What's Inside A Magic 8 Ball

Mystery solved: This is what’s inside a Magic 8 Ball

By on February 26, 2015 at 3:20 PM.

Mystery solved: This is what’s inside a Magic 8 Ball

The “Magic 8 Ball” is a perfect example of a toy that has survived generation after generation thanks in large part to its simplicity. Ask a question, give the 8 Ball a shake, and mystic beings will break through from other realms to give you your answer. And of course, if you don’t like that answer, just give the toy another shake.

Not even the Magic 8 Ball’s inventor likely thought that such an inexpensive little novelty toy would have become so popular throughout the years. Even today though, the Magic 8 Ball is Amazon’s No. 1 best-selling item in the “Toy Activity & Play Balls” category. And at $8.00, it’s certainly affordable.

But the real mystery surrounding the toy is this: What’s inside a Magic 8 Ball? More →

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Android Apps Search

Did Google just ruin the Android app store?

By on February 26, 2015 at 1:20 PM.

Did Google just ruin the Android app store?

Apple’s iOS App Store is an interesting place. It houses more than 1.3 million apps that combine to make up the best mobile app ecosystem on the planet. It also features what may very well be the absolute worst search technology on the planet. Finding good apps using the App Store’s in-built search function is next to impossible, which is a big part of the reason we spend so much time here at BGR sharing great iPhone apps with our readers.

The Google Play app store for Android is a different story… for now, at least. More →

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iPhone Apps Free

7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

By on February 26, 2015 at 11:45 AM.

7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now

After giving you our biggest list of the week on Wednesday, we’re back with another great list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are currently on sale for free. There are still a few nice apps available for free in yesterday’s list if you hurry, but today we have a fresh new batch of sales for you to enjoy.

Just remember, these great deals could end at any time so be sure to get a move on if you want to take advantage of them! More →

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Best Free Android Apps

Download 145 paid Android apps for free from Amazon for a limited time

By on February 26, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

Download 145 paid Android apps for free from Amazon for a limited time

Here at BGR, we cover paid iPhone and iPad apps that go on sale for free all the time. Why? It’s simple: we love sharing great deals with our readers and iOS apps go on sale all the time. Unfortunately, the same just isn’t true of Android apps. Big Android app sales are sadly few and far between, but we always try to cover them when they do come around.

And you might have guessed, a huge sale on Android apps has just popped up and it’s definitely worthy of your attention. More →

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Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6

Is the Galaxy S6 really an iPhone ripoff? Leaked comparison photo lets you be the judge

By on February 26, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

Is the Galaxy S6 really an iPhone ripoff? Leaked comparison photo lets you be the judge

Samsung has managed to make quite a name for itself over the years — in more ways than one. The company practically came from out of nowhere and skyrocketed to the top of the smartphone market in just a few short years, quickly becoming the No. 1 vendor in the world by shipment volume. Of course, the company borrowed a lot from Apple along the way, and it made a reputation for itself as a copycat as a result.

Companies borrow from each other all the time, of course, but Samsung was probably a bit more blatant about it than it should have been — see this secret 132-page guide to copying the iPhone that Samsung made back in 2010 for an example.

And now, it looks like Samsung might be back to its old tricks with the upcoming new Galaxy S6. More →

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Galaxy S6 Photo

You can make your Android phone (or iPhone) look like a Galaxy S6 right now

By on February 26, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

You can make your Android phone (or iPhone) look like a Galaxy S6 right now

There’s plenty of buzz surrounding recent leaks and rumors suggesting that Samsung’s next-generation flagship phone, the Galaxy S6, is shaping up to be another iPhone copy from the South Korean electronics giant. Nothing is certain until the handset is unveiled this coming Sunday, of course, and if the new S6 is an iPhone copy, we’re not so sure that’s entirely a bad thing.

Speaking of copying, still have some time to wait between when the Galaxy S6 is announced and released, but anxious fans can make their current smartphone look like a Galaxy S6 right now. More →

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Galaxy S6 Photos

These are Samsung’s best Galaxy S6 teasers yet

By on February 25, 2015 at 2:45 PM.

These are Samsung’s best Galaxy S6 teasers yet

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge may very well be the most talked-about Android phones in years ahead of their upcoming debut at the annual Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain. The two Samsung flagship phones for the first half of 2015 are shaping up to be the Samsung phones we’ve been waiting for, with designs and premium materials to match their cutting-edge specs.

Samsung has issued several teasers in the lead-up to next week’s unveiling, but its best one yet was just published on Wednesday. More →

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House Explosion Video

Insane video: Dash cam captures NJ house explosion

By on February 25, 2015 at 1:12 PM.

Insane video: Dash cam captures NJ house explosion

Dash-mounted video cameras in police vehicles are extremely important tools for a number of obvious reasons. They also tend to capture crazy footage from time to time, also for obvious reasons — police officers are called upon to respond to situations where danger is imminent.

Sometimes dash cameras catch things that are even crazier than normal for police officers, and that footage often ends up finding its way to the Internet. Such is the case with a massive house explosion that was caught on camera on Tuesday. More →

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Galaxy S6 Preorders

You can already pre-order Samsung’s Galaxy S6 from one carrier

By on February 25, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

You can already pre-order Samsung’s Galaxy S6 from one carrier

There is almost nothing that we actually know about the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge at this point. There have been tons of leaks and rumors, of course, and our own solid sources shared all of the key specs and details for the phones, but nothing is set in stone until Samsung makes it official this coming Sunday.

Despite the fact that absolutely nothing is really known at this point, one wireless carrier is already letting subscribers pre-order the year’s most hotly anticipated Android phone. More →

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Galaxy S6 Price

Here’s why you probably shouldn’t buy the Galaxy S6 when it launches

By on February 25, 2015 at 11:06 AM.

Here’s why you probably shouldn’t buy the Galaxy S6 when it launches

If all of the leaks and rumors end up panning out when Samsung unveils its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge flagship phones next week, we could be in store for the most incredible Android smartphones the world has ever seen. The leaked designs look fantastic, though Apple-esque, and supposed performance test results point to the most powerful smartphone the world has ever seen.

Despite all that, however, you might want to do your best to avoid purchasing the phone when it launches in the coming months. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a limited time (save $55!)

By on February 25, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

10 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a limited time (save $55!)

Tuesday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free was a solid one, and some are still available as free downloads if you hurry over to that post. But today we have our biggest list of the week, and it features Wu-Tang… what more could you ask for? More →

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Comcast Mobile Phone Service

A recipe for disaster? Comcast may soon launch a mobile phone service

By on February 25, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

A recipe for disaster? Comcast may soon launch a mobile phone service

Calling your cable company’s customer service department when you have a problem with your TV, home phone or Internet service can often be an infuriating experience. Sad though it may be, cable companies in the U.S. are known far and wide for providing poor customer care, and they are regularly ranked at the bottom of studies that focus on customer service and customer relations.

Soon, the rage experienced by some cable subscribers may reach an all new level when their service goes out. Why? Because they won’t even be able to reach Comcast customer care if their home phone and Wi-Fi-only mobile phone service are both powered by the same equipment. More →

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Google Inbox Invite

Google’s email killer Inbox is finally coming to Apps accounts – how to request an invite

By on February 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Google’s email killer Inbox is finally coming to Apps accounts – how to request an invite

Google’s so-called “email killer” Inbox is a fantastic new service from the search and software giant that aims to take some of the sting out of email. The app apes some key features found in a number of similar apps such as Mailbox, mixes in a few original functions, and wraps it all up in a user interface that is positively gorgeous.

One of the key limitations for Inbox so far has been the lack of support for Google Apps accounts, so business users and people with their own domains have been unable to test Inbox. Starting soon, however, that will begin to change. More →

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