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LG G Watch R global rollout announced

LG G Watch R global rollout announced

If you thought that the smartwatch craze has died down, think again. Just recently Google has revealed the latest update to the Android Wear platform, bringing GPS support, standalone music playback, and the strappings of Bluetooth audio output. That goes hand in hand with the start of pre-orders for Sony's GPS-toting SmartWatch 3. LG, of course, isn't going to be left behind and has revealed the availability of its round-faced G Watch R, which starts its trek in Europe next month, with North America to follow later.

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Kindle Fire HDX 7 lands on AT&T to help Fire Phone sales

Kindle Fire HDX 7 lands on AT&T to help Fire Phone sales

You may have heard that Amazon is entering a trying financial period, and that its first ever smartphone isn't helping its cause. Some are pinning the Fire Phone's failure on its exclusive availability to AT&T but now the carrier seems to be trying to make up for lost time, sales, and pride. It is announcing the arrival of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, the 7-inch kind, and although you can buy it on its own, AT&T will give you a slightly sweeter deal if you purchase it with the Fire Phone.

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It’s really official: “Microsoft Lumia” is the name

It’s really official: “Microsoft Lumia” is the name

Nokia Lumia is no more. Of course, that was already made known by Microsoft's French Facebook account, but you know how social networks can be so fickle-minded these days. It can't get any more official than this though. Microsoft Senior VP for Marketing for Phones Tuula Rytilä has taken to what was once Nokia Conversations to share what the branding transition will bring and what its fans can expect and continue to expect as the company rolls out the new "Microsoft Lumia".

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LG reveals NUCLUN chip, G3 Screen spotted in leaked photos

LG reveals NUCLUN chip, G3 Screen spotted in leaked photos

As if on cue, LG has finally acknowledged that it has indeed been working on a mobile processor of its own. And it isn't called Odin anymore. Opting for a stranger name instead, LG has announced the LG NUCLUN. This octa-core ARM chip sports the usual mix of Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 cores, but it does bring one very appealing feature to the table right from the get go. This NUCLUN chip boasts of support for LTE-A Cat. 6 networks, advertised to be three times faster than 4G LTE.

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Xiaomi global expansion: moving data centers out of China

Xiaomi global expansion: moving data centers out of China

Xiaomi is growing out of its shell. It has already started making some of its devices, unfortunately not always the latest ones, available in other countries, hoping to replicate the same wild success it enjoys in China. But in order to scale better to an international audience, especially as far as its services are concerned, the company is now also relocating some of its data away from Beijing and into other territories, some of them in the US. But is that really the only reason for this move?

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Glow in the dark highway lines finally complete

Glow in the dark highway lines finally complete

The Netherlands has one more thing to be proud of, being one of the very few, if not the very first, to boast of something called a "Smart Highway". No, this has nothing to do with mobile devices or wireless technology. It's about being smart about road safety and being smart about energy consumption, especially at night. How? By designing highways, or to be more precise, paint, that will soak in solar energy during the day and then paint the night, or the road, green at night.

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DROID Turbo blurry shots confirm topnotch specs

DROID Turbo blurry shots confirm topnotch specs

In less than a week, we will finally be able to see for ourselves what the Verizon and Motorola have been busy with, though at this point there is almost no stone left unturned for the DROID Turbo to hide in. That said, a couple of real, non-render, but quite blurry photos of what is allegedly the actual device definitely doesn't hurt. Especially if said photos give a confirmation of most of the leaks and rumors that we've gathered so far.

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Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition pops up, still no Lollipop

Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition pops up, still no Lollipop

Although the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is still making its way to some markets, an unexpected variant of the Samsung flagship has appeared almost out of nowhere. The Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition, compatible with Verizon's network, has shown up in the manufacturer's online store. But as much as this developer-friendly smartphone is a welcome surprise, its existence does bring up some of the more pressing questions regarding Samsung's frontliners, especially when it comes to the latest Android Lollipop version.

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Logitech Harmony, IFTTT cook up recipes for smart homes

Logitech Harmony, IFTTT cook up recipes for smart homes

Home automation, or to be more exact, smart appliances, are growing in number, but each one of those are virtual islands of their own, unless said islands happen to be owned by a single company. Logitech's Harmony system tries to make these disparate voices sing well together but it can definitely use a bit of smarts as well. And what better way to add some smart thinking into anything than by tying it up with IFTTT to automate even the simplest of things, like turning down the volume of your TV or entertainment system when you get a call.

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Microsoft courts Android users with new Garage apps

Microsoft courts Android users with new Garage apps

Some would think hell might have frozen over this week. Just a few days ago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella boldy and publicly proclaimed that Microsoft hearts (loves) Linux, after years of deriding not just the operating system itself but the whole open source culture that gave birth to it. Now the company seems to be trying to woo the Android crowd by highlighting not one but two Android apps plus an Android Wear app on its Microsoft Garage website. And these apps don't even have anything to do with any of the company's own apps and services. Well, except perhaps Bing.

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