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17 hours ago

Upcoming Android smartphone will be just 5.15 mm thick

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The quest to make smartphones as thin as possible will take a new leap later this month when the Ginoee Elife S5.1 is released in China. A "coming soon" listing on a retail website shows that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean device will be just 5.15 mm thick.

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17 hours ago

10 best ways to secure your smartphone

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You have lots of ways to secure your phone. Use some of them!

Lock your smartphone

We've said a million times, and we'll say it till we're blue in the face. Lock your smartphone. Lock your smartphone! We were also slightly dismayed (though not exactly surprised) to hear in our recent poll that a good third of our readers do not lock their phones. And we say unto you, there is absolutely no excuse not to, especially considering the vast array of options we have to do it now. Actually, you can wait a few minutes and pick from this list at the end. But right after. Not after a few rounds of Duet. Not after watching Netflix. Right then.

Now, you can lock (and unlock) your smartphone many, many ways, and they all have their benefits and their drawbacks, but somewhere, some mixture of method will work for you. So, let's get to it, shall we?

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18 hours ago

ASUS CEO says ZenWatch will cost under $199 and will be out in October

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ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has reportedly stated that its upcoming ZenWatch device will be priced under $199 and that it will be released sometime in October. Shen made these statements well ahead of the company's official reveal of the device at IFA 2014 in Berlin on Wednesday.

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19 hours ago

Microsoft begins to drop 2GB file size limit for OneDrive

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Microsoft is prepping to drop the 2GB file size limit for OneDrive. Right now a small number of users can upload files larger than 2GB in size to OneDrive. Users on Reddit were the first to notice a change, with Microsoft sharing a statement to The Next Web to confirm the file size limit changes.

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19 hours ago

MOTA SmartRing promises to offer Android app alerts on your finger

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The smartwatch or smartband is apparently old hat to a company called MOTA, which announced today an upcoming product called the MOTA SmartRing, which it says will provide mobile app notifications on a device that can fit on a finger.

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19 hours ago

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to Berlin we go

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And we can't forget the cheddarwurst

As I sit writing this weeks column I'm actually on a train bound for London. More specifically, I'm bound for Berlin, Germany, where the Android Central team – of Alex Dobie, Derek Kessler and myself – are headed for the big event of the fall, IFA 2014. It's always a busy event, lots of ground to cover, lots of press events to attend and lots of new devices to play with. This will be my third year and I'm more excited heading into it than the previous couple of times.

IFA this year is set to be huge. We've written up an extensive preview and we've each written up a "what's in our gear bag" post to walk you through what it takes for us to go and cover these shows. There's so much to cover in such a short space of time it's tough to pack it all in. On a personal level, here's what I'm looking forward to most this week.

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20 hours ago

Incipio NGP Impact Resistant Case for HTC One M8

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Incipio NGP Impact Resistant Case for HTC One (M8)

Simple protection and some added grip for your M8 in a variety of great color options

When you're looking for just the right case for your phone, there's no shortage of options with crazy bells and whistles out there. From multi-layer systems to belt clips and integrated screen protectors, there's a lot of cruft you can strap onto your phone. The Incipio NGP Impact Resistant Case for the HTC One M8 doesn't offer any of that, but it does have a good bit of protection for your phone in a slim form factor that's easy to wrap your hand around.

If you're just looking for a basic case that doesn't add bulk or complication to your HTC One M8, and will keep it safe through the few bumps and drops in life, read along and learn a bit more about the Incipio NGP Impact Resistant Case.

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20 hours ago

Bio Inc medical strategy simulator arrives for Android

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Game developer DryGin Studios has released the Android version of its acclaimed, and fairly controversial, iOS medical strategy simulator Bio Inc, where the objective is to kill a virtual patient by creating diseases before other doctors can save the patient.

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22 hours ago

Back to school: The best Chromebooks to consider for young students

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Chromebook

Chromebooks are a fantastic learning tool for children, and you won't break the bank buying one for the student in your life

Choosing to buy a computer for a younger student making their way through elementary or middle school is more of a necessity than a choice nowadays, but you'd be right in thinking there needs to be some thought put into which you buy. Given the scope of their work and the amount of money you are likely to want to spend on a child's computer, a Chromebook can end up being a fantastic laptop choice for your young scholar.

Add to that the number of schools that are embracing one-to-one computer programs, Google Apps for schools and other online curricula and a Chromebook can be a fantastic learning tool. Chromebooks offer fantastic security, battery life and a variety of size options as well, all at affordable prices. There are only a few that should be considered for the younger student in your life, though, and we're here to help you choose the right one.

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22 hours ago

Google holding event in India on September 15, Android One on the way?

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Google has sent out invitations for a press event in India taking place on September 15. The invitation simply says "Block Your Date" for Monday, September 15 at 12 noon, promising more details as the event approaches. Given recent reports of devices launching in India soon, the event likely revolves around Android One.

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