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Fallout Shelter Gets A Huge v1.4 Update With Crafting, New Pets, New Rooms, Junk, And More

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 02:52 PM PST

FalloutShelter_1.4Update

Bethesda is not leaving Fallout Shleter to stagnate now that Fallout 4 has been released. The latest update is the biggest to the game yet with a ton of new items and a system of crafting based in part on Fallout 4. So, put on your power armor and get ready to descend into the vault once again.

Here's the full changelog for v1.4.

  • Turn worthless junk into useful items! Introducing… crafting!
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HTC posts One M10 teaser with absolutely no information

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 02:42 PM PST

HTC has posted a new teaser for its upcoming flagship the HTC One M10 (though the name might be different when it's announced), but if you're hoping for juicy tidbits of information, prepare to be disappointed.

The video is basically a narrator stating how hard HTC is working on the next device, pulling late nights and working overtime to make it great. This is a "good obsession" as the narrator likes to call it. Nothing is said about the phone nor the details surrounding it. That's no fun, HTC.

How many of you are excited for the device, despite the disappointing Power of 10 teaser?


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[Deal Alert] Full Version Of PowerAmp Music Player Reduced To 99 Cents

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 02:23 PM PST

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Local music players are apps that turn your phone into an MP3 player that also happens to make calls. That may not sound like something you can put on a box now that music streaming services are the new hotness, but some of us still prefer to build up our own libraries, stick them on a ridiculously large microSD card, and jam using an interface of our choice.

PowerAmp is one of the most popular options for Android.

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Switch-hitting cord flips from Lightning to micro USB

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 02:11 PM PST

LMcable KickstarterIt might sound like the black-and-white portion of a late-night informercial, but the fact is that we have a lot of stuff that needs charging and syncing, and not every cable will work. But the LMcable, which is currently seeking support on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, aims to take some of that pain away. It's a

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Possible Samsung Marshmallow update schedule leaked

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 01:40 PM PST

Most companies are always late to the update game. While Nexus devices and a few others have been running Marshmallow for months, most OEMs are still working to get their flagships updated. Samsung is not the slowest one out there, but they're far from quick. Thankfully, a Marshmallow update roadmap has leaked that suggests that Samsung's updates are very close.

A bunch of Samsung devices will reportedly be getting the Marshmallow update in the next few months, even older devices released in 2014. It's nice to see Samsung supporting older flagships and even non-flagship devices, as Android 6.0 will offer performance improvements and, most importantly, significant security improvements.

Other Samsung devices will be getting the update too, like the Samsung Galaxy A7, but there are no specific times for those devices (or even a concrete list). If you don't see your device on the list, all hope is not lost.


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General Motors Announces Android Auto Updates For Various Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, And GMC Models

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 01:21 PM PST

Cadillac CUE Update Adds Android Auto

General Motors is rolling out Android Auto in a big way. The company has announced that it's providing updates for select vehicles that previously only supported Apple CarPlay. The models are spread through its Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC brands.

This news follows up on previous promises. To get Android Auto, owners have to bring their vehicles back to the dealership. This is the only way to get the update, which should take around 30 minutes.

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Samsung makes a case for 4K displays in smartphones

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 01:10 PM PST

I know most of us think 4K displays in smartphones are useless. Sony gave it a shot with the Xperia Z5 Premium, but didn't even bother running the display at 4K full-time. Even Samsung isn't pushing for 4K displays, instead opting for the same 2560×1440 resolution on the Samsung Galaxy S7 as on the Galaxy S6 (to great results, we might add).

But that doesn't mean 4K is truly useless in smartphones. Samsung believes it has a future, but not because the human eye will see improvements in daily use. Having a phone display in a Gear VR or a Google Cardboard right up against your face can really expose individual pixels. This is where 4K displays can truly shine. Kyle Brown, Samsung head of technology, content, and launch management, says 4K displays aren't a gimmick and will eventually become mainstream:

Once we believe it's the right time to move [to 4K displays], the same as the decision on USB Type-C for example, and we think it's the right point we can mass produce a 4K screen that will be enough of a consumer benefit to make it worthwhile.

Not only does this make perfect sense, it also explains Samsung's reasoning for skipping USB Type-C and potentially Quick Charge 3.0. Samsung doesn't believe they're quite ready for the mass market for whatever reason, but they'll get it eventually.

With VR growing and smartphones trying to do everything in our daily lives, it's easy to see how a 4K display in your phone would benefit your virtual reality headset. Let's hope VR headsets with slots for smartphones stick around!


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Google Photos Updated To v1.15 With New Bottom Nav Bar And Revmaped Albums Section [APK Download]

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 12:52 PM PST

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Google is rolling out a new version of Photos today, and it's a pretty significant update. There's a new navigation paradigm you might remember from a different Google app, and the strangely named "Collections" section is no more. It's now called Albums. As usual, we have the new APK available for download.

According to Google, a bottom nav bar (similar to the one in Google+) has been added for faster navigation between the main sections of the app.

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Access thousands of movies and TV shows on the Favi SmartStick 2 [Deal]

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 12:26 PM PST

Favi SmartStick 2Want to access thousands of movies and TV shows on your favorite streaming platforms—including Netflix, Hulu, and Google Play? Connect the Favi SmartStick to the HDMI port on your TV or projector, and you're in business. And for a limited time only, you can get yours for 38% less through Cult of Android Deals. With the

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Google Launches Hands Free Payment Pilot Program In San Francisco's South Bay

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 12:05 PM PST

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Google long ago teased Hands Free, a way to make mobile payments without even having to reach for your phone. Now it's launching a pilot program in San Francisco. Specifically, South Bay.

Hands Free uses Blutooth low energy, Wi-Fi, and location services to communicate cash registers inside participating stores. Right now those partners are McDonald's, Papa John's, and some local restaurants.

Google says payers will only need to tell cashiers "I'll pay with Google." Think of it as a magical command that will prompt the person on the other side of the counter to ask for your initials and confirm your identity by comparing your face to the photo connected to your Hands Free profile.

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New Priv Update Adds Slow-Mo Mode

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 11:54 AM PST

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A new update is currently rolling out to the Priv, Blackberry's first Android powered device.  One of the key additions in the update is Slow Motion Capture in the camera app.  While it's not the strongest slow-motion camera on the market, it is capable of capturing 120 fps which is pretty decent.  Unfortunately audio is not enabled in slow-mo.

The update also includes some improvements to their keyboard which was already one of the better one on the market.  The app launcher also got some work as it now includes separate views of work and personal apps.  Makes sense as Blackberry has always been geared towards the business sector.

The update also has your usual bug fixes and performance enhancements so hopefully things will be running even more swimmingly.

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This is Samsung’s new TouchWiz on Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 11:24 AM PST

Check out TouchWiz on Galaxy S7. Photo: PhotoSamsung's new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge ship with a new version of TouchWiz based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It packs a whole host of visual improvements and new features — and you can get an early glimpse at the all in the gallery below. If you've already installed Samsung's Marshmallow upgrade on your Galaxy

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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 11:08 AM PST

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

BBC Music

BBC Music

Description: Just tell the app what kind of music you're into, and it'll serve up a curated stream of exclusive live sessions, interviews and playlists from your favourite presenters, programmes and events.

 

League Friends

League Friends

DescriptionFor League of Legends players who need to organize a late-night scrim with their ranked squad (or just talk shop with their buds), this little app is here to help.

 

Livecoding.tv

Livecoding

DescriptionThis App is a unofficial App for http://livecoding.tv. Watch Livestreams and have a chat with them. Livecoding.tv is a brand of our parent company LiveEdu, Inc. Livecoding.tv is an interactive social coding platform where you can watch professionals code in real time. Like a TV.

 

HOUND Voice Search & Assistant

HOUND Voice Search & Assistant

DescriptionThe fastest and easiest way to get the information, entertainment, and communication services you want, Hound is built for your busy life, allowing you to get what you need and move on. You can use it hands-free by saying, "Ok Hound…"

 

GoToMeeting (beta)

GoToMeeting (beta)

DescriptionMeet where you want with the power of GoToMeeting on your mobile device. You'll never miss another meeting — unless you want to. Use the GoToMeeting app to join, host or schedule a session from your Android device for easy online meetings when you're on the go.

 

Booyah Video Chat for WhatsApp

Booyah Video Chat for WhatsApp

DescriptionTo video call and chat with your friends just install the app and open it and from here you can create instant live parties with your friends and groups with the tap of a button.

 

Font Changer Free Style

Font Changer Free Style

DescriptionMy Fonts is an amazing application help you change font style for android easily. With millions of beautiful fonts for Android. Editing text font on phone beautifully with My Font.

 

Boost for reddit BETA

Boost for reddit BETA

Description:Boost your browsing experience with Boost for reddit. Enjoy the best content of the most popular social news site. Featuring: Multi account support with secure OAuth2 login, Filter posts by content type: image, album, gif, video, text posts or links, Customize browsing interface: Cards, list view, gallery or slide show with in-app media previews, Intuitive Material Design user interface, Preview images, GIFs, Gfycat, GIFV, galleries and videos.

 

phraser

phraser

DescriptionEvery user unlocks his phone to check notifications more that 100 times per day. Imagine that one notification is a definition of unknown for you phrase or word. And every time you check notifications you catch sight of this word and remember it.

 

DRIVECLUB™

DRIVECLUB™

DescriptionHook up to live DRIVECLUB™ challenges whenever you want and wherever you are with the DRIVECLUB™ app. Are you wondering how many rivals dared to take on your blistering lap time? Do you want to see how your clubmates are doing in the latest Evolution challenge?

 


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Google is pilot testing its truly Hands Free payment app

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 11:08 AM PST

Many of us are still adjusting to life with the convenience of Android Pay (Google is quick to point out that Android Pay isn't going anywhere.), but Google is always looking to the future, and South Bay residents can get an early glimpse by joining a pilot program for Google's new payment app Hands Free.

This isn't the first time that we've heard about Hands Free, but it has been close to year since Google first announced the project, so they'll forgive you for not remembering it.

As the name suggests, the app frees you from having to produce anything to make your payment; you just walk up to the cashier at a supported location (a limited number of McDonald's, Papa John's and local South Bay spots at the moment) and say "I'll pay with Google." The app is working in the background via Bluetooth low energy, Wi-Fi and location services to detect that you are in a participating store.

You will need to provide your initials to the cashier and they will refer to the picture that you added to Hands Free during setup to confirm your identity. An even more limited number of locations will feature in-store cameras that will attempt to automatically match you to your Hands Free profile picture and streamline the checkout process even further.

While we are still getting over the hump of Android Pay being available in enough locations to make its use seamless and easy, Hands Free certainly sounds like a logical evolution for mobile payments. I won't hold my breath for this to hit wide rollout in the next year or two, but I'll be surprised if this isn't a reality in 5-10 years.

The app is available for both Android and iOS, and Google will give you a $5 discount on your first Hands Free purchase. Hit the link below for more info and to sign up for the pilot program if you are in the South Bay area.


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Find success on Google Play: What app developers can learn from games

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 10:38 AM PST

Posted by Matteo Vallone, Business Development Manager at Google Play

(As a way to reach more app developers and help them grow successful businesses on Google Play, this post was first published on The Next Web – Ed.)

There is much common ground between freemium apps and games businesses when it comes to achieving success. Users are, however, more used to paying for games than apps, stemming from the history of traditional gaming consoles. Moreover, mobile games are also able to easily offer 'virtual goods' across a range of price points to suit every pocket. This means that game developers have had plenty of opportunity to learn about how to improve onboarding, conversion, and ultimately the user Lifetime Value (LTV). So what can app developers learn from game developers? Here are some best practice tips and insights from successful game developers that can be applied to many apps, today.

Drive app success the game developer way:

1. Optimize retention before investing in acquisition

Retention is king, and retention drives conversion. For games developers, retention is the key measure of game quality and whether it appeals to players.

Most game developers will "soft launch" to beta testing communities or test markets. During this phase, the game is tweaked to optimize retention by looking into specific areas, such as tutorial completion, level difficulty and conversion. Developers can then track retention using the Cohorts reports in Google Analytics. Once retention is satisfactory, the developer can go to full launch and start investing in user acquisition.

2. Retain users with step-by-step engagement

The first seven days after install are the most critical for retention: users install several apps to try them, and decide in the first few days which ones they want to keep using. If you can retain for that time span, your app is more likely to become part of the user's daily routine.

There are some simple ways to progressively build user engagement. It's important to present a strong story that explains why that app is relevant to the user, while introducing them to key features. Then place features that offer the user value early, so they can be found without much effort.

This is a not a one-size-fit-all. To find the right solution, a developer needs to first make assumptions on what user flows can improve retention and then run A/B tests to validate or correct them. For example, a developer could think that introducing sign-in later in the user flow might improve retention. Also, the developer needs to keep in mind what the key long term engagement metrics are for the individual app (such as photos uploaded or the number of articles read) and measure the impact of the different onboarding flows on those metrics as well.

In general, these principles are good places to start optimizing your onboarding:

  • Look for ways to let the users experience the app straight away, rather than taking them through a long, complex setup.
  • Present "activation moments" — such as registering an account, uploading a video, or finding friend — gradually
  • Start by requiring minimal investment by the user, then ask them for more details as they are needed to use the apps features.
  • Treat permissions as a service for the user. For example, if you want users to register, show them in advance that, by making their experience more personal, they'll get more value from the app.
In this example, OkCupid tried different onboarding flows and found the most engaging version increased seven-day retention by over 20 percent.

Finally, ensure the user can understand the value of your app before you start asking them to pay. Game developers are particularly good at letting their users try most or all product features for free in in a set number of days or sessions.

A great tool to help analyze how users are engaging (or not) with the app is through the Flow Report in Google Analytics. Using this report, a developer can see how users navigate through the app and where they leave to identify potential roadblocks.

3. Target the right offers at the right users

Understanding different groups of users in-app purchase behavior is the key to devising strategies to encourage them to spend.

Start by identifying groups of users by how they spend and much they are likely to spend. It may be by age group, the channel that brought the install, or in-app behaviour. Use the Segment builder in Google Analytics to identify and define these groups of users. Then, tailor in-app purchase offers to match the segments spending behavior. For example, for segments where multiple users tend to spend more in one go, but spend infrequently, offer them in-app features bundled together.

4. Offer in-app purchases when users are most likely to spend

Users are also more likely to spend, if the purchasing experience is frictionless, and even more so when they can see how the expenditure will add value. So:

  • Present purchase opportunities to users when they're most likely to need or want it — and explain to the user why it's relevant.
  • Make purchasing accessible easily from within the app with a minimum number of taps. For example, offer an upgrade button on the footer of relevant screens.
TomTom added a countdown to indicate when the free service runs out (counted in kilometers travelled). The counter includes a button to upgrade offering a one tap in-app purchase.

Like all good game developers, they focus on building good experiences that retain and engage users through constant testing and analytics. First impressions are important, so users need to be able to quickly understand the importance of the app and easily navigate through the onboarding experience. And to start generating revenue, it is important to be thoughtful about how to make in-app purchases actionable.

Watch Matteo's Playtime 2015 session 'The rules of games, for apps' to hear more in-depth insights which app developers can learn from games with best practices and developer examples:

You can also watch the other sessions from Google Playtime 2015 to learn more about tools and best practices which can help you find success with business on Google Play.


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Clash Royale, A Multiplayer Tower Defense Card Game From The Makers Of Clash Of Clans, Gets A Worldwide Release

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 10:18 AM PST

clashI kind of wish that Supercell, developers of the base-building IAPfests Clash of Clans and Boom Beach, would go into cartoons or movies. The 30-second commercial skits that they make reel players into games are much more entertaining than the games themselves. But if wishes were horses, we'd all be eating steak, so let's just take a look at the company's latest offering. Clash Royale is available worldwide today, after spending several months as a geo-limited beta.

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Clash Royale, A Multiplayer Tower Defense Card Game From The Makers Of Clash Of Clans, Gets A Worldwide Release was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Photos now lets you edit your snaps online

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 10:06 AM PST

Google PhotosGoogle Photos users can finally edit their images on the web, thanks to new browser-based tools that are available today. The update sidesteps the need to use a third-party editing app to apply filters, effects, and other modifications — and allows you to view your images on a larger screen while perfecting them. When Google

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Deal: Moto X Pure Edition 64GB unlocked + $25 gift card for $399

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 09:00 AM PST

The Moto X Pure Edition has always been a solid deal, but today only B&H has a particularly compelling offer for those of you that don't want to worry about running out of storage space on your device.

Until midnight Eastern time tonight, or while supplies last, you can score a 64GB unlocked Moto X Pure Edition in black, white or bamboo for just $399, and B&H is tossing in a $25 gift card as well. Taking the gift card into account, that's a $125 savings.

While Motorola has damaged its solid update track record with most of its devices in the last several months, the Moto X Pure Edition was one of the first non-Nexus devices to receive the Marshmallow update, and since then, it has continued to receive security updates on a regular schedule.


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Samsung Pay adds Wells Fargo debit and credit card support

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 07:38 AM PST

It was not that long ago that Samsung Pay first launched, but the mobile payment option has already picked up plenty of support. That continues today, with Samsung announcing another big partnership moving forward.

Samsung has confirmed that it has added support for Wells Fargo banks, for both the establishment's debit and credit cards. Samsung also confirmed that purchases made with Samsung Pay using an attached Wells Fargo card means the user will get the same protection from the bank itself, thanks to fraud and risk detection systems.

Samsung Pay is officially supported on several different handsets, including the Galaxy S7/S7 edge, Galaxy S6/S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 active, and Galaxy Note 5.

Any Wells Fargo customers out there with a supported Samsung phone that plan on using Samsung Pay from here on out?


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Galaxy S7, S7 edge shipping early from AT&T and Sprint

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 07:05 AM PST

Galaxy S7T-Mobile isn't the only carrier that's ignoring Samsung's official release date for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, it seems. AT&T and Sprint have also started shipping the new handsets early, and customers are expected to receive them very soon. T-Mobile kicked off the shenanigans when it started shipping Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Clash Royale now available on Android

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 05:18 AM PST

Clash Royale now available on Android

Clash Royale has been available on iOS for a while and recently only available on Android for specific countries (excluding the U.S.) We gave you a tip on how to get it early for PC, but now the wait is over and you can get your hands on the Clash Royale officially for Android. The game... View Article

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[Deal Alert] Nova Launcher Prime Down To $0.99 On The Play Store In Many Countries

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 02:29 AM PST

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There comes a time when the launcher on your phone doesn't cut it anymore. Whether you're bored of the lack of customization in the Google Now Launcher, or you're annoyed by the superfluous elements of LG's launcher, or you want a more stock Android feel on your Samsung or HTC or Asus or other brand phone, Nova Launcher is one of the best alternatives you can turn to. The app has been a staple of the Android platform for years and years, evolving as Android grew and changed, and adding innovative features like icon normalization and more with time.

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WhatsApp Documents Are Going Live For Users (PDF-Only For Now) Plus A Minor UI Tweak

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 01:59 AM PST

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The signs have been here for months for WhatsApp's support of document sharing, but the feature has just started rolling out to users over the past several hours. It doesn't seem like the option is baked into a specific version of WhatsApp since we've seen users from 2.12.453 (official Play Store release) to the latest 2.12.493 (beta) reporting it suddenly becoming available to them, while others still don't have it. Odds are it's a server-side trigger that's spreading the feature, and at a very fast pace according to the tips in our inboxes.

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Andoird N’s Notification Bar And Quick Settings Menu Leaked

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 10:12 PM PST

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We're only two months away from Google I/O and this when the company is expected to announce the successor to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Speaking of the successor to Marshmallow, known only has Android N for now, the notification bar and quick settings menu has now been leaked.

According to Android Police, they have received several screenshots of what seems to be an internal build of Android N. While they weren't able to share these said screenshots, they have conveniently provided us with mockups that closely resemble the real deal. First off, the new notification bar looks a lot more streamlined with it stretching across the screen and having smaller app icons corresponding to the notification.

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Additionally, the notification bar also provides access to the most commonly used quick toggles similar to what other OEMs have already implemented in their skins. However, the full quick settings menu is still available just like the current version.

Do note that this may change at any time, before the developer preview in May.

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Deal: Pebble Time On For $100 Off At BestBuy

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 10:12 PM PST

Pebble Time

If you're in the market for a smartwatch then you might want to mosey on over to your local BestBuy as the Pebble Time is currently on sale for a pretty good price.  BestBuy currently has the Pebble Time on for just $150, $100 off the regular price.

While the Pebble Time may not feature Android Wear, it does offer some pretty killer battery life thanks to the colour e-paper display.

Happy Shopping

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