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How to opt out of Facebook data sharing

Facebook knows a lot about you. I mean, a lot. If you've ever been creeped out by a scarily on-point ad while visiting Facebook, that's why. But some …

The Highs and Lows of PlayStation Vita

Released five and a half years ago, the story of the PlayStation Vita’s life is one of optimistic hopes and tragic shortfalls. Initially pitched as …

Google Calendar Goals - a new feature that will help you actually do what you want

Some of you can’t live without Google Calendar. It’s a great way to organize your meetings, parties and other important events, especially for Android users who live by Google’s services. But what about those goals that live outside your strict routine? This is why Google Calendar has introduced …

Google Calendar

A Closer Look At The More Product-Centered Google+ On Android (And, Yes, The Bottom Tab Bar)

Article Contents<p>Many a double-take were... taken? when the brand new Google+ redesign was unveiled. Not because the design didn't look great, or …

Log in to your Google account on the PC using your phone, no password needed

If you’re anything like me, at any given time you probably have close to a dozen or more accounts online <i>(email, memberships to services, bank accounts, etc),</i> all of which require a password. That means you have at least a few different passwords to memorize, as using the same password for …

Moto X Pure Edition 32GB is just $349 ($100 off) on Amazon today

Looking for a last minute Christmas for a special someone? The Moto X Pure Edition (a.k.a Moto X Style) is not a poor choice, especially if you can get it for a good price. And that’s exactly what Amazon is offering today, discounting the Moto X Pure Edition 32GB down to just $349.<p>The Moto X Pure …

These 13 Google Chrome hacks will change the way you use the internet

Since it debuted in 2008, Google Chrome has quickly risen to be the most popular web browser in the world, beating out Firefox and Internet Explorer.<p>But that doesn't mean you can't make it better.<p>There are many extensions and programs that innovative developers have built to make using Chrome more …

Cricket slashing prices on select phones, pricing as low as free after rebate

While Cricket’s selection of phones might not be the largest, they have several compelling choices for those looking for a solid Android device without paying a fortune. Even better, they often run a number of great deals (port-your-number discounts, etc) that allow you to save even more.<p>With the …

Foil vs. parchment vs. wax paper: Here's when to use them

You probably know that foil is silver-colored and parchment paper and waxed paper are, well, waxy, but does your knowledge about them end there?<p>These three kitchen staples have a variety of uses that can make cooking time much simpler. Here's the difference and tips on how you should use …

Cleaning

NASA unveiled a new prototype of the crowdsourced spacesuit astronauts will wear on Mars

It’s not as sleek or form-fitting as the spacesuit worn by Matt Damon in <i>The Martian</i>, but it’s certainly something. NASA has released the latest photos of its Z-2 spacesuit prototype—an early model of what astronauts will ultimately wear as they traverse the dusty surface of Mars (and, perhaps, …

Space Science

[Deal Alert] Open Box AT&T Unlocked HTC One M9 Down To $299 On eBay

Love it, like it, or hate it, the HTC One M9 is the current pinnacle of the HTC One series, and as such, commands a pretty heft price when purchased …

Destiny players found an 'easy' way to beat the game's hardest boss. But is it cheating?

A history of Destiny's most luxurious export: Cheese<p>On Friday, Oct. 23 Bungie released the hard mode version of <i>Destiny’s</i> King’s Fall raid.<p>By the weekly reset on Tuesday, only 0.5 percent of <i>Destiny</i> players on PlayStation 4 had managed to earn the trophy for defeating the hard raid’s final boss, Oryx …

YouTube Red is now live and ready for you to try out

YouTube’s new YouTube Red premium subscription service is now live and ready for users to sign up for a free one-month trial. Once the trial is over, …

YouTube Red

Podcasts are finally coming to Google Play Music

Google Play Music offers tons of different ways to listen to all types of media, but podcasts have been notably missing from that list for some time now. That’s changing soon, as Google has just announced that podcasts are making their way to Google Play Music!<p>Google has already launched a portal …

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Almost no one knows about the best Android phones on the planet

Google has been making phones for years, but you probably didn't know that.<p>You're forgiven if you didn't, of course, given that Google doesn't take the same traditional approach in selling its phones. They're not sold in stores, they typically receive little-to-no promotion in advertising, and …

What's the difference between the Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact?

Sony launched its latest flagship smartphone in a variety of flavors again back at IFA, but just what is the difference between the Xperia Z5 and the …

The first 5 things to know about the Nexus 6P

The Nexus 6P looks to be the best Nexus ever, and we'll have a lot to say about it using a lot of words. It deserves all of them.<p>But there are a few …

The first 5 things to know about the Nexus 5X

Expect to see a lot of words being written about Google's new Nexus 5X in the coming weeks. LG once again has teamed with Google to bring a phone …

Get a $350 PS4 With $50 Gift Card and Uncharted Collection or Last of Us

Target has one of the best PS4 deals to date going on right now. In addition to today's $50 price drop, it continues to offer a $50 gift card with the system.<p>It was a bit later than other retailers in bringing down the price following today's price cut, making it look as if it might not do so until …

Best icon packs

Icon packs are a dime a dozen, and more are being added to the Play Store everyday. Unfortunately, many icon packs aren’t known very well, as they’re …

Android News

Deal: 3-month subscription to Loot Crate for only $49 (15% off)

Whether you’re a gamer, comics aficionado or all-round geek extraordinaire, you may want to pay attention to this new promotion that’s now available in the AA Deals Store. Right now, you can save 15% on a three-month subscription to Loot Crate and receive awesome handpicked collectibles, gear, …

Latest Nexus 6P leak offers more spec details ahead of September 29 event

Google’s new Nexus phones may only be a couple of days away, but that’s still a couple of days that we’re without new Nexus hardware. The rumor mill …

Phones

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' nixes campaign on last-gen consoles

If you're still rockin' a PS3 or Xbox 360 and are looking forward to the next <i>Call of Duty</i> release, Activision dropped a bit of bad news. The studio announced that <i>Black Ops 3</i> won't feature a campaign mode on those last-gen consoles. Why? "The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player co-op Campaign design …

[Update: Now Just $17.57] [Deal Alert] Samsung's 64GB EVO MicroSD Card Is A Crazy Low $18.74 Right Now On Amazon

You don't need me to tell you why expandable memory is nice. Sure, the user experience may not be as smooth as simply having more internal memory, …

[Exclusive] Behold The Leaked Press Renders Of LG's Nexus 5X In White, Black, And Greenish Blue

We've already gotten a good look at the Huawei-built Nexus 6P, but what of its smaller sibling, the repeatedly leaked Nexus 5X from LG? We've got a …

Beyond: Two Souls, Heavy Rain PS4 Release Dates Coming Soon

The release dates for the PlayStation 4 versions of Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain will be announced "soon," developer Quantic Dream said on Twitter earlier today. The games were originally announced only for Europe and PAL regions, but later confirmed for release in North America.<p>The games will …

Save up to 80 percent on Sandisk memory at Amazon for today only

Sandisk memory is available at reduced prices for today only. Amazon in the US is running the promotion that sees up to 80% subtracted from the …

Dark, star-filled skies draw visitors to national parks, survey finds

What do you look for in a vacation -- rest and relaxation? Gorgeous vistas? Cultural experiences? How about a view of the cosmos?<p>A new study suggests that gazing upon a naturally dark sky that is unpolluted by artificial light plays a significant role in visitors' enjoyment of national parks.<p>"There …

The Nexus 6 is now the cheapest it's ever been

The massive but well-received Nexus 6 has up until now been a strange choice for the average consumer. While, unlike previous phones in the Nexus range, it had the support of the major carriers, it definitely wasn't cheap. Costing $649 off contract at launch definitely put it out of reach for …

Mobile Technology