It wasn’t all that long ago that the idea of adding a security camera to your home was semi-rare and reserved for those who are “well off”. Not everyone had, or has, hundreds of dollars to put a camera up over their garage or back yard.Today it’s much more common to see people installing a camera or two in the home. It doesn’t take anything special to put them in place; you don’t need to be an electrical engineer to wire things. Many of today’s solutions are as simple as plugging into the wall and placing the camera where you need it.While it is entirely possible to dump thousands of dollars into outfitting your house with security cameras, motion detectors, and the like, you can also do it on the cheap. Such is the case with the AKASO P30 Pet Camera, an unobtrusive unit that costs about $50.AKASO P30 Pet CameraA pint-sized camera that takes up about as much space as a can of soda, the Akaso camera plugs in via USB and pairs to your phone. It’s an egg-shaped affair that does much more than let you spy on your dog.What’s Included?For your money you’ll receive the camera, its cable, a mounting plate, adhesive tape, and their respective accessories. It’s designed to sit on a counter, shelf, night stand, table, or anywhere else out of the way.Simple to set up both physically and in connecting to your phone, it took us all of five minutes to get it out of the box and installed. Make sure to connect to 2.4Ghz instead of 5GHz and have a microSD card ready if you plan to store video and images for long term.We initially placed our AKASO P30 on a table in the office as we didn’t quite know what sort of viewing angle or image quality we’d get from the camera. Suffice it to say, we were ready to move it into other rooms before long.ImpressionsWith a 1080 resolution image, it’s sufficient for keeping an eye on things while away. It’s not just to patch yourself through to make sure the dogs are eating, but it can also be used to monitor a child’s room or quick glances in the garage.The P30 feeds a near real-time image to your phone so you can see what’s going on, even in darker environments. What’s more, it can start recording if motion is detected or manually at the press of a button. Someone getting into your trash at night or knocking things off the counter? This is what you’ll want.Although it won’t automatically track subjects in frame you can still manually adjust what it sees both vertically and horizontally. We found it responds pretty quickly if you need to make an adjustment. The 100-degree viewing angle gives you a fairly wide look at a room so it’s easy to find an out-of-the-way location that sees all the important stuff.Smart StuffOne of the features were most interested in checking out was the integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. We were curious as to whether we might be able to throw a few of these in different rooms throughout the house and periodically check them from a Google Nest Hub or Lenovo Smart Display.Setting this particular part up was not as intuitive as we thought it would be but it was easy enough. Rather than adding an “AKASO” device to your Google Home setup you’ll look for “Smart Life” and log in with your account credentials.As to being able to ask Google to watch a room, it’s workable but not something you’ll want to use for real-time monitoring. You can pull it up and see what’s going on, but you’re a good thirteen seconds behind. Don’t bother putting this by the front window to see who is knocking at your door if you can physically walk there inside of a few seconds.We would have liked to use this in the basement office so we can see why dogs might be barking upstairs but that just isn’t feasible. You might get a glimpse of the delivery driver walking back to the truck or a car pulling away but that’s about it.Other DetailsPulling up the AKASO P30 on our phone was much quicker and had less delay. We’re talking maybe one second. It’s here where we remember that it works well for making sure the dogs haven’t chewed up the furniture and not for figuring out what that thump was in the bedroom.Likewise, the two-way audio is good for using the camera as a baby monitor or to chat with another room. There’s peace of mind in being able to pull up your infant’s room from the couch and both see and hear what’s going on.We were able to capture pictures and videos manually with them storing locally on our phones, but it wasn’t always without issue. Sometimes we’d tap the video record button and let it run for a good 10-15 seconds before ending. Once done, we’d check our phone and see it was simply a picture. It’s not clear why this happened and we hope maybe a firmware update or software patch might fix this.In addition to the smart home connectivity you can also pair the AKASO camera to an IFTTT account. This potentially opens the door to all sorts of things such as triggering recording when someone connects to WiFi.ConclusionThere’s enough here to make us wish we had a couple of them located around the home. At the same time, we’re not in a hurry to ask too much of them just yet.For $50 we were content with the camera but did find some quibbles along the way. We’re reluctant to completely endorse the AKASO P30 and say it’s the solution to your problems. But, at the price, we can say it’s a great step toward connecting your home in new and exciting ways. Find it at Amazon for $45.99.
Are you looking to become more familiar with Linux development and security? If so, you might like the deal we’ve got in the AndroidGuys Deals Store. It’s a four-part eBook bundle on Linux programming, shell scripting, and security. How much does it cost? You get to determine that.The Complete Linux eBook Bundle covers Linux programming, scripting, security, and how to deploy Linux in a variety of development environments. Moreover, you’ll learn about embedding Linux on gadgets and tech that run a barebones version of the OS.Mastering Linux Security & Hardening – A Comprehensive Guide to Preventing Your Linux System From Getting CompromisedYou will learn various security techniques such as SSH hardening, network service detection, setting up firewalls, encrypting file systems, protecting user accounts, authentication processes, and so on.Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook, Third Edition – Do Amazing Things with the Linux ShellUsing the Linux shell, you can generate databases and web pages from sets of files, automate monotonous admin tasks such as system backups, monitor your system’s health and activity, identify network bottlenecks and system resource hogs, and more.Mastering Linux Shell Scripting, Second Edition – Master the Complexities of Bash Shell ScriptingGet to grips with the fundamentals of creating and running a script in normal mode, and in debug mode. Learn about various conditional statements’ code snippets, and realize the power of repetition and loops in your shell script. You will also learn to write complex shell scripts.Mastering Embedded Linux Programming, Second Edition – Master the Techniques Needed to Build Great, Efficient Embedded Devices On LinuxYou will begin by learning about the fundamental elements that underpin all embedded Linux projects: the toolchain, the bootloader, the kernel, and the root filesystem.In total, the bundle includes some 50 hours of content, and you get to name your price for the whole deal. All you have to do is beat the average price, which is less than $15 right now. It’s worth upwards of $160 on its own so it’s a discount at any cost.If you don’t want to buy the full bundle, or beat the average price, you can pick up the Mastering Embedded Linux Programming, Second Edition for any amount. Any. Even $1 works.Best SellersSave even more!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.
Many Americans are familiar with the big names in wireless: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Far fewer know about the smaller operators that comprise the prepaid and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). These smaller brands license and use the towers and infrastructure from the big carriers but with their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.Let’s take a look at one of them in particular: Republic Wireless.AboutRepublic Wireless launched in 2010 as a service provider that defaults to Wi-Fi for connectivity instead of 3G or 4G LTE. Nevertheless, it does have partnerships with T-Mobile and Sprint, giving subscribers networks for supplemental coverage.The Republic model utilizes a proprietary VoIP app so that Android phones can switch quickly between T-Mobile’s GSM and Sprint’s CDMA mobile networks. It provides free roaming and hops to and from WiFi, depending on which is available.Rate PlansRepublic rate plans are no-contract, meaning there’s no long-term commitment and subscribers can go month-to-month. There is a 14-day cancellation policy.Things are really simple in that there is basically one option: $15 per month for unlimited talk and text. Data is added at $5 per gigabyte. So, a 1GB plan is $20 per month, 2GB is $25, and so forth.$15/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with no data$20/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 1GB of high-speed data$40/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 5GB of high-speed dataThere are no overage fees for hitting the data allotment and Republic does not throttle speeds for the rest of the month. Instead, data simply stops until you purchase more. Subscribers can purchase up to 15GB of data per month.Customers can also opt for a yearly plan and save a couple of dollars each month.Special OffersAs of today, new customers who sign up for the Republic mailing list can receive $40 off of a new phone. This comes from a message that greets visitors to its website.Anyone who switches from another carrier and brings their existing phone number to Republic can receive two months of free service. This deal expires at the end of June 2019.Handset SelectionLooking through the current lineup of phones offered through Republic we find familiar names from brands like Samsung, Motorola, and LG with prices that start at $129.As is the case with many prepaid providers and MVNOs, selection is a mixed bag. There are only one dozen phones to choose from, but it’s evenly mixed across the low, mid, and high end. At the top are the Samsung Galaxy S10 models.If you’d like to spread payments out, you can set up monthly payments through Affirm. Options include 6, 12, 18, and 24 months. The terms are set based on the cost of the phone.Bring Your Own DeviceYou can often use your current GSM phone, especially if it was purchased unlocked and directly from the manufacturer. Head to Republic’s website to check whether your specific model is supported.
T-Mobile on Tuesday confirmed it will soon offer the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. The flagship phone with support for next-gen, ultra-fast data speeds arrives on June 28.As the start, T-Mobile plans to sell the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in select markets. These parts of Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York.For what it’s worth, although these cities offer the 5G coverage, it’s very limited. Check T-Mobile’s website for a map and expected coverage.It may surprise you to see just how little the pockets are for T-Mobile 5G; however, they could be applauded for the transparency. None of the other wireless providers have been as forthcoming with their network footprint.This particular version of the Galaxy S10 only utilizes the millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum so it’s “extremely” limited. With that said, where 5G isn’t available, it defaults back to the 4G LTE speeds.The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be available for well-qualified customers at $31.25/month ($549.99 down) for 24 months on T-Mobile’s no-interest equipment installment plan (EIP). The full retail price of the handset is $1299.99T-Mobile does not charge extra for access to 5G speeds.
DemerBox, the manufacturer behind the “ultimate outdoor Bluetooth speaker”, is back with a new rough and tumble unit. Indeed, the new DB2 is everything that made its predecessor so powerful and unique, but with more where it counts.The DemerBox DB2 is a dual speaker system with a built-in storage space that protects your items, keeping them dry during your outdoor travels. With more than 40 hours of playback per charge, the unit is 100% waterproof and designed to handle extreme weather conditions.Building on the first generation speaker, the DB2 houses a “refreshed microprocessor” battery level indicator, meaning it more accurately presents the remaining playback time. Moreover, it also has an upgraded audio system with a richer soundstage with more crisp highs and better mid-range.Other features that make the speaker worth a look, or listen, are 100 foot Bluetooth connectivity range, an internal USB charger, and a port plug to make the unit fully waterproof. Oh, and everything is packed inside of a crush-proof Pelican case that’s as durable as it gets.Bluetooth multi-connectivity lets users string up to six speakers together, which opens things up to an incredibly robust outdoor sound system. It wouldn’t be cheap by any means — the DB2 costs $350 — but it would make for a really interesting experience.You can find the DemerBox DB2 at the official website where you can purchase it in no less than four colors. Choose from Roseau Blue, Haast Orange, Barrow Black, and Pesaro Green.
The wireless earbuds space is an increasingly crowded one, and the options seem to get better with each release. For every high-end model that hits the market, a low-cost alternative shows up with its own awesome features.If wireless Bluetooth earbuds are something you’re considering, you might be interested in the current promotion in the AndroidGuys Deals Store. A smash hit on Indiegogo last year, the xFyro ARIA are waterproof Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds with 32 hours battery life.AndroidGuys readers can purchase a pair of the xFyro ARIA wireless earbuds for just $99 right now, or more than half off the typical retail price.These pair via Bluetooth 5.0 and provide up to eight hours per charge. Toss them in the convenient carrying case and you’ll find there is enough battery to re-charge them four more times over for a total of 32 hours.Other standout features include Google Assistant and Siri capabilities, noise isolation, and IP67 ratings against dust and water.xFyro Scroll FeaturesEnjoy your favorite music distraction-free & without the hassle of wiresImmerse yourself in incredibly powerful bass, crisp mid-highs & crystal clear vocalsListen for up to 8 hours on a single charge & get 24 extra hours of power w/ the caseNever worry about setup or pairing modes again w/ auto-pairing built inEnjoy your music without distractions w/ proprietary noise-cancelling sound seal techNormally priced upwards of $250, they’re yours with a 60-percent discount at just $99.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!
Just about everyone is at least casually familiar with the names of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Not nearly as many people are as well-versed when it comes to the topic of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO). How many can you name?It might surprise you to know that companies such as Metro, Boost Mobile, and Cricket Wireless operate on the T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T networks, respectively. These MVNO brands license the towers and coverage from the bigger providers but offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service.In this write-up, we will take a look at Straight Talk.AboutStraight Talk is an MVNO that offers both CDMA and GSM coverage as it uses all four major US networks. As a joint-venture with Walmart, the retailer is the only place you’ll find Straight Talk phones and service.As often is the case with MVNO’s or prepaid carriers, there are no contracts with Straight Talk. Moreover, there are no credit checks or hidden fees.Rate PlansWhen it comes to options, Straight Talk has three major nationwide plans with prices unlimited talk and text. Prices start as low as $35 per month and each comes with unlimited 2G data. For high-speed data, here’s what’s available today.$35 includes 3GB of high speed data$45 includes 25GB of high speed data$55 includes unlimited high speed data (may be slowed at 60GB)Customers who sign up for automatic payment each month can save up to $5 per month on their plan.An unlimited international plan runs $60/month and comes with 25GB of high speed data. The main draw here is unlimited mobile-to-mobile calls to Mexico, Canada, China, and India but there are a couple of other smaller details, too.Those who commit to longer terms with Straight Talk can save anywhere from $5 up to $45 on the unlimited nationwide plan. Options include 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month extended plans.Other PlansSubscribers looking for two-line plans will like the $90 monthly rate which includes unlimited talk, text, and data. The carrier reserves the right to throttle speeds at 60GB or look at your account for abuse.There are other options and add-ons available to Straight Talk customers, including global calling cards and extra data.Fine Print and other DetailsIt’s worth noting that service plans do not include hotspot or wireless tethering. What’s more, video streams at up to 480p, or what’s commonly referred to as DVD quality.Straight Talk customers can earn credits for referring others to its service. Additionally, they can earn them via watching video clips, sharing on social media, and automatic bill payments. The credits can be used toward high-speed data or a free service plan.Deals and DiscountsAs of today there are a number of deals available through Straight Talk. Currently things are grouped under a “Blowout Sale” and a “Clearance Sale” but both are a mixed of instant discounts, last-chance buys, and promotions when mixing phones with rate plans.Bring Your Own DeviceCustomers can bring pretty much any phone they want to Straight Talk as it’s compatible with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.Phone SelectionShould you wish to purchase a phone from Straight Talk you’ll find a range of devices from familiar brands like Samsung, Motorola, LG, and a few others. The current crop of handsets isn’t overly attractive, but there are top-tier models like versions of the Samsung Galaxy S10 as well as a few of its predecessors. The phones are priced outright as well as monthly, with financing options for 24-month and 15-month periods. There are also certified pre-owned models and reconditioned handsets, too.
Most consumers are familiar with the big-name wireless carriers like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Not nearly as many, though, are as well-versed when it comes to the topic of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO).It might surprise you to know that companies such as Metro, Boost Mobile, and Cricket Wireless operate on the T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T networks, respectively. These network operators license the towers and coverage from the tier-one providers and offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service.In this write-up, we will profile Mint Mobile, an online-only MVNO who specializes in bulk savings.AboutMint Mobile (previously Mint SIM) was launched in 2016 by Ultra Mobile, and utilizes T-Mobile towers to provide nationwide coverage. Mint exists online-only as they trumpet the savings passed on to consumers by not having to maintain a physical storefront.PODCAST: What is an MVNO?Known as one of the most inexpensive providers within its category, Mint accomplishes this with a bit of a different take on prepaid plans. By selling data in bulk (blocks of months), customers receive deeper discounts than typical monthly fare.Rate PlansAs mentioned, Mint offers different packages in bulk. In general, all plans include unlimited talk, text and data. Subscribers choose how much high-speed 4G LTE data they need on a monthly basis.To help attract subscribers, Mint will often provide discounts to new customers. This is a cost-friendly way of sampling the services. As of today you can get the following plans.3 Month Plans$15.00 per month – 3GB (introductory; reg. $25)$20.00 per month – 8GB (introductory; reg. $35)$25.00 per month – 12GB (introductory; reg. $45)6 Month Plans$20.00 per month – 3GB$25.00 per month – 8GB$35.00 per month – 12GB12 Month Plans$15.00 per month – 3GB$20.00 per month – 8GB$25.00 per month – 12GBAs you can see the longer the term, the more cost-effective it becomes. If you’re confident that you’ll stick around for the long run, save yourself the money by opting for a six or twelve month plan.Bring Your Own DeviceCustomers can purchase unlocked devices and potentially finance through SmartPay, but Mint started out as a “Bring Your Own Phone” carrier and it is still a highly-promoted option. Mint is compatible with most unlocked GSM devices. You can check your IMEI to get started.ExtrasMint offers a 7-day money back guarantee when test driving its 3-month plan.Phone SelectionShould you wish to purchase a phone from Mint you’ll find a range of devices from all of the familiar brands. The current crop of handsets is a rather mixed bag, but there are top-tier models like the Google Pixel 3A XL, iPhone X, and Samsung Galaxy S10.The phones are priced outright as well as monthly, with financing done through Affirm. Moreover, there are certified pre-owned models and reconditioned handsets, too.
AT&T Prepaid and Cricket Wireless recently started offering a new Nokia phone as part of their device portfolios. Indeed, the Nokia 3.1 A and Nokia 3.1 C are essentially the same phone, just sold at different outlets.READ: Cricket Wireless Buyer’s Guide (June 2019)Powered by Android 9 Pie, the phone features a 5.45-inch (18:9) display and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Internally, the Nokia 3.1A/C have a 2.0GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage.Other specifications include USB C, a 2990mAh battery, front-facing 5-megapixel camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, and FM radio. A microSD expansion card slot allows for up to 128GB external media.READ: AT&T Prepaid Buyer’s Guide (June 2019)AT&T Prepaid offers the phone in black for just $89.00 but it’s sold strictly through Walmart. Cricket, for its part, lists the handset at $140 where it’s available in white.
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Many of you are likely familiar with the so-called “Big Four” wireless service providers of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. A lot of people might assume that this is pretty much all there is when it comes to carrier choice in the US. That couldn’t be further from the truth.Most of the top-tier carriers offer their own prepaid services with different rate plans, phone selection, and support. Let’s take a look at one of them in particular: AT&T Prepaid.AboutOnce known as GoPhone, AT&T Prepaid operates in the US using the same network as its tier-one brand and, for the most part, provides nearly identical coverage. One key difference is that there is no third party coverage in pockets of states such as Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska.SEE ALSO: Verizon Prepaid Buyer’s Guide (June 2019)AT&T Prepaid features include no annual contract, no credit check, and easy activation.Rate PlansAT&T Prepaid rate plans let subscribers go month-to-month with no long-term agreement or cancellation fees. Moreover, it does not charge for going over your allotted data; you receive “throttled” 2G speeds on data for the remainder of the bill cycle.The prices shown below are with automatic bill payment, or AutoPay. Rate plans may vary based on limited-time promotions.$30/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 1GB of high-speed data$40/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 8GB high-speed data*$55/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed data$75/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed dataDouble Data PromotionA limited-time promotion sees AT&T offering 8GB of extra data on the $40 plan, essentially doubling the data. For many people this amounts to virtually unlimited data.Mobile hotspot/tethering is available to most of the plans. There are other features available for the various plan, including unlimited calls and text to Mexico and Canada or usage in Mexico and Canada. Those on the 1GB or 8GB plans who do not use the allotted amount will be able to roll it over to the next month.What’s the difference between the two unlimited plans? For the extra money you’ll pick up 10GB of mobile hotspot and HD video streams can be up to 1080p when turning off Stream Saver.AT&T Prepaid offers add-ons such as international calling and monthly data plans for tablets and hotspots. Moreover, add-on data can be purchased in the event you hit your plan’s data threshold.Multiple LinesCustomers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. As of today AT&T Prepaid offers a discount on each line, when adding a line of service. Additionally, there’s also a discount for AutoPay, automatic bill payment. It’s possible to mix and match plans based off of individual data needs.Save $25For a limited time, AT&T is giving its online customers a $25 credit when switching from another carrier and making the first payment. This deal expires on July 11.Handset SelectionTaking a look at the current lineup of phones offered through AT&T Prepaid we find familiar names from brands like LG, Motorola, and Samsung as well as those from Alcatel and ZTE.As one might expect, the overall selection pales in comparison to the standard AT&T brand and skews toward affordability instead of power. For those looking to save money there are also a handful devices which are certified restored.A few phones have promotions which might add credit to your account or save money when paired with a particular rate plan.Bring Your Own DeviceYou can often use your current phone on AT&T Prepaid, especially if it was previously paired with the standard AT&T service. Contact your current service provider to see if you can unlock your phone for usage on AT&T.We’re also seeing a growing trend of unlocked phones with support for AT&T and its Prepaid bands sold direct to consumer. Examples include models from Motorola, Blu, Essential, and Samsung.
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