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6 days ago

Should you wear a case on the leather LG G4?

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A hot topic that has both sides very committed to their choice.

For those of us out there, including myself, that never leave home without some sort of protection on our phones, the leather LG G4 might be the one (and only) exception to the rule. There are alternatives to consider, if the naked lifestyle won't keep your worries at bay. Hit the break for the nitty-gritty.

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6 days ago

Android Auto support announced for select 2016 Buick and GMC models

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Two more GM brands are lining up behind Android Auto as GMC and Buick announce compatibility in some of their 2016 models.

GM is continuing to move forward in its commitment to Android Auto, announcing that the system will come to two more of its brands, GMC and Buick. Android Auto will come to these brands starting with the base model 2016 GMC Sierra, and is expected on the Canyon and Yukon, as well as Buick's LaCrosse and Regal, later in the model year.

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6 days ago

Google Domains will refund next year's registration fee if you set up to auto-renew

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Here's a nice little deal from Google Domains landing in our inboxes this morning. If you set your domain registration to auto-renew, Google will refund the next year's fee ($12 a domain) in two to three weeks. That's enough of a savings to ... register more domains!

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6 days ago

Amazon Echo is now available for everyone to buy for $179.99, shipments start on July 14

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Amazon is finally allowing anyone to buy their Amazon Echo speaker without having to wait for an invite.

Amazon first introduced its Amazon Echo connected speaker several months ago, but so far it has only been sold on an invite-only basis. Today, that changed as Amazon is allowing anyone to purchase the speaker without needing an invite for $179.99.

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1 week ago

John Lewis starts selling mobile phones to take on Carphone Warehouse

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UK retailer John Lewis aims to take on Carphone Warehouse by offering an alternative to the lack of competition found on UK high streets, now Phones 4u is no longer in business.

John Lewis will begin a pilot scheme at two trial stores, Oxford Street in London and Cheadle Manchester, rolling out the scheme to more stores if successful.

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1 week ago

Latest Periscope update lets you edit your profile and login with your phone number

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Periscope for Android has just been updated. The latest release adds a number of changes, including the ability to update your profile and view personal broadcast history.

Twitter's Periscope lets users of the service to broadcast live to viewers, much like Twitch.tv and the like but on your mobile.

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1 week ago

Gmail's 'Undo Send' feature sheds the beta tag

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After six years of beta testing, Gmail's Undo Send feature is now available for all.

Using Undo Send, you can "unsend" e-mails up to ten seconds after you've hit the send button. For those that have the option enabled, Google will delay sending the mail until after the ten-second cancellation window. If you want to extend the window to recover your messages, you can do so by up to 30 seconds.

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1 week ago

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy A8 promises to be its thinnest smartphone yet

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After the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7, Samsung is set to expand the A series with the launch of the Galaxy A8, which will be the manufacturer's thinnest smartphone.

The device is rumored to feature a metallic frame with a thickness of just 5.94mm. To put that into context, the Galaxy A7 comes in at 6.3mm, with the Galaxy S6 featuring a thickness of 6.8mm.

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1 week ago

Elephone P9000 may just be the first handset to run MediaTek's deca-core CPU

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According to a leak on a Chinese website, local manufacturer Elephone may be the first to launch a device featuring MediaTek's recently announced Helio X20 SoC with a deca-core CPU.

Based on the leak, the Elephone P9000 is scheduled to make its debut October 20, boasting a price tag of $500. The MediaTek hardware powering the device — the MT6797 — is the successor to last year's octa-core MT6795, and features a tri-cluster architecture that includes two Cortex A72 clocked at 2.5GHz and eight Cortex A53 cores, four clocked at 2.0GHz and four at 1.4GHz.

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1 week ago

Google now translating 100 billion words a day, rolls out video to showcase Google Translate

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Google has made significant additions to Google Translate that introduced real-time translation of words and text, with the service now processing over 100 billion words a day.

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1 week ago

Weekly poll results: What do you want to see us do on Periscope

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The results are in, and apparently Persicope is out.

Over the past two weeks we've been walking everyone through the basics of Periscope, Twitter's live video app with a mildly irritating affection for vertical video on mobile devices. It's a powerful platform, and we here at AC quickly found use for involving you in some of our day to day operations without really needing to stop and break out the real camera and editing gear. It's quick, live, and downright narcissistic in many situations.

Apparently, it's also something a lot of the folks who participated in this week's sidebar poll wish we'd stop doing altogether.

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1 week ago

Why do I care if my phone is SIM unlocked?

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SIM tray

Would you buy a car that can only use the right lane?

SIM unlocked, or network unlocked, phones aren't a big deal for many of us. We're using a network provider that works well in the places where we spend most of our time (or should be), and using a phone that was designed to work on that particular network. Everyone is happy, everything just works, and we don't take time to think about it.

But we should.

While we're just fine with the status quo described above most of the time, there are three really good reasons why you would want a network unlocked phone. Let's have a look at them.

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1 week ago

Choosing between a Chromebook and a large Android tablet

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Google now has two platforms for desktop-class computing, but which experience is up to the task of being a standalone laptop?

While it may be easy to look at Chromebooks and mock them for being "just a browser" or look at an Android tablet and call it "just a big phone," it turns out there's not a lot of truth behind the derision. We've entered an era where the browser is the platform for a lot of work and play, and apps come in all shapes and sizes. That's not to say there's no need for high-end computing machines, especially for folks who need that hardware for games and resource-intensive tasks, but it does mean there are lots of options out there now for web-focused and casual users.

It also means Google has a pair of platforms for you to choose from, and we took a look at why you might consider one over the other.

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1 week ago

Acer's all-in-one Chromebase available this month in the U.S. starting at $329

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Acer's new all-in-one Chromebase will be available this month starting at $329.99.

Acer's latest entries into its Chrome OS lineup is available starting this month. The all-in-one non-touchscreen Chromebase will be available this month for $329.99, while the touchscreen variant will be available in July at $429.99.

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1 week ago

Swarm taps into Foursquare's roots, rolls out Mayorships again

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Swarm, the check-in app from Foursquare, has just reintroduced a feature that many have missed since its release, Mayorships.

Part of what made Foursquare so much fun, aside from telling everyone where you were, was the ability to claim Mayorship of a specific location, and that has come back to its Swarm app. People would fight over Mayorships, everyone wanted to be Mayor of all the places they visited, and now users can get back to fighting the good fight.

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