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5 days ago

New GoToMeeting app update adds support for Android Wear

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GoToMeeting is extending its Android app features to include Android Wear smartphone support, allowing owners to take meetings while they may be on the move.

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5 days ago

One more last-minute Lollipop sighting as we await Android L

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We should get an announcement any time now for some new Nexus devices, as well as an update as to what the Android L nickname actually is (and hopefully a code drop). And in the meantime, Guillaume_Dev on Twitter spotted a reference to a "Lollipop banner" using the dev console in Chrome on Android.com, which we've reproduced here.

Good spot, and even more important is that it's going to earn at least one of us here a winning $5 wager. Assuming it's not yet another false flag from Google, those crazy tricksters.

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5 days ago

HTC One M8 gets its EYE Experience update in the U.S., Dot View app improvements, too

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HTC One M8 Dot View

If you're rocking an unlocked or developer edition of the HTC One M8 in the United States, take a look this morning for the promised HTC EYE Experience update. Along with a bump to Android 4.4.4, this is the new firmware that adds in a number of new features in the camera application, including Split Capture and Photo Booth, new auto-selfie options, face tracking and more. Plus the camera app gets a bit of a visual refresh, making options easier to get to, and largely bringing things up to what debuted last week in the new HTC Desire EYE.

The software update brings the system to 3.28.1540.5, and it weighs in at just about 236 megabytes.

There's also an update to the HTC Dot View app, adding in new features for music playback, a new weather theme and an option to turn off dot view altogether (but still use the case if you want). You can snag that update now in Google Play.

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5 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

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Galaxy Note 4

Samsung once again leaves no feature behind, and makes improvements across the board in the Note 4

Since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note line in the fall of 2010, it has stood as the "tock" to the Galaxy S' "tick" in the product cycle year after year. The leading Galaxy S device of the year introduces all of the new software features, a new form factor and a new internal specs, while the Galaxy Note later in the year refines the physical design, enhances the software with new S Pen features and often fixes the pain points introduced with the Galaxy S — all while doing a little something extra with the increased screen real estate.

In many ways you could say the Galaxy Note is the device that Samsung really uses to push its limits. Where it tries things to see what sticks, then integrate it back into the next-generation Galaxy S.

This year is no different, and the Galaxy Note 4 is tocking right along, improving dramatically on the Galaxy S5. With a brand new aluminum exterior that looks and feels great, optical image stabilization on the camera, a new higher-resolution QHD display, top-end internals and small refinements on the software, this is a device any manufacturer would be happy to call its leading flagship.

Despite generally playing second fiddle to the Galaxy S5, it's actually not hard to say that the Galaxy Note 4 contains all of the features we wish were in the GS5 — if not for its larger screen size that's physically too much to handle for many. This is the real 2014 flagship for Samsung, and it's called the Galaxy Note 4. Read along for our full review.

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5 days ago

Carphone Warehouse won't ship new Galaxy Note 4 orders until October 27

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Carphone Warehouse has altered its availability dates for the Galaxy Note 4, meaning those who pre-order the device now won't receive their package until the last week of October. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has already been delayed in the UK and was confirmed to be launching on October 17. Those who have already pre-orderd will still receive their units on time.

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5 days ago

Samsung achieves download speeds of 7.5 Gbps in super-fast 5G test

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The world is currently rolling out 4G, but already some parties are looking at what 5G could bring to consumers. Samsung has been testing out its own infrastructure for the next generation of wireless and the company has been able to achieve jaw-dropping data transfer speeds using high frequency signal.

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5 days ago

Kazam to launch smartphone with thickness of just 5.15 mm in Europe

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Ever heard of Kazam? No? The British handset vendor created by ex-HTC staffers has announced that it is launching a device with a thickness of just 5.15 mm in Europe. Dubbed Tornado 348, the device features a 4.8-inch 720p display that's backed by a one year replacement guarantee for the screen.

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5 days ago

Galaxy Note Edge set to launch in India by the end of the year

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At an event in New Delhi, head of Samsung India Manu Sharma announced that the Galaxy Note Edge will be making its way to the country before the end of the year.

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5 days ago

Amazon announces free same-day collection for Prime members in the UK

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Amazon UK has today announced a new same-day collection service, available free for Prime subscribers. The online retail giant will allow Prime members to have a package delivered to a chosen collection point within 12 hours, part of its Click & Collect service. If you're not a Prime member, you'll have to part with £4.99 for the luxury.

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5 days ago

AT&T inadvertently lists the Nexus 6 online for $49.99 on contract

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AT&T has made a slight error by noting the price of the unannounced Nexus 6 on its online store. The company hasn't published a product page or announcement, but what has been spotted is a small mention of the Nexus 6 alongside contract pricing. The upcoming Motorola handset will likely set purchasers back by $49.99 on select plans.

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5 days ago

Asus PadFone X Mini making its way to AT&T later this month

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Asus' entry-level PadFone X Mini is set to make its way to the US later this month, as AT&T announced earlier today that it would be offering the device for $199 without a contract to its GoPhone prepaid customers.

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5 days ago

Fierce 2 lands on MetroPCS for $50

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MetroPCS is now carrying the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 smartphone for just $49.99 after an instant $100 discount. The contract-free pricing will get you a 5-inch qHD smartphone with a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera along with 4G connectivity.

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5 days ago

Android Wear notifications come to Google Glass

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Google is launching Notification Sync on Glass that will allow users to see all the notifications on their Android phone from within Google Glass. It's essentially similar to how notifications get pushed through Android Wear for smartwatches. Though the feature is out today, it will require a new version of MyGlass that will be out Wednesday.

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6 days ago

Android L — coming soon (says Google)

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We know, Google. We know.

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6 days ago

Huawei Ascend Mate 7: A second opinion

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Huawei Ascend Mate 7

Only software stands in the way of Huawei emerging as a rival to the big names in Android

Huawei might not be a big brand name in the U.S., but the Chinese manufacturer has claimed its place as the world's No. 3 handset maker, and its products are improving all the time. Huawei's latest oversized smartphone, the Ascend Mate 7, shows that while there's much room for improvement on the software side, the company has hardware and performance pretty much nailed down. And should it secure itself a firm foothold in Western markets, it could prove a major challenger to the more established brands.

Read on for a second opinion on the Huawei Ascend Mate 7.

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