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2 days ago

Beatport's new app drops the ultimate bass on Android

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Beatport has docked at the Android harbour by launching a new app for those who enjoy dance music. The online music resource recently launched a new free streaming service, which these new apps will compliment. It plans to become the number one destination for not only music fans, but also DJs looking to stock up on tracks.

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2 days ago

Galaxy S6 and S6 edge go up for pre-order in the U.S. March 27, on sale April 10

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Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

Though the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge were announced back at MWC, Samsung is finally putting its foot down on official availability of the new phones in the U.S.

Well yes of course the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are coming to the U.S., but now we know precisely when, from where, and in what colors and capacities. March 27 is the date for pre-orders in all of the U.S., with the phones officially going on sale just a handful of days later on April 10. Samsung confirms that both the S6 and S6 edge will be available in black, white and gold colors — absent are the special bright blue and green international options — and in 32, 64 and 128GB storage sizes.

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2 days ago

LG Watch Urbane LTE to launch in South Korea on March 27

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The LG Watch Urbane LTE is set to go on sale in South Korea on March 27. Priced at 650,000 KRW ($590), the company will use its premium range of watches to compete directly with the Apple Watch.

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2 days ago

HTC One M9 available online at 12:01 a.m. EDT Friday, in stores April 10

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HTC One M9

The HTC One M9 and its finely tuned Snapdragon 810 processor go on sale in the U.S. online tonight and in stores in two weeks.

The HTC One M9 will be available online in the U.S. starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT Friday morning (or late tonight, for everyone west of the Mason-Dixon, more or less) and will hit stores April 10. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon will announce their own pricing, of course, but HTC also will offer an unlocked model (banded for AT&T) for $649. Phones ordered online from HTC will start arriving next week, ahead of carrier sales.

In addition to carrier stores, you'll also be able to snag an M9 from Amazon, Best Buy, Costco and Target.

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2 days ago

ZTE officially announces the Nubia Z9 Max and Z9 mini

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ZTE has unveiled two versions of the Nubia Z9 at a press event in Beijing. Meet the Nubia Z9 mini and Nubia Z9 Max.

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3 days ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Metals

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When you think of the word "metal" your mind may instantly wander to big pieces of steel making up a bridge or a building, but metal comes in shapes, sizes and styles of all kinds. And of course multiple metals are often found working together in a bigger picture. This week's photo contest is looking for pictures of metals together, and when you think about all of the places that metals show up in your life you realize there are a ridiculous number of photo opportunities this week.

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3 days ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Breakfast' winners!

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We were looking for some tasty pictures this week in the "breakfast" photo contest, and the forums filled up with plenty of great shots to choose from. There were dozens of great entries this week, as tends to happen, and these ones were particularly great. But of course we narrowed it down to the two pictures to receive prizes — hit the break to see them.

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3 days ago

New Android 5.1 build LMY47I factory images now available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6

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Google has released a new Android 5.1 build for both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 today.

Coming roughly a week after the last updated build for the Nexus 6, the new factory image for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 clocks in at build number LMY47I.

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3 days ago

Google Play Newsstand expands paid content to Austria, Belgium, Ireland, and Turkey

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Starting today, those in Austria, Belgium, Ireland and Turkey can enjoy paid content from Google Play Newsstand.

With these additions, folks in the aforementioned countries join a fairly limited number of countries that have access to paid content from Google Play Newsstand.

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3 days ago

Court finds Motorola infringed on MMS patent

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A U.S. jury found today that Motorola has infringed on a patent relating to multimedia messaging held by patent holding company Intellectual Ventures.

Intellectual Ventures also accused Motorola of infringing on a second patent relating to wireless bandwidth, but that patent was invalidated by the jury.

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3 days ago

A quick look at ebook stores for Android

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ebooks for everyone

Choosing an ebook retailer can be as simple as choosing what is right in front of you or checking the prices and content selection across the ecosystem. It's up to you.

One of the amazing things about ebooks right now is the wealth of options available to users. Massive ebook libraries now exist from multiple sources, and these books range wildly from top-shelf best sellers to indie short stories written by folks in their free time. Impressively, each of these digital bookstores offer something significant that separates them from one another in a way that makes it so none of these services are going anywhere anytime soon.

If you've already settled into a preferred ebook retailer, you may be missing out on the features that make the competition special. With that in mind, lets take a quick look at the more popular apps in this space and see what service works best for you.

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3 days ago

Best Buy to carry Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition starting March 27

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Best Buy will begin carrying the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition at select locations throughout the US on Friday, March 27.

As part of a push to put their virtual reality headset in the hands of more people, Samsung, Oculus, and Best Buy have teamed up to bring the Innovator Edition for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to select stores. On March 27, 100 Best Buy locations will have the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition in-store priced at $199, with more stores added throughout the year.

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3 days ago

Google Keep gets labels for easy organizing and recurring reminders

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One of our favorite Gmail features — labels — has at long last arrived for Google Keep.

The addition of labels means that you can now tack any number of labels you want onto a task in Google Keep, grouping tasks by whatever grouping you desire. Priority tasks, project tasks, daily to-dos, the honey do list, and so forth.

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3 days ago

App installer exploit affects older versions of Android but isn't as scary as it sounds

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A scary-sounding exploit and scary-sounding headlines about half of Android devices being probably are more bark than bite. Again.

A new(ish) exploit has been published today by the folks at Palo Alto Networks that describes how a bug in the Android package installer could potentially infect older phones with malware. The exploit works against versions of Android older than Android 4.3 and doesn't affect apps installed via Google Play. It's still something that needs to be talked about, as plenty of users could be affected.

But that doesn't necessarily mean you need to worry much — even though roughly half of all currently active Android devices are sub-Jelly Bean. Here's what's up.

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3 days ago

The Fitbit mobile app now lets you sync multiple trackers to your account

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File this one under first-world problems but if you are like us and own multiple Fitbit trackers (collect them all!) you no longer have to decide which to wear. In a backend update, Fitbit has thrown the switch to let users synchronize multiple Fitbit Trackers to their account through the mobile app.

Previously, if you owned the more rugged and full-featured Surge and the leaner Charge HR, you would have to pair only one to your account. The other device would essentially be kicked out from tracking until you repaired it.

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