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The Nexus 9, three months on

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Nexus 9

An update after 90 days or so with Google's top tablet

Four-hundred-forty-eight days. That's a near eternity between hardware releases in the Android world. But that's how long it took from the announcement of the second-generation Nexus 7 in July 2013 to the Nexus 9 in October 2014.

And quite a bit has changed in that year. Phones have gotten larger and even more powerful. We're two major versions of Android beyond what launched on the Nexus 7. We've gone from a 32- to a 64-bit operating system, on the first major device to ship with NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chipset. We've moved from a 16:10 aspect ratio to 4:3, on a larger display. And we've seen HTC get back into the tablet game, years after its first couple of efforts mostly flopped.

And the Nexus 9 had some big shoes to fill, as its smaller predecessor set the benchmark for an affordable, easy-to-use tablet.

We've been using the Nexus onward of three months now. Let's take a look and see where things stand.

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1 week ago

NBC will let you watch Super Bowl XLIX live for free online

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NBC will stream 11 continuous hours of live content, including the Super Bowl itself, on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 to desktops and tablets. The "Super Stream Sunday" event will run from noon EST and to around 10 p.m. and include NBC's pre-game coverage, Super Bowl XLIX itself, the halftime show, and the post-game show, and the episode of The Blacklist that will air following the game. The stream will take place through the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

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1 week ago

Dungeon Hunter 5 will hack and slash its way to your screens in 2015

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Gameloft has just announced plans to release Dungeon Hunter 5, the latest game in its popular "hack and slash" fantasy RPG series. The game is due out sometime in 2015. Gameloft released Dungeon Hunter 4 for Android in April 2013.

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1 week ago

Teamwork and productivity service Asana releases native Android app

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Asana, a teamwork and productivity application similar to Trello, has released a native Android app today, extending its reach beyond the HTML5 confines of the web. The app allows a team to stay synchronized by sharing scheduled tasks, messages, due dates, and more.

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1 week ago

How to take great pictures with your Nexus 6

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Nexus 6 camera

A few simple tips to get better shots from your Nexus 6's camera

Let's face it — Nexus devices aren't exactly renowned for their imaging prowess. Even with new additions like optical image stabilization (OIS) and HDR+ mode, the cameras of the Nexus 6 (and the Nexus 5 before it) are best described as finicky. It's possible to get great photos from the Nexus 6's 13-megapixel shooter with a little patience, but there are a few simple directions you can follow to maximize the number of high-quality shots, and reduce the likelihood of coming out with a dud.

On the whole, these come down to knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the Nexus 6's camera setup, and adjusting your shooting accordingly. Join us after the break for a quick primer on using the Nexus 6's camera.

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1 week ago

Facebook wants to cut down the number of hoaxes in your News Feed

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Facebook is making yet another change in its News Feed today, designed to reduce the number of stories that could offer false information or be deliberate hoaxes. This new feature comes a few months after Facebook announced it would give less relevance to News Feed posts that have what it considers to be "click-bait" headlines.

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1 week ago

Google's Field Trip app gets a Material Design update

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The find-things-nearby Field Trip app by Google's Niantic Labs has been updated with a new Material Design, uh, design. The last real redesign of the app came over a year ago, and today's update brings the app in line with the rest of Google's modern Android design language.

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1 week ago

HP's new Pro Slate 12 is awkwardly huge, has a pen that screams

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HP is back with a pair of new Android tablets geared towards businesses. The HP Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12 bring a 4:3 aspect ratio that's more like standard paper sizes than the 16:9 tablets we're used to, and unlike some of HP's previous Android offerings, these two aren't terribly underpowered with a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (which while a year old at this point, isn't a bad chip to have running things). And both measure just 8mm thick.

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1 week ago

Amazon brings unlimited photo storage to Prime members in Canada

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Amazon has announced that Prime members in Canada now have access to unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos. In addition to Prime members, unlimited photo storage on Amazon Cloud Drive is available to Amazon Student and and Amazon Family members in Canada as well.

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1 week ago

For $5-a-month, AT&T subscribers can now place unlimited calls to Mexico

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AT&T has revamped their AT&T World Connect $5 monthly international calling package to offer unlimited calls to Mexico. The news comes just days after AT&T got approval from the Mexican government for a $2.5 billion acquisition of Iusacell, Mexico's third-largest cellular carrier.

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1 week ago

Alleged HTC One M9 photos show front and back of device

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HTC One M9 leak

HTC's upcoming One M9 may feature a design similar to its predecessor, if leaked images posted by French publication NowhereElse are any indication. The photos, which claim to highlight the front and back of the device, reveal a similar BoomSound front speaker arrangement, reduced bezels, shiny gold color and a squarish camera module with dual LED flash at the back. What's more, the sides and base of the device appear slightly flatter than the M8.

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1 week ago

Nexus 6 battery life tips

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Nexus 6

Make the most of your Nexus's battery

Battery life is one of the areas of smartphone tech in which there's still much room for improvement. As a cutting edge handset, the Nexus 6 includes some of the latest developments in mobile tech — wireless charging, quick charging through the bundled Motorola Turbo Charger, and improvements on the software side thanks to Google's "Project Volta."

Despite this, there going to be times where you wish you were able to squeeze more juice out of this gigantic phone's equally enormous 3,220mAh battery. As we mentioned in our review, the device's battery life is pretty good, but not astonishingly so. So it's worth going over a few basic steps to help you get the most out of your battery.

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1 week ago

Marriott looking to bring Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora to your hotel room TV

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Marriott is about to make your hotel stay much more rewarding. The hotel chain has confirmed to Bloomberg that it is testing a TV service that allows its guests to access streaming content from their own Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora accounts. The service is currently being trialled in eight hotels across the US.

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1 week ago

Latest promo video from LG shows just how curvaceous the G Flex 2 really is

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It's no secret LG is excited about the G Flex 2. The company took what made the original G Flex so unique and has made some notable enhancements. LG has published a new promo video showing off some of these features and why you should definitely consider picking one up for yourself, should you be looking for a new handset.

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1 week ago

Itching to buy a Note 4? T-Mobile has it $36 off for the rest of the night

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If you're on T-Mobile (or planning to switch ... tonight) and want to pick up a Galaxy Note 4, you can save $36 on the purchase price if you pick one up online before midnight PST tonight (January 19). That comes out to just shy of a five percent savings on the full purchase price, but when you're talking about a $750 phone every little bit of savings adds up.

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