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Verizon Confirms That It Will No Longer Activate 3G Phones

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If you are holding onto an older 3G phone from Verizon, hoping that one day you'll activate it and re-live the glory days of tech life where we didn't stare at screens for 5-6 hours per day, it's time to give it up. Verizon is no longer activating 3G-only phones. Instead, they will only accept 4G LTE-equipped phones going forward.Earlier this year, rumors circulated suggesting that Verizon would stop activating 3G phones by June or July. In the past week, a couple of readers reached out to let us know that Verizon had turned them down for trying, so we reached out to Verizon who confirmed that it is indeed the end for 3G phones:For several years we've been been publicly saying that our 3G CDMA network will remain available through the end of 2019. Virtually all traffic on our network is on our 4G LTE network.To facilitate a smooth transition to 4G LTE capable products and services, we are no longer allowing devices that are not 4G LTE capable to be activated on our net…

Add a microSD card to your phone, camera, or tablet with prices starting at $13

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Amazon has a slew of SanDisk storage products on sale today as part of its Prime Day deals, including a bunch of microSD cards. These cards are quite versatile and can be used in a variety of devices, including Fire Tablets, phones, action cameras, dash cameras, and more. There are a bunch of different size options available, starting at 64GB and going to as high as 400GB.Some of these have never dropped this low before, so you're going to want to check them out while they are still available.64GB Ultra - $19.49 (Was $24.99)128GB Ultra - $26.36 (Was $35)200GB Ultra - $45.60 (Was $65)256GB Ultra - $91.15 (Was $149.99)400GB Ultra - $139.99 (Was $185)Be sure to grab one now, before they start to sell out.
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The best Google Play Store tips and tricks for Android users

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For many, using the Google Play Store is limited to searching for apps or tapping the Install button. But the Play Store includes a bunch of lesser-known features to help you optimize the experience.Whether you're a new Play Store user or you're looking to get the most out of this app, here's a list of useful tips and tricks you should definitely try out.Use parental controlsIf you have children in your home, you might want to restrict them from downloading and installing apps/games that are not meant for them.It's quite easy to set a filter in the Google Play Store. Go to Settings>User Controls>Turn on Parental Controls>Set the restrictions.Once in place, your child will have to enter your PIN each time he or she tries to download something inappropriate.Prevent other people from buying on your accountMany people share a phone with someone else in the household, including kids. So if you linked your credit card to the Play Store, chances are high they will en…

Samsung is offering a major Galaxy S9 smart home bundle for Amazon Prime Day

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If you needed a good promotion to finally jump the Galaxy S9, Samsung is bringing something huge. Exclusively for Amazon Prime Day, if you purchase a Galaxy S9 through Amazon today you'll get a bundle worth over $400, including some smart home monitoring stuff and some Echo devices. Dollar for dollar, this is easily the […]
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Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Xiaomi Mi A1 finally resumes with July security patch

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Xiaomi has started sending out a new Android 8.1 Oreo update to the Mi A1 Android One device. This comes after the initial rollout was stopped due to the emergence of a pretty nasty bug that wiped your entire SMS history. Basically you'd apply the update and after the mandatory reboot all your messages would just be gone.That's supposedly no longer the case. The new update even has the July security patches built-in. After you install the new release, you'll be on build OPM1.171019.026.V9.6.4.0.ODHMIFE. The software comes over-the-air as a 467MB download.If you've already installed the initial Android 8.1 release with the SMS bug, you'll also be updated to the newer version, but in that case you're looking at a 1.15GB file you need to pull. According to the changelog, some unnamed performance enhancements are packed inside as well.As usual with such updates, don't be anxious if you haven't gotten yours already, the rollout is likely to go out in stages.…

Deal: Buy The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus For $149 – Prime Day 2018

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The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus is by all accounts a budget smartphone. Which does mean of course, it is priced to be as affordable as possible and typically retails from $199.99 to $229.99 depending on where you shop. However, as part of the Amazon Prime Day celebrations, the ZenFone Max Plus can now be picked up for just $149. Making this affordable phone, more affordable than ever.In spite of the extremely low price, this is a smartphone which verges on the mid-range thanks to its core spec combination of 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and a MediaTek MT6750T processor. The display is also on the larger size thanks to the included 5.7-inch "Full View Display" which boasts a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Those more concerned about cameras will be happy to know the low price does include a dual rear camera setup comprised of 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras, as well as another 8-megapixel camera on the front. Some of the other notable features include a fairly significant 4,130 mAh capacity…

[Deal Alert] Get $250 off the Pixelbook from the Google Store (starting at $749)

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In yet another non-Prime Day deal, Google has dropped the price of the Pixelbook on the Google Store. The king of all Chromebooks currently has a $250 discount on all three models. That means you can get the base version for as little as $749.We've seen the Pixelbook drop this low before, but it's still a good deal. The three models are priced as follows.i5 / 8GB / 128GB: $749 from $99915 / 8GB / 256GB: $949 from $1,199i7 / 16GB / 512GB: $1,399 from $1,649This deal cannot be combined with any other promotions on the Google Store.Read More[Deal Alert] Get $250 off the Pixelbook from the Google Store (starting at $749) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
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SanDisk microSD cards on sale for Amazon Prime Day 2018

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Jul 16 AT 3:05 PMAlex Wagner0 CommentsAmazon Prime Day 2018 has officially begun, and we've already seen an awesome deal on the Essential Phone. Now another great mobile deal has launched.SanDisk microSD cards are getting big discounts for Prime Day. That includes the massive 400GB microSD card, which has hit an all-time low price, as well as the 256GB200GB, and 128GB cards if you're looking for something that costs a bit less.As with other deals on Prime Day, you do need to be an Amazon Prime member to get these deals. If you're not already a Prime subscriber, you can get a 30-day free trial right here and get to shopping.These are some pretty great deals on SanDisk microSD cards, which are A1 rated for faster app performance and are Class 10 cards. In addition to working with your smartphones and tablets, they're also a great way to save digital games on your Nintendo Switch. Source: SanDisk microSD cards (Amazon) Editorial Director of News and Content for PhoneDo…

Microsoft reportedly building a new phone: Would you give them a chance?

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Hold your horses, don't go just yet. This will probably require even the most apathetic tech reader to give his/her attention for even just a few minutes. We know that Microsoft has declared itself out of the smartphone game for a while now. Those Nokia Lumia phones – back when Microsoft were still the ones holding on to Nokia's license – are but a distant memory now. But what is this rumor? Is Microsoft really planning to build a new smartphone?So we understand that the source of this rumor is a Microsoft Store employee, according to the people over at the Windows Latest tech blog. That is pretty flimsy to begin with, so we will warn you to take this piece of information with fistfuls of sodium chloride. According to this source, "the Microsoft engineering team is actively working on a new line of phones" – and these will not be Lumia phones, for the obvious reason that Nokia's license is held by HMD Global at this point.There is no information is the team that …

Nest Hello vs. Ring Pro: Say hello to the new best connected doorbell

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Nest Hello, left, and Ring Pro.And just like that, I have a new favorite video doorbell.Ring has made quite the name for itself the past couple years thanks to its stable of video doorbells, DIY security cameras — and I'd say some damned good marketing. So good, in fact, that Amazon reportedly scooped up the company for something like $1 billion.But Nest Hello is here. It's the first doorbell from the company that brought you the world's sexiest smart thermostat, with all the back-end power that a Google-owned organization can possibly throw at it.The result? I now have a new favorite doorbell. Subscribe to Modern Dad on YouTube!Tale of the tapeCategoryNest HelloRing ProPrice$229$249Camera1600x12001080pField of view160 degrees160 degreesWifi802.11ac802.11nLive viewYesYesContinuous recordingYesNoFace recognitionYesNoSubscriptionsStart at $5 a monthStart at $3 a monthWhere to buyNestAmazonWhy Nest Hello winsInstallation is a wash. Nest Hello and Ring Pro install with nearly i…

Take up to $400 off the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ with trade, and get a free 64GB microSD card

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Samsung is running a deal on the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+. To score a huge discount, you will need to trade-in a phone. Depending on the handset you plan on trading in, you can get as much as a $400 discount on both of Sammy's 2018 flagship phones. The beauty of this deal is that is not a bill credit, nor is it a rebate. Mind blown? You can save up to $400 instantly by alerting Samsung which phone you plan to trade in, and subtracting the assigned value of that phone from the regular purchase price of the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ you have in mind.
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