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Nov

Mandagon: A short but captivating Tibetan adventure (Review)


After some really dark times in the Play Store, we are starting to see a big crop of games that focus on providing an unparalleled experience rather than being a platform built around microtransactions. As consumers, this means high-quality games with experiences that are enjoyable and not frustrating. As developers, this means recognition, customer loyalty, and, hopefully, more money. The latest game to embrace this philosophy is Mandagon, a platformer that does a splendid job in immersing you into a mysterious world thanks to superb visual design and audio effects.

Developer: Blind Sky Studios
Price: $1.99

Overview

Notice how there is no setup section? That’s because this game has no setup. Mandagon throws you right into the action without any kind of tutorial, introduction, or any other artifact that might slow you down.

You have a virtual joystick and the whole screen serves as your jump button. In case that’s not enough, when you get close to specific objects, such as stairs or doors, the game will show a popup on top of your character so that you can enter buildings or activate elevators. Since there is no combat or anything close to it, then there’s no other combinations to memorize.

Because of this simplistic approach, the game doesn’t show you any backstory either, which means that, from the moment the game starts, you might have questions that will go unanswered at first. Where are you? What is your purpose? What are you? There’s no dialogue, no NPCs, no narrator. You are on your own controlling what seems to be a square Pacman made of stone.

In order to tell you more about what are you doing and what is your purpose, there are totems around that will give you some very cryptic messages. However, after reading more and more of these seemingly useless snippets, you get to infer the backstory behind it. I won’t spoil it, but it’s a bit tragic.

General Impressions

Mandagon is, at its core, a platformer. As I told you before, at first you are limited to jumping from one platform to another. However, as you progress through the game, there are multiple external elements that will help you on your journey.

For example, there are a lot of wooden elevators that help you through big vertical distances. There is some kind of underwater geysers that help you reach highers distances that would be impossible with your regular jump. There’s even a weird machine that lets you “fly” through a finite distance. They are all effective in breaking the monotony that would come from jumping on your own through this mysterious world.

Your goal is to get several stone tablets and then place them in shrines. Both elements are scattered throughout the world so you will have to walk through all of it in order to fulfill your mission.

There are no enemies, nor there is a way of dying. This is not meant to be a competitive game, but a relaxing one. You are supposed to sit back, admire your surroundings, enjoy the soundtrack, and have a good time.

Unfortunately, that “good time” doesn’t last long. I’ve seen people completing the game in as little as 30 minutes. I am not that skilled, so it took me a little less than one hour and a half to see the credits. Still, that is rather short, which is a shame. The game creates this intriguing, captivating mood to then end so suddenly.

Graphics and Sound

Normally, pixel graphics and detail don’t go hand in hand, but this is not the case for Mandagon.

This is especially true for your surroundings, which have very subtle details that make them look better than what you would normally find in a regular pixel-style game. Small stuff like vines under platforms, irregularities in the roof of buildings, and very detailed portals make up for an impressive graphical experience.

Even though pixel graphics means that the GPU and processor are being less used, the game still manages to heat my mobile device a little bit more than other games I’ve played. This never became such an issue to become uncomfortable during my sessions, but it was a strange thing to experience nonetheless.

Regarding sound, Mandagon uses eerie, mysterious music so that you really get into the mood of the game. The background track is almost completely devoid of regular instruments at first, just playing to some kind of piano-meets-bell sound every couple of seconds that, frankly, sounds really eerie. Wind blows at all times to remind you of your loneliness in this world. Also, the game reacts to actions like jumping, landing into platforms, and diving into water.

As you progress through the game, the music starts to change and add more elements to it. It’s such a great thing because it coincides with the game giving you more clues about what is going on. Both the visual and music part converge to create a little less uncertainty as you move forward.

It seems like a lot of effort was put into creating a top-notch audiovisual experience, and the result has paid off. Mandagon is truly a superb work in both departments, and they make you enjoy the game more by immersing you into this mysterious world.

Conclusion

Mandagon has one goal in mind: to capture you and immerse you into this world that provides more questions than answers. It manages to create a mystic and enigmatic environment which provides hints as you roam its passages. The only problem? It is too short. You can easily complete it in one sitting, and there’s nothing to be done after it. However, the experience it provides in this small time is truly astounding and worthy of checking out if you are looking for some short but sweet entertainment.

Download and install Mandagon from the Google Play Store.

15
Nov

The Monster Firecracker packs a big punch in a small package


If you do a simple search for “Bluetooth speakers” on Amazon, you’re going to get an endless list of options that may make your head spin. Part of our responsibility here at AndroidGuys is to help you figure out which options are the best, and that brings us to our latest review.

Today, we’re taking a look at the Monster Firecracker to see if it stands up to the overwhelming love that Matt gave the $450 Monster Superstar Ravebox.

Starting off with the basics, let’s get this out of the way. The Monster Firecracker is priced at either $130 from Monster or $100 from Amazon, far less than the $450 price tag of its much bigger brother.

Overall Design

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s take a look at what you get in the box and the overall design. There is a simple micro-USB to USB Type-A cable which will allow you to recharge the Firecracker. There is also a lanyard and a carabiner which will let you carry it with you on a backpack or even a belt loop (although it is a bit hefty). Then there’s just the boring paperwork and warranty information which will end up in your trash can or in the back of a drawer.

Once the Firecracker is out of the packaging, you’ll see the iconic Monster logo facing you, indented into the speaker grille. Moving to the right-end of the Firecracker, there are four buttons – Power, Volume Up, Volume Down, and Flashlight. Speaking of the flashlight, the left-end of the Firecracker comes equipped with a rather large LED light to help you navigate around.

On the rear of the Firecracker, you’ll see a small rubber flap, which is home to both the 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as the micro-USB charging port. You’ll also find a little hook where you can place either the lanyard, carabiner, or both. On the bottom of the pyramid speaker, you’ll find two rubber feet, which will help the Firecracker stay in place while the music is pumping.

Sound Quality

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I am by no means an audiophile. I am, however, someone who loves headphones and speakers and looks to find the best option available for me.

As for where the Monster Firecracker sounds, you may be pleasantly surprised by what’s offered here. Monster is known for providing great sounding speakers, but the Firecracker seemingly offers a good balance of punch and treble, making this speaker wonderful for parties.

If you aren’t one who is all about the bass, then the Firecracker may be a bit too much, but even when listening at lower volumes, you’ll still have a great experience. All-in-all, the Monster Fircracker offers a good balance of bass and treble to keep the party rocking, even if it ends up annoying the neighbors.

Conclusion

Would the Monster Firecracker be my first choice for a new Bluetooth speaker? Probably not. Is it one that I would recommend to those who don’t want something cheap? Absolutely.

Monster is a trusted brand that has been around for years, and the Firecracker is the latest showcase of what “big sound in a small package” looks like. As for me? I’ll be taking this speaker with me on some upcoming trips that I have to make sure that the party keeps going.

If you want to snag a Firecracker for yourself, you can either get one from Monster directly for $129.99 or you can head over to Amazon, save a few bucks, and get one for $99.

Buy the Monster Firecracker!

15
Nov

Make the most out of Google with this list of ‘OK, Google’ commands


One of the most useful things about using Google is the voice commands. Using just your voice you can command your device to do many things on your behalf. It’s fast, convenient, and still feels a bit like the future. The complete list of “OK, Google” commands and compatible apps has grown considerably over time, meaning there are likely things you can do with Google that you’re not even aware of. To find out more, check out how to get the most out of Google Now and everything you need to know about Google Assistant.

If you own an Android device, you might want to turn on “OK, Google” so that you can start using this feature without having to tap the microphone icon. The first thing we need to do is make sure this feature is turned on, so let’s see if it is.

Turning on ‘OK, Google’

Open your App Drawer, and open the Google app.
Tap the Hamburger menu () in the upper-left corner, and go to Settings.
Go to Voice > OK, Google detection, and turn on From any screen.
Follow the instructions to train your phone to respond to your voice.
If you’re having trouble when you say “OK, Google,” and it doesn’t seem to be working for you, then you can turn off Trusted Voice in the ‘OK, Google’ detection settings. The software may be having a hard time recognizing your voice.

Now that it is turned on, we can start using “OK, Google.” Let’s take a look at all the different commands you can use with your device. All you have to do is say “OK, Google,” and Google will start listening to your commands. You can always tap the microphone icon and issue a voice command, if you prefer not to use the “OK, Google” feature.

Searching and asking questions

Asking Google about anything

  • “How old is [name]?”
  • “Where was [name] born?’
  • “Who invented [anything you want to find].”

Searching the internet

  • “Browse [nameofwebsite.com],” when you want to go directly to the website.
  • “Go to [name of website],” when you want it to appear in a Google search.

Sports

  • “How is [say the name of the team] doing?”
  • “Results from [say the name of the team] last game.”
  • “When is [say the name of the team] next game?”
  • “Did [say the name of the team] win the last game?”

Stocks

  • “What is [name] stock price?”
  • “What is [name] trending at?”

Defining words

  • “What is the definition of [say the word].”
  • “Define [say the word].”

Google account and privacy settings

You can always get to your Google account settings, but there is a difference between using the word “Open,” “Show,” and “Adjust.” For example, saying “Open my Google security settings” will open a card for you to select your security settings, but using the word “Adjust” instead of “Open” will actually get you to the security settings page directly.

You can say:

  • “Open Google account settings.”
  • “Show my Google search history.”
  • “Adjust my Google privacy settings.”
  • “Adjust my Google security settings.”

Messaging, notes, and music

  • “Show me my messages.”
  • “Text [name of contact] [say the message].”
  • “Send an email to [say the contact name] [say what you want to write in the email].”
  • “Call [say the name of the contact].”
  • “Call [say the name of the contact] on speakerphone.”

Other messaging, music, and social apps that work with “OK, Google”

If you want to send a message with Viber, and not your default text messaging app, then you would say, “OK, Google, send a message with Viber.” You can also try commands such as “take a note with Evernote,” or “search for car videos on YouTube.”

These are the apps that are compatible with “OK, Google”:

  • Google Hangouts — “Send a hangouts message to [say name].”
  • Evernote — “Make a note with Evernote.”
  • Whatsapp — “Send a Whatsapp message to [say contact name].”
  • Viber — “Send a message with Viber.”
  • Telegram — “Send a Telegram message to [say contact name].”
  • YouTube — “Search [say what you want to search for] on YouTube.”
  • Pandora — “Play [name of song] on Pandora.”
  • Google Music — “Listen to [name of song].”
  • Facebook — “Post [say your message] on Facebook.”
  • Twitter — “Post [say your message] on Twitter.”

Other to-do and notes apps that work with “OK, Google”

These note apps all work by saying “Make a note with [name of app]”

  • Wunderlist
  • Trello
  • OneNote
  • Catch
  • Google Keep

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15
Nov

Do you miss Windows Movie Maker? Don’t get caught up in this scam


Scammers have been taking advantage of the continuing demand for Microsoft’s classic editing software, Windows Movie Maker, by releasing a version that tries to scam users to pay for core features. It has proven to be an effective tactic, too, reflected in the fact that the domain name hosting the scam version of the software is now being listed at the top of Google results when searching for the application.

Microsoft announced the end of support for several of its Windows Essentials 2012 applications at the end of 2016, but when it did so in early 2017, that didn’t stop people from wanting to use them. One of those pieces of software was Windows Movie Maker, a bare-bones but effective video editing tool. Although it was replaced by Windows Story Remix, demand is still high for Movie Maker and that has led a number of scammers to make their move.

The scam, in this case, stems from a website that appears at the top of Google results when searching for the software. We won’t link or name it here, but suffice it to say that on first glance, it looks somewhat legitimate. Indeed the application that you can download if you visit the site is a functioning version of Movie Maker. Where it differs though, as WeLiveSecurity explains, is that attempting certain functions prompts the software to block them, and indicate that you need to pay to unlock all features.

If the user attempts to pay for them, they’ll be directed back to the scam site, where a payment of $30 (a 25-percent discount!) is requested. The site even offers “free technical support and software upgrades,” though that seems unlikely.

Some security software is picking up on this scam, designating it as malware Win32/Hoax.MovieMaker, and earlier this month it was even cropping up as one of the most commonly detected malware items in the world. That suggests that this scam may be quite widespread, despite the legacy nature of the software.

If you want to avoid this scam, letting Windows Movie Maker rest as a defunct piece of software would be your best bet. There are plenty of alternatives, such as Microsoft’s own recently released replacement, Windows Story Remix. At the very least though, be wary of sites offering paid for versions of previously free software, and make sure you’re running one of the best antivirus solutions.

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15
Nov

T-Mobile wants you to donate $2 million of its money this #GivingTuesday


As the holiday season approaches, so too does the most generous time of year. On November 28, generous and socially minded companies and individuals the world over will be able to participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. And to help everyone give just a little more is T-Mobile, which has set aside $2 million to be donated to nonprofits selected by its users.

In 13 days, T-Mobile will leverage its perennially popular T-Mobile Tuesdays app to give customers $2 not to spend at Dunkin Donuts, Panda Express, or one of the other retailers often found on the platform, but rather to donate. Folks with the T-Mobile Tuesdays app will be able to give that money to one of four charities — the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club of America, Feeding America, or Team Rubicon.

And T-Mobile’s offer actually isn’t limited to T-Mobile customers. In fact, anytime anyone tweets #GivingTWOgether on November 28, the Bellevue, Washington-based carrier has pledged to donate yet another $2 to be split evenly among each of the four charities, up to $100,000. And if you work for T-Mobile directly, you’ll find an extra $28 in your Giving Account on the morning of November 28 that you can donate to any charity, whether it’s one of the aforementioned four options or not.

“This has been a tough year for so many, and on this #GivingTuesday, you get to give back the way that matters most to you,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “In 2017, T-Mobile employees, together with T-Mobile Foundation matching, have already given more than $2 million to charity, and with your help, we’re going to double that!”

So what will your $2 donation do? If you select the Boys & Girls Club of America, your generosity will help provide 40 minutes of homework support to after-school youth. $2 given to the American Red Cross will result in a comfort kit to someone impacted by a disaster, whereas a donation to Feeding America promises to allow food to be distributed to a family in need. And finally, Team Rubicon will use the donations that it receives to give clean water filtration kits to families affected by a natural disaster.

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15
Nov

Moment makes the iPhone X even better with new lenses and cases


From user reviews to standardized tests and the specs list alone, the iPhone X is shaping up to have the best built-in camera Apple has designed yet — and those capabilities will soon be expandable. On November 15, Moment announced three new accessories for the iPhone X; a battery photo case, a photo case, and a new set of lenses. With the smartphone having launched only this fall, the Moment accessories are among the first iPhone X lenses.

The new iPhone X case allows users to attach Moment Lenses to the camera, as well as to a wrist strap. Like the company’s earlier cases, the iPhone X case comes in a minimalist black design or with a wood accent.

While the first case follows earlier designs, Moment is also launching a battery case. With a launch not planned until the spring of 2018, full details on the case aren’t available, but Moment says the case will include wireless QI charging. Like the non-electric photo case, the battery case can also attach Moment lenses to the rear camera, but adds longer shooting times with the extra battery built into the case.

Moment is also launching four new smartphone lenses to pair with the iPhone X using those cases, including a wide angle lens, telephoto lens, super fisheye lens, and a new macro lens. Moment says the new wide angle is the best wide lens it has made to date. The lens captures a view two times wider than the built-in lens without edging into fisheye distortion territory.

While the wide angle goes two times wider, Moment’s new tele lens offers a 2x optical zoom. The 60mm lens uses the same glass as earlier versions, but swaps out a metal body for a more durable design. The lens works with a number of different camera systems and can be used on either lens for the dual camera iPhones, offering a 4x zoom when placed over the iPhone’s zoom lens.

Both the new macro lens and the new fisheye use a new mount design for a more secure attachment to the Moment cases. The macro lens allows mobile photographers to shoot as close as one inch from the subject for up-close detail, while the fisheye offers a 170-degree field of view.

“Moment for iPhone X will be the most advanced gear we’ve ever made for mobile photography,” said Marc Barros, Moment CEO. “When we started this journey four years ago, we believed the phone would become the camera of the future, and bringing Moment to the new Apple iPhone X is like a dream come true.”

The lenses are available now with list prices between $90 and $100, while the iPhone X case begins shipping on Decembr 5 for $30. The battery case for the iPhone X is still in the prototype stage, with shipping expected next spring.

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15
Nov

Prints photos in seconds with the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod


The Polaroid Insta-Share Printer is the newest Moto Mod made to work with Moto Z series phones. It allows you to instantly print small photos directly from your camera as well as social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, and Google Photos.

Moto Mods provide additional features and functionality to Moto Z phones by using the phone as the primary hardware to operate them. The mods connect to the phone via a series of contact points on the back of Moto Z phones and stay in place with strong magnets. The Polaroid Insta-Share Printer is the latest Moto Mod following the recent release of the Moto Mod with Amazon Alexa smart speaker.

The Polarid Insta-Share printer allows users to keep a compact photo printer on them at all times.The Mod uses a special paper called Zink Zero-Ink Paper to print photos, meaning the images are smudge-proof and there are no ink cartridges to refill. The mod prints two-inch by three-inch images within seconds and the paper has an adhesive back for people looking for stickers.

Several different printing options are available with the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer as well. Borderless photos can be printed directly from your camera or social media accounts. You can also edit photos to include different borders within the app.

Motorola first released its Z-series phones in 2016. A collection of mods, made specifically for Moto Z series phones were also introduced at the same time. Since the initial release of the Moto Z line, Motorola has partnered with well-known companies like JBL, Amazon, and Hasselblad to produce more than a dozen different mods including, speakers, battery backups, and cameras.

Verizon will be the first store to carry the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer, with sales beginning on Friday, November 17. Other retailers including Best Buy, B&H, Fry’s, and New Egg will begin selling the Mod on December 13. Motorola plans to sell the Mod internationally within the next few months.

The Polaroid Insta-Share Printer will be priced at $200. Zink Zero-Ink Paper will be sold separately.

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15
Nov

This $44 accessory creates an iPhone 360 camera, no batteries required


Capturing a 360 view requires (for the most part) at least two lenses and two sensors. While a number of companies are bringing the tech to mobile by launching an add-on with two built-in cameras, one startup is asking, what about the two cameras the iPhone already has? Fusion is a lens system that turns the front and rear-facing cameras into wide-angle views, then stitches those images together with an app, effectively creating an iPhone 360 camera.

Because the Fusion is lens only and doesn’t need to integrate its own cameras, the lens and app could very well be one of the cheapest 360 solutions for the iPhone on the market, with an expected retail price of $69 and Indiegogo discounts bringing that cost down even further.

The Fusion, compatible with the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8 and 8 Plus, adds two wide angle lenses to both the front and back cameras. By widening the view from the built-in cameras, the iPhone can then see in 360 degrees. The Fusion app then stitches those two images together into a 6K resolution shot.

Because there’s no actual camera to power up, the Fusion doesn’t need batteries. The 1.4-ounce system just slides over the top of the iPhone to align the add-on lenses with the iPhone’s built-in cameras.

The Fusion app uses real-time stitching, which means users can still preview the shot before shooting. The app also supports brightness adjustments and a self-timer. Snapping a photo is a one-touch control despite the involvement of both cameras and the app includes that scrollable 360 view, as well as tiny planet, panorama, or virtual reality shooting modes. Sharing to Facebook, Twitter, and Whatsapp is built-in, and while Instagram doesn’t yet support 360, users can share a square format little planet shot on Instagram, too.

By using hardware already built into the iPhone, the Fusion adds 360 photos for a significant price drop from the other add-on cameras on the market. The catch? The Fusion is only for shooting still photos and time-lapses; the company makes no mention of video capabilities. The lens also isn’t compatible with the iPhone X yet, but the company says it plans to launch an X version once the lens system can be fully tested with Apple’s new flagship smartphone.

Fusion is in the production stage, and is being developed by the Hong Kong-based company NoMatterWhat Technologies, the same group behind the Spincle 360 app. The company has taken to Indiegogo to raise funds for production, and the Fusion has already reached the $10,000 goal after just two days. The campaign remains open for another month and if production and the final stages of the product are successful, backers can pick up the 360 lens system for as low as $44 with estimated shipping in February 2018.

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15
Nov

The first laptop packing AMD’s Ryzen-branded chip displayed at Best Buy


AMD CEO Lisa Su recently jumped on Twitter to show herself standing in front of Best Buy holding one of the first laptops to sport a Ryzen-branded APU. This is an all-in-one chip consisting of AMD’s Ryzen processor cores based on its new “Zen” design, and its Radeon graphics cores based on its new “Vega” design. The company announced two APUs at the end of October and now laptops are starting to appear packing these new chips.

The Ryzen-based device now available at Best Buy is the HP Envy x360 15z convertible 2-in-1 based on AMD’s Ryzen 5 2500U chip. Here are the specifications for AMD’s new APU:

Ryzen CPU cores:
4
Ryzen CPU threads:
8
Base speed:
2.0GHz
Boost speed:
3.6GHz
Vega 8 GPU cores:
512 (8 compute units)
Vega boost speed:
Up to 1,100MHz
L1 cache (per core):
64K instruction cache
32K data cache
L2 cache (per core):
512K
L3 cache (shared):
4MB
Power usage:
12W to 25W configurable
15W nominal

The chip is a big deal for AMD, as the company nearly started from scratch when it designed its Zen CPU architecture. AMD set out to maximize performance per watt for a lower price tag and achieved just that as seen in the desktop processor space. For example, the fastest Ryzen processor currently on the market, a 16-core chip for enthusiasts, costs $730 less than a similar processor with near-identical performance sold by Intel.

Adding to the Zen aspect is AMD’s latest Vega graphics chip architecture that officially hit the market just months ago in the Radeon RX Vega 64 ($499) and Vega 56 ($399) add-in cards for desktops. They target Nvidia’s high-end GeForce GTX 1080 ($549) and GTX 1070 ($399) cards to provide better performance for the same price. Of course, AMD’s add-in cards pack insanely more GPU cores than what you see in the company’s APU products, but AMD is pushing the same ideal on laptops without a discrete, stand-alone graphics chip.

As for the new HP Envy x360 15z convertible 2-in-1 laptop with AMD’s new Ryzen 5 APU, here are the specifications and price shown on Best Buy:

Screen size:
15.6 inches
Screen type:
In-Plane Switching with Touch
Screen resolution:
1,920 x 1,080
Processor:
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
Graphics:
Integrated
Memory:
8GB DDR4 at 2,400MHz
Storage:
1TB hard drive (7,200RPM)
Audio:
2x speakers
Camera:
HP Wide Vision FHD IR camera
Connectivity:
Wireless AC (867Mbps)
Bluetooth 4.2
Ports:
1x HDMI 2.0a
2x USB Type-A (3.1 Gen1)
1x USB Type-C (3.1 Gen1)
1x SD card reader
1x Headphone/microphone combo
Battery:
3-cell Lithium-ion 55.8 WHr (up to 9 hours)
Dimensions:
14.16 (W) x 9.8 (D) x 0.77 (H) inches
Weight:
4.75 pounds
Price:
$750

You can also purchase the new Envy x360 with AMD’s APU directly from HP with a starting price of $800. The company doesn’t serve up a model with 8GB of system memory, but instead starts you at 12GB (1x 4GB and 1x 8GB). Other options you can configure include M.2 NVMe SSDs with capacities ranging from 256GB to 1TB, and a choice between Windows 10 Home and Pro.

For HP customers not willing to jump on Team AMD’s bandwagon, the company serves up the “15t” version packing eighth-generation Intel Core processors too.

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15
Nov

Browse the internet privately for life for just $43


Protecting our information and identity online is paramount in our world where online activity is become more and more prevalent as time goes on. Whether that information is a credit card number, banking information, or even your search history, you don’t want anyone being able to track your browsing habits — both for safety and simple privacy. But the normal internet connection you get from your service provider isn’t as secure as some people would like.

A VPN is your solution to keeping your online habits private. Using a “virtual private network,” you get the functionality, security, and management that the VPN service provides in order to keep safe and discreet online. VPNs aren’t just for privacy; you can use local VPNs in order to get resident online pricing for things like flights, hotels, and more.

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VPN Unlimited is one such VPN provider that can help you access the web safely and securely. A lifetime subscription generally retails for $499.99, but at Android Central Digital Offers, you can get yours for $42.50. All you have to do is use code GIFTSHOP15 and you’ll get 15% off our already discounted price of $49.99.

VPN Unlimited gives you secure access to public Wi-Fi networks, unlimited bandwidth, an unlimited high-speed connection, a growing selection of global services in over 50 countries, fast server switching, as well as ad blocking, malware protection, and tracker blocking. If you value your online privacy and flexibility, then subscribe to a VPN. And why not pick up a lifetime subscription for $42.50. Just make sure you use code GIFTSHOP15 at check out!

See at Android Central Digital Offers

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