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Month: March 2018

Finally! High quality wireless headphones for under $80

Get your kicks from AAPicks today with a deal which we think you’re going to enjoy: 69% off TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones. If you’re in the market for some high-quality Wireless headphones, but you don’t want to pay an extra $300 more to have a certain logo on the side (you know which one we mean) then look no further. TRELAB says that the Z2 stands for 2x greater sound, 2x longer battery and 2x more life enhancing features. Maybe there’s a little rhetoric to that, but these headphones certainly have both the specs and the reviews to impress. 8.7 out of 10 – 4.4 out of 5 – Amazon customer reviews No matter how state-of-the-art your earbuds are, you’re never going to be able to get the full bass experience of real headphones. And TRELAB really deliver. Sound2.0 technology with aptX and active noise-cancellation means crystal clear sound and heart-pumping base. These wireless headphones are super comfortable, the battery lasts for days, and we must say, they look pretty impressive too. They’re not going to win any awards for style innovation, but then you don’t really want to be that person do you. A few nice features: Top-grade, high-performance neodymium-backed 40mm speakers. Latest T-Quiet active noise canceling technology drowns out unwanted background noise. Designed to fit ergonomically & securely for comfortable all-day wear. Incredible 35-hour battery life...

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Netflix, but for smartphones: Is it the future?

Despite the growth of the used smartphone market, a huge amount of new smartphones are sold each year. Marketing and carrier plans work their magic to support sales and detrimental factors like planned obsolescence, failing support for older devices, and a limited ability to repair phones keep anything too old from sticking around in the market for too long On top of that, phones often have locked down bootloaders and company-owned software or service. Beyond a 12-24 month warranty period, you’re often on your own. 10 or 15 years ago convincing hundreds of millions, if not billions of consumers it’s OK to toss what was an expensive 24-month old device would have been nearly impossible. Why is it so easy now? PCs and laptops faced similar pressures with the driving force of Moore’s Law, but at least that was a period of rapid advancement — few-year-old smartphones that should still be capable get stuck in bootloops, don’t receive updates, or have terrible battery performance. Smartphones that should still be capable get stuck in bootloops, don’t receive updates, or have terrible battery performance Would you consider a “subscription as a service” model for a smartphone — a Spotify/Netflix/Device-on-demand/Smartphones-as-a-Service kind of deal? Do you really own your smartphone? Of course you do! Right?  It seems like a ridiculous question, but has an edge to it. Take the John Deere tractor situation....

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Reflection, glare, and… moths?

image via Wikipedia. No, you don’t need to check the URL. You haven’t somehow been sent to an insect collecting site. This is still the good ol’ Android Authority you know and love, and I’m still here to tell you about some new developments in display technology. Stick around, we’ll get to the moths in a bit. One of the most serious problems facing display designers — and one of the most difficult to deal with, especially in mobile devices — glare and reflections on the surface of a display. We like nice, polished screens. A glossy surface makes for a sharp, clear image. That same high-gloss finish makes for a pretty good mirror under certain lighting conditions as well. Seeing yourself in your phone screen (especially in the dark areas of an image) is distracting. Seeing the reflection of bright light sources can be downright uncomfortable, and often makes the screen completely unreadable. Display makers have been trying to combat reflections and glare ever since the CRT was first introduced, to varying degrees of success. The simplest, cheapest measure taken is unfortunately one of the least effective: you can just rough up the surface of the glass (or whatever the front surface of your display is made of), giving it a matte finish. This was pretty common in the CRT monitors of the ’70s and ’80s, but fell out of...

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Paris through the eyes of the Huawei P20 Pro

Sometimes things don’t go exactly to plan. Like when Richard Yu went off-script at CES to rant about the U.S. carrier issues Huawei is facing or when the company arranged a Parisian bicycle tour to show off what the Huawei P20 Pro camera could do and it was cold and raining. While we all learned just how water-resistant the P20 Pro is that day, the photos we got weren’t quite as sunny and picturesque as we all might have liked. But the P20 Pro camera still impressed. From its impressive 5x hybrid zoom to its incredible ability to pluck out light and detail from near total darkness, the days we spent in Paris with the device were among the most exciting we’ve had as far as smartphone photography goes.  The night mode is a highlight feature, allowing you to take a four-second handheld long exposure, and especially at night, it makes a huge difference to your overall photos. The desire to see what the Huawei P20 Pro camera could do in different environments was exciting, to say the least, and in almost all instances it performed above and beyond. Don’t miss: The Huawei P20 Pro triple camera explained So join us on a bit of a photo tour of Paris and see what kinds of images we managed to grab in dull lighting, in the rain, in the dark...

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UK Deals of the Week: Free Bose QC 35 II headphones with Huawei P20 pre-orders

Welcome to your weekly round-up of the best U.K. deals of the week for Android phones, network plans, accessories, smart home tech, and a little of whatever else is on offer in the world of mobile. Editor’s Pick Huawei P20 and P20 Pro hands-on: Holding nothing back Editor’s note: We’ll update our Huawei P20 and P20 Pro hands-on and related coverage with more details in the coming hours, so stay tuned! They say the best revenge is massive success, and Huawei seems poised … This week’s deals include an incredible pre-order offer on the newly-announced Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, as well as discounts on the LG G6, Huawei P Smart, a 20,000mAh portable charger, an Asus Chromebook Flip for less than £200, and much more. Below are the most enticing deals we’ve seen this week hand-picked with a little help from the folks over at HotUKDeals – the U.K.’s biggest deal-sharing community. Phones Free Bose QC35 II wireless headphones (worth $329.25) w/ every Huawei P20/P20 Pro pre-order (contract or SIM free) @ Various (inc. Carphone Warehouse, O2, Vodafone, EE, Three, Amazon) Free Google Home Mini w/ every Nokia 7 Plus pre-order Huawei P Smart (SIM Free, 32GB, Black) – £179.95 (was £229) @ Amazon Sony XA1 Ultra (SIM Free, 32GB, Black/Gold) – £249 (was £299) @ AO Moto G5 (SIM Free, 16GB, Lunar Grey) – £119 (was £139)...

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