The celebrate the unofficial “HTC Day” which falls on October 8th (10:08), HTC has launched a “Green Is Good” promotion which includes a $100 discount on the HTC U11 and even deeper discounts on some of its other phones. THe biggest discount … Read More

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The latest distribution numbers for Android are out, and Oreo makes its first appearance.

The monthly Android Distribution list is always fun to look at. It’s an important list for developers who need to know which software version they should target and which features it makes sense to include in their application. It’s also fun for us nerds to just appreciate how big and diverse Android really is.

The latest numbers are out, and Android 8.0 Oreo has made its first appearance. It only holds 0.2% of the active Android install base, but if we extrapolate that out over the 2 billion active Android devices, that could be as many as 40 million devices on Oreo. That’s a lot of Pixels, Nexus phones and Sony Xperia XZ1′s.

Marshmallow still holds the most users with 32% of the Android market, with Lollipop trailing it with 27.7%. Nougat gained 2 percentage points in market share since last month, and now holds 17.8%. Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich are still around with 0.6% each.

If past years are any indication, we still have about six months before Oreo starts picking up steam. This usually happens when the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series get updated and altogether new devices begin launching with Oreo as the de facto OS.

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The official unveiling of the second generation Pixel devices isn’t until the middle of this week, but new images have hit the web (thanks to @evleaks), showing us the front and back sides of both phones.

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Ajit Pai has been confirmed for another term in the FCC and will continue serving as chairman.

Current FCC Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai has been confirmed by the US Senate to serve another term in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ArsTechnica reports.

In his eight months as FCC Chairman, Pai has most notably tried to reverse the February 2015 reclassification of internet service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. The would mean the end of net neutrality, which states that service providers cannot degrade internet connections based on their origin. Prior to this classification, there were numerous of examples of ISP’s throttling services like Netflix in order to bolster their own offerings.

Pai has also taken aim at programs designed to help low-income users afford Internet, has allowed ISPs to easily hide fees and data caps from consumers, and has made the bizarre claim that mobile Internet is fast and stable enough for home use, even as Verizon and other carriers throttle heavy mobile data users. Pai also wants to ensure more Americans have access to broadband by lowering the broadband standard speed from 25Mbps to 10Mbps.

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Compared to the $399 Nest Secure, the Ring Protect and its $199 starting price bring some heated competition into the home security market.

When it comes to smart home accessories, there are a few companies that truly stand out among the rest. Philips is known for its Hue lightbulbs, Nest has become iconic for its security cameras and thermostats, and Ring still has one of the best smart doorbells on the market. Home security is huge in the smart home world right now, and Ring is looking to step things up a notch with the announcement of the Ring Protect.

Ring Protect is an all-new home security solution from Ring, and the heart of the system lies with a base station that powers and connects all of its many accessories. A wall-mounted keypad is used for arming and disarming said accessories, and these include a motion detector, infrared camera, contact sensors for windows and doors, and even an extender for increasing the range of these gadgets.

Ring Protect can be controlled and monitored through the accompanying smartphone app, allowing you to get real-time alerts if a window or door has been opened, when motion is detected, etc. This is all stuff that we’ve seen before with other, similar solutions, but Ring has a big advantage when it comes to price.

Ring’s substantially lower price could cause some trouble for Nest.

You’ll need to shell out $199 for the Protect Security Kit, and this will get you the base station, keypad, contact sensor, motion detector, and range extender. You can choose to leave your costs at that, but if you want to also have access to Ring’s 24/7 video recording and monitoring services, you’re looking at a subscription fee of $10/month. For that price, you’ll get 24/7 monitoring of your home by security professionals, unlimited cloud storage for any recordings from your Ring devices, and a discount of 10-percent on additional hardware that you buy from Ring.

Nest’s 24/7 security services also cost around $10 per month, and while its performance compared to Ring’s has yet to be seen, the starter kit for Nest Secure cost considerably more at $399.

In an interview with TechCrunch, Ring’s CEO Jamie Siminoff said:

All the other companies in this space are thinking about how to maximize value out of each person, and the prices show that. If you look at what Ring is charging for this, in terms of the $10 per month and $100 per year, we are breaking the sound barrier on pricing around home security.

The Ring Protect is available for preorder starting today, and it will be arriving in retail stores later in October.

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Save memories, store and catalog your photos, make edits, and more with Google Photos.

Google Photos is more than just an app for storing your photos. While on the surface it’s primarily for backing up photos, there are more ways to edit and share hidden inside. You also have some serious control over every aspect of the photos. This goes from which folders get backed up, to the image quality you upload your photos to, to seeing the photos that you have shared in the past. It gives you a solid place to store and sync all of your photos so that you never lose one again.

How to set up Google Photos

Google Photos aims to be your one-stop shop for all of your Photos. Before you can start to take advantage of the many things you can do by using Google Photos, you need to know the basics. This includes things like choosing your image upload quality, understanding the Google Photos Assistant, and choosing which device folders get synced with Google Photos.

Share your photos with friends

Google Photos makes it so easy to share your memories and photos with friends, family, and colleagues. You have control over who can see the photos that you share, and even set up specific folders for sharing.

Manage your photos

When it comes to keeping track of all of your photos, Google makes that easy for you to. You can create new folders, share specific folders, and even add to existing folders, or allow folks to collaborate and add their own photos to the folder you have invited them to.

Additional features

Google Photos has plenty of additional features that you might not have heard about. Just because features are hidden a bit under the surface doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t check them out, though. With powerful photo editing built right in, there are some things you may not have seen about Google Photos.

Are you a fan of Google Photos?

Google Photos delivers a great app that can be used to share, save, upload, and even edit, your photos. With plenty of features that are easy to use, it becomes a great storage tool for the photos you take every day. Do you use Google Photos for storing your snapshots? Be sure to drop us a line in the comments and tell us about it.

Update, October 2017: This article has been updated with all the latest links and relevant Google Photos information.

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