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Gadgets of the week: Philips hue dimmer, SmartThings Hub V2 and more!

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You guys like technology, right?

We're putting together another week's worth of the best in connected accessories, including wearables, smart home gadgets, Bluetooth speakers, and whatever else talks to your Android phone or tablet. Philips has a simple but handy dimmer switch for their connected lightbulbs, and SmartThings is updating their connected home hub with additional offline measures. Find more of the week's coolest new Android-friendly doohickeys inside!

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1 day ago

Google On app now available for controlling new OnHub Wi-Fi router

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Earlier this month, Google announced plans to sell their own Wi-Fi router, OnHub. Now the company has released its companion app for OnHub, called Google On. It allows owners of the router to quickly set it up, control and improve their network connection and more.

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2 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Photofy, Whispering Willows, Active Watch Face and more

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Apps of the wwk

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 days ago

Moto X Play video walkthrough

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The Moto X Play, is finally upon us — in Europe at least. And while we finish up our full review of the phone, be sure to check out our brand new video walkthrough of Motorola's most affordable Moto X yet. You'll find it right after the break.

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2 days ago

New Moto 360 leaked in two sizes, colors, and bands

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We're expecting to see new Moto 360 later this week at IFA 2015 in Berlin, but in the meantime we're being treated to another leak. This time we're seeing Motorola's upcoming smartwatch in two different sizes (as previously captured on camera), as well as two different colors (black and silver) and with two different bands (black metal link and brown leather).

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2 days ago

Huawei teases its Android Wear watch for IFA conference

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We've been waiting for the Huawei Watch one since Mobile World Congress last February. Might this finally be the week? Certainly is looking like it.

More: Check out our full IFA preview

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2 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: A decade later ...

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There's a 200-mile stretch of the Gulf Coast that shares an incredible amount of culture and history. It starts, of course, with New Orleans, then ventures a little more than 100 miles east to Mobile, Ala., (pronounced mo-BEEL if you've never been down here), and finally another 45 miles or so to Pensacola. The Spanish and French influence starts to taper off a little bit as you get over this way, but it's still around. The food, music — it twists itself all around as it moves east, but the roots are the same.

So it's been pretty hard the past few days to see the replays of of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that killed 1,833 people. It hammered the hell out of those 200 miles, from New Orleans to Pensacola. The brunt of the storm, of course, was felt by the Crescent City and the coastal communities of Mississippi directly to the east. (No, I didn't forget you folks.) It put water over the beach here in Pensacola, and along the bayfront downtown. Katrina was a big, nasty storm, even by our standards — and we tend to just blink and deal with anything below a Category 2. It's just something we deal with living here.

Ten years ago. I was newly married — and our nuptials came just three days after a strong Hurricane Ivan landed on Pensacola. I didn't have kids then. I didn't have a smartphone. There was no Twitter. Facebook was still limited to a select few colleges. Live video was only really done by those with TV trucks. I remember sleeping alone the night Katrina landed — my wife was covering things from the county emergency operations center. But I'll never forget the pictures that slowly started to roll in the next day over the wire services. This wasn't just a lot of wind knocking things down and a lot of rain making things wet. It was the dissolution of a major American city into a soggy, suffering, well-armed shell of itself. The lack of government response is as maddening now as it was then. (Maybe even more so since former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was here last week trumpeting his response to the Florida storms of 2004-05.)

Imagine now if we had the same sort of gadgets then that we have today. High-def cameras in nearly every hand. Compact, rechargeable external batteries. (Those are going to be worth their weight in gold after disasters now.) A more robust wireless infrastructure to allow anyone to get the news and conditions out instantly. There will be more storms. But there's no way in hell anyone will every be ignored like that again.

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2 days ago

New photos offer up a look at the Android-powered BlackBerry Venice slider

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While the rumors surrounding the BlackBerry 'Venice' slider continue to swirl, the device has now appeared once again in some new, clearer images which are pretty on par with everything we've seen thus far. As mentioned previously, there's still a lot of things up in the air surrounding this device and BlackBerry has yet to announce anything officially but judging from these images, the Venice is as was expected, running a customized version of Android Lollipop that brings along with it some BlackBerry 10 influence.

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3 days ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: Sticky S Pens, an iPhone 6s event, and leaky ships

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Sure, next week is IFA 2015, but that doesn't mean we can't have news now!

We're still putting the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 through its paces, but we got one surprise this week: if you put the stylus in backwards, it sticks and will probably break your phone when you try to pull it out (if you can). So don't do that. Apple also announced the date for the anticipated iPhone 6s launch event, more photos of the BlackBerry Venice Android slider leaked out, as did the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL and their Continuum dock.

It's time for Mobile Nations Weekly!

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Android Central — A brief moment of panic

Things got a little exciting last week as we all discovered that the combination of the Galaxy Note 5's design and a little user error could well end with the S Pen being stuck inside the phone, or broken, or both. So please, folks. Don't put your S Pen back in the phone backward. That crisis died out pretty quickly, though, so we have a feeling folks got the message loud and clear.

CrackBerry — Slider from the left, slider from the right

This week, we saw BlackBerry CEO John Chen take the stage at the Churchill Club for a candid discussion on how things are going at BlackBerry plus, the BlackBerry Venice slider appeared in some fresh images which show off the device from nearly all angles. In other news, BlackBerry announced a new WatchDox app for BlackBerry 10 Enterprise customers, closing off the question of how they would integrate the service into BlackBerry 10 devices.

iMore — iPhone 6s Watch, Day 208

Invitations have gone out for Apple's annual iPhone event, and that means come September 9, 2015, we should be getting our first looks at the next-generation iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and Apple TV. Oh, and iOS 9 and watchOS 2 as well. It's going to be a big show this year. How big? Just ask Siri for a hint.

Windows Central — New Lumias cometh

Those yearning for new flagship Windows Phones received some nice surprises this week with new renders and another alleged photo. The Lumia phones – codenamed Cityman and Talkman – are expected to be announced in October and so far, audience reaction to the designs is mixed at best. Indeed, in our currently ongoing poll 1/3 flat out think the new Lumias don't look so hot. Will people change when the phones hit shelves in November? Time will tell.

Windows Insiders received a new build of the Windows 10 desktop OS. Build 10532 hit computers this week bringing along with it some menu UI and Microsoft Edge improvements. Speaking of Windows 10, the OS is now installed on more than 75 million computers and should surpass the OS X install base sometime in September.

Kicked

This week on Kicked we look at chewable coffee cubes, along with a reinvented axe, a GoPro stabilizer, and more! Plus, Drew and Patrick reminisce about an old Canadian heavy metal band while trying to avoid a YouTube copyright strike.

For the coolest crowd funding projects you need to know about (along with a few weekly antics) be sure to subscribe to the Kicked TV YouTube Channel and follow us on social media. We're active on Twitter, Facebook and of course Instagram.

Connectedly

This week on Connectedly, we looked at reasons why you should and shouldn't buy the new Samsung Note 5. We also show you a new wireless home monitoring camera that has been getting a lot of attention. We showed you how to make your own motion-sensing monitoring system using an old Android device. Valve stems that alert you of low tire pressure, bicycle lights that you can lock up, and a new product that turns your older car into a smart connected one.

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3 days ago

IFA 2015 preview

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IFA

The last of the major trade shows of the year is upon us as we pack our bags and head for the German capital.

The IFA conference takes place every September in Berlin, and in past years has been the home of some huge Android announcements. The big elephant in the room was always the traditional announcement of the Galaxy Note at the pre-show press day. But with that out of the way already, you might think it's set to be a little quieter this year.

How wrong you'd be. Here's a look at what's going down at this years show.

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3 days ago

The Razer Nabu fitness smartband is getting a relaunch in October

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Remember the Razer Nabu fitness smartband? Well, Razer wants you to know that the wearable is finally launching, or rather re-launching, in October. The Nabu, which was first announced in January 2014 at CES, will have a few design changes along the way.

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3 days ago

Honor 7 video walkthrough

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The Huawei-built Honor 7 is now available in Europe, bringing impressive specs, a capable camera and fingerprint scanning technology to the table, along with a host of new software features. We've got all the details you could want in our Honor 7 review, but if you're more of a visual learner, we've also got the whole thing summed up in three and a half minutes.

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3 days ago

HTC's co-founder gets a second job at the visual effects studio Digital Domain

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HTC is hoping to improve its virtual reality efforts in an interesting way. Co-founder and former CEO Peter Chou has just been named as an executive director at the famous movie visual effects studio Digital Domain, and will officially start working there on Aug. 31.

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3 days ago

Head to head: The Alcatel Idol 3 and the Moto G 2015

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It's time to pit two smartphones we love against each other. We've picked out four categories — things we think every phone (Android or otherwise) needs to get right before we can recommend them — and squared off the Alcatel Idol 3 against the Moto G 2015.

This is a tough one. Both are great phones, and neither one is the wrong choice. But it's human nature to find the "best" and we're going to dive in and make that hard decision.

Buckle up.

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3 days ago

Android Central 251: Death by Stylus

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Audio-only stream below

Is it really possible to fend of a rampaging horde of smartphone nerds with a simple stylus? Is Samsung's latest next big thing doomed because of the missteps of absent-minded users? And what is a Wileyfox, anyway? Answers to these burning questions — and a whole lot more — on this week's Android Central Podcast!

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