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Qualcomm launches Snapdragon Smart Protect to help protect against malware

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Qualcomm today announced Snapdragon Smart Protect. This new technology will be featured by new Qualcomm chips – the first being the Snapdragon 820 – and will provide advanced protection against zero-day malware threats. It's stated Snapdragon Smart Protect will introduce improved privacy and mobile product security.

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LG's new smart sensor will turn your old appliances into connected gadgets

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LG has announced that the company will be showcasing the latest smart home technology and products at this year's IFA 2015. The new announcements will include the SmartThinQ Sensor, which can be attached to existing home appliances, including refrigerators and washing machines, as well as the Smart Lightwave Oven and Smart Air Conditioner with support for AllJoyn.

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T-Mobile going after data 'thieves' who abuse unlimited data

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In a blog post, T-Mobile CEO John Legere issued a warning to customers "stealing data" from the carrier, calling out a fraction of users that are using workarounds to consume as much as 2TB (yep, terabytes) of cellular data a month. Legere mentioned that these users, who constitute a "fraction of a percent," have been masking mobile tethering and hotspot usage, allowing them to use their cellular plan as a substitute for broadband:

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Alleged Xperia Z5 lineup leaked on video, including a variant with a 4K display

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Ahead of the official unveil of the Xperia Z5 later this week at the IFA, a three-minute video showcasing the device — along with the Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium — has made its way onto the internet. The video in question is from French tech publication Clubic, and while it is likely that the video was meant to go live after the launch of the handsets, the leak gives us a n early look at what's to come this Wednesday.

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LG adorns the Watch Urbane with 23-karat gold, puts a price tag of $1,200

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LG has announced a limited edition variant of the Watch Urbane smartwatch decked out in 23-karat gold, called Watch Urbane Luxe. Made in collaboration with REEDS Jewelers, the watch is priced at $1,200, sports a alligator leather band with a deployment clasp and is housed in an "exclusive piano-gloss lacquer case."

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Why one well-intentioned Android Auto safety feature may drive users to their old ways

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Android Auto probably is one of my favorite advancements of the past year. The idea of having an car stereo that doesn't make me want to let the car gently make its way over the cliffs of Escambia Bay on the way home is, indeed, a very good thing. A user interface that doesn't suck. The best mapping in the business. Access to all of my music. Voice commands. Podcasts. We've been going through all of the apps that are available for Android Auto, and so far it's (mostly) good.

But there's one issue — aside from weird connection issues some folks in our forums have been experiencing — that still has me scratching my head. It's a safety feature, actually — and one that may well do more harm than good.

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Weekly poll results: The Note 5 versus S6 edge+

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Note 5 and S6 edge+

Last week we asked about who went out and bought one of Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 edge+ phones, and which one they picked up. As expected, the Note 5 wins this one.

Poll results

The Galaxy Note 5 received more than double the amount of votes in our unscientific poll compared to the S6 edge+. Everyone saw this coming. Even with availability in Europe a puzzling unknown (they gotta eventually sell it to the EU's millions and millions of Android consumers, right?) Samsung and seemingly everyone else has pushed the Note 5 as the premier Galaxy phone of 2015. Insert anecdotes about backwards pens, removable batteries and SD cards here.

Of course, the requisite "No. Not buying" column gathered the most votes of any single choice with 42 percent. I have to include an option for the people not interested to have a voice, too. But still — this means 58 percent of the people voting grabbed one or the other. Naturally, this doesn't count the hundreds of millions of Android users who didn't vote at all. Slackers, each and every one of them. I kid. Maybe.

What I really wanna know is who the 253 people who got both are. Holler in the comments if you're one of them.

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Gadgets of the week: Philips hue dimmer, SmartThings Hub V2 and more!

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You guys like technology, right?

We're putting together another week's worth of the best in connected accessories, including wearables, smart home gadgets, Bluetooth speakers, and whatever else talks to your Android phone or tablet. Philips has a simple but handy dimmer switch for their connected lightbulbs, and SmartThings is updating their connected home hub with additional offline measures. Find more of the week's coolest new Android-friendly doohickeys inside!

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Google On app now available for controlling new OnHub Wi-Fi router

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Earlier this month, Google announced plans to sell their own Wi-Fi router, OnHub. Now the company has released its companion app for OnHub, called Google On. It allows owners of the router to quickly set it up, control and improve their network connection and more.

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AC editors' apps of the week: Photofy, Whispering Willows, Active Watch Face and more

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Apps of the wwk

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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Moto X Play video walkthrough

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The Moto X Play, is finally upon us — in Europe at least. And while we finish up our full review of the phone, be sure to check out our brand new video walkthrough of Motorola's most affordable Moto X yet. You'll find it right after the break.

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New Moto 360 leaked in two sizes, colors, and bands

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We're expecting to see new Moto 360 later this week at IFA 2015 in Berlin, but in the meantime we're being treated to another leak. This time we're seeing Motorola's upcoming smartwatch in two different sizes (as previously captured on camera), as well as two different colors (black and silver) and with two different bands (black metal link and brown leather).

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2 days ago

Huawei teases its Android Wear watch for IFA conference

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We've been waiting for the Huawei Watch one since Mobile World Congress last February. Might this finally be the week? Certainly is looking like it.

More: Check out our full IFA preview

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2 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: A decade later ...

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There's a 200-mile stretch of the Gulf Coast that shares an incredible amount of culture and history. It starts, of course, with New Orleans, then ventures a little more than 100 miles east to Mobile, Ala., (pronounced mo-BEEL if you've never been down here), and finally another 45 miles or so to Pensacola. The Spanish and French influence starts to taper off a little bit as you get over this way, but it's still around. The food, music — it twists itself all around as it moves east, but the roots are the same.

So it's been pretty hard the past few days to see the replays of of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that killed 1,833 people. It hammered the hell out of those 200 miles, from New Orleans to Pensacola. The brunt of the storm, of course, was felt by the Crescent City and the coastal communities of Mississippi directly to the east. (No, I didn't forget you folks.) It put water over the beach here in Pensacola, and along the bayfront downtown. Katrina was a big, nasty storm, even by our standards — and we tend to just blink and deal with anything below a Category 2. It's just something we deal with living here.

Ten years ago. I was newly married — and our nuptials came just three days after a strong Hurricane Ivan landed on Pensacola. I didn't have kids then. I didn't have a smartphone. There was no Twitter. Facebook was still limited to a select few colleges. Live video was only really done by those with TV trucks. I remember sleeping alone the night Katrina landed — my wife was covering things from the county emergency operations center. But I'll never forget the pictures that slowly started to roll in the next day over the wire services. This wasn't just a lot of wind knocking things down and a lot of rain making things wet. It was the dissolution of a major American city into a soggy, suffering, well-armed shell of itself. The lack of government response is as maddening now as it was then. (Maybe even more so since former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was here last week trumpeting his response to the Florida storms of 2004-05.)

Imagine now if we had the same sort of gadgets then that we have today. High-def cameras in nearly every hand. Compact, rechargeable external batteries. (Those are going to be worth their weight in gold after disasters now.) A more robust wireless infrastructure to allow anyone to get the news and conditions out instantly. There will be more storms. But there's no way in hell anyone will every be ignored like that again.

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2 days ago

New photos offer up a look at the Android-powered BlackBerry Venice slider

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While the rumors surrounding the BlackBerry 'Venice' slider continue to swirl, the device has now appeared once again in some new, clearer images which are pretty on par with everything we've seen thus far. As mentioned previously, there's still a lot of things up in the air surrounding this device and BlackBerry has yet to announce anything officially but judging from these images, the Venice is as was expected, running a customized version of Android Lollipop that brings along with it some BlackBerry 10 influence.

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