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5 days ago

Accessibility features on the HTC One M8

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HTC One M8 accessibilty

Accessibility is one of those areas of the settings menu that most of us gloss over, unless there's some specific setting we need to enable manually for a specific app, usually to allow devices like smartwatches to piggyback on notifications.

But for a good many folks out there, accessibility features allow for smartphones to be used more easily — or at all. Maybe you need bigger text. Or some audible readouts.

We're taking a look at the various built-in accessibility features on some of the most popular phones available. Today, we're looking at the HTC One M8.

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5 days ago

Moto X 'Pure Edition' plays fine with T-Mobile and AT&T LTE

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Moto X backs

Good news, everyone! If you're looking to go the carrier-free, "Pure Edition" route with your new Moto X, Motorola says it'll work on both T-Mobile and AT&T LTE bands. (Last year's unlocked model was more TMo-friendly.)

The bad news? Motorola's website is still getting hammered.

Commiserate in our Moto X forums if you'd like.

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5 days ago

Microsoft's new Bluetooth keyboard plays nice with Android, iOS, and Windows

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Microsoft has announced a new compact Bluetooth keyboard with a dedicated switch to jump between Android, iOS, and Windows modes. Doing so will make sure the keyboard's home key does what it's supposed to when connected to your device.

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5 days ago

OneNote adds support for Android Wear to take notes on your wrist

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Microsoft's note taking software OneNote is the latest to join the Android Wear family, thanks to a newly released app that will allow owners of those smartwatches to ditctate notes.

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5 days ago

Google Play Newsstand paid content expands in India and Europe

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Google's expanded the availability of paid content in Google Play Newsstand to four new countries. Joining the ranks of the privileged few that have the option to pay for premium Newsstand content are India, the Netherlands, Russia, and Spain.

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5 days ago

Moto X, Moto Hint and Turbo Charger preorders start NOW!

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Moto X

A quick reminder, folks, that the Moto X, Moto Hint and Turbo Charger are available for preorder this morning, starting at noon EDT. Additionally, the Moto 360 is back in stock. Chances are very good Motorola's website will start to creak under the pressure.

Good luck, everyone!

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5 days ago

Twitch, Disney, and others add Chromecast support to their apps

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Twitch.tv, three Disney apps, iHeartRadio, and DramaFever have all been updated so you can beam great programs from your Android device to the big screen over Chromecast.

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5 days ago

HTC Desire 510 hitting Sprint for free Sept. 19, Boost and Virgin next week

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Following an announcement a few weeks ago, we've got release dates for the HTC Desire 510 on Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile. Sprint is getting it on September 19 for $0 down on contract ($199.99 without a contract) or $8.34 monthly on Easy Pay. Boost will have the Desire 510 starting September 22 for $99.99. Virgin Mobile will have theirs out a day after on the 23rd. for $99.99.

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5 days ago

What is Google TalkBack?

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Google Talk Back

Google's TalkBack service is a great way for the vision-impaired to use all of Android's features

Most of us take being able to see everything on our high-resolution Androids for granted. We peep at pixels, discuss the merits of display technology to death, and even tend to turn our nose up at devices that don't have the ultra-high-res "true" HD screens some of today's flagships offer. But that's not the case for the large segment of us who have impaired vision.

Folks who have a hard time seeing the overload of information that a modern smartphone has to offer will need some assistance, and Google provides a really comprehensive set of tools in TalkBack. TalkBack is an Accessibility Service that helps vision-impaired users interact with, and enjoy, their devices. It uses spoken word, vibration and other audible feedback to let you know what's on your screen, what you're touching, and what you can do with it.

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5 days ago

Adobe EchoSign app for Android offers mobile e-signatures to more devices

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Adobe has just launched the Android version of its Adobe EchoSign app, which was previously released for iOS. The app allows businesses to accept signatures on mobile devices for documents, contracts and more.

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5 days ago

Eight reasons to buy a Moto X 'Pure Edition'

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AT&T Moto X bloatware

We're picking on AT&T because that's what we currently have, but the other carriers are just as guilty of bloating up what otherwise is a pretty clean implementation of Android on the new Moto X.

You can pre-order the AT&T Moto X Bloatware Edition now; the Pure Edition goes up at noon EDT.

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5 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 16

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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5 days ago

NVIDIA announces Shield Tablet LTE pre-orders are open today at $399

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet

Tablet pre-orders will ship in the U.S. and Europe on Sept. 30

Today's the day you can plop down a chunk of your local currency to pre-order the NVIDIA Shield Tablet with an LTE connection and 32GB of storage. The pre-order price for this higher-end model of the Shield Tablet comes in at $399 here in the U.S., and gets you the exact same Shield Tablet but with double the internal storage and the ability to connect to mobile data networks.

We've worked up a full list of HSPA+ and LTE frequencies that the Shield Tablet LTE will connect to, but NVIDIA points out that it does have full certification from AT&T to run on its network. That'll presumably give it the "best" performance on AT&T, but the tablet is completely unlocked and you'll have no problem connecting to any number of networks around the world so long as you purchase the right data plan made for tablets.

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5 days ago

Tired of black phones? Moto X coming to India in bamboo and leather too!

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Although Motorola announced that the new Moto X would be making its way to India later this month, the manufacturer failed to mention which variants would be available to customers in the country. Thanks to a premature listing of the device on Flipkart, we now know that the Moto X will be available in Black, Bamboo White and Black Leather options.

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5 days ago

CyanogenMod 11 M10 adds a bunch of new features, loses support for CDMA Galaxy Nexus

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CyanogenMod 11 M10 release is upon us, and is as the case with new builds, M10 features a host of new features that include a new bug tracker, ability to access the last used app by long pressing the recent apps button, a soft reboot option and support for glove mode and smart covers (like this one).

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