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1 week ago

Where to buy the Nexus 9 Magic Cover and Keyboard Folio

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Nexus 9 Magic Cover

Both official accessories for the Nexus 9 — that'd be the Magic Cover, that foldable magnetic save-your-screen-from-sure-destruction cover, and the Keyboard Folio — are finally available. And you've got a few choices from which to purchase, though price is pretty much the same for all three right now.

Here are direct links to everywhere you can buy the Nexus 9 Magic Cover and keyboard folio:

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1 week ago

Sony wants to assist you in unlocking the bootloader of your Xperia smartphone

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After simplifying the process for unlocking the bootloader of Xperia smartphones, Sony is now providing clear instructions on how users can do so in a new video posted on its SonyXperiaDev channel.

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1 week ago

Motorola reportedly looking to launch affordable 4G smartphones in India next year

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Motorola will reportedly launch affordable 4G handsets in India sometime next year. In an interview with Economic Times, Rick Osterloh, president and chief operating officer at Motorola Mobility, stated that the vendor will be very aggressive in the 4G segment in India in 2015.

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1 week ago

Walmart is offering the on-contract Galaxy S5 for just $79

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Walmart is offering the Galaxy S5 for just $79 on a new two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, which is a $60 discount from the retailer's usual selling price of $139. The deal is only valid in-stores, and will be offered until December 25.

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1 week ago

Telus now offers Nexus 6 for $280 with contract

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Wireless carrier Telus is now offering Google's Nexus 6 smartphone for $280 with a two-year contract. The Canadian carrier will also sell you Google's flagship smartphone for $780 outright if you're not willing to sign a long-term service agreement. The Nexus 6 that Telus is offering is the 32 GB Midnight Blue model.

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1 week ago

Galaxy S4 Google Play edition gets Lollipop with Android 5.0 update

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition smartphone is getting its first taste of Lollipop. Google is now starting to push out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Galaxy S4 GPe phone; this is the Android 5.0 update rather than the Android 5.0.1 that has been going out to other Google Play edition phones recently.

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1 week ago

Google publishes Nexus 9 LTE Android 5.0.1 factory image

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Hot on the heels of the launch of the Nexus 9 LTE to the Play Store, Google has also released the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop factory image for the 4G-connected slate. The Android 5.0.1 LRX22C image has been posted to Google's developer page. Since the slate is just now available to buy from the Play Store and through T-Mobile in the U.S. nobody yet really needs the image, but it's great to have it available from day one.

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1 week ago

AT&T will give Nexus 9 LTE owners $100 bill credit for signing a contract

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Wireless carrier AT&T is running a promotion that will give customers a $100 bill credit for activating a Nexus 9 LTE and signing a two-year contract. The offer is similar to AT&T's current holiday tablet promotion that takes $100 off the price of the tablet with contract through AT&T or an authorized retailer, but in the case of the Nexus 9 LTE subscribers will pay the $599.99 through the Google Play Store and then see the bill credit when the slate is put under contract.

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1 week ago

The Best Sprint Phones

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If you’re shopping for Sprint phones, we’ve got a great reference to help you out. Here you’ll find the best phones on Sprint across all platforms, including a quick take on what makes them great, and where their drawbacks lay. If you’re new to the Sprint network or you’re an existing customer looking to upgrade, we should be able to help.

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1 week ago

Google to retire Earth API in December 2015

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Google announced that it will be retiring the API for Google Earth on December 12, 2015, or a year from today. The decision to retire the Google Earth API comes after both Chrome and Firefox had dropped support for the NPAPI plugin framework, and Google also cites decreasing cross-platform support.

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1 week ago

Iowa to create digital driver's license app for your phone

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Iowa is leading the charge to become the first state in the nation to issue a digital ID. The state wants to create a smartphone-based driver's license via an app that could be installed Android smartphones or the iPhone. The digital driver's license would co-exist with a traditional plastic license issued today.

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1 week ago

Vodafone to launch wireless services for US-based enterprise customers in 2015

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Vodafone Americas has announced its intent to introduce wireless services for its multinational enterprise customers in the United States in 2015. The services will be offered under an mobile virtual network operator deal with T-Mobile US.

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1 week ago

Lync 2013 gets updated for Android with new anonymous join feature and more

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Microsoft has released an update for its Lync 2013 business messaging app for Android in the Google Play Store that adds a way to join an online meeting without a Lync account, along with some other new features.

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1 week ago

Vodafone U.K. starts Android Lollipop update for LG G3

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Vodafone users of the LG G3 in the U.K. should start seeing an update being pushed out to their phones. According to our readers, the LG G3 on Vodafone U.K. is now being updated to Android Lollipop. News of Lollipop arriving in the U.K. follows LG's push of the software out in Poland about a month earlier.

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1 week ago

Nexus 5: Past, present and future

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Nexus 5

A year on — and with an all-new version of Android — how does Google's 5-inch handset measure up?

I've used the Nexus 5 — Google and LG's last Nexus collaboration — on and off for the past year. The phone never quite managed to become my daily driver, mainly due to underwhelming battery life and the arrival of newer, shinier things in the earlier part of the year. Regardless, the N5 has never been too far from my side. This summer it was the first phone to get a sneak peek at Lollipop through the "Android L" preview, and it was among the first to get Android 5.0 proper last month.

Unlike previous years, Google's keeping the older Nexus handset around for the time being, selling it alongside the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 at the same price point it launched at in November 2013. (Though Play Store availability remains sporadic.) So the Nexus 5 isn't quite dead yet. But how does it compare to other handsets running Android 5.0? Is it still worth the money twelve months on? And might we see another smaller Nexus handset in 2015? Read on for our take on the Nexus 5, twelve months on.

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