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Are those cheap VR headsets worth it?

What's the harm in buying the cheapest VR headset you can find? The absolute coolest thing Google has done with VR is make it something truly accessible to everyone. Earlier this year, Hallmark started building Google Cardboard headset into some of its premium cards, just to give you an idea of just ...

YouTube's new VR180 format makes virtual reality easy to create

YouTube's new VR180 video format bridges the gap between 2D and VR, and it's going to be a big deal. At VidCon 2017, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced some big things for the platform, including a mind-blowing statistic: 1.5 billion people watch YouTube videos monthly. But one of the bigger ...

Leap into a new adventure in Flipping Legend!

What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store? Updated June 23, 2017: How far can you make it as a Flipping Legend? Check out the beta release of South Park: Phone Destroyer! Sega Forever plans to bring your favorite games to Android, starting with Sonic the Hedgehog, ...

Google Home coming to Canada June 26, some pre-orders get a free Chromecast

"OK Google... when the heck are you coming to Canada?!" Update, June 23: If you're looking for a Google Home deal in Canada, Best Buy is offering a free Chromecast with every pre-order until June 25. The product is coming out June 26. Google Home has been out in the United States since November, ...

What is Project Fi, how does it work and why do I want it?

Google's own carrier offering definitely has some appeal. If you're an Android enthusiast, you've likely already heard of Project Fi. But that doesn't mean you necessarily know everything about it, so we're here to give you the high-level look at the carrier option that comes directly from Google. ...

Every Voice Command you can use in Star Trek: Bridge Crew

It's like Google Assistant, only with torpedoes. Ubisoft and Intel have partnered up to add voice commands to Star Trek: Bridge Crew, which means you can control your AI crewmates with your voice and actually get results when you get tired of shouting at humans who probably aren't listening very ...

Upcoming WhatsApp update will let you share any type of file

WhatsApp will soon let you share any file you want, as long as it's under 128MB. Currently, you can share photos, audio and video files, and PDF documents on WhatsApp, but the Facebook-owned messaging platform will soon allow you to share any type of file. As noted by WABetaInfo, the update is being ...

Two years on, the original Huawei Watch is still one of the best Android wearables

If you don't want LTE — and let's be honest, you don't want LTE — Huawei's original Android watch remains a fantastic option. Android Wear is kind of all over the place right now. All the watches released in the past few months have either been ridiculously huge — hi there LG Watch ...

Find My Device: The ultimate guide to finding your lost phone

Find My Device lets you remotely track, lock, and erase the data on a lost or stolen phone. Android Device Manager has picked up its first major update in two years, bringing a new visual layout and a new name: Find My Device. The app's functionality isn't changing — you'll still be able to ...

Indian government calls Google Maps unreliable, wants citizens to use its own mapping solution instead

The Indian government launches its latest salvo in a long-running fight with Google over mapping data. The Indian government doesn't have a high opinion of Google Maps, and it conveyed that sentiment today by saying that the service is "not authenticated" and calling into question its reliability. ...

HTC U11 in solar red now available in the UK

Dual-SIM red U11 launches via HTC's online store, priced £649. Just a few days after its launch in the U.S., HTC has announced that the vibrant "solar red" version of its U11 flagship is now available to pre-order in the UK. It's available exclusively from HTC's online storefront at HTC.com, ...

TYLT Energi Pro review: MrMobile's favorite battery backpack

I knew I needed to review the TYLT Energi Pro when I first saw Daniel Bader rocking one on an overseas trip a few months back – and even though he's beaten me to the official take with his own excellent review, I've gathered some followup thoughts on the backpack in the weeks since. See, the ...

Everything you need to know about Bixby Voice

We have early access to the Galaxy S8's built-in Bixby Voice. Here's another look at what's coming to a Galaxy S8 near you. We've already written plenty about the Galaxy S8's Bixby functionality, but what we haven't touched on is what to expect with Bixby Voice — ostensibly the main reason ...

Flip phones are making a comeback

With the announcement of Samsung's Galaxy Folder 2 flip phone in South Korea, it's a wonder if we're backtracking through time to when phones were simpler things. I can't believe I'm writing about a flip phone in 2017, but lo and behold, here we are. What you see here is Samsung's Galaxy Folder 2, a ...

Beginner's guide to Plex

Plex is an amazing tool to access your media content on all your devices. Here's a quick beginners guide to getting up and running. Plex is one of those services that has been around for some time but many of us might have passed over for some reason, be it a lack of understanding of what it ...

Win a Logitech ZeroTouch road trip prize pack!

A great road trip is just a hand gesture away! It's hot. It's sunny. It's summer. It's road trip time! As we approach July 4th, we thought it would be a great idea to bring you an amazing contest from our friends at Logitech. The company is promoting its excellent ZeroTouch car phone holder, which ...

Get the paper out on time with Special Delivery on PlayStation VR

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Special Delivery is here for Playstation VR! There are some games that look so simple and fun you're compelled to give them a try immediately. Special Delivery on PlayStation VR is most definitely one of them. You play as the lowest rung on the newspaper food chain: ...

Best smart locks

Looking to make your house smarter and safer? Here are the best smart locks full of brains and brawn to protect your home. Whether you're just tired of losing your keys, or you're already in the process of automating your home, a key part of this process is choosing a smart lock that fits your ...

Moto E4 review: Keeping it simple

The Moto E4 is one of the best prepaid deals you can get right now. The Moto E4 is fine. It's not particularly good looking or powerful, nor is it filled with features. When you think a generic smartphone, this is kind of what you think of. And yet, for $129, I would probably recommend it, warts ...

How to track what's being said to Alexa with the history feature

Alexa history automatically saves your conversations; here's how to review them. Alexa, the Amazon Echo's virtual assistant, learns about you as you interact with her, and part of the reason she's able to do this is that she records all of your conversations. The history is where all of these ...

How to manually enable Daydream on phones Google has not approved

How do I install Daydream on my phone? Google's philosophy with their newest VR platform is simple. In order to offer the best possible experience in Daydream, there needs to be a minimum list of requirements met. The phone must be capable of delivering two video streams at 60fps with no stutter, ...

OnePlus 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8 camera comparison: Playing catch-up

No matter what we pay for phones, we always want a great camera. OnePlus has consistently nailed the core experience of a high-end smartphone, over-achieving its price in so many ways. But one area where it felt more native to its price point was the camera — but the OnePlus 5 is designed to ...

Best Selfie Sticks for Galaxy S8

But first… Let me tell you that they're not as bad as everyone says. I'm as against selfie culture as anyone, but when you and the missus are out on vacation and don't feel like bothering anyone to take a photo of you, a selfie stick and really come in handy. And I'd honestly rather use a ...

Best HTC Vive Experiences For Kids

What games can kids play on HTC Vive? The HTC Vive is a wonderful VR system that has an incredible library of games and other experiences thanks to support through Steam. A lot of VR is based around shooting or scaring the pants off of you — blame it on the gun-like Vive controllers and the ...

A look at the Android smartphones still to come in 2017

Like sands through the hourglass, so does the smartphone release cycle seem churn in perpetuity. Samsung, LG, and HTC may have been first to bat with their flagship smartphones, but there are still plenty more device launches to look forward to. The year is only halfway through, and with the launch ...

These are the official OnePlus cases for the OnePlus 5

You have stylish OnePlus 5 case options right from Day 1. Even though its newer phones don't offer removable backs like the OnePlus One and 2 did, OnePlus has put a notable amount of time into guaranteeing that you have a set of sleek, simple cases available to protect and personalize its phones. ...

Android O brings huge improvements for VR

For Google Daydream, software is as important as the hardware. Mobile VR has come a long way since Google Cardboard. And it's one area where a lot of different companies have ideas for how it can get even better. We're nowhere near a "peak VR" situation and expect advances with every generation. ...

Protect your LG G6 with this impact absorbing case for just $25

The LG G6 packs super slim bezels and a whole lot of screen, which means you likely will want to keep it protected. Pelican’s Protector case offers a single layer of impact absorbing protection without a whole lot of bulk, and right now you can pick one up for just $25. ...

OnePlus 5 now official in India for ₹32,999: Everything you need to know

The OnePlus 5 makes its debut in India, and you can pick one up starting today. India is a key market for OnePlus, and just two days after unveiled its latest flagship, the company is launching the device in the country. To say that the OnePlus 5 was highly anticipated would be an understatement ...

How becoming a TPO subscriber can affect change

Join TPO and put your monthly mobile bill to good use. TPO is a mobile virtual network operator that leases coverage from Sprint's fast 4G LTE network. It offers competitive data plans for folks who don't want to pay the big carrier rates. In fact, as a promotional rate, you can get 1GB of Sprint's ...

Xiaomi Redmi 4: Everything you need to know

The Redmi 4 is one of the best smartphones available for under ₹10,000 right now. Xiaomi saw a lot of success with the Redmi 3S in India — over 4 million units were sold, making it the best-selling phone in the online segment. The Chinese manufacturer is looking to do the same with the ...

The OnePlus 5 podcast

This week, Daniel, Andrew, Alex and special guest Michael Fisher talk about one thing — the OnePlus 5. From design to performance to whether the dual camera lives up to expectations, join them as they run through one of the most anticipated phones of the year. If you're on the fence about ...

Samsung teams up with MLB for VR baseball highlights

Samsung and Major League Baseball want you to experience the spectacle of VR. This is pretty neat. Samsung has teamed up with Major League Baseball to offer more than 20 virtual reality videos of America's great pastime for the Gear VR this summer. The MLB VR series within the Samsung VR app will ...

How to take the best Cardboard Camera photos

Flawless Cardboard Camera photos are not complicated, and so much fun to share. Grabbing a good panorama of that perfect sunrise is often quite rewarding, but if you're a fan of VR photos you can one-up your game with Cardboard Camera. Instead of a 2D panorama, you're capturing a full 360-degree ...

Bixby Voice is rolling out to the Galaxy S8 for those who signed up for early access

It's a bit finicky in its preview state, but Bixby's tender voice will help you forget it's still half-baked. I can't tell you how excited I was to see that the Bixby Voice preview had hit my unlocked Galaxy S8. There was a bit of a language barrier between the two of us in the beginning, but after ...

The LG V30 said to be announced at IFA 2017

It's big, bold, and should appear in Berlin this September. According to the Korean technology site ETNews, we should see the new LG V30 at September's IFA 2017 show. The G6-inspired design features an edge-to-edge OLED display. This would be the first OLED display LG has used since the G Flex ...

Watch our OnePlus 5 review video!

After plenty of hype, we have all of the details on the OnePlus 5. Coinciding with our complete review of the phone, we have also worked up an all-encompassing video review to bring you the quick take on the phone. Five minutes of our analysis of the OnePlus 5 paired up with some beautiful shots of ...

Virgin Mobile goes all-in on iPhone, will no longer offer Android phones

In a sea of prepaid carriers, you have to do something dramatic to differentiate. Virgin Mobile, the unconventional MVNO operating on the Sprint network, has announced it's going iPhone-only. That's right, it's a whole mobile carrier that will only sell iPhones and service for them, in a move to ...

Best Water-resistant Bluetooth speakers

Choose a great water-resistant Bluetooth speaker and singing in the shower will sound better than ever! Bluetooth speakers are one of the most convenient ways to listen to music from pretty much any device. If you get yourself a water-resistant one, you don't have to worry about it getting wet. ...

Snapchat's new Snap Map does exactly what you'd think

See what's happening around the world on Snapchat. Snapchat has introduced a new feature called "Snap Map" that does exactly what you'd think it does: shows you Snaps, on a map. You can move and zoom the map from city level all the way up to global level to see where people are, and you can see hot ...

How to set up an iCloud email account on Android

There's no need to abandon your iCloud email address when you get a new Android device. If you're moving to an Android device from an iPhone or iPad, there's every possibility you're already set up and using an iCloud email address. Android devices require you to have a Google account , but you ...

OnePlus 5: Which model should you buy?

Do you require 64GB or 128GB of space? And is the extra RAM really that necessary? OnePlus has certainly figured out its formula for selling smartphones: take a no-fuss design, shove in an all-day battery along with the latest processor, and keep the Android software tweaks at a minimum. The OnePlus ...

Ace three top cybersecurity certification exams with this $69 bundle!

The cybersecurity business is booming and shows no signs of slowing down; it seems like every day there is a new high profile hack or breach. That means the need for professionals in this field is at an all-time high. Break into a new cybersecurity career with this certification training bundle! ...

For less than $15, you can add this missing feature to the OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 is out and it looks pretty great… except for one thing. The OnePlus 5 has landed and it looks top shelf — featuring high-end specs, blazing fast charging speeds and that premium build quality that OnePlus is known. But the one thing that is missing is support for microSD ...

Best headphones for Daydream View

Headphones make a massive difference in your Daydream View experience. Few things improve your Daydream View experience quite like a good set of headphones. It's the difference between having a mediocre VR trip through a game and feeling totally immersed in the world around you. Sometimes that ...

Love wins when you use these Pride-themed wallpapers

Show your love and your compassion with pride. June is Pride month, one of unity and hope and celebration and love, and in trying times like these, I can think of nothing we need more. No matter who you love — or who you don't love, for the asexuals and aromantics out here — we can all ...

There's a single OnePlus 5 version for the whole world

OnePlus managed to build a single version of the OnePlus 5 for the whole world. That means easier roaming and much better worldwide compatibility. The OnePlus 5 is here, and it's a pretty great device in a lot of ways. But in terms of network connectivity, it breaks down interesting new ground, and ...

OnePlus 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8: What the extra money gets you

OnePlus has dropped the 'flagship killer' moniker, but that continues to be how its phones are measured. OnePlus has made a name for itself with phones that offer high-end specs and experiences at prices a couple hundred dollars less than the true flagship competition. And even with the OnePlus 5 ...

OnePlus 5 is the company's 'fastest-selling device ever'

People can't wait to get their hands on the OnePlus 5. The OnePlus 5 was unveiled yesterday, and while the phone will go on sale from June 27, OnePlus started selling a few devices early at pop-up stores in New York, London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam, and through an "early drop" page on its ...

Unicode 10 released with 56 new emoji, coming to phones later this year

Get ready for a whole new set of emojis. With emoji usage steadily on the rise, the Unicode Consortium is constantly incorporating a wider set of pictographs. The consortium finalized the Unicode 10 spec today, introducing 56 new emoji that includes the likes of "bearded man," "mage," ...