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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Review: It's Hard To Overstate My Satisfaction

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Review: It's Hard To Overstate My Satisfaction

It's no big secret that I'm a huge fan of NVIDIA's SHIELD. In fact, I believe I called it my favorite device from last year on a recent podcast, a claim that I readily stand behind. To me, it shows how versatile Android can be, despite the fact that the unit itself is essentially a one trick pony (it's damn good at that one trick, though).

Then there's NVIDIA's second foray into device design, the Tegra Note 7.

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NVIDIA Announces Lollipop Release Date, Open GRID Preview, Half-Life 2 Episode One, And More For SHIELD Tablet

NVIDIA Announces Lollipop Release Date, Open GRID Preview, Half-Life 2 Episode One, And More For SHIELD Tablet

Have you ever heard the phrase "when it rains, it pours?" Well, at NVIDIA HQ, they like to make it storm. Those guys don't know about a little thing called "subtlety," nor do I think they care. They're like "oh, we want to announce something? Let's just save it up and do it all at once." So that's what they did. I like their style.

Here we go.

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First off - and maybe most importantly - the Lollipop update is coming for SHIELD Tablet.

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iPhone 12 Mini review: I just want a good small Android phone — is that too much to ask?

iPhone 12 Mini review: I just want a good small Android phone — is that too much to ask?

Apple's iPhone 12 Mini will, I think, mark an end to small and good smartphones. That's not because it's bad, far from it; this is a great phone. But, it hasn't sold very well, and though they might argue otherwise, smartphone manufacturers are hardly altruistic. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple doesn't refresh this model next year. The iPhone 12 Mini may very well be the small phone swan song, and it really makes me wish a company in Android-land would make the mistake of copying it.

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The 30 best Android apps of 2020 for your new phone, tablet, or Chromebook

The 30 best Android apps of 2020 for your new phone, tablet, or Chromebook

The year is almost over, and it was one for the record books, that's for sure. While 2020 may have been challenging for many of us, we've also seen some fantastic apps released this year. This is why I take the time every December to compile a roundup of the best apps to land on the Play Store that year (yes, I also have a 2020 list for the best games). I've selected 30 notable apps that offer a wide range of features and services, so there should be something in here for everyone. Heck, we've seen so many quality releases this year I've even included an honorable mention section at the end of the roundup.

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How to sideload any application on the Nvidia Shield

How to sideload any application on the Nvidia Shield

Nearly every device that ships with the Android TV operating system has access to millions of applications through the Google Play Store. However, there are some situations where you might want to sideload your own applications (APKs). Maybe you want the latest app updates quicker than the Play Store rolls them out, or you want to try an application that isn't officially available for your specific device.

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Galaxy S20 case reviews: Spigen, Samsung, Speck, Ringke, Supcase, dbrand, and more (Update: Pela, Alexander Millano, Whitestone Dome)

Galaxy S20 case reviews: Spigen, Samsung, Speck, Ringke, Supcase, dbrand, and more (Update: Pela, Alexander Millano, Whitestone Dome)

The Galaxy S20 is an incredibly expensive phone, no matter which one you buy, with the range-topping S20 Ultra starting a jaw-dropping $1400. When you're carrying a phone that's more expensive than some people's first cars, it's understandable that you'll want to buy a good case to keep it crack-free. Glass sandwiches may be all the rage in phone design right now, but there's no denying they're fragile, and picking a case to protect your new investment can be tough, especially with so many names and brands out there to choose from. We've got reviews of some of the top cases from brands like Spigen, Speck, Poetic, dbrand, Supcase, Pitaka, Ringke, and Samsung itself.

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Firewalla review: A powerful solution to monitor and protect your home network (Update: 4 months later)

Firewalla review: A powerful solution to monitor and protect your home network (Update: 4 months later)

Security and privacy are at the heart of our concerns with technology now. With every breach, hack, and vulnerability, we discover how frail this digital footprint we've created is. To protect ourselves, we make sure our devices are always updated with the latest security patches, we try to avoid suspicious sites and apps, we keep our eyes open for phishing attempts in our inbox, but that still isn't enough. If you have smart home gadgets or if you don't control every device in your household, you need network-level protection. Some Wi-Fi routers offer this, but the feature is usually tied in a monthly subscription.

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Nvidia's Shield TV dongle can only run 32-bit apps, but you (probably) don't need to panic

Nvidia's Shield TV dongle can only run 32-bit apps, but you (probably) don't need to panic

Late last year, Nvidia released a pair of new Shield TV devices: the tube-shaped Shield TV dongle, and the more traditional Shield TV Pro. It was later discovered that the dongle ran a 32-bit version of Android TV, which caused some to worry about incompatible apps, but you (probably) have nothing to worry about.

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[Update: Now Available] Local co-op game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes comes to Android phones and tablets on August 1

[Update: Now Available] Local co-op game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes comes to Android phones and tablets on August 1

Unless you own a Daydream-compatible device, you may not have known that a virtual reality version of the local co-op puzzle game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes has been available on Android since 2016. As of this morning, an official announcement trailer for a touchscreen update for Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes was released on YouTube, and apparently it's coming to the Play Store on August 1st.

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Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL case reviews: Because breaking an $800+ phone would really suck [Updated continuously]

Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL case reviews: Because breaking an $800+ phone would really suck [Updated continuously]

If you thought the Pixel 2 and 2 XL were expensive, you probably weren't very happy when you saw the Pixel 3's $799 and Pixel 3 XL's $899 MSRPs. The Pixel 3 XL received a modest $50 jump in price from the 2 XL, but the Pixel 3 went up by a whopping $150 when compared to the Pixel 2. In other words, those who've purchased a new Pixel, regardless of the model, are probably going to want to protect it.

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