Deal: 1More dual driver headphones now just $45.99

1More Dual Driver Headphones

If Santa didn’t bring you a new pair of headphones this Christmas, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. After all, you’re going to need some crystal clear sound to face that commute on Monday.

The 1More dual driver headphones might be just the thing. These high-powered, in-ear headphones are a perfect balance of top engineering and affordability, especially while this deal lasts.

The real selling point of these buds is the dual driver technology. Most headphones just use one driver, which is often an inadequate compromise between highs lows. The result is often distortion and loss of detail.

The 1More headphones split the workload across two specialized drivers. One is a balanced armature driver for sizzling clear highs, and the other is a state-of-the-art graphene driver for perfected definition and deep bass.1More Dual Driver Headphones

There are a host of other nice touches to these headphones too, such as Kevlar braided cable for extra durability.

1More dual driver headphones at a glance:

  • Upgraded drivers deliver an extremely accurate listening experience with unsurpassed clarity.
  • Aluminum alloy body comes with a Kevlar core braided cable for lasting durability and resilience.
  • Oblique-angled ear fittings naturally match your ear canals for added comfort.
  • Convenient in-line controls allow you to control volume, select songs, and take calls.
  • New and improved L-shaped 3.5mm plug provides added security and durability.

The 1More dual driver headphones have a retail value of around $60, but there’s a tasty promotion right now over at Tech Deals. Until Saturday, you can get the headphones for just $45.99.

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Mint Mobile is introducing higher data plans (and higher prices)

It had to happen eventually.

One of the things that makes Mint Mobile stand out against the competition is its unique pricing structure; instead of paying for one month of service at a time, you buy months in bulk. Each plan comes with unlimited talk, text, and 2G data, and you simply select your 4G data allotment and bulk amount — three, six, or twelve months at once — and pay a lump sum that’s sometimes even cheaper than a single month with a major carrier.

Starting January 29th, though, those plans are going to change a bit. Mint is kicking up the amount of data you get with each plan — the baseline 2GB offering increases to 3GB, the 5GB plan bumps up to 8GB, and the top-end 10GB plan will move up to 12GB. While that’s all good news at first glance, the catch is, of course, that Mint will also be charging more for these new plans.

Mint’s three-month plans used to max out at $25 per month (totaling out to $75 for the bundle), but that’ll soon be the cheapest option, netting you 3GB of 4G data each month. For 12GB, you’ll need to shell out $45 for each month (that’s $135 total, nearly double the previous price of 10GB).

Luckily, things aren’t nearly as grim with the six-month plans. The previous $18/mo 2GB plan is now $20/mo for 3GB. $24/mo for 5GB becomes $25/mo for 8GB, and $30/mo for 10GB becomes $35/mo for 12GB. If you’re buying your service a year at a time, the prices actually aren’t changing at all — you’ll get the higher data allotments for the same $15/mo, $20/mo, and $25/mo bundles.

The good news is that if you already have Mint service, you’ll be grandfathered into the current pricing and still get the new, higher data allowances. That also applies to new customers that sign up before the changeover on the 29th — meaning this is a great time to sign up for Mint if you’ve been considering it. So long as there’s solid T-Mobile coverage in your area, it’s a great option to save you a ton on phone service.

Read more: Mint Mobile review: Cheaper, better prepaid cellular plans

The best free Android games to play in 2019

Here’s our roundup of the very best free Android games available in the Google Play Store right now.

Have some time to kill and only your trusty Android phone to keep you company? Take a gander at some of the most exciting, engaging, and free games that you can download from the Google Play Store. We have a healthy mix including shooters, puzzle games, racing, and lots more.

If you’re itching for something new and you’re able to stomach a few in-app purchases prompts, read on!

PUBG Mobile

It’s pretty incredible how well PUBG Mobile plays on Android. This is a massive PvP battle royale game that pits 100 players against each other on a massive island loaded with weapons, ammo, tactical gear, and vehicles. You drop in as a solo player or as part of a team and must use all your best skills to take down your opponents until you’re the last man standing.

It’s not unheard of for a popular PC or console release to find its way to Android, but you’ll be surprised at how well PUBG plays on a smartphone. The developers have made it easier for mobile players to pick up and manage items, and have also added bots in the lowest ranks to help ease players into the game experience. Bluetooth controller support would be a nice addition, but the touch controls are some of the best I’ve seen for a shooter on mobile.

It also allows you to scale back the graphics so you can enjoy smooth gameplay even when playing on an older device. If you’ve got a newer device, crank those settings to the max and enjoy one of the best looking mobile games I’ve played in a long while.

PUBG Mobile somehow delivers all the epic moments you’d expect the PC game scaled down perfectly for mobile devices. Best of all, it’s free to play and features four unique maps to choose from along with multiple game mode and your choice of playing in first- or third-person view. Get your squad together, and I’ll see you on the battlegrounds!

Download: PUBG Mobile (Free)

Brawl Stars

Developed by Supercell, Brawl Stars is a fast-paced arena brawler that is unlike most other games on the Play Store. It’s a departure from the Clash of Clans universe that has made Supercell a household name and instead lets players team up in a MOBA game that differentiates itself from others in the genre with its colorful and cartoony look that’s backed by great gameplay variety.

There are multiple game modes available, which rotate every couple of hours so there’s always something new to play whenever you log into the app. These modes include:

  • Gem Grab: teams collect gems which spawn at the center of the map, and the first team to collect and hold 10 or more gems for 15 seconds win
  • Heist: teams must defend their safe of gems while strategically attacking the other team’s safe.
  • Showdown: a Battle Royale mode with up to 10 players that’s available for solo players or duos.
  • Bounty: teams battle to collect stars which are earned by kill opponents. The more kills you get without dying the bigger the star bounty on your own head.
  • Brawl Ball: a soccer match featuring the Brawl Stars cast. The first team to score two goals wins.
  • Robo Rumble: a time-based special event where teams of three take on wave after wave of robot enemies that include boss robots with very high hitpoints and damage.

Individually, each game mode is fun in its own unique way and could easily be its own standalone app, but by including all six modes on a rotating basis Supercell has elevated Brawl Stars to the next level. This is a really well-made game that just recently got a major update that overhauled the graphics with a fresh 3D-style design that looks even better. The only downside is the crate unlocking and card collecting aspects of the game, but at least it’s all performance based rewards and doesn’t require you to arbitrarily wait hours to unlock each crate.

Download: Brawl Stars (Free w/IAPs)

Stranger Things: The Game

Ostensibly a marketing tool for the second season of the Netflix series, Stranger Things: The Game is a surprisingly great game. All the characters, settings, and themes from the source material are converted into a pixel-retro action adventure game similar in gameplay style to the Adventures of Zelda.

There’s a full story to unfold as you start out controlling Hawkins Police Chief Jim Hopper, as he receives a late-night call about four missing children and heads out to investigate. Where other 2D adventure games try and use a digital d-pad for control, Stranger Things uses a simple tap control system that really works well. The game is a good mix of puzzle-solving and action, with characters to unlock and add to your party. There’s a surprising amount of depth to this game and everything feels complete for a free game.

It’s nice to see Netflix publishing games based on its intellectual properties, and they deserve full credit along with the developers at BonusXP Inc. for going above and beyond here. This game could have been filled with ads, in-app purchases as is the trend with other free mobile games — but it’s not. It’s a standout game that just happens to double as a playable ad for a TV show.

Download: Stranger Things: The Game (Free)

Ancestor

Ancestor is a fast-paced puzzler mixed with a side-scrolling action runner. You’ll need sharp reflexes and quick thinking if you have any hopes of getting far in this game.

You play as a cloaked hero who must traverse dangerous lands filled with traps and enemies — all with the help of a mysterious orb that shoots lasers. Clear the path ahead by solving quick puzzles and shooting down enemies — including boss battles — as the game adapts to your skills and ups the difficulty as you go. It’s a free game with in-app purchases available to customize your character and the laser orb, but you can also unlock all items by collecting the in-app currency during gameplay.

Download: Ancestor (Free, IAPs)

Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go Is still going strong nearly three years after it was announced, so chances are you’re already out there exploring your city and attempting to catch ’em all.

Developed by Niantic, Pokémon Go is the game that ushered in the new craze of games based on augmented reality, but it’s the most fleshed out and fun to play. Pokémon Go is based on the Ingress platform, Niantic’s first breakthrough game (which, coincidentally, was previously featured on this very list), and the game forces you to get out and explore your neighborhood as you search for wild Pokémon to catch and PokéStops to stock up on crucial items like Pokéballs.

The game has evolved quite a bit since that first summer of 2016 and now features some great social events such as raids and most recently added trainer battles that finally let you battle your pals using your favorite Pokémon.

Pokémon Go has managed to maintain it’s status as one of the most popular mobile games, and it’s still worth checking out in 2019!

Download: Pokémon Go (Free, IAPs)

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Vainglory

Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games have been blowing up the PC gaming world recent years — think League of Legends or DOTA2. If you’re looking for a quality MOBA game for your mobile device, one game has risen to the top: Vainglory.

This game is the complete package, featuring all the frantic MOBA action fans of the genre have come to expect — jump into a quick match with random teammates and opponents, create your own party of friends and take on all comers, or chill offline and practice your strategies against bots. There are five hero classes featuring a total of 25 unique heroes to unlock, upgrade and take into battle. The touch controls are smooth and easy to pick up, so you’ll be able to jump right into the heat of the battle instantly. As you fight your way down the lane, there’s a significant upgrade system that branches out, allowing you to react and counter your enemies more effectively.

If you’re new to the MOBA genre, no worries! After introducing you to the gameplay fundamentals on the first launch, Vainglory also features the Academy, an extensive tutorial section that will help you bolster your skills and abilities in the game. There’s also a ton of things to unlock, live events to participate in, and a bustling online community on Twitch, Jump in!

Vainglory is a free download in the Google Play Store with optional in-app purchases available.

Download: Vainglory (Free, w/IAPs)

Asphalt 9: Legends

Asphalt 9: Legends is the latest entry in this celebrated mobile racing game franchise and brings more of the frantic arcade racing action you love. The Asphalt series has always skipped over all pretensions of realism — outside of the photo-realistic car renders — to provides an over-the-top, high-octane experience with all the fixings. Players can work their way through career mode where you unlock new rides and upgrades for your garage and cars, or take the competition online in multiplayer.

The incredibly polished graphics and outstanding soundtrack make Asphalt 9 an adrenaline trip you won’t soon forget.

Download: Asphalt 9: Legends (Free, w/IAPs)

Smash Hit

Smash Hit is the Android equivalent of a “greatest hit” title at this point. For a time, Smash Hit was one of the best-looking and smoothest to play games on the Google Play Store, and this minimalist target shooting game is still pretty fun to pick up and play in 2019 where players tap the screen to toss a marble and shatter glass obstacles. If you bump into something you lose marbles. Lose all your marbles and it’s game over. Every section is littered with power-ups and fresh batches of marbles to keep you going. If you manage to keep hitting the marble refill crystals without missing, you can fire off two, three, or five marbles at once.

Though it’s a simple, on-rails shooter, Smash Hit’s polished physics make for a massively accessible and compelling experience. If you love the developer’s style of gameplay and design you should definitely check out their other cool game PinOut, a futuristic take on an endless pinball table.

Download: Smash Hit (Free, w/ Pro upgrade)

Alto’s Odyssey

Alto’s Odyssey is the highly anticipated sequel to Alto’s Adventure, another fantastic free-to-play game on Android.

Odyssey is an absolutely beautiful game that features simple controls and endless replayability. The game builds off of the physics introduced in Alto’s Adventure and feels quite familiar except for Odyssey swapping the snowy mountain setting for a diverse setting that transitions from desert dunes to lush temple sections. Odyssey has introduced some fun new gameplay mechanics including hot air balloons, wall riding along rock features, and dust devils that will toss your character into the air. It all comes together to feel like a unique adventure, taking the best parts from the first game and adding new ways for linking tricks and exploring the slopes.

As with the first game, Odyssey is free to download on Android with in-app purchases available for speeding up your progress through the game and removing ads.

Download: Alto’s Odyssey (Free, w/IAPs)

Modern Strike Online: PRO FPS

Of all the free-to-play first-person shooters on the Google Play Store, Modern Strike Online stands out to me for its classic CounterStrike-style gameplay and how quick and easy it is to jump into a game — and isn’t that the point?

Modern Strike Online offers a pure online FPS experience packed with many great quick match options available. You earn experience as you play that levels you up to unlock new game modes. There are six game modes in total which include most of the standard fare you’d expect — free-for-all, team deathmatch, seek and destroy, and a hardcore mode. In-game currency can be bought via in-app purchases or earned via daily rewards, crates and generally kicking ass, which can then be spent on new weapons, armor, and accessories for your character. There’s a decent amount of customization available for kitting, with over 30 types of weapons available to rent or buy. Yes, there’s the occasional in-game ad and constant pressure to invest real cash (as is the case with most free mobile games these days) but it’s not terribly invasive and there’s plenty of fun and loot to be had relying on the free crates and daily rewards.

Download: Modern Strike Online: PRO FPS (Free, w/IAPs)

Clash Royale

If you’ve grown tired of Clash of Clans gameplay but still love the characters and world that the folks at Supercell have created, you should definitely check out Clash Royale. Unlock and upgrade troops, build your battle deck, and take on real-life opponents in real-time battles.

Join or create a clan and share cards and strategies with friends from around the world. You’ll need to employ quick thinking and genuine strategy to win, so you’ll be compelled to keep tweaking your decks by working in new cards. This game’s been around for a few years now, so there’s a ton of grinding and chest unlocks ahead for newer players to rank up and unlock all the best troop cards and whatnot. It makes the in-app purchases all the more intriguing for anyone looking to upgrade faster and be somewhat competitive in the higher ranks. Nevertheless, it’s still a really fun game to play in the lower ranks and especially against friends.

Download: Clash Royale (Free, w/IAPs)

Sky Force Reloaded

Sky Force Reloaded is one of those pure games that’s just a blast to play. It’s a top-down shooter that harkens back to the classic retro genre with gorgeous graphics and challenging gameplay.

Blast your way through nine action-packed missions as you take down enemies while dodging the attacks they send back your way. Collect stars and upgrade your ships as you try to earn all medals on each mission at each difficulty level. It’s an incredibly well-polished game from a storied and celebrated franchise, making Sky Force Reloaded an absolute must-play.

Download: Sky Force Reloaded (Free, w/IAPs)

Updated January 2019: Revamped our picks for 2019 to include the best free games from last year and beyond!

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How much faster is the OnePlus 6T McLaren’s Warp Charge 30?

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Warp Charge cable

One of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition’s key differentiators from its regular sibling, other than the $70 price difference, is the introduction of 30W “Warp Charge 30” technology. This speedy bit of tech promises to power up the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition to 50% in just 20 minutes. On paper, it sounds a lot faster than the OnePlus 6T’s standard 20W fast charging.

To find out if this bit of technology is worth the extra cost, we stuck the two phones side by side and charged them up using the chargers and cables provided by OnePlus. I kept track of both the charger’s output wattage and charging times to give us a bigger picture of how the technology works.

Warp Charge vs Fast Charge

First, let’s deal with the claim OnePlus makes inside the case of the McLaren edition. The text claims that Warp Charge 30 can power the phone up to “50% capacity in just 20 minutes”, at least under the company’s lab test conditions.

This seems to be bang on in our testing, although you’ll have to leave the phone alone during this time and turn off battery-sapping features like GPS. Warp Charge managed to fill 50 percent of the 3,750mAh battery in 20 minutes and 5 seconds. That’s clearly better than the regular OnePlus 6T, which managed 38 percent in that same timeframe.

Graphy of OnePlus 6T Warp Charge time and speed

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition hits peak charging wattage at about 25W, making good on its extra capabilities. However, this 25W peak appears only when the battery is quite low. Warp charge offers just a temporary burst of current to kickstart a recharge, hitting around 5.6 amps, before returning to a safer and more familiar level after about the first 15 minutes of charging.

Warp Charging only speeds up the charging process when the battery level is below 40 percent. Afterward, the charging curves ascend at identical rates on both phones. The end result is that the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition can fully charge in one hour flat, while the regular model takes an extra 21 minutes.

Warp Charge offers faster charging when the battery is below 40 percent

The regular OnePlus 6T caps out at about 15W, providing up to about 3.8 amps of current at 4 volts when the battery is essentially empty. After the initial juice up, both phones’ charging power is much closer together, ranging between 15 and 12 watts as the battery charges up. The last five percent or so sees both fall to approximately 3 watts.

If you’re worried about temperature, the McLaren Edition’s internal temperature readings peaked at 33.5oC during charging. Meanwhile, the regular OnePlus 6T hit 32.6oC, so there’s only a margin of error difference between the two and neither phone approaches unsafe charging temperatures.

A note on compatibility

Warp Charge 30 is a McLaren Edition exclusive and you can’t obtain this faster-charging speed just by plugging a regular OnePlus 6T into the faster charger. It still charges quickly, but not at full Warp Charge capabilities. Similarly, if you plug the McLaren model into a regular 6T charger, you’re stuck at 20 rather than 30W charging.

There are a few reasons for this. First, the McLaren Edition has a modified battery protection structure to deal with the extra current. This makes the phone safe to use with faster charging without overheating the battery. Secondly, the new charger and cable itself are designed for higher current. The wiring is thicker and the charging scheme actually uses more wires and USB pins to handle up to 6 amps of current.

With that in mind, you’ll want to charge up the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition with the cable and charger provided in the box. As it’s a proprietary standard, you won’t obtain the same Warp Charge capabilities with third-party cables and chargers.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition

Quicker pit stops

At just $70 more, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition and its little extras might be a tempting buy for those looking for a slightly more premium experience. Unfortunately, we found that the extra 2GB of RAM makes no difference to the performance of the more expensive handset. 10GB RAM is overkill for anything that you can throw at a modern smartphone.

The value proposition is better with Warp Charge 30. There’s a tangible difference to overall charge times, with the McLaren edition knocking off about 20 minutes to full capacity. More importantly, though, Warp Charge offers more power for charging when the phone is nearly empty. Hitting 40 percent in the first 15 minutes and 70 percent after 30 minutes means that just a short charge should give you enough juice to get through the day.

The regular OnePlus 6T charges quickly enough for most people. However, the McLaren Edition really starts to give the fastest charging phones, such as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Oppo R17 Pro a closer run for their money.

‘Lithium’ is a pro 3D film rig for the Red Hydrogen One, because why not

The Red Hydrogen One was one of the most highly-anticipated smartphones of 2018 — and unfortunately landed as a dud with bad reviews and underwhelming photography (which should have been its main appeal).

Now, via Red’s Facebook page, we know that not only is the company standing by the Red Hydrogen One, but it’s also releasing a sure-to-be-expensive 3D filmmaking rig for the smartphone. The company refers to the rig as “Lithium,” but it’s not clear if that will be its official release name.

Using Lithium, filmmakers will be able to film cinema-quality 3D stereoscopic images while viewing what they create in real-time on the Hydrogen One. Check out the image of the rig below:

An official image of the Lithium camera for the Red Hydrogen One. Facebook

What you’ll do is film your scene with the Lithium camera while your Red Hydrogen One smartphone processes the 3D imagery and displays a rough draft of the scene. Using this method, directors won’t have to film a scene, convert it to 3D, note any changes, and then re-film. Instead, they’ll be able to see what it will look like on the Hydrogen One, make adjustments as necessary, and then film the scene.

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Theoretically, this will dramatically cut down on the time it takes to shoot a 3D film scene, which is surely a welcome advancement for filmmakers around the world.

However, there are two major issues. The first is the obvious problem of the Red Hydrogen One being a big disappointment on numerous levels, which likely is preventing filmmakers from buying one in the first place. Additionally, its $1,300 price tag makes it a sizable investment.

The second issue is that 3D films are not doing so hot right now. According to Collider, “box office revenues for 3D films in the U.S. and Canada fell 18% in 2017 to $1.3 billion,” and that decline has continued through 2018.

In other words, Red is introducing a 3D filmmaking tool which attaches to an expensive, poorly-reviewed phone at a time when people aren’t so interested in 3D films. Nice.

Red didn’t announce a release date or price for the Lithium camera attachment.

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How to make your PS4 fit in perfectly with your entertainment center

The first thing you’ll do after receiving a PlayStation 4 Pro is immediately take it out of the box and think about where it will go on your media center. How much space does it need? Should I get a wall mount? What will make it look better? You have plenty of options to make your PS4 Pro the perfect centerpiece to your media center.

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Since you likely already have a media center, make sure that there’s some open space available either on top or on an open shelf. If you have no room on your media center, you’ll want a wall mount. PS4 consoles need open space on the sides and back in order to breathe and circulate air so they don’t overheat.

The Guide

  1. Clean your media center and remove any dust on its surfaces.
  2. Place your console in an area where it leaves at least a few inches of open space on its sides and back for the air to circulate.
  3. Make sure any cords and cables are well-hidden behind the media center so that it does not look cluttered.
  4. Decorate as you see fit with accent lighting and more.

What else can I do?

As I mentioned in step four above, once the console is in its desired location you can decorate around it as you see fit. Personal preferences will vary from person to person, but buying some LED accent lighting always adds a nice touch to your media center, especially when you can get that perfect PlayStation-blue color glowing.

If you’re looking for space savers, consider picking up a media storage shelf and DualShock 4 charging station. These go an incredibly long way in keeping your media center looking organized.

And if you just don’t have the room on your media center for the console, pick up a wall mount for it. Wall mounts are another great way to save space and they allow your PS4 Pro to circulate air in an open environment. Combining a wall mount and some accent lighting will take your media center to the next level.

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PlayStation 4 Pro

$400 at Amazon

Sony’s best

If you’re willing to shell out the extra cash, the PlayStation 4 Pro is the best way to play Sony’s premiere exclusive games catalogue.

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HIDEit PS4 Pro Wall Mount

$23 at Amazon

Space saving

Wall mounts are the perfect marriage of form and function, saving you space on your media center while providing a way for air to efficiently flow around the console.

Our pick

Stealth Mini Media Storage Shelf

$20 at Amazon

Organization heaven

Throwing your game discs inside of a drawer you’ll never use doesn’t help anyone. Keep your games organized with the storage shelf.

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PowerA DualShock 4 Charging Station

$18 at Amazon

Convenience

If you don’t want your controllers just laying around in random places or getting lost, this charging stand will be your best friend.

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Vansky LED Lighting Backlight

$15 at Amazon

Ambient colors

Let’s be honest. Accent lighting makes (nearly) everything look better, especially when it comes to our electronics. Switch to a nice blue hue and play your games in style.

USB Type-C, ‘the single cable of the future,’ will be more secure soon

With the vast majority of new Android devices supporting USB Type-C technology and USB Type-C ports showing up on lots of other new devices, there’s a good chance you already have more than a few pieces of tech with Type-C ports.

While having one cable for everything is incredibly convenient, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) — the big kahuna of USB technology — is worried about the future security of USB Type-C. That’s why the organization is rolling out its USB Type-C Authentication Program which it hopes will help make Type-C systems more secure.

The purpose of the program is to create a secure handshake between different USB Type-C devices. Let’s say, for example, you’re at the airport and want to charge your phone at one of those charging kiosks. However, you’re worried about the security of that charging terminal — is it compromised? With the authentication program in place, you won’t have to worry, as your phone will instantly approve (or deny) any connection using a database of certified equipment.

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However, for now, the authentication program is going to be optional, which obviously will prevent it from having much effect. In the future, though, the program could become mandatory which will help all USB Type-C equipment stay safe.

USB-IF president Jeff Ravencraft believes USB Type-C is “the single cable of the future.” If the connection protocol does, in fact, become the “one cable to rule them all,” we’re going to need as many security systems as possible to prevent nefarious persons from abusing the ubiquity of cables and ports.

This year, the latest iPads even include USB Type-C ports, the first Apple mobile product not to use one of the company’s proprietary ports. If even Apple is on board, USB Type-C could really be the cable of the future.

NEXT: It’s 2018 and USB Type-C is still a mess

T-Mobile offering BOGO Samsung Galaxy Watch deal (with lots of requirements)

It’s only the first few days into 2019, and T-Mobile is already offering a pretty decent deal. Right now, there’s a buy-one-get-one-free promotion at T-Mobile for the Samsung Galaxy Watch in both the 42mm and 46mm case sizes.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is the latest-and-greatest wearable from Samsung, released alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The smartwatch does away with the “Gear” branding and offers a good combination of features. Here at Android Authority, we voted it the best smartwatch of 2018.

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As has become the norm with T-Mobile promotions, there are a lot of caveats to this Samsung Galaxy Watch deal (which doesn’t seem very “uncarrier,” but whatever). To help you navigate the offer, we’ll do our best to summarize how it works below.

  • This deal is open to both new and existing customers, even those of you who already have a smartwatch linked to your T-Mobile account.
  • You will need to buy a Samsung Galaxy Watch (in either case size) under an installment plan. You’ll pay $0 down and then pay $15.63 per month for 24 months (for the 42mm size) or $16.67 per month for 24 months (for the 46mm size).
  • That watch will need to be connected to a new Data with Paired DIGITS plan, which costs $10 per month.
  • With one Samsung Galaxy Watch on your account connected to a DIGITS plan, you can then get a second Samsung Galaxy Watch under one of the previously-mentioned installment plans. You will also need to connect it to a DIGITS plan.
  • The cheaper of the two watches will be paid off by T-Mobile via monthly bill credits, which will begin after two billing cycles.
  • If you leave T-Mobile prior to paying off the watches, the total remaining price for both watches will be due.
  • Additionally, you must maintain the DIGITS plans to get the bill credits.
  • You may get up to six discounted watches with the purchase of six non-discounted watches, for a total of 12 watches.
  • This deal is for well-qualified customers (i.e., those with good credit).

Basically, you’re paying for one watch over 24 months and then T-Mobile is paying for the second watch over 24 months. The only real downside is the DIGITS plans, which may or may not be useful to you (it allows you to use your phone number on your smartwatch).

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Deal: Launch your coding career with this 9-part kit

The Complete Back-End Developer Bundle

Every day is a deal day at AA picks, and today’s offering is for those of you looking to break into the lucrative coding game. The Complete Back-End Developer Bundle is subject to a huge price drop this week, so it’s a great excuse to start training.

The incentives to learn back-end developing skills are obvious: It’s a growing jobs market, the roles often pay well, and in some cases, you can work from anywhere. Whether you prefer that the comfort of your bed or the terrace of a beach bar, it’s quite a perk.

If you’re new to the jargon, the back end of a website refers to the mechanics of it. It’s the part which the user doesn’t see, but it makes the website work. The back-end developers handle the nuts and bolts, while the front-end bods hang the furry dice.

Back-End Developer Bundle

Web development can involve several programming languages. Fortunately, The Complete Back-End Developer Bundle covers the main ones, such as Java, Python, and Ruby. To be an effective back-end developer you should be a jack-of-all-codes.

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The best smart home security systems you can buy

Like all things technology touches, home security systems are evolving. There is still a need (and thus, a market) for traditional monitored security solutions from specialist companies, but many homeowners are moving to a more hands-on security setup because excellent products that are easy to set up are readily available. Just mount it, plug it in, and your home is good to go. Here are some smart home systems that can get you started.

Excellent starter-kit

The Arlo Pro Security System

Night or day, inside or out, the Arlo Pro security system will be sure to keep an eye out on everything you love. Completely weatherproof and with zero wires involved, the Arlo Pro provides two way audio (listen/talk back), a free subscription plan that allows you to store 7 days worth of recording, HD video, and a 100+ decibel siren that won’t hesitate to let you know something is amiss. What’s more, it even has a local storage option through USB devices, perfect if you aren’t satisfied with just cloud storage.

$177 at Amazon

Simple but secure

All New 8-Piece SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security

SimpliSafe system starts with a base station that monitors all the sensors and keeps you connected to SimpliSafe’s service through the internet — with cellular backup in case Wi-Fi goes down — and a keypad to interface with the system itself. All installation is also quick and painless. Unfortunately, some of SimpliSafe’s most important features (24/7 monitoring, and police dispatch) depend on a $15 monthly service contract. While the kit will work efficiently without the subscription, better safe than sorry. Of course, if this kit doesn’t do it for you, there are a number of efficient SimpliSafe security systems that you can access over at Amazon.

$297 at Amazon

Top-notch security

Nest Secure

A basic system comes with a Nest Guard base, two Nest Detects, and two Nest Tags. The Nest Guard includes a keypad to arm the system (you also can do so with your phone). Nest Secure products are wireless and integrate with Nest’s cameras and Google Assistant which makes them “extra smart” through actions or IFTTT integration. You’ll alsowant to invest in Nest Secure, which can offer a variety of security features not included with just the security system.

$499 at Best Buy

Easy set-up

Ring Alarm Home Security System

This Ring Alarm security system comes with a base station, contact sensor, motion detector, keypad, and range extender. The Ring Alarm also allows you to control your Alarm, your Ring doorbells, as well as your security camera from one central location — your phone. And, if you have an Alexa? Even better. You’ll be able to control Alexa solely through your voice and check your system through any Alexa device.

$200 at Amazon

DIY Security System

SmartThings ADT Wireless Home Security

SmartThings is a Samsung-owned smart home platform that has an almost endless selection of sensors and smart switches as well as smart products like lamps or outlets. The ADT Smart hub works as a SmartThings hub and also connects to ADT’s 24/7 professional monitoring service for a monthly fee. You can interact with the system through several different apps from SmartThings or ADT, and it’s fully integrated with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and the Apple Watch.

$199 at Samsung

Security Essentials

Wink Lookout Smart Security Essentials

The starter kit comes with a Wink2 hub, three sensors, and an alarm/chime. This will connect through the Wink app on your phone and is ready to pair with hundreds of other Wink ready products like door locks, cameras, thermostats, and more to provide a full home monitoring solution. It’s more than a security system — it’s also a great way to get started with Wink smart products. A starter kit is $199 and is easy to install with wireless connections to every component.

$199 at Amazon

These are the very best smart home security systems we’ve found this year. All of them have a variety of features, such as heat detection, social media readiness and the likes — but our personal favorite? Well, that has to be the Ring Alarm Home Security System for its accessibility and how it is so easy to set up.