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    Android 5.0 Lollipop brings with it a lot of new features and functionality, and it just looks nicer - but that's not my favorite part. My favorite feature of Android Lollipop, believe it or not, is the setup process! The first thing you'll see when you power on your Lollipop-powered smartphone or tablet is the welcome screen. The screen itself looks beautiful. After you select your language and locale you're asked if you want to connect to your WiFi network to download all the settings and apps using that network rather than your cellular data plan. Once you connect you'll be asked if ...

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    “Where the hell did I leave that phone? I could call it – I think the ringer might be on. Wait... what's my number, anyway?” Sound familiar? If you count yourself among the absent-minded, you're in good company, as plenty of us regularly find ourselves losing track of our smartphones. Online tracking services help to a degree, but if you're sure the phone is somewhere inside your house, a local solution can sure help speed things up. To that end, Motorola has just launched its latest mobile accessory, the Motorola Keylink Bluetooth fob. Keylink works with the Motorola Connect app for ...

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    Competition between the big players on the mobile platform stage is an odd thing. On one hand, it's in the best interest of companies like Google to see the Apples of the world fail, driving users over to its own platform. But at the same time, we have Google releasing app after app for iOS. Microsoft's in on this seemingly counter-intuitive action as well, and this year has seen it bring Office to more of its competitors' devices. Today we check out a new accessory from Microsoft that further establishes its willingness to “step over the lines” as it were, delivering features tailored ...

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    Two years ago this month, Google unveiled the Nexus Q during Google I/O... and that was the last time many of us ever saw the media hub. While it was an interesting concept, giving users an Android-powered device to stream audio or video to their televisions, the $300 asking price was pretty steep, and Google quietly killed the Q off in the months that followed. Since then, we've seen devices like Chromecast rise to take its place, and today we see the launch of another model that takes a pinch of Q inspiration, as Motorola introduces the Moto Stream. Moto Stream is a bit more focused than ...

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    Smartphone audio quality is better now that it's ever been before. We've got handsets capable of 24-bit, 192kHz output like the LG G2, and models with beefy front-facing speakers like HTC and all its BoomSound models. Sometimes, though, you really need a proper external speaker to really appreciate the sound your phone pumps out, and for a lot of us that means a wireless Bluetooth speaker. For those of us in the US, one new option is about to arrive, with Bayan Audio announcing plans to bring its gear to the US. While Bayan's got a number of docks, we're most interested in its Soundbook ...

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    So you’re looking for a set of speakers a little beefier than what your smartphone’s packing out of the box. We've been down this road before, most notably with our unboxing of the monstrous JBL PowerUp dock that we bought to match our Nokia Lumia 920 back in 2012. But such big sound often requires big equipment: the PowerUp is a monster. And if you go for a smaller solution, you're often left dealing either with tangled-up cables or a speaker with a battery so small that it dies within a few hours. Truly, these are trying times for mobile audio (unless you own a phone with BoomSound, ...

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    Yesterday, I explored the concept of working entirely from a tablet – an iPad mini with Retina display, to be exact. On Thursday last week, I attempted to go tablet-only for the entire day, only to confirm what most already knew. While I could easily do 90 percent of the writing, editing, and publishing I do – including photo editing, spreadsheets, and fact checking – it wasn't ideal to try to do everything from an iPad. No surprise there. I've known this for some time. I've tried countless times in the past to move over to a tablet to handle the brunt of my work and it's never ...

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    Tethering is one of those things that many of us got really excited about way back in the early days of cell phones. Here we had a little phone that we could connect to our laptop which would let us access the Internet or closed network (the office, university, etc.) without having to plug into a land-line to do so. Speeds weren't all that great, but being able to work from anywhere often trumped that. Today we have our choice of various high-speed technologies offered by any one of a handful of cellular carriers. We also have numerous ways to connect our laptops to our phones -- and we ...

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    Bluetooth may be one of the most used but least understood technologies packed inside our smartphones and tablets today. In its early days we were promised a wireless future with a Personal Area Network of interconnected devices. Wireless headsets were pretty much all we got from the initial iterations of the Bluetooth standard, but that's all changing. The Bluetooth SIG completed the Bluetooth Core Specification version 4.0 (called Bluetooth Smart) in  June 2010, and has announced a couple updates since then. However, technology marches ever onward, and earlier this month Bluetooth 4.1 ...

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    Bluetooth has been such an integral part of our phones for so long, that we often end up taking it for granted. Like WiFi support, it's one of those protocols that we just assume every smartphone's going to have. As a consequence, it's only something we really start thinking about when a new version with support for new features gets some attention – like we're seeing now with growing availability of devices capable of Bluetooth Low Energy operation. Today we learn just where Bluetooth is headed next, as the Bluetooth SIG reveals details concerning the new 4.1 spec. So, just what's new ...

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    We seem to get caught up debating which OS is better, or which manufacturer makes the best hardware. Doing so hides the fact that today's personal electronic devices are wondrous things. We can literally reach out across the globe to communicate with friends, family, and even complete strangers in real-time. We can surf the web. We can watch TV and movies. We can read books. We can listen to music. On the surface it looks like we have it all. We don't. Our smartphones and tablets do a lot, but they're quickly shedding (or not adopting) features and functionality in lieu of other devices ...

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    Android 4.3 may not have arrived with much in the way of big-name new features, but it did introduce the eagerly awaited support for low-power Bluetooth Smart accessories. By all accounts, this should have made Android Bluetooth support better than ever before, but as more and more users start upgrading to the new build, we're hearing about a number of them who have discovered that their Bluetooth keyboards no longer function properly in Android 4.3. The issue seems to manifest as users being able to successfully connect to and pair their keyboard with the Android device, but then keyboard ...

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    The Low Energy extensions in Bluetooth 4.0 are some of the more interesting things to happen to the protocol in a long time, allowing wireless devices to have battery lives that extend into months. Rumors have suggested that Nokia will add Bluetooth 4.0 and LE support to its Lumia family by means of the upcoming Amber software release, and now that's joined by talk of an accessory designed to take advantage of this new connectivity: the Treasure Tag. According to the sources behind this rumor, the Treasure Tag is a small battery powered fob that is paired with a Lumia via NFC and attached ...

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    Back in late May, we caught wind of curious goings-on happening over at the Bluetooth SIG. While it's no oddity to see devices get their Bluetooth certification published as they prepare for launch, last month we looked at a brand new certification just filed for the Nexus 7. While there's no good reason for the SIG to be doing that, as far as what info was publicly available, it all might make sense if this was somehow tied to the upcoming release of Android 4.3, which could bring the platform new Bluetooth functionality (4.0 LE mode, to be specific). We've yet to see that happen (despite ...

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    For weeks now, Android 4.3's been hanging over us like a low lying cloud. All the signs of it are out there, but it continues to be just out of our reach. Some theories have been looking to the idea of a June launch, and as we try and suss-out just when that could take place, some evidence has arrived that, while largely circumstantial, sure has the feel of a new Android release to it. This afternoon's find is all about the Nexus 7. It turns out that the tablet just saw the publication of its Bluetooth SIG listing... again? After all, this is what the Nexus 7 went through back when it ...

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