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My Android phone as a car key? Yes please!

Apple recently announced something at its WWDC live stream conference that really caught my eye. No, not those things that Android has had for years like better home screen management and widgets. As a matter of fact, it was the concept of digital car keys.I’ve been on a crusade lately to find a great organizer for my keys. There’s something about what Apple has going that gets me thinking that this could be the final step to my pocket euphoria.The new partnership between Apple and car manufacturers will allow users to unlock or start their vehicle via Near Field Communication, or NFC. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the technology has been around for a while now. It’s used for beaming files from one phone to another or for tap-to-pay at checkouts.From the looks of it, this will work almost identically to how wireless payments are processed. Cars will have a receiver built into the door handle to unlock the car and another one in the dash area to allow for ignition.It’s not necessarily a new idea as companies like Hyundai, BMW, and Tesla have offered this with proprietary apps. What makes this different is that Apple bakes it directly into the operating system. No app to download, open, or learn; just Apple Wallet.Hey Google, copy AppleI sincerely hope that Google is working on a similar development path. I would love to have my next car have the ability to be locked, unlocked, and started by my Pixel.As we move towards a world without a physical wallet or at least one where we’re less dependent on one, digital car security seems like a natural progression.Google has a great working relationship and blueprints with car OEMs to follow with Carplay and Android Auto. Much like BMW will be Apple’s first, premium carmakers were the first to adopt pluggable infotainment like Android Auto. Google can take these baby steps with high-end cars to hone this new feature and morph it into a standard feature for all vehicles.Google can also partner with manufacturers that are always looking at technology as an advantage no matter the sticker price of the car. Hyundai and Kia specifically have in-house app solutions with similar features and were also early adopters of Android Auto in the US. I could easily see both brands interested in a feature like this as a unique and compelling selling factor over its (much) more expensive rivals.Tread LightlyAs we see in all forms of emerging tech, especially those around mobile devices, security measures, and extra precaution will be paramount. Similar to self-driving cars and other areas where we hand permission over to technology, we’ll have to move at a deliberate and measured pace.With that said, Google has plenty of experience in the area of security. I’m sure face unlock and the new Titan chips for Pixels can both be leveraged. Apple has a quick feature turned on by default but face unlock can be turned on for added assurance in the settings.Tomorrow Can’t Come Soon EnoughWith all that said, I can’t wait to see this as an option for Android. I long for the days for fewer things to carry when leaving the house. An encrypted digital device that never leaves my hands seems like the right place for them to land.I can already unlock my house, set my alarm, and check my wifi network all from remote locations. Why wouldn’t being able to start and unlock my car on the go be the next frontier?How About You?What about the rest of you out there? Do you hope this is in the next version of Android? Do you trust the concept enough to consider leaving a physical key behind?  Let us know in the comments.

Just $30, this 62-hour training bundle will turn you into a CompTIA Linux Network pro

The tech world is heading for the cloud, and it’s doing it at an increasingly faster pace. Consider for a moment, more than half of all professionals are currently using the cloud for projects, or plan to migrate to the cloud.When it comes to managing businesses in 2020, it takes more than having someone on your team who can “mess with” things. You don’t want that for troubleshooting and configuration and sure don’t want it for security.CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. It’s what enables professionals to be more successful and leads to with industry-leading IT certifications and IT business credentials, IT education, resources, and more.Show up for a job interview with CompTIA credentials under your belt and your prospective employer will know you not only have IT skills, but you also show a commitment to your career and continued learning.If this sounds like something that you’d be interested in? Go to the AndroidGuys Deals Store today and you’ll find the CompTIA Linux Network Professional Bundle on sale for just $29.99.Included in the online training bundle is some 62 hours of instructor-led content on CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004) and CompTIA Network+ (N10-007). What does that mean to you? It means learning the current trends and tools in today’s tech environment and how to work with them.CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004)Practice an organized test-preparation routine through the use of proven series elements & techniquesUnderstand hardware & system configurationLearn Linux troubleshooting & diagnosticsLearn about systems operation & maintenance along w/ security measures and operationsCompTIA Network+ (N10-007)Describe the features of different network protocols & products for LANs, WANs, and wireless networksUnderstand the functions & features of TCP/IP addressing and protocolsIdentify threats to network security & appropriate countermeasures and controlsInstall & configure network cabling and appliancesManage, monitor & troubleshoot networksGet Started Today!Valued at nearly $600, this online training bundle is yours for just $29.99 right now, a savings of more than 90%. It’s yours for as long as you want and you’ll even get certificates of completion when you’re done.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.

How to create a QR code with a short message for WhatsApp Business accounts

As businesses are slowly beginning to open, many of them are moving to digital platforms, with WhatsApp Business being a popular choice for connecting with consumers. A new feature in the app now lets you share a QR code with a quick message to get customers started with placing orders.WhatsApp recently gave users the ability to share a personal QR code and Group QR code with others. This makes it easier and faster to share and contact via the biggest instant messenger app on the planet.Prior to this you’d have to exchange phone numbers, including area codes, which could be cumbersome. The same feature has now rolled on to WhatsApp Business, which lets you directly contact businesses and place orders from your own WhatsApp account.The feature is now available globally, and all you have to do is make sure your app is running the latest version from the Google Play Store.Once you are updated, start the app and navigate to the three dots at the top right of the app, and open Settings. You will get a new screen, open Business Tools. At the bottom of the new page, you will see Short link. Tap on that.If you wish to change the message that a customer will send once they scan the QR Code, then you can tap the pencil icon (1) to curate a custom message e.g. “Are you currently taking orders?”.Once you have curated your message, proceed to View QR Code (2).  The last step is generating the QR code.All you have to do is take a screenshot and share it as you wish. You can also tap Share Code at the bottom to set the QR Code as a profile picture on Facebook, share it to your Instagram, set it as a WhatsApp Status, share it on your personal WhatsApp account, etc.How to scan a WhatsApp Business QR CodeTo scan the code, open your personal WhatsApp account and go back to the first step, after Settings, and press the QR Code icon that you see on the far right next to your name and status.You will slide to Scan Code by swiping to the right and placing the WhatsApp Business QR code in the square.This will allow you to scan a WhatsApp Business account and initiate contact with them via a short message which you can if you wish to ask a different question.

T-Mobile makes robocall and scam protection free for all customers

T-Mobile this week announced a new initiative it calls Scam Shield. Available for all T-Mobile, Metro, and Sprint customers, it’s a suite of technologies designed to stop scam calls and robocalling.Scam Shield features, which will be made available at no cost, arrive at a crucial time. Scam phone calls seem to be running rampant, especially with the ongoing pandemic. According to T-Mobile, Americans have lost more than $80 million in fraudulent COVID-related activity in 2020 alone.Scam Shield is the first Un-carrier announcement since the Sprint merger and will be offered to new and existing T-Mobile, Sprint, and Metro customers.All customers can opt to have all scam and robocolls automatically blocked today, for free, by dialing #662# on their handset. Starting July 24th, T-Mobile and Metro customers can download a free Scam Shield app that features additional options and settings for managing such calls.Scam ShieldFree Scam ID and Blocking. Suspicious calls are flagged, and customers can turn on scam blocking to never see those calls again.Free, Enhanced Caller ID. If we know who’s calling, you’ll know who is calling. And with new improvements, you’ll know when the number is verified as coming from a real person or business.Free Second Number. Introducing T-Mobile PROXY, a second number to keep your personal number personal.Free Number Change. If your personal number becomes a spam magnet, get a clean slate with a new number.Free Scam Shield App. The central spot to activate these new protections and, for an extra charge, unlock more advanced call controls. Sprint customers now get free protections — previously an added charge — in the upgraded Call Screener app.Free Be ID Aware Service. Get ID monitoring and alerts for 12 months from the experts at McAfee, available for a limited time.Hanging up on SprintEffective August 2, the Sprint brand will fully transition to T-Mobile, effectively retiring the name and look. Most legacy Sprint stores will get a refresh with T-Mobile’s signature magenta color.More InformationIf you’d like to learn more about what T-Mobile is offering in the way of Scam Shield, head to the provider’s news room. There’s a deeper dive into each of the various new features.

V-Moda M-200 headphones review

In my opinion, V-Moda makes some of the most stylish headphones around. The hexagon-shaped ear covers give them an aggressive modern look while helping them stand out in a sea of headphones that use the standard oval or round shape.This sharp design also extends to the brackets and even on the headband, it’s clear that V-Moda puts a lot of thought into the style of its headphones.Not only does V-Moda care about the design of its headphones, but it also uses sturdy high-quality materials. When I first pulled the M-200 headphones out of the packaging I was immediately impressed by how solid they feel. There is no doubt in my mind that these headphones were built to last and will stand up to years of abuse.I was also amazed by how compact the M-200 is when folded up, coupled with the included carrying case, this makes them one of the most portable pairs of over the ear headphones I’ve ever used.If you thought the V-Moda M-200 headphones were done impressing me, you’d be wrong. While there is nothing particularly special about replaceable ear cushions on over-the-ear headphones, there is something unique about how the M-200 implements them — and that’s with magnets.This is the first time I’ve seen a headphone company use magnets to attach the ear cushions, and let me tell you, I’m a huge fan. Let’s just face it, magnets make everything cooler, including headphones.If you weren’t convinced already that V-Moda goes out of its way to make its headphones as fashionable as possible, then the custom ear shields would like to have a word with you. V-Moda recently added the M-200 series to the list of headphones that support custom designed shields.The kit starts at $40 and allows you to order a pair of custom designed covers for the ear cups. The kit includes everything you need, including the custom designed shields, screwdriver, and screws.V-Moda was even nice enough to include a set with our review unit in our signature color with the AndroidGuys logo printed on it. While we may be a little biased, we think it came out looking fantastic, and the metal covers feel high-quality and premium.Another nice design touch that helps with the usability of the M-200 headphones is the included headphone jack on both sides. An important little option for a pair of wired-only headphones. This will allow you to choose whether you prefer the headphone cable on either the right or left side.V-Moda also includes two separate 3.5mm headphone cables in the box. One of these is classified as audio-only, while the other is a multifunction cable with a microphone and button for playing/pausing and skipping tracks while listening to music. Unfortunately, the audio-only cable never worked properly for me. It would only output sound to the left side, but at least the multipurpose cable worked without issue.ComfortWhen I first tried on the V-Moda M-200s I was surprised by the lack of adequate cushioning on the headband. I’ve experienced a painful spot on my head in the past, even from headphones with ample cushioning. However, I was pleasantly surprised that I never once felt any discomfort from the headband while wearing V-Moda’s studio headphones.Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the ear cushions. For a pair of headphones that is meant to be worn for hours in the studio, I began feeling some ear fatigue after around the 45-minute mark.This is caused by how shallow the ear cushions on the M-200s are, resulting in the inside lightly resting on the cartilage of my ear. While the pressure starts out very light, it quickly adds up over time.What about getting a thicker pair of awesome magnetic ear cushions to fix this problem? I’m glad you brought that up. As far as I can tell, there are no replacement ear cushions available for the M-200 series. I was not able to find any on Amazon or V-Moda’s own site, which is unfortunate, because I am such a fan of this design and these headphones.One more thing to note about the ear cups on the M-200s, is that they do not rotate. That can be very useful when you are resting the headphones around your neck, making it more comfortable as you take a break between listening sessions.Sound QualityV-Moda has always had a reputation for strong bass, but this is the studio series meant for mastering music. Rest assured that the large 50mm drivers in the M-200 produce a clear balanced sound. Although, it wouldn’t be V-Moda if it didn’t have a little extra bass, but that’s okay, because that’s the way I like it.I put the V-Moda M-200 through several weeks of use, listening to several genres of music, including rock, pop, EDM, and more. They provided plenty of detail and separation of the instruments allowing you to experience music the way the artist did in the studio. However, if you’re a fan of headphones with deeper bass or a V-shaped sound signature, then you’re going to need to look elsewhere.Final ThoughtsV-Moda set out to create a high-quality set of studio cans, and they certainly delivered. Between the solid build quality, customization, and studio sound the M-200s add up to one great pair of headphones. My biggest criticism would be the shallow ear cushions, which should hopefully be rectified soon when V-Moda releases deeper ones. Besides that, these make a great choice if you’re looking for that pure neutral sound or need to master some music.However, if you’re not mastering music, the $350 price tag can be a little much, considering the M-200 series also lacks extra features such as Bluetooth or active noise cancelation. If you’re only looking for a great pair of over the ear headphones with all the bells and whistles, give the Bose QC 35 II a try which will give you great sound quality, Bluetooth, and ANC for around $300.Buy from Amazon Buy from V-Moda

Top five gadgets that you would want to have during the pandemic

This worldwide pandemic has taken us all by surprise. Nobody was ready for it, but here we are! Therefore, since we do not really have a choice, we suggest looking at gadgets that can help us get through the tough times more easily and have fun in between. Without further ado, let’s get to our list!Signal boosterIf you have a faulty connection at home, this one is a lifesaver. Right now, our phones and the internet are our only big windows into the world, so losing any of them is no Bueno. Luckily, you do not have to endure bad reception, even if you live in a remote location. What you need is a cell signal booster, or a 4G booster if you need a specific device for the mobile data signal. The objective of this gadget is clear enough: fish the signal coming from the cell tower (even if it is weak), make it stronger, and then broadcast the strong signal all over a certain area. These gadgets use the same frequency as the cell providers, so the devices will differ from country to country. Mobile signal boosters Australia will offer are different from those in the US, or Canada. These boosters can also vary, depending on the area you would like to cover, the signal you would like to enhance (Call, 3G/4G/4G LTE, etc.) and the providers you prefer. So make an effort to research everything before making a decision. Just remember that this great device will keep you connected even if you decide to go deep into the countryside to a location with a weak signal, or just have the comfort of working from home.3D PrinterIf you are social distancing with kids or a couple of teenagers, you will appreciate this next one. Having a 3D printer in the house will help immensely, and not only in the fun department, although we have to admit, is it great fun for both kids and adults. Not only can you make toys and lots of fun stuff, but you can also print useful things for the house, like custom made handers, door handles, in case you need a replacement, etc. If you are looking for a 3D printer, the UK has plenty of options, but probably the most useful ones for home are tabletop models. They are cheap enough to purchase and at the same time, they give you and your kids’ endless opportunities for learning and inventing. In addition, if you learn 3D modeling (the pandemic might just be the right time), paired with a printer, you would be unstoppable!Wireless HeadphonesWe all need our peace and quiet sometimes. A lot of times, actually. However, having wireless headphones will give you the chance to listen to your favorite music, podcasts, or news, while doing any sort of mechanical work, like cooking, house chores, etc. Yes, you could also do it with a cord, but it always ads extra tension, do not you think? Constantly worrying that the phone will fall out of your pocket when you turn too fast or the earphones will get wet when you try to readjust them with wet hands. Wireless over-the-ear headphones are the best choice if you are hoping to get a little peace of mind during all this madness.Monitor Stand with a FanThis one is a great opportunity to save on your electric bill by turning off the AC and having a fan right on your desk. It will keep the monitor at your eye level, taking the strain away from your neck and at the same time, keep you cool and your brain fresh while you work. It is a win-win!Ergonomic KeyboardSince we are talking about comfort, this one will give your hands a break and allow you to keep your wrists and forearms in a more relaxed position while typing. This is an immeasurable plus if your work involves a lot of it. So give your arms the comfort they deserve with this great keyboard. With a slightly elevated middle section and soft padding at the bottom, your wrists will not hurt even after a long working day. Paired with a super comfortable chair, you will not feel as tired by the end of the day.Working from home, and generally spending this much time in 4 walls can be very stressful, but at least we can make it a little easier on ourselves by surrounding our home life with a little more comfort and purpose. Stay safe and healthy above all else and good luck!Image by Junjira Konsang from PixabayEDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

How to migrate your data to a Pixel phone

With smartphones becoming increasingly more affordable, buying one can be a semi-regular occurrence. However, moving data between your old phone and the new one can be cumbersome.Many people will opt to transfer the data to a computer and then to the new phone. Historically, that was what one had to do. Or, users would back up what they could to a microSD card. Today, smartphone manufacturers have dedicated apps that make this process easy, efficient, and seamless.This guide will teach you how to move all your personal data (SMS, calls, apps, photos, etc.) from your old phone to a Pixel-branded phone. With this, you won’t have to worry about copying data on a computer or removable storage.Why Pixel Phones?You can never go wrong with a Pixel phone. These are the first phones to receive Google’s software updates as well as the developer builds. If you’ve recently pocketed yourself a nifty Google Pixel 3a or a Pixel 4/XL, or plan to grab one, this guide will tell you how to move your data from your old phone to your brand new Pixel.This guide will teach you how to move all your personal data which includes SMS, calls, apps, photos, etc. from your old phone to your brand new Pixel phone. With this, you won’t have to worry about copying or pasting data on a computer between phones.Pre-RequisitesMake sure both devices have 80% charge and you have the Quick Switch Adapter that came in the box with your Pixel phone. It looks like the OTG device pictured here.This guide only more specifically covers the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 4 devices; we can’t guarantee it will work with Pixel 2 or the first generation Pixel.This guide assumes you’ve already finished setting up your phone and you’re at the home screen.As this is a physical connection held by two wires, we highly recommend you do all of the steps with both phones on a flat surface. This ensures you don’t have to hold the phones in your hands for the whole process and steady data transfer is taking place.Let’s Get StartedNavigate to your Settings page and Look for the Finish Setup prompt at the top.Image courtesy of GoogleTap the Start button and Next.Image courtesy of GoogleImage courtesy of GoogleTurn on your old phone, make sure its unlocked, and that you’re able to access the home screen. Connect the cable to its charging port. Tap Next after connecting it.Image courtesy of GoogleNow connect the Quick Switch Adapter into your Pixel. You’ll see a rectangular end at the bottom, this is where you connect the other of your old phone cable.When you’ve connected both your phones by the Quick Switch Adapter, tap on Next.Image courtesy of GoogleImage courtesy of GoogleCheck your old phone, choose Copy, and follow the on-screen instructions. Make sure the phone is still unlocked and has full access to the home screen.Image courtesy of GoogleCome back to your Pixel phone and choose what stuff you want to carry over from the previous phone. Once you’ve selected what you want to copy, Press Copy at the bottom right.Image courtesy of GoogleOnce everything’s copied, you’ll see a notification on your Pixel.Image courtesy of GoogleIf you see something incorrect or inaccurate, please feel free to let the author know.

New titles and yearly subscription coming to Play Pass

I find myself rolling my eyes when I hear people talk about the ‘Apple ecosystem’ and at the same time I tend to forget how many things Google has their hands in –specifically things I pay for monthly. Examples include Drive storage, YouTube Premium, and now Google Play Pass. Play PassSpeaking to that value, Play Pass is $4.99 per month and the app library is just insane. Recently I downloaded Sonic 2, completely free and free of ads. Over the last few months they’ve added over 150 new apps to the catalog. You can play games like Sonic or download some super kid friendly apps like Sesame Workshop for the kids. If you are looking for more kid friendly apps and games, to help quarantined kids pass some time (and keep you from going insane), go to “Apps and games for kids” and just look for the “Teacher approved” badge.Yearly SubscriptionUp until now the subscription was only available on a monthly basis. Luckily that charge is inexpensive for what you get. Early adopters were offered a chance to get in at just $1.99 per month.Google this week announced a yearly payment option that will be priced $29.99. It’s basically like paying for six months and getting six months free if you pay for the year in advance.If you’re already a member, like myself, you can just upgrade to the yearly plan. All you’ll need to do is go to the Play Pass tab in the Play Store app and scroll down until you see “Upgrade to a yearly subscription”.New MarketsIn addition to the new titles and the yearly subscription, Play Pass will come to a handful of new markets this week. Those include; Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom.If you want to try Play Pass before you commit to either a monthly or yearly subscription Google has you covered. You can always sign up for a one-month trial in the Play Pass section of your Play Store app.Will you be upgrading to the yearly subscription? Or do you live in one of the new markets and your anxious to see what Play Pass is all about? Let us know in the comments!

Snag the FRESHeBUDS Pro magnetic wireless earbuds for $29.99

Wireless earbuds have become quite popular as of late, especially now that select phone makers have decided to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from their devices.Up for your consideration today are the FRESHeBUDS Pro, a set of Bluetooth, weather resistant earbuds on sale to the sweet tune of $29.99.As the Pro model, these fare well in practically any outdoor activity, even those near and around water.  Magnetically held together, they pair to your smartphone once you pull the earbuds apart.FeaturesSweat and water resistantUnrivaled sound quality for compact sizeBattery lasts up to 10 hoursFully charges in 90 minutesConnects to your smartphone as soon as you pull apart the earbudsAnswer calls straight from the earbuds w/ a built-in microphoneComfortably lightweight and secure in your earsTurn off when placed together, turn on when pulled apartNot only are these lightweight and comfortable to wear for listening to music, they can also make and receive calls. Additionally, you’ve got physical volume buttons to control audio levels, too.Where to BuyThe FRESHeBUDS are available as part of a big sale which sees them discounted all the way down to $29.99 in the AndroidGuys Deals Store. Head there now and pick up a pair and you’ll have something awesome to use for your next playlist or podcast.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.

Making your phone secure on a budget: Five ways to do It

Do you want to make your phone more secure? The chances are that you’ve stumbled upon some expensive security solutions on Google App Store. When it comes to smartphone security, pricey security apps and gadgets are not your only option. If you want to do it on a budget, there is a cost-effective way.There are plenty of budget-friendly security solutions for mobile devices out there. You can use them to add several security layers and keep your phone and data safe from cybercriminals’ prying eyes. Here are five ways to keep your android phone protected from all kinds of threats.Keep Screen Lock EnabledKeeping your phone unlocked is convenient. You can quickly access apps without providing biometric data or passcodes. But what happens if you lose your phone? What if it ends up in the hands of someone who likes to snoop around? All your accounts and sensitive data will be available without any protection. You might also use various bank apps that provide you with a feature to send payments without verification or access control.Androids and iPhones have plenty of screen lock features. You can use passwords, PINs, fingerprint sensors, and patterns. Using these features is easy, and you won’t have to install any additional third-party apps. Just make sure to use a combination, and your phone will become more secure.Use a VPNA Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides several perks to phone users, one of which is better security. VPN delivers nearly unbreakable encryption, making your entire web traffic protected. With a VPN, you will even be able to use public and unsecured Wi-Fi and still be safe. Since public Wi-Fi spots continue to be a menace, you should usually avoid them. However, if you connect to them with an enabled VPN, there will be nothing to worry about.When your traffic is encrypted, hackers usually do not have the resources to decipher it. In some cases, the process might be too time-consuming. Also, with a high-speed VPN, you won’t even notice that you are running a VPN in the background. As a bonus, you will be able to bypass geo-restrictions on some sites and watch the latest TV shows, movies, and sporting events.Avoid Saving Passwords on Your DeviceMost online services require users to log in before they can access them. That convenient option, “Remember Me” or “Login Automatically,” can turn into an expensive mistake if your phone ends up in the wrong hands. It especially applies to those of you who use payment and banking apps on their phones.We are aware that typing in your passwords every time you have to log in is slightly annoying, but it is for your own good. For quicker access, you can use password managers. They are a necessity that you should not overlook. With all passwords available from one convenient location, you will only need to remember one passcode.Remote Wipe and BackupOnce your phone is in someone else’s hands, there is very little you can do to protect it. You need to understand that you might lose your phone at any time. So, prepare for such a scenario as if it were to happen tomorrow. What can you do? You can use remote wipe apps. But before you do, make sure to back up your phone data.There are numerous cloud-based services that facilitate phone backups. Make sure to turn on the regular backup option so you can access the recent update in the event of an emergency. Should something happen, you can always restore your phone to its previous state.So, install a reliable remote wipe app on your device. It will enable you to erase your phone remotely. You can always use the remote wipe as your last resort to keep your sensitive and private data safe.Install Anti-virus Tools on Your Android DeviceAlways keep in mind that Android devices are the most popular ones. That’s why they are a big target for cybercriminals. These malicious users will try to infect your phone with malware and viruses just to steal your data or encrypt it. Then, you will be demanded to pay to get the decrypted versions of your files. Anti-virus programs can help you tackle most of these threats. There are plenty of free anti-virus solutions for Android, and you can choose the one that suits your needs.These tools will keep viruses away from your smartphone. Some of them even come with Wi-Fi security scanner, phone tracking, and phone wipe features to help you gain more control of your mobile phone security. Do these five things, and your phone will be significantly more secure for everyday use. With proper security practices paired with VPN and anti-virus software, you will keep hackers at bay and minimize the risk of getting your private data leaked or stolen.Image Source: Unsplash.comEDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Xiaomi announces new ecosystem products including the Mi Smart Band 5

Xiaomi is the producer of the Mi and Redmi smartphone lines, which are devices that offer immense value at rather low prices.Today, however, Xiaomi has announced not smartphones, but many lifestyle products, ranging from scooters to monitors. Here’s a rundown of some of Xiaomi’s new products.Mi Smart Band 5For years, the Xiaomi Mi Band has been one of the premiere cheap fitness trackers(I actually still use my Mi Band 2 from time to time). The issue with that, however, is that these devices are usually only sold in China, leaving you to buy it on Gearbest or importers on Amazon.Now, Xiaomi has announced the Mi Smart Band 5. The Mi Smart Band 5 is an international version of the Mi Band 5, with features such as:65 dynamic displays6 band colors1.1″ color AMOLED display11 exercise modesPPG heart rate sensorPersonal Activity Intelligence value14 days of battery lifeMagnetic snap-on chargerMi Electric Scooter Pro 2 and Electric Scooter 1SFor those who need to travel for work but do not want or need a car, Xiaomi is now offering the Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 and Electric Scooter 1SThe Scooter Pro 2 features:Travel distance of  up to 45km(about 28 miles)Speeds of up to 25km/hour(about 16 mph)Ability to climb 20% incline slopesUp to a week of batteryLCD display for configuration and statistics2W Headlight plus front, rear, and side reflectorsFolding designDouble brakes300W MotorThe Scooter 1S is far more casual with similar features but a reduced travel distance of 30 kilometers and speeds of 25 kilometers per hourMi True Wireless Earphones 2 BasicThe Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic offer:Dual microphones with environmental noise cancellationPlay/pause with in-ear detection14.2mm dynamic driver5 hours of use per earphone with up to 20 hours of total life from the caseMi TV StickThe Mi TV Stick is a pocket-sized Android TV device with:Dolby and DTS Surround Sound SupportGoogle AssistantChromecast8GB Storage1GB RAMBluetooth Remote with Google Assistant, Netflix, and Prime Video buttonsXiaomi Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34″For the dedicated gamer, the Mi Curved Gaming Monitor is an exciting option with:WQHD Display1500R curvature21:9 aspect ratio144hz refresh-rateFlicker-free technologyAMD FreeSyncWide color gamut300 nits of brightness3000:1 contrast ratioNo prices have been announced as of yet.

Knock out your summer reading on the BOOX Poke2, just $189.99

How do you read your books? Is it traditional paperback and hardback stuff? Audio-only? Leather-bound scrolls? Phones, tablets, and laptops?If you’re reading your books on a phone or tablet, you’re doing yourself a disservice. That’s a lot of unnecessary strain on your eyes and likely a poor result in the process. If you want to read things digitally, do yourself a favor and start reading books and documents on an eReader like the newly-launched BOOX Poke2.Available in our Deals Store today for just $189.99, this portable 6-inch unit features a 4th generation e Ink display with some 32 adjustable frontlights. In other words, sunlight isn’t going to throw a glare at you and the writing will be incredibly crisp in all conditions.Indeed, the BOOX Poke2, is powered by Android 9 and allows for installation of third party reading apps and titles. And thanks to the octa-core processor under the hood, it’s a snappy and speedy experience.BOOX Poke2 Features4th generation E Ink Carta display gives sharper & clearer text6″ lets you easily slide the tablet into your pocket & carry it aroundOcta-core processor ensures smooth loading & running of all docs and appsLatest Android 9.0 OS allows you to install a lot of 3rd party reading apps & titles on the go32-level adjustable frontlights to reach your optimal color temperature & read anytime, anywhereBuy Yours Today!What are you waiting for? Head to the AndroidGuys Deals Store today and order your BOOK Poke2 and chip away at that summer reading list. Grab it while it’s here for just $189.99.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.

Mobvoi announces TicKasa ANC Headphones with 30-hour battery life

Mobvoi, the producers of the TicPods 2, one of our favorite budget wireless earbuds, has made an offering in the over-ear headphone world with the Mobvoi TicKasa ANC Headphones.The TicKasa ANC Headphones feature:Qualcomm aptX HD Audio and AAC codecsBluetooth 5.0Five built-in microphonesDual microphone noise isolationActive Noise CancellationUp to 30 hours of battery lifeThe Mobvoi TicKasa ANC Headphones are available right now in Grey and Black for $129.99 at Mobvoi’s website.  

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Moto 360 3rd Gen is $100 off for a limited time

In 2016, Motorola announced they were going to discontinue their then-Android Wear watch, the Moto 360, due to a decline in wearable sales. The Moto 360 was one of the first smartwatches to feature a circular display like a traditional watch.However, in 2019, a company called eBuyNow released a new smartwatch bearing the Moto 360 name. The device is normally $299.99, but it is available for $100 for a limited time.Moto 360 3rd Gen SpecsThe latest Moto 360 features:Stainless Steel caseAlways-on Display1GB RAM8GB StorageSnapdragon Wear 31003ATM Water Resistance1.2″ Circular AMOLED DisplayUp to 2-day battery life that can charge to 100% in 60 minutesHeart rate measurementsBluetooth 4.2You can get the Moto 360 3rd Gen in rose gold, steel grey, and phantom black for $199.99 at Moto 360 or Amazon for a limited time.

Lifetime VPNSecure: Safer browsing for five devices is just $35

If you pay attention to cyber threats, you know they are more commonplace with every passing day. We employ thousands of government employees for the NSA and even they can’t keep our information secure from hackers. In, fact, we bet you can’t go two days without hearing the words hack, breach, or leak.One step you can take to improving your personal internet security is through a virtual private network. It’s a method used to keep your sensitive data secure by replacing your IP address with one hosted by the VPN service. You can get an IP address from any location in the world using this method.Beyond securing your information, if you travel overseas you might be limited in the sites you can access like Facebook and Netflix depending on where you go. A VPN allows you to maintain access to all sites you use in the US.The AndroidGuys Deals Store is here to save you. Head there now and you can find a lifetime account to a VPN service without breaking the bank.AboutInternet threats are a real thing – and surfing the Web on a public connection can result in your personal data falling into the wrong hands. This deal offers you a lifetime of protection so you can explore the Internet worry-free. With the Smart DNS component, you can even bypass those annoying geographical restrictions that block Hulu, and more abroad.Plus, unlike other VPN services that claim to not log your activity, VPNSecure proudly assures that ZERO logs are recorded. Get VPNSecure, and you’ll get a cross-platform VPN service you can trust.VPNs are not just for security, either. You can also use them for privacy, too. Did you know you can get into torrenting and file sharing without your internet provider keeping an eye on you?FeaturesAllows you to bypass geolocation blocks on your favorite content viewing networksEncrypts your traffic so hackers can’t access your dataHides your location & IP addressSupports torrentsAllows you to connect five devices simultaneouslyGrants you the ability to choose Data CipherUses Stealth VPN to render your VPN traffic unrecognizableDelivers unlimited bandwidthDoes not keep any logs of your activityIncludes servers in 46+ countries & countingProtects against DNS leak fixes, kill switches & moreCompatibilityWindowsMac OS XAndroidiOSLinuxDD-WRTTomato USBiOS & Android apps availableWhere to BuyIf you’re ready to take web browsing more serious, you’ll definitely want to consider the lifetime subscription to VPNSecure. We’ve got it in a variety of options which are based on how many devices you want to protect.Up to 5 devices for $34.99 (92% off)Up to 10 devices for $49.99 (94% off)Up to 25 devices for $59.99 (96% off)Valued at hundreds of dollars, AndroidGuys readers can get their hands on a license for as little as $34.99 today. That’s a small price to pay for years and years worth of peace of mind.Save even more!In addition to the savings above, when you buy through AndroidGuys Deals, for every $25 spent, you get $1 credit added to your account. What’s more, should you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.If this is your first time buying, then you are also eligible for a further 10% discount when you subscribe for email updates.How about a freebie?Not looking to spend any money today? That’s alright, we understand. Why not visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and take something anyhow? Go ahead, grab two!

How to migrate your data to a OnePlus phone

With smartphones becoming increasingly more affordable, buying one can be a semi-regular occurrence. However, moving data between your old phone and the new one can be cumbersome.Many people will opt to transfer the data to a computer and then to the new phone. Historically, that was what one had to do. Or, users would back up what they could to a microSD card. Today, smartphone manufacturers have dedicated apps that make this process easy, efficient, and seamless.This guide will teach you how to move all your personal data (SMS, calls, apps, photos, etc.) from your old phone to a OnePlus phone. With this, you won’t have to worry about copying data on a computer or removable storage.Pre-requisitesMake sure both devices have 80% charge and install OnePlus Switch from the Google PlayStore on both phones. That is to say the phone you’re looking to copy the data from and the new OnePlus phone.Let’s Go!When you first boot up OnePlus Switch on your old phone, it will ask for permissions or to enable the necessary settings. Grant it access, or switch the necessary toggle to on as this lets the app access the storage in your phone.Once you have granted the old phone access to your storage, press the Start button at the bottom center of the screen.You will be asked to scan a QR Code on the phone. We will now use the OnePlus phone to generate it.On your OnePlus Phone, tap on I’m a new phone. From here, choose the OS of the device you’re migrating data from.If your old Android phone is not a OnePlus phone, choose Other. This will generate the QR Code on your new OnePlus phone for your old phone to scan.You will now be prompted to press Next on the OnePlus Phone. This is where you build the hotspot connection between your old phone and the OnePlus Phone.Once your OnePlus has made the hotspot, open the OnePlus Switch app on your old phone and scan the new QR code.Once the connection is established, look at your old phone and choose what data you wish to send to the OnePlus phone.You will be notified to keep the app open during the transfer period. Since both phones are on a hotspot, you won’t be able to use your phone’s Wi-Fi anyway.You will now see the file transfer occurring between devices. Once it’s completed, you’ll get a notification on each device about the successful transfer.Pro-TipFor best results, its best to not take calls or SMS during this period as this can lead to problems in the transfer or your data not being fully exchanged between devices.

This $35 solar-powered portable charger never runs out of energy

Summer is here and things are heating up. We’re getting outside more and more, even sneaking in a little time away from the home. Hey, as long as you’re being socially responsible about, we’re cool with you getting a day at the beach, or a hike. Or maybe you want a weekend getaway at the campground.A key part of being out of the house is getting away from chargers and plugs. That means batteries dying on devices and phones running low on juice.Arm yourself with a portable battery backup that offers up enough power to recharge your typical phone about three times over. Actually, do yourself one better and get a charger that can conceivably always have power to lend.We have a solar phone charger in our Deals Store that packs some 10,000mAh worth of power. Moreover, it has a 4-panel foldable solar panel system which means it can always be actively replenishing itself. Priced just $34.99, it’s the perfect companion for a day or two away from the home.Features4x monocrystalline solar panels for higher solar power absorption & maximum efficiencyHuge 10,000mAh Li-Polymer battery stores huge power for your devicesDual USB 2.1 quick charging ports powers up your phone, tablets & other device fastBuilt-in 3 LED lights help you call for help in case of an accident or illuminate your campsite at nightSolar panels are completely foldable & waterproof for worry-free transport and useOrder Yours!Head to our Deals Store today and order your 4-panel solar-powered portable charger so you’ll have it for your next weekend excursion or backyard sleepover. Save 20% and grab yours for only $34.99.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.

Top five tools for testing a mobile application

Mobile application testing can be done either manually or using automation. Most companies are starting to use automation tools to reduce overhead, and to speed up the testing process. Consumers expect apps to be developed, updated and tested thoroughly and faster than ever before.Automated testing, or web app testing services, can help speed up the testing process, but every developer needs essential tools to help with the testing process, too.A few of the many mobile testing tools that are being used in 2020 include:TestCompleteTestComplete is a leading UI testing tool that tests your user interface using AI object recognition. You can use scripts or no scripts, and you can test mobile applications as well as web and desktop applications if you build out your app to run on multiple platforms.Developers can create and automate different function tests on iOS and Android devices. There is no need to jailbreak a phone to test out your app.Tests can be automated on:Mobile devicesEmulatorsVirtual machinesYou can also test mobile gestures if your app works with them, and you can record all of your testing for further insight into any bugs or problems your app may have.Automatic checks with simple checkpoints can be added, and you could also integrate other testing tools using the API.Robot FrameworkA powerful, open source automation tool that allows you to create both robotic process automation and test automation for your apps. Robotic Framework is easy to use and setup.When using this framework, you will be able to enjoy acceptance test driven development and testing processes. You can use this framework to create keyword driven tests and also use a variety of standard external test libraries to ensure your app meets testing standards.This tool is cross-platform, so it will work on iOS and Android devices.You can easily integrate this framework into a variety of editing and building tools for further customization of all of your app testing.AppiumAppium is another open source testing automation framework that works with mobile apps on iOS, Android and Windows. The automation framework uses powerful tools with back-end APIs and databases to test code. You can use your favorite development tools to create code to use inside of this platform.You can use this framework for creating UI tests on mobile apps, web apps and even hybrid applications. The framework covers both Android and iOS platforms, and it also supports code reuse across both platforms.SEE ALSOBecome your company’s Big Data hero with this $40 online training bundleJust $39.99, this 9-course bundle will help you master Microsoft Office like a proDevelop the next killer app with this set of online coursesWhen using this platform, you will also be able to benefit from:Testing using multiple languages, including Java, PHP, Ruby, Python and JavaScriptEasy integration with Jenkins and CI/CD toolsRecording of mobile gesturesEspressoEspresso is the testing framework that was created by Google and has been integrated into the Android studio. If you develop apps using the Android platform, you’ll be able to generate scripts using several different options, but these scripts will only work for Android UI.This platform incorporates:Platform-specific solutionsFlexible API usageTest recordingManual creation of tests using Java or KotlinEspresso allows you create automated testing that is small and predictable. You can run tests quickly and easily with different tests state exceptions, assertions and custom infrastructure.XCUITestThe XCUITest is Apple’s own tool for creating UI tests for iOS apps only. This tool will run inside of the XCode IDE and allows you to write tests directly inside of the IDE for greater convenience to developers.When using this platform, it allows you to create tests and execute them on all Apple devices.With XCUITest, you’ll also enjoy:Support for objective-C and Swift programming languagesIntegration with XCodeTest recording with the use of XCode UI test recorderPlatform specific solution for testing of all iOS appsWhen you set up automated testing, you are allowing yourself and your team to conduct tests rapidly and in conjunction with new version releases of your app. In today’s quick app development world, you always need to have testing in place during the development phase. Testing allows you to push products to the market faster while also keeping consumers happier with the apps that they’re using.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.IMAGE: StockSnap from Pixabay

MKC Tab Wallet review

It’s rare these days that a piece of tech completely wows me with being original, but even rarer is that device isn’t connected to the internet. I’ve been on the search for the perfect keyring and I think I may have found it in an unlikely place… in a wallet. The MKC Tab Wallet just might be the perfect device for all my personal identification and keys.My keychain search has turned up many contenders like KeySmart and KeyBar. I’ve carried two generations of the KeySmart with the Tile integrated model being the latest. Despite this, I’ve felt like it was still bulky and not quite what I wanted.MKC which is a sub-brand of a company called IPPINKA may have filled that void and more with the Tab Wallet. Allow me to expand on just how impressive this wallet really is in my full review.DesignThe tanned leather look of the MKC Tab Wallet looks fairly normal when you pull it out of the box. You have a front pocket meant to store a single, or at most, three cards. I’ve chosen to use this as my placeholder for my driver’s license and insurance card.Inside the main compartment, you have a larger slot for your main credit and debit cards to live. The company says this will contain three to six cards, but may need time for the leather to conform to the higher end of that capacity. I’ve found that to be true. I started with three cards and added additional cards to five total within a week. This compartment is also RFID protected.So, far you’re right. This is a standard minimal front pocket wallet by MKC. However, flip the Tab Wallet over and you’ll see what looks like two brass buttons. These are actually Chicago bolts that screw into studs on the other side of this leather back.And this is where the magic happens! Each stud will hold up to three standard-size keys for your household locks. Once in place, you screw the bolt through the keys and you now have your main keys and money all in a single MKC Tab Wallet.Real-World ExperienceWhile most of us probably don’t have a ton of keys, I do have more than one and this multi-functioning MKC Tab Wallet hits a sweet spot and is still very slim in pocket real estate. This allows me to have my house key, my parents key, a bottle opener, and a SIM tool (nerd alert) all hidden in the same wallet I’m going to carry every day.The MKC Tab is also a better wallet in general than what I was previously using. I previously had one that had a tiered card slot on one side, a large pocket in the middle, and a plastic-covered ID slot on the back. I was always having issues with the plastic sticking to my license while ordering drinks and the card slots overlapped just enough to make getting to any card cumbersome.The MKC Tab instead offers you a front pocket to easily get to my license or other documentation more freely. I don’t have to fumble through a plastic wall to get to them when a tasty beer is at stake.It also makes paying the tab quicker with a tab. You pull the elastic band around the bottom of the main card slot and all your cards pull right out ready to be used. Once the cards are returned the tab slides back down into place tucked away into the Tab Wallet.Now, the elephant in the room is car fobs. These are usually obnoxiously large and bulky. Well, that’s the one downside to this MKC Tab Wallet, but that’s not unusual. Every keychain I’ve tried on the market simply doesn’t make a great home for these keyless entry units.It did however limit the bulk of my pockets by utilizing the wallet I was already carrying. I’ve always been a keys in the left pocket and wallet in my right kinda guy, but with a couple of keys and a couple of car fobs, this had gotten cramped over the last few years as phones have gotten larger as well.MKC has freed up space around my keyless car fobs for my Pixel 4 XL and we all couldn’t be happier. And if I do need to carry them all at once, I put a locking carabiner on my car fobs and a small ring on my MKC Tab to be able to take both in the gym, etc.Final ThoughtsI’ll wrap up by saying I am pretty sure this is the closest thing to a perfect combination of front-pocket wallet and a key organizer you’ll find on the market. MKC has a great build of real leather and functional compartments that I’m still impressed by.You can snag your own MKC Tab Wallet, or it’s big brother, at the company’s website or Amazon. The Tab is available in black or brown leather for $72. Let me know what you think in the comments if you’re liking what you see from MKC.

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