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3 weeks ago

Boss Phone is a 7-inch phone that puts security at a premium

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The Boss Phone is a new, 7-inch phone that puts an emphasis on security from startup Briggs & Spriggs, Inc. The Boss Phone will launch their Indiegogo campaign tomorrow, January 6, and is part of the crowd funding site's CES 2015 setup. The phone is built on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Briggs & Spriggs says that the device is Tor-certified for secure communication.

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3 weeks ago

AT&T and Sprint will sell the LG G Flex 2

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Both AT&T and Sprint have confirmed as part of CES 2015 they will sell the newly revealed LG G Flex 2 smartphone, with Sprint confirming that they will offer the phone in an exclusive "Volcano Red" color.

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3 weeks ago

Sharp unveils new Android TV-based SmartCentral 4.0 smart TVs

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Today at CES 2015, Sharp has kicked things off with announcements about upcoming 4K TVs, SmartCentral 4.0 for Android and an 85" 8K LCD display prototype.

Starting in 2016, Sharp will offer a handful of new devices including the AQUOS Beyond 4k UHD TV — which will offer 42 million more pixels than standard 4k — and add multiple new models to the AQUOS 4K UHD line and three new models to the Sharp AQUOS 4K Ultra HD series. The UB and UH series will also bring Android TV features with the newly redesigned SmartCentral 4.0 for Android.

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3 weeks ago

Live from the AT&T Dev Summit keynote at CES, starting today at 9 a.m. PT!

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AT&T is running its Developer Summit during CES in Las Vegas, and today is the day they lay out their initiatives with the main keynote address. We're going to hear a lot about big carrier initiatives, mobile devices and anything else AT&T is excited about, and we'll be inside covering it live.

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3 weeks ago

LG G Flex 2 hands-on preview

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LG G Flex 2

LG's second-generation flexible phone is a leaner, meaner, 64-bit Android 5.0 beast

The original LG G Flex always felt like an oddity in the manufacturer's lineup. Decried as gimmicky by some, the G Flex introduced us to a range of exotic new technologies — a curved, flexible Plastic-OLED display, a flexible body, including a unique flexing battery, and a self-healing back. The G Flex was an interesting sideshow for LG, but its lackluster display and camera meant it never really challenged the high-end competition. It was an interesting technical showcase, not necessarily a balanced high-end handset. And then there was the fact that it was just really, really big.

So for its second-generation G Flex, LG has taken things back to the drawing board. Naturally, the Korean manufacturer has upped the specs, moving to Qualcomm's very latest 64-bit Snapdragon 810, increasing the display resolution and improving the camera. But more surprisingly, it's also made the G Flex 2 smaller and more manageable than the original, with a 5.5-inch display size. It's a re-thinking of the original G Flex as much as a successor to that device, and at we've had the chance to play with the device and talk to LG about its development.

Read on to find out what we think.

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3 weeks ago

LG G Flex 2 specs

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The LG G Flex 2 takes what we got from LG's first flexible phone and pumps it up for 2015. You get the same sort of look and feel — a large-ish phone that bends but doesn't breaks when you put pressure on it. But LG has addressed many of our chief complaints of the late-2013 model and has brought forth a phone that sits nicely between the LG G3 and what we expect to see in the company's flagship device for 2015.

These, now, are the complete LG G Flex 2 specs.

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3 weeks ago

LG announces the G Flex 2 — here's what you need to know!

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LG G Flex 2

The original flexible phone gets a worthy update for 2015

LG, as expected, has announced the LG G Flex 2, the second coming of curved smartphones. We've spent a little time with the G Flex 2, and it's worthy successor to the bendable phone that didn't get a whole lot of love here in the U.S. (Its underwhelming specs didn't help matters any.)

But LG's taken the feedback to heart. And what you have today is an interesting phone that fits between the flagship LG G3 and whatever 2015's new top model will be. And it does so with a bendable body to absorb accidental drops or meetings between your rear and a chair, improved self-healing capabilities to help with those annoying little scratches that plague all smartphones (and particularly glossy plastic ones like this), and a few new software features.

Oh, and it's the first Android phone to sport Qualcomm's new 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor. Kind of a big deal.

We've got the full press release below, but here are the big strokes.

And that's just the beginning.

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3 weeks ago

Video: A tour of the G Flex 2 with Dr. Woo, LG's VP of Product Planning

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We've already taken a detailed look at the new LG G Flex 2 -- check out our hands-on post -- but we've also spent time discussing the flexible phone with Dr. Ram-chan Woo, LG's Vice President of Product Planning, who played an integral part in the development of this awesome device.

In this video, he walks us through the handset's major features, including its improved self-healing ability -- for that day when (not if) you scratch it. He further demonstrates the new selfie features, alongside the new glance functionality.

Want to learn more? Don't miss these complete LG G Flex 2 specs.

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3 weeks ago

LG G Flex 2: In pictures

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Following this morning's announcement at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, the LG G Flex 2 is officially official. You'll want to check out our full coverage of LG's latest curvy, flexible phone live from Las Vegas, however if you'd also like to just look at some pretty pictures, it's also worth checking out our huge G Flex 2 photo gallery. You'll find it right after the break.

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3 weeks ago

New WeMo sensors spread through the home, including the pipes

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A whole batch of new smarthome sensors from Belkin have been announced at CES which include a new WeMo room motion sensor, an alarm upgrade system, and a magnetic sensor for windows and doors. The most interesting of the bunch is an accessory that installs into your home's plumbing to monitor water usage. As usual, they connect to your home Wi-Fi network for all sorts of smart home utilities accessible from your phone.

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3 weeks ago

Google announces Google Cast for audio

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As CES 2015 starts ramping up, Google has announced Google Cast for audio. This integrates the same tech behind Chromecast into speakers, soundbars, and A/V receivers to let you cast your music from Android, iOS, and the web.

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3 weeks ago

U.S. Cellular to start selling Samsung Galaxy Note Edge on Jan. 7

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U.S. Cellular will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge starting on Wednesday, Jan. 7. The wireless carrier is the latest to offer the smartphone with its unique edged screen and will sell the smartphone in Charcoal Black. Qualified customers can either buy it for $0 down using U.S. Cellular's equipment installment option or for $399 with a two-year contract.

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3 weeks ago

LG CES presser liveblog — 8 a.m. PST!

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LG at CES

We're live this morning from LG's press conference ahead of CES in Las Vegas. Expect to see some serious connected kitchen action, as well as new TVs and more new TVs. And if the stars align just right, we'll probably see a new phone or two as well.

Join us at 8 a.m. PST — that's 11 a.m. on the East Coast — as we get this liveblog going.

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3 weeks ago

Plex will show off some upcoming music features at CES 2015

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The media streaming app company Plex has announced it will be demoing some new music features at CES 2015, including "music videos powered by Vevo, automated organization and recommendations, enhanced artist info, and more." The new features will be added in the coming weeks.

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3 weeks ago

SanDisk's new USB 3.0 flash drive can connect directly to Android smartphones and tablets

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As part of its CES 2015 announcements, SanDisk has revealed its new Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0, which can not only connect to Windows and Mac PCs but can also connect directly to Android smartphones and tablets via a micro-USB port.

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