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Samsung Netherlands confirms Galaxy S5 Plus pricing at €599

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Remember that Galaxy S5 Plus that's launching in the Netherlands? It looks like we can now confirm official pricing on the handset. According to a press release issued by Samsung's Netherlands branch, the device will land in the country in late October for €599.

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Starbucks app updated to support Android 5.0, QHD screens

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The Starbucks app has just been updated to work on even more devices with the inclusion of official support for Android 5.0 Lollipop and phones with QHD displays. While it's nice to see Android 5.0 support this early in the game as people are mere days away from getting their pre-ordered Nexus 9s, proper support for devices with QHD displays is the bigger deal as millions of LG G3s and Galaxy Note 4s are already out in the wild.

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1 day ago

Not so exclusive: Google sends out a truckload of Inbox invites

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Well, that didn't last all that long. It seems most people who requested an invite to the new Inbox app from Google are receiving notifications indicating that they're into the cool kids club. As the wave of invites rolled out, the @inboxbygmail Twitter account confirmed that they have "left the building" and to check back soon if you weren't in this wave.

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1 day ago

Accessibility features on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 accessibility

Having a solid set of proper accessibility features on a phone is incredibly important for the small set of people who need them, and Samsung has done a good job of keeping its recent phones accessible for all. The new version of TouchWiz introduced on the Galaxy S5 brought new options and refined the accessibility features on the device, and nearly all of those features have made their way over to the Galaxy Note 4 as well.

The Note 4 interestingly adds two new features when compared to the Galaxy S5, but also removes two from the set at the same time. The vast majority of things are unchanged, however, meaning you can easily switch between the two and get acquainted with the settings.

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1 day ago

Amazon posts $544 million operating loss in Q3, takes $170 million write-down on Fire Phone

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Amazon just announced its Q3 2014 earnings, showing the largest operating loss in company history of $544 million for the quarter. That's dramatically higher than the $25 million operating loss of Q3 2013, despite the fact that net sales were up 20 percent to $20.58 billion this quarter. Operating cash flow was also up for the quarter at $5.71 billion, but that still is in the shadow of such a large loss.

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1 day ago

Nexus 9 hands-on and first impressions

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Nexus 9

HTC splits the previous Nexus tablets with an 8.9-incher, while adding a premium feel and internals

It's been 15 months since the Nexus 7 (2013) was unveiled, and now we have our hands on its successor the Nexus 9. Built by HTC rather than ASUS, the Nexus 9 takes the sleek and modern design we saw on the last round of Nexuses and scales it up to house an 8.9-inch display, while integrating an aluminum frame and improved internals. It also brings an interesting new aspect ratio that is supposed to be better for getting work done.

While you can't go out and buy one just yet — it's available for preorder now and should ship by Nov. 3 — we've had the opportunity to use the Nexus 9 for a little bit so we can give you our first impressions of it. Stick with us after the break for hands-on pictures, video and our first impressions of the Nexus 9.

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1 day ago

Popular Japanese physics RPG Monster Strike now available in English

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Monster Strike has enjoyed over 5 million downloads on the Japanese Google Play Store alone, and now players in North America and elsewhere can see what all the fuss is about.

Monster Strike is effectively a marble-flicking game about hitting and eliminating targets that incorporates a lot of RPG elements. Up to four buddies can get cooperatively involved to take on exclusive bosses and and earn shared rewards.

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1 day ago

T-Mobile wants better coverage inside your home and it's asking the FCC for help

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T-Mobile wants its phones, tablets, and devices to work better in your homes and buildings, and to do so it is petitioning the FCC to make that happen. The Un-carrier wants to be able to buy more low-band spectrum to improve in-building coverage in the next FCC auction, and T-Mobile wants the FCC to alter a few rules to help it succeed.

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1 day ago

Ingress celebrates two year birthday with new monthly event 'First Saturdays'

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Real-world adventure game Ingress will be celebrating its second birthday this year, and it's doing so in style. Google's Niantic Labs, which runs the game, will be kicking off the celebration with a new monthly event series called "First Saturdays" which will serve to bring new Ingress "agents" into the fold. The events will run simultaneously in 120 cities across the world, and will be entirely player-driven.

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2 days ago

Leaked LG F490L Liger could launch as LG G3 Screen in South Korea

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It looks like we have some leaked photos of the LG F490L smartphone in the wild, a device that also goes by its code name of Liger. With similar styling to LG's flagship G3 smartphone, the Liger is said to sport a 5.9-inch display with a resolution of 1080p rather than the G3's pixel-popping QHD.

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2 days ago

Lag on the Moto 360 appears to be all but gone after update

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We're still messing around with the new features found in the most recent update to the Moto 360, but this one deserves a brief mention on its own.

The animation lag we'd experienced since we first got the smartwatch is all but gone. We're still seeing the occasional hiccup, but overall the animations are much improved, a drastic change from the past couple months.

Update: We've also received the Android Wear 4.4W2 update on our LG G Watch R review unit, and the update has eliminated almost all of the lag we were seeing on that device too, while adding a couple of new watch faces.

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2 days ago

Race into the future with Anki Drive

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It's something you may have seen during your travels on the internet or a trip to the mall. Anki Drive is one of the coolest connected toys on the market today. It takes the classic action of slot cars and brings it into the future with power-ups, weapons, battle mode and more.

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2 days ago

Republique review - avoid big brother in this gorgeous stealth game

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Republique for Android

A dystopian thriller with powerful story and great graphics

Republique is a fantastic stealth adventure game that was borne of a Kickstarter campaign back in 2012. The Android port was officially released this week, and there's a lot to say about it.

The core gameplay of avoiding guards, gathering clues, and employing an array of hacking abilities is paired up wonderfully with a strong storyline, original voice acting, and graphics with cinema-quality motion capture. That's a lot of hype to live up to, but there are some compromises to make with the episodic nature of the game.

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2 days ago

LG G Watch R hits Europe in early November

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LG has announced that their G Watch R will be available in several European countries at the beginning of November. France, Italy, Spain, and the UK will all be included in the initial rollout. The G Watch R will come to North America, Asia, and the Commonwealth of Independent States shortly thereafter. Purchase of the G Watch R through the Google Play Store will come to some terretories in the coming weeks.

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2 days ago

Sony Smartwatch 3 (with GPS and Android Wear) on sale now at Verizon

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Sony Smartwatch 3

Android Wear update coming to other smartwatches as well

It's been more than a month since we got our first look at the Sony Smartwatch 3 — the company's first try at Android Wear — and today the wearable is available for preorder, but perhaps not from the place you'd expect. Verizon's got first dibs on this smartwatch, which will cost you $249 up front (plus tax and shipping and stuff). It'll ship by Oct. 30, Verizon says.

The big deal about this watch, in addition to being the Android Wear device from Sony, is that it's the first to support offline music and full-on GPS — the idea being that you can use it without having to have a phone attached, which is a plus when you're exercising. So you'll be able to listen to music with the watch serving up tunes to a Bluetooth headset directly, and be able to track your runs without lugging around an ever-bigger smartphone.

Google says the Smartwatch 3 also will be available from Google Play at some point.

Google today also is reiterating the offline music update (along with other features) is headed to current Android Wear devices as well. The LG G Watch and Moto 360 already have started to benefit from the update.

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