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Sony Will Roll Out Concept Marshmallow Builds To Select Testers In The Coming Weeks

Sony began tinkering with a cleaner build of Android 5.1 earlier this year with the help of a few hundred beta testers in Sweden. The so-called Sony Concept for Android program is moving forward today with an expansion to more markets and a bump up to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Slots are limited (increased from last time), and it's not available in all regions. For once, it's the US that's getting left out.

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Barnes & Noble And Samsung Introduce A $250 9.6" Nook Based On The Galaxy Tab E

The last tablet Barnes & Noble and Samsung collaborated on was somewhat of a premium product. The Galaxy Tab S2 Nook provided a 2048x1536 resolution on an 8-inch Super AMOLED display, which is plenty sharp for something you're presumably buying to consume books and magazines on.

The latest Nook device, the Galaxy Tab E Nook, does not provide that kind of experience.

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Google Rolls Out The Accelerated Mobile Pages Project To Help Webpages Load Instantaneously On Your Phone Or Tablet

What's more annoying than a slow webpage? A slow webpage on your phone. Ain't nobody got time for that when a connection is bouncing back and forth between 3G and LTE. And that means a publisher somewhere is missing out on traffic. It's a lose-lose situation.

Unfortunately this is the hole we find ourselves in. Webpages aren't the simple creations they used to be. Sites plug in to other sites, meaning you have to wait for third-party ads, widgets, and comment sections to load up before you can start browsing the way you'd like.

To address this, Google is introducing what it calls Accelerated Mobile Pages.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 64GB International Unlocked G925F Variant Is Down To $549.99 On Ebay

Remember the exorbitant amount of casheesh that Samsung wanted for its Galaxy S6 Edge less than half a year ago? Yeah, that's no more. As is the case with most flagships, if you're patient enough to wait for prices to drop, they inevitably will and to a point where you could actually consider forking that much money for them.

A few weeks ago, we spotted the 32GB S6 Edge down at $499, and now we're seeing the 64GB version at an equally awesome discount. How awesome? $549.99. That's how much the eBay seller wants for the G925F model, which is the international unlocked variant of the phone.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Reduced Down To $300 On eBay

Do you know what costs more than a Galaxy Note 5? This year's new Galaxy S6 Edge+, which is essentially a Note with fancy sides. Both are priced at uncomfortably close to a grand. Frankly, Galaxy Note devices are about as expensive as smartphones come.

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Verizon Confirms Samsung Pay Is Coming In A Future Software Update

Verizon was previously noncommittal about supporting Samsung's contactless payment solution, but the carrier has now confirmed on Twitter that Samsung Pay is coming. When? No one knows, but it will be delivered as part of a future software update. We all know how good Verizon is at getting software updates out in a timely fashion.

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Motorola Posts Android 5.1.1 Kernel Source For The 2013 Moto X (Ghost)

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HTC Views Breast Cancer Awareness Month As The Perfect Time To Sell The Pink HTC One M9 Here In The States

We're at the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month, which means now is a good opportunity to take whatever product you're selling and offer it in pink. HTC has decided to do precisely that. If you want to raise awareness of breast cancer or merely draw attention to that colorful piece of metal you keep raising to your ear, then you're the person who should take advantage of this time to buy a limited edition pink GSM HTC One M9. You can even have the pink ribbon imprinted on the back.

If this hot pink device looks familiar, that's because HTC showed off its flagship in this color back when it launched the device in Taiwan seven months ago.

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Sony Unveils Which Xperia Devices Will Get An Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update

Google has shown off what's in Android 6.0. Factory images and over-the-air updates are popping up for Nexus devices. That means the time is ripe for smartphone makers to announce when they're going to bring Marshmallow to their devices.

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Confirmed: The Nexus 5X Only Comes With A USB Type-C Cable - No Type-C-To-Type-A Cable In The Box

USB Type-C is the future... but the future isn't here yet. Odds are pretty good that most of your electronics still use the Type-A cable standard (the usual rectangular USB port that we've all become accustomed to). So for the next few years, converter cables and adapters will be needed in the same way that we used to need converters between Mini and MicroUSB cable types. Unfortunately, that's going to be the case for the Nexus 5X - the only cable and charger in the box is the reversible Type-C at both ends.

That's in contrast to the more expensive Nexus 6P, which comes with both a Type-C-to-Type-C cable and a Type-C-to-Type-A cable, presumably specifically because it's more expensive.

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