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4 days ago

Sony forecasts $2.1 billion loss as hardware vendor fails to capitalize in mid-tier segment

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After revising its annual forecast earlier this year, Sony is at it again, with the latest revision taking into account a 180 billion yen (around $1.7 billion) "goodwill impairment charge", which quadruples the company's losses for the financial year.

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4 days ago

We go hands-on with the ZTE ZMAX

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ZTE ZMAX

Ready for another phablet? ZTE has just announced the ZMAX. It's a value-priced LTE smartphone with a 5.7 inch HD screen. It will be exclusively available with T-Mobile beginning September 24th for just $252 outright. It runs a nearly stock version of Android KitKat 4.4 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor.

We got our hands on the device during a ZTE press event in New York City. Go watch our video!

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4 days ago

Google releases KitKat kernel source for Android One devices

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Google has released the full GPL kernel source for Android One devices running KitKat. Announced on the Android Building Google Group, Bill Yi tells us that "the kernel source can be found on the android-msm-sprout-3.4-kitkat-mr2 branch in the kernel/msm project. It's also tagged with 'android-4.4.4_r3'."

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4 days ago

Chrome OS update brings improvements to Adobe Flash

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Google has released a stable channel update for Chrome OS, which is available for a variety of Chromebooks. The build, version 37.0.2062.120, brings a number of bug fixes and security improvements as well as an update to Adobe Flash.

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4 days ago

Google Play Services updated to version 6.1, refreshed L preview for Google Fit now available

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Google is pushing out a new version of Google Play Services today. The update looks to be a pretty basic affair, with enhancements to the Google Analytics API and the Google Drive API, but changes to the Google Fit API means we have a new version of the L developer preview with the latest Google Fit API included.

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4 days ago

The best Android strategy games without in-app purchases

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Best Android strategy games without in-app purchases

We've combed through the Google Play Store for the very best strategy games out there, then weeded out anything with a pesky "Offers in-app purchases" label. Here you'll find our top ten premium Android strategy titles, including turn-based combat, real-time strategy types. You won't be upsold on features or levels in any of these, nor will you have to deal with freemium-style currency or any of that nonsense.

If you're in the market for more, we've got top ten lists for action games without IAPs, best IAP-less RPGs, and best Android games without IAPs across all genres. Fans of pure, unadulterated strategy gaming will not want to miss this round-up.

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4 days ago

Announcing the winners in our 15 Years of Mobile Nations contest!

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15 Years of Mobile Nations!

September 9th, 2014, marked 15 years since the Mobile Nations story began, with the launch of Visor Central. A lot has changed in mobile tech in the years since, but one thing definitely has not — the passion of this great community. The response to our anniversary article was fantastic, and I want to thank each and every one of you for the congratulations and support you shared. It truly means a lot.

We celebrated the day by recognizing our ten longest, still-active members and also by holding a contest where two members from each of our active communities could each win a $150 gift card to be used towards the purchase of their next phone. And the usernames of the lucky winners are....

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4 days ago

Verizon begins deploying VoLTE to select Android phones

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Ahead of the iPhone 6 launch with support for VoLTE, Verizon Wireless has upgraded its network to support voice calls over its 4G LTE and XLTE network. Dubbed Advanced Calling 1.0, Verizon is now supporting HD Voice and Video Calling and the carrier is starting the roll out initially to the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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4 days ago

Clash of Clans update summons Lava Hound and increases upgrade caps

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A big update to hit freemium game Clash of Clans has gone live, introducing a new unit and increasing the maximum upgradeable level on many others. The Lava Hound is a new type of flying tank that can take the hits while other units move in for the kill.

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4 days ago

New Moto X TV commercials show off its camera and voice commands

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Motorola has started pre-orders for the new version of the Moto X, and it's also kicked off its promotion campaign for the smartphone with a new series of TV commercials.

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4 days ago

Show off your Moto Maker designs in the forums!

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With today's pre-order-slash-release of the AT&T and unlocked "Pure" edition of the new Moto X 2014, we know that a lot of us are going to be making great looking designs for our new phones. So wood. Much leather.

The forums is a great place to share yours, as well as see what other like-minded people are doing. Even if you didn't order, feel free to get creative and show off your best looking Moto X 2014.

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4 days ago

And so, the great Chromebook experiment begins

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Asus Chromebook

Now that I'm in possession of my very first Chromebook I figure it's time that I sat down and actually tried to use it. Properly. IFA wasn't the time or place to start, neither was the following week that saw all hands on deck here at Mobile Nations for a little event out in Cupertino. But now that events are out of the way, I'm going to (largely) set aside my 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro that I cherish dearly and use the Asus Chromebook as much as I possibly can.

We love Chromebooks around here, but until now I've not personally taken the time out to actually sit down and try using one. It's especially odd considering how much of the working day is spent within Google Chrome, but for the past 8 years I've pretty much been all Mac, all of the time. But I'm excited to try something new, a different way of working, so it's going to be a fun little experiment.

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5 days ago

Connectedly Show 04: Digital Knob - Smartwatch Super Show!

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In this episode of the Connectedly Show, I was joined by Kevin, Phil, and Rene to talk all about smartwatches. We covered everything from the new Android Wear devices to the even newer Apple Watch and everything in between. More and more smartwatches are hitting the streets, and we're here to help you make sense of it all.

Can't get enough!? Be sure to check out our full smartwatch buyers guide here for everything you need to know about smartwatches.

Check out the episode in full, and drop a comment here with your thoughts. Who knows — we may just be back with another round to talk about smartwatches even more!

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5 days ago

Accessibility features on the HTC One M8

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HTC One M8 accessibilty

Accessibility is one of those areas of the settings menu that most of us gloss over, unless there's some specific setting we need to enable manually for a specific app, usually to allow devices like smartwatches to piggyback on notifications.

But for a good many folks out there, accessibility features allow for smartphones to be used more easily — or at all. Maybe you need bigger text. Or some audible readouts.

We're taking a look at the various built-in accessibility features on some of the most popular phones available. Today, we're looking at the HTC One M8.

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5 days ago

Moto X 'Pure Edition' plays fine with T-Mobile and AT&T LTE

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Moto X backs

Good news, everyone! If you're looking to go the carrier-free, "Pure Edition" route with your new Moto X, Motorola says it'll work on both T-Mobile and AT&T LTE bands. (Last year's unlocked model was more TMo-friendly.)

The bad news? Motorola's website is still getting hammered.

Commiserate in our Moto X forums if you'd like.

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