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1 week ago

Right now and all weekend: Coachella on Chromecast

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Coachella on YouTube

This, folks, is what Chromecast was made for. Now that live events are able to be sent over to the big screen via Chromecast, you really have no more excuses. Coachella all weekend. Hours and hours of music. All from the comfort of your living room. Enjoy.

Stream it at YouTube.com/coachella

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1 week ago

John Legere has a Gold Galaxy S5, too

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I love goooold. That's probabably what John Legere is thinking right now. Earlier today he went to Twitter to promote the Galaxy S5 that came to T-Mobile today. HTC wasn't too happy with all the attention that T-Mobile's CEO was giving the S5, so they supplied him with a shiny new HTC One M8 wrapped in a brilliant 24-carat gold finish. Did you really think Samsung would take that sitting down?

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1 week ago

OnePlus One camera samples leak out

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Samples from the OnePlus One's 13MP Sony Exmor-powered camera have reportedly leaked out. We have had the impression that the OnePlus One will deliver some high-quality cameraphone pictures, but this is the first chance anyone has had to take a peek at them — provided these are accurate and from the final revision.

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1 week ago

Android Central 180: He runs a tight ship

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Audio-only stream below

Oh, what a tangled week we weave. We — and a lot of you folks out there — now have the Samsung Galaxy S5 in hand. Plus we're getting in deep with Amazon Fire TV. Plus we're answering a lot of your questions this week.

And there might even be some singing. Just a little bit of singing, though, because Phil runs a tight ship. Or something.

Join us!

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1 week ago

Amazon will reportedly ship a 3D-based smartphone in September

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The success of Amazon's Kindle line and the Fire TV may just have them finaly building a smartphone — and if rumors are true, it will have a 3D-style screen. According to the Wall Street Journal, folks have been briefed by Amazon about the upcoming smartphone. They're calling it part of a larger move to get into the hardware side of the business.

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1 week ago

The HTC One M8 comes in 24-carat gold too — just ask John Legere

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24-carat gold HTC One M8

Today is Samsung's day. The brand-new Samsung Galaxy S5 launched today around the globe, taking away some of the attention that the HTC One M8 has enjoyed over the past two weeks. Not one to let an opportunity slip by, and knowing that T-Mobile CEO John Legere is a compulsive sharer on Twitter, HTC sent the chatty exec a shiny new HTC One M8 wrapped in a brilliant 24-carat gold finish.

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1 week ago

The Galaxy S5 has a great Photosphere mode, but you have to download it first

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Surround Shot

Samsung's Surround Shot add-on lets you take Photosphere images

Many Android phone makers have developed their own take on Google's Photosphere — the feature on Nexus phones which lets you take 360-degree panoramic images. LG has its VR Panorama, HTC has Panorama 360 on the One M8, and Samsung launched Surround Shot on the Galaxy Note 3 last year. On the Galaxy S5, however, it's not included out of the box — it's a downloadable plug-in you need to snag from Samsung apps.

Read on for more info.

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1 week ago

Amazing Spider-Man 2 swinging onto a device near you next week

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Gameloft has released a new trailer and some new screenshots for their upcoming game The Amazing Spider-Man 2, coming next week. Spider-Man 2 was originally announced last month as an open world experience that would let you sling webs, crawl on walls, and fight villains in true Spider-Man style.

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1 week ago

Read this before buying a new Galaxy S5 back cover on eBay (or anywhere else)

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Galaxy S5 back cover

You may be able to get a replacement cover now, but there's a good reason to wait

One of the hotter topics in our Galaxy S5 forums today is the different colors of the Galaxy S5. Specifically, it's that the battery door for the white model is more of hard plastic than the softer black cover. (And if you can find the blue, I highly recommend it. It's so nice.) So, folks are hunting around for replacement battery door covers. Black on white should be pretty good — and blue on white may be even better.

And we're starting to see doors pop up on eBay, imported from China.

But there's a catch. And one that you need to be aware of before putting these covers on your phone.

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1 week ago

Get Ready For It: Smartwatch Fans is expanding... and rebranding!

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Logo Sneak Peak!

When we Welcomed Smartwatch Fans to the Mobile Nations family on January 1st of this year, we told the story of how the site came to be. In reality, we actually started 2013 with the goal of building a community and resource with a broader focus, covering not only smartwatches, but also other wearables and the broader world of connected devices often referred to as the internet of things.

The problem was, we couldn't find a domain name and brand that we loved. With the months rushing by and 2013 coming to a close and the urge to get a new community launched just as strong, we decided to not delay and get things rocking with the more niche-focused Smartwatch Fans. It's been a busy four months on Smartwatch Fans, and things are about to get a whole lot busier and way more fun.

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