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ARM Announces New Mid-Range Designs, MediaTek Already Has Chips Ready To Go

ARM technology powers the vast majority of mobile devices in the world, and the company has just announced some new designs to continue that tradition. The ARM Cortex-A17 is a new mid-range CPU core that offers improved speed and efficiency for budget devices. That's not all – there is also a new version of the Mali GPU for a complete price-conscious package.

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The Cortex-A17 is not meant to replace the A15 – that's still the flagship CPU core design from ARM.

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Qualcomm Toq Smartwatch And Companion App Updated To v1.3 With Activity Point Tracking, Fix For Annoying Notification Bug, And More

The Qualcomm Toq occupies this awkward space in the smartwatch race. Like the Pebble, it uses a display similar to e-ink that sacrifices fancy animations and responsiveness for battery life, only it manages to one-up its competitor by supporting more colors than black and white. Unfortunately, at $349, it's even more expensive than the already ludicrously overpriced Galaxy Gear. Yet for people who purchased one anyway, version 1.3 introduces new features and major bug fixes that should make using the watch a more pleasant experience.

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[Hands-On] SanDisk Announces Ultra Dual USB Drive, A Tiny USB Thumbdrive That Plugs Into Computers And Phones

SanDisk is announcing a new product today, the Ultra Dual USB Drive, or Dual Drive for short. It's not the only USB key with both a USB and microUSB plug, but this is not exactly a saturated product category either. The Dual Drive has a super-compact form factor and should support most Android devices without issue. We got a unit to take a look at a little early, so let's get up close and personal.

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[New Game] Disney Interactive Tests Star Wars: Assault Team Card Game In Australia

Despite the excitement of the newly-announced sequels, Star Wars remains one of the most stale and stubbornly unchanging franchises in science fiction. So clearly what Star Wars needs to get people excited again is... a mobile trading card game.

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The new game comes from LucasArts and... hey, wait a minute, don't we already have a Star Wars card game on Android? Indeed, Konami released Star Wars Force Collection, a shameless rip-off of other free-to-play card games, back in September.

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Samsung Continues to Tease Mobile World Congress Unpacked Event With The World's Most Vague Quote

Mobile World Congress starts in just under two weeks. As with most of the big mobile shows, Samsung will be doing its own thing with an Unpacked event, which the company already announced last week. For some reason Samsung has decided to issue a second announcement, this time with a tiny bit more information. And lots of fives.

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The new invitation image includes nine generic app-style icons, all with a "5" superscript.

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[New Game] Adult Swim's Amateur Surgeon 3 Is A Perfect Example Of 'Don't Try This At Home'

At least once or twice a year you hear about some desperate and/or stupid person who decided to be their own doctor, suturing their wounds with staples or fishing wire in lieu of an emergency room visit. If that sounds like fun, then Amateur Surgeon 3 from the quirky folks at Adult Swim is right up your artery. This is an Android release of a Flash and iOS game, not to mention a gruesome and sarcastic take on the old 'Operation' idea.

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Surprise: Google Has Cleared Themer To Reenter The Play Store, Should Be Live In Mere Hours

MyColorScreen waited a few days before announcing the circumstances of its removal from Google Play, and just like that, Google has let the developers know the app is good to go once again. The app should be live for everyone in a matter of hours.

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The removal was due to a DMCA complaint from Apple because of a theme that imitated iOS 7. The theme was removed, but the team was disheartened when no one at Google could give them any idea when the app would be restored – they feared the app could be in limbo for weeks.

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The Moto X Android 4.4.2 Rollout Is Starting With The T-Mobile Version Following A Successful Soak Test

Android 4.4.2 is reaching the Moto X on T-Mobile today, which passed the recent soak test with flying colors. The update notification will be presenting itself soon, but you can also just head into the settings and check for updates manually. Yes, this is one of those rare times the update button will actually do something.

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JUMP Combination Charging Cable And External Battery Surges Through $40k Kickstarter Funding Goal

Smartphones are convenient, but keeping them charged is not. Charging cables get tangled easily and, despite being lightweight and portable, aren't all that useful on the go. External battery packs can provide a ton of juice when away from a power outlet, but if you forget to keep them charged, you might as well leave them at home. The JUMP Kickstarter project alleviates this issue by combining the two. Now your smartphone cable can double as your external backup battery.

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Monday App And Game Sales: Plex, Crazy Taxi, Podkicker Pro, And More

Turn that frown upside down – we've got some great sales to tell you about. If you weren't frowning, please disregard and continue being the lovable, positive person you are. Either way, check out these deals.

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