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2 weeks ago

Samsung Gear Circle Bluetooth headset now available in the U.S.

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Samsung has announced that its new Gear Circle Bluetooth headset is now available in the U.S. through T-Mobile. The Gear Circle lets you listen to music, take calls, and give voice commands through S Voice on supported phones. Samsung has not announced the U.S. price for the headset at this time.

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2 weeks ago

Nexus Player review

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Nexus Player with controller and remote

Android TV arrives with an impressive but imperfect first effort

The living room has been a tough nut to crack — for any company, not just Google. Cable companies generally don't want outsiders playing in their sandbox. That and the underpowered and seemingly unfocused endeavor that was the first Google TV generation doomed the likes of the Logitech Revue and relegated what was left of Google TV to glorified embedded status. The aborted Nexus Q gave way to the excellent, affordable Chromecast streaming stick.

And now we have Android TV. And the first member of this new family, the Nexus Player.

Like the Chromecast before it, the Nexus Player is a simple device. A flat, black puck, HDMI into a TV or receiver, wireless connectivity. And that's it.

Or, rather, it's just the beginning of this story, and one that's very much a part of the Android 5.0 Lollipop world.

And here, now, is our Nexus Player review.

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2 weeks ago

Pushbullet update lets you send texts right from Chrome desktop

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The Pushbullet app and Chrome extension are combined make one of our favorite tools, and now you can compose and send SMS text messages through your phone, right from the browser. It's all relatively simple — sign in on both the phone and the browser and click on the little Pushbullet button in Chrome to compose and reply to messages. As always, these messages are sent via your phone, so everything is received and sent with your phone number.

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2 weeks ago

Motorola brings Moto Maxx (i.e. the Droid Turbo) to Brazil and Mexico

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The Droid Turbo was one of the more interesting devices announced recently, and it's breaking free of the shackles of Verizon and heading south of the border under a new name: the Moto Maxx. The phone is available today in Brazil from Motorola.com and is coming to Mexico in mid-November; other countries in Latin America will see the high-powered long-lasting smartphone "soon."

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2 weeks ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 5

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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.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments. Oh, and even though it doesn't look like there's anything directly phone-related, ThinkGeek has an awesome half-off sale on right now.

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2 weeks ago

Carrier IQ settles class-action lawsuit over consumer privacy

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Carrier IQ, whose software was used by carriers and phone manufacturers to collect network data, has settled a class-action lawsuit over violations of consumer privacy rights. Consumers felt that Carrier IQ's tracking was too extensive and invasive. The exact terms of the settlement have so far been undisclosed, and the settlement still needs to be finalized by the court.

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2 weeks ago

HTC Desire 820 video walkthrough

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Desire 820

Back at IFA 2014, HTC unveiled the Desire 820, the latest device to lead its lineup of mid-range handsets. Like its predecessor, the Desire 816, the 820 is built around a 5.5-inch 720p display, however the design's been tightened up with a slimmer profile and new color accents. And the internals have been substantially upgraded too — there's a 64-bit-capable octa-core Snapdragon 615 chip running the show, while RAM and internal storage get bumped up to 2GB and 16GB respectively. We've taken the Desire 820 for a spin, and we're in the process of putting together our full review. For an early look at the device, check out our hands-on video after the break!

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2 weeks ago

How Moto X keeps you safe in the car

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Using your phone in the car in most cases is bad. Sometimes, however, it's just unavoidable. For our part, we should try to reduce distractions while driving, which is why the first part of my own driving mode includes turning off Auto-Sync, so I don't get distracted by notifications I should answer at 75 mph (god bless Texas freeways). When you get a text or call, though, it's a little harder to ignore without seeing at least who it is, especially if you're on your way to meet someone. We use a Bluetooth headset or head unit to avoid holding the phone, but that doesn't help up read the incoming call or text.

That's where the Moto app on the Moto X comes in.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Gear S coming to the UK this week for £329

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Samsung will bring its Tizen-based smartwatch with a curved screen — the Samsung Gear S — over to the UK, on Friday, November 7, for the price of £329. That's this Friday, as in two days from now.

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2 weeks ago

LG launches entry-level G2 Lite and L Prime in Brazil

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LG just launched two entry-level handsets in Brazil, the G2 Lite and L Prime. Both devices share a passing resemblance to LG's higher-end offerings of late, although the internal hardware is nowhere as good.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung details all the free stuff you'll get with the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge

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Samsung is no stranger to giving away a lot of freebies with its premium smartphones, and this time around it's no different. The manufacturer is detailing the Galaxy Gifts package that every Galaxy Note 4 owner and Galaxy Note Edge owner is entitled to receive, which includes a sizable list of promotions. On offer is 50 GB Dropbox storage valid for two years, six-month subscription to The Wall Street Journal and more.

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2 weeks ago

HTC will launch premium tablets in 2015, says low-end isn't profitable

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HTC won't be releasing low-end tablets anytime soon, according to North Asia President Jack Tong. At a local event in Taipei, where the vendor launched the two mid-range Desire smartphones and the Nexus 9 tablet, the executive explained to CNA that the low-end (under $164) segment of the tablet market simply isn't profitable. The manufacturer is instead going to focus its attention on the high-end segment, and is set to launch tablets in this category next year.

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2 weeks ago

Jawbone Up Move is a $50 activity tracker with a six month battery life

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Jawbone is entering into the entry-level segment with the launch of the Up Move, a $50 activity tracker that comes with fitness and sleep tracking features. The tracker bridges the gap between the $129 Up24 and the free Up app, and comes with most features offered by Jawbone's higher-end activity trackers in a form factor that delivers six months of battery life.

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2 weeks ago

Jawbone's $180 Up3 is its most advanced fitness tracker yet

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Jawbone announced its third-generation fitness tracker today, the Up3. The activity tracker builds on the features introduced in the Up24, and takes it a step further by including a heart rate sensor that Jawbone claims is the most accurate available on a wearable device today. Also included are a host of new sensors and a new Smart Coach platform that offers recommendations based on your daily activity.

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2 weeks ago

Nexus Player's Android 5.0 factory image now available

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And we now have our second factory image in the Android 5.0 generation. The Nexus Player (which, yes, can have its bootloader unlocked) now has a factory image available from Google. It's Build LRX21M, same as what we're running on our Nexus Player. Proprietary binaries also are available for the Android TV device.

That's two-thirds of the new Nexus devices now with factory restore images. The Nexus 9 got its image this afternoon, but we're not expecting a Nexus 6 image before the phone's actually available.

Thanks, Greg and Kevin!

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