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4 days ago

Galaxy Note 5 pro tip: Insert the S Pen pointy end first

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Galaxy Note 5 S Pen

Apparently this is a thing with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 that needs to be said out loud: Do not insert the S Pen back into the body of the phone backward. Or upside down. Or whatever.

Pointy side first, folks.

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4 days ago

Win a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+!

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Samsung has announced the new Galaxy S6 edge+ (and the Galaxy Note 5) and if you somehow missed all the coverage we've done, you're going to want to check that out. When you've caught up to speed, come back here and enter to win the all new S6 edge+ for your very own.

Here's how to get in on the action. We're giving you four ways to enter — and you can enter once with each method. (That's a total of four chances to win!)

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4 days ago

Hands on with the HTC Desire 626

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HTC Desire 626

HTC's Desire line has always been a quality mid-range experience, but as that space continues to welcome new players the new 626 has some interesting competition.

Talking about the top of the line is fun, but this year has been huge for the mid range. HTC has been rocking the affordable smartphone for a while now with the Desire line, though it was mostly over in Europe and Asia until now. These phones are middle of the road, and are more feasible for purchase outright. The latest in this lineup is the HTC Desire 626, complete with an unlocked price tag that competes with what is quickly becoming a crowded segment.

Here's our hands on.

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4 days ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Android Auto

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It's a hard fact of early adopter life that not every new toy will work with every other new toy out of the box. Such is the case with Android Auto, which on occasion refuses to connect to some new phone that should happen to find its way into our car.

So it's understandable that folks have been asking me about whether the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 plays nice with Android Auto.

Here's what I've found.

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5 days ago

Hands-on the Incipio OCTANE Case for HTC One M9

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Incipio's OCTANE Case shows off the HTC One M9's original design while managing impacts like a champ.

This bumper case provides more than just simple protection around the edges; its co-molded construction adds a transparent polycarbonate shell to match its easy-grip border. Although the back shell is see-through, it's actually a bit cloudy compared to something similar like the HTC Clear Hard Shell Case. That said, the OCTANE Case adds more grip from edge to edge, reducing those accidental drops.

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5 days ago

How to set up the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+

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Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+

Setting up a phone can feel like a chore, but understanding the first steps can make the rest of your time with it a breeze.

The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ have the same setup process, which in itself isn't too far removed from what you'd encounter on a brand new Galaxy S6. Things have changed slightly, however, and Samsung has even added a couple steps to an already quite long setup process.

We're going to show you all of the high points of setting up a Note 5 or S6 edge, and make sure that you get your new phone started the right way.

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5 days ago

Hearthstone's Grand Tournament expansion is now available

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The Grand Tournament, the latest expansion for Blizzard's popular Hearthstone card game, is now available. The Tournament adds 132 new cards for players to collect or purchase. The new cards include an assortment of knights, spells, and more, offering new strategies in your card brawls.

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5 days ago

Cricket Wireless adds Canada Roaming, expands international calling to nine more countires

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Cricket Wireless is making a few additions to its international offerings. Customers now have an additional nine countries that they can call from the US, and those that frequently travel to Canada will now be able to use unlimited talk and text at no extra charge.

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5 days ago

Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant now in public beta in U.S.

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The Cortana digital assistant for Android, which was released as a private beta by Microsoft in July, is now available as a public beta release for US users.

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5 days ago

Galaxy S6, S6 edge update from Sprint brings live broadcasting from Yahoo, Samsung Pay and more

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge users on Sprint will be thrilled to see the carrier pushing an update which includes Samsung Pay prior to its beta period, and a month before its expected launch. Samsung Pay is set to make its US debut on September 28, so its interesting to see the carrier push the update a month early. The change log for this update includes:

  • Samsung Pay
  • Live broadcasting via Yahoo!
  • High Quality Audio (with Samsung headsets)
  • UI updates
  • Bug fixes

Samsung is hosting a beta for Samsung Pay in which select users can gain access to the mobile payment option beginning August 25. Samsung Pay aside, the update still brings a number of great additions to the phones, so be sure to check for your update now in the Settings menu. If you have already received the update, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks for the tip, pynkfloydd!

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5 days ago

Sprint expands Direct 2 You service to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Phoenix, St. Louis, San Antonio and Seattle

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Sprint's recently launched phone delivery and set up service, Direct 2 You, has expanded to several new cities in the US, including Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Phoenix, St. Louis, San Antonio and Seattle. Ths newest expansion brings the service to 20 major metropolitan areas in the US.

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5 days ago

First look: Wileyfox teases a new Android handset

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With upstarts like OnePlus and Nextbit emerging in the past year, there's no shortage of new smartphone brands hoping to make it big selling directly to consumers. One of those is UK-based manufacturer Wileyfox, which will be revealing its first Android handset tomorrow. And what you see above is an exclusive first look at that device, with what appears to be a metal frame and plastic sides. It also looks like it's packing a traditional microUSB port and rear-facing speaker, in case you were wondering.

An all-new brand, Wileyfox is described by partner VentureSpring as "A new pure play mobile phone brand, sold online only, across Western Europe and North America."

That's all we know so far, but we'll be live from London tomorrow to bring you all the details of Wileyfox's first product launch.

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5 days ago

Purchase a HTC One M9 and get $100 in Google Play credit through October 31

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HTC is offering customers a $100 Google Play credit when purchasing an HTC One M9 now through October 31. Previously, HTC ran a similar promotion for customers who purchased a Verizon One M9, but this time it is not a Verizon exclusive deal. This time around, however, HTC is opening the promotion up to all carrier and unlocked models of the One M9.

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5 days ago

Oppo unveils the super-thin R5s with increased storage and RAM

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Oppo has announced the R5s, an upgraded successor to the original super-thin R5. The company has worked its magic with the amount of RAM and internal storage available, ensuring you'll be able to get things done with speed and store all your favorite selfies.

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5 days ago

You can now install MIUI 7 on your Xiaomi smartphone

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Following Xiaomi's MIUI 7 launch event last week, beta builds of the global ROM are available to download for the Redmi 1S, Redmi 2, Mi 4i, Mi 3, Mi 4, Redmi Note 3G and Redmi Note 4G.

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