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Xbox SmartGlass hits October 26

Xbox SmartGlass hits October 26

Microsoft's SmartGlass second-screen for Xbox 360 will launch on October 26 alongside Windows 8, turning tablets and smartphones into companion displays for gaming, entertainment, and more on the console. The free app will eventually be offered for Windows 8 and RT tablets and PCs, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android devices, with the ability to control multimedia playback and web browsing from your gadget - working with the new Internet Explorer for Xbox arriving in the latest Xbox 360 dashboard update - in addition to showing stats and bios for sports games and movies, and of course integrating with games like Forza Horizon and Halo Waypoint.

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LG Optimus L9 rings the budget bell at $79.99 after rebate for T-Mobile

LG Optimus L9 rings the budget bell at $79.99 after rebate for T-Mobile

If you're planning on working with the LG universe on T-Mobile for the next two years, you might want to consider the LG Optimus L9, a budget-minded smartphone that's been priced and dated just this morning. At $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate you can grab this device on a Classic voice and data plan or you can work with the Value plan which has you paying $49.99 out-of-pocket plus 20 monthly payments of $15 on top of your monthly data/voice bill - that's what T-Mobile calls their Equipment Installment Plan, or EIP. This device will be available starting on October 31st, 2012, and will ring in this terrifying Halloween with a collection of LG-made features.

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LG Optimus L9 unleashed on T-Mobile

LG Optimus L9 unleashed on T-Mobile

With a collection of specifications that'll not quite beat the competition but, together, create a smartphone that's ready for the Fall, LG re-introduces the Optimus L9 for T-Mobile. This device comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a massive 4.5-inch qHD display with Gorilla Glass 2 across the front. This device works with T-Mobile's own 4G network and their Unlimited data plan as well as a dual-core processor to keep you quick in more ways than one.

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DROID RAZR M Review

DROID RAZR M Review

The DROID RAZR M was revealed at the event where Googler and relatively new CEO of Motorola Dennis Woodside spoke about the "new plan" for the company - a plan that's starting right here. We got a brief DROID RAZR M hands-on experience at the event and found that it was a surprisingly powerful-feeling device for its status under the DROID RAZR HD devices sitting nearby. With its near-edge-to-edge 4.3-inch display, it's tried-and-true fabulously powerful dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor under the hood, and a collection of protective elements throughout this device's chassis that make it, again, an ideal phone for today's mobile landscape - just as the original DROID RAZR should have been (and still is, for many happy users, to be fair).

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Apple streaming Pandora rival tipped “within months”

Apple streaming Pandora rival tipped “within months”

Apple is again tipped to be readying its own Pandora-rivaling streaming music service, using iPhone and iPad playback patterns to create customized radio stations, though it's unlikely to be ready in time for the iPhone 5 launch. The longstanding rumor was again reinvigorated by insider whispers to the NYT and the WSJ, with chatter of ongoing record label negotiations that focus on giving Apple greater flexibility in what it could do with each streaming license.

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My Favorite Music Service

My Favorite Music Service

I have tried them all. I have been using Pandora since the early days, and I pay for the premium Pandora service. I tried, for at least a month each and often more, all of the old guard of the streaming music services. Rhapsody. Napster. Slacker Radio. I owned a Zune HD, and subscribed to Zune, and when I bought my first Windows phone, I subscribed again to give it a second try. When Spotify got hot, I tried it for a while, sharing playlists and music. I have tried Rdio and Last.fm. I’ve spent time on Turntable. For a couple days, I even used Ping. But there is one online music service that is my favorite by far. I’ve been using it for almost a year, and it’s actually gotten better since I started. I listen at work on my desktop, on my smartphone while I’m exercising, and in my car on my stereo.

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BlackBerry 10 launches

BlackBerry 10 launches

RIM has officially launched BlackBerry 10, the company's next-gen OS, at BlackBerry World 2012 this week, previewing the platform on a brand new developer device and pinning its hopes for the future on the QNX-based software. Previewed back in the days when RIM was still calling it BBX, BlackBerry 10 leans heavily on HTML5 for its cross-platform software support. There's also an initial developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development, fresh and ready for download today, with RIM hoping coders get busy creating apps ready for launch-day.

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Sonos Controller for Android tablets released

Sonos Controller for Android tablets released

Sonos has pushed out a new version of its Sonos Controller app, now catering for Android tablets with a custom UI and new features like social networking integration. The updated app dynamically adjusts to suit the bigger display scale - whether you're running a 7-incher or a 10.1-incher - and can show a user's zones, music menu, now playing pane and volume controls at the same time.

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HTC Rezound Review

HTC Rezound Review

Verizon isn't stinting on 4G LTE smartphones, and hot on the heels of the DROID RAZR comes the HTC Rezound. Where Motorola chased slimness, HTC has targeted all-round top-flight features of the sort we've not really seen from the company in some time. So, the Rezound packs a 720p HD resolution display, speedy dual-core processor and a slick unibody chassis in its quest to be the best LTE smartphone around. Does it all add up, or has HTC bitten off more than it can chew? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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