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Best Wireless Headphones for Samsung Gear Sport, S3, or S2

Listen to your favorite tunes with your Samsung Gear with these great headphones! Your Samsung Gear Sport, S3, or S2 are great for on-the-go productivity and pleasure. Whether you want to listen to your favorite tunes on your weekly jog, conduct phone calls using your smartwatch on the subway, or ...

The latest Sony flagship without a fingerprint sensor is now available in the U.S.

Sony's fall flagship is now available in the U.S. Back late August, I got to take a look at Sony's new Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, and they're great. They do all the things a smartphone should do in 2017, and they look pretty good. They even have this awesome 3D mapping feature that lets you ...

5 reasons to switch away from T-Mobile

T-Mobile doesn't work out for everyone. Having phone service that's cheap and good is important. Finding the right phone carrier is a pretty big deal. We're using our phones more than ever, and doing more with them — they're not just for making calls anymore. And sometimes, finding the right ...

Pattern your home screen this Wallpaper Wednesday

Patterns are everywhere else; why not have them on your home screen, too? Patterns and geometry help us make sense and order out of the seemingly random nonsense of the world around us. They help us find peace, and their symmetry can be as pleasing to the eye as it is to the mind. A patterned ...

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Release Date, Specs, Price and Rumors!

What do we want from the Google Pixel 2? A new, delicious version of Android is here, so now we're looking to the next big Google announcement: new phone hardware. Up until recently, we thought this year's crop was to be a fairly predictable update to last year's — two devices built by HTC ...

Amazon Great Indian Festival is back — find the best deals right here

Amazon is back with another sale extravaganza. Amazon's Great Indian Festival is back. The four-day sale extravaganza kicks off in earnest tomorrow, but Amazon is rolling out deals early for Prime members. Highlighted deals include a ₹2,000 discount on the Moto G5 Plus, bringing the cost of ...

How to link and unlink smart device services from the Google Home app

Some things seem more complicated than they should be. The Google Home app does more than setting up the Google Home itself. You use it to set up Chromecast devices and smart "things" in your homes, like Hue lights or a Nest. Because you can use the app for so many different things, there is a good ...

HTC issues a trading halt 'pending a major announcement'

HTC will be making a major announcement in the coming days. Taiwanese media reported earlier this month that HTC was in the "final stage of negotiation with Google" for selling off its smartphone business, and it looks like things are coming to a head. A tweet from Bloomberg Gadfly's Tim Culpan ...

T-Mobile is raising monthly prioritization limit to 50GB per month

T-Mobile is set to make its unlimited plan a bit more attractive. Update, September 19: This news is now official, as per T-Mobile's blog. "I'm happy to announce that starting tomorrow we're increasing T-Mobile's prioritization point from an already-industry-leading 32GB to a whopping 50GB! ...

Google Pixel 2 will start at $649, offer 'Kinda Blue' third color option

How many more leaks will we see? This about wraps it up. The Google hardware leaks are coming hard and fast, and the latest of the group reveals fresh information about the forthcoming Pixel 2 — the smaller sibling to the Pixel 2 XL. According to Droid-Life, the Google Pixel 2 will launch at ...

Be prepared for your next at-home electronics repair with this $25 iFixit toolkit

Got any ongoing do-it-yourself projects? Need some precision repair work done? This deal is definitely for you, then! We know. You're clumsy and break things, and fixing them gets expensive, right? Doing it yourself is a great option, but only if you have the right tools around. Right now you can ...

Google Pixelbook convertible breaks cover with high-end hardware, pen and big price tag

It's Google hardware leak day! Right alongside fresh leaks of the Pixel 2 XL and new Google Home Mini, we also have information on a brand new Pixel-branded Chromebook from Google called the Pixelbook. Droid-Life has a couple of images and some information, pointing to a true successor to the first ...

Google Home Mini is the Amazon Echo Dot competitor we need — now it just has to sell

Google's problem hasn't been that it can't make good hardware. It's just that it's never been able to market it properly. Fun fact: Google Home is my favorite of the connected-speaker-assist-things so far. I like it more than Amazon Echo. Way more than the Echo Dot. Maybe not quite as much as Echo ...

Amazon's a hero with tons of Marvel comics on sale, including some freebies

Dive into this Marvel comics sale and experience more of your favorite hero's greatest moments and defeats! Any good Marvel fan has been counting the days 'til Thor: Ragnarok arrives in theaters to continue Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If the wait for November 3rd is getting ...

Google Pixel 2 XL shown in black and white, pricing rumored at $849

Here's our best render leak yet. We're just a couple weeks away from Google's October 4 Pixel event, so we're in the crunch time for major leaks. Look what we have here: the folks over at Droid-life have renders of the new Pixel 2 XL in both black and white. Yes the name is apparently "Pixel 2 XL" ...

Google's smaller Home Mini speaker will cost just $49

The Google Home Mini will cost just $49 when it debuts next month. A treasure trove of leaked Google hardware information is coming to light today as Droid-life is reporting evidence of an upcoming miniature version of the Google Home set to debut at company's October 4 hardware event in San ...

Best Replacement Watch Bands for Samsung Gear S3

What are the best third-party watch bands for Samsung Gear S3? The Samsung Gear S3 is one of our favorite smartwatches, and a great alternative to many of the Android Wear watches out there. The Gear S3 supports standard 22mm watch bands, making it really easy to upgrade with something new. Here are ...

Get your cable chaos under control with this $7 magnetic cable organizer

If you're sick and tired of having to reach down to grab your charging cables hiding under your desk or couch, then this is probably going to be the best thing you see all day. I still forget to charge my phone, even though it's sitting on the desk right next to my laptop and I know there's a ...

How to customize Always On Display on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung has slowly improved its Always On Display — here's how to get started with it. Even when your Galaxy Note S8's display is "off," it isn't really off. Always On Display triggers right away, and continues to show you useful information that's available at a glance so you don't always ...

LG V30 gets torn down, shows impressive camera hardware

JerryRigEverything has torn down the LG V30, showing all the internal components. While it hasn't been released yet, the LG V30 has already been making waves with reviewers. Alex said in his review of the device that it was a no-BS flagship: everything a user may want without any compromises or ...

PaintVR Brings 3D Painting to Life

Disclaimer: I cannot draw. At all. Like, even a little. Paint VR by Coskami Games is an attempt to bring the 3d painting experience to Daydream. As you may know Google have a powerful 3D painting program called TiltBrush which can be enjoyed on the more powerful headsets such as the Vive but this is ...

The iHome iAVS1 is a boring Echo Dot alarm clock

It's a clock with an Amazon Echo Dot shoved inside. And I'm having no problem containing my excitement. On one hand, it's good thing that so many accessories manufacturers are jumping onto the Echo Dot bandwagon. Amazon's budget Echo is a prime candidate for cheap accessories that make it do more ...

Huawei's Mate 10 shows its face in public for the first time

This is the Huawei Mate 10, and it looks familiar. We're nearing the end of the year — not in terms of months, but in terms of phone releases. Most companies want to get their devices into the hands of consumers by the holiday season, which only gives them until about mid- to late-October to ...

BlackBerry KEYone now available to order online in QWERTY, QWERTZ or AZERTY keyboard layouts!

It's now easier to get a KEYone with custom keyboard layouts! As the BlackBerry KEYone continues to be released into new markets, the folks at BlackBerry Mobile have now officially opened up its online shop in Europe. Customers looking to get their hands on a BlackBerry KEYone can now order the ...

Best Wireless Chargers for Samsung Galaxy Note 8

What are the best wireless chargers for Galaxy Note 8? If you ask Apple, wireless charging is the latest and greatest feature for smartphones — and one that Samsung has been perfecting on its line of Galaxy phones since 2014. Samsung's latest flagship, the Galaxy Note 8 carries on that ...

Become one with the virtual worlds with this PlayStation VR bundle for $300

Stop putting off your purchase of a PlayStation VR and give into the temptation! If you haven't already taken the plunge and picked up a PlayStation VR, today may be the day that changes. Amazon is currently offering a bundle that includes both the headset and camera for $299.99 when you use the ...

10 essential Chromebook keyboard shortcuts you need to know

Getting to know your Chromebook's keyboard can save time and make you more productive. If you're one of those people who want to keep their hands on the keyboard when they're sitting in front of a computer — I know I am — then you need to check out the keyboard shortcuts built into your ...

Amazon's all-new Fire HD 10 has a 1080p display, costs just $149

The latest generation Fire HD 10 costs $80 less than its predecessor. Amazon is rolling out much-needed updates to the Fire HD 10 and decreasing its price point at the same time. The latest generation Fire HD 10 features a 10.1-inch Full HD display, double the amount of storage at 32GB, and a ...

Motorola is bringing the Moto X4 to India on October 3

The Moto X4 will be debuting early next month in India. India is Motorola's largest market, so it's no surprise that the company is getting ready to introduce the Moto X4 in the country early next month. According to a tweet posted by Motorola India, the Moto X4 will be making its debut in India on ...

Pixel and Nexus owners, how's the Oreo update holding up?

The Oreo update has been out for a few weeks now. How's it going so far? The Google Pixel received Android 8.0 Oreo on August 21, though thousands of people had been using it in Developer Preview form for longer than that. Still, a finished Android version is sure to attract a lot of attention, even ...

Gmail now converts addresses and phone numbers to actionable links

Gmail finally auto-converts addresses and phone numbers to links. Google is adding a new feature to Gmail and Inbox that brings a much-needed feature to the mail clients. Starting today, addresses, emails, and phone numbers on Gmail and Inbox will be automatically converted to interactive ...

T-Mobile raising unlimited throttling limit to 50GB per month

T-Mobile is set to make its unlimited plan a bit more attractive. After introducing free Netflix to all customers on its T-Mobile ONE unlimited family plan, the carrier is set to take another action that is sure to impress its user base while enticing customers from other carriers. Starting ...

Stay charged with this 10050mAh USB-C/QC 3.0 Power Bank for $12

There's no reason for you to be without a way to charge your phone wherever you are. Lumsing's USB-C Power Bank is available for $11.99 when you enter promo code 7NHCPEY2 at checkout to save $9 off its average selling price. This device is available in Gold and Silver. This 10050mAh power ...

Top 5 LG V30 camera features

Even as phones become more homogenized and samey, there's one big area left for high-end flagships to stand out: the cameras. The new LG V30 has one of the most compelling photographic feature sets we've seen in an Android phone this year. LG's new flagship boasts dual cameras with bright lenses , ...

The best smartphones for a killer VR experience

If you don't have the Vive or Oculus Rift, your phone may be the next best thing. This post was updated on 4/6 with more great VR friendly phones for you to check out! If you don't feel like shelling out $800 for an HTC Vive or $600 for an Oculus Rift, then your phone can be the next best VR ...

Motorola announces Oreo updates: Moto Z and Moto G5 lines, starting this fall

These are the phones Motorola is committing to updating to Android 8.0. Update, September 18: Motorola has updated its initial blog post to reflect a change in its plan after an outpouring of frustration and anger around the lack of a promised update for the Moto G4 Plus. From the company's blog: ...

Best LG Phones

Which LG phones should you care about? We've got you. Let's be completely honest here — LG's generally known as the other South Korean smartphone company. But if that's all you think about LG, you're sorely missing out, as it's been making really good smartphones that too often fly under the ...

U.S. unlocked Galaxy Note 8 receives first software update, stays on August security patch

Samsung cares about the U.S. unlocked Note 8! It really does! Just a handful of days after the Galaxy Note 8 left pre-order status, Samsung has sent out its first update to the proper U.S. unlocked model. The update, which brings the phone up to software version 1AQI5, is a respectable 81.63MB. The ...

Cheapest Phones for Seniors

Best overall Best for Verizon Best Battery Life Best overall Moto E4 See at Amazon The Moto E4 is a perfect size and has great, easy to use software so you can keep in touch without any of the frills, or install apps from the Google Play Store if you want a bit more. And best of all, the price is ...

Five must-have games for your Oculus Rift

Consider this your Oculus Rift starter kit. There's a lot going on in the Oculus Store, which is the primary place you get games for your Rift headset. Titles range wildly when it comes to price and description; many titles have been pulled in from the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus has funded many amazing ...

Five Common T-Mobile Problems and How To Fix Them

Some issues are easy to fix once you know how! Our Android phones and the cellular networks they use to communicate are some pretty complicated beasts. It takes a ton of parts and millions of lines of software code to make magic happen when you tap an icon or enter a phone number to use any of the ...

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. Galaxy S8 Active: What's the difference?

Which version of the Galaxy S8 is the one to buy? Samsung has continued the trend of releasing an "Active" version of its latest mass-market flagship a handful of months later, and the Galaxy S8 Active is the least compromised Active model yet. It thankfully shares a vast majority of the components, ...

Workout in style with these Jaybird headphones on sale for $100

The Jaybird X3 wireless headphones are now on sale for $99.99, which saves you $15 off the average cost. That price is $5 higher than our previous deal which saw them drop to $95 in early August. The X3 headphones are available in multiple colors at this price, including Blackout, ...

What's your favorite phone camera right now?

The old adage of "the best camera is the one you have with you" is still true. Phone cameras come in all shapes and sizes, and everyone has a preference. Increasingly, dual cameras have spiced up the features of our favorite phones, adding telephoto, wide-angle and monochrome options for just the ...

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2: Release Date, Specs, Price and Rumors!

What do we want from the Google Pixel 2? A new, delicious version of Android is upon us, so now we're looking to the next big Google announcement: new phone hardware. Up until recently, we thought this year's crop was to be a fairly predictable update to last year's — two devices built by HTC ...

Google unveils Tez, a secure mobile payment system for India

There's a new mobile payment service in India, and it's directly from Google. Google has unveiled a new mobile payments system for its growing Indian customer base called Tez that attempts to work with the country's growing UPI standard to reach millions of customers overnight. Long rumored to be ...

Where to buy the Xiaomi Mi A1 in India

The Mi A1 is limited to flash sales, but you can walk into a retail store and pick up the phone. Xiaomi has dominated the budget phone segment in India, and its latest phone, the Mi A1, is particularly interesting. Google teamed up with Xiaomi to re-launch the Android One initiative, with the Mi A1 ...

This $25 Bluetooth speaker has a crazy long 24-hour battery life

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 $25.49 , from a usual street price around $36. Anker is well known for coupon code deals, which are hard to track over time, so ...

Bose QC35 II headphones will have Google Assistant built-in

Bose is synonymous with quality and expense, and with those come great features. Bose's QuietComfort 35 headphones are some of the most highly-recommended active noise-canceling headphones on the market. Modern Dad calls them the best headphones a traveler could ask for, and its successor, the Bose ...

From the Editor's Desk: How much longer do we wait for Essential to figure it out?

Excitement can only last so long before we start expecting the product to match. I published my initial Essential Phone review on August 18. 11 days later, after a few more software updates and extra time with it, I solidified the review with my final thoughts on the phone. But somehow, today, as we ...