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Luxottica CEO says new version of Google Glass will be out soon

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Massimo Vian, the CEO of eyewear maker Luxottica, says its partnership with Google on Google Glass is still alive and a new version will be out soon.

Remarks made today by Massimo Vian of Luxottica during a general meeting in Milan, Italy may indicate that development of Google Glass continues at a solid pace. Luxottica announced a partnership with Google on their wearable device project in March 2014, but sales of the first-generation Google Glass Explorer Edition ended in January 2015.

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1 week ago

HTC One M9: A second opinion

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HTC One M9

The Android Central HTC One M9 review is our collective, in-depth guide to HTC's 2015 flagship, covering everything from hardware to software to camera quality. However with a major Android device like this, it's worth presenting a second opinion.

The HTC One M9 is the latest in a line of highly successful phones for HTC. 2013's M7 and 2014's M8 were among the best Android phones available at the time, and the past two generations of HTC One hardware hold up well to this day.

There were a couple of things about last year's M8 that held me back from using it more, however: The anxiety-inducing slipperiness of the curved metal body, and the generally disappointing Ultrapixel camera.

I've been using the M9 on and off this past month, and for the most part I've found it an enjoyable phone to use — certainly HTC's best to date. However the Taiwanese company hasn't overcome all of the shortcomings of its previous flagships. And with Samsung finally upping its game in a few important areas, not to mention the prospect of another strong LG flagship on the horizon, the M9 could have its work cut out.

With that in mind, let's take another look at HTC's 2015 flagship.

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1 week ago

The leather back for the LG G4 has a 12 week manufacturing process

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The backside of the LG G4 is not just your average leather; it is the finest leather they can find, and goes through a 12 week manufacturing process.

The LG G4 featuring a leather back is nothing new, but did you know that the manufacturing process for the back cover is a 12 week process? LG has outlined some additional information on the leather they selected for the back along with some details on the production process.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi posts video of Mi 4i launch event

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Xiaomi launched a new phone, the Mi 4i, in New Delhi, India on April 23, and they have posted the event online for everyone to check out.

If travel to New Delhi, India wasn't in your plans to check out the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 4i, you can now watch the video from the comfort of your own home. The 5-inch, $200 smartphone, packs some impressive specs into a budget flagship.

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1 week ago

Cricket Wireless adds unlimited calling and messaging to Canada to $50 and $60 a month plans

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Cricket Wireless is giving some of its customers access to unlimited calling and text, video and picture messaging to Canada at no extra cost.

The no-contract subsidiary of AT&T will add this feature to subscribers of its $50 a month Smart and $60 a month Pro plans.

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1 week ago

Haier has a smartwatch to help you keep track of your kids

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At the IFA Global Press Conference this week in Malta, we've had a look at a new smartwatch from European brand, Haier. Perhaps better known for producing white goods like washing machines and refrigerators, Haier's watch is something you give to your kids while retaining the smart features for yourself.

And it'll help you keep track of your kids.

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1 week ago

Comcast drops $45 billion merger deal with Time Warner Cable

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Following yesterday's report, Comcast has pulled out of talks to merge with rival Time Warner Cable, announcing today the company has terminated all agreements. The deal is off.

Comcast originally announced the deal to merge with TWC back in 2014, which was valued at $45.2 billion in stock. The merge was met with criticism from not only the general public but government officials (namely the FCC) too. Today, the merge finally caved in, with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts confirming in a statement that the deal is off and the company is moving on.

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1 week ago

You can finally buy a Moto 360 with a metal band in India for ₹19,999

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Motorola has started to offer the Moto 360 with Light Metal and Dark Metal bands in India, although the pricing at ₹19,999 ($315) makes it one of the costliest smartwatches available in the country.

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1 week ago

80% of Philips TVs for 2015 will be Android TV

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At the IFA Global Press Conference in Malta, Philips TV division, TP Vision, has talked about the company's plans for its lineup for 2015. And of particular interest its commitment to using Android TV. Of all Philips TVs for 2015, an impressive 80% of them will be running Google's OS.

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1 week ago

Lenovo K80 to take on Asus' ZenFone 2 in China with 4GB RAM, 4,000mAh battery

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Asus was the first manufacturer to launch a handset offering 4GB RAM with the ZenFone 2, and now Lenovo is launching a competitor in the K80, which boasts similar hardware.

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1 week ago

Telltale Games and Marvel to team up for new game series coming in 2017

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While details are still a bit scarce, Telltale games announced today that it is teaming up with Marvel for a new game series to debut in 2017.

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1 week ago

Hands-on with Recon Jet Smart Glass

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The fitness-forward face computer we've been hearing about for years has arrived, but its software isn't fully baked just yet.

It may have taken the company a lot longer than originally expected to start shipping their wearable fitness computer, but we've finally got a Recon Jet in our hands to play with. While Recon Jet was originally compared to Google Glass, due largely to being the only other viable face computer with a price tag dramatically lower than Google's offering, Recon Instruments couldn't be more clear about the purpose of this computer. It's a fitness accessory, allowing you to track your runs and rides without disconnecting you from the digital world. There's even a camera so you can grab that quick photo or video of something cool you see on your excursions. And most important, it's all baked into a pair of high-end, polarized sunglasses that are supposed to be comfortable enough to wear while performing these activities.

With well over a year of redesigns and polish, including a fun promo video showing off everything the device can do, lets take a look and see what's going on with this crazy face computer.

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1 week ago

NVIDIA erroneously shows 500GB Shield Android TV development kit for $299

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NVIDIA got some hopes up earlier today when it posted a Shield Android TV with 500GB of storage.

Unfortunately, the version — which is made as a development kit — was put up in error alongside the actual shipping device, which will cost $199 and have just 16GB of storage.

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1 week ago

Send directions to your Android phone right from a Google desktop search

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Google will now let you send directions from your current location to a location of your choice, right from the web browser of your desktop computer.

Ever been in a crunch to make it to your next meeting on time, only to realize you didn't know exactly how to get there and didn't really want to fumble around with a GPS? Google will now let you send directions right to your Android phone from your computer, so you can have the directions before you even leave the office.

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1 week ago

Google's Q1 2015 'other' revenues segment impacted by 'decline in Nexus'

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Speaking in the Google Q1 2015 earnings call, CFO Patrick Pichette indicated Nexus revenues declined this quarter.

Revenues from the Play Store (and now Google Store) are such a small portion of Google's business that they're clumped into an "other revenues" category each quarter, but that doesn't stop the company from reporting how they impact the bottom line. In Q1 2015 the other revenues segment actually grew substantially, despite an actual decline in earnings from selling Nexus devices.

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