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Google Fi subscription lets users get a Pixel every two years

Google has announced that the Fi mobile network is launching a phone subscription program. The first device added to this new offering is the Pixel 4a and includes a 2-year discounted payment schedule.The phone subscription includes phone payment, device protection, and the upgrade option in 2 years for the $15 per month rate. After the 24 month payment period, the buyers then fully owns the Pixel and will be eligible to take another upgrade with a similar plan.Google Fi’s website claims this will save buyers $138 over two years. It also gives users the opportunity to upgrade at a consistent timeframe while taking a much easier financial hit at $15 per month versus the outright price for the Pixel 4a.Device protection includes a full phone replacement for damage such as cracks or other damage that may require a new device. A deductible will still come into play with screen repair at $49 and full replacement at $99.Google Fi is giving customers a 15 day grace period before the contract is valid for those that may have buyers remorse or simply have a life change. It’s also worth noting that if you go past these 15 days, the full amount of the remaining payments will be due if you decide to cancel.You also have to activate the subscription device within 30 days on Google Fi’s network. The new subscription model is available now from the Google Fi website. It’s currently unclear whether this will expand to the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 as both have yet to launch in the US market.

Boost Mobile’s new 2GB rate plan is just $10 per month

Boost Mobile on Friday announced a limited-time rate plan which could kick off an interesting season of competitive options.Available immediately, and running through the end of the year (December 31, 2020), Boost’s new offering is just $10 per month and includes unlimited talk and text, plus 2GB of high speed data.Additionally, it offers a $15 plan that doubles the data. Indeed, that’s 4GB of high speed data per month. Most carriers tend to price their plans around twice that, or approximately $30 per month.The Catch?What’s the fine print? There are two caveats to consider. First, the plan is only available to new customers who bring their own phone to the service.Also, after the three-month promotional period, Boost subscribers on the $10 plan will receive 1GB of high speed data; those on the $15 plan will receive 2GB of high-speed data.For those who don’t follow the wireless space all that closely, Boost offers five rate plans that cost less than $50 per month. Among them are the $10 (1GB) and $15 (2GB) option.

HMD Global announces the Nokia 2 V Tella for Verizon

Nokia is back in the US and making a big push over the last few years. Well, its new partner HMD Global has a revealed a new device coming to Verizon later this month. Say hello to the Nokia 2 V Tella.The name may be a mouthful, but this device is looking to give folks a solid smartphone with no frills and a great price. The Nokia 2 V Tella builds on the Nokia 2 V from last year to offer users “stock Android” on the cheap on Big Red’s network.With the Nokia 2 V Tella, you get a 5.45-inch HD+ display paired with a 3000mAh battery pack inside. Around the back is a dual-camera module with an 8-megapixel main shooter and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.Performance should be good but not great with the included internals of a MediaTek Helio A22 processor and 2GB of RAM. You also only get 16GB of internal storage but will have expansion with the microSD slot.However, even with meager specs, day-to-day use should be decent with Android 10 running with little to no tweaks. Nokia tends to not mess with the way Google intended to present Android to the masses. One thing the company does include is a handy dedicated button on the side of the phone to launch Google Assistant.The Nokia 2 V Tella will be available on the Verizon network and stores later this month for $89. It will also be sold in Walmart retail outlets and the online storefront.

Soundcore refreshes the Q series headphones with the new Life Q30

Soundcore may not be the household name of Beats or Sony…yet. However, the audio brand from Anker has been making quality devices for a few years now. The company is adding to that stable of music headphones with the new Life Q30 Bluetooth headphones.While truly wireless earbuds are all the rage these days the Life Q lineup of “traditional” over-ear headphones could be considered the top tier that Anker has to offer. The new Soundcore LIfe Q30 builds on the great Q20 from last year with Active Noise Cancellation and a compelling spec sheet.ANC includedThe active noise cancellation uses multiple microphones to help filter up to 95% of outside noise while only giving you the audio playback in the headphones. There’s also a transparency mode that adjusts the filter process to allow you more input from the outside environment.Custom tuningWhen you do want to rock out to nothing but tunes, you’ll be hit with 40mm silk drivers for a robust sound. Custom tuning is onboard as well. This offers different EQ and sound profiles to be set from the Soundcore mobile app on both iOS and Android.All-day batteryPair all that with a huge power capacity, and the Life Q30 is a great addition to the Soundcore portfolio. Anker has the battery life rated at up to 40 hours of total playback per charge while using ANC. Turn off noise cancellation and it estimates an additional 20 hours. Yes, 60 hours total.Of course, we’ll need to confirm this in real-world usage, but the Life Q20 has us comfortable that these projections are pretty close to actual results.Available soonAnker doesn’t have a set date of availability past “early November” in the US. It does have a concrete price tag of $79.99 from the Soundcore Amazon storefront.

Verizon officially launches nationwide 5G network

Verizon this week announced that it has launched the nationwide sub-6 GHz 5G network, giving its customers broad 5G coverage.According to Verizon, the network covers over 200 million people across some 1,800 cities and towns in the US.Verizon also detailed plans to continue building out its mmWave “Ultra Wideband” network, which provides even higher speeds in select dense areas.This week sees mmWave 5G going live in some 19 new cities, including Baltimore, Hartford, Las Vegas, Louisville, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and St. Louis. This brings the total to 55 markets with a goal of hitting 60 by the end of the year.Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband is also available at 43 stadiums and arenas as well as seven airports.Motorola One 5G UW Now AvailableThe Motorola One 5G UW is now available through Verizon, providing customers with one of the first devices to support both versions of the 5G network. With an all-in retail price of $549.99, it’s just $22.91 per month for 24 months.Powered by Android 10, the phone features a 6.7-inch display, 48-megapixel quad-camera array, and a large 5,000mAh battery.

OnePlus 8T announced for October 23

OnePlus on Wednesday announced its newest phone, the 8T. Priced as low as $749, it builds on the flagship 8 announced earlier in the year.The OnePlus 8T has a faster refresh rate than its predecessor at 120Hz and features a 65-watt fast charging battery. In a related note, the battery is a smidge larger at 4,500mAh.According to OnePlus, the 8T can get a “full day’s charge” in just 15 minutes. A full charge takes just 39 minutes on the charger. To make this possible, the 8T relies on two batteries and a dozen temperature sensors.Other noteworthy differences include a video portrait mode and always-on display options. Perhaps most interesting, and welcome, change is that it uses a flat glass for the screen and not a curved edge.Similar to the OnePlus 8, the 8T has a 6.6-inch HD AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint reader, 8/12GB RAM with 128GB/256GB storage. The rear houses a quad-camera experience centered around a 48-megapixel main camera sensor.The OnePlus runs Android 11 and will be offered in Lunar Silver and Aquamarine Green, The phone goes on sale October 23 at OnePlus and Amazon; pre-orders are available immediately.T-Mobile will be the exclusive carrier for the OnePlus 8T 5G in the United State. Its version will also be available October 23 with pre-orders starting October 16. Pricing will be $31.25/month for 24 months.

Anker has some great Amazon Prime Day deals

We are big fans of Anker. The company makes solid accessories that don’t break the bank. It also has a long-standing partnership with Amazon as it’s main retail storefront. So, unsurprisingly, Anker has some really good Prime Day sales for today’s big discount campaign.While there are many more, these are the top five favorite reductions Anker has going today.Soundcore Liberty Air 2The Liberty Air 2 by Anker’s audio sub-brand are great Airpod competitors for much less. In our review, we pointed to great battery life and above-average audio as big selling points. Add that to a wireless charging case and comfy fit, and you have a winner.Prime Day will a large $30 discount off the normal $100 pricetag too! This applies to both the black and white variations.Buy now at Amazon: $69.99 normally $99.99Soundcore Flare +Want to share great audio with all your friends instead of keeping it to yourself? Then check out the Soundcore Flare +. This 360-degree speaker has amazing audio for the size with four 25Watt drivers. Pair that with IPX-7 waterproofing, 20 hours of playback, and an LED ring for some “flare” and you have a great Bluetooth speaker for your next party.This price reduction isn’t quite a large, but at $85 it’s still a good value.Buy now at Amazon: $84.99 normally $99.99Anker PowerPort CubeI love a good power strip and Anker has a great on in the PowerPort Cube. This compact charger gives you three full power outlets and three more PowerIQ USB ports in one devices the size of a tennis ball. The USB ports support adaptive charging up to 18W fast charging as well.It’s down to $17… what are you waiting for to buy?Buy now at Amazon: $16.99 normally $19.99Anker PowerPort Atom II Need something a little more just dedicated for your mobile devices? Check out this 60W PowerPort Atom II is an awesome addition to any travel bag. Both Power Delivery ports allow for full 60W charging via USB-C. This should give you one power brick for everthing from your phone to even a full size laptop with USB-C ports.And it’s cut by a steep dollar amount of $30 off.Buy it now at Amazon: $30.99 normally $50.99

Nest launches new $129 Thermostat with simple design

Google’s Nest division on Monday announced its newest product, the Nest Thermostat. Priced just $129.99, it gives consumers a simple, yet smart thermostat — one that learns and offers up suggestions to save energy and money.The Nest Thermostat forgoes the familiar turning dial in favor of a touch sensitive strip on the right side of the panel. Other than that, it resembles other Nest products and looks right at home in any environment. Removing the moving pieces allows for Google and Nest to lower the price of the thermostat.The Nest Thermostat is offered in four colors (Sand, Snow, Charcoal, and Fog) and can be pre-ordered immediately. Shipping is expected within a weeks. An optional color-matched trim kit can be purchased for $14.99 which makes it easy to cover any holes left from the previous thermostat.While Google will continue to offer its Nest Thermostat E, that model will be made available through professional installers.The setup process is much easier for the new Nest Thermostat, walking users through an app that asks for preferred temperature settings and waking and sleep times. While it doesn’t have the full learning experience that comes with its pricier model, the new one will occasionally offer up “Savings Finder” suggestions for saving energy and money.The Nest Thermostat may, for instance, suggestion that you let the temperature drop an extra couple of degrees at bedtime to save money over time.Additionally, the thermostat will monitor things such as air filters and HVAC efficiency. Perhaps you ought to be replacing the air filter earlier than the suggested 90 days; the device will keep track of how much air has been passed through the filter.Another feature, which will come to other Nest thermostats, is monitoring efficiency of your HVAC system. Does it take longer to lower the temperature than it used to? Maybe it’s time for a tune-up. The Nest will make recommendations and even provide certified recommended installers and professionals.Learn more about the Nest Thermostat at Google’s blog, The Keyword. Pre-order yours through the Google Store for $129.99.

TCL TAB joins Verizon tablet lineup as carrier exclusive

TCL seems to want to keep its name in the spotlight this year; it made a pretty big splash with the TCL 10L and 10 Pro at the start of the year. Both devices were almost universally praised in the tech community. Now it seems TCL isn’t content with just making some pretty darn good smartphones. It’s hoping to get the same praise in the tablet market.Starting October 8 the TCL TAB is available exclusively through Verizon. From the looks of it, the TCL TAB will be a sleek little 8″ tablet running Android 10 (no word on being updated to Android 11). Your eyes will be looking at a FHD display with Eye Comfort mode, which filters out that harmful blue light. Of course it will also have dark mode. TCL TAB Features8″ FHD+ Display (1200×1920)Snapdragon 6653GB RAM, 32GB storage with support for up to a 256GB microSD cardRear camera – 8mp with recording up to 1080p @ 30fpsFront camera – 5mp with recording up to 1080p @ 30fps5500mAh batteryGSM – 850/900/1800/1900MHzUMTS – 1/2/4/5/8LTE – 2/4/5/12/13/66Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n/acBluetooth 5.0USB-CTCL is claiming 17 hours worth of mixed usage on a 5500mAh battery. One neat trick is the fact that the TCL TAB has OTG reverse charging. Basically if you need a quick charge on your smartphone or even your smartwatch, the TCL TAB can act as an external battery of sorts.Here’s something I thought was interesting. The TCL TAB does have a fingerprint sensor built into the power button, but that’s not the cool part. You can register up to five different fingerprints to quick launch your favorite apps.The TCL TAB seems to be a solid little device, and it doesn’t carry a giant price tag. The TCL TAB will be priced at a very reasonable $199.99. Will you be getting one? Let us know in the comments.

LG Wing pre-orders now available at Verizon

One of the most interesting phones that has come out in a long time, the LG Wing, is finally available through Verizon. With one of the most unique designs on the market, time will tell how durable the phone is. If anything, it will definitely be a head turner.Pre-orders are currently underway with the launch date of October 15.  The all-important question is how much it will cost. Indeed, Verizon and LG are pricing it at $999. If you go through the carrier’s payment plan, it will cost you $41.66 per month.Verizon has some pretty sweet offers for the LG Wing which will help interested buyers save money.If you add a line on select Unlimited Plans and you trade in an eligible device you get $750 offGet up to an additional $250 Verizon eGift Card if you port a number to Verizon while buying the LG WingIf you’re an existing customer on an eligible Unlimited Plan you can get up to $500 when you trade in an eligible device.If you buy the LG Wing, trade in an eligible device, and port a number you can get the Wing free. Unfortunately, I don’t have info as to what exactly the eligible devices are, but I would imagine roughly any flagship from Samsung, Apple, Google, and maybe even LG from the last 1-2 years would qualify.I may be part of a small minority here, but I’m legit excited for the LG Wing. It is almost a ray of sunshine in a sea of otherwise ‘same’ looking devices. Are you as excited for the Wing as I am?Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear what you think about it!

Google refreshes Pixel 4a with a 5G variant

Google may have been a few months delayed in announcing its 4a smartphone but that surely won’t keep it from dragging its feet from additional devices. Indeed, it is back with new phones equipped with 5G support — the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5.The Pixel 4a (5G) builds on the recently introduced 4a, but gives it more than just 5G connectivity. It packs a bigger display, bigger battery, and improved camera experience.READ: Google Pixel 4a reviewLaunching with Android 11, the handset will receive two years of major software updates and three years of security updates.Pixel 4a 5G Features6.2-inch 2340 x 1080 displayQualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor6GB RAM128GB storageRear 12.2-megapixel cameraRear 16-megapixel wide-angle camera with 107-degree field of viewFront-facing 8-megapixel camera with 83-degree field of view3.5mm headphone jack3,885mAh batterySoft touch polycarbonate material$499 starting priceAlthough it’s very common to quickly want to compare devices by bullet points and head-to-head matchups, there’s a lot more going on here. The Pixel 4a (5G) is loaded with quite the software experience.Key among the features here are HD screen sharing in Google Duo, an enhanced Recorder app, and a preview of a new Hold for Me service.Then there’s the camera experience. The Pixel 4a (5G) gains an ultrawide lens, a software feature called Cinematic Pan, Night Sight in Portrait Mode, Portrait Light, and an improved Google Photos editing tool.It doesn’t stop there; the phone comes with three months of Stadia and YouTube Premium, three months of 100GB of Google One storage, and Google Play Pass and Gold/Silver Status on Play Points.AvailabilityThe Pixel 4a (5G) will be available in Japan starting on October 15 and will arrive in eight other countries starting in November. Expecting to see the phone are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States.Verizon announced it will also offer the Pixel 4a (5G) starting on November 19. Its version is called the Google Pixel 4a 5G UW and will include support for the carrier’s 5G Ultra Wideband network.Pre-orders for the phone commence October 29; the carrier will have an exclusive on the Clearly White color. Pricing is $100 more expensive, though. Subscribers can get the handset for $24.99 a month for 24 months ($599.99 retail price).Sign up for the waitlist at the Google Store today.

Google announces $699 Pixel 5 for October 29

Google on Wednesday announced its latest phones as part of an Launch Night In virtual press event. As expected, the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) made its formal debut.On paper, and perhaps in practice, the Pixel 5 doesn’t exactly leap forward from its predecessor so much as take a small step. And while that might anger enthusiasts or more demanding users, it still puts forth a more than sufficient overall package. And all of that hinges on just looking at hardware from a bullet-point comparison.One of the more notable hardware features is, of course, the support for 5G. Carriers are continuing to build and expand their 5G networks so it may not matter to some users today. With that in mind, it’s Google’s first “flagship” phone equipped for the next-gen data speeds and capabilities.Two pain points for us in the Pixel 4 are addressed in the Pixel 5 with those being a lack of fingerprint reader and ultrawide camera. Google has included both a rear fingerprint sensor and swapped out the telephoto camera with an ultrawide one.Pixel 5 Features6-inch 2340 x 1080 display with Gorilla Glass 6, 90Hz refresh rateQualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor8GB RAM128GB storageRear 12.2-megapixel cameraRear 16-megapixel ultrawide cameraFront-facing 8-megapixel camera with 83-degree field of viewIP68 water and dust resistant4,080mAh battery with wireless and reverse chargingSoftware FeaturesLooking beyond the hardware, the Pixel 5 is bolstered by some really great software. Key among the features here are HD screen sharing in Google Duo, an enhanced Recorder app, and a preview of a new Hold for Me service.Launching with Android 11, the Pixel 5 will receive two years of major software updates and three years of security updates. 1 of 5  Then there’s the camera experience. The Pixel 5 gains a software feature called Cinematic Pan, Night Sight in Portrait Mode, Portrait Light, and an improved Google Photos editing tool.It doesn’t stop there; the Google Pixel 5 comes with three months of Stadia and YouTube Premium, three months of 100GB of Google One storage, and Google Play Pass and Gold/Silver Status on Play Points.AvailabilityCustomers interested in getting their hands on the new Pixel 5 will have to wait until October 29. With that said pre-orders begin immediately at the Google Store.As for wireless service providers who will offer the Google Pixel 5, Google did not make any announcements. Look for carriers to issue their own statements if and when they’re ready.Choose from color options that include Just Black and Sorta Sage.

AT&T Unlimited Your Way gives customers mix-and-match plans

AT&T on Tuesday announced that it revised its unlimited postpaid plans, giving customers mix-and-match family options. AT&T says it “Unlimited Your Way” are available immediately.As part of the Unlimited Your Way plans each family member chooses the unlimited plan right for them, all the while getting the multi-line discount.AT&T breaks its unlimited plans into three options, each of which has different benefits.AT&T Unlimited Starter – Includes unlimited talk, text and data, access to the 5G network, and spam and fraud blocking.AT&T Unlimited Extra – All the benefits of Starter plus 15GB of hotspot data, 50GB of premium data, and advanced security (safe browsing and identity monitoring).AT&T Unlimited Elite – Comes with everything Extra has but doubles the hotspot data to 30GB and premium data to 100GB. Plus, plus unlimited HBO Max content.Each member of a family plan can pick from the aforementioned three options. The price per line will drop based on how many total lines are on the account.To learn more about AT&T’s Unlimited plans, head to att.com/unlimited where you can also sign up for service.

Microsoft looks to dominate cloud-gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Remember some years ago when Microsoft got completely taken apart for wanting to release an Xbox that had to have constant internet access and wouldn’t have a disc tray? Fast forward to 2020, the year of the alien invasion. Ok maybe that hasn’t happened, but at this point would it really surprise anyone? While both Microsoft and Sony have announced a disk tray-less version of their next gen consoles, Microsoft has just taken a very commanding lead with the launch of Cloud Gaming on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It has over 150 titles available on the cloud. If you’re already a member, you don’t have to pay extra for cloud gaming, you just get it.How does it work?To put it very basically, all your games are saved on the internet. What that means is while you technically won’t “own” the game you will have access to it anywhere you go with a decent internet connection. No, you don’t have to take your console or even your laptop with you. As long as you have an Android phone/tablet you’re in the game. Could you imagine playing on your brand new Galaxy Fold 2?What’s even better is, say you start a Gears 5 on your Xbox console at home, but have to go to Grandma’s (or in-laws). Grab your phone or tablet before you leave and you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off. Isn’t technology great?PricingThis is all fantastic but it doesn’t really matter too much if it costs $100 every month. While that may be worth it for some, thankfully Microsoft didn’t go that route. If you’re a new member you can get your first month for only $1! That’s right, you could get your first month for the loose change you find in Grandma’s couch. Unless it’s covered in plastic. If you’ve already been a member you’ll still only have to shell out $15 per month to get your game on.What about the games?None of this really matters if the games are horrible. While you might have to weed your way through a handful of games you don’t care about, you can find some real good titles in the mix. This list isn’t exhaustive, but the ones that stand out to me.ARK: Survival EvolvedBatman: Arkham KnightBattletoadsCrackdown 3: CampaignDarksiders IIIDead by DaylightForza Horizon 4Gears of War 1, 4, and 5Guacamelee! 2Mortal Kombat X (not available in Korea)Streets of Rage 4There are a ton more, you can find the full list here. One last thing, you don’t even need to own an Xbox console to take advantage of Game Pass Ultimate. As long as you have a compatible controller paired with an Android phone/tablet or a PC. This has got to be one of the best values in gaming at the moment.Will you be getting Xbox Game Pass Ultimate? If so, what game(s) are you looking forward to playing? Sound off in the comments!

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 GPS now available

Mobvoi on Thursday announced that its newest wearable, the TicWatch Pro 3, is now available to purchase. Offered through its website and Amazon, the $299 Wear OS-based device promises up to three days of usage per charge.The TicWatch Pro 3 is the first Wear OS smartwatch to employ the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100 processor. This means faster app launching, smoother multi-functioning, and better overall performance.Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Features454 x 454 display1GB RAM8GB storageQualcomm Snapdragon 4100 processorNFC (Google Pay)595mAh batteryGPS, Heart Rate Sensor, BarometerMic/Speaker22mm watch strapsKey features in the wearable include Dual-display 2.0 with Smart Mode and Essential Mode, giving users the ability to toggle between the 1.4-inch AMOLD Retina screen and an always-on display. Smart Mode provides up to 72 hours of usage while Essential Mode allows for up to 45 days of battery life.Mobvoi has introduced a number of features for the TicWatch Pro 3, including TicOxygen, TicZen, TicBreathe, and TicHearing. These join the previously available TicHealth, TicMotion, TicExercise and TicSleep functions.New Mobvoi AppsTicOxgen: will monitor blood oxygen saturation. The app starts tracking as you start your day and gives you an indicator of your overall health.TicZen: monitors stress by analyzing the Standard Deviation of NN intervals (SDNN), the key indicator of Heart Rate Variability (HRV). It uses TicBreathe to bring your stress levels down to normal.TicBreathe: helps improve heart-rate level and stress through scientific breathing methods and monitors your heart rate changes through algorithms based on their stress condition.TicHearing: measures environmental noise between 30dB to 120 dB and determines whether it’s safe for your hearing organs and nervous system to be in the areaThe TicWatch Pro 3 comes in a Shadow Black color and is made from stainless steel and high-strength nylon plus glass fiber. At 47mm in diameter and 12.mm thickness, it is lighter than its predecessors.Mobvoi includes a black interchangeable 22mm silicone watch strap with orange stitching, giving consumers an option for working out.Learn more about the TicWatch Pro 3 at Mobvoi’s website where it’s also available to purchase. You can also find it at Amazon, too.

Verizon Prepaid calls up $80 TCL Signa for entry-level needs

TCL on Thursday announced its Signa is now available through Verizon Prepaid as part of its entry-level roster of phones. Priced just $80, it’s the first handset to launch with a major wireless carrier which bears the TCL branding.The TCL Signa runs Android 10 and offers up a 5.5-inch HD display and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.Rounding out the hardware are a 3,000mAh battery, USB Type-C charging, a microSD expansion card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, and dedicated Google Assistant button.TCL previously offered phones in the US through its Alcatel brand, spreading them around various wireless carriers. Having dipped its toes into the self-branded phone waters earlier this year, we suspect we’ll see more devices like these through Verizon and others.

Arlo adds two cameras to Essential line

Arlo on Tuesday added two new cameras to its portfolio of wireless cameras. Both devices, the Arlo Essential and Arlo Essential Spotlight XL, are set to arrive in the coming months.As part of the Essential line of cameras, these are more affordable than the Pro line, and give consumers a wallet-friendly way of outfitting their home. The two more or less bookend the already-available Essential Spotlight camera.The cameras are designed to work indoors or outdoors and can even handle heat, cold, rain, and sun. Moreover, they’re compatible with your favorite digital assistant and can be tied to IFTTT for automation.The Arlo Essential will be offered later this holiday season for $99.99 and features 1080p HD video, two-way audio, and a 130-degree viewing angle.Arlo Essential FeaturesFull High Definition Camera: Capture clear details in full high definition with the ability to record video in 1080p2-Way Audio: Hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio qualityBuilt-in Siren: Siren can be triggered automatically or manually from the appNight Vision: Black and white night vision turns on automatically once its dark so you can see even without a lightWeather-Resistant: Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun and can be used indoors or outdoorsMotion Detection and Alerts: Alerts sent directly to your phone when motion is detectedRechargeable Battery: Convenient and long-lasting battery with six-months of battery life on one charge130° Viewing Angle: Keep an eye on more of what matters with a wider field-of-viewPlatform Compatibility: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT for easy interaction, automation and controlThe Arlo Essential XL Spotlight is basically the Arlo Essential Spotlight (read our review) with an extended battery. According to Arlo it will last up to one year on a full charge. Customers can pre-order the camera for $149.99 today; the launch date is not clear.Arlo Essential XL Spotlight FeaturesExtended Battery Life: One year of battery life on one charge, perfect for high traffic locations or areas that are difficult to reach so you can charge less frequently1Integrated Spotlight: Let’s you see what’s lurking in the dark with a bright spotlight to illuminate the area of activity; spotlight can be motion activated or manually turned on2-Way Audio: Hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio qualityBuilt-in Siren: Siren can be triggered automatically or manually from the appColor Night Vision: See color even at night thanks to an integrated spotlightFull High Definition Camera: Capture clear details in full high definition with the ability to record video in 1080pWeather-Resistant: Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun and can be used indoors or outdoorsMotion Detection and Alerts: Alerts sent directly to your phone when motion is detected130° Viewing Angle: Keep an eye on more of what matters with a wider field-of-viewPlatform Compatibility: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT for easy interaction, automation and control

Samsung Galaxy adds another star with S20 Fan Edition

Samsung on Wednesday added another member to its Galaxy S20 family with the introduction of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE).With pricing that starts at $699, the S20 FE retains many of the popular and most-wanted features from the standard model.The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition packs a large (6.5-inch) AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, triple cameras, and a generous 4500mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities.The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 6GB RAM and houses 128GB internal storage. A microSD expansion card slot allows for up to 1TB external media.The triple rear camera setup is comprised of a 12-megapixel main, 12-megapixel wide, and 8-megapixel telephoto lens. The front packs a 32-megapixel selfie camera.Samsung Phone Buyer’s Guide (Fall 2020)Rounding out the specs, the Galaxy S20 FE includes an in-display optical fingerprint reader, sub-6GHz 5G support, IP68 rating against dust and water, and NFC.The phone will be offered in six colors: Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange, and Cloud White. Galaxy S20 Fan Edition 1 of 12 AvailabilityPre-orders start immediately for the $699 Galaxy S20 Fan Edition with general availability on October 2. It can be purchased through a variety of wireless service providers as well as unlocked through Samsung.Verizon will offer a version of the phone which also supports its mmWave 5G network. That model will be named the Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW.

Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G specs spill out ahead of next week’s debut

As if we ought to be surprised, the main details have surfaced for the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G ahead of their launch on September 30.Included in the information are the anticipated processors, screen sizes, and camera configurations. We’ll have to wait a few days to find out how accurate the specifications are, but they come from reputable outlets.According to WinFuture we can look forward to the following hardware in the Google Pixel 5.Google Pixel 56-inch 2340 x 1080 display with Gorilla Glass 6, 90Hz refresh rateQualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor8GB RAM128GB storageRear 12.2-megapixel camera with 4K 60FPS and 1080p 240FPS video recordingRear 16-megapixel wide-angle camera with 107-degree field of viewFront-facing 8-megapixel camera with 83-degree field of viewIP68 water and dust resistant4,080mAh battery with wireless and reverse chargingMade from recycled aluminumSupport for sub-6GHz 5GAs for the 5G-ready version of the recently introduced Google Pixel 4a, WinFuture tells us to look for the following:Google Pixel 4a 5G6.2-inch 2340 x 1080 display with Gorilla Glass 3Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor6GB RAM128GB storageRear 12.2-megapixel camera with 4K 60FPS and 1080p 240FPS video recordingRear 16-megapixel wide-angle camera with 107-degree field of viewFront-facing 8-megapixel camera with 83-degree field of view3.5mm headphone jack3,800mAh battery with fast chargingPolycarbonate materials$499 starting priceThere are still a handful of unknowns for each device but all will be made clear inside of the next week. Google has a virtual press event scheduled for September 30.

Nokia refreshes portfolio with three phones, earbuds, and a speaker

HMD Global, the manufacturer behind Nokia’s phones for four years running, on Tuesday announced three new handsets, a set of earbuds, and speaker.The phones include the flagship Nokia 8.3 5G and the entry-level Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4. And while the accessories are not its first, it signals an expansion into that space is actively underway.Here’s a breakdown of the different handsets and their respective features.Nokia 8.3 5GAs the phone of choice for James Bond in the upcoming film ‘No Time to Die’, the Nokia 8.3 5G is the first Nokia handset with 5G support.Starting September 23, the $699 phone will be available to pre-order in the US through Amazon. It will also be sold through Best Buy in the coming weeks.The Nokia 8.3 5G runs Android 10 at launch and is backed by two years of upgrades and three years of monthly security updates.Key features include a 6.81-inch 2,400 x 1,800 pixel display, a Snapdragon 765G processor with 8GB memory. Internal storage is listed at 128GB with a microSD expansion card slot for up to 400GB external media.The camera experience is a quality one to be sure, and includes ZEISS Cinema Capture and Editor mode. The software lets users give their footage cinematic effects like anamorphic and blue flares.In terms of specs, the rear camera is comprised with a 64-megapixel f/1.89 main sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide (120-degree), 2-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. Around front is a 24-megapixel f/2.0 camera with ZEISS Optics.Rounding out the hardware are a 4500mAh battery, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, side fingerprint sensor, and dedicated Google Assistant button.Nokia 3.4Moving down the ladder a rung, the Nokia 3.4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage.The handset offers up a 6.39-inch 720 x 1560 pixel screen, 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear cameras with a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a front-facing 8-megapixel camera.Running Android 10, it will support Android 11 and see years of patches and software updates. Other details include a 4,000mAh battery, USB-C, a Google Assistant button, rear fingerprint reader, and microSD card slot.Nokia 2.4A decidedly entry-level phone, the Nokia 2.4 has a 6.5-inch display, 13-megapixel rear camera (with 2-megapixel depth sensor), and a front-facing 5.-megapixel camera.Power comes from a Mediatek Helio P22 processor, 2GB RAM, and 32GB storage. A microSD expansion card slot allows for up to 512GB external storage.The Nokia 2.4 runs Android 11 but is bolstered by two years of software updates and three years of monthly security updates.Wrapping things up, the phone has a 4500mAh battery, Google Assistant button, rear fingerprint sensor, microUSB port, and 3.5mm headphone jack.Nokia-branded AccessoriesAlso launching today is a range of new Nokia-branded audio accessories, starting with the Nokia Earbuds Lite and Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker. Additionally, it is introducing new protective cases for phones.The Nokia Power Earbuds Lite are IPX7 rated against water and sweat, offer up to 35 hours of play time, and feature 6mm graphene speaker drivers.The Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker deliver up to four hours of play time and include a built-in microphone for calls. Users can pair two of these speakers together for stereo output.

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Nokia phone buyer’s guide (Fall 2020)

Buying a phone in 2020 is an entirely different situation than it was just a few years back. Many consumers are used to buying their phones from their wireless service provider but that’s slowly changing.Thanks to the growing presence of unlocked handsets, customers are now able to choose from a much wider selection. Instead of being stuck with what your carrier offers, consider going direct to the manufacturer.Nokia is one brand that has done pretty well in the unlocked space; it continues to grow its portfolio with models at a variety of price points and hardware features.We’ve put together this Nokia phone buyer’s guide to help you make heads or tails out of everything. This should help you get a better understanding of what’s currently available from Nokia.Nokia Phone Buyer’s GuideNokia’s phones are essentially named and classified with a number. The general rule of thumb here is the bigger the number, the more powerful the phone.As of today there are phones split across the 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 series of phones. The Nokia 7.2, for instance, is a successor to the Nokia 7.1.Android OneOne of the best parts about Nokia phones is that they come with a stock version of Android. It’s lean and clean and left the way Google intended it to be.Additionally, Nokia does a wonderful job of supporting its phones with major software updates and monthly security patches. Its devices receive two years of major platform updates and three years of security and bug fixes.Dedicated ButtonAnother common feature in Nokia phones is a dedicated hardware button for Google Assistant. This gives users a quick and easy way of accessing the popular search tool and virtual assistant.Key PhonesThese are some of the current phones and their respective features offered by Nokia.Nokia 8.3 5GThe biggest and best of the bunch, this one will be highlighted in the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die. The phone runs Android 10 and offers support for all 5G bands.Users get a large 6.81-inch display as well as a quad-camera (64MP + 8MP Ultra-Wide + 2MP Macro + 2MP Depth) array with ZEISS cinematic effects​.Under the hood are a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor bolstered by 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Rounding things out are a 4,500mAh battery and a side-mounted power and fingerprint sensor button.Nokia 7.2Powered by Android 9 Pie, the device provides users with a 6.3-inch HD+ screen, a triple camera array, and 3,500mAh battery.A mid-range phone with wide support for 4G LTE bands, it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 4/6GB RAM. Storage is listed at 64GB of space but a microSD expansion card slot allows for up to 512GB external media.Nokia 6.2This one’s pretty similar to the aforementioned model but just slightly less powerful. If the 7.2 leans a bit in the direction of upper end, the 6.2 is firmly in the middle of the pack.The phone runs Android 10, has a triple-camera setup, and a 6.3-inch display. The key difference comes in the hardware which is dialed down a smidge. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chip is paired with 3GB and 4GB options. Storage starts at 32GB and goes up to 128GB; microSD allows for external media.Nokia 5.3An excellent option for first-time users and those who don’t demand much of their phone, this one packs a large 6.55-inch screen and an equally large 4,000mAh battery.The handset runs Android 10 and comes with 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB memory options. A quad-camera configuration snaps ultra-wide and macro shots while the expandable 64GB storage ensures you’ve got room to store them.Nokia 3 SeriesOften sold through prepaid carriers and MVNOs, these are a shade above entry-level. Although they are a little lighter on hardware, they still come with a wonderful software experience that’s backed with years of support.Nokia 2 SeriesCurrently comprised of a couple of models, this is where you’d start if you’ve really had much experience with a smartphone. You won’t have any fancy bells or whistles but you’ll still get important features like big screens, generous battery life, and dedicated Google Assistant buttons.

Tesla Model 3 Giveaway: Donate and Win! Pick up 100 entries for just $10

Picture this: The pandemic is over, you’re in the driver’s seat of a brand new 2020 Tesla Model 3 and the windows are down. You’re cruising through town, taking in the sights and scenery. Sound too good to be true? It’s not.It is certain that there will be a time when COVID-19 will be in the rear view mirror. It’s just a matter of time. As for that whole Tesla part, well that’s entirely possible.For the first time ever, we’re giving away a 2020 Tesla Model 3 to one lucky winner. This luxury vehicle is equal parts speed and safety, reaching speeds up to 140 mph (as always, drive safely and buckle up!). And with a range of up to 250 miles, everyone is going to be calling shotgun whether you’re headed on a road trip or just out for errands.This is our most highly-anticipated giveaway ever and sure to draw a ton of interest. It’s up to you as to whether you bother to enter. And if so, how many entries will you have?Win your own Tesla Model 3!If you’d like to become the proud owner of the Tesla Model 3, we’re here to help. Indeed, we’re helping StackCommerce give away one of the coolest cars on the market.If you head to the AndroidGuys Deals Store right now, you can enter a drawing to win the hot new car from Tesla. There’s no purchase necessary and the method of signing up is dead simple. All you have to do is log in via Facebook and check a box.Once you do, you’ll have two entries. Share the contest on Facebook or Twitter and you can rack up additional entries. Moreover, you can earn extra chances by sharing a URL with friends and family.Note that although you are signing in via Facebook, your information is not being collected by the social media platform. Our friends at StackCommerce and Futurist are backing the giveaway and use the information on their end.The giveaway is open from now until 11:59 PM PDT on 12/31/2020 so there’s plenty of time for you to pick up a ton of entries.Donate to Charity and Win!While there are various ways to increase your chances of winning the Tesla 3, none of them are as easy as donating to charity. Indeed, if you donate just $10 to the Playing For Change Foundation, you will pick up 100 entries.That’s just ten cents per entry, sure, but more importantly it’s a way of creating positive change for children and communities in need around the world.$10 – 100 Entries (10¢ each)$25 – 250 Entries (10¢ each)$50 – 1,000 Entries (5¢ each)$100 – 2,500 Entries (4¢ each)

Straight Talk Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

Nearly everyone in the US is at least casually familiar with the names of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. 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?MVNO brands license the towers and coverage from the bigger providers but offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service. These carriers might be a viable alternative to the provider you currently use.In this write-up, we will take a look at Straight Talk.About Straight TalkStraight Talk is an MVNO that offers both CDMA and GSM coverage; it uses all three of the 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.What are Straight Talk rate plans like?When 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 5GB of high speed data$45 includes 25GB of high speed data$55 includes unlimited high speed data (may be slowed at 60GB), 10GB hotspot data$65 includes unlimited high speed data (may be slowed at 60GB), 20GB hotspot data, 100GB cloud storageCustomers who sign up for automatic payment each month can save up to $5 per month on their plan.An unlimited international plan is also available which costs $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.Are any other plans available?Subscribers looking for two-line plans will like the $90 monthly rate which includes unlimited talk, text, and data.There are other options and add-ons available to Straight Talk customers, including global calling cards and extra data. On the low end a “Basic” plan ($30) gives customers 1,500 minutes and 100MB data.What other details should I know about Straight Talk?It’s worth noting that most of the 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.Best unlocked phones under $150Best unlocked phones between $150-$250Best unlocked phones between $250-$400Straight 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.Are there any Straight Talk deals or discounts?As of today there are a number of deals available through Straight Talk. Currently things are grouped under a “Clearance Sale” with a mixed of instant discounts, last-chance buys, and promotions when mixing phones with rate plans. Customers can also purchase refurbished phones and save extra money.Can I bring my phone to Straight Talk?Customers can bring pretty much any phone they want to Straight Talk as it’s compatible with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.Tell me about Straight Talk’s phone offeringsShould 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 is quite a mixed bag and includes everything from new flagship phones down to models that are a few years old. It also offers reconditioned devices in the event you aren’t looking for something new.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.

Toshl personal finance app will help get your spending under control

We live in a big, scary, uncertain world. While Americans are worried about staying safe and healthy, they’re even more concerned about their finances, too.You know the old adage about saving money for a rainy day? Unfortunately, it has rained on a lot of people in 2020. What did you do to control your spending or budget your finances? Nothing? It’s time to start.According to an annual survey from Debt.com, approximately 80 percent of US households are using a budget. And the biggest reason why? To increase wealth or savings (42%). Not far behind is tackling debt (31%).If you’re ready to get serious about your financial situation, look no further than Toshl Finance. Not only does it give you an app-based way of tracking your money, it also helps with your decisions, too. Oh, and it’s also on sale right now in the AG Deals Store.Toshl Finance’s user-friendly and intuitive interface makes it easy to get complete control over your spending. Simply enter the amount you spent, assign the purchase to a category, and save.Toshl lets you set up a budget any way you like and over whatever time frame you want, be it monthly, weekly, daily or custom periods. Track expenses from particular categories, tags, or specific financial accounts.Through the Medici Plan it can automatically keep things in order by linking directly to your bank accounts, credit cards and nearly 15,000 other financial services.Toshl represents your spending in graphs and charts that put your current financial situation into an understandable perspective. You can even get down to brass tacks with a simple “left to spend” figure that displays what’s left in a piggy bank. Toshl Finance syncs across all devices on both Android and iOS platforms.Right now, you can get 36 months of Toshl Finance Pro budget tracking for half off, just $29.99. Or, you can upgrade to the Medici Pro plan for only $39.99 and save 80 percent.