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LG quietly released its Wear OS watch with physical hands, and it's already $200 off

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...LG has been making Wear OS watches since day one, but the company unveiled something a little different last month — a smartwatch with physical watch hands (above the LCD screen). LG has now released the Watch W7, seemingly without telling anyone, and it's already $200 off.The specifications include a last-generation Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, a 1.2-inch 360 x 360 LCD screen (with hands sitting on top), and a 240mAh battery. There's no NFC, no LTE, and no heart rate sensor. The mechanical hands also have a tendency to cover text and UI elements. You can collapse them by holding down a button, but they'll return to the normal position once you let go.We're still waiting on a review unit, but early customer reviews aren't positive. There are complaints about the battery life (one said the watch lasted 7-9 hours, another said 5 hours) and the mechanical hands blocking content on the screen.If you still want to buy one, it's available from Best Buy and B&am…

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 go on sale for Black Friday

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Yesterday we told you about a handful of Android phones that were being discounted by Amazon. If none of them piqued your interest, today we've got a few more deals for you to check out.The Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 are all on sale. You can score the Galaxy S9 from Amazon for $519.99, while the Galaxy S9+ is available for $639.99 and the Galaxy Note 9 is being discounted to $799.99. All three phones are sold factory unlocked and come with a U.S. warranty.Those same three devices are also on sale from Samsung if you'd prefer to buy directly from the manufacturer.These are some great deals on flagship Android hardware. The Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 all come with features like a Snapdragon 845 processor, stereo speakers, wireless charging, and IP68 water and dust resistance. The Galaxy S9 is an option if you want a smaller flagship phone, while the Galaxy S9+ and Note 9 offer bigger screens, 6GB of RAM, and bigger batteries for folks who want a larger devi…

Samsung EVO Select MicroSD Cards are Stupid Cheap Right Now: 128GB for $19.99

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Samsung EVO Select microSD cards are at all-time low prices right now, thanks to Black Friday 2018 deals. Amazon currently has 256GB, 128GB, 64GB, and 32GB cards from Samsung, all with insane price drops.The 256GB Samsung EVO Select card is just $44.99, 128GB card is $19.99 (!), 64GB card is $10.99, and the 32GB card is $5.99. What the hell, man? How is removable storage this cheap now and why would anyone ever think about paying more than this?
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Clearing cache: What does it do and is it safe?

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As the Android ecosystem evolves and our phones pack more features, there is an increasing need for additional storage in our phones. Apps are getting heavier, photos' file sizes are increasing, and system files fill up that precious storage space more than ever.While a lot of OEMs are finally starting to equip their phones with decent amounts of storage, there's still a lot of phones out there that just have not enough space for this day and age. Factor in the increasing amount of lack of microSD slots in recent phones, and the storage situation can easily become precarious.One of the most common solutions to recoup those lost GBs is clearing the cache of your device. While it does work, it is important to know what it does and how safe it is to do it.What does clearing the cache do?Let's imagine this situation: you are scrolling down your Twitter feed. The app displays the profile picture of each account, consuming data in order to download it and show it to you. What ha…

Take $100 off the OnePlus 6 Android smartphone for Black Friday tomorrow

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Black Friday comes early for OnePlus fans.Starting Nov. 20 at 3 a.m. Eastern, you'll be able to save $100 on the OnePlus 6 Android smartphone. We're not sure what colors or capacities will be available since this information comes from Twitter, but right now the lowest option is the $529 OnePlus 6 with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. You should be able to get that one for $429 with free shipping. If you happen to be a student, you should be able to stack another 10% on top of that. OnePlus' student program just needs to verify your eligibility using Student Beans to prove that you are indeed a student.Android Central reviewed the OnePlus 6 and gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Even at $529 the reviewer called it "the best smartphone deal in town, and one of the best phones you can buy right now."This isn't the only Android smartphone we've seen go on sale for Black Friday. You can save on the Samsung Galaxy S9 or grab one of Amazon's Prime Exclusive phones. No ma…

These are all the durability tests Samsung runs its Galaxy phones through

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Samsung's Galaxy smartphones are among the most popular in the Android space, and as such, Samsung wants to ensure that each device it sells is performing as good as can be. To do this, Galaxy handsets go through a series of different tests and benchmarks before hitting store shelves. The Samsung Newsroom (Samsung's official blog) recently published a tour of the company's Reliability Test Group over in Suwon, South Korea in which these tests take place. Products are sent here from Samsung's manufacturing sites, including Galaxy S and Note phones. Per Samsung: More than a dozen tests are required to validate a product. While the number varies from device to device, thousands of models are put to the test before launch. The tests are designed to evaluate how the devices perform during normal day-to-day use and follow a standard based on internationally-certified test criteria. Samsung highlights seven tests in particular that all set out to do evaluate the following: Image …

You can see Aquaman early in theaters — if you're an Amazon Prime member

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Paying your annual tribute to Amazon will get you in on the DC superhero action five days sooner.Can't wait to watch the new Aquaman movie? If you're an Amazon Prime member, you'll be able to get in on the action a few days early.Dec. 15, in fact, is the date on which Prime members will get their Jason Momoa on in the latest from the DC franchise. You'll buy the tickets through Atom, which is one of our favorite ways to get tickets these days anyway.The movie is about objectifying actor Jason Momoa for nearly two and a half hours.The movie also is about the following:Ready for a deep dive into the kingdom of Atlantis? After his introduction in 2017's Justice League, Jason Momoa returns as Arthur Curry, the superhero known as Aquaman, as he faces off against his half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) with the fate of the surface world hanging in the balance.Amber Heard is back as Mera, while newcomers to the DC universe include Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Willem …

Huawei's 3D Moderator app brings AR to the Mate 20 Pro and Porsche Design

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Huawei is launching its 3D Moderator app for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 RS Porsche Design which enables some pretty impressive AR tricks.Using the advanced tech inside the Mate 20 Pro/RS Porsche Design notch and the Kirin 980 chipset, 3D Moderator can scan a real life object and let you play with it inside the camera viewfinder.The app creates "AI Live Model" or "3D Live Object" by using the combination of the 24MP selfie camera, the dot projector, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and the IR camera, in conjunction with the Kirin 980 chipset's two Neural Processing Units. The object you want to bring into AR should be between 15cm and 25cm. The video below gives a demonstration of how the 3D Moderator app works.VIDEOThe coolest thing about 3D Moderator is its ability to animate the object you've scanned. It can perform actions such as jumping, ballet, happy walking, cross stepping, easy running and even Kung fu.The 3D Moderat…

Self-diving cars will be used for sex work, but that's not all

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Self-driving cars have long since ceased to be a crazy vision of the future and is now taken seriously by big auto companies and prospective consumers alike. But in the long run it could not only reduce road accidents or stress on the way to work, it could also become a popular place for paid sex. Have you ever heard of PETYA?Choose "I don't think so." or "Yes, I think so.".Oops! Seems like something went wrong. Reloading might help. I don't think so.Oops! Seems like something went wrong. Reloading might help. Yes, I think so. In the rather dryly-titled study "Autonomous vehicles and the future of urban tourism", recently published in the Annals of Tourism Research (no pun intended), the two authors Scott Cohen and Debbie Hopkins deal with various future scenarios of the modern city and how self-driving cars will change tourism.The professor of tourism and the lecturer in transport studies consider it likely that self-driving cars will become the perf…

Xiaomi Mi A2 long-term review

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IntroductionSecond time's the charm, right? That's certainly what Xiaomi would have you believe. The second coming of its Android One line is here, but is it any good? You still might not be very used to the concept of pairing Xiaomi hardware with unadulterated Google software - after all, the company's MIUI is one of the heaviest Android skins you can find. But there's no trace of that in the Mi A2, and this device is definitely as intriguing as its predecessor, which was Xiaomi's debut album in the Android One collection.So we have a handset that is unashamedly borrowing looks from other Xiaomi mid-rangers (and is obviously "inspired" in the design of its rear camera island by a company with a fruity name), but it eschews the meme-worthy Snapdragon 625 chipset to go with the more modern and more potent SD660. That seems like a winning combo on paper, especially at this price point. Sometimes though, things that sound good in theory turn out to be letdow…

Play as one of the four horsemen in Darksiders 3 for PlayStation 4

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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.You can't talk about post-apocalyptic gaming experiences without bringing up Darksiders. While the fate of this franchise was once troubled, it's poised to make a comeback with the birth of Darksiders 3. Here's everything there is to know about this 'Hell on Earth' simulator.What is Darksiders 3? Darksiders is a relatively new franchise, having gotten its start back in 2010 under then-publisher THQ. The first game was mostly an action-adventure title that had little in the way of character progression. As a hack-and-slasher, you gained new abilities by finding new legendary weapons to wield but otherwise didn't have much of a say in how the main character did his business.That changed with the launch of Darksiders 2. This title built on the previous by adding in RPG-inspired elements and character progression that became increasingly popular in the later portions of the previous generation. The game was a critical success, …

Android Pie and One UI on the Samsung Galaxy S9: Top 6 things to know

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Get to know your next software update.Galaxy S9 owners have been sitting on Android 8.0 for months, with nothing more than a couple security updates to satiate their desire for new software. After watching the Android 9 Pie launch from the sidelines, it's finally our turn. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ — and soon the Galaxy S8 series and Note 9 — have a Pie update of their own, and it comes with a new "One UI" interface change to boot.The update to Pie with One UI is still in beta, so we know things can change. But considering it's already being released to the public chances are what we see here will mostly remain unchanged when the final update lands on millions of phones in January. Whether you're not interested in unstable beta software or just haven't been selected yet, here's what you can expect from the update when it arrives.Visual simplicity is the name of the gameSamsung's primary goal with One UI is to simplify and further de-clutter the interface.…