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Apple Clarifies Behavior of AirPods Max Low Power Mode When Not in Use

AirPods Max don't come with a power button to turn them off. When Apple unveiled the headphones last week, it

Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 updates to public beta testers, one day

Parallels 16 for M1 Macs Now Available Through Technical Preview Program

Parallels today began informing customers about the launch of a new Parallels Desktop 16 for M1 Mac Technical Preview Program,

AirPods Max Battery Drains Only Slightly Faster Outside of Case

Apple did not include a power button on the AirPods Max, so there's no definitive way to turn them off,

Apple Prototyped Hundreds of AirPods Max Designs, Says Smart Case is Designed for Storage Efficiency

In a recent interview with Japanese website Casa BRUTUS, shared by Mac Otakara, Apple's VP of industrial design Evans Hankey,

Deals: Holiday Sales Hit Apple’s iMac, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini (Up to $400 Off)

You can save on a few of the latest Macs this week at retailers like Amazon, Adorama, and B&H Photo.

Upcoming HomePod 14.4 Software Update to Add New HomePod Mini U1 Features

The iOS 14.4 beta that was introduced today didn’t appear to include any new features, but an accompanying HomePod 14.4

Apple Responds to Facebook’s Anti-Tracking Criticism, Says Users Deserve Control and Transparency

Apple has responded to Facebook's criticism over an upcoming iOS 14 privacy measure — specifically a change that will require

Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS Big Sur 11.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Big Sur 11.2 update to developers for testing purposes, with

Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first betas of new iOS and iPadOS 14.4 updates to developers for testing purposes, two days

iOS 14 Now Installed on 81% of iPhones From the Last Four Years

Apple today finally updated its iOS adoption numbers, giving us our first look at official iOS 14 adoption rates. According

Deals: End-of-the-Year Sales Hit Apple’s iPad Pro and iPad Air With Up to $150 Off

We're tracking a few iPad-related deals today, including offers on the new iPad Pro and iPad Air at Amazon. Due

Google Stadia Cloud Gaming Platform Now Available on iPhone and iPad Through Safari

Google's Stadia cloud gaming service is now available on iOS through a dedicated web app, which means that it is

How to Assign Primary Users to Individual HomePods in the Same Household

Apple on Tuesday released an iOS 14.3 update for HomePod and HomePod mini, which Apple's release notes said included "general

Third-Gen AirPods With AirPods Pro Design to Cost $200 and Launch in First Half of 2021

Apple's third-generation AirPods, which are expected to adopt the AirPods Pro design but lack noise-cancelling and transparency features, will launch

Hands-On With the AirPods Max

Today is the official launch day for the AirPods Max, Apple's newest headphones in the AirPods family. ‌AirPods Max‌ are

AirPods Max Customer Impressions: Premium Design and Competitive Sound Quality, Can Feel Heavy on Ears and Smart Case is Useless

Today is AirPods Max launch day in the United States and many other countries, and as orders begin arriving, first

AirPods Max Now Available With Same-Day Pickup at Select Apple Stores

While the AirPods Max face a lengthy 12-14 week delivery estimate for online orders, Apple's new over-ear headphones are now

What to Do if You’re Not Seeing Your Apple Fitness+ 3-Month Free Trial Offer

Before Apple Fitness+ launched on Monday, Apple advertised a promotion that allowed all customers who purchased an Apple Watch Series

AirPods Max Begin Arriving to Customers in New Zealand and Australia

It's December 15 in Australia and New Zealand, which is AirPods Max launch day. The first ‌AirPods Max‌ orders have

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DUEX Pro adds a second 12.5-inch monitor to your laptop

Few things can provide a boost to your productivity like a secondary display. If you’ve ever tried it, you know just how frustrating it can be moving back to a single screen.Buying a second monitor can be costly, and take up a fair amount of space. What’s more, if you live a portable lifestyle, you’ll end up leaving that screen behind when you head to the library or coffee shop.If you’ve ever pondered what it’s like to have a second screen for your laptop or Chromebook, wonder no more. The Mobile Pixels DUEX Pro is a portable dual monitor that connects directly to your favorite laptop, giving you an extra 12.5-inch HD screen.Whether it’s photo editing, blogging, working on a term paper, or just managing emails and social media, you’ll appreciate the extra real estate.Simply connect the DUEX Pro to the back of your laptop, plug it in via USB, and slide out the secondary display. The DUEX Pro’s hinge provides up to 270° of rotation, which means you can adjust the monitor to the exact position that works for you. You can even rotate the display to the back of your laptop screen and use it for presentations and conference.Get Yours Now!The Mobile Pixels DUEX Pro is normally priced about $250, but you can grab one for just $179.35, or about 28% off! Simply enter the promo code SAVEDUEXPRO at checkout and you’ll save big!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.

Amazfit Band 5 review

DesignThe Amazfit Band 5 is a budget-minded fitness tracker with a design similar to many that have come before it. The main tracker consists of a 1.1-inch full-color AMOLED touchscreen display in a polycarbonate case that houses all the sensors. To hold it on your wrist the Band 5 uses a black soft-touch adjustable TPU band.Of course, the band is replaceable if you prefer something more colorful and a quick search on Amazon revealed myriad colors to choose from.Finding a comfortable fit was easy thanks to the copious amount of holes on the included band, and combined with the lightweight nature of the Band 5, I could barely tell it was there after strapping it on.User ExperienceI’m coming from a Wear OS smartwatch and I found that the Amazfit Band 5 gave me many of the same features I was accustomed to along with some new ones. For starters, most watch faces will display the time and date, along with your step count or heart rate that the Band 5 monitors 24-hours a day.Plus, the store has a wide variety of styles to choose from, including some that display additional info, such as the weather, distance walked, calories burned, and more.Additionally, the Band 5 offers more functions, such as automatically tracking your sleep, checking your blood oxygen level on demand, monitoring your stress levels, and it can even track 11 different sports including swimming. The 5 ATM waterproof rating helps out with that last one.Just be aware, many of these monitoring features must be enabled manually using the accompanying Zepp app, including viewing notifications on the Band 5. In fact, even after enabling notifications, you still need to manually select which apps you will get notified from.It’s kind of a big undertaking to get the Band 5 set up initially. The app has so many options that it can feel a bit daunting to sift through them all and make sure you enabled everything you want. Plus, there are many features present in the app that are not compatible with the watch, such as the ones meant for the smart scale, and it quickly becomes cluttered and a little confusing.For example, it took me a couple of days to find where to set up support for Alexa. Furthermore, it’s not helped by the fact that some of the English translations are a little off, in some areas of the app it’s very apparent a native English speaker wasn’t present when translating.However, once you get the app and Band 5 set up, you won’t have to go digging around anymore. The Zepp app puts all of your pertinent details front and center, and it makes keeping up with all of your stats quick and easy.Overall, I guess you could say I have a love/hate relationship with the Zepp app. I love the way it displays all of my health data, but navigating and setting it up is quite the chore in the beginning. The good news is, Google Fit syncing is supported in case you don’t like the app or you’d rather view all your data from multiple devices or services in one app.I mentioned above that the Amazfit Band 5 gives me most of the functions I’m accustomed to with a Wear OS watch, however, one I didn’t realize I’d miss so much is an always-on display.The Band 5 doesn’t have support for this and the lift to wake feature requires quite an exaggerated flip unless you enable the “sensitive” option in the settings. This made me wish there was at least some sort of tap to wake function because I don’t always want to flip my wrist to view the time or my stats for the day. Regardless, it’s a sacrifice for extended battery life and I understand that.Battery LifeSpeaking of battery life, Amazfit estimates the Band 5 will get you up to 15-days worth of usage. In my experience, that’s a big stretch, I’m sure the Band 5 is technically capable of providing 15-days of usage, but it would be a very limited use case.In my experience, with everything enabled and taking full advantage of the fitness tracker, it lasted around eight to nine days. That’s still not bad at all, you can get a full weeks worth of usage in between charges. Still, it’s a far cry from 15 days.Final ThoughtsThe Amazfit Band 5 is a capable little fitness tracker that is much more affordable than a comparable Fitbit. It has some unique features that truly make it stand out at this price point such as Alexa support and an SPO2 sensor. Still, the app could use a little polish and a more organized design, but once you get it all set up you’ll pretty much live on the homepage anyway.The Amazfit Band 5 retails for $50 but it can currently be picked up on sale for $30 from Amazon, B&H Photo, or on the Amazfit website.Buy from Amazfit Buy from Amazon Buy from B&H Photo

Channel your inner guitar virtuoso with the Jamstik, just $199

Looking to figure out how to play the guitar, but not necessarily ready to invest in a guitar just yet? While that might sound like a goofy concept, it’s not an unrealistic one. The Jamstik Guitar Trainer, on sale for $199, is exactly the sort of thing that makes that a reality.Around since 2015, the Jamstik was a CES hit when it first hit the scene, picking up numerous awards and accolades. And for good reason; it’s a digital device that makes learning and playing the analog guitar easier than ever.The hi-tech unit looks, acts, and feels just like a guitar fretboard, and pairs to a companion app. Using your phone, it can help you with feedback, tutorials, lessons, and more.The compact device (18 inches) is highly portable and is better than ever. Indeed, the 2020 version picks up a few new features as well as a sleek matte finish.Jamstik FeaturesUpdated Tactile D-Pad & spring loaded strings for a more realistic feelSee your fingers on screen in real-time with the Jamstick appCompanion app is also packed with chords & instructions18″ size lets you practice anywhereOrder Yours!Purchase your Jamstik today for just $199 and get to learning guitar for the new year. That way, when the pandemic is over you can be the rock star you’ve always dreamed of becoming.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.

Google and Qualcomm partner up to support four generations of Android

Over the past year, Google and Qualcomm have been hard at work trying to prolong the life of today’s phones with more software updates. And why shouldn’t they? Smartphones these days are the most powerful they’ve ever been, and more expensive than ever. We should all get as much life out of these devices as possible, and not be restricted due to the lack of OS and security updates.Together the two companies have now announced that all Qualcomm chipsets will support four versions of Android and four years of security updates, starting with the Snapdragon 888.Hold the phone though, because that four generations of Android includes the initial version of the OS your handset ships with. So what this actually means is, your phone will support up to three Android OS updates and up to four years of security updates.If you’re using a Pixel phone or a recent Samsung flagship, not much has changed. Both Google and Samsung have already promised three generations of Android OS updates, but this does add an additional year of security updates to the mix.The real winner here will be low-end and mid-range Android phones, because now all of Qualcomm’s chipsets will support three generations of Android OS updates. However, this in no way guarantees you will receive three OS updates or four years of security updates on your Android device.That responsibility is still solely on the manufacturer of your phone. The only difference being that now the blame cannot be placed on Google or Qualcomm for the lack of updates. Still, this is fantastic news for the Android platform as a whole. All we have to do now is keep the pressure on OEMs to continue updating its lineup of phones at all levels, whether it be a $1000 flagship or a $200 entry-level smartphone.