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Google+ app now allows for more control, Drive photo sharing

by: Nate SwannerAugust 14, 2013
In another “saw this one coming” moment, Google+ Messenger is going away, leaving us with Hangouts. The Google Talk refresh does all Messenger ever did, and then some.
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Samsung Hennessy now available in China. The clamshell revolution will not be televised.

by: Nate SwannerAugust 14, 2013
A clamshell phone is a very niche product, and could be part of a broader effort for Samsung in the emerging Chinese market.
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The Nexus 7 sleeve is in stock, but the pricing is out of line

by: Nate SwannerAugust 13, 2013
The sleeve sells for $29.99, which isn’t a bad price at all -- until you go to checkout. Currently, the Play Store is charging nearly $20 in shipping.
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Liquipel ‘Skins’ provide impact resistance without the bulky case

by: Nate SwannerAugust 13, 2013
Today, the company announces “Skins”, which is a durable coating for your device to absorb shock from bumps, falls, or whatever else you encounter in your day-to-day awkwardness. Unlike Liquipel’s waterproofing, which requires the device to be sent away, these skins can be applied by the user.
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Google’s new ‘gaze’ patent tracks your eye movement, gauges reaction

by: Nate SwannerAugust 13, 2013
Google is now intent on actually knowing what you’re looking for -- or at. A new patent filed by the Mountain View company wishes to track your eyeball, a bit like Samsung’s new devices do. The difference is that Google wants to know what you’re looking at in the real world, not on your device.
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Sound without speakers; Kyocera is changing how we hear each other

by: Nate SwannerAugust 13, 2013
We’ve all read reviews that claim a phone’s call quality to be “tinny”, or otherwise less than adequate. Those little speakers don’t often help when it comes to relaying quality audio. Inflection, cadence, and other variations in speech or background noise can give an inferior speaker fits. Kyocera, makers of mobile devices few are impressed with, but ceramics that many are wowed by, may have figured out how to both improve call quality and device integrity.
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North Korea claims an Android phone is made in Pyongyang

by: Nate SwannerAugust 12, 2013
While many are skeptical of the device’s origins, what is known is that its using Android. Much like the tablet we showed you a few weeks ago, this device is pretty locked down.
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Sony lenses for mobile devices shown off, and they look real this time

by: Nate SwannerAugust 12, 2013
Dubbed the DSC-QX10 and DCS QX100, the lenses won’t have and LCD viewfinder or normal camera controls of any kind. They will rely on your phone or tablet as a viewfinder, and to control the action beyond manual zoom.
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Play Store textbooks are here, but may not be the best option

by: Nate SwannerAugust 12, 2013
Competitive pricing, however, remains elusive for the Play Store. From music to movies, the best deal for media is often elsewhere. Textbooks are no exception, as established booksellers like Amazon have Google handled soundly.
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North Korea has a tablet. No, it’s not red (on the outside)

by: Nate SwannerAugust 2, 2013
A 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and 1,024x768 7-inch screen all front Android 4.0.4. Nothing spectacular, but also not terrible. Purchased by a tourist who only wishes to be known as “Michael”, this severely hamstrung Android tablet seems to be running pretty smoothly, as you can see in the video below.
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