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1 week ago

Regulatory filing shows that Xiaomi made a profit of $56.1 million in 2013

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A report filed with the China Securities Regulatory Commission revealed that Xiaomi turned a profit of 347.48 million Chinese yuan ($56.1 million) in 2013, with an operating margin of 1.8 percent. The number is considerably less when compared to unofficial reports from earlier this year, which suggested a net profit of $566 million for the same period.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile's Wideband LTE network goes live in New York City

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T-Mobile has announced that its Wideband LTE network is now live in the greater New York City metro area. The technology allows customers on LTE to attain speeds in excess of 100 Mbps.

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1 week ago

Samsung's metal-clad Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 launch in Taiwan

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Samsung is looking to reinvigorate its portfolio with new designs that are aimed at a younger audience, with the Galaxy A series said to be the starting point of that change. The manufacturer has launched the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 in Taiwan, and while the former handset is already available in a few countries, this is the first time we're seeing the Galaxy A3 in action.

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1 week ago

Play Store shows off 2014's best games, apps, movies, music, and more

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Google is highlighting some of the best content of 2014 in the Play Store. A new section called "Best of 2014" showcases the best apps, games, music, movies, books, and magazines from 2014 that Google's editors have chosen. If you're looking for new content for a new phone at the end of the year, Google's Best of 2014 list could help to provide inspiration.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Godus, Cocktail Compass, Frozen Free Fall and more

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Apps of the week

Time-savers and time-wasters

It's Sunday, and that means it's time to look at a few app recommendations from us here at AC. Working with an Android in our hand all week means we have plenty of time to give apps a try, and we always like to share the ones we find that warrant some love.

Of course, we also want to hear your app picks, so we can take a look. Many of you fine folk spend as much time with an Android in your hands as we do, and we consider you to be one of our best resources for finding great new applications. Have a look at our picks, then tell us yours in the comments!

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2 weeks ago

HTC RE Camera review

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HTC Re Camera review

HTC's little handheld camera … thing

HTC's dabbled in non-smartphone electronics before, primarily speakers, but the HTC RE Camera is without a doubt one of the weirdest and most beyond HTC's comfort zone. This is the HTC that famously put just a 4-megapixel camera in its flagship HTC One M8 smartphone, so a little handheld camera with a 16MP sensor? That's different.

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2 weeks ago

Acer offering up Iconia Tab 8 for $139 with $40 Best Buy gift card for the holidays

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Acer and Best Buy are spreading some holiday cheer starting today with a great deal on the Iconia Tab 8. The current promotion takes the already inexpensive Tab 8 at $139 and throws in a $40 Best Buy gift card when you purchase, effectively bringing the price of the tablet down to just $100. For that price you're of course not getting barn-burning specs, but the Intel Atom-based Android 4.4 tablet with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage is pretty capable.

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2 weeks ago

From the Editor's Desk: A tale of two cities

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Uber in Pensacola

What happens when an embattled, smartphone-based car service lands in sleepy Pensacola?

It's been an interesting week in my hometown. In the same week in which Pensacola (somehow) continued to have a debate over whether the offensive Confederate battle flag should be flown anywhere — and this has been an issue here since before I was born — we saw our first uberX cars hit the streets.

If that doesn't invoke a certain sense of schizophrenia, I don't know what will.

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2 weeks ago

Weekly poll results: Big phones versus small tablets

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Earlier in the week we posed a question to everyone out there — did a big-screened Android phone replace your small tablet? As the screens on our phones get bigger, and technology advances so that designers can fit them into a smaller chassis, Android (and others) phones is slowly creeping up towards the small tablet form-factor. Some of us think this is a great thing. Some of us think it's not so great. Some of us think back to the HTC EVO 4G and the controversy surrounding the giant 4.3-inch screen, and just chuckle at it all.

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2 weeks ago

Flow Home Launcher aims for the social media crowd

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Everyone approaches their home screen differently. Some like to set it and forget it, sometime not even deviating from the default layout that their phone came with. Some are constantly redoing their entire layout, belonging to theming communities where custom skins and elements are shared frequently and freely. Others have a basic layout that they'll tweak occasionally with new widgets and new themes. I am one such user.

And I am not quite who Flow Home was designed for — yet — but maybe you are.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon Moto X (2013) 32GB Developer Edition drops to just $199.99 on Amazon

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We stand at the nexus of affordability, openness, Motorola, and Verizon: the 32GB Moto X (2013) Developer Edition has dropped to a mere $199.99 sans-contract on Verizon, at least when purchased through Amazon. This is last year's model of the Moto X, but it's still no slouch. For your two Benjamins you get a compact and ergonomic phone that supports Big Red's LTE, plus it comes with an unlockable bootloader.

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2 weeks ago

Where to buy the Nexus 9 Magic Cover and Keyboard Folio

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Nexus 9 Magic Cover

Both official accessories for the Nexus 9 — that'd be the Magic Cover, that foldable magnetic save-your-screen-from-sure-destruction cover, and the Keyboard Folio — are finally available. And you've got a few choices from which to purchase, though price is pretty much the same for all three right now.

Here are direct links to everywhere you can buy the Nexus 9 Magic Cover and keyboard folio:

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2 weeks ago

Sony wants to assist you in unlocking the bootloader of your Xperia smartphone

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After simplifying the process for unlocking the bootloader of Xperia smartphones, Sony is now providing clear instructions on how users can do so in a new video posted on its SonyXperiaDev channel.

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2 weeks ago

Motorola reportedly looking to launch affordable 4G smartphones in India next year

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Motorola will reportedly launch affordable 4G handsets in India sometime next year. In an interview with Economic Times, Rick Osterloh, president and chief operating officer at Motorola Mobility, stated that the vendor will be very aggressive in the 4G segment in India in 2015.

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2 weeks ago

Walmart is offering the on-contract Galaxy S5 for just $79

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Walmart is offering the Galaxy S5 for just $79 on a new two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, which is a $60 discount from the retailer's usual selling price of $139. The deal is only valid in-stores, and will be offered until December 25.

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