1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy View coming to AT&T on Friday, November 20


AT&T is the first US wireless carrier to announce plans to sell the recently launched Samsung Galaxy View tablet. AT&T will start sales for the massive 18.4-inch tablet on Friday. November 20.

AT&T has a promotional price for the Galaxy View for new and current DirecTV customers:

For a limited time, customers that sign up for new DIRECTV service (24-month agreement required) can buy the Samsung Galaxy View for $99.99, with a two-year wireless agreement. Existing DIRECTV customers that activate a new line with a smartphone on AT&T Next can also get the Galaxy View for $99.99, with a two-year wireless agreement.

For everyone else, the Galaxy View will be available for $499.99 with a new two-year agreement, or for $30 a month for 20 months under the carrier's Tablet Installment Plan.

Source: AT&T

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1 week ago

ASUS announces Marshmallow updates for ZenFone 2, PadFone S


ASUS has announced which of its phones will receive the upgrade for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In an announcement made on the company's forums, ASUS named the five that will receive the update. The phones which ASUS has named to be receiving the update include:

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1 week ago

MetroPCS adding more high-speed data to some plans, Music Unlimited arrives to save your data


T-Mobile's prepaid carrier MetroPCS is adding 1GB of extra high-speed data to many of its plans. It is also bringing over Music Unlimited from its parent company, which will allow users to stream from 33 music services without impacting their data plan.

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1 week ago

Withings announces its latest activity tracker, the Activité Steel, available now for $169


Withings has introduced another activity tracker, the Activité Steel, and it's available now for $169. The new tracker falls between the existing Activité and Activité Pop, bringing a little more style and class to the watch without the huge price increase.

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1 week ago

BlackBerry Priv now officially available from Carphone Warehouse for £559 SIM free


The BlackBerry Priv is now officially available from Carphone Warehouse, and you can pick one up for £559 SIM free. For those looking to pick one up on contract, Vodafone is offering the Priv with 6GB of data each month for £59 upfront and £39 a month, which is only £12 a month more than just the cost of a SIM only plan with the same data allowance.

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1 week ago

A look at the NVIDIA Jetson TX1


I've been looking at the new NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Developer Kit for a few days, and while it's not directly Android-related, it's too cool not to talk about.

This is the future of technology in its own tiny package. Machines can already see, hear and learn. They can drive a car. They can build a car. They fill ink cartridges, test condoms, and pick oranges — all without any direct human intervention. But things get really interesting when you join a bunch of them together and help them teach themselves, and each other.

You've probably heard the term "Neural Network" and might even know what one is and how they work. You get a bunch of powerful computers networked together, and let them let them analyze what they see, or hear, or gather from any other source of input. Together they learn and share data, so they can do things like read handwriting, detect cancer, play chess or trade shares on the stock market. Cognitive science isn't exactly a new thing, but it's taken off in a big way in the past few years.

Products like the NVIDIA Jetson TX1 are going to be a big part of where we go from here, and how fast we get there.

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1 week ago

Sony's camera update on the Xperia Z5 line makes capturing the best photos even easier


Sony's Xperia Z5 has received a lot of praise for its camera, and now the company is looking to make the experience even better. An update is now being pushed out to the camera app, which simplifies the interface by letting you swipe to switch between camera modes, and making the settings more accessible.

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1 week ago

OnePlus confirms Marshmallow coming to the OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 in Q1 2016, no word on OnePlus X yet


OnePlus has revealed the official timelines for updating its smartphones to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Both the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 will be receiving the update in Q1 of 2016, but keep in mind that is a three month period.

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1 week ago

These are the top Motorola phones you need to know

Motorola phones

It's easy to get lost in a sea of smartphones. Manufacturers tend to churn out so many versions of so many devices, it can be tough to keep track of what's what, of what's truly worth your time. Motorola's bucked that trend, however, releasing only three categories of phones since 2013. 2015 saw one of those categories expand a little to now include three phones. And of course Verizon is back with its own exclusive.

So here, now, are the Motorola phones that you need to concern yourself with. Do note that we're regionalizing this a bit — you will find, say, different models in South America and now China.

Article updated November 2015

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1 week ago

Amazon starts offering UK Prime membership for £59, just in time for Black Friday


Amazon has a pretty sweet deal for the UK this week. Starting yesterday, the online retailer is selling Prime membership for just £59, a full savings of £20. This membership not only offers free next-day delivery on select items, but also access to a variety of additional services.

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1 week ago

Philips Hue dimmer switch review: An easy way to connect your lights


Philips recently launched a remote control for its connected Hue light bulbs. The previous remote, called the Tap, could change entire color sets between four buttons, and was powered by the kinetic force of pressing the device. The new dimmer switch maintains a much slimmer profile, but only works with white Hue bulbs and is battery-powered.

That sounds like an even trade-off, but the dimmer switch has one extra feature that could clinch a decision between the two — read on.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: RAD Boarding, Fast Like a Fox, The Walking Dead: No Man's Land and more


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

Mobile Nations Weekly: iPad Pro on the scene


Really big news this week: the iPad Pro is here and, well, it's really big.

We're hitting that point in the year where we're running up against the holidays, which means manufacturers are running out of time to get their latest wares out. So we're looking at the last launches of the season: the Apple iPad Pro this week and the Microsoft Lumia 950 next week. Oh, and TAG Heuer launched a new Android Wear smartwatch — and it's not cheap.

The Mac App Store ran into some issues, Windows 10 got a bunch of small but useful updates, and Microsoft's plans to get Android apps onto Windows Mobile aren't going as planned

All of this and more, this week on Mobile Nations.

Android Central — Big announcements, new top devices

Nexus 6P

Everyone at Android Central is recovering from a BlackBerry Priv hangover, but there was plenty that happened this week to get us all back in the swing of things. TAG Heuer launched the most expensive Android Wear watch to date to kick off the week, then T-Mobile followed it up with some big plan changes on the carrier front. Google finally updated Maps with offline navigation, and LG released the first Android Wear watch with LTE connectivity.

For our part we released the latest in our Android History series — this time breaking down 2011's progressions — and compared the new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X to their predecessors. We also have a new leading device in our Best Phones list, and a new top Chromebook to consider if you're looking to buy now.

Read the latest entry in our epic 8-part Android History series

CrackBerry — Getting to grips with the Priv

BlackBerry Priv

With the BlackBerry Priv review out of the way, we've now moved into helping folks get the most out of their device with plenty of help and how to articles to get you started with Android, whether it be the basics or more advanced options. Aside from that, we also posted up the first look at what will likely BlackBerry's second Android smartphone to hit the market, known as 'Vienna'.

iMore — iPad Pro is here!

iPad Pro

Weird week—The iPad Pro went up for order on Wednesday… and promptly showed up in stores the same day! There were precious few Apple Pencils or Smart Keyboards to be found, which means frustrating multi-week delays for most everyone who wants them. We're still finishing Apple TV coverage but we'll be ramping up iPad Pro all this week as well. Keep it locked on iMore!

Windows Central — Rise of the November Update

Windows 10 November Update

This week saw a lot of changes going on at Microsoft. Windows Central reported that Microsoft's attempt to let developer port Android apps to Windows 10 Mobile is being put on hold indefinitely. Unlike Project Islandwood for iOS, Project Astoria was closer to an emulator like system. Microsoft's three other software 'bridges' for web apps, Win32 apps and iPhone games continue.

Turning to more positive news and the Xbox One saw releases of Rise of the Tomb Raider [and Fallout 4}(http://www.windowscentral.com/fallout-4-ships-12-million-copies-retailers-game-generating-record-sales), both of which are receiving high praise.

The first major update to Windows 10 is now out. The so-called November Update brings a bevy of small, but useful changes throughout the OS, adding more polish, optimizations and UI tweaks.

Finally, we reported that Friday, November 20 is the release day for the AT&T Lumia 950. The phone will be available for $549 off-contract although on-contract pricing is not yet announced. The phone will also be sold unlocked through the Microsoft Store. The Lumia 950 XL is expected to be released shortly after and now includes the free Display Dock for Continuum.

Kicked — The smartest water bottle

This week on Kicked Weekly we feature the best prank greeting card, the world's smartest water bottle and even a moustache protector! And we talk about the video of the lady who ordered furniture from eBay but instead received bags of live fish. (A common mixup to be sure!) Plus, Dan's sweater needs to be seen to be believed.

For the coolest crowd funding projects you need to know about (along with a few weekly antics) be sure to subscribe to the Kicked TV YouTube Channel and follow us on social media. We're active on Twitter, Facebook and of course Instagram.

Connectedly — Cameras, TV, and desks that move

This week on Connectedly we took a look at the world's first consumer 3D VR camera and a sleek standing desk in the TableAir. We checked out the Pulse camera and professional-quality time-lapse photography. Finally, you can now be social with your friends and watch TV using the Cast.

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1 week ago

Sony Xperia Z5 or Xperia Z5 Compact: Which is right for you?


Sony has two new Android phones that are very similar to each other. So which is right for you?

That's part of the purchasing decision that Sony has made pretty tough. While we're open in our admiration for the company that makes one of the only high-end, yet sub 5-inch Android phones around, the close nature of the two phones in hardware and in experience can make choosing all the more difficult.

Having spent a good amount of time with both, let's see if we can help.

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: The not-so-Far East


A little more than a week ago I was atop an ancient wall in an ancient land, just an hour or so outside a modern, bustling city. I don't speak a word of Chinese. Can't read a single symbol. And when I first took this job nearly six years ago with the prospect of a good bit of travel, I admittedly was worried by the prospect of being seen as the dumb American overseas. I've seen a lot more of the world than I ever dreamed of six years ago — but I've still barely scratched the surface.

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