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Keeping your devices and info secure this holiday season (and win a trip!)

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With the holiday season in full swing, it’s easy to forget about the importance of privacy and security in this world of endless digital devices. More and more of our electronics are constantly connected to the Internet through cloud services, providing more and more entry points into our homes for those with nefarious intentions. McAfee reached out to me with some tips on staying secure when using different devices, and they’re good enough to be shared, as they just might help you avoid a privacy-related disaster. Additionally, McAfee is running a sweepstakes where the grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to Iceland. More details on that at the end of this article.

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Unboxing Live 196: Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

If you’ve been wanting to pick up the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, but were worried about carrying around a phone that’s covered on the front and back by glass and how easy it might be to shatter, then you’re gonna wanna pay attention to this episode, as I’ll be giving you a look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active - a no-compromises version of the Galaxy S7 that you’ll have a hell of hard time trying to destroy.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 line is the latest flagship series from Samsung. In my opinion, they’re the best-looking phones that Samsung has ever made…but they’re also the most fragile and slippery due to being encased in curved glass. Each year though, Samsung and AT&T collaborate on a much more rugged version of the Galaxy S smartphone - the Active line. This is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active.

You can get the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active now.

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iPhone 7 Plus & Google Pixel XL Giveaway!

We are giving away two of the hottest smartphones on the planet right now - the iPhone 7 Plus and the Google Pixel XL! Each winner will get to choose whether they would like a 128GB iPhone 7 Plus, or a 128GB Google Pixel XL, and each winner will also get to choose the color that they'd like to receive. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay up on all the latest tech reviews and gadget giveaways!

Big shout out to Candid for sponsorsing this giveaway - be sure to check out the video I did on Candid and their anonymous social networking app down below.

Enter to win using the Gleam widget below, and good luck to all who enter!

iPhone 7 Plus / Google Pixel Giveaway!


Bleeding Edge TV 593: VRS Design Cases for iPhone SE

I show you some of the best cases for the iPhone SE from VRS Design in this episode. The company makes a line of cases that keeps your iPhone SE protected, but are also inexpensive enough that they don't break the bank. If you're looking for something that's both stylish and inexpensive, you'll probably want to give these a try. Don't let the price fool you either - these are well-designed, high-quality cases. I focus on four different iPhone SE cases in this video from VRS Design:

You can pick up the VRS Design Cases for iPhone SE now.

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Unboxing Live 192: HTC 10 Top 5 Features!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Features, Videocasts

HTC has announced its new flagship Android smartphone in the HTC 10. It's HTC's best Android smartphone to date, and I think could be the best Android phone of 2016. In this episode I bring you my HTC 10 unboxing, and give you a rundown of what I think are the top 5 features of the HTC 10.

I talk about the touch responsiveness of the display, the new BoomSound speaker features, the UltraPixel 2.0 camera, the lack of bloatware, and the fantastic unibody metal build quality.

You can get the HTC 10 now.

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Unboxing Live 190: Samsung Galaxy S7

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Features, Videocasts

Starting last year with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung came out swinging in the industrial design department. Gone were the super plasticky smartphones that felt cheap in the hand, and in its place we got metal and glass smartphones that were a sight to behold. Now, the company has launched the follow-ups, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

You can get the Samsung Galaxy S7 now.

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Bleeding Edge TV 580: LG G5 Camera Review: Best Smartphone Camera?

In this LG G5 camera review, you'll find out why I think the LG G5 is the best smartphone camera available right now. This is a follow-up to the LG G5 Review that I published a few weeks ago, which if you haven't seen, you should check out.

The LG G5 features a dual-camera system, with one 16 megapixel camera with 75-degree field of view, along with an 8 megapixel wide angle  shooter with a 135-degree field of view. You get full access to both modules for photos and video, and I give you examples of what each can do so you can see for yourself.

All video and image content is taken directly off of the LG G5 smartphone with no filters or effects added.

You can pick up the LG G5 now.

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iPhone SE: An iPhone 6S in an iPhone 5 body for $399

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

Apple iPhone SE

During its Let Us Loop You In event, Apple announced the new iPhone SE. Citing the demand from iPhone owners who don't want a larger display than what was offered on the iPhone 5 series of devices, the iPhone SE maintains the 4-inch display that was found on the iPhone 5 and 5S, but upgrades everything under the hood. It's powered by the far more capable Apple A9 and M9 chips, which are found in the current iPhone 6S flagships. The camera is also brought over from the latest models, giving the iPhone SE an upgraded 12 megapixel camera which supports Live Photos and shoots in 4K. Apple Pay support is also onboard, as is 802.11ac Wi-Fi and "Hey Siri" hands-free control. All-in-all Apple says the new iPhone SE is twice as fast as the iPhone 5S that it replaces.

The iPhone SE starts at $399 for the 16GB model, which makes it the cheapest iPhone ever. If you need more storage than that 16GB, there's also a 64GB model for $499. You can order ir starting on March 24.

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Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes Is a Surprisingly Great Mobile Game

Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes Review

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, a role-playing game released for mobile platforms last fall, initially struck me as a game I could skip without a second thought. It had the appearance of a cheap cash-in meant to capitalize on the launch of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Although I'm not generally not the sort of person to write off a game for being free-to-play (some of my favorite games don't cost a dime to start playing), there's something about the combination of that business model, mobile, and a major franchise that made me assume it was not worth so much as a download.

I was wrong.


Apple to introduce the iPhone SE the week of March 21st

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

iPhone SE

Apple is reportedly working on launching a 4-inch iPhone model dubbed the iPhone SE. Similar to what Apple has done with the iPhone 5c version albeit, in this case, with upgraded specs that are akin to the iPhone 6; perhaps higher. This is great news for those that find the bigger smartphones a bit unwieldy but without sacrificing cutting edge specs.

The iPhone SE design is slated to look closer to the iPhone 5s but with tapered edges mimicking the iPhone 6 design. A hybrid of sorts. All the newer bells and whistles will be included such as Apple’s in-house designed silicon A9 processor, M9 co-processor, perhaps all-in-one chip, “Hey Siri”, full Live Photo support, and an improved 8-megapixal iSight camera. Also rumored is Touch ID/Apple Pay features and, of course, upgraded wireless capabilities. Storage will likely be 16GB and 64GB. I must say, you might as well pony up for the 64GB version because 16GB is so 2007.

Mark your calendars for March 21st because it’s that time of year again where Apple reveals all the new cool gear. There’s a high probability that iPhone SE might go on sale as quick as March 25th.
 

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