Skype for Android updated with contact syncing

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Skype for Android received an update today that makes it easier to import your phone’s contact list. Although this new software is currently available to download, Microsoft says that its contact tracking feature will be available in the “coming months.” When ready, the app will prompt you to verify your phone number and after that Skype will start matching its contacts with people saved to your device’s address book.

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HTC One Remix coming to Verizon on July 24th for $100 on a two year contract

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The HTC One mini 2 is coming to America, but it will be carrying a different moniker. After weeks of rumors and leaks, Verizon confirmed today that it will start selling the HTC One Remix on July 24th for $100 with a two year service agreement. If you’re not familiar with the mini 2 Remix, it’s pretty much a watered-down version of the HTC One M8.

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Samsung’s Developers Conference returns Nov. 11-13 at Moscone West in San Francisco

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Samsung announced today that its official Developers Conference is returning again this year and will kick off November 11 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Last year, Samsung held its first developer conference in San Francisco in October and showed off a number of new features for developers across its product lineups. That includes its Mobile SDK for Android, Smart TV SDK 5.0 Multiscreen Gaming SDK, Multiscreen SDK, and its KNOX Enterprise SDK beta that’s arriving this year natively in Android. This year Samsung makes a venue change to the Moscone West Center used by both Apple and Google for their developer conferences that took place earlier this year. Read more

Motorola shows off digital tattoo to unlock your phone

Let’s face it, when companies are interviewed at tech conferences, they talk about all kinds of crazy stuff that will never be launched – like the idea of wearing a digital tattoo to unlock your phone. Except this time, more than a year after first discussing the idea at the D11 conference last May, Motorola has actually done it and is showing it off in a new video … Read more

Republic Wireless bundling free Chromecast with the purchase of a Moto X

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Republic Wireless’ big pitch has been dumping your home phone and wireless plans in favor of its hybrid calling services that blends WiFi and on the go carrier calling powered by Sprint’s network. Now, the company is going after your local cable company, well sort of. Today, Republic Wireless announced a new promotion that bundles a Google Chromecast with the purchase of a new Moto X.

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T-Mobile exclusive ZTE phablet specs leak, dubbed ‘Olympia’

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Yesterday, Evleaks posted a photo of an alleged T-Mobile exclusive phablet device made by hardware manufacture ZTE. No specs had been leaked other than the lone photo…until today. T-MoNews this afternoon was able to get their hands on a partial purported spec sheet. According to the report, the device is being dubbed the ‘Olympia’, with a model number of ‘Z970′. It features a 6″ inch display of an unknown resolution, and an 8MP rear-facing camera capable of shooting in full 1080P, with a measly 0.9MP front-facing counterpart. The device is said to be running stock Android 4.4.2 aside from a few T-Mobile apps preinstalled. Although initial photos of the device show it featuring a metal chassis, the report claims ZTE is pulling a Samsung, coating plastic in a metal looking paint.

The rest of the device’s specs, such as its processor, RAM and price remain unknown, but those can go either way. T-Mobile and ZTE might launch the Olympia as a high-end, Galaxy Note 4 competitor, or leave the Note 4 in a realm of its own, launching the Olympia is a mid-range option for those interested in treading into phablet territory without dropping bottom dollar.

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OnePlus One review: A true flagship killer that’s second to none (Video)

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There’s nothing worse than wanting something you can’t have. Unfortunately, that happens to be the case for the best Android smartphone on the market. Of course, “best” is completely subjective, but there are a lot of factors that make the OnePlus One my go-to Android smartphone and 2014’s “flagship killer.” It may not have everything for everyone, but it has everything I need and all for half the price of the current competition.

When the OnePlus One was introduced, it dropped jaws within the Android community. It’s powered by the latest and greatest specifications on the market and priced at just $299 for the 16GB model and $349 for the 64GB model. The catch is, you’ll need an invitation to buy it. Yup, that’s right an invitation, but we’ll talk about that more in a little bit…

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet and wireless controller with gaming focus officially unveiled

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After weeks of leaks, rumors and speculation, the NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Wireless Controller have officially been announced this morning. NVIDIA posted a series of videos on their YouTube channel promoting the new device with the slogan “high-performance gaming everywhere”.

In terms of aesthetics, the device looks like we imagined. It features dual 5MP cameras, dual front-facing stereo speakers, and an 8-inch, 1920×1200 display. The specs under the hood are equally impressive. The device boasts an NVIDIA Tegra K1 GPU, an ARM Cortex A15 CPU clocked at 2.2GHz, and 2GB of RAM.

In terms of pricing, there are two different models of the device. A 16GB WiFi variant and a 32GB WiFi + LTE version, selling for $299 and $399, respectively.  Both models will ship for a July 29th release.  Read more

Give your OnePlus One a bamboo makeover for $49

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The OnePlus One is a different type of smartphone. The startup behind it managed to put together a powerful handset with an entry-level price tag. So, in a market flooded with golden handsets, there’s no surprise that the folks behind this elusive device are doing something a little different. After a little bit of teasing, OnePlus officially announced the phone’s new bamboo “StyleSwap” cover today, which will be available to purchase at the end of August.

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Xiaomi announces $13 Mi Band wearable with phone unlock feature, and first LTE phone

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Rapidly-growing Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi announced its first wearable today, the Mi Band. While it’s a fitness band rather than a smartwatch, it does have one smartwatch-style feature: it can be used instead of a passcode to unlock Mi phones.

The waterproof Mi Band measures activity levels and sleep patterns, has a smart sleep-cycle alarm and claims to have a 30-day battery-life. Amazingly, it will be going on sale in China and Singapore for the equivalent of just $13 …  Read more

Google refreshes Chromecast website with tabbed interface, ability to view full list of apps

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Google today updated its Chromecast website with a few notable and worthwhile enhancements. Previously on the site, you could only view a selection of the apps with Chromecast support, but with today’s refresh, you can now view all of the apps with support for the streaming stick. That number has been growing rapidly recently, but there is a search option on the new site, as well. Though, the search functionality is still rather limited and not as robust as the Play Store.

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