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Google’s Nexus didn’t just pull an Apple with USB-C

Google’s Nexus didn’t just pull an Apple with USB-C

After Google announces a Nexus 5X with USB Type-C cables without Standard-A plugs, Android fans cry foul. If you want to connect your Nexus 5X to a computer without a USB Type-C port, you're going to need to spend another $12.99 (if you buy with Google) to get a USB Type-C USB Standard-A plug cable. While this situation is summoning some off-the-cuff comparisons to Apple's tendency to release smartphones and tablets with their own proprietary plugs, you really aught to know: Google didn't just thunder-strike you with a Lightning cord type situation.

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You don’t need LTE in a smartwatch

You don’t need LTE in a smartwatch

This week LG revealed the Watch Urbane 2, a smartwatch with the ability to connect to a 4G LTE data network. This part of the watch is a gimmick. If that's what it takes to get you to purchase a watch that is, by all means, one of the nicest smartwatches on the market, then so be it. But you don't actually need it. Using Android Wear as Google intends it, (read: without rooting and adding odd apps not approved by Google Play), there's no real reason for you to be using LTE-speed data.

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5 key facts about Tesla’s Model X

5 key facts about Tesla’s Model X

Today we're bringing you a bit of a run-down on some of the most noteworthy facts about the Tesla Model X. This is the vehicle the electric car company unveiled in full last night, and the car that Tesla delivered to the first five earliest preorder customers last night as well. This vehicle is fast, it has far smarter doors than a DeLorean, it's safe to drive, there aren't many of them on the road right now, and if you want one, it's going to cost you a pretty penny.

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I want my next iPhone to have dimples

I want my next iPhone to have dimples

3D Touch on the iPhone 6s is, if you believe the early impressions, about as big a change to touchscreen phones as capacitive multitouch was eight years ago. Having tried it myself, earlier this month when Apple officially unveiled the 6s and its iPhone 6s Plus sibling, I certainly agree that it's an intriguing mixture of new and familiar: something you acclimatize to almost instantly, but the potential of which for shaking up interface design is vast. What intrigues me is how it could contribute to the evolution of one of the iPhone's most consistent design elements.

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Google’s Nexus 5X and 6P won’t compete with iPhone 6s

Google’s Nexus 5X and 6P won’t compete with iPhone 6s

The next batch of Nexus smartphones won't compete with Apple's iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus - let me tell you why. It's not because Google doesn't have the chops to work with a manufacturer who can out-class the iPhone 6s' specifications. As we've discovered very recently, that's no longer an issue. The real deal here is that Google does not want to out-sell the top manufacturers of Android-based smartphones. That'd be bad for Google's Android business.

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Nexus 6P and 5X details boring, just like they’re supposed to be

Nexus 6P and 5X details boring, just like they’re supposed to be

When Google created the Nexus program for smartphones (and eventually tablets), they didn't intend to compete with Samsung. They didn't intend to put HTC out of business or drive LG out of the United States. Google wanted to create a program where they could bring their base vision for Android to life, and to do so with developers in mind. Sure, they sell these devices from their store to anyone - you can buy a Nexus device with support from almost any major carrier now, too. But don't be surprised when your new Nexus 5X doesn't have a camera as sharp as the iPhone 6s.

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What Google needs to make Chromecast 2 a hit

What Google needs to make Chromecast 2 a hit

After a leak of images earlier today it's become apparent that a Chromecast 2 is on the way from Google. This device would do battle with the new Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV - or would appear to, to those that've never used one before. If this new Chromecast 2 device were to do battle with the "smart tv" units on the market today, what might it need? Does Chromecast need to change at all to continue to find users? Yes and no

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The Gear S2 vs Apple Watch showdown I really care about

The Gear S2 vs Apple Watch showdown I really care about

You can debate specs, argue square versus circle until you're blue in the face, but the big Gear S2 vs Apple Watch argument is which is more fidget-friendly. Samsung's new Tizen-powered smartwatch, launched at IFA 2015 last week to broadly positive reviews, is not only the first from the company to have a round display, but the first to use a clever rotating bezel for navigation.

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The Gear S2 is great – now Samsung’s big IoT challenge begins

The Gear S2 is great – now Samsung’s big IoT challenge begins

Samsung is off to a great start with the Gear S2 smartwatch, with its great UX and broad Android compatibility, but its challenge is only just beginning. The circular-screen wearable is prompting broadly positive first-impressions - from ourselves included - with its discrete design and well-crafted interface, and Samsung has feathered it with a number of high profile apps out of the gate.

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Don’t knock Tesla for its eye-watering Model X price

Don’t knock Tesla for its eye-watering Model X price

Shock-horror: the Tesla Model X configurator is online, and Elon Musk's first electric SUV isn't going to be a cheap car. Cue gasps from the soccer moms, Valley trundlers, and EV enthusiasts expected to make up the Model X's initial audience, wowed by the $133,200 and upward price of the initial "Signature Edition".

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How wireless carriers are trying to get into your car

How wireless carriers are trying to get into your car

The car business is changing at a rapid rate, due in no small part to more technology integration. Companies like Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are all vying for control over the car business, reasoning that people are in cars, desiring of services, and with their networks, they can provide it. For years, T-Mobile and AT&T have made their play for the car industry by partnering with carmakers and delivering in-car Wi-Fi. T-Mobile, for instance, provides in-car Wi-Fi for Audi, allowing users who want to pay each month the ability to have a built-in Wi-Fi experience from within their vehicle. AT&T offers similar options with its own contracts with carmakers.

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Android Wear’s iOS victim isn’t Apple Watch, it’s Pebble

Android Wear’s iOS victim isn’t Apple Watch, it’s Pebble

Android Wear has been updated to work with iOS, and while some suggest it's the Apple Watch that'll suffer, we're thinking Pebble. The smartwatch that took hold a couple years ago with its super-simple interface, physical buttons, and most important of all - iOS integration from the get-go. Being the only smartwatch in the world worth a second glance was great for Pebble when it launched. Now things are different. Now there's competition, and Pebble really, truly looks like it's behind the times.

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