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6 days ago

The Revolv Hub is the center of your connected universe

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If you have more than one connected device in your home, chances are you'll also have more than one app to control said devices. As you add more toys, you also get bogged down with more apps, more hubs, and an all around bigger mess. That's where Revolv comes in. The $299 Revolv hub sets out to automate all of your connected devices — from lights to door locks to home audio — all from one streamlined app. It's great if you're already loaded up with a bunch of connected devices, but if you only have a few, you may not even need it. Lets jump in and see what makes Revolv tick.

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6 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Review

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung finally does metal

In years gone by, Samsung phones have been synonymous with unspectacular plastic construction. At one time it was shiny, slimy plastic that the No. 1 Android phone maker utilized. More recently Samsung has veered towards faux leather and dimpled soft-touch plastic. In any case, the company seemed content leaving more exotic materials to the likes of Apple and HTC.

No more.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha sees the Korean electronics giant finally taking premium materials seriously as a point of differentiation, while offering high-end specs in a device smaller than the typical 5-inch Android slab. It's available now in Europe; on Sept. 26 it launches on AT&T in the U.S.

Samsung calls it the future of its smartphone design language. We say it's a great phone with just a couple of tragic flaws. Read on to learn why.

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6 days ago

The Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact launch in India with hefty price tags

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At a media event in New Delhi, Sony launched the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact for the Indian market. The Xperia Z3 is priced at Rs. 51,990 ($850) in the country, while the Xperia Z3 Compact will set you back Rs. 44,990 ($735). Both handsets will be available from brick and mortar stores as well as online retailers starting today.

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6 days ago

Vertu Aster and its premium looks sail through FCC

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The Vertu Aster has passed through both the FCC and Tenaa (China's equivalent), meaning consumers be able to pick up this premium smartphone soon enough. Just in case the Vertu Ti and Signature Touch weren't quite up your street, the company will be releasing yet another premium Android device.

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6 days ago

Get $165 worth of paid apps and games for free from Amazon's Appstore

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Amazon is giving away over $165 worth of paid content, which include apps like OfficeSuite Professional 7, SketchBook Pro and many more, through its Appstore on Android. The deal is not limited to apps, as there are games like * Threes!*, * Sonic 4 Episode II* and * Riptide GP2* on offer.

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6 days ago

You will soon be able to get a matching pair of earphones to go with your OnePlus One

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After discontinuing its bamboo StyleSwap covers earlier this week, OnePlus is taking another shot at the accessory market by announcing the Silver Bullet: a $15 pair of earphones that feature a brushed aluminium casing.

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6 days ago

Poll: Is a 6-inch Nexus just too damn big?

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It's taken a while, but we now have the first mocked-up images of what the rumored Motorola Nexus phone will looks like, along with a purported spec sheet for the device that's been variously called Nexus 6, Nexus X or simply "shamu." This year, however, the usual excitement over a new Nexus handset — and an updated version of Android to go with it — have been tempered with hesitance that the sixth Nexus will just be too damn big. The latest reliable info puts its screen size at a whopping 5.92 inches, a huge jump up from last year's 4.95-incher, the Nexus 5.

So what do you think? Is this oversized Moto X, with its super-sharp Quad HD display, the right device on which to experience Android L in all its glory? Or is the next Nexus — larger than both the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 — simply unworkable as a daily driver? Let us know which camp you fit into in this week's poll, after the break.

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6 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung finally does metal

In years gone by, Samsung phones have been synonymous with unspectacular plastic construction. At one time it was shiny, slimy plastic that the No. 1 Android phone maker utilized. More recently Samsung has veered towards faux leather and dimpled soft-touch plastic. In any case, the company seemed content leaving more exotic materials to the likes of Apple and HTC.

No more.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha sees the Korean electronics giant finally taking premium materials seriously as a point of differentiation, while offering high-end specs in a device smaller than the typical 5-inch Android slab. It's available now in Europe; on Sept. 26 it launches on AT&T in the U.S.

Samsung calls it the future of its smartphone design language. We say it's a great phone with just a couple of tragic flaws. Read on to learn why.

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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6 days ago

Google Play Books lands in four new countries

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Google Play Books is now available in four more countries, expanding today to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine. Google Play users in these four countries can now browse, buy and read books downloaded from the Play Store on their phones and tablets, joining up a whole host of countries — 58 to be exact — that came online with the content selection before them.

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6 days ago

NVIDIA Shield Portable gets 480MB update to fix auto-rotate and streaming issues

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The NVIDIA Shield Portable (you may know it as just "Shield") is picking up an update tonight that comes in at a hefty 480MB and fixes a variety of nagging bugs. After the update to your device you should see improvements in GameStream quality, a fix for a bug that made the Twitch icon disappear momentarily, a bad glitch that caused the screen to not auto-rotate and improvements to the gyro sensor.

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6 days ago

Nexus 6 will reportedly look like oversized Moto X

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Google's next handset, the Nexus 6, is almost here. New details from 9to5 Google suggest it'll come with a QHD display and 13 MP camera. Codenamed Shamu, the Nexus 6 is expected to be a 5.92-inch phone from Motorola and looks a bit like the new Moto X. Ready for your next phablet?

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6 days ago

Samsung turns its attention to the home after conquering mobile

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The world's leading phone-maker is now shifting its focus from mobile to the home. Samsung Electronics is shuffling 500 software engineers out of its mobile division to help with other businesses as Samsung is changing its focus from the well established Galaxy brand to the emerging smart and connected home market.

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6 days ago

Asphalt Overdrive brings 80's racing to Android, now available for free

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Asphalt Overdrive is now live in the Google Play Store, a day earlier than expected. Overdrive is the latest installment in the Asphalt mobile racing series. This new racing game from Gameloft is available for free, but does include in-app purchases.

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6 days ago

Moto 360 update keeps a better connection with your phone

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Motorola is rolling out a new software update for the Moto 360 smartwatch that brings a number of bug fixes and improvements including a more Bluetooth connection with your smartphone and alerting you that the watch is charging with better charging indicators. The update takes the firmware to version KGW42R.

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6 days ago

Teaser video sure makes it look like HTC's making some kind of camera

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Rumors that HTC is unleashing some sort of GoPro-esque camera at a New York City event next month may be on the level if this teaser video is any indication.

"Something remarkable is coming," the video starts out.

The video description says to hit up RECamera.com (not currently live) on Oct. 8 "for the word premiere of a remarkable new product." The video clearly shows underwater footage and what probably is someone wearing the camera somehow.

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