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5 days ago

Viber adds games to its Android messaging app in five countries

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Viber has updated its Android messaging app in the Google Play Store five countries (Belarus, Malaysia, Israel, Singapore and the Ukraine) with a feature that allows users in those territories to play a select number of games inside the app. This feature will be rolled out worldwide to other parts of the world in the coming weeks.

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5 days ago

Half-Life 2: Episode One available today on NVIDIA Shield Tablet

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Owners of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet can pick up Half-Life 2: Episode One for Android starting today. In it you take up the crowbar once more as Gordon Freeman following the catastrophic conclusion of classic first-person shooter game Half-Life 2. City 17 and the Citadel are a bit of a mess, but you're jumping back into the fray with Alyx one more time. Dog the robot even shows up for a bit.

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5 days ago

Whatsapp for the web reportedly in the works

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Facebook-owned Whatsapp appears to be working on a web-based version. A number of strings were found in the Android version of the app that point to a web-based Whatsapp. However, since Whatsapp doesn't use accounts, and is instead tied to a phone number, there is the issue of authentication. It appears that Whatsapp on the web may solve this with QR codes.

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5 days ago

Sprint says Android 5.0.1 Lollipop is coming to their Nexus 5 today

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Sprint says they will begin rolling out an over-the-air update for its Nexus 5 smartphone today with the version number LRX22C, or more popularly known as Android 5.0.1 Lollipop.

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5 days ago

How to use the Galaxy Note Edge left handed

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Using the Galaxy Note Edge left handed

After the shock of the Galaxy Note Edge's design wore off when it was announced, the questions as to how one would use this asymmetrical device started to surface. Having such a sharply curved edge on just one side of the phone introduces some interesting usability questions, particularly for people who hold the phone in their left hand. So what has Samsung done about it? Well, a quick dive into the settings helps alleviate the issue.

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5 days ago

Santa Phil Contest Extravaganza Day 1: Win a OnePlus One!

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OnePlus One

We're going to kick off our six days of non-denominational, just-because-we-feel-like-it gift-giving with one of the year's most sought-after phones. And that's partially because the OnePlus One is a really good phone. It's also because you couldn't buy the damned thing (and mostly still can't) without "winning" the right to do so thanks to its annoying invite system. That's really no way to go through life.

The OnePlus One turned out to the one of the most affordable high-end phones of the year, thanks to its 5.5-inch, 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB of RAM and a 13MP camera. It's not perfect — it's too big for some, having optional (yes, really, optional) hardware buttons is just nuts, and the camera was a little disappointing. But it's also loaded with CyanogenMod, so the software will be up to date faster than many phones.

So we've got one. One of you is going to win one. Here's how:

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5 days ago

Un-carrier 8.0: A morning fire-side chat with John Legere on December 16

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T-Mobile is preparing to shake things up again in the US wireless industry, and this time they're doing it by inviting you to watch a stream of… a fireside chat with CEO John Legere and Yahoo Tech's David Pogue. What exactly they're doing tomorrow, we're not sure, but T-Mobile's teasing that it's "so big [they] had to keep it under wraps."

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5 days ago

Google offering UK customers £15 movie credit with Chromecast purchase

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Google is offering a Google Play Movies credit to UK customers who purchase a Chromecast during the holiday season. Customers are eligible for a £15 credit towards Google Play Movies purchases if they bought a Chromecast between December 7, 2014 and January 31, 2015.

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6 days ago

Regulatory filing shows that Xiaomi made a profit of $56.1 million in 2013

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A report filed with the China Securities Regulatory Commission revealed that Xiaomi turned a profit of 347.48 million Chinese yuan ($56.1 million) in 2013, with an operating margin of 1.8 percent. The number is considerably less when compared to unofficial reports from earlier this year, which suggested a net profit of $566 million for the same period.

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6 days ago

T-Mobile's Wideband LTE network goes live in New York City

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T-Mobile has announced that its Wideband LTE network is now live in the greater New York City metro area. The technology allows customers on LTE to attain speeds in excess of 100 Mbps.

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6 days ago

Samsung's metal-clad Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 launch in Taiwan

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Samsung is looking to reinvigorate its portfolio with new designs that are aimed at a younger audience, with the Galaxy A series said to be the starting point of that change. The manufacturer has launched the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 in Taiwan, and while the former handset is already available in a few countries, this is the first time we're seeing the Galaxy A3 in action.

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6 days ago

Play Store shows off 2014's best games, apps, movies, music, and more

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Google is highlighting some of the best content of 2014 in the Play Store. A new section called "Best of 2014" showcases the best apps, games, music, movies, books, and magazines from 2014 that Google's editors have chosen. If you're looking for new content for a new phone at the end of the year, Google's Best of 2014 list could help to provide inspiration.

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6 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Godus, Cocktail Compass, Frozen Free Fall and more

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Apps of the week

Time-savers and time-wasters

It's Sunday, and that means it's time to look at a few app recommendations from us here at AC. Working with an Android in our hand all week means we have plenty of time to give apps a try, and we always like to share the ones we find that warrant some love.

Of course, we also want to hear your app picks, so we can take a look. Many of you fine folk spend as much time with an Android in your hands as we do, and we consider you to be one of our best resources for finding great new applications. Have a look at our picks, then tell us yours in the comments!

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6 days ago

HTC RE Camera review

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HTC Re Camera review

HTC's little handheld camera … thing

HTC's dabbled in non-smartphone electronics before, primarily speakers, but the HTC RE Camera is without a doubt one of the weirdest and most beyond HTC's comfort zone. This is the HTC that famously put just a 4-megapixel camera in its flagship HTC One M8 smartphone, so a little handheld camera with a 16MP sensor? That's different.

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6 days ago

Acer offering up Iconia Tab 8 for $139 with $40 Best Buy gift card for the holidays

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Acer and Best Buy are spreading some holiday cheer starting today with a great deal on the Iconia Tab 8. The current promotion takes the already inexpensive Tab 8 at $139 and throws in a $40 Best Buy gift card when you purchase, effectively bringing the price of the tablet down to just $100. For that price you're of course not getting barn-burning specs, but the Intel Atom-based Android 4.4 tablet with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage is pretty capable.

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