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27
Nov

Bitdefender Box 2 is bigger and bolder than its older brother


Pre-orders for the standalone Bitdefender Box 2 security solution and router have now opened up, offering consumers a discounted window of opportunity during which they can reserve the powerful security hardware. The new system bundles home management, parental controls, and malware protection in a hardware package that’s backed up by a year’s subscription to Bitdefender Total Security 2018.

Although we weren’t hugely impressed with the original Bitdefender Box when it debuted in 2015, this new version looks very different from its predecessor. It’s much bigger, with a large vertical footprint that contrasts heavily with the first Box’s design. The new Box 2 is said to be much more secure, too, helping to shore up the defenses of your internet of things devices and your home network itself.

Inside the hefty shell, the Box 2 incorporates a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1.2GHz, with 1GB of DDR3 memory and 4GB of onboard storage. It supports the latest Wi-Fi standards with MU-MIMO. All of that is designed to power its protective measures. Although the Box 2 can function as a standalone router (these are our favorites), it is being marketed more as a supplementary device than an entirely self-contained networking solution.

Whatever configuration you use it in though, Bitdefender claims that the Box 2 incorporates exploit prevention, anomaly protection, and brute-force protections, all through automated active monitoring of your home network. For more manual control over what your network can access, Box 2 includes powerful parental controls, letting you manage internet time and content, as well as look for anything which could be seen as cyberbullying or online predation.

Bitdefender’s Box 2 is also said to actively protect your network by continually scanning for vulnerabilities. If a new hardware or software installation could provide a new attack vector for hackers, it will let you know. This goes for devices on any platform, whether they’re Windows machines, iOS or Android mobile devices, or running MacOS.

Some of those protections even extend to when you aren’t in the home. The Box 2’s app will continue to monitor your devices and connections wherever you are. That goes both ways, with parents able to look at all the same reports and access the same controls, no matter where they go.

Bitdefender has all of this available to pre-order now at the pre-launch discount price of $200. When the Box 2 starts shipping out and officially goes on sale on December 6, its price will rise to $250.




27
Nov

Snapchat is assisting your search for the perfect filter with ‘computer vision’


Finding the perfect Snapchat filters will soon get a bit easier. Snapchat recently confirmed that the app now uses “computer vision” to recognize what’s in the photo. Once the app recognizes what’s there, Snapchat displays suggested filters based on what that photo contains, turning up pet puns for a photo of Fido or tasty graphics for food photos.

The feature is first launching in a handful of common categories. The app now includes computer vision for recognizing food, pets, sports, and beaches, and Snap Inc. says it is working to expand the object recognition to additional categories. The filter recommendations began rolling out quietly last week, with the company recently mentioning that more categories will be coming in the future.

A photo of a pet, for example, will bring up a sticker of “it’s a pawty” while a beachfront shot will put an “ocean view” sticker into the top of that filter carousel, and food photos put a sticker for “what diet?” at the forefront.

As Snapchat’s filter options grow, the new features prevent users from having to dig through the options by putting the most relevant filters at the top of the filter options alongside the “smart filters” that add in the date, location, temperature, or speed.

The addition isn’t Snap’s first go-round with computer vision either — the technology already powers options like the ability to search through public photos in Stories and find a photo of a dog even if the word “dog” was never actually used. Snap Inc. has also patented a similar object recognition program that could help boost advertising, with companies paying to have their filter pop up when a user snaps a photo of a related object.

The update comes as Snap Inc. is preparing a major redesign for Snapchat after reporting disappointing financial results.  The company announced a redesign earlier this month, with CEO Evan Spiegel saying that the new design will make Snapchat easier to use. An anonymous source later said that the redesign would be coming on December 4 but Snapchat has not confirmed that information. Snapchat’s user base is currently largely made up of people between the ages 13 and 34 and Spiegel said the redesign is aiming to attract more age groups to the platform, as well as users from more countries.




27
Nov

PlayStation VR dominates third-quarter VR headset sales


A new study from market analyst firm Canalys has found that high-end virtual reality headset sales for the previous quarter have exceeded just over a million units for the first time. Of that number, almost half are PlayStation VR headsets, with Oculus Rift units following up with just over a 20-percent market share. The HTC Vive platform brings up the rear with 16 percent of all headsets sold.

Although virtual reality acceptance in the mainstream gaming space has been slower than some predicted, sales continues to grow month by month and the third quarter of 2017 has seen the biggest growth in top-tier VR yet. During that three-month period, more than a million VR headsets were sold, with almost half of those being PSVR units.

Coming out of the study conducted by Canalys, this data shows a healthy growth in the industry, at least partially driven by recent price cuts. With the Oculus Rift discounted to $400 — $350 in the Black Friday sales — and the HTC Vive squeezing its price down to $600 for its hardware bundle, top-tier virtual reality is more affordable than ever.

“VR adoption in the consumer segment is highly dependent on price, and Oculus’ strategy of lowering prices has definitely helped drive adoption,” said Canalys Research Analyst Vincent Thielke. He went on to highlight how upcoming, affordable, midrange headsets like the Oculus Go and HTC Vive Focus, may serve to expand the market even more in the months to come.

Canalys is also intrigued by the potential of new entrants in the VR marketplace, including headsets supporting Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform. There are also new VR headsets from the likes of Pimax which could have a significant impact as they raise the bar for what high-end consumer virtual reality is capable of delivering to users.

A notable absence from this latest study, however, concerns entry-level VR headsets. The Samsung Gear VR, and even more economical devices like the Google Cardboard and its contemporaries, are still the most popular VR headsets. Although lacking many of the features of their higher-end counterparts, they are much more numerous, numbering in the millions at last count.




27
Nov

An estimated $30 billion in Bitcoins may be lost forever


Though there may be hundreds of millions of dollars worth of gold bullion scattered around the world’s oceans in undiscovered shipwrecks, much more digital coinage may have been lost in the past decade alone. Of the 16.4 million Bitcoins said to be in circulation in the middle of 2017, close to 3.8 million may have been lost. That works out to more than $30 billion.

One of the best features of Bitcoin is its ability to be stored offline on local hardware — so called, “cold storage.” Having a cryptocurrency “wallet” on a hard drive or flash drive means it is protected from being stolen online, but if you lose access to that device, those coins are also lost forever. That’s where the majority of the estimated lost horde of cryptocurrency has gone, with many early miners and investors misplacing the currency before it was ever worth anything.

As it stands, there are said to be some 5 million Bitcoins that are out of circulation (not actively being traded). According to estimations made by Chainalysis, via Fortune, as many as half of those may have gone missing, been lost, or misplaced over the near-nine years that Bitcoin has been active. That works out to around 2.5 million Bitcoins, or just over $20 billion at the time of writing.

That is a relatively high estimation of how many of those coins have been lost, with more conservative estimates pegging it at more like 30 percent, or around 1.5 million Bitcoins. But that would still work out to just under $13 billion.

A further million coins are said to be lost, due to them being the original Bitcoins that pseudonymous Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto mined before disappearing. Although it’s always possible that he will re-emerge and claim his fortune, it seems more likely at this stage that his $8 billion-plus fortune will remain untouched.

Chainalysis also estimates that some two percent of all Bitcoins traded throughout 2017 so far were lost, too. That accounts for a billion dollars’ worth of the currency. Although such losses are expected to continue, they should gradually become rarer occurrences, due to the added care owners are likely to take with their cryptocurrency since its value spike throughout the year.




27
Nov

An estimated $30 billion in Bitcoins may be lost forever


Though there may be hundreds of millions of dollars worth of gold bullion scattered around the world’s oceans in undiscovered shipwrecks, much more digital coinage may have been lost in the past decade alone. Of the 16.4 million Bitcoins said to be in circulation in the middle of 2017, close to 3.8 million may have been lost. That works out to more than $30 billion.

One of the best features of Bitcoin is its ability to be stored offline on local hardware — so called, “cold storage.” Having a cryptocurrency “wallet” on a hard drive or flash drive means it is protected from being stolen online, but if you lose access to that device, those coins are also lost forever. That’s where the majority of the estimated lost horde of cryptocurrency has gone, with many early miners and investors misplacing the currency before it was ever worth anything.

As it stands, there are said to be some 5 million Bitcoins that are out of circulation (not actively being traded). According to estimations made by Chainalysis, via Fortune, as many as half of those may have gone missing, been lost, or misplaced over the near-nine years that Bitcoin has been active. That works out to around 2.5 million Bitcoins, or just over $20 billion at the time of writing.

That is a relatively high estimation of how many of those coins have been lost, with more conservative estimates pegging it at more like 30 percent, or around 1.5 million Bitcoins. But that would still work out to just under $13 billion.

A further million coins are said to be lost, due to them being the original Bitcoins that pseudonymous Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto mined before disappearing. Although it’s always possible that he will re-emerge and claim his fortune, it seems more likely at this stage that his $8 billion-plus fortune will remain untouched.

Chainalysis also estimates that some two percent of all Bitcoins traded throughout 2017 so far were lost, too. That accounts for a billion dollars’ worth of the currency. Although such losses are expected to continue, they should gradually become rarer occurrences, due to the added care owners are likely to take with their cryptocurrency since its value spike throughout the year.




27
Nov

Enjoy retro feeling Android gaming with these new controllers from 8Bitdo


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8Bitdo has a new, very awesome controller to add some retro flair to your Android gaming.

Let’s face it. Whatever your current console preference, Nintendo’s old consoles are a thing of nostalgic beauty. And with its latest wireless controller, 8Bitdo has perfectly captured the essence of the past for modern gamers.

It’s something of a jack of all trades, with folks gaming on a Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC or Android mobile device able to use this one controller on them all.

It’s called the SF30 Pro (or the SN30 Pro, more on that in a moment), and it is magnificent.

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SF30 Pro and SN30 Pro: What’s the difference?

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There is only one difference between the two, and that’s the paint job. The SN30 Pro is the same grey and shades of purple combination as the North American Super Nintendo, while the SF30 Pro has the multi-colored buttons found on European and Japanese versions of the same console.

No offence North America, but the colorful one is clearly best.

One controller, multiple devices

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As a simple Bluetooth connection is all that’s required, the SF30 Pro is great to use on your controller supported Android games. 8Bitdo also sells a pretty sturdy phone clip, too, but if you’re using a large phone you may find it gets a little top heavy on account of the light weight of the controller.

If you’re prone to playing on a Mac or PC, though, or the Nintendo Switch even, then you’re also golden. Given its price, too, it’s a very strong alternative to the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller or the wired alternatives. It’s a neat little controller for most everything.

Switching between devices requires reading the instructions at least once. Using it with a Switch, for example, requires a different button combination to turning the controller on to playing with an Android phone. It’s actually very nifty, and isn’t particularly complicated. You just need to know which button combination to press, and if you forget there’s always the very small reminder on the rear. From there on out it’s as easy as connecting to any other Bluetooth device.

So many retro feels

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Ergonomically, the old SNES controller probably isn’t the greatest. But it’s an iconic design many of us used growing up and picking one up again feels… right. 8Bitdo has modernized the classic controller for 2017 gaming by adding a pair of triggers and a pair of analog sticks along with the classic SNES button layout.

It feels great to use as well. Because it’s so small, all the buttons are comfortably within reach even for the kids, and the analog sticks feel good. They’re only a hair smaller in diameter than those found on a Sony PS4 controller, about the same height and feel almost identical to use.

The added triggers have surprisingly good travel given the size and design of the controller and all the buttons have an authentic clickyness to them. If anything the buttons feel a little better on this than on the recently released SNES Classic controller.

And because it’s wireless you can easily pack it in a bag and enjoy it anywhere you want. It charges over USB-C, which is outstanding, and from 1-2 hours charging you can expect up to 14 hours of play time. I’ve not had them that long but it seems like a claim easily backed up.

The bottom line

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Retro is big business and that’s why products like the SF30 Pro and SN30 Pro exist. Nostalgia is what hooks people in, but the truth is that they’re also extremely good controllers at an excellent price.

The design isn’t as ergonomic as modern controllers from Sony or Microsoft, but it’s small, lightweight and can be used with a multitude of devices. Whether it’s on an Android phone or a Nintendo Switch, the experience is superb and this is a controller you can, and definitely should pack in your bag.

The build quality is excellent and it’s a truly wonderful product to use and enjoy. 8Bitdo has done a fantastic job here, and the only real decision to make is which color you get (hint: The SF30 Pro, you know it makes sense).

Both will be shipping from December 10 and can be ordered through Amazon right now for $49.99.

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27
Nov

Lifetime VPN Subscriptions, Drones, and The Rest of This Year’s Top Cyber Week Deals


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Cyber Monday is here, which means there’s no shortage of incredible deals around the web. To help you along, we’ve rounded up the top deals from Android Central Digital Offers, available at exclusive Cyber Week prices this week. Check them out below. 

10. VPN Unlimited: Lifetime Subscription

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Retail: $500 | Normally: $49.99 | Cyber Week: $29.99

Say goodbye to all your online privacy worries, for life. VPN Unlimited is your one-stop shop for protecting both your Wi-Fi and cellular connections, securing your online activity, and bypassing web content restrictions. You can score a lifetime subscription today for $30, over 95% off its retail value.

9. Universal Waterproof Solar Charger

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Retail: $49.99 | Normally: $13.99 | Cyber Week: $11.20 (w/ code CYBER20 at checkout)

Skip the outlet and get your phone charged up and ready to go without ever having to go inside. This waterproof charger draws energy from the sun to fill a massive, 5000mAh battery capacity that can easily fully recharge your smartphone. Grab one today for under $12. 

8. Virtual Training Company: Lifetime Subscription

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Retail: $2500 | Normally: $89 | Cyber Week: $53.40 (w/ code CYBER40 at checkout)

Virtual Training Company is offering a lifetime subscription to their library of 1000+ tech training courses for a fraction of its normal cost today. If you’ve ever wanted to learn coding, graphic design, 3D animation, network security, project management, or a range of other professional skills, you’d be hard pressed to find a better value. 

7. Pursonic S450 Electric Toothbrush

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Retail: $69.95 | Normally: $39.99 | Cyber Week: $31.99 (w/ code CYBER20 at checkout)

Delivering 30,000 sonic strokes per minute, the Pursonic S450 is ideal for hard-to-reach areas and removes even the toughest stains, leaving your teeth naturally whiter. The built-in UV sanitizer kills bacteria and germs left behind on brush heads, and the system includes enough brush heads to last 3 full years. Grab one today for just $32. 

6. Droplr Pro: Lifetime Subscription

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Retail: $1500 | Normally: $59.99 | Cyber Week: $29.99

Whether you’re working remotely yourself or working with remote partners or customers, Droplr makes communication and feedback loops easy and efficient. Simply capture a screenshot of whatever you’re working on, add comments, and send the screenshot in a short link to your intended recipient—all in a single interface. This Cyber Week deal gets you a lifetime of unlimited use for three users.

5. eLearnExcel Microsoft Excel School: Lifetime Subscription

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Retail: $999 | Normally: $39.99 | Cyber Week: $20 

If there is any one office tool you should master, it’s Excel, and regardless of your skill level, a lifetime access to eLearnExcel will give you a comprehensive knowledge of this powerful program. Get this lifetime deal today for just $20, saving hundreds off its normal price.

4. RevolCam: The Multi-Lens Photo Revolution for Smartphones

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Retail: $59 | Normally: $34.99 | Cyber Week: $29.99

Want to take better pictures, but don’t want to lug around a DSLR? RevolCam is your solution. With three high-quality camera lenses, an adjustable brightness LED, and a selfie mirror all on the same device, RevolCam is the ultimate all-in-one universal lens kit. Grab one today for just $29.99, half off its retail price.

3. Qi Wireless Fast Charging Pad

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Retail: $22 | Normally: $10.99 | Cyber Week: $8.79 (w/ code CYBER20 at checkout)

With an influx of hot new Qi-compatible phones on the market, this charger is one of the most popular phone accessories of the season. Aside from the convenience of wire-free charging, you’ll spare your phone from the electric shock delivered by an outlet that can diminish the overall battery life of your phone. Grab this today for under $10. 

2. Zoolz Cloud Storage: Lifetime of 1TB Instant Vault and 1TB of Cold Storage

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Retail: $3600 | Normally: $49.99 | Cyber Week: $34.99 

Data loss is never fun, so it helps to back up your valuable data to the cloud. With this lifetime of Cold Storage and Instant Vault, you’ll have an extremely affordable place to safely store massive amounts of data that rarely gets revisited, as well as a home for 1TB of data you need to access regularly. 

1. TRNDlabs Spectre Drone

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Retail: $150 | Normally: $99.99 | Cyber Week: $79.99 (w/ code CYBER20 at checkout)

TRNDlabs most powerful drone yet, Spectre offers an unprecedented level of control and stability, with four high-speed propellors and an HD camera that would make the best smartphones envious. With an impressive 50-meter range, you can explore your world and watch a live feed using the Spectre app. It makes for the perfect tech gift at this $80 Cyber Week price.

 

27
Nov

How to make your phone look like a Pixel 2


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The Pixel 2 is a distinctive phone with a distinctive home screen.

Every phone from Google debuts with a home screen that shares Google’s vision of a launcher. The Google Now Launcher that shipped with the Nexus line is still one of the most popular launchers on Android, even though it was supposed to be retired over six months ago. The Pixel Launcher that ships with Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has not been published to Google Play for all of us to enjoy, but never fear! We can make use third-party launchers to get the same look — or even better versions of it.

First, a quick note about Lawnchair Launcher: Lawnchair can do an OG Pixel theme spectacularly. It doesn’t have the dock search bar yet, but it does have Pixel folders and Adaptive icons. Adaptive icons on Pixel Launcher aren’t quite as good as Action Launcher or Nova Launcher, but Lawnchair is definitely the easiest way to get a Pixel theme sans dock search bar: install, open and set up your icons the way you want.

Wallpapers

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Usually, when we post themes like these, we link you to a small selection of stock wallpapers from the device, and then I tell you to ditch those and go with a more fun wallpaper instead. For the Pixel theme, I don’t have to do that. Google’s Pixel phones use the Google Wallpapers app, and while there are still a few device exclusives, there are hundreds of wallpapers from Google’s collections, Google Earth and Google+ to give your home screen a clean, crisp look. If you’re looking for the rainy day wallpaper, it’s not in Google Wallpapers, but it’s been spread far and wide thanks to Redditors and Pixel fans over the last few weeks.

Open Wallpapers.
‎Tap the section you want a wallpaper from.

‎Tap the wallpaper you want.

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‎Tap Set wallpaper.

‎Tap which screens you want apply the wallpaper to.

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At A Glance widget

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There’s a native At a Glance widget that was recently added to Action Launcher, but the best At A Glance widget is a third-party affair called Another Widget. It allows you to change the fonts, font sizes, which calendar appointments and how many are shown at a time. It’s been rapidly updating and improving, and it’s color-customizable, which is excellent for anyone who might want to go beyond Pixel white and get something a little bolder.

Long press your home screen.
‎Tap Widgets.

‎ Under Another Widget, press and drag Another Widget to the top of your home screen.

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‎ In the configuration screen that appears, scroll down and tap See your Events.
‎Tap Allow.

‎Scroll down further and tap Control the Weather.

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‎Tap Allow.
‎(Optional) Scroll down and tap Tap on weather opens.

Tap the weather app you want to open.

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Adaptive icons

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Adaptive icons are here, and no doubt they will improve, but until then, we’ve got a few options. If you use Action Launcher, they have AdaptivePack, an Action-exclusive icon pack that gives hundreds of popular apps Adaptive icons. Nova Launcher doesn’t have an exclusive pack but instead offers a masking option that will give legacy icons colored backgrounds instead of the plain, boring white that Google’s Pixel Launcher — and sadly, several Google apps — use with their Adaptive icons.

Applying Adaptive icons on Nova Launcher

Open Nova Settings.
‎Tap Look & feel.

‎Tap Adaptive icon style.

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‎Tap the shape you want.

‎Tap Reshape legacy icons if you want Nova Launcher to add adaptive shapes and colored backgrounds to apps that don’t have adaptive icons.

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Applying Adaptivepack on Action Launcher

Open Action Settings.
Tap Icon pack.

Tap Adaptivepack.

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Tap Icon appearance & App Shortcuts.
Tap Adaptive Icon style.
Tap the icon style you want.
Tap OK.

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Dock search bar

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The Pixel 2 is a Google phone, and as a Google phone, it’s got a Google search bar on it. This year, as displays stretch taller and taller, Google has opted to move their search bar down to the dock, where it’s easier to reach and accidentally tap while reaching for one of your apps. Huzzah.

Applying a dock Quickbar in Action Launcher

Tap Action Settings.
Tap Quickbar.

Tap Style.

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Tap Search bar (dock).
Tap OK.

Round the corner size to 100%.

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You can long-press the items under layout to change the colors if you want. The default dock style includes colored logos, but I prefer the more subtle white icons. White goes with a wider array of wallpapers and icon packs, while the colored icons are more true to the actual Pixel 2 home screen. The Quickbar color can be any of the shades Quicktheme offers, though white is the most traditional.

Applying a dock search bar in Nova Launcher

Open Nova Settings.
‎Tap Dock.

‎Tap Searchbar in dock.

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‎Tap Searchbar below icons or Searchbar above icons (your preference).
‎Go to the home screen.

‎Long press your new dock searchbar until a menu appears.

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‎Tap Edit.
‎Tap the rounded bar style.

‎Tap the logo style you want.

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‎Tap Bar color.
‎Tap the color and transparency you want. White is what the Pixel Launcher uses, but colors may mesh better with your wallpapers/icons/theme.

‎Tap Done.

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Pixel Folders

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Folders on Pixel devices haven’t changed from last year, which means they are nice and easy to apply. In fact, the Pixel folder style is the default on both Action Launcher and Nova Launcher for new users. If you had another style set up previously, here’s how to change back to the Pixel folder style.

Applying Pixel folders in Nova Launcher

Open Nova Settings.
Tap Folders.

Tap Folder preview.

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Tap Grid.
Tap Folder background.

Tap Pixel Launcher.

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Tap Background.

Select the color and transparency you desire. White is the traditional color, but feel free to pick a color to compliment your wallpaper instead.

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Applying Pixel folders in Action Launcher

Tap Action Settings.
Tap Folders & Shutters.

Tap Style.

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Tap Adaptive if you want your folders to have the same shape as your adaptive icons. You can also select Circle if you want round folder icons even while using other adaptive icon shapes.
If you want just the shape outline, but not a tinted background of your folder icon, you can tap the (outline) option.

Tap Folder icon background.

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Tap the color you want. White is the traditional color, but feel free to pick a color to compliment your wallpaper instead.
Tap OK.
Tap Folder & Shutter background.
Tap the color and transparency you want. White is the traditional color, but feel free to pick a color to compliment your wallpaper instead.

Tap OK.

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Your turn

So, how do you get your Pixel on? Are you an above the icons or below the icons dock search bar user? Do you go with adaptive icons or still rock a dedicated icon pack? Does Google Wallpapers rule your screen or do you let your fandoms fly on your desktop?

Whatever your style, share it with us in the comments below!

27
Nov

AT&T outage? Here’s what you need to do!


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Noticing some issues with the AT&T network? Here’s what to do to determine if there’s an outage in your area.

Unlike the other major wireless carriers, mobile service is but one piece of AT&T’s business, which also includes DirectTV, home internet, and digital home phone. Managing such a massive nationwide network that handles so much data on a daily basis is no small feat, so there’s inevitably going to be the occasional technical hiccup.

But when you notice an issue with your cellular service, how can you be sure whether the problem is on AT&T’s side, or if it’s your phone that’s on the fritz? Here’s a quick troubleshooting guide for determining if there’s an outage in your area.

Could it be your phone causing the problem?

If you’re having trouble with your AT&T device and are thinking of calling technical support, you should save yourself some time and be sure that it isn’t a setting on your phone that’s causing the connectivity issues.

AT&T has a support page for troubleshooting issues with specific phones and it’s a pretty good resource for troubleshooting both network issues as well as any device-specific problems you may be having. If you’re having some trouble connecting to the AT&T network, here are the first things you should try:

  • Be sure to check your device settings to make sure Airplane mode is off and Data Roaming is turned on. In network settings, the Network mode should be set to auto.
  • Tap the Mobile data icon in your notification shade twice to
  • Remove any cases or covers from the device.
  • Try turning off your device, wait five seconds, and then turn your device on again.

Sometimes it’s a simple fix to get your phone’s connectivity back, but if it’s not a setting on your phone the next step is check for a reported AT&T outage in your area.

Check out AT&T’s outage report

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If your usual AT&T service is being interrupted, there might be an outage in your area. Outage Report is a great resource that tracks outages reported across the country for all major carriers, but especially AT&T. Outages are tracked as individuals report issues with their service and then conveniently mapped in real-time on a map.

At a glance, you’ll be able to see the frequency of outage reports in the last 20 minutes, a color-coded history of network problems reported over the last few months, along with a heat map showing areas currently experiencing service issues. It’s an incredibly handy site worth bookmarking if you’re an AT&T customer. Also, If you think you’re experiencing an outage make sure to click the “Not working for me” button and report it!

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Time to check in on AT&T’s website

Nobody likes calling in to talk to tech support, so AT&T has done their part make things way easier when help you troubleshoot and resolve any issues. Simply log into the AT&T support site and you can start troubleshooting based on your account specifics. AT&T will automatically start running tests to determine the status of your service, and you can also go in and sign up for notifications to alert you if AT&T notices any issues with your services.

Alternatively, you can browse or search for help and how-to articles for common issues for all the services AT&T provides.

Learn more

Still need help?

If you’ve done everything on your end to ensure your phone is operating correctly, and you’ve checked to ensure that there’s no outage in your area, it’s time to speak with an AT&T customer service rep.

You can call AT&T Wireless customer service anytime by dialing 611 from an AT&T mobile device or at 1-800-331-0500, but from the looks of AT&T’s contact us page they’d rather have you chat online with one of their tech support agents.

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27
Nov

Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 released, activates ‘early version’ of Pixel Visual Core


It’s that time again!

Just over a month after the first Android 8.1 Developer Preview release, we now have Developer Preview 2. Once again it’s available for all of the latest devices from Google: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player and Pixel C.

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The biggest addition to Developer Preview 2 (aka Beta 2) is enabling preliminary support for the Pixel Visual Core on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. That’s the dedicated photo co-processor that’s been sitting in the phones unused since launch with a promise of coming to life in a later update. Google is calling this an “early version” of the Pixel Visual Core, so we won’t see its full potential, but expectations are that this new processor will bring even faster photo performance and raise the bar for overall photo quality.

This will likely be the final Dev Preview release before 8.1 releases to everyone in December.

We’re also expecting this latest Dev Preview to include the rest of the display tuning changes included in the last stable software release for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, as well as the November security patches.

Developer Preview 2 will be rolling out over the air to anyone enrolled in the Android Beta Program, whether you were previously enrolled or just sign up right now. If you’re extremely impatient, you can also flash the update manually using downloads from Google and our handy step-by-step guide.

As originally noted by Google at the start of the 8.1 Developer Preview, this is likely to be the final DP release before 8.1 hits the stable channel by the end of December.

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