Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Award-Winning VPN Unlimited Deal

Virtual Private Networks are becoming a necessity. They used to be a niche for tech-heads, but now they’re the norm for good reason – the rising threats online. The US government voted that your ISP can sell data about you. Advertisers want to know everything about you. Malware is more sophisticated and commonplace.

Not to mention that fact that more of your personal business is conducted online. Just the fact that you bank online is a scary prospect. All it takes is one person secretly monitoring and you could be cleaned out.

How secure do you think your connection is?

VPNs are the simple solution, which is why there are so many out there. One that consistently stands out is VPN Unlimited. Of course it encrypts your connection and masks your location. And yes it also blocks trackers and malware with A DNS firewall. Good to know, but you should expect nothing less from a VPN.

What really marks VPN Unlimited out are the award-winning touches. Unlimited bandwidth and connection speed. More than 1000 servers in 50+ countries with fast server switching. Use across 5 devices. That kinda thing.

If a lot of these terms don’t mean much to you, don’t worry. Trust the experts:

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A VPN Unlimited lifetime subscription is usually $500, but right now you can get it for the promotional sale price of just $39. Not much for complete peace of mind.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Korean media: Galaxy Note 8 to launch on August 26 in New York

It looks like August will be a busy time for mobile aficionados. Rumors suggest LG will launch the V30 in the final days of the month, and now new reports out of Korea claim Samsung will unveil the Note 8 around the same time.

The Korea Herald and the news portal Naver ran stories today purporting to reveal the release date of Samsung’s Next Big Thing. According to the Korea Herald, citing industry sources, Samsung is planning to introduce the Galaxy Note 8 “in the third or fourth week of August.” Like the Note 7 before it, the new S Pen device will reportedly make its debut in New York.

Citing an unnamed Samsung official, Naver ventures a specific date: August 26, give or take a couple of days.

Samsung initially planned to launch the new Note at IFA in the first week of September, according to the Korea Herald. The impending arrival of rival devices from LG and especially Apple might have prompted Samsung to bring up the big release.

Note FE: July | Note 8: August

For reference, the Note 7 was announced on August 2 last year. Reports that surfaced after the phone was recalled due to faulty batteries suggested Samsung rushed the device to market in a bid to outshine Apple.

A caveat – we’ve heard this before. Almost every flagship release from Samsung from the last few years has been preceded by rumors claiming Samsung was accelerating release schedules in order to beat competitors to the mark. In several cases, the rumors turned out to be off the mark.

Galaxy Note 8: Everything we know so far

The Galaxy Note 8 is just two months away, but there’s another Note coming even sooner. Expect the Note FE (as in “Fan Edition,” not “Formerly Explosive”) in the first week of July.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Review: Best Bluetooth Mouse

If you want a great mobile mouse, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S should find a place in your computer bag. The mouse lasts forever on a single charge and feels comfortable with plenty of features.

People use laptops less and less. However, plenty of us still drag around a computer bag with a laptop and some accessories. Since I hate almost every touchpad or trackpad I’ve used, I always carry a mobile Bluetooth mouse. For the last 7 months, I carried the Logitech MX Anywhere Bluetooth mouse. Recently Logitech updated the pointing device with the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S for $79.99. It comes in three colors including Graphite, the one they sent me for review, Midnight Teal and Light Grey.

logitech mx anywhere 2s bluetooth mouse

Logitech MX Anywhere 2S – Design

Anyone with large hands might find most mobile mice uncomfortable. That’s not the case with the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S. It’s large enough for big fisted users, but not so big that people with normal hands will feel it’s too large.

The mouse has the typical left and right-click buttons. On top, there’s a scroll wheel and a third button. By default the scroll wheel is set for smooth scrolling that’s great for quickly moving up or down long web pages. Click the button to enter precision mode with a clickable scroll wheel. That’s more useful for smaller scrolling.

logitech mx anywhere 2s bluetooth mouse charging

The LED indicator on top tells the user how much battery life is left when they turn on the mouse. It stays green when there’s plenty of battery life. It shows red when it’s too low. The mouse comes with a high-quality micro-USB to USB cable. Plug it into the port on the front edge to charge it up. The port’s a little too snug and it’s hard to plug in or unplug. And that’s the only weakness I could find.

The left edge, where a right-handed person would place their thumb, includes a comfortable rest with some grip on it. It’s comfortable to hold for long computer sessions.

logitech mx anywhere 2s bluetooth mouse side buttons

Two buttons adorn the left side as well. By default they go back and forward in a web browser or in Windows Explorer and macOS Finder.

The bottom brings the real excitement. That sounds strange, but turn over the mouse and you’ll see the On/Off switch. This saves battery life while you’re storing the mouse in the bag. Otherwise, you can drain it quickly if one of the buttons gets pressed continuously in the bag.

logitech mx anywhere 2s bluetooth mouse bottom

A button on the bottom lets you pick between three different devices.That means users can connect the mouse to three devices. I often carry my Microsoft Surface tablet and an Apple MacBook. This lets me quickly switch between them – using the same great mouse for both devices. Even if you don’t use more than one device at a time, it’s more convenient to hit that button to connect to your laptop on the road, a desktop at home and a third computer at work.

Logitech MX Anywhere 2S – Software

logitech options software

The software that configures the mouse, Logitech Options, lets the user configure most of the features for personal use. Options include:

  • Pointer speed.

  • Smooth scrolling (the fast versus clicking scroll  wheel described above).

  • Scrolling direction.

  • Button customizations.

  • Mouse sensitivity, which helps with precision movements while doing photo or image editing or playing first person shooters.

logitech flow configuration

The Logitech software includes a feature called Logitech Flow. This lets users connect their mouse to multiple machines and then use them as if they’re connected to each other. Copy from one PC and then paste it to the second.

Open the Logitech Options software and click on the Flow tab. Then, hit Enable to get it set up. The software instructs the user on how to make this feature work with two computers.

logitech options software button configuration

Both computers have to connect to the same network and they both have to have the software installed and configured.

logitech options software point and scroll options

Logitech MX Master 2S

The company doesn’t just make a mobile version of this great mouse. The Logitech MX Master 2S brings the same quality, comfort and configurability to the desktop. I got to test one of these out for this review as well and love the new version. They increased the battery life over the first version and change the shape in just the right ways to make it slightly more comfortable to use.

logitech mx master 2s

Since the MX Master 2S connects to up to three devices, I can hook up to my desktop PC, my MacBook and my Samsung Galaxy S8+ docked in the Samsung Dex charging dock. This keeps me from having three mice. I put it with the Logitech K480 wireless Bluetooth keyboard, which also connects to up to three devices. Position 1 on each device controls my Lenovo desktop. Position 2 controls the Galaxy S8+ and position 3 handles work with my MacBook Pro.

What’s the difference between the two MX mice? The MX Master is bigger and has a thumb scroll wheel. By default it’s set to scroll horizontally. It’s more comfortable for longer computing sessions. Users could take it on the road as well if they have plenty of space in their bag.


The designers of the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S deserve an award for the best mobile mouse ever made. I’ve tested a bunch and never used one I like better! It’s a nice upgrade over the older version bringing with it better battery life and more comfortable feel. It’s worth the price of $79.99, which seems steep. People who hate trackpads and prefer to carry a mobile mouse will likely love the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Crowdfunding project of the week: UrbaNext turns any bicycle into an electric one

The ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’ series is where we highlight the coolest gadgets coming from websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. We know you have no time to be navigating through dozens of campaigns, so we take care of the grunt work and bring you only the creme de la creme. Let’s take a look at today’s featured gadget.

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We all want one of those cool electric bikes, but they are pretty limited in terms of options, availability and pricing. Not to mention the fact that you may have a bike you already love. What if you could turn any bicycle into an electric one? This is exactly what UrbaNext promises with its electric wheel, which is said to work with about 99% of all bicycles.

UrbaNext is an electric front wheel that can transform any bicycle into an electric one “in 60 seconds” (or the time it takes you to replace a front wheel). It is available in six sizes, accommodating for the vast majority of bikes out there. These sizes are: 24”, 26”, 27.5”, 29″, 650c and 700c.

Once set up, you are in for a very nice ride. The user can pick between 3 modes: full electric, pedal assist and traditional bike. The full electric mode allows users to ride along without pedaling. Simply push the throttle button and get going. Meanwhile, the traditional bike mode will leave all the work to you.

Pedal assist mode is where things get interesting, and smarter. This mode uses an app to regulate how much help you want from the battery. The more you physically pedal, the longer the charge will last. There are 3 levels, so choose wisely.

Now, how fast a bike can go and for how long will depend on which model you get. The company built a couple electric motors in order to comply with both USA and European regulations. The American version features 350W of power, with a top speed of 20 mph and a 30 mile range.

Meanwhile, the European model is powered by a 240W motor and can reach speeds of up to 15 mph. The range is similar at about 30 miles, which pretty much equates to a couple hours of riding. It’s even possible to get rid of the throttle button to keep it all within the boundaries of the law in some European countries. This would leave users without full-electric mode, of course.

Interested? Some of you may already love your bikes, so we can see how a gadget like this would be enticing. Prices start at $319, which is great considering Indiegogo backers are getting a $380 discount over retail price. And it’s really not too much considering current electric bike prices. Are you signing up?

[DEAL] Get $200 off a Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus by trading in any working smartphone

Here’s a nice deal to brighten up your weekend.

Samsung is currently offering $200 off a new 64GB Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus device when you trade in any working smartphone. Got an old device sitting around that you haven’t used in years? Looking to update that phone you’ve been rocking much longer than expected? As long as the device meets the requirements Samsung has listed for trade in, that dust-collecting hunk of metal should now be valued at a cool $200.

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The requirements for trade-in are listed below:

  • Phone Powers on

  • Normal Wear & Tear

  • No Cracked Screen

  • Not Bricked

  • Not Blacklisted

  • Android or iOS

It is important to note that the terms and conditions specify you will not be able to get your trade-in back under any circumstances, and if Samsung doesn’t think the conditions are met they will value your device at $25 instead. If you go ahead with the deal we would suggest you take photos and log everything just in case.

If you’re hoping to upgrade a more recent device, Samsung will give you $300 for your Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S7, or $350 for a Galaxy S7 Edge.

Hit the link below to check out the deal from Samsung, and let us know if you’re looking to upgrade to the company’s newest flagship.

Do note this deal is U.S. only. Sorry, rest of the world!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Buy your dad a new phone from T-Mobile this Father’s Day and get another for free

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T-Mobile is running a sweet BOGO deal to celebrate Father’s Day: buy a new Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, LG G6, or LG V20, and you get another for free.

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Yes, it’s that time of the month: scrolling up and down Amazon and Googling frantically to figure out what to get your pop for Father’s Day. T-Mobile wants to help make that decision a bit easier by offering a pretty sweet BOGO deal on the latest flagships from Samsung and LG. Whether you are with T-Mobile right now or not, when you pick up a new Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, LG G6, or LG V20 on T-Mobile’s no-interest Equipment Installment Plan with an unlimited data plan, the Un-carrier will give you a mail-in rebate for another one.

The promo will end on June 22, so if you were looking to surprise your dad or if you just wanted two new phones for whatever reason, this is your chance.

Given that this is specifically for Father’s Day, the promo will end on June 22, so if you were looking to surprise your dad with a special gift or if you just wanted two new phones for whatever reason, this is your chance. Of course, there are terms and conditions you must fulfill to take advantage of the deal: for instance, both phones must be activated on T-Mobile’s ONE plan, meaning you cannot just buy the first outright and expect a second phone for free. Also, if you choose to cancel your cell service, you will have to pay the remaining balance.

However, if you’re a fan of T-Mobile and use a lot of data, getting two flagship phones for the price of one isn’t too bad. After all, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will usually set you back $750 and $790 respectively, and LG’s G6 and V20 both cost around $500. If this is something you might be interested in, you can head on over to T-Mobile’s Deals Hub to find out more about it.

Do you think this is a good deal? Will you be getting your dad a brand-new phone from T-Mobile this Father’s Day? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Vivo, not Samsung, could win the race to put fingerprint sensors into phone screens

Less is more. That’s the mantra of phone designers in 2017, as manufacturers race to integrate fingerprint sensors into phone screens and make standalone sensors obsolete.

But who will be first to the finish line?

For a long while, Samsung seemed positioned to win, but recent rumors out of China suggest Vivo, followed closely by Apple, could actually take the honor.

According to Jiutang Pan, a reputable researcher that specializes in tracking the Chinese mobile supply chain, Vivo could release a phone with a fingerprint sensor integrated in the display in the next few months.

Pan shared a brief video showing the feature in action. It’s not clear if users can unlock the phone by touching any part of the display or just a specific region.

Apple could be the first non-Chinese manufacturer to offer the feature on the iPhone 8, expected this fall, Pan said.

An unrelated report from Korea claims two other Chinese phone makers are planning to release phones with in-display sensors – Xiaomi and Huawei. The report also mentions Vivo, but it doesn’t suggest Vivo would be the first to market, like Jiutang Pan claims. Huawei is said to add the feature to the P11, expected in the first part of next year.

What about Samsung? The Korean giant tried and failed to embed a fingerprint sensor supplied by Synaptics into the Galaxy S8’s AMOLED display. Reportedly, the project ran out of time, and Samsung had to settle to mount the sensor on the back of the Galaxy S8. Now it looks like the feature won’t be ready in time for the Galaxy Note 8 either. At least Samsung has its iris scanner to fall back on to, though the technology can’t replace fingerprint sensors in every situation.

Regardless of who ultimately wins this race, it’s likely that the time of dedicated fingerprint sensors – and, through extension, of power buttons – is running out.


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