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    You know what's cool? Having a bunch of connected gadgets. You know what sucks? Having a unique phone number for each and every one. Thanks to the proliferation of instant messaging and VOIP calling services, being tied to a mobile phone number has become less of an issue in recent years – but there are still those who prefer the old-fashioned voice call, and the venerable SMS is still a solid standby when you've got friends who chafe at the intrusiveness of Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts. For them, the idea of maintaining separate phone numbers for a 4G tablet, ...

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    It’s been nearly a year since we first tried HTC and Valve’s game-changing VR headset. In the time since, it’s gotten a new name and better hardware, plus rumors of a hefty price tag to go with its four-month delivery delay. But despite the challenges, the Vive Pre still delivers the best virtual reality experience we've seen yet. We went hands-on with the new visor on our last day at CES 2016 and our entire ground team got to put their faces in Valve's virtual world; check out the video below for a taste of what we saw. (In the mood to read instead of view? For a full write-up of ...

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    What's there to a name anymore? Just a letter and a number and you're all set, right? Well, each unit kinda sorta really matters. In this case, LG has decided to bump off the "L" and "F" letters for its mid-range models this year and is adding something more than just a "V" to its vocabulary: K. What's up with the K7 and K10? Well, both have pretty middling specs, but modernized design standards. And if you or someone you know is looking for a decent phone in 2016 on a tight budget, you might want to consider at least the K7 for T-Mobile and MetroPCS. Find out more in our hands-on video ...

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    While Martian's offerings in the smartwatch world do look a tad alien to what we consider the norm, they have their own ways of doing what many consider to be the job of a smartwatch — deliver notifications to you and help you spend less time with your phone. The Martian Notifier was close to being our favorite Pebble/Apple Watch/Android Wear alternative just short of the Runcible — but that thing hasn't even come out yet. And the company's now expanding upon its concept of merging a traditional watchface with a single-line display. This year at CES, the company's bifurcating its ...

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    These smart glasses will not get you kicked out of a theater. At least immediately. Carl Zeiss makes glass for cameras big and small (think Lumia) and has been doing so for time eternal. But it's 2016 and in the world of interconnected thingamajiggers with the slow-moving elephant of Google Glass, there's no more getting by just making glasses anymore. You have to innovate. That means being able to project apps and augmented reality elements to the glasses and then — this one's important — make sure that the technology you use to do all of that with can be used on any pair of ...

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    A full four months after its initial announcement, and roughly 75 days on the back of its public pre-order kickoff, the “rebellious” Nextbit Robin phone made a surprise appearance at CES 2016 in Las Vegas to remind the world shipping will begin soon, at least for super-early Kickstarter adopters. On the whole, the ambitious concept behind the cloud-first device has obviously not changed, and its clutter-free design is doubled by essentially unlimited storage to bring you an Android like no other. Compared to last fall however, Robin seems to have graduated from sidekick to full-blown ...

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    The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show is just about winding down, but before our vast, dedicated team of writers and video content producers leaves Las Vegas, there are a few more products left to be taken for quick spins. Meet the 3Glasses D2 Vanguard Edition, the little Chinese virtual reality headset that could… aspire to go toe to toe with much higher-profile market “veterans” like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony PlayStation VR. Its chances of succeeding on unexplored, ultra-competitive American soil when it goes on sale in a couple of months? Slim, although the D2 costs a ...

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    A bit of tangential nostalgia for you: on the last episode of first iteration of the television show Call For Help from the old ZDTV-turned-TechTV network, there was a segment called Cat's Clicks where co-host Cat Schwartz gave an interesting "click-to." There was a last minute addition to the segment: a pair of custom-molded earphones from Ultimate Ears that cost about $500. Today, Ultimate Ears's product line consists of three Bluetooth speakers. That was some 12 years ago. At CES 2016, an Indiegogo project called Decibullz attempts to fill the niche of the fit-to-your-lugs earbuds ...

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    If you're into Iggy Azalea songs of yesteryear (who the heck isn't, am I right?), you'll notice that we've been getting a little fancy up in this place. Huawei first classed up its Huawei Watch for women, now Samsung is putting some classic touches on its Gear S2 Classic. If you're familiar with our coverage — which includes a full review of the Gear S2 — you'll find spare change to the internal specs, if any at all. You're also going to see the same knurled and rotatable bezel as you have before on the Classic. Not the same, though, are these finishes — and if you read the title of ...

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    Samsung wants to put out professional-grade tablets to the market and it wants people to buy them. This year, that means kicking out its Android and TouchWiz and moving in full-blown Windows 10. The Samsung TabPro S steps away from the ATIV and Galaxy Tab brands to launch into what seems to be a very crowded field these CES days: versatile Windows tablets. A 6.3mm-thick magnesium alloy chassis holds in a 5,200mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, a solid state drive (128GB or 256GB) and an Intel Core M3 processor. Not bad on most counts, but further review is required on our end. With the Super AMOLED ...

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    After being China's darling debutante in mobile last year, we already see the LeTV hardware brand making headway around Asia. It's now kicking down the doors of the United States with a new league of smartphone and a new chipset from Qualcomm. Let's be clear: the LeTV Max Pro, while being ostentatious in its promotions, its name and its presence (a 6.3-inch quad HD screen will do for "big"), will be somewhat different coming to the United States than the Chinese model we had our hands on today. That said, many of the internals like the Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, a rear camera packing in ...

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    Angry? Furious? Steaming mad? Nope, just Fierce. And large. Extra large. Alcatel OneTouch has bumped out a crop of Windows 10 Mobile devices this CES around. In fact, they're some of the first such things coming out of a third-party OEM. One of those things is a tablet, which you can check out here. But for a budget phone, the Fierce XL proves to be an interesting entry into the Windows 10 Mobile ecosphere. The hardware drives a hard bargain with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset, microSD card expansion only up to 32GB and an 8-megapixel camera. Good signs include 2GB of RAM, a full HD ...

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    It's a mouthful of a title, but it's mouthful of a tablet. And an earful. And ... well, you'll see. CES 2016 has been an interesting space for Huawei to extend its branches. It announced a couple of phones and a couple of smartwatches, but it also announced a tablet. A premium design tablet. Color us shocked. Want more premium? How about some iPad Pro-esque speakers? Four of them, with harmon/kardon enhancements. It's not a surprise Huawei's pushing this aspect center stage. And why not, throw on an digitized stylus, too: that M-Pen might just be perfect for some limited split-screen ...

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    Update: We have learned that the "Jewel" model case size is 44mm, to fit the cubic zirconia crystals onto the case. For people who deign to accessorize, you're probably male and don't care too much about details. Hey, some of us at Pocketnow are guilty, too. But for jet-setting, tech-savvy women who want to join in on this smartwatch revolution, your attention may come to bangles, the Apple Watch (because Apple), or the Gear S2. If you've been looking for some Android Wear watch options specifically, well, they've been hard to come by. That is, until the Huawei Watch for Women showed up at ...

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    For what we don't get from Huawei *cough*Mate8*cough* ... we get a pretty nifty metallic phone at a price for pennies not too pretty. The GX8's chassis scores a 90 percent grade in metal. There's a Snapdragon 615 — admittedly a tad bit old in the world of mid-range silicon, especially as Huawei used it in its P8 Lite — along with a 5.5-inch full HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage which you can max out with a microSD card up to 128GB in size. The back of this baby has an optically stabilized camera AND a fingerprint sensor — two features you don't typically find in ...

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    It might be in China. It might be in Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Heck, it might even coming to Mexico! It got certified by the FCC fer cryin' out loud! And yet, the Huawei Mate 8 has not been announced for sale in the United States. That's the news we got from the Chinese OEM's CES 2016 event. But while we might have to wait in suspense for this powerfully large beast — we're talking 4,000mAh of battery capcity, Sony's IMX 296 camera sensor and a six-inch IPS screen weighing in at a hefty 185 grams, here — you don't have to wait for us to give the hands-on treatment of this ...

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    For companies with a large global footprint, serving up budget phones can be the bread-and-butter to claiming market share, mind share and attention for the more expensive future release. It's ZTE's hope this time around, anyways. We've had some eyes on some budget materials from Hong Kong's Alcatel OneTouch earlier on with some unique little twists — namely, Windows 10 Mobile. When it comes to the China-based manufacturer, though, we have some different differentiators coming into play for the Avid Plus and the Grand X3. Let's start with the Avid Plus that's headed to T-Mobile and ...

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    The Google Pixel C is a funny little device. Running stock Android Marshmallow, but with a Chromebook’s branding and design, with an expensive accessory a must-buy if you want to get the most of it, it won’t be on everyone’s shopping list this holiday season. And that's before you consider all the rough reviews it's gotten from other publications already. Given that less-than-stellar debut, you might expect our first impression of the Google Pixel C to be equally underwhelming. But 24 hours in, we’re actually quite captivated by this little contradiction of a machine. With its ...

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    Everyone’s said the same thing about Apple's iPad Pro over the past few weeks, and while I'd love to hit you over the head with some new and amazing insights ... I can't. The number-one most noteworthy thing about the iPad Pro is this: it's huge. The iPad Air 2 was the biggest tablet I regularly used up till now – and the iPad Pro positively dwarfs it. You might as well think of it as a computer monitor or a small TV set, rather than a tablet. It's that ponderous. That added size works both for and against the iPad Pro. The huge display is obviously fantastic for media consumption ...

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    As I write this, I have known the BlackBerry Priv for three hours. It's sitting beside me, plugged into the wall, only about halfway through downloading the mess of apps I asked it to sync when I typed in my Google account info. My hands-on time with the phone amounts to a total of perhaps four minutes, one of which was spent positioning the phone for a mildly amusing tweet that more people than usual seemed to like. All this is to say: this is not a BlackBerry Priv review. This isn't even a hands-on. This is more like the editorial equivalent of an unboxing video, a setup for the ...

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    It’s a radical departure in design for a company desperately in need of some change – but for all that’s new here, there’s also a heaping helping of the familiar. Critics call HTC's new "iPhone clone" evidence of the company's ultimate surrender, while CEO Cher Wang has positioned it to employees as a well-balanced iPhone alternative. The truth is probably somewhere in between. Whichever side of the debate you fall on, it's pretty clear that the HTC One A9 announced today is a make-or-break device for the financially troubled smartphone manufacturer, and we went hands-on to ...

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    The Surface Pro series turned the corner on the age of stationary computing for Microsoft. The migration of all the hard components from keyboard area to screen bulkhead made for some interesting innovations in the keyboard and stylus accessories. The Surface Pro 3 made a pretty good impression on us, but the newer, lighter, stronger and faster Surface Pro 4 had the whole room at Microsoft's Windows 10 devices event wowed. There's also a newer, lighter, stronger and faster* Type Cover keyboard that includes a fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello. That cover will also work with your Surface ...

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    Microsoft's first attempt at wearables was met with very mixed thoughts. On one hand the first-generation Microsoft Band proved to be a very powerful device when compared to its competitors, but on the other we just couldn't get over its archaic looks. Microsoft clearly did something about it with the second-generation Microsoft Band, and get had a chance to go hands-on at Microsoft's event today. The new Microsoft band is not something Redmond would like to call a smartwatch, but it's hard not to consider it one if you consider all it can do. This is not just your average fitness tracker ...

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    The debut of Microsoft's first laptop-format computing solution has everyone in tech circles abuzz (you can find my opinion on what this device as well as the Surface Pro 4 might mean for the proliferation of "detachable computing" here). And it has heavy-duty white collar wearers pondering their options. It has a 13.5-inch screen that's fully detachable from the extensive and craftily-designed keyboard attached to it. You could say that while the Surface tablet series migrated all the necessary hardware features screenside, the Surface Book put the "lap" back into "laptop," with USB ...

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    Satya Nadella made it a point to make Microsoft cool again a few months ago, and our reaction was mainly of disbelief given how long its taken the company to announce new Microsoft Lumia flagships. Instead we've seen Redmond announce a bevy of entry-level devices, and at this point we continue to wait for the final build of Windows 10 Mobile. Today all this has changed though with Microsoft announcing two new flagships, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL, and we go hands on. If you're wondering why we're making a single video for both flagships, the main reason is because they're almost ...

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