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How to factory reset your Android Wear watch

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How to reset Android Wear

There are a few reasons why you might want to factory reset your Android Wear smartwatch. You'll need to do so if you want to pair it to a new phone, or if you're selling it... or maybe you're having problems with it and want to start again from fresh software. Whatever the case — and whether you're using the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360 or something else —it's simple to restore your Android Wear watch's software to its out-of-box state.

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1 week ago

Samsung teases Galaxy Note 4 for September 3 in Chinese promo video

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As if we needed more evidence to suggest we'll be seeing the Galaxy Note 4 soon a new video produced by Samsung China effectively confirms the device, the name and that it is indeed what we'll be seeing in Berlin and New York City on September 3 at Samsung Unpacked.

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1 week ago

Philips Hue Lux bulbs now up for pre-order

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A short while ago Philips announced its first white light only bulbs in its Hue range, the Lux. Now at least things have progressed far enough that we can pre-order the Lux bulbs for shipping in late September. They lose out on some of the razzle dazzle of the regular Hue bulbs in losing the colors but in doing so the price has come down quite a bit.

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1 week ago

Shazam restores Spotify integration

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After removing the ability to listen to tagged songs on Spotify in the UK, Germany, Mexico and Brazil earlier this year, Shazam has restored the feature in the latest update for Android and iOS.

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1 week ago

LG announces LTE version of new G Pad 8.0

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LG has today announced an LTE version of its new G Pad 8.0 that we first saw back at the G3 launch in London. It's the exact same tablet as before – a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1280x800 resolution display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and Android 4.4 KitKat – just now with added 4G LTE connectivity.

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1 week ago

Samsung announces 20nm octa-core Exynos 5430 processor

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With the introduction of the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung launched its first SoC based on the 20nm manufacturing process, the octa-core Exynos 5430. The reduction in die size makes the SoC much more efficient, with Samsung claiming a decrease in power consumption by as much as 25 percent less when compared to current-generation SoCs manufactured using a 28nm process.

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1 week ago

Asus could be taking first Android Wear smartwatch to IFA

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The IFA 2014 rumors continue and this time out its the turn of Asus to step into the spotlight. A recent report by Focus Taiwan claims that Asus CEO, Jerry Shen, told an investors' conference that the company could be debuting its first Android Wear smartwatch at the event in Berlin.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile's LG G3

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T-Mobile G3

How much difference can the network make?

T-Mobile recently sent us an LG G3 to look over. We didn't need another G3 to look at — we've pretty much been over everything there is to know about the LG G3 more than once. But I was delighted to get it for a week or so anyway, because this sort of thing gives us an opportunity to compare the same phone on multiple networks.

I've got the AT&T G3 here that Mobile Nations bought. I use it as my "full-time work-phone", at least for a little while. I'll likely have to change that when the next round of new phones comes out, but for now it's always on my desk or in my pocket. That gave me an excellent chance to see what difference the network makes when you're using the same phone in the same places.

And it can make a huge difference.

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1 week ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Fragment

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Image created with Fragment

Check out a new photo app still in beta, and enter to win one of two Nexus 7s

We're keeping our weekly photo contests rolling right along as usual, but we're doing things a little differently this week. In typical fashion we're providing you with a prompt and offering up some great prizes for your entries, with the small twist that the folks at Pixite are offering everyone an awesome tool to help them with their entries — a beta track release of their photo app, Fragment, that's coming to Android very soon. This week's prompt is "fragment" (or fragmentation, run with it) — and we can't wait to see what you do with that idea.

While creating photos with the Fragment app is in no way required to win this contest, we think you'll enjoy having the opportunity to get in on the beta group before the app is available to everyone. Head to this beta group for Fragment and apply to join. Once accepted (you'll be notified in Google+ and by email), you can head to the Play Store and buy Fragment for just $1.99 and check it out before it's been released on Android.

Our friends over at Pixite are offering up some big prizes this week. To celebrate the launching of Fragment on Android, two winners this week will be taking home a Nexus 7 tablet.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (August 19) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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1 week ago

Samsung mocks iPhone wall-huggers with Galaxy S5 airport ad campaign

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Samsung is throwing another jab at iPhone users by extending its wall-hugger ad campaign. This time, the campaign takes place at select airports across the U.S. where Samsung is placing its wall-hugger decals right around airport wall outlets. Highlighting the new Ultra Power Saving Mode of its latest Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone, the wall decals tell users, presumably of the iPhone and competing smartphone brands, that the Galaxy S5 has a battery battery life.

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