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  • What coverage does Visible offer?
    by Joe Maring on October 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Best answer: Visible uses Verizon's LTE network to power its service. As such, you can expect extensive 4G LTE coverage across the entire United States. The biggest downside is the lack of international roaming options. Powered by Verizon: Visible ($40/month at Visible) Affordable powerhouse: Google Pixel 3a ($349 at Amazon) Visible is powered by Verizon's network There are a lot of reasons to like Visible, but one of the biggest has to be its coverage. Visible uses Verizon's LTE network for its service, meaning you can expect at least decent coverage in just about any part of the United States. Verizon blankets almost every nook and cranny of the U.S., but as you venture towards the west, you will find some pockets in Nevada, Montana, and Idaho with no coverage at all. This is typical of all networks, and Verizon actually has the best service in these trickier parts of the country. While Visible does have access to Verizon's entire LTE network, it doesn't have access to the 3G... […]

  • When is Disney+ coming to my country?
    by Ara Wagoner on October 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Best answer: Disney+ is officially launching in the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands on Nov. 12, 2019 and in Australia and New Zealand on Nov. 19. International movie magic: Disney+ ($70/yr at Disney) Where we know Disney+ is launching so far Disney+ is launching in five countries this year, not just the United States. These are the launch dates for each of the countries where Disney has confirmed a public release: Netherlands — Sept. 12, 2019 (beta preview), Nov. 12, 2019 (public release) United States — Nov. 12, 2019 Canada — Nov. 12, 2019 Australia — Nov. 19, 2019 New Zealand — Nov. 19, 2019 Dutch subscribers in the Netherlands can get early access because the small European country is where Disney is conducting an open beta test of Disney+ ahead of the public launch in November. During this preview, Disney+ is free for Dutch subscribers, who are finding and (hopefully) reporting all of the bugs they find on the many platforms Disney+ will stream... […]

  • From the Editor's Desk: Google's wrong about ultrawide cameras
    by Andrew Martonik on October 20, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    No, a great telephoto lens doesn't obviate the need for an ultrawide one. Google's Marc Levoy gave an incredibly compelling explainer on all things related to the Pixel 4's camera at the company's October hardware event. He clearly has a deep understanding of what's happening under the hood with Google's photography processing. But I took one issue with what he had to say: according to Levoy, Google thinks that a well-executed telephoto camera is more useful than an ultrawide camera on a smartphone. A great telephoto camera is really useful; but it isn't the same as an ultrawide lens. I agree, a great telephoto camera is really useful to have in a smartphone. A proper telephoto 2X or 3X lens with a narrower field-of-view is distinctly different than purely digital zooming. You can take great portraits, interesting street scenes, and cool macros. Being able to zoom without losing quality compared to a standard camera is of great utility in a smartphone — we've been us... […]

  • Get the Vitagene DNA Ancestry Test Kit for just $65 today
    by Android Central on October 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    If you’ve ever tried to lose weight or are currently in the midst of a weight-loss journey, you know just how hard it can be to find a diet or workout plan that gives you the results you want. We know that everyone’s bodies are different, yet we all have been told that fad diet after fad diet is the ultimate answer to all our weight loss angst. Why not take a smarter approach? Weight loss is different for anyone and is affected by not only the food you eat and the exercise you fit into your day but also your genetics. Knowing your ancestry can offer you insight into what types of food, workouts, or vitamins can help you maintain a healthy weight, and Android Central Digital Offers can help! Vitagene presents a smarter, more effective way to stay healthy—all while learning about your genetics and ancestry! With a simple cheek swab, Vitagene can provide you with health plans based on your DNA, lifestyle, and goals so you can feel healthier. You c... […]

  • What's the better smart clock? Nest Mini or Lenovo Smart Clock?
    by Jeramy Johnson on October 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    If what you want is a bedside smart companion, the discounted Lenovo Smart Clock is a better buy. Lenovo Smart Clock Just the right size for the bedside $60 at Amazon Pros Small screen form factor Tons of clock faces Can do some smart home stuff like video cam feeds Cons Not the best screen Not good for video content If you are looking for a Google Assistant-enabled smart screen for your bedside alarm, you're not going to find a better option than the Lenovo Smart Clock. It takes up much less space and is significantly cheaper than the larger Lenovo Smart Dispaly or Nest Hub. Nest Mini (2nd Gen) Mighty mini smart speaker $49 at B&H Pros Super speaker for being so small Improved machine learning on-device You can mount it to your wall Cons No information display Fidgety touch controls Google/Nest kept all that was great with the original Google Home Mini and upgraded the internals to provide better sound and an improved Google Assistant experience. It can st... […]

  • Best Buy Black Friday Deals 2019: Best Deals, Ads, & Sales
    by Jared DiPane on October 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Much like Walmart, Best Buy offers a slight advantage for some Black Friday shoppers because it has tons of physical retail stores throughout the U.S. Previously, the large majority of people would actually get up early on Black Friday and go wait in line to be the first ones there, and some even camped out from the night before to ensure they never missed out on the biggest door buster deals. Recently, things have changed and a ton of Black Friday shopping is actually done online, but that doesn't mean people aren't still going out to shop. Black Friday is such a huge shopping event for the company that Best Buy recaps it each year and publishes that online to show how it's evolved over the years. When is Black Friday at Best Buy? Like everywhere else, Black Friday is officially November 29, 2019, but that won't stop the big-box retailer from offering up sales before that. Last year, Best Buy offered different doorbuster type deals that you could purchase online for each day of t... […]

  • Outriders: What is it, when is it and how do we get it?
    by Kelly Peirce on October 20, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    The developers behind Bulletstorm are back with a new IP. From the publishing team of Square Enix and the studio People Can Fly comes a new game, Outriders. It's listed as a one to three player, "drop-in-drop-out co-op shooter set in an original, dark and desperate sci-fi universe." We haven't been give a lot of information about this game just yet, but here is what we know so far. What is Outriders? It takes place on a dark alien world and features co-op It is expected to release next year Alien planet Outriders $60 at Amazon Follow the signal Become an Outrider and follow a mysterious signal across the alien planet of Enoch, full of hellish threats waiting around every corner. Outriders features drop-in, drop-out co-op for up to three players so you can have a couple of friends at your side. What is Outriders? Outriders was officially unveiled at E3 2019 with a teaser trailer that certainly fits the 'dark and desperate' descriptors used to describe the game. With the... […]

  • What is Visible and should you subscribe?
    by Joe Maring on October 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Best answer: Visible is a carrier that's powered by Verizon's LTE network. For $40/month with no contract, you get unlimited talk, text, and data. It's a great deal and worth checking out, but the limited support for Android phones might keep you from joining. Great choice: Visible ($40/month at Visible) Pixel perfect: Google Pixel 3a ($349 at Amazon) Visible is a carrier powered by Verizon's network First thing's first, Visible is a company that's pushing itself as a "digital carrier." This means that you won't find a physical Visible store anywhere and can manage your entire account through either the Visible website or app. Visible first debuted in May 2018 and is powered by Verizon's fantastic LTE network. The Verizon LTE network is definitely one of the strongest available however it must be considered that Visible, like most MVNOs, doesn't have access to Verizon's LTE roaming partners. It also doesn't have access to 3G of any kind so there is no falling back to the older t... […]

  • Pixel Buds, Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini, Nest Wifi [#acpodcast]
    by Jim Metzendorf on October 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Made by Google '19 has come and gone — now it's time to dissect everything that went down! Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Ara Wagoner focus this week on Pixel Buds, Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini, and Nest Wifi. Pixel Buds represent the next stage of computing, but Pixelbook Go is a step backwards. The last few minutes of the show contain general impressions of Pixel 4, but keep your ears open for an episode devoted to our full review! Listen now Subscribe in Google Play Music: Audio Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show Notes and Links: Pixel Buds Pixelbook Go Pixelbook Go looks like a step in the wrong direction Tablets are 'officially' officially dead at Google: The Pixelbook Go isn't a convertible Nest Mini The Nest Wifi is a boring product with some brilliant ideas Google Pixel 4 preview: The very best of Google Sponsors: Mack Weldon: For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code ACP. ... […]

  • What's the best mid-sized smart screen? Echo Show 8 or Nest Hub?
    by Jeramy Johnson on October 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    These smart screen devices from Amazon and Google/Nest aim to address that middle section of the lineup that is not too big and not too small. But which one is just right for you? Let's find out! Echo Show 8 Just right $130 at Amazon Pros Physical camera shutter and mute switch Certified for Humans program for easy setup Similar specs to its bigger sibling Alexa integration Cons No Dolby audio Amazon Photos integration not as good as it could be No Google Assistant compatibility The Echo Show 8 brought the privacy features of the Show 5 with improved speakers and a screen resolution to match the larger Echo Show (2nd Gen). It is the perfect portal for projecting Alexa into your smart home. Nest Hub Google-y goodness $129 at B&H Pros YouTube support Physical mute switch Awesome integration with Google Photos Google Asistant Cons No camera for video chatting No Alexa compatability Rear-firing sound quality could be better Not only is the Nest Hub a great gatew... […]

  • Google is going all in on ambient computing in 2019
    by Jerry Hildenbrand on October 19, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    From earbuds to home routers to smartphones, Google is allowing you to access its "helpful" services everywhere, all the time. At the Google I/O 2019 keynote event, CEO Sundar Pichai explained Google's mission when it comes to hardware products by saying "They all share a single goal: to be helpful, so we can be there for you big and small over the course of your day." At the Made by Google 2019 Event, Google Senior Vice President of Devices and Services Rick Osterloh echoed this sentiment. Google calls this idea ambient computing and it means Google wants to be in your life all of the time, whenever you need it, in a way that feels natural. The Pixel 4 doesn't have to be the best overall as long as its the best way to check your Gmail. Now that we've seen the hardware Google is offering, we can get a better idea of how hard Google is pushing towards this singular goal. Everything Google showed us at the event is designed to let the company's services be there any time, any pl... […]

  • These AirPod alternatives offer superb audio and battery life for $40
    by Android Central on October 19, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Smartphone manufacturers are slowly but surely removing headphone jacks from their flagship models, and soon enough, your reliable wired headphones will be obsolete. Luckily, Bluetooth earbuds are more accessible than ever, and popular choices like the Apple AirPods dominate the market. Not just anyone can buy a pricey pair of AirPods though, but you can get these AirPods alternatives for just $40. The AirSounds Pro is a pair of true wireless Bluetooth earbuds featuring an AirPods-inspired design. They offer great sound quality for a fraction of the AirPods’ price, and they use Bluetooth 5.0 to deliver up to 33 feet of operating range. They deliver 4 hours of battery life, which is perfect for gym sessions and office usage. However, these wouldn’t be true AirPods alternatives without a charging case; the included case offers an additional 8 hours of battery life and can even be charged wirelessly. The headphone jack apocalypse is already here, but you can stay ahead of ... […]

  • Does Call of Duty Mobile have bots?
    by Jake Tucker on October 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Best answer: Yes, at early levels Call of Duty: Mobile is going to throw bots at you. You'll fight mostly bots for your first few levels until they turn you loose on real players at around level 10. Mobile-based shooter action: Call of Duty: Mobile (Free on the Google Play Store) They, robot Call of Duty: Mobile has quickly become the biggest mobile game in the world, hitting 20 million players in just two days. However, many players have started to suspect that there could be bots in the game, helping new players find their feet when they begin. As of now, Activision hasn't confirmed or denied the existence of bots in the lower rungs of the game's multiplayer mode. However, it seems like your first game is almost entirely against bots, which is a real shame for my 7.2 kill/death ratio. As you slide up towards rank 10, you'll steadily play against a few more players each time. After that, based on our rough experiments at least, you start having matches against only human opponent... […]

  • Walmart Black Friday 2019: Best Deals, Ads, & Sales
    by Jared DiPane on October 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Many of the best Black Friday deals will be able to be found just about anywhere you look on November 29, but if you are looking to go into a physical store an maximize your shopping potential, Walmart may be the place to be. The retailer offers an insane variety in its stores, and year after year continues to offer some crazy doorbuster sales, longer-lasting options, and quite honestly there will be a bunch of stuff you'll impulsively buy to give as gifts or keep for yourself. Knowing where to shop on Black Friday definitely requires some planning and understanding about the benefits of certain retailers. Over the past two or so years, Walmart has made some rather large changes to the way the company handles its online store front, and the outcome has made it far more competitive. From better shipping speeds to a wider variety of products, you'd be silly not to keep an eye on what Walmart is doing for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. When does Walmart's Black Friday sale begin? Bla... […]

  • Play Dreams for PlayStation 4 in Early Access
    by Jennifer Locke on October 19, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Let your imagination run wild in Dreams. You don't need a degree or several years of schooling to start creating video games right now. Thanks to the tools at your disposal through developers like Media Molecule, you can create your own games simply by owning a PlayStation 4 and having an active imagination. Dreams intends to break down the barrier of what once seemed impossible without devoting years of your life to school and make it accessible to nearly everyone. What is Dreams? What can I create? What is the goal? How does Early Access work? Will it have VR support? When does it release? Create anything Dreams Early Access $30 at PlayStation Let your imagination run wild Leap into Dreams Early Access and start creating anything you can imagine with the tools that it provides. With its wide open sandbox, nearly anything is possible. What is Dreams? The better question — and one that's harder to answer — is what isn't Dreams? Because of the nature of the g... […]

  • These cases for the Pixel 4 are 'clear' winners
    by Joe Maring on October 18, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    With its slick glass back and striking color options, the Pixel 4 is a gorgeous piece of tech. As good as it may look, though, the right drop will turn it into a shattered mess in no time at all. If you want to avoid that from happening without hiding the Pixel 4's natural beauty, a clear case is what you'll want. Here are our favorite ones! The clear winner Spigen Liquid Crystal Staff pick When it comes to clear cases, the best one you can get is the Spigen Liquid Crystal. It's a slim and lightweight case that's form-fitted to go on the Pixel 4 just right. The TPU material gives the phone a welcomed grip, and at just 0.11-inches thick, it doesn't add unwanted bulk. $10 at Amazon Slim and rugged Spigen Ultra Hybrid If you find yourself needing a bit more protection than what the Liquid Crystal can offer, the Ultra Hybrid fits the bill nicely. Along with its clear back, there's also a reinforced bumper that gives you even more safety against drops/falls. From $11 at... […]

  • Some home builders are now refusing to use Nest products
    by Nicholas Sutrich on October 18, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Google Assistant seems to be a main point of contention for many homebuilders, who are worried about privacy and the Google brand name. What you need to know Nest accounts are being merged into Google accounts by the end of the year. The Works with Nest program is being abandoned in favor of Works with Assistant, which is causing issues with many connected devices. Homebuilders are concerned with the amount of personal data that needs to be shared with Google and whether or not their customers want to be locked into the Google ecosystem. Some of Google Nest's biggest partners seem to be leaving the Nest, according to a report by Bloomberg. That group of folks includes homebuilders of all kinds, from private residences to large apartment complexes, and it's all based on Google's decision to replace the Works With Nest system with its own Works With Assistant one. Since its announcement at Google I/O 2019 in May, Google has been trying to get users to merge their Nest accounts with ... […]

  • Twitter finally got around to bringing Dark Mode to Android — kind of
    by Muhammad Jarir Kanji on October 18, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    What you need to know Twitter already has a dark mode, which features a dark blue background. 'Lights Out' mode brings a truly dark experience to the app. It can help extend your OLED phone's battery life. It's called 'Lights Out' iPhone apps sometimes get features months before their Android counterparts, and lamentably so. Even the most prominent companies are not spared from this at times. Case in point: almost seven months after Twitter made a new 'Lights Out' dark mode available to iOS users, the company has finally gotten around to Android users (via Android Police). Even then, it's only an Alpha release. And it's still a month late from when the company promised it would be shipped. Compared to the already existing dark mode in Twitter, the new 'Lights Out' mode is truly black; the existing version has a dark blue tint that's also very easy on the eyes. However, the big difference with the new mode is the rise of OLED screens, which weren't as prevalent when Twitter first i... […]

  • Does the Pixel 4 have a fingerprint sensor?
    by Marc Lagace on October 18, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Best answer: The Pixel 4 is the first phone from Google's Pixel lineup to ship without a fingerprint sensor of any sort. While other phone makers experiment with fingerprint sensors that live under the screen, Google has instead implemented its Soli radar technology to offer a face unlock system that's designed to detect and start the unlocking process as you pick up your phone. Look ma, no hands!: Google Pixel 4 (From $799 at Amazon) The bigger the better: Google Pixel 4 XL (From $899 at Amazon) Google going all-in on face unlock Google's decision to remove the fingerprint sensor and rely solely on its new Face Unlock system for biometric security is certainly bold, but whether it will be a good decision for the phone's end users is yet to be determined. Up to this point, Google had placed the fingerprint sensor smack dab on the back of each Pixel phone starting with the OG Pixel all the way to the Pixel 3a. Not only was it a perfectly natural location for a fingerprint sensor gi... […]

  • YouTube Music app finally gets gapless music playback
    by Nicholas Sutrich on October 18, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    You can finally listen to full LPs without that annoying skipping or pausing sound between songs on the YouTube Music app. What you need to know The YouTube Music app will now seamlessly play long albums without the pause that occurs in playback when switching tracks. This is a server-side update that needs to be flipped by Google before you can get the full experience. It's one more step toward YouTube Music being a viable Spotify or Apple Music replacement. If you're a fan of bands that like to make albums sound like one giant song, Google's got your back with the latest update to the YouTube Music app. Bands like Tool or Pink Floyd are famous for creating long songs that are bridged over several different tracks and, while these tracks were able to seamlessly flow together on physical mediums or other music apps, YouTube Music's playback would always have a slight pause when changing tracks. That's because the app had always needed to stop audio playback of one song before conti... […]

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