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The Galaxy Tab S – Light and Bright

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WIRED Beautiful high-resolution AMOLED displays. Absurdly thin and light. Expandable storage via MicroSD slot. Multi Window mode is a useful extra, as is SideSync if you own a Galaxy phone. Solid battery life. TIRED TouchWiz UI means there’s a bit of bloatware in the mix. That same plastic dimpled backing as the Samsung Galaxy S5 (although it does look better on these tablets). Samsung makes a lot of different kinds of tablets. In fact, Samsung makes so many tablets that it’s hard for one lineup to stand out amongst the company’s offerings, let alone the competition. But with the 8.4-inch ($400) and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S ($500), Samsung has managed to stand out quite a bit. They’ve also done it without resorting to ridiculous gimmicks. These Wi-Fi-only tablets are incredibly…

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Pocket Kick – Jazz in Your Pants

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WIRED Awesome sound for something slightly bigger than your laptop’s power brick. Bluetooth 4.0, works with almost any device. Over ten hours of battery life per charge. Button controls on the side for when your phone is out of reach. Rubber ring around the grille keeps it from moving around as it vibrates. Has a mic and works as a speakerphone. TIRED Does fine with classic rock, jazz, and mellower vibes, but it won’t bring out the nuances in your Merzbow MP3s. It wobbles when you tip it vertically, and it only really works well while sitting horizontally. Play button functions like a one-button remote on a smartphone, and can trigger the occasional pocket dial. I’m crazy for portable Bluetooth speakers. They’re practical, they’re cute. They’re the type of gadget…

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The HTC One Now Comes in a Windows Phone Version

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HTC has just announced a Windows Phone version of its flagship smartphone, the One. The HTC One for Windows is new in terms of platform only: It’s a spitting image of the beautiful brushed-aluminum HTC One Android phone released earlier this year. The Windows Phone version is only available on Verizon, and the price looks good: It’ll be $100 with a two-year contract. Like the Android version, it’s being referred to as the M8, a nickname given to the 2014 model of the HTC One to avoid confusion with older models. So while it’s an old face, it’s still one of the nicest pieces of Windows mobile hardware we’ve seen to date—camera notwithstanding, of course (the high-end Nokias have it beat in that regard). The Windows Phone version of the…

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OS X Yosemite: Get to Know Notification Center’s New Features

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Apple’s latest desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite, won’t officially come out until sometime this fall. But now that its public beta is open, both developers and a large number of Mac owners are able to use a preview version of the landmark OS. For those who’ve just started using the beta, or are just anticipating its launch later this year, we’ve got some tips on how to best take advantage of the redesigned OS and its many new features. In this edition, we explore Notification Center. Notification Center first made its OS X debut in Mountain Lion in 2012. As its name suggests, it was a hub for collecting notifications from apps and services, as well as recent emails and messages. You access it with a two finger swipe…

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A Bigger iPhone May Not Be Better, But It Makes Sense for Apple

All signs indicate Apple is working on a bigger iPhone. Supply chain buzz, analyst guesstimates, and leaked photos suggest Apple is increasing the size of the iPhone from its current 4-inch form factor to a 4.7-inch model. There may even be a 5.5-incher on top of that, too. If it happens, it will be a big change. For much of the iPhone era, Apple insisted 3.5-inches was the perfect size for a smartphone screen. Just about anyone could hold it in one hand, and reach any point on the display with a single thumb. Former CEO Steve Jobs insisted no one would buy a bigger phone for just that reason. But since the 2012 launch of the iPhone 5 and its 4-inch screen, Apple, like the rest of the smartphone…

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