Best Tempered Glass Screen Protectors for LG G6

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Deal of the Day Tue 11th Apr 2017 Only while stocks last!

Do yourself and your arsenal of mobile devices a favor by complimenting your home or office with this high-speed desktop charging station from Incipio!

Sporting an attractive anodized aluminum finish, this desktop charger features two USB ports that provide an impressive 2.4A of output for your favorite smartphone and tablet. Depending on your power needs you can charge one at a time or two devices simultaneously.

On the side of the charging station you'll find two LED indicator lights that let you know the status of the specific charge. Included in the package is a proprietary wall charger that plugs into the base of the station.

You won't find a more unique and stylish USB charging station. No matter where you put this unit it not only looks great, but provides you with ample power to any device using your existing USB cable!

*USB charging cables not included

Features:

  • Dimensions: 44mm x 40.5mm x 32mm
  • Weight: 25g
  • Operation Temperature: -10 to 60C
  • Total Input: 5V / 5A
  • Total Output: 5V / 4.8A (2.4A each port)
  • Anodized Aluminum Finish
  • LED charging indicators
  • Small and compact size
  • Great for the office or at home

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Evie Launcher review: A zippy home screen experience that capitalizes on current trends

In the vast world of third-party Android launchers, it's hard to cut through the pack and make an impression.

Evie Launcher, at first glance, looks like another easy-to-use launcher for those who just want to zip through their home screens and app drawer. Below that simple surface are a few features to help spice things up — but not every trick is perfectly pulled off.

Evie Launcher's default setup is breathtakingly simple, featuring only four apps at the bottom of the desktop and one search bar at the top. Yes, I did mean desktop for those four apps because by default, Evie Launcher keeps the dock turned off, which definitely sets it apart from the pack, though not necessarily in a good way. We'll come back to that in a bit.

Another break with tradition that comes off in a good way is Evie's default grid size. While 4x4 has been the standard since the 4-inch phone days, Evie Launcher has a default desktop of 5x6 and is willing to take on any grid size from 3x4 to 12x12 (if you're looking to use it on a tablet). Especially with extra tall screens on new flagships like the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8, having a wide array of grid sizes is important, as you're going to want a few more rows to take advantage of that real estate — or at least empty rows at the top to keep things square.

The search bar is a permanent part of the Evie Launcher home screen, and it features one of the two gestures that are permanently turned on: swipe down to search. This is great if you use search a lot, but I don't, and more importantly, I seem to set it off every time I try to swipe down the notification shade. I wish there was a toggle to switch this gesture from the search bar to the notification shade — especially on those extra tall screens I mentioned before — but for now, it's a constant reminder that "hey, you can search for stuff". It's cool, Evie, but I just wanna see who texted me!

The other permanent gesture fits in with the Galaxy S8 and the Google Pixel: swipe up to open the app drawer. The animation is almost too quick, and the app drawer has two modes: list and grid. Unlike the home screen, the app drawer's grid view is locked in at 4 columns, which means you'll be doing a bit more scrolling, but at least you have quick scroll available using the alphabet on the right side of the screen.

Getting back into Evie's settings, you have a bit more customization here than most light, speed-oriented launchers. Beyond setting an icon pack and adjusting your app drawer grid, you can turn back on our dock, unread badges, and turn on a few extra gestures. More robust gesture controls are "coming soon", but for now, there's one gesture here I highly appreciate and recommend turning on: double tap to lock. There are even two methods you can choose from — just like Nova Launcher and Action Launcher — a method that actually locks the phone and a method that just times out the screen in order to keep your phone unlocked via trusted devices/places.

Once you're set up, Evie is a zippy little launcher that's easy to get used to and flexible enough to sate most non-theming users, but getting set up can be a bit perilous. When you first set up Evie Launcher, it asks you if you'd like to import your layout from another launcher, but because Evie keeps the dock turned off by default, your dock might not get brought over with the rest of your home screen elements.

It's still a fairly young launcher, but it's showing promise, especially for users who will be left wanting when Google Now Launcher is pulled from Google Play soon. While I wish Evie Launcher kept its dock on by default and that the search bar wasn't quite as required on the home screen, at least I can turn on the dock in settings. Once more robust gesture controls come to Evie, it should be quite the apt competitor in a crowded launcher market, but it's no slouch right now.…

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How to use the Galaxy S8 app scaling settings

Spoiler: They don't do much. It's full screen or bust.

The Galaxy S8 has an intriguing, and tall, screen with a unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio. While most Android apps are able to easily scale up to fill that extra screen height, some are hard-coded to stay at 16:9, leaving black bars between the notification shade and the on-screen navigation keys. These are not only awkward and distracting, but they also don't have to be there!

Is there any downside to enabling fullscreen mode?

If there is, we haven't found any. Some games may not look exactly as they were meant to when forced to run in fullscreen mode, but we haven't found that to be the case with any that we play regularly.

How to enable full screen apps on the Galaxy S8

  1. Hop into Settings.
  2. Tap on Display.
  3. Tap on Full screen apps.
  4. Enable the apps that aren't highlighted by default.

From here, you can choose which apps you want to utilize the full-screen aspect ratio.

You'll know when full-screen scaling is off if there are black bars on the top and bottom of the app next time you launch it.…

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Instagram Direct disappearing messages work exactly like Snapchat's

Thus continues Instagram's efforts to remain relevant among the messaging-obsessed millennials — and it seems to be working.

It appears Facebook's Instagram will stop at nothing until it's fully bumped out Snapchat in the social media wars. At least, that's sure what it seems like with all the Snapchat-like copycat features.

Instagram is rolling out new Direct messaging features to both Android and iOS devices. These new features employ the same disappearing photo and video mechanism that Snapchat became famous for. You can tap to view the disappearing content in the same message thread where you've already been chatting with your friends, and like Snapchat, you can only replay the messages one other time. The sender on the other end will know if you've viewed, replayed, or taken a screenshot of the message.

Snapchat ostensibly works the same. You can send direct Snaps to your pals or to a favorite group of pals, in the same chat window where you've been chatting it up already. You can see when each pal opens a message or screenshots it. You can also choose whether to post a recorded Snap to your story or as a direct message — the same way you can with Instagram Direct.

Instagram cites the reasoning for these Snapchat-like features are due to the vast increase in the number of people using its direct messages. "Since our last update in November 2016, the number of people using Direct has grown from 300 million to 375 million," wrote Instagram. "We want to make Direct the best place to have fun, visual conversations with your friends."

Instagram Direct (left) versus Snapchat's direct messages (right).

Indeed, Instagram is fast becoming the "best place to have fun." Months ago, analytics providers confirmed to TechCrunch about the rapid increase in Instagram Stories users after its debut last summer. And earlier, CNBC reported that Snap's shares had dipped after news of Instagram's Direct disappearing messages hit the airwaves.

Will Instagram ever offer augmented reality face filtering effects for Stories? That's the one feature Snapchat can still leverage in the social media wars, especially since it actually owns the patent on that particular facial recognition technology. But with smartphone makers like Samsung already bundling these sorts of features into the native camera app, and now Facebook entering the story-making game, Snapchat seriously needs to consider looking for other ways to stay relevant in this ever-evolving social media landscape.…

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Motorola may be readying a $100 Moto C as the Moto E4 breaks cover

Motorola could be launching a new entry-level series called the Moto C.

Motorola unveiled the Moto G5 and G5 Plus earlier this year, with the phones aimed at the $200 to $300 segment. It looks like Motorola is now turning its attention to the entry-level category, with a recent anniversary video showing off what could potentially turn out to be the Moto E4.

The low-res image gives us a few design cues, such as a rounded fingerprint sensor at the front that's similar to what we've seen on the G5 and G5 Plus, and a rear camera module that's identical to that on the G5. The Moto E line did decent numbers for Motorola in emerging markets like India and Brazil, although the company's stance on updates was disappointing.

Early specs suggest the Moto E4 will feature 16GB storage, LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, and a 2800mAh battery. Interestingly, that's not the only Motorola leak today, as an image shared on Weibo shows off an upcoming entry-level device, allegedly named the Moto C.

Based on the leak, it looks like the Moto C will be available in a variety of colors, and there doesn't appear to be a fingerprint sensor on the device. That said, the device will run Nougat out of the box, and may possibly be priced at around the $100 figure. If so, then the Moto C will turn out to be the entry-level offering from Motorola, with the Moto E4 targeted at around the $150 mark and the Moto G5 rounding out the $200 category. Meanwhile, we're awaiting the launch of the flagship Moto Z2 in the coming months, and the company will

Motorola is clearly emulating its parent company Lenovo when it comes to launching new product lineups, and while doing so fleshes out the company's portfolio, that comes with the added strain of rolling out updates to a wider variety of phones. The differentiation of old — the budget Moto G, Moto X in the mid-range, and the flagship Moto Z — is giving way to a more confusing lineup that may alienate consumers.…

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