All the best deals from Best Buy’s “Black Friday in July” sale

July 19, 2017
Best Buy is kicking off a huge day of deals with “Black Friday in July.” The deals have been leaking out over the last couple days because Best Buy Elite and Elite Plus members (customers who spend $1,500 and $3,500 a year at Best Buy) have had early access. The fun starts today for “My Best Buy” members, which is free to sign up for and requires no obligation other than an email and password.

If you don’t want to sign up for My Best Buy, a lot of these deals might not last very long tomorrow when it all goes live to the public. We’ve rounded up some of the best deals from the sale, which you can find direct links to below:

The first big deals include a selection of iPad Pros. While we have seen deals on iPad Pros before, this sale includes both the 9.7-inch and the 12.9-inch versions in multiple capacities and colors. The higher capacity iPad Pros do not regularly drop in price, so if you’ve been looking for more storage in your tablet, this is a good time to buy. The 9.7-inch has…

This is how you Bring an Outdoor Movie Theater to your Backyard

July 19, 2017
Who says you can’t enjoy your favorite flicks outdoors?

I’ve hosted movie night in my backyard a couple of times for a few friends, and while it can take a lot of planning and effort to get set up, usually the results are worth the hassle. You can pull off your backyard movies without spending a lot by renting a lot of the equipment you need (such as a projector and screen); however, if you plan on throwing backyard movie nights on a regular basis, there are a few items you can pick up to help you out!

Media Device
Projector
Screens
Speakers

Media Device

There are plenty of media devices that can work with projectors and personally, I find the easiest method to use for outdoor movies is a laptop.

Your biggest concern is to make sure that your media device can hook up to the projector you plan on using and connect to the audio source you have. Be sure to check what outputs/inputs all your devices have and that you have the appropriate dongles, adapters, and cables for everything…

T-Mobile blows away Wall Street with its Q2 results

July 19, 2017
After the market closed on Wednesday, T-Mobile released its Q2 results and they were one for the record books. Instead of the 807,000 net additions expected by Wall Street analysts, T-Mobile said that 1.33 million new customers were added to its books during the three month period. The nation’s third largest carrier also reported a record low postpaid churn of 1.10% which is down 17 points year-over-year. On a sequential basis, the drop in churn amounted to 8 points quarter to quarter.

T-Mobile is kicking butt and taking numbers. Phone numbers, that is. The 786,000 names being added to the …

The new LG Q8 is like a compact, water-resistant V20

July 19, 2017

Not long after announcing the Q6, Q6a, and Q6+, LG today unveiled another smartphone from its brand new Q family: the LG Q8 (model number LG H970). Officially announced in Italy, the LG Q8 runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and will be available to buy starting later this month for €599 unlocked. Unfortunately, at the moment, we don’t know if the handset will be released in non-European markets.

While the Q6 is basically a smaller and less powerful version of the G6 flagship, the LG Q8 looks a lot like a compact LG V20, and it even includes a similar secondary ticker …

Best smartphone cameras compared: HTC U11 vs Galaxy S8+, iPhone 7 Plus, LG G6

July 19, 2017

Those of you who have read our HTC U11 review already know what makes this smartphone worth owning. It is fast, it is loud, it is shiny, and right on top of this stack of goodies is one of the best cameras you can get on a smartphone today. And we only used “one of” there because we’ve yet to compare its 12MP shooter against those on other high-ends. Actually, that’s what we’re about to do right now. We took a Galaxy S8+, an iPhone 7 Plus, and and LG G6 out for a camera shootout against the HTC U11, and we’re now going to comment on the results. 

But …

GO trainers, rejoice! Legendary Pokémon to be released as soon as July 22

July 19, 2017

Niantic just confirmed what every fan of the Pokémon universe has been dreaming about since day one – legendary Pokémon are indeed coming to Pokémon GO, and as soon as this Sunday at that. Favorite legendary critters like Zapdos, Moltres, Articuno, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Mew and Mewtwo will start appearing on your radar on July 23, but there is a literal catch.

The powerful critters will have to first be unlocked at real-life events like this weekend’s Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago, and whatever those fights bring, will be available to take down in Raid battles around …

What to do while waiting for Splatoon 2 to launch

July 19, 2017
Are you waiting anxiously for Splatoon 2? Keep your mind occupied with this sweet story of the Squid Sisters.

Splatoon 2 is just around the corner and we just can’t wait to spend all of our days and nights splattering the city with bright neon paint. Waiting is the hardest part, isn’t it? If you feel like your head might explode while waiting around for your copy of Splatoon 2 to arrive, you can distract yourself with the story of the Squid Sisters and what’s going on in Inkopolis right now.

Read the Squid Sister Stories right now

Back in May, Nintendo launched the Squid Sister Stories to generate interest in Splatoon 2. It takes place shortly after Splatfest ended, where in real life, fans of Splatoon chose Marie over Callie as the best Squid Sister.

In this soap opera, Marie and Callie are going on about their lives, just as close as they ever were even though Marie had won the Splatfest competition. But maybe things aren’t as rosy as they seem. Is Callie acting strange? Does M…

Samsung Pay support finally coming to Gear S3 in the UK

July 19, 2017
It looks like Samsung has finally managed to provide Gear S3 owners with what’s been promised a few months ago: Samsung Pay support. Back in May, Samsung announced that its mobile payment service is available in the UK, but the majority of Gear S3 users could not take advantage of it.

Apparently, only those Samsung Gear S3 smartwatches imported from other countries where Samsung Pay has already been launched were compatible with the service. Well, after two months of waiting, it appears that all Gear S3 smartwatches in the UK now fully support Samsung Pay.

A new update is now rolling …

Results: Do you own a tablet? Have you upgraded it recently?

July 19, 2017
Tablets are not the next big thing anymore. They used to be the hope for portable personal computing, but have become glorified ebook readers or YouTube viewers for the most part. We’re not trying to be mean — it’s just that phablets offer the portable media consumption power, while modern ultrabooks have the modern productivity, so tablets found themselves in a weird place.

That’s not to call them useless. Some tablets have their own niche — Apple’s iPads are doing well and Microsoft’s Surface Pro line is amazing for certain professionals. But, in general, these are devices that rarely …

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review

July 19, 2017
Introduction

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review unit provided by our friends at EuDirect.Shop

For the second year in a row, Chinese phone maker Xiaomi has produced a device that takes the word “phablet” to another level. Much like its predecessor, the recently-released Mi Max 2 employs a massive 6.44-inch screen, but also packs improvements in several key areas.

While undoubtedly welcome, these enhancements also come hand in hand with a bigger price tag, so let’s put this exotic smartphone under scrutiny and see if it’s worthy of your attention.

Design

As …