iPhone Home Security App

Wondering what to do with your old iPhone? Turn it into a home security system for free

By about 4 hours ago.

Wondering what to do with your old iPhone? Turn it into a home security system for free

Plenty of studies have shown that iPhone users upgrade their handsets more often than other smartphone users. But what should you do with that old iPhone once you have upgraded to a new one? There are plenty of good options out there, and some of the most common ones include selling your old phone using a site like eBay or Craigslist, trading it in for credit toward the purchase of a new phone, or giving it away to a friend or loved one.

But there’s another option you might not be aware of that is incredibly useful and completely free. More →

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Best Holiday Sales

When’s the best time to buy gifts? This site shows you sale prices in real time

By about 5 hours ago.

When’s the best time to buy gifts? This site shows you sale prices in real time

Black Friday has come and gone, and Cyber Monday feels like a distant memory. The busiest shopping season of the year is finally behind us, but does that mean the best sale prices of the season are a thing of the past as well? Well guess what — if you thought big sales were over and done just because Christmas is almost here, think again.

Did you know you can still get a $430 KitchenAid Stand Mixer for $280? Did you know you can also get a $130 Jawbone UP24 for $80 or a $200 pair of Beats by Dre Solo 2 On-Ear Headphones for just $150? More →

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Google Self-Driving Car

This funny-looking car is the future

By about 8 hours ago.

This funny-looking car is the future

The first time I saw a prototype of Google’s self-driving car, I couldn’t help but laugh. I mean, look at it. It’s ridiculous. I joked on Twitter about a special Easter egg that could be uncovered by combining the geekiness of Google’s self-driving car with Google Glass, and people’s responses seemed to indicate that they agreed: It looks silly.

But make no mistake about it: This funny-looking car is the future. More →

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Best Android Camera

This great free app is the camera your Android phone deserves

By about 9 hours ago.

This great free app is the camera your Android phone deserves

Early Android phones had awful cameras that took poor quality photos, but that has completely changed in the modern smartphone era. The gap in quality between pictures captured on iPhones and pictures taken on high-end Android phones has narrowed to a sliver, and there are even some Android handsets that offer camera quality that is arguably better than Apple’s iPhones.

Camera software is a different story though, and Android vendors often build default camera apps that are overly complex and very difficult to use. Thankfully there are some third-party offerings that tone down the bells and whistles to help you focus more on the essentials, and A Better Camera is one of the best options we’ve found thus far. More →

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Best iPhone 6 Case

Do you love the iPhone 6 but miss the iPhone 5’s design? You need this $14 case

By about 11 hours ago.

Do you love the iPhone 6 but miss the iPhone 5’s design? You need this $14 case

There is no question that Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include one of the best looking designs of the year. They’re shockingly thin and sleek, with smooth round edges that replace the hard lines from the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. Sure there are a couple of curious design decisions to be found, but Apple’s new iPhones are still beautiful devices that are a cut above almost every other smartphone on the market.

Even still, there are some people who miss the look of last year’s iPhone 5s and the three iPhone models that came before it. What’s more, the iPhone 6 is an accident waiting to happen because it is so unbelievably slippery.

Now, you can kill two birds with one stone for as little as $13.99 thanks to a new case from Elago. More →

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The Interview Review

Here’s what critics who saw ‘The Interview’ are saying about it

By about 12 hours ago.

Here’s what critics who saw ‘The Interview’ are saying about it

The most talked-about new movie of 2014 won’t even be released in theaters. In fact, for all of the buzz that Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “The Interview” has generated, almost no one has actually seen the movie. Sure, we’ve all watched the scene where North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un meets his untimely demise, but theatrical release of The Interview has been cancelled as Sony tries to minimize additional damage from the massive hack it suffered over the past few months.

Of course, even though the film hasn’t been released, there are still a handful of critics who were able to screen The Interview before its release was cancelled.

Here’s what they had to say. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time

By on December 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time

Christmas week is finally here, and that means two things. First, you have one or more family gatherings to look forward to. Second, you’re probably broke. Shopping for gifts for friends and family is a huge drain on our bank accounts every holiday season, but it’s worth it, of course. To help take a little bit of the sting out of the season, BGR is here this week to bring you plenty of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free. After all, just because you’re broke doesn’t mean your iPhone should suffer.

Today’s list includes eight great apps for the iPhone and iPad, and they can all be downloaded for free if you hurry. More →

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Sony Hack Top 10

9 more secrets we learned from the Sony hack

By on December 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

9 more secrets we learned from the Sony hack

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past month or so, there’s something you need to know: Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked. Just about everyone with an Internet connection or a TV is aware of the Sony hack — we even know exactly how the hackers broke into Sony’s internal network — but there are still plenty of things that people don’t know.

For one, it’s still not exactly clear who the culprit is, though President Obama and the FBI are convinced the perpetrators have ties to North Korea. And amid all the chaos, there are also many revelations from the thousands of documents that have leaked, and new ones continue to pop up every day.

Now, we have nine new secrets we’ve learned over the past few days as people continue to sift through all of the information that has been released. More →

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Android Lollipop Update

Video: New leak shows Android Lollipop on all of Samsung’s top smartphones

By on December 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Video: New leak shows Android Lollipop on all of Samsung’s top smartphones

Samsung fans around the world are still waiting patiently — or impatiently, in many cases — for the latest and greatest software to be released for their Galaxy smartphones. As big as Samsung is, the company is typically very slow to release Android software updates, but this time around it looks like things will be a bit different for Samsung fans.

Android 5.0 Lollipop builds for the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 and other phones began leaking shortly after Google released its Lollipop update to partners, suggesting that Samsung may be among the first vendors to issue the update for its phones.

Now, another new leak shows Android Lollipop on each of Samsung’s top three smartphones. More →

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Sony Hack Obama Press Conference

Obama is holding a news conference to discuss North Korea’s Sony hack – watch live right here

By on December 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

Obama is holding a news conference to discuss North Korea’s Sony hack – watch live right here

North Korea hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s deep investigation into the cyber attack has determined as much, and the U.S. government confirmed it publicly on Friday morning. You can read the FBI’s full statement right here. North Korea’s attack on Sony Pictures is believed to be a direct result of the studio’s upcoming movie “The Interview,” which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two journalists who conspire to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

The theatrical release of “The Interview” has now been cancelled as Sony continues to comply with several of the North Korean hackers’ demands in an attempt to prevent them from leaking additional documents that were stolen in the hack.

Now, President Barack Obama is holding a news conference to address the Sony hack and the FBI’s findings. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now

By on December 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM.

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now

It’s the end of another long week, and we’re also now less than a week away from Christmas. Stress has undoubtedly washed over you as you rush to finish up your last-minute holiday shopping, but perhaps an awesome deal on paid iPhone and iPad apps will help you calm down for a moment. There’s no better deal than getting something that normally costs money for free, and we showed you eight paid iOS apps that were all made free yesterday (a few are still free if you hurry). Today, we’ve got seven more cool apps and you won’t pay a dime for any of them if you’re quick. More →

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15 Worst Internet Hoaxes of 2014

The 15 worst web hoaxes of 2014

By on December 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM.

The 15 worst web hoaxes of 2014

Betty White is not dead. The Earth will not suffer six days of “total darkness.” There is no incredible machine that can turn water into wine. Justin Bieber did not save a man from a bear attack in Russia. As ridiculous as all of these stories sound in hindsight, they are among dozens of Internet hoaxes that hit the web in 2014 and were believable enough to fool millions of web-goers. And in some cases, such as the story of Bieber and the bear, plenty of media outlets were fooled as well.

So, what were the worst web hoaxes of the year in 2014? More →

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How Hackers Hacked Sony

How hackers hacked Sony

By on December 19, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

How hackers hacked Sony

As data continues to pour out from the massive data heist suffered by Sony recently, much of the recent media coverage has included speculation regarding how the attackers might have gained access to Sony’s internal network and stolen all of that data. Confidential documents, emails and internal memos were all taken in the attack, and even studio materials like unreleased scripts and full-length movies were stolen.

It’s easy to imagine a room full of shady hackers surrounded by high-tech gear working tirelessly to penetrate Sony’s cyber defenses, having used a wide range of complex digital tools that are practically unrecognizable to most of us. But an investigation has revealed that the reality is far less dramatic.

In fact, it turns out the hackers used a shockingly simple method to gain access to Sony’s private network. More →

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