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4 days ago

Samsung reportedly looking to introduce new models fashioned after Galaxy Alpha

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Samsung unveiled its metal-clad Galaxy Alpha earlier this month, and if a report out of SamMobile is to be believed, it looks like the manufacturer is getting set to launch additional devices in the A series. Devices in this series will feature a design that is similar to that of the Galaxy Alpha, which means that they will likely feature some form of metal.

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4 days ago

Grab the 32 GB Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 for just $348 on eBay

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Like large tablets? Don't mind using refurbished gear? If you answered yes to both questions, head on over to Ebay from the link below to buy the 32 GB variant of Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 for just $348. You don't have a lot of time to make up your mind, however, as the deal is set to run out in just under four hours.

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4 days ago

Sony launches Xperia C3 in India for Rs. 23,990

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Sony has launched its selfie-focused smartphone, the Xperia C3, in the Indian market. Featuring a 5 MP front camera with an 80 degree field of view, the device lets you easily take selfies by double tapping the back cover. The front camera also has HDR and comes with Sony's intelligent scene recognition that automatically adjusts settings based on lighting conditions.

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4 days ago

Samsung teases Galaxy Note 4 announcement in new video trailer

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Samsung has just published a video teaser of its forthcoming and highly anticipated Galaxy Note announcement early next month at the IFA show in Berlin. The event, which is expected to see the debut of the highly rumored Galaxy Note 4, will see a strong focus on the Note's most defining feature: the S Pen.

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4 days ago

ChromeADB server is the start of something wonderful

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Chrome ADB server at work

Until now, if you wanted to use ADB to "talk" to your phone you either installed the SDK, or copied files by hand, or used one of those toolkits (almost) everyone seems to love to recommend. On a Chromebook, things were even harder. Finding the right version of ADB and dependencies compiled for your architecture and putting them all in place, or giving in and installing another operating system so you could use the tools you might need to use was not what I would call user-friendly. That's all changing.

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5 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Google Admin, MyRoll, Vivino Wine Scanner and more

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Apps of the week

These are the apps we're loving this week

Apps — we all love them, and Google Play has a ton of them. Some are good, some are great, and some are mind-bogglingly terribad. Some are even Flappy. See what we're digging this week, and give them a try. There's a good chance you'll like at least a few, and apps need love, too. Think of the apps!

As always, be sure to tell us about any great apps we need to be using. The best part of our jobs is playing with apps — especially great ones.

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5 days ago

Poll: LG G Watch R or the Moto 360?

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Now that we've got not one but two round Android Wear smartwatches in play — that'd be the Moto 360 and the recently-teased LG G Watch R, it's understandable if you're suddenly having second thoughts about where your loyalties lie.

Of course, we've yet to actually see the LG G Watch R (and that name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, if in fact it's the official moniker), or strap one on. The Moto 360, however? Been there, done that, badly wanting the final product. (Which we should see in just another week or so.)

But it's not too early to make uninformed decisions. And so we ask you: Is the prospect of the LG G Watch R starting to sway you Moto 360 faithful?

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5 days ago

Unannounced smaller Sony tablet and smartwatch get a poolside leak

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Sony may have indadvertedly leaked their own unannounced smaller tablet and a new smartwatch in a promo for the unrelated Sony SmartBand. The fitness band takes the lead in all the rest of the blocks of the Facebook promo page, but in one instead you can find a small unannounced tablet and an unannounced smartwatch. Could it be the rumored Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and an Android Wear-powered smartwatch. We'll find out more at IFA 2014 in just over a week.

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5 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: Good games trump gimmicks

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Swing Copters and Sky Force 2014

It's no secret that I was never a fan of Flappy Bird. Never mind that it basically was capitalizing on people's emotions — their frustrations, really — I just never found it to be a particularly good or fun game. And now we have Swing Copters. It's very much the same idea — your copter rises precariously; you tap to change its direction and keep it on course. Or not, because you'll probably crash in the first 2 seconds. (If not sooner.)

It's not fun, but it's free. And I stopped playing it after about four tries.

Meanwhile, I've spent way too much time this past week playing Sky Force 2014. It's one of those top-down airplane(esqe) shooters that very much reminds me of Tiger Heli and Twin Cobra, both of which I spent way too much time playing as a kid. Sky Force is one of those "free to play" games in which you don't pay a thing for the game itself, and it plays just fine, but it's got a few in-app purchases available that very much will speed you on your way, and get read of the interstitial advertising if you so desire.

So far I've probably spent around $10 on this free game. And I'm still enjoying the hell out of it. Haven't regretted spending a single cent.

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5 days ago

Round 'LG G Watch R' teased ahead of IFA unveiling

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LG G Watch R

Teaser video gives us the quickest of glimpses at LG's next smartwatch

We've heard rumors from the Korean press in the past week that LG may be about to unveil a new wearable at IFA 2014, and now it seems we have conclusive proof. The official LG teaser video below makes it pretty clear that the company will indeed show off a new smartwatch at the Berlin trade show in just over a week. The "LG G Watch R teaser comes to us courtesy of LG's global YouTube channel, showcasing (in super-fast, blink-and-you'll-miss-it flashes) a rounded design, a side-mounted button and features like a step counter and compass. And rounded bends, whatever that means.

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