Critically-acclaimed platformer Oddmar is now available on the Play Store

Winner of the Apple Design Award 2018 and one of the best platformers on iOS, Oddmar is now available on the Google Play Store.

Oddmar stars the lazy and selfie Oddmar, who is pressed into service after the village chief forces him to carry out his Viking duties. In order to earn his place in Valhalla, Oddmar must burn down a forest. However, it’s this forest that grants him several powers from magical mushrooms if he protects the forest from evil creatures.


The story won’t win awards, but the looks sure will. Oddmar’s quality of animation doesn’t have a peer in the world of mobile games and is on par with Ubisoft’s Rayman games from the early 2010s. You’ll have to play it to properly understand, but the animation makes Oddmar better to play with your fingers than with a controller.

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Speaking of which, the game’s description in the Google Play Store says it supports game controllers, but we couldn’t get our Shield controller to work with it.

Oddmar features 24 levels with various traps and challenges. Each level features three challenges, with some challenges tasking players to complete certain levels as quickly as possible.

You can download Oddmar at the link below. The first chapter is free, with the remaining chapters costing $5.49 to unlock. 

Fortnite security flaw allowed hackers to overtake user accounts easily

A Fortnite security flaw was discovered by Check Point Research towards the end of 2018. The vulnerability allowed hackers to easily initiate a phishing scheme by sending users links that looked like login pages, but actually harvested user accounts.

CPR notified Epic Games of the flaw in November, and Epic patched the vulnerability weeks later. However, during that time — and for some time before CPR sent the notice — Fortnite users were at serious risk of fraud.

CPR details exactly how the exploit worked in a very technical explanation on its blog. However, the gist of the process was fairly simple:

  • Hackers exploit the single-sign-on system Fortnite uses, which allows a user to login to Fortnite using other accounts, such as Facebook, Nintendo, Google+, etc.
  • The hackers then send a link to a user which looks legit. However, it actually redirects them through a different server which scrapes their login info.
  • Since the link looked legit and the user didn’t have to actually enter their credentials, the user thinks nothing happened.
  • Hackers obtain the login info, overtake the account, and use the attached payment options to make fraudulent transactions.
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According to The Verge, hackers who used this exploit would buy Fortnite’s in-game currency (V-Bucks) using the hijacked accounts, gift those V-Bucks to another account, and then sell the V-Bucks at a discounted rate to other players on the dark web.

Fortnite earns billions of dollars from in-game sales, so this fraudulent activity could be quite lucrative.

Epic Games said in a statement: “We were made aware of the vulnerabilities and they were soon addressed. We thank Check Point for bringing this to our attention. As always, we encourage players to protect their accounts by not re-using passwords and using strong passwords, and not sharing account information with others.”

Although this vulnerability is now patched, this should be a reminder to all to use strong passwords, change them often, and only enter credentials into trustworthy websites.

NEXT: Fortnite update hub

Donut County gets a limited physical PS4 release and vinyl soundtrack

Have a garbage day with the cool new Donut County vinyl soundtrack and limited PS4 physical release.

Donut County, the game that’s best described as a “reverse Katamari,” has just announced that it’s getting a physical disc release on PlayStation 4. There will also be a vinyl of the game’s amazing soundtrack, and both of them are available for pre-order on the iam8bit store.

If you’ve never heard of Donut County before, then you’re in for a treat. Donut County is a physics puzzle game that features a mysterious hole in the ground controlled by a mischievous and misunderstood raccoon. As the hole swallows things up, it gets bigger, and soon enough it’ll grow to swallow up entire buildings and other architectural structures without breaking a sweat.

The game itself has been praised for clever storytelling and the unique cast of characters. There’s a lot of humor sprinkled in through the character dialogue, and you’ll grow to love this weird group.

The vinyl soundtrack costs $40, and is a 2xLP colored record with a 48″ fold out jacket, perfect for the collectors. The music is by Daniel Koestner, who combines instrumental ukulele with hip hop. The vinyl also comes with a digital download code.

As far as the physical PS4 release, this is limited to only 5000 copies, so you’d better act fast if you want one for your collection. This will cost $30 and the disc is region-free, so it will play on any PS4, regardless of the region it came from.

I played Donut County when it first came out last year (we have tips and tricks) and it was one of my favorite calming gaming experiences as of late. There’s just something relaxing about controlling a hole that swallows up everything in its path, you know?

Donut County is available on PlayStation 4, Steam, Mac App Store, and iOS.

Pre-order the limited physical copy of Donut County on PS4 ($30) at iam8bit
Pre-order the Donut County vinyl soundtrack ($40) at iam8bit

Buying the Pixel 3? Here are the best Google Pixel 3 XL cases

Pixel 3 XL hands on

Google recently took the wraps off the latest additions to its Pixel series – the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. The larger Google Pixel 3 XL offers all the hardware we expect from a 2018 flagship and a slew of camera features that improve on the already fantastic camera of its predecessor. Extras like an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and wireless charging also make for an even more compelling device.

Keeping your brand new smartphone safe from accidental bumps and drops is always important. To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of the best protective Google Pixel 3 XL cases and covers that are currently available!


Google fabric case

The four available colors of the Google Pixel 3 Fabric Case. Google

One of the official cases for the Google Pixel 3 XL is the fabric case, which features the same tailored fabric as is seen with the Google Home smart speaker. The case is also thin enough to work with the Pixel Stand for wireless charging and its Active Edge feature. Available in Carbon (black), Indigo (blue), Fog (gray), and Pink Moon, the Google fabric case is priced at $40.


Pixel 3 MNML Case

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Looking for a thin Pixel 3 XL case? There is no thinner case than the MNML case at just 0.35 mm thin. It’s so thin that it will look and feel like you have no case at all. It doesn’t offer much drop protection, but it will protect you from the day-to-day scratches that can accumulate.

The case comes in 5 different colors, including frosted black, frosted white, matte black, really blue, and red, and it’s on sale for $14.99. Get 15% off with code: 15PX3 only at MNMLCase.com


Google My Case

Descriptions of how the Google My Case process works. Google

Another one of the official Google Pixel 3 XL cases is the Google My Case. This is a customized case for which you can upload your own photos or design, pick from Google’s own artwork, or customize a case based on a location. Finally, you can choose to pick a color for the trim of the case that looks like the color of the phone itself to keep everything uniform. The “My Case” from Google will set you back $50.


Otterbox Defender

A promotional image of the Google Pixel 3 OtterBox. Google

The Otterbox Defender is an ultra-rugged case that combines a hard outer shell and a soft inner lining to keep the phone safe from accidents. It also comes with its own belt holster that can also double as a kickstand for some hands-free video watching. The Otterbox case for the Pixel 3 XL is available for $59.95 and comes in black or blue color choices.


Bellroy Leather Google Pixel 3 case

A promotional image of the Bellroy Leather Case for Google Pixel 3. Google

These three real leather Pixel 3 XL cases come from Bellroy. Available in three colors – Black, Navy, and Carmel – these cases will definitely give your new phone a classy, fashionable look. Of course, the leather also adds a lot of grip and makes the phone easier to hold. The Bellroy Pixel 3 XL cases are available on Amazon for $49.


Spigen Liquid Crystal

spigen liquid crystal case for the pixel 3 xl

The Spigen Liquid Crystal is an ultra slim case that lets you show off the look of the phone. This TPU case comes with precise cutouts for easy access to all ports and features. It utilizes Air Cushion technology to provide better corner protection and is thin enough to be kept on when using it with a wireless charger. The Spigen Liquid Crystal case for the Pixel 3 XL is priced at $9.99.


Ringke Fusion

ringke fusion pixel 3 xl case

The Ringke Fusion case offers features dual layer protection with a TPU bumper and a hard polycarbonate panel. The case is quite thin but comes with the MIL-STD 810G-516.6 certification for shock protection. Precise cutouts are available for easy access to all ports and features, while the buttons are covered but easy to press. The Ringke Fusion case for the Pixel 3 XL is priced starting at $8.99.


Dretal Armor

dretal pixel 3 xl case with built-in plate for magnetic car holder

The Dretal Armor case is made of environment-friendly plastic and an anti-stretch TPU rubber. The corners are reinforced with an inner airbag design to allow for more shock absorption. The case also comes with a built-in metal plate that can be used place the phone on a magnetic car mount or holder. Available color options include black, orange, and navy blue, and the case is priced at $8.98.


TUDIA Merge

tudia merge pixel 3 xl case

The TUDIA Merge is a dual-layer case that combines a soft TPU gel layer and a hard polycarbonate shell to provide rugged protection. Raised edges keep the camera and screen protected and all the buttons are covered as well. The TUDIA Merge case is available in a few different colors like matte black, green, gold, and metallic slate. The TUDIA Merge Pixel 3 XL cases are priced starting at just $8.99.


Spigen Rugged Armor

spigen rugged armor - one of the best pixel 3 xl cases

The Spigen Rugged Armor is one of the best Google Pixel 3 XL cases you can get. The flexible TPU case utilizes Air Cushion technology to keep the device safe from accidental drops. The buttons are covered but easy to press. A raised lip keeps the camera bump protected and precise cutouts are available for all ports and features. The case is also compatible with wireless charging the Active Edge feature. The Spigen Rugged Armor case is priced at $9.99.


Incipio DualPro

incipio dualpro

The Incipio DualPro is another case that offers dual layer protection with a shock absorbing inner core and impact resistant Plextonium polycarbonate frame. The buttons are covered but easy to press, and there are precise cutouts for everything else. The Incipio DualPro case is currently available for $29.99.


Poetic Revolution

poetic revolution rugged pixel 3 xl case

The Poetic Revolution is a great option if you are looking for one of the rugged Google Pixel 3 XL cases around. Made with polycarbonate and TPU materials, the case comes textured sides that provide enhanced grip and raised supports on the corners to create a cushion. A polycarbonate shell covers the front and comes with a built-in screen protector. The case also comes with a kickstand. The Poetic Revolution case is available in black, white, and sky blue, and retails for $14.95.


Moment Pixel 3 XL case

The Moment Pixel 3 XL case is designed to let owners attach one of Moment’s smartphone camera lens add-ons to the back of the case. Therefore, its great for people who want to get more out of the Pixel 3 XL’s already excellent camera hardware. You can also attach a wrist strap to the bottom of the Moment case for better grip while you take pictures. The case also has a rubberized body designed to protect the phone from any accidental spills or drops.

It’s on Amazon for $34.99 and you can choose from models with a black canvas finish, a speckled white finish with real tan horween leather, or one like the model above with a real wood finish.


That’s it for this roundup of some of the Google Pixel 3 XL cases that are currently available, and we will be updating this post with more choices as they are released.

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Google Wifi vs Netgear Orbi: Which should you buy?

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. The majority of our work is also done from a home office, where great Wi-Fi is a must. We’ve tried all these products and know what works best.

Google Wifi

The name you know

$249 at Amazon

Pros

  • Whole-house coverage
  • Easy setup
  • Inexpensive
  • App-based administration
  • Secure

Cons

  • Google collects data
  • Can’t change settings when the internet is down
  • No dedicated wireless backhaul

Google Wifi is simple to use, easy to set up, and inexpensive; you can even run a cable to a switch should you need to do it. On the downside, there’s no dedicated channel for backhaul and Google does collect some data about how the product is being used.

Netgear Orbi

Prosumer choice

$300 at Amazon

Pros

  • Whole-house coverage
  • Advanced settings
  • Separate backhaul channel
  • More LAN ports

Cons

  • Units are huge
  • Expensive

If you want a mesh Wi-Fi system and want or need advanced settings, plenty of LAN ports, or dedicated backhaul, Netgear has what you’re looking for. You’ll be paying more for the options, however, and the satellites are really big.

Both Google Wifi and Netgear’s Orbi will give you strong Wi-Fi in most homes, but there are some major differences here. Both systems can be fire-and-forget with a simple setup, but if you want to go beyond the basics, the Netgear Orbi is a much better choice.

Putting the ‘pro’ in ‘prosumer’

You’re a long way from the router your internet provider wants to rent you when you invest in a mesh Wi-Fi system. It’s easy to get caught up in information overload whenever you’re researching new tech like a mesh system and forget the basics — you want good, fast Wi-Fi in your house and you want to do it right the first time.

Netgear Orbi Google Wifi
Coverage 5,000 sq ft 4,500 sq ft
Performance AC3000 AC1200
Frequency 2.4GHz, 5GHz 2.4GHz, 5GHz
Wireless standards Radio 1: 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz, 256QAM support

Radio 2: 802.11a/n/ac 5GHz, 256QAM support

Radio 3: 802.11a/n/ac 5GHz, 256QAM support

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Processor Qualcomm IPQ4019 710 MHz Quad-core
Memory 4GB Flash
512MB RAM
4GB Flash
512MB RAM
Ports USB 2.0 No USB
Ethernet Router: 1 WAN, 3 LAN

Satellite: 4 LAN

2 Ethernet per unit
Beamforming Yes Yes

You’ll quickly notice that Netgear’s Orbi is chock full of Ethernet ports and would better fit into a mixed network. Google Wifi does offer a pair of Ethernet ports on each unit and they work well — I’m using them to feed small switches for gear that needs a wired connection — but the Orbi is more like a traditional Wi-Fi router with four LAN ports on each piece. It probably negates the need for a separate switch for most people.

A bigger difference is in the settings. Google Wifi does offer things like a guest account, parental controls, a preferred device mode, and the rest of the basics you expect from any router, but the Orbi uses the same network settings portal that Netgear’s high-end routers like the Nighthawk use. That means you’ll have standardized port forwarding settings, true QoS settings, a DMZ to keep devices outside of the software firewall, and more. It also has a separate radio for wireless backhaul, which means you’re not halving speeds at each hop.

You might not care about any of that. Maybe you don’t even know what to do with those settings. That’s OK because you can use the Orbi as-is after the fairly simple setup routine and it will work well.

Google Wifi doesn’t have most of those settings but it does have something just as good for many folks — it’s dead simple and Google updates the firmware for exploits as soon as they are found. In fact, Google is one of the companies that finds a good many of these exploits and is reliable at providing updates across the board. Google Wifi is one of those things you’ll never need to adjust or monkey with unless you want to.

A final word about privacy is in order. Both Netgear and Google collect data when you use Google Wifi or the Netgear Orbi system. To see exactly what type of data is collected, the relevant privacy policies, and how to opt-out of collection and analytics, here are the pages about it all for each product:

You know what type of home network you need. If you have any use for advanced features or need to plug in more than a few Ethernet cords, Netgear has the better choice in the Orbi. If you don’t need them, save some money and enjoy the simplicity of Google Wifi.

Google Wifi

Inexpensive and works great

$249 at Amazon

The simple solution from a familiar name

Google Wifi is a great product for almost every home. It doesn’t offer the better speeds you see from a mesh system with wireless backhaul and tri-band radios, but most users will never notice and even stressful applications like Netflix binging work great.

Netgear Orbi

For advanced users

$300 at Amazon

The settings you need

Plenty of LAN ports, advanced settings, and a dedicated backhaul channel make the Orbi the best choice for a home with a more advanced network.

Best portable battery chargers (January 2019)

Smartphone technology has come a long way in the past few years, but there is a lingering issue that is taking time to evolve — battery life. Sure, batteries are getting bigger and phones more resourceful, but many of us still have a problem keeping our devices alive. One solution is to charge your phone throughout the day, something that proves to be an issue when there is no outlet around. The next best solution is to buy yourself a battery pack or one of the many portable chargers to charge on-the-go.

With so many options around, we know it’s hard to find the best units on the market. That’s why we’ve curated a list of the best portable chargers! While many use these devices to charge their phones, many modern electronic devices can be charged up including select laptops, tablets, and game systems like the Nintendo Switch.

Let’s get started and show you our picks for the best portable battery chargers you can buy right now. 


Best high-capacity options

Anker PowerCore+ 26,800mAh portable battery charger

Anker is a trusted name when it comes to portable battery chargers, and this particular option offers it all. To start with, you get the massive capacity of 26,800mAh, which is more than enough to fully recharge your smartphone multiple times. The power bank comes with three USB ports, including a USB-C port with 30W output to let you charge a MacBook and the Nintendo Switch. Like every portable charger on this list, you get protection from short circuits, overcharging, and current and voltage surge. The portable charger also comes with a 30W USB-C wall charger.

Key details:

  • Capacity: 26,800mAh
  • Output: 2 x USB ports 5V/3A max, 1 x USB-C port 5V/3A or 9V~15V/2A or 20V/1.5A (30W max)
  • Dimensions: 166.1 x 80 x 23.1mm, 576grams
  • Current price: $129.99

RAVPower 20,100mAh portable charger

This RAVPower portable charger offers features that are similar to the Anker charger above, with a few key differences. The capacity is slightly lower at 20,100mAh, but the USB-C port offers a 45W output. The capacity is still more than enough to recharge a smartphone multiple times and the device can be used to charge laptops like Macbooks and the Dell XPS 13 or 15 as well. 4 LED indicators let you know how much charge the power bank has remaining. You also get a standard USB-A port that will let you charge a second device simultaneously.

Key details:

  • Capacity: 20,100mAh
  • Output: 1 x USB ports 5V/2.4A max, 1 x USB-C port 5V~15V/3A or 20V/2.25A (45W max)
  • Dimensions: 160 x 78.5 x 23mm, 400grams
  • Current price: $59.99

AUKEY 20,000mAh portable charger

Portable battery charger - Aukey

AUKEY is a pretty well-known name in the phone accessories industry. Its product lineup includes this 20,000mAh external battery that features a thin and slim design compared to the more bulky devices on this list. Even with its thin casing, it has four power output ports for charging up to four devices at once, including three standard USB ports plus one USB Type-C port to charge the latest smartphones.

Key details:

  • Capacity: 20,000mAh
  • Output: 1 x USB-C port 5V/3A max, 3 x USB ports 5V/2A
  • Dimensions: 200 x 96 x 14mm, 435grams
  • Current price: $39.99
 

MAXOAK 50,000mAh portable charger

If you want to get a portable battery charger that can charge all of your smartphones, laptops, and tablets at once, then the MAXOAK charger may be for you. It not only has a massive 50,000mAh capacity, but it has no less than six charging ports. One of the ports has a 20V/5A charging capacity for laptops. Another port has a 12V/2.5A charger, while two others have a 5V/2.1A capacity. The final two ports have a 5V/1A capacity. It may not be the most portable power bank on this best portable chargers list, but it should be more than enough to cover all your charging needs.

Key details:

  • Capacity: 50,000mAh
  • Output: 6 ports (1 x 20V/5A, 1 x 12V/2.5Am 2 x 5V/2.1A, 2 x 5V/1A)
  • Dimensions: 205.7 x 134.6 x 33mm, 1.25kgs
  • Current price: $135.99
 
Looking for more high-capacity power bank option? check out our guide to the best ultra-high capacity portable chargers (26,800 mAh and above).

Best smaller capacity option: Anker PowerCore Slim 5,000mAh portable charger

Anker PowerCore Slim

The Anker PowerCore Slim, as the name suggests, is a thin, sleek, and ultra portable battery charger. The device comes with a 5,000mAh capacity, which should be enough to fully charge or get close to a full charge with most current smartphones. It comes with a single USB port that takes advantage of PowerIQ technology to allow for the fastest charge possible. While the PowerCore Slim may not be as feature packed as the other ones on this best portable chargers list, its portability is the biggest selling point.

Key details:

  • Capacity: 5,000mAh
  • Output: 1 x PowerIQ port 5V/2A
  • Dimensions: 124.5 x 63.5 x 10.2mm, 126grams
  • Current price: $29.99

Be sure to check out our guide for more portable chargers with a capacity of 10,000mAh or less.


Best for wireless charging power bank: AideaZ 20,000mAh portable battery charger

Portable battery charger - AideaZ

The Aidez portable charger not only has a battery with a big 20,000mAh capacity but also offers wireless charging. Owners can place compatible phones on top of the battery and charge them cable free. It also has two USB Type-C ports with Quick Charge support for a more conventional, and faster, phone charging experience. That means this portable battery can charge two wired phones and one wireless phone at the same time. The battery also has an LED indicator to let you know the exact charge percentage left in the battery.

Key details:

  • Capacity: 20,000mAh
  • Output: 2 x USB-C output ports (5~6V/3A, 6~9V/2A, 9~12V//1.5A), wireless charging
  • Dimensions: 170.2 x 61 x 22.9mm, 377grams
  • Current price: $44.99
 
 

Jump start capable battery pack: Beatit 500A 10,800mAh portable charger

The Beatit portable jump starter is ideal for anyone looking to address all their emergency power needs with a single device. This portable charger will jump-start a 3.0L gas or 2.5L diesel engine up to 20 times on a single charge. It also comes with three USB ports, including one with support for Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 and a USB-C port, to keep your devices charged on the go. There is also a flashlight with three modes — normal, SOS, and strobe. Considering all its features and its affordable price, this is one of the best portable battery chargers for anyone who is on the road a lot.

Key details:

  • Capacity: 10,800mAh
  • Output: 1 x USB port 5V/2A, 1 x USB-C port 5V/3A, 1 x QC 3.0 port 5V/2A or 6.5V~9V/1.5A or 9V~12V/1A
  • Current: Start current 250A, Peak current 500A
  • Dimensions: 145 x 84 x 25.4mm, 454grams
  • Current price: $39.99

Best for solar battery chargers: RAVPower 25,000mAh solar charger

If you’re the outdoorsy type, this is the best portable charger to get. It offers a large 25,000mAh capacity and features a solar panel on top for charging the device while you’re out and about. It’s also waterproof and there’s a flashlight on board that can be used in case you run into trouble on your adventure. The power bank has three USB ports, including a quick charge port and a USB-C port. All of these features make it a great option for those who love to hike, camp, and do similar outdoor activities.

Key details:

  • Capacity: 25,000mAh
  • Output: 1 x USB port 5V/2.4A, 1 x USB-C port 5V/3A, 1 x QC port 5V/3A or 6.5V~9V/2A or 9V~12V/1.5A
  • Dimensions: 233.7 x 99 x 38.1mm, 550grams
  • Current price: $52.99
For more solar battery chargers, be sure to check out our extended guide.
 

There you have it. These are our picks for the best portable chargers currently available! Now hit the comments and let us know which portable battery charger would you consider getting. Are there any other portable battery packs you think your fellow Android fans would like?

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US Court: Police can’t force people to unlock their phone with biometrics

More U.S. judges are siding with citizens’ privacy rights when it comes to mobile device searches.

A judge for the U.S District Court for the Northern District of California recently ruled that U.S. law enforcement cannot force people to use their face, finger, or other biometric method to unlock their device. This remains true even in instances when a warrant gives law enforcement the right to search the device. The order, first reported by Forbes, is seen as a win for citizens.

Before this order, law enforcement could wrangle people into pressing their thumb on a fingerprint reader or looking at their phone to unlock it. For example, in October 2018 the FBI forced a suspected child abuser to use his face to unlock his phone. At the same time, however, the law does not allow police to force suspects to provide a PIN, password, or passcode. This new ruling puts all unlocking methods in the same playing field, protecting people’s privacy.

At issue are rights guaranteed in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments concerning searches, privacy, and self incrimination.

“If a person cannot be compelled to provide a passcode because it is a testimonial communication, a person cannot be compelled to provide one’s finger, thumb, iris, face, or other biometric feature to unlock that same device,” said the judge.

The relevant case involves an extortion crime tied to Facebook wherein the suspects allegedly demanded payment lest they release “embarrassing” photos of the victim to social media contacts. Law enforcement was granted a warrant to search the suspects’ phones. The police attempted to have the suspects unlock their devices with fingerprint and face identification, but the suspects refused.

While this ruling doesn’t instantly mean every such case in the country should be overturned, it may be used to set precedent in future cases. Moving forward, law enforcement will need to be more careful about privacy and how suspect devices are unlocked.

Of course, police use of GrayKey’s makes this ruling somewhat irrelevant. The GrayKey is a device available to law enforcement that can beat the passcode on iPhones. Officers need only connect the iPhone to the device via Lightning cable and the box does the rest.

Apple responded by adding a function to iOS 12 that defeats this tool by locking out the Lightning port for any purpose other than charging with the phone is secured. It’s not clear if or how the GrayKey handles Android devices.

Sprint’s new rewards program gives you discounted stuff and things

With the other three carriers having some sort of rewards program, it makes sense for Sprint to finally offer one of its own. Called “My Sprint Rewards,” the rewards program offers several perks for Sprint subscribers.

My Sprint Rewards features two main sections: Sprint Rewards and Sprint Marketplace. Sprint Rewards features “special deals and experiences” from Sprint, along with special perks from various brands. For example, AMC offers specials on concerts, movies, sporting events, and theme parks.

Sprint Marketplace offers “thousands” of discounts on things like food, electronics, vacation packages, and more. Sprint Marketplace also features cashback rewards that net you anywhere from three to 20 percent cash back on select purchases.




Keep in mind that you’ll have to accrue at least $10 before you can redeem your cash back. Also, it might take up to 45 days for merchants to report your purchase to Sprint and for you to view your cash back balance on your account.

You can save as many offers as you want and use them whenever you want, so long as you keep their expiration dates in mind. That differs a bit from T-Mobile Tuesdays, which features deals that you can only get on Tuesdays.

Editor’s Pick

My Sprint Rewards also includes a few other quality-of-life features, which include a small map that shows nearby offers and the ability to look up offers by category.

To get the app up and running, you’ll first need to enter your phone number. You’ll then get a one-time text message with a four-digit PIN. Finally, you’ll need to plug in the PIN, along with your name, email address, and ZIP code.

You can download My Sprint Rewards at the link below.

Hey AT&T, stop lying to your customers about 5G

AT&T is at it again. A generation ago, AT&T began marketing 3G technologies as 4G in order to make up for its initial lack of 4G coverage. Fast forward to 2019 and AT&T is doing the same thing. The company is marketing LTE 4G as “5G E” on select Android devices in order to fool customers into thinking they’ve received some sort of upgrade. They haven’t.

This is pathetic, AT&T, and you should be ashamed. And yet somehow, you’re not.

AT&T’s 5G Evolution is simply rebranded LTE-Advanced. It relies on 256QAM, 4×4 MIMO, and three-way carrier aggregation to improve throughput and speeds on compatible devices. AT&T has increased the footprint of this LTE-A technology rapidly over the last year and it is now in more than 400 markets. That’s laudable, but 5G it ain’t.

AT&T coined the 5G Evolution marketing term in 2017. From Day One, the press has rightfully called out AT&T for its bogus and confusing nomenclature. This month AT&T took things to a new low: The company pushed a minor software update to nearly 20 different Android models. Those devices now show “5G E” in the status bar at the top of the screen instead of “4G LTE.”

Consumers who are paying attention know there is no technology improvement here, there’s no actual upgrade, they aren’t connecting to a real mobile 5G network. Not every consumer is as informed, and surely some believe their phones are magically faster. In other words, the change, which is a lie, may be confusing to some people.

AT&T doesn’t care.

Last week during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, AT&T executives doubled-down on the lie.

Igal Elbaz, AT&T senior vice president for wireless technology, told Tom’s Guide, “What we’re trying to do is two things. One is to let the customer know that they are in an enhanced experience market or area. So we’re letting them know this on the device.”

When pushed about the misleading marketing, Elbaz replied, “Our customers will love it.” (Psst, Elbaz, as an AT&T customer I can tell you I’m not lovin’ it. In fact, quite the opposite.)

John Donovan, AT&T Communications CEO, also defended the lie saying, “We felt we had to give [customers] an indicator of when they getting twice traditional 4G speeds.” While LTE-A does provide faster speeds than LTE, it’s still 4G. Calling it anything else is just plain wrong.

AT&T defended the lie.

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Why is AT&T lying like this? Perhaps the answer is perception. All the major networks are scurrying to launch mobile 5G as rapidly as possible. Each wants to scream “First!” like a 12 year old YouTube commenter.

In October, Verizon launched a non-standard, fixed 5G network in a handful of markets. This is specifically an in-home broadband replacement service. In December, AT&T launched standards-based 5G in a handful of markets. A single device, a $499 mobile hotspot, can access that mobile 5G service. Sprint and T-Mobile are still working on their 5G plans and expect to get things up and running by mid-year.

AT&T’s competitors lashed the company for its approach. Verizon took out a full-page ad bashing AT&T, while Sprint, and T-Mobile also derided the company.

What bugs me most about this is AT&T’s complete and utter disregard for the truth. The company is intentionally misleading its own customers. It makes me sick.

Record your trip in 1080p with Anker’s discounted Roav DashCam A1 for $45

This app-enabled dashcam is down to one of its best prices yet via Amazon.

Anker’s Roav DashCam A1 is now down to $44.89 at Amazon. Considering it regularly sells for nearly $60, today’s deal makes for a pretty nice discount. We’ve only seen this camera drop as low as $40 in the past.

This dash cam records in 1080p Full HD with a wide angle lens so you can capture multiple lanes of traffic at once. It can even capture speeding license plates at night. Connect it with the Roav DashCam app and you’ll be able to view, download and share its footage straight from your smartphone. It also has a feature which will automatically begin recording when sudden movements are detected, even if you’re not in the car.

You’ll also want to have a microSD card ready to put into this camera to store the footage it’ll record. You can grab a 64GB card for just $12 right now.

For a slightly more affordable dash cam, you could check out the Yi Compact Dashboard Camera which is on sale for $24 currently.

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