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1 hour ago

Top 8 tips to make you an Android photography expert

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Android photography

You can make a smartphone camera of any quality better just by knowing a few tips to make the most of it.

While the average smartphone camera is increasing in quality — both in terms of hardware and software — at a rapid rate, some of the biggest strides in improving your photos can be accomplished regardless of the camera you use. Smarpthones have turned everyone into photographers, but that doesn't mean we always follow some photography basics that can really kick up our photos to the next level. If you're ready to move from beginner to expert with your smartphone pictures, read along for a few tips.

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1 hour ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Metals' winners!

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Another successful weekly photo contest has come to a close, and after going through three full pages of wonderful entries in the forums this week we've narrowed it down. We won't be handing out any heavy metals as prizes, but two winners this week will get a Moto E — read along and see who won.

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2 hours ago

A quick look at wireless charging tech for the car

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If there's one place wireless charging is undeniably useful, it's in the car.

While we've been given a reason to think otherwise with the microUSB requirement in Android Auto and the existence of Quick Charge 2.0 accessories for the car, the ability to pop your phone into a car dock and know that it is already charging your phone is a huge deal for folks that spend a lot of time in the car. No need to mess around with cables, just a decent place to hold your phone while on the road. If wireless charging is the way your want your tech to be powered in the car, there's a couple of unique options for you to consider that are all more than capable of getting the job done, and we've spent a little time with all of them.

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3 hours ago

5 things new Moto X (2014) owners need to know

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The Moto X has been out for a while, but it's never too late to get acquainted with its main features.

Like the original Moto X, the Moto X (2014) has been a favorite among Android Central readers and editors, some of whom use the Moto X as a daily driver. Thanks to the Pure Edition, it's been one of the more quickly updated devices in the U.S. — and it's a phone that does a whole lot right, despite foibles in other areas. If you're just getting into the Moto X owner's club, here's what you've been missing.

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3 hours ago

Seidio's SURFACE Case gets a redesign for the HTC One M9

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Popular for its super-slim design and ability to handle drops like a pro, Seidio's SURFACE Case gains an extra layer for its HTC One M9 model.

Seidio's been a major part of the mobile accessory world for a long time, and we've always used a variety of their cases like the DILEX Pro, that sports two layers with a strong exoskeleton, the CONVERT Combo, that's similar to the OtterBox Defender, and of course the slimmest of the bunch — the SURFACE Case.

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3 hours ago

The Best T-Mobile Prepaid Phones of 2015

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We’re going to make your hunt for a prepaid phone on T-Mobile a whole lot easier.

T-Mobile’s prepaid service has made a comeback, and combined with some of their high-value plans, there are some fantastic options for those on a budget.

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4 hours ago

Acer announces the first all-in-one touchscreen Chromebase

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Acer is going where no other has gone before by adding a touchscreen to their upcoming all-in-one Chromebase.

Acer's newest addition to the Chrome OS family will be an all-in-one Chromebase that brings a touchscreen to the device for the first time ever. Chromebase is an all-in-one desktop that runs Chrome OS and puts all the required computer components in the monitor.

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4 hours ago

HBO to be added to Sling TV's lineup in time for new season of Game of Thrones

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Dish will add HBO to its Sling TV Internet-based television service, sometime before the new season of HBO's hit show Game of Thrones begins April 12.

Sling TV first launched in early February with a selection of cable TV channels for as low as $20 a month, with more channels available for extra fees.

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5 hours ago

Accessibility options on the HTC One M9

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Just as every smartphone is different, so, too, are the people who use them. And accessibility options can make things much more usable for some.

An important but often overlooked feature on our smartphones has to do with accessibility. In fact, if you've never dived that deep into the settings on your phone, there's a chance you've never seen them before. But for a good many folks out there, accessibility features mean the difference between being able to use the phone and having an expensive toy that simply won't work them whatever reason.

We're continuing to take a look at the accessibility features in some of Android's biggest smartphones. And here, now, are the accessibility options on the HTC One M9.

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5 hours ago

Facebook's new Riff app creates a chain of videos centered on a specific topic

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Facebook has launched a new stand-alone app called Riff, which allows a string of videos to be made and connected together that are based on a specific subject.

Riff started as a side project by an app team at Facebook, who wanted to create an easy way for anyone to collaborate on videos.

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6 hours ago

The first Tomb Raider game, complete with blocky polygons, arrives on Android

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Square Enix has released the very first game in the long-running Tomb Raider series for Android today, complete with its original blocky polygon graphics.

The game is now available for download in the Google Play Store for just 99 cents. Square Enix makes a big point of the fact that this is the "full, unedited, unadulterated experience" from the original 1996 PC game.

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6 hours ago

Cricket Wireless begins selling prepaid GSM SIM cards on Amazon

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Cricket looks to make purchasing their prepaid GSM SIM cards even easier by making it available through Amazon.

In an effort to get their SIM cards in the hands of more users, Cricket Wireless has announced that they are now working with Amazon to make the ordering process even easier. The prepaid GSM SIM kit from Cricket sells for only $9.99, which gets you one Nano SIM card, one Mini SIM card tray adapter, and one Micro SIM card tray adapter, allowing it to fit in any GSM device.

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6 hours ago

Sony Xperia Z4: The Android Central wishlist

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Xperia Z4

What do we want to see from the next Sony flagship?

Curiously, Sony didn't show off a new flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress last month, instead opting to refresh its tablet lineup and show us some new mid-range phones. We're still expecting an Xperia Z4 before long though, and given the company's solid track record with the Z3 and Z3 Compact, Sony's next big thing promises to be one of the more interesting high-end Android phones of the year.

So what are our hopes for the new Sony flagship? We've got a list prepped after the break.

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8 hours ago

Custom selfie sticks may be fake, but Motorola's $140 savings on the Moto X is real

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Motorola is offering yet another chance to save on the Moto X by offering $140 off the device and 30% off accessories for a limited time.

While the selfie sticks Motorola showed off earlier were not real, the $140 savings they are offering on the Moto X are indeed real.

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