We’ve had not shortage of leaked pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ to ogle at over the past several weeks. However, a new shot has surfaced of what looks to be an official press render of each device side-by-side.




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If you regularly buy direct from Sony on its online store, you may want to look into another outlet to get its products. Sony announced today that it will be shutting down its online shop on August 28.




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Spending a few hours hiking, or biking through the woods can be a fun and relaxing way to get a great workout. Getting lost because you’re bad with maps is not. For a while now we’ve seen fitness apps of various kinds make a name for themselves, but Viewranger GPS does it differently. Offering tracking stats on time and distance, fantastic maps, and detailed information on position, this is the app for anyone who enjoys spending a great deal of time outdoors.

Viewranger GPS for Android wear is a fantastic app rife with features that we haven’t seen too much of. Most of your options, the settings, and all of your map options are available exclusively on your phone. While you can’t edit anything from your smartwatch, you do still have access to plenty of information.

You have four basic screens, each of which you can get to by opening the app and swiping to the left. You can start, pause or stop a trip, which will trigger the app to open your phone and start tracking you. The fourth screen is labeled Details, and if you tap it, you’ll get all the details of your current trip and location.




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The YotaPhone 2 won’t be making its way to the US, even after the company successfully funded the mission on Indiegogo. In an update sent to backers, Yota Devices has revealed that the logistics of getting the phones in the hands of the US backers would take far too long.




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The new OnePlus 2 was just unveiled earlier this week, but it’s already showing signs of momentum that blow its predecessor out of the water. The waiting list for an invite to purchase the OnePlus 2 has surpassed one million people just days after its unveiling. From OnePlus:

In comparison, the original OnePlus device has sold over 1.5ql million units to date, an extraordinary testament to the growth of the brand since its founding December 2013. Following the global success of last year’s OnePlus One, the launch of the OnePlus 2 reaffirms the brand’s commitment to the highest level of craftsmanship in the industry today.

At the time of this writing, the reservation list stands just a hair above one million. No matter what you think of the invite system, those are some impressive numbers for a still relatively small company just days after the smartphone was announced.

Have you already thrown your name in the hat for a OnePlus 2 invite? Let us know in the comments below, and also be sure to check out our hands-on with OnePlus’ latest “flagship killer” at the link below.

More: The OnePlus 2: Hands-on with the well-hyped Android smartphone sequel




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If there are two things we love in the modern home, it’s Tasker and Sonos. Tasker is an absurdly powerful Android app that can fire off actions when certain triggers are met. Sonos is a polished lineup of connected home speakers that talk to each other seamlessly and plug into every streaming music service out there.

Without an IFTTT channel, it can be a little hard dealing with your Sonos using anything but the official apps, but with a bit of elbow grease you can get Tasker to play nice with your beloved sound system. Here we’ll break down how to get a fresh, random playlist started with the bare minimum of fiddling with your phone.




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Google today announced two new methods of beta testing that will give developers even more options for testing apps before production release. Here’s the deal:

  • Open beta testing basically just removes the requirement that a user join a Google+ Community or Google Group. One click on the opt-in link and a user will be able to use the beta track. Developers can limit the number of users in the open beta, however.
  • Closed beta via email address lets you control the group of testers with their email addresses. (Again, basically another option that doesn’t require G+ or Groups use.) Devs can upload addresses individually, or as a batch with a .csv file.

The current methods of managing testers through Google+ Communities (which is what we’ve been using for our betas) or through Google Groups still remains. Google in its blog post said that some 80 percent of developers are taking advantage of the beta testing scheme in Google Play.

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Google has lowered the minimum purchase price for apps from its Google Play Store in India to Rs. 10, making apps even more affordable to users. As India continues to be a huge area of growth for the company, Google wanted to be sure to new audiences were able to be reached. As Android becomes more popular in the country, the demand for apps continues to grow as well.




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Citing sources at international securities investment houses, it.sohu.com is reporting that Qihoo 360 may be planning to invest $661 million into HTC by purchasing a 31.5% share of the company. Qihoo 360 is an internet services company which specializes in … Read More




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The latest global smartphone sales figures from Strategy Analytics show Huawei gaining ground, with the Chinese vendor becoming the third largest manufacturer in the world. In Q2 2015, Huawei accounted for 7 percent of the smartphone market share, with 30.6 million shipments.




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