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10 Mindless Games You Can Play While Zoning Out

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With mobile gaming, you’ll never need to stare into space again.

You can go from waiting rooms and train platforms to zipping through asteroid fields or racing against the clock to claim Candy Crush Saga superiority over your friends. The best games for totally zoning out are those with simple objectives and repetitive actions — but even within those limits, you’ll find worlds of variety

Here are 10 games to help you escape real life,…

The New Moto X: A Lousy Battery Kills a Decent Phone

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I really wanted to love the new Moto X. Last year’s model is still one of my favorite Android phones. Motorola really struck gold with the design, which felt just right in one hand even though it had a relatively large 4.7-inch screen. It was light, pretty and it did some things no other phone could, such as always listening for your voice to wake it up.

The new Moto X ($99.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T or Verizon, $499.99 unlocked) carries over many of those same ideas, but the…

Samsung’s Answer to the iPhone 6 Debuts in the U.S. This Week

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha, which is the company’s answer to the iPhone in terms of both looks and specs, is officially launching in the United States later this month, exclusively at AT&T.

First announced in August, the metal-framed phone (a departure from Samsung’s plastic offerings) will be available online and from AT&T retailers beginning on Sept. 26, starting at about $200 with a two-year contract, the company said on Monday.

The svelte Galaxy Alpha…

iPhone 6 Haters Gonna Hate

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Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday, causing long lines, bad decisions and some serious shade from Android lovers.

Across the world, anxious Apple fans stood in long lines to get their hands on the newest, biggest, brightest and fastest iPhone out there, while haters spent their time pointing out that the new gadget isn’t that special.

But what are you gonna do? Haters gonna hate.

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5 Apps to Trick Out Your Keyboard on iOS 8

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iOS 8 is finally here, and for the first time in its history, developers can create custom keyboard apps.

While many more will likely debut in the coming weeks and months, the first wave of keyboard apps is already hitting Apple’s App Store. We’ve rounded up five of our favorites, so you can decide how best to trick out your keyboard.

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SwiftKey, one of the most popular apps on Android, delighted Apple fans earlier this year when…

Google Unveils 3 Budget Smartphones for Android One

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Google announced the first three smartphones that will be part of Android One, the company’s initiative to bring affordable Android smartphones to developing markets.

Each of the three devices, manufactured by Micromax, Spice and Karbonn, has a 4.5-inch display and will first ship in India. The phones will also come to Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka by the end of the year; Google said it would make Android One available in more countries next year

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Alcatel Smart Cover Sends Texts, Calls Right to Your Phone Case

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BERLIN — Chinese manufacturer Alcatel OneTouch introduced its Hero 2 smartphone at the IFA 2014 tech conference in Berlin on Thursday, but its new line of accessories are some of the most fun and innovative we’ve seen in tech in awhile.

The sleek, 6-inch Hero 2 ($455) debuted alongside the Hero 8 tablet (no price just yet), with nearly identical specs as the smartphone. While the devices are pretty standard in the market right now — an octa-core processor, Android 4.4 “KitKat,” an…

How Material Design Actually Works

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In our latest Ask a Dev video, Android’s Ajay Pall discusses how to implement the newly announced Material Design

With all the recent news about Android L and Material Design, you’d probably think they were two things that can’t exist without the other. However, it’s important to distinguish that Material is a design philosophy and L is a release of Android

One example is Google’s I/O 2014 application. On pre-L devices, it keeps a…


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Asus ZenWatch: A Fancy Smartwatch That Measures Your Relaxation Levels

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BERLIN — Google announced its wearables platform, Android Wear, back in March, with LG and Motorola on board, but we knew it’ll take some time for all manufacturers to catch on

That time has arrived, as this year’s IFA is chock-full of smartwatch announcements, starting with Asus’ ZenWatch, the first wearable the company has produced

Interestingly, while presenting the product here in Berlin, Asus placed…

How to Watch the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Launch Live

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BERLIN — The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year — along with the iPhone 6, of course — and we’re just a few hours away from Samsung’s big announcement live in Berlin.

While Samsung is holding two additional simultaneous events for the launch — one in New York City and another in Beijing — you’ll be able to tune into the presentation from the IFA 2014 tech conference in Berlin via the Samsung Mobile YouTube page.