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1 week ago

ASUS rolls out KitKat update for PadFone Infinity and Fonepad Note 6

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The ASUS PadFone Infinity and ASUS Fonepad Note 6 now get to enjoy Android 4.4 KitKat. Updates are now available for anyone packing either device.

If you want to know exactly what you're getting into, dig into our dedicated KitKat page for everything you might want to know.

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1 week ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for August 12, 2014

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Looking to save a buck on apps, phones, tablets, and other gear? You've come to the right place.

Dig in!

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1 week ago

Manchester United ban fans from bringing tablets to home games

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Manchester United have announced a ban on usage of all large electronic devices, including tablets and laptops, at Old Trafford during home matches this season. The electronic devices are the latest items to join the list of prohibited items at the stadium, with the club stating that any device that exceeds dimensions of 150mm x 100mm will not be allowed into the venue.

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1 week ago

Sony debuts underwater demo apps for Xperia Z1s

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Water resistance has been a key selling point for Sony smartphones for the past couple of years, and now the company is highlighting its phones' underwater credentials with a series of quirky new apps. Sony's underwater collection, available in the U.S. on Google Play, showcases ways in which the company's waterproof phones can detect when they're subjected to varying levels of water — from a light rain shower, to being fully submerged. To determine whether the phone is underwater, the apps can emit a high-frequency sound, then use the microphones to detect how that sound resonates, giving an indication of whether it's submerged.

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1 week ago

Samsung's Galaxy Grand 2 goes gold

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Samsung hasn't been shy about launching gold versions of popular handsets over the past year, and it seems the mid-range, big-screened Galaxy Grand 2 is the latest Samsung phone to get a new, lustrous finish. The golden Galaxy Grand 2 has been sighted over on Samsung's Malaysian and Indian sites, where the phone is sold for the local equivalent of around $340.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile announces new Pay as You Go rate that starts next week

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T-Mobile has just announced a new Pay as You Go plan for users. This isn't a change to their monthly prepaid plans, instead this is for people who value pay-per-use, daily and weekly plans. The new plan has customers paying just $0.10 per minute or message as a flat rate.

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1 week ago

This week's sidebar poll: Did you uninstall the Facebook Messenger app?

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Facebook Messenger

Permissions can be scary

Facebook had a pretty rough week. If you weren't paying attention, the Huffington Post used Facebook Messenger for Android as an example of an app with some crazy-scary permissions back in December of last year (that post has been updated, by the by) and it got picked up again and went viral across both the Internet as well as mainstream media. The sky was falling, and Facebook was painted as a company that didn't care about you, your privacy, or your data.

Of course, none of that is true. Facebook may not have the best privacy track-record, but they're not abusing Android permissions to steal your soul. Phil did an excellent job of explaining why those permissions were there, as well as spurring some talk about how things could be done better — both by application developers and Google themselves. In addition, Facebook has finally explained their permissions on their help pages.

Read: Facebook Messenger permissions: Not as scary as the stories might have you believe

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1 week ago

NVIDIA shows off the first 64-bit processor for Android

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NVIDIA has provided details about the new "Denver" Tegra K1, the first 64-bit chip designed for Android devices. The new chip, a sister to the current 32-bit Tegra K1, was designed for the highest single-core throughput possible, in a dual core ARMv8 package. Most interesting to Android fans, is the mention that NVIDIA is already at work developing Android L on the new hardware.

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1 week ago

Border patrol app coming to Android to help you fly through customs

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An app authorized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is set to expedite your travel between the United States and Canada. Mobile Passport Control will run on your iPad or iPhone and provides passport information, a customs declaration form, and an uploaded self-photo before inspection.

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1 week ago

Can the iPhone 6 pull you away from the Galaxy S5?

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Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s

Does the rumored larger-screen iPhone 6 with new software features have you curious?

Now that we have a pretty good idea of when the iPhone 6 will be unveiled (September 9th, if you hadn't heard) and released closely thereafter, people have already gone deep into discussion of whether it's going to be a worthwhile device to pry you away from the one you have in your pocket right now.

A big thread in the forums started by Davyo is already picking up a little steam by asking the question of whether the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6 is worthy of "ditching" your fresh new Galaxy S5 for.

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