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2 weeks ago

Here are the Galaxy S6 Pelican case and Mophie Juice Pack contest winners!

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We lined up a quick contest to equip three members with a new case for their Galaxy S6, and now that we've come to the closing date we have our winners!

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2 weeks ago

US Cellular will beat your bill from Verizon or AT&T, or you get a $50 gift card

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US Cellular is launching a new promotion in which it aims to lower bills for Verizon and AT&T customers who move to its network. If the pricing is unable to be beat, US Cellular will give you a $50 promotional card.

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2 weeks ago

HTC Grip gets shelved, for now — look for 'entire product portfolio' later this year

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In what's not too much a surprise at this point, HTC today dropped word that the HTC Grip — its fitness band created in conjunction with Under Armour announced at Mobile World Congress and that was supposed to ship by now — isn't going to ship just now. Instead, the Grip (which Engadget says might or might not ship in its current form), will get rolled into a larger fitness endeavor later this year. And that very much is in line with what both companies said when they announced their partnership in January — that we would see them "[design] a series of products to work seamlessly" with Under Armour's UA Record app.

HTC released the following statement today:

"Through our partnership with Under Armour, we have continued to refine our vision and approach to the health and fitness category. Our goal is to offer best-in-class products for our customers and partners. After extensive wear testing and user feedback, we have decided to align GRIP with the entire product portfolio for health and fitness launching later this year. This will be a state-of-the-art comprehensive portfolio of products for this category powered by UA RECORD. We are excited to launch this new comprehensive product suite and will share further details as we get closer to launch."

The Grip, which we got a sneak peek of back in February, was a relatively uninspired fitness band that would have been entering a world dominated by the likes of Fitbit.

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2 weeks ago

Plex for Android gets a Material Design overhaul, adds some new functionality

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Plex, a popular streaming media app, has pushed out an update bringing with it an all new Material Design overhaul, as well as some new features and functionality. Along with the fresh coat of paint, the Plex team has squashed a ton of bugs, and brought some new stuff to the app as well.

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2 weeks ago

How to use Trusted Devices in Android Lollipop

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There are times that we want our phone to be locked and times when we want to bypass our phone's security measures

With the introduction of the Smart Lock options in Android Lollipop, we have been given the choice of four easy to use security tools to help keep our devices both secured from intruders but also easy to unlock when a security check has been made. The easiest Smart Lock to setup and use is Trusted devices. This Smart Lock allows your Lollipop equipped phone or tablet to bypass your lock screen security just by being connected to a Bluetooth device or by tapping it against something that has NFC.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung and Apple said to be nearing a deal to join the electronic SIM launch

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The GSMA, a group representing several mobile carriers across the world, is currently in negotiations with Samsung and Apple for the launch of electronic SIM cards. So-called e-SIMs would allow customers to switch between carriers almost instantly, without the need to get a new physical SIM from their carrier. Carriers across the world, including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, and Telefónica are all expected to support e-SIMs.

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2 weeks ago

SwiftKey brings retro game characters to your fingertips with 5 new free themes

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If you're a SwiftKey user with a penchant for retro video games, the keyboard's latest set of themes may be of interest to you. Starting today, you'll be able to head over to the SwiftKey theme store and download 5 new themes featuring iconic retro game characters that appear in the new movie Pixels.

If you check out the theme store now, you'll find themes featuring Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Q*bert, Centipede, and Space Invaders. The free themes are part of a promotion for the new Adam Sandler movie, Pixels, in which aliens send real-life versions of iconic video game characters to wreak havoc across the globe.

If some free themes pique your interest, you can hit up the SwiftKey theme store now to pick these up.

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2 weeks ago

This War of Mine challenges you to do what it takes to survive

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This War of Mine, a game that puts you in the perspective of civilians during wartime, is now available for Android tablets.

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2 weeks ago

Game of Thrones Episode 5: 'A Nest of Vipers' due on July 23 for Android

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Game of Thrones may have recently completed its fifth season on HBO but Telltale Games's episodic game series based on the TV show is still going strong for people who need their fix. The developer has announced that Game of Thrones Episode 5: 'A Nest of Vipers', the latest chapter in the series, will debut on July 23 on Android in the Google Play Store

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2 weeks ago

How the HTC Vive reset everything I knew about the future of VR

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HTC Vive

I thought I'd already seen the best of what virtual reality had to offer. But 20 minutes with the HTC Vive changed all that. It changed everything.

I'm surrounded by the sounds of what I'd probably call a busy auto body shop if my eyes were closed. But the room I am standing in doesn't have any large machines that I'd normally associate with these sounds. It's a fairly small room, some kind of repair station by the looks of things. A vaguely familiar voice comes in over the speaker behind my left shoulder and instructs me to charge the power tools I am holding in my hands. I look down and, sure enough, there's a pair of identical tools I don't recognize in my hands. As I turn around to face the source of the audio, I catch the infamous Aperture Laboratories logo stamped on one of the many blueprints strewn across my station. Over to the left of the long surface that makes up my desk, a P-body figurine stares back at me.

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2 weeks ago

Miles from Tomorrowland joins the Watch Disney Junior app with Google Cardboard support and an XPrize challenge

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Disney is headed into virtual reality today, and their primary focus is children. In a coordinated effort with XPrize, Disney is taking their science-focused Miles from Tomorrowland series and turning it into a full STEAM — that's Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics — competition. The purpose is to get children to not only learn about these disciplines, but participate in them. This is why, starting today, science centers all over the US will be participating in Miles from Tomorrowland: Space Missions challenges for kids 2-8. To keep the adventure going at home, the Watch Disney Junior app will be updated with Google Cardboard-ready Miles from Tomorrowland content.

For the uninitiated, Miles from Tomorrowland is an incredibly popular pre-school series featuring based-in-real-science lessons and adventures. Despite only being 15 episodes long at this point, the show has featured characters voiced by George Takei, Mark Hamill, Bill Nye, Olivia Munn, and many others. The expansion into this new Space Missions challenge encourages kids to participate in one of three themes categories. Kids will be encourages to do everything from build a paper spaceship or a mobile of the solar system to create a superstellar landscape out of clay and other materials. The top prize is a trip to the Kennedy Space Center to watch a rocket take off, while second place and runner up prizes include 3D Printers and 100 Google Cardboard units.

Watch Disney Junior is expected to update early next month with the new Google Cardboard content, but if your child is ready to participate in the space missions before that happens you can head to the contest page and download the activities now.

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2 weeks ago

Misfit introduces the Flash Link, a $19 fitness tracker that can help you take a selfie

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The popular fitness tracking company Misfit has released its most affordable fitness tracker yet, the Flash Link. Building on top of its already successful Misfit Flash, the company has added a number of new features and functionality to the device, beyond fitness tracking. Priced at $19, the Flash Link adds a smart button that allows you to control features of its new Link app. Unfortunately, the new Link app will not make its way to Android until next month, but the Flash Link will still track your stats and sync with the existing Misfit app. Some of the features of the upcoming Link app include:

  • Track Activity + Sleep
  • Take A Selfie
  • Control Your Music
  • Turn Lights On or Off
  • And much more in store!

Whether you are looking for your first fitness tracker, or one with a few extra features, its hard to go wrong for $19. The Flash Link will not come with a wrist strap like other models, though you can purchase additional accessories for it separately.

Purchase the Misfit Flash Link for $19

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2 weeks ago

HBO Now arrives on Android and Fire OS phones and tablets, coming soon to Chromecast and Fire TV

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HBO Now has made its way to Android and Fire OS phones and tablets, making it no longer an iOS exclusive. The service is now available for phones and tablets running Google's Android platform and Amazon's Fire OS.

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2 weeks ago

Fairphone 2 modular smartphone pre-orders are now live in Europe for €529

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Fairphone has started taking pre-orders for its Android 5.1 Lollipop-based modular smartphone, the Fairphone 2. However, it will only be available for European residents to buy and use. The price for the smartphone is €529.38, and it will begin shipping in November.

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2 weeks ago

Marshall surprises music lovers with a new smartphone; meet the exquisite London

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Marshall is a brand you'd usually associate with musical equipment, be it guitars, amplifiers or even headphones, but the company has just stunned music fans with a new smartphone. Meet the London, a stylish new mobile phone by Marshall that aims to really turn up the volume with Android Lollipop.

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