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4 days ago

TuneIn Premium gives users streaming sports, music and audiobooks for $7.99 a month

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TuneIn, the popular Internet streaming audio service, is giving customers some optional extras with the launch of TuneIn Premium. The subscription service adds more access to live sports, along with commercial-free radio stations and audiobooks for the price of $7.99 a month in the US.

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4 days ago

Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch teased by company executive

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The Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch is not a rumor; it's definitely going to be announced soon. But we still know very little about the smartwatch. Today, a Samsung mobile executive fueled the teasers for the Gear S2 by showing the smartwatch off on his Instagram account.

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4 days ago

AT&T pushes Stagefright patch for the HTC One M8, M9

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AT&T is now pushing an update to both the HTC One M8 as well as the One M9 that contains a patch for the Stagefright exploit. The update, which weighs in anywhere from 28MB to 55MB, is likely to address only the security issues, and nothing else.

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4 days ago

First impressions of the Moto X Play

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Moto X Play

At a series of events around the world in late July, Motorola dropped not one, but two versions of its top-end phone, the Moto X.

While the Moto X Style is still a little ways off, the Moto X Play is now on sale in places like the UK and Canada. It's not the highest of the high-end like the Style (or Pure Edition, depending where you are), but instead sits in the middle of Moto's newest range of devices between its bigger brother and the best-selling Moto G.

So, what's it like? Here are our first impressions.

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4 days ago

Google Map Maker edits allowed once again in the US and many more countries

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Google is once again allowing people to access its Map Maker feature in order for them to edit and submit their Google Maps changes for the United States and 44 more countries. Google suspended access to Map Maker earlier this year after it was discovered that someone had placed the Android mascot urinating on an Apple logo in Google Maps.

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4 days ago

ARCHOS announces the Diamond S and 50e Helium, both coming in November

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ARCHOS has announced the latest addition to its Diamond lineup, the Diamond S, along with the 50e Helium. These new smartphones will become available in November, with a price tag of £159 and £99 respectively.

Featuring a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, the Diamond S will run Android 5.1 out of the box, and be powered by an Octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage.

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4 days ago

In Pictures: The HTC Desire 626

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Smartphones don't have to be expensive anymore, at least not if you decide to take a look at HTC's Desire 626. Previously the Desire line is better known over in Europe and Asia, but now it's here in the states as well in all of it's affordable glory. It's got a comfortable fit in your hand, and despite the plastic casing it doesn't feel particularly cheap. This phone retails for around $200, which makes it worth checking out for the price point alone.

It's a change of pace from the "flagship" HTC phones we've gotten used to, and that isn't a bad thing at all.

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4 days ago

Hands-on with Wileyfox's Cyanogen-powered Storm and Swift

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Wileyfox phones

Could an all-new brand have what it takes to beat the Moto G at its own game?

In 2015, you don't need to spend a ton of money to get hold of a decent smartphone. It's a point that's been proven over and over again by the likes of OnePlus, Xiaomi and Motorola, and today in London a new upstart aims to give all three a run for their money. With a quirky brand, competitive pricing, and a familiar software experience, Wileyfox has introduced the Swift and the Storm, Cyanogen OS-powered handsets costing just £129 and £199 respectively.

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4 days ago

Verizon's DROID MAXX 2 may be a US version of the Moto X Play

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According to a new leak, the Moto X Play may actually make its way to the US and land on Verizon, but under the branding of its DROID line. Internally, the phone is said to be identical to the Play, with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 1.65GHz Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage with a microSD slot and even the 21MP camera on the rear. The difference, however, is that this variant will feature all of Verizon's branding and bloat.

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5 days ago

Vysor is an interesting new way to control Android from your computer

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There are a couple of ways to remotely view and control your Android from a desktop, but none of them are particularly easy to use. Some require root access, some require subscriptions, and some aren't really worth using due to low framerates and overall quality. The mind behind Rom Manager, Voice Plus, AllCast, and other popular Android apps has been working on a better way to remote control multiple Android phones and tablets for a while now, and like almost everything Android the work was discovered late last night and leaked before it was finished.

The app is called Vysor, and while it's not quite finished yet we've been using it for a little while now and can't wait to see the finished product.

Unlike your average Android remote app, Vysor is a Chrome app first. You launch in Chrome, turn on USB debugging on your phone or tablet, and connect to the computer. Once ADB connects to your machine, Vysor is installed and your mobile screen shows up on your desktop. Your mouse and keyboard can now control your Android, complete with keyboard shortcuts for back, home, and multitask. In our testing it works great on Mac and Windows, and aside from the occasional need to play with USB connection mode (thanks, Installer Mode nonsense) Vysor works as soon as you plug the cable in after the initial setup.

Everything about Vysor is beta right now, so expect things to not always work as advertised while it's finished.

Framerate isn't the best, you won't be playing fast-paced games or anything, but for most day to day tasks it's smooth enough to be enjoyable. You'll also find the screen on your Android stays on for the transfer to your computer to work, so if you're doing something that drains the battery faster than the connection to your PC can charge it you'll have a problem before too long. Dropping the brightness helps a lot, but your usage is going to vary from device to device.

As cool as a nice, free remote control service is, Vysor Share is where the real fun is. Your remote session can be shared to someone else with Vysor installed on their Chrome instance, and that user has the same ability to view and control the existing Vysor session. In his scrambling to properly announce this service after the leak, Koush explains this feature came from his long desire to remotely deploy and observe code on hardware that wasn't sitting right at his desk. It's a cool way to do exactly that, though the lag you experience in Vysor increases in obvious ways with everything streamed over the Internet.

Everything about Vysor is beta right now, so expect things to not always work as advertised while it's finished and prepared for an actual launch. In the mean time, if you've been looking for a new way to remotely view and control Android phones and tablets you should absolutely give this a shot.

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5 days ago

Sony teases 'greater focus' for the next Xperia smartphone

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Sony tweeted out a tease for next month's IFA in Berlin, preparing fans of the company for a smartphone announcement with greater focus. What the company means by greater focus could well be related to the camera installed on this unannounced Xperia smartphone.

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5 days ago

Wileyfox announces the Storm and Swift, powered by CyanogenOS

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Wileyfox

New handsets at £129 and £199 for the new Cyanogen-partnered smartphone vendor.

This morning in London, new smartphone brand Wileyfox has announced two new Android handsets running CyanogenOS 12.1.

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5 days ago

Leaked images of HTC's A9 'hero' smartphone show off a design that's awfully familiar

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To combat falling profits, HTC CEO Cher Wang announced that the vendor would launch a "hero" device in October, with the phone likely alleged to kick off a new product series. We've been hearing of a handset codenamed Aero over the last few months, with today's leaked images giving us a first look at the alleged design of the phone.

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5 days ago

These are the 'Galaxy Gifts' available to Note 5 and S6 edge+ buyers

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These are the Galaxy Gifts available to Note 5

Samsung has for the past few years cut deals with a variety of big names in a number of spaces to offer a set of so-called "Galaxy Gifts" for those buying new Samsung phones and tablets. With the retail availability of the Note 5 and S6 edge+ in full swing, there's a new set of Galaxy Gifts for the latest phones.

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5 days ago

Hands-on with the public beta of Cortana on Android

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Cortana for Android was released as a public beta earlier today. I installed it on the LG G4 to see how it works. Is it better on Android compared to Windows Phone? Go watch our hands-on video to find out.

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