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3 days ago

How to use the Galaxy Note Edge left handed

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Using the Galaxy Note Edge left handed

After the shock of the Galaxy Note Edge's design wore off when it was announced, the questions as to how one would use this asymmetrical device started to surface. Having such a sharply curved edge on just one side of the phone introduces some interesting usability questions, particularly for people who hold the phone in their left hand. So what has Samsung done about it? Well, a quick dive into the settings helps alleviate the issue.

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3 days ago

Santa Phil Contest Extravaganza Day 1: Win a OnePlus One!

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OnePlus One

We're going to kick off our six days of non-denominational, just-because-we-feel-like-it gift-giving with one of the year's most sought-after phones. And that's partially because the OnePlus One is a really good phone. It's also because you couldn't buy the damned thing (and mostly still can't) without "winning" the right to do so thanks to its annoying invite system. That's really no way to go through life.

The OnePlus One turned out to the one of the most affordable high-end phones of the year, thanks to its 5.5-inch, 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB of RAM and a 13MP camera. It's not perfect — it's too big for some, having optional (yes, really, optional) hardware buttons is just nuts, and the camera was a little disappointing. But it's also loaded with CyanogenMod, so the software will be up to date faster than many phones.

So we've got one. One of you is going to win one. Here's how:

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3 days ago

Un-carrier 8.0: A morning fire-side chat with John Legere on December 16

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T-Mobile is preparing to shake things up again in the US wireless industry, and this time they're doing it by inviting you to watch a stream of… a fireside chat with CEO John Legere and Yahoo Tech's David Pogue. What exactly they're doing tomorrow, we're not sure, but T-Mobile's teasing that it's "so big [they] had to keep it under wraps."

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3 days ago

Google offering UK customers £15 movie credit with Chromecast purchase

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Google is offering a Google Play Movies credit to UK customers who purchase a Chromecast during the holiday season. Customers are eligible for a £15 credit towards Google Play Movies purchases if they bought a Chromecast between December 7, 2014 and January 31, 2015.

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3 days ago

Regulatory filing shows that Xiaomi made a profit of $56.1 million in 2013

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A report filed with the China Securities Regulatory Commission revealed that Xiaomi turned a profit of 347.48 million Chinese yuan ($56.1 million) in 2013, with an operating margin of 1.8 percent. The number is considerably less when compared to unofficial reports from earlier this year, which suggested a net profit of $566 million for the same period.

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3 days ago

T-Mobile's Wideband LTE network goes live in New York City

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T-Mobile has announced that its Wideband LTE network is now live in the greater New York City metro area. The technology allows customers on LTE to attain speeds in excess of 100 Mbps.

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3 days ago

Samsung's metal-clad Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 launch in Taiwan

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Samsung is looking to reinvigorate its portfolio with new designs that are aimed at a younger audience, with the Galaxy A series said to be the starting point of that change. The manufacturer has launched the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 in Taiwan, and while the former handset is already available in a few countries, this is the first time we're seeing the Galaxy A3 in action.

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4 days ago

Play Store shows off 2014's best games, apps, movies, music, and more

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Google is highlighting some of the best content of 2014 in the Play Store. A new section called "Best of 2014" showcases the best apps, games, music, movies, books, and magazines from 2014 that Google's editors have chosen. If you're looking for new content for a new phone at the end of the year, Google's Best of 2014 list could help to provide inspiration.

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4 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Godus, Cocktail Compass, Frozen Free Fall and more

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Apps of the week

Time-savers and time-wasters

It's Sunday, and that means it's time to look at a few app recommendations from us here at AC. Working with an Android in our hand all week means we have plenty of time to give apps a try, and we always like to share the ones we find that warrant some love.

Of course, we also want to hear your app picks, so we can take a look. Many of you fine folk spend as much time with an Android in your hands as we do, and we consider you to be one of our best resources for finding great new applications. Have a look at our picks, then tell us yours in the comments!

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4 days ago

HTC RE Camera review

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HTC Re Camera review

HTC's little handheld camera … thing

HTC's dabbled in non-smartphone electronics before, primarily speakers, but the HTC RE Camera is without a doubt one of the weirdest and most beyond HTC's comfort zone. This is the HTC that famously put just a 4-megapixel camera in its flagship HTC One M8 smartphone, so a little handheld camera with a 16MP sensor? That's different.

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4 days ago

Acer offering up Iconia Tab 8 for $139 with $40 Best Buy gift card for the holidays

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Acer and Best Buy are spreading some holiday cheer starting today with a great deal on the Iconia Tab 8. The current promotion takes the already inexpensive Tab 8 at $139 and throws in a $40 Best Buy gift card when you purchase, effectively bringing the price of the tablet down to just $100. For that price you're of course not getting barn-burning specs, but the Intel Atom-based Android 4.4 tablet with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage is pretty capable.

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4 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: A tale of two cities

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Uber in Pensacola

What happens when an embattled, smartphone-based car service lands in sleepy Pensacola?

It's been an interesting week in my hometown. In the same week in which Pensacola (somehow) continued to have a debate over whether the offensive Confederate battle flag should be flown anywhere — and this has been an issue here since before I was born — we saw our first uberX cars hit the streets.

If that doesn't invoke a certain sense of schizophrenia, I don't know what will.

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5 days ago

Weekly poll results: Big phones versus small tablets

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Earlier in the week we posed a question to everyone out there — did a big-screened Android phone replace your small tablet? As the screens on our phones get bigger, and technology advances so that designers can fit them into a smaller chassis, Android (and others) phones is slowly creeping up towards the small tablet form-factor. Some of us think this is a great thing. Some of us think it's not so great. Some of us think back to the HTC EVO 4G and the controversy surrounding the giant 4.3-inch screen, and just chuckle at it all.

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5 days ago

Flow Home Launcher aims for the social media crowd

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Everyone approaches their home screen differently. Some like to set it and forget it, sometime not even deviating from the default layout that their phone came with. Some are constantly redoing their entire layout, belonging to theming communities where custom skins and elements are shared frequently and freely. Others have a basic layout that they'll tweak occasionally with new widgets and new themes. I am one such user.

And I am not quite who Flow Home was designed for — yet — but maybe you are.

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5 days ago

Verizon Moto X (2013) 32GB Developer Edition drops to just $199.99 on Amazon

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We stand at the nexus of affordability, openness, Motorola, and Verizon: the 32GB Moto X (2013) Developer Edition has dropped to a mere $199.99 sans-contract on Verizon, at least when purchased through Amazon. This is last year's model of the Moto X, but it's still no slouch. For your two Benjamins you get a compact and ergonomic phone that supports Big Red's LTE, plus it comes with an unlockable bootloader.

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