• Planet Gemini PDA Review: A tiny computer with big ideas
    by MrMobile on March 23, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Normally when I review a product, the question I'm trying to answer is whether it's worth the asking price. But the Planet Gemini PDA was crowdfunded, willed into existence by almost 6,000 people pooling over $2 million on Indiegogo so that Planet Computers could build a modern version of the classic Psion PDA. Not ringing a bell? That's okay; the Psion only achieved wide popularity in Europe, and that was a long time ago. (In fact the only time I ever saw one was on film; it's the remote detonator the bad guys were brandishing in 1996's Executive Decision.) Still, the Psion captured many hearts by virtue of its legendary QWERTY keyboard – a keyboard faithfully reproduced by the folks at Planet and mated with an Android smartphone/tablet to become the Planet Gemini PDA. Is it a smartphone? A tiny computer? A revived personal organizer? Bits of all three, really ... and I'd be doubtful for its prospects out in the "real world" but for the little detail of i... […]

  • Participate in the Android Central VR forums and you could win a PlayStation VR Skyrim Bundle!
    by Michelle Haag on March 23, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Do you love virtual reality? Or maybe you're really curious and want to dive in but just haven't been able to swing buying the gear? Let us help! We've expanded our VR coverage on Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central and to kick things off we're holding not one, but THREE separate giveaways where you can win some pretty amazing prizes. Entering is super easy, so let's get right to it! THE PRIZE: One winner will receive a PlayStation VR Skyrim Bundle! TO ENTER First, leave a comment on this post in the Android Central VR forums as your official entry into the giveaway. From there, head into our new VR forums here at Android Central and join in the conversation. Ask questions, offer help and advice, share interesting things... just be an active part of the community! Each constructive comment you leave and thread you start will be another entry into the giveaway. However, DO NOT spam the forums with nonsense, as you will be eliminated from the giveaway and likely earn a time... […]

  • In theory, this new Atari console is going to be awesome
    by Russell Holly on March 23, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    As nostalgia runs rampant through our consumer culture in 2018, the stewards of the Atari brand have come to GDC to show off early prototypes of a new system that looks and feels a whole lot like something you'd see on Radio Shack shelves 30 years ago. It's called the Atari VCS, and if it delivers on even some of the promises being made about its capabilities this thing could be very, very cool. VCS stands for Video Computer System, and when I asked why that name was chosen over more iconic options like Jaguar or 2600, the response was simply "we called it a Video Computer System because that's what it is." Rather than compare this system to game consoles like the Xbox or even the NVIDIA Shield TV, Atari wanted to make it clear this gadget is built to offer more. It's a Linux-based platform with access to an Atari-made content store, and of course access to heaps of classic Atari games. The goal is to make this box a streaming platform, gaming platform, browsing platform, and so on.... […]

  • Best T-Mobile Deals of March 2018
    by Joe Maring on March 23, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    If you're currently subscribed to T-Mobile or looking to switch to the Un-carrier, these are the deals to watch out for. T-Mobile's been disrupting the wireless industry in the United States for years now, and a result of this has been big savings for the Un-carrier's subscribers. T-Mobile often runs all sorts of deals and promotions at any given time, and these are the absolute best ones that you should keep your eye on. Take 50% off the Samsung Galaxy S9 You've probably heard about the Samsung Galaxy S9 by now, and if so, you're likely aware of its high price. The Galaxy S9 costs $720 on T-Mobile, but thanks to a promotion the Un-Carrier's running, you can get it for up to 50% off. To take advantage of this deal, all you'll need to do is trade-in your current phone. T-Mobile has a list of qualifying devices that it accepts, and in order to get the full 50% off ($360 in credits), you'll need to trade-in a Galaxy S8, LG V30, Galaxy S7, or a number of other phones. If you have a... […]

  • Today's best deals you won't want to miss
    by Jared DiPane on March 23, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered. Today you can get huge discounts on Sony's Bluetooth in-ear headphones, the Logitech G703 gaming mouse, the August smart lock, and more! Don't pass these up. View the rest of the deals If you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks! ... […]

  • Get a better night's sleep knowing you saved $300 on these memory foam mattresses
    by Jared DiPane on March 23, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    This won't last long. We've seen these mattresses drop in price before as part of a one-day sale at Amazon, but they never hit this low. Right now you can pick one up for as little as $209.99 when you clip the $300 off coupon that is on the page. The options in this sale include: Twin Size 10-inch Memory Foam Mattress - $209.99 (Was $509.99) Twin XL Size 10-inch Memory Foam Mattress - $214.99 (Was $514.99) Full Size 10-inch Memory Foam Mattress - $314.99 (Was $614.99) Queen Size 10-inch Memory Foam Mattress - $389.99 (Was $689.99) California King Size 10-inch Memory Foam Mattress - $509.99 (Was $809.99) These mattresses are constructed with a 3-inch top layer of gel memory foam and seven inches of base foam. They are shipped to your home vacuum-packed in a box, and you can try it for 120 nights to make sure you like it. If you do like it, eLuxurySupply also makes bed frames for every size mattress. ... […]

  • How to clean your Samsung Gear VR
    by Sean Endicott on March 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Keeping your Gear VR clean isn't a difficult process, but you have to know a few tricks to do it. Samsung's Gear VR can take you places, let you play games, and even watch your favorite movies from within VR. After you've been playing with it a bit, you're going to want to make sure that you keep your headset clean. This is doubly true if you plan on sharing your Gear VR with friends; after all, nobody wants to put on a dirty headset. Thankfully, cleaning your Gear VR is a breeze and shouldn't take more than a few minutes at a time. Cleaning the lenses The lenses are an integral part of using VR, so ensuring that they are clean and free of debris is essential. It's easier than you think — especially if you have furry pets in the house — to wind up with bits of dust settled in around the lenses. Not only can this cause issues when playing, but dust can also irritate your eyes and cause issues. The best method for cleaning out the lenses, and avoiding scratching them ... […]

  • Emojis for people with disabilities have been submitted to Unicode
    by Mikah Sargent on March 23, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Apple has submitted a proposal to Unicode for emoji that will "better represent individuals with disabilities." There may be a whole new set of emoji headed to your phones, tablets, and computers! Apple has submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium for emoji that would "better represent individuals with disabilities." In it proposal, Apple points out one in seven people has some form of disability and suggests that emoji should better reflect that: The current selection of emoji provides a wide array of representations of people, activities, and objects meaningful to the general public, but very few speak to the life experiences of those with disabilities. … Adding emoji emblematic to users' life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability. Some of the proposed emoji include the sign language gesture for "deaf," a person in a wheelchair, a prosthetic leg, and a service dog. You can check out the full list of proposed emoji — ... […]

  • Best Philips Hue Alternatives in 2018
    by Mike Tanasychuk on March 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    What's the best alternative to Philips Hue? Here are our favorites! Philips Hue smart lights are some of the coolest on the market and they're definitely some of the most popular, but they can be quite expensive, especially once you get into colored bulbs. If you're looking for a less expensive alternative or just something other than what's popular, then check out these other awesome options. GE Link Starter Kit LIFX A19 Wi-Fi Smart Bulb Lucero A19 Smart Bulb Cree A19 LED Bulb Sylvania Lightify by Osram Flux Bluetooth Smart LED bulb IKEA Tradfri Eufy Lumos tunable soft white bulb Z-Wave GE Link Starter Kit This starter kit from GE features two A19 LED bulbs and a link hub, allowing you to control all GE bulbs through the Wink mobile app. Although these bulbs only come in a soft white, they're great for general use around your home, while still having complete control over scheduling. The GE Link starter kit is also compatible with Amazon Echo, but requires the Wink hub. Pri... […]

  • MoviePass now costs just $6.95/month to see one movie per day in theaters
    by Joe Maring on March 23, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    After processing fees, you're looking at $89.95 for a year of movies. MoviePass came under some heat earlier this month when it was discovered to be tracking its users' location more closely than originally believed, and likely in an attempt to gloss over the bad press, the company's lowering its subscription fee for new members. For a limited time, you can sign up for MoviePass for just $6.95/month instead of the regular $9.95. MoviePass says this is "limited time" offer, and it's only available for new subscribers. MoviePass bills memberships annually, meaning you'll pay $89.95 all at once upon signing up (that includes a one-time $6.55 processing fee). A MoviePass membership lets you see one 2D movie every day for the entirety of your subscription, meaning you could theoretically pay $89.95 and see one movie in theaters every single day. Even if you're not at the theaters at every waking hour, this is still a pretty sweet deal considering most movie tickets cost around $10 - $... […]

  • Best Android Launchers
    by Ara Wagoner on March 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Want to upgrade your Android experience? Try upgrading your launcher. The way we arrange, organize, and interact with our apps on Android is called the launcher. Launchers usually consist of a series of home screens, where we can arrange app shortcuts and widgets and an app drawer. Every phone comes with a launcher, but when they drop the ball, there are endless third-party launchers that not only pick it up again but knock it clear out of the park. Previous incarnations of this article have tried to claim that there is one launcher to rule them all, that there truly is a best launcher out there. I don't really believe that's possible, even though I have a launcher I personally value over all others. You use your phone differently than I do, and I use my phone differently than my co-workers do or my friends or my family do. Everyone has their own perfect launcher, but if you haven't found your favorite yet, then here are a few launchers we think will satisfy users of every type. ... […]

  • How to Get Samsung Software Updates Faster Using Smart Switch
    by Andrew Martonik on March 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    There is another way. We all have plenty to complain about when it comes to software updates landing on our Samsung phones. Right now it's the slow rollout of Oreo, but we'll soon feel the same way about the next one. But sometimes it isn't Samsung's fault that you don't yet have the latest update — issues with carriers and even the current software on your phone can prevent your phone from downloading an update even when it's actually "available" to your model. That's where Samsung's own desktop software, Smart Switch, comes in. Despite its core feature being backing up and restoring data when switching phones, it has the added benefit of being able to download and update the software on your Samsung phone. Here's how it works. How to manually update your Samsung phone using Smart Switch Go to Samsung's Smart Switch website and download for PC or Mac. Install and open Smart Switch on your computer and connect your phone via its USB cable. If you haven't plugged in to your... […]

  • This Tacklife USB rechargeable electric arc lighter is only $10
    by John Levite on March 23, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    A safe and easy way to light things on fire. This Tacklife USB-rechargeable electric arc lighter is down to $10.12 with code TEKPK6SU on Amazon. In January this lighter was selling as high as $19. It has since dropped down to around the $13 price, but this code brings it down to an even more fantastic low price. This arc lighter is very similar to a model we've shared many deals on before, except this one has an extended neck. The flexible section can rotate as well, so you can fit it in the weird and awkward spots you might need to light something, like the stove or grill or a candle where you can't quite reach the wick. It has a 220mAh built-in battery that can be recharged via USB more than 200 times and gets you more than 400 lights per charge. The lighter automatically shuts off after 10 seconds and has no spark, no smell, and never needs gas. Tacklife backs it up with a two-year warranty. See on Amazon ... […]

  • Best Car Chargers for Samsung Galaxy S9
    by Marc Lagace on March 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Never run out of battery while you're on the go! The Samsung Galaxy S9 is designed to let you do more — as long as your battery doesn't run out! With USB-C and wireless charging capabilities, there's more than one way to keep your Galaxy S9 topped up while in the car. Make sure you arrive at the party with a fully charged phone by getting a car charging accessory for your new phone. Samsung Fast Charge Dual-Port Car Charger Anker Power Drive 2 iOttie Easy One-Touch 4 QI Wireless Charging Mount Aukey Dual USB Car Charger w/ Quick Charge 3.0 Samsung Fast Charge Dual-Port Car Charger If you're concerned with compatibility issues, you may want to consider the Samsung Fast Charge Dual-Port Car Charger. This is a great car charger if you regularly drive with a passenger who might also like to charge their phone, or if you need to charge multiple devices on the go. If the space around your car's 12V port is tight, Samsung sells a compact single-port car charger. ($22) that s... […]

  • Cancel your weekend plans for Shadowgun Legends and PUBG Mobile!
    by Marc Lagace on March 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    You have to play these games. Update March 23, 2018: The big news this week was the release of PUBG Mobile for Android — but almost lost in the shuffle was the release of the epic RPG shooter Shadowgun Legends! PUBG Mobile Far and away the biggest game release for Android this week, if you haven't checked out PUBG yet make sure you do this weekend. If you missed my review earlier this week, here's what you need to know. PUBG is a battle royale-style game where 100 players are dropped onto a large island map with no supplies. You must quickly search for loot and then kill or survive until you're the very last man standing. This is a very good port of the original game that has been optimized for mobile without taking anything away from the core gameplay. The learning curve is steep, but the tiered ranking system means you shouldn't run into too many elite players in your first couple games. It's free to download and play with no ads and no pay-to-win elements and comes... […]

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors: Release date, specs, price, and features!
    by Joe Maring on March 23, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Here's everything we know about the Galaxy Note 9! Now more than ever, Samsung's Galaxy S+ phones are becoming eerily similar to the Note series. The Note used to be Samsung's way of touting all of the latest and greatest tech it had to offer, and while this is still the case, the same can be said for this year's Galaxy S9+. Samsung needs more than just the S Pen to make the Note 9 stand out from its own phones and the rest of the competition, and luckily, all signs are pointing to something exciting for this year's release. Here's what we know so far! March 23, 2018: A new report suggests that the Note 9 will have an in-display fingerprint sensor As bezels continue to shrink, the mobile industry is being forced to come up with new ways to implement biometric security systems. This means moving fingerprint sensors to the back of phones, and in some cases, replacing them entirely with face-unlock setups. According to a report from The Korea Herald, Samsung will use the Galaxy Not... […]

  • Does phone brand loyalty still matter?
    by Hayato Huseman on March 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Why constrain yourself to only one manufacturer or software experience anymore? In 2011, I remember setting up my first Android phone, the HTC Inspire, after trading my iPhone 4 away on Craigslist. I loved my iPhone at the time, but I'd spent so many hours watching videos and reading reviews on various Android devices that I just had to have one, and the Inspire looked like the perfect option. I signed into my Google account, set up Facebook and Twitter, and got started with HTC Sense — complete with that giant clock widget everyone was infatuated with back then. Save for a few hardware downsides (battery life wasn't great, and the door to swap batteries was next-to-impossible to open), I was in love. Who could've imagined an enormous 4.3" display could actually fit in a hand or pocket? And the download speeds were so much faster than the iPhone! HTC is still making gorgeous phones, but they don't stand out like they used to. A lot of people seemed to agree with my sent... […]

  • How to get the perfect PlayStation VR room setup
    by Essa Kidwell on March 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Making the most of your space isn't as difficult as you might think. So you've just picked dup that shiny new PlayStation VR, and you're dying to open it up and get it set up, but you have a few questions. Between all of the cords, the way that the PlayStation camera needs to be set up, questions about light calibration, and finding the right amount of space to play, things can get a little bit overwhelming. That's where we're here to help. We've got everything you need to set up your PlayStation VR so that it works fantastically, along with answers about space, lighting, and even where to set up your system in an already cramped apartment! Get set up The first thing that you need to do before you even consider moving furniture, or rearranging your house, is figuring out where you plan on playing PlayStation VR. You'll need the space to set up your console, television and PlayStation Camera, along with having enough space to move around without crashing into anything fragile or... […]

  • Some Galaxy S9 owners have unresponsive touchscreens
    by Joe Maring on March 23, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Samsung's looking into the issue. It's not uncommon for a new gadget to launch with a few bugs here and there, but the severity of these often varies from phone-to-phone. Even a company as large as Samsung still manages to drop the ball here and there, and according to a number of customer complaints, something wonky is going on with the Galaxy S9's touchscreen. The issue at hand has to do with the responsiveness of the Galaxy S9's screen. People are experiencing "dead spots", meaning that swiping or tapping on the display doesn't result in anything happening the way it should. This issue has been reported for both the Galaxy S9 and S9+, and even some of the Android Central forum members have fallen victim to this. Android Central Question 03-22-2018 03:45 AM “ Hi I am facing display issues on my S9+ bought 3 days back in india. It was working fine but suddenly the top area of the display stopped working. Rese... […]

  • Top 5 things I'd change about the Galaxy S9+
    by Harish Jonnalagadda on March 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    The Galaxy S9+ is great out of the box, but there's room for improvement. Samsung decided to take a conservative route with the Galaxy S9 series, with the phones featuring the same design aesthetic as last year's Galaxy S8 while offering a few select upgrades. The camera now sports variable aperture, the Quad HD Super AMOLED display is 15% brighter, and the devices feature the latest hardware in the form of the Snapdragon 845 and the Exynos 9810. Essentially, the Galaxy S9 series is a refined version of last year's flagships, with improved cameras and minor design tweaks. That said, there's still room for improvement in a few areas. Here's what I'd change in the Galaxy S9+. Decoupling the fingerprint sensor Located underneath the camera module, the fingerprint sensor is at a much more sensible location when compared to last year. However, Samsung stuck with the same rectangular housing as the Note 8, with the sensor attached to the camera module. Only this time around, the ca... […]

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