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Google Play’s minimum purchase price has been reduced in select countries


Nearly two hundred countries have access to Google Play, but no two countries are the same. Consumers and businesses differ from market-to-market. The Play Store, according to Google, is faced with “unique challenges and opportunities” in every market. Pricing is an area that is especially sensitive to change.

Google has decided that now is the time to reduce the minimum purchase price for apps and in-app purchases in seventeen countries.

  • Brazil: R$ 0.99 (was R$2.50)
  • Chile: CLP $200.00 (was CLP $500.00)
  • Colombia: COP$ 800.00 (was COP$ 2000.00)
  • Hungary: Ft 125.00 (was Ft 225.00)
  • Indonesia: Rp 3,000.00 (was Rp 12,000.00)
  • Malaysia: RM 1.00 (was RM 3.50)
  • Mexico: MXN$ 5.00 (was MXN$ 9.90)
  • Philippines: ₱15.00 (was ₱43.00)
  • Poland: zł1.79 (was zł2.99)
  • Peru: S/. 0.99 (was S/. 3.00)
  • Russia: руб 15.00 (was руб 2.00)
  • Saudi Arabia:﷼ 0.99 (was 2.00﷼)
  • South Africa: R3.99 (was R10.00)
  • Thailand: ฿10.00 (was ฿32.00)
  • Turkey: ₺0.59 (was ₺2.00)
  • Ukraine: ₴5.00 (was ₴8.00)
  • Vietnam: ₫6,000 (was ₫21,000.00)

Developers can head into the Google Play Developer Console right now to alter their pricing.

Source: Android Developers

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Find your lost device with Android Device Manager


Losing your smartphone can be a big problem, especially if you have pertinent data on it, such as bank information, passwords, personal addresses, and so on. Thankfully, Google has implemented a handy piece of software within Android to make sure thieves can’t get access that sensitive information.

Android Device Manager will let you attempt to locate, disable, and even erase your device remotely from your computer or another Android device. However, there are some measures you might want to take before accepting that your handset is gone forever.

Taking all the right measures

It’s important that you use any resource available to you to find your device. After all, smartphones and tablets are pricey pieces of equipment, and you don’t want to just give up searching for your lost device without having taken every measure possible.


If you lost it in your home, make sure that you’ve had others try and call it so that you can attempt to find it through sound. Alternatively, you can ring it from Android Device Manager as long as the device is connected to your Google account. If you have Android Device Manager ring your handset, it will have the smartphone sound off for 5 minutes at full volume. It’s an excellent feature to keep in the back of your mind, especially if you suspect your device could be on mute somewhere close by.

Losing your device while you’re out and about is another possibility. You never know if you accidentally left it at a restaurant table or a movie theater. There’s also the possibility of someone stealing it, which is fairly common in places like New York City and San Francisco. If you have a hunch that your device was stolen, and after efforts of trying to locate it yourself, it’s always best to call law enforcement, file a report, and have them look into it.

In some cases, police have been able to locate lost devices from others crimes committed. They’re also able to review surveillance tapes around the area you claim it was stolen, though some departments won’t go to that length of searching for lost goods.

If none of these measures work, it may be time to disable and/or wipe your device by working some magic with Android Device Manager.

Finding your device with Android Device Manager

Android Device Manager, unfortunately, is a fickle thing. I recommended that you only use a computer with Android Device Manager, as the mobile application is extremely buggy and, in some cases, doesn’t work.

Using it with the Axon Pro and Moto X (2013), I was having serious difficulties trying to get it to function properly. With that in mind, we’ll just be covering Android Device Manager on the computer, but if you want to give the Android app a try, you can do so by downloading it here. You can still follow along with this guide, as it should be the same basic process. That is, if it works for you or not.


On the Android Device Manager page, if your device is online and can be located, Google will show you where it’s at using Google Maps. However, if you have a hunch your device was stolen and not just left somewhere, it’s always best to call the authorities over searching for the stolen goods by yourself. In case you can’t see your device on the map, and if you plan on checking back every couple of hours, it’s best to make sure your device has a password lock on it as well.


If you want to lock your Android device, select the “Lock” button. From there, you can set up a new password for your Android device, and once submitted, it’ll replace your lock screen with a password lock. Just make sure that this password is significantly different from your Google account password.


Resetting your device is just as easy, if not easier. Instead of selecting the “Lock” option, click the “Reset” button. A prompt will appear with a disclaimer, outlining all of the data that you’re going to lose. If you’re alright with that, just click the “Erase” button. If your Android device is offline, Google will erase all of its data once the unit comes back online.

And there you have it! That’s how you try to locate, lock, and even erase your device.

How to turn off Android Device Manager


You might want to disable Android Device Manager for a myriad of reasons. One of them might be that someone could easily obtain your Google username and password in order to track your location. It’s not likely to happen, but still a concern for the world we live in.

Another great reason for turning it off is that your GPS is a battery drain. In this case, you’ll want to turn off your device’s location services, which in turn shuts down the ability for Android Device Manager to locate your phone.

Alternatively, you can outright turn Android Device Manager off. Head into Google Settings > Security, and under Android Device Manager, you’ll want to turn everything off. This effectively stops Android Device Manager from running.


And that’s everything you need to know about location, retrieving, and securing your Android device in the case of losing it to thievery or some other means. There obviously isn’t a lot of hope in getting your data back after erasing it, but you can at least rest in the fact that some person with malicious intent won’t be accessing any of your personal information. However, for future reference, be sure to check out our guide on backing up your data manually so that you never lose it again.

Have you ever had your device stolen? What did you do in that scenario?

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Sprint is preparing “major announcement” for November 18


What does that carrier have coming? No one knows.

Sprint just sent out a press release that teases a “major announcement” to be made tomorrow, November 18. The carrier’s press release only states that CEO Marcelo Claure will be speaking at the National Telephonic Press Conference to introduce new plans and pricing that is meant to leave Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile feeling the heat from Sprint.

The announcement will come at 12:15PM ET on Wednesday afternoon.

Source: Sprint

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure to Make Major Announcement at National Telephonic Press Conference on Nov. 18

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 17, 2015 – Sprint (NYSE: S) CEO Marcelo Claure will make a major announcement and take questions from journalists during a national telephonic press conference on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 11:15 a.m. CT.

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Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. CT
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Conference ID: 83356386

NOTE: In order to join this conference call, all speakers and participants will be required to provide the Conference ID Number listed above.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 58.6 million connections as of September 30, 2015 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at or and

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Google Photos now allows you to delete already backed up photos


Many of you already use Google Photos for all your photo backup needs. However, sometimes you may backup your photos and need to free up some space on your device.

In the latest Google Photos update, you will now be able to hit the “Free Up Space” button in the settings and it will automatically delete any duplicate photos that have already been backed up. In addition, you can also delete photos stored on your SD card from within the app too.

If using the web app, you can now opt for a smaller “High quality” photo upload size after photos have already been uploaded in “Original quality.” Doing this will save space and not count towards your Google Drive storage limits.

Source: John Elstone (Google+)

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The Toyota i-Road is the funnest electric vehicle on three wheels


While typically underpowered, small cars can be a hoot to zip around dense cities. They weave in and out of traffic that trap larger vehicles and more importantly, they’re easier to park. The electric Toyota i-Road takes that idea and, like a CSI photo, enhances it until it’s hard too believe what’s going on is actually real. The three-wheeled electric vehicle does have the same attributes as its tiny brethren, but the first time you turn that wheel, you realize its more fun than a typical urban commuter.



The original ‘Valkyria Chronicles’ heads to PS4 in HD (in Japan)

Valkyria Chronicles, Sega’s strategy RPG that hit the PlayStation 3 in 2008, is getting an HD upgrade for a launch on PS4, Famitsu reports (as translated by Gematsu). The remake is confirmed for a release in Japan on February 10th, with no mention of North American plans just yet. Sega is also working on a new entry in the series, Valkyria: Azure Revolution, slated to hit Japanese PS4s in winter 2016, according to Gematsu. Valkyria Chronicles debuted on PC in November 2014, and while that wasn’t an HD remake, it featured dual-language support, Steam Achievements, customization options and all previously released DLC — not bad for $20.

Source: Gematsu


Anonymous goes to war with ISIS over Paris attacks

paris   france   18 january...In the wake of ISIS’ coordinated attacks on Paris Friday night that left 129 civilians dead and scores more injured, the loosely-affiliated hacker collective known as Anonymous announced Sunday the launch of a massive cyber-campaign, dubbed #OPParis, designed to scrub the terrorist organization’s influence from the internet while French airstrikes wipe ISIS strongholds off the map. “We can not fight them with guns and rifles,” an Anonymous spokesperson told the BBC, “stopping their propaganda is an effective way to weaken their manpower and their presence in the Internet.”

Source: Reuters, Business Insider, Anonymous OPParis (Twitter), BBC


Apple Promotes iPad in Classroom With New Education Profiles

Apple has shared a new Heart Anatomy education profile and a Philadelphia Performing Arts school profile that promote the iPad in the classroom.


The first profile shows how iPads allow Jodie Deinhammer, a science teacher at Coppell High School in Texas, to better educate her students about the complexity of the human heart using iTunes U, digital textbooks and apps including BioDigital Human, The Human Body Lite and MotiConnect.

“The heart unit is important because kids need to know how to take care of themselves and live a healthy life. Heart disease is a huge problem, and it’s something they don’t know a lot about. […]

With the heart unit, there are lots of great visualizations I could never provide before. Now students can just click on them on iPad, and it makes the learning more concrete, so it sticks with them.”

iBooks textbooks such as Life on Earth provide Deinhammer’s students with a closer look at heart anatomy and the complexities of blood flow through the heart muscle, while the iPad and other apps are also used in multiple lab activities for heart rate, histology, dissection and more.

“The iPad has afforded our students the opportunity to learn science at a deeper level. They’re able to make connections that weren’t really possible before the technology came into the classroom.”


The second profile provides a snapshot of how the Philadelphia Performing Arts, a String Theory Charter K-12 school, has used iPads to create custom learning materials and lesson plans for teachers. The school uses the iWork suite, iTunes U and other apps such as Elements 4D and Volcano 360º.

“You’ll never remember a test you took, but you will remember something you created. And you will remember the moment when a teacher says to you, ‘Wow, that’s really awesome.’ And those are the things our students get to take away with them.” — Christine DiPaulo, Director of Innovation and Instructional Technology

Apple has shared over a dozen educational profiles on its website to date.

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Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 2 Pro expected to launch November 24

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The launch of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 2 Pro is imminent. So far we’ve heard an abundance of specification and design rumors, and we even recently saw the upcoming handset pass through China’s TENAA a few days ago. Now we’re getting yet another form of speculation, this time in the form of a teaser image posted to Xiaomi’s Weibo account.

The teaser image features the words ‘Grand Finale’ in Chinese at the top, as well as a launch date of Tuesday, November 24th at the bottom. The festivities are scheduled to take place at the Beijing National Convention Center, according to My Drivers. It should be noted that the image doesn’t specifically mention the Redmi Note 2 Pro, though we’re still pretty certain that the teaser image is referencing the rumored device.


The Redmi Note 2 Pro will feature a smooth metal body design with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which is a first for Xiaomi. It will weigh approximately 165 grams compared to the Redmi Note 2’s 160 grams. It will also feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795) processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 gigabytes of on-board storage, a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera and a big 3060mAh battery. These may not seem quite like “pro” specifications at first glance, but for a rumored price of around just $172, we’d say the phone will be well worth it.

We’ll be sure to update you as we learn more about this new device.

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Selling a used phone: do’s and dont’s

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Many of us tech geeks go through smartphones like they are disposable. It’s hard to resist the temptation to unbox, caress and turn on a new handset for the first time. Especially when we see updated smartphones with awesome specs and features coming out every few months!

Life is hard in the tech world, especially for our wallets. This is why it’s smarter to sell smartphones instead of going through a complete upgrade. This will help you finance your next acquisition and make another gadget enthusiast happy. After all, it makes no sense to just hoard all these expensive phones, it’s better to hand them over to someone who will give them better use.

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Selling is a science, though. Remember a lot of people make a living out of trading, and others become experts in the subject by studying it for years. How can the regular Joe embark on this adventure? I have sold plenty of phones and can say no bad experiences have crossed my path. In fact, I have no horror stories to tell at all, whether it’s from buying or selling pre-owned handsets. I have heard plenty of scary tales, though, which is why we want to give you all the necessary tools to make these transactions as smooth as possible.

The tips listed below will have you well armed for the used gadget marketplace. And though this guide is focused mostly on phones, most steps should apply to tablets, gadgets and even non-tech products. Let’s dig right into the goods!

Be detailed and honest

There are two types of buyers: those who know what they are looking for and those who are browsing to see what could convince them. Regardless of which kind of customer you happen to run across, it will always help to be as detailed as possible. Oh, and please don’t lie about your product’s condition or capabilities. Be honest! These person-to-person transactions require a lot of trust. If I ever notice a seller lies about something, as small as it may be, chances are I won’t continue dealing with him/her.

Is the smartphone very worn out? Maybe you have kept it in a case and protected by a screen cover since day one. Make sure to tell people your situation and let them know if there are any issues with the phone. Look for any scratches and tell them what you have found. Believe it or not, I find this gives you better chances, even if the phone is more damaged than usual, as people already have an expectation of the device’s condition the first time they see it. If they find scratches or cracks you failed to mention, they will just feel cheated.

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I also like telling people what the phone is about. It may take a bit of work, but remember most buyers are not always tuned to sites like Android Authority, keeping up with all the latest news in tech. They may have no idea what your phone can do for them, so give them a little run-down of what you think are the coolest features. What makes this phone stand out?

Furthermore, I find it cool when sellers actually bother to list the general phone specs. In a way, you have to think of it like making a mini review. Hey, you could probably even look up our own review of whatever handset you have and link them to it!

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By the way, people also like knowing why you are selling your smartphone. Are you upgrading? Are you looking for something newer? Don’t like it anymore? Is it an issue related to the handset? Just let them know!

Time is money!

And we mean that in every sense of the word. Remember smartphones age amazingly fast these days. Most flagship smartphones are considered old in just a few months, so be quick about your sale. Don’t just purchase a new phone and think: “well, I can just put the other one up for sale later”. Put that baby online right away! The longer you wait, the further your phone’s value will swirl down the drain.

Also, try to sell it before the newer generation version of your smartphone is released. People love hearing that the phone they are buying is the “latest flagship” from the company. I have a special trick you can use. I keep an older smartphone around at all times, which I use in between other handsets I buy and sell.

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When announcements or strong rumors of a phone I want start showing up, I go ahead and sell my older device, only to stick with my replacement phone for a while. This ensures my older phone will sell faster, easier and at a better price. Then I just wait until the newer phone is actually released and upgrade to it.

Where to sell

You know the fundamentals of internet selling etiquette, so it’s time you go ahead and put that phone online for the world to see. Now you need to figure out which platform you want to sell your beloved smartphone through. Here are our favorites!


Gazelle is likely the safest route for selling your used smartphones, but they will also offer the lowest rates. You can get significantly more selling the phone yourself. The thing about Gazelle is that it’s guaranteed money with no risk. You just tell them about your phone, get an offer, ship it to them and wait for the magic to happen. If all goes well, you will get your payment in the for of a check, Amazon gift card or PayPal. Simple, right?

Sell your phone on Gazelle!


Go to your carrier!

Very often your own carrier will offer trade-in value for your old handsets. Like Gazelle, though, these are not always the best deal. They are mostly for people who value their time and efforts more than money, but still want to get something for those older devices.

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I will tell you right now that Swappa is hands-down my favorite place to sell smartphones. Guess what? You can usually get more money for your technology when using this website! Why? Because Swappa is a proven method for phone trading. These guys will verify every single listing and make sure there’s nothing fishy going on. If the buyer reports anything suspicious, the money will be returned straight to his PayPal account.

People will definitely pay more money for that peace of mind. I know I would! But don’t be too trusting of everyone, regardless of how secure a site is. Our very own Andrew Grush once had to deal with Swappa and Paypal for months to get a refund for a phone that was never delivered to him. In short: Swappa has your back, but resolving issues will take time.

Sell your phone on Swappa!

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Is Swappa not working for you? eBay is where you go next. For starters, eBay has one of the largest audiences in the world. Your chances of selling anything are multiplied just by using this site, which is known by the vast majority of connected users.

It also helps that eBay happens to have your back, as well. PayPal and eBay will help you get your money back, shall anything go wrong, so people tend to trust it. The one downside is competition. You would literally be competing with the whole world, so chances of you having to sell your phone for less are higher. The benefit is that more people will see it and that phone will likely be sold faster.

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While a bit more dangerous and wild, Craigslist is one of the most popular selling and trading networks around. It is almost all over the world and promotes local deals. And because everything is done in person, it is easy to check for yourself that everything is ok.

Just make sure there is nothing shady going on and that the buyer seems legitimate. You know… don’t listen to the “King of Ethiopia” and people trying to have you ship the phone to far away lands. Those scammers are trying to rip you off!

Otherwise, it’s a great place to find people who can buy your phone! Some say there is nothing like a face-to-face deal, and Craigslist is all about that. Not to mention the fact that it’s insanely popular.

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Social networks, word of mouth, etc.

You would be surprised to see how many of your friends are probably looking to get a phone just like the one you are selling. I always write a Facebook post or tell friends and family about the gadget I am trying to get rid of, just in case they may find value in it. I usually sell it for cheaper to them, just because they get that special discount, but at least I know I am dealing with someone I trust. Any social network works, by the way. I have used Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Meeting in person? It’s dangerous out there!

I have always said it – Craigslist and other similar selling points are like the wild west of the internet. You better walk in with your hand on your gun holster, because it’s a dog-eat-dog situation in there! You don’t know what kind of buyers you may encounter, so here are some things to watch out for.

For starters, I will never, ever invite someone to come to my house… unless I am selling something that is obviously too big for me to carry around. I always meet them at a very public location like a restaurant or cafe. Better yet, sometimes I ask them to meet me at the carrier store. This will give both the buyer and seller peace of mind. While there, they can check the ESN and see if the phone has been blacklisted. Plus, shady people won’t go to such an official place to try and play some dirty games, right? It makes both parties more comfortable.


Remember to let the customer ask all the questions he/she wants. They are buying a product that is worth hundreds of dollars! Of course they want to know everything about it. Just be there for any questions or concerns they may have. Try to be friendly and leave them some kind of contact number “just in case any issue comes up”. Sometimes I tell people I will help them claim the warranty and that kind of stuff, if they ever need it. By the way, I have never had to do it, but making yourself available helps people feel more secure about that purchase.

How much do you want for your phone?

This is one of the most important steps in the process of selling your phone. How much is that thing even worth? There’s a plethora of factors that come into play, and sadly there is no direct answer to this question. A lot of it is supply and demand, really! Swappa and eBay will usually recommend a reasonable price, which is very helpful, but that is not the case with other platforms like Craigslist.

My first step when trying to figure out a fair price is checking how much the phone would cost new. I usually check out the carrier, Amazon and other popular retailers that carry the same exact version. After that, proceed to seeing how much it usually goes for used. You can check Craigslist, eBay and other sites. You can then compare your phone to others and factor in your device’s current state.

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Oh, and try to come up with a price you won’t accept less than. Remember, you are likely to find people who will try to bring the price down. In fact, I encounter these buyers almost every single time. Stick to your guns and don’t give in after a certain point. You don’t want to be ripped off, either. Do go a bit lower in price if you feel the customer deserves that, though.

Wrapping up

Just take your time, watch out for shady people, stay honest and always think about the well-being of both your customer and yourself. If you keep these things in mind, we can almost guarantee you’ll end up having a positive experience. But there is a small chance things will still go wrong, even with all these precautions. It’s the risk of selling your used gadgets!

If you would rather go the safer route, you can always trade in your phone to a carrier or go with something like Gazelle. What is your favorite way to get some cash for your older devices? Do you go the simpler way or hustle a bit to get more cash?

Regardless, we hope this will help you have a more pleasant smartphone selling experience, and please hit the comments with all your thoughts! Do you have any other tips for your fellow techies?

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