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2 days ago

LG G Watch, Moto 360 and other Android Wear watches can connect to the iPhone

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Despite Google's claim that the LG Watch Urbane is the only current-generation hardware that would be supported in Android Wear on iOS, it appears as though many other watches can connect as well. We have been able to connect a Moto 360, LG G Watch and others, with some issues along the way. For example, we have seen duplicate notifications on the Moto 360, some of which won't clear from the watch. Also, changing watch faces from within the app seems to be hit-or-miss right now.

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2 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 tips and tricks

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Get the most out of your new Note with these tips.

The Galaxy Note 5 is an exciting device, and whether you have one or are just reading up on it before you get one, there are a handful of things you need to know that may not be immediately apparent at first. We've already covered the first things you need to do with your Note 5, but for a more advanced lesson, we've rounded up a set of general tips and tricks for using the phone.

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2 days ago

LG G Pad X 10.1 coming to AT&T on September 4, DIRECTV in tow

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AT&T will offer the DIRECTV Everywhere app pre-installed on their upcoming version of the LG G Pad 10.1 tablet. It will go on sale September 4 online and on September 11 in stores for the price of $249.99 with a two-year contract or for $17.50 a month for 20 months.

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2 days ago

This smart LED bulb packs a 3W speaker for easy listening with custom lighting

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The PLAYBULB Color can be controlled straight from your smartphone for unique lighting that goes great with your favorite playlists.

Taking smart lighting to the next level is the PLAYBULB Color, similar to its sibling the PLAYBULB Rainbow, only with a 3W speaker added around the bulb that provides easy listening anywhere you decide to twist it in. Compatible with standard E26 and E27 screw base light sockets, this light connects to your Android or iOS device over Bluetooth, but requires the free PLAYBULB X app to control colors, effects, and set up special groups for managing multiple bulbs simultaneously.

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2 days ago

Android Wear gets official support for the iPhone

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Google has announced that Android Wear, its software for smartwatches, now works with the iPhone. The software allows you to get your notifications at a glance, track workouts and fitness goals, and custom reminders.

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2 days ago

Moto 360 Sport renders surface with more shots of the second-gen customization options

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The upcoming second-gen Moto 360 has been all but announced by Motorola, but a new leak is now revealing that the company may be releasing a Sport model of the watch as well. It has been rumored that Motorola would be releasing the watch in both a small and large variant this year, but the Sport watch would add a third model into the mix.

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2 days ago

Qualcomm launches Snapdragon Smart Protect to help protect against malware

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Qualcomm today announced Snapdragon Smart Protect. This new technology will be featured by new Qualcomm chips – the first being the Snapdragon 820 – and will provide advanced protection against zero-day malware threats. It's stated Snapdragon Smart Protect will introduce improved privacy and mobile product security.

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2 days ago

LG's new smart sensor will turn your old appliances into connected gadgets

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LG has announced that the company will be showcasing the latest smart home technology and products at this year's IFA 2015. The new announcements will include the SmartThinQ Sensor, which can be attached to existing home appliances, including refrigerators and washing machines, as well as the Smart Lightwave Oven and Smart Air Conditioner with support for AllJoyn.

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3 days ago

T-Mobile going after data 'thieves' who abuse unlimited data

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In a blog post, T-Mobile CEO John Legere issued a warning to customers "stealing data" from the carrier, calling out a fraction of users that are using workarounds to consume as much as 2TB (yep, terabytes) of cellular data a month. Legere mentioned that these users, who constitute a "fraction of a percent," have been masking mobile tethering and hotspot usage, allowing them to use their cellular plan as a substitute for broadband:

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3 days ago

Alleged Xperia Z5 lineup leaked on video, including a variant with a 4K display

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Ahead of the official unveil of the Xperia Z5 later this week at the IFA, a three-minute video showcasing the device — along with the Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium — has made its way onto the internet. The video in question is from French tech publication Clubic, and while it is likely that the video was meant to go live after the launch of the handsets, the leak gives us a n early look at what's to come this Wednesday.

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3 days ago

LG adorns the Watch Urbane with 23-karat gold, puts a price tag of $1,200

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LG has announced a limited edition variant of the Watch Urbane smartwatch decked out in 23-karat gold, called Watch Urbane Luxe. Made in collaboration with REEDS Jewelers, the watch is priced at $1,200, sports a alligator leather band with a deployment clasp and is housed in an "exclusive piano-gloss lacquer case."

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3 days ago

Why one well-intentioned Android Auto safety feature may drive users to their old ways

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Android Auto probably is one of my favorite advancements of the past year. The idea of having an car stereo that doesn't make me want to let the car gently make its way over the cliffs of Escambia Bay on the way home is, indeed, a very good thing. A user interface that doesn't suck. The best mapping in the business. Access to all of my music. Voice commands. Podcasts. We've been going through all of the apps that are available for Android Auto, and so far it's (mostly) good.

But there's one issue — aside from weird connection issues some folks in our forums have been experiencing — that still has me scratching my head. It's a safety feature, actually — and one that may well do more harm than good.

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3 days ago

Weekly poll results: The Note 5 versus S6 edge+

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Note 5 and S6 edge+

Last week we asked about who went out and bought one of Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 edge+ phones, and which one they picked up. As expected, the Note 5 wins this one.

Poll results

The Galaxy Note 5 received more than double the amount of votes in our unscientific poll compared to the S6 edge+. Everyone saw this coming. Even with availability in Europe a puzzling unknown (they gotta eventually sell it to the EU's millions and millions of Android consumers, right?) Samsung and seemingly everyone else has pushed the Note 5 as the premier Galaxy phone of 2015. Insert anecdotes about backwards pens, removable batteries and SD cards here.

Of course, the requisite "No. Not buying" column gathered the most votes of any single choice with 42 percent. I have to include an option for the people not interested to have a voice, too. But still — this means 58 percent of the people voting grabbed one or the other. Naturally, this doesn't count the hundreds of millions of Android users who didn't vote at all. Slackers, each and every one of them. I kid. Maybe.

What I really wanna know is who the 253 people who got both are. Holler in the comments if you're one of them.

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3 days ago

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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3 days 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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