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Google Street View app makes spherical photos useful

Google Street View app makes spherical photos useful

Several years ago Google introduced their own take on spherical photo capture in Android. They pushed this functionality to Street View, their own real-world-capture system for Google Maps. Now they've made it accessible and user-friendly for all people with mobile devices with a new Street View app from Google Maps. This app allows you to capture, share, and view your own spherical photos in as simple a way as has ever been delivered on a mobile device.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK revealed

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK revealed

This week the folks at Barnes & Noble have revealed their own version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. This version of the device works with NOOK inside. Barnes & Noble will be delivering the 8.0-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy S2 NOOK, rolling out with the same 8-inch display as the non-NOOK edition, this time coming to Barnes & Noble stores exclusively with NOOK software inside and NOOK branding on its outside casing.

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BB-8 by Sphero Review: the best Star Wars toy ever made

BB-8 by Sphero Review: the best Star Wars toy ever made

The "BB-8 by Sphero" is a robot toy that combines the high-tech remote-control spherical fun of the original Sphero with the life force of the newest droid hero from Star Wars. This is the "ball droid" you've likely seen in the first, second, and/or third teaser trailer video for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This device incorporates remote control with a smartphone, augmented reality, and the ability to roll around and act entirely autonomously all around your house, recording data and exploring your hallways as he does so.

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IFA 2015 Day 1: Skylake, circular smartwatches & crazy gaming

IFA 2015 Day 1: Skylake, circular smartwatches & crazy gaming

Day One at IFA 2015 is actually two days long if you're covering the event series as a member of the press. As such, we've got more details on devices and announcements on this list than you'll be able to shake a stick at. Everyone from Intel to Acer, ASUS to Motorola - and Lenovo too! Everyone has brought on their fair share of PCs, mobile devices, and processing power, both for the international audience and for our home turf right here in the United States.

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Google Nexus event tipped for September 29th

Google Nexus event tipped for September 29th

Today it's been tipped that the next big Google event will take place on the 29th of September, 2015. This event is said to be home to the two newest Nexus smartphones, both of them coming with fingerprint scanners and both ready and willing to be the headliners of the big Android Pay mobile payment market push. The smaller of these devices is rumored to be coming from LG, while the larger will be coming from Huawei.

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Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact hands-on

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact hands-on

This morning Sony showed off their newest smartphones, all in the Sony Xperia Z5 line. The larger of the two standard models is the Sony Xperia Z5, working with a 1080p display and the company's finest camera setup in their relatively short smartphone history. The smaller device is the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, a device with a smaller display but just as powerful a camera and processor. There's also the 4K-display wielding Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, which we've delivered a hands-on experience with separately.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium hands-on with 4K display

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium hands-on with 4K display

Today we're having a look at the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium with 4K display, deciding whether or not it makes sense to go this far with sharpness on a mobile display. This device has a 5.5-inch display panel, meaning you'll have 806 pixels per inch - far more than is discernible by the human eye. We'll have to try this device out for an extended period of time before we decide whether or not it'll be worth the "Premium" price it'll cost.

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Acer Predator gaming line expands: tablet, notebooks, desktop gaming

Acer Predator gaming line expands: tablet, notebooks, desktop gaming

Acer gives their gaming hardware a big boot in the pants with a full new Predator-brand lineup. This lineup of devices includes a new set of Acer Predator gaming notebooks, a gaming tablet with four front-facing speakers, and two new Predator desktops. This collection also includes three new Predator monitors, each designed for gaming, all coming near the end of this year. This collection not only includes the newest processors and display technology, it also has a new sharper look on the outside.

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Google 2015 icons made available with new animations

Google 2015 icons made available with new animations

Today we're tearing apart Google's new brand identity to capture the bits and pieces that'll be applicable for your smartphone and tablet. While Google will eventually bring most or all of these icons and imagery to your device in the form of a software update in the future, we know what you want - you want it now. You're an Android addict, and you demand satisfaction once you've seen a new logo from Google. You need a few new wallpapers too, so lets to it!

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Google’s new logo on Android and everywhere: identity evolved

Google’s new logo on Android and everywhere: identity evolved

This morning Google revealed their new logo and design language evolution, complete with Android implementation. We're having a look with what Google describes as "designers from all across the company, including Creative Lab and the Material Design team" at what it took to design this logo and this new look. We'll see first how the new look will appear in a web browser on your desktop or notebook computer. We'll also see how it'll appear on Android - colors, animations, and everything in-between.

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CyanogenMod update smashes Stagefright

CyanogenMod update smashes Stagefright

This week the folks behind CyanogenMod have released their version 12.1 with an added bonus of a Stagefright fix. This update is something you're going to WANT to get as fast as possible to protect yourself from the potential evils of Stagefright and - if you're not already on Android 5.1 - an update to the perks of that bit of software. This update will not be available for all CyanogenMod-covered devices immediately, but there ARE a whole lot of devices ready to roll from the get-go.

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Samsung Gear S2 details released in full [UPDATE: more images]

Samsung Gear S2 details released in full [UPDATE: more images]

Three versions of Samsung's newest smartwatch, the Gear S2, have been revealed today. Each of the three, the Samsung Gear S2, Gear S2 classic, and Gear S2 3G will come with round faces and Tizen for their software platform. While the Gear S2 and S2 classic will come with Wi-fi connectivity, a Gear S2 3G version will also be released with the same specifications save a slot for a 3G SIM card. Each of these devices will also come with Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC, and will be released likely by the end of the year.

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