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4 days ago

Get the Fire HD 7 for $79 from Amazon today only

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Amazon is selling the Fire HD 7 for $79.99 as part of a one-day only sale.

Today only, Amazon is offering the Fire HD 7 tablet for a $60 discount, bringing the price down to only $79.99. Today's deal is good for the 8GB variant of the 7-inch tablet, which is powered by a 1.5 GHz processor as well as a front and rear facing camera.

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4 days ago

How to block calls on the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Every now and then you're going to need to block a call. Here's how to do it on the Samsung Galaxy S6.

More and more of us are getting rid of our landlines and turning to our smartphones as our only connection. But that means the spammers and scammers and robo-calls follow. (And just wait until election season.) So there are any number of reasons why you might want to not just reject a caller, but block that number outright. And it's pretty easy. Samsung refers to its call blocking as "rejection," so we'll be using that term interchangeably with "block."

And there are a few ways to block calls on the Samsung Galaxy S6. Let's rap.

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4 days ago

Nokia reportedly plans a return to smartphones in 2016

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Nokia is planning to make a comeback and return to making phones in 2016. That's according to personnel familiar with company plans, who reveal that releasing Android tablets under the brand simply isn't enough.

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4 days ago

Huawei now accepting Android 4.4.2 trial sign-ups for the Honor 3C

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Should you happen to own the Honor 3C smartphone, you'll be able to sign-up for a trial of Android 4.4.2. This next update for the Android-powered device will include Huawei's Honor Android skin EMUI 3.0.

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4 days ago

You will finally be able to buy the OnePlus One whenever you want

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OnePlus has announced that it will start offering the OnePlus One without invites from now on, with the successor to the handset — OnePlus 2 — slated to launch sometime in the third quarter.

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4 days ago

Samsung's activity tracking app S Health is now available on the Play Store

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Following Motorola and HTC, Samsung has started to decouple its exclusive apps and launch them on the Play Store, making it easier for users to update to new versions when they're available.

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4 days ago

Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will not feature Samsung's logo in Japan

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In a bid to gain a foothold in Japan, Samsung is taking a new approach that sees the vendor ditching its logo from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, opting instead to co-brand with local carriers.

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4 days ago

Quick comparison: Sony Xperia Z4 versus Xperia Z3

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Sony Xperia Z4 + Z3

How does Sony's latest premium smartphone compare to its predecessor?

Half a year after the Xperia Z3 made its debut, Sony has revealed its successor — the Xperia Z4. Announced initially for the Japanese market, the Sony Xperia Z4 brings a familiar design and feature set in a slimmed-down body, with (mostly) upgraded specs.

If you're wondering how the new Xperia Z4 compares to its predecessor on paper, we've lined both up side by side below. Based on the specs alone, it's not a quantum leap forward for Sony — but we'll have to wait and spend some time with the phone before coming to any firm conclusions.

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4 days ago

Sony Xperia Z4 specs

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Sony's first high-end smartphone of 2015, the Xperia Z4, is official. Essentially, it's an slightly tweaked version of its late-2014 flagship, the Xperia Z3, the main upgrades including a slimmer design, 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, new audio processing capabilities and a 5.1-megapixel selfie camera. Beyond that, the device will be very familiar to Z3 owners, and in fact one important hardware spec — the battery capacity — has actually seen a small downgrade.

Head past the break for a full rundown on the Sony Xperia Z4's hardware.

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4 days ago

Sony Xperia Z4 official: 5.2-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM and 20.7MP camera

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Sony Xperia Z4

The Xperia Z4 features a similar OmniBalance design as previous high-end offerings in the Xperia Z series, with the device boasting upgraded hardware in the form of a Snapdragon 810 SoC.

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4 days ago

LG to offer free screen replacement and 64GB memory card with LG G4 in South Korea

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All customers buying the LG G4 in South Korea will receive a one-time screen replacement that is valid up to one year after the purchase of the device, along with a 64GB memory card.

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5 days ago

Weekly poll results: Most of us are happy with what we have

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For the most part, folks who bought a new phone recently (and also answered our poll) are pretty happy with their purchase. Nothing is perfect — and these results reflect that — but when you dig through the reports of bad cameras and poor battery life (not to mention QC problems like defective units) that you find everywhere, the majority of folks aren't having any serious issues and seem to be enjoying the way they spent their money. That's good news for the people who make the darn things, and even better news for anyone contemplating a new phone purchase.

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5 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Navi Watch Face, Spring, Bitmoji and more

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apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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5 days ago

One Avenger is curiously absent from Samsung's top theme (Update)

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You can get any Avenger you want in Samsung's new Theme Engine, as long as that character is a dude.

Samsung's marketing deal with Disney/Marvel includes, among many other things, a special spot at the top of the Theme app for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. These Avengers themes aren't wildly different from the other themes Samsung offers, save for the giant "only in theaters" branding for the upcoming Age of Ultron in at least one of the two wallpapers that come with each theme.

But if you're looking for the complete Avengers roster — as far as the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the end of the first Avengers film is concerned — you'll find one character missing.

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5 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: Some spring predictions ...

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It's a dreary Sunday here on the Gulf Coast. Or a perfect time for a few unsolicited predictions.

Some of these will be a little obvious. Some less so. All, however, come without any inside knowledge. Maybe I'll be right. Maybe I won't be. I'll sleep fine either way.

So let's get to it.

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