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29
Nov

30 Gorgeous HD wallpapers of planet Earth


The third planet from the Sun is Earth and it is my favorite planet of them all. We only have one Earth and it looks absolutely stunning from outer space. We’ve curated 30 HD wallpapers for you to use as your background on your smartphone or tablet.

Check out the wallpapers and download as many as you would like.

The wallpapers are all in the scrolling images above, and if you want to save them, follow these instructions:

  1. Click the left/right arrows to scroll through the images
  2. Maximize the image you like by clicking on it
  3. Long press or hold down on the image and click “save”
  4. Go to your gallery or Google Photos and find your image
  5. Click “use as” and then click wallpaper

If you see a wallpaper that belongs to you and you would like to receive credit, I would love to give it to you! Just drop a comment in the section provided below with some proof (You know, just so we don’t have people claiming things that are not theirs…) So, please choose those that you like and enjoy!

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29
Nov

Best Boost Mobile phones (November 2015)


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If you’re looking to move to a prepaid carrier in the United States, you have a ton of options. One of the best quality prepaid carriers out there is Boost Mobile, powered by Sprint. We’ve already taken a look at the best phones you can buy on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, and now it’s Boost Mobile’s turn. This prepaid carrier has a wide selection of premium devices, and to be honest, it can get a little confusing at times. So, we’re here to help you make that decision.

Many of the best options from Boost Mobile are pretty pricey when buying directly through the carrier. Keep in mind that these are all off-contract prices. You’ll likely be able to find them a bit cheaper on Amazon. Without any more hesitation, let’s get started!

Editors’ note – we will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.


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#1 – Samsung Galaxy S6

The latest addition to Samsung’s Galaxy S flagship line brought with it an overhaul to design and build quality – something that was definitely needed for the Samsung Galaxy S6 to better compete with the arguably more premium high-end smartphones on offer from the competition. A metal and glass unibody design allowed for the more elegant look and feel that is expected from a Samsung flagship, and worthy of the high price tag that the device commands, even if the new build did result in previously staple features like expandable storage and replaceable batteries going by the wayside.

Of course, Samsung is still Samsung, and the Galaxy S6 is certainly not lacking in extras, with it retaining hardware features like a heart rate monitor and a fingerprint scanner, as well as a camera package that allows for one of the best smartphone camera experiences currently available. While replaceable batteries may no longer be available, Samsung also attempted to alleviate any battery life concerns you may have with the inclusion of fast charging and wireless charging capabilities. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is one of the best smartphones on the list, and also the most expensive, with its price point of $649.99, and is certainly worth it.

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Specs

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with Quad HD resolution, 577 ppi
  • 2.1 GHz octa-core Exynos 7420 processor
  • Mali-T760Mp8 GPU
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32/64/128 GB storage, not expandable
  • 16MP rear camera with OIS
  • 5MP front-facing wide angle lens camera
  • 2,550mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Marshmallow update coming down the pipeline)
  • 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm, 138 grams

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Buy now from Boost Mobile


#2 – LG G Flex 2

LG kicked off 2015 with a bang, with the launch of its second attempt at a curved display smartphone. While its predecessor may have been more experimental in nature, the LG G Flex 2 was definitely intended for the mainstream, with features and specifications to match up to current flagship standards. All of these features are packed in a beautiful curved body that’s not only aesthetically pleasing, but allows for a fantastic handling and unique display experience as well.

Of course, the G Flex 2 is also much more than its curve, with it being the first smartphone to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. Given the general trend in 2015, this is also one of the few devices to offer both expandable storage and replaceable batteries – features that many users will appreciate. The LG G Flex 2 is not without its issues, but if you are looking for a uniquely-designed smartphone that is bound to turn heads, this device is certainly a good choice. The LG G Flex 2 is available from Boost Mobile, currently priced at $329.99.

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Specs

  • 5.5-inch Curved P-OLED display with 1080p resolution, 403 ppi
  • 2.0 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • Adreno 430 GPU
  • 2/3 GB RAM (depending on storage option)
  • 16/32 GB, further expandable via microSD up to 2TB
  • 13MP rear camera with OIS+ and laser auto focus system
  • 2.1MP front-facing camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Marshmallow update coming down the pipeline)
  • 149.1 x 75.3 x 7.1-9.4 mm, 152 grams

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Buy now from Boost Mobile


#3 – LG G3

The LG G3 may be over a year old, but remains a very viable option even now. The device launched with one of the best processing packages available at the time – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. Surprisingly, the 801 still isn’t too far behind current processors found in today’s flagships on the performance front. The LG G3 was also one of the first Android smartphones to feature a Quad HD display, and offers expandable storage and a replaceable battery, with the latter especially difficult to find with smartphones this year. In the camera department, it was the G3 that LG first introduced OIS and the laser auto focus system, and while the camera experience may not be as great as its successor, it is solid nonetheless. The LG G3 is priced at $329.99 from Boost Mobile.

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Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with Quad HD resolution, 538 ppi
  • 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2/3 GB RAM (depending on storage option)
  • 16/32 GB storage, further expandable via microSD up to 128 GB
  • 13MP rear camera with OIS and laser auto focus system
  • 2.1MP front-facing camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm, 149 grams

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Buy now from Boost Mobile


#4 – Motorola Moto E (2015)

The original Moto E was one of the best low-cost Android smartphones around, and its successor, the Moto E (2015) brings even more value to the table, with it now being capable of high-speed internet access via 4G LTE. The latest edition of the device brings a lot of small enhancements along the way as well, including a slightly larger display, updated processing package, more built-in storage, a front-facing camera, and a larger battery that allows for extremely impressive battery life. The Motorola Moto E (2015) is currently priced at $49.99 from Boost Mobile.

Specs

  • 4.5-inch display with 960 x 540 resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • 5MP rear cam, VGA front cam
  • Non-removable 2390mAh battery
  • 129.8 x 66.8 x 12.2mm, 145g
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop

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#5 – Boost Max+ by ZTE

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The Boost Max+, manufactured by ZTE, is a solid budget-friendly offering from the carrier, with its biggest selling point being its large 5.7-inch display. The specifications of the device are otherwise decidedly entry-level, such as the Snapdragon 410 processor, 16GB of storage, and an 8MP primary camera. However, the device also packs a large 3,400 mAh battery that allows for very impressive battery life. Priced at $159.99, if you are looking for a decent large display smartphone on a budget, the Boost Max+ should certainly be in consideration.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 720p resolution. 258 ppi
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • Adreno 306 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage, further expandable via microSD card by up to 64 GB
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1MP front-facing camera
  • 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 165.1 x 82.6 x 10.2 mm, 195 grams

Buy now from Boost Mobile


#6 – LG G Stylo

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If you are looking for a smartphone with a stylus experience on a budget, your best bet is the LG G Stylo. The device features modest specifications overall, similar to what is available with the Boost Max+ above. The key aspect of the LG G Stylo is the fact that the device comes with an embedded stylus, which understandably doesn’t offer the robust feature set available with something like the S Pen, but there are a few software features LG has baked in to take advantage of the stylus. The LG G Stylo is currently available for $149.99 from Boost Mobile.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with a 720p resolution, 258 ppi
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • Adreno 306 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage, further expandable via microSD by up to 32 GB
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 154.4 x 79.3 x 9.4 mm, 166 grams

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Buy now from Boost Mobile


#7 – LG Volt 2

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LG introduced a slew of entry-level and mid-range smartphones earlier this year, with the best of the lot being the LG Volt 2. Apart from featuring signature LG design elements like the rear button placement, thin bezels on the sides of the display and software features like Knock Code, the big selling point of this otherwise entry-level smartphone is its slightly curved display. While the curve isn’t as prevalent as LG’s flagship G4 and Flex 2, it is a differentiating factor when compared to the slew of similarly priced and spec’d smartphones out there. The LG Volt 2 is currently priced at $99.99 from Boost Mobile.

Specs

  • 5-inch IPS LCD display with a 720p resolution, 294 ppi
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • Adreno 306 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage, further expandable via microSD by up to 32 GB
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • 2,540mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 139.7 x 69.9 x 10.2 mm, 136 grams

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Buy now from Boost Mobile


How do like our list? Is there any device you’d add or remove when it comes to pricing categories? Let us know your opinions in the comments!

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29
Nov

VW reportedly knew its fuel economy figures were wrong a year ago


If one report is accurate, Volkswagen execs didn’t just know that their cars’ emission estimates were fishy — they knew the fuel efficiency figures were off, too. German newspaper Bild claims that top brass was aware of misleading fuel economy estimates about a year ago, or months before it became public. Former CEO Martin Winterkorn reportedly went so far as to yank one model off the market, the Polo TDI BlueMotion, because its fuel consumption was simply too far off the mark (18 percent above estimates).

Source: Reuters

29
Nov

Mid-range Lenovo K32c36 gets the go ahead from TENAA


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The Lenovo K32c36 is a new mid-range handset that just received its certification from the China agency, TENAA.

The Lenovo K32c36 will likely have a different name time come its official unveiling, which could be just a few days off. Specs include a 5-inch full-HD display, an octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, likely a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera and 16GB of internal storage that can expanded for an extra 32GB of memory via its built-in microSD card slot. The handset will also include a variety of other sensors including GPS and Bluetooth connectivity. The handset weighs in at 140g and measures only 8.2mm thick.

The official announcement of the Lenovo K32c36 could be just around the corner. The design features a metal build with rear-facing speakers and a monotone flash on the rear side. It’s expected to debut in four colors, black, white, gold and silver. For more details you can check out the official listing at the source link down below.

Source: TENAA
Via: TimesNews.co.uk

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29
Nov

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is now for sale on Bell Canada


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Sony is working hard to bring its monster Xperia Z5 Premium to new markets across the globe. Now the handset can be purchased and activated on Bell Canada.

Bell Canada will be selling the Sony Xperia Z5 for $749 without a contract. However, if you decide to go the 2-year contract route, it’ll only cost you $299. Just recently, the handset became available to purchase in the United States via Amazon as well as some parts of Europe. No matter where you are, you’ll have to pay a pretty penny for the 4k handset. The handset is available in black, silver and gold color options. The Xperia Z5 Premium is attempting to put Sony back on track in the mobile sector, let’s see if the company can keep the momentum rolling moving forward.

Source: Bell

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29
Nov

Talk Android Apps of the Week: November 28, 2015


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It’s Sunday, the time of the week when Talk Android brings you a report on some of the very best applications we’ve been using over the course of the past seven days. Today we’re focusing our attention on a great photo editing tool, a must-have on-demand Internet media streaming service, a fantastic wallpaper collection and an ultra-reliable soccer companion.

Layout from Instagram: Collage

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Whether you’re a frequent or periodic Instagrammer, I’m pretty sure you’ve come across one or two of your friends uploaded collages highlighting a memorable occasion, like for instance a birthday celebration, a recent holiday or a catch-up with friends and family. But have you ever wondered how they create these images?

It’s odds-on they use an application called Layout from Instagram: Collage. This app allows users to remix up to 9 photos at a time and arrange them in a personalized grid, and as an official service developed in-house by the Facebook-owned company, it comes bundled with direct support for Faces, thereby giving you the ability to tag selected people.

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Netflix

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Netflix is one of my most favoured applications. When I’m on a long journey and I’ve finished all my work, I instantly plug my headphones into my smartphone, open up the app and queue an episode of Breaking Bad. Having the facility to watch thousands of TV shows and movies right from my handset is truly awesome as it banishes boredom from many monotonous situations.

The application is extremely well built and rarely crashes. Movies are loaded in quarters, so it won’t start playing until the first 30-minutes or so have been downloaded, which eliminates any buffering frustration you may otherwise have incurred. This is also great if you pass through an area with no signal, as it means you can continue watching the show until it regains the connection.

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Backgrounds HD (Wallpapers)

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In my line of work, I sometimes find myself bored of the stock wallpapers that ship as standard on devices, but strangely when I look for alternatives online, they never seem to fit well and, more often than not, scream low quality. That’s when I decided to see if I could find an app containing a database of images from which I could select one to be configured as my home or lock screen.

After scrolling through many of the Play Store’s offerings, I stumbled upon Backgrounds HD. This application provides users with instant access to more than 8,000 images, which can be set as your wallpaper without having to leave the app. All of the images are neatly arranged into categories, which, coupled with the search functionality, makes it incredibly easy to find what you’re looking for.

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LiveScore

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If you’re a huge soccer fan, then the last application we’re looking at this week was made just for you. LiveScore provides users with second-by-second score updates from leagues, cup competitions and championships worldwide. For each game, detailed match information will be provided  — so you can easily see who scored the last goal without having to leave the app.

If you’re in any way concerned that LiveScore will eat up lots of data because it gathers information in real-time, then don’t be. The service actually uses a complex data compression algorithm to deliver bandwidth friendly, minimal transfer times, which means that using this tool will hardly touch your monthly data pool.

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29
Nov

The AfterMath: A week of excesses


Too much food? Too many bargains? With a handful of antacids nearby, we hope you’ve enjoyed this Thanksgiving week. Following in tradition of all that indulgence, we’re all about size and excess here at TAM. Nuclear-powered data centers, puffy nuggets of gold, huge numbers of user names hacked… and a suggestion for next year’s Thanksgiving dessert. We’d suggest you start making room now. Slideshow-343061

29
Nov

Star Wars’ Aurebesh joins Google Translate


Google’s playful side is well known to the world: everything from the endless supply of Doodles to the very name of its new parent company, Alphabet, seemingly exist to shake up society from too much seriousness. The latest – and for some what may be the greatest – is none other than adding the language of Star War’s universe to Google Translate. Yes, that’s right, Aurebesh is now an officially recognized option:

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According to Slash Gear‘s Chris Burns, “this set of letters works much like a standard 1:1 code, where each letter of our Alphabet has its own unique character in the Aurebesh. There are also characters for basic punctuation and the numbers 1 through 9 and zero, too.”

To use the new language option, simply navigate to Google Translate and select it from the drop down menu(s). Note that it does not seem to be available on the Google Translate app for Android.

The update is part of the larger plan Google has unveiled with the Star Wars universe: earlier this week the search giant announced a tie-in where users can select which side of The Force they feel an affinity towards and watch as Google-related apps and sites are altered accordingly. In addition, further cross-promotions with Cardboard and even an easter egg were also presented.

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It is suggested that the Translate language will be removed once the promotion-at-large ends on February 8th, so now is the best time to start sending and amusing your friends with an “unknown” language, then asking them to literally put it in Google Translate and find out what it means, much to their surprise.

 

29
Nov

LG G4 being updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in parts of Europe


Given that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is quickly approaching the two month mark from when it was first made available to Nexus devices, customers using devices made by other OEMs are no doubt wondering when the gooey goodness will be melting with their mobile.

Some may recall that, much like with Lollipop last year, LG quickly released the new OS build to G4 users in Poland, a country which often sees itself serving as a test market for this kind of thing. Soon after Korean variants started to get 6.0. Now it seems the time is finally at hand for Europe-at-large to munch on Marshmallow, though sadly not all of it.

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According to users on reddit, the update is being distributed via LG Bridge, the Korean company’s PC companion software. The file size is approximately 1.55GB. User 365365, via a German forum, found a list of devices currently eligible for the update. In the time since the original posting however, s/he has added the following note, that [s/he is] “getting mixed answers, post might be just completly wrong ¯_(ツ)_/¯”. To this end, please do not consider the following to be official or confirmed:

  • LGH815 PRT PORTUGAL PT Portugal Europe 2015-11-26
  • LGH815 POL POLAND PL Poland Europe 2015-11-26
  • LGH815 ROM ROMANIA RO Romania Europe 2015-11-26
  • LGH815 DEU GERMANY DE Germany Europe 2015-11-26
  • LGH815 EAP AMAZON ES Spain Europe 2015-11-26
  • LGH815 ESP SPAIN ES Spain Europe 2015-11-26
  • LGH815TR TUR TURKEY TR Turkey Mid. East/Africa 2015-11-26
  • LGH815 VDS VODAFONE ES Spain Europe 2015-11-25
  • LGH815 TWN TWN TW Taiwan China 2015-11-25
  • LGH815 VDF VODAFONE GB United Kingdom Europe 2015-11-25
  • LGH815 VIP VIP HR Croatia Europe 2015-11-25
  • LGH815 VDH VODAFONE HU Hungary Europe 2015-11-25
  • LGH815 VDP VODAFONE PT Portugal Europe 2015-11-25
  • LGH815 SWC SWISSCOM CH Switzerland Europe 2015-11-25
  • LGH815 VDR VODAFONE RO Romania Europe 2015-11-25
  • LGH815 VD2 VODAFONE DE Germany Europe 2015-11-25

LG itself has an official site dedicated to detailing the changes brought on by Marshmallow, which can be viewed here. Some of the more noticeable ones include:

Knock Code is to be updated to offer a better experience for the latest OS. You must now have at least 6 taps and use 3 different quarters in your knock code. To unlock the screen, the knock code for the current user can only be used.

Knock Code Marshmallow G4

 

App permissions have been changed. You can allow or deny permissions for an app to access certain features from other apps.
After you install an app and open it, pop-ups may show and you may be asked to give permissions to an app for certain features. You must give permissions to use the app.
You can decide whether or not to give permissions.
Select Don’t ask again to not be asked twice when you decide not to give permissions.
You can change these permissions later in Settings > General > Apps > Permissions.

G4 App Permissions

Silent mode has been added to the sound profile.
You can silence the phone in the notification panel or in the volume panel that shows when you press the Volume keys.
You can also silence the phone in Settings > Sound & notification.
Before, you had to use Interruptions to silence the phone.
Now, it can be done with just one or two taps.

Interruptions has been renamed to Do not disturb.
With this, you can schedule downtimes to not be disturbed by notifications from some or all apps.
Alarms will sound or vibrate when Do not disturb is set to Priority only. Alarms will be silenced when Do not disturb is set to Total silence.

G4 Silent Mode

Allow peeking has been added to Settings so that you can now see notifications at the top of the screen and have none of them block the screen.
You can allow peeking in Settings > General > Apps.

G4 Peeking

QMemo+ in the notification panel has been renamed to Capture+.
QMemo+ is just the same as before.

G4 Capture+

For the full list of features and detailed descriptions, we recommend visiting LG’s website and familiarizing yourself with everything.

Wrap Up

There is some talk on reddit that the updates are only hitting unlocked devices, thus it may be some time yet before carrier variants receive Marshmallow. Likewise, there seem to be a number of countries in Europe that haven’t received the update yet; at the moment it’s unclear as to if LG will be distributing it to all territories or if the roll-out will be in stages. We will update this story accordingly as we learn more information.

At the very least, LG has once again managed to get a new Android OS build out before just about all of its rivals. Those interested in the other flagship of 2015, the V10, might be somewhat saddened to note that the Korean OEM isn’t planning to update said device until next year, no doubt a result of the unique situation related to the second display.

Let us know if you’ve received Marshmallow on your G4 yet, and if you have, what your initial impressions are.

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Nov

Android Authority this week – November 29, 2015


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Android fans, this week Xiaomi launched a metal-made smartphone for just $140; Huawei introduced its newest phablet flagship, the Mate8; we saw some great Black Friday deals; LG launched a new mid-ranger and revealed some of its plans for the future; the Fossil Q Android Wear smartwatch arrived to the market; and HTC launched its consumer preview program.

Inside AA HQ

Except for the Black Friday craziness, this week has been pretty quiet around AA HQ (and the entire tech scene), with our US team getting some well-deserved time off for Thanksgiving.

According to statistics, most people actually spend the most money on Cyber Monday (i.e. tomorrow). You can bet we’ll have roundups of all the best tech deals, so if you missed Black Friday, keep it tuned tomorrow for a shot at some great deals. Looking for gift ideas? Our Best Gifts under $100 guide has gone live this week.

This week we’re putting up for grabs three Blu Life One X smartphones in our international giveaway! Head over here for your shot at the prize.

BLUE Life One X

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Top news of the week


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and new Mi Pad

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Huawei Mate 8 launched

huawei mate 8 press x (5)


Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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Fossil Q

Fossil Q Founder 4


LG Ray

LG Ray press


HTC Consumer Preview

htc one a9 review aa (11 of 29)


LG’s future

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