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6 days ago

We're live from Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas!

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Try not to get too jealous, folks. But that's our current view here in Las Vegas, where we've just landed for the CTIA Super Mobility Week event. This used to be a twice yearly (and less audaciously named) event, with the fall outing in the most excellent San Diego, but this year marks the first that it's been condensed into a single show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center (which you can also seen in our image).

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6 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: Are you disappointed in any of the new devices you haven't touched yet?

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Moto 360

Judge all the things

It's that time of year again. New products from the companies we know and love get shown off, and the Internet instantly becomes divided on whether they are "good" or "bad." We all do it, and I'm not pointing fingers at anyone. Ask me what I think of the Galaxy Note Edge — a phone I've only ever seen in embargoed press release form and hands-on pictures — and I'll happily tell you I don't like it. I'm glad Samsung is doing it so the next version is better, but still, that thing is ridiculous.

But I have no idea what I'm talking about, because I've never touched it.

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6 days ago

Android 4.4.3 update with Extreme Power Saving mode for Verizon One M8 coming Wednesday

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HTC's Mo Versi confirms that the Verizon HTC One M8 will be getting the Android 4.4.3 software update come Wednesday, September 10. The exciting feature about the update is that it brings a new Extreme Power Saving mode, or EPS, to the smartphone, which would help stretch out the battery life by turning off non-critical radios and notifications when not in use.

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6 days ago

Sega drops Super Monkey Ball Bounce on Android

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Super Monkey Ball Bounce is now available to play on Android. This is the latest mobile game in the popular Super Monkey Ball franchise from Sega. Today's new game brings 119 levels and six unique worlds to your Android handset. Like games like Peggle? Then you might want to check out Super Monkey Ball Bounce.

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6 days ago

The difference between archiving and deleting in Gmail

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Gmail Archive and delete

Know what to do with everything you receive in Gmail

ACU GmailFor most people, Gmail is one of the most important tools in their daily lives. The problem is that most get so many emails that it is hard to keep your inbox organized and not full of random, unnecessary emails. Gmail offers users multiple ways to organize and sort their emails into different folders, tabs, and tags but in a time where Google's search can scan millions of words per second why is it necessary to put so much effort into keeping your Gmail organized? Luckily, Gmail has an archiving tool that will help you clean up the interface without causing you to spend several days placing each email into a distinct folder.

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6 days ago

Samsung prepping mid-range Galaxy Alpha, specs reportedly leak

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When it comes to changing consumer perception of its historically plastic phones, Samsung may figuratively be putting the pedal to the metal. After introducing new phones with an aluminum frame, like the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Alpha, and the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung is now said to be working on an all-metal phone in the form of the SM-A500.

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6 days ago

Three flavors of HTC One M8: Sense, GPe and Windows

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HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 is one of the top smartphones available right now, ranking highest on our list of best Android phones. But following the launch of Google Play edition and Windows Phone versions of the device, HTC's current flagship finds itself in a unique position: There are three versions of the device available, each with a radically different software experience.

Check past the break for a quick photo tour of the three different flavors of HTC One M8 — HTC Sense, Google Play edition with stock Android, and the M8 for Windows, running Windows Phone 8.1.

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6 days ago

Why 64-bit processors really matter for Android

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64 bits

It's not really about the bits, but the new ARM-based processors will make a difference

One of the biggest buzzwords of 2014 when it comes to mobile hardware is "64-bit." It gets thrown around like some sort of magic that makes everything about your smartphone or tablet better. It has to be better, because 64 is more than 32, right?

The fact is, that while 64-bit processing has both advantages and drawbacks when used in something like a smartphone, the hardware that supports it can make a major difference because of other new manufacturing processes. While using these new chips is also a bit of future-proofing as Android itself and third-party software moves towards 64-bit, the tangible and more important changes come with the new ARMv8 chip architecture.

There's plenty out there for folks who love to pore over white papers and look at diagrams and flowcharts, but for the rest of us — who really only care that these new 64-bit processors are better — things get more confusing. We love to get technical sometimes, but I think we can break things down for the folks who just want an overview without talking about registers and SMID and bandwidth.

Let's do that.

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6 days ago

Galaxy Note 4 S Health can sense and track even more stuff

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Galaxy Note 4 sensors

Your Note 4 can record your blood oxygen saturation and sunlight UV levels, in addition to other metrics

IFA 2014 In the Galaxy S4, Samsung introduced a built-in pedometer and the S Health app. Earlier this year it followed up with a built-in heart rate sensor in the Galaxy S5. And now in the new Galaxy Note 4, the Korean manufacturer brings a couple more sensor capabilities into the mix. Read on for a quick look at S Health's new tricks.

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6 days ago

It's time we started giving these 'other' smartphone makers a chance

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Alcatel

IFA 2014 has come and gone for another year and once again it's left us with a mass of new devices to get excited about. It's undisputed that the likes of Samsung, Sony and LG – and Motorola, despite not having an official presence at IFA – have given us some fantastic new devices, but there were also some interesting device announcements from other manufacturers. Specifically ones that aren't very popular in the U.S.

But are we doing ourselves a dis-service by not taking note of what the likes of Huawei and Alcatel Onetouch are doing? Is it about time to start giving them a chance?

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6 days ago

Jawbone releasing Up API for wider compatibility and integration

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It looks like Jawbone is preparing to open its UP software to third parties, specifically, to other hardware manufacturers. This means that Jawbone would be able to collect data into its app from rivals like FitBit, as well as smartwatches running Android Wear, and Apple's long-rumored iWatch, according to Re/code:

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6 days ago

Amazon dropping Fire Phone two-year contract price on AT&T to 99 cents

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Amazon has decided to cut the two year contract price of its recently launched Fire Phone in the US down from $199 to just 99 cents on AT&T.

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6 days ago

Amazon Fire Phone UK pre-orders begin on O2 for September 30 launch

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Pre-orders for the Amazon Fire Phone in the UK have begun, with the Android-based smartphone sold as an exclusive on O2, and shipments slated to begin on September 30th.

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6 days ago

We're answering your new Moto X questions in the forums!

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The new Moto X has been one of the most anticipated phones of the year. What we ended up getting last week in Chicago has left some scratching their heads, though.

Regardless, we've got a good weekend of Moto X use under our belts, and we're answering your questions today in our Moto X forums.

Be sure to check out our hands-on with the new Moto X. Then click here to join the conversation!

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6 days ago

Top Android app, device and accessory deals for September 8

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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