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2 days ago

The Honor 6 Plus is officially coming to Europe

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We're in Barcelona with Honor at the brand's MWC 2015 press event where we learned that the Honor 6 Plus will be officially coming to Europe.

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2 days ago

Mophie Juice Pack for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge promises to double their battery life

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The battery cases will be launched around the time the new Galaxy smartphones are released later this spring for $99.95

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2 days ago

Pebble Time is now the most funded project on Kickstarter

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Pebble Time is the most funded project in Kickstarter history, and still has plenty of time to go.

Just last week, Pebble Time — the follow-up to the popular Pebble and Pebble Steel — took Kickstarter by storm. After blowing past their initial $500,000 goal, the campaign is now well over $13 million and still going strong. An additional boost has come from today's announcement of the Pebble Time Steel, a luxury version of the new smartwatch. The combined effort has pushed Pebble Time over the top, making it the most funded project in Kickstarter history.

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2 days ago

Chrome 42 will be the last version for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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People who are still using a device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon won't be able to get any more updates for Google's Chrome browser.

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2 days ago

How to take a screenshot on the HTC One M9

There are a couple of easy ways to capture what's on your M9's screen

There are a bunch of reasons why you might want to capture what's on your HTC One M9's's screen and keep it for posterity. Maybe you want to show off a cool app, quickly share something with a friend, or make a quick copy of some important information. Whatever the case, there are a couple of ways to take a screenshot on the HTC One M9, and for the most part everything works just as it does on earlier phones like the M8.

So if you've used an HTC phone before you'll probably be right at home. But if you're new to Android or HTC, or just want to reacquaint yourself with the basics, we've got a quick guide to taking screenshots on the HTC One M9 after the break.

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3 days ago

GSMA awards top honors to LG, Motorola at MWC 2015

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GSMA, the group behind Mobile World Congress, has handed out their Global Mobile awards for the 2015 show. Big winners this year include LG, Apple, Motorola, and Microsoft.

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3 days ago

Waze app will start displaying AMBER Alerts to help find missing children

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The new feature for the social-themed navigation app should help with spreading the word about children who are either missing or have been abducted.

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3 days ago

Just how fast does the Galaxy S6's camera launch? Check out these animations

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Samsung Galaxy S6 camera

Imaging is a big focus of Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge — not only is the Korean company talking up image quality, but also how quickly the camera can be launched at any time — Samsung says the camera can be brought to life in as little as 0.7 seconds using a variety of shortcuts. To put this to the test, we spent some time with the phone at Mobile World Congress, and captured the GS6 camera's startup times compared to the Galaxy S5 and Note 4, as well as Apple's iPhone 6. Check out the animations down below.

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3 days ago

Huawei's new TalkBand B2 and N1 blend fitness and style

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Fitness trackers can be useful tools for keeping up on daily exercise goals, but they often aren't much to look at. With the TalkBand B2 and N1, Huawei is hoping to take fitness-focused wearables and add some style so you'll consider wearing them more often. The new TalkBand B2 is a complete refresh of the more mundane B1 of last year, while the TalkBand N1 isn't a band at all — it's a set of bluetooth earbuds.

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3 days ago

YotaPhone 2 heading to the U.S. this spring by way of Indiegogo

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The YotaPhone 2 is not currently available in the U.S. but that looks to be changing very soon.

YotaPhone's Michael Kelly has said that the device will be available in the U.S. this spring via crowd-funding site Indiegogo.

The YotaPhone 2 features a unique dual-display, with a standard LCD up front and a power-saving e-ink display on the back. The phone is compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile and will sell for somewhere around $600. The company said it hopes to have Android 5.0 ready to go when the phone ships in the U.S. as well, and that a white version is on the way later this summer.

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3 days ago

Sonos updates its Android app with a better rooms menu and more

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Sonos has updated its app for Android devices to version 5.3, which includes a number of improvements to help owners of the company's connected speaker products.

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3 days ago

This is the HTC Vive virtual reality visor — on my face

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HTC Vive

So this is the HTC Vive. Or, rather, it's the visor for the Vive, the virtual reality system produced by HTC and Valve and announced here at Mobile World Congress. And this is what it looks like on my face.

The outside side of the visor isn't really the interesting part, of course. It's what you see inside that matters. But this sort of gives you an idea of the physical nature of the visor. Still, it's important to remember a couple things. First is that a developer version will be available this spring. And retail units — as in things you can I can buy — will be coming toward the end of the year. And they'll change a little bit from what you see here. So don't get too hung up on anything. Don't worry that we don't yet have all the answers about Vive — what it's like, who would want it, and what it'll cost.

For now, just enjoy (or not) the sight of this thing on my face.

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3 days ago

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S6

These two shortcuts let you easily take a screenshot on your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge

Just like earlier Samsung phones, taking a screenshot on the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge is simple enough once you know how. So if you're upgrading to Samsung's 2015 flagship from a previous Galaxy phone, chances are you'll be right at home — taking a screenshot works just as it does on the GS5 and earlier handsets.

But if you're new to Samsung or Android in general, it's worth recapping this basic function, as there are countless situations where capturing an image of your phone's screen can be useful. Let's take a look at the two main methods.

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3 days ago

Pebble Time Steel hits Kickstarter today for $250, starts shipping in July

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Pebble Time Steel

The $299 Pebble Time Steel starts shipping in July and will be available in silver, black, and gold. Early birds can pre-order via Kickstarter today for $250.

Just a week ago, Pebble Time launched on Kickstarter and became the fastest growing crowd-funding project in history. Raising well over their $500,000 goal, massive interest has already been shown in the next-generation device from Pebble. Today at Mobile World Congress, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky unveiled a second version of the device, the $299 Pebble Time Steel.

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3 days ago

In pictures: Galaxy S6 TouchWiz versus the previous generation

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Galaxy S6 + S5

Samsung hasn't just overhauled its smartphone hardware in the new Galaxy S6. The company's TouchWiz UI has also received some much-needed attention. It's much faster than before, with slicker animations and a clear Material Design influence. We've already seen some movement in this direction through the Galaxy S5's Lollipop update, but the differences between the two generations of Samsung UI are pretty striking, even when compared with a fully updated GS5.

We've been playing with the Galaxy S6 here at Mobile World Congress, and we've had a chance to see all the little changes Samsung's made to TouchWiz. Some are major, some are minor; you'll find the more notable ones in our photo essay after the break.

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