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11 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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11 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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12 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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12 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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12 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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14 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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15 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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16 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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17 hours ago

Simplicam review: This simple connected camera lives up to its name

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Simplicam

It's inexpensive, it's easy, and it works great with your Android device

Standalone Wi-Fi cameras are becoming more and more of a thing in the connected home. While many connected home systems include some type of camera, there are many inexpensive systems that don't offer cameras at all. So rather than drop a load of cash for an all-in-one system that does include cameras, many people are just opting for the cameras themselves — be it for monitoring the kids, checking in on the nanny or keeping an eye on the dog while you're on vacation.

There are a ton of great solutions available today, but one that we've been toying with for a while now is Simplicam by Closeli — and it's proven to be awesome thus far.

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19 hours ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Neon' winners!

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This week's photo contest was looking for all of your brightest and most colorful neon pictures, and there were some great ones. You filled up three full pages of the forums with great neon pictures, but in the end we had to narrow it down to just two as winners. Read along with us and check out the winning entries.

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20 hours ago

Samsung will reportedly shut down its ChatOn messaging service [Update: Or not?]

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Update: The Verge has now received a statement from Samsung saying, "the recent rumors concerning ChatOn have been false, as ChatOn will continue to be offered to consumers worldwide."

Original story: As part of Samsung's overall restructuring plans that were revealed earlier this week, a new report says that the company will shut down its ChatOn messaging service.

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20 hours ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 26

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

If you're in the market, we've got a bunch of great Black Friday deals here. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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21 hours ago

2014 Moto X coming to Republic Wireless in early December

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Republic Wireless will be selling the 2014 Moto X beginning Wednesday, December 10. The phone will be fully customizable through Moto Maker, and Republic Wireless customers will be able to purchase it starting at $399 for the 16GB model, $100 lower than the standard off-contract price. The 32GB model will be available for $449.

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21 hours ago

Pastry Paradise rolls out some puzzle fun on Android

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Gameloft has released a new puzzle game for Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Titled Pastry Paradise, the game tasks players with matching three (or more) tasty items on a board to clear them and earn points. However, there are a few differences between Pastry Paradise and other titles in the genre. The use of diagonal swipes, cakes and other lovely treats, as well as boosters and bake-offs help keep players entertained.

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21 hours ago

Karbonn's Android One handset is now available in the UK

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It's been two centuries since curry made it from India to the UK, and now Indian smartphone manufacturer Karbonn is going to start selling their Android One-powered Sparkle V handset to Britons. The Android 4.4 KitKat-runnning phone launched today on Amazon today for £129.99, though on Friday it'll be going for £99.99 (yes, they're doing Black Friday outside of the United States now… we're sorry).

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