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    With smartphones having risen to the the level of popularity they now enjoy, and more and more users making their phones a major, if not the primary way they interact with websites, it's hardly a surprise that many sites deliver mobile-optimized versions of their content, designed to better fit on smaller screens and support the sorts of interactions favored by touchscreen input. But not every site has gotten the memo just yet, and it can be frustrating when you're using your phone to pull up a page that seems to be doing all it can to make your life difficult: tiny text, or maybe a ...

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    Right at the tail end of last week, Jolla popped back on our mobile radar as the company posted a teaser to its website, notifying us that “something big” was on its way this week. But what? We speculated a little about what that “big” could be in reference to, and one compelling theory was that Jolla might be working on a physically larger device than the sort of Sailfish OS-running phone it launched back in 2013. Sure enough, today the company confirms out suspicions, announcing a crowdfunding effort to build the first Jolla Tablet. It's an unusual approach to creating new mobile ...

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    We now know that Samsung is planning on having 25 to 30 percent less smartphone models in its portfolio next year, but that doesn't mean that the smartphones which will end up on the market will continue to be the same ones, in terms of form factor, that we've seen this year. Around this time last year, we've seen a Samsung roadmap detailing the planned evolution of the memory, processor, image sensor, as well as the display, as components of the smartphone. As far as the screen is concerned, curved and bended displays were featured from 2013 through 2015, followed by foldable displays. ...

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    The evolution of Android over the years has oftentimes been the direct result of nifty features of OEM skins. With the Android 5.0 release, Google produced a Motorola-esque Ambient Display mode, along with other things similar to what we've already seen on other phones. One of the features we'd have liked to seen carried over to stock is one that companies like LG and HTC have had for a while – tap-to-wake. And, if code commits to the Android Open Source Project are correct, then there was Nexus 6 tap-to-wake support once upon a time... except the device didn't launch with it. Perhaps ...

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    The Nexus 9 has its fair share of quirks, as we noted and expounded upon in our full review, but it doesn't stop there. Many users of Google's stock Android tablet have begun reporting issues with the "OK Google" voice recognition features, and their failure to operate under certain circumstances. Is this Nexus 9 OK Google bug serious? Let's examine it. To be clear, not everyone's unit is facing the issue, but here's the gist of it. OK Google functionality works as you'd expect it to on the home screen, but despite toggling any number of settings from "on" to "off" and back again, the ...

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    Even though Microsoft has made some significant leaps with Windows Phone 8.1, and even Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, there is still one piece missing in the puzzle. This is the most mature version of the company's operating system, but with the added irony of very little hardware being launched to showcase what it can do. Surely devices like the HTC One M8 for Windows are a good example of how it can be done right, but we need more competition, and it seems some is on its way. We have some leaked images from an unnamed Chinese factory that show the display panel and part of the housing of a ...

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    If you thought Amazon wasn't trying to make you a compulsive buyer, think again. The company is now famous for launching everything from tablets to smartphone flops, all with the idea of giving you more doors that lead to an Amazon store purchase. That said, wearables are the new thing lately, and even though we haven't heard of the company building a wearable, we do know that they now want to use them for a benefit. Amazon has just updated its base application for Android, and in addition to this app supporting Android 5.0 Lollipop, it also brings an interesting kick for Android Wear ...

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    Wearable devices promise to be absolutely huge this holiday season, with more products out on the market than ever before. And while smartwatches might not be for everyone, with price, compatibility issues, and the promise of even snazzier products just months away serving to temper consumer enthusiasm just a tad, wearables of the activity tracker persuasion are that much more affordable and gift-friendly. Google's been doing all it can to make Android a welcome home for such devices, releasing Google Fit late last month and just this week starting distribution of a Play services update ...

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    No, Nokia is not dead as a brand, and it's not dead as a company that wants to own the mobile space like it did before. Today's announcement of the Nokia N1 tablet proves that the company had broader plans than to just give us the Android launcher that we saw earlier this year. Still, if you weren't able to get your hands on the early beta that we took for a quick tour a couple of weeks ago, Nokia has just decided to give you a hand. Nokia has just launched its Z Launcher on the Google Play store for any Android device running version 4.1 or later. This Z Launcher takes a very different ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop updates started arriving for Nexus phones right around the middle of last week. We saw factory images, OTAs, and everything we needed to start using the latest Android system software on our favorite Nexus models. With that hurdle out of the way, our attention starts turning to Google Play edition models, which while they aren't privy to quite the same super-fast updates as Nexus devices (even if some other companies did give Google a run for its money this time around), are often right behind with update of their own. HTC looked like it was going to be the first OEM ...

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    Apple has been sitting on a gold mine for more than a decade since it launched the "Made for iPod" licensing program. Today, the "MFi" standard is all about iPhones and iPads, but ever since the launch of the lightning port with the iPhone 5, the acceptance of third party accessories that support it has been rather sluggish. We really can't understand why Apple has decided to take its time with this, but things are about to change. Apple's yearly "MFi" briefing happened last week in Shenzhen, China, and the biggest news of the event was that Cupertino has just provided third-party ...

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    First we had Facebook on our phones. Then there was Facebook Messenger, which – if we felt like it – we could use for instant communications with our friends. But eventually Facebook took that choice away and made the use of that second app mandatory if we wanted to keep sending and receiving messages. Today we see what looks to be the latest volley in this push towards a separate Facebook app for everything, with the introduction of Facebook Groups. As should be painfully obvious from its name, Facebook Groups is all about creating, discovering, and keeping up with your favorite ...

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    There's a new iOS beta out for devs this afternoon, only this time around the interesting stuff doesn't really involve new features for the iPhone or iPad, but for Apple's burgeoning wearable platform, the Apple Watch. With the release of the WatchKit framework today, Apple is giving devs the tools they need to start crafting the software that users will first interact with when the smartwatch goes up for sale early next year. And in doing so, Apple's offered the rest of us a little insight into the types of app experiences we can expect. Well, at least some of this falls into “app” ...

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    Late last month we saw Microsoft get into the fitness tracker game with the launch of the Microsoft Band, a cross-platform wearable with GPS, messaging support, and even a UV sensor. While the company was quick to put its Band up for sale, initial stocks were low, making it tricky to get your hands on one (at least we managed to, bringing you our review in the process). But now the Microsoft Band is seeing its stocks replenished, as Microsoft begins to make more available in its online store in just a couple minutes. Starting this afternoon at 1pm Eastern (which is right about now if ...

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    Two weeks back HTC got its Hot Deals started with one hell of a sale, making the brand-new Nexus 9 available for half price. A week later we saw the company follow that up with an offer that would knock $350 - this time more than half price - off the no-contract HTC One M8. Now Tuesday has once again rolled around and we're ready to learn about the company's newest offer. This week you have your pick of products, with HTC knocking fifty percent off your choice of phone accessory. Now, what counts as an "accessory?" Will the RE camera make the cut (not likely)? The sale goes live in just a ...

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