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Nexus 9 hands-on – Google’s tablet grows up

Nexus 9 hands-on – Google’s tablet grows up

A new HTC tablet has been a long time coming, and so the Nexus 9 takes no chances, HTC partnering up with Google to make not only the Android retort to the iPad Air 2 but a showcase for what Lollipop can do when given more than a smartphone screen. Replacing the Nexus 7 with a larger, more premium - and more expensive - version, not to mention retiring the Nexus 10 in the process, the Nexus 9 is also the first true 64-bit tablet running Android. I caught up with HTC for some early playtime ahead of its November release.

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Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Amazon is not having a great afternoon. After reporting an operating loss of $544 million this most recent quarter, Amazon is suggesting that one big reason they're headed into the hole is the Amazon Fire Phone. During their earnings conference call for investors, Amazon representatives suggested that they'd be taking a $170 million charge. This writedown would be "primarily related to Fire phone inventory" as well as "supplier commitment costs."

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Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Over in Japan there's a trend in smartphone cases where real rabbits are used to protect their iPhones. The rabbits used for these cases range in size and shape and breed, but for the most part they're just about the right size for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to fit neatly on their tummies. Of course once they decide to flip over, it all goes to heck. And no, it's not a particularly slow day for news, it's just an awesome day to see bunnies holding smartphones.

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Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Over the past week we've had a look at the third in a line of Sony's "Z" devices in so many years, this one called the "Z3" when it's not carried by Verizon. This version of the Xperia Z3 goes by the name "Z3v", appropriately, as it runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network. The only differences between this "v" model and the standard "Z3" is the added thickness (negligible) and the reason for the difference in size: the addition of wireless charging capabilities. This device is massive, sleek, and quite clearly meant to compete with the finest smartphones ever released.

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Google Inbox is great; here are two more awesome email apps

Google Inbox is great; here are two more awesome email apps

Google’s Inbox has some great features, and can definitely make your email experience a lot easier. It also might not be right for you. It might do quite a bit, but there are also a lot of things it doesn’t do. Rather than assume Inbox might solve your email woes, we suggest taking a look at a few other email apps that might actually suit you better. If you’re looking to make life easier via email, it depends on your needs.

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How Google’s Inbox is better (and worse) than your email app

How Google’s Inbox is better (and worse) than your email app

Google’s Inbox is a neat new way to use email, that much is clear. From the layout to the use-cases for taking advantage of all the bells and whistles, Inbox is a great way to re-experience email. Though it has a lot going for it, some of what’s there might be lost on you the first time you pick it up. Here, we’ll show you the ways Inbox is better than average email, and at least one way it fails miserably.

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Google buys Firebase for real-time cloud syncing

Google buys Firebase for real-time cloud syncing

Google has made another acquisition, this time snapping up Firebase. If you’ve not heard of Firebase, that’s alright, nobody will fault you for that. Their service is meant to allow Developers easy cloud sync with apps, and have that data synced to device in real-time. the Firebase crew will all join Google’s Cloud Platform team, which Google says gives them “the best end-to-end platform for mobile application development”. Existing Developers using Firebase will see improvements automatically, with no additional work needed.

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Inbox for Gmail hands-on: email’s next generation

Inbox for Gmail hands-on: email’s next generation

Google suggests with Inbox that they’re creating a new generation of email. It’s not meant to replace Gmail - yet - but it is made to turn your everyday un-modified email experience into a far more simple one. Instead of the face-melting masses of spam you’re used to, Inbox transforms your email experience into a manageable one. It includes your email and your notifications, and it's meant to revert you back to a time when email was reasonably manageable. And it looks nice, too.

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Inbox from Google re-imagines how we use email

Inbox from Google re-imagines how we use email

Google has re-imagined email. Today, the company is introducing Inbox, and app that takes email to a different level, and will have some interesting features for power users. Inbox is a bit like Google Now, Keep, and email rolled into one. You can set reminders, and even teach the app to create bundles of information — like bills and receipts (a financial bundle), or flights and train tickets (a travel bundle!). If you’re interested in giving it a shot, we’ll tell you how to get an invite below.

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Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google is pushing out a new version of Google Earth for Android that will boost the 3D navigation of the geographic app, as well as see updates to mapping data be pushed out to users more rapidly and thus cut down misdirections. The refresh sees Google change the 3D rendering engine for Google Earth on Android phones and tablets for the first time in over a decade, the company's mapping team points out, which should add up to smoother zooming, faster rendering, and less glitchy transitions.

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