Head out on an adventure with $6 off the Venture Pal Lightweight Backpack

This 35L backpack comes in 12 different color options.

The Venture Pal Backpack is available at Amazon for just $14.69 when you enter promo code ZWJADTSH during checkout. That’ll save you $6 off its regular price there, which hardly ever sees a discount without a code. This ultralight backpack is suitable for hiking and other trips where you don’t want to add too much extra weight to your load, and luckily, today’s code works on all 12 colors of the bag.

This backpack is made of high-quality tear and water-resistant material, featuring heavy-duty, two-way SBS metal zippers. Its mesh shoulder straps will help keep you comfortable during your trek, while its various compartments will help you stay organized on-the-go. There are two side pockets as well for items you’ll need quick access to like your water bottle or sunglasses. It has a 35L capacity and comes with a lifetime warranty.

At Amazon, over 4,600 customers left a review for this backpack resulting in a solid rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

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96% price drop on the 2019 Complete Computer Science Bundle

The 2019 Complete Computer Science Bundle

You don’t need a college degree to be a Computer Science whiz. In fact, it would take you a number of years and many thousands of dollars to go down that route. Online courses are often much more affordable, and let you learn at an accelerated pace.

The 2019 Complete Computer Science Bundle is one such solution. This 11-part super bundle contains over 110 hours of expert-led training. It covers the most vital technologies you need to succeed in this industry, and makes an excellent platform to launch your tech career.

Master mainstream tech skills such as web development and software testing.

Naturally, a good chunk of the bundle is learning how to code in popular programming languages such as Python and JavaScript. The video demonstrations are hands-on, and often you’ll apply your skills in real-world scenarios.

Like a Computer Science degree, you also get comprehensive instruction in mainstream tech skills such as web development and software testing.  You’ll even learn how to build chatbots and voice apps for Alexa.

2019 Complete Computer Science Bundle

These tech skills open up a host of career doors, and there’s even some help in taking such opportunities. The bundle contains a huge learning kit to ensure you shine in coding interviews.

The 2019 Computer Science Bundle in full:

The entire value of the bundle is almost $1,100 — nothing compared to college tuition, but not exactly an amount that most of us have laying about. Fortunately, right now there’s a huge 96 percent price drop on the package, meaning you pay just $39.

Over 1,300 people have already enrolled, and the learning kit boasts a five-star rating. However, the deal ends soon, so don’t miss your chance. Hit the button below to find it.

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5 best desktops of CES 2019 – for gaming, business, and personal use

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Laptops grabbed a lot of attention at CES 2019. Loads of great models debuted, including the Lenovo Legion Y740, Razer Blade 15, and Dell XPS 13. However, we also saw a number of awesome desktops in Las Vegas aimed at gamers, artists, and business owners. Here are the five best desktop computers to be announced at the show.

MSI Infinite S

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MSI’s Infinite S is aimed at gamers. It’s a very compact tower at just 348 x 244 x 128mm, but it still packs impressive specs. It’s powered by the 9th generation of Intel’s Core processors (up to Intel Core i7) and sports Nvidia’s new RTX 2060 GPU. The device also features MSI’s Silent Storm cooling system and up to 32GB of RAM.

The Infinite S received two CES Innovation awards and is designed with performance and space in mind. The PC looks cool too, with a rugged case and a customizable RGB strip on the front.

The MSI Infinite S will go on sale somewhere in late Q1 or early Q2. Pricing will be between $700 and $800 depending on the configuration you choose.

Lenovo Yoga A940

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Designed for digital artists, the Lenovo Yoga A940 is an all-in-one desktop PC that looks similar to Microsoft’s Surface Studio. It sports a 27-inch touchscreen display, which you can tilt down to a 25-degree angle. It also features Lenovo’s Precision dial that can be placed on either side of the display and gives you more precise control over your work. You can adjust the brush size, opacity, and other settings in programs like Photoshop.

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The device is powered by the Intel 8th-gen Core i7 processor and comes with up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. It also has an integrated wireless charging pad for charging a supported smartphone while working.

The Lenovo Yoga A940 will go on sale in March starting at $2,350, making it quite a bit cheaper than Microsoft’s Surface Studio 2. The retail box includes a mouse, keyboard, and digital stylus, in addition to the Precision dial and the device itself.

HP Omen Obelisk

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At CES 2019, HP announced upgraded versions of its Omen Obelisk desktops, which now come with the 9th generation Intel Coffee Lake Refresh processors and Nvidia Turing graphics.

HP’s high-end Omen Obelisk desktop comes with the Intel Core i9 processor and will go on sale in March.

There are two versions of the desktop available. The entry-level model sports an Intel Core i7-9700K processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, while the high-end variant offers an Intel Core i9-9900K processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080Ti GPU. Both have 16GB of RAM.

The computer looks more or less the same as the original, which isn’t a bad thing. The case is gorgeous and has a tool-less design, making it easy to upgrade components. It also comes with a second SSD slot for adding more storage. The new HP Omen Obelisk will be available from March and will start at $2,250.

Corsair One series

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There are three new desktops in Corsair’s One range. The most powerful is the One Pro i180, a compact gaming device with top-of-the-line specs and a high price tag. It features the Intel Core i9-9920X processor, Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics, and 32GB of RAM. There’s a 960GB SSD and 2TB HDD drive on board as well as customizable RGB lighting. The device comes in at a whopping $5,000.

If that’s too rich for your blood, the One i160 might be a better option. It’s cheaper than the Pro model but still quite expensive at $3,600. It’s a powerful device, packing the Intel Core i9-9900K processor, a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU, and 32GB of RAM under the hood. It has a 480GB SSD and a 2TB HDD.

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The least powerful and cheapest of Corsair’s new PCs is the One i140, featuring an Intel Core i7-9700K processor and GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. You’ll get the same storage and RAM as the i160 model, but the price is lower at $3,000.

The Corsair One Pro i180 and One i160 are already up for pre-order, with sales officially kicking off on February 12. The i140 model can be purchased right away.

Asus ProArt PA90

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Asus is marketing the ProArt PA90 as a device for content creators. It’s extremely compact, with a height of 365mm and a diameter of 176mm. It weighs around 5.8kg (12.7lbs). The PC is powered by the Intel Core i7-9700K or i9-9900K processor paired with either the Nvidia Quadro P2000 or P4000 GPU.

When the CPU is under heavy load, the top of the device raises to allow for increased airflow.

The PC has a simple and elegant design with LED lighting on top that changes color to show the load of the CPU. When under heavy load, the top of the device raises to increase airflow and cool it down. It’s pretty cool — check it out in the video below.

Unfortunately, Asus did not share when the device will go on sale — it only said the computer would be available in the coming months. Pricing has also not been announced, as it will likely differ from market to market.

There you have it. These are the best desktops we’ve seen at CES 2019. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

The best mobile accessories at CES 2019

From the “standard” smartphones, laptops, and smartwatches to the jaw-dropping, futuristic, and bizarre, there were a lot of devices, products, and new technologies shown off at this year’s CES. There was also a slew of useful and interesting accessories announced at the event to help you get the most out of your smartphones or tablets. Here’s a roundup of the best mobile accessories at CES 2019!

JBL Link Drive

JBL Link Drive Harman

The JBL Link Drive brings Google Home and Android Auto-like features to your car by acting as a bridge between your phone and your car stereo. Simply plug the compact Link Drive into a cigarette lighter port, pair it with both your phone and your stereo, and then issue “OK Google” commands without needing to touch your phone.

You can answer calls, have text messages read to you, get directions, and do a whole lot more. It’s equipped with two noise-canceling mics to remove engine and road sounds and never miss a command. If your car stereo doesn’t have Bluetooth capabilities, you can also connect the device using an aux port. The JBL Link Drive also features a 2.1A USB port for charging your device on the go. The Link Drive will land sometime this spring at a retail price of $59.95.

Anker ROAV Bolt

A promotional image of the Anker Roav Bolt in an automobile.

The JBL Link Drive isn’t the only way to get the Google Assistant in your car. Also announced at CES was the Anker ROAV Bolt. It also plugs into the cigarette lighter port of the car and connects to your phone via Bluetooth and the car stereo via Bluetooth or the aux port. You get to control everything with your voice and brings to the car everything that the Google Assistant is capable of.

It has a couple of advantages over the JBL Link Drive as well. You get two USB ports with the ROAV Bolt and it is also slightly cheaper, priced at $50. The Anker ROAV Bolt will be available in February.

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Anker PowerPort Atom PD

Anker showcased a lot of devices at CES this year, including the ROAV Bolt, a new Bluetooth speaker, a mobile projector, and more. However, what the mobile accessories company is best known for is its charging devices, and these weren’t left behind either. First announced back in October, Anker PowerPort Atom PD range is now ready to go on sale.

It’s one of the first chargers in the market to use gallium nitride (GaN), which is capable of handling high temperatures and allows for higher efficiency and output in a more compact package. This USB-PD charger provides a 30W output, letting you charge any smartphone that supports the standard, as well as devices like the Macbook Air and Nintendo Switch.

This ultra-compact wall charger will be available later this month, priced at just $29.99. Anker will also launch a 60W charger with 2 USB-C ports and a 100W charger with 2 USB-C ports and 2 USB-A ports later this quarter.

Corning Gorilla Glass personalized case

Last year, Corning introduced its new Ink Jet technology for its line of Gorilla Glass, allowing you to print photo-quality images onto Gorilla Glass, opening up the door for fully-customizable glass backs for smartphones. Although not at the back of an actual phone, Corning brought Ink Jet to CES 2019 and demonstrated it using glass-backed smartphone cases. Creating a case and getting the final product in your hand is surprisingly quick and easy, as Android Authority’s own C. Scott Brown can attest to.

iOttie One Touch Connect car mount with Alexa built-in

iOttie car mount with Alexa built-in

We don’t really expect much from our car mounts except for it to hold your phone in place properly. However, with the on-going surge of AI assistants, is it really surprising that this tech has made its way to our car mounts as well? Meet the latest iOttie Easy One Touch Connect car mount with Alexa built-in!

This doesn’t need to connect to your phone in any way, with Alexa integrated directly into the car mount itself. Two noise-canceling mics ensure that the device doesn’t miss a command and you get access to everything Alexa is capable of, including a range of over 70,000 Alexa Skills. Of course, you also get to take advantage of iOttie’s Easy One Touch Connect mechanism to easily place and remove your phone from the car mount. No pricing information is available yet, but the car mount will be available later this quarter.

iOttie Auto Sense car mount

iOttie auto sense car mount

If you’re too lazy to use the Easy One Touch Connect mechanism found with other iOttie car mounts, the company has a solution for you. The Auto Sense car mount uses a proximity sensor to know when you are moving the phone towards the car mount and opens its motorized arms to let you keep the phone. The arms then automatically close and hold the phone in place. The car mount also comes with a 10W wireless charging pad to charge any smartphone that supports the Qi-wireless charging standard. The iOttie Auto Sense car mount will launch later this year priced at $55.

Nomadplug travel adapter

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Travel adapters are a dime a dozen, but what makes the Nomadplug stand out is the fact that it is guaranteed to work in 195 countries, while most work in up to 160 and often not even that many. The premium build quality is a huge positive and its unique design makes for a device that is quite compact despite its impressive capabilities. The travel plug also features a built-in 5,000mAh power bank with two USB-A ports and one USB-C port. Prototypes of the device were shown off at CES and the final product is expected to ship to Indiegogo backers in March. When released, the Nomadplug is expected to be around $120.

Mophie Powerstation PD portable power banks

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Mophie introduced two new portable power banks at CES – the Powerstation PD and the Powerstation PD XL. The former comes with a built-in battery of 6,700mAh and the XL stays true to its name with its 10,050mAh capacity. Both power banks come with a USB-C PD input and output port and a USB-A port, allowing you to charge two mobile devices simultaneously. Both Powerstations come with a textured design that looks great and keeps them safe from scratches and scuffs. Both the Powerstation PD and the Powerstation PD XL are available now from Mophie and are priced at $59.95 and $79.95 respectively.

So there you have it for this roundup of some of the best mobile accessories that were seen at CES 2019! Don’t forget to check out our extensive CES coverage for a ton of cool new products that were launched at the event, and you can find more roundups like this below –

Watch TV for free with the refurb Mohu Leaf 50 HDTV Antenna at $30 off

This HDTV antenna is capable of picking up channels from up to 50 miles away.

As cable companies conspire to raise prices and combat cord cutting, it’s about time to think about cutting the cord yourself. The Mohu Leaf 50 is a thin, indoor HDTV antenna that can help you do just that, and today you can grab one for your home at $29.91 in certified refurbished condition. This antenna regularly sells for twice this price when purchased brand new, though you can currently find it discounted to $45.91. Either option you choose makes for a great deal, though the refurbished version is the best option at $15 less. It’s been tested and inspected professionally to ensure it works like new.

This paper-thin antenna supports 1080p resolution and is capable of receiving channels from up to 50 miles away, such as ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC, PBS, and more. If you’re unsure of whether that’d work for you, be sure to check this site beforehand as it lists which channels the antenna would be able to pick up in your area. It’s reversible and can be painted so you can figure out how best to have it match the decor in your home.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for an antenna that’s 4K-compatible, the Mohu Curve is the better buy. Plus, it’s now on sale for $52.47, saving you $18 off its regular price.

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These are the best microSD cards for the Razer Phone 2

The Razer Phone 2 offers a slew of improvements over Razer’s first attempt at making a gaming phone, but one spec they didn’t budge on was internal storage. The 64GB might be enough for most, but it can fill up fast if you install a ton of premium games from the Google Play Store and download your favorite music and Netflix shows for offline viewing. Fortunately, Razer has included a microSD slot for expandable storage so here are the best options

Best overall pick

Samsung 128GB EVO Plus

There’s going to be a lot of back and forth between Samsung and SanDisk on this list, but only the former offers a 128GB card with slightly faster write speeds than the others for under $30.

$28 at Amazon

Double up for less

Samsung 64GB EVO

There are smaller cards available for less, but to double up your phone’s storage for just $15 — how can you turn that down? Samsung’s EVO microSD cards are incredibly reliable and a great option for your Razer Phone 2 if you don’t want to spend much to double up your phone’s storage.

$15 at Amazon

Durable and fast

SanDisk Extreme 64GB

SanDisk’s 64GB microSD card is a bit pricier than Samsung’s, but it’s fully capable of recording 4K UHD video and is backed by a lifetime warranty. As the “Extreme” branding suggests, these cards have been designed to withstand all sorts of stress and even radiation so you never have to worry about durability.

$29 at Amazon

Triple-up for less

Sandisk Ultra 200GB

There are listings for the SanDisk Ultra 200GB on Amazon for $10 less— but a concerning number of customer reviews stating the card they received is fake. Some deals are too good to be true, but this card is still a great value for around $50.

$53 at Amazon

Bring it all with you

Samsung Evo Plus 256GB

Any card that’s 256GB or bigger is going to probably be for someone who wants to migrate a huge library of games, movies, and TV shows onto their phone. The Razer Phone 2 is also a great device for gaming emulation and watching content on the go. This is a top-class microSD that’s sold directly via Amazon.

$55 at Amazon

Most space possible

PNY Elite 512GB

We’re honestly not sure how you plan to fill a 512GB card, but if you think you need that much space the Razer Phone 2 can handle it with ease. The camera on the Razer Phone 2 is not entirely worthy of all of what this card can do, but if you’ll certainly be able to take photos and videos at the top settings.

$280 at Amazon

Speaking from experience, having the ability to sideload your own content onto the Razer Phone 2 is a wonderful feature for retro gamers and movie fans. The Razer Phone 2, in particular, has a really great combo of display and front-facing speakers watching media and gaming on the go. For most people, the Samsung 128GB EVO Plus card will be your best option thanks to its great balance of speed, storage space, and most importantly the price.

The new National Geographic app looks nice, but still needs a bit of work

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  • National Geographic launched a new app on the Play Store.
  • The app replaces the current National Geographic magazine app.
  • Unfortunately, only folks in the U.S. and Canada can download the new app.

National Geographic launched a new app for folks in the U.S. and Canada. The app replaces the current National Geographic magazine app and looks very clean, but it needs just a bit more time in the oven.

Opening the app brings you to the Home section, which features four tabs: For You, Read, Look, and Watch. As the name suggests, the For You tab is a list of personalized and curated content that updates as you consume more stories.

If curation isn’t your jam, the Read and Look tabs let you read articles and look at pictures, respectively. The Watch tab contains numerous National Geographic clips. You’ll still have to download the Nat Geo TV app if you want full episodes.

The next app section is Magazine, which contains National Geographic’s current and previous magazines. You can even go all the way back to the original issue in 1888.

The last two sections are Search — in addition to a search bar, the section contains a small list of trending topics you can search — and Settings.

The app sections and tabs help navigation remain as straightforward as possible. It also helps that the app as a whole is aesthetically pleasing, though haters of white app backgrounds should look away.

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My only issue with the new National Geographic app is the performance and a bug or two in some areas. For example, the most recent National Geographic magazine didn’t show up for me after I finished watching a video in the Watch tab. I had to load in older magazines for the newest magazine to show up again.

Another bug I encountered was in the Watch tab, where the Nat Geo TV app ad at the top was absent for a few seconds after I finished a video. Finally, the Settings section was a stuttering mess before smoothing things over on its own.

I’m sure National Geographic will improve the app’s performance and squash some bugs in future updates. In the meantime, you can download the new app at the link below.

Huawei’s Android 9 Pie-based EMUI 9.0 rolling out globally (Update: India, too!)

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Update, January 11, 2019 (1:54PM EST): Honor announced that the EMUI 9.0 update is rolling out to the Honor 10, Honor View 10, and Honor Play in India. Don’t fret if you live in India and don’t get the update right away — the rollout will likely happen over the next few days and even weeks, so be patient.

Original article, December 19, 2018 (6:35PM EST): Huawei recently announced that its EMUI 9.0 Android overlay is rolling out to supported devices around the world.

In the next few days, EMUI 9.0 will roll out to the following devices:

The EMUI 9.0 update weighs around 4GB, so make sure you’re on a decent Wi-Fi connection. Those on the EMUI 9.0 beta can expect a smaller 770MB update to the stable release.

Keep in mind that the list of supported devices may grow over time. Devices like the Honor 8X, Huawei Mate 20 Lite, Honor 8C, and similarly-new Huawei and Honor devices might also get EMUI 9.0 down the road.

Based on Android 9 Pie, EMUI 9.0 uses AI to increase the system response speed by 25.8 percent. Huawei also claims that EMUI 9.0 shortens app startup by 102ms and increases overall system fluency by 12.9 percent compared to EMUI 8.1.

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EMUI 9.0 also features GPU Turbo 2.0, the next iteration of Huawei’s game optimization software. Huawei claims that GPU Turbo 2.0 lowers touch delays by 36 percent and decreases hot spots temperature by up to 3.6 degrees Celsius compared to EMUI 8.1.

You’ll also find Huawei’s versions of certain Google features in EMUI 9.0. For example, Digital Balance and HiVision take clear inspiration from Digital Wellbeing and Google Lens, respectively.

Finally, EMUI 9.0 includes a gesture-based system and a more streamlined experience that cuts the number of menus down from 940 to 843.

If you have a Huawei or Honor device that runs EMUI 9.0, let us know your experiences in the comments below!

Sony Mobile exec confirms new “products” will be revealed at MWC 2019

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Sony Mobile has not had much luck convincing smartphone consumers to buy their handsets over the competition. However, the Japan-based company isn’t throwing in the towel just yet. In a chat conducted during CES 2019, Digital Trends chatted with Don Mesa, Sony Mobile’s vice president of Marketing, who confirmed that the company is “going to be announcing products” at the Mobile World Congress trade show in late February.

Mesa didn’t get into specifics, but it’s likely that Sony Mobile will announce the rumored Xperia XZ4 at MWC. Recent unconfirmed reports and unofficial renders claim the phone will have, among other things, a triple rear camera and no rear fingerprint reader.

Mesa did state that it wants to “deliver a much better camera experience” and added that what they show at MWC “will be a first step showing the direction we are going.”

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It appears as that Sony Mobile has also decided not to release smaller smartphones under the Xperia Compact brand anymore. Mesa stated that “people want a lot more surface area for their content now,” which makes it sound like we can only expect phones with larger screen sizes from the company.

Mesa also didn’t offer any information on when Sony Mobile might release a 5G phone, saying that they don’t want to rush into things and that they want a 5G phone experience to be a good one.

Google is discontinuing the Chromecast Audio

Chromecast Audio

Since its release in September 2015, the Chromecast Audio has been a quick and easy way to add smart functionality to standard speakers. Unfortunately, after being on the market for just over three years, Google is discontinuing the product. 

A U.K. customer (who shared their story on Reddit) purchased a Chromecast Audio over the holidays only to have their order canceled. When asked why this happened, customer service informed them that Google was killing the product so the purchase couldn’t be fulfilled. 

When asked about this claim, Google confirmed to 9to5Google that it would be discontinuing the Chromecast Audio:

Our product portfolio continues to evolve, and now we have a variety of products for users to enjoy audio. We have therefore stopped manufacturing our Chromecast Audio products. We will continue to offer assistance for Chromecast Audio devices, so users can continue to enjoy their music, podcasts and more.

This turn of events is a shame, mainly because the Chromecast Audio made it so easy to control music on a variety of speakers from a Google Home. But because most modern speakers released these days include Assistant or Alexa integration, the search giant didn’t see a reason to continue manufacturing the inexpensive accessory.  

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Going forward, the closest replacement for the accessory is the Amazon Echo Input. This $35 device attaches to regular speakers via a 3.5mm audio cable or Bluetooth and adds Alexa. 

 The Chromecast Audio is still listed as available on the Google Store for $15 if you want to try and buy one. After that, you’ll have to find used models at secondhand stores as places like Best Buy stopped selling it some time ago.