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Police Alerts NOT new on Google Now

Police Alerts NOT new on Google Now

So you'd like to keep an eye on your local police department's doings, yes? Lucky you, there's a new Police Alerts segment being added to Google Now as we speak. This isn't brand new, on the other hand - it's all part of Google's team-up with Nixle earlier this year. If you don't see anything on your Google Now app now, you might also just be lucky - this isn't just a way to see what your local cops are up to, but a way for your local cops to inform you of emergencies.

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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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DROID Turbo blurry shots confirm topnotch specs

DROID Turbo blurry shots confirm topnotch specs

In less than a week, we will finally be able to see for ourselves what the Verizon and Motorola have been busy with, though at this point there is almost no stone left unturned for the DROID Turbo to hide in. That said, a couple of real, non-render, but quite blurry photos of what is allegedly the actual device definitely doesn't hurt. Especially if said photos give a confirmation of most of the leaks and rumors that we've gathered so far.

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Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition pops up, still no Lollipop

Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition pops up, still no Lollipop

Although the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is still making its way to some markets, an unexpected variant of the Samsung flagship has appeared almost out of nowhere. The Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition, compatible with Verizon's network, has shown up in the manufacturer's online store. But as much as this developer-friendly smartphone is a welcome surprise, its existence does bring up some of the more pressing questions regarding Samsung's frontliners, especially when it comes to the latest Android Lollipop version.

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Jawbone Drop app hands-on: strange musical connectivity

Jawbone Drop app hands-on: strange musical connectivity

This afternoon we've been having some fun playing with the new Jawbone app called Drop. This app allows you to connect to your RDIO or Spotify account to play music in just about as simplified a manner as possible. Almost as if the folks at Jawbone hired the best User Interface experts they could, then told them to dismiss the UI of RDIO and Spotify altogether. With great effect. And with the ability to share your favorite beats with your buddies through Twiter, of course.

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Galaxy S5 Plus revealed, but why?

Galaxy S5 Plus revealed, but why?

Just as Samsung revealed a late-season upgrade to their Galaxy S4 with the "LTE-A" model last year, this year’s Galaxy S5 Plus has arrived. Here in 2014, this means an upgrade past the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 to a higher-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 2.5GHz clock speed, Krait 450 CPUs, and Adreno 420 GPUs. What’s all that mean to the lay person? It means it can process better, harder, faster, stronger. This device also works with LTE Cat. 6 instead of Cat. 4, meaning you can go faster once again - supposing you've got LTE Cat. 6 in your area, that is to say.

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iOS 8.1 Jailbreak released for iPhone, iPad

iOS 8.1 Jailbreak released for iPhone, iPad

While the iOS 8 Jailbreaking universe was a mixed bag of oddities, many creators stuck in Beta mode for many moons, iOS 8.1 ready right off the blocks. This entirely un-authorized look at iOS 8.1 comes from the folks at Team Pangu. That’s inside China - and a good indicator of how awesome it’s going to be having China onboard with the iOS Jailbreaking game from now on. This Jailbreak also works on iOS 8.0 right out the gate. And you CAN get English instructions if you don't read Chinese.

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RogerVoice subtitles phone calls for the hard-of-hearing

RogerVoice subtitles phone calls for the hard-of-hearing

These days, speech recognition is a lot about Siri versus Google Now versus Cortana, but that is definitely not the only use case for the technology. We often take for granted what we are able to use our smartphones for because we are physically capable of handling them. Luckily, there are those like RogerVoice who are taking up the banner for others, especially those with hearing problems who still want to use their phones for what they are originally intended to be used for: making calls.

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Olloclip announced 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Olloclip announced 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Proving that it is indeed worthy of this year's CEA Innovation Entrepreneur Award, Olloclip has unveiled the much awaited add-on for the new generation of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones. This accessory gives users access to four popular and highly desired camera effects, all in one easy to use and remove clip. Add that to the iPhone 6's impressive camera and you've got a champ! Plus, this olloclip can now be worn as a pendant so you can take it around with you anywhere.

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