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First look: Lenovo's crazy Magic View smartwatch concept

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Lenovo Magic View

Magic View's 'Virtual Interactive Display' is a first in smartwatches — but you can't buy it yet.

For Android followers and smartwatch fans, the most interesting announcement out of Lenovo's TechWorld event in Beijing might have been the company's crazy new concept design for a smartwatch, dubbed "Magic View." Part traditional smartwatch, part secondary display, the device introduces an intriguing new way to look at pictures or video on your wrist. Whether it'll ever take off in a consumer product remains to be seen. In the meantime we've had the chance to test out the watch in Beijing. Check past the break to learn more.

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1 day ago

Here are all the highlights from Lenovo TechWorld

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At the Lenovo Tech World event in Beijing, the Chinese manufacturer unveiled a series of new products, including a streaming device, a dual-display smartwatch concept and a phone with a built-in projector.

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1 day ago

Lenovo unveils laser projector smartphone concept

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Smart Cast

Lenovo's concept product lineup isn't limited to smartwatches. At its TechWorld event in Beijing today, the Chinese tech giant also showed off a new pico-projecting smartphone concept, dubbed Smart Cast.

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1 day ago

Lenovo showcases dual-screen Magic View smartwatch concept

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Lenovo concept

At its Tech World event in Beijing, China today, Lenovo has introduced a new concept smartwatch that aims to address some of the main pain points of that product category. In addition to the main circular display, the Magic View smartwatch incorporates a second screen between the watch face and strap, using a technology Lenovo calls a "Virtual Interactive Display." Though small in size, Lenovo claims the VID allows users to view images up to 20 times the size of the standard watch face.

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1 day ago

Lenovo Cast is the company's new $49 streaming gadget

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Lenovo Cast

Lenovo's Chromecast competitor promises faster speeds and more connection options.

At its first TechWorld show in Beijing, Lenovo has taken the wraps off a new media streaming device, the Lenovo Cast. A small hockey puck-like that connects your TV and mobile devices, Lenovo Cast aims to outdo Google's established Chromecast stick with faster connection speeds and more ways to stream your stuff to a bigger screen.

Lenovo Cast supports both 2.4 and 5GHz Wifi networks, with a range of approximately 20 meters and support for playback at up to 1080p resolution. Content is piped to your TV over a microHDMI cable, while a standard microUSB connector powers the small, hockey-puck-sized contraption. As for the technical nuts and bolts, Lenovo Cast supports DLNA and Miracast in addition to the Google Cast standard, which should make it a more versatile streamer than Google's basic $35 stick.

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1 day ago

Moto Maker brings customized Moto X phones to China

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MotoMaker

Chinese buyers will get the chance to customize their own Moto X, as Moto Maker lands in China.

The move was announced by Motorola's parent company Lenovo, at its TechWorld event in Beijing today. The new Chinese Moto Maker is available now at motomaker.cn, where prices for custom Moto Xs start at ¥2,799 ($451). Like its Western counterpart, China's Moto Maker will allow customers to change the phone's colors and materials to suit their tastes, including the premium wood and leather options buyers in the U.S. have been enjoying since late 2014.

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1 day ago

OneDrive for Android brings photos to your wrist with Android Wear watch face

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Microsoft has started rolling out an update to OneDrive for Android with support for Android Wear.

Microsoft has announced an update to its OneDrive app for Android today that adds support for Android Wear with a watch face that scrolls through your photos.

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1 day ago

Jawbone sues Fitbit for poaching employees with access to confidential information

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Jawbone has sued Fitbit over claims of poaching employees with access to sensitive information.

Fitness wearable maker Jawbone has sued rival company Fitbit over claims that the latter poached employees with access to sensitive information about Jawbone's upcoming products.

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1 day ago

Pebble Time pre-orders begin June 22 for non-backers

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Pebble announced that the new Pebble Time will go up for pre-order on June 22 for those who opted not to jump in on the Kickstarter action.

As shipments start to go out to early backers of the Pebble Time, Pebble has announced that regular pre-orders for the wearable will begin on June 22, allowing non-backers to get in on the action.

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1 day ago

Google exec says a 'buy button' is coming to search

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A "buy button" will eventually make its way to ads in Google search results, according to a Google exec.

Speaking at Code Conference today, Google's Chief Business Officer, Omid Kordestani, said that a buy button is "imminent" for ads in Google search.

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1 day ago

Should I upgrade from the LG G3 to the G4?

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LG G3 vs LG G4

It's always the way. 12 months from the launch of a hot new flagship device comes its successor. And then come the questions.

It doesn't matter which phone from which manufacturer, without fail there's going to be something shiny and new that comes along a year later as you try to cling to your wallet while you're asking yourself whether you should upgrade.

LG's latest, the G4, is likely putting a fair few G3 owners in that very position right about now. It's got the newest hardware, the latest software, some pretty nifty camera improvements, and a healthy dose of leather if that's your thing.

So, if you're wondering, let's see if we can help out a little bit.

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2 days ago

Google Spotlight Stories is now available in Google Play, compatible with select devices

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Google Spotlight Stories has made its way to Google Play, but to start the app only works on select devices.

Google has released a new app that transforms your phone into a mobile movie theater by using a variety of video techniques to bring a unique experience. In Google Spotlight Stories, engineers and filmmakers are bringing stories to life using 2D and 3D animation, along with 360 degree cinema-quality video, and full-sphere surround sound.

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2 days ago

Latest Chrome for Android update brings faster online checkouts, touch to search

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Google announced the rollout of Chrome 43 for Android today, which brings faster online checkouts and more.

Google says that Chrome 43 will begin rolling out on Google Play over the next few days, bringing with it a faster checkout process when shopping online, along with a new touch to search feature.

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2 days ago

Android Auto hitting the road in 14 Chevy models later this year

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GM's CEO has revealed that 14 Chevy models will come equipped with Android Auto when they debut later this year.

Mary Barra, CEO of GM, says that Chevy will introduce 14 new cars this year equipped with Android Auto later this year. This will allow customers to use several features of their Android device in their vehicle. All of the cars will be in the 2016 model year, and will include Chevy's Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, and Volt lines.

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2 days ago

Verizon begins LG G4 pre-orders on May 28, in stores on June 4

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The LG G4 will go up for pre-order at Verizon on May 28, with availability in-store coming June 4.

Verizon announced that it will open up pre-orders for the LG G4 on May 28, ahead of in-store availability on June 4. Interested buyers will have the option of snagging the handset in metallic gray, black leather, or the Verizon-exclusive ceramic white.

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