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1 week ago

Google Maps and Google Earth: What's the difference?

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Google has two distinctly different apps — Maps and Earth — that can handle similar tasks but are used in very different ways.

Whereas on the desktop you can quickly switch between the informative Maps interface and detailed full-blown satellite Earth view, the experience is a bit choppier when you're juggling Maps and Earth apps on Android. Google Maps contains all of the navigation, lightweight mapping power and points of interest with just a small hint of satellite imagery, while Google Earth has complete 3D satellite data and just a small subset of information on places, without any point-to-point navigation. In the end there are pretty clear roles for when to use each one — let us explain.

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: MWC in T-minus 7 days ...

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The clock is ticking. We're now a week away from one of the busiest days of the year, both as fans of newfangled smartphones as well as of the extremely lucky press corps that gets to cover them.

And if you'll allow me but a brief second of complaint — it'll be a miracle if we survive March 1. That's a good thing, of course. (And chances are I say it every year.) But I wish I could share what our calendar looks this time next week. And that's still a day before Mobile World Congress even opens in Barcelona.

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1 week ago

AT&T sends out Lollipop soak test invites for 2014 Moto X

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It looks like AT&T is preparing a soak test for Android 5.0 Lollipop on the 2014 Moto X. Some Moto X owners are reporting receiving survey invites asking them to participate in the test.

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1 week ago

Seidio DILEX Pro case with metal kickstand for the Nexus 6

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Seidio DILEX Pro

Stylish protection for your Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is a big beautiful phone. Chances are you'll want to keep it beautiful and free from dings and scratches with the right case, and I think we've found the right case with the Seidio DILEX Pro. It's easy to put on and take off, allows for full use of all the features, and the soft-touch finish (in multiple colors) looks and feels great in your hands.

Have a read and see if the Seidio DILEX Pro is the right case for you, too.

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1 week ago

How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on the web

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Google location history

It takes some time, but you can completely control the location history Google collects from your devices.

Google Maps

We've already covered how to remove individual locations and history items from Google Maps on Android, but when you need to access and manage all of your location history, you need to hop onto the computer. As the old saying goes, "knowledge is power" — and we're going to give you all of the tools necessary to know what information Google knows about your location, and how to clean it up or stop further reporting.

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1 week ago

Amazon Echo review

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Everything has to be smarter these days. Connected to something. Connected to everything. And these days we have to talk to those things.

Google brought us, well, Google Now. But excellent as it is, you're taking to a machine. Apple personified things with Siri. And now Amazon has Alexa in its Amazon Echo Bluetooth speaker. Why? Oh, why not. On one hand you've got a decent speaker that ties into Amazon music. And lets you make shopping lists for later. On Amazon, of course.

But really that's just the tip of the iceberg with Alex. And it's a bit of an odd product, not available for general purchase. You register your interest with Amazon, finally are given the opportunity to buy, and then wait a few weeks until it ships. Maybe available will expand, maybe it won't. It took about a month for ours to arrive, a few minutes to get it set up, and not much longer to see that this thing has some serious potential. The question is whether that potential leads to anything on down the road.

And if it does, the likes of Google and Apple are going to find themselves with even more of a competitor in Amazon.

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1 week ago

Android Central 223: Wicked Game

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Audio-only stream below

We're back with our last live recording before we head off to Mobile World Congress. On tap: We'll see if this Lenovo "Superfish" means anything for us on Android. We'll get Alex's initial thoughts on the LG G Flex 2. And we'll definitely preview what to expect from MWC in just one more short week.

And someone sings some Chris Isaak. 

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1 week ago

Samsung drops even more Galaxy S6 teasers — are you not teased?

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With a week to go before its latest flagship — the Galaxy S6 — is officially announced, Samsung is giving us a few more glimpses into the next big Galaxy thing.

If there was every any doubt that we're going to see more metal in the Galaxy S6, Samsung's latest teaser pretty much puts that to rest. "Tomorrow, metals will flow," the latest video croons. "Beauty will be powerful. Borders will disappear. Reflections will be free. Colors will leap. The future will be the present."

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1 week ago

Google Play promotion offers up tons of hit movies for only $5 each

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If you're looking for a good way to spend your Friday night, you might want to check out Google Play's most recent movie promotion. Currently, you can score a number of hit movies from the storefront, such as Inception, Anchorman, and Looper, for a cool $5.

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1 week ago

Judge dismisses antitrust case against Google over bundled apps and services

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An antitrust case against Google over bundling its own apps and services into Android phones has been dismissed by a federal judge today. The suit in question claimed that Google's contracts with smartphone makers that required its own apps and services to come bundled on their devices put rival apps at a disadvantage and lead to higher prices.

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1 week ago

How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on Android

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Google Maps history

We all search for plenty of wacky and one-time things in Google Maps, and despite what Google thinks we don't always want that sitting in our history forever.

Google Maps

There are also plenty of times when we navigate somewhere that we'll never go back to, and there's no reason to have it saved in the app's history. Though the real power to wipe this all out from your account lies on the web, you can quickly remove specific searches and locations that you've recently navigated to right from your Maps app. Let us show you how to do it.

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1 week ago

Marvel and comiXology team up to offer buy one, get one free deal on comics

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Marvel and comiXology have teamed up to offer a buy one, get one free sale on Marvel comics on their websites from today, Feb. 20, through Monday, Feb. 23. When purchasing any number of Marvel comics either the Marvel or comiXology site, use the code MARVEL during checkout to to get an equal number of comics of the same or lower value for free.

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1 week ago

Trivia Crack hit with growing pains thanks to a flood of user-submitted questions

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The latest mobile gaming app hit is Trivia Crack, but its method of using questions supplied by its many players has created a backlog of questions that are still awaiting approval. The app, developed by Etermax, gets an average of one million questions per day submitted by users, according to the developer's founder Maximo Cavazzani.

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1 week ago

LG G Flex 2 video walkthrough

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LG G Flex 2

The LG G Flex 2 is close at hand, with the second-gen flexible phone's recent arrival in Asia, and a U.S. launch slated for early March. We've got the phone in our hands, and we're in the process of preparing our full review.

In the meantime, we've put together a quick video walkthrough reflecting our first few days with the G Flex 2, and you'll find it embedded down below...

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1 week ago

Motorola's sending us a magical mystery box on Feb. 25

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Yep, Motorola has given us warning that we can expect some sort of "exciting announcement" next week, and that "everything you'll need fits inside one box." We have absolutely no idea what to expect come Feb. 25.

Yes, it could be a new watch, though there's absolutely no evidence to support that just yet. Yes, the timing is just before Mobile World Congress. But that also might or might not mean anything. Sure, a new phone or tablet is possible. The simple fact is is that nobody knows. Well, nobody but Motorola, that is. And the "everything you need fits" line sure makes it sound like it's maybe more than one something? (Or some crazy Project Ara stuff? Who knows ...)

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