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11 min ago

What the HTC One A9's 'decrypt storage' boot prompt is about

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The HTC One A9 may boot up a little differently than your previous Android phone. There's a new step to take between turning your phone on and it fully booting up. That's another feature of Android Marshmallow — or, rather, a feature being re-enforced in Marshmallow: Encrypted storage. And while HTC could do a better job of making it sound less scary the first time you see it, you should be happy it's there.

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7 hours ago

Moto X 2014 for AT&T and Verizon on sale for just $99.99 at Best Buy

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If you are looking for a cheap Android smartphone, you might want to consider the Moto X 2014 today. Best Buy is selling both the AT&T and Verizon versions of Motorola's phone for just $99.99 without a contract.

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1 day ago

Marshmallow update coming to T-Mobile HTC One M9 on Feb. 16 [Update: Verizon, too!]

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If you're using an HTC One M9 on T-Mobile, your wait for Android 6.0 Marshmallow is almost over. HTC's Mo Versi has confirmed that the update will start rolling out on Tuesday, February 16.

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1 day ago

BlackBerry offers Priv discounts in U.S. and UK through Feb. 24

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BlackBerry is spreading the love this Valentine's Day with a discount on the Priv at ShopBlackBerry in the U.S. and UK.

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1 day ago

Nextbit Robin unboxing

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I don't usually do unboxings. I have nothing against people who do them, but they aren't my thing. Usually, it's a box with a phone, a charger and USB cable inside it. Maybe some user manuals that nobody will read are in there. Or maybe — if you're lucky — some earbuds. Nothing will be inside a box that gets me excited.

That all changed when the Nextbit Robin showed up in the coolest box ever.

I'm a sucker for wooden things. When wooden things are nicely built I get excited. Go on and laugh, get it out of your system. This box is the king of all boxes that hold electronic things. Add in a toy sheep, and you have hit every button that needs to be hit to get me pumped to do a video about a box. I only wish that everyone got a box this nice — this is not the retail packaging.

We'll talk more about the Nextbit Robin shortly. For now, I'm only allowed to show you the box.

Enjoy the box porn.

Nextbit Robin

See at Nextbit

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1 day ago

Honor Holly 2 Plus all set to go on sale in India from Feb. 15

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The budget Honor Holly 2 Plus is going to make its debut in India next week. The phone will go on sale on Amazon India and Flipkart at 12:00AM Feb. 15, with a retail price of ₹8,499 ($125).

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2 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 pre-orders rumored to start on Feb. 21, Gear VR might be included

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Samsung will reportedly put the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge up for pre-order on Feb. 21, the same day they are expected to be announced. Lining up with previous reports, the phones will supposedly launch on March 11. It is also said that Samsung will be throwing in an interesting free item.

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2 days ago

Lenovo sells 180,000 units of the K4 Note in India, open sale from February 15

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Lenovo India has announced that it crossed 1.1 million registrations for the K4 Note, with over 180,000 units sold thus far. The vendor is getting rid of the registration system from next week, stating that the phone will be available on open sale starting February 15. Lenovo is also offering a new Pearl White color option as well.

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2 days ago

Unlocked LG G4 is just $349 at B&H Photo

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B&H Photo is currently offering the LG G4 (US991) for just $349, a discount of $100 from the phone's retail price of $449. The phone is carrier unlocked, which means that you can use it with any GSM carrier in the country.

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2 days ago

Buy a Samsung flagship from AT&T, get a 32GB Galaxy S6 for free

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AT&T's latest promotion includes a free Galaxy S6 with every purchase of a Samsung flagship. Buy a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 Active or a Galaxy Note 5, and get a 32GB Galaxy S6 absolutely free from the carrier. The deal is valid until March 31, and is likely intended to clear unsold inventory of the Galaxy S6 before its successor hits store shelves.

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2 days ago

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S packaging allegedly doubles up as a VR headset

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Alcatel OneTouch is slated to unveil the Idol 4S shortly, and it looks like the brand is looking to differentiate itself by packaging the phone in a hard plastic box that doubles up as a Google Cardboard-style VR headset. That's according to Evan Blass at VentureBeat.

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2 days ago

LG G5's Quick Cover case will pass your touches to the screen

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Despite the fact that the LG G5 hasn't yet been revealed, LG has unveiled the Quick Cover case for the upcoming smartphone.

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3 days ago

The LG K7 is now available from T-Mobile for $139

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LG's budget-friendly K7 smartphone is now available from T-Mobile. You can snap up the LG K7 for $139.99 up front, or you can pay for the phone in installments, putting no money down and paying $5.84 per month for 24 months.

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3 days ago

ARCHOS announces the 5-inch 50d Oxygen, coming in May for $149

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ARCHOS has announced its latest smartphone, the 50d Oxygen, which it plans to show off in full at Mobile World Congess 2016. The 50d Oxygen runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, and will go on sale in May 2016 with a recommended price of $149.99.

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3 days ago

ASUS ZenFone Zoom Review

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ZenFone Zoom

Clever hardware elevates an already great phone line even higher, but the execution stumbles a bit.

The quick take

ASUS has taken the the already impressive ZenFone 2 and turned it into something fun for anyone who enjoys the control of a DSLR camera but isn't planning on walking around with one every day. That means you get a solid, snappy phone with a decent display and some clever camera hardware with matching visual styling to support the experience. Unfortunately that clever hardware experience is coupled with the kind of camera sensor you expect to find in a mid-range, $400 phone, and when you combine that with the outdated software on the phone the end result is decidedly mediocre.

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