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A brand new take on a classic franchise At San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Columbia Pictures showed off a new game based in the Ghostbusters franchise. Called Ghostbusters World, the game is an AR game where essentially you walk around the real world catching ghosts. There is a little more to it of course so let's get into it. How does it work? Like other AR games, you walk around in the real world where assorted ghosts will spawn for you to fight and capture. The demo showed off many varieties of ghosts that seemed to appear randomly, of course, the demo probably had a higher spawn rate than the actual game but even in the demo, the variety of ghosts seemed extensive. After you tap the ghost the AR screen appears and you have to use the PKE meter to scan the area for the ghost. This is really just to use the ARCore and ARKit to scan the floor so the ghost interacts correctly with the ground and surrounding area but it fits so well into the game that it feels seamless. Of course, you scan for the ghost using the PKE meter Egon does it all the time! Once you have found the ghost you can use your proton to pack to...
Get ready to have 200+ characters at your disposal. If you're a Marvel fan, there's no shortage of mobile games to choose from. One of the latest coming out this year, Marvel Battle Lines, recently got shown off with its first official trailer at San Diego Comic-Con. The trailer's mostly cinematic and doesn't show a ton of actual gameplay, but it's still a great way to get hyped for the title. Battle Lines is a free-to-play card game and promises over 200 characters across Marvel's catalog of heroes and villains. Some highlights include Black Panther, Thor, Spider Gwen, and Captain Marvel. Along with card-based gameplay, developer Nexon says there will also be "an all-new original Marvel story." You can pre-register for Marvel Battle Lines on the Play Store now and the game's on-track for a release later this year. If you do pre-register, you'll get an exclusive Doctor Strange Super Hero card + 5,000 in-game gold to use when Battle Lines launches. Pre-register: Marvel Battle Lines
A simple tool that makes it easier to chat. The Instagram app is loaded with all sorts of features these days, one of which is the ability to send direct messages to friends and family members. Thanks to a new update that's rolling out, it'll now be easier to get in touch with friends right away. Starting today, you'll begin to see a small green icon next to people within Instagram that indicates they're online and actively using the app. This indicator will be present just about everywhere you go, including your inbox for direct messages and your friends list when sharing a post you see on your main feed. If you don't want that indicator showing up by your name, you can jump into the new Activity Status section of the app and toggle off the Show Activity Status option. Download: Instagram (free)
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Best overall Best runner-up Best for less Best overall Samsung Galaxy S9+ See at T-Mobile Every carrier has to offer the latest Galaxy, and for good reason: this is the top-end phone everyone knows and lusts after, right alongside Apple's latest iPhone. T-Mobile, of course, offers both the Galaxy S9 and larger S9+, but which size you want is purely personal preference — the experience is ultimately the same on both aside from a few differences. Inside you obviously get all of the latest specs, including Samsung's go-to features like wireless charging, waterproofing, and an industry-leading display. Its hardware is typical excellent Samsung design and execution. The dual camera on the Galaxy S9+ is extremely impressive in all lighting conditions, and the 960 fps slow-mo is a crowd pleaser. The phone is of course expensive, but you just can't skip over considering the latest Galaxy when shopping for a flagship phone. Bottom line: The Galaxy S9+ is as top-of-the-line as it gets, packed with every feature under sun. One more thing: The Galaxy S9 is smaller and less expensive, but doesn't have the same battery life or secondary camera as the GS9+. Advertisement Why the Galaxy S9+ is the best There's no better marriage of...
Best overall Best for simplicity Best for portability Best for sound quality Best Overall Sonos Play:1 See at Amazon The Sonos Play:1 isn't a Bluetooth speaker — it's much more than that. As part of a whole-home sound system, the Sonos Play:1 is a small and powerful musical conduit that can fill rooms with lush sound. But that's an investment. On its own, connected via 3.5mm jack or over Bluetooth, the Sonos Play:1 connects to Alexa, allowing an Echo Dot, either in the same room or another, to send it music commands. The setup is easy thanks to work from both Amazon and Sonos — it just involves hooking the systems together using an Alexa Skill — and it works flawlessly. Plus, at $149, it's cheaper than some Bluetooth speakers and sounds much, much better. Bottom line: If you're looking for the absolute best sound in a small form factor, connect the Sonos Play:1 to your Echo Dot. One more thing: If you'd rather go Echo-free, the Sonos One has Alexa built right in. Why the Sonos Play:1 is the best Sonos makes great-sounding speakers. Always has, likely always will. The beauty of Sonos's collaboration with Amazon is that a speaker like the Play:1, which may already be part of a dedicated Sonos system, can work independently with any Echo, including the tiny Echo...
While still an incomplete project, Moment Pro Camera shows a lot of promise with a simple UI and manual controls. You might've heard that Moment recently released a camera app for iOS and Android. You know Moment — that's the company behind the lenses you can attach to your phone, which adds capabilities for wide-angle, telephoto, and macro photography. Moment has been making these lenses for years and is clearly experienced in hardware, but this is the first time the company has forayed into software development. You can download the Pro Camera app from Google Play for $1.99 — but should you? Download: Moment - Pro Camera ($1.99) Right off the bat, Moment's Pro Camera app has a great, clean UI with simple iconography on top of a dark gray interface. Up top, there's the standard fare of quick controls — an adjustable grid, a toggle for flash, a three or 10-second self-timer, and a JPEG/RAW toggle — along with a button that optimizes the app for various Moment lenses. Of course, if you're just shooting with your phone's built-in camera, you'll want to stick with No Lens mode. Below that are shortcuts to your photo gallery, the front camera, and the app settings. However, currently, the settings just contain a toggle to geotag your photos and links to support threads and Moment merchandise.
There's no need to abandon your iCloud email address when you get a new Android device. If you're moving to an Android device from an iPhone or iPad, there's every possibility you're already set up and using an iCloud email address. Android devices require you to have a Google account (Gmail), but you might want to keep using your iCloud account for email. And that's just fine. Here's how to add your iCloud email address to your Android device, How to add an iCloud email address to Android Launch Settings by swiping down to reveal the notification shade and tapping the gear button. Tap Accounts. On some phones, it might be under something like "Cloud and accounts". Tap Add account. Tap Email if the option is there or tap Personal (IMAP) next to the Gmail symbol. If you choose the Gmail option, Gmail will automatically recognize your iCloud address and import the correct server settings. If you chose the Email option, you'll have to add the server settings manually: Incoming mail server: Server name: imap.mail.me.com SSL required: Yes Port: 993 Username: The name portion of your iCloud email address. So if it's johnsmith@icloud.com, just the "johnsmith" part. Password: Your iCloud email address password. You can also choose to generate an app-specific password. Outgoing mail server: Server name: smtp.mail.me.com SSL Required: Yes Port: 587 SMTP Authentication Required: Yes Username: Your full iCloud email address, including the @icloud.com part Password: Use the password you used in the incoming...
You can set custom app icon gestures and much more with Microsoft Launcher's latest beta update. Microsoft Launcher beta testers are getting a small batch of new features to check out this week with the app's latest update. Rolling out now, the update adds new custom gesture controls for app icons and folders, updates to the relatively new family card, and more. The most notable addition is that of custom gesture controls for apps. To get started with them, you can tap and hold on an icon or folder as if you were going to edit it. From there, you can select an option to add an action to take when swiping up from the icon. Once set, you'll be able to use the swipe gesture on that icon to take the action you set. #MicrosoftLauncher v4.12 is otw to our beta fam today! Highlights: Custom app icon and folder gestures, replacing dock widgets with apps, contacts or app widgets, and Family web filtering through the Family card. Join the beta at https://t.co/6RPke9dVXI and send us feedback!— Ezra Park (@ezp4rking) July 18, 2018 There are also some smaller tweaks tagging along here, including general UI and animation adjustments and full support for Android O. Here's a look at all of what's new: Folder and app icon gestures (swipe to open or click...
It's initially launching as a beta in August. DC fans, get ready for something special. While the MCU might be dominating the theaters right now, a new subscription service called "DC Universe" is launching later this year with all of the superhero content you could ask for. For $7.99/month or $74.99/year, DC Universe subscribers will get access to original programming, classic DC movies, an assortment of digital comics, and access to exclusive merchandise. On the movie and TV show side of things, some of the exclusives you'll find on DC Universe include the live-action Titans series, Doom Patrol, Swap Thing, and the animated Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn. Although newer DC movies such as Justice League and Wonder Woman are nowhere to be found, older titles such as Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the four Christopher Reeve Superman movies, and Lois and Clark TV show are all here. Where DC Universe goes above regular video platforms, however, is by giving subscribers access to "a rotating, curated selection of digital comics." It's unclear how long titles will stick around for and how often new ones will be added, but we do know that subscribers will have access to 2,000 - 3,000 at any given time. If you still need more DC in your life, DC Universe will also...
Hardwired internet for your favorite streaming stick. Streaming sticks have gotten extremely popular in the last few years. For well below $100, you can add streaming support to any TV, smart or otherwise, and start watching your favorite shows, movies, and videos on sites like Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube. Two of the most popular streaming stick options are the Google Chromecast and the Amazon Fire TV Stick, both of which are priced around $40 or so — that's before the gracious discounts both products regularly see. Streaming isn't always perfect though, and if you're suffering from a poor connection or just having trouble connecting to WiFi at all, an Ethernet adapter could save you a lot of trouble. UGREEN Ethernet Adapter Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast Amazon Ethernet Adapter UGREEN Ethernet Adapter A good rule of thumb: when shopping for an adapter or any other kind of accessory, it shouldn't cost more than the device it's augmenting. The UGREEN adapter plugs directly into the Micro-USB port on your Chromecast or Fire TV Stick — where it typically draws power from — and adds an Ethernet port, along with a built-in USB cable for passthrough charging. Just run an Ethernet cable from your router to the adapter and you should be good to go on your streaming stick. The UGREEN adapter supports 10/100 Ethernet,...
This is LG's most powerful phone of 2018. Last year saw a big shift for LG's V series. Unlike the V10 and V20 that experimented with metal designs, removable batteries, and secondary ticker displays, the V30 introduced a slick glass back, incredibly slim bezels, and a pOLED screen made by LG itself. We're anticipating the V40 to share a lot of similarities to its predecessor and this year's recently announced LG V35, and as new information trickles in, we'll be regularly updating this guide to help keep you up-date on everything that's going on. Without further delay, here's everything we know about the LG V40! The latest LG V40 news July 19, 2018 — LG to launch the V40 on October 5, reported to have a 90% screen-to-body ratio A new report from ETNews recently broke, and if you weren't already excited about the V40, this just may change your mind. Following last month's rumor of the V40 having a total of five cameras, ETNews says that three of these will be on the back of the phone and consist of 20MP primary, 16MP wide-angle, and 13MP telephoto sensors. The remaining two cameras will be on the front and allow for a 3D facial recognition system. Speaking of the V40's front, it's said that we'll be met with an impressive screen-to-body ratio...
Big sound from a small package. Aukey is well-known for making great accessories for our gadgets, including charging gear and Bluetooth add-ons. This mini Bluetooth speaker is no exception, and right now you can pick one up for its lowest price ever, just $14.99. It normally sells for almost double this. Don't let the small package fool you, though. It has a 5W speaker inside and offers 10 hours of playback per charge. If you don't want everyone connecting their phone to your speaker via Bluetooth you can opt to use the Aux connection or microSD card slot instead. It also has a built-in mic which allows you to not only listen to music on it but also take phone calls when needed. This speaker is backed by a 45-day money back guarantee and a 24-month warranty from Aukey. See at Amazon
The end goal is to have Fuchsia on phones, computers, smart speakers, and more. Ever since 2016, Google's been chugging along with the development of a new operating system called "Fuchsia." Fuchsia's been expected to replace Android at some point down the road, but the timeline for this has been pretty murky — at least until now. A new report recently popped up from Bloomberg, and according to sources that spoke with the publication: Ultimately the team [Google's Fuchsia team] aspires to swap in their system for Android, the software that powers more than three-quarters of the world's smartphones, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters. The aim for this is to happen in the next half decade, one person said. Furthermore, Google also plans to have Fuchsia running on smart speakers and other "connected home devices" within the next three years. Bloomberg's report goes on to reiterate things we've already been anticipating for Fuchsia, most notably how Google wants it to eventually be the single operating system that powers smartphones, tablets, computers, smart home devices, etc. The OS is being designed to work on screens of all sizes and form factors, and to not much surprise, Google wants voice control to be at the core of Fuchsia. It's certainly exciting to think that we may have a brand new operating system from Google in five...
Bringing the photo platform another step closer to being a full-fledged social platform. If you've been on Instagram in the last week or so, you've probably noticed some of your friends using the new Questions feature in their Stories. You might have even tried it for yourself — it attaches to an image or video in your Story just like any other sticker, and you can add whatever you want to the text field, resize or move the sticker, and field replies to answer and post to your Story. You might even already be annoyed with the feature and how many Story posts it encourages — every time you answer a question, it gets shared to your Story unless you choose to send your response directly to the person who asked. Some users' Stories are longer than ever as they try to answer every question that crops up, but don't worry. As with any new feature rollout, use will settle down as more and more people get the initial urge to try it out of their systems. Whether or not you like the implementation of Questions in Instagram Stories, they're a much bigger deal than you might think. Over the last few years, Instagram has gradually been inching away from its initial positioning as a social network strictly...
You read that right. It's almost August. Here's what's new on Prime Video. And Hulu. Let us just put things like this: There are so many great old movies available on Amazon Prime Video in August — that is, for free with your Prime Membership — that we can't list them all here. (We can, however, list them at CordCutters.com, so hit that link below.) But, really, August means we're finally going to get to see John Krasinski as Jack Ryan. OK, at the end of August, but still in August. It can't come soon enough. As for Hulu? Well. There's also a ton of great content — movies, shows and more. In a word? Terminator! Read: What's new on Prime Video for August 2018Also: What's new on Hulu for August 2018 Update July 19: Added Hulu's listings for August. Introducing CordCutters.com The hardware you need All about streaming services What channels are on which service FREE over-the-air TV How to watch sports Join the discussion Get the latest deals
If you want to use your phone in the car, then Android is your best bet — and for many, it's your only option. Using your phone in the car is an often awkward and often downright dangerous task. No one in their right mind should be using their phone one-handed while they drive to text, call, or open up some music. With this in mind, both Google and Apple have standardized, easy-to-use car modes for their mobile platforms, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Both have been around for years now, but the gap between them has been slowly widening and widening as they drive towards maturity. And Android Auto is leaving Apple CarPlay in the dust, thanks to three performance boosts. The one place Android beats Apple in apps Third-party maps and apps Android has traditionally been more welcoming of third-party apps, especially when it comes to setting them as the default for system actions and preferences. Nowhere is this more apparent and appreciated than in the car, as one of the biggest pitfalls with Apple CarPlay today is that it forces you to use Apple Maps over more popular navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze. Apple looks to finally remedy this in iOS 12, to the cheers of Apple users everywhere, but maps isn't the only app...
A great PS4 experience deserves a great controller. The stock controller for the PlayStation 4 is very good, but it's not for everyone. Fortunately, there are a lot of options out there that offer a different experience and cater to different markets. Whether you're a competitive gamer, have kids who want to play, or just want to sharpen up your experience, a good controller is important. Pick up one of these options if you're looking for something to change up your play. Scuf Impact Razer Raiju Sony DualShock 4 Nacon Revolution Hori Mini Wired Gamepad Hori Onyx Scuf Impact Scuf controllers are used by a large portion of the pro-gamers who play on console, and the Impact is the company's latest and greatest effort for the PS4. The basic shape is the same as the regular PlayStation DualShock 4, but the grips are longer and the whole thing is less angular. As a result, you have room for four paddles on the back which can be remapped with Scut's EMR technology to whichever face buttons you wish. There are also trigger stops for faster reactions in shooters and wireless charging over a regular micro USB cable. None...
A little protection never hurt anyone. When it comes to protecting your phone, the two go-to accessories are often cases and screen protectors. There are a variety of cases ranging from super-slim ones to heavy-duty options, and with screen protectors, you have your choice between a plastic film or tempered glass. Using both of these at once is the ultimate way to protect your device, but if you're already using a case that comes up over the screen, is it really necessary to use a screen protector, too? Here's what some of our forum users have to say on that matter. ankit_khandelwal 07-17-2018 09:11 PM “ No. Just get a good case with screen bumbs to provide resistance when phone drops on the ground. Reply ...
Everyone is a node, your data is a block, and it all forms a chain. Yeah, it's complicated. HTC plans to release the Exodus this October, and it will be the world's first blockchain phone. We know the project is spearheaded by Phil Chen, the genius behind the HTC Vive, and that blockchain means the phone will have something to do with cryptocurrencies like BitCoin. That's not a lot of information and it fails to answer the two biggest questions: What exactly is a blockchain phone and how does all this work? There's a lot of "informed speculation" going on around the HTC Exodus. HTC isn't saying much because they need to surprise us come October, and it's hard to know exactly what the company means when they say blockchain phone and describe their vision around it. But we do know what blockchain technology is and how it could be used in a phone. What is the blockchain? Don and Alex Tapscott, the authors of Blockchain Revolution say: "The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value." The keywords here are incorruptible digital ledger because that's what the blockchain is at its core. A blockchain is essentially a shared database with no master copy. A blockchain is an encrypted...