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New Google Pay app manages finances and will soon offer mobile bank sign ups

On November 18, 2020, Google introduced us to the new Google Pay app. This time the app features a big focus on your spending habits and keeping track of the people and businesses you’re having transactions with.For example, if you’re splitting the bill with friends at dinner or managing the bills at home with roommates, Google Pay provides a way to track these payments, create groups, and even send messages. That’s right, Google now has yet another new messenger, sorry no support for gifs here though.Beyond that, Google Pay also makes it easy to order food, buy gas, or even pay for parking from within the app. At this time, there is support for over 100,000 restaurants, over 30,000 gas stations, and you can pay for parking in over 400 cities.There’s also an “Explore” tab which provides a way to view and discover new offers and promotions aimed at helping you save money, all without clipping coupons. To redeem an offer from popular stores such as Target, Burger King, Etsy, and more–tap the promotion, make a purchase, and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout.Making transactions is only one aspect of the new Google Pay app, it also puts a strong focus on managing your finances. If you connect your credit cards or bank account with the app, it will give you summaries on your spending. Not only that, but in true Google fashion, you’ll be able to search your transactions to stay on top of where your money is going.General searches for terms like “food” will return purchases from the grocery store and orders from restaurants you’ve placed. You can also use terms such as “last month” or “spending last week” to view all of your most recent transactions.Finally, starting in 2021, Google Pay will be dipping its toes into mobile banking by partnering with 11 banks and credit unions. The new venture is named Plex, and it offers “mobile-first bank account integration into Google Pay.”Essentially, you’ll be able to sign up for a checking or savings account with “no monthly fees, overdraft charges, or minimum balance requirements” within Google Pay from institutions like Citi or SFCU.While Plex won’t go live until 2021, you can still join the waitlist in the meantime. Although we still find Plex to be a bit of an odd name choice, considering the popular media management software app that goes by the same name.Before you jump in and start adding all your cards and bank accounts to Google Pay, I’m sure you want to make sure it’s secure. To that end, Google states the app is “built with multiple layers of security to keep your money and information private and safe.”On top of that, Google Pay has features built-in to warn you when you’re sending money to a stranger and offers a range of privacy settings. Furthermore, “Google Pay will never sell your data to third parties or share your transaction history with the rest of Google for targeting ads.”

Pre-order Cyberpunk 2077 and get a free Stadia Premiere bundle

Lately, Google has been handing out free Stadia Premiere Edition bundles left and right. First, they ran a promotion giving them away to YouTube Premium subscribers. Now, you can get a free Stadia Premiere Edition bundle by pre-ordering the hotly anticipated and often delayed Cyberpunk 2077 from Stadia.The promotion begins today and runs until December 17, 2020, but it’s only available while supplies last. We saw the YouTube Premium promotion end pretty quickly due to limited supplies, so you might wanna jump on this as soon as possible. Also, don’t worry if you’ve already pre-ordered Cyberpunk 2077 prior to this announcement, you’re still eligible for a free Stadia Premiere bundle.After you order the game, a redemption code will be emailed to you within a week of the release of Cyberpunk 2077. However, once you redeem your free bundle via the Google Store, it could take up to several weeks for it to ship out, but Google promises to get them shipped out as quickly as possible during the busiest time of the year.Considering all the hype around Cyberpunk 2077, and the fact that the Stadia Premiere Edition usually sells for $100, this is a fantastic deal. For only $60, you’ll get a copy of Cyberpunk 2077, a Stadia controller, and a Chromecast Ultra. Everything you need to enjoy what could be one of the best games of the year. Additionally, if you’re a Stadia Pro subscriber you’ll even be able to save $10 off the total if this is your first game purchase.Also, remember that you don’t need to be a Stadia Pro subscriber to play games with the service since Google launched the free tier earlier this year. As long as you purchase the game, you can play with Stadia on all supported platforms, even on your phone using a controller you already own or the Razer Kishi. There are even a couple of free options at the moment such as a demo of Immortals Fenyx Rising and Destiny 2: New Light that you can play today by just creating a Stadia account.However, the quality will be limited to 1080p at 60fps with stereo sound for free-tier users. If you want to play in 4K HDR at 60fps with surround sound, you’ll need to be a Pro subscriber.Along with this promotion, Stadia recently celebrated its one year anniversary. While the initial launch may have left many disappointed due to the lack of available games and features. Stadia has since addressed many of these issues by expanding its game library and the addition of new features. I covered many of these new features in my recent review of the cloud gaming service, including on-screen controls, stream connect, family sharing, and more.

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These discounted earbuds and headphones make great stocking stuffers

How’s your holiday shopping going so far? If you’re on the hunt for something in the way of audio gifts this season, you’ll be happy to hear about some of the offers we in store.Dash over to the AG Deals Store today and you’ll see that we have a wide variety of headphones and earbuds on sale. Whether you’re shopping for your friend, family member, or loved one — or yourself — there’s something to be had. And at various price points, too.CoolPods True Wireless Earbuds – $30Music is best enjoyed without distractions. With no cords to hold them back, these CoolPods True Wireless Earbuds give you the ultimate audio freedom. Enjoy up to 5 hours of normal playtime, and 15 hours of total playtime with the case. With Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and 33ft range, music, phone calls, podcasts, and more will come through crystal clear, without tangled messes or hanging wires getting in the way. Choose from three colors: Blue, Pink, and Black.EarFun Free True Wireless Earbuds – $40EarFun Free is powered by the most advanced Bluetooth 5.0 protocol which dramatically enhances the stability and connection of the earbuds. With the built-in 6 mm graphene drivers, these earphones offer powerful deep bass and premium sound and noise cancellation. Moreover, EarFun Free is designed for comfort. Featuring IPX7 waterproof rating and innovation SweatShield technology plus ultra-comfortable fit, these earphones will have you listening to your jam non-stop. Offered in Black and White options.HyperSonic True Wireless Headphones – $90The HyperSonic headphones feature the exclusive LinearFlux DL01 Immersive Sound Engine, tuned to popular HD listening services by Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora — all completely wirelessly. Engineered to take on the urban jungle, you can wear these headphones comfortably 24/7, regardless of the weather. They flow wherever you go with pillow-soft ear-tips that drown out the external noise and let you focus on the music, while the form-hugging sport ear-hooks eliminate ear fatigue.HYPHEN Wireless Earbuds – $89The HYPHEN Wireless Earbuds have been designed with real functionality in mind. Stop overpaying when you can get premium earbuds at an affordable price now. Every detail has been mindfully engineered, with Bluetooth 5.0, integrated wireless charging, advanced touch controls, and even IPX5 water resistance so you can wear them in any weather. Pick them up in Black, White, or GreyTREBLAB XFIT Bluetooth Sports Headphones – $40Your usual wireless headphones might give you just the right service, but TREBLAB XFIT will get you psyched! With clear, True-HD sound and deep bass, these tiny wireless earbuds are IPX6 and ergonomic. XFIT features a single button that enables the most pivotal operations such as switching tracks, adjusting volume, and asking Siri. Unlike other headphones that only last for 6 hours max, XFIT lets you enjoy all these perks for up to 30 hours, thanks to its 5-hour playtime and extra 25 hours from the charging case.

Enhance your remote video calls with XSplit VCam, now $19.99

Stuck working from home and finding yourself confined to a messy room? We feel your pain. It’s tough stuff, to be sure. It can also be embarrassing, too, to be seen on a video call with laundry sitting in the background.XSplit VCam, on sale for just $19.99 in the AG Deals Store, offers cutting-edge background replacement, removal and blurring with any webcam. Best of all, you don’t need any fancy equipment, lighting rigs, green screens, or extra prep.Simply open an app, add XSplit VCam as your camera source, and replace, remove, or blur your background. Not only does this tool works Google Meet, Zoom, and Slack, but it’s also a great option for streaming apps, podcast, vlogging, and other video projects.XSplit VCam works with all major video chat applications and conferencing solutions so feel free to use for remote work, virtual interviews, meetings, teaching, and much more.XSplit VCam FeaturesGive your webcam a DSLR or Portrait Mode style effect w/ an adjustable blur sliderReplace your background with an image, video, webpage or YouTube videoRemove & replace your background for Podcasts, vlogs, game streaming, talk shows, video calls and moreHave a high-quality video presentation for remote work, virtual interviews, consultation services, or customer supportCompatible with most video chat software. Including Zoom, Skype for Desktop, Discord, Google Hangouts, WeChat for PC, Viber for PC, Slack for PC, GoToMeeting for PC,Compatible streaming software: XSplit Broadcaster, XSplit Gamecaster, OBS Studio, Streamlabs OBS, vMix and more.Get 24/7 support & lifetime updatesSign Up Today!You can purchase a lifetime subscription to XSplit VCam from the AG Deals Store for only $19.99 right now. That’s a steep discount off of the normal $59 price!Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

US Mobile Buyer’s Guide (November 2020)

Most consumers are familiar with the big-name wireless carriers like Verizon and AT&T, but not nearly as many are as well-versed when it comes Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) like Consumer Cellular or FreedomPop.These MNVO brand operators license the towers and coverage from the tier-one providers and offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service.Let’s take a look at one in particular: US MobileAboutUS Mobile is a small MVNO that utilizes T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network and Verizon’s 4G LTE network and is known for letting customers add talk, text and data on the fly, at any time.The carrier is not shy about its usage of T-Mobile, but it does appear to hide its Verizon component a bit. We’re not sure why.What are US Mobile rate plans like?US Mobile touts is affordable packages for subscribers who need wireless coverage but want some flexibility in the talk, text and time used each month.Customers can pick and choose plans, customizing as they see fit, or choose from a selection of “Unlimited” options. Don’t want or need data? That’s fine.The Unlimited Plans are as follows:$15/mo – Unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB data$30/mo – Unlimited talk, text, and 10GB dataThe custom plans come with hotspot capabilities and 250MB of 4G LTE international roaming.A recent change to the plans sees US Mobile offering a $40 option which includes unlimited talk, text, and data. To be clear, it’s 50GB of high speed data with heavier users potentially seeing reduced speeds after hitting the threshold. Data speeds are considered “Fast” which means up to 5Mbps for video streaming.For $5 more per month subscribers can get 10GB of mobile hotspot capabilities. For $10 more per month customers can increase data speeds to “Ludicrous” up to 250Mbps, plus the hotspot feature.Family PlansUS Mobile customers can create multi-line accounts, each of which is basically the $40 plan. Things get cheaper per line as you add them to the mix.US Mobile phone selectionUS Mobile has a small selection of phones to choose from, many of which are a few years old. Moreover, they appear to be fairly expensive, too. We definitely recommend using your existing T-Mobile or Verizon phone if possible.Where can I buy an unlocked phone?Bring your own deviceUS Mobile tends to work better for people who already have a phone that they’d like to use. Whether it’s a T-Mobile or Verizon handset, or something else, you’ll probably have luck using it with US Mobile. According to the carrier, 99% of devices will work with its service.What else should I know about US Mobile?US Mobile operates entirely online and does not have any physical retail locations in the US.For every friend you refer to US Mobile, the carrier will give you both up to $10. They save up to $10 on their first plan and you get up to $10 off your next bill.You can easily add talk, text, and/or data Top Ups to your current plan to always stay connected. They roll over to next month when you use AutoPay, automatic bill payment.A US Mobile starter SIM kit can be purchased for $3.99, letting subscribers keep their existing phone number.


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