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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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2 weeks ago

LG, Google to cross-license patents in long-term agreement

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LG and Google announced a long-term cross-licensing patent agreement. The agreement covers existing patents and those that will be filed over the next ten years. According to both companies, the licensing agreement covers a broad range of products and technologies.

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2 weeks ago

More Nexus 6 stock coming each Wednesday, Google says

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Nexus 6

If you're still wondering how it is Google was able to do another Nexus phone launch without being able to stave off the retail gremlins — that is, keep the things on sale for more than a few minutes — there's hope. An update this afternoon to the Nexus 6 page on Google Play says more are coming on Wednesdays.

We are getting more Nexus 6 devices in stock as soon as possible. To make things simpler for you, we will work to make more devices available each Wednesday and encourage you to visit the site then.

Tomorrow is Wednesday. Get those F5 keys ready, kids.

Thanks, Ryan!

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile will sell Moto 360 from Nov. 12

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After rival AT&T announced that it would sell the circular Moto 360 smartwatch, T-Mobile took to Twitter to announce that it too will be offering the Android Wear device. Motorola's Moto 360 will be available through T-Mobile starting November 12th according to T-Mobile's @askdes.

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2 weeks ago

Nexus 9 Android 5.0 Lollipop factory image is now available

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There's the first one, folks. The factory image for the new Nexus 9. Stay tuned for the other images for prior Nexus devices at some point.

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2 weeks ago

Boost Mobile extends discounted double data offer

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Sprint prepaid carrier Boost Mobile announced that its double data promotion, which was set to expire yesterday, will be extended for a limited time. With the promotion, not only will customers get double the data, but they will get the bonus at a cheaper price. The promotion slashes the data plan offerings by $5 while doubling the data and giving customers unlimited talk and text.

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2 weeks ago

Google expands Play Movies to 8 more countries

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After having expanded Google Play Music availability yesterday, it looks like Play Movies is coming to more countries as well. Google's digital store for movies and TV shows is now available in 8 new countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Hungary, Iceland, Macedonia, Malta, Slovenia, Taiwan.

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