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1 week ago

ZTE Blade S6 Plus now available globally through eBay

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ZTE has decided to skip retail channels, and go straight to eBay for the launch of the new ZTE Blade S6 Plus.

eBay is home to many different products, and ZTE has announced that it will also be the home to their latest smartphone. The ZTE Blade S6 Plus is now available on eBay around the globe, with an introductory price of only $269.99.

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1 week ago

Hands on with Cyanogen OS 12 for the OnePlus One

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Cyanogen Lollipop

OnePlus users now have two Lollipops to choose from, though this one will arrive via an over-the-air update.

Android users the world over were treated to quite the change of pace last year when the folks from the newly formed Cyanogen Inc. and a spinoff from Oppo launched a new high-end phone with a mid-range price tag. One of the many questions to come from the launch of the OnePlus One was the availability of updates, and with the giant Material Design curve ball Google threw with Android 5.0 it was clear that even veteran software update teams were going to struggle with getting Lollipop on existing phones in a timely fashion.

The OnePlus One is a little late to the party, but Android 5.0 — in the form of Cyanogen OS 12 — is finally on its way. This update brings all of the Lollipop goodness with a few extra Cyanogen bits tossed in, and the end result is a decent step forward for all OnePlus users.

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1 week ago

How to customize the on-screen navigation buttons on the HTC One M9

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HTC One M9 navigation buttons

If back, home and multitasking just aren't enough for you on the HTC One M9, the new Sense 7 gives you the option to add a fourth button.

The ability to add and rearrange the on-screen navigation buttons on an Android smartphone isn't exactly new — but it is new to Sense 7 on the HTC One M9. And it takes just a few taps to get the job done. Here's how it works:

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1 week ago

Samsung gives bend-gaters exactly what they want — more attention

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Samsung Galaxy S6 bend "test"

An insurance company once again implies that your phone is ready to fold in half at any time. So why do we all keep falling for this same tired story?

When someone says something stupid about you for the purpose of getting attention, you have two choices. You can either take the high road and ignore it, or you can answer the accusation and risk dignifying what was flung in the first place. Samsung has taken the second route — rightfully, I believe — and fired back at warranty peddler SquareTrade, which last week released a video basically folding the Samsung Galaxy S6 in half. You know, just like the iPhone.

Only not really. At all. It's just more bullshit from a company that's been spewing it for years. (That'd be SquareTrade. Not Samsung. Though the latter isn't exactly innocent in the mud-slinging.)

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1 week ago

Asus MeMO Pad 7 LTE lands exclusively on AT&T starting April 10

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Asus has announced its latest Android tablet, the Asus MeMO Pad 7 LTE, which will be available starting April 10 exclusively on AT&T.

Launching alongside the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and the HTC One M9, AT&T will also be adding a carrier exclusive tablet to their line up on April 10.

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1 week ago

Google reportedly looking to team up with carriers for free global roaming

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Google is reportedly in talks with Hutchison Whampoa, owner of UK mobile operator Three, to allow consumers to use their smartphones abroad at no extra cost.

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1 week ago

ChowNow adds Google Wallet support to thousands of US restaurants

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Google today announced a new partnership with ChowNow to support thousands of independent restaurants across the US with Google Wallet.

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1 week ago

More live images of Sony's unannounced Xperia Z4 surface online

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The images suggest subtle changes to the OmniBalance design implemented by Sony in its high-end Xperia Z devices over the last few years.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile stops selling the Sony Xperia Z3

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The Xperia Z3 has been discontinued by T-Mobile, resulting in the device being available for purchase from the carrier for less than six months.

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1 week ago

LG shows off its latest UX 4.0 ahead of LG G4 launch

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LG's UX 4.0 is all about smart features, with the new user interface set to make its debut on the upcoming LG G4.

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1 week ago

Weekly poll results: We love the Galaxy S6 edge

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Galaxy S6 porn

It's all about those curves.

It's obvious — readers at AC (that means you and me) want the Galaxy S6 edge. At least those who answered the poll, anyway.

We asked you last week which Galaxy S 6 — the "proper" GS6 version or the edge — you had your eye and your wallet pointed at. While some were undecided, some are going all-out and getting both, and (obviously) some wanted no parts of either one, the top answer was the Galaxy S6 edge.

I get it. The edge is the one I would be getting if it were time for me to be buying a new phone. Phil picked one up because it feels good while you're holding it. It's got that "cool factor" we haven't seen in a while, and it looks absolutely fabulous. Some say it uses more battery than the proper S6. Some say it will take longer to get updated when that time rolls around. While these things may or may not be true, the look and feel in the hands override all that for about 40-percent of us.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Moon+ Reader, Milk Music, Hacked and more

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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: Positive quick hits ...

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This is not the column I intended to write today. That one lies one tab over, not yet deleted, but never to be published.

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2 weeks ago

Where's the Flashlight app on the HTC One M9?

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One of the most-used applications on any smartphone isn't where it used to be. But, yes, the flashlight lives.

If you've noticed something missing from the app drawer on the new HTC One M9 thus far, you're not alone. And it's one of those apps that you might well not see is missing until you absolutely need it. So where's the M9 flashlight?

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2 weeks ago

How to set up the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

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Samsung Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6 has a pretty extensive setup process, but it accomplishes a lot the first time you turn your phone on.

While it sure would be nice for every phone to have the same exact setup process when you first turn it on, that just isn't the case. Even within manufacturers, new versions of software usually bring a new setup process, and while they may be familiar they aren't always the same. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge guide you through the process pretty smoothly and get a lot done in just a few steps — let us walk you through it.

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