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  • Apex Launcher's latest update is your wake-up call to switch to something better
    von Ara Wagoner am Juli 18, 2018 um 9:41 pm

    If you use Apex Launcher and are wondering "what the heck happened to my home screen?", you're not alone. Apex Launcher restarted development last May, and since then, there hasn't been much to say about the old, but well-liked launcher as it tried to update its interface, improve its feature set, and start competing again. Well, the 4.0 update Apex Launcher pushed out this week has undone all of that progress and then some, and what users Apex Launcher had left are not happy. Hey, where'd my widgets go? Apex Launcher pushed out its 4.0 update on July 17th, and between the flood of users reviews and the redditors rioting, it's pretty clear that something went horribly awry. A number of Apex's settings have been dramatically changed or removed altogether with no warning: users had widgets deleted, home screen pages altered, app icons resized and their search providers switched to Yahoo overnight when the app auto-updated. If I went to bed with my home screen laid out just the way... […]

  • Some Samsung users can't edit app permission alerts for Facebook apps
    von Joe Maring am Juli 18, 2018 um 9:21 pm

    Affected apps include Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. In Android Oreo on Samsung's Galaxy phones, one of the new features included with the update is something called "App Permission Monitor." With this, you can choose to get a notification when applications in the background are using certain permissions (like your microphone, camera, etc.) that you may not be aware of otherwise. It's a great tool and can be genuinely useful at times, but for whatever reason, some users have been reporting that Facebook-developed apps aren't showing up here at all. I checked my Galaxy S9 running Oreo, and sure enough, Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram don't show up in the App Permission Monitor list despite being installed on the phone. Daniel here at AC also isn't seeing Facebook in his list but can control settings for Messenger Lite and Instagram. In addition to those, we've also been told that WhatsApp (another Facebook-owned app) doesn't show up in some instances either. That... […]

  • Far Cry 5: Lost on Mars - what's changed
    von Quentyn Kennemer am Juli 18, 2018 um 7:00 pm

    Head to the red planet to stop an alien invasion. The latest Far Cry 5 expansion is out for those who want to extend their time in its murderous world. It's called Lost on Mars, and it's not quite what we expected to see. What's new in Far Cry 5: Lost on Mars? As the name implies, this DLC takes you to the planet Mars. As pilot Nick Ryes, you find yourself flying so close to the stratosphere that you're teleported to the red planet by a character named Hur Drubman Jr. Hurk was seemingly on a mission in space when he was dismembered by martian arachnids. That's right — Lost on Mars is all about finding someone's reproductive organ, and other weird body parts, too. (The term "space junk" suddenly takes on a whole new meaning.) Hurk himself is somehow still alive despite being little more than a floating head inside a space helmet at this point. Alongside finding his fond parts, Hurk's ultimate goal is to reactivate an alien AI he's fallen in love with. To do so, you'll b... […]

  • Here are the best surviving deals from Prime Day
    von Jared DiPane am Juli 18, 2018 um 6:50 pm

    Prime Day is over. Saving is not. Update: We have updated this post with plenty of deals that are still live as of July 18. Amazon's Prime Day 2018 is over, and the Thrifter team has sorted through thousands of products to find a few hundred of the best deals during the event. As expected, some deals sold out within minutes, but others lasted much longer than anticipated. Instead of trying to sort through all of the deals that have been posted to see what is or isn't still available, we decided to make things easy for you. Luckily, some of our favorite deals are still going strong even after two days of coverage. From memory cards to streaming media players to Xbox controllers, these deals continue to thrive. Many of them aren't from Amazon, but all of them are low prices worth considering. On Amazon $20 off $60 Home Essentials Purchase Audible subscription - $4.95 a month for 3 months BlackBerry KEYone unlocked smartphone - $399.99 (from $500) Lego Batman Movie The Batmobile bui... […]

  • Corning announces Gorilla Glass 6 to be stronger than ever
    von Lory Gil am Juli 18, 2018 um 6:34 pm

    Corning makes the touchscreen glass for most smartphones around the world. Will cracked screens be a thing of the past? Corning just unveiled its next-generation Gorilla Glass, developed specifically to be more resistant to drops and scratches. Corning says Gorilla Glass 6 is two times better than it's predecessor at surviving drops from 1 meter. It also performed better from higher distances than Gorilla Glass 5. In a press event, the company announced the upgrade and explained the testing and performance process. Not only was the glass designed to better resist drops, but it was also put through the paces to resist scratches from rough surfaces. Gorilla Glass 6 has higher compression, which makes it more resistant to cracks when dropped on stress points from 1-meter heights. It's getting better scratch resistance, too. Gorilla Glass 6 is an entirely new glass composition that can be chemically strengthened to give it significantly higher levels of compression than is possibl... […]

  • Best Memory Cards for Amazon Fire Tablet
    von Jared DiPane am Juli 18, 2018 um 6:30 pm

    The Amazon Fire Tablet is a great investment, but it can run out of storage space pretty fast. That means it's time for a microSD card. Here are some you should definitely check out. Whether you have a Fire Tablet for yourself or your kids, you've probably noticed that the internal storage doesn't go very far. You can easily fill it up with some games, a few apps, and media, which is a bit disappointing. Instead of trying to figure out what to delete, and how to better manage the storage, why not make things easier and add a microSD card so it can hold more? There are tons of great microSD cards out there, and not all of them are expensive. Depending on your needs, you can get cards with as little as 8GB or as much as 400GB. Spend whatever you're comfortable spending. Figure a 32GB card will be the bare minimum you'll want, and frankly getting anything less is just a waste of a shipping fee. But if I were you, I'd get whatever's on sale in the highest capacity you can afford. (Beca... […]

  • BlackBerry KEY2 Lite shown off in hands-on photo
    von Joe Maring am Juli 18, 2018 um 6:12 pm

    The phone will come in red, blue, and copper colors. Even though the KEY2 was just released earlier this month in the U.S., that apparently hasn't stopped TCL from working on new BlackBerry hardware. Thanks to a new report, it looks like we'll soon be getting a BlackBerry KEY2 Lite. Evan Blass took to Twitter on July 18 to share the photo to the right. Along with this, Blass says it's: Alleged BlackBerry Luna, a.k.a. the "KEY2 Lite" (Lite and not Mini 'cuz they supposedly have the same form factor). Said/shown to come in red, blue, and copper. Those color options certainly sound exciting, but if the red variant shown here is anything to go by, it'll act more as an accent color than anything else (though we've yet to see how the paint job affects the front of the phone). Also, seeing as how this will be a "lite" version of the KEY2, expect lower-end specs across the board and a more affordable price. The current KEY2 is powered by the Snapdragon 660 and costs $649, so maybe t... […]

  • Best Android Phone Under $700 in 2018
    von Daniel Bader am Juli 18, 2018 um 6:00 pm

    Best overall Best for battery life Best for less Best in compact size Best overall Google Pixel 2 See at Best Buy The smaller of Google's Pixel phones is fantastic, thanks to a no-nonsense design and plenty of features to get enthusiasts and average users alike excited. For a starting price of $649, the Google Pixel 2 mirrors the last 5-inch flagship with a manageable size and sleek hardware. But it has a laundry list of upgrades, including a faster processor, more default storage, a better-calibrated OLED display, and, of course, a stupendous 12MP camera that beats just about everything else on the market. Plus, the latest version of Android first — and for three years. The battery life can be a little weak compared to larger phones, but considering it's $200 less than the Pixel 2 XL it's easy to say the standard Pixel 2 is a better overall value. Bottom line: There's nothing quite like the Pixel, which marries hardware and software into an exceptional Android experi... […]

  • The EU Antitrust case against Android sucks for everyone, especially you
    von Russell Holly am Juli 18, 2018 um 5:36 pm

    Google's explanation of how Android is open isn't passing the smell test anymore. The European Union just told Google it has 90 days to pay €4.34 billion ($5.06 billion) for violating its antitrust rules, claiming the company has been forcing manufacturers to bundle Google Search, Chrome, and the Play Store as a bundle in phones that ship with Android. Since most people use the apps that are included on the phone, this move supposedly encourages people to use Google products without ever trying anything else. Google is appealing the ruling, claiming Android gives people more choice and creates a firm ground for developers to build for the largest possible audience. While there's undoubtedly going to be some conversation in the coming weeks over what that appeal is going to look like, it's clear Google's explanations for how Android functions openly is no longer enough, and things are probably going to have to change. And, if you ask me, that sucks. How we got here In the e... […]

  • OnePlus 6: Everything you need to know!
    von Daniel Bader am Juli 18, 2018 um 5:29 pm

    Unlock the secrets. The OnePlus 6 is now available, and it's a compelling option for someone looking for an unlocked phone at a reasonable price — starting at $529 to be specific. But price aside, it's a great choice for anyone, even those considering more expensive options, thanks to a combination of hardware and software, and a community that continues to support the company and one another. Here's everything you need to know about the OnePlus 6! The latest OnePlus 6 news July 18, 2018 — OnePlus 6 Android P Developer Preview 3 adds bug fixes and tweaked UI On July 18, OnePlus announced its third developer preview of Android P for the OnePlus 6. This update mainly focuses on big fixes, with some of the highlights in the changelog including improved system stability, fixed issue with mobile hotspot, better camera functionality with third-party apps, and improved overall image quality with the camera. Also included is the July 2018 security patch. Our friends at 9... […]

  • Caseology Parallax Case for Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: Mesmerizing mid-range protection
    von Ara Wagoner am Juli 18, 2018 um 5:00 pm

    Caseology's hybrid case brings depth, drama, and drops of sweat to your Galaxy S9+. Lightweight cases like the Ringke Air Prism and Spigen Liquid Crystal are great for showing off the Samsung Galaxy S9's gorgeous glass back, but lightweight cases also mean light protection, and sometimes we just need more durability than that. Caseology's Parallax Case for the Samsung Galaxy S9+ offers dual-layer protection without sacrificing style, covering its dark TPU back with a shallow triangular texture that gives the illusion of depth and sophistication. Caseology Parallax Case for Samsung Galaxy S9+ Price: $14.99 Bottom line: This dual-layer case offers decent protection and prestige without getting too bulky or too boring. The Good Rich colors and mesmerizing texture pattern Wide port cutouts and wide slope to fingerprint sensor The Bad Sw... […]

  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake for PlayStation 4: Everything you need to know
    von Jennifer Locke am Juli 18, 2018 um 4:00 pm

    Missed out on Final Fantasy 7 when it first released? Just want to revisit your favorite classic? Here's everything you need to know about the Final Fantasy 7 Remake I still remember when the Final Fantasy 7 Remake trailer debuted on Sony's stage at E3 2015. I remember the disbelief at its existence; the utter awe of its cinematics; the complete euphoria of the crowd when the word "remake" appeared at the end of the trailer, squashing all thoughts that what they had just watched was for a movie or half-hearted remaster. It's a complete remake, and Final Fantasy 7 deserves nothing less. (Hello Final Fantasy 7 PS4 port! At a time when the remake was kept under wraps, you were the last thing that people wanted.) Whether you're a new fan to the legendary JRPG franchise or returning to Midgar, here's everything you need to know about the remake. What is Final Fantasy 7 I'm sure for many that this title needs little introduction. Final Fantasy is one of the most iconic series in ga... […]

  • Samsung Galaxy X foldable phone: Rumors, Images, Details, and More!
    von Andrew Martonik am Juli 18, 2018 um 3:54 pm

    This will be the next big thing ... at some point. The mobile industry has been tracking this rumored Samsung "Galaxy X" prototype phone for several months, gradually pushing back the supposed launch timeline for what's apparently to be a successor to the general "Galaxy S" line. But as waves of details about the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+ come in, we're still struggling for details on what this supposed Galaxy X with a foldable display will be. Here's the latest information. The latest Galaxy X news July 18, 2018 — Galaxy X reported to fold in the shape of a wallet, might cost over $1,500 A report from The Wall Street Journal surfaced this morning outlining a few key details we can expect from the Galaxy X. When describing the design of the phone, part of the report notes that: The screen can be folded in half, like a wallet, these people said. When folded, the exterior of the phone boasts a small display bar on the front and cameras in the back, they added. Furtherm... […]

  • Best Verizon Wireless Deals & Promotions
    von Joe Maring am Juli 18, 2018 um 3:30 pm

    No matter what T-Mobile says, you can actually find some pretty great deals on Verizon. Verizon Wireless has some of the largest coverage for customers in the United States, and although T-Mobile likes to continually poke fun at the carrier for having high monthly rates, there are actually some really solid deals to be found if you know where to look. You can typically find quite a few deals being run by Verizon at any given time, but if you only want to look at the best of the best and don't have time to sift through the garbage, that's where we come in. These are best deals on Verizon Wireless right now. Buy one top Android phone, get another for free! As awesome as flagship smartphones are, their high prices are a pain in the butt — especially when buying more than one at the same time. Thankfully, Verizon's got you covered no matter what you've got your eye on. Right now, you can buy one flagship phone and get another one for free or with a heavy discount — no... […]

  • Get the training required to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam for just $59!
    von Cale Hunt am Juli 18, 2018 um 3:30 pm

    When it comes to data security, CompTIA is the golden standard of certification. If you're interested in a career in data security, you'll need to pass the Security+ (SY0-501) exam The problem here is that the training covers a broad range of topics and the courses required are usually not cheap. Right now, however, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal on the 2018 CompTIA Security Certification Training Bundle, you'll pay just $59. That's 98 percent off the regular price! This training bundle contains 14 courses with over 140 hours of content included, which covers everything from everything you need to know to pass the various IT certification exams. If you're interested in becoming a certified data security specialist, this is the course you need. Don't wait too long — this price is only here for a limited time. See at Android Central Digital Offers ... […]