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5 days ago

Is typing on a watch with a half-baked keyboard quicker than voice input?

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5 days ago

Samsung's premium Level headphones and speakers coming to the US

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Samsung today announced that their premium Samsung Level headphones and a Bluetooth speaker will be available in the US starting tomorrow.

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5 days ago

Did Google+ do the right thing by changing its 'real names' policy?

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Google+ recently announced that it no longer will require its users to use "real" names. Not that everyone did, in fact, use their real names (thanks for the circle, Edgar Allen Poe!), but you get the point. "El1teHax0r" isn't what Google+ was looking for when it rolled out a few years ago.

And there's something to be said for actually using your name on things. It can provide a sense of importance. It also can help hold folks accountable for what they say — though certainly some people just don't care — and, again, it's not like there weren't and aren't ways around that, on Google+ and elsewhere.

And there's also a time and place for anonymity, when privacy and safety are paramount for any number of reasons.

Me? I just like to know who I'm talking to. But it's telling that Google apologized for the names policy being "unclear."

So let's put it to you folks. Did Google+ make the right decision in letting us use something other than "real" names with our profiles?

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5 days ago

Nokia offers augmented reality app features to Android developers

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Nokia has announced a new update to its HERE software development kit (SDK) for Android that will allow app developers working with Google's OS to add in LiveSight features. This could lead to Android apps that offer information about specific locations placed over live camera scenes.

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5 days ago

T-Mobile announces installment plans for accessories

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Leading up to the back-to-school season, T-Mobile is preparing to equip soon-to-be-impoverished students with mobile gear thanks to a new Equipment Installation Plan payment option for accessories priced $69 - $250. That means you can get fancy stuff like Bluetooth speakers or smartwatches for $0-down and pay it back over the course of 24 months.

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5 days ago

You can now buy the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live from Best Buy

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The two currently-available Android Wear smartwatches — the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live — are now available for purchase from Best Buy. Sure, you order them right off Google Play or from Amazon, but if you really want to get your hands on one and see what Android Wear is really like before you plop down $200 or more, then Best Buy might be your option.

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5 days ago

Top 5 tips and tricks for using Samsung S Voice

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Samsung went to the trouble to make its own voice-recognition app — here's how to use it

S Voice is the bundled voice command application that comes with the Galaxy S5 and other Samsung devices which allows you to take all sorts of actions without having to fiddle with your phone. These five tips will get you up and running with S Voice in no time.

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5 days ago

The best Android Wear smartwatch

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The best smartwatch

Our continuously updated list of the best Android Wear watch you can wear

We can't possibly declare the best Android smartwatch already, can we? We're just weeks into the Android Wear space, with but two watches currently available. But we get paid to make the tough calls.

Seriously, though, consider this a living document. This is where we'll continuously update the best Android Wear smartwatches as more are released. The Moto 360 has been announced — we're just waiting on it to be made available. ASUS, Fossil and HTC are other manufacturers that have announced their intentions to build for Android Wear. So this list of the best Android Wear smartwatches will absolutely grow over time. And it'll be interesting to see where things stand and how they compare to Apple's long-rumored iWatch.

Enough preamble. Let's get to it. These are the best Android Wear smartwatches as we see them in mid-July 2014.

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5 days ago

Amazon UK takes £80 off the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX for limited time

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If you've been thinking about snagging a Kindle Fire HDX and you're British, now might be the best opportunity you'll get. Until the very end of today, Wednesday July 16, Amazon UK has the 32GB and 64GB 7-inch HDX available with a whopping £80 price cut. That means the 32GB drops to just £149 – and is cheaper by £50 than the 16GB version – and the 64GB comes down to £179 – £20 less than the 16GB model.

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5 days ago

RBC Express Mobile app offers fresh business banking functions

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The Royal Bank of Canada released a new dedicated app for business customers today. RBC Express Mobile has all of the bells and whistles of RBC's everyday banking counterpart, plus optional two-factor authentication for added security. Beyond that, it's clearly enjoyed a fresh, polished user interface.

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