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35 min ago

HP, Gilt, and Michael Bastian partner for stylish new smartwatch

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HP is jumping into the smartwatch game, but they're partnering with designer Michael Bastian and online luxury retailer Gilt to make one that looks good. Details of this smartwatch will do are slim, but we do know that they're aiming to have it work with iOS and Android — nope, it's not Android Wear — and that there will be companion apps for both platforms that allow users to customize the watch's interface.

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3 hours ago

Sony Xperia T3 available exclusively at Carphone Warehouse in the UK

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Announced mid-July, the svelte Sony Xperia T3 is now available exclusively in the UK at Carphone Warehouse, with monthly plans starting at £22.50.

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13 hours ago

Chromebook reviews: Find 'em all here!

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Chromebooks!

A one-stop shop for all your Chromebook review needs

We're all Google all day around here. We can't get enough when it comes to Android, and Lloyd happens to have a place in his heart for Chromebooks, too. We're big fans, and we just love seeing a platform like Chrome grow — and stumble — as it matures. We know that plenty of you guys feel the same way, and it's great that we can get together and talk about things knowing that we all share some common interest. It makes our jobs fun.

While we love having fun, we also are pretty serious about looking at new Chromebooks and sharing what we think. This helps us stay up-to-date on what companies like Acer and Samsung are doing in the space, and it helps everyone know a little bit more about these products before money leaves our wallets. It doesn't hurt that more than a few of us here at AC just freaking love our Chromebooks, either.

Here's a list of all of our Chromebook reviews. We're going to keep doing them, and we'll keep this list updated.

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14 hours ago

Verizon's LG G Pad 8.3 gets KitKat update

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Though many may have forgotten that the device exists, Verizon has just started pushing out an Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to the LG G Pad 8.3. The update that started rolling to unlocked G Pad 8.3 customers back in April is now on the Verizon model, bumping things to KitKat, changing the visual styling of the interface (including Immersive Mode) and adding the Knock Code lockscreen option.

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14 hours ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 also receiving nondescript VoLTE-related update

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T-Mobile's Galaxy Note 3 seems to be picking up the same update treatment as its Galaxy S5 did earlier today, with two different updates hitting devices depending on what version of software they're currently on. For those who were in a VoLTE market and received the first update to enable that service, a 25.79MB update is coming to bring you up to the most recent version, N900TUVUDNF4.

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15 hours ago

Amazon Appstore now in more countries

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Amazon says that its Appstore for Android is now available in 236 countries and territories following this recent expansion of 41 more regions. That said, not all apps within the Amazon Appstore catalog will be available in all regions due to local laws and restrictions on certain apps and content. However, for consumers, this will be another venue to purchase and download apps, which will be especially beneficial to BlackBerry customers who rely on Amazon's Appstore to deliver Android apps to their devices.

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16 hours ago

'BadUSB' malware highlights the danger of plugging random mystery drives into your computer

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New malware exploits USB, but isn't really that scary

Another day, another apocalyptic prognostication of computer security doom, this time focusing on the omnipresent USB connection. It's called 'BadUSB', and it's a malware proof-of-concept created by security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell that exploits a flaw in and resides in the firmware that controls the basic function of USB devices. The researchers claim that it's not a problem that can be patched, saying that they're "exploiting the very way that USB is designed," but in the end all they've done is highlight that you shouldn't go around plugging USB drives, devices, or whatnot that you don't trust into your computer.

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17 hours ago

Hulu finally adds some free viewing options to Android app

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Hulu Plus has been updated for Android users so that you don't need a Plus subscription to stream select video content. Previously, the Android app requires that users pay for the $7.99 monthly subscription to access video content, but now it looks like Hulu is freeing up some of that content to non-subscribers.

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18 hours ago

Verizon Galaxy S5 getting OTA with myriad of interface and app fixes

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T-Mobile's Galaxy S5 isn't the only variant getting an update today, as GS5 owners on Verizon are getting a more sizable update with a proper changelog from the carrier. After pulling down the OTA you'll be on software version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9, which updates a few of Verizon's applications and makes a whole bunch of small tweaks.

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18 hours ago

Updated Qi wireless charging means your phones won't have to be directly touching the charger

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The new Qi v1.2 specification will enable wireless charging through even greater spans than before. The current Qi standard is capable of blasting power wirelessly through up to 7mm of space, but the new standard amps that up to 45mm (1.77 inches). This will make it much easier to embed Qi chargers inside of things (like desks, tables, cars, blocks of cheese, etc).

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