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Jul

Rage 2 for PlayStation 4: Everything you need to know


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Never heard of Rage? Want to know what’s going on with its sequel? Here’s everything you need to know about Rage 2

No one expected a sequel to id Software’s Rage, but publisher Bethesda had a few surprises up its sleeve this year. That is until Walmart Canada unintentionally decided to thwart it. Hey, at least marketing took it in stride. The Mad Max meets Fallout post-apocalyptic shooter originally released all the way back in 2011, and a continuation looked unlikely. Bethesda and id Software sure don’t like to let an IP go to waste, though.

What is Rage 2?

Rage 2 is an open-world first-person shooter that takes that classic gritty post-apocalyptic atmosphere and throws in some dashes of Borderlands. If you’re not familiar with Borderlands, it’s a series from Gearbox Software that’s known for its particular brand of dark and crude humor, self-referential jokes, and pop culture references along with a mix of memes. Rage 2 doesn’t appear to be taking it quite that far, but rest assured the shooter aims to have an absurd personality of its own.

The story so far

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A lot of post-apocalyptic media tends to rely on either nuclear war or a viral outbreak to create their settings, but Rage did things a little differently. In the year 2029, the asteroid 99942 Apophis strikes Earth, decimating the population and life as we know it. The remaining survivors that inhabited the wasteland banded together to protect themselves from the threat of bandits and mutants.

The first Rage picks up in the year 2135, when former U.S. Marine Lieutenant Nicholas Raine awakens from cryogenic stasis in an underground shelter called the Ark. Because Raine was part of a secret plan known as the Eden Project—a plan to preserve and rebuild humanity—he quickly finds himself hunted by the Authority, a group with advanced technological power and the desire to wield it with an iron first. Raine comes to find out that the reason the Authority is after him is due to the Nanotrites injected into his blood before going into stasis, which have granted him superhuman abilities.

Eventually, he joins forces with the Resistance, a group fighting against the Authority, and learns that the man in charge of the Eden Project actually sabotaged it before the asteroid struck, ensuring that only those loyal to him were awakened on-schedule. This group of loyal subjects is what would become the Authority.

The Resistance hopes to form an army to defeat the Authority by discovering the location of the rest of the Arks and activating them. The game ends with transmissions being sent out that activate the remaining Arks.

When Rage 2 picks up

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Rage wasn’t exactly praised for its story when it released, so id is looking to rectify that with its sequel. Rage 2, from what we know, takes place three decades after the original and follows Walker, the wasteland’s last ranger and former member of a secluded enclave. Like Raine, Walker is on a mission to take down the Authority. At one point, Walker will be looking for a rare artifact to help him do so, but we do not know how large of a role this artifact will play. It was revealed that both new and existing characters would make appearances, however it’s unclear at this time how closely the plot ties in with the first game. Id Software Studio Director Tim Willits has stated that you will not need to play the first Rage in order to jump into the second. All important and relevant information regarding Rage’s events will be provided to you throughout Rage 2.

Like most open world games strive to do, the main questline will not be linear. Once you’re let loose into the world, you can choose to follow several narrative threads that tie into the main story. Activities and other self-contained missions can be completed at your leisure.

Get ready to die: Gameplay

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According to Avalanche Studios’ Magnus Nedfors, Game Director on Rage 2, it will be “the most insane open world shooter you have ever played.”

Players can utilize a trove of weapons straight out of their favorite sci-fi media. Id specializes in large, over-the-top weapons, giving players the sense of invincibility as they wield these deadly firearms. You get a taste of this in id’s iconic DOOM series, and the studio appears to be doubling down on what it does best.

The action and gunplay is fast-paced, foregoing a quieter approach of strategically hiding behind cover and instead aiming for all-around mayhem, completely immersing you in its brutal fights. Movement is key for an id Software game, so you should never find yourself in a stationary position.

And in addition to your Nanotrite powers, Rage 2 will feature a new ability called Overdrive, meant to “push your guns beyond their mechanical limits.” By maintaining a high kill streak, you’ll gain more Overdrive points that fill up a meter. Once the meter is full, you can unleash your weapons’ true potential while simultaneously regenerating all of your health.

Exploration

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The world as we know it may have ended, but that doesn’t mean it’s a completely desolate desert. There are certainly vast arid deserts you can explore, but Rage 2 offers a wide variety of biomes for you to visit, ranging from dense jungles and forests to wetlands and dank swamps. Friendly settlements, bandit camps, and abandoned facilities all litter the wasteland waiting for you to come across them.

The best part is that you can seamlessly travel to any of these areas, no loading screens required. Rage 2 is boasting that “if you see it, you can drive it,” so any vehicle you come across can be controlled for your enjoyment. Get behind the wheel of a jerry-rigged buggy à la Mad Max or drive some more futuristic-looking tanks with heavy artillery. At one point in Rage 2’s E3 demo, you can even see the player controlling a hovercraft of some sort. Just be careful when you run into roaming convoys, because you’ll need to use every weapon at your disposal to take out their leaders.

You’ll hear a lot about bandits called the Goon Squad, but Rage 2 contains various factions, each with their own unique combat style. On top of that, bandits won’t be the only enemies you’ll need to keep an eye out for. The world is full of mutants and monstrous creatures eager to make you their next meal.

A tag team like no other

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Blending chaotic vehicular slaughter, a true open world that encourages interaction, and dynamic and emergent gameplay mechanics isn’t as easy as it might seem, so id Software enlisted the help of developer Avalanche Studios, makers of Just Cause and, appropriately enough, the Mad Max video game from 2015. With id Software’s combat experience and Avalanche’s open world expertise, this tag team looks to be making something special.

The all-important question: Will it have loot boxes?

Simply put: No.
Rage 2 will have live service elements so people will continue to play it longer, but it will not contain loot boxes of any kind.

When can you play it?

Bethesda has not yet revealed a firm release date for Rage 2, though we do know that it is expected to launch sometime in the window of Spring 2019. It is being developed for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Standard Edition

You can pre-order the Standard Edition for $59.99, which includes the base game and a few pre-order bonuses like an exclusive mission titled Cult of the Death God, Settlers Pistol, Nicholas Raine Armor, and an in-game Monster Truck.

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Deluxe Edition

You can pre-order the Deluxe Edition of Rage 2 for $79.99, which includes a host of content such as the Rise of the Ghosts Expansion, Doom BFG, Mutant Monster Truck Skin, Nicholas Raine Armor, Settler Pistol, Cult of the Death God Mission, Wasteland Wizard Cheat Codes, Progress Booster, and Battle Standard.

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Collector’s Edition

If neither of those are enough for you, go big and pre-order the Collector’s Edition for $119.99. This contains all of the digital goodies and bonuses found in the Deluxe Edition plus a collector’s poster, Steelbook, and Ruckus the Crusher Talking Head, a wall mount of a mutant in the game.

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6
Jul

Samsung Galaxy S10: News, Rumors, Release Date, Specs, and More!


2019 is going to be the year of Samsung.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S phones always give us something exciting to look forward to at the beginning of each year, and 2019 officially marks the 10-year anniversary of when the first Galaxy S flagship was released.

Similar to what Apple did with the iPhone X, we’re expecting the Galaxy S10 to be truly special. The Galaxy S9 and S8 were both excellent phones, but in honor of such a big anniversary, Samsung will likely pull out all the stops to release a truly special and jaw-dropping gadget.

If you’re ready to learn more about the Galaxy S10 and find out what we could look forward to next February, here’s everything you need to know.

The latest Galaxy S10 news

July 6, 2018 — The three S10 models will use a mixture of side-mounted and in-display fingerprint sensors

Late last month, a report came out suggesting that Samsung will release three different models of the Galaxy S10 — including Beyond 0, Beyond 1, and Beyond 2. Now, according to reliable Samsung tipster Ice Universe, we have new details on how the fingerprint sensor situation will be handled.

For Beyond 0, the cheapest of the three models, there will be “side fingerprints. “Although we don’t know for sure, this will likely be similar to the fingerprint sensor found on the Moto Z3 Play. As for the Beyond 1 and Beyond 2, it’s noted that we’ll see in-display fingerprint sensors.

Lastly, Ice Universe also confirms that Beyond 0 and 1 will have dual rear cameras while Beyond 2 will offer a triple camera setup.

July 5, 2018 — Samsung may announce the Galaxy S10 after the Galaxy X

Here’s something we weren’t expecting. According to reliable tipster Ice Universe on Twitter, Samsung will announce the Galaxy S10 during Mobile World Congress 2019 in February. While that isn’t out of the ordinary for Galaxy S phones, what Samsung might do just a month ealrier is.

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— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 4, 2018

In January at CES, we’ll officially be introduced to the long-awaited Galaxy X. This is the foldable phone we’ve been hearing about for years, and should this turn out to be true, this would probably allow Samsung to easily dominate the first half of next year.

All the important details

How many versions is Samsung going to launch?

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For the past four years, Samsung’s launched two models of its Galaxy S series:

  • 2015 — Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
  • 2016 — Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
  • 2017 — Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus
  • 2018 — Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

With the Galaxy S10 in 2019, Samsung is expected to shake-up its formula by releasing three different models at the same time — codenamed Beyond 1, Beyond 2, and Beyond 3.

Beyond 1 and Beyond 2 will be similar to older S flagships with the former having a flat screen while the other has Samsung’s iconic curved display. Beyond 3 is where Samsung’s putting all the marbles, with things like a larger screen and triple camera system on the back.

When will the Galaxy S10 be released?

Perhaps the biggest question on your mind is “When will I be able to buy the Galaxy S10?”.

Save for the Galaxy S8 that was announced at its own special event, Samsung usually unveils its Galaxy S flagship phones during Mobile World Congress each year.

MWC 2019 is scheduled to take place between February 25 and 28 in Barcelona, and there’s a good chance that’s where we’ll get our first look at the S10. To back up this thought, reliable leaker Ice Universe said on July 5 that the S10 will be unveiled at MWC — just a month before the Galaxy X.

As for when you’ll be able to purchase the S10, it should officially launch around two or three weeks from when it’s announced. Should Samsung decide to reveal the phone during MWC, that’d place it with a launch date of around early-March.

How much will the S10 cost?

When it comes to price, that’s where things could get interesting next year.

Samsung’s only ever released one or two variants of its S flagships at a time, such as the S7/S7 Edge, S8/S8 Plus, etc. However, as noted above, the Galaxy S10 series will likely consist of three different phones.

This could result in vastly different pricing across all models, and depending on how you look at things, that’s either a dream come true or a nightmare.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a starting price of $720, and my guess is that the lowest-end Galaxy S10 will come in with a similar or slightly lower price of around $650-$700. The mid-tier S10 will probably cost a bit less than the S9+ at $800-$820, whereas the highest-end variant may very-well sell for $999.

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6
Jul

Selling your Android phone: Everything you need to know


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How do I sell my Android phone or tablet for the most amount of money? With these tips and tricks, you’ll get the best return!

So a new Android phone has caught your eye — maybe the OnePlus 6 or upcoming Galaxy Note 9 — and you want to get on the boat as soon as possible. You’ll need to sell your old phone in order to make up some of the money you’re spending on that new device, but luckily there are a wealth of options available. We’re going to get you through some of the best practices out there for preparing your Android phone or tablet for sending off, and some places for sale that would best suit your needs.

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Remove SIM and SD cards

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First up, you’ll want to take out the SIM card and SD memory card from your phone. These are important pieces of hardware that you don’t want to leave in your phone when you ship it off to your buyer. Your SIM card is what enables your phone to take calls at your number and is associated with your data plan. You’ll need it for your new phone, anyway. Often you’ll need a paperclip or similarly slim poking implement to open a SIM card tray, but sometimes it will be behind the rear casing of your phone by the battery. The exact method will vary by device.

Not every phone or tablet will have an SD memory card slot, but you’ll often find them alongside your SIM card slot. Memory cards will often store your photos and music, though the device itself has its own storage too. Use either your phone’s native file manager or a third party one (I like Astro to look in the folder where downloads, music, and photos may have been saved. From there, you should be able to copy them to your SD card before taking it out. You’ll want to check to make sure all of your important files are saved, so be sure to back up your data as well.

Back up data

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Assuming your data is associated with your Google account, your contacts, calendar, and e-mail will already be fully backed up in the cloud. That means as soon as you fire up your new phone, that important information will be there as soon as you log into your Google account. Many manufacturers will offer their own similar cloud backup utility that encompasses contacts and calendars. More storage-intensive content such as music and photos can be backed up wirelessly with Google Drive, or third parties like Flickr and Dropbox.

Your Google account, your contacts, calendar, and e-mail will already be fully backed up in the cloud.

If you’d rather not go through the cloud, your device manufacturer should have desktop software that would allow you to back up your data with a USB cable. Again, that process will vary by who made your phone or tablet.

More: Backing up your Android phone: the ultimate guide

Make sure you also sign up for Google Photos to back up your photos!

Unlock your phone

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Strictly speaking, this part is optional though it certainly adds value. Unlocking your phone means SIM cards other than those of the original carrier can be used. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean the phone’s antenna will necessarily play nice with the new network, but unlocking at least gives it a chance to try. In the U.S. this is only really of interest to T-Mobile and AT&T customers but is quite important to international sellers and buyers.

Everything you need to know about unlocking your phone

So where do you go to unlock your phone? Your current service provider may be willing to do it after some wrangling. You can go with an online service too, like doctorSIM. Cost is usually in the ballpark of $15 to $25, depending on phone model. The unlock is accomplished by generating a code based on your IMEI number. Your IMEI number can be found under Settings and About device, or by entering *#06# in the phone dialer.

Unlocking your phone often adds value to your phone, since it can work on other carriers around the world.

Once you’ve received an unlock code from your service provider or third-party unlocker, put a different SIM card into your phone, and you’ll be prompted to put in that code. Be careful, you only get so many tries before you’re locked out entirely from your phone.

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Factory reset

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Once you’re sure your data is safe and secure, you’re ready to wipe it clean. The first thing you’ll want to do is turn off Factory Reset Protection (FRP), which is an extra security measure in case your phone or tablet gets stolen and the thief simply does a factory reset on it. FRP can be disabled by removing your Google accounts from the phone or tablet. Jump into Settings and find Accounts. You’ll see a list of various accounts you’ve set up on the device, but you want to tap on Google. Here, you’ll see your Google account(s), where you can tap on them, and see more settings to remove them permanently.

In the Settings section for most phones, you’ll find under Settings an option for Backup and Reset. If it’s not immediately visible, the settings menu should have a search bar to help you. You’ll want to double and triple check to make sure all of your important information has been recovered from the phone, because after this there’s no going back.

Gather accessories

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With your phone wiped clean, you’ll want to get all of the miscellaneous odds and ends you have lying around. If you still have the original box, receipt, and warranty, those are all good to include. Original USB cable, wall charger, and headphones are nice bonuses. If you want to put the real icing on the cake and increase your chance of sales, include any relevant third-party accessories. The case, in particular, you won’t have much use for after this anyway.

If you still have the original box, receipt, and warranty, those are all good to include. Cables and chargers are good, too!

Clean device and take pictures

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Give your phone or tablet a good wipe down with a microfiber cloth, and get ready to take some pictures. Use a proper camera (i.e. not another phone) with a tripod, if you have one. Your top priority for taking pictures is good lighting. A lamp will cast a lot of shadows, but if you have a cool-toned halogen overhead light in the house somewhere, that should provide a nice even look.

Keep the background clean. Even if you’re just putting the phone on a white piece of paper, that’s fine. Get multiple angles, and if there are any particular scuffs or shows of wear, photograph them; being deceptive about the state of your phone will lead to poor feedback or outright refunds, depending on how you’re going about selling.

Sell your device

With your phone wiped, cleaned, and the accessories all boxed up, you’ve got to figure out where to sell. Your venue of choice will often decide how much of a return you’ll get.

Sell via carrier trade-in

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Finding a buyer can be a hassle, but all major U.S. carriers will offer you credit for your old phone. A resurgence in many guaranteed upgrade plans actually requires you to hand your old phone back before being able to snag a new one. Though this is a pretty convenient solution, especially if you intend on sticking with your carrier for your next phone, the actual return on your phone will likely be less than other venues for sale.

  • Verizon trade-in
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  • T-Mobile trade-in
  • Sprint trade-in

Sell via Amazon trade-in

Amazon’s trade-in service applies for just about every type of phone, tablet, and electronic product. Amazon will pay for shipping your device out to them, but you’ll get paid with an Amazon gift card rather than proper cash, but that might not be an awful thing if you can find your next phone on Amazon (and you probably can). If you just want some cold, hard cash, or already have your next device ready to go, this route might not be for you.

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Sell via eBay

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eBay is a massively popular way to sell your stuff. A rating system vets sellers, and you can pay in a number of secure ways. You’ll need to deal with additional fees and the hassle of shipping, but a much wider audience will see your device for sale here than just about anywhere. There are a few things to keep in mind before jumping onto eBay.

  • Only ship to the confirmed PayPal address, if that’s how you’re getting paid. This ensures you keep PayPal Seller Protection.
  • Price competitively. It’s easy to check other sales of the same item and see how much they’ve sold for. With a larger seller pool, it’s easy for buyers to find cheaper options.
  • Be honest about the condition of your Android device. Shipping an item in the condition it wasn’t described as can earn you a poor review, and potentially lead to the buyer getting their money back.
  • Use accurate keywords in the title and description. That means full market name, model number, carrier branding, memory denomination, and a mention of accessories included.
  • Mention shipping details in your description. Usually the faster the shipping the better, even if it bumps up the cost of the device, and insurance isn’t a bad idea. Communicate regularly with your eventual buyer about the shipping status of the device.
  • Avoid low-feedback buyers. Odds are it’s for a reason, and you can often drill down into their feedback profile to see any previous altercations a buyer has had on eBay.

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Craigslist

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Use Craigslist to sell your Android device locally, which cuts out the issue of shipping. Any potential buyer will want to check out the condition of your phone in person before handing over any money. Some sellers might not be comfortable meeting strangers and taking their money, but it’s fairly common occurrence. So long as you follow some simple guidelines, everything should go fine.

  • It should go without saying, but don’t post your home address in the public Craigslist ad.
  • Price competitively by monitoring how much similar devices are selling for. You’ll have a hard time moving yours if potential buyers know they can get a better deal.
  • If interested buyers want to call on the phone, consider using Skype or a temporary phone number to maintain privacy.
  • Meet in a public place during the daytime. Most buyers are going to be perfectly normal and friendly, but better safe than sorry. Some local police departments have set up monitored Craigslist exchange spots. If this is idea, you can search for a save deal zone near you.
  • Shipping internationally or getting offers that are absurdly higher than your asking price are signs of a scam. Hold off for a legit offer.

Sell on Craigslist

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Swappa

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Swappa is a dedicated mobile device marketplace with established quality assurance. Buyers pay a $10 fee in the U.S., but what they’re buying is inspected and vouched for by Swappa. They even do a check to make sure there isn’t an outstanding balance on the device. The prices are decent, to boot.

Sell on Swappa

Gazelle

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Gazelle is similar to Swappa, though they’re ultimately trying to do the selling for you rather than pairing you up with a buyer. They’ll buy your phone painlessly, though you won’t get as good of a price as you might from other services.

Sell on Gazelle

Friends and family

People you already know may be in the market for a new device and be willing to pay up-front for one. Assuming you’re on good terms with a buyer you already know, you can count on getting a good price, plus it’s convenient being able to hand off the phone to someone you might already see regularly anyway. Of course, you also get the warm-and-fuzzy feeling of knowing your well-loved phone is going to a good home.

Android Central forums

We have a whole forum dedicated to wheeling and dealing in used devices. Check in with our community members that are interested in buying, and you may have a sale before you know it. You can also check out our general help forums if you’ve got questions about how to go about selling your Android device.

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Visit the Android Central General Help forums

Updated July 2018: This post has been updated with all the latest information on how to sell your Android phone!

6
Jul

Samsung’s next smartwatch to be called Galaxy Watch, use Wear OS


There will also be some sort of “new UX interaction.”

Samsung’s expected to release a successor to 2016’s Gear S3 sometime soon, and thanks to reliable leaker/tipster Ice Universe, we now have a lot more details about what to expect from it.

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Most notably, it’s reported that the Gear S4 (the name of which will be changed to Galaxy Watch) will be powered by Wear OS, formally called Android Wear. It was said that Samsung was dabbling with Wear OS-powered smartwatches in late-May, but these were then debunked as nothing more than sample devices from Google. However, with Wear OS popping up in the headlines once more, it certainly does seem like the Galaxy Watch could very well use it in favor of Samsung’s own Tizen.

In addition to the operating system change, Ice Universe also notes that the Galaxy Watch will come equipped with “new UX interaction.” It’s unclear how this will be implemented, but it suggests Samsung might replace the rotating bezel navigation we’ve had since the Gear S2 for something different.

Other reported features include a 470 mAh battery, blood pressure measurement, and a PLP package that’ll allow for smaller components inside the watch.

We still aren’t entirely sure when the Galaxy Watch will be unveiled, but with IFA and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 event right around the corner, there’s a good chance we could see it announced at either one of them.

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6
Jul

Sonos files to go public, expected to make $1 billion in revenue in 2018


The company plans on raising as much as $100 million for its IPO.

On Friday morning, July 6, Sonos officially filed to become a publically traded company.

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Sonos will be traded on Nasdaq as SONO and plans on raising as much as $100 million leading up to its IPO (initial public offering). However, as noted by MarketWatch, “that amount was estimated as a placeholder amount.”

As for Sonos’s performance, things are looking good for the company. There was a total net loss reported of $14.2 million for its fiscal year in 2017, but that’s down considerably compared to a net loss of $38.2 million for its fiscal 2016 year. Going back all the way to 2015, Sonos saw a loss of $68.8 million.

Moving over to revenue, Sonos has generated an impressive $992.5 million for its fiscal 2017 year which is up quite a bit from the $901.3 million and $843.5 million it saw in 2016 and 2015, respectively.

As for when Sonos will go public, MarketWatch once again notes that:

The company is looking to go public at a time that the Renaissance IPO ETF has gained 6.3% over the past three months and the S&P 500 has tacked on 5.1%.

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6
Jul

Aukey’s $19 Quick Charge 3.0 USB wall outlet rotates to fit where you need it


Three extra USB ports and you don’t lose the outlet.

The Aukey rotating Quick Charge 3.0 USB wall outlet is down to $18.97 on Amazon with code WJ4MVVFA. This is a relatively new Aukey device without a lot of previous deals. It sells for $26 without the code.

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Convert one AC outlet into an outlet, a Quick Charge 3.0 USB port, and two AiPower USB ports. You can rotate the device up to 180 degrees so it won’t block other plugs or anything. The Quick Charge plug charges Quick Charge compatible devices a lot faster and can be used like a normal USB port if you don’t have Quick Charge devices. The two AiPower USB ports will adapt to give the best charge they can to whatever is plugged in and have a total power output of 2.4A. Aukey backs up this wall outlet with a two-year warranty.

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6
Jul

ColorWare Releases Custom-Painted AirPods With Classic Macintosh Design for $399


ColorWare this week released custom-painted AirPods with a classic Macintosh design, including a beige finish with faux vents and a six-color rainbow pairing button reminiscent of Apple’s logo between 1977 and 1998.

The limited edition AirPods Retro, as they are called, are inspired by the Apple IIe, which actually predates the original Macintosh by a year, but the computers shared a similar design with an iconic Pantone 453 finish.

ColorWare purchases the AirPods directly from Apple, applies the custom paint job to both the AirPods and their charging case, and then repackages them in Apple’s original box with a Lightning to USB cable and documentation.

The company doesn’t currently offer after-the-fact customization of used AirPods, so if you already own a pair, you’re out of luck.

While the AirPods Retro have a unique design, they come at a steep cost of $399, more than double Apple’s standard $159 price. Also be prepared to wait a bit, as shipping is estimated to take 3-4 weeks depending on the destination.

ColorWare also sells AirPods in limited edition Space Gray for $349 and dozens of other colors for $299. Prices are based on U.S. dollars.

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Jul

Newton Mail Updates iOS App With ‘Recap’ Feature to Remind You About Missed Messages


Newton Mail today announced a new feature for its iOS mail app called “Recap,” aimed at resurfacing conversations that are awaiting your reply or that need to be followed up. Recap covers not only basic text response prompts, but emails that include upcoming due dates, reminders, and more in an effort to ensure you don’t miss any important threads.

The company explains that this works through an early morning notification every day relating to the mail that the app thinks is recap-worthy, marked with a blue dot in the new Recap section. You can swipe to dismiss those you might have already responded to, or don’t need to respond to, or choose for them to resurface later.

Newton promises that Recap only shows “the most relevant conversations that you need to look at,” meaning they go away automatically when they’re dealt with or simply disappear after a few days of non-responsiveness.

Recap doesn’t meddle with your workflow, instead complements it in a subtle yet effective manner. It gives you enough time to take care of the mails yourself and reminds you only if it looks like you have missed them (unless the mail has dates mentioned that you shouldn’t miss).

Recap is only available for English users at the moment, and it won’t be on the Newton Mail app for iPad yet, but the company says to expect that down the line. The update is also bringing Newton out of its introductory price ($4.99 per month or $49.99 per year) and going forward the service will cost $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year (existing subscribers will retain their current price).

Recap follows Newton Mail’s last feature addition in May, called “True Inbox,” which automatically places any sent mail at the top of your Inbox. This happens even if the recipient has yet to respond to your message and in effect treats each email conversation like a threaded messaging app, marking the company’s attempt to make the “Sent” folder obsolete.

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6
Jul

People are reading your email. Here’s how to make them stop


(in)Secure is a weekly column that dives into the rapidly escalating topic of cybersecurity.

“No one at Google reads your Gmail,” wrote Suzanne Frey, the director of Security, Trust, and Privacy at Google in a recent blog post. That’s been Google’s stance on the matter of email privacy  — at least since its reversal of the practice of reading your email and serving you up a steaming, hot portion of personalized ads.

But as a Wall Street Journal report recently indicated, third-party apps are actually doing just that, right within Gmail itself. Rather than refuting the access third-party apps have, Google’s blog post defends the practice, and puts the responsibility of keeping an emails private on the individual.

Here’s how to do just that — to know exactly who might be reading your email, and deny them the privilege.

How to change your privacy settings

Numerous apps could be spying on your email, depending on what you’ve given consent to. Follow these instructions to

Step 1

First, open up Gmail and click on your profile picture in the top right corner.

Step 2

Click on “My Account,” which will send you to the Settings page.

Step 3

Once you’re in the Settings page, look under the “Sign-in & security” column on the left side. Then, click on “Apps with account access.”

Step 4

Here, you’ll find a small list of some of the apps that have access to some portion of your Google account. At some point, you consented to all of these apps, though they may or may not apply to your actual Gmail account. Click the “Manage Apps” link to gain access to the actual permissions these apps have.

Step 5

Next to each app in the list, it’ll indicate what part of your Google account it has access to. If you use an Android device, you might see a variety of games and apps that only have access to your Google Play Account.

However, if says it “Has full access to your Google Account,” that includes your email in Gmail. According to Google’s own statements, that means the apps may be able to scan your emails and take any information they receive.

Step 6

Once you’ve found the culprit of the email spying, just click on the name of the app. This will open up an extended dialog box which gives some more details on what exactly the app can see. To kill the permissions once and for all, click “Remove Access,” and then “OK” in the next prompt.

Before doing so, it should be noted that some applications rely on these permissions to function properly.

Before a scandal breaks

When we have the Cambridge Analytica data scandal hanging over our heads, it’s hard to not worry about Google’s policies. Even if the similarities are only surface-deep, none of us want to put our trust in an organization that plays fast and loose with the way it sells data. Google doesn’t seem ready to back down from how it handles third-party apps just yet, but enough public pressure could change its mind on the issue.

In the meantime, there are plenty of other email clients out there aren’t part of a larger platform like Gmail is. These tend to be a bit safer — though in the end, having a strong password will always be the best way to protect your private emails.

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6
Jul

How to factory reset your Lenovo Mirage Solo


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Playing around in VR is fun, but sometimes you need to give your headset to someone else.

Let’s say you bought someone a slick VR headset for their birthday. Let’s also say you decided to try the headset for yourself because why not? Now you’re faced with a conundrum: you can’t just leave your account signed into the headset, or that’d be a dead giveaway. Fortunately, it’s not hard to perform a factory reset, and they’ll be none the wiser.

Here’s how to factory reset your Lenovo Mirage Solo!

How to factory reset the Lenovo Mirage Solo

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Turn the headset on, and place it on your head.
Press the indented button on the controller to bring up a menu.
Select the Settings icon near the top of your field of view.

Select All Settings.

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Use the gesture pad to scroll to the bottom of the list.
Select Reset options.
Select Factory data reset.
Select Reset device.

And that’s it! The next time someone uses the Mirage Solo, they’ll see the out-of-box experience!

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