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Android Wear battles Apple Watch hype with straps and faces

Android Wear battles Apple Watch hype with straps and faces

This afternoon, Google unveiled a newly expanded collection of hand-picked watch faces for Android Wear. Android Wear, if you weren't aware, is Google's wearable operating system, made (at the moment) specifically for smartwatches. Google also announced that there are now more than 1,000 watch faces available through the Google Play app store for Android Wear devices. For the rest of your wrist, Google also added a collection of hand-picked watch straps made specifically for Android Wear devices in many different wild colors - and some classics, too.

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LG isn’t just giving away 4,000 LG G4s

LG isn’t just giving away 4,000 LG G4s

The LG G4 "Consumer Experience Campaign" isn't what the headlines suggest. You aren't going to get an LG G4 to love and to hold and to keep forever. It's a testing program. While most news sites suggest that LG is giving out 4,000 smartphones to those "lucky" enough to receive one, they push the bit about a time limit to a paragraph later in the article. Far further down than some readers choose to read, well further than their excitement would carry them, as it were.

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Samsung Gear A tipped to be round and powerful

Samsung Gear A tipped to be round and powerful

The next release by Samsung in the wearables department may well be their first in the round department. While Samsung's efforts haven't gone unnoticed in the smartwatch market - they've got more out there than anyone else - they don't have anything with a round display. Imagine the accolades being tossed at Samsung for the displays on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Now imagine they've created a circular display that'll sit on your wrist and do everything the Gear S does.

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Instagram intros new photo filters, notification option

Instagram intros new photo filters, notification option

Instagram is trying to branch out from its core service as a photo-centric social network. In December, Instagram brought forth several new filters for users. Now, they’re rolling out two new tools: Color and Fade. Though Instagram started the mobile photography snowball, others have sniped a bit of the energy from them, leaving Instagram to play catch-up. Think of these new tools as a continuation of that effort to catch up to the likes of VSCO Cam or Enlight. Like the rest of Instagram’s tools, Color and Fade are really simple to use.

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Verizon invests $100 million in struggling Detroit

Verizon invests $100 million in struggling Detroit

Detroit is in bad shape. After the most recent economic issues our country experienced, the bottom fell out of the Motor City; businesses left, and citizens followed. The city we knew is now a shell of itself, trying to rebuild, but at least one company is unafraid of the challenge. Today, Verizon is announcing they’re investing $100 million in Detroit, which will serve to enhance the city’s wireless experience throughout the Metro area. With the placement of 150 ‘small cells’ in Detroit, Verizon is future-proofing a potentially booming area.

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Harman x Quirky: inventor-made headphones of the future

Harman x Quirky: inventor-made headphones of the future

The creator outreach company known as Quirky is the latest to collaborate with Harman on audio products, this time coming to the public with an interesting proposition. The program they're creating and going on to curate goes by the name "The Headphones Of Tomorrow," and like Quirky's normal M.O., they're seeking out inventors from the general public. With Harman onboard for this project starting soon, the final product will have Quirky "work with Harman to make it the next big thing in audio."

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Snapchat update makes relationship status visual with emoji

Snapchat update makes relationship status visual with emoji

Snapchat has pushed out an update that shows your relationship status with users you snap via emoji, which are private to each user and appear next to some of the friends in your Snapchat feed. This new emoji status feature replaces the previous -- and not well loved by all users -- "Best Friends" feature. The disappearing-images service has also released a visual guide on what each emoji designation means, all of which is styled in such ways that it'll probably find favor amongst its teenager users and not much else. We've all the details after the jump!

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Apple Watch docking station busts crowdfunding goal on first day

Apple Watch docking station busts crowdfunding goal on first day

The Apple Watch & iPhone Docking Station - also known as "NuStand", has appeared on IndieGogo and has gone over its goal in less than a day. While the stand requires that you use your own charging pad from the box in which you get the Apple Watch and/or iPhone, the rest of the dock is ready to roll. While most of this campaign is centered on the charging power of the "MiTagg" portable charger, the aluminum shape and execution of the project is something that's clearly turned up desirable to a lot of people.

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Bent Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge? You brought this on yourself

Bent Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge? You brought this on yourself

Remember back in September of 2014, right when the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus' "Bendgate" was happening? Remember how much of an "end of world" type situation that was? Fast forward to April of 2015 and we're having an apocalyptic realization the likes of which we've... already discussed. Apparently when you bend a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, it doesn't stay rigid! Like every other amalgamation of aluminum, glass, and plastic in the world, Samsung's newest phones will become deformed if you bend them hard enough.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video updated for Android Tablets

Amazon Prime Instant Video updated for Android Tablets

Support for Android Tablets on Amazon Prime Instant Video is finally here. Believe it or not, this app has been out for months without support for Android tablets, working instead on Amazon's own Fire Tablets, Fire Phone, Android phones, and iOS - for iPhone and iPad, of course. Now the app is here for devices like the Nexus 9, Nexus 7, and whatever other Android tablet you might have in your possession. That's official, now, not just pirated. Support, real support, and correctly-sized controls.

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