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Toyota joins forces with Uber as part of 'strategic investment'


Toyota plans to make a "strategic investment" in ride-sharing company Uber as part of a larger collaborative partnership.

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Best third-party watch bands for Fossil Q Founder

Best third party watch bands for Fossil Q

Need more bands for your Fossil Q Founder? Strap on one of these!

You bought your Fossil Q Founder with pride and you should wear it with pride! When it comes to the strap, you may need more than one. Different straps are good for different occasions.

The great thing about the Fossil Q Founder is it works with almost any 22mm band, and we have rounded up some of the best aftermarket bands for the Fossil Q Founder that we could find.

Leather Bands

Leather bands are great for everyday use. They are durable, stylish, and comfortable, making them ideal to wear for long period of time.

Lucco leather watchband

As far as leather bands go, the Lucco one doesn't look like anything special. It is made out of genuine leather, which means it won't show as much wear and tear as fake leather.

It does have a stitching along the edges of the band to help prevent fraying, and it's the same color as the rest of the band giving you a classic uniform look.

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Rerri leather watchband

The selection we chose from Rerri is a little more of a standout piece. It's a genuine leather strap that has high contrast stitching in order to make it really pop. In addition, the clasp on Rerri's band is quite robust and sticks out as well, adding to the band's overall look. Plus, the clasp looks like it could take a beating, which is a plus for something that you wear all the time.

Like all leather, it's slightly water resistant, a little bit of rain or sweat won't hurt it much, but you aren't going to want to go swimming with it, or wear it in the shower for that matter.

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Sport bands

Sports bands are typically made out silicone or a similar rubber-like substance which makes them perfect for getting wet. Sweat won't ruin a sports band at all, so you can be as active as you want!

Tech Swiss sports band

Typically, sports bands can be pretty plain looking; however, Tech Swiss's band breaks the mold. It's designed to look like a silicone version of a metal link band, giving it a unique look that most sports bands won't have.

The silicone is waterproof and the band's clasp and pins are made from stainless steel so you shouldn't have any problem getting this thing wet.

The band comes in a little on the thick side, sitting at about five millimeters — you will definitely feel this band on your wrist. If you don't mind the small amount of extra weight, this band could be a great choice.

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If you want something a little out there, but still functional, this selection from Marathon could be for you.

It's made out of vulcanized rubber, so you know it's as durable as can be. The clasp and pins are also stainless steel so no amount of water should make them rust.

On top of looking a little extra stylish — due to the two lines of detailing — this band also comes infused with vanilla scent. If you have a problem with perfumes or scents at all, it would probably be best to steer clear of this one.

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Metal bands

If you are looking for bold style, metal bands are a great way to make your watch stand out in a crowd!

Hadley-Roma Metal expansion band

Hadley-Roma's band is great for people who want a metal band that has a uniformed style and look to it.

The added bonus of the physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating makes this metal band a little more resistant to scratches and minor blemishes.

Unlike a lot of metal bands, this one doesn't have a clasp. It's actually an expansion band, meaning it will stretch to fit your wrist. It's compatible with watches that use 16-22 millimeter bands, making it perfect for your Fossil Q Founder.

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Perfect for the minimalist in everyone, the Yesoo metal mesh band is stylish and elegant.

Made out of stainless steel, this band is much thinner than a lot of metal bands that are out there. Thanks to its mesh design, it doesn't have to be as bulky as a typical metal link band would be.

There is also no clasp on this stylish band, instead it actually has a magnetic end that will attach anywhere on the band, making it adjustable to the perfect size every time.

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MODE bands

Google released its MODE bands and they might be the most interchangeable watch bands you will ever see..

All you do it remove the original pin that presently in your Fossil Q Founder, then add the MODE pin, slide your MODE band over the pin, and lock it shut. That's it! There's a video on the MODE site that shows you exactly how to connect these bands.

Hadley Roma is currently the only company making them right now and they start around $50. Just remember that when you go to order yours you need the 22 mm band or it won't fit.

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Micromax launches entry-level Bolt Selfie and announces Canvas Selfie 4


India's leading handset maker, Micromax, has announced the launch of its two new smartphones — Bolt Selfie and Canvas Selfie 4. With a focus on front-facing camera, Micromax is bringing its highly successful Canvas Selfie range to the entry level Bolt series.

Commenting on the launch, Mr Shubhajit Sen, Chief Marketing Officer, said,

Our Bolt Selfie is designed to keep the new and young smartphone users especially women in Tier 2 & 3 cities who have limited options and avenues to shop, are very price conscious and yet desire a perfect selfie experience. While with the Canvas Selfie 4 and its tap sensor we are upgrading the selfie experience of our young hyper social youngsters who are looking for a perfect integration of innovation, style and performance with an excellent selfie experience.

Micromax Bolt Selfie Specifications

Category Features Operating System Android Lollipop Display 4.5-inch Camera 5MP front camera | 5MP rear camera Processor 1GHz Quad Core RAM 1GB Internal Storage 8GB; expandable storage of 32GB Battery 1750mAh

Bolt Selfie packs in enhanced photo features such as Face and Beauty Mode and Gesture Capture, enabling users to not only seamlessly capture pictures, but also enhance and perfect their selfies. The Bolt Selfie is available in white and champagne colors exclusively on Flipkart for ₹4,999 ($74).

Micromax also announced the next-generation Canvas Selfie 4 with Android Marshmallow. The Canvas Selfie 4 boasts of 8MP camera, both at front and back, and comes with a Tap Sensor on the rear allowing the users to conveniently click a picture, swap camera from front to back, and vice-versa with a single tap making it easy to click pictures with a single hand. The Canvas Selfie 4 will be available across offline channels from end of May 2016.

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5 days ago

Huawei sues Samsung on claims of patent infringement


Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has filed suit against Samsung, accusing the Korean tech giant of patent infringement.

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Save $5 on the Chromecast and Chromecast Audio at the Google Store


The Google Store is currently offering a $5 savings on the Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. Normally, each of these costs $35, but for a limited time you can grab one for $30. Whether you are looking to stream audio or video, there is a Chromecast for you.

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5 days ago

Capital One among 48 new U.S. banks supported by Android Pay


The official Android Pay bank support list in the U.S. has been updated with a large number of new additions, including Capital One.

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5 days ago

Gululu is a water bottle from our insane, adorable future


If your water bottle is going to have a computer baked in, it might as well be adorable.

It's a well-documented fact that most adults don't drink enough water each day. Some of that can be fixed with some focus and documentation, but the easiest way to get an adult to drink enough water each day is by making it a part of their routine as a child. Getting kids to drink the right amount of water each day is incredibly important, especially when surrounded by so many other choices each day.

Bowhead Technology believes the answer to teaching kids to drink the right amount of water each day is embedding an animated pet into the side of an absurdly high-tech water bottle and turning it into a game. It's called Gululu, and for the last 10 days we've been testing this system with one of our kids to see what happens.

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5 days ago

Google I/O 2016: Sometimes the Great Outdoors isn't so great


An outdoor Google I/O was worth trying. We hope it tries it again — but learns a few things from 2016.

Google broke from tradition and held Google I/O 2016 at the Shoreline Amphitheater (conveniently located next door to Google's Mountain View campus buildings) instead of a more mundane but well-proven event center like the Moscone Center. By now you've certainly heard about the show — and a lot of complaints — online from both people who attended, as well as many who didn't. Words like festival, faire (the maker kind, presumably) and even Burning Man have been used to describe it, but those are a little off the mark.

Google I/O was still very much a developer conference, filled with people who are more used to the controlled environment most developer get-togethers are held in. And that was one of the many problems with Google I/O 2016 — people weren't ready to spend three 10-hour days in the same place they would go see The Cure on Thursday evening.

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Google Photos on the web now lets you easily tweak the date and time of multiple photos


Chances are, at one point or another, you've wished you could easily change the date and time of multiple photos at once, and now you can do just that with Google Photos on the web.

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Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow now rolling out to NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE in the U.S.


If you happen to own the LTE variant of NVIDIA's Shield Tablet, your Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is on its way — at least if you call the U.S. home.

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5 days ago

Samsung confirms it has no plans for future Android Wear smartwatches [Update: Samsung rebuts]


Update: In a statement to Engadget, Samsung has rebutted "Fast Company's interpretation," stating:

We disagree with Fast Company's interpretation. Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms.

Original Story: Samsung has officially confirmed it has no plans to release any future smartwatches that will use Android Wear. This may not come as a shock to many as the company had only released one Android Wear smartwatch, the Gear Live, in 2014.

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5 days ago

OnePlus 3 rumored to have a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 820, NFC and more


According to long-time leaker Evan Blass, or @evleaks, the rumored OnePlus 3 will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 820 and much more. The new information comes from Blass on Twitter, where he also revealed that the phone will have 64GB of storage, a 16MP rear-facing camera and even NFC this time around.

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ComiXology Unlimited offers access to thousands of comics for $6 a month


ComiXology, the digital comics service that's owned by Amazon, has launched ComiXology Unlimited in the U.S. It offers access to thousands of digital comics for $5.99 a month, with a free trial.

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5 days ago

Intex launches Cloud String HD with fingerprint sensor and VoLTE support for ₹5,599


Indian handset maker Intex has announced its latest smartphone — the Cloud String HD — with fingerprint sensor and VoLTE support for just ₹5,599 ($83).

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Android N's three multi-window modes, explained

Android N split screen mode

There's more to multitasking in Android N than split-screen mode.

One of the biggest user-facing features of Android N is the ability to run more than one app on the screen at a time. Sure, some manufacturers like Samsung and LG have offered similar features for years, but from N onwards it'll be supported at the operating-system level, which means better app support, and (eventually) less custom code.

When most people think about multi-window mode, they imagine the traditional split-screen view pioneered by Samsung and LG, and included in newer iPad models. However Android N actually has three distinct ways to run more than one app at once.

Let's dive in.

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