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5 min ago

Weekly sidebar poll results: What matters to you in a smartwatch?

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Smartwatches

Looking good matters

Back at the beginning of the week we asked you what mattered the most to you in a smartwatch. Maybe it matters most who made it, or what shape it is, or even how it feels when you wear it. Or maybe you just never are going to want one. All valid answers, but none were even close to being the popular choice.

That honor goes to how it looks. It makes sense — a watch is not a smartphone but a piece of jewelry. Functionality aside, nobody wants to wear something that looks hideous on their wrist and look at it hundreds of times a day. I sure don't, and voted accordingly. And 47.41-percent agree on one thing.

A watch has to look good if you want us to wear it.

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2 hours ago

Google Translate app gets phonetic support for more languages

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The Google Translate app has been updated with improved offline languages and expanded phonetic input support. The issue with entering text for some languages is simply that the characters aren't available, or are understandably buried, in our standard English QWERTY keyboards. To make things easier, Google Translate supports phonetic entry: type it in how it sounds, and Google will figure out what it is you're actually trying to say.

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Deal of the Day: LLOYD Anti-Glare Screen Protectors for Samsung Galaxy S3

These screen protectors are custom designed to shield your Galaxy S3's display while reducing annoying glare at the same time. Durable and scratch resistant, the TruTouch sensitivity provides a more natural feel on your touchscreen.

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3 hours ago

Back to school: The best Chromebooks to consider for college

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Back to School Chromebooks

You'll be surprised how much schoolwork you can get done on a Chromebook, and appreciate the cost savings at the same time

Chromebooks have proven to be an extremely valuable tool for schools teaching younger children that want to introduce them to technology, but they have also shown to be a great go-to machine for young adults heading away to college. Whether you're going to a big school on a full-time basis or are just getting started with a smaller program, you'd be surprised as to how much of your college work you can get done with an inexpensive Chromebook rather than a full-fledged laptop running Windows or OS X.

If your school is one making use of Google Apps for your .edu email address as well, Chromebooks can be even more of a no-brainer considering the deep integration with Google's services. And depending on your choice, you could stand to save a huge amount of money going with a Chromebook for your laptop rather one running any other operating system. Read along to see our picks for the best Chromebook to take to college this year.

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4 hours ago

Basic accessibility settings in Android

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Hiding at the bottom of the Settings app is a nifty little tool

Android knows that we all have different needs

Class is in session, and this one is ADA-compliant!Android is for everybody, and that includes people who need help seeing/hearing or otherwise operating their device. To this end, there are system-wide accessibility settings baked right into Android, and you can control them through the Accessibility section to the Settings app. It's right at the bottom near "About phone" and developer settings.

Your own device may have much, much more — the LG G3, for example, has enough to fill a post all its own — but so long as you have Android, you should at least have these.

Open it up and let's explore it together.

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5 hours ago

T-Mobile's 'personal' Uncarrier 7.0 event to be held at San Francisco store on September 10

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T-Mobile's scheduled their next Uncarrier event (this one being Uncarrier 7.0), and they're holding it on September 10th. The tagline for this event? "This time it's personal"… whatever that means. Unlike previous Uncarrier events, which have taken over convention spaces and theaters, this one is being held at the T-Mobile retail store at the corner of Market St and 3rd St in San Francisco. It's a little store. In fact, the sidewalk outside might be bigger than the store inside.

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5 hours ago

The Puregear Hard Shell Case & Holster for HTC One M8

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Puregear Hard Shell Case & Holster for the HTC One M8

And here we have a look at the Puregear Hard Shell Case & Holster for the HTC One M8. It's a single-layer case made of a stiff plastic, but it's got a sort of matte soft-touch coating going on that feels pretty nice. (All the texture on the case helps with that as well.)

You'll get the phone situated in that main case without too much trouble. It's definitely a good, snug fit, so there are no worries about it falling out or anything. There are cutouts for the cameras, microphone and flash, as well as the volume rocker. The top and bottom of the phone are left exposed, so you can get to the 3.5mm headphone jack and USB port, as well as the power button and the IR port that sits beneath it.

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6 hours ago

How to clear your browsing data in Chrome

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Chrome history

You can protect your privacy and cover your tracks by clearing your browsing data in Chrome for Android

 ChromeWe've all been here: A friend asks to borrow your phone (or just steals it), and you start to sweat, fully aware of what's lurking there in your browser history.

What if they see that you're secretly addicted to looking up random cat facts? What if they discover whatever other guilty pleasure you may have? Don't worry. With just a simple preventative measure, we can keep all those things secret. With Chrome on Android, we can clear our browsing data, or the browsing history.

Here's how:

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7 hours ago

Join us at 4 p.m. EDT today for Android Central Podcast Episode 200!

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And just like that, we've reached Episode No. 200 of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World. How's about that. On tap today: We'll take a look ahead at next week, which is going to be a wee bit insane, what with the Samsung Unpacked event and the IFA conference in general, plus Motorola's event in Chicago for a new phone and the launch of the Moto 360, plus the Apple event in California. (And that's just the start of September Insanity — the CTIA Super Mobility Week is the week after.)

And as if that wasn't enough, we'll be announcing the winner of our HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition contest (the voting is pretty tight at the moment), and answering your questions live.

So join us at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London — at this link as it all goes down. If you can't make it to the live show, be sure to subscribe to the show so you don't miss a single thing. And thanks for being a part of this milestone, and all the shows to come!

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8 hours ago

HTC One E8 makes US debut on Sprint

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If the HTC One M8 is too rich for your blood on Sprint, its plastic-bodied sibling with half the storage is now available from the pin drop network. Meant for Asia and Eastern Europe, the HTC One E8 is now available in the USA, but just through Sprint. The E8 brings nearly the same specs and experience as the M8, though in a less expensive form.

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