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  • T-Mobile opens new device lab to test its 5G network
    by Jason England on August 20, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Besides testing 5G, T-Mobile will expose smartphones to extreme heat, cold, and test out the software. What you need to know T-Mobile has opened a new 20,000 square foot device lab to test its network and connected devices. Located in Bellevue Washington, it has more than a dozen rooms with many of them dedicated to 5G testing. Machines will be used to test devices, simulating a week's worth of usage in just 24 hours. T-Mobile has a new 20,000 square foot device lab it just opened to test 5G, 4G LTE, 3G, LAA, Narrowband IoT, smartphones, and more. The new facility is located in Bellevue, Washington in the middle of T-Mobile's Launch Pad innovation center and includes more than a dozen testing areas. T-Mobile engineers analyze and fine-tune everything from network signal quality, voice call and sound quality, data throughput and video optimization … to in-depth testing of the latest software, applications and services. This is where T-Mobile will test out its 5G spectru... […]

  • Trump accuses Google of ‘manipulating’ millions of votes in 2016 election
    by Babu Mohan on August 20, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Trump did not provide any solid evidence to back up his claim. What you need to know President Donald Trump has claimed that Google manipulated results of the 2016 election. Responding to the allegation, Google has said that Trump was referring to an old report that had already been debunked. Trump has been targeting Google since months, claiming it has an anti-conservative bias. U.S. President Donald Trump has alleged that Google "manipulated" results of the 2016 election to favor of his rival Hillary Clinton. He wrote in a tweet that his victory "was even bigger than thought" and that Google "should be sued." Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019 As noted by CNBC, Trump was likely referring to research... […]

  • Our top picks for baby monitors
    by Rebecca Spear on August 20, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    When you put the baby down for a nap, it can be hard not worrying about her every few seconds. Having a quality video baby monitor can help give you peace of mind by letting you check on her without disrupting her sleep. These devices have come along way in the past few years. Many baby monitors like the Infant Optics DXR-8, include night vision, temperature sensors, and two-way communication. We've gathered the best options on the market to help you find one for your needs. Best Overall: Infant Optics DXR-8 There's a reason why this is such a popular seller on Amazon. This standalone baby monitor doesn't require a Wi-Fi connection to work properly so you can use it regardless of your internet signal. It also comes with three different lenses: normal, zoom, or wide-angle. This way, you can choose the viewing option you like best for your tsetup. I love the 180-degree viewing area, which makes it so you can see more of the baby's room. It operates wirelessly using a 12-hour batt... […]

  • Prepare to take Vault 94 with the new Fallout 76 Raid update
    by Samuel Tolbert on August 20, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Gather your strength and storm Vault 94 in the first Vault Raid for Fallout 76 What you need to know The Vault Raid update has come to Fallout 76. This update adds the first Vault Raid for Vault 94, coming to PC first and then to consoles a few days later. There's also tons of bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements. Fallout 76 is currently $33 on Amazon. Bethesda has released the notes for Patch 12, which is bringing the Vault Raid update and several other improvements to Fallout 76. The Raid will be available on PC first, with the console version coming shortly afterwards. You'll start the raid by listening to the Vault 94 Emergency Broadcast radio station. From there, you've got three missions to undertake: Dead in the Water, Meltdown, and Washout. In addition to this raid, there's some other nifty features being added, like how you can hold more Caps and there's a fair few balance changes. Here's an overview of the important changes: Prepare to Storm Vault 94: Assemble y... […]

  • Become a Six Sigma management pro with this 15-course bundle
    by Android Central on August 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    There’s never been a better time to enter the booming field of project management. Companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 corporations are always scrambling to hire talented and trained project managers who can inspire teams and innovate new products, and they’re paying these professionals handsomely for their services. But if you want to stand out from the crowd you need to have the right training under your belt. The Complete Six Sigma Training Suite Bundle will teach you how to enter this lucrative field, and it’s currently available for over 95% off at just $39. With 15 courses led by industry experts, this training bundle will help you climb that project management career ladder quickly and efficiently. You’ll learn how to inspire teams to exceed their goals, identify and eliminate waste in any project setting, solve complex problems using go-to methods, enhance customer relations regardless of the industry, and more. Your training also ... […]

  • Google stops sharing info with wireless carriers over data privacy concerns
    by Jason England on August 20, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    It put an end to the Mobile Network Insights program back in April. What you need to know The Mobile Network Insights service delivered anonymous data to wireless carriers to show weak spots in their network coverage. The data helped carriers find areas that needed to be improved to make their networks more reliable. Google shut down the service back in April due to privacy concerns. In April of this year, Google shut down a valuable resource for wireless carriers which allowed them to see areas with poor coverage. That data was used to help determine where the carrier needed to improve its network presence. The service was called "Mobile Network Insights", and it ran on Android smartphones. Considering 75% of smartphones run Android, this was an invaluable resource and metric for wireless carriers when planning out how to improve their networks. However, Google reportedly ended the service over privacy concerns, according to "four people with direct knowledge of the matter." Tha... […]

  • These are the best OnePlus 7 Pro cases
    by Joe Maring on August 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    The OnePlus 7 Pro is powerful, eye-catching, and incredibly slippery. As much as we love the phone, it's almost impossible to use without a case — it's heavy and has glass on the back. Here are our picks for the best OnePlus 7 Pro cases you can buy! An easy choice Spigen Rugged Armor Staff pick Want a good, reliable case without spending too much? You can't go wrong with the Spigen Rugged Armor. It's made with care, provides plenty of coverage for the 7 Pro without bulking it up, and fits like a glove. The back is a little slippery, but it's still worlds better than going naked. $10 at Amazon Striking hybrid Ringke Fusion-X Ringke's Fusion-X takes the best bits of a clear and rugged case, mashes them into one package, and calls it a day. There's a dot matrix pattern on the transparent portion to prevent an unwanted rainbow effect, lanyard hole, and a raised lip around the pop-up camera to keep it secure at all times. $15 at Ringke Nothing like nylon One... […]

  • Huawei explains its 'live-or-die' plan to survive U.S. trade ban
    by Joe Maring on August 20, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Company founder Ren Zhengfei sent a letter to employees outlining this vision. What you need to know Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei recently sent a memo to his employees outlining the company's "battle mode" plan. The company has less than 90 days to conduct trade with companies in the U.S. "After we survive the most critical moment in history, a new arm would be born. To do what? Dominate the world." To say that 2019 has been rough for Huawei would be the understatement of the century. The first half of the year saw the company hit with privacy concern after privacy concern, ultimately resulting in a trade ban from the United States. The U.S. government recently gave Huawei a 90-day extension that allows it to continue trading with U.S. companies, but once those 90 days are up, Huawei's future continues to be uncertain. In light of all this, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei recently sent out a memo to his employees to outline the company's "battle plan" as it gets ready to fight through ... […]

  • Spotify Family plan updated with parental controls and shared playlists
    by Babu Mohan on August 20, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    The updated Spotify Premium Family plan will be available in all markets in the coming months. What you need to know Spotify has updated its Premium Family subscription with some new features. Parents now have control over the Explicit Content Filter setting on all other accounts in their plan. For now, the update is only available in Ireland. Spotify has announced a new update for its Premium Family subscribers, adding a few new features. The update is now available in Ireland and is set to roll out in all markets where Spotify offers the Premium Family plan this fall. The updated plan finally lets parents control the Explicit Content Filter setting of all accounts on their plan. Once parents turn on the filter, the sub-accounts will no longer be able to control the setting on their own. You will be able to control the Explicit Content Filter from the Family Hub. The Family Hub can also be used to add or remove family members and keep your home address up to date. Another new ... […]

  • Google Stadia vs. PlayStation 4 Pro: Which is better?
    by Jennifer Locke on August 20, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    People say the future of video games is in streaming, but Sony still has something to say for its dedicated hardware. We've compared Stadia and the PS4 Pro to see which is better for consumers. PlayStation 4 Pro Old reliable $400 at Amazon Pros Thousands of playable games Performance not always reliant on internet connection Acclaimed exclusives PlayStation Plus Reliable 4K resolution Cons More expensive upfront Not as portable Limited storage Paid online multiplayer Lacks features similar to State Share or Crowd Play Sony's dedicated PlayStation 4 Pro hardware provides a reliable gaming experience capable of 4K resolution and 60FPS, with a catalog of exclusive games to choose from (and over 2,000 games total). PlayStation Plus gives players even more benefits, and PSVR is the icing on the cake. Google Stadia All-digital $129 at Google Pros Inexpensive Supported on multiple devices Free online multiplayer Crowd Play and State Share Google Assistant Cons Performance ... […]

  • Four years later, the BLOCKS modular smartwatch is officially canceled
    by Jason England on August 20, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    The original Kickstarter campaign raised $1.6 million back in 2015. What you need to know BLOCKS modular smartwatch was discontinued on August 15 after a successful Kickstarter campaign that started back in 2015. The unique smartwatch was canceled due to many hardships, such as losing its manufacturing and software partners. The company is in the process of distributing its remaining assets. After nearly four years, the ambitious modular smartwatch BLOCKS is calling it quits. The team posted an update on the Kickstarter campaign on August 15 informing backers of the untimely end. The update is visible to backers only, and describes the journey which lead up to the product being discontinued, and informed backs that the company would be distributing its remaining assets. Luckily, we were able to get a look at the update thanks to Redditor jma9454. Among the many reasons for cancellation, the company cites losing its manufacturing and software partner, monetary losses, and a fire wh... […]

  • Best Tech Backpacks in 2019
    by Hayato Huseman on August 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Whether you're a writer, photographer, or just someone with a long commute to work every day, backpacks are the most efficient way to carry a full day's worth of gear without having to fuss with annoying rolling bags or messenger bags that wreck your shoulder. They're also a huge commodity, with thousands of backpacks to choose from, ranging from plain empty bags to more specialized options with dividers, pouches, and pockets galore. These are our favorite backpacks that cater specifically towards technology. Best Overall: Peak Design Everyday Backpack Peak Design makes one of the most instantly recognizable backpacks around. The San Francisco-based company makes backpacks that put an equal focus on both aesthetics and functionality. The result is a bag that many of us on the Android Central team use every day. The Everyday Backpack is available in 20L and 30L configurations to accommodate different body types and carry needs. The design is the same on either size bag, and star... […]

  • Wear OS could be amazing if Google and Qualcomm took it seriously
    by Joe Maring on August 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Neither company gives a damn about Wear OS, and that's too bad. Few things in this industry make me as perplexed as Wear OS. At its core, it should be a runaway success. A smartwatch that has good integration with Android, Google Assistant built-in, and great app support? Sign me up. Everything about that sounds incredible, and in theory, it is. However, year after year, Wear OS continues to fall by the wayside. The smartwatch market as a whole is growing, with North America on its own seeing a 40% jump in sales during Q2 2019 for a market value of $2 billion. There's a lot of money to be made here, and while companies like Apple and Samsung are soaring, Wear OS has virtually no market share. If Wear OS has such a solid foundation, why is no one buying? In my eyes, the answer is pretty simple — Google and Qualcomm have no intention of taking it seriously. During the early days of Wear OS (formerly Android Wear), things were exciting. Companies like LG, Samsu... […]

  • Google now takes three days to approve new Play Store apps
    by Babu Mohan on August 20, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Developers are unhappy about not being notified regarding the changes in the review process ahead of time. What you need to know Google is now taking more time to perform a thorough review before approving new apps for the Play Store. The change has reportedly been made to protect users from malicious apps. Developers can no longer schedule the release of their apps. Google has silently made a few significant changes to the review process for approving new apps for the Play Store. All developers who submit new apps for approval will now have to wait longer as Google has confirmed that it is now taking at least three days to review new app submissions. This is being done to better protect users. The changes were discovered by Choice of Games when submitting its newest game to the Play Store. When Choice of Games contacted to Google support regarding the changes, they confirmed that all new apps that are submitted for approval will now be greeted with a warning banner saying "To h... […]

  • The 10 best fitness trackers of 2019
    by Courtney Lynch on August 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    We highly recommend the Fitbit Versa for a wide variety of styles and uses, the Samsung Galaxy Fit for a robust activity tracking suite, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active for high-tech, stylish fitness fans. Best Overall — Fitbit Versa Fitbit Versa Features Heart rate monitor Altimeter 4-day battery life Sleep tracking Music player Water resistance to 50 meters Color screen Replaceable band Compatibility with Android, iOS, and Windows Swapping out the Versa band isn't as easy as some other Fitbit models we've seen. You'll need fingernails to push the tiny pin down and back to get the strap-free. Even with fingernails, we struggled for a good five minutes to get it off. Aside from the band-swapping issue, the Versa is the perfect blend of fitness tracker and smartwatch. You can check texts, calls, and notifications while eyeing the heart rate monitor as you jog down the sidewalk. There's not much you can't do with the Fitbit Versa. You'll be able to track the basics,... […]

  • Qualcomm X50 vs. X55 modem: Why the X55 is so important for 5G's future
    by Samuel Contreras on August 20, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Qualcomm's X55 modem changes 5G from an extra feature into an integrated solution for tomorrow and beyond. 5G NR (New Radio) is the new hotness in mobile networking. That's not to say there isn't still some growth needed to make it a real solution for mobile users. Nearly all 5G products are currently powered by a Qualcomm modem, and while the older X50 modem is very powerful and capable of very impressive speeds, it was very much a first-generation project. Coming soon, the X55 has gone a long way to improve in the areas where this product was weak. There are a number of ways the X55 modem, which will ship first on the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy Note 5G, improves over the X50. With support for 5G Standalone mode, the X55 can operate alone without the help of an older LTE network. This will be important in an area that only has coverage with 5G connections. It also has better support for sub-6 5G deployments, such as the newer Sprint 5G network,, and will allow c... […]

  • What launcher are you going to use on the Note 10?
    by Joe Maring on August 20, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Checking in with the AC forums! Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 has a pretty incredible out-of-the-box software experience. The One UI interface is clean and well though-out, everything feels snappy and smooth, and Samsung's bloat has gotten a lot better over the years. However, for some folks that get their hands on the phone, it won't be perfect until they install a third-party launcher. The launcher included on the Note 10 by default is pretty good, but taking a look at the AC forums, a lot of our members appear to still be on that third-party bandwagon. me just saying 08-13-2019 05:05 PM “ just wondering if anyone will be using Samsung default launcher or go with another? at this time, I am not planning to use Samsungs launchers but go with the one (smart launcher) I have been using for years. But I am always looking for something different. I hate having rows of icons on the home screen. gives all the ph... […]

  • Can you use the DualShock controller in No Man's Sky on PlayStation VR?
    by James Bricknell on August 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Best answer: While No Man's Sky on the PlayStation VR does allow you to use the DualShock Controller, it isn' very helpful. The strange mix of VR movement and standard controls is unhealthy, and just not good. Stick to the Move Controllers if you can. A whole new world: No Man's Sky ($30 at Amazon) I like to move it: PlayStation Move Controllers ($100 at Amazon) Walk this way Walking in VR is fraught with peril. If a developer does it wrong, you are taking a ride to Puketown, and there are no stops. The best way to move around in VR is teleporting, at least I think so. I'm sure there are people who disagree but for No Man's Sky teleporting is the way to play. You can teleport with the Dualshock too, though it is a little strange. Instead of pulling a trigger as you do with the Move Controller, you push up on the left thumbstick. You then have to point your controller in the direction you want to go — The DualShock has motion sensors and light, so the VR knows what it's doing ... […]

  • Nokia 3 V has a big screen, great battery life, and is coming to Verizon
    by Jason England on August 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Goes on sale August 26 for $168. What you need to know The Nokia 3 V is headed to Verizon exclusively for $168. It features a big 6.26-inch HD+ display, Snapdragon 429, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. It will be available for purchase starting August 26 at select Verizon stores or online. On August 20, HMD announced a brand new budget-friendly phone called the Nokia 3 V exclusively for the Verizon network. The new handset features a huge screen, two days of battery life, Android 9 Pie, and a $168 price tag. Despite the $200 price, the Nokia 3 V comes packed with features. Some of its highlights include a 6.26-inch HD+ display, face unlock, two days of battery life, and a dedicated button for Google Assistant. With the Google Assistant button, you'll be able to get instant access to the AI at any time. In fact, there are three different ways to access Google Assistant with the button. After pressing it once, Google Assistant will pop open ready to answer all of your questions, gi... […]

  • Google Duo: What is it and how does it work?
    by Harish Jonnalagadda on August 20, 2019 at 11:30 am

    If you're not using Duo for video calls, you're missing out. Google Duo is three years old, and in that time, it has become one of the most feature-rich video calling services available in the market. Duo launched alongside Allo as Google tried to simplify its messaging strategy — offering one app each for text messaging and video calling — and while Allo was waylaid last year over low usage figures, Duo has grown from strength to strength. The service has amassed over a billion downloads, and is now pre-installed on all new Android phones. Here's everything you need to know! Duo is lightweight and easy to use You can also make audio-only calls Link Duo with your Google account There's finally a web client Get a live preview with Knock Knock End-to-end encryption is enabled by default Make group calls with up to eight people Send video and voice messages easily Duo also works with Smart Displays Data saver lets you save bandwidth The new standard Google Duo Free at... […]

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