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LG G Pro 2: one year later

LG G Pro 2: one year later

Last year at Mobile World Congress we were treated to our first up-close look at the LG Optimus G Pro, a device that took everything that was good about the LG Optimus G and beefed it up to a far larger handset. Here in 2014, LG is right on schedule with their second iteration, a device they call the LG G Pro 2, ready for Mobile World Congress 2014 with a set of abilities not unlike the LG G2. Here our exploration of this handset begins - right as we have a closer look at the LG G Flex for the USA as well.

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Smart Home players welcome Google (& warn it won’t be as easy as Android)

Smart Home players welcome Google (& warn it won’t be as easy as Android)

Google's surprise acquisition of Nest was met with no small amount of horror from existing users of the company's thermostats, but other players in the smart home segment aren't so worried about a big new name in the industry. Speaking to SlashGear, several of the better-known brands in home automation actively welcomed Google's involvement, countering user concerns around "Big Data" aggregation with the potential for far faster evolution of what's currently a fragmented market. In fact, as more than one company pointed out, it could've been so much worse: Apple could've bought Nest.

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Jawbone ERA Review (2014)

Jawbone ERA Review (2014)

Time was, in Bluetooth headsets, you generally had to choose between style and performance. Some looked great but suffered poor battery life and mediocre audio quality; at the other extreme, you could have lengthy runtimes and excellent audio, but only if you didn't mind looking like you'd just walked out of a call center. Jawbone wants to change all that with the 2014 ERA, a slimmed-down, spec'd-up update of its flagship Bluetooth headset, but can it really bridge both successfully? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Moto G Google Play Edition hands-on vs Motorola’s G

Moto G Google Play Edition hands-on vs Motorola’s G

When we heard about the Moto G being offered as a Google Play Edition handset, we immediately scratched our heads in wonder. Why would Google offer a device from their own store with the exact same price as the original device when the software is essentially the same? The answer lies in Google's unique plan, the one where they hand-pick the most appealing devices in the market and sell them themselves - all other matters pale when shown in the face of this Google Play Edition long-term goal.

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I, for one, welcome our new Google Nest overlords

I, for one, welcome our new Google Nest overlords

Google's acquisition of Nest is controversial, for more than a few reasons. On the one hand, there are questions around how Google Ventures-invested companies segue into Google-owned divisions; many users are concerned as to whether Google will simply absorb nest and then one day simply shut down the project as it moves onto other things. Most upsetting, however, seems to be the question of privacy and whether - for all Nest CEO Tony Fadell insists the firm has no plans to modify the privacy policy - one day Google will be using Nest hardware as another spy into the home. The news has got some Nest owners threatening to rip the thermostats from their walls.

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Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Review

Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Review

The Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition is undoubtedly the most unique form factor in Google's collection of Nexus and Nexus-like devices today. What we've gotten out of it so far is just that - if you're looking for a replacement for a device you've got in your pocket already, something that's just an upgrade from a large smartphone you've had in the past, this isn't it. Instead you've got a device that's massively solid and feels like a whole new generation in in-between greatness.

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iPhone holiday phone hit but tablet shake-up sees Surface score

iPhone holiday phone hit but tablet shake-up sees Surface score

Apple's iPhone was the only smartphone platform to gain market share over the holiday period, research indicates, though the competitive tablet segment saw greater interest in Amazon's Kindle Fire and Microsoft's Surface as overall iPad share dropped. Users of iPhones over the holidays, as measured by active web use by Chitika, rose 1.8-percent to 54.3-percent of the North American market, it's reported, while Motorola, HTC, LG, and Samsung share all dropped.

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