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Review: Lenovo TAB 2 A8 Android tablet

Review: Lenovo TAB 2 A8 Android tablet

At Mobile World Congress 2015 earlier this year, Lenovo introduced an update to its TAB Android tablets with the TAB 2 A8 and A10. We went hands-on with the slates at the time, and now that their launch is upon us we've given the TAB 2 A Series a full review to see how it compares with the previous generation. There's no mistaking the new TAB 2 A Series is one of Lenovo's TAB tablets -- it has the same blue color and finish, but with some notable changes: the design is more angular, the ports have been switched up a bit, and there are some changes under the hood. How does it fair? Read our full SlashGear review to find out!

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Android TV just became a whole lot more search-friendly

Android TV just became a whole lot more search-friendly

This week Google sent up an update to Android TV devices that made TV Apps entirely searchable. With this update, users are able to search by voice with their Android TV remote, saying only the title of the program, series, or movie. Once asked, Google will respond with a list of results from within apps of all sorts. Google also made clear this week that EPIX would be the next big release for Android TV, complete with searchable content from the home Android TV search right out the gate.

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Moto 360 gets Wi-Fi, improved notifications, and more

Moto 360 gets Wi-Fi, improved notifications, and more

Motorola’s round smartwatch, the Moto 360, is getting the newest version of Android Wear, and with it comes some new features that make the wearable a little more appealing. Wi-Fi is one of them, lending a connectivity option that expands beyond Bluetooth. There will likewise be an always-on mode, says the maker, and faster access to favorite app and one’s contacts. Notifications, too, will be benefiting from the update, becoming more easy to access and visible for users who are already doing something on the watch. Full list of changes after the jump!

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review

Today we review the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active from AT&T. This device takes the innards of the Galaxy S6, expanding the exterior bits to make a device that's resistant to the elements as well as shock. You can drop this one. While the original Galaxy "Active" device wasn't quite as resistant to the one truest danger of all, dropping the darned thing, here we've been given a reprieve. And a good sign for the future. This device has everything the Galaxy S6 has, and more - a bigger battery too.

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Nokia’s return to phones won’t be smart

Nokia’s return to phones won’t be smart

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri makes an offhand comment about their plans to sell phones in the future and the crowd goes wild. What today's news on Nokia's return to the smartphone market consists of is Suri answering a question about mobile devices, suggesting that the company is "looking for suitable partners" in the mobile phone business. This should not be a surprise to anyone following along closely with the brand, but there it is. After selling their phone hardware business to Microsoft in 2013, Nokia's set to return to phones as soon as 2016.

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Google sheds some light on its data center network tech

Google sheds some light on its data center network tech

More than any other tech company in the world, Google's business revolves around the shuffling of gargantuan amounts of data across almost innumerable data centers. Given the nature and demands of such complex networks, Google really had very little choice but to embrace distributed computing. Unfortunately for Google, back when it started, data center network technology, both hardware and software, wasn't yet at a level that it could use to meet its requirements. So like any enterprising Silicon Valley company, it made its own.

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Google Trends gets real-time data, new homepage

Google Trends gets real-time data, new homepage

Google has introduced real-time trends, allowing users to see what has caught the Internet's attention and how much interest some particular topic or event is generating in the moment. It uses data about the recent basketball game as an example, with the resulting data being broken down by team. This marks Google Trends’ biggest expansion since 2012, and will help researchers, the general public, journalists and more track the popularity of topics and events as they happen. This includes minute by minute information rolling through in real time, and is based upon billions of searches on Google.

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This is Nest’s new unifying app

This is Nest’s new unifying app

Nest may have new hardware to show today, but the app to control its thermostat, Nest Protect smoke alarm, and Nest Cam security camera is also getting revamped. Nest 5.0 for iPhone and Android updates the interface in addition to streamlining setup, bringing together not only Nest's own range but existing Dropcam cameras you might have installed, all in the same place.

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