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Dscout review: going beyond Project Ara

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This simple white app gives out nice green cash

The survey app from Project Ara is back, and it's paying out

Many of you might've heard of dscout before; it was the app that Project Ara used while trying to hone in on its prototype. Users would complete surveys in the hopes of eventually being rewarded with a unit later in the project. And like many of you, when we fell behind on that (which for me was when they started having us make fake phones that we were supposed to get feedback on from other actual, physical human beings) most of us kinda forgot the app was there.

Well, there's a reason to open it back up again, or install it if you don't have it yet: dscout is giving out something better than the chance at prototypes: cold, hard cash. Well, they're giving out checks, mostly, but they're giving people money to be opinionated on their phones, and I'm sure there's more than a few readers out there who love to speak their minds and wouldn't mind padding their wallets for it. But is the app good enough to bear your opinions and possibly your soul to?

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1 day ago

Ventev Glide Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Ventev Glide Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5

Sometimes it pays to go with a pouch

 

If you've ever owned a BlackBerry in the past, there's a strong chance you paired it up with a pouch case – or at least it looks like every single owner did. They're not perhaps the first style we consider anymore for carrying our much larger Android phones, but there's still a lot to be said for one. Especially when they're sleek and stylish like this Ventev Glide Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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2 days ago

Ten years of Google awesomeness as a publicly traded company

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Google stock

Mountain View has been a prime example of the long-term play

Google went public 10 years ago today. I remember it well because, at the time, I was working as an equity analyst covering the technology hardware sector on Bay Street in Toronto. When IPOs happen, the investment bankers typically are the ones who set the offer price. Google used a Dutch auction, which was controversial and meant buyers were to bid on the number of shares they'd like to buy and what price they'd be willing to pay.

Google's IPO was not deemed highly successful at the time. The Nasdaq was suffering from weakness, the first-day pop of Google shares was less dramatic than people hoped for, and it was commonly written that Google was massively overpriced.

Ten years later I think this serves as fantastic evidence of the importance of long-term thinking. Investing, to me, is not about trading for today, this week, this quarter or even this year. It's about looking at an industry dealing with huge change and buying companies with a leadership position in creating the change. Oh … and holding onto the stock for a long, long time.

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2 days ago

BioLite Portable Grill and KettlePot review - cook food and charge your phone

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BioLite stove and grill

The BioLite Campstove has been around for a little while, offering the gadget-obssessed a way of keeping their toys alive when out in the wilderness. The whole affair uses a wood-burning stove paired with a thermoelectric generator that trickle charges a single device over USB. A smart design and built-in fan helps keep the fire stoked.

This summer I got to try out two cooking attachments for the stove: the KettlePot and the Portable Grill. If you think you can squeeze in one more camping trip before the summer wraps up, you'll want to check them out.

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2 days ago

Budget app Simple adds instant money transfer

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Simple has released a major update for its finance app for Android devices, including an all new interface and a few new features to help people manage their money.

In addition, the app now allows users to send money to other Simple customers for the first time on mobile via Simple Instant.

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2 days ago

Retrica review

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Retrica

Filter fanatics will enjoy this simple app, but serious photographers will have to look elsewhere

There are plenty of ways to put funky retro filters on your photos, but many focus on tweaking after the fact rather than doing it on the fly. Retrica is one camera app that's picked up a sizable following for offering a huge set of neat and artistic filters that are applied to the viewfinder live as you're taking photos, and letting you quickly share them out to any service you choose.

Working with photos this way creates a different dynamic than snapping a picture and laboring over filters and tweaks later, but for some people the live filters of Retrica will offer a more spontaneous and fun experience. Read along for our full review of Retrica, another choice in a full stable of camera apps on Android.

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2 days ago

Google Sheets gets Excel-friendly while Drive adds Activity Stream

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Google Drive and Google Sheets for Android got some decent feature additions recently. Google Drive now lets users view changes made to files and folders from the details panel, along with a few new file management functions from the same pane.

You can also change view, comment, or edit permissions from the mobile app now. Meanwhile Google Sheets now allows users to open, edit, and save Microsoft Excel files. You can also view charts, insert formulas, and use find/replace throughout your spreadsheets.

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2 days ago

OneNote app for Android updated with full tablet support and more

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Microsoft has released a major update for its OneNote note taking app for Android devices in the Google Play Store, offering tablet owners a full and native experience for the first time, along with other features.

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2 days ago

Verizon-exclusive HTC One M8 with Windows Phone is official

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HTC One M8 with Windows Phone

As was widely rumored in recent weeks, HTC and Verizon Wireless have today unveiled the HTC One M8 with Windows Phone 8.1. This new flavor of M8 has Microsoft's mobile OS running the show, with the same specs and all-metal chassis we know from the original Android HTC One M8, and it'll be carried exclusively by Verizon. That means you've got a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor inside, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, 2,600mAh battery and UltraPxel rear camera, backed up by HTC's depth-sensing Duo Camera. To sweeten the deal Microsoft's also throwing in 15GB of free OneDrive cloud storage.

This one's a Verizon exclusive, and it'll be available Aug. 20 for $99 on contract.

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2 days ago

How to upload your own file to Google Play Books

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Google Play Books upload hero

Google Play Books gives power to the people to upload their own books

One feature I'm discovering on Google Play Books that I really enjoy is that I get to upload my own files, which I can then read within the Google Play Books app. Just keep in mind that the files should be of the PDF and/or EPUB varieties. The files you upload should also be DRM-free. DRMs are things that allow sellers to control what you do with their product to some extent. You can get DRM-free files from different sources, like Project Gutenberg.

Google Play Books actually makes a pretty decent eReader. One thing I think makes it pretty solid is it syncs notes, highlights, the place you leave off and more across all the devices on which you use Play Books. The syncing takes place with your Google account.

Let's talk about how to get these files uploaded. In this case, I just saw The Giver and I'd really like to check out the book and see how the book and the movie compare to each other. Join me on my journey as I upload a PDF.

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