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HP debuts Slate 6 VoiceTab II in India

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HP has announced a new entrant into its VoiceTab lineup today with the Slate 6 VoiceTab II. As its name suggests, the device is a 6-inch voice calling-capable tablet that appears to carry similar specs to its sibling released earlier this year.

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Hands-on with the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio

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Nexus 9 Folio Keyboard

$129 is a steep price for a small keyboard, but it's one worth considering

We've had the opportunity to play with the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio a few times already, and this week it finally made itself available in retail form. And that means we've got one in hand. Or under our fingers. Erm, whatever.

The long and the short of it is this is a scaled down keyboard that connects to the Nexus 9 via Bluetooth for software, and to the tablet physically by a series of magnets that do a decent job keeping everything in place while you're typing.

Let's take a quick look.

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In pictures: Galaxy Note Edge versus Galaxy Note 4

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Galaxy Note Edge versus Galaxy Note 4

So much hardware and style is shared between these phones, but there's no way you could mistake one for the other

Announced at the same time, the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge are clearly very similar devices, with that one (big) detail of a curved edge coming between them. You get all of the same base features on these two, along with very similar hardware, but the curved screen on the Note Edge gives you something a little different. Not only does it just look cool, it also changes how you hold the phone and how much metal is exposed on the sides. Nobody could ever mistake one for the other, despite how much is similar between them — check out our full gallery of pictures to see the finer points.

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Twitter app graph raises privacy concerns as it tracks installed third-party apps

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In an effort to build a more personalized experience, Twitter has announced it will be collecting a list of user-installed applications on Android and iOS smartphones as part of its app graph program. Though Twitter says it will not be collecting data inside those apps, users who do not wish to participate can opt out.

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Simplicam review: This simple connected camera lives up to its name

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Simplicam

It's inexpensive, it's easy, and it works great with your Android device

Standalone Wi-Fi cameras are becoming more and more of a thing in the connected home. While many connected home systems include some type of camera, there are many inexpensive systems that don't offer cameras at all. So rather than drop a load of cash for an all-in-one system that does include cameras, many people are just opting for the cameras themselves — be it for monitoring the kids, checking in on the nanny or keeping an eye on the dog while you're on vacation.

There are a ton of great solutions available today, but one that we've been toying with for a while now is Simplicam by Closeli — and it's proven to be awesome thus far.

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Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Neon' winners!

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This week's photo contest was looking for all of your brightest and most colorful neon pictures, and there were some great ones. You filled up three full pages of the forums with great neon pictures, but in the end we had to narrow it down to just two as winners. Read along with us and check out the winning entries.

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Samsung will reportedly shut down its ChatOn messaging service [Update: Or not?]

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Update: The Verge has now received a statement from Samsung saying, "the recent rumors concerning ChatOn have been false, as ChatOn will continue to be offered to consumers worldwide."

Original story: As part of Samsung's overall restructuring plans that were revealed earlier this week, a new report says that the company will shut down its ChatOn messaging service.

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Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 26

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

If you're in the market, we've got a bunch of great Black Friday deals here. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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2014 Moto X coming to Republic Wireless in early December

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Republic Wireless will be selling the 2014 Moto X beginning Wednesday, December 10. The phone will be fully customizable through Moto Maker, and Republic Wireless customers will be able to purchase it starting at $399 for the 16GB model, $100 lower than the standard off-contract price. The 32GB model will be available for $449.

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Pastry Paradise rolls out some puzzle fun on Android

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Gameloft has released a new puzzle game for Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Titled Pastry Paradise, the game tasks players with matching three (or more) tasty items on a board to clear them and earn points. However, there are a few differences between Pastry Paradise and other titles in the genre. The use of diagonal swipes, cakes and other lovely treats, as well as boosters and bake-offs help keep players entertained.

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Karbonn's Android One handset is now available in the UK

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It's been two centuries since curry made it from India to the UK, and now Indian smartphone manufacturer Karbonn is going to start selling their Android One-powered Sparkle V handset to Britons. The Android 4.4 KitKat-runnning phone launched today on Amazon today for £129.99, though on Friday it'll be going for £99.99 (yes, they're doing Black Friday outside of the United States now… we're sorry).

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Samsung Gear S review

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Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung didn't just make another smartwatch — it made a really small phone for your wrist

Samsung helped launch the idea of a modern smartwatch to general consumers when it unveiled the original Galaxy Gear. That was in September of last year, if you can believe it, and since then Samsung has launched four more smartwatches — the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit and Gear Live. And here we are just over a year after its first smartwatch, and Samsung launched its sixth — the Gear S.

Going in the opposite direction of the “less is more” philosophy of Android Wear, Samsung is simply going with more on the Gear S. It has a huge 2-inch curved AMOLED display, piles of features and a bevy of health-related sensors on board. Samsung even went a step further, including standalone Wifi and 3G support so you can leave your phone at home and go watch-only when needed.

Calling this a “smartwatch” actually sells it short a bit — the Gear S has more in common with basic smartphones than other watches. Read along and see how Samsung pulled it together in our full Gear S review.

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Reviewed: Fitbit Charge

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Fitness trackers seem to be attracting quite of bit of attention lately, and those looking for a tracker have a wide variety of options to consider. But while there are plenty of available options — one company seems to have risen to the top in terms of market share. Fitbit, who first launched back on October 2007, is closing in on 70 percent of the market with the number two player sitting down in the teens.

The stats by themselves may show Fitbit as being a dominant player, but that doesn't necessarily mean a Fitbit branded tracker will be the best option for everyone. That being said, given the wide range of models and price points — as well as the wide range of mobile device support — Fitbit does seem like a good place to start looking. We've seen the folks at Fitbit release several trackers over the years, including some that clip to your waistband, and some that are worn on the wrist. Just last month the Fitbit lineup grew by three. The new models include the Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge — and we took one of them for a spin over the last week.

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Cuba can now access free apps on Google Play along with Google Analytics

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Following the launch of Google's Chrome browser in Cuba earlier this year, the company has announced that residents in that country can now download free apps and games on the Google Play Store for the first time, along with the free version of its Google Analytics service.

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Google Play Store offers up to 75% off select movies through Black Friday

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The Google Play Store is offering major discounts on several movies in their library as early Black Friday deals. Right now you can get newer releases like Divergent, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and 300: Rise of an Empire, for up to 75 percent off.

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