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The Water Resistant 5-Inch Kyocera Hydro Wave Comes To T-Mobile Priced At $150, MetroPCS July 27th

Kyocera is one smartphone manufacturer that could care less about beating the competition on specs. It makes cheap phones that either won't receive updates or won't get them until long after you've given up hope. But the handsets are affordable, and many of the later models tend to be pretty rugged.

Both of these hold true for the Kyocera Hydro Wave, which is now available from T-Mobile and on its way to MetroPCS.

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The New Asus Zenfone 2E Is Available Today On AT&T GoPhone Service, Priced At $119.99

Asus has seen some success with the budget-oriented unlocked Zenfone 2, and now a less expensive variant of the device is coming to AT&T as a prepaid GoPhone. The Zenfone 2E keeps many of the design cues from the Zenfone 2, but pulls back on the spec sheet a bit.

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Dell Updates The Venue 8 7840 To Android 5.1

Dell took its sweet time updating the super-slim Venue 8 tablet to Android 5.0. It finally got this done back in early May, though this was after blowing several previous release dates. To make up for it, Dell just pushed Android 5.1 to this device. I'm a little surprised Dell hasn't moved on yet.

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Sony Starts To Roll Android 5.1 For The Xperia Z3 And Z2 Series Of Phones And Tablets

 

Sony is ready to take its Android phones to the next Lollipop level. The company is sticking to its previous word that the Z series devices will start getting Android 5.1 in July and is starting the roll-out today with the Z3 and Z2 series. So consider yourself lucky if you have an Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2, or Z2 Tablet, because you're among the first Sony owners to get Android 5.1... well, if we don't count the GPE Z Ultra.

You'll obviously get all the benefits of Android 5.1, like better volume control and plenty of design and usability tweaks, but Sony has also added a few improvements to its own software.

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Google Announces New Drive Plug-in For Microsoft Office, For Now Only Works On Windows And Not With The 2016 Beta

It's one thing to claim you have an open approach and another thing to make it easier to use your competitor's product. Google is putting their money where their mouth is as they release a Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office, though there is still some work to do. While on one hand you can see this as a way to help users avoid Docs, Sheets, and Slides, it also provides feature parity with Drive's own competitors OneDrive and Dropbox, both of whom enjoy deep integration with the office suite.

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At this point, the plug-in only works on Windows and users are reporting that it doesn't function on the Office 2016 pre-release versions which will launch very shortly alongside Windows 10.

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[Deal Alert] AT&T Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge On Sale For Just $599 On Ebay, $200 Off Retail

The Galaxy S6 Edge may be the prettiest and most futuristic device ever made by Samsung. The two things that really set it apart from the normal S6 are the sexy curved screen on the front, and the sizeable price bump of $100 or more.

Today though, you can pick up the S6 Edge for considerably less than a standard S6. Ebay has the unlocked AT&T version of the S6 Edge on sale for the lowest ever price of $599, a full $70 less than the last time we posted about it. Cheaper and sexier? Nice.

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Being unlocked, this device will work just fine on AT&T and T-Mobile as well as many other GSM carriers.

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Report: Nokia Nearing Sale Of HERE Maps To German Trio Of BMW, Volkswagen, And Mercedes-Benz

Nokia, in their continuing withdrawal from the mobile phone and software industry, appears close to selling off their best remaining asset in that market: HERE Maps. According to a report by Bloomberg, Nokia will sell their mapping technology and know-how to Germany's three biggest automakers, BMW, Audi (owned by Volkswagen), and Mercedes-Benz. Though they typically compete against one another, each shares common concerns about Google's market position and privacy policies.

The report estimates the asking price of HERE to be nearing $4 billion USD, though the final offer may be closer to $2.5 billion. While that sounds like a big number, HERE is a product of Nokia's acquisition of NAVTEQ for $8.1 billion in 2008.

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Corning's Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass Promises To Make Your Smartphone Screen Less Gross, ZTE's Axon Gets It First

Doorknobs. Keyboards. Mobile electronics of all kinds. I'll take "things that are always covered in germs and crap, and which I really prefer not to think about" for $400, Alex. Yes, all the things you touch every day have a nasty habit of leaving gunk on your touchscreen phone - it's kind of part and parcel of the whole "touch" thing. But Corning wants to make you feel a little less gross when you think about that with its new version of the ubiquitous Gorilla Glass.

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They call it Antimicrobial Corning(R) Gorilla(R) Glass (really?), and though it was announced way back in January of last year, the recently-revealed ZTE Axon is the first phone to actually use the feature.

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[Deal Alert] Nexus 9 LTE Only $340 At Expansys USA, Down From Its Previous Already Low Sale Price Of $380

Last month Expansys USA was willing to sell you a Nexus 9 LTE for $380. That was and remains significantly less than the $600 the Google Store charges for the same device. At the time, it was also less than Amazon, but that company has since dropped its price down to $375.

So, why are we all gathered here around this blog post then? Because Expansys USA is now ready to sell you a Nexus 9, still with LTE, for just $340. That's $25 less than Amazon, and it's nearly half as much as what Google wants. Heck, it's cheaper than the official starting price of the 32GB Wi-Fi model.

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Google+ Photos Will Shut Down August 1st To Complete Transition To New Google Photos

You won't be able to stubbornly cling to the old Google+ Photos much longer (assuming people are doing that). The official Google+ account has confirmed that August 1st is the shutdown date for Google+ Photos. It won't be a huge adjustment for most users—the new Google Photos already has all your stuff stored and organized.

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