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3 days ago

LG's modular, dual-everything G5 could be one big play for differentiation

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It's hard to stand out. But LG's next Android flagship — the G5 — might have a few new tricks up its sleeve.

Over the past three and a half years, LG has slowly grown into the de facto alternative to Samsung in many markets around the world, including the U.S.

Since the rebirth of the firm's "G" series in 2013 with the LG G2, the company has put differentiation the heart of its products. The G2 was the first to feature LG's famous rear-mounted buttons. The G3 was the first mainstream Quad HD phone, and the first with laser autofocus. And the G4 mixed things up with a leather-backed design and impressive RAW photo capabilities. Most recently, the V10 introduced dual front-facing cameras and a secondary ticker display.

So where next for the other Korean manufacturer, with a new flagship phone on the way in just a few weeks and a pressing need to recover from lackluster financial performance in mobile in recent months. Let's dive in.

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4 days ago

Best Buy offers $50 off gold Nexus 6P, throws in $25 gift card

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Best Buy is currently offering a solid deal on the gold Nexus 6P, cutting its price by $50 and throwing in a $25 gift card to boot. While this deal is only for the gold variant, it does include both the 32GB and 64GB models, knocking the down to $449 and $499, respectively.

The Nexus 6P was originally released in September, and we've seen a number of deals on the smartphone since. This latest deal on the gold variant from Best Buy matches a similar promotion that the Google Store is currently running, albeit with the addition of a $25 gift card.

It's not entirely clear how long the sale will last, but it's a solid deal worth grabbing if you're interested in Google's latest high-end Nexus. And if you're interested in our impressions of the gold Nexus 6P, be sure to give our hands-on a quick look.

Thanks for the tip, Jaime!

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4 days ago

Sweet Valentine's Day gifts for the tech lover in your life

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Set your significant other up with some awesome tech gifts this Valentine's Day that expand beyond the traditional cards and candy.

Looking for a fun way to surprise the tech lover in your life this Valentine's Day? We're here to help with our unique gift guide that encompasses everything from smart mood lighting and key finders to fitness trackers and amazing speakers.

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4 days ago

Classic RPG Final Fantasy IX is now available on Android

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Following an announcement at the end of last year, Square Enix has brought its classic role-playing game, Final Fantasy IX, to Android through the Google Play Store. Originally released in 2000 for the first PlayStation, the mobile version of the game incorporates a number of modern features on top of the original game.

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4 days ago

Opera Apps Club brings premium app subscriptions to emerging markets

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Opera has launched its Apps Club worldwide, a subscription service for premium Android apps that provide developers access to more markets with "all you can download" plans. Consumers, who may have not been able to via traditional store methods due to low credit card penetration, can then take advantage of these offers. Think of it as a Netflix-style subscription service, but instead of just TV shows and films, you can unlock content in supported apps.

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4 days ago

Gmail offers new tools to put email security in your hands

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Google is adding a couple of new features to Gmail on the web this week that will help make your email experience safer. The first is a new notification when you're sending an email to a service that doesn't use TLS encryption, the second warns you when an email can't be authenticated.

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4 days ago

Audible picks up Android Auto support for road trip-worthy audiobooks

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Audible has been updated for Android with the inclusion of Android Auto support. This will enable the app to run through audiobooks while you focus on the road ahead of your vehicle. We took a look at the app in beta back in November, praising Audible for the experience that simply works.

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4 days ago

Protect and show off your Galaxy S6 with the Unicorn Beetle hybrid clear case

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The Unicorn Beetle hybrid case offers as much grip as it does protection for the Samsung Galaxy S6 while staying relatively clear.

As one of our favorite clear cases for the Galaxy S6, the Supcase Unicorn Beetle hybrid cover is more than your average hard case. It sports both a durable polycarbonate and TPU bumper that not only keep a clear design, but also do a great job at protecting against those grim impacts.

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4 days ago

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is rolling out now for the LG G4 on AT&T

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If you happen to own the AT&T variant of the LG G4, model H810, you'll definitely want to check for available updates as Marshmallow is now rolling out to the handset. It's available over-the-air so it should simply be a case of checking for updates in the Settings and fetching a beverage.

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4 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge to sport 3,600mAh battery, FCC says

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It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge will have quite a large battery, according to FCC documentation. It seems that the phone will sport a 3,600mAh battery, a large increase over the 2,600mAh battery found in last year's Galaxy S6 edge. This information comes from the FCC's label location document, which details where a device's FCC certification ID will be placed. The FCC e-label for the Galaxy S7 edge will be found on the device's Battery info screen.

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4 days ago

Honor shares the love for Valentine's Day in the UK with special Honor 7 and 5X bundles

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Honor has announced some new romantic bundles for both the Honor 7 and Honor 5X ahead of Valentine's Day in the UK. The company has released some special bundles, which are available on vMall. Should you be after either smartphone, there are some goodies on offer that will be packaged alongside the handset.

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4 days ago

Adblock Fast returns to the Google Play Store

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Adblock Fast, an ad blocker built to work with Samsung's ad blocking API, is back on the Google Play Store following its removal last week. Google reversed its decision late last week following an appeal by developer Rocketship.

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4 days ago

HTC celebrates Valentine's Day by knocking 40 percent off the Nexus 9

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HTC is preparing to celebrate Valentine's Day by offering a massive 40 percent off the Nexus 9. Should you be looking to treat your loved one to a brand new tablet, picking up the Nexus 9 for only $239 may be an ideal option to really make the upcoming day that little bit more special.

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4 days ago

Russia's Internet czar looks to squeeze more taxes from Google Play and App Store

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One of Russian President Vladimir Putin's top advisors is looking to raise taxes on digital purchases made in the Google Play Store, along with Apple's iTunes and App Stores. German Klimenko, a Russian businessman, and the recently-appointed Internet czar for the country, is calling for an increased value-added tax (VAT) of up to 18 percent to be applied to digital purchases. The proposal would impact not just Apple and Google, but other non-Russian companies as well.

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4 days ago

How to use multiple accounts in Instagram for Android

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Instagram finally has added the ability to easily switch from one account to another without logging out, making life — or at least our social media life — easier for those of us who run Android blogs, have personable pets or suffer from alter egos.

And it's a pretty simple measure. Here's how to set things up to use multiple accounts on Android.

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