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Wearing a regular watch instead of a smartwatch is still a nice thing


Smartwatches are obviously the new darling among the nerdy tech crowd. It started picking up pace during 2013, continued through CES – and at Mobile Nations with the launch of an initially dedicated site – at the start of this year and now we've got many an Android fan literally screaming in delight at the seemingly imminent arrival of the Moto 360. I'm part of that crowd, I wear a Pebble pretty much every day, especially when I travel and it's become an accessory I enjoy wearing.

What the Pebble has also done, perhaps strangely, is increase how often I wear a regular watch. I'm no watch fanatic, not by any means, but far from replacing regular watches wearing a Pebble has actually led me to wearing them more.

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The Best Chromebook you can buy in August 2014

Acer C720

The best of the best

We love Chromebooks here at AC. We use them for having some fun on the web as well as getting our work done, and know from experience that they are the best "walking around" laptops you could ever want in your backpack or messenger bag. In fact, if (when?) Google gets a few more utilities available for Chrome, like a non-linear video editor — we could use them for everything we do here on the site.

We expect big changes for Chromebooks later this year, but one question we see all the time is "What Chromebook is the best?" We're going to answer that right here and right now.

The Acer C720 is the best Chromebook you can buy.

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The best reading apps for Android

Android Reading apps

So much to read, so little time! These apps offer the best reading experience!

It's still summertime. You may be out and about a little bit more than normal. We hope you'll still find some time to relax with a good book. You may not always have space to carry a book around in your bag, but your Android device is certainly more than capable of helping you read on the go.

Check out some readers we think are pretty awesome. These will help you read not only books, but some will help you stay caught up on news and some of the best magazines out there as well.

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1 day ago

Trident Aegis case for the HTC One M8

Trident Aegis case for the HTC One M8

Two layers of protection keep your One M8 safe from the elements, and the rugged styling will stand out as well

Several different accessory makers have case models that offer up extra protection with a double-layer approach, and the Trident Aegis case for the HTC One M8 is no exception. Using the combination of a grippy and shock absorbing rubber case with a tough outer hard plastic shell gives you more coverage than a standard one-piece case, keeping that precious phone of your safe for the long haul.

It may be a bit too macho and rugged for the average case buyer who's just looking for some basic protection for their phone, but it'll be a good choice if you need a bit more — read along for more info on the Trident Aegis case for the HTC One M8.

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1 day ago

Tasker 101: the basics

A nice task/profile for a long nap...

You have Tasker; we'll show you how to use it

We've covered what Tasker is and what it can do for you, but as most anyone who uses Tasker will tell you, the hardest part of Tasker is getting started. The learning curve is a bit steep, but we're here to help you get the basics down and get you building your own Tasks and basic profiles.

So, grab the app and let's get started.

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Facebook Messenger vs. Google Hangouts: A side-by-side look at permissions

Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts

We put Facebook's much-maligned messaging app permissions up against Google's Hangouts app

Not to belabor the point — because I think most everyone who read our takedown of all the FUD and confusion surrounding the ill-informed stories about Facebook Messenger got it — but here's an interesting exercise. We recently recommended that when you have questions about the permissions an application is declaring, you should look at a similar app. It might not tell you the whole story, but it should give you a pretty good idea of whether an app has the power to do something nefarious.

If, say, one wallpaper application has the ability to make phone calls and another doesn't, you need to look for why it needs that ability. Make sense?

So let's put Facebook Messenger up against another popular messaging app — Google Hangouts. If you somehow haven't used Hangouts before, it's Google's messaging service, and it also now is Google's preferred text messaging app. (Though you'll still find other messaging apps on most manufacturers' phones, even if they have Hangouts installed.)

Let's put the permissions side by side — as copied directly from Google Play — and see what it looks like. All in the name of science.

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1 day ago

HTC One M8 on T-Mobile getting Android 4.4.3 update


Owners of a T-Mobile flavored HTC One M8 should be see an Android 4.4.3 styled update heading their way today. We've already seen a few tips that people are waking up and seeing the 582MB update on their devices this morning.

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1 day ago

Noke padlock will allow owners to unlock it via Android app


There will always be a need for padlocks to secure doors and other items and today a company called FŪZ Designs revealed a new kind of lock, the Noke, that supports Bluetooth and can be opened with the help of an Android app.

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1 day ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for August 18, 2014


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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1 day ago

Acer bringing Liquid phones to Mexico, Liquid Leap in tow


Acer is now selling five of its Liquid Android smartphone products in Mexico, via Office Depot, in a continuing expansion of the brand to many countries in Pan America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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