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1 week ago

Kodak Pixpro SL10 and SL25 Smart Lenses hands-on

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Sony did it first with its QX series of "lens cameras," and now Kodak is getting in on the smartphone lens attachment game with its Pixpro Smart Lenses. The SL10 and SL25 are 16MP fully-contained cameras that clip snugly onto your phone of choice and provide drastically improved image quality over what you'd get from a phone.

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1 week ago

Dell to launch 'world's thinnest tablet', the Venue 8 7000, for Android this holiday

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Intel and Dell teamed up today to reveal plans for a tablet they described as being the "world's thinnest" for a launch sometime this holiday season. The Android-based Dell Venue 8 7000 will be just 6 mm thick.

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1 week ago

Verizon's Galaxy S5 updated to Android 4.4.4

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Users of Verizon's Galaxy S5 are seeing an over-the-air update today. The update brings the S5 to Android version 4.4.4, and includes device-specific fixes for Bluetooth audio issues. Folks in the forums have also noticed minor interface changes, so you have that to look forward to as well.

If you've got a Verizon branded S5, you can check for your update today. Jump in the forums for more discussion!

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1 week ago

Video first look: The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active

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A week ago in Berlin we brought you our first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active — essentially a rugged version of the Galaxy Tab 4. Today, from Las Vegas, we bring you video of said tablet.

The big points are that this is a business-based device — you're not going to walk into a store and just pick one up. But if you do end up with one for work, you'll be able to abuse it quite a bit without breaking the thing.

Most impressive perhaps is that it's got one honking removable battery. It's almost comical how big it is. Have a gander.

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1 week ago

New Nexus at Super Mobility Week? Wait, no, that's Nexius

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Google making a splash with Nexus branding at Super Mobility Week? Well, a quick glance at the above photo and you might have thought that. Instead, it turns out this company Nexius is walking that line of brand confusion quite nicely. And it also wants to "Transform your business ... through wireless" apparently.

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1 week ago

Sizing up the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to Android's greatest

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Today we got our first real look at the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and unsurprisingly they brought all of the specs to the game. But how do they stack up against the giants of Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone? Although now that Apple has a 5.5-inch iPhone, perhaps calling those other phones giants isn't entirely accurate. But still, how do they compare? That's what we're here to find out.

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1 week ago

Moto responds to iFixit battery size confusion

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There's been some hubbub in the past few hours over the Moto 360 not having the size battery it claimed — iFixit's teardown showed 300 mAh versus 320 mAh claimed on the spec sheet. Perhaps not a huge difference, but every little bit of juice counts in a smartwatch, particularly since the 360 has proven to be a little finicky.

Motorola has responded to inquiries about the matter, and they gave a statement to ComputerWorld.

Here's the deal:

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1 week ago

Tasker advanced use

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I love Tasker. And I say it a lot. I say it so much that my keyboard's prediction now pops up Tasker after I type the word love. And Tasker can do a lot. A whole lot. But in order to do it, it needs to be programmed or you need to stick a button on your home screen, or a gesture control. I covered voice controls last time, and today, rather than using them for media controls, we'll be using them for something far more helpful: squeezing more battery out of your phone. I was also contacted by the wonderful wizard of Tasker plugins, João Dias, and he gave me a more targeted manner of playing media using his AutoShare plugin, which I'll share later in the article.

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1 week ago

Our 'Anything but Apple' contest — win a new Moto 360!

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Moto 360

There's going to be just a wee bit of Apple news today. And while we love shiny new tech of all kinds, it's going to be a bit nuts. And if you just can't take it anymore, well, this post is for you. We're going to give away a shiny new Moto 360 for your trouble.

How to enter? Just leave a comment in this post. That's it. It's that simple. And it's not the iPhone 6.

We'll shut things down at 5 p.m. EDT. One entry per person, please. Good luck.

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1 week ago

Apple realizes Samsung was right, releases the new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus

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iPhone 6 Plus

Look at that thing. I mean, who wants to buy that? You can't even get your hand around it. It's as big as a Hummer.

Behold, the new 5.5-inch iHummer

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1 week ago

Rogers rolls out KitKat 4.4.4 for first-gen Moto X

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The original Moto X is getting a long-awaited update to Android KitKat 4.4.4 today on Canadian carrier Rogers. Check out your device settings for an update notification if you haven't already.

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1 week ago

Netflix adds Post-Play support to Chromecast from phones and tablets

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Netflix has just announced that it has added its Post-Play feature to Google's Chromecast HDMI dongle for users who are streaming videos from Netflix's Android and iOS smartphone and tablet apps.

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1 week ago

Dell Cast brings wireless tablet mirroring to the boardroom

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Dell has launched a new dongle awfully similar to Google's own Chromecast, except with a few key differences. Like Chromecast, the Dell Cast plugs into the HDMI slot on a TV or projector, and is powered over USB. However, you can then pair up a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and once set to Productivity mode through the coupled Android app, the Dell Cast builds a classic desktop-style layout on the larger screen.

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1 week ago

Celebrating 15 Years of Mobile Nations!

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15 Years!

On September 9th, 1999, the origin story for Mobile Nations began when VisorCentral launched from my student apartment at University of Florida. Immediately the website became a fixture of the Handspring Visor online community by delivering high quality and reliable news, articles, reviews, and an active forum.

While today the Visor is a relic — I'm sure many of our younger readers have never even heard of it before — 15 years later we are stronger than ever delivering the same experience that made VisorCentral a success. Over the years we have navigated the many shifts in mobile platforms, and today Mobile Nations reaches over 32 million readers every month through Android Central, iMore, WPCentral, CrackBerry and our newest site, Connectedly.

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1 week ago

Sprint offers its own smartphone trade-in program that will 'meet or beat' competitors

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Sprint has fired back at T-Mobile with its own smartphone buyback program, claiming that "it will meet or beat all competitors' pricing to ensure the best trade-in values." That includes instant store credit and up to $300 towards a new phone purchase or account credit.

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