Sunday, May 20, 2018

OnePlus 6 vs Pixel 2 XL: Which One to Buy?

Google’s Pixel 2 XL is still one of the best Android phones available, but a lot of great phones are on the way in 2018. Including the impressive new OnePlus 6. If you’re looking for a new phone these should be at the top of your list, and here’s why. We’ll go over what you need to know about both and help you decide which phone is right for you.

OnePlus is quickly becoming a household name thanks to high-end phones for half the price of the competition. The new OnePlus 6 is no different and delivers a beautiful 6.3-inch screen and dual cameras for only $529.

Google makes some of the best Android phones around, but the OnePlus 6 is comparable for a lot less money. It features a design that looks like a mix between the Galaxy S9+ and the iPhone X, and it runs the latest Android 8.1 Oreo. Here’s how the two compare.

A big part of your buying decision will be what you need and how much you can afford. The Pixel 2 XL is still probably the better phone, but it might not be the better value. And that’s where the OnePlus 6 shines. It’s the best bang for your buck. Basically, you’ll have to decide if the few extra features are worth the higher price tag. Especially considering the OnePlus 6 has the latest hardware from 2018, not 2017 like the Pixel 2.

The Pixel 2 XL went on sale back in October of 2017, so you already know exactly what to expect and what Google’s offering. And while the OP6 is similar to the OnePlus 5T, a lot changed. In fact, this new phone from OnePlus could give the Galaxy S9+ and the next iPhone a run for their money too.

Both of these phones have huge screens, tons of power, plenty of storage, and a good camera. And while the OnePlus 6 actually has two cameras and newer hardware inside, that doesn’t instantly make it better than the Pixel 2. There are pros and cons with each, and you’ll have to decide which ones are more important to you.

OnePlus 6 vs Pixel 2 XL: Display

OnePlus 6 vs Pixel 2 XL: Display

First things first, the biggest difference between these phones is the screen and screen size. 

This year, the OnePlus 6 delivers a beautiful 6.28-inch 1080p HD AMOLED display. That’s bigger than the Pixel 2 XL, which only comes in at 6-inches. Both phones are using a 2:1 long and skinny aspect ratio, and a nearly bezel-free design. That said, the OnePlus 6 really has an edge-to-edge design, with the notch and all. Google’s Pixel 2 XL has somewhat small bezels, but they’re bigger simply because of the dual front-facing speakers. 

Basically, it comes down to this. If you hate the iPhone X style notch, get the Pixel 2 XL. That’s because OnePlus copied the iPhone and has a notch on the top front. You can hide it with software, but then you’ll have a bezel just like older phones.

With the Pixel 2, you get a good AMOLED display with a higher Quad-HD resolution and no notch. The OnePlus 6 isn’t bigger physically either, thanks to those small bezels. So don’t worry about the “in-hand size”. 

Skip those boring intros on Netflix with your Chromecast


  • The Android version of the Netflix app now lets you skip TV intros when you use a Chromecast.

  • The skip button shows up at the bottom of the controller interface.

  • The button does not yet show up on the latest iOS version of Netflix.

That feeling of euphoria when you watch episodes of your favorite show can quickly fade when you sit through the intro, time after time. You can always fast forward, but we are lazy creatures. If there is an easier way to get the same thing done, why not go for it?

That is why it is good to know that you can now skip TV intros on Netflix while you use a Chromecast or similar device, reported Android Police.

The new skip button shows up in version 6.3.0 of the Netflix app on Android and appears at the bottom of the screen. The button should go away after you watch a show for some time and re-appear when you watch another episode.

Android Police

It makes sense for the skip button to only show up on the controller interface of the app. The Chromecast does not add any new input functionality to whatever screen you connect it to, unless you pair it to a Google Home.

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At the time of this writing, the skip button does not show up in the iOS version of Netflix’s controller interface. We do not know if that will remain the case or change over time with an update.

Also, Netflix did not update its help page to specifically point out the Chromecast’s support of the skip button. That could change with some sort of official announcement or an update to the iOS version.

In the meantime, make sure to update Netflix to the latest version on your Android device. While you are at it, check to see if you have one of several devices that gained support for HDR on Netflix.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Noob to ninja in 10 steps: This C Programming bundle is just $39

C programmingFinding a good way to break into C programming can be tough. However, coding knowledge is fast becoming an essential part of many modern industries.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make your own programs, apps, and games, then we’ve got good news! You don’t have to go to school for years and get a computer science degree. Nowadays, everything you need to learn is available at your fingertips through the form of online courses.

These courses can be pretty pricey, but every once in a while we stumble across bundles and temporary price drops. That’s why we’re spotlighting The Complete C Programming Bonus Bundle. The deal ends next week, but if you grab it before it’s gone then you can get 10 courses for the price of one!

c programming

This set of learning kits comes with everything you need to go from programming noob to coding master. 84 hours of tutorial experience, coursework, and projects curated by veteran programmers, including the author of ‘The Little Book of Ruby’.

C is a solid first language to learn since most programming languages are themselves today implemented in C. However, this bundle also introduces you to C++, Python, and Ruby. Together these are four of the most widely used languages out there, and you’ll have a grounding in all of them.

Normally these courses would cost you $928 if you bought them separately. Right now, however, you can snag all of them for the cost of the lowest priced course in the bundle: just $39.

Here’s what you get:

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

PUBG Mobile update brings a new desert map and more

  • You can now download PUBG Mobile version 0.5.0.

  • The update includes a new desert map, new missions, a local quick team feature, and more.

  • The update does not include a first-person perspective or the ability to choose your region and flag.

It might not be the 1.0 update that round-number enthusiasts ache for, but PUBG Mobile’s 0.5.0 update introduces its fair shares of features and improvements.

The first new feature is Miramar, a new desert map that includes new vehicles and weapons. It seems that the new map does not support PUBG Mobile’s Arcade mode, though that could change in a future update.

Next up are progress and activity missions, which offer rewards as you level up and based on your activity, respectively. New missions open up as you progress through levels and continually play PUBG Mobile, though activity missions show up on a weekly basis.

Progress missions dole out certain amounts of in-game BP, though you can also do things like join a crew or give BP to a friend to net additional BP.

The update also includes a local quick team feature. If you have people physically near you that also play PUBG Mobile, you can enter a six-digit code to team up with them. This is more of a quality-of-life inclusion that does not require you to search for folks by their usernames.

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Along with the local quick team feature are synergy and connections. We are not entirely sure how the system works, though it sounds like you will need to interact with your friends in-game to build synergy. You can then build connections once your synergy is high enough.

Finally, the update includes language-specific chat channels, the means to collect rewards for every new tier you reach in Season 2, a shop that lets you preview and buy outfits and items, and a Secret Stash that lets you buy special discounted items.

Keep in mind that the update does not include the ability to choose your region and flag. Tencent said that is a feature it looks to add “later on,” but did not provide a timetable. Also, the update does not include a first-person perspective, though it might arrive in a future update.

The PUBG Mobile update is available on the Play Store and weighs in at over 700MB.

Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo Update Details

The Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo update is available now or coming soon for multiple devices, including budget device like the Honor 7x and Mate SE. Google’s latest software arrived in mid-2017, but many Huawei devices are only just now getting it in May of 2018. Here’s what you need to know about any and all Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo updates.

While Google recently released a beta of Android P, most manufacturers like Huawei are still trying to finish the original Android Oreo update. Huawei still has multiple devices that need the latest software before they can move on to what’s next. So while they make great phones, updates aren’t a strong point.

Read: What’s New in Android Oreo

Huawei’s latest devices like the Mate 10 Pro already have Oreo, but other older devices don’t, at least not yet. And while the company hasn’t confirmed a list of devices yet, they are working hard on Huawei and Honor Oreo updates. Including new updates for the Huawei P10 Plus, a beta for the Honor 7X, and making announcements for others.

As expected, popular smartphones from all major manufacturers will see an update to Android 8.0 or 8.1 soon. Well, if they didn’t get it already, or come with it out of the box. We’ve seen a lot of movement from Huawei, Sony, LG, and even Samsung. Multiple companies have beta tests well under way, or near completion. And others already updated every phone they offer, like OnePlus. This means throughout March and April tons of devices will get the new software.

That said, you’re here to learn about Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo software updates. We have a large list of devices we believe will get it, and some that won’t. We’ll continuously update this list as more information becomes available, or Huawei sends out more updates and betas.

Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo Updates

As we’ve seen in prior years, Huawei is pretty quick to software updates. And while many were hoping for a December arrival, that didn’t happen. Then, we waited with nothing exciting in January or even February. Now, we’re May is just about to start, and only a few have arrived. Why the delay? Well, that’s because Huawei has a heavily customized and user-friendly EMUI skin over stock Android. This adds a lot of extra features or controls, but at the expense of slower software updates. EMUI 8 is great, but it took a long time to arrive.

Before we get into what’s new with Android 8.0 Oreo or EMUI 8, here’s a list of devices we believe will see an upgrade to Oreo within the first half of 2018. As more updates arrive, this list may expand and grow. Keep in mind that there are several versions of some of these phones, so we won’t list them all.

  • Huawei P10

  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite

  • Huawei Mate 9

  • Huawei P9 models

  • Huawei Honor P8 Lite

  • Huawei GR3, NOVA 2

  • and more

Again, this list is in no particular order and some might be missing. Additionally, devices like the new Huawei Mate 10 already have Oreo. As announcements get made by Huawei, we’ll confirm the details here. Furthermore, we’re seeing Oreo arrive for the U.S. unlocked Huawei Mate 9, so be on the lookout for that.

Additionally, the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are up next and getting Android Oreo in mid-March. We’re seeing the update for both models in multiple regions around the globe. Huawei confirmed the details on Facebook, and if you didn’t get it yet it should arrive soon.

In closing, we also want to list a few that won’t get an update to Oreo. Again, we’re not 100% sure on the entire list, but a lot of phones won’t get Oreo updates. Like the Honor 5, Huawei Y3, Honor 7, Mate 8 (maybe), and Huawei Y3, Y5, Y6, and Y7, to name a few. Most of these phones aren’t available in the US either, so keep that in mind.

Honor Android 8.0 Oreo Updates

Honor is the sub-brand of Huawei or a sister brand that delivers excellent phones at a slightly more affordable price point. Honor phones are quite popular in the United States, so we’ve added them to the list. Additionally, Honor recently confirmed these nine devices will get Android 8.0 Oreo and EMUI 8.0 updates.

  • Honor 7X (beta ending)

  • Honor 8

  • Honor V8

  • Honor Note 8

  • Honor 8 Lite

  • Honor 9

  • Honor 9 Lite

  • Honor V9

  • Honor V10

Furthermore, Honor unveiled that some of these updates just started while the others will arrive in Q2 and Q2, but that’s the only information they’re sharing so far. Technically Q2 ends in June, so they only have two months left. That means we’re expecting a TON of updates in the next month or so. So far, the Honor 8 Pro and Honor 9 have updates.

The biggest news is the Honor 7X is getting Android 8.0 Oreo starting April 30th. This delivers the latest EMUI 8.0 and tons of new features. This is the same software most of Huawei’s highly acclaimed phones already have.

Huawei confirmed that multiple updates would begin during Q2, and we’re starting to see signs of that already. Again, expect a lot of movement throughout May and in June.

Huawei Android 8.0 Oreo Update Release Dates & Details

So when will your Huawei or Honor phone get an update to Android 8.0 Oreo? Well, that’s a hard question to answer. Android manufacturers are slow to make announcements, keep details close to their vest, and rarely share exact dates. That’s because they change and evolve as new bugs get found or fixed.

While we’ve seen announcements from SonyMotorolaHTC, Samsung, and others, Huawei is staying mum on details. The only actual information we have is from Huawei’s sister brand, Honor, as we shared above.

That said, the international Huawei P10 and P10 Plus finished its Android 8.0 Oreo beta back in January, at least in select regions. And the update is rolling out on Rogers in Canada as April comes to a close. The Huawei Mate 9 in the US has the latest software, and we’re even seeing the Huawei Mate 10 Lite get Android 8.0 Oreo too.

We’re seeing a lot of updates here in April and May of 2018 and expect more to continue. If your phone doesn’t have Oreo yet, it should get it within the next month or so. The Huawei Mate SE Android 8.0 Oreo update started on May 13th, and the Mate 9 (USA) is getting another build of Oreo right now too.

Things are subject to change and we’ll continuously update this post as we learn more. Just know that a bunch of betas recently ended in March and April, and lots of updates are coming this month or in early June.

What’s New in Android 8.0 Oreo

There are lots of new Android O features that you can use to do more with your phone and tablet. Huawei smartphone owners will enjoy faster speeds, longer battery life, picture-in-picture mode, smart text selection, improved notifications, and autofill framework for your trickiest of passwords. In addition to everything else in Oreo. Then, Huawei specifically added its floating navigation dock, AI customizations, and camera tweaks.

The bundled notifications are easier to manage, and picture-in-picture mode is a welcomed new feature as well. Here’s a bigger list of the many new features of Android 8.0 Oreo.

Here is a detailed list explaining some of the many new features. And while there are plenty of changes, you’ll only notice a few at first glace. Some of these are a faster experience with dynamic icons, smarter notifications, picture-in-picture, and all kinds of small tweaks. Additionally, expect software improvements, bug fixes specific to each Huawei device, and other changes along with the upgrade to Oreo. A lot of the changes are behind the scenes but will make a big impact on our smartphones and tablets. Then, EMUI will address problems and add several features from Huawei themselves. Features specific to your phone, or for something it has to offer.

Read: Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat: What’s New

We’re excited to see how Huawei integrates some of the best Oreo features into its devices or changes them to fit their needs.

Final Thoughts & What’s Next

In closing, stay patient because if you don’t have the update yet, it’s almost here. Software upgrades for multiple phones are just around the corner. We’re expecting Android 8.0 Oreo for a slew of Huawei and Honor devices in May. Even a few Huawei tablets will get it. Most likely all the flagship phones and popular budget devices will get it first, then some of Huawei’s lower-end devices will follow later this summer. We could see a few for tablets, and eventually other devices later in 2018. Additionally, we could see Android 8.1 Oreo, or the company will jump straight to Android P.

While Huawei and Honor are two different groups, they’re both working hard to deliver the best features and latest software to your device. Again, we’re expecting a lot of announcements in the near future, then more in May as Google shares more information and releases another version of Android P. Keep in mind that Android P won’t arrive until the end of the year, and Oreo is still the main focus for Huawei and Honor.

Black Ops 4 Features Wishlist: 7 Changes We Want

What will the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 features be this year? It’s ben a long three years since we started playing Black Ops 3. Activision filled this time with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: WWII which took us to the space filled future and back to the trenches of World War 2. Now it’s back to Treyarch who is coming into a year dominated by Battle Royale games and under the gun to deliver a bigger and bolder Call of Duty experience.

With an uphill battle in front of them, Treyarch and Activision will need to up the ante with better graphics, compelling gameplay and new features. We will soon learn more about Black Ops 4, but until then, here are the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 features we want to see in 2018.

Treyarch will take the covers off Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on May 17th and we will learn more about the game in June and throughout the summer in the lead up to the October release date.

Here are the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 features, game modes and changes from Call of Duty: WWII, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

Modern Setting for Black Ops 4

Modern Setting for Black Ops 4

The setting for Call fo Duty varies dramatically from one year to the next, and we want to see Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 arrive in a modern setting with modern guns. 

While I personally love the movement in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, the community as a whole definitely wants boots on the ground gameplay, which can still be accomplished well in a modern setting. 

Give us Black Ops 4 in Iraq, or at the very least in a setting where we get to use modern weapons and not relics from World War 2. Treyarch could also go a little bit into the past with a setting in Vietnam and still deliver a more modern feel. 

We expect to learn about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 setting in May as Treyarch reveals the setting for the game as well as other details. Where do you want to see Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 take you? 

10 Best Third Person Shooter Games for iPhone

These are the best third person shooter games for iPhone. Exciting games you can play on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you love peeking around corners and getting headshots, these are worth downloading today. With thousands of games on the App Store, sometimes it’s hard to find great options. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and made a list of the best shooters in 2018.

Whether you’re looking for battle royale games like Fortnite, super fast and intense shooters, or Grand Theft Auto mayhem, we have you covered. Most of these apps are free and offer tons of entertainment. Or, are good enough that you’ll want to spend a few bucks.

Read: 10 Best PUBG Like Battle Royale Mobile Games

First-person shooter games are a blast, that’s for sure, but they’re a dime a dozen. If you’re looking for a slightly different style, you’ll be happy to know there’s no shortage of 3rd person shooters for iPhone. And, more arrive all the time. As more games hit the app store throughout 2018 we’ll update this list. While you wait, try some of the great games in our slideshow below.

These third person shooter games will have you sweating and on the edge of your seat waiting for another enemy. We’ll outfit you with next-gen armor suits, give you tons of grenades, or hand you a sniper rifle. Some games have dangerous missions to complete, co-op modes, and more. We even have multiplayer third-person shooters like Shadowgun Deadzone.

iPhone games continue to get better each and every year. These days the iPhone X delivers console-quality graphics but that means you need a newer device. If not, some of our games have graphics sliders so you can control the experience based on your device. Lowering the graphics for a better gaming session.

Read: Best FPS Shooter Games for iPhone in 2018

Mobile gamers will notice a lot of poor copies of other games, or PC and console ported over for touchscreen controls. These typically don’t offer the best experience, but some come close. We’ll recommend some of the best we’ve found. Great games like Overkill 3, which is basically Deadspace for iPhone.

We have a little of everything. So, check out our slideshow below for the best third person shooter games for your iPhone or iPad.

PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

Yeah yeah, everyone has heard of PUBG. If you haven’t played it though, you should. 

Hands-down one of the best and most popular third-person shooter games on the planet right now is PUBG. Well, if you don’t count Fortnite.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, aka “PUBG” is a very popular last-person standing shooter. They do offer a FPS mode, but third person views are the best so look over rooftops and spot enemies.

PUBG Mobile is available now for Android or iPhone and is your best bet for a shooter right now. PUBG has excellent graphics, aim assist, plenty of customization, and millions of players so you’ll never have a dull moment. You can even get controllers or accessories on Amazon to help you master the controls. 

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