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1 week ago

Enter now to win a FREE BioLite CampStove!

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This week we've been taking a look at some great gadgets, apps, and smartphone accessories for the summer. Simon shared his Geek's Guide to Camping, highlighting a ton of great options for when when you go adventuring but you just can't leave all the tech at home. One of the products Simon mentioned in his guide is the BioLite CampStove, and this is your opportunity to enter to win one!

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1 week ago

LG Bello II makes its way to India as the LG Max

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Announced earlier this week, LG's Bello II has made its debut in India as the LG Max. The phone will retail for ₹10,900 ($170), although a specific launch date was not revealed.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi slashes price of 64GB Mi 4 to just ₹17,999 in India, MIUI 7 coming in August

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As part of its week-long anniversary celebrations in India, Xiaomi has reduced the price of the 64GB variant of the Mi 4 to ₹17,999 ($283), valid for 24 hours on Flipkart. The Chinese manufacturer decreased the price of the 64GB model from its launch price of ₹23,999 ($377) to ₹19,999 ($314) over the course of the last two months, with today's deal lowering that price even further.

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1 week ago

YouTube update brings new design, video editing tools

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The YouTube app picked up an update today that breaks the interface down into three tabs — Home, Subscriptions and Account — making it easier to discover new content. From the Home tab, you will be able to see your recommendations as well as customized playlists based on your watch history. Subscriptions is where you can view all the latest videos from the channels you're subscribed to, with the Accounts tab giving you access to your watch history, uploads, purchases and playlists.

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1 week ago

LG Tone Active Bluetooth headset is going on sale later this month

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LG has announced that it will commence sales of its Tone Active Bluetooth headset from later this month in North America and Korea. The headset will be available in select countries in Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States, Asia and Latin America over the course of the third quarter.

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1 week ago

Catching up on the weather with Instaweather for Android Wear

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Being able to glance at your watch, and get your weather forecast is a luxury that really can't be overstated. Sometimes though the temperature, and current conditions just don't quite cut it. Whether you want to see radar of that storm rolling in, or know how hard the wind is going to kick up, finding the info you need can be a hassle. That's where the Instaweather Watchface comes in, with all the weather information you could need-and all at a glance.

The Instaweather Watchface comes stocked with 9 different watch faces. That's right, nine of them. Each one is a little bit different, and has it's own options. We've broken them down into three categories Infographic watch faces, Analog watch faces, and Radar/Map watch faces. With nine faces there are tons of options, and features to check out.

Five of the watch faces fall into infographic faces; Meteogram, IW Hourly Forecast, IW Weather Forecast, IW Bar Chart Forecast, and IW Daily Fit. Each of these has a slick, colorful display with different metrics. All of them have the time, date, and different style options as far as the look of your watchface goes. There are colorful bar charts with the daily forecast, line graphs with icons for your weather, and even a face that will show you your activity synced with Google Fit. Each of these faces has a functional and colorful look to them that is definitely pleasing to the eye. They also each have their own options which include the type of measurements used, color, and placement of graphs on your screen.

IW LCD Weather, and IW Analog are reminiscent of analog watchfaces. The analog face gives you 3 forecasts at three hour intervals with icons for the weather, and a readout of the temperature. The time is readout with an hour and minute hand. The IW LCD Weather face almost looks like a readout you'd find in an older model car. Once again there is an analog face, this time on the top half of the screen. The bottom half has current temperature and conditions, along with two more forecasts at three hour intervals.

Then you have the IW Weather Radar face, and the IW Weather Map face. IW Weather Radar will give you a radar readout of the weather moving into your area. This highlights how fast and severe weather patterns in your area are currently moving in. The IW Weather Map face is essentially the same thing, except its a map of your general area with the weather moving in. Both of them are definitely handy on days when the weather is calling for scattered or severe thunderstorms. It is worth it to mention that the weather is only updated every 60 minutes unless you buy into a premium membership, when that number drops down to every 5 minutes.

This app is fantastic for anyone who wants a running update on the weather for the day. With nine different faces there are tons of options in how your weather is displayed, what information you get, and how you get it. You also have options to customize how the different faces look, to make sure it fits your style. So if you've been looking for a better weather app, then the Instaweather Watch face app for Android Wear should certainly be on your list. Have you already used this app, or is there a better weather app you prefer? Let us know in the comments.

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1 week ago

Google Store cuts Chromebook prices by up to $30 in Back to School promotion

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Google is looking to get students ready for the new school year with a back to school sale on the Google Store. In all, while Google is boasting price cuts on a number of products, it looks like the only new sales are on select Chromebooks from Acer.

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1 week ago

Honda's first car with Android Auto will be the 2016 Honda Accord [Update]

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At an event in Silicon Valley today, Honda revealed that the 2016 Honda Accord will be the first of its models to sport Android Auto, bringing the connected platform to both sedan and coupe models of the car.

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1 week ago

Google Voice voicemail transcriptions are now 49 percent less confusing

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If you've been flummoxed at some of the errors you've gotten in Google Voice's voicemail transcription, you'll be happy to know that things are getting better. Google announced that they have used user-submitted feedback to improve voice transcription accuracy for Google Voice and Project Fi users by 49 percent.

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1 week ago

Google Photos adds a couple new album tools, custom photo description editing

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Updates to the Google Photos app and website today have added a couple new ways of adding to and tweaking albums. In version 1.2 of the app, when viewing an individual photo you'll now see a new "Add to album" option in the overflow menu, which will let you create a new album with just that photo or add to a previously-created one. While you've always been able to do this from the main gallery view — even when you had multiple photos selected — it's just as useful when viewing a single photo. For quicker multi-photo selecting, you can now long-press on a date header in the gallery view to instantly select all photos from that day as well.

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1 week ago

Moto G 2015 specs surface in new promo video

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Brazilian retailer Americanas has posted — and pulled — a new promotional video for the Moto G 2015, giving us another look at the phone's specs. The video pretty much confirms the earlier reports about the phone, if it is indeed accurate. Both are reporting that the upcoming Moto G will feature a 5-inch display, Snapdragon 410 processor, 13 MP rear-facing camera and a 5 MP front-facing camera.

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1 week ago

AT&T reports Q2 2015 earnings: $33 billion in revenue, adds 2.1 million wireless customers

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AT&T has reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2015 today, showing a slight bump in revenue over the same period a year ago. In all, second quarter revenue clocked in at $33 billion, which is up 1.4 percent when compared to the same period a year ago. Additionally, earnings per share were 69 cents — up from 61 cents a year ago.

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1 week ago

The Moto X 2014 is quick and capable after its Android 5.1 update

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Moto X (2014)

As its successor nears, the Moto X 2014 has a new lease on life with the Android 5.1 update

Though we all cheered when Motorola swiftly updated the Moto X 2014 to Lollipop soon after Android 5.0's release, it was immediately clear that the jump from KitKat introduced some issues. Choppy performance, a few quirky bugs and a generally unstable vibe came with the update, leaving owners feeling a bit burned.

When it came to making the next jump to Android 5.1, Motorola clearly took its time. The relatively small jump from 5.0 to 5.1 on the Moto X 2014 took longer to release than the substantially larger move from 4.4 to 5.0, but there was a reason — this update wasn't just a small version bump. It was a complete smoothing out of the Moto X's software experience. And as we approach the launch of a third-generation Moto X, the 2014 model is feeling peppy and capable thanks to the update.

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1 week ago

Yahoo brings its News Digest app to Android tablets

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Yahoo has brought its News Digest app to Android tablets, allowing you to read news from around the world on a bigger screen. Offering the same, twice daily, news digest that the phone version did, the only change is here is the size of the screen you can read it on. For those not familiar with Yahoo News Digest, it offers news updates twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, keeping you informed about what is happening around the world.

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1 week ago

Google Photos teases 'PayWithAPhoto' ahead of July 29 reveal

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The recent launch of Google Photos is apparently just the beginning. New teasers on the Google Photos YouTube and Twitter accounts show that there will be a big announcement on July 29, and it involves some kind of payment system or perhaps a Google Photos promotion.

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