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3 weeks ago

Go Time! Episode 8: Mrs. Cloyster and Mr. Onix

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Episode 8 of Go Time has arrived!

In Episode 8 of Go Time, the team returns with a member of Valor, Mystic and Instinct.

This week things got a bit silly though, since Team Instinct throws out the script. We discuss the upcoming update where you'll be able to choose a Pokemon to walk with you. After that, the shenanigans ensue. It starts with our favorite names for Pokémon before diverging into what team characters from our favorite television shows would belong to!

We've been having a ton of fun talking about Pokemon Go, and we hope you'll join in our shenanigans!

You can also join our Facebook page to keep up on all things Pokémon Go. See you in the world!

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3 weeks ago

What you need to know about dark themes and battery savings

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Dark is beautiful.

I've said this for years: Every time I have any support interaction with Google Play Music, I conclude the conversation asking about the return of that glorious dark theme. Dark themes in apps can be awesome, but dark themes for your home screen can be pure perfection. If you're using an AMOLED phone, dark themes can be energy-efficient as well as gorgeous — but only in very specific circumstances.

Here's what they are and how to make your own.

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3 weeks ago

5-inch Moto G4 Play lands in India for ₹8,999 ($135)

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Lenovo launched the Play variant of the Moto Z series, and the company is now doing the same for the budget Moto G4 lineup. The Moto G4 Play is targeted at the entry-level market, and will go up for sale exclusively on Amazon India starting later today for ₹8,999 ($135).

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3 weeks ago

Intex launches Aqua S7 in India in partnership with DragonTrail

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Intex Technologies has launched the Aqua S7 in collaboration with DragonTrail to augment its 4G product portfolio with VoLTE support.

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3 weeks ago

Huawei-made Google tablet with 7-inch display slated to debut later this year

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Google is reportedly set to unveil its 2016 phones on October 4, and it now looks like the company has plans to launch a tablet as well. According to the reliable Evan Blass, Google's tablet will feature a 7-inch display along with 4GB of RAM.

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3 weeks ago

Michael Kors Dylan Access review: Android Wear for everyone

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Can the Michael Kors brand command the same influence when it comes to smartwatches as it does when it comes to fashion jewelry?

The Android Wear market has been relatively quiet for the past few months, but as we near the back to school season, the release schedule is set to pick up pace. And as we've seen from so-called fashion brands like Fossil, as well as well-known mainstream watch brands like Casio, Android Wear has found its way into practically any and every retail opportunity. Like Android itself, its versatility is its biggest strength.

Another such fashion brand looking to capitalize on the (admittedly slowing) smartwatch trend is Michael Kors, releasing two lines of its Access smartwatches today starting at $350. And despite some minor issues, the watches are destined to be successful largely because of Michael Kors' existing distribution model of watch dealers and box stores and every mall in between. But next to the ultra-sleek Huawei Watch, Moto 360 and upcoming Asus ZenWatch 3, is the Access smartwatch right for you?

About this review

I (Daniel Bader) am writing this review after using the black stainless steel / black silicone band Michael Kors Dylan Access model for two weeks. It is running Android Wear version 1.5.0 based on Android 6.0.1 with the July 5, 2016 security patch.

Michael Kors Access Specs

Category Features Size 46mm casing x 14mm thick Color Black stainless steel (reviewed), Silver stainless steel, Gold stainless steel Display 1.5-inch 320x290 pixel transflective TFT LCD display (287.9 ppi) CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC RAM 512MB Storage 4GB Battery 360mAh Sensors Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Bluetooth 4.1 Strap Silicone (reviewed), Leather Weight 112 grams (reviewed)

Michael Kors Access Hardware

Keep in mind that I am only reviewing one style of one model of the Access line; like all things department store, there is a color and style for everyone. Specifically, I have been using what is clearly the least provocative of the options — black stainless steel with a comfortable, textured black silicone band — that include multiple shades of gold-casing-on-gold-band and a snakeskin-style embossed leather.

More than a few times during my testing period, several people came up to me to ask about the watch on my wrist.

But between the two overarching styles and multitudinous color and strap variations, one thing is clear: this is a big, heavy, imposing piece of jewelry. At 112 grams, and a chassis that despite its round face juts out at angles to meet a set of 28mm lugs, the Dylan Access is present. When compared to the subtle, minimal and delicate design of last year's Moto 360, it's clear Michael Kors intends for this to be worn by people who want it to be noticed. And noticed it was.

More than a few times during my testing period, several people came up to me to ask about the watch on my wrist. Aside from my early days with the Pebble, and a few times with the original Moto 360, this has rarely happened to me. It appears the size gambit worked.

The Michael Kors branding is subtly entwined into the product itself; the crown to the right of the watch face has a clear MK emblem, giving texture to the button that, though it appears designed to twist like a regular crown, can only be depressed. Its function is limited to waking the screen from sleep or, when held down, activating Android Wear's app drawer (behavior that is set to change drastically with the release of Android Wear 2.0). On the other side is a set of microphones to enable Android Wear's excellent voice-activated "OK Google" support.

Underneath the watch is a metal plate sans heart rate sensor, an omission not mourned for due to its unreliable nature in previous Android Wear devices. In the silicone strap, with is surprisingly comfortable despite the heft of the metal, my wrist felt comfortable and, in the time I normally took to warm to an analog watch, I grew used to the Access on my wrist at all times. That strap can be swapped out with other silicone or leather options, but the lugs are specific to the Dylan Access line itself, which precludes the use of standard 28mm bands.

Like the Sony SmartWatch 3 before it, the Access has a transflective display, which denotes a reflective layer just above the LCD backlight meant to make it easier to read in direct sunlight. And while this is true, the relatively low-resolution 320x290 pixel screen appears to have a muddy sheen atop it in most all other situations, with poor viewing angles and blacks that appear milky. It's actually a better display than the SmartWatch 3 despite the lower pixel density — colors are more vibrant and, straight on at least, it offers a pleasant enough experience — but after using the Huawei Watch and Moto 360 (2015), this just doesn't cut it anymore.

There's even a "flat tire" towards the bottom of the screen just to reiterate just how far behind the watch's display chops are. That flat tire area doesn't even include an ambient light sensor, so you'll be adjusting brightness manually (though the transflective screen somewhat makes brightness a moot point).

After using the Huawei Watch and Moto 360 (2015), this kind of low-resolution display just doesn't cut it anymore.

Internally, the Dylan is a mix of new and old: it is running Qualcomm's specialized Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, which offers a slightly more power-efficient mix of Cortex-A7 cores than the Snapdragon 400 in most Android Wear watches to date, a chip that was built for phones and coopted for wearables.

At 1.2GHz, the Wear 2100 cores are clocked identically to the Snapdragon 400s found in most Wear devices, and it is built on an identical 28nm process, so it's no surprise that the Access lasted roughly the same amount per charge as any previous Android-based wearable I've used. The main difference is the optional integrated X5 baseband, which will allow future watches 3G connectivity, a feature Michael Kors clearly doesn't care for. There is also 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage — standard on Android Wear devices since their debut.

While battery life is on par with other smartwatches in its class, the charging experience certainly isn't. Taking design cues, without the know-how from Apple, the Access line charges wirelessly from its underside via a white, circular magnetic cable. While this allows the watch to be water resistant up to 10 meters (33ft), it is otherwise near-useless. The magnets are not nearly strong enough to latch on for any length of time, and I was forced to weigh it down the entire bundle with a book to get keep it connected. Even then, the orientation is such that it often slips off. I woke up to more than a few mornings of the Access fully dead despite being ostensibly attached to its charger.

Michael Kors Access Software

If you've used Android Wear since its inception, the experience here is a known quantity. While Michael Kors bundles its "Access" app, which allows for customizations of its varied and colorful watch face collection, there are no particularly unique tricks to note. It's also interesting that this is one of the least fitness-oriented Android Wear watches I've seen, with no native exercise or tracking app to speak of other than Google's own Fit experience.

The Access app is at once confusing and ultra-simple, and more than a little useless.

Like all Android Wear devices running the latest version, the Access supports a number of gestures to navigate through its Google Now cards — twist up or down to scroll through the cards; push down or pull up to move in and out — and I'm happy to report they work as well here as they do elsewhere. Similarly, the newly-implemented app drawer, which is accessed by swiping to the right of the watch face or holding down the crown, is alive and well. The dark theme, at least on my review unit, somewhat encourages a dark watch face, and thankfully most of the pre-installed options err towards an evening palette.

Those watch faces are not my personal liking — I am more of a spare, minimal kind of watch wearer — but unlike the Apple Watch, Android Wear supports downloadable third-party faces. Still, I settled on one that I liked, called Speedometer, and changed up the colors to suit my style. Most people won't get much out of the included Access app, though: it is at once confusing and ultra-simple, and more than a little useless. Many of the included faces also include support for complications, which Michael Kors calls Subeyes, that include shortcuts for alarms, a pedometer, calendar, and battery count.

Michael Kors Access Bottom line

The Michael Kors Access line is available September 6 starting at $350 for the model above (metal/silicone), going up to $395 for the more exclusive gold-tone Bradshaw varieties. Bands begin at $40, rising to $50 for the embossed versions). (In Canada, watch prices begin at $420, rising to $475, with bands running $50 to $60.)

Despite the issues with the charger, and the imperfect display characteristics, I grew to enjoy the Access, and would certainly recommend it to anyone looking to engage with the more fashion-forward varieties of Android Wear. Like the Fossil Q Founder, this smartwatch is more about the brand than the product, and it's clear that certain decisions were made to reinforce its place alongside similarly-designed analog watches in endless glass displays.

But somehow it works: it is both fashionable and functional, comfortable enough (with a sizeable battery) to wear all day.

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3 weeks ago

Best camera drones

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5 best camera drones you can buy in 2016

What are the best camera drones I can buy right now?

Whether you're an independent filmmaker looking to step up your game with drone videography, or simply a hobbyist looking to record stunning video to share with friends and family, you'll want to invest in a top-of-the-line camera drone.

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3 weeks ago

How to choose the right Chromebook

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Knowing what to look for before you buy will make you happier and can save you money — which also makes you happier.

Whether you're buying your first Chromebook or upgrading from an older model, you need to know what to look for before you part with your cash. Really, most purchases are this way — especially electronics of any sort. We can help you figure out which Chromebook features are right for you so you can be an informed buyer.

If you're not yet sure that Chrome OS will work for you, go cheap.

Before you begin, you should set your budget. Thankfully, a fully capable and future ready (if not future proof) model can be had for well under $300 if you don't want to go for the top-shelf. And realistically, you don't. Chrome OS runs really well on hardware that might not have enough "oomph" for another operating system. In fact, there's a good chance your phone will have more cores, be clocked higher and have more memory than a Chromebook that can do everything it's intended to do. That's not to say you won't benefit from having a more premium model with better specs, but it's certainly not necessary.

And that makes the first thing on our buyer's checklist easy: if you're not yet sure that Chrome OS will work for you, go cheap.

The top selling Chromebook on Amazon (with a 4.5-star rating, too!) is the Acer Chromebook CB-3. It sells new for $149.99 (as of September 2016). And while it's not the nicest laptop you'll ever see, it has a great IPS screen and runs the very latest version of Chrome OS. And runs it pretty well. You will see things get bogged down a little if you're trying to do too much at one time, but a browser session with a handful of tabs open or a few Chrome apps or documents open won't be a problem at all. It's a perfect way to see how Chrome will handle doing the things you want it to do.

Amazon is also a great place to look for refurbished models that still carry a full warranty. I have seen Chromebooks for as little as $99 for Amazon Prime accounts, and any of them would be a good way to try a taste of Chrome OS so you know if you're ready to spend a little more.

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If you're already sure you want a little better hardware or are looking forward to Android apps, you still don't have to spend a lot of money. But you do need to know what to look for.

Android apps will change how we use a Chromebook.

Android apps are going to change how we use a Chromebook. Adding almost 2,000,000 apps to one of the fastest and safest operating systems available will also make it one of the most capable for many of us. Don't expect to run specialty programs like Adobe Photoshop or a CAD program, but for things like light video editing or 3-D drawing, you'll find a handful of apps that can handle the task. Chromebooks weren't designed for folks who need to use a high-end desktop or laptop. But most of us don't need a high-end desktop or laptop and will be served well with a Chromebook. If Android apps are going to be important to you, here are a few things you need to look for.

  • Make sure it's on the list. You'll find a list of Chromebooks that will be able to run apps from Google Play when it's launched later in 2016. Any existing model will be listed if it's going to support them. For newly-announced models, ask someone about Android apps before you buy. You can ask us — if we don't know, we'll find out.
  • More storage is better. This goes without saying, but we are saying it anyway. Chromebooks were designed as a cloud-centric device. Because of this, many don't come with a lot of storage space. Android apps can change how much you'll need. Consider some games for Android (which will play just fine on your Chromebook) are up to 2GB or more in size, and you'll see why. You can store a lot of data or documents or photos on the SD card, but apps will go on the actual device storage. Ideally, you'll want 32GB or more, but 16 can work if you're not interested in any games.
  • Know how you plan to use it. Some of us want a convertible model that we can use like a tablet. Others want a traditional clamshell-style. Spending a little more to get something you'll find more useful is worth it. Screen size comes into play here, too. If you're on the go a lot, you might want an 11-inch model. Or the 14-incher would be better for your desk. Think about how you'll be using your Chromebook before you buy one.
  • Get a model with a touch screen. Using a touch screen for "normal" computing kinda sucks. Editing something in Google Docs or writing a long email just isn't designed for touch input no matter which platform. That's why the people who make tablets also make keyboard covers. But that changes when you add in apps originally designed fro a phone. They are built for a great experience when poking and swiping with your finger, and that translates well from a 5-inch screen to a 13-inch screen. While you can use the trackpad for most any of it, it's just not as good.
  • How much memory do you need? That's determined by what you plan to do. A model with 2GB will be enough to have a few tabs open in the browser as well as an app or two running, but if you're the power-user type you'll want to go with 4GB. The video experience benefits from more memory, too. A 1080p video on YouTube or Google Play Movies can get a little stuttery with 2GB, but 720p runs great.
  • Buy one with the right CPU. For most of us, a Chromebook with an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 CPU is absolute overkill. They are also a good bit higher priced. Unless you plan to really tax the system or dual-boot with Linux, you don't need one. A late-model Intel Celeron (if you're not sure based on the spec sheet, just ask) or ARM CPU is more than enough for most of us.
  • How premium do you want to go? Every other item on this list can be had in a sub-300 dollar Chromebook. You can also spend upwards of $600 for one that works. The $300 model will handle most anything you throw at it, but the $600 model just feels better. I won't toss a silly car analogy in here, but only you know how much a nicer look and feel is worth. Of course, more expensive models tend to have nicer displays and smoother trackpads, too.

You'll have to decide which Chromebook is best for you, but we can toss a couple recommendations out. I've been using an ASUS Chromebook Flip for a while now (I'm writing this blog post with one) and for anyone who wants a tablet-like experience, it's marvelous. I have to try hard to get it to struggle and the screen, trackpad and keyboard are more than acceptable. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a smaller (11-inch) model.

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If you're ready to go all-in with Chrome and don't mind spending a little more, The Dell Chromebook 13 is what I consider the best Chromebook available today. It's not the most expensive model — that award goes to the HP Chromebook 13 which lacks a touch screen — but it's not exactly cheap either. For someone using a Chromebook for business or anyone who just wants the best (it's OK to treat yourself once in a while), the Dell 13 is the one to buy.

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Of course, new Chromebooks are coming out all the time and something coming up may be even better. You can keep up to date on our Best Chromebooks page, and keep an eye out for our reviews. And as always, the forums are a great place to learn more about anything Chrome.

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Best leather cases for Note 7

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Best leather cases for Note 7

What's the best leather case for Galaxy Note 7? We've got a few favorites that are sure to dazzle!

The Galaxy Note 7 is sophisticated, so its case should be nothing less. Leather whispers sophistication in a dulcet tone that compliments your Note 7 elegantly. Here are the best leather cases you can find for the Galaxy Note 7.

Spigen Wallet S

Spigen Wallet S

Spigen makes some the best phone cases around and its Wallet S faux-leather case is perfect for anyone who wants a leather case for their Note 7, and especially perfect for the animal lover in all of us.

The shiny black finish is sophisticated and rather business-like but has this sexy quality that lets you know it's all pleasure.

In typical wallet case fashion, there're three slots for cards and a cash pocket inside, and the reversible magnetic latch is handy for keeping your case both closed and open. The cover folds back into a stand for hands-free usage, and the PU leather is flexible and easy to work with.

It may seem odd to start a leather case roundup with one that's made of pleather, but it feels the same (if not better) and happens to be the best of the best.

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Tauri wallet flip cover

Tauri

Tauri's wallet case for the Note 7 is the classic wallet case you'd expect: it has room for three cards, a bit of cash, and the front cover closes to enrobe your phone in luscious, genuine leather, secured by a magnetic clasp.

Its best feature, of course, is its ability to fold back into a stand so that you can watch YouTube and Netflix and play games hands-free. The leather is soft to the touch and feels great in your hand - it's not slippery.

Your Note 7 sits in a silicone shell inside, with a cutout at the back so you can take photos and video, and the charging port is left open so that you never have to take the case off.

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IstanbulLeatherShop

IstanbulLeatherShop

Etsy is an awesome place to find quality leather cases for just about any phone and the IstanbulLeatherShop always delivers. This handmade, genuine leather wallet case is gorgeous and understated, with a wan finish that gives it a modern look.

It has an inner shell that grips your Note 7, while keeping ports and buttons open, and the front cover secures tightly with a magnetic closure. Or, you can opt for "Book Style" and go without the closure.

The cover folds back into a handy stand for hands-free viewing, and the suede microfiber lining won't scratch up your screen.

Handmade means that every wallet case is unique, so if you want a case just for you, Etsy and the IstanbulLeatherShop is just the place.

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Ringke Flex S

Ringke Flex S

If you want a leather case but still worry about leather's durability, then why not go for a case that blends leather in with the protective qualities you already look for?

The Flex S series by Ringke is a really cool blend of flexible TPU and a faux-leather on the back that stylish, sophisticated, and very effective in the event of a drop or bump.

The softer TPU bumper is perfect for shock absorption and protecting your Note 7 from scratches and the pleather back gives it a cool, almost rugged look, like if Indiana Jones had a modern phone case, it'd be this one.

Ringke makes great-fitting cases all around, and starting at $13, you really can't go wrong.

You have your choice of Deep Blue, Sleek Gray, or Vintage Brown.

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Caseology Envoy

Caseology Envoy

I've only recently come to realize that Caseology makes some of the coolest cases around. Every time I research a roundup like this, its products just get better and better, and the Envoy is no different.

The Envoy is a dual-layer affair, with a flexible TPU shell that has a pleather back and a polycarbonate frame that sits around the whole thing to secure it all in place.

That's awesome on three fronts: 1. Your Note 7 is protected from drops and scratches, thanks to the rubbery TPU. 2. That protection is enhanced by the hard polycarbonate frame that helps disperse impact around the TPU. 3. The faux-leather back looks really cool and if you pick the right color, it'll have "you" written all over it!

You have your choice of beige, Cherry Oak, green, and navy blue leather, all with gold polycarbonate frames.

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Benittorre leather phone cover

Benittorre

Benittorre's option isn't so much a case as it is a pouch, but it's a freakin' sweet pouch, made of genuine leather. Some folks might be worried about a pouch and easy access to their Note 7, but this one features a pull ribbon that makes extraction a breeze.

The hand-stitching is expertly done and every cover is unique, meaning you'll have a one-of-a-kind case to show off that'll have everyone asking about it.

One of the most consumer-friendly options Benittorre offers is the choice to have its logo on your cover or not. If that doesn't say confidence in branding, then I don't know what does. They know you'll tell your friends about it.

There's also a slot on the front of the pouch where you can comfortably store a couple cards or your ID.

If you don't like this version, Benittorre has a few to choose from, including a camel-colored option and one without the front pocket.

See at Etsy

Samsung leather cover

Samsung Leather Cover

What would a roundup be without the phone manufacturer's version of the case in question? Samsung's leather cover is a gorgeous black case that fits onto the back of your Note 7, leaving the buttons, ports, and S Pen all open to easy access,

The matte-finished, black leather is understated elegance in its truest form and it'll had a bit of mystery and intrigue to the already enticing Note 7.

It doesn't seem to be available yet (except for a rather suspect Amazon listing), so keep your eyes peeled!

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Save 30% or more on these awesome Anker accessories today!

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Anker is running a one-day sale at Amazon and is offering at least 30% off its great accessories. Whether you need some new cables, an external battery or even a computer mouse, you won't want to miss out on this sale! Anker makes some great accessories for all types of smartphones and other electronics, so if you are looking to save some money and grab some fantastic accessories, today is your chance.

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Android Central 304: IFA 2016 crossover special!

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Audio-only stream below

Lots to unpack in this crossover episode with Windows Central.

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Recalls, launches, and invites

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A week of tech in Berlin, Apple sets the date for the iPhone 7 reveal, and Samsung's Note is maybe a little too hot.

The last time a smartphone company was hit with news this damaging about a retail product was Apple's iPhone 4 "Antennagate", and at least that didn't include literally exploding phones. That's the position that Samsung is in with the Galaxy Note 7, which has been recalled globally after several reports of fires and explosions traced back to faulty battery cells.

The Note 7 recall marred an otherwise successful IFA show for Samsung, which saw the launch of the new and bigger Gear S3 smartwatch, along with ASUS getting into the round Android Wear game with the ZenWatch 3. Sony also brought their a-game with the new flagship Sony XZ and Huawei impressed with the new Nova mid-range line.

But the real star of IFA was the category-bridging Lenovo Yoga Book, a convertible Android or Windows 10 laptop that sports a full touch panel base instead of a keyboard and trackpad. It's crazy in all the right ways, and awesome enough that it made both the Android Central Best of IFA 2016 and Windows Central Best of IFA 2016 lists.

Acer also came to impress, busting out the ludicrously thin Swift 7 ultrabook and the ludicrously powerful (and enormous) Predator 21X gaming 'laptop'.

And while IFA might have marked the prior week, it's Apple that's going to define the next. An Apple event on Wednesday will see the revealing of the iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2, and more from Cupertino — timing that makes Samsung's recall even more of a publicity predicament.

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From the (Berlin) Editor's Desk: Samsung's hot news at IFA

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From the Editor's Desk

Sometimes the biggest news from a show doesn't come from the show at all.

This past week myself and Alex Dobie represented AC over at the IFA show in Berlin, joined by Derek Kessler and Mark Guim from Windows Central. Oh, and that Phil guy. He was here. It was my first time in Berlin, and the city is unlike any other I've visited — I definitely want to come back.

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3 weeks ago

The best games for your Samsung Gear VR

Games you shouldn't miss on Samsung Gear VR.

There are tons of great games and experiences available on Samsung Gear VR. Finding a great game within the Oculus store can be a pain though, and that's why we're here for you. We've collected the best of the best, and given you the details on each one. This means you won't have to go hunting for a great game, because you'll already have the details.

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3 weeks ago

Android Central's Top Picks from IFA 2016!

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Android Central's Top Picks from IFA 2016!

The best of the best from Berlin.

There's a lot of tech here at IFA in Berlin, as is often the case. OK, that's one hell of an understatement. There's a LOT of tech here at IFA. Some from the usual players. A whole lot from folks we've, frankly, never heard of.

And that's maybe the hardest part of these jaunts. Not the jet lag. Not the time away from home. No, it's sorting through all the awesomeness that gets crammed into the Messe Berlin and put on display for the world to see.

But we've managed to narrow it down a bit. Here, now, are Android Central's Top Picks from IFA 2016.

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