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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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Get lifetime access to 2TB of cloud storage for only $49!

Our current, tech-obsessed world demands a storage solution for your multimedia data, the most convenient being cloud-based storage which you can access from anywhere. Most cloud-based storage services charge a monthly fee, which, over time, adds up to quite a fee. Those of you sick of subscription fees need a storage solution that requires a single payment for a lifetime of access. More importantly, you need cloud storage that is encrypted and can be accessed from all your devices. Right now, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal from Zoolz…

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Best Screen Protectors for Galaxy S7

What are the best screen protectors for the GS7? The Samsung Galaxy S7 is still of the best phones you can buy, and with the Galaxy S8 and upcoming Note 8 stealing everyone’s attention, you should be able to pick up an S7 for a pretty great deal. With its beautiful glass screen, you’ll want to try and protect it from scuffs and scratches. We’ve included some decent options for film screen protectors — not as tough as the tempered glass, but still providing good protection for your screen. amFilm…

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How your phone can help you walk more (and not hate it)

Take the stairs. Walk, don’t drive. Every little step adds up when you’re trying to get fit! In the first Tech for your Health column, we discussed using apps and technology to help establish better nutrition habits. With all that extra energy that comes along with eating right, it’s time to step up your physical activity. They say you need to learn to walk before you can run. While that idiom relates to mastering basic skills before tackling more complex projects, it’s also fine advice to take literally when you’re…

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What devices can play Amazon Music?

You can listen to Amazon Music on nearly any device that’s out there. String up two tin cans on a flag pole, and that might work, too. (Or not.) Here’s a more definitive list, though. Amazon Music is as ubiquitous as just about any other music service out there. Tens of millions of songs. Available on nearly any device you can think of. In your car. On your phone. On a TV. On your computer. Here’s the breakdown of all the devices you can use with Amazon Music, and where…

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U.S. unlocked Galaxy Note 8 shows up on Samsung’s online store

The U.S. unlocked Galaxy Note 8 makes an appearance on Samsung’s store page. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be announced next week in New York, and the leaks just keep coming as we run up to the event. This time, Samsung has prematurely listed the U.S. unlocked version (model UZKAXAA, consistent with the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S8s) of the device on its online store. The product link itself doesn’t go anywhere, but we still learn a few things about it. Before getting too excited: the listing doesn’t yet show…

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Action Launcher 27 brings more color and transparency options to your Android home screen

Action Launcher keeps adding more features so users can fine tune their home screen. Action Launcher has been a fan favorite launcher for years now, partly due to developer Chris Lacy consistently adding new features. Action Launcher 27 is out now, and here are some highlights of the new features: The App Shortcuts and Notification Dots can now be colored to match either the wallpaper or the icon itself. Action Launcher’s custom search bar widget can now be placed anywhere on the home screen, not just at the very top….

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How to recover a lost MetroPCS password or PIN

Lost your MetroPCS password or PIN? You can get it back in just a few easy steps! Have a lost MetroPCS password or PIN issue? Not to worry! You can easily recover it a number of ways providing you have all of the account information available. Here’s how to get it done! Lost MetroPCS Password If you have a lost MetroPCS password situation, you’ll be unable to login to your online account to do anything like paying your bill, adding or changing features or upgrading your plan. Thankfully, you can…

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How to enable and use Instant Apps on Android

Instant Apps make it easier to get things done on Android without downloading apps. Here’s how. Instant Apps are a neat idea: instead of downloading an app from the Play Store that takes time, resources and, in many countries, expensive mobile data, it allows Android users running Marshmallow and above (and soon Lollipop, too) to “try before you buy.” Since rolling out to all developers earlier this year, Google says that 500 million Android devices have access to the innovative feature, but Instant Apps doesn’t work out of the box,…

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