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6 days ago

10 things to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

The first things to know about the Note Edge before you consider buying

With its crazy curved design and intriguing software, the Galaxy Note Edge is a sight to be seen. Thankfully Samsung has struck deals to have the Note Edge easily available, with the top U.S. carriers taking on the device, but it can't hurt to do some research before you head to a store to try one out. We've already given our comprehensive take on the device in a full review, but you can't fit everything into a single article.

Before you head out to try a Note Edge for yourself, see our top 10 things to know about the phone. The list may have you running out sooner (or even buy it sight unseen), or possibly ready to do a bit more research first. Read along with us and learn a bit.

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6 days ago

Lollipop starts hitting LG G3s across Europe

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Lollipop is now hitting LG G3s across Europe. We're hearing (and seeing for ourselves) that the sought-after update is slowly but surely rolling out on a broader basis across Europe following limited release in Poland and on certain carriers in the past month.

While things of this nature generally take a few days to complete, it may be worth checking on your European G3.

Thanks to everyone who helped us track this one down!

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6 days ago

Android Wear's 5.0 update changes the way notifications are handled, and it's a mixed bag

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Android Wear notifications

Things are unchanged if your phone runs KitKat, but Lollipop users will be in for some learning

Android Wear recently added a whole bunch of useful tweaks and features, building on a new base of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Though the focus of the update was on proper APIs for creating third-party watch faces and new "theater" and "sunlight" modes, the latest Android Wear update also changes the way notifications are handled on your watch when you're connected to a phone that's also running Lollipop.

The changes are likely to evoke mixed responses from people depending on how they usually use their Android Wear watch and how they feel about Lollipop's new handling of notification priority. But in either case we can all benefit from a little better of an explanation of the situation — read on.

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6 days ago

The Android 5.0.1 factory image for the Nexus 5 is now available

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6 days ago

Nest Thermostats get even smarter with Google Now integration

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Nest and Google Now

What you need to know about the new integration with Google and the high-tech thermostat

Google and Nest today quietly rolled out integration for the smart thermostat with the Google Now service. That means a couple things. First is that you'll know be able to use your voice to raise and lower the temperature on the Nest Thermostat. (And presumably you'll be able to adjust other aspects of it at some point.) Second is that Nest can now determine when you're coming home and adjust the temperature accordingly, just like your phone does when it shows you traffic or the estimated time of arrival. (And, indeed, this is functionality pretty much anyone could have seen coming when the $3.2 billion Nest-Google deal was first announced.)

The integration is still a little janky — and likely not completely finalized. But it's up and running on Android and iOS.

Here's what you need to know.

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6 days ago

Google Shopping reportedly will challenge Amazon with new features

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Google is reported to be building out its online commerce business with a "Buy Now" button in an effort to challenge Amazon's 1-Click. The Internet search giant is said to have approached various online retailers to add the single-click buy button in an effort to keep online shoppers researching products on its pages longer.

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6 days ago

Google updates Docs, Sheets, and Slides for Android with improved editing features

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Google has announced that its Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps are grabbing some update love today. While there isn't much that's groundbreaking here, the updates do bring some nifty quality of life changes, such as scrollbars in Sheets, along with new tools for inserting, moving, and resizing shapes and text boxes in Slides.

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6 days ago

Amazon Fire TV gains HBO GO streaming

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Amazon has announced that HBO GO will now be streaming to Amazon Fire TV customers. Customers with HBO's subscription can now bring that experience to the Fire TV set-top box starting today and Amazon's more affordably priced Fire TV Stick will also gain HBO GO streaming capabilities in spring.

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6 days ago

The Best Cheap Phones

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We’ve rounded up the best cheap cell phones available on U.S. prepaid carriers, and putting them side-by-side so you can get hooked up as fast as possible. Everything here has a price tag of $300 or less when going month-to-month. This should offer you a ton of flexibility on plans while putting a minimal dent in your wallet.

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6 days ago

Race around the world in 80 Days for Android

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Literary adventure game 80 Days is now available for Android from the Google Play Store. More of an interactive novel, 80 Days follows the attempt of Phileas Fogg to go around the world in that amount of time.

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6 days ago

Bose job listing could result in Google Play Music rival

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The subscription music streaming space is about to become even more crowded. It appears that audio equipment-maker Bose may be headed into the space that's dominated at this time by Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, and Apple's Beats Music with its own streaming service as the company is now looking to hire an engineer to help make that happen.

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1 week ago

Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 on T-Mobile slated to get Android 5.0.1 today

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It looks like the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 on T-Mobile are slated to get an update to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop today, at least that's what T-Mobile seems to think. Support docs for both phones on T-Mobile's website list December 15th (that'd be today) as the roll-out date for the 5.0.1 update.

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1 week ago

BT is in talks to acquire EE for £12.5 billion

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British Telecom has confirmed it has "entered into an exclusivity agreement with Deutsche Telekom and Orange" which could lead to BT acquiring the wireless carrier EE for about £12.5 billion. This means that the UK's largest land line and broadband company could buy the country's biggest mobile phone carrier.

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1 week ago

New SwiftKey themes bring the Frozen crew to your keyboard

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SwiftKey has launched some new themes based on the hit Disney movie Frozen. The themes feature characters from the movie sitting behind your keyboard. When using a Frozen theme, little flakes of snow will fall from the keyboard as you type.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi breaks into the ranks of the top-five global smartphone manufacturers

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Xiaomi has become the fourth biggest seller of smartphones worldwide, according to a new report from the research firm Gartner. Xiaomi pushed its way into the top five of all smartphone companies during the third quarter of 2014 with sales of 18.8 million units. It only sold 3.6 million units for the same period a year ago.

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