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1 week ago

The latest VLC update fixes some Android 5.0 Lollipop issues and more

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The VLC media player app for Android has been updated today, bringing the version number up to 1.0.0 over two years after the first public beta was released. This update deals with some crash bugs that have been encountered by users who have Android 5.0 Lollipop installed.

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1 week ago

Moto X on Republic Wireless to have 24-hour launch discount

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The 2014 Moto X will go on sale tomorrow on Republic Wireless with a special price for 24 hours, dropping to $349 until December 11. The discount starts at 11am ET/8am PT, and applies both when ordering directly from Republic, as well as when customizing their phone through Moto Maker.

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1 week ago

Blackphone's PrivatOS to get an update with privacy-focused app store next year

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Rocking a Blackphone? The anti-surveillance device manufacturer has announced updates for its PrivatOS, a custom OS running on a forked version of Android KitKat that offers several privacy features like end-to-end encryption between two Blackphone users. The new version of PrivatOS, which will be rolling out to users next year, features an app store with content curated by the Blackphone team and a new feature called Spaces.

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1 week ago

HTC RE camera is now available on India's Snapdeal for Rs. 9,990

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Launched in October, HTC's RE camera is now available for sale in India via Snapdeal for Rs. 9,990 ($160). The Indian retailer's price is lower than what the accessory's list price in the US.

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1 week ago

The 2014 Moto G is on sale at Amazon for just $149

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Today's Amazon Gold Box deal of the day sees the 2014 Moto G discounted to just $149. The deal is valid on the unlocked US GSM and global GSM versions of the device, and includes both black and white color variants.

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1 week ago

Google officially launches the Chromecast in India, available from December 10

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Google today announced that Chromecast will shortly be available in India, with the company's own Play Store, local carrier Airtel and India e-commerce site Snapdeal offering the HDMI dongle from tomorrow. Pricing for the Chromecast will set local buyers back by Rs 2,999 ($50).

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1 week ago

Micromax unveils 'Canvas Selfie' phone featuring a 13MP front-facing shooter

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Indian smartphone maker Micromax has unveiled a new phone called the "Canvas Selfie" at an event in India. In case the name didn't tip you off, the phone is meant for the selfie aficionados out there, boasting a 13MP front-facing camera and selfie-focused software tweaks as its main features.

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1 week ago

Kindle app update adds X-Ray for Books, flashcards

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Amazon has rolled out a pretty significant update for its Kindle reading app for Android. The update, available through the Google Play Store, brings a number of new and notable features to the list, including X-Ray for Books and Textbooks, the ability to create flashcards to study textbooks, and get push notifications. Along with the new features, Amazon also promises improvements in the app as well as bug fixes.

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1 week ago

The official Moto 360 stainless steel band: How to install it, and how it looks

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Moto X leather and stainless steel

The official steel band for the Moto 360 looks decent, but so do alternatives

Ever since we got our first up-close look at the Moto 360 — the first round Android Wear smartwatch — we've pretty much been in love with it. And we're not alone. We're also not alone in that while the Horween leather straps that come with it are great, we very much wanted to see what the official stainless steel bands would do. We just wanted metal on our wrists.

So we waited for the $80 bracelets to arrive. In the meantime we made do. Some third-party bracelets fit the round body. Some didn't. Some of us cannibalized the Pebble Steel, with surprisingly good results.

Today, we've got the official steel band on the Moto 360. Here's what's up.

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1 week ago

The Best MetroPCS Phones

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MetroPCS has some insanely affordable phones, and we’re going to help you find the best ones.

MetroPCS is particularly nice because you don’t have to break the bank when buying a phone without a contract, though most of those devices are on the mid- to low-end when it comes to specs. On the other hand, you’ve got good monthly rates and the month-to-month freedom to switch carriers whenever you want.

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1 week ago

Google Play gift cards arrive in Turkey and South Korea

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If you happen to be in Turkey or South Korea and just can't wait to get your hands on a Google Play gift card, you can now snatch one up at retailers in the two countries. Cards purchased in Turkey will come in denominations of 25, 50, and 100 lira. In South Korea, you can snag the cards in denominations of ₩15,000, ₩30,000, ₩50,000, ₩100,000, and ₩150,000.

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1 week ago

Using Smart Lock on the Chrome OS dev channel

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Smart Lock on Chrome OS

The first step toward Chrome OS and Android working together in harmony

We got a glimpse back at Google I/O at the upcoming coziness between Chrome OS and Android, and beyond limited cross-platform app compatibility one of the first signs of this tie-up is Smart Lock. This is the sought-after feature that keeps your Chromebook unlocked so long as its within Bluetooth range of your phone running Lollipop, and even though its currently limited to the Chrome OS dev channel and labeled as "beta" we've kicked the tires on this new feature a little bit.

This certainly isn't the full-featured Chrome/Android integration that was demoed at I/O, but proper Smart Lock is here for anyone to use so long as they're ready to do a few tweaks on the Chrome OS side and get things figured out. Read along and see how it works.

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1 week ago

Nexus 6 arrives at U.S. Cellular for $199 on contract

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U.S. Cellular is now starting to sell both the Mignight Blue and the Cloud White versions of Google's flagship Nexus 6 smartphone manufactured by Motorola. The carrier is offering the 32 GB version starting at just $199 on a two-year contract while the higher capacity 64 GB version goes for $249 with a contract. Without signing on the dotted line, the 32 GB goes for $660 while the 64 GB sells for $730.

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1 week ago

Sprint Sharp Aquos Crystal update delivers better battery performance, adds bloatware

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Sprint is rolling out a software update Thursday to its sleek, bezel-less Sharp Aquos smartphone. The update starts rolling out December 11, and delivers on some bug fixes while also bringing better battery performance; it also adds some bundled apps to the the mix, including the integration of Yahoo Communications Suite and Premium Caller ID.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile rolls out minor software updates for Galaxy S4, Tab 4, Avant

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T-Mobile is rolling out minor software updates for three of its Samsung devices. The update is being pushed out now to the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab 4, and the Galaxy Avant. Of the three devices, only the Galaxy Tab 4 update will be pushed out to users starting Monday, December 8, and the carrier is advising owners of the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Avant that updates for their phones are available via either a manual pull or through the Samsung Kies software.

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