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3 days ago

Quick Look: Spigen Case Wallet S for Galaxy S6

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Is Spigen's new wallet case for Galaxy S6 the right case for you? We dig a little deeper to see its pros and cons.

Unlike any other cases for the Galaxy S6, wallet covers have a unique appeal and unmatched functionality. Sure, everyone has their own preference for protecting their device, but having the flexibility to store the essentials of your wallet inside a phone case has its benefits and not surprisingly, its drawbacks.

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3 days ago

Amazon Cloud Drive users can now buy access to unlimited storage

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Amazon is allowing people who sign up for its Amazon Cloud Drive service the option to pay for an unlimited amount of storage for photos, videos and other files.

Amazon has two subscription options for this new service. One offers an unlimited amount of space for photos, with 5GB of extra space for videos and other files, for $11.99 per year. The other option gives users an unlimited amount of storage for any kind of file for $59.99 per year.

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3 days ago

Microsoft rolling out beta invites for Skype on the web

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Microsoft is providing yet another way to keep in contact with friends and family by releasing invites for the "Skype for Web" beta.

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3 days ago

Farewell, bloops and whistles: Annoying TouchWiz sounds are no more on the Galaxy S6

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Samsung has finally done away with two of our pet hates in its TouchWiz UI.

If you've ever used a Samsung Galaxy phone — or even sat near anyone else using one — you'll be familiar with the manufacturer's widely derided default sound effects. Since the Galaxy S3, each button press or icon tap has been punctuated by an obnoxious "bloop" — supposedly a water droplet sound — a remnant of the GS3's whole "inspired by nature" thing. Same deal with the default notification sound, the unmistakeable Samsung whistle that accompanies each email, text and social alert out of the box.

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3 days ago

Beatport's new app drops the ultimate bass on Android

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Beatport has docked at the Android harbour by launching a new app for those who enjoy dance music. The online music resource recently launched a new free streaming service, which these new apps will compliment. It plans to become the number one destination for not only music fans, but also DJs looking to stock up on tracks.

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3 days ago

Galaxy S6 and S6 edge go up for pre-order in the U.S. March 27, on sale April 10

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Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

Though the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge were announced back at MWC, Samsung is finally putting its foot down on official availability of the new phones in the U.S.

Well yes of course the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are coming to the U.S., but now we know precisely when, from where, and in what colors and capacities. March 27 is the date for pre-orders in all of the U.S., with the phones officially going on sale just a handful of days later on April 10. Samsung confirms that both the S6 and S6 edge will be available in black, white and gold colors — absent are the special bright blue and green international options — and in 32, 64 and 128GB storage sizes.

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3 days ago

LG Watch Urbane LTE to launch in South Korea on March 27

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The LG Watch Urbane LTE is set to go on sale in South Korea on March 27. Priced at 650,000 KRW ($590), the company will use its premium range of watches to compete directly with the Apple Watch.

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3 days ago

HTC One M9 available online at 12:01 a.m. EDT Friday, in stores April 10

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HTC One M9

The HTC One M9 and its finely tuned Snapdragon 810 processor go on sale in the U.S. online tonight and in stores in two weeks.

The HTC One M9 will be available online in the U.S. starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT Friday morning (or late tonight, for everyone west of the Mason-Dixon, more or less) and will hit stores April 10. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon will announce their own pricing, of course, but HTC also will offer an unlocked model (banded for AT&T) for $649. Phones ordered online from HTC will start arriving next week, ahead of carrier sales.

In addition to carrier stores, you'll also be able to snag an M9 from Amazon, Best Buy, Costco and Target.

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3 days ago

ZTE officially announces the Nubia Z9 Max and Z9 mini

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ZTE has unveiled two versions of the Nubia Z9 at a press event in Beijing. Meet the Nubia Z9 mini and Nubia Z9 Max.

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3 days ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Metals

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When you think of the word "metal" your mind may instantly wander to big pieces of steel making up a bridge or a building, but metal comes in shapes, sizes and styles of all kinds. And of course multiple metals are often found working together in a bigger picture. This week's photo contest is looking for pictures of metals together, and when you think about all of the places that metals show up in your life you realize there are a ridiculous number of photo opportunities this week.

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3 days ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Breakfast' winners!

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We were looking for some tasty pictures this week in the "breakfast" photo contest, and the forums filled up with plenty of great shots to choose from. There were dozens of great entries this week, as tends to happen, and these ones were particularly great. But of course we narrowed it down to the two pictures to receive prizes — hit the break to see them.

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3 days ago

New Android 5.1 build LMY47I factory images now available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6

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Google has released a new Android 5.1 build for both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 today.

Coming roughly a week after the last updated build for the Nexus 6, the new factory image for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 clocks in at build number LMY47I.

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3 days ago

Google Play Newsstand expands paid content to Austria, Belgium, Ireland, and Turkey

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Starting today, those in Austria, Belgium, Ireland and Turkey can enjoy paid content from Google Play Newsstand.

With these additions, folks in the aforementioned countries join a fairly limited number of countries that have access to paid content from Google Play Newsstand.

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3 days ago

Court finds Motorola infringed on MMS patent

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A U.S. jury found today that Motorola has infringed on a patent relating to multimedia messaging held by patent holding company Intellectual Ventures.

Intellectual Ventures also accused Motorola of infringing on a second patent relating to wireless bandwidth, but that patent was invalidated by the jury.

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3 days ago

A quick look at ebook stores for Android

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ebooks for everyone

Choosing an ebook retailer can be as simple as choosing what is right in front of you or checking the prices and content selection across the ecosystem. It's up to you.

One of the amazing things about ebooks right now is the wealth of options available to users. Massive ebook libraries now exist from multiple sources, and these books range wildly from top-shelf best sellers to indie short stories written by folks in their free time. Impressively, each of these digital bookstores offer something significant that separates them from one another in a way that makes it so none of these services are going anywhere anytime soon.

If you've already settled into a preferred ebook retailer, you may be missing out on the features that make the competition special. With that in mind, lets take a quick look at the more popular apps in this space and see what service works best for you.

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