Protecting our information and identity online is paramount in our world where online activity is become more and more prevalent as time goes on. Whether that information is a credit card number, banking information, or even your search history, you don’t want anyone being able to track your browsing habits — both for safety and simple privacy. But the normal internet connection you get from your service provider isn’t as secure as some people would like.

A VPN is your solution to keeping your online habits private. Using a “virtual private network,” you get the functionality, security, and management that the VPN service provides in order to keep safe and discreet online. VPNs aren’t just for privacy; you can use local VPNs in order to get resident online pricing for things like flights, hotels, and more.

VPN Unlimited is one such VPN provider that can help you access the web safely and securely. A lifetime subscription generally retails for $499.99, but at Android Central Digital Offers, you can get yours for $42.50. All you have to do is use code GIFTSHOP15 and you’ll get 15% off our already discounted price of $49.99.

VPN Unlimited gives you secure access to public Wi-Fi networks, unlimited bandwidth, an unlimited high-speed connection, a growing selection of global services in over 50 countries, fast server switching, as well as ad blocking, malware protection, and tracker blocking. If you value your online privacy and flexibility, then subscribe to a VPN. And why not pick up a lifetime subscription for $42.50. Just make sure you use code GIFTSHOP15 at check out!

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HTC has always been good at releasing the newest Android builds for its flagship devices, but this time – the company has outdone itself. While other manufacturers are teasing their customers by beta testing Android Oreo with select users, HTC has … Read More




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HTC kicks off the stable Oreo update to the U11.

HTC said it’ll roll out Oreo to the U11 before the end of the year, and while it didn’t specify a timeline, the update was expected sometime this month. The company is now kicking off the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the device, starting with the Taiwanese variant. The OTA update comes in at 1.3GB, and includes VoWifi service for Chunghwa Telecom customers in Taiwan.

OMG, Oreo update is live for #HTCU11! (TW unit)

Totally didn’t expect @htc to drop the update this early. 😱

cc @LlabTooFeR pic.twitter.com/dJwJAfmO9l

— Shimon Das (@shimonips) November 15, 2017

The update also bumps the build number to 2.31.709.1. The Oreo update introduces the latest iteration of HTC’s Sense UI, and while most interface elements have remained largely unchanged, you do get the rotary menu and “squircle” icons.

There’s no information on when the global variant of the U11 will pick up the update, but with the rollout officially underway, it should be a matter of weeks. We’ll let you know once we hear more.




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Essential Phone users can now get Oreo in beta, but expect bugs.

If you’ve been following the trials and tribulations of the Essential Phone, you’ll know that it arrived to market with a few showstopping bugs and a camera that wouldn’t quit. Oh, wait — a camera that always Force Quit.

Anyway, months later, the Essential Phone is now $200 less — a cool $499 — and considerably more stable, with improved camera quality and speed. And, as promised during a tell-all AMA, the phone now has access to Android 8.0 Oreo in beta.

The installation process is a bit convoluted and involves using the command line to sideload a new ROM through ADB, so if that the preceding words made no sense to you, it’s probably best to wait until the release is public, and available through an over-the-air update.

If those words made you salivate, though, the instructions are fairly straightforward.




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Go hands-free and drive safe!

This TaoTronics car mount and phone holder is down to $6 with code CGXFYQXU on Amazon. It sells regularly at $13 and hasn’t dropped below that with a direct price drop for all of 2017. This is the lowest price we’ve seen.

The phone holder is adjustable, which means it can fit any smartphone, even larger ones like the Galaxy Note 8.

Features include:

  • Redesigned For Phone Safety: Redesigned with a one-button rear release, phone safety will always come first with a safer method of unlocking
  • Flat Suction Cup Sticks Better: Covering a larger area while letting in less air, the flat suction cup grips on tighter to more surfaces including dashboards and windows
  • Adjust, Rotate, Or Swivel: Features three different ways to move, including adjustable arm length, 180° arm rotation, and a 360° joint ball – together they get the perfect angle
  • Improved Usability: The adjustable support tray, rubber holder arms, and improved adjustment knobs add convenience and usability

This car mount has 3.8 stars based on 424 user reviews.

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The issue is only affecting some users, but it’s unclear at the time if software will be able to fix it.

There have been more than a few bugs with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL since their release last month, and while display controversy surrounding the XL model received the most attention, we’ve seen other issues here and there that have proven to be equally annoying. Most recently, users are reporting that the camera on the Pixel 2/2XL exhibits a flickering motion when taking a photo or video under LED lights.

So, what exactly is going on here?

All LED lights have a natural flicker that ranges from 50 to 60Hz, and it’s something that’s not perceivable to the human eye. However, certain cameras are capable of picking up this flickering and display it over what you’re trying to capture. As fate would have it, the sensor on the Pixel 2 is one such camera.

It’s a bit difficult to describe exactly what’s going on with words, so to make things a bit more clear, take a look at this video that was recently uploaded to YouTube by apa1.

This phenomenon was also discovered by Chazzdjr in the Pixel User Community, with images captured on a plane turning out as follows:

A couple of representatives from Google have stated that they’re aware of the issue and will make sure that the right people see what’s going on. I personally can’t replicate the flickering on my Pixel 2, and according to other users, this is something that’s only affecting certain handsets. It’s unclear if a software update will be able to fix this, so we’ll have to wait and see what the Mothership says.




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New savings on an old gadget.

Android tablets (and really, tablets in general) have gotten a lot less popular over the past couple of years. The last tablet that Google ever released was the Pixel C that came out back in 2015, and while it offered a great design and gorgeous display, the high price and soemtimes wonky performance made it hard to justify its $599 asking price (not to mention the extra $150 for its keyboard).

Google never really did come off of that $599 listing, but for our readers over in the United Kingdom, you’ve finally got a deal that just might make the Pixel C still worth it in late 2017.

Right now on the Google Store in the U.K., you can buy the Pixel C for £299 (normally £479) and the keyboard accessory for £73 (rather than £119). Along with this, buyers in France, Germany, Ireland, and other countries throughout Europe can pick up the Pixel C for slightly more at £349. There’s no sale in the United States, but that’s because the Pixel C is out of stock there.

Google’s likely running this discount to clear out whatever remaining units of the tablet it still has, and considering its age, we can’t imagine that there will be a lot to go around. As such, if this sounds like a deal you’ve been waiting for, we advise acting on it as soon as you can.

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PlayStation VR has some fantastic games coming to get excited about!

After a year PlayStation VR is off to a great start with tons of great games already available. Of course, the best is yet to come, and there are some fantastic games that are going to be making their debut on the platform soon. With so many excellent titles to get distracted by, we’ve collected the games that we’re most excited about. Some of these will be appearing on the PlayStation store in the next few weeks, while we’re still a few months out from others releasing.

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Best Unlimited Data Plan

13 November 2017

Unlimited plans are back, but which one is the best?

All four major U.S. carriers offer an unlimited data plan again. After years of hearing how they were unable to provide unlimited data to every customer and maintain the quality of service they wanted, new technology and a more competitive market means a 180-degree turnaround was in order and here we are.

We’ve previously written about how most people just don’t need unlimited data, and you should have a look if you have any questions about how much you should spend or how much data you need. But if you’re sure you need all the data you can get each and every month, let’s look at which company you should give your business to. We’ll start with a quick look at what each company has to offer and what it will cost you.

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AT&T

Feature Cost
Price for single line $90 for Unlimited Plus
$60 for Unlimited Choice (data speeds are capped at 3M/s)
Price for two lines $145 for Unlimited Plus
$115 for Unlimited Choice
Additional lines $20 each (wearables are $10)

Features

There are a few differences between the plans, so let’s break each down.

Unlimited Plus

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data
  • 10 GB mobile hotspot (tethering)
  • Unlimited talk and text to Canada and Mexico
  • Advanced messaging between compatible phones on the AT&T network
  • Unlimited talk, text, and data in Canada and Mexico with free Roam North America Feature (if more than 50% of use is outside the U.S. the plan can be terminated)
  • Unlimited music and video streaming with optional Stream Saver for less data use
  • $25 monthly credit for DirecTV services
  • Free HBO subscription

Unlimited Choice

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data
  • Data speeds capped at 3Mbps
  • Standard definition video streaming
  • Unlimited talk and text to Canada and Mexico
  • Advanced messaging between compatible phones on the AT&T network
  • Unlimited talk, text, and data in Canada and Mexico with free Roam North America Feature (if more than 50% of use is outside the U.S. the plan can be terminated)
  • $25 monthly credit for DirecTV services
  • Free HBO subscription

Like most carriers, the monthly fees don’t include tax or regulatory fees and you may have other costs if you get your phone from AT&T.

Sprint

Feature Cost
Price for single line $60
Price for two lines $100
Additional lines Free (with the current promotion) for phones
Tablets are $25 per month

Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan details

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data (with certain restrictions)
  • Unlimited data for streaming video up to 1080p
  • Unlimited data for gaming up to 8Mbps
  • Unlimited data for streaming music up to 1.5Mbps
  • 10GB high-speed mobile hotspot with VPN and P2P support
  • Add a tablet with unlimited data for $25 per month

Note: These features apply only to new accounts.

Again, you’ll need to pay taxes and fees on top of these prices and equipment fees aren’t included.

T-Mobile

Feature Cost
Price for single line $70
Price for two lines $120
Additional lines $140 for three lines
$20 each for more

These prices include taxes and all fees

T-Mobile has a lot of feature fine print that goes with their T-Mobile ONE plan, and it might make a difference:

  • 200MB of roaming data per month
  • Unlimited talk, text, and data in Canada and Mexico
  • One hour of free Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi and unlimited texting on enabled flights
  • Unlimited data and texting in over 140 locations at 2x speed (264kbps) (limited time offer)
  • Netflix streaming included

T-Mobile also offers two Plus add-ons that are worth a mention here:

The $10 monthly T-Mobile ONE Plus add-on includes everything from the standard ONE plan plus the following:

  • Unlimited HD video streaming
  • 10GB of high-speed data tethering per month
  • Unlimited in-flight data on all Gogo-enabled flights
  • T-Mobile Visual Voicemail
  • T-Mobile Name ID

The $25 T-Mobile ONE Plus International add-on includes everything from the ONE Plus plan and adds the following:

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Verizon

Verizon offers two tiers of unlimited plans. Here’s the breakdown.

Go Unlimited

Go Unlimited is the cheaper of the unlimited plans, aimed at users that don’t necessarily need the fastest performance at all times or high-quality video streaming.

  • One line: $75/month
  • Two lines: $65 per line/month
  • Three lines: $50 per line/month
  • Four or more lines lines: $40 per line/month

Paper-free billing and $5/mo AutoPay discounts apply.

The Go Unlimited plan offers unlimited LTE data, but you’re subject to reduced speeds (throttling) when the network is congested. Verizon may choose to throttle at any time of the billing cycle, which is unlike most other unlimited plans that only do so after a certain amount of data is used.

On Go Unlimited, all video streaming is capped at 480p on phones and 720p on tablets. And while the Go Unlimited plans offer unlimited mobile hotspot (tethering), the speed is capped at 600kbps, which is likely too slow for most people do anything other than browsing the web — slowly.

As of November 3, 2017, customers can pay $10 per line to remove streaming restrictions and have video delivered at its original resolution.

Beyond Unlimited

Beyond Unlimited is basically Verizon’s original unlimited plan with some slight tweaks.

  • One line: $85/month
  • Two lines: $80 per line/month
  • Three lines: $60 per line/month
  • Four or more lines: $50 per line/month

Paper-free billing and $5/mo AutoPay discounts apply.

The Beyond Unlimited plan offers unlimited LTE data, but you’re subject to reduced speeds (throttling) at times of network congestion if you exceed 22GB in a billing cycle (customers that sign up on a two-year contract get 25GB per month before throttling).

Video streaming is capped at 720p on phones and 1080p on tablets. Mobile hotspot use is unlimited, with 15GB of LTE data in each billing cycle. Laptops or other devices used through the hotspot have a 1080p hard cap for streaming video.

As of November 3, 2017, customers can pay $10 per line to remove streaming restrictions and have video delivered at its original resolution.

The best unlimited wireless plan

There are a few things in common with all four carriers: The listed prices in all advertisements are for customers who use autopay for their monthly bill. Each carrier can slow down your data to 3G speeds once you hit an invisible cap on data, which is right around 20GB per line. And no carrier guarantees great coverage, no matter what their coverage maps might say.

T-Mobile offers the best unlimited plan in the U.S.

Overall, T-Mobile has the best unlimited plan you can buy. We considered price, coverage, and features equally and while we can’t say T-Mobile will work for everyone, it’s where you should look first. Here’s how we reached the decision.

  • Which companies offer the coverage you need? Having a cheap cell phone bill isn’t so great if your phone doesn’t work where you need it to work. There are large areas of the U.S. where T-Mobile has no coverage at all but for the most part, these are rural areas. While we think rural areas are awesome, we can’t ignore that T-Mobile does offer coverage where most people live. As always, if total overall coverage is your main criteria when buying an unlimited plan, you should have a look at Verizon.

  • How much are your monthly taxes and fees going to be? In some places, these extra fees will add up. When you add upwards of $30 (or more) to each month’s bill, T-Mobile bundling them into the plan price might make a difference. Once you add in all the fees that find their way into your monthly bill, there probably won’t be much difference between Sprint and T-Mobile unless you have three or more lines. Sprint is cheaper, but T-Mobile picking up the tab for those fees makes a big difference.

  • Do you need any of the other services that come with a particular plan? If you have to pay extra for things like texting or calling people in other countries be sure to add those costs into the price unless it’s included in the plan. T-Mobile offers roaming data, calls, texts and data in all of North America as well as texting and data in 140 other places around the world. They even offer free in-flight Wi-Fi with Gogo. This is a great set of useful extras.

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The best news is that everything here is subject to change at any time! Because the market has become so competitive for unlimited data, companies will constantly be adjusting prices and features. When one company makes a move the rest will soon follow with their own new pricing or other offers.

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Updated November 2017: This article was updated with the latest plan details, but T-Mobile still gets the number one pick.




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