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2 weeks ago

Reminder: Win a chance to attend the ASUS ZenFone 2 launch!

A reminder, folks, that ASUS' North American launch for the ZenFone 2 is on May 18 in New York City. We'll be there with bells on, and we're bringing along 30 of our closest friends to see what all the hubbub is about — and to see what it's like to be at a major phone launch!

But in announcing this little contest, we forgot one very important detail.

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2 weeks ago

Nexus 9 gets a long-awaited update ...

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... to Android 5.0.2.

There are a couple ways to react to the Nexus 9 receiving an over-the-air update to Android 5.0.2 today while other Nexus devices — watches and TV boxes and older tablets — are hitting Android 5.1.1.

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2 weeks ago

Seidio Surface case with kickstand for Galaxy Note Edge

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Extra protection and a kickstand come with a little extra bulk on your Note Edge.

You can find a Seidio Surface case for just about any major phone out there, and it brings the same solid feature set to cover your Galaxy Note Edge. This hard case makes your Note Edge considerably more rugged, and adds in a kickstand to prop it up at the same time.

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2 weeks ago

If your app uses sync, single sign on is a must

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With RAW photography on mobile now a reality, Adobe Lightroom for Android quickly exposes a major shortcoming of too many apps.

Adobe's done a lot of good things lately. Its Creative Cloud service makes the entire suite of Adobe applications more affordable (or at least the monthly cost is easier to swallow). Photoshop is as important as ever. Adobe Document Cloud finally brings that end of the business into the 21st century. And Lightroom is now growing on iOS and Android — recently adding DNG support on our fair platform.

Signing in to Lightroom, however, remains a less-secure throwback.

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2 weeks ago

HTC's Mother's Day deal cuts the price of the RE Camera to $150 with free accessory pack

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HTC has discounted its RE Camera down to $149 to celebrate Mother's Day, and it's even throwing in a free accessory pack to boot.

From today through May 10, HTC is offering the RE Camera for $50 off its normal $199 price tag. In addition, buyers will be able to score $60 worth of accessories for free, including a protection pack, bar mount, and clip mount.

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2 weeks ago

The first things to know about the LG G4

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LG G4

We're getting into the thick of it now with the new LG G4 — yes, we're hard at work on a complete LG G4 review — but it's also a good time to take a step back and look at the broad strokes. There's a lot going on with LG's latest. Some familiar, some new, but all important.

And so these are the first things you need to know about the LG G4.

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2 weeks ago

Comparing pictures — four 2014 Android phones and the LG G4 front facing camera

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We already know the rear camera on the G4 is more than capable, but it turns out the front facing camera is also something special.

2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for smartphone cameras, with two major manufacturers releasing devices early in the year that demonstrate some incredible potential and plenty of time left for others to come along and surprise us. We've already shown you some of the cool things the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are capable of, and as we dig into the capabilities of the LG G4 it's clear the title of "best" in the photography department is not going to be an easy award to hand out this year — though we've got plenty of pictures for you to look at in our comparison. It's well past time for Android phones to move from cameras that can take decent photos if you know how to cameras that routinely grab amazing photos in full auto with no effort, and this is clearly going to be the year we see that happen.

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2 weeks ago

Motion and gesture options on the Galaxy S6

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Samsung has seriously scaled back the number of gesture options on the GS6, but what's there still works.

Falling back to earth after the gesture heyday of the Galaxy S4, the settings for motion and gesture control on the Galaxy S6 can be summed up to just a single page in the settings. That's an issue for the few folks who loved all of the crazy things you could do by moving the phone and waving your hand all around it, but for most people the settings that are left behind are the ones that were always worth considering.

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2 weeks ago

EU court rules that Skype's name is too similar to Sky network to claim a trademark

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A European Union court has ruled that the name of Microsoft's Skype VoIP service cannot claim a trademark in the EU. The court ruled that the name was too similar to the Sky broadcast network.

Sky first filed a trademark dispute with Skype before it was acquired by Microsoft in 2011.

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2 weeks ago

Hands-on with Trident's Kraken AMS Case for Galaxy S6

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Trident Kraken AMS Case

When it comes to all around protection, Trident's Kraken AMS Case gives 110%, but certainly doesn't win the award for slimmest cover.

There's a time and place to use rugged cases, and although they're not ideal for the majority of us — they serve their purpose for those who need the extra security. Trident provided us with their Kraken AMS Case for the Galaxy S6 to try out, and one thing is for certain — it's the epitome of heavy duty protection.

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2 weeks ago

Portal Pinball will prove the cake is a lie when it's released for Zen Pinball HD in May

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Zen Studios is teaming up with Valve for Portal Pinball, a new table for the Zen Pinball HD game for Android devices. The table will be released the week of May 25.

Portal Pinball will bring Valve's world of Aperture Science, which it created for the classic puzzle games Portal and Portal 2, down to a pinball table.

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2 weeks ago

LG opens registration for the G4 consumer trial in the US

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LG is going to put the LG G4 in the hands of lucky consumers before its June launch, and you can try to be one of them.

In addition to the 200 testers that LG is looking for in the UK, they are also looking for a number of testers right here in the US. LG has opened the registration for the consumer trial of the LG G4, which puts the new device in the hands of testers prior to the June release.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon Prime members can stream Instant Video on JetBlue flights for free

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JetBlue and Amazon have partnered up to let members of Amazon Prime stream Instant Video while on-board their flights.

Thanks to a new partnership between Amazon and JetBlue, Prime members will be even more excited about the Instant Video services, as they can now stream these videos from the air. The new partnership will enable Fly-Fi for Amazon Prime members, giving them access to thousands of movies, TV shows and more at no additional cost.

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2 weeks ago

LG Watch Urbane teardown reveals a square battery and more in its round casing

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The folks from iFixit are back again, this time tearing down the LG Watch Urbane to show off the internals of the latest Android Wear device.

The latest teardown from the iFixit team is the LG Watch Urbane, which they found relatively easy to repair, so long as you don't need to mess with the adhesives. Getting new gadgets is always exciting, but often times we only get to admire them from the outside.

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2 weeks ago

Motorola Mobility ordered to pay $10.2 million after losing Fujifilm patent lawsuit

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A US jury ordered Motorola Mobility on Monday to pay Fujifilm $10.2 million as they ruled that Motorola infringed on one of Fujifilm's patents.

The jury claimed that Motorola violated a Fujifilm patent related to converting color images to monochrome in its smartphones.

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