Quick Charge 2.0 Amazon

This $11 quick charger from Amazon will charge your phone 75% faster (deal is back!)

By on May 22, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

This $11 quick charger from Amazon will charge your phone 75% faster (deal is back!)

Last week, we told you about a great deal happening on Amazon. For just $11, users were able to purchase a special charger that uses Quick Charge 2.0 technology to charge their compatible smartphones and tablets up to 75% faster than some stock wall chargers. This was apparently a pretty appealing prospect for BGR readers, because they flooded the site and the charger was sold out a short while later.

Well if you missed out on that deal, don’t despair: The $11 quick charger deal is back on at Amazon — at least, while supplies last. More →

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New Emoji

Here’s the complete set of 38 new emoji coming to your phone next year

By on May 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Here’s the complete set of 38 new emoji coming to your phone next year

Where would the world be without emoji? Sure, people would be able to communicate a bit less awkwardly in person. And yes, perhaps at least one person under the age of 25 would probably know the difference between your and you’re. But those are small prices to pay for the ability to text someone with a series of cute little graphics instead of having to string sentences together.

Well, emoji fans, you’re in for a treat: There are 38 new emoji coming soon to an iPhone or Android phone near you, and we’ve got the full list right here. More →

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Funny Videos

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Transformers ruin your favorite movies

By on May 21, 2015 at 12:38 PM.

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Transformers ruin your favorite movies

Michael Bay is the butt of plenty of jokes these days thanks to his excessive use of special effects and explosions. In fact, in many of Bay’s most recent movies, it might be impossible to find any 5-minute period where at least one thing doesn’t explode. Bay’s big-budget blockbusters like the Transformers series certainly do well at the box office though — so what would happen if Bay’s Transformers made their way into some other movies we know and love? More →

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iMessage Vs BBM

There’s a new BBM for iOS feature that will actually make iMessage users jealous

By on May 21, 2015 at 11:52 AM.

There’s a new BBM for iOS feature that will actually make iMessage users jealous

True story: a little over a year ago, a friend of mine asked me to help him pick out an Android phone because he was tired of his iPhone. For a few hours spread out over the course of a week, we chatted off and on about what he didn’t like about the iPhone and what he was looking for in a new phone. We finally landed on the HTC One, and he went out and bought one the day his contract was up. But then just three days later, he switched back to his iPhone.

“I can’t live life as a green bubble,” he told me.

There is indeed something addictive about those little blue bubbles. But truth be told, iMessage is hardly a full-featured messaging platform. Its feature set is barebones at best, and now there’s a new feature in the BBM for iOS beta app that iMessage users will be jealous of. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 awesome paid iPhone apps that are on sale for free today

By on May 21, 2015 at 10:43 AM.

10 awesome paid iPhone apps that are on sale for free today

Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was a great one, and there are still a few limited-time freebies if you hurry back to that post and snag them. Today, however, we have our biggest list of the week. There are 10 apps in total on Thursday’s list, and each one would normally cost between $0.99 and $4.99 to buy. Right now, however, they’re all completely free — but only if you hurry! More →

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Best Android Phones

2 great Android phones you can buy right now for shockingly low prices

By on May 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

2 great Android phones you can buy right now for shockingly low prices

Here at BGR, most of our smartphone coverage focuses on brand new smartphones that are cutting-edge and high-end. After all, a huge portion of our readership consists of savvy tech fans who always need to have the latest and greatest gear. But not all of our readers are quite so enthusiastic, and some would rather save money and buy a more affordable smartphone — after all, $650, $750 or even $800+ is a whole lot of cash to spend on a phone.

If you’re looking to buy a new smartphone and want to get some serious bang for your buck, here are two options that you can pick up at shockingly low prices. More →

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Apple Outage

Outage alert: 11 Apple services are having serious problems this morning

By on May 21, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Outage alert: 11 Apple services are having serious problems this morning

Bad news, Apple fans: you may wake up on Thursday to find that a whole host of Apple’s cloud-based services are completely down or at least slow to respond this morning. Apple’s service status page shows that 11 different services in total are experiencing downtime or are at least having problems that will cause them to perform slowly for some users.

Here’s the complete list of affected services: More →

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Net Neutrality Ruling

Internet Health Test aims to tell you if your ISP is violating net neutrality

By on May 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

Internet Health Test aims to tell you if your ISP is violating net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission surprised us all earlier this year when it put forth new net neutrality guidelines that were hugely pro-consumer. Yes, there may be a loophole or two. And yes, some internet service providers are already looking for different ways to hurt subscribers that don’t violate net neutrality. In the current climate, however, we’re not sure a more favorable set of rules could have been crafted by the FCC and its former cable lobbyist boss, Tom Wheeler.

Of course, creating better net neutrality guidelines is one thing — but policing ISPs and ensuring they adhere to the new rules is an entirely different can of worms. More →

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Samsung Silicon Valley Headquarters

10 photos of the stunning $300M Silicon Valley HQ Samsung is set to open this year

By on May 20, 2015 at 2:11 PM.

10 photos of the stunning $300M Silicon Valley HQ Samsung is set to open this year

Back in 2013, we told you about an incredible new facility Samsung planned to build in Silicon Valley. Just a stone’s throw from Apple’s current home in Cupertino, California, Samsung’s San Jose Campus is a $300 million project that will house two main U.S.-based teams: Samsung’s research and development division, and its sales unit.

Well-known architecture planning and design firm NBBJ was contracted to design and help manage the project, and the company has just provided BGR with some stunning photos of the facility’s progress. More →

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iPhone Tricks

One simple trick could free up gigabytes of space on your iPhone

By on May 20, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

One simple trick could free up gigabytes of space on your iPhone

Apple’s 2015 iPhone lineup has more available storage space than ever before, but many budget-conscious Apple fans still opt for 16GB when buying their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but having only 16GB of onboard storage can quickly become an issue on smartphones that don’t have expandable memory.

If your iPhone is filling up faster than you expected, there may be one simple trick that will free up a surprising amount of space. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

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

By on May 20, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

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

We saw plenty of great feedback following yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free, and there are even still a few sales in that post that haven’t ended yet, so be sure to check them out. Today, of course, we have a fresh batch of iOS apps on sale. There are eight apps on today’s list and as always, these sales might only last for a few more hours so hurry if you want to save! More →

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Apple Watch Security Flaw

Potentially big Apple Watch vulnerability could let thieves use Apple Pay on stolen watches

By on May 20, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

Potentially big Apple Watch vulnerability could let thieves use Apple Pay on stolen watches

A potential security vulnerability recently detailed by a blogger may have uncovered a serious flaw in the Apple Watch’s design that could lead to some big headaches for some users. In a nutshell, a nifty feature designed by Apple to maintain security on the Watch without sacrificing convenience may have actually ended up sacrificing security instead, allowing thieves to continue using Apple Pay on a stolen Watch without having to input the owner’s PIN code to confirm purchases.

It should be noted, however, that the procedure detailed by the blogger in question did not yield consistent results. As such, a thief would seemingly need a bit of luck in order to ensure that he or she can exploit this vulnerability. More →

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Netflix Movies

Netflix is testing a redesign that users are going to love – see it first right here

By on May 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

Netflix is testing a redesign that users are going to love – see it first right here

Netflix is nothing short of a game-changer when it comes to home entertainment. It certainly wasn’t the first service to begin streaming movies and TV shows to our homes, but there’s no question that Netflix led the charge, and continues to lead the charge, in terms of popularizing home streaming and changing the way we consume movies and TV series.

Of course, that hardly means the service is perfect. In fact, there are some things that are flat-out annoying about Netflix. Subscribers will be excited to learn that there are some changes brewing on the company’s website though, and we now have our first look at the upcoming redesign. More →

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