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Honor 5C hands-on: Performance on a budget

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Honor 5C

Honor's latest brings solid specs and decent construction at a highly affordable price point.

The past year has seen Honor, Huawei's online-focused sub-brand, building out a range of highly focused, highly affordable handsets at various price points. The Honor 7 and Honor 5X were part of the growing trend throughout 2016 of lower-priced phones being able to go toe-to-toe with more expensive competitors in many areas. And although neither device was perfect, they were worth contenders.

Now Honor's back with a new handset aimed at the entry-level space, the Honor 5C. Unlike last year's Honor Holly, the 5C brings the fundamentals of the premium construction we've seen from other Huawei-made devices, and combines it with a new, efficient CPU, a Full HD display and a promising camera.

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4 days ago

Honor 5C is coming to Europe: 1080p display, metal body and 16nm processor for £149

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Honor 5C

Available starting this week for £149.

Honor, Huawei's online-centric sub-brand, has added a new device to its European lineup today. Like others in the Honor family, the Honor 5C brings solid specs and sharp design language to a surprisingly slow price point. It's a metal-bodied phone with Marshmallow, a 5.2-inch 1080p display and Huawei's own octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 650 processor, backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. And the price? £149.99 in the UK, and €199.99 in the eurozone.

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4 days ago

Honor 5C specs

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A lot of bang for your buck.

Huawei's Honor sub-brand has taken the wraps off its latest phone for the European market, the relatively high-specced yet decidedly low-cost Honor 5C. For a quick overview of exactly what your £149 gets you, check out the full Honor 5C spec sheet down below.

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4 days ago

Here's where to watch the Honor 5C's 'virtual launch'

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Huawei's Honor sub-brand has a new phone on the way, and it's holding an online-only "virtual launch" event to take the wraps off what we're expecting to be the Honor 5C. So what are in for with the 5C? Well, the Chinese variant offers some clues:

The Chinese version of [the Honor 5C] packs Huawei's homemade octa-core Kirin 650 chip, 2 gigabytes of RAM, a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a 13-megapixel main camera, backed up by an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. The price? 899 yuan — that's a little over £100.

We won't have official details on pricing or availability until the event wraps up, but the entire presentation is being livestreamed via Facebook Live at 2 p.m. BST (that's 3 p.m. CET) — check down below for the video!

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4 days ago

Fitbit's new Sleep Schedule feature addresses the other piece of fitness success

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Fitbit trackers have always been about simplicity, from the simple LED dots that slowly fill over the course of a long day, to the automatic exercise and sleep tracking that have replaced the need to tap and set things manually.

Today, Fitbit has added another simple feature to a number of its fitness trackers it hopes will spur even more people to take notice of its growing line of products. Aimed at improving the quality of its users' sleep, the feature, aptly titled Sleep Schedule, provides personalized goals for sleep length, along with proper bedtime and wakeup targets, so people can get to be on time, and wake up refreshed.

The feature, which is set entirely from the company's iOS, Android and Windows apps, works in tandem with existing sleep tracking on the bands themselves ensure determine the perfect time to actually fall asleep, based on information from a team of sleep experts from various U.S.-based universities working with the company.

According to the experts, most people need to sleep not only a certain amount per night, but should be going to sleep around the same time every night, too, in order to avoid weight gain. One of Fitbit's experts, Michael Grandner, said, "If you're constantly changing your sleep routine, it can have the same effect as giving yourself jetlag because you are continually changing your circadian rhythm, also known as your internal clock, which can negatively impact your health and wellness."

If the app finds that a user is consistently running afoul of the schedule sleep time, it help him or her find a more suitable time — though most people, especially those who work consistent shifts, don't have a choice on when they need to wake up in the mornings. The question is whether the new feature will help people sleep better.

The trackers compatible with the new sleep schedule feature are:

The new feature is available in the latest Fitbit app update, rolling out today.

Download: Fitbit (Free)

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4 days ago

You can save 35% on these awesome skins for your favorite Android devices

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SlickWraps is still celebrating Father's Day by offering a 35% discount on its collection of skins for your HTC 10, Galaxy S7, Nexus 6P and more with the coupon code DAD. That's right, all you need to do is use a simple code once you pick the wrap you want, and you'll receive the 35% off. Each set comes with a wrap for the front, back and sides of the phone, so you can install however much of it you want.

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5 days ago

Vodafone's Smart Platinum 7 is now available in the UK

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Vodafone announced the Smart Platinum 7 last week and now the handset is available for purchase from the UK mobile operator. If you're okay with paying for the device upfront, you can grab the phone on Pay As You Go for £295, or £28 per month on contract, which will include 1GB of 4G, 500MB of roaming, as well as unlimited SMS and calls.

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5 days ago

OPPO brings great photography to entry-level phones with the affordable A37

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OPPO has announced a new entry-level handset with a focus on photography. With more and more consumers relying on their smartphones for stunning photos, the company will be pushing the affordable A37 as an ideal companion. Priced at just $199, the A37 matches ColorOS 3.0 with two rather advanced shooters.

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5 days ago

1.5 million Indians are using Google's free Wi-Fi network across 19 train stations

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Google announced last year that it would bring free high-speed Wi-Fi access to over 400 train stations across India, with 100 stations connected by the end of 2016. The search giant is on its way to meet that target, with public Wi-Fi now available at 19 stations. Google has stated that over 1.5 million Indians are leveraging free Wi-Fi, consuming 15 times as much data as they normally would on a 3G connection.

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5 days ago

Moto G4 with Snapdragon 617 is coming to India on June 22

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Lenovo unveiled the Moto G4 Plus in India last month, and the vendor is now bringing the Moto G4 to the country later this week. A tweet from Motorola India's Twitter account confirmed the phone's debut on June 22.

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5 days ago

Hyperkin's $60 accessory turns your Android phone into a Game Boy

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Hyperkin teased the Smart Boy accessory as an April Fool's gag last year, but the overwhelming reaction to the concept has led the company to come up with an actual product. Hyperkin is now taking pre-orders for the Smart Boy Development Kit, a $60 accessory that lets you play Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges directly from your Android phone.

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5 days ago

LG G Pad X 10.1 on AT&T now receiving the Marshmallow update

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AT&T's LG G Pad X 10.1 has started receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The OTA update — coming in at 869MB — increments the kernel version to 3.4.0, the build number to MRA58K, and the software version to V93020f.

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5 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Storm, Within, Infinity Loop and more

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It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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5 days ago

How to change Android app permissions on your Chromebook

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Guarding your privacy by setting Android app permissions on your Chromebook is easy. Here's what you need to know.

Google's been working on a system to permit or deny application permissions for a while, and with Marshmallow we saw it go live. With little of the problems and issues many expected, too. Since Android apps on your Chromebook run in their own Android container, you have the same control over permissions as you would on any Android phone or tablet. The only difference is how you get to them. It's easy — and something we'd like to find its way to Android on your phone, too.

Like any app installed on your Chromebook, you have a right click (or two finger tap on the trackpad) menu. To find all your apps, just click on the magnifying glass in the taskbar. The window that opens has icons for your recently used apps and a shortcut to the all apps page near the top. Click the all apps icon (or tap the screen) to get there. If you've installed plenty of Chrome or Android apps, you will probably have multiple pages, and you can swipe between them with the trackpad. Find the app you want to learn more about, and right click — remember that's a two finger tap on the trackpad — and you'll see a menu.

One of the items there is labeled App info. If you choose it, you'll see the standard app information screen from Android. One of the sections here is Permissions, and if you choose it the application permissions window opens. Here you can choose what the app is allowed to do by ticking the small toggle to the right of the window.

Remember that you might lose some functionality in the app if you don't allow it to do what it wants to do. A well-coded app can work around this, but the workaround might be asking you to enable the permission or just closing itself. Apps are installed on Marshmallow with all permissions denied by default, and if you never visit this setting the app will ask you when it needs to do something like access your storage or rifle through your contacts. And that's how it should be. My data is mine, and I'll decide with who and how it's shared, thank you very much.

Be sure to give this a look, and decide who gets your data and how, too.

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5 days ago

Top 5 leather bands for the LG Watch Urbane

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Top 5 leather bands for the LG Watch Urbane

Nothing goes with your LG Watch Urbane like a genuine leather band.

Not all genuine leather bands were created equally. Luckily for you, we have five leather bands you can get for the LG Watch Urbane that will add a touch of class and rugged beauty to your favorite accessory.

Rerii genuine leather band

Rerii genuine leather band

Top-grade, flexible genuine leather makes Rerii's band a strong leader on the list. The quick-release feature makes it easy to change out the band when you need to, but we think you'll love the look so much it'll just be your forever band.

It comes with a tool specifically designed for installation with the LG Watch Urbane, so there's no searching around for tiny pins and it comes in black, deep coffee, and light brown for around $13.

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Lucco genuine leather watchband

Lucia genuine leather watchband

For those with slightly thicker wrists, the band from Lucco will be an excellent fit and the lightweight genuine leather is supple and strong.

The spring-loaded pins make installing the band on your LG Watch Urbane easy and it comes with a beautiful array of unique colors, like pink, blue, orange, brown, and black. For around $13 you could get a color to match each mood.

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Hadley-Roma genuine leather watch strap

Hadley-Roma genuine leather watch strap

How about something timeless and classic for your modern timepiece? The grained genuine leather band from Hadley-Roma looks perfect with your LG Watch Urbane and has a water-resistant lining.

The brown band looks good at every occasion with whatever you're wearing and the stainless steel buckle is secure and adds just a touch of shine. At around $16 Hadley Roma bands are reasonable, functional, and ideal.

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RaySun genuine leather wristband

RaySun genuine leather wristband

RaySun's genuine leather band was designed with the LG Watch Urbane in mind; it's the perfect complement to the stylish watch face.

The leather is anti-slip, waterproof, and breathable with subtle stitching that blends in and finishes the classic look. It's the kind of band you wish all your watches had and it comes in at around $13.

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Tech Swiss genuine leather band

Tech Swiss genuine leather band

Our final band is a showstopper for the LG Watch Urbane. The Tech Swiss genuine leather band is a little heavier than some of the others, but the leather is soft and fits the watch to a tee.

The band's leather develops beautiful character with time and wear, and the dual retaining rings near the buckle add security and an original look that make this band stand out from the crowd. At around $35, it's a little more pricey but entirely worth it.

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The genuine article

Our top five certainly has room for more. If you've found a luxe leather band that's perfect for the LG Watch Urbane tell us about it in the comments below.

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