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2 min ago

Please don't buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday

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Cheap tablets

Don't get caught buying a bad Android tablet just because it has a low price

There are plenty of enticing deals on Android tablets of all kinds this Black Friday, but that doesn't mean you should buy purely based on price. We've told you time and time again — if a tablet has a price that seems "too good to be true," it probably Is. And that means if you're hunting for a cheap tablet this holiday shopping weekend you're probably more likely to end up with a poor piece of tech than a great deal.

But don't worry! There are many great Android tablets out there that are both an awesome device and can be had affordably. Let us help you navigate the waters of cheap Android tablets, and help you make a good buying decision this year.

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49 min ago

Nest Thermostat and Dropcam get Black Friday discounts

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The fine folks at Nest are putting their two big products on sale for Black Friday. Their super-smart Thermostat is $50 off, down to $199, and the original Dropcam security system is also $50 off, sitting at $99. The deal will run until December 1, so act quick if you've been thinking about snagging one of these.

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54 min ago

Black Friday 2014 Deals

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The biggest shopping day of the year is fast approaching. They call it Black Friday, the day after American Thanksgiving, and while the origin of the name as the point where retailers' balance books shift from being in the red (running a loss) for the year to black (profit!) is dubious (any business that's losing money for 11 out of 12 months probably won't be around for next year's sales), the day still sees numerous retailers across the country offering substantial deals on a wide range of products.

What follows are our hand-picked best deals for this year's Black Friday sales. We don't believe in recommending sub-par quality products, regardless of if they're a few bucks off on a random day or not. We're only pointing out sales on quality merchandise that we might consider buying if it weren't on sale. But they are on sale, so the deals are yours to take!

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1 hour ago

What does 'Connected, running sync loop' mean on Android Wear?

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Connected, running sync loop

In short, the 'running sync loop' part is nothing to worry about

If you're using an Android Wear smartwatch, you may have noticed a slightly different connection message appearing in your notification tray of late. In short, instead of the standard "Connected" dialog, you'll get one saying "Connected, running sync loop." For most of the AC staff, the change seems to have come about with the update to the latest version of Google Play Services (version 6.5) in the past week.

Elsewhere, users of Android Wear devices like the LG G Watch, G Watch R and Moto 360 appear to be split — some are seeing "Connected," while others get "Connected, running sync loop." So what's going on? Read on for a full explanation.

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1 hour ago

$130-worth of Amazon apps now available for free

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Leading up to Black Friday shenanigans, Amazon has kicked off a great promotion on their Appstore, featuring $130-worth of apps for free. Some of the highlights of the collection includes Angry Birds Seasons, Perfectly Clear, Quell Memento, Edge Extended, and Docs to Go Premium.

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2 hours ago

Sony Smartwatch 3 video walkthrough

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Now that you've read our complete Sony Smartwatch 3 review, it's time for one last look at the fifth smartwatch in the Android Wear stable, and one that's quickly showing its stuff as an accessory for the active set. That is, if you're looking for a smartwatch to exercise with, the SmartWatch 3 fits the bill quite nicely. That's in part because (like all other Android Wear devices) you can stream music directly from it to a Bluetooth headset, but also because it's the first with built-in GPS. So you can track your route without having to lug a phone along.

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15 hours ago

U.S. passes E-Label Act to free your gadgets from ugly labels

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President Obama has signed the E-Label Act into law on Wednesday, which will allow electronics manufacturers to add labels for products using software rather than having to print the labels on hardware. Essentially, with the law, phones and tablets can be made with cleaner designs as labels and stickers will no longer be needed and the information could instead be found within the phone's software. Android phones today ship with labels detailing the serial number and IMEI numbers either on the exterior shell, in the case of devices with a non-removable cover, or under the battery compartment.

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16 hours ago

Motorola starts selling $30 leather, $80 metal bands for Moto 360

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Just as originally promised, and in time for holiday shopping, Motorola has begun selling individual bands for its Moto 360 smartwatch. The bands are available in both metal and leather, and come in various shades and hues.

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16 hours ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop starts rolling out to NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE

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Those who opted for the LTE variant of NVIDIA's Shield Tablet are in for a sweet candy treat today. NVIDIA announced via Twitter that Android 5.0 Lollipop has begun rolling out to the device just a week after its WiFi sibling.

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16 hours ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Feast

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 Feast

Everyone likes a good feast from time to time, and this week there are more than a few people out there who will partake in one with their friends and family. We want to see the best "feast" pictures you can take, no matter the size of your plate or table, and we're sure you can all come up with a good one.

Two people will win a prize this week, taking home a Nakamichi Bluetooth Speaker with NFC!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (December 2) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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17 hours ago

HP debuts Slate 6 VoiceTab II in India

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HP has announced a new entrant into its VoiceTab lineup today with the Slate 6 VoiceTab II. As its name suggests, the device is a 6-inch voice calling-capable tablet that appears to carry similar specs to its sibling released earlier this year.

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18 hours ago

Hands-on with the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio

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Nexus 9 Folio Keyboard

$129 is a steep price for a small keyboard, but it's one worth considering

We've had the opportunity to play with the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio a few times already, and this week it finally made itself available in retail form. And that means we've got one in hand. Or under our fingers. Erm, whatever.

The long and the short of it is this is a scaled down keyboard that connects to the Nexus 9 via Bluetooth for software, and to the tablet physically by a series of magnets that do a decent job keeping everything in place while you're typing.

Let's take a quick look.

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19 hours ago

In pictures: Galaxy Note Edge versus Galaxy Note 4

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Galaxy Note Edge versus Galaxy Note 4

So much hardware and style is shared between these phones, but there's no way you could mistake one for the other

Announced at the same time, the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge are clearly very similar devices, with that one (big) detail of a curved edge coming between them. You get all of the same base features on these two, along with very similar hardware, but the curved screen on the Note Edge gives you something a little different. Not only does it just look cool, it also changes how you hold the phone and how much metal is exposed on the sides. Nobody could ever mistake one for the other, despite how much is similar between them — check out our full gallery of pictures to see the finer points.

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20 hours ago

Twitter app graph raises privacy concerns as it tracks installed third-party apps

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In an effort to build a more personalized experience, Twitter has announced it will be collecting a list of user-installed applications on Android and iOS smartphones as part of its app graph program. Though Twitter says it will not be collecting data inside those apps, users who do not wish to participate can opt out.

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