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1 week ago

About that Qualcomm 4G sticker on your Galaxy S6

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Depending on which carrier you got your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge from, you might have noticed a familiar sticker at the top.

One of the more important details surrounding the launch of Samsung's flagship duo was the decision to go all-in on their Exynos processors for this generation. After years of using Qualcomm for some versions and Exynos for others, the unified release is a big deal for Samsung. With the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on shelves now, several users have pointed out a sticker that reads "Qualcomm 4G" on the top edge of the device. We've got one here on the Verizon Wireless variant of the S6 edge, but not on the T-Mobile variant. This doesn't mean there's a Snapdragon hiding under the glass of the VZW S6 phones, but it does mean Samsung licensed some things from Qualcomm in order to ensure everything works as intended.

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1 week ago

Latest humble bundle offers up 10 titles from developer Tin Man Games

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The folks at Humble Bundle are at it again with a new round of games for Android on the cheap.

This time around, Humble Bundle is offering up 10 digital gamebooks from developer Tin Man Games.

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1 week ago

YouTube app will no longer be supported for Google TV versions 1 and 2 'after April'

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In a recent update to a support document, Google announced that the YouTube app on devices running older versions of Google TV will no longer be supported "after April."

Specifically, the YouTube app will stop working on devices running versions 1 or 2 of Google TV, as well as older smart TVs and Blu-Ray players. While support for the app will be dropped as of the end of April, Google says that it will begin shutting down older versions starting today, April 20.

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1 week ago

Kwikset Kevo — an almost awesome smart lock

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Kwikset Kevo

It's not what you'd call a complete thought, but Kwikset's Kevo smart lock introduces some unique ideas into the smart lock ecosystem.

The folks at Kwikset have been trying to make locks and deadbolts smarter for a while now, and as a result their products are usually considered some of the best for people looking to add some smarts to their home. Their latest smart lock, the Kevo deadbolt, is an attempt to take what they've learned so far and make the act of locking and unlocking the door more natural. You basically make your smartphone the key, and assuming you keep that key in your pocket you need only reach out and touch the lock when walking up to the door to unlock it. It's simple, reasonably user-friendly, and Kwikset's software for Kevo extends this functionality in a way that makes a lot of sense.

To accomplish this, Kwikset basically walked away from all of the things that made their existing smart locks functional and user-friendly.

This, as well as some painfully absent device support, is where things start to go wrong.

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1 week ago

Samsung's Galaxy Tab A to be available in the US starting May 1

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Samsung has announced that both sizes of its Galaxy Tab A can be pre-ordered starting today, and will be available in US stores starting May 1.

Starting today you can pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Tab A from Samsung's site, and it will be making its way into several retailers on May 1. Running Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, the Galaxy Tab A features 16GB of on-board memory along with a front and rear facing camera.

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1 week ago

Will the Sony Xperia Z4 be released in the UK, Europe or US?

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Xperia Z4

After a Japan-only announcement, Sony's keeping quiet on the possibility of a global launch for the Z4.

Sony this morning made the Xperia Z4 official, in what was its lowest-profile announcement for a flagship-level product in years. It's a somewhat confusing half-upgrade from last year's Xperia Z3 that sees Sony slimming down its high-end offering, cutting back on battery capacity, while packing in a more powerful Snapdragon 810 CPU. Much of the rest of the hardware, including the 20.7-megapixel rear camera, appears almost identical to the Z3.

Even more confusing are Sony's rollout plans for the Z4.

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1 week ago

AT&T to begin selling ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector on April 24

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AT&T and ZTE team up to bring the Spro 2 Smart Projector to consumers around the US.

ZTE's 2-in-1 Smart Projector and mobile hotspot, the Spro 2, will be making its way to AT&T on April 24. AT&T will be the first to make this product commercially available. They have announced that the device will be available from their website, as well as in select retail stores nationwide. The ZTE Spro 2 features a 5-inch touch screen that allows you web access right, browse Google Play, check your emails and more right from the device.

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1 week ago

Cyanogen OS 12 update for OnePlus One temporarily pulled to add 'OK OnePlus' feature

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The Cyanogen OS 12 software update for the OnePlus One has been halted temporarily due to the company wanting to add a new "OK OnePlus" feature for its owners.

The over-the-air rollout for Cyanogen's version on Android 5.0 Lollipop for the OnePlus One actually started a week ago.

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1 week ago

How to take better photos with the HTC One M9

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HTC One M9

A few simple tips and tricks to help you to take great shots on your M9

The HTC One M9 marks a change in course for the Taiwanese manufacturer, as it relocates its Ultrapixel camera around the front, and settles on a traditional high-megapixel shooter for the main camera. The M9's 20-megapixel shooter has been one of the main points of contention among HTC fans and critics since the phone's arrival. It's not a bad camera, but it does require a little tweaking in order to get the best results.

We'll take a look at some basic tips for getting the most out of your M9's camera after the break.

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1 week ago

Twitter will now allow users to receive direct messages from anyone

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Twitter is making a big change in its direct messaging feature, allowing users the option to receive direct messages from any other Twitter user.

Previously, Twitter only allowed for direct messages to be sent to people who followed each other on the service. Now users can make a change in their settings to allow anyone to message them. This option is opt-in only, so you don't have to do anything if you want to keep things the way they are.

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1 week ago

Latest LG Watch Urbane teaser is a beautiful look at Barcelona

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The LG Watch Urbane was one of the hotter wearables we got our hands on at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year. And while we're still waiting on the Android Wear device to become available — and it sounds like that's going to be sooner rather than later, because it'll be the first to have the latest Android Wear updates — LG's given us a new teaser.

If you've ever wondered about the city we visit each year for the latest in mobile tech, yes, it does look this cool.

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1 week ago

Get an unlocked, refurbished Samsung Galaxy S5 from eBay today only for $299

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You can purchase an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 from eBay for $299, which is a 50 percent savings on the device.

If last year's technology doesn't bother you, eBay has quite the deal on the Samsung Galaxy S5, but the offer is good for today only. Priced at $299, a 50 percent savings, the Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch 1080p display, and has already received its Lollipop update.

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1 week ago

EE battery charger offer gets over 1 million requests in first four days

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UK mobile operator EE's offer to give its customers a free portable smartphone battery charger has proven to be a popular one, with over 1 million requests from customers in just the first four days.

EE launched the offer to give its customers a free 2,600mAh Power Bar battery charger on Thursday, April 16.

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1 week ago

LG G Flex 2 makes its way to AT&T starting April 24 for $299

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AT&T will begin selling the LG G Flex 2 both in-store and online on April 24 for $299 on a new two-year contract.

On April 24, AT&T will begin selling the platinum silver version of the LG G Flex 2 both in-store and online. The second-generation curved smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full HD P-OLED display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM.

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1 week ago

Android Wear gets support for Wifi, hands-free flicks and drawable emoji in new update

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Google will launch a software update for Android Wear smartwatches soon that will add many new features, including some that won't require the use of a phone.

Google will also add some hands-free features to Android Wear devices in the next update, such as flicking a wrist to move to a new card, along with support for always-on apps on the smartwatch.

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