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Facebook Messenger will soon let you pay your friends back with PayPal

Paying back your friends is getting even easier. Facebook Messenger has supported sending money through its platform for a few years now, but you had to use a credit or debit card. Now, Facebook is bringing PayPal into the fold. PayPal certainly has its faults, but it does provide another layer of …

Banking

8 things you didn’t know you could do with Google Assistant

Google Assistant keeps on growing. New features and functionality are constantly appearing and that’s made keeping track of all the service’s little quirks and features tougher than ever. You can do much more than just searches these days.<p>Here’s a list of some of Google Assistant’s lesser known but …

Google Assistant

Huawei might release a foldable phone next year

As we look back at cell phones from the past couple of years, we can see several trends emerge. These range from dual-camera setups, to bezel-less designs, dropping the headphone jack, and more. The next trend we see might be foldable phones. ZTE recently released the Axon M and we know that …

Mobile Technology

Who is BBK, the world’s third largest phone manufacturer?

The smartphone market seems to be a perpetual fight for third place behind Samsung and Apple. Huawei has been trying to set itself up as the third largest brand, with successful pushes into the Asian, European, and now even U.S. markets. But they’ve got some relatively lesser-known competition to …

Mobile Technology

Google to match Apple by lowering app subscription fee to 15 percent

Starting January 2018, the search giant will reduce the amount of money it charges app developers for app subscriptions from 30 percent to 15.<p>Editor's Pick<p>The search giant is following the footsteps of Apple and making some changes to its policy regarding mobile subscriptions. Apple announced back …

Google

Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s camera scores a rating of 97 from DxOMark

Huawei recently took the wrap off its new Mate 10 lineup. The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro both feature a dual-camera setup that leverages a 12 MP RGB and a 20 MP monochrome sensor to capture pictures and video. The camera testing and consulting firm DxOMark recently took a look at the Mate 10 Pro and …

Tablets

You may not want to place your Pixel 2 in a pocket full of coins

Zack from JerryRigEverything is back, and he’s here to reveal just how fragile the exterior paint of the Google Pixel 2 can be.<p>Editor's Pick<p>Another phone, another JerryRigEverything torture test, <i>amiright</i>? Most flagship smartphones have undergone Zack’s merciless scratching, burning, and bending, …

Phones

Need a VPN? Windscribe is now $49 for life

But if you’re turning to a VPN, you’re faced with the tyranny of <b>choice</b>. Not only are there several excellent ones on the market, there are many <b>not so excellent ones</b> too, and even <b>fake</b> ones set up by <b>scammers</b>.<p>At AA, we often hear from readers about their <b>favorite VPNs</b>, and regular visitors to AAPicks …

Encryption

You can save $100 on the Essential Phone at Best Buy

The Essential Phone sort of came out of the woodwork and while it hasn’t made a huge splash with mainstream users just yet, it’s still a pretty interesting device. We got our first hint that something was coming way back in March when Android founder Andy Rubin teased a new phone on his Twitter …

Essential Phone

Google’s upcoming search widget will be highly customizable [Update: rolling out now]

<i>Update, 10/20:</i> Following our recent report on the news that Google was testing a customizable version of the Google Search bar, it seems that this is now rolling out. According to <i>Android Police</i>, the functionality is included alongside the latest version of the Google App beta, version 7.14.15.<p>You …

Google

Why I am put off by the Pixel 2 XL display, but you might not be

Google’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL offer a lot of features but as with any new smartphone, it’s not without its issues. Complaints of a less vibrant display than the previous generation Pixel have prompted Google to state that it may add more color options for users in a future update. The company …

Phones

5 best N64 emulators for Android

The Nintendo 64 was in a class all on its own. It was one of the last consoles ever to use cartridges and featured some legendary games such as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 007 Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Fable, and Pokemon Stadium. Now you can play those classics on your Android devices. Let’s …

Google

The Nokia 3310 3G is now available to pre-order in the US

<b>Update (10/20/17)</b>: It’s finally here! HMD Global, the company that makes Nokia devices, has announced that you can finally order your Nokia 3310 3G in the United States. The phone will hit store shelves on October 29 and you can pre-order at Best Buy (link below) right now. The nostalgia-centric …

Mobile Technology

How to enable Pixel 2 selfie portrait mode

It seems a lot of folks are wondering why they’re not seeing portrait mode on the Google Pixel 2 front-facing camera. After posting a couple photos of the Pixel 2 on social media yesterday, I got asked a lot if the selfie portrait feature was working for me. It wasn’t. But it is now. Let me explain …

Front-Facing Camera

Award-winning adventure game Love You to Bits now available on Android

Love You to Bits is a cute point-and-click visual adventure that will put you in the shoes of Kosmo, a rookie space explorer. The heartbroken Kosmo will risk his life throughout the galaxy in a quest to reassemble the pieces of his robotic girlfriend, exploring enigmatic worlds full of bizarre …

Game Development

Moto X4 Review: Return of the X

The Moto X4 revives the Moto X name, but it’s no longer the Moto X we once knew. It now comes in the form of an Android One device and it joins Google’s short list of Project Fi-compatible devices. If we’re being perfectly honest here, the only thing the Moto X4 shares with the Moto X’s of …

Phones

Google to fix invisible Pixel 2 menu button, says it’s just a bug

An invisible menu button was recently discovered on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The button, housed at the far right of the navigation bar, opens the hamburger (3 dots) menu of the screen its on. Despite being a fun Easter Egg for some folks, Google has now confirmed that to <i>CNET</i> that this …

Google

New update for Galaxy S8/S8 Plus brings October patch and stability fixes

The October security update has been getting some serious headlines this month. We first told you about a week ago that it was fixing some Bluetooth issues in Pixel devices. These Bluetooth issues had persisted since the phone was first launched and frustrated owners. Unfortunately, some Pixel XL …

Samsung

Samsung’s rugged Galaxy Tab Active 2 is official

Samsung has taken the wraps off the rugged Galaxy Tab Active 2 tablet that’s aimed at business users. The device, which leaked a few days ago, is expected to be extremely durable thanks to its MIL-STD-810 certification and should survive severe pressure, temperatures, environments, vibration, and …

Samsung

HTC U11 Life leaks out: here’s what the new Android One Oreo phone may offer

We got a look at the possible design for the HTC U11 Plus yesterday, one of two devices HTC is expected to launch on November 2. The other, the HTC U11 Life, is anticipated to be HTC’s first Android One phone — and today we’ve got our hands on another slew of details regarding the upcoming …

HTC U11

You can now remap the Pixel 2 squeeze gesture to any other app

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL include a squeeze gesture to launch Google Now or silence incoming calls. This is known as Active Edge and it’s a feature that seems to be responsive and intuitive. However, like Samsung’s dedicated Bixby button, not everybody wants to use Active Edge in the way …

iOS

How the Google Pixel 2 Now Playing song identification works

There are a number of apps and services available to help you detect what song is currently playing around you: products like Shazam, SoundHound, or even Google Now. Such services typically rely on your smartphone’s microphone to record a sample of music and then compare that sample against a …

Google

It might be impossible to remap Pixel 2’s squeezable shortcut

The folks over at <i>XDA-Developers</i> are working hard to figure out a way to remap the Google Pixel 2’s squeezable shortcut, but it may not be all that easy.<p>Editor's Pick<p>Apart from their exceptional cameras and unadulterated software, what make the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL unique are their squeezable …

Google

Google will pay cash bounties for security flaws in high-profile apps

Mobile security is paramount and Google is stepping up to the plate to ensure your apps are safe. Today, Google announced that it was launching a new bug bounty program named the “Google Play Security Reward Program”. It aims to encourage developers and white hat hackers to poke and prod apps from …

Google

Verizon’s streaming TV service might not see the light of day until spring 2018

Apart from being companies, what do AT&T, Google, Sony, and Dish have in common? They have all released streaming TV services that sit alongside other offerings. Unfortunately for Verizon, it will reportedly not have such a service to call its own until at least spring 2018.<p>According to a report by …

Streaming

You can now grab the Daydream View VR headset from the Google Store

Back when Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it also took the wraps off some other goodies as well. The recently released Google Home Mini was one, but another was the updated Daydream View VR headset. We weren’t given a release date at the time of the announcement, but it looks like the …

Virtual Reality

The Google Pixel 2 XL gets high marks for modularity in its teardown

If you’re waiting on the brand new Google Pixel 2 XL, we have something that might tide you over until you can get your hands on it. Today, iFixit published its teardown guide and repairability score for the phone and gave us a look inside the device.<p>There are several interesting facts we can …

Phones

Google announces a “Made for Google” program for certified accessories

Earlier this week, we brought you news about a rumored “Made for Google” program. The few details we had pointed to a program where Google would certify third-party accessories much in the same way that Apple does with its MFi program. During its Pixel event today, Google went ahead and made it …

USB Type-C

This Moto Mod will let you cast DirecTV Now to your TV

Motorola deserves some credit for sticking to its vision when it comes to the Moto Mods add-ons. Unlike LG, who quickly ditched its modular smartphone idea after one failed device, Motorola continued to push the concept with multiple new Mods, including several from third-party partners.<p>Hot on the …

Televisions

C Programming from n00b to L337? This bundle has everything you need, 98% off

Finding a <b>good way to break into programming</b> can be tough. However, knowledge of programming is becoming an essential part of becoming successful in today’s industries.<p>If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make your own programs, apps, and games, then we’ve got good news! <b>You don’t have to go to</b> …

Design