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Ahead of new rumored Nexus tablet announcement, custom HTC charging keyboard case leaks

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Ahead of a rumored and hyped new Nexus announcement this fall, leaks are beginning to emerge for custom, official accessories for the Android slate as a result of a collaboration between HTC and Google. We are now seeing a custom charging keyboard folio case with flip cover, which looks similar in concept to Microsoft's Type keyboard for the Surface line of Windows tablets.

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1 hour ago

This week's sidebar poll: Which new device are you most excited about?

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Here comes the silly season

We hope you're buckled in and ready for yet another wild ride in the mobile space this week! We've got boots on the ground in Berlin, New York, Chicago and Cupertino to see all sorts of new stuff from names you know and already love.

We'll be covering everything from IFA — including Samsung who is putting on a show in New York as well — and many more big names in tech. We're also hoping to see what Motorola has in store with briefings in Chicago and Berlin, and there's a little company named Apple who should be showing us at least one new phone, and maybe even a wearable of their own.

So what has you the most excited?

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3 hours ago

Worth another read: Smartphones and Sex — your answers

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Smartphones and Sex

Earlier this year we asked about how your smartphone affects your sex life. For some, it's a natural progression in the digital world. For others, it's a nonstarter. But it's also very much in the news this week in light of the exploitation of a number of celebrities (to say nothing of the countless pictures that get uploaded every day, with permission or otherwise).

It's worth taking another look at your answers. (Ours, really — we took the survey right along with you.) And, perhaps, it's worth taking another look in the mirror, and taking a pause before potentially taking that pic.

Also: Check out 10 ways you can help protect your device itself

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3 hours ago

Upcoming Android smartphone will be just 5.15 mm thick

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The quest to make smartphones as thin as possible will take a new leap later this month when the Ginoee Elife S5.1 is released in China. A "coming soon" listing on a retail website shows that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean device will be just 5.15 mm thick.

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4 hours ago

10 best ways to secure your smartphone

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You have lots of ways to secure your phone. Use some of them!

Lock your smartphone

We've said a million times, and we'll say it till we're blue in the face. Lock your smartphone. Lock your smartphone! We were also slightly dismayed (though not exactly surprised) to hear in our recent poll that a good third of our readers do not lock their phones. And we say unto you, there is absolutely no excuse not to, especially considering the vast array of options we have to do it now. Actually, you can wait a few minutes and pick from this list at the end. But right after. Not after a few rounds of Duet. Not after watching Netflix. Right then.

Now, you can lock (and unlock) your smartphone many, many ways, and they all have their benefits and their drawbacks, but somewhere, some mixture of method will work for you. So, let's get to it, shall we?

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5 hours ago

ASUS CEO says ZenWatch will cost under $199 and will be out in October

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ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has reportedly stated that its upcoming ZenWatch device will be priced under $199 and that it will be released sometime in October. Shen made these statements well ahead of the company's official reveal of the device at IFA 2014 in Berlin on Wednesday.

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5 hours ago

Microsoft begins to drop 2GB file size limit for OneDrive

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Microsoft is prepping to drop the 2GB file size limit for OneDrive. Right now a small number of users can upload files larger than 2GB in size to OneDrive. Users on Reddit were the first to notice a change, with Microsoft sharing a statement to The Next Web to confirm the file size limit changes.

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6 hours ago

MOTA SmartRing promises to offer Android app alerts on your finger

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The smartwatch or smartband is apparently old hat to a company called MOTA, which announced today an upcoming product called the MOTA SmartRing, which it says will provide mobile app notifications on a device that can fit on a finger.

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6 hours ago

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to Berlin we go

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And we can't forget the cheddarwurst

As I sit writing this weeks column I'm actually on a train bound for London. More specifically, I'm bound for Berlin, Germany, where the Android Central team – of Alex Dobie, Derek Kessler and myself – are headed for the big event of the fall, IFA 2014. It's always a busy event, lots of ground to cover, lots of press events to attend and lots of new devices to play with. This will be my third year and I'm more excited heading into it than the previous couple of times.

IFA this year is set to be huge. We've written up an extensive preview and we've each written up a "what's in our gear bag" post to walk you through what it takes for us to go and cover these shows. There's so much to cover in such a short space of time it's tough to pack it all in. On a personal level, here's what I'm looking forward to most this week.

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