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Motorola One Fusion+ comes to US for $400

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

Aipower Wearbuds Pro campaign announced

Aipower announced the Wearbuds last June, which, as the name suggests, were true wireless earbuds attached to a fairly basic smartwatch. We thought the Wearbuds were fine in our review, but we looked forward to a future iteration as first time products are bound to have issues and shortcomings.Now, those wishes have come true with the announcement of the Aipower Wearbuds Pro.The Aipower Wearbuds Pro boast enhanced sound quality with a Graphene Dynamic Driver, Qualcomm aptX audio, Bluetooth 5.0, and ability to be used independently of one another.The watch itself has heart rate, sleep, and fitness tracking as well as notifications, music playback, and ability to accept or reject calls.The Indiegogo campaign is available here for an early adopter price of $89. Units are expected to ship in October.  

Google Pixel 4a pre-orders go live with August 20 availability

Google’s newest phone, the Pixel 4a, is finally available for pre-order. Having blown by its expected May launch, the handset arrives with a wallet-friendly $350 price tag.When much of the fanfare and advertising for phones tends to center around flagships and devices approaching $1,000, Google’s latest is a fraction of the price. Nevertheless, it still has more than enough hardware and modern software to satisfy the needs of the masses.At just $350, the Pixel 4a runs Android 10 and largely features the same camera experience that’s found in the Pixel 4. Moreover, it also has a headphone jack and a bigger battery than the standard model.Android 105.81-inch FHD+ displayQualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor6GB RAM128GB storage12.2-megapixel dual-pixel rear camera8-megapixel wide-angle camera3140mAh battery3.5mm audio jackAs to why the Pixel 4a is less than half the price of the Pixel 4, there are plenty of reasons. It’s just up to the buyer to determine whether it’s worth spending the extra money.With that said, the Pixel 4a does not have wireless charging, nor does it have the soft-touch glass back and water resistant protection. Instead it has a polycarbonate body to keep price down.AvailabilityThe Pixel 4a is available for pre-order in the US at Google Store and on Google Fi where it can be purchased unlocked at just $350. It will be more widely available to customers on August 20 through the Google Store, Best Buy, Amazon, and more. Additionally, US carriers will offer the phone, including Google Fi, US Cellular, and Verizon.Customers who purchase the Pixel 4a receive three month free trials of YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass and Google One.Interestingly enough, the Google Pixel 4a appears to be offered in black only through Google’s online store. Other colors expected in the lead-up to announcement included white and blue. Perhaps various carriers and retailers will have different options.

Google begins dropping details on Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5

Today might be the official arrival of the Google Pixel 4a, but that doesn’t mean Google isn’t already looking to the horizon. Indeed, Google is ready to share details about the next few models in the pipeline.According to Google, the Pixel 4a (5G) and the Pixel 5 will arrive “this fall” and both will feature 5G connectivity. Moreover, Google is already sharing its expected price for the former, putting it at just $499.Whether the true difference between the standard 4a and the 5G-ready version is 5G support remains unclear.Google often debuts its flagship Pixel phones in October, and that would definitely fit in thethis fall” timeline. However, with the ongoing pandemic, and the fact that the Pixel 4a arrived nearly three months later than expected, it’s hard to say for sure.As Google tells us both the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will be available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia.If you’re interested in learning more about either of these phones, you can sign up to receive updates.

Google sets Pixel 4a launch for August 3

Google’s next phone, the oft-leaked Pixel 4a, is set to arrive in but a few days time. Or at least that’s how it appears.Google this week updated its “Made by Google” Facebook and Twitter accounts with new images and set up an interesting landing page at its online store. Part placeholder text (lorem ipsum), part fake words, it teases out a few features for the forthcoming device.https://store.google.com/intl/en/lorem-ipsum/Providing an image that looks like a phone wrapped in checkerboard pattern, the seemingly redacted description is actually a puzzle.Simply tap each square until it matches the Google logo colors (blue, red, yellow, blue, green, red) and it reveals text. Moreover, it reveals an August 3 that displays atop the phone.Originally expected in May, the Google Pixel 4a has been the subject of many leaks and rumors. Its features and specifications are all but certain, as is its price tag. With that said, we’ll be quite interested in the phone once it’s made available.If you dig through the placeholder text, you can suss out some of the details or selling points. In it are references to video chat, low-light capture, bokeh effects, and long-lasting batteries.Thanks to chatter and leaks over the last few months we have an idea as to what to expect. Specs are reported to include a 5.81-inch display, 6GB RAM, and at least 64GB storage capacity. Additionally, it is alleged to have Google’s Titan M security chip and feature the same video recording capabilities as the Pixel 4.As far as pricing goes, all signs point to a $399 starting cost for the phone with black, white, and blue shades.

Cat Phones announces rugged S62 Pro with thermal imaging

Cat Phones is a brand of smartphones bearing the Caterpillar name, which you may know as the manufacturers of construction equipment. Enter the Cat S62 Pro, a phone bearing enhanced thermal imaging and an extremely rugged build.The S62 Pro’s main feature is the thermal imaging. Over the S61, it bears enhancements for further thermal detail thans to the FLIR Lepton 3.5 sensor combined with FLIR’s VividIR technology and Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging that overlays linear detail onto the thermal image. In addition, the S62 Pro bears a 12MP dual pixel camera.In true Cat Phones fashion, the S62 is also extremely rugged with IP68 and Mil-Spec 810H, making the phone dustproof, drop-proof to 1.8m, and resistant to vibration, sand, salt mist and pressure.As far as specs, the S62 brings the following:A 5.7″ FHD+ display reinforced with Gorilla Glass 6An aluminum body housed in a non-slip TPU caseQualcomm Snapdragon 660 backed up with 6GB of RAM128GB of storage expandable via microSDDual SIM slotsFingerprint sensorA 4,000mAh battery

Plex introduces free Live TV with over 80 channels

Plex is a complete media server solution to allow for easy organization and sharing of items in your media library, from movies to television shows to Music. The Plex server runs on your computer of choice and content on your server can be viewed/listened to on pretty much any device you can think of.Plex has also ventured to make a more complete media experience, occuring over a number of years. You can add podcasts, you can integrate Tidal to further expand your music library, you can watch YouTube-style Web Shows.However, Plex is also trying to bring in free users with ad-supported content. At the end of 2019, they introduced movies & TV for free for all users to watch through Crackle.Now they have introduced free Live TV Streaming. Live TV is completely free to anyone with an account and comes with 80+ channels ranging from The Bob Ross Channel to a Yacht Rock music channel.Plex will continue to add more channels, but don’t expect your big network channel to be added any time soon as most networks promise themselves to cable companies.You can watch Plex’s video announcement below and read their blog post here.

Mobvoi summer sale brings up to 33% off until July 31

Mobvoi, producer of many android accessories from the TicWatch to the TicPods, has introduced their summer sale, bringing up to 33% off of their products.TicWatch DiscountsThe TicWatch C2, with the Snapdragon Wear 2100 and featuring a classic design and 2-day battery life, is discounted from now until June 30th. It is usually $199.99,but it is now 30% off at $139.99.The S2 with a more rugged build is 33% off of the Glacier color option at $119.99 and 20% off of the Midnight color option at $143.99.   The TicWatch Pro 2020, with military-grade durability and 5-30 days of battery life, is $220.99, a 15% savings from the usual $259.99 price point.   The Pro 4G/LTE, with cellular connectivity, is available for 10% off of its original price of $299 at $269. TicPods DiscountsThe TicPods 2, with touch controls, 23-hour battery life, fastcharging, and noise cancellation, are 30% off at $69.99.The TicPods 2 Pro, with voice commands, voice assistant, and head gesture controls are normally $139.99, are $104.99, a 25% discount. These discounts run through Friday, July 31st and are available through Mobvoi’s website.

Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 promises full phone charging in 15 minutes

Qualcomm on Monday announced Quick Charge 5, its latest version of its standard for charging battery-powered devices like phones. As one might expect, it takes the already-fast charging technology and dials it way up.According to Qualcomm, Quick Charge 5 promises to charge a dead phone up to 50% in just five minutes. Moreover, a mere 15 minutes is all that’s required to hit the full 100%.To achieve this technologically astounding feat, Qualcomm employs a 100 watt/20 volt power supply. And that’s not all; it can support higher wattages and/or voltage, too.Understanding that typical battery cells and phone charging circuits cannot handle these levels without overheating, it utilizes “stacked cells” which more or less amounts to multiple batteries.…optimized to take advantage of both USB-PD and Type-C technologies, addressing future Android requirements. Compatibility with industry standards like USB Type-C protocols…Not only is this new stuff incredibly fast, it’s also more efficient, too. It folds in 12 voltage, current, and temperature protections, and runs 10 degrees Celsius cooler than Quick Charge 4.Quick Charge 5 is backwards-compatible and works with the USB-PD standard as well as wireless charging.Mobile devices with Quick Charge 5 are expected to ship as soon as the third quarter of the year (Q3 2020). The feature is already supported on Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 865 Plus mobile processors.

T-Mobile announces more competitive plan pricing

T-Mobile and Sprint have been merged for around 3 months, and have launched a series of initiatives, from free robocall protection to free unlimited service for first responders.Now, with the T-Mobile and Sprint brands officially merging on August 2nd, the Un-Carrier is offering 4 lines of unlimited data for $25 per line plus taxes and fees.In addition, you can get four Samsung Galaxy A71 5G’s for only an additional $5 per line with an eligible trade-in.If switching from AT&T or Verizon, T-Mobile has their Keep & Switch offer. With Keep & Switch, you can keep your phone and T-Mobile will clear any existing debts with the other carriers up to $450.You can read more about the offer here and watch the announcement from CEO Mike Sievert below.

Corning Gorilla Glass Victus aims to guard against drops and scratches

Smartphone screens are about to get a bit more sturdy yet again, thanks to Corning‘s next generation of Gorilla Glass.Called Gorilla Glass Victus, it promises better resistance to drops and scratches than its predecessor, Gorilla Glass 6. Indeed, it’s said to feature twice the improvement in scratch resistance than the previous generation.As for drops, Gorilla Glass Victus is reported to handle drops from up to two meters onto hard, rough surfaces. That’s a fairly noteworthy bump over the Gorilla Glass 6’s handling of up to 1.6 meters.When it comes to glass and display protection we’ve had to trade scratch resistance for guarding against drops. Often it’s one or the other and most recently it’s been heading in the direction of drops. Gorilla Glass Victus attempts to bring that balance back in line for users.As much as we like our phones to handle the occasional fall or getting knocked off the table, we equally appreciate if it withstands simple scratches. And given that we’re holding onto phones longer than ever, it’s still too easy to pick up a little bit of surface scuffing over the years.According to Wired, Corning is ready to meet the demand for its next-generation glass. However, with the pandemic still in full swing, it could be some time before we see it widely available. With that said, don’t be surprised if it’s listed among the features of your next flagship handset.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs and features leak

When we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, we called it the best phone available at the time. Now almost a year has passed, so as is customary, it is time to renew the Note line.Also as is customary, there have already been many leaks concerning the Note 20, from specs and renders to a rumored date for Samsung Unpacked 2020.Now a more definitive leak from WinFuture has come, referring to the Note 20 Ultra as the “Xbox-Smartphone”, along with images of the device.Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra SpecsThe Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a true flagship, with some of the following specs:6.9-inch AMOLED display with a QHD resolution(3,200 * 1,440 resolution) and refresh rates that can scale up to 120Hz when needed with Gorilla Glass 7The 108MP sensor from the Galaxy S20 Ultra combined with laser autofocus, dual-pixel autofocus, and 2 additional 12MP sensors. One sensor will be a wide-angle whereas the other will be a telephoto lens with 5x zoomA 10MP selfie camera in an Infinity-O punch holeA 4,500mAh battery that can charge from 0 to 5% in 30 minutesThe processor listed is the Exynos 990, featured in the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones, but that’s only for the European version, so the North American version’s processor is still unknown12GB of RAM with either 256 or 512GB of storage expandable by microSD5G network supportSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra featuresFlagship specs mean nothing without great features, though. So here is some of what the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will offer:Integration with Project xCloud game streaming in addition to access to Xbox Game PassPossible Wireless Dex with ability to project to TV’s and other supported displaysA lower-latency S-Pen and reported “Real Feel” to make the writing experience feel more like writing on paper

Motorola Edge will launch in the US with $200 off the price tag

The Motorola Edge is a phone that looks almost as good as the recently released LG Velvet but has been held out of the US market since it was announced a few months ago. The phone is now getting an official launch in the US with pre-orders starting today and the phone will be available for sale at the end of the month, on July 31st.The Motorola Edge – coming to a store near youThe Motorola Edge is a solid budget-friendly phone that’s packed with great hardware and an even better looking exterior finish.SpecsDisplay: 6.7-inch OLED, with Motorola’s Endless Edge display90Hz refresh rate with HDR10+Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765GStorage: 256 GB internal, UFS 2.1RAM: 6 GBMain camera:64 MP Wide8 MP Telephoto16 MP UltrawideFront-facing camera: 25 MPBattery: 4500 mAhConnectivity: 5G, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acColors: Midnight Magenta and Solar BlackA rarity at this price-range, the Motorola Edge is offering up a 6.7-inch display that features a 90 Hz refresh rate and HDR10 support. The recently announced OnePlus Nord is the only phone in the price range with a high refresh display, while others like the LG Velvet lack the feature.The triple rear-camera setup features a 48 MP main shooter which allows you to shoot in 4K resolution, but disappointingly at only 30 frames-per-second (FPS). Many devices with similar processor and camera setups allow you to shoot at a higher 60 FPS which means your video looks much smoother.Device storage is something that is rarely an issue on Android devices, and the Motorola Edge is no different. It comes standard with 256 GB of fast UFS 2.1 storage. That means you can shoot 4K video until your heart is content. But, if you do manage to fill up all that storage, there is a micro SD card slot for additional storage.The processor isn’t Qualcomm’s current flagship, the Snapdragon 865+, but you do get a very capable Snapdragon 765G, which includes a 5G modem. Despite not being the absolute best processor on the market, most users will be completely fine here unless they’re playing high-end games. And the inclusion of a 5G modem will make sure you’re not left behind as the new connectivity standard becomes more and more popular.The Motorola Edge officially goes on sale on July 31, but you can pre-order it right now from B&H Photo, Amazon.com, and Motorola.com for just $499. That’s a $200 discount off of retail so make sure you act fast before this deal runs out.

Boost Mobile rings up a trio of new phones for summer 2020

Boost Mobile this week began offering three new smartphones as part of its phone lineup. The move comes quickly on the heels of another pair that were launched earlier in the month.Among the newest are a couple of updated Motorola models and a refreshed handset from French manufacturer Wiko.All three handsets are priced very low, especially at launch. And even if they rise to their respective retail prices, you’ll be looking at $150 at the most. Let’s take a look at what each of Boost Mobile’s new phone offer.Wiko Ride 2A successor to an existing model, the Wiko Ride 2 is exclusively offered at Boost Mobile. Key features include a 5.5-inch HD display, 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and 32GB internal storage.Digging a little deeper we find a Mediatek Helio A22 processor, 2GB RAM, a microSD expansion card slot, FM radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 2,500mAh batteryThe Wiko Ride 2 is rated with IP52 water resistance and is priced just $40 at Boost Mobile. Standard retail pricing is listed at $90. Effective August 1, the phone will be available from Walmart for $35.Motorola Moto G FastThe Moto G Fast is priced as an entry-level phone but its specifications hover a little closer to the middle of the pack. Indeed, it comes with a generous 6.4-inch display,  a triple-camera setup on the back and a 4,000mAh battery that should last far beyond a typical day.Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor, the Moto G Fast is paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. A microSD expansion card slot allows for up to 512GB of external media.The  triple camera system includes a 16-megapixel standard lens, an ultra-wide camera, and a macro shooter. Around front is an 8-megapixel camera for selfies.The Motorola Moto G Fast has a retail price of $150, but it’s currently being offered for just $99.99. Customers who switch to Boost can nab the phone for as low as $29.99 for a limited time.Motorola Moto EThe Motorola Moto E might be priced like a phone on its way out the door but that’s hardly the case. Powered by Android 10, it’s more than enough handset to satisfy the typical Boost Mobile consumer.Key hardware details include a 6.2-inch display, a 13-megapixel/2-megapixel rear camera setup, and a generous 3500mAh battery. Throw in a fingerprint reader and water-repellent coating and you’ve got a great everyday phone.Under the hood we find a Qualcome Snapdragon 632 octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage. A microSD expansion card slot lets users add up to 512GB of additional space.The Motorola Moto E retails for about $120, but it’s currently being offered for just $69.99. Customers who switch to Boost from another carrier can grab it for as little as $9.99 right now.

Hampton Products launches Peace By Hampton smart products

Many people have smart home products, from lights to thermostats to microwaves. However, they can be quite expensive.That’s where Peace by Hampton a Best Buy exclusive line of smart devices by Hampton Products, comes in.Peace by Hampton Smart LED BulbsThe Smart Bulbs, available in 4-packs of either A19(traditional light bulb size) or BR30(indoor floodlight for recessed lighting) are Wi-Fi light bulbs that require no hub, are adjustable by app, and feature a color spectrum of 16 million colors.The 4-pack of A19 bulbs costs $59.99 and is available here.The 4-pack of BR30 bulbs costs $64.99 and is available here.Peace by Hampton Single Outlet Smart Wall PlugThe Smart Wall Plug is a 15-amp Smart Wall Plug with scheduling capabilities, a countdown timer, and ability to be controlled via voice commands or through the Peace By Hampton app.A two-pack of white plugs costs $18.99 and comes with a full two-year warranty. The pack is available here.  

LG Velvet 5G available at AT&T starting today

The LG Velvet is a stylish phone that has caught our eye with its enigmatic design and other aesthetic features. LG Electronics USA has just announced that the Velvet 5G will go on sale starting today, July 22nd, and available at your local AT&T outlet or online.LG Velvet 5G – A stylish phone you can’t missPriced at an attractive price tag of $599, the phone offers 5G (UW) Ultra Wideband and low-band network (due later this year). The phone is currently exclusively available with AT&T, and will be available with T-Mobile and Verizon later in the summer.Before we get to the specs, the phone has a sleek look to it, that gives the phone a premium and quality look, at half the price tag of a modern flagship phone. The LG Velvet will be available in Aurora Gray, Aurora Silver, Aurora Red and Pink White.Aside from the fine finish, the phone has a lot of great hardware to match the look:Curved 6.8-inch OLED display with LG’s Cinematic FullVisionQualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset128 GB of ROM6 GB of RAMBack camera setup:48MP Wide8MP Ultra-Wide5MP Depth16-MP front-facing camera4300 mAh batteryIn-display fingerprint sensorIP68 Water and Dust ResistanceWith its display and camera setup, you’re looking at a great phone that offers flagship tier specs, while staying at a frugal amount.If you’re looking for a budget-friendly phone that packs a punch under the hood, look no further than the LG Velvet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a high refresh rate display, which is becoming a standard in mid-range and flagship smartphones. However, that can be forgiven if you’re looking for beauty over function.Few phones are able to catch the eye the way LG’s phones are able to. The only other phones that deliver premium design with glossy backs would be the new OnePlus 8 phones, offering a reflective and glossy back.The phone is best suited for the average consumer who isn’t concerned with high refresh rates and just wants beauty over function.If you can forgive a minor shortcoming of the phone i.e. the 60Hz refresh rate screen, this is a superb phone to buy if you’re looking to turn a few heads your way.

Netflix is finally coming to Nest Hub Smart Displays

Google’s Nest Hub Smart Displays have been a great entry into the screened Assistant for the search giant. However, it hasn’t always been a smooth path– between technical issues and glaring omissions like Netflix, there have been plenty of growing pains.Thankfully, both sides have come to a new agreement that fixes this omission from Nest Hub Smart Displays. Starting today, you can now use Netflix on these devices from Google. After over a year, the wait is finally over and you can initiate the streaming service via voice on the Nest Hub Smart Displays.All you need to do is make sure your Netflix account is linked to the Google Home or Assistant app and use your voice. By using “Hey Google, open Netflix” you can bring up a stripped-down version of Netflix’s immersive UI. You can also call on streaming specific shows as well in a similar fashion.You can then interact with the content via the touchscreen, voice, or gestures. Google has made sure the Quick Gestures for Nest Hub work with Netflix from the jump. With this, you can pause or play videos by raising your hand towards the display.There are a few caveats we don’t know just yet. One is that this seems to be a rolling fix by one, or both, software giants and many are not seeing the update yet. Google is known for regional rollouts of server-side software like this and we can only assume this will take the same approach.Another is Chromecast. It’s another assumption, but you’d have to believe that “now supports” Netflix includes the Casting feature, but the Google announcement doesn’t reference this directly. Once we have a working unit with Nest Hub and Netflix we will know more.Last, we have no official word on third-party Google Smart Displays. The likes of Lenovo, JBL, and LG all have smart displays outside the Nest brand. One can only hope that this new Netflix fix rolls out to those as well in the future.Despite these issues, the announcement alone is great news for Nest Hub owners. It gives Google another compelling feature that is not available on competing offerings from the Amazon Echo Show or Facebook Portal. Let us know in the comments if you have the new feature, or if you are patiently still waiting.

Verizon kicks off the school year with new promotions

Last month, Verizon renewed their commitment to all students with new student discounts for college students.Now that the return to school is closer, Verizon is bringing along more promotions starting July 23.Free iPhoneWhen you switch to Verizon, get a new 64GB iPhone 11 with a new Unlimited line and an eligible trade-in.For larger families, buy one iPhone 11 and get a second one free.$700 off Android phonesGet up to $700 off select Android phones with an eligible trade in plus a free Verizon Stream TV.Teacher discountTeachers can get Start Unlimited for just $30/month if your plan has 4 lines.GizmoWatch 2For the younger children in the family, when you buy one GizmoWatch 2, you can get a second one for half offFree smart devicesWhen you switch to Verizon and add a new Unlimited line, you can get an Echo Dot and Amazon Smart Plug for free.  

117 new emoji coming to Android 11 in the fall

Friday was World Emoji Day, and in honor of that, Google announced many new emoji designs they are bringing to Android 11 in the fall.Last year, Google sent a proposal to the Unicode Consortium to add new emoji that Google felt would bring more empathy and equity to the keyboard.While there are many new additions, such as an anatomical heart, a piñata, a bison, and a tamale, Google wanted to focus on five emoji in particular.Family RepresentationThe first family emoji introduced was “person feeding baby with bottle” as the only representation of feeding a baby was a woman breastfeeding.Next, Google introduced “person in veil” and “person in tuxedo” to better represent everyone’s experiences.EmpathyWith people using emoji to better express emotion and empathy, google has introduced “two people hugging” and “slightly smiling face with tear”.Transgender FlagThe transgender flag has also been added to allow better expression for the trans community.These new emoji designs and over 100 more will all be featured in Android 11. You can read our Android 11 coverage here.Updated Gboard with emoji barIn addition to the new emoji, Google has added a quick access emoji bar to Gboard.  

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

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

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Motorola One Fusion+ comes to US for $400

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

Aipower Wearbuds Pro campaign announced

Aipower announced the Wearbuds last June, which, as the name suggests, were true wireless earbuds attached to a fairly basic smartwatch. We thought the Wearbuds were fine in our review, but we looked forward to a future iteration as first time products are bound to have issues and shortcomings.Now, those wishes have come true with the announcement of the Aipower Wearbuds Pro.The Aipower Wearbuds Pro boast enhanced sound quality with a Graphene Dynamic Driver, Qualcomm aptX audio, Bluetooth 5.0, and ability to be used independently of one another.The watch itself has heart rate, sleep, and fitness tracking as well as notifications, music playback, and ability to accept or reject calls.The Indiegogo campaign is available here for an early adopter price of $89. Units are expected to ship in October.  

LDPlayer – Android Emulator for Windows PC and Laptop

Optimizing an Android game for PC is quite hard. There are tons of Android emulators present on the internet that allow players to play different Android games on their PC. But most of the emulators are not worth experiencing. Some of the Android emulators destroy the gaming experience, which you will never want.Now, you might think about the solution to it. You might question how you can play an Android game on your PC or a laptop without damaging the gaming experience. Well, the simple solution to this concern is LDPlayer. A few of you people might not be familiar with the LDPlayer so let me familiarize you with this amazing thing.What is LDPlayer?LDPlayer is a free Android emulator using which you can play any of your favorite Android games. Whether you are a PC or a laptop user, the LDPlayer will permit you to get the best gaming experience without any issue. Not only gaming, but you can also use any Android app on your operating system with the help of the LDPlayer emulator. Although it runs Android apps, it is specially designed for gamers.Apart from it, this software provides excellent keyboard mapping controls. From older games to all the latest ones, this software will run all on your system. Unlike the other emulators, it does not minimize the pace of the Android app. Besides this, the LDPlayer offers a custom control, which means that you can connect keyboard and mouse as per your choosing. Connecting a mouse and a keyboard will give you better control of the game you are playing.System Requirements for LDPlayerAnother great thing about the LDPlayer is that you don’t need to own a high-end system to operate it. Even if your computer or laptop does not hold higher RAM, processing power, or hard disk space, you can still use it with no worry.Below we have mentioned the maximum and minimum system requirements that you will need to run the LDPlayer on your system quickly.Minimum System RequirementsYou will need to have a RAM of 2GB with the minimum free storage space of 36GB as a minimum requirement. You can operate the software on Windows XP, Windows 7/8/8.1, as well as on Windows 10. Apart from this, you will be required to enable the hardware virtualization technology in the BIOS to run the software. Also, make sure to have a graphics driver with OpenGL 2.0 and DirectX 11 so that it works properly.Recommended SpecificationsIn case you want to run the LDPlayer without facing any issue, then you should focus on the recommended specifications. The recommended specs for this software are moderate. You will require a RAM of 8GB or higher to run this software on your PC or laptop. Apart from RAM, the LDPlayer demands 100GB of free disk space for better performance.However, you can still run the software even if you have less space. You will need an Intel i5 7500 or a better CPU for the LDPlayer. The NVIDIA GeForce, GTX 750 Ti card, is also in the recommended specifications of this software. Even if your system does not match the recommended specs, you don’t need to bother because you can still run this LDPlayer emulator on your order if you have the minimum suggested requirements. But with the recommended specifications, you can get the best performance of this software, so try to use it on the suggested specs.What You Will Get with LDPlayer?Below are some of the things that you will get with this emulator.Android Experience: This emulator will provide you with a full Android experience. It also presents support to the Android 5.1 and 7.1, which makes it worth trying.Quality Gaming: It offers Android gamers the option to play their preferred games on a PC or a laptop using a mouse and a keyboard. There are no restrictions, so you can play any game you want.Custom Settings: You can do the required setting as per your wish. The emulator allows users to perform settings of an application and a game as per their needs.Multiple Instances: The various instances will be a completely new experience for most of the people. The multiple instances mean that you can play more than one game at a time with this emulator without destroying the gaming experience.No Fee: You don’t need to pay any fees to install this emulator. Most of the emulators demand high charges to run them. However, that is not the case with the LDPlayer. Without worrying about heavy fees or many advertisements, you can use this software, and you will surely enjoy it.Active Updates: In contrast to other emulators, the LDPlayer delivers active updates. Mostly you will get the updates on a monthly basis via this software. You can use the update to enjoy the latest features of the emulator.Reasons to Choose LDPlayerThere are a lot of reasons due to which you might want to select the LDPlayer. However, here we will make you familiar with some of the most important reasons due to which you might desire to try out this software.Better ExperienceA better experience is the prime reason to prefer LDPlayer. Whether you are doing gaming or other Android tasks, this software will take your experience to the next level.It will give you a lot better feel on your PC and laptop as compared to the Android device. You will enjoy every second of using the LDPlayer.No LagRunning a few software on an emulator usually results in lagging. However, with the LDPlayer, you will not go through any such concern. Whether you are using a normal app or playing some high-end games on this emulator, the lag problem will not occur.This is why most people, especially gamers, prefer using this software. The only thing you will need is a better system. If your system has the recommended or the minimum suggested specifications, you don’t have to worry about any problem as it will not occur.Quality SupportMost of the emulators do not support all applications, but that is not the case with this emulator. You can easily run almost all the apps using the LDPlayer with no problem.The quality support of this software makes its second to none. Because of better support, this software is recommended to both gamers and regular users.Multiple ApplicationsThe ability to run various apps simultaneously is another reason to try out the LDPlayer. In most of the emulators, the user can run only a single app at a time. That is not the case with the LDPlayer.In the LDPlayer, you can operate several apps at a time. You can play multiple games simultaneously, which makes this software unique. This software gives the opportunity to run as many games or other apps as you want without causing any problem.User-FriendlyMost of the emulators are hard to use for a beginner because of the complicated interface. If you are using an emulator for the first time, then things may become more hard-to-understand for you. However, with the LDPlayer, there is no such problem because of the user-friendly interface.You can become a professional of this software within a day because it does not have anything complicated in it. Also, the user doesn’t need any technical knowledge while using it, which makes the process effortless.High GraphicsLow graphics is another issue that gamers usually have while playing their favorite game through the emulator. Most of the emulators destroy the graphics of the game, which results in a poor gaming experience.  Also, such emulators reduce the FPS and make the player experience a game full of lag. While with the LDPlayer, that is not the case. This software knows the role of graphics and FPS on a system due to which it has a prime focus on it.The software ensures that it does not harm the visual quality of the game. It focuses on delivering the same high-quality graphics as needed by the player.ConclusionIn case you want to experience your favorite Android game on a PC or a laptop, then you should try the LDPlayer. It will allow you to enjoy the application on a big screen. You can also connect the mouse and a keyboard with this emulator. LDPlayer is quite popular because of its better performance. Also it is the best emulator for PUBG Mobile. The constant updating of the software makes it the best in the market.No matter whether you like playing high-FPS or high graphics games, you can play it using the LDPlayer software. It will make Android gaming a lot better for you. In addition, you can get the experience of playing multiple games at a time through it. Though gaming is the prime focus of this emulator, other Android users can also use it as it runs almost all types of applications. So try the LDPlayer, and you will surely love using it.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.