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4 days ago

ASUS ZenFone Max — The Ingress Battery Life Challenge

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It's relatively easy to make a specs sheet look impressive, but the battery in the ZenFone Max is serious business.

Great battery life is a claim you hear from every smartphone manufacturer, and while that claim is largely subjective, it does mean we can have some fun when a phone shows up with a battery that dwarfs the competition. Today's challenger is the ASUS ZenFone Max, a phone with fairly modest specs powered by a ridiculous 5,000 mAh battery. That's right around 2,000mAh more than your average high-end Android phone, and when you add in the Snapdragon 410 processor and 720p display you're all but guaranteed to get through a whole day with this phone.

Simply getting through the day is a fairly boring thing to test, though. To give a better idea of what this battery is capable of, we took the ZenFone Max out for a couple of hours with the Galaxy Note 5 and the BlackBerry Priv for some quality time playing Ingress.

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4 days ago

Get a $10 Google Play credit with the purchase of a Chromecast or Chromecast Audio

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Google is offering a sweet deal for those who purchase a new Chromecast or Chromecast Audio: they will give you $10 in Google Play credit following your purchase. That's right, purchasing a new Chromecast from the Google Store nets you $10 to buy apps, games, movies and more from Google Play.

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4 days ago

Pebble introduces Health API for developers, adds custom canned replies

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Pebble is pushing out an update that enables some new functionality for its recently-announced Health app, as well as improvements to replying to messages from your wrist. First up is a new Health API that allows developers to hook related information into their watchfaces and apps. Additionally, Health has become more accurate in tracking your data, and it now gives you the option to show your step distance in kilometers.

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4 days ago

Google's self-driving cars hit the roads in Kirkland, Washington

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Google has expanded its self-driving car project to Kirkland, Washington. The company will be deploying its self-driving Lexus RX450h SUVs around the city starting this week.

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4 days ago

Alto's Adventure will race onto Android for free on February 11

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Alto's Adventure, a popular endless snowboarding game, will be making its way to Android on Thursday, February 11. Snowman, the game's original developer, partnered with Noodlecake Studios to bring the game to Android. In contrast to the iOS version, which costs $2.99, Alto's Adventure will be free-to-play on Android.

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4 days ago

OnePlus is throwing in a free rosewood case when you buy a OnePlus X

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OnePlus is feeling a little generous with Valentine's Day coming up, and to show it the company is offering a free rosewood case with all OnePlus X purchases. When purchasing the OnePlus X, all you have to do is add the rosewood case to your order and use coupon code XOXO to get the discount.

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4 days ago

BlackBerry Priv now available in Australia through Optus

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If you happen to reside in Australia and are interested in the BlackBerry Priv, you'll be excited to find out that it is now available through Optus. In January, BlackBerry released the Priv in Italy, Spain, France and other locations, and now Australia is the latest to join the fun.

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4 days ago

Google Fiber bringing free gigabit internet to public housing in select cities

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Google has announced that it will be bringing its gigabit Fiber internet service to residents of public housing in all cities where Google Fiber is offered at no extra cost. Working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with local partners, Google will start the rollout in Kansas City, Missouri, its first Fiber city.

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4 days ago

Ad blocker for Samsung's browser removed from Google Play

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Samsung recently announced a new API that would allow developers to build content and ad blockers for its web browser, and now one has been removed from Google Play. Adblock Fast, an app from the team at Rocketship Apps, was downloaded more than 50,000 times following its release, and made its way to the top charts quickly.

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4 days ago

BlackBerry Priv's February security patch is now rolling out

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Update: AT&T's update is now pushing out as well.

The BlackBerry Priv is now receiving its February security patch. At this time, it is not clear exactly what has been patched or changed with this build, though we expect Google to reveal details about the update shortly. BlackBerry has done an excellent job so far in pushing timely security patches to the Priv.

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4 days ago

Samsung testing Marshmallow beta with select Galaxy Note 5 owners in the U.S.

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Samsung has apparently started testing a beta of Android Marshmallow for the Galaxy Note 5 with a small set of users in the U.S. The update appears to currently be targeting some Note 5 owners on AT&T, with testing pool said to be as small as 200 people.

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4 days ago

Alta is Fitbit's sleekest fitness tracker yet; pre-orders now open for $129

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Fitbit has announced its latest fitness tracker, the Alta, which is one of the nicest-looking offerings from the company. Pre-orders are now open for the tracker, with shipments beginning in March 2016. Realizing that people don't always want their fitness tracker to look like one, Fitbit is offering a number of band options for the Alta, like a metal bracelet, leather band and a classic band.

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4 days ago

Virgin Mobile introduces new 'unlimited' plans starting at $30 per month

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Virgin Mobile has announced a new set of plans, each of which offer unlimited talk and text, with up to 6GB of high-speed data. All of Virigin's new plans also come with the prepaid carrier's data-free music streaming, which allows you to stream music from select services with no impact to your data allotment.

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4 days ago

T-Mobile offers unlimited data four lines for $150/month, 10GB/line for $120

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T-Mobile has brought back its popular "fourth line free promotion" with Family Match, and this time around the carrier is offering customers the choice between 10GB per line or unlimited data. Previously, the carrier ran a limited-time promotion that scored you four lines with 10GB each for $120, and more recently had only been offering family plans with 6GB of data each. Now, the carrier has brought back the 10GB option, as well as introduced a new unlimited offering for the promotion.

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4 days ago

You'll soon be able to register for Nintendo's first smartphone app, Miitomo

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Nintendo will be launching its first ever smartphone app this year called Miitomo. Arriving in March, this title will be available in the U.S. on Android (as well as iOS-powered hardware). The company will open up pre-registration on February 17, meaning you'll have ample time to sign-up for a Nintendo Account to stay in the loop. Once registered with Nintendo, the company will notify you about availability come March.

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