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3 years ago

Otterbox launches tough cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5

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The venerable OtterBox folks are showing off their Samsung Galaxy S5 cases just ahead of the launch this Friday. The heavy-duty Defender Series and hybrid Commuter series are available right now, and the colorful Symmetry Series and a wallet variant for the Commuter Series is on the way. There’s no pricing information with the announcement, but the Commuter Series usually starts at $35, and the Defender Series goes as high as $60.

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3 years ago

US Cellular to fire up LTE at more than 1200 sites in 2014

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Fifth-place US carrier US Cellular (yes, there is a fifth place behind the all-swallowing big four) plans to dramatically expand their LTE footprint this year by the number of 1200 sites. They'll be switching on new 4G services in 13 states, and by the end of the year plan to cover 93% of their customers. For a full list of where to expect LTE by year's end, check out the press release after the break.

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3 years ago

How to set up and start using the Mail app in Sense 6

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How to set up and start using the Mail app in Sense 6

Whether you're brand new to Sense 6 or you've upgraded your existing HTC phone, one thing you'll definitely want to be able to do is get email. Default Mail apps typically get a pretty bad rap, which is why we have alternatives like Gmail. However, the official Mail app in Sense 6 is more than decent and supports multiple account types all in one place. Here's how to set it up and start using it:

How to add an email account in the Mail app of Sense 6

  1. Launch the Mail app on your HTC phone running Sense 6.
  2. Choose the mail provider you use. If it isn't listed, select Other.
  3. Type in your credentials and then tap Next.
  4. If you chose Other you may be asked to input ingoing and outgoing server settings. If you don't know them, you'll need to look them up or ask your email provider for them. (Gmail's for example, live here.)
  5. Lastly, give your mailbox a name. This can be anything you want. It just helps you differentiate it from any other mail accounts you may set up. Once you've picked one, just tap on Finish Setup.
  6. Your email inbox should now appear in the Mail app of your phone.

If you have more Mail accounts to add, just tap on the plus sign in the upper right corner of the Mail app and then choose Add account. Simply follow the same process as above to add all of your accounts.

How to use and manage the Mail app in Sense 6

The Mail app in Sense 6 is fairly straightforward. Simply pull out the side menu to switch between accounts. From this menu you can also toggle your views and view any folders or other boxes linked to your accounts. The default view is the unified inbox but you can change it at any time in this menu.

You can also head into the Settings app on your HTC phone and edit sync settings as well as sync all accounts. Just tap on Accounts & sync and then find Mail in the Accounts list. From here you can change sync intervals and set file limits for individual accounts.

If you're using Sense 6, what do you think of the official Mail app? Are you willing to give it a try this time around or are you sticking with something else? And if so, let me know in the comments what Mail app you're using instead!

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3 years ago

Wind Mobile launches new plans with nationwide calling, US roaming

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WIND Mobile, Canada’s plucky underdog carrier, has updated their service plans across the board. The base $20 and $30 plans have both been bumped up by $5, but the $25 plan now includes Canada-wide calling. The WINDtab subsidy on the $35 plan has been increased to $150 from $100, and there’s a new top-tier plan available at $60 that has just about everything you could want: unlimited U.S. roaming, Canada/U.S.-wide calling, global texting, unlimited data, voicemail, and up to $500 subsidy on your handset.

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3 years ago

Samsung heads to YouTube to show off the Galaxy Pro tablets

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Samsung's Galaxy TabPro and NotePro tablets have been available for some time, but that doesn't mean it's not too late to start advertising them. In that spirit, Samsung today pushed out four new ads touting the software and hardware features of the Galaxy Pro Series tablets, including bits on Multi Window, the "4 megapixel display" pixel density, and support for multiple users.

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3 years ago

Jawbone UP24 review

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Jawbone UP24

Jawbone's latest has to be worth your attention if you're looking for a fitness band

Everybody wants to make a wearable and the health and fitness space has had its fair share in recent times with efforts from the likes of Nike and Fitbit. What we have here is the latest effort from Jawbone, the UP24. And if you're looking for a fitness band – especially one to hook into your Android phone – it's worth your attention.

It may not be much to look at, but it packs a punch where it matters. Let's take a closer look.

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3 years ago

LG G Watch to launch in the UK this summer for £180

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While we anxiously wait to see what the first Android Wear device out of the gate will be, it appears that LG may try to take that title. As there were very few announcements so far, it seems like an obvious battle between the Moto 360 and LG's G Watch. Now Pocket-lint has confirmed that the G Watch will be available before July and will retail for less than £180 in the UK.

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3 years ago

WhatsApp pairs with German carrier e-Plus to launch new SIM deal

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The now Facebook-owned messaging service, WhatsApp has unveiled a new SIM deal in Germany. This prepaid SIM provides consumers with unlimited access to WhatsApp on top of agreed data limits. It's a milestone since this is the first time the popular service has partnered with carriers to sell a SIM package. If you're a massive fan of WhatsApp and use it on a daily basis, you may wish to read on and keep your eyes open for a similar deal in your region, should one be made available.

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3 years ago

Samsung Gear Fit updated with portrait orientation mode

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Samsung Gear Fit

Software fix brings easier readability to Samsung's sleekest smartwatch

The Samsung Gear Fit is easily the most eye-catching of Samsung's latest batch of wearables, but the version we saw back at Mobile World Congress came with one big usability gripe — a landscape display on what's supposed to be a wrist-readable device. Fortunately, though the magic of a software update with a new portrait mode, Samsung now seems to have fixed this issue.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 delayed to June in Hong Kong

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Sony's Xperia Z2, already held back in parts of Europe, has been delayed even further into the summer in Hong Kong. A post on Sony Mobile Hong Kong's Facebook page says the phone is expected to arrive in June, while thanking fans for their patience and support.

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3 years ago

OG Samsung Galaxy Gear down to $160 on Woot

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Deals site Woot is the latest outlet to offer the original Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch at a cut-down price, as Samsung's latest wave of wearables comes to market. Woot has the Galaxy Gear in lime green, oatmeal beige, wild orange, mocha gray and rose gold for $159.99, a significant discount on the regular asking price. And although the next-gen Gear 2 Neo will sell for around $199, the OG Gear boasts a built-in camera, if that's your thing. [Woot]

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3 years ago

HTC 'M8 Ace' pictured, looks like... something

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This, according to smartphone leaker @evleaks, is HTC's "M8 Ace," presumably another member of the 2014 HTC One family. Besides this blurry render, there's no further information on what's going on here, though we're apparently looking at a handset with front-facing speakers (and a curious new grille styling) running HTC Sense 6.

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3 years ago

First working Project Ara prototype device expected this month

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Project Ara, the modular smartphone endeavor started by Motorola before being folded into Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group, is making progress towards its first working prototype, according to a recent write-up by MIT's Technology Review. The publication visited NK Labs, one of the main contractors working on Project Ara, for a closer look at the work-in-progress hardware aiming to make it easy to swap out and upgrade individual parts of a smartphone's hardware. And though it's still early days for Ara, the first working prototype is expected this month, just in time for the project's first developers conference.

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3 years ago

Samsung 'Gear Solo' could be a cellular-connected Gear 2

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A smartwatch with a SIM slot?

Ever since Samsung entered the smartwatch market, there've been rumors that it might do away with the smartphone tethering requirement and release a self-sufficient cellular Gear. And according to the latest reports from the Korean press, such a device might actually be on the way. The Korea Herald says a cellular Gear smartwatch, complete with SIM slot, will go to market as the "Samsung Gear Solo."

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3 years ago

Sprint's HTC One M8 updated, gains Extreme Power Saving Mode

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If you've got an HTC One M8 on Sprint, be on the lookout this morning for a system update. Sprint's rolling out software version 1.54.651.8. And while the changelog is for whatever reason vague — stability and call performance improvements, is all it says — you'll also see you now have the Extreme Power Saving mode.

This is an update we knew was coming, of course, as HTC previously told us it was waiting on U.S. carriers to approve the update that has already pushed out to non-U.S. versions of the M8.

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