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More than four million digital artists around the world use Clip Studio Paint Pro to create comics, cartoons, and animations. You could be one of them, as this $60 software is just $30 right now.

Clip Studio Paint Pro is a robust software package that digitizes the entire drawing process. As the successor to Manga Studio, it offers features specifically designed for drawing cartoons and comics.

Once you download Clip Studio, you’ll get access to 10,000 downloadable and customizable brushes, tones, 3D models, and 3D drawing figures totally free. You can even sync it with Photoshop and other creative software on the market to take your artwork to the next level.

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Rated as the number one ‘Overall Best Comic Software’ by TopTenReviews, it’s easy to see why millions of illustrators choose Clip Studio. If you’re looking to break into the digital art world, create your own comics, or just upgrade your creative game, this software is an excellent place to start.

Normally, it costs $60, but you can get Clip Studio Paint Pro for 50 percent off for a limited time.

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Learn the ins and outs of Excel for $39

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If you’ve ever had a job where tracking numbers is part of the business (which is pretty much every business) then chances are you’ve dabbled in Microsoft Excel. But, did you know how many functions and short cuts you can actually use Excel for?

Excel is one of the best data organization tools in the world. Now is your chance to receive a Master diploma in Excel from the comfort of your own home.

If you want to land a new job or to increase your value at your current place of work, the eLearnExcel Microsoft Excel Certification School is currently just $39 for lifetime access.

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) quality mark is an internationally-recognized symbol of quality-assured training. The instruction of the eLearnExcel Microsoft Excel Certification School comes straight from The Irish Academy of Computer Training Group.

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  • Get new content as it is continuously updated so you’re always familiar with the newest programs available.
  • Receive an internationally recognized CPD-certified master diploma in Excel upon completion.
  • Create reports and analyze raw data values more effectively.
  • Make calculations of complex formulas easily.
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This well-rounded school will offer you comprehensive knowledge of the powerhouse that is Excel, with a lifetime certification that will increase your value as a professional wherever you go. Enroll for $39 now.

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U.S. Cellular will begin 5G support in the second half of 2019

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U.S. Cellular officially threw its hat into the ring and will roll out its 5G network in the second half of 2019.

According to a press release published yesterday, U.S. Cellular will partner with Ericsson as part of a multi-year agreement. Ericsson will provide the regional carrier with 3GPP standards-based 5G network equipment and software.

U.S. Cellular didn’t say which cities would get first dibs on its 5G network. However, the carrier did announce that it tested its 5G network in rural and suburban environments in Madison, Wisconsin. Virtual reality, augmented reality, and other use-cases were tested under several “real-world conditions.”

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Even with its status as a regional carrier and the fifth-largest U.S. carrier, U.S. Cellular’s timeline for its 5G network rollout doesn’t put it too far away from the major players. Verizon plans to launch its mobile 5G network this spring, while Sprint is eyeing a May launch. Meanwhile, T-Mobile delayed its 5G network rollout to the second half of 2019 and AT&T already started its 5G rollout.

The interesting bit is that U.S. Cellular will not use Huawei-made 5G network equipment. That’s likely a deliberate move on the carrier’s part to avoid any conflict with the government since the U.S. is currently at odds with Huawei.

It’ll be interesting to see what U.S. Cellular’s 5G network looks like in the real world and what the carrier’s first 5G smartphone will be. We’ll make sure to keep you updated once we get more information.

Yes, Samsung Galaxy Fold phone cases are in the works

Samsung Galaxy Fold foldable phone cases The Verge/Spigen
Ever since we knew that foldable phones with flexible displays would go on sale in 2019, a big question we have had is, “How would foldable phone cases be designed and made?” Now we know that at least one major case maker, Spigen, is developing Samsung Galaxy Fold cases that will hopefully work with the device’s unique design.

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The Verge reports that Spigen started developing as many as 20 prototypes for foldable phone cases even before the Galaxy Fold was announced. When the Galaxy Fold’s exact measurements were finally revealed at last week’s Unpacked event, Spigen created a model of the phone so it could start testing case designs.

Spigen plans to release three models for its Galaxy Fold cases: Thin Fit, Ultra Hybrid, and the company’s famous Tough Armor model. The accessories will be made out of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and polycarbonate (PC).

So how is Spigen dealing with the flexible display hinge in the middle of the Galaxy Fold? The article quotes a Spigen rep as saying that for the Tough Armor case, it created a “special constructive structure for bending purposes.” The company doesn’t want to go into too much detail for competitive reasons, so we will have to wait and see if Spigen’s solution works.

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The company is still testing its Galaxy Fold cases but plans to release them before the phone goes on sale on April 26.

The Verge’s article adds that another phone accessory company, Zagg, is also working on foldable case designs, but development has slowed as it doesn’t have access to the Galaxy Fold.

Additionally, there’s no word on if Samsung itself will launch any cases for the device. It will be very interesting to see how top accessory makers deal with the multifaceted handset.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 phones officially support Netflix HDR10 video

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Even though the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e aren’t yet available to the general public, Netflix quietly added HDR10 certification for all three phones.

This is good news for those that want to take advantage of the Galaxy S10 phones’ Dynamic OLED displays, which are the first smartphone displays to support HDR10+. Whereas HDR10 features a set metadata channel, HDR10+ features a dynamic metadata channel with a variable midpoint of the dynamic range. The metadata is then used to adjust brightness levels on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis more accurately.

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However, we don’t have a firm idea of how much Netflix content supports the HDR10+ standard. We should see such content show up more on Netflix over time, thanks to 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. agreeing to support the HDR10+ standard.

Before you play HDR10 content on your Galaxy S10, make sure you have the latest version of Netflix installed — HDR10 content on Netflix won’t play on an older version of the app.

In related news, Netflix also added HD certification for the Galaxy S10 phones and the lower-end Galaxy M-series phones — the latter include the Galaxy M10, M20, and M30. Netflix added HD certification for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, 710, and 855 processors.

Any devices that feature the three aforementioned processors will support Netflix in HD resolution out of the box. That is unless your device doesn’t support Widevine L1.

You can now make Google Duo audio calls on Home speakers

Photograph of Google Home Hub, Home Mini, and Home side by side

Google Duo is becoming an ever more popular option for those wishing to video call someone — especially now that you can make videos calls from the web. But now, Google is expanding Duo’s audio calling feature. As spotted by a user on Twitter, Google Duo audio calls can now be initiated and answered on Home speakers (via Android Police).

The expansion of Google Duo’s audio calls shouldn’t be too surprising. After the Home Hub was released, owners noticed that they could place Duo calls despite the Smart Display not including a webcam. Google confirmed the audio calling functionality to Android Police at that time.

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As long as you already have a Duo account, you can set up audio calls for your smart speakers within the Google Home app. The setting can be found in Account > Settings > Services > Voice & video calls > Voice & Voice Apps.

From our testing, it appears as though the Duo calling feature does not work on third-party Google Assistant speakers. The limitation means that you have to own Home smart speakers to place calls via your phone number or Duo.

What do you think about this new feature? Do you think you’ll ever call someone on Duo over your Google Home speakers? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

You might be able to buy the JBL Link Bar someday

JBL announced the Link Bar in partnership with Google back in May of last year, just before I/O 2018. After missing its stated release window, JBL pushed back the release of the smart soundbar to sometime this spring. Unfortunately, the company is delaying the JBL Link Bar once again.

Android Police received the following screenshot from a reader. On it, you’ll see that the person’s JBL Link Bar pre-order has now been pushed back to July.

JBL Link Bar Delayed Android Police

What made this $400 smart soundbar so intriguing is the fact that it’s both a Google Assistant speaker and Android TV set-top box in one. It’s pricey, but it’s a setup that has never been done before.

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When asked for comment, JBL provided the following statement to Android Police:

The JBL LINK Bar’s in-market availability is now planned for mid-to-late summer. We look forward to bringing this dynamic, smart soundbar to consumers.

Interestingly, B&H Photo still has the JBL Link View listed on its website. While the retailer is no longer selling the device, it does state that pre-orders should begin again on May 1. That fits the expected July ship date, but I wouldn’t recommend putting money down for the soundbar until it’s actually available.

The Onkyo G3 Smart Speaker is now under $100 (deal ends soon)

OK Google, how can I combine a booming sound system with Google Assistant? The answer is the beautifully designed Onkyo G3 Smart Speaker. We were excited to find out that it’s temporarily available today for only $94.99.

As a speaker, the weighty G3 is quite a beast. It has a custom woofer with a massive magnet, a soft-dome tweeter, and a powerful switching amp in a resonance-tuned wood cabinet. The result is crystal clear highs and punchy, deep bass, with the casing specially designed to maximize sound quality.

The Onkyo G3 Smart Speaker has Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in, giving you extra bang for your buck. At the most basic level, you can just tell it what music to play without lifting a finger. This is the tip of the iceberg though. As your home gets smarter, the G3 can really start to compliment every aspect of your day.

Onkyo G3 Smart Speaker

You could be controlling your TV, getting your coffee made, or just looking up baseball stats. This smart speaker can do the hard work for you, all while banging out your favorite tunes.

The Onkyo G3 Smart Speaker at a glance:

  • Comes with Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in for voice-automated media streaming to Chromecast-enabled speakers
  • Features voice control for home automation with compliant devices
  • Crafted for premium high-fidelity sound with 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi for stable audio streaming
  • Non-resonant, computer-modeled wood enclosure with a gloss finish and robust and stylish baffle grille for protection
  • Custom woofer with a massive magnet and balanced dome tweeter produces deep bass, rich mid-range, and clear high-frequency sound
  • Efficient and powerful switching amplification system with noise reduction technology

The retail price of the Onkyo G3 is almost $300, but for the next day or two, it’s available for just $94.99 at Tech Deals. It’s available in black or white, while stocks last.

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T-Mobile offers a free MLB.TV subscription for the 2019 baseball season

T-Mobile offers a free susbcription to MLB.TV

With the start of baseball’s 2019 season right around the corner (Go Yankees!), T-Mobile announced that customers can soon get free subscriptions to MLB.TV. T-Mobile will offer a free subscription through T-Mobile Tuesdays, the carrier’s weekly program that provides deals and free stuff to T-Mobile subscribers.

For those unfamiliar with MLB.TV, the MLB-sponsored audio and video streaming service lets you watch every out-of-market regular season game either live or on-demand. You can also watch select spring training games live, stream the home or away feed in HD, and simultaneously watch up to four games.

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If you’re on the go, don’t fret — the MLB.TV subscription lets you use the At Bat Premium app. In addition to everything included with an MLB.TV subscription, At Bat Premium lets you listen to radio broadcasts, see key plays from every game, watch 60fps video of select live MLB.TV broadcasts, and more.

If you’re a baseball fan looking to save $118.99 on an MLB.TV subscription, make sure to download the T-Mobile Tuesdays app. The free subscription will be available March 26, with no mention of whether that’s the only day the free subscription will be offered.

Google: No more YouTube comments on almost every video featuring minors

The YouTube logo as of 2019.

In a sweeping policy change announced today, Google is disabling YouTube comments on nearly every video on the platform which features at least one minor. The company made the announcement on its YouTube Creator Blog.

According to the blog post, Google is instituting the huge alteration to YouTube comments due to “predatory behavior.”

This reasoning is sound, as it recently came to light that child predators use YouTube comments as gateways to “wormholes” of child pornography. In a video explaining how it works, former YouTuber Matt Watson shows how a search for a keyword unrelated to child pornography can easily lead you to content most would consider predatory.

However, the new policy is also likely in response to accusations that internet trolls are using YouTube comments policies to take down seemingly-innocuous channels. This abuse of a system which is there for good reasons was likely the final straw for Google, although it makes no mention of this in its announcement.

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Google does make it clear in the announcement that it is leaving YouTube comments open for “a small number of creators,” although it doesn’t say which ones. It also promises to add more creators to this whitelist as soon as possible.

In related news, Google is also launching a new YouTube comments classifier which identifies and blocks perceptively-abusive comments. This classifier, according to Google, is twice as effective as the previous classifier.

You can read Google’s full statement on the matter here.

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