Buyer’s Guide

YouTube Music Premium: 5 things you need to know

YouTube Music Premium: 5 things you need to know

Today Google "revealed" YouTube Music and YouTube Premium - but it's not that simple. This is a re-branding and a changing of the guard. Much like previous Google app products (we're looking at you, chat,) Google's released several products that are relatively similar. Today we're going to make sense of the whole lot.

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Best Note-taking apps for Android phones and tablets

Best Note-taking apps for Android phones and tablets

Many of us spending a large chunk of our waking hours on our smartphones. Many often chide smartphone users for having been transformed into living zombies, addicted to their pocket computers, and doing nothing but consuming content like they were fresh brains. It doesn't have to be the case, at least for the latter scenario. Smartphones have become so powerful and so complex they can be used for both creating and organizing content and, by extension, our lives. For those whose creativity and productivity involves mostly written or typed content, there's a plethora of Android apps available. Some work on any device, others work best with a pointy stick. Whatever the case or device, there's an Android note-taking app for that!

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Top 10 mobile games of 2018 so far

Top 10 mobile games of 2018 so far

Smartphones and, to some extent, tablets are great for doing almost everything. And by "almost everything", we do mean it quite literally, from browsing the Web, binging on Netflix, typing articles like this, or, for the really adventurous, even coding and managing a website. Of course, mobile devices are also great for playing a game or two to relax or, conversely, get pumped up and hardware has come to a point that even today's mid-range smartphones can handle "console-quality" titles. So if you're on a quest to find some games to while your time away, take a peek at our Top 10 list for every mobile gaming genre there is.

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Top Productivity Apps: not your average todo list

Top Productivity Apps: not your average todo list

For some people, a notepad and a pen might be all they need to keep the chaos of life at bay. Others, however, need more advanced weapons to survive the age of smartphones and the Internet. There is no lack of todo list apps for phones, tablets, and computers, but, as they say, there is no one size that fits all. Eschewing the extremely popular (and sometimes boring) ones like Todoist and the soon to be defunct Wunderlist, we take a look at some of the other options in the market, ranging from the big cannons to the quirky squirt guns.

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Galaxy S9+, Huawei P20 Pro, Xperia XZ2 Premium, LG G7 ThinQ showdown

Galaxy S9+, Huawei P20 Pro, Xperia XZ2 Premium, LG G7 ThinQ showdown

LG has finally revealed its hand. Save for HTC and Motorola, we pretty much have the lineup of flagship smartphones for the first half of the year. For some, it may even be the only flagship for 2018. With many of them bearing mostly the same basic specs, how do these premium, and sometimes expensive smartphones stack up against each other. We take a look a the Samsung Galaxy S9+, the Huawei P20 Pro, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, and the LG G7 ThinQ and size them up for this year's battle.

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iPad 2018 vs iPad 2017: New product, old hardware

iPad 2018 vs iPad 2017: New product, old hardware

Today we're having a peek at the new iPad compared to the old iPad, specs on specs. These two devices are exceedingly similar to one-another, looking a whole lot like each-other on the outside save one minor detail. It's what's inside the counts, in a big way. It begins with the Apple Pencil, a device which works on the new iPad, but does not work with the old.

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Best Android launchers to make your mobile life easier and snazzier

Best Android launchers to make your mobile life easier and snazzier

One of the best things about Android has always been its openness to customization, best exemplified by the staggering number of app launcher and home screen replacements in the Google Play Store. Lately, however, that number seems to have dwindled down to a few big players. Some have been left to decay and rot. Others have been or will be shut down, like Yahoo’s Aviate launcher. There are, however, still a good number of Android launchers that offer features and options you might not find elsewhere. Here are seven of the younger and smaller ones that might just pique your interest.

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Streaming Showdown: Who has the best original shows

Streaming Showdown: Who has the best original shows

Streaming seems to be the way to go these days. Analysts expect that the market would soon overtake and devour traditional TV services, becoming the be-all and end-all of video entertainment at home and on the go. These services, some of them smaller than the network giants that run cable and live TV, often compete on more than just the licensed content they can deliver to their subscribers. They compete, sometimes even more viciously, over original shows that none of their competitors will be able to broadcast. We take a look at some of today’s streaming services to check which ones offer the best selection of original content.

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Best wireless earphones for running and working out

Best wireless earphones for running and working out

There has never been a better time to be mobile. And not just in the road warrior kind of mobility. It’s almost as if we’ve entered the couch potato counter-culture age, where there is no shortage of incentives, tricks, and devices to get you up and about, from Pokemon GO to gamifying activity tracking. But walking hither and thither is just half the equation. The other half is making sure you’re actually burning that lunch or dinner you just had. When it comes to running, jogging, or exercising, you probably don’t want to do so in silence. Here are some of the best workout companions that won’t tie you down or snag you up while you channel the spirit of Rocky.

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Live TV Streaming showdown: cord-cutters’ reference

Live TV Streaming showdown: cord-cutters’ reference

Unlike with music streaming, video streaming is going strong, perhaps even stronger. While cord-cutting alternatives like Netflix, YouTube, and the like continue to rise, the desire and need for live TV programs have never gone away. In fact, it’s exactly because of the rise of video streaming that the demand for live TV streaming services has also increased.

Just like traditional cable or satellite TV services, there are quite a few to choose from, and sometimes more choices within each service. We take a look at five of the biggest live TV services, AT&T DirecTV Now, Hulu Live TV, Dish Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue, and Google YouTube TV to see how they fare against each other.

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Galaxy S9 Alternatives: upcoming flagships

Galaxy S9 Alternatives: upcoming flagships

The reviews have finally come out and, as you might have expected (or not), the Galaxy S9 has pretty much set the pace of smartphones, especially Android ones, for the rest of the year. But, of course, that doesn’t mean it will be the premium Android phone of 2018. We’ve only just begun and there are lots more coming in the months to come. So before you settle your mind or wallet on the Galaxy S9 or S9+, take a quick peek at what is yet to come in the next month or two.

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Galaxy S9 preorders today: Don’t make this mistake

Galaxy S9 preorders today: Don’t make this mistake

Today thousands of users will pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S9 for a price that'll have them overcharged for no good reason. The folks at Samsung have changed the game this year, selling their device themselves at the same time as carriers in the USA. In the past, the company didn't have the device on sale until several weeks after the device was already available at carriers across the nation.

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