The Amazon Fire Tablet is a great investment, but it tends to run out of space quickly. Here are some ways to expand it without breaking the bank.
Whether you got a Fire Tablet for yourself or your kids, you’ve probably noticed that the internal storage doesn’t go very far. You can easily fill it up with some games, a few apps and media, which is a bit disappointing. Instead of trying to figure out what to delete, and how to better manage the storage, why not make things easier and add a microSD card so it can hold more?
There are tons of great microSD cards out there, and not all of them are expensive. Depending on your needs you can get cards with as little as 8GB or as much as 200GB. Picking the right card can be difficult, but here are some great options you will want to consider.
SanDisk 64GB microSD
SanDisk is a well-known brand when it comes to portable storage, and its cards are nearly always highly recommended. The company offers a bunch of different cards in different storage capacities, and this one is specifically made for the Fire Tablets and Fire TV. For most of what you will do with your Fire Tablet, the microSDXC UHS-I will be fast enough to meet your needs. It may take a few minutes longer for the initial transfer of information to the card, but after that, you won’t notice much of a difference.
With 64GB of extra storage, you’ll easily be able to install a ton of new apps, save music and movies locally to access whenever you want, and much more. Priced at $15, it’s hard to find a much better value than this microSD card.
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Samsung 32GB microSD
Samsung has been making storage products for quite some time and has been offering extremely affordable microSD cards as well. You won’t find the smaller sizes, like 8GB or 16GB from Samsung, but from 32GB all the way up to 256GB, you’ll find great deals. This high-performance card offers transfer speeds of up to 80MB/s, and they are built to last. These cards are water, temperature, magnetic and even X-ray proof.
All of these good things must mean that it is on the pricey side, right? Wrong. A 32GB card will only set you back around $10, which is less than many people pay to go see a movie.
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Kingston Digital 64GB microSD
Kingston’s 64GB microSD offers slightly higher read speeds than the others, at around 90MBps, and read speeds of 45MB per second. While these differences may be small, and only a few seconds each time, that can add up over the months and years that you use the tablet. Another great feature of the cards is the included SD adapter which allows you to put the microSD card in your computer, camera or anything else that takes a full sized SD card.
Coming in at just over $30 it is more expensive than some of the competition, but the included adapter and faster speeds help make up for the price difference.
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PNY Elite 128GB microSD
If you are looking for more storage, PNY may make the card for you. The company makes a variety of different sizes at different price points, and the 128GB sits at a pretty sweet spot. It may be more than you need initially, but having extra space is never really a bad thing. With it you can load tons of movies, endless amounts of apps and pictures, and have to worry very little about filling it up.
Of course, the more storage you get the more it will cost. PNY is quite reasonable with pricing, having this card listed at just under $40 right now.
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SanDisk 200GB microSD
200GB is the largest capacity that the Fire Tablet is meant to use, and you may just want to purchase a microSD of that size to put in and forget that it is there. Sure, 200GB is a lot of space to have, but do you want to have to worry about storage ever again? A few years ago it would have cost a fortune to put that much storage inside your tablet, but now it is totally affordable.
You can usually find a pretty good deal on this card, making it run anywhere from $65 to $80, which is a great price for how much it can hold. If you don’t want to worry about what you have on the tablet or deleting one thing to install another, you’ll want to get one of these right now!
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Right now you can save 40% on the Withings Wi-Fi connected scale, dropping the price down to just $78. This scale is a great way to easily track your weight loss or gains and help you stay on track to hit those 2017 goals you set for yourself. Normally priced at $130, you won’t want to miss out on this $52 savings on the scale that can track your weight, BMI, body fat, muscle, bone mass and more.
If you are looking for a great way to track your progress and keep yourself motivated, be sure to pick one of these up now! Odds are it won’t last long at this price, so be sure to act quick!
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Your notification habits are terrible.
When left unchecked, phones are horrible distraction machines. Every vibration or ding must be checked and addressed, either by dismissal or by response, as soon as it happens. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Email, and your three favorite games are desperately trying to grab your attention as frequently as possible because the people building those apps know you can’t help but check your phone as soon as the notification comes in. We’re even using notifications occasionally in the Android Central app now, because it works every single time.
Some of people who knew how terrible notifications are tried to move those notifications and their corresponding apps to your wrist, but instead of creating a fix the problem got worse and more expensive. Now the popular opinion is smartwatches are dying because they were never really useful, but as much as watch software needs to be fixed your horrible notification habits need to change as well.
Every time you stop and check your phone, everything around you stops. You can’t help it.
Every time you stop and check your phone, everything around you stops. You can’t help it. Most of the time you don’t even realize you’re doing it. A bunch of you are reading this right now thinking, “No way, not me,” but yes, I absolutely am talking to you. I first noticed it when I started wearing Google Glass in public. I was terrified of disrupting a conversation by having a notification show up on the lens, so I would mute my phone and pay full attention to the conversations around me. I started noticing everyone around me, from my friends coming over for a movie to coffee out with my Mom, couldn’t help themselves. Everyone checks their phone all the time, usually for nothing, and that phone check has become so common that we don’t even notice how it interrupts the world around us.
Smartwatches were supposed to help this. Glancing down at your wrist is a faster, more casual interruption that keeps you in the moment, at least that’s what Google said when announcing Android Wear. If you could quickly triage an email from your wrist, you didn’t need to stop and unlock your phone to see the whole message and act right that second. It’s a great theory, but it only works when you aren’t getting notifications every couple of minutes and even then it’s only when you aren’t compelled to stop and reply to the message.
Google saw more people wanting to stop and reply to messages, and now instead of curbing the notification behavior there’s a virtual keyboard in Android Wear. Google’s vision for helping you curb notification behaviors now includes a way to stop in the middle of the sidewalk to more accurately type on a screen a quarter the size of the phone the watch is supposed to be stopping you from constantly checking. Things have clearly gone wrong.
But that doesn’t mean smartwatches are dead, and it doesn’t mean there’s no way to fix what is happening right now with smartwatches. Some of this is on Google and their partners. Manufacturers need to decide if they are selling us notification dumpsters or fitness accessories, and realizing that both is probably a bad plan. Samsung has the right idea with the Gear Fit and the Gear S3, focused at entirely different kinds of users. We’re already seeing prices for smartwatches come down thanks to the ASUS ZenWatch 3, and with more hardware coming later this year price is likely to continue being an important topic. Focusing on the watch parts and not the fitness parts is hopefully a great step forward.
Lots of interesting things happen when you aren’t constantly badgered by notifications.
Some of this is on the users though, and that’s important. Every app we install is set by default to blast notifications at us whenever the app creator sees fit, but there are tools to fix that. Google has offered notification controls for a while now, but the most important one came with Android Nougat.
Some apps should have notifications fully blocked if you aren’t ever going to care, but there’s an alternative. Show silently makes it possible for your notifications to hit your screen without a tone or vibration, and it makes a significant difference in how you use your phone. With this enabled, you can wake your phone and see all of your notifications, but it happens on your terms. Try setting your important notifications to buzz or sing at you, but silence everything else. It makes a huge difference over time.
Lots of interesting things happen when you aren’t constantly badgered by notifications. Your batteries last longer, your focus improves, and having a smartwatch becomes a far less ridiculous experience because you’re not inclined to tap your wrist every few minutes. I think this year could be great for smartwatches, but it’s going to have a lot to with how we all think about what that wrist computer is for. Constant notifications shouldn’t have ever been the answer in the first place.
The NES Classic ships with a wired controller — and with a rather short cable, at that. The NES30 Bluetooth gamepad fixes that.
For everything that’s great about the NES Classic — and there’s a lot that is really fun here — one glaring black mark remains.
Wired controllers suck. And more than that, the wired controller that comes with the NES Classic is ridiculously short. Maybe not for 1987, but this ain’t gonna cut it by 2017’s standards.
And so we turn to Bluetooth.
The NES30 Classic Edition Wireless Controller Set from 8Bitdo was one of the first out of the gate. (At least that I initially found on Amazon.) And it’s the first one we’re taking a look at.
The obvious differences: No wire. That’s a big one. But almost as big is that you get more buttons. It’s really more of a hybrid — Super Nintendo layout in the original NES form. So that’s taken my brain a little getting used to.
Pairing was simple enough. Turn off the NES Classic, plug in the receiver (I recommend using Port 1 for this, otherwise you won’t be able to navigate the NES Classic menu system). Next, hold down the Start button on the controller for 3 seconds, then press the orange button on the receiver to initiate pairing. It shouldn’t take too long at all. You’ll see the blue LED on the controller and the blue LED on the receiver stop blinking once they’re paired. (The second LED on the controller is to show when it’s fully charged — there’s a very short microUSB cable in the box to help with that.)
And … That’s that. The controller isn’t quite the same shade of gray as the one that comes with the NES Classic, and that’s a shame. But it’s also a small price to pay to get rid of the wires.
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The second Tango-ready smartphone has arrived — kind of. It looks like ASUS is preparing to reveal the ZenFone AR during its press conference at CES on Wednesday, January 4th, but chip-maker Qualcomm published a blog post about the phone a few days early. According to Qualcomm, the ZenFone AR takes advantage of the Snapdragon 821 processor, which also powers Google’s Pixel and ASUS’ ZenFone 3.
The ZenFone AR is the first mobile device to ship with both Tango and Daydream capabilities, taking advantage of Google’s augmented- and virtual realty programs. The first commercially available Tango-ready phone was the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which runs on the Snapdragon 652 processor. We found the phone itself to be underwhelming, but playing around with Tango was certainly cool when it worked.
The ZenFone AR will support Daydream VR versions of Google Street View, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and games like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Need for Speed and Gunjack 2. Rumors about the new phone have been dribbling out across the internet for months now, including a reported image posted by @evleaks today.
ASUS ZenFone AR (2nd Google Tango phone) pic.twitter.com/ctKQ9IKfeC
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 2, 2017
“The ZenFone AR with Snapdragon 821 is built for VR with high-resolution display, ultra-smooth graphics and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking,” Qualcomm’s blog post reads. “Snapdragon 821 provides the cutting-edge visual, audio and interactive technologies required to deliver truly immersive mobile VR experience for leading Android smartphones.”
We’ve reached out the ASUS for more details on the ZenFone AR and will update this post as we hear back.
Accidents happen. Some of us are clumsier than others but, really, nobody’s perfect. So, it’s worth taking precautions to avoid cracking the screen on your beloved mobile phone. Here’s a short list of things to note.
First, water is not your friend. If you’re going swimming, your phone doesn’t want to come along. True, some of the latest phones such as the iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Sony Xperia XZ are powerfully water-resistant. They can survive a quick dunking, but why risk it?
Every phone where water resistance is attributed has an ingress protection rating to measure how good it is against both dust and water. For the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, this is IP68. The first digit indicates dust resistance and 6 is the highest rating, meaning it offers complete protection from dust in an eight-hour test.
The second figure is for water resistance and 8 is also the highest notch. It means the phone can be underwater for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 metres (5 feet). Drop it in the deep end and it may not survive.
That’s even more true of the iPhone which has a rating of IP67, which is only tested to a depth of 1 metre (3 feet). In short: keep your phone away from the pool, sea or bath tub.
Of course, the most vulnerable part of any phone is the glass. The metal frame can take a ding or two and survive but once the screen is cracked, it can only get worse. Mobiles with glass backs as well as fronts – increasingly popular because they make wireless charging a possibility – are even more vulnerable.
The latest phones use stronger glass than ever, often Gorilla Glass from Corning. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge has Gorilla Glass 4 on its back and front. Each version of Gorilla Glass is an improvement, with number 4 promising increased damage resistance over its predecessor. It can also be made thinner but still match the performance of Gorilla Glass 3. Even with these improvements, it’s worth investing in additional protection.
There are plenty of screen protectors available which keep the display clean as well as better insulated from damage. Some can absorb the impact from even sharp objects.
There’s another benefit here: when you are ready to upgrade you’ll have a phone you can sell with a pristine glass front.
Similarly, a case that protects the edges of the phone will mean your phone is much safer. That’s worth it, even if it’s only an edge-covering bumper, but something that wraps around the back as well provides valuable shock absorption. Even a basic leather case can mean the difference between disaster and getting away with it if you drop your phone on the sidewalk.
Best for impact protection are cases that exceed the military specification for drop testing (that’s MIL-STD 810G-516.6, if you’re interested in the exact standard).
Some cases include a material called D3O. This is what the scientists call a non-Newtonian fluid (that is, it doesn’t fit Newton’s laws of physics). In practice, this just means it’s a malleable, squashy material most of the time but when you hit it hard, the molecules lock together to form a hard surface which dissipates the shock and protects the phone inside. It’s a remarkable material and works brilliantly. Best of all, a little D3O goes a long way, so cases with it in are pretty thin.
Also, don’t keep your valuable smartphone in your back pocket. Not only does it leave a frankly unsightly bump on your rump, it’s going to slip out of your pocket sooner or later, guaranteed.
One more thing: if the worst does happen and you find your phone screen is nothing but a shower of shards, turn to someone who can put things right in an instant. iCracked offers top technicians ready to come to your office, home or favorite coffee shop to repair it quickly and reliably. And they won’t even scold you when you say you didn’t have a case for it…
So, what did we learn today? Protect your phone, invest in a durable case, but if that all fails, iCracked.com has you covered and will travel to you same-day and repair on the spot in 45 minutes or less.
LG has been the first TV giant to unveil a new range of screens at CES 2017. While LG may be at the forefront of OLED technology, it hasn’t forgotten about LCD and it’s the latter that has been on the receiving end of some new innovative technology.
- CES 2017: What is it and what to expect
LG’s new Super UHD range of 4K TVs feature Nano Cell technology which sees uniformly-sized particles, each a nanometer wide, across the screen. The Nano Cells claim to deliver more accurate and realistic colours than previous LCD screens as well as providing wider viewing angles. Colours on the Nano Cell screens are said to be as the content creator intended as they can blend with neighbouring colours, such as green mixing with blue and yellow, creating more of a cyan colour on screen.
LG has also partnered up with Hollywood colour experts Technicolor to create a Technicolour Expert Mode which has been designed to deliver “the most accurate colours possible in LG’s Super UHD TVs”.
The three TV ranges, SJ9500, SJ8500 and SJ8000, also support HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma, making them fully futureproof, but they are also ready for a new HDR technology called Advanced HDR, which has been developed by Technicolor.
- What is HDR, what TVs support HDR, and what HDR content can I watch?
Standard dynamic range pictures can benefit from a new HDR Effect mode too, which promises to improve the brightness in certain areas and enhance contrast ratios to give an HDR-like effect.
LG’s new TVs will also come preinstalled with webOS 3.5, the latest version of the company’s rather excellent user interface. 4K streaming services Netflix and Amazon can be accessed at the press of a button on the new Magic Wand remote and a new Magic Zoom mode lets you enlarge a specific area of the screen and record it.
LG hasn’t given us any details regarding price or release date just yet, but we’ll be sure to head to the LG stand in Las Vegas to fill in the gaps.
The Final Fantasy franchise is so big that maker Square Enix can pick and choose the people and brands it wants to work with. Audi Japan already has a $469k Final Fantasy XV themed R8 on sale, for instance, and now one of the smaller titles in the company’s line-up will soon benefit from the power of female megastar Ariana Grande. Her character DW — short for Dangerous Woman (the title of her most recent album) — will appear in a new update coming to the free turn-based iOS and Android RPG Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius.
Grande confirmed the news on her Instagram account, sharing animations of her character, which sports the singer’s trademark bunny ears, and a photo of her meeting with the game’s designers. When she does appear, the popstar should become the first non-fictional character to be made available inside a Final Fantasy game (there are hundreds of examples of its impact on popular culture, but we’re struggling to find examples of the opposite).
Square Enix has yet to share details about how DW can be acquired but Grande is happy with her upcoming entry into the world of video games: “It’s the cutest thing i’ve ever seen in my entire life and i’m so excited and in love with it i cannot contain myself.”
a little peek at DW featured in #FFBEWW 🙈🙈🙈🙈🌌 ♡🐇🐇🐇🐇
A video posted by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Jan 1, 2017 at 3:11pm PST
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After months of uncertainty and delays, SpaceX can finally say when it expects to resume rocket launches following its September launchpad explosion. The private spaceflight outfit is now aiming for a return to flight on January 8th, when a Falcon 9 will carry an Iridium Next satellite into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. And crucially, SpaceX has narrowed down accident’s likely cause to the point where it has solutions that should prevent a repeat accident.
Investigators have determined that the September incident was likely caused by super-cooled liquid oxygen building up in a “void or buckle” between a pressure vessel’s aluminum liner and its carbon overwrap. If the oxygen gets trapped in a buckle, it can create friction that ignites the chemical… and, well, the whole rocket. To make matters worse, the loading temperature of helium was cold enough to create solid oxygen, which increases the odds of it getting stuck and producing friction. The stopgap solution is to change the pressure vessel configuration to allow warmer helium, and to return to a “proven” helium loading setup. In the long run, however, SpaceX is planning to redesign the vessels so that buckles aren’t even possible.
The timing of both the launch and the associated fixes is critical for the company. The 2016 explosion not only lost a valuable vehicle and its payload, but shook the trust for both clients and advocates of private space travel. Were Elon Musk and crew moving too quickly? SpaceX needs to show that it learned from its mistakes, and that catastrophic failures won’t happen again for a long time, if ever.
Via: The Verge
India has lately received a slew of distinct internet services that you can’t find elsewhere, and Amazon is eager to pitch in. It just launched a Sell as Individual test service in India (specifically, Bangalore) that promises to take the headaches out of selling your old goods. Amazon will not only list your offerings, but pick them up, pack them and deliver them elsewhere in your city — no awkward meet-ups or makeshift packaging here.
How much it costs depends on what you’re selling. Amazon asks as little as 10 rupees (just under 15 cents) for every item you sell below 1,000 rupees ($15). It asks 50 rupees (73 cents) for items between 1,000 and 5,000 rupees ($15 to $73), and 100 rupees ($1.47) for anything more expensive than that.
This isn’t Amazon’s first time experimenting with selling used goods. Mashable notes that Amazon’s Junglee tried it back in 2015. However, a directly Amazon-branded service suggests the company is more confident this time around. It’s also clearly going for the jugular of sites like eBay and Craigslist — why do all the hard work yourself when a small fee will take care of everything? There’s go guarantee that this will take off, let alone reach other countries, but it’s potentially very disruptive.
Via: Mashable, Reddit
Source: Amazon India