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2 days ago

AC on the road: What's in Derek's gear bag in 2014

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This is what's in Derek's bag

It's time to see what's in Derek's bag when there's a show to cover

So, I'm heading over to Germany for IFA next week with Alex and Richard, while Phil and Andrew are going to Vegas the following week for CTIA. It's going to be a busy show with a lot to cover, so I'll be bringing a lot of the gear to make sure we can cover everything as best as we can. It's a pretty full load-out, but I like to be prepared for whatever might happen.

So what's in Derek's bag? It's time to find out.

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2 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: Strap in, folks

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We've reached that point of the year at which I'm required once again to remind you of the following: Shit's gonna get crazy.

Let's recap the next couple of weeks: This week we've got the IFA conference in Berlin. I'm sitting it out this year, but Alex and Richard have it covered, with an able hand from the one and only Derek Kessler. They'll be on hand for Samsung's Unpacked event there in Germany, and Andrew and I will be at the New York event. Liveblogging and intravenous caffeine injections start at 9 a.m. EDT.

Then it's off to the airport for Andrew and myself, as we head to Chicago for Motorola's big throwdown on Thursday. New phones, new wearables, and probably a few other things. Then home for the weekend before heading off to Las Vegas for the CTIA Super Mobility Week conference. No rest for the wicked.

And this, again, is the point at which I remind you that the live event coverage is just the start of things to come. As I spelled out in this space some six months ago, the live news coverage is just a small part of what we do. We're going to crawl inside every nook and cranny of these devices. We're going to help everyone learn to use them, whether they're your first devices, or your 200th. Some of these tutorials will be far too elementary for many of you. And that's OK. You have my permission to skip them. And I strongly encourage us all to respect those who are just starting out and need the extra help. We're here for everyone. And we're here to help.

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2 days ago

Sony teases waterproof devices ahead of IFA 2014

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Sony continues to tease its new devices ahead of IFA 2014, and this time, they're talking about water resistance. In a tweet from Sony UK, the company has the following message, accompanied by an image of a pool with text that indicates possible waterproofing of two meters, or possible greater.

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2 days ago

New Dungeons & Dragons game in the works for mobile

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Dungeons & Dragons is a super-popular tabletop role-playing game. There have been numerous titles released in digital format for players to enjoy on their consoles and gaming rigs, but many have failed to replicate the magic of tabletop. That could change as Backflip Studios is looking to bring a new Dungeons & Dragons game to mobile platforms and it's set to introduce some neat features.

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3 days ago

Top five tips and tricks for Ninja Village

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Kairosoft is the Japanese developer responsible for Game Dev Story and many more simulation games. A lot of their games are really similar to each other, but each one still has a unique setting that gives it special appeal. For instance: ninjas!

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3 days ago

Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk spotted in grainy renders

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Sony has already had one apparent leak of an unannounced smartwatch in a promo for their Sony SmartBand but the device now dubbed as the SmartWatch 3 has appeared once again in some rather grainy renders.

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3 days ago

Why you should use Gmail

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Gmail

Gmail is an effective tool that helps us keep in touch with the world

Oh, Gmail, I still remember when I first heard of you. I was still a young lad at the time, but I remember hoping for an invitation to join the service. It seemed like it was an invitation-only beta, or not open to the public, for such a long time. As I waited for my invitation to get an account, I watched numbers scroll upwards on a little ticker as Google made a point that it offered much more storage than Yahoo! and Hotmail, its biggest email competitors at the time.

The happy day finally did arrive. I got an invitation and opened up my Gmail account. Since then, I haven't really used any other email services. Gmail gets the job done for me, plus some. But what is it that makes Google's email service so great, and why should you use it? The following are just some of the reasons I use Gmail. I think you'll think a lot of the following things are pretty cool, too.

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3 days ago

Here's your winner of the HTC One M8 Phunk Edition

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Archan Nair's winning entry

Congrats, Archan Nair, you just won the HTC One M8 Phunk Edition (number one) in our contest!

Last week, we asked you fine readers of AC to get to work on your own custom design for the HTC One M8, and after a slew of entries, we put our top ten up for the community vote. We closed the voting down and live on episode 200 of the Android Central podcast we picked the winner.

But you won't believe what happened.

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3 days ago

Another Galaxy Note 4 teaser video focuses on the S Pen

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Samsung continues to release teaser videos for the Galaxy Note 4 reveal event that's scheduled for September 3. This new clip focuses on the S Pen, which apparently will get a lot of attention at the Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin.

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3 days ago

Everything is not awesome to everybody

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Awesome

It's OK not to love everything

We're about to see what Samsung and Motorola have to show us for their annual release of two really nice Android phones — the Galaxy Note 4 and the next version of the Moto X — as well as assorted other products like watches, and maybe even some super-duper secret things that will make us all want to spend money. This means the hype machines will be turned up to 11, and the Internet will be filled with things about them until Apple does the same thing later in the week.

After that, of course comes the obligatory comparisons of all the phones and devices from all the companies and all the tech press, complete with loads of gushing and hyperbole. We'll be part of this, and we want to be part of it all. You'll also be reading all of it, both here at Android Central and across the Internet as a whole. Nothing interests a smartphone fan quite like a device launch, and when they come on the heels of each other we all get some sort of bloodlust-like fervor to both consume all the information available and to jump in and add to the fray ourselves.

It's fun as hell, more interesting than it should be, and makes for good business all around.

Just remember to take it all with a big grain of salt, because opinions aren't universally true and not everything can be awesome.

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