12.5 C
New York
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Home Reviews

Reviews

This endoscopic Android camera sees into hard-to-reach places

Ever find yourself trying to figure out what’s clogging your kitchen drain? Or, perhaps you’re working on something under the car hood and can’t seem to see the problem. If only you could look down inside somehow.If you check out the AndroidGuys Deals Store you’ll the Sinji Borescope, 2-meter camera on a cable that does just that. With six adjustable LED lights, a magnet, and a hook, this waterproof unit goes where you cannot and does things you can’t either.Outside of using this camera for engines or sinks, you can use the device to check under your car seat, in your gutter, under or behind appliances, and other hard-to-reach places.FeaturesFlexible 2-meter cable will slip past any obstacle6 adjustable LEDs provide a picture-perfect view on your phoneIncluded hook & magnet for quick, easy retrieval of hard-to-reach itemsø8mm nifty camera lens w/ 70˚ viewing angle for wider rangeIP67 waterproof perfect for any situationConnects to phone via Wi-FiBuy it NowThe Sinji Borescope carries a typical retail price of $38.79, but we’re offering it to our readers for $29.95, or 22% off the original price. Get this hard-to-reach camera before it eludes your grasp.If you’re looking for something longer, there’s also a five-meter ($32.95) and ten-meter ($39.95) option available.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

T-Mobile joins Google in expanding RCS to work with other carriers

Rich Communications Service(RCS), is a messaging protocol for Android users that enables read receipts, typing notifications, the ability to share higher-resolution photos and videos and more.T-Mobile introduced this back in 2015, calling it Advanced Messaging. Many other carriers have moved to do so as well, but the issue arises in carriers having RCS protocols that don’t play well with each other. Carriers moved to resolve this in October of 2019, forming the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative(CCMI) to standardize RCS.Now, the Un-carrier has made a first step in moving towards a universal standar. T-Mobile Android users can now use RCS features with Android users on other carriers through Google Messages, given their phones support RCS Universal Profile 1.0. If you are speaking to other T-Mobile customers, though, there is no need to get an additional app as you can use all RCS features in your phone’s native messaging app.For more information, you can read T-Mobile’s press release here.

Visible offers free Nimble Charging Bundle with new Samsung or Google Device

Visible is a subsidiary of Verizon that offers unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data on Verizon’s network for just $40 a month. The reason service is so cheap as opposed to a plan from Verizon proper is two-fold. One, data speeds are capped, with between 5-12 Megabytes per second download speed and 2-5 Megabytes per second upload speed. Two, Visible is fully online and has no physical stores or call centers. From purchase to phone activation to paying your bill, everything is handled in their app.Recently, Visible introduced Party Pay, in which users can sign up together and all receive individual bills at discounted rates.Now, users who purchase a new Samsung or Google Pixel device will receive a free Nimble Charging Bundle until June 30th.The bundle consists of a 13,000 mAh(13,000 mAh will charge a single device about four times) portable charger with USB-C Power Delivery 3.0, 4 ports and made with recycled aluminum, a wireless stand with an extra charging port made with recycled plastic and help, and access to Nimble’s One-for-One Tech Recovery Project to allow users to recycle e-waste.Eligible phones are the Google Pixel 4, 4XL, 3, 3XL, as well the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra,  and S10e. When you purchase and activate one of these devices, you will receive a promo code for the bundle, worth $150, at Nimble’s website.You can read more about the promo here.

UMIDIGI Fan Festival goes live with big discounts on S5 Pro, A7 Pro

UMIDIGI, known for its powerful yet affordable smartphones and wearables, recently introduced its mid-range flagship the UMIDIGI S5 Pro. Moreover, it also added an entry-level A7 Pro to its portfolio.To help kick things off, and offer customers some extra savings on its new handsets, UMIDIGI has launched its Fan Festival 2020 on AliExpress.For a limited time, the S5 Pro is available for a shockingly low price of $249.99 while the A7 Pro is at only $99.99. What’s more, you can get an exclusive 18-month extended warranty for both devices right now, too.The UMIDIGI Fan Festival was rather popular last year, so it’s not much of a surprise that it would be back for 2020. It’s a great opportunity for people around the world to buy UMIDIGI products with special deals and discounts.Here’s a quick look at the UMIDIGI S5 Pro and the UMIDIGI A7 Pro.UMIDIGI S5 ProKey features include a Mediatek Helio G90T process with 6GB RAM and an incredibly generous 256GB storage capacity. Similar to other “gaming phones”, it includes liquid cooling to keep things humming along.The 4,680mAh battery is more than enough to get the average user through a day or two without breaking a sweat. Gamers will go through it quicker, of course, but the 18W fast charging ensures it’s replenished in short order.The UMIDIGI S5 Pro has full screen 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a pop-up camera for selfies.Around back is a 48-megapixel main sensor, 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, 5-megapixel macro lens, and a 5-megapixel depth lens.Buy and Save!The first 500 people to order the UMIDIGI S5 Pro ($249.99) receive a free UMIDIGI smartwatch.UMIDIGI A7 ProThe UMIDIGI A7 Pro features four cameras on the rear with AI smarts to capture the best shots in all environments. The 16-megapixel main lens is supported by a 16-megapixel ultra-wide (120 degree), 5-megapixel macro, and 5-megapixel depth sensor. Around front is a 16-megapixel selfie camera.The UMIDIGI A7 Pro packs a generously sized 6.3-inch waterdrop full screen with FHD (2340 x 1080 pixel) resolution. With an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, it should make for a thin design that’s easy to control in one hand.As far as power goes, the UMIDIGI A7 Pro comes with 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and is will be offered in two storage capacities: 64GB and 128GB. Paired with the enhanced Octa-Core processor, it’s considerably more powerful (AnTuTu 22,547) than its predecessor (92,514).The phone houses a 4,150mAh battery with a 10W charger included in the box and comes in Ocean Blue and Cosmic Black colors. Also in the way of design, the 2.5D glass back and metal frame and optical plating technology gives the phone a premium flagship appearance.Buy and Save!The UMIDIGI A7 Pro is on sale at AliExpress right now for just $99.99 (4GB/64GB) and $119.99 (4GB/128GB). Use the coupon code UA7PRO10 to save an additional $10. Note, there are limited numbers of coupons so act fast.18-Month WarrantyAs if the prices didn’t already make these phones compelling enough, the Fan Festival also gives consumers an extra boost in peace of mind. Purchase your handset during the limited time promotion and you’ll get an 18-month warranty.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Google Accessibility expands with apps for cognitively impaired

Google Accessibility enables people with disabilities to get the most out of their smartphone via free apps. The tech giant now offers three new apps that can help the elderly or other people with cognitive impairments better use their phones with less effort.Google Accessibility – 3 new apps added to the mixGoogle Accessibility, as the name implies, targets enabling its audiences with different handicaps. In their latest blog post, Google talks about their efforts to further help people with cognitive issues by making their routine more streamlined and accessible.Action Blocks Action Blocks is the latest app on the Google Play Store. You can create customized spaces on the screen that on a single tap carry out an action for you. All of this from your home screen.You can create a dedicated block to dial a loved one without accessing the dialer app, or adjust the lighting in the room to a specific setting, all from the Action Blocks app.Live Transcribe The Live Transcribe app has been improved to add more languages to its list which include Albanian, Burmese, Estonian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Punjabi, and Uzbek. In addition, it also brings brand new features targeted to a new audience.Your phone will vibrate when someone nearby says your name.You can now add custom names or terms for different objects or places that might not be in the dictionary.A revised search bar lets you search through past conversations more easily. To enable it, turn on ‘Saving Transcriptions’ in Settings. When enabled, transcriptions will be saved on your device for three days in local storage.Sound AmplifierThe Sound Amplifier app now enables people who are hard of hearing to experience their favorite content with minimal disturbance. Users can now connect their Bluetooth headphones and place their phone near the source of the sound e.g. a television, to get the audio transmitted to their headphones without taking up the volume.The app also works for boosting the volume and clearing up the audio of apps on the phone. Whether you’re listening to music or watching a video on YouTube.With all of these additions, Google’s commitment to accessibility is indeed a commendable effort. Especially with many elders staying indoors due to the Corona Virus, these new features are a welcome addition.

Just $36.99, the ChronoWatch has full color display and 16 functions

Summer is quickly approaching, the stay-at-home restrictions are slowly lifting, and things are looking better. Now’s the time when you leave those lazy days behind and start exercising and getting more active.Now’s the time to pick up a new smart watch. Why? For starters, they’ll help keep track of things and hold you accountable. Not only that, but it can help cut your phone time down, too.Buying a new smart watch doesn’t have to cost all that much money. Take the ChronoWatch, for instance. Priced just $36.99, it offers up a full 1.4-inch color touch display, waterproof coating, and support for 16 different functions.Track sleep, steps, calories, blood pressure, distance, heart rate, and more with this affordable smart watch. Indeed, the ChronoWatch also provides glanceable weather, alarms, music controls, and notifications to popular apps.On top of all of this, it pairs via Bluetooth to both Android and iOS phones and offers up a seven day battery.ChronoWatchTrack your daily activity, including steps, calories burned, mileage & heart rateMonitor your blood pressure & blood oxygen levelsWear it anywhere, anytime thanks to its sweat & waterproof designControl phone calls & musicGet alerts for SMS, Facebook & moreView the time, date & week on the sleek 1.4-inch screen displayBuy Yours Today!Stop over to the AndroidGuys Deals Store today and order your ChronoWatch for just $36.99, a savings of some 81% off original retail price.For a limited time (until May 26), you can save an additional 20% on the ChronoWatch, getting it for a mere $29.60 after it’s all done. Simply use coupon code SUMMERSAVE20 at checkout. You’re welcome.

Realme X50 Pro Play brings Snapdragon 865, 90Hz, and more for $400

Realme on Monday announced its X50 Pro Play on Chinese social media site Weibo. The phone brings a lot of flagship-tier specs and features but for a low price of $400. The only catch here is that it’s currently exclusive to China, with plans to expand in Europe to follow.Realme X50 Pro Play – Irresistible hardware and priceThe Realme X50 Pro Play has just been announced, and to say it is loaded with a world of features would not do it justice. Even though the phone is a less-expensive option to the Realme X50 Pro, it brings a lot to the table, while keeping the price very affordable.In a market where a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 starts at above $600, Realme has proven yet again that competition in the market is indeed healthy.Here are the specs of the phone:CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8656.44″ fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) Super AMOLED display, w/ 90Hz refresh rateAndroid 10 powered by the Realme UI6GB, 8GB, and 12GB RAM options4200mAh battery (65W SuperDart fast wired charging)Back cameras: 48-MP main camera, 8-MP ultrawide, 2-MP macro, 2-MP depth.Front camera: 16-MP main camera, 2-MP depthPhone color options: Black and SilverPricing6GB RAM + 128GB ROM = $3808GB RAM + 128GB ROM= $42012GB RAM + 128GB ROM = $460The inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 means that the phone has 5G capabilities, which makes it yet another great phone for the emerging 5G market that’s garnering across the world.In the past, Realme has shown itself to be a contender for releasing strong hardware at attractive prices. The Realme X50 Pro Play does have a lot going for it, and the only real problem with this phone would be its availability.A good majority of the hardware is found in flagship-tier phones, but competing brands like Redmi and Realme deliver premium hardware in a mid-tier price range. In the end, the only problem that comes is availability.The phone is set to launch in China first on June 1st. Soon after, Realme will expand the phone to Europe and other regions.What are your thoughts on the Realme X50 Pro Play? Let us know in the comments section below!

Use this coupon to save an extra 20% on this beginner quadcopter you control with a thumb

What seemed like a technology reserved for a select few people just a few years ago has evolved into an entire ecosystem of cool products and use cases. We’re talking, of course, about drones and quadcopters.Drones are now routinely used for videography, delivery, mapping, and even racing. Then there are also people who like to have them just for fun and to fly about the house or back yard.If you want to get into the growing world of drones but don’t know where to start, consider picking up the popular SHIFT RED. When other drones and quadcopters come with wonky and hard-to-master controls, this one is super simple.The SHIFT RED is employs a one-hand control system and leverages Near-Field Micro-Sensing technology to make flying as simple as moving your thumb.There are also eight different auto-pilot modes, HD video recording, and other fun features that help make the SHIFT RED so popular.Typically retailing for $299, you can save over 30% and get the SHIFT RED: Drone Package for just $199.95 in the AndroidGuys Deals Store.Save an extra 20% for a limited time!Use the promo code SUMMERSAVE20 at checkout and we’ll knock an extra 20% off the price of the SHIFT RED. That drops the price all the way down to just $159.96. This coupon will only last until May 26 so act fast!Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Honor V6 debuts with 10.4-inch 2K display

The Honor V6, briefly detailed on its website, seems eager to take on the iPad Pro. From the images shown so far, it looks like the Honor V6 will offer its own proprietary keyboard, it’s own version of the stylus aptly called the Smart-Pencil, and looks like an iPad Pro fully set up.Honor V6 – Taking on the Big AppleThe laptop and PC market is a heavily saturated marketplace. With many long-standing names in the market such as HP, Dell, Microsoft all powering workplaces with their own versions of laptops targeted for programmers, graphic designers, and more.This Space has recently seen some disruption with the help of the iPad Pro and the Magic Keyboard. When you combine the two, you get the versatility and utility of an iPad with the work output almost similar to that of a regular laptop.Here is a brief look at the overall specs:It seems that Honor has recognized that there is an opening in the market for an opportunity. The Honor V6 is leveraging that opportunity.Honor V610.4″ screen (2,000 x 1,200 resolution)Kirin 985 processor6GB RAM and 128GB storageAndroid 10 with Magic UI 3.1Back camera: 13MP main camera with LED flashFront camera: 8MP for selfies and video calls7,250 mAh battery w/ 22.5W fast chargingMagic-Pencil offers 4096 pressure-sensitive levelsColors: Green, Black, and Grey SilverKeyboard is sold separatelyAs a finished product, the Honor V6 does pair a striking resemblance to the current iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil 2 setup.While details on price and availability are still scarce, the product is only up for pre-registration on their website. It will also initially launch in China during June with roll-out in other countries to follow shortly after.What are your thoughts on the Honor V6? Let us know in the comments section below.

5 most effective ways to recover deleted text messages on iPhone for free

Although text messages are important pieces of information, that’s not to say that you have to always keep them around. After all, they sometimes take up more space than your iPhone can ever contain. That is why there is a need to delete them every once in a while.However, the problem comes when the deleted text message was actually an important one, one that you will need in the future.This article will show you how you can recover deleted text messages on iPhone so you won’t have to regret your decision. Let’s start with my top recommendation.Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone with SoftwareThere are many ways to recover files, but when it comes to deleted text messages, there are only a few options. However, as always, one of those options involves using third-party software, and that’s exactly why I recommend FoneDog iOS Data Recovery.As the name implies, this software has the capability of recovering files from an iOS device, so that includes the latest versions of iPhones. These files can range from videos with large sizes to small bits of text messages.As such, there’s no better tool that can recover deleted text messages on iPhone than FoneDog Data Recovery. Now if you are ready, follow these steps carefully:Step 1: Connect Your iPhone to ComputerConnect your iPhone into the computer with a cable. Make sure iOS Data Recovery by FoneDog is already open. By doing so, you will get three options. You will be using the easiest and perhaps the most doable option, which is Recover from iOS Device. Click on Start Scan once you select this option.Step 2: Look for Your FilesOnce the Start Scan is clicked, it will obviously scan for your files from the iPhone device. You will then get a list of items, which are the files that can be recovered. On the left side are the file types. Simply select text messages and you’ll see the text messages in the right panel.Step 3: Recover Your Text MessagesAfter the files are displayed in the right panel, click on their corresponding boxes to select a file. Once you are done with selections, click on the Recover button and a popup window will appear. Now just navigate to the folder where you want to save the recovered text messages, and click on Recover.The best thing about this is that you don’t need technical know-how to pull this off. It is a simple, easy, and quick way to recover deleted text messages on iPhone.The catch is that you will have to install an unfamiliar tool. If that does not appeal to you, then you should look for a method elsewhere.Restore from iCloud Backup (Requires Factory Reset)By now, you should be familiar with what iCloud is. You will need to know more about it since your next option is to restore from an iCloud backup.iCloud is a place where files can be stored digitally. By storing files here, users will be able to access them as long as they have the login credentials for the appropriate Apple account. This of course allows users to backup text messages.In order to recover deleted text messages on iPhone from an iCloud backup, you will need to have an iCloud backup prepared first.Go to the Settings.Tap on your Apple ID with your picture on it.Now head to iCloud > iCloud Backup. Make sure the slider for this option is green or in other words, enabled.Now once this is turned on, the backups will be automatically created, so there’s no need to worry about that.Now what you need to do next is to reset your phone into factory settings and all will follow. Here’s how you can do that:Head to Settings.Go to General > Reset.Now select Erase All Content and Settings.A message will appear asking if you want to Restore from iCloud Backup. Simply follow the onscreen instructions.Once this is done, you should be able to recover deleted text messages on iPhone and access them once again.The downside of this is that you will have to reset your phone, so some data may be lost. If you don’t want that to happen, then perhaps the next solution would be more suitable.Retrieve Text Messages from iCloud.comAs I have said before, iCloud is a place where files can be stored digitally. Those files will then be accessible as long as you have access to the account that was used.Now if an iCloud backup didn’t do it for you, perhaps the iCloud website, where the files are directly stored, can be of help to recover deleted text messages on iPhone.Remember, however, that SMS may not be supported by the backup. Either way, here are the steps that you will need to take:On your browser, go to iCloud.com and login with the Apple ID and password that you use. It doesn’t matter whether you use a mobile device or a desktop.From the webpage, select Text Messages.Now select the messages that you would like to recover.Next, on your iPhone, go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud.Now turn off the option for Text Messages.A popup message will appear. Simply select Keep On My iPhone.Turn the Text Messages option on again.Once a new screen appears, select Merge.Now the text messages that were once on the iCloud will be “merged” into your iPhone. Unfortunately, many users report that Text Messages is not available on the iCloud.com website.If that’s the case, then it is most likely that it is not yet backed up, and trying to recover deleted text messages on iPhone using this method would be impossible. In that case, I have another method to ease your frustration.Restore from iTunes BackupBefore, you have tried to restore from an iCloud backup. In this section, you will be learning how to restore from a backup as well, but this time it would be from iTunes.It’s a bit different since you will need a computer to achieve this, unlike when you restored from an iCloud backup that only involves your iPhone.Either way, to recover deleted text messages on iPhone, you will have to disable a function first, and here’s what you need to do:On your iPhone, open the Settings app.Head to Apple ID > Find My > Find My iPhone.Now make sure the slider for that option is turned off.Enter your Apple ID or password if needed.Since Find My iPhone might interfere with the process, this will make the process go smoothly. Anyway, once that’s done, you need to follow these steps:Connect your iPhone into the computer with a cable.Open iTunes.Go to Summary.Under the Automatically Back Up section, click on Restore from Backup…That’s pretty much how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone. However, there are cases where the backup that was restored doesn’t have the text messages that users need. In that case, you have to use the last resort.Get Transcript from Phone ProviderAlthough it is not as effective as the previous four methods, you still have the option to ask the transcript of your text messages from your phone provider.You see, users can request a printed transcript of their text messages from their phone providers, as long as a viable reason is given. As such, it is a legitimate way to recover deleted text messages on iPhone.Unfortunately, you may find it difficult to become entitled to it. Although the least you can do is to login to your account in the phone provider’s website and ask for help. Either way, there’s nothing for you to lose.ConclusionThere are lots of ways to recover files, but there are only a few when it comes to recovering text messages. That is why it is very valuable what you have learned here in this article about recovering text messages.Now that you know how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone, I shouldn’t be a problem to you if you ever lose your files again. Nevertheless, you should try being more careful so you won’t delete your files ever again.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Just $11, these sticky pads keeps your phone in place while driving

When it comes to having your phone in the car there are countless mounts and docks to consider. But when you find yourself hopping in and out on a regular basis, sometimes things break down. And as nice as some designs are, they aren’t always conducive to your needs.Rather than suctioning a mount to your dashboard or window, or sticking one into an air vent, we suggest a different approach. For just $10.95 you can pick up a two-pack of Sinji Sticky Pads.These pads are adhesive but not in a way that means glue or messy substances. Designed to go right on top of your dash, they hold your phone in place. Or, if not your phone, maybe your wallet, loose change, or sunglasses. Yes, it’s a jack-of-all-trades type of car accessory and it’s inexpensive, too.When it comes to holding your phone in place, it’s up to you as to how you want to use it. Place your handset flat or turn it on its side and use it for turn-by-turn navigation. Your call!Adhesive, flexible bottom keeps items in placeVersatile design so you can put your smartphone horizontally or verticallyIdeal for use on the dashboard of your car & other smooth surfacesDoes not leave remains or other filthEasy to clean w/ running waterBuy YoursAvailable in a black matte finish, the 2-pack of Sinji Sticky Pads are just $10.95 in the AndroidGuys Deals Store. They are currently 33% off the normal price but it won’t last forever.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Synology DiskStation DS420j review: Four bays are better than two

I recently needed to buy some more storage and I opted to get a Synology DiskStation DS420j NAS. Here is

Most Read

Woodley vs. Burns UFC Fight Night: When, where & how to watch

After several delays and a few fights in Florida, the UFC is returning to Las Vegas! The next UFC Fight

What keyboard app are you using in 2020?

Chatting with the AC forums.Your phone's virtual keyboard is one of the most important things you interact with every single

Google sued by Arizona over allegedly illegal location tracking

This isn't the first time Google is being sued over privacy concerns.What you need to knowGoogle has been sued by

Galaxy Note 20 could be Samsung’s first phone to come with a 5nm chipset

The Exynos 992 is rumored to be a significant upgrade over the current Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865 chipsets.What you