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6 days ago

AC on the road: What's in Richard's gear bag in 2014

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Richard's Gear Bag

We're knee deep in event season once again, here's what I'll be dragging to Germany for IFA 2014

Continuing on from Alex and Andrew's insights into what's in their respective gear bags right now, the baton now passes to me. On September 2 i'll be packing up my things and heading off on the annual trip to IFA 2014, the biggest tech show on the planet outside of CES.

Not everything in my gear bag is of an Android/Google persuasion and with good reason – or so I feel, at least. So, here's what i'll be packing.

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6 days ago

Game devs - for the love of all things holy start using cloud save

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Google Play Games sign-in

There are a million things more fun than starting at the beginning

Let me tell you about Knights of Pen and Paper, my favorite Android game ever. It has bards and necromancers and magic swords and barbarians and all sorts of awesome things that everyone wants in a computer fantasy role-playing game. You start small and weak, and work your way through monsters and pirates and treachery, and one day you're powerful and have all this great loot. Ready to go after the tough monsters and packs of things that would have wasted you a dozen or so levels ago.

And then, you switch phones and lose all of it. Back to the beginning for you.

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6 days ago

Weather Channel Android app gets major redesign in latest update

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The highly popular Weather Channel Android app got an update late on Friday in the Google Play Store, presenting its users with an all new user interface and other features.

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6 days ago

The best Android apps of the week: HTC Zoe, TapPath, and more!

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Well everybody, we survived another week. It was hard, and at times we couldn't tell if we would make it, but here we are. For all of the trials and tribulations, we have these, the five very best Android apps to hit the Google Play Store in the last seven days. This week was dominated by stuff for the artistic types delving in photography, drawing, and video, though there's one handy new utility tucked away in the batch.

Stick around, because tomorrow will be running through the best Android games launched over the last week.

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6 days ago

The beginner's guide to Plex

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Plex

Plex is an amazing tool to access your media content on all your devices, here's a quick beginners guide to getting up and running

Plex is one of those services that has been around for some time, but that many of us might have passed over for some reason. Be it a lack of understanding of what it actually does, thinking it couldn't possibly be useful to you or something else entirely. Truth is, Plex could be just what you're looking for to help you manage your media collection.

Sure, Google Play Music does a good job at managing your music, but what about everything else? What about your movies and photos on top? You just might want to take a look at Plex.

It's some time since we looked at it in detail and as a Plex noob, I've set it up from scratch to see how easy it is to get going and use the service. This is less a review and more a beginners guide. Let's take a look.

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6 days ago

Amazon Fire Phone gets OS update with new features, better battery life and more

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Amazon has released a new OS update for its Fire Phone which adds quite a few new features to the Android-based device, along with some improvements for battery life and more.

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6 days ago

Sony Xperia M2 starts receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat update

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Sony has initiated rollout of Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the LTE variant of the Xperia M2. The D2303 model number is eligible to receive the update, with the latest firmware build (18.3.C.0.37) now rolling out to carriers in France, Ireland, Israel, Russia, Singapore and Thailand.

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1 week ago

Recon announces better camera images, ANT+ support, and updated production schedule for Jet

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Recon has just announced some updates to its production schedule for the Recon Jet wearable glasses. According to the company, despite the change in schedule, Recon will still increase the price of the Jet to $699 later this year, noting that customers who order early will still be able to lock in the lower price and get a free set of lenses with their order.

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1 week ago

Android Central 198: Strapped to your face!

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Audio-only stream below

Motorola finally gets things going by announcing a Sept. 4 event. Plus Samsung rolls out the Galaxy Alpha, OnePlus does another something silly, and we answer more of your questions live on air.

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1 week ago

Weekly sidebar poll results: Did you uninstall Facebook Messenger?

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Facebook Messenger

At the beginning of the week we asked everyone if they uninstalled Facebook Messenger after the fuss over permissions. Stemming from a nine month old article at the Huffington Post, Facebook was called to the carpet about the crazy-scary long list of permissions they required to install the stand-alone Facebook Messenger app. Phil did a great job of explaining why those permissions were there, and it all comes down to whether or not you trust Facebook with the broad permissions they had to have for their app to run. If you haven't already, be sure to give it a read.

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