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1 week ago

Best Buy now sells spare Moto 360 chargers

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Best Buy is now selling spare Moto 360 chargers so you can buy an extra for the office and keep one at home. Unfortunately, the Qi wireless charging accessory doesn't come cheap, and the official Moto 360 charger, which props up your smartwatch up so you can see it comfortably on a desk on night stand, costs $39.99 at Best Buy.

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1 week ago

A Weekly Google+ poll?

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Google+

A poll about polls

Now that polls are embeddable inside a Google+ post, it's time to decide if we want to move our weekly polls to Google's social network.

There are plenty of positives and negatives. Embedding the poll on the Android Central home page makes it easy to find and easy to manage, and let's be honest — some users will prefer it.

Putting the poll on Google+ opens up a huge number of new eyeballs, making a poll even more valid as an indicator of what Android fans think.

In the end, we decided to ask you which you prefer. Hit the link below to find the poll on Google+ and make your choice. Be sure to use the comments here to let us know your thoughts, too.

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1 week ago

Race against the robots! Anki Drive released for Android

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Anki is now porting its remote-controlled racing game Anki Drive to Android where you can control race cars on a real track using your smartphone. The game initially debuted on iOS and now owners of the Nexus 5 and the latest Samsung smartphones and tablets can join in on the action, though cross-platform racing isn't yet available.

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1 week ago

Oppo teases swiveling selfie camera on Oppo N3

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With an announcement slated for the end of the month, Oppo is already teasing its new N3 phone. Though the company hasn't announced specifics in terms of specs, but it did publish a photo of the new Oppo N3 phone with what appears to be a rotating rear camera module at the top of the device, which can be swiveled to be used as a front-facing camera similar to the Oppo N1t for high quality selfies.

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1 week ago

VoLTE - how to use it and why you should

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Voice over LTE is a big deal, and we're finally getting our first tastes of it

Here in the U.S., carriers are slowly starting to roll out the red carpet for Voice over LTE. If it is available in your area and through your carriers, taking advantage of the upgrade currently depends on your having the right hardware. Once you have everything you need, setting VoLTE up on your phone is very easy and well worth it.

Let's take a deeper look.

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1 week ago

Facebook now lets you comment with stickers

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In addition to likes and typing out your comments onto friends' posts, Facebook is now allowing you to express all your emotional glory through stickers. Previously available as a feature inside Facebook Messenger, now users can add stickers within comments to regular Facebook posts.

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1 week ago

Huawei Ascend Mate2 heads to Newegg for $300

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Huawei has announced today that the Ascend Mate2 is now available for purchase on Newegg. The handset is available in your choice of black or white, and retails for $300.00.

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1 week ago

The Limefuel Blast L180X Pro: Charge all the things

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Limefuel Blast L180X Pro

We've seen many an external battery come through here. And over the past couple years we've seen capacity and density increase, while prices continue to drop.

And today we've got a quick look at a monster battery, the Limefuel Blast L180X Pro.

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1 week ago

Iliad ends its bid to acquire T-Mobile US

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French telecom Iliad has decided to end its efforts to acquire T-Mobile, announcing today that parent company Deutsche Telekom and members of T-Mobile's board "have refused to entertain its new Offer."

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1 week ago

US Cellular taking pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for Oct. 17 launch

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US Cellular, the fifth biggest wireless carrier in the country, is joining its four bigger rivals in accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, for shipments planned to begin on October 17.

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1 week ago

Don't miss your chance to save 20% on all accessories during our Canadian Thanksgiving Sale!

In case you didn't catch the news, we're celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada by giving you 20% off everything at ShopAndroid including cases, chargers, batteries, screen protectors—the whole caboodle!

To enjoy these holiday savings, all you need to do is apply coupon code: Thanks20 at checkout. You'll instantly see a revised cart with reduced prices on everything you've added. And, this offer is valid for both US and Canada stores!

There are plenty of payment methods including PayPal, Bitcoin and standard credit cards along with incredibly fast shipping options! This sale ends tomorrow at midnight PST, so be sure to get your orders in while the gettin's good.

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1 week ago

South Park tables coming this week to kill Kenny on Zen Pinball HD for Android

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Zen Studios will add two new tables to its Zen Pinball HD app for Android this week based on South Park, allowing its fans to interact in an all new way with Cartman, Kyle, Stan, Kenny and many of the other characters from the long running animated TV series.

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1 week ago

International data overseas: How the U.S. carriers stack up

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International Roaming

Oh, you'll have to pay extra for roaming data outside the U.S. — the question is how much​

We tend to travel quite a bit in this job, often outside of the United States. So we like to keep up on what it'll cost us to roam on other networks while still paying our home operator. This post is our ever-updating list of those costs.

It helps to remember how all this stuff works. Back in the early days of cell phones, you'd be (more or less) confined to a restricted region. Stray outside that region, and suddenly you're "roaming." What that really means, in a nutshell, is that your carrier then has to pay another carrier for your phone to work. And that costs money.

Fast forward a few years, and those roaming charges disappear. "Free roaming." Now, we just use our phones wherever the hell we want to in the United States. And that's the way it should be. But head outside the U.S. of A., and suddenly you're roaming again. And that means it's time to pay the piper. You might get slightly lower rates in Canada or Mexico (thanks, neighbors!), or you might not.

International data isn't cheap. Your best bet is to find a local prepaid SIM card. But that's not always easy — and there's really something luxurious about stepping off a plane, firing up your phone ... and it just works.

And so we've gathered up the international data rates for the four major U.S. carriers — Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. These are all with various international "plans" that you'll add to your account (with one pay-as-you-go exception for Verizon), and so if you're not consistently heading outside the U.S. on a monthly basis, you'll need to be sure to turn off the service once you're home.

Here's how it all stacks up:

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1 week ago

Sony now selling Xperia Z3 Compact in the US for $529

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The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a smaller 4.6-inch version of the company's new Xperia Z3 flagship smartphone, is now available for purchase directly on Sony's online store in the US for the off contract price of $529.99

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1 week ago

Nokia updates HERE Maps to include Deutsche Bahn transit info from Germany

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Nokia has updated its HERE Maps app with new train and transit information from Deutsche Bahn in Germany, allowing users of the recently launched beta for Samsung Android smartphones to access train connections and timetables in that country.

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