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Simplicam review: This simple connected camera lives up to its name

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Simplicam

It's inexpensive, it's easy, and it works great with your Android device

Standalone Wi-Fi cameras are becoming more and more of a thing in the connected home. While many connected home systems include some type of camera, there are many inexpensive systems that don't offer cameras at all. So rather than drop a load of cash for an all-in-one system that does include cameras, many people are just opting for the cameras themselves — be it for monitoring the kids, checking in on the nanny or keeping an eye on the dog while you're on vacation.

There are a ton of great solutions available today, but one that we've been toying with for a while now is Simplicam by Closeli — and it's proven to be awesome thus far.

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2 days ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Neon' winners!

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This week's photo contest was looking for all of your brightest and most colorful neon pictures, and there were some great ones. You filled up three full pages of the forums with great neon pictures, but in the end we had to narrow it down to just two as winners. Read along with us and check out the winning entries.

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2 days ago

Samsung will reportedly shut down its ChatOn messaging service [Update: Or not?]

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Update: The Verge has now received a statement from Samsung saying, "the recent rumors concerning ChatOn have been false, as ChatOn will continue to be offered to consumers worldwide."

Original story: As part of Samsung's overall restructuring plans that were revealed earlier this week, a new report says that the company will shut down its ChatOn messaging service.

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2 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 26

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

If you're in the market, we've got a bunch of great Black Friday deals here. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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2 days ago

2014 Moto X coming to Republic Wireless in early December

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Republic Wireless will be selling the 2014 Moto X beginning Wednesday, December 10. The phone will be fully customizable through Moto Maker, and Republic Wireless customers will be able to purchase it starting at $399 for the 16GB model, $100 lower than the standard off-contract price. The 32GB model will be available for $449.

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2 days ago

Pastry Paradise rolls out some puzzle fun on Android

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Gameloft has released a new puzzle game for Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Titled Pastry Paradise, the game tasks players with matching three (or more) tasty items on a board to clear them and earn points. However, there are a few differences between Pastry Paradise and other titles in the genre. The use of diagonal swipes, cakes and other lovely treats, as well as boosters and bake-offs help keep players entertained.

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2 days ago

Karbonn's Android One handset is now available in the UK

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It's been two centuries since curry made it from India to the UK, and now Indian smartphone manufacturer Karbonn is going to start selling their Android One-powered Sparkle V handset to Britons. The Android 4.4 KitKat-runnning phone launched today on Amazon today for £129.99, though on Friday it'll be going for £99.99 (yes, they're doing Black Friday outside of the United States now… we're sorry).

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2 days ago

Samsung Gear S review

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Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung didn't just make another smartwatch — it made a really small phone for your wrist

Samsung helped launch the idea of a modern smartwatch to general consumers when it unveiled the original Galaxy Gear. That was in September of last year, if you can believe it, and since then Samsung has launched four more smartwatches — the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit and Gear Live. And here we are just over a year after its first smartwatch, and Samsung launched its sixth — the Gear S.

Going in the opposite direction of the “less is more” philosophy of Android Wear, Samsung is simply going with more on the Gear S. It has a huge 2-inch curved AMOLED display, piles of features and a bevy of health-related sensors on board. Samsung even went a step further, including standalone Wifi and 3G support so you can leave your phone at home and go watch-only when needed.

Calling this a “smartwatch” actually sells it short a bit — the Gear S has more in common with basic smartphones than other watches. Read along and see how Samsung pulled it together in our full Gear S review.

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2 days ago

Reviewed: Fitbit Charge

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Fitness trackers seem to be attracting quite of bit of attention lately, and those looking for a tracker have a wide variety of options to consider. But while there are plenty of available options — one company seems to have risen to the top in terms of market share. Fitbit, who first launched back on October 2007, is closing in on 70 percent of the market with the number two player sitting down in the teens.

The stats by themselves may show Fitbit as being a dominant player, but that doesn't necessarily mean a Fitbit branded tracker will be the best option for everyone. That being said, given the wide range of models and price points — as well as the wide range of mobile device support — Fitbit does seem like a good place to start looking. We've seen the folks at Fitbit release several trackers over the years, including some that clip to your waistband, and some that are worn on the wrist. Just last month the Fitbit lineup grew by three. The new models include the Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge — and we took one of them for a spin over the last week.

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2 days ago

Cuba can now access free apps on Google Play along with Google Analytics

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Following the launch of Google's Chrome browser in Cuba earlier this year, the company has announced that residents in that country can now download free apps and games on the Google Play Store for the first time, along with the free version of its Google Analytics service.

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2 days ago

Google Play Store offers up to 75% off select movies through Black Friday

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The Google Play Store is offering major discounts on several movies in their library as early Black Friday deals. Right now you can get newer releases like Divergent, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and 300: Rise of an Empire, for up to 75 percent off.

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2 days ago

Get apps, movies and more for free via Verizon's Connection Day promotion

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Verizon is getting into the spirit of the holiday season by giving away a host of digital content today, which the carrier is calling Connection Day. Starting today, all users, regardless of wireless carrier, will be able to access free content from iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Conde Nast, Boingo and more, courtesy of Verizon.

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2 days ago

Tesco's Blinkbox now offers offline playback for movies and TV shows

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Blinkbox today announced that iPad and Android tablet owners will be able to enjoy playback without an internet connection, thanks to a new offline mode. Just like we've had with music streaming services for some time, Blinkbox will allow subscribers to download their chosen film or TV show to watch on the go – perfect for travelling or in areas with poor signal.

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2 days ago

Dropbox's integration with Office is complete, you can now edit docs on the fly

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The Dropbox team have announced a handy new feature inside their official apps for Android and iOS. With Microsoft Office documents open for viewing, it's now possible to hit the edit button to launch the installed Office suite for a more feature-rich editing experience. Once all changes have been saved everything is automatically saved to the cloud, thanks to both parties working on support bridges between the two services.

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2 days ago

New Moto X commercial shows that customization can be fun

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Motorola's Moto Maker is a great way to customize the Moto X just the way you want it. The latest commercial for the device highlights the fact that you can choose from several back options, colors and accents, along with a custom engraving at the back. And lest you forget, Motorola announced its Cyber Monday deal today, through which you can get the 2014 Moto X for just $359.

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