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Seeing the light [#acpodcast]

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Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik, are joined by associate editor Hayato Huseman to talk about the creepiness of Facebook, the upside of notches, and taptic engine performance on Android devices.They also discuss the new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 — the first Chrome OS tablet to hit the market. Plus, the crew takes a look at the triple threat Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, the Porsche Design Mate RS, and why software continues to be such a big problem for Samsung.Listen nowSubscribe in iTunes: AudioSubscribe in RSS: AudioDownload directly: AudioShow Notes and Links:Hayato Huseman on TwitterFacebook kept logs of calls and messages on Android phones, and followed the rules to do itFacebook #DeleteYourSoulOnePlus 6 will have a notchOnePlus explains the rationale behind the notch on the OnePlus 6It's 2018 and Android phones still can't compare to the iPhone's Taptic EngineAcer debuts the first Chrome OS tablet, the Chromebook Tab 10How does Apple's new push for the education market c…

QardioArm wireless blood pressure cuff – utilitarian and effective

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As you may have read in our review of the QardioBase 2, we're fans of Qardio's approach to product design. With devices and an app that do what they do, well and eschew frills and extraneous features, Qardio's plan is focused and extremely effective. While the Base measures weight and body composition, the QardioArm measures blood pressure and heart rate.QardioArm automatically powers on when unwrapped, and powers off when wrapped.Build & DesignThe device is almost painfully simple. Unrolling the cuff from the device automatically turns it on (and vice versa), mitigating the need for a physical switch. After sliding your arm through the loop and securing the cuff, all you need to do is open the Qardio app and tap it against the unit to instantly pair and connect. From there, pressing the Big Green Start Button takes your measurements. Results transfer automatically to the app (and to your doctor, if you have that functionality enabled). Simple and painless.The velcro u…

Google claims Pixel 2 MMS issues fixed despite continued reports

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...According to a statement made by a Google employee on the Pixel product forums, a somewhat widespread problem with receiving MMS messages on the Pixel 2 XL has been resolved. But if you ask the people that claimed to be affected, you'll get a very different answer. Image via Omar RamadanWe had heard some reports for this problem ourselves, which manifests as an inability to receive or download MMS messages sent to a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL. We were looking into the matter when a Googler issued the "fixed" statement on the product forums for one thread on the subject. This wouldn't be the first messagingproblem Google's Pixels have run into.Based on user reports, some people contacting support have had responsibility for the problem passed back and forth between Google and their carrier. Almost every user statement with carrier details indicates that the problem is exclusive to AT&T subscribers.It's possible that a fix is, in fact, rolling out. Both a Car…

AT&T and Sonim announce the XP8, a $799 ultra-rugged phone for public safety workers

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SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sonim Technologies, maker of the world's toughest cell phones, is bringing two new ultra-rugged mobile devices – the XP8 and XP5s – to first responders on FirstNet, the country's first and only communications platform dedicated to public safety. Together, FirstNet and Sonim are unlocking innovative, specialized tools that will help advance first responders' communications capabilities, allowing them to focus on keeping both themselves and our communities safer.The XP8 and XP5s demonstrate Sonim's expanding leadership in the ultra-rugged mobility category and its unwavering commitment to the public safety market, delivering industrial- and military-grade devices built to work in extreme conditions and environments, while integrating functionality critical for first responders. Both devices come with an industry-leading comprehensive three-year warranty, and include the SCOUT Enterprise Xperience, allowing businesses to more efficientl…

Alphabet Scoop 003: Pixel 3 chatter, Chromebooks vs. iPad, and Wear OS focuses on battery life

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This week, we talk about our homescreens, wearables, and setups, the first Wear OS watch, a slew of ARCore announcements, and all of the week's most important app updates.Alphabet Scoop is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple's Podcasts app, and through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.https://9to5google.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/alphabet-scoop-0031.mp3Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50! New episodes of Alphabet Scoop are recorded every Friday and published on Saturday mornings. Subscribe to our podcast in Google Play or your favorite podcast player to guarantee new episodes are delivered as soon as they're available. Hosts:Links:Feedback?Drop us a line at gtips@9to5g.com. You can also soon rate us in Google PlayApple Podcasts or recommend us in Pocket Casts to help more people discover the show!
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The best, worst, and weirdest cars at the 2018 New York Auto Show

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The New York International Auto Show opens to the public this weekend, and upon entering the Javits Center attendees will be bombarded with new cars, SUVs, trucks and even a handful of supercars that will most likely be out their price range. Here's our primer for anyone who wants to cut through the noise and see the stuff that really matters. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The VergeMost Futurama-ready car: Genesis Essentia Anyone who grew up on dog-eared copies of Popular Science probably assumed we'd be riding around in self-driving cars while viewing the passing scenery through glass or plastic bubble roofs. The self-driving car part is playing out right now, but the glass or plastic bubble part seems to have been left in the recycling bin. Now, here's the Genesis Essentia, an all-electric performance concept with a transparent hood and a fully retro-futuristic bubble roof. The Hyundai-owned luxury brand is certainly making a statement with its first EV. Photo by Am…

Roundup: All the April Fools’ ‘announcements’ from Google, Alphabet, and more

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Google takes April Fools' very, very seriously. While other companies might do one or two announcements, multiple teams at Google step up and add an Easter Egg (some golden) to their products and services.In 2018, April Fools' again falls on a weekend and while other companies announced on Friday, Google is being a traditionalist and unveiling their jokes beginning the day before and going into Sunday. Be sure to join us for live breaking coverage of all the shenanigans from Google, Alphabet, and the rest of the tech industry.Nintendo Switch Google Maps: Where's Waldo?The first April Fools' joke appears to be in Google Maps, with the Twitter account teasing something yesterday. In hindsight, the "Where's Waldo?" aspect is somewhat obvious from the tweet.In a blog post penned by Waldo, the beloved stripped book character is using Maps' "Location sharing" feature. When you're in the Android, iOS, and desktop app this week, you might notice …

Pay what you want for the Absolute Python Bundle!

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Python is one of the most popular programming languages out there thanks to a fast edit-test-debug cycle and wide versatility. Jumping into Python from a beginner's standpoint isn't exactly easy, as there are many routes you can take. The training required to become a Python expert is also generally quite expensive.What if there was a bundle of courses that included teaching for beginners as well as advanced users? What if, instead of paying more than $500, you could essentially pay what you want and have access to the bundle for life?Right now, that's exactly what Android Central Digital Offers has to offer. Right now, you can pay what you want for the Absolute Python Bundle. Instead of paying the regular price of $559, you'll pay what you want and get one course, or beat the average price (currently under $13) and get all five courses in this bundle! Included in this bundle are hundreds of lectures and exercises designed to help you understand Python and improve your …

Xiaomi Mi Band HRX Edition Gets Green, Orange Colour Straps

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Mi Band Strap in Green, Orange colour options available on Mi.com
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Jio Prime Membership Renewal Option Not Visible in MyJio App? Try This

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If you are not seeing the option to extend Jio Prime free for a year in the MyJio app, try this out, and you should be apply to apply for membership renewal.
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Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Preferred Care Warranty Coverage Extended by 6 Months

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Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Preferred Care programme also covers 6 months of mechanical breakdown after two years.
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Xiaomi Smartphone Powered by MediaTek Helio P60 Processor May Launch in 2018: Report

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Xiaomi has smartphones powered by MediaTek Helio P60/ P70 SoCs lined up in 2018, says a report.
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OnePlus Plans to Expand Offline Stores in 10 Cities in India

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OnePlus debuted its first offline store in India in Bengaluru last year, and aims to expand them to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and other major cities by the end of 2018.
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Vivo Y71 mid-ranger pops up on TENAA

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A new member of Vivo's mid-range family is apparently on its way. A pair of listing for an Y71 and Y71A on TENAA offer up quite a few details, with other industry sources filling in pretty much all the rest of the gaps, with more specs, product images, launch date and a price.Unlike the recently spotted Y85, the Y71 sports a classic notch-less design on its 5.99-inch, 1440 x 720pixel panel. It is housed within what, based on the antenna lines, is probably a metal unibody, measuring 155.87 x 75.74 x 7.8 mm and weighing in at 150 grams. Interestingly enough, there appears to be no fingerprint reader or the back, nor the front of the unit. Since it's a budget device, an in-display one seems pretty unlikely, meaning Vivo apparently decided to skip on the biometric sensor altogether. What it luckily didn't skip on, however, is a 3.5mm audio jack, positioned on the bottom frame, right next to the single speaker and the microUSB port.Other leaked specs include a Snapdragon 425 ch…

Wicked Audio Endo review: The boring kind of cheap headphones

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Bluetooth audio products take many forms at several price points, offering us the consumers multiple options to meet our respective needs. While some can go for the top-dollar, high-end items from Bose, others may need something under $100 or even $50. Affordable audio is potentially lucrative, especially when a customer can go find them at his or her nearest Walmart. Growing up, the only name of true note I knew in this particular market was Skullcandy, an edgy company set on providing decent-ish headphones and earphones that looked nice/cool, but didn't cost a whole ton.Now we have come to another brand trying to grab the same type of consumer. Wicked Audio has an expanding product line of wired and wireless audio, all of which target different price and use case demographics. Today, I have the Endo, a pair of on-ear Bluetooth headphones under $50 ($44.99, to be precise). Unfortunately, the low cost and design are the only true redeeming qualities — even for something of this pr…

Today's best deals you won't want to miss

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Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered.Today you can get big discounts on various hard drives for World Backup Day, BOGO Dash Buttons, a wireless charger giveaway and more! Don't pass these up.View the rest of the dealsIf you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!
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