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Essential offers a sneak peek at its camera capabilities

Essential Phone's dual camera setup explained in company blog post. Between all their various space, cost and computation constraints, smartphone cameras are hard. Producing great photos from a tiny lens and sensor in a pocket-sized device is a serious challenge, even at the high end. Essential, ...

You can now order an unlocked Moto Z2 Play

The unlocked Moto Z2 Play is coming soon. After nearly two months as a Verizon exclusive, the Moto Z2 Play is soon going to be available unlocked directly from Motorola for $499. The version you'll soon be able to buy is $91 more expensive than the aforementioned Verizon variant, but it ...

There are great Google Pixel deals available from Woot! and Verizon right now

Now these are the kinds of deals we want to see. As the rumors start to really heat up surrounding the new Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, we finally have some substantial discounts on the current-gen phones. Both Woot! and Verizon have really good deals, pricing these phones well below their consistently ...

Stay productive on-the-go with the $24 iClever Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard

The team at Thrifter is back again, this time with a folding Bluetooth keyboard for a great price! Looking for a super portable keyboard solution, or maybe just a way to free up some desk space? The iClever Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard is currently available for just $23.99 when you enter the ...

TSA implementing stronger screening procedures for carry-on electronics

The move follows extensive testing during pilot programs at 10 airports around the country. The Transportation Security Administration is implementing new carry-on screening procedures for electronics that will affect anyone flying to, from, or within the United States. The move comes after ...

Moto Z2 Force vs. Samsung Galaxy S8: Top dollar battle

You don't want to make an expensive phone purchase lightly. When you launch a phone that costs over $700, you're pretty clearly targeting the top of the mainstream phone market. So for the new Moto Z2 Force, it's going to be expected to go head-to-head with the proven Galaxy S8. Both phones have ...

7 Essential Phone Accessories for College Students

Be prepared to head back to school with these great phone accessories{.intro} We're in the waning days of summer, which means that the new school year is just around the corner. Sure you've got your book list and all the supplies you need to get your work done, but you should also consider some ...

How to transfer data from a PlayStation 4 to a PlayStation 4 Pro

Moving your saved games, trophies, and more, is easy with PlayStation 4. PlayStation 4 delivers dozens of excellent experiences, including access to VR games if you pony up for PlayStation VR. If you've just upgraded from a PlayStation 4 to a PlayStation 4 Pro, you might be trying to figure out how ...

Debugging a killer launcher feature: Why Google Now on third-party launchers has to jump through hoops

Google Now's feed is a killer launcher feature with a killer requirement. Months ago when Google announced it would be retiring the Google Now Launcher, it also announced that it was releasing code from that launcher for manufacturers to build their own version with, allowing them to put a Google ...

You can now play The Elder Scrolls: Legends on your phone

The Elder Scrolls: Legends made its debut on the PC back in March, and the strategy card game is now available on Android with the Heroes of Skyrim expansion in tow. The free-to-play title features cards based on characters from the Elder Scrolls franchise, and you'll be able to play against online ...

New rumor says Samsung Pay could be heading to non-Samsung phones

Samsung is looking to vastly expand the availability of Samsung Pay. Samsung Pay is limited to the company's flagship devices and select mid-range models, but that may not be the case for much longer. According to Gadgets 360, Samsung held "internal talks within the company and with OEMs" to bring ...

How to get started with Samsung SmartThings

Samsung SmartThings are a great addition if all you're looking to do is automate a few simple things around the house. Did you know you can automate your home in about an hour? That's how long it took me to set up the Samsung SmartThings Hub and two additional SmartThings helpers. I set up an outlet ...

Samsung's record profits continue on the back of strong Galaxy S8 and DRAM sales

Samsung is firing on all fronts. After recording its best-ever first quarter earlier this year, Samsung has managed to post record-breaking profits once again in Q2 2017. The South Korean manufacturer netted an overall revenue of $54.2 billion , a year-on-year increase of 20%, or $8.8 ...

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires, recall, cancellation, and rebirth: Everything you need to know

Here's all the information you need about the Galaxy Note 7 fires and recall — the events that led to the phone being discontinued — and eventually reborn as the Galaxy Note Fan Edition. After almost a year of twists and turns since September 2016, the Galaxy Note 7 story has come to an ...

Charge 4 devices in the car with Amzer's USB car charger for $12 today

Odds are you have more than one device to keep charged while on the go, which is why you need Amzer’s 4-port USB car charger. It can keep four gadgets charged with the cable of your choice, and right now you can pick one up for just $12! ...

LG's mobile unit sees a sales decline in Q2 2017 as demand for the G6 wanes

LG's overall profit margins take a hit as mobile unit posts a $117 million loss. LG's mobile unit recorded a strong 10% increase in sales in Q1 2017, but the resurgence was short-lived. In its second quarter earnings, LG noted that its mobile unit recorded a loss of $117 million on revenues ...

Google Instant Search is dead

Google wants search to be consistent across all devices, and that means killing off Instant Search after seven years. First launched just way back in 2010, Google Instant Search was supposed to be the future of search, saving countless precious seconds each day by loading results dynamically as you ...

Huawei Mate 9 gets hefty price cut in the U.S.

$459.99 now gets you a 6-inch handset with dual cameras, Nougat and a 4,000mAh battery. The Huawei Mate 9 is one of our favorite big-screened Android phones of the year — and arguably one of the best, if battery life is your main concern. Now the Mate 9 is available at its lowest price to ...

Latest Windows 10 insider build lets you link your Android to your PC

Linked phones can send web pages to a PC, and more features are coming. During the Microsoft Build conference, we learned that Microsoft was working on clever ways to link your phone with your Windows 10 PC. The latest insider build kicks off the first step with some cross-browser magic that lets ...

Best multiplayer games for Gear VR

Games in VR are better when you get to play with friends. Samsung Gear VR gives you access to tons of awesome games. If you've been hoping for games that you can play with your friends, you're in luck too. There are a few awesome games that you can check out with friends or use to make new friends ...

A USC fertility clinic now uses VR to aid men with "extraction"

VR is taking men away from a cold, sterile clinic and into a world that makes the grand finale a little easier. From the minute we saw our first VR headset, we knew porn production companies would be in love with the idea. Here's a case where one such company is doing it for the greater good. ...

Essential Accessories For Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Perfect partners for your Pixel. So you've just dropped a chunk of cash on a shiny new Pixel or Pixel XL — or maybe you're a longtime Pixel user who's been enjoying the phone since launch. In either case, a complete loadout of accessories is important. Google has a wide range of first-party ...

Waze on Android Auto: Invaluable feedback and alerts with sub-par maps and routing

Would it kill anyone to give us real-time reporting in Google Maps instead? One of the best ways to take advantage of Android Auto is with navigation. No more messing with your phone to figure out where you're going and how long it'll take to get there. Just tell it where you want to go, maybe tap ...

A smartphone user's guide to staying focused throughout the day

Plenty of Android apps are distracting, but some can be helpful at keeping you productive, too. "Get off Instagram and stay off Twitter" has become my mantra as I work in silence at home, with every distraction at my whim and no one around to hold me accountable. Frankly, this is the perfect time ...

Be Legendary with these Pokémon wallpapers!

Your phone is full of Pokémon now. Don't you need a wallpaper that is, too? Pokémon Go has been out for over a year now, and if you've lapsed your play in this summer heat , then you're not alone. Whether you've been out raiding all weekend or you're just looking for a little nostalgic ...

Keep your phone charged no matter where you are for just $47

If you're going to be away from a power outlet for quite a while, then that external battery pack you have will only charge your so much before it dies as well. You need an external power bank that runs on nature's battery. Harness the power of the Sun for $47! Learn more The ZeroLemon ...

Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus are now official with dual screens and dual rear cameras

The Pro 7 Plus is first phone to be powered by MediaTek's 10nm Helio X30. After months of leaks and rumors, Meizu's Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus are now official. The standout feature on the phones is the secondary display at the back, which allows you to take selfies using the dual rear cameras. Meizu went ...

No, the international Moto Z2 Force doesn't have a headphone jack

Moto sinks rumors of a 3.5mm headphone jack in the global model. In the hours following the Moto Z2 Force announcement, rumors have percolated online suggesting that unlike the U.S. models, international versions of the phone, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, would feature a 3.5mm headphone ...

Best Small Android Phone

Best overall Best alternative Best for camera buffs Best on a budget Best tiny Best Overall Google Pixel See at Verizon See at Google Store Like the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S8, Google's Pixel comes in two sizes: Really Big and Just Right. The latter is the Google Pixel with a 5-inch Full HD ...

Best RPGs for Android

What are the best Android RPGs? Role-playing games are wonderful, story-driven experiences that complement the mobile gaming experience nicely. Despite the relatively tiny mobile screens we're used to RPGs allow us to get lost in fanciful worlds for a while. In the case of some games, especially ...

Prime members can grab the Philips Hue Starter Kit for just $54 today

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a new low price on the Philips Hue White Starter Kit! Amazon is offering an additional discount on the Philips Hue White Starter Kit to Prime members, dropping it to its new lowest price. You can pick one up for just $53.62 for a limited ...

Allo: Everything you need to know

Everything you need to know to get started with Google's messaging service. Allo is a smart messaging service that relies on the Google Assistant to serve up contextual suggestions. Assistant lives on as a chatbot within Allo, and you can invoke it to offer recommendations on nearby points of ...

How to use the archive feature in Google Photos

Archive pictures on Google Photos to keep your main screen free from clutter. Google has been steadily adding features to Google Photos, and a recent addition is the ability to archive images from your main stream. The feature comes in handy if you're looking to get your pictures more organized ...

OnePlus explains why it sent a push notification survey to OnePlus 5 customers

OnePlus gets caught out advertising the OnePlus 5 to OnePlus 5 customers. OnePlus came under fire once again yesterday for sending out a push notification to OnePlus 5 customers asking them to take part in a survey to win a OnePlus 5. As expected, the move didn't go down well over on Reddit, with ...

This is our best look yet at the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2

Leaked CAD renders give us a detailed look at Google's 2017 flagships. We got a first look at the Pixel XL 2 earlier this month, and a new leak out of MySmartPrice gives us a detailed look at the Pixel 2 and the larger Pixel XL 2. The 3D renders are based on CAD designs given out to accessory ...

This NFC-enabled USB-C car dock is just $25 today!

Looking for an easy way to charge your Lumia 950 in the car and keep it in a safe place at the same time? If so, check out iBolt's USB-C car dock for a secure charging cradle option for the car. It has built-in NFC which will allow you to have your phone automate a task when you get in it, and right ...

Galaxy Note 8 Emperor Edition could offer 6GB of RAM and 256GB storage

The Galaxy Note 8 Emperor Edition will be limited to Asia. If a recent rumor out of Weibo is to be believed, Samsung will launch a special edition of the Galaxy Note 8 in its home market. Dubbed the Galaxy Note 8 Emperor Edition, the phone will feature 6GB of RAM and 256GB storage. Samsung is set to ...

Galaxy Note 8 Emperor Edition could offer 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage

The Galaxy Note 8 Emperor Edition will be limited to Asia. If a recent rumor out of Weibo is to be believed, Samsung will launch a special edition of the Galaxy Note 8 in its home market. Dubbed the Galaxy Note 8 Emperor Edition, the phone will feature 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. Samsung is set to ...

Android Octopus: Are animals the new sweet treats?

Could Android 8.0 Octopus become a thing? In sensible, functional terms, it's probably the least important thing about a new version of Android. Yet each year, there's intense speculation around what the new nickname of the next release will be. Google — including prominent Googlers like ...

Xiaomi rolls out a smart speaker with 360-degree audio sensing for $45

The Mi AI Speaker has an array of six microphones and 'excellent sound quality.' Xiaomi is the latest company to launch a smart speaker. Announced at the MIUI 9 event, the Mi AI Speaker has a design aesthetic that makes it looks like a miniature version of Xiaomi's air purifier. Controls for music ...

Xiaomi brings dual cameras to the budget segment with the Mi 5X

The Mi 5X offers the same camera setup as the Mi 6 for half the cost. Xiaomi switched up its dual camera strategy with the Mi 6, offering a phone with a standard 12MP sensor paired with a secondary 12MP telephoto lens. The company is now bringing the same camera configuration to the budget segment ...

MIUI 9 goes live with UI tweaks, smart assistant, and split-screen mode

MIUI 9 includes a ton of new optimizations and a few much-needed additions. At a media event in China, Xiaomi showed off the next iteration of its popular ROM, MIUI 9. MIUI is Xiaomi's first product, with the first version of the ROM launching all the way back in 2010. Seven years later, the ROM has ...

Galaxy S8 Daydream rollout begins as Google promises support on 11 phones by end of year

As Verizon's GS8 gets its Daydream VR update, Google CEO Sundar Pichai says a total of 11 Daydream phones will be available by the end of 2017. It was promised back at Google I/O, and now the Samsung Galaxy S8 has started receiving firmware updates to enable Google's Daydream VR platform. As spotted ...

The Moto GamePad Mod is finally here and it's awesome

Mobile gamers will be a fan of this. Motorola's stable of Mods for its Moto Z lineup of phones is constantly growing, and one of the coolest of the lot is the GamePad Mod that adds physical gaming controls to your phone. It was teased back in June with the launch of the Moto Z2 Play, but now we've ...

MrMobile goes hands-on with the Moto Z2 Force

For the fifth year running, Motorola's spicing up the summer with a smartphone that's not afraid to stand out – but this year, the bombastic brand name feels a bit … Forced. I'm Michael Fisher, alias MrMobile, and I went hands-on with the Moto Z2 Force Edition and the latest Moto Mod, ...

Moto Z2 Force hands-on: I can't believe it's not breakable

Motorola's latest flagship has a shatterproof screen and a crazy-fast processor, but at first glance you can't really tell. Perhaps the biggest compliment and criticism one can level at the Moto Z2 Force is that it doesn't look unbreakable, or even particularly new. From the front, you'd have to ...

Best Philips Hue Alternatives

What's the best alternative to Philips Hue? Here are our favorites! Philips Hue smart lights are some of the coolest on the market and they're definitely some of the most popular, but they can be quite expensive, especially once you get into colored bulbs. If you're looking for a less expensive ...

Here's why some OnePlus 5s rebooted when calling 911, and how OnePlus fixed it

This is what you'd call a 'showstopper' bug ... if you actually find it. OnePlus has offered up more information on the worrisome bug found by some OnePlus 5 owners that would reboot the phone when trying to place an emergency call. After some investigation, it turns out a confluence of issues ...

A Wallflower smart plug means you'll never forget to turn off the stove

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who know they turned off the stove and everyone else. For the latter group , there's a new product that aims to give some peace of mind. Wallflower turns your dumb range into a semi-smart stove that provides some insurance should things be left ...

YouTube: Ultimate Guide

YouTube started as a simple video site, but today it's much, much more. YouTube is so much more than cute cats and mindless pranks; it's where millions come for education, information, and live, late-breaking news. YouTube streams more than just Google keynotes; it streams important political ...