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Are the Galaxy S7’s in-box headphones worth your time?

Most headphones that come with phones aren’t worth much, but these are actually alright.

Aside from HTC’s phones that launched during the now-defunct partnership with Beats, even high-end phones have historically come with a pretty crappy pair of headphones in the box. Many mid-range phones — and even more pricey devices like the Nexus 6P — eschew headphones altogether, understanding that folks aren’t likely to use them and it can be an area of cost savings.

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Your Amazon Echo can now teach you all about The Art of War

The Amazon Echo has picked up some new skills, including helping to get your day started with a quote from Sun Tzu. You can now ask Alexa for a new quote from The Art of War every day by asking “Alexa, ask Sun Tzu for today’s lesson.”

If The Art of War isn’t really your thing, you can always as Alexa to read you a poem. Once you’ve enabled this skill, you can ask for a  [Read More…]

Audible’s Channels offer short audio programs for members

Amazon-owned Audible has launched a beta version of its new Channels feature. Channels offer those with an Audible membership unlimited listening to short programs across a wide variety of subjects and themes, such as news, politics, fiction, relationships, and more. In addition to broad areas, Channels also feature content from a group of parters like Charlie Rose and Forbes.

From Audible:

Channels is launching in beta now on Android and iOS, and you’ll need the  [Read More…]

An HTC One retrospective

The HTC 10 is coming April 12. And after a lackluster showing by its predecessor — the HTC One M9 — we’re looking toward “the 10” (as we’re taking to calling it internally, anyway) with cautious optimism. HTC has struggled to sell phones the past couple years (while ramping up in other exciting areas), but it’s still one of the better smartphone manufacturers around.

And with that, let’s take a look back at the HTC One line.  [Read More…]

T-Mobile Netherlands may borrow strategy from its U.S. brother in turnaround attempt

In order to remedy issues with T-Mobile Netherlands, parent company Deutsche Telekom is reportedly planning to take a page out of the book of its U.S. counterpart. While T-Mobile Netherlands has lost over 1 million subscribers in the last three years, T-Mobile US has been consistently adding subscribers for the last couple of years, thanks in large part to aggressive pricing and promotions.

From Bloomberg:

Deutsche Telekom is weighing the more disruptive strategy as it seeks  [Read More…]

Sony rolling out Marshmallow to select versions of the Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact

It looks like Sony is rolling out its Marshmallow update to select versions of the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and Xperia Z3 Compact. Specifically, it appears that the update is arriving for the D6503 version of the Z2, the D6603 Z3, and the D5803 Z3 Compact.

As noted by Xperia Blog, in addition to general Marshmallow improvements like Doze, this update brings a new Camera interface to these Xperia phones. It also adds the February Android  [Read More…]

Color Switch: a colorful, timing-based puzzle for all skill levels [Review]

Summary Color Switch is a timing-based puzzle fit for all ages. It is frustratingly addicting and, if played for too long, will make you see spinning, colorful circles everywhere you look. Developer: Fortafy Games Price: Free (ad-supported and in-app purchases) Highlights Bright Colors Google Play Games integration Compare your scores to your friends Overview Color Switch

Add this slim case to your Galaxy S5 for just $2.95 today!

If the Galaxy S5 is your phone of choice these days, this protective and slim case may be of interest to you. This TPU case offers protection for the back and sides of the phone and comes in white, black and clear options. Today, you can grab one for only $ 2.95, a $ 12 savings.

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The main differences between plastic and glass screen protectors

The display on your smartphone and tablets is arguably the most important external feature. While all metal or glass designs are great, you interact most with your touch screen most. Glass displays have come a long way in a short time, with Corning leading the way with Gorilla Glass 4. The latest glass is quite

Watch or listen to every single game of the MLB season using the MLB.TV Android app (review)

Major League Baseball is finally back for 2016. It started late last week, and if you’re a fan like me, you can catch every single game of the year with MLB’s official MLB TV app. Being an even year, you might as well give into the fact that the San Francisco Giants are going to