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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked: Live from New York and London Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. ET!

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 Live from New York and London Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. ET!

Samsung is ready to "Unpack" another big Galaxy announcement, and this time it's doing so simultaneously in New York City and London. We're expecting a big slate of new product announcements, and potentially a few surprises that often come along with a huge event such as this. That's why we're going to be there live, bringing you every bit of potential news.

The event gets going right at 11 a.m. in New York — that's 8 a.m. on the West Coast and 4 p.m. in London. Be sure to follow along with our liveblog for everything Samsung has to announce!

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2 weeks ago

HTC announces plans to slash 15 percent of its workforce

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HTC has announced plans to cut as much as 15 percent of staff as the Taiwanese company continues to struggle to recover market share. The move comes as HTC looks to cut 35 percent of the company's expenditure to better place itself to launch new phones and help drive sales.

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2 weeks ago

Construct and manage your very own secure vault in Fallout Shelter

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following on from previous coverage, Bethesda has finally released Fallout Shelter for Android. The mobile title puts the player in charge of maintaining their very own secured vault. It's your job to build new rooms for your inhabitants while shielding them from external horrors.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 2 carefully dismantled to see just how many flagships it can kill

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The OnePlus 2 is the second smartphone to be launched by the Chinese company, billed as the flagship killer for 2016. While the appearance of the successor may not be different from the OnePlus One, iFixit has taken a look at the smartphone to see what's inside and how all the components are packaged together.

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2 weeks ago

Google creates Android Security Updates Google Group for more transparency

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One of the big takeaways from the recent Black Hat security conference was Google announcing plans to issue monthly security updates, and that it would strive to keep us all better informed.

Lead engineer for Android security at Google Adrian Ludwig has announced a big step in the right direction with the creation of the Android Security Updates Google Group. The focus of the group is to provide more information about security issues and bulletins, and the first post details exactly what's in the current update for Nexus devices.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi brings Android 5.1 Lollipop to its handsets with MIUI 7

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At an event in Beijing, Xiaomi unveiled MIUI 7, the manufacturer's latest OS. Based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, MIUI 7 brings a host of UI changes, themes, features and a whole new way to receive calls.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 now official: 5.5-inch FHD display, Helio X10 SoC and MIUI 7 for just $160

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Redmi Note 2

Xiaomi has launched the successor to the Redmi Note. One of the key highlights in the Redmi Note 2 is the full-HD display, with the phone also offering MediaTek's new MT6795 Helio X10 SoC with eight Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz, PowerVR G6200 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 13MP camera, 5MP front shooter, Wi-Fi ac, dual-SIM 4G connectivity and a 3,020mAh battery. The handset is the first to run Xiaomi's latest MIUI 7 atop Android 5.1 Lollipop.

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2 weeks ago

LG launches Hi-Fi music service for its premium smartphones

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LG has announced a new Hi-Fi music service that will be available to the LG G4, G Flex 2, G3 and the G2. The service will offer high-fidelity tracks with 24bit/192kHz playback, and should you have a qualifying handset, you'll receive two free Hi-Fi tracks a month, and additional discounts up to 50 percent off the regular price on songs available from LG.

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2 weeks ago

Lenovo's sales, Motorola's might the key for the future of both, earnings report reveals

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Lenovo has disclosed its earnings for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015-2016, showing a three-percent bump in revenue at $10.7 billion, but a disappointing 51 percent decrease in net income at just $105 million.

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2 weeks ago

Niantic Labs is being spun off from Google as an independent company

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Niantic Labs, the division of Google responsible for running popular augmented reality game Ingress, has announced to users that it is becoming an independent company — presumably as a result of Google's recent moves with Alphabet. From Niantic Labs:

Niantic Labs is becoming an independent company. We'll be taking our unique blend of exploration and fun to even bigger audiences with some amazing new partners joining Google as collaborators and backers. Niantic will be building on the success of +Ingress, which has been downloaded more than 12M times, has attracted more than 250,000 people to live events around the world, and has inspired users to collectively walk the distance from the earth to the sun while playing, exploring and discovering.

As an independent company, Niantic Labs won't be one of Alphabet's properties. However, Google will remain a backer, along with other upcoming partners. In an email to users, Niantic Labs says that Google will begin transferring user data over to Niantic on September 11, but users can opt out of this process if they so choose.

Source: +Ingress

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2 weeks ago

How the Moto G 2015 handles hard-core heavy apps

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Apps

Some days, I love my job.

I've spent more than a few hours playing games on the new Moto G 2015. Not just any games, mind you, but games that are known to be pretty rough on the hardware inside an Android, and take it to its breaking point. 3D intensive games that turn your phone into a space heater. The fun games.

The good news is that I didn't melt anything or have to call any type of emergency services (this time). The little Moto G 2015 actually did better than I thought it would, though it isn't on par with the newest and thrice as pricey gear from Samsung or LG.

Here's how I spent my day.

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2 weeks ago

LG G4 'earphone splitter' simultaneously uses Bluetooth and wired headphones

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Here's a fun little feature on the LG G4 I didn't know about until today. You can (nearly) simultaneously listen to music on a Bluetooth device while also having something plugged in via the 3.5mm jack. The "earphone splitter" feature showed itself when I was testing some Bluetooth headphones and then plugged in a wired set. You get the option to use it or not. And while it's probably not something you're going to use very often, it's pretty handy if you need to.

There was a very short delay between the music on the wired headphones and the music through the Bluetooth headphones — far less than a second, but still noticeable.

Regardless, that's cool.

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2 weeks ago

We have 50 OnePlus 2 invites to give away!

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Oneplus contest

There's something about standing in a virtual line for the chance to get an invite to purchase something that sounds downright soul crushing to some, especially with stories of folks gaming the system floating around. And we're still not crazy about the idea of "invites" instead of preorders at face value. Nevertheless, the OnePlus Two is so far proving to be a decent phone, and its popularity is plenty apparent. And instead of waiting until OnePlus is able to sell the phone like normal manufacturers do, the've given us 50 invite cards to give away at our discretion.

That means it's contest time, and since the camera is such a big part of this year's release we're taking the contest to Instagram.

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2 weeks ago

Sprint's $200 trade-in offer expanding to Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+, hints at impending launch

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It looks like Sprint is gearing up to offer some interesting deals when the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ go on sale. Thanks to an anonymous tipster, we've gotten an early look at the carrier's planned promotions, which include $200 in savings when you trade in a working smartphone, along with a free Galaxy Tab 4 for those who sign a new 2-year agreement.

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2 weeks ago

Bubble Cloud Widget + Wear brings a stylish launcher to your Smartwatch

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Convenience is the name of the game when it comes to Smartwatches, but at times getting to the app you need quickly can be a hassle in Android Wear. Bubble Cloud Widgets + Wear is a launcher that brings you gorgeous icons for all of your apps within swiping range. You've also got tons of options, and choices to personalize how everything looks and behaves.

If you haven't seen it yet, check it out below.

Bubble Cloud Widgets + Wear for Android Wear is available for free on the Google Play Store, with an option to purchase the premium version of the app for $2.49. When it first opens up on your watch, you'll see all of your apps arrayed with an icon for each in a colored bubble. You'll also see indicators for the date, battery power on both your phone and watch, and current internet signal. In the middle of all of this, is a clock.

If you swipe to the left, you'll get a second screen. This is dominated by a yellow bubble, which when tapped will bring you into settings. It's surrounded by more of your apps, depending on how many you have installed.

While you can access your settings via the watch, some options can also be found by using your phone. The options on your phone menu, are categorized between the App Launcher, and the Watch Faces. In App Launcher you'll see that you can change your background, adjust the size variance, freeze sizes, and access the Bubble Cloud Editor. There are also 3 options for the look of the bubbles in the launcher.

If nothing else, Bubble Cloud is a nice change of pace for your wrist.

Watch Faces contains all of the options pertaining to — you guessed it — the watch face. There are options for ambient mode, enabling reduced touch sensitivity, peek card options. There are also 3 faces available for Ambient Mode.

From your Smartwatch you can also bring up some additional settings not found on your phone, along with several you've already seen. All of the settings available from your Smartwatch are on a single vertically scrolling screen, you can navigate by swiping up or down. From here you can enable an app tray if you've got enough apps to require a second screen, choose between an analog and digital watch face, you can reduce screen sensitivity, stop the animation from apps launching, and access ambient mode options.

There are also quite a few options that get added if you purchase the premium edition of the Bubble Cloud Widget + Wear. It allows you to save contacts to your phone in an easy to reach place, send emails from your watch, and allows you to have multiple extra screens for your apps. That last one becomes particularly handy, if you end up having a lot of apps on your Smartwatch. It will also auto populate app bubbles, filling them with all the apps that fall into a specific category.

Bubble Cloud Widget + Wear is a fantastic launcher. It's got a nice clean interface, plenty of options, and unless you need those premium features it's absolutely free. If nothing else, it's a nice change of pace for your wrist.

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