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$4,300 of comptia certification training for only $59

when you’re applying for an it position, the very first thing the overwhelming majority of hiring staff look for is specialized certifications, such as comptia. they want to know if you’ve put in the effort to study for exams and, more importantly, that you’ve passed.they don’t care if you’re already an it guru. it doesn’t matter how many networks you’ve set up, how savvy you are on linux. they want certificates to prove it.often it doesn’t come down to what you know; it comes down to how many pieces of paper you’ve collected.96% of hr managers use it certifications as screening or hiring criteria during recruitment.if that’s one universal truth, then here’s another — the 90-minute comptia exams are known to be pretty...




understanding color accuracy in mobile devices (part 3 of 3)

good color has come to the mobile market. finally.you might wonder just what i mean by that. after all, hasn’t there been a flood of phones and tablets with wide-gamut displays, brilliant bright colors, and incredible contrast specs? sure. but as we just covered in the second part of this series, those bright colors coming from your wide-gamut display aren’t necessarily accurate colors. these displays can be pretty accurate, but until recently the rest of the system wasn’t up to the job. by “rest of the system,” i mean the os.with the introduction of the oreo release of android late last year, google has given the mobile world color management, something that was never addressed in any previous version.that all changed with the i...




we asked, you told us: your favourite galaxy note 9 feature starts with a '4'

this week’s poll asked you which samsung galaxy note 9 feature you like most. the answer wasn’t a big surprise, but at the same time, it shows where phone manufacturers keep making mistakes.the galaxy note 9 is seen as an iterative new smartphone, a phone where natural selection plays out over the note 8, with refinements, improvements, and new features that won’t change the world but do make for a better device.the s-pen became a bluetooth-enabled device to give it new life which was probably the biggest of the new features. but the other improvements were that the device became slightly taller and wider, with loads of ram and internal storage. oh, plus a 4,000mah battery, a big jump from the 3,300mah battery of the note 8 (and bi...




the linux power user bundle is just $19 this week!

looking to bolster your career in software development? or would you just like to try your hand at a new operating system? if so, we may have just the thing for you.the popular linux power user bundle is massively discounted this week. it’s now on offer for only $19.linux operating systems have become increasingly popular in commercial computing environments, which means systems administrators have also become very much in-demand. adopters of linux includes tech giants like google, facebook, twitter, yahoo, and amazon.what’s in the linux power user bundle?over 22 hours of expert-led instruction, that’s what. the bundle is made up of five specialized learning kits designed to teach linux to even a complete newbie. here’s a summary:th...




5 android apps you shouldn't miss this week - android apps weekly

welcome to the 257th edition of android apps weekly! here are the big headlines from the last week:google is apparently always tracking your location history whether you like it or not. there is a popular setting that allegedly turns the location tracking off. it does, but not all of it. other apps like google search, maps, find my phone, and other services still track your location. thus, in a roundabout way, the setting is much less useful than people envisioned. they updated the verbiage on the site for clarification. it does help clarify, but it doesn’t make the situation much better. it’s not a serious deal, but it’s definitely something that privacy advocates should look into. hit the link above for more details!wear os is gettin...




top 5 samsung galaxy note 9 features you should know

the samsung galaxy note 9 is finally official, delivering a comprehensive spec sheet and powerful internals. then again, many flagship phones are powerful and have plenty of features, so what makes the latest samsung device stand out from its rivals? we take a look at some of the key features and tweaks that make the note 9 tick.the note 9 battery will rival mate 10 prosamsung has played it safe since the galaxy note 7 disaster, sticking to a smaller battery size for the galaxy note 8 and galaxy s9 (although the active phones still have a large battery). after all, the galaxy note 7 fires were caused by batteries that were essentially too big for the phablet’s design.fortunately, samsung has decided to increase the battery size with the g...




which phone did it first? — pop quiz

this week’s quiz revolves around phones that introduced something new to the market. it contains 10 multiple-choice questions only those who know a lot about smartphones will be able to answer correctly.are you one of them? press the start quiz button below to find out — and ...




huawei will introduce new p20 pro colors at ifa 2018

huawei is introducing two new p20 pro gradient colors at ifa at the end of the month.the first uses a spread of colors from black at one end to a hint of turquoise at the other.the other, which is much more subtle and based on the sea, uses white with hints of pink and yellow.2018 has seen a year of incredible smartphones and one of the best is undoubtedly the p20 pro. huawei’s flagship brought us several firsts including a triple camera and a twilight color that showed how gradients can make smartphones cool and interesting again. the gradient color palette has proved so popular that it’s already been imitated.huawei’s experiments with color haven’t stopped there as we can exclusively reveal that the company will launch two new gr...




next qualcomm mobile chip might have dedicated npu

the upcoming snapdragon mobile chipset for 2019 might have a dedicated npu.npu stands for neural processing unit and its function is to process ai features.huawei’s kirin series of chipsets already have dedicated npus, so qualcomm might be cribbing from those.according to roland quandt over at winfuture, the next qualcomm snapdragon chipset designed for flagship mobile devices might be packing a little something extra.if the rumors are true, the next qualcomm snapdragon chipsets for mobile devices will likely be 12.4 x 12.4mm silicon built on taiwan semiconductor manufacturing company’s (tsmc) 7nm process node using optical lithography. however, that’s not too surprising.editor's picksnapdragon 1000 details leak: qualcomm set to pas...




motorola smart speaker appears to be like a chinese google home

new images leaked online of a motorola smart speaker, akin to a google home.it appears from the images that the speaker is geared towards the chinese market.the promotional material doesn’t mention any connection with google assistant or amazon alexa.last week, during the launch of the samsung galaxy note 9, samsung revealed the samsung galaxy home: a smart speaker that incorporates the bixby virtual assistant. now, via android pure, it looks like motorola is getting in on the smart speaker action as well.while the smart speaker market is dominated mostly by amazon (with google coming in at a close second), that doesn’t seem to be stopping other oems from releasing their own speakers.android purethe leaked images of the motorola spea...




a chromecast remote could be in the works with new bluetooth abilities

an updated filing with the fcc points to the next chromecast having bluetooth.while bluetooth could mean many things for the chromecast, it might mean google is finally adding a remote.other media streamers like amazon fire tv and roku have remotes, and the lack of remotes for chromecast is a common complaint.a recently-updated filing with the fcc points to some new information about the next-generation of chromecasts. at the last minute, google changed its fcc filing to include bluetooth capabilities.while the addition of bluetooth to chromecasts isn’t exactly earth-shattering news, what the addition of bluetooth makes possible could be. i am of course talking about finally giving chromecasts a remote control.editor's pick15 best chrome...




high-end treblab z2 wireless headphones for just $78.99

we come bearing good news readers — today at aapicks the treblab z2 wireless headphones are back on offer!treblab explains that the z2 stands for two times greater sound, longer battery,and life-enhancing features. maybe there’s a little rhetoric to that, but these headphones certainly have both the specs and the reviews to impress.8.7 out of 10 — techaeris.com                 4.2 out of 5 — amazon customer reviewsno matter how state-of-the-art your earbuds are, you’re never going to be able to get the full bass experience of real headphones, and treblab delivers in style. sound2.0 technology with aptx and activenoise-cancellation means crystal clear sound and heart-pumping bass.the treblab z2 wireless headphones are...




google goggles officially ends with final app update

google goggles — the precursor to google lens — just got an update after over three years of dormancy.the update simply provides a splash screen to encourage users to download google lens instead.this update signifies the official end of google goggles.google launched google goggles in 2009, and then finally released a stable version in 2014. but since 2015 the app has been mostly dormant without any support or updates from the big g.now, today, the first update to google goggles just hit after over three years of nothing, via android central. however, the update is simply a splash screen that encourages users to download google lens instead.see for yourself below:while it’s been pretty well-known for the past few years that google g...




here’s what android is up against

apple’s next round of iphones could be here in just a month’s time, should they launch in their typical september time slot. as android’s biggest rival, ios and the devices that run it form a key part of the mobile ecosystem and offer us an important point of comparison for google’s platform.let’s take a look at the 2018 iphone rumors to see how the phones might stack up against the recent android flagships, and what it means for android going forward.note: everything below is based on current speculation; take from it what you will.iphones in 2018: what can we expect?like in 2017, apple is tipped to launch three new iphones at its still-to-be-announced launch event. instead of two regular iphones and a higher-tier “x” model, t...




nokia 9 (2018) might see august 21 launch, per nokia tweet

nokia will unveil a new smartphone on august 21, according to the official nokia mobile twitter account.although we don’t know for certain which phone nokia will launch, it’s probably the nokia 9 (2018).the rumored nokia 9 (2018) will be a flagship device that will compete with the likes of the samsung galaxy s9.today on twitter, the official nokia mobile account tweeted a teaser image for some kind of smartphone launch. although we can’t say for certain what’s coming because nokia isn’t dishing any details, it appears to be for the nokia 9 (2018).the teaser image shows the silhouette of a large device, with the grammatically-incorrect headline of “get ready to unveil the most awaited phone.”see for yourself below:we are thri...




best cheap phones of 2018

while moto’s flagships have been more than a little uninspired as of late, the same can’t be said for the moto g6 and g6 play. here we have two phones that offer an exceptional flagship quality build, paired with mid-range specs to keep the price down.  this makes the g6 family easily two of the best cheap phones on the market today. the moto g6 is powered by a snapdragon 450 with 3gb ram, 32gb storage with microsd support, and offers a 3,000mah battery. the dual camera pairs a 12 and 5mp lenses, while the front offers an 8mp shooter. you also get a 5.7-inch 18:9 display with a 1080p resolution. the moto g6 play shares the same gorgeous design but offers more modest specs including a snapdragon 427 with 2gb ram, 16gb storage with micr...




the oneplus 6t will launch in october – on t-mobile

sources confirm that the oneplus 6t will launch in october.not only will the usual global version launch, but t-mobile will sell its own version of the device, a first for the company.with u.s. carrier support, oneplus could see a huge jump in sales and brand awareness.the day has finally come: according to cnet, oneplus will launch the oneplus 6t in october via its usual online portal — and also via t-mobile stores.this will be the first time ever that someone in america will be able to walk into a carrier storefront and buy a oneplus device.we learned a few months ago that oneplus was currently negotiating partner terms with at least one u.s. carrier, but we didn’t know which one. we assumed it would be either t-mobile or at&t, con...




five premium android games worth every cent

there’s no shortage of android games and most of them are free. why on earth, then, would i want to talk about games you have to, you know, pay for? some of them — a handful of precious little gems — should not be overlooked, despite the entry fee.here are five android games i think are worth giving a damn about — they’re worth every cent. enjoy.mini metro – $4.99i’ve never been responsible for designing a working railway network and since playing mini metro i’m quite alright with that.in dinosaur polo club’s stress-inducing strategy game, you’re given a list of real-world locations (london, paris, montreal, and more) in which to build a functioning rail system. these maps typically start as a white space with a light b...




with location history off, google will still track you (update: new wording)

update, august 17, 2018 (10:30am est): after various news organizations posted earlier this week about some confusion regarding google’s location tracking policies, the company just updated the wording in the description of its location history feature.previously, the language describing the feature strongly implied that by turning location history off on your android phone your information would no longer be tracked. however, that is not the case and google admitted as much to us a few days ago (see below).the new language makes things much more clear that yes, google is still tracking you even when you turn location history off. see below:you can turn off location history at the account level at any time.this setting does not affect ot...




is this a helio p60 successor?

mediatek is working on the helio p80 and p90 chipsets, according to journalist roland quandt.it’s believed that oppo will be one of the first customers for the unannounced socs.the naming convention suggests the helio p80 and p90 will succeed the helio p60.the mediatekhelio p60 chipset has probably been one of the surprise hits of the year, bringing a relatively powerful cpu and dedicated ai silicon to the mid-range market. now, it looks like the mobile chip company could be gearing up for two processors to out-perform the p60.according to winfuture journalist roland quandt, mediatek is working on helio p80 and helio p90 chipsets. quandt adds that oppo is expected to be one of the first customers for the new processors — they were one ...