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  • Ultimate Ears BLAST and MEGABLAST are soon getting Spotify Connect, grouping, and stereo mode

    The Ultimate Ears BLAST and MEGABLAST are good speakers overall, but there were two main areas in which we felt that they weren’t quite up to snuff: pricing and features. The pricing concern has largely been alleviated, with some seriously good deals …

  • Today’s best deals you won’t want to miss

    Whether you’re looking for new tech gear or household items, we’ve got you covered.

    Today you can get big discounts on the hydroponic AeroGardens, Bluetooth sound bars, headphone stands, and more! Don’t pass these up.

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    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!

  • Here’s what’s new in the big 3D Creator 2.0 update for Xperia phones

    The update includes selfie scans, 4K textures, and more.

    During MWC 2018, Sony announced a laundry list of new features coming to its 3D Creator app that was first introduced on the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact last August. Those features are now arriving on Xperia devices thanks to the big 2.0 update rolling out to the Play Store now, and there’s a lot to check out.

    The most notable addition to 3D Creator 2.0 is the ability to create 3D models of your face using only your phone’s selfie camera. You previously needed to have someone scan a model of your head using the rear camera, but now you can do it yourself while cutting down on time and the need for a helping hand.

    You can still go back to the old method if you prefer, and no matter which way you create your 3D model, the update now allows you to share it directly to Facebook or order a physical copy of it that Sony will 3D-print for you.

    Last but certainly not least, 3D Creator now uses “post-scan cloud processing” to cre…

  • First-timers can try out three months of Kindle Unlimited for only $2

    Exclusively for Prime members, Amazon is offering 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for only $1.99. This would typically cost $30. The deal is only valid if you haven’t used Kindle Unlimited before.

    This recurring subscription will cost $9.99 per month after your trial ends, so remember to cancel if you don’t want to continue your membership.

    Kindle Unlimited gives you unfettered access to over 1,000,000 books. There are also popular magazines and audiobooks available with your subscription. You don’t need a Kindle, either; Amazon has a ton of free Kindle reading apps.

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  • How to fix drift problems with Daydream View

    Having your controller drift off while you’re in the middle of a game can be frustrating, but it is fixable.

    Google Daydream offers a new way to interact with your world while in VR. With the use of the remote, you are given are a greater degree of ability to easily zip from one menu to another with aplomb and ease. At least, when the remote is working properly that how it seems. While controller drift during a video can be distracting, if it crops up during a game it can seriously throw you off of your stride. Thankfully, there are a few different ways to troubleshoot this problem so that it doesn’t ruin your VR gaming experience.

    Update your software

    If your controller is acting funky from the first time you jump into Daydream mode, then there might be a ridiculously easy fix for you. Open up Google Daydream inside of Google Play Store. From here make sure that your Daydream app is completely up to date.

    If it needs an update, install the update and then check back in to see …

  • Dynamite Headdy is the latest SEGA Forever release to land on the Play Store

    The SEGA Forever program has seen better days. Back at the beginning of March Sega announced that they would be focusing on direct ports to mobile, instead of ROMs that use their wonky in-house emulator. There are still some new titles planned for the…

  • Best Android Phone Under $100 in 2018

    Best inexpensive
    Best on Verizon
    Best on Cricket Wireless
    Best on MetroPCS
    Best on Boost
    Best for Android Go

    Best overall

    Nokia 2

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    Right on the dot at $99, the Nokia 2 is simply the best low-cost phone you can buy. It features a sleek and sturdy design with a metal frame, along with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and a near-stock build of Android. It’s a bit lacking internally, with just 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, but the clean software keeps it running smoothly, and you can expand its storage with a microSD card.

    The 5-inch 720p display is fairly impressive as well, but where you’ll really be wowed is with the 4100mAh battery, which easily manages two days of moderate usage. It also has a surprisingly decent 8MP primary camera, as well as a 5MP selfie shooter.

    Bottom line: The Nokia 2 offers clean software and speedy performance for just a Benjamin.

    One more thing: Nokia has promised an upgrade to Android 8.1 Oreo soon, bringing the Nokia 2 far more up to d…

  • Android needs to adopt gesture navigation sooner rather than later

    It hardly seems that long, but nearly ten years ago, the world’s first Android smartphone was announced. Android in 2008 really was barely recognizable as the operating system we know and love today, and the way we navigated that operating system was pretty different, too.

    The HTC G1, or Dream as it was known in some markets, was equipped with a slew of hard buttons and even a trackball (yes, a trackball), though it also offered a full touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard.

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    Android needs to adopt gesture navigation sooner rather than later was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

  • Best Microsoft apps for Android

    Microsoft apps have come a long way on Android.

    Microsoft essentially shunned Android and iOS for several years, but with Satya Nadella taking the helm in 2014 and adopting a mobile-first stance, the company has turned its attention to bringing its apps and services to rival platforms. From heavy-hitters like Office to side projects developed by employees in their free time under the Microsoft Garage label, Microsoft has a lot to offer on Android.

    Microsoft Office

    Microsoft made the Android and iOS versions of Office free in 2014, opening up the floodgates for its adoption on these platforms.

    Standalone apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint debuted in 2015, allowing users to quickly edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go. Basic editing functionality is available for all users, but if you want advanced features — inserting section breaks, viewing file history, customizing headers and footers in Word — you’re going to have to subscribe to Office 36…

  • Amazon rolls out Alexa Blueprints for custom skills

    Alexa has gobs of skills from companies large and small. Do you have a skill, though? Probably not, but you can in just a few minutes with the new Alexa Blueprints. You can create custom quizzes, FAQs for houseguests, tell your kids interactive stories.

    Alexa Blueprints won’t let you make just any old thing. It’s based on set frameworks, which are the aforementioned Blueprints. You have to follow one of the 20 Blueprints to make a custom skill, but there’s a good selection.

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    Amazon rolls out Alexa Blueprints for custom skills was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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