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  • Samsung's flash sale takes $300 off the Galaxy Note 9 today only
    by Alex Smith on February 16, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    The unlocked 128GB model is on sale through midnight EST. Samsung is holding a flash sale on the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 device today, offering $300 off through midnight EST when you enter promo code SAMSUNG300 during checkout. That'll bring its price down to $699.99, but only the 128GB models are eligible for this promotion; shipping is free. There is a limit of two devices per customer. By trading in an eligible device, you can score a bonus of up to $350 off the price of the device instantly! That's an extra $50 more than what Samsung usually offers for trade-ins. Once all is said and done, and traded in, you could be walking away with the new device for as low as $349.99. The Galaxy Note 9 is equipped with a huge 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display and features IP68 water resistance. It comes with the S-Pen as well and sports a 4000mAh battery. Basically, the Note 9 is a powerhouse. It usually sells for $999.99 and has never been priced this low until today. If you have any ... […]

  • Ditch the nav bar on the latest Samsung phones with One UI
    by Ara Wagoner on February 16, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    With OneUI and Android Pie, Samsung — like Google and OnePlus — is offering a gesture navigation system option to replace the traditional nav bar if you so choose. Unlike Google and OnePlus, Samsung's version keeps the Recents "button" alongside Home and Back, and even has two modes to help you ease into your bar-less experience. Whether you want to try the new modes or just want to put your nav buttons back the way you want them, everything lives in one simple menu. Samsung phones with OneUI Amazon: Samsung Galaxy S9 ($530) Amazon: Samsung Galaxy S9+ ($632) Amazon: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 ($815) How to adjust your navigation settings in Samsung OneUI Open the Settings app (gear icon). Tap Display. Scroll down and tap Navigation bar. By default, if you hard-press where the home button normally is on the screen while the screen is off, the screen will wake. To adjust that sensitivity, tap Hard press Home button. To not skip your lock screen by hard pressing the home b... […]

  • Pride and Tribalism [#acpodcast]
    by Jim Metzendorf on February 16, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik are joined this week by Android Police managing editor David Ruddock! They discuss Amazon's acquisition of mesh Wi-Fi company, Eero, and why David thinks 5G might be the death of some smartphone companies. They also look at Samsung's 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S5e and rumors about several new Galaxy wearables. There are also rumors about Pixel Watch from Google and some not-so-great realities when it comes to the current state of Wear OS. Rounding things out, the crew discuss the harm caused by clickbait tech sites that publish bad/fake rumors alongside "aggregated" articles from legitimate sources. Listen now Subscribe in Google Play Music: Audio Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show Notes and Links: Android Police David Ruddock on Twitter Amazon is buying popular mesh Wi-Fi company Eero Why it makes perfect sense for Amazon to buy Eero Ready or not, 5G will probably be the death of these 3 smartphone ... […]

  • Score this 6-quart Instant Pot 6-in-1 multicooker discounted by nearly 15%
    by Louryn Strampe on February 16, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    This highly-praised kitchen essential is at just the right price for gifting. Amazon has the Instant Pot LUX60 6-quart 6-in-1 multicooker on sale for $69 today. That's an $11 savings off its regular price, plus the first time it's been discounted since last year's Black Friday. It has stellar reviews from 4,500 customers. This pot is the perfect size for 4 to 6 people. This model has all the normal cooking programs, including pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, sauteing, steaming, and warming. It also has two additional programs for eggs and cakes. There are additional built-in programs for various foods as well. Basically, if you need to cook something, this thing can probably do it for you. The latest Instant Pot technology means that you can pressure cook for up to 240 minutes, delay your start time by up to 24 hours, keep warm for 10 hours, and more. Your purchase includes a ton of different accessories as well. Harness the power of your new kitchen gadget with the ... […]

  • The best places to buy a refurbished Android phone
    by Andrew Martonik on February 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Phones are expensive, but they don't have to be that expensive. Everyone wants a high-end phone, but the problem is bringing yourself to actually pay the high prices required for one. Some people are happy to pay retail, but others are looking for a deal — and one of the ways to find discounts is to look for refurbished phones. However, as you'd expect, buying a refurbished phone isn't as simple as walking into a store and asking for one — it takes a bit more research and understanding. To help you navigate it, we have all of the information you need right here to make a good choice in buying a refurbished phone. What does 'refurbished' mean? Even though we see "refurbished" thrown around a lot, that doesn't mean it's necessarily a standardized term. You may often see it used interchangeably with "recertified," "reconditioned," or just "open box" or "pre-owned." No matter the exact word, it generally refers to a product that was manufactured to sell as new, but for ... […]

  • Enhance your cord cutting lifestyle with $40 off the Tablo Dual Lite DVR
    by John Levite on February 16, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Say bye to cable. The Tablo Dual Lite over-the-air Wi-Fi DVR is down to $99.99 on Amazon right now, though this is a deal that's valid for Prime members only! If you're not yet a member, you can start a free 30-day trial to become eligible. This deal matches one we saw back in December but haven't seen since. The Dual Lite usually sells for around $140. Amazon is price-matching a deal at Best Buy, so you can grab it there as well if you're not a Prime member. If you've left your cable subscription behind and mostly watch TV using an HDTV antenna like this one, you should consider the Tablo. It works with your over-the-air antenna to add some DVR functionality so you can record your favorite shows and watch them whenever you want. It's called the Dual because it can record two live shows simultaneously. With the DVR, you can browse upcoming shows, schedule and manage your recordings, sort them by episode or series, skip commercials, and rewind. It connects to your home network via Wi... […]

  • Saturday's top deals: affordable smart switches, headphone mounts & more
    by Jared DiPane on February 16, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    On a daily basis there is no shortage of great deals to be had, but sometimes hunting them down can be a bit time consuming. Don't let that drag you down, though. We've rounded up some of our absolute favorites from today that you simply can't miss out on. Making it all smarter Etekcity Smart Switch (2-Pack) Using coupon code UDTUBLTV during checkout drops the price of these popular smart switches by $14, and brings them to one fo the best prices we've seen so far. If you're looking to get started in the smart home world, this is a great entry point. $25.98 $40 $16 off See at Amazon From being able to control them using the physical buttons to just your voice or even a few taps in the free app, these smart switches provide a lot of value, especially at this price. You can set an automated schedule so you don't have to get out of bed to turn off the lights and never have to worry about coming home to a dark house. Smart home gear can be expensive, but you can also find some grea... […]

  • Router or Mesh networking — which is best for your house?
    by Jerry Hildenbrand on February 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    If your Wi-Fi at home is busted or you want to make a change, which should you buy? Mesh Wi-Fi networks are the new thing. And that's great because mesh networks can put fast Wi-Fi where you need it without getting complicated. There are some great products available that are easy to set up and keep running with Google Wifi, Eero's Home WiFi system, Netgear's Orbi, and Amplifi's HD system. Setting up your own mesh Wi-Fi network is simple, thanks to consumer gear that does the hard work for you. But "regular" Wi-Fi routers and access points are getting better, too. Faster speeds and longer range are more than buzzwords when it comes to buying the latest Wi-Fi router, and you'll often find advanced tools that a simple mesh system can't offer. That leads to the obvious question — should anyone switch to a mesh-based Wi-Fi network in their house? Like most things, the answer isn't a simple yes or no. There are a couple of things you should consider before you dust off your credi... […]

  • Fill your home with answers and 3 Google Home Mini speakers at 49% off
    by Alex Smith on February 16, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Best Buy's one-day sale brings these smart speakers down to just $25 apiece. Best Buy is offering the Google Home Mini 3-pack in Chalk for just $75 today only. At just $25 apiece, this deal saves you nearly 50% off the usual cost of each speaker. In the process, you're saving $75 off what you'd spend paying for them all separately at the regular price of $49 each. Shipping is free. These Smart Wi-Fi enabled speakers are powered by the Google Assistant and allow you to listen to music, get answers from Google and control compatible Smart devices with your voice. Google is offering discounts on its entire line-up of Google Home speakers right now. Deals include $30 off the full-size Google Home smart speaker and $50 off the Google Home Max. You can also snatch a two-pack of the Google Home Mini for just $58 for a limited time. See at Best Buy... […]

  • This one-day sale on JBL Bar Soundbars can upgrade your home audio
    by Alex Smith on February 16, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Add some oomph to your home audio. Today only, Woot is offering up to $200 off JBL's Bar Soundbar Systems. You can take your pick between the 4K Ultra HD 5.1 Channel Soundbar for $499.99 or the 3.1 Home Theater Starter System that's currently $100 less, though you don't have much more time to make a decision. Shipping is free at Woot for Amazon Prime members and $5 for everyone else. JBL's Bar 5.1 4K Ultra HD 5.1-Channel Soundbar comes with two True Wireless Surround Speakers and a subwoofer to pack a punch in your home theater's audio. Though it normally sells for $700, today's sale saves you $200 by bringing it down to $499.99. The two speakers can actually be attached or detached from the main soundbar as needed, offering a bit more versatility than other options. It also incorporates Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, and DTS for enhanced audio. The JBL Bar 5.1 is certainly still a pricey option, which is where the JBL Bar 3.1 comes into play. It doesn't come with the detachab... […]

  • Woot's one-day 'Best of PC' sale can level up your setup at a discount
    by Alex Smith on February 16, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Here's your chance to upgrade for less. Woot's 'Best of PC' sale is now live through midnight CT tonight! Now's your chance to score some of the best discounts yet on a variety of refurbished and factory reconditioned monitors, computers, and more, though items are already beginning to sell out. Before you worry, each of these products comes with a 90-day warranty from Woot that allows you to return the item if there are any issues. Keeping that in mind, hurry over to Woot's sale and see if there's something that might compel you to upgrade today. Shipping is free for Amazon Prime and $5 for everyone else. Samsung's 32-inch Curved Full HD Monitor is one of the most affordable options on sale today, now priced at $169.99. That's a savings of $60 off its price from third-party sellers at Amazon, and it's been well-recieved by reviewers too. The HP OMEN 15-dc0091cl Gaming Laptop is the only laptop featured in today's sale, but it's a stellar pick — especially while it's priced ... […]

  • We may not like the notch, but we definitely needed it to happen
    by Quentyn Kennemer on February 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Notches and hole punches are warming the bench for something better. There isn't a plight more impressive in the world of smartphones than the rise of the notch. Uncelebrated as it is, the notch stands today as one of the most common design traits found in these little devices we love. It's easy to point to the iPhone X as the reason for the notch's acceptability (though it wasn't the first of its kind to market, Essential was). After all, many manufacturers look toward Apple to set the trends because everything the Cupertino company do tends to work out no matter what. But I don't think it's just that Apple did it — it's because many smartphone users like the presence of the notch more than they think. That's going to rub some of you the wrong way, but hear me out. You don't love the notch because it's a notch. You love the notch because of what it does for the rest of your user experience. Many begrudgingly admitted that the notch design does add more overall screen surfac... […]

  • For some people, their phone is the only computer they need
    by Jerry Hildenbrand on February 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    It's not as crazy as it sounds, thanks to the right apps and services ... and those gigantic displays. I'm writing this blog post from my phone. Well, not completely from my phone as there's a bit of formatting needed that's just too difficult to do without a keyboard no matter how much Zanax there is in the world. But I've written enough of it to say that I did it from a phone and not feel like I'm bending the truth. 60 minutes of working from a phone and I call uncle. I'm not cut out for it. Why I'm doing it from my phone is something I want to talk about this week because I just found someone who does the majority of their work from a Samsung Galaxy J7 they got free from Verizon when they signed up for service. She's a bright senior in high school with a great future in front of her who doesn't feel the need to have any sort of "regular" computer at home because her phone does everything she needs it to do. Crazy, right? That's what I thought too until I found out she's on ... […]

  • New leak shows the LG V50 ThinQ with full Sprint 5G branding
    by Ara Wagoner on February 16, 2019 at 6:10 am

    I thinQ it's a little late to be prepping new phones for MWC. We're just over a week from LG's event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 24, where the LG G8 will be publicly unveiled — not that LG hasn't already been promoting tons of G8 features already. With all the G8 details we've seen, it may seem like there won't be much to announce day-of, but maybe LG's getting out more G8 details early so that they can devote more event time to another phone: the LG V50 ThinQ, which has leaked again, in full carrier branding this time. LG V50 ThinQ for Sprint 5G pic.twitter.com/TNLQsYPgPS— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 16, 2019 That's not a particularly great shade of gold for the 5G logo on the back of that phone, but hey, it's Sprint. This leak from Evan Blass looks like a promotional press render for Sprint to show off as it keeps hyping up its 5G buildup — like every other carrier in 2019. We first heard reports out of Korea at the end of Lanuary that t... […]

  • Get better at Jump Force for PlayStation 4 with these tips and tricks
    by Quentyn Kennemer on February 15, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Get the edge and win the fight! Ready to jump into Jump Force? This anime mashup game — featuring dozens of characters from popular Shonen Jump series like Naruto, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Hunter x Hunter — is actually pretty easy to pick up and play, but if you want to dominate your competition, there are some things you should know. Take these Jump Force tips and to beat your opponents into submission! Watch your stamina bar With it being an arena fighter, Jump Force has lots of moments where you and your opponent aren't quite near each other. There's a chase mechanic in the game that allows you to close the distance quickly, usable by tapping L1 on your DualShock 4 controller. But before you go spamming, note that you can only do this a finite number of times. A stamina bar dictates your ability to pull off the various movement mechanics. If it's empty, you're not going anywhere, and if you only have a little bit, you won't go far. Think of it lik... […]

  • Best Buy's Presidents Day sale is open to all with huge electronics deals
    by John Levite on February 15, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Get in on this. The Presidents Day sale from Best Buy is officially open to everyone. Still, it's good to know that My Best Buy members can get early access to sales like this. It's free and easy to become a My Best Buy member, so there's no reason you can't get in on these deals ahead of everyone else. Whatever prices you find online, you can also find in store. Best Buy is also offering free shipping on a lot of items, even some that don't meet the regular threshold of $35. The sale goes through February 18. There are smaller sales covering a bunch of different models within the larger sale. For example, if you want to setup your own home security system, you can get the Ring Alarm 5-piece kit on sale for $159.99 with a free 2nd-gen Echo Dot. Then you can add to it with video doorbells or spotlights, all of which you can save money on in this sale featuring Ring discounts. If you need an inexpensive laptop you can save as much as $200 on Chromebooks and ultrabooks from a variety... […]

  • Where to buy the Honor 8X
    by Joe Maring on February 15, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Best answer: Although the Honor 8X isn't officially sold in the U.S., it's easy enough to purchase an international model from websites like Amazon and eBay. Amazon: Honor 8X ($240) You can easily buy the Honor 8X online in the U.S. If you live in the U.S. and are interested in buying an Honor 8X, doing so is pretty simple. Although you won't find the phone being sold at Best Buy or your local carrier store, you can easily find and purchase it on websites like Amazon and eBay. Amazon is our preferred way to buy the phone since your purchase is eligible for Prime shipping and backed by Amazon's return policy just in case something goes wrong. Additionally, you can choose to get the 8X in either black or blue. Moving over to eBay, the phone is a little cheaper than what it's priced at on Amazon. You also have protection with eBay's Money Back Guarantee and the seller is Top Rated Plus. While shipping is free, delivery takes a lot longer than it does on Amazon. Understand the lim... […]

  • Repair tech from phones to cameras with this discounted toolkit for $7
    by John Levite on February 15, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Get to work! It happens to the best of us. We try so hard to care for our devices, but it's inevitable that something will go wrong and they'll need to be fixed. That doesn't mean you need to take it somewhere and pay a ton to get the job done though. Thanks to the internet and YouTube, you can find information on how to repair just about anything these days, so why not try the job at home? You'll need some tools to do it, which is where this 48-piece toolset sold by JackyLED Direct comes in handy. Using coupon code W8SVCAEE drops its price to just $6.92 at Amazon currently, saving you $4 on its purchase. This tool kit comes with interchangeable precision bit tools that are perfect when it comes to working on electronics, from laptops and smartphones to video game consoles and DSLR cameras. It includes 42 varied screwdriver bits, along with a tweezer, handle, and an extension bar. Meanwhile, its compact carrying case helps to keep everything organized while on-the-go or in storage... […]

  • Can you buy a single Eero Beacon?
    by Aimee Hart on February 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Best answer: Because the Eero Beacon is a Wi-Fi amplifier, it is generally best to have more than one of the product. As long as you can pair the Eero Beacon with a router, purchasing a single Eero Beacon is just fine. You are able to buy both the Eero router and the Eero Beacon together as a pack, but you can also buy an Eero Beacon by itself and connect it with your router later on. Amazon: Eero Single Beacon ($146) Do I need an Eero Beacon? To sum it up, the Eero Beacon is a Wi-Fi amplifier that when paired with your Eero router can help you access Wi-Fi in areas of your home that might be out of range. The Eero broadcasts on three different wireless bands at the same time, all without losing power or speed. As for the Eero Beacon, it stays true to its name and is best used as a beacon that can be placed in wall outlets in your home to enhance your Wi-Fi connection to maximum efficiency. The more Eero Beacons you have in your house, the better connected you'll be. You can buy... […]

  • Does Anthem support cross-play?
    by Jennifer Locke on February 15, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Best answer: Not at launch. BioWare hasn't closed the door on cross-play possibility somewhere down the line, but it will not be supported when Anthem launches. PlayStation: Anthem Standard Edition ($60) Amazon: Anthem: Legion of Dawn Edition ($80) Why won't it support cross-play at launch? BioWare hasn't stated exactly why Anthem won't support cross-play at launch, but it likely comes down to time and resources. The studio probably felt it was best to put their efforts elsewhere for the game's release. This being a shared-world online experience, BioWare needed to ensure that the game could run well between players on the same systems first. When will it get cross-play support? There's currently no time table for when cross-play may come to Anthem. The developer hasn't even confirmed that it will for sure, but statements made in the past seem to indicate that it's on their radar, with Anthem's executive producer Mark Darrah specifically mentioning that cross-play would not be su... […]

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