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Sonim takes to IndieGoGo to fund XP7 Extreme smartphone

Sonim takes to IndieGoGo to fund XP7 Extreme smartphone

Just days after AT&T made available the XP6, its creators are already coming out with a successor. But instead of appealing to active sports enthusiasts through the usual commercial channels, Sonim has decided to use crowdfunding instead. It is putting up the upcoming Sonim xP7 Extreme on IndieGoGo to help gather money and validation for another smartphone that is trying to strike a name in the rugged mobile device market. But will it be able to gather enough to actually make the product a reality?

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Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Existing connected car dongles might tell you about your drive stats and provide feedback on making you a better motorist, but driving is a team effort. Your car has to perform, and when it starts to tell you it’s not ready to go, frustration and a touch of panic set in. What does the “check engine” light mean? Why is it making that weird noise? Mechanic Advisor, a site with a network of automotive repair shops, will soon be jumping into the connected car game with their own plug-in dongle.

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iPad may have first decline ever as tablet market slows

iPad may have first decline ever as tablet market slows

With the Nexus 6, one thing remains clear: a big smartphone screen has value. In just about every review you come across (ours included, of course), the same narrative carried itself; the screen was a bit large for day-to-day use, but everyone saw the value, and could likely get used to it. Smartphone screens are getting larger all over the place, and seem to be causing fits for tablet sales. Now, the IDC says tablet sales growth will slow dramatically, and the iPad may experience its first decline ever.

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Google lists all of your devices, location included

Google lists all of your devices, location included

This week Google is doubling down on security, making it easy for you to get an idea of how many devices you've used with Google services, showing you these devices in one simple list. For a user like myself, this list is massive. Even just going back to the tail end of 2013, Google lists 43 devices I've logged in on. Not just devices I've ever logged in on, but devices I'm STILL logged in on. This means I really, truly need to be better at remembering to log out.

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Google Project Tango orders arriving for developers

Google Project Tango orders arriving for developers

Google's Project Tango has begun shipping, with the 3D tracking tablet arriving on developers' desks this week as they get started on new ways to blend the real-world with its digital counterpart. Pre-orders of the NVIDIA-powered Android slate began midway through this month, at a not-inconsiderable $1,024, though the sales window wasn't kept open for long. Still, Isobar developer Mike DiGiovanni got in fast, and his Tango tablet has now arrived.

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OnePlus One successor gets hyped by insider source

OnePlus One successor gets hyped by insider source

The OnePlus One smartphone is a rather strange beast. It became one of the most wanted smartphones of the year despite being widely unavailable to a global market. Or perhaps it was precisely because of that rarity that it became highly desired. Of course, there's the high end specs and cheap price, too. Chinese startup OnePlus seems to believe that it can recreate that phenomenon, hopefully minus the sore points, with the OnePlus One successor. But what exactly will the OnePlus Two or OnePlus One Two look like?

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Verizon’s Moto X Android Lollipop release Benchmarked

Verizon’s Moto X Android Lollipop release Benchmarked

This morning the 4G LTE Verizon version of the Motorola Moto X from 2014 has an update rolling out across the United States. This update is for the system software, bringing this unit's OS up to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Users have seen this update appearing as early as noon here in the midwest - if you don't have it yet, you will very, very soon. Whatever you do, though, don't expect this download to be loaded quickly - some downloads are taking upwards of an hour.

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Android Auto hands-on: Promising but patchy flexibility

Android Auto hands-on: Promising but patchy flexibility

We've heard plenty about Apple's CarPlay, but what about Android Auto? Finally getting its moment in the spotlight now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is arriving, the dashboard-takeover isn't actually available on any production car quite yet, but I was able to take an early look at the LA Auto Show inside a new 2015 Hyundai Sonata. The premise is simple: plug in your Android phone - in this particular case, a Nexus 5 - via USB cable and the car's central infotainment touchscreen gets an Android Auto revamp, with specially-designed graphics for use while driving, voice control rather than stabbing at a keyboard, and smart integration with your use of Google services elsewhere. Interesting, but it's not entirely road-worthy just yet.

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Sony’s own Backup & Restore app hacked, taken over

Sony’s own Backup & Restore app hacked, taken over

When you have a smartphone, you’d like to trust that the apps coming straight form the manufacturer of that phone are secure. More to the point, you’d probably safely assume any software designed to access your information stored in your phone would be something that couldn’t be compromised in any way. A new report suggests Sony’s own backup and restore app has been hacked, but that’s not even the most sensational news. Hackers have taken over the app entirely, even claiming ownership in Google Play.

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Cyanogen ‘Themes’ launcher is official

Cyanogen ‘Themes’ launcher is official

Cyanogen has announced their Themes app, a means of true device customization for the everyman. With Themes, you can actually customize your device as you like, with just about every aspect of your interaction being swappable. The granular controls even reach into the boot animation, should you be so inclined to find a different animation when turning your device on or off. Of course, you’ll need a device running Cyanogen, like the elusive OnePlus One. If you’ve got something running Cyanogen, though, Themes looks awesome.

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