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1 week ago

India's Hotstar offers same-day broadcasts of Game of Thrones and more for ₹199 a month

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India's content streaming service Hotstar is taking on Netflix in the country by launching a premium subscription service that lets you watch same-day broadcasts of popular U.S. TV shows in high-definition. Season six of HBO's Game of Thrones kicked off last night, with the first episode now available for viewing in India through the service.

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1 week ago

Buy the 64GB Nexus 6P at Newegg and bag a $20 battery pack for free

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There's a neat deal on the Nexus 6P over at Newegg if you're still seeking the phone. Should you pick up the Huawei smartphone for $499 as part of the Shell Shocker Deal promotion, you'll also bag a $20 Fremo C510 11000 mAh battery pack for free.

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1 week ago

Moto 360 Sport is making its way to India on April 27

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Motorola has announced that the Moto 360 Sport will be launching in India on April 27. The waterproof smartwatch made its debut last September, offering an AnyLight display that lets you view the screen under bright conditions, along with a built-in GPS that can measure speed, distance, and pace, as well as a heart rate sensor.

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1 week ago

EE plans to have 95% of the UK covered with 4G by 2020

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EE has announced the UK mobile operator is set to increase 4G coverage to 95% and bring back customer support to within country borders. The company will introduce 600 new positions across the UK and Ireland, which should please customers who both expect and appreciate customer support based in the UK.

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1 week ago

Honor V8 with dual camera setup breaks cover at TENAA

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Honor's getting into the spirit of naming phones after automobile engines, with the vendor's upcoming V8 passing certification at TENAA. Based on the certification, it looks like Honor will offer two variants of the V8: a KNT-AL10 model with a 5.7-inch Full HD display, 2.3GHz octa-core CPU, and 32GB storage; and a KNT-AL20 version with a QHD display, 2.5GHz octa-core CPU, and 64GB storage.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi CEO shows off Mi Band 2 with LCD display, physical buttons

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It looks like Xiaomi's getting ready to unveil the Mi Band 2. CEO Lei Jun teased the wearable at a conference in China, revealing an LCD display and physical buttons.

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1 week ago

Understanding 4G in the UK: Everything you need to know

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Cutting through the technobabble.

Everyone knows 4G comes after 3G. It's faster, better, not to mention more expensive. But "4G" can refer to a bunch of different things, and the various UK operators use 4G in different ways to offer different features to customers.

It can all be a bit confusing, but we've brought together all the major details of how 4G works in the United Kingdom to help you understand how it all works — and how it affects you and your phone.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi's massive Mi Max will make its debut on May 10

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After teasing the Mi Max phablet yesterday, Xiaomi has announced on Weibo that the phone will be officially unveiled on May 10. The phone is expected to feature a 6.4-inch display, and benchmarks suggest that it will sport a Snapdragon 650.

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1 week ago

Google Play Store may be coming to Chrome OS

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As Google I/O draws near, it looks like big things are in the works for Chrome OS.

Google has been working on getting Android apps on Chrome for a while. We saw the release of the ARC Welder tool in April 2015, helping developers port Android apps to Chrome OS. More recently, a new find by a user at Reddit might mean the entire Google Play Store is headed for your Chromebook.

After mentioning he briefly saw a mention of Allowing Android apps on the developer channel of Chrome in the settings page, another user provided a screen shot of a new dialog all about Google Play. A look into the Chrome source found more than one reference about both the setting and the new dialog, so something is in the works.

Many rumors about Chrome and Android merging have been heard, but Google always has maintained that the two will continue to be separate projects.

So what might be happening? That's the big question.

Right now, the Android Runtime for Chrome includes a rudimentary version of Play Services that allows Cloud Messaging, Google sign-in, a contacts provider and OATH2 support, as long as the developer does a few extra steps to set things up through the Google Developer console. For full access to the Google Play Store, this restriction would have to be lifted. This would mean a full version of Play Services either built into Chrome, or a bigger and better ARC module. Either of these two things could happen, but it would take Google building it and distributing it for it to actually work.

With Google I/O a month away, we expect to learn exactly what this means. We're pretty sure the end users would love to have access to a million or so Android apps on their Chromebook, but what will developers and publishers think? Having an app that lives right beside a web browser on a product with a full keyboard and mouse or trackpad means more thought goes into monetization and delivery, which means more work on one or both platforms. Teams working on social media apps, web portals and shopping apps (as well as any app that can also live as a web page) will have their work cut out for them, that's for sure. It's going to be an interesting ride.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: TimmyMe, Instagram Layout, Kolorette

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Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: Quick hits for the end of April

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We're knee deep in another series of reviews. The Huawei P9 is coming up next. A really good, expensive phone. Maybe not the best for right now, but a solid effort and a huge step in the right direction in terms of software. I've got the Xiaomi Mi 5 on the way, too. (But be sure to read Harish's review first!)

So since it's (another) working weekend, some quick hits to get a few things off my chest ...

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1 week ago

Xiaomi teases Mi Max phablet

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Earlier this week, we got our first look at the front panel of a phone rumored to be the Xiaomi Max, an upcoming phablet from the Chinese vendor with a screen size of 6.4 inches. Xiaomi has now started teasing the handset, which will be called the Mi Max.

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1 week ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: All the new things!

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New phones, updated laptops, and expanding the definition of 'mobile'

What a busy week! Let's start things off with the new releases: the HTC 10 is now available (as is our HTC 10 review). So too is are the two most exciting VR headsets: the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive — we're just now getting our heads around them (or them around our heads), so stay tuned for our thoughts!

But wait, there's more new stuff! Apple refreshed the MacBook laptop with faster prossessors and storage (and a rose gold finish), and Microsoft pushed out a massive Windows Insider Preview update with exciting new features like Windows Ink and Messaging Everywhere, as well as a revised Start menu. And following up on the cool and affordable-by-humans Model 3, Tesla refreshed the Model S with a new look and improved range.

Oh, did we not mention that we have a new site for Tesla owners and fans? We didn't? Oh, well, we do! It's called Tesla Centra and you should totally check it out!

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1 week ago

This LeEco mountain bike fuses exercise and your favorite mobile operating system

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One of the more exotic products we had chance to look over at the recent CE China show out in Shenzhen was this smart bicycle from LeEco. A company with a broad range of connected hardware, this pretty outrageous looking mountain bike isn't something we come across every day.

Oh, and it runs Android.

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1 week ago

Can I use apps on my Chromebook?

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Apps for your Chromebook are just a click away.

If the past few years have taught us anything, it's that people love to use "apps." That's in quotes for a reason — because it's not really anything new.

The word apps is a shortened term for applications, because everyone loves to shorten things. We've been using applications — aka programs — since we first started using computers. In fact, at one time Windows used to be an app that ran on top of DOS that let you do things with a mouse instead of typing a bunch of stuff into a command prompt. Even before that, people have been building apps and running them on computers since the days of punch-card programming. Days I do not miss at all.

It makes sense that people want to know if the Chromebook they're thinking of buying can run apps, and the good news is that they most certainly can — and it's pretty easy to get started.

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