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JLab JBuds Air Executive review: Splendid cheap true wireless earbuds

By Lily Katz

The earbuds in the charging case with the case open.

JLab is known among the athletic crowd for its affordable, functional audio products. The JLab JBuds Air Executive follows this philosophy while departing from the company’s traditional sporty design. Instead, the Executive opts for a more luxuriant look, which will trick you into thinking it’s worth more than the attainable $69 price.

Read the in-depth review at SoundGuys

What is JLab JBuds Air Executive like?

The charging case opens to reveal the earbuds, which must be removed simultaneously to properly initiate pairing mode.

The included charging case is wrapped in a synthetic leather material. Not only does this contribute to the reasonable cost, it’s also vegan-friendly. The magnetized case opens to reveal the AirPods-esque earbuds. A USB cable integrated into the charging case mitigates any concerns about cable loss or being without one in a time of need.

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The best Airpod alternatives for under $100

Although the new Powerbeats Pro and AirPods may suggest you have to pay a premium to get true wireless earbuds, we’re here to tell you that’s not the case. Good, cheap true wireless headphones are …

Each stemmed earbud is decorated with a glossy touch panel. The touch controls work …read more

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5 biggest mobile game announcements from E3 2019

By Joe Hindy

Cover art for the Commander Keen mobile game from E3 2019

E3 is still very much a PC and console gaming event. However, we see more and more mobile games every year and this year was no exception. There were plenty of announcements, but a few stood about among the rest. These were mostly announced during press conferences as part of the big show. Game publishers still haven’t mastered the art of including mobile games into press conferences yet, but each one generated a bit of hype. Here are the biggest mobile game announcements from E3 2019.

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Commander Keen

Commander Keen graced Bethesda’s event. It’s one of id Software’s oldest games and its first launch was all the way back in 1990. This new mobile game follows the story of Commander Keen’s kids as they head off on an adventure to save Dadmiral Keen. There is a single-player story mode, card collecting-style gameplay, and an online PvP mode where Billy and Billie fight each other. The game should provide decent …read more

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The best Westerns on Netflix right now

By Sam Moore

Cowboy movies are a classic (and often problematic) genre in Hollywood history. When it comes to tales of pastoral mystique, violence, and grit, few settings rival the Wild West. For years, there’s been a pretty decent selection of westerns on Netflix, though many rotate in and out semi-regularly.

Right now it’s a little light, but there’s still some pretty good options. Here are some of the best westerns on Netflix right now.

The Wild Bunch

One of the few classic westerns on Netflix right now, the Wild Bunch focuses on a group of aging outlaws coming to grips with the approaching end of the Wild West. In this Sam Peckinpah-directed ensemble, Pike Bishop (William Holden) and his gang go for one last score at the dawn the 20th century. It’s a gritty flick about survival at the edge of society, and well known for its unique cinematography.

Director: Sam Peckinpah

Cast: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez, Ben Johnson.

Click here to watch.

Hostiles

The year is 1892, and after decades of brutal fighting, Captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) is given his final assignment: escort the Cheyenne war chief Yellow …read more

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Quickly become fluent in a new language for only $29

By AA Picks

Fluent in three months couple talking

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Learning a new language can do more than just impress your friends — it can let you experience other cultures on a deeper level. It sounds enlightening, but you may have been put off in the past by the thought of grinding away at textbooks. Fortunately, there’s a better way.

As the name implies, Fluent in Three Months offers an engaging way of gaining fluency in a new language in a short amount of time.

Lifetime access to training in a language of your choice.

This online video tutorial was created by Benny Lewis, author of a best-selling book on language hacks. You’ll get an insider’s view on the tools, resources, and daily habits you can use to immerse yourself in a new language.

You’ll get practical tools such as conversation connectors you can use in real-time conversations. They’re simple phrases you can learn to stretch out a conversation and make the flow feel more natural while you’re thinking.

Fluent in Three Months at a glance:

We asked, you told us: Most get wallpapers from third-party apps

By Justin Duino

Pixel 3a straight top down

Android is all about flexibility and customization. While there are several ways to change up the look and feel of your phone, switching wallpapers is one of the easiest.

So we decided to ask you, are you using the wallpapers preinstalled on your phone or do you download them from somewhere else? Here’s what you had to say.

Where do you get your phone’s wallpapers?

Results

A majority of the 1,700 voters in this week’s poll state that they get their wallpapers from a third-party app. This result was closely followed up by nearly a quarter of the participants stating that they get their images from somewhere on the internet.

Most interesting to me is the fact that only 13 percent of the voters use their photos as wallpapers. Almost everyone has a camera with them at any given moment, but the images that they capture are hardly used as a phone’s background.

Editor’s Pick

10 best background and wallpaper apps for Android!

Finding great wallpapers and backgrounds for your Android device isn’t all that difficult. There are a ton of apps out there that can …read more

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Deal: This $150 Bluetooth soundbar is just $40 today

By AA Picks

NevaTech Bluetooth Soundbar Wide

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Your movie or gaming center deserves an upgrade. A soundbar is a no-brainer for enhancing your overall experience, and the NevaTech Bluetooth Soundbar is an incredibly affordable option right now. Of course, you can also use it to pump your favorite tunes.

Right now there’s over $100 off the soundbar in the Tech Deals sale.

TVs are becoming thinner, prettier, and lighter at the expense of sound quality. That’s where this Bluetooth soundbar comes in, solving poor TV audio playback at a reasonable price.

Powerfully project your sound to provide a more immersive experience.

The dual built-in bass diaphragms can powerfully project your sound to provide a more immersive experience. If you’re using your device wirelessly, the EDRenhanced Bluetooth means you won’t lose connectivity.

The stylish and compact design of the soundbar makes it an excellent complement to any entertainment set-up. Simply tuck this underneath the TV and it blends in seamlessly.

The Bluetooth soundbar has a retail price of $150, but at AA Picks we’ve always got your back. Thanks to a double …read more

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

By Joe Hindy

A screenshot of a breaking bad game for the 270th Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 270th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • Huawei is preparing an app store in case the U.S. ban never lifts. The company sent a bunch of emails out to developers to encourage them to publish their apps in Huawei’s store. It’s not an unusual practice. Plenty of third party app stores email developers for the same reason. It’s a pragmatic move from Huawei and a half decent contingency plan.
  • Google quietly changed the wording of the Play Store’s refund policy this week. It now says that decisions for a refund can take up to four days. This is much longer than the previous 15 minute window. Google didn’t announce anything so the move just kind of happened. It doesn’t affect the time it takes to process an approved refund or the refund window itself.
  • There were a bunch of mobile game announcements at E3 2019. We’ll briefly go over all of them. Microsoft put Gears POP! up on the Play Store for pre-registration this week. It should launch in the next month or two.
  • Bethesda announced a Commander Keen mobile game to mixed reactions. Some people are excited …read more

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Need for speed: how much faster are modern phone processors

By Robert Triggs

SoC chip processor marcro shot

We’re finally living in an age where smartphone performance isn’t something we have worry about anymore, at least in premium tier products. High performance is available on a limited budget, thanks to phones like the Pocophone F1 and manufacturers including OnePlus, Honor, and Xiaomi. We’re also innodated with new smartphone SoCs every year that help to make all this possible, but it’s not so clearcut as to whether these new cost-effective chips are more capable than older high performing models. In other words, would your money be better spent on an aging flagship or a new mid-range phone?

To help figure this out, we’ve grabbed historic data for a range of popular smartphone SoCs across the Snapdragon, Exynos, Kirin, and Helio product lines. I’ve condensed these into a couple of handy graphs below, the first showing the performance range by SoC release year and the second detailing the results by chipset.

Where old performance meets new

First up, let’s check out the range of performance on offer from smartphone SoCs over the years.

There are a couple of trends worth noting here. Overall performance in the premium tier is accelerating at a steady pace. Meanwhile, the worse performing chips have …read more

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Master Adobe Photoshop from the ground up for $29

By AA Picks

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Adobe Photoshop leads the industry for digital design. It’s perhaps the most powerful creative tool to have in your kit. Whether your goal is to design for a Fortune 500 company or do freelance work, this skill is a must have.

That said, mastering Photoshop without proper guidance is no easy task. To utilize it to its fullest potential, you’ll need the Complete Photoshop Master Class Bundle 2019.

The bundle consists of six parts and over 35 hours of training. These learning kits will teach you Photoshop from the ground up. Each kit has instructional videos that break down the program’s complexity into easy-to-understand steps.

You’ll learn all the valuable techniques that make Photoshop such a premier creative program. From basic editing and enhancing photos to designing entire websites from scratch — you’ll be a pro in no time.

Once you’ve master Photoshop, the dream of being a professional designer is within your grasp. As a side benefit, you can even use it to make your Instagram photos more enticing.

The Photoshop Master Class …read more

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Bluetooth codecs 101: Everything you need to know

By Lily Katz

Graph of Bluetooth Codec Latency by Android Smartphone

Some smartphone companies are bringing back the headphone jack, yet others remain staunchly opposed to reintegrating it. Whether or not your phone supports wired audio, there’s no denying the convenience of going wireless. Having fewer wires clutter my office is a relief, but wireless audio introduces a host of new concerns. Now, let’s get you up to speed on the what’s what of Bluetooth codecs.

What you should know

Before breaking down the various wireless codecs, we need to establish working definitions for a few terms and to cover a few concepts.

Terminology

  • Sample rate (Hz): the number of data points per second in an audio file. To capture a given frequency accurately, you need to capture two samples. This means audio is sampled at twice the limit of human hearing (~20Hz). High-res formats are exported at 96kHz or greater.
  • Bit depth (-bit): the number of bits per audio sample dictates a file’s resolution. CD quality is 16-bit, while DVDs and Blue-ray discs may support 24-bit audio. Just like sample rate, a higher bit-depth yields larger files.
  • Bit rate (kbps): this is the number of bits processed per unit of time, which is usually measured …read more

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