a speaker in your bathroom. Cords probably aren‘t the best idea (you know - death by electrocution), so you‘ll want a convenient Bluetooth spea

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Best Micro-USB Cables

Wherein we help you pick a great Micro-USB cable. Whether you have a smartphone, tablet or wearable, odds are that you‘ve got a Micro-USB cable (or three) laying around. They‘re ubiquitous. Just in case you don‘t, here are some of our favorites. EZOPower Micro-USB cable ReTrak Premier Series Retractable Micro-USB cable Anker 10-foot Nylon Braided Micro-USB cable Anker PowerLine Micro-USB cable iXCC Micro-USB cable Rampow br

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Turn your home into a smart home with the 150 SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a deal on creating the smartest home possible! Right now you can get the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit for 150, which comes with a hub. Or you can get the SmartThings Smart Home Hub by itself for just 50. The hub normally sells between 80-100 and rarely drops past that. This sale for 50 is its lowest price since last year‘s Black Friday deals. The Home Monitoring Kit normally sells

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Download the Essential Phone wallpapers here!

You don‘t have to spend 699 to get these wallpapers. The new Essential Phone has a pretty mind-bending screen with super-tiny bezels, and it just looks even better with one of its default wallpapers loaded. Those wallpapers have picked up some attention, and that‘s to be expected - so that‘s why we want to offer them up for anyone to use. Here are six different wallpapers that come pre-loaded on the Essential Phone. A couple

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Essential wants your attention as much as your money (for now)

Essential isn‘t even trying to compete with Samsung or even LG with their first phone. You‘ve probably read at least one "first look" at the Essential Phone. They all have a few things in common, and mostly leave us with the impression that it‘s an interesting first try from a new company. It‘s definitely an ambitious device in some ways, especially in the looks department. What you‘re probably not going to see is

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Get into some trouble in this weekend‘s comments thread!

The only rule is to be cool to each other. Another week is in the can and that means it‘s time to relax, enjoy yourself and get together with friends. It‘s certainly been another week of charged emotions and stressful happenings, but it‘s good for everyone to put aside the things add to the tension and drama once in a while. Here is a good place to do just that. You can talk about Android or phones in general, or you can just

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Get lifetime access to 2TB of cloud storage for only 49!

Our current, tech-obsessed world demands a storage solution for your multimedia data, the most convenient being cloud-based storage which you can access from anywhere. Most cloud-based storage services charge a monthly fee, which, over time, adds up to quite a fee. Those of you sick of subscription fees need a storage solution that requires a single payment for a lifetime of access. More importantly, you need cloud storage that is encrypted and

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Best Screen Protectors for Galaxy S7

What are the best screen protectors for the GS7? The Samsung Galaxy S7 is still of the best phones you can buy, and with the Galaxy S8 and upcoming Note 8 stealing everyone‘s attention, you should be able to pick up an S7 for a pretty great deal. With its beautiful glass screen, you‘ll want to try and protect it from scuffs and scratches. We‘ve included some decent options for film screen protectors - not as tough as the tem

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Amazon Alexa: Everything you need to know about the heart of the Echo

You wouldn‘t have the Amazon Echo (or Echo Dot, or Echo Show, or whatever) without Amazon Alexa. Here‘s what you need to know about the two. Amazon Echo. Or Alexa. They‘re one and the same, really. That is, an Amazon Echo without Alexa really isn‘t any more than just a speaker. And Alexa without a speaker is just ... Well, nothing. Confused yet. I don‘t blame you. Let‘s explain the difference this way: E

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How your phone can help you walk more (and not hate it)

Take the stairs. Walk, don‘t drive. Every little step adds up when you‘re trying to get fit! In the first Tech for your Health column, we discussed using apps and technology to help establish better nutrition habits. With all that extra energy that comes along with eating right, it‘s time to step up your physical activity. They say you need to learn to walk before you can run. While that idiom relates to mastering basic skil

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What devices can play Amazon Music?

You can listen to Amazon Music on nearly any device that‘s out there. String up two tin cans on a flag pole, and that might work, too. (Or not.) Here‘s a more definitive list, though. Amazon Music is as ubiquitous as just about any other music service out there. Tens of millions of songs. Available on nearly any device you can think of. In your car. On your phone. On a TV. On your computer. Here‘s the breakdown of all the de

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U.S. unlocked Galaxy Note 8 shows up on Samsung‘s online store

The U.S. unlocked Galaxy Note 8 makes an appearance on Samsung‘s store page. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be announced next week in New York, and the leaks just keep coming as we run up to the event. This time, Samsung has prematurely listed the U.S. unlocked version (model UZKAXAA, consistent with the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S8s) of the device on its online store. The product link itself doesn‘t go anywhere, but we still learn a few

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Google awarded patent for crazy 2-in-1 laptop design

Google patents a wild looking design that may show up in its next laptop. Back before it became a line of phones, the Chromebook Pixel line was known for setting an example of what a high end Chromebook would look like. The first model had a unique 3:2 aspect ratio, a high-resolution screen and an optional LTE model. That line culminated in the Pixel C, an Android convertible tablet. Since then, ASUS and Samsung seriously stepped up in the desig

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Action Launcher 27 brings more color and transparency options to your Android home screen

Action Launcher keeps adding more features so users can fine tune their home screen. Action Launcher has been a fan favorite launcher for years now, partly due to developer Chris Lacy consistently adding new features. Action Launcher 27 is out now, and here are some highlights of the new features: The App Shortcuts and Notification Dots can now be colored to match either the wallpaper or the icon itself. Action Launcher‘s custom sear

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