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Hub by Premier Inn is a new smart hotel controlled by your connected smartphone

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Not to be mistaken as leaked photos from the set of the new Stars Wars movie, Hub by Premier Inn is a new hotel opening in London later this year. Futuristic rooms at the hotel will be available from November and will contain enough connected gadgetry to excite anyone with a smartphone or tablet. The company has released an app for iOS and Android in preparation of the London Hub opening, which will be able to control everything from lights to booking and food ordering.

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NTT Docomo brings Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S5 Active and Galaxy Tab S 8.4 to Japan

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Japanese carrier NTT Docomo has announced its winter lineup of devices, which include the Galaxy S5 Active, Galaxy Note Edge and the Galaxy Tab S 8.4. The inclusion of the rugged Galaxy S5 Active makes it the first time the device is available outside of North American markets.

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Lenovo 'product engineer' Ashton Kutcher returns to get feedback from tablet users

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About a year ago, actor Ashton Kutcher helped Lenovo launch its Android-based Yoga tablets as their spokesperson, but under the title of the company's newest "product engineer". Now Kutcher has returned to the Lenovo fold in a series of videos that serve as a teaser for an upcoming tablet launch.

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Motorola updates FM Radio app with Bluetooth audio playback, interface changes

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Motorola has updated its FM Radio app for Moto E and Moto Gs to include Bluetooth audio playback and a few visual refreshes. The app, which is only available for these Motorola devices that have an FM tuner inside, is pretty bare bones but gets the job done and is now just a little bit better as well. The first big change is the inclusion of Bluetooth audio support, which will let you stream your FM tunes out to a connected wireless speaker or pair of headphones.

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1 day ago

This week's sidebar poll: Did you preorder a Galaxy Note 4?

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Galaxy Note 4

Take my money

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release is mere weeks away, and we expect plenty of folks will soon be holding one of their own once we see it on shelves. But some of us already know we have to have one, and have jumped on the preorder bus. It's always fun to try and gauge the popularity of any device based on preorder numbers, so we're going to join in.

Hit the poll below, and let us know which way you're going — preorder or no preorder. We'll take a look at the numbers come Friday.

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1 day ago

Be sure to catch Phil on the Tech Informist podcast

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In case you missed it, the fine folks over at the Tech Informist had our very own Phil Nickinson as a guest on their weekly show earlier. Be sure to check it out and grab a look at an hour or so of talk about Android, and all things tech as hosts JJ Hammond and Kevin Harvell, and of course Phil, pass on a little knowledge and commentary.

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1 day ago

Modified version of Android L to allow Project Ara to support hot-swappable modules

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Google's modular Project Ara smartphone is due to launch in 2015 with a special version of the Android L operating system. Along with that news, Google's Paul Eremenko also announced that we should see hot-swappable components so you can swap the camera modules, for example, without having to power off the phone.

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Have a 2013 Moto X that still doesn't have Android 4.4.4? Check now!

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If you were one of the remaining owners of an unlocked 2013 Moto X who didn't yet have Android 4.4.4, now would be a good time to check it. Looks like more folks — including us — are finally getting that latest point increase. The (aging) official changelog still states "Android 4.4.4, KitKat, is the latest release of the Android platform and includes enhanced security updates to OpenSSL," and the T-Mobile specific changelog isn't updated.

Anyhoo, we're finally updated. Enjoy.

More: Moto X 2013 forums; Thanks, Jason, Graham and Drew!

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2 days ago

Google Play dev console adds field for developers' physical addresses

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Google today revised the announcement in the Developer Console telling us all that starting tomorrow, Sept. 30, physical addresses will be required. Those addresses will be available on the app detail page in Google Play. The field appears to be live in the dev console, and you can add an address now.

Here's the deal:

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2 days ago

Get a new Samsung phone? Here are six things to turn off

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When it comes to the sheer number of features offered, Samsung's TouchWiz is pretty much unmatched. If you can imagine it, chances are it's a feature on the latest Samsung phones like the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Alpha. Many of these features are useful, but there's some stuff enabled out of the box that you might want to selectively turn off.

Read on to see which six features we find ourselves killing off when we start using a new Samsung phone.

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2 days ago

Google launching new ad-display formats designed for a 'multi-screen' world

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Google is redesigning the way we'll see ads on our devices, making things easier for developers to deliver ads that are both relevant and look good. In the past, it's been easier to try and shrink down an ad to fit onto a phone or tablet, but these new formats (rolling out during the next few months) should change all that.

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2 days ago

The top 5 text message replacement apps for Android

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Android text messaging apps

Don't like the IM app on your phone? Check out these replacements!

So maybe the standard messaging app that came on your phone isn't the best. You may think it's a bit clunky or doesn't pack a lot of punch when it comes to features. Luckily, we can replace those with other messaging apps. Most of them will bring some different design elements to the table, as well as additional functionality to fulfill our texting (and multimedia messaging) needs.

These apps will handle regular messaging without requiring you and your friends to use the same platform. This is not meant to provide a detailed look at any particular apps, but offer an overview of several popular ones. The ones we've listed here have received pretty good reviews on the Play Store.

Now let's get to it!

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2 days ago

OnePlus 2 smartphone scheduled for launch in Q2 or Q3 of 2015

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The launch of the OnePlus One smartphone hasn't been without issues, but it's apparently selling well enough that the company behind it is already planning for the launch of its second device, the OnePlus 2, in 2015.

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2 days ago

Photoshop coming to Chrome OS

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Photoshop coming to Chrome OS

Beta testing will be available in a few weeks

Google and Adobe are bringing a streaming version of Photoshop to Chromebooks for the first time. Photoshop on Chrome OS will at first be just for US-based Adobe education customers with a paid subscription to the company's Creative Cloud service.

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2 days ago

OneDrive app for Android updated with new All Photos View and more

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Microsoft is rolling out a new update to its OneDrive cloud storage app for Android devices today that adds a few new features, including a new way to view photos stored on the service.

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