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Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review

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Huawei Ascend Mate 7

Huawei is back with another crack at the oversized smartphone, and it might be the Chinese manufacturer's best device yet

Huawei has been stepping up its game of late, with modern Android devices that are significantly better than its earlier offerings. The world's No. 3 smartphone vendor is more of a household name in Asia than in Western markets; nevertheless it's shown it's serious about making inroads in Europe and North America.

The Ascend Mate series, it's fair to say, hasn't dazzled us yet, and it takes more than a "me too" approach to make a great oversized smartphone. Earlier in 2014 the Ascend P7 arrived and was the best Huawei device to date, with a premium design and high-end specs. Then the Ascend Mate 7 landed at IFA 2014 in Berlin. And as we've discovered in recent weeks, it's actually pretty good. Read on to find out why.

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Moto 360 back in stock at Motorola online store

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Anyone who missed out on getting the Moto 360 before the online store ran out of stock should check again. Motorola has tweeted out that they've got a fresh batch available, but who knows how long that will last?

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More update goodness for the NVIDIA Shield Tablet is inbound

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NVIDIA is sending out another update for the Shield Tablet today. This time around, you can expect some bug fixing, and some enhancements to network software and the Shield Hub software. The official changelog is below.

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Huge Pebble update brings activity and sleep tracking, price dropped to just $99

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The good folks at Pebble today are kicking things up a notch with a new software update that allows for full activity tracking and sleep monitoring for all Pebble watches. No longer will you need your Pebble on one wrist and a fitness band on the other — Pebble now does it all. Today, Pebble is announcing new health and fitness apps from Misfit, Jawbone, and Swim.com that allow you to take advantage of the new integrated features.

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1 day ago

Google goes back to school with Drive for Education

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Google will offer an unlimited amount of Google Drive cloud storage space for free for all of its Google Apps for Education customers as part of a new program called Drive for Education.

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Fleksy comes to Amazon, Samsung app stores with major update

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Popular third-party keyboard Fleksy is rolling out a major update, and it's coming to two new store fresh off the heels of its iOS launch. The app will be coming to the Amazon Appstore and the Samsung App Store, and both the Fleksy keyboard and the Fleksy Messenger app for Samsung Gear devices are getting a bevy of new features.

Fleksy keyboard 3.2.5 for Android sports the usual host of bug fixes and optimizations, both for resources and for tablets. In addition, we have...

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1 day ago

Hands-on with Alcatel OneTouch Pop Mega LTE for Straight Talk

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Alcatel OneTouch will have three devices heading to Straight Talk soon. The Pop Mega LTE is one of them and we played with it for a bit last night in New York. It features a 6-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a long-lasting 3400mAh battery, 8-megapixel camera, and supports 4G LTE. Go watch our hands-on video!

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LG G3 coming to U.S. Cellular in October

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LG's well-loved G3 will be gracing U.S. Cellular shelves next month for as low as $0 down on an installment plan. Specifics on pricing beyond that or any set dates aren't available just yet. Those who go in on the G3 will be eligible for U.S. Cellular's rewards program, where you earn points towards devices, accessories, events, and other goodies.

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Galaxy Note 4 screen gap 'a necessary manufacturing feature,' says manual

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Galaxy Note 4

Issue acknowledged in Note 4 manual, gap 'may expand slightly' over time

As the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launches in South Korea, reports have emerged in the Korean press of an unusual hardware issue affecting some Note 4 units. The story, first broken by local outlet IT Today, says some Korean Note 4s include a gap between the screen and the metal trim large enough to insert a business card. Given that the Note 4 isn't available globally just yet, it's unclear exactly how widespread this issue is — and isolated build issues with new smartphones aren't exactly uncommon.

Curiously, though, Samsung directly addresses this issue in its manual for the European Galaxy Note 4, which arrived on the company's support site in the past day. Tucked away on page 180 of the document, under the "Troubleshooting" section, is the following —

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New devices from Alcatel Onetouch popping onto Straight Talk next month

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Alcatel Onetouch has announced a trio of budget devices coming to Straight Talk next month: the OneTouch Pop Icon, Pop Mega LTE, and Pop Star LTE. The Mega will go for under $250, while the Star and Icon will be available for under $150.

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Moto X Pure Edition (XT1095) may soon get more LTE bands

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Moto X LTE

There's been a bit of confusion over the Pure Edition of the new Moto X and the LTE bands it supports. The original specs as supplied by Motorola at the launch event are different what current is listed on Motorola's product page, and the XT1095 (Pure Edition) and XT1097 (AT&T) models no longer match up on banding.

Here's how the bands line up, as Motorola lists them today:

  • XT1095 (Pure Edition): Bands 02, 04, 17
  • XT1097 (AT&T): Bands 02, 03, 04, 05, 07, 17
  • XT1096 (Verizon): Bands 02, 03, 04, 07, 13

What's interesting today is a post from Motorola forums manager Matt (aka Moto Matt), who writes that the XT1095 will see a software update to enable Bands 3, 5 and 7 on the Pure Edition of the Moto X.

That's notable because as it stands the XT1095 is effectively limited to AT&T and T-Mobile here in the States. Adding Bands 3, 5 and 7 will greatly increase the ability to roam overseas — which is exactly what you'd expect a SIM-unlocked phone to be able to do.

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TiVo app for Android finally adds streaming video support

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Owners of TiVo DVRs who also use Android smartphones or tablets can now fully use those devices, thanks to a new update to the TiVo Android app that finally allows it to stream recorded and live video from a DVR to supported smartphones and tablets.

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Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro with 6-inch QHD display now official in India

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It's no secret that users in the Indian subcontinent love large screens, and today Lenovo is catering to that segment with the launch of the Vibe Z2 Pro – a high-end phablet boasting a 6-inch QHD display.

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Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 30

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE hands-on and impressions

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE

Take a great tablet and add more storage and LTE for just $100 — it's a solid value

Between different colors, storage sizes and mobile data options, you can easily get lost in a SKU-a-polooza when buying a tablet. NVIDIA is thankfully offering just two models of the new Shield Tablet — one with 16GB of storage, and another with 32GB and an LTE radio inside. I've had the lucky opportunity to use the latter version after reviewing the original fully, and have compiled some of my thoughts on using one of the better tablets of 2014, now with mobile data inside.

Thankfully there's not a whole lot to write home about when it comes to using the Shield Tablet LTE when compared to the original version — you're getting the same experience now as you would with the Wifi model, but with a bit more mobility this time around. Having LTE on board does afford you some freedom and open up the possibilities of what you can do with your tablet, though, and I found it to be quite a nice experience. Read along to see our impressions of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE.

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