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2 weeks ago

Asus Zenwatch, LG G Watch R and Sony Smartwatch 3 get first UK pre-order prices

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Just yesterday we heard that LG is preparing to launch the G Watch R in its native Korea, but here in the UK pre-order pricing is beginning to emerge for that and some of the other new Android Wear watches headed our way. Online retailer, Expansys, has pre-order listings for all three and is pricing the Zenwatch a fair bit cheaper than the others .

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2 weeks ago

New Moto G lands at Best Buy for $179

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Wanted to pick up the new Moto G, but didn't get to Motorola's website before stock depleted? Fret not, as you'll now be able to purchase the handset from Best Buy.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung warns of steep decline in profits in Q3 F2014 guidance

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The world's largest phone-maker has issued its guidance for the third quarter of the 2014 fiscal year and warns that there may be a steep drop in profits from a year ago and from the previous quarter. With the guidance, this would be the fourth consecutive quarter that Samsung's profits are slumping. Operating profit could drop by as much as 60 percent.

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2 weeks ago

This week's sidebar poll: Are you interested in the rumored Nexus 9 tablet?

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If they build it, will we buy it?

It's been a while since we have seen a Nexus tablet from the folks at Google. Plenty of rumors were floating around last year about a new 10-inch model, but they never materialized. This year, we're 99-percent sure things will be different, though.

The HTC-built Nexus 9 seems like a lock, complete with a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 64-bit NVIDIA SoC inside, and a (hopefully) very tablet-friendly version of Android L to run on it. Our question to everyone — are you interested in buying one?

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2 weeks ago

LG confirms circular G Watch R launching in Korea on Oct. 14

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After having been rumored for a launch on the 14th, Android Wear's second circular-faced watch is now confirmed for a launch mid-October. LG has issued a press release stating that the LG G Watch R will go on sale in South Korea on October 14. The G Watch R will be the second round Android Wear watch joining Motorola's Moto 360.

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2 weeks ago

Google Voice MMS capabilities expanded in North America

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Google has expanded carrier support for picture messaging over Google Voice. After working with carriers for support, users on 100 different North American carriers — including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Bell Canada, Rogers, Telus, and many more — should now be able to recieve MMS messages on their Google Voice number. There's no word on any carriers outside of North America mentioned. Also, Verizon is conspicuously absent from the list, and users report that MMS over Google Voice isn't working on Big Red.

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2 weeks ago

Google Code-In 2014 and Summer of Code 2015 announced

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Google has announced the dates and some of the details for the 2014 Code-In and 2015's Summer of Code challenges. The programs are designed for students to learn and participate in open source projects, polish their skills, and even have a chance to win a prize or two while having fun and contributing to the betterment of us all.

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2 weeks ago

Customer information compromised in AT&T insider breach

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AT&T is offering an apology and a free year's worth of credit monitoring services to customers who may have been affected by a security breach. Unlike recent breaches at retailers like Target and Home Depot, AT&T's was done by an insider who had illegally accessed personal information from subscribers, including Social Security numbers and driver's license information. The breach affects an unspecified number of AT&T accounts and was believed to happen in August 2014.

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2 weeks ago

A large smartphone also makes a great small tablet

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Huawei Ascend Mate 7

I've never been sold on large smartphones. I have small hands and the unwieldy nature of holding something Galaxy Note sized and above has rarely appealed to me. I've also never been sold on large tablets, since at 10-inches and above I'm just going to carry my laptop. But that's just me. Something around 4.7-inches on a phone and 8-inches on a tablet is pretty much my perfect two device combination.

But recently I've been playing with – and also reviewing – the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, the first really large phone I've reviewed in my time here. There was the ASUS Fonepad, but that doesn't really count, at least in my eyes, since it's a 7-inch tablet with a dialler. But in the Mate 7 I've not only warmed to the idea of a huge phone, it's also almost pretty much replaced a tablet, too. For me, it's the perfect in-betweener.

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2 weeks ago

How to set 'do not disturb' on the Moto X

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One of our favorite features that manufacturers and developers have brought to Android the past couple of years has been a way to set a "do not disturb" mode. When we want to get a little bit of sleep, or any sort of a rest from the constant beeping and chiming our wee electronic masters use to rouse us, it's nice to be able to set things up so that the phone will shut up, then come back to life when we want it to.

On the Moto X, this is easy to do through the recently rebranded Moto app. Here's how it's done.

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2 weeks ago

Staying safe with Google Wallet

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Google Wallet can be as secure as a physical card at your favorite retailers - or even more secure, considering tokenization makes cards stolen in recent hacks such as the Target and Home Depot breaches useless. But how do you keep someone else from stealing your phone to pay for stuff? How do you keep the other side of your digital wallet secure? Well, it's quite simple, and coming right up.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon may pre-install special Washington Post app with new Fire HDX 8.9 tablet

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Amazon is reportedly working on a new app that will offer curated content from the Washington Post newspaper in a magazine-like format. The app will be pre-installed on the company's upcoming Fire HDX 8.9 tablet.

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2 weeks ago

Virgin Mobile monthly plans get updated, including $20 a month Wi-Fi only plan

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Virgin Mobile has some updates on its current monthly plans for its no-contract smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, including a new $20 plan that offers 300 minutes and unlimited text if the phone only connects to Wi-Fi sources to get its data.

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2 weeks ago

Alcatel Onetouch Idol 2s mini-review

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This mid-ranger from Alcatel won't set the world on fire, but it's not without its charms

Alcatel isn't a huge name in smartphones in the U.S. and Europe. Years ago in the UK you'd see many of their phones offered by carriers at low prices and, targeted mainly at younger users looking for basic functionality.

Today, however, Alcatel has a whole range of Android smartphones in its portfolio targeted at different sectors of the market. We've seen a couple of the higher-end offerings at various events this year, now it's time to look at one of the mid-rangers.

Read on for our take on the Alcatel Idol 2s.

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2 weeks ago

AT&T to sell old Moto G with LTE on October 10 for $179.99 without a contract

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Update: The original story included some information provided by AT&T that was incorrect. We have updated the story with the correct information.

AT&T will start selling the older version of the Moto G smartphone from Motorola, but with support for LTE networks, on Friday, October 10 for the no-contract price of $179.99. It will also offer it for just 99 cents with a two year contract.

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