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Jul

The Wirecutter’s best deals: the iPad Air 2, a Dell monitor and more


The Wirecutter's best deals: the iPad Air 2, a Dell monitor and more

This post was created in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot — some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

D-Link DAP-1650 Wireless Range Extender

Street Price: $90; MSRP: $120; Deal Price: $60

This is the lowest price we’ve seen on this Wi-Fi extender. At $60, Newegg is beating the last low price offered by Amazon by $5. The deal includes free shipping.

The D-Link DAP-1650 is our runner-up pick in our guide on the best Wi-Fi range extender. David Murphy writes, “If our pick is sold out or unavailable, get the D-Link DAP-1650 ($85). Unlike our main pick, it can also be used as a wired access point, if you don’t mind stringing Ethernet cable from your router to your extender. As an extender, its long-range performance isn’t as good as our pick’s, but it’s great as an access point.”

Apple iPad Air 2 64GB Wi-Fi Space Gray

Street Price: $540; MSRP: $600; Deal Price: $475

This is the lowest price we’ve seen on either the 64GB or 128GB versions of the iPad Air 2, and the sale covers a wide variety of colors and models. The recent sales are in part due to a new model likely being released in October, but since that’s a good 3 months away, they’re still a great buy. The best price we’ve seen previously on the 64GB was $500. In order to get this deal today you need to be a My Best Buy member (not just an account holder). It’s a relatively pain-free process especially if you already have a Best Buy account, but you won’t see this deal price without it.

The iPad Air 2 with TouchID is our pick for best tablet. Chris Heinonen and Dan Frakes had this to say about it, “The iPad Air 2 is a fairly decent improvement upon last year’s iPad Air in all the ways that matter: it’s thinner, lighter, and faster, plus it has a better camera, faster Wi-Fi and LTE (if you use a cellular version), and the ability to log into your device using your thumbprint (TouchID) instead of a PIN.”

Dell Ultrasharp U2415 24-inch LCD IPS Monitor

Street Price: $300; MSRP: $400; Deal Price: $240 with code EMCAVNK23

This is a match for the lowest price on this monitor. It matches a previous deal from Newegg using a similar code. The deal comes with free shipping, and it beats out the next best price (Adorama) by $60. You’ll need to have a Newegg login to use code EMCAVNK23 during checkout.

Our article on good 24-inch monitors is set to Wait! status while we research new picks, but the Dell U2415 is a current finalist and will be in the updated guide. When I asked David Murphy about it, he said it’s got great color accuracy and “all the tricks you’d find in a more expensive, bigger Dell monitor.”

Nathan Edwards added that it “has a fantastic picture, a great ergonomic adjustable stand, and a bunch of USB 3 ports.”

Anker 36W 4-Port USB Wall Charger

Street Price: $20; MSRP: $30; Deal Price: $16 with code ANK20OFF

This wall charger has gone on sale before, as low as $15 in the past with codes, but $16 is still a pretty good price. You can get free shipping with Prime. Just use code ANK20OFF at checkout to see the new price.

This is our main pick for the best USB wall chargers. Nick Guy said, “It’s the most powerful charger that plugs directly into a wall outletsomething a plurality of our survey respondents wanted-letting you fast-charge up to three full-sized iPads at once or four at a slower rate It’s also physically small compared to the competition, and it’s quite affordable.”

Deals change all the time, and some of these may have expired. To see an updated list of current deals, please go to The Wirecutter.com.

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23
Jul

Apple Backs Federal Non-Discrimination LGBT Equality Act of 2015


Apple today declared its support for the Equality Act of 2015, introduced by members of congress this afternoon. The Equality Act would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the legislation that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin.

In a statement to the Human Rights Campaign, Apple echoed sentiments on equality that it has shared several times before:

At Apple we believe in equal treatment for everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. We fully support the expansion of legal protections as a matter of basic human dignity.

The Equality Act will ensure full federal equality for all LGBT Americans, including those who live in the 31 states that do not currently have non-discrimination legislation, protecting LBGT citizens from discrimination when seeking jobs, housing, public accommodations, education, and more.


During Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tenure, Apple has taken a strong position on inclusion and equality. Earlier this year, Apple joined 378 other companies urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality, and the company has participated in the San Francisco Pride Parade for several years running.

Cook himself has made several impassioned speeches on non-discrimination and equality and has publicly opposed harmful religious freedom legislation. Last fall, Cook became the first Fortune 500 CEO to publicly come out as gay, an announcement he made in an effort to “bring comfort to anyone who feels alone” and to “inspire people to insist on their equality.”

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.


23
Jul

New MMORPG Forsaken World Mobile now available in the Google Play Store


After a short beta testing phase, developer Fedeen Games’ new MMORPG Forsaken World Mobile is finally available for all to download from the Google Play Store. Fedeen Games released Forsaken World for the PC some time ago, so it’s nice to finally see the popular title make its way to mobile devices.

For those who aren’t familiar, Forsaken World Mobile stays true to the trend of traditional MMORPGs by allowing players to customize characters and completing quests scattered around the map. The object of the game is to collect loot and level up your characters as much as possible while battling bosses and raiding dungeons.

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If you’ve never played Forsaken World, you’re in for a treat. You get to travel around in a massive 3D open world, so there are always quests to complete and more loot to collect. Do note that since this game is so massive, it comes in at a hefty download size, so keep that in mind before downloading.

Forsaken World Mobile is a free-to-play game, so expect to see a good amount of in-app purchases. It’s now available for all to download in the Google Play Store. If you happened to pre-register for the game, your redemption codes should be available now as well.

Get it now from Google Play

23
Jul

Google’s #PayWithAPhoto event might let you win prizes using Google Photos


Following the recent announcement that the Google+ Photos service would be shutting down on August 1st, Google is doing its best to get the word out that its new Photos service is here to stay. To do so, earlier today the Google Photos account on Twitter hinted that it had “something very special cooking next week” that will take place in New York City. Aside from the cryptic hashtag #paywithaphoto, no other substantial details were given about the promotional event.

The event is set to take place in NYC on July 29th, but what will it entail? According to Droid Life, there will be a “Google Photos-inspired” food truck that will make its way around NYC, Portland, Los Angeles and Austin starting July 29th. The truck will supposedly host a number of food-related contests that involve searching for a particular item in your Google Photos app. If users can locate photos in their libraries within a certain amount of time, they’ll have the chance to win prizes.

Here is a list of stops the food truck will be making in New York City starting on the 29th:

  • Wednesday, July 29th

    • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: DUMBO (Pearl Street & Water Street)
    • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Astor Place
  • Thursday, July 30th

    • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Wall Street
    • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Flatiron District (17th Street & 5th Avenue)
  • Friday, July 31st

    • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Chelsea
    • 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: St. Mark’s Place
  • Saturday, August 1st

    • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Midtown East (51st Street between Park Avenue & Madison Avenue)
    • 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: West Village (Christopher Street & 7th Avenue)
  • Sunday, August 2nd

    • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Flatiron District (25th Street & Broadway)
    • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: SoHo (Hudson Street & King Street)

Other details regarding this event are scarce at the moment, though we’ll be sure to update you as more information trickles in. If you live in one of the aforementioned cities, will you try to meet up with the Google Photos food truck?

23
Jul

10 Things the Digital Crown and Side Button Do on Apple Watch


Other than touch-based screen gestures like tapping and swiping, the Digital Crown and Side buttons are the Apple Watch’s only control mechanisms. You can use the Digital Crown to scroll through lists and zoom into pictures and maps, plus it can be used to control slider bars like volume and font size. The Side button is the Apple Watch’s one-step access to contacts on your favorites list who you can then call, write a text, or even send your heartbeat.

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The Digital Crown and Side buttons have a few additional uses that you may not already know about. We’ve got a list of 10 important actions that the Apple Watch’s external controls activate.

Activate Siri

In addition to saying “Hey Siri,” you can activate the personal assistant by holding down the Digital Crown until you see “What can I help you with?” You will also feel a tap on your wrist, acknowledging that Siri is listening.

Siri on Apple Watch

Trigger Apple Pay

When near a supported terminal, you don’t have to open the Apple Pay app on Apple Watch to activate it. Simply double-tap the Side button to bring up your card information. Then hold it near a terminal to make the purchase.
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23
Jul

Yahoo’s News Digest app is now available for Android tablets


Yahoo News DigestYahoo’s popular News Digest app is now available for Android tablets. It’s basically the same as the mobile version only now on a large screen which makes reading more enjoyable. What makes it unique is it provides a summary of all important news twice a day, hence the “digest” name. Once in the morning and once at night, all the top stories are summarized and only the key information is shown.


Besides tablet support there are no other changes. If you have a tablet and would like to try it head to the Google Play Store.

Source: Yahoo
Via: Android Central

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23
Jul

LG Display to invest $908 million for a new OLED production plan


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LG Display announced today that it will invest KRW 1.05 trillion ($908m) into a 6th generation flexible OLED production line to produce OLED displays more efficiently. The plan is expected to start sometimes in the third quarter of 2015 and will be completed by the second quarter of 2017.

The new production technology that will be used in the new plan will allow LG to manufacture more than 200 5.5-inch panel cuts from a single substrate (four times the amount of its current technology). The demand for OLED displays has been drastically increasing especially in 2015 thanks to smartphones such as LG G4, G Flex 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that all sport the technology. According to analysts, by increasing its production capacity, LG will be able to keep competitive prices to rival against Chinese competitors. In addition, LG is planning on using the plant to produce future flexible screens for smartphones, TVs and automotive displays.

OLED technology has allowed LG to innovate and create products that set the company aside from the competition, such as making the world’s first 1.3-inch circular flexible OLED display for smartwatches in September 2014 with the LG Watch Urbane.

Source: Android Authority

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23
Jul

This November the Big Android BBQ is coming to Amsterdam


bigandroidbbq_logoThe Big Android BBQ is scheduled for October 22nd and 23rd 2015 in Hurst, Texas. However news has broke that The Big Android BBQ is coming to Europe! An announcement at the Big Android BBQ Netherlands website says that they are coming to Amsterdam from the 12th to the 14th of November 2015.

The event will allow senior developers and enthusiasts to all get together for a fun filled event.

Calling all European Android Developers: Learn ‘tricks­ of­ the­ trade’ from thought leaders and senior developers in mouthwatering sessions and get your hands greasy with your newly acquired skills in the Code Kitchen. End each evening with fellow developers and sponsors at exciting networking sessions filled with satisfying meals and frosty beverages.
 
There will be plenty of possibilities to learn new stuff and connect to people. These are some of the main topics that we’re going to focus on in the program:
 
– Hardcore Android (Android programming, cool libraries and frameworks, testing, building)
– Android & Things (Internet of Things, Wearables, embedded)
– Android & Humans (Graphical and interaction design)
– World of Android (World changing idea’s and technologies. Android Auto / Med Tech / Anything goes)

Source: The Big Android BBQ
Via: 9to5google

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23
Jul

This November the Big Android BBQ is coming to Amsterdam


bigandroidbbq_logoThe Big Android BBQ is scheduled for October 22nd and 23rd 2015 in Hurst, Texas. However news has broke that The Big Android BBQ is coming to Europe! An announcement at the Big Android BBQ Netherlands website says that they are coming to Amsterdam from the 12th to the 14th of November 2015.

The event will allow senior developers and enthusiasts to all get together for a fun filled event.

Calling all European Android Developers: Learn ‘tricks­ of­ the­ trade’ from thought leaders and senior developers in mouthwatering sessions and get your hands greasy with your newly acquired skills in the Code Kitchen. End each evening with fellow developers and sponsors at exciting networking sessions filled with satisfying meals and frosty beverages.
 
There will be plenty of possibilities to learn new stuff and connect to people. These are some of the main topics that we’re going to focus on in the program:
 
– Hardcore Android (Android programming, cool libraries and frameworks, testing, building)
– Android & Things (Internet of Things, Wearables, embedded)
– Android & Humans (Graphical and interaction design)
– World of Android (World changing idea’s and technologies. Android Auto / Med Tech / Anything goes)

Source: The Big Android BBQ
Via: 9to5google

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23
Jul

The Machine: A great maze type game [App Review]


If you happen to be amongst the more privileged of us and have time to spare, you probably enjoy a decent game that takes time and patience to play. Or you may enjoy short periods of gameplay. ‘The Machine’ is a great game that you could either spend 5 minutes or spend several hours on. It’s available for free in the Play Store.

Setup

Due to the nature of the game, there was no setup. I went straight into gameplay. However, the first level was extremely easy and there was a small tutorial explaining the bare basics, but that’s all you really need to know. You can of course adjust the volume and connect to Google Play Games in the settings.

Gameplay

While it’s nothing unique or really new, it does seem that the developer, Farstall Games, has brought a new kind of game style to Android. You are a drop/tear that has to find its way through the maze of spinning saws, spikes, heights and some things from levels that I haven’t even reached yet. While it may not sound like the most entertaining of games, it had me constantly pulling out my phone to play it. Unlike many new Android games, it comes packed with many different levels from several worlds including “Arcade” and “Blueprint”. Adverts did not interrupt gameplay and only appeared sometimes when I wasn’t actually playing. I could play smoothly thanks to the fact that there was absolutely no lag. There are also challenges and achievements to complete along the way.

Is it for me?

Even if you aren’t a keen gamer, it’s likely you will still enjoy it. It’s suitable for all ages thanks to the easy game mechanics, although it is likely that some will experience difficulty in the later levels.

 

Some logic will get you moving
Many different levels
Achievements keep you motivated

What we liked:

  • Original gameplay
  • Little hassle and interruptions (I’m looking at you, adverts and lag)
  • Many levels

And not so much…

  • Monochromatic colour schemes

With great gameplay, ‘The Machine’ is definitely a reasonable choice to pass time, be it several hours or 5 minutes. Addictive gameplay, achievements and different unlockable worlds are guaranteed to have you coming back for more!

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