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1 week ago

Android Central Photo Contest: Light bulb

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Lights are pretty important for keeping our lives functioning smoothly, but they can also be worked into designs that really light up your day. While you may not think about taking photos of light bulbs at first, once you start looking around you can find some really interesting subject matter. We're sure you can come up with something great.

Two people will win prizes for their entries in this latest contest, and each one will take home a Nexus Player! That's a great prize and we're sure you'll all work hard to win it.

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1 week ago

How to get your pictures out of Facebook and into Google Photos

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Facebook Photo Albums

Facebook basically does the bare minimum when it comes to giving you your photos back, and that's really unfortunate.

Most of us have a lot of photos in Facebook, but don't actually use that platform as a long-term storage solution. That's probably a good idea considering how photos are handled on the service, and making the move to something like Google Photos instead is something to consider. Unfortunately the data export tools for Facebook are pretty bad, leaving you with lots of issues when it comes to getting every photo out of the service and over to something new.

But there's no better time to get this done than now, and we're going to explain all of the caveats related to getting your photos from Facebook to Google Photos.

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1 week ago

Android Wear or Pebble Time — which is best for you?

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Android Wear and Pebble Time

Choices can be hard. Especially when both are great choices.

Smartwatches are uniquely personal pieces of technology. We all want a phone that has a certain look or feel, and most of us think our choice says something about who we are, and how we want people to perceive us. When it comes to our watch — essentially a piece of jewelry — things go a step further. When it's a smartwatch, one with which we interact and do more than see what time it is, things get even more complicated.

And the "style" bit is just part of it. When you spend money on a smartwatch, you are buying more than just looks. You're interested in the features, the interface, the ecosystem and how it all aligns itself together. A smartwatch needs to do more than tell you what time it is (though it needs to do that very well) and what it can do and how it does it is every bit as important as how it looks.

We've got plenty of great choices when it comes to Android-compatible smartwatches. Android Wear is the crowd favorite (with good reason) and is Google's player in this game. But with the release of the Pebble Time, there's an additional choice that we can't overlook.

Let's break it down and figure out which is the better choice for you — Android Wear or the Pebble Time.

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1 week ago

Announcing the 'AC Photo Contest: Caption this photo' winners!

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We mixed things up in the latest photo contest, providing you with the photo and seeing what great captions you could come up with. We kept it open for a full two weeks and watched the captions flood in — filling up 20 pages in the forums in the end. We laughed, we cried and honestly looked a little puzzled at some of the entries. In the end it came down to the 10 winners — read along and see them.

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1 week ago

The new Nest requires a whole new app

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A quick heads up for those of you in the Nest nation. Along with all the new hardware announced today comes an entirely new app, and not just an update to the existing one. When you update your existing Nest app, you'll find that the icon goes gray, the app renames itself to Nest 4.5, and you'll be prompted to download the new Nest 5.0. (Which you can get here.) You'll have to log in all over again, but after that you're up and running with the new hotness.

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1 week ago

Hearthstone's 'Tavern Brawl' mode goes live with new heroes in tow

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Hearthstone's newest game mode, Tavern Brawl, is now live.

Blizzard Entertainment's popular card-battling game based around the Warcraft universe, Hearthstone, has a new game mode ready for the playing. Tavern Brawl was announced last week, and presents users with a repeating, temporary event that spices up the action with a new set of rules each week.

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1 week ago

The OnePlus 2 will use the 'cool' version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor

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The upcoming OnePlus 2 smarthphone will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor running things inside.

When the successor to the OnePlus One smartphone, the OnePlus 2, is released later this year, it will have the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor inside.

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1 week ago

Moto X Android 5.1 soak tests expanded, full rollout inches closer

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Motorola has expanded the Android 5.1 soak test for the 2013 and 2014 Moto X to a ton of new countries, with a full rollout expected next week.

It feels like it's been a long journey for Moto X owners waiting on an upgrade to Android 5.1, but that journey may be close to its end. Motorola's David Schuster took to Google Plus once again to provide an update on the company's progress, noting that it has expanded the current soak test on both Moto X generations to a ton of new countries, with a full rollout slated to begin next week.

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1 week ago

Android 5.1.1 update finally begins rolling out for the Moto 360

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Moto 360 owners will be thrilled to hear that the Android 5.1.1 update is now rolling out for the device, but it may be a few days before everyone sees it.

The Android 5.1.1 update has already hit a number of other Android Wear devices, but the Moto 360 was not one of them, until now. Motorola had blamed performance issues for the delay, but the update is finally here.

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1 week ago

Razer Forge TV makes its way to the Google Store at $149 with free shipping

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The Razer Forge TV, an Android TV device bundled with a game controller, is now available to be purchased directly from the Google Store.

Google is now carrying the Razer Forge TV in its Google Store for $149 with free shipping. The Forge TV is an Android TV unit that comes with a game controller, bringing both media and games to your television set.

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1 week ago

Nest makes the Nest Cam official, updates app with support for all products in one place

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Nest has made the Nest Cam official, as well as introduced an update to its application, in which customers will be able to control of their Nest products from one place.

In addition to making the Nest Cam official, Nest has introduced an update for its companion app which now supports all three of its products in one place. The Nest Cam was no surprise, it was leaked previously and is now available for pre-order from Best Buy. Nest is making controlling all of its products easy with a new update to its app, bringing support for all three products.

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1 week ago

Samsung preparing a security update to close keyboard exploit

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Samsung Galaxy keyboard

Samsung today in an official statement has said that it's prepping an update that should close a potential-but-obscure avenue for exploit in its custom keyboard on a number of its most popular phones.

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1 week ago

Nest revamps the Nest Protect with new smoke sensor, safety features, and more

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Nest has introduced an all-new Nest Protect, which makes significant improvements over the first-generation hardware.

An all-new Nest Protect has been introduced by the company, bringing some new features and several safety improvements to the device. This time around Nest has included a new smoke sensor, new safety features, and the ability to hush the Protect right from your smartphone.

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1 week ago

Nest Cam appears on Best Buy site, pre-orders now open for $199

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Nest's new Cam has now shown up on the Best Buy site, with pre-orders now available for the device priced at $199.

Ahead of today's event, the Nest Cam has made its way to Best Buy's website and Best Buy is also now accepting pre-orders. In addition to confirming the launch of the Nest Cam, Best Buy has outed the new software from Nest as well.

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1 week ago

Intel snaps up smart eyewear maker Recon Instruments

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Intel has acquired Recon Instruments, a company behind a number of wearable heads-up displays geared towards athletes.

Recon Instruments, the company behind a number of wearable heads-up display products, has been acquired by Intel. Recon CEO Dan Eisenhardt says that the company will continue its work under Intel, and that it will use its newly-available resources to expand on things like their developer program, and look at incorporating other technology from around Intel into their products.

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