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Apple’s former design guru Jony Ive gets into bed with Airbnb

The man who helped create some of Apple’s most iconic products is teaming up with online accommodation service Airbnb to help design its future products and services.

5 reasons to use Android 11’s quick access smart home controls

Android 11 is finally here and provides users with a new quick access menu for the smart home, so we break down the reasons why you should start using it more.

6 cheap gadgets you can (and really should) buy today

Looking for a holiday gift? Take advantage of these cheap, must-have products on sale at Amazon right now.

6 cheap gadgets you can (and really should) buy today

Looking for a holiday gift? Take advantage of these cheap, must-have products on sale at Amazon right now.

There has never been a better time to buy an Amazon Kindle

The Amazon Kindle (ad-supported) is on sale for Prime Day, and we're all about it. Anti-glare, tons of books, and easy on-the-go reading, what's not to love?

Cheap Batteries: Prime Day brings steep discounts on AA and AAA

Shop all the batteries you need for this holiday season during Prime Day for major discounts on big brands.

Cheap Batteries: Prime Day brings steep discounts on AA and AAA

Shop all the batteries you need for this holiday season during Prime Day for major discounts on big brands.

Prime Day 2020 Deals You Can Shop Now: AirPods, Instant Pots, 4K TVs

You don’t have to wait for Prime Day 2020 on October 13 and October 14 to take home some must-have electronics at a discount: There are early you can shop right now. These include significant discounts on the latest Apple iPad Mini, Instant Pot Duo, and 50-inch TCL 4-Series Roku 4K TV. Instant Pot Duo […]

This Android 11 feature has changed how I use my smart home

When Google announced the new smart home power menu in Android 11, my initial response was “that’s cute”. However, the more I delve into this new quick menu, the more I have enjoyed it. It truly has how changed how I interact with my connected home.Fragmentation is realMy main issue with home automation is that there are soooo many options. These are fringe devices that I think most people just pick the cheapest one on Amazon when a need arises. While I tend to gravitate towards eufy products, I still have accumulated smart devices from six different companies with a combination of switches, lights, and cameras.The problem is that each one also has its own app for controlling these devices. This is really where I’d started using Google Home as my aggregation point. Most of the home gadgets I have can be plugged into the Home app and most of the features for all of them can be easily accessed with a single interface.Power menu is super convenientWhile the Google Home app started my consolidation project, the new power menu made it even more accessible. Gone are the hunt and peck through apps or even scrolling through Google Home.I have set the power menu to only show me the smart devices that I use the most and it really has made the interaction much more pain-free. Everything in my home that’s connected to the internet is now just a long-press of the power button away.A smart addition to a dumb buttonI have to applaud Google for continuing to innovate on something even as trivial as the power button. As we all salivate over the future of a buttonless slab phone, buttons are just plain useful. They offer users a tactile and functional way to interact with their phones without the fuss of navigating layers of software.Google meeting this paradigm halfway and finding a marriage between traditional buttons and software layers is just smart. The company started this journey with contactless payments in Google Pay and extended it to the Google Home is a great addition.

You can now ask Google Assistant to tie your shoes with expanded app actions

Google Assistant can now open and search within apps thanks to improved voice controls. You can go hands-free when browsing Etsy, ordering food, and more.

Beat back pain with the best standing desk deals for October 2020

Standing desks and workstations have become increasingly more popular and we have found some deals for you.

Beat back pain with the best standing desk deals for October 2020

Standing desks and workstations have become increasingly more popular and we have found some deals for you.

Beat back pain with the best standing desk deals for October 2020

Standing desks and workstations have become increasingly more popular and we have found some deals for you.

Apple stops selling rival audio gear ahead of rumored launches

Apple has been removing third-party audio gear from its stores, suggesting that the launch of its own branded alternatives could be just around the corner.

Apple stops selling rival audio gear ahead of rumored launches

Apple has been removing third-party audio gear from its stores, suggesting that the launch of its own branded alternatives could be just around the corner.

Apple stops selling rival audio gear ahead of rumored launches

Apple has been removing third-party audio gear from its stores, suggesting that the launch of its own branded alternatives could be just around the corner.

The best bidet deals for October 2020: Cheap bidet toilet seats

If you are out of toilet paper and open to trying new things, here are some cheap bidet toilet seats.

The best bidet deals for October 2020: Cheap bidet toilet seats

If you are out of toilet paper and open to trying new things, here are some cheap bidet toilet seats.

The best bidet deals for October 2020: Cheap bidet toilet seats

If you are out of toilet paper and open to trying new things, here are some cheap bidet toilet seats.

The best Ninja Foodi deals on cookers, air fryers, and grills for October 2020

With the right appliances, home cooks can gain the confidence to try new recipes and even create their own.

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Verizon calls up $400 TCL 10 5G UW for October 29

TCL on Tuesday announced its newest phone, the TCL 10 5G UW, will soon be available for purchase through Verizon. Priced just $400, it builds on the legacy of the TCL 10 Pro (read our review) and its 10L counterpart.The TCL 10 5G UW runs Android 10 and features a modest set of hardware that hovers in the middle of the pack, if not stepping a toe or two into the high-end.The 6.53-inch screen extends to all edges with a hole-punch cutout  in the top left for the front-facing camera. Resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels, or what’s commonly referred to as FHD+. Moreover, it packs TCLS’s proprietary NXTVISION technology, which provides better color accuracy, clarity, and contrast enhancements.Features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB expandable storage. The rear packs a 48-megapixel main camera, supported by an 8-megapixel (super-wide) and 5-megapixel (macro) camera. TCL 10 5G UW 1 of 8 Around front is the aforementioned 16-megapixel camera while a 4,500mAh battery is tucked inside with fast charging capability.In terms of software, the phone is more or less a stock Android experience with just a few extra apps. Verizon, for its part, loads a couple of titles on it the device for its subscribers.One of the main draws here is that it gives Verizon customers access to a 5G phone for less than $400. Not only that, but one that supports both the nationwide 5G and growing Ultra Wideband networks.Offered in Diamond Gray, the TCL 10 5G UW will be available to purchase starting from October 29.

TCL 10 5G UW review: Bringing affordable 5G to Verizon customers

TCL aims to bring 5G to the masses with its TCL 10 5G UW, the most affordable 5G device in

This 98-hour ethical hacking bundle is just $39.90 right now

For all of the scary notions and ideas that spring to mind when you think of “hacking”, there’s plenty of good that can come from it. Hacking isn’t strictly a nefarious thing. Done right, you can leverage hacking to better your life, automate processes, and have more fun — all without breaking any laws.Learning to hack, ethically, is a necessity in today’s age of ever-growing digital threats. Whether your goal is to build a business or simply stop your secure data from being breached, learning the ropes of hacking can be the perfect leg up in sales or counter-measure against cyber thieves.The AndroidGuys Deals Store has a terrific value-packed collection of training centered around the proper way to hack your life. The Ultimate 2020 White Hat Hacker Certification Bundle is designed to arm you with the tools on both sides of hacking. Featuring some 98 hours of content, there are nearly 1,000 lessons to take you from newbie and novice to knowledgeable and learned!People tend to fear what they don’t understand and with this collection you can put fears to rest and truly empower yourself.CoursesThe Complete Cyber Security Course, Vol.1: Hackers ExposedThe Complete Cyber Security Course, Vol.2: Network SecurityThe Complete Cyber Security Course, Vol.3: Anonymous BrowsingThe Complete Cyber Security Course, Vol.4: End-Point ProtectionCompTIA CySA+ Cybersecurity Analyst (CS0-001) Prep CourseCyber Security: Python & Web ApplicationsComplete Ethical Hacking & Cyber Security Masterclass CoursePython 3 for Offensive PenTest: A Complete Practical CourseThe Complete Nmap Ethical Hacking Course: Network Security AssessmentCompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-001) Ethical HackingWhere to BuyYou can pick up a lifetime access to the Ultimate 2020 White Hat Hacker Certification Bundle for only $39.90 in the AG Deals Store. Valued at nearly $1,400, the whole kit can be yours for 97 percent off.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

OnePlus adds Nord 10 5G and Nord N100 to wallet-friendly roster

OnePlus on Monday kicked off its week with a pair of new phones for its newly established Nord series. The N10 5G and N100 are both set to launch in Europe but, unlike their predecessor (Nord), are ultimately expected in North America.The N10 5G has a starting price of £329 in the UK (~$412 USD) and is powered by a Snapdragon 690 processor, while the N100 comes in at just £179 (~ $235 USD) with its Snapdragon 460 chipset.Nord N10 5GAs you may have guessed by its name, the OnePlus Nord N10 5G is a 5G capable handset (sub-6GHz in Europe), and features a 6.49-inch display. Additionally, it has 6GB RAM, 128GB expandable storage,  a rear fingerprint reader, and dual stereo speakers.Similar to other OnePlus phones, the Nord N10 5G’s 4,300mAh battery can be fast-charged via Warp Charge 30T.Around back is a quad-camera setup consisting of a main 64-megapixel camera, 119-degree ultra-wide, and macro and monochrome cameras. A 16-megapixel camera is located on the front.Nord N100Although it’s a lower-end phone in terms of hardware, the N100 still features a handful of notable details. It offers up big 6.52-inch display, dual stereo speakers, and a bigger 5,000mAh battery. Although larger, it is fast-charged at up to “only” 18W, which is still considered fast by most standards.The 4G capable phone runs Android 10 and has 4GB memory and 64GB storage. There’s a 13-megapixel main camera with portrait and macro cameras, a rear fingerprint reader, and microSD expansion card slot. 1 of 4 Growing Mid-RangeIt will be interesting to see how OnePlus continues shaping its portfolio. Will it keep pushing forward with high-end models or might it start focusing more on the lower end and middle of the pack?We found the OnePlus Nord to be a great phone when reviewing it recently. If OnePlus is content to spread its wings in the junior flagship and entry-level space, we think it could really carve out a nice slice of the pie.