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5 days ago

Moto 360 vs. the LG G Watch R!

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Two Android Wear smartwatches, both alike in dignity. And shape. And from the first time we saw the Moto 360 compared to its square brethren, well, a good many of us knew that round was where it's at. But it turns out the Moto 360 isn't the only player in this space — LG's second Android Wear smartwatch — the LG G Watch R — also brings a round face, and a few other surprises.

We've already taken a pretty decent look at the G Watch R at the IFA conference in Berlin. A week later in Las Vegas, we got a chance to put it up against the Moto 360.

And you know what? It's not a bad fight.

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6 days ago

Prepare to cringe at Samsung's latest Note 4 adverts poking fun at Apple

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It's no secret that Samsung can get marketing just right, but often enough the tech giant has simply flopped in the past when it came to releasing promotional material for its products. The company has just released a batch of new adverts for the Galaxy Note 4, poking fun at Apple's recently announced iPhone 6 and Apple Watch. Nothing new here, but it's the cringe-worthy content that's contained within said adverts where everything changes.

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6 days ago

Google responds to Gmail password leak

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After it was reported that a list containing as many as 5 million usernames and passwords from Google's Gmail users was leaked online, Google is responding by saying that its servers would have blocked suspicious log-in attempts. Noting that only 2 percent of the password and username combos would work, Google says it has protected affected accounts.

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6 days ago

In pictures: LG G Watch R and original G Watch

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LG was there from the beginning of Android Wear with its original G Watch as a launch device for the platform, but now it already has a second smartwatch — the G Watch R — to show off. We've had the opportunity to completely review the original G Watch and have a great hands-on with the G Watch R, but how do they look right next to each other? We're going to show you.

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6 days ago

What you need to know about the new Google Hangouts, Hangouts Dialer, and the old Google Voice

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Messaging on Android

The new Hangouts is beautiful, and more than a little confusing now that it can integrate with Google Voice

Google Hangouts is getting a pretty major refresh, and it now integrates with Google Voice. And there's a new Hangouts Dialer to contend with if you want to use both together. If it's all just a wee bit confusing, we understand. Google Voice has never been much of a mainstream product, never mind that it's damned useful. And Hangouts as a means of mobile messaging sort of started as one of those Google+ features we were were force-fed at the beginning, again, never mind just how good it actually is.

And now it's all coming together. But it also can be more than a little confusing.

Here's the deal, as we understand it, in plain English.

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6 days ago

Don't try to force a strap that's too thick onto your Moto 360

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OH THE CARNAGE

If you try to force a strap that's too thick onto your Moto 360, you're gonna have a bad time

Yikes. What you see up there is my absolute favorite padded ostrich watch strap. It's the right size to fit the Moto 360 (that'd be 22mm, same as the LG G Watch), and I've been thinking of how good it would look once I got it on there. I figured I could squeeze it under the circular lip when I saw it was just too thick. The leather backing did not agree with me ...

The strap on the Moto 360 is easy enough to change. You do it like any other watch, whether it be Android Wear, or Pebble, or Timex. It uses the same spring bars many of us are familiar with, and the process is fairly simple. But you will need to make sure the strap you want to use is thin enough to fit under the little lip on the circular back cover.

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6 days ago

Android version numbers are in: KitKat on one quarter of active devices

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Just in time for the next version, KitKat hits 25 percent

Google has released the latest platform version numbers today. The biggest news is that devices running KitKat have finally reached the one-quarter mark, just a few weeks away from an expected release of yet another new version. While this doesn't matter nearly as much as some folks make it out to — thanks Google Play Services — numbers are numbers and this pretty much looks like any open-source project would look when everyone is doing their own thing with the code.

For the period ending September 9, 2014, all the devices that have pinged Google Play in the last month break down like this:

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6 days ago

NVIDIA reveals Nexus 9 tablet launch timing in lawsuit

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As part of its lawsuit filed against Samsung and Qualcomm, NVIDIA was forced to reveal that the oft-rumored HTC's Nexus 9, which relies on the company's Tegra K1 processor, may be launched soon in the third quarter of the year.

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6 days ago

T-Mobile Un-carrier 7 joins the mile-high club and takes texting to the skies

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At T-Mobile's Un-carrier event today in San Francisco the company announced a new partnership with Gogo. As you know, Gogo is one of the world's leading in-flight connectivity services. The new partnership with T-Mobile will allow customers to text for free.

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6 days ago

CellSpot brings a T-Mobile tower into your home

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T-Mobile today announced the T-Mobile Personal CellSpot. The announcement came at T-Mobile's Un-carrier 7 event in San Francisco. The theme of the event was Wifi and this new accessory from T-Mobile will put a "cell tower" directly into your living room.

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6 days ago

HTC plans 'Double Exposure' event Oct. 8

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HTC Double Exposure Event

Well now. HTC has just scheduled an event for Oct. 8 in New York City, with "Double Exposure" apparently the theme. That's an obvious play on the HTC One M8's DuoCamera system, which uses a secondary lens for the ability to add some interesting effects.

Less obvious, however, is what it might actually mean. HTC's still on the official list of companies coming to the Android Wear party — and that is an awfully obvious wrist in the image there. Or there's still the rumored HTC tablet floating around. Or maybe even a new phone?

Only one way to find out.

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6 days ago

VoLTE, WiFi calling, and WiFi texting part of T-Mobile's Un-carrier 7

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T-Mobile has just announced their Un-carrier 7 initiative. The theme for this one this go around is 'Wi-Fi Un-Leashed" and will see T-Mobile making some new waves with Wi-Fi. Look forward to Wi-Fi calling and texting for all customers on T-Mobile.

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6 days ago

The first thing to do when you get your Moto 360: Charge it

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Moto 360

An out-of-the-box update needs a charged battery

With Moto 360s starting to arrive on doorsteps, we wanted to take a minute and let you know what to expect when you tear the box open.

Your 360 will need to install a firmware update right out of the box, and chances are that it won't have enough charge to do so. While you're installing the Android Wear app and booting things up, be sure to have the charging stand set up and ready. Once paired with your phone, the update will start to download and it needs at least 80-percent on the battery to install. Just plop the 360 in the charger and give it a half an hour or so, and you'll be good to go.

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6 days ago

HTC Desire 510 launching on Cricket September 19

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AT&T's no-contract subsidiary Cricket Wireless will begin to sell the HTC Desire 510 in its stores and online starting on September 19 for $149.99.

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6 days ago

Here is our 'Anything but Apple' Moto 360 contest winner!

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In case you somehow missed it, there were a ton of announcements yesterday from Apple — check out iMore's coverage for more on that — that may or may not have been of interest to you. But that's neither here nor there now, because we have a contest winner to announce!

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