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    • One UI 4 Beta 3 starts rolling out on the heels of stable Android 12 launch
      von Derrek Lee am Oktober 20, 2021 um 9:10 pm

      One UI 4 Beta sounds like it's nearing the final version. What you need to know Samsung is rolling out One UI 4 Beta 3 in S. Korea. The update comes with a number of bug fixes and a revamped Weather app. It may not be long before the 3rd beta reaches U.S. Galaxy S21 devices. Samsung Galaxy S21 owners in South Korea are being treated to the 3rd One UI 4 beta, according to a community post on Samsung's forum. The update appears to host a number of bug fixes that should make the beta more stable as Samsung finalizes its software. Notable, the changelog states that the update is based on Google's final AOSP release for Android 12, meaning we could be nearing the final One UI 4 release. There also appear to be improvements to the dynamic color theme that was introduced in the second One UI 4 beta. Additional changes include the following (via translation): Fixed an issue where only some menus were partially untranslated right after the porta(ble) update Google AOSP reflected (Goo...

    • Take good notes, pass the class, and relax with these Android tablets
      von Andrew Myrick am Oktober 20, 2021 um 9:00 pm

      Picking the best tablet for students can be challenging for parents (or for students themselves). You'll want one that's equally handy for scribbling notes in class and streaming movies after class, with enough power to be productive but at a low enough price that you can afford it. Our favorite overall pick that checks nearly all boxes is the Galaxy Tab S7 FE, which has the S Pen included, has plenty of RAM for fast performance, and sports a beautiful display for procrastinating. Best overall: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is the tablet equivalent of what Samsung did for its phones with the Galaxy S20 FE, and that is to offer a well-made product with solid performance at a lower price. It's a strategy that worked out very well for the company's smartphone and translated perfectly to its tablets — and that means that students can reap all the benefits. Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7 FE sports a 12.4-inch high-definition display with support for HDR10+ for exce...

    • What are the best characters in Genshin Impact?
      von Casian Holly am Oktober 20, 2021 um 8:30 pm

      Characters in higher tiers tend to be more powerful. Genshin Impact, the latest action RPG from miHoYo, has two dozen characters, along with many more coming soon. As with any gacha game, the best Genshin Impact characters require a fair bit of luck and/or money to add to your team. Characters each have different rarity levels and belong to different tiers. Typically, the higher up the tier they are, the more powerful they are. So, which characters should you be hoping for and investing your resources in leveling up? We're here to help and when you finish, be sure to check out our best Android games for even more mobile fun. Genshin Impact Tier List How many playable characters are there? S Rank Characters A Rank Characters B Rank Characters C Rank Characters D Rank Characters Coming soon How many playable characters are there? There are over 30 different playable characters in Genshin Impact. A handful are rewards for completing certain portions of the story, including...

    • Qualcomm should start worrying as OPPO is rumored to build high-end chip
      von Derrek Lee am Oktober 20, 2021 um 8:16 pm

      Qualcomm is losing its grip as the global chip shortage strains smartphone production. What you need to know OPPO is rumored to develop its own high-end smartphone chips. The 3nm chipsets would be built by TSMC and launch in 2023 or 2024. The move would follow Google, which just launched the Pixel 6 with its own custom-built chip. OPPO reportedly wants to take more control of its production according to the latest rumor from Nikkei Asia suggesting that the company is seeking to build its own smartphone chipset. Sources close to the matter told the publication that the SoC would be built with TSMC based on its 3nm process. This is the same manufacturer Apple uses for its chips in the iPhone. The phones powered by the alleged SoC reportedly won't launch until 2023 at the earliest. Still, it would signal a slow shift away from Qualcomm after Google launched its flagship Pixel 6 series with a custom-built Tensor chip (and Qualcomm wasn't exactly amused by it). Samsung is also sai...

    • Google is out of stock of the Pixel 6, but you can still preorder it
      von Andrew Myrick am Oktober 20, 2021 um 7:45 pm

      A waitlist is better than nothing. What you need to know Google continues to struggle with inventory for Pixel 6 preorders. Interested parties can now sign up for a waitlist. Once the model selected is in stock, an email will be sent to notify you. To say that the Pixel 6 pre-ordering process was a frustration, would be an instant contender for "understatement of the year." Interested parties were met with an array of errors ranging from the standard "501. It's not you, it's us" to random "R" errors when you finally were able to reach checkout. Things to be a bit more stable at the time of this writing, but it's clear that Google deplenished its initial stock rather quickly. Now, if you try and place a preorder for the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro of your choice, you have the option to sign up for a waitlist. Currently, it appears as though you can go through and place an order for any unlocked Pixel 6 variant. However, the only Pixel 6 Pro option available at the time of this wr...

    • Protect your investment with these Galaxy S10 screen protectors
      von Rajat Sharma am Oktober 20, 2021 um 7:00 pm

      The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a great, big, beautiful screen with some fancy tricks — like that built-in fancy ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. However, those tricks also make buying a screen protector for the flagship all the more important and difficult. That's because the in-screen fingerprint sensor can't tolerate any air gaps or bubbles between the display panel and the screen protector. Nonetheless, here are some of the best Galaxy S10 screen protectors, and most of these are plastic film-based options. While you're at it, don't forget to check out the best Galaxy S10 cases as well. Has it all ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass Fusion Visionguard Staff Pick ZAGG offers everything with its InvisibleShield screen protector, including impact and scratch protection, a built-in blue light filter, and a smudge-resistant coating. $20 at Amazon The power of UV Whitestone for Samsung Galaxy S10 (2019) - 2 Pack Hands down one of the best Galaxy S10 screen protectors out there, Whiteston...

    • YouTube Music's free tier gains a useful feature only to lose another
      von Derrek Lee am Oktober 20, 2021 um 6:32 pm

      YouTube Music is becoming a music-only thing unless you pay up. What you need to know Google is making some notable changes to YouTube Music. The app will soon no longer allow free users to watch music videos. This comes after Google announced that the free tier would get background listening. The changes are expected to occur on November 3. Google recently announced a rather useful change coming to YouTube Music, finally allowing users on the free tier to listen to music in the background like many of the best music streaming services. However, that new perk comes with another change, one that users may not like as much. In a YouTube Music support page spotted by 9to5Google, the company says that free-tier users will no longer be able to watch videos with the app. This feature will soon become a Premium-tier perk, essentially swapping features as background listening will no longer require a Premium subscription. Being able to watch music videos in addition to listening to au...

    • Best Black Friday smart home deals
      von Jeramy Johnson am Oktober 20, 2021 um 6:30 pm

      We've reached that point in the year where retailers start rolling out some excellent deals leading up to the biggest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. Some of the most widely discounted products to expect during this time are smart home gadgets. One of the greatest things about all these sales is it doesn't matter if you're looking for some of the best Alexa devices, awesome Google Home-related tech, or even more futuristic smart lights to build out the smart home of your dreams — it's all going to be on sale. We'll keep an eye out for the best Black Friday smart home deals as the season progresses and update this list accordingly, so be sure to check back for the latest. Black Friday is a fantastic time to pick up smart home devices. So whether you're just getting started and need an excellent smart speaker to manage your devices, like a Nest Hub Max, or you could use a super helpful smart plug in your automated home — you'll be in luck. While it can be time-consuming a...

    • You should DEFINITELY be using one of these password managers
      von Andrew Myrick am Oktober 20, 2021 um 6:00 pm

      Shred the paper password manager In an age where passwords are everywhere, and you absolutely cannot remember them all, password managers are a necessary evil. However, the one you pick needs to balance price, features, design, and UI — and of course, it needs to be secure. If your passwords get compromised in a server penetration or an encryption error, you have to change your passwords for everything. These managers are the best of the bunch, with each having unique strengths and feature flavorings in their desire to stand out and deliver the most secure, satisfactory experience you can have. The top 3 apps 1. 1Password 2. Dashlane 3. LastPass More options Enpass Microsoft Authenticator Google Passwords RememBear NordPass Bitwarden These are the best Android password managers 1Password has taken a long, winding road to get to Android prominence, but the once Apple-only app is now intuitive and at feature-parity with its iOS counterpart. If you're looking for a...

    • Windows 11's Android apps experience now rolling out, but not for everyone
      von Babu Mohan am Oktober 20, 2021 um 5:19 pm

      It may take a few months for the Android apps experience to become more widely available. What you need to know The first preview of Windows 11's Android apps experience is now available. The preview is limited to Windows Insiders in the U.S. There are currently only 50 Android apps that you can test, but more will arrive in the near future. Microsoft on October 20 announced the first preview of its Android apps experience. As expected, the preview is limited to Windows Insiders in the beta channel (via Windows Central). Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel will have to wait a little longer to try out Android apps on Windows 11. While there's no word on exactly when Windows 11's Android apps experience will be made available to Insiders in the Dev Channel, Microsoft has confirmed that it plans to bring the preview to them "down the road." The experience is available on devices running Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm platforms. Currently, however, there are only 50 apps available for...

    • God of War crosses 19 million copies sold on PS4 and PS5
      von Samuel Tolbert am Oktober 20, 2021 um 5:15 pm

      This father-son story has continued to sell steadily. What you need to know God of War released in 2018 for PS4. Sony Santa Monica announced a PC version that's scheduled to arrive in January 2022. The developers also shared that God of War has sold over 19 million copies so far. The sequel, God of War Ragnarok, is currently slated to be available in 2022. God of War Ragnarok is on the way for PS4 and PS5 players to enjoy but that hasn't stopped God of War from continuing to grow as a success. Sony Santa Monica's new take on Kratos first arrived in 2018 on PS4, with a PC version now on the way and scheduled to arrive on January 14, 2022. Sony Santa Monica also shared on Wednesday that God of War crossed over 19 million copies sold so far. God of War passed 10 million copies sold back in May 2019, meaning the game has continued to sell a steady pace over the past couple of years. This strong sales success will likely only continue with the upcoming launch of the PC version ahea...

    • Will mmWave 5G continue to improve in 2022?
      von Samuel Contreras am Oktober 20, 2021 um 5:00 pm

      Best answer: Yes, mmWave is making its way to more venues and cities in late 2021 and 2022, but you'll still spend the vast majority of your time connected to low or mid-band 5G. Will mmWave 5G be better in 2022? If you bought a phone in the last year, there's a good chance it works with 5G. In fact, most of the best Android phones support the tech. Unfortunately, most of these phones only connect to low-band and mid-band 5G; however, using the sort of spectrum popular in LTE deployments. The speed improvements over LTE aren't as dramatic as many expected of the next generation of wireless tech. There is another type of 5G that has been slowly but steadily increasing its coverage bringing with it incredible multi-gigabit speeds and the capacity for thousands of devices. This tech, mmWave, was actually one of the first kinds of 5G to be deployed, with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all deploying at least a few sites to enter the 5G race. Still, progress has been slow and, on every...

    • Black Friday is the perfect time to accessorize your Chromebook
      von Chris Wedel am Oktober 20, 2021 um 4:53 pm

      Black Friday is fast approaching, and that means it's time to be on the lookout for deals for the things you need to buy. Whether that is for you or someone else, this is the time of year to save some cash. One of the sales worth keeping an eye out for is the Black Friday Chromebook accessory deals. Chromebooks have become very popular over the last few years and really took off in 2020. So getting some accessories for an already great Chromebook will make it even better. One of the great things in recent years is that in most instances, almost all accessories work with Chromebooks. Versatility is the name of the game with Chromebooks in large part to the wide range of hardware options, but also thanks to the security of Chrome OS. So whether you are buying for a powerhouse like the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 or one of the excellent Chromebooks for kids — there's sure to be a deal available for it. These handy computers have evolved from a basic internet browsing machine to essenti...

    • A guide to finding your new favorite Chromebook keyboard
      von Ara Wagoner am Oktober 20, 2021 um 4:00 pm

      A good keyboard is essential, which is why you deserve only the best Chromebook keyboard for typing and the best Chromebook keyboard replacements when something goes wrong. Chrome OS plays well with most keyboards on the market, and whether you're looking for a travel-friendly keyboard to replace your Chromebook's sticking keys, need a wireless keyboard to use in bed, or you're a student looking for the perfect match, we've got a keyboard for everyone. The number of keyboards with Chrome OS function keys is still relatively small, but all keyboards can still work with Chromebooks, with F1-12 standing in for the function keys. Made for Google Logitech K580 Wireless Keyboard, Chrome OS Edition Staff Pick You can swap between two devices quickly on this slim keyboard, which has Chrome OS function keys up top, as well as a number pad with page up/down, home, and end keys. The connection is strong, and the key travel is a good depth for a long-lasting keyboard. $42 at Amazon $45 at...

    • Here's the best spooky movies streaming this Halloween
      von Keegan Prosser am Oktober 20, 2021 um 3:30 pm

      The movies you don't want to miss this Halloween. Whether you've been celebrating Halloween since October 1 or are just now getting into the spooky spirit, streaming platforms make it easy to pull up and watch your favorite Halloween stories. With that in mind, we've rounded up a list of some of the best Halloween flicks streaming across Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, and Netflix right now. Here are some of the best Halloween films streaming all month. Halloween movies Halloween on Disney+ Halloween on Hulu Halloween on HBO Max Halloween on Netflix Family-friendly Halloween picks When it comes to finding Halloween films appropriate for all ages, Disney+ is the place to go. Here are some of the best Halloween films streaming now on Disney+. Halloweentown (1998) Released as a Disney Channel Original Movie, Halloweentown tells the story of 13-year-old Marnie Piper, who learns she's a witch and — against her own mother's wishes — follows her Grandma Agatha (Debbie Reynolds) b...