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you can now use the garmin vivoactive 3 to make mobile payments

+746 andrew myrick nov 17th, 2017the garmin vivoactive 3 has been available for a little over a month now after being announced back in september. one of the best features of this smartwatch is the inclusion of an nfc chip, making it possible to use the vivoactive 3 for payments without needing your wallet with you.when the vivoactive 3 was launched, this functionality was not yet available, but that has changed as of today. garmin pay has been announced and will allow owners of the vivoactive 3 to make payments just by holding their smartwatches near the terminal.unfortunately, it seems that this will be limited in functionality to those who primarily use mastercard options for ...




get a free year of amazon prime with metropcs

+745 ashley king nov 17th, 2017these days, carriers are doing everything to set themselves apart in order to entice new customers. t-mobile was a pioneer of the practice with its uncarrier movement, which saw free netflix for t-mobile one family subscribers. not to be outdone, sprint is now offering the basic hulu subscription for free. at&t has offered hbo to unlimited plus subscribers, meanwhile, verizon is busy downplaying the other carrier’s efforts.but that hasn’t stopped t-mobile mvno metropcs from setting it...




honor v10 specs leak confirm an 18:9 display

+751 andrew myrick nov 17th, 2017just yesterday, we learned that huawei’s sub-brand, honor, is set to unveil its latest device at an event in china on november 28th. today we’re learning a bit more about what the honor v10 will have in store once it’s been announced.thanks to the european invitation to the honor v10 event, we already knew that the device was likely to feature a bezel-less display. new leaks confirm that this will be the case, as the v10 will come equipped with a 5.99-inch lcd display, with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 and an aspect ratio of 18:9.powering the device, it’s likely that we’ll the see the kirin 970 at the helm with 6gb of ram and either 64gb or 128gb of storage. however, we also now know that there wil...




you can now watch live college basketball on facebook

+742 joe fedewa nov 17th, 2017video has been a big focus for facebook for a while now. they’re trying to compete with youtube and other popular video platforms. one of the ways they’ve done that is with live video. facebook has streamed mlb games in the past, and now it’s getting into basketball.faceb...




new oxygenos open beta arrives for the oneplus 3t

+664 andrew myrick nov 17th, 2017after unveiling the oneplus 5t at an event in new york yesterday, the folks at oneplus didn’t take a break and have released a new open beta for the oneplus 3 and the oneplus 3t. these latest updates bring some new improvements while hoping to keep the phones trucking along with you.the first, and probably biggest, improvement comes via the do not disturb ui in the settings menu. this new ui is intended to make interactions with the dnd menu “easier to understand” while ensuring that your phone won’t go off when it’s not supposed to.as is the case with these open beta releases, oneplus has taken to the forums to share the full changelog for the software. all of the changes can be found below...




7 tips for stolen android phones

+626 chris chavez nov 17th, 2017are you the victim of theft? there’s a good chance that if you came across this post, someone has already stolen your android phone. if that’s the case, we’ve got a guide on how to find a lost or stolen android phone. here are just a few of the precautions you can take before your phone ever gets stolen:enable a strong lock-screen pattern, password, or fingerprint and lock down your android phone.enable find my device so you can remotely locate and reset your device if it ever gets stolen: settings > device admin apps > find my device (check the box).get a smartwatch – most smartwatches can alert you when you’re no longer in the immediate vicinity of your phone.with that out of the way, we can now ...




germany bans sale of smartwatches aimed at kids

+842 ashley king nov 17th, 2017privacy has become a very real concern in today’s modern age of interconnected gadgets, which had led german regulators to ban the sale of smartwatches that are aimed at kids. companies like vtech have started creating smartwatches that are designed to allow parents to track their children, but german regulators say they’re little better than spying devices for the companies that create them. the federal network agency regulator in germany even went so far as to recommend that any parents who have a smartwatch device for their child should destroy it because of the privacy risk it creates.“poorly secured smart devices often allow for privacy invasion. that is really concerning when it ...




7 ways you can use google assistant this thanksgiving

+622 ashley king nov 17th, 2017turkey day is just around the corner for folks in the united states, which means plenty of great food and good company to be had (as long as you avoid talking about politics). whether you’ve got a couple thousand miles to travel to be with family this holiday season or you’re the one prepping the turkey for 12 people, google assistant is there to help. check out this short list of commands you can use to help you get the most out of your thanksgiving holiday.1. check the trafficif you’ve got to travel before you’ll arrive at the holiday festivities, you can say “okay google, how’s the traffic?” to find out whether or not you’re facing any major delays. 2. use the timerthere’s nothing worse t...




what to do if i forgot my lock pattern?

+580 chris chavez nov 17th, 2017android has several options to keep your device secure and prevent others from accessing the data within. one of the most popular options is android’s exclusive lockscreen pattern. instead of typing in a four digit number or lengthy password, you can simply draw a pattern. in fact, every time you reboot your device, you’ll have to enter it, even if you have a fingerprint sensor set up.unlike a pin code or password, pattern lock can be easier to forget. with so many combinations, what do you do when your lock pattern is not working?reset your pattern (android 4.4 kitkat or lower)if you have an older android device running android 4.4 kitkat (or earlier version of android), recovering your pattern lock is ...




project fi giving away chromecast and moto x4 for referrals

+485 chris chavez nov 17th, 2017google’s project fi is looking to get more sign ups in time for the holidays but they need your help. as part of the mvno’s referral program — which gives participants a $20 credit off their monthly bill for each referral — google is now offering up prizes to sweeten up the deal.they’re calling it the “fi it forward” challenge and for every 2+ referrals, participants will receive a free chromecast, with a grand prize moto x4 (android one model) for every 7+ referrals. remember, this is in addition to the usual $20 off you get off your monthly bill with referrals, so it’s really just extra icing on the cake. there’s even a leader board if you’re feeling competitive and would like to see ho...




5 best android apps of the week (november 2017 #3)

joe fedewa nov 18th, 2017every week, hundreds of new android apps are submitted to the play store. if you’re not paying attention 24/7, it’s easy to miss some of the best stuff. each week we will highlight five of the best new or overlooked apps. you’re sure to find some hidden gems in these recommendations. go forth and download!1. now playing trackerone of the new features of the pixel 2 phones is called “now playing.” the feature allows the phone to listen to music in the background and display the song information on the lock screen and notifications. there’s no way to see a history of this, but now play tracker does it for free.download: now playing trackerprice: freein-app purchases: norating: 5/5installs: 10 – 502. f...




some samsung smart tv's now have access to the youtube tv

+748 andrew myrick nov 17th, 2017over the last few months, we have seen youtube tv expand onto new platforms, slowly becoming available in more and more places. today, the expansion continues as the youtube tv application is now available on samsung smart tv models released in either 2016 or 2017.in order to download the application, you’ll have to sign up for the service on your mobile application or through the youtube tv website. then, you’ll have to navigate to the “apps” section on your tv and locate youtube tv. unfortunately, you can’t sign up for youtube tv through the new smart tv application, but you’ll be able to e...




you can now use the garmin vivoactive 3 to make mobile payments

+644 andrew myrick nov 17th, 2017the garmin vivoactive 3 has been available for a little over a month now after being announced back in september. one of the best features of this smartwatch is the inclusion of an nfc chip, making it possible to use the vivoactive 3 for payments without needing your wallet with you.when the vivoactive 3 was launched, this functionality was not yet available, but that has changed as of today. garmin pay has been announced and will allow owners of the vivoactive 3 to make payments just by holding their smartwatches near the terminal.unfortunately, it seems that this will be limited in functionality to those who primarily use mastercard options for ...




get a free year of amazon prime with metropcs

+643 ashley king nov 17th, 2017these days, carriers are doing everything to set themselves apart in order to entice new customers. t-mobile was a pioneer of the practice with its uncarrier movement, which saw free netflix for t-mobile one family subscribers. not to be outdone, sprint is now offering the basic hulu subscription for free. at&t has offered hbo to unlimited plus subscribers, meanwhile, verizon is busy downplaying the other carrier’s efforts.but that hasn’t stopped t-mobile mvno metropcs from setting it...




honor v10 specs leak confirm an 18:9 display

+649 andrew myrick nov 17th, 2017just yesterday, we learned that huawei’s sub-brand, honor, is set to unveil its latest device at an event in china on november 28th. today we’re learning a bit more about what the honor v10 will have in store once it’s been announced.thanks to the european invitation to the honor v10 event, we already knew that the device was likely to feature a bezel-less display. new leaks confirm that this will be the case, as the v10 will come equipped with a 5.99-inch lcd display, with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 and an aspect ratio of 18:9.powering the device, it’s likely that we’ll the see the kirin 970 at the helm with 6gb of ram and either 64gb or 128gb of storage. however, we also now know that there wil...




you can now watch live college basketball on facebook

+640 joe fedewa nov 17th, 2017video has been a big focus for facebook for a while now. they’re trying to compete with youtube and other popular video platforms. one of the ways they’ve done that is with live video. facebook has streamed mlb games in the past, and now it’s getting into basketball.faceb...




new oxygenos open beta arrives for the oneplus 3t

+562 andrew myrick nov 17th, 2017after unveiling the oneplus 5t at an event in new york yesterday, the folks at oneplus didn’t take a break and have released a new open beta for the oneplus 3 and the oneplus 3t. these latest updates bring some new improvements while hoping to keep the phones trucking along with you.the first, and probably biggest, improvement comes via the do not disturb ui in the settings menu. this new ui is intended to make interactions with the dnd menu “easier to understand” while ensuring that your phone won’t go off when it’s not supposed to.as is the case with these open beta releases, oneplus has taken to the forums to share the full changelog for the software. all of the changes can be found below...




7 tips for stolen android phones

+524 chris chavez nov 17th, 2017are you the victim of theft? there’s a good chance that if you came across this post, someone has already stolen your android phone. if that’s the case, we’ve got a guide on how to find a lost or stolen android phone. here are just a few of the precautions you can take before your phone ever gets stolen:enable a strong lock-screen pattern, password, or fingerprint and lock down your android phone.enable find my device so you can remotely locate and reset your device if it ever gets stolen: settings > device admin apps > find my device (check the box).get a smartwatch – most smartwatches can alert you when you’re no longer in the immediate vicinity of your phone.with that out of the way, we can now ...




germany bans sale of smartwatches aimed at kids

+711 ashley king nov 17th, 2017privacy has become a very real concern in today’s modern age of interconnected gadgets, which had led german regulators to ban the sale of smartwatches that are aimed at kids. companies like vtech have started creating smartwatches that are designed to allow parents to track their children, but german regulators say they’re little better than spying devices for the companies that create them. the federal network agency regulator in germany even went so far as to recommend that any parents who have a smartwatch device for their child should destroy it because of the privacy risk it creates.“poorly secured smart devices often allow for privacy invasion. that is really concerning when it ...




7 ways you can use google assistant this thanksgiving

+520 ashley king nov 17th, 2017turkey day is just around the corner for folks in the united states, which means plenty of great food and good company to be had (as long as you avoid talking about politics). whether you’ve got a couple thousand miles to travel to be with family this holiday season or you’re the one prepping the turkey for 12 people, google assistant is there to help. check out this short list of commands you can use to help you get the most out of your thanksgiving holiday.1. check the trafficif you’ve got to travel before you’ll arrive at the holiday festivities, you can say “okay google, how’s the traffic?” to find out whether or not you’re facing any major delays. 2. use the timerthere’s nothing worse t...