Twitch raises prices on its ad-free Turbo plan

Regular viewers of Twitch should know about Twitch Turbo. Twitch’s subscription plan that lets you enjoy all ad-free streams is just as important to life’s happiness as YouTube Premium. And because of that importance, Twitch will pay you more for it.

Announced today, Twitch said that Twitch Turbo will see price increases in most locations and is notifying customers. As a customer myself, I actually received an email alerting me of the upcoming increase, but saying I would have to enjoy a few more months of the original price before paying anything more.

For the US, Twitch Turbo is increasing from $8.99 to $11.99 per month. In Canada, the price jumps up to $13.99. To see the full list of price changes, if you’re elsewhere and want to read Droid Life, you’ll find them in this help article.

Due to the price change, Twitch is telling all customers that they must “Renew My Turbo” by subscribing again. That said, they are giving some customers at least three more months to enjoy the old price before the new price kicks in. For me, it’s an extension worth $8.99 until August. Once September hits, I have to renew.

Not sure what Twitch Turbo is or why you need it? Well, if you don’t watch a lot of Twitch, you don’t need it. However, if you use the various live streams on the platform, I can tell you first hand that this is a must – the amount of ads that have flooded the platform over the past year is kind of wild.

With Twitch Turbo, you get the following benefits, according to the Turbo Overview FAQ:

  • Ad-free viewing across Twitch – Watch your favorite streamers without videos or banner ads except as part of channel sponsorship You can still see streamer-enabled promotions on channels and Twitch-promoted content on non-channel pages.
  • Expanded emoticon set – Choose from 2 additional sets of emoticons. Glitch or monkey; (You can always change it later).
  • Custom chat username colors – Stand out in chat with a custom username color.
  • Chat badge – Proudly represent Turbo with an exclusive chat badge.
  • Expanded storage – Save your past broadcasts on Twitch for 60 days instead of the standard one 7 days*.

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Twitch Turbo price increase


Apple Watch Series 8 big time discount, get it for $70 off

Apple recently released the Apple Watch Series 8 but it is already available at a discount. Right now you can get at least $70 in savings.

Starting with the Apple Watch Series 8 in red, you can get it for just $459, down from the usual asking price of around $530. That’s a $70 savings and one worth taking advantage of.

The $70 savings isn’t a huge one, but it’s a device worth having for just a few months on the market.

There are a few different versions of the Apple Watch available depending on which configuration you prefer. Keep this in mind when placing an order and be sure to place one soon. The stock is already exhausted and if you want to get the latest generation watch in a few months, we recommend ordering now.

Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 8 alongside the Apple Watch Ultra late last year. Whether you order today or not, we recommend ordering as soon as possible to avoid an even longer wait.

Buy: Apple Watch Series 8, 45mm (Red Aluminum Case with Red Sport Band): $459 | Original price: $529

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Samsung is offering $900 off the Galaxy Fold 4

This could be because the Google Pixel Fold is around the corner or maybe Samsung needs to clear inventory before showing off their next foldable, but Galaxy Z Fold 4 is another $900 off. Of course you have to trade in a device to get that discount. Thankfully, there are at least 3 phones bringing in $900 at the moment, plus a bunch of others that are much more expensive than I’d expect at this stage in the Galaxy Fold 4’s life.

Like all of Samsung’s best deals on top phones, this trade-in deal is an instant credit that you’ll see as a discount today if you decide to buy a Fold 4. All you need to do is send the phone to Samsung after you Receive your new Fold 4 and then they will confirm your trade. This is the best trade deal in the business because you get money off today Not down the road as credit on your card.

At $900 off, you’ll pay $900 for Samsung’s best foldable, which normally retails for $1,800.

To get the full $900 off, you can trade-in the following devices from Samsung:

  • $900 discount: Galaxy Fold 3, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • $800 discount: Galaxy Fold 2
  • $750 discount: Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • $700 discount: Galaxy S22+
  • $650 discount: Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Flip 3, Galaxy S22
  • $600 discount: Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+

As you can see, Samsung is offering great value for older phones. $900 for the Note 20 Ultra is crazy, as is $600 for the older Note 10 and Note 10+. Even $700 for a Galaxy S22+ is a pretty good deal.

This is a pre-Memorial Day weekend sale, so you have a few days to take advantage before it changes. Trust me, this deal is $900 off if you own one of those select devices.

Be sure to read our Galaxy Fold 4 review if you missed it from last year. We didn’t have many complaints and thought that Samsung basically perfected the experience.

That’s $900 off the Galaxy Fold 4 Link.

Get Windows 10, Windows 11, Office 2021 licenses and more starting at just $7

Getting a genuine copy of Windows 10/11 and the latest Microsoft Office from Microsoft is definitely not easy on the pocket.

Lucky for you, the folks at Godeal24 are offering some hefty discounts on a plethora of Windows OS and MS Office software license keys.

Windows 10 Home starts at just $7.25, which is an automatic and free update to Windows 11 if you decide to go with it. There are even Windows and Office bundles that start under $30.

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Godeal24 guarantees that the MS Office licenses sold are genuine and safe. You need to download the software from the official website, use the license activation code purchased from Godeal24 to activate the software and use it.

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HBO Max goes max tomorrow and you’ll need a new app

When tomorrow comes and you decide to find a new show or movie to watch on HBO Max, you might notice something else. For one, the name is dropping the “HBO” and will simply be known as Max going forward You knew this was coming.

When it becomes Max, it will be a combination service that represents more than just HBO. Going forward, it will also have Discovery+ content, so your home and food and travel shows will be in Max. You’ll have all of HBO’s fantastic content and worlds of fixing ‘uppin’. And actually, a big chunk of the content integration started happening several weeks ago, in case you hadn’t noticed.

The other thing that might throw you off is within the HBO Max app. For some of you, the app will simply update (or automatically update) to a new Max experience and you’ll be fine. For the rest of you, a new Max app may need to be downloaded.

In an email sent out on May 23 to remind subscribers of the upcoming change, HBO Max told its subscribers about the above situation, but most said it should be a direct upgrade to the new Max. However, if you need the new app, you will be prompted to get it. If you want to get started, both Google Play and the App Store have pre-registration links for the new Max app.

Maximum app link: Google Play | App Store

Wondering what to do with your sign-in information and billing? Obviously, your HBO Max subscription runs under the new Max branding and you don’t need to do much of anything. This means that all your billing and login information will remain the same in the new app. Also, your profile, viewing history and My List will be saved in Max. While this seems like a big change, especially since a new app is required, HBO tells us that everything should transition smoothly, at least for now.

When the new Max launches tomorrow, we’ll see the subscription price. At this time, HBO Max has disabled its sign-up process and the Max website is asking us to wait until tomorrow.

Tesla Model X Plaid to get Track Mode soon, Elon Musk has confirmed

The Tesla Model X is one of its kind, being a seven-seater SUV, it packs sports car-like power with a 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds and 1100bhp, though it still lacks track mode.

So what is track mode? Available on all Tesla Performance vehicles except the Model X, Track Mode brings special optimization through software to driving the car on the race track so it can utilize its full electric power and aero potential to produce the best track times possible.

Track mode is available on Tesla Model 3 Performance, Model Y Performance and Model S Plaid but not available on X Plaid but Elon Musk has now confirmed that it is coming to Model X Plaid soon.

During the recent 2023 annual shareholder meeting, a shareholder asked Musk if the Model X would ever offer a track mode like Tesla’s performance car. Musk replied “Yeah, we can probably add it, sure. No problem.”

So there you have it. Let’s hope Elon delivers on its promise to bring Track Mode to Model X iPad users soon.

There’s no doubt that the news of Track Mode coming to the Model X Plaid promises to unlock a more thrilling driving experience for its current, as well as potential future buyers.

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Verizon’s best unlimited plan isn’t new to them

Verizon’s new myPlan Wireless Plans Not great. They’re arguably the worst wireless plans in the industry right now, which I’m sure AT&T is happy to hear me say. It also doesn’t offer plans that can compete with T-Mobile’s offerings, mostly because of the included bonuses you get from T-Mo at comparable prices. Verizon had this bonus until this week! AT&T did some time ago, but I’m not sure why they dropped them

What I’m getting at here is that Verizon’s new plans really suck, but not all of their plans are terrible. Actually, the Verizon prepaid line up is kind of good. If you want direct value with all the goodies of the new myPlan Plans, look no further without Unlimited Plus Prepaid. Yes, its new plan has the same name, only in prepaid form and at much lower Rs

Verizon’s best unlimited plan is Unlimited Plus, not the only one new Unlimited Plus.

Back in October, we shared with you that Verizon did the unthinkable – they dropped prices on their prepaid line-up. That prepaid line-up still exists today, though I’m not sure for how long. For those of you who are considering switching to another plan, you might want to take a long, hard look at these.

Here’s why I think Verizon Prepaid Unlimited Plus is their best.

Verizon Prepaid Unlimited Plus is only $60/month If you sign up for automatic payments, otherwise it’s $70 It includes access to Verizon’s 5G Ultra Broadband network with 50GB of data per month. You also get a 25GB premium mobile hotspot, unlimited access to their 5G nationwide network, and unlimited calls, texts and data to Canada and Mexico.

Unlimited Plus (Prepaid)

  • the price: $60/line single line (w/autopay)
  • 5G data: Nationwide Unlimited 5G
  • Premium 5G data: 50GB 5G Ultra Wideband
  • Mobile hotspot: 25 GB

Verizon’s new myPlan Unlimited Plus costs $80/mo And gives you unlimited 5G Ultra Broadband and 5G nationwide access, 30GB hotspot data and well, that’s a lot more. There is a discount included if you want to add a connected smartwatch or tablet, but no one needs it

Unlimited Plus (new my plan)

  • the price: $80/line single line; $45/line for 4 lines (w/autopay)
  • 5G data: Nationwide Unlimited 5G
  • Premium 5G data: Unlimited 5G Ultra Wideband
  • Mobile hotspot: 30GB
  • Connected device discounts: Up to 50% off
  • Home Internet Add-on: $25/month
  • Price guarantee: 3 years

So for $20 more per month, the MyPlan version of Unlimited Plus only gets you 5GB more hotspot data and unlimited 5G Ultra Broadband access. I’m telling you right now that the 50GB cap on the prepaid version is going to be more than enough for 95% of you. Check your wireless bill and see how much data you use – I bet it’s not even 10GB per month.

So what does an extra $20/month get you? In order to be able to buy the best phones like a Galaxy S23 Ultra or iPhone 14 Pro with a monthly payment plan, Verizon forces you into that myPlan Plans. If you go with a prepaid option, they basically expect you to bring your own phone or pay full price for one. I know this may be a dealbreaker for many of you, but I recommend finding an alternative way to fund a phone and then bring it with you to Verizon. In the long run, this is going to save you $20 per month and you won’t be stuck with a contract with Verizon for 3 years, which they would if you bought through them.

We don’t always like prepaid, but Verizon’s Prepaid Unlimited Plus is the best plan out there

iOS 16.6 Beta 1 OTA Update, IPSW Link Now

You can now download iOS 16.6 beta 1 and iPadOS 16.6 beta 1 OTA update and IPSW links for your iPhone and iPad.

The aforementioned beta releases come a day after Apple released the final versions of iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, macOS 13.4, watchOS 9.5 and tvOS 16.5 to the public.

Along with iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 beta 1, Apple also released the first betas of watchOS 9.6, macOS 13.5, tvOS 16.6 and HomePod 16.6.

It’s too early to know exactly what the new 16.6 betas are but with WWDC right around the corner, 16.6 is likely nothing more than general bug fixes and security patch updates.

To download and install iOS 16.6 beta 1, go to To grab IPSW links, or update via OTA update by going above Settings > General > Software Update > Beta Update and check iOS 16 Developer Beta To show OTA updates on your device.

If there are any significant new changes in iOS 16.6, we will definitely report. Stay tuned to know more about this.

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The Nothing Phone (2) has a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip

The new Nothing Phone (2) will arrive this summer and will be powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip. Nothing founder Carl Pei confirmed the news in a series of tweets, noting that it meant a “clean” upgrade from the phone (1).

We first learned that Snapdragon wouldn’t be using the 8 series of chips back in February. At the time, Pei and Nothing’s partners weren’t specific on the chip, so we assumed it would be Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. If it’s going to be the newly released Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that Samsung is going to rollout for its Galaxy S23 series, they’d say so.

The good news is that the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is an excellent chip that shows big improvements in efficiency and thermal management compared to the original Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Seriously, if you own Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones from last year, like the Galaxy S22 series, you might be disappointed by how they performed under stressful settings and how bad the battery life was. Switching to a device on 8+ Gen 1 was major in a way we don’t usually see in a year.

Nothing to do with going this route, we have no complaints. Sure, the 8+ Gen 1 will be a year old when they launch it on a phone, but we can expect you to get a discount on the overall price of the phone. I can imagine that the reason for choosing a slightly older chip is to keep the price of the phone (2) down. The chip will continue to perform well for years to come.

Of course, the 8+ will offer a huge upgrade over Gen 1 performance vs. Phone (1), as Pei pointed out in his series of tweets. But that’s to be expected when you consider that the phone (1) used a mid-range chip originally released in 2021.

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The Beats Studio Buds+ have better ANC and battery life

After months of leaks, the Beats Studio Buds are finally here, and they have a lot more to offer than the model they’re currently sitting on top of.

The first thing you will notice is no doubt the transparent case option, which is undoubtedly the best. But beyond that there are some functional improvements.

At the top of the pile is probably longer battery life. Battery life is increased from 15 hours to 24 hours when you enable noise-cancellation, but if you disable it, battery life increases from 24 hours to 36 hours.

Those figures when you use the included charging case of course. Don’t, and you’ll get about six hours of listening time between charges — up from five hours previously.

The new earbuds cost $169.99, a $20 price hole compared to the original model. In terms of listening, there is a claimed 1.6x improvement in noise cancellation and 2x improvement when using transparency mode. Whether most people will notice is another matter.

There’s no doubt that these are better earbuds than the original Beats Studio Buds, but it doesn’t matter if most people will notice beyond the increased battery life – factor in the relatively small price increase and that gorgeous transparent case, and you might just be the way to go for the original earbuds. Regardless of whether or not.

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