A special treat for die-hard Stargate fans has finally arrived.

In a time before the SGC, before Atlantis, and long before a much too short trip aboard an Ancient ship, there was Catherine and Paul Langford. The original stewards of the Stargate are getting their own series in this massive universe, and that show is available right now if you know where to look.

That’s right, ‘gate fans, you can now watch the first three episodes of Stargate Origins in the Stargate Command app.

For the uninitiated, Stargate Command is a central hub for all things Stargate. From this app you can watch every episode of all the shows, all of the movies, and tons of behind-the-scenes content. It is now also the first home for this new short series about the time before the ability to dial the gate had been discovered.

Instead of the 45-minute long Stargate episodes you are used to, Origins episodes are 8-minute shorts. The first three episodes are available now to those with an All Access pass, with plans to release the show to everyone with the app at 7PM Eastern on February 15th. Once the first three episodes have been unlocked for everyone, All Access pass holders will be able to watch the rest of the show. Currently, Stargate Command has no plans to make the whole show available to anyone without an All Access pass.

If you’re up for the All Access pass, it is available for a one-time $20 charge. Stargate Command promises a lot of additional features available to these members soon, but for now the biggest benefit by far is access to this fun new trip through the Stargate story. And now that the app has full Chromcast support, you can also enjoy the entirety of the Stargate story on your television. Enjoy!

Grab the Stargate Command app from the Google Play Store!

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Can’t go wrong with one of these.

Anker’s PowerPort 4 is one of the most popular options for charging more than one device at the same time, and right now you can pick one up for just $16.99. To get this price, you’ll need to enter coupon code ANKERUSB during checkout, which will save you $3 from its regular price. From its compact design with folding plug to its 2.4A output per port, this thing is built to last and help keep you charged at all times. The MultiProtect safety system helps to ensure the connected devices are protected from things like overcharging and overheating.

This charger is backed by an 18-month warranty. You’ll need to add your own cables to it, so be sure to grab a Lightning cable, USB-C cable or MicroUSB cable to go along with it.

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Yes, people still play Ingress. A lot of people. Can we move on now? Good.

It may be the oldest of the Niantic games, but Ingress still draws in massive crowds all over the world to participate in its events. This vibrant community of strategists work together just as well side by side as they do across oceans to complete tasks in the game and win the war for their side. With the launch of Ingress Prime, the massive redesign to the game with new features and a ton af great updated visuals, it’s clear there’s a lot of hope this is going to be a big year for Ingress.

Niantic has assembled the list of events for this year in a fun video, so you can start your planning as early as possible. Here’s a quick look at where you’ll be playing up to early 2019!

  • Fukuoka, Japan – April 7, 2018
  • Camp Navarro, CA, USA – May 25-28, 2018
  • Schloss Kaltenberg, Germany – May 25-28, 2018
  • San Diego, CA, USA – July 28, 2018
  • Sapporo, Japan – July 28, 2018
  • Warsaw, Poland – July 28, 2018
  • Boston, MA, USA – July 28, 2018
  • Malé, Maldives – July 28, 2018
  • Marseille, France – July 28, 2018
  • Philadelphia, PA – August 25, 2018
  • Singapore – August 25, 2018
  • Linz, Austria – August 25, 2018
  • Vancouver, BC – August 25, 2018
  • Incheon, South Korea – August 25, 2018
  • Riga, Latvia – August 25, 2018
  • Phoenix, AZ, USA – October 20, 2018
  • Taichung, Taiwan – October 20, 2018
  • Brno, Czech – October 20, 2018
  • Mexico City, Mexico – October 20, 2018
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA – October 20, 2018
  • Canberra, Australia – October 20, 2018
  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain – October 20, 2018
  • Bangkok, Thailand – October 20, 2018
  • Frankfurt, Germany – October 20, 2018
  • Austin, TX, USA – November 17, 2018
  • Hong Kong – November 17, 2018
  • Barcelona, Spain – November 17, 2018
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA – November 17, 2018
  • Yogyakarta, Indonesia – November 17, 2018
  • Bucharest, Romania – November 17, 2018
  • Asuncion, Paraguay – February 23, 2019
  • Quezon City, Philippines – February 23, 2019
  • Lisbon, Portugal – February 23, 2019
  • New Orleans, LA, USA – February 23, 2019
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA – February 23, 2019
  • Auckland, New Zealand – February 23, 2019
  • Athens, Greece – February 23, 2019
  • Pune, India – February 23, 2019
  • Genoa, Italy – February 23, 2019
  • Atlanta, GA, USA – March 23, 2019
  • Ho Chi Minch City, Vietnam – March 23, 2019
  • Nuremberg, Germany – March 23, 2019
  • Las Vegas, NV, USA – March 23, 2019
  • Nagoya Japan – March 23, 2019
  • Bristol, UK – March 23, 2019
  • Kaohsiung, Taiwan – May 4, 2019
  • Amsterdam, NL – May 11, 2019
  • Chicago, IL, USA – May 18, 2019

Which event are you heading to this year? Sound off in the comments!

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Two years ago, Google announced a new feature for Inbox called “Smart Reply.” Smart Reply could automatically recommend replies for you to send based on the context of messages you received, and it later expanded to the likes of Allo and Android Messages.

Area 120 is a small “experimental program within Google”, and it’s dedicated to creating unique apps and services — many of them that never see the light of day. One of Area 120′s latest projects is called “Reply”, and its goal is to bring Smart Replies to a heap of other messaging apps.

In an email that was sent out to individuals signed up for Area 120′s Early Access Program, Reply is said to work with Hangouts, Allo, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Slack, and even Twitter DMs. As you can see in the screenshot below, Reply looks a lot like Google’s native Smart Replies.

However, Reply doesn’t just replicate Smart Replies. Instead, it makes them even better.

In another screenshot that Area 120 shared, the team shows that Reply can take Smart Replies and elevate them to the next level. For example, if you get a text from your significant other asking when you’ll be home, Reply can determine where you’re at, where “home” is, and how long it’ll take for you to get there — resulting in the following:

Additionally, Reply can determine when you’re driving and reply to any texts to let people know you’re behind the wheel, messages that Reply determines are more important than others (such as “Where are you?!”) can still notify you even if your phone is on silent, and vacation responses will automatically be sent out if someone tries to contact you and Reply sees that you’ve noted on your calendar that you’re taking some time off.

Reply is only available for Android users that are part of Area 120′s Early Access Program, and while it’s an ingenious idea, don’t expect a public launch anytime soon. Reply is still very much so in its early development days, and it’s entirely possible that Google will scrap the project at any given moment.

Android Messages is Google’s best chance to compete with iMessage

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The service is also available in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S.

After debuting almost a year ago for families in the U.S., Google is bringing its Family Link service to Canada. Given that nearly half of grade four students in Canada have access to a smartphone during the day, Family Link’s debut is coming at a good time.

The idea is pretty simple: kids want to use the internet in some form, be it on a smartphone or tablet, and parents want a way to control what their children do on those devices. Family Link is a service for Android and iOS (but it’s better on Android) that allows a parent to create a Google account for their child and control almost every aspect of their experience, from the apps they launch to how much time they get to spend in front of it.

After downloading the associated app and setting up an account for your little one, Family Link allows parents to control the following:

  • Downloads and purchases.
  • What they see in search results through SafeSearch
  • App permissions that are being used.
  • Search and content filtering in YouTube Kids.
  • Account password management.
  • Screen time limits.
  • Activity settings for the account.
  • Giving account access to another family member.

That’s a lot of customization, and the tools are especially well received given that, in the year since its launch, the conversation around kids and screen time has only intensified. (It’s done the same for some adults, too.)

How to set up a kid-friendly Android device

Even without something like Family Link, Android has a fairly robust set of parental controls, and many manufacturers like Samsung take things one step further and bolster the built-in features with their own additional tweaks. But Family Link takes it one step further, by taking for granted the fact that many kids will be using, and want to use, Google services. This service puts the power in the hands of parents — and now Canadians can get in on it.

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Ease into the Valentine’s Day spirit with this collection of lovely games.

Valentine’s Day.

Love it or loathe it, when February 14 rolls around, red hearts seem to appear everywhere — even in the app store.

First off, it’s kind of weird to see games like Temple Run 2 offering up cheesy Valentine’s Day skins. I don’t get that. I also don’t understand why there are so many apps when you search for “valentines” or “love” in the Play Store. It’s a sea of opportunistic apps all offering little to no actual value. It’s weird, isn’t it?

Whether you’ve got Valentine’s Day plans or not, take some time to unwind with these truly loving titles from the Android catalogue.

Heart Star

Heart Star is such a sweet little game it just might give you a cavity. It’s a cute platformer, seemingly coded out of cotton candy, that you won’t be able to put down.

You control the two characters who are in parallel worlds. Working together, you must solve the one-screen puzzles to get both sprites to the end goal platform. It’s really simple to play and the controls are tight, and yet it does get challenging as you progress.

Heart Star is an absolute delight to play, and it’s free!

Download: Heart Star (Free)

I Love Hue

Is this game on the list because it has love in the title? Maybe, but it’s also a really relaxing puzzle game that just so happens to also be in the running for the Google Play Indie Game Contest.

This is a very laid back puzzle game that has you re-arranging tiles to complete mosaics of satisfying color spectrums. It will test your perception while the calm music and easy gameplay will lull you into a trance.

It’s a great game for anyone who loves beautiful puzzle games, or for those moments when you need a tranquil break.

Download: I Love Hue (Free)

Old Man’s Journey

Truly one of the more inventive narrative-driven games I’ve played for Android, Old Man’s Journey is a touching game about life and love all told through the eyes of an old man who received a mysterious letter that set’s him off to an undisclosed location.

In this calming puzzle game, you control the landscape to create a path for the old man to progress. The graphics are amazing — every frame of this game looks as if it’s been hand painted right before your eyes. The soundtrack is equally engaging and changes as you progress through the game.

The story unfolds through vignettes of his memories, which start to reveal a life of adventure, love, and regret. It won’t take too long for even a casual gamer to complete Old Man’s Journey, and it’s something that should be experienced for yourself. This game is also a finalist in Google’s Indie Game Contest, so you know it’s top class!

Download: Old Man’s Journey ($4.99)

Death Road to Canada

I know what you’re thinking: how could a zombie game possibly be something to recommend for Valentine’s Day? Well hear me out.

The underlying story behind Death Road To Canada could be romantic if you give your characters a loving backstory. Heck, you could even create custom characters for you and your lover for the ultimate “ride or die” adventure! Maybe you could document the trip with screenshots of your character heroically saving your partner from a horde of zombies as if to say “Hey, I would fight off an army of the living dead for you!”

Plus, if you’ve got an Android TV box you can load the game up for some two-player fun on the big screen. And uhh… also… is there anything more romantic than Canada in February?

Basically, I’m never going to stop recommending this game. Go play it!

Download: Death Road to Canada ($9.99)

Take this! It’s dangerous to go alone!

Do you have a favorite lovey dovey Valentine’s Day game? Let us know in the comments below!

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When it comes to cloud computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is near the top of the pile. It can be found in countless places around the web, and it’s comprised of multiple services from computing and storage to analytics. As AWS continues to grow, there is understandably an urgent need for trained professionals in the field.

Because AWS is comprised of so many different services, becoming proficient in the entire system can be pricey and time-consuming. Instead of finding the appropriate courses on your own, why not grab a bundle?

Right now, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal on an Amazon Web Services Certification Training mega bundle that included eight certification courses with more than 50 hours of training. Instead of paying $1,299, you’ll instead pay just $69. That’s 94 percent off the regular price!

The eight courses in this bundle include:

  • AWS Technical Essentials Certification Training
  • Introduction to Amazon S3 Training Course
  • Introduction to Amazon Route 53 Training
  • Introduction to Amazon EC2 Training Course
  • AWS Solution Architect Certification Training Course
  • Amazon VPC Training Course
  • AWS Lambda Training Course
  • AWS Database Migration Service Course

If you’re looking to prepare yourself for the AWS certification exams, this bundle of courses is what you need. At just $69, the price won’t get much better.

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HTC isn’t expected to release the upcoming HTC U12 until sometime in Q2 of this year, but that didn’t stop the company from showing off the device at a Chunghwa Telecom 5G demo event in Taiwan. The HTC U12 in … Read More

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Available until February 14 at 11:59 PM PT.

We’re big fans of the Google Pixel 2 here at Android Central, and if you’re looking to get an awesome last-minute Valentine’s gift, it’s sure to knock the socks off of your sweetheart. If you buy one now from the Google Store, you can get a custom Live Case for no added cost!

If you want to take advantage of this deal, doing so is dead simple. Just add the Pixel 2 and Live Case to your cart, and when you go to checkout, you’ll get an automatic discount that makes the Live Case free.

This deal applies to all three Live Cases on the Google Store, including the Google Earth Live Case, Artworks Live Case, and the original Live Case. My fiancé ended up ordering one of the original ones to go with her Pixel 2 shortly after we got engaged, and it really is something special to have a protective case that can be customized with a memorable photo.

In order to get this deal, you’ll need to act fast. It’s available now until February 14 at 11:59 PM PT, so be sure to tap/click the button below ASAP.

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When someone first dropped a Motiv Ring into my hand back at CES 2018, it was so small and light that I thought it was a show-floor dummy. It’s hard to believe there’s any technology inside, let alone an optical heart-rate sensor, a step-counting accelerometer, a Bluetooth radio and the lithium-ion battery that powers it all.

But the tech is real and so is the Ring, a titanium-clad annulus rated to 5ATM water resistance and available in two colors. Slip it on your finger and the Motiv Ring does much of what you’ve come to expect of a larger fitness wristband: it keeps tabs on your health (awake or asleep) and distills the data into digestible form on a rather beautiful iOS app. The only real downsides: you pay a lot for the privilege, and — for now, anyway — only iPhone users can get in on the fun.

If you’ve always wanted the convenience of a fitness tracker without the bulk of a wristwatch, the Motiv Ring might just be the wearable for you. Click the video above for the full MrMobile review!

Stay social, my friends

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