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1 week ago

Is resale value a concern with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge?

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A sealed battery and no expandable storage is often considered by some to be a huge deal, and that applies to initial purchase and secondhand sales.

The secondhand smartphone market is perfect for Android junkies who need to get their hands on everything, but that's pretty far from its primary purpose. Secondhand smartphone sales sites let people sell their existing device to pay for the next one, for sure, but these services let people pick up decent phones, often significantly cheaper than the suggested retail price. A recent post in our forums raised an interesting question about the ability to sell Samsung's latest flagships, specifically whether or not the lack of a microSD card slot or removable battery will negatively impact the ability to sell the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge. While it's true that secondhand consumers are often not looking for the same things as the people who pick up a phone on the day it is released in stores, a quick look at how secondhand markets treat existing phones offers the answer we're looking for.

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1 week ago

Google develops specialized tablet for health workers treating Ebola in Sierra Leone

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Google has developed a specialized tablet in order to assist aid workers in Sierra Leone with easily tracking the vitals of patients afflicted with Ebola.

The device, which is essentially a Sony Xperia tablet wrapped in a protective casing, is designed to be used with gloves and can endure the harsh weather conditions in the area. Additionally, the case's round corners eliminate any risk of piercing the protective clothing used by aid workers.

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1 week ago

Wireless charging, in plain English

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Wireless charging isn't magic, just convenient.

Wireless charging, like the Qi charging many Android phones use, isn't new technology. My Panasonic electric razor used it many years ago, and most of us have seen toothbrushes that charge wirelessly in a cradle. And of course, we can't forget Palm and the way they brought wireless charging (though a different standard) to the masses with the Touchstone. Now that size, cost and efficiency constraints have all eased up a little, putting wireless charging in something like your Android phone or watch makes perfect sense.

We get more than a few questions about wireless charging and how it works, so let's take a few minutes and talk about the basics — what it is, how it works and why you would want it in your next Android purchase.

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1 week ago

Google releases Android 5.1 factory image for Nexus Player

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Google has just released another Android 5.1 factory image, and this time it is for the Nexus Player.

Over the past week Google has released Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images for a variety of devices, and it is now available for the Nexus Player.

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1 week ago

Indie card game Boss Monster stomps its way to Android

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Brotherwise Games and Plain Concepts have partnered to take Boss Monster off your table and into your Android device.

Boss Monster, a game in which you become a boss, build dungeons, and destroy heroes, is now available to download in Google Play. The creators of Boss Monster, Brotherwise Games, has partnered with video game developer, Plain Concepts, to convert the tabletop card game into a playable video game. Virtual playing cards are used to give an authentic feel, but things such as damages and treasures are now done digitally instead.

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1 week ago

The HTC RE camera is on sale at Best Buy for $99, and you should buy one now!

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HTC RE camera

The HTC RE camera — the little handheld deal that connects to your Android or iOS phone and is basically just a hell of a lot of fun to use but has been a little overpriced — is on sale for half off at Best Buy. That's $99. And for us, that's a must-buy.

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1 week ago

BBM Protected now supports Android for more secure messaging

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BlackBerry is now offering its BBM Protected services to Android devices. This will allow smartphone owners to access a more secure enterprise-based version of its BBM messaging service.

Here's how BlackBerry describes the new BBM service

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1 week ago

Latest Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop build takes yet another swing at Mute mode

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An updated European Note 4 build removes Android 5.0's 'Interruptions' system entirely — and reinstates the Mute button.

Android 5.0 Lollipop's "Interruptions" system has been one of the most contentious parts of the OS's latest release, leaving users to muddle through this over-engineered feature when all anyone really wanted was a mute button.

Worse still, we've seen some positively insane implementations of Interruptions by some Android OEMs, with LG and Samsung being among the worst offenders. Thankfully, though, Samsung's latest Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 4, available to unlocked devices in the Netherlands starting today, essentially reverts things to the way they were back on KitKat.

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1 week ago

Lenovo CEO posts, then removes, possible second-gen Moto 360 pictures

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In what appears to be an accidental post, Lenovo's CEO has revealed some images that are possibly the second-generation hardware for the Moto 360.

Lenovo's CEO, Yang Yuanqing, has posted and since pulled a few images showing off a briefcase of unknown smartwatches, which are reportedly the new Moto 360. The post to Yuanqing's Weibo account shows off a device that looks very similar to the original Moto 360, but there are a few changes as well.

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1 week ago

Win 1 of 10 chances to be one of the first to test Huawei's new phone!

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Huawei has opened up its new Friendly User Testing program — perhaps you've seen a post or two around the Internet today — in which you, dear reader, will get the opportunity to take a look at the company's next big smartphone very, very soon. In fact, you're going to get the chance to do something very few people get to do — not just use the phone, but provide feedback before it becomes available for purchase.

That, folks, is where it's at. It's part of what we do for a living, and it's damned important. It's also a hell of a lot of fun. And we're glad you're going to get to experience it.

So on to the important part! Here's how to enter:

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1 week ago

FTC report recommended suing Google for antitrust practices

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A newly shared FTC report shows the commission was divided on how to proceed against Google in 2013, which led to the company agreeing to make minor practise changes over antitrust concerns.

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1 week ago

Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge go up for pre-order in the UK, SIM-free pricing starts at £599

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Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung has commenced pre-orders of its latest flagships in the UK, with both devices available for booking from Samsung's official site as well as several retailers.

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1 week ago

Google woos potential Chromecast buyers with even more freebies

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Don't have a Chromecast? Not to worry, as Google is here to entice you into buying one by giving away rewards worth over $80.

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1 week ago

Peter Chou steps down as HTC CEO, Chairwoman Cher Wang to take over

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HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has replaced Peter Chou as CEO of the company. Chou will remain at HTC but will lead the company's Future Development Lab.

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1 week ago

Google's Places API launches on Android, will let you share your location using real place names

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The Places API for Android gives developers access to better location pickers, which means that users will soon be able to share their location using real place names instead of latitude and longitude.

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