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Galaxy Note 5: a few important points

Galaxy Note 5: a few important points

Today Samsung revealed the Galaxy Note 5, and with it a new era of "Note" products - an era not exclusively devoted to work. Alongside the Note, Samsung showed off the larger version of their "Edge" line with the Galaxy S6 edge+, a device that has the features of the S6 Edge, but the size of the Note 5. What we're going to do here is run down a few important points for people considering owning a Galaxy Note 5 in the near future. What you're going to need to know isn't just what the basic specifications of this device are, but what the device's release means.

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Dell Chromebook 13 leads Chrome OS for enterprise attack

Dell Chromebook 13 leads Chrome OS for enterprise attack

Chromebooks have already made a splash in education settings and now Google wants to do the same in businesses, with the new Dell Chromebook 13 leading the charge. The new version of Chrome OS builds on some of the centralized management features that Google introduced for schools, but throws in support for VPNs, virtualization, and playing nicely with existing infrastructure. Poster-child for the new updates is Dell's $399 Chromebook 13.

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Samsung Gear S2 revealed in teaser video at Note 5 event

Samsung Gear S2 revealed in teaser video at Note 5 event

This morning Samsung revealed the Samsung Gear S2, the company's first round-faced smartwatch. While the details on this device are scant, we can show you what it looks like. This device's specifications and release dates and pricing will be shown at IFA 2015 in Berlin at a Samsung event that'll take place on 9/3/2015. Until then we can have a peek at what's inside this device - software and some basic details on how the device will function.

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Galaxy Note 5 release dates and pricing hit US carriers

Galaxy Note 5 release dates and pricing hit US carriers

Today the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has been revealed with a launch date of August 21st, 2015. Preorders for this device will begin this afternoon, starting at 3PM EDT (here on August 13th, 2015). This device will be released at the same time as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (or Edge+ if you prefer) to retailers worldwide. Inside the USA, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Note 5 will both be available in "Black Sapphire", while the Edge Plus will come in Gold Platinum and the Note 5 will come in White Pearl.

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YouTube Live Broadcast revealed: watch out Periscope

YouTube Live Broadcast revealed: watch out Periscope

If Periscope and Meerkat are to be believed, live-streaming video from your point of view is the new big thing, and so YouTube is getting in on the deal. YouTube Live Broadcast, revealed today as a feature on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, turns the smartphone camera into a live-streaming platform. That video can be shared privately with just a few contacts, or alternatively beamed out publicly to anybody with access to your YouTube channel.

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Ingress makers Niantic spins off, Alphabet status unknown

Ingress makers Niantic spins off, Alphabet status unknown

Google's surprise Alphabet announcement has definitely sent theories, speculations, and analyses flying all over the Internet. Naturally, it has also shaken up Google's own properties and subsidiaries, most of which are now owned by the Alphabet mothership. That said, not everyone and everything might be joining the new club. Niantic Labs, known for its augmented reality "game" Ingress, has just announced that it is spinning off as an independent company from Google. But equally interesting is the absence of any mention if it will now be included in the Alphabet soup.

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This is the OnePlus 2 (unboxing and hands-on)

This is the OnePlus 2 (unboxing and hands-on)

The second in a line of OnePlus smartphones is here, just aching to have its place in the sun alongside the top-tier devices from the world's top manufacturers. The OnePlus 2, says the company, is a "flagship killer". We'll see about that once the device is put through our review trials. For now we're having a peek at the basics. This device has just arrived at SlashGear headquarters in its final form. Final software and final hardware - and a camera we'll be battling against the top smartphone cameras in the field. Both in the dark and in the light.

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Nexus details leak with LG and Huawei releasing two phones

Nexus details leak with LG and Huawei releasing two phones

Two Nexus devices, not just one, have been tipped to be coming from Google later this year. One will be a more "standard" sized smartphone made by LG, coming with a body that's not extremely unlike the LG Nexus 5, this time coming with a 5.2-inch display, USB-C, and a fingerprint sensor. Like the LG device, a larger Huawei Nexus smartphone will have a fingerprint sensor, USB-C, and will work with a 5.7-inch display. These two devices will likely turn up within the next couple of months.

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Google launches “Android Experiments” for your phone, watch, and tablet

Google launches “Android Experiments” for your phone, watch, and tablet

This morning Google launched (officially, this time) Android Experiments, a collection of apps for Android smartphones and tablets. Google suggests that these "experiments" celebrate creativity and code on Android - and they've got the hand-picked collection credentials to prove it. Every app in the Android Experiments gallery has been chosen by Google specifically because they embody the aim of this project. Google wants developers to "push the limits of what's possible on phones, tablets, watches, and beyond."

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Nexus OTA updates for Stagefright appearing today

Nexus OTA updates for Stagefright appearing today

This morning OTA (over the air) updates for Android devices in Google's Nexus stable have begun to arrive for Stagefright. A vulnerability in the security bits of all Android devices was found earlier this month, a vulnerability in Stagefright that you really should get to know up close and personal. Google took action - as have many major manufacturers of smartphones - and updates are coming starting today.

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Nexus leaks detail specs for LG, Huawei devices

Nexus leaks detail specs for LG, Huawei devices

New details have emerged on what is expected of Google's two new Nexus phones this year, including specs and measurements. It's been known for some time now that 2015's flagship Android M devices will be coming from two manufacturers; one from LG, and another, larger one from Huawei. The following information comes from Twitter user @OnLeaks, a well-known source of upcoming Android device details, but things could always change, so take this with a grain of salt.

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Nextbit’s “awesome” and “different” smartphone coming Sept. 1

Nextbit’s “awesome” and “different” smartphone coming Sept. 1

As if the smartphone scene wasn't crowded enough, come September 1 a new contender will join the game. Trying to play with the big guys by timing it with the IFA 2015 show, Nextbit will be unveiling its first ever smartphone, moving away from its once purely software business. Heavy on the promies but light on the specifics, Nextbit has a spiel that sounds almost like OnePlus', trying to upset the current ecosystem by putting out a "friggin' awesome" at almost half the price of other awesome smartphones.

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