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ASUS ZenWatch hits Best Buy stores November 9

ASUS ZenWatch hits Best Buy stores November 9

As they tend to do, ASUS is coming on strong with a decent product at a more than affordable price tag with the ZenWatch. A new report suggests the newest Android Wear watch is coming, and soon. Starting November 9 (that’s two days away!), you can pick up the latest Android Wear smartwatch via Best Buy. As expected, the ZenWatch checks in at a much lower price point that the smartwatches it competes with. At $199, it undercuts the rest, but doesn’t skimp too much on the spec sheet.

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OUYA “Chickcharney” update focuses on user-made content

OUYA “Chickcharney” update focuses on user-made content

OUYA is not dead. And to prove that claim, the startup has just announced it's latest update that brings a couple of new features to the console and the OUYA gaming ecosystem as a whole. Taking center stage in this update is a focus on user-made content and mods, opening the door for more replayability in mobile games. Plus, it is finally possible to bundle games in promos and sales, just in time for the holiday countdown. Of course there are also bugfixes here and there plus the traditional new paint job for the user interface.

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Nexus 6 heads to 12 more countries, still not shipping

Nexus 6 heads to 12 more countries, still not shipping

There are a lot of fans of Android out there waiting to get hands on the Nexus 6 smartphone with Android 5.0 onboard. That device isn't shipping just yet, but availability is being announced. Google recently announced that the smartphone will be available in 12 more countries. Despite "availability" in those countries, the device isn’t available to ship.

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Verizon Ellipsis 8 takes another shot at budget tablet market

Verizon Ellipsis 8 takes another shot at budget tablet market

Continuing a tradition it set last year, Verizon is outing the next iteration of its self-branded tablet, appropriately named the Ellipsis 8. Aside from the increment in number and, therefore, in size, the tablet represents a rather minor upgrade from last year's Ellipsis 7 model. Of course, hardware specs alone aren't the main focus of this mid-range tablet. The Ellipsis 8, in particular, is meant to showcase Verizon's doubly fast XLTE network. The videos you'll be able to stream or download because of that is the cherry on top.

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Nexus 6 cases hit Google Play, available soon

Nexus 6 cases hit Google Play, available soon

Most smartphone users know that using a smartphone for an extended time without a case is asking for trouble. The first drop could be the end of an expensive smartphone. With the Nexus 6 getting ready to launch around the world, a lot of accessories are starting to turn up, including a pair of cases that have hit Google Play marked as coming soon. When "soon" is we don't know.

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Motorola Solutions LEX L10 empowers first responders

Motorola Solutions LEX L10 empowers first responders

There's almost a smartphone for everyone, whether they be kids, teens, older users, or industrial workers. Those that work to ensure our safety and security now also have a smartphone that caters to their needs. Motorola Solutions has unveiled the LEX L10, the latest of its LTE enabled devices designed for first responders. Powered by Android, this smartphone isn't like your run of the mill rugged smartphone that usually sport mediocre specs. The LEX L10 is hardy both inside and outside and also has the power to show for it.

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Gold Moto 360 hands-on – Let’s talk smartwatch luxury

Gold Moto 360 hands-on – Let’s talk smartwatch luxury

Can a smartwatch be stylish? That's an argument set to run and run, but of the options on the market right now, a majority would probably point to the Moto 360 as the poster-child for looks, even if its Android Wear OS is still a work-in-progress. It was joined today as a range with a Champagne Gold version complete with a thinner, 18mm band, along with a range of new leather straps, so I brought my very best wrist along to try out Motorola's take on an altogether glitzier wearable.

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Galaxy S6: Samsung may make a whole new phone category

Galaxy S6: Samsung may make a whole new phone category

Like the Galaxy Note, Samsung has been tipped to be bringing on a whole new category of smart device with the Galaxy S6 next year. While we've seen some small moves toward a release like this with the Galaxy A lineup - metal rims, and all that - the next collection of Samsung smartphone-like devices could very well open up a whole new door. Sound like the rebirth the Samsung needs to stay on track as the top Android smartphone company in the world?

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HTC Re Review

HTC Re Review

So you've seen this little pipe of a camera from HTC called the Re, but you don't know what to make of it. It's a new idea. It's a new execution. It's not something your everyday average citizen is going to recognize. But that's a good thing. The HTC Re doesn't look like a camera - not a standard camera, not an action camera. It doesn't feel like a camera either - it feels like a magic wand made to capture all the light around you.

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Wiper app now lets you make free encrypted calls

Wiper app now lets you make free encrypted calls

Secure messaging is a big deal to many, with ephemeral services like Snapchat a popular choice. Still, that service has been violated many times, leading some to search for a new path forward. The last time we talked about Wiper, the service was new, and pretty amazing. For a messaging platform, the encrypted app-to-app pipeline and ability to clear the chat on both ends is special. The company has recently released version 2.0 of their app, bringing the encrypted platform full circle.

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