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1 week ago

EE plans to have 95% of the UK covered with 4G by 2020

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EE has announced the UK mobile operator is set to increase 4G coverage to 95% and bring back customer support to within country borders. The company will introduce 600 new positions across the UK and Ireland, which should please customers who both expect and appreciate customer support based in the UK.

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1 week ago

Honor V8 with dual camera setup breaks cover at TENAA

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Honor's getting into the spirit of naming phones after automobile engines, with the vendor's upcoming V8 passing certification at TENAA. Based on the certification, it looks like Honor will offer two variants of the V8: a KNT-AL10 model with a 5.7-inch Full HD display, 2.3GHz octa-core CPU, and 32GB storage; and a KNT-AL20 version with a QHD display, 2.5GHz octa-core CPU, and 64GB storage.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi CEO shows off Mi Band 2 with LCD display, physical buttons

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It looks like Xiaomi's getting ready to unveil the Mi Band 2. CEO Lei Jun teased the wearable at a conference in China, revealing an LCD display and physical buttons.

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1 week ago

Understanding 4G in the UK: Everything you need to know

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Cutting through the technobabble.

Everyone knows 4G comes after 3G. It's faster, better, not to mention more expensive. But "4G" can refer to a bunch of different things, and the various UK operators use 4G in different ways to offer different features to customers.

It can all be a bit confusing, but we've brought together all the major details of how 4G works in the United Kingdom to help you understand how it all works — and how it affects you and your phone.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi's massive Mi Max will make its debut on May 10

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After teasing the Mi Max phablet yesterday, Xiaomi has announced on Weibo that the phone will be officially unveiled on May 10. The phone is expected to feature a 6.4-inch display, and benchmarks suggest that it will sport a Snapdragon 650.

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1 week ago

Google Play Store may be coming to Chrome OS

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As Google I/O draws near, it looks like big things are in the works for Chrome OS.

Google has been working on getting Android apps on Chrome for a while. We saw the release of the ARC Welder tool in April 2015, helping developers port Android apps to Chrome OS. More recently, a new find by a user at Reddit might mean the entire Google Play Store is headed for your Chromebook.

After mentioning he briefly saw a mention of Allowing Android apps on the developer channel of Chrome in the settings page, another user provided a screen shot of a new dialog all about Google Play. A look into the Chrome source found more than one reference about both the setting and the new dialog, so something is in the works.

Many rumors about Chrome and Android merging have been heard, but Google always has maintained that the two will continue to be separate projects.

So what might be happening? That's the big question.

Right now, the Android Runtime for Chrome includes a rudimentary version of Play Services that allows Cloud Messaging, Google sign-in, a contacts provider and OATH2 support, as long as the developer does a few extra steps to set things up through the Google Developer console. For full access to the Google Play Store, this restriction would have to be lifted. This would mean a full version of Play Services either built into Chrome, or a bigger and better ARC module. Either of these two things could happen, but it would take Google building it and distributing it for it to actually work.

With Google I/O a month away, we expect to learn exactly what this means. We're pretty sure the end users would love to have access to a million or so Android apps on their Chromebook, but what will developers and publishers think? Having an app that lives right beside a web browser on a product with a full keyboard and mouse or trackpad means more thought goes into monetization and delivery, which means more work on one or both platforms. Teams working on social media apps, web portals and shopping apps (as well as any app that can also live as a web page) will have their work cut out for them, that's for sure. It's going to be an interesting ride.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: TimmyMe, Instagram Layout, Kolorette

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Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: Quick hits for the end of April

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We're knee deep in another series of reviews. The Huawei P9 is coming up next. A really good, expensive phone. Maybe not the best for right now, but a solid effort and a huge step in the right direction in terms of software. I've got the Xiaomi Mi 5 on the way, too. (But be sure to read Harish's review first!)

So since it's (another) working weekend, some quick hits to get a few things off my chest ...

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1 week ago

Xiaomi teases Mi Max phablet

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Earlier this week, we got our first look at the front panel of a phone rumored to be the Xiaomi Max, an upcoming phablet from the Chinese vendor with a screen size of 6.4 inches. Xiaomi has now started teasing the handset, which will be called the Mi Max.

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1 week ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: All the new things!

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New phones, updated laptops, and expanding the definition of 'mobile'

What a busy week! Let's start things off with the new releases: the HTC 10 is now available (as is our HTC 10 review). So too is are the two most exciting VR headsets: the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive — we're just now getting our heads around them (or them around our heads), so stay tuned for our thoughts!

But wait, there's more new stuff! Apple refreshed the MacBook laptop with faster prossessors and storage (and a rose gold finish), and Microsoft pushed out a massive Windows Insider Preview update with exciting new features like Windows Ink and Messaging Everywhere, as well as a revised Start menu. And following up on the cool and affordable-by-humans Model 3, Tesla refreshed the Model S with a new look and improved range.

Oh, did we not mention that we have a new site for Tesla owners and fans? We didn't? Oh, well, we do! It's called Tesla Centra and you should totally check it out!

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1 week ago

This LeEco mountain bike fuses exercise and your favorite mobile operating system

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One of the more exotic products we had chance to look over at the recent CE China show out in Shenzhen was this smart bicycle from LeEco. A company with a broad range of connected hardware, this pretty outrageous looking mountain bike isn't something we come across every day.

Oh, and it runs Android.

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1 week ago

Can I use apps on my Chromebook?

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Apps for your Chromebook are just a click away.

If the past few years have taught us anything, it's that people love to use "apps." That's in quotes for a reason — because it's not really anything new.

The word apps is a shortened term for applications, because everyone loves to shorten things. We've been using applications — aka programs — since we first started using computers. In fact, at one time Windows used to be an app that ran on top of DOS that let you do things with a mouse instead of typing a bunch of stuff into a command prompt. Even before that, people have been building apps and running them on computers since the days of punch-card programming. Days I do not miss at all.

It makes sense that people want to know if the Chromebook they're thinking of buying can run apps, and the good news is that they most certainly can — and it's pretty easy to get started.

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1 week ago

HTC 10 to reportedly hit Australian shores on May 3 with a hefty price tag

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Australian HTC fans may not have to wait long to get their hands on the company's latest, the HTC 10.

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1 week ago

Five things you need to know about the HTC Vive

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There's nothing else quite like it, but the HTC Vive probably isn't for everyone.

Deep down, every kid who has ever played a video game has been preparing to use the HTC Vive. The way we turn our bodies to match a turn in a racing game, or jump when something scary happens, or even throw a controller when we're mad is something that can actually be done in Vive. Whether you're sidestepping zombies for that perfect headshot or crawling around on the floor to get a better look at that Fantastic Contraption you've been working on all day, the way your physical body interacts in the real world matters.

These are incredible experiences, but the HTC Vive as a whole requires some thought as you decide whether it is for you.

With that in mind, we've assembled some of the most important things for you to know about the HTC Vive before you start planning out where it's going to live in your home.

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1 week ago

Five things you need to know about the Oculus Rift

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There are some good reasons to doubt the potential success of Oculus and their Rift headset.

This first generation effort is expensive, the controllers meant to truly elevate the experience aren't available yet, and there are still plenty of folks out there who think VR is this year's version of the 3D TV. While it's still early days for this generation, and the cost of ownership is indeed higher than your average Xbox or gaming PC build, it's an experience well worth the early adopter itch.

If you're one of the folks on the fence about the Oculus Rift, there's a few things you should know about the headset before clicking the buy button.

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