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Samsung Galaxy Alpha teardown reveals razor thin display assembly

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A full disassembly of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha gives us a peek under the hood. The most noteworthy aspect of the device's internal hardware is the super-slim 1.4 mm display, which is half the width of the iPhone 6 front panel. This actually makes repairing fairly difficult given how much adhesive Samsung uses. There's also a gasket around the headphone jack, which hints that all-around waterproofing may have been a consideration at some point.

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46 min ago

Angry Birds maker Rovio looking to simplify its business with potential layoffs

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The Finnish studio behind Angry Birds, Rovio has announced that job cuts may be on the cards to simplify the company. CEO Mikael Hed admitted in a blog post published today the company has been growing on assumptions, a tactic that's clearly not sustainable in today's competitive market.

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1 hour ago

Vertu's latest luxury phone offers exotic materials and high-end specs for $6,900

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The $10,300 Signature Touch out of your budget range? Vertu understands your plight, which is why the luxury phone manufacturer just announced the Aster, a $6,900 hand-crafted smartphone constructed out of titanium.

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1 hour ago

Instapaper is now available for free, launches new premium subscription

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Instapaper has today announced that the company is changing its subscription model, enabling everyone to download the official app for free. A new premium subscription is now available for $2.99 or $29.99 a year, but for those who are already paying for the service, you'll remain on the old $1 a month plan (as a token of their gratitude). The team states that the new premium model will enable them to add cool new features to the advanced package.

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1 hour ago

Future LG smartwatches may also run webOS

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If you thought we have seen the last of webOS (aside from LG TVs), think again as LG is also looking to use the operating system to power smartwatches. A software development kit for a webOS smartwatch has been teased on an LG-owned developer website (link no longer works). The company already has two Android-powered watches available on the market, including the G Watch R (pictured above), but LG could well be looking to work on its own platform.

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2 hours ago

Samsung takes advantage of 'bendgate' in latest Galaxy Note 4 ad

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Samsung has made sure its marketing channels have taken full advantage of the "bendgate" mess surrounding the newly released iPhones, and the company is at it once again with its latest Galaxy Note 4 advert. This short video runs through tests the company carries out to ensure there's enough durability to prevent the smartphone from bending and essentially falling apart.

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8 hours ago

Allthecooks rebrands app as Cookpad Recipes

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Allthecooks, the recipe sharing service that's gotten a good bit of attention as one of the initial Android Wear applications (and particularly as one that does things right) has rebranded its Android app.

The new name? Cookpad Recipes. (It'll just show as "Cookpad" in your app drawer. Same great app, same great waffle recipes. (Mmmmmm. Waffles.) Now with a new name. We're not sure what prompted the change, and the iOS and Windows Phone apps so far seem to be unaffected. But so long as the syrupy goodness keeps flowing, we'll call it whatever they want.

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13 hours ago

Honda brings Android Ice Cream Sandwich to Civic's dash

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Honda is teaming up with NVIDIA to bring a Tegra-powered embedded Android experience to the Civic's infotainment system. Dubbed Honda Connect, the system is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra processor and runs a skinned version of Android 4.0.4 on a 7-inch touchscreen in the car. Honda Connect, which is different than Google's Android Auto initiative, will debut on the Civic, Civic Tourer, and CR-V in Europe early next year.

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15 hours ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Wheel

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Wheels, they keep us moving. Whether you're headed on a long road trip in a car, getting around town on a bike or maybe having a nice day at an amusement park in a Ferris wheel, there are more than a few wheels that we see on a daily basis. This week's photo contest is focused on the prompt "wheel," and we're wanting to see the best pictures you can take to illustrate that.

We're again picking two winners to take home prizes this week for their entries, with each winner receiving a $50 ShopAndroid gift card!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (October 7) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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16 hours ago

Two weeks and a very happy new relationship with a Chromebook

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote that I'd taken possession of my very first Chromebook – the Asus C300, reviewed here – and how I was going as close to "all in" as possible for a time to really get a feel for it. After a couple of weeks immersed in Chrome OS I'm not afraid to say how surprised the experience has left me.

Surprised in a good way. Even though I spend most of every day using Google Chrome browser on OS X to write posts for Mobile Nations, there's always the safety net of the collection of native apps that I've built up over the years to take care of specific tasks. But with just a Chromebook in hand I'm honestly amazed at just how much you can actually get done. For most people, most of the time, these little laptops are all the computer they'll ever need.

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16 hours ago

Verizon won't throttle its heaviest unlimited data users after all

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Verizon is backtracking on its plan to begin throttling data hogs on grandfathered unlimited plans on its 4G LTE network today. Originally, the carrier announced that starting on October 1, unlimited customers who use excessive data on a strained cell site may see their data speeds temporarily reduced, but after public backlash the carrier is now reversing its policy so that there will be no throttling.

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17 hours ago

Hands-on with the Seek Thermal camera add-on accessory

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Want to see in the dark? There's a cool accessory for your phone that is going to make that possible. Seek Thermal (thermal.com) is a portable camera that plugs into smartphones which adds the ability of thermal imaging. Multi-thousand dollar thermal cameras have been used by firefighters, law enforcement and the military to see through smoke or in complete darkness. Now, you can use that kind of imaging technology with your smartphone.

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17 hours ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Messy' winners!

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Another weekly photo contest has come to a close, and while the number of entries wasn't staggering the quality of each one certainly was. We had a couple dozen great entries that followed the prompt "messy," making it tough to narrow down. In the end we were able to bring it down to just two winners, each getting a prize for their efforts this week. Read along and see the winning images.

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17 hours ago

Following its rivals, Verizon brings more data to More Everything plans

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Following the lead of AT&T and Sprint, Verizon Wireless will now be giving subscribers of its More Everything plans even more data, though you'll have to sign up this month to qualify. More data begins with the 12 GB plan, which will now net you a 15 GB data bucket each month, and goes all the way up to the 50 GB data plan, which through the promotion will double your data to a whopping 100 GB to consume. That's a lot of Netflix streaming to consume each month!

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17 hours ago

Catch Jerry on this week's All About Android show!

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! We present to you Episode 181 of TWiT's All About Android, featuring our very own Jerry Hildenbrand! (And, of course, Jason Howell, Ron Richards and Gina Trapani!) Check 'em out as they dish on the new Google Developer Distribution Agreement, Pushbullet adding channels to its services, and why the Moto 360 is so damn good even if the specs say it's not.

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