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Huawei Honor 6 Plus launches alongside TV Box and Spree 4X

Huawei Honor 6 Plus launches alongside TV Box and Spree 4X

This week the folks at Huawei have taken it upon themselves to launch a whole line of products with the "Honor" brand name. They've started with the Honor 6 Plus, a smartphone with 2x 8-megapixel cameras on its back. You'll also find the Honor Spree 4X, another smartphone, this one released with a 64-bit processor under its hood. The Honor TV box is being prepared for UK Ultra HD video signals and will be released inside China only - the Spree 4X may be released beyond China's borders, while the Honor 6 Plus will also likely stay inland.

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Instagram has five new filters, slight layout change

Instagram has five new filters, slight layout change

Twitter, in an attempt to make themselves a bit more like Instagram, recently introduced photo filters. Those filters struck an eerie resemblance to Instagram’s, which is now challenging Twitter with regard to user metrics. If we’re playing the photo filter tit-for-tat, Instagram just took their turn, and has introduced five new looks for your photos. With so many filters, Instagram is also altering how you access them, and letting you re-arrange how they’re ordered. If you’re curious what the new filters are all about, keep reading.

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Google 2014 Year in Search results are in

Google 2014 Year in Search results are in

This week Google has released its yearly run-down of what's been popular in search terms over the past 12 months. This 2014 Year in Search was topped - above all else - by Robin Williams, whose life ended in August of this year. Searching for Robin Williams was followed by searches for "World Cup", then Ebola, then Malaysia Airlines and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Flappy Bird, Conchita Wurst, and ISIS. As for the break-down into categories, Google sorted out People, Athletes, Consumer Electronics, Global News, Google Doodles of 2014, "Loss", World Cup Matches, and YouTube Videos.

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Huawei starts new tablet line with Honor T1

Huawei starts new tablet line with Honor T1

It's been quite a while since we've seen Huawei put out an Android tablet but the day has finally arrived for a new one. Moving away, temporarily or permanently we don't know, from its existing MediaPad tablet brand, Huawei is bestowing its new tablet with the more familiar Honor mark. The Honor T1 flaunts a unibody design similar to its smarthphone siblings, but its supposed beauty is only skin deep. This tablet comes with an assortment of rather mid-range hardware, but fortunately with an appropriate price tag to match.

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Netflix app update brings Android Wear integration, social features

Netflix app update brings Android Wear integration, social features

Between its myriad content announcements, Netflix has been releasing somewhat regular updates to its various apps. We recently saw 1080p arrive for the company's iOS app, for example, and back in September it announced a Social Recommendation feature for Apple products, the Xbox and PS3, and some other devices. Now, finally, the video streaming service has announced some new social features for Android users, including the ability to send a friend a "thank you", and Android Wear integration.

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Half-Life 2 Episode One released for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

Half-Life 2 Episode One released for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

NVIDIA's SHIELD device exclusive collection continues to grow. Here with the Half-Life 2 Episode One, they bring on another one of Valve's classic presentations in solid gaming history. Half-Life 2 and Portal have already been released - now we've just to wait for Portal 2 and the eventual sequel to Half-Life 2 Episode One and we're all set! This game requires that you use a physical controller - like the NVIDIA SHIELD Wireless Controller, for example - and presents essentially the same experience you'd roll with on a PC. Welcome back to City 17, complete with HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED in full effect.

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Google Now supports Nest via voice commands

Google Now supports Nest via voice commands

Over the weekend, we relayed some info about Nest’s new functionality with Google Now. The ability to change your temperature via voice control sounded pretty neat, but also a long way off. It wasn’t, and is now ready for all Nest users. With a simple “Ok, google” voice command, you can now change your home temperature to whatever you like. Not only will you be able to change the temperature, but Google Now will provide a card that tells you when Nest is changing things up.

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Nexus 9 LTE arrives at Google Play

Nexus 9 LTE arrives at Google Play

Just after T-Mobile brought their LTE version of the Nexus 9 tablet to the masses, Google Play released theirs as well. These two devices will be effectively the same, the only difference being - perhaps - that the T-Mobile USA version might end up loading some (deletable) T-Mobile apps once the LTE SIM card is activated. Both devices are on sale this afternoon, both online - it would also appear that both devices will share essentially the same price point at just under 600 dollars for a 32GB internal storage size unit.

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