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Not pricey yet elegant: Samsung Galaxy A30 is now (unofficially) sold in the US, 30-day warranty included

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Samsung Galaxy A30 (left) and A50 (right)
Back in February, mere days after unveiling the high-end Galaxy S10 series, Samsung also announced a couple of new mid-range Android smartphones: Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50. While Samsung does not plan to release these two A-series handsets in the US, one of them can now be ...
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Is your Android or iOS phone on Google's ARCore supported devices list?

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ARCore is Google's Augmented Reality (AR) platform. Not every Android phone has what it takes to be included among the devices supported by ARCore. To be on that list, Google checks a phone's camera image and motion sensor to see how well the device "moves through the real world." Google also makes sure that the handset is equipped with a CPU that is powerful enough to make the necessary calculations in real-time to make AR work smoothly.
Recently, Google has added a number of new phones to its ARCore supported devices list (via XDA). These models include the recently ...
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Nokia 9 PureView in for review

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Ever since the return of Nokia under HMD Global ownership in the beginning of 2017, everyone's been asking where the proper flagship is. The Nokia 8 was sort of that, but it failed to impress, and then the Nokia 8 Sirocco missed the mark too, if it was even going for it at all.In comes the Nokia 9 PureView.PureView is more than a brand – the moniker holds an iconic status among Nokia loyalists thanks to phones like the Nokia 808 and the Lumia 1020 that were unmatched in their camera prowess back in their days. The Nokia 9 PureView has big shoes to fill then, and it certainly packs a ton of hardware to try and do just that.As soon as we took the Nokia 9 out of its box, it's the cameras that we stared for a good while. We wondered just how tough a decision it must have been to fit 5 modules with the same focal length when all the competitors are doing ultra wides and telephotos.Ah, but dynamic range must be awesome on the PureView and imagine how detailed of a depth map it can d…

Huawei says it "can make the chin shorter" on its smartphones, but has chosen not to

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The Huawei Mate 20 Pro's chin
Nowadays, almost every smartphone manufacturer out there claims to have produced a bezel-less device despite the presence of a thicker chin. Two prime examples of this are the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. But in a recent interview, Huawei explained why it hasn't yet removed the chin from its smartphones.
Speaking to GSMArena recently, Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, revealed that the decision to maintain the chin on its most recent flagship devices is down to "accidental touches."
According ...
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Roundup: All the April Fools’ ‘announcements’ from Alphabet, Google, and more

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While other brands might just do one or two jokes, Google goes all out for April Fools' Day. It's a very serious and long-running affair with major product teams partaking in fun feature announcements. April 1, 2019 falls on a Monday, with many of the pranks beginning to appear on Sunday.Be sure to join us for live breaking coverage of all the shenanigans from Google, Alphabet, and the rest of the tech industry. Meanwhile, here's a recap from past years: 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. The newest updates are at the bottom of each section.From Google:Google Maps"To get your daily dose of 90s nostalgia," Google Maps this week features a built-in game of Snake. Google Maps for Android and iOS gets a new themed overflow menu and red dot to highlight the experience in the navigation drawer.Of course, it is geography-themed with users able to play in Cairo, São Paulo, London, Sydney, San Francisco, Tokyo, or the world. Users swipe in the four cardinal directions to simulat…

Improve your home theater with $200 off the Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar

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Amazon is offering the Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar for $499 today, which saves you $200 off the usual price. Today's deal marks the first and best price drop we've ever seen for this product.Turn the volume upBose SoundTouch 300 SoundbarNab the best price in history and vastly improve sound quality in the process.$499 $699 $200 OffSee at AmazonThis soundbar features HDMI connectivity with 4K pass-through. You can also use Bluetooth with NFC pairing and Wi-Fi to stream your music. Enjoy the look of the glass and metal grille, and let the soundbar do the hard work for you thanks to the adapted audio room calibration. You can even use this with voice control by pairing your Alexa device.If you ever want to modify the sound, add a bass module or surround speakers to your setup.
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Amazon's World Backup Day sale includes Samsung 256GB A2 microSD card for $53, Kingston 128GB microSD for $15, and more

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Today is apparently World Backup Day, which means there are sales on hard drives, NAS units, microSD cards, and other mediums of storage — sadly, I haven't seen any discounts on Zip Disks. If you happen to have a phone with a microSD card slot, today is a good opportunity to get extra storage.For smartphones and tablets, SanDisk's 256GB U3 A2 microSD card is just $52.99 for today, a $16 drop from the usual price. The 'A2' label means it will work with Android's adoptable storage feature, though it won't match the speeds of your phone's internal storage.If you're not planning on installing applications or games to a microSD card, and you just need more room for photos or videos, SanDisk's slower 256GB A1 microSD is $38 right now. It normally goes for around $45. Samsung also has a 128GB U1 card for $30, and if speeds aren't a concern at all, Kingston's Class 10 128GB card is just $16.Beyond microSD cards, Amazon has various SSDs, hard drives,…

The best microSD cards for Android

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A microSD card lets you easily move your files, photos, and music from device to device without having to rely on steady Wi-Fi or costly data. It also helps if you like to load your phone up with apps, music and movies. These are the best microSD cards you can buy for your Android phone.All-around winnerSamsung EVO SelectStaff PickSamsung's high-performance EVO Select is the perfect blend of fast read and write speeds (100MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively) and affordability. This card comes with a full-size SD adapter, and its high class means it can handle all types of media, including 4K video.$40 at AmazonSpeed demonLexar Professional 1000xIf speed is of utmost importance to you because you're constantly shooting high-def video or whatever, then this is the card you want. It has transfer speeds of up to 150MB/s, meaning it can hand 4K and even 3D video, as well as all the high-res images and music you can throw at it. It's pricey for a 64 GB card, but worth it for performan…

Install AOSP Android 9.0 Pie on Nokia 8 Sirocco

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The Android One UI is great because it offers a light system which can smoothly run even when complex apps and processes are initiated. However, if you want to test something new and if you want to add a personal touch to the Android OS that runs on your Nokia 8 Sirocco you will have […]
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Samsung Galaxy S10: How to Change Display Density

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 series come with big, beautiful displays. What's even more impressive is that Samsung let's one change the system font and size to their liking. Surprisingly though, the option to change the display density on the Galaxy S10 is missing. Continue reading →
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Top 10 iOS Apps of March 2019!

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We've compiled a top 10 list of our favorite iOS apps to hit the App Store in March 2019. The apps include Habit Daily Tracker, Curio, Wobbl, Secret Files 108, Mobile Master, HQ Wallpapers, MemoryCalculator, Rescue Plan Flight Control, Draw It, and LifeAfter. Which app is your favorite? Apple Apple iPhone X
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Don't attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity [#acpodcast]

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Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Alex Dobie begin the episode by looking at credit cards and gaming subscriptions through the lens of Apple Card and Apple Arcade. At face value, Apple Card seems to be 'best of the worst' and an interesting adjunct to mobile payments. And what could be learned from Apple Arcade when it comes to games and the Google Play Store?They also look at instances where phone makers are 'mistakenly' sending user data to servers in China, and a recent report that cites significant security flaws in Huawei devices.With Huawei remaining in the spotlight, the main event this week is discussion of the new P30 and P30 Pro. They offer unique camera experiences and tremendous overall value. Turns out, they're also phones!Listen nowSubscribe in Google Play Music: AudioSubscribe in iTunes: AudioSubscribe in RSS: AudioDownload directly: AudioShow Notes and Links:Apple Card first impressions: Terrific version of a terrible businessApple Arcade: Everythi…

25 Bixby actions to try with your new Galaxy S10

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After unboxing your brand new Samsung Galaxy S10 and setting up all the basics, it's time to let loose and start playing with the plethora of features the device offers. One of them is Bixby, Samsung's digital assistant that lets you interact with the device through voice commands. Bixby understands thousands of commands and lets you do things like play music and check the weather without even touching the device.We won't show you every single command Bixby understands in this post. Instead, we'll focus on the most popular ones you'll likely use often to get things done faster. Here are 25 useful Bixby commands you should try out with your new Galaxy S10.1. Save a contactCommand: Hi Bixby, add Paul as a new contact with his number 1234-5678.2. Get up to speedCommand: Hi Bixby, read me my last text message.3. Delete sensitive infoCommand: Hi Bixby, delete all messages that contain the word "PIN number."4. Capture and shareCommand: Hi Bixby, take a screensh…

Oppo patents new slider design that allows for a high screen-to-body-ratio

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The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has published (via GSM Arena) a patent awarded to Chinese phone manufacturer Oppo. The company's Oppo Find X was the first smartphone to feature a slider design; the slider hides the front-facing camera and dual rear cameras until needed. Now, Oppo's new slider design includes dual cameras that are mounted on the back of the phone, never hidden from view. Meanwhile, the slider holds a pair of front-facing selfie cameras.
Just the other day, we showed you a case render for a phone called the Oppo Reno, which will ...
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Master Six Sigma and prep for key certification exams for just $69!

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Few careers are more exciting and lucrative than those that reside under the umbrella of project management. Companies large and small are scrambling to hire talented and trained project leaders who can inspire teams and exceed goals, and they're paying these productivity pros handsomely for their services.The Complete Six Sigma Green & Black Belt Training Bundle will help you earn some of the industry's most valuable certifications, and thanks to Android Central Digital Offers, the entire bundle is available for 98 percent off the regular price of $2,075. That brings the total cost down to just $69!The first module prepares you for your Six Sigma Green Belt certification, through instruction that focuses on everything from cost management and opportunity expansion to customer service tricks and cutting waste from a project.Next, you'll prepare for your Six Sigma Black Belt certification with instruction that will help you streamline the budget for any project, inspire…

Huawei Reaches Unprecedented Riches, Even More Unprecedented Problems

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Shenzen-based electronics maker  Huawei has been in the figurative crosshairs of the United States government for more years than most remember, with Washington always being suspicious of anyone merely associated with it.That didn't stop it from doing amazingly well in other parts of the world, especially Europe over the last several years, much to the annoyance of the U.S.whose officials still have their hands full with Huawei, whether in terms of handling criminal investigations or lobbying against the Chinese conglomerate and its equipment abroad as part of a strategy Huawei representatives repeatedly described as scandalously discriminatory.That isn't to say Huawei is strapped for cash and is barely making ends meet. The tech juggernaut's latest financial report published today may be unsurprisingly vague on the finer details of its operations but it's perfectly clear when it comes to communicating how successful has the company been at rivaling pretty much every h…

Sssnakes on a map

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Google Maps shows you how to get around on foot, car, train and bicycle, and now, you can ssslither to your destination too. Starting today, you can play a twist on the snake game in different locations across the world—including Cairo, London, San Francisco, São Paulo, Sydney and Tokyo–right from Google Maps. To start playing, simply open the Google Maps app, tap on the menu icon on the top left corner, then select "Play Snake" to get your daily dose of 90s nostalgia (boy bands, fanny packs and slap bracelets not included).

Once you've selected a city, start picking up as many passengers as you can as your train travels around the world—stopping everywhere from Big Ben, the Great Sphinx of Giza to the Eiffel Tower. But make sure you don't run off the map (or into yourself)!
Snake on Google Maps starts rolling out worldwide on Android and iOS today, and will be live in the app for about a week. Anticipating a snake addiction? Us, too. Head over to our standalone site t…

Sssnakes on a map

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Google Maps shows you how to get around on foot, car, train and bicycle, and now, you can ssslither to your destination too. Starting today, you can play a twist on the snake game in different locations across the world—including Cairo, London, San Francisco, São Paulo, Sydney and Tokyo–right from Google Maps. To start playing, simply open the Google Maps app, tap on the menu icon on the top left corner, then select "Play Snake" to get your daily dose of 90s nostalgia (boy bands, fanny packs and slap bracelets not included).

Once you've selected a city, start picking up as many passengers as you can as your train travels around the world—stopping everywhere from Big Ben, the Great Sphinx of Giza to the Eiffel Tower. But make sure you don't run off the map (or into yourself)!
Snake on Google Maps starts rolling out worldwide on Android and iOS today, and will be live in the app for about a week. Anticipating a snake addiction? Us, too. Head over to our standalone site t…

5 great Android apps to check out this week (MAR 31, 2019)

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The Google Play store is full of awesome apps that can help you with tasks or simply help you take a break and relax with an engaging game. But how do you know what ones you should try? We can help you with that! Every week, we will share awesome new apps that we think you will enjoy. The highlights from this week include a wallpaper changer, a way to hide the hole punch camera on your S10 and a popular iOS app finally getting ported to Android.Take a look at the list below to find the perfect new app for you this week.Wallpaper Changer for Reddit–Automatic WallpapersDescription: Bring colorful spontaneity to your phone's wallpaper – powered by millions of images from Reddit.com. Over 350,000 wallpapers downloaded from Reddit and counting. Featured on XDA News! Your wallpapers should change as often as Reddit does. Pick your favorite subreddits, and the app will use images from posts to set as your homescreen and/or lockscreen wallpaper. Supports updating every 'x' hours o…

Store your data on this discounted Toshiba Canvio 2TB portable hard drive

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The Toshiba Canvio Advance 2TB portable hard drive is down to $51.99 on Amazon. That price is about $13 off what this hard drive normally goes for and a brand new low. The deal is only applicable to the white model. You can also get the 1TB version at a substantial discount today.Take it with youToshiba Canvio Advance 3TB Portable Hard DriveThis portable hard drive looks as good as it performs. Keep in mind that the discount isn't around for long!$51.99 $64.99 $13 OffSee at AmazonThis is a USB 3.0 hard drive with a sleek, compact design and a high-gloss finish. It's easy to use and requires no additional software — just plug it into your computer's USB port and you're good to go. The drive comes formatted for Windows computers and will work with Windows 7 and up. It can work with Mac as well but will need reformatting first.There are optional free downloads of Toshiba Storage Backup software to easily back up your content and schedule your backup to run automatically a…