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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus hands-on: A cunning copycat

Samsung's refreshed flagship Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is a refined and elegant piece of hardware that promises productivity.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: Bold beans battle the AirPods

Samsung braved uncharted territory with the Galaxy Buds Live, at a time when everyone is following Apple's lead.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra hands-on: Flagship power and style

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a beast of a phone that targets professionals, gamers, and geeks. Is it

Goose VPN: Two years of web browsing peace of mind, just $19.99

Have you ever attempted to use Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode? When you use it for the first time, you’re tempted to think that you’re hiding your user data from others — until it tells you that your wireless internet provider and other parties can still “see” you. While it doesn’t leave a web browsing trail, it doesn’t do much to disguise your web browsing activities from others. The data trackers can still see you online.When it comes to privacy and security, each person has a different idea of the concept. Some want to go completely off the trail and hide. Others don’t want to be bothered with sharing location information. Others want to just keep their browsing habits on the down low.Understanding all of this, your best bet is to get something that covers all of the bases. What you need is a service like Goose VPN.This software service will create a virtual private network with a strict no-logging policy so that you need not report where you are at any moment. If you happen to find yourself on public Wi-Fi, Goose VPN reroutes your IP address through a remote server to dodge data tracking.Goose VPN FeaturesWorks on an unlimited number of devices at the same timeRedirects internet traffic through a heavily encrypted tunnelEnsures privacy & performance w/ zero logging and bandwidth throttlingKeeps personal, sensitive data securedOffers different IP addresses so you can access any website from any locationWith data tracking racking up millions of dollars on the web, it’s imperative that you protect yourself and avoid your information being leaked against your will. You’re a person, not a collection of data, so head on over and pick up Goose VPN before the deal expires.Purchase a two-year subscription to Goose VPN for just $19.99 right now and save hundreds of dollars. Or, for just ten bucks more ($29.99) you can double that to four years. Heck, there’s even a lifetime option that’s priced at a mere $99.99.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.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Buds Live now available

Samsung on Wednesday introduced its newest wearable, the Galaxy Watch 3, and its next-generation of earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Live. Both are set to go on sale August 6.Samsung Galaxy Watch 3The Galaxy Watch 3, available in 41mm and 45mm sizes, can be had with Bluetooth-only and LTE-ready versions. Both sizes have full-color, always-on OLED displays protected by Gorilla Glass.The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is a more upscale approach to wearables, and its price is proof positive. At $399 and up, it runs about $70 more than the first-gen watch and $150 more than the Watch Active 2.The Galaxy Watch 3 has a familiar look with a physical rotating dial and two buttons on the side. And while it looks a little heavier and clunkier than the Active wearable, you may be surprised.The Galaxy Watch 3 is reported to be 14 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch. And while there is no Galaxy Watch 2, there is a Galaxy Watch Active. As such, the new model builds on features found in both.The 41mm version will be sold in bronze or silver options; the 45mm version will be silver or black.The Galaxy Watch 3 is designed with stainless steel and comes with a color-matched leather band. According to Samsung, a titanium model will be offered later this year.As far as features go, the Galaxy Watch 3 features enhanced sleep tracking with improved algorithms and more precise data. It also has a trip/fall detection that can notify a contact when one is detected.Also present are the standard suite of features including notifications from apps, customizable watchfaces, mobile payment (Samsung Pay), a speaker for alerts and calls, hands-free Bixby assistant, and more.Samsung Pay for mobile payments (NFC only), and a speaker for playing alerts and taking calls. Samsung says the battery life can last up to two days between charges.The Galaxy Watch 3 will sell for $399.99 (41mm) and $429.99 (45mm), with the LTE-ready version at $449.99 and $479.99, respectively.Samsung Galaxy Buds LiveSamsung’s latest wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Live, are priced $170 and come in three colors (Mystic White, Mystic Black, and Mystic Bronze).Similar to Apple’s standard AirPods, the Galaxy Buds Live feature have an open design, which mean they’ll sit in your ear without having to force them into your canal. They’ll come two sets of “wingtips” to help ensure a more secure fit.The Galaxy Buds Live are rated for eight hours of playback with noise canceling off and up to six hours with it enabled. The charging case, which charges wirelessly or through USB-C, provides about 2.5 additional charges. According to Samsung, a five-minute quick charge yields an hour of battery life.The Galaxy BBuds Live are IPX2 water-resistant and sweat-resistant so you can work out in them or build up a sweat from running.Samsung has added a couple of features for those who own a Galaxy phone or tablet, including low-latency gaming mode. Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant, can also be used hands-free by saying, “Hi, Bixby.” 1 of 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series announced for August 21

Samsung on Wednesday announced its its latest phones, the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Scheduled for wide release on August 21, the pre-orders kick off on August 6.As one might expect, the new phones boast cutting-edge hardware features and run the latest version of Android. And, as we’ve seen with each iteration of the series, the Note 20 models gain new smarts and capabilities.The two phones closely resemble each other in many of the specifications; however, the Ultra version dials things up a little bit in select spots.The Galaxy Note 20 line feature 120Hz refresh rates, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ processor, 25W fast charging, 15W wireless charging, and support for 5G.Samsung Galaxy Note 206.7-inch flat Infinity-O Display FHD+ Super AMOLED+Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor8GB RAM128GB internal storageRear 64-megapixel telephoto, 12-megapixel wide-angle, and 12-megapixel ultra-wide camerasFront-facing 10-megapixel camera4300mAh battery with 25W chargingSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra6.9-inch edge Infinity-O Display Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2XQualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor12GB RAM128GB/512GB internal storageRear 108-megapixel wide-angle, 12-megapixel telephoto, and 12-megapixel ultra-wide camerasFront-facing 10-megapixel camera4500mAh battery with 25W chargingSpecifications and bullet points are only part of the story as the real details and features aren’t quite as easily expressed. As such, the new phones gain an overhauled Samsung Notes experience with free cloud sync, PDF annotation, nested folder structure, personalized handwriting cleanup, sound recordings time-synced with notes, and sync capabilities for OneNote and Outlook.Further, the S Pen supports five new gestures, allowing general Android navigation using accessory as a remote control.On the camera front, the Note 20 series include 8K video capture, multi-track audio including remote mics, manual controls, variable-speed zoom, and the ability to use the new Galaxy Buds Live earbuds as microphones.AvailabilityYou won’t have to look too hard to find the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 as pretty much all major carriers will offer the phone. Moreover, they’ll be offered at retail outlets like Best Buy, Amazon, and others. Pre-orders start on August 6 with wide availability slated for August 21.The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 ($999.99) will be sold in Bronze, Mystic Green, and Mystic Gray while the Samsung Galaxy Note Ultra ($1,299.99) will have Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, and Mystic White colors.All pre-orders include a Samsung Credit to spend with on accessories, and also come with four months of YouTube Premium, six months of Spotify Premium, and discounts for Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Watch 3.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 arrives, marking its first 5G-ready tablets

Samsung, at its Unpacked event, announced a whole array of new products, including the flagship level Galaxy Note 20 series. Also making its introduction was the Galaxy Tab 7 series of tablets.Offered in two versions, the Galaxy Tab 7 and Galaxy Tab 7 Plus are Samsung’s first tablets to feature 5G connectivity. The two will be sold later this fall with pricing starting at $650 and $850, respectively.The Galaxy Tab line has evolved from being a standard tablet experience into one that potentially rivals a PC or laptop in terms of performance. Moreover, they’re far more versatile than in previous years.Features in the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus include 120Hz refresh rates, come with Samsung’s S Pen, and support optional keyboard cases.The main difference between the two units will be the size and type of display. The Galaxy Tab S7 has an 11-inch LCD while the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes in larger at 12.4-inches with an OLED panel under the glass. 1 of 4 Also noteworthy and related, the Tab S7 Plus has an in-screen fingerprint scanner while the Tad S7 has its built into the power button. Batteries, as one might suspect, are also different with 8,000mAh and 10,000mAh power sources.The Galaxy Tab 7 series tablets have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and come with either 6GB or 8GB RAM, and up to 256GB internal storage. A microSD expansion card slot allows for external media (up to 1TB).In terms of software, the Galaxy Tab 7 run Android 10 with Samsung’s OneUI on top. Additionally, they support Samsung’s DeX interface for a more PC-like experience.Both models will be offered in Wi-Fi and cellular (5G) versions with millimeter-wave and sub-6 5G connectivity. Rounding out the specifications are Type-C charging, quad speakers with Dolby Atmos, and super fast (45W) charging.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 officially slated to arrive in September

Samsung on Wednesday began uncovering the preliminary details for its next-gen premium foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2.With pre-orders set to kick off on September 1, there’s still plenty of features to be uncovered. However, Samsung does give us a sense of what to expect.For starters, both screens have been made larger as compared to its predecessor. The exterior display is 6.2-inches while the flexible interior one has been bumped up to 7.6-inches.SEE ALSOSamsung Galaxy Tab 7 arrives, marking its first 5G-ready tabletsSamsung Galaxy Note 20 series announced for August 21Similar to its Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung will employ its Ultra Thin Glass in the Galaxy Z Fold 2. This will help keep the screen more safely protected.Samsung has also re-engineered the hinge, using more than 60 precision parts all while retaining a similar appearance.Other specifications include punch hole cameras in both displays and a 4,500mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be sold in Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze colors. A limited run Thom Browne Edition will also be sold.Pricing and exact availability is unclear, but we do know that Verizon and T-Mobile have already pledged to carry the phone. Look for the full picture to be revealed as we approach the September 1 pre-order date.

Sterilize your items and work space with this portable UV-C wand

In an age when cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer aren’t easily found, it’s a little tough to keep your personal items and space clean. Not wiped down and washed, but free from germs and bacteria.Rather than fighting your way through a store to find only to find out there are no wipes left, take a smarter approach. The SANITECH UV-C Wand, on sale for just $72.99, is the sort of thing you buy once and get to use over and over. Try that with those Clorox Wipes.About the size of an electric toothbrush, the SANITECH UV-C Wand emits a UV-C light that kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria within ten seconds. It cleans all sorts of surfaces, including clothes, bedding, phones, keyboards, laptops, and more. If your hands touch it, you can probably clean it with the SANITECH UV-C Wand.FeaturesUV-C light kills 99.9% of germs, bacteria, & viruses within 10 secondsChemical-free for your safety & can be used on baby products, cosmetics, pet supplies, on home and public spacesLasts up to 90 minutes w/ full chargeBuilt for travel & convenienceBuy it NowPurchase the SANITECH UV-C Wand for just $72.99, a savings of 18% off the normal $90 price. Choose from Winter White, Flamingo Pink, and Seabreeze Green.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.

Motorola One Fusion+ comes to US for $400

Motorola on Tuesday announced that its One Fusion+ smartphone will be available for US  buyers starting on August 5. Sold direct to consumers, the unlocked handset will retail for $400.Already available in India and Europe, the phone packs a 6.5-inch FHD+ display, 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor powers the experience with help from Android 10.Around back there are four cameras, a 64-megapixel primary sensor, 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 5-megapixel macro, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front of the phone has a pop-up 16-megapixel selfie camera.A 5,000mAh battery packs enough juice to keep things running for two days at a time. Rounding things out are a rear fingerprint reader, USB Type-C charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD expansion card slot.The Motorola One Fusion+ is built and priced similarly to the recently introduced Google Pixel 4a. In other words, it’s got all the power one might need for a daily driver and it comes at a cost many can afford.

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Tribit StormBox portable wireless speaker review

Bluetooth speakers come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and price points. To say that it’s easy to find something that works for you would likely be an understatement.Bluetooth speakers are also widely available; they’re found not just in electronics stores, but general retail stores and myriad online outlets, too.For every big-name branded speaker that you’ll encounter in your hunt, there also will be unknown companies competing for your attention and money. Take, for instance, Tribit.Although it doesn’t have the same market presence as Ultimate Ears, it does have a growing portfolio of competing products with lower prices. Its StormBox speaker is one of the brand’s latest products and we’ve had a chance to check one out.DesignThe Tribit StormBox is a cylindrical speaker that takes up about as much space as a large energy drink. Although its buttons lead you to believe there’s a specific front to it, the shape lends itself to a 360-degree sound.Speaking of buttons, the StormBox keeps things simple. There are volume controls and a multi-function power/pairing button. Oh, and there’s also an XBass button that’s used to take sound to the next level.The speaker has a hard mesh exterior and an IPX7 rating which means it’s built to withstand splashes and scrapes. At the top is a lanyard that makes it easy to carry or connect to a bag. Nice and portable, it weighs in around one pound total.Although it pairs via Bluetooth, the StormBox also has a 3.5mm auxiliary input for directly connecting to audio sources. It, and the microUSB charging port are located under a protective rubber flap that keeps things dry.Also worth noting, you can pair multiple StormBox speakers together to create a stereo sound. We did not have the chance to test the feature out.What’s Included?Tribit Bluetooth SpeakerMicro USB CableBlack LanyardUser ManualSetupThere’s very little to mess with here as it’s more or less a case of powering on and holding down the pairing button. You don’t have to worry about any apps or phone settings.PerformanceI was quite happy with how the speaker performed as it did everything it promised. The StormBox had no problem filling large rooms and open spaces. You could easily hear whatever was playing throughout any room.The water-resistance worked pretty well. It was a bit muffled, but nothing drastic. Overall, I thought the speaker did really well underwater.As for the special button, I didn’t feel that the XBass button had much effect. I wish it had been a bit stronger.The battery life is reported to be twenty hours. I used it right out of the box and used it for about ten hours, and haven’t had to charge it yet. The manual includes a guide to figuring out the different functions, including how to understand your battery level. It isn’t very obvious, but there is a column of lights on the back that will give you a general idea.ConclusionOne of the best selling points of the StormBox is that it comes with an 18-month warranty. Not only that, but you can extend it out to 30 months at no extra cost. This process is done online at Tribit’s website.Given the affordable ($60) price, this is a great speaker option for people who might want something for around the home, office, or pool. It’s portable, sounds great, and has an excellent battery life.AvailabilityThe Tribit StormBox comes in a variety of color options, including blue, black, and red. Look for it at Tribit’s website and Amazon for about $60.

Cool tech gifts under $100

In the era of digitalization and lots of tech advancements appearing every day, you have no choice but adapt to our quickly-changing world. Tech gadgets are cool: they simplify our life and make it much more convenient. Besides, they become an irreplaceable part of our daily routine, just like smartphones once did. More attention to tech gadgets are paid in college: students are in need of helpful devices as well as reliable services like papercoach, which you can pay for an essay or just delegate your homework. Tech gadgets can also become a great gift for everyone, from a teenager to a retired person. In this guide, we will cover the top popular of them that will not cost you a fortune.Top gadgets for under $100 budgetHow many times have your smartphone, quick Internet connection, and professional student service united to make wonders? You just choose a reliable resource based on speedy paper review and other agencies’ feedback, then send a request like «Can you do my homework for me?» or «Can you write my essay for me cheap?» and receive a completed task within a short timeframe. Just a decade ago, we couldn’t imagine it would have ever become possible. Now there is a variety of gadgets aimed to make our life easy and comfortable. We offer a list of top tech gifts everyone would be happy to get and which cost no more than $100 (however, today $100 can get you quite far):Streaming stickA device like the Chromecast will cost you around $70, if not less, and is good for people who love streaming like bloggers or just enjoy watching Netflix. All tech giants like Apple, Amazon, and Google have invested in the development of the streaming revolution so you can find a variety of models appearing every year (for example, Roku). It is able to deliver 4K HD video and helps you find the best place to enjoy the content easily;Portable chargerThis is a must-have device for active smartphone users that never have enough battery power (that is, for everyone). We recommend getting the one with 20,000mAh or more, which will likely cost you around $50 and will keep your phone charged seven times (this is especially convenient during the trip in the mountains, concerts, and other places where you can`t get charged a standard way). It is small, lightweight, and easily fits in the pocket or backpack. Besides charging quickly, it also does it safely based on your cable and device;Amazon Echo DotThis device is a mini voice assistant speaker that has access to multiple apps and using which you can control smart home devices (lights, garage door, water, and thermostat), listen to music, and order pizza. It will cost around $50 and is totally worth this money: it has a far-field system of voice recognition so you can make commands across the room while the device will react to your speech, accent, vocabulary, and patterns;E-readerFor example, it can be Amazon Kindle for the cost of $80. If the person loves reading and cannot invest much money into regular books buying, this one will make a perfect gift. The most recent models have a nice design, enough memory to download hundreds of books, a great touch screen, and a powerful processor for convenient reading. Talking about Amazon, it also has a built-in vocabulary and the battery life of one month by active reading;Wireless headphonesIf you are looking for a gift under $100, you can consider the Shure SE112 model that has a solid construction, built-in microphone for making calls, great quality of the sound, and a smooth Bluetooth connection. These headphones provide outstanding performance within a limited budget so you can enjoy music on the go;DroneDepending on the model, it will cost you around $100, and it will be a perfect gift for travelers and just nature lovers. It is lightweight, has stabilization features, and is controlled via an app. Cheaper models can record videos in 720p, which still makes great quality.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Android’s file sharing Nearby Share is now live

One feature that has been missing in the Android space for some time is the option to easily share files and contacts wireless with other Android users. Apple has had this with AirDrop for years, but Google has never brought a comparable protocol to the table. Finally, the rumors have been confirmed with Nearby Share available to Android.Nearby Share gives consumers a great option to quickly share links, photos, contacts, and documents with Android users instantly. The service works over cell networks, Bluetooth, WebRTC, or WiFi. This gives folks multiple avenues to deliver the shared files both on and offline.Google’s blog post also states that privacy settings are available in the app to make sure you have some more granular controls over how you can be found and receive files. You can change this from “all contacts” to “some contacts” or “hidden”. These privacy settings should allow you to add a layer of security to make sure you are only receiving or sending files to your most trusted friends or colleagues.Chromebooks are also not forgotten in this update. Chrome OS is quickly becoming the jack of all trades operating system and Google has made Nearby Share available on this platform as well. File sharing seemed like a natural progression of the already good continuum experience of Instant Tethering from Chrome OS devices to Android phones and we are glad Moutain View’s finest took the time to make this compatible day one.Nearby Share is a long-awaited addition to the Android ecosystem. While we like to think that Apple steals from Google on a consistent basis for new iOS features, this has been a gap in the Android experience that just needed to be fixed.Pixels and “select Samsung devices” should already see Nearby Share on the devices. Google will continue the trend of rolling releases of new Android options like this with future handsets getting Nearby Share over the coming months.