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5 days ago

Seidio DILEX Pro Case with Metal Kickstand for the Droid Turbo

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Some people don't want a case for their phone, they want armor plating with a built in cinema mode.

Big phones and kickstands go hand in hand, especially if you're the type to watch video on your lunch break or while waiting in the car for soccer practice to be over. The folks at Seidio are far from new at putting kickstands in their cases, but their DILEX Pro line take keeping your phone and go kinda nuts. It's a two-stage case that puts a rubbery interior in between a rigid plastic casing that adds some significant bulk in the process. It's also the first of the Droid Turbo cases with rubbery bits we've played with that doesn't flex inappropriately near the speaker grill at the top, which means you're way less likely to get sand or pocket fuzz where it shouldn't be with this case, but in exchange you have to live with the rigid plastic being a fingerprint magnet.

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5 days ago

Broadcom says its new hardware will boost the battery life of Android Wear watches

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Future Android Wear devices could benefit from using a newly announced hardware platform from Broadcom. The company said today that its products, when used inside an Android Wear product, could help increase its battery life, among other features.

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5 days ago

Authy snapped up by Twilio for two-factor authentication

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Authy, a company that specializes in security through two-factor authentication, has been purchased by cloud communication services company Twilio. The two companies have been working together since 2012, with Authy using Twilio's technology to deliver authentication codes through SMS and phone calls. For the time being, Authy will continue to function as it always has, though certain parts of the company will expand with the acquisition, according to fonder Daniel Palacio:

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5 days ago

LG G Flex 2 review

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LG G Flex 2

It's big. It's bendy. But should you buy it?

The original LG G Flex was a unique, quirky phone that grabbed headlines back in late 2013, being the first flexible Android handset to hit the mainstream market. It was also a device of many compromises — an unwieldy 6-inch form factor, a lackluster 720p display resolution and iffy rear camera. It was an interesting technical showcase, if not a phone we could readily recommend.

So when it first emerged that the successor would pack higher-end internals and a better display into a smaller form factor, hopes were high. Perhaps this wouldn't just be a neat technical showcase, but also a decent, usable smartphone. The G Flex 2 also gave us our first hands-on opportunity with a real, actual retail device running the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, the next big thing from the mobile chip giant.

So now, after a week with the G Flex 2, how does it hold up? Well, it turns out the path to a bendy smartphone remains paved with compromises. Read on to find out more, in the Android Central LG G Flex 2 review.

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5 days ago

Amazon adds Firefly options to Fire HD tablets in US, UK and Germany

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Amazon has started rolling out an over-the-air update to its Fire HD tablets in the US, UK and Germany that adds the company's Firefly options to those devices. Firefly is already available on the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 tablets, along with its Fire smartphone.

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5 days ago

Moto E (2015) specs

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Motorola's latest budget-priced Moto E (2015) packs a lot of tech into an affordable package. Here's what's inside.

There are, technically, three versions of the 2015 Moto E: US GSM+ LTE, US GSM, and global GSM. The LTE version has a more powerful processor and a different (though basically the same) GPU, but otherwise is the same (apart from costing more). Each of the three versions offers a different set of supported frequencies, so check them out to be sure about which version you'll need.

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5 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop begins its rollout for Canadian LG G3 smartphones

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LG G3 owners in Canada should start looking for a big software update. LG has announced that the Android 5.0 Lollipop over-the-air rollout has begun for the smartphone in the Great White North.

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5 days ago

The new Moto E: LTE, Lollipop, and a quad-core processor

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The all-new LTE-toting Moto E 2015

The first Moto E was a budget-level success, and now it has a budget-level successor: the new Moto E (2015). It's in most every way an upgrade over the previous phone, all while keeping the same low cost that made it so popular in developing countries.

The new edition of the Moto E offers a larger 4.5-inch qHD display (960x540), and when you opt for the LTE version, a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor (the non-LTE version has a quad-core Snapdragon 200 chip inside). In addition, the Moto E has gained a front-facing camera, something that was missing from the first version of the phone. It even runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. All of this for just $149.99.

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5 days ago

HTC announces special edition UEFA football One M8, engraved with every league winner

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HTC has today announced a new smartphone in its UEFA Collectors Edition range, called the Champions. It's the HTC One M8 with every UEFA Champions League winner engraved on the aluminium back. A perfect choice for European football fans looking for a new premium smartphone.

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5 days ago

Barclays Pingit will allow you to send money using your Twitter handle

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Barclays has announced that Pingit users in the UK will be able to use their smartphones to send money using Twitter handles, which would remove the requirement for mobile numbers and bank account details to be exchanged. The new feature will go live on March 10.

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5 days ago

Lollipop update now rolling out for the HTC One M7 in Europe

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HTC has commenced the rollout of Lollipop for the One M7 in Europe. According to a tweet published by Jeff Gordan, Senior Global Online Communications Manager at HTC, those who own the smartphone in Europe will be receiving Android 5.0 shortly, following on from the rollout to developer and unlocked handsets elsewhere.

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6 days ago

Samsung markets the Galaxy S6 by amusingly poking fun at rumors

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Samsung has done bizarre marketing in the past, almost reaching Qualcomm levels of weird, but the company is taking a more subtle, yet humorous approach with the Galaxy S6. A new website has been launched by Samsung Norway that simply pokes fun at various exaggerated Galaxy S6 concepts, ranging from an all-glass build to having full speakers sliding out from the sides.

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6 days ago

Gemalto denies 'massive theft' of SIM card encryption keys by NSA and GCHQ [updated]

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Update: A new report in The Intercept claims that Gemalto is drastically downplaying the effects of this attack. In the report, several security researchers came to the conclusion that "the company made sweeping, overly-optimistic statements about the security and stability of Gemalto's networks, and dramatically underplayed the significance of the NSA-GCHQ targeting of the company and its employees."

Original story: Digital security vendor Gemalto revealed its findings today following last week's report of an incursion by the NSA and the GCHQ into the vendor's SIM card encryption keys. While Gemalto noted that an operation by NSA and GCHQ "probably happened" in 2010 and 2011, the intrusion could not have resulted in a "massive theft" of SIM card encryption keys as the breach affected the company's office network and not its secure networks.

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6 days ago

Latest LG G Flex 2 video is all about the curve

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LG served up a new video extolling the curved form factor of the G Flex 2. In the video, LG mentions that the reduction in size from the original G Flex to the G Flex 2 – which saw the screen go from 6 inches to 5.5 inches – was done to maximize comfort and provide the "most ideal screen size." The handset vendor also mentioned that the curve adds to the durability of the device, with LG's P-OLED display combined with the "Dura-Glass Guard" making the handset 20 percent more durable.

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6 days ago

Android sees uptick in market share in 2014 after one billion device sales

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Market research firm IDC's latest numbers showcase the continued rise of Android, which now commands an 81.3 percent market share, up from 78.7 percent in 2013. The entry-level segment was seen as the major growth driver in 2014 as device sales crossed a billion units for the first time. The firm noted that Android and iOS now account for 96.3 percent of all smartphone shipments, a slight increase from the 95.6 percent commanded by the two leading mobile platforms in 2013.

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