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Essential wants your attention as much as your money (for now)

Essential isn’t even trying to compete with Samsung or even LG with their first phone. You’ve probably read at least one “first look” at the Essential Phone. They all have a few things in common, and mostly leave us with the impression that it’s an interesting first try from a new company. It’s definitely an ambitious device in some ways, especially in the looks department. What you’re probably not going to see is the Essential Phone at the top of any “must buy” lists beside the Samsung Galaxy S8 or…

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Get into some trouble in this weekend’s comments thread!

The only rule is to be cool to each other. Another week is in the can and that means it’s time to relax, enjoy yourself and get together with friends. It’s certainly been another week of charged emotions and stressful happenings, but it’s good for everyone to put aside the things add to the tension and drama once in a while. Here is a good place to do just that. You can talk about Android or phones in general, or you can just talk about anything. The only requirement is…

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Here’s what we’re reading, watching, and listening to this week

How we’re spending our leisure time. Everyone has a bit of quiet downtime once in a while. Whether you’re sitting quietly at home or trying to relax on a plane or just giving your busy mind and hands a break, it’s important to relax. A good way to do that is to read a book, listen to some music or watch a movie or show. See what’s caught our attention recently! Ara Wagoner Oooh boy, let’s get started. What have I been watching? The VICE News piece on Charlottesville, the…

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How to set up a VPN on Android

Setting up a VPN on your phone is easier than you think. One of the easiest ways to protect yourself and your privacy while you are using the internet is with a VPN. Filtering traffic and tunneling through an anonymous service isn’t something most people can set up themselves, and there are plenty of companies out there who want to do it for you. We’ve looked at a few of the services and their Android apps, so if you don’t already have a VPN subscription that’s where you should start….

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Using Google Chromecast Audio as a whole-house audio alternative to Sonos

Great-sounding music is made easy with a Chromecast Audio. And you’ll save a fistful of dollars, too. If you’re thinking about setting up a whole-house (or even just a single-room) streaming audio solution, Sonos systems are pretty much what you’ll find recommended by folks on the internet. They are easy to set up and the Sonos service offers a decent choice of streaming content providers. But the price tag — you’ll be spending hundreds per room for individual Sonos amps or speakers — can be tough to swallow. We’ve got…

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Are you thinking of switching your carrier?

Change can be good, as long as you’ve thought things through. There are now like a million different phone plans from a bunch of different companies. And you can buy an unlocked version of most any phone that will work on one or more of them. That’s good stuff! When there are more choices for any type of service, companies have to find ways to entice us to pick what they have to offer over what the other guy has. Companies fighting over our business means better service and cheaper…

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What do I need to jump from the Big Four to an alternative carrier?

Making the change to an alternative carrier can save you money and give you better service, but you need to know a few things before you do it. When you port out your number and switch away from one of the Big Four to a carrier that might work better for you, nothing is hard. You either click a few buttons online and enter a few details or make a phone call from someone else’s phone and a person on the other end clicks their buttons. But it’s not something…

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Will my phone get Android O?

It’s time for the annual guessing game to begin! Android O is going to arrive soon, and while many are still waiting for Android N, it’s still worth looking forward. Android O is Google’s eighth full version of Android and brings one major shift in strategy that might mean we’re not waiting for updates as long as we have been. Called Project Treble, the system files have been rearranged so that it’s easier for the company who made your phone (and the company who made the parts it’s built from)…

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Qualcomm announces new depth-sensing technology for Android cameras

Second generation Spectra Module Program brings 3D depth-sensing and improved biometric authentication to Android devices. Qualcomm introduced the Spectra ISP powered Clear Sight dual-camera system in 2016 with the promise of “astonishing results that mimic human vision.” Today it is upping the ante with the second generation Spectra Module Program that brings 3D computer vision to Android products using the Qualcomm Snapdragon Platform. That’s the sort of news that gets futurists and engineers excited, but everyone benefits here, and not in a small way. What Qualcomm is promising amounts to…

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Chrome: Everything you need to know!

Chromebooks, apps, browser extensions, you name it. If it’s about Chrome, here’s the place to start for anything and everything you need to know. You know Google Chrome. It’s on your phone, on your computer and might even be powering your laptop. It’s one of Google’s most ambitious projects and it plays a big part of their strategy for the web and mobile. Chrome is everywhere. In typical Google fashion, Chrome also encompasses a bunch of things that we normally don’t think of as being related. Google likes to unify…

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