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Zanco S-Pen works more than just a phone and a stylus

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At first glance, you may think this is some sort of a mini karaoke mic but it's not. It also looks like a remote control but it really is a stylus pen that does many things. The Zanco S Pen is a phone, a voice recorder, Bluetooth, and a stylus pen in one. It can be an ultimate gadget in many ways although we doubt it can ever replace your smartphone today. This small device is portable so you can bring it anywhere.The Zanco S Pen is just the size of a pen with a compact design. It also works as a laser pointer or just about anything you want it to be. Mainly, it can be your phone's best buddy in offering you features and convenience you really need.The Zanco S-Pen is described as a handy multi-feature smartphone that allows you to do basic phone features like calling, SMS, camera, and playback. It works with Bluetooth devices so you can listen to music or take calls even when outdoors.It's not so smart if you're only after checking your email or social media because it…

Gadgets 360's Most Popular Videos of 2018

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Best videos of 2018 — the videos that grabbed all the eyeballs in 2018.
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A tiny way One UI makes screenshot button combo more convenient

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Here's something for those who tend to take screenshots often on their Galaxy device: On Android Pie, you no longer need to press and hold the volume down and power buttons to take a screenshot. You can simply press both buttons together and immediately let go to take a screenshot. It's great for us who take screenshots almost daily as part of our job description, and most likely for many of our readers as well.One UI also makes the screenshot animation more pleasing, but that's part of more visually attractive animations across the board on Android Pie. And yes, not having to hold down the volume and power buttons for taking a screenshot might seem like a tiny change for a dedicated article. But we're deliberately trying to be impartial in our coverage of the new stuff the latest version of Android will bring to the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, and other Galaxy devices, and both minor and major changes play a role in improving the overall user experience.What do you thin…

Here are the basic steps for setting up your new Samsung Galaxy phone

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Samsung has streamlined its setup process in the last few generations, but there are still several extra steps compared to other phones as Samsung injects its own steps alongside Google's. The process is self-explanatory, but we have all of the information and tips you need to know about as you go through each step.Products used in this guideAmazon: Samsung Galaxy S9 ($620)Amazon: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 ($900)How to set up your Galaxy phoneStart by selecting the language you'd like to use for setup — you can change this later.Connect to a Wi-Fi network. You can skip this step and use mobile data, but it's best to use Wi-Fi for initial setup since it uses lots of data.Agree to all of the Samsung terms of service — and no, you don't have to consent to diagnostic data if you don't want to.After the phone checks for software updates, you enter your Google Account email and password.If you have two-factor authentication, you'll be asked for a code — so have your seco…

Google Pixel 3 XL vs. Samsung Galaxy S9+: Which should you buy?

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We use and test every single high-end Android phone to learn their strengths and flaws so we can help you make the right decision. Every phone has to balance various factors to create the best possible experience, and we find which ones are up to the task.Google Pixel 3 XLPure Google$899 at Google StoreProsLarge, high-quality screenGreat cameraStereo speakersWireless chargingSizable batteryConsNo headphone jackVery large display notchLimited carrier availabilityGoogle refreshed its hardware and jumped to a 6.3-inch 18.5:9 display — but it's not all about size, the display is dramatically better as well. The rest of the phone builds on all of Google's strengths: simple hardware, capable specs, smooth software and an amazing camera experience front and back. It also added wireless charging and kept stereo speakers.Samsung Galaxy S9+Full of features$700 at AmazonProsAmazing displayGreat dual camerasSD card slotHeadphone jackStereo speakersWireless chargingConsSoftware can be cumb…

Google unveils sleeker Street View Trekker backpack for capturing 3D images on the go

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In 2017, Google introduced the first major upgrade to Street View cars in eight years aimed at capturing higher-resolution images. The Google Maps team is now slimming down the Street View Trekker backpack used for capturing 3D imagery on the go.The Street View Trekker goes places where cars simply cannot like ancient cities, mountain tops, and many other locations. To map even more places, Google has long maintained a Trekker loan program to let experienced partners borrow a backpack and map unique places.We love seeing what people imagine and create with the Trekker technology. Scientists like Jane Goodall have used Street View to research Chimpanzees in Tanzania, Parisians have shared the inner workings of the Eiffel Tower with the world and conservation groups have conducted polar explorations in the Arctic.Today, Google is updating the Trekker with a sleeker design that is lighter and therefore easier to carry. The camera has an increased aperture and higher resolution that allow…

Tivo Creek Android Voice Remote Pops Up With Google Assistant Button

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A new Tivo product stopped by the FCC this week, looking like it might have some Android tricks up its sleeves. The remote is labeled as the "Tivo Creek Android Voice Remote" and it features a Google Assistant button. What's this tell us about the future of Tivo? Maybe that an Android TV box is on the way!That's probably somewhat of a reach, since this remote was by itself at the FCC, without a box next to it. Still, Tivo Creek is not a currently available product line, nor is this remote, with that Assistant button embedded.What could this control? It could control other Tivo boxes, I guess, but the remote does differ from the rest. This not only has that Assistant button right in the middle of it, it lacks some of the other controls that other Tivo remotes have. Instead, it's a simplified remote, like you would see with an Android TV box, with a directional pad, back button, Netflix shortcut, and not much else.Tivo doesn't have a great Android TV presence a…

DEAL: AUKEY Wireless Chargers Starting at $6.99 on Amazon With Coupon Codes

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Should you be looking to pick up a new wireless charger for your Qi-compatible device, AUKEY has a little holiday sale going on through Amazon via coupon codes. Ah, we love the holidays.Specifically, you can get an "ultra-slim" 5W Qi wireless charger for just $6.99, down from the usual price of $12.99. If you need more juice, you can get the Graphite 10W fast wireless charger for only $12.99, which is $4 off its regular price.To take advantage, follow the links below and use the coupon codes we've listed.Amazon LinksUltra-Slim Qi wireless charger ($6.99 with code XMASAK06)Graphite 10W wireless fast charger ($12.99 with code XMASAK04)
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[TA Deals] Pick up the SQL Database Starter bundle with a 95% discount

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[TA Deals] Pick up the SQL Database Starter bundle with a 95% discountMySQL is the world's most popular database management tool, and if you're planning on getting into anything even remotely related to databases, you're going to want to understand how to use it. Talk Android Deals has a massive discount on the SQL Database Starter Bundle that will get you acquainted with the tools you'll need, plus a few other things to make it easier.This bundle includes three courses covering MySQL, integrating Python, and a training course, all over 18.5 hours.Buying these three courses would typically cost close to $600 if you got everything individually, but you can pick this bundle up for just $29. That's a full 95% discount.Buy it now: Talk Android Deals
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AT&T officially launches new Mobile 5G service on December 21

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AT&T announced today that they are officially offering access to their mobile 5G network to consumers making them the first carrier to get to market with 5G. However, access to the new 5G service will be quite limited and comes with several caveats including device compatibility and geographic coverage. AT&T does say that despite the limited scope of the initial launch, the company has plans to quickly ramp up the service during 2019.In the announcement, AT&T Labs and chief technology officer Andre Fuetsch says,This is the first taste of the mobile 5G era. Being first, you can expect us to evolve very quickly. It's early on the 5G journey and we're ready to learn fast and continually iterate in the months ahead.In case you are on AT&T, do not presume you will just be able to automatically start accessing the new 5G network. First, you will need to be located in one of the cities where the network is currently running:AtlantaCharlotteDallasHoustonIndianapolisJac…

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum $279 - Amazon Holiday Deals 2018

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Amazon has dropped the price on the iRobot Roomba 690 once again, bringing the price down to just $279. That is good for $96 off of its regular price, and it also brings this back down to its Black Friday price. So if you did miss out on that Black Friday price, then now is the time to jump on the Roomba 690. This is in stock and will definitely arrive before Christmas. It is also offering up free shipping on all orders, but if you want it a bit faster, you'll want to get Amazon Prime and you can sign up for a 30-day trial here. The iRobot Roomba 690 is one of the many robot vacuums from the company, and this one does have WiFi connectivity with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support. It also sports iRobot's famous 3-stage cleaning system, which is sure to get up everything out of the carpet and on your hardwood floors (it also works on tile). The Roomba will start out by mapping your home, so it knows where it needs to clean and where it has already cleaned. It will also b…

For girls across the country, learning to code is as magical as Mary Poppins

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When a group of 40 girls descended on a movie theater in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the excitement was palpable—and not just because they were about to see Mary Poppins Returns. In fact, the girls didn't know they were going to see sneak peek of the new Disney movie. They were simply excited to code.The students from Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln High School and Kirn Middle School were arriving for a day of computer science education, and received some serious STEM inspiration. According to our research, girls often don't connect coding with their own interests, don't see other girls coding and don't think they would be good at coding,. Made with Code is focused on bringing role models within the science, technology, engineering, and math industries and creating experiences for girls to try their hand at coding. The program is devoted to changing girls' perception of computer science, and to ensuring coding—and associated economic opportunity created by computer s…

U.S. Authorities Clear T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Despite China Links

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A number of United States regulators cleared the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, the two wireless carriers confirmed. The telecom giants won official approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and the so-called "Team Telecom" - the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland security. The duo promptly notified the Federal Communications Commission of the development, requesting the agency's consolidation review process proceeds as quickly as possible. The FCC put the review deadline on hold several months back following an action deferment request from Team Telecom which has now been withdrawn. Four down, two to go The first wave of regulatory approvals brings T-Mobile and Sprint much closer to their ambition to combine their operations. The only two remaining government hurdles they have to clear are reviews from the Department of Justice and the FCC, neither of which have yet clarified how close they …

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Fossil Sport Smartwatch $199, Samsung Chromebook + Google Home Mini $449, UE BOOM 2 $64, more

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9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don't forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.Listen to the new 9to5Toys Daily Podcast:https://9to5toys.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018/12/9to5Toys-Daily-12-18-2018.mp39to5Toys Lunch Break delivers the best deals every day of the week at 12:30PM EST. This includes price drops on all sorts of Apple products from iPad to MacBook and everything in between, as well as HomeKit gear, accessories of all kinds and so much more.You'll also find our daily coverage of the coolest new gear and gadgets from across the internet along with our New Toy of the Day, product reviews, giveaways and app sales. Head below for today's top deals and most interesting new products in the world of tech and beyond…TODAY'S CAN'T MISS DEALS:Bring home 360-…

Huawei Nova 4 Launched with Hole Punch Display

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In an effort to be one of first few to the market with a new take on removing the dreaded notch, Huawei has announced Nova 4 which features a hole-punch display. Basically, the front selfie camera has been moved to the corner within the display. Thanks to this, the bezels are nearly absent and yet, […]The post Huawei Nova 4 Launched with Hole Punch Display appeared first on Team Android.
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Oculus Rift + Touch Virtual Reality System $349 - Amazon Holiday Deals 2018

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Amazon has discounted the Oculus Rift which comes with the Touch controllers, bringing it down to just $349. That is good for $50 off of its regular price, and that does also bring it back down to its all-time lowest price. The Rift was on sale for Black Friday for $349, so if you missed that sale, now is the time to jump on board. This is in stock and will definitely arrive before Christmas. It is also offering up free shipping on all orders, but if you want it a bit faster, you'll want to get Amazon Prime and you can sign up for a 30-day trial here. The Oculus Rift is the company's high-end virtual reality system, and it works with a slew of apps - in fact Sling TV, ESPN+ and Fox all just added support this week. So you can watch video in 360-degrees, and even play virtual reality games. Now this does mean that you are going to need a PC capable of virtual reality. Luckily most modern PCs are capable. The Oculus Rift is perhaps the best virtual reality system under $400 righ…

Lenovo introduces Z5 Pro GT with selfie-slider, 12GB RAM, and no notch — but don't count on US support

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With slider phone nostalgia running high, Lenovo's decision to come out with a mid-range slider last month in China, the Z5 Pro, certainly seems like a smart one. Sure, it's not the keyboard slider of yore, but it does serve an important purpose: sliding the phone out reveals the selfie cameras, leaving the display unblemished by a notch. Now, Lenovo has doubled down on the concept and announced a high-end slider called the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. Unfortunately for those in the US, even if you manage to snag one of these devices, the lack of LTE band support makes it all but unusable.A quick comparison of the Z5 Pro GT's 4G band support with the most common American bands shows there's barely any overlap, but for our readers outside of the US who can take advantage of this device - and just as a matter of interest - let's take a closer look at this modern day slider flagship.The Z5 Pro GT features some pretty impressive specs including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor…

Call Of Duty: Legends Of War Gets Surprise Android Beta

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Activision's storied Call of Duty series is getting a new mobile entry, dubbed Legends of War, and now appears to be in open beta, as well as a soft launch for some users in Australia. You won't be able to find it in the Play Store, of course, unless you happen to be part of the soft launch. Otherwise, you'll have to find a way to get a hold of not only the APK file to install the game, but also the data it would usually download, then stick said data into a folder that the game generates when launched. It is worth noting that many users are reporting that the beta is no longer allowing in new registrations, and you have to register to play. More spots may open up, so it's worth checking into if you're a fan of the series. If you would like to take the plunge, credible APK files of the game are already floating around the Internet, though obviously be careful about what you're installing on your device and note that some server-side checks are still part of the…

How Android can help you switch off and enjoy the holidays

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The holiday season is in full swing, meaning you're probably juggling a mix of gift shopping, festive gatherings and office parties. After another busy year, the holiday break brings an opportunity to rest and recharge without too many digital distractions. You want to keep your phone handy for taking photos and keeping in touch, but wouldn't it be nice to properly switch off from work and reduce interruptions?Here are a few tips on how your Android device can help you focus on being in the present and spending time with family and friends.Disconnect this holiday season with Digital WellbeingIn August, we released the beta of our Digital Wellbeing features to Pixel users running Android 9 Pie. In November, our Digital Wellbeing features came out of Beta and are now live on Pixel phones and several Android One devices, like the Motorola One, Xiaomi Mi A2 and Nokia 7 Plus. We're working with partners to bring Digital Wellbeing and Android 9 Pie to even more devices soon.
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Say to مرحبا, msawa, mihofnima or hello! to 500 languages on Gboard

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Our goal with Gboard is to help you communicate in a way that's comfortable and natural, regardless of the language you speak. While the ten most common languages cover about half of the world's population, many more thousands of languages are spoken by the other half. As the Next Billion Users come online, technology needs to support their languages so they can get the most out of using the internet. Today, Gboard offers more than 500 language varieties on Android, bringing a smart, AI-driven typing experience to many more people around the world. This means that more than 90% of the world can now type in their first language with Gboard, with keyboard layouts tailored to each language and typing smarts like autocorrect and predictive text.
In December 2016, Gboard first launched on Android with about 100 language varieties. Over the last few months, more than one hundred new languages have been added to Gboard, such as Nigerian Pidgin (~30 million speakers), Rangpuri (~15 mil…