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    Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? The clock's ticking, but you've still got time left, and assuming you didn't blow your whole budget on Black Friday deals, some new gift options are only now arriving. Amazon introduced its Fire HD 8 tablet back in September, and while the 1280 x 800 screen and MediaTek SoC didn't scream “top of the line specs,” the $150 price point sure was right. But if that model just feels a little too “plain” for gift-giving, you're in luck, as Amazon is tricking the tablet out for the new Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition. Don't let the new name fool ...

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    Recent market research showed that Microsoft could secure double-digit share in the tablet world by the end of the year for its slowly but steadily rising Windows-powered products, with almost a fifth of pad sales prospectively going to Surfaces and their relatives in 2019. Stateside, Redmond’s 2-in-1s might reach great popularity peaks much sooner, as the 1010data Ecom Insights Panel claims Apple is no longer the top-selling online brand. At least in October, when the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book launched commercially, while the iPad Pro didn’t, Microsoft ruled at the top 100 ...

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    It's not like Continuum where you plug in your phone and get a quasi-desktop experience. And then there's the lack of practicality of an stationary Android-based console. But there's more than a je ne sais quoi to the Remix Mini that had a whole crowd fund it to over 30 times the original goal pot of $50,000. Jide, a Chinese company that already has an "ultra-tablet" out, has put up a $70 personal computer on Amazon that runs Android. It's more low-end proof of concept than anything else, though: there's a 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and a paltry 16GB of storage. ...

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    Is your smartphone or tablet a key part of your nighttime rituals? Do you like to curl up in bed with your favorite app, check the latest news, and maybe watch some videos before drifting off to sleep? You're far from alone, but sometimes that late-night device usage can have a negative impact on our sleep. Problem is, all the blue-spectrum light given off by mobile screens has a tendency to mess with our natural circadian rhythms – we see all that blue, and our brains think it's daytime, not sleep time. We've already looked at some apps that try and remedy this situation by dialing-down ...

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    Today of all days, if you're hearing about Amazon, you'd expect it to have to do with one of the company's hot deals. And while there are certainly some fantastic offers to be found (and taken advantage of), we've also got one development to cover that's not at all about saving a few bucks on a popular new gadget, as we get an important update on Amazon Video and its spread to competitors' media players. You may recall that last month we heard about Amazon butting heads with Apple and Google over its own streaming video service, shutting down sales of both Apple TV and the Chromecast due ...

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    Just as it did on Friday, Amazon will likely refresh all kinds of bargains all day today, some simply being too good to last more than a few hours. Case in point, this $400 Samsung Galaxy S6. Granted, Cricket Wireless sells the exact same phone for Cyber Monday for even less, namely $250. But the prepaid carrier’s offer comes with a couple of strings attached, including the requirement of use only on AT&T’s subsidiary. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S6 you can find on Amazon at four Benjamins is completely without obligations, factory unlocked, and most importantly, backed by a standard US ...

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    You didn’t need to be Nostradamus to prophesize Amazon’s eight days of holiday deals would put discounted Kindle and Fire gear front and center, but one of the e-commerce giant’s new tablets was notably absent from the massive yard sale. While the entry-level 7-incher took another 15 bucks off its already crazy low price of $50, the HD 10 stubbornly clutched to its $230 MSRP, only occasionally dropping to a $200 that didn’t quite make for a bargain. But for the next 24 hours or so, the Amazon Fire HD 10 sure looks like a steal at $170 through both the most valuable e-tailer ...

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    They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas. Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any ...

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    Although not a Black Friday deal per se, the unofficial launch of the upper mid-range Xperia C5 Ultra stateside is definitely worth the attention of Android-loving bargain hunters. Unavailable from Sony or American mobile carriers, the 6-incher is up for grabs through a third-party Amazon merchant called DeltaMobiles at just $330. Massive yet surprisingly stylish, the C5 Ultra is so much more than a selfie-centric phone, even if it sports an arguably amazing 13MP autofocus and LED Flash front-facing camera. Around the back, you get a similarly well-equipped snapper, the IPS LCD panel touts ...

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    Today is clearly a great day for shopping all things Google. Actually, it’s a good day for discounted shopping period, but Android purists in particular seem to be treated to some phenomenal Black Friday deals by the search giant itself, as well as Amazon and trusted eBay seller qualitycellz. Sad to see Nexus 6P’s price immovable, at $499 and $579 with 32 and 64GB internal storage space respectively? Let’s face it, it was highly unlikely the stock Marshmallow phablet would drop so soon after its commercial debut, given its apparent popularity and/or mass-production difficulties. The ...

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    What’s the best unlocked phone two Benjamins can buy nowadays stateside? The third-generation Motorola Moto G? Probably. The Asus ZenFone 2 Laser? It might be. The recently discounted Huawei P8 lite? Unlikely, but that’s also a solid contender. Speaking of budget champion title challengers, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua costs $199.99 on Amazon with a valid US warranty, 16GB internal storage space, and LTE connectivity for free use on carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket Wireless, and so on and so forth. Prior to this deal that’s by the way not advertised as a time-limited ...

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    Purchasing mobile gear of any kind around Turkey Day is always wise. Waiting until the last minute to score the best possible Black Friday deals is the complete opposite. Granted, the temptation may feel irresistible, but unless you want to risk getting body slammed by a fellow desperate bargain hunter for that coveted final discounted Apple Watch, it’s good to know beforehand what to expect from every retailer and how to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy. Luckily, many electronics merchants, actual device manufacturers and carriers included, have either already kicked off early Black ...

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    With this year's iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, Apple introduced a new mechanic for how users interact with apps, giving the phones force-sensitive “3D Touch” input. Of course, for an app to actually take advantage of that kind of input, a developer's going to have to go back and intentionally build support for such interactions. But will they actually take the time to do so, especially with only the newest iPhones supporting it? We've heard some nay-saying reports, sure, but devs looking to stay ahead of the curve have been wasting no time updating their apps for 3D Touch, and today we ...

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    Our coverage of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is ongoing with what the heck a 4K display really means and, of course, "dat unboxing." Really, the box wasn't anything special. But the device sure is. North American consumers have been looking longingly at this thing and wondering when they'll be able to pay up to $1,000 to get it. Fear not, those who don't have that kind of money to chuck! It's now available in single and dual-SIM unlocked formats on Amazon and Expansys. Both sites are pricing both types at just under $800, about a $150 premium (ha) over the Xperia Z5. Beware of long waits ...

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    Updated December 9: The Nexus 6 has been dropped from the Google Store. Step back from the food court, I repeat, step back from the food court. Move away from the deals. Seriously, though, you might be on a sales safari come this weekend or a cyber chase on Monday. If you're the type of person to give away phones and smartwatches for the holidays, though, it helps to actually consider what you're getting and how it fits the person you're getting it for. Like a sommelier does with wine, we're given you our suggestions on what phones to look for when you're talking about your dorky cousin ...

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    The cross platform-supporting, sensor-packed but cumbersome and now outdated first-generation Microsoft Band has been a deal darling lately, dropping to $100 before the sequel went on sale stateside, and then $80 as the Black Friday – Cyber Monday frenzy approached. These days, it’s back to $100 for one of the world’s most meticulous activity trackers on American shores, while Redmond’s UK branch charges £70, VAT included, which converts to around $107. But for 24 hours only (16 left and counting at the time of this writing), the British Amazon cuts the OG Microsoft Band’s ...

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    On the first day of Amazon’s Black Friday blowout my true love sent to me: a $35 Fire 7 tablet. Okay, so it doesn’t rhyme, and it may not have the same ring to it as the classical Christmas song, but it’s just one of the many dozens of discount examples unveiled by the American e-commerce giant two days before the deals will start pouring in. Wait, but isn’t Thanksgiving next Thursday, and Black Friday the day after, i.e. November 27? Technically, yes, only retailers have been trying for a while now to expand the traditionally busiest shopping day of the year to cover as much of ...

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    If you've got a smartphone these days, the odds are high that you've had the chance to interact with one voice-powered virtual assistant or another. Whether through Siri, Cortana, or Google Now, you may have asked your smartphone to play you some music, look up the capital of Argentina, or figure out how many ounces are in three tablespoons. With last year's Echo appliance, Amazon brought this kind of interaction to its shoppers' living rooms. At first Echo sales were invite-only, reserved for Prime members, before Amazon opened availability to shoppers at large this past summer. If you've ...

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    The holiday season should help tablet demand surge sequentially after a dreadful few quarters, but year-over-year, things will continue to look gloomy for iPads, Microsoft Surfaces, and large-screen Androids alike from a global perspective. That’s the trend both Digitimes Research and TrendForce forecast for Q4 2015, when shipments in the plunging market segment are to reportedly total 58.7 million units. A decent escalation from the sub-par 48.7M result posted between July and September, but only a fraction of the 76.1 mil tally in the October – December 2014 timeframe. Like last ...

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    Amazon's last move regarding anything Google was a pretty mean one. Not only would it not support sending music from its app over to Chromecast, but it took Chromecast off of its marketplace. But it seems as though while that bad blood is sticking around, the Android ecosystem still needs that Amazon Music support. The big updates in version 4.6.6? Android Wear playback control support. Finally, you can pause, play, and skip between tracks from your Android smartwatch! Interface-wise, we have a couple of new tabs: "New to Prime" and "Popular." Also, artist profile pages are now up. The UK ...

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    Besides candy, you’re probably not used to getting Halloween gifts or freebies, but Amazon wants to hook up Android device owners stateside with a robust collection of marked down apps through 11:59 PM on October 31 this year. Although the e-commerce giant has a stake in the hardware-manufacturing business, the Amazon Appstore isn’t restricted to the Fire Phone and Fire tablets, so whether you’re a Samsung, Huawei, LG, HTC, Sony or Google fan, you can install Runtastic Pro, the AVG AntiVirus Pro security bundle, Photo Lab Pro or Bloons TD5 free of charge. All 33 apps and games on ...

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    Beyond sales numbers, profit margins and net revenue, Apple has always prided itself on the user experience offered by iPhones, iPads, Macs and now Apple Watches, which is constantly billed as vastly superior to the competition. A recent iPhone commercial even went so far as to claim 99 percent of the owner base “loves” the iOS handhelds, which seemed impossible to verify. But there’s actually a California-based market research firm that evaluates just that, offering up monthly “Battle of the Brands” reports. In them, Argus Insights compares consumer delight for various hardware ...

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    Like most self-respecting device manufacturers, Amazon will typically cover defects of Kindle e-readers, Fire Phones or tablets stateside for a year after your original purchase. Fire Kids Editions used to be the only notable exception to that rule, as you got 24-month worry-free guarantees against all sorts of incidents, including electrical and mechanical breakdowns. But now the ultra-low-cost new Fire 7 also strays from the beaten 12-month path, and not to offer any more incentives for you to buy the thing in a six-pack. Quite on the contrary, and you’d better think twice before ...

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    Amazon has spent the last few years competing with everyone in almost everything, and in this process it has succeeded in a few things, and lost terribly in others. The cool thing is that even with Amazon being a competitor, the company didn’t lose focus on serving as many products as you could eat on its online store, which still remains Amazon’s core business. Today we learn that things are about to change, and the reasons are rather odd. Amazon has just confirmed that it’ll stop selling the Apple TV and Chromecast on its online store starting October 29. The reason doesn’t ...

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    Google may have serious trouble getting anyone the least bit caught up with the news interested in its “big” September 29 Nexus introductory event, as everything from market names to designs, storage options, paint jobs, general specifications, and release dates has come to light of late via various rock-solid inside sources. We even know a wholly redesigned Chromecast will probably join the LG N5X and Huawei N6P on the San Francisco stage, and a second-gen Nexus Player might be on the menu also. But in case you’re not yet convinced the smaller of the two new vanilla Android phones ...

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