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1 week ago

A geek's guide to camping with your phone

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Taking to the woods is supposed to be a chance to unplug.

Dip your toes in the water. Go on a hike. Get some sun. Swat some bugs. At least that's how the theory goes.

If I were any good at camping I would have left the phone, tablet and dozen backup batteries at home. But my addiction to screens is what some may classify as "crippling." There's no reason a phone or tablet can't enhance your experience outdoors, though. These gadgets can provide information resources like maps, to-do lists, fitness tracking and first aid info, as well as fun stuff like a handy camera and source of music for your treks. Maybe I'm just trying to post-rationalize my condition, but you seem like the kind of crowd that's in the same boat.

So without any further ado, this is how I camp with some fine apps and smartphone accessories for the summer.

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1 week ago

Android Wear support in the Flir One is too cool

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There are several practical applications for relatively inexpensive thermal cameras. The ability to offload processing onto your smartphone, which often has a much better screen and offers a more responsive UI than most mid-range thermal cameras out there, is a great idea. Flir's new One camera takes things one step further if you're an Android Wear user by allowing you to use your watch as the viewfinder and shutter button for the camera, making it possible for you to set your phone up somewhere to monitor an area and record when necessary.

Remote shutter functionality for smartphone camera apps in Android Wear is nothing new, but rarely do you see the watch used as a functional viewfinder. It's most commonly just a shutter button, with a brief glimpse at the photo you took after the fact. Flir's setup is a center-cropped live view through the cameras, with a small shutter button on the bottom of the display. Whatever your current settings are in the Flir One app is what comes through on the viewfinder, and the screen flashes when a picture is taken as confirmation.

The video feed on your wrist is impressively smooth due to the low resolution the cameras capture together, but there's a minimum 5-second delay in the feed on your wrist. Even with that lower resolution, if your Bluetooth connection isn't great you can experience delays as high as 30 seconds from real time. Still, if you're looking at a reason to have a Flir camera around for work this is a feature well worth keeping in mind.

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1 week ago

Watch our own Phil Nickinson on All About Android 223!

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If you were unable to tune into the live recording of All About Android 223 with Phil, don't worry. You can now watch the recording on your own schedule, and check out all of the Android news and information that was discussed. From security concerns to Samsung Pay, and a bit of Humble Bundle, there was some great Android conversation going on.

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1 week ago

AT&T introduces the ASUS ZenFone 2E GoPhone for $119

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AT&T has introduced its latest GoPhone addition, the ASUS ZenFone 2E, which carries an affordable price tag of only $119. The ZenFone 2E features a 5-inch IPS HD display, a dual-core Intel Atom processor, an 8MP rear-facing camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera. With enough power to give you nearly 20 hours of talk time, and up to 8 days of standby time, the 2,500 mAh battery should be sufficient for all your needs.

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1 week ago

Kyocera's Hydro WAVE surfs onto T-Mobile and MetroPCS

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The latest smartphone part of Kyocera's portfolio of durable and waterproof smartphones is the Hydro WAVE, which is launching on both T-Mobile and MetroPCS. Sporting a 5-inch display, the durable, yet affordable piece of kit not only provides peace of mind while in use, but it also won't break the bank.

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1 week ago

Opera Max update gives you more control of what uses your data

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Opera Max, the data management tool from Opera Software, will now make it even easier to control what is using your data. The previous update enhanced Wi-Fi performance on shared networks, and the most recent one lets you do more with your data in a split-savings level setting.

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1 week ago

GoPro plans to release a new video editing app later this summer

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According to GoPro president Tony Bates, the company is in the final phase of testing for a new video editing mobile app. The new suite will enable consumers with GoPro cameras to trim and share video straight from their smartphones. GoPro aims to have the app made available by the end of summer.

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1 week ago

Microsoft updates Skype to look even more gorgeous

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Skype has been updated by Microsoft, introducing a refreshed design for users of the popular communication service to enjoy. The company has implemented a number of visual refreshers to make Skype that much more gorgeous to use on your mobile phone. Version 5.6 should be hitting your hardware at some point today.

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ launching August 13, says Korean media

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Earlier this month, it was revealed that Samsung would launch the Galaxy Note 5 and a larger variant of the Galaxy S6 edge — dubbed the S6 edge+ — ahead of schedule, with both handsets getting announced in August. Korean news outlet Business Korea has corroborated the timeline, stating that Samsung will hold an event in New York on August 13 to unveil the handsets.

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1 week ago

Starbucks teams up with The New York Times to bring free news to your phone in 2016

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Starbucks and The New York Times have announced plans to bring free news and content from the publication to the official Starbucks app in 2016. Top news stories of each day, as well as a selection of other articles will be made available for free via the app for My Starbucks Rewards loyalty members. Purchasing paid digital and print subscriptions with The New York Times will also bag you some "Stars".

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1 week ago

32GB version of Xiaomi Mi 4i launches in India for ₹14,999

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When Xiaomi unveiled the Mi 4i in India earlier this year, one of the major complaints about the phone has been its 16GB built-in storage. The lack of a microSD card slot meant that there were limited options for users looking to store their media collection. Xiaomi has now rectified the issue by launching a 32GB variant of the device for ₹14,999 ($236), which will go on sale in the country from July 28. The standard 16GB model is available in the country for ₹12,999 ($205).

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1 week ago

Chinese regulator outs the OnePlus 2!

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The OnePlus 2 is the latest device to go through China's TENAA certification, giving us a look at the possible design of the handset. The phone will come with a fingerprint scanner, with the images from TENAA highlighting a physical home button. The photos show that the camera sensor is now located further down at the back, with the phone possibly getting laser autofocus like the LG G4.

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1 week ago

Huawei posts revenue increase of 87 percent in first half of 2015, smartphone sales up 39 percent

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Huawei announced that it sold 48.2 million smartphones in the first six months of 2015, an increase of 39 percent from the same period a year ago. Improved sales in the high-end segment allowed the vendor to net a revenue increase of 87 percent to $7.23 billion.

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1 week ago

Google offers more details on the closure of Google+ Photos

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Following Google's announcement earlier this week that it would shut down Google+ Photos in favor of the new Google Photos service, head of Google Photos Anil Sabharwal clarified the changes taking place.

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1 week ago

Dell Venue 8 7840 snags Android 5.1 update

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Android 5.1 has started rolling out to the Dell Venue 8 7840, bringing along minor tweaks and improvements to the tablet, along with added improvements from Dell.

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