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[Hands-on] LG announces the LG V30S ThinQ, which is just a V30 with camera AI and more RAM

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

LG rolled the V30 out late last year with a few notable features, at least for LG. That phone had the first OLED panel on an LG phone in several years, and it didn't have the extra ticker display that defined older V-series phones. It turns out LG isn't done with the V30 yet. As rumors indicated, LG is releasing a new version of the V30 called the V30S ThinQ (yes, that's the name) with AI camera goodies.

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[Hands-on] LG announces the LG V30S ThinQ, which is just a V30 with camera AI and more RAM was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG V30S specs: More of the same, plus A.I.

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

The LG V30S isn't a brand new phone, but it's a nice refresh on one of 2017's best flagships.

The LG V30S builds on the success of the audiovisual-focused V30, and while it adds a few tantalizing specs and a couple of notable A.I. features, it lacks any big-deal upgrades like an improved camera or current-gen Snapdragon processor.

Category Specification
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
Display 6-inch OLED, curved edges
2880x1440 resolution
Gorilla Glass 5
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Storage 128GB (V30S), 256GB (V30S+)
microSD card slot
Battery 3300mAh
Wireless charging
Quick Charge 3.0
Rear cameras 16MP f/1.6, OIS, 71° FOV
13MP f/1.9, 120° FOV
Bright mode (New)
AI Cam, QLens (New)
Front camera 5MP f2.2, 90° FOV
Audio 32-bit Quad DC, high-sensitivity microphones
Water resistance Yes, IP68 water resistant dustproof
MIL-STD 810G certified
Dimensions 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm
Weight 158 grams
Colors New Platinum Gray, New Moroccan Blue

OnePlus updating its 5 and 5T to play HD Netflix, but you have to send your phone back to get it

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

OnePlus' phones are a great value, but they've each individually had a few drawbacks. One negative they all had in common, though, was a DRM deficiency. None of the company's handsets supported the correct DRM level required for HD playback in Netflix. Distress on the subject came to a head late last year, and OnePlus surprisingly announced that it would add the feature in the future. In a comment on OnePlus' forums today the company confirmed that it was now able to update handsets to support it, but the process will require that you send the phone back to OnePlus for the update. 

The deficiency stems from OnePlus' failure to perform the steps required to reach the L1 security level in Google's Widevine DRM, which is required by Netflix for HD playback.

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OnePlus updating its 5 and 5T to play HD Netflix, but you have to send your phone back to get it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

This $7 Aukey USB-C car charger features two USB-A ports and Quick Charge 3.0

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Charge via USB-C or USB-A with this travel essential.

Right now, you can grab the Quick Charge 3.0 Aukey USB-C Car Charger for only $7.40 when you enter promo code 9KYM5X68 at checkout. That'll take $13 off its current price.

This car charger can recognize your device and alter its power output for safe and efficient charging, allowing you to charge three device at once - two via USB-A and one via USB-C. There are built-in safeguards to protect against excessive current, overheating and overcharging.

You'll also receive a 2-year warranty with this purchase. Aukey's USB-C Car Charger has over 300 reviews on Amazon with 4 out of 5 stars.

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Samsung (accidentally) publishes full Galaxy S9 promo video early

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Well, this is awkward.

Samsung's launch event for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is set to start in just a handful of hours, at 12:00 p.m. ET on February 25, but someone was apparently a bit too hyped about the launch and accidentally published a full-length product promo video. It was promptly taken down, of course, but Slashleaks was able to grab it first.

Feast your eyes on this gorgeous leaked footage. It's our best look yet at the Galaxy S9 — or, at least, how Samsung wants it to be portrayed in its own advertising. We've seen far more of the phone in an extensive set of leaks up to this point, and have a good idea of many of its specs. As always, the real test will be when we can all get our hands on the phone(s) and see what they're really like to use.

The event kicks off for real at 12:00 p.m. ET on February 25 — so be sure to join us live as we see them unveiled!

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[Oops] Samsung uploads Galaxy S9 launch video ahead of official announcement

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

The Galaxy S9 is about the worst-kept secret in the tech world at the moment. It's expected to be announced tomorrow at Mobile World Congress, and the phone has already been leaked multiple times. There wasn't much left to the imagination, and now Samsung has played itself by accidentally uploading the launch video to YouTube a day early.

We received a notification that Samsung uploaded the S9 launch trailer to YouTube, but by the time we tried to visit the video, someone at the company had already pulled it.

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[Oops] Samsung uploads Galaxy S9 launch video ahead of official announcement was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

How to prevent WhatsApp from eating up your data plan

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Is WhatsApp eating up your data? We're used to relying on the benefits of Wi-Fi, so sometimes we don't pay attention to the limit of data plans and our favorite chat app ends up costing us dearly. Follow these steps to prevent that from happening and save your mobile data.

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How to import custom wallpapers for your PlayStation 4

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Sometimes your own style is the best style.

With the latest release of the PlayStation 4 firmware, Sony has relaxed their long-standing restriction on using your own wallpapers for the background on the home screen. The process is not as easy as it could be, as with all thing Sony there are hoops to jump through, but we are here to guide you through it.

Step by Step

  1. Create a folder on your USB Thumb drive named "Images"
  2. Log on to your PlayStation 4 and go to settings.
  3. Select Themes from the menu, then choose Custom.
  4. Choose "Select File" and choose "USB Storage Device"
  5. Select the wallpaper you want to use.
  6. Crop the wallpaper to your liking and select the menu colors.

Detailed Instructions

To start this process you will need to make sure your USB thumb-drive is ready, actually, you will need to make sure you own a USB drive, turns out I didn't. Sony wants you to create a top-level folder called Images to put your wallpapers in, it's simple to do and I'm sure whether you use Mac OS or Windows you know the drill. This is where you need to put all the wallpapers you want to use for the PS4, so go ahead and do that now.

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From here start up the PlayStation 4 and go over to the settings tab, from there you can easily find the themes section. Make sure the USB is plugged in at this point and then enter the themes. You can see from here that all the default themes and any themes you have downloaded before are here as well as a tab marked Custom which is where Sony wants you to keep your stuff.

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From the custom menu, you get to change some things to your liking. Sony still doesn't want you messing with too many different things so options are limited but the Select Image button is there for you to choose your own wallpaper. Select the USB Device option to access your wallpapers and choose the one you want. I chose a nice picture of Portsmouth UK, my hometown.

Once you have chosen the image you get to crop it as needed so it fits desktop correctly, the maximum image you can use is 1920x1080 so if you are image editor savvy you can probably play around with the image before you transfer it to make it perfect.

The other two choices available to you are a Make Area Dim checkbox which just makes the selectable areas on screen more visible when you use bright backgrounds and the Select Color action which gives you some color options for the moving menus in the home screen. The colors are pretty standard but if, like me, you have a desktop with a good primary color scheme finding the right color should be easy enough. Try to use complimenting colors if you can, a white background with white menu options would make everything a headache!

Once you have set all your options you are ready to go, from then on your background can be whatever you want it to be, as many times as you like.

Alcatel reveals the world’s first Android Go phone

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Just two days ago, we learned that the first devices running Google's new 'Android Go' platform would be announced next week at Mobile World Congress. Now it appears Alcatel has jumped the gun a bit, and unveiled the world's first Android Go phone alongside a slew of other devices. It's called the 1X, and it's not much different from a typical budget phone, except for the software.

Some of the phone's specifications include a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, and a 5.3-inch 960x480 display.

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[Update x2: Leaked photo] LG reportedly working on updated V30 with more storage and AI-powered ‘LG Lens’

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

The LG V30 was somewhat of a mixed bag.

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[Update x2: Leaked photo] LG reportedly working on updated V30 with more storage and AI-powered 'LG Lens' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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