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6 days ago

Alleged 2015 Moto X poses for the camera [Updated]

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We're just under a week away from Motorola's July 28 event, where we're expected to get a look at what the manufacturer has coming down the pipeline, but a new image of the front of an alleged third-generation Moto X may give us an early peek at what we can expect.

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6 days ago

Nova Launcher may be the best thing that ever happened for Android

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Nova Launcher

Android is built in a way that allows "core" portions of the operating system to be replaced with applications written by a third party. That is, someone not the manufacturer, or Google itself. Nowhere is this more evident than the various Launcher (or Home) apps you'll find in Google Play. The user-facing portion of the operating system — the home pages, the widgets, the application drawer and the icons — can be replaced in one fell swoop.

This is a good thing because chances are once you get a few Android fans together, you'll likely see a big difference in the way they want their phones and tablets to look, act and feel. Inevitably, Nova Launcher gets mentioned.

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6 days ago

Qualcomm says it will cut $1.4 billion in spending, along with 15 percent of workforce

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The news from Qualcomm's latest quarterly financial results is not good for the mobile processor maker. It has announced plans to cut its spending by $1.4 billion, along with about 15 percent of its workforce.

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6 days ago

Incipio OffGRID first look: Adding a microSD card and external battery to the Galaxy S6

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Incipio OffGRID case for the Galaxy S6

Ask anyone who owns either the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the Galaxy S6 edge what they'd change about the phones, and you'll see two answers rise above all others. They need better battery life, and they miss having external storage via a microSD card. Incipio has returned both of those features with its OffGRID battery case. And being that it's also a case, you're going to get a bit of protection thrown in for good measure.

So let's take a look at this case — which retails for $89 but already can be found on sale — and what it makes your phone look like.

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6 days ago

GoPro Hero vs. HTC RE camera: Two very different 'action cam' experiences

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HTC RE camera and GoPro Hero

I'm no hero. I don't wake up every day and strap a helmet to my head or a board to my feet or need to record myself going 120 mph from six different camera angles. I drive a 2005 Honda Civic with a couple of car seats in the back. Usually there are a few pool noodles and goggles and maybe even a water gun. The most EXTREME thing I've done in the last month was go out until 10 p.m. on a school night.

This is Tech Dad Life. (And at this point my nearly 9-year-old is demanding I clarify: A single booster seat for her little sister is now all that remains of the child-like safety items.)

But one thing I've gotten into a little more lately is in the same vein as the GoPro — I've been carrying the HTC RE camera around a lot more. And that begs the question that I've mostly ignored since the RE was released in the fall of 2014: Is HTC actually competing with GoPro in this space?

And there's only one way to find out. It's time to slip the RE into my pocket and, uh, strap the GoPro to something. Because this ultra-mobile, in-your-face, action photography thing isn't going anywhere anytime soon. As GoPro itself has shown quarter after quarter (with some $363 million in revenue in Q1 2015) — it's only getting bigger.

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6 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, Core Prime, HTC Desire 626s now available from T-Mobile

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As previously announced, T-Mobile has started selling three new budget-priced Android smartphones. They include two phones from Samsung; the Galaxy Grand Prime and Galaxy Core Prime, along with the HTC Desire 626s.

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6 days ago

T-Mobile introduces Advanced Messaging, starting with Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

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T-Mobile is introducing a new mobile chat feature called Advanced Messaging with the previously announced launch of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone. Based on a standard called Rich Communications Services (RCS), Advanced Messaging has a number of chat improvements for smartphones.

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6 days ago

A geek's guide to camping with your phone

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Taking to the woods is supposed to be a chance to unplug.

Dip your toes in the water. Go on a hike. Get some sun. Swat some bugs. At least that's how the theory goes.

If I were any good at camping I would have left the phone, tablet and dozen backup batteries at home. But my addiction to screens is what some may classify as "crippling." There's no reason a phone or tablet can't enhance your experience outdoors, though. These gadgets can provide information resources like maps, to-do lists, fitness tracking and first aid info, as well as fun stuff like a handy camera and source of music for your treks. Maybe I'm just trying to post-rationalize my condition, but you seem like the kind of crowd that's in the same boat.

So without any further ado, this is how I camp with some fine apps and smartphone accessories for the summer.

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6 days ago

Android Wear support in the Flir One is too cool

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There are several practical applications for relatively inexpensive thermal cameras. The ability to offload processing onto your smartphone, which often has a much better screen and offers a more responsive UI than most mid-range thermal cameras out there, is a great idea. Flir's new One camera takes things one step further if you're an Android Wear user by allowing you to use your watch as the viewfinder and shutter button for the camera, making it possible for you to set your phone up somewhere to monitor an area and record when necessary.

Remote shutter functionality for smartphone camera apps in Android Wear is nothing new, but rarely do you see the watch used as a functional viewfinder. It's most commonly just a shutter button, with a brief glimpse at the photo you took after the fact. Flir's setup is a center-cropped live view through the cameras, with a small shutter button on the bottom of the display. Whatever your current settings are in the Flir One app is what comes through on the viewfinder, and the screen flashes when a picture is taken as confirmation.

The video feed on your wrist is impressively smooth due to the low resolution the cameras capture together, but there's a minimum 5-second delay in the feed on your wrist. Even with that lower resolution, if your Bluetooth connection isn't great you can experience delays as high as 30 seconds from real time. Still, if you're looking at a reason to have a Flir camera around for work this is a feature well worth keeping in mind.

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6 days ago

Watch our own Phil Nickinson on All About Android 223!

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If you were unable to tune into the live recording of All About Android 223 with Phil, don't worry. You can now watch the recording on your own schedule, and check out all of the Android news and information that was discussed. From security concerns to Samsung Pay, and a bit of Humble Bundle, there was some great Android conversation going on.

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6 days ago

AT&T introduces the ASUS ZenFone 2E GoPhone for $119

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AT&T has introduced its latest GoPhone addition, the ASUS ZenFone 2E, which carries an affordable price tag of only $119. The ZenFone 2E features a 5-inch IPS HD display, a dual-core Intel Atom processor, an 8MP rear-facing camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera. With enough power to give you nearly 20 hours of talk time, and up to 8 days of standby time, the 2,500 mAh battery should be sufficient for all your needs.

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6 days ago

Kyocera's Hydro WAVE surfs onto T-Mobile and MetroPCS

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The latest smartphone part of Kyocera's portfolio of durable and waterproof smartphones is the Hydro WAVE, which is launching on both T-Mobile and MetroPCS. Sporting a 5-inch display, the durable, yet affordable piece of kit not only provides peace of mind while in use, but it also won't break the bank.

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6 days ago

Opera Max update gives you more control of what uses your data

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Opera Max, the data management tool from Opera Software, will now make it even easier to control what is using your data. The previous update enhanced Wi-Fi performance on shared networks, and the most recent one lets you do more with your data in a split-savings level setting.

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6 days ago

GoPro plans to release a new video editing app later this summer

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According to GoPro president Tony Bates, the company is in the final phase of testing for a new video editing mobile app. The new suite will enable consumers with GoPro cameras to trim and share video straight from their smartphones. GoPro aims to have the app made available by the end of summer.

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6 days ago

Microsoft updates Skype to look even more gorgeous

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Skype has been updated by Microsoft, introducing a refreshed design for users of the popular communication service to enjoy. The company has implemented a number of visual refreshers to make Skype that much more gorgeous to use on your mobile phone. Version 5.6 should be hitting your hardware at some point today.

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