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2 weeks ago

Samsung targets the entry-level segment in India with its first Tizen handset, the Z1

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After significant delays, Samsung's first Tizen smartphone has made its debut. Dubbed the Z1, the device will go on sale in India later today for Rs. 5,700 ($90). To incentivize the purchase of the Z1 over Android handsets available at a similar price, Samsung is bundling a host of entertainment services in a package called "Joy Box", which allows users access to over 270,000 songs, movies, and over 80 live TV shows.

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2 weeks ago

This week's sidebar poll: are you using Chromebooks?

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Simply, shiny, and slowly invading

Chromebooks, Chromebooks, everywhere...

Chromebooks have come a long way this year. We've gotten both bigger, beefier Chromebooks and lighter, thinner, fanless Chromebooks. We can do more with Chromebooks now, including using Adobe Photoshop and even running Linux in a window if we're feeling adventurous. And Chromebooks aren't just making strides for consumers, as more businesses and more school districts ditch Windows — and iPads — for Google's vehicle for web content and Google Apps for Education.

But the real question we have for you today is… do you even use one?

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2 weeks ago

How to add a trusted place in Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Smart Lock Trusted Places

No longer bother with you lock screen at home

With the introduction of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has brought a new type of Smart lock to the operating system — Trusted locations. Don't let the name fool you though, these smart locks aren't a new way to lock your device, these are actually new ways to unlock your phone or tablet. With the Trusted places lock your Lollipop device will disable its lock screen security when you are in a designated location.

It's super convenient, and quite easy to set up as well. Read along and we'll show you the way.

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2 weeks ago

Dell Venue 8 7840 price, and where to buy it

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This has been coming up in more comments than we expected, so we'll make it easy for you here: The Dell Venue 8 7840 tablet — it's not official unless you use all of those numbers, in the correct order — costs $399. That's for the one and only model currently available, with a mere 16GB of on-board storage (with about half of that available to you after boot).

If you purchase from Dell, you'll see a few "deals" that include a folio case, Dell Cast dongle or wireless keyboard and case. But the tablet model remains the same.

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2 weeks ago

Get free calls, text, and data while slashing your phone bill by $1000s [sponsored]

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You can save thousands of bucks every year on your mobile phone bill by switching to FreedomPop. Learn more about how it's possible to get 100% free talk, text and 4G LTE data every month here. FreedomPop is offering over 65% off the certified pre-owned HTC Evo 4G LTE (here is the Android Central review of the HTC Evo 4G LTE), which works out to just $99.99, plus free shipping. Other top-notch handsets from Samsung, HTC, and LG are also discounted and offer the same access to free talk, text, and data services from FreedomPop. The icing on the cake is an unlimited talk and text trial for your first month.

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2 weeks ago

Amzer CRUSTA Rugged case and holster for the Galaxy S5

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Amzer CRUSTA rugged case and holster for the Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is still a monster hit among Android fans, and that means we can't forget to look at some great cases. Today we'll have a look at the Amzer CRUSTA Rugged case and holster combo. Complete with a tempered glass screen protector in the box, it's a great solution for complete protection for people who value a little extra padding over a slim phone.

There are a lot of parts to deal with, but the assembly isn't difficult at all once you get started.

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2 weeks ago

Sony reportedly open to new options for its mobile division, including a sale

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A new report claims Sony is now open to some new options with its mobile phone division, including possibly selling it off or launching a joint venture with another company.The news comes a few months after Sony announced a plan to restructure its phone business with 1,000 job cuts.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon LG G2 update includes handful of improvements

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An update is rolling our for one of our favorite Verizon prepaid phones. The update, VS98027A, is hitting the LG G2 with an improved visual voicemail interface, and additional connectivity when roaming internationally. It's no Lollipop update, unfortunately.

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2 weeks ago

Google Now Launcher update brings Lollipop look to older devices

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Google Now Launcher

With the latest update to the Google Now Launcher (and the Google Search app, which controls much of the content therein), folks running a device on Android 4.1 to 4.4 will now see the same Material Design styling as those who have the launcher installed on their Lollipop device. Prior to this update, installing the Google Now Launcher from the Play Store would give you a version that was tailored to look similar to the version of Android you were running — now you get the same look no matter what.

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2 weeks ago

The Google Domains public beta begins in US with expanded website features

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Google has launched a public beta of its Google Domains service in the US. It primarily focuses on offering businesses a way to claim their website domain name as well as web page creation features.

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2 weeks ago

Dell Venue 8 7840: The first 5 things you need to know

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Dell Venue 8 7840 is just 6mm thick

Dell's long-awaited Atom-powered tablet is finally available, and we're giving it a first look

Might 2015 finally be the year we see Dell and Intel make waves in the Android space? If the Dell Venue 8 7840 is any indication, both companies could have a lot to say in the coming months.

The awkwardly named tablet — which you might also see written occasionally as "Dell Venue 8 7000 series" — is a thin little slice of heaven (all of 6mm), running Android 4.4.4 and powered by an Intel Atom processor. It's got a high-resolution display at 8.4 inches that looks incredible.

Piqued your interest yet? It's time to do our thing on this sexy little tablet. And we'll start with the first five things you need to know about it.

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2 weeks ago

Tesco announces grocery shopping app for Google Glass

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One of the U.K.'s major grocery store chains, Tesco, has released a new app for Google Glass that allows folks at home to scan the barcode for stuff around the house and order them for delivery. The app also lets you peruse prices and nutritional information.

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2 weeks ago

HTC One M8 Developer and Unlocked Edition get Android 5.0 Lollipop!

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HTC One M8 dev Lollipop

If you've got the developer or unlocked edition of the HTC One M8, check for a system update. Android 5.0 Lollipop is now available.

The update — software version 4.16.1540.8, if you're interested in such things — weighs in at 584 megabytes. The official changelog reads thusly:

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2 weeks ago

How to fix poor audio on your Nexus 9

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Surrounded by sound

Not all audio tracks are created equal, turning off the emulated 'surround sound' may help

Ever fire up a movie (even one you've downloaded) in the Google Play Movies and TV app on your Nexus 9, and noticed the sound was just horribad? That underwater warbly sound likely isn't an issue with your new tablet, or with the movie you just rented or bought — it's probably an incorrect setting.

There's not much we hate more than bad audio around these parts, so lets have a look at how you might be able to fix it.

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2 weeks ago

Nexus 9 now available in sand color, but only as 32 GB model

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Anybody holding out for the beige version of the Nexus 9 can now pick one up directly from the Google Play Store. You'll have to pony up for the 32 GB model, and your geography may limit availability (no love for us Canadians). If you're in the U.S., you should be good to go.

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