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6 days ago

Nokia updates HERE Maps to include Deutsche Bahn transit info from Germany

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Nokia has updated its HERE Maps app with new train and transit information from Deutsche Bahn in Germany, allowing users of the recently launched beta for Samsung Android smartphones to access train connections and timetables in that country.

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6 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 13

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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 sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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6 days ago

AT&T launches new Passport international plans

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AT&T has a new set of international plans, and while they'll still hit your wallet hard, they're an improvement of what came before. AT&T's new plans, dubbed Passport, Passport Plus, and Passport Pro (not to be confused with plans for the new BlackBerry Passport), bring the same data allotments, but at least offer easier billing international data packages than we've seen before from Ma Bell, though heavy users will still find themselves shelling over the big bucks.

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6 days ago

Samsung set to turbocharge Wi-Fi on smartphones in 2015

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Qualcomm announced earlier this year that it was working on multi-gigabit wireless connectivity, and Samsung is following suit today by announcing that it has commenced work on a similar Wi-Fi technology that provides a five-fold increase in transmission rates from the current Wi-Fi standard.

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6 days ago

Samsung rolls out firmware update for Galaxy Note 4 prior to worldwide launch

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The Galaxy Note 4 has received a firmware update from Samsung before the smartphone launches worldwide later this month. According to a report over on AllAboutSamsung, the firmware update (XXU1ANJ4) clocks in at just shy of 36MB and is reported to include stability improvements, as well as "significantly" extending battery life.

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6 days ago

Jaybird's Reign fitness band hitting October 26 for $199

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Jaybird will bring its long awaited Reign fitness wristband to the US on October 26, and will price the device at $199, with support for Android and iOS apps along with web browser support.

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6 days ago

Sony Xperia Z3 on sale at T-Mobile online Oct. 15 and in stores Oct. 29

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Verizon isn't the only carrier that will offer the Xperia Z3 in the US, as T-Mobile has confirmed that it will start offering the device starting October 29 in its retail stores.

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6 days ago

Dropbox squashes desktop client bug, offers free Pro upgrade to those who lost files

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Those who rely on Dropbox to store their personal files may have lost some of their data. The service has experienced some issues regarding a bug in older versions of its available desktop apps. This bug deleted files uploaded by affected users who activated the Selective Sync feature, leading some to find they'd lost a large amount of files.

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1 week ago

OnePlus and JBL partner to create premium earphones for the OnePlus One

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After announcing the $15 Silver Bullet earphones last month, OnePlus is now teaming up with audio maker JBL in launching a pair of earphones for the OnePlus One dubbed the OnePlus x JBL E1+. Set to launch by the end of October, the earphones will set you back $39.99.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Chop Block, Uber, Battery Widget Reborn and more

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Apps of the week

Apps. Apps everywhere.

We can't get enough of all the great Android apps out there. You can't get enough of all the great Android apps out there. Here's where we meet up and you get your chocolate in my peanut butter, and the result is way better than things would be otherwise.

Seriously. We pick some apps to recommend each week. The comments are wide open for you to do the same. In the end, we all hear about more apps, try more apps, and find more great apps. What's not to love, right?

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1 week ago

Google delivers doctors on demand to your home via video calls

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Google is testing a new telemedicine service that connect users to a physician for free via video conferencing when they are searching for symptoms or illnesses online. The service is part of the broader Helpouts initiative that was launched earlier where users can ask professionals for advice on a video call like a Hangouts chat. Telemedicine advice, at this time in Google's trial phase, is free and Google will cover all costs.

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1 week ago

How to use Moto Migrate to transfer your 'stuff' to your new Moto X

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Moto Migrate

I gotta have my stuff!

While it's not as flashy as talking to your phone and using those admittedly cool voice actions built into the new Moto X, there's a slick little tool in the app drawer that a lot of people will find useful — Moto Migrate. It's been around since the first iteration of the Moto X, and if you talk to people who have used it, most will say it worked great. It just never caught the spotlight like the other features, because it's one of those apps you use once then never look at again.

I've been fiddling with it, and noticed a few changes (mostly good changes) so I wanted to talk about it a little bit, and hopefully folks buying a new Moto X will see how it works and get some use out of it. I did!

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1 week ago

From the Editor's helicopter ...

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After a full week on the road, a couple things stand out regarding recent events from HTC and Sony. It's crazy to think that HTC has had such a bigger presence in the U.S. than the Japanese giant, but that's the way it's been for a few years now.

But for both companies, maybe things finally are about to change.

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1 week ago

Carl Zeiss' VR One headset costs $99, available for pre-order now

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Carl Zeiss has announced the VR One, which is the optics manufacturer's answer to Samsung's Gear VR. Similar to Samsung's offering, the VR One will require pairing with a smartphone. The $99 headset works with select Android (and iOS) smartphones with screen sizes varying from 4.7 inches to 5.2 inches (which rules out devices like the Galaxy Note 4), and is now available for pre-order.

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1 week ago

These Android phones can handle wireless charging

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Pretty chargers for picky devices.

Wireless charging has been around for a few years now, but sadly it hasn't become as widely-adopted as we'd like. Our microUSB ports start to loosen and bend over time and being able to limit that wear and tear by using wireless charging would be a godsend, but due to the fight over wireless charging standards, most phones simply go without it. And while Qi and Powermat and the various companies backing them fight it out, smartphone users are left in the cold.

However, many popular phones are beginning to embrace wireless charging, and if that's something you're looking for in your next phone, here's a list of those lucky devices.

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