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Asus Broadwell i3 Dual 16" Laptop Bundle for $249.99 + free shipping

Best Buy offers the Asus Intel Broadwell Core i3 2.2GHz 15.6″ Laptop in Silver, model no. X540LA-SI30205P, bundled with a download of Webroot Secure Anywhere 3-Device 6-Month Subscription for Windows or Mac for $249.99 with free shipping. (The software will display in your cart.) That’s tied with our December mention of a similar model alone and the lowest total price we’ve seen for this configuration. (It’s also the best deal now by $79 for just the laptop.) It features an Intel Core i3-5020U 2.2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 15.6″ 1366×768 LCD, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, USB 3.0, HDMI, 2-cell battery, and Windows 10.

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Asus Broadwell i3 Dual 16" Laptop Bundle for $249.99 + free shipping

Best Buy offers the Asus Intel Broadwell Core i3 2.2GHz 15.6″ Laptop in Silver, model no. X540LA-SI30205P, bundled with a download of Webroot Secure Anywhere 3-Device 6-Month Subscription for Windows or Mac for $249.99 with free shipping. (The software will display in your cart.) That’s tied with our December mention of a similar model alone and the lowest total price we’ve seen for this configuration. (It’s also the best deal now by $79 for just the laptop.) It features an Intel Core i3-5020U 2.2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 15.6″ 1366×768 LCD, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, USB 3.0, HDMI, 2-cell battery, and Windows 10.

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Asus Broadwell i3 Dual 16" Laptop Bundle for $249.99 + free shipping

Best Buy offers the Asus Intel Broadwell Core i3 2.2GHz 15.6″ Laptop in Silver, model no. X540LA-SI30205P, bundled with a download of Webroot Secure Anywhere 3-Device 6-Month Subscription for Windows or Mac for $249.99 with free shipping. (The software will display in your cart.) That’s tied with our December mention of a similar model alone and the lowest total price we’ve seen for this configuration. (It’s also the best deal now by $79 for just the laptop.) It features an Intel Core i3-5020U 2.2GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 15.6″ 1366×768 LCD, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, USB 3.0, HDMI, 2-cell battery, and Windows 10.

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How to Change the Icons/Theme on Your Android Device

Now that you’ve learned to change your Android device’s home screen launcher, you can take the customizing of Android one step further by adding a custom theme for that launcher to change the icons for apps, skin the device, change the wallpaper, etc.

Just like with the custom launcher scene, there’s no shortage of themes (and some are pretty popular). From making your Android device resemble all of the other operating systems (from Windows Phone to Blackberry to iOS), to giving your device a much more cartoony look, there’s no limit getting your device to look the way you really want it to look.

Ready to try a few? Here’s how.

I. Setup a New Launcher

1. Head to my How to Change the Home Screen Launcher tutorial, complete it, then return here to continue. Keep in mind when looking for a launcher to theme, that the more popular the launcher, the more themes will be available for it (as not all themes are compatible with all launchers).

II. Download the Theme You Want

1. Open the Play Store.

2. Search for the name of your launcher followed by the word “theme” (i.e. Apex theme, Nova theme, etc.). Alternatively, you can add other words describing the theme to narrow the search (i.e. Apex flat theme, Apex cartoon theme, Apex iPhone theme, etc.).

3. Once you find one you like, check its description to make sure it says it works for your theme, then click Install.

III. Select the Theme

1. Depending on your launcher, the option for themes might be in a different location, but for the most part, head to your launcher’s settings menu and look for theme there. Alternatively, some themes allow you to open them like a normal app and tap your launcher’s name from inside there to have it install automatically (but I find that this is just a place for really annoying ads most of the time).

2. From there, select the theme you downloaded and hit Apply. To undo a them, simply head to the theme settings in your launcher again and choose the default theme (or another theme).

Enjoy!

Find any amazing themes? Share them in the comments below!

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What is Continuum? (Video)

One of Windows Phone 10’s really great features that sets it apart from the other mobile operating systems is the new Continuum feature. This feature allows you to plug-in to a monitor or a TV via a separate dock accessory, HDMI, or Miracast dongle (to wirelessly cast it) to get a full-blown version of Windows 10 running from the phone.

It’s pretty simple to set up, but unfortunately, it isn’t quite that simple. Nor is it that easy to understand what it can and cannot actually do so I figured I’d put together this video showing what Continuum is and how you can use it.

How to Use Continuum

So there are three ways to use Continuum. Essentially you need a way to project the phone’s screen to another screen (i.e. a monitor or TV) and some input devices, namely a mouse and keyboard. Here’s the options.

Display Dock

Microsoft Continuum Dock

So the most obvious way, thanks to Microsoft’s marketing, is the purpose built accessory, the Display Dock. This small brick allows you to connect your phone to any monitor/TV that has either an HDMI or DisplayPort available. You can then use its other ports to connect a keyboard, mouse, or other peripherals.

Besides the USB-C port that you use to connect your phone to it (that also charges the phone for you, by the way), it includes 3 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, and a microUSB port. The downsides to this method, is 1. you need to carry it and it’s power adapter with you if you travel with it, 2. it requires its own power, and 3. it costs $99 to buy (or $97 here on Amazon).

MiraCast

Belkin Miracast

MiraCast is a protocol for beaming a display to another device and, thankfully, Continuum and Windows Phone support it. If you have a TV that has the protocol built-in, you can easily tap on the Continuum app on the phone and tap Wireless Display to connect to it.

If you don’t have a display with that built-in, you can always buy a Miracast enabled HDMI dongle like this one, and that’ll allow you to plug it in to any HDMI port on a display to get it to work.

Benefits of this method include the portability of just needing to carry around the tiny dongle instead of the heavy port

USB-C to HDMI Cable

If you’d rather not use the wired approach, you can actually use a proper USB-C to HDMI cable, like this one, to connect the phone to the display and that works, is much cheaper, but doesn’t allow for charging or extra ports, of course.

Keyboard and Mouse

Surface Mouse

Regardless of any of the above three ways to get the screen working, the best way to get the mouse and keyboard to work on Continuum is to get a bluetooth mouse and keyboard, connect them to the phone, and then use those to control the phone.

After searching around for a while, I ended up getting this mouse because of its super small size, accuracy, and the fact it doesn’t need a dongle and this bluetooth keyboard for the same reasons. Regardless any keyboard or mouse with Bluetooth will work with Continuum.

What Continuum Can and Cannot Do

So now that we have it setup, it is a bit of a misnomer to say that it is a “full-blown version of Windows 10”. While it does feel that way at first glance there are a few things to note that it actually cannot do that an actual Windows 10 computer can.

There is No Desktop

So while it may seem like there is a desktop with a start screen, it turns out that it’s actually a large static image used to just fill up the space in the background. What is the difference between that and a desktop you say? Well, you can’t put anything on it — no icons, shortcuts, files, etc. It’s just a background.

Multitasking

Real Desktop

There is no side by side windows or any windows at all actually. Any time you open an app, it simply takes over the entire screen and opening another replaces it. You can still switch between them like you normally would and jump from one to the other but you can’t use two on the same screen at the same time (and opening the same app on the phone will actually pull it from the desktop and open it on the phone).

Can’t Use Most Windows Apps

Contrary to what most of us were led to believe with the unveiling of Continuum, you cannot run most apps or programs meant for Windows 10. Any program meant for 32 or 64 bit Windows will not work, only ones made to work with ARM processors work –just like the old Surface RT.

OK, So What Can It Do?

With all of that said, however, it still does allow the apps that do work (like the Office suite for example) to show as they would on a computer and, with the help of a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, allow you to work within them much more efficiently than on the phone.

Even if it feels to me like it isn’t quite what I expected (or wanted) from this feature is still has some value and combined with the above keyboard and mouse I found, it’s a cool way to get a little work done will traveling. Throw in the Miracast dongle to that hotel TV, open up the keyboard and mouse on a book on the bed, good to go.

So what do you guys think knowing all this about it? Is it useful? Is it worth getting a Windows Phone for this?

Read More: What is Continuum? (Video)

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Resident Evil PC Games at Green Man Gaming: Up to 75% off + 20% off w/code APR20

Green Man Gaming cuts up to 75% off Steam downloads of a selection Resident Evil games for Windows. Plus, coupon code “APR20” takes an extra 20% off, yielding prices from $5.44. A couple of best bets, with prices after coupon:


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Resident Evil PC Games at Green Man Gaming: Up to 75% off + 20% off w/code APR20

Green Man Gaming cuts up to 75% off Steam downloads of a selection Resident Evil games for Windows. Plus, coupon code “APR20” takes an extra 20% off, yielding prices from $5.44. A couple of best bets, with prices after coupon:


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Resident Evil PC Games at Green Man Gaming: Up to 75% off + 20% off w/code APR20

Green Man Gaming cuts up to 75% off Steam downloads of a selection Resident Evil games for Windows. Plus, coupon code “APR20” takes an extra 20% off, yielding prices from $5.44. A couple of best bets, with prices after coupon:


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Resident Evil PC Games at Green Man Gaming: Up to 75% off + 20% off w/code APR20

Green Man Gaming cuts up to 75% off Steam downloads of a selection Resident Evil games for Windows. Plus, coupon code “APR20” takes an extra 20% off, yielding prices from $5.44. A couple of best bets, with prices after coupon:


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