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Sonos updates its Android app with a better rooms menu and more

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Sonos has updated its app for Android devices to version 5.3, which includes a number of improvements to help owners of the company's connected speaker products.

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This is the HTC Vive virtual reality visor — on my face

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HTC Vive

So this is the HTC Vive. Or, rather, it's the visor for the Vive, the virtual reality system produced by HTC and Valve and announced here at Mobile World Congress. And this is what it looks like on my face.

The outside side of the visor isn't really the interesting part, of course. It's what you see inside that matters. But this sort of gives you an idea of the physical nature of the visor. Still, it's important to remember a couple things. First is that a developer version will be available this spring. And retail units — as in things you can I can buy — will be coming toward the end of the year. And they'll change a little bit from what you see here. So don't get too hung up on anything. Don't worry that we don't yet have all the answers about Vive — what it's like, who would want it, and what it'll cost.

For now, just enjoy (or not) the sight of this thing on my face.

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1 day ago

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S6

These two shortcuts let you easily take a screenshot on your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge

Just like earlier Samsung phones, taking a screenshot on the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge is simple enough once you know how. So if you're upgrading to Samsung's 2015 flagship from a previous Galaxy phone, chances are you'll be right at home — taking a screenshot works just as it does on the GS5 and earlier handsets.

But if you're new to Samsung or Android in general, it's worth recapping this basic function, as there are countless situations where capturing an image of your phone's screen can be useful. Let's take a look at the two main methods.

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Pebble Time Steel hits Kickstarter today for $250, starts shipping in July

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Pebble Time Steel

The $299 Pebble Time Steel starts shipping in July and will be available in silver, black, and gold. Early birds can pre-order via Kickstarter today for $250.

Just a week ago, Pebble Time launched on Kickstarter and became the fastest growing crowd-funding project in history. Raising well over their $500,000 goal, massive interest has already been shown in the next-generation device from Pebble. Today at Mobile World Congress, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky unveiled a second version of the device, the $299 Pebble Time Steel.

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In pictures: Galaxy S6 TouchWiz versus the previous generation

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Galaxy S6 + S5

Samsung hasn't just overhauled its smartphone hardware in the new Galaxy S6. The company's TouchWiz UI has also received some much-needed attention. It's much faster than before, with slicker animations and a clear Material Design influence. We've already seen some movement in this direction through the Galaxy S5's Lollipop update, but the differences between the two generations of Samsung UI are pretty striking, even when compared with a fully updated GS5.

We've been playing with the Galaxy S6 here at Mobile World Congress, and we've had a chance to see all the little changes Samsung's made to TouchWiz. Some are major, some are minor; you'll find the more notable ones in our photo essay after the break.

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These are Samsung's first Galaxy S6 and S6 edge accessories

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Samsung Galaxy S6 cases

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are thin and covered in glass — that may make you want a case.

Samsung's no stranger to offering a variety of first-party cases for its devices while also partnering with known brands for more "fashionable" choices, and that's the case here with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Though Samsung hasn't yet listed all of its accessories for sale considering we're a month out from the phone's release, we've had a chance to see and use a few of the initial offerings.

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Lenovo's Pocket Projector is an affordable way to pump videos to your wall (or ceiling)

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Lenovo Pocket Projector

Whether it's in the kids' play room or the boss' boardroom, the Lenovo Pocket Projector is a quick, easy and affordable way to up-size videos for group viewing.

It used to be the only folks who carried around those little pocket projectors were those who got paid to do it — road warriors who have to be able to give presentations whenever, wherever. And they were either big and clunky, or smallish and expensive. Lenovo's got the best of both worlds in its Pocket Projector, making its debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Lenovo Vibe Shot hands-on: It's all about the camera

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Lenovo Vibe Shot

Lenovo puts its focus on the camera with the 16-megapixel Vibe Shot. It's as much smartphone as it is camera, perhaps, but it's clear this one's intended to be the only shooter you need.

Lenovo's brought a couple of new phones to Mobile World Congress this year, and the Vibe Shot (as the name suggests) is bringing some serious tech to the back of the phone. This guy's got a 16-megpixel camera (using a Samsung sensor and f/2.2 lens) with optical image stabilization that Lenovo says could well serve as the only camera you need.

The Vive Shot has some interesting controls, starting with the hardware.

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1 day ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge listed with 64GB storage as standard in the UK

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Samsung introduced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in storage variations of 32, 64 and 128GB, with the flash memory based on the vendor's latest UFS 2.0-based storage modules. While the Galaxy S6 comes in all three storage variants, it looks like the dual-curved Galaxy S6 edge will be offered with 64GB as standard, with the 128GB storage version also available.

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Latest Android commercial is all about selfies and slam dunks

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The latest Android commercial is all about selfies, and taking selfies when making a slam dunk. The advert highlights the wide variety of imaging solutions that are available on Android, with recent flagship launches such as the One M9 and Galaxy S6 continuing that trend.

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Withings Activité and Activité Pop now work with your Android device

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Withings Activité and Activité Pop are gaining the ability to sync with Android devices with the launch of the Health Mate app, which was thus far exclusive to the iOS platform.

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Google Play Services 7.0 brings Nearby Connections and new Places APIs

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Google has announced today that it is rolling out Google Play services version 7.0 which brings developers some new tools for leveraging place information, fitness data, the recently-announced Nearby Connections API, and more.

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1 day ago

Tinder Plus goes official; lets you take back that swipe for a price

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Popular dating app Tinder has officially launched its premium service called Tinder Plus today after a potential March launch was first hinted at early last month. The premium subscription adds an option to undo previous swipes, as well as a new way for users to meet matches in other parts of the world.

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1 day ago

Relive our HTC One M9 video preview!

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Much has been said about the new HTC One M9. And we've got a few thoughts as well. Here they are, in moving pictures.

While the jury's still out on the HTC One M9 — and likely will be for a little while now — it's probably a good idea to take a couple extra minutes and give our initial preview a gander. We spent a solid 36 hours with the M9 here in Barcelona, Spain. It's perhaps an imperfect device (what isn't, really), but still addresses a number of issues we had with 2014's HTC One M8.

The question is how does it stand up to more through use. We'll find out soon enough, to be sure. For now, enjoy.

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1 day ago

Watch our Galaxy S6 and S6 edge hands-on video!

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The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are very much official now, and through all of the news and our own coverage we completely understand if you happened to miss our comprehensive hands-on preview video. Well that's okay, because we wanted to show it off once again — we're pretty darn proud of it, and we think you'll enjoy it too.

Give it a watch, and when you're done you can circle back and get all of the GS6 info you can handle right here.

Samsung Galaxy S6

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