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1 week ago

Disney's Movies VR app transports you to its wonderful worlds

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Disney has released a new virtual reality experience for fans that own an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset. With Disney Movies VR, you can travel to several themed worlds featuring characters and objects from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm movies like The Jungle Book and Star Wars.

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1 week ago

Meizu dips its toes into the U.S. market with a crowdfunded wireless speaker

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Meizu, a name you most likely associate with its Chinese-market Android phones, is looking to dip its toes into the U.S. via an unexpected product: a wireless speaker.

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1 week ago

Twitter could soon stop counting links and photos against your character limit

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Twitter will reportedly stop counting links and photos as part of the 140-character limit for tweets, giving people a little more room to express themselves. Both links and photos currently take up a significant number of characters per post.

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1 week ago

The Pokémon Trading Card game arrives for Android tablets

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The official Pokémon Trading Card game is now available for Android tablets. The card game lets you collect and do battle with a wide variety of digital Pokémon cards, each featuring Pokémon from the various eras of the franchise. You can build your collection through booster packs, and easily transfer your progress between the Android and web versions of the game with your Pokémon Trader Club account.

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1 week ago

Follow us this week at Google I/O!

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Google I/O

Where to follow your favorite Mobile Nations personalities on social media during Google I/O.

And so it begins. Google I/O, the annual developer conference that showcases the best of what's to come (and what's currently being used) from the world of Google. That means Android. That means Chrome. That means apps and services and devices and products and cars and — well, that's a ton of stuff going on. This is, first and foremost, a developer conference. But there's also a ton of things going on behind the scenes and in between presentations.

We're going to bring it all to you this week.

And it's going to be a little different than usual. Google has moved the conference out of San Francisco's SoMa district and brought it home, to the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. That means sun, fresh air — and lots more to see.

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1 week ago

Waze kicks off carpooling pilot program in San Francisco

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If you live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may get a chance to test a new carpooling feature in Waze.

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1 week ago

The Washington Post's Gear S2 watch face keeps you up-to-date on the presidential election

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The Washington Post has released its own watch face for the Samsung Gear S2. The face displays the current general election polling, along with a countdown to election day, letting political junkies get a quick glance at the state of the race.

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1 week ago

Devil in the details: Nova Settings and what you do (and don't) need to know

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Nova Launcher is a fairly easy launcher to pick up.

In fact, Nova was the very first third-party launcher I tried, and it's held a special place in my heart ever since. But Nova Launcher can get overwhelming at times, and most of those times have to do with Nova Settings. Because Nova Launcher has such an amazing amount of customization, it also has a lot of settings that those customizations rely on. So how do you find what you need among the rest? Never fear! We're here to help you through Nova Settings and help you find what you were looking for — plus a few cool features you probably didn't even know were there.

Let's customize!

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1 week ago

HTC 10 — a second opinion

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Phil with the HTC 10

One of the best phones you can buy in 2016 is now my favorite phone of the year.

Anyone can make a phone out of metal. That's not to say it's easy. But at this point there's nothing particularly special about being a metal phone. Or being a metal unibody phone. Or whatever other marketing language we want to throw at it.

What isn't easy is making a good metal phone. Or a compelling one, actually. You've got metal so thin it feels like plastic. Metal covered in so much paint it feels like plastic. Or a metal phone that looks like every other metal phone out there.

Nobody makes metal phones like HTC, though. Of the company's sins the past few years — and there have been sins — unoriginality isn't one of them. Attention to detail in design isn't, either.

And that brings us to the HTC 10, which quickly was considered by many to be the Taiwanese manufacturer's best smartphone to date, including in our own official review.

I'm inclined to agree. It's not perfect, though, and clad in a bit of marketing wizardry.

This is our second-opinion review of the HTC 10.

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1 week ago

Google Spaces hopes to offer a better group sharing experience

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Google has introduced Spaces, a new tool that makes it easier to share links, videos, and more with groups of people with similar interests. Spaces lets you create groups, like "Comic book buddies," and easily share with them from the web, YouTube, and more.

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1 week ago

Should you buy a Chromebook?

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While not for everyone, a Chromebook can be the best choice for a lot of things.

Whenever we talk about Chromebooks, this is one of the questions that always pops up. It's understandable — you've got about half the internet telling you that Chromebooks are great and most folks can do everything they want to do on a laptop with Chrome, and most of the other half claiming that they are useless and you shouldn't spend your money of "just a browser."

As usual, I think the real wisdom comes from the people in the middle. Folks who will come forward and say a Chromebook is their only computer or the one they use all or most of the time, and why it works for them. I may be biased because I'm one of those people, but I really do think that for a good many of us, a Chromebook is the best computer you can buy.

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1 week ago

Grab Mpow's latest waterproof speaker for just $15 at Amazon with coupon code

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Right now you can pick up the Mpow Buckler, the company's latest waterproof Bluetooth speaker, for just $15 at Amazon with coupon code NJB5QCK7. It has an IPX4 rating, so it will work great by the pool, out camping and even in the shower with its suction cup.

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1 week ago

AT&T is making it easier to use your phone in Mexico and Canada

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AT&T will begin offering new roaming deals for customers who use their phones in Mexico and Canada. Starting May 20, AT&T Unlimited Plan members will not incur any roaming charges in those two countries.

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1 week ago

Samsung will sell you the Gear VR for less if you buy a Galaxy S7

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Samsung has announced an exclusive Gear VR content package for new European Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge owners. Should you purchase either handset from today, you'll be able to pick up the Gear VR at 50% off with free access to premium games and experiences. This promotion is available for a limited time only at O2, Carphone Warehouse and Vodafone in the UK, but is also in Europe.

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1 week ago

MediaTek plans to power 25 VoLTE-enabled phones in India

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MediaTek has seen a fourfold increase in its LTE-enabled SoC shipments in 2015, and the vendor is now looking to the Indian market to drive growth this year. Citing a burgeoning handset market — which saw a 23% increase in sales in Q1 2016 — MediaTek is expecting India to contribute over 10% of its global shipments for 2016.

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